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Vol IV File 2: The Maternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James
2. Sherman Line
Ref: Booth and Northrup, "Genealogy
of One Branch of the Sherman Family, from Samuel Sherman, down
to the 9th generation, through Jotham Sherman." and Sherman,
W. T., "Memoirs of General William T. Sherman,"
Vol I. and II.
Ref: LDS (Mormons) Family History Records
Ref: Thomas Townsend Sherman, "Sherman
Ref: Roger Sherman Boardman, "Roger
Sherman," U. of Pennsylvania Press (1938)
The Sherman (or Shearmen) family came from
England, and as the name denotes, were "shearers" or
manufacturers of cloth, which occupation their ancestors had followed
for generations, and their posterity still followed in the late
19th century near Dedham, co. Essex, England. According to the
parish records of Dedham, we find Edmond Sherman had three sons,
John, Edmond, and Samuel, who were at Boston as early as 1630,
but that Edmond, the father, and Edmond, the son, returned to
Dedham in 1636 or 1637, where their posterity resided in the late
19th century and carry on the same occupation of manufacturers
The memoirs of General William T. Sherman,
written by himself, says, "According to Cotheran in his
`History of Ancient Woodbury, CT, the Sherman family came from
Dedham, co. Essex, England. The first recorded name is of Edmond
Sherman, with his three sons, Edmond, Samuel, and John, who were
in Boston before 1630; and further, it is distinctly recorded
that Hon. Samuel Sherman, Rev. John Sherman, his brother, and
Capt. John. his first cousin, arrived from Dedham, co. Essex,
England, in 1634. Samuel afterwards married Sarah Mitchell, who
had come (in the same ship) from England and finally settled in
Stratford, CT. The other two Johns located at Watertown, MA.
From Capt. John Sherman [the cousin] descended Roger Sherman,
the Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Hon. William M.
Evarts, the Messrs Hoar of Massachusetts, and many others of national
fame. Our own family are descended from the Hon. Samuel Sherman,
and his son, the Rev. John Sherman, who was born in 1650-51; then
another John Sherman, born in 1687; the Judge Daniel Sherman,
born in 1721; then Taylor Sherman, our grandfather, who was born
in 1758. Taylor Sherman was a lawyer and judge in Norwalk, CT,
where he resided until his death, May 4, 1815; leaving a widow,
Betsey Stoddard Sherman, and three children, Charles R. (our father),
Daniel, and Betsey." etc. etc. (Memoirs of Gen. William
T. Sherman, Chap 1., page 9).
The information shown below from Line 1 to
Line 5 was added on August 1993, based on information form the
Family History Center at the LDS Church in Flagstaff, AZ.
1. Thomas Sherman(?), married Agnes Fulmer(?). Dates seem to be in error for this generation and the next below. This information is questionable.
2. John Sherman, born in 1445, in Diss,
co. Norfolk, England, and died in 1504 in Yaxley, co. Suffolk.
He married Agnes Fuller.
3. Thomas Sherman, Gentleman, born in
1490, in Yaxley, co. Suffolk, England, died November 16, 1551,
in Yaxley, co. Suffolk. He married Jane Waller, daughter
of John Waller and his wife, M. Thoralde.
He was described as " a forceful and interesting character
and a man of ability and influence," He was a churchwarden
in Yaxley Parish, near Diss.
4. Henry Sherman, Sr, born about 1511-1512
(born about 1520, according to Boardman), in Dedham, co. Essex,
married in Dedham, in 1541 Agnes Butter(?). He took up residence
in Dedham, in Essex, on the River Stour. Dedham is only about
six miles from Colchester, formerly known as Delham, a settlement
that existed as far back as pre-Roman days. He died July 25,
1590 in Dedham. Henry and Agnes had at least two children as
5. Edmund Sherman, born in 1548 in Dedham,
co. Essex, England., who married Anne Pallette in Cochester on April
25, 1570, and died in 1600 in England. This information was obtained
from LDS records. There is a Sherman Building, named for him,
across the street from the Dedham Grammar School.
6. Edmond Sherman, a native of Dedham,
co. Essex, England. According to the LDS records he was married
to a Joan Makin,
daughter of Tobias Makin and his wife,
K. Makin. Edmond Sherman and Joan
had the following children:
7. Samuel Sherman, Sr, baptized in Dedham,
co. Essex, England, July 12, 1618, married Sarah Mitchell, who arrived in America
at the same time as her husband, daughter
of M. Mitchell and his wife, S. Butterfield. M. Mitchell was
the son of T. Mitchell and his wife E. Clay. S. Butterfield was
the daughter of B. Butterfield and his wife, Ann _______.
Samuel Sherman came to America as a boy. He passed most of his
life in the New Haven Colony, and was prominent as a laymen in
church and state, dying in 1700. Samuel Sherman and Sarah Mitchell
had the following children:
1. Samuel Sherman, Jr, born June 19, 1641.
2. Theophilus Sherman, born October 28,
1643, in Stratford, CT.
3. Matthew Sherman, born October 24, 1645,
in Stratford, CT., died in 1698.
4. Edmond Sherman, born December 4, 1647,
in Stratford, CT., died in 1683.
5. Rev. John Sherman, born February 8, 1651,
in Stratford, CT., died December 13, 1730. Another record (LDS)
shows his death date as May 20, 1727. He married on July 22,
1714, Emma Preston, in Woodbury, Litchfield County, CT. They
had a son, John, born in 1687, christened June 1687, in Woodbury,
Litchfield County, CT. He in turn had a son, Judge Daniel Sherman,
born in 1721, who sat in the Connecticut General Assembly for
30 years. He married M. Taylor. They had a son Judge Taylor
Sherman, lawyer and judge in Norwalk, CT, born in 1758, who married
Elizabeth (Betsey) Stoddard, daughter of Anthony Stoddard, a Harvard
graduate, known as a Puritan divine. They had the following three
1. Charles Robert Sherman, born in 1788
in Norwalk, CT. He married in 1810 Mary Hoyt, born in 1787 in
Norwalk, CT. Shortly afterwards they moved to Ohio, first to
Zanesville, and later to Lancaster. Charles was a lawyer and
a judge and a collector of internal revenue. He received land
grants in the Ohio "Western Reserve" because of damage
inflicted by the British in the War of 1812. He died in 1829,
leaving his family impoverished. They had the following children:
1. Charles Taylor Sherman, born in 1811,
in Norwalk, CT.
2. Mary Elizabeth Sherman, born in 1813,
in Lancaster, OH. She married ______ Reese.
3. James Sherman, born in 1814, in Lancaster,
4. Amelia Sherman, born in 1816, in Lancaster,
5. Julia Ann Sherman, born in 1818, in Lancaster,
6. General William Tecumseh Sherman, born on February 8, 1820, in Lancaster, OH. He married Ellen Ewing. She was the daughter of his foster parents. He was the famous leader of the Union troops, who eventually made the celebrated march through Georgia. Much information has been written on his life, including his own personal memoirs.
7. John Sherman born in 1823, in Lancaster, OH. He was a Senator and the Secretary of State.
8. Lampson Sherman, born in 1822, in Lancaster,
9. Susan Sherman, born in 1826, in Lancaster,
10. Hoyt Sherman, born in 1827, in Lancaster
11. Frances (Fanny) Sherman, born in 1829,
in Lancaster, OH.
2. Daniel Sherman, a farmer.
3. Betsy Sherman, married Judge ______.
6. Sarah Sherman, born February 8, 1653,
in Stratford, CT., married John Rossiter, and had 17 children
in 22 years.
7. Nathaniel Sherman, born March 21, 1656,
in Stratford CT., died in 1712.
8. Benjamin Sherman, born March 29, 1662,
in Stratford, CT., died in 1741.
9. David Sherman, born April 15, 1665, in
Stratford, CT., had 9 daughters, died in 1753.
8. Samuel Sherman, Jr, born June 19,
1641, died February 26, 1718/1719. He married June 19, 1665,
She died February 20, 1719. They had the following children: