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  • In Part 3 of The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, Essex, and Their Wives, author Michael Johnson Wood presents accounts of the rest of the descendants of Henry Sherman the Younger. Samuel1 Sherman of Ipswich and Boston and his children and grandchildren are treated here in detail because there has been no previous published account of them.

    In or before 1662, “Samuell and Nathaniell Sherman and Mary Clarke, children of Samuell Shearman long since deceased” brought a petition regarding the estate of their father, “Samuell Sherman of Ipswich…” No marriage for a male Clark(e) to Mary Sherman (or even a relevant Mary _____) during the period 1650–1662 appears in Torrey’s New England Marriages.

    Editor’s comments: By reviewing the published records of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, the author found a likely husband for Mary, namely, Emanuel Clarke, mariner of Marblehead, who died after June 1669. His wife seems to have been the Mary Clarke, married woman, evidently of Marblehead, who was aged about 29 in June 1662. Emanuel and Mary appear to have been the parents of a Benjamin Clarke, born about 1663, who was taken in by Mary’s uncle, Philip Sherman of Portsmouth, Rhode Island (his 1681 will provides for Benjamin Clarke’s food and clothing until age 21). And this Benjamin Clarke probably was identical with an adult Benjamin Clarke of South Kingstown, Rhode Island, and Plainfield, Connecticut, whose second son was named Emanuel.

    Some aspects of this chain of probable identifications had already been developed by others, but each connection had to be re-evaluated and weighed carefully.

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