Anne was the daughter of Alvin Shelton and Amelia Stanley. Most of the Sheltons are buried in the Coe Cemetery in the former hamlet of Catharine, now part of Odessa near the Odessa Montour line. The cemetery sits quite a ways off the road in a clump of trees beside an active farm. There is no way to access it without walking across the farmer’s field. When visiting we were careful to walk on a tractor path between two crop fields. The cemetery is very run down. Stones are broken, buried; some stones are piled atop each other. A few monuments still stand and, if one looks carefully can be seen from the road between the trees. I have pictures and will post them at the end of this installment. A link to the list of people buried there appears in an earlier portion of this series. It is a very sad sight when one realizes the founding fathers of the area are resting here, and forgotten by the very community they established.
THE SHELTON FAMILY-A BRIEF HISTORY
The Shelton brothers, Daniel and Richard, arrived in “the new world” in 1686. Richard settled in Virginia, Daniel settled in Stanford Connecticut. They had been born in Deptford, Yorkshire England. Our story comes from Daniel Shelton.
Daniel Shelton (1668-1728) was a merchant and a wealthy land owner. He was one of the first nonresident landlords in Waterbury Connecticut and owned land in; Corum, Ripton, Stratford, Stanford, Farmington, Oxford, Woodbury and Derby Connecticut. Daniel settled in Long hill Stratford on a plot of land 2 miles square from Corum to the Housatanic River. On 4/4/1692 Daniel married Elizabeth Wells (1670-4/1/1747) daughter of Samuel Wells and Elizabeth Hollister of Wethersford Connecticut. Daniel was a lieutenant in the military. Daniel and Elizabeth had the following children;
Sarah Shelton (1694-1787) M James Wakely (B Stratford 1/2/1694). James was an original member of the Episcopal church of Stratford. In 1729 he was made a vestryman. Sarah Shelton and James Wakely had the following children, all born in Stratford Connecticut:
Sarah Wakely Baptised 11/1/17 22
Hannah Wakely Baptised 9/27/1723
Martha Wakely baptized 1/30/1728
Abigail Wakely baptized 12/20/1730
Abigail Wakely (1730-?) married Nathan Shelton. Their daughter Martha Shelton married her second cousin- Isaac Wells Shelton. Isaac’s daughter, Charity Married Asa Bartholomew. Charity was descended by 3 different lines from her Great Grandfather Daniel Shelton.
Elizabeth Shelton (1/2/1692-1758) married Nicholas Masters on 10/1/1717.
Joseph Shelton (1696-1782)- married Mary Hollister of Glastonbury Conn. On 5/11/1726. They had two recorded children; Joseph Shelton (4/2/1727), Mary Shelton ( )- married Andrew Hurd 5/14/1756
Thaddeus Shelton (?-1781)-married Easter Hollister of Glastonbury on 10/17/1733
Samuel Shelton (1704-1772) married Abigail Nichols daughter of Philo and Mehitable Nichols. They had the following children;
Andrew Shelton 11/26/1746 married Sarah Booth in 11/1771
Ann Shelton 2/17/1749
Elizabeth Shelton 2/8/1739
David Shelton 6/16/1741
Isaac Wells Shelton 3/11/1756
Joseph Shelton 2/2/1744
Mary Shelton 2/13/1735
Philo Shelton 5/5/1738 married Lucy Prince
Samuel Shelton 8/24/1738
Sarah Shelton 7/18/1748 married Samuel Booth on 1/28/1768
James Shelton-(1710-3/21/1802) married Anna Wheeler. They had the following recorded children; Elisha Shelton (1747 - 1803)
John Shelton- 1712-1733. Died age 21, never married.
Josiah Shelton - 1714-4/12/1782. Married Eunice Nichols. They had the following children; Charity Shelton married unknown Tomlinson, Eunice Shelton married Unknown Wakely
*Daniel Shelton Jr. (7/1/1700-1773) married on 8/12/1727 Mary Hubbell (3/3/1708-4/3/1749) Daughter of Richard Hubbell (1684-1758) and Abigail Thompson (1685-1777) Daniel Shelton Jr. and Mary Hubbell Shelton lived in Corum Conn. Where they raised their children. Following Mary’s death, Daniel married a second time to Mary French on 3/13/1741 (Connecticut vital statistics prior to 1870) Daniel Shelton had the following children:
John Shelton (7/18/1729- ?)
Abijah Shelton (? - 1813)
Phebe Shelton (?- 1822) married Nichols
Mehetable Shelton (? - 1812)*
Sarah Shelton (1744 - 1814) married Wakeman
Mary Shelton (1747 - 1825) married Curtiss
Ebenezer Shelton (1738-?) married Abigail (Unknown. They had the following children:
Ebenezer Shelton (unknown) married the Widow Rhoda Warner of Roxbury on 6/22/1800
*Lemuel Shelton (1770-1845)
Lemuel Shelton (1770-1845) Married Anah Nichols. Anah died in 1827. In 1806 Lemuel Shelton and Brother-in-law, Lemuel Nichols moved with their families to the Johnson Settlement (Catharine). The journey from Bridgeport Connecticut took them 17 days. They settled on adjacent 100 acre lots purchased from Robert C. Johnson. Lots were measured in relation to the four corners, now referred to as Catharine’s Corners, or the intersection of ridge road and county Route 14. The Shelton plot, (lot #21) was located North East of the four corners. In 1809 Lemuel Shelton and Lemuel Nichols were among to founders of St. John’s church. Lemuel and Anah are both buried in the Coe Cemetery in Odessa NY. They had the following children:
John Shelton (1799-1879)
Agar Shelton (1798- 1871)
Nicholas Shelton (4/9/1801-11/8/1880) Purchased land on Foote’s hill
Everett Shelton (6/9/1803-3/23/1887) Purchased land on Foote’s hill
Joseph Shelton Purchased land on Foote’s hill
Lewis Shelton Purchased land on Foote’s hill
The Shelton’s were known for their strict adherence to temperance. They were very active in building the community and very active within the Episcopalian church.
The children of Lemuel Shelton and Anah Nichols
John Shelton (1799-1879) Married Almira (unknown) (1801-1/18/1875. They had one son; Schuyler Shelton (1832-11/19/1912). Schuyler Shelton married Hannah Brown in 1857. Hannah was the daughter of Joseph Brown and Hannah Vaughn. Schuyler Shelton was a farmer. The couple had no children.
Agar Shelton (1798-1871) married Elizabeth Olmstead (1803-5/8/1852). Agar was a farmer. Agar and Elizabeth had the following children: Richard Shelton (1840-1844), Harriet Shelton (1826-) Everett Shelton (1828) Lemuel Shelton (1831) Guy Shelton (1833), Phineas Shelton (1835), Ashburn Shelton (1836)
Nicholas Shelton (4/9/1801-11/8/1880) Purchased land on Foote’s hill. Married 2/25/1824 to Dithy (Unknown)(1802-1875). Nicholas and Dithy had a farm on Foote’s hill. In later years they sold the farm and moved to Havana NY. They had two sons: David L. Shelton (1824-1/26/1905), Calvin Shelton ( 1836-1/10/1892 )
Everett Shelton (6/9/1803-3/23/1887) Purchased land on Foote’s hill. On 9/23/1837 Everett married Maria Knapp (12/15/1810 in Wolcott NY-3/6/1889). Everett was a construction worker and built many of the buildings and homes in Havana NY. He supervised the construction of the agricultural building and, with the help of his son, Burr Shelton, built the Shelton block in Watkins Glen NY. Everett Shelton and Maria Knapp had the following children: Burr Shelton, Anah Shelton, Ralph B. Shelton, Albert Shelton,Alvin Shelton
Sophia Shelton (1805-2/13/1877) was reportedly the second wife of Philo Beardsley, son of Elias Beardsley and brother of Zachariah Beardsley. Sophia had no children and lived most of her adult life with her brother’s family.
Joseph Shelton (1808-1887) Purchased land on Foote’s hill. The Shelton brothers all kept adjacent farms. Joseph married Mary Ann (unknown-born in Dutchess County NY 1818-11/30/1876). They owned the first farm owned by Henry Shelton on Foote’s Hill. They had one child; Charles Shelton (1839-died in Elmira Chemung NY)
George Shelton, (8/1/1810-11/12/1891 Minnesota) George was a farmer before the Civil War. He was reported as a deserter in the Havana Journal. He moved to Minnesota with his family and remained there until his death in 1891. George married Hester A. Hasbrouck (1812-1883). They had three children, all born in Catharine; Oliver Perry Shelton (1839-1890), Sarah Shelton (1842-1901), Edward Shelton (1851-1920).
Julia Shelton (3/19/1813-2/25/1898) married Edwin Bradley (1815 in Broome County NY-1889). Edwin was the son of Searl Bradley and Rachel Turner. They had the following children; Anna Bradley, Austin Josiah Bradley (1841-1911),
Lewis Shelton (1820-1895) married twice, 1st to Ruby Beardsley (1828-1/27/1852) daughter of Zachariah Beardsley and Polly Corbett-Hunt; The second time to Ellen Evans, (1826-1905). Lewis Purchased land on Foote’s hill. Lewis had the following children; Homer Shelton, Polly Shelton, Frank Shelton, Ruby Shelton, Henry Shelton.
Mary Shelton (1816-1888) married on 12/18/1849 to Nathan Brown from Hector NY. They had the following children; Charles H. Brown, Orson Brown, Oscar Brown. Orson and Oscar were twins)
James Shelton (1823-1901) married Catherine (unknown). They had the following children; Louisa Shelton (1854- Jul. 11, 1888) James moved his family to reading NY, where he lived on his farm until his death in 1901.
The children of John Shelton (1799-1879) and Almira (unknown) (1801-1/18/1875
Schuyler Shelton (8/1/1822-11/19/1912). Schuyler Shelton married Hannah Brown (1838-1918) in 1857. Hannah was the daughter of Joseph Brown and Hannah Vaughn. Schuyler Shelton was a farmer. The couple had no children.
Children of Agar Shelton (1798-1871) married Elizabeth Olmstead (1803-5/8/1852).
Richard Shelton (1840-1844)- died at age 4.
Harriet Shelton (1826-) Married Samuel Fletcher on 5/12/1850. Samuel was the son of Joshua Fletcher and Deborah Cushing of Massachusetts. Harriett and Samuel had the following children; Harriett born 1842 lived 2 months, Susan M. Fletcher born 1851. Joseph Fletcher became an Episcopal minister. Joseph married Harriet unknown on 4/25/1882. Samuel and Harriet moved, along with Joseph to Washington DC, where they spent their final years. Joseph and his wife Harriet enjoyed travel to England, to Hawaii, etc. They do not appear to have any children.
Everett Shelton (1828) Everett married MaryAnn Aiken (1831-). They settled close to his father’s property and, in later years, went to live on his father’s farm. Everett Shelton went into partnership with his brother, Guy Shelton, in the sawmill but the partnership was dissolved in 1871 after which Everett moved with his wife to Mt. Winons Md. Everett and MaryAnn had one son, Elgin Shelton born 1854. Elgin died between 1860 and 1865.
Lemuel Shelton (1831-1901) Lemuel married in 1856 to T. Jane Aiken (1830-1899), daughter of Calvin Aiken (1783-). Jane was the youngest daughter of Calvin. In 1855 both Calvin and T. Jane are living with Marietta Aikin Beardsley and her husband Lucius Beardsley and their family. Lemuel was a blacksmith. In 1870 Lemuel’s brother, Guy Shelton is found living with Lemuel and Jane. Following Jane’s death in 1899, Lemuel moved in to his son’s home in Van Etten, Chemung, NY. He and Jane had one son, Freeling Shelton born 1857. Lemuel and Jane were buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Van Etten NY.
Freeling Shelton (1857-1935) worked as a black smith all of his life. He was born in Catharine but moved following his marriage to Cara L. (unknown) in 1882. Freeling and Cora settled first in Van Etten , Chemung, NY where They cared for Lemuel Sheton until his death. By 1910 Freeling Had moved his family to Ithaca Tomkins, NY, where they remained until his death around 1935. Freeling and Cora had the following children; Harry b. Shelton 91884), Emma J. Shelton (1888), Claude Shelton (1891) and Frances D. Shelton (1905)
Guy Shelton (1833), Guy never married. He lists his employment, as a laborer, a farmer and an engineer (1865 NYS census) He appears in the 1860 agricultural census as having 42 acres of farm land worth 3,100. , Which produced rye and oats Guy spent his adult life living with relatives, brothers, a cousin, and moving frequently. He lived much of his life with his brother Phineas (1860, 1865, 1900) a short time with brother Lemuel 91870) and is found with his cousin Walter Cooper in Veteran in 1880. No children. No further information at this time.
Phineas Shelton (1835-), Phineas reportedly married three times; 1- on 5/2/1854 to Mary J. (unknown) (1838-5/18/1873, 2- Phebe Strong (1841-after 1880), daughter of John Strong and Azuba Plants. Phineas married a third time on 6/24/1888 to Mary Estelle Burt. In 1855, shortly after marrying Mary J., Phineas and Mary J. are boarding on the farm of Peter and Margaret Cooper.. In 1860 Phineas appears on the Agricultural census as owning 250 acres of land, 40 of which is improved. Cash value of land= $1800. He owns 21 horses, 2 milk cows, 9 pigs, and raises Indian corn. Brother Guy is living with them and Phineas and Mary J. have a daughter, Eliza A. (1858) Phineas is working as a mechanic. By 1870 Phineas has moved his family to Veteran, Chemung NY. He is working in a saw mill and claims to own property worth 2000, and have personal worth of 10,000. Mary Jane Shelton died in 1873, possibly in childbirth. Phineas quickly remarried to Phebe Strong. Phineas and Phebe had a daughter born in 1880; Phebe died shortly after of during childbirth and Phineas married a third and last time to Mary Estelle Burt. By 1900 Phineas is living in Veteran with his brother Guy. He has buried a third wife. There are no children living with him. Phineas Shelton fathered the following children;Unnamed born/died 1855 (mother- Mary Jane)Eliza Shelton (1858-before 1880) (Mother- Mary Jane)- no information,William Shelton (1871-before 1892)(mother- Mary Jane),Mary Shelton (1873- before 1892) (mother- Mary Jane), Margaret Shelton (1880-before 1900)(Mother- Phebe Strong), John Shelton (1891-before 1900) (mother Mary Estelle Burt)
Ashburn Shelton (1836-11/3/1858 in Boston Mass.) Ashburn was 21 years old working as an engineer when he died of dysentery in Boston Mass. No wife, no children.
Children of Nicholas Shelton (4/9/1801-11/8/1880) and Dithy (Unknown)(1802-1875)
David L. Shelton (1824-1/26/1905 -see obit below) David lived in various towns around Schuyler county including, Catharine, Alpine- where he served as post master in 1861, Montour, and Cayuta. In his youth David worked as a Blacksmith, a job he held during his service in the civil war. He chose to become a merchant, working most of his life as a grocer. David married Caroline White around 1855. David and Caroline had one daughter; Dorothy Bell born 1857. Dithy Bell, as she was known, married Dr. J.B. Barnes and had three children; Carrie Barnes, Shelton Barnes, Florence Barnes (Florence married L.H. Durland and had 2 sons; Lt.Franklin Durland and C. Mortimer Durland.).
“David L. Shelton died at his home in Montour Falls, on Sunday, Jan. 21, aged 81 years. The burial was in Montour cemetery. He leaves his wife and one daughter, Mrs. J. F. Barnes of Watkins. Faithful in every relation of life, and in the discharge of every duty, of unswerving honesty, always kind and genial, his life may well form an example for the coming generations. The family has the sympathy of the whole community. JAN. 25 1906. Watkins Express”
Calvin Shelton (12/28/1834-1/10/1892-see obit below) Calvin married Amanda Bowlby (1840-1903) daughter of Nelson Bowlby and Mary McGillvray. Calvin settled his family in Havana NY. He and Amanda had three children; Frances Shelton (1860) Married Elmer Cronk of Montour Falls. They had two children (Frances Cronk died in childhood, and illiam Calvin Cronk (4/3/1998-)- never married), Arthur Shelton(1866) married Mary Rogers and Mary Ann Shelton (1872)they had a daughter, Maude Shelton. No further information available at this time. , Mary Alice Shelton married William E. Palmer and settled in Albany NY.
“Mr. Calvin Shelton, who was financial clerk in the office of the superintendent of public works, died suddenly at his home, 54 Jay street, last Saturday. He was 56 years old and was the son of Nicholas Shelton, who lived at Havana, Schuyler County. He was connected with the public works department over 20 years. He was superintendent of the
Chemung canal until it was abandoned by act of the legislature. After that, he was section superintendent, a member of the engineering corps and special agent. About nine years ago he was appointed to the position he held at the time of his death by Supt. Duteher and he was there under Supts. Shanahan and Hannan. He was very faithful to his duties and well liked by everybody in the department. Mrs. Shelton died two years ago this month. Of the three children, two are married. The other daughter has kept house for her father since his wife's death. The body was forwarded to Havana JANUARY 10, 1892 Havana Journal”
Children of Everett Shelton (6/9/1803-3/23/1887) and Maria Knapp (12/15/1810 in Wolcott NY-3/6/1889
Burr Shelton (5/13/1829-7/1905-buried 7/29/1905 in Greenwood cemetery- Chadron Dawes Nebraska) Burr Shelton was a businessman who had a knack for sales. With his brother David he built and operated a store in Odessa. He served as Post Master in Odessa, appointed on 6/10/1862. He registered for the draft for the Civil war on 9/30/1863 but never served. In 1863 Burr sold his portion of the Odessa store to partner Merwin Bulkley, and moved his family to Watkins Glen, where he build a boot and shoe store. In 1884, with his daughter safely married, Burr and his wife Peobe moved to Nebraska, whre he again built and ran a store and was elected as the first judge in Dawes county Nebraska. Burr married Pheobe Ann Thompson in 1851. They had one daughter, Adell who married a Mr. Putnam. No further information is available at this time.
The following passage is from page 16 in Prairie Justice by George Watson.:"The first County Judge [Dawes County] was Burr Shelton, who came to O'Linn in 1884 and opened a business. Judge Shelton was appointed Justice of the Peace in April of 1885 and was elected County Judge in June of 1885. Judge Shelton served as County Judge for approximately six months. He was primarily a businessman, and in December, he erected a two-story building in downtown Chadron. A street in Chadron is named in his honor and it carries his name to this day." (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Shelton&GSiman=1&GScid=100719&GRid=103350348&)
Anah Shelton (1830-1834- buried in Coe Cemetery)
Ralph B. Shelton (3/26/1833-6/1897) Ralph worked with his brother Alvin Shelton running a meat market in the Odessa store owned by Burr and David L. Shelton. By 1890 he had moved to Montour and was running a meat market with his son, Dealson. The two also ran the Sheldrake Hotel in Sheldrake NY on Cayuga Lake. Ralph married Mary Melissa Bowlby (1836-7/1918) Mary M. was the daughter of William Bowlby and Eliza Cranmer. They had one son; Dealson E. Shelton, also called D.E. Shelton born 1867-1944. Dealson worked as a produce buyer and shipper and as a meat market supervisor. Dealson married twice. His first marriage to Minerva (Minnie) I Prince, produce three chidren; Inez(1892), Ruth(1897) and Winifred (1903). Minnie died in 1898, leaving Dealt with three small girls. He married a second time after 1900, to Widow Elizabeth Smith, who had a daughter by her previous marriage, Maria H. Smith (1903). Dealson raised Maria as his own daughter.
Albert Shelton born 4/27/1837. Albert was a twin to Alvin but only survived 25 days after his birth.
*Alvin Shelton (4/27/1837-1/31/1906) Alvin was primarily a farmer. He maintained a farm in Catharine through 1870, when he moved his family to Watkins Glen and continued to work as a farm hand. Alvin assisted his brothe in the meat market an eventually moved back to Catharine form Watkins Glen. He married in 1859 to Amelia Stanley (1837in Cayuta- 9/1911 Odessa NY) Amelia was the daughter of George Stanley and Amanda Van Houten. Alvin and Amanda had one child, Anna M. Shelton (12/25/1861-1894).. Anna married on 9/10/1881 to Charles Ault. She was the mother of Luella Ault who married William Jones.
Children of Joseph Shelton (1808-1887) and Mary Ann (unknown-born in Dutchess County NY 1818-11/30/1876)
Charles Shelton (1839-died in Elmira Chemung NY). Charles was appointed Post master of Odessa from 1866-1881. In 1860 he built a two story store which burned down in 1876. Charles sold the store to the Stanley Brothers and moved his family to Elmira. Charles married Amanda Thompson (1844-11/1916). They had two children; Fayton Shelton (1872- ) married Horace Quick of Elmira. Donald O. Shelton (1867-1941 in Elmira) Donald was the President of the National Bible Institute in New York City.
Children of George Shelton (8/1/1810-11/12/1891 Minnesota) and Hester A. Hasbrouck (1812-1883)
Oliver Perry Shelton (1839-1890) Born in Catharine, Oliver moved with his family to Minnesota, where he joined the military to fight in the Civil War. Oliver was a farmer, who married Medore (unknown) born 1855 in Pa. on 11/23/1889 Oliver received a land grant for 160 acres in Todd county Minnesota. Oliver and Medore had the following children; Ada Shelton 91869-), Effie Shelton 91872-), California Shelton (1874-), Jessie V. Shelton (1877-)
Sarah Shelton (1842-1901) No information is known at this time.
Edward Shelton (1851-1920) no information is known at this time.
Children of Julia Shelton (1818-2/25/1898) and Edwin Bradley (1815 in Broome County NY-1889).
Anna Bradley- no information available
Austin Bradley (1841-1911)married Eliza (unknown) in 1867. Austin was a farmer and remained in Schuyler county, where he raised his children; Frank Bradley (1870), William Bradley (1872), Eloise Bradley (1879), Anna L. Bradley (1879), Grover Bradley (1887)
Josiah Bradley (1841-1911)- no information available at this time.
Children of James Shelton (1823-1901) and Catherine (unknown).
Louisa Shelton (1854- Jul. 11, 1888) Louisa settled in Reading NY and married Hartwell Clark. Louisa and Hartwell both died when Roy was still a child. He was raised by his Grandparents, James and Catherine. They had one son; Ray S. Clark (May 1883-) Ray married Elizabeth (unknown)(1873-?) This was a second marriage for Elizabeth. They had one son, Harry E. Clark born 1902.