(From left to right: John Rith, husband of Elizabeth Sheldon; George W. Sheldon; Isabel Ruof, wife of Harold R. Sheldon; Elizabeth Sheldon, wife of John Roth & daughter of George W Sheldon and Agnes; Agnes Malzahn, wife of George W. Sheldon; and Harold R. Sheldon.)
Sheldon Family Genealogy
I have been interested in my family’s genealogy for most of my life.
With only sketchy information from family sources, I repeatedly asked about our origins. But no one seemed to know much about the Sheldons.
Finally with the amazing science of DNA, the connection of where I came from has been determined. My DNA tests have determined my Sheldon ancestors are from Derbyshire, England. My 9th Great Grandfather is Godfrey Sheldon, who arrived here in America in the middle of the 17th Century.
Here is my American line of Sheldons:
Godfrey Sheldon 1599-1670
John Sheldon 1630-1708
Richard Sheldon 1669-1741
Thomas Sheldon 1728-?
William Sheldon 1765-1850
William Sheldon Jr. 1795-1876
Peter H. Sheldon 1831-1905
George W. Sheldon 1869-1942
Harold Raymond Sheldon 1899-1965
George G. Sheldon 1924-1989
George G. Sheldon Jr
Peter H. Sheldon
Peter H. Sheldon is my great-great grandfather. Born in New Jersey, Peter served in the US Army during the American Civil War. He was a private in Company B, &0th New York Infantry. He was shot twice, once at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862, and again in during the Battle of Gettysburg, most likely on the the second day of battle in July 1863.
This is an image of my father, George G. Sheldon, with his grandfather, George W, Sheldon.
My father was named after his grandfather.
I am a Junior, so I am named after my father, as I am George G Sheldon Jr., and in turn, I am also named after George W. Sheldon.
My great-grandfather Gergel was born in Sparrowbush, Orange County, NY in 1869. He is the one that moved his family to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania around 1915.
This photo of the two George Sheldons is circa 1940. The photographer is unknown, but the photo was taken in Lancaster City Pennsylvania.
Additional Sheldon Resources
If you are looking for more information about the Sheldon Family, here are more resources and links I recommend to assist with your your research.
Check out Sheldon Genealogy, a new website with extensive sourcing information. Tis site was conceived and started by Dale Sheldon, Sure Sheldon, and Kelly Wheaton Sheldon. A great resource for beginners to expert genealogists.
Sheldon Family Association
The Sheldon Family Association websites include tips and information, but could use an update as some of the information stated is now questionable due to ongoing DNA test results.
Be sure to check out Wheaton Wood – A Genetic & Genealogical Forest. This website is a great resource for Sheldons. This is Kelly Wheaton’s site, ad she is the person in charge of the Sheldon Family DNA Project. There is a specific section here about the Sheldon lineage. It is also recommended you read the information about DNA testing.