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A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.
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SEL BIOGRAPHIES

1776; justice, Court of Oyer, Terminer, and Gaol
Delivery, Worcester County, 1783-1784. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: lieutenant in Capt. Joseph Mitch-
ell's Company, Worcester County Militia, 1748;
captain, by 1757. STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE IS-
SUES: Accused in 1784 by Nehemiah Holland (?-
1788) of Tory sympathies during the war, al-
though Holland's credibility is open to question.
Selby's brother, Col. William Selby (?-1793) of
Accomack County, Virginia, also charged in a
deposition to the governor and the Council that
his brother was a Tory. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: assessed value £1,152.14.0,
including 23 slaves and 20 oz. plate, 1783; 32
slaves, 1790. LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 3,722 acres
in Worcester County and Accomack County, Vir-
ginia (inherited 750 acres from his father and 397
acres possibly from other kin; obtained 249 acres
through marriage and 2,326 acres by patent and
purchase; he had previously sold 1,081 acres by

1773). SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND BETWEEN

FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: purchased and pat-
ented 1,407 acres and part of a lot in Snow Hill
and sold 904 acres, 1778-1790; gave 447 acres to
his son John in 1779, but repurchased the land
after his son's death in 1780; sold his sawmill and
gristmill in 1790, four weeks before his death.
WEALTH AT DEATH. DIED: between November 13
and December 10, 1790, when his will was pro-
bated in Worcester County. PERSONAL PROP-
ERTY: TEV, at least £1,348.12.11 (will mentioned
at least 37 slaves). LAND: approximately 4,000
acres in Worcester County.

SELBY, PARKER (?-ca. 1746/47). BORN: at
"Bantry," his father's plantation in Mattapany
Hundred, Worcester County; second son. NA-
TIVE: third generation. RESIDED: at "Bantry,"
Mattapony Hundred, Worcester County. FAMILY
BACKGROUND. FATHER: Parker Selby (1675-1705/
6), eldest son of Daniel Selby, the Elder (?-1696),
and wife Mary Parker, who immigrated from Ac-
comack County, Virginia, by 1675. STEPFATHER:
by July 1708, John Purnell (?-ca. 1742). MOTHER:
Tabitha, daughter of John Bailey (?-1716/17) of
Accomack County, Virginia. HALF BROTHER:
Daniel Selby (?-1721), who married Mary (?-
1772), daughter of John Outten (?-1709) of Som-
erset County. SISTER Edith. HALF SISTERS So-
phia Purnell, who married (first name unknown)
Jenckins; Sarah Purnell, who married first, (first
name unknown) Kellam, and second, (first name
unknown) Outten; Joyce Purnell, who married
(first name unknown) Niebald (Newbold); Tab-

itha, who married Bowen Crappers; and Eliza-
beth, who married Scarborough Major. ADDI-
TIONAL COMMENT: His father married first, Martha,
daughter of John Osbourne (?-1687) of Somerset
County and wife Atalanta. His stepfather married
second, Martha (?-1780), who married second,
by 1742/43, William Selby (1683-1762). FIRST
COUSIN: John Selby (?-1754). MARRIED by 1724
Mary (?-1776), daughter of John Watts of Ac-
comack County, Virginia, and wife Priscilla, the
daughter of John White of Accomack County.
Her sisters were Tabitha, who married Robert
Hill; Sarah, who married Francis Hamling. Mary
Selby married second, by 1752, Daniel Selby (?-
1770). CHILDREN. SONS: John Selby (?-1790); Par-
ker Selby (?-1773); Col. William (?-1793) of Ac-
comack County, Virginia; Zadock; James; and
Micajah, alias William II (?-1766), who married
Mary, daughter of Elizabeth Truitt. DAUGHTER:
Tabitha Bailey (?-1752), who never married.

PRIVATE CAREER. EDUCATION: literate. RELIGIOUS
AFFILIATION: Protestant. SOCIAL STATUS AND AC-
TIVITIES: Gent., by 1742. OCCUPATIONAL PRO-
FILE: probably planter; owned a schooner. PUBLIC

CAREER. LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Lower House,

Worcester County, 1744 (elected to the 2nd ses-
sion of the 1742-1744 Assembly), 1745. MILI-
TARY SERVICE: probably captain in Worcester
County Militia. WEALTH DURING LIFETIME. LAND
AT FIRST ELECTION: ca. 2,000 acres in Worcester
County and Accomack County, Virginia (850 acres
in Worcester County inherited from father; 500
acres in Virginia inherited from his grandfather;
500 acres in Worcester County acquired through
marriage; 672 acres in Worcester County through
purchase; had sold an additional 552 acres before
1744). ADDITIONAL COMMENT: By 1741, Selby had
purchased 462 acres on the Indian River in
Worcester County, 212 acres of which had be-
longed to Thomas Aydelott. In 1744 Selby cos-
ponsored a bill in the General Assembly to lay
out 80 lots on a 40-acre tract to be situated on
Thomas Aydelott's plantation on the Indian River
in Worcester County. The town so created was
to be named Baltimore Town, and the bill was
passed into law. SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN LAND

BETWEEN FIRST ELECTION AND DEATH: sold 82

acres in Worcester County, 1744. WEALTH AT
DEATH. DIED: in Virginia due to an illness that
required a physician's attendance; his will was
made on November 8, 1746, in York County,
Virginia, and was probated in that county on March

16, 1746/47. PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV,

£1,563.9.11 (including 16 slaves, several books on

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