Selma Thurman

13 May 1880–25 April 1954 (Age 73)
Alabama, United States

The Life of Selma

When Selma Thurman was born on 13 May 1880, in Alabama, United States, her father, William Thomas Thurman, was 21 and her mother, Sarah Panola Matthews, was 18. She married Alexander Vaught on 18 December 1901, in Paragould, Greene, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Arlington, Tarrant, Texas, United States for about 10 years and Justice Precinct 2, Tarrant, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 25 April 1954, in Tarrant, Texas, United States, at the age of 73.

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Alexander Vaught
Selma Thurman
Marriage: 18 December 1901
Thurman Alexander Vaught
Virginia A Vaught
James T Vaught
Mary L Vaught

Spouse and Children

18 December 1901
Paragould, Greene, Arkansas, United States


    Thurman Alexander Vaught


    Virginia A Vaught


    James T Vaught


    Mary L Vaught


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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.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 15

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 20

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

1 English (East Midlands): from the Middle English personal name Thurmond, Old Norse þormundr, composed of the elements þórr, name of the Norse god of thunder ( see Thor ) + mundr ‘protection’. Reaney and Wilson suggest that, Thurmond having been an uncommon personal name, this surname may also represent the commoner name Thurmod, Thormod with the second element derived from Old Norse móþr ‘mind’, ‘courage’, but assimilated to -mund (a common second element in other compound names).2 German (Thurmann): habitational name for someone from a place called Thur ( see Thur ).3 German (Thurmann): occupational name for a watchman, from Middle Low German torn(e)-man (torn(e) ‘tower’) or Middle High German turn, turm ‘tower’ + man ‘man’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Selma Waught in household of Alex Waught, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Selma Thurman in household of Will T Thurman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Selma T Thurman in household of Thomas Thurman, "United States Census, 1880"

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