Edwin Jeremiah Selby

b. February 1, 1844 [FB]
d. May 2, 1898 [FB] at age 54

Frances Aurora Bayne

b. October 27, 1859 [FB] in VA
d. December 26, 1941 at age 82



Annie Iola Selby, b. 1880
Maud Edna Selby, b. 1881
Ruby Frances Selby, b. 1891
John Edwin Selby, b. 1894
Frank Willes Selby, b. 1896

Fannie and children
John, Fannie (seated), Frances (seated),
Maude, Frank

Frank and John
Brothers Frank and John Selby

Ruby and Frances
Ruby Frances with her mother "Fannie"

Millie is said to have been Frank's nanny. Presumably this allowed the widowed Fannie to manage the farm, while Millie took care of two year old Frank and likely the other children as well. Maude probably helped, and Fannie's brother Hugh Bayne arrived from Virginia to work the farm.

  • The 1863 Schedule 1 "LIST of all persons of CLASS I, subject to do military duty" included Edwin J. Selby, 20, a single white farmer born in Maryland and living in the Fourth District of Prince George's County. [Civil War Draft Registration Records, 1863-1865, Ancestry.com] Edwin Jeremiah Selby
  • Edwin J. Selby photo at right was probably taken about 1865 when he was 21. [Note on back of photo]
  • 1866: " Received this 13th day of February 1866 of Richard B. Selby and J. Henry Selby administrators of Joseph H. Selby late of Prince George's County Maryland deceased the sum of three hundred and two dollars and twenty four cents being my distributive share in full of the estate of my deceased Father and I hereby release and forever discharge the said administrators from all further charge or obligation whatever on account of said administration on said Personal Estate, in testimoney whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal on the day and year above written. E. J. Selby; Subscribed to before me this 13th day of February 1866 R. S. Ines, J.P." [Original in MSA Estate Papers File 0648]
  • The 1870 Federal Census for Brandywine Post Office in the Nottingham District lists Jos. H. Selby (28) and brother E. J. Selby (26) as farming. (They each would have received about 55 acres of their deceased father's land.)
  • On July 15, 1873 Edwin J. and brother J. H. Selby, sold 9 acres near Shepards Spring (part of a tract called "Boons") to Charles E. Eversfield, trustee for Bowie S. Eversfield. The purchase price of $215.20 was paid, and the property was to be managed, by John T. Eversfield. [PG LR HB7.462]
  • Edwin (35) and Frances (21) were married December 2, 1879 [FB].
  • In the 1880 Census for Brandywine in the 11th Election District Edwin J. Selby (36) was listed as a farmer and planter, while wife Fannie A. (21) was keeping house. Edwin's widowed sister, Ann Soper, and her children live nearby.
  • Edwin J. Selby was elected a warden for St. Thomas Parish in 1880 and again in 1881 according to vestry minutes. [MSA Special Collections, M1202]
  • News article: "In 1888 a brick bell tower was added on the west side of St. Thomas' in memory of Bishop Thomas John Claggett, the first Episcopal bishop consecrated on American soil, and first Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Architect Thomas Buckler Ghequier of Baltimore designed the tower in the Gothic Revival style in conformance with plans to 'Gothicize' the entire church. Messrs. W. Whittington, E.J. Selby and John Wilson were the contractors." [Full article in pdf]
  • Obituary: "On Monday morning, May 2d, 1898, after a long and painful illness, Edwin J Selby passed away at his home, near Cheltenham. In his death, the community has lost a good and highly respected citizen. He was born February 1st, 1844, and was the youngest son of the late Joseph H. Selby and Rebecca Howes Selby, of this county. As a boy he displayed more than ordinary intellectual capacity, but received but limited educational advantages. In his early manhood he taught school for a short time, but soon gave this up for farming, at which occupation he has been engaged the remainder of his life. In 1890 he was appointed Justice of the Peace by Governor Jackson, and held that office six years, giving e... satisfaction in the performance of his duties. He was an Episcopalian, a member of the Church of Atonement, at Cheltenham, and was buried in the cemetery at that place. He leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss."
  • The 1900 Federal Census at Brandywine District indicates Frances (38, born October 1861 in Virginia) was a widow with four children at home. Fannie's brother R. Hugh Bayne (21) has joined the family and works the farm. Daughter Maud E. is employed as a school teacher.
  • Frances Bayne SelbyThe 1910 Federal Census listed Fannie (46) as a farmer. Sons John (16) and Frank (13) lived on the farm with her and helped with the farming.
  • In the 1920 Federal Census of Brandywine District #11, Frances (56) was listed as a widowed farmer with son Frank living at home. Frank (23) was working as a government employee in Washington, DC.
  • Both Edwin and Frances are buried in Church of the Atonement Episcopal Cemetery in Cheltenham with infant daughter Annie Iola beside them. Edwin, Frances, and all four children when at home were communicants at Church of the Atonement, where each of the children were baptized and confirmed. [MSA Special Collections M1202]
  • Frances' will ....[PG WB WTD12.293]