John Henry Shelton

24 July 1831–8 March 1904 (Age 72)
Dickson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of John Henry

When John Henry Shelton was born on 24 July 1831, in Dickson, Tennessee, United States, his father, William S Shelton, was 35 and his mother, Martha "Patsy" Payne, was 35. He married Sarah Anderson Lloyd on 25 December 1856, in Dickson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Coffee, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 8 March 1904, in Dickson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 72.

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John Henry Shelton
Sarah Anderson Lloyd
Marriage: 25 December 1856
John Shelton
Elijah W. Shelton
James W. Shelton
Margaret Martha Shelton
Sallie Shelton
Edna Cora Shelton
William Shelton
Annis Shelton
Amanda Shelton
Julia Ann Francis Shelton
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Shelton
Virginia Abby Shelton
Thomas Ransom Shelton

Spouse and Children

25 December 1856
Dickson, Tennessee, United States


+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Joseph Pinckney Shelton


    Julia Ann Shelton


    George Wilson Shelton


    Louisa Shelton


    Nancy Shelton


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 4

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1862 · Battle of Shiloh

Age 31

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Nottinghamshire): habitational name from any of various places, for example in Nottinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Shropshire, and Staffordshire, which are named from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Shelton, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Shelton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Shelton in entry for Thomas Ramson Shelton, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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