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I have in my possession several small notebooks that have been in the
family (my ancestors) of Portsmouth and Newport, Rhode Island, since
were actively used. The Sherman family line that leads directly to me
Philip > Samson > Job > Samson
> Job (owner of the dry good
store) > Albert (owner of a different dry goods store) >
Albert Keene (took
over Job's store, which was being operated as William Sherman &
Dry Goods by two of Job's sons) >... For more about the Sherman
stores, click here.
Two notebooks contain mostly vital records of family members. A third
a smaller leather bound book that seems to have been kept at hand, or
a pocket, for notes over a number of years. These have all been scanned
and, as a minimum, the names mentioned have been entered on each web
The oldest, based on the handwriting
and spelling, is a paper
covered booklet labeled Births
& Deaths; A
The second is a larger, leather
bound, book containing much of the information from the
additions that cover many decades, along with some recipes for curing
The last, the small
a mixture of information.
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