James Burton Shelby

2 August 1895–14 July 1971 (Age 75)
Stewart, Tennessee, United States

The Life of James Burton

When James Burton Shelby was born on 2 August 1895, in Stewart, Tennessee, United States, his father, William Henry Shelby, was 24 and his mother, Mollie B. Bryant, was 22. He married Ninnie Myrtle Green on 18 June 1916, in Stewart, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Civil District 4, Montgomery, Tennessee, United States in 1900 and Civil District 3, Stewart, Tennessee, United States for about 30 years. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 14 July 1971, at the age of 75, and was buried in Elkton, Todd, Kentucky, United States.

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James Burton Shelby
Ninnie Myrtle Green
Marriage: 18 June 1916
Douglas W. Shelby

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18 June 1916
Stewart, Tennessee, United States


    Douglas W. Shelby


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 9

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Selby , or a habitational name from an unidentified place named with the northern Middle English elements schēle ‘hut’ + by ‘settlement’, ‘farm’ (Old Norse býr).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Birton J Shelby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Birton J Shelby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Berton J Shelby, "United States Census, 1940"

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