Shelton, Ralph Jr. 1 2

Birth Name Shelton, Ralph Jr.
Gender male
Age at Death 79 years, 4 months, 9 days


For another look this family check out First Families of Old BUNCOMBE .This site names Rodrick Shelton as a child to this James Shelton and claims his wife as a WILLARD. Other researchers think Rodrick Shelton was married to a BRIGGS. Keep in mind when you visit other's websites that most researchers believe that Ralph Shelton Sr. was NOT a son of Peter Shelton and his wife Susannah Jackson. Our Ralph, b. 1685, father of Ralph Jr., was imported to North America by Thomas Merriwether (EssexCourt Order Book-1702). One James SHELTON died in Henry Co., VA (where many of Ralph Shelton's family lived during this time period), according to will records in the Library of Virginia: Will Book No. 1, 1777-1799 (Reel 15), p. 102-103. Inv. & Appr. rec. 28 July 1785, p. 279-280, Account current, rec. 20 Sept. 1797, p. 100-101. Will, pro. 26 March 1785. This is from part of an index to Henry County Wills and Administrations (1777 - 1800). However, there is good evidence supporting the Lincoln Co., TN death location of Ralph Shelton's son James. Ken Shelton wrote of a Deed dated 12 Oct 1810, Casey Co, KY, where Vardeman Shelton OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE AND THE COUNTY OF LINCOLN sold to John Holliday of the State of Kentucky and County of Casey, 63 acres of land bound beginning at Lott Luttrell's,... Rhoda[m] Luttrell's,...etc. This one deed ties the Casey Co, KY Sheltons with Lincoln Co, TN Sheltons, Casey Co, KY Sheltons to Casey Co, KY Luttrells, and tax lists tie Casey Co, KY James, et. al. with Liberty and Easop Shelton, brothers to James Shelton. Another researcher, Garvin J. Fryar wrote in Feb. 2000 that he believed Rodrick was NOT a son to James, but to Crispen Shelton. Among the compelling evidence he mentioned: "in deed book 14, Pittsylvania CountyVirginia, p. 92, is a Power of Attorney signed by Rodrick Shelton and James Taylor, 'residents of North Carolina and legatees of Gabriel Shelton'". I have not personally researched this line, and have not seen the evidence presented by the persons in disagreement about this matter.You must simply use your own judgement and do your own research regarding Rodrick Shelton's parents. The children presented below have not personally been researched by me.

Source: Janice Castleman
James married «b»Susanna Vardeman«/b».
They had the following children:
20Fi«b»Nancy Sarah Shelton«/b». 21Mii«b»Vardeman Shelton«/b». 22Miii«b»James Jr. Shelton«/b». 23Miv«b»Peter Shelton«/b». 24Fv«b»Letty Shelton«/b». 25Mvi«b»Harmon Shelton«/b». 26Mvii«b»Jarmon Shelton«/b».
Library of VA's on-line digital database search has a record of Ralph Shelton's will: Will Book No. 1, 1777-1799 (Reel 15), p. 174. Inv. & Appr. rec. 29 June 1789. Page 217-219 - Account current, no recording date given. See Order Book No. 6, 1792-1797 (Reel 20) p. 4, for date (28 February 1792). Page 170-171. Will, pro. 30 March 1789. This was part of index to Henry County Wills and Administrations (1777 - 1800) in the collection of Virginia wills and administrations. At his death, Ralph Shelton's estate was appraised at 51 pounds 10 shillings 6 pence on 30 May 1789 by the executors. The estate sale results and account from 23 July 1789 show debts against the estate totaling 116.5.6., and it is possible that Ralph died around the first of the year. Also from the Library of VA's on-line site for VA land grants: Ralph Shelton, Jr., 01 Mar 1781, 78 ac in Henry County, on both sides of the Dann River.
In the name of God amen the twenty third Day of April One Thousand Seven hundred Eighty Seven I Ralph Shelton Sen. Of Henry County being of Perfect sound Memory and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die do make constitute and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (Viz.) First and Principally I Recommend my Soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it me, and as Touching that Worldly Estate it hath pleased him to bestow on me I Dispose of them as follows. I give and Divize to my son John Shelton five Pounds Sterling Current Money of Virginia. The Intent of my Willing my son John Shelton five Pounds Sterling is to cut him from his kinship. And Also my Will and desire is that my four Last Children namely Easop Shelton, Abbegal Shelton, Mary Shelton, Liberty Shelton shall be rased of my Estate. And the Remainder part of my Estate Lands and Moveables to be equally Divided between Ralph Shelton Palitiah Shelton Eliphaz Shelton James Shelton Ezekiah Shelton Jeremiah Shelton Azariah Shelton Roger Shelton Easop Shelton Abbegal Shelton Mary Shelton Liberty Shelton Katherin Rutherford, Sarah Robertson Elizabeth Arnold Rina McGehe Susannah Jones they or their heirs. I also appoint my son Ralph Shelton and Eliphaz Shelton Executors of this my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament hereunto set me hand and affirmed my Seal the day and year above Written. Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared to be my Last Will and Testament. Signed by: Ralph Shelton
Henry Holt
John Fletcher
John Branham
At a Court held for Henry Count on the 30th Day of March 1789. The within Last Will & Testament of Ralph Shelton Deceased was Exhibited in Court by Eliphaz Shelton one of the Executors there in named who took the oath of an Executor & the same was proved by the oaths of the Witnesses thereto to be the Last Will & Testament of the said Ralph Shelton deceased & and the said Eliphaz Shelton with Stephen Lyon & John Parr jr. his Securities entered into Bond & Acknowledged the same & was ordered to be Recorded by the Court. The said Eliphaz Shelton having obtained a Probate thereof in due form Agreeable to Law.
Teste. John Coe C. M. wife is mentioned in the above will, but records from «i»HENRY COUNTY, VA, GENERAL INDEX TO ENDED LAW AND CHANCERY, COUNTY COURT FROM 1777 TO 1904«/i», from microfilm copied and sent Feb. 2001 by Margaret Alford, seem to indicate that Ralph Shelton Jr.'s last wife was named Elizabeth. One entry on page 51, Book 5, 1789 - «i»Elizabeth Shelton. Relinquished her claim on the estate of her husband.«/i»
From Knights5 mailing list, Feb. 2001, also sent by Margaret Alford : «i»ESTATE SETTLEMENT RECORDS OF RALPH SHELTON, JR. OF HENRY COUNTY, VA - ABSTRACTS OF ORDER BOOK 'O', PATRICK COUNTY, VA; JUNE 1791-AUGUST 1800«/i» - from a book compiled by Lela C. Adams, page 32, - Court, Tuesday, 14 May 1793: «i»Samuel Staples against Eliphaz Shelton as Guardian for Esop Shelton, Abigail Shelton, Liberty Shelton, and Mary Shelton. Abram Penn attorney for Ralph Shelton Jr, Palatiah Shelton, Jeremiah Shelton, William McGehee and Julius Robertson also Dudley Rutherford, William Arnold, William Jones, Roger Shelton, Azariah Shelton, Ezekiah Shelton, James Shelton. heirs of Ralph Shelton, dec'd. defendants. - The defendants Dudley Rutherford, William Jones, and William Arnold not having given security and not inhabitants of this county. The defendants are to appear the 2nd Monday of August and answer complaint. Copy to be inserted in the Virginia Gazette for two months.«/i»" Thank you so much, Margaret, for sharing this and other documents which gives proof of the names of spouses of Ralph Shelton's female children.
«b»Christ Church Parish, Virginia Births, 1653-1812
«b»Parents:«/b»Ralph Shelton Mary Shelton«tab»«tab»
«b»Baptism Date:«/b»23 Oct 1709«tab»«tab»


Birth date listed is actually his christening date.


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Shelton, Ralph Sr.168513 March 1734
Mother Crispin, Mary16901771
         Shelton, Ralph Jr. 23 October 1709 March 1789


Family of Shelton, Ralph Jr. and Daniel, Susannah Mary

Married Wife Daniel, Susannah Mary ( * 7 March 1713 + 1766 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 10 June 1731 Christ Church Parish, Christ Church, Middlesex Co., Virginia, United States of America    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Shelton, James Sr.February 1734before November 1815
Shelton, Catherineabout 1760after 1827

Family Map

Family Map