Rev John Sherman

Rev John Sherman

Death 8 Aug 1685 (aged 71)
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot 67
Memorial ID 27163004 · View Source
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John Sherman, b. Dedham, Essex, England, Dec. 26, 1613, son of Edmund and Grace (Makin) Sherman; matriculated sizar at St. Catherine's Hall, Camb., Easter, 1631; declined to subscribe for his degreee; came to N.E., 1634; sett. New Haven, Ct., 1634-1644; sett. Branford, Ct., 1645; Ord. Watertown, 1647; sett. Watertown, 1647-1685; Mass. Convention Sermon, 1682; Fellow, H.C., where he gave lectures for 30 years; his sermons were distinguished for beauty of style and language; he was a recognized authority in astronomy; by two wives he was the father of twenty-six children; Overseer, H.C., 1678-1685; d. Watertown, Aug. 8, 1685, a. 72. (F.L. Weis, The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches in New England, 1936.)

of THE FIRST SETTLERS OF NEW ENGLAND (1860-2) thinks it very unlikely that Sherman had twenty six children. Cotton Mather in the book, Magnalia Christi Americana (1702), was the source of that story.

His dau., Abigail, married the Rev. Samuel Willard.

From Ruth I. Stude -
Source: Sherman Genealogy In the Direct Line From Thomas Sherman, I (c. 1443-1493) Through Rev. John Sherman, VII (1613-1685) to John Sherman, XII (1796-1869)...etc.; by Charles Pomeroy Sherman:

Pg. 19: "John Sherman, minister, son of Edmund Sherman VI"....
Pgs. 22-23: The translation of the Latin inscription on his tomb (see below)

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JOHANNIS SHERMANNI. Maximæ Pietatis, Gravitatis, & Candoris Viri
in Theologia plurimum versati;
in concionando vere Chrysostomi;
in Artibus Liberalibus præciepue Mathematics incomparabilis;
Aquiamensis Ecclesiæ in Nov Anglia fidelissimi Pastoris;
Collegii Harvardini Inspectoris & Socii;
Qui postquam annis plus minus XLV Christo fuit nphreths in Ecclesia
Morte matura transmigravit
& a Christo palma decoratus est,
A.D. MDCLXXXV Augusti. 8
Ætatis Suæ LXXXII.

Translation (sent to me by contributor Ruth I. Stude):
Sacred to the memory of John Sherman, a man distinguished for his piety, character and truth; a profound theologian; as a preacher a veritable Chrysostom; unsurpassed in his knowledge of the liberal arts, particularly mathematics; a faithful pastor of the church of Water Town in New England; an Overseer and Fellow of Harvard College. After a life of faithful service to Christ in the church for upwards of 45 years, in the fullness of time he passed away and received from Christ the palm of victory. In the 72nd year of his age, August 8, A.D. 1685.


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  • Created by: Bill Boyington
  • Added: 28 May 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 27163004
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Sherman (26 Dec 1613–8 Aug 1685), Find a Grave Memorial no. 27163004, citing Old Burying Place, Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Bill Boyington (contributor 46800933) .