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Henry C. Shelley

Henry C. Shelley was born March 3, 1844, in York County, Penn., and is the eighth of eleven children of Abraham and Henrietta (Crull) Shelley, the former a native of Dauphin County, Penn., and the latter of York County, and of German descent. The mother died in 1856. The father is living in Newberry and is overseeing his farm.

Henry C. remained on the farm until 1864, when he enlisted in Company B, Two Hundredth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 200th Regiment, under Col. Divens and Captain Hoover. He was in two engagements--Fort Steadman, March 25, 1865, and at the capture of Petersburg. At one time he suffered from a severe attack of typhoid fever. He was discharged at Washington, D. C., May 31, 1865.

October 11, 1863, he married Prudence B. Prowell, by whom he has had nine children: Ella K. (deceased), John P., Fannie E., George (deceased), Myrtie, Ettie R., Lloyd (deceased), Harry E. (deceased) and Edith. In politics he is a Democrat. Mrs. Shelley was born September 30, 1846, daughter of John M. and Barbara Prowell, of York County, Penn., now of New Cumberland, Penn., and of English and Irish descent. After his return from the army Mr. Shelley engaged in huckstering for five years. In the winter of 1872 he engaged in his present business--groceries and confectionery.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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