Bessie Minerva Selby

FemaleSeptember 1880–5 August 1920

Brief Life History of Bessie Minerva

When Bessie Minerva Selby was born in September 1880, her father, Henry Elwood Selby, was 28 and her mother, Minerva Ricketts, was 25. She married John Thomas Ricketts in August 1902, in Maryland, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in District 9, Montgomery, Maryland, United States in 1910 and Montgomery, Maryland, United States in 1920. She died on 5 August 1920, in Derwood, Montgomery, Maryland, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Gaithersburg, Montgomery, Maryland, United States.

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John Thomas Ricketts
Bessie Minerva Selby
Marriage: August 1902
Ivy Maybelle Ricketts
Thomas Rudolph Ricketts
Margarette Ricketts
Norman Marshall Ricketts
Nona Olive Ricketts
Florence Estelle Ricketts

Sources (6)

  • B M Richetts in household of J T Richetts, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Bessie M. Selby - Published information: birth-name: Bessie M. Selby
  • Bessie M Selby in entry for Florence Easton Coston, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    August 1902Maryland, United States
  • Children (6)

    +1 More Child

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 1

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.


    Age 3

    Historical Boundaries: 1883: Montgomery, Maryland, United States

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 16

    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

    Name Meaning

    English (Nottinghamshire) and Scottish: habitational name from Selby (Yorkshire). The placename may derive from Old English sele ‘willow copse’, sometimes alternating with salh ‘willow’, + Old Norse ‘farmstead, village’.

    Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.

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

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