James Sellard

james sellard

DAR Ancestor Number: A101724
Service: Private, CT
Residence: Norwich, New London Co., CT
Birth: 1758, Norwich, New London Co., CT
Married: Lydia De Wolf
Death: 5 Sep 1824, Canton Twp., Bradford Co., PA
Proven children: Stephen

James Sellard's Biography

James Sellard / Sullard was born circa 1758 in Norwich, CT. His father was Jacob who immigrated to this country.[1] James was detached from Captain Samuel Mather’s Company during the Revolutionary War to serve in the 14th Company under Captain Mathew Dorr at Fort Trumball, CT. As evidenced by the muster roll from 1776, he was issued a gun, bayonet, cartridge box and a blanket.

He married Lydia DeWolf 13 Apr 1780, Lyme, New London Co., CT[2]. They had at least three children: Stephen b. 13 Dec 1780; Elles b. 30 May 1783; and Lucy b. 16 Nov 1787.[3] The family moved to Bradford Co., PA around 1812. Lydia died in October 1832 in Canton Twp., Bradford Co., PA.

James’ sons Stephen and Ichabod both married woman whose families also served in the American Revolution.

His son, Stephen DeWolf Sellard, was born in Lyme, New London Co., CT; he married Polly Spencer b. 10 Dec 1781, on 15 Apr 1802 in Lyme, New London Co., CT.[4] Stephen and Polly also moved from Connecticut to Bradford Co., PA. Stephen served in the War of 1812. Polly was the daughter of Lieutenant Ichabod Spencer (NSDAR # A106916) and Hannah Jane Jewett, daughter of Captain Joseph Jewett (NSDAR # A062761). Their children were Calvin, Oliver, Enoch, Maria, James, Lydia, Lucy and Ichabod. Stephen died in May 1852 and Polly died 28 Jan 1869 in Canton Twp., Bradford Co., PA.

Stephen’s son, Ichabod b. 23 Mar 1821, d. 21 Oct 1877. He married Harriet A. King d.1888, the daughter of John L. King and the granddaughter of Simeon King (NSDAR # A202429) b.14 Jun 1757, d. 23 Jun 1844 and the great-granddaughter of Simeon King (NSDAR # A064781) b.1738, d. 1813.[5] James, Stephen and Ichabod Sellard were all farmers. They are all buried in the private family cemetery on their farm.


[1] Clement Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County Pennsylvania 1800 – 1825, Vol. II, Towanda: Bradford Star Print Co., 1915, p.66.

[2] Lillian Bentley Karlstrand, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records Lyme 1667 – 1852, General Editor Lorraine Cook White,Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000, p. 66.

[3] Karlstrand, p. 237.

[4] Karlstrand, p. 232.

[5] Heverly, Pioneer and Patriot Families of Bradford County Pennsylvania 1800 – 1825, p. 66.