History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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EMANUEL N. SHELLY. Abraham, Christian and Johannes SHELLY, supposed to be natives of Switzerland, were landowners in Milford township prior to 1750, and from them are descended the numerous family now scattered over upper Bucks and Montgomery counties. Christian SHELLY died in Milford township in 1793, leaving a widow Susanna, and nine children: Henry, who died in 1814, leaving six children; Elizabeth, wife of Peter MOYER; Mary, wife of Rev. Jacob FUNCK, of Chester county; Abraham: Samuel: Catharine: Fronica, wife of Jacob ALLEBACH; Ann, wife of John BEAM; and Susanna, wife of Philip DOREWORTH.

Samuel SHELLY was a miller and tanner. In 1830 he purchased a small farm near Schlicters, in Rockhill township, where he lived until his death in March, 1847. He married Sarah DRIESBACH, and had seven children: Henry; Tobias, Samuel D., Sophia; Lena, married John GAYMAN; Caroline, married Elijah DENNIS; and Amanda, married Peter BROWN.

Samuel D. SHELLY, second son of Samuel and Sarah (DRIESBACH) SHELLY, was born in Rockhill township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, in 1827. Early in life he learned the carpenter trade, and followed it in Rockhill, where he lived until 1900, when he removed to Sellersville, where he died in the spring of 1903. He and his family were members of Jerusalem Lutheran church at Ridge Road, where he officiated as sexton for twenty-five years. He was an honored and respected citizen, of industrious habits and strict integrity. He married Hannah NACE, daughter of Henry NACE, of Rockhill. She died at Sellersville in 1901. Samuel D. and Hannah (NACE) SHELLY were the parents of seven children; Clayton, who married Anna NUSS; Emanuel N.; Augustus N., of Sellersville, who married Malinda ROUDENBUSH, and has nine children; Malinda; Pierson; Matilda; and Ida, wife of Monroe CUFFEL.

Emanuel N. SHELLY, second son of Samuel D. and Hannah (NACE) SHELLY, was born in Rockhill township, November 21, 1854, and was educated at the public schools. He learned the trade of a cigar maker when a young man, and followed that vocation until 1905, having been in the employ of Allen R. CRESSMAN & Sons for thirty-five years, for fifteen of which he was foreman of their factory. In June, 1905, he purchased the general merchandise store of F. F. KILMER, at Sellersville, which he now conducts. He has always been actively interested in the affairs of the town, and has served as town councilman for six years, and treasurer for one year, as well as filling other local offices. He is a director and president of the Sellersville Building and Loan association, and has been chief of Sellersville Fire Company No. 1, for three years. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church, of which he is a deacon. He is a member of McCalla Lodge, No. 596, F. & A. M., of Sellersville; of Sellersville Lodge, No. 658, I.O.O.F., of which he has been the representative in the grand lodge of Pennsylvania several years; of Sellersville Encampment, No. 252, I.O.O.F., and of Sellersville Council, No. 482, P.O.S. of A. Politically he is a Republican. Mr. SHELLY married, January 16, 1875, Lizzie Ann GEARHART, daughter of Levinus GEARHART, and this union was blessed with eight children, viz: Harry, who married Lizzie COPE, and has two children; Charles, married Amelia ROSENBERGER; William, married Lizzie NACE: Emma, wife of Harry J. BUCK; Alfred Robert, married Bertha LEWIS; Elmer, deceased; and Luther.

Test taken from page 353 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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