Edmund Sherman was born about 1572 at Dedham, Essex, England.  He married, about 1597, Joan Makin, daughter of Tobias Makin, of Fingringhoe. They had ten children.  He died in 1641 in New Haven, Connecticut.

His grandfather, Henry Sherman, in his will dated Jan. 20, 1590 gives "To Edmonde Shearman, the son of my son Edmonde", 13 pounds. 13s. 4d. at two and twenty. His father in his will dated Aug 1, 1599 gives, "To son, Edmonde, after decease of my wife all the houses and lands before given to said wife and a house and seven acres called Ryes where he now dwells, and my sherman's occupation." His father also authorized his son Edmond and his heirs forever to appoint a poor child to be freely taught by the Schoolmaster of the Public Grammar School in Dedham.

He inherited from his father lands, property and the cloth manufactory, and sent his son John to Immanuel College, Cambridge.  But being a Puritan, he was so persecuted by the Established Church that he left all and fled, with some townsmen, to New England, where he could worship according to the dictates of his conscience, taking with him his sons Edmund, John and Samuel, and his daughters Hester and Grace, and John the grandson of his uncle Henry.

They sailed from Ipswich in the ship “Elizabeth” at the end of April, 1634, and arrived at Watertown, Massachusetts in June.  He went from there to Wethersfield, Connecticut, and then to New Haven, Connecticut, where he remained until his death.  As his wife is not mentioned, it is probable that she died at Dedham before 1634, as her last child was born in 1620.

Children of Edmund Sherman:

Edmund, baptized October 23, 1599; married (1) ________; went with his father to New England; was admitted Freeman at Watertown May 25, 1636; Selectman 1636; returned to Dedham; married (2) as a widower, December 9 1656, at Bilston, Grace Stevens, of Stratford, Essex County; three children; was a cloth manufacturer; died 1673; Will dated April 11, 1673, proved May 28, 1673.

Hester, baptized April 1, 1606, at Dedham; married either in England or New England, Andrew Warde, who was admitted Freeman at Watertown, Mass., May 14, 1634, and was a Magistrate in Wethersfield, Conn., in 1636, and was in Stamford, Conn., in 1642, and in Fairfield, Conn., 1651, where he died in 1659 : In 1636 he was appointed by the General Court of Massachusetts one of eight men to govern the Colony of Connecticut for one year.  She died in Fairfield, her Will being dated December 27, 1665, and proved February 28, 1666.


Grace, baptized June 18, 1616, at Dedham; married John Livermore; died January 14, 1690, at Chelmsford, Mass.


Five other children, who were all baptized at Dedham and probably died there.