THOMAS H. SHELDON


Thomas H. Sheldon, son of Michael Sheldon and wife Mary, was born 12 May 1818 in Providence RI, and died 22 Nov 1854 in Franklin Co OH. He was married 21 Jan 1844 in Franklin Co OH [Vol. 4, p. 252] by John Miley, Minister of the Gospel, to Martha E. Uncles, daughter of James Uncles and wife Elizabeth "Betsey" Criswell, who was born 7 Jan 1824 in Columbus, Franklin Co OH, and died 9 Jul 1912 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John S. Roberts, at 137 West Goodale Street in Columbus OH of arteriosclerosis. The 1910 census for Columbus [Enumeration District 66, Sheet 157] lists Martha Merion, age 86, living with Irene E. Roberts. Martha was married second to William Merion Jr. on 28 Oct 1858 in Franklin Co OH by Wm. Parker, Minister of the Gospel. William Merion was a farming living with his first wife, Catharine Clickenger, and six children [they eventually had nine], in the 1850 census of Montgomery Twp., Franklin County (p. 410). In 1850, Thos. H. and Martha E. Sheldon were in the First Ward, Columbus [p. 386], operating a tailor business, with two children, and four others. Greenlawn Cemetery records in Columbus list two infants of S.H. & Martha Sheldon, who died in 1851 and 1853, and we wonder if this might have been typed from a "T.H." in the original script, so we have included them among the children.
  1. Robert Emmet, b.1 Jun 1845 Tiffin, Seneca Co OH; m. Mary Elizabeth Butler
  2. Emma E., b. ca. 1848 OH; m. J.S. Roberts
  3. Albert Thomas, b. 13 Aug 1851 Columbus OH; d. 18 Aug 1851 Columbus, of cholera infantum
  4. Fitch William, b. 24 Jun 1853 Columbus; d. 29 Dec 1853 Columbus, of consumption

As stated, Martha E. (Uncles) Sheldon, the widow of Thomas H. Sheldon, married second to William Merion Jr., a farmer, living on Parsons Avenue in Columbus. In 1880, they removed to a residence at 616 Franklin Avenue where Mr. Merion died 13 Dec 1893. Mr. Merion was one of the stockholders of the Columbus and Groveport Turnpike. William Merion was an early trustee of old Montgomery Township, and he proposed that the name be changed to Merion Township, after his father. The county commissioners complied, but used the spelling Marion. William Merion had an interest in local history, serving as the treasurer of the Franklin County Pioneer Association for many years. The Merion's were members of the Broad Street Methodist Church in Columbus. The obituary of Martha Merion from the Columbus Dispatch in 1912 identifies her as one of the oldest native residents, if not the oldest, who had "seen Columbus grow from a hamlet of four hundred to a city of 200,000 and more." Martha had three additional children:

  1. Unknown, died
  2. Unknown, died
  3. J.Edwin; m. 15 Sep 1891 Sarah Peters; to Indianapolis IN

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