Friday, May 20, 2011

Forgotten Pioneers

I recently came across this sad sight. Strange thing is that half this cemetery was well maintained. I spotted this marker about 20 feet from the cleared section. I wonder why they maintained part of this cemetery but not all of it.

Located at Shelton Cemetery in Mount Vernon, MO.
I could also see the tops of about 3 other markers. I wasn't brave enough to risk getting snake bit, or chiggers, or poison ivy or whatever else lurked there to get any closer. I was able to zoom in with my camera and get this much of  the marker.
Buried here are Moses
Hurt Shelton (1804 - 1869)
& wife Nancy Clark Shelton
(1813 - 1869), Vineyard TWP
pioneer settlers who left
Pittsylvania Co., Va in 1836,
lived ?0 years in Todd Co.,
Kansas and moved to  Lawrence
Co. Mo.

It says something about owning a farm nearby but I can't make out enough to tell any more. The rest is sadly hidden by the weeds.

Here is the information I could find on

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Moses Hurt Shelton
Name: Moses Hurt Shelton
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1801
Spouse Name: Nancy Clark
Spouse Birth Year: 1813
Marriage Year: 1828
Number Pages: 1

Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850 about Nancy C. Shelton
Groom Name: Moses H. Shelton
Bride Name: Nancy C. Shelton
Marriage Date: 20 Oct 1828
County: Pittsylvania
State: Virginia

1860 United States Federal Census

1860 United States Federal Census about Moses H Shelton
Name: Moses H Shelton
Age in 1860: 56
Birth Year: abt 1804
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1860: Vineyard, Lawrence, Missouri
Gender: Male
Post Office: Gilbert Station
Household Members: Name Age
Moses H Shelton 56
Nancy C Shelton 47
Chas C Shelton 29
Virginia Shelton 21
Giddion F Shelton 19
John D Shelton 17
Letcy F Shelton 10
Jas B Shelton 3


  1. Hi Tammi,
    Great post.....
    I think it's strange too, when they clear some parts of a cemetery and not all of it. Looks like a winter visit when the weeds have died back might be a good idea.
    And what on earth are chiggers?

  2. Chiggers are annoying little bugs (and they are actual bugs many think they are a myth) that like to bite around ankles and any other warm areas. They itch like crazy and take forever to go away.