Notes for Agnes BUTTER: Thanks to Mel Sherman for providing this background history; GSH.
Books: Sherman Family Genealogy by T. T. Sherman, June 1920, found in LDS Library, Salt Lake City. Utah NEHG Register Vol 76, Oct. 1922, p293
Agnes Sherman was buried 14 Oct. 1580. Late in life, after giving in 1581 to Henry Sherman "1 messuage & dwelling..20 A of land...; and in 1583 similar lands and tnts to son Edmund Sherman,
Agnes' name could just as well be one of several names which are also connected to Henry Shearman through "cousin" relationships, which could either be true cousins as we know the term, or have a different meaning, such as nephew. To quote from Bertha Stratton, "New Light on Henry Sherman," p.7: "Henry 4 Sherman's mother was sister of Henry Reignolde's father Robert. If, however, he used the word 'cousin' sometimes for cousin and sometimes for nephew, then the connection is complicated..." Now for Butter- same book, p.5: "The Butter-Sherman connection appears to be as follows: Henry4's wife was Agnes (neice of?) Thos. Butter of Dedham whose son Wm's son was Piers of Colchester, Essex...." Thos. Butter appoints Henry as executor of his will; Piers Butter in his will calls Henry Sherman the elder "cousin." Reference is given to New England Historic Genealogical Register v.76, p.278-80. The list of names which are used to make "cousin" references, given in Bertha's book are (p.5): Piers, Butter, Reignoldes, Gallaway, and Wood, so Agnes could be any one of those, or perhaps not even any of those. Butter has just always been used for some reason in print. To quote Michael J. Wood exactly: "Incidentally, the ancestry and the maiden name of the wife of Henry Sherman of Dedham (d.1590) are totally unknown despite conjectures that have appeared many times in print."
Some publications give Agnes' name as "Butler", daughter of Sir Piers Butler and Lady Margaret Fitzgerald, with a royal line extending through James Butler and Eleanor DeBohun, granddaughter of Edward I.
From "English Origins of New England Families", Ser. I, Vol. I, "Gridley / Butter and Origin of the De Greys of Oxfordshire", pg. 739: "Court Rolls, Bundle 60, No. 740, Dedhan Hall, Dedham"
"12 April, 1581. Thomas Sekford surrendered a cottage and land into the hands of William Butter, tenant. Henry Sherman surrendered a messuage and twenty acres of land in Dedham, which he took on the Sunday after Ascension, 7 Edward VI  by the surrender of Thomas Butter."
"23 April, 26 Elizabeth . William Webbe surrendered into the hands of Henry Sherman and Pierce Butter, tenants, a cottage in Dedham to the use of William Butter and his heirs, the surrender to be void on payment of 20s. on 8 January, 1584 [1584/5] (which was paid the Pierce). William Butter surrenders the same to the use of Pierce Butter and his heirs.
From "English Origins of New England Families", Ser. I, Vol. I, "Gridley / Butter and Origin of the De Greys of Oxfordshire", pg. 741: "Court Rolls, Bundle 60, No. 742, Dedhan Hall, Dedham"
"22 April, 43 Elizabeth . Edmund Sherman on 9 December 1600 surrndered all his houses and two acres of land and two acres of meadow to the use of Henry Sherman, Senior, to sell the same and pay before 24 May next William Glover of London and Anne Buttor of Colchester. Said Henry was admitted."
"English Origins of New England Families", Ser. I, Vol. I, "Gridley / Butter and Origin of the De Greys of Oxfordshire", pg. 744: "From Chancery Proceedings"
"24 July, 1601. The Petition of William Butter, executor of the last will and testament of Pierce Butter of Colchester [co. Essex], his father, represents that his father, about 40 Elizabeth [1597-8], made his will, and made the orator and Henry Sherman the Elder his executors, and died about this time in Colchester. Henry Sherman hath refused to act. The said Pierce Butter in his lifetime, i.e., on 19 November, 34 Elizabeth , became bound to William for L600, to pay L400 to the children of John Tompson, deceased, i.e., to John Tompson and William Tompson, two of the sons of said John Tompson, deceased, to each of them L100, and to Ann, Elizabeth, Thomasin and Sara Tompson L50 at a certain day already past. The L50 due to Tomasin was paid on the day appointed, but the L50 due to Ann was not so paid, because for one and a half years after said Pierce's death your orator could not obtain a sight of the will or learn whether he was executor or whether the said Pierce had made the said indenture, which was concealed from your orator by the sinister practice of William and Ann Tomsom, in order to obtain the forfeit. When he learned thereof, your orator offered the L50 to William and Ann, and is willing and ready to pay it, but they refused and still refuse to receive it, and have confederated to obtain the forfeit, and your orator prays for a writ of subpoena against William and Ann Tomson."
"The Answer of William Tomson states, that long before Pierce Butter made the recognizance, John Tomson by his will gave the said sums to his children, and made the defendant and Tomasin, his wife, the executors of his will, and the defendant refusing to act, said Tomasin became the sole executor, and did intermarry with the said Pierce Butter, she having, as the defendant thinketh he shall prove, goods to the value of L1000 in the hands of the said Pierce Butter, and he gave a bond to pay the said legacies given by the said will to the children of the said John Tomson, his brother, and Pierce Butter made his will and made the orator and Henry Sherman his executors, and died about to years ago, and shortly aftr his death the said Sherman desired to take order with the defendants about their portions, as he knew their father had a great care of it as a matter of great weight, but the complainant would not agree, and so trifled with the said Sherman that he had refused to join as coexecutor..." Basic Sherman lines to early immigrate. ================================= Some folks include the Yaxley lines of Thomas, John, Thomas in their charts, as Henry's ancestors - but a connection to this Henry is NOT yet proven. =================================
1. Henry (1510/20-1590) m: Agnes (Butter?)
2. Henry (1545-1610) m: Susan Lawrence
3. Edmund (no dates) m: Judith Angier (See Note 1).
3. Samuel (1573-1615) m: Phillippa Ward
4. Philip (1609-1633) m: Sarah Odding (immigrant)
3. John (1585-1616) m: Grace Ravens (See Note 2).
4. Capt. John (1604-1690) m: Martha Palmer (immigrant) (Hon. Roger descends here)
2. Edmund (1548-1600) m: Anne Pallette & Ann Clere
3. Edmund (1572-1641) m: Joan Makin (immigrant)
4. Hester m: Andrew Ward
4. Grace m: John Livermore
4. Hon Samuel (1618-1718) m: Sarah Mitchell (immigrant) (Gen Sherman descends here)
4. Rev. John (1613-1685) m: Mary Gibbs & Mary Launce (immigrant)
3. Richard (1576-1660) m: Elizabeth Day (immigrant)
4. William (1616 - ????) No further record.
I "suspect" that this might be William "The Pilgrim", who appears in Plymouth in 1632. (My line) =================================
Note 1). This Edmund did NOT leave male descendants. Not an immigrant-but mentioned because many confuse this Edmund and wife with other immigrant.
Note 2). John's wife used to be thought to be Grace Makin, sister of Joan. Newer research establishes good case for Grace Ravens. ====================================
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I have printed out your McMillen line and I will check to see it it relates to my own. One thing I do know, however, is that my Sherman line goes back to NY and then on back to Stratford, Fairfield, CT. I am descended from Beulah Eunice Sherman who married Stephen Fairchild. Beulah was known as Eunice and she was the daughter of Nathaniel Sherman. Nathaniel was the son of Benjamin, the son of Samuel, the son of Edmund, the son of Edmund, the son of Henry Sherman. Beulah Eunice Sherman (Fairchild) was my 5th great-grandmother. Henry Sherman was married to Agnes Butter and they lived in Dedham, Essex, England but the family originated in Yaxley, Suffolk, England. Perhaps you are of the same family. Winston Churchill was descended from Henry Sherman and Agnes Butter through their son Henry Jr and I am descended from their son Edmund, the brother of Henry Jr.
More About Agnes BUTTER and Henry SHERMAN: Marriage: Bet. 1541 - 1542, Dedham, Co, Essex, England.21
Children of Agnes BUTTER and Henry SHERMAN are:
+Henry SHERMAN, b. 1545, Colchester, England21, d. 28 Aug 1610, Dedham, Co, Essex, England21.