James Selkirk

28 August 1788–5 March 1821 (Age 32)
Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Selkirk was born on 28 August 1788, in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Selkirk, was 31 and his mother, Elizabeth Henry, was 23. He married Rebecca Mull on 8 December 1812, in Bethlehem, Albany, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He died on 5 March 1821, in Bethlehem, Albany, New York, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Bethlehem, Albany, New York, United States.

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James Selkirk
Rebecca Mull
Marriage: 8 December 1812
Elizabeth Selkirk
James Mull Selkirk
Jane Miligen Selkirk
Henrietta Selkirk

Spouse and Children


    Rebecca Mull


8 December 1812
Bethlehem, Albany, New York, United States


    Elizabeth Selkirk


    James Mull Selkirk


    Jane Miligen Selkirk


    Henrietta Selkirk


Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

George Washington elected first president of United States.
1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 9

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 12

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from Selkirk in the Scottish Borders, named from Middle English sale, sele ‘hall’, ‘manor’ + kirk ‘church’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • James Selkerk, "Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995"
  • James Selkirk, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Selkerk, "New York, Marriages, 1686-1980"

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