Stephen & Darita/Doroty/Dartha/Darvey Shelton were my 3rd great grandparents and parents of my 2nd great grandfather: John Elbert Shelton (based on 1860 census record) - The older siblings had left home by 1860 (at least 2 of them were also living in Leon, Leon County, Tx in 1860, being his sister Frances and husband Joshua Kirkpatrick and his brother Thomas who was living with Joshua and Frances Kirkpatrick next to Stephen, Dartha and son John in Leon County, Texas in 1860 census).Stephen was born in TN and Dortha in Georgia.
1860 United States Federal Census
about Stephen Shelton
Name: Stephen Shelton
Age in 1860: 50
Birth Year: abt 1810
Home in 1860: Leon, Leon, Texas
Post Office: Leona
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members: Name Age
Stephen Shelton 50
Darvey Shelton 50
John Shelton 12*This is John Elbert Shelton, my 2nd great grandfather"
His sister Frances Shelton-Kirkpatrick (who had married Joshua Kirkpatrick and is also found in the Leon County, Texas 1860 census with her husband Joshua Kirkpatrick and their children along with Frances and John Elbert's brother Thomas, living next to Stephen, Darvey and John Elbert Shelton)
Texas Census, 1820-90 about Stephen Shelton Name:Stephen Shelton State:TX County:Leon County Township:Leon Div. Year:1860 Record Type:Slave schedule Page:069 Database:TX 1860 Slave Schedule
Texas Census, 1820-90 about Stephen Shelton Name:Stephen Shelton State:TX County:Leon County Township:Leon Div. Year:1860 Record Type:Slave schedule Page:069 Database:TX 1860 Slave Schedule Source Information: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Texas Census, 1820-90 [database on-line
Note I received from a Shelton DNA researcher: "Here is what I have on the Sheltons of Coosa County. I did get a descendant of James Shelton into the Shelton DNA program and he matched some Sheltons whose roots were in Stafford Co, VA so that is where you need to look for Stephen's ancestors too. Their Haplotype was G which is northern Europe/Russia. "
Events in Chronological order:
James Shelton married Joicey Owens on February 19, 1822 in Shelby County, AL. Return on February 21 by Joshua West M.G. (Joicey was the daughter of David Owen.)
On December 20, 1826 James Shelton patented land parcel: Aliquot Part E ½ SW, Section 14, Twp 21S, Range 1E in Shelby Co., AL.
Orphan Court Records from Shelby Co, AL:
February 1826 James Shelton and David Owen, both jurors
No date (Between Feb 1826 and Aug 1827 by the pg.#) James Shelton; plaintiff on an appeal
August 21, 1827 James Shelton; juror
August 21, 1827 James Shelton; juror on a trial in which Benjamin Owen was the plaintiff
August 22, 1827 James Shelton; juror
August 22, 1827 James Shelton; juror
August 22, 1827 James Shelton; defendant
June 30th 1829
A few weeks since the Chiefs complained to me that a number of white families had come into the Creek Country, some of which had taken forcible posession of Indian houses and fields, and others more modest had take posession of places abandoned by emigrants, and requested me to cause them to be removed. Believing it to be my duty as far as in my power to have the intruders removed; I called on the commanding officer of this post for a small command to accompany a party of Indian Warriors to perform that duty, having been instructed by a former administration to use an Indian force for such purposes. In compliance with my request Major Wag-- ordered Lieut. Allston to take two men and report himself to me for instructions. I gave him instructions and the duty was performed. I enclose herewith the Lieut's report to me of his proceedings. If it is not the pleasure of the department to have intruders removed from the Creek Country please instruct me to that effect.
It will be difficult, if not impracticable, in the absence of a military force to keep off intruders, and those of the most abandoned character are most troublesome.
If the places abandoned by Creeks who have emigrated, could be rented to White persons who could produce satisfactory evidence of a good moral character it might keep off bad men, and operate advantageously to the cause of emigration.
I have the honor to
be your Obt Servant
J. M. Crowell
Agt for I. A.
Jno. H. Eaton
Secretary of War
28 June 1829
I have the honor to report to you, that in compliance with instructions secured from you and in obedience to orders from the Commanding officer at this Post, I proceeded to remove such intruders as I might find settled on the Indian lands, without the requisite permission of the Indian Agent, accordingly I left this Post on the 17th Inst. accompanied by the U. S. Interpreter and a Corporal and Private from this command, and proceeded to the residence of Tuskenehaw one of the Head Chiefs of the Upper Towns within whose limits the intruders had settled. I delivered to him a letter from you requesting the cooperation of the Indians and instructing him to place them exclusively under my directions; on receiving the letter he informed me that the Indians were assembled awaiting my arrival at the Town of Wee gof ka, in the vicinity of which the White people resided, and also informed me that they had received instructions to place themselves under my orders, he also furnished me with a guide.
On the 21st Inst. I arrived at the Town of Wee gof ka and met the Indians in Council the same evening, explained to them the instructions I had received from you, and received from them assurances that they would implicitly obey me, and that no violence should be offered to the persons, nor should the property be injured of those, I should cause to be removed.
On the next morning I proceeded to execute the duties assigned me and accompanied by about one hundred and thirty warriors nearly all of them unarmed. On approaching the Coosa River and ranging from 5 to 9 miles from the Indian boundary I discovered the White persons and their families whose names are enclosed, amounting in all to ten families; they they had none of them (with but one exception whose case has already been detailed) any license or permission from you to settle on these Indians lands, but appeared principally to have settled in the Country under the pretext of having received verbal assurance from Capt. Walker & a Mr. Conner acting under Capt. Walker's directions, that they would not be molested or hindered from occupying the Houses and Plantations, quietly by the Emigrants; some of them also pretending to have purchased the growing corn from the Indians who had emigrated and also to have paid them for their Houses & -, but to the ---- of my belief, and as far as I was able to ascertain these pretended purchasers none wholy supported by any kind of proof whatsoever.
I am sorry to say that many of the White persons removed by me, men of notoriously bad and infamous character and that in many instances some of which I have already detailed. Indians have been forcibly rejected from their Houses and deprived of their plantations and crops.
Pursuant to your instructions I gave the settlers above alluded to notice to quit the Indian Country immediately, allowing them ample time to remove their stock, -------, and offering not the slightest violence to their persons or property.
It may not be a miss to inform you that most of the persons removed originally resided at a place ---- Fort Williams, or General Jackson's reserve, only a few miles from the Indian Plantations above mentioned.
After staying a day in the vicinity and witnessing the commencement of the removal, I dismissed the warriors who had accompanied me to their respective homes, they previously designating suitable persons or the former inhabitants, to occupy the Plantations quitted by the White people.
In conclusion, it gives me good pleasure to state that the Indians placed under my command conducted themselves with the utmost regularity, forbearance toward the intruders, and committed not the slightest depredations.
I have the [honor] to be sir
with much respect
Your obt. Servant
S. R. Allston
Lt. 4th Infantry
Col. Jno. Crowell
List of White persons found settled in the Creek Nation without the license or permission of the Indian Agent.
1. James Spaggins or Spraggins and family
2. Obadiah T--nior or Trimble and family
3. John Kenzon
4. Stephen Shelton
5. John and Saml. McKee
6. B. R. Watkins
7. William Wilson
8. George W. Bonner and family
9. ___ Camron and family
10. Daniel Welsh and family
11. James B. Reid and family
Signed S. R. Allston
Lt. 4th Infantry
June 30th 1829
1830 Shelby County, AL Census
Pg 254 Bottom of the page:
1 male 20-30 (Stephen born 1800-1810)
1 female 15-20 (Dartha/Doritha born 1810-1815)
Note: aka Dorothy/Dartha/Doritha (maiden name not yet known as of Jan 2012) was born in Georgia, but we assume they likely married in Shelby County, AL as they are found in the above 1830 census with no children - so likely married in the 1828-1830 timeframe)She is my 3rd great grandmother and Stephen Shelton my 3rd great grandfather.Their youngest son: John Elbert Shelton being my 2nd great grandfather.
1 male 30-40 (James born 1790-1800)
1 female 20-30 (Joicey Owen, born Jan 11, 1802) Wm Shelton’s family Bible: Jeff Gray
1 male 5-10 (William born August 30, 1823) Wm Shelton’s family Bible: Jeff Gray
1 female 5-10 (Eliza born February 18, 1825) Wm Shelton’s family Bible: Jeff Gray
1 female 0-5
Thompson Coker was also listed on this page. Thompson was the father of Ausburn R. Coker (The Osbon Coker mentioned in David Owen’s will). Ausburn R. Coker was the first sheriff of Coosa County, AL and the father of James Ausburn Coker who married Rebecca E. Owen, daughter of David Owen. A. R. Coker also testified for James Shelton’s deposition for his land patent. Thompson Coker, son of Philip Coker was from Laurens District, SC and Jackson Co, GA before they moved to Shelby Co, AL.
My note: I wonder if my 3rd great grandmother Dorothy might have been of the Owen or of the Coker family, as she was born in GA - a possibility of no proof (as of Jan 2012).It appears the Owen, Coker, and Shelton Family were tightly intertwined.
Note: There was also a Reece Shelton in 1830 Shelby County on pg. 254 at the top of the page. He was Rhesa Skelton and the Shelton DNA program has ruled him out as being related to James and my Stephen Shelton, but the DNA shows almost a perfect match for Stephen & James to have been brothers.
On October 16,1834 James Shelton patented land: Aliquot Parts NESW, Section 22, Twp 21S and Range 1E in Shelby Co., AL and on October 21, 1834 he patented parcel: Aliquot Part SENW, Section 22, Twp 21S and Range 1E also in Shelby Co, AL.
On April 1, 1837 James Shelton patented land in Coosa Co, AL: Aliquot Parts E1/2 SE, Section 2, Twp 24N, Range18E.
Pre-emption squatter rights were granted and interrogatories dated the 25th day of October 1834 Rebecca Owens (by mark) and Doritha Shelton (by mark) attest that James Shelton had been in possession of the listed property in 1833 by fencing, plowing and cultivating a part in turnips and collards. The two women also attested his possession of the land on the 19th day of June 1834 by having a dwelling house on the same land and residing therein. They also stated they knew said claimant and had lived in his immediate neighborhood for about 14 months. This was sworn and subscribed to by Judge Robert W. Martin of County Court in Coosa County on the 25th day of October 1834. The judge certified he knew the above named witnesses as ladies of respectability. A.R. Coker, A. J. Hamilton and K.B.H. Hamilton also certified they knew the above named women and had no reason to doubt their testimony. (The two women that testified were James' sister-in-laws. Doritha the wife of Steven Shelton and Rebecca the sister of his wife, Joicey Owens.)
Brewer's History of Coosa County states the following about Shelton's in Coosa County:
Jack McNeily was also one among the Indians in the neighborhood of Shelton's Creek, on the road from Rockford to Sylacauga.
At the May term, 1835, a new road was ordered from Rockford to Sockapatoy and from thence to the nearest and best route to the county line, in a straight direction to the Randolph court house, with John Smith, E.F. Heard, James Spraggins, Davis Campbell, John Gilliard, Fanch Cleveland and John A. Chapman to Sockapatoy; and from Sockapatoy to the county line, William Winslett, Charles Williams, Charles Nix, Isaac Lamb, Josephus Lauderdale, A.S. Elly and Stephen Shelton the reviewers.
The following named persons had been summoned as jurors (March 24th, 1834): James Shelton, Stephen Shelton, James Spraggins (among others). The following were selected as the grand jury: James Shelton (among others).
After leaving Mt. Olive the Plank Road passes through a gap in the mountains and reaches the Old Chapman Road and there strikes another comparatively level belt of country lying in both sides of Weogufka Creek, which is known as the Macedonia and Stewartville country. There is now a pretty good population living in here and they are generally thrifty, though the settlers were for a long time scattered. Fox Shelton was here at an early day, near Shelton Creek, where it crosses the Turnpike and he kept for a long time the Shelton Inn.
Note: James "Fox" Shelton:Fox Shelton would have to be our James Shelton (brother of Stehen Shelton) as this is the exact parcel he patented in 1834. Shelton Creek runs thru this parcel to this date.
Rebecca E. Owen married James Ausburn Coker in Coosa County, AL on October 20, 1838. Witnessed by RW Cleveland, clerk and solemnized on the 21st of October 1838 by George Jones, JP
James Shelton married Sarah Spragins on November 1, 1838 in Coosa County, Alabama performed by Richard Stewart, JP.
1840 Lindsey Twp, Coosa County, AL Census
1 male 40-50 (James)
1 female 20-30 (Sarah Spraggins)
1 male 15-20 (William)
1 female 15-20 (Eliza)
1 free colored male 10-24
1840 Coosa County, AL (next door to James)
Next door to James Shelton:
1 male 30-40 (Stephen)
1 female 20-30 (Dartha/Doritha)
1 male 15-20 (might be a brother of Dartha or a 1st born unk son?)
1 female 5-10 (Frances) - this is Frances (Shelton-Kirkpatrick-Brown)
1 male 0-5 (William) - this is William (oldest known son of S & D)
Note if the unknown male in above 1840 Coosa county census is a son, then that would mean likely Dortha was expecting in the 1820 census, as no children were enumerated in 1820.If a son likey born ca 1820 and/or a possibly male relative of Stephen or Dartha living with them in 1840.
James Shelton mortgaged his Coosa County land on January 3, 1838:
FHC Reel #1822138, Deed Book, Coosa Co, AL, Vol A, page 283
This indenture made & entered into the third day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Eight between James Shelton of the first part, Hubbard H Wyche of the second part & Joseph H Bradford of the third part, witnesseth that whereas the said James Shelton is justly indebted to the said Joseph Bradford in the sum of eleven hundred and seventy six dollars and thirty three cents payable on the first day of January 1839 as will appear (?) by a promissory note executed by the said Shelton to said Bradford, bearing date the same as these presents: which said sum of money the said Shelton is willing and anxious to secure: now for and in consideration of the promises and for the further consideration of one dollar to the said Shelton in hand paid by said Wyche at and before the sealing and delivering of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged by the said James Shelton has granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and assigned and by these covents doth grant, bargain, sell, alion (?) convey and assign unto the said Hubbard H Wyche, his heirs & assigns forever all that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the county of Coosa & state of Alabama containing eighty acres more or less in township twenty four (24) & range eighteen (18) in the Tallapoosa land district, the section not now known but it is the eighty acres of land on which the said Shelton now living and has lived for the past 3 years, to have and to hold the said granted eighty acres of land unto the said Hubbard H Wyche to the only proper use & (behavior at him?) that if the said James Shelton shall fail to pay the debt herein before described at or before the same became due on the requisition of the said Bradford or his legal representative, the said Wyche or his legal representative shall after giving 30 days notice in some newspaper and notice at the door of the court house of said county of the time and place of sale process(?) to sell the premises herein described and conveyed to the highest bidder at public auction for cash and after paying said debt to said Bradford & paying all proper charges accruing on the transaction and statement of the business shall pay over the balance if any to said Shelton, his heirs or assignee. If the said Shelton, shall will and truly pay the said debt herein described and intended to be secured on or before the same become loc these presents to be void, otherwise to remain in full force. Witnessed the hand and seals of the said Shelton, Bradford and Wyche this day.
Witness: Wm Sandie James X Shelton
In the presence of John H Thompson H H Wyche
Robert Dawson Jos H Bradford
(Transcribed by Jeff Gray September 2006)
Stephen bought land near James Shelton’s Coosa land:
Standley, Jordan to Shelton, S.; deed; Feb 1, 1840, $200, Vol D, pg 147, E ½ of NW ¼, Section 11, 24T, 18R filed Feb 25, 1840
And evidently James Shelton defaulted on his mortgage to Hubbard H. Wyche as Wyche sold it to Bradford in 1840:
Wyche, H H to Bradford, J H; deed; Sep 14, 1840; $235; Vol D, Pg76; 80 acres
land; section not known, Twp 24, Range 18, filed Oct 6 1840.
Stephen bought more land near James Shelton’s Coosa land:
Coker, AR to Shelton, S.; deed; Dec 21, 1840, $150, Vol D pg 148. NW ¼ of SE ¼, Section 10, 24T, 18R. filed January 25, 1841
In the 1850 Coosa County Census James Shelton was not enumerated. The Stephen Shelton household was now in Talladega County.
1850 Talladega Co, AL Census
Stephen Shelton 46 TN Farmer 800
Dartha 40 GA (born abt 1810 in GA
Frances 16 AL femaleFrances (Shelton-Kirkpatrick-Brown)
William 14 AL (William Shelton)
Rebecca 10 AL (Rebecca (Shelton-Jones-Shanks)
Thomas 7 AL(Thomas Shelton whom later served in Civil War)
John 3 AL (this is my John Elbert Shelton, 2nd great grandfather)
Joshua Kirkpatricks 20 AL Laborer (later married Frances Shelton)
John Kirkpatricks 18 AL Laborer (brother to Joshua Kirkpatrick)
William Shelton, son of James Shelton and Joicey Owen-Shelton was in Conway County, AR by June 12, 1843 when he married Sarah Sledge. They were in Conway for the 1850 census and then went to Cooke County, TX by 1860 and Falls County, TX where William died March 14, 1893. Their children were James W. born 1845 R, Joyessa Alabama born 1846, Elizabeth Elen born 1848, George R. born 1851, Jacson M.R. born 1853, Marion W. born 1855, Mary E.T. born 1857, William T. born 1860, Jesse B. born 1862, Winfield T. born 1865 and Missouri L. born 1870.
On May 23, 1854 S. & D. Shelton made a deed to W.G. Bailey in Talladega County, AL. Book H, pg. 435. (Have not looked at the deed yet. There was no land description in the index so do not know where the land was located.On April 3, 1854 they had purchased their land in Leon County TX so must have deeded to W.G. Bailey thier Talladega County, AL property 20 days after buying the property in Leon County, Tx - known as the Shelton Place from 1854 to 1868)
1860 Leon County, TX Census
Stephen Shelton 50 VA
Darvey 50 GA
John 12 AL
1860 Leon County, Texas
William Shelton 23 AL
1860 Leon County, Texas
J. Kirkpatrick 26 GA (Joshua Kirkpatrick)
Frances 25 AL(wife, Frances Shelton-Kirkpatrick)
John 8 AL(Patrick John Kirkpatrick)
Robert 6 AL(Robert Fountain Kirkpatrick)
Dortha C. 2 TX(Dorothy/Dartha Samantha Katerine Shelton-Colquitt-Horton-Tyler-Hall who survived 4 spouses)Dortha was obviously named for her grandmother Dorothy/Dartha/Darthia Shelton)
Thomas Shelton 16 AL (Frances Shelton-Kirkpatrick's brother and both Thomas & Frances are siblings of my 2nd Great Grandfather: John Elbert Shelton, all 3 children of Stephen & Dartha Shelton)
From the Madison County History Book, Volume II:
Stephen and Darvey Shelton of Virginia purchased 845 acres along the Old San Antonio Road in Leon County in 1854. Both were buried in the Old Shelton graveyard, which was destroyed. Their daughter, Frances Shelton (1842-1909), married Joshua Kirkpatrick from Georgia and had three children: John Kirkpatrick, Dorothy Catherine Kirkpatrick and Robert Clifton Kirkpatrick. After Joshua's death, Frances married Warren Brown and had one son, William Brown. Frances is buried in Ten Mile Cemetery.
Dorothy Catherine (1859-1949) married Charlie Colquit, the brother of Oscar Branch Colquit, who was the 23rd governor of Texas. Dorothy and Charlie had two children: Walter Colquit and Annie Colquit. After Charlie's death in 1886, Catherine married Calvin J. "Logan" Horton (1863-1899) from North Carolina. Dorothy and Logan had four daughters: twins Elizabeth Rhoda Horton and Frances Mahaley Horton, Lucy Horton and Lilian Horton. Logan was buried at the Old Shelton graveyard. After Logan's death, Catherine married Will Tyler in 1901 and after Will's death she married David Crockett Hall in 1906. Catherine is buried at Mt. Tabor Cemetery. (Submitted by Geri Holcomb Barbee)
Stephen and Dartha Shelton died between the 1860 census of Leona, Leon County, Texas and January 1868 where land transactions on their 5 living children heirs at the time of their death inherited 1/5 each of their 1845-1850 (MOL) acres when they passed away.
April 3, 1854:Stephen purchased his 845 acres in Leon County, Texas from Horatio Woodward and wife Sarah on April 3, 1854 for $2400.(Note this only a month after they sold their land in Coosa county, AL - meaning they migrated to Texas abt April 1854 - and deeded their Talladega property to W.G. Baily 20 days later), settling in Leona County, Texas where they lived until their deaths ca 1860-1868.
January 25, 1868:The first sale of the property after Stephen & Dartha Shelton passed away was by my 2nd great grandfather, John Elbert Shelton on January 25, 1868 where he sold his 1/5 for $260 to Richard Monroe Ewing (deed records show John Shelton & R. M. Ewing).
March 20,1868:Next Frances Shelton (Shelton-Kirkpatrick-Brown) and her sister Rebecca Shelton (Shelton-Jones-Shanks) and her husband sold their portion to their brother William Shelton.
July 20, 1868:Thomas Shelton sold his 1/5 to Richard Monroe Ewing.
November 9, 1869:William Shelton sold a portion of his original 1/5 to Richard Monroe Ewing
January 23, 1875:William Shelton deeded the remainder of the property and joint tenancy to Richard Monroe Ewing.
Summary, by January 23, 1875 the Shelton Place had been fully transferred in ownership to Richard Monroe Ewing (son of Samuel Ewing an early Rep of Tx citizen - Samuel is buried in Rogers Prairie Cemetery in Leona County, Texas).We presume the Old Shelton Graveyard must have been located on the old Shelton Place.The Madison County History Book Vol II notations indicate that the Old Shelton Graveyard was still in use in 1899-1900 timeframe, as some Horton's are also buried there and one being Calvin J. Horton (see above Madison County History Book Vol II referenced earlier).So eventhough the property was transferred in full by 1875 to Ewing, it appears that if the Old Shelton Graveyard was located on the old Shelton Place, that it was still being used for burials when Calvin J. Horton (a spouse of France Shelton's daughter) was buried ca 1899.Why is it that no one, thus far, knows precisely where this graveyard was located and when and why did it get distroyed???!?!?!I have been unable to locate descendents of Geri Holcombe-Barbee (who penned the Vol II story) as of January 2012 - she likely knows how/when/why it got distroyed but did not state it in her writeup!Frustrating that we have not yet found out what happened to the Old Shelton Graveyard and if distroyed, how and when?Would love to be able to at least place a marker of any/all known to be buried there in the vacinity of where the graveyard orginally was located.
More Info on my Shelton line:I have most of above and more info on my 2nd great grandfather, John Elbert Shelton on findagrave.com (Lytton Springs Cemetery, Caldwell County, Texas) where he died of TB in 1925 (a widower since 1885-1900 timeframe).He married Sarah Frances Byrd who was born in MS (likely married in Madison or Leon County, Tx as they are found as newly weds in the 1870 Madisonville, Madison county, TX census.We have not yet located the exact death or burial of his wife Sarah Frances Byrd-Shelton nor a number of her BYRD family including her parents whom are last found in the 1860 Hunt County, Texas area.
Not sure if below is connected to my family or not:
Texas Land Title Abstracts about James M. Love Grantee:Steven Shelton Patentee:James M. Love Patent Date:2 Jun 1862 Acres:320 District:Robertson County:Limestone File:4469 Patent #:209 Patent Volume:36 Class:Rob. 3rd Source Information: Ancestry.com. Texas Land Title Abstracts [database on-line]