William Henry Sheets

5 April 1832–19 May 1908 (Age 76)
Switzerland, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Sheets was born on 5 April 1832, in Switzerland, Indiana, United States, his father, Peter Sheets, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth Wigal, was 42. He married Mahala Houze on 19 February 1854, in Switzerland, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Stark, Stark, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Essex Township, Stark, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 19 May 1908, in Stark, Illinois, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Stringtown, Richland, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Sheets
1832–1908
Mahala Houze
1836–1912
Marriage: 19 February 1854
Philip Andrew Sheets
1854–1937
Susan Virginia Sheets
1856–1892
George Alford Sheets
1858–1938
Mary Jane Sheets
1863–1943
Peter Urvine Sheets
1866–1932
William Jackson Sheets
1870–1940
Harriette Isabelle Sheets
1873–1893
Nancy Matilda Sheets
1873–1957
Erminda Mahala Sheets
1877–1966

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
19 February 1854
Switzerland, Indiana, United States
children

(9)

    Philip Andrew Sheets

    Male1854–1937Male

    Susan Virginia Sheets

    Female1856–1892Female

    George Alford Sheets

    Male1858–1938Male

    Female1863–1943Female

    Peter Urvine Sheets

    Male1866–1932Male

+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Peter Sheets

    Male1789–1880Male

    Female1790–1874Female

siblings

(11)

    Valentine Sheets

    Female1810–1815Female

    Sarah A Sheets

    Female1814–1898Female

    Female1818–1847Female

    Irena Sheets

    Female1821–1902Female

    Valentine Sheets

    Male1823–1849Male

+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 4

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 24

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schütz( see Schutz ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Sheets, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Sheets, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Sheets, "United States Census, 1900"

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