Evan Shelby Document, 1780

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Evan Shelby Document, 1780
Shelby, Evan, ca. 1720-1794
1 item
Shelby, Evan
Contracts -- Virginia -- 18th century
Distilleries -- Virginia -- 18th century
Whiskey -- Virginia
Wall, Pierce
Finding Aid Author
Archives Staff
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Evan Shelby was a native of Wales. He immigrated to America with his family when he was fourteen or fifteen and settled in Pennsylvania. His family moved to Maryland a few years later. Shelby acquired nearly 24,000 acres of land in that state and engaged in the Indian fur trade as well. He entered the militia in Maryland and fought in the French and Indian War. Following the war, Shelby served as a justice of the peace for a number of years. In 1773, having lost most of his Maryland land to settle debts incurred in the Indian trade, Shelby moved to Fincastle County, Virginia, becoming a farmer, merchant, and cattleman. He became an active militia officer again in Dunmore's War and the American Revolution. A change in state boundaries placed his property in North Carolina. Shelby was elected to its state senate in 1781. In 1786 Shelby was named brigadier general of militia in the Washington District of North Carolina. He retired the following year. Shelby's son Isaac twice served as governor of Kentucky and was the first to hold the position. Evan Shelby owned some Kentucky land granted to him for military service.
Scope and Content
This is an original agreement, dated February 19, 1780, between Evan Shelby and Pierce Wall to manufacture rye whiskey. According to his agreement with Wall, Shelby was to provide rye meal and malt at his distillery, logs for fuel and candles, and "to find" Wall in "Diet and Washing." Wall was to be allowed the fifth part of the whiskey distilled through the arrangement, divided weekly. Wall agreed to cut his own firewood, and to make malt and two gallons of whiskey for every bushel of rye he distilled
Variant Name: Pierce Wall Document
Occupation: Militia Brigadier General, landowner, legislator.