Rees Shelby, I (1721 - c.1812) MP

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Birthplace: Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
Death: Died in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, SC, USA
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About Rees Shelby, I

Rees Shelby was born about 1730 in Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales, and died Bet. 1810 - 1812 in South Carolina. His wife’s name was Mary. She died after 1787 in South Carolina. In December, 1758 Rees Shelby turned over his property in Pennsylvania to his son, Evan, shortly after that he and the rest of the family left their Pennsylvania home for the Carolinas.

We have no record as to where Rees first settled when he reached the south. We do know that his brother, Moses, went directly to some place in South Carolina and it is of course possible that Rees did also. However, the earliest record of Rees' presence in this region is one showing that on June 2, 1762, he bought one hundred and twenty-two acres of land on Clear Creek in Anson County, North Carolina, while his brother Moses, coming up from the south, also bought a tract in that vicinity at the same time. In 1776, he is listed as a private in the Mecklenburg County militia.

By 1787 Rees began to sell off some of his land and on June 2nd of the following year, he secured from the state of South Carolina a grant of three hundred acres in Cheraw District just over the North Carolina/South Carolina line. While living in South Carolina, Rees brought his land holdings to some six hundred and seventy acres. His place of residence there is not known exactly, but it was supposedly in the northwest corner of Chesterfield County.

Rees Shelby is not listed in the christening records for his parents, Evan and Catherine, nor has any document come to light saying "son of . . .” Therefore, there is a chance he could have been Evan's brother rather than his son.

Since the Chesterfield county court house was destroyed during the Civil War, we have no knowledge as to whether he died intestate or not and hence no complete list of his children, or when each of them was born. It is believed that Rees and Mary Shelby had at least eight children: Evan, Jacob, Jonathan, Thomas, David, Isaac, Rees and Mary.

-------------------- Rees Shelby assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in the capacity of Private Soldier, Mecklinburg County, NC Militia; Capt. Adam Alexander's Co 1766 (his brother-in-law/s co.) During the time of the Revolution, he resided at Clear Creek, Mecklinburg CO, NC.

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Rees Shelby, I's Timeline

1721
1721
Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales
1735
1735
Age 14
Pennsylvania, United States

Rees imigrated with his parents to North America

1739
1739
Age 18
Maryland, United States

Rees moved with his family to 1000 acre Plantation called "Maiden's Choice at the foot of the mountains in what is now called Washington County.

1740
1740
Age 19
"Little Cove", PA, United States
1750
1750
Age 29
Warren, Maryland, United States

After marrying Mary, Rees moved his family to "Little Cove" which is a small valley on the boundary between Province and Maryland. It is now the township of Warren in Franklin County.

1760
1760
Age 39
North Carolina, United States
1760
Age 39
North Carolina, United States

Rees turned over "Little Cove" to his eldest son, Evan, and moved to the Carolinas with the rest of his family. Possibly with his brother, Moses.

1761
1761
Age 40
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
1762
June 1762
Age 41

Rees bought land near his brother, Moses. It is believed to be on the Mecklenburg side of the county line. He bought up more land in what is now Union County, which he parceled out to his sons.

1768
February 18, 1768
Age 47
Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA