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Hi Sherman Family and Friends,

In November, Debbie Brockett, a writer for GV Magazine asked for permission to use a picture of Moses and Susie by their boxcar home in an article she was putting together for the December issue. GV stands for Grand Valley (Colorado) and the  magazine is a fun look at this community and the many activities available there.

We were happy to oblige Debbie’s request and enjoyed reading the article titled “Yes, Grand Valley, There is a Santa.” Seeing the picture of Mr. Ed’s great-grandparents Moses and Susie in the magazine was a real treat.

If you’d like to have a look at the article, follow this URL: http://www.dabrockett.com/article12.htm

Here’s the picture used in the article:

moses&susie in boxcar154

All for tonight.

Sue

Copyright 2013, Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington,  All rights reserved.

Picture is the sole property of Howard and Susan Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Hi Everyone,

What do I do?  There are more pictures than I have posts for… so..  Here’s a gallery of various Sherman family photos.. all are thumbnails so click on them for a larger view. Many of the pictures are of logging in the “UP” of Michigan and you’ll see William Sherman among the subjects.  If you have corrections or questions don’t hesitate to contact me at susaned@me.com or leave a comment.  Enjoy!

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Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, 1/10/2012  All Rights Reserved

Photographs are the sole property  of Susan  J. Edminser

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Hi Everyone,

These old postcard pictures were among the items my husband inherited from the Sherman family, probably acquired when Moses and Susie Sherman lived in Montana and Moses was employed by the Northern Pacific RR.  They’re in thumbnail so just click to see the large version.  Enjoy!

Gallery of Montana Railroad Pictures

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Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA 11/5/2011 All Rights Reserved

Pictures are the property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA

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This lovely picture of my husband’s Grandparents and Mother was probably taken about 1918-1920.  Names: William Clay Sherman (1885-1969), Johannah (Hartwell) Sherman (1887-1967) and Beatrice Ruth Sherman (1907-1933).

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Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA, November 3, 2011 All Rights Reserved

Picture is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, WA 

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Moses Benjamin Sherman was employed by the Northern Pacific RR for a number of years.  We aren’t sure whether he worked in multiple locations or not but do know he and Susie lived in Drummond, Montana for a number of years while Moses worked for the railroad as the “Water Tender” in that location.

Here’s a picture of Moses and his son William Clay Sherman sitting near the water tower and the superstructure is clearly visible. We assume the small building directly behind them is the home of Moses and Susie.

In 1998 Mr. Ed and I visited Drummond and found that a water tower is still in existence there but we assume this tower is the source of drinking water for Drummond.  The old NPRR tower was no doubt torn down years ago.

And last but far from least is Moses Sherman’s “Certificate of Annuity” from the railroad on his retirement November 8, 1938.

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Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, 12 October, 2011, All Rights Reserved

Pictures and certificate are the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

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These three gravestones are those of Peter Sherman’s family.

Grave of Phian Strevy, first wife of Peter Sherman

who died May 2, 1862 at the age of 29 years

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Grave of Esther E.  Sherman, daughter of Peter Sherman and Phian Strevy.

Esther died at the age of 5 years, 6 months and 6 days

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Graves of Maggie Sherman, Henry Sherman and Lottie Sherman

children of Elizabeth Hatch and Peter Sherman

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Susan J. Edminster, October 3, 2011, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

Pictures are the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

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These pictures are all from Overton, Pennsylvania

St. Paul’s Church, Overton Street Sign, and Cornfield!

Cemetery at St. Paul’s in Overton

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Henry Sherman, died 14 May, 1878

Elizabeth (Thrash) Sherman died 5 March, 1882

Note:  Some researchers believe Elizabeth’s surname to be “Thrasher” however the death certificate for her son Moses Sherman clearly states her surname is Thrash.

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Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington, 10/2/2011, All Rights Reserved.

Pictures are the sole property of Susan J.Edminster

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This Peter Sherman is a mystery to me…. maybe my readers can help me determine where he fits in the family line.

As you can see, this Peter Sherman was born around 1810, too old to be the child of our ancestor Henry Sherman whose date of birth was 1801.  Was he perhaps Henry’s brother? A cousin?  Or possibly he’s not related to Henry at all…. I really don’t know at this point. If anyone reading this has the answer I’d love to hear from you.  Thanks!

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Susan J. Edminster, October 3, 2011, Granite Falls Washington, All Rights Reserved

Picture is the sold property of Susan J. Edminster

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Hi Folks,

Isn’t this a lovely picture of Moses and Susie?  It was taken in Drummond, Montana, probably about 1938, prior to Moses retirement from the Railroad.  Moses and Susie subsequently moved to Tacoma, Washington where he died December 5, 1942.  Susie lived until July 3, 1962…. at the time of her death Susie was 102 years of age.

Susan and Moses Sherman in Drummond, Montana

Susan  J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington, September 2, 2011, All Rights Reserved

Photograph is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Isn’t this an interesting photograph!

My husband inherited a box full of pictures that included some from the Hartwell family, as well as this one. This couple is so intriguing and we have no idea who they are…. well I admit to having a suspicion that they are William and Mary Edgeworth,  parents of Mary Jane Edgeworth who married George Hartwell. If my hunch is correct they would be Mr. Ed’s Great-Great-Grandparents.

Over the years I’ve stared at the photo many times and tried to imagine how this couple lived and why this particular picture was important enough to save more than 100 years. Since Mr. Ed and I have lately been studying his Hartwell line the picture came onto the radar screen again, and even with a scarcity of information at our fingertips we were able to piece together quite a bit of their story and make a tentative ID of this couple.

Back to the picture: The back is stamped “Charley Mathers,  Central Lake Mich.” and the oval has been cut out and glued to the grey cardboard backing.  We attempted to locate descendants of the photographer but found the family had all moved away from Central Lake years ago.  But there are a few things that might be clues in addition to the photographer’s name and location as stamped on the back.

I needed help, so arranged for a phone consultation with The Photo Detective, Maureen Taylor,  http://www.maureentaylor.com/ to see if there were more clues to be had.  Yes! Maureen was a wonderful help both noticing features to the photo I’d missed, and putting the whole thing into context.  If you’re having trouble with photo identification be sure to contact Maureen… you’ll be glad you did!  Here’s what came out of our conversation:

First of all Maureen and I agreed that even if we knew nothing of the subjects, this is a very special picture of an intriguing couple!

I’d mentioned  suspecting these people were the Edgeworths  so her first question to me was whether they were Americans by birth or immigrants.  When I told her they emmigrated from Canada but were born in Ireland, there was a “BINGO” moment.  The reason?  The lady’s bonnet is a very conservative British  Isles style, a style not appearing in photos of American born women. England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, yes, but not America.

This already points to Edgeworths as the subjects since the other Great-Great-Grandparents were native born.

Other observations from Maureen:

The clothing style indicates that the picture was taken close to 1900.  The large ribbon bow on the man’s lapel is indicative of some type of event being celebrated, possibly a 50th wedding anniversary.  Aha!  The 1900 U.S. Census record for Echo Township, Antrim County Michigan states that William and Mary were at that time married 50 years.

I had at one time wondered if this picture had to do with mourning as the bonnet looks a little like some “mourning caps” in pictures on the Internet.  However, the bow pretty much negates that idea, especially with the corroborating evidence of the 50th anniversary.

A particularly interesting observation by Maureen was that this couple appear to dislike each other intensely.  See how they’re looking away from one another and how stern is their countenance?  They are not a happy couple!

I’ll be following up with more data about the Edgeworth family, but couldn’t wait to post this great photo and the likely identification of the subjects.

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April 30, 2011

Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls Washington,  All Rights Reserved.

Picture is the sole property of Susan J. Edminster

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