Indiana McCaslins

James ShieldsAge: 80 years17941875

James Shields
Source: S1961
Birth August 1794
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Also recorded as Tennessee
MarriageSarah McCauslandView this family

DivorceSarah McCauslandView this family

MarriageMartha Ann WilsonView this family
March 25, 1835 (Age 40 years)
Note: Martha's name is entered as Mc Caslin
Birth of a son
Charles Brown Shields
about 1843 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a daughter
Sarah Shields
about 1845 (Age 50 years)
Birth of a daughter
Diana Shields
about 1850 (Age 55 years)
Census 1860 (Age 65 years)
Census 1870 (Age 75 years)
Death April 4, 1875 (Age 80 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial after April 4, 1875
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Buried in Vernon Cemetery, plor 36 NE Sec B, Lot1, Grave 1 (no headstone)
Family with Sarah McCausland - View this family
Family with Martha Ann Wilson - View this family
Marriage: March 25, 1835, Jennings, Indiana
9 years
3 years
6 years
Newton McCaslin + Martha Ann Wilson - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: September 29, 1825, Jennings, Indiana
10 months
17 months
3 years

Birth1860 US Federal Census
BirthFind a Grave
MarriageIndiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850
Census1860 US Federal Census
Census1870 US Federal Census
DeathFind a Grave
BurialFind a Grave

Also recorded as Tennessee


Martha's name is entered as Mc Caslin


Buried in Vernon Cemetery, plor 36 NE Sec B, Lot1, Grave 1 (no headstone)

Shared note

James Sheilds married Martha Ann Wilson McCaslin on 25 Mar 1835, so he decided that he should become his step-children's guardian.

Jennings County Probate book 1 page 290-9 Feb 1836 On application of James Shields he is appointed Guardian for the protection of the persons and property of Janes McCaslon, David McCaslon and Robert McCaslon infant heirs of ( smugged may be Newton) McCaslon late of Jennings County deceased. Provided he enters into Bond with security to be approved of by this Court and now comes the said James Sheilds and files his Bond with William A. Bullock & Ezra F. Peabody as his securities which is approved of by the Court and ordered on file.

Apparently James Sheilds application in Jennings County did not succeed as Hervey McCaslin is still guardian in the next court actions on 6 Feb 1847 in Johnson county.

In the 1860 US Federal Census for Vernon, Jennings, Indiana, 64-year-old James Shields is a farmer with $2,800 in real estate and $500 in personal property. He and his 53-year-old wife Martha Ann (Wilson McCaslin) Shields have in their household their children, 17-year-old Brown, 15-year-old Sarah and 10-year-old Diana Shields, and her son, 31-year-old James McCaslin (transcribed as Mccarton).

The 1870 US Federal Census for Campbell, Jennings records 75-year-old, Tennessee-born James Shields his wife, 65-year-old, Kentucky-born Martha [Wilson} Shields, and their daughter, 20-year-old, Indiana-born Diana Shields. James is an invalid with $200 in personal estate. Martha is "keeping house". Diana is "at home".

From Memorial ID 100477662: James, commonly known as 'Colonel' James Shields, was the youngest son of William and Margaret (Wilson) Shields, and an early pioneer. He gained his honorary military title because of his service in the War of 1812, where he served in Captain John Hughes' Company ofthe Indiana Militia as a Private; the Indian campaigns during the territorial days of Indiana; and the Civil War.

Born in Sevier County, TN, he came with his parents to southern Indiana about 1807-8, settling first near Madison, IN then moving on to Harrison Co. for a time, and then to what was Old Fort Columbia, north of Brewersville, then a wilderness.He was one of the first settlers just north of Brewersville, on Sand Creek, in what is now Sand Creek Twp, in Jennings Co. in 1816, just before Indiana became a state in December of that year.

According to the 1850 and 1870 census James was an early landowner in Jennings County, Indiana. James bought a fraction of land (3.1 acres), just south of the Indian Treaty Boundary Line, in Section 23 of Sand Creek Township on September 22, 1821; and fractions of land in the NE 1/4 and SE 1/4 South of the Indian Treaty Boundary Line in Section 24 (amounting to 263.12 acres), in Sand Creek Township on October 18, 1838. William P.Shields acquired land of his on may 16, 1848, when he bought the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 15 (40 acres), in Campbell Township. He later bought additional land in this area which would become the basis of the Shields wealth. See: 1884Jennings County Plat Maps.

In the early days of Indiana history, James, with his cousin John Tipton, (who later became a Brigadier General and Senator), took a contract to clear the trees and stumps from what was to be the capital grounds at Corydon. In fact, it was thesecond territorial capital, (Vincinnes was the first), and later the first state capital.

James was married twice, his first wife Sarah J. McCausland died in about 1834. He married his second wife, Mrs. Martha (Wilson) McCaslin on 23 Mar 1835. Martha is listed as his spouse in the War of 1812 Pension List (WC-6983, SO-26252) that was published in 1840.

During the Civil War he was a member of a company of Home Guards at Vernon, IN when on 1 July 1863, Confederate General John Morgan made his raid into that section of the state. Though 69 at the time, he actively engaged in the opposition.According to John A. Shields, James was wounded and knocked off his horse in the battle and taken prisoner, but shortly thereafter released because the Confederates had no means to confine their captives. The Vernon Banner of 23 July 1863reported the following: 'Among the worst cases of maltreatment on the part of the Rebels towards our citizens was that inflicted upon Colonel Shields. Although he is quite and old man to obey the orders of the desperadoes while he thought herewas a chance to save himself by fighting. So they struck him furiously on the head with the butt end of a gun, which felled him to the earth and after this he would have been killed by the one who did this cowardly deed had not two othersappeared and wrenched the gun from him by force.'

Brownstown Banner, Brownstown, IN, 8 April 1875 'Mr. Shields, father of Dr. J.S. Shields of Seymour, died in Jennings Co. last Sunday [4 Apr 1875], aged 80 years. He was one of the first settlers in this section, & resided in Jackson Co. at a time when he had to go all the way to New Albany to do his milling.'

According to the records he is buried in the Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Indiana in 36 NE, Section B, Lot 1, Grave 1. However there is no stone.

Taken from the genealogy records of Richard B. Groharing, per Andrew K. Groharing.