William Sherman (1599 - 1679) MP

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Birthplace: Dedham, Essex, England
Death: Died in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: highway surveyor
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About William Sherman

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William "The Pilgrim" Sherman

I'nformation taken from "The Descendants of William Sherman of Marshfield, Mass.", written by Mary Lovering Holman, pub. 1936

SHERMAN (Eng): The shearman or cutter of wool or cloth. [*** Taken from the 'New Dictionary of American Family Names', by Elsdon C. Smith, published by Harper & Row 1973. ***]

1st Generation

1. SHERMAN, William: died in Marshfield, Plymouth Co., Ma. 25 Oct 1679; married 23 Jan 1638 at Plymouth, Ma. to Prudence HILL. It has been considered possible that William Sherman was identical with the man of that name mentioned in the records of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (vol. I, p. 25), under the date of 26 Feb 1628/9: "Wm Sherman hath liberty for 14 daies to fech his keynes in Northampt., near ferry." If this supposition is correct, he probably was about to emigrate then and was in the country before 1630, but there is no mention of him so early. He was in Plymouth before 1632. In 1640 he had lands granted to him at Green Harbor or Marshfield and removed there. He is first mentioned in the records of Marshfield, 25 Aug 1652. On 7 Jul 1653 he was made one of the committee with Josiah Winslow, Sr., Peregrine White, and Thomas Tilden to "agree with a workman or workmen" in regard to building a bridge over the South River. On 13 Aug 1657 he was chosen grand juryman for the year and, 11 Oct 1658, paid a tax of 10 shillings. At at town meeting held 18 May 1663, the town granted to William Sherman and his heirs forever twenty acres of land to be added to the head of his estate. On 27 Apr 1668, he was appointed to sell the wheat 'now in the constables hands.' He had apparently four adult children, three sons and a daughter. He evidently gave his grandson, William Stephens, some land, but the deed has not been found. He made no will and no administration was taken on his estate, but some years before his death, he gave to his three sons all of his real estate and, since he made no provisions for his wife in any way, it is presumed that she predeceased him. Unfortunately, the name of his daughter has not been preserved, but it was possibly Hannah or Sarah. The records of Marshfield have the following imperfect record: "[worn]h the wife of edward [worn] was Buried ye I of October 1680." It is supposed, and probably correct, to refer to the wife of Edward Stephens as this daughter of William's whose name cannot be found. "To all people to whome this present writing shall come I William Sherman senr: of the Towne of Marshfield in the Collonie of New Plymouth in New England in America Planter sendeth Greet: &c [etc.]: Know yee that I the said William Sherman . . . for the tender Love and affection which I haue and beare to my Naturall and well beloved son John Sherman of Marshfield . . . have Given . . . all my right . . . unto one Share of a certaine prsell or Tract of land lying and being att and near Saconett in the collonie of New Plymouth . . . bounded with lands formerly Graunted to the Township of Plymouth on the Northerly syde and on the easterly syde: with the Lands of the Towne of Dartmouth; and with the sea on the southerly and westerly sydes . . . . unto my son John Sherman . . . In Witness whereof I have heerunto sett my hand and seale this fifth day of February; in the year of our Lord God 1673. . . Signed . . . in the William Sherman prsence of us John Dogett His W marke And a [seal]" Samuel Sprague (Plymouth Colony Deeds, 5:202-203). "William Sherman, senr of the Towne of Marshfield in the Jurisdiction of New Plymouth in New England . . . yeoman . . . Know ye that I the said William Sherman out of my singular Good affection to my Naturall son Samuell Sherman of . . . Marshfield . . . Doe . . . Give and Grant unto my said Son Samuell . . . a Certain tract . . . of land and meddow; being a pte of those lands whereon I now Dwell in . . . Marshfield . . . (viz) of my upland twenty poles of breadth on the southerly side of my said Lott; beginning att the northerly bounds of the Lott of Thomas Doged, and att my southerly bounds . . . att the foot or easterly end of our Lands, att a Rock which is between the meddow and a swamp or the upland, and soe for breadth to River northerly twenty poles unto my Lott and in length to River from the Meddow westward the whole Length to my lands both of my first purchase and alsoe of the aditionall Graunt, from the abovesaid Towne, together with one halfe or moyety of the Marsh and Meddow land appertaining to my said Lott viz The southerly pte or syde of my marsh and meddow, by equall and Just Division or measure all the above mensioned lands . . . In witness whereof I have heerunto sett my hand and affixed my seale, this ninth Day of June in the yeer of Grace; one thousand six hundred seventy and three; Delivered in the psence The mark W of William Sherman senr of Peregrine White and a [seale]" Francis Crocker (Plymouth Colony Deeds, 4:110) "William Sherman senir of the Towne of Marshfield in the Jurisdiction of New Plymouth . . . sendeth Greeting . . . Know yee that I the said William Sherman as well for and in consideration of the Great love and fatherly affection; which I beare unto my Naturall and wellbeloved son William Sherman of Marshfield . . . as alsoe for divers other good causes and consideration . . . have Given . . . and made over . . . unto my son William Sherman . . . all that my dwelling house and land . . . upland and meddow . . . within . . . Marshfield . . . together with all edifices buildings orchyards pastures . . . whatsoever . . . In witness wherof, I the said William Sherman senir have heerunto sett my hand and seale this fifteenth day of August Anno Dom 1676. John Doged The mark of William Sherman senir Samuel Sprague and a [seale]" ("This Deed was acknowlidged by William Sherman senir and hee declared the Intent of this deed was for all his Lands in Marshfield not mensioned in his son Samuells deed.") (Plymouth Colony Deeds, 4:109) Children: 2 i William SHERMAN - born probably about 1639 at Plymouth Colony, Ma.; died in Marshfield, Ma.. 3 ii Samuel SHERMAN - born in 1641 (or 1642) at Plymouth Colony, (most probably Marshfield), Ma.; died about Apr 1718 at Marshfield, Ma. 4 iii daughter - born about 1644. 5 iv John SHERMAN - born 22 Feb 1645/6 at Marshfield, Ma.; died 5 Nov 1723 at Marshfield, Ma., aged 77 years. Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/l/u/t/Abigail-O-Lutz/BOOK-0001/0078-0001.html __________________________________________________________________________

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William "The Pilgrim" Sherman's Timeline

1599
April 29, 1599
Dedham, Essex, England
1638
January 23, 1638
Age 38
Plymouth, MA
1639
1639
Age 39
Marshfield, Plymouth
1642
1642
Age 42
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1644
1644
Age 44
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1644
Age 44
Plymouth, UK
1645
February 22, 1645
Age 45
Marshfield, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1679
October 25, 1679
Age 80
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
October 25, 1679
Age 80
Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
1934
October 22, 1934
Age 80