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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday~1st Sgt. John E. Sellers

1st Sgt. John E. Sellers
b. ca 1833
d. 28 May 1864
bu. McNair Family Cemetery
Photo Courtesy of Julious Burr

John E. Sellers was born about 1833 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, a son of Elijah Sellers and Sarah Purvis. He was the fourth born of seven children with 2 sisters and 4 brothers. Both he and his younger brother, Elijah Sellers were Killed in Action (KIA) on 28 May 1864 at the Battles of Haw’s Shop also known as the Battle of Enon Church.1 2

John E. Sellers enlisted on 26 December 1861 at Cheraw, South Carolina as a 3rd Sgt. into Company “A”, Rutledge’s Regiment Cavalry, also known as 4th cavalry. He was Promoted to 2nd Sgt on 1 December 1862 and to 1st Sgt prior to May-June 1863.  

Both John E. and Elijah Sellers are shown as buried in the McNair Family Cemetery. Elijah was married to Harriett E. daughter of Neil McNair and Mary Crawford. John E. Sellers was never married.

Page 10-John E. Sellers
Company Muster Roll with Death Date.

[1] Ancestry, "Civil War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 12 June 2014), entry for John E. Sellers, 1st Sergeant; 4th Regiment, SC Cavalry; Confederate.
[2] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( : accessed 12 June 2014); Memorial page for John E. Sellers; (1833–1864); Find a Grave memorial # 44702522, Citing McNair Family Cemetery; Ruby, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

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