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Shelby, John, 1751-1818



  • Existence: approximately 1751 - 1818


John Shelby was the son of John Shelby and Sarah Davis. He was born in Maryland in 1751 and was with John Shelby when he moved to Sullivan County. Shelby married a daughter of James Brigham, who gave thirty acres for Blountville and kept the first tavern there. Shelby served in the militia in 1776. In October, 1782, he went to Kentucky as a surveyor. For his services, he received a grant of five thousand acres and he chose lands near the site of present day Clarksville, Tennessee. In 1796 he represented Sullivan County at Tennessee's first constitutional convention and the next year bought eight hundred acres in Montgomery County. Sometime between 1798 and 1806 he moved to Montgomery County. In 1815 he served as state senator for the district of Steward, Montgomery, Humphrey, and Sumner Counties. He died sometime between November 11, 1817 and April 1818.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Shelby Family Biographies

 Collection — Box: B (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-44
Scope and Contents

The Shelby Family Biographies consist of short histories of six members of the Shelby family: Evan Shelby, Jr.; Evan's sons, Moses and John Shelby; Evan's nephew, Moses Shelby, Jr.; Evan's brother John Shelby; and John's son, John Shelby, Jr. The biographies were compiled and written by Cass Knight Shelby.The collection contains two letters from Cass Knight Shelby to Gordon Aronhime dated August 29, 1959 and November 10, 1959.

Dates: 1959