Irving Washington Sheldon

Brief Life History of Irving Washington

When Irving Washington Sheldon was born on 2 September 1837, in Cayuga, New York, United States, his father, Rufus H Sheldon, was 22 and his mother, Mercy Edmunds, was 20. He married Ellen Marie Cartwright on 24 December 1864, in Yorktown Township, Henry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Columbia Township, Eddy, North Dakota, United States in 1900 and Eddy, North Dakota, United States in 1910. He died on 21 August 1921, at the age of 83, and was buried in New Rockford, Eddy, North Dakota, United States.

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Irving Washington Sheldon
Ellen Marie Cartwright
Marriage: 24 December 1864
Mattie Sheldon
Alice H. Sheldon
Guy Sheldon
Minnie May Sheldon
Clarence Elmer Sheldon

Sources (9)

  • E W Sheldon, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Irving W. Sheldon, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Irving Sheldon in entry for A J Hamilton and Alice S Sheldon Gardner, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

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.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name in most cases from Sheldon in Derbyshire, but sometimes from Sheldon in Warwickshire or Devon, or from Sheldon in Chippenham (Wiltshire). The Derbyshire place, recorded in Domesday Book as Scelhadun, probably takes its name from Old English scelf ‘rock, ledge, shelf’ + the placename Haddon, itself from Old English hǣth ‘heath’ + dūn ‘hill’. The Warwickshire and Wiltshire placenames probably derive from Old English scelf + dūn, while the Devon placename probably comes from Old English scelf + denu ‘valley’.

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

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