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The McSherrys of Lower Chanceford, PA

Updated February 24, 2007

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I remember the story my father, Clifford Joseph McSherry, used to tell. There were four brothers who came over on a boat from Ireland; one of whom settled in Pennsylvania and founded a town called McSherrysville. That was the start of our family in America.

Fifty years after hearing that story, I believe I have finally learned who those four brothers were, thanks to the research of cousin Patrick McSherry ( Another researcher ended the confusion as to why I could not find McSherrysville on the map (only McSherrystown was in evidence). Thanks to everyone who shares their family histories for the benefit of us all.

Our family research led to an ancestor, Joseph McSherry, born about 1793 and raised by a french nail maker. Our research was incomplete; Who were Joseph's parents and how did he come to be orphaned at such a young age?

Patrick's research shows an Edward McSherry (born 1690) of Ireland, had four sons: Patrick (b.1725; d. July 13, 1795; m. Catherine Garland), Barnabas (d. March 02, 1824), Bernard, and William. Four brothers who came from Ireland to America! Brother Patrick founded McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. Brother William had a son, Joseph, who was born 16 Dec 1793.

Researcher Sarah Olsen reports that Airville, formerly called McSherrysville, is a pleasantly located village in Lower Chanceford, twenty two miles from York. Joseph McSherry came to the vicinity in 1796, at the age of four years, and grew to manhood with a Frenchman who was a nailmaker, and lived near the site of the United Brethren parsonage. He married when nineteen, and started a blacksmith shop, near the site of Joseph Pearce’s store. He kept tavern for thirty-five years.

This research follows the family of Joseph McSherry, the brother who I call grandpa Joseph.

Sarah Olsen shows the Descendants of Joseph McSherry at the page,%20EJ.htm

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