|Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Vol.
XVI Issue: 326 Section: Part 1 Page: 8
Dated: Feb. 16, 1888
SHERIDAN'S BIRTH PLACE.
The General Was Born on the 6th of March, 1831, at Somerset,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 - Special Telegram -
The absurd story that has been making an effort to creep
feebly over the country to the effect that General Sheridan
was born in Ireland is receiving some attention here tonight.
General Charles H. Grosvenor, member of Congress from the
Athens district of Ohio said: "When I first came to
Congress, my district contained the county of Perry and at its
county seat, Somerset, General Sheridan was born. I
knew Phil Sheridan in Ohio long before the war, and
through him became acquainted with his parents. I am
counsel for the road running through Somerset, and every time I
go up there I also drive three quarters of a mile outside the
town to he Pretty white cottage where Mr. Sheridan lives.
The old lady has often told me that Phil was born in the
town of Somerset, and told me much about his boyhood days.
Where the old lady now lives Phil's father died."
General H. V. Boynton is sending to the
Commercial Gazette, regarding the story, nothing but the
following paragraph, taken from Whitelaw Reid's "Ohio in
the War": "Phillip H. Sheridan was born on the 6th of
March, 1831 in the village of Somerset, Perry County, Ohio,
scarcely more than a dozen miles from the next county seat
westward, where eleven years earlier William Tecumseh Sherman
first saw the light. Sheridan's parents were recent
emigrants from county Cavan, in the north of Ireland."
Also the following foot-note from the same work referring to the
above paragraph: "It has been widely believed that Sheridan
was born in Massachusetts a few months before the removal of his
parents to Ohio. The statement has been made in several
biographies of the General, and it is confirmed in the army
register. The account in the text, however, is given on
the authority of General Sheridan himself, who probably
has authentic information concerning the event."
MILWAUKEE, WIS., Feb. 15 Special Telegram.
- L. McCabe, a shoemaker, of this city, is a
cousin of General Phil. Sheridan. He says
Sheridan is not eligible to the Presidency for reason that
he was born in Ireland. The house in which he was born was
but a stones throw from McCabe's old home.
General sheridan has visited at McCabe's house in
Source: Jackson Citizen (Jackson, MI) Page 8
Dated: Feb. 21, 1888
AN OHIO MAN
Phil Sheridan's Mother Says That He was Born at Somerset, in
the Buckeye State.
Associated Press Dispatch.
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17 - A chronicle Telegraph Somerset,
O, special says; Mrs. Sheridan, mother of Gen. Phil
Sheridan, has no certificate of his birth, as it was
destroyed by fire a number of years ago. The only
statement, Mrs. Sheridan has made is that her son was
born in Sumerset, Ohio, Mar. 6th, 1831. If conflicting
stories are told as coming from her they are not correct.
I have just learned from her that he was baptised by Rev.
Dominick Young on the 17th of March, at Meadville, Pa.