Peter Sherman

about 1798–December 1883 (Age 85)
Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Peter

When Peter Sherman was born about 1798, in Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Peter Sherman, was 42 and his mother, Hannah Jefferson, was 51. He married Laura Marsh on 7 January 1824, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Rhode Island, United States in 1870. He died in December 1883, in Burrillville, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 85.

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Peter Sherman
Laura Marsh
Marriage: 7 January 1824
Abigail Sherman
Catherine Sherman
Squire Crandall Sherman
Clarke Sherman
Peter Lowell Sherman
Emily Jane Sherman
Hannah Minerva Sherman
Caroline Sherman
Willis Allan Sherman

Spouse and Children

7 January 1824
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


    Abigail Sherman


    Catherine Sherman



    Clarke Sherman


    Peter Lowell Sherman


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 2

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1811 · USS Revenge

Age 13

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 23

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a sheepshearer or someone who used shears to trim the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap, from Middle English shereman ‘shearer’.2 Americanized spelling of German Schuermann .3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a tailor, from Yiddish sher ‘scissors’ + man ‘man’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Peter Sherman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Peter Sherman, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Peter Sherman, "United States Census, 1860"

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