BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana. ILLUSTRATED VOLUME I. CHICAGO: THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY. 1899.
p. 474 JOHN D. SHELLAND. John D. Shelland, who has been prominently associated with the development of Newton county, Indiana, has made his home for many years in Grant township, where he is held in high regard. He is a grandson of James and Lois (Wright) Shelland, natives of Scotland and England, respectively. Both came to this country with their parents when they were young children, and they were married in Schenectady, New York. Subsequently they settled upon a farm in that vicinity and made a home in the midst of the forest. After clearing and improving that place they became citizens of Wister, Otsego county, New York, where he purchased two farms and where they spent the remainder of their long lives, his death occurring when he was in his seventy-ninth year, while she lived to the remarkable age of one hundred years, lacking one month. All of their eleven children are deceased, and their names are as given below: James, Elisha, David, Samuel, John, Isaac, Mrs. Mary Bigelow, Mrs. Lois Robinson, Mrs. Grazella Davis, Mrs. Sally Stever and Mrs. Julia Kipple. The three eldest sons were soldiers of the war of 1812, and never accepted a pension, as they were devoted to their country, and they gladly gave her their loyal service in her hour of need. Their father was a deacon in the Presbyterian church, and his family was kept under strict discipline, as was customary among the Scotch who adhered to that severe creed.