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Hendrick Henry Sellen
Birth: Nov. 17, 1666
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death: Nov. 17, 1749
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

There was a strong protestant background among all of these Germans, many who left due to either religious persecution or seeking a greater freedom of religion from the established Lutheran church. One of these Heinrich (Henry) Sellen nineteen years of age at the time, emigrated in 1685 along with 69 others from Krefeld, Germany to Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the Sellen (also Cellen/Cell/Zell) surname began with a group of Monks who left a Monastery in Kampen, the Netherlands, and later became leaders in the Lutheran church and in the Protestant Reformation. This group of Monks were called Cellebroederpoorst (poor Cell brothers) and hence the derivation of the names Cell/Zell/Sellen.
Heinrich Sellen shows up as buying and selling numerous properties in Germantown over his lifetime. He was a prosperous person who at various times was an attorney, an oil miller, and a businessman. He was also a generous man. In September of 1714, he deeded land to establish the first Mennonite Church in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Prior to that the Mennonites had been meeting in private houses. The first deeding of land for a church was actually delivered to John Neus and Henry Sellen (on behalf of the church), on February the 10th, 1702-03 by Arnold Van Fossen, another of our ancestors. It was this land (and additional land) that was deeded directly to the church by Heinrich (Henry) on September 6, 1714.

Hendrick was baptized Hamrick Von Zellen on 17 Oct 1666, the son of Jacob Von Sellen (born 1640 in LaRochelle, France; died abt 1676 in Krefeld, Germany)

11 issue
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  Jacob Von Sellen (1640 - 1676)
  Jacob Sellen (1690 - 1759)*
  Barbara Sellen Tyson (1693 - 1769)*
  Abraham Sell (1715 - 1786)*
  Anthony Sells (1721 - 1792)*
  Hendrick Henry Sellen (1666 - 1749)
  Martin Sellen (1670 - 1719)*
*Calculated relationship
Church of Brethren Cemetery
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: Genealogy Lover
Originally Created by: Ralph Brown
Record added: Dec 25, 2011
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Hendrick Henry Sellen
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My paternal 8th great grandfather
- Genealogy Lover
 Added: Apr. 14, 2015
My eight-times-great-grandfather.
- Patricia Williams
 Added: Feb. 22, 2015
Thanks for coming to America from a descendant far down the family tree.
- Keilah Sells Folkertsma
 Added: Nov. 19, 2014
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