Mark Ware Sheldon (1842-1928)


Mark Ware Sheldon was born on 30 Sep 1842 in the borough of Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey. He was the son of Thomas Sheldon, born in Delaware, and Martha Dole, born in Haddonfield, New Jersey.

In 1850, Mark lived in Millville, Cumberland, New Jersey, with his parents, Thomas and Martha Sheldon, and 5 brothers and sisters. Another Sheldon, Arlenbridge, lived with the family.

His obituary states that he was Civil War veteran.  Nineteen year old Mark enlisted at Odessa, New Castle, Delaware, on 15 Oct 1862 as a private and was mustered into the 5th Delaware Infantry, Co. K.  He was mustered out at Wilmington on 6 Aug 1863. Mark applied for a pension in about 1897, but his application was deemed invalid on 9 Sep 1897. (The 1890 “Veterans Census” for Delaware was among those destroyed before transfer to the National Archives in 1943.)

On 7 Mar 1868, Mark W. Sheldon, 24, and Clara L. Parnell, 19, were married in Camden, Camden, New Jersey. Clara was the daughter of Peter Parnell. They had at least the following children:

  • Pemberton Donoho Sheldon, b. New Jersey 27 Apr 1867; m1. Mary A Talley 2 Oct 1890; m2. Katie L. Matthews 1 Sep 1897; d. 1 Apr 1935
  • Isabella Reynolds (Sheldon) Staats, b. New Jersey 4 Feb 1878; m. Frank B. Staats; d. 20 Jan 1942
  • M. Edgar Sheldon, b. New Jersey Mar(?) 1886
  • Anna Frances (Sheldon) Donoho, b. Delaware Nov 1888; m. Charles H. Donoho
  • Mark Ware Sheldon, b. Delaware ca. 1893

In 1870, Mark and Clara “Shelden” lived in Camden, Camden, New Jersey with son Pemberton. Mark was a farm laborer. Another Sheldon, John, 23 years old, lived with the family.

In 1880, Mark lived in Pencader, New Castle, Delaware, and worked as a farmer. Wife Clara L. and children Pemberton D. and Isabella R. lived with Mark. Mark’s parents were both born in New Jersey.

In 1900, Mark and wife Clara lived in a home Mark owned in Chester Township, Burlington, New Jersey, with 3 children and a grandson. Mark worked as a iron moulder, and daughter Bella was a seamstress. Clara says she has had 4 children, all of whom are living.

In 1910, The Sheldon family, including Mark W., Clara L. and children Anna F. and Mark W. Jr., lived in Haddon, Camden, New Jersey. Mark and Clara have been married for 42 years, and Clara has had 4 children.

Mark Ware Sheldon died on 23 Dec 1928 at 3013 Washington St., Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, of apoplexy. The informant on his Death Certificate was Mrs. Frank B. Staats of the same home address. He was to be buried at the Riverview Cemetery. He is buried at the Riverview Cemetery, Plot Section E, Lot 125, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware.


Vital Records:
”’Death”’: “Delaware, U.S., Death Records, 1861-1933”; Delaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Delaware Vital Records, 1800-1933; Series Number: Death Certificates – 32; Ancestry Sharing|28428895|0ab940 – Ancestry Record|1674|2684 (accessed 6 May 2022); Mark Ware Sheldon death 23 Dec 1928 (age 86) in New Castle, Delaware, USA.

“Delaware Death Records, 1855-1961,” database with images, FamilySearch : 2 March 2021, Mark Ware Sheldon, 23 Dec 1928; citing Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States, Hall of Records, Dover; FamilySearch digital folder 004252974.

”’Marriage”’: “New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985″; Citing FHL microfilm: 494145; Record number: 265; FamilySearch Record: FZKM-HYJ (accessed 6 May 2022); Mark W Sheldon (24) marriage to Clara L. Parnell on 7 Mar 1868 in Camden, Camden, New Jersey, United States.

”’Isabella Reynolds (Sheldon) Staats Death”’: “Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974″; Citing Death, United States, Delaware Public Archives, Dover; FHL microfilm . FamilySearch Record|QGNT-STKH (accessed 6 May 2022); {{FamilySearch Image|3Q9M-CSMB-LS3K-5}} Image number 00151; Mark W Sheldon in death record for child Isabella Reynolds Staats, 1942 in United States.

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 06 May 2022), memorial page for Mark Ware Sheldon (30 Sep 1842–23 Dec 1928), Find a Grave Memorial ID 167054234, citing Riverview Cemetery, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Tedd Cocker (contributor 47025283)

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 06 May 2022), memorial page for Pemberton Donoho Sheldon (27 Sep 1867–1 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial ID 197137241, citing Lakeview Memorial Park, Cinnaminson, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Patricia Elison (contributor 47747640)

”’Marriage”’: “U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970”; Presbyterian Historical Society; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; U.s., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1907; Book Title: Session. Register, 1880-1915; Accession Number: Vault Bx 9211 .p49139 P32 V.1; {{Ancestry Sharing|28431561|12f7b4}} – {{Ancestry Record|61048|1500881031}} (accessed 6 May 2022); Pemberton D Sheldon marriage to Katie L. Matthews on 1 Sep 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

“United States Census, 1850,” database with images, FamilySearch : 23 December 2020, Mark Sheldon, Millville, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“United States Census, 1870”, database with images, FamilySearch : 29 May 2021, Mark Shelden, 1870.

“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch : 13 January 2022, Mark W. Sheldon, Pencader, New Castle, Delaware, United States; citing enumeration district , sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm.

”’1900 Census”’: “United States Census, 1900”; Citing Affiliate Publication Number: T623; Line: 36; FHL microfilm: 1240956; Record number: 38626; {{FamilySearch Record|M9NK-BTJ}} (accessed 6 May 2022); {{FamilySearch Image|S3HY-6XCQ-K5D}} Image number 00789. Mark Sheldon (59), married head of household in Chester Township, Burlington, New Jersey, United States.

“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch : accessed 7 May 2022, Mark W Sheldon, Haddon, Camden, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 102, sheet 14B, family 309, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 874; FHL microfilm 1,374,887.


“U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865”: {{Ancestry Record|1138|5011554}} (accessed 6 May 2022). Name: Mark Sheldon; Side: Union; Regiment State/Origin: Delaware; Regiment: 5th Regiment, Delaware Infantry; Company: K; Rank In: Private; Rank Out: Private; Film Number: M537 roll 4.

“U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865”: Historical Data Systems, Inc.; Duxbury, MA 02331; American Civil War Research Database; {{Ancestry Record|1555|1752527}} (accessed 6 May 2022). Name: Mark Sheldon; Enlistment Date: 15 Oct 1862; Enlistment Place: Wilmington, Delaware; Enlistment Rank: Private; Muster Date: 15 Oct 1862; Muster Place: Delaware; Muster Company: K; Muster Regiment: 5th Infantry; Muster Regiment Type: Infantry; Muster Information: Enlisted; Side of War: Union; Title: Index to Compiled Military Service Records.

“U.S. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934”; Application #1197797


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Granddaughter of Marcia Louise (Sheldon) Viles, and wife of William Allyn Sheldon.

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