Virginia, thanks for telling me about your discussions of FERRIS/SHERMAN/CARROLL genealogy with the Pulver sisters. Please have one of them send me (5967 Rosinante Run, Columbia, MD 21045) what they know about their line and I'll send them what I have on FERRIS (I'll need a snail-mail address unless they can read a Microsoft Word file attachment to their e-mail).
I have found some info on Alvin H. Sherman's parents:
Bio from: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893 History of the Town of Dayton- Chapter XXIII (23) Page 543
Hiram SHERMAN, an Englishman by birth, came to New Albion as an early settler and died there in 1861.He married twice, and of his ten children Alvin H. is a harnessmaker in Dayton village.
INDEX NEW YORK STATE 1855 CENSUS CATTARAUGUS COUNTY TOWN OF NEW ALBION
Sherman, Hiramhousehold 95, family 95, page 11
-------------------------------------------------------- Bio from: Historical Gazetteer and Biographical Memorial of Cattaraugus Co. NY, ed by William Adams, pub 1893 History of the Town of New Albion - Chapter XXXVIII (38) Page 849
Hiram SHERMAN came to New Albion from Orleans county about 1828 and settled on Snyder hill.His first wife was a LAWRENCE and the mother of six children:Ira L., Moses S., Mary, Fannie, Malinda, and Martha.In 1845 he married Phebe, daughter of Justus HALL.Children: Albert L.; Alvin H., a harness maker at Dayton; and Lucy, widow of Frank PRINCE, of Cattaraugus.Mr. SHERMAN died Aug. 1, 1860, aged sixty-four.
Albert L. SHERMAN was born in New Albion, April 20, 1847. June 12, 1864, he enlisted in Co. F, 65th N. Y. Vols., and participated in six general engagements.March 25, 1865, he was slightly wounded at the battle of Fort Stedman and April 2, 1865, was severely wounded before Petersburg and Richmond.He was discharged at York, Pa., June 16, 1865.He learned harness making and spent nine years railroading.Since 1878 he has manufactured harnesses and dealt in horse furnishing goods in Cattaraugus.He has served as constable several years and is now commissioner of highways.April 1, 1867, he married Clara, daughter of Jerry BUFFINGTON, and has a daughter, Hattie.