(NOTE: Genealogical research is forever
ongoing. Many different sources were used to verify the information
but there may still be mistakes in names, dates, places and events.
Any additions or corrections are welcomed.)
By: Alice L. Luckhardt
The SHERMAN family of SE Pennsylvania has sometimes
been mistaken for the same “Sherman” family of Rhode Island
and Connecticut. The New England Sherman families were English in
origin whereas our family, the Sherman family of Pennsylvania, were from
Germany. During the 20th century family legend stated that we were
related to General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Civil War general but this
was never the true ancestry.
The first Scherman (Shireman) of our branch to America was George Jacob Scherman (later just known as Jacob Sherman was) who was born September 21, 1724 in Niederhochstadt, Pfalz, Bayern in Germany. He is believed to have come to Philadelphia on the ship Lydia in October 8 or 19, 1749. He may have come with his wife, Maria Elisbetha of Niederhochstadt along with their two young sons, George Jacob Scherman, born February 3, 1747/48 and Johannes Scherman, born February 6, 1748/49. Maria may have died very shortly after arriving in America. He married Eva Kundigunda Crieschbaum around 1750 in Berks County. Eva was born January 12, 1725/26 in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
George first lived in the Tulpedhocken area of Pennsylvania and then acquired in June 19, 1754 two 25-acre warrants of land in the present-day area of Brunswick Township in Schuylkill County. By September 24, 1762 he was naturalized as a British citizen of the American colonies in Berks County. By 1763, George, Eva and their family were in Manheim Township in York County, Pennsylvania. Their family now included Conrad Sherman, born December 11, 1752, Johann Jacob Sherman, born March 2, 1755, and Elisabetha Julianna Sherman , born September 11, 1759, all three in Berks County. Lastly was George Sherman , born March 1768 in York County.
In York County, (George) Jacob Sherman was licensed to run a public house (a tavern) in the Manheim Township and started purchasing acreage around the area of St. David’s Church. Between 1765 and 1809 over 800 acres of land were owned either in (George) Jacob's or his son, Conrad’s name. Due to their extensive land holdings in the region and their support of St. David’s Church, the name Sherman’s Church came into popular use. The Church stills functions into the 21st Century and located in York County, on Highway 94, just over the Pennsylvania State line, near the village of Pleasant Hills.
Additional land holdings in other areas after the American
Revolution increased for the Sherman family. (George) Jacob Sherman
purchased at auction 200 acres in Manheim Township on October 10, 1783
for 122 pounds and 10 shillings (about $196 - $200 in the year 2000 currency
value). By August 10, 1797 he was living in Germany Township in York
County and purchased a tenement house, lot of ground in the town of Petersburg,
a twenty-foot alley and an additional 35 acres for 980 pounds in gold/silver
(about $13,190 in the year 2000 value). In May 26, 1800 was the purchase
of 220 acres containing a gristmill and many buildings for the sum of 450
pounds, 17 shillings and 10 pence (about $6,137 in the year 2000 value).
By December 8, 1800 a tract of land called “Diggs Choice” (over
8 acres) in Heidelberg Township sold to (George) Jacob for 15 pounds (about
$200 in the year 2000 value) an acre. Then in June 27, 1801 over four
acres were sold for 102 pounds and 3 shillings (about $1,373 in the year
2000 value) to (George) Jacob Sherman.
THE SHERMANS AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
The major political uprising of the American colonies with the British crown was not unnoticed by the Sherman family. They had been in Pennsylvania all during the 1750’s and 1760’s and had seen first hand the British treatment of the colonies. They had done well financially over the years and wanted to be a part of a new nation and its development. Not only did George Jacob Sherman join the militia but also so did his son, Conrad Sherman. George served as a private with the 4th Company of the York County militia while in his mid-50’s. Conrad, a young man in his mid-20s, first was a private in 1776 under Capt. John Sheafer. He then served between August 1776 as a sergeant with Capt. John Lesher‘s Company (a part of Colonel John Patton‘s Battalion, known as German Battalion, the Heidelberg Brigade). Lesher‘s Company was organized from men from Bethel and Tulpedhocken townships in Pennsylvania. From August 1 to 9th, 1776 the Brigade got organized and supplied.
Left: PA Military card on Conrad Sherman
for his service during the American Revolution Right: Posted names (inc. George Jacob Sherman) who served during the American Revolution in Adams County, PA)
They then marched from Womesdorf on August 11th to Reading to Kutztown to Bethehem and then to Shaw‘s Tavern. By August 19th they marched to South Branch River to Punch Bowl to Bonnamtown and then arrived at Perth Amboy by August 22nd, a total distance of 135 miles. This was to reinforce troops for General Washington‘s command. On August 8, 1780 Conrad had worked his way to Captain in command of Sherman’s Company under Lt. Colonel Joseph Heister’s Regiment, 6th Battalion of Berks County Militia. Capt. Sherman had 46 privates, 1 fifer, 1 drummer, 4 sergeants, 1 ensign, 3 corporals and 1 lieutenant under his command. They went on to fight in the Battle of Camden on August 15, 1780. The British forces won this battle. After the war, in the 1790’s he was Lt. Colonel Sherman of the Sixth Regiment Composed of the Militia of York County and later given the rank of Brigadier General. (NOTE: The family legend of a Civil War General Sherman in the family was due to Conrad being a Captain during the American Revolution and later a Brigadier General .)
Conrad did marry during America's fight for independence. In 1778 was the wedding of Conrad to Helena Slagle (Schlagel) in York County. Helena was born September 15, 1753 in Berwick Township in York County, Pennsylvania. Helena was the fourth child of Jacob Slagle of Berwick Township. Jacob actually had a total of 21 children between 1747 and 1789 between his first wife, Mary Catherine Klein/Klee (Helena’s mother) and later Mary Barbara, whom Jacob married in 1776, a year after Mary Catherine’s death in 1775. The Slagle family had also been very involved during the American Revolutionary War, Jacob and his sons: Christopher and John Jacob all serving from Pennsylvania. Conrad and Helena had five children between 1779 and 1790. More details on Conrad and Helena are written further into the Sherman story.
GEORGE JACOB SHERMAN’S FAMILY
JOHANN JACOB SHERMAN AND FAMILY
(SHERMAN vs. SHRIVER)
Note: The following information on the possible two children (Jacob Sherman, Jr. and Eve Sherman) of Johann Jacob and Elizabeth Sherman is not 100% proven. There are some conflicting sources of whether these two children are really Johann’s children. Source information/facts on the Westminster house are from the Historical Society of Carroll County web site.
The fourth son, Johann Jacob, born in 1755, moved
as an adult to live in Carroll County, Maryland and became quite successful
as an innkeeper (tavern). He married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown,
possibly of Wagoner) about 1778 in Pennsylvania and their first son,
Jacob Sherman was born January 19, 1779 in Pennsylvania. This
Jacob, Jr. later married Elizabeth Baer on February 21, 1806 and they had
four children born in Carroll County. These eight great grandchildren
of George Jacob Sherman were Conrad Sherman, born August 8, 1813,
Daniel Sherman, born about 1814, Elizabeth Sherman, born
about 1815, Jesse Sherman, born March 31,1819, Susanna Sherman
born November 28, 1821, Mary Elizabeth Sherman, born August 23,
1824, Sara Ann Louisa Sherman born August 23, 1827 and finally
Mary Sherman born December 24, 1829, all in Carroll County.
Jacob, Jr. lived until April 8, 1861. Jesse Sherman was a farmer in Carroll County and married Lydia A. Black. They had a son, Jacob Sherman, born about 1860, Augustus, born about 1870 and a daughter, Irena M. born about 1877. Jesse died on June 6, 1885. His sister, Sara Ann Louisa married William Hoffman on May 27, 1847 by Rev. Geiger.
NOTE: An older brother of JOHANN JACOB was JOHANNES SHERMAN, born February 6, 1748/49 in Germany. His mother was George Jacob Sherman’s first wife, Maria Elisabetha Schirmann, who died in Pennsylvania about 1749. This son also went to Carroll County (when it was part of Baltimore Co., Maryland). He married Catherine Sabel on March 29, 1775. He and Catherine had three sons (names unknown) and one daughter. The daughter may have been EVE SHERMAN, born between 1781-1785. So it is unclear it the conflict of Eve with her father was with Johannes or Jacob Sherman.
Eve Sherman was born about 1781-1783. It was when
Eve married on February 26, 1803 to David H. Shriver, Jr. in Westminster,
Maryland, that an unusual family bond began. The following write-up
on the Shermans and Shrivers of Westminster comes from the Historical Society
of Carroll County, Maryland.
Eve’s father, Jacob Sherman, (or Johannes Sherman) purchased a small addition to his lot opposite his tavern on Main Street in Westminster in May 1806 from William Winchester, Jr., (1750-1812), a son of the founder of the town of Westminster. Jacob’s plans were to build a large residence on the property. Construction of his new brick residence probably began almost immediately and was substantially completed a year later (1807) when Sherman then sold the property for a token fee of five shillings to his son-in-law David Shriver, Jr. It is far more likely that Sherman, who was at the typical retirement age of fifty, was building a new residence in order to retire from inn keeping. In this time period it was not uncommon for a successful man of his age to share a large residence with a child's family. In most cases, the property passed to the child's family at the death of the parents.
The house was the most impressive structure along Westminster's Main Street. It featured refined and innovative architectural details such as a stone wastewater drain in the kitchen. However, basic elements of an L-shaped house were deeply rooted in the regional style and cultural traditions of the Pennsylvania Germans. A first floor, unheated bedchamber located behind the dining room served as the Shermans' sleeping quarters. Sherman used a design and plan that were closely related to the traditional farmhouse style that was popular in Carroll County throughout the nineteenth century.
David Shriver, Jr., probably had a significant role in designing the house. The lead sash weights, which are embossed with his name and the date 1807, suggest that he was responsible for the selection of counter-balanced windows. A built-in clothes cupboard was installed in the front west bedchamber where the Shrivers are believed to have slept. Both features were unusual for this region in 1807 and point towards the well traveled Shriver who was familiar with trends in architecture.
The Shrivers were already living in the house in May 1807 when Jacob Sherman deeded the property to David. David was born April 24, 1769 at Little Pipe Creek, near Westminster, the second son of David Shriver, Sr., (1735-1826) and his wife Rebecca Ferree Shriver (1742-1812). The younger David constructed the gristmill and tannery complex at Union Mills, Maryland, in 1797 in partnership with his older brother Andrew (1762-1847). David relinquished his interest in the mill in 1803 to accept an appointment to superintend the construction of the Baltimore-Reisterstown Turnpike. In the same year he married Eve Sherman. Their marriage united two of the most prominent local Pennsylvania German families. David H. Shriver, Jr., became active in public service during his residency. He was elected in 1807 to represent Frederick County in the Maryland Assembly and was also commissioned in 1808 as Paymaster of the 20th Regiment, Maryland Militia. Shriver had previously served as captain of the Rifle Company and a major in this regiment from 1794 -1799.
The Federal Census of 1810 provides evidence that the Shermans lived with the Shriver household. Jacob Sherman does not appear as a head of a household, which suggests that he was living with another family. The Shriver household included David and Eve, their two sons Jacob Sherman Shriver (1805 -1876) and William Wagoner Shriver (1808 -1880), their daughter Elizabeth Sherman Shriver (born 1806), two adults over forty-five who were undoubtedly the Shermans. The servants, a white man and a woman, both aged sixteen to twenty-six, and six Negro slaves were included in the census.
David Shriver, Jr., completed his work on the Reisterstown turnpike in 1810 and soon became a somewhat reluctant candidate to superintendent the proposed extension of the National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). Shriver felt that he was being poorly treated and, therefore, hesitated to seek the position. In a February 16, 1811 letter to his brother Andrew, who was in Washington, D.C., pushing David's candidacy, David stated that he would "be d---d if he would beg for" the position.
In the same letter, David Shriver reported a family tragedy, "while at Frederick, Eve was taken sick while alone, fell against the stove and lay in that way until she came to, with her face immediately against the plate. She has burned herself in a shocking manner. The roasted part is not yet separated from the sound. It is impossible to say how bad the wound will be as yet, but at best is shocking in the extreme. She will in a day or two be taken with her disorder again with the wound I fear will be attended with bad consequences." Eve Sherman, who may have suffered from epilepsy, was permanently scarred.
Despite his reservations, David Shriver accepted the appointment to superintend construction of the National Road from Cumberland. His decision required the family's removal to Cumberland (Wheeling, West Virginia). Shriver sold the house back to his father-in-law, Jacob Sherman, for $3,250 (between $32,382 - $41,829 in the year 2000 currency values) on August 4, 1812. The Shriver's departure appears to have caused or widened a rift with the Shermans. Unfortunately, the rift between the two families never healed. When Jacob Sherman died in 1822, he left the bulk of his sizable estate to the Shriver's children only.
David and Eve Shriver contested the Will by questioning Sherman's sanity since the Will was executed shortly before his death. The Orphan's Court of Frederick County rejected their motion and directed the Shrivers to pay court costs of over $550 (between $6,861 - $8,032 in the year 2000 currency value). A Maryland Court of Appeals decree required the estate of the late Jacob Sherman to pay slightly less than one-half of the court costs. These divisive cases between family members were the culmination of differences between Jacob Sherman and the Shrivers. David Shriver lived until 1852 in Cumberland, Allegany Co., WV and Eve Sherman Shriver lived until August 21,1854.
The fine house remained with the Sherman family until 1842, when Elizabeth Sherman (Jacob Sherman’s widow) died and it was sold to John Fisher, an attorney, who occupied the house with his family from 1842-1863. The next owners were Catherine Jones Shellman and her daughter Mary Bostwick Shellman who remained in the house from 1864 to 1932. After Mary's death, the house was purchased by the newly formed Historical Society of Carroll County in 1939. The original Sherman house has serviced as the headquarters for the Historical Society of Carroll County ever since and has been restored to its original 1807 magnificent.
THE REST OF (GEORGE) JACOB AND EVA SHERMAN’S FAMILY
CONRAD SHERMAN AND HIS FAMILY
(Third son of George Jacob Sherman)
In between Conrad’s military
service in 1776 and 1780, he married Helena Slagle (Schlagel) in
1778 in York County, PA. Their first born child was a son which they
named, Henry Sherman. He was born
July 11, 1779 in York County. The following years a second son was
born, George S. Sherman. George’s middle name
may have been “Slagle” but there is no proof to that name.
George was born November 10, 1780 in York County. Grief befell the
Sherman family with Conrad’s mother, Eva, death in 1784 in Littlestown,
PA. Conrad’s father, George Jacob, married sometime later to
Magdalena Fuhrman. She was born about 1735 in York County. When
she and George Jacob Sherman married is unknown and when she died is also
unknown. There is also the name of Judith Spangler as a wife of George
Jacob and she may have been his fourth wife. When they married at by
1799 but how long she lived is also unknown.
But joy returned to the family with Conrad’s first daughter arriving a couple years later on April 2, 1786. She was named Susannah Sherman. By July 15, 1788 a third son, Johannes (John) Sherman arrived and his baptized was September 14, 1788 in York County. Lastly was Jacob Sherman, born on April 15, 1790 and baptized on June 27, 1790 in York County. The last two children were born in West Manheim Township in York County.
Conrad’s father, (George) Jacob Sherman, died on February
14, 1812 in Littlestown, Adams County, PA. The senior Sherman was
87 years old and had accomplished many things since his birth in Germany.
He also instilled the same spirit of achievement in his children.
George Jacob Sherman, the immigrant and the American was buried
at the Christ Reformed Church in Littlestown next to his wife, Eva Sherman.
When his third wife, Magdalena or fourth wife, Judith Spangler,
passed away is unknown. It is noted that (George) Jacob Sherman was
married to Judith by May 1799, because both signed (with an “X”)
a transfer of property in Germany Twp., PA. to his daughter, Elizabeth J.
Sherman Parr, the widow of John Parr.
Conrad’s children reached adulthood and started marrying.
It may have been Johannes (John) Sherman who married first to Sara
Reinhardt (Rinehardt) of Hanover, York County. They married on June
9, 1813. But that marriage was short lived. There were not
many divorces in a family in the early 19th century but one did happen
in the Sherman family. John and Sara Sherman divorced on January 3,
1822 in York County. There were two daughters, the oldest may have been
Sarah Ann Sherman and the youngest was Catherine Susan Sherman
. Sara went to live in Manchester, Maryland
Jacob Sherman (son of Conrad and Helena) may never have married. It is unknown if he did marry. Jacob died at a young age on May 1, 1823 in West Manheim, PA.
The only daughter, Susannah Sherman, of Conrad and Helena, married George Zacharias on August 15, 1815 in York County. The young couple soon moved to Carroll County, Maryland and started their family. Susannah and George had one child, a son, named Jacob Zacharias , born February 7, 1821 in Manchester, Maryland. Susannah loses her husband early in their marriage. George Zacharias died on June 7, 1826 in Carroll County. Jacob Zacharias later married on December 22, 1852 to Sarah (Sallie) Ann Orndoff. Susannah Sherman Zacharias remains in Carroll County and died on February 5, 1852. Sarah only lived until April 17, 1867 in Westminster, MD. After the lost of his wife, Jacob remarried on December 24, 1873 to Barbara A. Bachman. He lived in Union Mills, PA until his death on August 9, 1899.
George S. Sherman (second son of Conrad and Helena) married about the fall of 1815 to Elizabeth Kuhn in York County. Between March 1816 and December of 1827 they had four children.
An interesting advertisement appeared in the Frederick newspaper
on September 19, 1818. Conrad Sherman was offering a reward for a
runaway indentured servant, named Frederick Trogler. He was a young
man of 18 years recently from Schorndoff, Wurtemburg, Germany. He had
only arrived in American in the winter of 1817 and was working as a servant
for the Sherman family. Whether the young indentured servant ever was
returned to the Sherman household is unknown.
In Conrad’s final will, located in Book “P”, page 4 of York County and dated March 29, 1823, he listed his wife, Helena, and his five adult children. He died on April 11, 1823 in West Manheim at the age of 70 years. Helena lived on in West Manheim Township, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. Helena lived until the end of 1835 in West Manheim. She died on December 13, 1835 at the age of 84 years.
MAP OF YORK COUNTY - 1890'S
THE GEORGE S. SHERMAN FAMILY
With the end of the 1820’s George S. Sherman
, son of General Conrad Sherman, had seen a fair amount of
death in the Sherman family. His wife, Elizabeth died around
January 1828. George was left to raise his daughter Elizabeth and
his three young sons, age’s 10 years, 5 years, and 2 months alone.
George did remarry several years later on November 24, 1835 in Hanover,
PA to Fanny (Fannie) Manathon .
Rev. Gutelius performed the marriage.
NOTE: family legend suggestions that FANNY MANATHON was
a full blood Native American Indian. One hint to the possibly is a
photo that might be of Lydia Sherman,
(photo right) a daughter of Fanny,
born in 1841, with dark complexion, dark hair, high cheek bones and
She had an instant family to care for as all the four children were still living at home. Additional children arrived in 1836 with the birth of Rebecca Sherman. George's son, Conrad (born 1818) may have married Mary A. Harman, about 1838, giving a little bit more space in the household. Then in 1841 another daughter was born, Lydia Sherman. With the year 1847 arrived Fanny and George’s third daughter, named Sarah Sherman. In 1850 was born Mary J. Sherman . It would be November 10, 1854 that Fanny gave birth to a daughter named Cevilla C. Sherman. But the young child died at age 4 years on May 5, 1859. Prior to the tragic event, another daughter was born in 1858 and was named Amelia Sherman. There is the child, Mandilla Sherman but her year of birth is unknown. She might be the one buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hanover with the birth date of February 17, 1839 and death on April 13, 1920, but this is not confirmed. Lydia Ann Sherman may have gone to live with her cousin, Savilla Sherman Musselman, around 1859 -1860, as Savilla was a new bride and mother. NOTE: There may have been two additional children born to George and Fanny, named Susan in 1846 and Henry in 1856. There is not enough proof of who their parents were and what became of these two individuals.
With the start of the American Civil War in 1861 George's youngest son, George Kuhn Sherman was drafted into military service. He joined the Union Army, 82nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Vol., Company “C” on November 14, 1864. He was mustered out in Hall’s Hill, Virginia on July 13, 1865, after the war’s end. Years later George received a pension from the Federal government between the years 1890 and 1917.
The other sons started their own families. First, was Conrad Sherman (named for his grandfather), who married Mary A. Harman around 1838. They had five children (Elizabeth, George, Anna, Susan and Cornelius) between 1839 and 1850. Next was Henry K. Sherman , who married Anna Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) around 1844. Henry and Anna had six children, several whom died as infants. The only one that survived was a daughter, Mandilla Sherman, who was born in 1860 and lived until 1891.
GEORGE KUHN SHERMAN and FAMILY
It is unknown what occupations that Conrad and his brother
Henry did in their lifetime. Conrad moved to Maryland and Henry may
have gone to Littlestown, PA. It is also unknown how long each fellow lived
but it is figured at least to the1860’s. Their brother,
George Kuhn Sherman, had a long life. Before he entered
the Civil War, he married Lydia Trone on February 3, 1852 in Hanover,
York County, PA. Lydia was born February 18, 1831. Together
they had eight children between 1852 and 1872. First born was
Susannah on May 17, 1852, then Jacob on May 20, 1854, and
next Sevilla Ann on November 15, 1858. Based on the 1860 census,
George K. Sherman and his wife had a servant living in their household,
named Elizabeth Mummert. Elizabeth’s family had been neighbors
of Lydia’s family years before, so they knew each for some time.
With the beginning of the Civil War came the birth of James Henry Sherman on November 11, 1861, then Sarah Elizabeth on May 13, 1864. George K. Sherman entered the military in November of 1864 and returned home in July 1865. A child, Flora, arrived on April 29, 1866.
Some scandal now enters the picture. There is the strong possibly that George K. Sherman may have fathered a child of Elizabeth Mummert, with her giving birth in 1868 to a son. The son was named George Theodore Sherman. Soon afterwards, the George K. Sherman family (children and wife, Lydia) moved to Mount Joy Township in Adams County, PA. The last two children of George and Lydia were Mary Jane Sherman on February 22, 1869 and then George H. Grant Sherman on September 1, 1872, born in Adams County. He remained a farmer there and did retire on his military pension in 1890.
George’s children all grew into adulthood in Adams County and raised a family. Daughter, Susannah married Joshua L. Hann about 1873. He was a farmer, owning his own farm in Mount Joy township. They had a son, George L. Hann, born in June 1875. He too became a farmer and later married Lucy before 1906. They had two sons, Roy L. , born in 1906 and Paul R. in 1910. Susannah lived until January 5, 1940. Her son, Paul lived until May 1985 in Littlestown.
The son, Jacob T. Sherman married Mary E. Miller on December 12, 1876 in Hanover, PA. Jacob had his own farm in Mount Joy and looked after his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Miller and a brother-in-law, Levi Miller in 1880. Jacob and Mary had a son, Claude M. Sherman , born in September 1883. Claude grew up to become a merchant in a general store and married Mary just before the 1910 census. Jacob died on May 30, 1920 in Mount Joy.
Sevilla Ann Sherman married Rufus A. Little around 1878. He was a farmer, owning his own farm in Mount Joy. Sevilla and Rufus had two sons, George D. Little in November 9, 1879 and Charles C. Little in May 6, 1884. Sevilla died on April 21, 1920 in Adams County, PA. Her sons, Charles died in April 1968 in Littlestown and George in Hanover in September 1970.
The second son, James Henry Sherman (living at home at the 1880 census) married Alverta Fiscell around 1884. Together they had a very large family, one dozen children, with eight daughters and four sons. James was a farmer, living in Germantown, Mount Joy and Two Taverns in Adams County over the decades. The children were: Maude V. (born in April 1885), and married to Thomas Newman, a merchant. Maude lived until November 1969 in Gettysburg, PA. Then Elsie M. (born April 1889), Beulah E. (born October 1891), and Guy F. (born September 1893). Guy Sherman died in June 1984 in Lock haven, Clinton Co., PA. The next children were Bessie M. (born May 1895), Lydia M. (born June 1896), Mark L. (born April 1898), Clyd M. (born 1901), Golda A. (born 1903 - who lived for some years with her older sister, Maude & her husband), Sarah L. (born 1905), Zona L. (born 1908) and Paul H. Sherman (born 1910). James died about age 54 years old on April 8, 1916. His wife, Alverta died on December 11, 1933.
Sarah Elizabeth Sherman (lived at home during 1880 census) married John A. Geesey on April 6, 1899. John was a cutter in a shoe factory in New Oxford Borough in Adams County.
Flora C. Sherman (lived at home during the 1880 census) married on March 2, 1884 to William H. Collins. He was a cigar maker in a cigar factory in Mount Joy. They had six children, which included a set of twins. Their first child was Claud S. Collins on April 1887. He later worked on the farm owned by his aunt and uncle (Mary and John Spangler) in 1900. The second child was Charles W. , who was born in June 14, 1889. Charles died in September 1969 in Littlestown. The set of twins (one boy-one girl) were born April 1899. They were Francis E. & Mary V. Collins . By 1920, Francis was a box maker and Mary was a seamstress. Next was Agnes I. Collins , born in 1902, who was also a seamstress in 1920. The youngest was Leo T. Collins, born in 1905.
John Wesley Spangler married Mary Jane Sherman (lived at home during 1880 census) on September 14, 1893 in Littlestown at the Grace Lutheran Church. He was a farmer. When Mary’s mother, Lydia died at the age of 60 years in 1891, she and her brother, George, lived with their father. When Mary married first in September 1893, and then her brother, George married in October 1893, their father lived with George and his family. Later, the father lived with Mary and her husband in 1910.
The youngest child of George K. Sherman was George H. Grant Sherman, who married Jennie C. Stahl a month after his sister, became a cigar maker in a cigar factory. He and Jennie lived for years in Littlestown. They had three children. First was Ralph S. Sherman , born March 16, 1894. Ralph later worked as a laborer in a silk mill. He died in October 1979 in York, PA. Then Nina M. Sherman , born March 1895 and lastly was Pauline M. Sherman , born May 1897.
George K. Sherman died on January 30, 1917 in Mount Joy in Adams County, PA. He had many of his children, his 25 grandchildren and even two great grandchildren living in the area.
REMAINDER OF GEORGE S. & FANNY SHERMAN FAMILY
The children of George S. and Fanny Sherman married
over the years. Rebecca married James Reily Schmidt/Smith
on January 5, 1860. By the 1900 census, Rebecca was a widow living
in Penn Township and had five children. Next Sarah Sherman married
Edward Garrett on August 28, 1864. The wedding was performed by Rev. Zehring
of St. Paul’s in Heidelberg. Mary Jane Sherman married
John B. Wildasin (Wildason) on January 13, 1870 and her sister, Amelia
married John’s brother, Henry Wildasin. Lydia Ann Sherman
, who had lived in 1860 with her cousin, Savilla Sherman Musselman, married
John Swartz on September 9, 1883 in Hanover. John was a farmer, born
in October 1858. They did not have any children and lived at least
up to 1917 in Penn Township in York County, PA. The youngest, Mandilla
George S. Sherman lived until November 17, 1864 in Heidelberg, York County, PA. His second wife, Fanny, lived on in West Manheim, (based on 1880 census) York County. She was in the residence of William McMaster, age 66 years in 1880. Her death came many years later on June 29, 1896, dying at the age of almost 84 years. Her stepson, George Kuhn Sherman, almost reached 90 years old, dying on January 30, 1917 in Mt. Joy, Two Taverns, Adams County, PA. Lydia, his wife, had lived until March 21, 1891. The illegitimate son, George Theodore Sherman , remained with his mother, Elizabeth. She married Henry Heck and had several other children. George Theodore Sherman married Johanna Lidina Wildason and they lived their later years in Hartford County, MD. George T. Sherman lived until 1947.
(First born child of Conrad and Helena Sherman)
The author's great, great great grandfather
(Youngest child of Henry and Catherine, granddaughter of Gen. Conrad Sherman)
Written by: Alice L. Luckhardt
NOTE: GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IS ONGOING.
THERE MAY BE ERRORS ON DATES, NAMES, PLACES AND EVENTS BUT MANY DIFFERENT
SOURCES WERE USED TO VERIFY THE DATA. ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS