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Lesson 7 - Readings for the Sheldon Family

Ebenezer Sheldon

From The History of Deerfield, Vol. II, George Sheldon, 1895, pg. 295

Ebenezer, s.[son] of John, b.[born] 1691; cap.[captured] 1704 but came back; lived in the old Indian House and kept tavern; in 1735 the Gen.[general] Court granted to him and to his sister Mary, 300 acres of land in consideration of the cost of entertaining Caughnawaga [Kahnawake/Mohawk] Indians, with whom they became acquainted during their captivity, on their frequent [many] visits after the peace; in 1744 Capt.[captain] Sheldon sold the old Indian House to Jonathan Hoyt...he d.[died] Apr. 12, 1774. He m.[married] Dec. 3, 1714, Thankful, dau.[daughter] Joseph Barnard; she d.[died] 1746.

Ch.: Ebenezer, [born] Oct. 13, 1715
Remembrance, [born] Oct. 16, 1717
Thankful, [born] Nov. 5, 1719; m.[married] Sept. 25, 1740, her cousin, Joseph Barnard
Abner, [born] Nov. 22, 1721
Mercy, [born] July 26, 1724; m.[married] 1743, David Hoyt
Amasa, [born] Aug. 27, 1726
Eliakim, [born] July 15, 1728; shot by Indians while mowing at Ber.[Bernardston] July 15, 1747
Hannah, [born] Aug. 21, 1730; m.[married] May 20, 1751, Col. Sam'l[Samuel] Wells...of Bratt.[Brattleboro]
Elijah, [born] Nov. 1, 1733
Elisha, bap.[baptized] Nov. 10, 1736; cap.[captain] at Fort William Henry Aug. 9, 1757; carried to France

From New England Captives Carried to Canada, Vol. I, Emma L. Coleman, 1925, pg. 118

"Ebenezer came back and was tavern-keeper in the Old Indian House. He married Thankful Barnard. Later he lived in Bernardston and was known as the 'Old Indian fighter'.

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