Shields genealogy Descendants of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields


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Richard, the second son was born in 1764. We have no record as to whom or when he was married, but his son Robert's birth is given as Oct. 13, 1784, indicating that their marriage must have taken place soon after the family settled in the fort. If there were other children we have no record of them. Robert, son of Richard married Margaret Emmert, who is three years his senior and survived him 12 years. Robert was a farmer and a justice of the peace. His death occurred Jan. 11, 1850. Robert &. Margaret Emmert Shields resided at Cades Cove, Blount County, Tenn. Eleven children were born to them. Arnett, the last surviving son died in 1915. Arnett and his wife Elizabeth Kitchener or Shields had eight children. They resided, some at Ducktown, Tenn. and others at Colberson, NC as given in J. A. Shields history.

David Shields, known for his size and physical strength, was commonly known as "Big David". Many stories of his physical strength and prowess has come down to how he could hit as hard and dexterously with his left as with his right. Most of the Shields men were six feet tall. David was born about 1766. It is not known who his first wife was. To them was born one son, Joseph, in the year 1785. The second wife was Susan Edwards, a daughter of Robert Edwards, formerly of New York. They were married in 17866. Six children were born to this union.
David went to Kentucky in 1808 and settled near Louisville, engaged in freighting goods by flat boat between Cincinnati and New Orleans. His later days were spent at Athens, Tenn. See John A. Shields history for the descendants of David and Susan Edwards Shields.
From J. A. Shields history.
William Shields 4th son and 5th child of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields was born about 1768. A youth of 15 or 16 years when they came to the new home across the mountains into NC. William is described as having graven black hair and deep blue eyes, tall, rather slender, lithe and strong. He was feared by the Indians, yet he did not make a practice of hunting them down; neither did he have any deep-rooted haste for them, as did his nephew John Tipton. On one occasion he did not hesitate to precede against them. When he did they gave him wide berth, for he moved with calm, fearless determination. He was a man of highest courage and keen vision, with a quickness of hearing and his skill in Wood's craft, exceptional even among pioneers of the forest. It is said he excelled the Savage in this respect, on his own ground. He is credited with being able to walk through the dry leaves and make no perceptible sound. He could trail an Indian, even in the night and find his way about unerringly without moon or stars to guide him. An adept at imitating the birds were other forest sounds. He could distinguish a Seminole or Cherokee or a friendly Chickasaw as far as he could see him. In the understanding of the Indian character he excelled all his brothers excepting John. David excelled him and physical strength. William was hard working; he was neither better nor worse off then the average of his neighbors. He was especially devoted to his family. He was married to Margaret Wilson in 1789. A daughter of Samuel Wilson, a pioneer of East Tenn. Served in the Revolution and was prominent in the campaigning against the Indians and one of the leaders of the Tipton faction in the Political feud with John Seiver. William had taken up a claim, broken the sod, and improved it by fencing a few acres and set out an orchard will still living at the fort. They had many thrilling experiences in those days at the fort. One day William and Margaret went out to the claim to gathered peaches, as they went through the gates they noticed moccasin tracks, also the queer actions of the dog. Going further they saw Indians dodging from trees to tree, they of course made hasty retreat, yet William did not fail to put up the bars. Knowing they could not reach the fort before the Indians would over take them they went into a thicket. Margaret was tripped by a fine and fell with the baby in her arms. To quiet the baby she quickly gave it the breast, William held the dogs quiet with one hand while he had his hunting knife ready for action in the other. As he watched, 7 Indians passed by, "huh," he said, "had I known there were but 7, I would have let the dogs loose, they would have handled 2, I could have taken two or three and the rest would haver run."
Another time when the hostile Indians were marauding in the vicinity, William was off guard, an Indian crept within range and was preparing to shoot when one of dogs discovered his presence and gave warning, enabling William to dodge behind a tree just in time.
William moved on his land about 1795, residing there until 1808, going first into Logan County, Ohio and a year later they moved into southern Indiana, living in the fort.
There were nine children born to William and Margaret: Robert, 1790; William, 1792; James, 1794; Elizabeth, 1796; Nancy Agnes, 1798; Samuel, 1800; Rhoda, 1802; Rebecca, 1805; and Jennie or Janet. Nette was born in 1808, all in severe County, Tenn., on Little Pigeon River. About 1813, Margaret the wife and mother passed on. Elizabeth, the eldest, was married to John Lindsey, June 14th, 1814.
He is credited with saving the lives of the members of his party during the first winter, which was spent near the present site of Mandan, North Dakota. It is said that by diplomacy he kept the Mandan Indians in good humor through his skill as a blacksmith by fashioning hatchets, knives and implements which were traded to them for Corn and provisions so much needed when the little party found itself destitute and facing starvation. His married, etc. will be given later.
James Shields, the seventh child of Robert and Nancy, was born in Rockingham County, VA in 1771. He married to Penelope White a sister of James White the founder of Knoxville and a cousin of Hugh Lawson White who was a member of Congress and candidate for president against Andrew Jackson. James and Penelope had two sons and three daughters born in Seiver Cedar County, Tenn.
They moved into southern Indiana in 1808 settling in Jackson County. James with other members of the family along with the Tipton family built a fort just north of the present city of Seymore where they lived for protection against the Indians. James was in command of the fort and won the title of Colonel in various Indian skirmishes in which he led the settlers. In time he was owner of over 1200 acres of land in Jackson County. He was of a social being enjoyed entertaining his friends.
Their oldest son, William, became a member of the Indiana Legislature. Meedy White Shields, second son of this couple was a businessman, also owned large tracks of land and milling interest.
The father, James, passed on Feb. 2nd, 1848; Penelope the wife and mother having preceded him six years. Both were buried in the Riverview Cemetery near Seymour. The Shields homestead is still an interesting Landmark in the vicinity of Seymour.
Robert seems to have been the 8th child of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields. He was born in VA 1772 and married Sabra White, sister of his brother James’ wife, Penelope. To them were born 11 children. He kept his family to Floyd County, IN in 1808. Robert was a soldier in the war of 1812 under General Harrison. In 1815 he removed to Sevier County, Tenn. where the Shields family settled after coming from VA. Here he owned much valuable land.
Robert’s children were prominent, active citizens. Robert Shields Jr. and Meedy White Shields married sisters,

Nan and Eliza Floyd. Nan is mentioned in the early history records for her bravery in and daring courage. Robert Sr. died in Pigeon Forge.

Joseph was one of the younger children, 9th, born 1775. He was severely wounded by the Cherokee Indians Apr. 18, 1793, near Sevierville, Tenn. at the time his brother-in-law Joshua Tipton was killed.
He went north into Harrison County, IN with the family in 1808. Six sons are mentioned, the oldest one being Nathan V. Shields, born June 1801 in Sevier Co., TN. Nathan married Pollie Onion Aug. 6, 1827. After death he married Mary Kingery, March 1835. They moved to Fulton County, IL in 1836. He, like William's son, Robert, was a wheel-wright by trade.
Other sons of Joseph were: Kinzie, Asa, Hiram, David and Jesse, Joseph died October 15th, 1856.
Jesse Shields, 10th son of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields, born in VA, March 10, 1782. He was with the family in the Aug. 1783 to Sevier County Tenn., where he lived until 1808. He married Catherine Fox in 1803, she was born March 26, 1786. Jesse and his family settled at Ripperdam, Valley, Harrison County, IN in 1808, 10 miles southwest of Corydon. This couple had 12 children all given in the John A. Shields history along with their married birth and death in chronological order.
We find that Ellen M. Clark, who is a great to granddaughter of Jesse Shields, youngest son of Robert and Nancy Shields, is now living in St. Paul, Minn. She has been one of the great helpers in securing the names of the descendants of Jesse and Catherine Fox Shields, both of whom died at Mauckport, IN and are buried in the old Shields plot in the old Cross Grove's cemetery on the Pike between Corydon and Mauckport about two miles from the latter place.
This concludes the family of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields with the exception of one son whose name we have not been able to obtain or find any of his descendants willing to confess they are relatives.
We feel this missing one might have had the name Ezekiel, Elijah of Perry since these names frequently occur early in the descendants of the various lines. It would be a great pleasure to all interested relatives if the missing ones relatives or descendants could be contacted.
Genealogy of Descendants of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields
1. Jeanette, born March 7, 1762 married Joshua Tipton 1784.

1. Thomas Shields, born 1763 m. Rhoda

1. Richard Shields born in 1764

1. David Shields born 1766 m. Susan Edwards

  1. William Shields, born 1768 m. Margaret Wilson

1. John Shields, born 1769

1. James Shields, born 1771 m. Penelope White

1. Robert Shields, born 1772 m. Sabra White1. Joseph Shields, born 17751. Ezekiel Shields, born 1778

1. Jesse Shields, born 1782 m. Catherine Fox 1803

Wilson Genealogy
Ancestors of Margaret Wilson who married William Shields.

Robert Wilson and three brothers, Zacheus, Samuel, and David emigrated from Pennsylvania into NC, settling near Hopewell church in Mecklenburg County in 1745. Samuel Wilson, Sr. died on March 13, 1778.

Robert Wilson married Eleanor Mitchell, daughter of William Mitchell of Pennsylvania. They had eleven boys, 10 saw service in the Revolutionary War. David, Joseph, Robert, John, William, Josiah, Samuel, Zacheus, James in Benjamin. David was a major and Robert was made a captain for his bravery at the battle of Kings Mountain. Seven sons and the father enlisted in one day. When the mother was asked is she did not hate to see all her sons enlisting in the war, she replied, "no indeed, I only wish I had 10 more to put by their side to fight for liberty and Independence."
My grandmother to Nancy Shields Elliott has told me that she remembered her great grandmother, Eleanor Mitchell Wilson relate incidents of the war.
Robert and Eleanor lived to a good old age, Robert passing away in 1810 in Eleanor in 1812.

From Garret and Goodpasture History

Robert Wilson, Sr. and son John, while bringing supplies for General Sumpter’ s army were captured by the British, having been brutally threatened with hanging on the nearest tree. Among others captured were Andrew Jackson, Colonel Isaacs and General Wilson Rutherford, all were placed in jail at Camden. General Cornwallis in the left a lieutenant in command at Camden and he marched to Charlotte on Sept. 26, 1780, there he and Col. In camped on the Wilson plantation and occupied the house of Eleanor Wilson. Finding her husband and sons were his prisoners in Camden; he tried to enlist her in the Kings cause. He said "madam, your husband and sons are my prisoners and the fortunes of war may place all your sons and kinsman in my power, if you would induce your family to leave the rebels and take up arms for their lawful sovereign. If you will pledge yourself to induced them to do so I will immediately order their discharge and they may hope for rank, honor and wealth." She replied, "I have seven sons who are now bearing arms, indeed my eighth son, Zacheus, who is only 15 years old, I yesterday assisted to join his brothers in General Sumpter’ s army. Rather than see one of my family turn back from the glorious enterprise for liberty, I would take these three boys and would myself enlist them under General Sumpter’ s standard and show my husband and sons how to fight and if necessary die for the freedom and liberty of an its my country."

The story of Zacheus, who is captured the next day and brought to Cornwallis. On finding out his name, Cornwallis took him along for a guide to the best ford in the river. The army entered at the point designated by Zacheus, and seeming to find themselves in deep water and drawn downstream. Cornwallis believing the boy had purposely led them into deep water, drew his sword and swore he would behead him for his treachery. Zacheus replied, "You have the power do so as I have no arms, but sir, don't you think it would be a cowardly act to strike an unarmed boy with your sword. If I had but half of your weapon it wouldn’t be so cowardly, but hen it wouldn't be so safe either." Cornwallis was impressed by the boys cool courage and told him he was a fine lad and that he wouldn’t hurt a hair of his head.
Having discovered the ford was shallow enough to cross safely, he dismissed Zacheus and told him to go home and take care of his mother and tell her "to keep her boys at home," but Zacheus didn't go home.
Descendants of Joseph Wilson still have a British sword that Joseph won in a fight with a British soldier.
The Wilson's were Scotch Irish.

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