July 26th, 2011
THOMAS AND PHEBE SHEARMAN OF MA AND NJ
Thomas SHEARMAN ( about 1705/10 probably Portsmouth, RI. or Dartmouth, Bristol, MA, or Tiverton, Newport Co. RI. on 3 June 1731 in Freetown, Bristol Co, MA, married Phebe LAWTON (about 1710/15) , dau of Daniel, Jr., and Ruth ( _____ ) LAWTON of Portsmouth and Freetown. They lived in Freetown for some years, then possibly in Tiverton, where one Thomas SHEARMAN witnessed a Thomas Bourden will in 1740. Some time after their first three children were born, they moved to Mechanicsville (West Long Branch), Monmouth Co, NJ.
OLIVER AND ABIGAIL SHEARMAN OF NJ
Oliver SHEARMAN (23 Jan 1732/33 Freetown, MA - will of 1 Dec.. 1795, proved 13 Jan 1801 Monmouth Co.., NJ) md Abigail ??? (c 1735 - alive 1795), parents not yet determined.. Oliver probably moved to Monmouth Co.., NJ, with his parents before 1759. On 8 Mar 1759, Oliver SHEARMAN bought land in Shrewsbury twp from Joseph POTTER. Oliver probably lived on this land until his death.. It was sold 4 Oct.. 1809 to Cornelius VAN NOTE, who in turn with his wife Mary sold it to their son, William VAN NOTE.. William in turn with his wife Artless sold the land to William Bearmore on 13 Dec.. 1828.. There was an older SHEARMAN family in Monmouth Co.. by 1761 as Patience SHEARMAN md Silas COOK 25 May 1761.. It is known that the SHEARMAN family came from Freetown, MA.. It is not known when or where Oliver SHEARMAN md Abigail ??? but it seems not to have been in Freetown, MA, as no, marriage record has been found there.
Oliver SHEARMAN clearly lived on his Shrewsbury land as he was on tax lists there from 1780 through 1794. Thomas, son of Oliver, was on the same list by 1786 through March 1789. James SHEARMAN, probably son of Oliver, was on the lists by 1789.. Oliver made his will at Shrewsbury 1 Dec. 1795, his inventory was 2 July 1796, and his will proved 13 June 1801, according to the abstracts. Oliver bequeathed to his wife Abigail; daughter Mary VANNONT (VANNOTE); sons Thomas and James; grandson Thomas, son of David; and grandson David, son of James. Executor was neighbor Jeremiah NEWMAN. Witnesses were John KINNEY, James HOLLOWAY, and Benjamin JACKSON. Inventory was by James HOLLOWAY and Benjamin JACKSON. (There was an intestate proceeding for James SHEARMAN in 1799, with Samuel HOLLOWAY appointed administrator on 23 Jan 1799 with bondsmen Benjamin JACKSON and Thomas LITTLE, Jr. Inventory was 21 Jan 1799 by Benjamin JACKSON and James HOLLOWAY. Children: (Hank added for reference.)
Thomas: B: 1760
James: B: Abt 1755
Mary: B: Abt 1750
David: B: ? Not sure son of Oliver. Granville Hough of CA said he son of. No records...
THOMAS W. SHEARMAN/SHERMAN & HESTER of NJ (1st wife of) (Son of Oliver)
Thomas SHERMAN (B: Nov. 19, 1760 Shrewsbury per pension papers (DAR). D:1840 Howell, 80 years old). Alive in land sale per deed 2/12/1840. Died: date per final expenses. Believe married Hester before 1783. Hester is md. to Thomas per land sale of 8/16/1800. They lived in Monmouth County, Howell and had the following children:
1. Theophilus B: Abt 1783 D: 4/15/1859. Buried in Glendola cemetery. (Line of Hank Sherman).
2. John (No inf.).
3. Thomas D; about 1840, Monmouth County
4. Benjamin D; about 1840. Monmouth County.
5. David D: about 1840. Monmouth County.
2nd wife: Catharine Bennett; after 1798, D; early 1843, Catharine alive per Guardianship papers of 10/1842 md. 11/27/1827,
Thomas & Catharine had the following children:
1. Miss. Hester Sherman. B: Abt 1829. (D: 3-11-1899, Mt Holly, NJ. Death cert. Marsha King)
2. Phebe Sherman (Emmons) B: 1832, ( D: 1913 in Burlington, NJ. From death cert/Marsha King/MD. )
3. Mary Sherman (Chance). B: Abt 1837 (D: 1-20-1882 Death cert/Marsha King).
Last revision Friday, September 27, 2013