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CHARLOTTE SHERWOOD'S BIRTHDAY BOOK
Around 1983 Ted Sherwood, a great grandson of Alfred Sherwood visited Alf Taylor at his home in Forster, NSW. Alf had a very old Birthday Book which he gave to Ted. The Birthday Book has in it the names of Sherwood family members and friends. Inside the front cover the following is written...
Sherwood from her Aunt, Jessie,
I read this I was keen to find out who May Sherwood was. I knew that Alf
Taylor’s mother Annie Mabel was a Sherwood before she married Thomas
Taylor. She was the daughter of
Charles and Charlotte Sherwood. They had eight
children, six of whom were daughters. I felt that the Birthday Book
may have belonged to one of Charles and Charlotte’s daughters. This idea
is supported by an entry in the Birthday Book’s
Memoranda. It reads in
part, ‘ In loving memory of my
darling mother who died July 15, 1886.’
A check of my records revealed that
Charlotte Sherwood died on this date.
author of this entry was obviously one of Charlotte’s children and quite
possibly also the owner of the book.
checked the dates of birth of Charles and Charlotte’s children and found that a Charlotte May
Sherwood was born on the 16 January.
This was the same date that the Birthday Book was presented to May Sherwood. On
the 16 January 1890, Charlotte May turned 18.
The book may have been given to her as a present on her 18th
In a letter from Kath Shultz (as a young girl Kath lived with Charlotte May) she refers to Charlotte as ‘May Sherwood.’ I am quite satisfied that the Birthday Book was given to Charlotte May, the oldest daughter of Charles and Charlotte Sherwood.
can only speculate as to who aunt Jessie was.
A Jessie Sherwood signed the Birthday Book on December 31.
The handwriting is identical to that of aunt Jessie who wrote
Sherwood from Aunt Jessie, 16 January 1890."
is quite possible that ‘Aunt Jessie’ was Jessie Sherwood nee McInnes,
wife of Alfred Sherwood. (Alfred was the brother of Charles junior,
Charlotte’s father.) She is
the only aunt of Charlottes who I have been able to find who was named
Jessie. The following entries
are also made in the same handwriting style.
25 Archie Watson Sherwood 1889
30 Jenny W Sherwood.
Watson was Jessie
Sherwood’s grandson. He was the son of Archibald Ewen Sherwood.
All this leads me to suspect that Charlotte May was given the Birthday
Book by Jessie Sherwood nee McInnes.
All this leads me to suspect that Charlotte May was given the Birthday Book by Jessie Sherwood nee McInnes.
full title of the Birthday Book is ‘The
Birthday Scripture Text Book.’ It
measures 10.5 cm x 13 cm x
2.5 cm thick. It has a
limp calf cover and guilt edges.
It’s UK price was 2s 6 d.
book was published by...
W. MACK, 28 PATERNOSTER ROW,
(also ND 38, Park Street, Bristol);
Simpkin, Marshall and Co;
Hamilton, Adams and Co;
Jarrold and Sons;
And all Booksellers
‘This Book is intended to serve a threefold
purpose. Besides its general
use for Daily Texts, it is so arranged so that it may be made a Book of
Autographs, and a Record of the Birthdays of Friends.
It is handed by its owner to friends, that they may inscribe their
names on the blank leaves opposite to the pages bearing the date of their
respective birthdays; so that on these occasions they may be especially
remembered in prayer...’
the ‘Autographs’ section of the Book
on the 16 January the entry ‘C.
M. Sherwood singer’ appears. The
initials C. M most likely stand for Charlotte May. Charlotte May Sherwood was born 16 January 1872, in Mt Gambier, South Australia.
The ‘Autographs’ section of the book has the signatures of three of our original settlers Alfred, Charles, and Stephen Sherwood. The three brothers were the sons of Charles and Mary Sherwood. Their birthdays appear opposite their signatures and match with their birthdays in the Sherwood Family Bible. The book has the signatures of Mary Sherwood daughter of Arthur Sherwood senior and several of Allen Sherwood’s children as well as the signature of Allen’s wife Melinda. Samuel and Elizabeth Meek nee Sherwood’s daughter Maud Meek signed the book as did Charlotte May’s five sisters.
I found that most of the Sherwoods who appear in the book were the grandchildren of Charles and Mary Sherwood.
In the memoranda section of the book an
American one cent stamp is pasted onto the page. The following entries
In loving memory of my darling mother who died July 15th
Not dead but gone before me. I know she is at rest and I will meet her gladly in the Realms of the Blest.
The mother referred to here is Charlotte Sherwood, mother of Charlotte May.
She was born 19 July 1845 and died 15 July 1886, at Nhill, Vic.
another page headed memoranda the dates when two of Charlotte’s younger
sisters were married are recorded.
Agnes Mary Sherwood married 20 October 1899
Mable (Sic) Sherwood married
10 November 1897.
Taylor’s mother Annie Mabel Sherwood married
Thomas Duston Taylor at Kinimakatka, near Nhill, Victoria in 1897.
They moved to Holbrook NSW where Alf was born in 1901.
The family later moved to Culcairn, NSW.
to Alf, Charlotte May took him to Nhill when he was 17. (Ted’s letter
would seem that Charles Sherwood junior’s home at Haycroft near Nhill
was a popular meeting place for family
and friends. The visitors no
doubt were obliged to sign the Birthday Book.
An interesting twist in the story is that Alf Taylor gave the Birthday Book to Ted Sherwood. Ted’s grandmother Jessie Sherwood is the person who I believe gave the book to Charlotte as a birthday present in 1890. Ted was kind enough to give the Birthday Book to me in 1999.
© R J Sherwood. 2001
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