Shelby, Evan, 1719-1794

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Evan Shelby, a native of Wales, immigrated to America with his family when he was fourteen or fifteen and settled in Pennsylvania. His family moved to Maryland a few years later. Shelby acquired nearly 24,000 acres of land in that state and engaged in the Indian fur trade as well. He entered the militia in Maryland and fought in the French and Indian War. Following the war, Shelby served as a justice of the peace for a number of years. In 1773, having lost most of his Maryland land to settle debts incurred in the Indian trade, Shelby moved to Fincastle County, Virginia, becoming a farmer, merchant, and cattleman. He became an active militia officer again in Dunmore's War and the American Revolution. A change in state boundaries placed his property in North Carolina. Shelby was elected to its state senate in 1781. In 1786 Shelby was named brigadier general of militia in the Washington District of North Carolina. He retired the following year. Shelby's son Isaac twice served as governor of Kentucky and was the first to hold the position. Evan Shelby owned some Kentucky land granted to him for military service.

From the description of Evan Shelby document, 1780 Feb. 19. (Kentucky Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 42838117

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referencedIn Filson Club. Filson Club lectures, 1887-1992. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Forbes, John, 1707-1759. Papers of John Forbes [manuscript], 1755-1759. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Aronhime, Gordon, 1911-1983. Papers, 1959-1977. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Patrick Henry Letter, 1777 September 1 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library
referencedIn Shelby Family Papers, 1738-1916, (bulk 1757-1829) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Draper, Lyman Copeland, 1815-1891. Draper manuscripts: Draper's notes, 1841-1868. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Shelby, Evan. Evan Shelby document, 1780 Feb. 19. Kentucky Historical Society, Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
referencedIn Reuben T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley (University of Chicago. Library). Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1674-1912 (inclusive), 1776-1829 (bulk). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Thompson, William, 1736-1781. William Thompson correspondence, 1775 July 6. Library of Congress
referencedIn Shelby Land, 1751-1927 1774-ca. 1816 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826. Shelby family papers, 1735-1863. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Aronhime, Gordon, 1911-1983. person
associatedWith Filson Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Forbes, John, 1707-1759. person
associatedWith Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799 person
associatedWith Reuben T. Durrett Collection on Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley (University of Chicago. Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Shelby family family
correspondedWith Thompson, William, 1736-1781. person
associatedWith Wall, Pierce. person
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Birth 1719

Death 1794



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