Ambrose S. Shelley [RG2538.AM]

HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG2538.AM:  Ambrose S. Shelley, 1843-1930

Papers:  1865-1969
Stockville, Frontier County, Nebraska
Size:  One folder

BACKGROUND NOTE

Born at Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1843, Ambrose S. Shelley served with the 47th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War.  He moved west after the war and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad before homesteading in Frontier County, Nebraska, near Stockville, in 1871.  Shelley married Hannah (Lynch) Gregory in 1879.  Hannah died in 1880, and Ambrose then married Nellie Lynch in 1886.  Ambrose S. Shelley died at his home near Stockville, Nebraska, on December 2, 1930.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of one folder containing correspondence, a financial journal, and photocopies of obituaries and biographical sketches.  The correspondence consists of originals, photocopies and typescript copies of letters dating from 1865 to 1969.  Written by Ambrose Shelley, the earlier correspondence describes camp life during the Civil War and settlement in Frontier County in 1871.  The later correspondence, written after Shelley’s death, is mostly written by Shelley’s son, William.  It provides additional details about Ambrose’s life and settlement in Nebraska.

The financial journal kept by Ambrose Shelley provides information on farm activities from 1884 to 1886.  Some information regarding cattle brands and mares bred is included.  The biographical sketches and photocopies of obituaries relate to Ambrose Shelley, Nellie (Lynch) Shelley, John Lynch and Ellen Lynch.

INVENTORY

Correspondence, 1865-1969
Financial journal, 1884-1886
Obituaries and biographical sketches.

 

Subject headings:

Farm life -- Nebraska -- Frontier County
Frontier County (Neb.) -- History
Lynch, Ellen
Lynch, John, 1864-1932
Shelley, Ambrose S., 1843-1930
Shelley, Nellie (Lynch), 1861-1934
U.S. -- History -- Civil War -- Personal narratives

 

WFS/js                  09-03-1965
Revised TMM      10-14-2020

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