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CHAPTER VII, RALPH SHELTON (4)

Ralph Shelton (4) is said to have been born in Middlesex County Virginia in 1685, the son of Peter and Susannah Jackson Shelton, Mr. Kenyon Stevenson, great (5 times) grandson of Ralph (4), en­deavored to controvert this in writing that there is no indicat­ion in the records of the parentage of Ralph (4). Nor is there, he wrote, of the date of his importation or place from whence he came. But one Thomas Meriwether, who appears on record in Essex County as early as the 1690' s, and who married Peter's daughter Susannah Shelton, in his last will named Ralph (4) as his heir and brother of his wife. Earlier, on October 10, 1702, the following entry was made in Essex County court Book: "Certificate according to Act of Assembly is granted to Thomas Meriwether for the import­ation of seven persons into the colony by name: Sarah Eaton, Richard Cullen, Ralph Shelton, (illegible name), Mary Milner, Isaac Bayly, Edward Cartwr ight.” Kenyon Stevenson wrote that this was the first appearance of Ralph Shelton (4) of Middlesex County, Virginia, in the cases of the seven above it would appear that they were obli­gated to Meriwether for his having furnished passage and vouched for them, they probably having contracted to work for him for a set number of years, Ralph(4) then being 17 years of age.

In 1708 Ralph Shelton (4) was a witness to the will of Thomas Meriwether in Essex County. To this he signed his name Ralph Shelton six years after his importation. He was a beneficiary to the will, part of which read: "I give unto Ralph Shelton and his heirs for­ever the 60 acres of land granted to me by patent Joining to the lands of Rice Jones, John Lohees, and the land formerly belonging to Captain Edward Thomas." This land was described as standing by the Dragon swamp. The description places the land on the Middlesex-Essex boundary line. This land remained in possession of the fam­ily of Ralph Shelton (4) for sixty years. It appears that Ralph (4) lived on an adjoining tract in Middlesex County for the rest of his life. An entry in the Christ Church parish vestry Book on Oct­ober 20, 1727 reads: "Ordered that Mr. Garrett Daniel and Mr. Ralph Shelton procession every particular person's land between the Briary Swamp (from the Millstone Valley to the Dragon Swamp) and the upper end of the county and from the main road to the Dragon Swamp on the south side of the main road." Lewis Montague and Reu­ben Shelton were ordered to procession the exact same area above.

Ralph Shelton (4) married about 1707. His wife's name was Mary, and it is thought that her last name was Crispin. Ralph and Mary had eleven children:

      Thomas Shelton, born about 1708

Ralph Shelton (5), born 1709

Elizabeth Shelton, born about 1711

Crispin Shelton, born April 1, 1713

Reuben Shelton, born February 1, 1715

Mary Shelton, born January 21, 1716

Catherine Shelton, born January 26, 1719

John Shelton, born July 14, 1722

Benjamin Shelton, born June 18, 1724

James Shelton, born February 23, 1726

Daniel Shelton, born May 17, 1729

 

 

 

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Another Ralph Shelton of this era, possibly the son of James of Hanover and York Counties, Virginia, married Mary Pollard. Here­tofore this writer has considered Ralph (4) and this Ralph one and the same and that Mary Pollard was the second wife of Ralph (4). Other historians have insisted that there were two Ralph Sheltons of this era, although living parallel lives the other
Ralph lived on the opposite side of Dismal swamp from Ralph (4.). Further research and conversation with Grover Shelton and others have convinced me that there were two and that Mary Crispin was the mother of all eleven of the children of Ralph (4). The other Ralph, born about 1690, wed Mary Pollard in about 1712. They had children among who was a son James:                                                

James Shelton, son of Ralph and Mary Pollard Shelton, was born about 1717. He wed and had at least three children. He bought land in Halifax County, Virginia, sold it and moved west to buy on North Mayo River on its Horsepasture and Ironmonger Branches in Henry County, Virginia, one grant a parcel of 1575 acres, and a total acreage of 2000 acres. Some historians con­sider this James as founder of Patrick County, Virginia. Among his children were two sons and a daughter: William, Samuel and the daughter was I believe named Elizabeth. To each of his sons and his son-in-law, Gregory Durham, he gave a farm in 1780. The name of James' wife is not at hand. Their children were:

William Shelton, son of James and                     Shelton, was

born about 1734. He married Patsy Critz, whom Grover Shelton names as the daughter of Captain Haymon Critz who commanded a company under Colonel Penn which in 1781 marched to the assistance of General Greene at Guilford Court House, North Carolina, Colonel Perm's regiment comprising companies from Henry County, Virginia. William and Patsy Cretz Shelton had at least two sons. John and Porter Shelton, and possibly a daughter named Patsy Shelton. This writer has presumed that Porter Shelton was the son of Patsy Shelton; she being the daughter of Josiah and Elizabeth Shelton, Josiah having named Patsy in his will which he wrote from Halifax, Virgin­ia in 1797. It may have been that Patsy Cretz above, at the time of her marriage to William Shelton, was the widow of Haymon Cretz instead of his daughter. William Shelton oste- sibly died in testate, as there is a paper on record stating the division of his property among, his heirs, those named being John, patsy and Porter, patsy being either his wife or daughter. The paper shows porter as being from Rutherford County, North Carolina, and that William was the son of James Shelton

Samuel Shelton, son of James and     _ Shelton, was born about 1736. He is on record as having inherited a farm in Henry County from his father.

Elizabeth Shelton, daughter of James and ___  _______________________________  Shelton

was born about 1738. She married Gregory Durham in Henry County in about 1770. Her father presented them with a farm in Henry County in 1780.

Ralph Shelton (4) lived for only 4 years after the death of his youngest, Daniel His will, badly damaged in the old Middlesex will book, was proved March 10, 1733. There were some provisions

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legible. He gave land to his son Ralph (5) and to him he also gave one cow and calf. To Elizabeth he gave 25 shillings for the pur­chase of an item illegible in the will. He stipulated that his son Thomas should take care of the children and in case of Thomas' death they should be care for by Ralph and Crispin. He appointed his "loving wife" Mary and son- Thomas to be his executors. Wit­nesses were: William Buford, Thomas Clarke, Henry Buford, and one whose first name was Abraham. The will was presented to court on April 2, 1734 and proved by oaths of Henry Buford and Thomas Clarke. Appointed and sworn to appraise the estate were Thomas Buford, John Jones, John Clarke and Garret Daniel, inventory and appraisement were presented to the court on July 2, 1734. Mary Crispin Shelton remarried. His name was Peter Clarke. She, however in 1745, reportedly went with sons Ralph and Crispin and their families and her younger sons, John, Benjamin, James and Daniel, to Amelia County. She made her will as Mary Clark in Nottaway Par­ish in Amelia County on June 30, 1750. She mentioned her sons Ralph Shelton (5) Crispin Shelton, John Shelton, Benjamin Shelton James Shelton and Daniel Shelton; grandchildren Reuben Shelton, and Patience Catey Blakey; and daughter Elizabeth Davis. The bulk of her estate went to her youngest son, Daniel, then approaching 21. This included negro wench Janey. Daniel was named executor of the estate.

Thomas Shelton, eldest son of Ralph (4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, born in Middlesex County, Virginia on November 11, 1707, was likely named for Thomas Meriwether, who was on record as having imported Ralph (4) along with 6 other people into Christ Church Parish in 1702. He wed Mary Probert on January l4, 1730. They had 5 children: Reuben, born May l6, 1733; Josiah, born about 1735; Mary, born February 21, 1737 who died August 5, 1742; Thomas, born May 2, 1740; and Micajah, born June 20, 1742. The father died in Middlesex County on March 24, 1742, leaving 4 small children and one yet unborn. Ten years later, on July 11, 1752, the court ordered Thomas Clarke, administrator of Thomas Shelton's estate, to render an accounting of his administration of the estate at the next meeting of the court. At this court also, on motion of Josiah Shelton, orphan son of Thomas, Samuel Smith was appointed as Josiah’s guardian, on May 4, 1762, the court approved Ambrose Jeffrys as Micajah’ s guardian. Josiah Shelton reportedly went to Lunenburg County, as the Cumberland Parish lists of 1769-1776 showed a Josiah Shelton. In 1782 a Josiah Shelton was taxed in Charlotte County, Virginia on 9 whites and one slave, and in 1797 he left will in Halifax Coun­ty naming wife Elizabeth and seven children: Godfrey Shelton, Josiah Shelton, Absullom Shelton, Anne Shelton Clements (Mrs. Benjamin), Ruthey Shelton Murphy, Patsey Shelton and Elizabeth Shelton. Godfrey Shelton had been on the Lunenburg tithe list of 1776 indentured under Josiah, indicating that Godfrey had just turned 18. Josiah' son Josiah wed Fathy (Ruthy) Ford in Halifax County May 25, 1798. Elizabeth Shelton may have wed Decker Owen, one Jean Lurvey, descendant of James Owen, born about 1724, brother of John Owen, wrote that she was compiling a history of the Owen family, that Decker Owen, born about 1755, son of John Owen of Halifax County, Virginia, wed Elizabeth Shelton by 1780, she wrote that Francis Shelton was a neighbor of the Owen family, it is probable that Josiah's daughter, Patsey Shelton married a William Shelton, had sons John and Porter and possibly a daughter Patsey. It is possible that Josiah's brother, Thomas Shelton, son of Thomas and Mary Probert Shelton, migrated to Brunswick County, Virginia. By an

 

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Essex County deed dated November l6, 1771 Thomas Shelton and wife Caty of Meherrin parish, Brunswick County, owned land in Essex County which had come to them on division of land form­erly belonging to James Munday, father of Thomas' wife Caty (Katherine). James Munday had, besides Caty, 4 other daughters: Mary, who wed James Croxton; Ursula, who wed John Boughan; Lucy; and Betty. In 1782 there were no Thomas Sheltons in Brun­swick County, but in the adjoining county to the east, Greensville, Thomas is shown with a household of 11 whites.

Ralph Shelton(5), second son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shel­ton, was born October 3, 1709 in Middlesex County, Virginia, is the progenitor of the line of which Roderick Shelton(7) and James Shelton(8), the latter of McMinn County, Tennessee, des­cended, the two of whose history this treatise is primarily written. Ralph Shelton(5) is covered in Chapter VI of this book.

 

Elizabeth Shelton, first daughter and third child of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born about 1711. She wed William Davis on October 9, 1729. She died childless.

Crispin Shelton, third son of Ralph (4) and Mary Crispin Shel­ton, was born Middlesex County, Virginia on April 1, 1713. He wed Letitia _____ whose last name was likely Beuford about 1734 in Middlesex County. He was in Essex County until after August 1742, as an Essex County record that month shows that a negro lad named Sam, 10 years of age, was adjudged as belonging to him. Shortly after that Crispin along with his mother, brother Ralph(5) and their families turned toward Amelia County, some 100 miles to the southwest, which county in 1734 had been creat­ed from Brunswick and Prince George Counties. At first the coun­ty included also the areas now Prince Edward and Nottaway Count­ies. On July 14, 1743 Matthew Smart of Prince George County sold Crispin Shelton of South Farnham Parish, Essex County, 600 acres on South Nottaway River in Amelia County. Crispin and Letitia sold two portions of this in 1746 -- 155 acres to Henry Beuford of Amelia and 203 acres to James Beuford of Orange County, the lands lying south side of Rocky Creek, in the fork of Nottaway. The deeds were signed by Ralph(5) and Benjamin as witnesses. Crispin Shelton's Pittsylvania County career began when on Aug 15, 1764, he received a grant of 1515 acres on both sides of the North Fork of Panther Creek (now Whitehorn) in Halifax County in the portion of which later became Pittsylvania County. He moved with some of his family to the new land. As early as 1767 Crispin and his son Abraham were members of the vestry of Camden Parish in the portion of Halifax County which in 1767 became permanently Pittsylvania County. Crispin continued to own land in Amelia County until October 20, 1777, when he and Letitia deeded the 262 acres of their original purchase from Matthew Smart plus 100 acres he bought In 1761 from Thornton Pryor to Peter Lamkln — Benjamin and Leonard Shelton, Stith Bolling, William Osborne, Jr. and John Finney having witnessed the deed. Crispin and Letitia Shelton had 10 sons and 3 daughters. His will probated February 17, 1794, named the following: Abraham, Gabriel, Lewis,  Beverly, Spencer, Armistead, Vincent and Crispin Shelton, Jr.; Elizabeth Hurt’s heirs, Jane Todd (wife of William Todd), Susannah Dickerson (wife of Griffith), his wife Lettice, Abner Shelton. Executors: Sons Abraham, Beverly and Vincent. Wit-

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nesses: Leonard Shelton, Daniel Shelton et al.

William Shelton. son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton was born March 4, 1735, was not named in his father's will.

Abraham Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1737. He wed Chloe Robertson of Amelia County on January 16, 1760. He served with his father Crispin Shelton on the Pittsylvania County Commission for the Trial of Tories, and they were on a court of inquiry that administered the oath of allegiance in 1777. Abraham became the Escheater of the Count­ies of the properties owned by British subjects and represent­ed Pittsylvania County in the General Assembly of 1777-1778. He was appointed as Sheriff Commonwealth of Virginia on Novem­ber 18, 1783 and served through 1784. From the close of the Revolutionary War until 1789 he was Colonel of 1st Battalion of the County Militia. He died in about 1799; his will was proven that year in Pittsylvania court. He and Chloe Robertson Shelton had 10 children, 7 sons, 3 daughters. Chloe died in 1804. Among her legatees were her beloved daughter Jane Stone (Mrs. John), and son Robertson as Executor of her will. She had been left well off. Those named by Abraham in order of his listing were: Chloe Robertson Shelton; Lettice, Ann, Jane, Ab­raham, Crispin, William, Tavenor, Frederick, Meacon and Robert­son Shelton. Chloe did not name Ann or Meacon. They were like­ly deceased. She named Jane Stone and Lettice White, indicat­ing they were both married. Following were named:

Crispin Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, was born February 28, 1761. He wed Susannah Irby in Amelia County on October 28, 1775. She was born August 6, 1762 and died January 9, l846, the daughter of Charles and Ann Rob­ertson Irby. They had 7 children: Chas Irby, Abraham Cowper, Ann Robertson, Chloe Robertson, Meacon Ashley, Martha Irby and Nancy Shelton.

Charles Irby Shelton, son of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, was born Nov.l6, 1786. He wed a Miss Ashley. He served in the War of 1812.

Abraham Cowper Shelton, son of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, was born December 21, 1789. He wed Mary Leigh Claibourne on February 2, 1819. He died in 18140. They had 4 children: Charles, Nathan B., William Claibourne, and Peachy Gilmer Shelton, the last named who wed his cousin Susannah Catherine Shelton, daughter of Meacon A. Shelton, and had Willie Claibourne Shelton.

Ann Robertson Shelton, daughter of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, born December 12, 1794, died in 1799.

Chloe Robertson Shelton, daughter of Crispin and Susan Irby Shelton, was born December 2, 1792, died in 1833. She wed Thompson Robertson on December l5, 1812.

Meacon Ashley Shelton, son of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, was born July 7, 1797. He wed twice, first to Anna R. Evans in Halifax County on December 7, l824.

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and second to Anna Burger on June 1, 1826, his first wife haying died March 4 that year, having had Charles Crispin Shelton sixteen days earlier. Meacon Ashley and Anna Berger Shelton had 8 children: Susannah Cath­erine, who wed her cousin, Peachy Gilmer Shelton; Mar­tha Irby Shelton, who wed Thomas F. Wells and had Thomas Wells; Jacob Berger Shelton, who wed Eveline J. Dutton and had Jacob, Cooper, Charles, Sue, Pattie and Josephine; Abraham Cowper Shelton; Chloe Elizabeth Shelton, who wed Alexander Machette and had Annie and Ettie; Christiana Mildred Shelton, born l842, who died in 1848; Mary Leigh Shelton, who wed Thomas W. Hammond and had Cowper, Lucy and Harry Hammond; Lucy Anna Shel­ton, who wed Robert B. Sample and had Anna, Baylor, Muscoe, Nathaniel M., Will, Robert and Virginia Sample; Nathaniel Meacon Shelton, who wed Belle T. Carges and had Mable O., Charles W., and Anna Elizabeth Shelton.

 

Martha Irby Shelton, dau of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, was born February 26, 1803, died at 27.

Nancy Shelton, said to be daughter of Crispin and Susannah Irby Shelton, born about 1805, was not named in his will.

Lettice Shelton, daughter of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shel­ton, was born about 1767. She married Jeremiah White in Pitts­ylvania County on August 4, 1791.  An 80-acre plot they owned in the county in l804 was bordered by lands of Tavenor Shel­ton, Abraham Shelton, John Stone, Lewis Coles and Vincent Shelton. Jeremiah was the son of Jeremiah and Jane Manner White. They had also son William White and daughter Nancy White. The elder Jeremiah’s will, probated April 28, 1788 listed the following: Jane White (wife) use of Manner plant­ation, 8 negroes, mill. William and Jeremiah White, sons, farm lands bounded by Bannister River, known by the name of Shelton Ford. Daughter Nancy White, the farm.

Ann Shelton, daughter of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, was born about 1769. This may have been really Nancy Shelton who wed Phillip Grasty in Pittsylvania County on December 15, 1800, witnessed by Robertson Shelton, Crispin Shelton as Guardian, and John Jenkins.

Jane Shelton, daughter of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shel­ton, was born about 1770. She wed John Stone about 1788. They had an 80-acre plot in Pittsylvania County bordered by lands of Abraham Shelton, Pannill, Lewis, Coles, Jeremiah White and Tavenor Shelton. She was principal heir of her mother Chloe Robertson Shelton in her will of 1803.

Abraham Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, was born about 1772. He wed a Lettice Shelton, daughter of John Shelton, on December 17, 1792, witnessed by Fred Shel­ton and her father, In a will made on July 20, 1829, he named a Francis Shelton a legatee. Abraham Shelton owned an 80-acre plot in Pittsylvania County bordered by lands of Pannill, John Stone, Lewis, Coles, Jeremiah White and Tavenor Shelton. This John Shelton, father of Lettice, in his will proved June

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18, l804, listed the following legatees: Abraham Shelton, Joel Shelton, Francis Shelton, Jane Lewis, Mary Poore, William Shelton, Martha Tucker, Charlotte Shelton, Lettice Shelton, Lucy Hurt and Nancy White.

Meacon Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton was born about 1774. He is thought to have died before 1803, is not named in his mother’s will, probated in l804.

William Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, was born about 1763. He married Martisha Taylor on October 29, 1786, witnessed by Abraham Shelton. He later wed Eliza­beth C. Johnson, witnessed by Frederick Shelton and James Johnson, father of Elizabeth C., on March 3, 1791. One Will­iam Shelton on November 29, 1827 made a will in Pittsylvania County wherein he named the following legatees: Anna R. Shelton, Thomas Shelton, Robert H. Shelton, Elizabeth Shel­ton, Nancy Williams, Martha Yeaman, John Shelton, Bennett Shelton, and Noah Shelton. Elizabeth Shelton wed Vincent Shelton on June 22, l8l4, bondsman Wesley Shelton.  Anna R. Shelton wed Pleasant R. Murphy on November 16, 18l8.

Tavenor Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, was born about 1764. He wed Peggy Arch Deacon on November 20, 1804. He was a physician. He sold property in both 1792 and 1793 — in 1792 to David Allen and in 1793 to William Beavers. An 80-acre plot of land he owned in Pittsylvania County in 1804 was bordered by lands of Crispin Shelton, Abraham Shelton, John Stone, Jeremiah White and Frederick Shelton.

Frederick Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shel­ton, was born about 1766. He wed Polley Shelton in Pittsyl­vania county, Virginia on October l6, 1795, daughter of David Shelton, witnessed by Armistead Shelton, married by Thomas Payne. There are many records of Frederick in Pitts-ylvania County from July in 1789 to October in 1820. (See page 264) Among these was a record of a second marriage. On February 6, 1809, he is said to have married Winney Jones, witnessed by Robert Sharp. His will, which was probated October 16, 1820 in Pittsylvania county listed the follow­ing legatees: Patsy Lewis Shelton, Chloe Robertson Shelton, Steven Shelton, Letty Shelton, Martin Shelton, Christopher Shelton, Meacon, Thompson, Wickham D. Shelton, Wesley Shel­ton, Jane Shelton and Robertson Shelton, the last named a son who wed Mary S. Davis on May 3, 1819. Pittsylvania rec­ords involving Frederick were as a witness to marriages and deeds.

Robertson Shelton, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shel­ton, was born January 26, 1771. He married Jane Guthrie in Giles County, Virginia in l8l6. He was a legatee in his father’s will probated in 1788 and was an Executor in that of his mother in 1803. He along with his brothers Crispin and William Shelton was appointed Justice of Pittsylvania County in 1795, a nephew, Robertson Shelton, in will of Fred Shelton in 1820. He was grantor in deed to Benjamin Shel­ton in Pittsylvania County on April 17, 1797. He reportedly

 

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had 3 sons: William Harrison Shelton, Sylvester Robertson Shelton and James Madison Shelton.

William Harrison Shelton, son of Robertson and Jane Guthrie Shelton, was born in Giles County, Virginia on May 3, 1817. He wed Martha Ann Ogg on May 20, l84O in the home of her father near Greenfield, Indiana. They moved to Jefferson County, Iowa where he died on November 23, 1880. They reportedly had 12 children: Caroline Shelton, who wed a Hayzlett; Jane Shelton, who wed _____ Adams; Austin Shelton, born 1844; Josephine Shelton, who wed _____ Anderson; William Luther Shelton; James Sylvester Shelton; Franklin Shelton, born 1852; Mary Shelton, who wed _____ Kirby; Julia Shelton, who wed _____ Walker; Everett Lee Shelton; Sarah Elizabeth Shelton, who wed _____ Daft and had Dr. Floyd Shelton Daft who resided in Chevy Chase, Maryland; and John Shel­ton, born February 18, 1866.

Sylvester Robertson Shelton, son of Robertson and Jane Guthrie Shelton, was born in Logan County, West Virginia on August 11, 1819. He wed Hannah Dragoo in Kingsland, Indiana on September 8, l84O. They had 9 children: Jane Shelton, who died young; Thomas Shelton; Abigail (Dollie) Shelton, who wed _____ Stahl; Martin Shelton, who was born in 1846; Julia Shelton, who married _____ Johnson; Henrietta Shelton, who died unwed; Nancy Shelton who wed a Spalding; John Shelton; and William Sylvester Shelton.

James Madison Shelton, son of Robertson and Jane Guthrie
Shelton, was born in 1822 in Hamilton County, Indiana. He
wed Elizabeth Cooper in about 1840. They moved to Henry
County, Indiana in 1850. They had 5 children: Oelo Shel­ton,
who wed a Witmer; James Leander Shelton; Marshall E.
Shelton; Alice Shelton, who wed a Hudelson; and Mary Ida
Shelton, who wed
_____ Shideler.

Lewis Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1740. He was on the first tax lists of Pittsylvania Coun­ty, was shown as having one slave, a negro Pat. in 1767. Being a minister, he performed three marriages in 1781 in Pittsylvan­ia County, earlier an Episcopal layman, became a Baptist minis­ter after the Revolution. On May 28, 1774 he deeded land to Thom­as Murdock in Pittsylvania County, and on February 23, 1775 he and wife Mary deeded land to Charles Lewis there. He may have moved to Franklin County, Georgia about that time. There was a Lewis Shelton who was a Justice of the Peace in that county in 1785-1787 and Commissioner of Justice there 1787-1788.

Gabriel Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1742. He wed twice, first to Elizabeth Shepherd on March 24, 1762 and second to Mrs. Mary Buford. Gabriel was a captain in Pittsylvania County Militia. He and his brother Vincent, an Ensign, marched their company to Guilford Courthouse in North Carolina and fought against the British there on March 15, 1781. Gabriel appears in deed records as early as 1773, frequently named with his wife Elizabeth, grantees being variously Crispin Shelton, Thomas Murdock, John Clever, James Parham, Abraham

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Shelton and William Pace. Among other grantees were
Thomas Moore, Vincent Shelton, Jasquelin Ambler and David
Pannill. In 1780 he and Crispin were grantees to the Treas­-
urer of the Commonwealth of Virginia. His appointment as
a Captain in Pittsylvania County Militia was February 27,
1777, his Cousin Daniel having gotten appointed the same
day. Following are the legatees of Gabriel's will, proved
June 20, 1803: Wyatt Shelton, Gregory Shelton, Gabriel
Shelton, Beverly Shelton, Mary Shelton, Elizabeth Shelton,
Katherine Payne and Jane Taylor. The will was witnessed by
his brother Armistead; Executors were Gregory, Beverly, Lem-                                                                                            

uel and Gabriel, Jr, Not all the children are named in the                                                                                                       

will above. He is said to have wed twice, first to Elizabeth Shepherd on March 24, 1762 and second to Mrs. Mary Beuford, both in Pittsylvania County. Gabriel was on the first tax lists in the county in l767 and lived on Panther Creek at Chalk Level. His land joined that of his brother Vincent. His children were:

 

Wyatt Shelton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, born about 1763, appeared in deed records in Pittsylvania County. He was witness with Vincent, Gregory, Benjamin and Gabriel on December 29, 1790 on a deed from William Pace to Lemuel Shelton, and with the same people, same date, from William Pace to Roderick Shelton.

 

Gregory Shelton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1765. He wed Elizabeth Beuford on December 17, 1792.

 

Beverly Shelton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1767- He wed his cousin, Olive Shelton, born 1790, daughter of his uncle Armistead on August 8, 1803.

 

Lemuel Shelton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1769. He wed his cousin, Lettice W. Shelton, born about 1772, daughter of his father's brother Beverly Shelton, on August 2, 1796. Lemuel and Lettice had sons Hubbard C. Shelton and Richard T. Shelton.

 

Gabriel Shelton, Jr., son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shep­herd Shelton, was born about 1771. He married Rachael Shepherd, daughter of William Shepherd, born about 1781, on September 24, 1799.

 

Elizabeth Shelton, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shep­herd Shelton, was born about 1773. She wed her cousin Coleman Shelton, born about 1776, son of her Uncle Bever­ly, on July 27, 1797.

 

Katherine Shelton, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1775. She married _____ Payne. (It is noted that one Sally Shelton, born about that same time married Thomas Payne — himself who performed mar­riage ceremonies — on October l6, 1795.

 

Jane Shelton, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1777. She wed her second cousin,

 

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James Taylor, said to be the son of Milly Shelton Taylor, daughter of Daniel Shelton and cousin of Jane’s father, Gabriel, on July 25, 1797 •

Lettice Shelton, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, was born about 1779. She married her cousin Stephen Shelton, son of her Uncle Armistead, on August 22, 1798. She and Stephen had 8 children. (See page 265.) Lettice died in 1822. Their children were Martin M., Christopher, Meacon, Tunstall, Thompson, Wickham D., Wesley and Jane Shelton.

Gabriel Shelton, son of Gabriel, and Elizabeth Shepherd Shel­ton, was born about 1781. He wed Lettice Shelton, his first cousin once removed, daughter of John Shelton, Jr., born about 1760, on December 17, 1792.

Reddick Shelton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shel­ton, was born about 1783. He wed Nancy Shelton, born about 1783, on December 7, 1802. In Pittsylvania marriage records there are listed no less than three Nancy Sheltons besides this one: Nancy Shelton who wed Richard Shelton on July 16, 1792, witnessed by William Clark; Nancy Shelton who wed William White January 13, 1795, witnessed by Armistead Shel­ton; and Nancy Shelton who wed Phillip L. Grasty December 15, 1800, guardian Crispin Shelton, witness Robertson Shelton.

Spencer Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia. When Pittsylvania County was formed in June, 1767, Spencer was on the first tax lists, showing 3 slaves: Tom, Lucy and Primus. On February 27, 1777, he was appointed Lieutenant with Elisha Shelton. In 1778 he was made Captain. On January 15, 1787 he deeded property to Elkhan-nah Adams, and October 21, 1793 he deeded property to Charles Keatts, and on July 15, 1799 he deeded property to John Keatts. On August 18, 1789 he witnessed the marriage of Thomas Willis to Molley Yates. He was a legatee In the will of Crispin Shelton. February 17, 1794.  In 1773 he wed Clara Shelton, his first cous­in, daughter of Daniel Shelton. Clara died about 1809. Spencer shows in Pittsylvania County in the census for both 1782 and 1785. Spencer bought land in Lincoln County, North Carolina on Killian Creek on June 18, 1799. He was listed in the census of that year but Clara does not appear. Neither of them appears in Lincoln or Pittsylvania County in the census of 1810. He and Clara had 7 children: Spencer, Nelson, Mildred, Chloe, Temple, Jeremiah, and Meacon Shelton.

Spencer Shelton, son of Spencer and Clara, b. Oct. 19, 1771, was wed about 1795, though her name is unknown. They had son born 1795 who wed Sallie Lockman. This Spencer, and Sallie had 13 children, page 387. These are the 3 Spencers in a row.

Nelson Shelton, son of Spencer and Clara was born in Pitts. County about 1773. He died In Lincoln County, North Carolina April 20, 1832. He wed Frances Sadler in 1803, marriage bond 500 lbs, secured by Zachary Sadler, witnessed by James Dickson.   At his death he was possessed of much land in Lincoln County. In his will which was written in 1832 named Fanny and his 12 children. Executors were Young and Henry

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Shelton. Nelson had bought a large plantation in Georgia. Fanny sold the homeplace in 1834 to her daughter Jenoia and husband David J. Pryor, the deed witnessed by Leroy and Ann Shelton. The plantation in Georgia was also sold, Henry and Young Shelton having made trips there to sell the property. Ten of the 12 children moved to Pickens County, Alabama. Polly, born about 1804, remained in Lin­coln, and son Spencer, born December 31, l8l8, moved to Texas.

Polly Shelton, daughter of Nelson and Frances Sadler Shelton, was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina in about 1804. She wed Andrew Dellinger there on March 29, l824. In his will made in 1863 he listed besides Polly 7 children: Archibald Cathey Shelton who wed and had A. C., Jr. and Sam; Violet C. Dellinger who didn't wed; Mary Ann (Molly) Dellinger, who wed Rufus Kirby Kidd and had Clementine, Leroy and Furman Kidd; Frances (Fanny) Dellinger, who wed a Reagan and had Ella Reagan; George Shelton Dellinger, born 1834, killed in Civil War; Leroy M. Dellinger, who wed and had son C. A.; and Lorenzo D. Dellinger, who was lost to the family.

Young Shelton, son of Nelson and Frances Sadler Shelton, was born in 1806. He married Judith L. Sherrill February 15, 1828 and had 8 children. He had married earlier to Mary M. Thompson — March 22 In 1827 in Lincoln County — by whom he had one child and Mary and the baby both died. Young and Judith moved to Pickens County, Alabama in about 1845.  Their 8 children were: Ely Sherrill Shel­ton, who wed Susan Vail, was in Civil War, had 5 child­ren; Mary Ann Shelton, who wed Duff Green Holcomb and had 8 children; Louis Henry Shelton, who was in Civil War under Robert E. Lee, wed thrice — first to Mary Eliz­abeth Huff, by whom he had 10 children, second to Ella Howard, by whom he had 1 child, and third to Isabella Spruill, by whom he had no children; Fanny E. Shelton, who didn’t marry; Freeman Blanton Shelton, who was in Civil War, wed Valera Lenora Woods, had 11 children; Harriet Luvina Shelton, who wed her cousin Daniel Marion Shelton, had 8 children; John Wesley Shelton, who wed twice — first to Paralee Atkins, had one child, and second to Mattie T. Sparks, had 6 children; Elithia Lucinda Shelton, who wed James Jasper Phillips, had 12 children. Other children of Nelson and Frances page 410.

Mildred Shelton, daughter of Spencer and Clara Shelton She1-ton, was born in 1777. Member D. A. R., wed John Lewis Sept-ember 26, 1792 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. They had 2 sons, William Lewis and Charles Woodsen Lewis.

William Lewis, son of John and Mildred Shelton Lewis, was born about 1794. He married and had Maria Lewis who wed Levi Tyler of Louisville, Kentucky and had Annie Carlisle Tyler.

Charles Woodsen Lewis, son of John and Mildred Shelton Lewis, was born in 1796. He wed Frances M. Henderson in 1822. They had John Q. A. Lewis who wed Susan McKamy.

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Chloe Shelton, daughter of Spencer and Clara Shelton Shelton, was born in 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. She wed the Reverend Jeremiah Mundy in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on November 5, 1798, he being a preacher-farmer, born 1760 who died in l834. They had 12 children:

Joseph Matthias Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born about 1800. He wed Mary Ann (Polly) McCall in Lincoln County, North Carolina September 26, 1826. They had 12 children:

Jane Caroline Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born September 22, 1827. She wed Reuben Henderson Sherrill in 1826. They had 9 children.

Monroe Munday, son of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about 1829. He did not marry.

Rebecca Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about 1829. She wed her cousin, Osborne M. Mundy, son of Spencer Mundy.

Martha Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about 1830. She wed A. H. Houston.

Shelton Clara Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Ann McCall Mundy, was born in 1838 in North Carolina. She wed her cousin, James P. Shelton. son of Tun Shelton in Pickens County, Alabama in 1857. They had 5 children.

Camilla Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about 1840. She wed James Barkley.

Elizabeth Mundy, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about l842. She wed _____ Simmons.

Child of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, name unknown,

Josiah F. Mundy, son of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about l845, wed Isabell Davis.

Worth Mundy, son of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about l847, married Hattie Bost.

Durant Mundy, son of Joseph and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, was born about 1848, went west and was lost to family.

Joseph Mundy, son of Joseph Matthias and Mary Ann McCall Mundy, born about 1835, died in infancy

Rebecca Mundy, daughter of Jeremiah and Chloe Shel­ton Mundy, was born in Lincoln County, N. C. about 1802 and married there to Clinton Tucker on January 5, 1819. They moved out west.

Mary (Polly) Mundy, daughter of Jeremiah and Chloe Shel­ton Mundy, was born about 1803. She wed James Wells in Lincoln County, North Carolina on April 10, 1821. They too had 12 children:

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Thomas White Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1823. He wed Emaline Jenkins.

Jeremiah Freeman Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy wells, was born about 1825.

Hugh W. Wells, son of James and Polly Munday Wells, born about 1826, died in infancy.

Wesley W. Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1828. He married Cecelia Irby,

Elizabeth W. Wells, daughter of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1828. She wed Bartlett Killian.

Osborne Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1830. He wed Cornelia Schempert.

Chloe Wells, daughter of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1832. She wed ____ Shelton.

Henry Conner Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about l834. He wed Martha Thompson.

James McDaniel Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1836. He married Susan Barnes.

Fannie Wells, daughter of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1838. She married James Alexander.

Oliver Wells, son of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1840. He married Mattie Webb.

Susan Josephine Wells, daughter of James and Polly Mundy Wells, was born about 1842. No record of marriage.

William Wesley Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born September 22, l8o5. He married his first cousin Lucinda Shelton, daughter of Temple Shelton who was a brother of Chloe, in Lincoln County, North Carolina on May l5, 1837. William and Lucinda had 9 children:

Anna Eliza Mundy, daughter of William and Lucinda Shel-
ton Mundy, born 1838, wed
____ West and moved out West.

N. Macon Mundy, son of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, born 1842 died young.

Dr. James Dallas Mundy, son of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, born 1844, wed Mary Webb and had Ruth, Czar and Oeida Mundy.

Ella Virginia Blanche Mundy, daughter of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, born in 1845, wed Alfred Rich­ardson Thompson, had 9 children: James McCorkle, Zetta Gertrude, Lucille Pearl, Patrick Stough, Annie Mae, Lena Blanche, Spencer Elizabeth, Willie Ethel and Jessie Fay Thompson.

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Warren Mundy, son of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, born l847, wed Fannie Thompson about 1874. They had 6 children: Maud who wed a Hastings; Nancy who wed Otho Howard; Lucy who wed Charles Robinson; Lala who wed Dr. W. M. Jones; Ida Mae who married Thomas Clifton; and Don, who wed 1st Blanche Goodrum, 2nd Mrs. Hoyle.

William Mundy, son of William Wesley and Lucinda Shel­ton Mundy, was born in l849. He wed Dora Ella Howard on August 28, 1881, born June l6, 1861. They had 9 children: Jessie Alice Mundy who wed David Hunter Mauney and had 6 children; Estella Mundy who wed James Fowler and had 3 children; Agnes Mundy who wed Paul Conrad Rhyne and had 3 children; Addie Jamie Mundy who wed Charles Bohanan Stevens and had 2 children; Francis Jeremiah Mundy who wed Mable Barkley and had 2 child­ren; Lula Lee Mundy who wed Harry Grady Torrence and had 3 children; William Russell Mundy who wed Nell Bol-linger and had Billy Jo Mundy; Frankie Jeanette Mundy who wed Charles Luther Litaker and had 3 children; and Helen Ingrid Mundy who wed Frank Wagner Alexander, had 5 children,

John Mundy, son of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, was born about 1850, did not marry, to Sweetwater, Tex.

Franklin McDonald Mundy, son of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, born 1858, wed Mattie Robinson Hildebran and had 3 children: John Wesley Mundy, born 1908; Franklin McDonald Mundy, Jr.; and Helen Mundy.

Luzetta Mundy, daughter of William and Lucinda Shelton Mundy, was born in 1860. She wed Franklin T. Smith and had 7 children: Ernest Smith, b. 1882; Ruby Smith who wed Will Asbury; James Earl Smith who wed Lillian Pet­erson; George Franklin Smith who wed Nettie King; Rob­ert Wesley Smith who did not marry lived in Carolina; Hettie Lucinda Smith who wed Frank King; and Sinclair Davidson Smith, born 1898, who died before 1955.

Osborne Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born June 4, 1808. He married Eliza Crunkleton, daughter of John and Sarah Crunkleton, on January 2, l834 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They had 9 children:

James Albert Mundy, son of Osborne and Sarah Crunkle­ton Mundy, born 1834, wed Julia Asbury Robinson in Lincoln County in 1867.

William Munro Mundy, son of Osborne and Sarah Crunkle­ton Mundy, was born in 1837, killed at Gettysburg 1863.

Marion Sidney Mundy, son of Osborne and Sarah Crunkle- ton Mundy, born 1839, was killed in battle Winchester.

Nartha Ann Mundy, daughter of Osborne and Sarah Crunk­leton Mundy, born l842, wed 1st Sebron Williams and second Franklin Caldwell.

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Rufus Milton Mundy, son of Osborne and Mary Crunkle-ton Mundy, was born in 1846. He wed Fannie Killian.

Julius Alexander Mundy, son of Osborne and Eliza Crunk-leton Mundy, was born in l848, wed in Arkansas.

Freeman Pinkney Mundy, son of Osborne and Eliza Crunk-leton Mundy, born ]85l, wed Mary Lowe, daughter of Abigail Shelton Lowe.

Eliza Jane Mundy, daughter of Osborne and Eliza Crunk-leton, born 1853, married J. C. Thompson.

Osborne Wells Mundy. son of Osborne and Eliza Crunkle-ton Mundy, born l856, married Frances Emma King. Their daughter Allie wed J. F. Rhyne.

Martha Patsy Mundy, daughter of Jeremiah and Chloe Shel­ton Mundy, was born in 1812, She wed Franklin Lowe in Lincoln County, North Carolina on April 28, 1829. They moved to Pickens County, Alabama in l84O where he had a land grant. They, reportedly had 8 children only one of which was a daughter. 6 of the names are at hand:

Rebecca Louisa Lowe, daughter of Franklin and Martha Mundy Lowe, was born in l830; on November 18, 1848, she wed William Anderson Wood in Columbus, Mississ­ippi. They moved to Pickens County, Alabama where their 3 children were born: John Thomas Wood who wed Mary Leahy and had 3 children; Henry Shelton Wood; and Martha A.  Wood, who died young.

Thomas Lowe, son of Franklin and Martha Mundy Love, born 1833, wed Sarah J. ____, born Alabama about 1839, in about 1852, They had 3 children: Dave Lowe who wed and had 2 sons and 3 daughters; Laura Emma Lowe who wed James Henry Stokes and had 7 children; and Lela Lowe who did not marry.

Marcus Wilburn Lowe, son of Franklin and Martha Mundy Lowe, born 1835, killed in Civil War as 2nd Lieuten­ant. Wed about 1856 to his cousin Susan Salina Shelton, daughter of Crispin Shelton. Marcus and Susan had 3 children: John Franklin Lowe who wed Virginia Alice Whitby and had 4 children; William Thomas Lowe who wed Mrs. Pearl Butler, served in State Senate; Marcus Wil­burn Lowe married and had 2 daughters.

Albert C. Lowe, son of Franklin and Martha Mundy Lowe, was born in North Caroline in 1837.

John Robertson Lowe, son of Franklin and Martha Mundy Lowe, was born about 1839.

George Yancey Lowe, son of Franklin and Martha Mundy Lowe, born about l841 had Willingham descendants in Macon, Georgia.

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Jeremiah Mundy. son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, born about 1814, wed Elmina ____, born in l8l8 in South Carolina. The Pickens County, Alabama census showed the following in the household of Jeremiah and Elmina in i860, all born in Alabama: Wiley B. Woods, born l840; Elizabeth Mundy, born 1842; Martha Mundy, born l844; John T. Mundy, born l847; Sarah A. Mundy, born 1849; and Nancy J. Mundy, born 1852.

Spencer Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born in l8O4 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He wed 1st his cousin Susannah B. Shelton, born 1808 in North Carolina, daughter of Temple Shelton, witnessed by David Lockman. His second wife was another Susan Shelton, daughter of Spencer Shelton. By her he had no issue, but by Susannah B. he had 12 children:

Osborne M. Mundy, son of Spencer and Susannah Shelton Mundy, was born about l826. He wed his first cousin Rebecca Mundy, daughter of Matthias Munday.

Lucinda Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah Shelton Mundy, was born about 1828. She wed John McCaul.

William Mundy, son of Spencer and Susannah Shelton Mundy, was born about 1830, died at Ft. Deleware, Md.

Jeremiah P. Mundy, son of Spencer and Susannah Shelton Mundy, born about 1832, married in Arkansas.

Julia A. Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah Shel­ton Mundy, was born about 1834. She wed T. H. Proctor.

Frances Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah Shel­ton Mundy, was born about 1845. She wed Julius P. Shel­ton, son of John and Lucy Shelton, in Catawaba County, North Carolina on July 25, 1869. Frances and Julius had 7 children: Willie Shelton who was born and died same year; Lucy Shelton who wed ____ Cloninger and had 6 children; Freddie Jackson Shelton who died at age 9; John Shelton who wed Vera Thompson, had no children; Alfred Julius Shelton who wed Leckie Goodson and had 9 children; and Rosa Eugenia Shelton who wed Olin Goode Moore and had 7 children

Josephine Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah          Shelton Mundy, was born about l847. She wed Conner Barkley.

Jane Victoria Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah Shelton Mundy, born about l849, wed Alex Sigman on March 31, 1869.

Susan Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah B. Shelton Mundy, was born about 1851. She wed and moved to Arkan­sas.

Monroe Mundy, son of Spencer and Susannah B. Shelton Mundy, born about 1853, married and moved to Texas.

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Ella Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah B. Shelton Mundy, was born about 1855, wed Thomas Abernathy.

Antha Mundy, daughter of Spencer and Susannah B. Shelton Mundy, born about 1857, wed E. L. Loftin.

Fletcher Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, born in l824 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, in 1850 was living with his mother in Lincoln County. He wed Mahalia M. Ward in Catawba County on July l8, 1867. They had 3 children:

Laura Anne Mundy, daughter of Fletcher and Mahalia Ward Mundy, born June 15, 1869, wed Elihu Lockman Shelton, son of Spencer Shelton (b. 1795). They had 8 children. By an earlier marriage -- to Ann Eliza Cranford — Elihu had had 5 children. By Laura Ann he had these: Mattie Boone Shelton, born 1888; Vada Mundy Shelton, born 1890; Janie Reed Shelton, born 1892; Infant born and died March 8, 1895; Lettice Brown Shelton, born 1897; James Russell Shelton, born 1899; Ralph Lockman Shelton born 1903; and Carol Jenkins Shelton, born 1905.

Jane Mundy, daughter of Fletcher and Mahalia Ward Mundy, was born about 1871. She wed James White.

William Mundy, son of Fletcher and Mahalia Ward Mundy, was born about 1873. He moved to Texas.

Chloe Shelton Mundy, daughter of Jeremiah and Chloe Shel­ton Mundy, was born in 1818, died at age 12.

Monroe Mundy, son of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born about 1825, died about 1875.  He wed Elizabeth Shel­ton, daughter of Temple Shelton, born 1827, in about 1859. They had 3 children:

Rose A. Mundy, daughter of Monroe and Elizabeth Shelton Mundy, was born about l845. She wed Thomas M. Roberson on July 23, l86l.

Louisa Mundy, daughter of Monroe and Elizabeth Shelton Mundy, was born about l847. She wed William Eudy.

Martha Mundy, daughter of Monroe and Elizabeth Shelton Mundy, was born about l849. She wed Lafayette Thompson.

Elizabeth Mundy, daughter of Jeremiah and Chloe Shelton Mundy, was born about 1827. She wed Quinn Bandy and moved to Tennessee,

Beverly Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1746 In Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He wed Ann Coleman there on December 12, 1769, witnessed by Gabriel Shelton. In 1776 he was one of the petitioners requesting that a new county be formed from the western portion of Pittsylvania County. The county was formed and became Henry County. Bever­ly was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Pittsylvania County

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militia on February 27, 1777. He was grantor with Crispin Shelton in deed to Jasquelin Ambler on May 16, 1786, to Coleman Shelton and Richard Shelton in separate deeds on April 8, 1796. He witnessed with Reddick Shelton the marriage of Lettice W. Shelton to Lemuel Shelton on Aug­ust 2, 1796, He with Abraham, Vincent and William Shelton deeded land to Jasquelin Ambler on November 18, 1786. Bever­ly was shown in the census of 1782 in Pittsylvania County to have in his household 8 whites and 7 blacks and in that of 1785 to have 7 whites. He was a legatee and one of the Executors in the will of his father, Crispin Shelton, pro­bated February 17, 1794. John Stone, Pittsylvania County Surveyor, deposed in l804 that Vincent and Beverly Shelton, County Commissioners, had directed him to make a survey of the land of Abraham Shelton (page 334). Though Beverly and Ann had several children, the names of only 4 of them are at hand. Richard, Beverly, Lettice Weeks, and Coleman Shelton.

Richard Shelton, son of Beverly and Ann Coleman Shelton, was born about 1771. He wed Nancy Shelton July l6, 1792.

Beverly Shelton, Jr., son of Beverly and Ann Coleman Shelton, was born about 1766, wed his first cousin, Rita Shelton, daughter of Armistead Shelton, on Oct. 31, 1803.

Lettice weeks Shelton, daughter of Beverly and Ann Cole­man Shelton, was born about 1775. She married Lemuel Shel­ton, son of Gabriel, in Pittsylvania County August 2, 1796, witnessed by Reddick and Beverly Shelton.(F.), had 2 sons.

Richard Coleman Shelton, son of Lemuel and Lettice W. Shelton Shelton, was born about 1794. He is the ances­tor of E. 0. Shelton of Eldon, Missouri.

Richmond T. Shelton, son of Lemuel and Lettice W. Shel- ton Shelton, was born about 1796, died in 1844.

Coleman Shelton, son of Beverly and Ann Coleman Shelton, was born about 1777. He married his first cousin, Eliza­beth Shelton, daughter of Gabriel, on July 27, 1797, mar­ried by Thomas Payne.

Armistead Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1748. He received land on White Thorn Creek by his father’s will. He was appointed Ensign in 1777. He wed Susannah Shelton, daughter of Daniel Shelton, in Pittsylvan­ia County, Virginia on September 1, 1774. Armistead along with Crispin Jr. and Vincent, were Justices of the Peace in the county in the 1790’s, called members of the Commission of Peace, holding court for civil cases each month. His mar­riage to Susannah was witnessed by Joseph Aikin and David Shelton. He is in various deed records in the county from 1783 to 1800, grantees being William Parsons, Thomas Shelton, William Clark, Sherwood Willis, Leroy Shelton and John Mc Shelton. On October 20, 1794 he signed a writ emancipating slaves. In his will, proved August 19, 1844, will book 1, page 494, son Wesley was Executor. He named 9 children and a grandson, Martin M. Shelton: Rebecca, Vincent, Wesley,

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Olive, Susan, Patsy, Rita, Selah and Stephen:

Rebecca Shelton, daughter of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1775. She wed John M. Shelton March 17, 1794, witnessed by Thomas Lankford. On January 20, 1800 John was grantee in a deed from Armistead Shel­ton. Rebecca died before l843.

Vincent H. Shelton, son of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1789. He wed Lettie Shepherd Shel­ton, daughter of William and Elizabeth Chaney Johnson Shelton, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on June 22, 1814. Lettie died in 1876. The census of 1850 in the county shows the following in the household of Vincent and Lettie Shelton: Martha Shelton, age 62; James Shelton, age 32; Martha Shelton, age 18, John Shelton, 17; Tazewell Shelton, l6, and George 10.

Wesley Shelton, son of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shel­ton, was born about 1792. He was shown in the census of 1850 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Listed in his house­hold were: White Shelton, brick layer, age 21; Mary Shel­ton, age 25; Gustavus, age 5; Albert Shelton, age 3; and Samuel Shelton, age 1. The last named was Samuel F. Shel­ton, born 1849, who became a minister and was living in Illinois in 1879. This writer's father, Samuel White Shel­ton, was by tradition named for a minister named Samuel White, who preached in the area of McMinn County where dad was born. This fact was not dwelt upon in the family because the preacher fell by the wayside and no longer was able to pursue the honored profession, reportedly moved away to a distant realm,

Olive Shelton, daughter of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born in 1790. She was named in the will of Armistead Shelton. She wed her first cousin, Beverly Shel­ton, son of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shepherd Shelton, 8-8-03.

Susan Shelton, gr.-dau. of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1796. She wed John Ferguson on August 23, 1816. She was likely daughter of Rebecca, was in will of her grandfather Armistead.

Patsy Shelton, daughter of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1792. There's no record at hand of marriage or children. In her father's will she received land for her lifetime only.

Rita Shelton, daughter of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1786. She wed her first cousin, Beverly Shelton, Jr. on October 31, 1803.

Selah Shelton, daughter of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1784. She wed Richard Nowlin on February 21, 1801. There was a Selah Nowlin who was named in her grandfather's will, probably a daughter of this Selah and Richard.

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Stephen Shelton, son of Armistead and Susannah Shelton Shelton, was born about 1777. He wed his cousin, Lettice Shelton, daughter of Gabriel and Elizabeth Shelton, in Pittsylvania County on August 22, 1798, witnessed by Abraham, Armistead and Gabriel Shelton. Stephen died in 1822, prior to the date of his father’s will, which was probated in l844. Stephen and Lettice had 8 children: Martin M. Shelton, Christopher Shelton, Meacon Shelton, Tunstall Shelton, Thompson Shelton, Wickham D. Shelton, Wesley Shelton and Jane Shelton. Martin M. Shelton was named in the will of Stephen's father, Armistead Shel­ton:

Martin M. Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1799. He was a legatee in the will of his grandfather, Armistead Shelton. He wed Polly ____, born in 1795, in about 1817. In the census of 1850 in Pittsylvania County there were shown in the household of Martin and Polly 4 other people: Milly Shelton, born 1820, Letitia Shelton, born 1829; William Shelton, born 1831; and James Shel­ton, born 1835. These were probably children of Martin and Lettice, those of the household born in the 1820’s likely having already established homes of their own.

Christopher Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton (called Kit), was born about 1801. He wed Jane Keatts on February 4, l84O. He was a legatee in the will of Frederick Shelton October l6, 1820.

Meacon Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1803. He too was a legatee in the will of Frederick Shelton October l6, 1820 and of Crispin Shelton on March l6, 1807, and of Abraham Shel­ton February 20, 1804. No record at hand of children.

Tunstall Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1805. He wed Jane ____ in about 1825. There were shown in the household of Tun­stall and Jane by the census of 1850 in Pittsylvania County, 5 other people: George Shelton, born 1838; La-torious(F), born l84O; Nancy Shelton, born l843; Let­itia Shelton, born l845; and James Shelton, born l849. He was named in the will of Frederick Shelton October 16, 1820 and of Crispin Shelton October 18, 1809.

Thompson Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1807. He too was named in the will of Frederick Shelton October 16, 1820. There is no record at hand of wife or children of Thompson Shelton.

Wickham D. Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1809. He too was named in the will of Frederick Shelton October l6, 1820. There is no record at hand of wife or of children of Wickham D.

Wesley Shelton, son of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about 1810. He was named in the will

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of Frederick Shelton October l6, 1820. There is no record at hand of wife or children of this Wesley Shelton.

Jane Shelton, daughter of Stephen and Lettice Shelton Shelton, was born about l8l5. She was named in the will of Frederick Shelton, October l6, 1820. There is no re­cord at hand of a marriage by Jane or of children.

Vincent Shelton, son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1750. He wed Susannah Robertson, daughter of Henry Robertson, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on Decem­ber 27, 1776. He was appointed Ensign in the Pittsylvania County Militia on September 7, 1775. He appeared in various deed records in the county: On March 19, 1782 as grantee from Spencer and Clary M. Shelton; on November 21, 1785 as grantor with Abraham Shelton to Commonwealth of Virginia; on June 18, 1787 as grantee from Abraham Shelton; on July l6, 1787 as grantee from Benjamin Shelton, Sr.; on May 17, 1791 as grantor separately to Jasquelin Ambler and Gideon Roach; June 20, 1795 as grantee from Daniel Shelton, Sr.; on June 15, 1797 as grantor to John Shelton; on July 15, 1799 with wife Susannah as grantors to David Pannill; on July 21, 1800 with Susannah for relinquishment of dower; on July 21, 1790 as grantor to William Shelton, witnessed by John, Frances, Abraham, Nancy and Letey Shelton; on December 29, 1790 as witnesses with Wyatt, Gregory, Benjamin and Gabriel Shelton in transfer from William Pace to Lemuel Shelton, and the same to Roderick Shelton the same date. He was named in the will of his father Crispin on February 17, 1794. He was a Commissioner in Pittsylvania County in 1790. He owned land adjacent to Gabriel's on Panther Creek. He and Susannah had several children, in the census of 1782 five were listed in his family, plus 2 blacks; in 1795 the census showed 6 in the household. The names of only 2 children are at hand, sons. There was also evidently a daughter who wed about 1800.

Vincent Shelton, Jr., son of Vincent and Susannah Robert­son Shelton, was born about 1795. He wed Nancy Waller on May 17, 1813.

Henry R. Shelton, son of Vincent and Susannah Robertson Shelton, was born about 1797.

Elizabeth Shelton. daughter of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1744. She wed Moses Hurt in about 1760. His will was probated in Pittsylvania County on January 21, 1799 listing only Anne Shelton as legatee. He was granted 40 acres on Whitehorn Creek and Spring Branch by Reddick Shel­ton in Pittsylvania County on October 19, 1795. Elizabeth was deceased at the time of Crispin's will and he listed "heirs of Elizabeth Hurt". Elizabeth was signatory to a deed on October 21, 1805 with Reddick and Anne Shelton, David and Rhody Shelton, and Ezekiel and Jane Hendrick to land trans­ferred to Thomas Robertson, by Anne, David, Rhody and Reddick Shelton. Elizabeth's children were: West Dandridge, Garland, Moses, Absolum, Ann (Nancy), Jane, Sally L. and Rhoda S. Hurt.

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Hurt, was born about l?6l. He married in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on May 17, 1790 to Lucy Shelton, daugh­ter of John (b. 1722) and Elizabeth Shelton, witnessed by Vincent Shelton and John Shelton, her father. West Dandridge in a deed April l6, 1792 by William Shelton, was grantee. He was on a jury in 1790 with Sheltons and Shel­ton kin in the county in the trial in the murder of slave Simon by slave Watt on Isaac Cole's plantation.

Garland Hurt, son of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1763, wed Martisha Thurston in Pittsylvan­ia County on September 25, 1789, witnessed by her father, John Thurston and by Thomas Shelton.

Moses Hurt, son of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1765, wed Elizabeth Shelton on May 17, 1790.

Absolum Hurt, son of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1767.

Ann (Nancy) Hurt, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1769. She wed Thomas Shelton in Pittsylvania County on January 10, 1785, witnessed by her father, Moses Hurt and by Leroy Shelton. Thomas, born about 1747, was a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, the son of Benjamin Shelton. (see page   .)

Jane Hurt, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1770. she wed Ezekiel Hendrick in Pittsyl­vania County on January 15, 1787, witnessed by Thomas Shelton.

Sally L. Hurt, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1772.

Rhoda S. Hurt, daughter of Moses and Elizabeth Shelton Hurt, was born about 1773. She wed David Shelton, thought to be son of James Shelton, in Pittsylvania County on July 21, 1800, witnessed by Benjamin and Elizabeth Shel­ton and married by Thomas Payne. Rhoda along with Anne, David and Reddick Shelton were grantors in a deed October 21, 1805 to Thomas Robertson, the deed to the land having been signed by the following: Elizabeth Hurt; Reddick Shelton, wife Anne Shelton; David Shelton, wife Rhody Shelton; Ezekiel Kendrick and jane Kendrick.

Crispin Shelton, Jr., son of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1750. There is no information at hand as to a wife or children. This writer has confused him with Crispen, son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton, his nephew, born about 176l. Crispin. Jr., was named in his father's will which was probated in 1794.

Jane Shelton, daughter of Crispin and Letitia Shelton, was born about 1750. She wed Colonel William Todd on February 2, 1774 in Pittsylvania County, witnessed by her father and by John Gregory. Colonel Todd is said to have been the great­grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. Jane is in her father's will.

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Susannah Shelton, daughter of Crispin and Letitia Shelton was born about 1755. She wed Griffith Dickerson (or Dick­inson) in Pittsylvania County October 12, 1785, witnessed by her father and James Aikin. She is a legatee in Crispin's will. She and Griffith had 5 children: Griffith Jr., Vincent, Crispin, John and Milly Shelton Dickerson. Griffith became a Baptist minister after the Revolutionary War. His will was probated in Pittsylvania County on November 30, 1843. There was a professor at Hiwassee College from southwest Virginia in the 1930's named Henry F. Dickenson who is likely a des­cendant of these Dickersons.

Griffith Dickerson, Jr., son of Griffith and Susannah Shelton Dickerson, was born about 1786.

Vincent Dickerson, son of Griffith and Susannah Shelton Dickerson, was born about 1788.

Crispin Dickerson, son of Griffith and Susannah Shelton Dickerson, was born about 1790. He reportedly married twice, the first of whom was a Miss Compton.

John Dickerson, son of Griffith and Susannah Shelton Dickerson, was born about 1792.

Milly Shelton Dickerson, daughter of Griffith and Susan­nah Dickerson, was born about 1794. She wed ____ Neal and had 4 children: Susan H., Lucy S., Mary A. and Grif­fith Dickerson Neal:

Susan H. Neal, daughter of ____ and Milly Dickerson Neal, was born about 1814.  She wed Elisha Thweatt.

Lucy S. Neal, daughter of ____ and Milly Dickerson Neal, was born about l8l6. She wed Jesse C. Carter.

Mary A. Neal, daughter of ____ and Milly Dickerson Neal, was born about 18l8. She wed ____ Johnson.

Griffith Dickerson Neal, son of ____ and Milly Dick­erson Neal, was born about 1820.

Reuben Shelton, son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispen Shelton, was born February 1, 1715, and died October 8 that year.

Mary Shelton, daughter of Ralph (4) and Mary Crispin Shel­ton, was born January 26, 17l6. She died at age 3.

Catherine Shelton, daughter of Ralph (4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born January 26, 1719, was christened that year at Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia on March 13. She wed George Blakey on December 31, 1743 in Mecklenburg County. Her will, made in Mecklenburg County, named only Patience Caty Blakey, Catherine Shelton is not named in her mother's will, she likely being deceased at the date, August 29, 1771. Her mother, Mary Shelton Clark, does however name Catherine's daughter, Patience Blakey; a note at hand names William Blakey as Catherine's husband.

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John Shelton, son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born July 14, 1722 in Middlesex County, Virginia. He wed Elizabeth ____ and moved to Amelia County where he purchased land. He sold the land in 1774 with a deed signed by himself and wife, Elizabeth and moved to Mecklenburg County where his sister Catherine Blakey liv­ed. John made his will November 18, 1777, probated July 13, 1778, Elizabeth having died in the meantime. He signed his will John Shelton, Sr., and named the eldest son Mark as Executor, John Jr. was not named, though his father likely had already provided very liberally for him. John Sr. had in 1749 acquired 269 acres of land on Great Nottaway River from Richard Clark. The next year he deeded 100 acres of this land to his brother Daniel Shelton. This acreage being at Ready Branch and Great Nottaway, witnesses being their brothers, James and Benjamin, and Henry Beuford. John retained the other 169 acres until August 25, 1774 when he deeded that to Will­iam Crenshaw. John had gone with his mother Mary and their families to Amelia County in 1745, John then being 23 years of age and pre­sumably having married Elizabeth some years earlier. His mother Mary had remarried after his father Ralph(4) died to Peter Clarke, and her will, which was probated in 1750 in Nottaway Parish, was signed Mary Clarke. John had besides John Jr. and Mark possibly a daughter Elizabeth. After the death of their parents Mark and John went to Pittsylvania County where their father's brothers had sett­led earlier. The wills of both Mark and John Jr. were made in Pitt­sylvania County in 1801. They had purchased land there:

Mark Shelton, son of John and Elizabeth ____ Shelton, was born about 1741. He wed Rachael ____ about 1759. After his father's death in 1778, he moved with his family back to Pittsylvania County. He is on record there in 1779 where he and wife deeded land to William Hardy. In the census of 1785 he was listed as head of a family in Pittsylvania County, In his will made May 5, 1801, recorded June 1, 1802, book 11, page 244, he named the following legatees: Richard Shelton, Henry Shelton, Spencer Shelton, John Shelton, George Shelton, William Shelton, Charles Shelton, Nancy Davidson, Rachael Davidson and Franky Wright.

Richard Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was born about 1760. He married Nancy Shelton in Pittsylvania County on July 6, 1792, witnessed by William Clark, married by Hawkins Landrum. She was the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Shelton.

Henry Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was born

about 176l. He married Polly Madding on December 20, 1808.

Spencer Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was born about 1763. He married Margaret Ingram on September 5, 1809, was likely named for his cousin, Captain Spencer Shel­ton who served in the Revolutionary war.

John Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was born about l764. He married Sarah McLaughlin on May 12, 1800. This may be the John M. Shelton who on March 17, 1794 wed Rebecca Shelton, the John M. Shelton who on August 27, 1838 deeded 116½ acres to Edward B. Snoddy on Long creek in nearby Jeff-

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erson County, Tennessee. The will of John M. Shelton was probated in Jefferson County on December 18, l848. The fol­lowing legatees were listed: Wife, Evan Shelton; daughter, Adeline Shelton; sons Nelson and Nathaniel Shelton; daugh­ters Katherine Kent and Clea Riggs; son Armistead Shelton; daughters Saluda Dotson, Rebecca Walker, Martha, and Cassan­dra and David Grant; Polly Maynard; Ferrily Jane Bradley and Susan Ann. The will mentions a tract of land given him and heirs by their grandfather. There was much land and many slaves. Then there was the will of Nelson V. Shelton, born about l8l2, the elder son, made about 1842. He lists his wife Fanny; grandfather J. M. Shelton (presumably he means grandfather of his legatees); Mary A. Shepherd; Nelson Riggs; Nelson V. S. Carter; Jesse Riggs (as their guardian, property left them by their grandfather, J. M. Shelton; Edward B. Snoddy. A letter at hand from a descendant of Henry Dotson, husband of Saluda Dotson above and son-in-law of John M. Shelton, names his great-great-grandmother as Saluda Shelton Dotson. The letter stated also that Saluda was born in 1800.

George Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael _____________________  Shelton, was

about 1766. He likely married Mary __________________ . A will made in

Pittsylvania County, Virginia on September l6, 1807, listed only "Mary Shelton and Heirs". He is on record in the coun­ty as having deeded to Washington Thompson a plot of land on October 17, 1796, and one to John Wilson Sr. on September 17, 1798. George Shelton may have had an earlier marriage. One George Shelton married an Elizabeth Farmer in Pittsylvania County on June 13, 1803. And there is a later will of George Shelton in the county in 1810, probated September l6, l8ll. Here he names wife Mary as Executor, he names son Levi and daughter Anna Shelton and "my young children". The will was witnessed by William White and Jencia Shelton. Levi wed Frances E. Echols on March 1, 1805 and Anna married a James Shelton on August 10, 1807.

William Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was born about 1769. One William Shelton married Pricilla Mustain in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in December, 1798. There was also a marriage of William Shelton to Mary Ann Campbell on June 4, 1807. On November 21, 1799 William is on record as having deeded land to William Word.

Charles Shelton, son of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton, was

born about 1772. He married Elizabeth Flippen in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on March 17, 1800, witnessed by Joseph Flippen. In his will he mentioned Elizabeth and two younger children.

Nancy Shelton, daughter of Mark and Rachael ______________________  Shelton,

was born about 1762. She wed a Davidson in about 1792.

Rachael Shelton, daughter of Mark and Rachael ____ Shelton,

was born about 1765. She also wed a Davidson, in about 1792.

Franky Shelton, daughter of Mark and Rachael  ___ Shelton,

was born about 1770. She wed _______________ _ Wright, possibly George

Wright. He is on record as having been deeded land by Fred­erick Shelton in Pittsylvania County on June 18, 1792.

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John Shelton, Jr., son of John and Elizabeth ____ Shelton, was born about 1742. He wed Elizabeth Lawson in Goochland County, Virginia, St. James Parish, on July 30, 1760. After his father’s will was probated in 1778, John Jr. bought land in Pittsylvania County on November 7 that year from Joshua Hudson, a 225 acre tract near his uncles Benjamin and Crispin. Witness to the deed was William Shelton. The 1782 tax list showed John with a family of 10, owning 225 acres and no slaves. In 1785 his family number­ed 8, and in 1787 he was taxed again on 225 acres. In 1798 he had 2 tracts — 225 acres and 10 acres. He left a will dated Nov­ember 26, 1801, proved June 8, 1804, which mentioned 4 sons -- William, Joel, Claiborne and Abraham — and 8 daughters — Jane Lewis, Mary Poore, Frances Shelton, Martha Tucker, Charlotte Shelton, Nancy White, Lucy Hurt and Lettie Shelton.

William Shelton, son of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born about 1765. He married Martisha Taylor on October 29, 1786, witnessed by Abraham Shelton.

Joel Shelton, son of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born about 176O. He wed Anna Coe on September 23, 1807. There was a Joel Shelton who wed Emily Smith on April 29, 1810. He was among those who fought in the Revolutionary War from Pittsylvania County. He was deeded land in Pittsylvania County by Benjamin Shelton on March 19, 1782, and he in turn deeded land to Crispin Shelton, Jr. November 18, 1786.

Claiborne Shelton. son of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born about 1764. He wed Saluda Mustain in Pittsylvania County May l6, 1785, witnessed by Robert Tucker and Thomas Mustain, her father. On September 15, 1800 he and his wife Seludy deeded land to Thomas Simpson. Mr. George Leon Smith in a letter to this scribe in July, 1982 set my record straight as to John Sr. and John Jr. I had assumed that the will of John Jr. was that of his father. Mr. Smith was desir­ous of documenting Henly Shelton as son of Claiborne and Claiborne’s Revolutionary war record. There is no record at hand to confirm either. On February 19, 1813 he witnessed in Patrick County the marriage of Hudson Shelton to Lucy Murphy. Mr. Smith gave his lineage: Peter Shelton(3), born 1664, who wed Susannah Jackson; Ralph Shelton(4), born l685, who wed Mary Crispin; John Shelton, born 1722, who wed Elizabeth ____;

John Shelton, Jr., born about 174l, who wed Elizabeth Lawson; Claiborne Shelton, born 1764, who wed Saluda Mustain; Henley Shelton, born about 1785, who wed 3 times — Hannah Rice, Elizabeth Bruce and Elizabeth Shaffer; Marquis LaFayette Shelton, born about 1825, who wed Melvina cable.

Abraham Shelton, son of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born about 1766. He wed Peggy Gibson February 24, l808.

Jane Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton,
was born about 1762. She wed about 1800 to ____ Lewis, poss-­
ibly Charles Lewis Jr., who on April 17, 1797 deeded to Eliz­-
abeth, Tavenor and William Shelton land in Pittsylvania Co.

Mary Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton,
was born about 1763. She wed ____ Poore in about 1800.

Frances Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shel-

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ton, born about l76l, married Thomas Payne in about 1778.

Their daughter Fannie Payne married Tunstall Shelton on

December 15, 1794. Thomas Payne, presumed to be a minister,

performed marriage ceremonies. It is noted that on October

l6, 1795 he officiated at the wedding of Frederick Shelton

to Polley Shelton, witnessed by Armistead Shelton. Tunstall

Shelton was the son of Stephen Shelton. He and Fannie Payne

Shelton were both descendants of Crispin Shelton, he being

great-grandson, she being great-great-granddaughter.  He was recipient of property from Daniel Shelton by deed September l6, 1793. He was a legatee in the will of Daniel Shelton, proved September 18, 1809, and also in will of Frederick Shelton, proved October 16, 1820.

Martha Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shel­ton, was born about 1764. She wed Robert Tucker on January 1, 1782, witnessed by John Aiken. Robert Tucker witnessed the marriage of Claiborne Shelton, his brother-in-law, to Saluda Mustain on May l6, 1785, with Saluda’s father Thomas Mustain, in Pittsylvania County.

Charlotte Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born about 1766.

  Nancy Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shel­ton, was born about 1775. She married William White in Pittsylvania County on January 13, 1795, witnessed by Armistead Shelton, performed by her brother-in-law, Thomas Payne. He may have had an earlier marriage, as one William White had a daughter Jane who wed William Clark on June 21, 1784, to which William was a witness and to which David Barr perform­ed the ceremony.

Lucy Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shelton, was born, was born about 1766. She married West Dandridge Hurt in Pittsylvania County on May 17, 1790, witnessed by Vincent and John Shelton, her father. W. Dandridge was the recipient of property on April l6, 1792 in a deed from William Shelton. In 1792 a jury which investigated the mur­der of a slave -- one Simon — by slave Watt on Isaac Cole's plantation the jury was comprised of Sheltons and Shelton sons-in-law, including West Dandridge, the exception being William Porter, likely a kinsman.

Lettice Shelton, daughter of John and Elizabeth Lawson Shel­ton, was born about l767.  She wed Abraham Shelton on Decem­ber 17, 1792, witnessed by Frederick Shelton and John Shelton, father. Abraham was likely the son of Abraham and Chloe Robertson Shelton.

Benjamin Shelton, son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born June 10, 1724 and christened in Middlesex County, Virginia on July 12, 1724. He married Mary, whose last name is not at hand, in Amelia County, Virginia in about 1745. On March 28, 1759 he re­ceived a grant of land for 119 acres in Amelia County on South Fork of Little Nottaway River, selling same on November 24, 1763 to his brother James Shelton. The land was on Stone House Branch. Among the witnesses was Daniel Shelton. The land was taxed in the name of James Shelton in Amelia County in 1788 and in Nottaway

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County in 1791 and 1796. Benjamin appears the first time in Pitts-ylvania County records in 1772 when he bought considerable acreage from Hugh Innes near Crispin and later John. He evidently moved from Amelia County shortly before that time. He sold 100 acres in Amelia on May 24, 1777 to Joseph Phillips, the land being on North Fork of Nottaway River, that which he had bought of William and Susannah Pace in 1764 soon after selling his 119-acre tract to his brother James. In 1782 the Pittsylvania tax lists show Benjamin Shelton with a family of 7 whites and 8 slaves. That year he sold 200 acres of his land to his nephew Joel Shelton of Amelia County. His land was on the head of Haw Fork of Buck Branch, bounded by lands of Abraham Shelton, Hugh Innes and others. Witnesses to the deed were Vincent Shelton, Beverly Shelton, Young Shelton and Leonard Shelton. In 1785 Ben Shelton's family consisted of eight whites, one of them being Benjamin, Jr., probably his eldest son, heading a household of 5. In 1787 Benjamin, Sr. moved away. On April 13 that year he gave deeds for 170 acres and 400 acres to Leonard Shelton and Vincent Shelton respectively, signing as Ben­jamin Shelton, Sr., late of Pittsylvania County. He possibly moved to Caswell County, North Carolina, where the census of 1790 showed a Benjamin Shelton, or possibly to Lunenburg County, Virginia. Benjamin and Mary were reported by Z. F. Shelton to have had three children: Benjamin Jr., Leonard and Clever Shelton. There were 5 other children in his household thought to be the children of Benjamin's brother James and wife Jane, taken over by Benjamin and Mary, presumably on the demise of Jane. They were James; Rachael, who wed Aaron Quisenberry; Henrietta, who wed Young Shelton as his first wife, his second being Betsy Lewis who he wed in 1795; Stephen; and Thomas Shelton. Following are the 3 children of Ben­jamin and Mary:

Benjamin Shelton, Jr., son of Benjamin and Mary ____ Shelton,

was born about 1749. He wed Rebecca Watlington in Halifax Coun­ty, Virginia on November 6, 1780. They had:

Rachael Shelton, daughter of Benjamin Jr. and Rebecca Wat-lington Shelton, born about 1781, wed Berryman Hatchett on September 3, 1801. She later wed Geter Shelton, a second cousin, son of Willis Shelton.

Leonard Shelton, son of Benjamin and Mary ____ Shelton, was

born about 1751. He wed Susannah Roberts on December 19, 1785, witnessed by Vincent Shelton and Joseph Roberts, her father. On June l6, 1788 he and Susannah deeded property to Avery Mustain in Pittsylvania County, on February 17, 1794 he witnessed the will of Crispin Shelton with Daniel Shelton et al. And on October 20, 1778 he witnessed with Benjamin, Stith Bolling, William Osborne, Jr., and John Finney the deed when Crispin and Letitia Shelton deeded 362 acres to Peter Lamkin.

Clever Shelton, son of Benjamin and Mary ____ Shelton, was born about 1753. In 1820 on September 8, he and Rebecca Shelton made a deed in Jefferson County, Tennessee to Frederick Pulse, a slave. Rebecca presumably being his wife whom he wed in about 1775. Records indicate that he married a Hickman (likely Rebecca Hickman) in Jefferson County, Tennessee. This lady was a sister of William Hickman, who was the paternal great-great-grandfather of David N. (Red) Gray. They had a daughter who wed David Aslinger, moved to Hamilton County. Had sons Clever and Joshua Aslinger.

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James Shelton, son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born February 23, 1726. He was the seventh son. He married twice. His first wife was supposedly named Jane — "Jincie", perhaps, one genealogist lists  the following as children of James and Jincie: James, Rachael, Henrietta, Stephen and Thomas. These were not named in his will, but there was a William Shelton, whom he named as a son, presumably by Jincie, who was the Executor of his father's will:

William Shelton, son of James and likely Jane Shelton, was born about 1750. He was the Executor of his father's will, which was dated May 11, 1784. No record at hand of wife or children.

James Shelton, son of James and Jane, was born about 1755.

Rachael Shelton, daughter of James and Jane, was born about 1757. She wed Aaron Quisenberry. A note at hand from historian Grover Shelton states that the James Shelton, born 1726, married into the Quisenberry family, so Jane or Jincie may have been a Quisen­berry.

Henrietta Shelton, daughter of James and Jane ____ Shelton, was born about 1759. She wed Young Shelton in about 1781. There is a record in Pittsylvania County that shows Young Shelton having wed Betsy Lewis there on February 12, 1795, ceremony performed by Thomas Payne.

Stephen Shelton, son of James and Jane ____ Shelton, born about 176l, is said to have fought in the Revolutionary war. There is no record at hand of marriage or children.

Thomas Shelton, son of James and Jane _____________________ Shelton, born about

1747, wed Nancy Hurt, daughter of Moses Hurt, in Pittsylvania County on January 10, 1785, witnessed by Leroy Shelton, son of Daniel, and by her father, Moses Hurt. Thomas was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Revolution.

James Shelton's second wife was Philiapinea ____. In his will, dated­ May 11, 1784, he named her as his wife. He named sons Nathan and James, both under age; daughters Molly, Nancy and Sally; son William as Executor. In 1764 James was shown as tax payer in Lunenburg Coun­ty, Virginia, was in Pittsylvania County in 1768, the portion of which in 1777 became Henry County. Here he bought 400 acres on Leatherwood and Beaver Creeks from John and Frances Cox. On August 26 that year he was sued by David Caldwell. On August 1, 1772 he rece­ived a grant for another 400 acres located on South Fork of Leatherwood near the first tract. This tract is east of Martinsville, pres­ent county seat of Henry County, some 25 miles east of Crispin's settlement.  James sold this 800-acre holding September 24, 1772 to James Hix, and six months later had another grant of 500 acres near­by on Beaver and Snow Creeks. He was Captain of Henry County militia from 1777 to 1780, from which he resigned in 1780.

Nathan Shelton, son of James and Philiapenia ____ Shelton, was born about 1770. He wed Mary Shelton in Henry County, Virginia on September l6, 1794.

Molly Shelton, dau of James and Philiapenia ____ Shelton, was

born about 1772.

Nancy Shelton, daughter of James and Philiapenia ___ Shelton,

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was born about 1776. One Nancy Shelton, whose guardian was Crispin Shelton (probably Crispin, Jr. He would have been Nancy's first cousin), married Philip L Grasty in Pittsylvania County on December 15, 1800, witnessed by Crispin and Robertson Shelton.

Daniel Shelton, eighth and last son of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton, was born May 17, 1729 in Middlesex County, Virginia. He was the Executor of the will of Mary Clark, his mother, who had married Peter Clark after Ralph(4) died, the will having been pro­bated in Pittsylvania County on August 29, 1771, this being Daniel's first appearance in the county records. Back in Amelia County Daniel had acquired 100 acres from his brother John Shelton on September 19, 1750, and in 1751 a 40-acre tract in the Fork of Nottaway River from Henry Gaines and wife Ann, the transaction being witnessed by Daniel's brother John. Daniel kept this land until after 1789 when that portion of Amelia County became Nottaway County. In about 1750 he wed Lettice Young. In 1774 he gave a mortgage to Crispin's son Abraham. In 1778 he and Letitia deeded land to one Richard Todd. In 1782 he was shown with a family of 11, owning 400 acres and 9 slaves. In 1785 his family numbered 10. In 1787 he was taxed on 400 acres and in 1798 only 81½ acres. He had deeded the bulk of his lands to his sons Young Shelton, Leroy Shelton and Daniel Shelton, Jr. Daniel was a militia Captain in Pittsylvania County, promoted to Major in 1778. He died in that county in 1809, leaving will dat­ed March 17, 1808, proved September 18, 1809. He named wife Lettice; daughters, Susannah Shelton, Clary Shelton (then deceased), Milly Taylor, Anna Bailey, Sally Paine and Polly Shelton; granddaughter Jane Asqua Shelton; sons Leroy, Young, Daniel and Tunstall; and the children of son William — Leroy, Geter, Polly, Montague, Merrit, Macca, Lifas, Elizabeth and Willie Shelton. Could Geter be Peter, b. about 1798, who wed Madalene Dupuy Watkins of Virginia, ancestor of Ruth Bock, possibly the Geter Shelton named here, son of William, grandson of Daniel? It is noted that Daniel, Sr. and his brother Crispin and Crispin's sons Abraham and Gabriel were members of the Patrick County Committee chosen June l6, 1775. Security for Daniel's will was Henry R. Shelton. Witnesses were John Stone and Abraham Shelton; Executors were Young and Tunstall Shelton.

Susannah Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1750. She wed Armistead Shelton, who was the son of Crispin Shelton, with Daniel's consent, on September 1, 1771, witnessed by Joseph Aikin and David Shelton. See page 292.

Clara Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1752. She wed Spencer Shelton, son of Crispin Shelton about 1771. See page 307 for children.

Millicent (Milly) Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice, was born about 1754. She married Edmund Taylor April 1, 1775 in Pittsylvania County, witnessed by her father and by David Shel­ton. They had 4 children: Young, Edmund, James and William.

Young Taylor, son of Edmund and Milly Shelton Taylor, was born in 1776. He wed Sarah Poston. Had son James H. Taylor.

Edmund Taylor, son of Edmund and Milly Shelton Taylor, was born in 1778. He wed Jane Poston in North Carolina, had children, Temple C. Taylor, born 1825; and Young A. Taylor, b. 1826, who had several sons including Young and Temple Taylor.

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James Taylor, son of Edmund and Milly Shelton Taylor, born 1781, married Jencie Shelton in Virginia. They had son Thom­as who in turn had a son Young Taylor and other children.

 

William Taylor, son of Edmund and Milly Shelton Taylor, born 1790, wed Pricilla Alexander, had Edmund Taylor born 1821.

Daniel Shelton, Jr., son of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton,

was born about 1764. He evidently married twice, both times in

Pittsylvania County. One Daniel Shelton wed Elizabeth Garner on         

July 21, 1785, witnessed by David Barr, the preacher. And on                                                                                          

June 8, 1792 one Daniel Shelton wed Martha Keatts, witnessed by

Leroy Shelton and her father, John Keatts. Daniel Jr. and Mar-

tha had at least one child, a son Richard P. Martha Keatts

Shelton died February 28, 1859, Richard P. in 1872.

Richard P. Shelton, son of Daniel Jr. and Martha Keatts Shel­ton, was born in 1793, died in 1872. He wed and had a son Daniel Walter Shelton, but the name of his wife is not known.

Daniel Walter Shelton, son of Richard P., was born in 1836, died in 1900. He wed his cousin Temp Elizabeth Hayden, granddaughter of Daniel Jr.’s brother Tunstall and wife Frances Payne Shelton. D. W. and Temp had 5 children: White Shelton, born about l865; Walter, born about 1867; Richard Clark, born 1869; John Daniel, born about 1871; and Ophelia Ellen Shelton, born about 1873.

Annie Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1760. she wed _____ Bailey. She was named in her father's will.

Young Shelton, son of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, born about 1767, wed Betsy Lewis in Pittsylvania County on February 12, 1795, ceremony performed by the minister, Thomas Payne. He appears in deed records in Pittsylvania County. On March 15, 1784 he was grantee in a deed from his father and again on April 21, 1788. He was named in the will of his father. Young had wed Henrietta Shelton, daughter of Benjamin and Mary Shelton. Young and Betsy had children, among whom was a daughter Jane H. Shel­ton. Possibly the Jane Asqua Shelton named in Daniel's will.

Jane H. (or Asqua) Shelton, daughter of Young and Betsy Lewis Shelton, born about 1797, wed John Hoden (or Haden) Jr. March 5, 1817, she likely being the granddaughter in Daniel's will.

Tunstall Shelton, son of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, born about 1769, wed Frances Payne December l5, 1794 in Pittsylvania County, granddaughter of John Shelton, witnessed by Young Shel-  ton and by her father, Thomas Payne. Tunstall was named in his father's will. Among the children of Tunstall and Frances were two daughters, Catherine G. Shelton and Ophelia Shelton.

Catherine G. Shelton, daughter of Tunstall and Frances Payne Shelton, born 1800, wed Tarleton W. Franklin August l6, 1819.

Ophelia Shelton, daughter of Tunstall and Frances Payne Shel­ton, born about l8l5, wed James Hayden in 1831. They had Temp Elizabeth Hayden born l846, who wed her second cousin, Daniel Walter Shelton, grandson of Daniel Jr. and Martha K. Shelton. See Daniel Walter above for the names of their 5 children.

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Sally Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1775. She wed Thomas Payne in Pittsylvania County on October l6, 1795, witnessed by Armistead Shelton, married by Hawkins Landrum. It is noted that Thomas Payne himself performed marriages in the county during this period. Sally was named in her father's will.  He had daughter, Fannie Payne, presumably by an earlier marriage, who wed Tunstall Shelton in 1794.

Polly Shelton, daughter of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1776. She wed Frederick Shelton on October 16, 1795 in Pittsylvania County, witnessed by Armistead Shelton, ceremony performed by Thomas Payne. It will be noted that Polley's wedding date was the same as Sally's and that Armis­tead Shelton witnessed both events. Frederick Shelton was the son of Abraham Shelton. There are many records in Pittsylvan­ia County. In his will he named among his legatees his wife Polley, 3 or 4 children. Also brothers, sisters, nephews. nieces, etc., was very liberal. See page 265 for names of his children and other legatees.

William Shelton, son of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1772. He wed and had a number of children, but from records at hand am not able to discern for certain the name of his wife. His children all of whom were named in their grand­father Daniel's will were as follows: Willis, Leroy, Geter, Polly, Montague, Merritt, Macca, Lifas and Elizabeth Shelton. It is indicated that William died relatively young, seeing that Daniel did not name William as a legatee but named "heirs of William Shelton".

Willis Shelton, son of William, was born about 1792. Leroy Shelton, son of William, was born about 1794.

Geter Shelton, son of William, was born about 1796. He wed Rachael Shelton Hatchet, daughter of Benjamin Jr. and Rebec­ca Watlington Shelton, in about l825.

Polly Shelton, daughter of William, was born about 1798. Montague Shelton, son of William, was born about 1800,

Merritt Shelton, son of William, was born about 1802, He wed Sally Bradley on January l5, 18l6.

Macca Shelton, daughter of William, was born about 1804.

Lifas Shelton, son of William, was born about 1806,

Elizabeth Shelton, daughter of William, was born about 1808.

Leroy Shelton, son of Daniel and Lettice Young Shelton, was born about 1777. He wed Nancy Lanier in Henry County, Virginia July 29, 1799. His will, made July 26, 1843, was probated in Pittsyl­vania County on August l6, 1847, Executor, Thomas W. Walter. He was a grantee in a deed by his father in Pittsylvania County on March 15, 1784, from Armistead Shelton on February 18, 1788, and

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again from his father, Daniel Sr., on April 8, 1796. He was

witness with Moses Hurt, the father, to the wedding in Pitts-

ylvania County on January 10, 1785 of Thomas Shelton to Nancy

Hurt, and with John Shelton, the father, to the wedding in

Pittsylvania County of Daniel Shelton to Martha Keatts on June

18, 1792, was a legatee in the will of Daniel Shelton. He made

his will in Pittsylvania County which was probated on August

16, l847. He named wife Nancy; Elizabeth Robertson, Louisa

Dyer, Martha Harris heirs, Nancy Walton, Mary Law, Bethenia

Harris, Jesse T. Leftwich, Thomas L. Harris.

Elizabeth Shelton, daughter of Leroy and Nancy Lanier Shel­ton, was born about 1800. She wed ____ Robertson about 1817. They had son Leroy Robertson, born about 1820.

Louisa Shelton, daughter of Leroy and Nancy Lanier Shelton, was born about 1802, wed ____ Dyer, about 1819. They had son Leroy Dyer about 1821.

Martha Shelton, daughter of Leroy and Nancy Lanier Shelton, was born about 1804. She married Thomas L. Harris about 1821. It appears that the children listed in Leroy's will above after the name of Martha Harris heirs are those of Martha and Thomas L. Harris, Martha likely being deceased at the time of the will.

Nancy Harris, daughter of Thomas L. and Martha Shelton Harris, was born about 1823. She married a Walton.

Mary Harris, daughter of Thomas L. and Martha Shelton
Harris, was born about l825. She married ____ Law.

Bethenia P. Harris, daughter of Thomas L. and Martha Shelton Harris, was born about 1827.

____ Harris, daughter of Thomas L. and Martha Shelton Harris, born about 1827, wed Jesse T. Leftwich.

The preceding 33 pages contain the information at hand on the des­cendants of the 8 sons and three daughters of Ralph(4) and Mary Crispin Shelton of Middlesex County, Virginia. These Sheltons were a close family. This is attested to in the marriage of cousins, by their serving each other as witnesses to deeds, wills, marriages and securities, of executorships and marriage bonds, and by the close associations in community, church and government. To illus­trate, a 1792 jury which investigated the murder of a slave — one Simon — by slave Watt on Isaac Cole's plantation in Pittsylvania County, was comprised, with one exception, of Sheltons and Shelton sons-in-law:

William Todd, Coroner, son-in-law of Crispin.

Daniel Shelton, Sr.

Beverly Shelton, son of Crispin.

Armistead Shelton, son of Crispin.

William Shelton, son of John.

Reddick Shelton (possibly Roderick), son of Crispin's son Gabriel.

Vincent Shelton, son of Crispin.

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John Shelton.

West Dandridge Hurt,                      son-in-law of John.

Spencer Shelton, son                      of Crispin.

William Porter.

Joel Shelton, son of                         John.

Abraham Shelton, son                      of John.

William Porter was possibly also a Shelton kinsman. There was a Porter Shelton named by Catherine Shelton Moser as a son of James. It is not unlikely that William Porter was a brother-in-law.

Patricia Williams Surface (Mrs. Henry Shelton Surface, Jr.) in a letter written October 3, 1979 gave lineage on her husband’s fam­ily for 8 generations, back to Ralph shelton(4):

1.        Ralph Shelton — Mary Crispin, Middlesex County, Virginia.

2.  Crispin Shelton — Lettice Beuford, Middlesex and Pittsyl-
vania Counties.

3.  Abraham Shelton — Chloe Robertson, Amelia and Pittsylvania
Counties.

4. William Shelton — Elizabeth Chaney Johnson, Pittsylvania County.

5.  Langston Chaney Shelton — Elizabeth Haven Bane, Pittsyl­
vania and Giles Counties. (The will of William Shelton
above does not show a Langston Chaney Shelton. He would have
been 17 years of age when the will was probated, 11-29-27.)

6.  Ann Elizabeth Shelton — George Riley Surface, Giles and
Tazewell Counties.

7.  Henry Shelton Surface -- Nellie Davidson Hufford, Tazewell
County.

8.  Henry Shelton Surface, Jr. — Patricia Williams, Tazewell
County.

This lineage from Ralph(4) down through William is found in this Chapter, but the last 4 generations in the above are not listed in this book except here. Mrs. Surface wrote that she has at hand other data, such as wills, deeds, etc. pertinent to this lineage, that she and her husband have done considerable research on their branch of the Sheltons and the Robertsons and have visited the Vincent Shelton home in Pittsylvania County still in use and on land of the original estate. William Shelton's wife, Elizabeth Chaney Johnson Shelton, was the daughter of Major James Johnson of Lunenburg County and later Pittsylvania County. He gave the land where the first courthouse stood and lived across the street from the courthouse in a house still standing. Major Johnson was with Washington at Valley Forge. Mrs Surface expanded further the lineage as shown above from William forward:

William Shelton, born about 1763, died about 1825. He wed Eliza­beth Chaney Johnson in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on May 3, 1791. She was born February 7, 1772, died about 1820.

Langston Chaney Shelton, born March 6, 1810, died November 21, 1882. He wed Elizabeth Haven Bane In Pittsylvania County on Janu­ary 21, 1841. She was born October 11, 1820, died March 29, 1899.

Ann Elizabeth Shelton, born June 12, 1842, died January 1, 1920. She wed George Riley Surface on November 31, 1868 in Giles County. He was born August 5, 1846, died September 17, 1918.

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Henry Shelton Surface, Sr., born September 29, 1871, died in April 1959. He wed Eleanor (Nellie) Davidson Bufford in Tazewell County on November 10, l898. She was born March 2, l879, died November 24, 1965.

Henry Surface Shelton, Jr., born June 5, 19l5, wed Patricia Ann

Williams in Tazewell County May 29, 195l. She was born on August

24, 1925. They have Laura Eleanor, born May 26, 1954; Julia Karen,

born October 2, 1955, who married David E. Fox on August 15, 1977;

and Jennifer Lynn, born April 5, 1957.

Mrs. Surface gave the children of William and Elizabeth. The names do not correspond closely with the legatees in William's will, dated November 29, 1827:

Lottie Shephard Shelton. born October 12,, 1795, wed Vincent H. Shelton on June 22, 1814, the son of Armistead Shelton. This could be Elizabeth Shelton, named in the will.

William Johnson Shelton, born December 6, 1799, wed Anne R____.

Ann (Nancy) Robertson Shelton, born February 13, 1803, wed Pleasant Murphy on November l6, 1818. There was an Ann and a Nancy named in the will,

George W. Shelton. (No corresponding name in the will.)

James Fullerton Shelton, born December 19, 1807, wed Hogan. (There is no James Shelton in the will.)

Richard I. Shelton. (There is no corresponding name in the will.)

 

Langston Chaney Shelton, born March 6, 1810, married Elizabeth Haven Bane June 2, l841, died November 21, 1882. (This name does not appear in the will of the father William Shelton.)

Records in the Pittsylvania County courthouse show that Elizabeth C. Shelton, along with her children brought suit in the March, 1812 term of court against the administrators of the will of Crispin Shelton, son of Abraham, and other administrators. To wit: William Shelton, her husband; Richard Johnson, her brother, and James John­son, her father; the administrators of the estate of her brother Fullerton, deceased. Samuel Pannill and William Wimbish, adminis­trators of the estate of James Simms, deceased. And Thompson Robert­son, Samuel Stone, Charles I. Shelton and Graham G. Shelton, execut­ors of the estate of Crispin Shelton, deceased, brother to her hus­band, William. Mrs. Surface, who furnished a copy of the lawsuit, wrote that the Crispin Shelton involved was Crispin, Sr., son of Ralph(4), but that is inconsistent, as the administrators named were not those shown in Crispin Sr.'s will. A study indicates that the Crispin named was the son of Abraham, grandson of Crispin, Sr.

Mrs. Surface presented a paper to prove that William Shelton above, who wed Elizabeth C. Shelton, was the son of Abraham, the paper being a conveyance of land from William and Elizabeth to one Bethania Pannill in Pittsylvania County, in 1806, the paper mentioning that William was the son of Abraham.

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Mrs. Surface in writing of the connection between the James Shel-  ton(8) line and the Henry Robertson line, stated that Henry had 21 children, l4 of whom were by his first wife. Henry Robertson, born about 1720, resided in Amelia County. He is mentioned earli­er in this book (page 21). He was holder of much land and many slaves. In his will which he wrote in l78l he named the following 7 sons and 1 daughter:

Christopher Robertson

Warning Peter Robertson Susannah Robertson Shelton David Robertson

Edward Robertson

William Henry Robertson Daniel Robertson

John Robertson

These children were most likely by his second wife who was Tra-lucia Stegar Greensward, a widow, daughter of Hans Stegar and Tralucia Ginn Stegar. At the writing of the will the last two named were minors, the latter haying been born no earlier than 1762. one of these is likely the progenitor of John Harrison Robertson, born 1801, who wed Naomi Shelton, daughter of James Shelton(8) and Betsy Lawson Shelton.

It will be noted on the page following that Jeremiah White is shown in the division of land of Abraham Shelton. This is likely the son of Jeremiah White whose will was proved in 1788. The wed­ding of Jeremiah White to Lettice Shelton on August 4, 1791, shown page 293, is likely that of Abraham’s daughter.

It may be of interest to show here a description of the land in Pittsylvania County of Abraham Shelton made by John Stone, County Surveyor for the county, who was the son-in-law of Abraham, and a sketch showing the division of the land to his heirs:

By order of Pittsylvania County February court 1804 issued by Vin­cent and Beverly Shelton and two others of the said commission named in the said order, I have proceeded to survey the land of Abraham Shelton, deceased, and find it to contain 640 acres lying on both sides of Buck Creek Branch in said county. Beginning at a white oak near Buck Creek, thence along Vincent Shelton’s lines N __ W 112 paces to pointers, N 18 E 28 paces to a pine, N __ E 5 paces to poin­ters, N 20 W 46 paces to a ___, N 54 W 31 paces To a white oak, N 18 W __ paces to a black oak, N 2l E 28 paces to a white oak in Buck

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Branch aforesaid and thence with the same as it meanders 90 paces
to a poplar, N 12 E 7 paces to pointers, N 76 E __ paces to point-­
ers, thence along Joel Shelton's lines N 48 E 340 paces crossing
Buck Branches to pointers, thence along ___ Pannill’s lines S 14 E
338 paces crossing Spring and Hickies Roads to a pine, thence
along Lewis's line S 46 W 62 paces to a red oak on a branch, thence
along Cole's lines  S 46 W ___ paces crossing Hickies Road to point­-
ers, S 22 W ___ paces to a white Oak, thence along Vincent Shelton's
lines N 18 W 68 paces crossing Buck Creek aforesaid and to the
beginning.               

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PLAT  OF ABRAHAM SHELTON'S  LAND IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY  IN 1804 SHOWING DIVISION AMONG HIS LEGATEES

                          

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