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William Sherman,1 came from England to Plymouth in 1629. He had lands granted to him at Green Harbor, (Marshfield) in 1640. That he was considered one of the Pilgrim fathers is evidence of his character and standing. From all accounts he was an honorable and upright man of a decidedly independent spirit, and acquired considerable property to hand down to his children. In the year, 1639, Jan. 23, he married Prudence Hill. He d. Oct. 25, 1679. It is not known where he was buried, but tradition says that it was on his homestead, which is uncertain.
William,2 his son, was b. about the year, 1645. Mar. in Dec., 1667, Desire Doty, dau. of Edward Doty, who was one of the passengers in the "Mayflower," and one of the 41 signers of the "compact." Wm. Sherman,2 served in King Phillips war, in 1676, and sustained injuries, for which in 1678, his family received 20 pounds from the Colony. During the war (with others) he was made a prisoner by the Indians, and was compelled by them to witness their cruel treatment of some of the prisoners in consequence of which as the record says, "He fell distracted." At one time he served as constable. He was buried "ye 17th Nov., 1680."
Ebenezer,3 (William,2 William,1) b. Apr. 21, 1880. Mar. Margaret Decro, Sept. 18, 1702.
Elisha,4 (Ebenezer,3 William,2 William,1) b. May 28, 1715. He was a Baptist minister and was one of the incorporators of the Baptist religious societies of Marshfield. Mar. by Rev. Atherton Wales Feb. 5, 1744 to Lydia Walker, d. Aug., 1797, and with his wife is buried in what is known as the Plainfield cemetery.
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