The photo is of Samuel Sherren (1791-1864). He was Ann (Nancy) Trowsdale’s husband. I got this photo from Ancestry.com where Sherrens of the World posted it.
Nancy was born December 4, 1803, in Yorkshire England. I know I do a lot of digging in the family tree, especially the Trowsdales, but I find the links very complicated. I suppose they are all like this, all families, but living on an Island has a special twist to it. Those were days of small communities and limited travelling opportunities.
It is therefore no big surprise to see families twining together over the decades. Nancy was one of the seven children of Joseph and Mary (Clark) Trowsdale who came to Crapaud, Prince Edward Island on the Valiant in 1817. Her brother Barnabas is my third great grandfather.
Nancy was thirteen when the family emigrated to Canada. They arrived in the fall of 1817. She turned 14 in December. On the journey over, she met the Sherren brothers, William and Samuel. They were furniture makers headed to St. John’s, Newfoundland, a British colony that had been devastated by a recent fire. The British government in Newfoundland asked carpenters and cabinet makers to come and help rebuild the city.
Samuel had just turned 26 in July. He was quite smitten by the young Nancy and opted to move to Prince Edward Island, leaving his brother in Newfoundland.
In 1823, Samuel and Nancy got married.
They had seven children:
- Mary Sherren (1824 – 1893)
- James Trowsdale Sherren (1826 – 1906)
- John Sherren (1828 – 1910)
- Hannah Sherren (1832 – 1880)
- Sarah Ann Sherren (1837 – 1864)
- Amelia Sherren (1838 – 1924)
- George Samuel Sherren (1842 – 1869)
Nancy is my third great grand aunt.
Her husband, Samuel has a relationship to me as well.
Of course this also means that my third great grand aunt Nancy is the great grandmother of the husband of my great grandmother.