DAVID WILKINSON SHELDON AND JULIA (RHODES) SHELDON

Submitted by Bonnie Walsh

Huron County First Family Member # 203

David Wilkinson SHELDON and Julia (RHODES) SHELDON settled in Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio, in the early 1830's.

David W. SHELDON was born 10 February 1804 in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, to David and Viana (WILKINSON) SHELDON. David Sheldon, Sr. was born 2 DEC 1769 in Cumberland, Rhode Island. His wife Viana was born 18 Nov 1768 in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island. She died 2 Jul 1833 in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island. His great-great-grandfather, John SHELDON, was an early pioneer of Providence Rhode Island in 1600.

David W. married Juliette (Julia) RHODES on 3 August 1828 in Attelboro, Bristol County, Mass. Julia was born about 1809 in Massachusetts to Reuben and Julia (CLARK) RHODES. David and Julia SHELDON moved to Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio. In the John Sheldon Family History, there is some evidence that David SHELDON, Sr. accompanied his son David W. to Ohio and died 1839 in Fitchville, Huron County, OH. They joined other SHELDON relatives. His uncles, Isaac and Rufus SHELDON, and his brother, William Fenner SHELDON, all settled in Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio.

To David W. and Julia SHELDON, eight children were born. The oldest daughter, Mary Anna, was born about 1828 in Massachusetts. She married Mason O. GREEN, son of Adolphus M. GREEN of Greenwich Township, Huron County, Ohio who later moved to Livingston Co., MI. Mason and Mary moved to Dover Township, Fulton County, Ohio, about 1870. Mary Anna died about 17 Feb 1871 or 73 either in Fulton Co. or Huron Co., OH. The other children were:

Charles H., born in 1830 in MA, married on 4 Sept. 1862 to Sarah A. VANNOAH in Huron Co., Ohio, and died on 11 May 1892 in Greenwich Township, Ohio, of pneumonia.

Daniel F. was born 7 September 1832 and married Mary Jane HUNTER on 3 July 1854 in Huron County, Ohio. He married a second time to Estella STAPLES. He died on 13 July 1887 in Fitchville, Ohio.

Stephen was born in 1836 in Greenwich Twp., Huron Co., Ohio. He died on 4 March 1905 in Norwalk, Ohio.

Miriam and Henry who were born about 1838-1842 in Greenwich Township, Ohio, died young.

Reuben R. was born about 1843. His wife was Sara A. He died 1 Aug 1877 in Fitchville, Ohio.

Alanson E. (Lance) was born 20 May 1846 in Huron County, Ohio, and married Mrs Lydia Jane (DRURY) BUTLER on 26 Oct 1869 in Norwalk, Ohio. Alanson died 31 Aug. 1907 in Fitchville Ohio. He was a carpenter by trade. Both Reuben and Alanson were soldiers in the Civil War, serving in the 191st Co. G., Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Julia (RHODES) SHELDON died in the 1860's probably in Fitchville Township, Huron County, Ohio, where they are shown living in the 1850 census with six children. At age 71 years, David W. SHELDON, the father of all the above children, married Mary S. KING, daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (KOCHER) KING on the 20 Dec 1875 in Lowell, Seneca County, Ohio. They had one son, Isaac Truman SHELDON born in 19 Sept 1876 in New London twp., Huron County, OH. In 1900, Isaac lived Fort Sheridan, Lake County, Illinois in the military in Co. L Reg. 5th Infantry. David SHELDON died on the 12 June 1877 in New London Township, Huron County, Ohio, and is buried in Fitchville Township. His widow, Mary (KING) SHELDON, then married Henry GRIFFIN on 13 July 1878 in Sandusky County, Ohio and had one daughter Dollie GRIFFIN born 1879 then remarried several other times and in 1910 Mary Harrington lived in Ionia Co., MI.

Descendants of David WILKINSON and Julia (RHODES) SHELDON still reside in Huron County, Ohio in the year 2000.

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