Sellinger Adam (1605-c1660)

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Sellinger Adam was born on an unknown date to Peter Adam and died circa 1660 of unspecified causes. She married Thomas Underdowne (1610-c1660) 6 April 1635 in Ottery St Mary, Devon, England, United Kingdom.

Sellinger Adam was baptised in Ottery St Mary, Devon on the 25th September 1605. Her father's name was Peter Adam (or Adams) but the name of her mother is unknown. She had a younger brother named William.


Sellinger married Thomas Underdowne on the 6th April 1635 in Ottery St Mary. He was the son of George and Marie Underdowne (nee Harris). His siblings were Alice, Johan, Margaret and Robert.


Thomas and Selinger had four known children baptized in Ottery St Mary – Thomas on 13th December 1635, Edmond on the 2nd February 1637, Richard on 15th November 1640 and Joshua on 14th April 1642.

Civil War

In 1645, with the country split in half and fighting each other during the Civil War, Ottery St Mary became a busy garrison town under the command of Sir Thomas Fairfax. Oliver Cromwell visited and stayed in Ottery St Mary when he came to survey the progress of his army in the south west of England. He allowed his troops to remain in the town after their campaigns, in order that they should have some rest and recuperation. During his stay, Fairfax and Cromwell set up their campaign headquarters in Ottery's Chanters House where they plotted the next stage of their campaign and their next movements. However, an outbreak of an epidemic was instrumental in finally moving troops out of the area.

How Thomas, Sellinger and family were affected by these events is not yet known.


No record of Thomas or Sellinger’s burial has been located at this stage.


Offspring of Thomas Underdowne and Sellinger Adam (1605-c1660)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Underdowne (c1635-c1686) 1635 Devon, England, United Kingdom 1686 Johan Turner (c1635-1677)

Edmond Underdowne (1637-)
Richard Underdowne (1640-)
Joshua Underdowne (1642-)


Sources and notes

‡ General
  • "Recorded Details on the Underdown Families in England", by Peter Underdown, South Australia, 1990
  • GEDCOM data of Maxine Cadzow, Victoria, Australia
  • "England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Dec 2012), Thomas Underdowne, 24 Feb 1610; citing OTTERY SAINT MARY,DEVON,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 0962974, 0962975.
  • "Ancestral File", database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2012-12-31), entry for Thomas UNDERDOWNE.
  • "Ancestral File", database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2012-12-31), entry for Sellinger ADAM.

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