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.
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 bȳ ‘farmstead, village’.
Americanized form of some similar (like-sounding) Jewish surname.