There are two Sheldon coats of Arms both with three ducks. The duck symbolizes “resourceful.” We thought it the perfect symbol to emphasize our mission to provide Sheldon resources. The quote below, though interesting, is not accurate since the Sheldon of Beoley predates 1676. For more about the Sheldon Coat of Arms, see Kelly Wheaton’s blog post.
“The Sheldrake, often used in the Sheldon Coat of Arms as a heraldic charge, is believed to signify the ‘shield’ meaning of the Sheldon surname because of the shield-like band across the duck’s breast.
“It seems that the sheldrake was introduced into heraldry for the express purpose, or for the express pleasure of one Sheldon who was Mayor of London in 1676.”
— Frances M. Smith (Eleanor Lexington), ‘About our Ancestors’, (11 June 1922), Enquirer Sunday Magazine
We are building a worldwide Sheldon database from scratch. Everything in the database will be documented and sourced. If your ancestors aren’t here, and you would like them to be included, please let us know!
Rev. Henry O. Sheldon
The Rev. Henry O. Sheldon is often considered the grandfather of Sheldon genealogy. While traveling as a preacher he met other Sheldons and wondered how they were all related. Eventually, he began collecting genealogies & piecing the various Sheldon branches together, first published in 1855 as the Sheldon Magazine. From his private journal: Monday, 4th of May, 1818, age 19, the start of his travels:
“Snowed some last night – roads wet and splashy – At half-past eleven A.M. started on a western tour – took an affectionate leave of my parents and brother and sister after receiving their advice & prayer for my preservation, — rode 25 miles – The day was wet & cold & stormy – Winds N.W.”
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