letter to Elsie
Sherwood Whiting, written by Mary Parsons Wood, her aunt, tells of
the Sherwoods and Parsons migration to Wisconsin and their various residences.
It does not contain much genealogical data but it is very descriptive
of the people and places.
Descendants of John Sherwood
Comments, corrections, questions?
Revised April 17, 2006
Generation No. 1
1. JOHN SHERWOOD was born
August 17, 1786 in Connecticut, and died November 27, 1849 in Jefferson
County, Wisconsin. He married SALLY WOODWARD October 20, 1812 in
Little Falls, New York (marriage year could be 1813). She was born
May 19, 1793 in New York, and died January 14, 1882 in Trempealeau
County, Wisconsin. A John Sherwood received a land patent for
40 acres in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, in 1848. Sally, age
77, was listed in the 1870 Wisconsin Federal Census as living in the
household of her son, John D. Sherwood, in Lincoln township,
Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, with her son's wife, Mary, and their
daughter Ada. Also living in the household was Mary's brother,
Generation No. 2
Children of JOHN SHERWOOD and SALLY WOODWARD are:
i. BETSY ANN SHERWOOD (2), b.
July 15, 1813, Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. December 17, 1841.
ii. SALLY MARIA SHERWOOD (3),
b. 1815, Pennsylvania; d. 1903, Whitehall, Wisconsin.
iii. ANDREW LAKE SHERWOOD
b. February 17, 1817, Cherry Valley, New York; d. February 28, 1905, De
Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota; bur. De Smet, in the Sherwood family
iv. PHILETUS SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1832.
v. JOHN DARLING SHERWOOD
b. Abt. 1835, Pennsylvania.
BETSY ANN SHERWOOD was
born July 15, 1813 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania, and died
December 17, 1841. She married PHILETUS McNITT. He was born 1808
in New York. Generation No. 3
Child of BETSY SHERWOOD and PHILETUS McNITT is:
LYMAN DURAND McNITT, b. March 10, 1836, Meadville, Crawford,
Pennsylvania; d. March 4, 1892, Whitehall, Trempealeau, Wisconsin.
He married Martha Ervin December 25, 1865, Lincoln, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin, daughter of James and Elizabeth Ervin.
SALLY MARIA SHERWOOD was
born 1815 in Pennsylvania, and died 1903 in Whitehall, Wisconsin. She
married SAMUEL LINCOLN PARSONS Abt. 1830, son of SIMEON PARSONS
and NANCY CARTER. He was born January 28, 1809, and died 1852 in
Child of SALLY SHERWOOD and SAMUEL PARSONS is:
LESTER DEWEY PARSONS.
ii. MARY PARSONS, b. Abt. 1834; m.
DAVID WOOD, 1863; b.
4. ANDREW LAKE SHERWOOD was
born February 17, 1817 in Cherry Valley, New York, and died February 28,
1905 in De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota; bur. De Smet, in the Sherwood
family plot. He married NANCY PHILENA PARSONS Abt. 1838 in Little
Falls, Herkimer, New York, daughter of SIMEON PARSONS and NANCY CARTER.
She was born August 9, 1818 in Pennsylvania, and died October 31, 1876
in Whitehall, Trempealeau, Wisconsin. According to the 1880 census for
Whitehall, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Andrew Sherwood was 63 years old, a
widower, and a Justice of the Peace. He was listed as the head of
household with daughter Nettie M. and son Carter P. residing with him.
Children of ANDREW L. SHERWOOD and NANCY P. PARSONS are:
AMELIA ARABELLA SHERWOOD (6),
b. December 28, 1839, Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania; d. April 28,
1916, Fairmont, Minnesota.
ii. RUTH ANN SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1842;
d. December 4, 1920, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; m.
NORMAN ALLEN DYKE,
August 12, 1862, Whitehall, Wisconsin; b. Abt. 1842.
iii. ESTHER SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1844; d. October 19, 1922,
Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
De Smet News, October 27, 1922:
KILLED IN AUTO ACCIDENT
Miss Esther Sherwood, of Fairmont, Minn., sister of Mrs. L. E. Whiting,
Mrs. J. E. Floran and C. P. Sherwood of this city, was killed in an
accident in Minneapolis last Thursday when a truck struck a Ford in
which she was riding. Miss Sherwood was the only surviving sister of the
local relatives, another sister having been killed about two years ago
when a car struck her on the streets of her home town. Miss Sherwood was
75 years of age and had been a resident of Fairmont since 1880. She
visited in De Smet a number of years ago.
iv. CHARLES A. SHERWOOD, b. 1844; d. 1922; bur. Lincoln (old
Whitehall) cemetery; m. MARY A. BARRETT, October 10, 1866,
Whitehall, Wisconsin; b. 1844; d. 1927, bur. Lincoln (old Whitehall)
The Lincoln cemetery index at
lists the following:
SHERWOOD, Charles A, 1844 - 1922, Father
SHERWOOD, Angnes, 1841 - 1919
SHERWOOD, Maria (Hegg), 15 May 1868 - 04 Jul 1895
SHERWOOD, Mary A, 1844 - 1927, Mother
SHERWOOD, Rollie I, 1874 - 1888
FRANKLIN A. SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1848.
vi. ARTHUR SIMON SHERWOOD
b. Abt. 1852; d. Abt. 1899.
vii. NETTIE SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1854; m.
March 12, 1881, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, JOSEPH E. FLORAN; b.
Abt. 1854. According to the 1880 census for Whitehall, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin, Nettie was 21 years old, single, daughter of Andrew Sherwood,
and keeping house.
ELSIE SHERWOOD, b. June 20, 1856,
Dane County, Wisconsin; d. July 11, 1936, Dickinson, North Dakota;
buried at De Smet, South Dakota; m. LOUIS
EUGENE WHITING, June 2, 1877, Whitehall, Wisconsin; b. February
25, 1852, Wisconsin; d. March 31, 1925, De Smet, South Dakota; buried at
De Smet, South Dakota. After the death of her husband, Louis, Elsie
moved to Dickinson, North Dakota, to be near her son, Eugene, and his
family. When the family moved to Mandan, Elsie remained in Dickinson. Pictured at right is Elsie (Sherwood) Whiting. The photo was taken in Dickinson after Eugene and
family moved to Mandan.
See the Whiting page for descendants.
CARTER PARSONS SHERWOOD (8),
b. August 8, 1861, Whitehall, Wisconsin; d. October 18, 1929, Rochester,
5. JOHN DARLING SHERWOOD was
born Abt. 1835 in Pennsylvania. He married (1) ______ ________.
He married (2) MARY ELIZABETH DOWD August 18, 1862 in Trempealeau
County, Lincoln township, Wisconsin. She was born Abt. 1846 in
Wisconsin, daughter of Alanson and Melinda Dowd.
1880 Census, Lincoln, Trempealeau, Wisconsin:
John I. Sherwood; Relation: Self; Married; Male; White; 45; Occupation: Farmer;
Father's Birthplace: NY; Mother's Birthplace: NY.
Mary E. Sherwood; Relation: Wife; Married;
Female; White; 34; Birthplace: WI; Occupation: Keeping
House; Father's Birthplace: MA; Mother's Birthplace: MA.
Single, Male, White, 39, At Home, MA, MA
Children of JOHN SHERWOOD and MARY DOWD are:
i. ADA M. SHERWOOD, b. Abt. 1864, listed in the 1870 Federal
Census for Wisconsin as being 7 years old and born in Wisconsin.
ISAAC EDWIN SHERWOOD (9).
AMELIA ARABELLA SHERWOOD
was born December 28, 1839 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania, and
died April 28, 1916 in Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota. She married EDWARD FRANCIS WADE April 22, 1860 in Whitehall, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin, son of DAVID WADE and JOANNA ________. He was born February
28, 1839 in Union, Essex, New Jersey, and died August 27, 1910 in
Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota.
Children of AMELIA SHERWOOD and EDWARD
i. MARY ELIZABETH WADE, b. December 16, 1860, Whitehall,
Trempealeau, Wisconsin; d. November 3, 1954, Fairmont, Martin,
Minnesota; m. ELMORE HOUGHTALING, June 14, 1888, Fairmont,
Martin, Minnesota; b. June 23, 1860, Boscobel, Grant, Wisconsin; d. July
30, 1954, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota.
ii. FRANK EDWARD WADE, b. March 6, 1862, Whitehall, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin; d. March 3, 1919, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; m. GEORGIANNA ST. JOHN, January 2, 1888, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota;
b. April 14, 1862, Lyle, Minnesota; d. February 13, 1933, Beverly Hills,
iii. BERT CLARENCE WADE, b. October 1864, Wisconsin; d. January
5, 1931St. Louis Co., Minnesota; m. ELLA STAUGHTON, August 6, 1890; b.
May 1864, Wisconsin.
The De Smet Leader,
December 8, 1883
Mr. Bert Wade of Fairmont, Minn., a knight of the types, arrived here
last Wednesday and is at work on The Leader. He is a nephew of the
junior proprietor. (Ed. note: of Carter P. Sherwood.)
iv. DAVID SHERWOOD WADE, b. June 1867, Whitehall, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin; m. MINNIE MATHILDA HEIDEL, August 15, 1906, Fairmont,
Martin, Minnesota; b. 1869, Scotland.
v. DEWEY WINFORD WADE, b. August 7, 1868, Whitehall, Trempealeau,
Wisconsin; d. December 1963, Multnomah Co., Oregon; m. ANNA T.
________; b. 1874, Norway.
vi. ARTHUR LINCOLN WADE, b. December 1870, Wisconsin; d. August 19,
1904, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; m. ROSE A. CARD, November 5,
1895, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; b. February 1870, Wisconsin.
CARRIE A. WADE, b. 1873, Minnesota; m. JUSTIN H. FOWLER,
August 26, 1897, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota.
viii. EDITH MAY WADE, b. May 10, 1874, Cedarville, Martin,
Minnesota; d. August 14, 1935, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; m. (1) HARRY BLUFF PULVER, May 3, 1896, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; b.
April 23, 1875, Blue Earth, Faribault, Minnesota; d. April 24, 1957,
Scotia, Humboldt, California, bur. Ocean View Cemetery, Eureka,
Humboldt, California; m. (2) CHARLES V. WAKEY, January 9, 1906,
Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; b. January 19, 1884, Champaign, Champaign,
Illinois; d. December 25, 1944, Le Mars, Plymouth, Iowa.
ix. MINNIE TRYPHENA WADE, b. December 28, 1875, Cedarville, Martin,
Minnesota; d. July 9, 1970, Nobles Co., Minnesota; m. BYRAN EATON ST.
JOHN, JR., June 24, 1896, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; b. March 28, 1874;
d. November 3, 1972, Worthington, Nobles, Minnesota.
x. MYRTLE TRYPHOSE WADE, b. December 28, 1875, Cedarville,
Martin, Minnesota; d. July 23, 1929, Hennepin Co., Minnesota; m. ELTING HOUGHTALING COMSTOCK,
August 1, 1900, Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota; b. June 26, 1876,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin; d. April 11, 1960, Sherburne Co., Minnesota.
JULIA I. WADE, b. October 1877, Minnesota.
Generation No. 4
7. ARTHUR SIMON SHERWOOD was
born Abt. 1852, and died Abt. 1899. He married JENNIE MINERVA WESTON
Abt. 1875. She was born Abt. 1852.
Children of ARTHUR SHERWOOD and JENNIE WESTON are:
i. GRACE ELSIE SHERWOOD, b. August 30, 1881, De Smet, Dakota
Territory (Kingsbury, Co., South Dakota); m. FRANK G. ROLLINGER.
ii. NELLIE LENORA SHERWOOD, b. August 13, 1883, De Smet, Dakota
Territory (Kingsbury, Co., South Dakota).
iii. MABEL PHILENA SHERWOOD, b. July 25, 1886, De Smet, Dakota
Territory (Kingsbury, Co., South Dakota); m. EMIEL E. SKOUG.
ROY SHERWOOD, b. 1887.
CARTER PARSONS SHERWOOD
was born August 8, 1861 in Whitehall, Wisconsin, and died October 18,
1929 in Rochester, Minnesota. According to the 1880 census for
Whitehall, Trempealeau, Wisconsin, Carter was 18 years old, single, son
of Andrew Sherwood, and worked in a printing office. He married (1) FRANKIE BENNETT October 21, 1883 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin. She
died January 7, 1884 in Trempealeau Co., Wisconsin. Marriage note, De
Smet Leader, Oct. 27, 1883: Carter P. Sherwood of De Smet to Frankie E.
Bennett of Madison, Wis, Oct. 21, 1883, at Madison, Wis. He married (2)
AUGUSTA "GUSSIE" ELGETHA MASTERS April 11, 1888 in De Smet,
Dakota Territory, daughter of SAMUEL MASTERS and MARGARET FARRINGTON.
She was born April 4, 1859 in Hornby, New York, and died Abt. 1926. C.
P. Sherwood and G. Elgetha Masters were married at the residence of S.
O. Masters in Kingsbury County, Dakota Territory, by C. C. Tharston.
Children of CARTER SHERWOOD and AUGUSTA MASTERS are:
i. VINCENT MASTERS SHERWOOD
b. March 25, 1889, De Smet, Dakota Territory.
ii. REGINALD CARTER SHERWOOD
b. August 6, 1891, De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota.
iii. AUBREY HOWELLS SHERWOOD
b. November 7, 1894, De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota; d. December 19,
1987, De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota.
9. ISAAC EDWIN SHERWOOD
married ______ ________.
Child of ISAAC SHERWOOD and ______ ________ is:
i. GLEN SHERWOOD (13).
10. VINCENT MASTERS SHERWOOD
was born March 25, 1889 in De Smet, Dakota Territory (Kingsbury Co.,
South Dakota). He married GISELLE INVERNE. She was born in
Child of VINCENT SHERWOOD and GISELLE INVERNE is:
i. MARJORIE "MAGGI" PHYLLIS SHERWOOD
11. REGINALD CARTER SHERWOOD
was born August 6, 1891 in De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota. He met ORILLA HOUGH in 1916. She was born December 22, 1893 in Brookings,
South Dakota, and died June 26, 1966 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Children of REGINALD SHERWOOD and ORILLA HOUGH are:
i. BOYD SHERWOOD.
ii. NEIL HOUGH SHERWOOD, m. ROSE MARGARET FLOHIL. Their children
are Michael Carter, Steven Thomas, and Carol Jo.
12. AUBREY HOWELLS SHERWOOD was born November 7, 1894 in De Smet,
Kingsbury, South Dakota, and died December 19, 1987 in De Smet,
Kingsbury, South Dakota. He married LAURA CONSTANCE ENGEBRETSON
June 27, 1925 in Garretson, South Dakota, daughter of JOHN ENGEBRETSON
and CHRISTINE HOVE. She was born October 29, 1898 in Garretson, South
Dakota, and died July 11, 1992 in De Smet, Kingsbury, South Dakota.
Generation No. 5
A native of De Smet, Aubrey grew up and attended school in De Smet. He
graduated from South Dakota State College in 1917, served in the Air
Force during World War I, and joined his father in the newspaper
publishing business in 1919. He retired from the newspaper business in
1977, but continued in his capacity as a De Smet promoter in an office
He is best known for his encouragement of the
collection at South Dakota State University and for his devotion to the
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Society. (The Harvey Dunn page at the SDSU site changes
periodically, so check back occasionally.) Aubrey was a member of the United Church of Christ, the
Masonic Lodge, The Order of Eastern Star, the Kiwanis Club, the American
Legion, and the South Dakota Press Association, having served as its
president. See the
South Dakota Hall of Fame page for further information.
Children of AUBREY SHERWOOD and LAURA ENGEBRETSON are:
i. PHYLLIS JEAN SHERWOOD
ii. MARY LENORE SHERWOOD (16).
13. GLEN SHERWOOD.
Child of GLEN SHERWOOD is:
i. MARY EVALYN SHERWOOD, m.
MARJORIE "MAGGI" PHYLLIS
SHERWOOD married (1) THEO CHUNN; married (2) WALTER SCHOEN.
Children of MARJORIE SHERWOOD and WALTER SCHOEN are:
ii. VICKI SCHOEN.
iii. KENNY SCHOEN.
PHYLLIS JEAN SHERWOOD
married GEORGE ROBERT "BOB" BELL.
Children of PHYLLIS SHERWOOD and GEORGE BELL are:
i. BARBARA BELL.
ii. DAVID BELL.
iii. DOUGLAS BELL.
iv. STEVEN BELL.
The photo at right is from a Christmas card sent by Aubrey and
Laura Sherwood in the early 1960s.
16. MARY LENORE SHERWOOD
married (1) DONALD HENRY SCHEUER. She married (2) ROBERT "BOB"
Children of MARY SHERWOOD and DONALD SCHEUER are:
i. ANN SCHEUER.
ii. JOHN SCHEUER.
iii. PHILIP SCHEUER.
iv. RUTH SCHEUER.
10/05/12 - Added reference and link to letter by
Mary Parsons Wood to Elsie Sherwood Whiting.
04/17/06 - EDITH MAY
WADE (#14), reversed order of husbands.
04/12/06 - Added links to the Harvey Dunn Collection at South Dakota
State University and to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society in De
Smet under AUBREY HOWELLS SHERWOOD (#17).