In just 11 years a young Nancy Caroline STYLES married William H. HOPKINS at age 16, had 4 living children and became a civil war widow. She was 27 years old.
We know she had some family support. Continue reading
1. Thomas Pinkney SHELNUT born 1822
2. Eatha Malinda SHELNUT born 1824
3. Harriet SHELNUT born abt 1825
4. Joseph David SHELNUT born 1826
5. Mariah SHELNUT born 1828
6. John Junior SHELNUT born 1830
The family then moved to Georgia where the pitter patter of more little feet were heard:
7. Amanda C SHELLNUT born 1835
8. Lavina SHELLNUT born 1835 (appear to be twins)
9. Susan E SHELNUT born 1838
10. Nancy Jane SHELLNUT born 1840
BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Dear Elizabeth White SHELNUT died in 1840, the same year that her little baby girl Nancy Jane was born. John remarried the next year to Edna (MILLER) COCHRAN in Campbell County (now Fulton), GA. Edna had been married twice before with at least one son, John MILLER from the first marriage.
One historian states that John G. had another wife even before Elizabeth. Speculation on their circumstances point to the conclusion that these people saw plenty of death, tragedy, and heartache in their young lives. Yet, they had children to take care of and life moved forward.
Together, John and Edna had several more children. One report states that they had 5 together, another says 3. Edna’s son John MILLER lived with the family as a young farmer, age 20 in the 1850 census. Here are the names of the three known children they had together:
1. James H SHELNUT born 1841
2. Mary “Dolly” SHELNUT born 1843
3. Rebecca S. SHELNUT born 1844
It would seem that Edna or Edney was a kind and influential person in the lives of all the SHELNUT children because at least one granddaughter was named ‘Edna’.