Samuel Jay Sherman

2 August 1837–13 February 1921 (Age 83)
Wilton, Wilton, Saratoga, New York, United States

The Life of Samuel Jay

When Samuel Jay Sherman was born on 2 August 1837, in Wilton, Wilton, Saratoga, New York, United States, his father, Samuel Jay Sherman, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Clancy, was 37. He married Sarah Anne Haley on 15 November 1860, in San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Milpitas, Santa Clara, California, United States in 1880. He died on 13 February 1921, in Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States.

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Samuel Jay Sherman
Sarah Anne Haley
Marriage: 15 November 1860
Martha Wells
Mabel Caroline Sherman
Leora Wells
Adelbert Sherman
Clancy Jay Sherman
Francis Sherman
Alice Maud Sherman
Chester T Sherman
Morris Wells

Spouse and Children


    Sarah Anne Haley


15 November 1860
San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States


    Martha Wells


    Mabel Caroline Sherman


    Leora Wells


    Adelbert Sherman


    Clancy Jay Sherman


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World Events (8)


Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 11

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

Age 26

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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)

  • Samuel J Sherman, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Samuel J Sherman, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"
  • Samuel J Sherman, "California Great Registers, 1866-1910"

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