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Evan Shelby, Sr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Hagerstown, Frederick County, Province of Maryland, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Phillip Shelby and Margaretta Shelby
Husband of Catherine Davies Shelby
Father of Thomas Shelby; General Evan Shelby; Rees Shelby, I; John Shelby, Major; Mary Hannah Hobbs and 10 others
Brother of Maria Shelby; Ellinora Shelby; Riceus Shelby; Elizabeth Shelby and Rowland Shelby

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About Evan Shelby, Sr

Evan Shelby was born in Wales during the reign of William and Mary and was baptized in March, 1690. He married his wife, Catherine Morgan, in 1716. His baptism, marriage and the baptism of five of his children are on record in the parish register of the Church of England in Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales. He may have been a farmer and sheep raiser in Wales as was a common occupation in that mountainous region. He could write his name, which is more than many of that period could do, and the little handwriting that remains is clear and distinct.

Evan Shelby came to the colonies with four small sons in 1735 and first settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The records are clear that the family obtained grants of land there and in Prince George County, Maryland. Their holdings were near Hagerstown, on the Conocodheague Creek in what is now Washington County, Maryland and extended into Pennsylvania. The reason for their coming to the colonies is not known. The execution of Charles I had brought unrest and rebellion to their country which did not end until the invasion of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (later Charles II) in 1745. Politics may have been the reason, but it is more likely that the call of the new country, the desire for more freedom and wider frontiers were the real reasons for their coming to the new world.

Their farm was called "Black Walnut Point" and now lies in the center of the present county of Franklin, five miles north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. However, within four years the sheriff sold "Black Walnut Point" to pay off a debt Evan owed to another Welshman, one Richard Phillips.

Evan then secured a warrant from the Maryland Land Office for 1200 acres across the line in Western Maryland. This was called "Maiden's Choice" and is 12 miles west of Hagerstown. A patent for this was issued to Evan by Lord Baltimore’s agent on 7 August 1739. In time he had acquired some 4,000 acres all within a short distance from his home. "Maiden's Choice" now lies in the Clear Springs district of the present Washington County, Maryland. "Black Walnut Point" is in Pennsylvania although it is in the same valley. The Mason Dixon line runs between the two places. During the next 11 years he obtained other land warrants and secured patents on them until he was in possession of 2,500 acres. With the exception of Rich Lands and a 50 acre piece called "Hunt's Cabin", all of his land seems to have been located between Conococheague Creek and the east side of North Mountain, about 10 or 12 miles west of the site of Hagerstown. He disposed of some of his land from time to time by sale and some of it was conveyed as gifts to his sons.

Evan Shelby died intestate in the spring or early summer of 1751. His wife, Catherine, and son, Evan, Jr. were appointed joint administrators of his estate.

The Inventory of Evan's estate was not very large and didn't appear to be worth a whole lot, but did show that he had several slaves. Sons, Moses & John, signed as the nearest kin on 6 Aug 1751. James Davies and Isaac Baker signed as witnesses. The sale of his possessions took place on 6 Sept 1751. From a few later notations, it appears that the sale did not cover all of Evan's debts. As late as 1754 his wife, Catherine, and son, Evan, were still being sued for his debts.

Marriage date @ http://www.trolinger.com/judy/Selby-Shelby.html

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Evan Selby's Timeline

1690
March 1690
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales, (Present UK)
1719
October 23, 1719
Age 29
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1719
Age 28
1721
1721
Age 30
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1724
1724
Age 33
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1725
1725
Age 34
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1728
May 5, 1728
Age 38
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1730
July 10, 1730
Age 40
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1732
1732
Age 41
Tregaron, UK
1732
Age 41
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales