Joseph Sheldon

1776–1857 (Age 81)
Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Sheldon was born on 6 October 1776, in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Joseph Sheldon, was 26 and his mother, Ruth Harmon, was 25. He married Sally Sheldon about 1797, in Ira, Rutland, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 29 September 1857, in Fair Haven, Rutland, Vermont, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in West Street Cemetery, Rutland Town, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

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Joseph Sheldon
1776–1857
Sally Sheldon
1776–
Marriage: about 1797
Silas Sheldon
1798–
Julia Sheldon
1799–

Spouse & Children

MARRIAGE
about 1797
Ira, Rutland, Vermont, United States
children

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siblings

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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 5

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 5

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 24

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.

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)

  • Joseph Shelden, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joseph Sheldon, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • Joseph Sheldon in entry for Harmon Sheldon, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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