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SHELBY, TEXAS

Austin County, Central Texas S
FM 1457 & 389
11 miles SW of Brenham
8 miles E of Round Top

Population 175 (est.)

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Shelby cemetery
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History in a Pecan Shell

Shelby was a settlement in Austin County that did not undergo a German name-change. A David Shelby was said to have been an original settler, however the founder of the town was one Otto von Roder (complete with umlaut). Otto had a mill for processing grain and the town was also known among the Germans as Rodersmuhl (Roder's Mill).

The mill was bought from Roder by August Vogelsang (Birdsong) and a tombstone of the Vogelsang family is visible in the top photo.

The post office was opened in 1846 under the name Shelby and by 1884 the 75 residents had three saloons, three stores, and a variety of essential businesses.

1904 was when Shelby's population peaked, and although the post office closed in 1912, the population remained at about 200 until after WWII. Today Shelby remains one of the more picturesque crossroads in the area and is not to be left out of driving tours.
Tombstone of German Texan
Most of the early headstones are in German
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Shelby Texas Forum

I am interested in volunteering at Shelby Cemetery, in Shelby, Texas, Austin County. I need to find out how and whom I need to be in contact with. My relation to the site is several German ancestors are buried there. I visited this past weekend, and noticed that the place needs some TLC and I want to help. - Thanks, Travis Brown, June 21, 2004

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