Sunday, February 24, 2013


Published obituary of Carolina (Sandoval) Selph, wife of Iley Nunn Selph:

Obituary. Selph, Mrs. Iley N., 70, resident of Ranchos de Taos, passed away September 30, 1952 after a short illness. Survivors are five daughters: Mrs. Lino Miera, Taos; Mrs. Alex Medrano, Santa Fe; Mrs. Herbert Quintana, Taos; Mrs. Marshall Vigil, Ranchos; and Mrs. Luis Duran, Ranchos; four sons: Iley Selph, Jr., Ranchos; Hardy J. Selph, Albuquerque; Frank Selph, Santa Fe; and Thomas Selph, Cerro; besides five sons-in-law, four daughters-in-law, 27 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Vincent and Julian Sandoval of Ranchos, a foster daughter Rosa S. Maestas, and a number of other relatives. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hanlin's Funeral Home in Taos.
[Source: Santa Fe New Mexican; Santa Fe, NM; Tuesday, 30 Sept. 1952]

Saturday, February 16, 2013


© Kathy Duncan, 2013

Published obituary of Col. Robert Burton of Granville County, North Carolina:

Died. At his residence in Granville County, on the 30th ult. in the 79th year of his age, Col. Robert Burton. This was truly a good man. To his friends and relations at a distance it may be said, that his death was as full of peace and hope, as his life was of faith and charity.
Source: Raleigh Register and North-Carolina State Gazette, Friday, 10 June 1825

Sunday, February 10, 2013


© Kathy Duncan, 2013 

One of the great joys that this blog brings me is the opportunity to meet "new" cousins and hear from "old" ones. Recently, my husband's first cousin, Marcella Dymale contacted me, and we have been sharing Selph genealogy. She shared these wonderful portraits of the Selph family with me. The woman in the portrait on top is identified as Lavinia Emily (Burton) Selph. Marcella's sister identified the man as Lavinia's son John W. Selph. However, both Marcella and I feel that he is probably John's father, Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph. Can any one out there shed any light on this?

The portraits on the bottom are identified as being two sons of Lavinia (Burton) and Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph: John W. Selph and Duncan Hyder Selph Jr. I have seen other published pictures of John W. Selph, and feel that his identification is correct. 

Lavinia Emily (Burton) and Rev. Duncan Hyder Selph [?]

John W. Selph and Duncan Hyder Selph, Jr.

Thank you for sharing, Marcella!