Friday, February 15, 2013

Ancestry Trees Image Not John Sheffield Sr.

There is an image circulating among various trees on that has an image attached that is suppose to be John Sheffield Sr. (1727-1796), see image below. Being suspicous of such claims (the dress didn't seem right for the period being claimed) I used Google to find out the real story behind the portrait of this portrait.

First, it is NOT an image of John Sheffield Sr, father of John Sheffield Jr the Rev War soldier.

IT is a portrait of John Sheffield, son of Everett and Rebecca Sheffield, who was born April 26, 1837 in Alabama and died April 29, 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh. He married Elizabeth J. Sims in Itawamba County on July 10, 1858. The original image was posted to the online photo archives of the Itawamba Historical Society (

Come on folks. We really need to do a better job when we are doing our genealogy research.