West Jersey Press

newspaper in Camden, New Jersey

12 Jul 1871

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT – Last Wednesday Mrs. Martha Sheldon, while visiting the steam grist-mill of Sheldon & Reed, on Penshauken Creek, was horribly mangled by her clothes catching in an upright shaft which was making 120 revolutions per minute.  She was whirled around at a fearful rate, when her head struck a post near by, killing her almost instantly, and scattering her brains a distance of thirty-six feet.  Her tongue and teeth, and part of her skull, were found on the floor after the accident.  She was about sixty-five years of age, and was on a visit to her nephew, one of the proprietors of the mill.  Her remains were brought to this city and interred from her brother’s residence.

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Dale has been studying genealogy heavily for over 30 years, since the age of 10. Although he does not seek professional clients, he has helped a family regain property lost during the Holocaust, and has assisted to obtain historical preservation status for a building in San Francisco. He is a co-admin of the ftDNA Sheldon DNA Project. He lived most of his life in California but has recently moved to upstate New York. He works in the travel industry.
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