History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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William H. SHERM a retired farmer residing in Chalfont, was born in New Britain township, November 30, 1839, and is of German lineage.  His paternal grandfather was John SHERM.  His father also bore the name of John SHERM, and was born in Germany in 1806, crossing the Atlantic from that country to America in 1823, at which time he took up his abode in Plymouth, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania.  A few years afterward he established his home near the Henry FRETZ mill in Bucks county, and learned the milling trade under the direction of Mark FRETZ.  He followed that business for six years, after which he married and located upon a farm in New Britain township, carrying on agricultural pursuits throughout his remaining days.  He was a member of the Lutheran church, active and influential in its work, and doing everything in his power to extend its influence.  For twelve years he served as a member of the church council.   His political allegiance was given to the Democracy.  He married Miss Barbara RICKERT. 

William H. SHERM, son of John and Barbara (RICKERT) SHERM, was educated in a private school in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and after his graduation engaged in teaching, being thus identified with the intellectual development of the county for some time.  He taught at Sellersville for four years, was in charge of the Newville school for three years, and at the Fountainville school for one year.  Following his marriage he concentrated his energies upon agricultural pursuits, settling on a farm in New Britain township, where he lived for a third of a century.  He then removed to another farm in the same township, and has since been identified with agricultural interest, having a good tract of land well developed.  Mr. SHERM has been actively interested in community affairs, and his efforts have proved an effective factor in promoting the general good.  He served as school director for fifteen years, and the cause of education ever found in him a warm friend.  A Republican in his political views, well informed on the questions and issues of the day, he has always given to the party stanch support.  He was judge of elections for many years, and was elected county auditor, filling that position for three years.  A devoted member of St. Peter's Lutheran church, he has acted as both deacon and elder, and thirty years ago was elected a trustee of the church and has since acted in that capacity.   He is also treasurer of the cemetery company connected with the same church, and is interested in everything relating to the public good and to the development and improvement of his locality.

Mr. SHERM was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth BOND, a daughter of Neri and Hannah (LUTZ), the latter a daughter of Frederick LUTZ.  Four children have been born of this marriage: 1.  Maggie, born June 21, 1867, became the wife of Frank S. HARTZELL, a son of William and Leah (SHEETS) HARTZELL.  There are eight children by this marriage:  William Henry, J. Stanley, Frank S., Elizabeth, Neri R., Leah Gertrude, Percy and Leroy.  2.  Alice, born December 27, 1869, is the wife of Aaron S. OVERPECK, and they have two children, Elizabeth and Blanche.  3.  Neri, born February 26, 1872, deceased.  4.  Hannah, born November 12, 1881, is the wife of Arthur B. SHEIP, son of Francis P. and Mary Margaret (SWARTLEY) SHEIP.

Text taken from page 577 of:

David, William W. H.,  A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago:  The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905]  Volume III

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