Some info attached.I would sure like to have any info you have concerning the descendants of Elizabeth Jemima Selman.
Willis Selman (29 Apr 1804 - 11 Feb 1858) was born in Elbert County, Georgia, the youngest son of Thomas and Jemima Selman. His "Selman" ancestors are believed to be as follows:
John Sellman (1645-1707). Wife: Elizabeth Brashears or Lawrence.
John Sellman (1680-1716). Wife: Martha Groce.
Benjamin Lawrence Selman. (1710-1774) Wife: Ann Powell.
Thomas Selman. (1762-1816). Wife: Jemimah Greenlees.
Willis Selman. (1804 - 1858). Wife: Anna Embry.
According to Martha Crabb, Willis was sixteen when he began working problems in his Cyphering Book.The problems were written by different persons, in different ink, over several years.The book, measuring 12? inches by 7? inches, contains ninety-six sheets of thick paper, which is now faded to medium tan. The cover is heavy cardboard. On the inside cover is written "Willis Selman This Book July the 28th day 1820." Dates at the end of the book include 29 Apr 1822 and 11 Aug 1824.Throughout the workbook, Willis practiced writing his name in a variety of ways and often wrote "Willis Selman is my name and with this pen I write the same."
Written at the bottom of page 10 is a "Receipt" for dye:
1 oz of indigo
2 oz of Vitrol
Mix Well in stone vessel let stand for 3 days from the air Then take 2 P [Pinches] alum
2 g red oak ooze
2 G Hickory ooze simmer all together
That will color 7 y [yards] of woll
Scattered through the book are notes, such as:
Brought home one bag of meal two bushel and one peck on Saturday 14th of April 1827
Please to let William Greenlee have one dollar in the store and you will oblige [,] yours [signed] George W. Thompson
Borrowed of William Willson Sixteen Pound and a half of salt [,] cloth and all October 19th 1826
Borrowed of Hosea Reynolds 39 lb of cotton with the bag
Mathematics problems are organized under headings followed by several examples to be worked and prove.Some of the sections and problems in the old book are:
Divide 1796423796 by 124
Divide 94239674976842 by 76437294
In ?946 15S P6 1/2P How many Pence and Groats [a British silver four-pence piece]
Troy Weight . . . 24 Grains [equals] 1 Penny Wt [,] 20 Pennyweight [equals] one ounce [,] 12 ounces [equals] 1 Pound Troy Weight
4 Nails make 1 Quarter of a Yard and 4 Quarters 1 Yard [,] 3 Quarters [equals] 1 Ell Flemish [,] 5 Quarters [equals] 1 Ell English
3 Barley Corns make 1 Inch [,] 12 Inches 1 foot [,] 3 feet l yard [,] 16 1/2 feet or 5 1/2 Yards one Pole [,] perch or rod [,] 40 Rods 1 furlong [,] 8 furlongs 1 mile [,] 40 square Rods is one Rood [,] 4 Roods is 1 Acre
The Single Rule of Three Direct
In this Rule three Numbers is always given to find a fourth . . ..
If ?100 Principle in 12 months gain ?5 Interest what will ?264 Principle gain in 7 months
Tare and Tret
. . . are allowances made by the buyer of some particular commodities
Tare is an allowance made for the weight of the barrel box or bag or whatever contains the commodity
Tret is an allowance of 4 lb in every 104 lb for waste [and] dust
Gross weight . . . is the weight of the goods together with the barrel box or bag or whatever contains Them
Neat weight is the weight of the goods after all allowances are deducted
What is the Insurance of an east india ship and cargo valued at ?14813 15S at 15 3/4 per cent
is the reduction of money of one state or country to that of another
Par is equality in value but the course of exchange is frequently above or below par
Agio is a term used to signify the difference in some countries between Bank and current Money
A Spanish dollar is valued at ?4 6S Sterling and at ?7 6s Pennsylvania Currency
Sterling is therefore Equated to ?7 6S Pennsylvania Currency and ?100 of the former is Equated to ?166 2/3 of the latter [,] when Exchange between England and Pennsylvania is at this Rate [,] it is said to be at Par.
Martha Crabb writes:
It was necessary for a business man to know the values of five different American currencies, plus several foreign currencies. A chart, too dim to copy, gives exchange rates for money of:
New England states and Virginia
New York and North Carolina
South Carolina and Georgia
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland
There are many other sections in this fascinating old notebook. Some of the problems are in pounds, others are in dollars, and many use both, while others are in Spanish dollars.
It is evident Willis had been well instructed in arithmetic before beginning this workbook. His father had died a few years earlier, therefore the book must have been made for him by other adult relatives, perhaps his uncles or older brothers. The handwriting changes throughout the book, suggesting more than one person wrote the explanations and problems. Every question in the book was worked and proven.
The 1830 census of Franklin County, Tennessee lists Willis Selman, head of household:
one male 20 to 30 (Willis, 26)
one female 5 to 10 (Elizabeth, 1)
one female 15 to 20 (Anna, 18)
one female 60 to 70 (Jemima, age 67).
On 9 Mar 1832, Willis bought 50 acres from his brothers and sisters.The Franklin County, Tn. deed provided:
This Indenture made the 9th day of March eighteen hundred and thirty two between Thomas Selman, Elias Selman, Eli Selman, Benjamin Selman, James Woods, Milley Selman, Linney Davis, Evan Evans an Hosea Reynolds, all of the first part and Willis Selman of the second part of the County aforesaid.Witnesseth that the parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars to us in hand paid at and before the signing, sealing and delivering of these presents thewhereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted, bargained, sold, aliened, conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, alien, convey and confirm unto the said Willis Selman, his heirs and assigns forever, all that tract an parcel of land lying in said County on the Perane Creek it being the waters of Elk River and bounded as follows: ...by Joseph Willis on the north, by Benjamin Neville? on the East and South and William Casenter? on the west containing fifty acres more or less....and the said Thomas Selman, Elias Selman, Eli Selman, Benjamin Selman, James Woods, Milley Selman, Linney Davis, Evan Evans, and Hosea Reynolds of the first part their heirs, Executors and Administrators do hereby covenant and agree to warrant and forever defend the ...and the said Willis Selman, his heirs...In testimony whereof, we the said Thomas Selman, Elias Selman, Eli Selman, Benjamin Selman, James Woods, Milley Selman, Linney Davis, Evan Evans and Hosea Reynolds do hath hereunto set our hand and affirm our seals this day an date above.
Signed and sealed delivered
In the presense of us:
John G. Bostick
W. B. Wilson?
According to Martha Crabb, a few years later Willis took his wife Anna, their three children and his mother, Jemima to Benton County, Alabama to live near the rest of the clan.
Shirley (Selman) Owens found where Willis Selman performed four (4) marriages in Benton (now Calhoun) County, Ala. in 1835 and 1836.
In the 1840 Census of Benton County, Ala. it shows Willis Silman on the same page #35 as Benj Selman, as follows:
Under 5 1 1
5 to 10 1 2
10 to 15 1
20 to 30 1
30 to 40 1
70 to 80 1
By February 1848, Willis was in Cherokee County, Texas with several of his brothers and sisters.
Willis Selman's brother Thomas Selman had a son named Willis Selman.Both of these Willis Selman's were in Cherokee County, Tx. and there may be come confusion as to who is who.
On 2 May 1949, Willis Selman, Jr. bought 121 acres in Cherokee County, Tx. from Carmel (Durst?) Bean Martin & husband William Martin. Two of the witnesses were Thos Selamn and B. G. Selman. Now who is this Willis Selman, Jr.?) (DB-C, pgs 344-45).
On 8 Jul 1850, Willis Selman bought 108 8/10 acres in Cherokee County, Tx. from R. F. Mitchell.
The 1850 Census of Cherokee County, Tx. provides:
Willis Selman46 yrs. FarmerB. Ga.
Anna Selman38 Ga.
Benj. T. Selman19 Tn.
Darrens A. Selman15 Ala.
Mary A. Selman14 Ala.
Joseph T.L. Selman12 Ala.
Eleanor T. A. Selman9 Ala.
Willis E. Selman7 Ala.
Leonidas Selman4 Ala.
Virgil Selman2 Ala.
On 15 Nov 1850, Probate Minute BK D(1852-59), pgs 16-21 & 421-22: indicates Willis Selman is a brother to James Selman, who died interstate.
On 5 Aug 1851, a Masonic Lodge, designated as Terrell Lodge was organized near Lenwood in Cherokee County with the following officers:J.C. Harrison, W. M.; Willis Selman, S. W.; H. B. Stephens J.W.; James Morgan, Treasurer; William McCollough, Secretary; G. W. Goodwin, S.D.; Isaac T. Bean, J.D.; B.F. White, Tyler. See Texas State Gazette, P-3.
Willis Selman died in Cherokee County on 11 Feb 1858 when he was fifty-three.Anna was left with six or seven children still at home, the youngest only eleven months old.
The 1860 Cherokee County, Tx. Census, #420 listed:
Anna Selman 50 Female Housekeeper Ga.
B. F. Selman 29 Male Tn.
J. G. Selman 23 Male Ala.
W. E. Selman 17 Male Ala.
L. W. Selman 15 Male Ala.
B. H. Selman 12 Male Ala.
A. E. Selman 9 Male Tx.
J. B. Selman 4 Male Tx.
Births, deaths and marriages in The Family Bible of Willis Selman, a copy of which was provided to me by Hugh Selman, contained the following information:
Willis Selman Born 19 Apr 1804 in Elbert Co, Ga.
Anna Selman Born 23 Jun 1811 in Jackson Co, Ga.
Willis Selman Married Anna Embrey on 4 Nov 1828.
Elizabeth Jemima Selman Born 12 Dec 1829 in Franklin Co, Tn.
Benjamin Thomas Selman Born 20 Mar 1831 in Franklin Co, Tn.
Sally Embry Selman Born 22 Oct 1832 in Franklin Co, Tn.
Dorcas Amanda Selman Born 25 Jul 1834 in Benton Co, Ala.
Mary Ann Selman Born 15 Feb 1836 in Benton Co, Ala.
Joseph Greenlee Selman Born 9 Feb 1838 in Benton Co, Ala.
Adalaid Selman Born 2 Dec 1840 in Benton Co, Ala.
Willis Evans Selman Born 16 Dec 1842 in Benton Co, Ala.
Leonidas Newton Selman Born 28 Jun 1845 in Benton Co, Ala.
Virgil Homer Selman Born 17 May 1848 in Cherokee Co, Tx.
Anna Eliza Selman Born 29 Apr 1851 in Cherokee Co, Tx.
John Bunyan Selman Born 5 Jan 1857 in Cherokee Co, Tx.
Willis E. Selman and
Martha J. SimpsonMarried 25 Oct 1865
Cora Hellena Selman Born 30 Oct 1866 in Leon Co, Tx.
Willis Simpson Selman Born 26 Jan 1870 in Leon Co, Tx.
Arthur Selman Born 17 Feb 1874
Horace Selman Born 20 Feb 1877
Manila Isabella Selman Born 14 Dec 1879
Anna Elizabeth Selman Born 6 Jun 1883
Thomas Selman Died 27 Apr 1816
Jemima Selman Died 20 Apr 1844
Willis Selman Died 11 Feb 1858
Anna Selman Died 12 Oct 1865
Benjamin Thos Selman Died Jun 1862
Joseph Selman Died 7 Aug 1863
Elizabeth J. Selman,
wife of William M.McCullough died in Marshal, Harrison County, Texas, 28 Oct 1870.
Willis Evans Selman Died at the home of his daughter (Manila) 19 Jun 1931
Willis and Anna (Embry) Selman's twelve (12) children were as follows:
I. Elizabeth Jemima (Selman) McCullough. Born 1829.
II. Benjamin Thomas Selman. Born 1831.
III. Sarah "Sallie" Embrey (Selman) Simpson. Born 1832.
IV. Dorcus Amanda (Selman) Reynolds. Born 1834.
V. Mary Ann (Selman) Holcomb/Duncan. Born 1855.
VI. Joseph Greenleas Selman. Born 1838.
VII. Helen "Eleanor" Frances Adalaide (Selman) Holcomb. Born 1840.
VIII.Willis Evans Selman. Born 1842.
IX. Leonidas "Lee" Newton Selman. Born 1845.
X. Virgil Homer Selman. Born 1848.
XI. Ann Elizabeth (Selman) St. John. Born 1851.
XII. John Bunyan Selman. Born 1857.
Information concerning the descendants of Willis Selman and Anna (Embry) Selman is as follows:
I. Elizabeth Jemima (Selman) McCullough. (12 Dec 1829 -28 Oct 1870) Born in Tennessee. She and William McCullough were married on June 23, 1850 in Cherokee County, Texas. Buried in Marshall, Texas. Three (3) children.
II. Benjamin Thomas Selman. (21 Mar 1831 - 8 Jun 1862). Born Franklin County, Tennessee and died in a Confederate hospital in Richmond, Virginia.He joined Company I, First Regiment, Texas Infantry in Alto, Cherokee County, Texas three months earlier.No children.
III. Sarah "Sallie" Embrey (Selman) Simpson.(22 Oct 1832 - 7 Oct 1884) Born in Franklin County, Tennessee. She met William David Simpson (born July 8, 1824, son of Joseph Simpson and Rebecca (Duncan) Simpson) when his sister's father in laws' wagon train stopped in Alto, Tx. William moved on with the Joseph Evans family to Leon County, Tx. but returned the next year to marry Sallie on 1 August 1850 in Cherokee County, Tx. The Simpsons then returned to Leon County, Tx., purchased land approximately six miles west of Centerville to build a double log house along Spring Creek, an area which was later known as Simpson Springs.
Sallie;s brother, Willis Evans Selman married cousin Martha Jane Simpson in 1865.After Sallie died in Redland, Tx., William married Julia Foote. William David Simpson died in Concord, Tx on 24 Jan 1907 and is buried with his wife at Concord Cemetery in Leon County, Tx.
The eleven (11) children of Sallie and William David Simpson were all born in Leon County, Texas were as follows:
A. Joseph Simpson. Born 1851.
B. Benjamin T. Simpson. Born 1853.
C. James Edward Simpson. Born 1856.
D. David Wilburn Simpson. Born 1858.
E. Mozane (Simpson) Hill/Mattison. Born 1861
F. John Cabot "Cabb" Simpson. Born 1863.
G. Anna P. Simpson. Born 1865.
H. Mary E. Simpson. born 1867.
I. William Anderson Simpson. Born 1869.
J. Hugh Simpson. Born 1871.
K. Albert Newton Simpson. Born 1874.
Information concerning the children and descendants of Sallie and William David Simpson is contained in their own separate family history.
IV. Dorcas Amanda (Selman) Reynolds. (25 Jul 1834 - 31 Dec 1898) Born in Benton County, Alabama, married June 15, 1853 in Cherokee County, Texas to Lewis F. Reynolds. Buried in the Old Palestine Cemetery. Five (5) children.
V. Mary Ann (Selman) Holcomb/Duncan. Born 15 Feb 1836 in Benton County, Alabama. She was married first on May 4, 1853 in Cherokee County to George C. Holcomb, and second on March 4, 1855 to William W. Duncan. Seven (7) children.
VI. Joseph Greenlee Selman (9 Feb 1838 - 7 Aug 1863) Born in Benton County, Alabama.
VII. Helen "Eleanor" Frances Adalaide (Selman) Holcomb. (2 Dec1840 - 30 Aug 1897). Born in Benton County, Alabama and married on 28 Feb 1855 in Cherokee County, Texas to Joseph Holcomb, a cousin of George C. Holcomb.Nine (9) children:
I. William F. Holcomb.
II. Mary Melissa Holcomb.
III. Joel M. Holcomb.
IV. George William Holcomb.
V. Annie Holcomb.
VI. Edwin Athelston Holcomb.
VII. Edith Corena (Holcomb) Black.
VIII.Virgil H. Holcomb.
IX. A. Hubert Holcomb.
Information concerning the descendants of Eleanor (Selman) Holcomb and Joseph Holcomb is contained in their own separate working draft.
VIII.Willis Evans Selman (16 Dec 1842 - 19 Jun 1931) Born in Benton
County, Alabama. Served in the Civil War with Company D, 4th Texas Infantry and married Martha Jane Simpson on 25 Oct 1865.First Service Warden of the First Masonic Lodge in Oakwood, Tx. in 1907. Lodge #967. Listed as a member of the Oakwood Glaze Lake Fishing Club of Oakwood, Tx.Willis died in Terrell, Tx. Buried in Sardis Cemetary, Leon County, Tx. Mrs. Dee Shepherd says eight (8) children. Their six (6) children were as follows:
A. Cora Helena Selman. Born 1866.
B. Willis Simpson Selman. Born 1870.
C. Arthur Lee Selman. Born 1874.
D. Horace Selman. Born 1877.
E. Manilla Isabella (Selman) Shepherd. Born 1879.
F. Anna Eliza Selman.Born 1883.
Information concerning the children of Willis Evans Selman and Martha Jane (Simpson) Selman is contained in their own separate family history.
IX. Leonidas "Lee" Newton Selman (28 Jun 1845 - 19 Jun 1931) Born in Benton (Calhoun) County. Did not marry. He fought in the Civil War and afterwards moved from Cherokee County to Leon County. He lived in a log house that he built on his brother, Virgil Homer Selman's land. Everyone loved Lee and he was the favorite uncle of all the children. Mrs. Dee Shepherd says died on 19 Jan 1920. Lived in Concord, Tx.
X. Virgil Homer Selman (17 May 1848 - 24 Jan 1925) Born in Cherokee County, Texas. He married first Sarah Elizabeth Burleson. Buried in the Concord Cemetery in Leon County, Texas.Their eight (8) children were:
A. Florence Elizabeth (Selman) Burnes. Born 1872.
B. Sarah Ann (Selman) Eddins. Born 1874.
C. Homer Greenlee Selman. Born 1878.
D. David C. Selman. Born 1880.
E. Emmie L. (Selman) Burnes. Born 1882.
F. Charlie Corbin Selman. Born 1885.
G. Infant Selman. Born 1887.
H. Effie L. (Selman) Robinson. Born 1890.
Information concerning the children of Virgil Homer Selman and Sarah Elizabeth (Burleson) Selman is contained in their own separate family history.
XI. Ann Elizabeth (Selman) St. John. (29 Apr 1851 - 1 Sep 1929) Born in Cherokee County, Texas, married William Powell St. John. Relatives lived in Houston, Tx. Vaughn St. John was a doctor practicing in Corpus Christi. His brother was a school executive in Houston, Tx. Might have been Vernon. Lived in Centerville, Tx. Had seven (7) children, according to Ms. Dee Shepherd. Two (2) sons known:
A. Dr. Vaughn St. John. Corpus Christi, Tx.
B. Ray St. John. Houston, Tx.
XII. John Bunyan Selman (5 Jan 1857 - 16 Jun 1930). Born in Cherokee County, Texas. Rusk, Tx. Never married.