Our Townsends's of Maryland and Virginia
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Descendants of John Townsend
Generation No. 6
6. SARAH WHITE6 TOWNSEND (BARKLEY5, JEREMIAH4, JEREMIAH3, JEREMIAH2, JOHN1) was
born September 29, 1762 in Somerset Co., Maryland, and died September 02, 1809 in MD or
KY. She married WILLIAM ATKINSON SELBY February 28, 1782 in Worcester Co., Maryland, son of JOHN SELBY and MARY ATKINSON. He
was born May 25, 1757 in Somerset, MD, and died August 02, 1809 in MD or KY.
Notes for WILLIAM ATKINSON SELBY:
WAS was a residuary legatee in 1779 in the will of his uncle John Atkinson. In the June
1779 court, WAS, son of John of Nassawadux, was indicted by the court for going to the
enemy. He later served in the Revolution under Captain Quinton in 1780. In the 1790 Census
he is listed with one male over 16, two males under 16 and three females.
Children of SARAH TOWNSEND and WILLIAM SELBY are:
||JOHN7 SELBY, b. February 10, 1783, Eastern Shore of Maryland; d. Abt.
1872; m. (1) ANNIE MCCOLLIE; b. Abt. 1783; m. (2) ELISABETH MCCORMACK.
According to "History of Rush Co., IN" by Bryant dated 1888, he moved to Orange
Twp., Rush Co., IN from Harrison Co., KY in 1827. It also states that he is of English
descent and moved to Kentucky as a young man. It also states he married Annie McCollie. It
also states that he was a farmer, a member of the Christian Church, and died in his
||BARKLEY TOWNSEND SELBY, b.
November 21, 1784; d. May 14, 1874; m. (1) ELIZABETH DRUMMANS, August 20, 1807; b. December 12, 1785; d. July 05, 1816;
m. (2) PATSY C. COTTINGHAM, December 26, 1816; b. August 25, 1799; d. August 14,
1834; m. (3) SARAH S. COTTINGHAM, November 04, 1839; b. November 19, 1803; d. February 11,
BARKLEY TOWNSEND SELBY:
Tryphena Margaret Stewart-Duncan was the grandaughter of Barkley Townsend Selby. Amongst
many other things about him she states: " Wives 2 and 3 were cousins to him and
sisters to one another, their mother's maiden name being Townsend, according to family
||SARAH L. SELBY, b.
December 09, 1786.
||WILLIAM SELBY, b. June
||JOSHUA SELBY, b. July
17, 1795; m. POLLY MARY ???.
Bondsman at his sister Rhoda's wedding, he was in Rush Co., IN with his wife Polly in the
1830's. They sold land in Orange Twp., [where other Tate's and Selby's lived] on March 31,
1831. They appear to have moved on from there.
||HASTY SELBY, b.
September 29, 1797; d. May 06, 1854, Jasper Co., ILL; m. RACHAEL JOHNSON; b.
August 16, 1793, Nicholas Co., KY; d. October 09, 1870, Jasper Co., ILL.
b. April 17, 1800, Worcester Co., MD.; d. January 02, 1878, Smallwood Twp., Jasper Co.,
Ill.; m. WILLIAM TATE, March 02, 1820, Harrison Co., Kentucky; b. August 14,
1794, Nicholas Co., KY; d. November 27, 1887, Smallwood Twp., Jasper Co., Ill..
David Phillips has Rhoda's birth as April 17, 1800 on the Bible record and DAR application
of Tryphena M. Stewart-Duncan and her middle name as Ann. However, her tombstone says
Rhoda T Tate?) and indicates a 1798 birthyear. Also according to David:\
"About 1816, she [Rhoda] several of her family members and neighbors [who were
probably also relatives] left Snow Hill, Worcester Co., Maryland for Kentucky. They
traveled by barge and/or land from Maryland to the Ohio River [probably Pittsburg Penn, or
Wheeling, West VA]. From there they traveled by barge down the Ohio and Licking Rivers to
Nicholas County, KY. They lost at least one of their fellow travelers on the Ohio. Thomas
Cottingham, son of Thomas Cottingham and husband of Rhoda Cottingham fell overboard and
drowned in the Ohio River. The rest all settled in the Headquarters-Mount Carmel area of
Nicholas Co. Shortly after they arrived two of their group married. They were Martha
"Patsy" Cottingham (aged 16), daughter of Thomas and Rhoda Cottingham and
Barkley Townsend Selby (widower and older brother of Rhoda Selby). I suspect [ I'm quoting
David Phillips], that Rhoda Cottingham's maiden name was either Selby or Townsend and that
OUR Rhoda was named after her. [OUR] Rhoda married William Tate on March 2, 1820 in
Harrison Co., KY. She was bonded for her marriage by William Tate and Joshua Selby. She
was [per David's source] about 19 years old at the time of her marriage. Her gravestone
indicates that she was 22 years old, but I think it's wrong!! She moved with William to
Rush Co., IN and on to Jasper Co., Ill. where she died before 1887. [Actually, Jan 2, 1878
per her gravestone] More info can be found under her husband WilliamTate."
Per David Phillips, other Selby's in the Nichoas Co. Tax records were:
-Isaac Selby, various years 1811-1822
-After 1816, Barkley, Henry William, Moses and Major Selby, off and on. Joshua shows up in
There is strong indication that William's parents were Francis and Mary Helmic Tate.
Francis' father could have been Samuel Tate. Samuel and Francis were of Scotch-Irish
descent and came to America before the Revolutionary War from Ireland. "Samuel Tate
came from Powell's Co., VA. with Daniel Boone in 1775." Some say that Francis was
born in Ireland. This info comes from research done by David Phillips and Charline Wilson.
David is researching the family of Benjamin Tate (son of Newberry Wheeldon and brother of
the younger William Tate). Charline is researching Francis Tate, son of Francis and Mary
Three Tate children married in Harrison Co., in 1820. 'Our' William married Rhoda Selby
March 2, 1820. William Tate and Joshua Selby were her bondsmen. Jan. 2, 1820 Elizabeth
Tate married William Smith. they are in the 1820 Census, just a few doors down from the
Caswell's and the Tates.
William probably followed some of the Selby's to Rush Co., IN or went with them as there
is evidence that Rhoda Selby Tate's brother John was in Rush Co., IN by 1827 and Joshua
before 1831. In looking at the 1850 Census of William, it looks like he came to IN about
1834-1836. This might not be exact tho, because some census records have James being born
in KY in 1830!!
For more info on this family see William Tate's family.
||POLLY SELBY, b.
November 27, 1802.
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