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Holladay family story says Lingan Selby came from France

He was hired to perfect his device to help with water system needed to reduce risk of Indian attack. Device was also to be used to help in silver mining there, family story says. And yes, this story does jibe with the local legend that Mr. Selby was killed by the machine.
About: Gravestone of Lingan Wilson Selby

By Patricia Bennett

We heard a story about Mr. Selby (I have not read that book Jane Clemens by Rachel Varble, so I do not know if it jibes with our story).

We were told that the Gilmers had read about Mr. Selby's research on the perpetual motion machine, and brought him over from France to help in designing one.

The Gilmers needed it to bring water into their 3 story home, which stood where Walmart is now. We were always told that it was also to help with the silver mining there.

Mr. Selby, the story goes, was down in the pit working on the perpetual motion machine, and the "ram pump" struck him in the head, fracturing his skull.

He was killed and at first was buried in the pit.

He was later re-interred in Gilmer Cemetery, with his grave marked with the same headstone which is now at Union Cemetery.

The pump is said to have been successful for years. Indians were a true threat at the time. The family needed water in their house without having to go several thousand feet for it with the risk of being attacked by those Indians.

At some times, the danger was so great, we were told, that the Gilmers had to send women and children by horseback on a trail through Jones Chapel Church RD (Jay Bird Ridge) and down Butler's Fork Creek to the Butler's Fort which Captain Butler and others had built there to protect themselves from attack.

Colonel Wm. Casey himself was a close neighbor and was in this group also.

The shutters of the Casey home, now the antique store owned by Marla Shelley, still had rifle "crosses" in them to shoot through a few years ago when I was there.

This story was posted on 2010-06-24 13:01:51
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