|1.3a Shelton PARTIN*
||ca 1792, VA/NC
||1873, Bell Co., KY
||Could Not Read Or Write
Census records suggest Shelton was born in Virginia around 1792, perhaps briefly living in North Carolina before his family arrived in Tennessee by 1796.
Shelton Partin appears on the 1808 Knox County, Kentucky Tax list, indicating he was over 21, and owned no property. He settled at mouth of Clear Creek near where the Henderson Settlement is now located. Legend has it that Shelton was a member of a party from N.C. who came to the Knox County area looking for a silver mine. (Fuson).
1809, Mar. 25 - Knox County tax list.
1810 census list 1 male & 1 female, ages 16-26. No children.
1812 Knox Co. Tax List
In 1818 Whitley County was from part of Knox County. Beginning in 1819 Shelton appears on the Whitley County Tax List. He was the owner of 50 acres on Laurel Fork from 1819 through 1851. By 1840 he claimed 155 acres on Laurel Fork and 150 acres on Clear Fork. In 1845 he listed 300 acres on Clear Fork. And increased his landholdings to 400by 1850.
In 1819 and 1820 Shelton listed only one horse; in 1825 he had three horses and seven in 1830. In 1840 had had one horse, 23 cattle and 2 school age children (ages 5-16). In 1845 he had seven horses, 40 cattle and one school age child. The 1850 tax lists records three horses, three black slaves, 20 cattle and one jenny (female mule).
1820 census lists 1 male & 1 female, ages 16-45, 1 m. 10-16, four males under 10. Some of these could be children of his brother Vincent Partin, who apparently died around 1816.
November 17, 1825, a Kentucky Land Warrant was filed for 50 acres on Laurel Fork in Whitley Coounty. Shelton appeared on the Whitley County tax list - 1819-1850 and later. Shelton, Jr. listed in 1849-50+. Shelton purchased fifty acres acres on Laurel Fork and Clear Fork on November 19, 1825; July 13, 1830 on Pine & Clear Creeks. in Whitley County (Bk. V, p. 333).
August 25 1827, Shelton paid $50 to Joshua & Elizabeth Tye for 50 acres on Laurel Fork, "part of Tye's 150 acre survey, "taken off the upper end loc 25977 -396 pt 3 dgw growing out of one stump, on or nr a ln sd survey ln se;; with a conditional ln between sd Parton & Tye
pt maple, spo & hick, the hick standing on bnk sd fork ln ;; across sd fork pt the upper ln the sd 100a survey.
rec 29 Aug 1827
frm [Joshua Tye] & wife [Elizabeth Tye]
to [Chelton Parton]
re 50a on Laurel fork, part of Tye's 150a survey, taken off the upper end
loc 25977 -396
pt 3 dgw growing out of one stump, on or nr a ln sd survey
ln se;; with a conditional ln between sd Parton & Tye
pt maple, spo & hick, the hick standing on bnk sd fork
ln ;; across sd fork
pt the upper ln the sd 100a survey
ln ;around with the lns&corners of the old survey
(Whitley County Deeds, 1:181).
He purchased another 50 acres on Laurel Fork on March 28, 1838 ; & 100 more acres later the same year.
September 1828, Shelton Parton was listed on the bill of sale as having made a purchase from the estate of William Rundles (Whitley County, KY Will Book 1, 1818-1854, p. 23). Elum Parton and Thomas Parton are also included on the list of purchasers.
1840 census listed Reece Lowder (age 7, b. TN) listed as a boarder with the family.
1850 - Shelton, 58 VA, lived next door to William Partin (b. 1805); wife listed as Polly (57 NC). Nancy (39), William (22) & John (21) living at home. R__ Sowder (17 TN) also in the household.
1852, 1854, 1856 Knox County Tax List.
1859 purchased item from estate of Wesley Faulkner.
1859 - Shelton, Jr. purchased an item for 37¢ from estate of Wesley.
1860 Whitley County Slave schedule indicates Shelton Partin owned a 55 year old female slave, a 24 year old female, and a 1/12 month old female mulatto (Recorded June 1, 1860).
1860 census listed Shelton Partin, age 67, born North Carolina, $1000 real estate value, personal property $2500. Wife Polly Partin, age 60, born North Carolina. Nancy 45, born North Carolina. His family lived on Pine Creek Rd. & Laurel Ford Intersection in South America District in Whitley County.
1870 census also lists Polly, age 4 and black housekeeper, Dinah Partin, 60, Polly, 13, William, 12, all born in Kentucky. 1872 the Bell County court ruled that Shelton, Sr. would be relieved from paying poll tax.
From Fuson's 1939 History of Bell County, Kentucky:
"Shelton, grandfather of Robert Low Partin, married a Mason, sister of Robert Mason and lived where the Pine Creek road and the Laurel Fork road come together in South America. To them were born these children: (1) Billy, (2) John, who married Lizzie Mason, (3) Nancy Partin, (4) Jennie Partin, who married Bryant Madon.
Scott Partin reports Shelton had 6 boys and 3 girls and claims he came from England (obvious error) and lived in Virginia and then North Carolina circa 1800. Fuson claims he married a sister of Robert Mason