Shelly family

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Shelly, a Mennonite family which, according to tradition, is of English origin, but which under the religious persecution of Queen Mary fled to Holland. About 1725-30 Abraham Shelly, a recent Mennonite immigrant from Switzerland, purchased from William Penn and his brother a tract of land in what is now Milford Township in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles north of Philadelphia. The family is now scattered in many of the states and Canada. The greatest concentration of Shellys is still in the Milford Square area of Bucks County.

Andrew B. Shelly (1834-1913) was a contemporary of John H. Oberholtzer and a leader and organizer of the General Conference of Mennonites. Anthony S. Shelly (1853-1928) taught in the Wadsworth Mennonite school 1877-79, and for ten years served as editor of the Mennonite. Other members of the Shelly family in the ministry were Elwood Shelly and Harvey Shelly. General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) ministers of the present include Ward W. Shelly of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Paul R. Shelly, Bluffton College; Andrew R. Shelly, Mennonite Biblical Seminary; Maynard Shelly, North Newton, Kansas; Wilmer S. Shelly, Frederick, Pennsylvania; and Kenneth Shelly, Pulaski, Iowa.

Author(s) Wilmer S Shelly
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 513. All rights reserved.

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