On this day, 23 March 1813, Maria Eva (Sell) Dill passed away. She was my 7th great-grandmother.
Born on 14 August 1753, in Union Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, Maria Eva Sell was the daughter of Abraham Sell and Maria Johanna Zimmerman. She joined older half-brother Jacob Forney Sell (born to father Abraham and his first wife Charlotte Louisa Forney on 10 December 1742).
Two years later, in 1755, brother Adam Sell was born in the Union Township area, Adams County, Pennsylvania. Also circa 1755, daughter Catharina Sell was born. Whether she was Adam’s true twin or an “Irish twin” is unknown.
During Maria Eva Sell’s early childhood, her father fought in the French and Indian War. In the summer of 1755, Abraham Sell, a wagoner, participated in the Braddock Expedition. The Braddock Expedition was a failed British military expedition which attempted to capture the French stronghold, Fort Duquesne. From May through July 1755, the British troops found valiantly; however, on 9 July 1755, the British troops were defeated at the Battle of the Monongahela, and the survivors, including Maria Eva Sell’s father Abraham, retreated.
Nothing more is known of Maria Eva Sell’s youth. The next time she appears in records is on 16 November 1773, when she married Nicholas Dill in Adams County, Pennsylvania.
On 19 April 1775, more than 400 miles away, “the shot heard ’round the world” was fired. The American Revolution had begun. A little over a year later, about 125 miles away, The Declaration of Independence was approved in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 4 July 1776.
A few months later, Maria Eva and Nicholas Dill’s first known child, Esther Dill, was born on 19 October 1776. (She was my 6th great-grandmother.)
Meanwhile, Maria Eva’s father, Abraham Sell, heard the call to arms and once again enlisted in the military. In 1777, Capt. Abraham Sell was in charge of the 7th Battalion, 8th Company, York County Militia. Starting on 5 April 1778, Capt. Abraham Sell was in charge of the 6th Battalion, 8th Company, York County Militia.
In 1778, Maria Eva and her husband Nicholas Dill purchased her father’s farm and agreed to care for her aging parents.
Two years later, twin daughters Elizabeth and Hannah Dill were welcomed to the family on 25 March 1780.
Then, in 1782, the Dill family sold the farm to Maria Eva’s brother Adam Sell, before moving to the Silver Run, Maryland area (which was then part of Frederick County but is now in Carroll County).
On 16 June 1786, sadness struck Maria Eva and her family when her father Abraham Sell died in Littlestown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. He was buried at Christ United Church of Christ Cemetery.
On 21 June 1787, Maria Eva’s fourth and final daughter, Catherine Dill, was born.
Four years later, Maria Eva once again grieved when her mother Maria Johanna (Zimmerman) Sell died in 1790. It is assumed that Maria Johanna (Zimmerman) Sell was buried near her husband.
In 1790, the first U.S. Census enumerated two different Nicholas Dill/Dell families living in Frederick County, Maryland. In the first household were two free white males age 16 and over, six free white males under the age of 16, one free white female under 10, one free white female age 10 to 15, and one free white female age 45 and over. These numbers do not correspond with the known family members, so this is not the correct Nicholas Dill family. Whereas, the second household contained one free white male age 16 and over (Nicholas) and four free white females (Maria Eva and three of their four daughters).
In 1800, the two Nicholas Dill/Deel families resided in Westminster, Frederick County, Maryland. In the first household were two free white males age 16 to 25, one free white males age 45 and over, and five free white females. Again, these numbers do not correspond with the known family members so this cannot be my Nicholas Dill family. However, the second household contained one free white male age 45 and over (Nicholas), one free white female age 10 to 15 (Catherine), one free white female age 16 to 25 (either Elizabeth or Hannah), two free white females age 45 and over (one of whom was Maria Eva), and one slave.
In 1810, there were two N. Dill families living in Frederick County, Maryland. In the first household was one free white male age 10-15, one free white male age 45 and over, one free white female age 10-15, and one free white female age 45 and over. However, it seems more likely that the second household is my Dill family. Residing there were one free white male age 45 and over (Nicholas), one free white female age 16-25, one free white female age 45 and over (Maria Eva), and one slave.
Tragically, at the age of 59, Maria Eva (Sell) Dill died on 23 Mar 1813, in Silver Run, Maryland. She was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery.