Bio: Shapely, William Harris & Phebe (Johnson)
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----Source: Lani Bartelt, The Brothertown Messenger on microfilm #P89-1889 at WI Historical Society, Madison, WI.

Surnames: Boyer, Johnson, Shapely, Shelley, Skeesuck

William Harris & Phebe (Johnson) Shapely















William Harris Shapely


PHEBE JONSON, daughter of Emanuel Johnson and Martha Fowler, was born in New York in 1821.  She married William Shapely, born July 12, 1810  Devonshire, England William and  Phebe had two daughters born to them: Almira, and Minnah.  Almira married a Boyer and had four sons; Minnah married Warren Skeesuck and had three daughters, all of whom died as infants;  Ruth, daughter of Phebe married Simon Shelley, son of Simon and Sabrina, and had five  sons, one who died as an infant and a daughter who died as a infant.


William Shapely, at age 51, became a teamster for Co. I 5th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.  Later, after the Civil War, William and Phebe came north to Unity, Wisconsin, where they spent their final days.  He died on March 21, 1893 and she on September 7, 1903. William and  Phebe Jonson Shapely are both buried at the Unity Township Cemetery, as is her daughter Ruth, Almira, Almira's husband, Almira's sons, and Minnah's infant daughters





SHAPLEY PHEOBE J.         BLANK                          7 SEPT 1903
                                                       AGED 83 YRS 6 MOS 27 DS
SHAPLEY WILLIAM H       12 JUL 1810                   21 MAR 1893
                                                    CO I 5TH REG WI VOL


William H Shapely Co I 5th WI Inf  $8.00 disability  kicked by a horse in abdomen (had death date as 10.31/1884)


On the New York roll of 1841 Phebe is listed as one of the Brothertown tribal members who is already in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The following

Shelley's are listed as being some of the tribal members who still wish to emigrate to Wisconsin:  Simeon, David, John, Lyman, Louisa J., Henry F.,

Thomas E., Betsey, Simeon, Elizabeth, and Hannah Shelley.  On the Wisconsin tribal roll of 1842 most are listed as being issued land patents on the

Brothertown reserve.


.  SIMON H.3 SHELLEY (SIMEON2, UNKNOWN1) was born 06 Apr 1841 in Brothertown, Calumet Co., WI, and died 28 Aug 1901 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI13,1

.  He married  RUTH JOHNSON 30 Jun 1865 in Brothertown, Calumet Co., WI14, daughter of UNKNOWN and PHEBE JOHNSON.  She was born 1844, and died 21 Apr 1882 in Unity, Clark Co., WI. She is buried

at Unity Twnsp. Cemetery, Unity, WI.



Source:  The Brothertown Messenger on microfilm #P89-1889 at WI Historical

         Society, Madison, WI.

     "SIMON SHELLEY, son of Simeon and Sabrina Shelley, was born on April 4,

1841 at Brothertown, Wisconsin.  He was only 21 when he enlisted in Company

E, 21st Wisconsin Infantry.  In May of 1864 he was severely wounded in the lower

jaw and shoulder.  Simon also saw action in the battles of Chaplin Hills,

Stone River, Hoovers Gap, Dug Gap, Chickamauga, Chatannoga, Resaca, and

finally, Dallas.  As his obituary stated in the OSHKOSH NORTHWESTERN, he was

"wounded during a charge at Pumkinvine Creek in Tennessee, while trying to get

a bead on a rebel skirmisher, who had fired upon your Captain, R.W. Weisbrod"

(later the Oshkosh Police Chief).

     On June 30, 1865, Simon married Ruth Shapely, daughter of Phebe Johnson

 at Brothertown, Wisconsin.  Simon and Ruth had five  sons:

David, Herbert, Lyman and George and Ervin , and one daughter, and Ruth  who died as an

Infant Ervin also died as a young child..  Simon's wife, Ruth, died on June 24, 1882, and it is believed that

the four sons were raised by his  family and relatives named Colby and Cook, Lani Bartelt believes the Colby Family might have been Freeman Colby and his wife, Mary I. Sampson (dau of Alvira Shelley


1880 - Wisconsin - Marathon Co., Town of Brighton Page 8 Sup 4 ED 83

Line 22/24 Shelly, Simon Indian age 40

                   Ruth  Indian age 37  wife

                   David Indian age 14  son

                   Lyman Indian age 10  son

                   Ervin Indian age  8  son

                   George Indian age 2  son

                   Fuller, Benjamin  white age 56 born NY




BOYER ALLEN          1899                             1927
                                                            ON SAME MARKER

Almira Selena Shapely Boyer born 15 Aug 1855 Taycheedah, Fond du Lac Co, WI, married 1873 Wi to Allen Boyer born July 1849 Wi

Children of this marriage: Howard, Hardy Oscar, William Manly, Archie, and David Boyer

Howard born 8 Mar 1878


BOYER HOWARD            8 MAR 1878                   26 AUG 1958


Hardy born 19 May 1880

William Manly born 29 Oct 1882 married unknown (see below) and had children Lila Almira, Lester Howard, and Charles Howard,

BOYER WILLIAM MANLEY         1882                          1927  FATHER
BOYER FANNIE ELENA           1894                          1967  MOTHER
                                                            ON SAME MARKER


Archie born 16 Jan1894

David Allen born unknown married unknown had children Donald Allen, Almira L., Argetha Mae, and

Nelson Roy Boyer




SKEESUCK INFANT      BLANK                           28 FEB 1883
                                                     DAU OF W&M
SKEESUCK  EDNA M     BLANK                           9 APR 1882 
                                                     DAU OF W&M
                                                     AGED 1 YR 10MO'S 23 DS
SKEESUCK LORENDA M   BLANK                           6 AUG 1880
                                                     DAU OF W&M
                                                     AGED 1 YR 11 MO 21 DS

Note:  W& M are Warren and Minnie Shapely Skeesuck



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