Presented by Deborah Shelton Wood
My hunch is that they indeed are related to the Ralph Shelton of Norfolk England. Even the Whittaker book which was
corrected and amended via articles posted as "The Shelton Family, by A. E. Whitaker" 1929 in "William and Mary Quarterly"
Second Series, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Jul., 1929), pp. 201-208 explains the evidence for linking the Virginia family of Ralph Shelton
to the Norfolk England Sheltons. Sir Ralph Shelton of Norfolk England had son James Shelton whose name was misspelled in some
Virginia records as Skelton. Nevertheless, the Gentlemen of the Second Virginia Company who were with the Norfolk Shelton
family related that "Sir Thomas Shelton, Gentleman of Norfolk England" buried in St Peter's Church of the Queen of England,
was the son of Sir Ralph Shelton and his first wife, Mary Wodehouse. Thomas son of Ralph had a son Thomas Shelton who came
to Virginia. The elder Ralph was the son of Thomas Shelton and and wife Elizabeth Flowerdew."
I am told that Roderick Shelton who was born in VA and lived in Buncombe Co NC ( of SHELTON LAUREL TRAGEDY) was recently
proven to be a grandson of Ralph Shelton of Middlesex Co VA through DNA testing. The following is a transcript of a
letter from a descendant of that line, stating that his father told him of their ancestry back to England.
July 6, 1905
Mr. James L. Wilmeth
Box 874, Philadelphia, Pa.
After my best respect to you, I can inform you that I am 77 years old was borned in Buncombe County, North
Carolina in 1828 and have lived in this country every since. The Buncombe County has been divided where I now live is Madison
County. My father told me my Grandfather Roderick Shelton came from Va. and his father John came from England. Roderick Shelton
emigrated from Va., and died here.
My father told me that my Grandfather was in the Revolutionary War; Roderick Shelton
had several sons, My fathers name was David, My uncles names were Martin, James, John, Armstrong, Louis, William.
moved to Missouri and died there, James moved to Tenn. and died there; Armstrong moved to Kentucky aand died there; Martin
Martin Shelton, had a son named Solomon Shelton, and he left this country about the time you stated in your
letter, but I was small and don't recollect him, but my information is that he went to the Oregon Territory. We have a large
connection in Virginia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This Solomon Shelton was my first cousin, and all of the Solomon
Shelton I have heard of in this country about that time.
So I will close, by saying I remain your friend and kindred till
John Shelton " source rootsweb
This church, part of the Hemphill Parish of seven churches stands today and is open to the public.
It has become a great memorial to the Sheltons of Norfolk, England.
|Sir Ralph Shelton sponsor of St Mary's Church
|Mid-15th Century in Shelton, Norfolk, ENG
|Sir Ralph Shelton, at prayer
| Shelton Crest, Cross of Gold on an Azure Shield
"Sir Ralph Shelton, High Sheriff of Norfolk in the mid-15th century, paid for all this, and even
in its unfinished state it is superb. Shelton wanted our prayers for his soul in perpetuity, but he must make do with the
fact that this building is still filled with his emblem, and that it will be hard ever to forget what he caused to be built
here. Shelton tombs form great blocks jutting out of the east wall, dividing the aisles from the chancel itself."