Genealogical and Family History
STATE OF MAINE
Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.
LEWIS HISTORICAL PUBLISHING COMPANY
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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]
The name Sherman is a synonym for intellectual power, political honors, glory in war, high achievement in constructive statesmanship, and unquestionably bears the mark of hereditary genius like the Washburne family in Maine, the Adams in Massachusetts, the Blairs in Missoui, and the Davis family in Maryland. The line can boast of such men as Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Sherman, General Sherman, William M. Evarts, the brothers, Hoar E. and George F. Rockwood, and James Schoolcraft Sherman, of New York.
From shearman, a shearer of the sheep, the name comes, and it was a case where the calling furnished the man his name. "Villain! thy father was a plasterer and thyself a shearman." - Shakespeare.
Essexshire was the home of the family.
(I) William (1) Sherman was in Plymouth, Mass. in 1632, but probably came in 1629, and died there Oct. 25, 1679. The governor and company of London gave him liberty to bring his kin from Northampton, and he embarked in the fleet with Higginson. At Green Harbor (Marshfield) land was granted him in 1640. He was honorable and upright and secured a comfortable competence to hand down to his children.
He married Prudence Hill, at Marshfield, and there he continued to reside and reared up a family, among whom were John and William.
(II) William (2), son of William (1) and Prudence (Hill) Sherman, was born in 1645, and buried Nov. 17, 1680. He served in King Phillip's war in 1676, and there recieved injuries for which he obtained twenty pounds from the colony. He was made prisoner by the red men and witnessed the horrid atrocities visited upon some of his companions, but from which he in a measure escaped. At one time he held the office of constable.
He married Desire, daughter of Edwin [trans note: I have "Edward" on my tree] and Faith (Clarke) Doty, a "Mayflower" passenger who landed on forefather's rock and was one of the forty-four who signed the cabin compact. This line has the double honor of Pilgrim descent on both sides of the house.
Eleazer, Ebenezer, Hannah, William, Patience and Experience.
His widow married Israel Holmes and, after his decease, Alexander Standish, eldest son and heir of Myles Standish.
(III) Eleazer, son of William (2) and Desire (Doty) Sherman, was a native of Marshfield, and took up his local habitation at Boothbay, Maine, his death occurring in March, 1826. He married (first) Elizabeth Lapham, (second) Susan Wylie, (third) Martha Reed.
Children of 1st wife:
Eleazer, Aaron, Elisha, Roger, Elizabeth, Joseph, William, Lydia, Robert, John, Abiel, Daniel and George.
Child by 2d wife:
(IV) Aaron, second son of Eleazer and Elizabeth (Lapham) Sherman, was born at Boothbay, July 10, 1772, died Sept. 4, 1845. He joined the settlement at Newcastle, Maine, in 1799, and was in the war of 1812. The history of Newcastle goes back to 1625, five years later than the Pilgrims at forefather's rock. Newcastle was bought of the Indians for fifty beaver-skins.
Aaron married Polly Tarbell, of Dedham, Mass., May 10, 1796; she was born June 29, 1777.
Eleazer and Aaron.
(V) Aaron (2), youngest son of Aaron (1) and Polly (Tarbell) Sherman, was born March 27, 1799, the very year his father took up his abode in the ancient settlement. He selected Newcastle, Maine, for ahome, and married Maria, daughter of Peter Patterson, of Newcastle.
Albion A., Joshua P., Maria Patterson, Adeline S., Sophronia, Charlotte, Lorenda, Edward F. and Alden E.
(VI) Albion A., eldest son of Aaron (2) and Maria (Patterson) Sherman, was born in Newcastle, where the waters of the Damariscotta and the Sheepscot meet. He removed to Sullivan, Hancock county, on the easterly bank of the Taunton river, an inlet of Frenchman's bay. The town was once name New Bristol, the Indian title of which was Waukeag.
He was a stone-cutter by trade and foreman of a gang. He believed the people were best served in civil polity when democratically governed and the highest administrative results were attained in the rules of Jefferson, Jackson and Cleveland.
He married Phoebe, daughter of John French, of Franklin, Maine.
(VII) William Henry, son of Albion A. and Phoebe (French) Sherman, was born in Sullivan, Oct. 4, 1865. He was graduated from the little old red schoolhouse, but he was an omniverour reader and he supplemented the curriculum of the district school with post-graduate reading. Schooling received in this primitive fashion is practical, hard-earned and is appreciated. From school he went to the printing office and this is a university in itself. He learned the trade on the Mount Desert Herald, and arose in the profession to manager of the Bar Harbor Record. He was assistant postmaster of Bar Harbor during the Cleveland regime.
He is of Democratic proclivities and has been town clerk of Bar Harbor since 1899, a candidate of his party for representative in 1896 and for register of probate in 1908, which is reflective of the confidence placed in him by his townspeople. He is at present and for a number of years has been conducting a book and stationery store and a book and job printing office.
His fraternal affiliations embrace membership in the Bar Harbor Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Island Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Porcupine Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and Bay View Grange. His is an Episcopalian, and president of Bar Harbor Savings Bank.
He married, Oct. 23, 1889, Annie E. Smith, of his old native place, Sullivan.
Dorothy, Helen, Gladys, Hilda, Roger and Ruth.