Silas Sheldon

1794–1881 (Age 87)
Dorset, Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States

The Life of Silas

When Silas Sheldon was born on 25 January 1794, in Dorset, Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States, his father, Joseph Sheldon, was 43 and his mother, Ruth Harmon, was 43. He married Sarah Richardson on 25 January 1818. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died on 16 August 1881, in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States.

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Silas Sheldon
Sarah Richardson
Marriage: 25 January 1818
Silas Harmon Sheldon
Samuel Richardson Sheldon

Spouse & Children

25 January 1818
Northfield, Washington, Vermont, United States


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World Events (7)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 9

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 25

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. 

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’).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Silas Shelden in household of Betsey P Shelden, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Silas Sheldon in household of Martin Shedon, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Silas Sheldon, "United States Census, 1850"

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