Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
Heathcock Genealogy Database - Person Sheet
NameMary Crispen
Deathaft 1757, probably Middlesex Co VA
Birth1685, Middlesex Co VA1473
Death13 Mar 1734, Middlesex Co VA Age: 49
FatherPeter Shelton (1664-1718)
MotherSusannah Jackson (->1689)
Marriageca 1706
ChildrenThomas (1707-1742)
 Ralph (1709-1787)
 Elizabeth (1711-)
 Crispen (1713-)
 Reuben (1715-1715)
 Mary (1716-1719)
 Catherine (1719-1819)
 John (1722-1778)
 Benjamin (1724-)
 James (1726-)
 Daniel (1729-)
Notes for Ralph (Spouse 1)
Following from “RALPH SHELTON, OF MIDDLESEX COUNTY, VIRGINIA AND SOME OF HIS DESCENDANTS”; An Account by his great-5-grandson, Kenyon Stevenson (deceased), Hudson, Ohio, 1953:1472

Ralph Shelton married about 1707, either in Essex or Middlesex, a wife Mary, whose surname has been guessed to be Crispin.  No record of the marriage or suggestion of a maiden name has been discovered.  Birth of the oldest daughter, Elizabeth, about 1711, is not in the Christ Church Parish Register, where all the others are recorded.  There were eleven children in all, as follows:
     l.  Thomas, baptized November 9, 1707, married Mary Probert Jan. 14, 1730/31 
    2.  Ralph, baptized October 23, 1709, married Mary Daniel  June 10, 1731 
    3.  Elizabeth, born about 1711, married Wm. Davis, Oct. 29, 1728. 
    4. Crisp (throughout life called Crispin), born April 1, baptized May 17, 1713, married Letitia ____about 1734 
    5.  Reuben, born Feb 1, 1714/15, baptized Apr 10, 1715; died Oct. 8, 1715 
    6.  Mary, born Jan. 21, baptized February 13, 1716/17; died July 18, 1719 
    7.  Catherine, born Jan. 26, baptized March 13, 1719/20, married George Blakey Dec. 31, 1743 
    8.  John, born July 19, baptized August 12,  1722 
    9.  Benjamin. born June 18, baptized July 12, 1724 
  10.  James, born Feb. 23, baptized March 23, 1726/27 
  11.  Daniel, born May 17, baptized June 22, 1729
Ralph Shelton lived only five years after the birth of his son Daniel.  He died March 13 1733/34.  His will, badly damaged in the old Middlesex Will Book, was dated March 10, 1733/34.  Some of the provisions still legible on the torn pages are , “ My son Ralph Shelton should have my Land….”  “……zabeth Davis twenty five Shillings to buy her---“,  “------Ralph Shelton one cow and calf,”,  “…..my son Thomas Shelton should take care of my children, and if in case my son Thomas should Die, my Desire is that my Children should be left to the -----of my other two sons, Ralph and Crispen.”  “Appoint my L (oving) wife Mary Shelton and my son Thomas Shelton to  (be executors of) my Last will and Testament.”  The witnesses were William Buford, Thomas Clarke, Henry Buford  and Abraham______.
The will was presented in Court April 2, 1734 and proved by oaths of Henry Beauford and Thomas Clark.  Thomas Buford, John Jones, John Clark and Garrit Daniel  appraised the estate.  Inventory and appraisement were presented to the court on July 2, 1734.  After this there are no later entries in the Middlesex Court Orders or other county records regarding Ralph Shelton.  His widow, Mary, remarried – to a Clark, perhaps Thomas – and as Mary Clark made her will in Nottoway Parish of Amelia County on June 30, 1750.  A Middlesex deed made Oct. 5, 1757 by Mary Clark and Peter Clark of County Middlesex to John Lambeth transfers 150 acres “beginning at a deep bottom between Edward Bristow and William Bristow’s line, thence along Elizabeth Smith’s line to main run of the Dragon Swamp…”
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