Notes for Joseph Henry Sells: JOSEPH HENRY5 SELLS (SOLOMON4, ANTHONY3, HENDRICK HENRY2 SELLEN, JACOB1 VON SELLEN) was born Abt. 1760 in Bedford Co, Pennsylvania, and died February 25, 1856 in Overton Co, Tennessee. He married MARY MARGARET WILLIAMS. She was born October 01, 1794 in Maryland, and died March 13, 1861 in Overton Co, Tennessee.
Notes for JOSEPH HENRY SELLS: He bought land in Overton Co., Tennessee from Thomas Eldridge on Jan. 24, 1845, witnesses to this land sale were Andrew Godsey and Jonathan Richardson. The land was adjoining land owned by David Richardson, Nicholas Mullins and others. Deed Book A, page 15.
They are listed on the 1850 Overton Co., Tennessee Census as living in District 7. He is age 90, his wife Margaret is age 55. They are living next door to his son David Leander Sells. Henry owns land valued at 400.00.
Settlers to Pennsylvania and other colonies included persecuted people of Germany, then known as the Palatine, and Switzerland. The Palatinate was governed by "Duches", the regional authority ruling over their land on which Mennonites and other people lived and worked. The people of these regions, primarily of the Mennonite faith, had limited rights and freedoms to do what they pleased. They were restricted and heavily taxed by the government and the local landlords. For example, if they purchased rights to a property, the previous owner could later reverse the sale.
An especially tumultuous year was 1709. This was one of the early years that saw a wave of emigrants from the German Palatinate traveling down the Rhine River to Rotterdam. Ships leaving the port of Rotterdam traveled to London. From London they hoped to find passage on ships to the new world. Arriving in Rotterdam, a group of Mennonites was said to have been so poor that they had brought hardly enough necessary clothing, much less money for the fare to London or the journey over the Atlantic. (Ruth 86) By late April, 852 Palatines were sent to England. The emigrants were arriving to the city of London in such large groups that more than 1,200 were sent in May with another 4,000 to follow less than a month later. The authorities in Rotterdam were becoming concerned at the size and cost of this human wave
Marlon Brando was a 3rd cousin 4x removed of Old Henry Sells.
http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=tdowling&id=I38470 Direct Descendants of Jacob Sellen
1 Jacob SELLEN b: Abt. 1640 La Rochelle, France d: Aft. 1666 of Krefeld, Germany
2 Hendrick SELLEN b: Bet. 1660 - 1665 of Krefeld, Germany d: Abt. Oct 1749 York Co., PA
.... +Margaret d: Aft. 1749 of York Co., PA m: Bet. 1710 - 1714
... 3 Anthony SELLS b: Abt. 1712 of Cresheim or Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA d: 1792 Huntington Twp., Huntingdon Co., PA
....... +Catherine b: Bet. 1720 - 1724 of York Co., PA d: Aft. 1792 Standing Stone, Huntingdon Co., PA m: Abt. 1740 Mt. Joy Twp., York Co., PA
...... 4 Solomon SELLS b: Sep 20, 1740 of York Co., PA d: May 21, 1816 Bristol, Washington Co., VA
.......... +Margaret ASHBAUGH b: 1748 d: Bet. 1798 - 1816 Washington Co., VA m: Abt. 1770 Adams Co., PA
......... 5 Joseph "Old Henry" SELLS b: Abt. 1760 of York (Adams) Co., PA d: Bet. 1851 - Feb 25 1856 of Overton Co., TN
2 Peter Dietrich SELLEN b: Bet. 1665 - 1670 Krefeld, Palatinate, Germany d: Aft. 1725 Skippack, York Co., PA
....... +Adriana VAN SINTERN b: Bet. 1690 - 1700 of Hamburg, Germany or Germantown, PA d: Philadelphia Co., PA m: Bet. 1718 - 1720 Philadelphia Co., PA