Biography of Melvin Z. Sherman
Erie County, PA Biographies

Melvin Z. Sherman, one of the well known citizens of East Springfield, now living retired, is a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Springfield Township, Erie County, Aug. 6, 1846, and is the son of Z. L. and Elizabeth (Levins) Sherman.

Z. L. Sherman was born in New York and his wife was born there also. He was among the early settlers of Luzerne County, Pa., where he cleared and operated 200 acres of land. He died in 1901 and his wife died in 1905. They had seven children, as follows: Eunice L., married Rev. Alden Allen, both deceased; Melvin Z., the subject of this sketch; Winfield S., lives at North Girard, Pa.; Olive L., deceased, was the wife of Perry Frisbiee; Mahala M., married O. M. Ellis, lives at East Springfield; John L., lives at East Springfield; and Alta V., married Chauncey Strong, both deceased.

Melvin Z. Sherman was educated in the schools of East Springfield and until his retirement was prominently identified with the agricultural interests of this section. He served throughout the Civil War and took active part in the battles of Resaca, Kenasaw Mountain, Nashville, Jonesboro, and Spring Hill.

Mr. Sherman was married first on March 27, 1867, to Miss Lucy J. Weed, a native of Springfield Township, born Oct. 14, 1846, and died Nov. 23, 1921. Seven children were born to them: Alice, married Frank Sumner, deceased, and later married Guy Humes; Martha, married Harry L. Barker, East Springfield; William W.; J. B., lives at North Kingsville, Ohio; Bessie, married E. T. Salisbury, lives at Albion, Pa.; Belva, died in 1906; and Rev. Charles, a minister of the Christian church. Mr. Sherman was married Aug. 16, 1924, to Miss Sarah McFarland, a native of Springfield Township, born Aug. 26, 1855, and the daughter of William S. and Mercy (Weed) Seeley, who were the parents of the following children: Susan, the widow of Edgar Coman; Mrs. Sherman; Nancy, Ellen, Henry, Ida, all deceased; Harley, lives at Waldron, Mich.; and Etta, married R. Perry, lives retired at Waldron, Mich.

Mr. Sherman is a Republican and has served as constable of East Springfield for 18 years. He is a member of the Christian church and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The Sherman family is among the highly respected pioneer families of Erie County and is favorably known.

History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company

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