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Edmund Sherman

  • Birth 1572 Dedham, Colchester Borough, Essex, England
  • Death 1641 New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 37235068


He came from Dedham, Co.Essex to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 (based on his election as Watertown selectman on Nov 25,1635). From Watertown, he removed to Wethersfield by 1638, and, finally, New Haven in 1640. He died between 29 October 1640 and May 1641 (the date of the inventory of his estate).

He married, about 1598, Grace Makin. She was a daughter of Tobias Makin and Katherine (Westbrome) Makin of Fingringhoe, Co.Essex. She was living on June 14,1643 (when she was mentioned in the will of her husband's uncle Samuel Sherman. She was mentioned earlier, on Feb 7,1620/1, in the will of her brother Tobias Makin Jr.). NOTE: Edmund's wife was not Joan Makin as postulated in a 1920 Sherman Genealogy. (NEHGR Vol 168 [Jan 2014], p.18, and Great Migration, Volume VI (2009), pp.282ff.)

Children: Edmund Sherman Jr, Ann Sherman, Joan Sherman Wight, Hester Sherman Ward, Richard Sherman, Bezaleel Sherman, John Sherman, Frace Sherman Livermore, Samuel Sherman, and, possibly, a "youngest daughter", whose name is not known.


In her will of 2 September 1625, "Ann Anger," sister of this Edmund Sherman, and wife of John Anger, included bequests to "my brothers Edmund Sherman & Richard Sherman" and to "Ann Sherman and Jone Sherman daughters of my brother Edmund."

In his will of 14 June 1643, "Samuel Sherman of Dedham in the County of Essex, clothier, brother of this Edmund Sherman, included bequests to "my loving sister Sherman, Edmond's widow twenty shillings, and to her daughters Grace and Ester Ward and to her youngest daughter to either of them twenty shillings." This "youngest daughter," otherwise undocumented, would probably have been born in that period beginning in late 1620 when there is a large gap in the record of baptisms in Dedham, Essex.

Pope thought that the Edmund Sherman who created the Watertown records was the son of this immigrant, and Savage wasn't sure. The crucial reason for believing that the Watertown man was the father rather than the son may be found in the 1637 grants of the Beaverbrook Plowland and Remote Meadow lots. In each case Edmund Sherman received six acres, which should represent a household of six. The son Edmund was not known to have been married at this time and should not have had six persons in his household. The older Edmund, however, had with him his wife and his four younger children: John, Samuel, Grace and the (unnamed) youngest daughter. (Grace probably married John Livermore very close to the date of the Remote Meadows grant.) There is no record to show that the younger Edmund Sherman was ever in New England. The early Watertown records of landholding and officeholding pertain to the father. Later New England records, which certainly pertain to the son, all place him in England, in 1640, 1648 and 1663, and the younger Edmund Sherman died in Dedham, Co.Essex between Apr 11,1673 and May 28,1673.

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  • Maintained by: Kevin Avery
  • Originally Created by: Linda Mac
  • Added: 18 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 37235068
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edmund Sherman (1572–1641), Find A Grave Memorial no. 37235068, citing Old Burying Ground, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Kevin Avery (contributor 47024642) .