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(1780 - 18??)

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Sherrill

(1731 - 1787)

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"The Pioneer"
Sherrill

(1697 - 1774)

William
"The Conestoga
Fur Trader"
Sherrill

(1666 - 1747)

William
Sherrill

(1635 - 1719)

Adam
Sherwill

(1610 - 1668)

William
Sherwill

(1585 - 1638)

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William "The Conestoga Fur Trader" Sherrill (1666)

 
 

Born: 16 Nov 1666, Ermington Parish, Devon, England
Died:  Abt. 1747

 
 

William "the Conestoga Fur Trader" Sherrill was born 16 Nov 1666 in Ermington Parish, Devon, England.  William was the son of William Sherrill (1635) and Margery Upright.  

 

William married Margarette Rudisil 11 May 1693.  Margarette was born 21 Nov 1675 in Cecil County, Maryland.  She was the daughter of Elias Reutzel and Gertraud Kaiser.

 
 
William and Margarette had at least six children.
 
Children of William Sherrill and Margarette Rudisil
Name Birth Date Death Date Spouse
Adam Sherrill (1697) 1697 04 May 1774 Elizabeth Corzine
Margaret Sherrill Abt. 1701   Elisha Perkins
Rudil Sherrill      
Samuel Sherrill      
William Sherrill     Jean Wilson
Mary Sherrill Abt. 1693   Richard Perkins
 
 

The name "William" was frequently used in the family.  (1) William Sherrill, "the Conestoga Fur Trader", had a son, William Sherrill Jr. (2) William's daughter, Margaret Sherrill Perkins had an illegitimate child known as William Sherrill. (3) Adam Sherrill (1697) also named his son William.

 

William Sherrill, "the Conestoga Fur Trader", probably had other sons and daughters. The fact that Rudil and Samuel, and Adam and William Jr. were all with him in Lancaster County strongly points to the fact that Rudil and Samuel were his sons.

 

In 1702 he purchased 150 acres known as Price's Forest in Cecil County, MD.

 
 
Copy of the 1702 Indenture Document
 
 

1702 Indenture

This Indenture made the Eighth day of March Anno Dom. 1702 and in the first year of the Reign of our sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of god Queen of England vz Between Wm Price Senr. of Cecil County in the province of Maryland planter and Margarett his wife of the one part and Wm Sherwell of the same County and Province planter of the other part witnesseth that the said William Price and Margarett his wife for and in consideration of the sum of three thousand pounds of Tob'o to them in hand paid by the said William Sherwell the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge and thereof do acquit and discharge the said William Sherwell his heirs Ex's & Adm's forever by these presents have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said Wm Sherwell his heirs and assigns all that tract or parcell of land called Price Forrest lying in the aforesaid County & upon the East side of Elk River as by the patent hereof Relation being thereunto had the meets and bounds thereof does fully and at large appears with all rights profits comoditious appurtenances to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining and the Reversion & reversions remainder and remainders thereof To have and to hold the before bargained land & premisses with the appurtenances unto the said Wm. Sherwell his heirs and assigns forever to and for the onely use and behoof of the said Wm Sherwell and of his heirs and assigns forever In Witness whereof the parties to these presents interchangebly their hands and seals have set the day & years first above written.
                       
                                    Sealed and Delivered                             Wm [hisWmark] Price [seal]
                                    In the Pressence of                                 Margarett [herXmark] Price [seal]
                                    Edw'd Bonwicks, Thomas [T] Coe, Robert Moxey

 

In the back of which deed was this endorsed bond March the 10th 1702 Then came into open Court the within named Wm Price & acknowledged the within deed to and for the reason therein specified likewise came Margarett Price wife to the said William Price and acknowledged the said deed to the said Wm Sherwell according to act of assembly in such casses made & provided

John Dowdall Clk Com Cecil
Recorded the 19th day of March Anno Dom. 1702
Hn Jno Dowdall Clk

 

 

 

From the Department of Community Affairs
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

a photocopy of the original land Grand D-82--1147 reads as follows:

 

By the Commissioners of Property at the Request of William Sherrerd (Sherrell) that we would grant him Two hundred Acres of Land on Pequea Creek for which he has agreed to pay to the Proprietors use twenty pounds for the whole and the usual quitrent of One Shilling Sterling yearly for each hundred Acres for ever. These are to authorize and require thee to Survey or cause to be surveyed to the said William Sherrerd two hundred acres of vacant land on the said Creek in one regula piece and make returns thereof into the Secretaries Office which survey in case of the said William shall duly fulfill the aforsaid Agreement in paying the said consideration money within three months after the date hereof and shall be valid otherwise the same is to be void as if it never had been made nor this warrant granted. Given under our hand and seal of the Province of Philadia the 28th day of the 4th month AD 1715.

Richard Hill
Isaac Norris
James Logan

 
 
 

Early Land Transactions For the Sherrill Family

             
  200 acres William Sherrwill from Thomas Jacobs Dec. 13, 1725
  100 acres Adam Sherwill from William Sherwill, Sr. June 6, 1729
  100 acres William Sherwill, Jr. from William Sherwill, Sr. June 6, 1729
  20 acres William Sherwill, Sr., from Adam Sherwill July 17, 1729
  100 acres Samuel Caldwell from Adam Sherrill
  100 acres John McCreery from William Sherwill, Jr. Aug. 221, 1744
 

Adam obtained 100 acres. The following month, he transferred 20 of these acres back to his father. Then he sells 100 acres to Samuel Caldwell.

 
 
William "The Conestoga Fur Trader" Sherrill  was listed among the English inhabitants in Conestoga Township, PA, in 1718 - the origin of his nickname.
 
 

In the Conestoga Township, Lancaster Coounty, PA, Tax Lists were the member of the Sherrill family taxes as follows:

 
Year Name Tax Acreage Relation
1718 William Sherwill 16 pounds 4 pence 1100 acres on the river  
 
1719 William Sherwil 20 pounds    
1719 Rudil Sherwill 30 pounds   Son of William
 
1720 William Sherwill 15 pounds    
1720 Adam Sherwill 10 pounds   Son of William
 
In 1720 William was granted 200 acres of land called Three Partners; Deed Bk. 5, pages 118 - 231
 
1721 William Sherwill 15 pounds    
1721 Samuel Sherwill 12 pounds   Son of William
 
1722 William Sherwill 16 pounds    
1722 Adam Sherwill Taxed 16 pounds Donegal Twp. Son of William
 
 
In Dec 1725 William Sherwill sold 100 acres of this land to his son Adam "the Pioneer" Sherrill.

 

 
 
William was also called "the Indian Trader" - serving as an Indian guide in Lancaster County, PA.  He and his sons, William, Jr. and Adam (1697) are credited with helping to open the Susquehanna Valley, VA, to early settlers in the 1740s.
 
 
William died about 1747.
 
 
 
 
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