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John Blakemore Sellers (#47059533)
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Bio Photo It is my objective to locate your distant relatives and establish that lost connection. My efforts continue until your kin are found.

When the good Lord calls me back for duty, I look forward to seeing family, my ancestors, and all your kin; and we will all rejoice.

"For the sake of the Future,
Make the Past your present concern.
We are all each other's shadow
Separate in Time but part of a Whole"


"The farther backward you look, the farther ahead you can see".

- Winston Churchill
(Pilgrim Descendant of John Howland)

"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary."

- Thomas A Edison
(grandfather Matthew B. Sellers was the aviation expert serving on the Naval Consulting Board under the direction of Thomas Edison).

“My first wish is to see this plague to mankind Banished of the earth, and the sons and daughters Of this world employed in more pleasing and Innocent amusements, than in preparing Implements and exercising them for The destruction of mankind.”

- George Washington 7/25/1785
(My kin through his Aunt, Anne Neville Blakemore)
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Pat Kelly
James L. Alley, Sr.
Wife was Azby Christian, daughter of James Christian and Ann Macon Christian. Ann was the great aunt of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Ann Macon Christian was Gideon Macon. Ann's sister, Martha married Orlando Jones.
Added by Pat Kelly on Jul 26, 2017 2:54 PM
Peachy Pringle
RE: John Stith Washington
Mary Washington who died 25 Dec 1872 is an interesting story. She is Mary A Cady. She has been thought to be the daughter of Rebecca Thresa Washington* and her first husband Daniel Henry Cady. (*John Stith Washington's last wife).
Mary A Cady married E. K. Washington in Oct 1864 in New Orleans when she was about 17, and Rebecca Washington gave her consent on the license for her "step-daughter" to marry.
Then about 1869 Mary tried to divorce E. K. Washington in Louisiana. Her petition was denied. So, she went to Chicago and after a waiting period applied for a divorce there, which was granted.
Then in Aug 1870 she married her step-brother, Henry T Washington, at his step-grandmother's home in Alabama. Then E. K. Washington challenged the divorce and charged Mary with bigamy. Those charges were soon dismissed.
So Mary died in Dec 1872 and Henry T Washington died in Jul 1874. I am going with UNKNOWN for both their burial places.
E. K.(Eugene) Washington was a lawyer and wrote a travel book about Europe which is still in print (Echoes of Europe, Word Pictures of Travel). He died in 1882 and left all his money to his half-sister in Missouri.
Added by Peachy Pringle on Jul 25, 2017 4:26 PM
Peachy Pringle
RE: John Stith Washington
John Stith Washington had a family Bible. His youngest daughter, Frances, was in possession of it when she died. I assume that it passed to one of her nieces or nephews. It might have some burial places listed.
I agree that transporting a fresh body from New Orleans to Virginia in September would have been an unpleasant endeavor. It did however happen that persons were sometimes temporarily buried in the tomb of a friend in New Orleans, until more elaborate arrangements could be made. Jefferson Davis was buried in New Orleans and later moved to Virginia.
John Stith Washington’s cousin, Gerard Stith (Mayor of New Orleans), realized that he was dying and went home to Virginia to die and be buried at home.
John Stith Washington evidently owned a burial plot at Shelby Springs Confederate Cemetery in Alabama where his daughter Theodora was buried. It is possible that his wife Mary Anastasia Raynal Washington was buried there when she died. It is remotely possible that John was buried there also. I think Mary Anastasia’s parents outlived her, but perhaps they had a plot or tomb in Mobile where she might have been buried.
Sarah Elizabeth Lewis Washington could have been buried with her people in the Church Street Cemetery in Mobile.
The Girod Street Cemetery was founded in 1822 for the burial of well off Protestants. It was near John Stith Washington’s residence. That cemetery was deconsecrated in 1957 and the human remains were moved to various other cemeteries.
None of the death notices of John Stith Washington’s children indicate that they are to be buried in “the Washington tomb.” I think it possible that the Washingtons did not have a family tomb in New Orleans. If John Stith Washington had other family in the Saint Louis Cemetery with a nice roomy tomb, perhaps he is buried there. I think John Stith Washington did not have a lot of money. He always seemed to be renting his home and he is not mentioned in the papers in regard to any businesses. He was the Marine Editor (not Overall Editor) of the Daily Picayune.
There were emergency burial places in New Orleans during the Yellow Fever years. It is unlikely that John would have been buried there.
There are said to be other lost private and church cemeteries in and near New Orleans.
Anyway, logic cannot be used to calculate a person’s burial place; one either knows where someone is buried or does not know. One can figure out what is likely, but likely and knowing are two different things.
Added by Peachy Pringle on Jul 23, 2017 4:30 PM
Dorothea Moore
Thank you
Thank you for the link to the Ward family.

Dorothea Moore
Added by Dorothea Moore on Jul 11, 2017 5:09 PM
Dorothea Moore
Hello, Once again thank you for the work you do here. I would like to clarify the parents of John "White Wolf" Ward (1755-1793). Would you be able to give me more information for Phoebe Lockhart? I have a Martha Hamilton listed as James Ward's wife from my Genealogy website. Any assistance you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Dorothea Moore
Added by Dorothea Moore on Jul 11, 2017 2:35 AM
Dorothea Moore
Hello, first of all thank you for the work that you do on the Find A Grave Website. I am a relative of William Ward (1725-1795). I am in the process of attempting to clear up some discrepancies in regards to the MANY duplicate names in the Ward families. With so many duplicate names it can easily mixed up. Which has been the case for my Ward family. There are entries of children attached to their grandparents, etc. on the Genealogy websites. Soooo, I am hoping to clarify and confirm connections.
I noticed on the entry for William Ward (1725-1795) that his mother is now Sarah Clark Lynch instead of Ann Chiles. Would you be able to clarify this information for me? Other entries I have indicate Ann Chiles as being the mother of Joseph (1723-1800), William (1725-1795) and James III (1727-1774).
The information is quite interesting and greatly appreciated. I would love to clear up the confusion if you're able to assist in this.
I will also be contacting the other contributors for this family as well. Again thank you for all you do.

Dorothea Moore
Added by Dorothea Moore on Jul 11, 2017 1:49 AM
Lucretia Duncan
I found the Carter county marriage record for the Kreesha Duncan to Robert Richards. I added it to Leroy and Agnes' pages. The bondsman is listed as Leroy Duncan. Do you have any more information on her? Are you confident she definitely is one of their children? Wen
Added by arborvitae on Jul 08, 2017 5:15 PM
RE: Leroy Duncan
Did you intend for Phebe info to be under 2. heading? As a child that wasn't mentioned in the will...

So there are two children that want mentioned in the will, her and Lucretia, correct?

Please review the bio on Leroy's page and let me know if there are any corrections to be made.

Added by arborvitae on Jul 08, 2017 2:55 PM
Cynthia Bock
RE: Leroy Duncan #345224650
Thank you! I already have those but will review the info on that website more closely.
I agree that the reason Phebe is not mentioned in the Will is that she was deceased, but she must had died before the Will was written (12 Jun 1854).
Further, I think she must had died before 15 Oct 1837, because on that date her husband Edward James re-married.
Added by Cynthia Bock on Jul 08, 2017 8:24 AM
William Thomas Duncan
Thanks those are the two censuses that I have on my family tree for him. I copied and paste did your summary.

It appears he was married twice. Tabitha and Frances.
Added by arborvitae on Jul 07, 2017 7:10 PM
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