Sunday, June 23, 2013

Obituary of Sherman Day, Class of 1826, in 1885 Yale College Obituary Record

Obituary of Sherman Day, Class of 1826, included in the June 1885 issue of Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College.  Sherman Day was at various times a merchant, engineer, professor, member of the California legislature US Surveyor General for California.

View his photograph here.

The last few pages of this booklet are a Summary of the deceased graduates and an Index, all images of which appear at the end of this post.


Sherman Day, the only child of President Jeremiah Day, by
his first wife, Martha, daughter of Roger Sherman, was born in
New Haven, February 13, 1806, while his father was still Professor of Mathematics.

From 1826 to 1835 he was engaged in business as a merchant

in New York, Philadelphia, and Marseilles, and while settled in
New York was married, September 6, 1832, to Elizabeth A.,
daughter of Henry King of Westfield, Mass.; a large part of the
next two years was spent in Marseilles. In 1835 he abandoned
mercantile pursuits, and from 1836 to 1841 resided in Ohio and
Indiana, engaged in civil engineering.  He then returned to the
East, and while living in New Haven and Philadelphia, compiled
a volume entitled “ Historical Collections of Pennsylvania," which was published in 1843 (708 pp. 8vo). He then resumed a mercantile life, doing business in New York and St. Louis.
Severe losses, together with failing health, induced him to embark for California in June, 1849. Thenceforth he devoted himself to surveying and engineering, civil and mining, and both in his profession and outside it impressed himself on the community as a man of unswerving Christian principle and integrity. In 1854 his family joined him, and for 1855 and 1856 he was a member of the State Senate from Santa Clara County. In 1855 he surveyed a route for a wagon road across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At this time his residence was at Oakland, Cal., and there most of his later years were spent. He was one or the original trustees of the College of California, and for a short time held the professorship of Mine Construction and Surveying. From September, 1868, to February, 1871, he was United States Surveyor General for California. After a year or two of feebleness, he died from a disease of the heart, at Berkeley, Cal., December 14, 1884, in his 79th year. His wife died in 1873. Two sons and two daughters are still living; one daughter is the wife of Charles T. H. Palmer (Y.C. 1847).

I believe that Sherman and Elizabeth Ann (King) Day had six, or possibly seven, children:

  • Henry Day, born and died on 1 February 1835
  • Harriet King Day, born 6 March 1836 at New Haven, Connecticut; married Charles Theodore Hart Palmer
  • Roger Sherman Day, born 6 July 1838 in Ohio; married Harriet Eliza Gilman Clark
  • Martha Elizabeth Day, born 18 April 1842 in Pennsylvania
  • Jane Olivia Day, born about 6 November 1844 at Brooklyn, New York; married Henry Austin Palmer
  • Clinton Day, born 17 March 1847 in New York; married Grace Wakefield
  • There may have been another daughter, Mary Day, born about 1849 in New York

List of Yale College graduates who died in 1884.

Augustus H. Abernethy, Class of 1864
Adolph Asher, Class of 1872
Robert M. Baker, Class of 1856
T. Jefferson Bassett, Class of 1853
Henry C. Beardslee, Class of 1826
Lewis S. Benedict, Class of 1834
Michael D. Benedict, Class of 1836
Theodore H. Benedict, Class of 1840
Frederick N. Bennett, Class of 1841
James Berdan, Class of 1824
George W. Blagden, Class of 1823
David Booth, Class of 1819
Marius Brandegee, Class of 1843
C. Lewis Brent, Class of 1849
Daniel Chadwick, Class of 1845
Henry Childs, Class of 1846
James H. Clendenin, Class of 1872
George H. Coffey, Class of 1859
Thomas Cowles, Class of 1829
S. Sherwood Day, Class of 1827
Sherman Day, Class of 1826
John DeForest, Class of 1826
James T. Dickinson, Class of 1826
Richard V. Dodge, Class of 1840
George B. Dusinberre, Class of 1855
Aaron R. Dutton, Class of 1837
Barnabas M. Fay, Class of 1833
George W. Fisher, Class of 1859
Samuel A. Fisk, Class of 1844
Samuel H. Fletcher, Class of 1824
Thomas E. Franklin, Class of 1828
William Frazier, Class of 1832
Theodore Gilbert, Class of 1825
George Goodyear, Class of 1824
John M. Gordon, Class of 1830
George M. Hanners, Class of 1823
Winthrop B. Hawks, Class of 1882
Thomas R. Hubbard, Class of 1829
William Hutchison, Class of 1854
Joseph H. Isham, Class of 1865
Thomas H. Jackson, Class of 1850
Barclay Johnson, Class of 1882
Ross Johnston, Class of 1870
Francis E. Kernochan, Class of 1861
Alfred Lambert, Class of 1843
Frank A. Langworthy, Class of 1872
Cortland L. Latimer, Class of 1832
Edward A. Lawrence, Class of 1884
James N. Lea, Class of 1834
Charles A. Lewis, Class of 1829
Allyn C. Loomis, Class of 1883
Oliver E. Lyman, Class of 1876
Darius Mead, Class of 1828
Timothy T. Merwin, Class of 1827
Charles L. Mills, Class of 1835
Hiram Moses, Class of 1825
George C. Murray, Class of 1845
William Norton, Class of 1829
John J. Orton, Class of 1842
Lewis R. Packard, Class of 1856
Francis H. Palmer, Class of 1847
David C. Perry, Class of 1833
Stephen T. Robinson, Class of 1827
Charles M. Runk, Class of 1845
William H. Russell, Class of 1833
Murray C. Shoemaker, Class of 1864
Benjamin Silliman, Class of 1837
Jonathan Silliman, Class of 1817
Elbert J. Smith, Class of 1847
Charles G. Southmayd, Class of 1856
John B. Staples, Class of 1827
Hezekiah Sturges, Class of 1841
Frank H. Taylor, Class of 1878
John L. Taylor, Class of 1835
Chauncey M. Thompson, Class of 1854
Albert Todd, Class of 1836
Charles Tracy, Class of 1832
Alexander C. Twining, Class of 1820
David A. Tyler, Class of 1844
Leonidas C. Vinal, Class of 1880
Jonathan Wales, Class of 1871
Jacob K. Warner, Class of 1850
D. Ellis Willes, Class of 1850
William L. Williamson, Class of 1853
Leonard Withington, Class of 1814
Dexter Witter, Class of 1824
J. Hampden Wood, Class of 1866
Robert W. Wright, Class of 1842
Edward Wurts, Class of 1832

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