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  • 1. Lawrence Sheriff/Shreve b. 1530 d. 1613 Rugby County, Warwick, England married Isabel Holden b.1543 Cheston Court County, Derby, England d. 1615 Rugby, Warwick, England

  • 2. William Sheriff/Shreve b. 1560 possibly Turkey or Greece d. abt 1643 England? married Elizabeth Fairfax b. 1564 Steeton Castle Yorkshire, England d. bef. 1643 England?

  • 3. William Sheriff/Shreve b. abt 1587 in England and Oara Oara b. 1594 in Amsterdam, Noorhalland, daughter of a wealthy nobleman, married abt 1622 in Amsterdam

  • A possibility of four known sons were born to William and Oara Oara. Still an uncertainty as to the sons of William and Oara Oara Sheriff and there may have been daughters as well...We can speculate until further research developments reveal more about the family...we know that Thomas Sheriff was in Massachusetts but did he come alone or did family members make the trip across the ocean from England? L.P. Allen and Samuel H. Shreve both have an interesting solution to the genealogy of the SHERIFF-SHREVE family. It seems to me that LP Allen and Samuel H Shreve may have William & Oara Oara mixed up with Thomas & Martha family or is it possible that William and Thomas named their sons the same names...

  • 1. Caleb born abt. 1623
  • 2. John born abt. 1624
  • 3. William born abt. 1626
  • 4. Thomas born abt. 1628

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  • Austin's Dictionary of Rhode Island is authority for the following

  • December 7, 1641, Thomas Sheriff and William Brown complained against James Laxford in an action of trespass. They attached four goats and a lamb in the hands of Samuel Eddy and Joshua Pratt, amounting to 33s, and several other sums in other persons' hands

    December 10, 1666, Portsmouth. He deeded Thomas Hazard a quarter of a share in Misquamicut and also paid him 20 pounds, receiving in exchange therefore 30 acres in Portsmouth, and house, orchard, etc., all to belong to Thomas Hazard for life, and at the decease of Thomas Hazard to be for Thomas Sheriff and wife, Martha, for their lives, and at death of both of them to go to second son, John Sheriff, and heirs, and for want of issue of John to go to third son Caleb Sheriff, etc

    June 11, 1675, Inventorys, 218 pounds, 12 shillings, viz. : house and land 15 pounds, a horse and mare 7 pounds, 2 cows, 3 calves, 5 ewes, 5 lambs, 3 shoats, a feather bed, 6 pillows, 2 bolsters, 6 blankets, ring, flock bed. 56 pounds pewter, warming pan, silver dram cup, looking glass, &c

  • THOMAS SHERIFF born abt. 1628 England and made his way to Plymouth Colony married Martha Unknown about 1648 in the Rhode Island Colony

  • 1. John Sheriff and Jane Havens married August 1686 and lived in Portsmouth/Newport, Rhode Island ; John was born February 9, 1648 and died October 13, 1739
  • 2-1. John (1687-1777)
  • 2-2. Thomas (1692-)
  • 2-3. Elizabeth (1693-1759)
  • 2-4. Mary (1696-1718)
  • 2-5. Caleb (1699-1748)
  • 2-6. Daniel (1702-1718)
  • 2-7. William (1705-1771)

  • 2. Thomas Sheriff Jr. September 2, 1649 and lived at Plymouth, Rhode Island ; may never married

  • 3. Caleb Sheriff and Sarah Areson married abt 1684 ; Caleb was born abt 1652 died 1741
  • 3-1. Martha Shreve born 1682
  • 3-2. Thomas Shreve born abt 1685
  • 3-3. Joseph Shreve born 1689
  • 3-4. Caleb Shreve, II born abt. 1690
  • 3-5. Joshua Shreve born April 5, 1692
  • 3-6. Mary Shreve born abt 1696
  • 3-7. Sarah Shreve born abt 1698
  • 3-8. David Shreve born abt. 1699
  • 3-9. Jonathan Shreve born abt. 1698
  • 3-10. Benjamin Shreve born June 9, 1706

  • 4. Susannah Sheriff Thomas born abt 1656 married George Thomas and died abt 1720. She was named in her sister Elizabeth Sheriff Carter's will in 1718

  • 5. Daniel Sheriff and Jane Sutton married 1688 ; Daniel was born 1658 died June 9, 1737

  • 5-1. Martha Shreve born January 2, 1689
  • 5-2. Benjamin Shreve born 1690/1691
  • 5-3. Sutton Shreve born December 3, 1692
  • 5-4. John Shreve born December 15, 1694
  • 5-5. Daniel Shreve, II born October 15, 1696
  • 5-6. Elizabeth Shreve born May 20, 1698
  • 5-7. Thomas Shreve born September 20, 1699
  • 5-8. William Shreve, I born March 26, 1701
  • 5-9. Caleb Shreve born March 3, 1706/1707

  • 6. Elizabeth Sheriff and Edward Carter born abt 1656 died June 5, 1719, no issue

  • There is an abstract in "Rhode Island Gen. Reg.", vol 3 pg 363, of the will of Elizabeth Carter, from "PortsmouthTown Council and Probate Records", vol. 2 pg 159-160, dated 1718, which mentions (among others) brothers John and Daniel Shrieve, Sarah Moon and her daughters Abigail Vaughn, Martha Corey and Elizabeth Moon

  • 7. Sarah Sheriff and John Moon married abt 1685 ;Sarah born 1665 Portsmouth, died 22 Jun 1732, daughter of daughter of Thomas and Martha John Moon born about 1660

  • 7-1. John Moon, II born May 16, 1685 married Abigail Briggs
  • 7-2. Sarah Moon
  • 7-3. Abigail Moon
  • 7-4. Martha Moon
  • 7-5. Elizabeth Moon

  • 8. Mary Sheriff and Joseph Sheffield ; Mary was born April 30, 1664 died aft March 17, 1716/1717, married February 12, 1684/1685 Portsmouth, Newport, RI

  • 8-1. Joseph Sheffield born November 2, 1685
  • 8-2. Mary Sheffield born November 8, 1687
  • 8-3. Elizabeth Sheffield born February 15, 1688 died 1689
  • 8-4. Benjamin Sheffield born June 18, 1691
  • 8-5. Edmund Sheffield born April 5, 1694
  • 8-6. William Sheffield born March 30, 1696
  • 8-7. Elizabeth Sheffield born June 1, 1698

  • I would be absolutely thrilled beyond words to hear from any of the above descendants ; especially MARY SHERIFF SHEFFIELD, SARAH SHERIFF MOON, SUSANNAH SHERIFF THOMAS, JOHN & JANE HAVENS SHERIFF, ELIZABETH SHERIFF CARTER AND JOSEPH SHERIFF FAMILIES

    There is much speculation and many stories about the following family of Shreve. Will we ever really know the truth ; however, there is much fun in thinking about the kin of Sheriff-Shreve family. Has anyone done a DNA for the Shreves? That may be our only truth to get to the origin. We know that the Middle East was at one time 4,000 years ago the center of the world. As the Bible quotes "and they scattered to the ends of the earth" we can imagine families moving along different trails; some west, some east, some south and some north. Our Sheriff family must have taken a northerly route and of course stopping off in various places along the way...Turkey, Greece, Italy and eventually making their way to England and all this time remember there were wars going on between Romans, Greece as well as the Lords in England and don't forget the Vikings. And of course the Middle East was still having their own problems with families scattering to the wind. And I am sure our Sheriff family was in the middle of it all

    An interesting Origin of the Shreve Family as seen by some Shreve researchers : A 300-year old document tells the story of Sir William Shreve, the first of the family in England. Sir William, a man of noble birth and largely of Greek ancestry, married Lady Elizabeth Fairfax. A grandson, Thomas, left England and settled in Rhode Island, thus founding the family in America (Steadman, 1969)

  • Allen, Luther P., History and Genealogy of the Shreve Family p. 11-14

  • The Landed Gentry: Prominent Families in America with British Ancestry, London House and Maxwell, 1971, p. 2910-2911

  • The daughter of a wealthy nobleman

  • Sometime about the close of the Sixteenth, or the beginning of the Seventeenth century, SIR WILLIAM SHREVE, KNIGHT lived upon the Isle of Wight. Of his life but little is known; traditions in regard to his early history vary. One says he came from Italy, others that he came from Greece, others that he was a native of Southeastern Europe. To account in these cases for his name, which is apparently English, it is said he changed it when he came to England, or, that it was originally Sheriff, a name that formerly was not uncommon in Greece, but was of Mohammedan origin, signifying, first, a descendant of Mahomet, and after, a nobleman. After his arrival in England he was knighted. Probably he was an Englishman who had been sent on some service in Italy or Greece by his government, and was rewarded for his conduct by a knighthood

    He married LADY ELIZABETH FAIRFAX, and had a son, William. Tradition says nothing of other descendants. The Fairfax family at that time were very prominent in England, and Sir William’s marriage with one of its members indicates the high position in society he held

    William, the son, from his childhood upwards was a great favorite with the Lady Abbess of a convent in England, who was an old and intimate friend of his parents, and whom he frequently visited. At this convent, as is the custom at the present day, many young ladies, not only of the country, but of foreign countries, were educated. Among these young ladies was a niece of the Abbess, the only daughter of the latter’s brother, a wealthy nobleman living in Amsterdam, Holland, whose surname was OARA, and who had christened his daughter, OARA

    William and Oara met at the convent, and there occurred the old story even in those old days, and there never was a time so old that it was not the older old story, and then, as now and ever will be, the new, newest, sweetest story. William’s young and impressionable heart knew henceforth no owner but the gentle and fair Oara

    Owing to the Abbess’ warm affection for the one and her relationship to the other, William had many opportunities of meeting the young lady, and consequently becoming more and more devoted and attached to her, and, as the result showed, his attentions were not disagreeable. The Abbess perceived, too late to mend it, the state of affairs, and though she would have been pleased with the union of her two young friends, felt it her duty, regretting her previous blindness, to write immediately to her brother. She acquainted him with the fact, knowing her pupil’s and her friend’s characters, that their mutual attachment was of no trifling nature; she mentioned William’s position in society, her high opinion of him, and strongly recommended him to her brother’s favor. William’s visit to the convent after the Abbess’ discovery were so restricted that his interviews or meetings with Oara were limited to chance, the Abbess acting as discreetly as possible without betraying her knowledge of their feelings towards each other. This course produced the effect that was not intended, and soon led to a declaration by William of his love, which he found was reciprocated, and the stolen meetings always ended with mutual pledges of faith and constancy. The brother’s letter was as the gentle Abbess feared. He was indignant, and his letter was full of scorn and reproaches. His child to wed an Englishman? Never; even of superior rank to her own. But to marry one of inferior rank was a suggestion he could not have expected from his sister. The angry and disdainful letter closed with a peremptory demand that his daughter should be immediately sent home

    The Abbess immediately informed William that she had perceived his attachment for Oara, remonstrated with him on the folly of it, as the father would never consent; and that, therefore, she must prohibit meetings between them and send Oara home. William was obliged to submit, and the result of his pleadings was only to obtain the Abbess’ consent to a brief interview with the young lady, in which vows of constancy were renewed and each encouraged the other to hope for the future. Oara’s mother was not like her father, “who love nor pity knew,” but gradually came to sympathize with her daughter, who had told her everything. As time wore on and Oara’s love seemed to become stronger every day, the mother saw that her daughter’s life-long happiness depended upon William. She had already been strongly impressed in his favor by the warmhearted Abbess’ letter, and this impression had been made deeper by her confiding daughter. She consented at length to a visit from William, which was to be made without the knowledge of her husband

    During this time the young man had found means of communicating with Oara, and when he received the permission to come to Amsterdam lost no time in setting upon the journey, and accompanied by a friendly clergyman, took passage in a vessel bound for Amsterdam, and to return in a short time to the Isle of Wight. Once in the city he made his presence known to Oara and her mother; the latter, after much hesitation, consented to the private marriage of the young couple. This took place on board the vessel on the day of departure for the Isle of Wight, where the happy pair remained for some time. The mother soon found that it was impossible to reconcile the father, and Oara became so fearful of his power in England to separate her from her husband, that a safe refuge for them was sought in America

    Thus the origin and cause of the Shreve family in America. Oara’s mother, at her marriage, gave her many presents, and she was by no means a penniless bride, some of her jewelry and silver (as claimed) is still in the possession of members of the family. Among other things that were brought was a picture of a coat of arms, which I was delighted to discover in the garret of a relative, when I was a boy. From the peculiar ornamentation about the shield, the original picture was evidently made not less than about three hundred years ago, and it certainly was brought to this country by the family. I cannot find the name to which it originally belonged, whether Oara, Shreve, Fairfax or any other; and I have looked in many works on Heraldry. I have since found two copies of the same picture in the possession of members of the family. The motto "Fide et Constantia," with Faith and Constancy,” seems quite appropriate for William and Oara

    I give you above and in previous letters, all my authority as to the parentage of Caleb Shreve

    Very Respectfully,


    Old deed from John Cooke of Portsmouth, Colony of Rhode Island, to John Shreve of the same town, and conveys three-fourths of all his right and property at Shrewsbury, NJ. Deed is dated January 9, 1676-7; on the back is a transfer from the said John Shreve to his beloved brother, Caleb Shreve

    The above story would make most everyone desire to attach themselves to the SHREVE Family

    After getting our family DNA, I believe there may be some truth in this lovely story; William S Warden great grandson of John Milton Shreve has this dna : william warden ethnicity west asia 1% (Shreve) middle east 1% (Warden) Europe 99% ireland 46% europe west 35% Great Britain 7% iberian peninsula 6% scandinavia 4% europe east 1% italy/Greece <1% The Caucasus or Caucasia is a region at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It is home to the Caucasus Mountains and two grandchildren had : Jess Warden 49% Asia East Europe 49% 20% Ireland 17% Europe West Scandinavia 5% Low Confidence Region Great Britain 2% Finland/Northwest Russia 2% Europe East 2% Italy/Greece 1% European Jewish < 1% West Asia < 1% Caucasus < 1% Liko Warden 49% Asia East Europe 49% 27% Europe West 14% Ireland Pacific Islander < 1% Low Confidence Region West Asia < 1%


    Shreve coat of arms designed by Samuel H. Shreve of New Jersey

    The motto above was found in the files of my father-in-law, Dr. Cyrus Ely Warden, Sr., who was the great grandson of William Martin Shreve and now owned by Cyrus Ely, Jr and Janelle Walker Warden. Found in the William Martin & Mary Elizabeth Shreve family was a lampshade with the same Shreve crest ; thanks to cousin Theodora for sharing


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