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HARTWELL SHELLEY was the third of eight known children born to ABNER SHELLEY and MARY HARTWELL. The Shelley and Hartwell families along with the maternal lines are found throughout the history of New England. Hartwell is descended from ROBERT SHELLEY, who emigrated from England to Boston aboard the LYON in 1632. He is also a MAYFLOWER DESCENDENT through JOHN HOWLAND and ELIZABETH TILLEY.                      




HARTWELL SHELLEY was born April 11, 1789 in Raynham MA. His family moved to E Westmoreland NH c.1800. Many of Westmorelands prominent families are directly related to these Shelley's. Very little is known of Hartwell's youth. By 1816 Hartwell had gone "west" to the great forested areas of the upper Mohawk Valley of NY. He married WEALTHY McARTHUR on March 5, 1816.



WEALTHY McARTHUR 1798 - 1859


WEALTHY McARTHUR was born August 6, 1798 in CT, per census information. Nothing more has been found to date of Wealthy's ancestry.

Hartwell and Wealthy raised eleven children to adulthood. They traveled across New York state settling for many years in Onieda and Otsego Counties,in what is the Utica-Rome and Cooperstown areas of NY. Most of the eleven children were born during this time and several were married in this area as well. By 1850 the census shows Hartwell and Wealthy in Western NY, the Sheridan area of Chautauqua County. Several of their sons remained in this area, but Hartwell was on the move again. At some point in the 1850's he moved his family to Illinois.

            They settled for a time in McHenry County, near the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. Census records list Hartwell as a farmer. Wealthy McArthur Shelley died December 31, 1859 and is buried in the Franklinville Cemetery in McHenry County IL. Hartwell married for a second time to Catherine Brininstool on January 21, 1861. The where abouts of Hartwell's death and burial are still not known. Perhaps we can take a clue from a passage written by his greatgranddaughter RUTH CHARLES inside a book given to her niece.



These pages are possible thanks to a joint effort by many Shelley researchers. Most but not all information is backed by various sources. I will provide the documentation upon request. The following four generation groupings of descendents are arranged according to their ancestry to each of Hartwell and Wealthy's eleven children. I have tried to privatize anyone born after 1980. If you find a child you wish privatized - contact me. If you make a connection or can provide further info or corrections please contact me.We are looking for any info on WEALTHY McARTHUR, the location of their marriage, and HARTWELL SHELLEY's death and burial place.

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