Biography of Roger & Elizabeth Sheldon
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Sheldon, Roger, and Elizabeth Marsh, his wife, came from Hartford, Conn., to Huron in 1809, and took up a farm about two miles east of Sodus Bay. Their family consisted of these children: Norman, Wareham, George, Grove, Ralsoman, Ralph, Amanda, Maria, Flora and Harriet. Norman lived and died in Huron, aged ninety eight; Wareham spent most of his life in Hpron, but died at Geneva, aged ninety five; George resided near the homestead; Grove died aged sisteen; Ralsoman lived in Genoa, and died at the age of nearly 100; Ralph died in Wolcott October 4, 1871, aged seventysix. His widow,Minerva Flint, also died there, aged seventy six ; Maria married a Mr.West and died at advanced age at Victor; Amanda married a Mr. Humphrey, of Albany, and died aged ninety six; Flora married Wm. Mudge, and died in Huron; Harriet married John Wood, and died in Clyde. On the way from Hartford to Huron Roger Sheldon and family stopped over night with Judge Johnson in Dutchess county, and Mrs. Johnson gave the children some pears, the seeds of which they saved and planted in their new home. From this source came the Sheldon pear, a famous variety, the original tree yet standing on the old homestead. The children of Ralph and Minerva Sheldon were as follows: Hiram, who married Hannah Demmon, and resides in Huron; Sophronia, who married Rev. George Paddock, and resides in Rochester; Henry, one of the first settlers of Kansas, where he now lives in Burlingaine; Andrew F., who married Lucetta Salsbury. He graduated from the University of New York, having previously read medicine with Dr. E. W. Bethune, formerly of Huron, and practiced at Williamson before the war. He was appointed assistant surgeon of the 7th N. Y. Cavalry, known as the Black Horse in 1861, remaining until April, 1862, when he was appointed assistant surgeon in the 78th N. Y. Inf., and detailed for duty on General Wadsworth's staff in the medical director's office at Washington. Here he remained as executive officer until August, 1863, when he was commissioned surgeon of U. S. Vols. by Lincoln and assumed charge of Campbell U. S. general hospital at Washington, serving till the close of the war. He has been in the active practice of his profession since the war, except for nine years while he served as county treasurer. His eldest son, Ralph, is a graduate of medicine; and Albert, the younger son, is one of the proprietors of the Silver Metal Manufacturing Company at Oswego. The daughter, Nora, married Fremont Powers, and resides at Junius. Edwin Pomeroy Sheldon, youngest son of Ralph, graduated in medicine from the University of New York, and located in Burlingame, Kan., marrying Matilda, daughter of Judge Schuyler, of Ithaca. He was appointed surgeon of the 5th Kansas Cavalry, and after a few months of service died at Fort Scott, Mo. His wife still survives him at Ithaca, Jerome P. married Lydia Saxton and resides in Dodge City, Kan.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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