Lydia Sheffield

8 January 1796–
Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Lydia

When Lydia Sheffield was born on 8 January 1796, in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States, her father, James Sheffield, was 26 and her mother, Judith Pendleton, was 24. She married Nathan Wheeler Jr. in 1819, in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters.

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Nathan Wheeler Jr.
Lydia Sheffield
Marriage: 1819
Lydia Ann Wheeler
Sarah Wheeler
Eliza Jane Wheeler
James Sheffield Wheeler
Judith Maria Wheeler
Emeline W. Wheeler

Spouse and Children

    Nathan Wheeler Jr.



New London, New London, Connecticut, United States


    Lydia Ann Wheeler


    Eliza Jane Wheeler


    James Sheffield Wheeler


    Judith Maria Wheeler


    Emeline W. Wheeler


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

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.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 6

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 33

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city in South Yorkshire, so called from the river name Sheaf (from Old English scēað ‘boundary’) + Old English feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’. There are also minor places of the same name in Sussex (from Old English scēap, scīp ‘sheep’ + feld) and Berkshire (from Old English scēo ‘shelter’, ‘shed’ + feld), which may have contributed to the surname.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lydia Wheeler in household of Nathan Wheeler, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Lydia Sheffield, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Lydia P. in entry for Charles H. Sibley and Emeline W. Wheeler, "Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916"

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