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Shelton, Pines Henderson (1809–1888)

Aragorn Storm Miller Biography

Pines Henderson Shelton, state legislator, was born in Henry County, Virginia, on July 18, 1809. He was the son of James and Fannie (Allen) Shelton. He grew up in Virginia and worked in the tobacco manufacturing business during the late 1820s. Shelton immigrated to Missouri in 1830 and acquired 320 acres of land in St. Charles County where he established himself as a farmer. He won election as constable and later as assessor for that county. In 1842 and 1844 Shelton represented St. Charles County in the Missouri General Assembly (first as a representative and later as a senator). In 1845 he was appointed state tobacco inspector. Shelton relocated to Texas prior to 1850, and settled in Hill County. Around this time he joined the Masons. He was married three times. His first marriage, to Rebecca Carter, occurred in 1831 and produced seven children. Rebecca died on September 7, 1845. Shelton’s second marriage was to Mary E. Wyatt; they had three children. His final marriage, to Mary Onie Scales, occurred on November 23, 1852, in Hill County, Texas, and produced two sons. Shelton won election as representative for Hill and Navarro counties to the Ninth Texas Legislature in 1861. He served from November 4, 1861, to November 2, 1863, and chaired the Stock and Stock Raising Committee. Following the Civil War he resided briefly in Waco, Texas. In 1868 Shelton returned to Missouri and lived for a year in Clinton before settling in Windsor, Henry County, where he farmed on an 800-acre homestead until his death from pneumonia on January 25, 1888. He was buried there at Laurel Oak Cemetery.

Uel W. Lamkin, History of Henry County Missouri (Historical Publishing Company, 1919). “Pines H Shelton,” Find A Grave Memorial ( ), accessed September 10, 2014. “SHELTON, Pines H.,” Henry County Missouri Obituaries (, accessed September 10, 2014.


  • Ninth Legislature (1861-1863)
  • House

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Shelton, Pines Henderson,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 23, 2020,

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