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Ancestors of Josef Seletyn/Selotyn/Soloski

Generation No. 1

      1. Josef Seletyn/Selotyn/Soloski, born December 08, 1862 in Germany. He married (1) Marie. He married (2) Mary Soloski/Seletyn Abt. 1904. She was born Abt. 1888 in Austria/Poland, and died August 04, 1910 in Whipple, Fayette County, WVA.

Notes for Josef Seletyn/Selotyn/Soloski:
Thursday Aug 11, 1910


Shocking crime perpetrated at Whipple last week. Slayer surrendered to the Authorities

A quarrel of long standing between Joe Solosky and his wife of Whipple termninated in the death of Mrs Solosky at the hand of her husband at their home last Thursday. Solosky knocked the woman down and then crushed her skull witha blow from a heavy flat-iron causing almost instant death.

tthe couple are reported to have frequent quarrels during the past several months, brought about. It is alleged through the indiscretions and habits of the wife. It is stated the she was addicted to drinking and athat at intervals she would leave her husband and children, secure strip from the store with which to purchase whiskey, and remain away from home for several days, during which time her husband charged. She with being intimate with other men. Relently her absences from the home became more frequent and the ensuing quarrels with her husband upon her return became more violent.

On Thursday, a quarrel more bitter than any that had preceded, took place and Mrs Solosky is reported to struck her husband. The latter became infuriated and seizing a flat-iron from the kitchen stove, knocked his wife down and then while she prostrate, dealt her another blow on the head which crushed her skull and caused death.

Solosky upon realizing the result of his blows, sent one of his children for contable J.E. Wingrove and upon the latters appearance, gave himself up to the officer, confessing his part in the tragedy. Solsky was given a preliminary hearing by Sqire Staton at Glen Jean and was sent to jail to await the action of the next grand Jury.

The murdered woman was Soloskys second wife, the couple having been married about eight years.


In the Criminal Court of the County of Fayette. The grand Jurors of the State of West Virginia in and for the body of the County of Fayette, and now attending said Court, upon their oaths present that Joseph Solosky on the ? day of August 1910, in the County Aforesaid feloniously, wilfully, maliciously, deliberately and unlawfully did slay, kill and murder Mary Solosky, against the peace and dignity of the State.
Found at the October term of the said Court, 1910, upon the information of J.E. Wingrove sworn in Court and sent before the Grand Jury to give evidence before that body:
J.E. Wingrove, Scarbro
Geo. James, Whipple
Capt. Brabbin, Whipple
J. P. Staton, Whipple signature of Geo ? Proscecuting Attorney Fayette County


7966 STATE

OCTOBER 31st, 1910 J.W. ???, Judge
entered October 31st, 1910


On motion of the defendant, he is allowed to give bail in the penalty of Five Thousand Dollars($5,000.00) with good personal security, for his appearance on the fifth day of the next regular term of this Court to answer the charge of murder preferred against him, and not depart thence without the leave of the Court and subject to his approval.



January 11th, 1911

State of West Virginia

vs. Felony

Joe Solosky

This day came the State by its attorney and the defendant, Joe Solosky, under an indictment for a felony was led to the bar of the Court in custody of the jailor, and being represented by counsel, for plea, says he is guilty of voluntary manslaughter, as the State in its indictment hath alleged against him, which plea the Court after due diliberation accepts and fixes his punishment at confinment in the Penitentiary of this State for a period of Three Years.
It is therefore the judgement of the Court that the defendant, Joe Solosky, be confined in the Penitentiary of Three (3) Years, and it is ordered that the Guard sent and duly authorized by the Warden of the Penitentiary of the State, as soon as may be after the adjourment of this term of Court, remove and safely convey the said defendant, Joe Solosky, from the jail of the County to the Penitentiary of the State, there t be kept in imprisonment for a period of three years, and to be further dealt with according to law, and this prisoner is remanded to jail, to await execution of said sentence.

More About Josef Seletyn/Selotyn/Soloski:
Fact 1: AKA Joseph Soloski
Fact 2: Served time in Moundsville Prison in Moundsville, West Virginia for killing 2nd wife
Fact 3: Was a coal miner in Fayette Co, WV
Immigration: From Germany arrived at the Philidelphia Port on Dec 13th 1890
Naturalization: July 9 1897 in Lackawanna Co., PA
Newspaper clipping: August 11, 1910, The Fayette Journal/see notes

More About Mary Soloski/Seletyn:
Burial: August 05, 1910, in St. Peter and Paul Cem at Scarbro, Fayette County, WV
Fact 1: Was his second wife and was killed by him for having an affair

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