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Richard Shelton (1728 - 1821)

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Capt. Richard Shelton
Born in King William, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in King William County, Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Harris Creek, Amherst, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Categories: American Revolution | Amherst County, Virginia Slave Owners.

Capt. Richard Shelton participated in the American Revolution



Richard Shelton served during the American Revolutionary War as Commission of the Peace, appointed to administer Oath of Allegience and furnished supplies.[1]

"Richard Shelton, born August 14, 1728 was the son of Ralph Shelton and Mary Pollard of King and Queen County. He came to Amherst County area to cultivate 25,000 acres patented in 1743 to George Braxton located on both sides of the Buffalo River. In 1775 he petitioned for a ferry between Amherst and Bedford Counties, believed to be the site for a tavern run by the Shelton family.

"According to family tradition, he built the first frame house with brick chimneys in this part of the state. The home he called, “Oakley” is believed to be the homestead where his grandson, John Poindexter Shelton, lived and where the family cemetery can still be found off Winesap Road. However, evidence of the home called “Oakley” has long since passed with time.

"In life, Richard Shelton was a respected and highly involved citizen being listed as Captain of the Amherst Militia, Vestryman of Lexington Parish, Commissioner of Peace and one of several appointed to administer the Oath of Allegiance to those living outside the county bounds and is honorably listed among the American Revolutionary Patriots who served in the establishment of American Independence.

"His marriage to Mary Wright subsequently produced 12 children. The firstborn of these was Jane, born September 1, 1747 who married Maj. Josiah Ellis of “Red Hill” in Pedlar Mills, Amherst County, Virginia. The Ellis family was instrumental in the organization of Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Pedlar Mills and gave land on which the historic church still stands today. It was this connection that prompted son, Thomas Harding Ellis to research the Shelton history and thankfully to record it. Jane Shelton Ellis died in 1800 and Josiah in 1810. Both originally buried in the Ellis family cemetery at “Red Hill” were reinterred in the 1930s near her parents in the Shelton family cemetery." (Courtesy of Findagrave)

Unsourced list of Children from Find a Grave

  1. Jane Shelton 1747-1800
  2. Joshua Shelton 1749-1813
  3. Ralph Shelton 1752-
  4. Elizabeth Shelton 1754-1817
  5. Richard Shelton 1756-1833
  6. John "Jack" Shelton 1758-1853
  7. Mary Shelton 1760-1778
  8. Isaac Shelton 1763-1785
  9. Sarah Shelton 1765-
  10. Nancy Ann Shelton 1767-1860
  11. Charlotte Shelton 1770-1778
  12. William Shelton 1772

Of the above children, the only ones proven by sources are Jane, Elizabeth, John, Sally/Sarah, Nancy and Joshua.[2]


1810: Amherst, VA [3]

  • Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
  • Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
  • Numbers of Slaves: 20
  • Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
  • Number of Household Members: 22


Abstract of the Will of Richard Shelton 1818; 1821 of Amherst County, Virginia. [4] RICH. SHELTON---

  • Book 6, pg 205 November 3, 1818; Jan 15, 1821 Witnesses: Saml or Lemuel F Mitchell, Wm Pendleton, James McDaniel, Geo. Jones, Jas. Bennett, Henry Hayney, Jno Shelton.
  • Children of daughter, Jane Ellis, deceased...????..Jno, Chas, Rich, S, L, Poneck, Joshua, Powhatan Ellis, Nancy Hunter, Jane Eubanks.
  • My granddaughter Mary Montgomery and infant daughters of Mary W Montgomery, deceased.
  • SON IN LAW- GEO LEE, who married my daughter ELIZ and children.
  • My son Jno Shelton, 500 acres where he lives, next to David and Geo Tinsley, Jno, Camm, Jas Bennett, Nelson C Dawson.
  • My daughter Sally Chappell
  • Daughter Nancy Rucker and dead or alive Children Willis, Jane E, Eliz, L, Merelanet?, Susanna T. Rich F and Jno, DL Rucker.
  • Neiney's (?) children Martha and John M Willis, infants of Sally S Willis, deceased. who was daughter of Naney, Mary Edwards daughter of Nancy to pay them their parts of what she may have received from estate of JNO Rucker deceased.
  • Land where Joshua Shelton lived, down Millen creek to Jno Shelton's line in tract where I live.
  • My 9(?) daughters son Wm tract bought from Rich Powell's estate.
  • Grandsons Ralph Shelton and Rich. F Shelton and Rich. F Rucker, daughter in law Polley Shelton, widow of my son Joshua Shelton. A
  • Administrators David S. Tinsley, St and David S. Garland and my son WM.


Shelton-Ellis-Watts Cemetery, Monroe, Amherst County, Virginia, USA [5]


  • Source: S3403103425 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text:
  • U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970 ‎(S-1584701433)‎
  1. DAR Ancestor Ancestor #: A102811
  2. Richard Shelton Will and Ancestor Research at DAR
  3. Year: 1810; Census Place: Amherst, Virginia; Roll: 66; Page: 263; Image: 00281; Family History Library Film: 0181426
  4. The Wills of Amherst Cty, Virginia 1761-1865 by Rev Bailey Fulton Davis, call # 975.501
  5.; NO headstone, accessed 6/4/2018

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