|Birth: ||May 1, 1870|
New Mexico, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1952|
This a story that came from the book John Selman Gunfighter.
John was cleaning his gun when he heard the dog barking he opened the door to see what was going on and the dog shot between his legs and went to hide behind Edna. John barely got out of the way when a mountain lion came in chasing the dog.
Snarling and spiting at every one the lion jumped on the bed where William lay seized him and headed for the door.
John struck it across the back with a piece of fire wood.
Turning on John he dropped William and Edna rushed to pick him up. John eventually shot the lion. William only had a few scratches, although one of his eardrums was damaged which left him slightly deaf in one ear. The lion struck Edna a crushing blow across the neck and breast, sending her reeling and leaving deep gashes.
Wiliams father left Shackelford County in June 1878 when he was fleeing the vigilanties that killed John Larn. His mother Edna died Feb. 1879 while in premature labor.
He was taken along with his 2 brother and 1 sister to John C. McGrew's houselhold, in Browneood, Texas. John McGrew was married to Williams cousin Sarah Elizabeth Lawrence. John McGrew was hung for cattle rusttling three years later. William stayed there until a few months after his father remarried in 1880 to Niconora Zarate. He was sent with his brother John Marion to San Pablo, Mexico. They remained in Mexico until their father was pardoned by the State of Texas. Then he and the boys eventually ended up in El Paso.
William worked as a guard at the AT&SF Railroad, and also as a streetcar conductor between El Paso and Juarez.
(Some of the info came from John Selman Gunfighter, by Leon Metz and some of the info from Pat Kennedy)
John Henry Selman (1839 - 1896)
Edna Beatrice DeGraffenreid Selman (1847 - 1879)
Fannie Rains Selman (1880 - 1938)
Henry Smith Selman (1868 - 1949)*
William Mathis Selman (1870 - 1952)
Margaretta Mazeene Etta Selman Alderson (1872 - 1950)*
John Marion Selman (1875 - 1937)*
Oak Lawn Cemetery
Created by: Saundra Nobles
Record added: Oct 25, 2010
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