Edmund Sherman and Joan Makin

My 10x Great Grandparents, Edmund Sherman and Joan Makin are the immigrants for this line of my ancestry. Edmund was born about 1572 in Dedham, England to Edmund Sherman and Ann Pellett. Joan was born around 1575 in Fingringhoe, Essex, England to Tobias Makin and Katherine Bell.

They married in England and had 9 possibly 10 children: Edmund 1599, Ann 1601, Joan 1603, Hester 1606, Richard 1608, Bezaliel 1611, John 1613, Grace 1616, Samuel 1618, and another daughter? unknown name.

They came to America around 1634 and he is found in Watertown, MA in 1635 being voted in as a selectman. In 1636 he became a freeman. By 1638, he had moved to Wethersfield, CT and by 1640 he was in New Haven, CT and became a freeman. He was probably a clothier as this what his father’s profession and the business in England was left to Edmund. In his father’s will from 1599, it indicated “To son, Edmond, 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 forever his heirs  to appoint a poor child to be freely taught by the Schoolmaster of the Public Grammar School in Dedham. I would like to know how long this lasted.

Edmund died in 1641 but no will can be found. There was one but it is lost. It is documented that a inventory and will of Olde Father Shirman was delivered into the court. This was in New Haven, CT.

There has been controversy as to the name of his wife. Some say it is Joan and others say it is Grace. I don’t know how accurate the US International Marriage Records are, but they indicate her name is Joan. Another controversy exists as to when she died. Some indicate it was before Edmund came to England and others say it was after Edmund died. Not having his will complicates matters. In a will of Edmund’s brother, Samuel dated 1643, he wrote “to my loving sister Sherman, Edmund’s widow, 20 schillings, and her son Samuel 10 pounds and her son John 20 schillings and her daughters Grace and Ester Ward and her youngest daughter 20 schillings” It seems that from this will, Joan outlived Edmund.

It is unknown where they are buried.


Edmund Sherman and Joan Makin, their son,

Samuel Sherman and Sarah Mitchell, their son,

Samuel Sherman and Mary Titterton, their daughter,

Sarah Sherman and Samuel Beers, their daughter,

Hannah Beers and Abner Hard their daughter,

Currence Hard married David Bostwick their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Freelove Frisbee their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother



List of freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1630 to 1691 : with freeman’s oath, the first paper printed in New England Andrews, H. Franklin (Henry Franklin), 1844-1919 p 35

Ancestry Edmund Sherman to Joan Makin U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900

Sherman genealogy, including families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England [electronic resource] : some descendants of the immigrants, Captain John Sherman, Reverend John Sherman, Edmund Sherman and Samuel Sherman, and the descendants of Honorable Roger Sherman and Honorable Charles R. Sherman Author Sherman, Thomas Townsend

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s