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Shelbourne, Moreau T.

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Shelbourne, Moreau T.
March 14, 2007 03:15PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 63-65. Carlisle Co.


Moreau Thomas Shelbourne is actively connected with a profession
which has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of any
section or community, and one which has long been considered as conserving
the public welfare by furthering the ends of justice and maintaining
individual rights. His reputation as a lawyer has been won through
earnest, honest labor, and his standing at the bar is a merited tribute
to his ability. He now has a large practice, and his thorough preparation
of cases is supplemented by a power of argument and a forceful presentation
of his points in the courtroom, so that he never fails to impress court or
jury and seldom fails to gain the verdict desired.
Mr. Shelbourne was born in Lovelaceville, Kentucky, September 6, 1851,
and is a son of Moreau T. Shelbourne, Sr., now deceased. The father was
born in Spencer county, Kentucky, in 1807, and died on his farm in Ballard
county, this state, in 1873. He was a son of Robinson and Amelia Frances
(Rodman) Shelbourne. The grandfather of our subject was born in Edinburgh,
Scotland, and when a youth came to America, settling in Kentucky, where he
married. His wife was a native of this state and belonged to the old and
prominent Rodman family. Residing at Taylorsville, Kentucky, Robinson
Shelbourne there engaged in farming, operating his land by the aid of
slaves, and he also became interested in steamboating and in flatboating
on the rivers, taking produce down the Mississippi to the New Orleans
market. He lost his life in the Crescent city, at the hands of a Spaniard.
Moreau Shelbourne, Sr., was reared in Spencer county, and there
learned the blacksmith's trade, which he followed in connection with
farming. When about twenty-three or twenty-four years of age he removed
to Graves county, Kentucky, and was there married to Miss Mary Ann James.
The young couple began their domestic life in what was then the village of
Mayfield, and Mr. Shelbourne conducted a blacksmith's shop. After a short
married life his wife passed away, leaving two sons, Robinson and Thomas,
both of whom are now deceased. Mr. Shelbourne was afterward married to
Miss Nancy James, a sister of his first wife and a daughter of Thomas W.
James, a pioneer of Graves county. Mrs. Shelbourne was born in Tennessee.
After his second marriage Mr. Shelbourne removed to Lovelaceville, in
Ballard county, and later took up his abode upon a farm about four miles
southwest of the town. He died in what is now Carlisle county, respected
and honored by all who knew him, and his second wife passed away when
about fifty-three years of age. The children of this marriage were: Mary
Ann, the wife of Alfred Jones, of Carlisle county; Joseph James, who was
drowned at the age of eighteen years; Amelia Frances, the wife of S.W.
Gholson and now deceased; Malinda R., the wife of T.W. Burrow, of Carlisle
county; and Moreau T., of this review. The father was a Democrat in his
political affiliations, and the parents held membership in the Missionary
Baptist Church, conforming their lives to its teachings.
Moreau T. Shelbourne was reared upon the home farm and was educated
in the free schools, which he attended until eighteen years of age. He
then entered Blandville College, and his educational privileges well
prepared him for life's practical duties. In his early manhood he worked
upon the home farm for two or three years, and also spent two years in a
mill in Blandville. He then took up the study of law, and in 1874 was
admitted to the bar, entering upon the practice of his profession in
Blandville. When the county seat was removed to Wickliffe he removed to
that place, and in 1886 he located in Bardwell, where he has since made
his home. He has gained a large and distinctively representative
clientage, and has been connected with much of the important litigation
tried in the courts of his district. In 1882 he was elected county
attorney of Ballard county for a term of four years, capably serving in
the office, and in 1896 he was chosen by popular suffrage for the office
of commonwealth's attorney, serving for five years. In politics he is a
stanch Democrat. He is now a member of the law firm of Shelbourne & Kane,
of Bardwell, and of Shelbourne, Kane & Smith, of Fulton.
Mr. Shelbourne has been thrice married. In 1874 he wedded Cora
Hendricks, and to them were born two children, but only one is living:
Arthur L. In 1885 Mr. Shelbourne wedded Jennie L. Dennis, who died May
25, 1902, leaving two children, Lillian and Roy M. In 1903 he married Mrs.
Sallie C. Waggener, nee Smith.
Mr. Shelbourne is well known in Carlisle county and western Kentucky,
where the circle of his friends is almost co-extensive with the circle of
his acquaintance.
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