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John Shelley

Male 1831 - 1903  (71 years)


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  • Name John Shelley  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Born 28 May 1831  Farmcott, Claverley, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 19 Jun 1831  All Saints Church, Claverley, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Gender Male 
    AFN 2T1D-FR 
    Residence 1841  Claverley, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration 2 Feb 1851  Liverpool, Lancashire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    54th Company, Elder Geo. D. Watt on the Ellen Maria; Apostle Orson Pratt returned on this voyage 
    Immigration 6 Apr 1851  New Orleans, Orleans Co, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    54th Company, Elder Geo. D. Watt on the Ellen Maria; Apostle Orson Pratt returned on this voyage 
    Occupation 26 Sep 1860  Lake City, Utah Co, Utah Territory, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Laborer 
    Occupation 5 Jun 1880  American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Freighter 
    Occupation 19 Jun 1900  American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    Died 4 Apr 1903  American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Apr 1903  American Fork City Cemetery, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3277  default
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2010 

    Father James Bowyer Shelley,   b. 7 Jan 1792, Chetton, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1870, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Bray,   b. 21 Oct 1795, Abdon, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1851, Mississippi River (Near Memphis), Shelby Co, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1817  All Saints Church, Neenton, Shropshire Co, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Notes 
    Married:
    • MARRIAGE: One source lists marriage date as 30 Mar 1818.
    Family ID F1103  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ellen Gibson,   b. 26 Nov 1846, Dundee, Donegal Co, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1926, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1 Jun 1865  American Fork, Utah Co, Utah Territory, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    Married:
    • MARRIAGE: Ellen's obituary lists marriage date 1 Jun 1865. Don D. Shelley records list distinct marriage date 11 Jun 1865.
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Shelley,   b. 8 Apr 1865, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1865  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Alice Jane Shelley,   b. 21 Oct 1866, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 1927, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +3. Mary Ellen Shelley,   b. 25 May 1869, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1901, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Co, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     4. Isabel Viola Shelley,   b. 9 May 1871, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1922  (Age 50 years)
     5. Rudolph Fisher,   b. 1873-1874, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Adopted]
     6. Malinda Shelley,   b. 27 Jan 1876, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1898, American Fork, Utah Co, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2010 
    Family ID F1435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Claverley Village [19 Feb 2006]
    Claverley Village [19 Feb 2006]
    Photo of Claverley Village, including All Saints Church, at Shropshire. This village was the home of the James Bowyer Shelley & Elizabeth BRAY family. Photo by Geoff Pick, courtesy of Geograph. Used by permission

    Documents
    1860 U.S. Census [26 Sep 1860]
    1860 U.S. Census [26 Sep 1860]
    Lake City, Utah, Utah: James Shelley family; Also listed on this page is James' brother, John Shelley
    1880 U.S. Census
    1880 U.S. Census
    Washington Street, American Fork, Utah, Utah: "John Shelley" family
    1900 U.S. Census
    1900 U.S. Census
    American Fork, Utah, Utah: "John Shelley"
    1841 British Census
    1841 British Census
    1841 British Census - Farmcott, Claverley, Shropshire - James Bowyer Shelley family
    Ellen Maria Passenger Manifest [7 Apr 1851]]
    Ellen Maria Passenger Manifest [7 Apr 1851]]
    Passenger List of the Ellen Maria, arriving New Orleans 7 Apr 1851 (some reports indicate 6 Apr 1851) from Liverpool. Onboard were the "Jas Shelley" (Jas, Elizth, Thomas, James, John, Joseph, Sarah) and "William Shelley" (William, Jane, William Hanna, Stephen, Jno) families. Also onboard was George Holyoak (003979.jpg). Research by Chad G. Nichols

    Headstones
    Headstone
    Headstone
    Headstone of John Shelley

  • Notes 
    • DEATH: Grave marker indicates deathdate 5 Apr 1903. Alice Roberts Carter notes list deathdate 4 Apr 1905.

  • Sources 
    1. [S756] Nichols Online Library, Digital Documents Researched and Scanned by Chad Nichols & Relatives, Nichols, Chad G., (Catalogue of over 40,000 relatives with more than 5,000 of them having documentation to support their place in the family tree. Some recent generation surnames include Anderson, Broman, Campbell, Cloward, Conder, Dutson, Ericksen, Farmer, Holyoak, Kump, Kylen, Mendenhall, Nichols, Nielson, O'Donnell, Richardson, Roberts, Shelley, Stone, and Walker. Most ancestors are from England, Denmark, Sweden, and Germany. [online] www.nicholslibrary.org 7783 S 4950 W West Jordan, UT 84081 USA) (Reliability: 3).
      1841 British Census - 002940
      Ellen Maria Passenger List - 003978
      1860 U.S. Census - 001313
      1880 U.S. Census - 000636
      1900 U.S. Census - 000637
      Grave Marker - 000536

    2. [S57] 1841 England Census [database online], Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1841. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England. The 1841 Census for England was taken on the night of 6 June 1841), P 22 (Reliability: 3).
      Farmcott, Claverley, Shropshire: James Shelley Household: --James, age 45, Farmer --Elizabeth, age 45 --William, age 20 --James, age 13 --John, age 10 --Joseph, age 7 --Sarah, age 2

    3. [S283] Mormon Immigration Index , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department., (Salt Lake City : Genealogical Society of Utah, 2000 [CD-ROM]) (Reliability: 3).
      54th Company, Elder Geo. D. Watt, "Ellen Maria": departed Liverpool, England 1 Feb 1851; arrived New Orleans, Louisiana 7 Apr 1851; departed New Orleans 9 Apr 1851 on the steamer "Alexander Scott," arrived St. Louis, Missouri 16 Apr 1851; Family passengers: James Bowyer Shelley, age 59; Elizabeth BRAY Shelley, age 55; William Bowyer Shelley, age 31; George Holyoak Jr, age 31; Thomas Shelley, age 29; Janes Elizabeth DUNN Shelley, age 23; Charlotte ELSMORE Shelley, age 22; James Shelley, age 22; John Shelley, age 19; Joseph Henry Shelley, age 16; Sarah Shelley, age 10; William Shelley, age 4; Hannah Shelley, age 3; Stephen Shelley, age 2; John Lyon Shelley, infant

    4. [S78] Contributor, The, ([periodical]), VOL. XIII. NO. 7 (Reliability: 3).
      FIFTY-FOURTH COMPANY.-Ellen Maria, 378 souls. Thursday, February 2nd, 1851, three hundred and seventy-eight Latter-day Saints, under the presidency of Elder Geo. D. Watt, embarked on board the Ellen Maria at Liverpool, but on account of diverse winds the ship anchored in the river Mersey until Saturday morning, February 2nd, when she put to sea before a fair breeze and in delightful weather. Apostle Orson Pratt, who terminated a most useful and important mission to Great Britain, returned to America with his family on board this ship. After a voyage of sixty three days, the Ellen Maria arrived in New Orleans on the sixth of April. She had experienced a strong gale of wind on the fifth of February, but it abated on the sixth, and in a few days afterwards the Saints had become accustomed to sea life, and were free from sickness. On the eleventh the ship cleared the Irish Sea. The remainer of the voyage was as pleasant as sea voyages generally are. Meetings were held every Sabbath, and also on different occasions during the week, at which Apostle Pratt and other Elders addressed the Saints and strangers present on the principles of the Gospel. Three marriages, four births and five deaths occurred on board, as follows:

      Marriages: February 9th, James Stratten to Frances Clark, both of Cambridge; February 22nd, Elder Edward Williams, of Carmarthenshire, to Ann Morgans, of Cwinbach; March 21st, James Turnbull, of Linlithgo, to Mary Mickle, of Port Glasgow.

      Births: March 9th, Emily Robbins gave birth to a son; March 28th, Sister Wild to a daughter named Ellen Maria Martha; April 2nd, Sarah Lane to a daughter; April 9th, A. Entwistle to a son named Alexander Scott.

      Deaths: February 11th, Sarah, daughter of R. and S. Preece, aged six months, February 16th, Ann, aged eleven weeks, daughter of J. and E. Toone; March 8th, George, aged two years and eight months, son of G. and S. Spizer; March 24th, Marintha Althera, aged fifteen months, daughter of Apostle Orson and Sarah M. Pratt; April 14th, Elizabeth Shelley, aged fifty-five years.

      April 9th, most of the company left New Orleans for St. Louis, Missouri, on the Alexander Scott, one of the largest boats on the Mississipi river, and arrived in St. Louis on the sixteenth. A sad accident occurred going up the river in the case of Sister Shelley, aged fifty-five years, wife of James Shelley, from Worcester Conference, who, in attempting to draw a bucket of water from the stream while the boat was running at the rate of ten miles an hour, was suddenly drawn into the water by the force of that mighty current. She floated for a moment and then sank to rise no more. The engines were stopped immediately and a boat manned and sent in search of her, but it was unsuccessful in obtaining the body.

    5. [S241] Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Index, 1847-1868 , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Salt Lake City, UT : 2004-2007 [online] http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library This index is the most complete listing of individuals and companies in which Mormon pioneer emigrants traveled west to Utah from 1847 through 1868. It is an incomplete listing, as rosters have not been found for all companies. It also identifies sources to learn more about the experiences of each company.) (Reliability: 3).
      James W. Cummings Company with about 150 individuals and 100 wagons departed their outfitting post at Keokuk, Iowa arriving at the Salt Lake Valley between 30 Sep and 7 Oct 1851; Lists James Bowyer Shelley (age 59), William Hendricks Shelley (age 32), Thomas Shelley (age 29), Martha Shelley (age 26), James Shelley (age 23), John Shelley (age 20), Joseph Henry Shelley (age 15), & Sarah Shelley (age 11)

    6. [S408] 1860 United States Federal Census, United States. Census Office. 8th Census, 1860, (Washington [District of Columbia] : The National Archives, [19--] Microfilm of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.) (Reliability: 3).
      Lake City, Utah, Utah; Lists "Jno Shelly," age 28, "L," birthplace England

    7. [S117] 1880 United States Federal Census, United States. Bureau of the Census. 10th Census, 1880, (Washington [District of Columbia] : The National Archives, [19--] Microfilm of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.), P 13, SUP DIST 136, ENUM DIST 88 (Reliability: 3).
      Washington Street, American Fork, Utah, Utah: "John Shelley," age 48, Freighter, birthplace England, parentage England; "Ellen G," age 32, Keeping Home, birthplace Scotland, parentage Ireland; "Libby," age 13, at school, birthplace Utah; "Mary E," age 11, birthplace Utah; "Isabel," age 9, birthplace Utah; "Melinda," age 7, birthplace Utah; "Rodolph Fisher," age 6, adopted, birthplace Ireland, father's birthplace Scotland, mother's birthplace Ireland; Next-door neighbors are William & Eliza Gibson, Ellen's parents

    8. [S368] 1900 United States Federal Census, United States. Census Office. 12th Census, 1900, (Washington [District of Columbia] : The National Archives, [19--] Microfilm of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.), SHEET 25B, SUP DIST 273, ENUM DIST 154 (Reliability: 3).
      American Fork, Utah, Utah: "John Shelley," born May 1832, age 68, widowed, birthplace England, parentage England, Farmer, freely owns farm; "Josie Gray," housekeeper, born Feb 1866, age 33, birthplace Ohio, parentage Ohio

    9. [S74] Personal Research & Library, Bev M. Matheson, Matheson, Beverly M., ([online] bevmatheson # comcast.net (change # for @)) (Reliability: 3).
      Lists death 5 Apr 1903 at American Fork, Utah

    10. [S29] Autobiography (Reliability: 3).
      I was almost 20 years old when we left England. You know I wasn't quite sure I wanted to leave for I had started to notice some pretty good looking girls there, but since we had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we felt that it was very important to go to America.
      It was a real adventure to cross the ocean. Sometimes I wondered if we would ever get to land and just what we would find when we got there. That was a long two months time that it took us to cross the ocean.
      I shall never forget the trip across the plains for somehow the Indians really intrigued me. I remember how near they came to stealing our cattle. I remember one night (might tell an imaginary story). You know I think our Company had more experiences with Indians than usual.
      I was glad when we got to Salt Lake and then to Lake City or American Fork.
      I accepted a call to go back on the plains and help some companies that were having some trouble make the trip to Salt Lake. During this time we had many frightening experiences with bands of Indians.
      It was a happy day when I became acquainted with Ellen Gibson. She had come from Ireland. Soon we were married and in the next ten years five children were born to us (might name them).
      One of the things that I will always remember is the joy I got out of telling stories especially ones about the Indians and my experiences with them. I remember how many children would come to our home and coax me to tell them stories. They would sit and listen, their eyes would buldge out and sometimes they would chew their fingernails as they listened to my stories.
      My life was an interesting one and the Church always meant a great deal for me.
      (Transcription by Chad G. Nichols (3GGS), 21 Sep 2006)

    11. [S292] International Genealogical Index - Extracted Church Record, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Copyright 1980, 2002, 2006 Extracted birth or christening record for the locality listed in the record. The source records are usually arranged chronologically by the birth or christening date.) (Reliability: 3).
      John chr. 19 Jun 1831 Claverley
      son of James Shelley & Elizabeth
      [IGI C008492, FHL 502917]
      (Research by Chad G. Nichols)

    12. [S766] England Marriages, 1700-1900, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The, ([database online] FamilySearch Record Search) (Reliability: 3).
      James Shelley md. Elizabeth Bray
      1818 Neenton, Shropshire
      Batch M01738-2, England-VR, FHL 992331
      (Research by Chad G. Nichols)