Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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M. D. Shelburn

M. D. SHELBURN, a successful and well known farmer of North township, Labette county, Kansas, living on the east half of the southeast quarter of section 23, is a native of Sullivan county, Indiana, and was born in 1838. His father, C. Shelburn, who was born in Spencer county, Kentucky, married Cassandra Bennett; they had seven children, namely: Barthadia; Melissa; M. D.; Curtis; Mary; Melsina; and Cassandra.

M. D. Shelburn was reared and educated in his native state, and lived there until he reached the age of nineteen years. He learned farming when a youth, and has followed that occupation all his life. In 1857 he went to Edgar county, Illinois, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits for ten years, and at the end of that period moved to Labette county, Kansas. He bought his present farm and has successfully cultivated it ever since. He keeps abreast of the times, and uses modern implements to assist him in his toil. He has always been a hard working man, and success has come entirely through his own efforts.

Mr. Shelburn married Deborah Branam, who was born in Monroe county, Indiana, in 1840. Her parents, who were James and Nancy (Griffith) Branam, reared the following offspring: Jonathan; Deborah; Louis; Franklin; Mary E.; and Ellen. Mr. Shelburn and his wife have two children, Charles E. and Mary. The subject of this sketch is a member of the Christian church. Politically, he belongs to the People's party.