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Dan Shelby ( Daniel J Macher), actor, clown, circus and theater owner

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Dan Shelby ( Daniel J Macher), actor, clown, circus and theater owner

Posted: 14 May 2013 10:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Shelby, Macher, Pennock, Merwin, Gallagher
I am doing research on Dan Shelby, born Daniel James Macher, son of James Daniel Macher and Elizabeth McClean. Born in Maryland Jan 11, 1838 in Pa. Moved with family when he was less than 1 year old to Dayton Ohio. His father opened the first shoe store in Dayton, complete with carpet (very fancy for those times). His father died shortly afterwards and when Dan was 10 he was working on neighboring farms earning $2 a month. At the age of 14 he joined Sam Wells Minstrels. He owned Shelby's Golden Circus as well as many others. He was married to Nellie Hatfield Pennock who went by her stage name of Helen Rainsley. After Dan's death Nellie changed her name to Helen and married a man named Merwin.. they moved to Ca. Dan and Nellie had 2 children, Medinah Temple Shelby and Daniel Shelby, Jr. Medinah's name was changed to Jean and she married a Gallagher. I am not sure what happened to Daniel Jr..

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