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Moses Benjamin Sherman

Moses Sherman was born in Overton, Bradford County Pennsylvania on July 6, 1855, the 8th child of Henry Sherman and Elizabeth Thrash.  Three siblings came after Moses, and Henry also had seven children with his first wife, Catherine Hunsinger.  As did many people of the time, Moses moved West, settling in Michigan for a time, and that was where he met and married Miss Susan Viola Leach of Arbela. “Susie” as she was known was the daughter of Solomon Leach and Susan Higley.  Moses made his living as a blacksmith.

The Sherman’s were parents to Martha Almena Sherman, born in 1882, William Clay Sherman, born September 19, 1885, and Murry Bird Sherman born in 1888.  In addition, the Sherman’s had a stillborn son, Edward, born in 1881.

As their children moved further west, so did Moses and Susan.  They lived in Drummond, Montana for a number of years where Moses was a water tower tender for the Northern Pacific Railway, and continued employment by the railroad until his retirement November, 8, 1938. Moses Benjamin Sherman died December 5, 1942 in Tacoma, Washington and is buried in New Tacoma Cemetery.


Obituary – Moses Benjamin Sherman

Moses Benjamin Sherman, 87, died Saturday at a local hospital.  He resided at 714 South 72nd Street and was a native of Pennsylvania.  He was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad as a pumper and was a member of Ruby Lodge, F. & A.M of Drummond, Mont. and had been a Mason for more than 55 years.  He leaves his wife, Susan V. of the home, sons, William C. of Tacoma, Mury (sic) B. of Bellingham, daughter Mrs. Martha Shafer of Michigan, eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Lynn chapel, the Rev”article not complete…..”



Washington State Department of Health Death Certificate # 93-D, Registrar’s No 1661 for Moses Benjamin Sherman.

Tacoma News Tribune, 5 December, 1942, Obituary for Moses Sherman

U.S. Census documents:

1880: Unionville, Columbia Township, Tuscola County, Michigan

1900: Charlevoix, Marian Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan

1910: Missoula, Cedar Township, Missoula County, Montana

1920: Drummond, Lewis and Clark Township, Lewis and Clark County, Montana

Receipt – New Tacoma Cemetery – date: 7 December, 1942, #861


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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

Picture is the sold property of Susan J. Edminster

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Susie Sherman lived in a time when you used everything you had, over and over until it was pretty well used up.  Most women made quilts and Susie was no exception.  Just the other day I came across the beginning of a Crazy Quilt that Susie was working on… here’s what it looks like… I wonder what other garments might have been part of this quilt had she been able to finish it.  Notice her basting threads are still in the quilt.

Susie's Crazy Quilt


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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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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Beatrice Ruth Sherman

Born June 7, 1907 in Rexton, Michigan

This beautiful little girl was my husband’s Mother, Beatrice Ruth Sherman, known as Ruth. Look at her ornate little stroller complete with a leg rest and beautiful back rest design. What a lucky little lady.


The Sherman Family, Ruth, Johannah and Will

Ruth looks to be about 12 years old in this picture of the family so we assume it was taken about 1919. Quite the young lady. Ruth married George Shelby Edminster and they were parents to my husband and his brother. Sadly, Ruth died of diptheria November 29, 1933 after the stillbirth of twins. My husband was just a little boy then but still remembers his Mother’s body being taken from their home.

Written for “Smile for the Camera” November 9, 2008

Copyright Susan J. Edminster, Granite Falls, Washington

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Mr. Ed’s great grandmother, Susan Sherman who was a right prim and proper lady was fond of telling him the reason for her longevity was that she smoked a clay pipe and had a shot of whiskey every day. So was there truth to her statement or was she just having fun at his expense? We don’t really know, but we do know Susan lived to the age of 102 years!

Born in Arbela Township, Tuscola County Michigan on December 12, 1859 to Susan (Higley) and Solomon Leach, she grew up with brothers Alison and Grant, and sisters Vera and Mary. On March 28, 1880 she married a handsome young man named Moses Benjamin Sherman who had come “west” from Pennsylvania a few years earlier. Susan and Moses became parents to Martha, William and Murry.

William (Will) Sherman worked in the woods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he met and married Johannah (Josie) Hartwell, daughter of William Hartwell and Mary Jane Edgeworth. Josie and Will’s daughter Ruth was my husband’s Mother.

Like many other families the Shermans gradually moved westward. Moses worked for the railroad and the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census schedules show them settled in Drummond, Montana where he was a “Stationary Engineer” for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He retired in 1938. They lived in a log house next to the RR tracks and Susan said the local indians would come by regularly and she’d provide them with food; in return she was well liked and respected by them.

Moses, Susan and Martha Sherman near RR Water Tower

Moses & Susie by the Train

Their final move west brought the Shermans to Tacoma, Washington and it was there Susie lost her dear Moses on December 5, 1942.

Susie lived on and was active in the Violet Prairie Garden Club, Tacoma African Violet Society and Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed quilt making and made many lovely quilts over the years.

The last time my husband visited her, Susie greeted him and told him to sit down a minute, that Moses was down at the barn, harnessing up the horses and would be back up to the house shortly. That was about two weeks before her death on July 3, 1962 at the age of 102.

But back to the clay pipe and shot of whiskey….. my husband did see the pipe but never actually witnessed her smoking it. As to the shot of whiskey… well, I guess some mysteries are never quite resolved.

Susan Viola Leach Sherman

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Good Evening,

Tonight I have a special treasure to share: a family painting of Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman which was painted many years ago. She made many handmade quilts during her lifetime and you can see her working on one here. We were fortunate to see the picture a few years ago, and be allowed to take a photograph of it; I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.


Susan Viola (Leach) Sherman.

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