Biography of Wilson Selby
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

WILSON SELBY, a representative farmer and highly respected citizen of Franklin township, resides on his very valuable farm in section 27, consisting of 16o acres of well cultivated land. Mr. Selby was born in Franklin township, Mercer County, Ohio, May 29, 1855, and is a son of Jacob and Mary A. (Winters) Selby.

Jacob Selby was born near Germantown, Ohio, and was a son of Charles and Brittannia (Buxton) Selby, the former of whom was born and reared in the vicinity of Cincinnati. When his eldest son was 16 years old, Charles Selby moved to Mercer County, where he entered 320 acres of land, paying $1.25 per acre, and on that farm he and his wife died. Their children were as follows: Jacob; Sarah, who married Joseph Frank; Elizabeth, who married John Sayers; and Isaac, who married (first) Cordelia Beauchamp, and (second) Martha Emerson.

Jacob Selby married Mary A. Winter, a daughter of Bradley and Elizabeth Winter, who were pioneers in Franklin township, Mercer County, coming from Pennsylvania. They owned a farm on Chickasaw Creek, on which our subject's parents lived for a short time after their marriage. After the birth of two children, Jacob Selby and wife moved to the Selby home farm, which had come into Jacob's possession, and there the rest of the children were born, the family being as follows: Elizabeth, who married Charles Smith of St. Marys; Wilson; Janet, who died aged four years; Emma, who married Edward McGee and lives on the home farm; Sarah A.; who married I. W. Rush, and resides at Toledo; and Cynthia, who died aged eight years. The father died in 1893, the mother having passed away in 1889.

Wilson Selby was reared in Franklin township and attended the country schools. He continued to live on the home farm for a number of years after his marriage, but later settled on his present farm. In the division of the property, his father gave him 160 acres of the old home farm, 80 of which he still owns, and later he purchased an additional 20 acre tract. Mr. Selby is considered a very successful farmer, raising wheat, oats, hay, hogs and horses, in fact, carrying on general agricultural and stock raising operations.

In November, 1881, Mr. Selby was married to Sarah Jane Miller, a daughter of Calvin and Cynthia (Preston) Miller, and they have five children, as follows : Russell, who married Lillian Monroe, lives at Bradford, Ohio, and has one son, Cleo Donley, born January 31, 1904; Floyd, who married Blanche Ester and is an oil driller in the Indian Territory; Virdie, who married George Preston, resides at Bradford, Ohio, and has two children, Grace, born in October, 1903, and Wilma, born July 18, 1904; Mearle, born July 20, 1887, who married Della Gilliland; and Oma, born November 18, 1889, who is attending school.

Mr. Selby and family are well known throughout their neighborhood, the families on both sides having been established here for so long a period. Their hospitable home sees many visitors and the passing stranger is made welcome in the friendly manner which marks the sterling character of one of Franklin township's representative households.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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