December 29, 1845, Lowell, Ohio.
Selina was the daughter of William Pearce, who immigrated from England, in 1842, and was a Baptist minister in Marietta, Ohio.
She was educated in the public schools in Marietta, and subsequently in the Young Ladies’ Institute at Granville, Ohio, where she graduated in 1864.
She taught at least eleven years, including seven at Almira College, Greenville, Illinois (1872–79). In 1881, she became a high school principal in Marietta.