Shields genealogy Descendants of Robert and Nancy Stockton Shields

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From J. A. Shields History

James, son of William and Margret, was commonly known as Colonel James, born in the fort in severe County, Tenn. Aug. 1794, Deanie in his 15th year when the family came into IN, settling near Brewersville. Later he entered the land and now known as the farm of James the Mc Cam in Hunts and Creek before IN became estate. He gave his military title because of his activities in the war of 1812 and the Indian campaign. He was married twice, first to Sarah J. Mc Causland, who died in 1834. William Preston, Mary Ellen, John Tipton, Eliza J., Nancy Ann and James Seviere were their children. His second wife was Martha Mc Castle and, in the he Wilson. The children were Charles, Sarah T., in Diana a less is, generally caller Alice D. There were two other children, Harvey and Winnifred, who died young.

James with his cousin John Tipton took contract in early days of Indiana history to clear the trees and stumps from what was to be the capital ground that Corydon. In fact it was the first territorial and later the state capital. James was a Democrat and a Baptist. One of his daughters, Nancy Ann married Henry Wise in 1843; he was killed at Chickamauga while fighting with the Union Army. She too was loyal to the Union. In June 1864 James and Nancy Shields Elliott visited Colonel James Shields in Indiana after a happy greeting, Nancy Ann, the daughter asked if they were loyal to the Union. Upon being assured that they were, she arose with tears flowing, she said she wanted to shake hands with them again, as the she had given the treasurer of her life, her husband, for the cause. With three sons in the Union Army, Nancy, sister Col. James, took him aside and advised him not to mention politics or the war during the visit or Jimmy, her husband, would not stay overnight in his home. Although a fiery-fighter, he took her advice. For other descendants of Colonel James Shields, see history a of J. A. Shields.
The 4th child and first daughter of the above, named Elizabeth, was born January 23, 1796, being the first child born outside the fort. She moved to southern IN with her father’s family in 1808, residing in the Fort during the Indian troubles and the war of 1812. She married John Lindsey, June 14th, 1814 near Salem, IN. The Lindsey’s came to IN in 1798. John was the oldest son of Joshua and Elizabeth Lindsey.
John Lindsey moved with other relatives into Decatur Co., IN where they lived until early 1828, when in company with other relatives of Elizabeth SHIELDS LINDSEY. They moved into Northern Indiana, near the present town of Delphi, then Tippecanoe Co., IN which was later divided into Cass, Carroll and White counties. Early in 1829, John Lindsey was given the contract as Indian Agent by the Government to build a corn cracker mill to supply bread for the Pottawatomie Indians. In 1829 he sent for his family who in company with William SHIELDS, brother of Elizabeth and James ELLIOT, whose wife was a sister, and Joshua SHIELDS, a cousin moved their family moved their families into what is now Fulton CO., IN near Lake Manitou.
They resided in Fulton Co., IN until the Pottawatomie Indians were moved west of the Missouri River into the Kansas Territory in 1837. Their children were: William, born in 1816; Joshua, born in 1818; John born in 1820, married and lived in South Bend, IN where he was prominent in business; Mark, born in 1822, died in 1843; Elizabeth was born in 1824; Tipton was born on May 21st, 1829; Nathan was born in 1831. Elizabeth died March 26, 1832. After an effort to preserve the burial place of Elizabeth, the remains were reinterred in the Odd Fellows Cemetery and a marker placed by the D.A.R.s to her memory. Sometime in 1833, John Lindsey married for the second wife, Nancy SHIELDS, second cousin of Elizabeth and daughter of Joshua and Rhoda Tipton SHIELDS. General John Tipton gave Nancy a side saddle and gay saddlebags as a wedding present. They are still preserved in the family of her descendents at Valpariso, Indiana.
The following beautiful tribute written in memory of Elizabeth SHIELDS LINDSEY by the Editor of the News-Sentinel of Rochester is here included as a memorial for her beautiful example as a pioneer mother.
The following account of a pioneer citizen was told to me by the late William A. Ward, probably twenty years preceding this date March 27th, 1925. Mr. Ward came to Rochester, then a mere Indian trading post, in 1831, and a few months thereafter, while a little child, attended the burial of Elizabeth Lindsey.

John Lindsey, wife and two or three children came to Rochester in 1829, sent here by the United States Government to build a “corn cracker” mill in compliance with a treaty entered into between the government and the Pottawatomie tribe of Indiana. The Lindsey family journeyed hither from some point in Ohio, their conveyance being a covered wagon. The good wife gently rebelled against coming to what was then to her “way out west,” fearing Indians, the wild and undeveloped condition of the country, wild animals, reptiles, swamps, miasma, etc., but persuasion of the husband induced her coming. A log cabin home was built in the forest in which they resided only a short time until Mrs. Lindsey, by reason of climatic conditions, surface water and unsanitary surroundings, took sick and, without a doctor in many miles, died, notwithstanding all her loving husband and a few white friends could do.

At that time there was naught but a trail between Rochester and Akron, Indiana, which trail crossed Mill Creek at a point a few rods from the place where Elizabeth Lindsey was buried. There was no dam at Lake Manitou; hence Mill Creek was something like a river, quite deep, the only ford being near Mrs. Lindsey’s grave, which is located due east of the Fulton County courthouse, just west of the present city limit line and perhaps 200 feet north of Race Street.
On the day of her funeral her remains were lifted into a Conestoga wagon and, with a few friends, was conveyed to the spot near said ford, in a little clearing in the underbrush, where a grave was dug, and her form deposited therein, her husband, children, white settler associates and friendly Indians witnessing the sad rite for the first white person to die in Fulton County. Later, John Lindsey placed a marble marker at the grave of his wife, a slab approximately 16X30 inches, 2 inches thick, oval top, on which is carved this brief inscription:



DIED MARCH 26, 1832


3 Days

Sometime after the relation of this story by Mr. Ward, the writer visited the spot, which was surrounded by a garden, but the grave was unmolested. The head stone was found to be broken in twain, criss cross thereof, and laid flat on the ground. In 1913, while editor of the Daily Republican, an effort was made to interest the public to offer a subscription of repairing the stone and improving the site, but only the meager sum of one dollar fifteen cents was received, which was quite insufficient, and that amount is still held in my trust for the time when a shamed populace will consent to properly honor the memory of a pioneer “Gold Star” mother, equally heroic with on who sent her son to France in defence of “Old Glory,” for Elizabeth Lindsey volunteered and sacrificed her life in the development of our country from the wilds of the woods to the beautiful City of Rochester, in which our children enjoy God’s blessing of free public schools, spacious and comfortable buildings, splendid modern church edifices, fine architectural public structures and the Court House, City hall, and lastly the new Federal building that will provide a handsome home for the Rochester Post Office.

On May 30, 1913, Memorial Day, through the columns of the Daily republican, it was my part to incite all citizens to meet at the grave of Elizabeth Lindsey, to revere her memory by holding Decoration Day services. Only a comparatively small number of persons responded (perhaps thirty or forty) the office force of the Daily Republican, immediate relatives of the writer and a few others. The line of march to the rave formed in front of the newspaper office, 114 East Eighth street, opposite the court house north, Miss Henrietta Ward, great grand daughter or William A. Ward afore mentioned then a school girl, now Mrs. J. Murray McCarty, led the way bearing the U. S. Flag. Rev. S. A. Stewart, then pastor of the First Presbyterian church, offered an appropriate eulogy. Service were opened by singing “America,” followed by Rev. Stewart’s prayer and subject, then the depositing of flowers, singing, “God be With You Till We Meet Again,” and dismissal with benediction. The service represents the only public recognition since the 1832 interment up to this present time.

During last May, 1914, the writer made personal appeal to Rochester City council to take some favorable action looking to the possible purchase of the ground and erection of a suitable monument to commemorate and honor this pioneer mother, but on account of demands on the city treasury, due to the erection of a new city building, it was deemed best to defer the matter to a later date.

Wish to close this account with the hope that long before the contents of his corner stone box is revealed to future generations, a grateful and respectful public will decree that the resting place of Elizabeth Lindsey shall be beautified by the love of generous hearts in the form of a lasting monument.

(Signed) Albert W. Bitters, Rochester, Indiana. March 27, 1925.

John T. Lindsey, Jr., son of John and Elizabeth Shields Lindsey, was born 1818 in Decatur Co., IN., and married Kate Willis of South Bend, IN., in 1847. Their children were Charles, Edwin, Lelia who married a Mr. Sisson and moved to California; Alma married a Mr. Huntsinger and lived at Point Richmond, California. A daughter of Mrs. Huntsinger, Mrs. Louis Moore, resides at Santa Rosa, California, R. R. I.

John T. Lindsey, came to this country when a mere lad, and was partially raised in the family of T. W. Bray. In 1837 Mr. Bray was made country clerk and young Lindsey showing great aptitude for business, was made deputy. In 1844, Mr. Lindsey was a candidate for the same office, was elected and served until 1851. In 1850 he was appointed teller in the South Bend Branch of the State Bank of Indiana and held this position until the organization of the First National bank of South Bend, when he was tendered the position of cashier, which he accepted. Through the course of a long and useful life, it was the food fortune of Mr. Lindsey to secure the confidence of every one with whom he had relations. It is not much to say of him that he never knew how to follow a devious of dishonest course, and his name became to those having dealing with hi the synonym of integrity. Mr. Lindsey was a member of the Presbyterian Church and also of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died loved and respected by all, Tuesday November 16, 1869. (Chapman’s “History of St. Joseph county, IN.” Page 504.”

Mrs. Lindsey was born March 2, 1829 and died December 7, 1911. At the time of her death her two daughters were living.


In the notes of Kate Lindsey Frazier, his daughter, I find, in her handwriting, this statement: dictated by him something after 1891: Indiana in 1798. He married Elizabeth Shields, the mother of Tipton Lindsey, and as his second wife, her cousin, Nancy Shields.

Here follows the first few pages off the autobiography of Tipton Lindsey:
I was born May 21st, 1829, in Carroll County, in the valley of the Wabash, in the state of In., near what was afterwards named Delphi.

My mother and her children were alone, my father having been appointed gunsmith and miller to the Pottawatomie nation at lake Manitou, in territory that afterwards became Fulton County. This office he held for seven years, until the office was abolished.

Three months after I was born, my mother, with her children were taken to my father, who had prepared a residence for her in the midst of the warlike tribe of Indiana, twenty-three miles from a while settlement.

My father and family resided here during the Black Hawk war of 183, but only a part of the Pottawatomies took a hand in that war. A band of young men of that nation were hired by the French to go to a point on the Fox fiver where some ten or twelve men (Frenchmen, Scotchmen and Americans) had established a fur traders post. This post was located on the present site of the City of Chicago.

These traders, having received word that they were to be destroyed, escaped in the boats. The young Indians, failing to find them, returned to the parties who had employed then and reported “Che-ca-go,” with in their language, meant “all gone.” They received their pay, and I have often heard of how they laughed at the cunningly-worded report, which enabled them to collect their pay, thought they had no killed the traders.

From this circumstances Chicago undoubtedly took its name.

At the close of my father’s term of office he moved onto a piece of land (with hi family) adjoining what afterwards became the Town of Rochester, IN., and a few years later to Starke County.

From the time I was ten years old until fifteen years of age I worked regularly on the farm, and after I was fifteen, would sometimes make trips of eighteen or twenty miles alone, driving an ox team, to deliver produce and make necessary purchases for the farm.

I had reached my fifteenth year without any attention having been paid to my education there being no schools in the county where my father lived. So I contracted with him to pay him one hundred dollars for the time intervening before my coming of age. This was faithfully paid within a year.

I immediately “bound” myself out to an employer for that time. He was to pay the hundred dollars and permit me to go to school for fie months in each year. The balance of my time to he is. During the first year and a half I earned my board and lodging by working for the family with whom my employer lived.

I immediately started to school but was in miserable health. Yet I made fair progress, studying almost day and night.

After the first eighteen months I was put into a Legal Clerk’s office to do copying, with time enough each day to recite two or three lessons, such as I had to study the night before. This was continued for about six months. After this the work in the Clerk’s office was such that it required the whole of each day. Then I began devoting my evenings to studying law with Judge Thomas S. Stanfield, he kindly hearing and directing me after business hours. (George Frasier studied with me under Judge Stanfield).

I continued following this routine until February 1849, when I lacked a few months of being twenty years old. But this confinement to the desk and my books had seriously impaired my health, so I sought my employer’s consent to come to California, at the time of the gold discovery excitement. In view of my ill health he reluctantly consented and on the 20th day of February, 1849, I walked out of the Clerks office, where the temperature was usually kept at 75 degrees, into the snow four inches deep, to begin the journey which would consume many months, and during which time we must camp out every night.

I took up an ox-whip to drive an ox-team across the plains. This necessitated my walking the entire distance, as it was against the rules for any but invalids to ride.

We arrived at Hangtown, near Placerville, Calif. On Sept. 5, 1849.

  1. William and Margaret Wilson SHIELDs

2) Elizabeth SHIELDS m. John LINDSEY, June 14, 1814

    1. William Shields LINDSEY b. Feb. 21 1816

3) John LINDSEY, Jr. b. 1818, d. 1869

3) Mark LINDSEY b. 1823

3) Tipton LINDSEY b. May 21, 1829 m. Elizabeth Fine

4) John LINDSEY, Jr. lived in San Francisco, CA.

4) Katherine LINDSEY m. George FRASIER

5) Charles Tipton Lindsey FRAISER. Professor of History in the University at Berkley, Calif.

3) Nathan LINDSEY b. Oct. 4, 1831
The fifth child of William and Margaret Wilson SHIELDS was named Nancy Agnes for her paternal grandmother, born Feb. 28, 1798, a 2nd edition of William her father in calm, self-poise, fearlessness, aid undaunted courage and high sense of justice. While yet in Tenn. And she a child of ten, her father was detained from home one night until quite late. Soon after dark a disturbance was heard among the pigs. Nancy was sent to investigate, taking her gun along. Seeing a dark object near or in the pen she shot at it, on her return to the house she exclaimed, “Oh mama, I am afraid I shot a man. Something ran off in the woods and it sounded like it cried, “Oh me! Oh me!” The next morning her father took the trail and soon came upon the carcasses of a bear.

After her family moved into southern Indiana, and while living in the fort in Jackson County, she met James Elliott, a fine Christian man. They were married after the close of the war of 1812, on December 7, 1815 in Salem, Indiana. They lived in Decatur County until 1827 when they, with other relatives, moved to northern Indiana in what is now Carroll County near Delphi. In August of 1829 they again moved, into Fulton County near Lake Manitou. James Elliott, owning the land on which Rochester is now built, living in his vicinity, among the Pottawattomie Indians until 1837. They became well versed in the language. James served through the War of 1812 under Capt. Bigger and Gen. Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

James and Nancy SHIElDS ELLIOTT were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom lived to maturity. Their names and birthdates are: Elizabeth Ann, Feb. 23 1817; Margaret McClintoe, Feb. 13, 1819; Absalom, Aug. 27, 1821; James, 1823; Ruth Jane, Nov. 15, 1825; William, 1827; John Perry, May 29, 1829; Mary, 1831; Jasper Newton, Jan. 9, 1833; Nancy McCaleb, Dec. 24, 1835; Isaac Tipton, Feb. 6, 1837; Jesse Shields, June 10, 1840; Rebecca Ann, Jan. 3, 1843.
Nancy took up the study and practice of medicine with Drs. Sippe and Bracket, receiving her diploma. Dr.. Gunn’s medical adviser and Remedies was the Standard works at that time. Her supply of drugs was obtained from nature’s storehouse of roots and herbs. While a supply of oils, cream of tartar, sulphur and rosin as well as brandy was always kept as hand. She was very successful in setting bones, also in the use of the lance for bleeding, having perfect knowledge o the veins of the temple, arms and ankles, and the result in lancing of either. One case in particular she was exact vein in the ankle to lance, obtaining a spoonful or so of blood. This resulted in the relief from the convulsions and brought on labor and saved both mother and babe. Lancing of a vein at the elbow, taking a pint or so of blood has saved many a case from what is now termed uric poisoning. In her 40 years of practice, no other doctor was ever employed by any of her descendents. In the diagnosing of contagious diseases, fevers, etc. she was adept, always sympathetic, calm, and serene. She was a benediction to all she ever met. Loved and all revered by all her children as well as all who knew her.



Elizabeth Ann, the first child of the above, was born on Washington CO., Ind. Feb. 23, 1817. She was known as “Betsey” and was ten years old when her parents moved to Fulton CO., Ind. Here she was married to Isaac Kendall, Feb. 26, 1835. Their four children were: Nancy, b. 1836; Charlotte b. 1845. Isaac Kendall died October 15, 1851. In 1854 Betsey married John Dunnuck, a widower with six children. Thus increasing the home duties and cares from four to ten children, but their sorrows seemed to enlarge their sympathies and increase their faith in Divine Providence.

Catherine Ann Dunnuck, born June 10, 1857, the first child of John and Betsy Elliott Dunnuck. The second and youngest of their children, Samantha Jane was born July 22, 1860. Their home was a refuge for many in later years. She was a great mother, as it proved by the stepchildren’s devotion, respect and care in her last remaining years, and her love for them. The father, John Dunnuck, in his later years was a licensed minister in the United Brethren Church.

With the exception of the one death, Margaret Kendall in 1857, the family remained the same until the outbreak of the Civil War when John Adams Dunnuck and William Kendall enlisted early in 1861 and both passed away in less than two years.

In 1863, Elizabeth and John brought their family to Washington Co., Kansas and bought a claim of her brother John Elliott, joining her father’s homestead on the west. He passed away in April 1876, she survived him two years, passing away in September 1878, both are buried in the family cemetery on the mound west of Spence, on the Grand Island R. R.

Nancy was twice married, first to John Patchen. Their child Rose married Asa Andrew and to them were both four children, one daughter married a man named Kyle of Hanover, Kansas (son of Dan Kyle), they live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nancy’s second marriage was to James Fielder.

Catherine Ann Dunnuck married Peter Peterson, a Dane, their children are: Clarence, born November 16, 1876, married Mary Gauby in Washington, Kansas in 1906. Their two children are Raymond, born April 18, 1908; Lloyd, born 1911. Clarence is one of the leading successful farmers of Smith Co., Kansas near Portis.

Emory Esta, the second son of Catherine Ann and Peter Peterson, was born Feb. 23, 1878 in Washington Co., Kansas. He married Mary Harvey near Forsyth, Mont., Nov. 11, 1904. Their one child, Jessie Peterson as born October 18, 1906. Esta Peterson was a farmer and stockman and owner of a large tract of land, he also handled a great many sheep near rosebud, Mont.

Dorothy Peterson was born in Smith Co., Kansas, January 23, 1881 and married Maurice Lance, Jan. 7, 1901 at Forsyth Montana. Their three children are Earl Lance, born Feb. 18, 1902; Fredrick lane, August 21, 1903; Milo Lance, Feb. 24, 1905. Their three boys are married, only Milo’s address in known; Miles City, Mont.

Mrs. Maurice Lance lives at Jordan, Mont. Milo Lance her son is known far and near from his patient kindness, integrity as well as honest industry. There are other children and grandchildren worthy of mention but we do not have their names or addresses.

Fredrick Peterson, the third son of Peter and Catherine was born Feb. 2, 1884 and married Mabel Westaby in 1911. Their two children are Leonard, born May 11, 1913 and Ernest born Sept. 27, 1916. Fredrick Peterson is a professor. He graduated from Montana State Teachers College and also attended the college at McPherson, Kansas. He is a well-known educator though out Montana.

Ernest Peterson, youngest son of Peter and Catherine, was born April 27, 1887and married Elsa Mount. Their son Steven Peterson was born July 13, 1916. They live in South Dakota.

Rosella Peterson, youngest child of Peter and Catherine Ann, Dunnuck Peterson was born March 21, 1889. She was married twice the first time to Merle Sherman on August 16, 1912. He passed away in 1921. Two children were born to them: Wesley Sherman, born April 27, 1916 and a girl later. Rosella’s second marriage was to Henry Hoelbein in 1931.

Ella taught at Twin Bridges, Mont., for two or three years. Her home since her last marriage is at Three Forks, Mont., where she was a teacher for several years.

Peter Peterson was an honest, thrifty, industrious man with a fund of good kind common sense and Catherine was always a student and deeply religious. They are buried at Forsyth, Mont., where they lived many years.

A word about the Dunnuck’s. John Dunnuck was a son of John and Sarah Hughes Dunnuck. The Dunnuck’s are pure English and the Hughes’ are Welch. They settled in Maryland, coming into Ohio and settled near Circleville, Ohio.

Samantha Jane was born July 22, 1860 in Indiana, she married William Driscoll, Feb. 25, 1877 near Hanover, Kansas. Their children are Cora Alma born Nov. 26, 1877; Royal Edward, March 25, 1880; Bertha Ellen, April 25, 1882; William roscoe, April 23, 1884 and died August 30, 1902; Sarah Catherine, February 15, 1886; Harvey J,. May 2, 1888, married Edna Smock in 1914; Alvin Craig, December 29, 1893, married Edna Beamer in 1916.

Cora Alma married Harrison Fetter at Weston, Ore., bother were teachers. Wm., and Samantha Dunnuck Driscoll kept the Weston Hotel many years. Both passed away and are buried near or in Weston, Oregon.

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