FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
GEORGE SHERMAN AND
AUDREY SABEAN


George Sherman was christened 14 October 1593 in Cropredy, the son of William Sherman and Anne Gardner. George was listed at a scholar from Bourton to Williamscot School in 1604. This was a school for boys from eight to eighteen years old. He married Audrey Sabean. Audrey was christened 15 March 1590/1 in Cropredy, the daugher of  Thomas Sabean and Alyce Mannsell. George died and was buried 23 Apr 1672 in Cropredy.

George Sherman burial

Burial record for George Sherman in Cropredy:
"George Sherman was buried the 23d day of April 1672"


Audrey was buried 4 January 1678 in Cropredy.

Audrey Sherman burial

Burial record for Audrey Sherman in Cropredy:

George and Audrey had the following children:
 

1. Henrie, christened 9 January 1631 in Cropredy.
 

2. Thomas, christened 19 May 1632 in Cropredy; married Mary Kendole 19 March 1668 in Cropredy; occupation - laborer; buried 24 July 1702 in Cropredy.
 

*3. Elizabeth, born in about 1635 of Cropredy; married Thomas Giles 29 December 1663 in Cropredy.
 
 

SOURCES: IGI; Cropredy parish register.
   


 

FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM SHERMAN AND
ANNE GARDNER


William Sherman was christened 6 November 1564 in Cropredy, the son of John Sherman and Alice Denze. William is shown as one of the scholars from Bourton to the Williamscot School in 1576 and 1579. This was a school from boys from eight to eighteen years old. He married Anne Gardner 27 June 1587 in Cropredy.

William Sherman burial

Marriage record for William Sherman and Anne Gardner in Cropredy:
"Wm Sherman and Anne Gardner were married the same daie"

Anne was born in about 1565 of Little Bourton Cropredy, the daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Gardner. Anne is named as the only heir in the will of her mother Elizabeth Gardner, a widow, in 1616.

The Shermans are mentioned in A History of the County of Oxford in a section on Great and Little Bourton: "A water-mill and windmill in the Bourtons passed from William and Anne Sharman to George and John Gardner in 1624. Perhaps this water-mill was the Mose Mill mentioned in Bourton together with Slat Mill in 1636."   William died and was buried 1 April 1638 in Cropredy.

William Sherman burial

Burial record for William Sherman in Cropredy:
"William Sharman was buried the first day of Aprill"

William and Anne had the following children:
 

*1. George, christened 14 October 1593 in Cropredy; married Audrey Sabean; buried 21 April 1672 in Cropredy.

George Sherman baptism

Baptism record for George Sherman in Cropredy: "George Sherman the sonne of Wm Sherman and Anne his wife was christened the 14 daie of October"

 

2. Dorcas, christened 13 June 1596 in Cropredy.
 

3. Samuel, christened 10 October 1598 in Cropredy.
 

4. Nathanaell, christened 10 October 1598 in Cropredy.
 

5. Dina, christened 22 June 1600 in Cropredy.
 

6. Samuell, christened 20 November 1603 in Cropredy.
 

7. Lidia, christened 4 May 1606 in Cropredy.
 

8. Debora, christened 31 July 1608 in Cropredy.
 

9. Obediah, christened 24 June 1610 in Cropredy.
 
 

SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; A History of the County of Oxford, vol. 10; "The Registers of Williamscote School", Cake & Cockhorse, Banbury Historical Society, January 1963.
 
 


 

FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN SHERMAN AND
ALICE DENZE


John Sherman was christened 10 February 1541 in Cropredy, the son of John and Annes(or Alys) Sherman. He married Alice Denze 22 November 1556 in Cropredy.


John Sherman marriage

Marriage record for John Sherman and Alice Denze in Cropredy:
"John Sherman & Aylls Denze whas maryd the xxiith day of Noveber"


Alice was most likely the daughter of Willam and Alys Denze of Cropredy. John died and was buried 24 July 1574 in Cropredy.

John Sherman burial

Burial record for John Sherman in Cropredy:
"Jhon Sherman was buried the xiiijth day of July"


In 1574 Johannis Sherman, husbandman of Little Bourton left to William "my whole teeme, my cartes, my plouges, my harrows and all furniture there unto belonging". (MS Wills Pec 50/5/4). In his will he mentions his wife Alice, son William, daughter Elizabeth, and sister Katherine.

John and Alice had the following child:
 

1. Elizabeth, born between 1556 and 1559 - mentioned in grandfather John Sherman's will. Elizabeth was also mentioned in her father's will of 1574, and was under the age of 21.


*2. William, christened 6 November 1564 in Cropredy; married Anne Gardner 27 June 1587 in Cropredy; buried 5 April 1638 in Cropredy.

William Sherman baptism

Burial record for William Sherman in Cropredy: "William Sherman the sonne of Jhon Sherman and his wyfe was chrystened the vi daye of November" 

 

SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; will of John Sherman, 1574, will of John Sherman, 1559 on www.findmypast.com; "The Town of Cropredy”, Pamela Keegan.
 
 


 

FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN AND ANNES SHERMAN

John Sherman was born in about 1510 of Cropredy. He married 1) Annes in about 1535. Annes died and was buried 24 May 1546 in Cropedy.


Annes Sherman burial

Burial record for Annes Sherman in Cropredy:
"Annes Sherman ye wyffe of John Sherman whas beryd ye xxiiijth day of May"


John married next 2) Alys.

John was one of five trustees selected to represent the town of Cropredy in 1557:

"These townsmen wanted back their land to pay for the clock to be wound and bells rung and five trustees from the Bourton and Cropredy Bell Land trust were chosen to act on their behalf namely Thomas Smith, Will Newman, John Sherman, Roger Truste and Thomas Gubbyn. They presented a bill proving the land was the gift of Roger Lupton and Richard Skipwith and that "the premises came not, nor ought to come into the hand of the late king..."  The land had been taken during the time of Henry VIII, when church lands were taken over by the crown. "By 1553 catholic Mary was on the throne and she did allow land and grants to help many churches and by 1557 it was finally returned. One tenement in which Joane Hill widow dwelt for twentyone years was to be leased for half a year to the defendant plus 40s and the present tenant Thomas Gardner must surrender. With no doubt a sigh of relief the five transferred the property to younger trustees. For nine years they had fought to win back their strips of land in the Wardington Open Common Fields, which after 1775 were gathered into one Bell Land plot on the road to Chacombe." (The Town of Cropredy)


John died and was buried in 1559, leaving a will, naming son John, William, daughters Katherine, Margaret, Julian, Besse and Agnes, and wife Alys:


John Sherman will 1559

The will of John Sherman, 1559


"In 1559 John Sherman of Little Bourton had eight hives of bees to give to his children. One each to John and Katherine, and two to William, Jullian and Besse [183 250v 151r]."

"In 1559 a husband who forsaw problems for his wife and settled firmly in her favour was John Sherman of Bourton who made Alys his wife sole executrix "I will my wyfe to have anything concerninge my will and testament without any trouble of my son John or any other in his name or for him and all covenants made before betwixt him and my wife and if he will not so do the said John to have no parte of my goodes but by the oversight of my overseers" [MS. Will Oxon 183: 250].

"Sixteen was not often considered a reasonable age to be left goods, although boys and girls were old enough then to receive communion and boy servants became men. Three instances stand out: first, as a widower John Sherman of Bourton left six children so he suggests that whoever shall have "the kepynge of the children to occupye it [a quartern of land] tyll they dooe come to twelve yeres of age." At twelve they would go out to service one by one leaving the eldest son who was the executor, to the use of the land. This brother looking after his sisters would pay each a legacy when they were sixteen." (The Town of Cropredy; Keegan) 


Six children are mentioned in the history above, but the will also lists daughter Margaret, and daughter Agnes. In addition, a mention is made of Elizabeth, son John's daughter.

 

John and Annes had the following children:
 

*1. John, christened 10 February 1541 in Cropredy; married Alice Denze 22 November 1556 in Cropredy; buried 24 July 1574 in Cropredy. John was mentioned in the will of Richard Denze in 1559, as Richard left a sheep apiece to each of John's children.

John Sherman baptism 

Baptism record of John Sherman in Cropredy: "John Sherman ye sonne of John Sherman & Annes hys wyffe
whas crystyned ye xth day of February"

2. Yssabell, christened 22 September 1542 in Cropredy.
 

3. Katherine


4. Margaret
 

5. William
 

6. Jullian (female)
 

7. Besse


9. Agnes 
 

SOURCES: Cropredy parish register; "The Town of Cropredy”, Pamela Keegan; will of John Sherman, 1559 on www.findmypast.com.
 
 



JOHN AND ALYS SHERMAN


There is no christening record for John Sherman, born in about 1510, since that predates the parish register. A John Sherman is mentioned in a land grant of 3 October 1512.

"But from another grant, Oct. 3, next year, Roger Lupton him self appears to give houses and lands for this his purpose. For — Roger Lupton and Rich. Skipwith grant to Thos. Ffrench, Bob. Lumbard, Rich. Howse, Hugh Page, "Will. Lumbard, Rog. Truste, Rob. Burman, Will. Grene, Tho. Smyth, Tho. Dalton, Will. Newman, Rob. Osburne, Peter Lumbard, John Shereman, John Gubbys, Tho. Hall, John Gyll, Tho. Plant, Will. "Walker, Tho. Gobyn, Valentine Jamys, Tho. Colyer, John Jefkyns, Thos. Browne and Tho. Bacheler, of Cropredy, our two tenements iu Wardington, two crofts appertaining, and a quarter of a yardland ; one tenement and croft between Hugh Tynkok, north, and Rob. Mathew, south ; the other tenement and croft between Joan Sabyon, widow, east, and Juliana Collys, west; which tenements lately were Thos. Besonds, of Wardington."
Historical Notices of the Parish of Cropredy, Oxon, Rev. D. Royce

This John Shereman is likely John Sherman's father, also named John. There is a burial record for John Sherman on 29 October 1549 in Cropredy. There is also a burial record for Alys Sherman, who is likely the mother, on 24 July 1542 in Cropredy.

John Sherman was born in about 1480 of Cropredy. He married Alys. John died and was buried 29 October 1549 in Cropredy.

John Sherman burial

Burial record for John Sherman in Cropredy:
"John Sherman whas beryd the xxixth day of October"


Alys died and was buried 24 July 1542 in Cropredy.

Alys Sherman burial

Burial record for Alys Sherman in Cropredy:
"Alys Sherman whas beryd ye xxiiijth day of July"


John and Alys were most likely the parents of:

*1. John, born in about 1510 of Cropredy; married 1) Annes, 2) Alys; buried in 1559; will 1559.



Other Shermans found in early records:



Very early
Shermans are found in the Poll Tax lists for Banbury:

1377 - Ricardus Schereman  4d

1379 - Richardus Shereman 4d

Another Sherman is found in Little Bourton and Hardwick:

1379 - Johannes Sterman


SOURCES: Cropredy parish register on CD; Historical Notices of the Parish of Cropredy, Oxon, Rev. D. Royce, 1880; "The Town of Cropredy”, Pamela Keegan; will of John Sherman, dated 1551; will of Henry Sherman, dated 1558; The Poll Tax 1377, 1379 and 1381; Carolyn C. Fenwick.





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