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Frederick Sheets (b. 1839)

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Frederick Sheets (b. 1839)

Posted: 22 Jul 2002 10:08PM GMT
Frederick Sheets was born in Rock Creek Township, this county, July 27, 1839. His parents were John and Julia (Wyatt) Sheets, the former a native of Pennsylvania, and born to Frederick and Margaret Sheets in 1816. The latter was a native of Ohio. They were married July 12, 1838, and in October of 1838, they settled in Section 36, Rock Creek Township, where Mr. Sheets had entered 160 acres, of what in that day was considered a wilderness. He built a cabin, and entered the forest with his ax to clear-up a home. The hardships of those early pioneers were not felt by him like many others who came. It was on this tract of land, entered by John Sheets, in 1836, that our subject Frederick Sheets, spent his young life. He was taught the art of farming successfully from his earliest experience. He attended the district schools and received a fair education. At the age of twenty-one he began to do for himself, but remained at home, until his marriage, which occurred March 23, 1862. On this date he led to the altar Miss Maria Shively, daughter of Jacob and Rebecca (Brower) Shively. She was also born in Rock Creek Township, but spent the greater part of her early life in Wells County, Ind. Prior to his marriage Mr. Sheets had acquired 120 acres of partially improved land, in Section 1, Salamonie Township. On this he built a hewed log house, and into this he moved and began the work of life to make a comfortable home for himself and his family. He has always been very successful in his undertaking in life, and has given his attention almost exclusively to farming. He has added to his original tract, and now owns 240 acres of as fine land as can be found in this section of the country; his improvements are modern and substantial. His home is a pleasant one, and blessed with five children: Elizabeth A., Mary R., Viola, William H., and Julia E., who were twins. All are living, and the first two are married and caring for their own homes. Mrs. Sheets is a member of the German Baptist Church. Politically Mr. S. has always upheld the principles of the Democratic party.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Salamonie Township, page 833

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