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Lost family members, SOS in Johnston County,NC

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Lost family members, SOS in Johnston County,NC

Posted: 941716800000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1020930968000
Surnames: Childers, Collins, Daugherty, Eason, Forehand, Hill, Hinson, Lynch, Millinder, Pilkington, Sellers, Ward, Wilkerson, Worrell

I am looking for Jane Sellers siblings families as well as her parents line
and where she fits in.

Jane Sellers -born 1848 /died 1934 Smithfield, NC buried at Oakland Heights

married Joshua Meilton Childers.

page 44
I would like to see if they married in March or April---I have 2 different
emails on their marrage date.

Joshua Meilton Childers, He married Jane Sellers April 28,1865, Johnston
County, NC


Childers, Joshua Milton Jane Sellers 28 Mar. 1865 Elisha
Moore (? Meers ? Moors)

m. --Apr. 1865 by P.Godwin, J.P. (w)
James H. Parker, clk.

I Believe that Jane's parents are the Alsey Sellers and Cynthia Milliner

Married on June 13, 1846, Johnston County, NC

page 191
Sellers, Alsey Cintha Milliner 13 June 1846 Bryan
Sanders (w) Thos. Bagley

Anyone know of anything concerning the Milliners? possibly Millinder?


Jane's mother and father

Johnston Co.NC 1850 page 268

House Number ? 99 ( can't read. sent to me by relative)

SELLERS, Alsey 25 m Farmer

Cynthia 22 f ( her father came with
railroad to Mitchner Station)

Anne 3 f (Jane Anne)

Alexander 1 m

This was Cynthia Millinder above.


House number ?133or 633
family 605

SELLERS, Alsey 36 m Head Farmer

Cythia 31 f wife

Jane 12 f

Alex 11 m

James 9 m

David 7 m

Mary 5 f

Martha 2 f
Wilson, John 27 m DAY LABOR


Janes siblings:

Alexander Sellers born 1847 m.Allie A. Millinder 1871
James Sellers 1851 m.Edny Hill 1878
David Sellers 1850 m. Margaret Eason 1875
Mary Sellers 1855 m.Julius Worrell 1877
Martha Ann Sellers 1858 m. Joseph Merit Pilkington m. 1878

so does anyone know anything about these SELLERS siblings?


Also buried in a 8 family plot area at Oakland

MJ Childers (but his name is Joshua Meilton),
his wife ===========Jane Sellers
=================Cynthia Sellers (Jane's mother)
Fannie Childers-daughter
Ruebin Wilkerson, Jr.
and a (MJ) baby Childers.
and possibly 1 or 2 more babies or 1 plot still open


Jane's Grandmother and Grandfather
JOHNSTON CO. NC marriage Bonds

page 143
Groom Bride Date of Bond
Bondsman and Witness

Millner, Furney Ailsey Lynch 13 Mar. 1839 James
Roberts (w) ?Wm H. Watson

(Cintha's mother)

Jane Sellers and Joshua Meilton Childers family

Jane and Joshua Meilton's Children and some Grandchildren:

1. Fannie Childers Wilkerson m.Ruebin Wilkerson, Jr.


**Addie L.

**Maude L.


** Rilda

2. Betty Childers m. Collins- had 10



3. A.D.- Called "Habie" m.Lessie Mae

and some of the kids were named:

**Paul Childers

**Frank Childers

**Ralph Childers

**Grace Childers

**Homer Lee Childers
4. **Edgar -born 1872 m. Heddy
5. **George H. - born 1876 m. Alice
6. **Rose- born 1847 m. George Lee
7. **Joseph Carl-born 1890- m. Rendy

died1943 train accident
8. **Dora Lee Childers-born 1883 m. Daugherty
9. **Adsey Childres-1886
10 **David William - born 1867

died 1891

11. **Mary-only lived 1 month 1871

I have the above listed on the 1860 Johnston Co.
Census, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910. And many of them in our Family Bible.

Dora Lee Childers Daugherty use to tell my Mother about Joshua Meilton
living in Arkansas, but the census 1900(Johnston County) NC, says he was born in Mississippi.

Family lore states that Jane Sellers Childers always talked about him being stranded and that soldiers had to get back anyway they could. He married Jane Sellers April of 1865. He worked for her Father- in- law a Sellers from N.C. When he had enough money he took his family and went West.

The family moved West and they stayed 1 or 2 years (may have been more) and then moved back to Smithfield/Selma NC for the rest of his life.
As a child Dora Lee Childers talked of going back over the Mississippi on a barge. They went to Johnston County NC (Smithfield area to stay).

Sometime in the late1880's Joshua and Jane decided to move and stay in Smithfield, NC.
They lived in Johnston County sometime after the Civil War until 1930's and some family probably is still in Smithfield , Four Oaks, Selma, NC area. It may be that some of his Children went back to MS or Ark. we lost contact with the Smithfield Childers after the Younger generation moved to Gastonia NC, Dover Del., and Florida.

Jane Sellers Childers went to the CSA soldiers reunions each year. He was in an article in the Smithfield Observer. April 24, 1923 Vol. 3 #69 Page 1 on the left side of the page. New Orleans was his last parade and visit to see his soldier friends.

Others mentioned in the article (as being from Johnston Co ) were:
C.H. Benson
another "Benson"
Ruffin Tomlinson
Wilson's Mills (which I think is all of the mill workers but I am not sure)
L.F. Peedin (near Princeton)
Concerning Joshua Meilton Childers name:
Mom said the family called him M.J., His tombstone says M.J. Childers
He is called:

M.J. in the 1880 census(South Smithfield, James in the 1900 West Selma),

Joshua in the 1910 census -Smithfield Township.

One census has him listed as James
This is the same guy, all the other family members match and the grandson
and a single Grandma Dora Lee were living with them.

And to really mix us up He is called "Jim" in the newspaper article
mentioned above.


I sent a note to :

J.H. Stepp about Joshua Meilton Childers

Can you help me find out where he "mustered." ???
Just thought I would see if you saw him in the records.
I asked :
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 1999 2:43 AM
Subject: Re: Childers
Ms. Nix:

I fear that I cannot shed much light on the place of birth of J.M. Childers.
I do note that a J.M. Childers served in Company A of the 38th Arkansas
Infantry, and there was a J.N. Childers in Company C of the 2nd Mississippi
Infantry as well.

Regards . . .

J.H. Stepp

Joshua Meilton was born December 26, 1844 (?) The Bible says 1844 and the census says 1842.

Some of our Childers use Childres and Childress. The census, marriage, and Obits sometimes show the different names. Most of our family used Childres and Childers.

We do not know where JM lived when he was young until the Civil War, nor do we know his parents first names. We could use some help.Joshua Meilton Childers parents....
Possibly from Ark. or Ms.

Recent Obits

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [NCJOHNST] Fw: Childers (&other spellings), Sellers,
Milliner(or Milender)


Oakland Heights Cemetery is located in the town of Smithfield, NC facing
North Street. Below are the Childers buried there.

Daniel W. Childers,Sn.-b. Aug.26,1900 - d.Mar. 5,1964. NCPfc 13 Arm. Div.
Dora Lee Childers- b. May 7, 1883 d. Dec.10, 1965
Hettie Blanch Childers b. Dec. 1- d. Dec 13,1932. 12 days.
Joseph Carl Childers -b. Aug. 8,1890 - d. Jan. 30, 1943. married Rendy
M.J. Childers -b.Dec.26, 1841. d. Jan. 9, 1924
Rendy Childers - b.July 14, 1894 - d. -- married Joseph Carl
Ruldoph C. Childres - b.Mar. 20, 1924 - Mar. 10, 1946. NC Tech 5 31 Inf.
Shellie Childers - b. 1898 - d.1967
Walter M. Childers - b.May 6, 1903- d. May 4, 1965

I will see if I can get info on some of the others, who may be buried in
other Johnston County, NC cemeteries. I will get back to you soon.

more info on Jane and Joshua's family:

***Fannie Childers*****born 1868 m. Ruebin Wilkerson, Jr.
died 1926

child **Maude Wilkerson-born 1889
Mother: Maude Wilkerson d/o Reuben Wilkerson and Fannie Childress
Born: 1889
Died: 22 Oct. 1982

Married: LeRoy "Roy" Ward s/o Dempsey Ward and Nancy Raper
Born: May 1881

OBT. of Maude Wilkerson from Smithfield Herald

Maudie W. Ward ,93 of Route 3,Kenly, NC

Mrs. Maudie Wilkerson Ward of Route 3, Kenly died Tuesday following
a period of declining health.

Mrs. Ward, 93, was born in Arkansas.She was the daughter of the late
Rueben and Fannie Childress Wilkerson.

The funeral was held at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the chapel of
Gizzard Funeral Home in Kenly. The Rev. Jimmy Barfield officiated.
Burial was in Kenly Cemetery.


PARENTS OF Maude Wilkerson;

Father: Reuben Wilkerson s/o Reuben Wilkerson, Sr. and Reldy Parnell
(married bond date
27 Nov.1833) Jack Jackson


Mother: Fannie Childress d/o Milton J. Childres born in
Mississippi& Jane Sellers born in

Johnston Co.NC


Fannie was Born: June 3, 1868 grave stone.

Died: Dec.9, 1926 in Smithfield;

Buried : in Oakland Heights

12 Dec.1926. She was 58 years 6
months and 11 days old.

I was told by Clinton Ward that Reuben Wilkerson was full Blooded
Cherokee( I do not know if this Is true or not. Also that he was in the
Trail of Tears March. It would have to be the Rueben Wilkerson Sr. that
married Redly Parnell I would


I have this 1900 CENSUS OF Reuben Wilkerson

EAST Beulah Precinct 13th day of June 1900 JOHNSTON CO. NC

At 147/148
WILKERSON Reuben Head w m Sept. 1857 42 m 18 yrs. NC parents

Fannie J. wife w f Jan. 1867 33 m 18 yrs. NC

parents Ark.

Loretta daug. w f Oct. 1884 15 s

Addie L. daug. w f Sept. 1886 13 s

Maude L. daug. w f July 1888 11 s

William son w m June 1892 7 s

Rilda J. daug. w f Feb. 1899 1 s


Another Census I have :

JOHNSTON CO. NC 1860 Beulah Township

WILKERSON Rilda f 66 Keeping House (mother
of Reuben above)

? Lorinda f 34 at home

Narcissa f 24 at home

Nathan m 19 farm labor

Ruben m 21 farm labor


(mother and father of LeRoy "Roy" WARD who married Maude WIKERSON

1900 WILSON CO. NC CENSUS ( ? SpringHill TWP. I did not write it

At 363/366
WARD Dempsey Head w m Jan. 1848 56 m
33 yrs.

Nancy wife w f Feb. 1850 50 m
33 yrs.

Frances D w f Apr. 1877 23 s

(?)Fannie D w f Oct. 1883 16 s

LeRoy "Roy" son w m May 1881 19 s

Charlie son w m Apr. 1886 14 s

Etta D w f Feb. 1888 12 s

Joesar son w m Mar. 1890 10 s

Polly D w f Mar. 1891 9

Nancy D w f Apr. 1892 8 s

(?) Annie D w f May 1895 5 s

Jarvis Grandson w m May 1899 1 s

The names with a ? by them I could not read clearly.

page ? JOhnSTON CO.NC Register 1881 -1900

Race Groom Bride& Parents Date, Place,
& Official

W Wilkerson, Reubin Fannie Childers 4 Sept.
1883 W. F. Gerald' Reubin & Rildy Wilkerson
James & Jane Childres W. F. Gerald, J.P.

family number 58

WILKERSON, Rubin Head m w 63 Farmer

Fannie J. wife f w 45

Willie A. son m w 17

Rilda J. daug. f w 11

At the end of this info on the same page it saids:

Here ends , (Thank Goodness) , the enumeration of Lower Oneals Township.

Josiah Stancil, Enumerator



family number 665
WILKERSON, R- 48 f Seamtress 125 NC

Narcissa 18 f

Reuben 12 m

Nathan 10 m
PARROT, Ann 72 f note: (born 1788)


JOHNSTON CO. NC marriage bond

Wilkerson, Reuben Reldy Parnell 27 Nov. 1833 John Jackson

He is originally from Middlesex, NC

I found on the net at:
Peggy Ward wrote and had this in Maria's notes on the site listed above:

Any help to connect any of these would be very helpful. I am looking for
any of the above families and or

Charlene Nix, in Florida
GG Granddaughter of Joshua Meilton Childers and Jane Sellers





Housenumber 168/168

MILANDER, Furniford 36 m Head Wheelwright

Alsey 30 f wife

Mary 10 f

Martha 5 f

Alsey 2 f



Family number 256

SELLERS, Augustus 31 m Head Farmer
185 289 NC

Patsey 20 f Wife

House number 192
SELLERS, Daniel 24 m Head Timber Getter
1355 1843 NC

Sarah 26 f wife

Twin George 2 m

Twin Nancy 2 f

William 20 m Timber Getter



Same page I was on.

Family number 201

SELLERS, William H. 33 m Head Farmer 235 358 NC

Harriet 28 f wife

Mary f

Twin Lizzie 8/12 f

Twin Ann 8/12 f


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