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Sloughhouse in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Jared D. Sheldon

1813 - 1851

 
 
Jared D. Sheldon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2010
1. Jared D. Sheldon Marker
This marker is located to the right of the obelisk marking the gravesite of Jared Sheldon.
Inscription. These millstones were brought from Mexico by water and oxcart in 1846 and were used by Jared D. Sheldon one of the earliest settlers in this valley in his grist mill near here, his Rancho Omochumne was granted him in payment for his work on Customhouse at Monterey and for services under the Mexican Government.
 
Location. 38° 29.693′ N, 121° 11.481′ W. Marker is in Sloughhouse, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from Meiss Road near Jackson Highway (California Highway 16). Touch for map. Marker is located at the Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Sloughhouse CA 95683, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John P. Rhoads (a few steps from this marker); Sloughhouse Pioneer Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Sloughhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sheldon Grist Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vernal Pool Grassland (approx.
Jared D. Sheldon Marker and Millstone image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2010
2. Jared D. Sheldon Marker and Millstone
Sheldon wrote from Monterey in 1845 that he had ordered the stones from Mexico for the mill. He would be in Sacramento for the arrival of the ship that would carry them. The stones were hauled from the quarry in Mexico to the ocean by ox team.
4.6 miles away); Welcome to Mather Lake (approx. 5.6 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 5.6 miles away); Mather Air Force Base Navigators Monument (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sloughhouse.
 
More about this marker. Stop at the antique store at Meiss Road and Highway 16 (The Jackson Highway) and get the key to the gate.
Also pick up a copy of the D.U.P publication Historic Cosumnes and Slough House Pioneer Cemetery, by Norma Ricketts. This booklet is an outstanding guide to the cemetery. It gives the history of the area, cemetery, the people, and location of gravesites.
 
Regarding Jared D. Sheldon. Water rights have always been an issue in California and Sheldon found himself caught up in a disagreement with the local miners. He had built a dam to support his ranch and gristmill, and this had impacted the water that was needed for the placer mining in the area. At age 38, Sheldon was shot
Jared D. Sheldon Marker, Millstone and Obelisk Marking His Grave image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2010
3. Jared D. Sheldon Marker, Millstone and Obelisk Marking His Grave
The small headstone at the bottom of the photo is marking the grave of Jared and Catherine Sheldon's two year old daughter Sarah, who had drowned in the Consumnes River on June 8, 1852.
and killed while repairing his dam after miners had distroyed it.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historic Fight Over Water Remembered. An Elk Grove Citizen publication of July 8, 2008 telling of the shooting of Jared Sheldon. (Submitted on March 7, 2010.) 

2. Sloughhouse Wasn't Always Quiet. A Sacramento Bee 1998 Gold Rush article about the history of Sloughhouse. (Submitted on March 8, 2010.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Jared Sheldon
Jared Sheldon was born in Vermont. In 1832 he was in Quincy, Illinois and in 1834 was teaching school in Berne, Indiana where he married Mary Edwards in Iowa, she died six months later. In 1838 he was farming in Quincy, Illinois and bought land in St. Louis, Missouri. He then signed on as a guard for an expedition to Sante Fe and then transferred to a party heading for California. He became ill and was left behind. In 1840 he arrived in California with a passport issued in Sonora, Mexico. He was a carpenter, school teacher and millwright.

As payment for his work at the Customs House in Monterey he was offered a land grant, however he first had to find the land,
Grave Marker of Sarah Sheldon, Daughter of Jacob and Catherine Sheldon image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2010
4. Grave Marker of Sarah Sheldon, Daughter of Jacob and Catherine Sheldon
convert to Catholicism and become a Mexican citizen.

He left Monterey and headed to Sutterís Fort to find employment. While there he met up with his friend from Monterey, William Daylor. Daylor, also employed by John Sutter was sent out to find a herd of horses that had gotten free. He located the horses south of the Fort at an Indian camp near the Consumnes River. As he didnít speak the language of these Miwoks, he returned to the Fort to get Sheldon, who was familiar with their language. Upon their return, they found a beautiful valley and Sheldon knew that this is where he wanted to settle. The Daylor-Sheldon partnership was formed and after following through with all the requirements, Sheldon was awarded the Omochumney Rancho, which consisted of five leagues of land – 22, 130 acres. One section became known as the Daylor Ranch and the remaining section, the Sheldon Ranch.
It was on this ranch that Sheldon built his gristmill.

See nearby marker “Sheldon Grist Mill” for additional information.
[Source: Historic Cosumnes and The Slough House
Pioneer Cemetery
, by Norma B. Ricketts - D.U.P.]
Catherine's Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, March 6, 2010
5. Catherine's Gravesite
Following Jared's death, Catherine married John Mahone who died in 1872. She then remarried a third time to Dennis Dalton. At the time of her death in 1905 the Sheldon family plot was full and her burial site is further west within the cemetery.
    — Submitted March 7, 2010.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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