John William SELLARDS Armstrong SELLARDS Jasper SELLARDS Volney Ephraim GAY Mini tree diagram

Lorena Jane TURMIRE1,2,3,3,1

15th Feb 18371,2,3,3,1 - Jan 18912

Life History

15th Feb 1837

Born in Kentucky.1,2,3,3,1

about 1865

Birth of son Armstrong SELLARDS in Kentucky.3,1

about 1868

Birth of son Jasper SELLARDS in Minnesota.3

23rd Sep 1870

Death of John William SELLARDS in Floyd County, Kentucky.2

after 1873

Married Volney Ephraim GAY in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota

28th Feb 1889

Death of Volney Ephraim GAY in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota.2,4

Jan 1891

Died in Dassel, Meeker, Minnesota.2

Jan 1891

Buried in Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota.2

Other facts


Married John William SELLARDS


  • In the the 1880 US census and 1885 Minnesota state census, Jane ismarried to Volney Gay.  The name Jane L matches Lorena Jane TurmireSellards, reported as Volney's second wife in his memorial on Find aGrave.  This was her second marriage, after her first husband WIlliamSellards died in 1870.  Volney's son, and two of Jane's sons, are alltogether in one household in 1880.  The youngest child in thehousehold is her son Jasper, who is 17.

    This indicates she was still married to Mr Sellards when Jasper wasborn, in about 1868.  It is not clear here whether he is her lastchild, but likely so.  The Bellamy genealogy reports that Volney'sfirst wife Lucy died in 1873.  It appears that the widower Volneymarried Lorena Jane some time after 1873.

    1880 Federal Census, Meeker County, Minnesota, 12 June, Ladys SpringDistrict 3, Enumeraton District 144, page 10, Hse/Fam #53
    Gay, Volney W M 64 Head Farmer Ohio Scotland Scotland [b abt 1826]
    Gay, Jane  W F 43 Wife Keeping House Has Consumption KY OH KY [abt1837]
    Gay, Alonzo  W M 25 Son Works on Farm idiotic Minnesota Ohio Kentucky[b abt 1855]
    Gay, Willie  W M 18 Son Works on Farm Minnesota Ohio Kentucky [b abt1862]
    Gay [Sellards], Armstrong  W M 15 Son Works on Farm KY OH KY [b abt1865]
    Gay [Sellards], Jasper W M 12 Son Works on Farm Minn OH KY [b abt1868]

    The last two young men are Jane's sons from her marriage to WilliamSellards, whio died in 1870.  Volney's first wife Laura/Lucy died in1873.  The enumerator just erred in reporting them as named Gay.  Thiserror is corrected in the 1885 census, where thay are reported withtheir correct last name.

    1885 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County, 2 June, Dassel, page 15,Hse/Fam #120
    Gay, Valery 67 M b Ohio [b abt 1818]
    Gay, Jane L 47 F b Kentucky [b abt 1838]
    Gay, Alanzo 30 M b Minnesota [b abt 1855]
    Selards, Armstrong 20 M b Kentucky [b abt 1865]
    Selards, Jasper 17 M b Minnesota [b abt 1868]

    Lorena Jane Turmire Sellards
    Birth Feb. 15, 1837 Kentucky
    Death Jan., 1891 Dassel, Meeker County, Minnesota

    John William Sellards (1841 - 1870)
    Volney Ephraim Gay (1817 - 1889)

    Rachel Sellards Gardiner (1862 - 1887)
    Armstrong S Sellards (1865 - 1933)
    William Jasper Sellards (1868 - 1888)
    William Jasper Sellards (1868 - 1888)
    Belinda Caroline Sellards (1870 - 1870)

    Burial Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery, Dassel, Meeker County,Minnesota

    Created by Valerie Lawrence Sep 21, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #59013722,


  • 1. 1885 Minnesota State Census, Meeker County
    • 2 June, Dassel, page 15, Hse/Fam #120
  • 2. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 3. 1880 Federal Census, Meeker County, Minnesota
    • 12 June, Ladys Spring District 3, Enumeraton District 144, page 10,
  • 4. Ancestry Trees

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