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Particularly me Oldest and 
Most Numerous Branch of 
tkat Family in America; an 
Account of tke Ancestors 
and Descendants ' of "The 
Ten Brothers" of S«vieT $ 
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To the end that those of whose descendants we are and 
whose names many of us bear may not be forgotten but may find 
a proper place in the history and memory of our American race, 
I have, undertaken to collect such facts as are obtainable re- 
garding the forefathers of our own Shields family. There has 
not, to my knowledge, been any other attempt made to set down 
such a comprehensive record; this one is far from complete. 
Entire branches, representing many hundreds of individuals, 
have been lost to us. Frequently only a name, sometimes a 
date or two, often merely a line, sets forth ail we know of 
the activities of a lifetime of seventy busy years. 

This data has been gathered with painstaking effort from 
sources innumerable: Krom family Bibles, land, law and church 
records, official documents, private letters, memory, tradi- 
tion, and what not. Most of it is, I trust, fairly accurate; $f-. 
some of it may be incorrect; none of it is as complete as ft 
should be. Thus far it has been a stupendous task; its com- 
pletion will be tedious and full of discouragements and dis- 
appointments. A few years ago it would have been easier; a 
few years hence much of it -would have been forever lost. 

This pamphlet is not for sale; it is only a beginning. 
I have made a few copies, with much labor, hoping that others 
into whose hands they may fall will add such corrections and 
new material as ought to appear if the book shall ever be pub- 
lished. I wish I were able to publish it properly and hand- 
somely; many would prize a fitting memorial to our own who 
have gone before; it would be even more highly appreciated by 
generations yet unborp. Someday someone will do this. There- 
fore, I am sure that all who can will contribute to its cor- 
rection and completion as willingly as I have tried to do my 
part, Mich that we may do now, even poorly, if left for a few 
years can never be done at all. 

804 Sykes Block, JQm mTWR SHIELDS 

Minneapolis, Minn. 
December, 1917. . 


There are at least two distinct families bearing the 
name Shields. One, originating among the Scandinavians of 
northern Europe, found its way into England at about the 
time of the Norman Conquest; the other traces its ancestry 
to the Gaels of Persia, who migrated through Egypt and Phoe- 
necia, along the Levant and the northern shores of the Medi- 
terranean into Spain, and thence into Ireland, where their 
rule was unbroken for more than two thousand years prior to 
the Norman Conquest, in 1172. 

The English Shields are descended from an early royal 
family of Denmark, named Scyld. The "word "scyld" in Anglo 
Saxon, or "skiold" in Danish, becomes "shield" when trans- 
lated into English, the three forms being identical in mean- 
ing. The additional fact that a sketch of this instrument 
of early warfare i3 prominently displayed in the coats-of- 
arms of the various branches of this Shields family indi- 
cates quite clearly the origin of the name. 

The Irish Shields derive their nams from the old Irish 
word "siadhal," the modern form being spelled "shields," 
which neans "cultured, mannerly, polished, debonair. " The 
design on the escutcheon of this family consists of a blue 
ground, on which are depicted three golden crowns, and above 
them an eagle, in flight, bearing in its beak a streamer 
upon which is inscribed, in the Irish language, the motto, 
"Death Before Dishonor." Blue is Ireland's own heraldic 
color; the three crowns are doubtless a vestige of the 
arms of Minster. 

The Irish 

The ancient chronicles of Ireland are the oldest and 
most complete recorded historical data of early European 
civilization in existence. They prove the Irish to be the 
oddest nation in Europe , and interleave their story not 
alone with the soories of Egypt, Israel, Phoenecia, and 

Greece, but witjfc those of Noah and the antedeluvian world a3 
well. Land records, law records, and records of other pro- 
ceedings that were officially registered according to laws and 
customs peculiar to that country were kept for many centuries 
during the early and middle ages, and enormous quantities of 
them are now available. Through these records, supplemented 
perhaps by tradition, students of early Irish history have 
traced the Shields name back to the man who first bore it. 

The First Shields 

Pre-Christian Ireland was divided into five kingdoms, 
the southernmost of which was Munster; the clan of O f Brien, 
whose capitol was at Cashel, was the royal family. In the 
third or fourth century, so the story is told, a younger son 
of the O'Brien who was then king of Munster, upon attaining 
his majority, took a portion of his patrimony and traveled 
over the continent of Europe for some twenty years. On his 
return he was dubbed a knight and invested with the title 
"Siadhal," or "Shields," which is the Irish form of the name 
during the Middle Ages. The name refers to the culture and 
gracious manners the young man had acquired during his trav- 
els. In Latin the name becomes "Sedulius." 

Caelius Sedulius, known as "The Christian Virgil," is 
said to have been the first member of this family known to 
history. He wrote "Carmen Paschale," and introduced rhyme 
into Latin poetry. 

Scotus Sedulius, of the court of Charlemagne, was also 
of this family. A biography of this scholar, by Hellmann, 
was written in German and published in Munich, in 1906. 

There are six Siadhals mentioned in the "Annals of the 
Four Masters," collections of the chronological history of 
early Ireland, between the years 758 and 855. One of these 
was present at the Council of Rome in 721. Another was Ab- 
bott of Kildare, and died in 828. The best known, however, 
and the most important, was Siadhal who, during the reign of 
the Emperor Lothair, 840 to 855, was a teacher at Liege, now 
in the kingdom of Belgium. 

Sedulius Scotus 

It appears from tlie manuscript records of the ninth. Cen- 
tury that there was a teacher at St. Lambert College, in 
Liege, who was known as Scotus Sedulius, or, in the Latin 
form, Sedulius Scotus. He was a scribe and a poet, also a 
student of Greek. According to Montfaucon, it was he who 
copied the Greek Psalter, now Number 8047 in the "Bibliothe- 
que de L , Arsenale," in Paris. His poems, to the number of 
ninety, were published by Traube in the "Poetae Aevi Caroli- 
ni," ';. which is a portion of the "Monunentae Germania His- 
torica. " It is quite probable that toward the end of his days 
he established a school at Milan. When and where he died is 

The most important works of Sedulius Scotus are his 
treatise "De Rector ibus Christianis" — Concerning Christian 
Rulers, his Commentary on the Logic of Aristotle, and his 
Scripture Commentary, in Latin, entitled "Colleetenae in 
Omnes Beatae Paulae Epistolas." The first of these is a 
noteworthy contribution to Christian ethics. It is the 
first of many treatises written for the instruction of 
Christian princes and rulers, an exposition of the duties pe- 
culiar to that state of life. 

This notable man wrote many other works, not the least 
interesting of which are his letters, sorre of which are pub- 
lished in the "Neues Archiv, II, 188, IV, 315." In them he 
narrates the vicissitudes of the Irish exiles in Europe, An 
excellent article on Sedulius Scotus appears in the Catholic 

A Prominent Family 

It would appear, from what we are able to learn from 
scholars and historians who are constantly delving into such 
matters, that the Shields family has been prominent all d6wn 
through the ages. The earlier members of the family were 
chiefly distinguished in connection with literature and re- 
ligion, but in those times Ireland was the center of learn- 
ing and evangelism for all Europe. At a later date, in the 
south, particularly in Galway, they were the heriditary guar- 
-;.v. s n ~> -o.^b i secrets. 

In America 

In American history the family is well represented by 
General James Shields, the only man who ever represented three 
states in the United States Senate, a hero of the Mexican and 
the Civil Wars, whose statue has a niche in the Hall of Fame; 
by John Shields, one of the little band of explorers, led by 
Lewis and Clark on the famous expedition to Oregon in 1803; 
by Meedy White Shields, founder of the city of Seymour, Ind- 
iana; by Br. Charles Woodruff Shields, the eminent Presbyter- 
ian divine, for forty years professor of theology in Prince- 
ton University; by George 0. Shields, a leading. naturalist, 
sportsman, and editor; by John Knight Shields, at present 
United States Senator from Tennessee. There are many others 
of note. The mother of President John Tyler was a daughter of 
a Shields. Another descendant of this family, on his mother's 
side, was John Tipton, General in the United States Army, 
United States Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and United 
States Senator from Indiana; he was the only 3on of Janet 
Shields Tipton. 

There are many hundreds of people now living in America, 
bearing the name Shields, inherited from a common ancestor, 
whose kin-ship among each other has never been and probably 
never can be established. 

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(1600 to 1760) 

William Shields 

2. John Shields ) 

2. William Shields ) - See following pages for their 

2. Daniel Shields (?) ) descendants. 

2. James Shields 

3, William Shields 

4. Jane Shields ) 

4. Eliza Shields ) - See following pages for 

4. Thomas Shields ) their descendants. 

4. James Shields ) 

4. John Shields 

5. John Shields ) 

5. Thomas Shields ) - See following pages. 
5. Mary Shields ) for their descendants. 
5. Robert Shields 

6. The family of the "ten brothers. " 

At a comparatively early date, just when is unknown, a 
branch of the Shields family moved from southern to northern 
Ireland, settling in County Tyrone. Many, if not all, of the 
members of this family had joined the Protestants at about 
the time of the Reformation — 1510 - 1550. 

William Shields , of County Antrim 

In the neighboring County Antrim, on the shore of beau- 
tiful Lough Neagh, not many years before or after 1600, was 
born 7/illiam Shields, from whom has descended the most num- 
erous as well as the most prominent Shields race in the New 
World. Little is known of his life. In 1633, while residing 
in Couniy Armagh, there was born to him a son, named James, 
thi'o^gb urhoge family line the main thread of this story runs. 
Jiizecc :ia '. • b~ctJj3r« whether oldoj or v.v \i;yr is r.o* .""mown 

whose name was William, and another, iMGh younger, named Joh.,„ 
There nay have been other members of the family; it has been 
asserted that there was another named Daniel, but of this the 
writer bas no conclusive evidence. 

William, the father, was one of the victims of Cromwell's 
prosecution of the Irish. There have been few, if any, peo- 
ples in the history of the world treated with greater cruelty 
than the Irish. England's treatment of Ireland is one of the 
most shameful stories in all history; and Cromwell's part in 
it is more shameful than the rest. He treated the Irish as 
if they were not merely intruders, but outlaws in their own 
land. It required six years and 600,000 lives for him to 
establish his policy in Ireland. 

Cr.e searches history in vain for a parallel to the grand 
Oi omwellian scheme, which wa3 carried out to the letter; the 
entire native population was, before May 1, 1654, to depart in 
a body for Connaught, there to inhabit a small' reservation in 
a desolate tract between the Shannon River and the sea, of 
which it has been said by one of the Commissioners engaged in 
enforcing the decree, "there was not fuel enough to warm, 
water enough to drown, or earth enough to bury a man." They 
must not go within two miles of the river or four miles of 
the sea, a cordon of soldiers being permanently stationed 
there with orders to kill anyone overstepping the limits. 

Any Irish who, after the date named, were found outside 
the appointed area were to suffer death. Vfe read of piteous 
pleas for time to collect a few comforts and provide for 
food and shelter; but at the blast of the trumpet, urged on 
'■by bayonets, the wretched tide of humanity , men, women, chil- 
dren, the infirm, the sick, high and low, prince and peasant, 
poured into Connaught to share starvation and banishment. 
The fate of those left behind was even worse. Those who 
were not executed were driven upon slave-ships and taken to 
foreign lands, most of them to be heard from nevermore. 
William Shields, the father, is said to have lost his life 
during the enforcement of this inhuman decree , and his sons 
William and James were among the 100,000 who were deported, 
for no crime other than that of being Irishmen. 

The Sons Found Families in America 

William' 8 sons, James, John, and William, founded large 
American families. Tracing their descendants to the present 
day is not the purpose of this sketch, even if it were possi- 
ble, hut it may not be out of place to say that many branches 
of these early families have been thus followed down. A 
brief reference to these various families may be of interest. 

William and James were deported to the Barbadoes Islands, 
in the West Indies, in 1655. They did not long remain there, 
however. We are told that William settled, we know not when, 
at Williamsburg, Virginia. Much information concerning his 
descendants is to be found in the Bruton Church Records of 
that city. His son, James, kept a tavern and an ordinary in 
Williamsburg, and died there in 1727. James Shields,' who was 
appointed surveyor of York County, Virginia, in 1744, was a 
son of the tavern-keeper. Anne, the daughter of James the 
surveyor, was the mother of Mary Armstead, who married Gov- 
ernor Tyler, of Virginia, and the grandmother of John Tyler, 
the tenth President of the United States. General John Page 
Shields, who lost his life while serving in the Confederate 
army, was also a great grandson of James, the surveyor. 

John, who was a mere child at the time of the Cromwell- 
ian exile, spent his life in Ireland. In 1739, when an old 
ir&n. he, with his son William, then a lad of twelve, suiied 
for America. The fatner uied en route and was buried in the 
ocean. William landed at Newcastle, in Delaware or Maryland, 
where he lived for two years among his cousins. He later 
settled in Frederick County, Maryland. His descendants are 
numerous, and are scattered all over the United States, many 
of them living in Tennessee and other southern states. John 
Knight Shields, United States Senator from Tennessee, is a 
great .great grandson of this immigrant William Shields. 

It may not be amiss to include here a reference to Dan- 
iel, whi is thought by some to have been a brother of William, 
John, and James, and who is referred to by others as a cousin 
of these three. He. with one son, was killed while fighting 
in ths army of JaLBS II at the Battle of tiw 3oyixe, in 1690. 

toe of nis regain? 30ns later became a high offwtol to t* 
3panish amy, and was for a U» Gove najflwrrirf OAj. 
toother surviving son, Daniel, remained 1» »£•■*• M di 4 
his descendants fof two generations. This *^°*** *£ 
Si v or at least a part of it, was re-converted to the Ca„h- 
oui fuitl J^es Shields, General and Unite|states Senator. 
£. a gxeai grandson of this survivor of the Battle of the • 
£™e General Shields founded a large Irish settlement m 
thfv'icinity of Shieldsville, Minnesota; he is the only man 
who has ever represented three different states m the United 
States Senate; his picture is the <^^ffi£J£l£ 
the areat hattle-pictures of the world, tnat of Chapultepe-, 
K t£ rotunda of the Capitol, at Washington; he was selected 
t the Legislature of Illinois as one of its two «££/•>- 
resentatives whose statues were placed in the Hall of Fame, 
he is buried in Carrolton, Missouri, where a fine monument 
has been erected by that state to his memory. 

James Shields, the other son of William of Antrim, and 
the one of special importance in connection with tois his- 
torv remained in the Barbadoes Islands only a short tins, 
having come to Maryland before 1660. He was the Want 
Sunder of the largest of me ^rican Shields lollies, the 
writer being one of his many descendants, of the eighth gen 

Preceding the " Ten Brothers . " 

-When and where James Shields, the i™i?>"ant, died we do 
not know Neither do we know anything of his life or his 
?£d5 further than what is included in a family history 
writlenTy William Hathaway, son of George and Eliza Shields 
fethaway. and great grandson of Jares Shields, in 1790. It 
is as follows? 

"My great grandfather on the Shields side was James 
Shields. He was born in County Ari^gh in the year 16o5 His 
rather was born in County Antrim. In about the twentieth 
""of hi8 ao-e ho and his brother and many others were ar- 
reted by the English and deported to the Barbadoes Islands. 
He cale to Baltimore before 1660. He settled first in Kent 
"o-r.ty and then Vr ^e-ca-tle. Fi3 brother John and family 

came to America about the year 1738 or 1740. I was a mere 
child when they arrived. Cousin William lived with us about 
two years, his father having died on the ocean. The family 
settled in Frederick County. I have not seen any of them for 
nearly fifty years. Cousin William has a large family. 
Great grandfather Whields died when my mother was a little 

"%• grandfather was William Shields. He was born in 
Kent County in the year 1668. My grandmother on my mother's 
side was Jeanette Parker. Aunt Jane was born January 15, 
1696. She died in Lancaster County in the year 1750. I had 
four uncles. One died young. Uncle Tom was born in the year 
1699. Uncle James was born in the year 1694. Uncle John was 
born in the year 1709. They lived first in Chester County 
and then moved to Augusta County, Virginia. Mother was born 
June 3, 1704. She died in Chester County in the year 1742, 
being stricken with pneumonia. Grandfather was killed by a 
falling log while helping one of my uncles build a house in 
Virginia in 1741. Grandmother lived with aunt Jane until her 
death. Uncle James died about the year 1750. His son John 
was about my own age. He visited us soon after. I have nev- 
er seen him since then. He was living in North Carolina a 
few years ago. Uncle Tom died about 'the year 1765 leaving 
several children. Uncle John died just before the war. Sev- 
eral of my cousins were in the Continental army. Uncle Tom's 
children moved away and I do not know where they are. Some 
of them went south I think. Uncle John's children scattered. 
One lived in lennsylvania. One went to North Carolina. One 
went to Boone's settlement in Frankland a few years ago. Some 
of them still live in Virginia. My relatives on mother's 
side were all large, strong, long-lived and industrious people."' 

Little of interest has been found in addition to the 
foregoing. The early records of Kent County, Maryland, indi- 
cate the marriage of William Shields and Jeanette Parker in 
1692, and also show that Thomas Parker, of Kent County, by will 
dated July 17, 1695, proven September 2, 1695, willed to hi3 
son-in-law, William Shields, certain property. 

The Three Brothers in Virginia 

The Chalkley Records, and other historical data of Augus- 
ta County, Virginia, (which included territory that has since 
been organized into half a dozen states,) make frequent ref- 
erence to Thomas, James, and John Shields, who settled in 
what is now Rockingham County, in the Shenandoah Valley of 
Virginia, in 1740, having come from Chester County, Pennsylvania. 

James Shields' was listed as a "," or shoemaker. 
In 1746 he bought 898 1/2 acres of land on Moffett's Creek. 
He died in April, 1749, leaving a widow, whose maiden name was 
Jean Armstrong, and a minor son, John. Having left no will, 
his brother John was appointed to administer his estate. The 
son John, shortly thereafter, settled at Rockfish Gap, in Am- 
herst County, Virginia, but in 1753 he bought land from Bev- 
erly Manor, situated near the original plot on Moffett's 
Creek, which was paid for by his uncle John.- 

James and his son John were involved in a lawsuit that is 
recorded under the title of Robert Robertson vs. James and 
John Shields. In 1746 James Shields sold to William Snowden a 
tract of land in Borden's grant, which Snowden subsequently 
sold to Robertson. The records in the original transfer were 
not properly entered and Robertson brought suit in 1748 to 
quiet the title. James died before its settlement; hence 
the minor son John was made defendant. The answer was made 
by John Shields, the uncle, as guardian. The sheriff's re- 
turn in the case indicates that in 1752 John, the defendant, 
lived in Albemarle County, Virginia. 

Thomas Shields purchased land from Beverly Manor August 
18, 1747, which he sold to Mathew Thompson in 1761. His es- 
tate was appraised February 19, 1782, which indicates that he 
died prior to that date. The Hathaway record puts the date 
of his death as 1765. 

John Shields, the grandfather of the "ten brothers," 
around whom this sketch centers very largely, purchased 225 
acres of land from Beverly Manor in 1742, His will was filed 
January 23, 1772, in which he is called o. free-holder. It 

anrti.orkS rir Trifr., Margaret , (we do not know her maidan nau 
jub have reason to believe that it was Ferry), and sons John, 
Tnomas, and Robert, and a daughter Mary, Robert was the 
father of the "ten brothers." He was married in 1761 to 
Nancy Stockton. 

. The Stocktons 

Since this sketch will be of interest chiefly to des- 
cendants of the "ten brothers," we now break the thread of 
the Shields geneaology long enough to include such informa- 
tion as is obtainable concerning the mother of these men, and 
her ancestors. 

Davis StocKton, the grandfather of Nancy Stockton Shields, 
is said to have come from the north of Ireland in the early 
1700s, and to have settled first in Lancaster County, Penn- 
sylvania, and in 17&4 in Goochland, now Albemarle County, Vir- 
ginia. He was given a grant of 400 acres of land in that 
county on March IS, 1739. He died in 1769. His wife's name 
was Sarah. Their children were Richard, 7/illiam, Thomas, 
and Hannah; the latter married Adam Godylouch of Albemarle. 

The son Richard, referred to above, also obtained a 
grant of 400 acres in Albemarle County July 23, 1745, and 
later other grants in the same County. He made his will 
July 21, 1775, and it was proved October of the same year, 
indicating that his death occurredbetween those dates. His 
wife's name is not known. He had five sons and eight dau- 
ghters, namely: Thomas, John, Robert, David, and Richard, 
and Margaret, Sarah, Winneford, Jemima, Elizabeth, Deborah, 
one whose name is unknown, and Nancy; Nancy married Robert 
Shields in 1761. John Stockton, above named, was a signer of 
the Albemarle Declaration of Independence. 


The Outlines. 

From this point on this story concerns itself only 
with the descendants of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields. 


The year 1761, the date of the marriage of Robert Shields 
and Nancy Stockton, marks the beginning of the "modern" history 
of our division of the Shields family. To this union were 
born eleven children — a daughter and ten sons. The probable 
order of their births is observed in the following list, as 
nearly as the writer has been able to determine it from cor- 
relative information: 

Janet James 

Thomas Robert 

Richard John 

David Joseph 

William Benjamin 


All of these were born in what was then Augusta County, 
Virginia, their birthplace being perhaps within what is now 
Rockingham County. It is my purpose to set down the family 
histories of these eleven children and their descendants 
in-so-far as I have been able to gather the facts concerning 

Seeking a New Home 

Between 173£ and 1770 numerous groups of people from 
Maryland and Pennsylvania, largely Scotch and Irish, had wend- 
ed their way southward through the mountain troughs; and 
among these pioneers of 1740 we find the three Shields broth- 
ers previously referred to. Not a few penetrated to the 
Shenandoah Valley through the passes of the Blue Ridge from 
eastern Virginia and the Carolonas. The line of settlement 
had been gradually pushed forward until at the close of the 
Revolution it had reached the upper waters of the Yadkin River, 
in the northwest corner of North Carolina, and there were no 
longer any free lands in that entire region. The far-outlying 
frontier upon which Robert Shields' father and uncles hod 

r^r^. touts forty years before xn: longer abounded in v^j aixd 
^3 rietvr^F f 97" covins herds; indeed, the frontier had 
UCw u...Lc... .\...-v.^,.d to the west- flowing streams — to the 
head-waters of the Monongahela, Watauga, Clinch, French Broad, 

and He 1st on. 

At about this tins Robert Shields, with a large family 
of boys, some of them already full-grown, began to feel the 
pressure for more room caused by the rising tide of popula- 
tion in the fertile Shenandoah. The forbidding mountain 
ranges had long hemrsd in the settlers, and the savages had 
formed a still more serious barrier to the slowly advancing 
outposts of civilization, The treaty at the close of the 
Revolutionary War had given to the United States the terri- 
tory between the Alleghany mountains and the Mississippi, 
and with increasing knowledge of the mountain passes, and 
growing pressure of population behind, there haa arisen a 
general desire to scale the hills and to seek free xands ai4 
exemption from tax-collectors beyond them. 

Already Daniel Boone had been making excursions across 
the mountains. His glowing tales of the enormous supplies of 
game, the great fertility of the land, the desirability of 
the climate and the beauty of the country had persuaded other 
restless spirits to visit the west country. In the early 
1780s the government of North Carolina, of which the Present 
state of Tennessee was then a part, began offering very lib- 
eral inducements to settlers to occupy the western lands. 
Land offices were established in May, 1783, to sell to immi- 
grants for a few cents an acre, and grants were made to Rev- 
olutionary soldiers to repay them for services rendered dur- 
in- the war. A large number of families, particularly of the 
Irish and Scotch-Irish settlements of Virginia and North Car- 
olina, moved westward. With this tide of immigration, in 
1784, cams Robert and Nancy Shields, with their daughter Janet 
and the "ten brothers." During that year the new settlements 
extended westward as far as the big island in the J™** 
Broad River, thirty miles above the present site °* ^f* 71 ;^/ 
and on the very outskirts, on the banks of Middle Creek, which 
flows into the Little Pigeon, which is in turn a tributary of 
the jfc-« -,h Ex cad, Robert established his family in Shields 


Fort, built on what is now -una T F r W. JteMahrai ttmrn^naeu' 
the present village of Pigeon Forge, close by Shields Mount- 
ain, in what is n<#* Sevier County, Tennessee. 

The Trail 

There were ncroads across the mountains in those days. 
Vehicles were left ^behind. I&ok- horses carried such scanty 
equipment as the settlers brought. The trading path from 
Virginia, undoubtedly the route traveled by this immigrant 
family, as described in Haywood's History of Tennessee, pro- 
ceeds nearly upon the ground that the Buckingham road has 
since taken to the point where it strikes the state road in 
Bottetourt County; thence it runs nearly upon the ground 
that the state road now occupies, crossing the New River at 
the ford at English's Ferry, onward to the Seven Mile Ford 
on the Hoist on River; thence it proceeds c:i the left of the 
present state road, keeping near the river, to the North 
Fork of the Holston, crossing the same a+- the fnrd where the 
stage road now crosses it, thence following the 3tags road to 
Big Creek, There it leaves the .ground of the sta^e road £ 
and. the Holston at Dodson's Ford, three south- 
east :f r.oge*-&ville, it runs by the Grassy Springs , &izn 
miles southwest of Rogersville, thence down the wate* a of 
the Nollchucky to the French Broad, and crossing the s?jt«! fcs$- 
lew the mouth of the Little Pigeon River, follows ap ih3 Lib- 
tie Pigeon to its ford. In this vicinity, on the outskirts 
of a frontier extending some four hundred miles, surrounded 
by mountains, hemmed in with heavy timber, Shields Fox?t was 
erected. Only a year earlier the great pioneer, Daniel 
Boone, had complainingly remarked, "I must be moving on; why, 
a man has taken up a cabin not twenty- five miles from my door. ■ 

Hardly had the vanguard of civilization crossed the 
mountains when the Indian massacres began. Between 1780 and 
1795 every other male settler had fallen by the tomahawk or 
the Indian rifle. They went down amid the solitude and sil- 
ence of the wilderness, where few would mourn their fall, and 
perhaps not even a rude stone would tell their names to the 
coming generations. Many, discouraged and broken, re-croased 
the mountains to the old settlements in the east; but the 

entire Shields family ranained. Trials abundant fell to 
thcii : lot; but having resolved to make this their hon£, nei- 
ther isolation nor hardship nor fear of death, could shake 
their resolution. 

The Fort 

Practically all of the early settlers lived in forts. 
Sometimes these were large community affairs, housing two 
or three hundred people; again a single family would occupy 
a stockade of its own. The forts of the American frontier 
type would furnish slight defense against an enemy armed with 
even the lightest of modern artillery ; but they were gener- 
ally sufficient to withstand a foe possessing only tomahawks 
and flintlocks. The ordinary style was an oblong space sur- 
rounded by walls about twelve feet high, consisting of double 
rows of logs standing on end; earth dug up from a ditch that 
encircled the fort was piled against the bases of these pal- 
isades, inside and out, to steady them; they were all fast- 
ened together with wooden pins, and their tops were sharpened 
in order to impede anyone seeking to climb over. Inside was 
a log cabin, with log partitions, in which the families of 
the garrison lived. There was a large double gate made of 
thick slabs so arranged as to be guarded from within j there 
was generally a small rear exit, giving access to the spring 
nearby. Outer walls as well as cabins were amply provided 
with port-holes. A deadly fire could be poured .out from 
within, but the shelter was bullet-proof. A good marksman 
could work great havoc by firing through port -holes at the 
defenders within, but few Indians ever became sufficiently 
expert to do this. 

It was in such a fort that Robert Shields, his children, 
and grandchildren, lived for ten or a dozen years. During 
all this time only one of Robert's sons was killed by the In- 
dians. Nearly all of them had thrilling experiences and nar- 
row escapes, and one was severely wounded. Robert* s son-in- 
law also lost his life. 


1. Janet Shields (Tipton) 


Rhoda Tipton (Shields) 


John Tipton Shields 


Nancy Shields 


Thomas Shields 


Jane Shields 


Araet Shields 

4. John Tipton Shields 
4. Rhoda Shields 
4. Joshua Shields 
4. Edwin Shields 
4. Rebecca Shields 
4. Matilda Shields 
4. Robert Shields 
4. Isabella Shields 
4. George W. Shields 





Spier Shields Tipton 


George Tipton 


John Tipton 


Harriet Tipton 



3 Tipton 


Elizabeth Tipton 

Janet Shields, the first child and cnly daughter of 
Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields, was born in Virginia, March 
7, 1762. She married Joshua Tipton in Sevier County, Tennessee 
about 1785. Joshua was a son of General John Tipton, very 
prominent in the early history of that state. They had five 
children, the names we know being Rhoda 3 John, Agnes, and Eliz- 
abeth. Joshua Tipton was ambuscaded and killed by a band of 
Cherokee Indians April 18, 1793, hia brother-in-law, Joseph 
Shields, being severely wounded at the same time. It has been 
charged that the feud existing between the Tiptons and the Se- 
viers had something to do with the murder. These two families 
had carried on a bitter quarrel for years, beginning with 


political differences arising between Generals Tipton and Se- 
vier; the former was a strong advocate of Tennessee remaining 
a part of North Carolina until it could be organized as a sep- 
arate state, while the latter was a leader in the movement to 
break the bonds binding the western settlements to the mother 
state and organize the "Independent State of Frankiand," inde- 
pendent of the United States government. 

Janet moved, with her family, to Indiana in the fall of 
1807, settling at Brinley's Ferry, now Evans Landing, on the 
Ohio River, in Harrison County. Later she settled in what is 
now Jackson County, at the fort commanded by her brother 
James, located just north of the present site of Seymour, 
where she resided until her death, February 17, 18E7. 

Her daughter, Rhoda, married a first cousin, Joshua 
Shields, one of the sons of Thomas Shields who was killed by 
the Indians. A further sketch of him and their family will be 
found later. She died July 7, 1837. Janet's daughter Agnes 
married William Edwards in 1811, and Elizabeth married John 
Denbo in 1818. 

To Janet's son, John 'Tipton, the state of Indiana owes 
more in its early history making than to any other individual 
who ever lived within her borders. As a military leader, civ- 
ilian, and statesman he filled a full measure of honor. His 
impress upon the state as a whole, and particularly upon Col- 
umbus, Fort Wayne, Logansport, and Indianapolis will never be 

More than one biography of John Tipton has been published 
but the most interesting of all the stories of his career is 
his "Journal." He was a born Indian hater. He gained his 
first prominence as a minor officer under General Harrison, in 
the battle of Tippecanoe. He rapidly rose in rank and dis- 
tinction to the position of Brigadier General in the service 
of his state, General in the United States Army, United States 
Commissioner of Indian Affairs, and United States Senator. He 
was very prominent in Masonic Lodge circles, not only in his 


own state, but alsb among the various Lodges throughout the en- 
tire Northwest Territory. As a member of the Indiana legisla- 
ture he was on the' committee that selected Indianapolis as the 
capitol of the state and he assisted in surveying and platting 
the town- site. H6 was also Indiana's commissioner who, in con- 
nection with one acting in like capacity for Illinois, located 
the Indiana- Illinois boundary from Vincennes to Lake Michigan. 
He also founded the city of Columbus, formerly called Tiptonia 
in his honor, but changed because of political differences be- 
tween Tipton and some of the settlers, /which grew so bitter 
that Tipton left town and refused to return. He also founded 
the city of Logansport, and was prominent in the early history 
of Fort Wayne. 

John Tipton's first wife was his cousin, Jennie Shields, 
generally thought to have been the only daughter of John 
Shields, the explorer; of this we have no conclusive evidence. 
The writer has assumed it to be the case. They had two sons, 
one whose name is not known, the other named Spier Shields 
Tipton, who graduated from West Point, was a captain of drag- 
oons in the Mexican War, and later was commander of the Indiana 

Tipton's second wife was Matilda Spencer, daughter of his 
old friend Spier Spencer. Three children were born of this 
union. George lived and died in Logansport. John graduated 
from West Point and entered the army, but died while in Cali- 
fornia just before the outbreak of the Civil War. Harriet mar- 
ried Thomas S. DuPont and settled in Oregon, where she died. 
Several of General Tipton's descendants now live in Logansport 
and Fort Wayne. 

John Tipton died April 5, 1839, and was buried with mili- 
tary honors and in the rites of the Masonic Order. The or- 
iginal of his only portrait hangs in the Masonic Lodge rooms 
at Logansport, af which Lodge he -was one of the founders and 
for many years a leading member. 


Thomas Sh 


2. Joshua Shields 


John T. Shields 


Nancy Shields 


Thomas Shields 


Arnet Shields 

4. John T. Shields 

4. Rhoda Shields 

4. Joshua Shields 

4. Edwin Shields 

4. Rebecca Shields 

4. Matilda Shields 

4. Robert Shields 

4. Isabella Shields 

4. George W. Shields 

. . 3. 

Jane Shields 

The Shields family was particularly fortunate in the 
matter of loss of life at the hands of the savages during 
the early days in Tennessee. Thomas Shields, one of the 
ten brothers, who was born in Virginia, and in 1784 moved 
with the family to Tennessee, was the only one of this large 
family who was killed by Indians. This is all the more re- 
markable when it is remembered that during the first twelve 
years after this family moved to the new country half the 
male settlers lost their lives at the hands of Indians. 

Thomas Shields was shot from ambush on Birch Creek, 
about ten miles southeast of Sevierville, Tennessee, while 
getting water in his sugar- tree orcxittru with which to boil 
his sugar. His two little boys, one of them named Joshua, 
were in sight of him -tfher. he was killed. They were eieht 
and ten ye ars old. They were with the old blind horse that 
was hitched to a sled, used for hauling water. They heard 


the report of the guns, saw their father fall, and saw twelve 
Indians run up to scalp him. While the Indians were thus 
engaged the boys unhitched the horse and started for the 
Shields fort about six miles away. The Indians, seeing them, 
quickly followed. On they sped, down the creek, across the 
river, and down the valley. For the first two miles the In- 
dians were frequently within sight. Then they crossed the 
river again, and made a final dash over hills and hollows for 
the last two miles to the fort. The Indians, knowing the lo- 
cation of the fort, seem to have made a desperate effort to 
catch the boys, but the old horse, though deprived of sight, 
made this perilous run over some of the roughest country in 
Tennessee. Dr. John Alwin Paul Shields, who relates this in- 
cident, says he has traversed every foot of the ground the 
boys passed over, and he thinks nothing but an Omnipotent 
hand kept the horse from falling, thereby saving the little 
boys' lives. Both of these boys moved to Indiana later, 
probably with the several Shields families going to that 
state in 1808. 

Joshua Shields, one of these lads, was born in Knox 
County, Tennessee. He was married to his cousin, Rhoda Tip- 
ton, a daughter of Janet Shields Tipton., He died in Clay 
township, Cass County, Indiana. Upon settling in Indiana, 
in Harrison County, he enrolled in the militia, and served 
in the War of 1812; he was with General Harrison at Tippe- 
canoe where he was wounded in the arm. He died Jan. 22, 1852, 
and his wife died July ?, 1837. They had five children: John 
T. , Nancy, Thomas, Arnet, and Jane. All of them died young 
except Arnet. He was born in Harrison County, Ind. , Jan. 28, 
1816, and was married to Jane Irvin on May 11, 1837. His 
children were John T. , Rhoda, Joshua, Edwin, Rebecca, Matilda, 
Robert, Isabella, and George W. Rebecca married R. J. May. 


1. Richard Shields 

2. Robert Shields 

3. Frederick Shields 

4. Martha Sal elds 
4. Matilda Shields 
4. Jonathan Shields 
4. Elizabeth Shields 
4. Zeekarian Shields 
4. Elijah Shields 
4. George Shields 
4. Ruth Shields 
4, William Shields 
4. Margaret Shields 
4. Andrew Shield.3 
4, David Shields 

5. William T. Shields 
3. Perry Shields 

4, Caroline Shields (Hawkins) 
5, Ivan Hawkins 
5, Jenuia Hawkins 
5, Robert Hawkins 
5 W Roy Hawkins 
5. Nellie Hawkins 
4. Richard 
4. Robert Shields 
5. Roe Shields 
5. Marcus Shields 
5. George Shields 
5. Thomas Shields 
4. John Shields 
4. Frederick Shields 
5. George Shields 
5. Cass Shieldn 
4. Barbara Shields 
4. Rachel Shields 
4. Joshua Shields 
4. George Shields 
3. Joshua Shields 
3, Jackson Shields 


3. Henry H. Shields ' -' 
4. Mary Shields (Fcezeel) 

5. Lydia Feezeel 
4. Ruth E. Shields 
4. Rebecca Shields 
4. Martha Jane Shields (Roberts) 
5. Emma J. Roberts 
5. John H. Roberts 
5. Eliza E. Roberts 
5. Andrew Preston Roberts 
5, Samuel H. Roberts 
5. George D. Roberts 
5. Martha A. Roberts 
5. William E. Roberts 
5. James Witt Roberts 
5, Wiley J. Roberts 
5. Nancy Mae Roberts 
5. Mary E. Roberts 
4. Walter Shielda 
4. E. E. Shields 
4. Jesse W. Shields 

5. George R. Shields 

6, Frederick T AVat.t Shields 
6. Mary E. Shields 
6. Roger Denton Shields 
5 4 William A. Shields 
5 U John W. Shields 
4. David Shields 
4. Jonathan Shields 
4. George Washington Shields 
4. Andrew Witt Shields 

5. Elizabeth Shields (McCauley) 

6. Leonard McCauley 
5. A. Louraine Shields (Ledbetter) 
6. Maynard Ledbetter 
6. Susie Ledbetter 
6. Anna Ledbetter 
6. Witt Ledbetter 
• 6, Jo3ie Ledbetter 


6. Martha Hazel Ledbetter 
5. Susie Shields (Walker) 
6. Myrtle Walker 
6. Clarence Walker 
6. Mabel Walker 
5. Jackson Shields 
5. Samantha Shields 
5. George Henry Shields 
6. Le3ter Shields 
6, Lena Mae Shields 
6. Lawrence Shields 
5. Andrew W. Shields 
6. Herman Shields 
6 Flora Shields 
6, Uola Shields 
6. Norman Shields 
5, Tyre H. Shields 
6. Effa Shields 
6, Iva Lee Shields 
G. Floyd Shields 
3. Anne Shields 
3. Rebecca Shields 
3. Tildia Shields 
3. George W. Shields 
3. Arnett Shields 

4. John S. Shields 
4. William Shields 
4. Commodore Shields 
4. Robert Shields 
3. Robert Shields 

Little is known of Richard Shields except that he was 
one of the older of the ten brothers. He possibly, and quite 
probably, had other children than his son Robert, but we have 
no definite record of them. He was born in 1764. 

Robert Shields, son of Richard, was born October 13, 
1784, and died Jan. 11, 1850. His wife was Margaret Emmert, 


three years older than he, and she survived him twelve years. 
He was a farmer, and at the time of his death was a Justice of 
the Peace. They resided at Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tenn. 
All of their eleven children listed above are dead, Arnett, 
the youngest, having died in 1915. 

Frederick Shields, the son of Robert and Margaret Emmert 
Shields, was married to Polly Oliver. They lived on a farm. 
They had twelve children, as follows: Martha, married Buck 
Long; Matilda, married a Gregory; Jonathan, married to Olive 
Greer; Elizabeth, married Samuel Mathews; Zacheriah, married 
to Rosa Greer; Elijah, married to Rhoda Walker; George, mar- 
ried to Eliza Wilcox; Ruth, married John Gregory; William, 
married to Jane.McCauley; Margaret, married Peter Meyers; 
Andrew, married to Adaline Carrell; David, who had a son, W. 
T., who was married to his cousin once removed, Emma J. Roberts, 

Perry Shields, son of Robert and Margaret Emmert Shields, 
was born Sept. 14, 1615, and died Feb. 5, 1886, He was married 
to Margaret, commonly called. Peggy, Greer, and had nine chil- 
dren, listed in the outline above. Caroline married a Hawkins 
and resides near Maryville, Tenn. She has five children: 
Ivan, residing at Route 3, Knoxiille, Tenn. ; Jennie, who mar- 
ried a Riddle, and resides at Route 8, Knoxville, Tenn, ; Robert, 
who resides near Maryville, Tenn, ; Roy, and Nellie, who live 
with their parents. Richard Shields was killed in the Civil 
War. Robert Shields was married to Martha Wallace, and had four 
3ons, Roe, Marcus, George, and Thomas. He resided on the Con- 
osoga River, In Georgia, for many years, but died near Cleveland, 
Tenn. Frederick Shields had two sons, George and Cass. Barbara 
Shields married M, J. Gladson; she is dead, but Mr. Gladson and 
the children reside in Culberson, N, C. Joshua Shields also re- 
sides there; he is unmarried. George Shields lives in Colorado. 
He has one daughter. We have no further information concerning 
John and Rachel. 

•- • • . * - • .- w 

Joshua Shields, 3on of Robert and Margaret Emmert, was mar- 
ried to a lady named Johnson. Jackson Shields, his brother, we 
know nothing of. 


Henry H. Shields, son of Robert and Margaret Emmert Shields, 
was born Apr. 20, 1817 and died Feb. 26, 1891, He resided at 
Cade's Cove, Tenn. He was born at Emert's Cove, Sevier County, 
Term. He was twice married, first to Martha Oliver, by whom he 
had eleven children. She died in 1664 and in 1870 he was mar- 
ried a second time. He was a farmer by profession and was a 
Union soldier during the Civil War. During the War he was 
wounded by Confederate raiders, and his arm was rendered almost 

His sons, George Washington and Andrew Witt, reside at 
Cade's Cove. The former was born in 1844 at Cade's Cove, and 
was married to Lina Gregory in 1865. They have no children. 
He served for three years in the Federal army, the 6th Tennessee, 
Infantry* Company B, under Col. Cooper. He joined in 1662. He 
was wounded by a cannon ball striking his right hip in 1864, 
and was mustered out of the service in 1865. After his marriage 
he went to Missouri and later to Kansas, but in 1915 he return- 
ed to Cade's Cove. Andrew Witt Shields was born in 1850.' In 
1678 he was married to Anna Walker, ?;ho was the mother of all 
his children. She died in 1896, and in 1898 he was married to 
Mary Lav/son. He has always been a farmer. He was for twelve 
years a Justice of the Peace, and wa3 f or three years the Post- 
master at Cade's Cove. He had eight children; Elizabeth, born 
in 1878, married W. C. McCauley in 1698, resides at Walland, 
Tenn. , and have a son, Leonard i'cCauley, who was born in 1899; 
George H. , born in 1880, was married to Polly McGregory in 
1900, resides at Cade's Cove, and has three children, Lester, 
born in 1904, Lena Mae, born in 1911, and Lawrence, born in 
1914; A. Louraine, born in lc.62, was married to J. M. Ledbet- 
ter in 19Q6, resides at Cade's Cove, and has six children, 
namely, Maynard, born in 1907, Susie, born im 1909, Anna, born 
in 1911, .Witt, born in 1913, Josie, born in 1915, and Martha 
Hazel, born in 1917; Andrew W. , born in 1884, was married to 
Frances Oliver in 1903, resides at Cade's Cove ,( and has four 
children, Herman, born in 1907, Flora, born in 1910, Nola, born 
in 1913, and Norman, born in 1915; Tyre H. , born in 1886, was 
married to Rachel Cooper in 1906, resides at Cade's Cove, and 
has three children, Effa born in 1909, Iva Lee born in 1911, and 


Floyd "born in 1914; Susie, born in 1891, married Levi Walker 
in 1903, resides at Cade's Cove, and has had three children, 
Myrtle, born in 1909, Clarence, born in 1911, and Mabel, born 
in 1918 and died in 1917; Jackson was born in 1888 and died in 
1391; Samantha was born in 1894 and died in infancy. 

David, another son of Henry H. Shields, was born in 1846 
and died of measles in the Federal army in 1363. He was never 
married. His sister Mary was born in 1642, in 1861 married 
W. A. Fee zee 1, and died in 1662, She had a daughter, Lydia, 
born in 1862, who married John Knight, and now resides in Knox- 
ville, Term; Ruth E. , another of the children of Henry H. , was 
born in 1848, married Joe Garland in 1661, and died in 1673. 

Henry* s son, Jesse W. Shields, was born in 1852, and :.n 
1869 was married to a distant cousin, Sarah Shields, a grand 
daughter of Robert and Sabra 'White Shields. Their son, George 
R. Shields, is an attorney, formerly connected with the Treas- 
ury Department of the United States, but now a member of the 
firm of King & King, attorneys, at 'Washington, D. C. He was mar- 
ried to Agnes Hill in 1902, and their three children were born 
in the order listed in the outline above, respectively, in 1906, 
1910, and 1913. 

William A. Shields, another son of Jesse W. , referred to 
in the above paragraph, is a telegraph operator somewhere in 

Renecca Shields, a daughter of Henry H. , was born in 1654 
and in 1669 married James Sands. Her sister, Martha Jane, was 
born in 1657, and married Samuel Roberts in 1678. The Roberts 
reside at Cade T s Cove„ They have twelve children, viz. , Emma 
J. , born in 1679, married W. T. Shields in 1903; {he is a son of 
David Shields, who in turn was a son of Frederick and Polly Oli- 
ver Shields); they have seven children; John H, Roberts, born 
in 1681, died the same year; Eliza E. Roberts, born in 1863 
and died the following year; Andrew Preston Roberts, bom in 
1634, was married to Lina Oliver in 1903, has five children, and 
resides at Povo, Tenn. ; Samuel H. Roberts, born in 1887, died 


in 1890; George D.Roberts, born in 1889, is Chairman of the 
County Court of Blount County, at Maryville, Term. , Martha A. 
Roberts, born in 1891, in 1915 married Albert Hill, and resides 
at Cade's Cove; William E. Roberts, born in 1093, is employed 
at the offices of the Aluminum Company of Amex^ie.a at Alcoa, 
Tenn, ; James Witt Roberts, born in 1695, and Wiley J. Roberts, 
born in 1897, are in school in Maryville; Nancy Mae Roberts 
was born in 1901; and Mary E. Roberts was born in 1903. 

The remaining children of Henry E. Shields were Walter, 
born in 1860, died in 1663, and E. E. , born in 1664* and died in 

Of the remaining children of Robert and Margaret Emmert we 
know that Anne married a Gourley, Rebecca married an Oliver, 
Tildia and George W. never married, and of Robert we have no in- 

Arnett Shields, the last surviving son of Robert and Mar- 
garet Emmert Shields, died in 1915. He was married to Eliza- 
beth Kitchens, and they resided in North Carolina. They had 
eight children, four sons and four daughters. The sons are 
Joi-n S. , William, and Commodore, who reside at Culberson, N. C. , 
ana Robert, who lives at Ducktown, Tenn. 



1. David Shields 

2. Joseph Shields 

3. William Henry Shields 
4. David T. Shields 
5. Mary Shields 
5. Frank Shields 
5, Lillie Shields 
5. Henry Shields 
5, Charles Shields 
5. Agnes Shields 
5. Jane Shields 
5. Aloe da Shields 
5, Homer Shields 
5. Ola Shields 
5. Rosa Shields 
4. Mary E. Shields 
4. Martha J. Shields 
4, William Taylor Shields 
4. Sarah Angelina Shields 
4. O'ulia Shields 
4. Lucy Shields 
4. Laura A. Shields 
4. Belle M. Shields 
4. John Wesley Shields 
5. Ber& 0. Shields 
5. Wesley T. Shields 
5. Bsari E. Shields 
4. Joseph H. Shields 
4. George E. Shields 
3* Jamss Shields 
3. David Shields 
3. Joseph Shields 
3. Thomas Shields 
2. Robert Shields 

3. David Shields 

3. Berlin Edwards Shields 

4. Frances Whitcomb Shields 

4. Mary Ann Shields 

4. Robert Shields 

4. Eliza Jane Shields 


4. Mary M. Shields 
4. -William Jasper Shields 
4. Elijah Benonai Shields 
4. Naomi Elizabeth Shields 
4. Sarah Lydia Shields 
4. Alice Luella Shields 
4. Cressie Key Shields 
4. Stephen A. Douglas Shields 
4. James Witt is Shields 
4. John Edwards Shields 
4. Rachel Dollar Shields 
4. George Washington Shields 
3. Jonathan Shields 
3. Andrew Jackson Shields 
4. William Shi 3 lis 

5. Pruuence Shields 
5. Lue? 1^- Shields 
5. Andrew L. Shields 
5. Elijah Shields 
5. Anna C. Shields 
5. George Lee Shields 
3. Robert Shields > 
3. James Antrim Shields 
4. Belestial Shields 
4. Mary Etta Shields (McCreary) 

5. Joseph McCreary 
4. George Mifford Shields 
4, Hewett Albertus Shields 
4. Harriet Ida Shields 
4. Robert Bruce Shields 
4. Luella Shields 
4. Jeremiah A. Shields 
4. Luda Belle Shields 
4. Sarah Ada Shields 
3. Sarah Shields 
3, Naomi Cordelia Shields 
3. Margaret Shields 
3. Charlotte Shields 
8. Jacob Edwards Shields 


3. Susan Edwards SMelds (Williams) 

4. Leal 7/. Williams 

4. Lora M. Williams 

4. L. Berlin Williams 

4. Vada E. Williams 
3. Nancy Shields 
3. Robert R. Shields 
3. Ella Shields 
3. James Shields 
3. Je3se Shields 

4. W. W. Shields 
2, Bioebe Shields 
2, Jane Shields 
2. David Shields 

3 a Mary Shields 
3. William Shields 
3. C. R. Shields 
3. Martha Shields 
3. Eliza Shields 
3. A. P c Shields 
3. Luc jus Shields 
3. Leone Shields 
3. Clifton Shields 
2. William Shields 

David Shields, commonly called "Big Dave," was the larg- 
est and most powerful of the ten Shields brothers of Sevier 
County, Tennessee. Indeed, he is credited with having been 
"the best man who ever rowed a flat-boat on the Mississippi. ■ 
He was born in Virginia in the 1760s and settled in Tennessee 
in 1784. In 1808 he settled in Louisville, Kentucky, and en- 
gaged in the business of freighting goods by flat-boat be- 
tween Cincinnati and New Orleans. The name of his first wife 
is unknown, but they had a son, Joseph; whether there were 
other children we do not know, but if so they have not been 
beard of; there probably were not. His second wife was Susan 
Edwards, a daughter of Robert Edwards, formerly of New York. 


This marriage was probably about 1786, and to this union were 
born at least six -children, namely, those (except Joseph) num- 
bered (, 2 n in the preceding outline. David was-heyj^l at Ath- 
ens, Tennessee, ifc which place he spent the latte'r days of his 

An interesting story has been handed down concerning the 
physical prowess of David Shields. In the early days a man nam- 
ed Thompson came to. Sevierville on the occasion of some public 
gathering, and mounting a stump announced that he was the best 
man in Sevierville,. and better than anybody who could be 
brought there. David Shields asked him to except his friends, 
and he replied that he would except nobody. So David told him 
ho would have to fight. They set a day and picked their sec- 
onds „ When the news went out that these two powerful men were 
goirg to fight, people gathered from Blount, Cocke , Knox, and 
Jefferson Counties to witness the encounter. A ring was made, 
and the men stripped to the waist and xook their places within 
the circle. Thompson began tc spar for an advantage a watching 
Shields' right, not knowing that David could hit as hard and 
dextrously with his left as with his right. When Thompson at- 
tempted to break down his guard, David hit him with his left, 
knocking him down and breaking his jaw. Thus ended what prom- 
ised to be the greatest pugulistic match ever staged in eastern 
Tennessee, and Shields had not even been touched by his opponent. 

Joseph Shields, son of David by his first wife, was born 
in 1785. The Christian name of this wife was Sarah Adaline, 
but her maiden name is unknown. He was born in Sevier County, 
Tennessee, and removed with his father to Kentucky in 1808. In 
the early 1820s he settled in Monroe County, Indiana, where he 
reared his family of five boys — William Henry Harrison, James, 
David, Joseph, and Thomas. No information ha3 been obtained 
concerning any but the first, who was born in Kentucky in 1819, 
and died at his home near Bloomington, Ind, , in 1900. He was 
married to Mary Hudlin in 1841, by whom he had twelve children. 
They were David T. , concerning whom more will be said later; 
Mary E. , born in 1844, married Andrew J. Lamkins; Martha J. , 
( born in 1849, married Ehilip Bond; William Taylor, born in 

1846, married Ellen Pennington; Sarah Angelina, born in 1851, 
married David. Helmburg; Julia, born in 1854, married George 
Wampler; Lucy, born in 1854, married Allen Carter; Laura A., 
born in 185?, married Thomas Pennington; Belle M. , born in 1860, 
married Samuel Hall; John Wesley, of whom more is said later; 
Joseph H. , born in 1835, married to Ella Mercer; and George E. , 
born in 1871, and died the same year. 

David T. Shields, referred to above as the son of William 
Henry Harrison Shields, wa3 born in 1848, and in 1864 was mar- 
ried to Sarah P, Mize. They had eleven children, as follows: 
Mary, born in 1865, married Allen Lowery in 1889; Frank, born 
in 1867, married to Jane Stephens in 1869; Lillie, born in 
1369, married Rufus Todd in 1893; Henry, born in 1871, married 
to Martha Hensley in 1899; Charles, born in 1873 and died the year; Agnes, born in 1875, married Homer Butcher in 1895; 
Jane, born in 1877, married Charles Bailey in 1900; Almeda, 
born in 1879, died in 1901; Homer, born in 1881, married to 
Nellie East in 1907; Ola, born in 1883, married Carmie Deckard 
in 1908; and Rosa, born in 1885, died in 1897. David T. 
Shields lives on a farm near Bloomington, Indiana, 

John Wesley Shields, previously referred to as a son of 
William Henry Harrison Shields, was born in 1863. He resided 
in Los Angeles, California. In 1884 he was married to Cora B. 
Hays, and there have been born to them the following children: 
Bert 0., born in 1885, married to Myrtle Bourk in 1910; Wesley 
T. , born in 1837, married to Mary Bourk in 1912; Psarl E. , born 
in 1897, married L. -B. McKeel in 1914. 

Robert Shields, the oldest son of David and his second 
wife, Susan Edwards Shields, was born January 16, 1787, in Se- 
vier County, Tennessee, and died Octooer 10, 1869, in Canton, 111. 
His first wife was Naomi Little, who was born Dec. 12, 1785, and 
died Nov. 14, 1854. She was a daughter of William Little, His 
second wife wac Gyrena Brown, by whom he had no children. He 
settled in Canton, Illinois, in 1825, was a farmer and a preach- 
ev of the IJhlted Bretheren Chvrrch. By his first wife he had ten 
cMldranj aa fellows: David, vho was married to Jane Goldsmith; 

•- DAVI D 

Berlin Edwards, of whom more will be said later; Jonathan, born 
in 1815, married to Mary Ann Reeves; Andrew Jackson, of whom 
more will be said later; Robert, born in 1823, married to Rhue 
Ann Hull; James Antrim, of whom more will be said later; Sarah, 
who married Alfred Brown; Naomi Cordelia, born June 2, 1818, 
married David Brown; Margaret, born 'in 1830, married Adam Stam- 
baugh; Charlotte, married David Breeden. 

Berlin Edwards Shields, son of Robert and Naomi Little 
Shields, referred to above, was born Dec. 14, 1811, at Corydon, 
Ind. He was married at Corydon March 1, 1831, to Eliza Ham, of 
Hanson, Ind. , and on Jan. 24, 1839, he was married to Elizabeth 
Eggers, at Lewi st own, 111. He resided first at Corydon, and 
then in Fulton County, Illinois, and later in Oregon, and died 
August 6, 1891, near Ukiah, Calif, His second wife was a dau- 
ghter of Benonai Eggers, of Harrison County, .i"nd„ , where she was 
born Oct. 17, 1824; she died at Ukiah, Calif., June 27 s 1908 o 
Mr. Eggers was a farmer and a United Bretheren minister. The 
children of Berlin Edwards Shields by his first wife were Fran- 
cis Whit comb, born March 1, 1832, married first to Druse ilia 
Thomas, second to Matilda J. Rhodes ; he resides in Jasper 
County, Nebraska; Mary Ann, born March 11, 1833, married John 
Putnam; Robert, born June 3, 1835, died two years later; ElizaTV 

Jane, born in January, 1838, died in 1842. By his second wife * 

his children were Mary M. , born in 1840, married Berlin Johnson; 
William Jasper, born Sept. 10, 1848, married to Elizabeth Lam- 
bert; Elijah Benonai, born Dec. 30, 1850, married to Emuialine 
Clark, and died May 14, 1913; Naomi Elizabeth, born March 18, 
1854, and died March 22, 1856; Sarah Lydia, born Jan. 25, 1856, 
married Charles Averill, and died Sept. 6, 1899; Alice Luella, 
born Feb. 6, 1858, married John W„ Dollar; Cressie Key, born 
in 1860 and died in infancy; Stephen A. Douglas, born April 30, 
1862, died in 1875; James Wittis, born May 13, 1860, married 
to Nettie Tindall; John Edwards, born April 14, 1866, in Jack- 
son County, Oregon, in 1895 married to Anna E. Fairfax, who was 
a daughter of Geo. W. Fairfax, born in Morgantown, W. Va. , July 
8, 1855; they reside on a farm near Ukiah, California; Rachel 
Dollar, born July 28, 1867, married Melvin Fairbanks; George 
Washington, born June 8, 1871. and married first to Adda Dooley, 
second to Minnie Bickford. 


Andrew Jackson Shields, a son of Bobert and Naomi Little 
Shields, referred to above, came to Fulton County, Illinois, 
about 3 834; by occupation lie was a blacksmith. The year of 
his birth is not known; he died in 1848. His wife was Mar- 
garet Red, and their children were seven in number, but we 
know only the name of one, William, who was born in 1836 j in 
1861 he was married to Nancy M. Wilcoxen, on March 14. The 
children of William and Nancy were named Brudence, Leuella, 
Andrew L. , Elijah, Anna C. , and George Lee, but further than 
this we know nothing of them. 

James Antrim Shields, also a son of Robert and Naomi, 
referred to above, was born Feb. IS, 1824, in Wayne County, 
Indiana. He was married three times; first to Elizabeth Mc- 
Brook, second to Sarah Jane Tatum, and third to Sarah J. Mc- 
Grew, at Fairfield, Iowa, April 1, 1872. He died at Los An- 
geles July 16 3 1888. He had ten children. By his first wife, 
Celestial, born Nov. 16, 1843, married Isaac Cooper; Mary 
Etta, born May 6, 1846, married William McCreary, and has one 
son, Joseph McCreary, a cigar manufacturer in Canton, 111. ; 
George Mifford, born Feb. 16, 1849, married to Sarah J. Gill- 
more, and is a florist in Los Angeles; Hewett Albertus, a 
farmer by occupation, born July 4, 1852, married first to . 
Bridget McBroom, and second to Ellen Cluts; he came to Ful- 
ton County, Illinois, in 1826; Harriet Ida, born June 19, 1855, 
married James Mutton Downs; Robert Bruce, born Dec, 10, 1857, 
died in February, 1671; Luella, born Jan. 6, 1864, married 
Charles E. Lamke; Jeremiah A. , born Nov. 6, 1860, married 
first to Dora Evelyn, and second to Delia Evelyn* By his third 
wife the children of James Antrim Shields were Luda Belle, 
born July 1, 1874, married Ulysses L. Mcintosh; and Sarah 
Ada, born Oct. 15, 1876, married Marion B. Flood. 

Jacob Edwards Shields, a son of Robert and Susan Edwards 
Shields, was born June 12, 1803, in Sevier County, Term. , and 
died Oct. 2, 1887, in Canton, 111. After the death of his 
mother, while yet a small boy, he was taken by his sisters, Jane 
and Rhoebe, to reside in Belmont, Ala., where he afterwards mar- 
..•j.e-.- three timfes. After the Civil War he settled in Canton, 


111. His first wife was Nancy Yates, the seconu was ncuned. Mc- 
Clatchey, and the name of the other is unknown. By his var- 
ious wives he had six cildren as follows: Susan Edwards, of 
whom more will be said later; Nancy, who married Amos Law- 
rence; Robert R. , who was married to Sally Lee- Ella, who 
married Samuel Marvel; James, who was married to Mary Cooke; 
and Jesse, whose widow lives near Tunnel Hill, Ga. , and whose 
son, W. W. Shields, is editor of the Star at Dayton, Tenn. 

Susan Edwards Shields, referred to above as the daughter 
of Jacob Edwards Shields, was born July 22, 1842, in Belfast, 
Ala. , where -he resided. "■ ■. She was married after 
removing to Canton, 111. , her husband being Edward Will Jams, 
They had four children, all born in Canton, namely:' Loal W. 
Williams, born Oct. 10, 1869, married to Jean Pintland; Lora 
H, Williams, born Oct. 2?, 1871, married Alexander Weaver; 
L. Berlin Williams, born Jan. 27, 1678, married to Lulu Love; 
and Vada E. Williams, born May 19, 1880, married Clarence 

Haoebe Shields, one of the daughters of David and Susan 
Edwards Shields, married a man named Deer. Both she and her 
sister, Jane Shields, resided in Belfast, Ala. 

David Shields, Jr. , son of David and Susan Edwards Shields, 
commonly known as "Little Dave," was born in Kentucky in 1805. 
His wife was Eliza Onion, of Indiana. He resided for several 
years in Louisville, and later in Fulton County, 111. Among 
his ten children were Mary, who married Jacob Burgess; Will- 
iam, married to Catherine Barnes; C. R. , whose wife was Mary 
Burgess; Martha married John Lantson; Eliza married Nelson 
Horton; A. P. was married to Tamar Azbell; Lucius; Leone; 
and Clifton. 

yv- ( 

1» William Shields 

2. Robert Shields 

3. Elijah Shields 

4. j'eremiah Shields 

5. Elijah Shields 

6. Glen Shields 
6, Jetta Ann Sme'ids 
6. Monroe Shields 
6. Forest Shields 
6. Roy Shields 
. 6, Edna Shield i 
6. Ursula Shields 
6. Harry Shields 
5. Maryets Shields 
5 . jEatherone Sh i elds 
4 3 Mary Shields 
4. Martha Shields 
3, Jonathan Shie.ids 

4, William Washington Shields 
4. Mary if. Shields (Dixon) 
5, Jonathan Ami Dixon 
5. Ira Tipton Dixon 
4, Amanda Ann Shields 
4, Jemima. Shields 
4_ Elizabeth Shields 
4. Sarah Catherine Shields 
3 : William Shields 

4, William Preston Shields 
4. Eliza. Shields ■ 
4, Martin Shields 
4. josiah Shields 
3, Elizabeth Shields 
3, Emily ShieJds 
8, Samuel Shie.ids 
B, Jauies Shields 

3 William Preston Shields 

4. Sariit Jane Shields ("tut con) 
5, Ann?. Hatt0n (Sievrart) 
6 a Stewart 



S« Jcanetta Stewart 
4. 1\^.zf Margaret Shields (Boyd) 
5.. Jeers K\ Boyd 

6. Grove i- Cleveland Eoyd 
6, Ray IeRoy Boyd 
6. Zelpha Boy) 
6. Asjaes 3c yd. 
6. Neva Boyd 

5. Gladys Eoyd 
G. Velma Eoyd 

C. Earl Frenejc Boyd 

6. Eithoi Boyd 
6. Robert, Boyd 

" 6. Gor&ldina Reyd 

5. SaSiiSl J. Bcyd 

6. William Howard Boyd 
G< Ruth Boyd 
G. Arthur TLoLaa Boyd 
6. Dorothy Ella Eoyd 
6, Earl Frederiok Boyd 
G Elizabeth Orra Boyd 

5. Charles S Boyd 

5, Ernest J. Boyd 

5, Mary Elizabeth Boyd (Kenyon) 
G c Bailie B. Kenyon 
6. Harold Boyd Kenyon 
6. Hazel Eernadine Kenyon 
6. Horace B. Kenyon 
6. Helen Bernice Kenyon 

5. LeRoy C. Boyd 

5. Earl Boyd 

5. Anna Hazel Boyd (Jones) 
6. TLe.Ua Jones 
6. Freda Lucille Junes 
6. Williac Jones nn -tJt \ 
4. William Sharp Shields U 

5. Myrtle Shield; 


5. Maude Shields (Sweet) 

6. Lester Daniel Sweet v 

G. Kenneth Sylvester Sweet h^hkM- I Ta *2j 
6. Robert Denton Sweety. W*v^_^ 

5. Jennie Shields (Bromagem) 
6. John Bromagem 
6. Margaret Bromagem 
6. Elizabeth Bromagem 
G. Morton Bromagem .~p \ 

~ 5. James Preston Shields __ Qr-*-^r/ 

5. Elizabeth Shields ^^^^ " 

5. Winona Shields 

5. Hiram Denton Shields 

5. Blanche Shields (Jones) 

6. Margaretta Lucille Jones 
G. Richard Ivor Jones 

5. John Tipton Shields * 

5. Ruth Shields QJaAA/)- Wxs/bu^ 

4. Preston M. Shields 

5. Lena Shields (Kiner) 
6. Margaret Kiner 
5. Emma Shields 
5. Bruce Shields 
5. Frances Shields 
5. Tipton Shields 
5. Samuel Shields 
3. Mary Ellen Shields (Cain - Newby) 
4. Jesse LaSalle Cain 
4. Sarah Jane Newby (Johnson) 
5. America Johnson 
5. John Johnson 
4. Susanna Philausa Newby (Chase - Ho back) 
5, Luella Chase (Bolinger) 
G. Frank: Bolinger 
6. Ralph Bolinger 
5. Mary F. Chase 
5. Delia J. Chase (Harrell) 
6. Annie Harrell 


6. Cora Harrell 
5. Robert J. Chase 
5. Nellie P. Chase (Cox) 
5. Arthur R. Chase 
4, Paraminta Stokes Newby (Carney) 
5. Annie Finley Carney 
5. Cora May Carney 
5. Jesse Howard Carney 
5. James Frank Carney 

6. Josephine Ruth Carney 
6. Elbert Raymond Carney 
6. Mary Margaret Carney 
6. Esther Louise Carney 
6. Mildred Frances Carney 
5. John Ralph Carney 
5. Henry Roseoe Carney 

6. John Ralph Carney 
4. LaDeca LaMar Newby 
4* LaDora LaBue Newby 
4, Mary Florence Newby (Asher) 
4. Henry Howard Newby 

5. Nancy V, Newby (Ransdell) 
5. Mary Newby (Campbell) 
5. Howard A. Newby 
5. James H. Newby 
3. John Tipton Shields 

4. Elizabeth Shields (Ross) 
5. Tipton Ross 
5. Emma Ross 
5, Albert Ross 
4. Scott Shields 
4, Rosa Shields 
4. Ewing Shields 
3. Eliza J. Shields (Brown - Sullivan) 
4, Charlotte Brown (Eckstein) 
5. Lulu Eckstein (Long) 
6. Charlotte Long 
5. Clifford Eckstein 

6. Brontz Eckstein (Wilzaan) 
5. KoHiJ.e Eckstein (Rilr-yJ 
5. Fritsie Eckstein (Hirikle) 
5. Bristow Eckstein 

6. Le. Verne Eckstein 
4. Martha Brown 
4. Mary Brown (Vawter) 
5. John Vawter 
5. Louise Vawter (Green) 
5. Eona Vawter 
3. Nancy Ann Shields (Wise) 
4. Jessie Wise 
4. Martha Wise (Long) 
5. Elizabeth Long 
5. Harry 0. Long 
6. Ruth Long 
6. Catherine Long 
6. Margaret Long 
5. Charles H. Long 
6. Helen Long 
6. John Long 
3. James Sevier Shields 

-4. Chauncey Earner Shields 
4. James Martin Shields 
5. Franh B. Shields 
5. Mary Mabel Wiiford 
4. William Tipton Shields 
5. Walter Shields 
5. Wesley Shields 
4. Jesse Shields 
3. Charles Shields 

4. Bruce Shields 

5. Charles Brown Shields 
5. Mary Louise Shields 
4. Tipton Shields 

5. Marie - trields 
5. Cecil Shields 
5. Jennie Shields 


5. Beryl Shields 
5. Earl Shields 
4. Lucy Shields (McConnell) 
5. John Frank McOonnell 

5. Charles McConnell 
3. Sarah T. Shields (Wilson - Jackson) 

4. Elmer Jackson 
3. Diana Alee st is Shields 
3. Hasyey: Shields 
3. Winfield Shields 
£. William Shields 
3. Mary Shields 
3. Mark Shields 
3. Jane Shields 
3. Samuel Shields 
3. Jesse Shields 
2. Nancy Agnes Shields (Elliott) 
3, Rebecca Ann Elliott 
3. Jesse -Elliott 
3. Nancy Mc Caleb Elliott 
3. Jasper Newton Elliott 
3. John Perry Elliott 

3. Ruth Jane Elliott (Bristol - Derrick) 
4. John Bsrry Elliott Derrick 
5. Roy Garner Derrick 
6. Lyle Derrick 
6. John Larkin Derrick 
5. William Emery Derrick 
5. Hazel May Derrick' (Hardy) 

6. Carl Hardy 
5, Lyle John Derrick 
4. Mary Ovanda Derrick 
4. Nancy Ellinor Derrick (Wilson) 

5. Albia Emmeline Wilson (Evans) 
6. Ruth Evans 
6. Ralph Evans 
6, Ellinor joeejJiine Evans 
5. Carl Emery Wilson 


6. Tavl Wilson 
5. Blanche Ellinor Wilson 
5. Willi?.m Henry Wilson 

6. Lois Wilson 
5. John Elliott Wilson 
4. Ruth Jane Derrick (Morey) 
5. Dorr Derrick Morey 
6. Dsryll D. Morey 
C, Allen Dwight Morey 
5. Claude Franklin Morey 

6. Russell Franklin Morey 
4. Edith Ulysses Derrick 
4. Asa Emery Derrick 
3. Absalom Elliott 
3. Margaret M. Elliott 
3. Elizabeth Ann Elliott 
3. Isaac Tipton Elliott 
Z. Rhoda Shields (Rose) 
3. Ezekiel Rose 
3. Emiueline Rose 
3. Elizabeth Rose 
3. Rose 
3. Margaret Ann Rose 
3, Cyrus Ruse 
2. Elizabeth Shields (Lindsay) 
3. John Lindsay 
3. Tipton Lindsay 
3. Nathan Lindsay 
2. Rebecca Shields (Davis) 
3. Nancy Davis 
3. Elizabeth Davis 
3. Marion Davis 
3. Janes Davis 
3. Margaret Davj s 
3, Rebecca Davis 
3. Martha Davis 
2. Janet Shields ( T ,7ill.laiacon) 
3. Nancy Williaiason 

3. James T- 3 } ian ?•< n 
3. John William: 
2. Jesse Shields 

3. Mary D. f i.e.i.d" 
3. Josej.ii Tipton tI3xi.22.d5 
3. William I&y fields 
4. L^Fxy Shields 
4. E&j ty I. Shields 
5. Louis Shields 
5, Kiirst Shields 
5, Margaret Shields 
3. Alfred Mead Shields 
3. Clio ?£ay Shields (Kochendorfer) 

4. Frederick Shields Kochendorfer 
5. Kochendorfer 
5. Mary Kochendorfer 
2. Sarah Shields (George) 

3. Garrett Wilson G^vr&e 

3. Martha Ann George (Easterling) 

4 S Hannah Catherine Easterling (Witt) 
5 a Malcolm Witt 
5. Jfcns Witt 

5. Kather:vne Easterling Witt 
4. George Easterling 
3. Eliza Jane George 
3. David George 
3. Margaret George 

3. Amanda George (Patterson - Caii^lin) 
4, Effie May Patterson 
4. Wilbert Patterson 

5. Helen Patterson 
5. Horace Kennedy Patterson 
5. Florence Patterson 
4. Jesse Battex'con 
3. John Wesley Geor 

3. Kate George (Darnell) 
4. Oscar Darnell 
4. Fl 2..:oe Daniel: (Hall) 


5. William Merritt Hall 

5. Ricliard Malcolm Hall 

5. Ina Maye Hall 

5. John Franklin Hall 

5. Florence Margaret Hall 

4. Hafcry Darnell 

4. Jesse Darnell 

4. Omar Darnell 

4, George Roscoe Darnell 

4. Wilbur Floyd Darnell 

£, George William Darnell 
5. Ina Blanche Darnell 

4. Kate Darnell (Camplin) 

5. Howard Darnell Camplin 
5. Gene Everard Camplin 
5, Marion Re id Camplin 
4. William Oscar George 
2. Ezekiel Logan Shields 

3. Sarah Shields (Little) 

4. Lucy Little (Putman) 
5, Paul Putman 
5, Charles Putman 
5„ Mabel Putman 

4. John Elnathan Little 
4. Aileen Little 

4. Felix Little 
4. Arthur 0. Little 
4. Jerome Little 

3. Garrott William Shields 

4. Dora Theodocia Shields (Lewelling) 

5. Mary Elizabeth Lewelling 
5. Fannie M. Lev/elling 

5. Roy William Lewelling 
5, Evan Shields Lewelling 
5. Edith May Lev/el ling 
5. Elsie Marie Lewelling 
4. E3tella May Shields (Walt) 
5. Eva M. Walt 

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5. Cecil Albert Walt 
5. Velma Blanche Walt 
5. Hazel Irene Walt 
5. Ivan Oral Walt 
5. Goldie Lucile Walt 
5. Grace Opal Walt 
5. Loui3 William Walt 
5. Donald Shields Walt 

4. Effie Felecia Shields (Lasswell) 
5. Ray William Lasswell 
5. Edna Marie Lasswell 
5. Elsie May Lasswell 

4. John Arthur Shields 

5. James Vincent Shields 

4. Jesse William Shields 
5. Carl Dague Shields 
5. Bary Grace Shields 

4. Elsie Elizabeth Shields 

4. Earl Raymond Shields 
3. Mary E. Shields 
3. John Elnathan Shields 

4, Marion William Shields 

4, Arthur Shields 

4. Otis Shields 

4. Onie Shields 

4. Sadie Shields 
3. Margaret Semyra Shields (Elliott) 

4, Charity Elliott 
2. John Shields 


William Shields was one of the older of the ten brothers, 
but we do not know the exact date of his birth. He was born 
about 1758 or 1770, in Augusta, now Rockingham, County, Va. , 
in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from the city of Lynchburg. 
He is described as having heavy, raven-black hair, and he was 
tall, rather slender, lithe and strong, unlike his younger 
brother James who was somewhat heavy, or Jesse who was small. 

He spent his boyhood in the Shenandoah Valley, and in 1784 
accompanied his father and mother, Robert and Nancy Stockton 
Shields, and the rest of their large family, to the new home 
across the mountains, then an unorganised portion of North Car- 
olina, nor; the state of Tennessee, settling at a point about 
seven miles from the present city of Sevierville. 

William' 3 first wife was Margaret, a daughter of Samuel 
Wilson, a pioneer of east Tennessee, prominent in the campaigns 
against the Indians and one of the leaders of Tipton's faction 
in the feud with John Sevier, which had been brought about by 
political differences, culminating in the attempt on the part 
of Sevier to establish the Independent State of Frankland. 
This marriage was about 1790 » and to this union were born nine 
children, viz., Robert, Samuel, James, William, Nancy Agnes, 
Rhoda, Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Janet. 

William and Margaret moved to Indiana in 1806, and settled 
in the vicinity of the present site of Madi3on, near the Ohio 
River, where he lived for about ten years. Margaret died here. 

Indiana, in 1<308, was as wild and unsettled as Tennessee 
had been when the Shields family settled there a quarter of a 
century earlier, but the national government was in a better 
position to furnish the Indiana settlers with protection from 
the Indians than had been the case with Tennessee in the infan- 
cy of the Republic. In la09 there were only 911 votes cast in 
the entire territory of Indiana, larger then than the state is 
now. Louisville, Ky. , just across the Ohio River, had a popu- 
lation of only a few hundred. In 1808 Frederick Mauck had es- 
tablished one of the first permanent ferries across the river, 

WILLIAM ______ __ 

near the present town of Mauckport. It is probable that the 
four or five families of Shields coming to Indiana in 1308 
crossed heie, as several of them settled, temporarily or per- 
manently, nearby. ' In 1618 the frontier line extended from Vin- 
cennes east almost to Jefferson County, and then followed 
roughly the line of the Twelve Mile Purchase, north of the line 
of the National Road. Except for a finger of settlement runn- 
ing up the Whitewater valley, the line of settlement is pretty 
accurately marked now by the B. & 0. Railroad. To the north of 
this line no white person lived, except perhaps a few traders 
around such post3 as Ft. Wayne, Andersontown, and Terre Kaute. 

About 1814 William Shields was married to his second wife, 
Amanda Logan. At this time he raas living near Madison, and Aer 
father, Ezekiel Logan, probably lived there also, but sore of 
her brothers lived in the vicinity of Walnut Ridge, in Washing- 
ton County. Soon thereafter we find William residing in the 
northern pa.i-t of Jennings County for a time, but not later than 
1880 he and his family moved to Walnut Ridge, near the present 
village of Kossuth. 

Ezekiel Logan was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Vir- 
ginia, near Harrisonville, not far from the old Virginia Irome 
of the Shields family. He descended from the eld and prominent 
Logan family of i.Iaryland and Pennsylvania, originally Scotch- 
Irish, to which General Benjamin Logan, of Kentucky, and later, 
General John A. Logan, of Illinois, also belonged. To Amanda 
and William were born four children, Sarah, Jesse, Ezekiel Logan, 
and John, the latter having died in infancy. The first two of 
these were probably born in the original home near Madison, Ind. , 
and the last two in Washington County. 

William Shields was feared by the Indians. He did not make 
a practise of hunting down savages and he had no deep-rooted 
hatred for them as did his nephew, John Tipton, but en oceacion 
he did not hesitate to proceed against them. When he moved 
against them they gave him a wide berth, for hi3 name was known 
all up and down the mountains of cast Tennessee as a tozriur to 


the redskins. He vvas not only a man of tiie highest courage 
and keenest vision, but he had a quickness of hearing and a 
skill in woodscraft exceptional even among the pioneer dwell- 
ers in the forest. It is said that in this respect he ex- 
celled the savage on his own ground. He is credited with be- 
ing able to walk through the dry leaves of the forest and 
make no perceptible sound. He could trail an Indian even in 
the night, and he could find his way about, unerringly, with 
neither moon nor stars to guide him. He was particularly 
adept in the arc of imitating the birds and beasts, and other 
sounds of the forest. He could distinguish a Seminole or a 
Cherokee or a friendly Chickasaw as far as he could see him. 
In his understanding of the Indian character he excelled all 
of his brothers except John, and in physical strength he was 
excelled only by David. He had no aptitude for business, or 
"getting ahead in the world}" indeed, none of the Shields 
brothers had, with the possible exceptions of James and Rob- 
ert. He was a hard worker, neither better nor worse off than 
the average of his neighbors, and he was especially devoted to 
home life and his family. 

He doubtless had many thrilling experiences. One story 
concerning him has come down to us. In the early days of the 
settlement in Tennessee, while ohe Shields families were still 
living in Shields Fort, William took up a claim and set out 
an orchard of fruit-xrees on part of it. The orchard was a 
mile or more from the Fort. One day William and his wife, 
Margaret, went out to the farm to gather peaches. She had 
the baby along. The orchard was fenced, and soon after they 
had entered the enclosure they saw some Indians dodging about 
among the trees, and also discovered their tracks. They 
started for home, putting back the bars as they went out. 
They knew if they were discovered they could not reach the 
Fort before the Indians overtook then;, and they had no idea 
how many there were. So they went into a plum thicket to 
hide and watch. Just as she was entering the thicket Marga- 
ret caught her foot in a vine and fell, with the baby in her 
aiiofl, Tnere was a moment of awful suspense, but quickly e;iv- 
:ng it t-ho brer„p*i, rhe quieted :'t. William held the dog with 

wl jjLLiixuVi 

one hand, and in the other held a hunting knife poised to kill it 
instantly if it barked. In those days every settler had a dog, 
sometimes several of them, and never ventured into the wood3 
without it. To the watchful sagacity of his dogs William once 
owed his life. These dogs hated Indians, and in the forest 
they would scent one as they scented a deer, and having strack 
the trail of one they would not he quieted till their warnings 
were heeded. The Indians also feared them, and would often flee 
"before them as from human antagonists. By some chance the dog 
had not discovered the presence of the Indians in the orchard. 
Soon seven Indians crept out of the enclosure and went their 
way. "Huh," said William, jokingly, "if I had known there were 
only seven of them I would have killed five and the other owo 
would ha^re run, and we could have gathered the peaches." 

On another occasion while William was off his guard, at 
a time when hostile Indians were marauding in the vicinity, an 
Indian crept up within range and was preparing to shoot, when 
one of William's dogs discovered its presence and gave warning, 
enabling him to dodge behind a tree just in time. 

After the death of his second wife, in 1024, William, hav- 
ing three small children on his hands, his first wife's child- 
ren having established themselves in homes of their own, mar- 
ried again. This tine he married a young woman; we do not 
know who she was, where she came from, or where she went after 
his death about two years later. As is frequently the case, a 
young step-mother, especially if she happens to be the wife of 
an old man — and William was approaching the age of siicty — 
does not get along well in her new role. We are told that she 
was jealous of William's children, and tried to alienate thoir 
father from them, but without success. At one time she insist- 
ed on preparing William's meals and serving them to him herself, 
making the children eat apart from herself and Uheir father, 
but he did not like this arrangement and insisted on eating with 
his children. Matters finally reached a point where the child- 
ren were sent away to live with relatives. William lived only 
a short time after this, having died about 1626. He is presum- 
ably buried somewhere a few mile? north of Salem, Indian? 1 ., 

It lias been difficult to trace tie descendants of frill- 
iam, tiiough no more difficult than with, most of his brothers. 
The writer has given more attention to him than to the others. 
This is because Wiiliaru is my great grandfather. With this 
explanation others will understand why more details concern- 
ing this family have been found and are here presented than 
in the case of some others of the ten brothers and their de- 

Robert , Son of William Shields 

Robert Shields was the first child of William and Mar- 
garet Wilson Shields. He was born while the family was liv- 
ing in Shields Fort, in Sevier County, Tenn. , in the early 
l?90s, and he died in 1826. We know little of him. He cane 
into Indiana with 'William's family in 1808 and later was 
married to Elizabeth Davis; she died in 1891, having sur- 
vived him sixty-five years. They made their home near the 
present city of Madison, Ind. They had three sons, Elijah, 
Jonathan, and William, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Em- 
ily, all dead. 

Elijah Shields, just referred to, was born in 1824, near 
Madison, Ind. , and died in 1908 at Hollenberg, Kan. His wife 
to whom he was married in 1844 was Catherine Morgan, a daugh- 
ter of Jeremiah Morgan, who owned a large plantation near 
Louisville, Ky. Robert and his wife settled in Washington 
County, Kan. , where he died. They had five children, Jere- 
miah, William, MaryM. , Jonathan, and Martha. William died 
in 1859, aged 8, the latter in 1856, aged 3 years. MaryM. 
was born in 1850. She married J. E. Dunford, near St. Joseph, 
Mo. , in 1869, and resided there and in Doniphan County, Kans. 
She now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. Martha married William 
Hadley, and they resided for mar.y years in Washington County, 
Kans. She was born in 1852 and died in 1892. Jeremiah was 
born at West Fort* Ind. , in 1845, and was married to Ursula 
Willeford in 1864; he now resides with his son, Elijah, at 
Elk City, Kans. His children were Elijah Monroe, Maryetta, 
Catherine., ail two others that diid in infancy. Elijah Mon- 

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roe was born at Hollenber?, ITans. , in 1869, and in 1893 was 
married to Blanche V. Lowe; they novt reside on a farm near 
Elk City, Kan, Their children art 5 Wayne, born in 1893 and 
died in 1897, Glen E. , born in 1695, Jet-ta I, burn in 1900, 
Monroe, born in 1901, William, born in 1903, Roy N. , born in 
1906, Edna G. , born in 1909 3 Ursula, born in 1911, and Harry G, 
born in 1913. Maryetta, daughter of Jerer.&ah and Ursula, was 
born in 1871, at Hollenberg, Kans. She married J. E. Johnson, 
and they reside in Oakwood, Okla. Their three children are 
Edward Neil, born and died in the year 1903, Celia Alice, born 
in 1905, and Howard Monroe, bom in X90Q and died two years 
later. Catherine, daughter of Jeremiah and Ursula, was born 
in 1873, at Hollenberg, Kans. , anJ in 1901 married G. W. Leevy 
of Mercer sburg, Pa. They reside at Eik City, Kans. They had 
a son, Howard, born and died in 1903. 

Jonathan, the second sen of Robert and Elizabeth Davis 
Shields, was born Feb, 16. 18S5* at West Port, Decatur County, 
Ind. , and died in 1879 at Sardinia, Ind. , where he resided. 
He- was married to Elizabeth Fuell in 1846. She was born in 
1824 and died in 1874. In 1877 he was again married, to Min- 
erva Bigeton, who died in 1895, He had no children by his 
second wife. By his first wife he had a son, William Washing- 
ton, and five daughters, Mary J, . Amanda Ann, Jemima, Eliza- 
beth, and Sarah Catherine. William Washington Shields was 
twice married, first in 1855 to Sarah J. Eddelman, and second 
to his cousin, Martha Davis (second cousin). He went to Kan- 
sas, where he died in 1875. He was born Dec. 25, 1845, Mary 
J. Shields was born Feb, 1, 1849, and in 1873 married Anthony 
W. Doxon. They lived for five years in Kansas and then moved 
to Mansfield, WTight County, Mo. , where Mr. Dixon died in 
1909. She has resided there with one of her sons, and at 
West Port, Ind. , and at Kellerton, la. , with relatives since 
his death. They had five sons anu one daughter, two of the 
sons now living beini; Jonathan Ami Dixon and Ira Tipton Dix- 
on. The former was born in 1879, is married and resides at 
Mansfield, Mo. The latter was born in 1881, and recently 
.moved with his family from Mansfield to Kellerton, la, Amanda 

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Ann Shields was born in March, 1847 and died in 1911, She 
married William McFarland in 1867. Jemima Shields was born 
in 1851, and in 1881 married Larkin Menofee ; tney reside in 
Wyoming. Elizabeth Shields was born in 1853, and in 1877 mar- 
ried Jefferson Higgs; they live in Kokomo, Ind. Sarah Cath- 
erine Shields was born in 1855, and in 1877 married John 
Ferdinand; they live near West port, Ind. 

William Shields, son of Robert and Elizabeth Davis 
Shields, lived and died in Indiana. One of his sons, William 
Preston Shields, lives near Hayden, Ind. A daughter, Mrs. 
Eliza Thurston, lives at Brewersville, Ind. A son, Martin, 
lives in Oklahoma. A son, Jo si ah, lives in Arkansas. 

We have no further information concerning Elizabeth and 
Emily, daughers uf Robert and Elizabeth Davis Shields. 

Samuel . Son of William Shields 

We know very little of Samuel. He separated from his 
first wife in Indiana, and went to Illinois, and later to 
Missouri, and he and his descendants, if he ever had any, 
have been lost to the rest of the family. 


James, Son of William Shields 

James, commonly known as Colonel James Shields, was one 
of the older children of William and Margaret Wilson Shields; 
probably the second child. He gained his military title be- 
cause of his activities in the War of 1812 and in the Indian 
campaigns during the territorial days of Indiana. He was born 
in Sevier County, Tenn. , in August, 1794J) He came with his 
parents to southern Indiana in 1808, settling first at what 
was Old Port Columbia, north of Brewersville, then a wilder- 
ness, but later making his home at Vernon. He entered the 
land now known as the farm uf James D. McCammon, on Sand Creek, 
above Brewersville, before Indiana becaie a state. 


He was twice married; his first, wife was Sarali J. Mc- 
Causland, who died about 1834; his second wife was a widow, 
whose maiden name was Martha Wilson, but whose first husband 
was a McCaslin. His children by his first wife were William 
Preston, Mary Ellen, John Tipton, Eliza J. , Nancy Ann, and 
James Sevier; by his second wife were Charles, Sarah T. , and 
Diana Alcestis, generally called Alice D. There were two 
other children, Harvey and Winfield, wh;, died young. 

In addition to being a soldier and a leader of men Col. 
James Shields excelled as an axeman, and always led the pro- 
cession as a wood-chopper or rail- splitter in pioneer days. 

There is one interesting incident concerning his fistic 
abilities before the days of gloves and the square ring. He 
was regarded as "game" through and through, and was ready to 
defend his reputation against all comers. In those days Sat- 
urday was market day for the farmers around Vernon. On the 
particular Saturday in question, upon arriving in town, James 
learned that some "good man" from Tennessee had heard of him 
and his reputation and had come the entire distance to see 
who was the better man. After trying for several hours to 
get the stranger to the point of action, and without success, 
Colonel James became disgusted and prepared to return to his 
home up near Brewers ville. But his Vernon friends proposed 
a method of getting the two men together~that" was successful. 
Col. James was to start home and the friends were to tell the 
stranger that it was all off unless he should follow him up, 
and possibly by doing this he would get the Colonel keyed up 
until he would do something, since he had by this time a few 
drinks ahead. All agreed to this and he started home. Up in 
the "narrows" just north of Vernon Colonel James stopped, and 
very shortly the stranger came, heading a procession. He at 
once began bantering, and finally got James out of the wagon. ' 
From this point on, as the story is related, there is little 
to be told; in a few minutes Shields had given the Tennessee- 
an the knockout amid the applause of the Vernon contingent. 


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.93, with his cousin, John Tipton, took the contract, 
in the early days of Indiana's history, to clear the trees 
and stumps from the State House grounds at Corydon, -which was 

at first the territorial and later the s;. ate cap?.tol. During 
the Civil War he was a member of a company of Home Guards at 
Vernon, and when General John Morgan mads his raid into that 
section of the state he actively engaged in opposition to the 
raiders. During the "battle he was wounded, knocked off his 
horse, taken prisoner and carried to Dupont , where he was re- 
leased because his captors were not able to hold the prisoners 
longer. He was a Baptist and a Democrat. He died in 1875." 

William Pre stun Shields, son of Colonel James, was the 
first "white child born on Sand Creek, near Brewersville , Ind. 
He was born Dec. 16, 1817, and was buried in the cemetery at 
Vernon, Ind. , May 25, 1905, beside a worthy wife whose death 
occurred twenty-five years earlier. He died after a long and 
healthy life, folio-wing a short illness of one day, in the 
home he had built fifty years before, and on the farm he had 
cultivated since 1839, except while serving a term as the 
first clerk of Jennings County. 

At the time of his death William Preston Shields was 
the oldest native born citizen of Jennings County. At the 
time of his birth that part of Sand Creek where he was born 
was a favorite capping ground of the Indians. Being the first 
white child born on that stream he was a great favorite of 
the numerous squaws and braves of the vicinity who insisted 
on, and were sometimes allowed the privilege of keeping him 
in their camp for days at a time, always returning him to his 
mother at night, while a mere boy he entered as a clerk in 
one of the principal stores in Madison, continuing in that 
capacity until his marriage in 1839 to Miss Elizabeth Jane 
Davis, after which he began farming. He -was a man of the 
intellectual type, a persistent, untiring reader, a logical 
reaeoner, a Dei/iccrat in poiiticsj and a Materialist in relig- 
ious belief. Those who knew him best say that during his 
lifetime he did more hard work than any other man who ever 

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lived in Jennings County. He was a most gonial and liberal 
man, and it is said that his chief fauJ b and weakness was a 
tco great benevolence and kindness of hsart that constantly 
prompted him to give his earnings to those he thought in need. 

Sarah Jane Shields, the oldest daughter of William Pres- 
ton Shields, was born in 1843, at Cherry Valley, Jennings 
County, Ind. In 136 3 she married Win. H. Button, and they 
settled at Butlerville, Ind, In 18C4 their daughter, Anna, 
was born. She married J. W. Stewart in 1895, and their chil- 
dren, in turn, are Jeanetta, bom in 1897, and John, born in 
1:201. They live at Hopedale, 111. Jeanetta married Albert 
Laherty in April, 191?. Airs. Button resides at Butlerville, 
being an invalid, as the result of having been attacked and 
severely injured by a hog two or three years ago. 

Agnes Margaret Shields, daughter of William Preston 
Shields, was born June 15, 1849. Nov. 10, 1870, shd u&rriod 
Wm, H. Boyd, a Civil War veteran. She resides with her dau- 
ghter, Mrs. Jones, at Los Malinos, Calif. She had eig^t 
children, as follows* Jesse K. , who was born Sep. 8, 1871, and 
was married to Annetta French in June, 1891; their shilJ ren 
are Grover Cleveland, born June 15, 1895, Ray LeRoy, born Dec. 
19, 1895, Zelpha, born June S, .1897, married Root. Matlock 
Dec. 25, 1913, and resides at Seattle, Wash. , Agnes, corn 
June 15, 1899, Neva, born Aug. , 190.1, Gladys, born in June, 
1904, Velma, born in 1906, Earl French, born in 1908 and lied 
the same year, Eithel, born in Calgary, Canada, in 1909, 
Robert, born at Taft, Canada, in 1911, and Geraldine, born 
Nov. 1, 1914. Chas. S. Boyd, son of Agnes M. , was born in 
Dec. 1873, and died aged four years. Samuel J. Boyd was born 
April 12, 1875, in Butlerville, Ind. He left Jennings County 
in 1899, having enlisted in the U. S. Army on Jan. G that year. 
He was assigned to the Third U.S. Infantry, then at Fort 
Snelling, Minn. On the 30th of that month he sailed with his 
comrades from New York, via Gibraltar, Fort Said, Aden, Col- 
ombo and Singapore, for Manila, P. I. He served during the 
Philippine Insurrection and was discharged with the rank of 


Sargeant Jan. 5, 1902. He thereupon entered, the Philippine 
Civil Service, and remained in that work until June 5, 1905. 
He then returned to Indiana, and shortly thereafter settled 
at Mott, N, D. , then a town of only two or three board huts. 
He entered the civil service again and was in Panama for a 
time, but returned to North Dakota on account of Mrs. Boyd's 
health. He was married on June 10, 1908, to Eessie Meadows, 
and they have six children: William Howard, born May 22, 

1909, Marion Ruth, born March 2, 1911, Arthur Thomas, born 
July 2G, 1913, Dorothy Ella, born Oct. 26, 1914, Earl Fred- 
erick, born Jan. 7, 1916, and Elizabeth Orra, born March 27, 
1917. Mr. Boyd, at the time this sketch is written, is in 
the officers training camp at Port Snelling, Minn. Ernest 
J. Boyd, — returning to the family of Agnes M. , — was born 
in 1878 and died in August, 1893. Mary Elizabeth Boyd was 
born Dec. 27, 1880, and in January, 1906, married Nino Ken- 
yon. Their children are Hallie B. , born Jan. 10, 1907, Har- 
old Boyd, born July ]3, 1909, Hazel Bernadine, born Aug. 22, 

1910, and twins, Horace B. and Helen Bernice, born May 5, 
1917, Horace B. havind died in infancy. The Kenyons reside 
on a farm near Mt. Carroll, 111. LeRoy C. Boyd was born May 
12, 1883, and was married to Sadie Williams. They reside in 
Chicago, -where he is engaged in the real estate business. 
Earl Boyd was born Sept. 16, 1885, and died five months lat- 
er. Hazel Boyd was born Sept. 13, 1887, and in 1909 married 
David Jones. They have three children, Thelma, born Feb. 
17, 1911, Freda Lucille, born April 15, 1915, and William, 
born Aug. 28, 1916. They reside at Los Malinos, Calif. All 
of the children of Agnes M, Boyd were born near Butlerville. 

William Sharp Shields, son of William Preston Shields, 
was born Jan. 21, 185$. He was married to Majorie Denton, 
and they had ten children. Their first residence was in 
Jennings County. Ind. Later they resided in Hamilton, Ohio. 
Mrs. Shields now leaves in Seattle, Waah.. The children were 
Myrtle, born Jan. 21, 1871, first married Charles Woodward 
and second Charles Hor'stott. They reside in Greensburg, Pa. 
She has no children. Mr. Hoffstott is a traveling salesman. 

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MatNle , born Oct. 5, 1874, married John M. Sweet. They live 
on a farm near Woodburn, Ind. They have three children, Les- 
ter Daniel, born July 10, 1897, died in infancy; Kenneth 
Sylvester, born July 2, 1898, a barber; Robert Denton, born $JLiU 
May 81, 1902. Jennie, born Sept. 14, 1876, married Roy C. 8- 
Bomagem, and they reside at Tacoma, Wash. , where he operates * 
a laundry. Their four children are John, , Margaret, Elizabeth 
and Morton. James Preston, commonly known as J. A., on ac- 
count of his aversion to the name Preston, born Nov. 1, 1878, 
is a barber at Greenville, Ohio. His -wife was Myrtle Locke." 
-^-They have two children, one living and one dead. k Elizabeth, **" 
born July 10, 1880, married Charles Vernon Horner, a govern- 
ment employee, who died April 6, 1910; she resides in Port- 
land, Ore.- They had but one child, now dead. Winona, born 
Dec. £7, 1883, died May 2, 189^, Hiram Denton, born April 30, 
1886, a school teacher, married to Olive Firenstein, and re- 
sides at Hill Station, near Cincinnati, 0. Blanche, born Sep. 
17, 1889, married Ivor Jones, a machinist; they have two 
children, Margaretta Lucille, born Aug. 15, 1909, and Richard 
Ivor, born Mar. 16, 1916. They reside at Dayton, Ohio. John 
Tipton, born Feb. 24, 1891, died July 2 of the same year. 
Ruth, born Sept. 25, 1892, married George W. Barr, a machinist; 
they live in Seattle, Wash. , and have no children, 

Mary Bell Shields, daughter of William Preston Shields, 
was born in 1859, and in 1887 she married Alban J. Bailey, a 
cousin of former governor W. J. Bailey of Kansas. They re- 
sided, until recently, in Jennings County, Ind. , but at this 
time are developing a rice farm near DeWitt, Ark. They have 
one son, Justus Preston Bailey, who was born in 1897. 

Preston M. Shields was the youngest child of William 
Preston Shields. He was married to Emma Perdun, and they re- 
side in Muncie, Ind. Their children are as follows: Lena, 
born in July 1886, married Bradford JUner, and ha ve*^ daughter 
Margaret born in 1909; ^E^^born Jan. 1, 1888, married Wm. 
Moore in May, 1617; Bruce, born in March, 1890; he works in 
a factory in Muncie ; Frances, who married Wm. Davis, an eir*- 



ploye of Marshall Field & Co. ; they reside in New York City; 
Tipton, who resides in Muncie with his parents; and Samuel, 
born in 1898. 

Mary Ellen Shields, the oldest daughter of Col. James 
Shields, was born Sept. 1, 1819. She was twice married - T 
first to Nathaniel Cain, who died about 1835. Their only 
child was Jesse L. Cain, who was born in 1835, in Vernon, 
Ind. , where he spent the earlier years of his life. After 
a few years as a store clerk in Columbus and other towns, 
he went to Nodaway County, Mo. , where he taught school for 
a while, and later bought 240 acres of land. When twenty- 
one years old he returned to Jennings County, Ind. , and en- 
gaged in farming, and later entered the lime business in 
Lawrence County. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlist- 
ed in Company A, 84 th Indiana Volunteers, Infantry, and he 
v^as soon made First Lieutenant. On the 16th of May, 1853 
while acting Captain he was fatally wounded at Champion Hill, 
before Vicksburg, Miss. , and died two days later. It is re- 
corded in the files of the War Department at Washington that 
no braver man sleeps on that bloody field than Lieut. Cain. 
His body was interred in the family burying gr.ound at Vernon. 
After the death of Mr. Cain, Mrs. Cain married. James Hobos 
Newby, in 1839. By she had seven children, referred to 
later. She died July 7, 1900, Mr. Newby having died in .1875. 
She was a member of the Vernon Presbyterian church for nearly 
sixty years. 

The children of Mary Ellen Shields by her second husband 
were Sarah Jane Newby, born in 1840, died June 13, 1902; she 
was a teacher in the public schools of Jennings County for a 
number of years; she married John B. Johnson: they had a 
daughter, America, and a son, John, who was for many years a 
druggist in North Vernon, Ind. , and later a Pullman conductor 
for a time running between Mexico City and Torreon; he is 
now engaged in the same business and resides in Houston, Tex. 
Susanna Philausa Newby, daughter of Mary Ellen „ was born Feb. 
3, 1842. gl -. i married first in 1865 James F. Chase , a con- 


duct or on a railroad, and later a farmer near Sharpesville, 
Ind. , where she now resides. He died in 1886, and in 1895 she 
married Michael Hoback, who died in 1915. Her children by her 
first marriage were Lucille, born in 1866, married David Bol- 
inger in 1884; they reside at Wilshire, 0. , and have two 
children, Frank and Ralph, the latter having one child born 
in 1917; there was also a daughter born in 1884; Mary F« , 
born in 1867, died in 186 8; Delia J. , born in 1869, in 1893 
married John Harrellj they reside at Elwood, Ind Jala, an1 
have two daughters, Annie and Cora; Robert J. , born in 187.8, 
died in 1892; Nellie P r , born in 1876, and in 1896 married 
Win. Cox; Arthur R. , born in 1886, in 1904 was married to ad- 
die Hoffman, and has two sons. 

Peraminta Stokes Newby, daughter of Mary Ellen, was born 
igfcc^ 17, 1845, and died Oct. 23, 1914. She married John Car- 
ney Sept. 27, 1866, and they resided in Vernon. She was well 
educated and for a time taught school. Mr. Carney 'was a 
prominent citizen of Jennings County. He died Nov. 13, 1880. 
Their children were Annie Finley Carney, born July 7, 1867, 
died Sep. 24, 1917; she graduated from Vernon High School in 
1886; was a primary teacher in the Vernon Public Schools for 
twenty-one consecutive years. She began teaching at Grayford, 
•where she remained four years, and then she taught two years 
in LaPorte. She was a scholar, educator, and author; a nat- 
ural, courteous, painstaking teacher, and a prominent church 
worker. Cora May Carney, born Oct. 19, 1870, was educated 
in the Vernon schools. She has been the manager of the Car- 
ney home; she now resides, -with her brother John Ralph, in 
Vernon. Jesse Howard Carney was born May 19, 1872, and died 
Nov. 12, 1876. James Frank Carney was born Jan. 26, 1874, 
was married to Daisy E. Norvelle Dec. 20, 1899. She was born 
Apr. 25, 1878, at Edinburg, Ind. He was a railroad trainman 
and conductor. His children are Josephine Ruth, born Apr. 
1901; Elbert Raymond, born in 1903; Mary Margaret, born in 
1909, in April, and died in December that year; Esther Lou- 
ise, born in April, 1914; Mildred Frances, born in August, 
1915. John Ralph Carney was born Dec. 8, 1875. He was edu- 


cated in Vernon High School and graduated from Indiana Uni- 
versity in 1903. He taught in the public schools for seven 
years and in high schools for five years, serving as Prin- 
cipal and Superintendent in various places; for a while he 
was Professor of History at Vincennes, He holds a life 
state teacher's certificate. He has been Vice President of 
the Indiana State Teachers' Association. He is a lawyer, be- 
ing the only one in Vernon. He was elected Clerk of the 
Jennings County Circuit Court in 1906, and has served two 
years as President and one as Secretary of the Vernon School 
board. He is now a member of the Vernon city council. He is 
a Presbyterian, Oddfellow, Mason, K. of P. , and Redman. 
Henry Roscoe Carney was born June 19, 1879, was educated in 
the Vernon High School and attended commercial college in 
Indianapolis. He has served as a drug clerk, and later be- 
came book-keeper for the Granite Bituminous Paving Co. , of 
St. Louis, and then was cashier for the company. He is now 
assistant Timber Agent of the ilron Mountain railroad, and 
resides in St. Louis. In 1908 he was married to Charlotte 
Schweibold; they have one child, John Ralph. 

LaDeca LaMar Newby, daughter of Mary Ellen Newby, was 
born in 1846 and died in 1861. LaDora LaBue Newby was born 
May 13, 1851. Mary Florence Newby was born May 6, 1854, and 
married William Hamilton Asher in 1907, but they separated. 
The two last named were for years teachers in the public and 
high schools, and they now reside at Sharpesville, Ind. 

Henry Howard Newby, son of Mary Ellen, was born in 1863. 
He was for -a. long time chief of police of North Vernon, and 
is now a guard in the state prison at St. Quentin, Calif. He 
was married first to Flora May McGuire, and second, in 1896, 
to Emma Andrews. By his first wife his children are Nancy 
V, , who married Earl Ransdell, and Mary, who married Roy 
Campbell in 1913; by his second wife he had two sons, How- 
ard A. , born in 1900, and James H. 

John Tipton Shields, son of Colonel Janes, was born in 

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1821 and died in 1902. He was a doctor, and enjoyed the moat 
extensive practise of any physician in Jackson County, Ind. 
He lived in Seymour, where he was a man of prominence, at one 
time being a member of the Legislature. His wife was Eliza 
Barton. He had four children, Scott, born in 1843, died in 
1910, unmarried; Rosa, born in 1846, died in 1871, unmar- 
ried; Ewing, born in 1850, died in 1871, unmarried; and 
Elizabeth, born in 1870, now the wife of John A. Ross, a 
merchant and the mayor of Seymour. The Ross children are 
Tipton, Emma, and Albert. 

Eliza J. Shields, daughter of Col. James, was born in 
1823. She was twice married; first to Chas. Brown, and sec- 
ond to Henry Sullivan. The Brown children ?/ere Charlotte 
JBrown, who married Robert Eckstein, and resides in North 
Vernon, Ind; she has five children, as follows: Lulu, who 
in 1893 married Clifford Long, a railroad man; she died 
May 12, 1910, leaving a daughter, Charlotte Long, born Feb. 
5, 1898; Clifford Eckstein, a merchant in North Vernon, 
married to Minnie Samuels and has a daughter, Brontz, who 
-was born Dec. 21, 1897, and married Earl Wilman Sept. 30, 
1916; Kolhie Eckstein in 1906 married Alfred Miiey," a rail- 
road man; Br is tow Eckstein, married a lady named Bland on 
March 12, 1902; he was a barber, and a soldier in the Span- 
ish American war. Their daughter LaVerne was born Nov. 13, 
1904. Returning to the Browns, Martha is now dead; Mary 

Brown married Smith Vawter and resides at Turkey Lake 

Postoffice Syracuse — Ind. She has three children, namely, 
John, who resides in Los Angeles, Louise who married a Green, 
and Eona, who is also married. Eliza J. Brown-Sullivan had 
no children by her second husband. She died in 1904, near 
Vernon, Ind. 

Nancy Ann Shields, also a daughter of Ccl. James, was born 
in 1825 and died at North Vernon, Ind. , in 1911. She married 
Henry A. Wise in 1843. He was killed at Chickamauga, in the 
Union Army, during the Civil War. They had three children, 
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Long in 1866; she resides in NorthaVernon. She was born in 
1849. Her three children are Elizabeth, born in 1872, unmar- 
ried, residing in North Vernon; Harry 0. , born in 1868, and 
in 1899 was married to Nellie Suddith; they reside in North 
Vernon, and have three children, ftuth born in 1903, Catherine 
born in 1905, and Margaret born in 1907; Charles H. Long was 
born in 1877, and in 1901 was married to Jennie Hadley. Their 
children are Helen, born in 1901-, and John, born in 1905. 

James Sevier Shields, son of Col. James, was a physician, 
and for a time practised medicine with his brother, Dr. John 
Tipton Shields, in Seymour, Ind. , during 1853 and 1854. He 
was born in Vernon, Ind. , Jan. 24, 1834, educated at Vernon, 
and in the Medical College at Ann Arbor, Mich. , later gradu- 
ating from the Ohio Afedical College at Cincinnati. After 
practising for two years in Seymour he opened an office in 
Mitchell, Ind. , in 1856, being the physician of the construc- 
tion department of the company which was building the 0. & M. 
Railroad. He also practised In Cortland and Medora, and in 
Hamilton County. During the 1860s he was engaged in the drug 
business in Seymour, but later sold his store. He was mar- 
ried March 4, 1857, to Mary 25. Hart in, of Mitchell. They had 
six children, among them being Dr. James Martin Shields, of 
Seymour; he in turn has a son, Frank B. , in business with 
the National Process Co. , of Indianapolis, and a daughter, 
Mary Mabel, who married Hugh R. Wilford, General Passenger 
and Freight Agent of the United Fuit Company, of New Orleans; 
William Tipton Shields, born in 1861, a Rock Island engineer 
living in Haileyville, Okla. ; he has two sons, Walter and 
Wesley; Chauncey Barner Shields, a switchman living in St. 
Louis; and Jesse Shields, of whom I know nothing further than 
that he is dead. Dr. James Sevier Shields died in 1914, and 
was buried in River view Cemetery, at Seymour. 

Charles Shields, son of Col. James, by his second wife, 
was born is 1842, and in 1871 was married to Sarah McClintock. 
They resided &l Reddington, Ind. , where he died in 1878. They 
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in Indianapolis, where he is a railway mail clerk; he has two 
children, Charles Brown, born in 1909, and Mary Louise, born 
in 1911; Tipton, born in 1874, carried, and is farming at 
Reddington; he has five children: Marie born in 1895; Cecil 
born in 1897; Jennie born in 1900; and Beryl and Earl, twins, 
born in 1904; Lucy, born in 1876, is now dead; she carried 
George McConnell, and they had two children, John Frank, born 
in 1900, and Charles Bruce, born in 1902. 

Sarah T. Shields, daughter of Col. James, was born in 
1846. She harried first a Dr. Wilson, and second Hiram Jack- 
son. She is now a widow and resides with her son and his fam- 
ily near Hope, Ind. , in the vicinity of Nortonsburg. She is 
the only surviving child of Colonel James. She has a sen, 
Elmer i who is carried and has several children. 

Diana Alcestis Shields, the youngest child of Col. James, 
was born in 1851, and was very well educated. She was for a 
long time a teacher in the schools and colleges of Indiana, 
and was well known as a leader in the W. C. T,U. She carried 
Lucius Redman, of Columbus, Ind. , in 1892; they had one or 
two children who died young. Both are dead. She died 'at 
Columbus in 1915. 

William , Son of William Shields 

We know but little of William Shields, the son of William 
of the ten brothers. He -was twice married, the first name of 
his former wife being Hannah, last name unknown; his second 
wife was Aria Evans. His children were named Mary, Mark, Jane, 
Samuel, and Jesse. We know nothing of any of them. 

Nancy Agnes , Daughter of William Shields 

Nancy Agnes Shields, a daughter of William and Margaret 
Wilson Shields, was born in Sevier County, Term. , in the 
1790s, and. removed to Indiana with her parents in 1808. There 
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Ann, born in 1842, Larried LaFayette Morgan in 1861; Jesse S. , 
born in 1340, married Ann Morgan in 1862; Naney McCaleb, born 
in 1835, married. Thouae Gilbert Brown, and now resides at Niles 
a few miles north of Salina, Kans, living alone and doing her 
own house work; she is the only surviving child of -Nancy Ag- 
nes and James Elliott; Jasper Newton Elliott, born in 1833, 
married to Kizziah Green, died in 1890; John Perry Elliott, 
born in 1830, married to Harriet Odel, and later to Catherine 
Alkire, died in 1844; Ruth Jane Elliott, of whom more will be 
written later; Absalom Elliott, born in 1821, married to Char- 
lotte Spencer j Margaret M. Elliott, born in 1819 and in 1836 
married Alexander Asbury Miller; Elizabeth Ann Elliott, born 
in iol?, aril married Isaac Kendall, and later John Dunnick; 
Isaac Tipton Elliott, born in 133?, married to Margaret Davis. 

Ruth Jane Elliott, referred to above, was born Nov. 15, 
1625. In 1843 she married Miles Bristol, but they had no chil- 
dren; Feb. 14, 1353, she married Richard Emery Derrick. The 
children of this union were John Perry > Mary Ovanda, Nancy El- 
linor, Ruth Jane, Edith Ulysses, and Asa Emery. Following is 
a brief note of each of these. John Perry Elliott Derrick was 
born Aug. 22, 1855, and was married to Rebecca Jane Wilson 
Oct. 22, 1878. They have four children: Roy Garner Derrick, 
born Apr. 9, 1833, married to Heitie Menefee in April 1906, 
and Mary Schutte in March 1915; his children by the first 
wife were Lyle Derrick, born Jan. 1G, 1^07 and John Larkin 
Derrick born Sep. 20, 1910; William Emery Derrick, second son 
of John P. E. Derrick, -was born Feb. 28, 1387. He is a teacher 
having graduated from the Stillwater, Okla. , High School; 
Hazel May Dei rick was born Jem. 6, 1889, and in 1909 married 
Sewell Hardy. She graduated from the Perkins, Okla. , High 
School. Their eon is Carl Hardy, born July 6, 1911. Lyle 
John Derrick wa3 born March 4, 1892, and is a teacher and farm- 
er, living in Washington Oywaky', Kans. Mary Ovanda Derrick, 
second child of Ruth Jane ^aBtrls and Richard Emery Derrick, 
was borr Nov, SO, 1857. On Mar. 12, 1872 she married Asa E. 
Coleman,, an extensive farmer in Washington County, Kans. They 
now reside i 4 Manhattan, Kans. Nancy Ellinor Derrick was born 

Nov. 12, 105 J, and carried Henry Richard Wilson Mar. 5, 137 J. 
Their children 'were Albia Ekaaeline, bom An?. £3, 1880, carried 
Benj. Evans Aug. 28, 1^03, resides in Washington County, Kan.; 
children, Ruth, born July 16, 1j04, Ralph, born Jan. 21, 1906, 
Ellinor Josephine, burn Mar. 5, 1915; Carl Ei..ery Wilson, born 
Mar. 11, 1883, carried to Bertha Poteete Jan. 6, 190^, is an 
extensive farmer near Washington, Kans. ; their only child is 
Paul Wilson, born Feb. 22,, 1912; Blanch Ellinor 7-Jilscn, born 
Oct, 22, 1004, Larried John Msitler, a farmer, residing near 
'Washington, Kans. ; William Henry Wilson, born Sep. 18, 10^0, ' 
was niarried to Fern YJilson Nov. 27, 1911; their only child is 
Lois Wilson, born in April, 1^13; John Elliott Wilson, born 
Aug, 12, 1896, graduated in 1^16 from Washington High School, 
now a fanner in Washington County, Kans. Ruth Jane, a daugh- 
ter of Ruth Jane and Richard E. Derrick, was born Nov. 1, 1861 
married Franklin S. Morey Sep, 86, 10-6, and died May 4, 1093; 
they had two children, Dorn Derrick Morey, born Nov. 8, 1039, 
was carried to Mary Belle Allen Nov. 2£ , 1913, children Deryll 
D. , born Dec. 6, lt/14 and Alien Dwight, born Aug. 15, 191S; 
Claude Franklin Morey, born Apr. 14, 10^3, was Larried to Ester 
Fae Me Her July 16, 1915, their child being Russell Franklin 
Morey, born May 20, 1^16. Edith Ulysses Derrick, daughter of 
Ruth Jane and Richard E. , was born Nov. 7, 1666, and died Apr. 
12, 187^; Asa Emery Derrick was born Sep, 9, 1871, and died 
eight days later. 

Rhoda , Daughter of 7/illiam Shields 

Rhoda Shields, daughter of William and Margaret Wilson 
Shields, carried Nathan Rose. They moved from Indiana to Mis- 
souri, and little is known of them or their descendants. The 
children were Ezekiel, Emmeline, Elizabeth, James, Margaret 
Ann, and Cyrus. 

Elizabeth . Daughter of 7/illiam Shields 

Elizabeth Shields, daughter of William of the ten broth- 
ers, married Lindsay. Their children were John, Tipton, 
and Nathan. 


Rebec ca, Daughter of Will lag Shields 

Rebecca Shields was a daughter of William and Margaret 
Wilson Shields. She carried John Davis. Their children were 
Nancy Davis, who married Jesse Johnson; Elizabeth Davis, who 
never married; Marion Davis, who is married and resides near 
Tuskegee, Okla. ; James Davis, who married Charlotte Kendall, 
a second cousin; Margaret Davis, who married Isaac Elliott, a 
first cousin; Rebecca Davis, who married Richard Bel- 
cher; Martha Davis who married first William Shields, a dist- 
ant cousin (son of Jonathan Shields who was in turn a son of 
Robert and a grandson of William and Margaret Wilson Shields) ; 
her second husband was George Baker. They resided near St. 
Joseph, Mo. , and their descendants live in that vicinity, and 
near Troy, and Mayetta, Kans. She had one daughter by her 
first husband. 

Janet , Daughter of William Shields 

Janet Shields, daughter of William and Margaret Wilson 
Shields, married Wm. Williamson. Their children were Kar.ey 9 
James, and John 

Jesse , Son of William S hields 

Jesse Shields, the oldest son of William and Amanda 
Logan Shields, was born at Madison, Ind. , Sep. 20, 1820. 
Upon the death of his mother and the marriage of his father 
to a third wife, Jesse was taken to live with his half-sister, 
Nancy Agnes Elliott. The story is told that when he was 
about nine years old he was being taken with his brother 
Ezekiel Logan Shields, in an old-fashioned prairie schooner 
from Madison either to litre with or visit his mother's rela- 
tives in Washington County. During the trip he escaped 
through the hole in the wagon cover made by the loop at the 
rear end of the wa;on, and ran away, his whereabouts remain- 
ing unknown for a considerable time. He went down to New 
Albany, Ind, , and began shifting for himself. Later he 


settled in Rochester, Ind. , wliere he became the leading mer- 
chant, and was a oeiuber of the state legislature and director 
of important interests in the community. His first wife was 
Catherine Welton, by whom he had no children; by his second, 
wife, Margaret Robbins, he had five children: Mary D. Shields 
born in 1847, died in 1851; Joseph Tipton Shields, born in 
1847, died in 1852; William Jay Shields, born in 1852, was 
married to Frances Killen, and resided at Rochester; their 
two children are LeRoy Shields, "who Y\ras married to Charlotte 
Paddock and is now engaged in the real estate and insurance 
business in Indianapolis, and Harry K. Shields, who was car- 
ried to Mary Hurst, and now resides at San Jose Ranch, Glen- 
dora, Calif. ; Harry K, Shields has three children, Louis, 
born in 1908, Hurst, who is dead, and Margaret, born in 1915 \ 
Alfred Mead Shields, born in 1855, married to Elizabeth Miller; 
and Clio May Shields, born in 1357, married Chas. F. Kociien- 
dorfer? Mr. Eochendorfer is dead and she resides at G.len- 
dora, Cal, Her son, Frederick Shields Kcchend&rfer. was Liar- 
ried to Erawa Hupp, of New Albany s Ind. ; they reside in Chi- 
cago, where he is prominently connected with the Western 
Bleetric Gomany's Efficiency Department. A few years ago he 
was sent bytLat company to assist in installing the Bell 
Telephone system in Japan. Their first chind, Charles, died 
in 1913, and their second, Mary, -was born- in -1^14. 

Jesse Shields was widely known and well thought of in 
all of the section of Indiana in which he lived. During the 
Civil War he gained the title of "the poor man's friend" be- 
cause he maintained the low prices on an enormous stock of 
goods that he had laid in before the war, selling them far 
below the cost of replacing them, and distributing them as 
judiciously c*o ywssible among those who could not afford to 
pay the prevailing prices of war-times. 

Sarah , Daughter of William Shields 

Sarah Shields was the oldest child and only dau liter of 
William and Amanda Lo~an Shields. She was born in Madison, 


Ind. , June 5, lol5, and died at town, Ind. , Aug. 27, 1894. 
She married James George, by whom she had nine children. Upon 
the death of her mother she was taken by her grandmother Logan 
and raised on a farm in Washington County, Ind. , where she had 
but few educational advantages and was required to do much 
hard work/ Her children were Garrett Wilson George, born in 
1036, died in 1050. Martha Ann George, born in 1838, in 1864 
married Caleb Easter ling, and died in 1871. She was born in 
Salem, Ind. , but lived at various times in Jamestown and In- 
dianapolis. She had three children, Hannah Katherine,- born 
in 1866, married Howard Witt in 1892, died in 18^7, resided 
in Anderson, children, Malcolm, born in 18i?3 and died in in- 
fancy, June born in 18^/5, and Katherine Easterling born -in 
1697-, married a man named Johnson in 1916. Reverting to the 
children of Sarah George, the next was Elisa Jane, born in 1840 
and died in 18S3. David George, born in 1842. Margaret Geor?e 
born in 1844. Amanda George, iiorn-in _L847; she "was twice mar- 
ried, first to Wm. Patterson in 1866, and second to John H. 
Camplin, in 13^4; he died in 1905. She resides at Jamestown, 
Ind. Her three children, by her first marriage, were Effie 
May, born in 186? and died the following year, Wilbert, born 
in 186*, and in 188? was married to Frances Kennedy; they 
reside in Chicago. Their three children are Helen, born 18^2, 
Horace Kennedy, born in lo95 and died in 1*16, and Florence, 
born in 18y7. Jesse Patterson was born in 1872 and died the 
same year. John Wesley George, son of Sarah, was born in 
1850 and died in 1854. Kate George -was born in 1852, in In- 
dianapolis, and resides at Jamestown. In 1370 she married 
7i/m. Darnell, and they have eight children, namely, Oscar, born 
in 1871, died 16^3; Florence, born in 1873, in 1388 married 
John F. Hall. He died in 1916; she resides at Lon=~ Beach, 
Cal. The children are William Merritt, born 1891, died 18*2 j 
Richard Malcolm, born 18*2; InaMaye; born 18*5, and in 1*A3 
married Frank A. Snyder; John Franklin, born li/Ol, and Flcr- 
ence Margar et, born 1*05. Harry Darnell, born and died in 

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1875. Jessie George , born and died in 1876. Oniar George, 
"born and died in 1680. George Roscoe George, born in 1883, 
was married to Elsie Alice Heath, in 1901, Wilbur Floyd George, 
born in 1887, and in 1^04 was married to Blanche Jackson. 
They have two children, George William born in 1^05 and Ina 
Blanche born in 1^14. Kate George, born in 1020, in 1*10 mar- 
ried Gene E. Camplin. They reside at Mooresville, Ind. , and 
have three children, Howard Darnell born in 1912, Gene Ever- 
ard, born 1^16, and Marion Re id born 1217. 

Errata.- On this page above the persons listed with the sur- 
name "George" should be Darnell instead. 

The remaining son of Sarah Shields George was William 
Oscar, born in 1859 and died in 1861. 

Ezekiel Logan, Son of William Shields 

Ezekiel Logan Shields was my grandfather. He was a son 
of William and Amanda Logan Shields, born May 20, 1822, in 
Washington County, Ind. , and died Nov. 6, 1878, in 
Jackson County, Kans. Upon the death of his mother, while he 
was yet a mere baby, he was taken by his uncle, Wilson H. 
Logan, of Walnut Ridge, Washington County, Ind., with whose 
family he lived until he was old enough to take care of him- 
self. On Apr. 3, 1848, he was married to Elizabeth Jane El- 
liott, of whom more is written later, and they settled in the 
vicinity of Rush Creek Valley, a few miles north of Salem, Ind, 
In 1871 he brought his family to Jackson County, Kan. , settl- 
ing in the vicinity of South Cedar. Their first cro^ was de- 
stroyed by the grasshoppers during the famous grasshopper 
year, which left him in very close circumstances. He borrowed 
money with which to provide necessities and start a new crop, 
and paid in some instances as much as 30 per cent for it 
Shortly thereafter he settled at what is now known as Shields 
Grove, nine miles southwest of Holton, Kan. T^here built a 
home and set out a large grove of fine ma^le trees, on the 
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in the north, eastern section of Kansas. He lived in Jackson 
County until his death. He was buried in a small private 
cemetery on his farm, but about twenty years later his re- 
mains were removed to the Holton Cemetery. He was the father 
of five children, Sarah E. , Garrott William, Mary E. , John 
Elnathan, and Margaret Semyra. 

Sarah E. Shields was born in 1850, and died in 1895. She 
married James ST. Little, a leading farmer of Jackson County, 
and they resided on a large farm two miles west of the Shields 
Grove, above referred to. At a comparatively early age her 
health failed, and she died after a long illness from pneumon- 
ia. She was buried in the Holton Cemetery. She had four 
children, Lucy, John Elnathan, Arthur 0. , and Jerome. Lucy 
married Fred W. Putman, and they now own and live on the old 
Shields home farm at the Shields Grove. Their" children are 
Charles, born in 1899, Paul, born in 1900, and Mable, born in 
1908. John Elnathan Little received his education at Campbell 
University, at Holton, where he became an expert penman and 
accountant. Upon his graduation he entered the Linscott State 
Bank in Holton, where he remained as assistant Cashier for 
several years. His first wife, whom whom he was divorced, was 
Hattie Olin; they had one child, Aileen, born in 1902 and 
died in 1905. His second wife was Nellie Good; their son, 
Felix, was born in 1908. They live on the old James W. Little 
farm eleven miles southwest of Holton. Arthur 0. Little was 
married to Lois Highley, and they lived on a farm a few miles 
southwest of Holton for a time, where he died from blood- 
poisoning, resulting from an injury to his hand in a piece of 
farm machinery. Mrs. Little and the children moved to Idaho 
shortly thereafter, in about 1^05 or 1906. He is buried in 
the Holton Cemetery, his death having occurred in 1903. Jer- 
ome Little, the youngest child, was born in 1884. He gradu- 
ated from the Holton High School and attended the University 
of Kansas. He was married to Edity pagel, a neighbor's dau- 
ghter, and they live upon and operate a part of the old. James 
W. Littla farm. They have no children. 

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Garrott William Shields was born Feb. 1, 1851, at Rush 
Creek Valley, Washington County, Ind. In 1671 he settled with 
his father's family in Jackson County, Kan. He was married 
Feb. 12, 1874., to Fannie P. Stalker, formerly of Washington 
County, Ind. , then living near Adsian, Jackson County, Kans. 
Jess Willard, the prize fighter, later became her step- brother. 
They settled on the Shields farm, two and a half miles from 
what was then the country store and postoffice at Adrian, on 
Little Cross Creek, where he lived until 1^04. She died Sept. 
9, 1882, and on Dec. 11, 1053 he was married to Mary Bennett, 
a daughter of Geo. W„ Bennett, who resides on Big Soldier 
Creek, twelve miles southwest of Eolton. 

To his first wife were born three daughters, Dora Theodo- 
cia, Estella May, and Effie Felecia. Dora was born in the 
little two-room log cabin that had been erected by the Indians 
in which her father and mother lived for the first few years 
of their married life. She married James Davis Lewelling in 
1895. He was a Welsh immigrant, of the well-known Llewellyn 
family of that country. For a time they lived near Avcca, but 
soon settled on their present farm six miles north of Delia, 
Kans. Their children are Mary Elizabeth, born in 13y7, edu- 
cated at Campbell College, in Holton, and at the High School 
in St. John, Kans. ; Fannie M. , born in 1899, and in 1^17 
graduated from Holton High School; Roy William, born in 1*01; 
Evan Shields, born in 1»04; Edith May, born in 

1909; Elsie Marie, born in 1^13, Estella May Shields was born 
on. the farm on Little Cross Creek. In 1894 she married Albert 
Milton Walt, on Christmas day. They resided at various times 
in Jackson County, Kans. and in Platte County, Mo. , later in 
Chase and Wabaunsee Counties, in Kansas, in Oklahoma, and in 
Arkansas, and they now live near Gove, Kan. Their children 
are Eva M. , born in 1896, married James Otto Holmes in 1^17. 
Velma Blanche, born in 1598; Cecil Albert, born in 1901, in 
1917 graduated trt re the schools of Gove County as County Val- 
edictorian? Har,el Irene, bor^ in 1^00, Ivan Oral, born in 
1^08; Eddie Lueile, born in 1904.: Grace Opal, born ir J9\0; 

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Louis William, born in 1?I3; and Donald Shields, born in 1917. 
Effie Felecia Shields was born on the farm on Little Cross 
Creek in 1881. She married Marion T. Lasswell, and they re- 
sided near Tecumseh, Kans. She died in 1916. Their children 
are Ray William, who at the age of 15 was drowned in the Kan- 
sas River at Spencer, Kans,, in Aug. , 1915; Edna Marie, born 
in 1906; and Elsie May, born in 1909; there was another 
daughter, Flora, who died when about two years old. 

Garrott William Shields by his second wife had five chil- 
dren. The oldest is the writer, John Arthur Shields, then, 
in order, a son who died in infancy, Jesse William, Elsie 
Elizabeth, and Earl Raymond. All of these except Earl were 
born on the farm near Adrian. I was born Dec. 17, 1884, and 
lived on the farm until 1^03, since which time I have been 
away from home, in school, and in work of various kinds. I 
attended college at various times at Lane University, Lecomp- 
ton, Kan. , Campbell College, at Holton, and Ottawa University, 
at Ottawa, Kan. , where I graduated with the degree of A. B. 
in 1913. Having won the championship record on the typewrit- 
er I attended the St. Louis Fair as a demonstrator, and 3ince 
that time I have been engaged in prohibition work in Chica- 
go, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, and elsewhere. In 1^0? I 
traveled over about half the states covering colleges in the 
interest of the prohibition movement. In 1912 I wa3 Chair- 
man of the Kansas Prohibition Committee, and for the follow- 
ing three years was National Headquarters Secretary of the 
Prohibition National Committee. Since 1916 I have been in 
Minnesota, where I am the Executive of the Prohibition State 
Committee, the most active organization of its kind in the 
United States, ffln Aug. 15, 1911 I was married to Miss Ada 
Beatrice Vincent, at Ottawa, Kan. , and our son, James Vinc- 
ent Shields, was born Apr. 21, 1913. Jesse William Shields 
was born July 2s>, 1887. After finishing the public schools 
at Little Cross Creek he took college preparatory work at 
Ottawa University and Campbell College, finishing his course 
at Ottawa in IjIO. Since that time he has been a High School 
professor having been located at Kearney, Neb. , Yankton, S.D. , 


and Calumet, Mich. , where he is now head of the department of 
physical sciences. Both he and the writer are members of the 
Masonic Lodge. In 1913 he was married to Miss Grace E. Dague, 
of Clifton, formerly of Hoi ton, Kan. , and they have two chil- 
dren, Carl Dague Shields, born in 1914; and Mary Grace Shields 
born in 1917. Elsie Elizabeth Shields was born Oct. 7, 1890. 
She began her education in the country schools, later finish- 
ing as Valedictorian of her class at the Holton High School, 
and completing a four years college course at Ottawa Univer- 
sity in three years, with honors, graduating in 1913. She 
not only ranked high as a 3tudent but al30 was prominent in 
all college activities, particularly in inter-collegiate de- 
bates. Like the writer, who has participated in five inter- 
state oratorical contests, having won that many state meets, 
she was a leader in public speaking and debating, but not 
much inclined to athletic sports. After teaching a year at 
' the Valley Falls, Kan. , High School, she married Janes Weaver 
Tanner, a college classmate. Mr. Tanner for a time after 
their marriage was principal of schools at Alma, Kan. , where 
she was an assistant teacher. They own and operate a large 
farm near St. John, Kans. Earl Raymond Shields was born 
in Holton, Kan. , Jan. 27, 1907, and is now attending the pub- 
lic school in Holton. 

My father, Garrott William Shields, retired from the farm 
in 1904, and since that time has lived in Holton, operating 
a few acres of land as a small truck farm adjacent to town. 

Mary E. Shields, a daughter of Ezekiel Logan and Eliza- 
beth Jane Shields, married Newton Jasper Bradshaw. He died 
eighteen or twenty years ago. They had no children. She now 
lives in Holton. 

John Elnathan Shields, son of Ezekiel Logan Shields and 
Elizabeth Jane Shields, wa 3 born in Washington County, Ind. , 
and came to Jackson County, Kan. , in 1871. After the death 
of his father, for several years he operated the home farm at 
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1916 moved into Holton. His wife war. Arthusa Dick; they are 
the parents of five children: Marion William Shields, hern 
in 1885, married to Eva Bateman, and resides near Holton; Ar- 
thur Elnathan Shields, born in 1891 and died in 1916,; Otis 
and Onie Shields were twins, born in 1893; the latter was 
married to a lady named Faulkender; Sadie is- the youngest 
child and only daughter of the family, 

Margaret Semyra Shields was born in Washington County, 
Ind. , and came to Kansas in 1871. She married Geo. W. El- 
liott, and they have since resided in Jackson County, now 
living near Deniscn, Kan. They had but one child, Charity, 
who married Roy Cline in 1902. The Clines had a son v/ho 
died while a child. They reside in Topeka, Kan. 

Elizabeth Jane Elliott, the wife of Ezekiel Logan 
Shields, was born in Washington County, Ind,, Aug. 25, 1826, 
and died in Holton, Kan. , Mar, 27, 1905; she is buried in 
the Holton Cemetery. She was the daughter of Robert Elliott, 
whose wife 1 a maiden name was Elizabeth Campbell. Robert 
Elliott was born in Chesterfield County, S. C., in 178V, and 
died in Washington County, Ind. , July 5, 1834^ His father 
was a Revolutionary soldier, being one of General Francis 
Marion's men. Elizabeth Campbell v/as the daughter of Elna- 
than G. Campbell and Mary Thomas Knox Campbell. Campbells- 
burg, Ind. , takes its name from him. His brother, James, 
was the founder of Jamestown, Pa. , from whom that place gets 
its name. He came to America from County Antrim, Ireland, 
in the 1890s, residing at Pittsburgh, and later at Wheeling 
and other points in what is now West Virginia. He and his 
wife separated, Elizabeth going with the mother to Tuscaloosa, 
Ala. , where she married Robert Elliott. The Campbell family 
was of Scottish origin. This Elnathan G. Campbell was a 
cousin of Alexander Campbell, the founder of the church known 
as the Disciples or "Christian" Church. The Irish home of 
the family was at Ballymena. It is a peculiar co- incidence 
that Ballymena was the old Shields home in Ireland in the 
early 1600s. 


is S ields 

Wi" liani Shields 
o, Janies Shields 

4. Jesse Shields 

4. Meedy Shields 

3, Lethe Shields (Gilbert) 

4. Frank Gilbert 
3. Elizabeth Shields 

iy TElite Shields 
3 Iyi:ureu.s Shields 

4., Eliza Shields 
4, Swing Shields 

5, Anna Ruth Sliields 

5„ Ewin? Shields 
4„ Frances Shields (Barnes) 

5. Lycurgus L. Barnes 

5 g Rebecca H, Barnes 
4. Neil Shields 
4. Lycurgus L. Shields 
4. Albert D. Shields 

5, Allen Shields 
4, Francis Soielus 
4, Meedy W. Shields 
3. Sarah Shields (Blish) 

4. Meedy Shields Blish 

5. John Lyman Blish 

5. Meedy W. S. Blish 
4. Tipton Shields Blish 

5. Tipton A. Blish 

5. Edwin A. Blish 

5. Stuart Blish 

5. Janet Blish 
4, Etna M. Blish (Thompson) 

5. Marguerite Thompson 

5, Elbrid~e Blish Thompson 
4. John B.- Blish 

5. Donald Blish 

5. Sarah Blish 


4. Lucy 3. Blish (Humbert; 
5. John Humbert. 
5. Bruce Shields 

4. Fred B. Shields 

5. Fred B. Shields 
5. Margaret Helen Shields ' 
5. Jackson Mitchell Shielus 
4. Meedy Mitcheli Shields 
5. Daniel Shields 
5. Thomas Shields 
5. Margaret Shields 
4. Helen Elizabeth Shields 
3. Eliza P. Shields (Dickinson) 

4. Harriet S s Dickinson (Watermai 
5. Albert 7h Water nan 
3, Ewin? Shields 
3. William H. Shields 

4. Xester Bruce Shields 
3. Meedy Shields 

4. Sarah Shields 
3. Tipton Shields 
£. Betsey Shields (Baldwin) 
5. Hanson Baldwin 

4. Mary A. Baldwin 
4. Elizabeth Baldwin 
4. Oromel Baldwin 

5, Bertha Baldwin 
5, Aim Baldwin 
5. Ross Baldwin 
5. Ruth Baldwin 
4. George Baldwin 
4. Eliza Baldwin (Davis) 
5. Stella Davis 
5. Grace Davis 
5. Maude Davis 
5. Harry Davis 
4, Meedy Baldwin 
4. John Baldwin 

5, Mary Baldwin 
5. Price Baldwin 

5. Ralph Baldwin 
5, Charles Baldwin 

4, Jacob Baldwin 

5. Wilbur Baldwin 
3. Nanny Baldwin (Gilbert) 

4. Meody Gilbert 

4. Toss Gilbert 

4. Tipton Gilbert 

4. Mary Gilbert 
3. Eliza Baldwin (Marsh) 

4. Edmund Marsh 

4, Seba Marsh 

4. Robert Marsh 
3.' Charlotte Baldwin 
3 S Elizabeth Baldwin (McClintock) 

4. George McClintock 

4 C Charlotte McClintock 

4. Sarah McClintock 
3. Mary Baldwin (Marsh) 

4, Ja-./^s Marsh 

4„ Louise Marsh 

4 4 Martha Marsh 

■i, Simia Marsh 

4. Nancy Marsh 
3. George Baldwin 

4, Jacob Baldwin 
£ s Nancy Shields (Mooney - Woods) 
3, Po.l ly Mooney 
5. Sarah Woods (Price) 

4, Elizabeth Price 

4„ Lawrence Price 
3. Woods (Rosebsrry) 

4. Roseberry 

2 Polly Ghieldr (McClintock) 
3. George McClintock 


Jciiuea Shields* one of the ten "brothers, son of Robert and 
j~ icy ock*;oTi Shields, was "born in Virginia in 1771. With 
t; 3 family he moved to Sevier County, Tenn. , in 1784, and with 
his wife and children he again emigrated to Indiana in 1808. 
In 1795 he was married to Penelope White, a niece of „ 
White, the founder of Knoxvilie, Tenn. , and a cousin of Hugh 
Lawson White, member of Congress, and candidate for president 
of the United States in 1884. 

James and Penelope Trite Shields were the parents of five 
children, William, Meedy White, Elizabeth (or Betsey), Nancy, 
and Polly. Th3se were all "born in Sevier County, Tenn. , hut 
while mere children were brought to the new home, which was lo- 
cated near the present station called Shields,' on the B. &. 0. 

ro« L, between Brownstown ana Seymour, in Jackson County, 
i ', ?s:ii:33 and his son, Meedy White Shields, were at various 
times large land-owners in that and surrounding counties. 

James Shields soon thereafter constructed a fort just 
north of the present city of Seymour, on the knoll at the rear 
of the present Catholic Cemetery; in this fort this family 
and that of his sister 3 Mrs. Jeanette Tip-con, lived for pro- 
tection against the Indians. He was in command of the fort, 
and won the title of ain in various Indian skirmishes in 
which he led the forces of the settlers. 

In his old age James Shields became somewhat corpulent and 
lost mach of ch2 strength and agility of his youth. He is said 
to have been very fond of entertaining his friends and neighbors 
and for this purpose he had a special dining room, of very 
large proportions, constructed, in which, from time to time, he 
would feast his friends. His heavy eating brought on the gout, 
Lch troubled him greatly in his latter years. - 

One story concerning him is particularly interesting as 
it illustrates his congenial nature. It is said that along 
about ohe ciose of tne War of 1812 a man named Perry, from 
3 passing through Indiana en route to Illinois, and 
i at the Shields place to stay over night. A friend- 

ship immediately grew out cf this chance me< bin , and Perry 
decided to stay a day or two, rest 3 lis horses, and hunt, fish, 
and visit with Shields. The friends] _;■ iv.; closer, the days 
dragged into weeks, and months, until finally winter approach- 
ed, and Perry had not moved on to Illinois. James then urged 
him to stay allwinter, as there would be no opportunity for 
him to provide himself against the cold weather reaching Illi- 
nois at that season; as an inducement, so the story goes, 
Shields finally told him that he would give him half of his 
land if Perry would settle right there and neighbor with him; 
James was then possessed of about I, £00 acres of what is n:.. 
some of the very finest land in southern Indian:.. Perry ac- 
cepted the offer and stayed. It. this connection it is inter- 
esting to note one fact that has impressed the writer: Be- 
ginning with about 1614 we find the name Ferry being applied 
to Shields children, . and we find it in only the family lines 
of those who at about that time were living or frequently vis- 
iting in the vicinity of the place where the above incident 
is said to have occurred; this name Perry is to this day 
occasionally appearing in the Shields families. It bag been 
the -thought of others that it came from the maiden name of 
the grandmother of the ten brothers, but we have no informa- 
tion as to "what her name was; had it been Perry it aeema 
likely that the name would have appeared in the families of 
others of the ten brothers; whereas its appearance at the 
particular time and place that it does appear, and in the 
families of every one of the Shields in that vicinity, and 
in these families only, indicates pretty clearly that it 
came from this man Ferry; and whether James Shields did 
actually give him 600 acres of land or not, he seems, beyond 
question, to have been quite popular with the Shields people. 

James Shields died Feb. £, 1047, his wife having 
died six years earlier; both were originally buried in the 
old cemetery just north of Seymour, but in 1914 were re- in- 
terred in the new River view Cemetery nearby. The writer has 
visited both of these cemeteries. The old one is neglected 
and no loncer used. It abounds in very - ] > n ts, some 
of them crumbled and broken. Among the- w 


specimens of the "mail- order" stones so largely usei prior to 
1560. These are in the form of a sandstone slab about three 
feet high and two feet wide, with top rounded off ana fch --. p- 
er corners protruding. It would appear that the lettering 
was done at the factory from copy furnished with the order, 
as it is markedly similar in style on all the stones. On 
the one referred to appears the following inscription: "In 
Memory of JA £ « SHIELDS, V.ho Departed this Life Ceo. 3, 1847, 
Aged 76 yrs. mo & da." It seems that some of the details 
of his age were omitted in the order, and the spaces were ne - 
er filled in. This monument is now set uj in the Shields plot 
at River view, witfr that of his sister, Mrs. Kipton, and ne^er 
monuments of the later members of the family. The 
of James 5 son, 'tfilliam and the latter's wild, <- -- ■• - ; '-» &re 
still to he found among the vines and weed;- in the old ceme- 

In this connection a note about the flat stone monument 
of Mrs. Tipton may be included. This stone is different from 
the ethers, being Indiana limestone, made on the spot even to 
the inscription, by her brother James Shields. It wajS remo 1 1 
from bhe old cemetery in 1914 and is now in Riven-lew. IL is 
six feet long, thirty inches wide, end three inches thick, a - 
it lies flat on the ground. The lettering is chiseled in cans, 
rather roughly, but is ^;-.ite well execuoed considering that 
James was no stone-cutter. The inscription reads: "IN MEvIOKY 
OF JEITivLT TIITGN, BunlT ITT VA. , MARCH the 7, A.D. 1?6S & Dim 
FEB. the 17, AJD. 1827." To this has been added an inscription 
concerning the removal from the old cemetery by M. S. Blish, 
and also stating that she was the mother of U. S. Senator John 
Tipton. The later monuments in the Shields plot are massive 
blocks of granite, among the mo3t beautiful in the entire cem- 

William Shields, sun of Janes and Fenelope flghite Shields, 
was born in Sevier County, Term. , in 1601, and died while serv- 
ing in the Indiana Legislature, Jan. 87, J840. When sever, years 
L .. ls brought to Jackson County, Ind. , by his parents, in 


which section he spent most of his life. He is reputed to have 
been a very brilliant man. His marriage "was an unfortunate 
one; the name of the woman we do not know, except that her 
first name was Jerusha. She seems to have been a modern "Xan- 
tippe," and she made life so miserable for William that one day 
he threw his rifle over his shoulder, mounted his horse, and 
without even saying good-bye, left for the "southwest," where 
he remained for several years, returning just as mysteriously 
as he had gone away. They had three children, James, Lethe, 
and Elizabeth. The latter never married. Lethe married a man 
named Gilbert, and their son, Frank, now a man about fifty 
years old, is a conductor on the B. & 0. Railroad, running thru 
Seymour, Ind. James had two sons, Jess and Meedy, who reside 
at Columbus, Ind. Resolutions containing high tributes to the 
life and character of William Shields appear in the proceedings 
of both Houses of the Indiana Legislature shortly following his 
death. His body was brought home for burial in a farm wagon, 
and interment was in the old cemetery just north of Seymour, 
where his monument and that of his wife may be found. 

Meedy White Shields was born in Sevier County, Tenn. , 
July 8, 1805, the second son of Jame3 and Penelope 7/hite Shields, 
In 1808 the family removed north to Jackson County, Ind. , and 
this three- year- old child, destined to be one of the most prom- 
inent factors in the upbuilding of his county and state, was 
perhaps carried for several hundred miles, over mountain and 
valley and... stream, through woods, perhaps, following ablaced 
trail most of the way, on a saddle pommel, or mayhap only a 
folded blanket, on horseback, in the arms of mother or little 
sister. Finally the family settled in Jackson County, near the 
present site of Seymour, with the upbuilding of which his life 
later became inseparably linked. 

When the Shields family came there were but six families 
living in the eastern part of Jackson County, and the country 
was practically a virgin forest. 'While a young man Meedy engag- 
ed for a tine in flat-boating to New Orleans. In 1832 he en- 
tered the army and had a part in suppressing the Indians during 

tlie Black Ha» k War; in this expedition he gained hie coromis- 
aion as Captain. Thereafter he engaged in farm work, and in 
1833 was married to Eliza P. Ewing, a daughter of Jamea Ewing, 
of Brownstown s Ind. In 1646 he was elected to the Legislature 
and was re-elected in .1848; in 1652 he becar.e a State Senator 
and was re~eiectod in 1656, and in 1850. He was a delegate to 
the famous Democratic Rational Convention that met at Charles- 
ton, S. C. , in I860, "being a supporter of .Douglas. 

Weedy W. Shields was a nan of "business, His dealings, 
especially in land* were most fortunate. He owned a large 
tract, on which the city of Seymour is now built. To the 
north of him a few miles was the beginning of a town, and there 
was another south of him. Ihen the B. & 0. Railroad was pro- 
posed it became evident that one of the principal cities of 
southern Indiana would inevitably spring up where it crossed 
the Indianapolis & .Louisville track, which ran through the 
Shields land. The matter of the of the new read at 
once became a bone of contention between the two towns named. 
Meedy 77. Shields at once quiexly began planning to gel the 
road for himself and bring the crossing en his own land, and 
to this end he offered the company a free right -cf-way across 
his property; but there was some difficult grading nece-ssary 
in order to locate the road where he planned- and the company 
could not see its 'Jay clear to undertake it. Then Shields 
proposed that he himself would make the required cuts, and 
with a force of his neighbors he accomplished the work. The 
crossing, as he foresaw, was the beginning of a city, which 
was at once piatted and named Seymour, in honor of the surveyor 
of the road. He ;ave lots to all church denominations desir- 
ing them, and built the Presbyterian Church, of which Mrs. 
Shields wa3 long aleading nember. He helped to organize var- 
ious business institutions in the place, including the First 
National Bank and a large general store. He engaged heavily 
in stock- raising, and conducted pork- packing plants at Seymour 
and Brcv;n3town. He has been properly called "A Leading Farmer 
_of His Day." He died in 1866. 


The children of Meedy White and Eliza P. Ewing Shields 
were Sarah „ Bruce, Eliza P., Ljyeurgus, Ewing, William H. , 
Meedy W, , and Tipton. 

Sarah Shields married John H. Blish, and to this union was 
were horn five children: Meady Shields Blish, a prominent bus- 
iness man of Seymour, engaged, with his brother, in the flour 
milling business under the firm name of the Biish Milling Co. 
He was married to Isabella Everingham, of Chicago. They have 
two sons, John Lyman, and Meedy 77. S. Blish. Tipton Shields 
Blish, sou of Sarah above referred to, is also a leading busi- 
ness nan of Seymour , a member of the firm mentioned above; he 
was married to Agnes Andrew's, and their children are Tipton A. , 

m A. , Stuart, and Janet. M. S. and T. S. Blish, in 1914, 
erected a #40,000 Farmers Club Building in Seymour, an insti- 
tution unique in the history of the Farmers Club movement in 
this country, and also provided for the organization and per- 
petua] maintenance of a Farmers Club. This was done as a mem- 
orial to their grandfather, Meedy White Shields. Emma M. Blish, 
a sister of the two men just referred to, married E. G. Thomp- 
son; tlieir daughter, Marguerite, married Thomas Groub, and 
their son. Elbridge Blish Thompson, who lost his life on the 
ill-fated Lusitania, left a widow, Maude R. , now engaged in 
Red Gross Hospital work in Far is, France. He was connected 
with the Blish Milling Company, and was a graduate of Yale; in 
his memory two Yale scholarships are provided for graduates of 
ffi ielda High School, of Seymour, by Mrs. Thompson. John B. 
Blish, also one of the children of Sarah Shields Blish, is a 
United States Naval Officer, stationed at Baltimore; he has a 
son Donald, and a daughter, Sarah. Lucy S. Blish, another of 
the children of Sarah, married W. C. Humbert, and they had a 
son, John Humbert. 

Brace Shields, son of Meedy TJhite Shields, was married 
to Jane Mitchell, They had three children, Fred, Meddy M. , 
ana Eele i. Fred is a passenger conductor on the Union Pacific 
Railroad, running between Kansas City and Denver, 


He resides at 3400 Michigan Ave. , Kansas City, Mo. H» was 
born at Seymour, Ind. , June 19, 1870. His son, Fred B. , 
was born at Gypsum City, Kan. , Feb. 6, 1095; his daughter 
Marguerite Helen was born at Council Grove, Kan, , Sept. 12, 
1896; and his son Jackson Mitchell was born in Kansas City, 
Mo. , July 24, 1905. 

Meedy Mitchell Shields, son of Bruce referred to above, 
was born at Seymour, Ind. , Mar. 6, 1868. His address is 
Delta Building, Los Angeles, Calif. His sister, Helen Eliza- 
beth, was born at Sejnnour Dec. 7, 1872, married Hy Morrison, 
and lives at 953 Bonnie Brae St. , Los Angeles. Meedy M. has 
three children, Daniel, Thomas, and Margaret. 

Eliza P. Shields, daughter of Meedy White Shields, 
married A. W. Dickinson, Superintendent of the Missouri Pacif- 
ic Railroad. Their daughter, Harriet S. Dickinson, married 
S. Jewett Waterman, also a prominent railroad official. Mrs. 
Dickinson died Mar. 16, 1896, in a Chicago hospital. It is 
a peculiar co-incidence that her sister, Sarah, died at the 
same time and place and under similar circumstances, and a 
double funeral service was conducted for them. They were 
buried in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour, Ind. She had a son, 
Albert W. Waterman. 

Lycurgus Shields, son of Meedy White Shields, was mar- 
ried to Jane McCollum. Their children were Eliza; Ewing, 
who was married to Hattie White and whose children are Anna 
Ruth and Ewing; Frances, who married Wm. Barnes and whose 
children are Lycurgus L. and Rebecca H. Barnes; Nell, who 
married Arch A. Dixon; Lycurgus L. , wko died in 1916; 
Albert D. , who was married to Ola Pruett and who has a son, 
James Allen; Francis; and Meedy % , who was married to 
Marie Wolzer. 

Ewing Shields was a son of Meedy White Shields, but of 
him we have no further info rmat ion. 



William H. Shields, son of Meedy White Shields, was born 
in 1843 in Jackson County, Ind. , and died at the family home 
in Rockford in 1912. During his entire life he resided in or 
near Seymour. In 1879 he was married to Sarah Kester, of Rocke 
ford, eleven years his junior, who still lives on a farm near 
Seymour, and to them was born one son, Kester Bruce, in 1880. 
This son was married to Julia Adkins Gosnell in 1909, and is 
engaged in farming in Jackson County, Ind. William H. Shields 
was a public spirited man, and was for two terms, 1888 to 1890, 
a member of the Indiana Legislature, He was especially inter- 
ested in everything tending to promote the welfare of his com- 
munity. He was 3tricken with paralysis about six years be- 
fore his death, and since that time was in poor health. He was 
buried in the family lot in Riverview Cemetery. 

Meedy W. Shields, son of Meedy 'White Shields, was born in 
1845, near Seymour, and spent his entire life in that vicinity. 
It is a peculiar co- incidence that his death and that of his 
older brother, William H. , occurred on the same day. He died 
in his rooms at the Hotel Jonas, in Seymour, also of paraly- 
sis, but unexpectedly. He was at the time of his death en- 
gaged as clerk of the hotel. In 1871 he was harried to Ida 
Conway, and to them was born one daughter, Sarah. Following 
a double funeral at the Shields home in Rockford he was bur- 
ied beside his brother in Riverview Cemetery. The co-incidence 
i-s all the more remarkable since the deaths of the sisters of 
these men occurred at almost the -same time also, as referred 
to above. 

The youngest child of Meedy W. and Eliza P. Ewing Shields 
was named Tipton. Of him we know nothing further. 

James and Penelope White Shields had three daughters, 
Betsey, born in 1797, who married a Mr. Baldwin; Nancy, born 
in 1799, married first a Mr. Mooney and then Lawrence Woods; 
and Polly, born in 1803, married a uar named McClintock. 

Betsey Shields, daughter of James and Penelope 'White 
Shields, was born in Sevier County, Tenn, , and at the age of 
eleven was brought by her parents to Jackson County, Indiana. 
On July 12, 1830, she married Jacob Baldwin, who -was born in 
1796 and died in 1864. They settled in Jackson County, where 
she died in 1877. They had seven children-. Ransom, Nancy, 
Eliza, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Mary, and George. 

Ransom Baldwin was born in 1832 and died in 1898. He 
resided at Reddington, Ind. , all his life. In 1853 he was 
married to Martha Gilbert, who was born in 1836 and died in 
1906. They had eight children: Mary A., Elizabeth, Oramel, 
George, Eliza, Meedy, John, and Jacob. Mary A. was born in 
1854 and died, unmarried, in 1878. Elizabeth was born in 
1856 and died the following year. Oramel was born in 1857 
and now resides at Reddington, Ind. In 1830 he was married 
to Ella McClintock, who died in 1908. They had four children: 
Bertha, who married Wm. Beckwith, Alma, who married Louis 
Mawk, Ross, and Ruth. George was born in 1861 and died in 
1880, unmarried. Eliza was born in 1862, at Reddington, and 
now resides at Columbus, Ind. She married Calvin Davis, of 
Reddington, and they have four children: Stella, unmarried; 
Grace, who married Jacob Fields; Maude, who married George 
Newkirk; and Harry, unmarried. Meedy was born in 1864, and 
is still living, but we know nothing further of him. John 
was born at Reddington in 1868, and in 1395 was married to 
Leona Allman. They reside at Reddington. Their four children 
are Mary, born in 1595, Price, born in 1898, Ralph, born in 
1902, and Charles, born in 1906. Jacob was born at Reddington 
in 1571, where he now resides. He was married to Annabel 
Taliey, and they have a son, Wilbur, born in 1904. 

Nancy Baldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Baldwin, was 
born at Reddington, Ind. , in 1821, and died there in 1860. 
She married Amason Gilbert, also of Reddington, where they re- 
sided. They Lad four children: Meedy, who was married to 
Elizabeth Williams; T033; Tipton; and Mary; but concerning 
the last three we have no further information. 


Eliza Baldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Baldwin, was 
born at Reddinejton, Ind, , in 1523, and died there in 1897. 
Her husband was Seba Marsh, and they had three children: Ed- 
mund, who was married to Mary Bain; Seba, who was married to 
Mary Foster; and Robert, who was married to Laura Hibbs. 

Charlotte Baldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Baldwin, 
was born at Reddington, Ind. , in 1828, and died there in 1874. 
She was never married, 

Elizabeth Baldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Baldwin, 
was born at Reddington, in 1630, and died there in 1909. Her 
husband was Samuel McClintook, and they had three children: 
George, who v;as married to Nancy Ellen Davis; Charlotte, who 
married Cass Beem; and Sarah, who married Brown Shields. 

Mary Baldwin, daughter of Betsey Shields Baldwin, was born 
at Reddington in 1825, where she died in 1899. Her husband was 
Edmund Marsh, and they had five children: James, who v/as mar- 
ried to Mary Cox; Louise, who married Lovett Foster; Martha, 
who married Valentine Fox; Emma, who married Wm. Murray; and 
Nancy, who married Smith Gilbert. 

George Baldwin, son of Betsey Shields Baldwin, was born 
at Reddington in 1834 and died there in 1860. His wife was 
Sarah Foster. They had a son, Jacob, whose wife was D^ra Rob- 

Nancy, daughter of James and Penelope White Shields, re- 
ferred to above,, had a daughter, Polly, by her first husband; 
she never married. By her second husband she had a daughter 
Sarah who married a Price, their children being Elizabeth and 
Lawrence, and another daughter, name unknown, who married a 
Roseberry; the sen of the latter is now a Barber in Seymour. 

Polly, daughter of James and Penelope TTLite Shields, had 
a son, George McClintoch, who resides near Reddington, Ind. 

1. Robert Shields 

2. Jesse Shields 
■ 2. Meedy W, Shields 
2. Robert Shields 

3. George R. Shields 

4. John W. Shields 

5. Cynthia A. Shields 
5. Robert J. Shields 
5. Elizabeth Shields, 
5. Sarah L. Shields 
5. George R. Shields 
2. Richard Shields 

3. John Tipton Shields 

4 # John Alwin Paul Shields 
5. Hal L. Shields 
5. Pauline L. Shields 
5. Thelnia Ruth Shields 
5. Ella May Shields 
4. Loyed B. Shields 
4. Robert Shields ... 
4. Sarah E. Shields (McMahan) 
5. Walter McMahan 
5, Mary Q. McMahan 
4, Susanna Madeira. Shields 
3. Perry Shields 

4. Perry Shields 
3. James Shields 

4. Perry Shields 

5. George Shields 
5. Matilda Shields 
5. Delia Shields 
5. Margaret Shields 
5. Jacob Perry Shields 
6. Ella May Shields 
6. Cora Alice (Siiims) 
I 7. The 1 ma Irene Simms 

7. Mildred May Simr .:: 
6. Jacob Edwin Shield? 
?, Dessie 
3. Jfisae Shields 

I '• ' '.' . 

4, S&telde (Tritt) 
4. Apdren Shields 
3. Henderson Shields 

4. Andrew Shields 
3. Weedy w. Shields 
3. R. Mc. Shields 
3. Nancy Shields 
3. Robert H. Shields 

4. Arthur Blaine Shields 
5. Rhonda Shields 
5. Edith Shields 
4. Sophia Jane Shields 
4. Victor Shields 
4. Ho hart Shields 
4. Frances Shields 
4. Deborah Shields 
4. John Shield 3 
4. Haskell Shields 
4, Grafton Shields 
3. Deborah Shields 
3. Sarah Shields (Shields) 
4. George R. Shields 

5. Frederick Wyatt Shields 
5. Mary E. Shields 
5. Roger Denton Shields 
4. William A. Shields 
4. John U. Shields 
2„ Nancy Shields 
2. Sarah Shields 
2. Deborah Shields 
2. Jonathan Shields 
2. Jennie Shields 
2. Polly Shields 
2. Sabra Shields s 

Robert Shields was one of the sons of Robert and Nancy 
Stockton Shields. He was born in Virginia in 1772 and died 
at Pigeon Forge, Seven miles southeast of Sevierville, Tenn. , 


in 1633. In 1792 he wail married to S&tsra ".Thite, a sifter of 
Penelope White, the wife of James SbJe.'.ds, brother of Robert, 
Robert, and his family came to Floyd County, Ind. , in 1606. He 
was a 3oldier in the War of 1812 under General Harrison. In 
1815 he returneo. to Sevier County where the Shields family had 
settled upon coming from Virginia in 1784. After his return 
to Tennessee he became quite wealthy, owning much valuable 
land. He had eleven children: Jesse, Meedy W. » who married 
Nan Floyd, Robert, of whom more is said below, Nancy, Sarah, 
Deborah, Jonathan, Jennie, Polly, and Sabra. We know little 
of any of these except Robert and Richard. 

Robert Shields, ubove referred to as the son of Robert and 
Sabra White Shields, was married to Eliza Floyd, a sister of 
Nan Floyd mentioned above. '^They had a son, George R. Shields, 
who was born May 3, 1833, in Blouno County, Term. , and moved to 
McDonald County, Mo. , in 1846. He was married to Anna M. Tea- 
terman, a daughter of Jacob T. Testerman, end they had a son. 
John W. Shields, born Nov. 14, 1856; he was married to Lulie 
M. Riggs Oct. 14, 1880, near Southwest City, Mo. % Their chil- 
dren in turn were Cynthia A. , Robert J. , Elizabeth, Sarah L. , 
and George R. 

Richard Shields, above named as the son of Robert and Sabra 
White Shields, was born in Sevier County, Term. , in 1793, and 
died in that County in 1865. He was a farmer and a miller. His 
first wife was Susan Thurman, and his second was Emily Adams. 
He, like his father, had eleven children: John Tipton, of whom 
more is said later; Berry, who married a lady named Gillet, and 
died in Georgia, near Chattanooga; he in turn had a son named 
Perry, and two daughters; the son lives just across the Miss- 
ionary Ridge, at Highland Park, Tenn. , and is a prosperous farm- 
er. James (again returning to the sons of Richard) who went to 
Alabama, and later to Indiana, still later settling in Quincy, 
Hickory County, Mo. For years this family was completely sep- 
arated from the other Shields. He had a son Perry who had six 
children. We know nothing further of this James. After leav- 
ing home he" wrote a few letters, but he and his father aad a 
misunderstanding and correspondence ceased.. The ..vLJldrefl of the 


son referred to were George, who died in 1684, Matilda who mar- 
ried Jtre&K Anderson, Delia who married Caliph Cruthers, Marga- 
ret who married Ira Rose and for a long time resided at Hum- 
boldo, Kans, , and Jacob Perry who was married, to Mrs. Malissa 
Case . This Jacob Perry Shields was born in Indiana in 1644 
and died in 190°. He had three children, Ella May. born in 
1369, married John R. Cash in 1685, resides at Monitor, Ore* ; 
Cora Alice, born in 1676, married Richard Si.mcis, of Greene 
County/, Va. , in 1895 „ and with two daughters, The] ma Irene, 
born in 1904, and Mildred May, born in 190?, resides at Hoff , 
Oregon: end Jac»b "Edwin, born in 1664, married to Maud Canady 
in 1906, and has ore daughter Dessie Aurrilla, born in 1906. 

Jesse Shield?, 9. son of Richard ana grandson of Robert of 
the tor l»rotliers 9 was a soldier. He served in the Mexican War 
ana was at the capture of Mexico City; he was also a captain 
for three years Ir the Second Term. Cavalry during the Civil 
7 r ar; Le died in Alabama. His wife was Margaret Spurge on, and 
they had a son, Andrew Shields, who lives at Boyds. Creek, Tenn. , 
and a daughter, name unknown, wbo married w\ H. Tritt, of 
Wit1>e Foundry, Ionh, Henderson, brother of Jesse just re- 
ferred to, who had one son Andrew, and one daughter, was killed 
by a Cannon ball at the battle of Vicksburg in 1664; the son 
Audrew owns and lives on a fine farm a short distance below 
Khcxville, on the Tennessee River. Meedy W. , another brother, 
who was born in 1847, has been a minister, and now keeps a 
hotel at Spring Place, Ga. ; R. Mc. , who is an official of the 
state prison at Petros, Tenn. ; Fancy, who married a Ferryman 
and lives near Pigeon Forge, Tenn. ; Robert H. , of whom more 
is said below; Deborah, who married a Lequire; Sarah, who 
married a distant cousin, Jesse W. Shields, who was a great 
grandson of Richard, one of the ten brothers; her family is 
referred to in connection with her husband's family line. 

John Tipton Shields, referred to above, was a son of Rich- 
ard Shields and a grandson of Robert. He was a physician, born 
Sept. 2?, 1885, in Sevier County, Tenn. , and died Oct. 29, 1907, 
at Obestnut Hill, Jefferson County, Tenn. He was married to 

paret Q H5..1] Mar„ 3 4. 1054. He served as a physician during 

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the Mexican War. He was a Brigadier General of militia jn the 
United States Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. When the 
Civil War broke out he became a strong Union sympathizer, and 
as such had great influence in eastern Tennessee. The rebels 
tried to kill him. In escaping to the north he was exposed to 
the weather, and upon his arrival at Camp Nelson, Ky. , his phys- 
ical condition was such that he was rejected for service in the 
Onion army. He then went to Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, ing distant relatives, and at the close of the war return- 
ed to Tennessee. He was also a prominent man in civil affairs, 
being the first Trustee of Sevier County. He held Eider's 
Orders is the United Bretheren Church, was an able speaker, and 
was considered one of the best informed men in the state. He 
was six feet tall and weighed two hundred pounds. He was bur- 
ied at Chestnut Hill cemetery, at Bean's Station, near Knoxviile, 
Tenn. Ha had five children: John Alwin Paul Shields, referred 
to later; Loyed B, Shields, born Dec. 1, 1^55; Robert Shields, 
born Mar* 4, 1861 and died the same year; Sarah E. Shields, 
born Oct. 15, 1Q5S and died in 1361; she married A. R. McMahah, 
and their son, Walter, is a prominent physician of Sevierviile, 
formerly a member of the Tennessee Legislature, and private 
secretary to former Congressman Moroney; their daughter, Mary 
Q. McMahan married John .Dennis; Susanna Madora, also a daughter 
of Dr. John Tipton Shields, was born Nov. 26, 1G54, and died 
four years later. 

John Alwin Paul Shields, son of Dr. John Tipton Shields, 
above referred to, was born Nov. 16, lo69, at Chestnut Hill, 
Tern. He has his Medical Degree from U. S. Grant University, 
from which institution he graduated as president of his class, 
with the gold medal. He is five feet and eight inches tail, and 
weighs two hundred pounds; is a good athlete. He has dark hair 
tinged with gray, red mustache, and blue eyes. His wife, Josie 
E. McAndrew, is of Scotch descent. His five children are Hal L. , 
born Sept. 16, 1901, died in 1915; Pauline L. , born Sept. 87, 
1903; Thelma Ruth, born Mar. 11, 1905; and Ella May, born Jan. 
Si, 1909. He is a physician, connected with a lumber concern, 
at Noma.; Tena. 


Robert H. Shields, mentioned above, a son of Richard, was, 
like his iaojter, a prominent man of Sevier County, Tenn. He 
was for many years a Trustee of the county. He was born in 
1C57, cxD'i tiled in 1916. His wife's maiden name was Clabo, 
His children were Arthur Blaine Shields, who was married to 
Mary MeClurej they have two daughters, Rhonda and Edith; 
Sophia Jane ohiclic; Victor Shields; Hobart Shields; Fran- 
ces Shields; Lebcrah Shields; John Shields: Haskell ShjeMs; 
Grafton SM^ldsj *5nd two other daughters who are married, 
but whose n&jaefi wj dc not know. 


1. John Shields 

2. Jennie Shields (?) (Tipton) 

3. Spier Shields Tipton. 

John Shields, son of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields, 
is, in one respect, the best Imown of all the ten brothers, 
but although he has more claim to a place in the history of 
his country than has any of his brothers, we know almost 
nothing of him. He was the gunsmith on the Lewis & Clark 
Expedition to Oregon, commissioned by President Thomas Jef- 
ferson to explore the Missouri River to its source, and then 
go across the mountains to the head waters of the Columbia, 
and follow its course to the Pacific Ocean. This little par- 
ty of twenty-nine men left St. Louis in 1804, and was more 
than two years in accomplishing its mission. 

John Shields is highly spoken of in the reports of both 
Lewis and Clark as a scout and gunanith, although very little 
of an intimate nature is known of him. He is credited with 
having preserved the lives of the members of the party during 
their first winter, which was spent near the present city of 
Mandan, N. D. He diplomatically kept the Mandan Indians in 
good humor, and through his skill as a blacksmith, fashioned 
all sorts of old metal into hatchets, knives, and other imple- 
ments, which were traded to the Indians for corn and other 
provisions so sorely needed when the little party found itself 
destitude and facing starvation. Too much credit cannot be 
given to this little party for the work it did. 

Jennie Shields, the cousin and wife of General John Tip- 
ton, is generally believed to have been the daughter of this 
explorer, although it mist be admitted that this cannot at 





present be definitely proved. More of her and her descendants 
will be found in connection with the story of John Tipton, and 
his mother, Janet Shields Tipton. 

What became of John Shields we do not know. For a time 
at least, after his return from the west, he lived in southern 
Indiana, but later lived in Sevier County, Tennessee, where he 
probably was buried. 

Shortly following the War of 1812 we find a record of 
his having made repeated efforts to gain some recognition for 
his immensely valuable services to his country. His long 
trip, together with the fatigue and exposure incident to it, 
ruined his health, and it is said that he wore his life away 
in Washington in a vain effort to get Congress to relieve his 
poverty by making some provision for him in return for what 
he had done. No reward was ever given him, however, during 
his lifetime, and now, "the fitful fever of life being over, 
-he sleeps well," but there is not a stone to mark the place. 
Perhaps somewhere in Indiana, or in the mountains of eastern 
Tennessee, or in Virginia, where he was born, nobody knows 
just where, his remains repose. He is, by the government for 
which he did so much, left, so far as it is concerned, with- 
out a monument to mark his resting place, or a line of record 
to indicate where it might be found. 


1, Joseph Shields 

2. Nathan V. Shields 

3. Sarah Shields 

3. William 0. Shields 

3. Jane Shields 

3. Ellen Shields 

3. Henry M. Shields 

3. Martin Shields 

4, David H. Shields 

5. Wilma Louise Shields 
5. Mary Arline Shields 
4. W. E. Shields 
4. Josie May Shields 
4. Isaac Bruce Shields 
4. Hat tie Ellen Shields 
4. Harry V» Shields 

3. Ellis Shields 

3. John J. Shields 

3. Susan Shields 

3. Eli Shields 

3. Nancy Shields 

3. Polly Shields 
2. Kinzie Shields 

3. Kinzie Shields 

4, Laura Shields 
4. Etta Shields 
4. Guy Shields 
4. Hattie V. Shields 
4* Lucy C. Shields 
4. Hiram Shields 

3. John A. Shields 

4, Eliza Shields 
4. Louis Shields 
2. Joseph Shields 

3* Mary Ann Shields 

3. Nathan Shields 

3. Euizia Shields 

3. William Shields 

% Triiza Shields 


3. Susan Shields 
3. Bttie Shields 
3. Lucy Shields 

2. Asa L. Shields 

3. John W. Shields 
2. Hiram Shields 

2. David Shields 

2. Jesse Shields 

Joseph was one of the younger sons of Robert and Hanc , 
Stockton Shields, born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, 
probably in the late 1770s. We know very little of him, '... 
was severely wounded by a party of Cherokee Indians, new 
Sevierville, Tennessee, on April IS, 1793, at the time thci 
his brother-in-law, Joshua Tipton, was killed. Ke lived ; ._. 
the vicinity of Sevier County, Term. , from the tin© the 
Shields family came to that section until about 1803 , r:r. .. 
he went north, probably to Louisville, or some nearby pia^e 
in Kentucky, and later into Harrison County, Ind, He had 
six sons j there may have been more. Their names were Sfa 
than V. , of whom more is said later; Kinzie, also again re- 
ferred to; Joseph, who is mentioned below; Asa L. s who 
was first married to Mary Miner, and second to Rachel See- 
horn, in 1860, and who^had a son by his first wife named 
John W. Shields. The other sons>o£ Joseph were Hiram, David , 
and Jesse. 

Nathan V. Shields was born June 8, 1801, in Sevier* 
County, Term. When a child, probably about 1806, he moved 
with his parents to Harrison County, Ind. , where he was lat- 
er married to Polly Onion, August 6, 1827. After her death 
he was married to Mary Kingery, in March, 1335. In 1836 
they moved tc Fulton County, 111. , which then comprised a 
much larger section than now. He was a wheelwright by trade. 
He died Oct. 15, 1866. 

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The Children of Nathan V. Shields were as. follows: by 
his first wife, Sarah, born in 1828, married William Fike in 
1348; William 0. , born in 1630, died, in 1847; Ellen, born 
in 1831, married Ephriam Dubes in 1853; Jane, born in 1834. 
$y his second wife, Polly, born in 1835, and died in 1890, 
never married; Eli, born in 1837, married to Louisa Little- 
John in 1858, and died in 1864, being killed at the battle 
of Kenesaw Mountain; Nancy, born in 1836, married Henry 
Bloomfield In 1856, died in 1663; Henry M. , born in 1641, in 
1855 married to Tabiatha Weldon; Martin, of whom more i3 
said later; Ellis, born in 1345, married to Hannah M. Hughes 
in 1869; John J, , born in 1647, married to Ariel Ettgheaj 
Susan, born in 1849, married Conrad Fitz in lb73, and died in 
1905. Martin Shields, referred to above, was born near 
Astoria, Illinois, in 1643. In 1666 he was married to Mary 
Van Meter, of Macomb, 111, She was born in 1847 and diea in 
1907. For a time they resided at Malta Bend, Mo, , but he now 
lives in Macomb. Their children were David H. , of whom more 

is said below; W. E. , bom in 1671 and married to Pearl 

in 1900; Josie May, torn in lo74; Isaac Bruce, born in 
1676; Hattie Ellen, born in 1873, married William Grafton 
in 1906; Harry V. , born in 1861. 

David H. Shields, referred to above as the son of Mar- 
tin Shields, was born near Astoria, 111. , in 1669. In 1900 
he was married to Fannie Arline Dodge, of Salina, Kans. He 
has at various times resided in Fulton and McDonough Counties, 
111. , in Salina, Kans. , and Xokomo, Ind, For a time he was 
Financial Secretary of Eureka College, Illinois. He is now 
the pastor of the First Christian (Disciples) Church of Ko- 
komo, Ind, , and is President of the American Temperance Board 
of his church 

Kinzie Shields, son of Nathan V. Shields, was married 
to a lady whose first name was Katie, second name unknown. 
He had at least two children, Kinzie and John A. The son, 
Kinzie, was born in 1344, May 4, in Fulton County, 111. He 
was married to Susan Kingery Oct. 35, 1867, and had six 
children. Laurs 3 Etta, Guy, Hattie V., Lucy C. , and Hiram. 


1. Jesse Shields 

2. Agues Shields (Watson) 
3. James B. Watson 
3, Jesse Shields Watson 
3. Catherine Watson 
3. Gordan Watson 
3, Mark 7/atson 

4. Kate Watson (Beanblossom) 
5. Ward H. Beanblossom 
4. Ward H. Watson 
4. Margaret Watson 
4. U. Grant Watson 

5. Elsie Watson 
5. Elza Watson 
5. Edith 7/atson 
5. Elwood Watson 
5. Estyal TJatson 
3. Nicholas Watson 
3, John Watson 
3, Adkinson Watson 
4. Agnes Watson 
4. Robert Watson 
4. Prank Watson 

5. John Watson 
5. Robert 7Jatson 
4. Elmer 7/atson 
4. Ella Watson (Flora) 

5. Beulah May Flora 
3. Rachel Watson (Miller) 
4. Eli Miller 
4. Mary Catherine Miller 
4. Nettie Miller 
3* Bur ford Watson 

4. Julia Watson (Neely) 

5. Paul Neely 
4. Edward Watson 
3. Henry Watson 
3. Shields Watson 



$, Newton Jasper Watson 
3 6 Agnes Jane Watson 
2. Ann Shields (Burford) 

3« Mary Jane Burford (Fleshman) 

4. George W. Fleshman 

4, Lyman Sylvester Fie shman 

4, Simon E. Fleshman 

4, Arthur Cary Fie shman 

4. Charles L. Fie shman 

4. Aquila Fie shman 
3, Isabel Catherine Burford (Highfiii) 

4. Mary W. Highfiii 

4, Martha Jane Highfiii 

4. Helen A. Highfiii (Taylor) 
5. Faye 'Taylor (Cline) 

4. Cary M. Highfiii 

4. Kate Isabel Highfiii 
3, Margaret Barmelia Burford (Kiglifill) 

4. Mary Jane Highfiii 

4. Annie B. Highfiii 

4. Henry H. Highfiii 

4. Warren S. Highfiii 

4, Thomas W. Highfiii 
5. Marion Ferrine Burford 
3. Ann Elizabeth Burford (Briley) 

4. Burford L. Briley 

4. Elmer Ellsworth Briley 
3. Jesse Milton Burford 

4, Mat tie H. Burford 

4. Cora M. Burford 

4, Stella F. Burford 

4, Pearl Burford 
3, Cary Sylvester Burford 

4. Nellie M. Burford 

4„ Jessie B 5 Burford 
3 Nancy Helen Burford (Murphy) 

4. Edwin C. Murphy 

4. Grace Murphy 

4 C Viola Murphy 


%. Blanch Murphy 
4, Wayne Murphy 
3. William Thomas Burforci 
4. Annie Maud Burford 
4. Cary Clive Burford 
3. James Cetriek Burford 
4. Guy Ernest Burford 
4. Ivan Burford 
3, John Hezekiah Burford 
4. Otho Ray Burford 
4. Cary Clea Burford 
2. Jane Shields 
2. Margaret Shields (Bean) 
3. William Jasper Bean 
4. Jerry Lee Bean 
4. Sallie Been 
4. Hugh Fletcher Bean 
4. John Edward Bean 
4. Beilfield Bean 
5. Alt a Marion Bean 
5, William Bean 
5 V Kenneth Bean 
5. Clifford Bean 
5. Violet Bean 
5, Emmet t Bean 
4, Waiter Clarl: Bean 

5, Walter Jasper Bean 
3, Sarah Catherine Bean 
3. Agnes Anna Bean (Clark) 
4. Ellen M. Clark 
4. Julia Beatrice Clark 
4. Martha Clark 
4, Alt a Keith Clark 
3. John James Bean 

4. Aaron Lincoln Bean 
4. David Thomas Bean 

5, Katie Bean (Laycock) 
d, Donald Laycock 
G. Ralph Laycock 



5. Joiin Bean 

5. William Jasper Bean 

5. David Thomas Bean 
4. Sarah Agnes Bean (Haight) 

5. Ethel Margaret Haight 

5. 7/illiam B. Haight 

6. Margaret Haight 
6. Stanley Haight 

5. Herbert Haight 

5. James Haight 

5, Sidney Haight 

5. Elizabeth Haight 

5. John Haight 
3. Margaret Parmelia Bean (Flora) 
4. Elmer E. Flora 
4. Florence Flora 
4. Hannibal Flora 
4. Eliza Clara Flora (Hays) 

5. Flora Hays (Shewnaker) 
6.. Helen Shev/maker 

5. Sybil Hays (Yeager) 
6. Clo Yeager 
4. Horace Flora 

5. Jefferson H. Flora 

5. Forrest Custer Flora 

5. Kenneth Flora 
4. Edward Flora 

5. Lea Flora 

5. Helen Flora 

5. Ruth Flora 
4. Cora Flora 
4. Minnie Pearl Flora (Jones) 

5. Clarence Jones 

5, Margaret Jones 

5. Dudley Jones 
4. Curry Flora 
3. Jesse Shields Bean 

4. Minnesota Jane Bean (Houghton) 



5. Edward L. Houghton 
5. Harry Houghton 
4. Edward E. Bean 
3. Pleasant Meedy Bean 
3. Rachel Adeline Bean (Williams) 
4. Martha Jane Williams 
4. Meedy P. Williams 

5. Allan Williams 
5. Elizabeth Williams 
4. John Edward Williams 
5. Aeries Williams 
5. Walter Williams 
5. Effie Williams 
5. Margaret Williams 
5. Clinton Williams 
5. Alta Lucile Williams 
4. Harriet Williams (Achason) 
5. Griff eth Achason 
5. Fnyllis Achason 
5, Evan Achason 
3. Martha Jane Bean 
2. John Shields 
2. Rachel Shields 
2. Mark Fox Shields 
2, Elizabeth Shields (Marsh - Miller) 
3. Ann Rachel Marsh (Mitchel) 
4. Nora Mitchel 
4. Edward Mitchel 
4. James Mitchel 
3. Eliza Helen Marsh 
3. James K. Marsh 
3. George A. Miller 
2. Catherine Shields (Hisey) 

3. Mary Hisey 
2. William T. Shields 

3. William T. Shields 

3. Epervia Shields (Zenor) 

4. Claude Zenor 
3, Jesse Shields 


4. Virgie Shields 

4. Roy Shields 

4. Charles Shields 
3. Eli Shields 

4. Harry Shields 

4. Ola Shields 

4. Louise Shields 

4. James Shields 

5. Durrel Shields 
3. Carrie Shields (Cunningham) 

4. Hewitt Cunningham 
3. G. L. Shields 

4, Sallie Shields 

4. Sidney Shields 
3. J. B. Shields 

4. Fedelia Shields 

4. Estyal Shields 

4. Gladys Shields 

4. Clarice Shields 
3. Mark Fox Shields 

4. Ruth Shields (Russell) 

5. Virginia Lee Russell 

4. Jessie Shields 

4, Georia Shields 
3. A. L. Shields 
a k Helen Lydia Shields (Aydelott) 
3. Eliza Catherine Aydelott 
3. Robert Leffi-:! A^^Iocc 
3, Ee /gamin Jcjje Aydelccc 
3. Anna Margaret Aydelott (Moyars) 

4. Daisy Moyars 

4. Helen Catherine Moyars 

4. Beulah Delores Moyars 
3, Edwin Thompson Aydelott 
3. Charles William Aydelott 
3. 0. T. Aydelott 

4, Charles William Aydelott, 

4. Helen Margaret Aydelott (Jones) 


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5. Mary M. Jones 
5. Lucile De lores Jones 
5. Marcus Carl Jones 
4. Carl Edward Aydelott 
4. Maggie Lucile Aydelott (Peyton) 
5. Boyd Clayton Peyton 
5. Helen Peyton 
4. Mamie Lee Aydelott 
2. Mary Barmelia Shields 

Jesse Shields was the smallest and youngest of the ten sons 
of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields, He was born in the Shen- 
andoah Valley of Virginia Mar. 10, 178E. In the autumn of the 
year 1784 he was taken with the family to Sevier County, Tenn. , 
where he lived until 1608. In 1803 he was married to Catherine 
Pox, of Sevier County, who was born Mar. 26, 1786, and died at 
Mauckport, Ind. , July 13, 1677, Jesse Shields was one of the 
emigrant tarty of Shields who left Sevier County in 1608 and 
settled along the Ohio River in Indiana. He and his family set- 
tled at Rip^erdan'a Valley, Harrison County, Ind. , ten miles 
southwest of Corydon. He became a man of prominence in county 
affairs, and died Sept. 1C, 1348. He was buried in the Shields 
plot of tl^e Old Cross Roads Grave Yard on the pike between Cory- 
don and Mauckport, about two mile3 from the latter place. 

They had twelve children, listed in the outline above. Of 
some of these and their descendants we know but little. Jane 
was born in 1807 and died in 1348; her husband was W. M. Mor- 
rison. John was born in l^Jll and died in 1641; his wife was 
Eliza Marsh. Rachel was born in 1612 and died in 1676; her 
first husband was William Moore, and her second H. G, Barkwell. 
Mark Fox was born in 1613 and died in 1836. Catherine was born 
in 1619 and died in 1867; her husband vaas Jonathan Hisey, and 
they had a daughter Mary, who married Horace Sonner. Mary Par- 
melia was born in 1826 and died in 1851; her husband was Clark 
Highfill. Such information as we have of the other children of 

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Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields is listed under their respect- 
ive names below. 

Agnes, Dauschter of Jesse Shields 

Agnes Shields, the eldest of the twelve children of Jesse 
and Catherine Fox Shields, was horn in 1804 and died in 1878. 
She married Adkinson Hill Watson in 1821. They had fourteen 
children as follows: James B. , married to Jane Hedges; Jesse 
S. , married to Alice Fravel; Catherine; Goodan; Mark, mar- 
ried to Mary Smoots, their children being Kate, Ward H. , 
Margaret, and U. Grant; Kate married Henry Beanblossom, and 
has a son Ward H. Beanblossom, whose wife is Nellie Miller; 
Ward H. married a lady whose given name was Edith; U. Grant 
was married to Emma Elwood, and they have five children, El- 
sie, Elza, Edith, Elwood, and Estyal. Nicholas; John, mar 
ried to a lady named Smith; Adkinson, married to Agnes Hedg- 
es, and they have five children: Agnes, whose husband is 
Geo. Hess, Robert, Frank, who was married to a Marshall and 
has two sons, John and Robert; Elmer; and Ella, who married 
W. K. Flora, and whose daughter is Beulah May; Rachel, who 
married a Miller, and their children are Eli, Mary Catherine, 
and Nettie; Burford, who has two children, Julia, who married 
Daniel Neely, and they have a son Paul Neely; and Edward, 
who has three children; Henry; Shields, married to Sidney 
Miller; Newton Jasper; and Agnes .Jane. 

Ann , Dau -liter of Jesse Shields 

Ann Shields, daughter of Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields, 
was born in 1806 and died in 1895. In 1829 she married Cary 
Burford, and they had eleven children, as follows: Mary Jane, 
Isabel Catherine, Margaret Parmelia, Marion Ferrine, Ann 
Elzabeth, Jesse Milton, Cary Sylvester, Nancy Helen, William 
Tnomas, James Cetrick, John Hezekiah, and an infant daughter. 

Marion Ferrine was born in 1835 and died in 1841; the 
infant daughter referred to was born in 1848. The others 

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referred to more in detail below. 

Mary Jane Burford was born in 1830, married Abraham Flesh- 
man in 1850, and died in 1894. Her children were George W. ; 
Lyman Sylvester, born in 1854, married to Christine Miller, 
died in 1914, had a son Herman; Simon E. , born 1857, died in 
1867; Arthur Cary, born in 1860, married to Eva Lee Kesler, 
resides in Louisville, Ky. ; Charles L. , born in 1865, wife's 
maiden name was Hudson, has two children, Mary Jane and Hud- 
son, resides in Okmulgee, Okla, ; Aquila, born in 1870, re- 
sides at New Albany, Ind. 

Isabel Catherine Burford was born in 1831, in 1851 married 
James Highfill, and died in 1893, Their five children were 
Mary W. , born in 1852, and in 1882 married Wilford Trotter; 
Martha Jane, born in 1854, and in .1875 married Ephriam Stone- 
cipher; Helen A. , born in 1857,, :*n 1386 married Henry 0. Tay- 
lor, and died in 1^14, leaving a daughter* Faye, who married 
Chester Cline; Cary M. , born in 1859, in 1882 married to La- 
vinia Grove, and died in 16^1; and Kate Isabel, born in 1864, 
in 1886 married Charlton L. Stevens. 

Margaret Parmeiia Burford was born in 1833 and died in 
1866. She married Thomas F. Highfill in 1858. Their children 
were Mary Jane, born in 1853, died in 1861; Annie B. , born 
in 1856, married T. L. Covey, died in 16C8; Henry H. , born 
in 1856; Warren S. , born in 1861 and died the same year; and 
Thomas W. , born in 1862, married first to_Jkia Harshbarger, 
and second to Ada Ewbank. 

Ann Elizabeth Burford was born in lt536 , in 1859 married 
Samuel Briley, and died in 1911. They had two children, Bur- 
ford L. , born. in 1860, in 1891 married to Clara Watson; Elmer 
Ellsworth, born in 1868, and in 1831 married to U. G. Brier. 

Jesse Milton Burford was born in 1838, in 186 4 married to 
Hester A. Gessford, and married a second time in 1894 to Julia 
Hill, and died in 1915. Their four children were Mattie H c , 

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born in 1865, in 1893 married G. P. Hastings; Cora M. , born 

in 1867, in 1890 married E. A. Stubbs; Stella F. , born in 

1374, in 18'j7 married Chas. Andrus; and Pearl, born in 1379, 
died in 1898. 

Gary Sylvester Burford was born in 1840, and in 1865 was 
married to Barbara L< Tfeedman. They have two children, Nellie 
M. , born in 186 7, married first in 1886 to W. B. Andrews, and 
second in 13^3 to Edward E. Bean; Jessie B. , born in 1873, 
and in 18^3 married W. R, Kincaid. 

Nancy Helen Burford was born in 1843, and in 1865 married 
Wm. 7/. Murphy. Their residence is at Farmer City, 111. They 
had five children, Edwin C. , born in 1866, died in 1896; Grace, 
married Benjamin Overstreet; Viola, married Frank Sv/iney; 
Blanch, married Alonzo Sturgell; and Wayne, who is also married. 

William Thomas Burford wasborn in 1844, married first in 
1870 to Lizzie Beoket , and again in 1879 to Mary E. McWiiliams. 
Their two children are Annie Maud, born in .1872, who in 1892 
married Oliver L. Brown; and Gary Olive, wnc was born in 1832. 

James Cetrick Burford was born in 1846, and in 1870 was 
married to Lucy A. Hottei; they reside in Farmer City, 111. 
Their two children are Guy Ernest, born in 1879, and in 1899 
married to Harriett TJeedman; Ivan, born in 1831, and in 
1907 married to Josie Nusbaum. 

John Hezekiah Burford was born in 184?, and in 1880 was 
married to Mattie Merrifield. They have two children, Otho 
Ray, born in 1863, and Cary Clea, born in 1387. 

Margaret , Daughter of Jesse Shields 

Margaret Shields, daughter of Jesse and Catherine Fox 
Shields, was born in 160? and died in 187t>. In 1830 she mar- 
ried Aaron Meigs Bean. They had nine children, outlined above. 


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William Jasper Bean was "born in 1831 and died in 1900. In 
1852 he was married to Mary Shuck. Their six children were 
Jerry Lee, born in 1853 and died the same year; Sallie, born 
in 1854, died in 1858; Hugh Fletcher born in 1858, died in 1871 
John Edward, born in 186 1 died in 1881; Jesse Bellfield, born 
in 1863, married to Emma Anderson in 1893, resides in Stone 
Lake, Wis, and has six children - Alta Marion, William Kenneth, 
Clifford, Violet, and Emmett; Walter Clark, born in 18?a, in 
1»02 married to Louise Mc Car gar, has a son Walter Jasper, re- 
sides in Indianapolis, Ind. 

Sarah Catherine Bean was born in 1833 and died in 1855. 

Agnes Anna Bean was born in 1834 and in 1857 married Ed- 
ward Clark, of Massachussetts. For many years they resided at 
St. Peter, Minn. , and since 1884 Mrs. Clark and her daughters 
have lived at 1470 Wesley Ave. , St. Paul, Minn. Her daughters 
are Ellen M. , Julia Beatrice, who is dead, Martha, and Alta 
Keith. The writer has become well acquainted with, these lad- 
ies and their mother. It was through Miss Ellen that I was 
started in my research of the Shields family, and she has furn- 
ished not a little of the inspiration as well as information 
that has made possible carrying it forward as far as it is now. 

John James Bean was born in 1836 and died in 1Q9Z. In 
1859 he was married to Margaret Williams. They had three 
children - Asron Lincoln, David Thomas, and Sarah Agnes. Aaron 
Lincoln Bean was born in 1861, and has been married three 
times, respectively, to Emma Warren, Matie Davidson, and Hat tie 
Berry; he is Humane Officer, and resides in Minneapolis, Minn. 
David Thomas Bean was born in 1863, and has been married 
twice, to Ellen McGann and Mary Lovejoy. His children are 
Katie, who married Ralph Laycock, and has two sons, Donald and 
Ralph; John; William Jasper; and David Thomas. Sarah Agnes 
Bean was born in 1864, and married James 0. Haight. Her seven 
children are Ethel Margaret who married Harry Hutchin in 1*16; 
William B. , married to Ethel Sackett and has two children, Mar- 
garet and Stanley; Herbert; James; Elizaoeth; Sidney; and John. 

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Margaret Parmelia Bean was born in 1838 and died in 
1902. In 1853 she married J. H. Flora.- They had nine chil- 
dren: Elmer E. ; Florence; Hannibal; Eliza Clara who mar- 
ried Fairleigh Hays, and who has a daughter Flora who married 
Fred Shewmaker, and they have five children, the youngest 
be in? Helen; Mrs. Hays also has a daughter Sybil who married 
Fred Yeager, and they have two children, the elder being Clo. 
Horace, married to Mary Be3t, and has three children, Jeffer- 
son H. , Forrest Custer, and Kenneth; Edward, married to Ola 
Gilmore, three of their seven children being Lea, Helen, and 
Ruth; Cora, married Stephen Richards; Minnie Fearl, resieing 
in Louisville, Ky. , married Dudley Jones, and has three chil- 
dren, Clarence, Margaret, and Dudley; Curry married Bird 
Blane, and they have five children. 

Jesse Shields Bean was born in 1840, in 1867 he was mar- 
ried to Nancy Keithly, and he- died in 1--04. They had two 
children: Minnesota Jane, born in 1868, in 1893 married Hor- 
ace Hought-on, their children being Edward L. and Harry; they 
live in Sioux City, la. ; Ed.vard E. , born in 1873, and in 1893 
was married to Nellie Burford Andrews, resides in Denver. 

Pleasant Meedy Bean was born in 1843, and was Killed 
while serving in the Union army at the battle of Guntown,Tenn. 

Rachel Adeline Bean was born in 1845, and in 1866 married 
Griffith V/iliiams. They had four children, as f ollcws : Mar- 
tha Jane born in 1867 and died in infancy; Meedy P. , who was 
married to Elsie Pomeroy and had two children, Allan and 
Elizabeth; John Edward, who was married to Emma Anderson, 
has six children: Agnes. Walter, Effie, Margaret, Clinton, 
and Alta Lucile; Harriet who married Archie Achason, has 
three children, Griff eth, Phylis, and Evan. 

Martha Jane Bean was born in 1847 and died in 1866. 


Elizabeth . Daughter of Jesse Shields 

Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields, 
was born in 1816, and died in 1867. She was twice married, 
her first husband being Jesse Marsh, their children being 
Eliza Helen, Ann Rachel, and James K. , and her second hus- 
band being Edward Miller, their child being George A. 

Eliza Helen Marsh married Luther Miller. Ann Rachel 
Marsh married Dr. James Mitchel; their children were Nora, 
Edward, who married Harriet Mathes, and James, James K. 
Marsh was married first to a Mrs. Luce, and second to Ella 
Mathews. George A. Miller was the only child of Elizabeth 
Shields (Marsh) Miller, and her second husband. 

William T. , Son of Jesse Shields 

William T. Shields, son of Jesse and Catherine Fox 
Shields, was born in 1320 and died in 1»00. He was four times 
married, first to E^ervia Nance", second t o Mary Miller, and 
a third and a fourth time to two Jamie son sisters. He had 
nine children, William T. , Epervia, Jesse, Eli, Carrie, G. L. , 
J. B. , Mark Fox, and A. L. 

Epervia Shields married a Mr. Zenor, and had several 
children, , one being named Claude. Eli Shields was married to 
a Miss Holliday; their four children were Harry, Ola who 
married a Mr. Peters, Louise, and James, who was married to 
Allie Pitman, and in turn has a son Durrel. Jesse Shields 
was married to a lady -whose first name was Charlotte; he had 
three children, Virgil, who married a Rademaqher, Roy, and 
Charles. Carrie Shields married a Mr. Cunningham, and they 
had a son Hewitt. G. L. Shields was married to Eadie Ridley, 
and they had two children, Sallie and Sidney. J. B. Shields 
married a Miss Bemer, and they had several children, amons: tv-m 
being Fidelia, Estyal, Gladys, and Clarice Karl Fox Shields 
had three children, Ruth who married 3&* M Kuseell and has a 
daughter Virginia Lee; Jessie; and Georia" 


Helen Lydia , Daughter of Jesse Shields 

Helen Lydia Shields, daughter of Jesse and Catherine 
Fox Shields, was born in 1826 and died in 1891. In 1852 she 
married Charles Aydelott. They had seven children, Eliza 
Catherine, born in 1855j Robert Leffler, born in 1857; 
Benjamin Jesse, born in 1858; Anna Margaret, born in 1861, 
married John J. Moyars, and has three children, Daisy, Helen 
Catherine, and Beulah Delores, the latter having rrarried 
Harlan Winders in 1^16 j Edwin Thompson, born in 1853; 
Charles William, born in 1865, died in 1^14; 0. T., born 
in 1866c married to Annie Lou Best, and Has five children, 
Charles, Helen Margaret , Carl Edward, Maggie Lucile and 
Mamie Lee. 

Of the children of 0. T. Aydelott, Charles William was 
born in Floyd County, Ind. , and in 1^16 was married to Irene 
Coleman; Helen Margaret was born in 18s»l, and in 1^10 mar- 
ried Marcus Jones, their children being Mary M. , Lucile De- 
lores, and Marcus Carl; Carl Edward was born in 18^3; 
Maggie Lucile was born in 18^6, married Boyd Feyton, and 
has two children, Boyd Clayton, and Helen; Mamie Lee was 
born in 18& 5. 



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