James Henry Shelley

Male16 September 1854–5 May 1938

Brief Life History of James Henry

When James Henry Shelley was born on 16 September 1854, in Tippah, Mississippi, United States, his father, John Ellis Shelley, was 22 and his mother, Nancy Catherine Bieber, was 22. He married Martha Caroline Ray on 10 January 1878, in Hardeman, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Mississippi, United States in 1870 and Hardeman, Tennessee, United States for about 20 years. He died on 5 May 1938, in Rogers Springs, Hardeman, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Rogers Springs, Hardeman, Tennessee, United States.

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James Henry Shelley
Martha Caroline Ray
Marriage: 10 January 1878
Mary Malinda Shelly
Nancy G Shelly
Charlie Brown Shelley
John Thomas Shelly
Sarah Elizabeth Shelley
Sarah E Shelley
Cora E Shelly
Martha Caroline Shelly
Cyrenia Margaret Shelly
James L. Shelley
Lee R. Shelly
Robert M. Shelley

Sources (14)

  • James H Shelley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • J H Shelly, "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002"
  • James H. Shelly, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 January 1878Hardeman, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 7

    Mississippi became the second state to leave the Union at the start of the Civil War in 1861.

    1862 · Battle of Shiloh

    Age 8

    The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

    1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

    Age 22

    The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of the three places called Shelley (Essex, Suffolk, Yorkshire) or from Shelley Plain in Crawley (Sussex). The placenames all derive from Old English scelf ‘rock, ledge, shelf’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

    Irish (Laois): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Sealbhaigh ‘descendant of Sealbhach’, a byname from the adjective sealbhach ‘having possessions, wealthy’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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