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I am on the track of a historical relic

This is really another bit of family history. I have no idea why my ancestor, Mr John Sellers, Coachbuilder of Exeter was digging in the foundations of his house in 1839 in Catherine Street, Exeter. However, he did so. He found a large seal. Newspaper reports of the time described this as so large it covered the top of a tea cup.

The seal was a very old one and belonged to a member of the de Courtenay family. The de Courtenay family is one of the most ancient families in England.

Old pots and vials that may have held a liquid used by the church in aiding the decomposition of corpses were also found, but these finds were probably unconnected.

Nobody knows how or why the seal got there, but it seems they were carried by all members of ancient English families and this one belonged to Ann, the son of Richard.

The seal was valuable and so important that the British Museum hoped to own it. It was actually given to an earl and I have no idea what happened to it after that.>p> I am planning to write to the British Museum as my guess is they did eventually obtain it. If not, I will try the Earl's descendants.

By 1850 the Sellers family was well to do and attended balls so maybe the find helped the family get connected. The picture is of a Roman seal and not the one my ancestor found.

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CalmGemini wrote on January 3, 2016, 12:09 PM

Just imagine!The seal has a story like that.How and when did you come to know of it?

indexer wrote on January 3, 2016, 12:15 PM

That's an interesting story. There is no guarantee that the British Museum would display the seal even if they owned it, given that they have millions of items in their possession. However, they might be persuaded to loan it to a local museum which would then display it.

HappyLady wrote on January 3, 2016, 1:09 PM

Now that is an idea. I worked as a volunteer indexing for the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford when I was a student. It was fun, but it is amazing how much stuff is never shown.

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 3, 2016, 3:42 PM

I would want to know what happened too. Hope your search is fast and easy

allen0187 wrote on January 4, 2016, 7:05 PM

Hope that you find what you are looking for. Keep us updated.

bestwriter wrote on January 20, 2016, 7:04 PM

Do you have a family tree that you have records of your ancestor that lived in the 1800s? I do not even know who my great grandfather was. It would be interesting if you finally got to that relic and owned it. Afterall it belonged to your family.

VinceSummers wrote on October 23, 2017, 5:01 PM

If I recall correctly, my family tree connects to the Sellers name in Pennsylvania, circa 1800s.

HappyLady wrote on October 24, 2017, 8:35 AM

There was a branch of the family that went to the US. I think they did go to Pennsylvania. I will look it up for you and see what it was.

HappyLady wrote on October 24, 2017, 8:37 AM

Quite importantly, Vince, are there any John Alexander Sellers in your tree?

VinceSummers wrote on October 24, 2017, 12:26 PM

I’ve got 3 John Sellers. One died Jun 28, 1664, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Lombe Sellers of Derbyshire. One born 1721 and died 1727, son of Samuel II and Sarah Smith Sellers of Chester County, PA, and John Sellers born 19 Sep 1728 died 2 Feb 1804 son of Samuel and Anna Gibbons Sellers of Derbyshire. One Jonathan, parents Samuel III and Jane Woods Sellers.