BUSTI, NY (junction of Baker Street Extension &
the Big Tree-Sugar Grove Road)
The Sherman Family Cemetery is a small family plot at the junction of Baker
Street Extension and the Big Tree-Sugar Grove Road. It is the resting
place of one of our Sherman families.
Joseph (5) Sherman, the son of Joseph (4) and wife Sarah who was also
a Sherman, was born in Portsmouth, RI, 31 Marcy 1762. He inherited
a part of his father’s estate which he sold to his older brother, Samuel.
He lived for a time in Washington County, NY and then came on to Chautauqua
County and settled on lot 32 in the Town of Busti, land previously owned
by John Deming. Baker Street runs throug the southern part of his
farm. Here he died, 15 Sept. 1855. His wife Elizabeth (maiden
name unknown) was born in 1776 and died 23 Sept. 1855, age 79, according
to the family Bible, but the stone says she was 83-5-15 making her birth
Lucy Darrow Peake in her book, "Biographies of the Early Families of
Busti," says she was the daughter of Peleg Sherman and his wife Elizabeth
Lawton, but their daughter Elizabeth was born 100 years and three generations
Many Shermans in this area are descendants of Joseph’s half-brother
Oliver, the son of Joseph Sr.’s second wife, Ann Sessions. Oliver
came to Chautauqua County a widower and never remarried. His daughters
kept house for him.
Joseph spelled his name without the "a" in the earlier years, but towards
the end of his life we find his signature with the "a" - Shearman.
Joseph (5) was descended from the Hon. Phillip Sherman, the emigrant,
and his wife, Sarah Odding, through his son Benjamin (2) and wife Hannah
Mowry, Joseph (3) and wife Margaret Manchester and Joseph (4) and first
wife Sarah Sherman.
The Shearman family of Jamestown is descended from Hon. Philip Sherman
through Peleg (2) and Elizabeth Lawton, Daniel (3) and Sarah Jenny, Seth
(4) and Ruth Lapham, Humphry (5) a Revolutionary Soldier, and wife Mercy
Lapham, Isaac (6) and Mary Gifford. The latter came to Chautauqua
County and resided near Sherman;s Bay in the Town of Busti.
The Loring Sherman family of Kiantone, who rest in the Stillwater Cemetery,
are not descendants of the Hon. Philip Sherman, but join his family tree
three generations earlier in England. They are descended from John
Sherman of Watertown, MA, through the Brimfield, MA line.
In researching the Sherman family, I found an interesting item on page
22 of the Gideon Sherman Genealogy, a fact too many people do not heed
in their searching:
"Chautauqua County occupies the extreme western end of New York State
and was first known as part of Northampton Township, Ontario County. On
March 30, 1803 the name of Northampton Tp. was changed to Genesee County
and Chautauqua was known as Chautauqua Township of Genesee County.
In 1808 by an Act of the Legislature Chautauqua Township was made Chautauqua
Perhaps for you many frustrated searchers your records lie in Ontario
or Genesee County.
We were unable to find Samuel Clark in any of the history books, so
Monday we hiked for the court house in Mayville. There we found that
Samuel bought land from the Holland Land Co. in 1833, 77 acres of lot 24
in the town of Busti bounded by Alexander Young on lot 24 and Harvey Young
on lot 23 for which he paid $327.97. According to his will, dated
3 Feb. 1844, and the probate dated 20 April 1847, he had sons William,
John, Samuel and Valentine, and daughters Sarah, Betsey and Anna Eliza,
the wife of Aaron Cook. He left $100 "in good property" to be paid
within to years after his death to Betsey, Ann Eliza, William, John and
Valentine but not to Samuel. To Sarah $50 "in good property," a cow,
some sheep and some household furniture. The rest of the property
was left to Samuel and Valentine jointly with the proviso that they care
for their mother during her lifetime "in comfort and with conveniences."
They were also to pay any debts which Samuel Sr. left.
In April 1862 Samuel and wife Harriet, and mother Wealthy also signing,
sold the property to Jonathan Young, probably a son of Alexander Young,
In 1849 Valentine and Samuel bought John’s property. He does
not appear in the 1850 census of Busti. Since he and William did
not share in the homestead, we surmise that Samuel had already given them
their share. Valentine had a large number of children and was a great
realtor. The books are full of his many real estate deals.
In the census he calls himself a merchant.
While William and wife had two children buried on this plot, I do not
find them in any neighboring cemetery, neither Valentine nor John.
But Samuel is in the Bentley-Lakewood on half of lot number 13 with Harriet,
his second daughter Virginia, and six other Clarks. Not all could
be his children from the dates. The 1855 census lists Augusta Fargo,
age 13, "his wife’s sister." Lyman C. Fargo, born 1803 and died 1849
is on this lot. I suspect he is the father of Harriet 1835-1916.
She married secondly, a Cheney. Samuel was born 1822 died 1875.
The 1822 agrees with the census. We would be most happy to have descendants
SHERMAN, Joseph died 15 Sept. 1855 age 93-6-15.
SHERMAN, Elizabeth, his wife died 22 Sept 1855, age 83-5-15.
SHERMAN, Joseph B. (son) born 8 May 1807, died 26 April 1880.
SHERMAN, Phoeba (Davis) his wife born 4 Feb. 1814 "at rest" (no death
date, Bible says she died 18 March 1891).
SHERMAN, Charles Shearman (eldest son of Joseph and Elizabeth) died
1 Nov 1862 age 66-7.
SHERMAN, Eliza (Biddle) wife of Charles died 28 Oct. 1888 age 92-5.
SHERMAN, Sarah Ann (youngest child of Joseph and Elizabeth) died Oct.
1879 age 65-11-11 (she never married).
SHERMAN, Cynthia (third child of Joseph and Elizabeth) died 5 Nov.
1865 age 60-11 (she never married).
CLARK, Samuel died 6 Dec. 1846 age 69-8-7. Lying flat in the grass
in 1944 was Samuel Clark died 6 Dec. 1846 age 69-7-23. Perhaps this
was an error by the stonecutter and was replaced by the other stone.
CLARK, Wealthy, his wife, died 2 April 1868 age 84-11-9.
CLARK, Betsey died 31 March 1873 age 48-8-30.
In front of Betsey are footstones CSC and HEC. Probably for Charles
CLARK, Charles S. died 3 May 1846 age 3-10-12.
CLARK, Harriet Ellen died 22 Sept 1856 age 1-10-21 "son and daughter
of William and Margaret M. Clark."
JAMES, Albert F. died 25 June 1856 age 12-7-10. Joseph B. Sherman
had a son named Webster who had a son Wm. Joseph who married Frances M.
James in 1895. Apparently Albert was a neighbor’s son. Frances
was a daughter of Albert James.
BEMIS, E.B. age 15 years. (small footmarker)
KIMBALL, Philip died 2 Jan. 1851 age 71 years 11 months. Burritt
fancy carving above name but no lettering. Gone in 1960.
A66 JOHNSTON, William died 11 Apr 1864. Buried in Magnolia Cemetery.
One record says his wife was Margarette another record says she was Mary.
Are they one and the same or did he have two wives? What was her
maiden name? RP
A67 JOHNSTON, Newell 1834-1908 and Merritt died 1906 in Magnolia.
Are they sons of above William? Newell’s wife was Susan. What was
her maiden name? RP
A68 JOHNSTON, Milton born 1843. Was he son of William?
Did he die in infancy? RP
A69 HOLLIDAY-GREEN. Were Matilda Holliday and Minnie Green
Akin sisters? What relation are they to the above Johnstons?
Did they have two sisters who married a Crandall and a Webber? RP
A70 HARRISON, Reuben died 17 April 1877 age 47. His wife
Cornelia died 19 June 1870 age 36. Was she a daughter of Edmund Wells?
They are buried on his lot in Magnolia cemetery. Does an one have
a family history or Bible records of this family? HTA
A71 CLARE TAYLOR HOWE EATON born Smethport, PA died in town of
Chautauqua 10 Aug 1895 age 68. Where is she buried? Who were
her parents and first names of husbands? HTA
A72 DAVIS, Blance wife of Taylor Davis died 1 Nov. 1942.
What was her maiden name?
A73 TAYLOR, Alice J., widow of Silas Taylor died 19 Aug. 1931
age 87. When and where did Silas die? IS he buried here without
a stone? HTA
A74 CLARK-WHITNEY. Lucy, daughter of Isaac and Hannah Clark
died 1903 age 63, wife of Alexander Whitney. Who are these Clarks
and Whitneys? NT
A75 TURNER. Tradition days my ancestor, Theophelus Turner
or his father, were the original owners or settlers on what is now known
as Chautauqua. Is this true? Is there anyone who would be interested
in exchanging TURNER data? G. Glodo of Nevada.
A76 FENTON, George W. born in town of Ellery on Pickard Street.
His father, mother and three sisters and grandmother are buried in Red
Bird Cemetery. His grandfather and uncle are buried across road from
Pickard Street School House. I believe his mother’s name was Avery.
Did they come from Connecticut? His brother Nelson Fenton is buried
in the Fluvanna Cemetery. EB.
A77 HAVILAND, Washington married whom for this second wife?
Where are they buried? His first wife was Hannah Haskin daughter
of Ira. EMB
A78 DEVINE. Wanted are names of parents of Ruth Devine Barry,
wife of Heath Barry, who lived on Town Line Road in Harmony. The
Devine family is thought to have lived in the Ellington area. She
taught on the Seneca Indian Reservation before her marriage. EBS
A79 CLARK. Can anyone tell us where the sons of Samuel Clark
and wife Wealthy are buried? There was William, Valentine and John.
Also would like to have data on daughters Sarah and Ann Eliza wife of Aaron
A80 KIMBALL. Who was Philip Kimball? He was not in
the 1850 census of Busti nor in Young’s History of Chautauqua County.
If he had a wife, where is she buried? Fenton
SOURCE: Fenton Historical Society Deserted Cemetery Series.
From the Jamestown Journal 28 September 1968, compiled and written by Edna