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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Family Time Line

James Selkirk
1788–1821
Rebecca Mull
1789–1828
Marriage: 8 December 1812
Elizabeth Selkirk
1813–1902
James Mull Selkirk
1814–1898
Jane Miligen Selkirk
1818–1840
Henrietta Selkirk
1819–1867

Spouse and Children

    Male1788–1821Male

    Rebecca Mull

    Female1789–1828Female

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

(4)

    Elizabeth Selkirk

    Female1813–1902Female

    James Mull Selkirk

    Male1814–1898Male

    Jane Miligen Selkirk

    Female1818–1840Female

    Henrietta Selkirk

    Female1819–1867Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(11)

+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1789

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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