John Sheldon, ENSIGN (1658 - 1725)

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Birthplace: Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Hartford, CT, United States
Occupation: Ensign, Capt.
Managed by: Jack William Reed
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About John Sheldon, ENSIGN

ID: I30999 Name: John SHELDON 1 Sex: M Birth: 5 DEC 1658 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts 2 3 4 Death: 1735 2 Reference Number: 30999

Father: Isaac SHELDON b: ABT 1629 in Ashford, Derby, England Mother: Mary WOODFORD b: 1635 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

Marriage 1 Elizabeth PRATT

Marriage 2 Hannah STEBBINS b: 8 JUL 1664 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts Married: 5 NOV 1679 in Hampshire Co., Massachusetts 3 5 4 Children

John SHELDON b: 19 SEP 1681 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
Hannah SHELDON b: 8 OCT 1683 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts
Mary SHELDON b: 24 JUL 1687
Ebenezer SHELDON b: 15 NOV 1691 in Deerfield, Massachusetts

Sources: Title: Antiquities, historicals and graduates of Northampton Author: Clark, Solomon Publication: Northampton, Mass.: Steam press of Gazette Print. Co., 1882 Note: ABBR Antiquities, historicals and graduates of Northampton Note: Heritage Quest online book Title: Sheldon Family Association Note: ABBR Sheldon Family Association Note: http://www.sheldonfamily.org/ Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England Before1692 Author: James Savage Title: Rootsweb.com databases Note: ABBR Rootsweb.com databases Page: Woodbridge/Sylvester Tree; database=:2737111 Title: USGenWeb Note: ABBR USGenWeb Page: Hampshire Co., Mass


-------------------- Ensign and deacon [church assistant]- John Sheldon was living in the house afterwards called the 'Old Indian House' where the attack (the Deerfield Massacre) was fiercest. Hacking and hewing the strong oaken door of his house, now treasured in Memorial Hall, the Indians made a hole through which they fired a shot that killed his wife, Hannah (Stebbins). Swarming into the house they killed Mercy, aged three, and captured Mary and the two boys. John, eldest of the family, had recently married Hannah Chapin. On the first alarm they jumped from their bedroom window. She sprained her ankle, but urged him to leave her to bring help, and binding his bare feet with strips of blanket he hurried down to Hatfield as did others….John Sheldon's [Jr.] young wife was carried away...

James Adams, a Wells captive, wrote to Mr. Sheldon from Montreal: 'I doe[do] in these few lins[lines] showe youe that god has shone yo [you] grat [great] kindness and marcy [mercy], In carrying youre Daighter [daughter] Hanna, and Mary in pertickeler [particular], through so grat [great] a iorney [journey], noing [knowing] how Lame she war [was]: the Rest of your children are with the Ind [Indians], Remembrance liues [lives] near cabect [Quebec], Hannah also Liues [lives] with the frenc [French], Jn [John] in the same house I doe [do].' In April Mr. Sheldon wrote to Deerfield from Quebec that he had seen none of his children but had heard that 'they are gone a honten [hunting].' Of the four, he brought back only his son's wife, who was left at her father's home in Springfield, whence [where] she wrote to her husband on June 16 that 'she should be very glad to see him.'

From Family and Landscape, Amelia Miller & Susan McGowan, 1996, pgs. 26, 27,

"On January 26, 1699 Sheldon purchased one and one-quarter acres from John and Benoni Stebbins…The house Sheldon built in 1699 stood within the stockade at the north end of the Common. It was one of only a few survivors within the stockade in the French and Indian attack of February 29, 1704. The Sheldon house, in addition to the Meeting House, was used to house prisoners after the attack.

It was reported that Ensign [a military rank] John Sheldon's wife, Hannah Stebbins Sheldon, and one child were killed in 1704, and that three of his children were taken captive. Of his family, only he remained alive and at home. His newly-married son, John Sheldon, Jr., who also occupied his father's house in 1704, ran south to Hatfield, about fourteen miles away, to give the alarm. His bride, Hannah Chapin Sheldon, was captured and carried to Canada.

In 1705, Ensign John Sheldon was sent by Governor Joseph Dudley of Massachusetts Bay on a mission to Canada, and returned in the spring with five of the Deerfield captives, one of whom was Hannah, his son's wife. The next winter, he was again sent to redeem [rescue] English captives in Canada, and was so successful that in May 1706, he sailed from Quebec with forty-four captives, leaving another fifty-seven waiting for transportation home. The Reverend John Williams of Deerfield came with the fifty-seven. In 1707 Sheldon was sent a third time and returned with 113 captives, seven from Deerfield and 106 from other parts of New England. Ensign John Sheldon moved to Hartford soon after 1707, where he eventually married." http://memorialhall.mass.edu/classroom/curriculum_5th/lesson7/sheldon_family.html

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John Sheldon, ENSIGN's Timeline

1658
December 8, 1658
Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1681
December 5, 1681
Age 22
Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, USA
1683
1683
Age 24
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1684
August 9, 1684
Age 25
Deerfield?, Franklin, Massachusetts
1684
Age 25
Kingston, Wash, Rhode Island
1687
July 24, 1687
Age 28
Deerfield, MA
1687
Age 28
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1689
November 21, 1689
Age 30
South Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
1689
Age 30
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
1689
Age 30
Northampton,Hampshire,Massachusetts