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Dr. Evan Shelby, MD

Male Abt 1748 - 1825  (~ 77 years)


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  • Name Evan Shelby 
    Prefix Dr. 
    Suffix MD 
    Born Abt 1748  Hunt's Cabin, Hagerstown, Frederick County, MD. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Apr 1825  Cabarrus Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried pos Sugar Creek Cemetery, near Charlotte, NC or Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery Huntsvi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8833  MyTree
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2016 

    Father Sgt. Moses Shelby, Sr.,   b. 1728, Tregaron, Cardiganshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1776, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother M. Isabel Alexander(?),   d. Bef Apr 1806, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1746  Hunts Cabin, Prince George Co., MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2851  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susannah Polk Alexander,   b. Abt 1752, Bucks Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1837, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married 1774  Anson Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Moses Shelby,   b. Abt 1775, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1826, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
    +2. Isabella Shelby,   b. Abt 1776, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1856, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    +3. Sarah Shelby,   b. Abt 1778, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Apr 1856 Bef 1860, Big Creek (now Cuba), Shelby Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    +4. Susannah J. Shelby,   b. Abt 1783, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1853, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     5. William Alexander Shelby,   b. Abt 1786, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1855, Big Creek (now Cuba), Shelby Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     6. Harriet C. Shelby,   b. Abt 1790, Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Apr 1856, Cabarrus Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +7. Mary Shelby,   b. 15 May 1791, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1860, Hickory Wythe (Arlington), Fayette Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +8. Dorcus Shelby,   b. Abt 1795, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1856, Raleigh, Shelby Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)
    +9. Thomas Shelby,   b. Abt 1797, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Apr 1856, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +10. John Milton Shelby,   b. 30 Jan 1806, Mecklenburg Co., N.C. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1872, Raleigh, Shelby Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F2829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1774 - Anson Co., N.C. Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 29 Apr 1856 Dan Alexander, in his confirmation of the marriage of Dr. Evan and Susanna, and identity of the children, in application for Evan's Revolutionary War pension:
      "declares that Susanna Shelby was married to Evan Shelby in 1776 or 1777, from the best information that can now be obtained, there being no family record, and no marriage bond on file in the County Court Clerk's office where such bonds are kept, But affiant [Daniel Alexander] is well satisfied from his own age compared with the ages of Even and Susanna's oldest children, that the said Marriage must have taken place early in the Revolution, their oldest child, if living, would be several years older than affiant,".
      Daniel [the affiant] goes on to say "That Evan Shelby died on or about the day of April 1825, leaving his widow, Susanna Shelby surviving, who continued his widow until the day of June A.D. 1837, when she also died leaving affiant's wife [Daniel's wife, Susanna J. Shelby] (since dead) and that Thomas Shelby, Harriet Alexander, Isabella Alexander, Sarah Alexander, Mary Alexander and Milton Shelby as the only surviving children of the aforesaid Evan and Susanna Shelby, all of which will more fully appear by reference...".

      U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      Name: Susan Polk Alexander
      Gender: Female
      Spouse Name: Evan Shelby
      Spouse
      Birth Place: MD
      Spouse Birth Year: 1748
      Marriage
      Year: 1774
      Marriage State: NC
      Number Pages: 1

      Military Information
      Date
      1776-1783
      Location
      SC
      Description
      DAR# A102413; Pension#: R9471V - surgeon in South Carolina Militia voluntary cavalry in CPT William Alexander's Company, COL Wade Hampton's Regiment, BG Thomas Sumter's Brigade

      This Evan, not to be confused with the other Evans, was also a
      Patriot. He was in Sumpters Brigade during the Revolution. An
      application (R 9471) for Pension Benefits on behalf of the children of
      Evan Shelby was made by Dan Alexander, but never carried to
      completion. This was filed on April 29, 1856 in Mecklenburg County and
      describes his participation in the Revolution."

      (From: Rootsweb - Ancestry.com - Biographies)
      Evan served in Sumter’s Brigade during The Revolution, probably as a surgeon. An application for Pension Benefits on behalf of the children of Evan Shelby was made by Dan Alexander but never carried to completion. This was filed on April 29, 1856 in Mecklenburg County and describes Evan’s participation in the Revolution. Sumter’s Brigade began when a British party of exiles from South Carolina fled into North Carolina as the British advanced. They chose Colonel Thomas Sumter (left) to be their leader and he took the field against the victorious British at a time when the inhabitants had generally abandoned the idea of independence. Often working with Francis Marion’s men, Sumter’s Brigade were woodsmen of the frontier upcountry. Neither North nor South Carolina was in a position to pay, clothe, or feed troops so Sumter's men furnished their own horses and brought along their own muskets and rifles. Often "iron tools of neighboring farms were worked up by blacksmiths into rude weapons … bullets were made by melting pewter … furnished by housekeepers.” General Sumter was so daring and fearless he earned the nickname "The Gamecock".

      In the Mecklenburg Co., NC Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions
      Book 1, page 21, 1783 April Sessions is stated "James Burns vs Saml.
      Patton - Caveat, Jury impanelled & Sworn Viz: 1. William McCree, 2.
      Jas. Staffort, 3. John Green, 4. Charles Polk, 5. Thos. Shelby, 6.
      Evan Shelby, 7. John McCanlass, 8. Rich. Mason, 9. Abm. Miller, 10.
      John Leopard, 11. Alexr. McGinty, 12. David Parks, find for Plantiff
      100 acres of Land which he caveated not to take any part of Pattons
      clear Land. An appeal granted to the Superior Court.

      1790 Census for Mecklenburg Co., NC: Evan Shelby is listed with 2
      males and 6 females.
      (Evan and Susannah, and six children, who would be William Alexander, Isabella, Sarah, Susannah, Dorcus and Mary. Mary supposedly was born in 1791, however,
      it is possible the census was done following her birth).

      Name: Evan Shelby
      [Evan Shelley]
      Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Mecklenburg, North Carolina
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 1
      Free White Persons - Females: 6
      Number of Household Members: 8

      1800 Census for Mecklenburg Co., NC: Evan Shelby is listed with 4
      males and 5 females.
      (Evan and Susannah, and seven children, who would probably be Sarah,
      Susannah, Dorcus, Mary, Moses, William, and Thomas.

      1810 Census for Mecklenburg Co., NC: Evan Shelby is listed with 4
      males and 4 females.
      Evan and Susannah, and six children, who would be William, Thomas,
      John, Dorcus, Mary and Harriet. Isabella, Sarah, Susannah and Moses
      are already married and living away from home).

      In the pension application, of 29 Apr 1856, children listed were:
      Thomas, Harriet, Isabella, Sarah, Mary and Milton and wife of Dan
      Alexander (Susannah)...Seven Children. Three children, Isabella,
      Moses and William had all died by this time. Five daughters married
      Alexander's, descendents of Elias Sr. and 2nd wife, Mary Taylor.

      In her book "A Chronology of Moses and Isabel Shelby", Johnnie gives
      ten children as: 1) Isabella (m. Stephen Winslow Alexander 22 Nov
      1797), 2) Sarah "Sallie" (married John Alexander 15 Aug 1798), 3)
      Susannah (married Daniel Alexander 11 Jul 1800), 4) Moses (married bef
      1810 Census to Mary Ann Knox), 5) William A., 6) Dorcus (married
      William Alexander Kerr 19 Feb 1807), 7) Mary (married William Taylor
      Alexander c. 1812), 8) Thomas (married Matilda McDonald 2 Sep 1820),
      9) Harriet (married Allison Diannica Alexander 17 Dec 1823), and 10)
      John Milton (married Amanda F. Rudisill c. 1833). All were married in
      Mecklenburg Co. I tried to get a copy of Moses and Mary Ann's
      marriage license/certificate in Mecklenburg and Cabarras Co's, but
      there was nothing. Some of the information came, I think, from the
      Alexander Notebooks. Two of the listed children are a bit skimpy in
      terms of evidence... Moses being one of them. William being the
      other.

      Moses "Shelvey" is shown on Roll 42, Book 1, Pg 100 in the Mecklenburg
      Co. Census of 1810:
      (bet 16-26) with 3 boys under 10 (Winfield, Smith &
      J. Rufus maybe), and one female (bet 16-26).

      Moses was also found in the Mecklenburg Co., NC Census of 1820
      Moses not found in the 1830. Mary Ann "Shelvey" was shown as widow in 1830, and 1840.

      Dr. Evan Shelby's father was Moses Shelby. It would make sense that his 1st son would be named Moses.

      The brother of Moses, father of Dr. Evan Shelby, was Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby, whose son, Isaac, was the 1st and 5rd Governor of Kentucky.

      In Moses' Will of 2 Jan 1776, his son, Evan, is willed "Land on
      Caldwell Creek, which I bought from Patrick Gibson". and "I Will and
      bequeath to my beloved son, Moses, the plantation on Mile Branch on
      the Waggon Road and all the money that is due me from James Ross."
      (Moses was probably in process of being paid, over a number of years,
      by James Ross for the Beaverdam property)

      In Mecklenburg, NC Grantor Index Book 12, page 211: Apr 1783, Evan
      and Susannah deed to James Ross 227 acres on Beaver Dam Creek off of
      Rocky River.
      (the same property that Moses sold to James Ross was now
      paid in full and the deed was tranferred to James, and the monies were
      Willed to Moses son, Evan).

      It is most probable that Evan is buried in the Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Huntersville, NC (6 miles outside of Charlotte). It is also possible that Evan Shelby is buried there.

      Evan served in Sumter’s Brigade during The Revolution, probably as a surgeon. An application for Pension Benefits on behalf of the children of Evan Shelby was made by Dan Alexander but never carried to completion. This was filed on April 29, 1856 in Mecklenburg County and describes Evan’s participation in the Revolution. Sumter’s Brigade began when a British party of exiles from South Carolina fled into North Carolina as the British advanced. They chose Colonel Thomas Sumter (left) to be their leader and he took the field against the victorious British at a time when the inhabitants had generally abandoned the idea of independence. Often working with Francis Marion’s men, Sumter’s Brigade were woodsmen of the frontier upcountry. Neither North nor South Carolina was in a position to pay, clothe, or feed troops so Sumter's men furnished their own horses and brought along their own muskets and rifles. Often "iron tools of neighboring farms were worked up by blacksmiths into rude weapons … bullets were made by melting pewter … furnished by housekeepers.” General Sumter was so daring and fearless he earned the nickname "The Gamecock."

      Evan Shelby died in North Carolina about 1813. According to legends that have passed down through the John Springs family (another branch of Evan and Susan’s descendants), Susan Shelby was left a widow, with a large family of children, who remembered hearing their mother tell of hardships and bitter experiences. She was often annoyed by Indians, Tories and British soldiers and often would go miles with her children to some place of safety, carrying the smaller children on her blind horse, "Old Ball." She never left North Carolina, and spent her last days with her daughter, Harriet.

      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~beckenbachsimons/evanshelby2.htm
      Children of Evan Shelby and Susannah Alexander were:
      1. Sarah Shelby was born 1778 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 1856 in Big Creek, Shelby County, Tennessee. She married John Alexander on 15 Aug 1798 in Mecklenburg County. He was born 28 Dec 1772 in Black Mountain, Buncombe County, North Carolina and died in 1850 also in Big Creek, Shelby County, Tennessee. John and Sarah Alexander had five known children: Sarah, James Alfred, Mary Mahala, Moses Burton and Shelby.
      2. Susanna Shelby was born in 1783 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 01 Mar 1853 in Davidson, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She married Daniel Alexander 11 Jun 1800 in Mecklenburg County. He was born 10 Jan 1781 in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 17 Jul 1862 in Davidson, Mecklenburg County. Daniel and Susanna Alexander had ten children: Daniel, Marcus Sherman, Susanna J., William Franklin, Mary Cornelia, Margaret Anabella, Isabella P, Martha J., and Charles C.
      3. Moses Shelby was born in 1784 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and died about 1826 also in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He married Mary Ann Knox before 1810 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Mint Hill Station, Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Alison Knox and Mary Smith. She was born 28 May 1785 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and died 27 May 1855 in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Moses is the subject of the next generation.
      4. William Alexander Shelby was born in 1786 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died in 1856 in Cuba, Shelby County, Tennessee. He married Rachel U Shelby in 1808 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. She was born in 1795. She was most likely a cousin of some sort but her parents are unknown at this time. William and Rachel Shelby had nine children: Jane E., Nancy A., Mariah, Susannah Catherine, Dorcas, Thomas, Evan, Harriet and John Milton.
      5. Dorcas Shelby was born in 1791 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 05 Feb 1869 in Union Station, Shelby County, Tennessee. She married William Alexander Kerr.
      6. Thomas Shelby was born in 1797 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died in 1856 also in Mecklenburg County. He married Matilda McDonald 02 Sep 1820.
      7. Evan Shelby was born in 1799 in North Carolina.
      8. Harriet Shelby was born in 1806 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died in 1856 in Rocky River, Rowan County, North Carolina. She married Allison Diannica Alexander.
      9. John Milton Shelby was born 30 Jan 1806 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 23 Jan 1872 in Shelby County, Tennessee. He married Amanda F Rudisill 11 Apr 1833 in Shelby County. She was born 13 Jun 1813 in Steel Creek, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 05 May 1884 in Shelby County, Tennessee. John and Amanda Shelby had eleven children: Emanuel Ralzymon, Susan Rebecca, Nerissa Newberry, Mary Melissa, Margaret Amanda, Daniel Gary, John Bowling, James Monroe, Evan Alexander, Theophilus and Charles.
      North Carolina, 1780-'81 : being a history of the invasion of the Carolinas by the British Army under Lord Cornwallis in 1780-: Chapter 3, Pg. 172.
      [According to Dan Alexander's report regarding Susannah & Evan's children, Moses would have been older that himself. Dan was born in 1781. I believe Moses was the 1st and the oldest child and was born abt. 1775. He also died before the application was given. MCM2003]