Mary Boughton

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Abiel Sherman to Adele (Force) Cooke
Mary Boughton, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at South Salem, Westchester Co., New York, about 24 July 1750.1 She died at Nassau, Rensselaer Co., New York, 2 November 1840, aged 90 yr, 3 mo, 9 da.1 Both she and her husband were buried at Nassau-Shodack Cemetery, Nassau, Rensselaer Co., New York, where his inscription reads:
Abial Sherman, died July 31, 1834, aged 90 yr 4 mo. 24 ds
and hers reads
Mary, wife of Abial Sherman, died Nov. 2, 1840.1,2
Mary married Abiel Sherman, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Salem, Westchester Co., New York, 15 November 1767.3,4

Most probably, she is not a daughter of John5 and Mary (Pettit) Bouton. Although this was suggested in the 1998 TAG article, Abiel Sherman was a Revolutionary War pensioner, and his pension file includes statements that he had married Mary Bouten 15 Nov 1767 at South Salem, New York and that she died 2 Nov 1840. Salem Church records show christenings for 14 children of Abiel Sherman between 1767 and 1791. The known daughter of John and Mary Bouton, Mary, was born in 1732 and would be too old to fit this chronology. It is also now reported that she married Reuben Knapp and died 14 Mar 1750.

Alternatively, Mary (Boughton) Sherman could be a last, unrecorded child of John and Mary, born (as calculated) in July 1750 just after the death of Mary (Bouton) Knapp. Mary (Pettit) Bouton was certainly not too old to have another child in 1750, and the younger Mary might have been named for her deceased older sister. John and Mary (Pettit) Bouton, moved from Stamford to Pound Ridge sometime between 1747 and 1752 and the move could explain why the birth of Mary is unrecorded.

Gary Boughton also suggests that there was another Bouton family in the Southbury-Woodbury area of Connecticut, that also moved to New York in this same time period, and that Mary (Bouton) Sherman could be their daughter or she may be from one of the Danbury Boughton families who spelled their name distinctly differently and the same as given in the marriage record.5,6


Abiel Sherman b. 7 Mar 1744, d. 31 Jul 1834
  • Mary Sherman7 b. 22 Dec 1767, d. 22 Dec 1767
  • Stephen Sherman7,4 b. 26 Mar 1769
  • Lewis Sherman8,4 b. 7 Apr 1771
  • Hannah Sherman8,4 b. 2 Aug 1772
  • Enoch Sherman9 b. 27 Feb 1774, d. 12 Aug 1777
  • David Sherman+10,4 b. 21 Jan 1776, d. 1 Dec 1845
  • Mary Sherman11,4 b. 23 Nov 1777
  • Betsey Sherman12 b. 23 Apr 1780, d. bt 1824 - 1840
  • Phebe Sherman12,4 b. 31 Mar 1782
  • Nathan Sherman13 b. 19 Feb 1784, d. 6 Mar 1784
  • Enoch Sherman13,4 b. 13 Feb 1785, d. 9 Aug 1842
  • Thomas Sherman14,4 b. 27 Aug 1786
  • Sally Sherman14,4 b. 12 Jul 1789
  • Anna Sherman15,4 b. 1 Sep 1790, d. 12 Jan 1870
This person was last edited on27 Jan 2022


  1. [S454] Ralph D. Phillips, "All Inscriptions of the Nassau-Schodack Cemetery Nassau, Rensselaer County, N. Y.", New York State Library, Albany, New York: typescript, 1935, microform copy: FHL Film/Fiche #532618, item #7, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 54, further cited as "Nassau-Shodack Cemetery."
  2. [S1546] Karen Weihe Hulford, Find A Grave memorial #21228851 & #21228938, added 28 Aug 2007, online, accessed Jan 2020, further cited as Find A Grave.
  3. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem, Westchester Co., N. Y.: First Church in the Town with some Places Adjacent," The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 31 (April 1900): 88, further cited as "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem."
  4. [S630] "Revolutionary War Pensions," database and digital images, Fold3 (, Abiel Sherman, File #W.19354; original data: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, National Archives microfilm publication M0804, 2670 rolls, roll #2172.
  5. [S302] Gary A. Boughton and Frederick C. Hart Jr., "Sorting Out Some Boutons: A New Look at the Family of John4 and Mercy (Hickok) Bouton of New Canaan, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 73 (Jan, Apr 1998): 33-43, 146-155, at 42, further cited as Boughton and Hart, "Bouton."
  6. [S1884] Gary Boughton, "Boughtons?," e-mail message to Gregory Cooke (West Jordan, Utah), 2 Mar 2008, further cited as "Boughtons."
  7. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (April 1901): 76.
  8. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (July 1901): 165.
  9. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (July 1901): 166.
  10. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (July 1901): 167.
  11. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (July 1901): 168.
  12. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (October 1901): 242.
  13. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (October 1901): 243.
  14. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 32 (October 1901): 244.
  15. [S1045] "Records of the Church of Christ in Salem," 33 (January 1902): 38.