NameCOL. Henry (Harry) Appleby Shenton 1844-0427 71,100, 427
Birth19 Nov 1844, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England100,229
Christen28 Nov 1844, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, England150
Immigration1852, U.S.101
Census1870, Philadelphia County, PA
Residence1872, Pottstown, PA, USA
Census1 Jun 1880, Middle Ward, Pottstown, Montgomery County, PA344
Census1 Jun 1900, 223 King Street, Pottstown, PA313
Death13 Oct 1903, 223 King Street, Pottstown, PA100,101,105
Burialaft 13 Oct 1903, Mt Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, PA100
FatherFrancis Shenton 1826-0009 , 9 (1826-1897)
MotherEmma Appleby 1824-0025 , 25 (~1824-1868)
Misc. Notes
Colonel Henry ("Harry") Appleby Shenton was born in England, in Derby or Burton-on-Trent, in 1844101, three years before Francis and Emma Appleby were married. His parents are unknown, and he was adopted by Francis Shenton89,71,101. We don't know for certain whether the "Appleby" or the "Shenton" were his birth names or given on his adoption by Francis. However there are several clues.

First, it's likely (from his obituary) that Harry was Francis' nephew. If so, then Harry would have been the child of either one of Francis' siblings or one of Emma's siblings. Second, Harry's middle name is Appleby, which might suggest his parents were from Emma Appleby's family. Third, there is a note in Elizabeth Shenton Whatacre’s Family History notebook105 that “Henry Appleby Shenton came from England. His father was a fishmonger.”, and the notebook also includes a drawing of a store with the sign “Appleby Fishmongers” and a label “Central High Street in 1850”. So we can presume that Harry was the son of one of Emma Appleby’s brothers. Unfortunately, at this time, I have no information about any of Emma’s family.

Harry came to the United States ("was brought to America") "at eight years of age"101, which would be about 1852. Francis came to the U.S. in March 1850, and was in North Carolina at least part of 1852, where his second child, George Creamer Shenton, was born. We don't know whether Francis returned to England and physically "brought" young Harry back with him, or Francis arranged for Harry to travel. Nor do we know when or where Harry was adopted - or whether he was actually formally (legally) adopted.

Harry's obituary states that he "went to Philadelphia where he learned the trade of marble cutting and sculpturing, in which he was an expert."101. Harry married Rose Anna Munyan100, his first wife, probably in Philadelphia shortly after the war ended, and their first child was born in 1867100. Harry "removed from Philadelphia to Pottstown in 1872"101, where he joined an existing marble and granite-works firm with a Mr, Seazholtz. In 1973 to took over the firm as sole proprietor, and established a significant reputation throughout the area and surrounding counties103.

Harry was referred to - by the rest of the family71,89 and in his obituary101 - as Colonel Shenton. Harry enlisted as a private in the 128th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers (which was mustered in for a nine month period) in August 1862108. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Chancellorsville but escaped, and was discharged on 19 May 1863. He re-entered the National Guard on 17 Jul 1877, became a first lieutenant on 17 Jun 1882, major on 6 Jun 1885, and lieutenant colonel on 23 Jun 1894. Elizabeth’s notebook105 says he “was a colonel [i.e., LTCOL] in the Spanish American War” [1898], but we don’t know whether he actually participated in the war effort. He was elected “Colonel - Sixth Regiment Infantry - of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, attached to the First Brigade thereof” 108on 6 Jul 1899.

Most of his 12 children100 remained in the Pottstown area, although the family maintained relatively close relations with the Shentons of Lehigh County71. As evidence of this, the 1880 Census344 shows Francis’ sons William Seward (age 17, “Printer”) and Thomas Henry (Age 16, “Stone Cutter”) living in Harry’s household in Pottstown. Note that Thomas later owned the Thomas H. Shenton Marble Company in Philadelphia, so he may have been serving an apprenticeship with his step-brother Harry.

Harry died at home in 1903.101
Birth1 Jan 1850, Philadelphia County, PA, USA100,130
Death31 Jan 1878100,101
Burial1878, Mt Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, PA109
Marriageca 1865100
ChildrenEmma Elizabeth , 440 (1867-1949)
 Francis Henry , 441 (~1868-1900)
 Gertrude Margaret , 442 (1871-1872)
 Harry Edward , 443 (1873-<1947)
 William Heister , 444 (1875-1938)
 George Creamer , 445 (1878-1908)
Birth1 May 1856, PA344,100
Burial1923, Mt Zion Cemetery, Pottstown, PA109
Death3 Apr 1923100
OccupationKeeping House344
FatherJames Hilton 1830-0466 , 466 (ca1830-<1903)
MotherUnknown Unknown 1830-0467 , 467 (ca1830-)
Marriageca 1879100
ChildrenNellie Rose , 447 (1880-1880)
 Charles Augustus , 448 (1881-1905)
 Albert Hilton , 449 (1884-1963)
 Elsie Mable , 450 (1888-1984)
 Marguarite Hilton , 451 (1891-1942)
 Thomas Raymond , 452 (1898-1924)
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