George W Sheldon

14 April 1837–13 October 1899 (Age 62)
New York, United States

The Life of George W

When George W Sheldon was born on 14 April 1837, in New York, United States, his father, Amasa Sheldon, was 33 and his mother, Nancy Stuart, was 28. He married Ellen C. Webster on 1 March 1898, in Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States. He lived in Kingston, DeKalb, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Kingston Township, DeKalb, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 13 October 1899, in Paradise Township, Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Kingsley, Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States.

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George W Sheldon
Ellen C. Webster
Marriage: 1 March 1898

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    Ellen C. Webster


1 March 1898
Mayfield Township, Grand Traverse, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 17

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

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)

  • George W Sheldon in household of Amasa Sheldon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George Sheldon in household of Amapa Sheldon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Geo W Sheldon, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940"

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