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Re: John Sherrar Isle of Wight Va.
Posted by: Jerry Dennis (ID *****8312) Date: July 09, 2010 at 23:53:02
In Reply to: Re: John Sherrar Isle of Wight Va. by Frank S. Dingwerth of 140

Frank,

I just came across this message "Re: John Sherrar Isle of Wight, VA" My wife, Emma, is a direct descendent of the John Holmes Sherard's family, the one that originates in North Carolina. Her father and grandfather were both named "John Holmes Sherard". Her great-grandfather, Napoleon Bonaparte Sherard, one of the sons of the original John Holmes Sherard (1797-1860). Napoleon went missing around 1858, and no one knows what became of him. He was declared dead 7 years later. During that time, his wife, Henrietta, and two children, lost everything and ended up living near the overseer with the Sherard Family.
I have researched this situation for over 30 years with no satisfaction. It is unclear whether he was murdered, disappeared, or what. My father-in-law, Johnnie Sherard, and his sister, Carrie Etta Sherard Reimer, state that Napoleon was buried in New Orleans. I have not unraveled not even a strand of evidence why, or what became of him. Henrietta, his wife, was pregnant at the time, and delivered a son. He was named after Napoleon, but died in early childhood. A very sad story which no one can give a viable explanation. Without warning, Henrietta and her two children, Julia and John, went from being in a secure state, only to be thrown, literally, to the dogs by near family. I am unable to determine why the family members, especially his sister, and her husband, a judge, did not bring them in the fold.I have played "Sherlock Holmes" on this situation for years, but the facts are unyielding to the deceased. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with his wife, Henrietta, and their daughter, Julia Ann Sherard, They lived together from that day forward, left Alabama, and made a life for themselves.


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