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Selah H. Fish. Field and Staff. Bandsman

Selah H. Fish was born May 8, 1812, in Springfield, Otsego County, N. Y. and came to Oxford (N.Y.) in 1847. He was first married in June 6th, 1833, to Maria BROWN, born October 14, 1811: died July 19, 1834. Mr. Fish's second marriage was March 12th, 1837, when Amy BROWN of Fly Creek, Otsego County, N. Y., became his wife. She was born June 27, 1817, and died December 10, 1893, in Neenah, Wis. Mr. Fish was a shoemaker and worked at that trade for many years in Oxford, and was also deputy sheriff, which office he effectually filled for several terms. He took much interest in the Oxford Band, of which he was a member, and was often referred to as the father of that organization. On September 20, 1861, Mr. Fish, with seven members, enlisted in the Regimental Band of the Anderson Zouaves, then encamped near Washington, but returned home early in the following spring, having been discharged on account of ill health. Mr. and Mrs. Fish left Oxford in 1885 to reside with their children at Neenah, Wis., where he met an accidental death April 7, 1887, on the Wisconsin Central railroad. Child by first wife:

EDGAR A., born July 12, 1834. In the U. S. Navy during Civil War. Died November 27, 1871, in South Oxford.

Children by second wife:

MARIA L., married Luke M. ROBINSON of South Oxford.
HENRY C., died February 14, 1845, in Cooperstown, N. Y.
JOHN J., married Chloe M. BRADLEY of Mogadore, Ohio. Now County Clerk of Winnebago County, Wis.

Reference: H.J. Galpin. "Annals of Oxford." (1906