Grapeland Texas

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George Jackson Selman was the great grandson of John Selman who came to America with LaFayette. The Selman Family is of Irish descent. John Selman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was  wounded at the Battle of Cowpens.


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George J. Selman

 

 

George Jackson Selman was the great grandson of John Selman who came to America with LaFayette. The Selman Family is of Irish descent. John Selman was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was  wounded at the Battle of Cowpens. The exact date of his birth and death is unknown. He is the grandson of William Selman, who was born in Georgia in 1806, and Mary Thurman Selman also born in Georgia. William was a farmer and teacher by occupation and was a soldier in the Cherokee War in Georgia andAlabama. He was a Whig in his political views, and later a Democrat. He was a Master Mason and a member of the MissionaryBaptist Church. William Selman and Mary Thurman married in 1828. They moved from Georgia to Alabama and lived in Alabamauntil his death in 1868. The date of Mary Thurman Selman's death is unknown. They were the parents of seven children: John Thurmond, Ann Eudosia, Elizabeth, William, John and the last two died in infancy. George Jackson is the son of John Thurmond Selman who was born in Georgia on February 6, 1830 and moved to Alabama with his parents. John Thurmond was educated by his father, who was a teacher. He graduated from Graefenberg Medical School of Alabama in 1853, and married Elizabeth Jane Gunn, a native of Alabama in 1853. He began his medical practice at Davidson, Tailpossa County, Alabama and also practiced at Alexander for ten years. While at Alexander he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Surgeon. He was with the Fourth Alabama Calvary, and served until the war was over. He came to Texas in 1866 with his family. Dr. Selman purchased over 1,050 acres of land at Rural Shade in Navarro County, Texas. Dr. Selman practiced medicine, farmed and ranched in that area until his death on March 20, 1894. Dr. Selman was active in the Masonic Lodge, in politics, and served on the school board as a trustee for sixteen years. He and his wife were active in the Methodist Church of which he served as a Steward until death. Elizabeth Jane born February 15, 1836 and died March 9, 1910. They are buried at Long Prairie Cemetery about three miles south of Kerens in Navarro County, Texas. They were the parents of eleven children: 1. John F. Selman-b. January 1, 1855, d. January 10, 1883. 2. Emma-b. September 24, 1856, d. August 14, 1923, married William Mc- Clung. 3. Ella-married James Joy. 4. Lulu-married Green McClung. 5. William Gunn-b. May 7, 1862, d. December 22, 1918. 6. George Jackson-b. March 18, 1864, d. December 14, 1934, married [1] Della B. Spurgors, [2] Della Lee Crist June 27, 1897. 7. Elizabeth-married John Caswel. 8. Fanny-married Napoleon Christmans. 9. Nora Lee-b. February 23, 1873, d. February 6, 1891. 10. Charlie Marion-b. February 26, 1875, d. April 7, 1950, married Maggie Louise Atchison-b. October 9, 1893, d. October 12, 1965. 11. Albertine J.-married John Eubanks. George Jackson was born in Alexander, Alabama on March 18, 1864. He moved with his parents to Rural Shade, Texas which was located about eight miles south of Kerens, Texas in 1866 when he was two years old. He was reared and attended school in that area. When he became of age his parents gave him (350) three hundred fifty acres of land. He added more acreage to this on which he farmed, raised cattle and horses. He married Della B. Spurgors born January 19, 1866 and they had two children John and George Ms. Della died October 29, 1892. He later met and married Della Lee Crist on June 27, 1897, she was eighteen years of age born January 27, 1879. Della Lee was not only a loving stepmother and wife but was also interested in business. They later added a cotton gin to their farming and ranching business. This was a profitable move on their part. It kept the farmers in Navarro and surrounding counties from having to haul cotton a long distance to be processed. It could be processed and shipped from Navarro County. To this union there were seven children born in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas: Henry Roy (b. April 5, 1898), Fred Harris (b. 1900), Baby Girl died at birth 1902, Emma (b. February 22, 1904), Earl Edward (b. October 29, 1906), Annie Fay (b. September 17, 1908), and George Jackson (b. September 27, 1912). In 1913 his physician advised him to move to West Texas for health reasons. He sold his farm and business and moved his family by train to Midland, Midland County, Texas where he again became in- volved with farming and ranching. A son, Oscar Thurman was born May 1, 1914 in Midlan, Midland County, Texas. The family was unhappy in that part of the state and again they sold and moved to Montalba, Anderson County, Texas by train and lived there until the family purchased the Shaw Farm at Latexo,Houston County, Texas from H.J. Shaw and wife L.A. Shaw on December 3, 1918 for a sum of Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars. This purchase included one hundred ninety acres of land, a large frame house, a log cabin and farming equipment. Again, the family farmed and ranched and had a peach orchard that produced peaches for sale. He installed a carbide light system in their home instead of using karosene lamps. He also had one of the first telephones installed in that area. He and his family were active in the Ephesus Baptist Church. He also served as a trustee on the school board at Latexo for several years and was active in politics which was a family tradition dating back to his great grandfather before him. He was also affiliated with the Democratic Party. He was a strong willed man and a devout Christian and a firm believer that a mans word and hand shake was as good as a signed legal document, if by chance it was proved otherwise then it was Katie bar the door because the old man was upset. He had strong convictions and believed in living by them, the first obligation being to God then family, country and community and that is the way he raised his family. A daughter, Eldiwease was born January 4, 1921 at Latexo, Houston County, Texas then on February 5, 1921, his wife Della Lee died. He never remarried; however, with the help of his older children, he made sure that Eldiwease and the younger children were all taken of care of with proper supervision. He was a dedicated father and a good provider until his death on December 14, 1934. He and Della Lee are buried at Latexo Cemetery. This article is based on information received from an article dictated by Dr. John Thurmond Selman before his death-title-`Selman and Related Families." It also included information given by the children of George Jackson Selman. The information on the land was taken from records at the Houston County Courthouse inCrockett, Texas. Dates of births, deaths and marriages were taken from county records in Houston and Navarro Counties, Cemetery Records and Family Bibles. Henry Roy Selman born April 5, 1898, in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas married Stella Rhoda Patrick born November 9, 1909 in Porter Springs, Houston County, Texas. They were married December 24, 1936. Rhoda was the daughter of Walter M. and Stella Head Patrick. They did not have any children. Rhoda died October 30, 1965 and Roy died April 5, 1966, they are both buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. Fred Harris Selman born 1900 in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas married Lena E. Sims born 1898 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas. Lena was the daughter of John and Molly Dixon Sims. They were the parents of five children. T.C. born October, 1920, Fred Jr. born 1922 died 1924, Doris, Freddie Mae, and Mary Dee. Lena died 1962 and Fred died 1983. They are buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas by their son Fred Jr. - T.C. is also deceased and the date of death and exact of place of burial is unknown by this writer. Emma Selman born February 22, 1904 in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas married Hugh Graham, August 11, 1922. They were the parents of one child – Lucille Graham born January 15, 1923 died April 11, 1943. Several years after Lucille's death, Emma married John Arch McQueen born April 9, 1897. Arch died December 5, 1974 and Emma died June 6, 1982. Arch, Emma and Lucille are buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. Earl Edward Selman born October 29, 1906 in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas married Lura Mae McQueen born April 1, 1914 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas. They were married May 10, 1931. Lura Mae is the daughter of Daniel Richard and Florence Ellie Goolsby McQueen. Earl and Lura Mae had seven children - Earl died December 19, 1979 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo,Texas. Lura Mae resides at their home in Crockett, Texas. Their children are: 1. Della Lee born March 5, 1932 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas married Wade L. Weisinger born February 16, 1929 in Grapeland, Texas. They were married in Houston, Texas April 4, 1951, and are the parents of one daughter -Sharonn Lynette born November 23, 1953 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. They now reside in Crockett, Texas. [Sharon Lynette Weisinger married Robert Divin born November 11, 1953 on April 7, 1977 and they were divorced June 2, 1981. They are the parents of two daughters, Krystal Gayle Divin born June 11, 1978; Stacy Marie Divin born February 4, 1980. Sharon and her daughters reside in Crockett, Texas.) 2. Melba Jean born June 11, 1934 in Latexo, Houston County,Texas married Raphael Ross January 6, 1954 in Houston, Texas. They had one son Ronald Gene Ross born November 8, 1954. Jean died November 20, 1955 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. [Ronald Gene Ross married Belinda Foster and they are the parents of two daughters, Belinda Meshell, born August 1974 and Rhonda Jean, born August 1978.) 3. Earl Ellis born September 25, 1936 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas married Gaye Nell Reeves born August 22, 1940 in Trawick, Texas. They were married May 1, 1959 in Houston, Texas and are the parents of two sons, Tony Ray Selman born February 18, 1960 in Houston, Texas and Gordon Mark Selman born March 27, 1962 in Houston, Texas. Earl and Gaye were divorced May 12, 1976. He married Barbara Jean Blevins born October 4, 1935 in Houston, Texas on August 8, 1985 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. They now reside in Pasadena,Texas. 4. Billy Royce born May 4, 1940 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas -married Bonita Leatherwood Woolfolk born April 19, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama. They were married September 22, 1972 in Houston, Texas and are the parents of one son Jerry G. Woolfolk Selman born January 24, 1968 in Whittier, California. They now reside in Huntinoton,Texas. 5. Bonnie Sue born September 30, 1944 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas - married John Morris Bishop born March 8, 1944 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. They were married December 14, 1963 in Houston, Texas and they are the parents of two children, Gregory James Bishop born May 1, 1966 in Houston, Texas and Stacy Lynn Bishop born July 14, 1968 in Houston, Texas. Gregory died May 20, 1978 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. They now reside in Spring, Texas. 6. Mildred Elaine born October 9, 1947 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas - married John Michael Smith born April 18, 1942 in Jasper, Texas. They were married July 25, 1968 inHeights Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. They are the parents of three children, John Michael Smith, Jr. born February 20, 1970 inBeaumont, Tex as; Kathryn Casey Smith born September 3, 1973 in Beaumont, Texas and Caroline Courtney Smith born October 13, 1976 in Beaumont, Texas. They now reside in Beaumont, Texas. 7. Jerry Edward born June 1, 1950 in Crockett, Houston County,Texas -Jerry died June 7, 1975 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. Annie Fay Selman born September 17, 1908 in Rural Shade, Navarro County, Texas – married James Luther Small born April 4, 1902 in Weldon, Texas. They were married December 22, 1924 in Lovelady, Texas and are the parents of five children. They now reside in Grapeland, Texas. The children are: 1. Margaret Fay born December 2, 1925 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas - married Jess Willard McKinney born May 11, 1919 in Kennard, Houston County, Texas. They were married February 17, 1945 in Houston, Texas, and are the parents of three children. They now reside in Grapeland, Texas. [Elizabeth Ann born September 26, 1945 in Houston, Harris County, Texas - married Robert Eckford Dreher born December 29, 1943 in Pasadena, Texas. They were married August 20, 1965 in Pasadena, Texas and are the parents of two children, Whitney Leann Dreher born June 14, 1968 in Dallas, Texas and Shane Allen Dreher born April 22, 1971 inHouston, Texas. They now reside in Pasadena, Texas. Judy Nell born July 22, 1948 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Tincie Wayne Mask born 1946 in Pasadena, Texas. They were married August 22, 1964 in Pegras Negras, Mexico and are the parents of two sons, Tincie Wayne Mask, Jr. born February 28, 1965 in Pasadena, Texas and Randall Ray Mask born December 7, 1967 inPasadena, Texas. They now reside in Pasadena, Texas. Beverly Gay born August 18, 1952 In Pasadena, Harris County, Texas -married Edward F. Palms born October 24, 1944 in Reading, England. They were married in Mexico in 1964 and are the parents of two children Gaylon Michael Palms born August 22, 1970 in Pasadena, Texas and Aaron Sean Palms born April 15, 1975 in Pasadena,Texas.] 2. Harold James born December 1927 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas - married Maggie Lee Gaddis in 1945 in Knoxville,Tennessee. They are the parents of four children and they now reside in Texas City, Texas. [James Lee born 1946 in Knoxville,Tennessee - married Virginia Maria Ribeiro in 1968 in Carson City, Nevada. They are the parents of two children, James Lee Small H born 1970 in Charleston, South Carolina and Valerie Jeanette born 1974 in San Diego, California. Billy Joe born 1947 in Knoxville,Tennessee - married Hazel Norman Padgett in 1970 in Galveston, Texas. They are the parents of one son, Billy Joe Small II born 1973 in Texas City, Texas. Edna Marie born 1951 in Knoxville, Tennessee - married Reginald Fredric Kelley in 1969 in Texas City, Texas.. They are the parents of two children, Reginald Fredric Kelley II born 1972 in Texas City, Texas and Dawn Marie born 1975 in Texas City, Texas. Tracy Alan born 1962 in Texas City, Texas.] 3. Norma Jlanne born January 1, 1930 in Crockett, Houston County, Texas - married (1) John Swindall (2) Mark Fowler July 28, 1956 in Crockett, Texas. Norma and John had one daughter, Sharon Dianne - Norma and Mark are the parents of three children. They now reside in Freeport, Texas. [Sharon Dianne born March 10, 1950 in Houston, Harris County, Texas -married Steve Corley in Dallas, Texas March 1, 1969. They are the parents of four children, Christopher Mark born August 8, 1971; Heather Renee born June 14, 1973 died January 1, 1975 buried in Watango, Oklahoma; David Benjamin born January 16, 1976 and Joshua Dewayne born July 20, 1978. Linda Carole born June 26, 1957 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Roy Onstott June 16, 1984 in Freeport, Texas. Pamela Gaye born April 11, 1961 in Houston, Harris County, Texas -Pamela Gaye died June 5, 1980 and is buried at Gulf Prairie Cemetery in Jones Creek, Texas. Mark Kelly born October 29, 1963 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.) 4. Betty Small born August 5, 1933 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas -married Ralph Lucas born November 29, 1925 in West Virginia. They were married March 22, 1951 in Biloxi, Mississippi, and are the parents of three children. They now reside in Austin, Texas. [Ronald Lucas born December 3, 1953 in Kississimne, Florida – married Lou Ann Hernandez born June 30, 1952 in Austin, Texas. They are the parents of one child, Lauren Lucas born June 28, 1985 in Austin, Texas. They now reside in Austin, Texas. Michael Lucas born August 2, 1958 in Austin, Travis County, Texas – married Cary Garcia born December 18, 1959 in Galveston, Texas. They are the parents of three children, Heather Lucas born August 19, 1980 in Austin, Texas; Tina Lucas born September 13, 1982 in Austin, Texas, and Ashley Lucas born May 7, 1986 in Austin, Texas. They now reside in Austin, Texas. Sharon Lucas born September 28, 1970 in Austin, Texas.] 5. Frances W. Small born October 15, 1937 in Latexo, Houston, County, Texas - married (1) Jimmy Wilkins, (2) Chester Leon Strange, (3) David Farmer, (4) Bill Rymer. They now reside in Pasadena, Texas. The children are: [Deborah Sue Wilkins born October 12, 1955 in Roy, Utah - married Ricky Wayne Redden born November 7, 1955 inTexarkana, Texas. They are the parents of one daughter, Sandra Wanell born August 27, 1976 in Pasadena, Texas. Chester Leon Strange born April 12, 1960 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas - married Ono Youri in Tokyo, Japan March 20, 1985. David Allen Farmer born January 16, 1963 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas - married Norma Jean Reyna October 20, 1984. Scott Ray Rymer born April 24, 1969 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas. Gary Shannon Rymer born March 4, 1976 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas. Geroge Jackson Selman born September 27, 1912 in Rural Shade Navarro County, Texas – married Lucy Mae Poe born October 22, 1918 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas. They were married December 21, 1935. Lucy Mae is the daughter of Emmitt and Dovie Poe. George died January 12, 1985 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. Lucy Mae resides at their home in Houston, Texas. They are the parents of two children. [Eva Ruth born October 7, 1937 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Ronald Chambles born August 28, 1936. They are the parents of two daughters, Cynthia Ann born August 25, 1966 in Houston, Texas and Suzann born March 29, 1970 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Austin, Texas. Larry Geroge born August 2, 1952 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Robin Gay. They are the parents of two children, Crista Michelle born September 5, 1979 in Houston,Texas and Jay Selman born November 13, 1983 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Houston, Texas.] Oscar Thurman Selman born May 1, 1914 in Midland, Midland County, Texas - married Dorothy Abigail McQueen born November 25, 1921 in Latexo,Houston County, Texas. They were married April 17, 1942 in Houston, Texas. Dorothy is the daughter of Daniel Richard and Florence Ellie Goolsby McQueen. Thurman died January 20, 1982 and is buried at Latexo Cemetery in Latexo, Texas. Dorothy resides at their home in Latexo, Texas. They are the parents of two children. 1. Wallace Gale born December 13, 1944 in Houston, Harris County, Texas - married Marueen Lynn Neal born December 27, 1951 in Pennsylvania. They were married August 9, 1977 at his parents home in Latexo, Texas. They are the parents of two children, Jennifer Lynn born August 19, 1978 in Austin, Texas and John Thurman born November 2, 1982 in Crockett, Texas. They now resided in Latexo, Texas. 2. Janice born July 13, 1948 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Normand Herve Richer born September 14, 1944 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. They were married June 6, 1969 in Houston, Texas. They are the parents of two children, Tracy Lynn Richer born September 16, 1967 inHouston, Texas and Jeffrey Normand born December 27, 1972 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Houston, Texas. Eldiwease Selman born January 4, 1921 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas - married Samuel Roy Graham born January 3, 1915 in Latexo,Houston County, Texas. They were married May 8, 1936 in Ephesus, Texas. Roy died November 30, 1985 and is buried at MilliganCemetery northeast of Latexo, Texas. Eldiwease resides at their home in Crockett, Texas. They are the parents of seven children. 1. Edna Wease born June 20, 1937 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas -married (1) Lawrence Johnny Stokes on February 19, 1956 inHouston, Texas (2) Arnold Eugene Winkler born October 13, 1936 in Hamilton, Ohio. They were married November 17, 1978 inHouston, Texas. Edna and Johnny are the parents of six children, she and Arnold do not have any children. They now reside inGrapeland, Texas. [Lawrence Johnny Stokes, Jr. born January 22, 1957 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Ricky Allen born April 2, 1958 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Cathy Lynn born March 15, 1959 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married (1) Keith Miles (2) Terry Dewey on February 3, 1982 and they were divorced May 1, 1986. Kathy and Keith are the parents of two sons, Gregory Keith born September 18, 1974 in Houston, Texas and Jonathan Allan born July 13, 1977. Kathy and Terry are the parents of one son, Terry Joseph born May 8, 1983 in Houston, Texas. Kathy and her three sons reside in Grapeland, Texas. Victoria Janet born November 4, 1960 in Houston, Harris County, Texas - married (1) James D. Avery (2) Robert Fugate. Victoria and James are the parents of one daughter, Marla Renay Avery born October 6, 1977. Victoria and Robert are the parents of two sons, Justin Robert Fugate born June 22, 1982 and John Paul Fugate born February 27, 1986 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Houston, Texas. Julie Annette born October 26, 1962 in Houston, Harris County, Texas -married Earl Frye. They are the parents of one son, Michael Earl Frye born July 11, 1985 in Austin, Texas. They now reside in Austin, Texas. Jimmy Lawrence born November 28, 1968 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. He lives in Grapeland, Texas with his parents.] 2. Samuel Roy born January 12, 1938 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas died March 6, 1938 and is buried In Milligan Cemetery northeast of Latexo, Texas. 3. Troy Glen born July 16, 1941 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas -married Margaretta Ratliff born June 19, 1943 in Houston, Texas. They were married in Bellaire,Texas. They are the parents of two sons, Samuel William born September 27, 1966 in Houston, Texas and Troy David born December 24, 1967 in Houston, Texas. Troy David died March 10, 1982. They now reside in Houston, Texas. 4. David Wayne born August 22, 1944 in Latexo, Houston County, Texas - married Cheryl Ann Limm born December 14, 1948 in Spring, Texas. They were married in Spring, Texas and are the parents of two children - Michelle Renee born September 1, 1970 in Houston, Texas, and Jason born November 19, 1974 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Spring, Texas. 5. Marilyn Beth born September 20, 1946 in Latexo,Houston County, Texas - married (1) Edward Walker in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas (2) Fred Farah in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beth and Edward had one daughter, Stacy Beth born June 13, 1970 in Houston, Texas. They now reside in Cedar Hill, Texas. 6. Roy Gregory born September 1, 1959 in Houston, Harris County, Texas - died September 1, 1959 buried in Milligan Cemetery northeast of Latexo, Texas. 7. Loyce Gail born April 10, 1961 in Houston, Harris County, Texas – married Michael LaRue born September 27, 1956 in Crockett, Houston County, Texas. They were married in Austonio, Texas. They now reside in Crockett, Texas.

 

 
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