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Thread #159779   Message #3791826
Posted By: Brian Peters
24-May-16 - 07:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Subject: RE: Origins: Bramble Briar/Bruton Town/MerchantDaughtr
Hi Richie.

Maud Karpeles visited Emma Shelton (nee Hensley, daughter of Reuben and Rosa) in 1950 and 1955. I haven't yet been through the 1950 diaries, but in 1955 she visited Emma at least twice at her home on Rte 1, Flag Pond, TN (MK remarks that her house was actually in NC). Emma was married to one Donald Shelton, and had her daughter Jessie - then living in Ohio - staying with her after losing her baby. Emma attempted (without much success) to find people in the area who still remembered old songs.

Emma's elder sister Ella Shelton (presumably also nee Hensley so also married into the Shelton branch of the family). She sang 'Dear Companion' to MK, and duetted with Emma on 'The Banks of Cloddy'.

Emma also invited round to the house to perform, some of her relatives. These formed a string band christened by Maud 'The Sugarloaf Sheltons', from whom she recorded several tunes. They consisted of:
Dominow Shelton (40), banjo
Dale Shelton (24): fiddle
Roy Shelton (30): guitar
Dominow was 'the leading spirit', and the son of Polly Shelton - one of Sharp's singers. MK remarks that he played banjo in 'the new way' with thumb and two fingers.

The notes to the Folktrax release of Maud's recordings are sketchy and inaccurate, as discussed here previously, so I hope the above goes a little way to clarifying the situation.

That's what I have - there may be more when I have time to go through more of the diaries.