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I would like to thank the following people for making the Web mounting of this book possible. First of all, to Joseph C. Sherren, who offered this book to the users of the Island Register. Secondly, to our volunteer transcribers, Eileen Bremner, Carla Johnston, Janet Kendall, Roxanne Moos, and Linda Macdonald Risdon who spent countless hours making this a possibility.




December 1990

A Memo
To All Readers.


Dear Reader:

The Author

First, I would like to thank all the individuals who have helped in putting together the information contained here. The book just could not have been completed without the interest which has been shown by everyone. It has been a long and tedious task. However, I feel the results are worth the effort that everyone has put into the project.

Also, please understand that much of the information contained here has been provided to me second and third hand and memories were taxed. Therefore, some areas are subject to error and interpretation. Please understand if there happens to be a name misspelling or omission, I have tried my best.

To assist with the reading I have divided the book into sections; first the early history, the families of England (including Africa), then PEI, on to Newfoundland, back to England, county of Broadmayne and finishing up with Australia. Within these sections the information is in chronological order. Also, there is an index at the back to which you can refer.

As well, at the beginning of each major family I have put a tree type graphical illustration in the form of a chart showing the lineage of each family. This way, when you are reading about the individual family members, you can refer to this cart and compare how they fit into the overall family.

I hope you enjoy reading about all the different Sherren families around the world.






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I would like to thank the many individuals who assisted with the gathering and compiling of all information. Without their help this would have been an impossible task. It must also be mentioned that the strong interest which, has been shown by all the Sherren's in their roots has really been the catalyst to the completion of this work.

The real appreciation from all of us must go to Mrs. Edward (Ella) Sherren who, working with Frederick Sherren, provided the first piece of documented history on the Sherrens. This work has been the foundation and much needed inspiration for my project.

Also, I wish to thank my wife PJ (Joan) and my sister Edith, for their editing, corrections and support.


1. A History of Crapaud The Women's Institute

2. The Island Magazine Heritage Foundation

3. SHERRENS, The Firm & Family Edith McCall Pearson

4. The Family Historical Library Church of Latter Day Saints

5. Historic Newfoundland L.E.F. English (MBE)

Great appreciation goes out to every individual who submitted information, and assisted with locating and documenting our clan. In particular; Mrs. Elwin (Elsie) Sherren of Crapaud, Bennett Sherren of St. Catherines PEI, Nelson Sherren of St. John's, Newfoundland, for his assistance in the genealogy of the Sherren and Sharron families residing in Newfoundland.

Lehman Fall and Amy Francis for their summary on the Fall families who were the descendents of Mary Sherren. Reginald, Robert and Ronnie Sherren, and Hilda Fulton for their assistance with finding the descendents of James Trowsdale Sherren.

A special mention should also go to Paul Sherren of London, England, who is the grandson of Dr. James. As well as, thanks to Stuart Sherren of Australia, and Peter Sherren of Africa, for coordinating the input from these parts of the world.

Finally, special thanks goes to Derk Sherren of Port McNichol who, on his own had also been researching the Sherren family when we met. He and his wife Lorraine spent countless hours, phoning, writing, joining genealogical societies and looking through many historical records.

We found we were related, with the connection taken place in the 1700s. We therefore decided to combine our efforts, which enabled us to make the vital links, and produce the product, which this book represents.

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This book is about the families who are known by the name "Sherren". As far as records show it appears that the ancestry line of any Sherren can be traced back to either a William, who was a sheep farmer in the Broadmayne area of Dorset, England during the 1700's; or to a James who also lived during the mid 1700s in Weymouth. He was a craftsman and a well known Methodist.

The descendents of William remain primarily in the Broadmayne area although a few have immigrated to Canada and we think possibly to Australia.

The descendents of James are basically found in five divisions, two descending from his youngest son who have remained primarily around London, England, (although one family was found living in Africa, who we feel may belong to this family). His two older sons immigrated to Canada. The eldest son settled in the province of Prince Edward Island; the other settled in Newfoundland.

Samuel, who settled in Prince Edward Island, also started two family lines. These two family groups are from his two son's James and John. A number of these Sherrens can now be found residing throughout Canada and in parts of the United States. A few also moved to England during the war where they have remained.

During my research, I have requested information from many of the existing Sherrens' in the hope that they might have knowledge of our past. As well, I researched extensively all records of which I was made aware for other documented history.

With the help of Derk Sherren, I reviewed the many records, which are held by the Ontario Genealogical Society Library and the National Library of Canada located in the Canadianna Room at the North York Public Library in Willowdale. I also corresponded with the Federation of Family History Societies in England.

Some of my more interesting findings were in records found at the Family Genealogical Library owned by the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) which is operated by volunteer members of this organization.

The Mormons have a belief that in order to be accepted in Heaven, you must be a member of this Church. As well, they believe that if you identify your direct family members which have pre-deceased you, by name and origin, you can have them baptized into the Church and accepted in Heaven retroactively.

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As a result of this, they have documented many lines of families back to the 1600, 1700 and 1800's. Their research is conducted up to the year 1837. However, any later names that appeared in record books, which they photographed, were also entered in their records.

There are a number of organizations that make money by selling crests and a suggested history of a family name. In many cases their research is correct, however, in the case of Sherren, they use a source written by Mr. Joseph Smallwood (and duplicated by others), that implies Sherren came from "O'Sherrin" in north Ireland.

Although I am not in a position to say that there has never been any connection, I do know that it is not as they suggest. When this information was written there were families already in Newfoundland with the name "Sherrin" who in fact did come from Ireland. Therefore, since the name Sherren was very similar, it was just assumed to be another spelling of this name.

Records show that the migration out of Ireland took place during the potato famines of the 1830's; and, as you will later read, the name "Sherren" is recorded as early as the 1500's in England.

What follows is a chronology of the Sherren births deaths and marriages which were recorded in various parishes in the South West Counties of England during these years. All the burials took place in the parishes around the Counties of Dorset, Surrey and Sommerset.


Aug 30, 1592 : Peter Sherren had a son William christened at the Long Burton Pariah in Dorset County

Feb 16, 1617 : William Sherren had a daughter Anne, christened at the Long Burton Pariah.

Mar 30, 1647 : John and Elizabeth Sherren had a son, John, christened at the Stepney, Saint Dunstans.

Mar 05, 1663 : James and Mary Sherren had a son, John, christened at the Long Burton Parish.

Feb 20, 1707 : Adam Sherren was married to Mary Palmer at Somerton, County of Somerset.

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Jun 29, 1710 : Anne Sherren married a John Hill at the Blandford, Saint Mary's Parish in Dorset.

Feb 14, 1714 : John Sherren died at the age of 60 years.

Jun 30, 1752 : Henry Sherren died at the age of 54 years.

Jul 04, 1752 : Henry Sherren was buried in the Broadmayne Parish cemetery.

Aug 26, 1761 : Thomasina Sherren wife of Henry died at the age of 74 years.

Aug 02, 1757 : Jane, daughter of John and Elizabeth was buried in the Broadmayne Pariah cemetery.

Sep 06, 1757 : Mary, of John and Elizabeth Sherren buried.

Dec 03, 1757 : Barbara, wife of John Sherren buried.

Jan 20, 1758 : Peter, son of James and Elizabeth buried.

Nov 16, 1758 : Elizabeth, of James and Elizabeth buried.

Apr 17, 1760 : Abraham Sherren, married, Susanna Penny in the Sherbourn Pariah, Dorset.

Aug 15, 1762 : Elizabeth, wife of James Sherren buried.

Oct 03, 1763 : James and Mary christened a daughter, Mary, in the Broadmayne Parish in Dorset.

Feb 17, 1766 : Elizabeth Sherren wife of Henry died at the age of 34 years.

Dec 26, 1766 : James and Mary, christened Elizabeth in the Broadmayne Pariah in Dorset.

Aug 10, 1771 : Tamsey Sherren buried in Broadmayne.

Apr 11, 1773 : William and Anne Sherren had their daughter Elizabeth, christened at the London Street Parish.

Jul 16, 1773 : Mary Sherren was married to Robert Parker in Curry Rivel, County of Somerset.

Sep 10, 1775 : Adam Sherren was married to Martha Richards in High Ham, County of Somerset.

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May 09, 1776 : John Sherren buried in Broadmayne, Dorset.

Feb 01, 1778 : Son James, christened by William and Alice in the Broadmayne Parish, Dorset.

Jun 21, 1781 : William, christened by William and Alice.

Oct 23, 1782 : Son John, christened by William and Alice.

Jul 21, 1789 : Joan Sherren was married to Michael Miller in the Godstone Parish in Surrey.

Jan 19, 1791 : Adam Sherren was married to Mary Thomas at High Ham, County of Somerset.

Jul 17, 1795 : Martha Sherren was married to a Richard Hollands in the Puddletown Parish, Dorset.

Jan 03, 1799 : Thomas William son of James and Margaret Christened in the Whitcombe Pariah, Dorset.

Jan 05, 1800 : Mary Gill, of James and Margaret baptized in the Whitcombe Parish of Dorset.

Jul 31, 1800 : Elizabeth, of James and Margaret christened

Jun 30, 1802 : James, son of James and Margaret christened

Feb 12, 1805 : Henry, son of James and Margaret, baptized.

Apr 08, 1805 : James Sherren married, Mary Sherman, at the Egham Parish in the County of Surrey.

Oct 15, 1806 : John, son of James and Margeret christened

May 24, 1810 : Henry Sherren, son of Henry, and husband of Elizabeth, died in Upway at the age of 90.

Sep 02, 1810 : Charlotte Sherren was married to John Watts in the Dorchester, Holy Trinity Pariah.

Nov 18, 1810 : James and Mary Sherren had their daughter, Elizabeth, christened in the Conygarlane, Wesleyan Parish in Weymouth.

Apr 18, 1813 : James and Mary Sherren had a son, James, christened in the Conygarlane, Wesleyan parish in Weymouth (Malcom Regis).

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Jan 11, 1815 : Jane, child of James & Margaret christened.

Mar 12, 1815 : Jane Sherren buried in Whitcombe. (6 mths).

Apr 25, 1816 : William and Ruth Sherren had a son, John christened in Dorchester, Durngate Pariah.

Feb 05, 1818 : William and Ruth Sherren had a son James Miller christened in Dorchester, Durngate Pariah.

Feb 10, 1820 : William and Ruth Sherren had a daughter Ruth White christened in the Dorchester, Durngate Parish.

May 20, 1820 : Jane Sherren, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth died at the age of 62 years.

Jun 02, 1822 : William and Ruth Sherren, christened a son, Joseph Miller, in the parish of Dorchester, Durngate.

Mar 25, 1824 : William and Ruth Sherren had a son Henry christened in "A room in the Grey Mouse"

Aug 17, 1830 : William and Ruth Sherren had a daughter, Martha Miller christened in Durngate Pariah

Aug 25, 1833 : William and Ruth Sherren had a son, Isaac, Iaaac christened in the Durngate Pariah.

Jul 29, 1846 : Elizabeth Sherren was married to Charles Pearce at the Puddletown, Dorset Pariah.

Mar 05, 1852 : James of Gaulton, buried in the Whitcombe Pariah at the age of 83 years.

Jul 21, 1856 : John, buried at Whitcombe (aged 50 years).

Oct 28, 1856 : Margaret, buried at Whitcombe (83 years).

Aug 09, 1863 : John and Eleanor Sherren had a daughter Edith, christened at the Stepheny, Saint Dunstan's Pariah.

Jul 08, 1884 : Henry of Southhampton buried in Whitcombe Pariah (age 81 years).

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Oct 17, 1902 : James Gear Sherren, of Middle Farm, West Forlingson, buried in Whitcombe age 63.


As I stated earlier since starting this project I have met with a Derk Sherren living in Port McNichol, Ontario. He was born in Winnipeg while his father was serving in the armed forces. He has also done extensive research on his genealogy and has determined that he is not related to our James, Samuel or William and has in fact traced his own ancestry to the previously mentioned William and Ruth of Broadmayne.

At this time we conclude that the William (and Ruth) of Durngate parish was either a brother or a first cousin of our James of Weymouth. A complete history of this family is included in this book which was researched and prepared by Derk and his wife.

By putting the results of our research together we have come up with a comparative genealogical line from 1592 to present day for each of our personal families which can be found on the following pages.

One thing we found prevalent is the numerous names entered in the records with spellings "Sherring, Sheren, Sharon", and Sherrin" After reading through the many entries I was able to determine that a number of them were incorrect spellings of Sherren. However, I do not know if all other similar names were at one time part of the same family heritage.

I hope that you will enjoy this book about YOU.

The comparative genealogical lines follow:

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        Henry S. 1720-1810
      John Sherren 1698-1792  
    James Sherren 1663-1714    
  William Sherren 16__-16__      
Peter Sherren          
Dorset County m. 1623 m. 1653 m. 1685 m. 1720 m. 1745
Wife Sherren          
  Wife Sherren        
  15__-16__ Mary Sherren      
    16__-16__ Barbara Hewlet    
      16__-1757 Tomasina  
        1687-1761 Elizabeth

          Derk Louis  
        John Patrick 1951-  
      Claude Irving 1916-1990   James
    William White 18__-19__     Patrick
  William 1827-1896       1980-
William 1799-1849          
m. m. m. x4 m. 18__ m. 1945 m. 1980  
17__-1808 Ruth Millar          
  1793-1860 Elizabeth Bradbury       Robert
    Jane Bradbury Nora Kathleen     Louis
    Ann Cricket Hodson Jantine   1983-
    Alice Brooker   Molenaar Lorraine  

          Joseph Clark Lynn 1968-
        Louis H.D. 1947-  
      William D. 1897-1980    
    John 1857-1935      
  Samuel 1828-1910        
James 1791-1864          
m1 1792            
Mary Luckham           Joey
1770-1806 m. 1823 m. 1873 m. 1891 m. 1935 m. 1980 Christine 1976-
m2 1806            
Mary Courtney            
1776-1813 Ann Trowsdale          
    Agnes Florence      
    Galloway Carrier Dorothy    
        Mitchell Joan  
          Griffin Johnathon
            Louis James 1977

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There is a number of possibilities where the name SHERREN may have originated. I have listed some of the ones that I have found documented in library sources. Until more information is made available we can only surmise.

  1. From SHERE (Eng), in the County of Surrey, England. It was common for a family that moved to another County to take derivatives of the name of the town from where they originated tie: SHERRING as in "of Shere"). Or, as the case may be, from the town of Sherborne, since the first documented recording of the name Sherren was found in this area.
  2. From SHERR (Ger), a variant of the name Scher, which then became Scherrer. This originated from the German word meaning "one who caught moles"
  3. From O'SHEERIN (Ireland), from the Counties of Donegal, Fermanagh and Liex. This name was first recorded in the County of Donegal. Some say before the Angle Norman invasion of Ireland by Strongbow. One source is quoted as saying that "the great Gaelic family of Sherren" emerged in later years in Donegal and by the 15th century had branched to Fermanagh and south to Leix, and even to the mainland of England in Dorset and Somerset. They were registered in Ireland as a Clann with its own Chief.
  4. In England their settlement in Dorset brought them in touch with the Newfoundland shipping company who fished the greenbanks. From there they migrated to the Green Bay, Newfoundland, where many of the fishing boats wintered. Notably among the family at this time was Sheeran of Donegal. The ancient family motto for this name is "vincit veritas". Descendents of this family in Canada spell their name 'Sherrin or Sherin'

  5. From SHEARSMITH (Eng), which was a name given to people occupied in the trade of making fine cutting tools and instruments. When literally translated it means a "maker Of scissors"
  6. From SHERRARD (France) Then became Sherred. This name is a French derivative of the word meaning "bright".

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  1. From CHERBOROUGH (France) in the County of Manche on the north coast of France. It is known that there was a shipping between Weymouth and Cherborough very early in history. There is a strong possibility that our family migrated from here during the 11th century. This area is noted for being a strong farming region specializing in dairy cattle and horse breeding. This area in the north of France is of Norman or Viking ancestry.
  2. Organized horse breeding here dates back to the 14th century when stud farms for the powerful percheron were founded for the encouragement and development of sires. Later, trotters were bred to accommodate the demands of racing enthusiasts.

    The people from this area were physically large, barrel chested men with deep set eyes, predominant noses and a reddish tinge in their hair. The people were originally heathen and piratical in behavior. They adapted to whatever the environment demanded; and to religion as means to obtain control and power.

    Just as they became typical exponents of cavalry and castle warfare, they also became the exponents and champions of various religious orthodoxy. They displayed an extreme restlessness as well as recklessness, and an unquenchable greed for wealth and for power. They showed a love for fighting, accompanied by courage that was often foolhardy.

    Among the traits regarded by contemporaries as being especially characteristic, perhaps the most significant for history was their utterly unbridled character and capacity for quick and fruitful imitation and adaption. Although they were fast learners and imitators in the practice of fighting on horseback, they took to cavalry warfare as to a manner born.

    In summary, an explanation for their success would be that they combined a boundless self-confidence with a wonderful capacity for adapting to their own purposes the institutions they found in newly won territories. They were known to have successfully raided and settled Ireland, Scotland and the south west of England, which was just across the channel.

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  3. Finally, some have suggested the name may have come from the SHERWYN (Scotland), family. This comes from the word "scirwin", a translation which means "cut wind". This is the Scottish nickname for a fast runner. This group was known for the great athletic abilities they displayed, especially as fast runners.

At this time I am still not sure of the exact origin of the name. However, the information aforementioned does provide some clues as to strong possibilities. With regards to the claim that the "Sherrens" in North America originate from the Irish O'Sheerin. I feel this is inconsistent with much of the research Derk and I have completed.

I believe that I have contacted most Sherrens and Sharrons in Canada and the United States and almost all of them can trace their roots back to one of a number of individuals who came to the New World from the Dorset area of England. I am sure that there are many similar names such as Shearing, Sheering, Sheeran, Shirran, O'Sheeran, O'Shearin and etc., who do have direct ancestry from Ireland. However, at this time, I do not believe that Sherren is one of those and I have not found evidence of them being part of the same family. There is always the possibility that indirectly the families in Dorset may have come from Ireland, it is unlikely, since I have not found patterns of migration in this direction during that period of time.

Also, documented claims of the ancestry being Irish for the Sherrens both in England and in North America, say that the migration took place in the 1830's. However, the name Sherren is recorded in Church documents in Dorset, England as early as the 15th century. This would rule out the Newfoundland "Sherren" clan as being from Ireland as well.

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