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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


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


Graves of Maggie Sherman, Henry Sherman and Lottie Sherman

children of Elizabeth Hatch and Peter Sherman


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


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.


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

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This post includes gravestones for some of Henry Sherman’s children.

Sons of Henry Sherman and Catherine Hunsinger:

Gravestone for Jacob Sherman and his wife Hannah (Musselman) Sherman

Gravestone for Henry Sherman

Gravestone for Peter Sherman


Children of Henry Sherman and Elizabeth Thrash:

This one is a little hard to read but is the gravestone for Caroline (Sherman) Molyneux and  her husband Albert.

Gravestone for John Sherman

Gravestone of Nelson Sherman

Gravestone of Loretta (Sherman) Bleiler and husband Augustus

Gravestone of William Sherman


Susan J. Edminster 10/2/2011, Granite Falls Washington, 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!


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

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SOURCE: Gravestone picture, Pine Grove Cemetery, Arbela, Tuscola County, Michigan

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Susan Higley died November 6, 1901 in Arbela, Tuscola County Michigan where she and Solomon Leach had lived and raised their family. We’re fortunate to have Susan’s funeral card and a picture of her grave marker as part of our collection…

Text on the funeral card reads:

In Loving Remembrance of Susan Leach, died Nov, 13, 1901, Age 77 years.

‘Tis hard to break the tender cord

When love has bound the heart,

‘Tis hard, so hard, to speak the words,

“We must forever part.”

Dearest loved on we must lay thee

In the peaceful grave’s embrace,

But thy memory will be cherished

‘Til we see thy heavenly face.

Note: Date of death differs from Susan’s death certificate information.

SOURCE: Funeral card, private collection: Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington





Pine Grove Cemetery, Arbela Michigan



Grave Marker – Susan Higley Leach

SOURCE: Photographs, private collection: Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Florence Loretta Stermitz

Florence Loretta Stermitz passed away on May 18, 1998 at the age of 89. She was born February 1, 1909 in Basehor, Kansas to Reuben and Anna Marie (Neust) Edminster.

Lured by friends and the high prospects of dryland wheat farming, her family moved to the Townsend area in 1917. Florence attended several one room school houses in the area for her elementary years. Four years of drought, hail, and grasshoppers convinced Florence’s father to return to his profession of stucco and plastering houses in the Helena. The family eventually settled in Tacoma, Washington, where Florence finished high school at Stadium High School. She then attended Knapps’s Business College and was employed as a secretary until she married Frank Stermitz on May 12, 1932. Frank’s work as a hydraulic engineer with the Water Resources Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey took them to Helena in 1936 where they have lived since.

Florence joined St. Paul’s Methodist Church and has been a member for over 60 years. She sang in the choir and took an active part in church activities for many years. She was also a member of the Helena Women’s Club. Florence had a great interest in many arts.

She learned to facet gem stones and faceted many sapphires from the Hauser Lake area where she and Frank had a cabin and later a home. Among Florence’s other interests was pottery at the Archie Bray Foundation, which she did for many years. She also painted china for and and was a member of the Helena China Painting group until the time of her death. Frank and Florence belonged to various dance clubs in Helena over the years. They traveled extensively including trips to the Orient, Central America and South America. Upon retirement in 1972, Frank and Florence spent their summers on Hauser Lake and wintered in Arizona based mainly out of Mesa, until 1995. Since then, Helena has been their year round home.

Florence is survived by Frank, her husband of 66 years….(remaining text omitted)

SOURCE: The Independent Record, Helena, Mont. Wednesday, May 20, 1998

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