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From: Phyllis A Raker <>
Subject: [Shelton-L] news article
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 23:16:08 -0500

Frances M. Smith (Eleanor Lexington)

Enquirer Sunday Magazine, 11 June 1922

Virginia is the home of the Sheltons -- the Colonial home. From there
they branched out, going over the Blue Ridge into Ohio and Kentucky, and
in time traveling further on toward the Golden West. The Gulf States,
too, have their quota of Sheltons.

Middlesex County is one early Virginian name. Amelia, Albermarle,
Augusta, Amherst, Hanover and Cumberland Counties also have been homes of
James Shelton's descendants. James was the immigrant ancestor.

We know that Walter Shelton was living in York County, Va. in 1711 for
his name is given with others who were on jury duty. Record is made of
this in :William and Mary Quarterly," which magazine makes reference to
the Shelton coat of arms. In 1706, William Shelton, also of York County,
was mentioned as a juror.

Families connected by marriage are those of Daniel, Anthony, Rogers,
Parks and Ayletta.

It was Elizabeth, daughter of Patrick and Sarah (Shelton) Henry, who
married Philip Aylett. Sarah Shelton was the daughter of John and
Eleanor (Parks) Shelton, of Hanover County.

The sons of John and Eleanor Shelton owned between two and three thousand
acres in Augusta County. Ralph Shelton also was a large land owner, in
Amelia County. His wife was Mary Daniel. His widowed mother became the
wife of Joseph Bickley, of King and Queen County.

The connection with the White family is through the marriage of Sarah,
daughter of Henry Shelton, with Thomas White, son of John White,
colonist, whose wife was Anne Wisdom, of King and Queen County. John
White, the first settler, was born in Leistershire, England, the son of
Conyers White. The mother of Sarah Shelton White was a Ray.

The children of Thomas and Sarah (Shelton) White were seven, all boys
but one, that one Nancy White, married Caleb Oliver. Her brothers mated
with members of the Carter, Clark, Stark and Harper families. Later
generations married into the families of Presley, of South Carolina;
McGehee, of Broad River, Ga, and Brown, also of Georgia.

The Shelton family is strongly entrenched also in New England, with
Connecticut an especially favored state. From New England certain
members of the family went over to Long Island. Here Frederick Shelton
was born. He wrote "The Trollopiad," or "Traveling Gentlemen in
America," and other books and fairy tales with a moral.

The "Shelton Family of Connecticut" is an excerpt of a few pages only.

The Sheltons, of course, have a military record so that descendants can
join founders and patriots and any member of other patriotic societies.
Captain Clough Shelton was a charter member of the Order of Cincinnati.
Captains David and Thomas Shelton and Crispin, Daniel and Gabriel Shelton
were soldiers from Virginia.

The Shelton coat of arms is blazoned:
Azure, a fesse between three fleur de lis, or (golden lilies of France).
Possibly France was where the Sheltons first drew the breath of life.

Although Sheltons and Sheldons are not connected so far as the writer
knows, Sheldon records seemed to crop up while hunting for Sheltons and
we found that a sheldrake was the heraldic charge. It is a way they had
in the olden times to choose for a charge some object suggestive of the
name, which put the coat of arms in the punning class or made it
"canting" arms

It seems that the sheldrake was introduced into heraldry for the express
purpose, or for the express pleasure of one Sheldon who was Mayor of
London in 1676. "Sable, a fesse between three sheldrakes argent" is the

The sheldrake is a water fowl of the duck tribe. By some writers it is
said that "sheld" is from an old Norse word, meaning shield, and is
applied to the fowl on account of the shield-like band across his breast.
If this is correct the bird should be called, not sheldrake, but

Other examples of canting arms include the heron for the Heron family;
the stork, for Starkic; the pelican, for Pelham; the peacock or paon, for
Pawne; the raven, for Ravenhill, and so on.

The Sheldons and Pomeroys are kin. Lieutenant John Pomeroy, son of Medal
Pomeroy, married Mindwell, daughter of Isaac Sheldon. John was a soldier
of colonial wars, and his brother, Ezenezer Pomeroy, was prominent in
civic and military affairs as a member of Her Majesty's Council (Queen
Ann's) of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Another brother, Joseph
Pomeroy, was the father, or grandfather, of 21 soldiers of the
Revolution, and we are tempted to challenge these United States to tell a
better story.

Joseph Pomeroy's wife was Hannah, daughter of Richard Seymour. When we
touch upon Seymour ancestry we have much to boast of or to be proud of,
for their record is splendid and patriotic. With this branch of the
Seymours we find a connection with the family of Governor Thomas Wells,
of Connecticut.
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