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Sherer, Joseph, was born in 1730, in Ireland. His father, Samuel Shererm was among the earliest of Scotch-Irish emigrants. He came from near Londonderry, Ireland, to the Province of Pennsylvania in the autumn of 1734, and located in Paxtang township, Lancaster, now Dauphin county. He was a man of means, was well educated, and became quite prominent in the Scotch-Irish settlement. The son was about 4 years old when his parents came to America. He secured a fair English education and was brought up to the life of a frontiersman, that of a farmer. During the French and Indian war he served as a non-commissioned officer, and was in active service as a scout or ranger on the frontiers. When the thunders of the Revolution reverberated along the valley of the Susquehanna, with all his Scotch-Irish and German neighbors, he entered into the contest for liberty. In 1775 and 1776 he was in command of one of the companies of Col. James Burdís battalion of associators, a roll of which is to be found in the recent history of Dauphin county. Colonel Burdís farm at Tinian joined the Sherer homestead, and the two patriots were intimate friends. Captain Sherer was a member of the Committee of Observation for the county of Lancaster, and was chosen by the vote of the people a member of the first Constitutional Convention of the State of Pennsylvania, which met at Philadelphia on the 15th of July, 1776. While in attendance on this representative body of the Revolutionary era he took ill, returned home, and died on the 1st or 2d of December following. His remains were interred in the burial ground of old Paxtang church, of which he was a consistent member. Captain Sherer married, first, February 6, 1759, Mary McClure; subsequently married Mary McCracken, of Northumberland county, Pa.


Transcribed by: Lynne Ranieri

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