Bio: Sheldon, Charles Henry
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----Sources: Family Records

The Charles Henry Sheldon Family

Charles Henry Sheldon was born 1 June 1847 at Lisbon, St Lawrence Co., NY. They moved to Royalton, Waupaca Co., WI in 1864 where he worked in the lumbering industry and lived there until 1882.

In 1882 he moved to Clark Co., WI and built a large sawmill which he ran for a year.He afterwards went in to the drug business. He was a member of the county commission for soldier’s relief.

Charles fought in the Civil War serving as a private in Co A 8th WI. Inf. From 3 Sept 1864 till 15 Aug 1865.

8th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

Organized at Madison, Wis., and mustered in September 13, 1861. Left State for St. Louis, Mo., October 12; thence moved to Pilot Knob, Mo., October 14. Expedition to Fredericktown October 17-21. Action at Fredericktown October 21. Expedition against Thompson's Forces November 2-15. Moved to Sulphur Springs November 25, and duty there till January 17, 1862. Moved to Cairo, Ill., January 17, and duty there till March 4. (Co. "K" detached at Mound City till April. Rejoined Regiment April 14, 1862.) Attached to 3rd Brigade, District of Cairo, Ill., January to March 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Army of Mississippi, to April 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Mississippi, to April 1862. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Mississippi, to November 1862. 2nd Brigade, 8th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December 1862. 2nd Brigade, 8th Division, 16th Army Corps, to April 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps, to December 1863. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to December 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division Detachment, Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February 1865. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Division West Mississippi, to September 1865.


Operations against New Madrid, Mo., March 6-14, 1862. Siege and capture of Island No. 10 , Mississippi River, March 15-April 8. Expedition to Fort Pillow, Tenn., April 13-17. Moved to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., April 13-22. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Reconnoissance toward Corinth May 8. Action at Farmington May 9. Occupation of Corinth and pursuit to Booneville May 30-June 12. Expedition to Rienzi June 30-July 1. At Camp Clear Creek till August. March to Tuscumbia, Ala., March 18-22. March to Iuka September 8-12. Actions near Iuka September 13-14. Battle of Iuka , September 19. Battle of Corinth, Miss., October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Duty at Corinth till November 2. Moved to Grand Junction November 2. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad November 2, 1862, to January 10, 1863. Duty at LaGrange and Germantown, Tenn., January to March, 1863. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., March 14; thence to Young's Point, La., March 29. At Ducksport till May. Movement to join army in rear of Vicksburg, Miss., via Richmond and Grand Gulf May 2-14. Mississippi Springs May 13. Jackson , May 14. Siege of Vicksburg , Miss., May 18-July 4. Assaults on Vicksburg May 19 and 22. Expedition to Mechanicsburg and Satartia June 2-8. Mechanicsburg, Satartia, June 4. Expedition to Richmond June 14-16. Richmond June 15. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Camp at Bear Creek till September 26. Expedition to Canton October 14-20. Bogue Chitto Creek. October 17. At Big Black River Bridge till November 7. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., November 7-13. Duty there, at LaGrange and at Salisbury till January 27, 1864. Expedition to Pocahontas December 2-4, 1863. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., January 27-February 3. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Red River Campaign March 10-May 22. Fort De Russy March 14. Occupation of Alexandria March 16. Henderson's Hill March 21. Battle of Pleasant Hill , April 9. About Cloutiersville April 22-24. At Alexandria April 26-May 13. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. Mansura , May 16. Yellow Bayou , May 18. Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., May 20-22; thence moved to Memphis, Tenn. Old River Lake or Lake Chicot, Ark., June 6. Smith's Expedition to Tupelo, Miss., July 5-21. Camargo's Cross Roads, near Harrisburg, July 13. Tupelo , July 14-15. Smith's Expedition to Oxford, Miss., August 1-30. Abbeville August 23 and 25. Expedition up White River to Brownsville, Ark., September 1-10. Pursuit of Price through Arkansas and Missouri September 17-November 16. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., November 23-December 1. Battle of Nashville , December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., thence to Eastport, Miss., and duty there till February, 1865. Moved to New Orleans, La., February 6-19. Campaign against Mobile and it. Defences March 17-April 12. Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely March 26-April 8. Assault and capture Fort Blakely , April 9. Occupation of Mobile April 12. March to Montgomery April 13-25. Duty at Montgomery and Uniontown till September. Mustered out at Demopolis, Ala., September 5, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 53 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 219 Enlisted men by disease. Total 280

Charles married Mary Helen Fletcher b 25 Oct 1848 St Lawrence Co, NY.; daughter of David & Mary Fletcher on 20 Oct 1866.

Lani note/Feb 2006 The Fletchers had come west in1865 and that is probably how Charles & Mary probably met.

After the Civil War Charles came back to Waupaca Co., WI; and engaged in lumbering for several years. In 1882 he came to Clark Co., WI. He and Albert Nye built the first sawmill at Thorp, WI; which Charles ran for one year and then he sold it to Nye, Lusk & Hudson.

Charles next owned a drug store and hardware business for the next four years in Thorp, WI. He must have liked to race horses as the following excerpt states"

Thorp Courier September 25, 1885

Letter to the Editor - In the county farmer's trotting race for a purse of $60, D. Varnum's mare "Crippled Jim" 2nd and "William S" owned by C.H. Sheldon of Thorp, 3rd. (Neillsville Times) The above is a malicious libel. "William S" took second money. And the undersigned agree to match "Wm S" against any of the horses that took part in the above named race, for a purse of from $100 to $500 a side. One week's notice of the time and place of the race, to be given. (Signed) C.H. Sheldon, H.F. Sargent

On 3 Jan 1895 became the sheriff as the following Thorp Courier states:

The new county officers take possession on Monday next. This village loses one of its oldest citizens in the personage of C.H. Sheldon who takes over the sheriff's office. Mr. Sheldon removes with his family and household goods to Neillsville this week. His appointments so far as decided upon are Geo. A. Ludington of Neillsville, undersheriff, and H. Leible of this place and E. Wicker of Colby as deputies His obituary also states he was the postmaster at Thorp, WI.

Their only daughter, Eva, was married Charles Adams at the home of Charles & Mary in 1901 by Rev J.B. Bachman, On 10 Nov 1910 Mary Jane (Fletcher) Sheldon died at her home in Aurora, Taylor Co., WI. She died of cancer at age 62 years and 15 days.

Her public works included the Rebekah Lodge and the W.R.C.

Her body was brought to her former home in Thorp, WI; where the funeral services were held with Rev J.B .Bachman officiating. She was buried at the Thorp Village Cemetery. Left to mourn her were her husband, Charles; her daughter, Eva; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Witham of Appleton, WI; Mrs. B.P. Hopkins of New London, WI.; and Mrs. C.J. Mix of Royalton, WI. and two brothers, Ira and Charles of Royalton, WI. After his wife’s death he moved to Gilman, Clark Co, WI as his obit said the following:

In 1911 he again moved to Gilman to a farm about five miles west of that town where he lived out his life.

Charles died 30 Dec 1927 at his home in Gilman, WI. He was a charter member of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Thorp, WI.

After a short service at his home the following day his body was brought to Thorp, WI, to the Odd Fellow Hall where Wendel Bennett conducted the service. The pallbearers were E Strasman, Peter Kronberg, Walter Larson, Walter Fults, Mike Kronberg and J.E. Lund.

He was survived by his daughter, Mrs. Charles (Eva) Adams and nine grandchildren. He is buried at the Thorp Village Cemetery.


1880 Federal Census Wisconsin, Waupaca County, Little Wolf

Sheldon, Charles (Head) married, birth year 1847, Age 33, birth place New York, occupation farmer, father & mother birth place New York

Sheldon, Hellen (wife) birth year 1852, age 28, birth place New York, occupation keeping house, father & mother birth place England



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