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The Sherrod family is a large family with several different spellings of the surname: Sherertz (apparently the original Dutch or German name), Sherrold, Scheretz, Sheretz, Sharrett, Sharrits, Sherod, and Sherrod.

My great-great-great-grandfather was Henry Sherrod. A great deal has been done on the genealogy of this family, and I recently obtained a copy of The Sherertz-Sherrod Family, 1714-1984, compiled by James Andrew Sherrod. This work will be revised within the next few years, adding information about births, marriages, and deaths that have occurred since 1984. If you can help update any of this information, please e-mail David Gray.

The Sherrods have a reunion in July of each year in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you are a member of this family and do not receive notices of the reunion, please e-mail David Gray (see link above) to send your current "snail mail" address so you will receive a notice next year.

Below are pictures of my great-grandparents. Mary Jane is, of course, a member of the Sherrods.

FC Beaman My great
MJ Beaman
Fernando Cortes Beaman   Mary Jane Sherrod Beaman


The Sherrod Grist Mill (circa 1775)

Click on the thumbnail to see a larger copy.
(I am standing in front of the mill.)

Arnholtz Sherertz, German progenitor of the American Sherrods, was born circa 1714 in what we now know as West Germany. In 1754 he and his wife, Catharine, along with their five young sons - Jacob, Daniel, Christopher, Conrad, and John, sailed from the Port of Rotterdam, arriving in Philadelphia on Monday, September 30, 1754.

By 1772 the Sherertz family had apparently changed their last name from Sherertz to Sherrold. They purchased 530 acres on the waters of Little Connewago Creek in the Mannheim Township of York County, Pennsylvania

On that land the Sherrolds built two mills, one a grist and saw mill, the other a fulling mill. Both mills were powered by a man-made mill race from the waters of the South Branch of Little Connewago Creek.

"It is unknown when the fulling mill actually ceased operation, but in 1935 the mill race and traces of the breast of the dam could still be seen when the Sheppard-Myers Impounding Dam was built, covering the site." (The Sherertz-Sherrod Family 1714-1984, 1984, p. 28)

Approximately a mile downstream from the fulling full stood the grist and saw mill. This well built mill still stands today. It is now owned by D. K. Rutledge, a New York attorney.

In July of 1999 my husband and I went to Pennsylvania and decided that, while there, we would try to find the old mill. We did so and above is one of the pictures we took.

Here are links to two more pictures we took of the mill.


Web Pages of Sherrods and Sherrod descendants

Carol Dysart Tapp
Sherrod Reunion
The Sherrod Family: NC, GA, AL, TX
(Apparently, this family is not part of our tree.)
Sherrod Geneology

If you are a Sherrod or a Sherrod descendant and have a home page that should be referenced here, please send me e-mail and give me the URL.


Download Files

To save disk space and file transfer time, I will "zip" the files when I upload them. They will need to be "unzipped" before they are imported into your genealogy software. If you are unfamiliar with zipping and unzipping files, visit here for information and downloading of necessary files.

Family Tree Maker

This file can be used with Family Tree Maker Software (after it is unzipped).

the Sherrods (coming soon)


This file will be able to be used with any genealogy software that can read GEDCOM files (after it is unzipped).

the Sherrods (coming soon)


After you download one of these files, check to see if your ancestors are in it. If you can fill in any additional information, please send me e-mail at


Mailing Lists & Genealogy Forums

There is a mailing list for exchange of information on the Sherrod surname and variations (see variations above).

To subscribe, send e-mail to:

In the message field of your mail enter subscribe. (This is for the "digested" version, which means that several postings made to the list will be consolidated together and sent to you as a single large message.)

Mailing address for postings (information you want to send to the list) is:

The following genealogy forums and message boards allow you to post information and/or ask questions about the Sherrod family:

Sherrod Family Genealogy Forum

Sherrod Message Board

Sherrod Surname Message Board, currently under reconstruction.


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