Biography of Richard L. Selden of Le Roy, NY





Richard L. Selden, son of Clark and Eliza (Wilcox) Selden, was born where he now resides September i8, 1827. Clark Selden, from Haddam, Conn., was a carpenter and joiner, and visited the Genesee country in 1811. In 1816 he settled on 200 acres and erected his cabin where Richard L. now lives. He had 14 children, 11 of whom attained maturity. He died in 1863, aged 86 years. His father, Thomas, a farmer, of Connecticut, and of English descent, married a daughter of Nathan Wilcox, who married Elizabeth Elliott, a descendant of John Elliott. Mr and Mrs. Wilcox came to Le Roy in 1808, and he was one of the early magistrates. He died in 1813. Two sons served in the War of 1812. Richard L. Selden, a farmer, received a thorough education, and by close application fitted himself. for engineering and surveying. He taught 37 years in common schools, and in the Le Roy Academy. About 1867 he began breeding Berkshire swine, and in 1880 Jersey cattle. In 1853 he was elected town superintendent for three years, served as justice one term, as supervisor nine years, and as school commissioner six years. He married Eunice Wilcox, daughter of Stephen P., and their children are C. Virginia, C. Hubert, Mary E., and William A.


FROM:
Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890

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