Saturday, December 31, 2016

Exploratory Data Analysis : Susan (Jacobs) Sherrick (1825-1864)

Susan (Jacobs) Sherrick (1825-1864) was my paternal 3rd-great grandmother.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.

1. Vital Records

          Susan was born August 18, 1825 in either Wayne County, Ohio1, or Pennsylvania2, depending on the source.  More likely her birthplace was Warrington Township, York County, Pennsylvania.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          I have not yet located a birth record for Susan.  Will continue to search sources such as FamilySearch in hopes of locating.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Susan's birth was mentioned in a newspaper, I'm not aware of it.  Once I've determined the exact location, will be able to continue my search to see if it was mentioned.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Bible records of the Jacobs family that mentions Susan.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one can be located.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

                I am not aware of any baptismal record for Susan, nor am I aware of the church affiliation of the family at this time.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Susan was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Susan married David Sherrick on March 23, 1843 in Wayne County, Ohio3.  David's surname was spelled Sherich in the record, as the surname has evolved through several records.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               I've not yet searched available newspapers of the time period to see if mention was made of Susan and David's nuptials.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               I've not yet searched available newspapers of the time period to see if mention was made of any anniversary celebrations.  Susan would have passed away before their 25th wedding anniversary.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               Although there is no indication that they were ever divorced, a complete search of local court records would need to be made to be sure.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Susan died February 24, 1864 in Ashland County, Ohio1.  Her tombstone cites the death date as February 23rd.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               I have not yet located an obituary mention for Susan.  Will need to continue to search in available newspapers to see if mention was made.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               I will need to search the local historical society records to see if they have any mention of a funeral home that might have handled Susan's arrangements.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Susan's tombstone in the Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, Ohio has been photographed4.  Her name on the tombstone is Susanna, and the date of death is listed as February 23rd.  She shares a marker with David's second wife, Amy, as well.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1860 Federal Census

               On August 2, 1860, Susan was enumerated in the David Sharack hosuehold in Vermillion Township, Ashland County, Ohio5, as Susannah Sharack, age 30, female, born in Pennsylvania.

          2.1.2. 1850 Federal Census

               On September 19, 1850, Susan was enumerated in the David Scherick household in Vermillion Township, Ashland County, Ohio2, as Susan Scherick, age 23, female, born in Pennsylvania.

     2.2. State Census Records

          No state census records for the State of Ohio are known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I've not yet examined these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Sherrick family.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Susan was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by Susan's husband or father that would have made her eligible to receive military pension benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Susan was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Wayne and Ashland Counties, Ohio to see what records might mention Susan.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps of Wayne and Ashland Counties, Ohio need to be searched to see what information can be gleaned that will be relevant to my search.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records to search for Susan include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.


1. "Biographical and Historical Record of Jay County, Indiana", Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1887, p. 665.
2. David Scherick household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Vermillion Township, District No. 1, Ashland County, Ohio, page 419, dwelling 359, family 367; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 658.
3. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), David Sherich and Susan Jacobs, 23 Mar 1843; citing Wayne, Ohio, United States, reference 48; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 425,754.
4. FindAGrave, Inc., ( : accessed 31 December 2016), Susanna Sherrick memorial.
5. David Sharack household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Hayesville P.O., Vermillion Township, Ashland County, Ohio, dwelling 974, household 1009; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 930.

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

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