Reuben Sellars was born in York County, Penn., October 15, 1838, and is the son of Henry and Eliza (Fry) Sellars. The father was born in York County, Penn., and is of German descent, and was the son of a Revolutionary soldier. Henry Sellars was married in Pennsylvania, wedding Eliza Fry, who gave birth to the following children: Margaret, Juliann, Henry, Layah, Daniel, Sarah, Reuben and Charles. Their mother died in Pennsylvania about 1842. The father married a second and third time. In 1867, the father came to Indiana and located in Johnson County, where his death occurred in 1872. He was a farmer by occupation, and lost his life by wounds received in a runaway with a team of horses. Reuben Sellars was reared on a farm, and was a poor boy. He gained no education, because when he was but four years old his mother died and left the father with a large family, and he being a poor man could do but little for the education of his children. Reuben grew to manhood on a farm, and has ever since followed farming for an occupation. His brothers scattered to various parts of the country, and of their whereabouts little is known. Reuben came to Indiana in 1867, hoping to learn of his brothers, who had come westward. But he learned but little, and on visiting Marion County, and liking this section of country, located in Marion County, where he lived for a short time, and then came to Johnson County, where he has since lived and followed farming. February 21, 1869, he was united in marriage with Aby L. M. Sells, nee Aby L. M. Townsend. Mrs. Sellars was born in Johnson County, Ind., August 21, 1838, and is the daughter of Levi and Elizabeth (Melton) Townsend. The above marriage has been blessed by the birth of the following children: Henry L., Effie M., and Myrtle O. Mrs. Sellar’s first marriage resulted in the birth of two children, by name, Mary Caroline and Annie Jane. Mr. Sellars owns sixty-five acres of land, and though not a wealthy man, he is blessed with prosperity, and enjoys the respect of his neighbors.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 910.