Clara Davis Sheldon

1822–1901 (Age 79)
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Clara Davis

When Clara Davis Sheldon was born on 19 June 1822, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Arnold Sheldon, was 19 and her mother, Rebecca Davis, was 22. She married William Alfred Carpenter on 2 July 1841, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1860. She died on 20 November 1901, at the age of 79.

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Clara Davis Sheldon
William Alfred Carpenter
Marriage: 2 July 1841
Clara Frances Carpenter
Clara F.
Clara F.
Clara F. Carpenter
William Augustus Carpenter
Anna E Carpenter
Ella Eugeina Carpenter
Alfred Irving Carpenter
Florence E. Carpenter

Spouse & Children

  • Female1822–1901Female

  • William Alfred Carpenter


2 July 1841
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States


  • Clara Frances Carpenter


  • William Augustus Carpenter


  • Anna E Carpenter


  • Ella Eugeina Carpenter


  • Alfred Irving Carpenter


+4 More Children

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World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 3

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1835 · First Fire Insurance

Age 13

On Decmeber 3, 1835, the first fire insurance policy is issued by the Manufacturer Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

Age 24

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

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)

  • Clarissa D Carpenter in household of Wm A Carpenter, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Clarissa Sheldon in entry for Florence Estelle Carpenter, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"
  • Clarissa D in entry for Alfred Irving Carpenter, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"

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