Stephen Shelton

9 Mar 1809 - Aug 1855

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Stephen Shelton

9 Mar 1809 - Aug 1855
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I am not sure who is writing these stories, I am guessing either Ann Eliza Van Wagoner (because she is my great grandmother) or one of her siblings. Before going to bed last night I thought of my mother’s mom, Grandma Fauscett (Mary Ann Shelton) and I could hardly wait to tell you young children a
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Stephen Shelton

Married: 1824

Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


Nauvoo to Utah Pioneer-1850

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Melvin Ross Oxteam Company Married Nancy Brown - 1824 Married Abigail Harris - 1838 OX team w/ wagon inscribed on right side


June 5, 2011


June 5, 2011

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Grandma and the Prophet Joseph Smith

Contributor: Hokie374 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I am not sure who is writing these stories, I am guessing either Ann Eliza Van Wagoner (because she is my great grandmother) or one of her siblings. Before going to bed last night I thought of my mother’s mom, Grandma Fauscett (Mary Ann Shelton) and I could hardly wait to tell you young children about it. My Grandma’s mom (Nancy Brown) died when she was just a year old. Her father (Stephen Shelton) married again (Abigail Harris). When they were baptized into the Church they moved to Nauvoo, and Grandpa worked on the Temple that church members where building. This is what I want to tell you. Have you all heard of the Prophet Joseph Smith? The one who went out in the woods or forest to pray to know which of all the churches was right? He was just a young boy not yet fifteen years old. There were so many churches and Joseph knew all of them couldn’t be right and he wanted to belong to the one that was the right one. I have been to the grove of trees out where the Prophet went to pray. As he knelt in the grove of trees and prayed, there was a bright light came in the sky and shone all around. He saw two Heavenly Persons, and they had the whitest clothes on. They looked just alike, and they had bodies like we have and one pointed to the other and said, “Joseph, this is my beloved Son. Hear Him.” It was God our Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ. Joseph asked the son Jesus, which of all the churches was right. Jesus told Joseph that none of them was right. He told Joseph if he lived a good life that he (Joseph) would establish the true church on the earth. Now I’m going to tell you about someone that I knew that saw Joseph Smith. My Grandma Fauscett (Mary Ann Shelton). She knew him and he held her on his lap while he talked. So she heard the things he said. And he baptized her to be a member of the church. Isn’t that wonderful to know that Grandmother’s Grandmother saw and heard the man that asked Jesus which of all the churches was right. It makes me so happy to even think about it. Grandma was a little black-haired girl with bright black eyes. I am sure she looked like a little Indian girl as she had Indian ancestors. This is the story I could hardly wait to write for you this morning. You know now that you were related to someone that really knew the Prophet Joseph Smith and sat upon his lap and talked to him. [My] Grandma walked bare-footed all the miles across the plains. There was a short time that the captain had her ride as she had a sore foot. One time when there was little to eat, the quails (they are birds and good to eat) come in flocks and settled on the ground and the Saints could pick them up so they had all they could eat.

Stephen Shelton

Contributor: Hokie374 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Stephen Shelton I, Margaret Shelton Hair, was born on July 3, 1877, daughter of Stephen Shelton and Margaret Bonner Shelton. I write this history of my father’s family as far as I can get it from writing letters, from grandfather’s first family and from Grandmother Abigail Harris Shelton’s son by John McKee Fausett whom she married after the death of Grandfather Shelton. Stephen Shelton was the son of Stephen Shelton who had a large family 5 sons, don’t know how many girls. He was a Doctor and had two families. Grandfather’s mother knew nothing of the other family until he, Grandfather, was almost to marry his half sister & great grandfather had to tell him. Then he married Nancy Brown. They had 5 children, 4 boys and one girl. The boys’ names were Marion Jackson, Samuel, Jewel, and William. I don’t know much about these boys because they ran away while the family was crossing the Mississippi River. I heard of one living years afterward. The girl’s name was Mary Ann. Their mother died when Mary Ann was 2 yrs old. Then he married Abigail Harris Goforth, a widow by separation from her husband; she had one child (Nancy Surelda). They had seven children: John, Elizabeth, (died as an infant), Martha Jane, Joseph (died age 21 is all we can get of his data), Hyrum, Stephen (my father), and Abigail. Grandfather was a bodyguard of Joseph Smith (the Prophet), held the office of a Seventy, and was a farmer by trade. He settled in the Provo area. He came across the plains with the Melvin Ross Ox Team Company, some say in the year 1848 and some say in 1850. He had one sister whose name was Mary Jane; she married Patrick Henry. Jewel died when he was a little boy. William and Samuel ran away together about the time the Saints were driven out of Ohio. Jackson ran away and went to work for his Uncle Charley (his father’s brother). His Uncle Charley educated him as a minister. (This was about the time they were crossing the Missouri River.) He preached for several years then gave it up; he said he found out he was teaching the wrong doctrine. He came to Utah in 1880 as near as Uncle Charley Fausett can remember. He came to see the folks but did not tell them who he was for some time. He worked for about two months with Uncle Charley Fausett, and when he was ready to leave he told them he was Jackson Shelton and about going to live with his Uncle Charley, and that was why he called himself Charley Shelton. He said he came from California, and from some things he said, Uncle C. E. Fausett thinks he had a family there. Grandfather died at Provo and was buried in the first cemetery there up on the bench where they are farming now. This is all I have been able to gather so far of Grandfather Shelton’s history. --June 6, 1926

Stephen Shelton-2

Contributor: Hokie374 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Stephen Shelton By Margaret Shelton Hair, August l949 My grandfather, Stephen Shelton, was the son of Stephen Shelton and Elizabeth Shelton. Time of birth was unknown but was at North Carolina, America. He had two wives. One, Nancy Brown, who was part Indian and mother of three or four sons and one daughter. The daughter was born December 25, l831 in Nauvoo. She died in Midway August 3, 1901. Everyone called her Aunt Polly. Her name was Mary Ann. Everyone who knew her loved her. Grandfather's second wife was my grandmother, Abigail Harris. She was the mother of eight children, seven of them were Grandfather's. They joined the LDS church in the early days of the church. Grandfather was a bodyguard of Joseph Smith. The night Brother Joseph and Hyrum were killed, he was guarding the city. He said he never saw such a night in all his life. Grandmother was sick that night and Mrs. Robert Duke was taking care of her. Aunt Martha was born just before Grandfather came home. Grandfather and Grandmother went to the Nauvoo Temple and had their endowments January 10, 1846. Grandfather and Grandmother came to Utah in 1850 in the Melvin Ross Ox Team Company. They settled in Provo and went through all the hard times of a new country, as all the saints went through. My father, Stephen Shelton 3rd, told me he did not have a shoe on his feet until he was sixteen years old. Then it took him three years to get the shoes, one year he worked to pay for the cow hide, one year for the tanner and one to get them made, then he could hardly wear them. He said he could skate on ice barefooted and not feel it on his feet, but his hands would freeze. They had cows which Father herded in Provo Canyon. Grandfather was a farmer. I don't know just what year he died, but it was sometime after 1855. Both Grandfather and Grandmother had their patriarchal blessings given March 29, 1855, by Emer Harris. I have both blessings. Grandfather was buried on the Provo bench. They are farming and have fruit trees on the graves today. It is not a regular cemetery. Grandfather and Grandmother were sealed in June 1872, when Uncle John was married. We had the children sealed for him and my grandmother June 30, 1941. Uncle Charley Fausett told me Grandfather was a son of a large family. He had 14 brothers and doesn't know how many sisters. His father was a doctor. One of his sisters married Patrick Henry. Her name was Sarah Shelton. Jim and I did their work in the temple.

Stephen Shelton-3

Contributor: Hokie374 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Stephen Shelton By Margaret Shelton Kinsey, Midway, June l8, 1945 My grandfather Stephen Shelton was born, we believe, in North Carolina and was married to Nancy Brown, and from that marriage there were born four children namely- William, Jackson, Samuel and Mary (called Polly). He had one brother we know of named Joseph or Joel. His wife Nancy died when Polly was one year old. His wife's mother was named Nancy Brown also. She was a doctor woman and would ride for miles around on horseback to visit her patients with her saddle bag full of medicine. From what we know of her, she was an outstanding and grand person. After Nancy's death Grandfather married Abigail Harris and from that marriage the following children were born namely- John, Elizabeth, Martha Jane, Joseph (who died at the age of 21), Hyrum, Stephen, and Abigail. Grandmother Abigail Harris had one child named Scrilda, who was afterwards adopted by Grandfather Shelton. Stephen Shelton went through all the mob drivings and troubles of the early-day saints in Missouri and Illinois and was a bodyguard to the Prophet and was out on guard the night he was assassinated. He was true and faithful until he died. Grandfather was an accomplished musician. He made his own violin, which he played at all entertainments and dances of that time. When Grandfather decided to go across the plains to Zion, his three eldest boys, William, Jackson, and Samuel refused to go, and they ran away and hid, and the family never heard from them again. Stephen Shelton started across the plains in 1847 but did not reach Utah until 1849 or1850, where he settled his family in Provo. He was a shoemaker and raised his own flax to tan the leather and make shoes for the people. He lived in Provo about five years until he died about 1855. His wife Abigail was born May 6, l818, in Tennessee and died February 20, 1889, at Vernal, Utah. John Shelton, her son, brought her body to Midway for burial in the Midway Cemetery. John Shelton, my father, was the oldest child to come to Utah. When his father died he worked hard to support his mother and six children until they grew up.

Pioneer Immigration summary compiled by Fred D Halls 1997

Contributor: Hokie374 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Pioneer imigration information compiled by Fred D Halls 1997 Stephen Shelton Born: 9 Mar. 1809, Green County, Tennessee Died: Aug. 1855, Provo, Utah Baptized: Rebaptized: 8 May 1869 Endowed: 10 Jan. 1846, Nauvoo Sealed: 13 Mar. 1856, Endowment House Parents: Stephen Shelton & Elizabeth/ 1st Wife: Nancy Brown---Died when Mary Ann was 1 year old Children: Mary Ann; and at least 3 older boys 2nd Wife: Abigail Harris: Md. 1838 Born: 6 May 1817, of Washington County, Missouri Died: 20 Feb. 1889, Vernal, Utah Baptized: Rebaptized: 8 May 1869 Endowed: 10 Jan. 1846, Nauvoo Sealed: to Stephen Shelton , 13 Mar. 1856, in Endowment House. Parents: John Harris and Abigail Gragg Children: 4 boys, 3 girls John, 4 Dec. 1839, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois; Elizabeth, Jun. 1842, Nauvoo, died 23 Aug. 1843 as infant; Martha Jane, 22 Jun. 1844, Nauvoo; Joseph, 1846, died 1867, age 21; Hyrum, 10 Mar. 1849, Mount Pisgah, Iowa; Stephen, 5 Aug. 1851, Provo; Abigail, 5 Jan. 1854, Provo; 2nd Husband: John McKee Fossett/Fausett: Md. 13 Mar. 1856 Children: Charley Edward Fossett, 10 Dec. 1856, Provo, Utah 3rd Husband: /Goforth Immigration: Crossed Plains with Melvin Ross Ox Team, in 1850. This was an independent train not affiliated with the Church and no more information has been located. Occupation: Farmer

Life timeline of Stephen Shelton

Stephen Shelton was born on 9 Mar 1809
Stephen Shelton was 3 years old when Charles Dickens, English novelist and critic (d. 1870) Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories are still widely read today.
Stephen Shelton was 17 years old when The Erie Canal opens: Passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie. The Erie Canal is a canal in New York, United States that is part of the east–west, cross-state route of the New York State Canal System. Originally, it ran 363 miles (584 km) from where Albany meets the Hudson River to where Buffalo meets Lake Erie. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. When completed in 1825, it was the second longest canal in the world and greatly affected the development and economy of New York, New York City, and the United States.
Stephen Shelton was 23 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Stephen Shelton was 31 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Stephen Shelton died on Aug 1855 at the age of 46
Grave record for Stephen Shelton (9 Mar 1809 - Aug 1855), BillionGraves Record 10319 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States