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
Mahala Houze
Marriage: 19 February 1854
Philip Andrew Sheets
Susan Virginia Sheets
George Alford Sheets
Mary Jane Sheets
Peter Urvine Sheets
William Jackson Sheets
Harriette Isabelle Sheets
Nancy Matilda Sheets
Erminda Mahala Sheets

Spouse and Children

19 February 1854
Switzerland, Indiana, United States


    Philip Andrew Sheets


    Susan Virginia Sheets


    George Alford Sheets



    Peter Urvine Sheets


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Peter Sheets





    Valentine Sheets


    Sarah A Sheets



    Irena Sheets


    Valentine Sheets


+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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