Amey Sheldon

1754–30 March 1806 (Age 52)
Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life of Amey

When Amey Sheldon was born in 1754, in Exeter, Kings, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, her father, Roger Sheldon, was 44 and her mother, Giffe Sweet, was 32. She married John Lewis on 28 September 1777, in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 30 March 1806, in South Killingly, Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 52.

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John Lewis
Amey Sheldon
Marriage: 28 September 1777
Benjamin Lewis
John Lewis Jr.
Sabrianna Lewis
Susanna Lewis
Amey Lewis
Eason Lewis
Lydia Lewis
Malinda Lewis

Spouse and Children

28 September 1777
Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States


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World Events (7)

1763 · First Synagogue in America

Age 9

The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.
1772 · The Gaspee Affair

Age 18

On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.

Age 22

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places so called. The main source is probably the one in Derbyshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Scelhadun, formed by the addition of the Old English distinguishing term scylf ‘shelf’ to the place name Haddon (from Old English hǣð ‘heath(er)’ + dūn ‘hill’). There are also places called Sheldon in Devon (from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + denu ‘valley’) and Birmingham (from Old English scylf + dūn ‘hill’).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Amy in entry for Susanna Lewis, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Amy in entry for John Lewis, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Amy Shelden, "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916"

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