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Posted By: Doretta Pimlott Cowman (email)
Date: 4/16/2013 at 20:56:21

The 1880 History of Poweshiek County Iowa

Sugar Creek Township

Page 692-3

SHERIDAN, ASHER -- P.O. Searsboro. Was born in Henry county, Indiana, on the 25th day of May, 1846, where he was brought up on a farm, upon which he labored in the summer time and attended the district school in winter, which was all the educational advantages he enjoyed, except two winters, when he attended the Spiceland Academy. In the year 1865 he removed with his parents and settled on the farm which he now occupies, which consists of 160 acres of fine land, lying on the north slope of the Skunk River, with one of the handsomest building spots in this part of the county, on a gently rising knoll, sloping in every direction, and surrounded with a splendid natural grove of young oaks, within plain view of Lynnville, lying to the west, and the highlands on the opposite side of the river. The farm is in a fine state of cultivation and well fenced. Here Mr. Sheridan has lived and labored ever since 1865, and the farm bears striking evidence that he is a first-class farmer. His father, George Sheridan, was born in the State of Ohio, in the year 1811, and says that his cradle was rocked by the noted earthquake of that year. His (i.e. George's) parents removed to Henry county, Indiana, during the early settlement, where he continued to live until 1865. Asher's mother was Mary C. Kersey, who was born in Guilford county, North Carolina. Her parents removed, when she was but five years of age, to Henry county, Indiana. She was born in the year 1821, and died in 1875. She was a descendant of the colony which came over with William Penn, and during her lifetime her mother had a written history, tracing her genealogy back to that colony. Of the ancestors of the Sheridans but little is positively known. John, father of George, was born somewhere in America, it is believed in North Carolina; and it is known that his father, George Sheridan, came from Ireland, and was a weaver by trade--three brothers coming over at the same time, George and Abner; the name of the other is not known. Silas and Verling Kersey, uncles of Asher, are both physicians of note, Silas enlisting in the War of the Rebellion as a private and being promoted to brigade surgeon.


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