At present living retired in the town of Jordan, Mrs. Evaline Shelton has seen a great deal of pioneer life in the west, and has been in close touch with its agricultural development, as have been the wives of all the pioneers. Born in the vicinity of Nashville, Tenn., November 1, 1827, she is a daughter of Edward Jones, a native of South Carolina, who in early life removed to Tennessee. Later, Mr. Jones lived on farms in Illinois and Wisconsin, his last years being spent in Andrew county, Mo., where he died at the age of seventy-five years. He was a farmer by occupation, was fairly successful, and was devoted to the Democratic party.
On her father's farm in Andrew county, Mo., Mrs. Shelton met and married her husband, William Shelton, who was born in Virginia, August 15, 1820. Before locating in Andrew county, Mr. Shelton lived in Jackson county, Mo., and after his marriage went to housekeeping on his own farm, near that of the Sheltons. Believing that the west held superior opportunities for agriculturists, he sold his farm in 1853, and outfitted with ox-teams and prairie schooners, taking with him several head of loose cattle. He was not the first of his family to seek the far west, as in 1847 his father, Herman Shelton, who was born in Virginia, settled on a section of land five miles east of Scio, where he died at the age of seventy-seven years. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member and active worker in the Baptist Church.
In the party of William Shelton was his mother-in-law, Mary (Louder) Jones, who, however, less strong than her companions, succumbed to an attack of cholera and died in Tygh valley, eastern Oregon. The party proceeded after this sad happening much depressed in spirits, and finally arrived in Linn county, where Mr. Shelton took up a claim of three hundred and twenty acres ten miles east of Scio. This he improved and lived upon, and made into a valuable and productive property, and here his death occurred July 4, 1902. Like his father he was a Democrat, and was a stanch supporter of the Baptists Church. His wife remained on the farm until October, 1902, and then removed to Scio, and later, October 1, 1903, to Jordan, having earned the right to rest for the remainder of her life. Of her eight children, three are living, these being Lucilla, the wife of Henry Phillips, of Jordan, Ore.; Andrew J., a conductor on the Corvallis & Eastern Railroad; and Mary, who is now Mrs. Pruitt, of Baker City, Ore.
Mention is due Lee Shelton, brother-in-law of Mrs. Shelton, who is farming in Linn county in a small way, and is a man of fine personal characteristics. He also was born in Missouri, and crossed the plains with his father in 1847, thereafter helping him in the improvement of his farm.
"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley"