John Ellis Shelley

Brief Life History of John Ellis

When John Ellis Shelley was born on 20 September 1831, in Calloway, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Henry Sheley, was 48 and his mother, Martha Jane Smith, was 36. He married Nancy Catherine Bieber in December 1852, in Hardeman, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Mississippi, United States in 1870 and Hardeman, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 16 February 1907, in Tippah, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Walnut, Tippah, Mississippi, United States.

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John Ellis Shelley
Nancy Catherine Bieber
Marriage: December 1852
Amelia Jane Shelly
James Henry Shelley
Christopher Columbus Shelly
Mary Ann Shelly
John Smith Shelly
Robert Newton Shelly
David M Shelly
Martha Ellen Shelly

Sources (28)

  • John Shelby, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John Shelly, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • J. E. Shelly, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

1835 · The Hermitage is Built

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.


Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

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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