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Charles, son of Richard Sheldon, was born in Waterbury, Vermont, March 16, 1813. He was educated in the common schools. He came to Phelps, Ontario county, when a young man. Afterward, he decided to locate in what was then the west and he went on foot to Illinois where he took up a large tract of land, but he eventually sold out and returned to Phelps. He engaged in farming there the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Phelps and superintendent of the Sunday school for many years. He married Sarah Crittenden, born January 11, 1814, daughter of Osee Crittenden. Children: Jane, born September 15, 1839; Augusta, March 27, 1842; Cassius C.. mentioned elsewhere; Mary, September 30. 1848; Adelaide, March 26, 18J7; Florence, June 17. 1859.