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Bezaleel Sherman

Male 1703 - 1779  (75 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Bezaleel Sherman was born on 31 Mar 1703 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts (son of Dr. John Sherman and Abigail Stone); died in 1779.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 31 Mar 1703, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

    Bezaleel married Abigail Graves on 4 Feb 1732 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. Abigail (daughter of Ebenezer Graves and Mary Colton) was born on 18 Feb 1707 in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Abigail Sherman was born on 29 Nov 1732 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Dr. John Sherman was born on 20 Nov 1683 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of Rev. James Sherman and Mary Walker); died on 28 Nov 1774 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    He and his wife Abigail Stone "settled in Springfield, Mass., where he was a schoolmaster and physician; but about 1722 they removed to the region which in 1731 became the town of Brimfield, where he was a physician, town clerk for thirty successive years, representative three years, and captain of militia." They were married for nearly seventy years.

    John married Abigail Stone on 9 Nov 1703 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Abigail (daughter of Daniel Stone and Mary Moore) was born on 13 Feb 1681 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 9 Mar 1772 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Abigail Stone was born on 13 Feb 1681 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts (daughter of Daniel Stone and Mary Moore); died on 9 Mar 1772 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 13 Feb 1680, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Notes:

    Jacobus (citation details below) gives this marriage a date of "9 Nov. 170(3?)". The published vital records of Sudbury (citation details below) say "SHEARMAN, John and Abigaill Ston, Nov. 9, 170[torn] [? 1703]".

    We note, however, that Jacobus, Bartlett (citation details below), and the vital records of Brimfield (citation details below) all agree that John and Abigail's eldest child Bezaleel was born 31 Mar 1703, suggesting that this marriage may actually have taken place on 9 Nov 1702, or even 9 Nov 1701 — although John Sherman would have been eleven days short of 18 years old on that latter date.

    Children:
    1. 1. Bezaleel Sherman was born on 31 Mar 1703 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts; died in 1779.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Rev. James Sherman was born about 1651 (son of Rev. John Sherman and Mary Launce); died on 3 Mar 1718 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1645

    Notes:

    Minister at Sudbury, Massachusetts, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and Salem, Massachusetts.

    James married Mary Walker on 13 May 1680 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Mary (daughter of Thomas Walker and Mary Stone) was born on 9 Aug 1661 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Mary Walker was born on 9 Aug 1661 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts (daughter of Thomas Walker and Mary Stone).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 9 Aug 1661, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Children:
    1. 2. Dr. John Sherman was born on 20 Nov 1683 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 28 Nov 1774 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.

  3. 6.  Daniel Stone was born on 31 Aug 1644 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts (son of John Stone and Anne); died before 1 Apr 1719 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Abt Mar 1719, Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts

    Daniel married Mary Moore on 2 Nov 1667 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Mary (daughter of John Moore and Elizabeth Rice) was born before 9 Jan 1642; died on 10 Jan 1703. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Mary Moore was born before 9 Jan 1642 (daughter of John Moore and Elizabeth Rice); died on 10 Jan 1703.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 9 Jan 1642, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England

    Children:
    1. Daniel Stone was born on 22 Nov 1668 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 22 Dec 1702 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    2. 3. Abigail Stone was born on 13 Feb 1681 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died on 9 Mar 1772 in Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Rev. John Sherman was born on 26 Dec 1613 in Dedham, Essex, England (son of Edmund Sherman and Grace Makin); died on 8 Aug 1685 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in East Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 4 Jan 1614, Dedham, Essex, England

    Notes:

    "He was a graduate of Cambridge University (A.B. 1629-30, A.M. 1633). He came to New England on the Elizabeth from Ipswich, arriving at Boston in June 1634. He was dismissed from the Watertown, Mass. church, 29 May 1635, and came to Wethersfield, Connecticut with the early settlers. He represented Wethersfield as Committee (Deputy) in the Connecticut General Court, May 1637. He joined the Milford settlers, probably in 1640, and was the first minister of Branford, 1 Oct. 1644 to Jan. 1646/7. He was Deputy for Milford to the New Haven General Court, Oct 1643. In 1647 he was called to Watertown, Mass., to fill the pastorate there, and continued in this office until his death." [Donald Lines Jacobus, citation details below]

    John married Mary Launce about 1645. Mary (daughter of John Launce and Isabella Darcy) was born about 1625; died on 9 Mar 1710 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Mary Launce was born about 1625 (daughter of John Launce and Isabella Darcy); died on 9 Mar 1710 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    One of AP's two gateway ancestors.

    Cotton Mather, in Magnalia Christi Americana, called Mary Launce, second wife of the Rev. John Sherman, a "young gentlewoman [...] a Person of good Education, and Reputation, and honorably descended," whose mother was "daughter to the Lord Darcy, who was Earl of Rivers." She certainly was not, and in his pioneering 1860-64 Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, James Savage took delight at exercising his well-known animus against Mather, who "tells of this wife calling her mother daughter of Darcy, Earl Rivers, one of the Popish Counsellors of Charles I who had no daughter that married a Launce." Savage continues: "If [Mary Launce Sherman] did give [her husband] these myths of her noble descent [...] either she was insane, which he had not sanity enough to discover, or she was irreverently playing on his bottomless credulity." It was left to the great Donald Lines Jacobus, founder of the twentieth-century "Jacobus School" of skeptical, fact-based genealogy, to point out, in a 1944 article, "The Family of Rev. John Sherman" (citation details below), that Mary Launce's mother really was a Darcy, albeit one of the Darcy family of Kent. Isabella Darcy of London, daughter of Sir Edward Darcy, a confidant and ally of Elizabeth I, first married John Launce of Cornwall and, secondly, the Rev. Sydrach Simpson, master of Pembroke Hall at Cambridge University. Her 1668 will names, with others, her sons James Launce and Darcy Launce, and her daughter Mary Sherman. In a subsequent article, "The Darcy Ancestry of Mrs. John Sherman" (citation details below), Jacobus put forth further proofs of Mary Launce's parentage, calling it a "perfect chain of evidence" and remarking that "Few English lines of early colonists are so thoroughly proved."

    Descendants of the Rev. John Sherman and Mary Launce include Norman Rockwell, Declaration of Independence signer Robert Treat Paine, and the 68th governor of Massachusetts, William Weld.

    Children:
    1. 4. Rev. James Sherman was born about 1651; died on 3 Mar 1718 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

  3. 10.  Thomas Walker died in 1697.

    Thomas married Mary Stone before 1661. Mary (daughter of Dr. Daniel Stone and Mary) was born on 22 Mar 1644 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died in 1731. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Mary Stone was born on 22 Mar 1644 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts (daughter of Dr. Daniel Stone and Mary); died in 1731.
    Children:
    1. 5. Mary Walker was born on 9 Aug 1661 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
    2. Hannah Walker was born in 1669; died on 18 Dec 1704 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

  5. 12.  John Stone was born before 31 Jul 1618 (son of Deacon Gregory Stone and Margaret Garrad); died on 5 May 1683 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried in Old Burying Ground, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 31 Jul 1618, Nayland, Suffolk, England

    Notes:

    He emigrated to New England at age 17 in 1635 with his father, his stepmother Lydia, and several siblings and half-siblings. The family settled in Watertown and Cambridge. He moved to Newbury by 1939, then Sudbury and what later became Framingham. In 1672, following his father's death, he returned to Cambridge to inherit his property.

    In Sudbury he was a deacon of the town church. In Cambridge, on 15 Nov 1682, he was made the church's ruling elder. He held various public offices and responsibilities throughout his life, and his final two years he was deputy for Cambridge at the General Court.

    John married Anne before 1640. Anne died after 7 Nov 1683. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Anne died after 7 Nov 1683.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 5 May 1683

    Notes:

    Her origins are unproven, but the most recent and probably best theory was put forward by Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908, Part I (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996), pp. 450-51. In her sketch for John Stone (login required) in the Early New England Families Study Project (citation details below), Alicia Crane Williams summarized the discussion:

    "Likely daughter of Barnaby and Mary (Wells) Rogers. John Stone and his wife, Anne, and Nathaniel Treadway were legatees in the wills of EDWARD HOWE (GMB, 2:1013-16) and his wife Margaret Wells, but the exact nature of their relationship 'remains a matter of discussion.' J. Gardner Bartlett disproved the theory that Anne was a sister of Treadway's wife and thus a daughter of Edward Howe. He believed that Anne was likely a sister of Nathaniel Treadway and that their mother was probably a sister of Edward Howe. Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn in their 1995 TAG article 'The English Origins of The Howe and Treadway Families of Watertown. Massachusetts' accepted that relationship, but by 1996 in The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton... Part I, further research had led them to suggest it was more likely that John Stone's wife was Ann Rogers, baptized at Boxted, England, 14 May 1615 to Barnaby and Mary [Wells] Rogers, and thus a niece of Margaret Wells, who had married Edward Howe."

    If John Stone's wife Anne was indeed Anne Rogers, daughter of Barnaby Rogers and Mary Wells, she was baptised at Boxted, Essex on 14 May 1615.

    Children:
    1. Hannah Stone was born on 6 Jun 1640; died between 9 Jun 1683 and 1691.
    2. 6. Daniel Stone was born on 31 Aug 1644 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died before 1 Apr 1719 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
    3. Nathaniel Stone was born on 11 May 1660 in Near Sudbury, in the region that later became Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died between 23 Jun 1732 and 3 Nov 1732 in Framingham, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

  7. 14.  John Moore was born about 1602; died on 6 Jan 1674 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    He may have been the John Moore of Henham, Essex whose name appears in the 1628 record of a son John's baptism there, mapping plausibly to the emigrant's son John who married Ann Smith in Sudbury in 1654.

    John married Elizabeth Rice on 27 Nov 1633 in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England. Elizabeth (daughter of Henry Rice and Elizabeth Frost) was born before 18 Nov 1612; died on 14 Dec 1690 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  8. 15.  Elizabeth Rice was born before 18 Nov 1612 (daughter of Henry Rice and Elizabeth Frost); died on 14 Dec 1690 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 18 Nov 1612, Stanstead, Suffolk, England

    Children:
    1. 7. Mary Moore was born before 9 Jan 1642; died on 10 Jan 1703.