Isaac Shelby Chapter
Ann Haley Morris, Regent
Pascal Bailey, Vice Regent
Carolll Haley Gander, Chaplain
Carol Ann Moffett, Recording Secretary
Theresa Foss, Treasurer
Sarah McDaniel, Registrar
Jana Bailey, Historian
Sarahbeth Farabee, Librarian
Updated January 12, 2019
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HISTORY OF THE CHAPTER
The Isaac Shelby Chapter was named for the first governor of Kentucky.
Isaac Shelby, son of General Evan Shelby and Letitia Cox, was born December 11th, 1750, near the North Mountain, a few miles from Hagerstown in Maryland, where his father and his grandfather settled after their arrival in America from Wales. In that early settlement of the country, which was harassed during that period by Indian wars, he obtained only the elements of a plain English education; but like his father, General Evan Shelby, he was born with a strong constitution, capable of enduring great privation and fatigue. He was brought up with the use of arms and pursuit of game.
At the age of twenty-one, he took up residence in Western Virginia, beyond the Allegheny Mountains, where he was engaged in feeding cattle. In 1775, he came to Kentucky and was employed as a surveyor under Henderson and Company. He resided in the wilderness of Kentucky for nearly twelve months.
In July 1776, during his absence from home, he was appointed by the Committee of Safety for Virginia, as Captain of a Minute Company. In 1777, Isaac Shelby was appointed by Governor Patrick Henry as a Commissary of supplies for an extensive body of Militia posted at different garrisons to guard the frontier settlements, and for a treaty to be held with the Indians at the Long Island of the Holton River. In 1778, he was engaged in the Commissary Department to provide supplies for the Continental Army and for an expedition, by the way of Pittsburg, against the Northwestern Indians. In the early part of 1779, he was appointed by Governor Henry to furnish supplies for the campaign against the Chickamauga Indians.
In the spring of 1779, he was elected a member of the Virginia Legislature from Washington County, and in the fall of that year was commissioned a Major by Governor Jefferson. At this time, the boundary line between Virginia and North Carolina was extended, and, by this extension, Shelby's residence was changed to North Carolina, and shortly thereafter, he was appointed by Governor Caswell a Colonel of the new County of Sullivan.
In the summer of 1780, Colonel Shelby was in Kentucky, locating and securing the land which, five years before, he had marked out and improved for himself. When the news of the surrender of Charleston and the loss of the army reached Kentucky, he returned home, determined to enter the service of his country and remain until independence could be secured.
In 1782, he was elected a member of the North Carolina Assembly. In 1783, he returned to Boonesborough, and on Saturday, April 19th, 1783, Colonel Shelby was married to Susannah Hart, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Hart. He was a member of the early convention held at Danville for the purpose of obtaining a separation from the state of Virginia. He was a member of the Convention which drafted the first Constitution of Kentucky in April, 1792.
In May, 1792, Colonel Shelby was elected the first Governor of Kentucky, and 1812, he was elected Governor the second time.
Governor Shelby died July 18th, 1826, at Traveler's Rest, his home in Lincoln County, Kentucky.