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 John Marion Selman, Jr

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John Marion Selman, Jr

  • Birth 30 Jan 1875 Fort Griffin, Shackelford County, Texas, USA
  • Death 31 Mar 1937 Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA
  • Burial South San Gabriel, Burnet County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 38795767


1937: Death of John Selman Jr.

John Marion Selman, a former special agent for the Union Pacific Railroad company here, and a veteran of the Spanish-American war, died in Rockdale, Texas, Wednesday of a heart ailment, it was learned here Friday. Mr. Selman, who left here a year ago for the Texas city, served with troup D, Eleventh U.S. volunteer cavalry in the war, and was a member of Wasatch camp No. 7, United Spanish War Veterans, of this city. He had been a member of the Texas rangers. Surviving are his widow and a daughter. Funeral services and burial will be conducted on Sunday in Rockdale. Salt Lake Tribune, April 3, 1937
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John Marion was 4 when his father left Shackelford County
and his mother died February 24 1879. He was taken to the J. C. McGrew family in Brown County and on September 15, 1879, guardianship of the person and estate of Henry Selman, William "Billy" Selman, Margaretta Selman and John
marion Selman, minors, was granted to J.C. McGrew and the
property sold for 800.00, which was to go for the support of the children.
In 1881 John sent for his family. McGrew let John and William go. Keeping Henry and Margaretta. The two boys 11 and 6 traveled 285 miles to San Pablo where there father and new step mother Niconora Zaraate lived. She was a teacher and educated John. John had the small pox while in San Pablo and Niconora nursed him through.
In John's teenage years he began to call himself John Jr.
In 1888 charges were dropped against his father John Henry,
and they left Mexico and headed for El Paso.
When he got to El Paso he, and his father and brother all
worked for A. S. & R.
John Henry ran for Constable in 1892 and got the job.
He hired John Marion aka John Jr. as a police officer.
Same yearr John Henry married Miss Romula Granadion. She was 15 and John was 54. Her guardian swore she was 16. This marriage was stormy and John Marion was called on may times to break up the fights. Ashamed of their father's actions, John Marion, and William moved uptown away from their father. Their stepmother was younger then them.

John Marion was acting constable when his father was away.
John Marion was around 19 and was well know around El Paso.
The newspapers frequently spoke well of him.

John Marion described his life in an unpublishrd manuscript
preserved by his descendants. Info from the book John Selman Gunfighter by Leon Metz. some of the info from Pat Kennedy.


Family Members

Gravesite Details John Marion was calling himself John Jr. by 1888

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  • Maintained by: Saundra Nobles
  • Originally Created by: John Christeson
  • Added: 27 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 38795767
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Marion Selman, Jr (30 Jan 1875–31 Mar 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38795767, citing South San Gabriel Cemetery, South San Gabriel, Burnet County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Saundra Nobles (contributor 46834005) .