Robert Shields was closely identified with New Salem's business interests. He bought out the saddlery and harness-making business of John B. Plumer, and also owned a boot and shoe factory, as well as a vast amount of land. Shields was appointed one of the town's original councilmen, and later served as a New Salem burgess. Robert and his wife, Mary Borland Shields, had 11 children.
Marriage to Robert Shields
Mary married Robert Shields.