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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT M. SHELTON, M. D., Ballard County, was born January 26, 1832, in Henry County, Tenn., and is the first of three children born to Abraham and Susan G. (Lewis) Shelton, natives of Halifax County, Va. Abraham, was the son of Jeremiah and Sallie (Green) Shelton; Jeremiah was the son of the Jeremiah Shelton, who was the son of Ralph Shelton, of England; Susan G. Lewis was the daughter of Richard and Sallie (Wood) Lewis, of English origin. Robert M. Shelton was reared on a farm, and received a good common school education. He lived with his parents till he was twenty-five years old. He taught school for about six years, and in the meantime studied medicine. He attended medical lectures at the university at Nashville, Tenn., in the winter of 1858-59. He located at Hinkleville, Ballard Co., at which place he formed a partnership with Dr. T. J. Jenkins, and practiced there four years with good success. About this time he was elected surgeon of the Seventh Kentucky Confederate Cavalry, but did not accept the position. He next moved two miles south of Hinkleville, where he engaged in farming, and also continued his practice. As a farmer, he was successful. In 1870 he moved to Blandville, where he has been engaged in the practice of medicine ever since. He has a good mill and sixteen or seventeen farms, in all about 3,000 acres, and also owns a house and lot in Blandville and one in Wickliffe. He came to Ballard County with his parents in 1836, and located in the north part of the county. His father entered lands that were covered by military titles, lost all, and died in 1866, aged seventy-four years. He was a Whig. Dr. Shelton was married in October, 1864, to Mrs. Susan Marion, of Ballard County, Ky., daughter of Cadmus B. and Angeline (Linthicum) Young, who were of the first families of Nelson County, and came to South Ballard about 1834. The doctor had born to him by this union three children: Edwin L., Lalie Ann (now dead) and Susan A. Mr. and Mrs. Shelton are members of the Christian Church, and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, K. of H., and was formerly a member of the K. of P. He cast his first presidential vote for the Whig candidate in 1856, but is now a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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