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The Sherwood Papers

A Swan River Story

Margaret Love (nee Sherwood)

The story of a family, just one of the thousands who in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries left a distressed England for America and Australia. When Frederick Sherwood emigrated to the Swan River Colony in 1842 he could never have imagined that his story would provide the stuff of an important pioneering history. He could never have envisaged the struggles and hardships that he, his young wife and their eight children would have to overcome in order to establish themselves in a strange new world.

This is much more than a family history. It is a universal story of the disorientation and disenfranchise-ment of the pioneer, of the initial dislocation to lives and of the final re-adjustment. These emigrants had brought with them their 'Englishness', their dreams for a better future -

and a whole scheme of manners and beliefs that were of little use in a strange and sometimes frightening wilderness. In order to survive they had to adjust their minds and re-shape their expectations for a very different way of living. This is a tale of survival, of persistence against the odds - and of the way that ordinary people coped in extraordinary situations.

      The first two generations of Western Australian Sherwoods left little evidence of what they had achieved except for a grandfather clock, a scrapbook of early newspaper cuttings, a few documents, some photographs and some bric-a-brac.


A Changing America:

Seen Through One Sherwood Family Line 1634-2006

Much of American history is conceived in terms of large-scale movements, often involving massive numbers of people. Within these broad groups, however, we know that individuals have had many different experiences. The purpose of this work is to conceive American history much more in terms of these individuals who collectively created it. The vehicle is a detailed study, conceived in standard genealogical terms, of a Sherwood family line. The Sherwood ancestor, Thomas of Fairfield, arrived in Massachusetts in 1634. A dramatic change occurred in the late nineteenth century when five of the eight members of the eighth generation left the farm.The ninth and tenth generations, in the 20th century, as highly educated professionals, found their values changed as they experienced a much broader world.

© 2014 Sherwo0d One Name Group

By Brenda A Sherwood, is an index of UK including Shearwood and other spellings of the surname predominantly from Dorset, Hampshire, Wilts, Berkshire, Surrey and Yorkshire, with a index of related surnames. The data has been largely compiled from the IGI along with other sources and is a useful reference if your family was from these counties.

She also includes some family trees submitted to her, and has reconstructed many family trees from a wide range of records. She also suggests other possible links which may be valid.

A Forest of Sherwoods

An account of the life and work of the well-loved children's author and educationalist Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851). Sherwood, a prolific writer, published numerous bestsellers, including the didactic series The History of the Fairchild Family (1818-47) and The History of Henry Milner (1822-37). Sherwood was also passionately involved in education; she established a number of schools both in England and in India, where she lived for 11 years from 1805, and where she became an evangelical Christian. Darton’s account is based around excerpts from Sherwood's own diaries, which had been published in 1854 as Sherwood’s ‘autobiography’, but with large sections removed. Darton restored the deleted sections and supplemented the diaries with details from the unpublished diaries of Sherwood's husband, Captain Henry Sherwood (1776-1849) and information supplied by the Sherwood family.

The Life And Times Of Mrs Sherwood (1775-1851)

F. J. Harvey Darton


Sherwood B. Stockwell

Although very well known in his own time, Rupe Sherwood has until now been only identified as the owner of Prunes the burro. In fact Sherwood had a very interesting and important life which has generally been ignored until this book. He became an orphan at an early age, was shuffled among relatives until he took off on his own at age twelve, stowed away on a wagon headed west, and became a successful jockey who did well betting on the horses he rode all by age thirteen. When he reached Colorado, he went on to become a gambler, owner of fine horses, prospector, gold mine owner, rancher, saloon owner, and cowboy. But most of all Rupe is remembered as the owner of Prunes and the two worked together in the Fairplay and Como area and became local heroes. Rupe helped plan the monument to Prunes as a tourist attraction after the burro s death but there was also a strong love and attraction between the two who spent decades together by themselves in the mountains of the area. For the first time, however, this book will give you the rest of the story.