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This is an unpublished 84 page booklet created by Edith Sherman Averill in August 1936.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.
humbly pray your Hon(rs) in y(r) Clemency to order
that the remaining Confiscated estate of their
deceased Father may be granted to your memoralists
or that the same may be sold to y(r) mem(list)
under the direction of the A dm(r) on said estate
or such person as may be appointed for that purpose
at his best direction or in such was as
y(r) Hon(rs) direct and that it may please your
Hon(rs) to grant to yr Mem(list) liberty to pay for
said Estate in any or such of the publick Securities
of this State as y(r) Hon(rs) shall order
by such reasonable time as y(r) Son shall appoint
and that said Securities may be rec(d) in
payment as aforesaid at their Nominal Value, in
which way alone y(r) Mem(lists) have hope that they
may repossess s(d) estate & y(r) mem(list) are the
more encouraged to hope in y(r) Clemency as they
believe they are themselves esteem(d) Friends to
the Independence & freedom of their Country.
r rs lists And y(r) Hon(rs) Mem(list) as in duty bound. Shall
ever pray &c;
Dated at New Milford the 12th day of May, 1785.
These Certifie that we the Subscribers knowing
that the above Mem(list) are of good industrious
& peaceable Behavior & Conversation and are esteem(d)
Friendly to this & ye Best of the United
States and if Consistent with the Wisdom & pleasure
of y(e) Gen Assembly Should be pleas(d) at their
Obtaining the prayer of their above memorial.
To the Lower House - Granted that the Administrator
of said Estate Bay sell that part of s(d)
Estate which remains undisposed of to the Memoralists
at his Discretion to be paid for in any
liquidated Securities of this State for hard
money due & that Bill &c.
Vol. 34. Document 390.
Feb. 16, 1786. By a quit claim deed Treas. Lawrence to Daniel, Ezra, Eli, Jotham, Sarah and Vashti Sherman, all of New Milford as part of
the confiscated estate of Justin Sherman, L 300.
By balance for which account of John Chandler Esq.s to have credit in Acct. with the State -£-556. 6.0.
Total £ 356. 6.0.
Errors excepted. Feb. 16, 1786.
Both the Sherman and Botsford families were early
communicants and staunch adherents of the Episcopal Church in Newtown. Most Episcopalians were Loyalists though it took courage to stand for
their convictions in the face of Indignities offered them by previously kind neighbors and friends.
Susannah (Botsford) Northrop, sister of Hepsibah, Justin Shermanís wife, supported her family during the Revolutionary War by weaving on a loon and her sons served in the American Army but her neighbors disrespectfully called her "the old Tory."
Betsy, Justin oldest daughter, apparently shared his Loyalist convictions as her name does not appear in the petition for the return of his estate and the family record says that she and her sister Vashti died on their way to Nova Scotia where many Loyalists, after the Revolutionary War, received grants of land and lots in the city of St. John.
The marriage record of Justin Sherman and Hepsibah Botsford has not been found, probably because the early records of Trinity Church, Newtown, were lost.
The Rev. John Beach was Rector of that church for fifty years and died before the close of the Revolutionary War. Some years ago the church records were lent to a relative who desired to write the life of Mr. Beach; this relative, unfortunately lost the bag containing the records off a boat on which he was travelling.
Justin and Hepsibah Sherman moved from Newtown to New Milford, Ct. soon after their marriage; at least they were residents there in 1760 when Daniel their oldest son was born, as he states in the petition for the return of Justinís estate that he is a native of New Milford.
The names of Daniel Sherman and Eli Sherman appear as heads of families in New Milford in the census of 1790.
In the spring of 1795 Daniel and his family moved to Vermont and settled at Hinesburgh. Eli Sherman, younger brother, followed sometime between 1800 and 1807 and settled at Fairfield, Vt.
The two other sons of Justin and Hepsibah, Ezra and Jotham, and daughter Sarah, lived and died in New Milford.
According to Savage's Genealogical Diet. of New England, p. 217, Hepsibah (Botsford) Shermanís paternal line is as follows:
Henry Botsford came from Leicestershire, Eng. and settled in Milford, Ct., 1659. He was the progenitor of the Newtown Botsford families. He married Elizabeth ___? They had children:
i. Elnathan, bapt. Aug. 1641; m. Hannah Baldwin.
ii. Elizabeth and Mary, probably twins, bapt. May 21, 1643.
Elizabeth m, June 27, 1665, Daníl Baldwin.
Mary m, Jan. 8, 1668, Andrew Sanford.
iii. Hannah, bapt. Dec., 1645, m. Mch. 12, 1671, Nathaniel Baldwin.
iv. Esther, bapt. 1649, m. June 27, 1665, Nathaniel Wheeler. v. Ruth, m, John Baldwin
Henry Botsfordís will is dated Feb. 1, 1686; it is followed by an inventory, Apr. 15, same year. His will mentions his wife, Elizabeth, and his daughters, of whom Hannah was dead, leaving, the will says, four children.
Elnathan Botsford, son of Henry and Elizabeth Botsford; m. 1. Dec. 12, 1664, Elizabeth, dau. of John Fletcher.
Elizabeth, b. 1665
He m. 2. Hannah, dau. of Timotny Baldwin, Dec. 12, 1667.
Children: Esther, Samuel, Mary, Joanna, Henry Jr., Joseph, Timothy, John, Hannah, and Sarah. All of these children are mentioned in Elnathan's will of Aug. 4, 1691, excepting Joanna, which makes it seem that she has died.
Henry, Jr. in above list of children married Sarah and they were the parents of "Hephzabah" who married Justin Sherman.
XII. (6) ELI SHERMAN, son of Justin and Hepsibah(Botsford)Sherman; born, Mch. 23, 1764, at New Milford, Ct.; died, June 13, 1850, at Fairfield, Vt.; married, Nov. 27, 1788, at New Fairfield, Ct. (now town of Sherman), Polly Phelps, dau. of Lt. William and Anna(Ruggles)Phelps, who was born Aug. 25, 1770, at New Milford, Ct., and died Jan. 13, 1859, at Fairfield, Vt.
Children; first six or seven born at New Milford, Ct.; last two or three born at Fairfield, Vt.:
i. Ruggles, b. Oct. 4, 1789; d. Aug. 8, 1827; m. Cynthia Coburn.
ii. Justin II., b. Oct. 3, 1791; d. Dec. 17, 1841; m. Phoebe Main.
iii. Buel, b. Aug. 31, 1794; d. Mch. 20, 1873, m. 1., Sally Brown; 2. Nancy Brown.
iv. Stanley, b. Jan 17, 1797; d. Apr. 25, 1873; m. Nancy Beardslev.
v. Marshall, b. Apr, 15, 1799; d. Nov. 3, 1879; m. Sarah Wanzer.
vi. William Phelps, b. Oct. 4, 1801; d. Nov. 5, 1857; m. Betsy Lee.
|76-80||81-84||misc.||Third St Books|
free genealogy placed online June 2005
Thank You, Cory Bosley, cool dude volunteer
@2005 all rights reserved.