CHAPTER V, JOHN SHELTON(6)

John Shelton(6), son of Ralph(5) and Mary Daniel Shelton, was born in Essex County, Virginia in about 1732. He moved with his father's family to Amelia County in about 1745 when John was 13. His father sold his Amelia land in 1763 to Thomas Dudley and bought land the same year in Halifax County in southwest Virginia, the portion of which in 1767 became Pittsylvania County, in 1777 became Henry County, and in 1791 became Patrick County.

  As can be surmised, the county was named for the famous orator-statesman, Patrick Henry, who in later life resided near Martinsville, the county seat of Henry County. Incidentally, Patrick Henry wed Sarah Shelton in 1754 back in Hanover County, granddaughter of Richard Shelton who with his brother Daniel came to America from Yorkshire, England in 1687, Richard then being 17 years of age. According to John Kendrick Shelton, Sarah was the second daughter of John and Eleanor Park Shelton. The connection between this line and the John Shelton(6) line is shown page 353 and 354 this book.

Evidently John at age 31, and his family moved with his father (Ralph(5) to Halifax County in 1763 or shortly thereafter, as he is shown on record as being a taxpayer in Henry County (later Patrick) in 1779 at age 47, he having been assessed 6 pounds 5 shill­ings. John was written off in the will of his father, Ralph(5), made on April 3, 1787 with this proviso: "I give to my son John Shelton 5 pounds sterling, current money of Virginia. The intent of my willing my son John 5 pounds sterling is to cut him off from his kinship." This writer suspects that John was a Tory (British, patriot), which caused this action, as his father was a staunch Revolutionist.

John reportedly married Susannah (Susan Sukie) Hoard in about 1750 in Spottsylvania County, Virginia from the home of his father Ralph(5) in Amelia County. Ralph was there on Snails Creek for 18 years. William Bud Shelton of Shelton Laurel, North Carolina, great-great-great-grandson of John(6) through Roderick(7), in a letter to a distant cousin, Maud Farmer Casey, in 195l, wrote that John and Susan had the following children:

Roderick Shelton(7), born about 1750

James Shelton, born about 1754

Thomas Shelton, born Amelia County, Virginia about 1755

William Shelton, born about 1756

Merry Shelton, born about 1760

This listing is confirmed in a brochure at hand prepared recent­ly for this writer by Grover H. Shelton, native of Shelton Laurel, now deceased, who resided in Abingdon, Virginia, he also a descend­ant of this John Shelton through Roderick(7). William Bud Shelton named John as Roderick's father, and Grover H. Shelton stated that in growing up on Shelton Laurel he had heard all of his life that John was Roderick's father. Grover was born October 31, 19l5, Will­iam Bud in 1896. In a letter in a genealogical brochure of the Shelton-Lisenbee-Metcalf families prepared by Charles F. Metcalf, not dated, said letter purported to be a copy of one from John Shelton, son of Roderick's son David, dated Alleghany, North Caro­lina, July 6, 1905, contains the statement that Roderick's father was named

 

 

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John, that he came from England, in my quote of this letter, found page 7 of this book, the statement that Roderick's father was named John is not included.

Colonel Lee M. Shelton of Poulsbo, Washington is responsible for accumulating much of the data on the clan included herein, particularly with respect to Roderick's son Lewis Shelton, Lewis' son David and other descendants. He also furnished the brochure above referred to prepared by Charles Metcalf. Other significant data in the brochure will be found in other chapters. Colonel Lee Shelton is the four time great-grandson of Roderick(7), through David, Judith, Dan, Daniel Mereden and Lee’s father, Sylvanus Lee.

After the Revolutionary War (1775-1783) there is scant mention of Roderick's father, John(6), in public records in Patrick County or the parent counties, it was as though he had been cut of from citizenship as well as from his kin, as directed in his father Ralph's will, There are not at hand any deed records, marriage record or a will of John Shelton(6). There are, however, in the descriptions of meets and bounds in certain deeds pertaining to other Shelton property owners in Patrick County in the 1780's and 1790's that describe a boundary as "extending to the line of John Shelton."

Ralph Shelton, born about 1735, son of Ralph(5) and brother of "Cut-off John", and James who married Jencie, sold land in Henry County, now Patrick County, in this period.

Ralph Shelton, born about 1735, and wife Elizabeth, of Henry County, bought on April 10, 1788 for one hundred dollars 145 acres on Matthew Creek. Beginning at Ralph Shelton and Thomas Shelton corner, running to John Shelton line, witnessed by Liphus Shelton, Deed Book 3, page 140. This is proof that there was a Matthew Creek and that John Shelton(6) owned land on it. There were other land grants that ran to John Shelton line, one in Land Grant Book 379, another in Book 62, page 180, where on October 1, l8ll, James Murphy granted 17 acres on headwater of Matthew Creek.

Ralph Shelton in Patrick County Grant Book 53, Page 115, John Harriston, Jr. on June 13, l804 was granted 300 acres on headwat­ers of Spoon Creek and Matthew Creek, Jim Murphy and Rowan land.

Ralph Shelton in Henry County Book K, Page 132, granted Eliphaz Shelton on February 28, 1784, 590 acres both sides North Fork Mayo River joining John Shelton land.

Ralph Shelton in September,1778 deeded to Elizabeth Leak Terry, widow of James Terry, 78 acres each side of Big Dan River in Pat-rick County, signed by Ralph Shelton, Deed Book 4, page 179. Grover Shelton of Abington, Virginia, had among his papers a copy of the will of James Terry. It names his wife Elizabeth and son-in-law, Cuthbert Shelton, husband of his daughter Margaret Terry, as Executors of his will. See reference to Cuthbert Shelton, Chapter XI, page 365.

 

 

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Roderick Shelton (7), son of John(6) and Susan Hoard Shelton, was born in Amelia County, Virginia about 1750, certainly not later than 1754 since he was shown in the census of Buncombe County, North Carolina for 1800 as being over 45. Roderick had moved to Buncombe County about 1795, raised a family there and died there between l8l5 and 1820. William Bud Shelton, great great grandson of Roderick, stated that Roderick is buried there in Shelton Laurel in what is now Madison County, North Carolina atop the hill above Roderick's old home place. This is the Roderick who was the progenitor of James(8), who with the latter whose line and whose histories this book is primarily concerned. Roderick's history is covered in Chapter IV, pages 151 to 241, and that of James is covered in Chapter III, pages 13 to 151.

James Shelton, son of John(6) and Susan Hoard Shelton, was born in Amelia County, Virginia about 1754. He is likely the James Shelton who with his cousin George were cavalrymen in the Revo­lutionary war in Dixon's Company of North Carolina troops who from May, 1781 to May, 1782 joined General Green against the British at Cowpens, Kings Mountain and Guilford Courthouse. He evidently married twice. He had a son, Thomas Coote Shelton, born about 1790 who wed Rebecca Daniel on September 15, 1813 and had 11 children. Thomas Coote Shelton and cousin, Thomas Boggs Shelton, were reportedly each named for a British General under whom his father had served in the Colonial Array prior to the Revolution, the Generals likely being Sir Eyre Coote, noted British General 1726-1783; and the father of Charles S. Boggs, l8ll-l888, American Rear Admiral. James Shelton married Nancy Clark on August 1, 1796, presumably his second wife.

This James Shelton's will, filed in Madison County, Missouri on December 26, 1829, Will Book A, page 25, listed the following legatees: Widow, Nancy; Executors, Francis, Raleigh and Jesse Shelton, sons; other children were sons John, William, Thomas, and Jarrett; he had daughters Mary, wife of Elijah O'Bannon; Lucinda, wife of Richard Britton; Susan, wife of Eleanor Green Clay; and Nancy, wife of Joseph Stone. Likely the three older sons, John, William and Thomas were by his first wife whom he wed in about 1786, and the other 8 were by Nancy Clark.

John Shelton, son of James by his first wife, was born in Virginia about 1788. There is no record at hand of his marri­age or of children. There was a John Shelton in Pittsylvania County who in 1797 was a grantee in a deed by one Vincent Shelton and who in 1790 was witness to a deed by Vincent to William Shelton, the date being July 21, that year.

William Shelton, son of James by his first wife, was born in Virginia about 1790.

Thomas Coote Shelton, son of James by his first wife, was born in Virginia about 1792.

Raleigh Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, born about 1798, died September 28, 1864. Raleigh, apparently unwed and childless at the time of his death, the administrator of his estate named his heirs as follows: Heirs of John Shelton of Missouri and Arkansas; heirs of Mary O'Bannon, part of Missouri; heirs of Francis Shelton, part in Missouri and part

 

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Frances above witnessed a deed by Vincent Shelton to one William Shelton, witnessed also by John, Abraham, Nancy and Lety Shelton, the deed dated Pittsylvania County July 21, 1790. That Frances shows also in Halifax County in the census of 1782-1785, he having then 4 whites in his household.

Jesse Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton was born: in Virginia about 1803. There being a number of Jesse Sheltons in the clan, I am unable to separate this Jesse as to marriage and descendants.

John Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born in Virginia about 1806. I find no record at hand of his marriage or children. There was a John Shelton in 1797 in Pittsylvania County who was the grantee in a deed by one Vincent Shelton and witness to a deed by Vincent to William Shelton on July 21, 1790.

William Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born about 1809.

Thomas Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born about 1812.

Jarrett Shelton, son of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born about 1815.

Mary Shelton, daughter of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born about 1818, she wed Elijah O'Bannon about 1836, had children by him.

Lucinda Shelton, daughter of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born about 1821. She married Richard Britton about 1839, had children by him0

Susan Shelton, t daughter of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, born in Missouri in 1824, married Eleazor Green Clay on November 9, 1841. She died in Wayne County, Illinois in 1870. Her husband, Eleazor, was born in Grainger County, Tennessee in l8l8, died in Dallas, Texas in 1869. They had Lucinda Clay, born January 8, 1844, who died May 10, 1921, having wed Peter Hanger Lewis in Iron County, Missouri in l86l. He was born there in 1833 and died in Columbia County, Arkansas on December 11, 1896. Lucinda also died in Columbia County.

Nancy Shelton, daughter of James and Nancy Clark Shelton, was born in Missouri about 1826. She married Joseph Stone in about 1844. There were children of this union.

William Shelton, son of John (6) and Susan Hoard Shelton, born about 1756, evidently married Martisha Taylor in Pittsylvania County on October 29, 1786, witnessed by one Abraham Shelton. There is record also of one Elizabeth Shelton having wed one William Shelton on November 19, 1827. His will, dated November 29, 1827 lists his legatees as follows: Thomas, Bennett, Anne, Robert H., Elizabeth, Nancy Williams, Martha Yeaman, John Shelton and Noah Shelton. William is shown in Pittsylvania County in the census of 1782, page 41. One Martin Shelton, Jr., in a letter to his son, recalled where the William Riley Shelton’s lived on the old William Shelton

 

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home place.

Thomas Shelton, son of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1787. Mr. Frank Shelton in his book reportedly wrote of Thomas Shelton's property being divided by his descendants in Tennessee. This note probably refers to William's brother Thomas.

Bennett Shelton, son of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1788.

Anne Shelton, daughter of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1789.

Robert H. Shelton, son of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1790.

Elizabeth Shelton, listed as a legatee in William Shelton's will, may be his second wife whom he wed in 1827 just prior to his writing his will. His wife Martisha, the mother of the children, is not mentioned in his will, was evidently dead. If Elizabeth be a daughter, her date of birth would be about 1791.

Nancy Shelton, daughter of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1792. She wed a Williams, possibly Colonel John Williams who commanded the 39th United States Infantry in the War of 1812 in the assault on the Creek Indians stronghold in the Battle of the Great Bend on the Tallapoosa River in Alabama in 1814. Significantly perhaps, James Shelton(8), first cousin of the Colonel's wife, Nancy, was in this battle also, he too having  enlisted from East Tennessee, joining the command of Colonel Swing Allison, Colonel Williams was born in East Tennessee in about 1774.

Martha Shelton, daughter of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1794. She wed a Yeaman about 1812.

John Shelton, son of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1796.

Noah Shelton, son of William and Martisha Taylor Shelton, was born about 1797.

Thomas Shelton, son of John(6) and Susan Hoard Shelton, was born in Amelia County, Virginia in about 1755. He is said to have gone to Tennessee. He wed a girl named Sapphira _ . His will, dated January 4, 1807 in Pittsylvania County, was proved July 18, l808. His children were: Jane, Betsy, William, Thomas Boggs, Bennett, James, Nancy, Lucy and Sally. Sapphira was said to have been of one-fourth Indian blood. Her last name may have been Bennett. Frank Shelton of Colorado wrote in detail in his book of this Thomas Shelton's family. His children:

Jane Shelton, daughter of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born about 1776.

Betsy Shelton, daughter of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born about 1777.

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about 1779. In 1807 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, William granted land to Thomas Shirley, Deed Book 3, page 107. Prior to that in about 1806 George Willis granted land to William Shelton, Book A, page 258.

Thomas Boggs Shelton, son of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born in Virginia about 1775. He and his brother James and their cousin Thomas Coote Shelton went to Missouri in the early l800’s. Thomas Boggs Shelton wed first Susannah Inman, born about 1785, on February 3, 1802. By her he had 10 children. By his second wife, Betsy McCain, whom he wed in about 1835, he had 3 children:

Andrew Jackson Shelton, who wed Emilie Nesbett and had 4 children.

Susan Shelton, who wed William Hawkins of Shannon County, Missouri. William and Susan Shelton Hawkins lived on what is known as the Barnes farm near Freemont, Missouri.

The name of the third child of Thomas Boggs and Betsy McCain Shelton is not at hand. Nor are the 10 by him and Susannah.

Bennett Shelton, son of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born in Virginia in about 1783.

James Shelton, son of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born in 1785. One James Shelton wed Jane Langdon in Jefferson County, Tennessee on June 8, 18l6.  Records in Claiborne County, Tenn­essee in 1833 and 1834 have James Shelton of Franklin County, Missouri et al granting land in Claiborne County to one Hugh Graham, evidently a land agent. This is the James Shelton who with his brother Thomas Boggs Shelton and Cousin Thomas Coote Shelton migrated to Missouri, probably about l8l6 after James marriage to Jane Langdon. It is noted that one Jim Shelton was the father of one John Chandler born out of wedlock in Tennes­see to Sarah (Sallie) Chandler in about l8l5.

Nancy Shelton, daughter of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born about 1780. She married a Slayden (probably William or Daniel) in about 1796, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Lucy Shelton, daughter of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, was born about 1782. She married Arthur Slayden in Pittsylvania County, on December 19, 1796 witnessed by William and Daniel Slayden and her father, Thomas Shelton.

Sally Shelton, daughter of Thomas and Sapphira Shelton, born in or about 1779, evidently married first a Franklin, probably Lewis Franklin, a soldier in the Revolutionary War born about 1760; on December 3, 1795 she wed Benjamin Johnson in Patrick County, Virginia, witnessed by Roderick Shelton, presumably her uncle. One Sally Shelton is shown as having married Thomas Payne in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on October l6, 1795. Another record shows that on February 19, l801, one Sally Shelton wed Francis Nowlin, witnessed by Archibald Shelton, the one on October l6, 1795 having been witnessed by Armistead 5helton.

 

Merry Shelton, daughter of John (6) and Susan Hoard Shelton, was born in Amelia County, Virginia about 1760.

 

 

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Possibly this is Mary Shelton, as I do not find in my records elsewhere a Merry Shelton. One Mary Shelton wed Nathan Shelton in Henry County, Virginia on September l6, 1794. Nathan presumably Mary's cousin, grandson of Ralph(4), son of James Shelton who was a brother of Ralph (5). Nathan was born about 1760.

Roderick Shelton(7), son of John and Susannah Hoard Shelton, was born about 1750, certainly not later than 1754, since he was shown in the census of Buncombe County, North Carolina for 1800 as being over 45. Roderick had moved to Buncombe County from Patrick County, Virginia in about 1795, having started his family in Patrick County. He raised his family in Buncombe County and died there between 1817 and 1820. William Bud Shelton, great-great-grandson of Roderick(7} stated that Roderick is buried there at Shelton Laurel in what is now Madison County. This is the Roderick who was the progenitor of James(8), the both whose lines, and whose history this treatise is primarily concerned, Chapters III and IV, pages 13 and continuing through 241 are their histories.

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