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

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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

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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

Another Peter Sherman?

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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Susie Sherman’s Quilt

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

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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

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