Gov. Isaac SHELBY ID#2227, b. 11 December 1750, d. 18 July 1826
Father*Evan SHELBY Jr.1,2,3 b. 23 Oct 1720, d. 4 Dec 1794
Mother*Letitia COX b. 12 Jan 1727, d. 6 Sep 1777
Birth*Gov. Isaac SHELBY was born on 11 December 1750 in near the North Mountain, Fredrick, Maryland.4,5 
He was the son of Evan SHELBY Jr. and Letitia COX.1,2,3 
MilitaryIsaac Shelby was second in command to his father Evan in Lord Dunmore's War.6

Military*Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionery War.

WillGov. Isaac SHELBY was mentioned in the will of Evan SHELBY Jr. on 21 February 1778; His will, dated 1778, lists children John, Isaac, James, Evan, Moses and Catherine.
Note: the will is listed 1798 in part of index to Washington County Wills and Administrations (1770 - 1800) p. 186-189. Will pro. 16 Oct. 1798. Will Book 2, 1792-1806 (Reel 15), Library of Virginia.7,3 
ElectedIsaac Shelby was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for Washington County in 1779. 
Military1779 - commissioned a Major by Governor Thomas Jefferson. He was promoted to Colonel soon after.

Col. Isaac Shelby is recognized as a Patriot by the DAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) and the SAR (National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.) 
Military1780 - Battle of Musgrove Mill. 
Military1780 - Siege of Ninety-Six, Revolutionary War. 
Military1780 - Battle of Kings Mountain, Revolutionary War. Isaac Shelby and John Sevier led the colonial forces.4 
Military1781 - Battle of Cowpens, Revolutionary War. 
Marriage*Gov. Isaac SHELBY married Suzannah HART, daughter of Capt. Nathaniel HART, on 19 April 1783 in Boonesboro, Kentucky.4 
Survey*On the 14th of August 1784, Isaac Shelby, appointee of Evan Baker, had 1,597 acres of land in Fayette County surveyed a part of a Treasury Warrant of 1,875 acres No. 10287 dated March 31, 1783. Fayette County Surveys, Vol. D, page 169. Family Search Library Flim #008140371, image 167.
Elected*1792 - Isaac Shelby was elected the Governor of Kentucky and served 1792-1796 and 1812-1816. 
Property*Isaac Shelby buys six hundred acres from Moses Shelby on the 28th day of December 1793. page 331. Family Serach Library Film #007833954, image 247.
Military1813 - Battle of the Thames, War of 1812.

Death*Gov. Isaac SHELBY died on 18 July 1826 in Lincoln, Kentucky, at age 75.8 
SAR*SAR - Patriot Index Edition III.9 
Burial*He was buried in Traveller's Rest, Lincoln, Kentucky.4,5,8 
NOTE*Counties in nine states have been named in honor of Isaac Shelby. 


Suzannah HART b. 18 Feb 1764, d. 19 Jun 1833

Sources (

  1. [S84] Shelby, Cass Knight - Paternal Ancestry of Louis Shelby - May 12, 1953, Hollidaysburg. Penn'a. Binder given to Louis Coffman Shelby (1888-1969) in 1953. Contains genealogy information, maps, photographs and an appendix with sources. Starts Evan Shelby Jr., Moses Shelby, Evan Shelby, John Milton Shelby, Charles Shelby and then Louis Shelby. There are handwritten notations indicating additional information.
  2. [S3321] Wilkinson, M. M., Genealogy of Wilkinson and Kindred Families, Shelby Book Store, Shelby, Mississippi - 1949., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  3. [S173] Moon, Mary Ann. Sketches of the Shelby, McDowell, Deaderick, Anderson Families, The University of Wisconsin - Madison - 1933, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  4. [S169] Mackenzie, George Norbury, 1851-1919. Colonial Families of the United States of America: In Which Is Given the History, Genealogy And Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families Who Settled In the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. New York: The Grafton Press, 1907., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  5. [S172] Isaac Shelby Cemetery State Historic Site at "Traveler's Rest" Kentucky.
  6. [S3555] Thwaites, Reuben Gold, 1853-1913, Louise Phelps Kellogg, Sons of the American Revolution. Wisconsin Society, and State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Documentary History of Dunmore's War, 1774. Madison: Wisconsin historical society, 1905., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  7. [S209] Shelby, Cass K.; A Report on the First Three Generations of the Shelby Family in the United States of America. Place of publication not identified, 1917. Print.
  8. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
  9. [S113] Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications.
Last Edited8 Jun 2023