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Harriet Catherine Sterling Shults
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1824
Oneida County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1905
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA

w/o 1st Elizah Shultz/s, 2nd John Marsh.

According to family research by a granddaughter's husband, Carl Raymond Gray, her grandfather was Revolutionary war veteran Colonel Heinrich Staring (1730-1808).

Census: 1850, age 21 Washington, Franklin County, Ohio

Census: 1860, age 33 Emporia, Breckenridge County, Kansas Territory

Census (Kansas): 1865, age 39 Americus, Lyon, formerly Breckenridge County, Kansas

Census: 1870, age 44 Elmendaro township, Lyons, formerly Breckenridge county, Kansas, with 54 y/o 2nd husband, kids split among two dwellings.

Census (Kansas): 1875, age 51 Liberty, Montgomery, formerly Wilson County, Kansas, with all three Flora grandchildren, home between sons Elijah & John.

Census: 1880, age 56 Liberty, Montgomery, formerly Wilson county, Kansas with son George and grandson Wm Flora, living between sons Elijah & John and their wives.

Raised grandson William Walter Flora for about eleven years, from death of his mother in 1874 until about 1885 when he is found with his father and step-mother in Oswego, Labbette county, Kansas.

From: "Independence Daily Reporter", Mon., August 21, 1905, page 1.

Courtesy of Maryann Johnson of Kansas Room, Independence (KS) Library.


Mrs. Harriet Shults Answered the final Summons Yesterday.


   At the residence of Mrs George T. Scranton yesterday morning at 11 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Scranton's mother, Mrs. Harriet C. Shults. The deceased was over 81 years of age and had been ill for about six weeks when final summons came.

   Mrs. Shults was born near Utica, N. Y., March 14, 1824. She was marred to Elijah Shults and for a number of years resided in Ohio where seven children came to bless the union. In 1859 Mr. and Mrs. Shults removed to Emporia, Kan., where one more child was born. In September 1860 Mr. Shults died. His wife continued to reside in Emporia until 1871 when she removed to Liberty and resided with her sons at that place. In 1885 she came to Independence and made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. George T. Scranton, where she has resided until death.

   About six weeks ago the old lady was taken ill with complication of diseases which at her advanced age made recovery impossible. She passed quietly away Sunday morning surrounded by members of her family. Conscious to the very last she calmly bade her family goodbye, and, sustained by her faith that had been her steadfast companion throughout her life she laid down the burden of years and fell asleep.

   Mrs. Shults leaves four children [bore eight in her life time], Mrs. Geo. T. Scranton and John Shults of this city and Elijah an Scott Shults of Liberty, Dr W. W. Flora of Colorado Springs was present at the death of his grandmother, who was a mother to him since he had been a tot of three years until he had reached early manhood.

   Mrs. Shults had all her life been a member of the Methodist church and funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p. m. from the First M. E. church, Rev. Smith officiating."


Father: John Adam Sterling b: 14 AUG 1782 Oneida County, New York.
Mother: Phoebe Ann Aihme(Eighmye) b: 2 OCT 1786 Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York

Marriage 1: Elijah Shults b: 5 DEC 1824 in Knox County, Ohio
Married: 4 SEP 1845 in Ohio

Known Children

John N. Shults b: ABT 1846 in Ohio
Winfield Scott Shults b: ABT 1848 in Ohio

Ely Shults b: ABT 1849 in Ohio

Mary Elizabeth Shults b: 20 JUN 1851 in Delaware County, Ohio

Sarah Jane Shults b: 1854 in Ohio

Elijah Shults b: ABT 1855 in Ohio

George E. Shults b: ABT 1858 in Ohio

Henry Shults b: ABT 1861 in Kansas

Marriage 2: John Marsh b: about 1816 Ohio.
Married: 8 NOV 1868 in Lyon County, Kansas (when she moved to Montgomery county in 1871, she used Shults as her name)

No known issues, he had several from his first marriage.

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  Elijah Shultz (1824 - 1861)
  John Nicholas Shultz (1846 - 1926)*
  Mary Elizabeth Shults Flora (1851 - 1874)*
  Sarah Jane Shults Scranton (1854 - 1921)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Nov 15, 2009
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Harriet Catherine <i>Sterling</i> Shults
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Harriet Catherine <i>Sterling</i> Shults
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Harriet Catherine <i>Sterling</i> Shults
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