Saturday, February 9, 2013


WARREN P. SHIELDS (b. November 12, 1875 - d. September 22, 1948) was born in Ohio County, Kentucky and was the son of James W. Shields (b. January 12, 1835 - d. September 29, 1898) and Martha Elizabeth "Bettie" (Daniel) Shields (b. December 31, 1845 - d. September 2, 1909), who were married in Ohio County, Kentucky, on August 12, 1868, shortly after the close of the Civil War. His maternal grandparents were: George M. Daniel and Nancy A. (Tilford) Daniel, who were married in Ohio County, Kentucky, on March 15, 1827. His paternal grandparents, of record, were: William C. Shields (b. September 4, 1804 - D. April 11, 1855) and Rachel Shields (b. c. 1798 - d. August 5, 1864). His paternal grandmother was a Charter Member of the Church. She and her husband are buried in the Green River Church Cemetery as are his parents. He was a younger brother of Birch Shields (1869-1934), the Baptist Minister, Richard Shields (1871-1940) and Miranda Shields (b.c. 1873). In the Ohio County Census for 1880 his father is listed as a carpenter. 

Brother Shields was inducted into the fellowship of the Green River Church by Christian Experience and Believer's Immersion on October 25, 1890, being baptized by Pastor J. N. Jarnagin, in his fifteenth year. Having been chosen by the Church as a new Deacon on March 27th, 1909, he was duly ordained on April 23rd, 1909, by pastors G. W. Gordon, A. J. Snodgrass and A. B. Gardner. Brethren J. P. Miller, C. C. Thomas, Martin Flener and Benjamin Benton were ordained then, too. He served until he was lettered out in 1936, a total of over 27 years. Also, he served as the Church Clerk in 1917-1920; as the Church Treasurer from September, 1922, until he was lettered out in 1936; as Sunday School Superintendent in 1911, 1913, 1920-1927; as Ohio County Mission Board Member from Green River Church in 1923-1924 and in 1926-1927. He served as a Messenger from the Church to the Association in the years 1909, 1911-1912, 1914-1915, 1917, 1919-1925, 1928, 1930, 1933-1935. On November 27, 1898, on an Ohio County, Kentucky, license, Brother Shields was united in marriage to Miss Susan M. "Mattie" Davis, the daughter of J. T. Davis. She was born on August 8, 1881 and departed this life on August 7, 1954, in her seventy-second year. He had preceded her in death on September 22nd, 1948, in his seventy-second year, too. He died in Owensboro, Kentucky. Both of them were buried in Sunnyside Cemetery, Beaver Dam, Kentucky. 

In early manhood he was a farmer. Having left the farm, he moved to Cromwell and operated a hotel and livery stable there. He enjoyed much business from the trade generated on Green River by the Evansville-Bowling Green Packet Boats. In later years he owned a store on the Highway in modern Cromwell, and became familiarly known as "Uncle Warren" Shields to many persons. He was also a member of the Cromwell Masonic Lodge for years. At his death he was survived by his wife, and daughters, as follows: Mrs. Reathel Oglesby, Mrs. Clifford Warren, Mrs. Roscoe Embry and Mrs. J. K. (Ruth Shields) Shaver, as well as by one sister, Mrs. Pearl (Shields) Taylor.

A Sesquicentennial History of the Green River Missionary Baptist Church 1836 - 1986, Written and Compiled by Wendell Holmes Rone, Sr., For the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Church, 1987.

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