Rhode Island Defended by Sheldons in the Revolution
During the Revolution, Sheldon’s participated in the defense of Rhode Island against the British. The Battle of Rhode Island occurred on August 29, 1778. Under the command of General John Sullivan, the Continental Army and militia forces had been blockading the British forces in Newport, which is situated on Aquidneck Island.
The British were eventually able to take the island, but the battle is notable to historians as it was the first time in America that the 1st Rhode Island Regiment were called into battle. That regiment consisted of American Indians, Africans, and white colonists.
And the were Sheldons defending Rhode Island. We have added a document to our Sheldon Library. Revolutionary Defences in Rhode Island. The link is here. You will find Sheldons in the document, as well as one Shelden.
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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. First Entry 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.”