Name: Arthur SHERRY
Given Name: Arthur
Change Date: 28 MAR 2016
Birth: ABT 1805 in Ireland
Directory 1859 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Census: JUN 1860 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Will: 26 MAY 1864 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Note: His will states he was very sick but of sound mind. The witnesses to the will were Patrick McMannis, Michael Lynskey, William Heaney(?) and Thomas Russell, possibly his brother-in-law. 1/3 of his estate was left to his wife and the balance was left to his youngest son Robert. If Robert died before age 20, his portion or whatever remains was to be divided among the remaining family, Robert's half-brothers and half-sisters. His wife Mary, as executrix identified Owen, Patrick, James, Mary Owens, Sarah Jane Koyle, and Alice Loftus as the other heirs at law in a published notice. Arthur's personal estate was insufficient to pay his debts so Mary sought the court's permission to sell the buildings and property on Lot 4.
Death: JUN 1864 in Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
Note: His will was dated May 25th and his funeral expenses were dated June 6th, so his death was likely in early June 1864.
Burial: 6 JUN 1864 Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH
ADDR: Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Note: Receipts for his casket and funeral expenses in his probate file both are dated June 6, 1864. His son James took care of the arrangements and was buried next to him.
Probate: FROM 27 JUN 1864 TO 5 AUG 1873 Belmont Co., OH
The family name SHERRY derives from the Gaelic names O'Seiridh or MacSeiridh. The modern name Séarraigh is the possessive form of the Gaelic word searrach, which translates into English as 'foal', a young horse.
Irish historical records and recent DNA testing suggest there are at least 5 different groups of SHERRYs/McSHERRYs/McSHARRYs.
-- SHERRYs are the most numerous and are most commonly found in County Monaghan. In the year 1080 a SHERRY ancestor died in battle at Clogher, the regal seat of the Kingdom of Oriel, a few miles north of the Monaghan border.
The second largest group of SHERRYs is in the Meath/Dublin region. A SHERRY is mentioned in 12th century real estate records attached to the Book of Kells, Ireland's finest national treasure. The Abbey of Kells is in County Meath, 40 miles north of Dublin
-- A 1600s compilation of older Irish records refer to the 1130 death in battle of Giolla Pádraig Mac Seiridh, King of Dal Buinne, a tribe located in southwest County Antrim. McSHERRYs can found in Counties Antrim, Down, and Armagh.
-- McSHARRYs live in the northern parts of Counties Sligo and Leitrim. During the period of English occupation, some McSHARRYs apparently anglicized their name to FOLEY in this area.
-- An early English settler family in County Cork adopted the MacSHERRY name, an anglicized version of 'son of Geoffrey', in place of their HODNETT surname. Courtmacsherry in County Cork and McSherrystown in Adams Co., PA are associated with this family.
Links to the old Irish texts and maps of distribution of Sherrys can be found below.
As to the homeland for our SHERRYs, evidence points toward the northern part of Errigal Truagh parish, County Monaghan. DNA tests show a very similar pattern of markers among a descendant of Arthur and two Irish SHERRYs with ancestors from Clonisboyle and Cavan Moutray, townlands in Errigal Truagh parish, the Clonisboyle link being the better match. The closeness of the results indicates a common ancestor from 200 to 400 years ago. According to a Trinity College Dublin study, the DNA results also suggest an ancestry linked to a dominant early clan in Ireland, possibly either Niall of the Nine Hostages, the founder of the O'Neill dynasty, or Conn Cetchathach, Conn of the Hundred Battles, Niall's esteemed forefather several generations prior. Further information about SHERRY DNA results can be found through the link at the bottom.
Paper records also suggest an Errigal Truagh origin. Baptismal records from the 1830s in the parish list RUSSELLs as godparents for a couple of SHERRYs. RUSSELL was the maiden name of Arthur's first wife. Baptismal records in Bellaire, Ohio for son James' daughter Laura put his birth in Cavan; perhaps this refers to Cavan Moutray and not County Cavan. Daughter Sarah is noted with a County Monaghan birth for her daughter Grace's baptism. Finally, an Arthur Sherry senior of Clonerboy (Clonisboyle) and Killehoman, possibly our Arthur's father, is noted as being host of one of the religion stations of a priest in Errigal Truagh in 1835. One of their close relatives Felix Sherry of Clonisboyle was the godfather of John Hughes (1797 - 1864), the first Archbishop of New York.
According to censuses for Arthur's children, Patrick, Mary and Sarah, the family immigrated to the U.S. in 1852/3. On September 8, 1853, the ship Shannon arrived in New York from Liverpool with the following Sherrys on board: Owen (17), Mary (12), Sarah (8), William (6), and Alice (4); the ages and names appear to be a reasonable match for Arthur's children. The immigration records for Arthur, James and Patrick have not yet been found.
Son Robert's death certificate notes his birth in Bellaire in September 1853.
Arthur first bought property in Bellaire in December 1854, according to a deed recorded in 1861. He paid $80 for the lot on the southeast corner of 25th and Union Streets, where the family lived for the next 46 years. He hosted the first Catholic masses in Bellaire at his home soon after he settled there and in 1857 contributed $50 toward the construction of St. John Church. In 1858 Arthur hosted the Archbishop of Cincinnati and other clergy for the blessing of the cornerstone of the new church. The 1860 census notes his profession as brickmaking and shows the family to be relatively prosperous with $2,100 in real estate and $50 in personal assets. At his death, the inventory of Arthur's assets, including the house on 25th and its contents - full of variety store items and commercial quantities of liquor - were an indication that the family ran a grocery as documented in a 1860 Ohio state business directory.
The earliest contemporary document for the SHERRYs records a judgment against Arthur from the Probate Court in March 1855 for keeping a room where liquors are sold in violation of the law.
An obituary for his son James refers to Arthur as a "pioneer of Bellaire". It is unknown what brought the family to Bellaire or what path they took. The completion of the B&O Railroad to Wheeling and the Central Ohio Railroad to Bellaire in 1854 caused the area to blossom economically, attracting numerous other immigrants, some of which had Irish surnames (Connelly, Clarke, Kavanagh, Monahan) common in County Monaghan. Sons Owen, Patrick and James worked for railroads. Perhaps the family followed one of them to Bellaire.
Sherrys of Errigal Truagh parish
Sherry genealogy information I have assembled
Sherrys in the annals of Ireland
Sherry DNA results
interesting collection of Sherry news clippings
Mary RUSSELL b: in Ireland
- Owen SHERRY b: BET 1830 AND 1832 in Ireland
- Patrick SHERRY b: 31 OCT 1838 in Ireland
- James SHERRY b: ABT 1840 in Ireland
- Mary SHERRY b: 1840
- Sarah Jane SHERRY b: AUG 1839 in County Monaghan, Ireland
- William SHERRY b: ABT 1843/4 in Ireland
- Alice SHERRY b: CA 1849 in Ireland
Mary WALL b: ABT 1818 in Shanagolden, County Limerick, Ireland
- Note: No marriage record has been found yet for Arthur Sherry and Mary Wall. As they were from counties far apart in Ireland - Monaghan and Limerick, they likely met and married elsewhere.
- Robert Henry SHERRY b: 21 SEP 1853 in Bellaire, Belmont Co., OH