The origin of the first Sherrill is obscure. According to legend, Samuel Sherrill (#256) was the “sole survivor of a shipwreck." Washed ashore with his oak chest (32” x 50” x 23”), he was first seen by “Miss [Elizabeth] Parsons [#257] and a group of young ladies.” Miss Parsons reportedly said, “He is the handsomest man I have ever seen and I would marry him if I could.”
But although many such tragedies are noted in detail, there is no mention of this shipwreck in the East Hampton town records. Very likely Samuel Sherrill was a mariner sailing a small sloop which merely ran aground, probably on the bay side rather than the ocean. Here the old colonial oak chest becomes a clue.
The Sherrill chest’s facade panels are identical to the side panels of the Osborne chest now in the Home Sweet Home Museum in East Hampton. Securely documented to Thomas and Elizabeth Osborne [#564 –65] who came to New Haven in 1639 from Ashford, Kent, the Osborne chest was made by Thomas Mulliner, a joiner and carver whose troubles with drink are revealed in town records of Lynn (in Massachusetts Bay) and New Haven. The Osbornes moved to East Hampton ca. 1650-51 with their family and chest. The latter was probably much admired; orders for similar chests were sent to Mulliner’s workshop in Branford, Connecticut, by both Elizabeth Parsons and a young East Hampton woman who married into the Hedges family. The Hedges chest, now in the collection of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, has similar carved panels, but no romantic story attached to it.
The chests were completed, and had to be shipped to East Hampton. In the 1660s the local harbor lay at Northwest (near the present Sag Harbor), and was approached from the southwest corner of Gardiner’s Bay, past Cedar Point with its small lighthouse. To the west is Shelter Island, while on the east of the channel is the Northwest Woods, the wood lots of the town of East Hampton. Samuel Mulford [#472] operated a whale oil business at his docks here; his route through the many tidal shoals is still called “Merchant’s Path.”
Samuel Sherrill, perhaps employed as skipper of a coast-wide trading sloop for a major shipping firm, could have merely been delivering the chests when he ran aground at low tide. The young women, having heard that their chests were arriving, went down to the shore. Certainly a capable mariner fixing his boat was much more appealing than a half-drowned body lying on the beach!
Alter their marriage Samuel and Elizabeth (Parsons) Sherrill lived with her father, Samuel Parsons [#514], also of unknown origin. By 1676 the couple had inherited Samuel Parsons’s house and other town property. As Samuel Sherrill is barely mentioned in the East Hampton town records, he may have remained a mariner. is son Recompense Sherrill [#128] married Sarah3 Parsons [#129], granddaughter of first settler Robert1 Parsons [#516], founder of the second East Hampton Parsons family, but not related to Samuel and Elizabeth.
My ancestors were much intermarried. My first double ancestry is that of [#148-49] and [#162-63] in Generation VIII -- the Terrys, ancestors of my father’s parents. They were, therefore, fourth cousins. Jeremiah Terry [#74] moved from the end of the north fork of Long Island to Northwest. By the mid-nineteenth century, commerce had disappeared from the harbor and only a few families lived in the area, in large, square, unadorned gable-roofed shingled houses where they farmed and tended orchards on this very sandy soil. The Van Scoys [#158] also lived here.
Seth Parsons and Sarah (Conkling) Laughton or Layton [#130-31] are another couple who are double ancestors. Their daughter Puah Parsons [#65] married my paternal ancestor Recompense Sherrill [#64], while their son John Parsons [#96], my maternal ancestor, moved just beyond The Springs to Fire Island, which overlooks Gardiner’s Island. (Fire Island was the site of the signal bonfire lit to convey messages to Long Island, hence its name.) By the mid-nineteenth century the Parsons farm comprised 420 acres.
This Ahnentafel contains various examples of a familiar migration pattern of New Englanders south and west from a first landing point near Boston. Josiah Stanborough (grandfather of #4141) did not move until he had sold his house and property in Lynn, although he purchased property rights when Southampton was established in 1640.
After the Revolutionary War, Connecticut people moved into “the Wallenpaupack country” of northeast Pennsylvania. Eastern Long Island, after its earlier vigorous interchange with southern New England, became almost a self-contained community. The families intermarried to a great extent, as can be seen by repeated lines of Conkling, Dayton, Parsons, Mullord, Stratton, Hedges and Sherrill in East Hampton; and Horton, Young, Brown, King, Wells, Tuthill and Terry in Southold. Curiously, almost no Southampton families are represented.
Postscript: In Cornwood, Devon we find a baptism for Samuel, son of William Sherrill, 17 November 1633, and burials of Elizabeth Sherrill 17 February 1633/4 and William Sherrill 18 March 1633/4. Presumably these are the parents of Samuel, who was thus orphaned at the tender age of four months. In Ermington, Devon we find the marriage of William Sherill and Elizabeth Cove 3 February 1611/12. This last record is not included in the family's major printed genealogy, Charles Hitchcock Sherrill and Louis Effingham de Forest, The Sherrill Genealogy: The Descendants of Samuel Sherrill of East Hampton, New York (1932). Among the many children of William Sherill, a “Sibilla” was born at Ermington 15 November 1612 and “Siblye” was married there 29 April 1633 to William Luxe. Would a twenty-year old bride have cared for an infant brother in the first year of her marriage? Or was Samuel Sherrill perhaps baptized as a youth? And why did William and Elizabeth move from Ermington (on the river Erme, a few miles from the coast) to tiny Cornwood, on the edge of Dartmoor?
Able assistance in extending many lines came from a week’s “Come Home to New England” seminar at NEHGS. This table was begun by my niece, Sandra Pierson Sherrill, using Conklin Mann’s work on the Conkling and Parsons families (TAG vols. 19, 20, and 22). Also useful were C. A. Torreys New England Marriages Prior to 1700; various Register and Record articles reprinted in both series of English Origins of New England Families, in Genealogies of Connecticut Families, or in Genealogies of Long Island Families ; and visits to the Suffolk County Historical Society (for North Fork families especially), the East Hampton Free Library, and the library of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.
I cannot identify the parents of two early nineteenth century couples about whom I have gathered much data. These couples are Silas Williams [#26] and Mary ___ [#27] (perhaps Hale or Winchell, since two of her children use these names as middle names for their own children), and John William Fisk(e) [#22] and Eliza Jane Ten Broeck [#231]. Fisk was a restaurateur in lower Manhattan -- a business continued by his son John A. P. Fisk, president of the Fat Man’s Club of New York, who weighed 500 pounds. In the 1870s Eliza (Ten Broeck) Fisk was still living in New York City. No death certificate has been found.
The author would be pleased to correspond with all readers with documented additions and corrections. Please address letters to N. Sherrill Foster at 4 Fire Place Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. Omitted numbers and asterisks indicate unknown forebears and immigrant ancestors, respectively.
I.1. N. Sherrill Foster, 1921-, b. East Hampton (EH)
II.2. Edwin Livingston Sherrill, 1891-1975, EH3. Maria Dayton Parsons, 1894-1968, The Springs, LI.- EH
III.4. Abram Elisha Sherrill, 1862-1924, EH5. Nettie Irene Glover, 1864-1919, Southold, L.I.-EH6. Henry Hale Parsons, 1867-1943, Fire Place, L.I.-EH7. Phoebe Jane Parsons, 1874-1945, The Springs-EH
IV.8. Nathaniel Huntting Sherrill, 1832-1874, EH9. Adelia Anna Parsons, 1838-1915, EH10. William Henry Hobart Glover, 1831-1912, New York City-Brooklyn,N.Y.11. Eliza Jane Fisk, 1835-1913, New York City12. William Henry Parsons, 1832-1919, Fire Place13. Mary Jane Williams, 1834-1917, Lowville, N.Y.-Fire Place14. Joseph Dudley Parsons, 1842-1885, The Springs15. Abigail Jane Kimble, 1848-1901, Dyberry, PA-The Springs
V.16. Stephen Sherrill, 1801-1892, EH17. Jerusha Hedges Conkling, 1801-1865, EH18. William Parsons, 1800-1846, EH19. Anna Case Stratton, 1808-1875, EH20. Thaddeus Brown Glover, 1787-1842, b. Oysterponds (now Orient), LI.21. Experience Cochran, 1789-1872, d. Southold, L.I.22. John William Fisk. 1810-1863, New York City23. Eliza Ten Broeck, 1814-1876, New York City24. (Col.) William Davis Parsons, 1793-1875, Fire Place25. Maria Dayton, 1798-1852, EH-Fire Place26. Silas Williams c. 1797-?, b. Mass.-Lowville, N.Y.27. Mary (poss Hale or Winchell), ca. 1801-?, b. Lewis Co., N.Y .- Lowville28. Abraham Parsons, 1813-1884, The Springs29. Phebe Hathaway, bapt 1822-1868, Morris, N.J.-The Springs30. George Kimble, 1821-1893, d. Honesdale, PA.31. Phoebe Schoonover, 1821-1864, d. Honesdale
VI.32. Abraham Sherrill, 1754-1844, EH33. Anna Huntting, 1763-1847, EH34. Elisha Conklin, 1763-1838, d. Wainscott, L.I.35. Mary Hedges, 1774-1808, d. Wainscott36. Abraham Parsons, 1792-1844, EH37. Anna [Nancy] Terry, 1774-1861, d. EH38. Samuel Stratton, 1786-1845, EH39. Mary [Polly] Osborne, 1786/87-1863, EH40. Ezekiel Glover, Jr., 1758-1842, d. Oysterponds41. Phebe Brown, 1765-1855, d. Southold42. (Capt.) John Cochran, ?-?, Saybrook CT.43. Experience King, 1766-1842, d. Greenport ,L.I.48. Elnathan Parsons, 1753-1836, Fire Place49. Urania Dominy, 1765-1837, EH50. Jonathan Dayton, 1764-1842, EH51. Mary Conkling, 1768-1851, EH56. John Parsons, 1767-1850, The Springs57. Nancy Edwards, 1785-1857, Duck Creek [EH]58. Benoni Hathaway, 1785-1823, Morristown, N.J.-Whippany, N.J.59. Trypheny Mulford, 1787-1864, Morris Co., N.J.60. Asa Kimble, 1791-1847, Kimbles Narrows, PA.- Dyberry, PA.61. Abigail Pellett, ca. 1793-1879, Canterbury, CT. 62. Daniel Schoonover, 1796-1880, d. Dyberry63. Eliza Jacks/?Jaques, 1800-1873, “of New Jersey" Dyberry
VII.64. Recompence Sherrill, 1706-1786, EH65. Puah Parsons, ca.1716-1798, EH
66. Nathaniel Huntting, 1730-1801, EH67. Mary Murdock,1734-1778, EH68. Elisha Conkling, 1720-1804, Wainscott69. Elizabeth Dayton, 1732-1807, Wainscott70. William Hedges, 1737-1815, Wainscott71. Mary Chatfield, 1740-1823, Wainscott72. William Parsons, 1741 -1826, EH73. Mary Dayton, bapt 1746-1774, EH74. Jeremiah Terry, 1738-1792, Oysterponds-Northwest75. Sybyl Brown, 1748-1831, Oysterponds-Northwest76. Samuel Stratton, 1759-1789, b. EH77. Sarah Case, m. ca.1783, Shelter Island-EH78. Jonathan Osborne, 1760-1846, EH79. Mehitable [Hefty] Van Scoy, 1761-1840, EH80. (Capt.) Ezekial Glover, bapt 1731-ante 1790, d. Oysterponds81. Mary [Polly] Terry, 1736-post 1800, Southold82. Richard Brown, 1731/32 - 1770, b. Oysterponds83. Zipporah Tuthill, 1732-1799, Southold84. John* Cochran, Scotland-Saybrook, CT86. (Major) Nathaniel King, 1731-1822, Southold87. Experience Young 1738-1809, Southold96. John Parsons, 1705/6-1793, EH-Fire Place97. Abigail (Mulford) Chatfield, 1717-1806, EH98. Naffianiel Dominy, 1737-1812, EH99. Hannah Baker, 1740-1811, EH100. (Deacon) Daniel Dayton, ca. 1723-1815, EH- Northwest101. Rachel Miller, ca. 1726-1794, EH102. Daniel Conkling, 1737-1816, EH-Rensselaerville, N.Y.103. Abigail Parsons, d. bef 1788, Fire Place112. John B. Parsons, 1737-1799, Fire Place-The Springs113. Chloe Mulford, 1746-1812, EH114. John Edwards, 1750-1806, d. Duck Creek IEHI115. Elsie Van Scoy, 1765-1838, d. Duck Creek116. Theophilus Hathaway, 1759-1830, Morristown, N.J.-Whippany N.J..117. Phebe Carmichael, 1763-ante 1825, Morristown-Whippany118. Christopher Mulford, 1723-?, EH-Hanover Neck, N.J.119. Jane ___, d. Morris Co. N.J.120. Ephraim Kimble, 1761-1816, Preston, CT-Kimble’s Narrows, PA.121. Eunice Ansley, 1767-1846122. John Pehlell, 1748-1837, Canterbury, CT-Pike Co., PA123. Nancy Bingham, 1767-1815, Norwich, CT-Pike Co.124. William Schoonover, 1764-1828, New Jersey- Schoonover Flats, PA125. Susanna Spangenberg, 1772-1844, Sussex Co.,126. William Jacks/[?Jaques], 1771-1842, d. Honesdale127. Densey ___, 1770-1858, Rockaway, N.J .-Honesdale
VIII.128. Recompence Sherrill, ante 1677-ante 1754, EH129. Sarah Parsons, ante 1680-1712, EH130. Seth Parsons, 1664/5-1725, EH-Fire Place131. Sarah (Conkling) Laughton, 1662/3-1740, Southold-EH132. Nathaniel Huntting, 1702-1768, EH133. Mary Hedges, 1710-?, EH134. John Murdoc 1706-1778, EH-Saybrook135. Frances Conkling, ca. 1713-1799, EH136. Elisha Conkling, 1690-1772, EH137. Esther Parsons, ca. 1699-1756, EH138. Nathan Dayton, 1703-1763, EH139. Amy (Conkling) Stratton, ca. 1699-1749, EH140. William Hedges, 1706-1775, EH141. Temperance Osborne, ca. 1717-1753142. John Chatfield, 1716-1801, EH-Haddam, CT.143. Jane Mulford, 1716/7-1753, EH144. Robert Parsons, 1705-1752, EH145. Mary Davis, 1717-1779, EH146. Jeremiah Dayton, 1716-1802, EH147. Mary Conklmg, 1718-1764, EH148. John Terry, Jr., 1697/8-ante 1785, Southold149. Martha Petty, 1698-?, Southold152. John Stratton, ante 1721-?, EH153. Mary Gardiner, 1725-1759, EH154. Samuel Case, ?-1783, Shelter Island155. Esther Budd, m.14 Dec 1741, Southold156. Jonathan Osborne, 1724-1781, EH157. Elizabeth Dibble, 1729-1824, EH158. Isaac Van Scoy, 1731-1816, North Salem, N.Y.- Northwest159. Mercy Edwards, 1732-1782, Amagansett160. Simon Glover, ca. 1705-10-ante 14 Feb 1763, Oysterponds161 Rachel Dibble, ante 1713-ante 14 Feb 1763, Oysterponds162-163, see 148-149.164. (Ensign) Richard Brown, 1708-1776,Oysterponds165. Hannah Hawke, ante 1709/10-1789, New London166. Henry Tuthill, 1690-1775, Southold167. Phebe Young, ca.1690-1775, Southold172. (Ensign) John King, 1699-1753, Southold173. Mary Corey, 1707-post 1756, Southold174. Gideon Young, 1698-1780, Oysterponds175. Rachel Racket, 1708-1787, Oysterponds192-193, See 130-131.194. Isaac Mulford, 1684-1774, EH195. Mercy Conkling, c.1681-?, EH196. Nathaniel Dominy, 1714-1778, EH197. Elizabeth Eyres/Ayres, 171 7-1781, Portsmouth, N.H.-EH198. (Lt.) Jonathan Baker, 1704-1777, EH199. Mary Talmage, 1706-1781, EH200. Damel Dayton, ca. 1694-1762, EH201. Mary Parsons, 1700/01-post 1761, EH202. Nathan Miller, 1689-1749, EH203. Mary Conkling, 1692-1750, EH204. Henry Conkling, 1701/2-1750, EH205. Mary Jones, 1704-?, EH206. see 96.207. Martha (Edwards) Barnes, 1706-1745, Conn.-Fire Place224-25. see 96, 207.226. Timothy Mulford, 1718-?, EH227. Mary Dimon (Deming), b.Southold228. Joseph Edwards, 1730-1775, Amagansett, L.I.229. Elizabeth Edwards, 1743/4-?, b. PH230-231. see 158-159.232. Eleazar Hathaway, 1731-1777, Morristown233. Abigail Cooper, Southampton234. Daniel Carmichael, ca. 1740-1804, Morristown235. Bathsheba Clark. ca. 1741-1803, Morristown236. Timothy Mulford, 1681-1741, EH-New Jersey237. Sarah ___240. Jacob Kimble, 1735-1826, Preston, CT-Kimble’s Narrows, PA.241. Esther Phillips, b. Conn.242. (Major) John* Ainsley, c.1745-post 1774, England Conn -Panpack Settlement, PA.243. Eunice ___244. John Pellett, 1715-?, Canterbury, CT245. Hepzibah Felch, 1715/16-?, b.~Canterbury, CT246. Hezekiah Bingham, 1737-1811, Franklin, CT - Wallenpaupec, PA247. Phoebe Boynton, 1743-?, b. Coventry, CT250. Frederick* Spangenberg, Hanover,Germany-Sussex Co, N.J.251. Susanna Shenkle
IX.256. Samuel* Sherrill, bapt 1633-1719, Cornwood, Devon-F H257. Elizabeth Parsons, 1642-1722, d. EH258. John Parsons, ante 1639-ante 1685/6, ?Lynn MA- EH259. ___ Shaw, ?-ante 1685260. Samuel Parsons, ca. 1630- 1714, d. EH261. Hannah Talmage, ca. 1645-1728, Southatnpton.-EH262. (Capt.) John Conkling, 1630/1-1708/9, Nottingham, Eng.-Southold263. Sarah (Horton) Salmon, ca. 1645-1712, d. Southold264. (Rev.) Nathaniel Huntting. 1675-1753, Dedham, MA-E H265. Mary Green, 1679-1733, Cambridge, MA-EH266. William Hedges, 1680-1768, EH267. Abiah Mulford, 1685-1763, EH268. Peter Murdock, 1679-1753, Limerick, Ire.-EH269. Mary Fithian, ?-1753, d. EH270. Benjamin Conkling, ca 1678/82-1752, Amagansett271. Abigail King, 1682-1748/49, EH272. (Capt.) Cornelius Conkling, ca. 1665-1748, EH273. Mary ___, 1668-1712, EH274. Samuel Parsons, ca. 1666-1753, EH275. Deborah Ludlam, ca. 1673-1743, EH276. Samuel Dayton, 1665/6-1745/6, EH277. ___, d. 31 Aug 1704, d. EH278. John Conkling, ca. 1669-1746, EH279. Rachel Hedges, ca. 1673-1735, EH280-281, see 266-267.282. Thomas Osborne, (Jr.)284. (Judge) Thomas Chatfield, ca. 1686-1754, EH- Southampton285. Hannah Stratton, 1687-1707, EH286. Lewis Mulford, 1693-1719, EH287. Hannah Parsons, ca. 1697-1775, EH288. Robert Parsons, 1678-1741/2, EH289. Mary Dominy, 1680 or 82-1717, EH290. Roger Davis292. Beriah Dayton, 1674-1746, EH293. Jane Miller, ca. 1675-1754, EH294. Cornelius Conkling Jr., 1692-1767, EH295. Deborah Mulford, ca. 1690-1715, EH296. John Terry, 1662-1733, Southold297. Hannah Moore, ? -1753, Southold298. Joseph Petty, 1667-1730, Southold299. Mary Salmon304. John Stratton, 1699-1721, EH305. Amy Conkling, ante 1718/19- ?, EH306. Lion Gardiner, 1692-1784, Gardiner’s Island307. Hannah Merry, m.1721, ?Boston308. Samuel Case, 1737-1755, Southold309. Zerviah Horton, living 4 Dec 1753, Southtold310. John Budd, 1654-1698, Southold-Rye, N.Y.311. Esther ___312. (Deacon) Daniel Osborne, 1692-1757, EH313. Elizabeth Austin, ?-1757314. Joseph Dibble, ante 1704-1777, EH315. Elizabeth Parsons, ante 1701-?, EH316. Cornelius Van Scoy/Van Schaick, 1687-post 1730, Oyster Bay-North Salem, N.Y.317. Patience Barnes, 1707-post 1730, EH-North Salem318. David Edwards, 1702-1781, EH319. Alice Leeke, 1704-1742, EH320. Samuel Giover, 1680-1732, Southold321. Martha Grover322. Thomas Dibble, 1670-1754, Windsor, CT-EH323. Rachel Mulford, ca. 1683-1743, EH324-327. see 296-299328. Richard Brown Jr., 1684-ante 1771, Southold329. Anna Young (prob), 1683-ante 1765, Southold330. James/John Hawke331. Hannah Beebe, d.1715, New London, CT332. Henry Tuthill, 1665-1750, Southold333. Bethia Horton, 1674-1744, Southold334. Christopher Young 1642-1695, Southold335. Mary Budd, 1654-1735, Southold344. Samuel King, 1675-1725, Sonthold345. Hannah ----, 1673/4-1712, Southold346. Abraham Corey, 1680-?, Southold347. Mary Paine, d.1717, Southold348. (Lt.) Gideon Young,, 1673-1749, Oysterponds349. Hannah Reeve, 1679-1738, Southold350. John Racket384-387. see 260-263.388. John Mulford, 1650-1734, EH389. ___, d. 1705, EH390. Benjamin Conkling, ante 1637/8-1708/9, Salem391. Hannah Mulford, post 1646-1712, EH392. Nathaniel Dominy, 1684-1768, EH393. Ann Corey, 1678-1748, Portsmouth, R.I.-EH394. Abraham Ayers, 1692-post 1749, Rowley, MA- Portsmouth, NH395. Mary Jackson, ?-ante 1753, Portsmonth, N.H.396. (Lt.) Jonathan Baker, 1679-1747/8, EH397. Hannah Davis, 1680-1757, EH398. Thomas Talmage, 1676-1764, EH399. Mary Bailey, Southold400-401. see 276-277.402. Robert Parsons, post 1675-1741/2, EH403. Mary Dominy, ca. 1682-1717, EH404. George Miller, ca. 1658-1712, EH405. Martha Mulford, 1665-1752, EH406. John Conkling, 1669-1745/6, EH407. Rachel Hedges, ca. 1673-1735, El-I408. Ananias Conkling, 1672-1739/40, Ama gansett409. Hannah Ludlam, d. 1752410. Edward Jones, 1678-1745, EH411. Phebe Talmage, 1680-1740, EH412-413. see 130-131414. Josiah Edwards, ca. 1670-1713, EH415. Mary Churchill, 1675-?, Wethersfield, CT448-449. see 130-131.450-451. see 414-415.452-453.see 236-237.456. James Edwards, post 1695-1739, EH457. Abigail Johnson, 1695-1742458. John Edwards, 1691-1761, EH459. Mary Dibble, 1700-1771, EH460-463. see 316-319.464. Benjamin Hathaway, 1699-1762, Dighton, MA Morristown, N.J.465. Clemons ___, d. ?1743466. Samuel Cooper, d. 1786, Southampton, L.I.467. Abigail ___472. (Capt.) Samuel Mulford, 1644-1725, Southampton473. Hester Conkling., ca. 1654-1717, EH480. Jacob Kimble, 1706-1788, Ipswich, MA-Preston, CT481. Mary Parke, 1711-1758, Preston, CT482. Jonathan Phillips, ?-Plainfield, CT.483. Esther ___488. Richard Pellett, 1673-?, b. Canterbury, CT489. Ann Brooks, b. Canterbury490. John Felch, 1688-?, Reading, MA-Canterbury491. Elizabeth Johnson, ?-1735, Canterbury492. Thomas Bingham, 1692-post 1770, Norwich,CT493. Sarah Huntington, 1699/1700-post 1770, Norwich,CT494. Moses Boynton, 1714-?, Newbury, MA-Coventry, CT495. Abigail Goodrich, 1717-?, b. Newbury