Following information from Thomas Sherman’s will in the Hall of Records, Surrogates Office, 2nd Floor, Freehold, NJ. (Microfiche #23276) & other related papers.
Daughters birth dates, guesstimates:
[Arrived at these dates from marriage date of Thomas and Catharine in 1827 and subtracting from when she was over fourteen in 1842, which gives about the same dates.]
Hester called “child of Thomas” in will documents of #23276 when Robert Laird was appointed guardian of Hester the daughter, with a bond of $300.00. Catharine died in 1843 soon after she was appointed guardian and accepted as the daughter’s guardian. Sh e died young. Guess she was born abt 1800, married about 1827 and died after July 1843 abt 43 to 45 years of age, suddenly.
In a petition, Thomas and Catharine are dead. 3 children, Deborah, Phebe and Mary are under fourteen. ( Hester the oldest daughter was over fourteen and of legal age as of October 1842) No Mother, brothers or sisters over 21. This must mean that Thomas and Catharine and four sons: John, Thomas, Benjamin & David are dead by 1844, when the will was finally probated. (sisters/daughters are under age) Why did they not count Theo? It looked as if John Shearman [ I assume the oldest ] was the executor of Thomas’ estate. Either John or Theophilus was the oldest. (Theo died in 1859, no info on John on vitals.) Hester (dau) called “child of Thomas” in will documents of #23276 when Robert Laird was appointed guardian as Catharine had died in 1843, soon after guardianship was appointed to her for her daughters. ( Why did guardianship have to be qualified for her own daughters?)
From part of will 23266:
“He was an old man, cannot tell how old he was, may have been 60 old or 70 years of age, does not know how many children testator had by his 1st wife, 5 or 6. Theophilus, Benjamin, John, Thomas and David. Does not know how many he had by his last wife. Don’t recollect that the old man said on that occasion, that he could not write.” (Punctuation missing and difficult to read.)
Catharine Shearman, Head of Household, taken in June or July.
1 - 40 to 50 male ???
1 - under 5 female. (Mary?)
1 - 5 to 10 female. (Phebe?)
2 - 10 to 15 females. (Hester & Deborah?)
1 - 30 to 40 female. (Catharine ?)