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Below is a family biography from the book,  The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Rev. A. G. Shelton was born in Dickson County, Tenn., April 20, 1822. His father, William Shelton, was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., in 1769, and there married Priscilla Mustain, also a native of that county. In October, 1811, they became pioneer settlers of Dickson County, where they farmed until the death of Mrs. Shelton, after which Mr. Shelton lived with his son, finally dying in Danielsville in 1857. Our subject grew to manhood in Dickson County, and the greater part of his education has been gained since reaching mature years by hard and persistent study. He was married in his native county on January 5, 1843, to Rachel A. Lewis, a native of the same county, and then engaged in stone-cutting, furnace-building and farming until 1861, when he gave up the furnace business. In November, 1869, he removed to Humphreys County, and farmed and sold dry goods until he immigrated to Arkansas. April 20, 1864, he lost his wife, who left four children: Sarah D. E., wife of J. S. Winfrey, of Kentucky; J. A., married and living in Waverly, Tenn.; W. J., of Columbia, Tex., and J. M., of Waco, Tex. January 11, 1865, Mr. Shelton was united in marriage to Sarah A., daughter of William Hust, of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tenn., and widow of Mr. J. T. Foust. In 1884 Mr. Shelton located in Ozark, Ark., where he purchased town property. Mr. Shelton was ordained a minister in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1858, and until 1885 was actively engaged in ministerial duties, but since that time has retired from active church work on account of the illness of his wife, although he is still deeply interested in church matters. In 1888 Mr. Shelton was elected justice of the peace of Ozark, and is now fulfilling the duties of that office. He is a Royal Arch Mason, and has served as Master of his lodge a number of years.

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This family biography is one of 163 biographies included in The History of Franklin County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Franklin County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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