Notes for Thomas Sellman

Thomas Sellman was born on the "Sparrows Rest" Plantation, near Rhode River, Anne Arundel County. At a very young age his parents removed to the neighboring "Shaws Folly" plantation, where his father built "Woodlawn House." This home remained a Sellman residence for 180 years.
Thomas was only fifteen years old when his father died. He was tutored by John Jacob who was paid for his services out of William Sellman's estate. In November, 1749, Thomas Sellman inherited the portion (100 acres) of "Cross Forrest" left by his father William Sellman to Scarbourough Sparrow, but reverted to Thomas Sellman if his half-brother died childless.
Later he purchased another 130 acres of "Cross Forest" from his brother Charles, and continued to live on there, located on Elk Ridge, near the present villiage of Guilford, Howard Co., until his marriage in 1754.
About two years after this, he moved to "Adam's Garden" in Baltimore (now Carroll) Co., a part of which he received as a gift from his father-in-law, Adam Shipley. He also purchased portions of the adjoining "Additional Progress" from John Whips. He lived on these properties until the end of the Revolutionary War.

Ruth SHIPLEY was the daughter of Adam SHIPLEY and Ruth TEVIS. Ruth died about 1790 in Brooke Co, W. Virginia, at age unknown. His name appears as No. 17 on "the Worshipful Edward Cockney's returns", Oaths of Fidelity and Support, dated February 28, 1778. Shortly after the Revolution Thomas Sellman resolved to move West. Accordingly in September, 1783, he visited Charles Wells, a former resident of Baltimore Co., who had acquired lands in Ohio (now Brooke) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia), on the
waters of Buffalo Creek, about ten miles from the Ohio River. He contracted with Wells for the purchase of 400 acres of land, and in October of the following year settled on this frontier farm. He was accompanied by his wife Ruth, his younger son Adam, his two unmarried daughters, Catherine and Althea, and several slaves.

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