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Title, side A
Ebenezer Sheldon
Title, side B
Ebenezer Sheldon
Text, side A
Ebenezer Sheldon (1754-1825) was born in Suffield, Connecticut. On April 19, 1775, he answered the “Lexington Alarm,” fought in the Revolution, and, in 1789, was appointed a captain in Connecticut’s militia. Following the Revolution, Sheldon, like many others, suffered financial hardships and sought a new beginning in the Western Reserve. In 1799, he established a homestead in Aurora and returned to Connecticut the following year to bring his wife Lovee and their six children to the area. A family legend relates that when Lovee saw the family’s home she “shed a few tears over the cheerless prospects” of her new life in the wilderness.
Text, side B
(Continued from other side) Ebenezer Sheldon was an agent for the Big Beaver & Cuyahoga Land Company. In the 1799 lottery for lands in the Western Reserve, the company drew Township #5 in Range #8 (Mantua), Township #5 in Range #9 (Aurora). Sheldon was responsible for the deeding of the land in Aurora. Sheldon's original homestead was located on the Aurora-Mantua border. Sheldon was the township's first Justice of the Peace, one of the first township trustees, and a founding member of the Congregational church. Sheldon's circa 1805 "deed house" was relocated to city owned Pioneer Park in 2016.
Pioneer Park, 123 E Pioneer Trail
Aurora, OH 44202
On the S side of the road, just E of OH 43
Latitude: 41.3125060, Longitude: -81.3445970.
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