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Edwin C. SHERMAN
Sarah A. __?__
Harriet CLISSOLD
WARNING:  there is a question as to whether Edwin had one wife or two.  If the birth records for Sarah and Frank are correct, their mother was "Sarah A."; however, a descendant of our subject says Edwin had just one wife, Harriet CLISSOLD, and that all the children, including George, are hers.
Husband:  Edwin C. SHEARMAN / SHERMAN
Birth:  11 May 1829, Leonard Stanley, Stroud Dist., GLS
Baptism:  1 Jun 1831, Dursley Chapel, Dursley, Stroud Dist., GLS
Death:  9 Jan 1897, Wales, Hampden Co., MA
Occupation:  weaver; worker in woolen mill
Father:  John SHEARMAN
Mother:  Maria BASSETT
Marriage-1:
Wife-1:  Sarah A. __?__
Marriage-2:
Migration:  said to have arrived ca. 14 Jun 1858 in New York, NY
Wife-2:  Harriet CLISSOLD
Birth:  6 Feb 1834, Minchinhampton, Stroud Dist., GLS
Death:  6 Jan 1907, Palmer, Hampden Co., MA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 1898/9, Eli Jackson GARDNER, b. Jan 1836, MA
Sister:  Ellen CLISSOLD, b. 1841/2, Minchinhampton, Stroud Dist., GLS
Father:  Richard CLISSOLD (1803- )
Mother:  Sara / Sarah BIRD, b. 1803/4, Minchinhampton, Stroud Dist., GLS
Adopted? child:
1.  George SHERMAN, b. 1856/7, PA; d. 21 Aug 1882 (of consumption)

If Edwin didn't immigrate to the United States until 1858, then George would not appear to be his biological son.  It is said George's death certificate names Edwin & Harriet as his parents, but that would be likely even if George was adopted.  It's unfortunate that I can't find them in the 1860 census.  If George was adopted, there may be court records of the adoption or guardianship.

Children with Sarah born in Willington, Tolland Co., CT:
2.  Sarah D. SHERMAN, b. 21 Jan 1863; died in infancy
3.  Francis "Frank" Edwin SHERMAN, b. 21 Aug 1865
4.  Fredrick / Frederic / Frederick C. SHERMAN, b. Jul 1866; d. 9 Aug 1943, Palmer, Hampden Co., MA
Child with Harriet CLISSOLD:
5.  Minnie Josephine SHERMAN, b. 14 Apr 1874, Stafford Springs, Tolland Co., CT; d. 27 Mar 1875, Wales, Hampden Co., MA

Based on the 1900 census, Harriet had 6 children, with only two surviving as of the 1900 census.

Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; UK, United Kingdom, ENG, England, Gloucestershire, Glos; USA, US, United States, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Mass., New York, Pennsylvania

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Edwin SHERMAN
Birth: 11 May 1829
Christening: 01 Jun 1831, Methodist-Nc, Dursley, Gloucester, England
Father: John SHERMAN; Mother: Maria
Source: Birth, Baptisms, and Burials, 1800-1837, Dursley Chapel (Gloucestershire: Wesleyan)

3.  1841 British Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Edwin SHEARMER (æ 10, b. GLS) is living in Leonard-Stanley, Stroud, GLS, with his parents (q.v.).  Can't find Harriet.

4.  1851 British Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Edwin SHEARMAN (æ 22, b. Leonard-Stanley, GLS) is living in Vatch Mill, Stroud, GLS, with his parents (q.v.), plus siblings, including Albert (æ 2).  Harriet CLISSOLD (æ 17, b. Hampton, GLS) is living in Rodborough, Stroud, GLS, with her widowed mother, Sarah CLISSOLD (æ 47, b. Hampton, GLS), and younger sister, Ellen (æ 9, b. Hampton, GLS).

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Edwin (or Harriet or George).

6.  1861 British Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Edwin is not living with his parents, who are in Stonehouse, Stroud, GLS (q.v.); Albert (æ 18) is still with their parents.  Can't find Harriet (or Sarah or Ellen).

7.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #56 of 66):  North Oxford P.O., Town of Oxford, Worcester Co., MA, Roll M593_655, p. 160A, PN 57, 532/552, enumerated 10 Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Sherman Edwin 40 M W Works in Woolen Mill     England
_______ Harriett 35 F W Keeping house     "
_______ George 13 M W Works in Woolen Mill     Pennsylvania
_______ Francis E  5 M W       Connecticut
_______ Frederic C  4 M W       "

8.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 4):  Wales, Hampden Co., MA, Roll T9_534, p. 179A, PN 21, SD 60, ED 284, enumerated 15 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 21 24 25 26
163 218 Sherman Edwin C W M 50     / Works in Woolen Mill   Eng Eng Eng
    _______ Harriet W F 43 Wife   / Keeping House   Eng Eng Eng
    _______ Frank E W M 15 Son /   At School / CT Eng Eng
    _______ Fredrick C W M 13 Son /   At School / CT Eng Eng
Listed two households from Albert SHERMAN (æ 28, b. England; works in woolen mill), and his wife, Frances E. (æ 27, b. MA).

9.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

10.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 16):  Wales Town, Hampden Co., MA, Roll T623_653, p. 93A, SN 2, SD 115, ED 603, enumerated __ Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 28 Gardner Eli J Head W M Jan 1836 64 M 1     MA MA MA     Y Y Y O F H
    _______ Harriett Wife W F Feb 1834 66 M 1 6 2 Eng Eng Eng 1850 50 Y Y Y      

11.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

12.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).  A file there is citing "Willington VR [vital records]" for the identity, birthdates, and parents of children Sarah and Frank.  If their mother truly is "Sarah A.," then Harriet must be his second wife.  So, is George a child of Harriet's from a prior marriage or Edwin's?

13m.  Email from Dianne BELL.  Says Edwin had only one wife, Harriet CRISSOLD, that they married in England and came to the U.S., together, in 1858, and that George's death certificate names Edwin & Harriet as his parents.

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