Adaline (Crandall) Sheldon

Adaline (Crandall) Sheldon (1834-1924), taken at her home in Olivet, Eaton County, Michigan; the photo is circa 1920. She was the daughter of Kidder & Polly (Stevens) Crandall, and m. David F. Sheldon February 21, 1852.  



    David F. Sheldon is one of the honored pioneer citizens of Eaton County, and is now living retired on his attractive little homestead in Carmel Township. He has been prominently identified with the industrial development of this section of the state, and is well known throughout the county. he was born in Cayuga County, New York, May 14, 1829, a son of Benjamin and Lovica (Rice) Sheldon, both of whom were born in Delaware County, New York, in which they passed their entire lives, the father having followed the vocation of farming throughout his entire active career. The maternal grandfather of David F. Sheldon, was a privatiersman in the war of the Revolution and thus aided the cause of the colonies in their struggle for independence, and his father was in the war of 1812, serving six months, and then re-enlisted and served until the close of the war, he was a sergeant at the time of his discharge. Benjamin and Lovica Sheldon became the parents of four sons and two daughters, all of whom are deceased except him whose name initiates this paragraph. David F. Sheldon was reared on the home farm and secured a common school education. When nineteen and one half years of age he bought his time of his father, for a consideration of fifty dollars, being thus released from work on the home farm and from turning over his earnings to his parents, as he would have been required to do if demanded until he had attained his legal majority. On the first of October 1854, Mr. Sheldon took up his residence in Eaton County, Michigan, where he has made his home the greater portion of the time since that date, though he has passed varying intervals in other parts of this and other states. For many years he owned and operated a saw mill, also doing contracting and building, but he disposed of his mill about 1897. Shortly after his arrival in the county, Mr. Sheldon purchased forty acres of land, but he sold the same soon afterward. Fully half a century ago he erected the Hockenberry school house, in Walton Township, while he has erected numerous other buildings in the township, a number of them being still in use. He improved a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, in Walton Township, and still owns the property, and he has resided for the past five years on his present homestead of fifteen acres, in Carmel township, the same having been improved with good buildings at the time when he assumed possession. At one time he was the owner of two hundred and eighteen acres of land in the county, but he has divided the same among his children except for the two properties just mentioned. In politics he is independent, and he has been identified with the Masonic fraternity since 1864, also being affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. At the time of General Kirby Smith's threatening invasion of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the war of the Rebellion, Mr. Sheldon was one of the volunteers who went to the defense of the city. In 1852, Mr. Sheldon was united in marriage to Miss Adaline Crandall, who was then residing in Cass County, Michigan. She is a daughter of Kidder Crandall, who passed his entire life in the state of New York, having been a farmer by occupation. Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon have two children: Stella, who is the wife of John W. Sickels, of Grand Ledge, Eaton County; and Frank M., a representative farmer of Carmel Township. Mrs. Sickels was born in Lorain County, Ohio, and Frank M. in Eaton County, Michigan.

Source: PAST & PRESENT OF EATON COUNTY, MICHIGAN - MI Historical Publishing Association, Lansing, MI


Notes from Jack L. Sheldon, Jr. (October 2002)

Lovi"c"a should be spelled "Lovisa," supported by our family Bible which is in David's handwriting, as well as other documentation that has been gathered through research  and with connection to other descendants, i.e. through David's sister Ann.

Benjamin and Lovisa moved with their children to Ohio in approximately 1850, along with the Crandall family.  We are not certain whether they came together or separately, but we believe at least that David and Adaline came to Ohio together.  Benjamin and Lovisa lived in LaGrange, Ohio the remainder of their lives.  Benjamin d. in July 1870 of natural causes, and Lovisa d. in September 1870 from, stories have it, a horse and buggy accident (this story has not yet been confirmed, but the source is a fairly reliable one).  They are interred in the LaGrange Cemetery, Lorain County, Ohio (transcription online).

Sometime in the mid-1850's, David and Adaline moved to Clinton County, Michigan, with their daughter Stella Sheldon, who was b. in Ohio in 1854.  The gave birth to one son, Frank M. Sheldon, who was b. in 1857 in Clinton County, Michigan.  Somewhere between those two dates, they moved from Ohio to Michigan.  David, Adaline, Frank, and Stella are noted in the 1870 census as living in Clinton County.

Frank m. Sarah Elizabeth Letts in Clinton County in 1879, and gave birth to one daughter, Nina, in 1880.  Sarah d. in 1884 and is interred at the Elsie Village Cemetery in Clinton County, Michigan.  It is my belief that the family moved to Eaton County, Michigan after the loss of Frank's first wife, and perhaps this may have been the event that prompted them to do so.

It is important to note that the timing and reason for their move to Eaton County is an assumption, not yet supported by documentation.

The story about Frank is significant to the article about David and Adaline (Crandall) Sheldon.  After settling in Eaton County, Frank married Addie Johnson, the exact date is not known at this writing.  She was the daughter of Stephen and Emelia (Crandall) Johnson.  Emelia Crandall and Adaline Crandall were sisters, making Frank and Addie first cousins.

The article is incorrect as to the information about the Crandall family.  They also migrated into Michigan from Ohio, and Kidder Crandall's place of burial has been located in a southern Michigan county, and research is underway to confirm that information.  Along with Adaline and Emelia, a brother named Burton also lived and is buried in Eaton County, Michigan.  A collaborated effort between myself and a descendant of Burton Crandall, (Michelle Komora), is underway to research this Crandall family.

The article, for a while, led genealogical research in directions that were understandably unsuccessful.  But information from other sources, such as the Sheldon Family Association, pointed us in the direction of Ohio, where there is evidence that most of David's brothers and sisters married there.  A search engine on the Lorain County, Ohio webpage found the cemetery transcription that includes the names of Benjamin and Lovisa Sheldon.  These important clues kept our focus in successful areas of research.

It is important to note that, although there are inconsistencies in the article with fact, the writing is nonetheless a very good source of information about occupations and events.  However, the inconsistencies are an important reminder that the supporting documentation is an integral part of genealogy.  A hunch remains only a hunch and nothing more.


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