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Dr. Evan Shelby

Evan Shelby was born in 1748 in Hunts Cabin, Hagerstown, Frederick County, Maryland, and died in April of 1825 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.  He married Susannah Polk Alexander in 1774 in Mecklenburg County.  She was the daughter of Benjamin Alexander and Susan Polk.  She was born in 1759 in Mecklenburg County and died in 1837.

Evan received the following from his father in his will:

I will and bequeath to my dearly beloved son, Evan Shelby, that plantation on Caldwell Creek which I bought from Patrick Gibson together with the wagon and team he now has in his possession, also a Negro boy named Titus."

Evan served in Sumterís 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 Evanís participation in the Revolution.  Sumterís 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 Marionís men, Sumterís 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 Ö bullets were made by melting pewter Ö furnished by housekeepers.Ē 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 Susanís 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. 

Evan and Susannah Polk Shelby probably are buried at Poplar Tent Church Cemetery in Mecklenburg County.

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.

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