Sheldon, New York

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Sheldon is a town in Wyoming County, New York, United States. The population was 2,561 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Sheldon is on the west border of Wyoming County. The town is southeast of Buffalo, New York.

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History

The Town of Sheldon was founded in 1808 from part of the Town of Batavia. In 1811, the Town of Attica was formed from part of Sheldon, and the Towns of Bennington and Arcade were taken off in 1818.

Past residents of note

Lemuel Chipman (1754-1831), a native of Connecticut and a soldier in the Revolutionary War, served as a political leader in New York and later died in Sheldon. He served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1792; member of New York state assembly, 1796-97, 1800-01 (Ontario County 1796-97, Ontario and Steuben counties 1800-01); member of New York state senate Western District, 1801-05. Episcopalian. Died in Sheldon Center, Wyoming County, N.Y., April 28, 1831. Lemuel is buried at the West Ave Cemetery in Canandaguia, Ontario, New York.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 47.4 square miles (122.7 km²), of which, 47.3 square miles (122.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.06%) is water.

The west town line is the border of Erie County, New York. Cayuga Creek flows northward through the east part of the town and the Buffalo Creek flows through the southwest part.

U.S. Route 20A passes aross the north part of the town and intersects New York State Route 77 at Persons Corners.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,561 people, 916 households, and 707 families residing in the town. The population density was 54.1 people per square mile (20.9/km²). There were 973 housing units at an average density of 20.6/sq mi (7.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.61% White, 0.04% African American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

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