Oliver Sheldon

1779–1861 (Age 82)
Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Oliver

When Oliver Sheldon was born on 14 January 1779, in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Joseph Sheldon, was 28 and his mother, Ruth Harmon, was 28. He married Zeoriah Field about 1800, in Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States. He lived in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States in 1850. He died on 12 November 1861, in South Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Shelburne, Chittenden, Vermont, United States.

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Oliver Sheldon
Zeoriah Field
Marriage: about 1800

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about 1800
Dorset, Bennington, Vermont, United States

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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 2

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 2

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.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 23

"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."

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)

  • Oliver Sheldon, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Oliver Sheldon in entry for John M. Sheldon, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Oliver Sheldon in entry for Cornelius Sheldon, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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