William Selby

b. 1840
d. August 28, 1862





  • William Selby is not listed in the family bible, nor is he known to have received any inheritance from Joseph's estate; did he die in his teens? Did William fight and die in the Civil War?
  • The 1860 Federal Census for the District of Columbia shows William Selby (21), a laborer from Maryland, boarding in the home of James Danford (70) and his wife along with two other single men working as laborers.
  • Confederate records show that Pvt. William H. Selby of Company H, 25th Virginia Infantry (Heck's Regiment) enlisted May 21, 1861 at Brownsburg, Virginia and died October 27th at Monterey. [Fold3.com]
  • Confederate records also show that another Pvt. William H. Selby (22) of Company H, 4th Regiment Virginia Infantry enlisted April 20, 1861 at Lexington, Virginia was promoted to Second Corporal, wounded at Manassas July 21, 1861, entered the CSA General Hospital at Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 22 with a forehead injury, given a 20-day furlough, then killed at Manassas August 28, 1862 "whilst bearing the colors." [Fold3.com] This could be our William Selby, the age fits. This also would explain why William is not listed as an heir to Joseph H. Selby in estate documents.