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Capt Eliphaz Shelton
Birth: 1741
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 16, 1826
Patrick County
Virginia, USA

The following obituary appeared in "The Lynchburg Virginian" on March 13, 1826, page 3, column 4. This was a newspaper published in the Lynchburg, Virginia area. Spelling and emphasis are copied exactly as in the original. The original newspaper is held by Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Virginia, which is located on the second floor of the Lynchburg Public Library. (This is my source statement. The obituary is quoted, word for word, below.)

Obituary of Eliphaz Shelton

"At his residence near Taylorsville,in the county of Patrick on the 16th ult. after a protracted and lingering illness, CAPT. ELIPHAZ SHELTON in the 86th year of his age.

The deceased defended bravely the liberties of his country during the revolutionary war and at the period the EXCITABLE tories so much disturbed the country, he shouldered his musket, and marching in the van, made every possible effort and exertion, both in bravery and skill, to immolate them.

Patriotism and an ardent devotion to the cause of his country were the first principles of his character. He who writes this last tribute of respect to Capt. Shelton knew him well and he knows that in the various characters of husband, father, master and neighbor no one was more indulgent, kind and hospitable.

A very large circle of relatives are remaining to grieve his dissolution."

Eliphaz Shelton who resided during the American Revolution at Henry, Patrick County, Virginia assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of CAPTAIN, PATRIOTIC SERVICE

Elephaz Shelton in a Company of eleven man militia was formed in Henry Co., VA 1781 under orders of Col. Abram PENN. He purchased land (according to "History of Patrick & Henry Co., VA") 06 Jul 1780, 846 acres on Bull Mountain Fork of Mayo River, 365 acres on the waters of Mayo River 10 Apr 1781, 531 acres on the waters of Mayo River, beginning at Carter's corners 18 Feb 1784, and 590 acres on both sides of the North Mayo River, 28 Feb 1784, adjoining John Shelton.

My ancestor's services during the Revolutionary War were as follows:

Eliphaz Shelton was a Captain in the Henry County Militia. He was appointed 15 Feb 1779, Order Book II, Page 30-31. He took the oath of Allegiance, 1777 as captain. Henry County Order Book.

See DAR #050347

My Revolutionary ancestor was married to Ann at VA 1774

Children of Revolutionary Ancestor

As proven by: Will submitted by DAR #768907

Olive md. Samuel Nowlin
Peony 1776 md. Robert Sharp
Archibald 1777- Patrick Co., VA md. Rodah Nowlin
Sarah "Sally" 1781- Patrick Co., VA md. Francis Nowlin
Frederick 1789 md. Winifred Jones

The Will of Francis Nowlin (Gen. 6) there is no page no. or date on the transcript. Francis birth date established from marriage date. Marriages of Patrick County, VA showing marriage of Francis Nowlin and Sally Shelton; Will of Francis Nowlin. 768907 Transcript of Will found Patrick County, VA Wills Book 4

DAR Patriot Index Centennial Edition, Part III, pg 2638
See DAR #768907 and #0503470 and descendants chart of Eliphaz Shelton.

Item 7 Amelia County, VA Tax lists 1736-1764, p 148
Eliphaz' name found in N_____ Parish 1762

Note: Application with supporting documentation was made by my cousin Cheryl Marcene Bonnikson Franceschi and was given Dar Nat'l number 800229 and 822971

You may notice a discrepancy with the plaque and the birth year and the dates, but my cousin proved and sent her proof in to DAR and they were approved. Until otherwise proven these dates will stick. Cheryl was an avid Genealogist as am I and I am sure she knew that as she gave me a copy before she passed away with all of her proof of what she sent to be accepted in DAR.

Another note is that Eliphaz is linked to Nancy Ann Asher, this is not proven, you can check all of the Dar entries his wife is only listed as Ann no dates nothing and no proof other than he married Anne 1766 so please disregard the link, other than it could be a possibility, but to say this is his wife without proof. I cannot do that.

Family links: 
  Ralph Shelton (1709 - 1789)
  Susannah Mary Daniel Shelton (1713 - 1787)
  Claiborne Shelton (1770 - 1848)*
  Philipina Shelton Sharp (1776 - 1856)*
  Hannah Shelton (1778 - 1860)*
  Archibald Shelton (1779 - 1816)*
  Sarah Shelton Nowlin (1781 - 1818)*
  Frederick Shelton (1784 - 1813)*
  Eliphaz Shelton (1741 - 1826)
  William Skelton (1745 - 1825)*
  Sarah Shelton Robertson (1755 - 1810)*
*Calculated relationship
Eliphaz Shelton Cemetery
Patrick County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Deborah (Baxter) Fink
Originally Created by: Thomas Wise Rorrer, Jr.
Record added: Nov 17, 2010
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Capt Eliphaz Shelton
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