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Thomas Sherman, of Diss

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Yaxley, Suffolk, England
Death: April 4, 1493 (67-75)
Diss, Norfolk, England
Place of Burial: Diss, Norfolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Sherman and Mary Sherman (Lance)
Husband of Agnes Sherman, of Yaxley
Father of John Sherman, of Yaxley; Thomas Sherman and Agnes Clerk
Brother of John Sherman

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About Thomas Sherman, of Diss

Thomas SHERMAN [scrapbook] was born in 1420 in of Yaxley, Suffolk, England. He died in Diss, Norfolk, England. He was buried in 1493 in Diss, Norfolk, England. Thomas married Agnes FULMER (FULLER) about 1458 in Diss, Norfolk, England. [Parents]

The NAME - also often spelled "Shearman" and sometimes Shereman, Shurman, Shirman or Sharman, meaning "a dresser or cutter of wool or of clothe", or referred to a person who traded in wool or was a clothier, weaver or worked with cloth. It is reputed to be of North German origin and the family is believed to have come to the vicinity of London at the time of the Saxon immigration - or invasion - in the Fifth Century. (The shearing of worsteds, fustians, etc. was known in nearby Norwich as "Shermancraft.")

Possibly descended from Richard le Sherman, merchant, of Hythe - located not far from nearby Colchester - who, in the reign of Edward I, on July 8, 1274, at Westminister was granted a license to trade in wool; and Thomas was almost certainly descended from John Sherman who paid twelve pence in taxes in Yaxley in 1327 and from Henry, John’s son, who was receiver of money for the Prior of Eye in County Suffolk near Yaxley.

Thomas SHERMAN was born 1420, died 1493 in Diss, County Norfolk, England. He was referred to as "Gentleman" in the records, a term indicating that while he had no title of nobility, he bore a coat-of-arms and was known to be descended from a family which had always borne one. (According to the records of the College of Arms, the Coat-of-Arms of the Shermans of Yaxley is the same, with slight variations, as that of the Shermans of Essex.) He resided at Diss and Yaxley, England. Diss, which is in Norfolk on the north bank of the Waveney River about seventy-five miles northeast of London. The Waveney marks the boundary between the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and the village of Yaxley is close to Diss on the south side of the river. (The Suffolk Yaxley is not to be confused with another Yaxley just south of Peterborough near Norman Cross on "Ermine Street.")

When Thomas died in 1493 at the age of 73 his will, written in Latin, gave to his son John his property in Diss and Yaxley and bequeathed to each of the four orders of Friars at Norwich the sum of three shillings and six pence, providing that they "will have an honest Priest celebrate for my soul and the souls of my Parents and benefactors, for the space of four years", he left thirteen shilling and fourpence to the church at Diss while the Yaxley church received three shillings and eight pence and the reparation of the Reydon and Stuston churches was to be aided by bequests of two bushels of corn and four of malt apiece. These ecclesiastical requirements being satisfied, each godchild received the sum of fourpence. From: A NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE, By Frederick Barreda Sherman, 1969.

Thomas SHERMAN was born in 1422 in Yaxley, Suffolk, England. He was buried in 1504 in Norfolk, England. He died in Diss, Norfolk, England.

He was married to Agnes (Fuller) FULMER about 1458 in Diss, Norfolk, England.

Children were:





GEORGE HENRY SHERMAN. The name Sherman had a German origin, but the family in England is very ancient.

(I) Henry Sherman, the first English progenitor to whom the line of George Henry Sherman, of Worcester, can be traced, lived in Dedham, Essex county, England; married Agnes ; died in 1589.

Their children were: 1. Henry, see forward. 2. Edmond. 3. Judith. 4. John. 5. Robert.

(II) Henry Sherman, son of Henry Sherman (1), married Susan Hills. He died in Dedham in 1610. His children were: 1. Henry, born 1571; died 1645.

2. Samuel (see forward). 3. Susan. 4. Edward. 5. Nathaniel, died young. 6. Nathaniel. 7. John. 8. Elizabeth. 9. Ezekiel 10. Mary. 11. Daniel.

(III) Samuel Sherman, son of Henry Sherman (2), born 1573, in Dedham, England; married Phillippa ; died in England 1615. Their children were: 1. Mary, born 1599. 2. Samuel, died in Boston, Massachusetts, and 3. Henry (twins), died young. 4. Henry, born June 25, 1603. 5. Martha, January 24, 1604. 6. Sarah, February 12, 1606; died December 12, 1612. 7. Philip (see forward).

(IV) Hon. Philip Sherman, son of Samuel Sherman (3), born in Dedham, England, February 5, 1610; died in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1687; married Sarah Odding, daughter of Mrs. John Porter. He came to New England in 1634, and settled first at Roxbury, Massachusetts. He became interested in the doctrines and opinions of Anne Hutchinson, and when she was exiled he. with others, left Massachusetts Bay colony and went to Rhode Island. Here bv advice of Roger Williams, they bought the island of Aquetnet, now Rhode Island. March 24, 1638. The government was established July, 1639, with William Coddington as governor, and Sherman secretary. He often held offices afterward. He was a man of intelligence, wealth and influence. The early records of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, are in his handwriting, which shows an unusual degree of education. He was a neat and skilful penman. After settling in Rhode Island Sherman became a Quaker, and many of his descendants have been Quakers also. Hon. John Sherman and his brother, General William T. Sherman, were descended from Philip's brother, Edmund Sherman, who settled in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Children of Hon. Philip and Sarah Sherman were: I. Eber (see forward). 2. Sarah, born 1636; married Thomas Mumford of South Kingston, Rhode Island. 3. Peleg, born in Portsmouth. Rhode Island. 4. Mary, died young. 5. Edmund, horn 1641. 6. Samson, born 1642; died 1720. 7. William, died young. 8. John, born 1644; died 1734. 9. Mary, married Samuel Wilbor, of Swansea. 10. Hannah, married William Chase, of Swansea. 11. Samuel, born 1648; died 1717. 12. Benjamin, born 1650: married December 3, 1674, Hannah Marcy. His son Jonathan, had son Jonathan and grandson Benajah who lived in Exeter (no record available of Benajah's children). He was born in 1723; died 1785. 13. Philip, born October 1, 1652; married Hathaway.

(V) Eber Sherman, eldest son of Philip Sherman (4), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1634; settled at North Kingston, and died there in 1706. North Kingston formerly included Exeter, Rhode Island. Children of Eber Sherman were: 1. Eber, married Martha Remington, and resided at North Kingston. 2. Stephen, farmer of North Kingston.

3. William, married May 12, 1681, Martha Wilbor.

4. Pelog (see forward). 5. Elisha. resided in North Kingston. 6. Samuel, died 1744, unmarried.

(VI) Peleg Sherman, fourth child of Eber Sherman (;). born in North Kingston, Rhode Island: resided there on the farm now in the limits of Exeter. Rhode Island, now or lately owned by Othniel Sherman. Children were: 1. Ichabod. born December 3. 171.S. 2. Lydia, 1717: married William Sweet. 3. Elizabeth, 1719. 4. Moses (sec forward).

5. Mary, born June 27, 1725.

(VII) Moses Sherman, fourth child of Peleg Sherman (6), born in North Kingston,-July 8. 1723. settled in that part of the town now Exeter, perhaps on the homestead. He married (first), March 31, 1745, Sarah Austin; (second) Mary Tarbox, July 13. I75& Children of Moses and Sarah (Austin) Sherman were: I. Mellicent, born July 20, 1747. 2. Elizabeth, October 4, 1749. 3. Hannah, February 26, 1752. 4. Moses, March 7, 1756. Children of Moses and Mary (Tarbox) Sherman were. 5. Rufus, January 28, 1759. 6. Sarah, January 15, 1761. 7. Abiel, February 15, 1767. 8. Benajah (see forward) (not in printed records). 9. Samuel, married Mary Niles of West Greenwich, January 18, 1794. (Birth not recorded of Samuel, see marriage record).

(VIII) Benajah Sherman, son of Moses Sherman (7), born in Exeter, Rhode Island, April 16, 1774, was the father of Peleg Brown Sherman, born October 11, 1798.

(IX) Peleg Brown Sherman, son of Benajah Sherman (8), born in Exeter, Rhode Island, October 11, 1798, was the grandfather of George H. Sherman, of Worcester, and father of Hazard Sherman, born January 14, 1821. His wife was Elsie Dawley and they had fourteen children: Harriet, Mary, Hazard, Susan, Peleg, Martha and Ruth (twins), George, Robert, was in the navy during the civil war; Elsie, Alford, Hannah, Emily, and one who died young. He was killed by an accident, his horse running away. He was a merchant.

(X) Hazard Sherman, son of Peleg Brown Sherman (9), and grandson of Benajah Sherman, was born January 14, 1821, in Exeter, Rhode Island, where the family lived for many generations. The town of Exeter was set off from North Kingston, where the family located about 1660. His father was born there October 11, 1708, and his grandfather, Benajah Sherman, was born on the same farm in North Kingston. April 16. 1744. Hazard Sherman settled in Lonsdale, Rhode Island, where he kept a general store and was postmaster; was also a carpenter and contractor. He was a member and captain of the old Rough and Ready fire company, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was a man of influence, and much esteemed by his fellow citizens. For a number of years he served in the town council. He was a Free Mason and Knight Templar, and a charter member of Unity Lodge of Lonsdale. He removed from Pawtucket to Lonsdale later in life. He attended and supported all churches liberally. He married Susan B. Follett of Massachusetts, daughter of James Follett, and their children were: 1. Hazard B. 2. Fred A. 3. George Henry (see forward). 4. Frank P. 5. Charles J. 6 Susan E. 7. Cora J. He died in Lonsdale alwut 18X2. She is still living (1906) and resides at Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

(XI) George Henry Sherman, son of Hazard Sherman (10), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, March 24, 1850; attended school in his native town and in Lonsdale, and was graduated from the Lonsdale high school in 1867. He went to work in his father's store, and for a time, while clerking there, was assistant postmaster. He was in the store six years. He then started in business for himself in Lonsdale, but after a short time removed M Florida, where he opened a general store, first in Micanopy, where he remained a year, then in Gainesville. He made a specialty there of dealing in Sea Island cotton. He was in business in Florida in all five years. In 1880 he accepted a position with the American Supply Company, of Providence, dealers in mill supplies for cotton and woolen mills. a5 commercial traveler, and has been with this house ever since. He is well known to the mill owners of New England. He lived in Valley Falls, Rhode

Thomas Sherman, Gentleman

Thomas Sherman (1), 1433-1492

Agnes _____ (1) (Sherman), 1437-xxxx

1433. Thomas Sherman was born about 1433 in Diss Norfolk County England.

xxxx. The term gentleman indicated he had no title of nobility, he bore a coat-of-arms and was known to be descended from a family which had borne one.

xxxx. Thomas married Agnes _____.

xxxx. Thomas was a lawyer, and served as church warden of Yaxley Parish. The reference that indicated he was a lawyer, may be confused with his grandson Thomas born 1490.

xxxx. Thomas survived the War of the Roses.

1492. Thomas wrote his will.

1492. Thomas Sherman died in Diss, conflicting data shows he died 1493. Thomas is buried in the Churchyard of the Parish Church of Diss.

of Diss, Norfolk & Yaxley

w/d 4 Nov 1492

w/p 4 Apr 1493

Of Diss, Norfolk, and Yaxley, Suffolk
Moved from Germany to Saxley, England then to Dedham

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Yaxley, Suffolk, England
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Yaxley, Suffolk, England
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Diss, Norfolk, England
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Diss, Norfolk, England
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Diss, Norfolk, England
November 12, 1938
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