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"Connecting Thomas Shearman/Sherman, 1760 to
The following pages are about family history & research,
of the descendants of the Hon. Philip Sherman to the Shermans of Monmouth
County, NJ. (Shrewsbury, Howell & Wall Twps.
“Coat of Arms” of the original Shearman’s.
"A lion sable, rampant, between 3 oak leaves,
“MORTEM VINCERE VIRTUTE”
"Conquer death by bravery"
Sherman = Shermen, Shermon, Shearman, Shearmon, Sharman,
Shereman, Sheremen, Shermann, Shermun.
For an explanation of the Sherman Coat of Arms
Information on "Oak leaves versus Holly leaves" in the Sherman Crest.
I have been researching the Sherman name for the last forty years and am now thankful
for the Internet to give me a chance to share or exchange this information with others.
It is hoped that readers will supply additional information that will help me
to expand research on my own line which is Thomas Sherman/Shearman, born: 1760
d: 1840. I am only using information around the area of
Philip SHEARMAN, as most everyone researching Shermans is familiar with him.
I have more for those interested, going back to Thomas of Dedham, England about
There are Sherman's of many nationalities and various origins in the United
today. Some are Italian and Jewish families who have anglicized their similarly
sounding names into Sherman. Others took the name of Sherman just because they
liked it. S. V. Talcott says The Shearman's or Sherman's are of German origin, and
was no doubt transferred many centuries ago to the vicinity of London, England, by
the Anglo-Saxon emigration, where it still remains numerous.
Roy Vivian Sherman says that it is difficult to trace family records back
farther than about 1493 because there are very few records of people of any
kind at that time. The name Shearman/Sherman was borne in many parts of
England more than six hundred years ago and the name means one who
shears worsteds, fustians, etc. It seems that the name comes from the early
clothiers, weavers, and workers with cloth.
Everything here is under "construction".
The information in these pages is as correct as I can make it. Remember we are
dealing with a lack of information, due to the lack of record keeping, in our
past. We all have to make our "best guess" at times using whatever information we
So be careful when using anything obtained here. It is not written in stone and may
change in the future as I find new information and corrections. Verify and document
everything you find. A lot of this information is obtained from others. I hope it
is correct and I verify as much as I can.
I have kept the format of these pages the same, from page to page to make
it easier to negotiate as you wander through them. Some browsers do not
display frames too well. Some of this information can only be found here
locally in Freehold, New Jersey and as far as I know it has not seen a
team of researchers copying the info and some of the books have been taken
off the shelves as they are really being destroyed from handling.
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