1824 New Milford CT
1917 Cedar Rapids IA
This is an unpublished 84 page booklet created by Edith Sherman Averill in August 1936.
It is an original typed copy in a three ring binder
It was a treasured part of the estate of Sara Sherman, the youngest daughter of Henry David Sherman.
Placed online by Third St Book Exchange located downtown Marysville WA, as a free resource. The original remains with Ed Bartholomew, Sara's friend for the last decade of her life.
Matthew Mitchell, father of Hon. Samuel Sherman’s wife, was born in 1590; came to America probably on the same boat with Edmund Sherman
and son Samuel. Died May 19, 1646. He was a member of the New Haven Court and Judge of local court. |
From Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut:
Matthew Mitchell Member General Court, Hartford, Mch. 8, 1637.
Matthew Mitchell, Member General Court, Hartford, Apr. 5, 1638.
VIII (2) SAMUEL SHERMAN, JR., son of Hon. Samuel and Mary (Mitchell) Sherman; born June 19, 1641,
at Stratford, Ct.; died Feb. 20, 1718/19, at
Stratford; married June 19, 1665, at Stratford,
Mary Titterton (sometimes spelled Titharton),
dau. of Daniel and Jane Titterton, who was born
in Stratford and died there.
i. Mary, b. May 7, 1666. Died young.
After the death of his first wife, Samuel Sherman Jr. married a second time, Aug. 1, 1695 at Stratford, Ct., Abigail (Thompson-Curtiss) Huse. She survived him, dying Mch. 2, 1731, at Stratford.
References to Samuel Sherman, Jr:
ii. Jotham, b. Feb. 27, 1734/35; m. 1, Grace Peck 2, Anne Beers, 3, Cynthia Beers, 4, Rhoda Wheeler.
iii. Vashti, b. May 30, 1732.
iv. Sabra, b. Apr. 4, 1736; m. Richard Smith.
Children by Mary, born at Newtown:
i. Eve, b. Apr. 24, 1738; m. Phineas Lee, June 22,
References to Samuel Sherman III:
Orcutt's Hist. of Stratford and Bridgeport, Ct., Vol. 3, p. 1286, no. 133.
Cothren’s Hist. of Ancient Woodbury, Vol. 1, p. 684.
The inventory of Samuel Sherman III's estate is on file in the Probate Records of Danbury, Ct., taken Jan. 25, 1747/48. It shows him to have been a well-to-do man; his land alone inventoried 2795 pounds.
Jan, 27, 1747/48, Benoni "Sharman" was appointed
guardian to Justin Sherman and Vashti Sherman,
son and daughter of Samuel Sherman, deceased,
they being of “lawful age to choose same."
Benoni Sherman was Samuel’s brother, uncle to
Justin and Vashti.
XI. (5). JUSTIN SHERMAN, son of Samuel III and Elizabeth Sherman; born, Feb. 28, 1729/30, at Newtown, Ct.; died March, 1788, in the British Army, probably on Long Island; married, probably in 1755, at Newtown, Hepsibah Botsford, dau. of
Henry, Jr. and Sarah Botsford, who was born at Newtown, and died before April 22, 1779, probably at New Milford, Ct.
Children born at Newtown or New Milford:
i. Betsy, b. 1756; drowned on way to Nova Scotia
m. a man named Shelley.
The vital statistics in the foregoing record are copied from a Family Bible owned by Jotham Sherman, son of Justin and Hepsibah.
Cothren’s Hist. of Ancient Woodbury, Vol. 1, p. 634, no. 57, gives Justin, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sherman, but gives no further statistics regarding him.
All other town histories and all genealogical lines of the Sherman family thus far published, state either that Justin died young or they confuse his death-date with that of his father and say that he died in 1747/48.
That both these accounts are erroneous is proved by the following documents:
According to the Probate Records in Danbury, Ct., Benoni Sherman was appointed guardian to Justin and Vashti Sherman, Jan. 27, 1747/48. Justin and
Vashti were son and daughter of Samuel Sherman,
deceased, and Benoni was Samuel’s brother.
Hepsibah (Botsford) Sherman was a daughter of
Henry Botsford, Jr., whose will is on file In
the Probate Records at Danburv, Ct., Vol. 5,
Documents on file at Hartford, Ct. concerning confiscated estates:
Vol. 34. Doc, 467 a. Litchfield County March
Justin Sherman adjudges to be inimical person
and Estate forfeited, third Tuesday in June, 1779.
Isreal Baldwin, Clerk. Vol. 34. Doc. 170. Bill for repairing houses on confiscated estates. 1780-40; 3, Justin Sherman's Estate - 80.
Copy of Original Petition on file at Hartford, Ct. Concerning confiscated Lands. Vol. 28, document 254 a. Revolutionary War.
Plea for Return of Justin Sherman’s Estate.
To Honorable The General Assembly of the Gov &
Company of the State of Connecticut now sitting
The Memorial of Dan Sherman, Ezra Sherman, Eli Sherman, Jotham Sherman, Sarah Sherman & Vashti Sherman all of New Milford in Litchfield County,
humbly showeth -
That their father Justin Sherman, late of said,
New Milford, Deceased, sometime in November 1776, being then in life and to the unspeakable grief
and misfortune of y(r) unhappy Mem(list) became
enemical to the then Laboring Cause of the Colonies
and attach himself to the British who were
then at war with the said then Colonies and went
over to and joined himself with the Army of the
British on Long Island taking with him by force
of his parental Authority, influence and command
y(r) mem(list) first above mentioned being y(e)
Eldest son of s(d) Justin Decease(d) and then about
Sixteen years of age Where y(r) Mem(list) tarried
under his s(d) Fathers direction untill his s(d)
father's death, soon after which (viz) Sometime
in March 1782 s(d) Mem(list) Dan(ll) deserted
y(e) British & returned to his State being in
principle & but for his said Father's Commands
and Influence would ever have been in practice
friendly to Freedom of his Country and has ever
since his return resided in s(d) New Milford his
Native Town except about one year which he spent
in faithful Service in s(d) American Army and your
Orphan Mem(lists) beg leave with humility to Observe
that when their Said Father left his Country
& Join the Enemy he left in said New Milford
a Real and personal estate to amount in Value
of £543 as appraise(d) & Inventoried which "by
the Laws of this State has been as it was Justly
forfeited. Confiscated to the use of this State
& has been duly Administered upon and the Debts
thereupon due with Expenses of Administration
have been Settled & paid which reduced the above
Amount of said estate to about £500, which is
now righteously vested in y(r) Honours and your
Mem(lists) while they lament the mis-judgment of
their s(d) Father in y(e) adoption of principles
ruinous to his Country & family do nevertheless
fully approve of the Confiscation of what would
otherwise have been their Patrimony and hope to be forgiven in indulging the natural desire of
again possessing what was their Father's in such
measure as shall consist with y(e) Wisdom of y(r)
Honours, mem(lists) therefore beg Leave with
abasement & submission to approach your honours
humbly supplicating your Hon(rs) attention to y(r)
mem(lists) distressed and humiliating Case and
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