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Shelton's of Franklin Co., Virginia
Posted by: Wanda DeGidio Date: November 13, 2000 at 05:30:40
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My Shelton Ancestors

It is said that one Shelton ancestor gave his name to Britain, and one was the first Royal convert to Christianity. Some of the Shelton ancestors aided Apostle Paul with his work as stated in the Bible, and one initiated the naming of infants (before that, only adults were named according to various attributes--physical, personality, occupation, etc.). One Shelton ancestor was the aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn, beheaded by the orders of her husband, King Henry VIII, and one served with General George Washington in the Revolutionary War.

Sir Ralph Shelton, the English progenitor of the family, probably did not come to America as he died in England in 1628. His son James, born in the late sixteenth century, came to Virginia possibly as early as 1610 as he was in Jamestown in 1620. James had two sons, John and James, the former being the one who, in 1670, built the plantation known as "Rural Plains." His brother John, born about 1649 in York county, Virginia, married Jane ( ), fathered another John and William who married Hannah Armistead in 1698 and inherited "Rural Plains" - one source gives Thomas as the father of James and John.

Nannie Beatrice STONE, BIRTH: 3 Apr 1889, Franklin Co., Va. DEATH: 3 Nov 1982
Married: Burch HALL, BIRTH 17 Aug 1887 on 12 Apr 1910 in Franklin Co. Va Children: Leroy HALL, Charles HALL, Edward HALL, Irene Elizabeth HALL, Leonard HALL, Ralph HALL, Clara Ann HALL, Burch Jr. HALL, Mildred HALL

Joyce Emery SHELTON, BIRTH: 26 Feb 1855 Franklin Co., Va. DEATH: 21 Jan 1937
Married: Charles F. STONE (son of Stephen), BIRTH 25 Dec 1849, DEATH 18 Oct 1916 m. abt 1875 Franklin Co. Va Children: Unknown son, Grover STONE, Nannie Beatrice STONE, Benjamin STONE, Rufus STONE, and Callie STONE

Notes for Joyce Emery SHELTON: Her spouse was the son of Stephen STONE, d. age 62, who married Cassie SPENCER, d. age 92, sister of Nancy SPENCER.)

Giles SHELTON BIRTH: 1/19/1818 Franklin Co., Va. DEATH: Typhoid fever 5 Jul 1858, age 40.
Married 10 Oct 1839: Nancy SPENCER, BIRTH ca 1818 DEATH 1925 Franklin Co., Va, age 107 (others claims she died at age 113). Children: Joyce Emery SHELTON, Frances SHELTON b. 1847 who married 9 Jun 1866 Robert Henry JOHNSON b. 1847 Bassett, VA, Rufus A. R. King Shelton (Rufus was the father of Ewell Harvey Shelton).

Notes for Giles SHELTON: His headstone shows Geirls Spencer, my grandmotherís family bible had Girles, the 1850 Patrick Co. census has Giles, marriage and death records shows Gerald, it has also been Giles Gerald. Another place shows his name as Jarrell. When census and other information was collected, many would write down the way they thought the name was spelled based on how they heard it pronounced. His record of birth has his name as Gerald. The information about Nathan SHELTON and Mary HATCHER being the parents of Giles came from my grandmother's family bible, and was given to me about twenty years ago, this bible has since disappeared, but I personally obtained the information for a school project.

Nathan SHELTON BIRTH: c1800 Franklin Co., Va. DEATH: abt. 1862 Franklin Co., Va
Married: Mary "Polly" HATCHER, BIRTH 4/13/1800 DEATH 1894 Children: Giles Gerald SHELTON, other children unknown at present.

Notes for Nathan SHELTON: SOME RESEARCHERS BELIEVE GILES WAS THE SON OF JOSIAH SHELTON, JR.. I do not have bible information on Nathanís parents. It is my belief Josiah Shelton, Jr. was instead the grandfather of Giles. Documentation shows that Josiah SHELTON, Jr. (born 1775) married: Frances "Futhey" Ford (b. 1779) on 16 May 1797, and had the following children: Mary, John S., Frances, Giles. Based on the year they were married, children should have been born 1798, 1800, 1802 and 1804 certainly not 1818.

Of those researchers who believe Nathan was the son of James Shelton, Jr. born 1760 s/o Capt. James Shelton, Sr. b. 1726, who was the son of Ralph Shelton b. 1680. (James Shelton, Jr. was Ralph Shelton's grandson, and Josiah Shelton, Jr. his great grandson). These two men were cousins - and both lines used the names Giles and Nathan in naming their children. Due to a lack of verifying documentation at the present time, I could only base my decision that he was the son of Josiah Shelton, Jr. on the marriage of Josiah Shelton, Sr. and Elizabeth Spencer, and the later marriage of Giles Shelton and Nancy Spencer. It was fairly common in those days for first and second cousins to marry.

Josiah SHELTON, Jr. BORN 1775 Lunenburg Co., Va DEATH aft 1806 Married: Frances "Futhey" FORD b. 1779 on 16 May 1797 Children: Mary c1798, Nathan c1800, Giles 1802, John S. c1804, and Frances c1806

Josiah SHELTON, Sr. BORN: c. 1735 Middlesex Co., Va DEATH: c. 1797 Halifax Co. Va. Census/Taxes: Lunenburg, Charlotte, Halifax Co., VA Married: Elizabeth SPENCER b. 1740 Middlesex Co. Va in 1760 Children: Josiah Jr., Godfrey, James

Thomas SHELTON bap. 9 Nov 1707 Middlesex Co. Va DEATH: 24 Mar 1742 Middlesex, Va Married: Mary PROBERT b. 16 Nov 1708 Middlesex Co., Va married 14 Jan 1729/30 in Christ Church Parish, Middlesex Co., Va, daughter of William Probert and Hannah Unknown. Children: Reuben b. 6 May 1733, Josiah b. c. 1735 died c 1797 Halifax Co., Mary b. 21 Feb 1736/37 Middlesex d. 5 Aug 1742 Middlesex, Thomas Jr. b. 2 May 1740 in Middlesex d. 1802 in Orange Co., NC married Catherine Mundy c. 1760 in Essex Co., Micajah b. 20 Jun 1742 moved to NC.

Notes for Thomas SHELTON: His date of baptism is given as 9 November 1707. He died with a young family. His wife Mary was executrix and several gentlemen were appointed as guardian to his under age sons Sources: Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County VA 1653-1812 (975.533 K2p) p 78; Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) From Will Book C p 91 Notes for Mary Probert: Date of her birth is given as 16 Nov 1708 as is the names of her parents William and Hannah on the Parish Register, Is noted as Mary Shelton, administratrix of Thomas Shelton dec, on a probate document dated 7 June 1743 as well as court orders for the same date (3) The inventory for her own estate was done by Ransom Allfin her administrator 5 June 1744 (2) Sources: (1) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) From Will Book C p 91 (2) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) From Will Book C p 149 (3) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) Orders 1740-1744 p 222 (4) Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County VA 1653-1812 (975.533 K2p p79

"Shelton County - A Genealogy of Pittsylvania County's Largest Family" by April Miller (found in Salt Lake City Family History Center), gives information about Thomas Shelton. She said that Thomas died while still in Middlesex Co., VA, leaving four sons whose children migrated for the most part to Greenville Co., VA, then into central North Carolina.

Ralph SHELTON BORN: c. 1680 in England DEATH: 13 Mar 1733/34 in Middlesex Co, Virginia Married Mary Jane CRISPIN b 1686 Middlesex Co., Va d 1733 about 1704 Middlesex Co., Va Children: Ralph SHELTON b/a 1705 who married Mary DANIEL, Thomas SHELTON bap. 9 Nov. 1707 married Mary Probert 14 Jan 1730 Middlesex, Elizabeth SHELTON b/a 1709 who married William DAVIS, Reuben SHELTON b. 1 Feb 1715, Middlesex Co.,, VA d. 8 Oct 1715, VA married Mary, Mary SHELTON b. 21 Jan 1716 Middlesex d. 18 Jul 1719; Crispin Eliphas SHELTON b. 7 Apr 1713, Middlesex d. 29 Oct 1787, Pittsylvania Co., VA who married Lettice BEUFORD, Catherine SHELTON b. 26 Jan 1719, Middlesex Co., d. 31 Dec 1743 VA; John SHELTON b. 19 Jul 1722 d. abt. 1777, married Elizabeth, Benjamin SHELTON b. 18 Jun 1724 d. aft 1787 Caswell Co. NC married Mary; Daniel SHELTON b. 17 May 1729 d. 18 Sep 1809 Pittsylvania Co., VA; and James SHELTON b. 2/23/1726

Notes for Ralph SHELTON: In the will of Thomas MERRIWETHER of Essex co VA, dated 7 Jan 1708, Ralph was bequeathed 65 acres which had been given to Thomas by patent (4),(6). This will mentions by name Thomas MERIWETHER'S wife Susanna, his sisters, brothers, nephews and Ralph SHELTON (6). 2 May 1717 Ralph and a party of others performed an appraisal of some cattle in accordance with a court order to settle the suit of CLARKE vs BRIM (5) Ralph's will was dated 10 March 1733 and probated 2 April 1734. In it he was listed as a surveyor and appraiser. (1) The will has been partly destroyed by mice (1). Elizabeth DAVIS, his wife Mary SHELTON and his son Thomas SHELTON were appointed as his executors (1) Elizabeth DAVIS was his daughter married to William DAVIS. There was also a Thomas ALLTON named as an executor 2 April 1734 (2) The Parish Register lists his date of death as 13 March 1733 (3)

(1) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) Will Book B p 418,
(2) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812 (975.533 P28h) Order 1732-1737 p 26,
(3) Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County VA 1653-1812 (975.533 K2p) p189
(4) Essex co VA Wills 1707-1711/Dorman (975.534 R26) p 47-48
(5) Virginia Geneologist V6 p 69 Middlesex county VA Wills
(6) Genealogies of Virginia Families-William and Mary Quarterly; Vol 1 (975.5 D2gvw) V1 p110

Notes for Mary Crispin:
There is no primary source information that Mary's maiden name was Crispin. Some researchers have postulated this because she had a son Crispin (which is also a saint's name). Mary was named as an executor of her husband Ralph's will, proved March 1733 (1). Her will is in Amelia Co.and was written 30 June 1750, her second husband was William CLARK. Her will was probated 29 Aug 1770 and she was noted as of the Parish of Nottoway in Amelia County (2). Her sons Crispin SHELTON and John SHELTON witnessed her will (2) and she also left a legacy for her grandson Reuben SHELTON of 1 shilling sterling (2).

Sources: Family Histories of Middlesex County; DeBusk (975.533 D2f) (1) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812; 975.533 P28h From Will Book B 1713-1734 p418 (2) Virginia Wills; Genealogy Publishing Co, 1982 (Book 975.5 P2v). Elizabeth Shelton was named as an executor in her father's will (proved 13 March 1733) (1). Her marriage to William Davis is noted in Family Histories of Middlesex Co.(2)

Sources: (1) Middlesex County VA Wills and Inventories 1673-1812; 975.533 P28h From
Will Book B 1713-1734 p418 (2) Family Histories of Middlesex County; DeBusk (975.533 D2f)

Peter SHELTON b 1664 York Co., Virginia DEATH: 1718 York Co., Virginia Married: 1) Susanna JAXON abt. 1684 York Co., Virginia Children: William SHELTON, Peter SHELTON, Ralph SHELTON, Susannah SHELTON Married: 2) Abigail ____ Children: Ralph SHELTON

James SHELTON b. abt. 1630 Barbados, Bermuda DEATH: abt. 1690 Cecil Co. Maryland Married: Mary BARTHURST abt. 1655 Cecil Co. Maryland Children: Peter SHELTON
Thomas SHELTON, BORN:.abt. 1606 England DEATH: 1684 Cecil Co. Maryland Married: Hannah WOOD Children: James SHELTON

James SHELTON, BORN: abt. 1585 England, DEATH: Barbados aft. 1630. Gentlemen, came with Lord DELAWARE in 1610 to Va, he was a resident at Jamestown in 1620, and a member of the court on 7 Jun 1624. Married: Unknown Children: Thomas SHELTON

Sir Ralph SHELTON BORN: 1 Nov 1560 DEATH: 22 Jul 1628 at Battle of the Isle of Rhea Minister to Spain, Secretary to the Prince of Wales, member of Parliament, member of the 2nd and 3rd Virginia Companies. He was knighted at Theobaldís in 1607 as Sir Ralph SHELTON of Shelton Hall, Norfolk, England. Married: Dorothy JERMYN Children: John SHELTON, James SHELTON

Ralph de SHELTON, BORN: 1 Nov 1530 at Brome, Norfolk, England DEATH: Married: Mary WODEHOUSE, b. ca. 1534 at Washam, Norfolk, England d. aft. 10 Jun 1569 at England, she was daughter of William WODEHOUSE and Elizabeth CALTHORPE, married on 13 Sep 1551 at Shelton, Norfolk, England. Children: Thomas SHELTON, who married Elizabeth FLOWERDEW (he was Gentlemen Porter of Her Majestyís Tower, Ralph SHELTON

John de SHELTON BORN: abt. 1500 Shelton, Norfolk, England DEATH: Nov. 1558 Married: Margaret PARKER BORN: bef. 1520 at Bledsoe, Bedford, England, daughter of Henry PARKER, Sr. and Grace NEWPORT, married ca. 1520 Children: Alice SHELTON, Ann SHELTON, Mary SHELTON, Ralph de SHELTON

John William SHELTON BORN: abt. 1480 Shelton, Norfolk, England DEATH: Married: Anne BOLEYN b. 28 Nov 1475 at Blicking, Norfolk, England d. 2 Jan 1555/6 buried at Carrow Church, Norwich, England daughter of William BOLEYN and Margaret BOTELER married 1497 Children: John de SHELTON.

Unknown SHELTON BORN: 1450

Unknown SHELTON BORN: 1425

Unknown SHELTON BORN: 1400

Unknown SHELTON BORN: 1380

Ralph de SHELTON BORN: 1350/74 Shelton, Norfolk, England DEATH: aft. 1480 Married: Margaret CLEVE, daughter of Robert CLEVE ca 1433/88 Children: John William SHELTON
Ralph de SHELTON b.abt. 1311/50, DEATH 17 Nov 1373 Shelton, Norfolk, England
Married: Joan de PLAIS, daughter of John de PLAIS Children: Ralph de SHELTON

On 8/25/1326 Ralph de SHELTON was involved in saving the life of Richard the Lion-Hearted at the Battle of Crecy at the dawn of the Crusades. Richard was cut off from the main body of the English Army and his father refused to come to his aid- saying that a future king had to fight his own battles. Richard's father, King Edward, awarded Ralph with a title and an estate at Norfolk- the town square in Norfolk is still called Shelton Square. A very English name, but before Ralph it is thought by some that they were Scot or Irish


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