John Shelley

28 May 1831 - 5 Apr 1903

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John Shelley

28 May 1831 - 5 Apr 1903
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HISTORY OF JOHN SHELLEY John Shelley was born the 28th of May, 1831 and was christened the 19 of June, 1831 in Farmcote, Shropshire County, England. He was the fifth child born to James Boyer and Elizabeth Bray Shelley. When John was about seventeen years of age missionaries of the Church of Jesus C

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John Shelley


American Fork Cemetery

601-699 Alpine Hwy
American Fork, Utah, Utah
United States


July 24, 2011


April 6, 2020


July 23, 2011

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Contributor: Keirgan Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

HISTORY OF JOHN SHELLEY John Shelley was born the 28th of May, 1831 and was christened the 19 of June, 1831 in Farmcote, Shropshire County, England. He was the fifth child born to James Boyer and Elizabeth Bray Shelley. When John was about seventeen years of age missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints contacted the Shelley family and taught them the message of the gospel. They soon felt that it was the true Church. On December 2, 1848, his Mother and Brother, Thomas, was baptized members of that Church. A few days later on December 19, 1848 John was baptized. The family often talked about America, where the Church was organized. Families were encouraged to go to that country and join with the Saints in the Rocky Mountains. After many discussions with missionaries and others about the valleys they decided that they would like to be with the Saints and so for a time made preparations to make a new home in America. The entire family, except Martha, decided to go, but it was a very serious consideration for John as he was in his twentieth year and had become acquainted with some fine and attractive young ladies in his native land. There were many uncertainties in the new adventure. It was certainly a challenge for a boy of his age. After much though and consideration he decided to go with the family. Two months travel by ship across the ocean was a thrill and yet at times a bore to the lad. It was a joy to him when he again put his feet on land at New Orleans, but it was only a few days until the family proceeded by steamer up the Mississippi River. Thing were going well and they felt that they were proceeding well towards their destination. Then came the sorrowful event. His Mother was drowned in the River as she attempted to draw a bucket of water from the stream. It was a great sorrow to John that he was a well-grown man and yet could do nothing to rescue her. He missed his mother so very much for he had had great confidence in the help she would be able to give him in getting adjusted to the new land and the unknown people. The love of his father and the faith that Our Heavenly Father could and would always be near gave him hope as they traveled on. From St. Louis, the family, except for William and his wife and children, started across the plains. This was a strenuous and often difficult journey, but John was especially intrigued with the Indians. He was very much interested in their dress, way of life, and living conditions. His keen observance of them made him capable of telling a great many things about them in later years. He was good storyteller throughout his life. He loved to gather people around, especially children, and relate experiences and fanciful stories to them. He would often hold them in breathless suspense as he told story after story. The family reached Salt Lake on the 3rd of October, 1851. On the recommendation of Brigham Young, John, with his father and brothers, James and Joseph, and sister, Sarah went to Lake City (American Fork) to live. They arrived there October 25, 1851. John spent a great deal of time helping with the family sawmill, which was a very great asset to the community. This industry required a great deal of physical work, but because of John's age and strength he was a genuine help. On January 1, 1865, he married Ellen Gibson. She was born on the 6th of November, 1847, in Donaghadee, Down, Ireland to William and Elizabeth Kennedy Gibson. Five daughters were born to them, Elizabeth, Alice Jane, Mary Ellen, Isabel Voila, and Malinda. John died on the 5th of April 1903, in American Fork. Ellen died December 1, 1926 in American Fork, Utah. This material was taken form family group sheets, and facts given by family members.

Life timeline of John Shelley

John Shelley was born on 28 May 1831
John Shelley was 9 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
John Shelley was 29 years old when Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
John Shelley was 29 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
John Shelley was 49 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
John Shelley was 52 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
John Shelley was 63 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
John Shelley died on 5 Apr 1903 at the age of 71
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