I see so many posts regarding people who have been told that they are related to the General. I don't know if this will help you or not, but I can give you the descendants of John Sheridan, the General's father.
John's father was named Jack (John?) Sheridan. His wife was a Gaynor (sic). They had six children, John, Patrick, Philip, Michael, Catherine and Mary Anne. I have no information on the last five, but I have a great deal of information about John's descendants.
John Sheridan was born in Beagh, Killinkere, County Cavan, Ireland on November 17,1801. He married Mary Meenagh on her 25th birthday, April 10, 1826, in County Cavan. John and Mary came to the United States in 1831. I have tried to research which port they may have landed at, but to no avail.
John became somewhat of a success as a labor contractor for the National Road that was under construction at the time. That success allowed him to build a nice home in Somerset, Ohio, sometimes referred to as the "Steamboat Gothic" style, with a lot of fine detailing on the exterior. John and Mary had six children - Patrick, Rosa, Philip Henry, Mary, John L. and Michael Vincent.
Patrick was born in Ireland on April 10, 1828, his mother's 27th birthday. He came to the States with his family, finally settling in Somerset. Patrick died at age 23. He was never married and had no children.
Rosa was also born in Ireland in 1829. She died in 1831 on the voyage to America. This information is from the family Bible.
Philip Henry Sheridan's birthplace has long been argued. The date of his birth was March 6, 1831. That date is important, as you'll note from Rosa's date of death, as it tells a little about Philip's place of birth. As I did my research to write his biography, I covered all the as to where he was born, as reported by others over the years. There is no record in Philadelphia of any Sheridan's taking the oath of allegiance at the time they would have arrived in America. I checked the records in Ireland, but there were no birth records for the years prior to 1864. Baptism records were kept from 1766, but the 50 years prior to 1840 had been lost. The General wrote in his Memoirs that he was born in Albany, New York. A careful check of the baptismal records at St. Mary's Church (the only Catholic Church in Albany at that time) failed to turn up any record of his Baptism there. During the last three years of her life, his niece, Nellie Sheridan Wilson, lived with us. Nellie often told me of the General's exploits, before her death in 1947. She regularly mentioned that "Uncle Phil" was born at sea during the voyage to America, shortly after Rosa's death. That is what I accept as fact. Also the family story is that Mary Meenagh Sheridan was a fiesty little thing, and they had to leave Ireland in a hurry after she argued with and may have killed an Orangeman (Protestant).
Mary was born in Somerset on June 4, 1834. She married a John Wilson on August 16, 1863, but died on January 24, 1868. They had no children.
John L. Sheridan was born in Somerset on April 1, 1837. He married Sarah Catherine (Kate) Gallin (my great aunt) on October 11, 1866. They had two children, Mary, born March 11, 1868, and Nellie born December 14, 1870. John was admitted to the bar in 1866. He served many positions in government payroll as the west was settled, including various land offices and the government's agent at Fort Supply in Indian Territory. He was active in politics, and was one of the speakers at the Republican in Ohio in 1868, and was Republican candidate for State Senator from Perry County the same year. He was said to be a candidate for the first Governor of Oklahoma as that territory was becoming a state. John was a large man, with a 54 inch waist. At his daughter Nellie's home, a door leading to the sitting room had to be enlarged to admit his large bulk. John died on June 17, 1898. Kate died in 1911 in Somerset.
Michael Vincent Sheridan was born in Somerset on May 24, 1840. He married Margaret (Maggie) Rhey in Chicago on May 27, 1873. "Uncle Mike" (per Nellie) joined the Army on July 1, 1862, as an aide to his brother. He was with the General throughout the Civil War. He was honorably discharged on August 1, 1866, with a breveted (honorary) rank of Brigadier General. He received a commission of Second Lieutenant in the peace time army, based with the 5th Cavalry. In 1867 he was promoted to Captain of the 7th Cavalry. That same year he was posted as an Aide to his brother, serving him until Phil's death in 1888. He served as Brigadier General of Volunteers during the Spanish-American War, and retired at that rank in 1902, after 40 years in the Army. Mike and Maggie had no children. Mike died in Washington on February 21, 1918, and is buried in the family plot in the Arlington National Cemetery.
General Sheridan married Irene Rucker in Chicago on June 3, 1875, only a month after his father's death. They had four children - Philip Henry Jr., Mary and twins, Irene and Louise. None of the girls ever married. The General, of course, died on August 5, 1888 in Nonquitt, Massachusetts and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Philip Henry Sheridan, Jr. was born in Chicago on July 28, 1880 and died of diabetes on February 17, 1918, only days before his Uncle Mike. He graduated from West Point in the Class of 1902, a class that included Douglas MacArthur. He was Attache to President Teddy Roosevelt, until he asked to be sent to a more active post in Arizona. He served in various posts in the west and in Hawaii, before being Posted in Washington D.C. When he died, he was a Major in the Army. Philip married Isabel McGunnegle. They had two children, Philip Henry III (born in July, 1916) and Carlina (born March 26, 1914).
Philip III was raised in Santa Barbara, California after his father died and his mother remarried. It was there that he took his first flying lessons. He often declared that he had no aspirations for the military, but when World War II broke out, he did join the Army Air Force. He flew 76 missions over Europe as a pilot of a B-26 bomber. He married Adelaide Delamater Soles on March 28, 1941. They had no children. His war experiences may have been the reason for his suicide, when he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge on March 11, 1948.
Carlina Sheridan lived most of her life near Dartmaouth, MA, where she died on December 23, 1982. Her first husband was William Glasgow, whom she married during WWII. He did not return from the war. They had a daughter, Isabel Glasgow. Carlina then married Paul Cleveland McElroy. I have no information regarding Isabel Glasgow.
It's obvious from the above that there are no direct descendants from either the General or his father. Does anyone out there have any information about John Sharidan's siblings or, perhaps, information tying the Gaynors to the Sheridans?
Nellie and Mary Sheridan were my mother's first cousins, although there was some 35 years difference in their ages. My mother was 12 when my grandmother died in 1917, and Nellie and Mary pitched in to help my grandfather cope with the needs of his pubescent daughter. They became very close, and after my mother married, we made the short trip from Columbus to Somerset so she could check on her now aging cousins. As a child I made that trip many times. Since I had no friends in Somerset to play with, I was allowed to go up and play in the steamer trunk on the landing. That trunk held the General's uniforms, some medals, his battle flag and an Indian Peace Pipe. Any ideas why I've become so interested in the General?
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