Ermington Parish, County Devon
During my visit to the Mayflower Museum in Plymouth, a staff member suggested that I visit the Plymouth and Devon Records Center. I made an appointment and was rewarded by finding the Ermington parish records for the baptism of my 7th great grandfather, William Sherwill/Sherrill on 17 November 1666 and the marriage of his parents my 8th great grandparents, William Sherwill and Mary Upright in 1658. The English don’t pronounce the “w” hence the change to Sherrill when he came to America.
The small village of Ermington is located approximately 2 miles south of Ivybridge in County Devon. Our driver, Michael, had no problem locating the village. St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church is the only church in the village. Unfortunately, the church wasn’t open and I couldn’t view the interior, but the churchyard was filled with tombstones, some so old that I could no longer read the engraving. The wet, thick, deep grass prevented me from getting close enough to read most of the tombstones. I suspect that my 8th great grandparents are buried in the churchyard since we have no record that they emigrated.
An elderly gentleman researching in the records center told me the reason for the crooked spire was that they used green lumber when it was built.