Mary and John Sherill

Mary Pentacost Sherill (1802-1850?)was a founding member of Springfield’s Second Presbyterian Church (later Westminster Presbyterian Church), which was formed on May 26, 1835. Second Presbyterian was known as both the Abolitionist Church and the Temperance Church.

Mary’s husband, John (1784-1858), was a shoemaker. Their house was on the south side of Jefferson Street west of First Street in 1828, according to John Todd Stuart. Sherill’s house is No. 3 on the reconstructed 1828 map of Springfield.

The Sherills moved to Galena in 1844, according to church records. John Sherill was buried there, as probably was Mary.schs logo (2)

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