Friday, June 23, 2017

On this Day -- the Marriage of Greenlee Bean Selman and Amanda Deborah Oldham, 23 June 1851

My three times great-grandparents, Greenlee Bean Selman and Amanda Deborah Oldham were married on 23 Jun 1851 in Cherokee County, Texas.

Actually, Greenlee Selman married another Selman, Mrs. Deborah A Selman. Here is a copy of the license for the marriage:[1]
“To any Judge Justice of the Peace or Regularly Ordained Minister of the Gospel, you are hereby authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony between Mr. Green Lee R Selman and Mrs. Deborah Amanda Selman and due return make to within Sixty days after solemnization at my office in the town of Rusk. Given under my hand and seal of ?? In the Town of Rusk this 23rd September AD 1851.
   W.P. Brittain Clerk Co Court, by his Deputy O.G. Woods.”
1851 Marriage License for Green Lee Selman & Mrs. Deborah A. Selman,
Cherokee Co, Texas
Now there is no return recorded in the marriage book. When did they marry? Probably not in the same office on that day. Had the minister forgotten to return the marriage? Or had Greenlee and Amanda married in a different county and it was recorded there?

Amanda Deborah Oldham had previously been married to James Selman. They married 25 November 1841 in Carroll County, Mississippi. James died 10 November 1850 and they had two children:
  • George Washington Selman, b. 22 September 1842
  • Emma Olivia Selman, b. 6 May 1844

James was the son of Thomas Selman and Polly Goodwin and a first cousin to Greenlee Selman, who was the son of Benjamin F. Selman and Sarah Bean. Thomas and Benjamin were brothers.

Greenlee and Amanda had three children:
  • Mary Caroline Selman, b. 28 Jun 1852
  • Robert Louis Selman, b. 4 Apr 1855
  • Sarah Helena “Sallie” Selman, b. 27 Sep 1858, my second great-grandmother, who married Peter Hayden Hutson.
Happy 166th Anniversary, Greenlee & Amanda!

[1] Cherokee County, Texas, Marriage Record, Vol. A, p. 210, licence for Green Lee Selman to Mrs. Deborah A. Selman, digital image, ( : accessed 23 June 2017); citing FHL film 988075.

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