The Sheldon Family Association record and descendants of Thomas Sheldon b. 18 Feb 1709 (South Kingstown, Rhode Island), d. approximately 1756 - 1758 (New York), has come under question.
Thomas Sheldon m. Harriet Winters is S0301 in the SFA numbering system. Dates of death at Ancestry.com are stated as 1748 and 1750. He was to have been buried in the Pine Plains Cemetery, Dutchess County, New York (not noted in transcriptions). I am attempting to arrive at a more plausable date of death that would encompass the birth of his 11th and 12th child in the early 1750's.
While earlier records of the SFA may have been lost, some bio notes remain on their genealogical system's database. One mentions that Thomas Sheldon fought in the French and Indian War as far north as Lake George, and another states he fought in Abercromby's Army, and died near the mouth of the Mohawk River (where it meets the Hudson River).
While I have been researching the details of Abercrombie's leadership, author of '1812, The War That Forged a Nation,' Walter R. Borneman has again proven himself as a respectful author of American History. In 'The French and Indian War, Deciding the Fate of North America,' 2006, he summarizes well the account of James Abercromby (sometime spelled Abercrombie in other writings).
While (British) William Pitt successfully chose Jeffrey Amherst as the British leader over the assault on Louisbourg, he was not so fortunate with what was ahead for Fort Ticonderoga. Chapter 8, Page 119, Borneman begins to describe how the decision was made to arrive at Abercromby, whose orders to command came on March 4, 1758. Even so that prior attempst to gain Colonial troops by the thousands failed, this new campaign attracted the new level of expected thousands from the New England colonists, including those from New York while Pitt had pledged arming as many as "...23,000 provincials." He notes, "Great Britan's North American colonies had finally been jumpstarted into a major war effort."
In July of 1758, the British forged an attack on Ft. Ticonderoga, then held by the French. Somee six attempts in one day failed and while Abecrombie avoided danger by staying out of the range of battle, some 2,000 of his troops lay dead on the battlefield.
Another account of Abercrombie notes that, as a result of his failures, he was returned to England in the fall of 1758.
While record of soldiers for the French & Indian War may not have been formally kept, some how, prior researchers were able to ascertain that he (1) fought in the French & Indian War, (2) in Abercrombie's Army, (3) died probably serving under him and near the mouth of the Mohawk River, and (4) was buried in the Pine Plains Cemetery, although he does not appear in transcriptions.
Any help would be appreciated so we can begin to rebuild the file for our Thomas Sheldon S0301.
He is / was my gggggg-grandfather. He and Harriet Winters had 12 children, some serving in the Revolutionary War (i.e. son Caleb Sheldon). I descend from their son Benjamin, and have participated in the SFA's DNA project. We have essentially identified our Colonial Projenitor's DNA marker, John Sheldon of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and Thomsa is in the middle of that line. Over the past 11 years, I have met quite a few "Thomas Cousins" realizing that his family gave way to a large descending tree of descendant cousins.
Thanks in advance.
Jack Sheldon, Jr., CPA
SFA Life Member
Mesa, AZ (formerly of Owosso, Michigan)
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