Posted By:Amy Enfinger Alderman
Subject:Benjamin E. Sellers (1829-1889)
Post Date:September 14, 2001 at 07:27:51
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Forum:Holmes County, FL Genealogy Forum
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I received the Widow's pension application from the Florida Archives yesterday and thought I would share the information provided for anyone on this branch of the family tree. Benjamin & Sarah are my g-grandparents.

Sarah Morrison Sellers applied for the Widow's pension in 1889, 1903, and 1909. By comparing the information on the different forms it seems that she and Benjamin were wed on August 23, 1859. On May 10, 1862, Benjamin enlisted in Chattahoochee, Florida, with Hagan's Company (Company I on his tombstone in the Old Campground Cemetery) of the 6th Florida Regiment. He contracted measles and was sent home on sick furlough. This "resulted in catarh of the head, wich he continued to sufer with, and he died on the 4th day of October 1889." (the other two forms, however, read November) He recovered enough to return to service through the end of the war. The application does not give the date that he returned to his post, but an online transcription of the book "Soldiers of Florida" states that he mustered out on April 26, 1865.
Hope this helps!

Sarah was born in Holmes County, FL on June 12, 1834 (according to the application) to Allen Morrison and Mary Cathrine Douglass Morrison.

Benjamin was the son of Simeon and Martha Sellers.
If anyone knows the lineage of Simeon or Martha beyond Henry County, Alabama, in 1850, please share!

Happy hunting! Amy