William. A History of Clay County, Indiana. New York: Lewis Publishing,
1909, p. 13.
Submitted by: Karen Zach
Joseph E. SHERFEY, president of Sherfey & Kidd Company, dealers in
furniture, carpets, draperies and other goods of this line, doing
an extensive business at Brazil, Indiana was born in Fountain County,
Indiana April 7, 1843 and has the honorable distinction of having
been one of the soldiers who put down the great Civil War. He is the
son of David and Mary McNEILL Sherfey. The father was born in Adams
County, PA on what is now known as the battlefield of Gettysburg.
The great grandfather, Casper Sherfey came from Germany in 1750 and
located in PA and became the father of 15 children, a majority of
whom reached maturity. The mother, Mary McNeill was born in Frederick
City, MD and by her marriage to Mr. Sherfey became the mother of 9
children, six sons and 3 daughters - two of whom now survive - Samuel
W. of New Mexico and Joseph E. who is the 8th child in his parents'
family. The father came from Perrysville, Indiana about 1834 and was
by trade a miller, which trade he followed throughout his entire life.
He was a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church and in political
affiliations was a Whig, which was the forerunner of the present Republican
party. Joseph E. Sherfey was educated in the common schools of Perrysville,
Vermillion county, Indiana and at Asbury University, Greencastle,
Indiana then in the winter of 1862-63 began teaching and taught in
the winter of 1865-66. In the summer of 66 he opened a furniture store
at Bainbridge, Indiana. One of the most important chapters in Mr.
Sherfey's career however was the one relating to his Civil War record.
He enlisted as a member of Co. D 55th Indiana Regiment in July 1862
for 3 months and was shot through the left hip at the battle of Richmond,
KY Aug 30, 1862. The rebels marched over him and later he found himself
in a hospital; in the month of Oct 1862 he was sent home on parole.
In the spring of 1864 he enlisted in Co. F 133rd Indiana Regiment
for 100 days and served at Bridgeport, AL guarding General Sherman's
rear until the term of his enlistment had expired. In the autumn of
1867 he moved to Brazil, Indiana and has been engaged in the furniture
trade ever since, except one year when he was city treasurer. He is
identified with the Masonic Fraternity, being a member of Brazil Lodge
No 264 AF&AM also belongs to Brazil Lodge, No 30, Knights of Pythias
and Ben Hur Court NO. 8. Other societies of which he is a worthy member
are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Brazil Lodge 215 and Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks, no. 762. He is a zealous temperance worker
and firm believer in the principles of the Republican Party. He was
married Oct 20, 1869 at Bainbridge, Indiana to Miss Helen E. ADER
daughter of David and Elizabeth (Aldridge) ADER. She was born in Putnam
Co Dec 1, 1845. Her father was born in NC and came to Indiana at an
early day, locating in Putnam County where he followed farming and
cattle raising. Politically, he was a Democrat. He was the father
of 4 children, Mrs. Sherfey being the eldest child. His wife was a
native of Indiana. Mr. And Mrs. Sherfey are the parents of 4 sons
and two daughters: David A; Charles W; Winfield E; Mary McNeill; Elizabeth
A and Henry E. Mr. Sherfey has in his possession a complete genealogy
of the Sherfey family dating from March 15, 1735.