Sam H. Shelton


Personal and Family Information

Sam was born on 1 APR 1845 in Knox County, Tennessee, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 10 MAR 1932 in Benton County, Arkansas.

His wife was Nancy Woolsey, who he married on 4 FEB 1878 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their only known child was James Carl (1880-1936).


Birth1 APR 1845
Place: Knox County, Tennessee
Death10 MAR 1932
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
BurialMAR 1932
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Oakley Chapel Cemetery, Bentonville findagrave 44541720


Note 1

SHELTON, Sam H. - Sam H. Shelton, the last surviving soldier of the Confederate army in Osage township, died at his home a short distance southeast of Bentonville early Sunday morning at the advanced age of 87 years. Death is attributed to heart trouble and the infirmities of old age. He had been ill for the past mouth but his condition became serious a week ago.

Mr. Shelton was born near Knoxville, Tenn. April 1, 1845 and came with his parents to Benton County nearly 80 years ago when they took up a homestead near Cherokee City. Here he grew to manhood and at the outbreak of the Civil War joined General Stand Watie's brigade as did many other young men from this county. At the close of the war the family bought a farm near Bentonville which has since been Mr. Shelton's home.

On February 4, 1878 he married Miss Nannie Belle Woolsey, daughter of a pioneer Bentonville merchant who conducted a general store where Puryear's Grocery is now located. They were married by Rev. I.R. Hall, an early Baptist minister of Bentonville. Mr. Shelton always took a great deal of pleasure telling his friends about the home he first built for his bride. Following the wedding ceremony the happy couple drove to the new home that Mr. Shelton boasted cost but $15. He did most of the work himself and like farm homes of that day it was built entirely of logs. Later they built a new residence and for fond memories' sake, attached the old one to it. Here they lived a long and happy life of 54 years. Mr. Shelton was a man of loving disposition and thus won many friends. He was kindly to all and his cheerful greetings will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral, held at Oakley Chapel Tuesday afternoon, was largely attended. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. W.C. Hutton, assisted by Rev. A.W. Henderson of Bentonville and Rev. Dan Brinkley of Rogers. His wife you survives him, is in her 79th years and was born in Bentonville in 1853. Two sons also survive him. They are Carl Shelton of Bentonville and Will Shelton of Pea Ridge, also his daughter, Mrs. L.A. West of Farmersville, Texas, survives, as well as other relatives.

Rogers Daily News, Rogers, AR, April 11, 1932

Benton County Record & Democrat & Sun, Bentonville, AR

Rogers Democrat, Rogers, AR, April 14, 1932

findagrave 44541720