Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Lavinia (Burton) Selph



The obituary of Lavinia (Burton) Selph, wife of Rev. Duncan H. Selph appeared in The Nashville Tennessean on 30 May 1899:




4 comments:

  1. if she was the wife of Duncan Hyder why is she listed as widow of Iley(mispelled as Isley) Selph?

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    1. I do not know how the error in Duncan H. Selph's name occurred in this newspaper obituary. Maybe the same way her son Iley Selph's name was misspelled "Isley." Plenty of documentation indicates that Lavinia (Burton) Selph was Duncan Hyder's wife: her marriage licenses; the Danville Female Academy's catalogue; the death certificate of their son Iley N. Selph; the fact that Rev. Duncan H. Selph was the president of Union University not his brother Iley Selph, who was a physician not a minister; and census records. The younger Iley N. Selph was my husband's grandfather, so this also is family knowledge.

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  2. Kathy, I did not mean to offend you - I appreciate your looking into the Selph ancestory and posting your work. I too am a granddaughter of Iley Nunn Selph. If you don't mind who are you married to so I can post in on my family tree. I have a Word Document that I have been working on if you would like me to send it to yo please send email as I have tried to contact you before. Thanks again.

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    1. Not offended at all. Would love to correspond with you. As for my email address, would you try clicking on the "view my complete profile" link under "about me" on the right? There is an email link there. Unfortunately it just opens an email message that may or may not work with your computer. If it does not, you can copy and paste the email address when the message comes up. I am sorry that blogger changed the set up on email addresses. I'm trying to stop posting my email address in the open since it has reduced a lot of spam. If this does not work, let me know, and I'll post the email address here.

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