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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.
Maybe a nickname ion that side.. who knows
Update:....Might as well keep this all in one place eh?...;)
Now focusing on identifying the family of Elizabeth Masten...Benjamin Sr's wife...
cut-n-paste from my notes
Well, discovered a couple of things....
Elizabeth, the daughter of Dirck (Dirk) was probably baptized in Schenectady, NY, which is pretty far from Clinton Township around 1780ish..... bah humbug....
On the flipside...I discovered that an Elizabeth I had dismissed actually turns out to be back on the table... Someone has apparently chosen her as wife to a Cornelis Winne... Then i Saw this;
Needless to say, that is *not* Elizabeth Masten...
So, Elizabeth Masten, daughter of Abraham Masten of Kingston, born 1770 (just like on the gravestone) is back on the table!
Yeah me! lol
I just noticed tonight, in Benjamin and Elizabeth's testimony about the Rev War pension kindly linked to above, on the first page Benjamin says he is 83 years and Elizabeth says she is 81 years old...two years apart!
So, straight from the horses mouth, so to speak (I've not seen a picture of either of them doh!), they are two years apart.
If Benjamin is truly born in 1767....Elizabeth cannot be anywhere near 1776 as the Sherow Genealogy states....1770, as given in the Internments in Pittsbury Church book makes much more sense.... And as it happens, the Elizabeth born to Abraham Masten of Kingston, NY is born 1770. The "problem" with this is accounting for her "brother" Rowland (Rowlin) born 1784.
Rowland is not given is any genealogy I've seen let alone Abraham's. Additonally, Abraham would have been 59 or 60 years old in 1784 IIRC..gotta check on that... Not outside the realm of possibility as I actually have a case of that happening elsewhere in the tree... A 60 year old man with a wife 25 years his junior! ...geesh...
In support, I believe I saw comments to the effect that the person was unsure if all of his children were accounted for....again I have to check on that, but I believe it was Abraham, although it might have been Aart Masten in Dutchess or Cornelius Masten in Dutchess...
Elizabeth's that the above dating eiliminates.... Johannes B Masten's (1776), Dirck Masten's (1787 IIRC), nad Aart's oldest son Jacobus' dau (1787)....
So for now...Abraham is it, or an unknown...maybe in Connecticut?
Were there Huguenots in Connecticut? Hmmmm..............
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