When Artemus Mead Shelley was born in April 1840, in Indiana, United States, his father, Solomon Artemus Shelley, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Mead, was 26. He married Lida Payne in 1875. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Glidden, Carroll, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1900. He died on 15 December 1909, in Mena, Polk, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Mena, Polk, Arkansas, United States.
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’.