52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #37 John Sell

Amy Johnson Crow introduced the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge on her No Story Too Small blog in 2014. This year she continued the challenge, but also added a weekly theme.  This week, the theme is Large Family. Did you know that all 10 of the most common birthdays are in September? (If you’re a chart geek like me, check out this heat map of birth date frequencies.) So let’s feature an ancestor who had a large family or who was a member of a large family.

To find my ancestor with the largest family, I ran an ancestor report in Legacy, which included children of each spouse.

There were a number of large families, but my ancestor with the most children was John Sell.

John Sell was the son of William Sell and Winifred Jefferson.  He was born before 15 Jan 1644, was christened on 25 Jan 1644 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 25 Oct 1726 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, at age 82.

John married Dinah Baker between 1664 and 1665. Dinah was born about 1640, died before 7 Nov 1673, and was buried on 7 Nov 1673 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Children from this marriage were:

  1. William Sell was born before 27 Sep 1668, was christened on 27 Sep 1668 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, died before 10 Oct 1668 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 10 Oct 1668 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  2. John Sell was born before 9 Jan 1669 and was christened on 9 Jan 1669 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. General Notes: Possibly died before 1692.
  3. Robert Sell was born before 8 Oct 1671, was christened on 8 Oct 1671 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 18 Jul 1672 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

John next married Margaret Nightingale on 5 Jul 1675 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Margaret was born about 1650, died before 10 Mar 1719, and was buried on 10 Mar 1719 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Children from this marriage were:

  1. William Sell was born before 22 Sep 1676 and was christened on 22 Sep 1676 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  2. Mary Sell was born before 8 Dec 1678, was christened on 8 Dec 1678 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 12 Dec 1678 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  3. Mary Sell was born before 22 Feb 1679 and was christened on 22 Feb 1769 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Mary married John Jarman on 8 Feb 1710 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. John was born about 1680.
  4. Robert Sell was born before 11 Nov 1681, was christened on 11 Nov 1681 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 21 Dec 1681 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  5. Thomas Sell was born before 18 Mar 1682 and was christened on 18 Mar 1682 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.  Thomas married Anne Stamford on 27 Sep 1709 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Anne was born about 1680, died before 17 Mar 1734, and was buried on 17 Mar 1734 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Thomas next married Mary French on 11 Oct 1735 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Mary was born about 1700.
  6. Henry Sell was born before 21 Feb 1684 and was christened on 21 Feb 1684 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Henry married Bridget Tempest on 21 Jan 1710 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Bridget was born about 1690.  She is listed as “Mrs. Bridget Tempest” on the marriage entry.
  7. Robert Sell was born before 12 Mar 1685, was christened on 12 Mar 1685 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 17 Mar 1685 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  8. Ralph Sell was born before 23 Jul 1687, was christened on 23 Jul 1687 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 28 Jul 1687 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  9. James Sell was born before 4 Jul 1690, was christened on 4 Jul 1690 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 29 Oct 1690 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  10. John Sell was born before 25 Jun 1692 and was christened on 25 Jun 1692 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. John married Rachel Green on 13 Mar 1722 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. Rachel was born about 1700.
  11. Elizabeth Sell was born before 4 Nov 1693, was christened on 4 Nov 1693 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 8 Aug 1698 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  12. Robert Sell was born before 7 Aug 1695, was christened on 7 Aug 1695 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 19 Aug 1695 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  13. Joseph Sell was born before 27 Sep 1697, was christened on 27 Sep 1697 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 13 Oct 1697 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  14. Benjamin Sell was born before 27 Sep 1697, was christened on 27 Sep 1697 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, and was buried on 13 Oct 1697 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Main source of information:

Cambridgeshire Family History Society, St Peter & St Paul Bassingbourn, CD-ROM Database (N.p.: Cambridgeshire Family HIstory Society, n.d.),

Other sources include:

Java 4 Database at Rootsweb WorldConnect, R V Copeland online <a href=”http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=java4″>http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=java4</a&gt;, accessed 11 August 2002.

International Genealogical Index

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