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Joseph Theodore Shelby

Male 1823 - 1853  (29 years)


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  • Name Joseph Theodore Shelby 
    Born 10 Nov 1823  Mecklenburg Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jan 1853  Dallas Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I891  MyTree
    Last Modified 21 Jan 2015 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Ann Knox,   b. 28 May 1785, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1855, Selma, Dallas County, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1803  2nd Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Mecklenburg Co, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From one of James Madison Shelby's grandchildren: Joseph Shelby,
      younger brother of James Madison Shelby went to Alabama first, managed
      to accumulate quite a bit of land, but died an untimely death at the
      age of 30 years, leaving an estate to be divided among his brothers.
      The family legend says this is why the sons of Moses Shelby moved to
      AL. Mary Shelby, Moses' widow, joined her sons there. After the end
      of the Cvil War, James Madison Shelby, with his wife and all his
      children, with one exception, migrated to Texas traveling in a
      caravan of five covered wagons three of which belonged to Grandpa
      Shelby. They left Selma, Alabama in the fall of 1869 and settled near
      Tyler, in Smith County, Texas. The son that remained behind was
      married and his wife refused to move to Texas. There is a copy of a
      diary that was kept for the first two weeks of the journey in the
      portion of this sketch entitled "Shelby Family Legends and Stories".
      (Source: Ernest Perry Bell, courtesy of Jean Taylor, 2004)

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Joseph Shelby
      Age: 22
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
      Birth Place: North Carolina
      Gender: Male
      Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Selma, Dallas, Alabama
      Other Household Members:
      Name Age
      George P Blevins 27
      J C Blevins 18
      J H Blevins 1
      L H Blevins 24
      Mary Blevins 23
      R E Blevins 21
      W A Blevins 24
      Blevins Leawel 7
      Matilda Leawel 25
      Wm Leawel 40 b. NC abt 1810
      John Richardson 40 b. NC abt. 1810
      Joseph Shelby 22 b. NC abt 1828
      (Note: Wm. Leawel, John Richardson and Joseph Shelby were the only ones born in North Carolina. The rest were born in Alabama.

      Joseph Theodore Shelby was born 10 Nov 1823 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and died 04 Jan 1853 in Dallas County, Alabama. Joseph is the brother who first went to Alabama before the rest of the family. When he died at the age of 30, he left his property in Alabama to his brothers. This is why they all eventually migrated from North Carolina.