The only thing I know about John is that according to 1900 census, he was born Dec 1851 VA (as was wife Ida). They married 9 July 1867 Sussex. Is this your line? If so, and if you ever learn their death dates, I would appreciate hearing from you. p.s. Dau Ida may have married John B. Dickens. In 1920 Percy Sheffield was living with them and shown as John Dicken's brotherin-law, so am assuming this is the same IDA dau of John & Ida. Perhaps someone out there descends from this DICKENS line which might help you determine parents of JOHN W. SHEFFIELD.