(Links to the Children of James & Rachel are in the Table below.  Scroll Down or Click Here.)

James Milton SHELTON (Son of Henry and Matilda SHELTON) was born about 1837 in Georgia.6   He married Rachel Elizabeth FORTNER 22JAN1860 in Lumpkin County, Georgia.9  Click Here for James & Rachel's Marriage LicenseIn the various Census Records of Lumpkin County (1850, 1860, 1870) James is listed as a Farm Laborer.  According to the Census Records neither he nor his wife could read or write, however, he signed the land record with his siblings as J.M. SHELTON.5  

James Milton SHELTON served in the C.S.A. during the Civil War.  He was a Private in the 52nd Regiment of the Georgia Infantry, Company D (Boyd's Guards). Click Here for copies of his Pay Records.  You will notice that he was Absent Without Leave since 07 OCT 1863.  He was captured at Vicksburg, MS 04JUL1863.  Apparently about 1/2 of the "Boyd's Guard" went back home to never fight again.  The other 1/2 returned to their Regiment.  James Milton went home.  All of these soldiers had to sign a declaration that they would never fight again.  Click Here to see the Declaration that James Milton signed.

Rachel    Rachel Elizabeth FORTNER was born 02DEC1844.3   According to our family tradition, Rachel was of Scottish descent.
According to some branches of the FORTNER family, the family was German.  In some Census Records, the surname is spelled
             FAULKNER.  Rachel had a brother Harrison FORTNER.3  I have not been able to verify this brother in Census Records, but I have
             been able to verify a brother named Columbus FORTNER.12  Her father was Jesse Harrison FORTNER.12, 13   b.10JUN1817
             Pleasant Grove, Pickens County, South Carolina. 11  He married Dorothy.  According to our family tradition, this Dorothy is
             supposed to be Dorothy HAND.  And her father is supposed to be Jonathan HAND.  Jonathan HAND is supposed to have fought at
       the Battle of King’s Mountain during the Revolutionary War.  The records of those that fought at this battle are sketchy at best and I have
             never found him listed there.  What we do know is that Jesse Harrison FORTNER’s father was Timothy FORTNER b.ca.1785  in
             North Carolina. 11  He married Millac COLLINS about 1806 in Patten Field, Pickens County, South Carolina.11 Jesse Harrison
             FORTNER died after 1850 at Pleasant Grove, Pickens County, South Carolina.  The family moved to Lumpkin County during the
            Georgia Gold Rush sometime after 1820. Eventually, Timothy FORTNER and his sons, James Timothy FORTNER and Jackson T.
            FORTNER returned to South Carolina.  Milac COLLINS died in Georgia and is said to be buried at the Bethel Methodist
            Campground Cemetery near Dawsonville, Dawson County, Georgia.  Milac COLLINS is the daughter of Nathaniel COLLINS. 11    
It is thought that Millac was born 07MAR1781 in Ireland? 11  The children of James Milton SHELTON and Rachel Elizabeth FORTNER

William Henry SHELTON 13

b.05MAY1865 GA / Shawneetown, IL13  d.27JUL1947 13  St. Petersburg, FL  m.1934 7  Georgia DUCKETT.

Wesley Landrum SHELTON

b.1867/1868 6 ,  GA d.Morgan Co. GA  m. 23DEC1888 Dollie BRIDGES 3

Howard D. SHELTON  14

b.1871 Lumpkin Co. GA  d.27MAR1903 Lumpkin Co. GA  m.Mary LINGERFELT 01FEB1890 Lumpkin Co., GA.18

Charles Washington SHELTON 15

18JUL1874 Fannin Co. GA5  d.06NOV1940 14  Hico, TX m.03JAN1897 Mary Elvira GOODE 14

Joseph “Joe” Benjamin SHELTON 16

b.30OCT1876 Lumpkin Co. GA d.21SEP1947 Atlanta, GA 11  m. Jeanie R. SAMPLES 3, 15

Elizabeth Tryphena Izorah “Zora” SHELTON    13

b.20FEB1879 d.31DEC1920 bur.Buckhead, GA (near Madison in Morgan Co.) m. Ira SAMPLES3, 11

Lessie SHELTON  13

b.09JUL1889 Lumpkin Co. GA d.30OCT1977  bur. Haw Creek, Cumming, GA  m.1904 Emory HANSARD 3




11 FORTNER Family Records sent to me via the Internet by Don FORTNER of  South Carolina.


12 Census 1850 Lumpkin Co. GA page 6B.


13 Transcription of Family Portrait captions sent to me by Hoyle SHELTON 14DEC1981 - originally supplied by Montree MARTIN.  The letter contained other family information, as well.   

14 From Family Bible of Mrs. M.F. SHELTON , Dahlonega, GA, copied by H.C. DRIVER.


15 Shelton Family Bible Records owned by the family of Carmen SHELTON HOOPER, the daughter of Charles Washington SHELTON.


16 From the Family Records of  Glenda MASTERS who lives in FL and is a descendant of  Elmus Elly SHELTON who is the son of Joseph Benjamin SHELTON.


17 Some Loose Marriage Records, Lumpkin Co. GA. (URL = rootsweb.com/~galumpki/marriage/BookB_Missing.txt)


18 1880 Census Lumpkin Co. GA  Page 309B #174,175.


19 1880 Census Lumpkin Co. GA Page 311B.


20 1880 Census Lumpkin Co. GA.


21 Letter to the Author from Ora HARWOOD - 31MAY1983.


22. Records of Glenda MASTERS of Florida.  She is the granddaughter of Elmus Ealy SHELTON.


23. Social Security Application of Elmus SHELTON.