Sheldon, John Alexander
Age: 21, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 10th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, SGT, Co. K, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; comn CPT, Co. C, 10th VT INF, 8/5/62 (8/30/62), m/o 2/5/65
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Birth: 08/14/1839, Troy, NY
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 45284634
Alias?: None noted
Portrait?: Charles Collection, VHS Collections, History 10th Infantry, History of Rutland County, off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: 10th Vt. History off-site
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SHELDON, JOHN ALEXANDER, eldest son of Charles and Janet (Reid) Sheldon, was born in Troy, N. Y., August 14, 1839. His education was received principally at the Sand Lake Academy, Sand Lake, N. Y., and at Williamstown, Mass. Just before he reached fifteen years of age he left school and entered the store of Sheldons, Morgan & Slason. He filled a minor station here for several years, and then accepted the position of book-keeper for the same firm. He remained in this office until the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion. The call of the government for volunteers, which drew from their homes so many of the sons of Vermont, stirred his sense of patriotism and he joined the First Regiment of Vermont Volunteers (three months men) as sergeant. Returning home at the expiration of this term, he remained until the organization of the Tenth Regiment, in which he again went to the front as captain of Company C. The record of this gallant regiment has been preserved in a historical volume and will be found in brief in this work. Mr. Sheldon remained in the field through the remainder of the war, and on his return purchased an interest in the great marble business of his father, as described above. As a member of this firm his excellent business qualifications, his untiring industry and his general popularity have enabled him to exert an influence for its prosperity second only to that of his father. These qualifications have not gone unrecognized by his townsmen; he has filled the office of selectman three years; was trustee of Rutland village and one year president of the board. In 1876 he was elected to represent the town in the Legislature of the State; in this year he also acted as senior aid-de-camp on Governor Fairbank's staff. He was for several years a trustee of the old Rutland Savings Bank and is now vice-president of the Merchants' National Bank of Rutland. Immediately succeeding the war he took up his residence in Rutland village, where he purchased his beautiful home in the spring of 1870.
Mr. Sheldon was married on the 20th of December, 1866, to Caroline A., daughter of Augustus M. Eastman, of Brooklyn, N. Y. They have seven children, four sons and three daughters, as follows: Charles Alexander, born October 17, 1867; Augustus Eastman, born June 20, 1869; Mary Hatfield, born March 3, 1871; Francis Marion, born February 1, 1873; John Somerville. born February 4, 1875; Carolyn Pearl, born November 9, 1876; Archie McDaniels, born April 23, 1885.
Source: Smith & Rann; History of Rutland County, Vermont
See also: Hiram Carleton; Genealogical and Family History of Vermont, Volume 2 p. 656