I know what it is to hit a brick wall - I have several in my family research right now and when that happens, it helps to research out a different family - that's the reason I'm responding to several queries on Grayson Co, Va.
I found quite a bit regarding JJL Sherwood - most of his early ministry was in the New River Baptist Asso. which has a Historical Table from 1871-1977. Found the following duties/dates/churches listed for JJL Sherwood:
Fellowship Baptist Aug 1872 Preacher/Moderator
Liberty Hill Baptist Oct 1873 Moderator
Pleasant Home Baptist Sept 1875 Moderator
Young's Chapel Sept 1876 Preacher/Moderator
White Top Baptist Aug 1878 Moderator
Galena Baptist Oct 1877 Moderator
Liberty Hill Baptist Sept 1881 Moderator
He is not listed in the Table after the 1881 date. This may have been due to his involvement in the Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Grayson Co., Va.
He (name recorded as Elder JL Sherwood or was his father also known as JL?) also is found in the minutes of a Convention held by the representatives from churches in the Lebanon, Jefferson, and United Baptist Association. This convention was held June 10,1870 at Baptist Chapel, Ashe Co. NC. (County lines were different then and Ashe NC & Grayson were neighbors.) Interestingly, Elder W. G. Young is recorded in those minutes also which may have been JJL's wife's father. I believe from all I have read that your Sherwood and Elder Young served together and were involved in the same ministeries for Oak Hill Academy's first Board of Trustee's included a W.G. Young. So again, there's the connection. It would make sense that father and son-in-law lived beside one another and served in same churches and school.
I decided to check the surrounding counties of Grayson for a marriage license - I have found several on my ancestors marriages recorded in those counties. I hope I have found the missing link regarding Jane!
In the Marriage Records of Ashe County, NC 1801-1870 found the following:
Sherwood, James Eliza Jane Bell 1/18/59.
So, by the date of 1859, and if this James Sherwood is JJL's father, I would say that Jane was a second wife and not JJL's natural mother. She may have been called Mother listed in 1880 census out of respect. So, does this fit? Of course, a transcriber had typed the marriage date from the original and it would probably be worth you getting a copy from Ashe Co. NC records to see for yourself.
All of this info can be found thru J. Weaver's "New River Notes" (except for the Oak Hill Academy info which I found in one of my Grayson reference books which also stated that Sherwood family was among first settlers in Mouth of Wilson, Va (Grayson) community. To find New River Notes, just click onto vagenweb, click onto grayson, go down page and find e-mail address of new river notes, click onto it and you are there! It takes a lot of digging but hope you find lots more info. Please let me know name of JJL's father, grandfather, if you have it and any other identifying info for them and I will keep a lookout! Again, good luck!
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