EARLY YEARS

900 B.C to 100 B.C.
Early Woodland period; the Adena culture in Ohio.

100 B.C. to 500 A.D.
The Middle and Late Woodland periods are illustrated most notably in Ohio by the Hopewell culture. The mounds at Bright Road and Riverside Drive, on the Holder Farm, the Holder-Wright Earthworks, are among a few left behind and still somewhat identifiable as mounds.



THE 1700S

1743
Ludwick Sells born February 15th in Prince Georges County, Maryland; son of Anthony Sells and Catherine Snyder.

1763
Ludwick Sells married Katarine Deardorf. She was born in York County, Pennsylvania March 5, 1749.

1773
Ludwick Sells was licensed to keep a tavern in Bedford, Pennsylvania (Huntingdon County); he also was a farmer. He was a member of the Pennsylvania militia and later fought in the War of Independence. ("Ludowick Seltz, Captain Brown's Company, 1777" [Catherine Loveland's notes.])

1789
The first Virginia Military District lands were surveyed which includes land west of the Scioto River and east of the Miami River. The northern boundary was present-day Auglaize, Hardin and Marion counties. The district included 42 million acres of land and was intended for satisfying claims of Virginia’s state troops employed in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

1795
The Treaty of Greenville, signed at Fort Greenville, in the Ohio territory, is the beginning of the end of Indian-white animosity in the Ohio territory. This means relative peace for white people seeking to settle in the region.

The Sells family moved from Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, by covered wagon to Fort Pitt, now called Pittsburgh, and then traveled by flatboat to Bracken County, Kentucky (now Mason County).