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Martha Jane Gill Shelten Ragan
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Birth: May 9, 1834
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1914
St. Clair County
Missouri, USA

Death cert as Malinda Jane Ragan

Dau of Thomas and Elizabeth Gill, both of NC.

Also shown to have been of Irish descent, reportedly spoke broken English.

m1: James "Jim" Thomas Shelten
ch include:
-Margrett E. 1859-1959 (m: Hugh Doyal)
-Sarah 1861-1944 (m: Archi Allen)
-Joseph Sylvester 1865-1951 (m: Mary Charlotte "Lottie" Allen)
-Mary Ann "Minnie" 1867-1956 (m: Wilse Allen)
-Thomas Richard "Tom" 1869-1951 (m1: Nola "Wilse" Allen, M2: Mrs. Maggie (Moore) Headley). Note: Tom is buried as Shelton, not Shelten.

m2: Edward S. Ragan in 1876. Edward was born Jul 7 1880, died 1921; his tombstone has no engraved DOD.

Family lore: After her husband was killed in the Civil War (or while he was serving) Martha had young children to care for. "One day she looked out the window and saw a group of Civil War soldiers kill a hog they had found close to her house. When she saw the soldiers coming to her door she hid the children under the bed. The soldiers asked her if she lived alone. When she told them she did, they went back and brought her a ham from the hog they had just killed.
She had no salt to cure the meat so she got dirt from the shed where she cured meat, boiled the dirt and strained off the water to get salt."

ALERT: There are several references that Martha's 1st husband, "Jim" Shelten, was killed in the civil war. However they had children born in 1865, 1867 and 1869, and he is "head" in the 1870 census. Martha remarried in 1876. It appears Jim died between 1870-1876. While he may have died after the war from injuries or disease contracted during the war, there are other reports that he died in an accident while butchering hogs in Maines Co MO., date unknown. No burial location has been found.

(Information to create this bio taken from various entries in the "Shelten Descendents 1996-97" booklet prepared by Julie O'Bannon.) 
Family links: 
  James Thomas Shelten
  Edward S. Ragan (1840 - 1921)
  Margrett Elizabeth Shelten Doyal (1859 - 1934)*
  Sarah Frances Shelten Allen (1861 - 1944)*
  Joseph Sylvester Shelten (1865 - 1951)*
  Mary Ann Shelten Allen (1867 - 1956)*
  Thomas Richard Shelten Shelton (1869 - 1951)*
*Calculated relationship
Fairview Butcher Cemetery
Hickory County
Missouri, USA
Created by: LaDon Brennan
Record added: Apr 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36341703
Martha Jane <i>Gill</i> Shelten Ragan
Added by: Judy Lawrence
Martha Jane <i>Gill</i> Shelten Ragan
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Rest in peace, great grandmother, via your son, Joseph S. Shelten, his son (and our father) James Thomas "Jim" Shelten.
- LaDon for Alma, James A. and Rachel Shelten.
 Added: Dec. 7, 2010

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