Carrie Babcock Sherman was born in Utica, N.Y in 1856, the daughter of Lewis Hamilton Babcock and Ellen Sherrill. James and Carrie were married on January 26, 1881; they had attended school together in Utica and had known each other since childhood. They had three children, Sherrill B (b. 1883); Richard U (b.1884; and Thomas N (b.1886). During her husband’s vice-presidency, Carrie founded the Congressional Club for Senators and Representatives wives. When in Utica, they resided in a home on Genesee Street and attended the Dutch Reformed Church where he was president of the trustees and church treasurer.She died in 1931 and was interred next to her husband in Forest Hill Cemetery.