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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thriller Thursday - Flossie Shelton

Flossie Shelton was quite a story. She was not related to any of my lines, I just came across her and found the story and couldn't resist.



Flossie Roseleah Shelton was born 7/25/1904 in Madison County, NC to John Robert Shelton, Jr. (DOB 3/16/1862 in Madison County, NC; DOD 3/14/1937 in Madison County, NC) and Nancy Gentry (DOB 12/25/1865 in NC; DOD 12/24/1931 in Madison County, NC). John R. Shelton and Nancy Gentry had 13 children:

1) Crittendon "Crit" Shelton (DOB 12/1882 in TN; DOD 12/28/1966 in Marshall, Madison County, NC)

2) James Jacob Shelton (DOB 8/26/1883 in Madison County, NC; DOD 1/15/1959 in Marshall, Madison County, NC)

3) Betty Jane Shelton (DOB 12/12/1886 in Madison County, NC; DOD 7/26/1966 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC)

4) Malinda Shelton (DOB 2/1/1888 in NC; DOD 12/21/1938 in Unicoi County, TN) at 50 yrs old of pulmonary tuberculosis.

5) Stephen Shelton (DOB 2/15/1891 in NC; DOD 9/13/1944 in Madison County, NC)  at 53 yrs old.

6) Persada Shelton (DOB 5/2/1891 in Madison County, NC; DOD 12/29/1969 in Lynchburg, VA)

7) Ursula Lavada Shelton (DOB 8/6/1894 in Madison County, NC; DOD 6/15/1985 in Keeling, Pittsylvania County, VA)

8) Isaac Shelton (DOB 3/25/1896 in Madison County, NC; DOD 6/15/1921 in ? ) at 25 yrs old.

9) Grant Shelton (DOB 9/4/1898 in NC; DOD 11/23/1823 in Marshall, Madison County, NC) at 25 yrs old of lobar pneumonia.

10) Cora Shelton (DOB Abt. 1901 in NC; DOD 1937 in ? ) at age 36 yrs old.

11) Infant Son Shelton

12) Flossie Roseleah Shelton (DOB 7/25/1904 in Madison County, NC; DOD ? in ? )

13) Ottie Shelton (DOB 4/23/1908 in Madison County, NC; DOD 6/1908 in Madison County, NC)


North Carolina, Birth Indexes, 1800-2000
Name: Flossie Rosleah Shelton
Gender: Female
Race: White
Event Type: Delayed Birth
Birth Date: 25 Jul 1904
Birth County: Madison
Parent1 Name: John R Shelton
Parent2 Name: Nancey Gentry
Roll number: NCVR_B_C062_68001
Volume: 27
Page: 129

Flossie married first Austin Presley (DOB Abt 1894 in TN; DOD ? in ? ) on 11/27/1920 in Craven County, NC.

She married Arland Shelton. See underlined mentions in newspaper articles below.

She married Fred Mack Shelton (DOB 1/9/1910 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/19/1929 in Greene County, TN) on 6/22/1929 in Craven County, NC.

She married Thomas Jackson Johnson Newell (DOB 10/28/1897 in NC to James Jackson and Sarah Catherine Pierce; DOD 8/25/1940 in ? ) on 5/19/1931 in Lee County, NC.

She married Derry C. O'Brien (DOB 7/10/1901 in Appomattox, VA; DOD 2/20/1977 in Jonesborough, Washington County, TN) .

I have not been able to find her after Derry O'Brien except they had a tombstone together. He must have died before she did and no one had the stone completed with her date of death when she died. I couldn't find a death certificate, social security record or obituary for her so I don't know when she died. Is it possible she married again and had a different last name?

She married Arland Shelton and then stabbed him almost killing him. I had a hard time following Arland Shelton and my info on him is sketchy.

She married Fred Mack Shelton, supposedly Arland's cousin, and shot and killed him. She went to jail for it.

1910 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1107; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0090; FHL microfilm: 1375120, "John R. Shelton"
John R. Shelton, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 48 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Nancy Shelton, Wife, F, W, 46 yrs old, Married 23 yrs, 10 children with 8 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Stephen Shelton, Son, M, W, 21 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer
Persada Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lavada Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Isaac Shelton, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer
Grant Shelton, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Cora Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Flossie Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC


1920 U.S. Census of Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1294; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 119, "John Shelton"
John Shelton, Head, Owns farm with mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 57 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Nancy Shelton, Wife, F, W, 55 yrs old, Married, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Cora Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 18 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Flossie Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mona Shelton, Granddaughter, F, W, 10 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Flossie Shelton
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 18
Birth Year: abt 1902
Marriage Date: 27 Nov 1920
Marriage Place: Craven, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Austin M Presley
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 26
Event Type: Marriage

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Flossie Shelton
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1907
Marriage Date: 22 Jun 1929
Marriage Place: Craven, North Carolina, USA
Spouse: Fred Shelton
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 21
Event Type: Marriage

Fred Shelton was born 1/9/1910 in Madison County, NC to Armstrong "Armp" Shelton (DOB 4/25/1861 in Madison County, NC; DOD 2/17/1943 in Madison County, NC) and Polly Elizabeth Chandley (DOB 12/2/1875 in NC; DOD 8/13/1961 in Marshall, Madison County, NC).  Armp Shelton married 1st Milam Rosszilla Chandley (DOB 4/25/1854 in Madison County, NC; DOD 1/30/1931 in Marshall, Madison County, NC). She also married Robert Ramsey and George Washington Hensley. She and Armstrong Shelton had Sylvanis Shelton (DOB Abt 1879 in Unicoi County, TN; DOD 1/23/1930 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC).

Armp Shelton and Polly Elizabeth Chandley had 10 children:

1) Lonnie Henry Chandley (aka Lonnie Haze Chandley, Lonnie Harry Chandley)(DOB 3/25/1880 in Madison County, NC; DOD 12/17/1959 in Marshall, Madison County, NC)

2) James Major Shelton (DOB 2/17/1893 in Madison County, NC; DOD 3/1984 in Manchester, Clay County, KY)

3) Porter Shelton (DOB 10/7/1896 in Madison County, NC; DOD 10/26/1967 in Madison County, NC)

4) Edgar "Edd" Shelton (DOB Abt. 1899 in NC; DOD Aft. 1920 in Madison County, NC)

5) Vera Eula Shelton (DOB 12/27/1901 in NC; DOD 10/31/1994 in TN)

6) Mettie Elizabeth Shelton (DOB 9/9/1904 in Madison County, NC; DOD 10/8/2002 in Buncombe County, NC)

7) Oviet Vance Shelton (DOB 7/21/1907 in Madison County, NC; DOD 6/18/1998 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC)

8) Fred Mack Shelton (DOB 1/9/1910 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/19/1929 in Greene County, TN)

9) Dominow Shelton (DOB 12/8/1913 in Madison County, NC; DOD 9/10/2004 in ? )

10) Reva Bemerta Shelton (DOB 9/12/1917 in Madison County, NC; DOD ? in ? )

1910 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1107; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0090; FHL microfilm: 1375120, "Armp Shelton"
Armp Shelton, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 1st marriage, Married 20 yrs (DOB 1890), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write
Polly Shelton, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old, 1st marriage, Married 20 yrs, 7 children with 7 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Major Shelton, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Porter Shelton, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Edd Shelton, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Vera Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 8 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mettie J. Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mack Shelton, Son, M, W, 3/12 mos old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1920 U.S. Census of Shelton Laurel, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1294; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 125, "Armp Shelton"
Armp Shelton, Head, Owns farm free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 57 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Polly Shelton, Wife, F, W, 44 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Porter Shelton, Son, M, W, 23 yrs old, Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer
Edgar Shelton, Son, M, W, 20 yrs old, Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Soldier in U.S. Army
Eula Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 18 yrs old, Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Mettie Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Ovid Shelton, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Fred Shelton, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Dominia Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Reva Shelton, Daughter, F, W, 2 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC



Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 7/19/1929, Pg 1


Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 7/19/1929, Pg 5

Bride of 2 Weeks Shoots Husband, Eludes Sheriff
Madison Officers Seek Flossie Shelton; Man Critically Ill
Marshall, July 19 - While Fred Shelton, to whom she has been married less than three weeks, lay near death in a Greeneville, Tennessee hospital, Sheriff R.R. Ramsey, of Madison County, returned to his home near here late tonight after futile search of 48 hours in the mountains for Mrs. Flossie Shelton, who is said to have shot her husband through the head with a revolver late Tuesday and then fled.
According to information secured by officers who conducted an investigation, the young man was shot when he attempted to take the revolver, a .38 special, from his wife while she was quarreling with another woman. The "other woman," whose name was not secured, also fled, and has not been taken, while a man who told officers his name was Landers, is being held in the county jail here on a charge of allowing Mrs. Shelton the loan of his pistol.
Remote Section
Several officers accompanied Sheriff Ramsey on the long trip which covered the wild remote mountain sections of Shelton Laurel near Shelton's home, and across the line into Tennessee where his wife is believed to have gone following the tragedy.
The bullet entered the man's right eye, ranged upward and came out at the back of his head. He is said to have lost much blood prior to and during the long trip to Greeneville and reports from the hospital received here late tonight stated that his condition is critical and little hope is held for recovery.
Homes where officers believed Mrs. Shelton might have gone were visited, the Trip covered several hundred miles, and was one of the longest ever conducted in Madison county for a woman wanted by the law.
Twice Married
Mrs. Shelton, who is about 25 years of age, has been twice mar-

Pg 5
Bride of 2 Weeks Shoots Husband
Madison Officers Seek Flossie Shelton; Man Critically Ill
Continued from Page 1
ried. Her first husband: Arlin Shelton, believed to be a relative of the second husband, was granted a divorce in the Madison courts about a year ago officers said. Their domestic difficulties are said to have reached a climax when Arlin was brought to the hospital here, suffering from dangerous knife wounds said to have been inflicted by his wife. Mrs. Shelton was tried in Superior Court here, and the case against her not prossed when her former husband failed to appear against her at the trial.
Her apprehension on the charge ended a long search by Sheriff Ramsey and other Madison officers, the greater part of which was conducted in the same mountain territory in Laurel and Tennessee covered by the search which was begun Tuesday night. She was arrested in an Asheville rooming house by members of the Asheville police department, and surrendered to officers here.
The families of Arlin and Fred Shelton are well known in Madison county and are prominently connected. Both are said to be men of good character and industrious.
The affray in which Arlin Shelton was injured is said to have followed the trouble between the two caused by Mrs. Shelton's jealousy over "another woman," and jealousy is believed by officers to have been the motive for her allege attack on her present husband.


Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 7/27/2919, Pg 2


Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 7/30/1929, Pg 1


Statesville Record and Landmark, Statesville, NC, 7/22/1929, Pg 2

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 8/14/1929, Pg 1

Photo of Flossie Shelton
Flossie Shelton was ordered re-arrested by Solicitor R.M. Wells after word has been received from a Greeneville, Tenn., hospital that her husband, who was shot several weeks ago, was in critical condition. She is lodged in the Madison County jail.
Fred Shelton Is Near Death; Wife In Madison Jail
Solicitor Orders Woman Rearrested As Man Grows Weaker
Marshall, Aug. 13 - Fred Shelton, young Madison county man, was reported unconscious and near death in a Greeneville, Tennessee, hospital tonight, while Mrs. Flossie Shelton, his bride of a few weeks, is being held in the Madison County jail here without bond on a charge of shooting him.
Shelton was shot at his home in the Laurel section July 16, less than three weeks after he had been married. According to information gathered by members of the sheriff's department, Mrs. Shelton fired the shot which struck him in the head, as he attempted to tear a revolver from her hands in an effort to prevent her from shooting another woman.
Flees Scene
Mrs. Shelton fled and her husband was taken to the hospital where he has been in a serious condition since. After officers had search for her several days in the Laurel and East Tennessee mountains, she surrendered to Tennessee authorities and was lodged in jail here. Several days later, a slight improvement was noted in her husband's condition, and she was released on bond.
Monday night Solicitor Robert M. Wells, of Asheville, ordered her rearrested after receiving notice from Greeneville of her husband's critical condition. She was arrested several hours later by a member of Sheriff Ramsey's department, and preliminary examination waived to court. Officers here stated yesterday that she will be held in jail until the next term convenes in August.


Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 8/14/1929, Pg 2

Asheville Citizen Times, Asheville, NC, 8/21/1929, Pg 1
Madison County Man Dies; Bride To Face Jurors
Fred Shelton Lingers 34 Days In Greeneville, Tenn. Hospital
Greeneville, Tenn., Aug. 20 - Fred Shelton, young Madison county man, died in a local hospital shortly after midnight this morning after clinging tenaciously to life for 34 days with a bullet wound in his head.
Since he was brought here from his home in the Laurel mountains on the North Carolina side of the state line on the night of July 16, the mountaineer had been in a semi-conscious condition, and several days ago hospital attaches gave up hope for his recovery.
Mrs. Flossie Shelton, his bride of only a few weeks, is held in the Madison county jail at Marshall without bond on a charge of firing a fatal shot. According to Madison officers, she fled after the shooting, which took place at their home, and surrendered to Tennessee authorities several days later, after an extensive search had been conducted for her on both sides of the state line. Information secured by officers who investigated the affair is that Shelton was shot as he attempted to take the gun from his bride in an effort to prevent her from shooting another woman, who is alleged to have been quarreling with Mrs. Shelton at the time.
The identification of the second woman in the case has not been established so far as could be learned here late tonight. Shelton did not discuss the shooting during his long stay in the hospital, other than to whisper almost totally incoherent and scattering remarks while in a semi-conscious state. According to reports, one of these whispered statements was: "It was no accident."
The body will be sent to his relatives in Madison for burial. Arrange-
Please turn to page 2

Fred Shelton Lingers 34 Days in Greeneville, Tenn. Hospital
ments for an inquest had not been completed late today.

Grand Jury Case
Solicitor R.M. Wells informed The Citizen late last night that no preliminary hearing will be held for Mrs. Shelton because of the nearness of the Madison county term of Superior Court which will convene Monday, and that the hearing will be held before the grand jury.
Mrs. Shelton was released shortly after her surrender to Madison officers, but was re-arrested several days ago when her husband's condition became critical. Since, she has been held without bond. The order for her re-arrest was issued by Solicitor Wells and she was taken into custody by Madison County officers.
Fred Shelton was her second husband, officers stated last night. She was divorced from Arland Shelton, a Cousin of the dead man, about a year ago. The decree was granted in the Madison civil court, after Arland Shelton had recovered from serious knife wounds, said to have been inflicted by his wife. A true bill, charging her with assault with a deadly weapon was returned by a Madison County grand jury. However, the case was not prossed when her husband failed to appear in court to testify.





Statesville Record and Landmark, Statesville, NC, 8/22/1929, Pg 6
Madison County Man Dies In Tenn."
Fred Shelton Succumbs to Shot Alleged to Have Been Fired By His Bride-She Is Held In Jail
Asheville, Aug. 21 - Fred Shelton young Madison county man, died in a Greeneville, Tenn., hospital shortly after midnight Tuesday morning after clinging tenaciously to life for 34 days with a bullet wound in his head.
Mrs. Flossie Shelton, his bride of only a few weeks, is held in the Madison county jail at Marshall without bond on a charge of firing the fatal shot. According to Madison officers, she fled after the shooting which took place at their home, and surrendered to Tennessee authorities several days later after an extensive search had been conducted for her on both sides of the state line.
Solicitor R.M. Wells said that no preliminary hearing will be held for Mrs. Shelton because of the proximity of the Madison county term of Superior court which will convene Monday, and that the hearing will be held before the court grand jury.


1930 U.S. Census of N.C. State Penitentiary, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0050; FHL microfilm: 2341459, "Flossie Shelton"
Flossie Shelton, Prisoner, F(emale), W(hite), 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Married at age 15 yrs old (DOM 1915), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

She evidently wasn't in jail for long as she killed her husband in 1929, was in the penitentiary in the 1930 U.S. Census but marries Thomas Newell in 1931. I'm not sure how she got away with it seeing as there were obviously witnesses and she had nearly killed her prior husband, Arland. It says there was another woman there who fled. That is one witness. The man named Landers who gave her the revolver was a witness to her intention. And Flossie fled the scene but someone was there who drove Fred Shelton to Greeneville, TN hospital so that's witness (or witnesses).

North Carolina, Marriage Index, 1741-2004
Name: Flossie Shelton
Gender: Female
Birth Date: abt 1905
Age: 26
Race: White
Spouse: Thomas Newell
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Age: 31
Spouse Race: White
Marriage Date: 19 May 1931
Marriage Location: Greenwood
Marriage County: Lee
Marriage State: North Carolina

North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011
Name: Flossie R Shelton
Gender: Female
Race: White
Age: 26
Birth Year: abt 1905
Marriage Date: 19 May 1931
Marriage Place: Lee, North Carolina, USA
Father: J R Shelton
Mother: Nancy Shelton
Spouse: Thomas Newell
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 31
Spouse Father: J J Newell
Spouse Mother: Sarah C Newell
Event Type: Marriage

She must have divorced Thomas Newell pretty quickly too. I could not find her in the 1940 U.S. Census but I found him. He was listed as divorced and living with his sister and her husband in Barbecue, Harnett County, NC. He died later that year on 8/25/1940 of pulmonary tuberculosis in Joneston, Moore County, NC.

FindAGrave.com
Derry C. O'Brien
BIRTH: 10 Jul 1901
DEATH: 20 Feb 1977 (aged 75)
BURIAL: Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, USA
MEMORIAL ID: 189224350

Flossie S. O'Brien
BIRTH: 25 Jul 1904
DEATH: unknown
BURIAL: Maple Lawn Cemetery, Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, USA MEMORIAL ID: 189224535

So there must be a lot more to Flossie's story. I've only been able to suss out these details but there is so much missing and I can only wonder what it is? If anyone has any corrections or further information on Flossie or any of her husbands, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com.

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