- Born: Cir 1795 at Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England
- Baptised: 10th October 1795 at Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England
- Marriage 1: ANDREWS, Charlotte 18th April 1822 in Yeovil, Somerset, England
- Marriage 2: PALMER, Matilda in June 1859, Bristol, Somerset, England
- Died: 23rd December 1883 at Bradford Abbas, Dorset aged 87 years
Marriage Notes 1:
John married Charlotte ANDREWS 18th April 1822 in Yeovil, Somerset, England. (Charlotte ANDREWS was born circa 1806 and died in 1855.) The marriage was by Licence before Robert Phelips, Minister.
No. 376 Vol 111 Page 333 D/P/yeo. J2/1/13 Marriages 1813 - 1833 - both of the Parish.
Witnesses were Grace HARRIS and George HARRIS.
Marriage Notes 2:
John married Matilda sometime after his first wife Charlotte died. Matilda his second wife, had previously been married and in the 1861 Census Matilda's daughter Ellen, fom her previous marriage, is also living with John and his family.
Marriage reference Vol 6a Page 144 June Period 1859 Bristol.
The above information comes from the Bradford Abbas CD.
In May 1845, John's farming practices came to the notice of the local 'powers that be', as the following is noted in the local records. "It appears Farmers Sherring and Lemonare not employing the number of labourers which they ought to do. It was unanimously resolved that if they do not forthwith act up to the Agreement entered into on 2nd October last, that Mr Castlemain of the College of Winchester be written to, to inform them hereof".
The 1851 Census shows John and his family living in Bradford Abbas. He is farming 160 acres (64.75 ha) and employing five labourers - it is evident that John and his family are doing well, as none of his family are shown as having a trade or occupation and this is unusual for the time.
John was evidently heavily involved in the Bradford Abbas church and community, as at various times he is shown as holding the position of Church Warden, Church Guardian, Church Overseer and community Waywarden.
The 1871 Census shows John as a 'Retired Farmer'.
A package of legal papers obtained from Dorset include a document that reveals John's late son George owned land in the township of Caradoc, Ontario (Just west of the city of London, Ontario). John was apparently entitled to two-thirds of George's estate. He evently settled for transfering the land to George's wife Sarah for the nominal sum of $1, subject to Sarah raising a loan for John of $500 against the land.
The will package also contains correspondence to John, relating to a guarantee he is purported to have given to his son-in-law Samuel William Palmer and which he denied. Palmer appears to have got into financial strife and there is ongoing correspondence regarding the mounting debt. The signature on the document purporting to provide the quarantee appears to differ considerably from John Sherring's normal signature.
Probate was granted on John's Estate 31st January 1884, it was valued at eight hundred and eighty three pounds, eight shillings and two pence.