You can read about how I came to know about Dr. Boyd McNairy and his connection to my Sims family here. I updated this page in June 2013 with a chart showing the maternal links among the McNairy, Shelby, Minnick, Hodgekinson and Sims families.
As 2013 draws to a close, it was a very good year for the Boyd McNairy blog. I retired from the busy work-a-day world early in the year and I had time to review all of the microfilm copies of Nashville, Tennessee newspapers held in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art research library prior to moving out of the state of Texas.
Due to the occupations and professions, social standing and long-time residence in the Nashville area of my ancestral Sims family and their cousins by blood and marriage—the Boyd McNairys and the John Shelbys— I was pretty sure there would be many items of interest to find in the Amon Carter newspapers, and that judgement was not mistaken. Ordinarily, undertaking an every page search of un-indexed newspapers is an overly tedious effort with little to show for the effort. There was plenty to show for the effort in my search. Another reason to review the Amon Carter holdings closely before leaving Texas was the fact that there was little overlap with the indexed newspaper collection then available to search at GenealogyBank.com.
BOOKS will be opened at the office of LINDSLEY & CROCKETT, 33 College street, on MONDAY, the 23d inst., for the purpose of receiving subscriptions to the Capitol Stock of the SPRING STREET BRIDGE COMPANY, and will be kept open from day to day, until Stock sufficient is subscribed to organize the Company, as provided in the act incorporating said Company.
JOHN SHELBY, |
NICHOLAS HOBSON, |
JOHN B. McFERRIN, | Com'rs.
ISAAC LITTON, |
july18 A. V. S. LINDSLEY, |
Reference: Nashville Union and American (Nashville, TN) 18 Jul 1855, p. 2, as indexed in Chronicling American Historical Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress
PURSUANT to a decree of the Chancery Court at Nashville, in the case of Barrow and Lindsley, Admr's., of the late Dr. John Shelby, dec'd., vs. Maria G. Shelby and others, will sell at public sale at the Court-house, in Nashville, on Saturday, October 20th, 1860, 29 Slaves belonging to the estate of Dr. Shelby.
TERMS.—6 and 12 months' credit, with interest, purchases to give their notes with two approved securities and payable in Bank. Sale absolute and without restriction.
At the family residence, in Edgefield, on Friday, the 19th October, 1860, I will sell all the Furniture and other unsold personal property, of every description, to the highest bidders. Six months' credit with interest, except when the purchaser amounts to less than $100, in which case the cash will be required.
sept4—tds J.E. GLEAVES, C. & M.
Reference: Daily Nashville Patriot (Nashville, TN) 04 Sep 1860, p. 2, as indexed in Chronicling American Historical Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress
THE undersigned, administrators of John Shelby, deceased, will offer for sale at Fatherland on
Saturday, the 1st day of October next,
the following blooded horses:
The celebrated race horse SOCKS and his DAM, now in foal by Albion; and three of his half sisters, one four years old, another three, and a third two years old. MARK YOUNG, a black Stallion, four years old, by Albion, out of Lilac. The dam of Bettie Martin and three of her colts, March, (grey) four years old, and his full brother, (bay) three years old, both sired by imported Emu, and a half brother two years old, sired by Childe Harold a Grey Mare, by imported Sovereign, out of Archiana, now in foal by Albion. A Morgan Mare, a splendid animal, about eight years old, and her yearling colt. A pair of Scotch Ponies (grey, well broken in harness, one three years old an the other four.
Three Jacks, from four to six years old, several work horses and mules, and between fifteen and twenty head of cattle amongst which are three young bulls of the best blood. Several wagons and carts with harness, and various farming implements, including a No 1 Reaper, cultivators, Ploughs, &c.
Pedigrees of the above mentioned stock will be given in hand-bills, to be issued immediately.
TERMS—Twelve months credit—notes well secured and payable in Bank. WASHINGTON BARROW
aug28—d&wtd A. V. S. LINDSLEY
Reference: Nashville Union and American (Nashville, TN) 18 Sep 1859, p. 2, as indexed in Chronicling American Historical Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress
FINE BLOODED STOCK.—On the 16th instant Dr. Shelby advertised in our columns his fine blooded stock for sale, which at once directed to it public attention, which has resulted in the sale of his entire lot of fine blooded stock hogs, consisting of pure blooded Essex, Suffolk, Irish Grazier and Berkshire, undoubtedly the best bred lot of stock hogs in Tennessee, and also his favorite thorough bred jack "Doctor Shelby," to our townsman A. B. Robertson, for his farm in the valley of Duck river, near Beech Grove, Coffee county. This to the farmers of that locality cannot but prove advantageous in the improvement of their stock. No man in Tennessee has taken more pains or been at more expense than Dr. Shelby to procure and import from other countries the best and most improved breed of stock, horses, cattle and hogs, which now afford farmers and stock-raisers a rare chance to procure the best stock at home, without going abroad for it. None stands higher than Dr. Shelby as a good judge and purchaser of stock. His sound judgment, untiring efforts and large expenditures have contributed as much or more than any other man to the improvement of the stock of his native State, Tennessee, which owes him a debt of gratitude for his benefaction, for in that he has been a benefactor in fact. We shall be pleased to find others following his well-set example, for much of our prosperity as a State depend on the purchasor of stock.
Reference: Nashville Union and American (Nashville, TN) 20 Feb 1859, p. 3, as indexed in Chronicling American Historical Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress
Death of Dr. John Shelby—Another of the Pioneers Gone.
We yesterday announced the death of Dr. Shelby, which occurred at his residence in Edgefield, on the night of Saturday, the 14th inst. He had been in declining health for many months, and to his immediate friends, his decease was not a sudden event. His demise deserves, however, more than a passing notice at our hands. His career was one of unusual incident, and was marked throughout by such traits as would naturally be formed under the circumstances in which he was brought up and tutored—integrity, firmness, public spirit and devotion to the cause of his country. His parents migrated to Tennessee, among the very earliest pioneers of the country, and settled in what is now called Sumner county—deceased being the first white child born in that country. He was cradled, therefore, in the wilderness and in the midst of dangers from the savage, which we of later birth, can scarcely realize. He was early inured to the hardships of a frontier life, and in extreme youth participated in the repulsion of the Indian attacks on the white settlers, so far as his physical power admitted. Afterwards he engaged in the wars with the Savages, in which JACKSON laid the foundation of his after glory. He was in the campaign in the Creek Nation, and perhaps others. When the country had been relieved from these incursions, he adopted Medicine as a profession, and was for many years a successful practitioner. His intellect was naturally strong, and in spite of the disadvantages of his early life, was highly and judiciously cultivated. He took much interest in the cause of medical instruction, as a substantial evidence of which, he contributed liberally of his means, to the successful organization of the new Medical College in this city; which, as a mark of the distinguished rank he sustained in the profession, bears his honored named. He was Postmaster in this city for four years during the administration of Gen. Taylor and Mr. Fillmore. He also devoted much of his time to farming, devoting himself more especially to the branch of stock-raising. He took an active interest in the breeding of mules and blood stock, and did a great deal for the country in that behalf.
In all the relations of life he sustained an unblemished reputation, and died as he had lived respected most by those who knew him best. His opinions on all subjects were very decided, and though tolerant of those of others, he never permitted himself to be diverted from the course which he had marked out for himself in the approval of his own judgement and conscience. So, he lived a life of usefulness, and his death cannot but be regretted as a public loss. His remains were committed to the tomb, yesterday, with due honors by the Military, the Masonic Fraternity, and a large concourse of citizens. His memory will long be cherished, as one of the most useful and public-spirited native sons of Tennessee.
Reference: Nashville Patriot (Nashville, TN) 17 May 1859, p. 3, as indexed in Chronicling American Historical Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress
Having attended a meeting of this benevolent Association this morning at Christ Church, I was impressed with the true beauty and worth of Woman's character, by the harmony which governed their meeting, and the amount of business dispatched in so short a time.
They elected a President to fill the vacancy caused by Mrs. Fogg's resignation. Mrs. Dr. Shelby was unanimously elected.
They could not have found any one more worthy, and at the same time more capable of managing the business affairs, having for three months, devoted her entire time in establishing this Association. And since the sick Soldiers have been in our midst, she has spent most of the time at the Hospitals, from early dawn until late at night, thus sacrificing her comfort, as well as her domestic affairs, for her country's good.
They then proceeded to elect the following Vice-Presidents: Mrs. Gen. Polk, Mrs. Dan'l Graham, Mrs. Boyd McNairy, Mrs. George Cheatham, Mrs. Ed. D. Farnsworth, Mrs. David Williams, Mrs. John S. McNairy, Mrs. John L. Brown, Mrs. Washington Barrow.
Nov. 23 M.
Refernece: Daily Nashville Patriot, 28 Nov 1861, p. 3, digital copy at Chronicaling America Historic American Newspapers, National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress