Surnames in bio: SHELLEDY-GRAHAM-BOVELL-MOORE-VANCE-
CAREY D. SHELLEDY
A farmer and stock-raiser, he resides on Sect. 23
in Baltimore Twp. He was born in Jennings Co., IN
in 1822, the son of George and Isabella (Graham)
Shelledy. Edward, the paternal grandfather was born
in VA, and the ancestors are supposed to be of Irish
origin. He married Miss Bovell, and later moved to
OH, and from there to Jennings County, IN,and lastly
to Edgar Co., IL, where both he and his wife died.
They had seven children: Margaret, deceased, who
married William Moore, of Lowell, IA, and died there;
George, father of Carey D., married Isabella Graham
in Indiana where his death accidently occurred while
clearing up his farm; Stephen married Elizabeth Vance
and both are now dead; Alfred, Gillen, and Alex, who
died unmarried; and John, married to Mary A. Milton.
The family of George and Isabella consisted of 3
sons, Edward, George, and Carey D.. The widow
afterewrd married John Compton and bore him 6 children,
Samuel, Virginia, Louisiana, Stephen, William and
Isabella. The mother died in Marion Co., Iowa in
After the death of his father and remarriage of his
mother Carey D. Shelledy, then 16, left home and went
to Charleston, IL and learned the saddlery and harness
trade. He came to this county at age 18,and in the
winter of 1840 opened a shop, the first mechanic of
this area. He made the first saddle and breeching
harness ever manufactured in Henry Co. The shop
stood on the site of Presley Saunders bank. He next
went to Lowell and ran a carding-mill for Thomas
Angell for two years. The next year he went to what
is now known as the second purchase of Indian lands,
upon which Ottumwa and Oskalooska are situated.
He aided in building the first cabins in Oskaloosa.
A general store there was owned by Leeper Smith.
Mr. Shelledy was present at the Osage Agency when
the treaty was made, selecting three claims and built
a cabin on each of them, sold two claims and entered
80 acres at the 1st land sale at Fairfield.
He had married prior to this time to Miss Amanda
Shelledy, their marriage being one of the first
in Mahaska Co. They had children: Elizabeth, wife
of Charles Simpson,; George E. who died in infancy;
Jane, who died in childhood, and was born in Jasper
Co. where her parents had removed to and where other
children were born; Ella, wife of George Collins;
Margaret, wife of Hugh Bowen; Stephen who married
Mr. Shelledy returned to Henry Co., and purchased
the farm where William Archibald now lives. His wife
died in Jasper Co., and he married secondly to Mrs.
Jane (Linder) Hale, who had 3 children by her first
marriage: George W., Sylvester, and Sarah J. With
Mr. Shelledy she had Leander and Andrew, twins,
Fremont, Nathaniel, Emma, Charles, Amy, Ella, John,
Frank, and Fred. Ella is deceased; Leander married
Mary Kyle; Andrew m. her sister Rena; Fremont m.
Ella Cook in NE; Emma m. Richard Foster, and the
others are unmarried.
Mr. Shelledy is one of the large landowners of
Baltimore Twp. He is the grandsire of 18 children and
the father of 17. His step-father was a cruel man to
the children, and the last he saw of him, he was
standing at the door with a birch switch in his hand.
He climbed out a back window and left for IL.When he
next saw his mother he had grown to manhood and she
failed to recognize him. He went to Indiana, and
her 2nd husband having died, he took her to Iowa.
She lived with her son the remainder of her life.
He was an avowed Abolitionist and was largely
interested in the underground railroad, acting as
both Station Agent and conductor.
Portrait and Biographical Album
Henry County, Iowa
Acme Publishing Company, 1888
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