Obituary for Peachy G. Shelton (1832-1912)
No. 129 - Uncited clippings from the "Neva Murphy Hubbard Collection" of Beth Rengers Talken, 1998.
This old and well known citizen of Troy passed from earth at midnight Tuesday, September 10th, lacking but ten days of being 80 years of age. He was born in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, Sept 20, 1832, and came to this county in 1837. He was married to Miss Susan C. SHELTON in 1853. To their union four children were born, only one of whom, Mrs. Charles MARTIN, survives. Mr. SHELTON was elected sheriff and collector of Lincoln county before those offices were divided. In 1874 he was elected collector and served two terms; again in 1882 he was chosen to the same office, filling it two terms. In several following years he served in the office as deputy collector. In all of his official life he was faithful, capable and obligingno better officer ever served the people of this county.
In 1873, he united with Troy Baptist church and for many years was the mainstay of the Baptist cause in Troy and vicinity. He had been a deacon in the church for many years and served the church as treasurer for a long time most acceptably. As long as his health permitted in fact, up to less than twelve months agohe was constant to the interests of the cause and faithful in his attendance upon the services of the church.
Mr. SHELTON's health had been failing for two or three years previous to his death not from disease, but merely the infirmities due to old age. He had no fear of death and frequently told his aged wife that he was ready to go whenever it was the Master's will to call. He was confined to his bed but a few days prior to the final summons to "come up higher."
Besides his widow and daughter, Mr. SHELTON leaves seven grandchildren and numerous other relatives. He had been president of the People's Bank of Troy since its organization and was a successful man of affairs all of his life. A good citizen, an honest man, a kindly neighbor, an indulgent father and grandfather, respected, honored and loved by those who knew him best, has gone from among us to his reward. We shall cherish his memory and may we all emulate his virtues.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Mr. SHELTON's son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. MARTIN, after which the remains were taken to the Troy cemetery for interment.
May He who doeth all things well comfort his aged companion and the other relatives who mourn his departure. Our loss is his eternal gain.
Mr. A.C. SHELTON came to Lincoln county, Mo., in October, 1837, from Pittsylvania county, Va. His wife, who before her marriage was Miss Leigh CLAIBORNE, having died the previous year, he brought his motherless children, four boys, with him. The youngest of these is the subject of this life sketch. He grew up on the home farm and attended the home schools and the Troy school. Then he attended the private school of Rev. D.W. NOWLIN, Montgomery county.
Having inherited land from his father, he entered the business of farming and stock raising. The 18th of October, 1853, he married Miss Susana C. SHELTON of this county, the daughter of Mr. Meacon A. SHELTON of Pittsylvania county, Va. They were married by Rev. T.J. WRIGHT. To them God gave four children, Willie Claiborne, who became Mrs. Charles MARTIN, two infants, and Robert S., who married Miss Bird GRANDFIELD. Robert died in 1896, leaving his wife with three daughters, who are now living in Los Angeles, California.
In 1858, Brother SHELTON was elected Sheriff of Lincoln county and served until the opening of the Civil war.
He was four times elected collector and in all public life he filled the letter and spirit of the law.
In 1873, in a revival held by Revs. B.T. TAYLOR and W.H. BURNHAM, Brother and Sister SHELTON gave their hearts to God through Jesus the Christ and united with the Troy church and Bro. BUCHANAN baptized them the 3rd Sunday in October. In 1874 he was made a Deacon and served the office well for 38 years. He put the business capability that he had on the farm and in the office into the financial department of church work. To my knowledge for ten years the church promises were bankable papers.
Deacon SHELTON was a citizen of strength, reliableness and versatile capacity.
In social life he was cordial and courteous.
In his home he was a noble husband, a generous father and abundant were the comforts and the happiness in that honored Christian dwelling.
Brother SHELTON was born September 20th, 1832, in the Virginia home. His death was in the home of his son- in-law, Mr. Charles MARTIN, Esq., Troy, Mo., at 12:30 A.M., Wednesday, September 11th, 1912, making his age, 79 years, 11 months and 21 days.
There survive our Brother, the consecrated Christian wife, who for 59 years shared with him the take of life, the daughter and her family and Robert's widow and family, and relatives and friends in great numbers. May the God of all comfort, comfort all who sorrow.
--Wiley J. PATRICK
Note regarding clippings from the "Neva Murphy Hubbard Collection": Neva Murphy Hubbard (1886-1971) lived all of her life in Lincoln County, MO. She collected a large file of clippings of Lincoln County residents. The majority of the clippings were without citation. Beth Rengers Talken, beneficiary of the collection, has transcribed them for inclusion in our Lincoln County Heritage Records.
Submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Beth Rengers Talken, 18 September 1998.
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