William Sherrer

William James Sherrer (1826 - abt. 1903)

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William James Sherrer
Born in Henry, Georgia, United Statesmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married before in Henry County, Georgiamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Blount County, Alabama, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Oct 2017
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Private William Sherrer served in the United States Civil War.
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Side: CSA
Regiment(s): Company E, 17th Alabama Infantry

William was born in 1826 in Henry County, Georgia. His parents were John S. Sherrer and Anne Campbell Speak. He moved to Randolph County, Alabama where he was living in 1860 in or near the town of Roanoke. He was married to Martha Jane Vinson about 1852.

When war came to the south and to Alabama in 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army.


William enlisted in Company E of the 17th Alabama Infantry. September 9, 1861. At that time Company E, of the 17th Alabama regiment, C.S.A., which was organized in this vicinity, went to join the army at the front. Wyley E. WHITE, uncle of Dr. William WHITE and others, was captain of this company and B. F. WEATHERS was first lieutenant. William was wounded in the side at Vicksburg and he was furloughed for 30 days by the Medical Examining Board at Dalton, Georgia in December of 1863 for Disability with debility and emaciation from Febris Typhoides.

Life after the war

William survived the war and came home to Randolph County. He later moved to Blount County, Alabama after 1880. He lived there and was a farmer.

He received pension for services in Blount County, Alabama . He was wounded at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His wife died in 1892.

He died in 1903 in Blount County, Alabama.


William and Martha had the following known children:

  1. Asa Siamon b. 1852
  2. Delia Sue b. 1854
  3. William Jefferson b. 1857
  4. George Lafayette b. 1859
  5. James William b. 1862
  6. Anna b. 1869


  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZY5-FZL : 12 April 2016), W Shearer, Henry county, Henry, Georgia, United States; citing family 624, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Confederate Pension record for William Sherrer
  • 1860 Federal Census, Randolph County, Alabama , Southern Division, Roanoke, pg 106,197, #733

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHDP-Y7C : 13 December 2017), William Sherron, 1860. In the above cited reference the last name is misinterpreted as Sherron. The last name spelling is Sherrar

  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHKB-JZK : 12 April 2016), William Sherman, Alabama, United States; citing p. 86, family 637, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,536.

In the above citation the last name is misinterpreted as Sherman. The last name is Sherrar.

  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4V8-N55 : 26 August 2017), William Shearer, Roanoke, Randolph, Alabama, United States; citing enumeration district ED 113, sheet 360C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0030; FHL microfilm 1,254,030
  • Tombstone Records, Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Liberty, Blount County, Alabama

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