The surname Shearman is of English origin. It was an occupational name for a sheep-shearer or someone who used shears to tream the surface of finished cloth and remove excess nap; derived from the Middle English ‘shereman’, shearer. It is also a Jewish occupational name for a tailor, from the Yiddish ‘sher’, scissors and ‘man’, man. Roger Sherman ( 1722-93 ), the only man to sign all four documents at the foundation of the American republic ( the Declaration of Independance, the Articles of Association and Confederation, and the Constitution itself ), was born in Newton, Massachusetts. A descendant of Captain John Sherman, who hah emigrated in about 1636 to Massachusetts from Dedham, Essex, where his father was a farmer, following his brother Edmund, who had emigrated two years previously. A descendant of Edmund Sherman William Tecumseh Sherman ( 1820-91 ), celebrated General in the Civil War, who suceeded General Grant as Commander-in-Chief of the United States Armies,1869, led the Union March through Georgia. He was born in Lancaster… Coat of arms: Argen…
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