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Subject: SHELBOURNE 1140 Rodman James Jones Gholson Burrow Hendricks Dennis Waggener Smith, Carlisle Co.
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Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 63-65. Carlisle Co. MOREAU T. SHELBOURNE

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.