Volney Orrin Knapp Shelley

5 May 1830–18 February 1906 (Age 75)
Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York, United States

The Life of Volney Orrin Knapp

When Volney Orrin Knapp Shelley was born on 5 May 1830, in Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York, United States, his father, Abraham Shelley, was 47 and his mother, Irene Knapp, was 38. He married Catherine Ann Deming on 27 December 1847, in Washington, Wisconsin Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Wisconsin, United States in 1870 and Hutchins, Shawano, Wisconsin, United States for about 20 years. He registered for military service in 1869. He died on 18 February 1906, in Mattoon, Shawano, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Weyauwega, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States.

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Volney Orrin Knapp Shelley
Mary Elizabeth Deming
Marriage: 5 October 1850
Emily Caroline Shelley
Olive Shelley
Mary Ann Shelley
Charles Smith Shelley
Samuel Shelley
Simeon D. Shelley
Abbie K. Shelley
Ernest Shelley
Purley Shelley
Alice Shelley

Spouse and Children

5 October 1850
Brookfield, Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States


    Emily Caroline Shelley


    Mary Ann Shelley


    Olive Shelley



    Samuel Shelley


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

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.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 6

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

Age 24

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in Sussex, Suffolk, Essex, and West Yorkshire, all so named from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Volley Shelley in household of Warren Hutchins, "United States Census, 1900"
  • V K Shelley, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"
  • Volney K Shelly in household of Abm Shelly, "United States Census, 1850"

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