James Shields

15 January 1818–19 January 1860 (Age 42)
Roane, Tennessee, United States

The Life of James

When James Shields was born on 15 January 1818, in Roane, Tennessee, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Shields, was 31 and his mother, Mary Shahan, was 31. He married Ruth Ann Edington on 1 January 1839, in Pulaski, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Pulaski, Missouri, United States in 1840 and Napa, California, United States in 1850. He died on 19 January 1860, in Christine, Mendocino, California, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Shields Cemetery, Mendocino, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Shields
Ruth Ann Edington
Marriage: 1 January 1839
William Benton Shields
Candace Kandis Shields
John Shields
Marion Shields
Nancy Jane Shields
James Carrol Shields

Spouse and Children

1 January 1839
Pulaski, Missouri, United States



    Candace Kandis Shields


    John Shields


    Marion Shields


    Nancy Jane Shields


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 3

Missouri is the 24th state
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 12

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

Anglo-Saxon: Shield, Shield, and "s" for sun, son, meaning son of Shield

Sources (3)

  • James Shields, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Shirley, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
  • James Shieldsqqq, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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