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The Shelton Family

Fountain Ella Isabell (Bell) Shelton was born July 4, 1861 in Barry County Missouri and died September 17, 1898 in Payne County Oklahoma. Isabell married John Thomas Williams, the son of Elias W and Elizabeth Ann ELLIS Williams on April 17, 1875 in Barry County, Missouri. Isabell was raised by Benson and Mary Card in the Madry Community about 1/2 mile west of Old Madry and about a mile south of Clay Hill Church. Mary Card was listed as a Physician in "Goodspeed 1888 History of Barry County", but was most likely a Midwife in that time period. Isabell's mother could have been the Sarah Shelton who was living in the Mosby household in the same community on the1860 U S Census of Barry County, Missouri. Sarah could have had a daughter and either died from child birth or had to give her up for some reason or another. There was a Charles W. Shelton from Barry County who enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War however no further information is available. To assume that they are Isabell's father and mother would only be speculation. Records are very sketchy during this time period due to the Civil War. Neither Charles Shelton or Sarah are listed in the 1870 Barry County U S Census.

Isabell is listed as 8 years old in the 1870 Barry County U S Census in the household of Benson and Mary Card with the Card children. In the 1880 U S Census, Isabell and John are listed living in the Madry Commnuity. John is listed as a farmer, with a wife, Isabell, and one child, Minnie. Another child, Alvin was listed as having died in that same year. Lucy Verna, daughter of John and Isabell said the children went to school at the Hickory Grove school located about a mile north of the her grandfather, Elias William's farm. The Clay Hill church and cemetery was located on land donated by her grandfather Elias Williams.

In 1898, John and Isabell and their family along with other families in the area had heard of the Oklahoma Indain lands opening up for settlement and decided to move west to Payne County, Oklahomas Territroy. Isabell wrote a letter back to her daughter Minnie about the trip in the covered wagon. Isabell said the they were 13 days on the road, that they stoped at Coffeeville Kansas to get permits to travel across the Osage Indain Nation. Isabell describes the land as level as the floor and a lonely looking place. Isabell describes the crossing Arkansas River in a boat (Ferry) as the bridge was washed out and said it took them all evening. Isabell wrote that they rented a farm near Ripley (Margaret Boyd's farm) and they had a dandy little house. Isabell mentions their oldest son Alta getting a job picking caster beans for 75 cents a day and in about a week they were going to start picking cotton.

Not long after they arrived, Isabell died and is buried in the Ripley or Parrotte cemetery, however no gravestone exist. In 1901 her husband John applied for a homestead at El Reno and drew a 160 acres of land in Kiowa County, Okahoma Territory two miles west of Gotebo.

John and Isabell had the following children: 1, Minnie Williams born October 1, 1878 died October 8, 1971 married Monroe Lawson 2. Alton Ivan Williams born July 7, 1881 died December 28, 1972 married Annie Leiser 3. Oscar A Williams born June 15, 1886 died April 25, 1964 married (1) Effie Atchley (2) Ottie Ware 4. Nola Sabina Williams born September 3, 1888 died September 17, 1939 married Lemuel Mayes 5. Lucy Verna Williams born January 26, 1891 died October 11, 1967 married Frank Mayes 6. Maynard Ray Williams born October 14, 1893 died January 14, 1968 married Minnie Evans 7. Ollie May Williams born July 27 1896 died May 23, 1976 married Luther Killough