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Charles Platt Sheldon

SHELDON, BRAMAN, STEVENSON

Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 10/20/2016 at 00:47:51

Charles Platt Sheldon

C. P. SHELDON, who resides on section 19, Vernon Township, is one of the well-known early pioneers of the township and of Wright County, he having located a homestead in that township in the fall of 1805. He is a native of Essex County, New York, where he was born April 23, 1829, a son of Platte Sheldon, a native of New York, and Asenath (Braman) Sheldon, a native of Massachusetts. C. P. was retired in Essex County, where he lived till 1850. He then came to Iowa and lived for two years in Scott County, and then returned to New York. January 21, 1852, he was married to Miss Isabella Stevenson. In 1856 he removed to Wisconsin and remained for one year, and then came to Clayton County, Iowa. October 10, 1861, he enlisted in the Second Kansas Cavalry, as a scout, but was assigned to the Third Regiment. He served three years, three months and three days, serving under Generals Curtiss and Blunt. He was in many engagements, one against General Quantrell; served as a scout for a time; was at the taking of Fort Smith; was with General Steele on the Red River expedition; returned to Fort Scott and assisted in the defense of that fort against General Price. He was honorably discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas, January 18, 1865, and returned to Clayton County. As before stated, he came to this county in the fall of 1866, and took up a homestead. This he improved and lived on for five years, and then sold out and located on his present farm. He owns 180 acres of land, and is quite extensively engaged in the nursery business. He has made a test of the fruits best adapted for this soil and climate. He has received many premiums on his fruit at the fairs where he has exhibited it. His house is surrounded with "shade and ornamental trees. He has a good barn and other farm buildings. All shows the thrift and prosperity of the owner. Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon are the parents of five children, viz: Frank R., Minnie, Albert, Freddy, who was educated at the Northwestern University and is a successful teacher, and Hattie J. Mr. Sheldon is a member of the G. A. R., General Lyons Post, No. 133, of Clarion. In politics he is a Republican; has served as Justice of the peace for eight years

A Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Hamilton and Wright Counties, Iowa, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1889, p. 426.


 

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