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Robert Shelley Immigrant Ancestor see FAMILY TREE (Brooke)

see FAMILY TREE (White)

Born: Abt 1611(age listed on marriage record)  (Judith listed as born in 1615)

probably born in England


Married: 26/Sep/1636 Scituate, Plymouth, MA


Death: 06/Sep/1692 Barnstable, Barnstable, MA    


Robert Shelley


1st Judith Garnett

2nd Susanna


Hannah Garnett Shelley

from genealogy by Susan P. Canney
"Robert Shelly came to New England on the ship Lion which sailed 21 June 1632 and landed in Boston on 12 September 1632. Judith Garnet came in the ship Frances which sailed from Ipswich, England, the last of April 1634. Her age is given on the ship's list as twenty-six. In September 1634 she was admitted to the first church at Boston as "our brother John Coggeshall's maidservant."
Robert and Judith were living in Scituate, Plymouth Colony, MA, soon after Rev. John Lothrop arrived. Lothrop kept careful church records, of which the following relate to the Shelleys: "The Houses in the plantation of Situate...since my coming...No. 39 was Robert Shellyes, 1636." "Goodman Shelley joyned 14 May 1637." "Isaac Robinson & Margaret Handford contracted at Mr. Hatherlyes 27 June 1636, and by him Robert Shelly and his wife from Boston marryed here 26 September 1636."
Robert had a farm in Scituate in 1636, on the Third Cliff near Gillson's windmill. Plymouth Colony records show: Nov. 5, 1638m "Robert Shelly & John Winter desire to be admitted freeman at the next Genral Court." 1 Feb. 1639/40, Robert Shelly of Scituate took oath of allegiance and fidelity." In October 1639, he, with Mr. Lothrop and other members of the church, moved to Barnstable, where he was living in 1670.
Another record shows that he was listed among those able to bear arms, in 1643. On 5 Jan. 1643/4, Thomas Hinckley, Thomas Lothrop, Henry Cobb and Isaac Robinson drew up a list of those who were then inhabitants of Barnstable, and among the forty-five householders was "Robert Shelley, from Scituate 1639." Mr. Lothrop's Barnstable church records state: "Judith Shelly joyned by dismission from the church att Boston, 25 August 1644."
Otis says in Barnstable Families: "Robert Shelly was an easy, good-natured man and cared little how the world moved. He was however, an honest man, a good neighbor and a sincere Christian." Judith, on the contrary, was "proud, tenacious of her own opinions." These conclusions of course are based upon the records of John Lothrop, whom Judith defied: "Goody Shelley excommunicated 4 June 1649 & cast out of the church, though absent for she would not come, setting att naught the messenger of the church sent to her, principally for slaundering of 2 systers, Syster Wells & Syster Dimmock, saying Sister Dimmick was proud & went about telling Lyes, but could never prove anythinge by any Testimonye. And also affirming that myselfe & Brother Cobb, to my syster Wells at her house didd talk of her...Continued from tyme to tyme to affirme as cpmfodemt;u as of sje jadd jadd a s[orot pf Reve;atopm. saying also that I had confessed it, and after did denye it; and that all the church knew it was soe, but durst not or would not speake. And that I deserved rather to be cast out then shee, for shee was innocent but I was guilty. She would never be convinced of any of her conceived Jealousyes, and was wondrous perremptorye in all her carriages, many times condeming the Breathren that they dealt not with her in a way of God. Wee had long patience towards her & used all the courteous intreatyes & persuasians, but the longer wee waited the worse shee was." Reverend Lothrop goes on to say that Judith was resentful because some of the church women had not invited her to one of their "Christian meetings."
Nothing further can be found concerning Judith after her excommunication by Mr. Lothrop, whose stern Puritanism is well known. In 1653 he had fifteen-year-old Hannah Shelley and David Linnell whipped, which Otis says was because David had courted her without her father's permission. Judith's name is not mentioned, but Otis did once use the word "parents." David and Hannah were married the next year by John Lothrop, and raised a large family.
In 1634 Robert was made a freeman of Barnstable. In 1669 his wife, then Susanna, was a witness to the will of Richard Foxwell in Barnstable, and was apparently on good terms with her sister-in-law, Anne Shelly. Lothrop says Anne "came into the land in 1632." She married Richard Foxwell in 1634 as his second wife.
Robert Shelley's will of 11 March 1688/89, was recorded on 22 October 1692.
"In the name of God Amen. I Robirt Shelley of Barnestable in New England being at this present in health and of perfitt memory do make my last will. 'Testament in manner and form following, disannulling and making void inefectual All former wills made by me. First I bequeth my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried. And as for that small estate I am possessed of I leave it wholy to my wife after my decease for her support and them that I leave with her: AND for the preventing of further Trouble I thought good to Inseart in this my last will that the two Acres of Land that I exchanged with Henry Taylor for the Land that my house now standeth on that my son John Shelley truly gave it to me. AS witness my hand and seal this eleventh of March one thousand six hundred and eighty-eight: eighty nine."
Robert Shelley, his mark.
Witnesses were Henery Taylor and Jabez Lumbart.
Joseph Lothrop, clerk and recorded.
Susanna Shelley, widow, Robirt Shelley late of Barnstable, deceased, made oath to the inventory in court, 19 October 1692. Amount of inventory, 41.18.

Author: Anderson, Robert Charles
Title: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633. 3 Vols.
Abbrev: The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633.
Publication: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Page: p. 1662
Author: Sumner, Edith Bartlett
Title: Ancestry and Descendants of Amaziah Hall and Betsey Baldwin
Abbrev: Ancestry and Descendants of Amaziah Hall and Betsey Baldwin
Publication: 1954"