Elizabeth M <I>Cash</I> Sellers

Elizabeth M Cash Sellers

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 28 Jan 1867 (aged 57–58)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot C 150-154
Memorial ID 30525341 · View Source
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1st wife of Matthew B. Sellers I. He must have met Elizabeth in 1829 while he was attending lectures in Philadelphia. Married Matthew Sellers on August 28, 1829 at the St. George’s Chapel formerly located at the corner of Cliff and Beekman Streets in New York City, New York by Rev. James Milnor.

Lived on the Oakland Plantation in Lake Providence, LA. During the Civil War, the troops of Union General McPherson and Ransum were stationed in Mrs. Seller’s yard, and Mrs. Sellers, who was a strong-minded, courageous woman, whose hot Southern blood made her dare and do many things, would stand on her balcony and make speeches to the soldiers whenever she had an opportunity to do so, encouraging them to desert. And as the soldiers were in rather a demoralized state, they were in a condition to be influenced by her. General Ransum, getting wind of it, wrote to her, “that if she repeated it, he would put her out of the lines.” She replied: “Sir, your cause must be very weak, if you fear what a woman can do!”

On another occasion, Mrs. Sellers, standing on her balcony, saw a handful of Confederate scouts, ragged and forlorn, fleeing for their lives, pursued by a company of Kansas Jayhawkers, headed by the famous Union spy and officer, Phil Taylor. Mrs. Sellers rushed to the gate, threw up her arms, and as the column halted, asked: “Are you western men? Are you western men? Then you should never take up arms against the South. The interest of the West and south are identical and they should stand together.” The officer did not perceive the ruse until the Confederates have had sufficient time to make good their escape, when he drew his sword and said, “Forward men, forward.” So a woman’s quickness of thought saved those scouts’ lives that day.

For safe passage from Oakland plantation and Lake Providence during the Union Army's occupation, in 1864 Matthew and Elizabeth carried with then fully signed Oaths of Allegiance to the North Notes or passes authorizing them to vacate Oakland Plantation and Lake Providence safely and take the steamboat north to Philadelphia.

The loyalist statements prepared by the Union Army and signed by Matthew and Elizabeth in 1864 to allow them free unmolested departure from lake Providence describe Elizabeth Cash Sellers as being 52 years old, 5 foot-2 with black hair and black eyes, and a native of Philadelphia. Matthew Sellers was described as being 64 years old, 5 foot-7 with gray hair and gray eyes, and a native of Kentucky.

She returned home to Philadelphia by steamboat to be with family as she contracted either small pox or yellow fever that had occurred there and in Philadelphia in 1867, before passing away. Matthew B. Sellers's 2nd wife Annie Leathers Lewis was an assistant to her brother Dr. Hiram Lewis, from Kentucky (yellow fever and cholera epidemic), while attending to the healthcare of Elizabeth Cash in Philadelphia.

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