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Shedding Some Light on Shellytown

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the column in the April 28 edition of the Herald titled “Newcomers to the Cove: And More Cove Names” by Joseph Walk. As a descendant of the Shelly family, I believe I can shed some light on the origin of Shellytown in Woodbury Township. As Mr. Walk surmises, the name did, indeed, originate with the Shelly family. From what I’ve been told, Abraham Shelly was the first Shelly to settle in the area, on the farm where Jack and Nancy Ashman’s JANA Quarterhorse farm is currently located. Abraham was born (in 1771?) in Schuylkill County, and settled along Cl...


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