The Sheldon Magazine

The Sheldon Magazine was a listing of Sheldon descendants compiled by the Rev. Henry Olcott Sheldon. He began his work in about 1835 and worked periodically on the list until the publication of Volume 1 in 1855. Volumes 2 and 3 were later published in 1857. There are several known errors in the genealogy, so this should only be used as a reference rather than fact. It's clear that some of the early information was based on documentation, such as the will of John Sheldon in 1704, but other things, like the relationships, and even the existence, of some of the earliest generations do not seem to be based on any documentation whatsoever. The first person on the list is given as Isaac Sheldon (#1) with four sons (John #2, William #3, John #4 and Isaac #5), with William having an additional two sons - John #13 and William #14. But of these there seems to only be documentation for #13, John Sheldon who is also known as John Sheldon of South Kingston. This will take a great deal of time to transcribe in full so I am only starting with my own line and will add others as quickly as possible. I appreciate your patience!

So a little explanation on Rev. Sheldon's numbering system - which is quite unique. It basically worked like a reverse Ahnentafel chart. Each descendant is numbered. As an example, if a person has five children that person would be #1 and his children are listed as 2,3,4,5,6. If number 2 has three children (grandchildren of #1), then those children are numbers 7,8,9 - starting where the previous family left off. If number 3 (sibling to #2) has four children, those children are listed as 10,11,12,13. Make sense?

As I know they are in the public domain, I am only transcribing Vol I, II, and III for now. The pages that have been completed are as follows:

Vol 1 (1855)

  • Page 1 (1-50)
    • 1 Isaac Sheldon
    • 2 John Sheldon
    • 3 William Sheldon
    • 8 John Sheldon and Joanna
    • 13 John Sheldon and Sarah
    • 4 John Sheldon and Mrs. Mary Thompson
    • 5 Isaac Sheldon and Mary Woodford, and Mrs. Mehet. Ensign
    • 18 Timothy Sheldon
  • Page 1r (51-100)
    • 18 John Sheldon
    • 20 Nicholas Sheldon and Abigail Tillinghast
    • 21 Nehemiah Sheldon and Miss Mann "the stoutest Woman known"
    • 22 Richard Sheldon
    • 23 John Sheldon
    • 29 Dea. John Sheldon and Deborah Hill
    • Mary Sheldon and John Bridgeman
  • Page 2 (101-150)
    • Isaac Sheldon and Sarah Warner
    • John Sheldon and Hannah Stebbins, and Mrs. Elizabeth Pratt
    • Thomas Sheldon and Mary Hinsdale
    • Ruth Sheldon and Joseph Wright, and Sam. Strong
    • Thankful Sheldon and Benjamin Edwards
    • Ephraim Sheldon and Jane
  • Page 2r (151-200)
    • William Sheldon
    • Mindwell Sheldon and John Pomeroy, and John Lyman
    • Joseph Sheldon and Mary Whiting
    • Hannah Sheldon and Samuel Chapin
    • Samuel Sheldon and Mary
    • Ebenezer Sheldon and Mary Hunt
  • Page 3 (201-250)
    • Jonathan and Mary Southwell
    • Timothy Sheldon and 1st wife, and Rebecca
    • Roger Sheldon and Mercy
    • Ezekiel Sheldon and Joanna
    • William Sheldon and Rebecca Rhodes, and Mrs. Anna King
    • Nicholas Sheldon and Penelope Congdon
    • Joseph and Lydia Arnold (continues to 3r)
  • Page 3r (251-300)
    • Joseph Sheldon and Lydia Arnold (continued)
    • Pardon Sheldon and Mary Wateman
    • Mercy Sheldon and Thomas Fenner, and Stephen Remington
    • Jeremiah Sheldon and Avis Angell
    • John Sheldon
    • Abraham Sheldon and Wait Rhodes
    • Philip Sheldon and Barbara Arnold
    • John Sheldon and Harode Watson
    • — and Ezra Day
    • Daniel Sheldon and Christiana
  • Page 4 (301-350)
    • Isaac Sheldon and Susanna Potter
    • Joseph Sheldon
    • Samuel Sheldon and Sarah
    • Dea. Isaac Sheldon and Elizabeth Pratt, and Theoda Hunt
    • Sarah Sheldon and Increase Clark
    • Mindwell Sheldon and Moses Lyman
  • Page 9r (851-900)
    • John Sheldon and Sarah Sherman
    • Thomas Sheldon and Harriet Winters
    • Roger Sheldon and Giffe Sweet
    • Isaac Sheldon and Sarah James, and Abigail
    • John Sheldon and Elizabeth Webb
    • Susanna Sheldon and Benjamin Gifford
    • Isaac Sheldon and Anna Marsh
  • Page 10 (901-950)
    • Joseph Sheldon and Ruth Burdick
    • Benjamin Sheldon and Anna Allen
    • Joseph Sheldon
    • Ezekiel Sheldon and Thankful Allen
    • Sarah Sheldon and Dr. D. Woodbridge
    • Daniel Sheldon and Lucretia La Gross
    • Joseph Sheldon and Sarah Collyer
    • Seth Sheldon
  • Page 26 (2501-2550)
    • Isaac Sheldon and Sarah Gifford, & Mrs. Deborah Haight, & Mrs. Miriam Straight
    • Thomas Sheldon and Lucy Spalding
    • Gideon Sheldon and Sarah Waters
    • George Sheldon and Content Soule
    • Benjamin Sheldon and Mary Briggs
  • Page 61 (6001-6050)
    • Gideon Sheldon and Rhoda Gillet
    • John Sheldon and Sarah Cooper
    • Nehemiah Sheldon and Sarah Russel
    • Peleg Sheldon and Abigail Rusell, & Mrs. Sylvia Iman, & Rachel Flack
    • Esther Sheldon and Uriah Odell
    • David Sheldon and Hannah Parks
    • Ephraim Sheldon and Dorothy Draper, & Lydia Mills
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