Edward Sherman

Edward Sherman

Male 1807 - Abt. 1907

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  • Name  Edward Sherman  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Nickname  Ned 
    Born  10 Jun 1807  Saratoga, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 7, 8
    • Alternate DOB: Abt. 1809 [5]
    Gender  Male 
    Physical Description  Black  [1
    • According to the 1875 census, the Sherman family is listed as Mullato. [1]
    • According to the 1880 census, the Sherman family is listed as Black. [2]
    • Last Monday we had the honor of an introduction to the Mayor of Cleveland, Ned Sherman. In personal appearance Mr. Sherman is five feet eight inches in his gum shoes, about the color of Egyptian night, beard slightly tinged with gray, a portion of his countenance very open and the balance looks as though somebody had mistaken it for a bank vault and tried to open it with a jimmy - probably the effect of small-pox. He is as affable as an end man in his conversation, as unlettered as a turnpike guide board, and as unassuming as a bill poster. He meets with the village board - on the sidewalk - and conducts the affairs of the corporation - whenever he gets an opportunity - with the experience of a man bred in parliament. Ned, although not strictly prepossessing, will not be a bad looking person when carved ebony comes in fashion again. [9]
    Residence  1807 - 1827  Saratoga, Saratoga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation  Abt. 1828  Herkimer, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8, 10
    Mule Driver 
    • When [Ned] reached the age of twenty-one he moved to Herkimer, where he obtained a job driving mules on an Erie Canal packet boat. Ned used to recall the many times he drove mules along the canal towpath from Buffalo to Albany. [8]
    Residence  Abt. 1828 - 1851  Herkimer, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • According to the 1850 census, Ned is a border with the Catherine family. [5]
    Occupation  1850 - 1875  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
    Barber 
    • Around 1828, Ned used to barber in Herkimer and nearby Mohawk Valley villages during the winter months. He maintained this profession after moving to the Cleveland area. [8]
    • Ned Sherman, President of Cleveland village, wears his honors becomingly, and pursues his avocations of barber, whitewasher, and carpet duster, as usual. [11]
    Occupation  1878  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 15, 17
    Cleveland Village President 
    • Elected after the resignation of Albert A. Yale. [15]
    • Cleveland's village's colored president is said to be desirous to represent that town in the next board of supervisors. Keep him 'dark' for heaven's sake! We want more light on our county affairs now. -- Central Square News [16]
    20030222 - Cleveland May Have Had First Black Mayor in State
    20030222 - Cleveland May Have Had First Black Mayor in State
    Syracuse Post-Standard
    02/22/2003, Oswego B1, B5
    Scott Scanlon
    Occupation  1880  [2
    Laborer 
    • Sherman found employment with Charles Kathern and later worked with William Foster. He also 'chored' about the village. [8]
    Residence  1851 - 1907  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
    • According to the 1870 census, the Sherman real estate was valued at $350 and the personal estate was valued at $100.

      According to the 1875 census, the Sherman residence was valued at $500. [1, 14]
    • Sherman lived in an old building that once stood on Division Street, about two blocks from Griesmyer's home. [18]
    • Mrs. Gilbert Roberts returned on Saturday [May 4, 1907] to her home in Rome after caring for her father, Edward Sherman for several weeks. Mr. Sherman is able to be out once more and is in a fair way to celebrate his one hundredth birthday, June 9, 1907. [19]
    18820722 - Sherman Barn Farm
    18820722 - Sherman Barn Farm
    Cleveland Lakeside Press
    7/22/1882, Article
    Died  Abt. 1907  [10, 18
    19070616 - Lived A Century
    19070616 - Lived A Century
    Syracuse Herald
    06/16/1907, p.21
    Buried  Cleveland Village Cemetery, North Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • Historians believe Ned Sherman lies in an unmarked grave in the village cemetery. He's not in Cleveland's small private cemetery at the edge of town where two black Civil War veterans - Edward Wilson of the Massachusetts Colored Volunteers and Henry Feeler, a private in the Connecticut volunteers - were buried.

      Lawrence Cottet stated that he had a very large funeral procession and was greatly respected in the community. [10, 20]
    Person ID  I464  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified  15 Oct 2017 

    Family 1  Elizabeth S. Wilson,   b. Abt. 1837 - 1838, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1875 
    Married  Y  [21
    Children 
     1. Clara Sherman,   b. Abt. 1857, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Fannie Sherman,   b. Abt. 1863, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Lulu Bell Sherman,   b. 12 May 1865, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Charles Kathern Sherman,   b. 13 Apr 1868, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Hattie Elmira Sherman,   b. 26 Dec 1870, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  2 Feb 2016 
    Family ID  F132  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Harriette Wilson,   b. Abt. 1838, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  2 Feb 2016 
    Family ID  F481  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Mule Driver - Abt. 1828 - Herkimer, Herkimer, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Abt. 1828 - 1851 - Herkimer, Herkimer, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Barber - 1850 - 1875 - Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Cleveland Village President - 1878 - Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1851 - 1907 - Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cleveland Village Cemetery, North Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Histories
    18800117 - Cleveland's Ablaze!
    18800117 - Cleveland's Ablaze!
    Cleveland Lakeside Press
    01/17/1880, p.2

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 7 (Reliability: 2), 3 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/03/1875; Page: 7; Lines: 11

    2. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, 35 (Reliability: 2), 19 Jun 1880.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED: #231; ED Date: 06/19/1880; SD: #8; Sheet No: 35; Line No: 5-9

    3. [S130] First Mayor of Cleveland, New York: Edward Sherman, Cleveland Historical Society, (Not Publish), 4 (Reliability: 1).

    4. [S25] Northshore Notes, (Cleveland Historical Society), http://blog.clevelandhistoricalsociety.com/?p=1261 (Reliability: 2), 31 Jan 2016.
      Edward Ned Sherman

    5. [S41] 1850 United States Federal Census, 57 (Reliability: 1), 20 Sep 1850.
      State: New York; County: Herkimer; Town: Herkimer; ED Date: 09/20/1850; Sheet No: 57

    6. [S128] 1855 New York State Census, np (Reliability: 1), 19 Jun 1855.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED #1; Date: 06/19/1855

    7. [S16] Syracuse Herald, 21 (Reliability: 1), 16 Jun 1907.
      Lived A Century

    8. [S127] Tales of Oneida Lake, Jack Henke, (North Country Books), 0-925168-14-9., 94 (Reliability: 1), 1993.
      The Negro President by George W. Walter

    9. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 29 Jun 1878.

    10. [S4] Syracuse Post-Standard, np (Reliability: 1), 22 Feb 2003.
      A place in history for Ned Sherman, d. 1907

    11. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 8 Jun 1878.

    12. [S129] 1865 New York State Census, 3 (Reliability: 1), 5 Jun 1865.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; ED: #1; ED Date: 06/5/1865; Sheet No: 3

    13. [S121] 1866 - 1867 Gazetteer and Business Directory for Oswego County, N.Y., (Hamilton Child), 95-98 (Reliability: 1), 1866 - 1867.
      Business Directory for Cleveland

    14. [S31] 1870 United States Federal Census, 1 (Reliability: 2), 9 Jun 1870.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/09/1870; Sheet No: 1

    15. [S40] Landmarks of Oswego County, Henry Perry Smith, W. Stanley Child, (Higgins Book Company - 1895), 507 (Reliability: 2), 1895.
      Town of Constantia

    16. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press (Reliability: 1), 15 Feb 1879.

    17. [S4] Syracuse Post-Standard, Oswego B1, B5 (Reliability: 1), 22 Feb 2003.
      Cleveland May Have Had First Black Mayor in State

    18. [S127] Tales of Oneida Lake, Jack Henke, (North Country Books), 0-925168-14-9., 95 (Reliability: 1), 1993.
      The Negro President by George W. Walter

    19. [S13] Rome Daily Sentinel (Reliability: 1), 7 May 1907.
      Cleveland Chat

    20. [S130] First Mayor of Cleveland, New York: Edward Sherman, Cleveland Historical Society, (Not Publish), 1 (Reliability: 1).

    21. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 7 (Reliability: 2), 3 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/03/1875; Page: 7; Lines: 11-12