Arnold Sheldon

North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Arnold

Arnold Sheldon was born in 1803, in North Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States as the son of Philip Sheldon and Amy Arnold. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Rebecca Davis.

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Arnold Sheldon
Rebecca Davis
Clara Davis Sheldon
Nehemiah Sheldon
George J. W. Sheldon

Spouse & Children



Parents & Siblings



  • Mary Ann Sheldon


  • Mercy Sheldon


  • Male1803–Male

  • Amy Sheldon


World Events (8)


Age 0

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1811 · USS Revenge

Age 8

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.
1835 · First Fire Insurance

Age 32

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

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)

  • Arnold Sheldon in entry for Nehemiah Sheldon and Priscilla C Vananburg, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Arnold Sheldon in entry for Nehemiah Sheldon and Priscilla G. Vanamburg, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Arnold in entry for Nehemiah Sheldon and Priscilla G. Van Amburg, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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