Ancestry Photo Hint

How do you handle Ancestry photo hints? Do you save them or do you ignore them? I have to admit that I ignore a lot of them. However, when I don’t have a photo of an individual, I will try to find the one originally posted and save photo to their gallery.

At times, those photo hints lead to other sources. That is the case when I was working thru the hints for Milton Seller, son of John Finley Seller and his wife Rebecca (Sellers) Seller. One of those photo hints was the image of an obituary. Fortunately, the original poster also included the name and date of the newspaper where the obituary was published.

Just enough information was shared to challenge me to find the obituary. Thanks to the work of Kenneth Marks and his Newspaper site on Ancestor Hunt, I was able to locate the newspaper online! Searching the Lenox Library’s digital newspaper collection not only found the obituary for Albert Seller, but also the obituary for his brother, Columbus, and his sister, Una and their father, Milton H. Seller!

Columbus S. Seller

Life Story of Columbus S. Seller
Columbus S. seller, oldest son of Milton and Sarah Seller was born in Greencastle, Ind., Sept. 21, 1853, and died at the home of his daughter in Lenox, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1936, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 29 days.
On Dec. 8, 1880 he was married to Anna Mary Whyte, who preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1935. Ten children were born, three having preceded the father in death, two dying in infancy and Virgil, who died Feb. 23, 1920.
He is survived by four daughters and three sons, Mrs. Vena Saunders of Beresford, S.D., Mrs. Bertha Toland of Lenox, Mrs. Edith Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Mrs Anna Murphy of Sherman Texas, Lester of Marceline, Mo., Oscar L. of Pierson, Ia., and Cederic N. of Lenox.
Mr. Seller also leaves two sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Florence Corsline of Garden Grove, Ia., Mrs. Una McGrew of Lenox, William H. of Sumner, Wash., John F. of Harlan, Oregon, Albert M. and Cresley R. of Lenox and Edwin R. of Kohoka, Mo.
His early days were spent in Greencastle, Ind., where he attended school and graduated form high school of that place. At the age of twenty he came to Iowa, living for a while in Ringgold county, then moving later to Taylor county. In 1913 he moved to Macon, Mo., and later to Marceline.
When a young man he united with the M. E. church and at the time of his death he was a member of the M.E. church of Marceline, Mo.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, at th Barber funeral home in Lenox, conducted by the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

“Life Story of Columbus S. Seller,” Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), 27 February 1936, page 1; digital images, Lenox Advantage Preservation ( : viewed online 15 October 2022).

Albert Seller

Life story of Albert Seller
Albert Milton, son of Milton and Sarah Seller was born in Green Castle, Ind., on June 25, 1865, and died at his home five miles northeast of Lenox, Iowa, on February 13, 1937, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 20 days.
At the age of 12, he came with his parents to Iowa, where they settled on a prairie farm six miles south and one mile west of Lenox. In 1914 he moved into the town of Lenox, making that his home until 1933, at which time he went out to live on the farm, where he died.
Mr. Seller is survived by two sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Florence Gorsline of Garden Grove, Iowa, Mrs. Una McGrew of Lenox, John F. of Newport, Ore, Edwin R. of Kohoka, Mo., and Chelsey R. of Lenox.
He was a member of the Methodist church of Lenox, having united with that body in the year 1915.
Bert was of a quiet disposition, loving the home life, and honest and upright in all his dealings. For years he had been anemic and gradually succumbed to that ailment, but through it all he was very patient to the last.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Lenox, Monday, February 15, and burial was made at Clearfield.

“Life Story of Albert Seller,” Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), 18 February 1937, page 1; digital images, Lenox Advantage Preservation ( : viewed online 15 October 2022).

Una Alma (Seller) McGrew

Obituary – McGrew

Una Alma (Seller) McGrew, daughter of Milton H. and Sarah Jane Seller, was born October 7, 1867, in Greencastle, Indiana, and passed this life in Lenox, Iowa, February 6, 1956, aged 88 years 3 months and 30 days.
At the age of 10 she came with her family to Iowa where they settled on a prairie farm near Conway.
On February 17, 1909 she was united in marriage with Hilton U. McGrew, of Grandview, Iowa. Following the marriage at the bride’s family home, they made their home on a farm near Grandview. After one year they moved to Van Wert where Mr McGrew became ill. In a short time he died at Bethany, Missouri where he was being treated for the illness. The following March Mrs. McGrew returned to the home farm near Conway where she lived with her father and brothers until 1914 when they moved to Lenox. Since that time Lenox has been her home.
Una professed her faith in Christ when a girl about 13 years old and joined the Greenwood Methodist Church near their home. After moving to Lenox she moved her membership to the Methodist Church where she continued a faithful member. Though she had no children very much and spent her life doing for others.
Preceding her in death were: Her father and mother, 5 brothers; Columbus, John, Will, Edwin, and Albert; 2 sisters Mrs. Louella Ray and Mrs Florence Gorsline. Surviving are one brother Chelsey R Seller of Lenox, a niece Miss Pluma Ray, who has lived with Mrs McGrew since 1927, a step-son Vern McGrew, of Marshaltown, Iowa, a number of nephews and nieces, and her many friends and neighbors.

“Obituary – McGrew,” Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), 16 February 1956, page 7; digital images, Lenox Advantage Preservation ( : viewed online 15 October 2022).

Milton H. Seller – The Father

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Milton Hawkins seller was born at Evansville, Ind., Nov. 12, 1822, and passed away at the home in Lenox, Oct. 29, 1914, aged 91 years, 11 months and 14 days.
He was married Feb. 28, 1851 to Sarah J. Leach, who preceded him in death, dying on May 11, 1906. To their union were born nine children — six boys and three girls — all of whom are living, and except two who were too far away, were present at the funeral. The children are Columbus S. of near Clearfield; William H. of Bismark, Washington; John F. of Mabtou, Wash.; Mrs. Florence Gossline of van Wert; Mrs. Luella Ray, Albert M. Mrs. Una McGrew and Charles R., of Lenox and Edwin R. of Memphis, Mo.
For 26 years after his marriage Mr. Seller lived in Putman county, Ind., near Greencastle, from which place they came to Iowa and settled in Grant township on the farm where he lived until last March when he removed to Lenox. Soon after he was married he was converted and with his wife became a member of the Methodist Church.
A double funeral was held for Mr. Seamans and Mr. Seller at the M.E. Church at 2 o’clock, Sunday, Nov. 1, conducted by Rev. Walter A. Morgan, assisted by Rev. A. L. Davidson. The body of Mr. Seller was laid to rest in the Clearfield cemetery and that of Mr. Seamans in Fairview cemetery, Lenox.

“Obituary,” Lenox Time Table (Lenox, Iowa), 5 November 1914, page 4; digital images, Lenox Advantage Preservation ( : viewed online 16 October 2022).

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