Dr. John Shelby – Tombstone Inscription


Shelby, Dr. John
Section 27
ID # 270060

The Family Vault
Doctor John Shelby
A.D. 1855


Notable Southern Families
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David Shelby, father of John Shelby

David Shelby

David Shelby, son of John Shelby and Louisa Looney, was born about 1763 in Virginia. He was the ancestor of a family which has been prominent in America and England. David Shelby was also a King’s Mountain hero though he was only a lad of seventeen. He served in Isaac Shelby’s Regiement. He moved to Sumner County, Tennessee, and was Clerk of the Court until his death in 1822.

He married Sarah Bledsoe, daughter of Anthony Bledsoe.

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George Bledsoe was the first of the Bledsoe line traced in America. He lived in Northumberland County, Virginia. His will was probated there July 23, 1704. The only child on record was Abraham Bledsoe, who after marrying settled in that part of Orange County which was later embraced in Culpepper County. Among his children was Anthony Bledsoe, born in (then) Orange County, Virginia, 1733, married about 1760 to Mary Ramsey, of Augusta County, who was born in 1734. Col. Bledsoe was killed by the Indians at Bledsoe’s Creek, Sumner County, Tenn., on July 20. 1788. His widow died in Sumner County in 1808. Their children were, Abraham, born in Virginia about 1762; Thomas, Sarah, Anthony, junior. Isaac, Henry Ramsey, Rachel, Polly, born in Virginia 1780; Betsy, Prudence and Susan.

Sarah Bledsoe was born in Virginia in 1763, came to Sumner County, Tennessee, in 1781, the same year she married David Shelby, and died March 11, 1852. They had issue:

  1. John Shelby, born May 24, 1785.
  2. Anthony Bledsoe Shelby, born Jan. 15, 1789.
  3. Philip Davies Shelby, born March 7, 1791, died May 27, 1799.
  4. Priscilla Shelby, born March 8, 1793.
  5. Lucinda Shelby, born March 24, 1795.
  6. James Shelby, born July 13, 1797; died Aug. 28, 1797.
  7. Nellie Shelby, born Jan. 14, 1799.
  8. David Davies Shelby, born July 15, 1801, died Aug. 2, 1805.
  9. Orville Shelby, born Jan. 21, 1803.
  10. Sarah Bledsoe Shelby, born Jan. 21, 1806.
  11. Albert Shelby, born May 25, 1808.

John Shelby, son of David and Sarah (Bledsoe) Shelby was the first white child to be born in what is now Sumner County, Tennessee, on May 24, 1785.

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Shelby, John
John Shelby’s father was David Shelby.
Father’s Revolutionary Service
Father’s burial Site

Shelby, David b 1763 Washington Co., VA/ d 3-11-1822 Sumner Co., TN.
Buried Spencer’s Choice, SW of Gallatin, TN.
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Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution

Buried In Tennessee


compiled by

Lucy Womack Bates, Chairman




Helen Crawford Marsh

Published by
Tennessee Society, NSDAR