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Elizabeth Sherman (Hartwell)

Birthplace: Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Death: Died in New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
Place of Burial: Center Cemetery, New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Hartwell and Mary Rice
Wife of Hon. Roger Sherman, signer of the "Declaration of Independence"
Mother of Capt. John Sherman; William Sherman; Isaac Sherman; Chloe Sherman; Oliver Sherman and 2 others
Sister of Joseph Hartwell
Half sister of Isaiah Tolman, Sr.; Mary Reynolds; Thomas Tolman and Thomas Tolman

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About Elizabeth Sherman

  • Source: Women of the Constitution: Wives of the Signers By Janice E. McKenney, Daughters of the American, District of Columbia pg 171-3.
  • Source: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence, by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1997). Orignaly Published in 1912 as volume 3 of The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons). Pages 92-93. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)

Elizabeth Hartwell (11 Sep 1726 – 1760)

  • She was the oldest daughter of Deacon Joseph Hartwell and Mary Tolman, of Stoughton, Massachusetts.
  • Elizabeth had a solid family background, but not an educated one; by at least one account, she was illiterate.
  • Husband: Roger Sherman (1721-1793) – of Connecticut and signed both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
  • Married on 17 November 1749 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • went to live with him in New Milford, Conn., where he held the office of County Surveyor for New Haven County.
  • She was his first wife.
    • Six years before after the death of his father in 1741, he had removed from Stoughton to New Milford with his widowed mother and her little family, and worked at his calling as shoemaker.
    • In 1748 he and his brother William began operating a general store, and bought one of the finest houses in the village.
    • He then returned to Stoughton to marry Elizabeth Hartwell.
      • Roger Sherman was twenty-eight years old at the time and she was twenty-three.
  • We know little about Elizabeth Hartwell Sherman beyond the fact that she became the mother of seven children
  • At the time of her death, her husband was serving his fifth year as a member of Assembly, and was studying law.
  • Their children were John, William, Isaac, Chloe, Oliver, Chloe, and Elizabeth.
    • Chloe (the first), and Oliver died in infancy.
  • She died in 1760 and was highly respected by all who knew her for her gentle nature and Christian character.

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Elizabeth Hartwell Sherman

  • Birth: 1726
  • Death: Oct. 19, 1760 New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • "Mrs. Elizabeth Sherman, wife of Roger Sherman, Esq., who died Oct 19, 1760, aged 34 years.
  • She was daughter of Mr. Joseph Hartwell of Stoughton."
  • Roger Sherman, signed of the Declaration of Independence
  • Family links:
    • Spouse: Roger Sherman (1721 - 1793)
    • Children:
      • John Sherman (1750 - 1802)*
      • Chloe Sherman (1753 - 1757)*
      • Oliver Sherman (1756 - 1757)*
      • Chloe Sherman Skinner (1758 - 1839)*
  • Burial: Center Cemetery in New Milford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA
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Elizabeth Sherman's Timeline

August 31, 1726
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Age 23
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
November 12, 1751
Age 25
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
June 17, 1753
Age 26
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
December 26, 1754
Age 28
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
July 25, 1756
Age 29
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
Age 31
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
September 28, 1760
Age 34
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut
October 19, 1760
Age 34
New Milford, Litchfield Co., Connecticut