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I have a Sherow Family genealogy that was prepared for my great-grandmother in 1982 by a Dorothy Traver (maiden name Sherow).
I've gone over her work a couple of times now and she was on the money about 95% of the time! Not bad for pre-internet days! Greatly indented to her.
However she left a mystery. The tree begins with a mention of George Sherer and his "Huegenot" wife arriving from Scotland. No sources or references for this statement.
They end up having two known children. George Sherer (Jr I suppose) and Benjamin Sherow. (We'll call him Benjamin Sr). There is no explanation for the name change. I have no information on where they arrived or when. I have no birth date for George Jr.
Benjamin is a resident of Dutchess County.
Benjamin Sherow (Sr) 1767-1865 m Elizabeth Masten 1776-1856
Interments in the PITTSBURY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
"Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York" by J. W. Poucher published in 1924, pages 208-214.
311. Sherow, Elizabeth, w. of Benjamin, d. 1856, Apr. 7, in 86th y.
Elizabeth and Benjamin Sr. are in the 1850 US Federal Census under the last name Sherer. Find-a-grave proof positive Elizabeth is buried as Sherow. To make matters worse, the family not only used these two names interchangeably, there's an alternate spelling of Shero thrown in at times to boot! Not to mention that the entire family loved to name their boys either George or Benjamin! Argh! LOL! None-the-less, this is the family I cut my genealogy teeth on and they are all acounted for, no matter the spelling from then on...
Now for the brick walls. (I said I had none...I LIED! LOL Actually I forgot about this one. Can you blame me?)
Their son Benjamin Jr is buried with her there. Along with her other son Peter Sherer, Peter's wife (same grave) and their son Leland. I believe Benjamin Jrs last wife Harriet maybe in the group interred there also.
Where is Benjamin Sr buried? He did not die in the 1812 war. I have a book mention of him recalling a time in the Hudson valley *before* the mill was built. He is probably around 90 years old at that time.
Where was Benjamin Sr born? Dodrthy Traver states he was born in the US. No sources given. I know she looked at primary sources as she states as much in her cover letters. But no citations are given.
What of the father and mother, and George his brother? Was George the brother born overseas or here?
What state did they arrive in? I have a clue following my Campbell lines...Seems most the Scots ended up coming in through New Jersey. That might explain why I've never been able to locate them anywhere in New York. Although I'm not ready to concede New York just yet...:)
Any help appreciated.
Eyeballs rolling back in my head, so I am putting this here so I can stop jumping back to that site:(makes it easier for me to look for names in news items)
Now if any of these dates are incorrect please advise:
Benjamin Sherow b: 1767 in NY d: 1865 in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY
..+Elizabeth Masten b: 1776 in NY d: 1856 in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY
....... 2 George Washington Sherow b: 1800 d: 1856
....... 2 Curtis Sherow b: Bet. 1803 - 1804 in NY of Town of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY in June 1880
...........+Mary Unknown b: Bet. 1819 - 1820 in NY
................3 Samuel Sherow b: Bet. 1830 - 1831 in Dutchess Cty, NY
................3 Lewis Sherow b: Bet. 1831 - 1832 in Dutchess Cty, NY
....................+Julia Unknown b: Bet. 1834 - 1835 in NY
................3 Perry Sherow b: Bet. 1841 - 1842 in Dutchess Cty, NY
................3 Charles W. Sherow b: July 1843 in NY
................3 Sarah Sherow b: 1846 in Dutchess Cty, NY of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY in June 1870
................3 Theron Sherow b: January 1848 in NY of Ithaca, Tompkins Cty, NY in April 1930
....................+Ruth Unknown b: Bet. 1849 - 1850 in NY d: Bef. 1883
................*2nd Wife of Theron Sherow:
....................+Elizabeth S. Garrison b: March 1864 in of Matteawan (Fishkill), Dutchess Cty, NY m: Bet. 1883 - 1884 in NY of Town of Wappinger, Dutchess Cty, NY in April 1930
................*3rd Wife of Theron Sherow:
....................+Alice Unknown b: Bet. 1867 - 1868 in NY m: Bet. 1906 - 1907 in NY
................3 Filmore Sherow b: Bet. 1853 - 1854 in Dutchess Cty, NY d: Bef. June 1870
................3 Fred Sherow b: Bet. 1856 - 1857 in Dutchess Cty, NY
....... 2 John Sherow b: Bet. 1808 - 1809 in NY of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY in June 1850
...........+Mary I. Welling? b: Bet. 1828 - 1829 in NY
....... 2 Benjamin Sherow b: Bet. 1816 - 1817 in NY of Pleasant Valley, Dutchess Cty, NY in June 1850
...........+Sarah E. Unknown b: Bet. 1817 - 1818 in NY
That looks like the one posted at genealogy.com on the message board I believe....I tired to contact that person also but the email bounces....shrug....
She had some names and dates that Dorothy did not have...so I guess they were unaware of each other....Dorothy's dating was a bit more accurate becuase she had actually gone and visited the cemeteries and found 3/4 of these people...Although she says in the cover letter that she couldn't locate either Theron or Fred's gravesite.... Theron we know of course because he's the direct descenedant...he's in Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg...there's at least two branches in not more in that one...Sherow/Davenport and Jeffery's/Davenport and possibly Jacksons... "Grandma Jackson" raised Harry (Jeffery) Davenport when his mother had died in childbirth and the father Lode A. (Loren) Davenport basically dumped infant Harry on her and took off for New York...at least that's the story....LOL
There was also a family story that "Grandma" Jackson had come over "on the boat" with one or more of the Jeffery's and had made a promise to watch Harry (who wasn't concieved yet btw...lol) if anything should ever happen to Bessie...
I found the Jacksons on the boat....no Jeffery's or Daveports on the boat with them....no, Mr. Jackson either....Either he worked for his passage or *like* the Jeffery's, he had passed and the family hopped on the boat and came to America....
I've always wondered how the Jeffery's got into proximity to the Jackson's and or the Davenports for Davenport to meet Bessie *and* "Grandma" Jackson... I've since discovered that most of the Jeffery's in Covert NY and Trumansburg were related to Harry....but we were always told he had no family outside of "Grandma" Jackson and that she wasn't actually related to him (family promise story)....At one point I began to get the feeling we actually were related to the Jacksons beyond the adoption of Harry story...."Grandma" Jackson might actually be grandma Jackson.... There's a large Davenport family in Covert/Trumansburg that I've yet to investigate. Again we were always told we had no relation to them but I'm suspecting differently....they could be the source of Loren Daveport aka Lode Davenport... Remains to be seen...LOL
One clue was my grandmother telling me stories about how when she was a little girl they used to walk out the road toward Podunk....It happens that the Jackson lived out that way I've since found out....
Those family stories....like the Sherer's above....at least in this part of the family they've always turned out to be half-true!...
Wow this is great! I've got so many clues now I'm losing track! LOL Thanks!
ton of Davenport Jeffery/JAckson names....worth looking at
if you don't have subscription to
I would consider it.. there are oodles of newspaper items about practically all of them..
you can order it thro link upper right of this page,, helps keep this Free site online...
Those Jeffery's are most likely related...when I was discovering that tidbit I noticed all those Davenports in town!
Let's just say I'm highly suspicious of the family story at this point...after discovering the those Jeffery's were related to us!...(we were lead to believe otherwise, reason not known ....yet...lol) Let's just say I think we are related to all those Daveports too...haven't cracked that case yet though....
I did find an Orin L. Davenport, and recalling the 1880 census (IIRC) having them list the initial first....we get L.Orin Davenport...his name is supposed to be Loren Davenport...lol
Orin L. is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Interlaken, NY...
I still have Denisons to dig through yet now though...lol
Not sure if any of this applies:
Full text of "Manual of the churches of Seneca County with sketches ...M. H. Coleman, Lulu Mrs. Davenport, Orin L. Davenport. .... Father Kinan, then pastor of Ovid, residing at Water- loo, N. Y., celebrated mass at the house of John ...
Note: Some of Poucher's listings have been found to be inaccurate, so use these with caution(Above)
1. Pittsbury Presbyterian Church
Hicks, Jane A. Sherow, w. of George L., d. 1859, Mar. 11, a. 18-2-18. 214. Hicks, John Platt, d. 1890, June 22, a. 74-5-6. 215. Hicks, Melinda (L.) Phillips, w. of Morgan, d. 1869
2. Dutchess County, NY Cemetery Records Online, Verbank Cemeter #2
Sherow, Louis Wooden d. 1897, Sep. 23, a. 66 y. "discharged Sept. 6, 1865, from U. S. Rec. Ship Vermont & the naval service." August 24, 2000 Html by Debbie [Dutchess Cemeteries
3. Dutchess County, NY Cemetery Records Online, Community Ground #3, Standfordvill...
62 y. Sherow, Birdella dau. of Norman & Emma T., d. 1884, Nov. 20, a. 2 m. 4 d. Simpson, Armitta w. of William H., & dau. of Amos D. Knapp, d. 1856, Mar. 16, a. 30 y. 10 m.
On the Pittsbury page...for our family at least...it's been reasobaly accurate....the one exception is Elizabeth being marked as dying in 86th....it's supposed to be 80th year.... Whoever was looking at the headstone intepreted the 0 as a 6....
Also on that page...I just found out,although I alwyas suspected but couldn't confirm it...that the Masten/Mastins on that page are Elizabeth Sherow's brother, his wife, and some of their children that died young... Thanks to someone else in the family...actually I think it was deratchford54 who's Sherer/Sherow story you posted...tipped me off that Rowlin/Powland's other son was named Calvin R C Masten/Mastin...who I found in the Census records, and the proof that he is the son of Rowland and Sarah was in the 1880? census he has Rowland Sherow living with him...
Rowland is Elizabeth's grandson from her son John...
One mystery somewhat solved...another takes it place...
Elizabeth and Rowland's parents? I've found lots of Masrten/Mastins but most come after these two...perhaps with the exception of Aart(Aert) Masten who married Pieternella Viele...they resided in parts of Dutchess Co...
With a name like Masten there should be a connection to either Kingston or New Paltz.... However, where they live in Washington Hollow NY....there is a strong connection with Connecticut, namely Stamford, CT...which makes me think of New Rochelle and even New Amsterdam...more New Rochelle though if I remember the chronology correctly...I think New Rochelle came about after the English took over New Amsterdam....I even saw a Long Island connection on that side of the county... So, these Mastens may not have necessarily come from Ulster/Orange counties...
That I haven't explored yet because I've had a major breakthrough on my Jeffery lines! Two more distant relatives with information on the family...:) I'll haveto post a summary when I sort it all out...!
Hmmm....Orin L.... I have a feeling this mystery is gonna be a tough one...
I just made contact with the man that maintains the Jeffery names list for Tompkins Co. and it turns out I'm distantly related to him...LOL
He insists that the guys name is Lode A. Davernport but then says he can't remember where he got the name from...:)
I'm thinking I'll stick with "Lode's" son who told us his fathers name was Loren.
One clue he did affirm was the connection to Utica which I was beginning to doubt....but now I'll have to revisit that...