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One of the oldest tombstones I have stumbled upon of a family member belongs to my husband’s 5th great-grandfather, James Sellard.

Born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1758 to Jacob and ? Sellard,  James was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.   He was detached from Captain Samuel Mather’s company at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut,  in 1776, for service in the Continental Army.

About 4 years later, on April 13, 1780, James married Lydia De Wolfe and together they had at least 4 children, all born in Connecticut:  Stephen De Wolfe (b. 1780),  Polly Spencer (b. 1781), Elles (b. 1783) and Lucy (b. 1787).  My husband descends from Stephen.

About 1812, James and son, Stephen and family, removed first to Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and onto Tioga County and eventually settled in Canton Township, Bradford County, PA.  James farmed there on the “old Sellard farmstead” until his death in 1824.  He is buried in the Main Street Cemetery, Canton, PA.