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BiographySelium McGary was born 13 May 1831 in Chittenden County, Vermont, United States to Thomas McGary (1803-1878) and Lovina Huntley (1810-1881) and died 17 July 1910 in Norwalk, Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States of concussion due to fall. He married Elvira Fox (1832-1908) 1851 in Ohio, United States.
In about 1838 Selium moved with his parents and paternal grandparents from Milton, Vermont to Ohio. The family moved several times, living in Medina County, Ohio, and Alleghena City, Pennsylvania, before settling in Berlin Township, Erie County, Ohio. In 1850 Selium was living with his parents and working as a laborer, but after his wedding in 1851 he moved to Wisconsin with his grandparents and brothers, settling in Monroe County in September 1852. He was one of the first settlers in Ridgeville Township, and he and his wife steadily expanded their farm, purchasing adjacent tracts from the Lands Office in Lacrosse throughout the 1850s. His brothers also settled nearby, and in fall 1853 his parents also moved to the farm.
During the civil war, Selium served in Company A, Fifty-second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, enlisting on March 14, 1865 and mustering out with the rest of the unit on July 25. The regiment did not engage in enemy action; they were initially posted to Holden, MO, where they guarded construction workers on the Pacific Railroad, and then moved to Fort Leavenworth, KS in late June 1865, remaining there until the unit was mustered out in July. Near the end of his service, Selium developed kidney stones, probably caused by dehydration during the long march to Ft. Leavenworth. These frequently incapacitated him for the rest of his life.
In the early 1870s Selium and his neighbor, C.G. Hettman, subdivided portions of their farms to create the village of Norwalk (Main Street marks the original property boundary). This occurred after Selium agreed to sell part of his property as a right of way for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway for its route from Baraboo to Sparta - original plans to route it through the village of Ridgeville were abandoned when a landowner demanded an exorbitant price for his land (eventually the village of Ridgeville faded away).
|Offspring of Selium McGary and Elvira Fox (1832-1908)|
|Frances McGary (1853-?)|| |
|Eugene McGary (1854-1935)|| |
|Isabel McGary (1857-?)|| |
|Josephine McGary (c1859-b1863)|| |
|Lenora McGary (1861-?)|| |
|Josephine McGary (1863-1932)||28 March 1863 Norwalk, Monroe County, Wisconsin, United States||17 July 1932 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States|| William Beveridge Kendall (1857-1908)|
|Jessie McGary (1871-?)|
- ^ The Norwalk Star Friday, July 22, 1910. P. 4.
- ^ The Norwalk Star Friday, July 22, 1910. P. 4; 1850 United States Federal Census, Berlin Township, Erie County, Ohio.
- ^ 1850 United States Federal Census, Berlin Township, Erie County, Ohio.
- ^ The Norwalk Star Friday, July 22, 1910. P. 4
- ^ Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865. Madison, Wisconsin: Democrat Printing Company. 1914. http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/roster/index.asp. Vol. 2, p. 911.
- ^ The Civil War Archive http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unwiinf3.htm#52ndinf
- ^ Civil War Invalid Pension file