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Shelton Luttrell

Shelton was born August 17,1823 in Illinois.

His parents were William Luttrell and Franky Elizabeth Shelton. He was the third child of nine.

Shelton married Elizabeth Mary Pierce on December 24, 1844 in Denton County, Texas. They had four children: W.F. or H. (1845 to after 1850); James Posten (April 21, 1849 to July 14, 1903); Samuel Bluford (May 21, 1851 to July 4, 1903); and Martha Melvina (March 4, 1854 to April 20, 1919). Elizabeth died before 1856.

First Marriage in Denton County, Texas - From History of Denton County, by Ed F. Bates.
"A Rev. Hammons officiated in the first marriage in this county, when on Christmas, 1844, on his farm where Dr. Gilbert now lives (1884), he united Shelton Luttrell and Bettie Pierce in wedlock. He married them without a license. After four years and two children the couple "married over". It is not known who officiated at the second service. In the winter of 1844, a man by the name of Hammons, a Baptist minister, came to this country and in the spring of 1845 a class he organized met every Sunday to hear him preach. They all went to the meetings carrying their guns for protection from the Indians. In April 1845, Hammons was felled by a tree, and on Sunday, the day he was to preach, he was taken from under the trunk of the tree and buried on Hickory Ridge."

In the 1850 Census Shelton is listed as age 26, white, and is a farmer. The value of his real estate is $320 and his birthplace is Illinois. Also listed is E female (Elizabeth) age 23, W.F. male age 5 born in Texas, Jas. P. age 1 born in Texas. Remarks are "Cannot read or write. one servant."

Shelton then married Louisa Jane Null in 1856 in Washington County, Arkansas. They had nine children: Elvira E. or J. (August 31, 1857 to ?); Elizabeth (1858 to before 1870); Lewis Andrew (July 26, 1859 to August 24, 1908); William (April 6, 1862 to before 1870); Margaret Ann (May 9, 1866 to August 24, 1908); Joseph (December 22, 1869 to July 2, 1941); Columbus (July 3, 1871 to April 8, 1917); Shephard Shelton (February 5, 1874 to July 3, 1938); and Jacob Cue (March 14, 1877 to March 11, 1952)

Shelton died in Rickards Ford, Washington County, Arkansas on August 26, 1894 at the age of 71 years, 9 days. He is buried in Bell Cemetery in Arkansas.

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From the family history by Mary Jane Luttrell Marr in 1964

My Grandfather's name was Shelton Luttrell (born Aug. 17, 1823). I never knew my Grandmother Luttrell, but my father always told me that I looked like her. After Grandfather became a widower he married again. After this marriage he moved from Texas to northwestern Arkansas. They located on the Illinois River and built a log house on the hillside as the river went wild sometimes and covered the lowland. My Dad had two half sisters and six half brothers, making eleven children in all to live in this home with their parents. Their home was a large log structure with a large room upstairs, a large room on the side, and a large fireplace to warm it. My Grandmother smoked a pipe after dinner, and she would let me dip up a few live coals and put in her pipe. I would pull a little smoke through to see if it was started, but I never got the habit (ha).

One of the half brothers broke his leg when he was about sixteen and bled to death before they could get help as the doctors were few and far between.

My Grandfather was a blue-eyed Irishman with gray, wavy hair. I can remember that he was kind and good to his family and everyone and that he worked very hard. He passed on (at about age 69) when I was ten or eleven years of age. My Grandmother lived there on the same farm with the younger boys and lived to be about 80 years of age. The farm or part of it is still inhabited by some of the family; they were a very close, happy family.

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