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 William M Selby

William M Selby

Death 28 Aug 1900 (aged 80–81)
Harrison County, Missouri, USA
Burial Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 100040591 · View Source
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George W. Selby, a well known and highly
respected citizen of Bethany, Missouri, was
born in Decatur, County, Indiana, the son of
William M. and Martha J. (Flint) Selby. Mr. and
Mrs. William M. Selby were married in Indiana
and came to Harrison County in 1841, and
settled in Sherman Township, four miles east
of the present site of Bethany. William Selby
owned between 300 and 400 acres of land at
the time of his death, August 28, 1900, at the
age of eighty-one years. His wife died when
forty-four years of age, and both are buried
in Antioch Cemetery. When William M. Selby
made the trip here from Indiana, he was
accompanied by Dave Terry, each furnishing
a horse to make the team they drove. Mr.
Selby built a cabin, 14x16 feet, in dimensions
with joist across, pole roof and covered with
clapboards, weighted down. His family were
forced to go without shoes for a winter or two
until John S. Allen made shoes for them.

Mr. and Mrs. William M. Selby were the
parents of the following children: George
W., the subject of this sketch; Joshua J.,
who died on his farm in Sherman Township;
J.P., Thomas J., who died on the home farm;
John F., who died in Bethany Township; Jesse,
deceased; and Rachel, who married Leonard
Nichols, now deceased, and who lives on
the home place.

George W. Selby owns seventy-two acres of land adjoining the home place in Sherman Township, where he made his home until 1918, when he and his wife moved to Bethany, where they and their son, James Franklin, are living together.

George W. Selby was married in 1862, to Martha J. Buck, a daughter of Bethuel and Mary Buck, who were among the earliest settlers of Bethany Township. Mrs. Selby was born in Tennessee, and came with her parents to this county, about 1842, and her parents died here and are buried in Miriam Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. George W. Selby are the parents of four children: William B. of Butler Township, who married Mary A. Alley of Ponca City, Oklahoma; Mary C, the wife of George W. Hammons of Bethany, Missouri ; James Franklin, who has been a city mail carrier for the past three years in Bethany; and Emma Mabel, the wife of W. A. Wethered, of Bethany.

The grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Selby are:
George, William and Raymond Selby; Alma
Selby, wife Raymond Trimm of McFall,
Missouri; Edgar Selby, Arthur W. Hammons,
Lenore Wells of Kansas City, Missouri, Lester
Wayne Selby, May Illeene Wethered. They
have two great grandchildren: Raymond L.
Trimm, and Norman Keefe Selby.

During the Civil War, George W. Selby, enlisted
in 1863, at Bethany, Missouri, under Captain
Sutton of the 43rd Missouri Cavalry. Part of
the time he was in camp at Weston, Missouri,
and the Company was at Platte City, and St.
Joseph, Missouri. He was mustered out at
Albany, Missouri, after six months service.

James Franklin Selby, city mail carrier of
Bethany, was born July 1, 1880, and educated
in the schools of the county, and attended
Bethany High School for two years. After
finishing his education, he engaged in farming
on the home place in Sherman Township until
October 2, 1918, when he was appointed to
his present position. He was married August
20, 1905 to Bessie Lillian Vanderpool, a
daughter of B. P. and Catherine Vanderpool of
Gilman City, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Selby have
a son, Lester Wayne, born June 28, 1906.

George W. Selby has an extensive acquaintance in Bethany and Harrison County, and is a substantial citizen.
SOURCE: pp344-345 of "History of Harrison County, Missouri" by Geo. W. Wanamaker; publ. by Historical Publ. Co. Topeka-Indianapolis in 1921.

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  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100040591
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William M Selby (1819–28 Aug 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100040591, citing Antioch Cemetery, Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Karen DaPra (contributor 46799206) .