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RG1379:AM:  Samuel C. Shelton, ca. 1829-?

Papers:  1887; 1889; 1980

Santee Agency and Norfolk, Nebraska:  Clerk; Contractor

Size:  Four items


According to census records, Samuel C. Shelton was born in Virginia around 1829.  In the 1850 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, census, he was a 21-year old teacher.  By 1860 he was 31 and married to Elvira and had three daughters, Sally, Ann, and Virginia.  He was employed as an overseer.  He wasn’t listed on the 1870 census and by 1880 the family had relocated to Buncombe County, North Carolina, where he was a farmer and his children were Annie, Mary B., Agnes, and Samuel.  In 1887 he was a clerk at the Santee Agency.  His son died there the same year.  The last documentation pertaining to him is a letter he wrote in 1899 from Norfolk, Nebraska, where he was a contractor of military and Indian supplies.


This collection consists of four items relating to the life of Samuel C. Shelton.  Included are an obituary of Samuel Vance Shelton, 1887, the son of Samuel C. Shelton; a letter from Samuel C. Shelton, November 21, 1899, from Norfolk, Nebraska, to his granddaughter, Beulah; and two items from Alta Lawrence, 1980, Shelton’s great-granddaughter, speculating about Shelton’s life.



  1. Obituary of Samuel Vance Shelton, 1887

  2. Letter from Samuel C. Shelton to his granddaughter, Beulah, 1899

  3. Letter from Alta Lawrence, 1980

  4. “A Search for Roots” by Alta Lawrence


Subject headings:

Lawrence, Alta

Shelton Family

Shelton, Samuel C., 1829-

Shelton, Samuel Vance, 1870-1887