John Murdock Sheldon

13 March 1816–2 July 1883 (Age 67)
Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States

The Life of John Murdock

When John Murdock Sheldon was born on 13 March 1816, in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, his father, Oliver Sheldon, was 37 and his mother, Phoebe Richardson, was 30. He married Phidilia Bostedo on 12 November 1841, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Michigan, United States in 1870. He died on 2 July 1883, in Eureka Township, Montcalm, Michigan, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Wolverton Plains Cemetery, Montcalm, Michigan, United States.

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John Murdock Sheldon
Lydia Jane Gailer
Marriage: 20 March 1845
Edgar Oliver Sheldon
Fidelia Elizabeth Sheldon
Eliza Anna Sheldon
George William Sheldon
Cornelius Henry Sheldon
Edgar James Shelden

Spouse and Children

20 March 1845
Washtenaw, Michigan, United States


    Edgar Oliver Sheldon


    Fidelia Elizabeth Sheldon


    Eliza Anna Sheldon


    George William Sheldon


    Cornelius Henry Sheldon


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Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 4

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 18

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Name Meaning

Anglo-Saxon: Scel, a shell, and dun, a mountain, a hill, meaning a shell hill

Sources (3)

  • John Sheldon, "United States Census, 1870"
  • John M Sheldon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John M Sheldon, "United States Census, 1860"

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