Sell, John (Jacob) W.

Sell, John (Jacob) W.

Male 1838 - 1886  (47 years)

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  • Name Sell, John (Jacob) W.  [1
    Born 23 Jul 1838  Schuyler Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Mar 1886  Erie, Neosho Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2974  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2018 

    Father Sell, Hirst Reuben,   b. 1804, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Dec 1853, Birmingham, Schuyler, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Bodenhamer, Catherine,   b. 26 Mar 1813, Rowan Co, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1896, Van Buren Co., IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 18 Jul 1829  Stokes, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Notes 


    • Marriage Record:

      Bride: Catherrine Bodenhamer
      Groom: Reuben Sell
      Bond Date: 18 Jul 1829
      County: Stokes
      Record #: 02 267
      Bondsman: Caleb Johnson
      Witness: D Stockton
      Bond #: 000141346
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      Name: Reuben Sell
      Spouse: Catherine Bodenhamer
      Marriage Date: 18 Jul 1829
      Marriage County: Stokes
      Marriage State: North Carolina
      Source : County Court Records Danbury, NC and FHL # 0422159
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    Documents
    Reuben Sell - North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
    Reuben Sell - North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
    Family ID F1064  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Murry, Susan F.,   d. 8 Mar 1886, Erie, Neosho Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Nov 1866  McDonough Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Sell, Watta,   b. 1867,   d. 8 Mar 1886, Erie, Neosho Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [Natural]
     2. Sell, Willie,   b. 1870  [Natural]
     3. Sell, Ina,   b. Abt 1872,   d. 8 Mar 1886, Erie, Neosho Co., KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 14 years)  [Natural]
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2018 
    Family ID F959  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jul 1838 - Schuyler Co., Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Nov 1866 - McDonough Co., Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Mar 1886 - Erie, Neosho Co., KS Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    MAD_KILR[1].pdf
    MAD_KILR[1].pdf
    Sell Murders
    Sell Murders

  • Notes 


    • This is on page 102 in the book "History of Neosho and Wilson Counties"

      "The Sells family, consisting of J. W. Sells, his wife, two boys, aged about eighteen and sixteen, respectively, and a girl about 2 years old, resided on a farm about four miles northwest of Erie. On the 8th of March, 1886, in the night, Willie Sells went to a neighbors house and informed him that his folks were all being killed. Immediately the neighbor started for the house, alarming others as he went, so that
      there was soon gathered a number of persons at the Sells house. A horrible scene was presented to their view. There on the floor of the main room lay the body of J. W. Sells, its throat cut and head showing blows of some blunt instrument. On the bed in the same room was the little girl, her head bruised and broken, her little hands bruised, cut and broken in an evident effort to ward off the blows of the murderer, dead. In the boys' room where the two boys slept together, on the bed, was the body of the boy, its throat cut and head bruised, dead.

      Blood was everywhere. The instruments used, a butcher knife and hatchet, were found there. Blood was found on Willie's clothes and upon his wrists. He had evidently washed his hands. Upon investigation by a coroner's jury the evidence pointed conclusively to Willie as the perpetrator of the terrible crime that he was held and after-being tried at the July term, 1886, of the district court, was found guilty of the murder of J. W. Sells in the first degree. "History of Neosho and Wilson Counties" published in 1902 by L. Wallace Duncan. The gentlemen that compiled the info: was T. F. Rager of Neosho Co., and John S. Gilmore of Wilson County.
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      This was in the book "Annals of St. Paul (1895-1935) compiled by W. W. Graves published by the The Journal Press, St. Paul, KS 1942

      Journal, January 9, 1896.
      "The Kansas City World is promoting the effort to get a pardon for Willie Sells from the Kansas Penitentiary."

      Journal, December 24, 1896
      "A member of the Kansas City W. C. T. U., is circulating a petition in this county for the pardon of Willie Sell who was sent to the Kansas penitentiary on the charge of murdering his parents, brother and
      sister."

      Journal, July 15, 1897
      "The State board of pardons has recommended an unconditional pardon for Willie Sell. The people of Erie held an indignation meeting Monday and hanged Sell and C. A. Cox, his attorney in effigy."

      Journal, June 1, 1905
      "Gov. Hoch has refused to grant a pardon to Willie Sells."

      Journal, April 11, 1907
      "Willie Sell was pardoned from the Kansas Penitentiary April 9, by Gov. E. W. Hoch. He had served 21 years of a life sentence on the charge of killing his father mother, brother and sister."
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] 1860 Census: Schuyler Co. IL.

    2. [S6] 1850 Federal Census Schyuler Co., IL.

    3. [S78] Christian Bodenhamer of Rowan County, North Carolina, Lois Ione Hotchkiss Heuss, (Name: Herb Eaton, Inc, Charlotte, NC, 1979;).

    4. [S968] North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;).
      Record for Reuben Sell

    5. [S186] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900.