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. Their children included:

1. Oliver (23 Jan 1731/32 Freetown, MA - will of 1 Dec. 1795, proved 13 Jan 1801 Monmouth Co, NJ) married Abigail ???? (about 1740 - alive 1795), and lived in Shrewsbury twp, Monmouth Co after 1759. The four children were mentioned in his will; Thomas; James, David and Mary (wife of Levi VAN NOTE). (Carol Hough's line!)

2. Hannah (9 Apr 1733 Freetown, MA - ) no inf.

3. Mary (14 Aug 1736 Freetown, MA - ) no inf.

4. John (1738/1745 - _____). One John SHEARMAN may have married in Monmouth Co on 10 Apr 1800 to Ann GIFFORD, but it is not proved this was the correct John. Unless this was a second marriage for John, it is more likely in the next generation.

5. Thomas (9 Feb 1747 - 1 Oct 1829, buried Quaker cemetery in Manasquan, inventory, Monmouth Co, NJ) age 82 yrs: 7 months: 22 days, married in 1768 Mary VAN NOTE (13 June 1748 NJ - 14 Oct 1829, age 81:4:1, she was killed by a carriage while crossing Broadway Street in Long Branch City, NJ, buried Quaker Cemetery, Manasquan) Youngest of 13 children of Dutch parents of Mechanicsville, She was probably a daughter of William and Magdalene (BROUWER) (Van Nood) VANNOTE. The SHEARMAN family settled in Manasquan, NJ , but later was in law and grocery businesses in Lone Branch.) There were 10 children recorded in bible records, but only seven are recalled as adults. The SHEARMAN children were: John ( 24 Jan 1770 ); Thomas (1) ( 5 Oct 1772 ); William ( 30 Mar 1775 ); Mary ( 17 Mar 1777 ); Samuel ( 6 Feb 1780 ); Phebe (1) ( 26 Feb 1782 ); Thomas (2) ( 21 Oct 1783 ); James ( 23 Mar 1786 ); Phebe (2) ( 13 Apr 1788 ); and Brittain ( 2 Jan 1791 - 29 June 1850 ).

Shearman lineage is Thomas and Phebe (Lawton) of MA and NJ; Benjamin and Hannah (Read) of Freetown, MA; Peleg and Elizabeth (Lawton) of RI; Phillip and Sarah (Odding) of England, MA, and RI; Samuel and Phillipa (Ward) of Dedham, Co Essex, England; Hen ry and Susan (Lawrence) of Dedham; Henry and Agnes (Butter) of Yaxley, Co Suffolk, England; Thomas and Jane (Waller) of Co Norfoik, England; John and Agnes (Fuller) of Yaxley; Thomas and Agnes ( _____ ) of Yaxley, Co Suffolk, England;

Lawton lineage is believed to be Phebe (Lawton) and Thomas Shearman of MA and NJ; Daniel, Jr, and Ruth ( _____ ) of Portsmouth and Freetown; Daniel, Sr., and Rebecca (Mott) of Portsmouth; Thomas and Elizabeth (Salburie) of England and RI; George and Is abel (Smith) Lawton of Bedfordshire, England.

p 83 H. L. Peter Rounds, Abstracts of Bristol Co, MA. Probate records 1687 - 1745,
Page 83 gives John Read's will from book 4: 6 - 8.
Page 294 gives Thomas Shearman in Tiverton from Book 9: 400 - 401.
Page 146 gives Hannah Read from Book 5: 417 - 418.

References for SheaT&P, C3, 9 Feb 1993:

Freetown, MA, Vital Records ( births and marriages)

V9:294, Bristol Co. MA. Probate Records. Thomas Shearman witnessed will of Thomas Bourden of Tiverton on 27 Feb 1740.

Pp 150-151, 288, Roy V. Sherman, Some Descendants of Phillip Shearman ..., 1968.

John Gilden, Early Monmouth County Families, 1873 ( Thomas and Phebe were in Mechanicsville ).

Letters from Albert James Fisher to Roy V. Sherman.

Albert James Fisher, The Sherman Family, 1967.

The Steen Collection, Library of the Monmouth County, NJ, Historical Society.

p 4, Elva Lawton, The Descendants of Thomas Lawton of Portsmouth. RI, (1949 ms in New York, Fort Wayne, and other public libraries.)

p lii, Edwin Salter, "Genealogical Record," History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. New Jersey. Cemetery Records of Monmouth Co, NJ, developed by Joe C. Dangler, RD3, 521 Ely Harmony Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728.

John Sherman, Vol 4: 2413, Sherman Directory.

Mrs. M. P. Herbert, Freetown Marriages 1686 - 1844, 1934. Gives the marriage date for Thomas and Phebe Shearman. Also Freetown Births: First 3 children in Freetown.

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Above information, submitted to me, from Granville Hough of California.