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Sarah Odding, 8th Great-Grandmother

September 1, 2015 5 Comments

Home in Rhode Island

Home in Rhode Island

My 8th great-grandmother was born in 1609 in Cornwall, England and died in Rhode Island in 1681.  She sailed to America with her mother, step father, and husband in 1633. The group left Roxbury for Rhode Island because they probably were already Quakers.  The Pilgrims made life hard for Quakers.

Sarah ODDYN or ODDING, daughter of William ODDYN or ODDING and Margaret Lang (parents from England). Details on vitals still being confirmed: Birth 05 Feb 1609 in Madron, Cornwall, England; Death 05 Feb 1681 in Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

Sarah Odding (1609 – 1681)
is my 8th great grandmother
Eber Sherman (1634 – 1706)
son of Sarah Odding
Mary Sherman (1688 – 1751)
daughter of Eber Sherman
Thomas Sweet (1732 – 1813)
son of Mary Sherman
Thomas Sweet (1765 – 1844)
son of Thomas Sweet
Valentine Sweet (1791 – 1858)
son of Thomas Sweet
Sarah LaVina Sweet (1840 – 1923)
daughter of Valentine Sweet
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Sarah LaVina Sweet
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse – (not you?)

Sarah married Phillip Sherman (Shearman), son of Samuel Sherman and Philippa Ward.

Mr Phillip Shearman was one of the 23 signers of the Portsmouth Compact dated 07 March 1638 (13th signer) … a document 138 years older than our Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Sarah and Phillip had perhaps 12 children (other source says they had 11 children and all survived to adulthood):

Eber Sherman1634 – 1706
Sarah (md Mumford) Sherman
1636 – 1718
Peleg Sherman Sr. 1638 – 1719
Mary Sherman1639 – 1700
Samson Sherman
1641 – 1718
Edmund Sherman1641 – 1718
Sarah Sherman
1641 – ?
William Sherman1643 – 1646
John Sherman
1644 – 1734
Hannah Sherman1647 – 1717
Samuel Sherman
1648 – 1717
Mary (2nd one) Sherman1652 – 1729
Philip Sherman
1652 – 1731

References to Phillip Shearman and his wife Sarah Odding (Oddyn) being Quakers:
• “After Phillip Shearman went to Rhode Island he left the Congregational Church and united with the Society of Friends.” (Representive of Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume 1, publisher Jeff Beers & Co, Chicago c1908, page 210).
• “In the meantime, Phillip Shearman, became a member of another religious order, the Society of Friends (Quakers).” (Going to Palmyra: Sherman Deeds, by Margaret Sherman Lutzvick, 1997, page 38).
• “Philip and Sarah Sherman joined the Society of Friends as did their children and their children’s children for two hundred years.” (A New England Heritage, by Frederick Barreda Sherman, c1969, page 64).
• “After he removed to Rhode-Island he left the Congregational Church and united with the Society of Friends.” (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol 24 Jan 1870 page 66: Article titled The Sherman Family, By Rev David Sherman).
*SOURCE: Alonzo Sherman (descendant)

Family and descendants:
While still living in Roxbury, in the Massachusetts colony, Sherman married Sarah Odding, the daughter of William and Margaret Odding. He and Sarah had a large family of at least 11 children, most of whom survived childhood, married, and had large families.

Sherman’s mother-in-law, Margaret Odding, married secondly John Porter, another signer of the Portsmouth Compact. With Margaret, Porter had one child, Hannah, who married Samuel Wilbur, Jr., whose father, Samuel Wilbore was another signer of the compact.

Among the many descendants of Philip and Sarah Sherman are former United States Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Other descendants include James S. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Janis Joplin, Sir Winston Churchill, Lyndon LaRouche, Conrad Aiken, Mamie Eisenhower, and possibly Marilyn Monroe.
*Source: Wikipedia summary of sources.

Family links:
Phillip Sherman (1610 – 1687)
Portsmouth Friends Churchyard
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

In the list of admissions to Roxbury church, member #95 was “Sarah Odding. She was step daughter to John Porter & came with her parents & was after married to Philip Sharman of this church”.
COMMENTS: This admission was late in 1633, but her parents were much earlier in the list, and the family probably came to New England on one of the ships that arrived during the early summer. See JOHN PORTER and PHILIP SHERMAN.
In 1998 Patricia Law Hatcher discovered that Sarah Odding was born by 1612, daughter of “William Oddyn” of Braintree, Essex.

John Albro, Quaker Pioneer

July 7, 2015 5 Comments



My 9th great-grandfather sailed to America in 1634 when he was only 17. He lived a long and productive life in Rhode Island.

John* (Quaker John) Albro was born 14 JAN 1617 in Warwickshire, England and died 17 DEC 1712 in Portsmouth, Newport Co. Rhode Island at the Quaker settlement (date of death given as November 1, 1712 in “The Greene Family and Its Branches” by Lora S. LaMance, Chapter XXXV, page 220)

John Albro came on the ship “Francis” in 1634 from Ipswich to New England under the care of William Freeborn. His age was called 14, which was not exact but as near as was often the case in making returns to the officials. In 1638 he accompanied William Freeborn to Rhode Island. In 1639 John Albro was a granted a lot if he would build in one year. In 1644 he was made a corporal, rising successively in after years to the office of Lieutenant, Captain and Major. Sometime in 1649 he was made a member of the Town Council, and served frequently as Moderator of town meetings, even into old age.

In 1655, John became a freeman, and a commissioner from 1660-61. On August 24, 1676, he was a member of the court martial held at Newport for the trial of certain Indians. (From the Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island) He is an ancestor of Gilbert Stuart (painter of George Washington).

John Albro (1617 – 1712)
is my 9th great grandfather
Elizabeth Albro (1646 – 1720)
daughter of John Albro
Benjamin Congdon (1676 – 1756)
son of Elizabeth Albro
William Congdon (1711 – 1755)
son of Benjamin Congdon
Frances Congdon (1738 – 1755)
daughter of William Congdon
Thomas Sweet (1765 – 1844)
son of Frances Congdon
Valentine Sweet (1791 – 1858)
son of Thomas Sweet
Sarah LaVina Sweet (1840 – 1923)
daughter of Valentine Sweet
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Sarah LaVina Sweet
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Major John Albro was one of the most active and influential settlers of Portsmouth, RI. He came from Ipswich, Eng., in the ship Francis, sailing from Ipswich Apr 30, 1634. He was born in England in 1617. He came under the care of William Freeborn and was only seventeen years of age. They landed at Boston and four years later (1638) came to Portsmouth RI. John then being 21 yrs. of age. His fellow townsmen soon began to give him much to do with the affairs of the community. In 1649 he was a member of the town council and he often served as moderator of the town meetings. even into old age. In 1686 King James appointed him as a member of Sir Edmund Andros’ Council for New Eng. and he attended the first meeting of this council in Boston, Dec. 30th of that year. He served as one of the commissioners of the Colony to lay out the W/Eastern? line of the Colony in 1678. During King Phillip’s War he was one of the commissioners to order, watch and ward the the island. He died at Portsmouth, Dec. 14, 1712, and in the 95th years of his age. The Friends’ Records, in recording the death of this useful man state that he “was buried in his own orchard”.


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