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

Papers:  1865-1969

Stockville, Frontier County, Nebraska

Size:  One folder


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.


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.


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