There may have been one more daughter. On the 1900 census Edith is listed as a niece in the household of David G. Sherrard. When I first saw the son named Sherrard I figured that was going to be a family name somewhere up the tree, didn't have to go far. Also, listed in David G. Sherrard's household is Fannie Bentley 18, b TX also shown as a niece, she was born after the 1880 census. Sherrard Bentley is on his own, married, wife Amanda, and little daughter is Fannie.
So, I went looking for more on David, found him and his father, all in the sheep business, too. On the 1880 census Burnet Co, TX:
Category: Name; Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
David G. SHERRARD Self S Male W 26 VA Sheep Husbandry VA VA
John B. SHERRARD Father W Male W 57 VA Sheep Husbandry IRE VA
Next I went to Rootsweb's WorldConnect -- http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi -- Typed in Sherrard, John, b in Virginia, 1823 + or - five years, and someone has information on him. She has his parents and his wife, but not his children, you could share, then learn her sources for verification.
TX Dth Idx thru 1976:
Name: J... Sherrard
Death Date: 30 Nov 1912
Death Place: Burnet, Texas
Death Age: 89 years 11 months 17 days
Estimated Birth Date:
Birth Date: 13 Dec 1822
Birthplace: West Virginia
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Name: Robert Sherrard
Father's Birthplace: Londonderry, Ireland
Mother's Name: Elizabeth ... Watson
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Place of Residence:
Burial Date: 01 Dec 1912
Film Number: 2050833
Digital Film Number: 4165763
Image Number: 860
Reference Number: cn 24849
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
This gives you a specific location in Ireland for the birth of John's father. Of course John wasn't born in WV, as it didn't become a state until 1861. But, that helps to narrow down what county it might have been.
If you go to -- http://www.findagrave.com/ -- Type in John Sherrard, died 1912, you'll find someone has posted a photo of his headstone, plus information on two of his children. You can share with that person about David and Fannie. I'm surprised they don't include David as he is buried in the same cemetery. The 1860 census Hampshire Co, VA shows John with no apparent wife and four children, including David G. and your Fannie.
Happy Hunting (^_^)
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