Name: Benjamin Franklin SELLS
RELA: 2nd cousin 5x removed
Birth: 12 NOV 1824 in Coshocton Co., OH
Military service JUN 1846 Company B, Third O. V. I.
Military service BET 30 SEP 1862 AND MAR 1864 Company D , 122nd O. V. I
Census: 1850 Page 120, Coshocton, Coshocton Co., OH
Census: 1860 Page 44/91, Cochocton, Coshocton Co., OH
Census: 1870 Page 17/246, Coshocton, Coshocton Co., OH
Occupation: Cabinet Maker
SELLS B. F. CAPTAIN, Coshocton, Ohio ; livery man, west Main street. Mr. Sells was born November 12, 1824, in Coshocton, Ohio ; son of Abraham and Phebe (Hart) Sells. Mr. Sells chose the cabinetmaking business, which he followed until June, 1846, when he enlisted in Company B, Third O. V. I, for the Mexican war. The company left Coshocton in canal boats June 5, 1846. He served one year in General Taylor's command. After his discharge he came home and followed his trade until the fall of 1852, when he was elected county auditor. At the expiration of his term of office he again resumed the furniture business, which he followed until September 30, 1862, when he recruited Company D , One Hundred and Twenty-second O. V. I, and was commissioned its captain, and served until March, 1864, when he was honorably discharged. After his discharge he was, for some time, engaged in furnishing horses for the government, which was merged into his present livery business. Captain Sells was married February 6, 1849, to Miss Eliza, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Ludington) Shaw. They are the parents of eight children, viz: William, Howard A,, Joseph B., Emma Adelia, Clara E., B. F., Charles and John.
per Linda Cunningham Fluharty - from a book of letters that were written by a West Virginia Civil War officer in Oct 1863. He mentioned B. F. Sells of the 122nd Ohio and had some interesting comments:
"We have one officer, B. F. Sells of the 122nd Ohio regiment here under arrest. He swore he would vote for Vallandigham. If there was not another soldier in the army did, he circulated the 'Crisis' among the men of his company. Before he was placed in arrest, some of our boys found him out, and tried to kill him one night. They stoned him and made him seek his quarters in a hurry. His regiment went to the Army of the Potomac about two weeks ago. He is here awaiting his trial, will be dismissed the service, but ought to be taken out and shot. If some of our regiment get a good chance, they will stop his breath."
Father: Abraham SELLS b: ABT 1794 in Richmond Co., VA
Mother: Phoebe HART b: BET 1794 AND 1795 in New Jersey
Eliza SHAW b: BET 1827 AND 1828 in New York
- William SELLS b: ABT 1851 in Coshocton Co., OH
- Howard A. SELLS b: ABT 1853 in Coshocton Co., OH
- Joseph B. SELLS b: ABT 1855 in Coshocton Co., OH
- Emma Adelia SELLS b: ABT 1857 in Coshocton Co., OH
- Clara E. SELLS b: 1860 in Coshocton, Coshocton Co., OH
- Benjamin Franklin SELLS b: ABT 1863 in Coshocton Co., OH
- Charles SELLS b: ABT 1868 in Coshocton Co., OH
- John SELLS b: AFT 1870