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Sherman Family History

Jeduthan Sherman was born September 1, 1780 probably in Marlborough, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He was the son of Abner Sherman and Abigail Maynard. Abner Sherman served as a soldier from Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War, and marched on an expedition to Ticonderoga.

About 1810, Jeduthan married Elizabeth St. Clair (or Sinclair). She was born October 18, 1792 in Barnstead, Belknap Co., New Hampshire, and is believed to be the daughter of James St. Clair and Sarah Hunt. Jeduthan and Elizabeth moved to New York sometime before 1812, where Jeduthan enlisted temporarily as a soldier in the War of 1812 in Eggleston's Regiment. In 1820 they were listed in the census in Chateaugay, Franklin County, New York. On March 6, 1822 Jeduthan was appointed coroner of Franklin County. In 1824 he purchased two pieces of land in the town of Chateaugay. Jeduthan and Elizabeth had seven children: Sarah (called Sally), Lyman, James, Lucina, Orlando, Electa, and Maria.

About 1837 the Shermans moved to Tazewell Co., Illinois. Because of changes in county lines, by 1850 they were listed in the census in Metamora Township, Woodford County, Illinois, though it is likely they had not moved. Three of the Sherman daughters were married in Metamora. Lucina married Presbury W. Hoxie, Electa married Thomas Donoho in 1851, and Maria married Gilbert Egbert. From the 1850 census, we know that Jeduthan was a carpenter, and that he owned land. During the 1850's, Jeduthan applied for, and received, bounty land for his service in the war of 1812. By 1860 he had grown feeble and retired, and was living with a son. He was a charter member of the Metamora Masonic lodge, and when he died, in 1862, the local Masons conducted a graveside service in his honor. Sometime after his death, Elizabeth, or Betsey, as she was called, went to live with her daughter Lucina in Tonica, La Salle County, Illinois. Elizabeth died in 1871. She and Jeduthan are buried in Metamora.

Lucina Hoxie died a wealthy and childless widow in 1892, and her will includes bequests for her living siblings, and her many nieces and nephews by blood and marriage.

Note: Quite a bit of genealogical information has been gathered on the families of the Shermans, indicating that the families was in New England before 1650. I have not been able to independently verify the data, and have chosen not to include it here until I am certain of its accuracy.


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