Sloughhouse in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Jared D. Sheldon
1813 - 1851
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. 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
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.)
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,
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.]
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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.