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Matthew Sherwood (abt. 1644 - 1715)

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Capt. Matthew Sherwood
Born about in Stratfield, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married before 1670 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1671 [location unknown]
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Died in Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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Matthew Sherwood married Sarah Turney before 1670[1][2] and, second, Mary Fitch.

  • He had two wives and several children. Mary Fitch, daughter of Tomas Fitch, was his 2nd wife.
  • He was commissioned Ensign of the Fairfield County Troop, Aug. 1673, and of Fairfield Train Band, Oct. 1685;
  • Lieut. of the Train Band, Apr. 1690; and Captain of the Fairfield County Troop raised for active service the same date.
  • He also served as Deputy for Fairfield, May 1692
  • Justice of the Peace for several years.

April 1634, with his wife Alice and children Ann, Rose, Thomas, Rebecca. Sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, England in the ship "Frances". They spent time in Wethersfield, Connecticut and appeared at Fairfield as early as 1648, when a bill of sale of land to John Holly by Sherwood, appears on Stamford, Connecticut land records In 1650 he bought land at Barlow's Plain, Fairfield

  • Children by first wife: Jane, Tomson (Prob.Thomasine), Margaret, Sarah, Hannah, Rose, Thomas, Rebecca
  • Children by second wife: Mary: Stephen, Matthew, Mary, Ruth, Abigail, Isaac
  • 14 children in all.
  • Widow Mary went on to marry John Banks. Mary d.1693/4
  • "Thomas Sherwood, born in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, England, 1586, died Fairfield, Connecticut, 1655. He sailed from Ipswich, April 21, 1634 in the good ship "Francis", John Cutting, master, and landed in Boston, Massachusetts, in June of the same year, accompanied by his wife Alice, born 1587, and four children: Ann, born 1620; Rose, 1623; Thomas, 1624; Rebecca, 1625. He settled first at Wethersfield, where his name appears on the second list of settlers other than those from Watertown. He settled in Fairfileld as early as 1643, when his name appears on the Stamford land records. He served as deputy with Roger Ludlow in the general court, 1650. He brought with him to Fairfield his second Wife, Mary -----, by whom he had six more children. His will is dated July 21, 1655, and proved October 26, 1655" From "The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families of America" by Fredrick A. Virkus, published 1987. "Sherwood, Thomas (1586-1655), From Eng. in the "Francis", 1634: land records of Conn. show his name in many transactions; moved from Wethersfield to Fairfield, ante 1648; built 1st grist mill on Mill Plain; original will with signature still at Fairfield, Conn, Town Hall; m. ca. 1612, Alice Seabrook (b. 1587); m 2nd, Mary Fitch (d 1693/974)." Book "History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfiled', Vil I, compiled and edited by Donald Lines Jacobus, M.A., page 548: "Thomas came yo Boston in the "Francis", Apr 1634, age 48, with wife Alice, age 47, and children "Anna (14), Rose (11), Thomas (10), Rebecca (9). Thye came to Wetherfield with the first settlers, 1635, was a carpenter, and sold his lands to George Wyllys, 25 Mar. 1640. He removed to Stamford, where he lived until 1648, when he sold to John Holly, and settled on Fairfield. He may have been related to Thomas Morehouse, whose holdings adjoined him in Wethersfield, and accompanied him in his sub


  • Page 15: "The records of Fairfield, in 1669, show the names of the following freemen, who voted in that town, but resided within the limits of Stratfield:... Matthew Sherwood..."


  1. Daniels: p. 28
  2. Jacobus(1930): Vol. 1, p. 619.

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On 8 Mar 2017 at 00:28 GMT Elizabeth Winter wrote:

The children listed in the bio and those attached in the database are not consistent. Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, has yet other children.

By wife #1: Matthew

By wife #2: John, Mary, Sarah, Lemuel, Samuel & Ann.


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