Descendants of Sarah Bolton

Sarah Bolton born 11 November 1841 TN

Died 12 December 1878 White County Arkansas. Cemetery Unknown

Sarah's parents are Solomon and Rachael DAVIS Bolton from SC and TN.


Sarah Married 1st to B.R. Mccullough circa 1860 .  A daughter Ellen was born 15 July 1861 in TN.

B.R. McCullough died 15 April 1864 at Camp Douglas in Indianapolis, IN. He was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.  He was a Confederate Soldier.


Sarah Married  2nd to  John Franklin Skelton circa 1865 in TN.   The Civil War Papers of John's ( #669855)  states they were married by J. P. Crane. Justice of the Peace in Chattanooga.

John was born 28 June 1841 in Hendricks Co. In.   He died 5 April 1918 in Rome, GA and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery.  At the time of his death, he was living with a daughter and her husband,  Nellie and Gus Duncan.


John and Sarah's children:


James Skelton born 29 July 1866  Tn

Elizabeth (Betty) born 13 April 1869 Tn

Frank Skelton born 22 May 1871  White County Arkansas

Susan Skelton born 7 Sept 1873 White Co. AR

Minerva Skelton born 5 Dec 1878 White Co. AR.  died at birth


The 1870 Census of Batesville, AR shows John Skelton family living in Fairview Twp.  The family then moved to Jackson Twp in White County where the last three children were born.  The family is shown in the 1880 Census, except for the last two children and Sarah.


Around 1880-1881 Ellen McCullough moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.  She had a daughter, Sally who was born 4 Sept 1881.   Then  Ellen moved back to Hamilton County TN and married John Skelton on 29 January 1882.

To this union four children were born.


John Auston born 26 Jan 1884  died infancy

Nelllie Viola born 17 January 1887

John Franklin Jr born 24 Dec

William young born 13 Sept 1894.


John Franklin Skelton was a Union Soldier in the Civil War.  He was mustered in at age 19 into Co G 18th Reg't Inf for one year.  Four months after his discharge he was mustered into Co E 69th Reg't IN and stayed until he was mustered out on 20 June 1865 with an honorable Discharge.  He fought in the Battle of Chicamunga and on missionary Ridge.  He was a  GAR Member in TN.  His Civil War Badge and GAR Badge are in the hands of a Great Grandson by his second wife..  In the 1860 Dearborn Census of IN, it shows John with his mother, Elizabeth and a brother James and sister, Susan.

His father's name is unknown at this time.


I descend from John and Sarah's son Frank, who married Mary Etta Ferguson in White County, AR. 

They had a son Raymond who married Minnie Oneida Jay in Caddo County, Oklahoma and they are my parents.  Six children were born to this couple. Forrest, Ivelyn, Evelyn, Danny, Thomas and William.

My sources for John Skelton comes from 42 pages of Civil War papers located in  the Archives in Washington DC. The number is 669855 Census Records in Dearborn Co. IN.  Hamilton Co. TN.  Batesville, AR and White County AR. Obituaries,  Courthouse, Cemetery, Marriage License, Interviews from Grand children from 2nd marriage John's and Ellen's.

Pictures from John and Sarah's album.  And Personal family knowledge. Newspaper Articles in Lawrenceburg, IN


Submitted by Evelyn Skelton Sell