Husband: William Sheldon (1 2)
Born: 16 Jul 1731 in Springfield, Hampden, MA
Married: 28 Jun 1753 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: 1816 in Probably Clarence, Erie, NY
Father: Benjamin Sheldon
Mother: Abigail Kellogg
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Wife: Hannah Noble (3)
Born: 01 Apr 1735 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: 1810 in Clarence Hollow, Erie, NY
Father: Elisha Noble, Captain
Mother: Abigail Warner
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Children
01 (F): Abigail Sheldon (4)
Born: 02 Jan 1754 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died:
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02 (F): Sarah Sheldon (5)
Born: 29 Oct 1755 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: before 1761
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03 (F): Abigail Sheldon (6)
Born: 1757 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died:
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04 (M): Whiting Sheldon (7)
Born: 1759 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: 1839
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05 (F): Sarah Sheldon (8)
Born: 1761 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died:
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06 (F): Hannah Sheldon (9)
Born: 1763 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: 30 Mar 1832
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07 (M): William Sheldon (10 11)
Born: 19 Sep 1766 in Sheffield, Berkshire, MA
Died: about 1841 in NY
Spouses: Diadama Saxton
08 (M): Benjamin Sheldon (12)
Born: 1767
Died: 1847
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09 (F): Rhoda Sheldon (13)
Born: 1769
Died:
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10 (F): Mary Sheldon (14)
Born: 1771
Died:
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11 (F): Elisha Sheldon (15)
Born: 1774
Died: 1851
Spouses:
12 (M): Ezekial Sheldon (16)
Born: 1776
Died: 1785
Spouses:
Additional Information

William Sheldon:

Notes:

William Sheldon
1731 – 1816
Sheffield, Massachusetts – Clarence Hollow, New York

16 February 2004

Dear Children,

The final Revolutionary soldier our family that I know anything about is William Sheldon. William was one of seven children of Benjamin and Abigail Kellogg (Yes, Kellogg cornflakes!) Sheldon. There is a birth record for him in the Springfield, Massachusetts church records of 16 July 1731, but it's believed he was actually born on the family's farm in nearby Sheffield, picturesque small town on the bank of the Housatonic River in the Berkshire Hills of southwestern Massachusetts. He married Hannah Noble on 28 June 1753 in Sheffield. He and Hannah had twelve children together, but it's probable that not all of them lived past chilhood as two were named Abigail and two were named Sarah. When two children in a family have the same name it usually means the older one died and the parents really liked the name so they used it again.

William was a Lieutenant in the Sheffield Militia in 1764 and also served in the Revolutionary War, though we don't know anything about how he served.

There are many records showing that William sold pieces of land in Sheffield after the war between 1783 and 1788. We think that he was in debt. One record shows he was forced to sell land. There is a record of a court ruling against him and the Sheffield Deputy Sheriff. They both had to go to jail until they could pay a 215 pound debt. (That's probably pounds like they use in England for money, not pounds of weight.) After he got out of jail he thought he might not have so many problems somewhere else, so he and his wife and, probably, some of his children packed up and moved to Clarence Hollow in Erie County, New York. He purchased land there in 1803 as Doctor William Sheldon. I wonder if he did much doctoring or if he just liked the title.

Do you remember hearing the name of Clarence Hollow before? That's where Ephraim Derrick moved to. And in a few generations one of Ephraim's descendants is going to marry one of William Sheldon's. But not yet.

William and his wife both died in Clarence, Hannah in 1810 and William in 1816.

Here's how you're related to this soldier: William and Hannah Sheldon had William Sheldon Junior. William Sheldon Junior had Lorinda Sheldon. Lorinda had Franklin H. Derrick. Franklin H. had Mary Lorinda Derrick. (You're never going to forget Mary, right?) Mary had Flora Lulu Balis. Flora had Harold Balis Stevens. Harold had Paul Robert Stevens. Paul married Granny and had Dawne Irene Stevens. Dawne married your Daddy and had...Sarah! Hannah! Timmy! and Becky!

So Hooray for William Sheldon!

Love,
Granny

(12) Ezekial Sheldon:

Cause of Death: Cart overturned

Footnotes
  1. Olsen, Wayne, Sheldon Family Line, The (Received via EMail 12 APR 2002).
  2. Jack Taif Spencer and Robert Abraham Goodpasture, Genealogy and History of the Derthicks and Related Derricks, Eight Centuries of the Derthicks and Related Derricks... (Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1986).

    Says there is a record of Dr. William Sheldon in Clarence in early 1800's (by children's birth dates, as early as 1797) and may have been the one who purchased land in 1803. Had son named William.

  3. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  4. Olsen, Wayne, Sheldon Family Line, The (Received via EMail 12 APR 2002).
  5. Ibid.
  6. Ibid.
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Olsen, Wayne, PAF file: Boslow_Anc_Stevens.paf (rec'd via EMail 0n 14 APR 2002).
  12. Olsen, Wayne, Sheldon Family Line, The (Received via EMail 12 APR 2002).
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid.
  15. Ibid.
  16. Ibid.
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