SHELLY, J.O., Deodate, Pa., was born November 17, 1893; son of Samuel and Elizabeth Shelly. The parents were both natives of Lancaster county. The father was born in July, 1808, and was a farmer. He removed from Lancaster to Dauphin county and settled in Conewago township. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Christian Over, of Lancaster county. Their children are: Elizabeth, Katherine, Fannie, Mary, Henry, J.O., and Samuel, deceased. The father filled several township offices. He died in September, 1881, aged seventy-eight years and his wife died, aged sixty-nine years; both were members of the Old Brethren church.
J.O. Shelly attended the public schools of Conewago township and subsequently took a course in Palmyra Academy. He was engaged in farming with his father until his marriage. In 1867 he began farming for himself on one of his father's farms, where he has continued to the present time. Mr. Shelly has filled several public offices, that of school director for three years, and that of inspector of elections. He was made the executor of his father's estate, and ably and honestly discharged the trust.
In his political views he is a Republican. His religious fellowship is in the Old Brethren church. Mr. Shelly was married, January 8, 1867, to Miss Susan Gipple, daughter of Samuel and Lydia(Shenk)Gipple, of Lebanon county. Their children are: Harry, Lizzie, Samuel, and Isaac. The parents of Mrs. Shelly are natives of Lebanon county. Her father was a farmer, and married Miss Lizzie Shenk. Their children are: Harry, Samuel, Harvey, John, Jacob, Lizzie, Fannie, Leah, Susan, and Joseph. The parents reside at Palmyra, Pa.