Isaac Sheldon (1686-1752)

Isaac Sheldon was born August 26, 1686 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island to John Sheldon and an unknown mother whose identity has been speculated as a Susan Cleremont or a Deliverance Palmer. No documentation has come forward to support either. He married Susannah Potter on an unknown date but probably in the early months of 1708. We know that Isaac's first child was born in Feb 1709 and, in fact, we are lucky to have the dates of births recorded for most of the children in the records of Washington County, Rhode Island. Specifically as recorded in Vol 5 of Washington County, Rhode Island Birth/Marriages/Death and listed under South Kingstown - Births, these are transcriptions from the original old books of South Kingstown, notes in Book 1, Page 8:

  • Thomas Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - Feb 18, 1708/09
  • Roger Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - Dec 15, 1710
  • Elizabeth Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - Nov 8, 1713
  • Isaac Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - March 4, 1715/16
  • John Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - Aug 21, 1718
  • Susannah Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - Oct 23, 1720
  • Joseph Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - March 17, 1721/22
  • Palmer Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - May 16, 1724
  • Benjamin Sheldon, of Isaac and Susannah - March 4, 1727

Considering how quickly he and Susanna seemed to have children, they probably hadn't been married for long before that - well at least not long before the usual nine month period before the baby was born. So we can estimate that they were married in 1707 or even early 1708. If we estimate that he was 20 years old when they married, then he may have been born around c1687 - or earlier.

The first mention of Isaac is in his father's will from 1704. In it he is left all but 20 acres of the western half of a tract of land in Kings Town with a dwelling house. The eastern half went to this brother Joseph and the 20 acres went to his brother-in-law Daniel Sunderland.August 25, 1752 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island.

Family and Dates

Immediate Family

  • Born: Aug 26, 1686 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
  • Married: c1708 in Rhode Island to Susannah Potter
    • 1) Thomas Sheldon (1709-aft 1753) m. Harriet Winters
    • 2) Roger Sheldon (1710-1783)
    • 3) Elizabeth (1713-1801)
    • 4) Isaac Sheldon (1715-1773)
    • 5) John Sheldon (born 1718)
    • 6) Susannah Sheldon (born 1720)
    • 7) Joseph Sheldon (1721-1786)
    • 8) Palmer Sheldon (born 1724)
    • 9) Benjamin Sheldon (1726-1796)
  • Died: Aug 25, 1752 in Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island
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