An American Family History

Leonard William Shelton

Chariton is the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa and is in Lincoln Township.

In the 1830s settlers began arriving in Iowa from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, Kentucky, and Virginia. Iowa became a state in 1846.

Leonard William Shelton was born January 10, 1882. His parents were John Shelton and Isabelle Solinger.  According to Bryan Smith  "Leonard Shelton [was] nicknamed 'Crip" [and he] was the black sheep of the family."

On  August 1, 1895 the Chariton, Iowa newspaper carried a story that a horse fell on Leonard Fox Shelton. 

Leonard Shelton, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. John Fox, met with a very serious accident Sunday evening. While horseback riding his horse stumbled and he was thrown to the ground. the horse falling on him. He was picked up in an unconscious state and is now laying in a very precarious condition.

In 1918 when he registered for the draft he was working at the Model Stove and Furnace Company. At the time of the 1900 census, he was living with John and Isabelle Fox. 

April 11, 1912
Mrs. John Fox left Friday evening for Des Moines in response to a message announcing the death of her daughter-in-law Mrs. Leonard Shelton who passed away that morning following an operation for the removal of a tumor.

In 1920, he was living with his brother's family in Memphis, Tennessee and was a broom maker.
Children of:
John Newton Fox and
Sarah Jane Ricketts
  • Clara Fox Wood
  • Eliza Fox Smith
  • Bonham Fox
  • Merrit Fox
  • Orpha Fox
  • Etta Fox O'Dea
  • Mae Fox McKelvey

    Isabelle Solinger
    and R. Groves
  • Edward Groves
  • Isabelle Solinger
    and John Shelton
  • Clyde D. Sheldon
  • Leonard William Shelton
  • Maud May Shelton Netherow
  • Thomas Del Shelton
    John Fox and
    Isabelle Solinger
  • Earl Fox
  • Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.



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