C. E. Shelton


       

C. E. Shelton, farmer of the Fifteenth District, is the youngest of

five children born to C. E. and Sarah (Williams) Shelton. The father was born about 1788, probably in Virginia, and moved to Rhea County about 1820. He was an officer in the Creek Indian war, serving nearly two years. He was sheriff of Rhea County one term and also trustee for two terms. He served one term as county surveyor, and was justice of the peace of his district for twelve years. He was one of Rhea County's most prominent citizens, and was highly respected by all. He died in 1833. The mother was born in Virginia in 1790, and moved to Granger County, Tenn., where she married. She died in 1862. Our subject was born in Rhea County, Tenn., in 1822, and moved to Hamilton County in 1849, settling near where he now resides. He received his education in the subscription schools of Rhea and Hamilton Counties. He took charge of his mother's farm and supported her after he became twenty years of age. In December, 1846, he married Miss Nancy Walker, daughter of William and Rachel Walker, the first settlers of Bledsoe County, Tenn. Mrs. Shelton was born in 1829 in Bledsoe County, and to her and Mr. Shelton were born ten children: Matilda (deceased), Azariah (now trustee of Hamilton County for the second term), William, Martha (Mrs. Selcer), Mira (deceased), Sallie (Mrs. Fryar), Tennessee (deceased), Mary A., McKinney and Jane. Mr. and Mrs. Shelton and all their children but one, are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Shelton has been elder for ten years. He was reared a Whig, and is now a republican in politics. He is also a Master Mason. He was elected justice of the peace in 1853, served one term, and was elected again in 1877. He was deputy sheriff of Hamilton County two years. He has a fine farm of 240 acres in one tract, and 340 acres about two miles from where he resides, both well cultivated. Mr. Shelton's father- in-law, Mr. William Walker, was trustee of Bledsoe County for twelve years, was highly respected, and an influential citizen. His wife was of Dutch descent, as were also Mr. and Mrs. Shelton, Sr. Our subject has always been ready and willing to aid in the advancement of educational interests in his neighborhood, being one of the five who furnished the greatest bulk of funds required in building the academy near his residence.
Goodspeed's "History of Tennessee" 1887; Page 991.