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Ex-State Superintendent of Public Instruction for Arkansas ; Member of the St. 

Petersburg (Russia) Historical and Geographical Society; Author of 

"A History of the American People " ; "A History of 

Arkansas" ; and of "A History of Education 

in the South." 

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The Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company. 


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The (leiiealogical and Hit^torica Publinliin*:] Company, in the 
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To write the history of a family is a task surrounded by many difficulties. That 
history begins, as a rule, at a period when reading and writing were not the common 
heritage of mankind ; it covers the lives of a line of people who, because they were 
not eonspieiioiis in the world's atfairs, failed to construct pedigrees, as did the 
greater men of history; it takes in a vast body of plain people, living by the nobler 
arts of peace and trade, who look with suspicion upon the blazoning of arms, crests, 
and pedigrees, and pass to tlie other extreme of keeping no record at all; it sweeps 
over periods of time engulfed in social, political or religious turjnoil, v\hen even the 
legal records are suspended ; it embraces all kinds and conditions of men widely 
dispersed ; for these and other reasons the creation of an accurate family history 
is difficult, if not impossible. I have tried to write such a history in these pages, 
and on the eve of giving it to the family at large, am free to admit that it is at 
best a very imperfect sketch. It represents years of labor, however, and is a creation 
that has absiubcd mv attention and affection. It is given to the familv for their 
guidance and criticism. Wherever it is true it will obtain commendation; and 
wherein it dcpai-ts from trutli it will receive condemnation. It is laimched with 
high hopes of a successful career. 

At the outset I desire to acknowledge my indebtedness to Mr. Eichard Cadbury, 
of Philadelphia, who cojued for my use every reference in the Minute Books of 
the Bui'lington Monthly Meeting of Friends, the Springfield Minutes, the Chester- 
field Minutes, the Mt. Holly ^linutes, the Evesham and Upper Evesham Minutes. 
Witliout these it would have been impossible to write the story. 

I am also iiulebted to Hon. John Clement, of Haddonfield, for a thorough 
investigation of the Records at Trenton. X. J., and other places; the records of 
wills, deeds, administration papers, court minutes and marriage license records, 
so far as they refer to the name Shinn, were all transcribed by him and forwarded 
to me as a supplement to the church records prepared by Mr. Cadbury. Both 
these gentlemen liave passed away, but their work appears in every line of this 
history for the period 1678-1800. 

To Mr. Kirk Brown, of Baltimore, I am indebted for transcripts of the Min- 
utes of Friends" "Meetings at Goose Creek, Crooked Run, Hopewell, Warrenton and 

Judge Thomas B. Jobes sent an abstract of the deed records of Monmouth and 
Ocean Counties. Mr. Willit Shinn has gone among the living and obtained private 
records, which I could not obtain. 

To a lesser degree I am indebted to Mrs. Mary Graham, of Miranda, 'N. C. ; 
Mr. James F. Shinn, of Xorwood. N. C. ; Pfof. H." Frank Smith, Mr. J. C. Shinn 
and Dr. George W. Harkey, of Russellville. Ark. ; to Dr. Quillen H. Shinn, of 
Cambridge. ;Mass. : to ^Irs. Hannah A. Beal. of Agricultural College, Mich. : to 
Prof. Samuel Grant Oliphant. of Baltimore. Md. : to James Thornton Shinn, of 
Philadel])hia, Pa. ; to A. C. Shinn, Ottawa, Kan. : to Benjamin G. vShinn, Hartford 
City, Ind. ; Rev. James Gallaher Shinn, Atlantic City, N. J. ; to W. B. Stackhouse, 
Medford. X. d.. and to Mrs. Marv Shinn Bennett, Fruit Hill, Ohio. 

I am also under obligation to every man and woman that anjrwevod my letters, 
for by these letters the book was largely made. 

To William Collyer Shinn, of J.ondon. and .Mr. W. (r. Stockley, Head Master 
of ^lildenhall School, Suffolk, my obligation is great for valuable matter concerning 
the English line. The latter is not a member of the family, but has taken a greater 
interest in my work than anyone named Shinn. On his bicycle he has gone over 
Cambridge, Essex, Suffolk and Xorfolk. exhuming church registers and sending 
their contents with fidelity and zeal. 

Those who read this volume expecting to find ])ortrayals of great leaders will 
be disappointed. The lives portrayed are for tlie most part farmers' lives. As 
such, they are not imposing, not eventful, and therefore not startling. They are 
sober, thoughtful, peaceful lives, and therefore the happiest lives. Hugged honesty 
and rigorous labor, uncursed by the withering touch of ambition, are the marks 
that adorn the men whose lives are here presented. Stranger t(-) the so-called 
"thoughts" of dawdlers and idle ])ai-agraphers, they live within their means, pay 
their honest debts, worship in a simple way, love one wife, and rear a family of 
sturdy, resolute boys and girls. These boys and girls are strong in exact proportion 
to their adherence to the homely morality of their parents, and deteriorate only 
as they exchange it for the so-called " cult " of the ordinary magazine. The pre- 
meditated assault which these '"literary" periodicals make uiion a virtuous life 
by thousands of lines adulatory of "Captains of Success''" is the Xati(»n's plague. 
The farm lad, fitted for his place, and happy in his environment. i> ii-eated to. 
picture and pun upon "hayseed" and "yawp!" is told so many imaginary stories 
by starving " penny-a-lincrs " about " success " and " how to rise '' that he comes 
to believe farming the only business in which the word "success" is not known, 
and that a " change " in life is the beginning of the ever-vaunted " rise." 

If " poets " are God-made, there is equal, if not greater, reason to believe 
that " farmers " are fashioned for their work in the council chambers of eternity. 
A glance at any mass of men in the heart of any assembly anywhere will satisfy 
the thinker that the largest part of the mass was predestined for a farmer's happy 
and noble life ; and that the false philosophy of magazines has cheated it of its 
birthright. Change is not rising, although the " thrupence " writers vociferously 
aver it. Farmers' boys and girls, if they are sensible, will not try to rise from 
the farm, but on the farm. They will not change locations, seeking the will-o'-the- 
wisp of bettering themselves, but will hammer that betterment from the old, worn- 
out farm on which they were born. J. P. Morgan sought a broken-down railroad 
that he might make it a success. There are thousands of broken-down farms that 
only need a man of power to make them successful ventures. And God has given 
thousands of men the very power to do this, which they are vaiidy trying to use as 
preachers, lawyers, merchants and literary men. They are "misfits" and failures. 
The early life of the family of whom these pages are written was a triumphantly 
happy farm lif(\ Tln' aged ones everywhere started wiih hundi-eds of acres of 
good land, froiii which Ihey harvested money, health. ]iower and happiness; they 
lived sim|)le yet noble lives. They left tlicii- dnldren good farms, out of which, 
had a real ])hiloso])hy boon faught by ihc magazines- and ]iublic opinion, they, too, 
might have harvested a greater woaltli. a pori'eel healtli. more power and an equal 
fiappiness. But these descendants thought there was a lutter way; the fear of being 
a " mossback " led them away finm the farni ; (lie \ icious examples of so-called 
"rising in the world" exercisiMl an evil inlhii'iico on their minds; their hands 
lost their cunning, and their souls wnrshi|)0(l disastrously at the altar of strange 
gods. To every farmer's son and danghti'r wlm reads llu^se woi-ds. T would say: 
"Unless God has visibly marked you for some other vocation, remain on the farm, 
and rise with it and by it." "Make it i)y your own exertions more abounding, more 
habitable, more and mun" the royal abode of a ihinking man. Grc>atness comes to 
the man who, in Ids own environment, does great things; and tliere is nothing 
more transcendcjitly great tlian tlu^ power to turn a five-dollar soil into the richness 

of a Babylonish garden. Use your power in an environment that ennobles you, 
and let the poverty-stricken mockers deride you at will. Better be a " hayseed '* 
and create something than a " scribbler " who makes nothing but a. destructive note. 

With a view of stimulating every son and daughter of the family, whatever 
his vocation, to loftier endeavor, to nobler aspiration, and to better and truer work, 
this book is sent into the world. It is a birds-eye view of the movements of a family, 
of which vou are a part. What some have done, all may do; and what may be 
done, ought to be done, if we are true to ourselves. 

With this in view, family pride becomes an entity of value, enlarging by 
bettering the world's great work. 

To my son, Joseph R. L. Shinn, who for years has been my constant helper, 
and to Mildred f'arlton Shinn, my wife, I owe whatever good this work may contain. 
AlwavR faithful, always ready, always true, they have siistained me when despond- 
ent and guided me to the end. 

Chioaoo. III., April. 1903. 

PART first: 

Thk Mia Who Extehki) Exglaxd With the Saxons. 

The man to wliom tlio English ;>peak:ing race is most indebted for its knowl- 
o(\}rv of tlic men wlio filtered England with the Saxons is John Mitchell Kemble. 
In two memorable works,, "Codex Diplomaticus Aevi Saxonici" (6 volumes), and 
"The Saxons in England" (2 volumes), he has given us as he aptly says, "The 
history of our childhood, the explanation of our manhood."' 

These researches furnish conclusive evidence of the fact that very many of 
the names of places in Englaiui, as disclosed by the forms in which these names 
appear in ancient charters, consist of a personal name in a patronymic form. 

These names take two endings: 

1. A nominative plnrnl in iiujas, as Ardingas, the sons or descendants of 
Ard ; 

'^. A g('niti\c plural in iiuja, with ton, ham, etc., annexed, as in Billingaton, 
the town of Billings, i. e., the sons or descendants of Billa. 

The basis upon which all Teutonic society rested was the "Mark." This 
"]\Tark"' was introduced by them into every province which they founded upon the 
ruins of Roman power. 

The word has been flippantly defined as "a boundary." This is its mere 
oxternal form. Among the older Teutonic races it was the name of the smallest 
division of land iield by freemen in common. It \\^s the first general division 
above the alods, or private estates of the Markmen. As such it was, as the word 
implies, sometliing marked out or defined, with boundaries standing as a sign 
to others, and distinguishing it from all others. 

As Kemble says: "It is the plot of land on which a greater or lesser number 
of freemen have settled for purposes of cultivation, and for the sake of mutual 
proUt and protection. .Vnd it comprises a portion both of arable land and pasture, 
in proportion to the numbers that enjoy its produce." 

This organization of freemen into marks extends backwards into the remotest 
records of our Teutonic ancestry, and was carried by them into England, when 
they turned their conquering footsteps into Kent, Sussex and other parts of 
that sea girt isle. 

The territorial meanin*: of the word comprehended not only the whole arable 
and pasture land of the independent community, or tribe, but also, and more 
especially, the forests enclosing the arable lands, and which separated the pos- 
sessions of one tribe from those of another. The mark or boundary pasture land, 
and the arable land enclosed by it, are inseparable. 

In it resides a community of persons, headed by a chief, independent of 
every other mark or community in the territory. 

In this wav and by degrees was England settled. Bold chiefs with their fol- 
lowers found foothold on English shores, and planted the organization of the 

10 History of the Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

mark along the entire Eastern, and almost across the entire Southern border oi 
England. For centuries these marks existed as independent governments, having 
each its own laws and ruled by the original or migrating chief, or some other 
at the will of its freemen. Centralization came centuries" afterwards: 

1. By a union of marks into the ga or shire; 

2. By a union of the gas into kingdoms; 

3. By a union of these into a monarchy. 

Or more succinctly the hundreds of petty marks or kingdoms developed nat- 
urally into the heptarchy, and thence into the monarchy. 

The boundaries of the ancient marks have disappeared and are apparently 
lost. But it is believed by Kemble, that it is possible to reconstruct the ancient 
marks of England, as surely and successfully as comparative anatomy recon- 
structs an extinct species of animal. 

But whether this be true or not it is none the less a fact, that the names of 
the Marks, and therefore the names of the chiefs who led their followers into 
these marks are not lost, but remain to the Englisli speaking people as a genea- 
logical tie through which they may trace an immense number of their families 
back into an hoary antiquity. 

And into this ancient age as a historian of the "House of Shinn" I shall 
plunge to ascertain if possible whether that name came in with the Saxons, and 
to what extent it contributed to the growth of Anglo-Saxon, English and Ameri- 
can worth. 


Value of the Forms in Ingas, Inga and Ingen. 

In the Anglo-Saxon, ing is a patronymic, as in Aesing, son of Aesc. But it 
may represent a mere geographical idea, as Leaming, people of the Leam. Be- 
tween such words and genuine patronymics the line must be carefully drawn, 
and the best security is the genitive plural. If the word is clearly derived from 
a genitive plural it is a patronymic; if it is generated from a genitive singular, 
it is a mere local name, and does not import the idea of a family and its de- 

But a careful study of Kemble's lists of Anglo-Saxon patronymics, togetlier 
with the German list of Foerstemann, and a consequent com])arison of these 
with the ancient poem of Beowulf, warrants the conclusion that ing is and has 
been a patronymic of the Teutons from time immoniorial. 

Witli the language of Sir J. Picton in his "Ethnology of Wiltshire" we con- 
cur: "When the Saxons first invaded Enghnid, they came in tribes and families 
headed by their patriarchal leaders. Eacli Irilie was called by its leader's name, 
with the termination ijig, signifying family, and where tliey settled they gave 
their patriarchal name to the mark or central ]K)int around which they clustered." 

This view is fortified by the researches of Foerstemann witli regard to 
German names, and is adopted by Ferguson. The nnme contained in the forms, 
ingas, inga, and ingen, is sinijily that of a leader under whose guidance the 
settlements were made, and is generally that of the pniriaroh or head of the 

Kemble, as Master of the Rolls, had access to the long line of charters de- 
veloped by Saxon life in England, and compiled an exhaustive list of these pat- 

Foerstemann afterwards compiled a list of the patronymics of modern Ger- 
many. Taylor followed with a set of tables for tlie purpose of comparing the 
Anglo-Saxon Settlemeiits with those of Germany. Ferguson followed with a 
table still more exhaustive in whieh he used first. 1he Anglo-Saxon names from 

Gleanings in England. 


Kemble's lists; then corresponding Old German from the lists of Foerstemann, 
with the district in which it is found, and, wherever identified, the existing name 
of tlie place; then names corresponding from the Liher Vitae, or elsewhere, to 
show continued Anglo-Saxon use, with, also, Frisian names; and finally the 
existing English surnames to which he compared them. 

As the patronymic, "Sinningas,"'" is in Kemble's list, and also in that of 
Foersiemann, it may be taken as proved that the Shinns eame in with the 
Saxons and have lived in England for more than twelve hundred years. Their 
prior history is wrapped up in the oblivion which surrounds the Teutonic tribes 
in their centuries of life North of the Rhine. 

T subjoin a page of Ferguson's tables to prove the position and place of the 
Sinningas in Kemble's Foerstemann's and Ferguson's lists. 

Eahi.v Saxon Settlements Compared with those of Germany. 



Locality in 

(L. V.) Liber 





(F) Frisian. 







Staubing in 

Stuf (A. S.) 







Sigga (L. V.) 




Spaichengen in 

Spech (Domes- 




Schiflingen in 



Steen (F.) 
Stean (L. V.) 




Sinne (F.) 







Dcttingen in 

Tade (F.) 





Toile (F.) 


Telia (L. V.) 


Part of pao 

^e 83, Ferguson's 

. "Surnames." 

Kemble. in his lists, gives " Sinnington."' in York, as the word from which 
he generated '"' Sinningas." Foerstemann. however, found the '•' Sinningas '' m the 
charters and documents of Germany. Ferguson finds its Frisian counterpart to be 
Sinne. The English counterparts are Sinev and Shinn. 

Kemble also gives " Shinfold " as one of the patronymics of Sussex. Shmfield 
of Berks is not so well identified. Sinningas, then, means descendants of Smn or 
Sinna. The intrusion of h is explained on the same principle as that of Washington 
from ^Vasiicnqaiun. In fact, our ancestors have always had trouble with h, in- 
truding it where it needs not be. and eliding it where it shoul-d properly appear. 
The in'trusion of a letter mav be for euphony, or to give sense to the word. 

The intrusion of h in Sinn, generating the family name Shinn, may have been 
for euphonv. If not. I take it that it was introduced not so much to give meaning 
to the word as to destrov the meaning which the phonetic form gave to Smn. 
Whatever theoloirians mav conclude as to the possibility of destroying evil, it is 
almost certain that the descendants of the original Sinn destroyed its phonetic 

12 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

power, at least, by sim]ily iiitrii(]iii,ii- an h . At all events, the best Anglo-Saxon > 
scholars give Shinn as the iikmIcih surname corresponding to the ancient patronymic 
" Sinninscas." 




The exact date of the landing of the Shinns in England may never be deter- 
mined. Wo have outlined a deduction by which the name is proved to be Anglo- 
Saxon, and therefore not Celtic, in either of its forms Cymric, Pictish or Gaelic. 

This conclusion is fortified by the fact that the name " Schyn," or " Shyn," 
has been found in Frisia, Batavia, Holland and Bohemia. One of the earliest 
historians of the JMoravians was Herman " Schyn," " Shyn "' or " Schynn.*' He 
was a resident of Holland, and brought out his work about 1728. The various 
spellings of names need not give us much trouble, inasmuch as each record is but 
an effort of a different man to reproduce in type or in letters the sounds which 
come to his eai'. Tn an early English record of births, deaths and marriages, taken 
from the Chuivh at ^lildenhall, Suffolk, England, the name Shinn is spelled in 
three ways between 1G36 and IGTO. And when we remember that '' Scrobsbyryg " 
is the ancient setting for "Shrewsbury" we must conclude that names develop 
into higher and more l)eautiful forms as do the things they represent. 

And at an earlier day than that which knew Herman Shinn the '•' Schynns " 
are found among the knights of Bohemia, engaged upon both sides of the struggle 
known as the " Hussite Wars." 

Bohemia was, in the days of Julius Ciesar, in possession of the Suevi, two 
of whose tribes were the Semnones and the Boii. The Cenni were the leading sub- 
trilje of the Semnones, and their descendants may still be traced in the " Sens ^' 
and " Semis," shepherds in the Alps. Thus the Saxon root word " Sinn '' finds its 
counterpart in the Suevian " Senn," this re])resenting the high, while that rep- 
resents the low German form. This induction at least gives the name ''■ Shinn " 
a high juitifjuity, and places it with more certainty among Teutonic words. The 
change from '" Sciiii "" to ''' Scliin "' is happily illusti'atiMJ in the prcsnil \illage 
" Schinsnach," in the Canton Aargan, Switzerland, one of the oM seating places 
of the Cenni. One f)f Iho noble f;nnili('>; of Switzerland is still known by the name 

There are members of tlie faniih- that trace tlie won! " Shinn " to either 
Gaelic or Pictish Celtie. 'i'heir chief reasoning is based \ipou the place name 
" Eoch Shin," in Sutherhindshire. Scotland. In answer to thi- il may he ^;^id that 
the most careful examination fails to show the name ■" Shinn "" a> a surname at any 
time in the hi>torv of Sut her'land. And the following mntlei- will coiielu>i\cly show 
that the place name '" I.oeh Shin" is not a dei'i\ati\(' (d' aii\' anci(Mil pati'onymic: 

LOCIl >1IIN'. 

Etymohicjics — 

1. Locil Sim; ((iarln). pi-onouncei| Sheenu, jnean.- Loch oj Ihc Sldriiiti'dil 
(a not uncommon ci'\ therca\\a\ in Wintei'). 

2. Locii SiCrii)i:iN (daclic). pi'onounced Shecin ( /// being >ileut). means 
Lor]i of the F(ilri/-l\iioll. jiossildy from great numher of cairns and tumuli (sepul- 
chral) in that neigbl)orhood, and which u<ed t(t be ascrilx'd to the I )aoine-sitii, the 
Peace-folk or I-'airies. Of these the Cairns are pei-|iaps inemoi-ia!.- of battle, ^riio 
more earthh tumuli, sometimes containing Cisls. ai'c certaiidy the hiirial-mounds 
of the Picl>. w ho-c hid cii'ch'S lie amoim' llirm. 

Glka.vixgs in- Knglan'd. 


History — 

"Taiulcni Comos :Macrbragdus, e Scotia, cum inagno exereitu, Liohun in 
I'dl iidiinis Srirh'nsihiis — afjortuf; fst." 

(Ozcadcs aiKtorc 'riiorinodo 'I'orft'ajo Historioc'rapho Ketjio ; Haimiit^e 1697 

Lil). I, Cap. IX.) ^ I ^ , , ■ 

SoTK—Liof. Earl of Orkncv, third son of Thorfinn Hansakliuf (Skull 
Clcaiior), was succeeded l>y iiis brother. Hlodver, 980. 

"A Scotorum C'oiiiite Finnleico, ;estivo tempore, ad certameri in Scidense 
Faliide ad oustitutain diem, provocatus." — lb., Lib. I, Cap. X. 

NoTK— This refers to P:arl Sicrnrd Hlodverson, who fell at Clontarff, near 
Dublin. 1014. 

The editor of the Orii/iiirs I'drorli'mlcs Scot ice says (volume ii, pt. 2d, p. ?00) 
that both battles were fouffht in the neifrhborhood of Fjoch Shin. 

In ir)4H John, Earl of Sutherland. <rranted to Helen Stewart, the widow of the 
Earl of Errol. the life rent of certain lands, including the Two Largis, Shenanes 
(the promonlorv of Schena). (Ii«-u. Mair. Sig., Lib. XXX, Xo. 20'() ; Eeo-. Sec. 
Sig., V..1. XXIV, Fol. 1.-..) 

Srlieinn/nrs included in new grant of lands to Earl John in 1566. (Suther- 
land Charters.) 

Shin or Sbinn not known as a surname in Sutherland. 

I am indelded tor the above matter to a scholarly gentleman of Sutherland, 

Note. — I^ower. in his 'Family Names." refers Shinn to Loch Shin. It was easier to 
refer than to make a jjroper investigation, and Lower took the easy path. Had Bowditch 
analyzed the word he would doubtless have taken an easier path and derived it 
from the human anatf)my. 


INTO (;i;i:Ari:i; AX'i'K^riTV. (Reflections.) 

li wniibl !»(• highly interesting to trace the Shinns back through those remoter 
ages when the Teutons were a ])art of the original stock which peopled the Asiatic 
highlands. To do this would unfold many of the mysteries surrounding the original 
habitat, the breaking of the original family into great tidal waves of migrating 
nations, ami tlu' hidden life of these nations as they wandered to their present 
historic seating i)laci's. And. after all, it may be said Justly that the history of 
words is a sure guide to the history of nations. 

In a secluded valley on the upper Indus there is a state called Gilgit. Its 
peoj)le are reckoned among the Dards, although two languages, entirely and radi- 
cally ditTerent. are spoken amongst them. These languages are the Khajuna and 
the Shina. The Shina is clearly Aryan. Among these people are two middle 
castes — the Shin and Yashkun. "The pure Shin looks more like a European than 
any high caste Brahmin of India," says the famous English traveler, Colonel Yule. 
How long the Dards have occupied Gilgat is not known. In the map of Ptolemy, 
made in the first century, the Darada^ are located with surprising accuracy. L'i'pon 
many of the Pauranic lists of people the Dardas and Chinas frequently appear. 
It is more than possible that the latter are the Shin branch of the Dards. Fahian, 
a Chinese traveler, visited Darada^ in the year 400, and Hwen-Thsang in 631. 
The latter says: ''Perilous were the roads and dark the gorges. Sometimes the 
pilgrim had t(^ pass l)y loose cords, sometimes by light stretched iron chains. Here 
there were ledges hanging in mid-air; there flying bridges across abysses; else- 
where paths cut with a chisel, or footings to climb by. Yet, even in these inaccess- 
ible regions were found great convents and miraculous images of Buddha.*' 

Every Shin of the upper Indus claims to be of the same race as the Moghuls 

14 History of the Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

of India. And the law. Miiatever it was, that hound them together as '' Shins " in> 
ancient India M'onM Mnd together such migrating parts of the original caste as 
the vicissitudes of time tore from their ancient homes. The caste would, in a new 
environment, hecome a tribal name. ^-hich. under other vicissitudes, would become 
a proper name. 

This is a mere hypothesis, and is not advanced as a settled theory. The con- 
nection of the Sinningas of England with the Cenni of Switzerland is an hypothesis 
hard to establish; but great as is this difficulty, it is far less onerous than the 
perilous attempt to connect the early Aryan Shins of the upper Indus with any 
European tribe or people. Yet, great as is the difficulty, it must have in it some 
element of truth. The pe<iple of Europe are branches torn from the Asiatic trunk, 
and their relationship is traced through a series of similar words. May it not be 
that the Shin of Gilgit, the Senn of the Alps and the Sinn of England are all words 
marking the lives of the same related people ? 

Upon no other hyjiothesis can the widely recurring names "Shin," in China; 
" Shinn," in Japan: "Shin," in India; " Shenn,"' in Kussia; " Schyn," in 
Bohemia; " Schin," in Switzerland, and " Shin," " Shyn," " Schyn " and " Shinn " 
in the same known families in England he accounted for. At all events, it is an 
ancient family in England, one dating back to the incoming Angles. And whether 
it be part of the Suevian branch, separated from the Angle in remoter ages, its 
English antiquity is of the highest rank, and covers a period of fifteen centuries. 



Mr. J.J. Murket, editor of the Eastern Counties Magazine, a periodical devoted 
to the discussion of genealogical and antiquarian problems in Eastern England, 
in a letter to the author, makes this remark : " The derivation of surnames is for 
the most part conjecture, and nothing more." The peculiar force of this sentence 
will become obvious as the reader proceeds with the purely linguistic argument 
concerning the derivation of the word Shinn. 

And to the writer it has a most peculiar force, for when one sits down before 
the four great volumes of the venerable Domesday books and seeks to identify a 
word of the twentieth century with all its accretions of growth as being one and 
the same with a word recorded in that mdnuinciitfil census of England, taken in 
the eleventh century, he is apt to exclaim, with tin' wi'iter of dM. " Vanity, vanity, 
all is vanity!" And this is especially true when tin- student athnils, as does the 
writer, a lack of critical Anglo-Saxon scholai'sbij). Accidental resiunlilances of 
form whicli. to the scholar, are not misleading, become tn ,i n()\ i<-e ;i ri'iiilfiil source 
of confusion and consecjuent error. 

But the writer may consult schola]'.-]ii[). and in ibis case ;ni honest elTcn-f has 
been made to gather the ripe fruits of its studies, and lo coiii|ire» tbeiii into a 
product containing the essence of its woi'k. These scholars liavc classiruid many 
of these ancient root words, as has been shown in tlie Anglo-Saxon patronymic 
Sinninga and in the phice word ShinfohL An accidi'nial I'cfenMice lias also been 
made to the possildy diU'erent (hTivation of Slienle\ and Shenllehl. and causes us 
to remark that the Anglo-Saxon woids "seine"" and "scene" have been classified 
as roots foi' ihat class of snrnaines wliose \;ii'i;il iiin< are Sliyne. Slivnne. Shien, 
Shene, Sheen. 

Asto wbcthei' thi,- philohigic diU'ei-ciii i;ii ion i> hoi'ne out h i >i orical Iv. we shall 
have more to say in another place. Enough has been said, however, to lead the 
readier to see that in tlie matter of Domesday ideidificafion we are to distinguish 
between men enrolled ■.\\ that time nmler (lesignations legitimately traceable to 

Gleaxikgs IX England. 15 

the root word " .Sinn,"" and to ditterentiate or divorce them from other men enrolled 
at the same time under designations traceable to the root word? "' Seine "" and 
" Scene." 

The reader must remember that the Domesday books were reallv census 
enrollments of the people of f]ngland, taken at four different periods of time 
immediately after the Conquest, and that what appears to be a simple problem when 
two root words are considered by themselves, comes to be an almost impossible task 
when rolls and lists containing thousands of root words in a semi-barbarous lan- 
guage are brought into ju.\tai)osition from which a selection is to be made. 

But as tiie writer will, in another place, attempt to show that, historically, 
there has been no divorce of the derived surnames from the different root words 
" Sinn " and " Seine "' or " Scene," the task of differentiating these words from 
each other in Df»mesday has been abandoned, and references to either or both of 
them grouped herein as authority for the surname " Shinn " or "Sheen" in the 
Domesday time. 

In "Libri Vocati Exon Domesday," under "Xomenarum Personarum," we have 
two references— "Chen ias" and " Chinias " (364, 365, 369.) These, however, 
have been referred to the " Cheney " and "' Chinn " classification. A very inter- 
esting historical argument might show this to be erroneous. In " Index Xominum 
Eliesis" we have "Nicholas Chenetu "' (407). This has also been labeled "Che- 
ney." In " Winton Domesdav " we have manv references: " Chinai " (561) and 
"Sinn" (536). Tlu' first 'is etymological ly "Chinn" or "Cheney," and the 
second " Shin " or '' Shinn." In the same book, in Herefordshire County, there 
were three men. named resi)ectively, "Senlai.'" " Scenlai " and " Scenlei " (139 b, 
135 b and 136 b). The modern word " Shenley " is admitted by all to be a 
derivative from " Senlai." The other two words project for the first time the 
A. S. roots " Seine " or *' Scene '" into historic view, and may be taken as roots for 
the modern surnames "Sheen," " Shene." "Shine," etc. In Buckinghamshire Ave 
have Semlai and Sonlai. In Leicestershire. Sceneford and Sceneton. Literally, 
the ford of Sheen and the town of Sheen. In York, in Eurvicshire, we have 
Schinestorp and Sinitun. The first is claimed by the classifiers for the list of 
Sheen words. whil(> the second is unquestionably the village of Sinn or Shinn. In 
Shropshire there was a place named Schentune, which implies a man named Schen, 
Shen or Sheen. In Lincolnshire the list discloses a Schinende. The et^Tnologists 
claim this for Sheen u)ion grounds hard to understand. It may as well be classified 
" Schin " or " Shinn." In Essex, Suffolk and Xorfolk we have "Scenefelda," which 
has ])een universally rendered " Shenfield."" or field of Sheen. 

So that whatever may l)e the truth about the derivation of the word " Shinn," 
whether it rightly roots l>ack into the ancient Anglo-Saxon "' Sinninga," or whether 
it is a modern varial)le of the derivative " Sheen," from "Scina," its ancient 
respectability as a surname is established by that high foundation of English 
authority, the great landmark of genealogical and antiquarian lore, the venerable 
Domesday Book of England. 



The first of these words roots back into the Saxon, and imports a tribal origin. 
The third roots back into the Celtic, and denotes a distinct tribal origin. It must 
be divorced philologically from the first two. and is not derived from them, nor 
they from it. They are absolutely distinct, and the families bearing them as proper 
names are equally distinct. Historically, however, the Celtic, Sheahan. has merged 
into Shinn. but I have not found a case where Shinn has merged into Sheahan. 

16 History of the Siiixx Family ix Europe and America 

In Anderson, Indiana, there is a family that now spells its name Shinn. The 
father came direct from and has no kin in the United States. His father 
was a Sheahan. There air thus two families wearing the same surname in that 
State whose ancestry are of distinct lines: lines ahsolutely divorced. AVill the 
mutations of the future merge all of the name of Sheahan' into that of .Shinn, 
as is evidently the case with the Sheens? 

Sheen was a good old English surname. Ferguson has somewhat prematurely 
written its epitaph in these words : " Some of our words contain words lost in 
English, but retained in German. As from Scene (Saxon), beautiful, we have the 
name Sheen, oulv lost as a word within the last two centuries."" — "English Sur- 

This is not exactly true, for there are still a few families who retain the sur- 
name Sheen. But a comparison of these with the very large number who used that 
form three hundred years ago would sustain Ferguson in placing it among the 
lost surnames. In vast regions where once the Sheens were numerous now only 
Sliinns abound. Why? It will be admitted that Sheen, which denotes splendor and 
beauty, is a far more beautiful word than Shinn. And yet the more hideous form 
triumphs, and seems destined to absorb not only the Saxon, Sheen, but the Celtic, 
Sheahan. The Saxon is not older than the Celtic, nor is the patronymic Sinninga 
older than the Saxon, Scene, although it is doubtless older than the surname Sheen. 
Ultimate and continued domination rests u])on sujicrior power, whether we have 
the ability to analyze that power or not. Tlu> Avord Sliinn contaius a strength 
that enables it to dominate its weaker, thougli more euphonious, foe, the older 
name Sheen. And that strength seems to me to be that Sheen is not a derived 
surname from the Saxon Scene, but a variation of the Saxon surname Sinn. Sheen 
was one of the forms into which the word Sinn, in its mardi from its original 
form to its present orthography, accidentally assumed. 

Lower derives Sheen from the Anglo-Saxon Scinian (to shine), and gives 
its variations — Shene, Sheene, Sheen. He also gives it as the original name of 
Richmond Palace, uot seeming to know that the Manor of Sheen, or Shene, ante- 
dated tlie palace, and pointed to an ancient proprietor of that name, more than 
to the beauty of either palace, Sheen, or Richmond. Shinn as a surname rests 
upon an induction that proves great age. Shinn also finds a foothold in Domesday. 
Sheen as a surname came in after the Conquest, although derived from a word 
that is as old as the Saxon itself. The common uoun slieen was certainly derived 
riniii the Saxon scene. Imt it may be doubted whether tlie >ufnaine "Sheen'' came 
Frdiii tlie .-aiiie source, hhninent English authorities claim thai these words. Shinn 

'Sheahan, Sheen. Shane, Syan. These Celtic forms are common. Castle Shane 
i.s interchangeable with Castle Shean and Castle Syan. The steps from Shean to 
Shinn and Syan to Shinn are obvious. "Castle Shane in parish, barony and County 
of Monaghan Ijelongs to the Hon. Edward Lucas," says Burke, "and this gentleman 
belongs to a family of which several meml)ers migrated from England to Ireland in 
the early part of the seventeenth centin-y and acquired by purchase and royal grant 
the manor of Castle Shane. Queen Elizabeth made a grant of the lands of Syan to 
Ross Bane Mc.Mahon. He sold the lands of Shean to Lord Blayney. They passed to 
Lucas." Thus Burke in one paragrai)h uses three forms of the same word. Nicholas 
Lucas, another member of the Lucas family in I'^ngland, was one of the three assignees 
of Edward Byllinge, in his conveyance of his interest in the province of West Jersey 
for the benefit of his creditors. Descendants of this family removed to New Jersey, 
and one of them married Caleb Shinn. 

The case of the Irish family at Anderson, Ind.. was sul)iuitted to Mr. Thomas 
Wrathmell, of Stockport, England, an antiquarian of note, and an authority upon 
surnames. He says: "There is no law forbidding any family changing their name, 
nor one that dictates the standard orlhograi)by. D'Altou, llu^ greatest authority of 
the jiast in Celtic names, states distinctly that O'Slieidian is the descendant of 
Sheahan. a Celtic Sept f)f Counties Cork and Limerick in the remote past. The new 
form puts them on an Anglo-Saxon basis, which hides their origin." 

Gleanings in England. 17 

and Sliccn, arc as distinct as Shinii and Sheahan. These autliorities assert with 
vehemence tlie tribal origin of the word Shinn, while demanding with earnestness 
llie derivation of Sheen from Scene. 1 think they confound the common with 
the proper nonn. Sheen as a common noun has force today, while Sheen as a 
surname is almost obsolete. In the chapters which follow, my reasons for this belief 
will be given in the form of historic facts, gathered from English history. For 
the present, 1 conclude this chapter with a series of variations, originating in the 
old Saxon word Sinn, and passing through successive mutations of pronunciation 
and orthography, and culminating by its own inherent power into the final form 
Shinn. 'i'his series is: Sinn, Senn, Sinna, Senna, Shin, Shyn, Shine, Shyne, 
Schin, Schyn, Schcn. Shene, Schene, Schyne, Scheen, Sheen, Scheene, Sheene, 
Schynne. Shynne, Shinne, Schynn, Shinn. 



In the nineteenth century the spelling crystallized into Shinn in England and 
Anu'rica ; for the first twenty years of the eighteenth century it was Sheen or 
Shene, after which it l»ecame Shinn: in the seventeenth century it was Sheen or 
Shene: in the fourteenth ami the early part of the fifteenth century it was 
anything that jdeased the fancy of the writer, and appeared as Shyn, Shin, Shine, 
Shene, Sheen. Sheene, Shynn and Shynne. In the latter part of the eleventh 
century, as is shown by the Book of Dooms, it was Sinn, Sinne or Sinna. 

In Yorkshire today the traveler may visit a modest village which bears the 
name Sinnington : in the period immediately after the Conquest, when the Domesday 
Books were written, there was a town in Yorkshire called " Sinnitun." Through 
eight hundred years the ancient Saxon village has held its place upon the map of 
the world witli less change in its orthographical dress than is presented by the 
ancient and juotlern s])ellings of London (Lundonum). That it was a Saxon village 
is proven by the ending "tun""; had it been a Danish villaire its termination would 
have been *'toi]) "" or " thorp."" as is attested by the other Danish towns all around 
it. " Sinnitun "" means the town or village of the Sinnings. Sinnings means the 
descendants of Sinn. So that this village, recorded by the census enumerators in 
the eleventh century with a Saxon name, was a village before that time, and even 
before the invasion "of the Danes, and dates its beginning deep in the Saxon glory 
of the llfth or sixth century. And it is the conviction of the writer that the 
families which appear in every century, although under different surnames, Shyn, 
Shin, Shen, Schin, Schyn. Shine. Shyne. Shene, Sheen, or Shinn, are the lineal 
descendants of Sinn, the ancient Saxon chief, who led his followers into Yorkshire 
in the distant centuries of the past. I have read every English coimty history that 
is to be found in the Congressional Library at Washington for the sole purpose 
of tracing the growth of the word " Shinn "" historically. These books have not 
yiehled the fruitage I wished, for the reason that, being written for the most part 
"in the nineteenth century, tliey carry the spelling of their writers, and not that of 
the records from which" the names were extracted. Enough has been gleaned, 
however, to warrant tlie statement heretofore made, and these gleanings will l)e 
presented in aiKUber cha])ter. I have had the ancient parish registers of several 
places exhumed, and will present their content exactly as it was written at the 
time. 1 pause to sav, however, that church registers were born in tlie fifteenth 
century, and that a family that begins with their advent in the world is hoary with 
age and respectabilitv. I shall also present the briefs of many wills in their 
fifteenth and sixteenth century dress to support my conclusion. 

18 History of the Shin'x Family ix Europe and AmeiIICa 



In Xash's "History of Worcestershire.'" Vol. II, page 318 (IV.), the following 
language appear^: ".Some «»f the in<lividuals of the Percy family (like most of 
others formerly) wrote the name with the variations Percy, Peircy. Piercy, Peerciey, 
and 60 on through twenty-three forms. Some inserted a superfluous letter or two, 
as they saw the same printed in a hook, or were seduced hy vicious pronunciation. 
But the variatifius of tlie name Peny ar<- trilling when compartMl with the variations 
which other names have undergone in the same lino of fiiinilv tiilc deeds, and even 
in books high in authority at the time." 

He then sets out the spelling which eight successive generations of the noble 
house of Percival used in writing tiieir names. 

In temp. Hen. VIII, David Percival; in 1588, George Persyval ; in l<i'20, 
Richard Percyval ; in 1647, Philip Percivalle; in 1665, John Percivall : in 1698, 
John Percival: in ITTO, John Perceval. The town of Lynn, in Domesday, is Lena 
and Lun ; it was chartered hv Kinij John under the name Lena. Bloomtield makes 
the bishop of the ecclesiastical division in which the village lies spell it " Lenn.'' 
Stowe, in his " Chronicle,"* uses '" Linne.'' In 1173 a deed is witnessed by Ralph, 
Mavor of Lenn. In a historv of Berks the familv name Feens or Fienes undergoes 
the following transformations: Fyncs. Fenys. Feins. Fennes. Fynnes. Finns, 
Fienles and Fiennes. 

Shenfield has been Sinningfelda, Shynningfelda and Shyningfelda. That it 
was derived from an ancient owner and not from a Saxon word of beauty is obvious 
from its various forms. In Foster's " Yorkshire "" the following beautiful induction 
a])pears: Sherd, Slierde, Sheerd, Shert, Sherte, Shirt and Shirte. One might 
argue that these were distinct, or that the Sherds form one family and the Shirts 
another, and that it is a crime to them together. They are but variations of 
one family name. Bolton gives a NTorfolk family as Scelton, Shelton and Shelrone. 
Polwhile presents a most interesting series of place and surnames in a halo of 
changes in the pedigrees of William de Schengham. "' In the 10th year of 
Richard I. Walter de Schengham held lands in Shengham and Wells; Sara, 
daughter of William Scheiengliam claimed these as her inheritance: Henry, son of 
Walter de Sengham. held a messange in Shingham."" 

Blomefield and Parkins analyze "Shingham'' .somewhat differently from the 
orthoepists. They say: ''Near to the Church is a Spring, and from hence flows 
a stream or rivulet that separates the humlred nf Clacklose from that of South 
Greenhaw, and empties itself in the river. Wiiry; /irohdhlif its ancirnt nainc tens 
Scliin or Slien; Shengay is a town in Caml)ri<igeshire; Shenfield in Esse.x : Shenley 
in Hertfordshire." Blomefield was one of the most erudite of local historians, and 
has left a monument to h\? learnini: and judLTinrMit in his historv of Norfolk. Shinsr- 
ham is spelled in several oilier boriks Shyngliani. .\nd. liy a strange inetainorjihosis, 
Luke Sheen according to one author, Luke Schene according to anotiier and Luke 
Shyn according to anoljier, was rector of Shin.Ldiam parish in in.")0. In Gage's 
" Sf>mersel " we liave the same surname under lliree forms — Theyne. Thvnm^ and 
Tliinn. Shenley Hall is analyzed by Charles Bowles, who uses it as interchangeable 
with Senley. He says that " ley ■* is an old English word, meaning pasture, from 
which the derivalion of Shenley is obvious. It was a sim|)le jiasture of an old pro- 
priitor, Sben or Senn. and not a jiaslure of brilliant or beautiful propc^'tions. 

Sir Henry Chauncey, in his "Hertfordshire," says of Senlev' (^r Shenley: 
"These words were doubtk>8P taken fnun some ancient owner thereof, and the vill 

•In DomeBday Rook It reads "Abbas Sanctl Albanl tennit scenla! pro sex hidis 
defendobat." Ami in the Hnme book Shingham Manor was "SclnRhani." Both these 

Gleanings ix England. 19 

is about four miles from St. Albans." In the same way the Manor of Sheen or 
Shine is brought clown to the level of common things. 

Manning and Bray, in their history of Surrey, were called upon to give a 
reason for the dual name of the palace, Richmond and Maner of Shene. They 
say that Edward III built a palace there, and on account of its splendor named it 
" Planer of Shene.'" But historians agree that Edward built no palace there, and 
that Richmond was built bv a later king. Other historians sav that when Richmond 
was built that on account of the splendor of its location it was named by the king 
" Maner of Shene." All this labored effort resulted from the mistaken hypothesis 
of these gentlemen that Sheen, as a proper name, was derived from scena (beau- 

The truth is that the Maner of Shene existed before Edward III was born, 
as appears from these same authors: "In the days of Edward II, 1313, Philip 
Burnet held Tuberville manor in capite as of the Manor of Shene by the service 
of 18£ per annum and suit of court to Shene."' Edward III acquired this manor 
and died there (1377). Richmond palace was built upon it by Richard, his son. 
Stow says that when James lY died his body was conveA'ed to " Shien," a monas- 
tery in Surrey. And Rev. Mr. Lamb says: 

" King James' body was eml)almed sweet like a king, and then was sent to 
Shene in Surrey, where entombed, some say there is a monument." 

Kdwnrd III issued several proclamations from this palace, spelling it " Sheen." 
Other authors spell the name of the priory near the palace, and which gained its 
name from the ancient manor. Sheen, Shene, Shine and Schene. And Blomefield 
spells the name of the Charter House of Shene as Schene, giving as his authority 
a book kept in the church chest of Brisingham rectory. 

I might multiply these citations indefinitely, but I forbear. They establish two 
things: First, the same surname has, in different ages, been spelled differently, 
and the trend of these variations points to a single ancient root, a patronymic 
denoting a projirictor or leader. Second, the word " Sheen " is not a word created 
by royal order if) meet the demands of a splendid environment created by him; nor 
given for any natural glory by which the place may have been surrounded: but 
ejrmply and alone l)ecause some ancient Saxon, named Shine, Shene or Sheen, held 
it as a home in centuries before the Xormans began their conquering march. 



In "History of Norfolk," Vol. Y (Blomefield and Parkins), page 532, Robert 
Shene, Gent., of Eye, Suffolk, presented a living in Ickburgh Parish to John Sher- 
win. A. M. 

Brisingham Parish, Xorfolk, has a very ancient religious ceremony — " The 
Pardon of the Beads " — at the Charter House of Schene. Saxliugham Manor 
House belonged, in IfioG, to Thomas Jermyn, Knight, who was father-in-law to 
one Shene. who married his daughter. Dorothy, and had one son. Jerm>Ti Shene. 
In Wright's "' Essex."" Yol. I, page 481:. another variation occurs in the Manors of 
Pelham and Sparrow Hall, owned by a family named Shaen of Witham. Manning 
and Bra}'-, in their history of Surrey, give Shene. a chapel in Kingston Hundred. 

But by far the most convincing piece of evidence is found in Chauncev's 
" Antiquities of Hertfordshire."" Yol. I. page 135. It reads as follows: "Hundred 
of Odsey. Coldridg. Hertfordshire : or Cotered. or Codred. This vill stands 
towering u]ion a high hill about a mile X. E. from Ardeley. which the Saxons 

places are in Hertford, near which the Shinns have been seated as a family from 
time immemorial, and from whose county gaol as a prisoner for conscience sake, 
John Sheen went to America to become the head of the "House of Shinn." 

20 History op tiik Shinn Family in Eirofk and America 

called. I oi.' TIk- Manor wa^ iIivuIkI un'i.r i»'. lordships l»y 41 Hdward 111, 

(T'.rwi ri ,tv .,f TVii> iiiinor vmuv to ono. SIkmuc from whom it had the 

a, - injruish it from the other part thereof: for it 

bore this name when a rouri was liidd there Anno 13 R. II. (ISiiO) (Rot. Custulo- 
i: " 13 K. in. Sometime after thi« it was in tho possession of Sir 

\\ . ,. Kt.. '.vlif. To per|M-luate the memory of his name to posterity (as 

iM ,1 in tl --'d the adjunct of Sheine to Cheynyes, when the comts 

were held here (lor ihi.- part) Anno A IT V (1 IK ) (Rot. ('n<. "Manorii 3 IT. V.)"' 

This affords food for niany reflretions. 

First. ** Are wi' so soon for^rottrn ? '" Chauneey was not only an eminent 

Frrr.nTiT nt law. hut an anli<|uarian of eminence. His references to these ancient 

show a love for res<'arch and accuracy rarely found in county histories. 

I d manor an«l parish churehes, as dcscrihed hy hiin, and by tliat 

oti. • ■ • !i «tf Norfolk, lilomefield. seem to he absolutely forgotten. 

ancient brasses and set out their content uptui his historic 
p;.-. I |tresent. although directed to learned men, brings a vacant stare, 

and tin ejaculation. '* 1 never luard of it I "' Into the old tomes at Wash- 

i?:-- ■ ' nttock of thought which unfolds a lead of ore; I pick up these 

J.' ;nd send them over the o«ran to learned men who live and move 

in the halls wherein these nuggets had place, and find that other soils have arisen 
lo hide the rifts from whence these nuggets came. Mankind lives in the present 

and r not to note the wailing cries of the solitary man who tries to be a man 

fif vi a- well as a machine of today. lie who stands with one foot in the 

nd the other in the nurlstrom of life needs hope for little consideration. 

i V. Hi. ii was is lost, and irredeemably forgotten; that which is will in liirn 

br ' • ■• '1' ♦'^orts of the elevcn^st anti<|uarians ; a few bold facts, pyramid- 

1 iiiries: but the myriad details — the flesh and Itlood of e\ist- 

-will pasji into oblivion, leaving but a skeleton to grin defiance at reseinh 
bhd The one giant fact of life is that ''we shall be forgotten wluii we 

H'' ■ 

.. .. If, in l.'lCiS. ((110 Sheine uwiu'd the "" .Manor of Sheine." and in 1117 
it had passod to Sir William f'heiny. Nsho changed its name, the history of the 
Manor of Sheine must 1m* Mught in a period antedating 13ns. 

' rd : It is not unlawful to think, and one canutit be held to an indictment 
f • • ' '"'' • ' . if he surmise tiiat the knight who (banged the adjmict. "of 

S ' -'' to perp«-tnale the memory of bis name, changed also liis 

furnani' - Cheiny. for the same n'ason. The plcl»eian name, 

^ 'h. bar 1ki-ii wrought upon by various proprietors, who desired to 

' their t«» ])ostcrity. till the product took the tinislu^d foim. 

In til- way "Hird" has come to be "Ryrud." ".lonatbair' ".h> \a- 

* and *'I>obbins" "irAubigne," '{'he gamut of change from Sheine to ( Ik iny 

I and a nuin who desin-il a change, as did Sir William, would 

Hut while one changed his name,, the remainder of the 

j'ottMgo handed them by their ancestors. Certain it is that 

thn-i' hundred years later (100*2) dobn SIkumi was sent 

parish fees; that Jcdni Sheen appeared in New .lersey, 

'''"^' -ixteen \e(\r< later: and that John Sbe(>n died as 



in t> 


M- ,,.|tll 

1 to the J' 

<• Hertfor' 

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> 1711 
Sir l{. ('. Hoar- 


•ry of Wiltshire, we find that in 1 II'.*. during the 
' i Salisbury, an accoinit was ren<lere«l of the rents and 

I'- •• ■■ .• ■ .i; held under thi- nuiyor and commonalty. The writer 

".•\ ^hop near the entrance of the Cemetery of St. Thomas, with a bed 
ihor over the f*t«'ps. which .T(»ljn Shinn ludds at 20 shillings, among the highest 

Gleanings in England. ••! 

Sir II. ('. lloaiv spells tiie iiaiiic John Sliinii. A ^dance at the other names 
on the roll suggests the suspicion that he spelled all names according to their mod- 
ern rendering. If not, the word Shinn was in use in the I'Mh I'entur}-; if so, 
then the English concensus of <ipinion in Sir K. C. Hoare's day, was that Sheen, or 
fShene, should he rendered Shinn. In the pedigree of Lord Xelson, as given by 
Bloniefield, we are told that William Xelson of Dunham Parva, married Mary, 
daiigliter of Thomas Sheen, the great grandmother of the Admiral. In other pedi- 
grees of Xelson, the word Sheen is sometimes spelled Shcne : and at other times 
Shinn. In Vol. 2 of Xash's Worcester it is said that John Shyen was rector. Feb. 
14, 1387, of Ivlvin Loche, or Yedfen Loche, in the deanery of Burford, his patron 
being the king. (Gilbert R«'gister f. 73.) 

In A. I). 1300. John I)e f'hyn was agent for Lord dc Badlesmere in Wilts. 
(See Castle Condje, Vol. 1, Scrope ."io.) 

In iniO Edward Sheen, by assignment of R. Beckham, father and son, came 
to be rector of Fransham Parva : and in H't'y'i William Sheen was rector of the same 
parish. (Blomefields Xorfolk. \'ol. V. jtage 1i»(m>. ) 

Blomelield states that, in the chancel of Castleacre, Priory Manor, Xorfolk. 
is a Mural ^lonument : "In memory of ^lary, daughter of Sir Thomas Gawfell, 
Kt. wife of John Shene. Clerk, who died in lf't.')3."* The Gawfell pedigree, which 
begins in ir)00. contains this marriage. 

As an instance of )nutabilily I inake this excur>ion. I have a very learned 
friend in Mildenhall. Suffolk, to whom I sent the al>ove <iuotation. asking him to 
go over to Castle Acre, 'j'his gentleman is a model investigator. He takes his bi- 
cycle and rides fcn-ty or fifty miles a day. taking in intlieated pari>hes. At first he 
had considerable dillicidty in reading the old regi>ters: but he has so far a<lvanced 
in knowledge as 1o rea<l the records, in many cases, more easily than the vicars, 
who liiive llniii ill (barge. Here is what he wrote concerning his trip to Castle 
Acre : 

"Last l-'riday I left Mildeiiliall for the ]»laces you mentioned in Xorfolk. Find- 
ing it necessary to stay the night in SwalTham. I looked in the registers there, and 
found ^largan t and John Shinn. children of John an<l Margaret Shinn. baptized 
^C^^'2. l)ut no oiher entry. Xext moni I went on to Castle Acre. The registers did not 
begin soon enough. Therc^ is no trace of a monunuMit in the church, but there is a 
Shinn fanuly. jtooi-. still living in the village. 1 met a young man in the church 
whose uncle bus worked up the history of the place, but he does not mention any 
tablet to a Sluiu': so if there was one it must have disap])eare(l at some restoration 
in considerable time back. 1 wrote to this uncle, J. W. Bloom. Rector, White 
Church. Stratfiu'd on Avon, ami this is a copy of his post card: 'I have not heard 
of the tablet you name. How about Shene in Surrey as an origin? Cheyne or 
Cheyney. so far as 1 know, never spelt Shene. The Shene equal sjdendor is grand.' 
This man is (piite an authority upon names."" This long extract from a very inter- 
esting gentliMuan is a model of corres])<mdenee and indicates the difficulties that 
surround historical ]n-oblems. It also enforces the idea of the author that Shene 
of Surrey is a surname, and that in some way it connects itself with the House of 
Shinn. Tn my letter to England it was set out as an hypothesis that Sheen might 
equal Splendor. This was in turn transmitted to ;\[r. Bloom, who treats it as indi- 
cated in the extract. 

Tn A'ol. V Blomefield. ]i. 7ST. it appears that in the 2nd of King John William 
de Chaen was Lord of Xorth Greenhaw Hundred and Wigbton : and that in 1383 
Ad. Schene was Rector of Waxham Parva. instituted by Sir ^liles Stapleton. 

Suckling in his History of Sutfolk gives a list of subscribers to a church repair 
fund in KaO at Kirkly. among which the name of "Widow Shin"" appears. In Car- 
ter's, Caml>ridge. p. 2r»0, Francis Shinn and Henry Shinn (so spelled) are put 
down as freeholders at Soham in 1722: also Thomas vSbinn. freeholder, at S-ntton 


ia Eame year ; also, John Shiun voted fur a Member of Parliameui ai Witeham, 16 
miles north of Cambridge at the same time. (Sheahan's Cambridge.) These spell- 
ings come from a habitat where the parish registers show Sheens, and indicate that 
the spelling, Shinn, began to be quite common in the early part of the ISth century. 

In Suckling's Norfolk. Vol. II, p. 242, the author says: "Gardner gives a 
letter in his possession, with the autograph signature of Henry VI. It closed with 
the words: * Given under our signet at our maner of Sheeue the XXI day of Nov. 

In .\ntiquinc.- of lk*rkshire by .\>hmole, p. 101, it is set out that the contents 
of a brass plate on a gravestone near the high altar of Shinfield Church were 
"Ellis of Sheynefyeld." If Sheynefyeld became Shinfield, then it is certain that one 
of the ancient forms of Shin or Shinn was Sheyne. 

In Man's Histor}- of Reading, p. 2T4„ this same, Shinfield is rendered Shyn- 
ingfield, which suggests the Saxon Sinninga: as Sinning(a) ; Shinning, Shynning, 

Two scats or manor houses in Hertford, Shingey Hall, and Shenley, had those 
names at the Conquest, lOGG. and hold them to-day. Sir Henry Chauncey. Knight 
and Sergeant at Law. thinks they took these names from ''some ancient owner, 
Shen, or Shin.'' 

These historic readings show that the ancient seating places of the family were 
in South Eastern England. To enforce this statement I add that my course of read- 
ing embraced every Cnunly history of England found in the Congressional Library 
at Washington. Few books are quoted for the reason that the great body of the an- 
cient histories do not contain the name. The most fruitful places were Hertford, 
Surrey, Xorfolk and Suffolk. 

CH.\i'ri:i: x. 


Thanks to modern research and enterprise, hundreds of parish registers have 
been copied niid |)rinled. The Congressional liibrary at Washington, and the X^ew- 
bury Library at Chicago are rich in these jjroduelions. But owing to the great 
number of i)arishes, it is fair to say that the number printed forms a very small part 
of the number in existence. Guided, however, by the experience gained in the 
County histories the principal investigation was made in ])arishes of South Eastern 
England. Ever}' i)rinte<l registry book on file in these libraries was looked at, how- 
ever, and led to the conclusion that the projier habitat of the family was where the 
historic induction placed it. .\fter exhausting the printed parishes, original re- 
jvarch was made into the registers of otlier parishes. The contents of some of the 
printed 1 K< will be presented first. 

Parish of Ellougb. Sutl'olk. 
2/26/1733 Jeffrey Ely ami DoreaH Shoon nf Herolea Parish, iiianiecl 
Tho rolliiuiiiK ''tilrleH Hlmw ilial Slilm-. Sliiene ami Sln'ene wen- int(>rrhangeal)le 
in ttic t.ivi<H'iii li j-i'iitiirv 

I'arisli of Hirchington, Kent. 

lo/2/ir>7s HenrlruK Stilc-no iimrrled .Idhnnna Staple. 

8/2G.'ir,7'.« JoK.'pli Shinn. HIIiih Ih'nrlel. lm|).; oh. 12/:!0/157l>. 

9/10/insi Akhi'h Shine. Illia Henriri. hnp.: (»h. 11/20/1591. 

8/ ■ .John .'^hleni'. fllluK Henrlri. Iiap 

>t. ' Johanna .Shine, lliia M<-nriri. hap 

3/29/1 r.'.M Kliz.. nila Menrlrl Shine. Im|) 

l/l/ir>97 HenrlruK Shieno. pal fani. (»l». 

1/12/lfiari I.nwrenre Whatenia married Anna Sheene. 

TIiIh in n rompnei history of the niarrieij life of Henry Shinn. of nirrliinsfon, 
Kont Of all that ho did while livinK. thiK is the nioaKer all that is left to history. 
But It Is cnotiKh. It HhnwH that ho was a dutiful Christian citizen, living in a peace- 
ful, happy homo. an<l dying under the benedictions of ijie rh'irrh. 

Gleanings in England. 23 

Parish of Carlton, Suffolk. (Sheen, Shean, Shine.)' 
4/30/1702 Davenish Sheaiie and Elizabeth Bradden married. 
2/8/1703 Davenish Sheane, son of Davenish and Elizabeth, bap. 
1/14/1714 John Symonds and Mary Sheen, of Kelsale, Stourton, Wilts, married. 
11/26/1738 Mary, daughter of Joseph and Ann Shean, of Mere, bap. 
2/22/1740 Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Ann Shean, of Mere, bap. 
6/27/1743 James Shean and Sarah Riclis, of Mere, married. 
4/21/1761 William Shine, of South Brewham. and Ann Odbar married. 
These show that many of the name lived at Carlton. 

Parish of Ipswich. 
12/18/1686 Robt. Curtis married Elizabeth Sheen. 

Parish of Lowestaft, Suffolk. (Sheen, Sheene.) 
11/18/1739 Mary, daughter of Henry and Mary Sheen, christened. 
5/7/1742 Owen, .son of Henry and May Sheene, christened. 
8/28/1743 John, son of Henry and .May Sheene, christened. 
9/18/174.5 Henry, son of Henry and .May Sheen, christened. 
8/4/1747 Robert, son of Henry and May Sheene, buried. 
9/25/1748 Rebecca Sheene born. Died same year. 
9/29/1749 Kinberry Sheene born. Died same year. 

Parish of St. Jaines, Clerkenwell. London. 
4/27/1629 Mary Shinn (Sic) buried from John Hand's House. 

Parish of St. Duiistan's. Stepney, London. 
3/6/1697 Samuel Needles married Elizabeth Sheen. 
11/18/1718 John V. Francis married Mary Shin. 
2/26/1628 George Shinn (Sic), of Wapping, mariner, married Thomassine Grosse, 

Parish of Ledbury, Herd'ordshire. 
1575 Joan Shynne a godmother at a christening. 

3/16/1557 Margaret Shynne was buried. On same page the same name is written 
"Marg. Shyn." 

3/5/1565 William Shynne buried. On same page written Shyne. 

Parish of St. Peters. Cornhill. London. 
1/29/1586 Wedding of Jeames Shene, bachelor, waterman, sonne of William Shene 
and Eliz. Brigges, maiden, daughter of Harry Brigges. 

Parish of St. Martin in the Fields, London. 
7/6/1619 William Shene to Jane Wallis. 

Parish of Christ's Churrh. Newgate, London. 
1/29/1694 George Sheen buried. 

Parish of St. Helens, Worcester. 

1628. Isabel, wife of Thomas Shine, buried. 

In advertisements of London papers seeking claimants to fortunes, George and 
Henry Sheen are requested to make their whereabouts known; a little lower down 
the same request is made of George and Henry Shinn. Similar calls are made for 
John, William, Susannah, Samuel, and Thomas Sheen or Shinn. 

Westminster Abbey Eegister. 
5/19/1565 James, son of Christopher Sheene, one of the bell ringers of the Abbey, 
buried in the Cloisters. 

The father. Christopher, is mentioned in the Chapter Book 12/11/1660. 

These exhaust jny printed references and show not only the varied spellings, 
but point to Suffolk and Kent as the home of the family. Through the kindness of 
a friend, Mr. W. G. Stockley. Head Master of Mildenhall School.^Suffolk, England, 
I am enabled to supplement these printed registers by numerous others, which he has 
gathered from various parishes in Herts, Essex, Xorfolk and Suffolk. 

24 Hi^ifiirv or Tin- Siiivv I'wiii v i\ llrnopi: and A.mi;rica 

J'an^ii of MililetihaU, .^fuffulk-. 

Till)? n';:i.»t«T l^ \fr\ old ; one of the (»UK•^t extant. It uas cojiiod from an older 
one in MU't'i and the following noii- apiieiided: 

"Although thi.- register will he found very imperfect hy reason of the great 
di\ ision and eonfusion of the.-ic times until the year 1H()2, yet 1 thought it more than 

c.\i»<'dii>nt to M't down what names (not without great ditlieulty) 

and do now proceed m order. May *^0, liid'-i, .1. O. Watson, Vicar." 

The dotted lines in the certificate are illegihle, says Mr. Stockley. 
Extracts from this Regi.'Jter. ( Shene. Sluvne, Sheen, Shine. Shyn, Shyne, Shin.) 


June l.'iTs Tlion:as Slu'iie and J Bonet. 

June loss Jolin Slieene and Amu- Che 

July 1.'>S'.« Tliomas Sheene and .Maria Corkett. 

May 1611 Tlionias Wins ami L Shene. 

Jan. 1C:;2 Joliii Slx't'iif and Ann Kfdfe. 

Sept. 9. lG:iy. John Avis and Eli/.al)eth Siiyii. 

These complete the list of .Mildi-nhall niarriai^cs Irom 1578 to ItTl. a period of 
ninety-three years. They give us the marriage date of John Sheene and Ann Rolf. 
Tills Ann was a (!<'sc<-ndant of an ancicni family of Ralfs or Rolfs in Norfolk. Milden- 
hall was sciilcd on Sir John Fit/, Ralf in Hi'J. Another desrendani of the same family 
forme«l an allianee in Virginia with the famous Indian princess, Pocahontas. 

U1KTH> \M) liAl'TISMS. 
July ir.NS John Sheene. son of John Sheene bajitiztw]. 
Sept. l.">s;» Thomas Shoene. son of John Sherne, baptized. 
April l.'iHO Anne, daughter of Thomas Sheen, baptized. 
Nov. l.".;»L' Nicholas, son of John Shecni'. baptized. 
Oct. l.'ilt.'i I{i<har<l. son of .lohn Sheem*. baptized. 
Oct. 1598 William, son of Jcdm Sheene, bai)tized. 
Feb. 1<)04 Franeis, s(m of John Sheene. baptized. 
Sept. It'.:;;; Rarhei, danght«:'r of John Sheene. baptized. 
Oct. lt;:;T Richard, son of Hichanl Shi'tMU'. baptized. 
March l»i:;T Jcdm, s«in of William SIk-ciic, baptized. 
•March Hi.'IS John, son of John Shyn. baptized. 
Aug. I<i4n James, son of William Sheen, baptized. 
Nov. 1C4U John. s<in of Jcdin Sheen, baptized. 
Sept. It;i"t William, .son of Richard Sheen, baptized. 
Oct. \H,\*>i>} Catherine, daughter of .bdin Shin. baptiz«vl. 
Fob. 2/l(jr,:{ Elizabeth, daughter of J<»hn Shin, baptized. 
July 22/l»i<;«; John, son of John Shin, baptized. 
March ^/If'.UH Hannah, dau^hi<r of .John Shin, baptized. 
Fell. i/lCll Haniuih, daughter of John Shin, baptized. 

.May 1' Shyne biirieil. 

.May 1 laughter of Thomas Sheen, burii'd. 

Oct. 1607 John Shene. Hon of John Sheene, buried. 
Jan. 1610 Thomas Sheene buried. 
Fi'b. Ifil" Widow Shine bnrled 
Feb '.'• Richard Shyn buried. 

.March '.', John, son of John Shyne. buried 

July 24. \*U\. Wllllnni, Hon of John Shin, biuied 
Aug. i;», H'.f.j, Riu Ih-i. ibuiKhter of .l<d\n Shin, buried. 
Jan. 11. ir.C^ .?<din Shin burled 
July S, li°. -i. son of .lohn Shin, buried 

Jnn 20. 1' ■ . ...n. win of J«ihn Shin deceasi-d. bmied. 
Aug. 27. H;7u. Hnnnnh. daughter ol John Shin, burled. 
Sopt 9. 1670. Amy Shin, widow, burled. 

I'arish of I.itlle Fran.-ham. (Shene.) 

HIT of Ed Shene, bai)tl/pd 
162a Luca*. von of Ed. Shene. baptized. 

Gleanings in England. 25 

1624 Henry, son of Henry Shene, baptized. 
1627 Anne, daughter of Henry Shene, baptized. 
1629 Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Shene, baptized. 
16;J2 Edward, son of Henry Shene. baptized. 

1641 Mary, daughter of John and Margaret Shene, baptized. 
1647 John, son of John Shene, baptized. 

1660 Anne, daughter of Ed. Shene. baptized. 
166.5 Marie, daughter of Ed. Shene, baptized. 

Parisli of Freokenham. (Sheene.) 

15.51 , daughter of Francis Sheene, baptized. 

1564 Mar>\ daughter of Francis Sheene. baptized. 

1593 Clement, son of John Sheene. baptized, Nov. 24. 

1608 Anne, daughter of John Sheene, baptized. 

1610 Margaret, daughter of John Sheene, baptized. 

1614 John and Nicholas, sons of John Sheene, baptized. 

1614 John, son of John Sheene, buried. 

1615 Frances, daughter of John Sheene. baptized. 

1615 Nicholas, son of John Slieene, buried. 

1616 Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Sheene, baptized. 

1617 Anne, wife of John Sheene, buried. 

1618 Francis, son of Francis Sheene, baptized. 

1619 Marie married John Sheene. 

1619 , son of John Sheene. baptized. 

1620 Marie, wife of John Sheene. buried. 

1621 John, wid.. married Marie Spatkes. 
1G21 Anne, of John Sheene, baptized. 

162."! .Tohn. son of Francis Sheene. baptized. 

1627 Thomas, son of Francis Sheene. baptized. 

1628 Marie, wife of John Sheene, buried. 
16.^0 Thomas, son of John Sheene. baptized. 
16:50 Thomas, .scui of .John Shet^ne. buried. 
]6.'il Joane, wife of Francis Sheene, buried. 
16:',1 John, son of Francis Sheene, buried. 

1642 Anne, daughter of William Sheene. baptized. 
1645 Mary, daughter of William Sheene. baptized. 
1633 John, son of Francis Sheene. buried. 

Pari>li S waff ham. 
1612 Margaret and John, children of John and Margaret Shinn, baptized. 

Town of Barton trills. 
Thomas 'Shinn, post-boy at Bull Inn in the days of travel by means of coaches. 

Parish of Worliiigton. 
1805 William Langham married Elizabeth Shin. (See Langham Pedigree.) 

Parish of Allturv. Herts. 
1661 Walter Shenn buried. 

The following matter was received after the preparation of this manuscript 
was eoni])letod, the same having been typewritten and delivered to the printer, too 
late to change the entire manuscript, hut not too late to be inserted as an adden- 
dum. It does not changt' the conjectural Freokenham pedigree to any great ex- 
tent ; in fact, it enforces the views therein advanced. It was argued there that 
Clement Sheene, b. lo93, son of John, who was son of Francis, must have married. 
The following extracts from the register of Soham Parish show not only that he 
married, but also his wife and children. It also shows another Clement with a 
wife and children contem])oraneous with Clement of 1593 and about the same age. 

Clement of lo93 married a woman named Grace : the register shows that 

he had a daughter born in 16'24, and other children in 162:. 1(330, 1634, 1637, 1640, 

in which Aear he died. The other Clement married a woman named Sarah 

and had a son named Edward born in 1()2(>. Xow John Shinn of Xew Jer.sey was ■ 
probably a son of the Clement who married Grace, and if so was born in 1633, be- 

26 History of the Shixx Family in Europe and America 

tween the births of Thomas and Francis as they appear upon the register. This I 
think is the true line, and would make the Clement Sheen who appeared with him 
in New Jersev in 1680, havini: wife Eliza, his brother and not his father, as the 
conjectural pedigree asserts; this brother being younger, born in 163" and dying 
0. S. P. so far as the records of New Jersey show. Of course John of 1678 in New 
Jersey could have l)een a son of the other Clement who married a Sarah. In that 
caf^? i think the relationshij) w<»uld take this form. Clement of l.~)0:3, who married 

<irace . is known tn be a son of J(jhn Sheene and grand.«on of Francis of 

l.'>20. The Clement who nmrried Sarah was also a grandson of Francis, in 

all probability, but not a son of John. The name of his father is not disclosed. It 
will be noticed that the spelling in this register is very i>eculiar. Beginning in 
1071 with a )»lain Shinn. followed in l.'»M» by Shene, then by many spellings, Shin, 
and using Shyn only once. I think there is little room for doubt but that the 
Freckenham ]»edigree modified by the Soham register indicates the exact neighbor- 
hood in which Jolin Shinn was born. Freckcidiani. Mildenhall. and Soham are par- 
ishes not far distant from each other, Soham in the IGth Century being quite a 
noted town. I subjoin an e.\act copy of the Soham register. 

Parish of Soham. (Shinn, Shene, Shin. Shyn.) 

1571 .Marie Shinn buried. 

1580 John Shene btiried. 

1624 .Marfraret. d. of Clement and Crace Shin, baptized. 

1C2C Kdward, son of Clement and Sarah Shin, baptized. 

1626 Margaret, daughter of Clement and CJrace Shin, died. 

1627 Henry, son of Clement and (Jrace Shin, baptized. 
l(i?,(i Tlioriiiis. K(tn of Clement and (Jrace Shin, bajnized. 
1634 Francis, son of Clement ami (Irace Shin, baptized. 
1637 Clement, son of Clement and (Irace Shin, baptized. 
1640 Grace, danphter of Clement an<! Ciraco Shin, liaptized. 
1640 Cb-mcnt Shin buried. 

1657 Elizabeth Shyn daiishier of Henry and Elizabeth Shyn, baptized. 
1663 Franci.s Shin and Alice Curtis married. 

1663 John Hewlett married Grace Shin. 

1664 John, son of Francis and Alice Shin, baptized. 

1C6F» Mary, daughter of Francis and Alice Shin, baptized. 

If.GS Francis, son of Francis and .Mice Shin, bai)tized, 

166H Henry Shin born. 

1671 Alice, daughter of Francis and .Mice .Sliin. baptized. 

1674 Henry Shin died. 

1681 Francis Shin, yeoman, died. 

cii \i'ri:i: xi. 


Tlip'ii-ii Die <<>iirie.\ ui' .Mr. Stockley. who not only pui i|iicsfion marks to 
purihh r<gi-terf>. but wrote to leading anti<|uarijins and literary men of tlic ICastcrn 
Counties of England. I can present my readers with a very interesting letter fr in 
Mr. J. J, Mnrkeft. Editor of the Eastern Counti<'s Magazin(% and some valuaiile 
extract- from will?*, concerning the Man<»rial Families of SnfTolk, 

•■II Talbot K'd., Sth. Tottenham, Apr. 3/01. 

"I>onr iilr: — I hnve much pIcaHtirc In Hemling you the Shinn, Shene, Sheene, etc., 
DotcH in ' . M They are none of them so early as l.")<'iu, Imi some, I 

irtin. '•'■ ! The r«-al value of many of them is that they are taken 

from relntiUK to ramllles of other stirnanies, showing in some cases unex- 

portf.i ;.,.. -li!pH. I Hhnll he glnd to hear that they are not — at any rate — all disap- 
point tnic to you 

"You will ti' It the name of the same pi-r.son is occasionally spelled Sheene 

And Shinn. I «! ii lnt«'reHte«l to know that your researches show them to have 

Gleanings in England. 27 

been at Mildenhall as far back as 15C0. I find that Sheenes are mentioned in Suffolk 
Manorial Families in connection with the Corynobles, an old Essex Family of good 
standing. They are also connected with the Bolton family. These Boltons were the 
ancestors of the present Lord Nelson, whose real name, as you know, is Bolton. 
"I am, dear sir, 

"Yours truly, J. J. MURKETT." 

This letter corroborates many of the ideas advanced in these chapters, and 
shows an unexpected relationship with the present Lerd Nelson. The pedigree of 
Admiral Lord Xelson, Baron of Trafalgar, shows a relationship to the old Xelson 
family in Xorfolk. 

Extracts from J. J. Murkett's Collection Concerning the Manorial Families of 


"Family of Shene, Shine, Shinn, etc.— Gleanings. 

"Will of Robt. Blosse of Roydon, Suffolk, P. C. C. 70, Leicester 1589. 'To John 
Shinne, sonne of John Shyne, my house called, Haggerel, after the decease of Amiable, 
my wife.' 

"Will of Edward Sheene of Wymondham, Norfolk, Gent., proved 1>j58. Had son, 
Jermyn Shcnf-. Lands in Suffolk. P. C. C. Wooten. 349. 

"Will of Thomas Shene of Stowmarket. Worsted Weaver, proved 1711. P. C. C. 
Young 01. 

"Will of Alice Blackbye of Multon, Suffolk. 15C.5. 24th of April P. C. C. 21 Mor- 
rison & Grimes. She did give to Jane .Mynt of Freckenham her daughter; to Agnes 
Shynne her daughter: and her residence to Thomas Blackbie, her son and executor. 
Probate 6/24/lfi65 to Thos. Blackbie, the son. 

"Will of Edward Sheene of Wymondham in Norfolk. Gent. P. C. C. 2/11/1657. 
To be buried in the church. To Dorothy, my wife, houses and lands in Norfolk, and 
also at Hoxt'ne in Suffolk for life. Our three children; Jermyn Sheene my only sonne; 
Annie Sheene, eldest d.; Sarah Sheene, youngest d. Wife, executrix. Probate 
5/27/1 6. '■)8. 

This Edward was son of the Edward Sheen who was rector at Little Fransham in 
1610; married Dorothy, daughter of Sir Thomas Jermyn. as the next will shows. 

"Will ol Thos. Jermyn. Esq.. of West Tofts in Norfolk 11/5/1656 P. C. C. 172 
Wooten. My sonne John Jermyn, etc.; my grandchild Jermyn Shene when 18; Mrs. 
Dorothy Shene mother of said Jermyn Shene. etc. 

"Will P. C. C. :!9 Wood, of Willie Haywards of Roydon. Suffolk 1611. To my 
grandchildrpu Thos. Bridge. John Bridge. Anna Browne, the wife of Willie Brown, 
and Ann Shinne, the wife of George Shinn. my daughter Marian Knopper of Newton, 

"Will P. C. C. 298 Nabbs. of Geo. Shen. of Woolington. Suffolk, Gent., 29 May 
1660. To Geo. Shen. my son lands & etc. in Freckenham and Mildenhall purchased 
of Thomas Gee, Esq.. for life; then to John Shen. my grandchild, youngest son of 
said. George; to Anna Alice and John Addes, when 21; to Edward Shen my grand- 
child, and Lydia Shen his sister when 21. or on the day of her marriage: son Geo. 
Shinn executor. Codicil: To my daughter, Margaret Fuller £3.12.0 yearly for life; 
to Margaret Fuller, my grandchild, when 21. Probate 11/22/1660 by oath of Geo. 
Shen, the son. 

"Will of Geo. Corynoble of Mocha Stanbridge, Essex. 1570: to Benjamin Shene, 
my sister Stamen's child. 

"Will of Katherine Warren of Woolington. Suffolk, widow. P. C. C. 85 Pb'mouth Aug. 
1725, Alice Sheen my d. To be buried in Woolington Chancel — diamonds, emerald 
ring, silver etc. Sankey. Godfrey. Beecroft, Eade. Costell etc named. Son of Dr. 
Robert Warren. 

"Will of Elizabeth Eade of Woolington. Spinster. P. C. C. Buckingham, proved 
1721; my sister, Catherine Warren, widow; sister Mary Chinnery Beecroft Shinne; 
Millicent etc. 

"Will P. C. C. 405 Alchin 7 March 1653. Sarah Sheene of Alderston. Suffolk, 
widow; my brother Josie Bolton; my nephew Wm. Bolton: my sister Chittock, sister 
to my late husband. Sheene £50: husband's nephew. Augustine Sheene £20: to 
Josias Bolton my brother, my house in Alderstone. and to his heirs forever; brothers 
William Cary of Woodbridge and Thomas Filby of Niddenham to be executors. Good 
sums of money bequeathed. Probate 7/6/1653 to Thomas Filby." 

The will of Nicholas Sheene. son of John of Mildenhall. Suffolk, is filed in 
the Prerogation Court. Somerset House. London. 



Mr. St.icklfv wrote. :>, l-^j I'.'ul : ••Tlicri:' \v;i> ncviitlv a raniily (•!' Shinns ab 
Solium. I)ut 1 could not jjet any valuable information eoneerniiij^ tlu-m. Yisterday 
I was jilaviiif; crifkot at Eriswell. One of my opponents was a Peter Shinn. There 
Were tliret- generationj* of John Shinn hefore him. and the widow Shinn of Barton's 
Mill is a e<.nn*'<tion.'* This letter, taken in connection with the srnilual changing 
in the regi.-lers and in the will> from Shene and Slieene. to Shyn. Shin, and Shinne, 
indicates that the >ame ])eople to-day in the old habitat of the family spell the 
name Shinn. The i<lentity of all the variations named with llie modern surname 
Shinn is. 1 think, clearlv established. 

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Glkanixos in England. 29 


wiro WAS JOHN shinn of bkidlington, new jersey (1()TS) ? 

In 18S.J while oiiiployod as ('lii(4' Clerk in the Office of tlie Seeretarv of State 
at Little IJock. Arkansas, I asked myself the question which heads this chapter. I 
then and there began tlie work of answering it satisfactorily, and have given all 
my s))are time since to its elucidation. The first ten years of my lal)or were thrown 
away on account of stickling for orthography. My name was Shinn, and I wanted 
Shinii. iitiil nothing else. Smith in his history of Xew Jersey said that John Shinn 
came with othe*-s to Xova Caesarea. It was a full decade after my original deter- 
mination hefore I crossed an entry in Xew Jersey Archives at Trenton, whicii in- 
foijued nie that John Sheen, and not John Shinn, entered Xew Jersey. The next 
original entry rnuiid was a signature of my ancestor to a document to Friend's in 
London, and there he was John Shin, and not John Shinn. Could I have had the 
knowledge T now possess concerning the vicissitudes of Surnames in their ortho- 
gra])hi(al di'ess, at the time I worked most laljoriously upon the problem the re- 
sults wouhl have been far more satisfactory. In 188G I was asked by Mr. Keltic, 
Editor of the Statesman's Manual. London, to jtrepare a statistical article for that 
))ubli(iit ion. This led to a friendly correspnndence concerning my name, and a ref- 
erence to W'illiain Collyer Shinn of London, who.-e portrait adorn> these pages. I 
then wrote to Mi'. Shinn. ami led him astray, as I had myself wandered from the 
goal, lie began a search foi- the (Quaker. John Shinn. and as a matter oi course 
ne\-ei- found Inni. Mail I gi\cn the variation.-. Shin, Shene and Sheene. these ])ages 
would have been richer in gleanings from the old (Quaker tiles. As it is I can pre- 
sent but bis confession of failure, as a guide to others who may hereafter make a 
siinibir rese;inh. 

On .\piil "i'i, iSild, he wrote from London, England: 

"I l)eii therefore to say. tliai I have vLsited Somerset House: Her Majesty's 
Printinu; Office (where all Acts of Parliament are printed and published); the Public 
Record Office, and ihe Friend's Meeting House in Bishopsgate Street. The result of 
my inquiries is that on the passing of the General Registration .\ct. about fifty years 
ago. various records showing births and deaths of Quakers, extending over a consid- 
erable period, were lodged at Somerset House: but as they were not indexed, nor in 
any way digested, they are of little use for purposes of reference. It appears, however, 
that the Society of Frienrls. before parting with the documents, made a very careful 
digest and general index. It is. however, confined to births, deaths, etc.. and is by 
no means a record of the personal position, movements or proceedings of the 
Quakers. This Index is kept at the Meeting House. 12 Bishopsgate Street. Without; 
and on my visits there the Secretary was kind enough to search, but no member of 
the name Shinn is to be found amongst the births or deaths in the London or Here- 
fordshire books. I am afraid this information will be a disappointment to you, but 
trust that you will give us credit for having taken some little trouble to assist you 
in your difficult but most interesting pursuit. 
"Sincerely vours. 


Four years later I visited London, and was the guest of this gentleman. Had 
all my correspondi'nts of culture and leisure been equally courteous my labor would 
have redounded more to their credit, as well as to that of the family. I found ]\Ir. 
Shinn to be a High Churchman, and a worshiper at Westminster Abbey. His 
pedigree, which is presented elsewhere, began in 1T57 in London, branching off into 
Herefordshire. It dealt with the word Shinn, as mine had, and led to an investiga- 
tion of T>ondon and Herefordshire records. His father spent his whole life as 
cashier in an Army Agent Office: he. liimself. spent fifty years in a large firm in 
London, as confidential clerk and cashier, retiring in 1883 on a small compe- 
tency; his son. whose portrait is also found herein, was cashier, until his death, in 


History of tmk Shivv Family is Kirope and America 

Her Maje.-ty*> Primiu;.' (niKx-. Lan iliero l»e a -iv;ii.r ie>timoiiial of the integrity 
of lliCH- three general inn:; tlian is contained in the wonls. '•tlnve whole lives in con- 
fidential relationship with their fellows, and no stain upon the escutcheon?'' 

Beyond this simple narrative of life-long service William Collyer Shinn would 
not go. saying: "For anything else you must try an«l read it in the photograph 
which I have much pleasure in sending you." Since then I have grasped his 
hand, and formed a part of his family life. He was a man to he honored, and for 
anything else I say. "You must read it in the engraving made from the photograph 
he sent to me.'' I suhjoin another part of his letter to show the lack of courtesy 
that jircvails in "officialdom." 

"Your interpretation of the Saxon word 'Sinninga' interests us very much, as 
well as the general subject on which you are bestowing so much time and attention. 


and which wv Ijojh-. in spite of all dilliculties, will be altcndcd with satisfactory rc- 
Kult*. When we think of the great energy you have displayed our little edort ap- 
pears M) insignificant ns hardly to deserve attentinii. .\ii public officers in London 
arc ai ' but coninninicativc. aiul only disposed to answer specific questions. 

Thf'^' •• '• enter into a general subject, nor lake anv troulde to elucidate: and it 

is lently very dillieult to get infornuitifni." 

lie ijifd in January. l!H»:i. being HH years of age. A gentleman in London in 
HMi.'l, wrote thcHf wi>r<ls annnuncing his death. "He was a ilKU'ough repre- 
vc of the Shinn family, with all the characteristics; one of the best and clev- 
erest of men: a man devoted to his family, and whose first thought was for their 
interests: his next tbfuight was for the good of others: his demise is deplored by 
manv relatives and friends: 

Gleanings in England. 31 

Pedigree of William Collyer Shinn. 

John Shinn (1). — In IToT was in business in Grosvenor Row, Chelsea,, London. 
Had a son, John (2), who in ISoT was in business in Lindsay Row, Chel- 
sea. Also another Benjamin (1) who was living in Hereford in 1810. 

John Shinn (2). — Succeeded to his father's business in Grosvenor Row. Had 
three sons, John (3), Benjamin (4) and William (5). 

John Shinn (3). — In business for many years at Battersea, Surrey. Died in lis25. 
Had one son, Jolin (G). 

John Shinn (6). — In business at Smith St., Chelsea. Died in 1858. Had a fam- 
ily, about whom little is known except that his only son, John (T), left 
England probably for America. 

Benj. Shinn (4). — Died at Kensington in 1862. Had one son, Thomas (8), who 
died in 1840. 

Wm. Shinn (5).— Died at Chelsea in 1859. Had two sons, William Collyer (9) 
and Charles Gould (10), died in 1882. Had no sons. 

Wm. C. Shinn (0).— Died at Xew Wandsworth, London, 1903, aged 88. Has two 
sons, Thomas (11) and William (12). 

Thos. Shinn (11).— Born in 1842. Chief Cashier at Her ^lajesty's Printers; died 
1891 ; one daughter. 

Wni. Shinn (12). — Unmarried; resides in India. 

William C. Shinn had two sisters who married and reared families. Besides 

the two sons named, he was the father of two danghters; one daughter married 

Charles Tlioinas; the other married a Whitehouse, who deceased. The son. William, 

is not married, and is the only one of tiiis line bearing the name. 

My next work in London was with Mr. George W. Shinn, Organist at Brighton 

Church, London, and a musical composer of great merit. In ^larch, 1890, lie wrote: 

"My family have been settled in London about sixty years. My grandfather was 
born in Mildenhall. Suffolii. I have reason to believe that the family of Shinn came 
originally from Mildenhall. for several persons of the name, whom I have met in 
London, have referred to Mildenhall, or its neighborhood, as the homes of their ances- 
tors. The name is not uncommon in Mildenhall. and I have met with it in the adjoin- 
ing Counties of Cambridge and Essex. There are few, however, of the name in 
London. So far as my memory goes, none of the name have ever been distinguished. 
They have been mostly people of the middle class, and have led respectable and un- 
eventful lives. I have a book of poems written by a Mildenhall man, and amongst the 
names of the subscribers is that of 'Captain George Shinn of the United States Navy.' 
This was in 1850. Probably he was on a visit to England. 

"Yours truly, GEO. W. SHINN." 

This letter turned my thoughts in a new direction, but did not lead to direct 
results. It was after I learned that John Shinn's name was originally spelled 
Sheen that I realized its full force. The trifling circumstance of a ^lildenhall man 
writing a poem, which a naval captain named Shinn, subscribed for, fixed my at- 
tention, however, upon ]\Iildenhall and its neighborhood. 

This George W. Shinn of Brigliton Church has made a name for himself in 
music. He has composed : "'The ^NFareh of the Israelites," a ''Benedictus" and a 
"Nunc Dimittis.'" Rev. Geo. Wolff Shinn. Rector of Xewton Parish, Xewton. Mass., 
is of the o]->inion that each of these productions is a work of ^ery great merit. Mu- 
sicians inform me that these productions give Mr. Geo. W. Shinn of Brighton 
the right to a distinguished place in the musical world. 

Having been referred to John Shinn. Ledbury, Hereford.-hire. I addres.-ed him 
a communication, which Iirousfht this replv: 

"Ledbury. Jan. 15, 1890. 
"I have no idea where the seat of the Shinn family formerly was. The most 
that I know is that my grandfather. John Shinn, Cooper, lived here. He died in 1846. 
My father's name was Richard Shinn, also a Cooper: he died in 1883. I had an uncle. 


3-^ History of thp: Siiiw Family iv tZnioPE and Amkkica 

John Shinn. a Wesleyan preacher, who went to America about forty-five years ago, 
and rlic'd at St. Lcjiiis in 18S4. I can not go back further than my grandfather. 
•Yf.'irs respectfully. JOHN SHIXX." 

'J'lii- fniiiilv i< 1- iii'tl to at St. l.-im- i^ .. iiio^t re^pcotablc one. One >nn of the 
f]eceaK'<l j)rea<li<'r luM a responsible jiosition on the rxhilje Democrat for many 
years; otlier cliildren are in good hysiness; rehition.- tliere. and in Oregon. The 
grandchildren are intelligent and energetic people. ']'hi< and two other families to 
be mentioned liereafter are the only ones 1 have found in the United States who do 
not form part of the army of John Shinn's desiendants. The rector at Ledl)nry, 
England, wrote me in IfiOfi that the Shinns of that Totnity were an eminently re- 
spectable family. 

Turning to the hi.>"tory uf ikrefnrd^bin'. I came to the conclusion after read- 
ing it that the Shinns were not an old family in that County. The Chinns seem to 
have been tliere from the lieginning. but the Shinn? are first named about the be- 
ginning of the eighteenth century. Fiut an examination of tiie Parish Register 
sliows that the family there is as old as in Sull'olk. 'j'he registers say: 

3/16/1557 Margaret Shynne was buried. 

3/5/1505 William Shynne buried. 

1575 Joan Shynne a god mother at a christening. 

.\ii examination of Wm. ('. Shinn's ]H'digree will show that Jolm Shinn (1) 
had a son Benjamin, whose descendants are not traced. 

For the last four years I have given my attenti«ui to the Eastern Counties, and 
will in tlie next chapter identify John Slieen. so far as the evidence in hand will 
warrant an opini«^m. 

( iiAi'Ti:!; xiii. 

.loll N >||! \ \. oi- Ai.lUUV. 

BesK-'f" SufTering of Friends is a mass ol' racl>, Imi Ixing witlioui an iiidi'X, 
its render in compelled to read everything within its (•omiia>s to obtain the most tri- 
fling fact. I read the first volume and found nothing tliai would eoimcct .lohn 
Shiim with the hard^hi|)s of the l*th ceiit\iry. The second volume was lakcii up 
and seemed to be as uiipr()mising as the lir.-t. Jiut is was not so. On page '-'(•."; of 

Vol. II. under the f'ountv Hertfordshire. I foinid this entry: 

"At th«' (,iuHri«T Sessions on the \'2\h of the lltli .Monih. lUi;^. John Shinn of 
Albury and J«r<niiah Deanr ot llarlf<jrd were coniniiiicd to prison on a process 
against them for abnence from their Parish Church and for not i)aying the Court fees." 

In the same county 1 round this entry: "ICt;:) lioiiert Dimsdale excominuni- 
«ii(<d for practicing cbirurgery without the Hisbop's license, was c(tmmitleil to 
llMfiird Oaol and remainol there ^ome yejtrs." This is the only rercreiice in 
r>' "-uirering to John Shinn. ><v to any one bcaiiiig that suniaiiir. TJic l"21h 

of iiic mil month. liWV?. (>. S.. would be Jan. l-.'tli. ICC.:?. On tbat .lay at the 
nhirc t<,uii. jlcrlf"''' '"bn Sbinn was sent to jail lor md attending the jtarish 
chtin was ri I ns of .\lbury: in IClS-ic*!! ur 1CS(» .i (jinaker. John 

Shinn. mn^ter of a Ininily. jippears at the infant settlcuieni at Ihirlinglon. N. .)., 
and enr' " ' i-elf with Friends at that jibice. ami died a member of tbat society 

tliirty \< •.iT. Tbat .lohn Sbinn of .Mbury. liertfordshir«'. was a member in 

go<id standing in ibc K>.»abli«hed Cluircb of Fngland is provi-d by tli(^ action of (he 
Court of </nari' - l.'eftiMd to attend the l*ari>h Cburcb and lo pav Ci>iirt 

f<H-H pnint to tin I luii iii-inii that be bad imbibed the ])iinciples of Fox. and was 
firm in cbiiming liis ri^ibl to wor.-hip where In- jileased. In fifteen years we liud 
John Shinn with n large family and considerable std)stanee in the wilds of Xew 
J' u Hireh Cnf'k. in n lojj Houh-. which he called "Springlleld Lodge." The 

first ii.ieron«f to the nnin in .\meriean hi^torv is in 1t;s(i. when ibe Cruirl ^liiniles 


Gleanixgs in England. 35 

of Burlington show "John Sheen" and "Clement Sheen/' freeholders; the second 
reference is in the same year, when John Sheen is noted as a '"Grand Juror" for 
this settlement in the woods; the third reference is an attestation of the Clerk of 
Burlington Court that John Sheen had reported for record as required by law for 
hogs, cattle and horses the following device : ^ ^^ Clement Sheen appears in - 
16«0 as a freeholder, but is never mentioned again in any church or court record. 
Salter in his history of Monmouth County states that Clement Shinn and Eliza, his ^ 
wife, had a claim for land at Shrewsbury, and that George Shinn had a like claim. 
The most diligent search fails to show that either Clement or George Shinn were 
ever at Shrewsbury. Their names do not appear in the minutes of either Court 
or Church. These men bought rights to locate land at Shrewsbury, but never had 
the right surveyed. They remained in England in all probability until John Shinn' ^ 
emigrated, when they embarked with him, and Clement Sheen Ijecame a freeholder 
at the same time that John did. For thirty years thereafter John Shinn's name 
appears with remarkable frequency upon both civil and religious records. George 
appears at times, but as a son of John. Clement is never mentioned again, and 
was proba1)]y an old man, and the father or grandfather of John Shinn. And this 
man Eobert Dimsdale who, as we have seen, was likewise incarcerated in Hertford 
gaol, appears several years afterwards in Burlington County, N. J., buys a large 
body of land on Dimsdale's Run, and returns to England. Before leaving, how- 
ever, he selected John Shinn. of Birch Creek, to act as his agent for the sale of the 
land. This seems to warrant the conclusion that Robert Dimsdale and John Shinn 
were friends, and that their friendship began in Essex or Hertfordshire in England. 
In the parish of Esse.x, in which Dimsdale was reared, there was a " Springfield 
Tjodge," and John Shinn named his wildwood home undi-r tliat ancient title. The 
records show that he was a " Wheelwright,"' a " Millwright," and a " husbandman "; 
that he tame as a " master of a Family," and not as a " Redemptioner "; that he be- 
comes at once a " Freeholder," and is at once made a '" Grand juror " ; that Dimsdale 
entrusts him with tlie fiduciary relation, " Agent " : that he became a " Proprietor "; 
that for years he was " Overseer," at Springfield Meeting of Friends; that his chil- 
dren married sons and daughters of " Proprietors," " Assemblymen," and the 
" Elite," of New Jersey ; that he died in a good old age. surrounded by children and 
grandciiildren. having an abundance of moans, and blessed with the friendship of the 
wisest and the best of early Xcw Jersey days. If there is any certainty in historic 
relations, it would seem that John Shinn of Albury (1663), a prisoner for Con- 
science sake, was John Shinn of Burlington, X. J. (1678-1711). 



Albury is a name of two parishes in Hertfordshire, and the adjunct ••'of Al- 
bury," used in the Court records of 1663 in the trial of John Shinn for contu- 
macy, do not distinguish between them. This necessitated the examination of 
l)oth registers; one of thi-m did not go back far enough to be of any use. The 
other was examined bv ^h: Stocklev from 16-20 to 1680, but contained no refer- 
ence to John Shinn, or any one of tliat surname, save "Walter Sheen buried 1661." 
This bore nut mv assumption that Albury was not the ancient seating place of the 
Shinns, although in a near neighborhood. The business relations of John Shinn 
called him into that parish, where he possibly resided a few years, and where he 
was arrested and sent to jail. Walter may have been a son: and the fact that 
the church registers contain a notice of his burial at a time so near to the day 
when pr(Xoediiigs were instituted at Hertford against John, and do not contain the 
name of Shinn in anv other place, shows that the residence at Albury was tem- 


porarv, aii<l tlial Walter was a iiR-iiiber of the £a)nily. Could all the events of' 
those 'lays of reli<iiou> fanaticism he known it might appear that John Shinn had 
heen driven by per^eeutioIl from some other jilace and wa> merely a denizen of 
ifertford seeking rest. But whether there as citizen in business, or refugee for 
conscience sake, he failed to jiud peace. The gates of a |)rison closed upon him, 
and Hertfordshire has left no other monument to his name. But rest came to him 
on the waters <»f the .\ssincunk. where a record of good deeds make a shaft more 
enduring thiin ni;irblc. and more honorable than an annory and crest. 

I shall now present a conjectural pedigree of .John Shinn (IGTS-K 1 1 ) as to 
hi,- ancestry in I'^ngland. The (piotations from the many registers of Kastern 
England show that as early as the beginning of the Kith Century the family was 
widely disjierscd over many Coinilics. The recurrence of the word J<ihn burdens 
the investigation with dilVKulties almost insurmountable. But there were certain 
ear-marks (tf the family in its early New Jersey history, that seem to indicate 
where our investigation should be nuide. 

1. John Shinn of Nrw ,lrr>cy was accompanied at his ]an<ling by Clement 

Shinn. .Vo register in Englnnd that has been examined yieltls a Clement 
>ave those cd' Frei-kenham and Soham Parishes. This name stands there 
alone, clear cut, and beacon like, as it stands alone in Xew Jersev history, 
it seems to .^ay: '"Go to Freckenham or Soham for the anc(v<tor of Jolni." 

2. Jolin Shinn of Xew Jersey named his sons John. Francis, (leorge, Thomas 

and James. And one of his gramlsons, son of Jojm, was given the name 
Clement, and another Francis. .Vnd in the pages which follow, showing 
the .\nierican descendants, it will be seen that Francis iiml Clement recur 
with remarkable frerpiency. 
The .Mildenliall register deals with John, Tlionias. Jlielianl and William. 
Francis and Clement do not a])|)ear. The Freckenham register not onlv presents 
the single case of Clement, but shows that he w;i> the son of John, who was the 
son of Francis, born as early as ]'rii). 11 also shows that J<ihn and Francis were 
favorite name.-. 1 present the Mildenliall ))iMligree of John Sheene, born 1.").50. 
as made »ip from the Mildeidiall register to show that no one of that faniilv bear- 
ing the name John couhl have gone to X"ew Jerst-y in KITS. It is as follows: 

Tin; Mii.iii:\ II Ai.i, I'loDKMti'.h; oi- .luii\ Siii:i;m. i»i i:>:)(i. 

John Sheene ( b. l."i.*)()) married nl Mildenliall and had: 

1. Tliomas Shene ( b. ir».-.l: ob. lillO) married (1) at ^rildeidiall June. i:)r8, 
•' Honet ; married (t>) at same place. July. |.">S!i. Maria ( 'orkett ; 

she died 1(117. The (irsi marriage entry spells his name Shene; the 
-••''•!id Sheene. There is but one child recorded: 

Anne, (launliler of Thomas Sheen. 1». April l.'>!Ki: oh. .Ma.v loUd. 

'J. .loliii Sbccne ( b. I ."..*»;{; oh. !()()" ). married June. I.".s;. .\nne Che and had: 

1. .F(»hn Shci-n*'. h. July I'.vv ,,i. 7 .'. IC.CJ; jnarrUvl .l.nn. MV.Vl .Ann Ilolf 
anil had : 

1. Kachci sheciic. b. .Sciji. k;;;;;; oIj. s/l'.t/l'i'i-. 

2. .lohn h, .March IRitS; (»h. :!/:50/l(;:t'.t. 

:: ,Io)in Sheen, h. Nov. HiJO; oh. l/^d/lGn'.t; married Amy , 

\M2 and had: 
1. Kll/.ahelh Shin, h. 2/2/\V,i',:\. 
2 .h»hn Slun. li. 7/22/ 1 f.f.f,. 

:•.. Hannah siiin. h. ;5/y/n;(;it. 

4 Caihorlno Shin. h. Orl. ir.4(;. 
2 Thc»maH Sheene. h. Sept. ir>S!»: married and had: 

1. AURiiHlInc SlMM-ne. (See will. Chapter XI,) 
:i. NirholnH Sheene. h. Nov. I.''.:t2: married Sarah Hollon of the family of 

iho pre.Heni l^ird Nelson. whoHe father, upon the <lpa(h of Lord 

Nolaon. Bnr«m «.f TrafalKar. renounced his patronymic. Bolton, and 

Gleaxixgs in Exgland. 

• > I 


look the name of his uncle. Nelson, and the title, Lord Nelson. Nicho- 
las Sheene died before ir,5:], leaving a will (see Chapter XI); his wife 
left a will dated 3/7/165.3, naming her late husband, Sheene, his sister, 
and his nephew, Augustine Sheene. No children. 

4. Richard Sheene, b. Oct. 1595; ob. 2/20/16:38. 

5. William Sheene, b. Oct. 1598; ob. 7/24/1644. 

6. ( Sheene), married Chittock (see Sarah Bolton's will). 

7. Francis Sheene, b. Feb. 1604; ob. May 1639. 

8. Elizabeth Shyn (b. 1606), married 9/9/1639, John Avis. 

Note. — The words in parenthesis as to dates are conjectural. 

I now sot out the Freekeiihaiii podifjree of Francis Sheene, born 1520-1525, 
as made up from the register. To mv mind this is the line from which John Shinn 
of New Jersey sprang. There is always room for error in conjectural pedigrees, 
but in this case the conjecture is reduced to a minimum, viz., the marriage of 
Clement Shinn, who is recorded on the register as born 11/12/150.3; the register 
says noiliing of his mari-iage nor of his death. He evidently removed from the 
parish, married elsewhere, and had children; this view is strengthened by the fact 
that John Sliinn, the emigrant to Xew Jersey, who was accompanied by a Clement 
Sheen, lived at Albury in Hertfordshire; Clement may have lived in Essex or 
Hertfordsl)ire. 'I'he Soham registei- -b<>\v~ his marriage and death. 

Tin; l''i;i;(i\ r;N II \ M I'kdiciikk or l-'i;\\( is Sinvy (1520-1525). 

Francis Slieene (b. 1525) ; lived in Freckeidiam Parish. The register shows 
these births: 

1. , daughter of Francis Slircno: b.-jptizod 1551. 

3. Mary Sheene; baptized 15G4. 

3. John Sheene; married (1) .\nne , who died in ItilT; (2) Marie , 

wlio died l(i2n; (.3) Marie Spatkes. who died 1628: (A) , and 

liad by lirst marriage: 

1. Edward Sheene, b. 1588; rector of Little Fransham 16111; had children: 

1. Elizabeth Shene. b. 1617. 
2^ Lucas Shene. b. 1623. 

3. Edward Shene. b. 1625; married Dorothy Jermyn, daughter of Sir 
Thomas Jermyn (see will. Chapter XI); children: 
1. Jermyn Shene. 2. Annie Sheene. 3. Sarah Shene. 

2. Clement Sheene, son of John Sheene. baptized 11/24/1593: m. at Soham. 

Grace, and had children: 

1. Margaret Shin. b. 1624; ob. 1626. 

2. Henry Shin. b. 1627: ob. 1674. 

3. Thomas Shin. b. 1630. 

4. John Shin. b. 1632; m. Jane. 

5. Francis Shin. b. 1634; m. Alice Carter, 1663. and had Mary. Francis and 


6. Clement Shin. b. 1637. 

7. Grace Shin. b. 1640; m. John Howlett. 1663. 

This is a transcript of the Soham register, and shows the removal of Clement from 
Freckenham, and accounts for the fact that no mention of his marriage or burial occurs 
on that register. These items appear on the Soham record. 

3. Francis Sheene. b. 1595: married Joan ; she ob. 1631; had children: 

1. Elizabeth Sheene. b. 1616. 

2. Francis Sheene, b. 1618. 

3. John Sheene. b. 1623; ob. 1631. 

4. Thomas Sheene. b. 1627. 

All noted on the register as children of Francis. 

4. William Sheene. b. 1604: married and had children: 

1. Anna, b. 1642. 

2. Mary. b. 1645. 

5. Anna Sheene. b. 1608. 

6. Margaret Sheene. b. 1610. 

7. John Sheene. b. 1614: ob. 1614. 



8. Nicholas Sheene. b. 1614; ob. 1G15 

By the second marriage: 

9. John Sheene. b. 1019. 

By the third marriage: 

10. Anne Sheene b. H)21. 

By the fourth marriage: 

11. Thomas Sheene, b. 1630; ob. 1631. 
Francis Sheene. m. and had children: 

1. Clement, b. 1592, who m. tsarali - 

1. John Sheen, of New Jersey, who m. Jane 

at Soham and luul : 

In every case where a child is placed in the above pedigree (save where en- 
closed in a parenthesis) the register shows that he or she was a son or daughter 
of the name under which the name is placed. A reference to chapter X, where the 
registers are printed verbatim, will make this evident. 



In the Royal Book of Crests for Great Britain and Ireland, edited by Jos. 
McLaren, pulilishcd by Knight c^' Butler. London, tlie fainilv cix'st of the Sheen 
family in England is given as follows: 

"Out of a mural coronet, a staff, raguly, vert." 

I'fio coronet is "obsidional." 

The Crest for the family of Sheen in England and Ireland is given as follows: 

".\ sword erect, blade cjililcd witli a rebel's head, all j^pr." 



ThcHi cre8l.>i are al^o given in l''airbairn's Crests and in liurke. 'i'he ann.< are: 
"Or, three piles issunnt from tiie chief gu. within a bordure, engr. erm." 
llcrnldry is a relic of the feudal ages, where it was employed to display the 
e.vploits of chivalry. .\rnu)rial l)enrings was the symbolic language of Europe. 
Kxhibite<l on the shields and vestnuuits of warriors, then- adorned the most splen- 
did apparel of pence, and were often transft-rnd lo more durable materials to per- 
petuate tlu,^ memory of those who liore them. The volume of "Royal Crests"' above 
referred to has this language: 

Gleanings in England. 39 

"A crest is the uppermost part of an armory. The crest is deemed a greater 
mark of nobility than the armor}^ as it was worn at tournaments, to which none 
were admitted until they had given strong proofs of their magnanimity. Hence 
the word crest is, figuratively, used for spirit or courage. The original purpose of 
a crest was to make a commander known to his men in battle.'"' 

The crest was worn by the knight on his helmet and was sometimes adopted 
as the sole armorial bearing. "Vert, or green, signifies hope, joy, or loyalty in 
love." (Wade's Symbolisms of Heraldry.) Ragulee, raguly, or raguled, means 
jagged or notched irregularly, and signifies "difficulties which have been overcome." 
(Wade and Fairbairn.) 

A mural coronet is one embattlemented on the edge of the circle. Embattled 
signifies fire. Nisbet and all ancient writers state that it denotes the walls of a 
fortress; the mural crown was applicable to the defenders of a fortress, or as a 
token of civic honor, following the Roman custom of giving a mural crown to him 
who first mounted the breach. When a head or any charge is placed on the blade 
of a sword it is enfilcd with whatever is borne upon it. The human head stands 
for honor. The head of a rebel refers to deeds of prowess in the Civil Wars. 

The Shanns of Tadcaster, York, whose pedigree begins 1726, have arms: 
Vair on a pile, or three escutcheons azure; each charged with an annulet of the 
second. Crest. — In front of an annulet, gold, a hand erect holding a dagger, all 
proper. Motto, Fideliter. 

The similarity of the crest would seem to indicate a family tie of some kind. 
The rebel's head enfiled upon a sword seems to set a value to a tradition of Ger- 
many that the "Scheins" were the fiercest knights in the Hussite Wars. It is said 
that they literally "skinned"' their victims alive. I am not familiar with heraldry, 
and confess that 1 have not taken any great pleasure in writing this chapter. The 
prowess of our ancestry is worthy of remembrance, but a student of history cannot 
but feel aggrieved that many who in times past presented the most gorgeous 
armory had an ancestry whose prowess was not remarkable. Vanity on the part 
of the descendants enabled them to adopt any armory they chose, and in after 
years when the right to use a crest and armory was brought under some kind of 
regulation, the blandishments of these descendents were strong enough to overcome 
the scruples of the herald. In this way crests and armories came to be the ex- 
clusive furniture of a caste that had little else to recommend it to a thinking 
world. There is an element of nobility in heraldry which should be recognized. 
That ejcment, however, seems to have been supplantd by vain glory and exclusive 
presumption. I leave this part of my work with no regret, and pass into the life 
of the Shinn family in America, where crests and armories have little place. 

Before passing, however, I add a few lines of explanation. A manor was a 
landed property held by a lord or a great personage, who lived on a part of the 
land and sublet the remainder by what was called a copyhold, or lease. The 
Conqueror granted all SutTolk to a few of his great lords. They in turn created 
many copyhold estates. The extravagance of their descendants led them, or forced 
them to convert many of these copyholds into freehold, or fee simple estates. The 
Shinns acquired wealth by peaceful pursuits, and thus became freeholders in Es- 
sex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, Herefordshire. Hertfordshire and Devonshire. 


1. The Genealogical Numbers. — These are the consecutive numbers from 1 
on indefinitely, and are found on the left side of each page. They simply number 
the descendants of John and Jane Shinn. the emigrants to New Jersey, 1678. 

2. The first five generations are treated so as to show the descendants, so far 
as found, of every descendant of John and Jane Shinn. The Generation mmibers 
will be placed after every name in small type, and all these names will appear at 
the head of each separate article ; the full name of every person whose history is be- 



inp Ptuflicd. prec-edt-d l.v his jrciK-alngiial immbor. and fdlowcd l.y the given name , 
of hii^ ancestors in a parenthesis, with their generation nnnibers. For example: 
847. JosiAii ITazkx Shivx (.')).— Bknmamin (4). Samiix (3), Thomas (2), 

.loiiK (1). 
This means thai J..Hali Ha/.m Shinn is the S47th name reaehcd in the mechan- 
ieal makin;: of the bmik: that liis father was Benjamin, of the fonrth generation 
from .Tolm : liis grandfather Samnel in the third, etc. If further knowledg(> con- 
cerning Hrnjamin is desired, .me has hnt to turn hack in the hr)()k until the gen- 
eahigieal numher 847 is reached. He will find there Josiah 11. Shinn under this 


470. BrvjAMix Shinn (4).— Samlkl (3), Thomas (2). .Tonx (1). 

liv successive changes the histnrv id' Samuel may he reaeheil ; then Thomas. 
then John. 

3. When the si.xth generation is reached the plan changes. Under encli name 
in the sixth generation are given all the descendants, so far as found, of each 
one in that generation. The generation mimVier is then placed after the name. 

for <'\ample: ^,. ,„^ 

1024. .lohn Shinn (6)— .lames (5), John (4), George (3), Vmcent (2), 

John (1). 
His cliildren were: 
Isr.T. (II .Mar.v Shinn (7i. married Lewis Brown and had: 

1858. (1) Thomas Brown (8). 

1859. (2) John Shinn (7). married Ellen Kirk and had: 
isr.n. (I) Mar.v Shinn (S). marric^l Ja.v Cook and had 
isr.l. ( 1 ) l>onisa Cook CM. 

18C2. (2) John Cook (9). 

ISG:'.. (2) John Shinn (8). o. s. p. 

18G4. (•.)) Lewis Shinn (7). 
.\ little attention will make this clear. Tt means that ^larv Shinirs iiumher 
is ].s.'»7. that she is the lirst child of John (*!) Mnd therefore in the seventh gen- 
eration. Nnndter IS.'iS is the lirst ehilil "f Maiv Shinn (1). and the grandchild 
of John ((>). and therefore in the eighth generation. Faeh new set of children is 
get to tlie right. The family nundiers are in parentheses and immediately 
under each other, 'i'hns. in the ease al)ove. the children of Jolni ( <> ) are (1) 
Mary (7). Ci) John (7), (3) Lewis ('>). Tiie grandchildren are Thomas Brown 
(8) and John Shinn (8.) The great grandchildren are Loui.-a Cook ( !> ) and 
John Cook (II). ,\I1 's uinh'r a given (i are hrothers, sisti-rs. or hrothers and 
sistj-rs : all Ss under ji given <I are hrothers. sisters, or hrothers and -isters. if they 
fall under (he same 7; if they fall under iliirerent 's. they are lirst cousins: all 
Hs under a given (\ nw l»rothers, sist<>rs. or iirothers and sister>. if they f.ill under 
the pnme H; if under dilTerenl Ss. Iiut the same * . they are lirst cousins; if iinilei- 
8s and different "s. they are third cousins: each !» under a given S is seemid coii>in 
to every other S under the same <>, «'.\ee|it the Ss undei' its own * : one S there is 
fathe! <ir niotln'r. the others his uncles and aunts. 

'», There an* n few leehnieal words and ahhreviations which may need some 
explanation: n. s. p. means died without issue; d.. daughter or dieil ; oh. infaiis. 
died in infancy; h.. horn; iimi Irsiiimt itl inn . with a will: W. M. M. K., Burling- 
ton Monthly \Ieeting Itecords; liltcr means hook; circa, ahoni ; jiat. fnni.. father 
of the familv; ah. idem anno. «lied llie sanie vear: nh. rihi /mlris. in the life of 
the father: W. J.. West Jers<'y; oh., died; Mt. II. M. M. 1?.. :\lt. TFolly Monthly 
Meeting Heeords ; N. J. W.. New Jersey Will.-: M. L. 1{.. marriage license re- 
corded; iiiintinir, without a will. 

First Generation'. 41 



Ill the Sprint^ of 1671 two hundred and tliirty (Quaker.- h-tt Eondon on the 
ship Kent for West Jersey. Half of these were from London and the other half from 
Yorkshire. Smith, in his "History of Xova Caesarea; or, Xew Jersey," gives a 
partial li.-t of these emigrants, but the name of John Shinn does not appear therein. 
He also says that these chose as a landing place the spot where Burlington now 
stands, and tliere began a settlement, which they named Xew Beverley : this was 
afterwards clianged to Bridlington, after a town in Yorkshire, from whence many 
of the settlers came, and subsequently to Burlington. Smith also gives partial 
lists of emigrants who followed these in the year 1078, and in a general way 
names otiiers who (-ainc between KJlS and 1()80. In this general list will be found 
the ]iame of John Shiiin. In the old records of Burlington now in the office of 
the Secretary of State at Trenton, showing the freeholders for the year 1080, the 
names of " Jolm Sheen " and " Clement Sheen " a|)i»ear. The same records show 
that in tlie same year .lohn Sheen was a grand juror. 

From the record of the Glen's ^IcMitidy Meeting of Friends at Burlington 
it ai)pears tliat on the Tth day of the ]"2tli month (February). 1080, the Friends 
addressed a letter to the London yearly meeting, which Bf>wden transcribes in 
his history,' with the remark that this was the earliest communication received by 
the London yeai'ly meeting from any meeting in America. 

As a matter of icligious interest, the letter, as it appears upon the Burlington 
M. ]\1. Records, now deposited in the lirepronf safe of the Friends at Philadelphia, 
Pa., is given in full : 

'VDear l'"rieiids and Brethren whom (ind hath honored with his heavenly 
Presence and crowned with Life and Dominion as some of us have been Eye wit- 
nesses (and in our measures ])artakers with you) in these solemn Annual Assemblies 
in ye Kememln-ance of which our hearts and souls are consolated and do bow 
before yc Tjord with Reverent acknowledgments to him to whom it belongs forever. 

'■ And ear friends being fully satisfied of your Love, care and zeall for ye 
Lord and his Truth and your Travill and desire for ye promotion of it: hath given 
us encouragement to address ourselvi's to you and Request your assistance in 
these following particulars being sensible of ye need of itt and believing yt itt 
will conduce to ye houjmur of God and benefit of his people for ye Lord having 
by an overruling Providence cast our lots in this remote pt of ye world, our care 
and desire is yt he may be hounoured in us and through us. and his Dear truth 
which we profess may l»e had in go(^d Re])utc and Esteem by those yt are yet 
Strangers to itt. 

" Dear ffriends our tirst Request to you is yt in your severall countyes & 
meetings out of which any may transport themselves into this place, yt you will be 
pleased to take care yt we may have C'ertifycates concerning them for here are 
severall honest Innocent People yt brought no Certifycates with them from ye 
Respective IMonthly "Meetings not foreseeing ye Service of ym and so never Desired 
any which for ye future of such defect do Entreat you yt are sensiahle of ye need 
of Certifycates to put ym in mind of ym for in some Caces where Certifycates 
are Required & yt have none itt ocations a great and tedious delay before they can 
be had from England besides ye Hazzard of Letters Miscarving which is not Xec- 
essary to ye Parties immediately »S: no wayes gratefull to Us yet in some cases 
neccssit}" urgeth it or we must Act very Unsafely and pticularly in cases of !Mar- 
riage in which we are often Concerned so if ye parties yt come are single and 

'History of Friends in America. 

42 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

Marriageable att their Coming away we Desire to be Certifyed of their clearness > 
or unclearness from other i)iies & what else you think meet for us to Know, and if 
they have parents whether they will commit ym to the Care of Friends in Generall 
in ye matter or appoint ant pticular whome they can trust »S: if any do incline to 
come that pfess truth & yet walk tli.-orderly (S: so become dishounourable to Truth 
and ye pfession they have made of it we do desire to be Certyfied of ym & it by 
some other hand (as there is frequent opportunities from London of doing ilt) 
for we are sensiable yt here are severall yt left no good Savour in yr native Land 
from whence they came & it may be probable yt more of yt Kind may come 
thinking to be Absconded in ys obscure place. But blessed be ye Lord he hath a 
pple here whom he hath provoked to a Zealous affection for ye Glory of his name 
& are desirous yt ye hidden things of Easau may be brouglit to Light & in it be 
condemned for wch cause we thus Request your assistance as an advantage & Fur- 
therance to yt Work for though some have not thought it necessary either to bring 
Ccrtificales themselves or Require any Concearning others we are not of yt mind 
and do leave itt to ye wise in licart to Judge whence it doth proceed for though 
we Desire this as an additional help to us, yet not as some have surmised yt we 
wholly build upon it withotit exercising our own immediate sence as God shall 
Guide us some wc know yt have been other wise deserving but have L^nadvisedly 
denied this Impartial right of a certificate & very hardly could obtain it. merely 
through ye dislike of .=omc to ye undertakings in their coming hether which we 
believe to be an injury & though we would not any should reject any sound advice 
or council in ye matter yet we do believe yt all ye faithful oughtto be Left to 
God's Direction in ye matter most certainly knowing by ye Shurest Evedence yt 
God hath a hand in ye Removall of some into this Place wch we desire yt all yt are 
inclined to come heither who know God may be carefull to know before they 
attem|)t itt at least their Tryals become unsiiportable unto them but if this they 
know they need not fear for ye T^ord is Icnowii by Sea iv: Land ye Shield & Strength 
of ym lit fear him. 

" And Dear Friends one thing more we tliiiik ueodfull t(^ Intimate to you 
to warn and advise all yt come pfessing truth yt they be carefull & Circums])ect 
in their passage for itt is well known to some of you yt such as are iniployed in 
sea aflairs are comm(»nlv men of ve Vilest sort dv' nniiiv of vm use Great Diliircnce 
to betray ye Simple ones which if they can do they triumph in itt & spread it from 
nation to nation to defame truth theirfore Let all be warned of it especially Yoinig 
Women that they behave themselves modestly & ehastly yt they may not be cor- 
rupted in mind & so drawn to gratify ye wanton Luxnrions inclination of any for 
many temptations may Ite met with some 'rimes thntugli slioit or Straight allow- 
ance for ye Enlargement of wch some have eomplyed wth iliai \\rl\ liath Dishoun- 
onred fJod & grieved his people \- th(»ugh w(> Know yt true fiiiiuls are never 
ennl)led ym to sidimit to any unrighteousness to gratify so nunii an I''iul yet all 
ye Professors of HVutli are not of yt (Jrowth I'v Un- Iheir sakes it is intended yt all 
may Ite preserved Sc grow in truths Dominion. 

"So Dear tTriends this wth what further you may ap|trehend may tend to 
truths puKttion in-^his Place we desire your assistance whicli will be vcuy kinclly 
and gbiflly Received by us who are Desirous of an .Amicable Correspondency with 
you and do elnim a part wtli you in yt holy Pody i^c l']ternall Union which ye 
bond of Life is ye Strength of in wch God ]»reserve you & us wlio are your flFds & 

Thomas Budd. Robt Powell, Henry r;nil,b, 

Willm P(\'U'bpe. .Tno Burton. Win. Butcher, • 

Wm Bright wen. Saml Jennings, Seth Smith. 

Tho. Gardiner, Jno. Woolston, Walter Pumphrev, 

Ro])t Stacy. Daniel T>eeds. Tho. Ellis. 

.Tolm Ilollingshead. John Bntclie)-. James S;ilcrll)\v;ite. 

First Gexeratiox. 43 

" Several friends not being present at ye sd meeting have since as a testimony 
of yr Unity with ye thing subscribed their names. 
Mahlon Stacy, Willm. Biles, Abra. Hulings, 

Thos. Lambert, Thos. Harding, Peter Fretwell, 

Juo. Kinsey, Willm. Hulings, Thos. Eves, - 

Samll. Cleft, Richard Arnold, Jon. Pa}Tie, 

Willm. Cooper, Jno. Woolman, Jon. Grippe. 

Jno. Shin, Jno. Stacy, 

" From our mens monthly meeting in Burlington in West Jersey ye 7th of 
ye 13th Month 1680. 

" To our dear Friends and Bretheren of ye Yearly Meeting of London.'" 

In this transcription, and upon the books of the Burlington meeting, among 
other names may be found that of John Shin. From these authentic facts it is 
certain that John Shinn was in New Jersey in 1680, and probably in 1678; it is 
also certain that he was a freeholder and a member of the Society of Friends. It 
is also certain, as will appear hereafter, that he was the head of the family, and 
brought that family with him to America. 

In order to a clearer understanding of much that will be adduced hereafter, 
to show the general character of John Shinn and the esteem accorded to him and 
his children by the earliest settlers of New Jersey, it will be necessary to give a 
sketch of the reasons leading up to the settlement and a brief synopsis of the laws 
governing it. 

In 1664 Charles II granted to his brother, James. Duke of York, by royal 
charter, a part of the territory wrested from the Dutch. On June 23d of the 
same year the Duke conveyed a portion of this territory to John Lord Berkeley, 
Baron of Stratton, and Sir George Carteret of Satrum. in the County of Devon. 
This instrument was the first one to define the boundaries of New Jersey, and 
gave it tlie name " Nova Cesarea, or New Jersey." 

These two proprietors at once drew up a constitution for the colony, which 
gave equal privi^ ges and liberty of conscience to all. This instrument was called 
" The Concessions and Agreements of the Lords, Proprietors of the Province of 
New Coesarca, or New Jersey, to and with All and Every of the New Adventurers, 
and All Such as Settle or Plant There," and continued in force until the division 
of the province, in 1676. It appointed Philip Carteret Governor, and authorized 
the freemen of the province to choose representatives annually from among them- 
selves, who, in conjunction with the Governor and Council, were to form the 
General Assembly for the enactment of laws. To hasten the growth of the prov- 
ince, lands were given under certain easy conditions to all who should transport 
themselves thither. In 1674 Lord Berkeley, being well advanced in years, gave 
notice that he would sell his share of the propriety. 

*A careful perusal of the commimication will satisfy any one familiar with a great 
mass of modern caurch correspondence and records, that this body of Christians in 
the wilds of New Jersey was fully equal to their modern brethren in bad orthography, 
grammar, and prolixity of utterance, and superior to them in matter and zeal. In an 
age when immigration was eagerly desired it is pleasant to contemplate a society 
trying to keep its membership pure. The settlers of Burlington were men to whom 
the creation of a sound society might safely be committed. And they discharged their 
trust with honor to themselves and glory to the cause of purity, honesty, and truth. 

This letter was quoted by Smith in his History of New Jersey, and referred to by 
Proud in his History of Pennsylvania. The manuscript copy was owned by Smith 
and was perused by Proud; it is now in the possession of the N. J. Historical Society. 
It was undervalued by both Smith and Proud. In a letter of Col. Morris concerning 
the state of religion in the Jerseys in 1700. the character of these signers is referred 
to in the following language: "In "West Jersey in the year 1699 there were 832 free- 
holders, of which there were 266 Quakers. The Quakers in that Province are the men 
of the best rank and estates. The rest of the province (generally speaking) are a 
hotch potch of all religions." Col. Morris was a firm Church of England man. 

44 lii.sTouv or TiiL MiiNN Famii.v in Europe axd A^rEniCA 

TIk.' juTSffutiiMi of (Quakers niarki-d the rci<rn cf ('li;irli> II. ami iiianv of 
their c'van^ri'lists had hwn driven to Aim-riea. Two of ihi'se iircacliers — William 
Edinunsoii and (Ji-or;rc Fox — had passed tlirou;.di New .Jersey. who?e soil was said 
to he <rood. and. lakcn alto^M'lhcr. '• .\ most hrave conntrv." h woiild he a useless 
rejK'tition of well-known facts to narralf the siiU'crini: ol' ilir (^Miakers (luring 
this jii-riod. Chureh and State united to make thciii niiseralde, indeed. Rut 
there appear to have heen causes for sidTering other than those of polities or reli- 
gion. Mi.~> .\nielia .Mott (Jnniinere' says: " If we consider the destruction of 
life occasioned hy the terrihle jilajrue of ]()(»."), when lAW prisons, out of London 
meeting alone, were Imried in Runhill Fields:' the destiiution of pro])erty lielong- 
ing to the .-iirvivors hy the lire which swept over the citv in the following year, 
together with the persecution so rigorously pur>iii'(l (hiring the trouhlous periods 
of the protectorship and rest(»ration. we cannot wonder at the desiri' of I'liciids to 
e>cape and seek liherty id' conscience in a free land." It was not long after Lord 
Berkeley's announcenient <<l' his determination to sell that a >ale was nmde of 
his half of the jtrovincc to two (^)uakers — .John l-'cnwick and l-Mward Byllinge. 
Ill 1<I7.*> |-'enwick. with a numher (d" settlers, estahlished the town of Salem. 
Feiiwick and liyllinge divided their half of the province, which came to he called 
West .Jersey, into loo parts, of which l-'eiiwick recci\('(1 ten.-' and Byllinge the 
remainder. Fenwick"s settlement \\a> upon hi- tiinli. llvllinge nu't with a 
series of reverses ami assigned hi.- propertv lo W'illiain rciiii. (iawcn Lawric and 
Nichola- Lncas. all (Quakers, for the heiielit of his creditors. These trustees sold 
a numher of >hares n{' the undivided half of .\ew .Jersey to ditVerent purchasers. 
who tlierehy liecame |)roprietors in common with them. These jiroprietors. »ui the 
.'Id day of March. Hilfi. agre('(l upon a I'dnii (d' go\eniiiiciil ciiinpri-iiig manv of 
the provi>ions of the instrument formccl hy Herkeley and (aricivM. and called it 
"The Concessions and .\greeiiienl> (d' the I'rojtrietors. l-'rccholilci- and I idialiitants 
of the l*rovince of West .Jersey, in Aincrica."" ' Tlii- iii-l niiiiciil nratcil. among 
other things, a set nf (•<inimi>sioiicrs, ten in niimlpcr. to li.' elected t'lnm llicii' own 
nnmlier hy hallot annually on the •*.')th of March, whose duty it was to "govern 
and order the alfairs «d' the province for the good and welfare of the said iieople," 
according to the c(»nccssions, and until a general fi-ee assemhlv should he electcMl. 
liy this agreement each tenth of the original one hiimli-cd pi-(>piic;cir> \\a- cniiilcd 
to one commissioner, and the iiiliahitaiit> of each iciiili wi ir ihr dcriiM^ upon 

"honi was cast the cdection of these c(imiiii>>iollel>. 

These Concessions and .\greeiiieiil> were .-igiicd hy one liiiiidred and lit'lx-one 
perM)ns. many of whom move(| t<i \cu .lei->ey and hecaiiie proinineiii in the alfairs 
of the infant settlement. Although the name <d" .loliii Sliiiin does not ap[)ear in 
the list, yet. a.- he hccaiii'' one <d' the pid|iiietaiie> ill a \crv W'W vears, and lived 
among thcs*- men until his death, we extract the iiamo <d' such as had to de with 
tlic hahitat in which .John Sliinn \\a- aflciu aid- t'lmml. 

IN'II! v< I ri.iiM i.isr ()|- .sMiNMis To ( ON ( i;.ssi( i \ -. \\ii \(;i;i;i:m lA'i's. 

Wm. Fenn, .Tolm Lamhert, .lohn I'aiicoasl, 

Wm. Fmley, (ieor;.-^!. Deacon, Uich. I'eiininiore. 

.Toph. Wright. .lohn Thompson. Tho. Schcdev, 

Thn. Ilooten. Tho. Smith. Th... Wrighi. 

Henry Stacy. And. Thompson. .John N'cwhold, 

'Frlonfls In lim Iimkioh. issi. \)n\H' (',. 

'"Muiililll" Ik n cornipiion of Hoiieliill. A. .1 (' llar<'s Walks in l-onildii. 

•iTIiesf 1IMI purls ciiiii)' to l)e called " pntprieiies. " These by a siilisequent agree- 
monl were divided Into ten purls, desitjiiaied as "Tenlha." Fenwick's share was called 
■ Fenwlcks Tenth." 

iGordnn's Minfory N. .1.. Sniilli's Ulsiory N .1.. N. J. A., llarlier and Howe's His- 
torical ('(died ions. New .lersev. 

First Generation. 45 

Kichard Smith, Dan. Smith, John Gosling, 

Dan. Wills, Sam. Lovett, Tho. Revell, 

'J'liomas Olive, Thomas Stokes. Wm. Biddle, 

John Butcher, Kobert Staev, Thos. Gardner, 

Mahlon Stacy, Tho. Eves, "- Tho. Budd, 

Eleazer Fenton, Sam. Jennings, Dan. Leeds. 

On the 1st day of .July, IGTG, a division of the jn-ovinee was made by a deed 
between George Carteret, one of the parties, and the trustees of Byllinge, the 
other. Carteret took all east of a line from the east side of Little Egg Harbor, 
straight north, througli the country, to the utmost branch of the Delaware River, 
and eaUed it '* East Xew Jersey." "^I'lie rest of it. along the Delaware, fell to 
Penn and liis ;i.-soeiates, under the title '" West Xew Jersey." and was to \h.' divided 
into one hiiiMiivd parts. Fenwick had already located his tenth in the southern 
part of West New Jersey. Purchasers were numerous, and in a .<hort time two 
companies — the first made uj) of some Friends in Yorkshire and the other of some 
Friends in London — contracted for shares and received their patents. In IGTT 
the proprietors sent commissioners to purchase the land from the Indians, to 
inspect the titles of claimants and to lay off the lands. The commissioners' repre- 
senting tlie Yorksliirc ))roprietors were liol)ert Stacy, Joscjili Ilelmsley and William 
Eniley. liepresenting the London proprietors were Thomas <)liv(.', Daniel Wills. 
John Penford, Benjamin Scott, John Kinsley. Richard Guy and Thomas Foulke. 
These commissioners, with the exception of Richard Guy. wlio was already in Xew 
Jersey, formed a ])art of the passenger list oji the ship Kent, which sailed for Xew 
Jei-sey in IfiTT, as has l)een stated. After their landing at what was afterwards 
called Burlington, the commissioners negotiated three purchases from the Indians, 
viz.. (1) from Timbc" Lake to Rankokas ('reek, (2) from Oldman's Creek to 
'^Piniher Creek, ('^) ' oni Raid«tkas Creek to Assunpink. From this territory so 
])urchased tho Yorkshire commissioners chose from the Falls of the Delaware 
down, which was called the First Tenth. The London commissioners chose at 
Arwnuiui- (in and near Gloucester), and called it the Second Tenth. Both sets 
of men. lioweM-r. united in settling Burlington, a surveyed street being made the 
dividing line. With this explaiuitory matter (oncerning the general history of 
Xew Jersey, we jiass to the |)articular history of John Sliinn, Senior, the head of 
the family in America. 

Burlington Records, on file at Trenton. X. J., show "John Sheen and Clem- 
ent Sheen " in a list of freeholders for Burlington in the year 1G80. They also 
show " John Sheen " as grand juror in the same year. 

John Sinxx,'- Senior. 

On September ISth. I(i80. John Shinn. Senior, bought of William Emley, 
one of the commissioners. 1-1.5 of one of the one hundred shares of West Jersey. 
This is evidenced (1) by a deed, dated July IT, 160T, wherein John Shinn, of 
Springfield Township, Burlington County, wheelwright, conveys to his son, James 

1 Grordon's History of New Jersey, page 39. 

Smith's History of New Jersey, page 92. -^ 

2 Salter in his History of Monmouth and Ocean Counties says that Clement Shinn 
and Eliza, his wife, had warrant for 160 acres of land in Shrewsbury in 1676, and 
that George Shinn in the same year had a warrant for 60 acres. There is no record 
of its survey, and the next reference to Clement Shinn is that of the text. After this 
the name Clement disappears from all records, whether of church or state, until the 
third generation, when it reappears in the line of John. Senior. The name "Eliza 
Shinn" appears in no place save in the text of Salter. From what has already been 
written concerning the English branch, it is probable that this "Clement Sheen" was 


4<; IIisToKY or THE Smxx Family ix Europe and America 

Shinn, li'U acre?,* being part of the 1-15 of the propriety bought of Wiiliaiu 
Emley, September li>, UibO; Eiber AAA, f. 30S, X. J. Deeds; (2) by a deed, 
dated July loth, Kll, from John Shinn, of same township, to John Shinn, Junior, 
of the same place, conveying the remainder of the 1-15 of a share, bought as 
aforesaid; Liber AAA, f. 3G8 If. 

At a meeting of proprietors and freeholders in the First Tenth on the 2-lth 
of June, 1684, assessors were chosen to value and list lands. These assessors were 
directed not only to receive the assessment, but " for ye giving in each persons 
quantity of land in ye said Tente(h), both of undivided and certain tracts."' 
From the list prepared by said assessors, and headed "The Names of ye Proprie- 
tors and Freeholders, and ye Number of Acres They Possess," we gather that John 
Shinn had that year in the First Tentli " rmlividcd 300 acres. Located 100 

The list shows eighty-nine freeholders. Samuel Barker is the only one iluit 
shows 1,000 acres; twelve others slunv from 450 to 650; eight own 400 acres; the 
remainder had fmni 5(1 to 350.- John Shinn at that early day stood among the 
well-to-d(j men of Burlington County. 

On September 36, 1680, a survey was made for John Shinn of 200 acres on 
Assincunk Creek, adjoining Eleazer Fenton. (Revel's "Book of Surveys." p. T.) 
Again, on February 1, 1681. another survey was made for him of 100 acres on the 
Brook of Assincunk, adjoining his own land and that of Thomas Budd. Daniel 
Leeds was the surveyor. (Revel's "Book of Surveys," p. 18.) On September 22, 
1682, another survey was made for him of 120 acres between John Butcher, 
Eleazer Fenton and the West Branch of Assincunk Creek. (Revel's Surveys, p. 
34.) On September 6, 16S(), Eleazor Fenton sold John Shinn 1-16 of a share 
of the original 100 shares of West New Jersey, a wharf lot in the town of Burling- 
ton and a house lot on Romb Street, in the same town. ( Liber B, Part I, p. 247, 
Deeds of W. J.) Counting a share at 32.000 acres, as is dojie by Hon. John Clem- 
ent, for thirty years a Judge of the Court of Error and Appeal of New Jersey"* 
this transaction gave John Shiini the right to locate 2,000 acres of land. 

Judge Clement contributed an article to the Pennsylvania Magazine of Bio(j- 
rapluj and Ifii<tor}/.* from wlii<li the following document is extracted: 

"On "th of ye twelfth nioiilli 16(8)7. ^ 

"The Deputy Governor and ('ommissioners being then met at ye house of 
(IFcnry) Crubb in Burlington, proposed to Governor Coxe's Agent to join ve 

the brother ol " .lolm Sheen." and ihat "George Shiiiii '" was either his brother or son. 
Wo have .soon iliat the FrceUcnliaiii RoRisters record the l)irlh of "Clement Sheen, son 
of .lohn Shocn. liapii/cd Nov. liJili. irj!».',." Tlie age of Clement in 1G80 Mould be 
rl^hiy-Kcvcn, wlilcii makes it probable that he was the Ki'Hnrtfnther of John, and the 
fntJKT of the ('lenn-nt of the text. Wh(>n it is rememlxrcd that his name appears 
nowlierc else in }tl)rlin^ton records; that it api)ears then as a freeholder merely: that 
John was llien a fallKT of n JiuTe family of children, several of whom were of mar- 
rhmeiilde ane, the deihiclion is loKical that this Clement was about his age: that he 
bouglit lands in Kngland in 1(>7r., but did not go to them: that he actually came to 
America when J<ihn and his family emigrated: and that he died at nurlin^tou in the 
year ir.KO. or shortly afterwards. This maUes tlw pedigree of .John Sliiun of Hurlington, 
N .1., root back to Fram is Slieene of KrecUenham I'arisli. iOngland. born l.")l.'(i. 

The spelling of th<' name "Sheen" c(uinects the family with the Ii^nglish. In Eng- 
land and Now Jersey the spelling crystallized into its present form about 1700. Since 
thai time It has lieen uniformly spelled "Shinn" in l-'ngland and America. 

I The land conveyed was bounded W. by Jolin Day: E. by .lohn Butcher: S. by a 
branch of Ulrch Creek; N. by Jcdin .Shinn. N. J. A., Vol. XXI. p. .")(a!. A survey of 
laufl on Oct. 2^. on Assincunk Creek at .Mattacopenny describes the land as 
adjoining John Shiuu. Uevel's Book of Assincunk describes it as adjoining Samuel 
Jeni\ings and John Shinn. Ibid. Also N. J. A., Vol. XXI. p. r!47. This enhances the 
probabllitv of John Shinn being in New Jersey prior to the year lOSd. 

s'Penn. .Mag. Hiog. and History. Vol. IFI. p. 346. 

3 Surveyors' Association, West New Jersey, p. 12.3 (ISSO). 

4 P. M. «. and H., Vol. 7. p. 335. 

First Generation. 47 

proprietors (and) Commissioners in making as large a purchase from ye Indian 
natives (as can be) had on behalf of ye governor and proprietors of this province." 

It was also proposed by the Governor's Agent '' that a general warrant be 
granted to ye Deputy Governor and Commissioners for ye surveying of ye (said) 
lands belonging to ye first settlements for twelve proprieties." Warrant was issued 
calling all the proprietors together in order that " their minds may be further 
i<nown " concerning the legality of the measure and their agreement thereto. 

On the 13th of ye 12th month. 1G87, the proprietors concluded and agreed 
as follows : 

" That the proprietors find the proposals of the Governor contrary to ye 
former rules and methods for taking up land." Yet, being desirous to accom- 
modate the Governor and the families from ?]ngland who had given information 
of an intention to remove to this province, and the expectation of a great advan- 
tage accruing to the province by reason of "peopling the same,""' agreed that 
the Governor " may take up ye shares belonging to him for ye (first) divident of 
twelve priprieties " and authorize the court to issue a warrant to the General 
.Surveyor to survey and lay out the same. 

" Ye agreement aforesaid subscribed by ye proprietors underwritten." 
Andrew Robinson, John Hugg, Thomas Barton, 

Thomn.- Gardner, Bernard Devonish, John Shinn, 

John Dayes, John Pancoast, Isaac ^larriot, 

William. Hoyden, Elias Ffar, Thomas Sharp, 

William Cooper, James Atkinson, Freedom Lippencott, 

Thoma- Farnsworth, Pcrcival Toole, William Beard. 

William Bates, John Kay, Thomas Thaekara. 

John Reading. William Albertson, Thomas ^latthews. 

Joshua Humphries. Nathaniel Cripps, Anthony Elton. 

On December 1-1, 1087. John Shinn. of Springtield Lodge, deeded John 
Crosby, of the same place, millwright, husband of Mary, daughter of said Shinn, 
one-half of a threo-hundrcd-acre lot on Birch Creek. (W. J. R., Liber B, Pt. 1, 
pp. lfi7-443.) This deed fixes the name of one daughter. 

On April 10. 1093, John Sliinn deeded to his son-in-law, Thomas Atkinson, 
and his daughter, Sarah, one hundred and ninetv-five acres of land. (W. J. Rec, 
Liber B, Pt. 2. p. 582.) 

On May 25. 1087, John Shinn. Sr., and twenty-three others, proprietors of 
several unrlivided shares of land in West Jersey, conveyed to Thomas Budd 15.000 
acres, to be bought from the Indians : grantee to pav the debts of the province 
according to actof General Assemblv for 1087. (W. J. R., Liber B, ff. 150-231.) 

On August 8th, 1080, John Skein, of Peachfield. ^J". J., sold John Shinn. Sr., 
100 acres in the First or Yorkshire Tenth to be located. (W. J. R., Liber B. f. 

On Febniary 12, 1088-9, John Shinn and other proprietors consent to the 
aoroement made bv Dr. Daniel Coxe with East Jersev concerning the partition line. 
(W. J. R.. Liber B, f. 233.) 

iThe proprietors had issued a long advertisement for distribution in England and 
Europe, which "after dwelling on the salubrity ot the climate, the good temper of the 
Indians, and the manner and costs of setting out from England, closed with the 
following advice to the prospective immigrants: 'All persons inclining unto these 
parts must know that in their settlement there they will find their exercises. They 
must labor before they reap: and. until their plantations be cleared, they must expect 
the mosquitoes, flies, gnats and such like, may in hot and fair weather give them some 
disturbance, where people provide not against them.' The mosquitoes seem to have 
been early recognized as among the most active of the inhabitants of the new country." 

The above extract .s taken from "The Story of an Old Farm." by Andrew D. 
Mellick, Jr., a charming book from the writer's standpoint, and full of interesting matter 
concerning the first century of New Jersey's existence. 

48 HisTuijv OF TiiK SiiiNN Faimii.y ly Europe and America 

Oil Julv IT. l(i!i:. Jdliii Shim), wlu-i-lwriirlit, (Urde-d to his sou. .liiiius Shiiin,' 
I'vH) acres oil liiivli Crwk. (\V. J. K.. Lihor B. f. ()i;>.) In ITu: Joim Shinn, 
with (livers others of the proprietors and pureliasers of West Jersey, sent a 
renioiistranco to Edward Viscount Cornl)urv. Captain-General ami Governor-in- 
f'hief of Xew York and New Jersey., and asked for the removal of certain prohibi- 
tions, in words as follows: 


(From original in Alexander West Jersey Papers, p. IV.\) 
'I'll Edward \'i.<count Cornhury ('a|)tain Generalc and (Jovernour in Chief in and 

Over tlic rruxiucc of New .Fcrsty. Xcw ^'ork and All the Territories and 

Tracts of Land Depench'nir Thereon in America and Vice Admirall of the 

Same, &e. : 

'I'liE lluMiJi.E I'KTuriON of diver- n\' the proprietors and purchasers of the 
western division <»f Xew Jersey in all humility sheweth. — 

That whereas we aiv fully lnform»Ml that the Councill of i'ro}uieiors for the 
western division have received a Prohil)ition from the Lord Cornbnry in Councill 
held at Ambov the fcnirteenth day of November Aiimi Doin: ITOG for ofrantinsr 
any warrants for laying out lands tVc by reason whereof no wnn-ants can be 
obtained for that end, to the great prejudice of such as have (as they Conceive) 
a good and lawful right to take up their Just proportions of land In the division 
aforesaid haveing as good an undevided right as ony else can pretend to and liave 
also bought the same of the Indians for a vci-y valuable consideration. 

WiiKRKFoRK we Innnbly pray tliat such prohihilion and Impediments may be 
removed and we evidencing our lights to such i)ersoii or persons as the Proprietors 
have appointed to Inspect the -anir may he admillcil thereto ami we >liall as in 
duly bound J'orcvrT pray. 

Thomas l>rian, Tlioma.- Eves, 'W'ni. Uiles, 

Willm. Stevenson, Thomas Stoker, John Swift, 

Daniel Wills, .lobn Haines, Eoger Parke, 

.John Go,-ling, Williams Evens, Samll. I'erris. 

.lohn Sharpe, Lcnjamin ^loore. Xalh. I'ope, 

Richard Haines, Steven Wilson, John Day (his mark). 

William llculiugs, John llorteu, John Abbat, 

Hfiiry I'.allingcr. Thonia< Wilkins. Matthew Watson, 

Henry Jiurr, William lloi-ton. .lobn Shinn, " 

Samuel Lippincotl. .Funr. John Jones (his mark). Thomas Peacher. 
Richard Fenimorc .John Stokes, Xathaii AlliMi. 

Will PcHy, Jr. .lobn Woolman, Edward Rockliill. 

I'Mward I'!lkton. .lobn Clarke, .lobn P.acoii. 

Joshua Humphries, Josejdi Kirkbride, 

(X. J. .\rcbives. Vol. 111. p. \CA.) 

On .Inly l.'i. 1711. .lobn Shinn, of Springflrld. whcclwrighl. iliM^ds .Tohn 
Shinn, Jr., oiu'-seven(h of a share of a pro]M-icly. (W. .1. K.. liiber .\.VA. f. ;)(!s.) 
In (lie will of John Shinn, Sr., hereafter (o be noted, (bis .Tohn, .Jr., is identified 
AS a son of John. Sr. On Fi-bruary ?, U;0f)-1700, RoIxm-I Dimsdale,' of Bishops 

'This nmii uikI .John Shinn were from the same county in Knglancl and by a 
Rlpffiilnr rolnciflcnro worn couflnod toKolhcr in tlio same jail at nortfor<ls'iire. After 
.lolin Sliinn Iku! I(tral»'«| In N«'W .Jorsoy Diinsdjilt' n-niovcd thillicr and purcliased a 
Inr^c trarl of laiul on wliiit was afii-rwards called Dimsdalc Hiui. a small si roam that 
(lows Into Iho UancornH at LunilxTlown. Mr was twice married, once in England, and 
nualn in New .lorsey lo Sarah, the daughter of Francis and .Mary Collins. He died in 
En^'land In 171S and was hiirled In tho clnn-ch at Thoydon CJarnon. in Essex. Tlirongh 
his de:;rondanls by the first wife tho name hocamo illustrious. His great -grand.son 
was created llaron of the Russian Empire In 1709. 


First Generation. 51 

Starford, County of Hertford, England, gave a power of attorney to Francis 
Davenport, John Shinn and John Scott as land agents. (W. J. R., Liber B, Pt. 
2, f. 669.) These records disclose the fact that John Shinn, Sr., between the 
years 1680, when he first appeared, and 1712, when he died, had been the owner 
of several thousand acres of land, the largest part of which he gave his children — 
Mary, Sarah, Thomas, James and John, Jr. The greatest quantity conveyed at 
any one time was that of July 15, 1711, to John, Jr., of one-seventh of a share, 
and raises the probability that John, Jr., was the oldest son. There were other 
children, as we shall see, who, so far as the records show, received no land from 
tlieir father. The modern ideas of equity in the division of estates did not find 
favor with fathers of that time. Primogeniture was in high repute with all land 
owners, and the oldest son, without superior merit, enjoyed the greater estate, 
while the younger cliildren, especially tlie females, were considerd lucky if they were 
remembered at all. John Shinn may have given his other children — George, Francis, 
Martha and Esther — land, or money wherewith to purchase it. for the boys 
Francis and George had estates and died before their father. And while the will 
of .John Sliinn, Sr., made John, Jr., and James his general residuary legatees, 
share and share alike, it is still true that John Shinn, Jr., received the greatest 
quantity of land, and, so far as the records show, the other children were satisfied 
with the parental distribution. 

liurlington ('(tunty at this period (1680-1712) embraced not only its present 
area, but a large part of Hunterdon County and Nottingham Township, in Mercer 
Coimtv. It is a difficult matter to trace the boundaries of the townships of the 
county as they existed Ihen, l)ut it is certain that they were larger than they are 
at present. Springfield Township, in Avhich the greater part of John Shinn's 
possessions were located, was settled before 1680, and within three years of the 
settlement at Burlington. ^Plie land along the Assincunk was very fertile, and 
nbonnded from the very first in superior meadows.' The region abounds in marl 
and tlie farni> of the township to this day are large, well adapted to the culture 
of grain and grass, and show substantial dwellings and barns. The immediate 
neighbors of John Shinn were men of wealth and of great political and religious 
influence. Some of i]u\<e were Samuel Jennings. Eleazer Fenton, Thomas Budd, 
Robert Stacy and John Butcher. Having traced his land transactions historically, 
with their accomjianying evidences of prosperity, good judgment and thrift, let 
us turn our attention to his standing and connection with the church." John 
Shinn was a member of Burlington ^[onthly fleeting of Friends. .\s we have 
already seen, John Shinn signed a memorial addressed to the London Yearly 
Meeting on the 7th day of the 12th month (Feb. 7, 1681). 1680. This establishes 
his connection with the Friends and raises a strong probabilit}'' that he was a 
Friend in England, and bronglit his certificate of clearness with him. 

The minutes of the Burlington Meeting, aside from the signature adduced, 
do not show any great activity on the part of our subject until 1684, when his 
name appears with frequency for a period of more than twenty-five years. In 
1683 it was resolved by the meeting to build a meeting house, and to that end 
it borrowed money of some of the wealthier members and began the work. 

On the 5th of the 11th month. 1684," the minutes show that the meeting 
engaged to " pay the under money lent out of the first money received to buv 
boards for the meeting house.'"' John Shinn subscribed and paid 5 shillings. 

^Barber and Howe's Historical Collection of New Jersey, p. 120. 

-In Vol. XX. N. J. A., as a note to Thomas Shinn is appended a long and well 
written article concernins: the land transactions of John Shinn. It was written after 
the one presented in this chapter and by a different hand. 

^Wherever dates are adduced they refer to Minutes of Burlington M. M. Meeting 
unless otherwise explained. 


History of the Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

f-KifcKbb rVittliK^j HOUSE, BURLINGTON. N. J, 1683-1787. 

The aconipanyiiig cut shows llic dhl >ii-u(iure after it was rmi>lic(l. and wliich con- 
tinued in use until 1787. 

On tlie 5tli of the 2d iiionlh. l(ib(i tAjiril (i). John Shinii. Jr.. and Ellen 
Stacy ^jropo.'ied. in open uieetinfr, their intention to marry. On the 5th of the 3d 
month they appeared the second time, when they were left at liberty to proceed.i 
On the 4th of the Sth month. IHSG. and aaaiii <m llic Sfh nf tlio Oth month. John 
Crosby and ]\Iary Shinn. dau;i;hter of .Inliii Slmiii. ap]icaicd before the meeting 
and announced their intention to marry. On ihc 'M of the 11th month. 1687, 
John Shinn. Sr.. and nine others wci-c a|i|M>inlcd (hi a c-onimittec "to visit a 
meeting: in IN'im.-ylvania, exhihil a cdniphiint aizainst a nirndicr of tliat meeting, 
and eiideavoi' to hrin^ al)ont a iceoncilial ion." 

On the fith of the T-?tli moiilli. Kis;. and a,i:ain on llic 'illi ><[ ihe 1 -i month, 
ir.87-S, " Tliomas Shiini, son of Jolm Shinn. and Sarah Shawthorne proposed their 
intentions f)f marria^rc." On the (iih n\' ihc l"?tli month, 1()87. John Shinn and 
.7f)hn I)av were a|)]iointe(| to notify Daniel Leeds to hrini;" in his pa]icr to the 
linrlin^'ton Mectin*: before sending it lo IMiiladelpliia. Daniel Leeds liad issued 
an almanac, which was tlie (ii>l imMieaiinn e\ei- made in \e\\ .lersey oi- Pennsyl- 
vaida. Its tilh' page ran thus: " .\\\ .\linanae Uw llie year of the ("liristian 
.\ecount, KiS*. particularly i'es|)e(iing the nieiidian and latitude' of Uurlingtou, 
but may indiffen-ntly serve for all places adjacent. r>\ haniel TiCeds, Student in 
.Agriculture. I'linted ;iud sold by William Bradford near Philad(d|)hia in Penn- 
svlvania, I'ro Anno, Ui87.'' This publication gave olTeiise to tlie I'liend- on 
account of sonic of its '' superlluit ies." ami be was forced to make amemU. The 
following jiapcr shows the hold whieb the eluireli bad gained (i\er the inlelh'el of 
the man : 

1 The rules of llic Friciuls rccpiired Ihc yoim^ i»eo|>lc who proi)oso(l marriage to 
appcur jmhlirly in nicelin^r anil make Ihe aniioiinceincnl . Tlu^ ineeiin.n then api)oinle(l 
illtpp to HOC whether Ihe ronlraclinK parlies were free from all enfz:a.u;enients, 

, , t. „ « .. „ 1 A f * ,^ ......aM. 41,... ,^ r, ,.4 t «-..•* ,..-.n .-..^..^ H^.1 .^...1 1^ 

a con I ml 

and that the y)arentH consented. Afler one month the parties reappeared and made 
a second announcement, when, if the commit le(> rei)orled them "clear." they were 
permllied to consummate their intentions. Tliis was generally done within a few 
days at the house of tlie father of Die bride, and with a ceremony wliich will be more 
fully set oift hereafter. To lie marrie<l by a minister or hy a civil officer was cause 
for "disownment." or excommunication. 

First Generation. 53 

" To ye Men's Monthly Meeting at Burlington. 

Dear FYiends: Wheras, I do understand yt something in my Almanac hath given of- 
fense to ffriends of truth — Therefore I did look uppon myself as bound for satisfaction 
and vindication of ye blessed to condemn them as wrong and proceeding from a ground 
yt was out of truth, I being at a loss as to my incondition at ye time of writing thereof, 
during which loss I have been apt to let in hard thoughts and to pass a forward judge- 
ment of some proceedings ot ye men's meetings, which I also do condemn, warning all 
others to have a care of letting in anything against ye good practices of ye Church of 
Christ in Men and Women's Meeting. Read in ye 5th of ye 12th, month 1687. — Daniel 

When any of the morlcrn Shinii.s finrls himself wishing for '' the good old 
times," let him read this incjuisition of 1687. Daniel Leeds may have ))rinted the 
signs of the zodiac ; he may have called the planets after the fashion of the learned 
by names which commemorate heathen gods ; ho may have advertised patent medi- 
cines, for proprietary remedies were even at that day a source of revt-nue for 
money-making quacks; he may have criticised the slow-going pace of the Men's 
Meeting at Burlington — all sins of enormous degree — but he was at the head of 
a new enter|)ris((; was forcing thought into the sphere of routine, and did not 
rloservc the censure he received. Thomas T. Wliarton, of Philadeljihia. has called 
him " The first author in Penn>ylvania or New Jersey in order of time,'"' and 
all (irst authors have to stem tides of great opposition. The Quaker opposition 
in 1687 seemed to a])])all him, and to bring him closer to the peculiar style of the 
society. But continued opposition drove both Leeds and Bradford to Xew York, 
where JiCeds issued a virulent manifesto against (Quakerism. 

As to the position of John Shinn in the matter, there is no recorded testimony. 
He execiile(l ihe (hity ]»ut upon him by the Society of Friends, and doubtless 
looked upon liced.^ as a refractory uiember. The families of John Shinn and 
Daniel Leeds were intimate, and John Shinn, Jr., and Leeds married sisters, the 
daughters of U'ohert Stacy. This unfortunate occurrence drove a good man out 
of the chnnli and a huddihg printing enterprise out of the colony. 

On I he .'>th of the Oth month, 1688, John Shinn was sent as a delegate to 
the (Quarterly Meeting; also placed on a committee to inquire into the clearness 
of a (MHiple ])ro|)osing marriage, and also to investigate an instrument of writing 
]»y whicli ;i part of a widow's estate was conferred upon her children. At the 
next meeting he was a])pointed to investigate a scandal, upon which he made 
report at the next tneeting that he "found nothing of validity." On the -Ith of 
the I',?!!! month, 1688, he was again sent to Quarterly ^[eeting. and on the 2d 
of tlie 10th inoiitli. 1689. was appointed, witli another Friend, to speak to a 
meml)er '"concerning his marriage contrary to the mind of Friends, both to the 
respect of the nntinieliness of it, and also, to the order and manner of it." In 
December, IGiH). the meeting considered the loss of James Silver by fire, and 
resolved to relieve him by subscription? from several Preparative ^leetings of 
the neighborhood. Jolm Sliinn. of Birch Creek, was requested "to promote the 
said su])scriptions at their monthly meeting and to the respective meetings thereto 
belonging." Although Burlington ^lonthly ^Eeeting was the earlie.«t, it was not 
the only meeting of Friends in Burlington County. For convenience preparative 
meetings were held in many parts of the county.' One of these meetings was 
held at John Shinn's house. Sjiringfield Lodge. Springfield To^Miship. for many 
years, and resulted in the building of a meeting house in that township in 1698-9. 

On the '2d of the 12th month, 1690, the following minute was made: "This 
day there was moved in our meeting the case of the Widow Beard, and Friends 
ordered John Shinn to view "Ye Plantation and Concessions.' and dve an account 

'"One or more meetings for worship constitute a Preparative Meeting. One or 
more Preparative Meetings constitute a Monthly Meeting. Several Monthly Meetings 
constitute a Quarterly Meeting. Several Quarterly Meetings constitute a Yearly 
Meeting." — Edwin Salter. 


of it to her husband's brother in England." When uiie at the present day reads > 
the Concessions and Agreements he is somewhat bewildered with its scope and 
method of treatment. 'J'he strength and vigor of John Shiuu's mind may be 
inferred logicallv fmm his apjtointnu-nt upon this committee; and these minutes, 
kept in the woods of New Jc'r^eY by the Friends, show a plan of government and 
a system of execution of governmental alfairs that would do credit to any modern 

On the :>th of tlie Itli m..iith. ICOl. and again on the 6th of the oth month, 
George .Shinn and Hilary Thompson announced their intentions of marriage. At 
the November meeting, 1691, the books printed by William Bradford, the pioneer 
printer of Xew York and New Jersey, upon the order of the yearly meeting, were 
recoivod. and six of tin-m delivered to .Tohn Shinn. witli instructions to bring their 
value to the next meeting. In February. 1<!!»1, he and three others were appointed 
to settle a controversy between two Friends ; also appointed to attend the Quarterly 
Meeting, and, with three others, to inspect the new meeting house to see " whether it 
be built according to contract.'' Thus was John Shinn connected with the first 
meeting house of the Friend> in the city of Burlington: (1) A lender of the 
under money; (2) A contributor to its payment; (3) .V committee to receive 
and inspect it at its completion, ^fany books and articles have been written in 
honor of his friends and neighbors, commemorating their political and religious 
deeds, with scant reference to the Boanerges of jirivate life, who seemed to be 
ubiquitous wlien a man of judgment was needed, and invisible when the flim-flam 
of trumpets was sounded and glory awarded. 

In l<i!»? he was continued on a committee to settle for the building, and 
ahso on another committee to investigate charges against a Friend. 

In the of the Ist month, 1692-3 (March 6, 1693), and on the 7th of 
the 6th month. 1693, Thonuis Shinn and Mary Stockton announced their inten- 
tions of marriage. Mary Stockton was the daughter of Richard Stockton,' the 
founder of tlic Stockton hou.s(! in New .lersey. ami one of the wealthy men of the 
proviiK- II' was a slaveliolder, as was Thomas Shinn. 

During the same year John Shinn was sent three times to Quarterly Meeting. 
In 169."» it was determined to build another meeting house at Tapper Springfield, 
in Springfield Townshij». and .John Shinn and another were appointed to take 
subscrijjtions therefor. lie and another Friend were also "appointed to take 
can- that the order of the Yearly Meeting Ite looked after.'' ^Ir. Richard Cadbury, 
of IMiiIadel|ihin. informs jne that this was an appointment as '' Overseer of Spring- 
field Meeting." This was held at " SpringlicM Lodge." the house of John Shinn, 
as these minutes will hereafter disclose. On the Sth of the 12th month, 1695, 
he was st-nt again to (^iiarterly Meeting. In Sejjtember, 1696. he and another 
wcrr* appointed t«» inquire about the distress of a Friend who Imd addressed the 
meeting by letter; £^t having bem raised in the meantime, its disposition was left 
to John Shinn and another. On the 3d of the 1st month. 1696-7, Joshua Owen 
and Martha Shinn. daughter of Jolui Shinn. j)roposed their intentions of itini- 
ringe. ntnl were " srt at liberty to jinKved." On th(> same day a coinmitlee was 
ap|>ointed "to give Restore Ijppincott and his wife ami .Tohn Shiini and liis wife 
a visit and 8|>oak to them and their son and daughter concerning their marriao-e. 
there being an account given to this meeting of their intending to publish their 
intentions and not take notice of this vifctiiu/." .\t the next mci^ting ilic committee 
reiM»rted " that the ytmng people were willing to come to the meeting, provided 
they might have the eonscnt of their parents." After consideration "their parents 
agre<'d to it." Then James Shinn and .\bignil Lippincott declared th(>ir intentions 
the fir^t titt ■< -■■> >T- "^ 1'^^: <"' mi,,! time, and were "left at liberty to 

'A moro oxninle.l n«»ttre of the .SiorkKin family will l)o Riven in connection with 
thp nketrh «»f Thr»nin» Shinn. ihn nmnfler of the Southern lino. 

First Generation. 55 

proceed." On the same day John fShinn was sent to Quarterly Meeting, and two 
months later was placed on a committee to raise money for the meeting. One 
month later a report was given to the meeting that George Deacon disbursed fifteen 
shillings, John Shinn seven and sixpence, and John Wills seven and sixpence for 
a book to be used by the meeting. The next month John Shinn was placed upon a 
committee to raise money to relieve a Friend who had suffered loss by fire. On 
the 4th of the 2d month, 1G98, John Shinn and others were appointed to collect 
money to buy posts and rails to fence the meeting house ground, and seven months 
later he was made one of the trustees to hold the title for the new meeting house 
at Springfield. At the September meeting, 1698. he and eighteen others sign a 
hjng paper testifying against a Friend, and declaring him out of fellowship. The 
following minute was written on October 3d, 1698: "Whereas John Woolston, 
Sr., being taken out of the body, who was appointed to look after the keeping of 
the good order advised in tlie yearly meeting paper; Therefore this meeting hath 
ai)pointed John Day to be assistant to John Shinn, Senior, in that place.'" A 
short time after this John Shinn and John Day were "appointed to visit the 
Widow Parker and her sons for their not coming to meeting." They were also 
directed to demand the return of £5 loaned to a Friend by the meeting. On the 
2d of the mil month, 1698, the committee made report that it had performed 
its duty, and John Shinn, Sr., then brought in his account against Springfield 
Meeting House, showing a balance due him of £7, 4 sh., 5 pence. The contractor 
for the building of the Springfield Meeting House was made to realize the value 
of promptness by the following order, passed by the meeting on the 8th of the 
3d monlli, 1699: "John Shinn and John Day were appointed to see that the 
builder finish Springfield fleeting House by the next three weeks' meeting, or 
else get some other workman."' This order had its effect, for on the oth of the 
4tli month, ](J99, John Shinn and John Day reported "Springfield Meeting House 
is done."* The minutes then say: "The removing of the Springfield Meeting 
from John Shinn's to the New IMeeting House was on the 24th of the 3d month 
(May 24), 1699." For years the modest house of John Shinn had been the home 
of the church, and at this place had gathered such men as Thomas Jennings, the 
Quaker Governor of the province; TJiehard Ridgway, Thomas Olive, Daniel Wills, 
James Newbold and others of the infant colony to worship the Lord. Here had 
been solemn iz(>d many of the early marriages, prominent among which was that 
of IMatthcw Champion, in 1693. It was this house of John Shinn that was 
described in deeds of that period as " Springfield Lodge," in memory of the old 
lodges in P^ngland so recently abandoned and so well loved. The records of that 
day show John Shinn as a witness to scores of marriages, and his venerable pres- 
ence at such affairs was a sure guaranty of its correctness. 

In the probate records from 1686 to 1710 John Shinn's name stands prominent 
either as executor or administrator. It may be taken as a sure test of high in- 
tegrity when an individual, through a long course of years, is repeatedly chosen to 
act in these fiduciary relations. And, judged by this test, John Shinn was above 
all reproach. Not only was he the executor or bondsman for the executor of his 
sons George and Thomas and of his son-in-law, John Crosby, who died possessed 
of fair estates, but he was successively chogen to manage the estates of those not 
of kin, and was repeatedly bondsman for others chosen in the same capacity. The 
largest estate of the period seems to have been that of Thomas Olive, of Willing- 
boro, and upon the executor's bond, in clear relief, stands the name of John Shinn. 
For twelve years after the removal into the new meeting house in Springfield 
Township, up to the day of his death, in 171%, John Shinn was retained as over- 
seer, and at every meeting was appointed upon some committee connected with 
the affairs of the church. His wife. Jane, seems to have been a godlv woman. 

^Located near Mattacopany Bridge. Now called Copanny. 

5G History of the Shixx Family in* Europe and America 

specially fitted for the work of the church. Wherever her husband appeared, there, 
was she, and her influence for truth and rifrhteousness was as widely extended as 
that of her husband. 

On the rth <.f the t.M month (.\pril). \:VL John Day, the co-worker with 
John Shinn for twenty vears. ar.ise in Springfield Meeting and announced the 
death of Jolin Shinn, and aske.l that another Friend be chosen to act as overseer. 

The will of John Shinn was dated " 14(h of the llth month. 1711 (Jan., 
i:i2). and was probated ;?Oth of r>th month. KU (Feb., 1712). (Wills of Xew 
Jer.«^ey, Libor 1. p. 3.17.) 

The exact date of his death is not recorded. l)ut it must have occurred between 
the dates aforesaid. The following is a copy of his will :iiid of the inventory of 
his personal estate: 


"The fourteenth day of the Eleventh Month Called January Anno Domini one 
thousand seven hundred and eleven. I John Shinn Senior of ye Township of Spring- 
field and county of Burlington In tlie province of West New Jersey (being siclv and 
weak of body) but of sound disposini? minde and memory praised be God doe malve 
and ordain this my la.^^i Will and Testament in Wrilting in manner and forme follow- 
ing first and priiiripally of all 1 Give and Recommend my Soul and Spirit 

into the iiands of Alniighiy God that gave and my boily to the Earth to be buried In 
a Christian like & desent manner att the discretion of my Executors hereafter named 
And as i(juching the disposition of all such temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty 
C,o<\ to bestow up mee 1 give and disi)ose thereof as followeth first I will that my Just 

Debts and funerall shall be paid and Discharged Item I give to my son 

Thomas Atkeson and Sarah his wife and their Heirs for Ever one hundred pounds 
of yootl silver Money att nine Shillings and two pense pr ounce upon these Conditions 
as followeth that is to say thai the Sayed Thomas Atkeson Shall give good lawfull 
and Sufiicienl Security unto Uichard Fenim()r<> and Mary his Wife and there Heirs 
&c. forever (»f and from all manner oi Charges burthens or Incombers whatsoever In 
Relation toward tlio Caire and Mentainance both for victals and Clothes and al other 
necoHsaryes for my grand child Mary Crf)sby being an Idiott and not capeble to take 
care f»f herself so long as she shall live which sd sort of an Agreement I made with 
my daughter Mary before she was .Married f(jr me to take the sayed Care of sayed 
Idiot I Child in f»rder then'unto I had my Daughter Mary's plantation Conveyed to mee 
for Sixty flv<' poun<ls and Twenty five poinids more I Received in Money and bills for 
grxtds sou!<l alt a \'an<!ue of my Daughter which made up the Sum of ninty pounds 
and ten jtound nmre I gave out of my one Estate for to make up the sum of one 
hundred pounds as afore .saved. All the Rest of my Estate both Reale and personall 
I give to .Inne my Dt-ar and well beloved Wife diiering her natural life and no longer 
and after her deceas*? I give and berpiealh as followeth Item I give to my Son John 
Shinn twi-nty pounils which he hath in his hand already ujion bond to ])ay interest 
Item I give lo my son .lames Shinn twenty pounds in .Moneys which he hath In his 
han<lH alH'ady upon bond Item I give to my Son in law Joshua Owein and Martha his 
Wife twenty pound Item I give to my Sf)n in law Thomas .\tkeson and Sarah his \Vlfe 
twenty pounils as al the llliol House Ihitl I have built upon his land as also one bedd 
nnci nl ihe furniture belnn^ing lo III that is lo bee under Shed as aforesayed after 
the decease of .My Wife I give l(» my Son In law Richard Fenimore and Mary his Wife 
two HhllllngH In monnyH my saye*! Daughter Mary bi-lng before this time advanced by 
inoe Item I nive to my grandson Thomas Shinn my boiilling Mills and fifty pounds 
In MoncvH and all the Rest and Remainder of my Estate i)i)ib Reale and Personall 
that Ih left after tin* ileccase of my Wife She haveing a good Comlorlable liveing 
out of Hie Same Wllest She liveih and al our debt and funerall Charges is defrayed 
I give unto my two Sons John Shinn ami Janu-s Shinn E<iually lo ix- divided between 
thonj and also lo nomliinle and appoint my two s<uis .bdm and James Shinn as afore- 
Hayed \n be my on<'ly and Sole 1-^xeculors of ihis my last Will and Tesiament Ratify- 
ing this and onely this to be mv last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have 
hereunl«» rcI my hand and •-••■'' v.. day ami year above sayed. 



A Trill- Inventory of the goodn Chattels and Personall Estate ol JdIhi Sliijin of ye 
Township of Sprhmfii 111 and County of Hurlini:ton and Provinc(> of West New 
Jorscv ve«>ni:ii\ \i«'Wi'(i taken and apraised ibis thlrieeiitli day of ihe twelfth month 

First Gexeration, 57 

called february Anno domi one thousand and a Eleven-Twelve by us whose names 
are hereunto subscribed. 

Vif' lb. s. d. 

Imp to his purse and Apparrel 16 10 

to Moneys upon bonds 132 00 

to Lonings 003 

to one bed & lurniture 14 

to another bed and beding with bedstead 10 

to pewtor 00 10 

to one Iron Cettol a brass Cettol with a Scillit 02 10 

to one fryin pan with Sum other Iron 00 16 

to one Shovell and tongs and Tramels and grid Iron and 

other od things 05 

to one Chest and Desk 00 6 

to one Chest 00 18 

to Sum ould tubs 00 06 

to one box Iron and money Skails 00 6 

to one glass and Hone 00 18 

to one Chear 00 06 

to four ould Chairs 00 06 

to Trencher and dishiss 00 05 

to one brass Cettel with ould Iron 00 15 

to one ould Char and three Iron wedges 00 12 

to one ould Cart 1 6 

More money upon bond 105 

Richard Ridgway 

Matthew Champion. 

Burlington the 20th feb 1711 

I John Shinn dnc sollomnly declare in the presence of Almighty God the witness 

of the truth of what I say that the within writing Containes the full and Just inven- 
tory of all and singuler the Goods Chatties and Credits of John Shinn deceased soe 

far as came to my view possession or knowledge or to the view possession or knowl- 
edge of any other person for my use. JOHN SHINN 

Burlington 20th feb 1711 

Every writer of early Jersey affairs eredits the erection of the first bolting 
mill ill Btirlinfjton County to Thomas Olive.' However that may be, it is certain, 
from tbe jtrovisions of the foregoing will, that John Shinn was the owner of a 
bolting mill at the date of his death, ITll. and that he bequeathed it to his 
grandson, Thomas Shinn. AVhen this mill was erected it is not known, but it was 
in existence in 1711. and was probably erected about the beginning of the century. 
John Shinn is frequently described in legal documents as a wheelwright, his son- 
in-law. John Crosby, as a millwright, and his son-in-law. Thomas Atkeson, was 
at that time an owner of a part of the mill at Bridgton, while his grandson, 
Thomas Atkeson. owned five-eighths of the same mill (Judge John Clement, in 
"The Atkinsons in Xew Jersey"). 

From all these facts, it is probable that the bolting mill described in the will, 
and whicli ]iassed by devise to Thomas Shinn, was the same mill in which Thomas 

'Thomas Olive established a water mill on Rancocas Creek in 1680. Mahlon 
Stacy nbout the same time built one at Trenton. (Friend's in Burlington, p. 12.) The 
following from the Penn. Gazette, No. 1418. A. D. 1756, very probably refers to the 
identical bolting mill which John Shiun devised in his will: "To be sold— seven 
eighths of a good grist mill with two pair stones, two boulting mills for country 
work, by Thomas .\rkinson. Miller in Mt. Holly. Also, the whole of a good large 
convenient merchant's boulting house with two good boulting mills which go by 
water. Likewise a quarter of a saw mill with two saws, both situated in Mt. Holly 
aforesaid, on a very constant and plentiful stream of water and attended with a very 
good business." This Thomas Atkinson was a grandson of John Shinn, Sr., and the 
increase in plant indicates thrift and good management on the part of the children 
and grandchildren. But these qualities rarely remain in a family more than three 
generations, and therefore the mills, as well as the lands of John Shinn. his children 
and grandchildren, with a few exceptions, have passed into other hands, leaving but 
a memorv. which at times seems but the filmy fabric of a passing dream. 

58 Hlstokv of the Siiixx Family in Europe and America 

Atkinson, father aud sun, afterwards held au interest, lion. Thomas B. Jobes, 
of New Egyjit, X. J., before his death, wrote these words: "I think it certain 
that John Shinn, Sr., with others, erected the dam on the Xorth Branch of the 
Raucoeas at Bridgton, X. J. (Mt. llolly). A sawmill for lumber was necessary 
as soon as sawed lumber was used instead of logs. The ' boulting Hour ' mill at 
Bridgton receives water throiiirh a Hume whicli again discharges itself into the 
main tideway of the stream. ,My opinion is that John Shinn, JSr., took the flour 
and manufacturing privileges as his share of of the water power. I also remember 
another old mill, the Brandywine, which was either owned or operated by the 
Shinns. That many of llie Shinns of early times were millers is beyond all ques- 
tion. The Evesham Sliinns were noted millers. "' (Private letter, 1892.) Hon. 
John Clement, in the book already referred to, has this to say about the mill at 
Bridgton: " In 1701 Samuel Jennings, as attorney for John Ridges, sold the land 
fronting on Rancocas Creek to Jo.«hua Southwick and Edward Oaskill, who built 
a dam aero!>s the creek and erected a grist or corn mill there. lie (Edward Gas- 
kill) sold two-eighths to Ebeuezer Laige in 17t'i7, who added a boltinii- mill, the 
first, excepting Thomas Olive's mill, at Burlington, in this part of the country.'' 

The latter part of this statement is an error, for John Shinn devised a bolting 
mill in esse in 1711, and eeriainly earlier. Judge Jobe's hypotliesis seems to be 
the better one, viz. : " As the burden of making a flume and of erecting mills, 
saw and bolting, was too great at that time for one man to aiisume, several men 
united their capital to accomplish the end. Tn the division Jolm Shinn took the 
boulting mill as his share.'' 

We may never be able to arrive at the exact trutli. hut it still remains that 
John Shinn, Sr.. owned a bolting mill in 1711. and the probability is that it was 
located at Bridgton. 

Thus the patriarch of the Shinns in Aiiieiira ((ninocts himself with the 
earliest manufacturing interest of New Jersey, by wliidi we are enabled to see 
him as many-sided in the constituent elements, industry, thought and enterprise. 

Such was the life of Jolm Siiinn. the ]»rogonitnr of nearlv cverv Shinn in the 
United States. An Engli>hman born; reared within tlie fold of the Established 
Church: a follower of George Fox from choice; persecuted and imprisoned in 
irertf(»rdshire; an emigrant with a large family from the home of his birth: one 
of the first settlers of Xova Ca-sarea in America; a freeholder and a proprietor; 
a man of affairs, chiefly within the Society of l"'riends; a man of tlirift ; a man 
of probity and honor, a man triisted and esteemed by all who knew liini. a prince 
of peacemakers. There is no reason for a pride in ancestry unless tliat ancestry 
i)e worthy of all eonimendalion, and the descendants have tlio virt nos of tlio ances- 
try. John Shinn exemplified to the highest degree the remark of llev. Sydney 
Smith: "Quakers, it must be allowed, arc a very <-liaiiiaMc and humane people. 
They are always ready with their money, and. what is of far more importance, 
witii their time and attention f<ir everv variety of human niisforiuno." 

John Shinn did his |iart. lie left the family name nnlarnished and <^avo his 
family place among the of his time. Wo died a worker, witli his armor 
girded nboul him. Have his descendants iiii|iroved the talent he left them? Have 
th<'y eipialed him in character and vigorous life? If so. there is reason for the 
pride of birth, and genealogy ceases to be a vain chimera. If not, the voice of the 
dead speaks from the tomb and charges us to imitate and surpass before we claim 
thC-fijory of the line. 

1. KrnnolH SlieoiiP ol Frerlu-nhaiu I'arish, liuKlaiid, ]r)2(t-l r.lir>. 

2. Clomeni Sheeno. b. ir>;»:i: m. (Jrace . 

r: .John Slilnn. li in:;2: m .Inno . 

I)«H<on«laiii8 of John antl .laiu' Sliimi. 

2. (1) .loliu Shiini. .Ir. 1). in KtiRlaiKt: married (1) Kllen Stacy 3/3/1686 B M 

M n mnrrlo.J (2) Mary 7/1/1707. B. .M M R 

Second Generation. 59 

3. (2) George Shinn, b. in England; married Mary Thompson 5/6/1691. B. M. 

M. R. 

4. (3) Mary Shinn, b. in England; married (1) John Crosby 9/8/1686. B. M. M. R.; 

married (2) Richard Fennimore 1691. B. M. M. R. 

5. (4) James Shinn, b. in England; married Abigail Lippincott 3/3/1697. B. M. M. R. 

6. (5> Thomas Shinn, b. in England; married (1) Sarah Shawthorne 5/1/1687. 

B. M. M. R.; married (2) Mary Stockton 1/6/1692-3. B. M. M. R. 

7. (6) Sarah Shinn, b. in England in 1669; married Thomas Atkinson. 

8. (7> Esther Shinn, b. in England; never married. B. M. M. R. A. A witness to 

William Atkinson's marriage in 1686. 

9. (8) Francis Shinn, b. in England; never married. W. J. Wills. 

10. i'J) Martha Shinn, b. in England; married (1) Joshua Owen 1/3/1696-7. B. M. 
M. R.; married (2) Restore Lippincott 1729. B. M. M. R. 

2. JouN Shinn, Jr. (2). — John (1). 

John. Jioni III Eiiglaud. Designated in records John, Jr. He appears upon 
the Kccords of W^est Jersey for the first time on the 6th day of the 10th month 
(Decemher G), 1683, when he and his father, John Shinn, Senior, signed the 
iiiairiage record of John Woolston and Letitia Newbold as witnesses. Said cere- 
mony was performed by Elias Tharo Justice. (Burlington Kecords, 1683.) Then, 
on May 13th, 168-5, John Kenshawe, of Burlington, deeded John Shinn, Jr., of 
Bircii Creek, Burlington County, for £17, silver, two hundred acres of land, in 
the First or Yorkshire Tenth. John Shinn, Jr., is designated in this deed as 
" husbandman," and lived near the line between the First and Second Tenths. 
(W. J. R., Liber B, Pt. 1, p. 87.) Then came the momentous period of his mar- 
riage. Following the custom of Friends, of which society he was in all probability 
a member, he published his intention to marry Ellen Stacy before the Monthly 
Meeting of Friends at Burlington on the 5th day of the 2d month (April 5), 
1686. Further following the requirements of the society, he and Ellen published 
their intentions of marriage by a second appearance before the meeting on the 3d 
day of the 3d montli (^lay 3, 1686), 1686. Upon their first appearance a com- 
mittee was appointed to inquire into the character of John and Ellen, and to see 
whether any hindrance or impediment existed which could lawfully and religiously 
bar the marriage. This committee reported at the second meeting that no im- 
pediment existed, and the meeting left them at liberty to consummate the 
weighty affair in the fear of God. These inquiries of the church into the'Clearuess 
of candidates for matrimony deserve the commendation of prudent men. They 
not only prevented to a large degree the marriage of such as were within the 
cano^iical degrees, but also improvident and hasty marriages. For two young 
people to appear twice in open meeting at different times and publicly announce 
their intention to marry not only requires courage, but is conducive of proper 
thouglit with reference to this solemn contract. " To marry out of meeting."' that 
is, to ignore the requirements of the society and be married by a " priest " or by an 
" officer of the law," although recognized by Friends as a lawful marriage, was 
a sutllcient cause for excommunication from their membership, and resulted in 
'^ disownment." 

John Shinn. Jr.. and Ellen Stacy had "passed meeting" properly, and there 
remained nothing save the marriage ceremonial to be performed. Its simplicity 
will be seen from the following record, taken from the First Record Book of jMar- 
riages. Births and Deaths of Burlington Monthly Meeting of Friends : 

" Whereas there hath been an intention of marriage dewly published at two 
several ^Monthly ^leetings of the People called Quakers in Burlington (upon the 
river Dallaivare in the province if West New Jersey in America) between John 


Shiiiu, Jr., ul Jiiicli Civck. Jlusbaiulman, and Elin Stacy, daughter of Kobert 
Stacy of Burlington, both inhabiting the Province aforesaid. Inquiry having been 
made for removing obstruct ions, and also ye consent of parents being had, ye 
meeting permitted their joyning togi-ther in marriage. 

" Now this may certify ye truth unto all whom it doth or may concern on ye 
day of ye date hereof in our sight and hearing and in an Assembly of the Lord's 
People ye said .lohn Shinn did take and declare ye said Elin Stacy to be his wife, 
and ye said Elin Stacy did take and declare ye said John Shinn to he her husband 
according to ye example of ye Jloly Men of God recorded in the Scriptures of 
Truth. Each of them consenting or proposing to be loving, faithful nwd true in 
ye caj)acity as hushand and wife dnring the term of llnii- natural lives together. 
In witness whereof the parties themselves have first n{' all subscribed their names, 
and we also as witnesses this third day of ye fourth month. 1686." Signed John 
Shinn, Ellin Stacy. John Shinn. Sr.. Ifuhci't Staiv. Jane Shjiiii. Thomas Shinn, 
George Shinn. John Stacy. Klizai)eth Stacy. Mary Shinn. and twelve others. 

This y<uing lady. Ellen Stacy, was the daugliter of Kobert Stacy, one of the 
princijial men of the colony. The family in ICngland was a most respectable one, 
and had borne with honor and distinction many important positions in the country. 
Robert Stacy was one of the original proprietors of N'ew Jersey, and his signature 
appears on "The Concessions and Agreements;"' he was also one of the First 
GommissioiuTs sent over to the young c-olony by the proprietors. In New A^ork 
Colonial Documents. \o]. XXI. page 635, he is set down as one of the first magis- 
trates <if West Xew Jersey, his commission being dated August, 1677. In the 
Pennsylvania Colonial Records. \'ol. 1, ])age 75, he apjieai's as a mediator Ijctween 
tlie Provinc-e of Pennsylvania and East Jersey. The Xew York Colonial Docu- 
ments, Vol. XII. page 61 1. shr)w that on X'ovember 14. 1678, he leased Matiniconck 
Island from Sir Edmund Andros, (Jovi-rnor of Xew York. Soon after this he 
took U|i lands along Assiiuiiid< Ci-e(>k, and in 1680 was the owner of one-sixth of 
a projiriety. In point of wealth and grasp of alVairs. few men stood higher than 
he, and no one in West Jersey had a greater iiilluriKr. lie icmoved to Philadel- 
phia in 1600. where he and his son. J<ihn, began the manufacture of leather. 
His will, dated 'i/2/\i\'M), was admitted to probate Octoltor 18, 1701. (Phila. 
Wills, page 117.) There is no record of the childicn i>\' this marriage, and we 
are left to the recitals of wills and deeds to ascerlain thcii' names, but are wathout 
any material whatever lo predicate an opinion as to the mder or dates of their 
birth. The will of the father-in-law. Kolierl Stacy, gives a legacy to "Ellen and 
her son." btit does n«»t name him. 

We shall now take up the land transaction,- of .Idlm Shinn. .Ii'.. nol- >o much 
to .-h(»w his jKoition as a landliobler as to construct an authoritative line of descent. 
There is doubtless in s(»me old book in some forifoHcii heap of rul)hish an accurate 
family record of John and Fllen (Slacy) Shinn, bul as 1 cannot lind ii, T am 
driven to the next br'sl thing lo c(»nslrnct oni' from matriials that art^ as auilientic 
as a record, bul not so orderly nor so comprehensive. 

.\s early as 16S.'» .lohn Shinn. .Ir.. had begun to ac(|uire land, as is evidenced 
by the following conveyanees. recorded in the records of Burlington Cininlv. We 
have already ntited thai on ^fay 1.*5. 16S.">. John Ivenshawe, n\' Hui-lingion. conveyed 
two hnnrlred arre^. to be surveved in the First Tenth, lo John Shinn. Jr.. of Birch 
Creek. (Liber liB. f. SL) On .Fannary 6. nnC-';. Joim ami Marv Crosby con- 
veyed to Jolin Shinn. Jr.. lirolher of said Mary, livi' hundreil and (ifty-fivo acres, 
the land that had been given them by John Shinn. Sr. ( lalier IIIVH. f^ 'i]^).) On 
Mny 17. 1716. Jose|)l) .\mbb-r. of I'hilailelphia. sold John Shinn one hundred 
acres. (Ibid., f. '.>!»s. ) On .\ugnst '.>;. Kis. John Shinn conveved lo Jolm Ocr. 
bourne lliirty, acres. (Ibid., f. 34H.) On January 11. 171:M. he s(dd Abrahani 
Bickley, of Pliiladeljthia, one hnndred acres in Sin-ingliehi Town>liiii. ( Iliid.. f. 

vSecond Gen'eration'. 61 

4U.) On Juno 30, 1722, he f^old a meadow in Springfield Township to Thomas 
Budd, of Northampton. ^Liber BB, f. 3:9.) 

Hon. Jolm Clement, of Haddonfield, furnished me with the following note, 
gleaned from records in the Surveyor General's office at Burlington : " In 1725 
John Shinn and his four sons — Clement, Joshua, Jacob and Caleb — located land 
in Burlington County."' (Rec Sur. Gen. Office, Burlington, X. J.) On June 1, 
172G, John Shinn. of Springfield Township, conveyed six hundred and eighteen 
acres on a branch of Karitan Kiver, in Hunterdon County, to Widow Sarah Dims- 
dale. (Liber 1), f. 180.) On .May 11. 172G, John Shinn sold to his sons, William 
and Clement, several fracts of land. On Octol)or 20, 1736, William Shinn. of 
Springfield, brother and heir-at-law of Clement Shinn, late of same place, conveyed 
to John Shinn, father of William and Clement, the land which John Shinn, the 
father, conveyed to William and Clement on May 11, 1726. (Liber E, 202.) On 
October 21, 1736, John Shijin conveyed the same land to David Lewis, of Lebanon, 
Hunterdon County. The deed contains the recitals set out above. (Liber E, 205.) 
On the same day John Shinn deeded his son William 426 acres in Lebanon, 
Hunterdon County. (Liber E, 205.) John Shinn, Sr., died in 1711. and after 
that period the title senior passed to John, Junior, his son, and the title jimior 
passed to another John, the son of the first John. Jr., as is evidenced by the fol- 
lowing will : 


I John Shinn Jiinr. of Sprinsfiehl In ye County of Burlington & Western Division 
of ye Province of New Jersey Yeman being very sictc and week in Body but of Sound 
and Perfect mind & memory Thanks be given to Almighty God Therefore calling to 
mind ye mortallity of my Body & Knowing rhat it is appointed for all men once to Dy 
Do maI<o this my Last Will & Testament Utterly Revoaking & Disanulling all other 
former Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made and as Touching such worldly 
Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me with In this Life I Give Devise 
und Dispose of ye same In manner following. 

Imprimis — I give Devise & Bequeath unto my two Brothers Clement Shinn & 
William Shinn ye Land &: Plantation where I Live Lying in ye Township, County & 
Division ohovesaid adjoining to my fathers Land on one side & Samuel Barker on 
another side & John Ogbourn on another side & Richard Ayre on ye other side — To 
be Equally Divided Between my said Brothers Clement Shinn and William Shinn ye 
one halfe To i»e hohlen & Enjoyed unto & by my Brother Clement Shinn & his heirs 
& Assignes forever & ye other halfe to be holden & Enjoyed unto and by my 
Brother William Shinn & his heirs & Assignes for ever. 

Item — I Give & Bequeath unto my Sister Elizabeth Ruckel ye one halfe of all my Per- 
sonall Estate In Goods Chattels & Credits to be paid by my Executers after my Just 
Debts & funeral Charges is paid. Item — I Give & Bequeath Unto my Sister Mary 
Shinn ye other halfe of all my Personal Estate In Goods Chattels & Credits to be 
paid by my Executers after my Just Debts and funeral Charges is Paid. Item — I 
Give & Bequeath unro my Brother Clement Shinn & Robert Ruckel whom I Likewise 
make, ordaine & Constitute my whole & sole Executers of this my Last Will & Testa- 
ment all my Personall Estate In Goods, Chattels & Credits to ye Intent & purpose 
That my said Executors Shall & Do Pay all my Just Debts & Legacies & funeral 
Charges and I do hereby Rattifie & Confirm this & no other to be My Last Will & 
Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eighth 
Dav of Februai-v .Anno ve Dominey one Thousand seven hundred & twenty seven Eight 

Memorandum ye word (& by) & (&by) was his 

Enterlined before ye Ensealing & Delivery John Shinn 

hereof Published Pronounced & Declared mark 

by ye said John Shinn to be his Last Will 
& Testament — In the presence of us 

John Shinn Abraham Marriott John Budd. 

Be it Remembered that on the Seventh day of March Anno dom One thousand 
seven hundred and twenty seven personally came & appeared before me Samuel 
Bustill Surrogate and Register of the Western Division of the Province of New Jer- 
sey John Shinn .\braham Marriott and John Budd the three Witnesses Subscribed to 
the within Will. John Budd on his Solemn Oath wch he took on the holy Evangelist 

6"2 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

of Almighty God and John Shinn and Abraham Marriott being ot the People called > 
Quakers on their Solemn affirmation according to Law do dispose and affirm that 
they were all present and saw the within named John Shinn sign and seal and heard 
him Publish Pronounce and Declare the within Writing to be his last Will and Testa- 
ment and at the doing thereof the Testator was of sound mind, memory and under- 
standing to the best of their knowledge and belief and that at the same time they 
did sign their names as Witnesses to the within Will in the presence of the Testator. 
Affirmed and Sworn Before Me Sam'l Bustill Surr & Regr. 

Be it remembered that on the Seventh day of March Anno Dom. One thousand 
seven hundred and twenty seven psonally came & appeared before me Sam'l Bustill 

Robert Rockhill surviving Executor' of the last Will and Testament within 

written he being one of the People called Quakers on his Solemn affirmation according 
to Law doth declare and affirm that the within writing contains the last Will and 
Testament of John Shinn the Testator therein names as far as he knows and be- 
lieves. And that he will well and truly pform the same by paying first the Debts 
of the dec'd and then the Legacys contained in the within Will &c — fee- 
Affirmed Before me— Sam'l Bustill D Surr & Regr. 

Oil Januarv 'J!*. K;i(i-;. Jolm Shinn, the fnilni'. executed his will, in which 
lie names his wife,. ^larv: sons, Jacoli aiul Caleb: oraiidson, John, son of son 
George, and cousin, Samuel Shinn. His sons Caleb and Jacob and cousin Samuel 
Shinn are named executors. This will was probated March 19, 1736-7. (Wills, 
Xo. L p. ni.) 

From these authentic records it is an easy task to construct the following 
table as the children of Jolm Shinn. Jr.. and Ellen (Stacy) Shinn: 

George, named as son in will of the father. 

John. Jr., named in his own will as brother to Clement and William. 

Clement, named as son in several deeds. 

William, named as son in several deeds. 

Elizabeth, named as sister by .John. Jr., in his will. 

Mary, named in same will. 

The will of John, in 1T3G-7, names ]\iarv as wifi'. and as we have introduced 
Ellen Stacy as wife, it will be necessary to take up the church records to clarify 
this seeming anachronism. And inasmuch as \\v. have been designating dohn, 
who married Ellen Stacy, as John. Jr.. we shall adhere to this fashion to avoid 
confusion; but it should be ruintiiilu'icil ili.n this title left him in 1711, upon 
the deatli of his father, and passed to his son, w^lio died in 1727-8, and then 
passed to John, son of (Jeorge, grandson of John, Jr., and great-grandson of the 

John Sliiiin. Jr.. was inii as consistent in his religiotts affairs as was his 
father, but the records dise](jse some activity in that direction; enough, at least, 
to enable us to clear away some of the ])erplexing mists of the family record. And 
if it shall do no more than this, it will outrank many other religious characters 
that cumber the church rolls. 

Our first view of John Shinn, Ji-., was nimlc ]iossible liy tlie elaborate record 
wliich the (i)nakers at l^nrlingloii made upon ihc occasion of his marriage. The 
great worth of the fatlicc m'cukmI to oversliaddw the xm, and Uw nianv rears we 
find him in the backgrniind df i he ]iiclui\'. wilh his I'.ilher ;is a cenlr;il iigure. 

In H!!)7 he was appoinlc*! on (be nbicpiifoiis committee that adorns every 
clmrch to raise money. Tn lloi he and his faihcr sign a '^'testimony" against 
some ])n'lcndcd '' Friends." 

In 1*0(; niid again in 1707 he had gained snlluienl prdniinenct' lo lie sent 
to t^narlerly Meeting. On the first day of the seventh month. 1707. the church 
appointefl two Friends to speak to John Shinn, Jr.. to lot him know that meeting 
expects that he should clear truth aiul F'riends from I he icpioach he hnd bronuht 
upon them by his disorderly doings. lie ,i|i|ie;ired before the nioeting. 10th of the 
Oth month. 1707. ami promised to attend lo the matter ai (lie nc^xt meeting. On 
the Isl day of the 10th month, 1707, he brought in a paper condemning his action, 

'This shows that Clement Shinn died within a few weeks nt his brother. John. 

Second Gen'ebatiox. 63 

which was accepted by the society. His offense was taking a wife who was not 
a Friend, " and the disorderly way of taking her."' The disorder consisted in 
being married by either a preacher of some other church, or by a heathen, Justice 
of the I'eace. Thus the wiles of the great arch enemy of mankind, " lovely woman," 
led another good man astray. But for this little church record we should not have 
known of this second marriage of John, and even with it we are unable to tell the 
maiden name of his wife. To the Quakers she was Anathema Marenatha, and 
not for any consideration would they mar their records by giving her name. From 
it we infer tliat Ellen was dead, and from the will of John we know that her 
(Jhristiaii name was Mary. Mary what? "N'ot until all secrets are given up before 
the August Monarch of the Universe will this be known. Jacob and Caleb were 
certainly her sons, for the records show their birth to have been after this second 
marriage. The will of Robert Stacy furnishes evidence that there was one son 
at least l)y the first marriage. This son was, in all probability, George. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth I^ippincott, daughter of Restore, in the month of June, 1712, as 
is shown by the records of the church. Elizabeth Shinn, sister of George, was also 
a child of the first marriage, for that she herself married Robert Rockhill in No- 
vember, 17ir>, as appears from the Burlington records of that date. John Shinn, 
Jr.. of 1727-8, names Elizabeth, ^fary, William and Clement as brothers and 
sisters. l)ut docs not mention George, Joshua, Caleb or Jacob. These were cer- 
tainly alive at the date of the will,' and the omission of all reference to them 
fnrnislie^ gronnrl for the inference that Joshua, Caleb and Jacob were but half- 
bi'otbers. But why ho should not mention George cannot be explained on this 
hypothesis. George lived then in Gloucester County, and. being the eldest son, 
was passed l)y liis brother. It may be safely assumed that the children of John 
Shinn. Jr., and Ellen Slacy were George, Mary, Elizabeth, William, Clement and 
John. They (John Shinn and Ellen Stacy) were married in 1G86, and she died 
before 1707, when John married the second time. 

The children of the second marriage were certainly Caleb and Jacob, and 
v(»ry probal)ly Joshua. There was one daughter by this marriage, whose Christian 
name wns Jane, and there may have been one more. I have been aided in these 
deductions by Hon. John Clement, a man familiar with the law and well versed 
in genealogy. The property which William inherited as heir at law of Clement, 
deceased, was property bequeathed to William and Clement by will of the brother 
John, who died in 1727-8. In any ease the full blood In-other relationship of Wil- 
liam, Clement and John is eslabiished. George died in April, 1732, as is shown 
by his will probated in Gloucester County on April 14th of that vear. Wills ISTo. 
3", p. 08. Clement died between that date and :May 11, 1736, the date of William's 
deed to his father of the property inherited from Clement. 

John Shinn, Jr.. died in 173G-7. a very wealthy man for the day and time. 
Not as conspicuous as his father in public and religious life, he inherited the bulk 
of his estate, and managed it frugally and well. Whoever the second wife may 
have been, it is safe to say that she was of the first families of the period, for the 
children of John Shinn, Senior, who married, had entry into this circle, and as 
will be seen hereafter married exceptionally well. Having established the line of 
descendants of John, Jr., we pass to the other children of John, Sr., whose geneal- 
ogy will be easier to ascertain. 

Children of John Shinn. Junior. 

11. (1) George married Elizabeth, Daughter of Restore and Hannah Lippincott 
2nd day 4th month 1712. (Burlington M. M. Records.) 

12. (2.) Elizabeth married Robert. Son of Edward Rockhill Sr. 5th day 9th 
month 1716. (Bur. M. M. R. Chesterfield M. M. Records.) 

13. (3.) Clement: ob. sine proli. 

14. (4.) John: ob. sine proli. 

64 IIhtory of the Shixx Family ix Eukope and America 

15. (5.) William, married (1) Martha, daughter of Joshua and Jane (Budd) 
Shreeve, 2nd day. llih month, 1728. (Chesterfield .Monthly Moeting Record.) William 
married (2) Exorcise Corliss. 1739. 

16. (6.) Joshua. 

17. (7.) Jane, married Jonathan t'.askill .5/4/1732 (,B. .M. .M. R.). 

18. (8.) Caleb, married M«'hitabel Curtis, 1739. 

1». (9.) Jacob, b. :,/r.',/\ll'y, married Hannah Lippincott (relict of Freedom 
Lippincotl). nee Hakestraw— 12th month. 174o-(J. iBiirlington and Haddonfield M. M. 
Records, i 

2(1. (10.) Sarah, married Thomas Atkinson, son of Thomas and Sarah (.Shiun) 
Atkinson G/12/1739. ( H. M. .M. R.) 

21. (11.) Mary married Abraham Bunnell in 1731: they removed to Hunterdon 
Co. upon lands given her by her father in Lebanon. They reared a large family, 
one son, Abraham Bunnell, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel of the Battalion raised by 
Somerset, Elssex ami Hunterdon, undi-r an (lr<linance passed by the Convention of 
New Jersey. 7/18/1776. 

ti. 'I'homas Sjiinn (2). — John (1). 

Thoiiia.'^ Sliiiin \va.« horn in Kiiglaiul in Hertford ('(luiiiy. in all probability, 
l»ut the (late <if lii.< birth cannot Itc asserted authoritativel.v. His lirsi appearance 
in authentic history was in the little ootajional cluircli of the Friends in Burling- 
ton, when, in company with a yonng woman of that town, he appeared and de- 
clared his intention to marry her. 'IMiis was on the (Uh day of the 12th nioiitli. 1687, 
(Fob. <i. 1(!H8). Miirlinjjcton Monthly Meetin<r Records contain this further entry: 
"."•th of 1st month. HJST-S (March ~k KiSS). Thomas Sliinn and Sarali Sliawlhorite 
came before the mei'tinjr the ."Second time and declared tlieii- iuti'iitions of marriage, 
and the meeting finding all clear and nothing to impede the same, they are left to 
consummate the weighty affair as they in the fear of God shall see meet." This 
if nil that can be known of Sarah Shawthorne. She must have died soon after 
her marriage without issue, for no reference is made to children of tliis marriage 
by 'I'bomas, who himself died within seven years, leaving a will, Ceiiaiii it is that 
Thomas Shinn and Mary Stockton appeared liefnic tlie r)iii'lington Meriing on the 
2nd of the Till month. HI!)'.', and again on the (illi of the 1st month. l(i!i'J-;l. and 
announced their intention of marriage and were set at liberty to proceed. Tliat 
this was the same Thomas that married Sarah Shawtborn is evidenced by tlie will 
of Thomas, which refers to Mary Stockton as '"mx now wife." Thai Saiah liad 
died is inferred from the fad that the ebureb which itad given ii- ((insiMit to the 
first marriage con.-ented to the second. Of Mary Stockton there i> much more to 
be paid than of Sarah Shawtborn. She was the daughter of liiehaid Stockton, who 
was a descendant of a noted family of that name in Diiihani on Tees. Fngland.', 
M«T father was the first of the familv to immigrate to .\meriea and settbnl in 
Flushing. I.. 1.. where he bought two tboii.-and acres of laml ^laivb Id. 1 ('.O?. 
Soon after this be purchas(^d several thousand acres in Springliehl Town>hi|). 
Burlington County, ,\. .1.. an<l removed thereto, lie wa.- a prominent num. of 
great wealth and influence. He died in KOT. leaving children. Ifirlinril. .Tolm. 
.lob. .\bigail. Sarah. .Mary, lianiiab and Mlizabetb. .\. .1. .\.. \ol. X. p. I'i;. I'rom 
Uieluird. the brother of Mary, who became verv wealthy, was descendecl six sons, 
Kicbard. Samuel, .fosepb. Robert, .lolm and Thomas. .lohn iidn liird i he ances- 
tral Inune "Morven" at Frinecton. and became a w.irm friend of rrinceton Col- 
logo, Kron\ this John wa^ descended tin- famous jurist, and signer of the Declara- 
tion of ]n(le|>on(1onoo. Hicbard Stockton. 

Thomas lived scarcely two years after this marriage. His will i> d.ited Xo- 
veml>er Itb. Kini. and was proven bv John Shinn. Sr.. (Ui Dec. l.">. IC'ij. The fol- 
lowing is a copy of bis will. It .^bows (me child. Thomas, alreailv born, and a 
postbuni«nis child, wliicli. wo shall soo. was called Samuel. It also shows that be 
iuid fotir brothers, and cmroborntcs our tabulation of the male children of John 

Sliinn. Sr. It also shows him to have lu-en a freeboldiM- and a slaveholder one of 

the earliest slaveboldor.-i — if not the verv earliest in \.vv Jersey. 


Second Gen'ef{at[ox. 67 

Will of Thomas Shixn'^ Sox of John Shixx. 


I, Thomas Shinn of Springfield in the County of Burlington make this my last Will 
in Manner an<] form following, viz — 

First I bequeath my soule to God and my body to the clay. 

Secondly I bequeath unto my son Thomas Shinn a peece of land Eastward con- 
taining about sixty five acres and about fifteen acres of Meadow lying on ye west of 
ye said land. 

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my Child unborn one equall shaire of land 
and Mcaibnv that remains of my plantation. 

Ffjurthly the other half of my plantation I give and bequeath unto my now wife 
Mary Shinn with all my building and orcharling and all my movables. 

It is also my will that if ye negro should outlive my now wife, then at her 
decease he shall return unto my son Thomas: also if ye child unborn should be a 
female then 1 wf)ulf| have my son Thomas to have ten acres more out of my other 
meadows to be given at ye west end of my meadow; Also it is my will that if this 
child tinborn should dye before it is of age I would have its share fall unto my son 
Thomas. 11' both my childrfn should dye before they be of age I would have that 
which I have given to them lo return to my relations my fower brothers onely; It is 
also my will that if my wife dye before she marries again that then that shaire of 
land and meadows return tmto my fower brothers, but if my now wife should live to 
marrie again that then that shair*' of land and niead«)ws I giver her to be at her dis- 
posing as she pleases forever. 

Also I appoint Francis Deavenport, and Jt)hn Wilston to be my trustees to see 
this my will to be performed according to my desire: This is my will and pleasure 
this fottrlh day of ye p]ighth Month commonly called November Anno 1694. 

Thomas Shinn (L. S.i 

Signed. Sealed in ye presence of us : 

Isaac Horner. 
Matthew Champion. 
.John Shinn, Sr. 
December 15tti, lt;!i4. 

John Shinn sen'r (one of ye evidences to ye above written Testament under his 
solemne Attestation) then proved ye above named Testator signing, sealing & de- 
claring ye above written to be his last Will & Testament. That Isaac Horner & 
Matthew Champion above written were also evidences to ye same. & did with him 
ye sd .lohn Shinn subscribe their names as evidences thereto:' 

In presence of us Edward Hunloke 

Thos. Revell John Tabham Justices 

Serey & Reg'r. Thos. Revell 

Oil pnyc <ir.\ LiluT li. N\\v Jersey Deeil.>:. in office of the Secretary of State 
at Trenton, we ascertain that on Dec. 28th. 1697, Mary Shinn, widow of Thomas" 
Shinn. had consented to marry Sihis Crispin of Penn.^ylvania, and Ijefore doing so 
arraniicd for the pro]ierty wliieh hatl descended to her from her husband to be 
held in trust and managed for the use and benefit of her sons. Tliomas and Samuel 
Shinn. Tlie trustees, as recited in the deed, were Richard Stockton, Jr., brother 
of ,<aid Mary, and John Shinn. Jr.. lirother-in-Law of said ^[ary, and the property 
consisted of all the lands and a negro boy. "Jabby,"' given her by her late husband 
by will dated November 4, 1694. 

This Silas Cris])in to whom ^fary Shinn was married in 1697 at Burlington. 
N. J., was the second son of TJear Admiral William Crispin of the English Xavy 
bv his wife Annie, daughter of William Jasper, an English merchant of Amster- 
dam, and Sister of ^Margaret, wife of Admiral Sir William Penn, and mother of 
William Penn. the foimder of Pennsylvania. X. Y. Gen. & Biog. Pec.. Vol. 29, p. 
ir.7: also p. 201. 

Bv this marriage the following children were descended: 

1.' Joseph, b. 1698; m. Sarah Barrett. 

•The Inventory of the Personal Estate was £273-9-16. 


68 History of the Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

2. Benjamin, b. 1G99; in., G^ -.^1, 1722, Margaret Uwcn, daughter of Joshua 
and Martha (Shinn) Owen. 

3. Abigail, b. Jan. 20. 1701; m. John Wright. Sp. Tp. 

4. Sila.s, Jr., b. .March 19. 1702; m., Xov. 9, 1724, Marv Wetherell. 

5. :Marv, b. March 12. 1705; m.^ Xov. G, 1727, Thomas Earl Wetherell. 

6. John, b. Dec. 11, 1707. 

Silas Crispin died ^lay 31, 1711, and Mary then married Richard Eidgway, 
Jr., by whom there were no children. This last marriage was celebrated in the 
new Springfield Meeting House in presence of Kiclianl, Aljigail and Job Ridg- 
way, Benjamin Crispin, Abigail and Anna Stockton, Thomas and Samuel Shinn, 
her sons, and thirty-one other people. 

The two children, Thomas and Samuel Shinn, grew to manhood. In the 
record of births and deaths of the Burlington ^lonthlv Meeting the following en- 
tries occur: 

Thomas, son of Thomas and ^lary Shinn, horn Gth day 11 month. 1693. 

Samuel, son of Thomas and ^Mary Shinn, born the l-")tli day 2nil mnntli. 1G95. 

Thomas Shinn, Sr., lav down his life the dav of the '.Mh hkhiiIi ciillcd \ovem- 
ber, 1694. 

The eldest son, Thomas, married "Martha V/.w] ;iiid licininc tlic head of a dis- 
tinguished family in Xew Jersey and rennsylvaiiia. 

The younger son, Samuel, married, first, Sarah Scluxily; second. I'lovided 
Gaskell ; third. Abigail Urie. The children l)y the first two wives became the heads 
of families in Xew Jersey, while the fatlier and the lliird wife removed to Xorth 
Carolina, and founded the Hoitse of Shinn in the Southern States. 

Cliildren of Thomas and Mary (Stockton) Shinn. 

22. (1) Thomas Shinn, who married Martha Earl. 

23. (2) Samuel Shinn. who married (1) Sarah Schooly; (2) Provided Gaskell; 

(3) Abigail Ury. 

5. James Su i x n ( 2 ) . — Jon k ( 1) . 

James was prol)ably the youngest of the cluldren of John Shinn au'd was 
born in England. Tie lived longer tban any of his brothers and sisters and died 
in 17.V1 without a will. The same difficulty occurs in collating his children as hap- 
pened in the collation of those of J<ilm. Jr. 

There arc some things certain, luiwevcr. niul fr(nn those authentic entities we 
shall be enabled to construct a solid foundalion. On the very day that his sistet 
^Farlha, accompanied by .lo>liiia Owen, arose in meeting the second time and de- 
clared their intentions of jnarriage {.".id n\' the |v| ukuiiIi. 1(;96-7, ^iaicli :'.. 1G97), 
the membership was; informecl by some lui-\ lunh th;ii ,l;ime< Sbiiiii and Abiijail 
Lippincott had declared their intentinii in iiiaia\ wiilioin (iiiiiiiil; liefiii-c meeting. 
/\ committee was a|i|ininled ;i( (mcc to -peak hi .lulm Shinn and bis good wife, 
Jane; Restore Tjip])incolt and his good wife. Hannah: ami the obst re|)erous young- 
people, James Shinn, and his fiance, Abigail Lip|iineotl. This incident caused a 
great amount of talk thi-oughoul the communitv and led the coiuinittee to ]irobe 
the matter to the bolloin. On the Tith <d' the -.'iid moiilb. I(i!i7, the ('liui'eh was 
doubtless crowded to hear the result. The comnuttee reported that the young peo- 
ple were detennini'd to marry, l)ut mit having their parents' consent tliev could 
not pass meeting. Old John Shinn and old Restore Lippincott walked out under 
n stately beech and began a iliscussion of iJn' i|iiestion. Their wives soon joined 
tliem, and in a short time iwace was restored and parental consent accorded. On 
the sMine day James and .\bigai1 declared tlieir intention to niarrv bofon^ the as- 

Second Generation'. 69 

st'iiil)le<l iiiultiTudi; and were applauded by the younger element who were in at- 
tendance. One month later they appeared the second time and were set at liberty 
by the Church. The marriage occurred shortly afterwards at the house of Kestore 
Lippincott in the presence of a large assembly of the first people of the community. 

Shortly after the wedding John Shinn conveyed to James one hundred and 
twenty-one acres of land in what is now Xottingham Township (Liber B, G19) and 
the young people set up for themselves. During the same year he bought other 
lands of John Butcher (Liber B, G19), and in 17(J5 was made the sole legatee of 
the estate of his brijther, Francis. (See Francis Shinn.) In 170!» he purchased 
lands of John (iarwood (Liber K, 431), and in May, 1712. his father-in-law. Ke- 
store Lippincott, conveyed him two hundred and twenty-three acres in Xotting- 
ham Townshi[) (Liber D, 97). He afterwards became seized of large bodies of land 
in New Hanover Township (Liljer S, 147) and in Ocean County. 

Abigail Lippincott, the wife of James, was a great attraction whether con- 
sidered from the standpoint or birth or of wealth. Her father, Kestore Lippin- 
cott, was the third son of Richard Lippincott, the ancestor of the Lippincotts in' 
America. From John Clement's First Settlers in Xewton Township we find that 
Richard emigrated from Devonshire. England, and that the family was one of tiie 
oldest in England. It has been traced authentically back to the Donujiay Book, 
compiled in the days of the Conqueror. 

Richard settled first at Boston, where he w^s made a freeholder in 1640. He 
afterwards moved to Dorchester and thence to. England, where in 16o.3 his son 
Restore was born. In 1669 he moved from Plymouth. England, to Shrewsbury, 
X. J. He was the largest shareholder in the company that colonized on Shrews- 
bury River, and became an active otlicer of the colony. Restore Lippincott. his 
son, married Hannah Shattock <»f Boston in 1674 and removed to Xorthampton 
Township, Burlington County, where he became a wealthy and influential man. 
In 1703 and 170.5 he became a member of the Governor's Council of West Jersey. 
John Clement says of him: "He was a useful citizen, exemplary in all the rela- 
tions of life, and much respoetivl by the community on account of his regard for 
truth and justice." 

His children by Hannah Shattock were Samuel. Abigail. Hannah. Hope. Re- 
becca, James. Elizabeth. Jacob and Rachel. 

James Shinn married Abigail, and George Shinn. son of Jolm. Jr.. married 
Elizabeth. The descendants of each of the other children of Restore married de- 
scendants of the other children of John Shinn, Sr., so that there are few of the 
Shinn family in America without some admixture of Li|)pincott blood. And, 
strange to say, after Joshua Owen died and Hannah Lippincott died, the widow, 
^fartha (Shinn) Owen and Restore Lippincott formed an alliance and were mar- 
ried in 1729. From this match there were no children. 

It now remains for us to gather u]i the details of evidence concerning the 
cliildren of James and Abigail (Lippincott) Shinn, and tabulate them as accu- 
rately as may be. He left no will, which deprives us of one fruitful source of 
information. Turning to the church records we find a number of recitals which 
are invaluable. 

1. BuRLixGTOx Monthly ^Ieeting Records. 

First of 8th month, 1716, John Atkinson and Hannah, daughter of James 
Shinn. declared tlieir intentions of marriage. 

Second of 11th month. 1726. the overseers of the meeting reported that 
Joseph Shinn, son of James, had married a wife that was not a Friend. He mar- 
ried !Mary Budd. 

Fonrtli niontli. 23rd day. 1720. at house of James Shinn. ^NLchael Atkinson, 
son of William, and Hope, daughter of James, were married. Witnesses, James 

70 III- .. ..w. >... . • KA>fTTv TV Faixove Axn Amemca 

ami Ai.i-ail. Jo- .«! Mary Sliinn, John. JoHiph, Thomas, Haimah, Sarah > 

.\l, • ■■■' (1 met'ting 4 () ITvHi. 

-, , .. 1 :..:,cU Shinn and Elizabeth Atkinson passed 

iiK'.-u'n^' ' .. iV. i:-?s. Janu-s Shinn of New Hanover deeded Francis Shinn, 

hiK H.n. the land h. • ..f Ho.-tore Lii>i)incott in 1712. (Liber A. R., P- 9^-) 

' . i:;i«>. a orrtilicate was recorded showing that Solo- 
..... ^ ,i Marv Antrim wure married on that date. Wit- 

• mcnt, Joseph and ilarv (Budd) Shinn, James and 

Hii - - )n and Caleb Shinn. 

:. 17:{!». rejwrt was made that James Shinn. Jr., and 
H - iHju.'-ins, had hilcly married. The parents disclaimed 

iK'th. the mother of Hannah. Elizabeth was the widow 

of . ^ 

•li. IMl. ricment Shinn of Xew naiiover, son ui James, 
ni.. Shinn wnt in a paper condemning their disorderly pro- 

out of meeting. 
In I) -trangr fatality, throe brothers and sisters of the name 

'- .1.1 and Elizabeth, married three brothers and sisters of the 

!i. II. .jK- and Eranci.o, and still another brother of the Atkin- 
Marv Shinn. but not the daughter of James. 
I t is hardly questionable that the children of James and 

Ab: ^'linn were: 

. wli<» married John Atkinson, 9/21/171fi. 
iloiKJ. who matried Michael Atkinson, 4/23/1720.^ 
. I ' . h. S/2.VK0(;; m. Elizabeth Atkinson, 8/13/1729. 

.1 . i.M. whn married Marv Hudil. 172(i. 
.'.'.••■, who married Hannah Shinn. 1739..' 
'2'.' ■ - iiiMii. who marrii'd Mary Antiim. 3/l'7/1739. 
.30. < '. I iient. wlio married i'llizalu'th Webb. 1740. 
!•>' *- not H) convincing as that heretofon' adduced, but sufficiently 

rjenr ' conclusion, 1 add the following: 

.11 \bigHil. m. Henry Reeve, 172!^. 

iinnli, m. liartholf»mew WCsl, K27. lie lived in Mon- 
"• be reare«l a large family. Three of his sons were in the 

'! "I" Mcriy. a witiu'ss in 1111 — ob sine i>i(>li. 

J. 1 in New Hanover Township' in his own house at a ripe 

'-''' -' .^ No. 7. ]). l<i|, an entry was made on Jan. 14, 1751. ap- 

] iin ndministrator. James Shinn seems to have had verv little 

tn do with churt'h nffnirH' and ntill less with politics. His ambition seemed to be 

\v Kk.vj)! informn me that he has seen the marriage certifl- 

■■' it the cenMUoiiy was performod at the house of .Tames; 

.oil. .laiiics Sliliiii, S<iliiiii(m Shinn. Restore Lipi^incott, 

in Cnitoll. Wllliatn Ihiilil and a long line of others whose 

!.. .ill 

I Into Now HanovcT Township is not known, but it is certain 

tn Will HiK.U No. 4. p. .110. nnrlinslon County 

I ( Wrinhlstown ) was made Admiuislrator of 

r. <ii) .Sciv 4. 1741. And in Deed Hook A. R., p. 97. .James Shinn of 

• " . .-.■.. ».(.. ..,., iv,,„riH n irnrt of land. From all these facts it appears 

«Vni V- Township, lived for niany years after his marriage in 

N' the later years in New Hanover. 

• r of the Friontls Society in good standing is attested 
by A itn\M'T ip by MnrlinKion Monthly .Me«'ting on 4/11/1704 during Queen 

'■•- ^'^■"' ■ ' '■■ "'' '■•M>«alns and other military officers, stating that the 

had appeared at their last monthly meeting and 
of ihu Swclely of P'rlends and could nf)t conscientiously bear 

Second Gexeiiatiox. 71 

to own land and to enjoy life. He gave large tracts of land to his children, who 
in turn seem to have inherited his land desires. ^lany of them became large land 
owners in Xew Jersey, and some of them became very rich. It 
was from the line of Thomas that the migration Southward 
started in IToO. but the line of James furnished the next mass of 
adventurous spirits, and his hardy grandchildren soon entered Virginia, 
spread into West A'irginia and were among the first into Ohio, Indiana and 
Illinois. Xearly every Shinn in the Southern states finds liis ancestor in Samuel, 
the son of Tixtmas, the son of John. Four-fifths of the Shinns in the Xorthern 
states from the Atlantic to the Pacific find an ancestor in either Clement or Joseph, 
sons of James, son of Jolm. And many of tlie descendants of Clement, James and 
Joseph remained in the ancestral homes, filling honorable positions and living no- 
ble lives. Of all these we shall speak hereafter. 

3-, Geohgi: Siiixx (2). — Joiix (1). 

\\ licre oi- when George was born we cannot say with greater certainty than 
that tlu! event occurred in England prior to 1G()9. In Old Burlington fleeting 
House he passed meeting the second time on the oth of the (ith month, IGOl, and 
shortly .iftcrwards was niiirried to ^lary Thomjison. daughter of John Thompson, 
at the house of his father, .lohii Shinn. 

.lojin Thompson was a rrecholder and a man of i)ublic affairs. In the trou- 
bled adiuinisi ration of Lord Cornhur\' as Governor of Xew Jersey. John Thomp- 
son was chosen by lUirliiigton County as one of its Assemblymen, and sat in the 
famous assembly of ITO*. Id' was one of the proprietors and a signer of the 
"Concessions," N. J. A.. \'..|. I. p. 268; member of the General Assemblv. IGOS, 
N. J. A.. Vol. Tl. ].. 1 IS: .mIm) member of the Colonial Cotincil, ITOl. Ibid, Vol. 
IL, p. :'.S1. 

Ahiiy. bis daughter, was soon bereft of her husliand, for on March 2nd, 1694, 
a will dated January 2Ttli. 1694, was probated in Burlington County, which bore 
witness to the f.-ict llmt (Ji^oi-gc S1iinn bad died. Tlie following is a copv of the 
will : 

WILL OF c;EORGE shinn. son of JOHN SHINN. 

I. George Shinn being weak of body but of good and sound memory praised be 
God do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner following. 

First I committ my Soul unto Almighty God and my body to be buried at the 
discretion of Mary my loveing wife whom I make my Executrix of this my last will 
and Testament. 

Secondly I give to Mary my Loveing wife Al my whole estate both real and per- 
sonall fully and wholly at her own disposal upon condition that she shall discharge 
all my just debts and funerall charges and bring up my children & doe (as obovesaid) 
hereby make & ordaine her my sole executrix of this my last will & testament revoak- 
ing al other wills heretofore made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 
and seall this 27th of the 11th month cal'd Januaru 1694. 

Signed and sealed in the presence of us. George Shinn (Seal) 

Eleazer Fenton ^^ Burlington in ye Province of West New Jersey 

. , ^ the second day of month of March. Anno Regina 

jonn my Gulliel im et Maria Angl. &c. Septimo Annoq Dom 

mark/ms^ 1694. Exhibitted & proved ye above written to be ye 

Henry l age jg^g^ ^^.^^^ ^ testament of George Shinn ye Testator 

„ . , T J above named according to law before us. 

Daniel Leeds. 

Thos. Revell Edward Hunloke 

Surr & Regr. Jeremiah Basse 

Thos. Revell. 

For Springfield — George Shinn. 
For Northampton — James Shinn. 


Man- Shi nil cjualified as executrix and gave bond on .March 2, 1694, with John 
Shinn, Sr, and iJana-I l>ids a* bondsmen. (Unrecorded Wills, Trenton, A.J.) 

The inventory of his i)ersonal propertv was £124.4.3. 

Tb. - of lli^ children arc not givrn in the uill. hut they have been ascer- 

!«:•••■' .. .w>. From a minute book of marriages solemnized in open court at 

]; . on Jih- in the onice of the Secretary of State at Trenton, it appears 

thai Marv .^binn was married to Daniel Wills in IGDo.' That this was the widow 
of (;. ' -' in is rstablisbed as follows: In the year 1709 a census by house- 
h«dd- ..... :....rn in Nortlinnntun Township, Jiurlington County, and one of the 

tabulations in as follows: 

I>anl<l WHIh, age 50 . Wills JO 

1 h Will'- 1( daiighl IT by former marriage. 

iM;,:.i Wills 17 son by former marriage. 

.i.iiM.-B Wlll« 45. son by former marriage. 

' ph Wills 11 son of Daniel and .Mary. 

..:.;. Wilis ... y (langlm-r of Daniel and Mary. 

•MnrKari'i Wills 7 daughter of Daniel and Mary. 

Hannah Wills 5 daiighter of Daniel and Mary. 

.L.tiii Wills — son of Daniel and Mary. 

I .. .1 Shlnn . . 16 son of former marriage. 

.M.irtha Shlnn 14 daughter of former marriage. 

.Mary Shlnn 12 daughter of former marriage. 

Tln-re are wmu- ajiparent discrepancies, but ihey iiuiy all be reconciled by as- 
suming 17n;> to Ik' an error in transcrijition. 11" tlic year 170T be assumed every 
diHiculty diMii«iK>ars. However that may be. the fact that Levi. ^^lartlia and Mary 
Shinn are enumerated immc<liately after the family of l);iiiiil and Mary Wills 
seems to prove conclusively that the children of (icorgi' and Mary (Thompson) 
Shinn were 1> vi. Martha and Mary. Daniel Wills, the second husband of Mary 
rii.iiiipM.n Shinn. was the son of I)aniel Wills, one of the most prominent men of 
early Huriingttm County. The elder Daniel Will- was one of the proprietors, and 
on«' of the Cf»mmissioncrs sent from lOngland to divide the lands. He came with 
a large family and immy indentured .servants, who afterwards ])ecame lending 
citi/j-ns in the Colony. As ('ommissioner, he with his fellow Commissioners pnr- 
chflM'd tlu' hulian rights from the Kancocas to Timbii- Creek, laid it out in parcels 
suitable for purehawrs. an<l administered the governnn-nt o[ tlic Colony according 
Ut the C«uw<-s«.i<tns and .Agreements. .\s a ConimissioncM' of the London Company 
ho with three men hwated the Lond(»n Tenth id .\rwiiimni<. where Cloucester now 
Rtandf. He wait nft«'rwards chosen a niembei' n\' \\\r (iovenmr's Council, which po- 

M be di;/!iified and adorned. Me biin.M'll' took up large quantities of land in 
— :liampton Townsbiji. which was so mimed in honor of Northami)ton, England, 
from winch Daniel Wills had emigrateii. In KISl he was Surveyor General of 
the l'rovin(v. In 1(»!»S he went to the Harl)ados upon business, where he died, 
leaMii;- " The eliildreii named therein were James. D.iniel, John, ]\Inry, and 

.\nii J' married (I) Mar;:aret .Newbobi, in l(iS(i. by whom he had three 

rhildren. Kli/idK-th. Daniel and James. Married (2) Mary (Thompson) Shinn in 

Ml there were five children. Joseph. Ann. Margaret. Hannah and 

.' . Jr.. continued t<i reside on Ihe ])alernal acres until bis death. His 

• ' the Ki Miith ■'ciiii;itiiiii .-lill reside uptui the original liomestead of 

11 n-n of tieorge Shinn nuirried as follows: 

' ' '''v': m. .\nn. youngest daughter of Hanid Wills. Senior, 

hi' ' Memoranda.) 

Mnrthn Shinn married Daniel Oaskill. 173.';. Bur. M. M. Record. 

od l.y Kdward Himloko and witnessed by .lames and 
^"' \<Ulnscin and Mary (Storkfon) Shinn. 

Second Gexeratiox. 73 

Mary Shinn married Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary (Roberts) Eves, 1721. 
(Asa Matlacks Memoranda. Burlington Monthly Meeting Record.) 

Thus happened one of the curious phases of matrimony; the mother, Mary, 
married Daniel, the son of Daniel, Sr., the son, Levi, married the daughter, Ann, 
of Daniel, Sr. Levi thus became a brother-in-law to his mother; Mary became 
mother-in-law to her sister-in-law; Daniel became father-in-law to his sister and 
grandfather to her children. There are many other curious combinations which 
are left to the ingenuity of the reader to solve during his leisure hours. 

Children of George and Mary Shinn. 

34. (1) Levi Shinn, who married Ann Wills, 1720. 

35. (2) Martha Shinn, who married Daniel Gaskell, 173."i. 

36. (3) Mary Shinn, who married Samuel Eves, 9/6/1721. 

0. Francis Shinn (2). — John (1). 
The following will contains all that is known of Francis Shinn. 

March ye 11 (h 1704. 

Whereas P'rancis Shinn of Springflekl in the County of Burlington in the Province 
of West New Jersey being very ill and weake of Body but in perfick Strength in mind 
and memory doth make this his last will and Testament that is first I doe Bequeath 
my Soul into ye Lord my maker to him that gave it. 

Secondly my body into the earth from whence it came and theare to be decently 
buryed next my Will and Pleasure is that all my Just debts and funerall charges be 
payd and as to the hue performing of the same I doe apoint and authorize my well 
beloved brother Jann^s Shinn to be my whole and sole Exe'ter and as for the disposal 
of my worldly goods and Temporall estate it is as foloweth that is. 

Item — I give unto my brother James Shinn all my land being one hundred and 
twenty acres of land and meadow with all the building, fensing and improvements on 
the same It is bounding on John Bouchers line, John .Antrom's line, John Dayes line, 
Bleazar Fontons line and John Shinn line. 

Item — 1 give unto my brother James all my personall estate that is all my cattle and 
horses all my swine all my emplyments of husbandry and all my wearing apparell and 
all things whatsoever that is mine and I doe order and apoint my brother James to 
pay all my just debts to the performing Wheareof I doe order him to sell and dispose 
o. my estate both reale and personall as he shall see convenient and the remainder to 
be and remaine to his own proper use. 

Sineed and Sealed in the presence of us. 

Jasper Moon And in Witness whearof I have hearunto subscribed 

John Tonker. my name Sealled with my Scale. 

Francis Shinn (L. S.) 
Burlington ye 24th January 1705-6 

Personaly appeared before me Thomas Reavell Esqr'e Surrogate in & for the 
province of New Jersey James Shinn & tooke the Legal attestahen as Executor to the 
within written will. 

Attested before me. Thos. Revell Surr. 

Burlington the 24th Jan 1705-6 

Personaly appeared before me Thomas Reavell Esqr'e Surrogate Jasper Moore one 
of the evidences to the within written will who being duly attested according to law did 
declare that he was present att the signing & delivery of the within will & that at the 
same time the within named Francis Shinn was of sound & disposing mind and memory 
according to the best of the deponents knowledge as also that he saw John Tonkin signe 
the same as evidence thereinto. 

Attested before me. Thos. Revell, Surr. 

7. Sarah Shinn (2). — John (1). 

Sarah was born in England in the year 1669, if the date of the census of 
Northampton Township be taken at the date of its purport, 1709. for in that 
enuiucratioii she is recorded is being forty years of age. If, as is probable, the 

:4 IllMuia ... in.. >M.NN 1 AM11.V IV KlKnl'E AND AMERICA 

censu. w«. taken in KOT, then .he wa. born in l(iG7 Thcv is no record of her ' 
marriage, but in a convc-. f .lobn Sbinn, Sr.. on the loth day ot April, lbJ3 

1,. ■ • > : „,.i„.iaw. -1 « Atkin>on, and his w.te. >arah, one hundred and 

„ - of land in Bnrlin-rt».n County. ( W. J. Liber J3 t, o6^.) 
In the will of John Shinn, Sr. (1711 ) Thomas Atkinson is again named as son-ni- 
law. It mav havi- Invn that Sarah remained in En.irland a number ol years alter 
,}. ,...;.. ..,■.... of luT father and was tlu-re married to Thonuis Atkinson, or the 
„ ;,avi- been iHTformed bv a Justice of the Peace, the record of which 
- lost If the latter hvpothesip be" true, tlic Friends would have reprimanded 
thf-m and the !- of the s<»ci.'tv would disclose the fact. But no such repri- 
mand' i« to Ih- ; and tiie infen-nee is that the marriage occurred in Kn.uland. 

Tlvir <.ld<-t chil.l. Jane, was U vcars of age at the date of the Xorthampton 
ii8. This would plaee the marriage in 1()93. at al)our the time John Shinn 
ga\c them the land hereinbefore mentioned. The father of Thomas Atkinson is 
not diK-lohcd bv the reeord.s but the Xortliami)ton Census places the age of the 
8on at IG. Po that he was born between IGCl and IGGIi. One William Atkinson 
loeated lands in 1(JS3 in Burlington County on Bireh Creek, in the neighborhood 
of T • -' .. and in U'.sC married Klizabeth Curtis. In all probability this 
\\,. v;,.....-on was a brother of Thomas, and were both from Lancashire, Eng- 
land, lion. John Clement in *' The Atkinsons of New Jersey"' seems to believe 
that William Atkinson= came from London or Yorkshire. In Besse's Sufferings of 
r. it i8 recorded that on 11 /'J I K'lCO. at Swartmorc, Lancashire, William 
\ 1 was put in Laiuashire gaol for religious dereliction. And that on 
'in. at Xewton CarinieM. Lancashiiv. TJiomas Atkin>(>n was arrested and 
gent In Lanea.-hire gaol for tlu^ same reason. .\nd on the same day at the same 
plac- M ' .\tkinson was arrested and sent to ]H-ison for reproving a priest. 

']'] . M Vikinson seems to have been a Moman of rare intelligence and 

<!; . for her arrests and iiicareerations, although ninnerous. did not 

lefiM'U luT ardor nor bring her to silence. She was a Quaker of (,)uakers, and her 
».!• . innnv and severe. The towns named above arc not far from Cam- 

\, ,:i.l Hertfordshire, where John Shinn and his ancestors and relations 

I,. time immemorial. The Tianea.ster Atkinsons had lu'en residents of 

I. tor centuries, and men of that name had estates, and positions of honor 

II- - all that time. Among the reettu's of the estaldished church in 

N : I ;;;.■. Ili-rtford and Lancaster Comities during the 13th. 14th, 

L'ltb and Kilh centuries the name fre<|uently occurs. Thomas and William Atkin- 

-if But I Cminty, w(>re doubtless sons of either 'J'homas or ^\'illiam At- 

' . imprisoned in UW;(». The young men were Friends and came 

ape the perscc\ition which had come to the family in their old 

' lain it if that the young men were in Amci-ica and 'I'hunias mar- 

r - -■ I. Thomas took little interest in ]niblic alVairs and was. not 

1 1- nuitters. Business engrossed his entire alienlion and gave 

' ii ! tilde was that of a bricklaver and stonemason, and liis handi- 

<\ a demand for his services, lb- was enabled lo buy large ii-acts of 

He lived in Burlington in K!!*."*, but the latter years of his 

Hnlly, or Bridgton. as it was then called. His son. Thomas. 

1 and was a man of alTairs. The I'riends had a meetiiifi 

'Thin hyp»»lhon|i» rannoi hol«l. for thnt TIkiiims. Sarali and .Marilia Sliinii si.i;ii a 
r.-rUrtrnto for Thinnim nml .Sarali Hood 7/ia/ir,8«(. H. M. R., Liber I. 

•Tho Atklti • "^eotrli ramlly. \m\ ttiey have lonp had a rosidonco in Enj^land. 

In n unrUh nf .i» a plat«> In the rhanrol is the usiial "Hie jarel," lollowcd ])y 

iUHoii. Professor of i»i\iiiity in llic Cliapel of Windsor 
:i. apiinreniiy.' for in l.aiin lie commands all passersby 
"Oral"' pn> anlma Will AtklOHon" ("Pray for tho soul of William Atkinson"). 

Second Generation. 75 

house at this i>lacc', of which Judge Clement says:' ''To this log building the 
Friends in that section came for religious worship twice in each week. Here the 
philanthropist, John Woolman, worshiped regularly, and here his voice was first 
raised in (>p|)osition to shivery — then so general among those of his oa^ti belief and 
practice. Jn tliis prijiiitivc building often sat liobert Dimsdale, Francis Collins, 
Benjamin Bryant, p]dward Gaskill and Jonathan Southwick. Here also came 
Thomas Atkinson,- father and son, with their families and others of the name, 
and sometimes their slaves as coachmen and attendants." Mr. Clement might 
have enumerated many other prominent men who attended this church, among 
whom was Thomas Shinn, one of its elders, and afterwards Judge of the Quar- 
terly Sessions and for many years a member of the General Assembly. It is also 
true that the ])r('aching of Woolmnn at this church divided families and started 
anew the migration to other fields. Samuel Shinn, brother of Thomas Shinn, 
accompanied by many other slaveholders, took their slaves and went to Xorth 
Carolina. The children of Thomas Shinn, who inherited slaves, were at last 
driven by the ])Hb]ic spntiment of their l)rcthren into slave holding states to the 

Thomas Atkinson, Sr., died in Northampton Township in 1739, being about 
seventy-eight years of age. His wife, Sarah, survived him for many years. The 
will of Tliftmas Atkinson' names all of the following as his children, save Mary 

and Martha : 

37. (1) Jean or Jane, b. HJ'J4. married Benjamin Jones, Jr. 1727. 

38. (2) Martha, b. 1G95. 

39. (3) Francis, b. 1G96. 

40. (4) John. b. 1698. married Mary Smith. 1717. 

41. (5) Thomas, b. 1700, married Hannah, t;^ — ^ it, . >-r h 

42. (6) Mary. b. 1702, married Caleb Shreve, Jr. 1718. 

43. (7) Sarah, b. 1704. married Harris. 

44. (8) Christiana, b. 170(!. married Wilson. 

A. MwiY SinxN (2).— John (1). 

it is quite ]>robable that ]\[ary was the eldest of John Shinn's children. On 
the 8th of the 9th month (November), 168G, slie and John Crosby passed meeting 
the second tiiin' and were left by the society to accomplish their marriage in the 
fear of God.' (I'.ur. ]\[onthly M. Eec.) Of John Crosby prior to this date little 
is known. In KJSo he and his lirother Francis took up five hundred acres of land 
on Xorlhampton Kiver. which they sold to James Budd on May 13, 1685. (N. J. 
Arch., Vol. XX.) That he lived in Burlington on the East side of High Street 
is proved by various deeds of that date. His occupation was that of a millwright. 
On Dec. 14, lfi87, John Shinn, Sr., of Springfield Lodge, conveyed one-half of a 

'"The Atkinsons of New Jersey" is brimful of human interest and bears the ear- 
marks of that indefatigable worker. John Clement. 

-'Some amusing things occurred at this meeting house. The minutes show that at 
one time Thomas Atkinson took off his hat at a religious meeting which he attended, 
as a gentleman should; Restore Lippincott accused him of violating usage; Thomas, 
like Peter of old. entered a denial. Restore, prefiguring modern, hard-headed Congress- 
men, demanded an investigation. A committee was appointed and reported that Restore 
Lippincott had not told a falsehood. Thomas Atkinson kept his hat on after that, as a 
good Quaker should, and Restore Lippincott grunted his satisfaction. 

'The Northampton Census of 1709 gives the family of Thomas and Sarah (Shinn) 
Atkinson and their ages as follows: 

Thomas Atkinson 46 John Atkinson 10 

Sarah Atkinson 40 Thomas Atkinson 8 

Jean Atkinson 14 Mary Atkinson 6 

Martha Atkinson 13 Christiana Atkinson 3 

Francis Atkinson 11 

4 This certificate is recorded. The marriage occurred 10/21/1686. Crosby was 
described as a millwright living near Northampton River, and Mary Shinn as daughter 
of John Shinn of Burch Creek. The witnesses from the family were John, Sr.. and 
Jane, his wife, John, Jr., and Ellen, his wife, Thomas and George Shinn. 


thrtc-liundreil-acre tract on Hirch Creek to John Crosby, millwright, hu^^band of" 
Mar.. ■ . r of the grantor. ( W. J. H. Liber B. pt. 1, pp. 104-443.) That he 

u.i- a y. . i'lu.-* man I.^ evi«lenee(l bv the fact that on Jan. G, ITUO, he and Mary 
\evetl ti\»- hundred and Hftv-hvc acres in a body to John Shinn, Jr. (Liber 
liliH,*|j. 215.) .\nd by his will, dated Dec. 22, KOV, he left his wife other lands, 
.if-, r ■!. \idinK f'"" '•'» ehihlren. lli^ will was probated m August, ITIO, and 

■ ■:'■..'-■. :.■.. .Min.s Nathan an«l John. (New Jersey Wills, No. L 2:^.) The will of 
.1 iu Shinn, Sr., proveg that there wa.s certainly a daughter named Mary, and it 
IS probable that there was another daughter named liebecta. In the year 1?11 
Mary (Shinn) Crosby was married to Richard Fennimore; prior to that event, 
]»ec."'.', 1710. she conveyed to her father. John Shinn, Sr.. the land devised to her 
by her deccaH.'d husband, on the conditicMi that he should maintain her idiot child, 
Mary, which condition John Shinn. Sr., i)erformed by making it a charge upon 
' • ite at his death. (Liber .\.\.\. ]>. 2(\iK) Just what tiu> means of education 

,1 that time is not known. l»ut John Cro.<by certainly appreciated the ad- 
vantages of culture, since he made his wife, Mary, his executrix, and gave her 
power to pell his lands for the jnirpose of educating his children, llichard Fenni- 
' • the stH-ond husband of Mary, was a prosperous widower of W'illingboro 
1 :iip. wJKise fatlu-r. Kichard, was one of the original proprietors and who 

- .iicd the original "Concessions and .\greements." Richard Fennimore, father 
;. were prominent in early Jersey alfairs and universally respected for their 
;i .ind honesty an«l pul)lic enterprise. Mary outlived her second husband, who 

■ . ''i in NovcndxT or I)ccend)er. KIM. and so far as the records disclose was never 
married again.' It is not certain that slu' had children liy this marriage, but it 
is probable that there was a son. John, ami a daughter. Mary. It is not known 
when sh" died. Surrounded by her own children and grandchildren, as well as 
by the childr«'n and grandchildren of Kicbard Fennimore by his first marriage, 
and well providi-d for by each husband, she doubtless lived a happy life, and in 
the evening of life |)assed \n a Cliristian's grave. 

ehihlren of John Crosbv and .Marv Shinn. 

46. (Ij Mary C'roHby. an idiot. 

46. (2) John Croaby, who niarrle<l Kli/.aheth Wilson at Bin-lington in 17o7. 

47. (3) Nathan CroHlty. who married lOiizalielh (larwood at Evesham in 1726. 

48. (4) Iteberca (*roKl»y. who married Samuel (Jarwood at Biu-liiiK(on in 172S. 

Probable Children of Uiebartl h'eiiniinore and Sarah Crosby. 

49. (1» .Mnry Fennlmonv who marriecj Abraham, son of Thomas and Rebecca 

(CollinH) Hryan In 172S. 

50. (2» Jolin KeiuiUnore. wlio married Sarah. dauKhler of Thomas and Rebecca 

(('(diliiKi r.ryaii at Hiirlin.i;toii. 

in. Mai:tii\ Shinn (2).— Joiiv (1). 

TluK claughler ap|>ears upon liurlington Record of M.iiiiago many tunes as 
a wnni>«, and «in (he fifth «tf the twelfth month. l(i!M; ((). S.). she and Joshua 
Owen apjM'arefl In-fore liurlington Meeting and <leelare(l their intention to marry. 
On the .'tth of Mar«h. jr»!i7. the Society set them til libertv iind they were in all 
'. lity mnrrieil that month. Joshua Owen was a respectable landholder of 

I 1 C<ninty and a mitive of Wales, lie and Martha lived in Sj)ringfield 

I for mn*" "Mr- and pa'-'^ed nneveittftil lixi--. Joshua died before 1729, 

'Hlrhnnl Fnnnlmoro, Sr.. was a Kran<!Kon of Richard Fennimore, whose remains 
.•\r<« doiKiiittocI in St I^awrnnro. UendlnK. ICn^land. The Mayoralty of Reading was 
brlcl hy momliorM tif ihl» family In the Hlxteenlh centtiry. (.Man's History of Reading.) 

•M" was married to .Miraham Mryan in 1728. but whether tliis was 

Mnry < . ■ Fennimore cannot Ik- known. It may have been. It is more 

pmhnhio that «hp wrh her dmiKhier. 















Third Generation. 77 

for in that year Martha (Shinn) Owen married Restore Lippincott, one ot the 
most prominent men of the period. 

The Burlington Kecord of Births does not give us the children of Joshua and 
Martha Owen and we are forced to con.struct a list from the Record of Marriages. 
h V ^n 4/4/1740 Thomas Evins and Rebecca Owen, daughter of Joshua, were 
married at Burlington Meeting House in the presence of Joshua, Rowland, Mary 
and Sarah Owen, Benjamin and Martha Marriott and forty-one others. 

On 7/29/1730 Joshua Owen, son of Joshua, and Mary Butcher, daughter of 
Samuel, were married at Springfield Meeting House in presence of Mary and 
Rowland Owen and thirty-six others. 

On 3/17/1738 Rowland Owen, son of Joshua, and Prudence Powell, daugh- 
ter of John, were married in presence of Joshua, Mary and Sarah Owen and 
thirty-six others. 

On 6/6/1722 Margaret, daughter of Joshua, and Benjamin, son of Silas and 
Mary (Shinn-Storkton) Crispin, were married. 

In 1730 Benjamin Marriott married Martha Owen, daughter of Joshua. 
From these recitals it is evident that the children of this couple were: 
'■* '"' ' Martha Owen, who married Benjamin Merrlott. 1730. 

Joshtia Owen, who married (1) Mar>' Butcher 7/29/1730; (2) Sarah 

Branson 1/5/1743. 
Rowland (Roland) Owen, who married Prudence Powell 3/17/1738. 
Rebecca Owen, who married Thomas Evins 4/4/1730. 
Sarah Owen. 

Mary Owen, who married Henr>' Burr. 1736 
Margaret Owen, who married Benjamin Crispin 6/21/1722. 

By the second marriage of Martha (Shinn) Owen to Restore Lippincott there 
was no issue. 


11. Gkokgi; Siiixx (3). — Joiix, Jr. (2), Joiix (1). 

George Shinn was l)orn in 1687, being the eldest son of John and Ellen 
(Stacy) Shinn. John Shinn, Jr., in his will, 1736, names his grandson, John 
Shinn. as son of son George, late deceased. As George Shinn died in 1732, nam- 
ing his wife in a will, as Elizabeth, it may be safely concluded that this George 
Shinn was the one referred to by John as his son. He is first mentioned in Bur- 
lington Minutes in 1704, when he is certified as a member of Springfield Meeting. 
(See note to James Shinn.") On the 7th of the 2nd month, 1712, he and Eliza- 
beth Lippincott, daughter of Restore, declared their intentions of marriage. One 
month later the committee appointed to inquire into the matter reported that there 
was no obstruction to the marriage excepting the " straitne ss " of Restore Lippin- 
cott, the father of the young woman. The young people appeared the second time 
on the 2nd of June and again declared their intentions of marriage. The society 
declared that, as '' those things which seemed a bar being removed,^^ they were at 
liberty to proceed. They were married at the house of Restore Lippincott shortly 
afterwards. Restore gave the young couple a farm and they settled down to mar- 
ried life. Once after this we find George Shinn's name upon the minutes. In 
1721 he was appointed to look after a marriage. 

Shortly after this he moved to Gloucester County, Xew Jersey. In the old 
musty records of Woodbury he appears as a plaintiff in 1723 ; as Overseer of the 
Poor in 1725; defendant in a law suit in 1726; Overseer of Roads in 1727, and 
plaintiff in a law suit in 1729. In 1725 he located two hundred acres of land on 
Timber Creek, Gloucester County (now Camden County), and on April 14. 1732, 
at Greenwich. Gloucester Countv, made his will, making his wife, Elizabeth, his 


executrix. Klizabeth do^ired 1<» return to her old home in iUirlinuluii and re-- 
nouneed tlie exeeut.trsliip. On .May ".^Oth. 1732,, Samuel Harrison was appointed in 
her stead. She with her younjrer* children returned to the old home, leaving the 
eUler children to become the heads of families in Clducrst.r. Caindon. Cumber- 
land and Salem Counties. 

Jler children are determined as follows: John is named in the will of his 
grandfather: Amos is named in Burlington ^[inutes as son of George of Glouces- 
ter on the occasion of his marriage, 9/2o/lT-10. Hannah is named as daughter of 
Elizabeth Shiim, on 3, 5/ 17 -JO, when she married her first cousin. Jairus died in 
Glouc-e.«ler County in 1768. Joseph was born in Burlington in 1713, reared in 
Gloucester County, and settled at Pilesgrove, Salem County. George was named 
as a son of fJeorge at his marriage in 1740. Ziljtali and Elizabeth were born in 
Glouci-ii-r and are placed with George's children without further evidence. 
Children of George and Elizabeth (Lippincott) Shinn. 

58. Ill .Insepl) Shinn. b. 17i:!. married Ann Sydonla Shivers 8/19/17.58. 

59. (2l Amos Shinn. b. — , married Ann Carter 9/25/174U. 
CO. (:]) John Shinn. married Lydia Carter 12/4/1744. 

Gl. (4) .lainis Shinn ob sine proli. 

62. (5) Hannali Shinn. married .James Shinn 2/o/\'tifK 

(}'.). (Ct Zilpali Shinn ob sine proli. 

G4. (7) Elizabetii Shinn. b. 172(1. married Charles Ford ITliS. 

65. (8) Georse Shinn. married Sarah Owen 3/2/1749. 

66. (9) Azariah Shinn. married Sarah Haines 1700. 

67. (I'M Isaiah Shinn oh sine proli 17<3:3. 

rj. Ei.iZAKKiii SinxN' (3). — Joiix, Jr. (2). .Iottx (1). 

\ fry littb is known of tbis (buighter of John. .1 1'. Thai she mai'ried Eobert 
., Koekhill is eviden<-ed by Burlington ]\rinutes of the Dili month, 5th day, 1716/ 
The same minute notes that Kobert Rockliill was from Chesterfield; He was the 
Bon of Edward ]?(tckhill. who came to l^ew .b rsey I'liuu Yorkshire about the year 
1686. He was the father of eleven children, of whom Kobcrt was the sixth in 
onler of liiitli II.' w;i- biii-n 1 /25/161)2 in Burlington County, where he lived and 

\i). William Shinx (3). — Juii\..Ii;. CiL-IoiiN (I). 

William Shinn a])pears first upon the church records in 172S, when he asked 
liie I'.nrlinglon Meeting to granl him a certificate on acc(mnt of marriage, to 
Chesterfield .Monthly Meeting. On the rdh of Deccjiiber, 1728, as is recorded on 
Chesterfield minutes. William Shinn, son of John of Springfield, and Martlia 
Shreeve, daughter r.f .Id^lma. appeared before meeting the first time. Thev 
appeared again on .Ian. 2, 172it, and the coniniitt(^e rejiorttd on the 6th of Feb- 
ruary that the marriage "had been orderly." William apiH\ti-> quite frequentlv 
in land lraiisaeti<»iis from 1726 to 17.")(>. On .May II. ll.Mi. .lolin Shinn. father. 
sold to William and Clement, sons, several tracts of land. Clcmrni died in ];;?(; 
and William became ]\']< ln-ir at law. On Oct. 2r>lh. 17;)6. William conveved three 
hundreil acre> in Ilunterdun Comity to bis father: eight davs bef(n-e this the father 
conveyed to William four hundred and twenty-six acres in liebanon. Hunterdon 
County. Shortly after this he was made agent for the West Jersev Troprietors, 
and in that capacity had much to do with the afTair< of thai famous ciii'|)oration. 
In 17.".') I..- unirried Exorcise Corlis.s. The date of bis death is not known. 

Children of William and Martha (Sbrceve) Shinn. 

68. (It William Shinn. b. 1729. married (;/4/174ti. H. m. M. R. 

69. (2) Hope Shinn. b. 17:n. married Abner Holers 1/4/1750. 

ChoHterflpbl has this minute: "f.ili day 7lli inonih 171(1 Robert Rookhill asks for 
n roriif^rato on nrrounl of marriage with P^llzabelb, daushter of John Shinn ol Bur- 
MnRion " 

Third Gexekatiox. 79 

70. (3) Mary Shinn, h. M'M. married Jonathan Bunn 1776, in Hunterdon Co. He 

was a soldier in Captain Henry Phillips' Company, 1st Regiment from 
Hunterdon; also in Captain Tucker's Company, same regiment. 

Children of William and Exorcise (Corliss) Shinn. 

71. 1 (4) Isaiah, b. 1740, married Mary Bun- 1770. 

72. 2 (5) Exorcise Shinn, b. 174;>, ob sine proli. 

73. :; (6) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 1748, married John Alloways 1774. 

74. 4 (7) Job Shinn, b. 1749, married Elinor Burns 1776. 

in. Joshua Shinn (3). — John, Jr. (2), John (1). 

lliit for the o.\U-act J'roui the Surveyoi- (jteneral's office adduced in the life of 
John Shiim, Jr., and tiie traditions of the family, we should know nothing of this 
son of John. He is not named in the Friends* minutes nor in his father's will. 
The traditions ol" the family are that ho inarried a Lippincott,^ and had at least 
one child. He had dieil in all probahility before his father in 1736, as did his 
brothers, John and Clement. That he was a son of the second marriage is in- 
ferred finiii the fact that he does not ap])car in any of the land transactions of 
l'(2() and Vi'M\ between his father and John, Clement and William. Tradition 
says thai be li\ed lu^ar the Cedar Swamp and that he died there. 

Children of Joshua and (IJppincott) Shinn. 

75. (1) Uriah, who married Rebecca Ridgeway 1776. 

18. Calkis SiiiNN (3). — John, Jr. (2), John (1). 

Caleb's birth is nut recorded, but he was named in the h.nd transactions of liis 
father, and made one of the joint executors of his will. He was a man of great 
wealth, and from the few traditions which have come down to posterity, was the 
most sociable of all the Shinns. He did not hold to the faith of his fathers, but 
kci)t companionship with the hilarity of the world. The following article from 
the Pennstjlvaiiiii JuiiriKil of date Aug. 30, 1T5U, shows thai he was a turfman of 
some note even at that early date: 

'"Notice is hereby given that there is to be given gratis, at Mt. Holly, 
in the County of Burlington, on Wednesday, the 19th day of September, 
twenty pistoles, to be run for by as many horses, mares or geldings as any 
person or persons shall think tit to put in. They are to put in twenty shillings 
for every horse, mare or gelding, and enter them four days before the day of 
running. They are to run three heats, one mile at a heat, on a straight 
course, and to carry weight for inches. A horse, mare or gelding to carry 
140 pounds weight at 14 hands high; and for the first inch higher to carry 
14 pounds, and for every inch above that 7 pounds more. And all horses 
that are under size to be equivalent to the same. Any one horse, mare or 
gelding that shall win two heats and save the distance, the third, shall win 
the prize. And the next day the bets to be run for; every one that saves his 
distance the first day is entitled to run, the horse that wins the prize excepted. 
The horses to be entered at John Budds or Caleb Shinns." 
That Caleb Shinn appreciated the value of printers' ink is shown by the fol- 
lowing advertisement, taken from the Pennsi/lvania Gazette of Nov. 2, 1749: 

" Notice. — ^lade his escape from the Burlington gaol, one David Dun- 
dorse, a Scotchman about 6 feet high, well set. square shouldered, broad faced, 
short curled brown hair. He had on when he went away, old trousers, ozen- 

'See "Uriah Shinn." It is very probable that it was Joseph and not Joshua who 
married Lippincott. 

80 History of the Shixx Family in Europe and America 

brigs shirt, an old li>:ht coloreil coat and an old felt hat. He passed some-, 
times for a soldier and .sometimes for a sailor. He stole from Caleb Shinn a 
likely gray horse, paces swift, has a verv thin mane and foretop. Any per- 
son "that fakes uj) and secures the man and horse shall have five pounds re- 
ward and reasonable charges ; and three pounds if taken without the horse ! — 
John HoUinshead, Sheriff." 

Caleb Shinn did not consult the Church when he married, but rode over into 
Monmonth County and was married l)y a jireacher. This event occurred in 1739 
and the woman In- married was named Mt-liilable Curtis, a surname distinguished 
in early Jersey history. Burlington Meeting did not act on his case until 1750, 
when he was declared out of unity. He died in 1752 without a will and his large 
estate was administered on by Tliomas Atkinson, his son-in-law. ami Peter Bard, 
twu of ihu moj-t sucrcssfnl mcMi of that ]3eriod. 

Children of Caleb and Mehitablc (Curtis) Sliiiii). 

76. (1) John Shinn. who married (1) Amy Griffith 1767; (2) Sarah Jones 1780. 

77. (2) Honry Shinn. who niarriod Anna F'ort 1770. 

78. (:{) Calcl) Shinn — ol) .sine proli. 

79. (4) .Mt'hitalili" Shinn. who married Ebenezer Doty 1779. 

80. (5) .Mary Shinn. who married Jacob Lamb 17G8. 

r.». Jacob Sjiixn (3). — Joiix, Jr. C^), Joiix ( 1 ). 

Jacob is recorded in .Mi. Holly Hecords as born 5/13, \',\'k ami a> having 
passed meeting on account of marriage regularly on 12/3/17-15. He w'as married 
at Haddonfield in the same juonth to Hannah Li])pincott, widow of Freedom Lip- 
pincott. (Haddonfield M. ,M. Kccords. ) The minutes of that meeting show that 
Freedom Lipjtincott married ilannali Hakestraw some time before this, and we 
are thus enabled to know the wonuin's maiden name. Jacob is named in the 
Surveyor (leneral's ojlice of date 1725, in an entry which certifies that John Shinn 
and his four sons. Joshua. Clement, Jacol) and Caleb, took up lands in Cedar 
Swamp. In the various deeds wliiih passed between John, the father, and his 
sons, John. Clement and William, in 172(5-7 and 17;>(!, he is not named. The in- 
ffrmce is Joshua, ('aleb and Jacoh were children of the second marriage. Jacob 
war- named in the father's will in 1*3(;. and, in eonjuiielion with his brother. Caleb 
Shinn. and his c<tusin, Samuel Shinn. wa< made an exeenlor ol" the will. The 
probability is that he was a favorite son, ami that he reeeixed a majoi- ]iart of the 
estate. It is certain that at his death he left one of the laigest estates that had 
bo<'n probated uji to that period. His family were called the "Silk Stocking Set," 
a title that flid n<»t well agree with i)is (Quaker profession-;. He had considerable 
prominence in the Society of Friends, as is jshow n by the fnlldwing extracts from 
Hurlingt«)n and Mt. llfdly Minutes: liurlinglon in l"(i."i mmie liii)i an over.sicer 
of a meeting to be hehl near Sliree\e"s Miiinii. In \'Hu he \\a> Miit lo (^)uarterly 
Meeting, ami twice in 17(iH. In 1770 he made an aeknowledgnienl for miscon- 
duct. In I7'«l he with others petitioneil for leave tn lniild a meciing li(iii>-e at 
Shrecves Moind. In 177!> he and his wife were transferreil \i< Mi. IInllv. In 
1*S0 hr submittetl a matter for arbitration to the Mt. Ilollv .Meetim;. and its 
fleei>ion being adverw. lie refused to be governed by the arbitrament. .Mthomzh no 
complaint appears on the mintites rrum ilii> liinc nn to his dcnili. in 11 !'.'). it is 
evident that be was not interested in Chnreh aH'airs. and the Soeielv with equal 
pugnacity ignored him. Wealth is frequently overbearing, and old age belli<rerent. 
The go«td things of life ought to sweeten its associations and old age should b(> as 
placid a« a deep river. His will bears date V7/17!)2. It was iirobated 5/10/1795. 
(T.iber No. 35. p. 2f»3. W. J. Wills.) It names his wife. Hannah: sons, Jacoh, 
Caleb nn<l John- dmiLdiler, ■Nfnrv, and ^..n-in-law, Caleb TJpjtineott. Hannah did 

Third Generation, 81 

not survive her husband manv months. Her will, dated 10/17/1795, was pro- 
bated 5/18/l?yG. (Liber ^o. 35, p. 466, W. J. Wills.) This will is more ex- 
plicit than that of Jacob. It names, son, Caleb; grandchildren, Alexander Lip- 
pincott, Samuel Lippincott, sons of Abel Lippincott, dec; granddaughters, Han- 
nah Butclier, daugliter of Benejah Butcher; grandson, Thomas Butcher, son of 
Bcnejah Butcher; grandson. Freedom Shinn, son of John; granddaughter, Han- 
nah Shinn, daughter of son Jacoh; granddaughter, Elizabeth Lippincott, daughter 
of Samuel; granddaughter, Rehecca Lippincott, daughter of said Samuel; grand- 
daughter, Hannah T>,ippincott, daughter of said Samuel; granddaughter, Mary 
Ann Li])piiicott, wife of Jesse; granddaughter, Jemima Kay; granddaughter, 
Plannah Kay ; grandson, Caleh Wright, son of Samuel, dec. , four daughters, Han- 
nah Kay, Elizabeth Lippincott, Mary Wright and Rachel Butcher. 

The Mt. Holly Record of Births and deaths gives the following list of chil- 
dren witli dates of birth, to which we have added the names of their husbands and 

Children of Jacob and Hannah (Lippincott) Shinn. 

81. (1) Mary Shinn. b. 9/18/1746— ob sine proli. 

82. (2) Hannah Shinn, b. 1748, married Isaac Kay 1767. 

83. (3) Jacob Shinn, b. 1/24/1750, married Hannah Fenton 1777. 

84. (4) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 8/19/1753, married Samuel Lippincott 1776. 

85. (5) Mary Shinn. b. 11/23/1755, married Samuel Wright. 

86. (6) John Shinn. b. 11/2.5/1757, married Mary Norton 1780. 

87. (7) Jemima Shinn, b. 2/26/1760, married Caleb Lippincott 1782. 

88. (8) Rachel Shinn, b. 10/24/1762, married Benejah Butcher 1784. 

89. (9) Caleb Shinn, b. 3/12/1764— ob sine proli. 

2-2. Tjio.mas SiiiXN- (3).— Thomas (2), Joiix (1). 

Thonnis Shinn. son of Thomas and Mary (Stockton) Shinn and grandson of 
John, liie immigrant, has his birth recorded in the Record of Births and Deaths 
of Burlinglon Monthly Meeting as having occurred on the 6th of the 11th month, 
1694. TJie sajne record places his father's death in this wise: "Thomas Shinn 

lay down this life the of the 9th month, called November, 1695." We have 

seen what disposition the father made of his estate by will, and have noted the 
final disposition of the estate by Mary (Stockton) Shinn in 1697, when she mar- 
ried Silas Cris[)in of Philadelphia. In the will and deed of trust Thomas is men- 
tioned as a son of Thomas and Mary, and the will shows that Thomas was the 
elder of the two boys. 

Tlie stdiject of our sketch was born and lived throughout the greater part of 
his life in Springlield Township, Burlington Coimty. Whether he lived with his 
mother after her marriage to Silas Crispin is not known, and we next meet him in 
authentic history on the 1st of the 10th month, 1718, when he and Martha Earl 
declared their intentions of marriage at Burlington Meeting. On the 5th of the 
nth month. 1718, the minutes show that he and Martha appeared the second 
time, and were given liberty to proceed. Shortly after this the marriage occurred. 
The marriage certificate or record shows that Thomas Shinn, son of Thomas, and 
"Nfartlia, dnuirhter of William Earl.' were married at the house of William Earl in 

'"The family of Earls, who now are and for several generations have been Lords 
of Heydon INIanor. is of great antiquity, and had its origin in the adjacent town of 
Salle, which is very remarkable for giving rise to three of the ancient families of 
Norfolk Countv, England, viz.: Fountaine. Briggs and Earl." Bloomfield's History 
of Norfolk, Vol. Ill, p. 531. "Its greatest name was Erasmus Earl, baptized September 
20, 1590. died September 7, 1667. He graduated from three schools and practically 
monopolized the law business of Norfolk; was secretary for the English at the treaty 

82 HisTOUY Of -niL ::>mss Tamilv ix Eukoi-e and A.meuica 

Springfield Township, on the 2:ind day of the 11th month, lU^. li \va> wit- 
nessed by the mother of Tlionias. Mary Hi<l«r\vay,, <he having maniod IJuluird 
Kidgwav'after th.- doath of Sihis Crispin; l»v William and Elizabeth Earl, parents 
of Martha; bv John. James and Abigail, his uncles and aunts: by Samuel and 
Sarali Shinn, his brother and his wife; bv George and Levi Shinii. liis cousins, and 
by twenty others. The bride was born" in rortsmouth. E. I., but had lived m 
Springiield Town>hii. ab<.ut all her life. The allair was one of considerable im- 
portance and was atlmded by some of the lirst people of the County. The solemn 
Quaker who was appointed by Burlington Meeting to attend reported l)ack on the 
12lh of the 2nd month. KIS. that "These friends that are under our care and 
conduct are ])retty orderly."" The young people had successfully passed the com- 
mittee report upon the declaration of intention, and likewise the Argus-eyed com- 
mittee on marriage, and were now ready to settle down to practical life. The pos- 
sessions of Tlionuis were in Sjiringfield Township and tliere lie began his career. 
For eighteen years he is covered by an envelope of impenetrable obscurity, save for 
an ocoasicinaltransfer of land which confronts us on the deed records at Trenton. 
In 1730 he was jmt on a committee to supervise a mnniage; ami nn ilu' same day 
was s<'nt to Quarterly ^fceting. The inference is that he had lived an honest 
Christian life and that now in his forty-lirst year he had gained the confidence of 
his brethren. About this time he removed to Mt. Holly in Xorthampton Town- 
ship.' and on the 1st of the 6th month he was made an elder by the Burlington 
meeting. In 1748 he M-as made one of the Trustees to hold the Mt. Holly ^Meeting 
House property. In Vol. III. of the Burlington ^linutes among the first items 
is placed a list of Ministers and Elders who have died since 1720. In this list 
we have the last notice of Thomas Shinn. He is ranked as an elder, and his 
death recorded as of date the 27th of the 2nd montli. no.S, in the oSth year 
of his life. It was really the oOth year. 1)ut one cannot quarrel with venerable 
records ami escape unscathed. 

If we had nothing but the simple record nf jliis iii;in"s life as given l)y the 
scribes of Burlington Monihly "Meeting of Friends, we sliould ascrilie to liim (|nali- 

of Uxbrhlge; was granted the degree Serjeant at Law; was successively Steward 
ami UoconhT of Norwicli: was of Commission of Oyer and Terminer to Norwich and 
afi«TwardK to York: was a member of the Lons Parliament from Norwich; was 
Prlvatp Serjeant to Oliver Cromwell and afterwards to Richard and was Serjeant to 
tho Commonwealth. He was i)ar(ione<l by Charles II. auain uraiitod the degree Ser- 
Joanl at Law and eonliniieil in Kreat reputation to the end ol his days. He is buried 
In the East Chapel of the North Isle under an exceedin.uly large tomb, over which is 
the mtiral nifmument with his arms and a long inscription." Rloomfiold. Vol. II, 

p. n?.! 

It Ik a tradition in the New .Jersey faniil.v that it s|)rang Iroin Norfolk County, but 
the aiithor of "Ualph Earl and His Desceiulants' hohls that it is a tradition in the 
MasHarhuseltH family that it sprang from Somerset County, near Exeter. William 
Karl of Springfield Township. N. .1.. was a grandson of Ralph Earle of Taunton, Mass. 
William was a ship owner and carrieil on a trade for many years between Massachu- 
Bolls and Now Jersey. In IKIt? he removed to Now .I(M'S(>y and purchased land in 
Sprln?fleld Township, upon which he lived until his doath. One of his first acts after 
his chango of rosidenee was to change the spelling of his name by dropping the final e, 
a change which his desej-ndants have respected and followed for more than two cen- 
turies. Whether Kaljdi ICarle migrated fnun .Norfolk or Somerset is a matter of little 
consequenct*. The l-Iarles In l-]ngland now have a habitat in nearly all of its south- 
ern counileK and run liaek into lime when the Saxons were masters of the land. 
William was a Quaker and never had much respect for Massachusetts, his birthplace, 
on arrotinl of l»s narrow reli^^ldus spirit. 

'Then railed HrldKeton Northampton Township I he I'eniisvlx ania dazelte of Octo- 
ber 2r.. 17.^0. shows that Thomas Shinn lived on High Street, Hridgelown. in 1739. And 
In Will Book No. 4, p. 83. Tlionms Shinn of Hridgelon was made Administrator of .Jona- 
than Sleeper 1/24/1736. an<l on the same day was appointed guardian of .lohn Sleeper. 
He was living In Springfield Township in September. 1720. as appears from Will Boole. 
D. D.. p. 7G. 

Third Generation. 83 

ties of mind and .<oul above those of mediocrity. The spiritual superiority of the 
man is evidenced by liis elevation to the eldership, the high spiritual qualities pre- 
suppose a hgher mentality. But we are not left to deduction in proving his superior 

The American Wccklii Mrrriiri/ of Philadelphia, Xo. 14 — 24:, in 1742-3, in its 
local says: " We liave heard from Burlington that on Wednesday, the 16th instant, 
Thomas Shinn and William Cooke were chosen Representatives from the county." 
In Burlington Court Records it appears that Thomas Shinn was Justice in 1723, 
1728, 1730, 1734 and 1738 of Burlington County. In Xew Jersey Archives, Vol. 
XV, p. 98, et seq., it will be seen that on December 1, 1739, he was appointed a 
Justice of the (Quorum. In the same volume, p. 197, it appears that at a meeting 
of the Governor, Lewis Morris, and his Council, April 3rd, 1741, it was ordered 
that a superscfleas issu(! removing liichard Wright from the Commissions of the 
Pleas for the County of Burlington, and that Thomas Shinn be added to the 
Commissions of Pleas for said County. By appointment he became a member of 
ihc House of Assembly for Xovember, 1742. By election he was a member of the 
Assembly wiiich began October 10th and ended December 10, 1743. He was also 
a mendier of the (ieneral Assembly that met at Perthy Auiboy in August, 1744, 
and of the adjourned session which met at Burlington in October of the same 
year. In nil these assemblies he was characterized by the royalists as a "Pro- 
fessed (Quaker."'" In Vol. XVT, X. J. A., it is shown that at a Council held at 
Burlington on the 28th day of March, 1749, his Excellency, Jonathan Belcher, 
Governor, by and with the advice of the Council of Xew Jersey, appointed Thomas 
Shinn .ludge of the lufci'ior Court of Common Pleas for Burlington County, and 
also as Justice of the Quorum. 

Shortly after this the General Assembly attempted to usurp the rights of the 
judiciary, and was opposed by Thomas Shinn and several other Judges. For this 
they were ai'i-cstc(| and held to bo contumacious by the Assembly. Some of the 
Judges reeanteil. l)ut Sbinii remained firm, and under a veil of sickness escaped 
the ))unishment which the high-handed assemblymen desired to inflict. The prin- 
(■i|ilc involved the relative rights of the legislature and judicial powers, and Shinn 
liad tnkcii llic right side — the side which triumphed in the construction of Xew 
Jersev law. For such as desire to know more of this affair, see a long article in 
X. J." A.. Vol. XVI. pp. 222 to 239. 

In the Peiiii.'^i/lrania Gnzetie of June 7, 1750, we find this notice: "All per- 
sons indebted to the estate of Thomas Shinn. late of Mt. Holly, deceased, are de- 
sired to pay their respective debts; and those who have any demands against said 
estate are desired to bring in their accounts, that they may be adjusted by Henry 
Pax son and John Woolman. Executors." 

'i'lius the i)olitic;)l and secular authorities supplement and fortify the religious 
registers. Thomas Shinn was a man of note in the church and a man of power 
in the world. Tie was a student of human rights and an advocate of human lib- 
ert\ . Pie carried his Church Convictions into the world and made them the arbi- 
ter of his jniblic conduct. He died well entrenched in the esteem of the Church 
and the confidence of the world. The following is a record of his children as taken 
from the TJocord of Births and Deaths at Burlington ^lonthly Meeting. 

Cliildren of Thomas and ^Martha (Earl) Shinn. 

90. (1) Susannah Shinn, b. 3/10/1721, married Thomas Atkinson 17.39. 

91. (2) Martha Shinn, b. 1/22/1722-3. married Henry Paxton 7/12/1739. 

92. (3) Thomas Shinn. b. 6/7/1725, married Mary Buddell. 

93. (4) Mary Shinn. b. 10/22/1727, married (1) Thomas Allison 4/1745: (2) 

.James Clothier. 

94. (5) Elizabeth Shinn. b. 7/20/1733. married Samuel Lovett 9/2/1754. 
9."^. (6) Earl Shinn, b. 10/27/1736, married Rebecca Monroe 9/1/1760. 

84 HisToiu ui THE Siiixx Family in Euhope and Ameuica 

96. (7) Gamaliel Shinn, b. 5/10/1738, ob at sea. 

97. (8) Aquilla Shinn. b. 1/8/1739, ob sine proli, 1/5/1815. 

98. (9) Postrema Shinn, b. 1/6/1744, married John Kidgway 1764. 

23. Samuel Shinn (3). — 'J^iomas {2), John (1). 

Samuel Shinn \va.< the posthumous child ol' i'linnias and Mai'v (Stockton) 
Sliinn, and was mentioned in the will of his father, who died in November, 1695. 
Samuel i.s recorded in Hurlington minutes as having l)een boni 2/15/1695, or 
April 15th, 1695. That thi.< was a mistake is evidenced by the fact that his father 
died in Xovember, 1695, and in his will i)rovided for Thomas, his living son. and 
for another chihl "then unborn." Samuel was boru in Apiil. 1696. Of his early 
life we know little; his luime occurred for the first tiniu iu authentic history in 
](i!»T, when his mother, Mary (Stockton) Sliinn. divested herself of the trust con- 
ferred upon her by her departed husbaml. ;iih1 iiiadc lici- ludtlirr. IJithard Stock- 
ton, and her brother-in-law, John Shinn, Jr., trustees for her children, Thomas 
and Samuel Shinn.' Tlie inventory of Thomas Siiinn's estate in 1694 showed that 
his personal estate amounted to £'-^T3 9s 0(id. a very large jjroperty for that date. 
Tile deed of trust by .Mary showed that her Inisbanil. Thomas Sliinn. was a slave 
holder, and that as events will show hereafter, in tlic division of the estate, the 
slaves went to Samuel, the younger child. .Tohii Sliinn, Jr., made a will in 1736, 
appointing his sons, Jacob and Caleb Shinn. and his cousin. Samuel Shinn, as 
his executors. From this 1 inlVr thai Saniiitl was reared in the family of his 
uiu-le, John Shinn, Jr.. and was thought by him worthy of a supervising control 
over his sons Jacob and Caleb, and so made him joint executor with them. And 
as Thomas, the elder son, is named in the will of John Shinn, Sr., 1711, I infer 
that he was reared in the family of his grandfather. J dim. Sr. Both were reared 
in Springfield Township and both were mari-icd there. We find Samuel on the 
records on June 11th, 171-1. as a witness io his mother's third marriage to Richard 
iiidgway. a man who even at iliat day had made the name " liidgway "" synonymous 
with ''Founds. Shillings and Fence,"" a facnlly which clings to the fainily td this 
day. Mary Stockton was Itorn in an aflluent fainily ; >\\r married Thomas Shinn, 
a man fd' wealth, as wealth was counted at that day: slu' tlicn married Silas Cris- 
)iin, a man of wealtli and distinction, in Pennsylvania: and. again. Fit-hard Hidg- 
way, who made wealth the text <>f his daily life. I( is Imi fair to prcMime that 
the early lives of 'JMiomas and Samuel were s|)ent among the best peojile of New 
Jersey and Fennsylvania, and thai they were c(Miiited as good marriag(\ihle quan- 
tities by matrons who had daughters of grace and cinneliness. though clail in the 
simplesi of (Quaker garlis. Love seems In have >miiicn ilic ynnnger brolluM' lirst, 
for we find thai on the 5jh of ^lay, 171.S, he asked the good people at Burlington 
to certify his clearness, as he wished lo lake a wife in Clieslei-ficld. The grave 
(Quakers ap|>oinled a conimitlee lo iiupiire inld his haliits. and mi the "Jiid of June 
this committee reported Ihat the young man, Samnd Shinn. \\a> deal' nii account 
of marriage, anil thai his coiiduci an<l conversaiimi had \H'ri\ |ii(ll\ orderlv. The 
certificate was granted at that meeting. Sanunl cnnhl imu go id ( 'hesterfield with 
n testimonv thai he was no bigamist, whether hi> mdcilinc>> \\a- above suspicion 
or not. 'I'hc young fellow had alrcadv been over to ( 'liesieilleld and had walked 
before the meeiiiig the first time accompani(Ml by Sarah Scholey of that place. This 
fieeurred on the first of ^lay. 171S. Twn days after the conimillee rc^ported on his 
elinrnclcr al Burlington, he took his certificate to Ch(\<ferlicld and gave it In the 
Socioty, and on the same day ap]ieare(l before the meeting the second lime. They 
were married the iicxi weidc al the housc^ of 'I'hoinas Scliolin*. (Chestcrneld AF 
M. R.. Vol. 1.) It is tolerably certain tliat although SaniiKd was a member cd' the 

'She was then alioul to nuirry Silas Crisiiin oi I'ennsylvania. 

Third Generation. 85 

Churcli at Burlington, that he was not prominent in spiritual affairs. He was 
never appointed on Committees and did not attain that degree of Christian emi- 
nence which fell to his brother Thomas. The silence of the church record, how- 
ever, attests a blameless life, for had he been wayward to the slightest degree the 
minute book would have contained the indictment against him. He was what 
might be called in modern times "a paying pillar" of the Church and nothing 

The wife of Samuel, Sarah Scholey. was an estimable woman. Chambers in 
his " History of the Eai-ly Germans in Xew Jersey," p. 480, gives a fiistory of the 
Scholey family, from which it appears that Thomas Scholey, the first, came to 
New Jersey in Novemljcr, 1GT7,^ in the ship "Willing Mind," and that he married 
in IfiSn Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Parke, of Xew Jersey. Sarah was 
a daughter of this nuirriage. The apparently accidental union of the Englishman, 
Samuel Shinn, with the daughter of the German, Thomas Scholey, led to mo- 
mentous conclusions in the life of Samuel Shinn, and will enable his descendants 
to unflerstnnd many of the incongruous incidents which have puzzled them in 
their studies. Some of them in Xorth Carolina still maintain that the Shinns are 
of German descent, and the habitat in which they lived, as well as the strong Ger- 
man characteristics of the descendants, would seem to prove the assertion. An- 
other ])ortion of the Xorth Carolina branch, as well as many of the Xew Jersey 
and Virginia lines, maintain with dogmatic obstinacy the claim that the Shinns 
are Irish. The English paternity of the Shinns has already been established, and 
the marriage of Samuel Shinn to a woman of German descent enables us more 
clearly to perceive the influence of a mother upon the mental and phvsical organi- 
zation of the children than would have been possible had she been English born. 
The first efi'ect upon Samul Shinn was an enlargement of his social life. He had 
always known English manners and customs, and the rigor of the Quaker Church. 
He now l(\inied something of the German manners and became acquainted with 
the German Kefonned Church, and with many Germans who influenced his later 
life. That his English rearing was superior to his new surroundings in his earlier 
life is demonstrated by the fact that he and his wife Sarah remained in the 
Quaker Church throughout the life of Sarah, and that the children of this mar- 
riage remained within the fold. Samuel and Sarah began life in Springfield 
Township and remained there until her death, w^hich occurred some time in 1733 
or ITIM. In 1"t?l liis brother, Thomas, deeded Samuel the land which his father, 
Thomas, had willed the elder brother. (Deed Book G. G., p. 194.) Thomas again 
conveyed land to Samuel in the same year. (Deed Book G. G., ]). 380.) 

The custom of giving every child a vocation was characteristic of the 16th 
and 17th centuries. John Shinn. Sr.. was a husbandman, wheelwright and mill- 
wright; Levi Shinn, husbandman and carpenter, and Samuel Shinn, husbandman, 
cordwainer and mason. The vocation of breeding fine horses was taken u]) by 
Xew Jersev people about 1730, and Caleb and Samuel Shinn embarked in this 
enterprise. The breeding of race horses almost invariably leads to racing, and 
racing is never in favor with the Church. Sarah (Scholev) Shinn must have died 
late in 1733 or earlv in 1734. The first church trouble of Samuel originated about 
this time. On the 4th of the 12th month, 1733 (Feb. 4, 1734), he sent a paper to 
the Burlington Meeting condemning his outgoings, and this was laid over for con- 

^From the Deed of Records and Surveys of New Jersey it appears that Thomas 
Scholey took up land as follows: "1680, Thomas and his brother Robert, 200 acres 
along Delaware Run: 1685 Thomas Scholey 340 acres; 1684 Thomas Scholey of Mans- 
field Woodhouse one sixtv fourth of a share; 1685 Thomas Scholey late of Mansfield 
Woodhouse 100 acres: 1690 100 acres: 1696 200 acres." He afterwards made large 
entries on Scholev's Mountain and proved his ability to equal the English in feats of 
land grabbing. He was a consistent Quaker and remained true to his faith, although 
manv of his countrymen became members of the German Reformed Church. 


side-rat ion. Jn .M;iv of tlu- yrar 17;54 liis paju'r was taki'ii ii|). and as his behavior. 
had Ijrcn orderly of hite he was left for further probation. 

Whatever hi.- troubles may have been with the church they were not so 
fla«,'rant as to call for severe discipline, nor did they att'ect his general character 
for jirobity and honor. John Shinn. Jr.. selected him in 1736 as an executor of 
his large estate, ami certainly estimated him as a man with sound judgment and 
exemplary character. 

In .\pril. K3T. Samuel was arraigned before Burlington Meeting for marry- 
ing witliin the time limit and with a license. Such cases were ordinarily dealt 
with .-ummarily. Imt Samuel simply answi-red that he needed a helpmate for his 
family of small children and he was forgiven, lie nuirried Provided Gaskill, 
daughter of Kilward.' as the secular i-e(()itl> sliow. This wife was of old English 
stock, and was at that tinu-. as it is now. oui" of the most respectable in Xew Jer- 
sey. Fnun this date, with a single exception, the church lecords are silent as to 
Samuel Shiini. The jiolitical records of Burlington County show that he voted 
at an election held at Jiurlington in ]~'.\S. and after that the r.ui-liiigton records 
know him no more. 

Provided (iaskell lived but a shurl tinie-:ind lieeamc the mother of one child, 
who was given the name Samuel. The children of the first marriage were now 
approaching nuiidiood, an<l as the Chureh was beeoiniiig nie.ic i-igorous in its de- 
mands for the emancipation «d' slaves, Samuel began to think of chaging his resi- 
dence. The father of his first wife had gone into Hunterdon County and pur- 
chased lands on Scholey's ]\[ount. which was named after him. (N. J. Historical 
Society, I'm. -jnd Series, ]t. '!:]. ^lolts 1st Century of Hunterdon County, p. 8.) 
There Samuel went for awhile. He became ac(|uainted with Abigail T'rie, an- 
other woman oi' (ierman descent, and in 17 ID was married to her according to the 
ceremony of the (Jerman l{<'formed Clniii li. lie icmaintMl in Xew Jersey until the 
Southern Migration sentiment began, abdut the xcai' 1 ToO. Then, accompanied 
by many of his (Quaker and (ierman friends, he ami .\bigail. with their small chil- 
dren, started South. malvJng the first migration of the Shinns from Xew Jersey, and 
about the first migration <d' ]>co]>le of any name from that colony. The region 
beyond ,1 he .MIeghenics wa> not then (i|ieii ami the only inviting field was to the 
South. .\nd as the South favoi'ed slavei'v. it \\a> foi- this reason the Alecca of 
slave-owning peo|)le leaving the Xorthern .'^tato. 

r.eridieim has given an account of the mi'iliml ol' tiaxci of these eai'h immi- 
grants from rennsylvania and New Jersey into b'owan ('ounty. llini iiearK all 
of Western .\(ulh Car<»lina: 

"Immigrants to the .Sonth journeyed in covered wagons: exci'v avail- 
able article for house and farm use. cajjable of being stowed awav in their 
ca|taci(»us wagon^. was taken with them: and then the cavalcade moved on. 
every able bodied person on foot, women and cbildi'eu on bedding, and cattle. 
slieej) and hogs driven before them; they traveled by easy stages upon the roads 

'The Northampton Census (170!() gives the family ol hMward and llaiuiali C.askill 
will) their aKes as follows: 

I'Mwanl (;aHkell 40 I'nivide.l (iasi<(>ll 9 

Hannah (laskell :]?, Samuel Caskell 6 

.losepli (iaski'll 11 Hannah (laskell 4 

Zenilmliel Claskel! 11 iJraonl Caskell .•? 

Edward Caskell Is ranked hy .Indite Clement as one of the |)romiiienl men of that 

■.'I infer that she was dead on Jan. 20. 1740, from the followinp; fact: Samuel's 
daniihtcr Mary married on that dat«> Thomas Stevenson and the marriaRo is recorded 
in Hnrlinuton Miniiles. In the spare set ajjarl for tlu> family Thomas Shinns name 
apitears. Two otlH-r Sliinns. Tliomas. his son. and Sarah, his dan,i;hler. sign: thirty 
other witnesses sl^n the fertiflcato, Imt no other Sliiiin. The marria.u;e occurred at 
Northampton Mertlnp Honse. 

Third Generatiox. 87 

of the ]jicturcs(iue Slicimiidoah Valley uutil they reached the land of their 

hopes and desires." 

Dr. Foote in his " Sketches of Xorth Carolina " (page 20) says: 

"^ As tli(' extent and fertility of the beautiful prairies of Xorth Carolina 
became kncnvn, the Scotch-Irish, seeking for settlements, began to follow the 
' Traders' Path ' and join the adventurers in this Southern and Western 
frontier. By 1T45 the Settlements in what is now Mecklenberg and Cabarrus 
(theti Kowan) Counties were numerous. Some were born in Pennsylvania, 
some in Xew Jersey, and some had only been sojourners there for awhile." 
Again on page 202 he says: 

" Year after year were supplications sent to Pennsylvania and Xew Jersey 
for Missionaries." 

The " Traders' Path '" ran from Philadelphia to Winchester, Va., and thence 
southwest tlirough the Shenandoah, through Evan's Gap, into Xorth Carolina. 
Rumple in his " History of Rowan County," on page 36, says: 

" 'J'here is a tradition that the first courts of Rowan County were held 
in the Jersey Settlement, not far from Trading Fork. Rumple also says that 
Rowan County was created in 17-53 and that, at that time, the Jersey Settle- 
ment was more populous than the region between the Yadkin and the Ca- 

A settlement at Crystal Springs, ten miles south of Salisbury, was made in 
the year 174G, and the old graveyard at Crj'stal Springs Church contains the re- 
mains of the McPhersons, the ^lahans, the Longs, and others. Rumple says that 
the members of Crystal Springs were transferred to Old Bethpage. Samuel Shinn 
was buiied at Ohl Bethi)age. Along with the Scotch-Irish immigrants and set- 
tling side by side with them, went the Germans,^ or, as they were called, "the 
Pennsylvania Dcutch."" Thus '"Old Rowan" as early as 1753 had three great 
classes of pojtulation : 

1. 'i'he English from Xew Jersey, forming ''the Jersey Settlement." 

2. The Scotch-Irish. " ' • 

3. The Germans. 

The names Bostain, Cline, Trexler, Rheinhardt, Barringer, Meisenheimer, 
Beard, Overcash, Harkey. Cress, Ilenkel and others attest the German occupation, 
while the McCulloughs, Grahams, Cowans, McKenzees, Osbournes and others show 
the Scotch-Irish. Into these two great lines " the Jersey Settlement "" merged by 
marriage, and in a short time became indistinguishable from them. Thus the 
Longs, Potts, Sloans. Bransons, Gaunts. Gaskells, Howells, Oliphants and Shinns 
from X"ew Jersey were claimed by either the Germans or the Scotch-Irish as parts 
of their original clans, to the great detriment of the genealogist who seeks to fol- 
low a given fa mil v through all its ramifications to a logical end. 

The " Traders' Path'" is identified by the " Constables" Beats " as outlined in 
the old records of the Rowan Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, for 1753-4-5-6. 
Rumple says that the " Traders' Path ran to a point where Coldwater Creek 
runs from Rowan into what is now Cabarrus, then Rowan." 

It was in this region on Coldwater in Old Rowan that Samuel Shinn mi- 
grated. Here he took up several hundred acres of land. Here he settled and opened 
up several large farms or plantations, and here he died in December. 1761. leaving 
his wife, Abigail, and several children to mourn his loss. The following is a list 
of children by each wife, as enumerated in his will dated 11 12/1761 and pro- 
bated at the Januarv Court, 1762, at Salisbury, X". C. (Will Book A, p. 114. 
Clerk's Office of Rowan County, X'. C, and the Burlington Register of Births 
and Deaths, Burlington. X. J.) 

'The German settlement was large and compact, so that it is said that the Rowan 
negroes spoke the Dutch language. 

88 History of the Siiixx Family ix Europe and America 

Cliildivii of Sauiuel and Sarah (Schokvj Slimii. 

99. (1) Mary Shinn. h. 3/16/1719. ob sine proli 1727. 

100. (2) Alice Shinn. i). 1/20/1721, married Thomas Stevenson 3/10/1739. 

101. V-') Sarah Shinn. b. (J/lG/1723, married Philo Leeds 1740. 

102. (4) Thoma.s Shinn. b. 5/2/1725, married Ruth Stratton 1743. 

103. (5) Mary (2 1 Shinn. b. 12/3/1727. married William Taylor, Jr., 1745. 

104. (G) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 4/14/1730. unmarried. 

105. (7) Marcy Shinn. b. 10/31/1733, immarried. 

Cliildreii (if Saiiniel and Provided (Gaskell) Shinn. 

106. (Ij Samuel Shinn. b. 17:!7. married Ann 1762. 

The preceding children were given twenty shillings each by the father's will and 
remained in New Jersey. They had doubtless been provided for in vita patris. 

("hihlreii of .Samuel and Ahigail (Trie) Sliinii. 

107. (1) Leah Shinn, b. New Jersey 1741, married George Croziue iu N. C. 1758. 

108. (2) Isaac Shinn, b. New Jersey 1743, married Agues in N. C. 1760. 

I(i9. C!) Silas Shinn. b. New Jersey 1745. married Elenor Overcash in N. C. 1768. 

llu. (4) Sarah Shinn. b. New Jcr.sey 1747. 

111. (5) Rachel Shinn. b. Hopewell. Va., 1749. married a Clay in Cabarrus Co., N. C. 

112. (6) Joseph Shinn. b. Hopewell. Va., 11/27/1751, married Jane Ross 1774 N. C. 

113. (7) Benjamin Shinn. b Hopewell. Va., 1753, married Rebecca Carlock 1784 

N. C. 

114. (8) Hannah Shinn, b. Hopewell, Va., 1755. eliihh-eii received hirge bequests of land and luoiiev bv the will of the 
father. Tii llie will of the mother (1775) the last eight children are named, but 
not the fir>t. In \\\r f;itl)er"s will thoTo arc two Alnrvs and two S;irah=. 

'24 JIawah SiiixN (3j. — Ja.ues ('3), doiix (1). 

.\s .lames Shinn left no will ;ind tlie clinrcli failed to record the births and 
deaths of his children, we arc left wiihoul an accurate guide as to the order of 
tlieir birth. Hannah was probablv ilie oldest, and we are introduced to her first 
ai the old l-5iirliiigton Cbnivli on I lie \>\ of October, 1716, when she and John 
Atkinson declared their intiMition lo marry. The record informs us that Hannah 
was the daughter of James Shinn. In "The Atkinsons of Xew Jersey," a very 
pleasant little book by a prominent descendant of this marriage, we learn that 
John Atkinson was the son of William .\tkinson. wli<» nianied Elizabeth Curtis 
in IGBfi. The next monlli tlie yining couple ap])cared before the meeting tlie second 
time and were infonneil that iliey were at liberty to consumnuite the match at tluMr 
pleasure. On the 21st of N'ovember the nuirriage occurred before forty-eight wit- 
nesses. The little pioneer bonsc of .Iaine< Sliinn was crowiled lo its ftillest ca- 
pacity and the sleek l)lack slaves of the Atkin-ons wow happy lo see how eagerly 
the guests devoured the ])uddings and cakes prejiareil foi- ihv occasion. AVilliam 
and Elizabeth .\tkinson and .latues and .\l)igail Sliinn adixed iheir names first to 
the record. John and Hope Shinn also sign. The oiliei' signal ni-es were of friends, 
relatives and iicighbor.-. 

John and Hannah (Sliinn) .\tkinsoii were prosperous in their married life 
and honored liv a large circle of friends. From the Burlington Record of Births 
and Dralhs. and from the volume " The Atkinsons in N'ew Jersey " we present the 
following list as fhe clii1di-en of this iiniiui: 

riiildren of John and Hannah (Shinn) .\tkinson. 

11.'.. (1) Hnnnnli Atkinson, t). 4/7/1719. married Cowperthwait. 

. 116. (2) Samuel Atkinson, b. 4/16/1721. married (1) Esther Evins; (2) Elizabeth 
Con row. 

117. (?,) James Atkinson, b. 4/20/1724. 

118. (4) Abigail Atkinson, b. ir)/22/1726. married .loualliaii ICldridge 1750. 
• 119. (R) EU/abclh Atkinson, b. 2/1/1731. married Eleazer Kenton 1753. 

120. (6) ralienco Atkinson, h. 4/1733. married Conrow. 

Thikd Generation. 89 

121. (7) John Atkinson, b. 8/2/1735, married Sarah 

122. (8.) David Atkinson, b. 7/2/1737. 

123. (9) Moses Atkinson, b. 3/9/1739. 

•ir>. Hope Shinn (3).— James (2), John (1). 

On the ;M (jf May, 17^0, Hope Shinn, daughter of James, and Michael Atkin- 
son, son of William aiul Elizabeth (Curtis) Atkinson, appeared before the Burling- 
ton meeting the tirst time. On the :iLst of June, IT'^O, the marriage occurred at 
the house of James Shinn, in the presence of William and Elizabeth Atkinson, 
James and Abigail Shinn, John, Mary and Joseph Shinn, John, Joseph, Thomas, 
Hannnli niid S;irali Atkinson, and thirty others. Thomas Scattergood, Eestore 
Eippiiicolt, Alarmaduke Coates, Jonas (Jattell and William Budd were out in 
their gala equipments, and the occasion was a happy one in every respect. ("The 
Atkinscms in New Jersey," p. 18-35.; also letter of Judge Jobe, already referred 
to.) 'V\]\< (■on|)lc was also a pros])erous one, and their lives were peaceful and" 
happy. Michael died in 1740 and Hope in 17()1, each leaving a will. 

I'loni these documents we are enabled to give the names of their children, but 
not t he flutes III" their birth. 

Children of Michael and Hope (Shinn) Atkinson. 

124. (1) Rachel Atkinson, married Abraham Kille (Kelly) 3/24/1739. 

125. (2) Levi Atkinson. 

126. (3) Job Atkinson. 

127. (4) Elizabeth Atkinson, married William Jones 1747. 

128. (5) Mary Atkinson. 

129. (6) Jonathan Atkinson. 

130. (7) Hannah Atkinson, married Shadock Pancoast. 

131. (8) Michael Atkinson, ob 1772 sine proli, cum testamentum. 

132. (9) Amos Atkinson. 

'HI FuANCis Shinn (3). — James (2), John (1). 

This son o[ flanu's seems to have been more prominent in church affairs than 
juiy of the cliildren of James, lie was born in Springfield Township, October 25, 
170(i. lie passed meeting regularly for marriage on September 1st, 1729, but the 
certiticate is not recorded. He married Elizabeth, daughter of William and Eliza- 
beth (Curtis) Atkinson, being the third child of James Shinn to marry into that 

On February 12. n2S. James Shinn conveyed to Francis the farm in jSTew 
HanoNcr Township, which he (James) had purchased from his father-in-law, 
Restore Lippincott, May 7, 1712. Upon this farm Francis and his wife settled 
after their marriage, and remained upon it throughout their lives. Francis was 
a provident man, and gathered to himself a large estate. On the 2d of October, 
IWJ, Burlington made him Overseer of a meeting held during the winter near 
Caleb Shreeve's house. In January of the next year he was appointed to co-operate 
with the Overseer of Upper Springfield in visiting delinquents. In September of 
that year he was made Overseer of Upper Springfield Meeting, which position 
he held until August, 1757, when, at his request, he was relieved from further 
service. In January. 1758, he was replaced upon a committee to oversee a meeting 
in Springfield at the sehoolhouse during the winter. In 1760 he was sent twice 
to (^)uarterly fleeting. In 17(i5 he was appointed to collect money in Upper 
Springfield for the Yearly fleeting, and was sent to Quarterly Meeting four limes. 
In 1774 he. with Jacob Shinn, Eestore Shinn, Samuel Shinn, and a number of 
others, asked leave to build a meeting house near Shreeve's Mount, which was 
granted. He did not live to see the completion of this building. He died in 
April. 1789. and his will was probated May 1st of that year. The will names 
liis wife. Flizab(^th: sons, Samuel, Restore. Vincent, George and Barzillai ; o-rand- 

90 History of the Shinn Family in Eukope axu America 

• son, Gforge, son of son Gi'orgo, now in Virjrinia : grandson, J>aiah. son oi sou 
Vincent; grandson, Francis, son ol' son Bar/.illai (minors). His wife died 
3/2y/nb3, in her seventy-liftli year. Francis lived to be eighty-tliive. Tlie in- 
stances of longevity anioiig the descendants of this family are so numerous as to 
attract attention, and will he noticed more particularly liereafter. The Mount 
iiollv Kegister givi-s tlw fi.iiowing list of children, to which we have added the 
marriage names : 

Children of Francis and Elizaheth (Alkinson) S 


133. (1) Lavinia Sliinn. 1). S/24/1731. married Hezekiah Jones G/!V1T49. 

134. (2) Restore Shinn. b. ]/26/17:'.3, married Mary Biddle ll/lToT. 

135. (3) SamiK'l Shinn. b. 4/15/1736, married Hannah . 

136. (4) Levi Shinn. 1). 1/1/1737. ob sine proli. 

137. (5) George Shinn. b. G/8/174U, married Rachfl Wright ITCl. 
13S. (6) Israel Shinn. b. 5/2/1743, married Mary Budd. 

139. (7) Vincent Shinn. b. — . married Elizabeth Budd 1772. 

14<i. (8) Barzillai Shinn. b. — . married Hannah 1783. 

141. {%) Isaiah Shinn. b. . <»). unm. 1774. 

■r,. Joseph Shixx (3). — Ja:mes (?). Jonx (1). 

In the burying ground aliached to Si. .Viidi'cw's Cathedral. Mt. Holly, a 
tombstone rears its modest head, and from whose time-wnin and weather-beaten 
face these words have been deciphered: " Josciili Sliiiiii. Died Feb. 11, 1759. 
Aged ')i\ vears." This enables us to sav iliat .lo-cph Sliiini. m>ii of James and 
Abigail (Lippincott) Shinn, was Imni m i:ii-.' (O. S..) mid i:(t;; ( \. S.). He 
was j)roliablv i1m' n|(li->t son, and llir tliii'd <-liiM. llainiali and li(ii)e. his sisters, 
being older "than he. Jlistory is >ilciil a> lo In- early lile. and the tirst authentic 
record of the man is found "in the iinnnto of I'.iiilin-ton Monthly :\[eeling for 
the 2d of the lUh month, 172G. when ii was ive.irdid " 'I he overseers gave an 
account that Josejjh Shinn, son of James Shinn, hath nianied a wife that is not 
of our ])rofession." And at the meeting on the oth of the Itii month he was 
disowned therefor. Thus ends, so far as (Quaker record> aic enneerned, all evi- 
dence concerning Josc))!! Shinn. for he ne\ci' thei-eal'tei' retniiieil to the religion 
of his birth. \\'e mighl Ite at a loss to determine the maiden name of his wife 
but for the fael that a very ])erl'ect genealogy of hei' fannl\ ha- lieen preserved, 
from which we learn thai in \'rl(< Joseph Shinn mai-i'ied Mr.rv. daughter of 
William and Fliza (Stockton) I'.nild. The genealogy of ih" r.mhl famil\. ivfei-i'e(l 
to above, was prepared in 1111 by a William llrail ford. ;i dex-eiidant of Ih.e 
familv, and who aflerwarils became .\iionie\ (IciutmI of liie i niied Siate>. .\l 
jiradford's death it passed to his iie|ihe\\, John !'>. \\;i I hue. w lio>e >on gave it. in 
ISSO, to Charles I.'. Ilihlelinrn. who presented n to ihe renn-\ l\aiiia lIi>lorieal 
Society, in whose library it now rests. Tin- wiilei- ha> a wide aetpiaintance with 
lil)raries in Furope ami tin- liiih'd Stales, but is nowhere so comfortable as in 
the library of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. Its whob' atmosphere is con- 
diU'ive of thought and eminenth favorable to inedilaiion and in\('st igat ion. l-'roin 
the time-worn genealogical manuseri]il of the disliuguish"d jurist 1 gkaned the 
folb)wing facts, which I here ]>re.sent. divesting them of the gi-apliical metliod 
<if presentation which makes the original so interesting and \alnalile. 

William Bradford's materiud grandfather's father. William' I'lidd. manied 
.\nn Chipgert. Sou of William Bradfoi'd's mateinal gi and i' ii hei"- father. William 
l'.udd. married Fliza Stockton, daughter of Uiihard. 

'This man and his brother Then ,i mwu'I itn liiiels nu \]\f lOiisi. North and West 
of nami)tonHan<)ver (Pembertoni f<tr miles in each direeijon. 

Thikd Generation. 


Children of William and Eliza. 

1. Mary 
Joseph Shinn. 

2. William 
Susannah Cole. 

3. Abigail 
John Fisher 

4. Susannah 
Jacob Gaskell. 

5. David 
Catherine Allen. 

7. Thomas 
Jemima Leeds. 

8. Rebecca 
Joseph Lamb. 

6. Ann 
Kendall Cole. 

We have been thu.s particular in giving the children of William and Eliza 
(Stockton) Budd, for they are the root stems of one of the most distinguished 
families in early Xew Jersey life. They were firm adherents of the Established 
Church, and consistent in their religions lives. Joseph married an Episcopalian, 
who held her belief as an inheritance to be prized, and to be transmitted unspotted 
to her children. Joseph was cast out by the Friends for marrying this woman, 
and she set about to carry him into the Episcopal fold. For many years silence 
rests uiil)roken u])oii their lives. Doubtless she attended divine service at St. 
Ann's, afterwards St. Mary's, Burlington, and was attended by her husband. In 
due course of time the great Colin Campbell was sent over from England to 
evangelize New Jersey and to oppose the steady growth of Quakerism. He 
pivached ai P)Ui-]iiigton, and then went to Mt. Holly and established St. Andrew's. 
The Budds were among his most powerful and influential supporters. From the 
register of St. Mary's Cathedral, Burlington, in the handwriting of Colin Camp- 
bell, of date May 'M). lT4(i, we extract the following: "Baptized to Joseph and 
Mary Sliiiin. adults. Patience, Eebccca and William; to the said Joseph and 
Mary Siiinii. the same day, ba|)tized children, Vestai, Joseph, Benjamin, John, 
[•'rancis and Abigail." From this it may be logically inferred that Joseph and 
Mary Shinn were and had Ix'cn members prior to this date. But when Joseph 
became a member is not stated, and may never be known. But May 30th should 
be held as an anniversary by his descendants to the remotest time. The baptism 
of nine children on one day was a momentous event for the family of Joseph 
Shinn, and e([ually momentous for Episcopalianism in Mt. Holly. 

James Shinn, father of Joseph, died in 1751, and Joseph was appointed 
administrator. (Burlington County Wills, Liber 7, p. 104.) 

Joseph was the owner of large tracts of land in New Hanover Township, 
Burlington ('(ninty. and in Upper Freehold, in Monmouth County. He died 
in 1759, and administration was granted by the Probate Court of Burlington 
Countv on Fc^irnary 15th of tliat year to his son William, called William, Jr., to 
distinguish him from his cousin, William, son of John, Jr. 

Children of Joseph and Mary (Budd) Shinn. 

142. (1) Patience Shinn, ob sine proli. 

143. (2) Rebecca Shinn. married George Clapp 1761. 

144. (3) William Shinn. -N^i^. married Sarah French 1756. 

145. (4) Vestai Shinn. ob sine proli. 

146. (5) Joseph Shinn, ob sine proli. 

147. (6) Benjamin Shinn, married a woman whose surname is not known. 

148. (7) John Shinn, married Mary Allen 1763. 

149. (8) Francis Shinn, married Martha Shinn 1766, 

150. (9") Abigail Shinn, married Joseph Budd 1778. 

28. James Shinn (3). — James (2), John (1). 

James Shinn married his first cousin, Hannah, daughter of George and 
Elizabeth (Lippincott) Shinn, the mothers of James and Hannah, respectively, 


being sistors, <lau;rliter:> <if Kcsum- Lippincott. Thev were alf^o second coubiiis on 
the paternal s<iile; Janie.-, the father. Iieing a great-uiK-le of Elizabeth. 

The Church of Burlington arraigned the young couple for marrying against 
the canons on January S, 1739. James and Abigail denied any complicity in the 
affair. Elizabeth, the motlier of Hannah, acknowledged that .she knew the inten- 
tions itf the young couple but the n-cord does not show whether she discouraged 
these intentions or not. 

The young ])e(jple were disowned in ]\rarch. 1740, and we are thus left without 
the church minutes to guide us as to their after hstory. Many of the descendants 
of James Shinn. Sr.. nuirried first cousins, as we .shall sec, and it would be an 
interesting contribution to sociology coubl we know the eU'ect. It certainly did 
not decrease longevity nor the number of children. When (lif iiiigration senti- 
ment was in the heyday of its inllucnce in \<'W Jersey. Adam and Prudence, Ann 
and Israel Thompson. Koliert Shinn. Sarah. Ilannali and Elizabeth Sliinn removed 
into Fairfa.x County. A'irginia. The administration papers upmi Adam's effects 
in 17SI show that he had gathered a small estate, whicn was administered on 
by his wife. Prudence. Kobert was a witness to several marriages in Virginia, but 
there is no record of his own marriage. James married in Gloucester County, ^ew 
Jersey, and resided there. The following contains a list of the children, as nearly 
as they can be known, but it may not be complete. It is tolerably sure that his 
daughters married in SialVord. Fairfax and l-'amiuic]" Counties, Virginia, and 
became mothers of large families carrying names other than Shinn. In this way 
the nam<' has been lost in that region, notwithstanding the fact iliat tlie blood of 
James Shinn exists in the veins of many a Vir^iinia faniilv. 

('Inbireii nf .l.-iine- ;iiid lliinnah (Sliinn) Sliinii. 

151. (li Ann Shinn niiirried Israel 'L'honipsuu 1771. 

152. (2) Hope Shinn married Aaron Bech 1774. 

153. (.3) Adam Shinn married Prudence 177 — . 

154. (4t KohfTi Shinn: (.')) Sarali Sliinn; (6) Hannah Shinn: (7) Elizabelh Shinn. 

155. (8) .Mary Shinn: (!>) James Shinn married Unity Bogcoe 12/13/1795 in 

Gloucester County, N. .J. 

*^;>. SOEOMO.N SiiiNN (.!). — JaM1-:s (2), JollN (1). 

This grand.eon was burn in S|)ringfield Township. l'>nrlini:ton County, New 
Jer.-ey, aiul was married at S])riiigfield Met'tini:- II(Hi>e mi Mnv 1^. 17;>9, to Mary. 
daughter of Tlwnnas. son of John .\iiti'ini. in the presence n\' iheii' pai'ents, 
'I'bonuiB Antrim. .lames and Abigail Shinn. ami t hiny-eight other,-, iinioni;- whom 
wore Clemenl Shinn. Joseph and ^lary (r.ndd) Shinn, James ami liannali Shinn. 

The origiiud marriage certificate \\;i- in the po.'^sessinn nf his ui-nmlsoii. 
Sbrceve Shinn. at the dafe of bis death. Sohmion lived fer nian\ \e,ii- in Vew 
Hanover Township, where be was engaged as .1 fiirniei'. lie iidieialed lands in 
that township and in New Egypt. MoiiMinnili ('(mniy. and \\ii> ,1 birge imrcbaser 
at F-lvrsliam and in other parts of Ruriingfon County, lie niaiiied ibe second 
tinu- in 17S?. .Mr>. Mary Hishop. a widow with ebildren. by whom there was no 
is^ue. He died intestate in 17S.""». 'i'bc origimil marriage certificafe has endorsed 
Ujion the back of it the names of his cliiblreti and tlie dates of their birfb. wjiich 
are hero trnnscribed. with their marriages, as gathered fiMin the niinnte- of 
various monthly meetings. 

Children of .Solomon and "Mary (Aidrim) Shinn. 

IBfi. (1) Tlini)in.'< Shinn. ii. Sepi. 17. I71ii, in:irriod (1) Sarali \iiKicoiiiIi 1704- (2) 

.Mereliali Warren 1S12. 
157. (2) Asa Shinn. h. Nov. 27. 1742. married Sarah Gaunt 1767. 
168. (?.) .lames Shinn. h. .Ian. 2::. 1744. married I.;iviiii,i Haines 17f)8. 

Third Generation. 93 

159. (4) Sarah Shinn, b. June 10/1747, married Nathaniel Pope 1769. 

160. (5) Unity Shinn, b. Feb. 9/1749-.50. married Joseph Pancoast 1767. * 

161. (0) Caleb Shinn, b. May 3/1752, married Mary Lucas 1771. 

162. (7) Wary Shinn, b. Nov. 14/1754, ob sine proli. 

163. (8> Mary Shinn, born August 29/1756. 

164. (9J Abigail Shinn, b. April 9/1759, married David Johnson 11/31/1779. 

30. Clement Shinn (3). — James (2), John (1). 

This son of James and Abigail (Lippincott) Shinn first appears as a wit- 
ness upon several marriage certificates. He married Elizabeth Webb, a woman 
not of Quaker faith, in 1740, as is shown by the secular register. Burlington 
Monthly Meeting j'ecords disclose the interesting fact that he made acknowledg- 
ments to the society at that place on November 3, 1741. Little is known of his 
life. From family records of his children in Harrison County, Virginia (now 
West Virginia), from other records of his descendants in Philadelphia and Ohio, 
and from Friends" records of Burlington, Mt. Holly, Chesterfield, and Evesham, 
N. J., we are enabled to present his children and their marriages: 

Children of Clement and Elizabeth (Webb) Shinn. 

165 (1) Hannah Shinn, b. 1742, married at Evesham, N. J., 1762. 

166. (2) Peter Shinn, b. 10/20/1744, married Grace Gaskell June, 1779. 

167. (3) Clement Shinn, b. 1746. married Ruth Bates 1774 in New Jersey. 

168. (4) Levi Shinn, b. 1748, married Elizabeth Smith 1772 in New Jersey. 

169. (5) Jonathan Shinn, b. 1752. married (1) Mary Clark 1778 in New Jersey; 

married (2) Mrs. Edwards in Frederick Co., Va. 

170. (6) David Shinn, twin of Jonathan, b. 1752, married (1) in New Jersey; 

married (2) Mary in Virginia. 

17L (7) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 1754 

34. Levi Shinn (3). — George (3), John (1). 

That Jjcvi was the son of George and Mary (Thompson) Shinn has been 
demonstrated in our life of George and Mary. He was reared in the family of 
his stepfather, Daniel Wills, Jr., as is shown by the Northampton Census, hereafter 
alluded to, and was married in 1720, as is told us in Asa Matlack's Memoranda, 
to Ann, the dangliter of Daniel Wills, Sr. 

^\q was a|)i»;irc'ntly not a member of the Society of Friends, as he is not men- 
tioned in any of their records. That he was a carpenter is proven by a deed of 
date June 13. 1:29 (Liber EF. p. 120, W. J. Deeds). This deed also shows 
that he was a man of means, for it conveys two thousand acres in Evesham Town- 
ship to him, Thomas Budd and John Pritchett. 

Bv another deed, dated 2/21/1744, he and John Pritchett acquired another 
large body of land in the same locality. (Liber EF, p. 540, W. J. Deeds.) Levi 
Shinn was d.)ubtless the founder of a large family of Shinns at Evesham, although 
the facts are difficult to obtain. The church records show migrations of other 
Shinns at a later period to this locality. The town is now called Medford, but it 
was once -called Nebo. and at an earlier period Shinnstown. In Howe's " Historical 
Collection of Xew Jersey " this fact is set out. and the reason assigned was the 
large number of Shinns that lived there. 

That Levi was a man of probity and public affairs is assumed from the 
fact that lie was selected by a court of chancery, in 1739, to act as auditor in an 
attachment suit of considerable magnitude. {Pennsylvania Gazette, Sept. 6th and 
13th. 1739; N". J. A.. Vol. XI, p. 579.) He is also recorded as voting at an 
election held in 1739. When and where he died is not known, nor have we any 
authoritative list of his children. There are Shinns in Camden and Salem 
Counties who know nothing whatever of their antecedents beyond the grandfather. 

94 History of the Shinn Family ix Europe axu A:\rERiCA 

It i.s jjossililf, if not probable, tliat some, if not all, of them are det^eendants of 
Levi and Ann (Wills) Shinn. The list subjoined is based upon prima facie 
evidence, and is believed to be correct : 

Children of Levi and Ann (Wills) Shinn. 

172. (1) Jonathan Shinn. who was a witness to several marriages between 1740 

and 17tl(t. 

173. (!') Levi Shinn. who was also a witness, but who died ob sine proli. 

174. (I'.) Mary Shinn. who married William Atkinson in 1739. 

175. (4) Hope Shinn. who married Abuer Rogers in 1751. 

3."). Martha Smw (:?). — Ckokck Ci). .Tnirx (1). 

.Martha Sliinii i> rcc-ordt'd iii IWirlin.ylon Minutes as liaving passed meeting 
regularly in the loth and lllli lunnths, IT;]'), on account of marriage to Daniel 
(iaskell. The Oaskells were a prominent family in the early history of Xew 
Jersey ami North Carolina, and ilic iiilnmai-riages between tlir (laskells and tiie 
Shinns in the seventeenth ciMitury were ^^(■^pl(•lll. Tlic C.askills were of the gentry 
of England, and their pi'digri'i' may be found in "' KamilicC ^linorum Gentium/' 
Vol. I, J). .'{0',^. The certificate is not recorded, and I am unable tc give iheir de- 

:><;. Mary Shinn (•'!). — (Jeorge (-.M.-Tihix (1). 

Mary Shinn and Samuel, son <d' 'riinnia> nnil Mary (Eoberis) Eves, declared 
their intentions twice (Octolu'r and \()\eiid)er, J 1 vl 1 ) licfore Turlington Meeting, 
and were mai'ried in an ordi'i-ly manner in Xovcmber of that year. Samuel Eves 
produced a certificate of character fmui Newtown Meeting. Haddonfield. to 
which place he removed his wife. The Kves family was among tlie early settlers 
of the province, and niaiidnined a high ]dace in res]ioetnl)ility and worth. 
:!T. .Than Atkinson (."!). — Sakaii Shinn cM.doHX (1). 

Jean or .lane .Atkinson, dmiLilitei- of Tlionia- and Sarah (Shiun) Atkinson, 
married Benjamin doiies. .h.. in H',?^. There were two ehildren at least, and 
there may have 1 n many nunc. 

(-hildren (d' dean .\tkinson and I'enjandn dones. 

ilC,. (1) Benjamin .loiies. married Klizal)eth Carter 174(1. 

177. (2» Joseph .lones, married Sarah Shiun 17fit. 

't'^. li'iiW LAND <)\\ i:n {'■]). — AI\i;iii\ SniNN (•?)..T()I1N (1). 

'^riie records of liurlingtoii .Meeting ,-liuw thai lui '■'' ', ll^'iS IJowland Owen, 
eon of .loshua, and Prudence I'owell, dauglitei- of dnlm. wci" mai'ried in an orderlv 
manner according to the usage of l''ricnd>. The marriag;' eertilicate was signed 
by Joshua. Mary and Sarah ()wen and tliii'ty-si\ others. 

('hildi-eii (if K'ow land and I'l-uilenee (I'owell) (h\en. 

178. (1) Naomi Owen, married Isaac Biizby. 

I7H. (Ui Mary Owen, married Jonathan .ioiies. son ol" William and Elizabeth (At- 
kinson) .Jones 4/111/1775. 

k(H i;i II i;i;\ idiATKiN. 

r>8. JosEiMi Shinn (i). — GeorcH': (:>).. Iohn cM.doHN (1). 

Tlie family Bible of Isaiah Shinn. son of Joseph Shinn. the subject of this 
sketch, places Jose|th's birth in II l;>. Tlii.- would make him the eldest son of 
George and I'llizabelh ( ld])])incott) Shinn, and ;ii i he dinth n\' his father he 
doubtless remained in (Jloucester County, wlieie he had been reared. Of liis life 

Fourth Genekatiox. 95 

prior to 1758 we know nothing. In that year a license was granted to Joseph 
Shinii by the county authorities of Gloucester to marry Ann Sydonia Shivers, 
daughter of Sainuel and Martha (Deacon) Shivers. This marriage is also dis- 
closed in Asa Matlack's Memoranda, but Joseph is therein placed at Salem. Mat- 
lack, in all probability, took the place wherein he lived at a later period as the 
one in which he married. He was married, however, in Gloucester County. 

In ^7(')'^ Samuel Shivers and Martha, his wife, made a conveyance of land 
to Joseph Shinn, of I'ilesgrove, Salem County, Xew Jersey, for land in Salem 
County. (Lilx-r 'l\ p. 42i).} The records after this show many conveyances to 
Jose{)li Shinn, of Pilesgrove. This township seemed to be a favorite one for Bur- 
lington and Gloucester County people, for here we find many families who trace 
their ancestry to Burlington and Gloucester. Joseph Shinn was undoubtedly a 
most prosperous man, and a man of note in Salem County. He Jived at a time 
when strong-mintlcd and fearless men were needed in the Assembly of the State. 
(rreat liiitain was in trouble with her colonies, and the air Avas laden with argu- 
ments favoring independence. Salem County chose for one of her representatives 
to the Convention of Xew Jersey (1776) Joseph Shinn, of Pilesgrove. We find 
him at his ])ost at every session of that body, and in the roll-call, M'here the " ayes " 
and '" nays '' were set out at length, his vote in every case is recorded on the side 
of iiide])enflence and liberty. That body organized the Xew Jersey troops for 
the wai-: foiiiiifl an independent State Government for X'ew Jersey; appointed 
delegates to the (Continental Congress, viz., Kichard Stockton, Abrah?.m Clark, 
.lolin Hart, I'rnneis llopkinson. and Dr. John Withcrspoon. Much has been 
written about the courage which was required for a man of property to vote at 
that time for an independent government, and all that has been written does not 
transcend the truth. Jose]>h Sliinn sat side by side with John Hart, Charles 
K(>nfl, Frederick Freylinghuysen. Philemon Dickerson and Eichard Stockton, men 
afterwards chosen by Xew Jersey for positions of place and power. He was in 
close touch with all tlie liberty-loving people of that day ; was judicious and 
fearless in his course; contributed his part to the Independence of his State, and 
his descendants everywhere are entitled to tlie ]irivileges, the highest privileges, 
of all ]iatriotic organizations. 

In 1768 Samuel Shivers leased a tract of land at the mouth of Timber Creek 
for ninety-nine years, with remainder to the heirs of certain-named children. 
T.aiul at tliat time br()Uii:ht a good rental, but no one could see the tremendous 

changes which ninety-nine years would produce. This land was not only alluvial, 
but located within easy distance of a town which grew into one of the great cities 
of tht> world. Tlie heirs of Samuel Shivers' descendants, like Esau of old, sold 
tlieir lurthright for a mess of pottage. A little ready money for themselves was 
considered as of more importance than a great estate for the unborn children of 
the future. The leasehold estate expired by limitation in 1867, and the heirs 
of Samuel Shivers' children then living expected the remainder. But it was found 
that a far-seeing speculator had bought up the claims of the intermediate heirs, 
and that the fee was in the liands of a stranger. There is a principle of which 
lawyers boast. That principle is that one may not sell something not in esse. 
There is no estate in esse until the particular estate expires by limitation. The 
remainder revives to the use and benefit of the living heirs at the time. If tliey 
had formally sold their right under the so-called sale of an inchoate right, they 
violated the law : they sold something not in existence, and contravened not only 
the policy of the law. but overturned the intentions of their ancestor. The claim 
sliarks who ]>it their rascally acts against the judgment of vouthful heirs in ex- 
pectancv should have no standing in court. The estate which Samuel Shivers 
designed for his heirs at the end of ninety-nine years was, by a process of legal 
juggling, given to strangers, and the design of the grantor completely destroyed. 

96 History of the Shixx Family in Europe axd America 

The heirs of Joseph and Ann Sydonia (Shivers) JShinn living in 18(n had an 
indefeasible right to their share of this land; their descent was unquestioned 
save by the interested sliarks : they had not sold nor bargained their rigiits ; if 
their fathers and mothers had tlune this, they had simply done an unlawful act, 
and by the illegality could not bar the living heirs in 18G7. And yet they were 
barred, to the shame of law. If courts would lend their influence to the cause 
of innocence rather than to interested Shylocks the ermine of law would be un- 
spotted and far more lovable. There was a " History of Rutlandshire," written in 
1684 by a barrister named James Wright. He dedicates it to the nohiUtu and 
gentri/ of Rutland. When he reaches Cromwell's glorious reign he leaves a blank, 
in wliieh ho writes, with great pomposity: 

Temporis hoc spaiium JeiiU oblivloni." 

When the heirs of Joseph Shinn reach the judicial |h I'iod. 18(n. tliey may 
put James Wright's sentence to far more noble use b\ u>iiig it as an e])ita])li for 
the inglorious tombstones of the claim quacks and legal sliysters who swallowed 
np their estates. 

.Joseph Shinn died in 1784, and liis wife. Ann Svdonia, administered upon his 
estate. (Will Book No. 26, p. 109.) She oh. 8/19/1 T'.is. The Bible of Tsaiah 
nanu's three children, as does Asa Matlack's Memoranda. 

riiildren of Joseph and Ann Svdonia (Shivers) Sliinii. 

150. (1) Isaiah Shinn. h. 12/15/1764, married Elizabeth Jenks 1788. 

181. (2) Joseph Shinn, b. 8/5/1768, ob 11/2/1802. Thrown from his carriage and 

killed. _.— — — Ji^-iMy^l/ 

182. f3) Elizabeth Shinn. ^ 4^ p J 

")9, Amos Shinn (4). — George (3). Joiix {•I). Jonx (1). 

f)n the r)th of Feliruary, 1739, Amos Sliinn asked liuilington for a certificate 
to f-hestorfield on acc(uint of marriage. The Chestei'liidil minutes do not show 
the a])j)earaiice of Amos, as the rules require, nor do the minutes of Burlington 
show its accompli. «hment. Amos seems to have gotten ready before his sweetheart 
was ready. .\t all events, on the 8th day of (October, 1740. lie and Ann Carter 
appeared the first lime at Bnrlingion. and on the 1st of December, 1740, the com- 
mittee reported the aecom|)lisliment of the marriage. The certificate is recorded, 
and states thai Amos Shinn, son of George Shinu. deceased, of the County of 
Gloucester, and .Ann Carter were manicd mi ihe '2.')tli ^^'i ynvi'inher. IMO. Eliza- 
beth Shinn. mothei- of Ceoi-ge. .lames and .\higail Shinn. Zilpli.-i Sliinn. Caleb 
and Mehilabel Sliinn. and many others sign tlu^ |ia|ici'. Xdw. if thi- .Vmos who 
really married in 1" 10 was the .\mos who wanlcd in maiiN iii W-V.K then we shall 
have no trouble. If iml, tlieii llicrc i- an Amu- In accdiiiit I'or. and im I'ocords to 
draw upon. The sib'iiee id' Chesterrudil Minnie- lend- mc id ;i--iimc llial ihe two 
.\mo,«es were one person, .\nios mai-ricd ( ■.' ) Snrnh ( 'iiniiiiigham in K^l. and 
died in 1777. .Xdministration was granted ii|i(Mi hi- estate le S;ii-;ih Shinn N'nvem- 
bor 18, 1777. ( Jersev Wills. LiluT IC p. .MC.) 

Chihlren nf .\mu- ;ind Ann (Carter) Shinn. 

1S:{. Ml .Mary Sliinn. Ii. 17 11. iniirrie.l Richard Siniicll 17);(;. 

151. (2» Samuel Slniin. Ii. 171.;. married lOli/.abelli Slarkey 1766. 
IS.".. {?,) (JeorRo Sliinn. h 171.".. m;irried Elizabeth Koliey 176;». 

186. (4) Zllpha Shinn. b. 17-17. married Caleb Lippincoit 1775. 

187. (5) Amos Shinn. b. 1751. married .Ann Cunningham 1766. 

188. (6) Nancy Shiini. b. 1754, married HukIi Mooiiey I7S1. 

no. J(,il\ SiiiNN {l)._GlCORGE (3).,T()ii\ C?). J()ii\ (1). 

John Shinn. of Nnrthainpton. and Lydia Carler were I'eguhiily married in 
February, 171.">. as appears from Die minuie Ixiok of tlH> Burlington ^leeling. In 


Fourth Generation'. 99 

1771 he removed to Chesterfield, and in 1T80 to Evesham, where he died. His 
will is dated at Evesham, November 9th, 1801, and was probated Xovember 20th, 
1801. (Liber Xo. 39, page 458, West Jersey Wills.) 

In his will he names sons Uriah and John, son Esaiah's four sons — Moses, 
Esaias, Aaron and Elijah (they to have land in Virginia) — granddaughter, Lydia 
Stratton, daughter of E])hraim Stratton, and cousin Job Jones. 

The Alt. Holly Kegister of Births and Deaths has preserved the record of 
his children, to which we add the names of the persons they married. 

Children of John and Lydia (Carter) Shinn. 

189. (1) Lydia Shinn, b. — , ob 3/20/1763. 

190. (2) Esaias Shinn, b. 6/14/1745, married Hannah Brannan 1771. 

191. CJ) Ozias Shinn, b. 6/20/1747, ob sine proli. 

192. (4) Noali Shinn, b. 1/28/1752, married in Dover Township, Ocean Co., N. J. 
19:;. (5) John Shinn, b. 5/30/1754. married Martha Parker 1775. 

194. (6) George Shinn, b. 1/5/1757, married Sarah Kelley 1776 at Swede's Church, 

I'hiladelphia. Pa. 

195. (7) Rachel Shinn, b. 1/1/1758, married Ephraim Stratton 12/12/1782. 
19G. (8) Ellis Shinn, b. 8/12/1760, ob sine proli. 

197. (9) Urias Shinn, b. 6/6/1768, married . 

198. (10> Nehemiah Shinn, b. 10/23/1769, ob sine proli. 

(15. (JEOROE SiiiNN (4). — George (3), John (2), John (1). 

Thi^ son of (Jeorge and Elizabeth (Lippincott) Shinn appeared twice before 
Burlington Meeting in 174!», and on the oth day of June the committee reported 
that the nnirriage had been accomplished. His bride was Sarah Owen, described in 
the minutes as a widow. She was the widow of Joshua, son of Joshua and Martha 
(Shinn) Owen, and the daughter of — — Branson. George followed the dis- 
tiller's business, and lived near Georgetown, X. J. 

Children of George and Sarah (Owen-Branson) Shinn. 

190. (1) Martha Shinn. b. 1750. married Francis Shinn 1766. See Francis*, 
•loseph', .James-. John'. 

200. (2) Postrema Shinn, b. 1753. luarried . 

201. (3) Curtis Shinn. b. 1755, married Annie Merritt 1777. 

202. (4) John Shinn, b. 1757, married Jane Herbert 1780. 

203. (5) Susan Shinn, h. 1759. 

204. (6) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 1761. 

205. (7) George Shinn, b. 1763, married Charity . ^ 

206. (8) Mary Shinn. h. 1764, married John Irick 1781., "^■n-.O. 

(;(i. .\zAi;iAii SmxN (I). — George (3), John (2), John (1). 

Azariah lived at Greenwich, Gloucester County. What his business was is not 
disclosed. The civil records show that he was married by license in 1760 in 
Glouccstei- County to Sarah Haines, a widow. This woman seems to have been 
a Friend, but transgressed the rules by her marriage according to civil law. Aza- 
riah, it is assumed, had forgotten the faith of his fathers, for he is never mentioned 
in their records directlv. When his wife or children are named he is named as 
father or husbaiul, but' in no other way. The Salem M. M. Eecords show that 
Sarah Haines, the widow, was married in 1749 to William Haines. Her maiden 
name was Lippincott. Shortly after her marriage to Azariah her conscience urged 
her to make amends to the church, and in July, 1761, she sent a written acknowl- 
edgment to Haddontield AEonthlv Meeting, but failed to have it considered. She 
seems not to have arranged for the children of her first marriage as her husband 
in his will had directed, and the church informed her that until such provision 
was made she could not be forgiven. The nice sense of justice which obtained 
in this primitive town among these Quakers is commendable. Sarah Shinn argued 
the matter whatever it was. for several months, but could not regain her place 


100 History of the Shinn Ka.mily ix Eukope axd America 

iu the church. She would not do a;^ they required, and they wouhl not bend. She 
was disowned. 

Azariah died in 1773. His will was dated at the town of Gloucester, and 
County of (iloucester, February i:?. n73. and wa> probated March 17. 1773. 
(Liber Hi. j». 1<hi. W. .7. Wills.) The doiumcnt names his wife, Sarah; wife's 
daughter. Mary 1 lames (who afterwards married Jose])h Gibson); his three 
daughters, Sarah. Martha and Heulah. minors. Sarah (llaines) Shinn dated her 
will at Greenwich, County of (;ioueest(r. on the 23d of Xovember. 1781. Il was 
{irol>ated December litth (d' same year. (Liber \o. •^^. )». o-M. W. .L Wills.) It 
states that >he is a widow, and names son. .Lilni Haines; son-in-law. Joseph Gib- 
son; daughters, Sarah. Maiilia and lieulah Shinn. "Life's fitful fever*' is over 
for both of them, and they are at rest. From this cou])le descends some of the 
most respectaltle jM'ople of the twentieth (ciitiii'v. aiiioiii; wIkuii is the flavor of 
Philadelphia, lldii. Samuel A.^hljridge. 

("hildreii of .\zariah and Sarah (Haines) Sliiiin. 

207. (1) Sarah Shinn. married David Ware 1782. 

208. (21 Martha Shinn. married Isaac Crines. 

209. (3) Beiilah Shinn. married Gibson Jones. 

ti^ IsAlAJl SilJNX (1). (iEOKUE (;J), doJlN C^j.Jull.N (1). 

Of this soji of (Jeorge little is known. He died at Greenwich. C.loncostor 
County, in 17<I3. and Jacob .'^|)icer• was ma<le administrator of his estate April 
20th, ];<;:5. ( Liber No. 11. p. :U:\. W. J. W ills. ) There is no record of his mar- 

(i.S. WiM.lA.M SlllW (\). Wll.l.IA.M (:i).J()lIX (2)..ToTix (1). 

William Shinn's life was very obscure. His disownmeiit on aerouiit of mar- 
riage may be found recorded in P>nrlington Minutes, as follow> : 

" N'( rt lianipton owrseers i-eport that William Shinn had man'icd contrary to 
order, and that he refused to make satisfactory acknowledgment. He was there- 
fore declared out of unity."" So far as ant bent ie history is concerned, he left the 
world at this instant, for this is the last notice anywhere tliat tlie most diligent 
investigation <an bring to light. The li'aditions of the ticighborhood seem to indi- 
cate tile ffdlowing chihlien: 

( 'hihl I'cn of W'i i liain Shinn. 

210. (II Ann Shinn, wlio married Isaac Islow 1784. 

211. (2) Hiioda Shinn, who married .lohn Steward 178:>; he was a member of the 

Slate .Militia of HiulinKton Co. in 177(>. 

212. (ol Sarah Shinn, wlio married .lohn Myers 1775; lie eiilistcHi in the 2nd 

niirliriKioii Regiment in 177<'i and was elected Captain. 

'• \. I- \i \ii Sii i\ \ ( 1 ).- W 111 I \\i (i! ). John (•.'). Joi I \ ( 1 ). 

( M' ibis Isaiah \ery little i^- known. The ci\il recoi'd- slmw that in I, 70 he 
was married t<i Mai-\, daiigbter of .loseph ami liaclid lliiii-. hv license. Asa 
Matlack's .Memoranda eonlirms this. ()\' bis children nothing whatever is known. 
N'o oiu' of the name traces back to thi> marriage, so far a- I been informeil, 
and the inference is that there wa> no issue. 

'.I Ki.iZAiiKTii Siiiw (I). — Wii.i.iwi (.")). .loiix c' ). John (1). 

The civil records show that Llizabetb wa- niaiiicd to .lohn .Mloways in 1774. 
She must have been very popular with all the Sbinns. lor she is favorably men- 
tioned in sevend fif their wdls. lubecca Shinn hd't her a legacy in ISOd and 
Samuel Shinn in ]><]'>. 

Fourth Geveration. 101 

74. Job Siiixn (4).— William (3), John (2), John (1). 

The civil record.s .-how that Job married Elinor Burns in 1776. The Mt. 
Holly Kecords f^ive him this notice: " Jol) Shinn, having gone out in marriage 
after being ' precautioned/ is disowned." Elinor, in all probability, died soon after 
the marriage, childless. Job died in 1793 without a will, and William Butterworth 
was made administrator. 

7.5. I'hiah Shi NX (4). — Joshua (3), John (2), John (1). 

On the ~)\h of May, 1777, Uriah Shinn sent a paper to Mt. Holly meeting 
acknowh-<lging he had committed a fault in being married by a magistrate, and 
asked fr)rgiveness. The meeting ordered the paper to be read publicly at the 
Mount Holly Meeting, and granted the request. Uriah married Rebecca Eidgway, 
and lived near X'incentown. He and his wife separated, and Rebecca certainly 
married again. I'riah removed to Salem County, and wa« living there in 1814, 
as is shown by the following letter to his son, Isaac: 

"Salem County— March 16, 1814. 

"F take this opportvmity to write to thee that we are in as good health as is 
common and hoping these lines will find you all the same. If thee will come down thee 
may have a wagon and a cow. Bring horses to fetch the wagon. If thee comes, come 
as soon as convenient. These lines from they father, 


The secoufl husband of llel)ecca had a surname Hosier, and by this marriage 
there were two children.' .\fter Urialvs disownment he never returned to the 
Friends Society, although he maintained their peculiarities of speech. His de- 
scendants became memi)ers of the popular churches of the day, and one of them, 
George Wolfe Shinn, became a distinguished rector in the Episcopalian Church. 

Notwithstanding the fact that Gideon Shinn. a grandson of Uriah, and 
Rebecca, a granddaughter, maintain that Uriah was the son of Joshua, and which 
has controlled me in his a iignment, 1 must be permitted to say that the matter 
is not altogether free from doubt. It is probable, I think, after mature consider- 
ation, that they are mistaken in their remembrance, for there is no record, and 
that I'riah Shiiin was a son of Joseph Shinn by a wife prior to his marriage to 
Ann Svdonia Shivers. My reasons are: 

1. Joseph was l)orn in 1T13, as an authentic Bible record in the possession of 
Isaiah Shinn. liis son. at Salem, will sustain. He certainly married Ann Sydonia 
Shivers in 1758. He was then forty-five years of age. The probal)ility is that a 
man having lived single to that age would not marry at all. Hence I infer that he 
had l)een married l)efore, and that the fruit of that marriage was Uriah Shinn, and 
possiblv others. 

2." This probable argument is strengthened bv the fact that the descendants 
of T>iah Shinn to the last mature generation have all carried with them a tradi- 
tion that thev were entitled to an island somewhere in the Delaware River, or some 
of its tributaries, and that somehow, not explainable, and beyond their analysis, 
they lost their claim. The reason generally given is : " Inability to prove a legal 
descent from the oriirinal testator."" This whole tradition, so widely prevalent 
among the descendanfs of Uriah Shinn, grew out of the ninety-nine-years lease of 
Tinicum Island bv Samuel Shivers in 1758, already referred to. Joseph Shinn's 
descendants bv Ann Svdonia Shivers were heirs to the reinainder. And since all 
of the descendants of "Uriah living at the time thought them.<elves heirs to the 
property, they must have been descendants of Joseph and not Joshua. They could 
claim nothing through Joshua, for he had no connection whatever with the Shivers 
estate. But.TvUOwing themselves to be descended from Joseph, they at once leaped 
1o the conclusion that thev were heirs to whatever Joseph might have had. They 
had no right to Tinicum' Island in reversion, not because they could not prove 

'Their names were Gideon and Pearson Hosier. 

102 HisTOKV OF Till-; SiiiNx Family ix Europe axd A:\ierica 

descent from Joseph, l)ut Iteeause they coiikl n^tt prove descent fioiii Joseph and 
Ann Sydonia Sliivers. Their motlier'was a different woman, and the estate was 
limited to the lieirs of the- lour <huij:liters of Sanniel Shivers, of whom Ann 
Sydonia was cne. The Shivers heirs h»st the ishmd through legal jnggiing; the 
heirs of Joseph Shinn hy his first wife had nothing to lose, for they were not 
heirs of Samuel Shivers. Hence, on account of the undisputed fact that they 
all thought themselves heirs to the Shivers property, 1 argue not that they were 
entitled to the property. Imii tii;it tlieir ancestor was certainly Joseph and not 

3. There are certain mental peculiarities and attributes of many of the de- 
scendants of I'riah Shinn that wouhl class them as descendants of Joseph Shinn. 
He was a fearh'ss actor and thinker. J lis votes in the Assembly in 1776 place him 
among the first men of thai (hiy. These siiiiic ii;iit> >how themselves in Dr. George 
Wolfe Shinn and to a lesser degree in several of the descendants of Uriah. 

()j)p('sed to this is the Bihje of Isaiali Shinn, of Salem, and the positive aver- 
ments of (iideoii and I\ehecca. As to the iii'st, the liihle is that of Isaiah, and 
not of Joseph, in fact, tliis ilihle is one of the earliest ones that contained a 
family record. In Jose])h"s day. that is, in the day of his marriages, such instru- 
mentalities were not known. Bihles were rend and not used as a record and day 
hook, and the entries are. in all proljability, lliose of Isaiah and not of Joseph. 
The entries are ab.solutely correct in what they state. The first marriage was not 
entered because Isaiah knew nothing about ii. and if lie did know it he was not 
recpiired to enter it in a register which had to do with his descent alone. 

.\s to the second objection. I have to say that it is a question of memory, and 
that the difference between Jo.-eph and .losliua is so sliglil that no conclusion can 
be drawn from it which will be permitted to outweigh the reasoning hereinliefore 
set out. Out of deference, however, to these two members of I^riah's family, I 
have placed Uriah as a descendant of Josliua. Every descendant who reads this 
book may array liinixlf wliei-e be likes. 

Cbildren of T'ri;i1i nnd TJebecca (TJidgway) Shinn. 

21:5. 1. Lydia Sliinn. I). — / — /ITT.'i: unmarried. 

214. 2. Zilia Shinn. h. 1/13/1777: ni., 12/24/1800, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and 

Mary Colkilt. 
21. ''i. :5. Isaac Shinn, b. fi/7/177!t: m.. 1/14/1805, Martha Jones. 

■;*;. John Siiiw ( 1 ).— ( ' (3). Joiix (?). Jotix (1). 

In .Ml. ilollv recoril> lliere is a cerlillc.ile of niaii'iage in May, 17G3, for John 
Shinn, son of Calelt and Mehitabel. and Amy (ii-illitb. diiughter of John Griifith, 
late of Darliy. I'm., hut now of (inai IWiinin. In the same records in March, 
ITSl, a •■(tmmilli'c re|iorte(l the orderly ni;ini;mi of Jolin. son of Caleb and 
Mehiiabej, Itolh di'ceas(,'d, to Sai'ab. daugliter of lieiijamin and I\liz;d)eth Jones. 
lienjandn Jones was a doseendani on ili(> mnternal side from Sarah Shinn. daughter 
of John Shinn, Sr. There is no record showing the birib of chiblfen to John 
and Amy ((Jrillilb) Shinn. In H!'! Turlington granted ;i certilicate of i-emoval to 
Mt. Holly to John and Sarah (Jones) Shinn and llieir son luMijandn. In 1798 
John Shinn. his wife, Sarah, and son. Benjamin, incsented a remo\;il ceiiificate 
from Ml. Holly lo I'pper Evesham. Tlirv n flcrw ;i I'ds i-rnioxcd to 1 l.-iddonfield, 
where John died. January MK 1>^1I>. lie was luiiied at I laddonlield. S.ii-ab died 
on Seplendier in. ISOS. and was iiuried at Xew Hopewell. Ipper Eve.sbam 
records show that Benjamin was horn December 18, 178(5. He seems to have 
been a very prominent young man. luning i»een placed on seveiid important com- 
mittees by Uppi'r I'^csham Friemls. 

Joseph lliiichmiin. in bis jonrnal. recites that lieiij.imiii died J;inuarv 11, 

FouriTH Generation. 103 

Ihlii. 'i'lic death of fatlier and f«on within a day of each other indicates the pres- 
ence of a contagious disease. 

Children of John and Sarah (Jones) Shinn. 
216. 1. Benjamin Shinn, b. 10/18/1786; ob. sine proli, 1/11/1819. 

77. Henry Siiinn (4).— Caleb (3), John (2), John (1). 

Henry Shiiui, son of Caleh and Mehitabel (Curtis) Shinn, born in Bvirlington 
County, New Jersey; married there, in 1770, Anna Fort, and removed to Glouces- 
ter ('ounty. He had several children, hut I have been enabled to find but one. 
217- 1. Henry Shinn. b. 1781; m. Hannah Warner at Tuckahoe, N. J. 

8^. lI.wNAii SiiiNN (•!).— Jacob (3), John (2). John (1). 

Hannah Sliinii, daugiiter of Jacob and Hannah (Lippincott-Hakestraw) 
Shinn, is recorded in Mt. Holly Register of Births as the second child of the 
marriage, coming immediately after Mary and before Jacob, but no date is 
assigned to her, as is to the others. ^lary was born in 174(3 and Jacob in 1750, 
and 1 infer that Hannah was born near iVrney's Mount in 1748. 

In 17()7 she and Isaac Kay were regularly married according to Friends' 
usage, as is disclosed by Burlington ^linutes. Francis Shinn was appointed to 
attend the marriage, and he rejiorted, on the 4th of July, l'}67, that the marriage 
had been accomplished in an orderly manner. The minutes disclose the fact that 
Isaac Kay was from Haddonfield. From "A History of Newton Township," by 
John Clement, we learn that the Kays were a most respectable family at Haddon- 
flehl, being among the earliest settlers of that part of (rloucester (now Camden) 
County. 'I'JK' old court records of Woodbury show that this family was most 
])rominenlly connected with the administrative affairs of the county, and exercised 
a powerful influence upon its early history.^ Hannah took up her residence at 
Haddonfield, where she passed the remainder of her life. She is mentioned in her 
fatlier's will in 17iiv\ and in her mother's will in 1795. The latter will names 
two of lier cliildrei). .Icmima and Hannah. Her brother Caleb died in 1833, leav- 
ing a will whii h names his living brothers and sisters. Hannah is not named, nor 
is an\ .if hci- cliildi'en. Hannah died at Haddonfield. 

Children of Isaac and Hannah (Shinn) Kay. 

218. 1. Jemima Kay. 

219. 2. Hannah Kay. 

220. 3. Mary Ann Kay, ni. Jesse Lippincott, 1793. 

83. Jacob Shinn (4).— Jacob (3), John (2), John (1). 

Jacob Shinn was born near Arney's Mount, 1/24/1750. His father was a man 
of wealth, and, like many other rich men's sons, he had to sow wild oats. This 
brought him into trouble with the church, and led eventually to his disowmneut 
(3/4/1782). In 1777 the society gave him a certificate on account of marriage to 
Burlington. In Book of Burlington ]\Iarriages it is set out that Jacob Shinn, 
son of Jacob, and Hannah Fentoii (5), daughter of Eleazer, were married 11/6/ 
1777 at old Springfield fleeting House. The certificate is signed by sixty-two per- 
sons, and the wedding was a notable one for the day. Armed soldiers were at this 
time at rendezvous in camps throughout the county, and a general gloom himg 
over the country. Still courtships went on with unwonted vigor, and marriages 

'John Kay, grandfather of Isaac, represented Gloucester in the Assembly, 1708, 
1709. 1710. 


occurred with unl.n.ken n-guhiritv. A.< one reads the Friends" minutes covering 
the jHTiod (.f th.- Kcvoluticnarv \\'ar lie is a]U to think he is studying a period ot 
profound jK-aee. Kvury ik.w and thi-n a wail of suffering "(Hi account of the war 
creel's into the reeord. hut tin- general trend is that of i)erfect tranquillity. 

Elea/.er Fenton. father of Hannah (PVnton) Shinii. married p:iizaheth Atkin- 
son in 17."»;!. and was the son of Kh-a/.i'r Fenton. the son of Kleazer, the emigrant.' 
Klizaheth Atkinson wa> the daughter .d' John and Hannah (Shinn) Atkinson. 
Hannah was^ the daughter of .lames and Abigail ( Lippiiu-ott ) Shinii. Thus Han- 
nah Fenton. who married daeoh Shinn. the great-grandson of .'ohn Slimn. Sr., 
was herself the great-great-gran<ldaughter of the same i)ersoii. Two years after 
the marriage (K:!») Hannah took a letter of removal from Burlington to Mt. 
Hollv. Ill i;82. as we have si'en. JacoK wn^ di-owned ;it Mt. Ilollv. and his after 
life "is lost in f»hscurity. He wa- ali\r in !:'.i"> at the death id' his father. i>ut is 
not named in the will of hi.- ni'-thn-. who died m ]soi. The |)rol)ability is that he 
was dead at that date. Hannah. lii> wife, dieil in .\e\\ Jersey. 

f'hihlreii of Jacob and Hannah (Fenton) Sliiim. 

221. t. Hannah Shinn, b. 12/12/1778; m. Daniel Earle. 

222. 2. Elizabeth Shinn, b. 3/20/1781); m. Dennis Heartt. September. 1804, at 2iid 

Presbyterian Church. Philadelphia, Pa. 

223. :i. Caleb Shinn, b. 1782; a soldier of the war of 1812; a justice of the peace, 

but never married. He lived at Philadelphia, Pa. 

224. 4. ,Fohn Shinn. born 1784; married and left descendants near Jobstown, N. J. 

225. '). Lydia Shinn, b. 1788; m. William Hepi)ard. 

226. »;. Samtiel Shinn, b. 1793. 

227. 7. Rebecca Shinn, b. Springfield Township, BurlinRton County, New Jersey, 

18f»l; m. Charles Hart)ert of Philadelphia. Pa., 10/31/1820. 

SI. 1-:i,i/.\I!i:tii Shinn- (1). — Tapou (."?). John (•>). John (1). 

This (laughter of Jaenh and ll.imi.ih ( Liiipiiieot t-Ihikest raw ) Shinn was 
born S/l!t 1 ■;:.;!. as is shown by Mt. Holly reeonls. I'.urlington I•ee()^d^ >liow that 
elie was maiiied regularly in IT^C. to Samuel Li])|)ineott. and a report niaile to the 
cliureh <tn the .'hi of June of that year. The will n\' Hannah Shinii enable.- us to 
name the following ehildreii. There iiia\ have been other-. 

Children <d' Samind and Fli/.abeth (Shinn) Lippiiieott. 

22S. 1. Elizabeth Lii)|tineoi i . who married Tucker. 

229. 2. Itel)i-cca Lippiiieoit, who married .lohii E. Woodard. 

230. 3. Hannah Liiipiiieoil. 

231. 4. .lesse !ai)pinr()ti . who niairicd Mary Ann . 

S."). .Mai; 'I Siiiw (I). J \( di; (:'.). Jcii \ C.'l.-ioiiN (1). 

This daiigbter of Jacob and llaiinah ( Lippiiu-ott-K'akest raw ) Shinn was 
born ll/•^■{ '17.")">. (.Mt. Holly b'eeord-.) She \\a> married to Saniiiel Wright in 
liurlinglon ('oiiiitv in \~,S\ by a lieeii.-e. as i> shown by the court ii'ionl-. The 
Friends do not ap|»ear (o notice the irregularity of her marriage, and I infer that 
pile was not a member of the society. Her chiblren. as gatherecl from the will of 
her mother (ll'.i.')) ami her brother Caleb (1S;?;{). are as given bidow : 

Chiblren (d Samuel andMarv (Shinn) Wright. 

232. 1. Calnb Wright. 
2:;3. 2. Charles WriKhl. 
234. 3 Thomas Wright. 

'The emlRrant. Eleazer. m. Elizabeth Stacy, 1690. The marriage was solemnized in 
open conn at Burlin«lon. N. .1 

Fourth Generation. 105 

235. 4. Jane Wright. 

236. 5. Mary Wright. 

237. 6. Louisa Wright, who married Job Horner of Jobstown. 

86. John Shixn (4). — Jacob (3), John (2), John (1). 

John, another of the ehihlren horn to Jacoh and Hannah (Lippincott- 
Rakostraw) Shinn, was horn in Burlington County, N. J., 11/25/1757. (Mt. 
Holly Records.) Lik'e his sister, Mary, lie was married according to civil law by 
a license regularly issued in 1780. (Court Records Burlington County.) As he 
was not disciplined for this act hy the Friends, the inference is that he was not 
a riienilter of the society. His wife was Mary, daughter of William and Susannah 
Norton. John Shinn ilied 2/13/1833. 

Children of John and ^[ary (Norton) Shinn. 

238. 1. Jemima Shinn, l>orn 1780; m. George Woodard, 1/22/1800. 

239. 2. William Norton Shinn, b. 10/24/1782; m. Sarah Budd, 1/25/1804. 

240. 3. John Shinn. b. 8/19/1784: m., 6/2/1805, Mary, daughter of Dr. John and 

Elizabeth (Stanley) White. 

241. 4. Mary Shinn, b. 1786; m. Charles McLaughlin. 

242 5. Hannah Shinn, b. 1788; m. Samuel, son of Thomas and Ann (Palmer) Law- 

243. 6. Beulah Shinn, b. 1790; m. William Norton. 

244. 7. Dr. Freedom Lippincott Shinn, b. 1792; m. (1), 11/15/1815, Hannah Ackley, 

(2). 1846, Anna Imlay. 

245. 8. Susannah Shinn, b. 1794; m. Benjamin Cox. 

246. 9. Caleb Shinn, b. 1796. 

247. 10. Abigail Shinn. b. 1798; m. Samuel Hartshorn. 

248. 11. Elizabeth Shinn, b. 7/11/1800; m. Charles Ivins. 

249. 12. Martha Shinn. m. Samuel Woolston. 

250. 13. Edward Shinn. b. 1805; m. Mary Field, 5/5/1831. 

87. Jemima Shinn (4).— Jacob (3), John (2), John (1). 

The records disclose that this daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Lippincott- 
Rakestraw) Shinn was born 2/26/1760, and that she married Caleb Lippincott in 
1782. From the will of her mother, Hannah, and her brother, Caleb, we form 
the following list : 

Children of Caleb and Jemima (Shinn) Lippincott. 

251. 1. Alexander Lippincott. 

252. 2. Samuel Lippincott. 

253. 3. Joseph Lippincott, who married. 

254. 4. Caleb Arney Lippincott, who married (1) , (2) Zilpha Shinn. 

255. 5. Mary Lippincott. who married Joseph M. Morgan. 

256. 6. Hannah Lippincott, who married James F. Hulme. 

257. 7. Caroline Lippincott. who married Smith. 

258. 8. Mary Ann Lippincott. who married Kelly. 

259. 9. Isaac Kay Lippincott. 

88. Rachel Shinn (4).— Jacob (3), John (2), John (1). 

K^achel Shinn, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Lippincott-Rakestraw) Shinn, 
was a church-lovino: woman, and her birth and marriage appear regularly upon the 
Mt. Holly Records. She was born 10/24/1762, and married Benejah Butcher in 
1784. Her children were : 

, Children of Benejah and Rachel (Shinn) Butcher. 

260. 1. Hannah Butcher. 

261. 2. Thomas Butcher. 


262. 3. Benejah Butcher. 

263. 4. Jacob Butcher. 

264. 5. .Mary Butcher, who married Isaac Fennimore. 

89, Calkb SiiiNN (1).— Jacoi? (;{).'Ioiin- (.M.-'iuix (1). 

Thi.«, tlu' youngest i-liiM of .Jatob aiul llaimali ^ l.iiiiuiicntt-Rakestravv) 
Shinn, was born '.i/\'2/l'HiA. lie lived and died in Burlington Cuimty. and was 
a man of considerahlc wealth. I If was never married, Jjiit by his will, dattd De- 
cembiT \'i. is;?;] (Hurlington lieconls. Book ]), p. I!.")?), he appears lo have left 
the greater jiart of his estate to his adopted daughters, Louisa Brognartl liossell 
and -Mary \\'right Roseell. 

Jle also gave large bequests to his sisters, Jemima Lippincott, l^aehel Butcher, 
and his lirother .laoob. Jle also gave bequests to his nieces and nephews — Eliza- 
beth Tucker, liebecca. wife of John K. W'oodard ; Thomas Wrighl. Ciiarles Wright, 
Caleb Wright. Jane Lee (late Wright). .Mm v W li-lit. Loui-a, wift' of Job Horner; 
Caleb Lijjpincott. ^hiry. wife of Joseph M. Morgan: Hannah, wife of James F. 
Hulme: Caroline Smith. ^lary Ann Kelhy. Isaac Kay Lippincott. Benejah 
Butcher. .Mary Fennimore, wife of L<aac Fennimore: children ol nephew, tSanmel 
Lippincott: two daughters of Josej)h Iji])pincnit. Hannah S. Butterworth and 
Elizabeth, wife of Restore Lippincott. and childivn of his brother, John Shinn, 

ltd. SiSANNAIl SlllNN (I). 'i'lKlMAS ('.'>). TlloMAS ('.'). d () 1 1 N (1). 

Susannah, the oldest child of Thnnia> and Maillia (Lai'l) Shinn, was horn 
in Springfield Townshij), Burlington County, N. .L, ;>/10/lT21 (Burlington Rec- 
ords of l-Jirths). She was regularly married according to Friends rite 4/4/1739 
(Ibi<l.; also Asa Matlack's ^lemoranda) to Thomas, son of Samuel and Ruth 
(Stacy) Atkinson, who lived at lladdonliehl. Knlh Stacy was the daughter of 
Mahlon Stacy, of the Commissioners, and a man of alTairs. Samuel Atkinson was 
a prosj)erous contractor and builder in Xcwton Township. (" History of Xewton 
Township," Clement.) 'J'iic C^uakei' nnnules above referred to have "Sarah" 
instead of ''Susannah"" as the one who mari-icd Thomas Atkinson. Imt Thomas' 
will an<l the Marriage Record agree u|)on '* Susannah." The .Mkinson genealogy 
also gives the name Susannah. The scribe who j)i'c]iai-cd the reeoi'd in the second 
volume of liurlington Minutes was not very careful, as will more fully appear in 
tlie next article. I have not ascertained their children. 

:»l. M\itTii\ SlllNN (I). — TiK.MAs (:')). Thomas ci). John (M- 

Martha, the second child of Thomas and Maitlia (Lai'l) Shinn. was horn 
^/22'^7'■i2-^^ (Burlington L'ccor.U). She is nc\i ivfciivd to in the Minutes of 
Buriitiglon ^[eeting on the «illi day of the (itii month. 1';;):^ as follows: "■ Henry 
Phxsoii and Mary Shinn. >\\i- being a widow wilh childi-en. appeared the first 
time." This marriage is rcc-orded, and ilie I'ccoi'd -hows ihe following cert ilicate: 
" ilr-nry I'axson' of Soulsbury in ye County of Liuck- in ve l*i'o\inee n\' Pennsylva- 
nia, and Mary Shinn. widow, were nianied on the i'.'th <d' the ilh inonlh. IT.'^O," 
nl Ml. llo!l\ Meeting House. It wa> witnessed b\ dame- I'axson. hiothei- of 
Henry: Thomas and Martha Shinn. jiarents (d' ihe Inide; daeoli. ('aleb and 
Eli/.alielh Shinn, and f(»rly-six others. This was a leiiabh' wctlding. and il is most 
singular that the scribe should repeal the error of ihe minutes ami tiansciihe the 

'.Inmes I'nxHon. from tin- ))aiish of Marsh (;i1)bon. in (ho vicinity of Stowo. England, 
ami a nn'nihcr of the f'oii-siiill Soriely of Friends, came to liuciis County, P(>nnsylvania, 
aho\it 1700. and died tiiorc \12'2 One of his cliildnMi. Henry, married Ann Phimly in 
IToCi and became Die father of twelve children, one of whom. Henry, .tr., married Martha 
Shinn in 1739. (HiHtnry Bucks Toiuity, Pa., p. (178.) Tlie tatlier of Henry. .Jr.. was a 
member f>f the PenuHylvania Council in th(> y«»ars Ki'.t.^). 17n4-i')-(;-7-S, and 17nn. William, 
uncle of H«'nry. .Jr., was also a ni<ini»er of the Cotmcil for fourleen years. (History 
Bucks County. Pennsylvania.) 

Fourth Generation. 107 

bride's Jiaiiic Mary, when it should be Martha. In the will of Thomas Shinn, 
her father, dated 10/8/lTol (Will Book 7, p. 318), the children are named as 
follows: " JJaughter Susannah Atkinson, sons Earl and Gamaliel, daughter 
Elizaljcth Shinn, son Aquilla, daughter Postrema Shinn, daughter Mary Allison, 
son Thomas, son-in-law Henry Paxson, daughter Martha Paxson." He then 
names them in the order of their birth, as follows: Susannah Atkinson, Martha 
Paxson, Thomas Shinn, Jr., Mary Allison, Elizabeth Shinn, Earl Shinn, Gamaliel 
Shinn, Aquilla Shinn and Postrema Shinn; nine children, some under age at the 
date of the will. The scribe erred in the name, but it is hardly reasonable to 
suppose that he erred in the statement that she was a widow with children. If 
this be accepted as true, and there are no grounds for disbelief, then Martha had 
resumed her maiden name after the death of her husband. Who he was will never 
be known, for the records show no such marriage, and do not show the death of her 
husband. ]Icnry Paxson was born T/14/1719, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 
and died in i'.urlington County, 9/18/1778. Martha, his wife, died 2/23/1781. 
Henry Paxson, Inisljand of Martha, represented Burlington County in the Xine- 
tecnth Assembly, 1754-17G1 ; in the Twenty-first Assembly, 1769-1772, and in 
the Twenty-second Assembly, 1T72-1775. He gave his voce for the calling of a 
provincial congress in 1775 for the province of New Jersey, and was a friend of 
American liberty. His descendants, wherever they may be, are entitled to mem- 
bersbi|) in any of the patriotic societies growing out of the Eevolutionary War, 
except the Orilcr of the Cincinnati. 

Children of Henry and Martha (Shinn) Paxson. 

265. 1. Thomas Paxson, b. 9/1/1743. 

266. 2. Martha Paxson. b. 11/30/1745; m. (1) John Arney, (2) Joseph, son of 

Joseph and Sarah Ridgway, 1/19/1791. 

267. 3. Henry Paxson, b. 5/12/1749. 

268. 4. Mary Paxson, b. 11/20/1751. 

269. 5. Elizabeth Paxson, b. 8/19/1754. 

270. 6. Samuel Paxson, b. 8/28/1761. 

271. 7. Joseph Paxson, b. 10/30/1765. 

92. TiioM.\.s SiiiNx (4). — Thomas (3), Thomas (2), Jonx (1). 

'i'liomas, Jr., the third child and first son of Thomas and Martha (Earl) 
Shinn, was born 6/7/1725. He married Mary Buddell about 1T50. In the second 
volume of Burlington ]\[inutes, of date 1/8/1750, a report was made that Thomas 
Shinn, Jr., had gone out in marriage and given way to a libertine spirit, and for 
which he refused to make acknowledgments. At the next meeting he was de- 
clared out of unity. A few months before this he had been made overseer of 
the Northampton (^It. Holly) fleeting, but he seems to have preferred his wife 
to the chureh. and never made overtures to return. At the beginning of the devo- 
lution he owned the " Old Cross Kegs " tavern, in Mt. Holly. In 1776 this tavern 
was ca])tured by the British, and a company of soldiers quartered within it. (" His- 
tory of Burlington and Mercer Counties,"' p. 182.) This was ver\- distasteful to 
Thomas, as he had a son in the American army, and his sentiments were in unison 
with his son. He died in 1777, as is shown in W. J. Wills, Liber 16, p. 496. where, 
on ^Farch 8. 1777, letters of administration upon his estate were granted to Bud- 
dell Shinn, his son. From a will made by his wife, Marv (Buddell) Shinn. on 
7/8/1 805 (W. J. Wills. Liber A. p. 91), we ascertain that the children of Thomas 


Children of Thomas and ^Mary (Buddell) Shinn. 

272. 1. Buddell Shinn, m. Sarah Bispham, 1781. 

273. 2. Martha Shinn. 

274. 3. Hannah Shinn. m. Frederick Toy, 1784. 

275. 4. Mary Shinn. 

108 History of thk Shinn- I'a.mha in Elhopk and America 

93. Mai!y Siiinn (4).— Thomas (3). Tn<.M\> Ci). .John (1). 

ifarv. the fourth chihl and th.- third dautrhtt-r of 'rimiiias and Martha (Earl) 
Shinn. was h..rn Kt '■>'■> 17-.*:. (Mt. Holly ^[inut(■s. ) She was married to 
Thomas .\llis(»n on the ;{d day of the 4th month, U4."). and her descendants have 
always been prominent Friends. She afterwards inarrit'd -lames Clotliier. 

Children of .lam. •> and Mary ( .Mli>nn-Shinn ) Clothier. 

27<J. (1) Caleh Clothier (">) of Mt. Holly. N. d.. who married l-:iizahetli . Jones 
of linrlin.iiton County, ^'ew Jersey, and had: 
•^::. (1) Caleh clothier ((»), who marrief] Hannah I'Mctchf i- llallowell of 
.\hin<rdon. I'a. : removed to IMiiladelpliia, and had: 

278. 1. Elizabeth Hallowell Clothier (7). who married Jacob S. Bunting and 

had : 

279. 1. Elizabeth Sellers Bunting (S). who married Cliarle.s William Pick- 


280. 2. Hannan Hunting (8), unmarried. 

281. 2. Lucretia .Mott Clothier (7). 

282. :{. Isaac Hallowfil Clothier (7). b. 11/5/1837: m. y/1/1864, IVIary Clapp 

Jackson (jf Phliadeli)hia and had: 

283. 1. Mary .Jackson Clothier (8). b. 6/7/1865, who married William 

Esher Heyl. 11/1/1892, at "Bally tore," Wynnewood. Pa., and had 
two children, William Esher and Isaac Clothier Heyl. 

286. 2. Elizabeth Jackson Clothier (8), b. 11/5/1866, who married F. 

H*-nry Powers Sailer. 4/30/1895, at "Ballytore." and had chil- 
dren. Josephine and Randolph Sailer. 

289. 3. Morris Lewis Clothier (81, b. 7/24/1868, who married Lydia M. 

Earnshaw. 4/2';/1'.hmi. at Rivertoii. N. J., and had two children. 
Emily E^arnshaw and Lydia Morris. 

2!)1. 4. Hannah Hallowell Clothier (8). b 7/21/1872, who married Dr. Wil- 

liam I. Hull. 12/27/1898. at "Ballytore." and had one child, 
Mary Clothier Hull. 

293. 5. Walter Clothier (8), b. 7/16/1874, who married Ebith M. Ball, 

4-2/1902. at Boston, Mass. 

294. 6. Isaac Hallowell Clothier (8), b 11/12/1875. who married Melinda 

Knit^hi Annear in 1903. 

295. 7. Lydia Piddle Clothier (8). 
258. 8. Caroline Clothier (8). 

296. 9. William Jackson Clothier (8). 

297. 4. William Ponn Clothier (7). who married .Icniiie Drew of New York and 

had cliildrcu. Hannah. Fletcher. William F'cnn. and Caleb Clothier. 

298. 5. Anna Hurr Clothier. uniiKirried. 

299. 6. Clarkson Clothier (7). who married Agnes Evans. 10/12/1875. and had 

children. .Marian. I'Mith and Robert Clarkson Clothier, living and 
uuriiarrieil : anoihiT cliild. Florence Clothier. deceas(>d. 

!M. I-J,i/ \iti:iii Siii\ \ ( I). TihiM \s (;'.). TiioM AS CM. .Ion \ (1). 

Kli/.aheth, the li ft li child, and llie jnurlh ilauL:lilei- ol' TliMm;i> and Martha 
(Marl) Shinn, was horn 1 ".'n ii;!;i. ami maifii'il (in ilic "Jd of llie '.Mh month, 
1T.")1. She pa.-M'd meetin;^ and her marria^n- w.i- iipinMcd iiL;iil,irl\ , Inil the certifi- 
cntf is not recordeil. (\dl. li. l'>iiilmL:iuii Mimilily Meeiimr. S .">, !), ■-, HV^> 
17."il.) She mariied .Sainucl L.ixctt. 

;>.'). JvMii. Shin \ (I). Tiiom \^ ( .l). Timim \s (•.'). .'on \ (1). 

Karl, th<' si.xth chihl and the >eeond >on i>\' Tliniii;i- .ind M.iilli.i ( V.:\r\ ) Shinn, 
was horn lo 'I', \','.U'>. lie |ia>-ed meetim: rei:ul;irl\ nml \^;i> iiiai-rieij to h'ehecca, 
daughter of .lohn and Mar;:aiii (Min^en) Mnmow. The iM;nii;iui' reported 
on tin- 10th of the (ith month, lliin. ( liuilinylon M. .M., \ ol. 111.) lie was an 
onter|)risin;: and intelli^ieiit man. a> i> >hown hy the followinir fact : The I)rid<j;e- 
loti l.ihiary Ctimpany was j^ranted a ch.iiMer iiy iln' Kinu on .Inne 11, ITt)."), and 





















FouRTii Generation. 109 

among the incorporators we find tlie names of the brothers, Earl and Thomas 
Shinn. Karl Shinn died February 16, 1803, and Rebecca died February 5, 1809. 
The children, as recorded in the Mt. Holly Record of Births and Deaths, are as 
follows : 

Children of P^arl and Rebecca (Monroe) Shinn. 

Elizabeth Shinn. b. 10/11/1762; ob. sine proli. 12/16/1841. 
Thomas Shinn, b. 6/1/1764; m. Lucy Worrell, 1788. 

John Shinn, b. 2/22/1766; m. Ridgway. 

Gamaliel Shinn, b. 1/18/1768; m. Beulah Easelwood, 7/2/1797. 
Samuel Shinn, b. 9/30/1770; m. Hannah Simpson, 3/18/1795. 
Mary Shinn, m. (1) Samuel Berry, 1789; (2) Joseph Jordan. 
Margaret Shinn, b. 12/21/1774; m. William Hugg. 
Susannah Shinn, b. 2/15/1777; ob. 5/12/1840, unmarried. 
Buddell Shinn, b. 5/27/1779; ob. 6/l(»/1782. 
Rebecca Shinn, b. 7/15/1785; ob. sine proli, 1817. 

90. Gamalii.;!. Siuxx (4). — Thomas (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Gamaliel, the seventh child and third .'^on of Thomas and ^lartha (Earl) 
Shinn, was born r)/10/n38, and was never married. He was drowned at sea in 
the year 1TG5. 

97. A(^rii.i.A SiiiNx (4).— Thomas (3). Thomas (2), John (1). 

A(|uilhi. tile ci-rlitli child and the fourth son of Thomas and Martha (Earl) 
Shinn, was Ixirn 1 s 11 to. lie was a man of deep religious convictions and great 
public spirit, but was never married. In ITTO he was sent as a representative to 
Quarterly .Mei-ting, and again in 1772. From this time on this duty was devolved 
upon him with unflagging regularity, attesting not only his Christian character, 
but also \\\> capacity for business affairs. In 1774 a movement was set on foot by 
Jacob Shinn. Samuel Shinn, Francis Shinn. Restore Shmn and others to build 
a meeting house near Shreeve"s Mount, as the schoolhouse. which they had been 
using for that jiurjiose, was too small. In March, 1776, Burlington Meeting 
placed A(piilla on a committee to labor with those who held slaves, with those 
who neglected atteiidaiu-e of nu'etings. and violated the Friends' testimony against 
the taking of oaths. Mt. Holly ^lontlily Meeting was established by Burlington 
on the 7th of December, 1776, and Aquilla became a member thereof, Mt. Holly 
being his honu". The new monthly meeting began its career with a large number 
of nuMidx'rs and a goodly service of elders. Among the latter we find the name 
of Elizabeth Shinn, who was ai)i)ointcd by Btirlington to that othce in 1763. She 
was a first cousin of Atpiilla Shinn. Under the direction of the Yearly Meeting 
of New Jersey I'liends each ^lonthly ]\Ieeting was to appoint a committee to 
reason with such as held slaves. Aciuilla and his cousin, Samuel Shinn. were 
placed on this committee by Mt. Holly Monthly ^Meeting at its first session, 4th 
day of the 12th month. 1776 (Feb., 1777). In 1784 he \\as appointed to record 
the marriage certificates, births and deaths when the same should be handed him. 
PTe i)erfornu'd tlu' duties of this office for about twenty years, and it is to his 
fidelity and zeal that much of the ancient history of the neighborhood, as revealed 
bv Mt. Hollv church records, is to be ascribed. 

All through the ^Mt. Holly Minutes, from 1776 to 1793, the names of Samuel 
and Aquilla Shinn are very frequently named on committees. ^Mr. Samuel Cad- 
bury, a distinguished Friend, of Philadelphia, after reading the volume, made 
this annotation : " Some of these committees were very important, and these two 
men appear to have l)een among the most active members." It is recorded upon 
the record of births and deaths that Aquilla Shinn died 5/10/1815 (Dec. 5, 1815). 
So much for his church relations. 

In the '* History of Burlington and fiercer Counties " we are told that 
Aquilla Shinn lived in the "Washington House,*" Mt. Holly, the same having 

110 History of the Shixn Family ix Euuope and America 

been fonia-rlv oc-t-upicd Ijv Adam l-'aniiiic-r. In the lirst voluinc uf the Xcic Jersey 
Gazette (Feb. 28, lTT8),^an(l in the first volume of the Rural Vuitor (1T78) the 
following advertisement appears, and is introduced to show tlie difference between 
the new and the old styles: 

"Dillon and Shinn, .Mt. iioUv. ^. J. — A (ieiieral ^tore: Wholesale and 
retail. West India lium and some Choice old Jamaica Sjjirit by the Gallon, or 
by the Barrel.'" 

The old bachelor. Aquilla Shinn, for I am toM Ihat lie was an importer and 
merchant, had a queer notion of the meaning ol' the word "choice." Jamaica 
rum is next to Russian vodka, and this is the most villainous drink known to man. 

Aquilla Shinn, in coiiiiikhi with many iiropei'ty linjdcrs of Xew Jersey, 
thought that the (General Assembly of New Jersey, in 1]]'), was going too rap- 
idly tcjwards revolution and danger, and issued the following protest : 

November 23, 1775. 
"The petition of divers freeholders of Burlington County respectfully sheweth: 
"That your petitioners are deeply impressed with a sense of the calamitous state of 
public affairs, in the unhapi)y contest which at present subsists between Great Britain 
and her colonies. * * * That your petitioners are greatly alarmed at the sentiments 
of independency which are openly avowed by too many people at this time. * * * 
That in the opinion of your petitioners an effectual opposition may be made against the 
measures now pursuing by the Ministry and Parliament of Great Britain without chang- 
ing the Constitutional form of government in the British Empire established; and that 
your petitioners have not the least desire that the Union of the Colonies in that opposi- 
tion should be broken, which they think the establishment of an independency would ef- 
fect. * * * Your petitioners hereby make a solemn protest against the change in 
the form of government, as by law established, declaring that it is not and never was 
iheir intention to vest any Congress of body of men whatever with that power." 
.lohn Monrow. Mahlon Gaskill, 

Ch. Ph. Hughes, Aquilla Shinn, 

Thomas Shinn, Thomas Paxson, 

Aaron Smith, William Norton, 

William Budd, and 23 other men of landed estates. 

To Provincial Congress & Council of Safety. 

iJS. i'u.STi;EMA Slll.W (1). — I'JIUMAS (i) ) , T 1 lO.MA.S ("^ ) . J O 11 X (1). 

Postrema. the ninth child and (iftli daughter of 'i'liomas aiul ^lartha (Karl) 
Shinn, was born l/d/lT-H. She was married to John iiidgway. Sui'viyor (iiMieral 
of New Jersey, in 17<il. W'illiani -loJu) Potts, of Camden. X. .).. in \'ol. 17, 
"Pennsylvania ]\Iag. of Hist, and IJiog.." page 381, says: 

"The writer is actinainted with the vai'ious outline genealogies of the I'idgway 
family, as given by Major V]. M. WOodard. and the I'ragmeidary aecmint by Mr. 
Edwin Salter, as well as the nn|nd)li,-lie(| nianus(ii|it pedigree of the late (tideon 
T)e la IMaine Scull, which gave the descent <>!' the Scully, U'idgway and other fami- 
lies from the l)i' la Plaines and P)e l'>ellange fan.ilio, a< I'ni' as conld be asi-ei'- 
tained. 'I'bat there were several iiderniarriages between llice old lluguenol namt'S, 
De la I'laine and |)e Pellange. and the h'idgways is eci'lain. 'i'he Bible record of 
on(! family (Iiidgway) is here gi\cn, in tbr cai-nol lin|ic ib.-it mimic (inc will make 
(lie afliliation with the earlier nicnibcrs."" 'dnlm l,'iil;r\\ ax dicij .'! I lSO!i. ami his 
wife, r.-lrciiia. died !»/ti;{/ iS:! 1 . 

Children of John and I'o.-ti'ema (Sbinn) Kidgwav. 
:!l<i. I. Tlioiuas itidgway. b. .S/17/I7<;i; ob. sine proli, !t/ll/l'7(;i." 
:'.ll. 2. .lohu itidgway. b. 1 2/20/1 7(12 ; m. Elizabeth Wright. 
:',12. ;:. William Hidgway. b. ll/f./17(;5. 

313. 4. Af|ullla Ridgway. b. 1(»/1(;/17(;7; m. Martha lappincott. 

314. 5. Anna Itidgway. b. '.•/24/17(!9; m. William Hudson Hurr, Associate .lustice, 

.Ml. Holly. N. .]. ■ 

'As one link in the chain suggested by Mr. Potts, it may be said that the John Hidg- 
way whose record is here given was a son of Job Ridgway. 









Fourth Gexekatiox. 1X1 

315. C,. De la Plaine Ridgway, b. 10/9/1772. 

316. 7. xMary Ridgway, b. 11/24/1774; m. Daniel Knight of Philadelphia, and be- 

came the ancestress of the Philadelphia artist of that name 

317. 8. Martha Riagway, b. 8/5/1777; m. Aaron Bowker. 

318. 9. Thomas Rhinn Ridgway, b. 11/4/1779; m. Mary Joy. 

319. 10. Elizabeth Ridgway, b. 7/21/1782; m. Robert Evans, Chester County Pa 

320. 11. Edmund Ridgway, b. 2/13/1786; ob. sine proli, 1805. 

100. Alice Siiixx (4).— Samuel (3), Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

Alice, second child of Samuel and Sarah (Scholev) Shinn, born 1/30/1721; 
married, 3/10/17;39, Thomas, son of Elnathan and Sarah (Cornell) Stevenson, at 
Northampton Meeting; House. (Burlington :\rinutes and Marriage Eecord.) El- 
nathan, father of Thomas, was son of Edward Stevenson, who married Charity 
Jennings, and grandson of Thomas Stevenson, of London, who married Maria, 
widow of William Bernard, and moved to Xewton, L. I., about 1690. The certifi- 
cate is i-ceoi-(lrd. and besides the signatures of the parents of the young people, 
there appear thirty other names. Dr. Stevenson, of Haddonfield, a descendant of 
thi> marriage, has supi)lied me with a Bible record of the descendants of Alice 
and Thomas, which is transcribed. 

Childn-n of Thomas and Alice (Shinn) Stevenson. 

321. 1. Samuel Stevenson, b. 1741; m. Mary, daughter of Joseph Siddon, of Bucks 

County, Pa., 1761. 
Sarah Stevenson, ni. Elton Kemble, 9/14/1761. 
Thomas Stevenson, m. Isabella Hunt. 
William Stevenson, m. Rachel Griffith, 11/5/1770. 
Elnathan Stevenson, b. 10/25/1767; m. Bathsheba Norcross. 

!i>l. S\i;\ii SniNN (4).— Samuel (3), Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

Sarah, third child of Samuel and Sarah (Scholey) Shinn, born 6/16/1723, 
in Springfield Townshij), Burlington County, X. J.; married under civil law to 
Philo. son of Daniel and Ann (Stacy) Leeds. Daniel Leeds was the maker of 
the first almanac ever i)rinted in Xew Jersey. He left a will, dated June 27, 1720, 
n.iTning seven children. Philo being one of them. 

102. TiiuMA.s Siuxx (4).— Samuel (3), Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

Thomas. f.Mirth child of Samuel and Sarah (Scholey) Shinn, born 5/2/1725, 
was married in 1143 to Kuth Stratton. Thomas lived at Evesham in after 
years, and is named in Friends' records as " Thomas Shinn, wife Ruth." His 
descendants, one of them being a professor of Latin and Greek in Philips-Exeter 
Academy, and later of AVashington and Jefferson College, Pa., have been puzzled 
to know where to ])lace Thomas and to name the woman he married. 

The following matter Mill solve both questions. The name of the wife was 
ascertained after the matter was in print, by one of her descendants, Mr. William 
B. Stackhouse of ifedford, X. J. In 1682 John Roberts. William Matlack and 
Timothy Hancock settled at an Indian town called Penisaukin, on the south brajich 
of Cemissick Creek in Burlington County; they established a Friends' Meeting 
called " Adams," which was afterwards called " Chester," near Moorestown. Tim- 
othy Hancock was from Brayles. Warwickshire, England; came to Xew Jersey in 
1681 in the ship "Paradise"; m. (1) Rachel Firman in Xew Jersey; she died 
before 1600; m. (2). 1690, Susanna Ives; by the latter marriage among other chil- 
dren there was Ann, b. 7/30/1691. who, in 1713. m. Mark Stratton, son of William 
of Stratford on Avon, England; that Ann was a daughter of the latter marriage 
is proved in this way: The date of her birth is recorded ; in W. J. Deeds it appears 
that Daniel Wills conveyed, on 5/1/1690, a tract of land to Timothy Hancock and 

ir^ History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

wife, Susannah: by the marriage ..I Mark and Ann (Ilancoek) Stratton. among 
otheri», there was a danghter. liuth. who m. Tholna:^ Shinn. 

As to the fath.-r ..f Thomas, 1 had two avenues of escape from a serious di- 
leinina : 

l.-,rsi— Samuel liad a son. Thomas. Itorn at a time when lie eould have become 
tlie husl»and of Huth. He was duly reeorded in Friends" Kegistry of Births, and is 
not reeonled as to marriage or death. He was a living, authentic (luantity to be 

dealt with. 

Si-cind— L«\i Shinn bought large traets of land at Fvesham. and married 
Ann Wills in K'Jo. Thomas might have been his s(.n. But there is no record of 

th«' fact. 

I ehosi" the first assumjttion. and have so itlaccd Tliiiin;i>. wlio married "Ruth, 

in ihi> |M'digree.' 

In Kvesham |{r((.rd> of Marriage ( 'ert iHeale> Th(.iii;i> jiml IJuth Shinn sign 
one in 17(i:{. In Kf.-J. ncarlv twenty years after !ii> ni;iiiiage. Thomas Shinn 
produced an acknowledgment for himself and wife condi-mning ihiir marriage 
again>t iIm- order of the society, 'i'he minutes show that his wife was named 
Jiuth. The acknowledgment was rci-eived and ordered published. In KiT he 
was repfirted f(.r long neglect of attendance. Imt as he showed penitence, he was 
lield for further trial. These .>;eant lecords ccmtain his entire church liistory. 
He was a miller and a man <d" large business capacity. He was High Sheritf of 
Hurlingt<ui County in l*<i() and K(i".\ and was appointed guardian of John Hol- 
linshead in February. i::<i. (Burlington Wills, Liber 10, ])age 496.) His will 
hears (hjte 12/"), and was probated VI/ITS^. (Ibid. Liber 24, page 180.) 
This instrument places his resiilenc-e at l-'vesham. and names sons Thomas. 
Samuel, daughters .Mary. Fli/abeth, .\nn. Lmretia. -<in Le\ i and grandson Wil- 
liam, son of Samuel. ]\\> wife Kiith is not named, and had piohablv die(| before 
this time. From this d(»cument, the family record- n|' Thomas, Levi and Mary, 
three of the children, and the Burlington rrmnt\ Maiiiage License Kecoiil, wo 
are enabled to pre.>^ent the following: 

Children of Thomas am! b'liib (Siralt<.n) Sbinn. 

Sarah Shinn. h. 8/22/174:j; oh. ITM. 

.Mary Shinn. 1». 1/21/1744; m. .Jonathan Oiiphant, »; 2.') iTt;4. 
Samuel Sliinn. 1). 6/19/1747; m. Cliristiana Wait. 17t;<t. 
Hlizalteih Shinn, h. :VS/174!»; m. .Jolin .Annslrong, 17t;4. 
Enoch Shinn. h. 8/8/1751; oh. 17«ti. 
Jane Shinn. I). ll/ll/175:i; oh. in vita i)atris. sole. 
!.«-vi Shinn. It. l<»/;{/175.'i; m. Hannah Reeve. 1776. 
Tiionuih Shinn. h. 1 1/:'. 'K.'iK; ni. .laiu' Austin. 17S2. 
Alice Ann Shinn. 1). 4/l<;/17<;i; ni. .John Davidson. 1778. 
335. 10. Lucrelia Shinn, li. 1/7/17C.4; ni. Aitraii.uu IMcmd, 1784. 

lOr.. SvMi i:i. SiiiNN (I). — Samiki. (.'!). Thomas CM-doiiN (1). 

Samuel, the onlv son of ."^amiiel and I'rovided ((iaskell) Sbiim. was born 
in Burlington County in IT.'H. I'pon tin' ninoval of bis father to North Carolina, 
in 17.*)'»-r)-l. the eliihlren of the tirht two nuirriages elected to ri'inain in New Jer- 

'TriflfH hnvf> Ihcir weight. !>«'vl. son of Tlionins and lluth. left a complete record 
from hiH fniher down The older descemlanis (t\ Levi speak ot tln^ youngest datighter of 
ThonjRH nnd Uiith a» Altre Ann Shinn, ami say that she was named after a sister of the 
father. ThomaH. I>«'V| hnd a dauKhter. Alice, wliom he namcMl in honor of his sister, 
Aliro Ann Now Alice Shinn nowhere apjtears in the older Shinn n>cords except among 
the children of Siimii<l nnd .Sarah (Scholey) Shinn. Hence I inter that Thomas, who 
married Huth, was a hrother of Alice, and that in this way the name .Mice perpetuates 
ItHelf for three KenerationK In Sanmel'H line. Thomas also named his eldest son, Samuel, 
presumaldy In honor of hlH father; his next son, Levi, in honor ol his kinsman at Eves- 
ham, and hl8 vonnneHt Hon, Tlumias. after himself. This is not conclusive reasoning, but, 
taken with the other farts in the text, ohtains respectable place. 














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Bcy. Saiiiiicl was U-lt with Thomas at Evesham, where he remained until 1?62, 
when he asked th(; Society of Friends at that place for a certificate of removal 
in order to H'tth- at Hopewell Meeting, at Opukoneu, Va. This was a meeting 
of Friends on the Opecjuan, near Winchester, Va., which Kircheval, in "History 
of the Valley," says was estaldished in 1739. The name "Hopewell" connects 
ilH creators with .New Jersey. Thus affection rears its monument to distant places. 
The lii.|»cwell .Monthly Meeting records show that Samuel Shinn lodged his cer- 
tificate from KveshaiM with the meeting at Hopewell, Va., in 1762. He was then 
di)ont twenty-five years old, and far away from Ids relatives and friends. It was 
hill natural that he should fall in love. We know that he did so from the Hope- 
well records, which set out that on 5/o/17G4 Samuel Shinn had been married at 
Crooked Kuri l»y a hireling priest, and refused to make acknowdedgments. He was 
disowned. .All we know of the young woman is that her name was Anna. This 
coiiplc remained lof ;i few years in Frederick County and then followed the other 
Shinns into llanison County. In what part of the county he located I do not 
know. Some liaditions say on "Simpson's Creek," others on "Rock Camp." 
All 1 radii ions agree that there were several Samuels from 1780 to 1800 in Har- 
rison Counly. There was a Samuel, son of Benjamin, on Hock Camp; and 
Samuel, son of Clement, on Simj)son's Creek. Then there was a Samuel, older 
than cither (d' these, called " OM Samuel Shinn." This must have been Samuel, 
tlie suhjcel of ihis sketch. Again, all traditions agree that the Jackson County 
Shinns originalcd in Harrison County, on Simpson's Creek. The Jackson County 
people Irace to Samuel from Harrison, who had a son Samuel, born in 1807. From 
this son llie Jaek>on County Shinns originate. The question to determine is who 
was his father, Samuel ? 

1. He could not have Ween Samuel, son of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, 
on Simpson's Creek, for although Isaac had a son Samuel, he was born in 1802, 
and coidil not have l)een the father of a Samuel born in 1807; and even though 
the time were vullicient, he did not go to Jackson Countv. but to Ohio. 

2. He could not have been a son of Samuel, son of Benjamin, for the reason 
that we luive his Bible record to exclude the hypothesis. 

:?. He could have been a son of Samuel, son of Clement, born 1793, but it is 
highly improbable; and, then, the Bible record of Samuel, son of Clement, is 
that he died unmarried. 

The oidv avenue of escape is that he was a son of Samuel, who married Ann, 
otherwise called •' Old Samuel Shinn, of Simpson's Creek." There were probably 
other children than the ones herein deduced, but I have not found them. 

Children of Samuel and Ann Shinn. 
336. 1. Samuel Shinn. who married and moved to Jackson County, Va., and became 
the head of that family. 

104. Fi.i/.AHrni Siiixx (4).— S.\muel (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Eli/abeth, sixth child of Samuel and Sarah (Scholey) Shinn, was born 
4/14 1730, ami was never married. She was of a highly religious nature and 
favored with the irifts which are demanded by the eldership m the Quaker Church. 
On the 7th of January, 1764, she was made an elder by the Burlington Society 
of Friend< \t the first monthlv meeting at Mt. Holly after its creation as a 
separate meetimr. Februarv 4, 1777, Elizabeth Shinn was reported as aii elder of 
Mount Preparative Meeting. Hi the little volume "Friends at Burlington, page 
— , she is put down in the lists of ministers. 

109. Silas Shinn (4).— Samuel (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Silas, the third child of Samuel and Abigail (Urie) Shinn, ..-as born in New 
Jersev in 174--., and was named in his fathers will. (Eowan County, N. C, Wills, 














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Liber A, p. 1T4.) This will jrave each child of tlio former marriages twenty 
shillings, and rai.M-s the inference that these children were all provided for i^ 
New Jer.'^.n- /// vita i>atri.s. and hefore his removal to Xortli Carolina. Silas was 
given the farm upon whicii he then lived on Coldwater, containing two hundred 
and fifty acres, including the improvement that one Kichard Li'wis then lived on. 
Also t\vo Mack mares. (»ne of which was a natural i)aeer. lie married Elinor 
Overcast in nr.i; m the German Heform Churcli on Coldwater. He was a sur- 
veyor and a farmer. I have found jtlats of his surveying in many parts of Xorth 
Carolina and in one county of South Candina. The records of Meeklenburgh 
and Caharrus Counties show that he was a large purchaser of lands and operated 
extensively in mills. 

Chihlren of Silas and Elinor (Ov.'rcast) Sjiinn. 

Catherine Shinn. b. 17G9 on Coldwater: m .Peter Shank; two sons. 
Silas Benjamin Shinn. b. North Carolina. ITTn; ni. Elizabeth Little. 4/28/ 
18(Mi. at Old Coldwater. 

Isaac Shinn, b. 1772: m. Kate , at Old Coldwater. IT'.hi. 

.Mar.irarei i-;hinn. b. 1776; m. Frederick Criminger. 

.It)hn ShiiHi. b. 1780; m. Margaret Moore: no descendants. 

Joel Shinn. b. 178 — ; moved to Putnam County. Indiana. 

lul. Eeah Shinn (4). — Samlkl {o). Tho.mas (-J), John (1). 

Leah, first child of Samuel and Abigail (Trie) Shinn. was born in Xew Jer- 
sey in 1T41, and removed with her parents to Xorth Carolina. Iii the will of 
her father she received, as did her sisters, certain gifts of personal property, but 
no land. She married John Crozine in Xortli Carolina in 17.")8. and lived and died 
on Cohlwater. John Crozine died in Ajiril 11 ^<i. intestate, and Leah, his wife, and 
Isaac Shinn. her brother, were appointed executors by the Probate Court of 
Mecklenburg County. The lands of Samuel Shinn Avere first in Rowan, then 
Mecklenburg, and finally in Cabarrus. Concord stands u])on a part of the old 
Shinn tract. Leah and John left ten children, three sons and seven daughters. 1 
have not found llicni all. 

Children of Jolm and Leah (Sliinn) Crozine. 

Rachel Crozine. 

Abel Crozine. 

Levi Crozine. 

Coorgc Crozine. 

I-ydia Crozine. 

Abigail Crozine. named in her grandiuollu r's will. 

II.'!. Ki;\.i\.Mi\ SiiiNN ( 1), — Samuel (3). Tiiom \s c'). J<>ii\ (l). 

Benjamin, the sevcnlii child cd' Saniiirl ami .\bigail (Trie) Sliiim. \\a> horn 
at Hopewell. \'a., IT');!, lie was named in ii's falher's will. IKiU. ami received 
a tra<l of bmd contaiiung Iwn hundreil and fifty acres, being thi' reinaindi>r of a 
five-hundred-iicre 1 raet on Coldwater, abotd six miles from Concord. Silas re- 
ceived the other half. He joined the North Carolina militia in !"'!•; was sur- 
rendered with the .\merican Army at Charleston. S. (\ In ITS'i he was a (^rand 
Juror at Charlotte, and was styled in the minutes as Captain Benjamin Shinn. 
The Cottnty Ccuirt Minutes at ('harlotte show that from 1 7S"? to ITOO he was in 
continuous conunand of ,\ hundred, or "Command." in Mecklenburg County. He 
held many positions of honor and trust, lie niarrie<l Hel)ecca Carlock at Old Beth- 
pape in 17S0. and at liis death. Lsoi. was Iniried at that place, lie left an estate 
of nearly one thousand acres of land and several negroes. Tlie Minutes of the 
Trobnto Court of Cabarrus County, N. C, show that he left a will, but it and its 
record were destroved with the coin-thouse in Concord. N'. ('.. in ISOO. This will 































Fourth Generation. 115 

was provfn in ofx-n court by the oath of Frederick Meister, a subscribing witness; 
in it lie nominated a.< executors his brothers, Joseph and Silas, and his nephew, 
Samuel, son of his brother, Isaac, and letters testamentary were granted to them. 
Upon the death of Joseph the executorship fell to Silas and Samuel, and upon the 
death of Silas to Samuel. Samuel and Silas were also made guardians of Josiah 
Carlock Shinn, one of Benjamin's sons, and at the death of Silas this trust fell 
upon Samuel, who made his final settlement in 1815. In this way Josiah Carlock 
Shinn, a minor, became a part of the family of Silas and Samuel, and accounts 
for many ideas of the descendants of Silas and Samuel as to their relationship to 
Benjamin, 'i'hey foujul Josiah Carlock Shinn in the families of their ancestors, and 
as he descended from Benjamin, as is conclusively proven by the records, they, 
too. claimed the same line. 

Cliildren of Benjamin and Rebecca (Carlock) Shinn. 

SoIf)mon Shinn. b. 1781; ob. sine proli. 

('aih<Tine Shinn, b. 1783; m. (1) a Mr. Hunt, (2) David Coulter. 

Sarah Sfiinn. ij. 1785; m. Eli P. Dennis and moved to Kentucky. 

Henjamin Shinn, b. 1788; married and moved to Georgia. 

M().ses Shinn, b. 1790; removed to Indiana; ob. sine proli. 

.Jo.seph Sliinn, Jr., b. 1792; ob. sine proli. 

.Josiah Carlock Shinn, b. 9/21/1794; m. (1) Elizabeth B. Humphreys, 10/4/ 

1827; (2) Melissa .\nn Baker, 2/G/1844; (3), Elizabeth Frances Gilpin, 

11/1 8/1 84G. 
AI)iKail Shinn. b. 1796; married a man named Graham. 
Mary Shinn, b. 1800; married, at Paris, Ky., at her sister's house. 

los. SiiiNv (4). — Samuel (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Isaac, second child of Samuel and Abigail (Urie) Shinn was born in Xew Jer- 
sey, ITIM. lie received by the will of his father one-half the homestead, which 

was where Concord. X. ('., is now located. He married Agnes prior to the 

Revolution, and died in January, 1777, intestate. The Charlotte records show 
that .\gnes Shinn, his wife, administered upon the estate. The personal property 
was ap))raised at l"v*."»S. lie owned five hundred acres of land, which finally passed 
into tile hands of Jose])h. His mother in her will names Samuel as a son of Isaac. 
And a deed made by John Shinn, 3/10/1794 (Cabarrus Co. Deeds) recites that he 
was the eldest son of Isaac, and inherited the land conveyed. The father purchased 
it, 7/28/1707. 1 have found no other children. 

Children of Isaac and Agnes Shinn. 

358. 1. .lohn Shinn. 

359. 2. Samuel Shinn. who married Polly Little. 

\\-!. Joseph Shinn (4).— Samuel (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Joseph, sixth child of Samuel and Abigail (Urie) Shinn, born at Hopewell, 
Va., 11/27/1751. He. like Benjamin, was a man of affairs; a soldier of the Revo- 
lution : Captain of the Militia Command, Mecklenburg County, 1782-1788; juror 
and grand juror in that county from 1775 to 1790: presiding judge, Cabarrus 
Countv, for eiirht vears; Commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the militia by the 
Governor of Xorth" Carolina in 1803 ; given by his father one-half the homestead 
at Concord : the depot at the latter place is on the old farm ; married in Mecklen- 
burg Countv, 17^4. Jane Ross: ob. Decemher, 1804, leaving a will. His personal 
valuation was £754. He owned about one thousand acres in Cabarrus Count}^ sev- 
eral thousand in Tennessee, and several negroes. His descendants have an old 
trunk and rocking chair which Samuel brought with him into Carolina, and from 
certain papers ]iasted in the to]) of the trunk, it has been identified as one of the 
seventeenth centurv. This trunk and chair were in all probability brought from 

116 History of tmi: Shinx Kamii.v in Europe and America 

Encrlaiid bv Jnlm. Sr.. in 11m8. an»l now rest at the country homo of ^Irs. :Mary 
Jane Ross'rJraham. near Salishurv. Kowan County. X. C. Joseph and Jane are 
buried in tlu- Piv.-bytcrian gravi-yard at Concord, X. C. His will, aud the recita- 
tions of four deeds of the heir^ rclinqui^^hing title of the vrestern lands to Eichard 
Anderson, name ci^dit rhibln-n. The eldest. Abitrail. was dca<l at tlic date of these 
instruments and wa- therefore not named. 

Chihlren of Josepli and Jane (Ross) Shinn. 

359'^. <!) Abigail Shinn. b. 1775: m., 1/10/1796. John Still. 

?.r,0. (2) Isaac Ross Shinn. b. 1777: m. (1) 8/24/1806, Ann Plunkett; (2) 1833, 
Elizabeth Wilkins. 

361. (3) Jean Shinn. b. 1780; m.. 9/1/1801, Richard Anderson. 

362. (4) Elinor Shinn, b. .5/20/1782; m.. 6/4/lSOl, Jacob Hudson. 

363. (5) Sarah Shinn. b. 1785; m.. 11/17/1803, William Hudson. 

364. (6) Leah Shinn. b. 17S7: m. Allemong. 

365. (7) Joseph Shinn. b. 1789; m.. 9/26/180t;. Margaret Caruthers. 

366. (8) Benjamin Shinn, b. 12/18/1791; m., 7/12/1809, Nancy McAhren. 

367. (0) John Shinn. 1). 1703: ob. nnmarriod. 4/29/1829. 

llfi. Sa.mi HI. .\tki\xin (4). — IlwNMi .\tkinsox (3), Ja.mes Shinx (2), 

John ( I ). 

Samuel, second child of John and Hannali (Shinn) Atkinson, was horn 4/16/ 
1721. in Spriji<:fleM Township. New Jersey. He married P^stlier Evins and had 
the fn1Inui)iL'' eliildrcn (.\1kinson^ in New Jersey and Burliiigtoit Records): 

Cliihh-en of Samuel and Esther (Kviiis) Aikiiison. 

368. (1) Caleb Atkinson; m. Sarah Champion. 

369. (2) Empson Atkinson; m. Sarah Ridgway. 

370. (3) John Atkinson; b. 8/1/175G; m. Elizabeth Borion, :V15/1798. 

371. (4) lOsiher Atkinson; m. Josei)h Rogers. 

372. (5) Hannah Atkinson; m. Samuel Hiliard. 

373. (6) Josiah Atkinson; m. Priscilla Ballinger. 

374. (7) Samuel Atkinson; m. Miriam Norton. 

Esther (Exiiis) Alkin>oii tiled, and Samuel Atkiii>on married l-^lizabeth Con- 
row, leaving the following eliildrcn: 

375. (1) 8. Keziah Atkinson; m. Rcnjamin Atkinson. 

376. (2) 9. .Mary Atkinson; m. John Atkinson, brother of Benjamin. 

377. (3) 10. Hope Atkinson; m. (Memer.i Itockhill. 

378. (4) 11. Isaiah Atkinson; m. Sarah Eldiidge. 

379. (.',» 12. Elizabeth Atkinson; m. Salathiel Townsend. 

380. (6) i:'.. .Ann Atkinson; ob. sine proli. 

li:i. l-!i,iy,Ahi:i II .\ikins(»n ( I ).-^ I! ann mi .\tkixs(»n (;'.). -I\mi> Snixx (2), 

.loilN (1). 

Elizabeth, fiftli child of ,ln|m :ind llMiiiiali (Sliimi) .\lkin>on. was horn 2/1/ 
I'.'ll. She iii;irried Eh-azer i-'riitoii ;i: riiiiliiiglnn. ]]'>'■'>. and h I'l tln' following 
children : 

('hihlfeii of [•■,|c;i/rr ;ind Eli/aheth (Atkiiixm) l"eiil<iii. 

3M. (1) Hannah Kenton; m. laeob Shinn. .Ir.. 1777. 
382. (2) Eleazer Kenton; marrieij. 

]X\. LwiXA Siiiw (I I. 1m;\X(|s (;'.).. I \.mi;s (2),JuiiX (1). 

Eavinn. the eldest daughter of i-'raiieis and Eli/aheth (Atkinson) Sliinn. was 
born S 2I/11;{1. pas.-ed meeting regularly at l)Urlington in i '. I'.». and the marriage 
was reported on t^eeeniber Hh <»f that year a.- having bei'n accomplished in an or- 
deriv mnnner. She nutrried Hezekiah Jones. 

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ChiMrcn of Hczckiah and Lavina (Shinn) Jones. 
3821,4.(1) Job Jones. 

1-n. IfK.sTOHK SiiiNN (4).— Fran-CIS (3), James (2), John (1). 

Roi^torc, s.-cond diild of Franci.s and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Shinn, was born 
]/2r>/n;3:5. 11.- married roKuhirly, Marv, daughter of Joseph Biddle^ of Springfield 
To\vii>hip, liiirlnigtoii Coiiiity, New Jersey, Xovember, 1757. For a complete his- 
tory r)f Joseph and WilliaMi Hiddle, the leader is referred to the pamphlet published 
by lion. John ("lenient, entitled "A Sketch of William and Thomas Biddle," re- 
printed from i'enn. .Mag. of Kiog. and Hist. Also autobiography of Charles Bid- 
die. TJiis family was one of the oldest in Xew Jersey, and was prominently identi- 
fied with the growth <.f liurlington (Vninty, and the City of Philadelphia. ',Eestore 
Shinn was a tlirifty man and ae()uired a large estate. He died 2/3/1801, and Mary, 
his wife, <lied O/lH/lSd I. ( Mt. Holly Register of Births and Deaths.) Mary Shinn 
and Will. Fox were ap|)ointe(l administrators of Restore, 3/23/1801. The Church 
Record of Ml. Holly gives the following children : 

Cliildreii of 1,'estore and ^lary (Biddle) Shinn. 

Elizabeth Shinn, b. 10/6/1758; m. Jacob Lamb, 1777. 

Rebecca Shinn. 1). 1/13/1760; ob. sine proli, cum lestamentum, 6/26/1806 

(Libei- A. p. 121). 
Lavinia Shinn, b. 2/6/1762; ob. sine proli, cum testamentum, 8/3/1829 

(Liber D. p. 167). 
Stacy Shinn, b. 2/29/1764; m. Annie Earl, 1795. 

Restore Shinn. b. 4/30/1766; m. Sarah , 1791. 

.Mary Shinn, b. 2/2:5/1768; m. Hayes, 1790. 

Biddle Shinn. b. 4/17/1771; ob. sine proli. 

Lydia Shinn. b. 9/20/1773; m. Bowyer Brooks, 7/17/1794. 

Beulah Shinn, b. 11/25/1776; m. Joseph Bolton, 4/11/1805. 

I'!"'. SwiiKi. SjiiNN (1). — FuAXCis (3). James (2), Johx (1). 

Saniiiel Shinn, third child of Francis and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Shinn. was 
born I 1*) K;)(i and was a prominent man in Burlington County. He did not 
marry imtil late in life, and lieing posses.<ed of a fair estate was free to go and 
come as he pleased. The minutes show that he made a trip to Fairfax, Ya., in 
17(iit. His inolher. Uai.ili. had been to Fairfax two years before on "business," 
and the inference is that SMimiel went there on the same errand. George, another 
brother, was residing at Hopewell, near Winchester, at the time, but his yisit was 
not to him. Alexandria at that time was a bustling business village in the shipping 
line, ami Samuel, no doubt, had interests at that place, which we cannot diseoyer 
at this time, dames Shinn, an uncle, was residing in Fairfax Coimty. Samuel 
was one of the f(H-emost agitators of the establishment of a monthly meeting at 
Mt. Hoilv. and upon its creation was made one of the trustees to hold the property. 
(Bur. Record, 12/5/1:7 4.) He and Jacob Shinn were appointed in September, 
ITTo, to raise moncv for Burlington. In ITTT he was appointed with others at 
M\. Hcdlv to consider what was i)cst for the good of the members, in yiew of the 
calamity of war. In i:8() he was made an overseer and in 1787 an elder. In 1793 
he was smitten with the charms of his housekeeper and married her. He was then 
fifty-seven years of age, and too old to marry, as seems to have been the opinion of 
the sedate iircthren at ^Ix. Hollv. At all events he was disowned and all we know 
of the woman is that her name was Hannah. It was a childless marriage. Samuel 



















'Marv Biddle (4) daushter of Joseph Biddle (3), son William Biddle (2), son 
William Biddle (1) AutoWography Charles Biddle, Phil., p. 367. Great-granddaughter 
ot one of the pioprietors and members of the Governor's Council. (Simpson's " Emment 

118 History of the Shixx Family ix Faroim: akd America 

died in 1815, leaving' a will, whiili disposed of his large estate and disclosed a long 
line of kin. lie named liini wife Hannah : Grace Shinn, widow of Peter Shinn, liis 
cousin: Klizahcth Alh.wavs; Marv, widow of Joseph Haines; Sarah, daughter of 
Stacv Shinn: Martha, daughter of Samuel Bemiett ; Vincent Shinn: Martha, wife 
of William S. Pn.sser: Har/.illai and William Prosser, sons of William Prosser; 
Awhah Herbert, daughter of Harzillai Shinn, deceased: Elizabeth and Samuel 
Shinn, childn-n of Isaiah: Esther and Marv Shinn, daugliters of Francis, son of 
Barzillai: .Tohn and Marv IFerbcrt, children of Aschah, daughters of Barzillai; 
Abraham, son of William, son of Israel: Samuel Shinn Bennett, son of Samuel 
Bennett, husband of Susannah, daughter of Vincent Shinn: and his nieces and 
nephews in Virginia, children of (Jeorge and l^u-hel (Wriglit) Shinn. viz., :\rarv 
llnjloway, Ann Dull'v Baily. Pachel Lupton, Altigail .McKay, George and Francis 
Shinn. "(Burlington Wills— Liber B, ji. Al'i.) 

137. GivORoi-: SiiiNN ( 1 ).— FitANci- (.".). Jam Ks (•?). Joiix (1). 

(leorge Shinn. fifth cliiM nf FiaiK-is and Klizalictli (.\lkinson) Sliinn, was 
born in Hanover Township, i'.urlingtdii Coniity. N. J., 1/1/173T. He was married 
in Burlington County, New Jersey, in Kiil. Whether married by a preacher or a 
justice of the peaee is not known, but that he was not married according to Friends' 
usage is attested l)y the fact that six years later he sent a paper to the Burlington 
Monthly Meeting ()f Friends acknowledging his fault in marrying contrary to or- 
der and was forgiven. (Burlington ^Foiithly Meeting Minutes, 10/5/1767.^) At 
the same meeting a certilicalc was granted to Isaiah, a brot'ner of George, to Fair- 
fax Monthly Meeting of Friends in Virginia, as he, Isaiah, inlt'uded to travel there 
on busimss. On the fnuitli dav of tlie lii>t month Isaiah returned the above named 
cert iliea'.e to Burlington Meeting. His account of the Virginia region must have 
made a serious imiiri'ssioii ujion Geui'gc, for on the second of the first month, 17G9, 
he a|i|ilied for a ei-rtificate of removal from Burlington ^Fonthly IMeeting to Hope- 
well Montbly Meeting, llo|.,\v(ll. N'a. This meeting had oversight over the pre- 
[larative mec'iings at ('rooked Kun. Faiid'ax, Warrenton, Pi|)e Gi'cek. ^Fonallen. and 
oilier N'irginia mei-tings. Tlie eertilicate was grante(l on the sixth of the second 
month, Kdit, to (Jeorge Shinn. bis wife Paehel and three eliildi'eii. Elizabeth, Mary 
and Israel, (ieorge moved in \iigiiiia (hiring that year and settled in Staiford 
Countv. near the line of ('iil|>e|>er Goiinty. and in the jurisdiction of the Grot)ked 
Hun Prei)arative .Meeting. He pi'eseiiled liis eertilicate during that year to this 
meeting and was received into rellow-liip. Sliortjy after tlii^ Ihicliel Shinn made 
application !<• tbe Wnniair- Mei-ling at ('rookcij U'lm (dv aihiiit lance to niciiiher- 
Bln|i. which was granteil. l'"or the next elr\cii yeai's (ieorge and Kachel Sjiinn ap- 
pear prominently on the iin|tortaiit coniiniiter- nt" ('lookeil liun Meeting. The 
jfreat cpiestions of education and sla\eiy were dealt with at tlioe meetings, and 
(i<'<»rge and Uachel seem to Iia\i' liecii leader^ i,i the discussion. Some verv valuable 
Ktute papers mav be f(»und in the Minute- of thr (hmsc ('i'e(>k'. ("rookeil I?iii) and 

'I'rlor to ihis. on the lili of Uic !Mh inoiitli, " Rarli<>l Sliinn laid before^ this meeting 
(C'hc«Hlern«'l(l .Moiitlily Meeiinj;) an acUnowiedKinenl conil( iiiiiiiii; lier niarria.u,e contrary 
to RCKid order, which was recel\ed." This minute from the CliesierMeld Minutes shows 
that Unchel Wright was rean>d a F'ricnd. and that her home was within the boundaries 
of Cheslerlb-ld .Meciin>; of Friends, ijroiiaidy at what is now Ciiesler. On the 1st of 
the llilh nioiiili. ITfiS. Haclnd was granted a certificate of removal from Clu sterfield to 
IhirllnKton .Montlily Meetlnj;. Tliere is no record in Ihudin^ton iMiniitcs of the presenta- 
tion of thiK cerlificatc to that nnnMlnK. but as Burlington IMe(>tinf? granted George and 
Ractio) a ccrliflcate of r<'moval t(» Virginia one month later, the l(\gitimate infiM-ence 
Ik tlial Khe waH received into membership at Huilingion diirins; the month of Febniary. 
17fiS-!t. and Icfl New .Icrsoy in good standing with the church. Her after life would 
Indicate a deej>ly Hplritual nature, as well as a thrifty, intelligent hoii.sewife. 

ForuTii Generation. 119 

Fairfax .Minutes of the Friends' Meetings.^ The Revolution was at hand and its 
principles shook the faith of the sterling (Quaker, George Shinn. In 1781 he joined 
the (;ornf)any of Lieutenant John Swearingen's Frontier Rangers, and thus gave 
his sanctifHi to military opposition to tyranny. Whether he was killed in service, or 
died from the effects thereof may never he known, hut on the 23rd of August, 1782, 
he passed away. He had gathered some property in Virginia and administration 
UfK.n his estate was grant<-d to Rachel Shinn hy the Probate Court of Stafford 
County in 17H2. Kachcl (Wright) Shinn afterwards married Jacob McKay, 7/7/ 
1784. (Crooked ]{un ^Minutes and Goode's Cousins in Virginia.) 

Chibln-n of George and Rachel (Wright) Shinn. - 

392. (1) Elizabeth Shinn, b. in New Jersey, 1762; m. a man named Biddle, of 

r'hi]a(!f'li)]iia. Pa. 

393. (2) Mary Shinn. b. in New Jersey, 1764; m. John Holloway in Stafford County, 

Virginia. 12/17/1783. 

394. CM I.sraf'l Shinn, b. in New Jersey, 1766; ob. sine proli. 

395. (4) Ann Shinn, b. in Virginia. 1769; m. George Duff Baily, 11/8/1787. 

396. (.^) Rac-h"l Shinn, b. in Virginia, 1771; m. John Lupton, .3/5/1797. 

397. (6) Abigail Shinn, b. in Virginia, .5/3/1776; m. Moses McKay, 6/.3/1793. 

398. (7) An unnamed child, that died in infancy. 

399. (8) fU'orgc Shinn, b. 11/15/1778; m. Elizabeth Woodrow, 1808. 

400. (9) Francis Shinn, b. 12/24/1781; m. Mary Ann Woodrow, 1808. 

^'^H. ].si{.\i;l Sim NX (4). — Fk.vncis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Israel Shinn, sixth chihl of Frances and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Shinn, born 
5/2/1743. He married Mary Rudd and left no descendants. 

13!). X'iNCKNT SirrxN (4).— Fhancis (3), James (2), John (1). 

\'iiiccnt Shinn, seventh child nl' i-"rancis and Elizabeth (Atkinson) Shinn, was 
horn in 17 IT), hut his ])irth is not recorded in the Mt. Holly Register. He was 
Wagon iMaslcr under Jaiues Thompson, Wagon Master General in the Revolution- 
ary War, and his descendants are eligible for membership in all patriotic orders. 
(Stryker's Xew Jersey Soldiers in the Revolutionary War.) He married Elizabeth 
Budd in 1772 and died 10/6/1784. His death appears upon the Register of 
Deaths of the Mt. Holly Monthly :\[eeting of Friends. In Deed Book 1, page 100 
and KM. Burlington County Deeds, the following children are recited; the Mar- 
riage liieenso Register shows the marriage of all but Vincent; the family Bible of 
Vincent. Jr.. gives a complete record of the children and their marriage. 

'Two monthly meetings in 1778 subscribed £202 for school purposes; two others 
provided lots and erected several school houses. Fairfax Monthly Meeting (now 
Culpeper) manumitted slaves in 1776. Selling grain to distillers was forbidden, as well 
as the buying or selling the spirils thereof. No Friend was permitted to keep tavern, 
a beer or dram shop. There were no charges made against members for taking oaths, 
payment of priests' wages and church rates, so called. But the grave Friends feared 
that all the members were not so careful about assisting in military services as the 
purity of their principles required. (See minutes on file with Penn. Hist. Society, 
Philadelphia. Pa.) The report of the committee on the "Suffering of Friends" rises 
at times to the dignity of eloquence. 

=The father of George died in the year 1789, in Burlington County, N. J., and by his 
will devised " his son George and his grandson George, son of George," a part of 
his estate. (See will of Francis Shinn, dated May 14th, 1779, probated May 1st, 1780, 
Liber No. 31. p. :^03. Burlington County Wills.) The eldest son, Israel, is not named, 
and as he is not found elsewhere in any record, the logical inference is that he was 
dead M the date of his grandfather's will. Francis, the youngest child, is not named 
in this will, for he was not born at the date of its making, although in existence at 
the date of its probate. None of the granddaughters is named. 

120 History of thl Sihnn Family ix Kcuoi-i: and America 

Cliildrc'ii of \'incriit and KlizalR'th (lUidd) Sliiim. 

401. (1) Susannah Shinn. b. 3/2/1773; m. Samuel Bennell. 

402. (2) Isaiah Shinn. b. 3/11/1775: m. Margaret Rogers, 4/27/1798. 

403. (3) Wiiliani Shinn. b. C/12/1777; m. Elizabeth Jones, 8/16/1797. 

404. (4) Abigail Shinn. b. 7/16/1779; ob. sine proli. 

405. (5) Israel Shinn. b. 9/28/1781; m. (1) Hannah Haines, (2) Sarah Wright, 


406. (6) Vincent Shinn. b. 3/23/1784; m. (U Ruth Brown, 4/20/1810; (2) Mary 

Hyle. 5/21/1838. 

140. Shinn (4). — Fuancis {.S).d\.Mi:s c.M.doiiN (1). 

Karziiliii Shinii. the ciirlitli and youii,i;cst child of l''i'aiui> and FlizalicUi (Al- 
kin.'ioii ) Sliinii. \va.< lioni in KK-ls. Like hi- Linthci' Samuel, he nuirried a 
woman surname is nut i:i\rii. lie was di-nwucd at iMt. Holly (i 11/1783 
because he was not wijiin^ir lo rdndcinn his outj^ninL; in niarriaiic In the deeds of 
settlement of lii.s own and of hi> fatlnTV estate >lic is ealle(l Hannah. The will 
of Francis, the deeils ahovc nanird. ami the family i-ccords enahic u- to write the 
names of the children of this mari'iap'. hut not the dates of their hirth. liarzillai 
died in l"Sf> an<l Hannah artei-\\ard> maii'ied n man named lleihert. 

Chihlren of IJarzillai and Hannah Shinn. 

407. (1) Francis Shinn. who married Mary Haines, 9/13/1801. 

408. (2) Martha Shinn, who married William Stephenson Prosser. 

409. (3) Aschah Shinn. who married (1) Richard H. Herbert, (2) a Mr. Brown. 

410. (4) George Shinn, b. 178;t; m. Grace Thomas, 3/13/1805. 

144. Wii.i.iAM SiiiNN (I). — ,I()si;i>ii ( ;! ). Jam i:s (-.M.-'oiin (1). 

William Sliinn. the third chMd of .lo^eph and MaiA ( IJudd ) Shinn. wa> hap- 
tized as an adult at the Kpisc-opal (hnich in Mt. Holly i)y Hcv. Colin Camiihell 
in 1T4(!. (Dr. .Mill's " Historv of the f^iiiseopal Church. "" i)Ui'lin,iit<ui. ) The civil 
registers show that he married Sarah French in ]'')('> in lUirlinulon Countv. He 
received lands from his father Fehrnai-y 4. K.")!!. ( liniliniiton Deeds, Lil)ei' X, p. 
311.) In May of the same yeai- he was a grantee in a deed from l)a\id liudd. 
( Ihid. X. p. 311 ). lie is descrihcd as of 1 lanovei- Tow n>hi p. He was made admin- 
istrator of his father's estate '.' lo/K.")!). ( Liher .\ci. !•. p. \]].) He moved into 
S[)ringrield Townshi|t and die(| iheiv. in May, ITfil. leaviiii; a will, which names 
wife Sarah and his children. ( l'>iiilin:iton \\'ill>. Fiher i:;. p. \]\K) llcwa^hufied 
at St. .\nn"s Fpiscopal ( 'hu rch\ a i-d. I'.ni'l inijlnn. .\ . .1. 

Children nf Willinm nnd Sarah ( Fivnch ) .shmn. 

411. (II Mary Shiiiii. I.. .V22/1757. 

412. (2) Lydia Sliiini. I). — / — /nnit; m. Cal(d) Arney Lippincolt. 

413. (3) Eli SiiiiMi. b. — /— /17t;i; ob. ll/:i/177(;: buried at St. Andrew's, Mt. 

Holly, N. J. 

411. (4) Aaron Shinn, b. —/—/1 763; m. . 

4iri. ('.) .loscpli Shinn, b. 1765; m. Mary Lippincolt. 1783. 

li:. I'.rN.i \MiN SiiiNN (I). — ,T()si:i-ii (.")). .1 \Mi:s C.^). .Toll N (1). 

lienjamin Shinn. the si.xth (4iild of .loscph and M.ha { I'.nild ) Shinn. was horn 
in New Jersey, and wa> baptized as a minor hy i;e\. Colin Camphell in i; l(i. He 
marrie<l. hut the fannly name of his wife is hi-i. He icmmcd i,. Hampshire 
County. Va., in KT^'. and from there to Harrison Coiiiii\. In •■ I'.niilcr Warfare'' 
Benjamin is deserilted as a sc<»ut durin.i: the K'e\oliil ion. and in the Indian wars 
that followed. lie died intestate in \'irL:inia. 

Fourth Gen'eration. 121 

ChiUlren of Benjamin and ( ) Shinii. 

41C. (1) [saac Shinn. b. New Jersey; m. Agnes Drake, 2/16/1785, in Virginia. 

417. (2) Samuel Shinn, b. New Jersey; m. Sarah Davidson, 1785, in Virginia. 

418. (3) Lncretia Shinn. b. Virginia: m. Samuel Davidson. 6/17/1785. 
411*. (4) Amy Shinn. b. Virginia; m. Josiah Davidson. 2/25/1788. 

IIS. .loiiN Siii.v.v ( M. — Jo.sKi'H (;i). James (2), John (1). 

John Shinn, seventh child of JoK'ph and ^[ary (Budd) Shinn, was baptized at 
Mt. Hftlly in 1740 hy Hev. Colin C'aniphell. He married Mary Allen in 1T63 in 
Burlington Countv, X. J., and died in lT6fi. Administration was granted to 
Mary, hi.< wife, i/17/i;(W;. (Burlington Wills Liber 12, p. 291.) He was 
described a.-^ <»f NCw Hanover. 

Cliildrrii <»t" .Fojin and Mary (Allen) Shinn. 

420. (1) Tarie Shinn. b. 1764; m. Clapp. 

421. (21 Job Shinn. b. 1765; ra. (1) Rachel Grimes. 1783; (2) Nancy Cross, 1794. 

I III. l'i:\N(is SiiiNv (4). — Joseph (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

I-'rancis Shinn, eighth child of Jo.^eph and ^lary (Budd) Shinn, was born in 
Burlington Countv. haptizcil by Rev. Colin Campbell, married Martha, daughter of 
George and .Martha ( liran.<oii-( )wen) Shinn, in lTfi(3. Removed into Upper Free- 
hold, Monmouth County, and remained there until his death. He was a very pros- 
perous farmt'r. and owned a very large body of land in Monmouth and Ocean 
Counties, .hulgr Johes has sent me an al)stract of his land transactions, taken 
from the records of the.-e counties, with the remark. "He was a shrewd trader and 
a good farmer." 

Children ol' Francis and Martha (Shinn) Shinn. 

422. (1) Vashti Shinn. b. 17t;7. 

42:?. (2t .Martha Shinn. b. 1771; ob. sine proli. 

424. (:U Jacob Shinn. b. 1775; ob. sine proli. 

425. (4) Henjaniin Shinn. b. 9/28/1778; m. (1) Rebecca Shinn, 1814; (2) Mary 

Lovcman. 11/10/1831. 

I.M. Ann- Shixx (4).— James (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Ann Shinn, llie eldest daughter of James and Hannah (Shinn) Shinn, was 
born in Hanover. N'. J., and nuirried Israel Thompson at that place. She comes 
into authentic historv in Fairfax Countv, Ya., when, in 179?, she and her husband, 
Israel Thompson, and her c<nisin. :\Iarv Shinn, ask the Friends of that place to 
take them under their care, which was done. The birth register shows no children. 
The cousin. Marv Shinn. was afterwards regularly married at Fairfax, Va., to 
Geort^e Canbv. after whith no further records have been found. ^ 

i:)3. Adam Shinn (4).— James (3), James (2). John (1). 
Vdam Shinn, son of James and Hannah (Shinn) Shinn, was born in Hanover, 
N J Xo further record appears \nitil his death, in 1:97, m Fairfax County, Va., 
when administration was granted upon his estate to Prudence Shinn, his wife. He 
was not a Friend, and does not appear upon any of their records at Fairfax, War- 
renton or Crooked Run. If he had children they are not disclosed. 

154. Robert Shinn (4:).— James (3), James (2), John (1). 
Robert Shinn. son of James and Hannah (Shinn) Shinn was born in Xew 
Jersey. He appears as a witness at several marriages at Crooked Run, Va., and 
then "disappears. He was probably an old bachelor. 


156. 'I'lioMAS SiiiNN (4). — SoLOMOX (3),James (2)..1iM1N (1). 
Thomas Shinn, the eldest ehihl of Solomon and Mary (Am rim) Shiiiii. was 
born I»/1T/1T-1(I. lie passed meeting n-gularly at Burlington and was married in 
June. 17«i4. to Sarah, daughter of Francis Vinacondj.' In 1TT5 Solomon Shinn 
bought of William llcndriikson four hundred and tifty-five acres of land in Upper 
Freehold, Monmouth County, which he deeded in cciual sliaics in K^^ to his two 
sons, .lames and Thomas. Thomas built a house u\Hm lii> laiid and nMimved 
thereto, lie bought adjoining tracts, until he was the owner of ahoui eight hundred 
acres of land. lie retained his mendiership in the U])per Springfield Meeting of 
Friends, and seems to have been an active member. He was frc(|iiently placed on 
important cominittees and sent to (Quarterly Meeting. In 1798 he was placed on 
a ct)mmitte(-' "to draw a line for the govcrnnieitl of ])reparative meetings with 
regard to jiernntting the inti-nnents of those not in menil)oislii|i witli Friends in 
their burying grounds." Strong driidc was then. a> ndw. a L^iiat drawhaik tn ihe 
church. In 170!' Thomas and Caleb Sldim. bi-others. were .aided to the .-landing 
comijutlee on .spirituous li<piors. On duly 14, 181"^. Thomas married the second 
time, at Upper Si)ringliel(l. Mrs. Meribah (Taylor) Warren, daughter of Thomas 
and Ann Taylor. By this marriage there were no childi-en. Thomas died in 1S14, 
leaving ii will, in which he names liis wife, Meribah; sons. \'iiiacondi. Solomon and 
Thomas, and tlanghter. Sarah Sexton. (P>urlington Will>. Liber (\ p. 13.) 

Childn-n of Thomas and Sai-ali ( \'inacoinb ) Shinn. 

42f». (1) Rachel Shinn. b. 2/14/1765; m. Israel, son ot Robert and Amy Kirby, 

427. (2) Vinaoonib Sliinn, b. 8/21/1766; m. Sarah Middleton. 

428. C!) t'niiy Shinn, h. 1/21/1768; m. Apollo Melrs. 

429. (i) Solomon Shinn. b. 7/15/1771; m. (1) , 1798; {'J.) Jane Scattergood, 


430. C."^) Anna Shinn. b. 4/2/1773. 

431. (6) lOli/.abelh Shinn. b. 2/2/1 TTC; m. Lloyd. 

432. (7) Tliomas Vinaromb Shinn. b. 9/2:V1777; m. Abigail Haines, 1/9/1806. 

433. (8) Sarah Shinn, b. 11/27/1779; m. Joseph Sexton. 

434. (9) Mary Shinn, b. 9/:^0/1781; m. Samuel Croshaw, 11/31/1803. 

435. nO) Zjlplia Shinn, b, 11/17/1783; m. Daniel Burtis, ISOO. 

l-">^. A-\ SiiiNN (I). — Sdi.oMoN (.")). Jam i;s ( •.' ; . .Ion x (1). 

Asa Shinn. .'^econd child of Solomon and Mai'v (.\ntiim) Shinn. was l)orn 
11/27/1742, and married, according to I'"iicnd>" I'ite. in li<i!', Saiab. daughter of 
Samuel and Sarah ( lllack ) (iaunt. Sanniel was a son n( Zebnlon- ami Sophia 
(Shourds) daunt, and Sara, the daughter of William and Sai'a (hNxkliilJ) I'.lack. 
The njarriage was a notable one, ami the dignilicd (^inalxci oMiseei' ri'|Hiried to 
Burlington that the marriage was con>iimnialcd in mh ni-diTi\ niannn-. " e.\ci'|it an 
appearance (»f too great light iiess on the part of sonu' young people."" .\sa was 
a strong churchman and pos.-essed of many excellent parts. In I'lM he was made 
nn overseer, and ]''^'i an cbler by Hnrlington. No cliarg-' of an\ kind was ever 
presented against him, and he li\cd a blamelo.- life. His wife died Nn\eml,rr -.'.Mh, 
1K2I, and the record informs us that .-be wa- llien a widnw. Tlie dale n\' Asa's 

'The will of FranrlK Vlnacoml) was dated 9/5/1785. It gave lands in Mt. Holly to 
each of hlH flvf dniinhiers UuImti ilaincs and Rachel, his wife; .Ios(>i)h Camjiion and 
Mary. hlH wjtf; nenjanilii Hisphiiin and his wife, Zilpha; Thomas Shinn. of Upper 
Krochold. and Sarah. hJH wife; Isaac Mi)i)incoii and Elizabeth, his wife. (Liber A R, 
p. 431 I 

a In Leah Hiackman's Memoir, page 287 (Proceedings Surveyors' Association of 
New .lerseyi. wc find the following statement : " /elmloii Cniini married, in 1716, 
Stiphia Shourds. of (Icrmanlown, I'a. Children: Samuel, wlm married Sara Black; 
Zobiilon. Jr.. married Ksthcr Woolnian; Israel. Hannah, nuirried Robert Ridgway, 
(»f Little Kgg Harbor. Zebiilon. .Ir.. and wife, Soidiia and husband wetii lo (he Carolinas." 

Fourth Generatiox, 123 

death is not noted. Sarah left a will, which named Asa, son of son Israel; two 
granddaughters, Sarah H. and Anna, daughters of Israel; two grandsons, Joseph 
and Solomon, sons of Solomon; granddaughter Mary, daughter of Solomon; four 
grandchildren, Stacy, Ann, Keljccca and Eliza, children of son Joshua; daughter 
Sarah, sons William, Samuel, Isaac and Asa. (Burlington Wills, Liber C page 
495.) ' ■* ^ 

diildren of Asa and Sarah (Gauntt) Shinn. 

i:w,. (1) Hannah Shinn, b. 1/12/1770; m. Samuel Craft, 5/5/1803 (2) Israel Shinn. b. 1/25/1772; m. Ann Curtis. 

438. (.'J) William Shinn, b. 2/6/1774; m. Ann Forsyth, 2/16/1815. 

439. (4) I.saac Shinn, b. 11/2/1775; m. Frances Van, 1827. 

440. (5) Samuel Shinn, b. 10/6/1777; m. Frances (Van) Shinn, 1840. 

441. (6) Solomon Shinn, b. 9/S/1779; m. Mercy Lamb, 7/15/1805. 
412. (7) Joshua Shinn, b. 4/4/1781; ra. Ann Gaskell, 11/17/1803. 

443. (8) Asa Shinn, b. 4/2/1783; m. (1) Hannah Gaunt, 1828; (2) Elizabeth 

Blackwoorl. 2/26/1833. 

444. (!t) Sarah Shinn, b. 10/30/1784; unmarried; ob. 2/12/1826. 

445. (10) Joseph Shinn, b. 3/3(V1786; ob. unmarried. 

446. (11) Anne Shinn, b. 2/17/1789; m. Stacy Haines, 7/14/1813. 

158. .1 \\ii:s Siii.vx (4). — Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

.lames Shinn, lliird cliild of Solomon and Mary (Antrim) Shinn, born 
1/23/1744, and was married to Laviua Haines 3/7/1768. The license was issued 
by (lovenioi- William Fraid<lin and the ceremony performed by Samuel How. 
A copy of Mr. How's attestation is before me. On the 5th of November of that 
year .laines and Lavina made acknowledgments for marrying out of order and 
were forgiven by Jiurliiigton. Although James Shinn was a man of sound business 
judgment and upright character, be was never prominent in church affairs. In 
I77(i he removed to Chesterlield, and in ^March, 177G, when his father, Solomon, 
gave him one-half of four hundred and fifty-five acres in Upper Freehold, Mon- 
mouth County, he moved to that place and built a house, with the date 1776 upon 
the gable. Tliis lantl was in the possession of one of his descendants, Adelaide, wife 
of Judge Thomas l\. Jobcs, of New Egypt, in 1899. James added to the paternal 
acres until he owned ab<nit one thousand acres. Judge Thomas B. Jobes, of New 
Egyjit, al)stractcd the land transactions of Thomas, James and Francis Shinn for 
nic. and this abstract shows that each of them was a large land holder. He also 
built a house in New Egypt, to which he removed, and in which he died in 1810. 
He sold the land upon which the splendid residence of Prince Bonaparte was 
erected. His personal estate was appraised at his death at $10,000. This was 
quite a fortune for a farmer in those days, and indicates not only thrift and good 
management on the jiart of James, but industry, sobriety and honor. May the tribe 
of thriftv farmers never decrease. He married the second time, in 1785, Hannah 
Hart, a daughter of John Hart, the signer of the Declaration of Independence for 
New Jersey! and was disowned by Burlington 12/5/1787. He died in 1810. In 
1820 his widow. Hannah (Hart) Shinn, with her six children, started for the 
West. She was leaving a house that had sheltered her for many years to make 
a place of greater proportions for her children in the mighty wilderness towards 
the setting sun. Loved and honored by the neighborhood, she could not say " Fare- 
ivqW" to "her relatives and friends. The spirit of her father invested her with 
strength, and at midnight she marshaled her sons and daughters and, with a cara- 
van of waffons, marched away. By noon the next day she was in Philadelphia ; she 
passed one niiiht there with IRachel Miller, the mother of her stepson, James; Ezra, 
her son, was a merchant in Philadelphia, but sold out his possessions to go with his 
mother. On horseback the next morning, followed by their wagons, the mother 
and her children pursued their journey. For six weeks they kept on, over rivers 
and mountains, and set down at last in :Mongomer3^ County, Ohio. This journey 

124 History of the .Shin.v Family ix ErnnPE and America 

today would occupy one day, and would hardly give fatigue. That jniuiKy. liowever, 
wag heroic, while ours, to gay the lea?t. would he a very passive activity. That 
journey r<-<|uircd resolution, couragi'. .ictivity and purpose; our journeys require 
nothing hut money to pay the hill.-: that stirreil every t[uality of tlie liuniau soul; 
ours stifle the s<»ul an<l hreed luxurious indolence and masterly inactivity. All 
hail to the ancestry that cleared the forests and dug up the teeming wealth 
of a shunhering earth to hecome dividends and inti-rest Uiv the most remorseless 
money kings of all the ages — the corporate owners of railntad franchises in tiie 
mighty \Vi>t. Not to them as '* t'aj)tains of Industry " should the anvils ring 
their resounding notf-s. but to the '* Hannah Harts."' the unselfish pioneers who 
liared their arms and entered the lists to kill swain])S, drain lands, hew timbers 
and turn wildirnt» and wa>te into j)lantations of thrift and ])lenty, let tlie praise 
be given now and evermore. 

Children of .Fames and I.axina (llaiiic.-) Slnnn. 

447. (1) Miriam Shinn. b. ITCit; ni. William Burtis. 

448. (2) Margaret Shinn. b. 1771; m. .John Lawrence. 
44'.». (.'{» Abigail Shinn. b. 177:5: m. William Hankius. 
4."i<>. (4) (leor^e Shinn. b. 177.'5. 

451. (5) Eleanor Shinn. b. 1778; ob. iufans. 

4.'".2. (fi) James Shinn, b. 11/17/1782; m. (1) Elizabeth Allen, 10/4/1809; (2) Mary 
Miller. 2/15/1S17. 

Cliildrcn of dames and liaiiiiali (iiai-1) .'>liiiin. 

45.'}. (1) 7. Lavina Shinn, b. 9/ — /1787; m. Thomas Branson. 

4.04. (2) 8. Mary Shinn, b. 9/29/1790; ob. infans. 8/2.5/1791. 

4.').'). (.3) 9. Ezra Shinn, b. 7/7/1792: ra. Mrs. Annie (Lane) Barkalow. 

4r>r,. (4) 10. Hepzibah Shinn, b. 12/13/1794 ; m. John Cox, 1820. 

4.'j7. (5i 11. Hannah Shinn, b. .'S/i:V1797: ol). unmarried. 

1 / m. Hannah Conover. He 

458. (f.) 12. Aaron Burr Shinn ( \ died 2/18/1829. 

b. 7/2.V1801 < 

459. (7 1 K'.. Thomas Jefferson Sliinii I j m. Elenor Cox, and died at 

' I Franklin. Ohio. 

4<;o. (K) 14. Elam Shin. 1). 9/— /18(»4; ob. 6/30/1817. 
401. (9) 15. Charles Shinn. b. .5/5/1807; ob.' 9/7/1807. 
4C2. (10) JG. Emily Shinn. b 8/12/1808; m. John While, 2/2/1826. 

l.'i!!. .SaKAII SiiiVV (I). — Sf)I.OMOX ( .'l ) . .1 A M KS ( "i ) . •' ()I IX (1). 

.'^arali Shinn, I'ourlh chihl of Solomon ami .Mary (.Xiiliiiii) Sliiini, was horn 
(i/ I'l/ ITl* , and married NatlianicI I'opc, of Thilailcl pliia. accoriliiig to l-'ricnds* 
rite, in I)ecendter, l"(i!>. Ih' was the son of .lnhn rope, a iiui'iliaiil of IWirliiigton 
County and a prominriit iimn. , 

ChildnMi of .Nallianirl jind Sarah (Shinn) I'opr. 

403. (1) Mary Pope. b. :V3/1771; ob. S/7/1771. 

464. (2) SanuH'I Popr. i). 12/21/1772; ob. 2/!t/1775. 

465. (31 John I'op<', b. 2/15/1774. 

466. (41 Nathaniel l'op<'. 1). 7/6/1778. 
467 (5) Morris Pope, b. 6/19/1780. 

468. (61 William Pope, b. 3/31 M7S2. 

469. (7) Richard Pope. b. 8/:{/17KJ. 
470 (8) Sarah Pope. b. 7/31/1786. 

l(i(». TXITV SllINN (I). — So|,()\l(i\ (;!)., I .\Mi:s (■.'!. .IdllN (I). 

Tnitv, fifth cliild of Solomon ami Mary (.Vnlnini Sluim. Ihhh |"i'liiii,ir\- 0. 

\'i\' tiiarricfl by license in l"i'>'. in linrlington (niinu. ,l(isc|)1i r,iiicoast. 

^" 'ocinnent in the ])os.«ession of Henry I'aiicoast, of .Mcsopoiamia, (^liio (a 

.int of Joseph and Unity), shows the origin of {]]■• I'ancoasls in .\morica. 

FouRTri Gexeratiox. 125 

PV)I lowing is an exact copy: 

" Jos(!ph I'ancoast, son of John and p:iizabeth Pancoast of Ashen, five miles 
from Xortliariij)ton Town, in Xorthamf-ton Shire (Eng.) born 1G72, the 27th of 
eighth month, (•allc<l October and in the year, l(5bO, Oct. 4th came into America 
in the ship, 'M'aradise,'" William Evelyn, Master; and I settled in West Xew 
Jers(;y, Burlington County, and on the 4th of the eighth month, October, 1696, 
I tfjok- to \vife Thomasine Scattergood, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Scat- 
tergo(jd, of Stepney Parish London, who also transported themselves into Burling- 
ton County in America." The marriage herein recited is of record in the ]klinutes 
of Friends' Meeting at Burlington, as are the several that follow. This Joseph 
died in i;4'J, leaving a will. The quoted record has these addenda: "Benjamin 
i'ancr)ast, son of Jc.seph and Thomasine Pancoast, was born the 24th of sixth 
month, ITI'.t. Jo>.ph Pancoast, son of Benjamin and Sarah Pancoast, was born 
til/' 12th day of 11th month 1740." 

The records of marriages in tlie Secretary of State's office at Trenton show 
the marriage of this Joseph Pancoast to Unity Shinn in 1767. The Minutes of the 
Convention of New Jersey, held at Burlington, beginning on June 10th, 1776, has 
the following statement: "July 3d, Wednesday: Ordered that Joseph Pancoast 
be commissioned as Captain of a company of foot militia in the township of Mans- 
field, in liurlington County." The following oders are of interest: 

" Mr. Sorgeant Higgins: You are hereby required to warn in all the persons men- 
tion<'<l in the under list (except those marked which I have warned) to meet at Colo. 
Hoaglands on Tuesday the 11th inst at 10 o'clock in forenoon well equipped in order to 
march to Monmouth. 

"My order of Colo. William Shreeve. 

" Mansfield. May .■.th. 1779. JOSEPH PAN'COAST, Capt." 

"To Ensign Samuel Applegate: 

" You are ()rd»>red to call the above class immediately. You must be particular 
in giving ihem prompt notice to parade at the Black Horse (Columbus) by Thursday 
next the 26th inst to receive orders to march the Saturday following. Fail not. Given 
under my hand this 23d day of Feb. 1778. JOSEPH PANCOAST, Captain." 

When Captain Pancoast died is not known; nor is it known when his widow 
married the second time, nor are all their children known. That one child was 
luinu'd I'nity is established by the fact that the record of her marriage to Aaron 
liranson state- that she married a cousin, and Aaron Branson was a grandson of 
James and [..avinia (Haines) Shinn; James Shinn being a brother of Unity 
(Shinn) I'ancoast. Other children are proved as follows: The record first quoted 
in this article states: "Solomon Pancoast, son of Joseph and Unity (whose 
paternal name was Shinn) Pancoast, was born the 16th day of the 9th month, 1709." 
I'nity (Shinn) Pancoast nuirried, the second time, a man by the name of Evering- 
hanf, and outlived him. In 1815, being then widowed the second time, she wrote 
a letter from Philadeli)hia to Aaron Baker and wife, of Cayuga Count}', N". Y., and 
addressed them as " Dear Son and Daughter." The family records show that Aarrrii 
Baker married Sarah Pancoast the 16th day of the 2d month, 1800, and had the 
following ehildren: ]\lary Ann, Sarah Thoma.sine, Stephen and Joseph W. Baker. 
Tlu' letter of Unity (Shinn) Everingham refers to Benjamin and Samuel, who 
were sons. It also informs her children that " William Shinn has taken him a wife 
a verv worthv voung woman." She asks Aaron to direct his letters to " Black- 
horse," ninv Columbus, which aids in the identification of Captain Joseph Pancoast. 
Unity was then living near Blackhorse, where she married Captain Pancoast. 
Another letter, dated 10/19^ 1804, written from " Xinepartners." starts with the 
address " Mv Dear Hannah." and closes "Thy Mother. Unity Everingham." 
Unitv was at that time an assistant matron at a Friends' school at Xinepartners 
(about twenty miles from Poughkeepsie, X. Y.), and was addressed to "Hannah 
Pani-oast. Charlotte Street. Corner Bedlow. X. Y." Another letter, from Sarah 
Pope, a sister of T'^nitv (Shi/ti-Pancoast) Everingham. to Aaron Baker, corner 


Charlotte and Bedlow streets, X. ^'.. dated (J/4/1805, from ^lansfiekl, not only 
sho\v.« tlie correct ramification of tlie kin. but shows that Sarah (Shinn) Tope 
was alive at tliat date. The descendants of Sohnnon PancoiiSt have roeurd.< which 
show another son of Jos«.'j)h and Unity (Shinn) Pancoast, named Joseph, which 
agrees with Joscj)h Pancoast *s will of 174!). This Joseph removed to Scipio, X. Y., 
where he married Sn.-annah Cook, and dic<l at Auburn. X. Y., 0/13/18o"2. The 
sons Solomon and .lo.^cjiii, tojrether with Hannah, removed to Xcw York City: then 
to Cayuga County. X. Y., and were pioneer settlers of that county. Benjamin, Sam- 
uel and I'nity remained in Xcw Jer.<ey. where they reared families. Unity (Shiiui- 
Pancoasl ) Kveringham was buried at the IlowJand r>iirviii<r (icuiid. Cavuua Couiitv, 
X. Y. 

l<il. I'.vi.LB Siii.w (1). — Solomon (o), Ja.mks C^*), duiix (1). 

( aicb Shinn. the sixth ihild of Solomon and ^fary (Antrim) Shinn. was 
burn ."i/iJ/l^Ov'. and married out of meetin^^ 11,'^, 11^1. In December. 1772, he 
laid a paj)er before Burlington condoning his fault, and on the same (hiy ^lary 
(Lucas) Shinn asked the Women's Meeting to be taken uiider ilicir care. After 
mature deliberation Caleb's jiapcr was accepted and Mary was reccivcil. The Uiuas 
family was among the gentry oH England, and its ilcsccndants in Xcw Jcim-v were 
respectable and worthy. Caleb Shinn was a high-minded, generous fellow, and 
like many other young men of ])rosperous families, took life easily. He was a 
good comj»anion. but did not acfpiire ])ro|)erty as ilid his brothers. There is a law 
of comjicnsation. however. \\'hat he lacked in material wcallh he inade up in 
a vigorous mentality. The depreciation of the colonial currency immediately after 
the war caused him to lose heavily from investments lie had iiiaile. This also 
swept away the otate given him by his fatlicr. and made liini a renter of other 
people's land. 

In l"li;{ he remi>\(M| J'rdiii llnrlington to l'|i|iei- S|ii'in^liel(l. In i;;)i it is 
recorded that Caleb Shinn returned the Book n\' Discipline. Nine years latei- lie 
and his wife asked I'pper Sprinfrdeld for a ciTtilicate of removal to Wcstland, Pa., 
which was graine<|. The great West was beckoning him thitherward, and two of 
his descendants for years sent the Overland Month J t/ from the utmost limits of our 
Western limits to the land of his birth, showing tlint Caleb's call was for the best. 
From Wollanil, Caleb and his wife, with his sons, Tlionins and Keilar. crossed the 
Alle^dieiiy .Mountains, and settled in (Joshen Township. Coliimliiana (dnnty, Ohio, 
where (1804) they look up a section of land. Tliev stalled a lown on a pan (d' 
this, which they named "Salem," alter Salem. N. d. A l"rieiiil>" Meeting was 
established, and Caleb and his sons liecanie inlliieiitial ineiiilieis. lie died at Salem 
in 1MI>. ;md \v;i^ biirii'd there. 

Childri'n (d Caleb and Mary (Lncas) Sliiim. 

J7I (li Tlioiiias .Shiiiii. ]>. in New Jersey, 1772; m. (1) Abigail GasUell. IT'.'T: (2) 

Iteli.-ccji Daniel. ISOfJ; (:{) Sarah Sel)rel. ISlC. 
472. (2) Ke.jar Shliin, I). 1774; ni. Miriam Willeis. lI/il/17"J8. 
47:i. (.".) Surah Sliimi. 1). 1777: m. .M iildldou. 

UIC. J'lti.h SiijN.N ( I).— Ci.i.MKNT (;>), JA.Mi;s ("Jj. John (1). 

Peter Shinn. a son of Clement and Fdizabelh (Webb) Shinn. was born in 
New Jersey. 1 (>/'-.'()/ 17 1 1, and was regularly married at All. Ilollv. on C — 1779, 
to (iraee. daughter of Joseph and (irace (Jaskell. In Klf.' he removed to I'pper 
Springlield. Four chihlren were born while he liv.'d ai \li Ilollv. viz.. |)a\id, 
Hannah. IJacbel and Jcdm. Another child was horn ai Ipper Sprin-lield. who was 
named Mahlon. In 17!»l he and Mary, with Iheir \]\r rhihlnn. moved hack to 
Mt. IFolly. Three years later he was certified bv .Mi. Ilollv to I ppcr Evesham, 

Fourth Generation. 127 

now Medford Here ho died, about 1820. In 1825 his widow, Grace, with two 
sons, removed to lladdonfield; in 1820 to West Frankford, Pa., and in 1827 to 
Upper .Springfield, Columbiana County, Ohio. Thus Upper Springfield and Salem, 
N J., had their names perpetuated by two Friends' Meetings m Columbiana County, 
Ohio. I bus do we carry the things we love to distant places, there to reinvest them 
with life and give the historian clues by which he may unravel the knotty problems 
of time. On the 7th of July, 1832, Burlington made a mmute disowning Grace 
Shinn. of Upper Springfield, Columbiana County, Ohio, for joining the Separatists. 
The Friends at that time seem to have had the inquisitorial notions of the Jesuits 
and much of their machinerv". There were no railroads, but they got the news. 
This is the last record of Grace (Gaskell) Shinn. She was born 'in 1755, as the 
Evesham records show, and at the date of her disownment was seventy-seven years 
of age. How much longer she lived I do not know, but she sleeps the sleep of the 
righteous in a town far removed from her girlhood home. 

The Evesham records give the following children, and records most of their 
marriages. They all sleep the everlasting sleep in Pennsylvania or Ohio. 

Children of Peter and Grace (Gaskell) Shinn. 

474. (1) Elizabeth Shinn. b. 5/14/1780; ob. 2/19/1783. 

478. (2) David Shinn, b. 10/13/1782; m. Hannah Wilson, 3/— /1808. at Upper 

47(1. (3) Hannah Shinn, b. 3/24/1785; ob. in vita patris. 

477. (4) Joseph Shinn, b. 1/29/1787; ob. infans. 

478. (5) Rachel Shinn. b. 3/25/1789; m. Ezra Branan, 8/— /1811. 

47!t. (C.) John Shinn. b. 3/19/1791; m. Sybella Collins, 1814, at Upper Evesham. 

480. (7) Mahlon Shinn, b. 11/12/1794; m. Sarah Church, 10/15/1816. 

481. (8) Abraham Shinn, b. 3/19/1798; m. Margaret Wilkins, 12/28/1820. 
170. D.VVIi) SiiiXN (-1). ] 

1()5. Levi Siiinn (4). 

[Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 
!()!>. JoxATir.w Shinn (4). | 
1()7. Clement Shinn (4). J 

We now come to another great migration — that of the four sons of Clement 
and Elizabeth (Webb) Shinn — David, Levi, Jonathan and Clement, and Benjamin 
and his two sons. Isaac and Samuel, into Virginia. 

From this great line, which may appropriately be called the "West Virginia 
Branch," the name Shinn was carried mainly into every part of the great West. 

The vitality of the family seemed to die, so far as the old habitat, New Jersey, 
was concerned, to take newer and stronger hold in Virginia. There were othei 
minor migrations from New Jersey direct to Ohio, from which many families of 
the West trace their lineage^ but the far greater part of these transplantations 
emerge from this colony in Virginia (now West Virginia). 

It is a strange commentary on families that they spring up in given com- 
munity, have a glorious youth, a ripe maturity, and then dwindle and die, to be 
reproduced in distant places, and to decay and die there as they did before. 
Families seem to wear out in any one locality in less than a hundred years. New 
Jersey iui longer knows the name Shinn as a great and flourishing family; North 
Carolina held the family in great numbers for eighty years, when the great law 
of destruction set in upon its inexorable work, and the name is rarely met at 
present within its boundaries. The same remark applies to Virginia, but not so 
generally as to New Jersey and North Carolina. Large numbers of Shinns are still 
seated in Harrison County, where their ancestors located one hundred and twenty 
years ago. 

In" the earlier history of a family in a given place the number of male births 
is equal to. if not greater", than the number of female births; but as the years go on 
the ratio changes', and the females outnumber the males. Thus the family, as 

12S HisTOKY OF TiiL Sill NX Fa.mily IN Elhoi'i-: anh Ameiuca 

distin<:iii.>-l)t'(l Ijy it.- lumif, dccay.s and dit's. And evt'ii tliou^h the ratio remains 
the sann'. tlii' vitality of tlu* mali-s Icails to niiurration. ami name detay follow^;. 

It aj))»t'ar!> to 1k» true in all families that there comes a time when the land 
that once know them well knows them no longer. The supreme power of William 
the ('onf|neror transferred the Saxon estates to heiuliiiieii followiiiL:' the fortunes 
of tin- ciiiHiuering lord: the supn-me finesse of ignol)le huul baron.-, .-upported and 
reinforced hy the refinements of law, chicanery and fraud, transfers the hard-eariicd 
estates of father and son from the hands of grandson and great-grandson to other 
names, to he in turn Io>t to them hy processes similar in ]irin(i]i|e. thougli diiTering 
in form. 

And if to all this is added the indiviilual weakness of (he ilc.-( h iidniii, as evi- 
denced hy extravagance, idleness and drunkenness, and llic absence of biws of 
primogeniture to centralize and hold tin- estate, the bi-soni oT dcstrnetion sweeps all 
away, and that which once added ghn-y to a family nanif i> lost in the sha(]ows of 
obscurity and decay. 

The successful issue of the Kevolutionaiy War ami \\\r Tnaty of Paris 
caiwied the boundaries of the I'nili'd States westwanl 1o tlic Mississippi Hiver, 
and ii])cned for .-etilement a rtgioii of almost ine.\liau.-lil)le fertility. Hut prior 
to this the French and Indian War. HoiKpiet's Expedition (1764) and the Treaty 
of Ft. Stanwix (K(iS) had fixed the title to the vast regions of Pennsylvania and 
Virginia in (Jreat l^ritain. which led adventurous s]iirits over 11ic Allegjieiiv ^foun- 
tains into the n-gions beyond. (Md lines of travel changed and new I'oads were 
made. Nip hmger wa> the niignuioii xml liw ai'd iiilo the Cai'oliiias. luit wc-twai'd, 
into Kentucky aiid Ohio. 

'i'he regi<tn around Winchester. \'a.. bad been the Mecca of migratorv s])irits 
frnm \ew Jersey. Pennsylvania and Marvlaiid. Tbc Monthly .Meeting IJeeords of 
the Friends at lloju'well. l-'rcdirick ("(iiini\. \a.. dixlose events of great historic 
importance. An enterjM'ising (^)iiakei' by the iiaiiir of Kd-- (ib|;iiiicd w ;iM'aiii> \\>v 
the survey oi' furty thousand acres of land, and these surveys were made along 
the ()|»e(]U(>n and up to A[)ple Pie liidge, about ten niile< north of Wimliesler. 
K(Tcheval says that numerous immigrations of the (^Miaker profession removed 
from I'eiinsyhania and settled nn ibc |,'<i,-^ >iir\c\s. (Ii-cat nmubi'i's of imniigi'ants 
folldwed from New .lersey and Marvlaiid. Tbc-c (^hiakci's bad a rcunlar Monthly 
.Meeting at Hopewell in K^s. I'.m ndi nidy in lldpcwcll. \'a.. liid tboc (^)uaker 
immigrants go in large nundiers. but also \n Cidpcpci-, L(.iid(iim. Fairfax. 
Warren. Fampiier and Madison ('(nnitic-. I'ivp;i r.n i\ c meetings were held at a 
very early dale in each <if these c(Minties, wiib ,i eeiiii-.-d anlli(ii'il\ \e-te(l in Hope- 
well. Si great and rapid was the migi-alioii ibe MoiilbK Meeiiiig> were 
o^lahlished by the parent society al We:-l bind, in i be b'a ppabaniioek \'allev; 
Crooked l{im. in SialVord : |'";iiit';i \. ;ii W aii-entnii. in Fan.piiei' : .\pple I'le K'idgc o^- 
\\ inche.-ter. I'"redcrick County: WOodlawn. in Faii'fax. and (ioo>e Ci-eek. in 
Loudoun. Pushing westward, .lackscai Moiillil\ Meeting \\a- -et up in eiiber 
Hampshire or llarri.-on. while Hush Creek and Hack Creek Prep.i i;ii i\ e Meeimus 
find place in Hampshire. The ri'coriU of ibe>,. nieeiing< simw llie dismissal of 
scores of (Quakers for the back parts of N'irginia and xkui Inr di-iani Ohio. The 
(Quakers were good cili/.cns. and the Ibonghtful historian i- led to ask wbv they 
Hlumld leiive so fair a country a- \'irginia for the wilderness to the we.-i ? The 
answer is to he found in the spirit of the np'. ;iml noi in llie p.cii I ninl le- <d' the 
\'irgininns or of the <.»iiakers. That spirit was emiiieiiilv imirlial. and Imnnl 
no excuse for a .M'l of people who refused to bear amis. In ! 'eiiii-\ Kania a number 
of promim-nt Quaki-rs were seize. I by the authorities ami bmii-bed to Wincliester, 
Va. In HJ."»0 the House (d" Hnrgesses of \'irginia passed a law n\' more than 
ordinary severity. DurinLT Eonl Dnnmoiv's War and afterwards during tbe KN-vo- 
lutionarv War the IclmI and -ocial status of the (^)uakers in \"irginia \\a> alm<wf 


i''0 Uirni ( { EN KK ATIOX. 


execrable. They refused to Ix'iii- arms and to pay taxes to carry on a war. Their 
estates were confiscated vi rider Ic^^al warrant, and they looked to the great West 
foi- relief. S|)(;cuhitors took advantage of the law to gain by stealth what had 
cost the thrifty Quakers years of diligent effort to obtain. Warlike glory was in 
the air everywhere, and the partisans of non-resistance fell into disrepute. The 
Quakers were eager to leave, and the Virginians were glad to see them go. It is 
not an easy matter to pass judgment on either party. In many essential points 
each was wrong, l)ut it is certain that as the age was constituted neither party 
could have done other than it did. But the historian, as he views the trend of 
affairs through the centuries, cannot avoid the conclusion that in the long run 
Virginia lost more than did the Quakers. Thrift, honor, honesty and enterprise 
are qualities that a State can ill afford to lose, and that these qualities belonged to 
the Quakers of Virginia is beyond all controversy. We shall see some of these 
Quakers of Virginia trans|)lanted to Ohio, where their thrift and enterprise changed 
tliat vast solitude into centers of civilization and refinement. 

Levi Sbinn was the pioneer of the westward movement, so far as the family 
of Shinn was connected with it. The records do not disclose the place of his 
marriage, his wife's name nor his dismissal from any Xcw Jersey meeting of 


Friends. Neither do the records show when he reached Hopewell nor how long 
he remained there. Tradition and the records say that he lived for awhile on Apple 
Pie Ridge, in Frederick County, Va., where others of the family and others ±rom 
New Jersev had taken residence. In 1778 we find him in Harrison County, \ a 
hlazing with his ax the domain which was to be his under '^ Tomahawk Kiglit, and 
near wliich the town of Shinnston now stands. The accompanying picture shows 

the log house built 1)V him at this time. ^t- n • x- -c ^i 

After thi. he returned to Hopewell for his family. His description of the 
county so pleased his friends and relatives that many of them determined to move 
Some time durino- the rear inO Levi, with his famil.y his brother Clement and 
his familv, his cousin Benjamin and family viz., Samuel, Isaac, Amy and Luc^^^^^^^ 
Shinn, and some of the Clarks, Antrims, Earls, Drakes, Herberts and otheis set 
mat fo Harrison County. Arriving there, they took up such lamls as pleased them, 
and be-an their imin-ovement. Levi Shinn had already made h.s selection. Clem- 
ent located n Middle Creek, about one mile from where Shmnston was after- 

i:{-.' HiSTouv OF Tin: Shinx Family in* Europk Axn America 

wardb laid out. Lsaat- Sliiun went al.out >ix miles away iind chose a location ou 
Simpson's Creek, wjiilc Samuel Shinn made a selection on Ten-Mile Creek, about . 
fifteen miles awav. Ch-aring and liouseliuildin^^ kept them busy, and the Indians 
troubled them so" frequently as to make them forofet their peaceable doctrines and 
fight for their lives. The" necessity for a fort soon ])resented itself, and upon a 
prominent location about three miles away they erected a stockade. They were 
pleased with their settlement, however, and sent word back to Hopewell and to 
New Jerivy inviting other friends and relatives to jniii lliem in the West. 

The family record din-loses six sons of Clement and Elizabeth (Webb) Shinn. 
Two of these. Peter and Solomon, remained in New Jersey until a later period, 
when they, too. removed to the West. The traditions and family records agree that 
Levi, Jonathan and Clement married in New Jersey at or near Salem. Levi Shinn 
married Elizabeth Smith. K;.': Clement Shinn married ]^Ith Bates in ITT^ ; 
Jonathan Shinn married ,Marv Clark. 1:T8. The Hopewell Kecord shows that 
David Shinn presented a certificate from Mt. Holly, dated 8, 5/1790, and lodged it 
at Hojtewell. Frederick County. \:i.. 1/3/1791. This certificate names Samuel, 
David and John as children of J)avid Shinn. but does not refer \n Ids wife. His 
marriage in New .Jersey is thus proved, but 1 cannot give tlu' mime of his wife. 
David and Jonathan were twin brothers. Keferring to Mt. Holly Minutes, 
7/8/1 790, we fiiul this note: '* David Shinn sends an acknowledgment for bearing 
arms and marrying by a hireling jtriest. which was accepted and a certificate of 
removal to Hopewell Monthly .Meeting (Virginia) granted." The minute also 
contains the words. " where he had long resided,"' and shows that he had been 
in Virginia for a nund)er of years. Whether the "bearing arms'' referred to the 
Revolutionary War, J cannot say, but the family have always claimed that David 
was a lievfdulionary soldier, and his son was a distinguished soldit'r from Virginia 
in the War (»f isr^, besides being a noted militia olhcer in Hampsliire County. 
David lived a most exemi)lary lile arici' liis settlemcni -ii Hopewell. His home 
was in llainp^bire Cuunfy. and tbe ])arti(ular meeting to which he belonged was 
Btyled '' Middh' Creek." liis niime Irecpiently ap))ears upon the Hopewell Alinutes 
upo!i important coiiiniitlees. ;iiid <iii S/G/1792 tliat meeting made him an elder. 
In reading these minutes flie nanu's Branson. Shreeve Stratton. Wright, Fenton. 
Earl, Antrim and Lupfon snggest the fancy that you are not at Hopewell, A^'a., 
but back at .Mt. Holly and Hurlingfon. David died in ISl.") in Hampshire County. 
leaving a will, dated ;{/7/l<Sl."». and jtrobated 4/17/181."). ll names Samuel and 
Lytha as children, son-in-law SainncI r.ii-liy. mid direct- lii- pi'o|icity to be divid(^d 
among all his ehildreii. Wilr Mary. 

Cliildren of |)a\id .iihI .M;ir\ ( ) Sliimi. 

4K2. Ill Samuel Sliiiin. 1). A/22/\lH{;: m. 1811. Fairfax CoinUy. Va. 

•18:{. Ci) David Shinn. U. 17SS; m. Mary Shinn at P'airfax. Va., 4/— /l^'"- 

•I84 C?) Jolin Shinn. 1). 1790; m. Mary Dalby. Hoi)owel!. Va.. 10/5/1810. 

4S5. (4) I.ydia Shinn. I». IT'.tfi; ni. Aniasa Shinn. Hopewell. Va.. 12/7/1820. 

4Kn. (f.) .Mary Siiinn. 1> I7:i4; m. Capl. .Joel Reese. Hopewell, Va.. 8/4/1S14. 

487. (6) ICHlher Shinn, 1». 5/— /17!>:{; m. Samuel Busby, Hopewell, Va.. 12/!)/l«l■5• 
CIenlent Shinn does not a|i|ieiir on any of the records, and was coideid to live 

an ob.-eure life. H(! was in Harrison County as early as ITin. with a wife aiul 
children. H<' took up a farm near wliere Sliiimston now stands, cleared it and 
lived ujion it until he died. His adventures willi ilic Indi.ins would be interesting. 
but hi- did not eominit tlieni to writing, and bis descendants li:ive nothing but the 
tra<lilions eommoii to pioneer life. His children are taken fi-oiu the familv Bible 
and their marriages from the court moidv df Harrison County. 

( 'Inldrrii (if Clement ;ind K'nili (Hates) Shinn. 

488. (II .JoKcph Shinn. b. ;>/2:V177.'i; ni. .Mary .Malhis in Virginia. 7/:V1800. 

489. (2) Mosps Shinn. h. 2/10/1770: m. Sarah Kyle, 4/5/17J»;t. in Virginia. 

Fourth Generation. 133 

49(». (■.'>) Daniel Shinn, b. 1/10/1781; m. Mary Whiteman, ISUl 

491. (4) Hepzibah Shinn, b. 4/25/1784; m. Levi Shinn, 7/2/1800 

492. (.J) Clement Shinn, b. 11/24/178G; m. Lueretia Shinn, 1808. 

4'.K',. (G) Edward Shinn. b. 1788; m. Hannah Shinn. daughter of Isaac and Agnes 

(Dralcei Shinn. 
4:>4. (7) Keuben Shinn, h. 9/26/1780; married. 

495. (8) Asrhah Shinn, b. 1792; m. David Earl. 

496. (9) Samuel .Jonathan Shinn, b. 10/7/1793; ob. sine proli 

497. (10) Eli Shinn. b. 1797. 

I.cvi Sliiiiii lived and died near Shinn.ston, W. \'a. He married in New Jersey, 
and .several of lii.< cliilrlren were born in that State. He was born in 1748, and 
married Klizabdb Smitli in n?2. He was a Virginia pioneer, and suffered the 
usual hardships, lie i.< buried near Shinn.«ton. and his descendants point out his 

Cbiblicii of Levi and i^]lizal)etii (Smith) Shinn. 

498. (1) (Mement Shinn, b. 177:1. in New Jersey; m. Mary Thompson, in Virginia 


499. (2) Solomon Shinn, b. 1775; m. Walmsley; (2) Mary Ann Kirksey. 

500. Ci) Sarah Shinn, b. 1777; m. Dire Waldo. 

5(H. (4) Anna Shinn, b. 1780; m. Jonathan Whiteman. 

502. (5) Aaron Shinn. b. 1782; m. Mary Pig^ott, 5/23/1811. 

503. (0) Levi Shinn b. 17S3; m. Sarah McDole, 1816. 

504. (7) Elizabeth Shinn. b. 1785; m. Joseph Wilson, 1838. 

505. (8) Moses Shinn, b. .5/21/1791; m. (1» Esther Busby; (2) Elizabeth Hall: 

(3) Mary Irvin. 

506. (9) Isaiah Shinn, b. 5/14/1794; m. Nancy Robey, 4/17/1816. 

Jonathan Shinn was Imrn in Xew Jersey, and married ^Mary Clark, in that 
State. On ')/? ImS; lie produced a certillcate at Hopewell, Va., from Burlington 
Monthly Meeting, dated 8/7/178(5. His wife appears to have been dead at that 
time. On 12/1/1788 he was di.sowjied at Hopewell for marrying out of meeting. 
He never made acknowledgments, but his wife, Mary, on 6/2/1792, sent a very 
touching paper ii> Hopewell .Mci-ting, which is here produced, that the reader may 
form an estimate of the woman who reared, as stepmother, Asa Shinn, one of 
the greatest ])reachers that ^lethodism has prodticed, and a thinker worthy of 
any ag»» or clime. The following i> ^Fary (Edwards) Shinn"s acknowledgment: 

" Whereas I have had my birthright and education among Friends, but for want 
of due regard to the manifestation of truth in my heart hath so given way to the 
lemptntion of the enemy, as to brin.g sorrow to myself and disgrace on the society, and 
for which I was justly disowned; and from my — sense of sorrow do desire that Friends 
may pass by my misconduct and — receive me under their Christian care as my future 
conduct may deserve. (Signed.) MARY SHINN." 

The ste})mother has been derided in all climes and in every age, but the 
woman who cotild pen such an acknowledgment merits universal praise. Jonathan 
Shinn made a wise selection, and his children, whether by the iirst or by the 
second inarriage. had a wise and safe counselor in Mary Shinn. The stepmother 
had two of her husl)and"s first children to foster and educate. These two boys, 
Levi and' Asa, inherited religious inclinations, and Mary Shinn was a proper 
person to foster the inheritance. Much sport has also been made of the backwoods,^ 

•Why has the United States taken a leading position in inventive genius? May 
not this bent of mind owe its existence to our backwoods life? Doddridge has truly said: 
•' Every family was under the necessity of doing everything for itself." Did they 
need mills? They invented the hominy block and hand mill. When the toil of pounding 
the grain became excessive they invented the sweep. And in Greenbrier County these 
sweeps were soon turned into pounding saltpeter into gunpowder. And what better 
utensil was ever made for soft corn than the backwoods grater? Then came their 
tub mills, with sifters of deer skin stretched over a hoop and perforated with a hot 
wire. They made their own looms, and were always improving them. They were 
tanners, and the substitutes they were compelled to use for the regular tanning formula 
quickened their inventive power. They were tailors and shoemakers, and the shifts 
they were put to when a lack of materials or tools presented itself kept their minds 

134 HisTOBY OF TttE Shixn Family IX EuHori: and America 

but ill thi.s liltlc llarri:«uii County tabiii there was ilie refinement that comes from 
subdued desires, and its occupants were models in purity of life and elevatecl 
thought. From this rude hut went the man — Asa Shinn — who was to charm vast 
audiencfjs in (.'ineinnati. Pittshur^'. Philadelphia and Haltimore with his charming 
manners and jtolished oratory, and who was to <lKiin the thought of ehurehmen 
everj'where with his jirofouml sermons and jiuhlished reasoning. 

Jonatlian had moved to Harrison Coutity prior to Ins disowiiment and pur- 
eliased a farm where Shihnston now stands. Although disowned by Friends, he 
was a fJod-fcaring man, and his wife was an earnest Friend. His house was open 
to traveling preachers al, all times, ami the Hible was an o]>en book in his house. 
Two of liis sons, T>evi and Asa, became Mc^thodists at a very earW age, and both 
l>ecame preacliers. T^evi lacked the ability •>(" Asa. but was a great pioneer preacher 
in \'irgiT:ia and t)hi(». Asa becanw a famous man aiid belonged to the world. 

('bibli'cn of .loiial lian and Mary (I'lark) Sliinii. 

507. (1) l.fvi Shinn, 1j. ri/W/MlH, in New Jersey; m. Hepzibah Shiuu. his cousin, 

at Shinnslon. Va.. 7/1/1800. 

508. i'l) Asa Shinn. ]). 1781. in New .Jersey; m. (1) Phebe Barnes, in Wood 

County. Va.: (2) .Mary Bennins^ton Gibson, at Pittsbiu'g. Pa. 
fjO't. (.•;» Ann Sliinn. b. 1 7X:^ ; ni. IJaniel Whitoman. 4/11/1799. 
5J0. (4) .lonaihan Sliinn. b 17.S.'>; oi>. sine proli. 

511. (^) KUvaheth Shinn. h. 17S7: m. Samuel Clark, 1/18/1807. 

Cjiildren of donatban and .M.ii-y ( I'M wards ) Shinn. 

512. (1) <;. Amasa Shii'ii. h. 1789; ni. his cousin. Lydia Shinn, 12/7/1820. 
.'■)i:! i2( 7. Ruth Shinn. 1.. I7;tl; ni. William Harey. 

514. CJ) S. Hannah Shinn. b. 17!t:!: m. her cousin, David Shinn, 4/— /1800. 

515. (4) 9. Sarah Shinn. b. 17!h;: m. Earl. 

17(J. Hi;.\jA.\ii.\ doNES (4). — di:AN' Aikin^on Ci), Saraji Siii.w (2). 

John (1). 

Benjamin .lones, son of I'.cn j.miin ami .Saiah (Atkinson) Jones, was born 
in IJurlington (bounty, N. .1., in \'ris. and was married in 1740 to Elizabeth 
Carter. I biuc oidy found one ebibl, but tlici'c mav have b.'cn more. 

Childrrn id' llcnjamiii and t]Ii/alicl li (Carter) Jones. 

516. (1) Sarah .lones (5). who married U/. (launi. son of Zcbuloii. llcr descendants 

517 Ml Samuel Gaunl (6), who married Hannah, <laughter of Aden Atkinson, 

and had .\den. Sarah. .Job. Mercy, Israel. Ridsway and Walter. 
525. (2) Renjaniin (launl (fi). who married Susan, daughter of .lohn Stokes, and 

bad lOli/.abelh, Lctuisa, I'/.. Asher. Susan. I>'i;ml<lin, Cliarh's, .Anna. 

lienjainin and Nathan. 

538. CJ) Israel (;annl ((!); ob. unmarried. 

539. (4) Hannah Caunt {(',). marri(>(l Asa Shinn. and had Sarah Gaunt. 

542 (5( iO'lsha Gainil (<I(, marrird Dru.sella. dau.uliler of Simeon Norcross, and 

had {..ewis. Sophia, .John F.. William. .Mail in and Caroline. 

54:J (»)) Lewis Gaiuil (C), ob. sini! ])roli, is:;4. 

544. (7) .lefferson Gaunt (ti). marrii'd .Mary, daughter of .Joseph Harrison, and 

had Theodore. ICdwanl. .Josephine, William. Lewis, Frederick, Ella. 
I'- I'liiribiis and fnia. 

I7h. xNao.mi 111 -II ^ til. I.'uw i.wii ()wi:\ (;! ), M \i;iii \ Sii I \ \ cM.donN (1). 

Nnomi. daughter of IJi.wland and Prudence (i'oucll) Owen, upon reaching 
the nge of wnnuinbood, married Isaac liusby in New Jersey, aiul had (he following 
childn-n : Waehel, i'rudence, Mary, Isaac, ^lartha. .loseph and Pebecca. The 

alert tip«in llno« which favored mechanical iiiveiiiioii. Doddridge truly says: "The 
Htato of H4»rloty wliirh existed in our country at an early period of Us settlement was 
wpII rnlrulnted to call into action every native mechanical genius." 

Fourth Generatiox. 


fifth child, Martha Busby, married Smith Bell, son of Thomas and Thamer (Smith) 
Bell, of Delaware, and had children — Sarah, Hiram, Smith, Mary, Kobert and 
Martha. 'I'hc .second child, Pliram Bell, was a prominent man in Columbiana County 
(Jliio, and was at one time Commi.s.^ioner of the county. He married Martha Freed, 
daughter of George Freed, 5/30/1849, and had Sydney, Lewis, Kaomi, Eebecca, 
Elizabeth, Mulford. Anna. (Mifton and Norman. (See Chapman's "History of 
Vermillion County, Illinois/' p. 575.) 

180. (Ie'Sehxl Isaiah Siiinn (5). — Joseph (4). George (3), Johk (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Isaiah Shinn, .second son of Joseph and Ann Sydonia (Shivers) Shinn, born 
Decembci- 15th. 1704, at Pilesgrove, X. J. ; died July 25th, 1822; married, Januar}^, 
1788, Elizalx'tb. (liuii^litrr df .Toscpli .Iciiks, born October 21st, 1768, and died De- 


cember 4th, 182; ; prominent in Salem County; Justice ot Qnnvtcv^er^i<yns,ive- 
nx^oui\^■ nominated for high sherilf: Commander of the ^ew Jersey Militia in 1«|^' 
his commissum and epaulettes are in the possession of his g^^^^H.^^^^ J,^/' .^^^^^^ 
Woodnutt Clawson. The following were children of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Jenks) 

Shinn :^ r • tT 

- -^,e,e <,a,es. «c.. ^,e ,aU.n (ron, *ecjd family BU,.eo, Isaiah Shm^^^ 
and sold bv Isaac Collins. Trenton. N. J., MDCCXC. P"*;^^,^,,fi'''"°^''4^=„_ . „iso the 
the death of Elizabeth Shlnn was In X^^-'^IS^S^foiTu Zok^iZn^e^'H^^^^ 
;:rh'-°'a'l;reri^,r„frae'h?- S^Tj^'S'^^s^n states that Hannah Shinn was Anna 
Svdonia Shivers, daughter of Samuel Shivers. 

l.'ifi History of the Shix.v Family ix Europe axd America 

60o. Ill Joseph Shinn. 1». November 17. 1788: ob. August 31. 1795. 

604. (2) William Jenks Shinn. b. September 2. 1790; m. Margaret CarpenteV 

Woodnmt. February 13. 1817. 

605. (3) Maria Shinn. b. March 22. 1792; ob. October 16, 1793. 

606. (4) Eliza Shinn. b. October 10. 1794; ob. October 20, 1797. 

6U7. (5) Chariot!.- Shinn. b. August 19. 1796; m. Israel R. Clawson. 12/6/1815. 

60S. oi) Samuel Shivers Shinn. h. October IS. 1798; ob. January 17. 1828. 

609. (7) Jenks Shinn, b. June l'.. liHn): ob. April 9. 1802. 

610. (8» Joseph Jenks Shinn. h. .January 1. 1803; ob. July 31. 1803. 

184. S.vMiKi. SiiiNN (.')). -.\.M OS (4). Geohgi; (o). John (2). John (1). 

Samuel .Shinn, son of Ani<).< and Ann (Carter) Shiim. was born in Burlington 
County, New Jersey, llis early life i.s obscure, but he projects himself into authentic 
history in 1777, when the following minute was made a! Mt. Holly Monthly 
Meeting: '' Saniurl Sliinn. son of Anios. wa-; roportcMl fnr 1 1'.iiiiiiii:- in llio military 
service and foi- marrying a woman that is iii>l of luir oiilcr and fiu' neglect of 
attendance upon meetings, the irutli of wliidi lie ;i(kiin\\ Icdgcd." .StrikiM-. in Ids 
list of Revolutionary soldiers of New Jersey, names Buddcll Slunn and Vincent 
Shinn. His sih'uce as to Samuel, sou of Amos, is not to be tak(M\ as a negative. 
There were many .soldiers in tlic Ivevolutionary Army llial have failed to be 
recorded, and Samuel Shinn lielongs to that numljer. If there was any one thing 
for which I-'riends stood, it was the sinfulness of bearing arms, and when they 
deliberately note u])on their minutes that Samuel Shinn had been training in the 
militia, and tlu-n di.sown him (as they did on 11/9/11^7), it is conclusive evidence 
that he was a .soldier. He a|)pears to have been a cooper, and to have married 
FJizabcth Starkey in 17()(I. After the war he went to ridkidelphia, where he plied 
his trade i'ov awhilr. when be rcnioxiMl to A'iiiccntown. wlicn' he died. 

C'hildren ol Sjiinu.d ;ind l'di/.;d)i'i]i (Starkey) Shinn. 

576. (1) Anio.s Shinn. b. I'tiS. 

577. (2) Nathan (or Nathanielj Shinn b. ITTu; m. (\) i\lari;aret Baxter, 4/6/1797; 

(2) Hannah Doren, 3/2/1800; (3) Mrs. Annie Lippincott, nee Warren. 
57S. (.".) Samuel Sliinn. b, 1772. 
.'i79. (1» ( Shinn. h. 1771i. 

\Si\. ZlI.I-II.V SlIIXN (.'•). — .\M()S ( 1 ). eiKOKLIK (;>),. loiIN (2).JoHN (1). 

/ilpha. daugliter of Amos and Ann (Carter) Shinn, born in 1747. She 
married according to Friends' rites, at Evesham M(mtlily .Meeting, in October, 1775, 
Caleb, sen of Nathaniel ami Mary (Kngle) Idiipinrdt (. Caleb was a widower, 
bavitig married Ann V'inacond) in I'f. I. nnd li\cd ;ii I l.^ddMnlield. to which place 
'/ilpha l((ok a removal (x'rtilicalc I'ldni l'l\r>li;iin in d;inn.ii\. lilli. .\sn Mallack, 
in bis Memoirs, notes the second ninri'iagc and i:i\c- I lie iMilowiug children: 

('liildren <A' Caleb and Zilpha (Shinn) Lipiunctiit. 

580. (1) Ann Lippincott; oh. sine inoli. (2) Caleb I.,ippine()ll. ob. .sine proli. 

581. C!) .loKhua i.ippincoli. b. 1780; m. Jane Moore. 

582. (4> (Irace l,ippi?icolt ; ob. sint< proli. 

187. A.M()s Siii.NN (;')).— .\m()s ( 1 ). Ckohch (3). John ('2). John (1). 

.\nio.-. iiflb child of .\ino> and Ann (Cart<'r) Shinn. married Ann Cunning- 
bam in 17(><i. Tile following i- a li-t <d' bis cbildicn. so lar a- I have been enabled 

to find them : 

595. (1 ) Ann Shinn. 

596. (2) William Shinn. 

.597 t.T) CurtlH Shinn. who married in Hurlinglon County, N. .1.. ami luid one son, 
Owen Lonis Shinn. b. ;;/2/l.*<17 ; m., :!/l(i/ls;;;t. Sarah I'ancoast TTeav- 
land. ami had one child. Frederick* Shinn, b. t;/2/1S42. who married 
Ann Slater MeCabe, 5/15/186(;. and bad cliildiNMi : 

.".'•s 111 Cr'orge Shinn; ob. infans. 

Fourth Generation. i;^7 

599. (2) Edgar Shinn: ob. infans. 

600. {/,) Clara Shinn; ob. unmarried. 
('>(tL (i) Helen Matilda Shinn; m. Mr. McCabe. 

(5) Owen Louis Shinn; b. 7/30/1871; m. Edith May Stringer, 11/9/1897 
and had Eleanor Anna Shinn, b. 7/20/1900. 


li>0. Sjiinx (-,).— Joiix (4). George (3). John (2), John (1). 

Esaias Sliiiin (otIicrwiH- J>aiali), second child of John and Lydia (Carter) 
Shinn, wa.s honi 0/14/1745; died in vita patrk 2/16/1791. (Mt. Holly Kecords.) 
He married IIaiina]i liranan according to Friends' rite in 1771, and had the follow- 
ing de.«c<-n(la!i(s. (Hiirlington and Mt. Holly Ficcords and John's Will) • 

1. Lydia Shinn (6); b. 2/16/1772; ob. unmarried. 

2. Sarah Shinn (6); b. 12/16/1773; 10/— /1794. 

3. Moses Shinn (6); b. 3/4/1775; m. Hester Devault. 6/11/1799. 

4. Abigail Shinn (6): b. 5/15/1777; ob. 2/14/1807. 

r>. Esaias Shinn (6); b. 12/20/1778; m. Mary Gaskell, 3/17/1800. 

6. Miriam Sliiiin (6); b. 3/20/1782. 

7. Aaron Shinn (6); b. 3/2«)/i782; ob. 8/28/1805. 

8. Hannah Shinn (6); b. 12/28/1785; m. — Page, 1807. 

9. Elijah Shinn: b. 3/10/1789; ob. 3/3/1807. 

Of fhcM' chihlren I have only the following notes: Hannah, the mother, 
ask-cd Mt. Holly, in K!i;;. for a certificate of removal for her son Moses to Evesham, 
which was granted. .Mo.^^es is named in his grandfather's will, and Burlington 
County marriage regi.-^tors show his marriage. He was a shoemaker; moved to 
Fhiladeiphia in ISO.!. mikI wa.- at work there in 1806. Burlington Minutes show 
that .Miigail ami Hannah had heen residing in Philadelphia, and that they 
|)lace(l their ccrlilicates of removal with Burlington in May, 1805. Burlington 
and Mt. Holly registers agree upon the date of Ahigail's death. Burlington 
.\Hmit{fs show that Hannah was disowned in the 8th month. 1807. for marrying out 
of meeting, giving her hnshand's name as ahove. 

Fsaias is nanu-il in his grandfathers will, and Burlington County records 
show his marriage. ^Hriam was disowned at Evesham in 1801. Of the land in 
Virginia he(|ueathcd l>y the grandfather, John, to his "grandsons Esaias, Moses, 
Aaron and l-llijah. sons of his son Esaias/' I know nothing. It was sold, in all 
jtrohahilily, hy tiie heirs, as I find no family in Virginia tracing its pedigree to 
any of these <hildren. The descendants of Moses, Esaias and Hannah are in 
South Jersey <>!■ IMiiladelphia, htit I have not found any of them. I have addressed 
many Shinns iu)W living in Salem County and in Philadelphia, who are not placed 
in this genealogy, hut from indisposition, churlishness, cupidity, ignorance or 
some other cause, have not l)een answered. Some of these may be the descendants of 
these three marriages. If so. 1 have given them an easy starting place for their 
researches, as well as a pungent introduction to their other kinsmen. 

10;5. .loiiN SiiiNx (5).— John (4), George (3). John (2), John (1). 

.h)hn Shinn, son of John and Lydia (Carter) Shinn. v,as born in. Burlington 
County, 5 30 1754. (Alt. Holly Record of Births and Deaths.) Being a yoimg 
man of some spirit ami of a generous nature, he frequently transgressed the 
church rules, and was once reprimanded for dissipation. He made an open 
acknowledgment and was forgiven. In his seventeenth year he made application 
to Burlington Monthly fleeting for a certificate to Evesham on account of mar- 
riage, which, after deliberation, was granted. But as there is no record at Evesham 
of the marriage, and as the family have no minute of it, it is presumable that 
it never occurred. He may have changed his mind, or the young woman may 
liave changed hers ; at all events, the records and tradition say nothing further 
of the mai-riage. In 1771 he was granted a certificate of removal to Chesterfield 
Monthly Meeting from Burlington. (Burlington Minutes, 7/1/1771; Chesterfield 
Minutes. 5 ^^ KM.) He remained at Chesterfield until 1778, when he took a 

i:{s IIisToijv or 'liii: .'^iiinn I'a.mii.v in EiHorE and America 

certilk-atc- to .Mt. Ildlv. (Clifsti'rHfkl Minute, lT7f<: Mi. Il"llv Mmutc, 1/6/1779). 
During lli^^ ivtiidum-f at C'licsterfii'hl. in the year IV, o, he was married to Martha 
J^arker. as is disclosed bv the marriage license record at Trenton. Tlie minutes of 
Clicsterlicld arc .-ilcnt npon the (question ol' this marriage. Jlc may have inarried 
with the usual formality of Friends: or he may have made acknowledgments after- 
wards. Certain it is that he was in good standing in 17 7 S. when lie was dismissed 
to Mt. J lolly, which cluirch nr)t oidy received him. hnt ke])t ;i recoi'd of his childnm, 
who are recorded as f(»llo\\s: 

Childri-n of -loini Shinn. dr. mul Martha ( I'arkei-j Sliinii. 

1. Klizal)eth Shinn; b. l/:;0/177r.. 

2. .Miriam Shinn: b. 10/7/1777. 
:;. Elli.s Shinn: 1). 11/19/1779. 
4. Daniel Shinn: b. ll/:j(i/1781. 

Martha mnst have died in \'i^\ oi- i;,s-.'. i'oi- in 1 ^s:i liic cliiiracteristie minute 
was made in Mt. llollv Minutes: " .Inlm Shinn. .Ir.. i-e|Hii-ie(| I'nv marrying out 
of meeting" and "neglecting attendaui-c upon iiieeling.'~." dohu made the usual 
acknowledgments, and was retained in the fold. From this lime on he viewed life 
with ditferent eyes. lie lieianie steady and eminently u<eruL His second wife 
was from the Evesham neigld)oi-hood, and his sphere of religious activity dates 
from h\< n-moval to Upper J^vesham fleeting. In isoo he was placed upon com- 
mittees, and in 1S04 was sent to Quarterly Meeting. Jn ISO^. at Upper Evesham, 
he was recommemled l»y his hi'ethrcn for the ministry.^ (Upjjcr Evesham" M. M., 
Kec. lSOO-1-7.) For years he had heen a patient teacher of children in the 
schools of the neighhorhood. Ahout 1800 Fi'ionds liuiH a schoolhouse near New 
lli>pewell. on the old l']gg llarhor road. The chihlicn helonged in part to the 
districts 'r;in>hoi'o and Fnnip l)i-;iiich. ('iiniden ('imnty. N. J. Its size was 
lhirty-si.\: by eighteen, and the \'w>\ leachci- was .loim Shinn. In December, 1807, 
he and Samuel Leidy. .Ii.. were j'elcaseil lo p;iy a \isit lo I he l-riends in Salem 
(Quarterly .Meeting. l<'rom this visit follo\ve(l the niigiali.)n of many of his chil- 
dren to Salem County. 

In .\pril. ISII. John Shinn. .Tr.. was again released to visit Salem, and in 
Septendjcr he was sent to Little l^gg lliii'bor, Bass IJiver, liarnegat and thereaway. 
In LSI."! we lind him at I'hiladelphia and Abingdon (^)uarterly ^IcM'ting. dust when 
he moved to iJerlin. Camden Comity, is not known, hut there he !i\-ed for many 
years, teaching school as a regular occuj)ation and pdi'oi'miiig the sacred duties of 
a Friends miinster as the spirit and the rtdes ol' the xuiety .-ugi;e-led and re(iuired. 
He died about IS'jO, universally n-.-peclcd lor hi> cliaraeler and wcn-ks. and was 
buried in .New Hopewell graveyai'il. Daniel. hi> yoiingol chihl h\ llie llrst mar- 
riage, followeil his footsle])S. ami aillhi'rd In llic (^)uake|- lailh. (Sec sketch of 
Datnel Shinn.) His children by the second mairiagr wmr Mar\. ("aleh. doab, Asa. 
dobn. IJacbel. .Mary .\nn and Lydia. 'rhr--r and Danul all nunid id I'ike Countw 
Illinois, and identified themselves peiinanenlh with ihe ginwlh ami ile\e|opmcnt 
of that great State. 

Children of John and Maitlia (I'aikei'j Sliinn. 

V>2\. (I) KM /.a 1)1 •111 Sl:iiin (•;). b. 1/:;(t/17T(;. who iiianied in New .Jersey. 
rt22. (L'l .Miriam Shinn ((.i. b. 10/7/1777: d. at .MtMllor.i. 
fi'j:'.. C'.i Kills Shinn H<). b. 1 1 /1})/I77!t : ob. sine iiroli. 

'In a i>o|Milar hlHlory of IbirlinKton Connty tlie lollowins language occurs: " Eliza- 
beth Co'lins was the tinnisler at the time of the orL;aiii/,a(ion of the society at Upper 
Kvesiiam. or Medfonl. In 17r»9. Other preachers soon followed, amonj; whom was .John 
Sliinn." (HlH). Hnr. Co.. p. MiG.) This shows how history is written. Evesham held 
llH first nieellnj; in 17fio. Uppor Evesham, or Alodford. or Shinnston. or Nebo held its 
lirsl meeting: in 1794. .lohn Shinn did not follow Elizabeth Collins. She ineachod for 
Evesham and hi- for l'i)i)er Evesham. He was made a minister by t iiper Evesham, and 
was; .1 cliil.i ..(• tlijii cbnrcli. (Upper Evesham Minutes, Vol. I.) 

Fourth Generation. i:)'.! 

624. (4) Daniel Shinn (6), b. 11/30/1781; m. in Gloucester (now Caindenj County, 

N. J.. Mary Racket, 1806. 

Children of John and Mary ( ) Shinn. 

625. (5) Caleb Shinn (6j. 

626. (6) Joab Shinn (6), to Illinois in 1830, and settled in New Salem Township. 

627. (7 J Asa Shinn (6), moved to Illinois, where he married and reared a family. 

628. (8) John S'hiun (6), b. 17H0; m. Rebecca Lippincott. 

629. (9) Rachel Shinn (6), b. 1792; married and reared a family. 

630. (10> Mary Ann Shinn (6). b. 1794; married and reared a family. 

631. (11) Lydia Shinn (6), b. 1796; married in New .Jersey. 

201. Curtis Siiinn (.j). — George (4), George (3), John (2), John (1). 

Curtis Avas of a wandering nature, and had a tempestuous life. The civil 
records of Bnrliii^^ton County .show that he married in li??, while the British 
and American armies were striving for supremacy in Xew Jersey. He married 
Ann Merriott. 'J'lie Friends Society was almost on the verge of dissolution at this 
time on account of the calamity of war. Mt. Holly w^as in turn held hy hoth British 
and Americans, and the younger (Quakers were tiring of the yolicy of non-resistance. 
They were looked upon with suspicion by both sides because of their conscientious 
scruples against bearing arms. In the year 1777 many of the younger men joined 
the army, and anu>ng tliem was Curtis Shinn. In June, 1777, the Friends 
ap})()inted Samuel Shinn, son of Francis, with others, to devise some plan to 
present the truth dearly and to say what was best for the good of the members. 
The result is not known. In 1786 Curtis Shinn asked to be received into mem- 
bership at ]\It. Holly for himself and children. The committee made a report 
that " there appeared to be something hopeful in him, but let his request rest for 
the |»resent."' His wife, Anna, was then, and continued to be. a member at Mt. 
Holly. She was born 9/5/1758, lived at Mt. Hollv. died 10/15/1824, and was 
buried at the Afonnt. Where and when Curtis died is not known, nor have I been 
enabled to fiml all \\\> children. Jane Shinn died in 1824. leaving a will, which 
recites that she is a daughter of Curtis and Anna Shinn, and mentions brothers and 
sisters, but does n<il mime them. (Burlington Co. Wills, Liber C, p. 458.) 

Children of Curtis and Anna (Merriott) Shinn. 
58:;. (1) Jane Shinn; ob. sine proli, cum testamentum. 

202. John Siiinn (5).— George (4), George (3), John (2), John (1). 

The date of John's birth and marriage is lost to mankind, as far as my inves- 
tigations lead. He married Jane Herbert in Burlington County. He was a 
distiller, and lived near Georgetown, X. J. He was not athliated prominently 
with the Friends, and does not appear upon their records, and the records of other 
cluirches at that date are not very helpful to a student of genealogy. The records 
and traditions of the familv enable me to give the followinu' list of children: 

584. (1) Sarah Shinn. who married William Nutt; ob. sine proli. 

585. (2) Nancv Shinn. who married Anthony Logan. 

586. (3) John"shinn. b. 12/8/1785; m. Elizabeth Asay, 11/1/1809. 

587. (4) Benjamin Shinn, who married Sarah Burtis; ob. sine proli. 

588. (5) William Shinn. who married Elizabeth Reed. 

589. (6) Joseph Shinn. w^ho married Catherine Burtis. 7/5/1812. 

590. (7) Curtis Shinn; ob. unmarried. 

205. George Shinn (5).— George (4), George (3), John (2), John (1). 

George seventh child of George and Sarah (Owen) Shinn, was boiii about 
17fil. and iuarried in Burlington 'County, a woman whose Christian name was 


Charity, ik-r MinKiiiic i> niiknnun. lie was a farmer in Springfield Township, 

and left four chihlrcn: 

591. (1) John Shinn. b. 180(t; m. Elizabeth Anderson. 12/27/1823. 

592. c:) Sarah Shinn. b. 12/6/lS(il: m. James Read. 7/7/1825. 

593. (") Elizabeth Shinn: m. .John B. Thompson. 
r.fi4. (4) (ieorge Shinn. 

2U7. Sakaii Shinn- (o).— Az.utiAii (4). Gi-okge (3), John (2), John (1). 

Sarnli Sliimi. <lau<rhtor of Azariah and Saiaii (ilaiiics) Shinn. born in 
Gloucester i-ounty. X. .1.: member of the Haddniilnlii Monthly Meeting of 
Friend.^. On ihc" I'.'tli of the 8th month she aii<1 David Wan-, son of John Ware, 
<if Sah-m. dcchinMl iheir intentions of marriage the liist tinu' liefore the lladdon- 
lield Meeting. On the !»th of the next month they appeared the second time, and 
on the ]l>th of the T.'th month the maniage wa> ivpoi'ted hack as accomplished 
in an orderly maimer. It occurred cm the i;;ili nf ilie IMli iiinntli. 1T82, and the 
eertilicate is leeorded. The oidy u itiu.-st',- of llie nniiie Shiuii were Sarah, lier 
motiier, and Martlia. lier sister. (Iladdonfiehl Moiiildy Meeting Record.) In the 
11th month she took a certificate of removal tn Salem. ( Iliid.. — .) David Ware 
inherited a fine farm in Salem County, whicli he sohl shortly alter his marriage 
and removed to Darby. Pa., where he died. (Shourd"s " History of Fenwick Col- 

Children of Daxid and Sarali (Shinn) Ware. 

g:'.2. (1) Sarah Ware; m. Aaron Ashbridge. 

2\\. ZiHi-.ij SiiiNN (."i).— IiiiAit (4), Joshua (3), doiix (•2), John (1). 

Ziber (spelled Ziha. Ziljer and Zihah) Shinn, son of I'riali and Eelx'cea 
(Kidgway) Shinn. was \>nn\ 1/13/1777, was married 12/24/1800 in Burlington 
C(»unfy. "X. J., to Klizaheth. daughter of Uoliert and Mary Colkitt. The fatnily 
IJilile spells (he name Colkitt, l)Ut llie jnarriai:^' license record at lUii-lington spells 
it Cleutt. 

I take it tiial the family record is more worthy of credence than is the mar- 
riage license record. Zilta lived and died neai' Ifetreat. Burlington County. He 
was a prominent niendjcr of the Jiaptist Chui'ch al X'iiicentown.' I']lizal)eth died 
in 1830, leaving a will, dated n/1/1830. (Burlington WilU. Liher D. p. '2-?!).) She 
iiuMitions her own son Isaac jiiid Allen, mui of \]ry iu'diliei- Smiinel. Ziha died in 
1H31. leaving a will. If names daughter .Mai'v. wife id' Tlmmas Leichworth; son 
Richard, daughter Webecca. dauglilcr Islizaliel h. wife id' Isaac \\'eri-ell. and grand- 
daughter (.'amelia Shinn. llu>liaiid ;iiid wife arc Imried al ^' iiicrnlnw ii. 

('hildren of Ziha ;iiid td i/.ahcl h (('nlkill) Shinn. 

Colt. (1) Isaac Sliinn. b. 4/:!/lS(iI; iii. Frances \'au,:;bn. 11^, 1 1S2.'>. 

fi.'M. (2» .Mary Shliui. b. 8/4/180:}: iii 'iliomas Letctiworlh, and had one daughter, 

al least, who married .Mark Hranin. of Ml. Holly. N. .1. 
fi.'ir). C!) Uichard Shiiui. b. Hi/ 1/ ISO.",; m. ICIi/.a Hunlord. 
C'tn. (4) Sannicl Shinn. b. 12/4/1807; oli. imtnarriecl. 
G:t7. (5) Sarah Shinn; b. 2/5/1811. 
fi.lS. (';» ZIba Shinn. b. i2/y/18i:!: in. Ilanuali ICsl.'lle, al X'iiiceiuown, N. .1.. and 

ba<l on<' daiiuhlcr. Convdia. who dii-d unmarried. 
fi:',!t. (Tt Utdiccca Shinn. b. :'. 17/181(1; nnmai-ried: lived al l'hiladeli)hia. I'a.. lo a 

very <d(l a^e. 
t;4d. (S> Elizabeth Shinn. b. 7/9/1818; m. Isa'nli Worrell. 
f.41. (;•» llaniuih Sliiiui. b. !»/9/l822. 
642. (10) Ilnlh Shinn. b. 10/11/1826. 

'DiHmiHHcd from reniberlon Haptist Church to tonii N'iiucuiown Baptist Chin-ch. 
Soplombor 19. 18.? 4. 

Fourth Generation. 141 

ai3. LvDiA SiiixN (.J).— L'uiAii (4), Joshua (3), John (3), John (1). 

Lydia Sliinn, daughter of Uriah and Eebecca (Ridgcway) Shinu, born 
1775; mari'icd in her sixteonth year. She resided at Evesham, and was 
H momher of the Baptist Church. She had one daughter, Miriam, born 1793, 
who died nniMarried 3/17/1868 at Moorestown, X. J., and was buried in the Baptist 
cemetery. Tbis yrtung lady was a member of the Baptist Church at Evesham, N. J., 
and in I83r). wbcn the family moved to Moorestown, she prevailed upon Rev. 
Peter Powell, ol' liurlington, to conduct a meeting at that place. This meeting 
resulted in the formation of an Independent Baptist Church. Miriam attached 
herself to the ucw organization, as did her cousin Isaac, and Amv, his wife. In 
December. ]h;{;. Mi.-s Miriam, with Ann Creely, Hannah Walker, Mary Hewlings, 
Mary Shinn (her cousin by marriage), Martha Jones, Elizabeth Wisham and Eliza- 
beth Wright, formed a " Female Mite Society," which met regularly to devise 
ways and means for the betterment of the church and the relief of the needy. 
This was one of the first organizations of this kind in New Jersey history. Miriam 
lived to be seventy-five years of ago, and was always an active, consistent Christian. 

21^). ]!SAA(; SjiiN.v (5). — Uriah (4), Joshua (3), John (2), John (1). 

Isaac Sbinn. son of T'riah and Rebecca (Ridgeway) Shinn, born 6/7/1779; 
married. 2/4 1 I HO."), Martha Jones. (Burlington County Marriage Licenses.) The 
marriage certificate, as sot out in an old family Bible at Haddonfield, is a depart- 
ure from the ])onderous documents of the Friends, and is printed in full: '•'To 
nil whom it mav coiu'crn : This may certify that Isaac Shinn and Martha Jones 
by tlu'ir own mutual consent are lawfully married together. Witness February 14, 
1805, Alex. M. (4roard.'' I suppose the latter was a civil officer, authorized to 
solemnize nuirriages, collect fees, and make short records. This marriage was a 
hap})V one. nnd fruitful of children sound in mind and body. Martha died 
3/34/1832 iind ls;iac 7/20/18GU. being four score and one. He lived at Moores- 

Cbildren of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn. 

G43. tl) AIUmi Shinn. b. 9/25/1805; m. Mary Ann, daughter of William and Han- 
nah .]ones. 
614. (2) Isaac Shinn. b. 2/18/1807; m. Amy King. 
645 (:•.) (Jideon H. Shinn. b. 12/26/1808; m. and lived to be an octogenarian. 

646. (4) lirias Shinn, b. 7/8/1812; m. Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin and Mary 

Bispham. 10/7/18:^2, Gloucester County, N. J. 

647. (5) Charles P. Shinn. b. 3/10/1814; m. Margaret Green; ob., 12/17/1845, 


648. (6) William Hooten Shinn, b. 1/30/1816; m. Sarah Wolfe. 

649 (7) Martha Shinn, b. 12/15/1818; m. John Armstrong; ob., 3/24/1832, childless. 

650. (S) Miles .J. Shinn, b. 10/3/1820; m. Annie C, daughter of Thomas Newman, 

9/18/1849. Richmond, Ind. 

6.^1 (9) .Joseph H. Shinn, b. 6/30/1822; m. Louisa Kreuger. 

652 (10) Emeline Shinn. b. 9/17/1824; ob. sine proli, 5/8/1846. 

653 (11) Benjamin H. Shinn. b. 11/6/1827; ob. 12/2/1827. , ^ ,, 

654 (I'l James S. Shinn. b. 10/21/1829; m. Mary S., daughter of Godfrey and Ann 

Hancock. 10/21/1852, Camden, N. J. 

217. Henry Shinn (5).— Henry (4), Caleb (3), John (3), John (1). 

Henrv. son of Henrv and Ann (Fort) Shinn, born 1781; married Hannah 

Warner, of Tuckahoe, X." J., where he lived for many years engaged m teaming; 

moved to Ohio, but did not like the new country; .returned to Wmslow, N J ; 

purchased a farm and lived upon it until his death, m April, 1858. The chddi.n 

"""^^'sS 11) Ann Shinn (6), b. 1801, in New Jersey; m. James Southard, and had one 
child. Mary, who married a Mr. Rhubart. 













14-.' Hi.sTouv OF Tin: Siiixx Family ix Europe and America 

656. (2) Solomon Shinn (6). b. ISIO. in New Jersey; in. Margaret Ann Miller, in 
Pennsylvania, at Cumberland Furnace, 1833; she was born at Hagers- 
town. Md.. in 1817, and died 8/31/1902; moved to Quincy, 111., 7/4/1852; 
died there December. 181)1: his children were: 

.John Shinn (7), b. Oak Grove, Pa.. 1834; ob. unmarried. 

Ann Shiiin (7). b. Oak Grove. Pa.. 1S36. 

Sarah .lane Shinn (7). b. at Dillstown, Pa., 1838; m. William H. 

Winters, of Quincy, ill. 
Mary Shinn (7). b. at Dillstown. Pa., 1840. 
Matilda Shinn (7). b. Dillstown. Pa.. 1842. 

William H. Shinn (7). b. Cumberland County, Pa., 1844; reared in 
Quincy, 111.; superintendent Channon Emery Stove Co.; married. 
1868, Harriet, daughter of Andrew Wood, and a relative of ex-Gov- 
ernor Wood, of Illinois; and had children: 
«6:;. (1) Anna Ma.v Shinn (St: m. William Eull, insurance agent, at 

Quincy. II!. 
»;<;4. (2) Fannie Shinn (8): m. Wilfred Amburn, general agent Wells- 

Fargo Express Co., Oelwein. Iowa. 

665. (3) Sadie Shinn (8); m. E. Percy Brown, druggist, at Quincy, 111.. 

666. and had one child, Edwin Brown (9), b. 1899. 

667. (4) Alva Shinn (8). 

66S. (7) Charles W. Shinn (7), b. 9/20/1845; m. Mary M. Burrows, of Hanni- 

bal. Mo., 4/:5/1884, a traveling salesman for the Quincy Stove Manu- 
facturing Company: formerly Superintendent Bonnet-Nance Stove 
(Company. Had children: 
669 670. (1) Charles Thomas Shinn (8); (2) John Cabot Shinn (8). 

671. (8) Margaret Shinn (7), b. 1847. 

672. (9) A babe died al. birth (7). 

673. (10) John C. Shinn (7), b. 1850. 

11, 12, 13. 14 and 15 died at birth (7). 

679. (16) Addie F. Shinn, b. 1860; m., 1876, at Quincy, 111., Joseph P. Johnson. 

680. (:',) I-:iizab('ih Shinn ((1), b. in New Jersey; m. Enoch Mason, in Ohio. 

6X1. ( n Joseph Shinn (<l), b. in New Jersey; m. Margaret Shiles, in Pennsylvania, 
where he lived for several years; returned to New Jersey and took up 
his residence at Winslow; purchased a farm in Salem County, where 
he remained until his death. Children: 

682. (1) Ann Shinn (7); m. (1> ; (2) Richard Farnsworth. One child, 

683. William, by first wife, took his mothers maiden name, and married 

Annie B . William died, leaving his wife and one child, who 

reside at Newfield. N. J. 

684. (5) Jason Shinn (6), b. in New Jersey; m. Susan Wiltsee, of Winslow, N. J. 

He was a glass workman, and lived alternately in Pennsylvania and 
New Jersey, as his business required. 

685. (6) Charles Shinn (6); ob. unmarried. 

r^^l. Hannah Sminn (.")). — I acoi; (i|.,l\(()ij (;;).. Ioiin cij-Joiix (I). 

Ilaiiiiiili, eldest cliild oJ' .liicdii iiinl Ihiiiiiah (Fentoii) Shinn. hdrn ri 12/1778; 
married Diiiiicl Kiirl l/lO/l'IitS. Mr was the son of 'raiiton and Mary (Haines) 
Karl: TaiittMi \vav\ was a son of 'I'liunias and .Marv (Crispin) \v,\v\ : Mary (Cris- 
|)iii) l*;arl was a daii^ilitcr of Silas and Maiy ( Slocklon-Siiinii) Crispin. Daniel 
Karl wa- in tlic sixth ^.^eiicrat ion Ironi K'alph I'^ari, tlu; unigrani. Daniel and 
Hannah lived in l'hiladrl|.hia, l»a. Hannah died 1 /•>(;/] 85;?. Children of Daniel 

and Hannah (Shinn) Karl were: 

686. (1) ICllzabflli Earl. b. 9/10/1798; m. William B. Hei)i)ar(l. 

687. (2) Abii;ail lOarl. b. 9/Ht/1798: unniarrit'd. 

688. C!) Caroline Earl, b. .V29/1X0(); m. llobert Smith. 

689. (4) Mary Earl. b. 6/27/1802; ob. 1/8/1817. 

690. (5) Hannah F. Earl. b. l/'4/1805; m. George Farr. 

V V .■ . 

l-;i.i/Aiu:iii SiiiNN (o). — ,1 \(()i; ( I).,Ia(()|{ (;5), Jojix (•.'),. John (1), 

Kli/aheth, second chilil of .Tacnh ami Hannah (Kenton) Shinn. horn 3/20/ 
17H(); ni. Dennis Heard Scitlcndx-r, i.soi. at the 2nd I'reshyterian Cliureh, Thila- 
«lelj)lna. l*a. ; his father was an Kngli.^li sea captain, who :;cttlcd in Xcw England. 

FouKTH Geni:i!atiox. 143 

Here in tli<; Nilla*,'o of \ortli Branfc^iU, ('01111., Xovember G, 1783, Deiiuis Heartt 
was l)orii • aiipn-ntifod in n«3 to Kead & Morse, printers; removed to Philadel- 
pliia, Pa., and hegaii life for hiin.-olf; wa.s one of the invited guests of Robert 
Fulton on tlie trial trij) of the " Clermont,"" in 1807; in 1810 commenced the 
|iuldi<'afioii of tlic I'll ihnfrlph In Ht'ijertorij; in 18'^0 migrated to Hillsboro, IST. C, 
and on Febniarv •^Otli issued the first copy of the HiUsborongh Recorder. By in- 
doniitahje energy and ((uistant application he won a reputation in the State second 
to none. '' He iwver .^elected an article or wrote a line for his paper which, dying, 
he could \vi>h to Idot."' As a man he was ever temperate, honest, above suspicion, 
an<l hahiliially truthful. For many years a member of the Presbyterian Church; 
was a good .sehohir and wrote well; he generally wrote his editorials two and 
even three linies hefore giving them to the press; his personality was seen through 
tlie columns of his paper. There was never a time when, in spirit, the Recorder 
was not Dennis lleartt, or the editor the living soul of the paper. In January, 1869, 
he sold his paper to ('. B. an<l 'J\ ('. Kvans; from the Evans men the Recorder 
passed to ( 'ol. John 1 ). ( 'aineron, who removed the paper to Durham, the name being 
changed to Dinlnini Rfcorder. Jle died 5/13/1870. His death cast a gloom over 
the whole town: every store, even the saloons and shops, were closed the day of 
his funeial, that all might atteiul it. He was greatly beloved by all the citizens 
of Jliilshoro, and his name will long be cherished among the people of Orange 
(bounty. Only four of Mr. IIeartt"s children lived to be grown. His two daughters 
never married. Leo iuarrie<l and had six children; now only two sons survive. 
Iildwin married and had four ihildreii; two daughters and his widow are still 
living. Kliznh<'th Heartt. cmisort of Dennis Heartt. died 2/25/1825. The chil- 
dren were: 

r.fll. (1) l).-niiis Hi-a:it (i.). b. Philadelphia. Pa., 1/31/1808; ob. 2/4/1808. 

M2. (-M Caroline^ Kli/.al)etli Heartt (ti). b. 5/30/1809. at Philadelphia, Pa.; ob. 

(;93. (:".) Henrietta Maria Heartt (6), b. 4/1/1812. at Philadelphia, Pa.; ob. un- 

r)94. (4) Leoiiold KuRene Heartt (6), b. 10/19/1814; m. Mary Louisa Cosby, and 
luid six children and eleven grandchildren. 

711 (f)) Kmiiy .\ugusta Heartt (6). b. ;V16/1817; ob. iufans. 

712. (fi) Edwin Adolphus Heartt (H). b. 9/27/1819: m. Elizabeth Wilson, and had 
lour chihlren. one of whom. Mary, married a son of Governor Bragg. 

717. (71 Emily Augusta Heartt (6), b. Hillsboro, Orange County, N. C, 4/1/1822. 

71S (.s) William .Augusius Heartt (6), b. Hillsboro. N. C, 10/2.3/1824; ob. May, 

2'v'5. Lmua SiiiNN (.-)). — 1a(()1". (i), Jacob (3), Joiix (3). John (1). 

Lvdia, lil'th child ol" .laeoh and Hannah (Fenton) Shinu, born 1788, in 
Spriniilield Townshiji. Burlington Couutv, X. J.; married Joseph Heppard, of 
Philadeli.hia. Pa. 

227. Kkhixca Siiixx (5).— Jacob (4), Jacob (3), John (2), John (1). 

Kebecca. voungest child of Jacob and Hannah (Fenton) Shinn, born 1801, in 
Springfiehl Township, Burlington County, X. J. ; her mother dying when she was 
m infancy, she went, with her sister. Elizabeth Heartt, to Hillsboro, X. C. where 
she lived "until her marriage, in 1820 : she then removed to Philadelphia, Pa., where 
•she passed the remainder of her life, dving 3/18/1874; married Charles, son of 
Isaac and :^rartha (Berrvman) Harbert (b. 3/25/1799; ob. 4/25/1884); lumber 
merchant at Pliiladelphia. Pa. The descendants were: 

no. (1) Emma Harlun't (G). b. 9 2/1822 ; m. May, 1840, Jeremiah Mayburry 
Brooks drv jjoods commission merchant, Philadelphia. Pa., and had 
7->0 (1) Elizabeth B." Brooks (7), b. 2/5/1841; m., 4/7/1864, William Worrell 

Sloan of Philadelphia. Pa.: graduate of the University of Pennsylva- 
nia: Republican: for a short time in 1862 went to the front with the 

144 History of the Shixx Family ix Europe axd America 

Reserves; belonged lo the Hamilton Rifles, of West Philadelphia; in 
the cotton busin'-ss for twenty-five years; though a Presbyterian, 
went with his wife to the Episcopal Church for twenty-eight years; 
was elected immediately a member of vestry at St. Jf)hn. Concord; 
when he moved to Philadelphia, in 1874, was elected a member of 
the Trinity vestry: served four years as rector's warden; entered into 
rest in 1S!)7. Children: 

721. (1) Caroline Worrell Sloan (8). b. l/22/lS6<i: m. Thomas Ellicott. 1884, 

who died 1888. leaving one daughter, Elizabeth Sloan Ellicott; she 
married second Horace Clifton Beitzel, 1896, and had two children — 
Caroline Worrell Beitzel, b. April, 1899, and Horace Clifton Beitzel. 
]>. .Itme. 19(i(t 

722. (2) Charles Brooks Sloan (8), b. ;3/26/18G9; m. .Jane Bartram Wilson, 

great-great-granddaughter of John Bartram, in August, 1897, and 
had one daughter. Mary Bartram Sloan, b. December, 1898. 

723. (.:} Emma Brooks Sloan (S). b. 2/22/187:]; ni. Samuel B?bcock Crowell, 

IS'.M. and had three children— ^William Sloan Crowek , b. 1896; Eliz- 
abeth Eyre Crowell, b. 1901; Samuel Babcock Crowell. b. 1902. 

724. i4i William Herbert Sloan (8), b. 12/G/1883. 

.Mi except Caroline Worrell were born in Philadelphia. All the 
married ones are living in West Philadelphia, Pa. 

725. (2) Charl.'S Harberl Brooks (7), b. 7/2/184:]; ob. .June. 189:1; m., 6/6/1867, 

Fannie Everly, of Philadelphia, Pa., and had children: 
726 727. (1) -Mary D. Brooks (8): (2) Charles Maybuiry T^rooks (8). 

728. CI) Elwood Wilscm Brooks (8). 

729. (3) Emma .Ma>liurry Brooks (7). b. 9/9/184.5; m.. 6/4/1863. William Mellor, 

of I'hilailelpliia. Pa. Children: (1) Emma Brooks Mellor, (2) May- 
biirry Brooks Mellor. (3> Martha Mellor, (4) Gertrude Mellor, (5) Ban- 
croft Mellor. The eldest child, Emma Brooks Mellor (8). b. 6/7/1864, 
m.. 10/2/1885, Albaiuis Longstreth S:uith. and had three children — 
Mavburry Meilor Smith. Lloyd Mellor Smith. Elizabeth Pearsall 
Smith. The second child, Mayburry Brooks Mellor (8), b. 12/2/1865, 
m. 2/1/189:^, in Providence. R. I., Louise Miller, daughter of .John B. 
Anthony, and Had two children — Be Forest Anthony Mellor and Dtm- 
can McLaren Mellor. The third child. Cerlrude Mellor (8). b. 
4/29/1869, m.. 5/11/1898, Charles Beamish, and tiad one child — Douglas 
Mellor Beamish. 

741. (4) Sallie Perot Brooks (7). b. 10/8/1849. 

742. (5) Anna Carver Brooks (7), b. ;V28/1854; m., October. 1873. Meredith Bai- 

ley, of Philadelphia, Pa., and had one child — JMeredith Bailey. 
744 (6) Henry Hudson Brooks (7), b. 2/26/1856; m., April, 1895, Ada Robertson, 

of Chicago. II!.. and had three children — Adelaide Robertson Brooks. 
Beatrice Brooks and .Mildred Brooks. 

748. (7) Candinc Elliott Brooks (7). b. 12/23/1857. 

749. (S) Mary Hartiow Brooks, b. 2/2/1862. 

;r.(l. (?) I'Mwin lliirlicit (d), 1). ly^l; iii. (!) .\.uii<- Wiiilnini; cn liviK- B. 

Sidiii : iiiovi'd to iNa.^hvillc, 'rcim.. mikI lluii lo Unvlii'M. W'i soon sin. 

ulicrc lie (lied: cliildrcn hy llic lir.-t iiiiiri'iniic wcic: 
T'.i M» f'harles Harhert (7), wlio liiarried Anna Page. 

CliiMri'ii li\ llir Sccdiiil M;irria«i;e. 

IbZ. 1 iZ) \'irgiMia llarlicrt (7). who married lOdward Wilson Couper. 

753. 2 C.) .lames llarlicrt (7), b. 12/ll/l8t;s. at Nashville. Tenn ; moved to Bayfield, 
Wis., 1871; educated at Lake I'^jresl University, Lake Forest 111., and 
Macalester College. .Macalester. Minn.: in the fall of 1888 moved to 
St. Paul, Minn., where he was engaged in various business. enterprises 
until fall of ISit9. at which lime he m(.V(>d to Kalisi)ell. Mont., and has 
since been running a large (lei)artmenl store, in which he has been 
very successful; Presbyterian; Republican: married Ella D. Dorsey. 
of SI. Paid. Minn., in 1893; she is a daughter of Robert Allison and 
.\nna C. Dor.sey; on March 12ih, 1887. a daughter — Dorris D. Harbert — 
was born. 

^.'••l. (;{) Vir;:iiiia Ilarlterl ((>); oli. sole in linll iiimie. .M'l. 

tnr^. (\) Alnrlhn l'.err\iiiaii Ihirl.ert ((i). I. ()/M/lS:]n 
ISnO. Henrv ('lav Sinilli. "\' ( iioi-clnw n. I). ( '. 




(5/21 /1 859; ni.. 

le 1 

licil ill I'altimorc. 



AM., ill .iamiarv, IHHr,. On the day that Martha married Mr. Smith, 
her .<istor, Laura, married John MeLoud, making a double wedding 
in the househrdd. Chihlren: 

756. (1) Rebecca Harbert. Smith (7); m. John Hillen Jenkins, and had two chil- 

dren — Elsie Hillen Jenkins and Henry Clay Smith Jenkins. 

7.',7. (2) Emma Brooks Smith (7); m. (1) Wesley Albert Tucker; (2) John Pem- 

berton Pleasants. 

758. (".) MarKaretra Smith (7); m. Carter G., son of Joab Osburn, of Loudon 

County, Va.; he was bom in Bluemont, Loudon County, Va.; cashier 
Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, Baltimore, Md. Children: 

759 7«0. (1) Carter Cibson Osburn (8); (2) Margaretta Norton Osburn (8). 

7()1. (')) Cliarh's Jlarln-rt ((i): oh. young. 

':^•>'^. (<;) I|,.|,.n Ilarhert ((J), b'. 1834; m. Johnty Jenivs and removed to St. Paul. 
.Minn.: .^hc died at Phihadelphia, Pa., a few years after her marriage, 
h'aving no cliildrcn. 

'<i-''. (') l-iiira I'ottcr Harhcrl ((i). It. 1837; in. Joliu MeLoud and removed to 
St. Tjiid. Minn., where she has since resided. 

;(;j. (>;) Isaat Dulheld ]lari»ert (G), h. 1840; m. Anna Kirkbride at the Church 
of the Jloly Trinitv, IMiihidclphia, Pa., 10/20/1870; they have always 
lived in JMiihidel])hia and suburbs; now reside at Overbrook. He 
was a nu'nd)er of the firm Harbert, Eussell & Co., lumber merchants, 
nntil lS!»o. wlu'ii he retired from business. He has always been a 
licpublican. and attended the Protestant Episcopal Church. They 
lad four diihlren : 

7ti."). (It Helen Kirkliride Harbert (7), b. 10/9/1871; m. George Gale Brooke, of 

Radnor. Pa.. 9/28/1891; she died 3/20/1902, leaving four children: 

7«;«;. (1) Helen Harbert Brooke (8), b. 10/9/1892. 

767. (2) Lewis Trimble Brooke (8), b. 3/24/1896. 

7G8. C!) Constance Gale Brooke (8), b. 12/5/1897. 

769. (41 G.-orse Gale Brooke. Jr., b. 3/20/1899. 

77(». (2) .Maiy Kirkitride Harbert (7), b. 3/24/1873. 

77 L CD Charles Harbert (7). b. 12/19/1874. 

772. (4) Howard Percival Harbert (7), b. 1/2/1877. 

:r3. (!•) Howard llarlMTi ((i) ; d. of vellow fever. 

774. (10) Percival Harbert (6) ; ob. infans. 

775. (11) Klizabetli Harbert (G) ; ob. infans. 

77G. (P.») Marv IJ..bcrts Harl)ert (G): m.. 10/1.5'18:4, Kingston Goddard Whe- 
U\\. in IMiihidelpiiia, Pa., and have since resided there; he was born 
in l*hihidol|iliia, 10/5/1851 ; son of the late Townsend Whelen, of tlie 
111 in of Townsend Wluden Co., one of the oldest banking firms in Phil- 
adelphia: hi- eut(>red Harvard, 1870, and graduated as a civil eu- 
giiuvr: later he adopted the profession of expert accountant; member 
of First Regiment, Pa. Veteran Corps; Eepublican; both he and his 
wife are members of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The Wlielen 
t'aniilv have for many years been prominent in Philadelphia society. 
(Als() of roval descent. See ""Americans of Eoyal Descent,'*' pp. 10 
and ;)(i"2. ) The followino- is a list of their children: 

777 (1) Sarah Yates Whelen (7).'b. 12/21/1875, in Philadelphia, Pa.; m., 2/6/1902, 

Ht)lden Bovee Schermerhorn, of tne old Knickerbocker family of that 
name; he graduated from College Department of U. of Pa., class 1890, 
degree of Ph. B. ; class 1893. Law Department, B. L. ; present residence, 
Germantowu. Pa. 

778 .o) Rel)ecca Harbert Whelen (7), b. 5/25/1877, in Philadelphia, Pa. 

779' (3) Virginia Harbert Whelen (7), b. 10/19/1879; m., 4/23/1902, William Wil- 

bertorce, son of John and Frances (Watson) Farr; graduate of U. of 
Pa. :^Iedical Dept.: also of Johns Hopkins Hospital, with degree M. D. ; 
present residence, Mt. Airy. Philadelphia. Pa. 


us HisTOitv OF Tin; .sminx Family in Europk and A.mkrica 

-"•Tf.. .\.\h»s SiiiNN {(,). — S.v.MiKi, (.")). Amo- ( H. (ii:()iaiK (.)), John (3), 

John (I). 

Ainu.-, first cliilil of SaniUfl and Klizahcili (Siai-kt-v) Sliiiui. was born in 
New Jersey and married tlu-rc. His children were: 

8:59. (1) Margaret Shinn (7): ol). int'ans. 

84<t. (!') Kli/.alteth Shinn (7); ob. sole. 

S41. CJ) Naihan Shinn (7); ob. sole. 

.V-12. fJl Honjamin Shinn (7). married at Uranville. l>ici\iug County, O., when the 
country was a wilderness, then went to Cincinnati, where he died in a 
few years, leaviniEj two children, whose names are unknown. 

845. (.">) Stacy Shinn (7). moved to Licl\ins County. Ohio, with his brother, Ben- 
jamin, antl married there; he reared the followint; children: 

S4H. (1) Amos Shinn {H). b. 12/22/1822; moved to Corning, Iowa, and had the 

following children: 

847. (1) Orric Shinn (!i). who married Mr. Salts of Corning, la. 

848. (2) Benjamin C. Shinn (Hi, of Odell, Neb. 

849. (3) William P. Shinn (9), of Parkville. Mo. 

850. (4) Frank Shinn (9), of Denver, Colo. 

851. (5) Amos Shinn (9); (6) Stacy Shinn CM; (7) Alary Shinn (9). 

854. (2) William Shinn (8). b. 1824. 

855. (:{) Stacy tshiiin (8), b. 182G. 

8.5« (41 Rachel Shinn (8). b. ;5/V1829: m. Timothy Rose of Urbana, O.; her 

father died when she was seven years of age, leaving the care of 
seven young children in a new count r.v to the mother. Mrs. Rose 
says that her mother frequently told her that her great grandfather 
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. She had an old chest that 
they preserved for years, which the ancestor used for carrying 
arms; she also had a quantity of Continental Currency, which he 
obtained as a soldier. All this agrees with the Quaker record that 
Samuel, sun of Amos, "had been guiitv of training with the mili- 

857. (5) Nathan Shinn (8). b. 9/10/1831: moved to Huron. Erie County. O.. 

and had children: 

858. (II Charles Slacy Shinn (9l: (2) (George P. Shinn (9). 

859. {?,} Louisa Shinn (9); (4) Mary Shinn (9); (5) Stella Shinn (9). 
8<;(i. (()) p^lizabeth Shinn. who was named, so .Mrs. Rose says, after Elizabeth 

8(;i. (7) Isaac Shinn (Si, 1). 7/26/18:;ti; married: moved lo Elkhart. Ind.. and 

had children: 
8(i2. (1) Amos Shinn (9). b. 6/26/1858. 

86:{. (2) Kate Shinn (9), b. 10/7/1S60. 

864. C.) Celia Shinn (9), b. 12/20/1862. 

865. (4) William Shinn (!)), b. 9/:5/1868. 

866. (5) Nettie Shinn (9). b. 11/14/1869. 
(Sec AiMx'iidix.) 

."il'. N\rii\\ ( .\ A Til w ii:i, ) Siiiw ((i). — S\.mii;i. ( ') ) . .\\i(i^ ( I), ({eokcjk (o). 

.lull \ c' ). •'iHl \ ( 1 ). 

.\)itliMn, or Nallianiel. .second eliild of Saimiel and l']li/,jd)etli (Siarkev) Sliinn. 
Worn, ae<'ordiii;r to an oM IJilile in possession of Mi-- .\llie X. Shinn of Ml. Iloliv. 
.\. . I., on .March ll.l^Ki. The eiil ries in tiiis ISilile aic : (!) " \ai han Shinn. ids 
Uihie. hon^rht lit IMiihidel|iliia on the (illi of thi' •.'iid nioiilh. llS.s""; {•>) - Naihan 
Shinn. .-on oI" Samuel and I'llizahdh Shinn, was hm-ii I he Ihh of the 1st inonih. 
Ii*<i*" This seems to settle the (|iiesti<<n as to ids ii.iiiK . It i> ice(n(led Nathan. 
The miirrintre license re«.Ms1er in the Siirroj^ate's olliee at Ml. Molly has this entry: 
** Niithiin Shinn married .Mar^rarel Uaxter, 4/0/1 7!lo." The llilile ahove referred 
lo liii.s this entry: " .Maruaicl liaMei. daiiirlder of l.'oheil I'.axlei' and Maiv. 
his wife, was horn Ajiril 'Jltli. .\. I). 1 : ; .".. Dejiarted this iiJ'e tlie '^Joth of March. 
.\. h. 11!IS. at ten o'clock in the inornini:. .Xiicd tweiitv-two vears. elev«Mi nnmfhs 
iind one dnv." Miss .\llie N. Shinn wrote: "We have oiicn wondered who this 
>[nr;raret Uaxter mi^dil he." The Court records aho\c refeireil to have this fur- 
ther entjv: "Nathaniel Shinn married Hannah hor«n. .! V ISOO." As Miss 

FouKTH Generation. 14!) 

Sliiiiii i> a lineal (le.<ceiulant of thi^^ N'athanici and Hannah Doren, it is fair to 
presume tliat Nathan and Nathaniel are the name^^ of the same person. Some 
leaves were eiit from the Bible before the father of ^liss Shinn received it, and it 
may b(; that these leaves would hav<- given the record of the two marriages above 
referred to. .Vathan Shinn afterwards married a third wife, Mrs. Annie Lippin- 
eott. whose maicicn nanu; was Warren. There is no record of any children by the 
lirst marriage. Of tin- second marriage there is a record of two children; of the 
third marriage there were no children. Clayton Shinn of Mt. Holly, X. J., was a 
(irst cousin, bloorl relationship, of Thomas Doren Shinn, son of Nathan and Han- 
nah (Don-n) Shinn. The father of .Mrs. Ogburn was also a first cousin of 
Tlioma.-. l)<.ren Shinn: this make< it eertain that Samuel and Elizabeth (Starkey) 
Shinn had other children than Natlian. Hlizalu'th Shinn died, as the Bible re- 
ferred !u phiinly sets forth, "on the fifth day of A{)ril, 1T88, at two o'clock in 
the arteirioon." The records at Trenton show that she married Samuel Shinn, 
.son of .\mo«. ill I ((■,(■,. Samuel died after his wife. The father of Clayton Shinn 
of Ml. IIm||\. N. ,1.. is a son. and the father of Mr>. Ogburn another, but I have 
no( a>ceit;iiiied their names. Amos, Samuel and Oeorge were three others. 

('hildi-eii (if Nathan ami llamiah (l)oren) Shinn were: 

7X'». (I) Sarah Shinn (7). who married Job Rogers at Vincentown, N. J., and had 
sev4Ta] children, among whom was Hope Rogers, who married John 
Naylor and had one child, Allie Rogers, who died young. 
7S'! (■_'( Thomas Doren Shinn (7), h. Vincentown, N. J., in October. 1803; d. at 
.Mt. Holly, March, 1881; he was a carpenter; m. Lydia Gaskell and 
mo\ed to Bridesbnrg, I'a. ; there his wife died; returned to Vincentown. 
and married Theodrjsia Johnson; moved to Mt. Holly, where he died: 
children of the first marriage, all bom at Bridesburg, Pa., were as fol- 
7st. (It Kiwoijd Shinn (8(, b. January, 1829; mason by trade; married at Vin- 

ceniown. N. J.. .Mary J. Estell, 12/22/1852; enlisted in Co. C, 23rd 
Regiment .V. .!. \'ol. Inf., and served throughout the Civil War. 
(II J<»seph Estell Shinn (9), b. 4/2/1854; ob., unmarried. 1888. 
(2( Allie Nayior Shinn (i<t, b. February, 1863; stenographer at Phila- 
delphia: unmarried. A very intelligent and covu'teous woman 
Albert Shinn (8), b. 1831; ob. infans. 
John B. Shinn (8), b. 1836; ob. infans. 
Wilbur Shinn (8), ob. unmarried. 

Children of the Setond Marriage were: 
.1. Howard Shinn (8), who married Jennie Lewis. 
Sarah Shinn (8); 3 (7) Emma Shinn (8); 4 (8> Lydia Shinn (8). 
Thomas Shinn (8); 6 (10) Annie Shinn (8), who married Hany 
All these died in infancy except the first and last. 

.■■>;!S. S\\iri:i Sinw (ti). — Samiki. (o), Amos (4), (iEoiiGi; (o). John (2). 

John (1). 

Samu.l. third child of Samuel aiul Elizabeth (Starkey) Shinn. horn at Bur- 
lington. i:(?S: he married about n!'4 and had five cliildren: 

793. (1) Thomas Shinn (7). who died unmarried. 

794. (2) Clavton Shinn (7); (3) Nathan Shinn (7): (4) Mary Shinn (7j. 

797. (.=it Samuel Shinn (7). This son at the age of sixteen left New Jersey and 
entered the State of Ohio, settling near Laton; he was a pioneer; never 
talked much about his family except to speak of his grandfather, Sam- 
uel and his uncles, Thomas, Nathan ana Clayton. Thomas visited him 
once: lie married (II Charity Throckmorton at Eaton: (2i Mary (Hud- 
low) Zeek, and had children: 

798 1 1) Job Shinn (8), born near and married near Eaton, Ohio, where he 

always resided, as has his large family. Children: 










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OF THE Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

William E. Shinn (9), a soldier iu Co. D, 156th O. Vol. lut.. 
U. S. A. 

Jacob L. Phinn (in. a soldier in Co. D, 156th O. Vol. Inf., U. S. A. 
John M. Shinn (!♦). a soldier in Co. D, 156th O. Vol. Inf., U. S. A. 
James L,. Shinn (9); (5) Hiram Shinn (9). This son was a ma- 
chinist: patented an "Automatic Car Coupler," a "Railroad 
Gate" and other inventions: Hiram married and has children, 
who reside at Eaton. Ohio. 
So;J. (I'j Jane Shinn (8t. who married Daniel Cox and lived at Dayton, Ohio. 

804. (3) Amos Shinn (8). married and settled at Richmond. Ind.: was a sol- 

dier in the Union Army: had one son. William E. Shinn (9). 
806. (4) John Shinn (S). married: moved to Wabash. Ind., and had children, 

Wilbcr. Walter. Wilhclniina and Annie, who reside in Indiana. 
811. (5) David Shinn (8) married and settled at Xenia, Ind.; children, Ollie, 

Tillie and Hester. 
SI'i. (6) Jonathan Shinn. married: when last heard from was in Randolph 

County. Indiana: has a son. Charles Shinn ([)). 
817. (7) Jefferson Shinn (8): shoemaker; married in Preble County, Ohio, 

Catherine Hudlow: moved to Miami County. Indiana; farmer; Re- 
publican: United Brethren: oh. 1884; had children: 
MK. (1) CJeorj^e W. Shinn (9), m. Susan Pence and had: 

819. (1) Addie Shinn. m. Mr. Jackson at Marion, Ind. 

820. (2) Hettie Alice Shinn, m. Charles Lemons. 

821. (3) Isaiah Shinn, Mier. Ind. 

822. (4) Jason Wilson Shinn, unmarried. 

823. (5) ,Iacob Sliiiui. unmarried. 

824. (6) Walter i?hinn, deceased. 

825. (7> Gran Shinn. 

826. (2) Temperance Shinn (9i. m. Simon Walls. 

827. (3) Charity Sliinn (9), m. James Wolfe and had: 

828. (1) Earl Wolfe; (2) Albert Howard Wolfe. 

830. (4 1 Leander r»Ielton Shinn. m. Mary S. Comer and had one child, 

Maud Eliza Shinn. 

832. (5) An infant. 

833. (6) Martin Ezra Shinn (9), b. Miami County. Indiana, in 18G1 ; mar- 

ried. 1881. at Peru. Melissa Pettit; moved to Chicago, 111;; 
j)atternmaker: inventor with George S. Lloyd & Co.; invented 
a carpet stretcher, a wire fence stretcher, a friction self-wind- 
ing toi) and a corn planter. Made the first "Lubricating Die" 
for smoothing tile; without advantages, he is forging for him- 
self a name and place in the world. His inventions are all 
j)ractical and are being introduced raiiidly. He is an honest, 
t li()roiiglit;()in.g business man. 

Elizabeth Shinn iS). nianied a man named Beers, at Greenville, O. 

Susanna Siiinn (^). married a man named Phillips and moved to 

Mary S}iinn (S). Miarried a man named Town at Winchester, Ind. 

Sarah Shinn (S), married a man named Antrim at, Yorktown, Ind. 

Rachel Shinn (Si. married Mr. Abbott. 

1'38. .Ie.MIMS Shiw (.".). .lollN (h.,l\(()|! (;!).. loilN (•j)..l(»ll\ (1). 

.Tciiiiinn. eliild of Joint and Mnrv ( \'()rt(^ii~) S^liinn. tn.ifried George 

Woodward, a furint r of Cn'Miii Kid^% .\. .1.. niid had cliildreii: 

867. (]) Isaac Woodward, ni. Thompson; became a merchant at Imlays- 

town, N. J. 
8»i8. (2) Tllton Woodward, m. riKiiiipson. 

869. (3) .Anthony Woodwaril, m. Thompson. These three were prominent 

farmers near Inilayslown, N. J. 

870. (4» John, (.'») (Jeorge, (6i James and (7) Mary Woodward, married and re- 

mained in New Jersey, but 1 have not ascertain(>d their whereabouts. 
874. (8> Debora Ann \\ dodwanl. married a man named Deacon at Bordentown, 
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Fourth Gexei!aji(j.\. 


230. William N'ohtox Shikn" (5).— Joiix (4), Jacob (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

William Norton, second child of John and Marv (Xorton) Shinu, born 
10/2i/17H'i; married Sarah Budd, 1/25/1801. He was" a farmer of the thinking 
kind and introduced )nany new ideas concerning agriculture. ]^ew Jersey land 
when divested of its timber was not worth the taxes assessed against it, which 
condition was changed by him in the lavish use of a fertilizer. From the con- 
dition of a largo leaseholder he became a prosperous proprietor. He was suc- 
cessively Sheriff of the County, member of the upper and houses of the 
New Jersey Legislature. In October, 1829, he was nominated by the Democratic 
Convention for the Council, and although in a strong Whig Count}^ was elected. 
On April 1.",. Is3?. Chief .lust ire Charles Ewing appointed John Clement. Wil- 


liam Norton Shinn and John Patterson to settle the disputes growing out of the 
canal enterprise from Easton to Jersey City. In that year he was also made 
Chairman of the Democratic State CentrarCommittee. In the same year the 
Dcmoeracv of New Jersey put out what was called •'"'The Jackson Ticket," one 
headed with the names oi" Jackson nad Tan Buren, on which the following can- 
didates for Concrress were named: Philemon Dickerson, Samuel Fowler, Ferdi- 
nand S. Schencic. James Parker, William Norton Shinn and Thomas Lee. The 
ticket was elected. The Emporium and True American of Trenton had this to 
sav of ^Ir. Shinn : 

"Of William Norton Shinn it need only be said that in his own County, 
Burlington, strong; as the opposition is there, he has never been beaten in a popu- 
lar election, and "has been elected every year to the Council in opposition to the 


lli>T()i;"> ui- riii; Sjiinn l-"\.\iii.^ in Ki i;<»i'i; and America 

strongest men in tliat county, lie beat the Clay candidate, Biuld. a few years ago^ 
son voles. A inan".< character at home is the best recommendation." 

.Mr. Shinn received "M-Ol-J votes in tliis eh-ction and defeated liis opponent 

In- 1,091 votes. lie served in Congress for the years 1833-5 and was re-elected 

in 1834. and .served for the years 1835-7. lie was then appointed as the first 

State Director of the Camden and Andwy IJailroad Com[)any and was several 

times president of the lJuriin»iton A^yricult ural Association; he was a consistent 

.Methodist and lield liigh raidc in that body, lie died in 1871, leaving one child: 

875. (1» Btuld Shiiin ffi). b. 1S08: m. Aiitis, (laughter of Thomas and Susan Lacy: 

Hudd died in 1S4;!. in his :i.5th year, without issue. He was a strong 

man and a lover of lal)or. whicii brought liini to an early grave. His 

widow never married. 

240. John Smw (5). — Ioiin (I). .Iacoi! (3). .Ioiin ci). -loiix (1). 

John, third chihl of .lohn and .Mary (Norton) 8hinn, was born 8/19/1784 
in Springfield Township, l>iirlington County, ]S[ew Jersey. He seems to have ]>een 



a very thonghlfnl inan. Cp lo this lime wcjdtli I'oimd its hesl ivxixments in 
country residences. Tbe towns had not as yet bccoine tlu' t-enters of fashion, in- 
lelligence and wil. Railroads and great inanu factures were unknown. The idea 
of a "trust " had not been coiuTiNcd. .ind New ,Iit.--c\ \\a> the home of rich and 
|>n»sperous farmers. Hut clianges were |)re|)ariiig and .lnhii Sliiini Tofoaw ihcni. 
lie turned his eyes towards tlie Cit\- (d' rhibide!])hi;i .iiid niailc that place his 
home, lie mtirricd there, (i/'.'?/lS05. M,ir\. daiightcf of \h-. Jolm ami I'^lizabeth 
(Stanley) Wliite (born II 1 1 1 S.'i ) . Dr. John Wliite was .\ssistanl Surgeon iti 
the \'olunteer \avy of the l{e\olnt ionary War: a prisonci- in the r>filisl) Prison 
Ship.-» oil' the Jersey Coiist : ('oiinty ( 'oinmi-^ioner of riiiladel pliia ('(uint\. and a 
prominent mannract iirer (d' elieniieal>. In isor, .lolm Shinn was elected to niein- 
hcTship in the famou.'> "l-'ir.-t I'iiil.-idel plii.-i 'Troop "" ; in I S Ti lie volunteered in 
J(»]\n Swit'1% Company of the Washington (iiiards. \>\ \':\. h'egt., l'. S. A., and 
attaineil tiie rank (d" MaJ<»r: was t ransferi-ed to aimilici' rcLiiment as its Colonel. 
and stationed at Ff»rt Milllin on the Delaware. 

buLUTH. Geni:.i:atiox. 


In civil lif'' liis was that of a eliemit-t, and liis chemical laboratory 
»<o()ii bocarnc known outside of Phiiaflelpliia. His advertisements were published 
in all the New .Icrx-y papers from ISK; to IH-M. I have read them in the old 
(il(;s of Maryland and I'l-nnsylvania j)apers. Delvin<^ in old papers at the Con- 
gn-Hsional Library, Washington (!ity, I found John Shinn's "Panacea"' adver- 
tis(,'(] in the Whcelin;;, V'a., (Uizeite, 1824, and in the Independent Virginian of 
Harrison County. \'ir<;inia. lH->."). The ])('culiarity about his advertising seems 
to have been that all charitable institutions and the |)oor were to be furnished 
\\m'. medicine Thm- of charge. We seem to tliink that all the progressiveness of the 
worbl was brought into it since l.SoO. John Shinn in 1816, and for many years 
thereafter, set the pace, whicli great advertisers after him copied without orig- 
inating or improving. In these same ])apers jio other advertisements from distant 
places oc<'ur. His advertisement talked, as it were, to thousands of people, many 
liundreds of miles away, and his name was well known throughout the land. He 
did not advertise a |»ro|irietary medicine as a doctor, but a chemical preparation 
as a "cbi'ini-t." lie >i;_Mied lij^ njiine "John Sbiiiii. Chemist."" 


\:a History of the Shinx Family in Europe and America 

Wliat the preparation was 1 do not know, but i am couiidcut that he was 
the pioneer in the region ^<hii1i of Xew York, if not in the whole country, of this' 
metliod of reaching the people. He soon forgot the scenes of his boyhood life 
and became a vital force in Philadelphia. His laboratory and his enterprise re- 
warded him well. He si)ent more money annually in advertising than his ances- 
tors on the farm accumulated in a lifetime. But not for his industry and enter- 
prise is this sketch written. He was greater than his ancestors in foreseeing and 
anticipating the economic changes that transpired; he was greater than they in 
ihat lie enlarged his sphere of action and became a man of the world. And what 
gave him place among the really great men of the earth had its inception in that 
clause of his advertisement which donated his formula to charitable institutions 
and to the poor. Developing that idea, he conceived the plan of establishing an 
academy in Philadelphia which should prepare young men for a larger life than 
the scholastic idea theretofore had permitted them to know. Science was to be 
pitted more strongly against rhetoric and language. The college curricula of his 
day hardly recogni;^od the natural sciences, and collegiate fitting was in the main 
professional. John Shiuifs idea was to dignify the natural sciences and to make 
^eady for the coming industrial i-evolution. He brought the subject prominently 
before liis friends in Philadelphia, and by and with the aid of six other 
thinking men. '■ The Academy of Natural Sciences"^ was founded: the founders 
were .lolui (Jilliams. M. D., (J. ^t. Mann, W. S. Parmcntier. John Speakman, 
Thomas Say, Gerard Troost, !M. J)., and John Shiun. 

Mr. Shinn was lecturer in the absence of the Professor of Chemistry at the 
University of Pennsylvania; Vice-President of the Academy of Natural Sciences 
from 1/2.J/1812 to 12/31/lSlG. After the museum was arranged in the Ne\v 
Hall in Gilliams Court (1815) he delivered a course of popular lectures upon 
ehemistry: moved to the '• Marine Settlement"' in Illinois in 1S17, where he 
passed four years of his life: returncHl to Plii]a(lel])liin and dieil there in 1825. 

His eliildj-i'U were as follows: 

876. (1» .John White Shinn. b. 3/6/1800: m. Elizabeth Reeves Cox at Mt. Holly. 

N. .1., •.]/][^/]H::rj. 

877. (2) William Shinn. b. 1S10: ob. 18:i2. 

87S. CI) p:iizal)eih Stanley Shinn. b. 4/22/1811; m. John Hasoltine, :V11/1830. 

879. (4) Catherine Lucy Stevenson Shinn. b. 1/3/1819; m. Daniel Haddock, 2/27/ 


880. (.'".) James Callaher Shinn. b. 4/1:1/1822; m. (1). 8/1/1848, Eliza T>ouisa Davis 

Hill; (l:) .\Iaiy Cecilia Shoemaker. 

:n-!. llwN.Mi SiiiNx (.5). — John (4), Jacob (3). Joivx (2). John (1). 
Ilaiianli. (iflli eliilil of .Itibii and ^larv (XoiMon ) Sliiim, Imni H SS. married 
of 'i'liniiias and Ann (Palmer) Lawi'ence, and had cliildren: 
Ann Lawrence (6), m. Uriah W. Stokes of Philadelphia and had tour sons 
and four daughters; one of these sons was Charles Henry Stokes of 
I'liiladelphia. Ta. 

.Mary Lawrence (tl), m. Bullock. 

.lohn Lawrence ((i). 
William l..awrence (G). 

]]dward Shinn Lawrence, ni. Aramintha Slewart of IMlishur.i;, Pa., and 
had children: 
894. (1) Slewart Lawrence (7). Engineer Cori)s U. S. Navy. 1902; (2) Dr. 

I'Mward l^awrence (7); C'.l .John Lawren<'e (7); (4) William Law- 
rence (7); (■'>) Ramlall i.a\vr"nce (7». 

2i;{. ]')i;i i,.vii Sin.NN ( ."> ).— doiiN ( I ). .Iacou (:'.).. Ioii\ (•.M.-'onx (1). 
Beulah. si.xlh child of John and Maiy (Xoilon) Sliinn. inai-ried William 

24-1. Freedom Iji'IM\( ni'i Shinn (5).-.I(iii\ (h. .1 \( or, {'■]). .Lmin (2), 

.fonv (I). 
Fre(Mlom lii|)|iiiicolt, sevenlli iliiM nf .loIni and .Mary (NorLou) Shinn. lioru 
in Springfield Township. TJurliiigion (oiintv. New Jersey, 10/10/1792. In his 













Fouirni Genkijatiox. 1-).-> 

fceveu teen til year went to Philadelphia and placed himself under the care of Dr. 
.lohn White, who directed his .studies and prepared him for college: in 1815 was 
graduated from the "Old University .Medical and Surgical College"; married at 
Camden, X. J., 10/ lo/l^l-'^j Hannah Ackley; settled at Camden, where in addi- 
tion to tlw practice of his profession he conducted a drug store and a chemical 
lrtljoriit(»ry. Jn ]m23 removed to Tom's Kiver, X. J., where his practice extended 
from Freehold to Darnegat, and from X'ew Eg}'pt to the ocean. In 1846 he mar- 
ried the s«'coiid tini»-. Anna Jmlay, daughter of William and Mary Anderson Im- 
lay of riiiladelphia, and removed to Cedar Creek, where he remained for eleven 
yearr; lie tlx-n removed to Cassville. where he remained seven years; he then lo- 
cated at .Manchester Station or Lakehurst Postoffice, where he passed the remain- 
der of his life, ]>racticing his j)rofes>ion and enjoying the comforts of home and 
cultured coin|>anions. His professicmal life embraced a period of sixty-four years, 
iifty-six of which were spent in Ocean County; he was a Presbyterian, and a 
member of Harmony ]i(»dge, V. A. M.. at Tom's Kiver. He was of large and im- 
posing physique; his j)resence commaiuling; his personality gracious and winning. 
His courteous manners won respect and gained for him the title "Gentleman of 
the Old School." His generosity prevented him from amassing wealth, and he 
died a poor man comparatively. It is said that his account books at the time of 
his death showed a large number of uncollected accounts, which, if added to the 
unwritten accounts, those which a noble physician always dedicates to the poor, 
would represent a .--um almost sufficient to endow a college or equip a hospital. 
i"'ull of wit and good humor, he lived a happy life and died, leaving his escutcheon 
untarnished by a single mean act. 

'j'he Children by the First ^larriagc were: 

89;t I ' I Thoma.s .AcKley Sliinn, b. 6/21/1816; killed as a soldier in the Union 
Armv; un married. 

900. <2) .Mary Norton Sliinn. b. 7/1/1819; m., 2/23/184.3, John Walker Garrett. 

Children by the Second ^larriage: 

901. 1 (.-{I Emma Newell Shinn. b. 3/4/1847; m., 2/7/1871. Thomas Slack Cham- 


902. 2 {4i Susan Cox Shinn. 1). 12/20/1849: m. P. Howell Emley of Lakehurst, X. J. 
90:^ 3 (5» William Norton Shinn. b. 11/13/18.51. 

9(t4. 4 (('.» Sara Low Sbinn. 1). 2/2«;/18.5rt; m. Henry Archer Conant of Passaic, X. J. 

'.M"). Sl8.VNN.Ul .NolMUN SjllNN (-")). JOHX Cl), JaCOB (3), JOHX (2), 

John (1). 

Susannah Norton, eighth child of John and Mary (Xorton) Shinn, was born 
in Springfield Township, Burlington County, Xew Jersey, and became the third 
wife of Benjamin. .<on of William and Sarah Cox of A'incentown, X\ J. His first 
wife was Sarah T.amb. hv whom lie had three children — Sarah, who married Eev. 
William G. Agnew of Philadelphia: William Ellis, and Mary, who married Hor- 
ace Afoore. His second wife was Kesiah Eayre, by Avhom he had three children— 
l?ebecca Lamb, who married Eichard Haines: Dillwyn, who married Eachel 
Cramiu'r of Philadelphia, and Benjamin Eayre. Avho died young. 

His third wife was Susamuih Xorton Shinn, one of the most beautiful women 
of her day and generation. This was made memorable by the exclamation of 
Joseph Bonaparte, brother of X^apoleon, when seeking an introduction: "She 
is th(^ uK^st beautiful woman I have seen in America.'"' In the drawing rooms of 
Ihe Sliinn family in Xew Jersey the Shinns were classified according to com- 
plexion, as "Eed Shinns,'' "Bed 'and White Shinns," and "Dark Shinns." John 
Shinn. l^rother of Susan, was said to be one of the handsomest men of Philadel- 
l)hia. and the portraits of his daughters in thi^ volume show that a large amount 

15»; HisTOKV or Till. SiiiNN Iamu.v J-\ l-;ri;itn: anh A.ukkica 

of beauty fell to their slian-. It i- ii'grettalde that no portrait of Susannah Shinn 
Cox exists. I!v thi> last iiiarria-v then- wtTc four oh 11 (Iron : 

905. (1) .Julia Davis Cox t<;i! who married Drury Fairbanks of Philadelphia and 

died childless. 
9(KI. (2) Edward Augustus Cox (C). who married Elizabeth Dix Gaskell and had 
Ml .Minnie Cox (7): (2i Ida Cox (7): ('.'.) William Henry Cox (7); (4) 
Edna Augustus Cox (71. who married .lames A. McElwee of Wash- 
ington, D. C. 
mi CIl Eliza Armina Cox ((>!. married .Mark Reeves of Ml. Holly. N. J. At his 
deaih she removed to Washington, where she now resides. Children: 
912. (li Lillian Reeves (7). ra. George D. Crawford of Gettysburg, Pa. and 

had children: 
9i:;. (l( Blanche Crawford ( s i . ni. l)r. Walton I. Mitchell of Minneapolis, 

(2 1 .Mary Reeves Crawford (S). 

(3) .John Douglas Crawford (8) 

(4) Lilian Mark Crawford (8). 

917. (4) William Henry Cox (ti), ob. young. 

'iVi. .\i'.l«;\ii. SiiiNN (."■)). — )()ii\ (n..lA(()ii (;!),. loiiv (•?).. Toiix (1). 

.\!»i,i:ail. tenth chihl oi" John ;iimI Mai\ (.Norton) Shinn. horn .3/6/1798, 
married Samuel Hartshorn, a rarincr, ncai' .New Kl;vi)1, Monmouth Comity, N. J., 
l(»/!)/1<S'?3. Samuel was a desceiulant of one of the oldest families of East Jer- 
.sey, hi.« ancestor, I{iehai-<l iiait.-horn. hein^- a nicinhci- of the assembly in Lord 
Cornhury's time and its presiilcnt ; inemher of thi' Colonial (^ouncil. and for 
iwenfv years oiu- o!' the most inllnciit ial men of .Monmouth County. 

('hildi-.Mi of Samuel ami .Miiuail (Shinn) TTail>horn : 

918. (11 Coliiu Marisliorn (C). ni. Eliza Wall of .Jacobsiown, N. J. 

919. (2) Edward Shinn Hartshorn ((i), ob. sole, 4/19/190(1. 

920. (."'.) Emeline Hartshorn (6), b. 7/22/1830; m. Samuel Harrison, son of John 

Emlry. at .lacobstown, N. .1., 1/20/1850. and had children: 

921. (II Leon Waller Emley (7), b. 2/8/1851. m. Georgie Starr at St. Louis: 

Leon was educated at Trenton, N. J., is an accountant and a Re- 
publican; resides at Ogden, Utah. The children were: 
11) Mortimer (8); (2) Waldamere (8); (3) Genevieve (8) and 
Leon "NV'alter (8), All unmarried. 
92«;. (li) Lilla Corinna t^miey (7), b. 11/6/1852; m., 12/25/1873, .lolm Wyckoff 

Hurtis, a farmer near Allentown, N. .1.. aiul had children: 

927. (1) Lulu C. (8), b. 7/4/1875; m. E. D. Voorhees of Trenton, N. J. 

928. (2) Smyrna Burtis (8), b. 7/15/1885; (3) Emma M. Burtis (8), b. 

5/l(;/1887; (4) J. Carroll Burtis (8). b. 8/2/1889. 

931. (5) Helen R. W. Burtis (8), b. 7/2:!/l892. 

932. (3) Herbert Haseltine Emley (7). b. 6/15/18(13: m. Mary W. Worden at 

•\llenif)Wii. X. .J., 4/18/1900; he is a physician and dentist: inie- 
pcndeni in politics and a Presbyterian. 

•.'1.^. Ml.l/. M'.KTIl SlliNN (■)). loilV (1). .1 VCni; ( ;'. I . .lo||\ ( '! ) . doilX (I). 

Klizabelh, elc\<'iith child of .lohn ami Marv (Norton) Shinn. horn in l>ur- 
liii^Mon (Nuiiilv. N<'W .ler<cy. 1 11 !S(l(». and on T) 1/lS-j;! mariMed Charles, 
-event h -on of l-rael and .Mar^an-t (Woodward) Ivins. The Ivins family was one 
of the olde.<l in New .lersey, and its meinhers wci'c frc(|n(iit Iv foiiml in responsi- 
ble posil'(Hi> in the cMrh records id" llic pidximc ( harlo hi'i- was a prosperous 
fanner of r»urlin;:lon County, but in 1 .^ I 1 lie di.-po>ed of his farm and removed 
to Nainoo. III. i''indin,i: the Mm'iinui.- of that re^^ion inimical to (Jeidile settlers, 
he moved 1o !,a llarpe. a \illa.L!c in Hancock County, and en,u,ai!:ed at farming. 
He returned In .Nnuvoo and began the publication <d' a paper, eiditled " Tlic Ndu- 
rnn E.vpitsUnr." wlio^e oltjeel was to expose the hii;h-handed practices of Joseph 
Smith and Svdnev Ifi^'don. One issue <d' the pajter was ])ulilished. and oidy one. 

Fourth Gh.sKiiATioN. 157 

TIk- Danites (le>.tro\X'(l hi.- jircsses and threatened to destroy the publisher. He 
removed \u> family to Keokuk, Iowa, where he amassed a competency and lived a 
peaceful life. Klizahetli Iviii- was known far and wide for her charities and gen- 
tle lielp to the alllicted or tlio.-e in adversity. She died .shortly after the Civil War, 
hehtved by the entire pojiulation for miles about the primitive cit}-, Keokuk. 

(children of Charles and Elizabeth (Shinii) ivins: 

n:;:{. (D William Norton Shinn Ivins. born in Burlington County, New Jersey, 

5/l.'V1824; m. Virginia daughter ot Major John R. and Mary (Kinney) 

Wilcox, at Keoliuk, la.. 4/2;J/1849; ob. .5/18/1889. 
'A^4. (2) .\Iary Shinn Ivins. born in Burlington County, New Jersey, 5/18/1825; m. 

fl) Thomas F. Anderson. 1845. at Keokuk. la.; (2) Geo. M. Seaton. 
935. (.'?» Charles Henry Ivins. born in Burlington County, New Jersey, 4/1/1829; 

married at Keokuk. la., 10/17/1850, Mary Eleanor, daughter of Edward 

and Mary (W'inthrop) Cole. 
aw. (4) .Margarette Woodward Ivins. born in Burlington County, New Jersey, 

r,/-[:',/]H:]]: married, at Keokuk. la.. 4/18/1853, William Albert Patter- 
son; ob. 11/2/1900. 
9.57. (5) Anna Fllizabeth Ivins. i)orn in Burlington County, New Jersey, 4/27/1839; 

married, at Cambria. Cal.. 7/3 1881. John Henry Janssen of Frankfort. 

Prussia: no issue. 
93S. (t;) Sab.-lla Ivins. bom at La Harpe. 111.. 6/1/1841; ob. 8/1/1841. 
939. (7> Sarah Ivins. born ai Nauvoo. 111., 1/26/1844; married at Keokuk. la., 

5/7/1868. Francis Haw.xhurst. 
9 to. (S) Kodf-rirk T)hu Ivins. born at Keokuk. la.. 4/30/1846: ob. 5/21/1857. 

•l\U. M\i;ni\ Siiiw (•'»). — FoilN (4). .F.vrOB (3), Joiix (2), JoHX (1). 

Martha, iwelfth ciiild of .lolin and Mary (.Norton) Shinn, born Springfield 
'ro\vn.>ln|i. Mnrlington County. Xi-w .Jersey: married Samuel Woolston and had 
chihlreii. of wlioiii I have thr.'c She died at a very advanced age, having passed 

\u'r ninetieth vear. 

941. (1) Charlotte Woolston. b. 1826; m. John B.. son of John Boone and Sarah 
(Risdon) Hankiiison: Republican: Episcopalian; Sheriff and Judge in 
Nebraska; farmer and commission merchant. Had children: 
il) KUa W. Hankinson. b. 1856; m. John, son of John and Mary Ann 
(Clarke) Black of .Mt. Holly. N. J.; Republican; farmer; Episco- 

(2) William A. Hankinson. b. 18-5*. 

(3) Risdon B. Hankinson. b. 1859. 

(4) Viola B. Hankinson. b. 1861; sole. 

946. (21 Thaddeus Woolston. b. 1827: m. Martha, daughter of Jervis Haines, and 

had children: 

947. ;li William Woolston. 

94g ^-2) .Mamie Woolston. m. Dr. Charles Marker, dentist, Mt. Holly, N. J. 

949! (3) Ben.iamin Franklin Woolston. a clergyman, who married and left the fol- 
lowing surviving children. 

950. (I) Benjamin Franklin Woolston of Ocean Grove, N. J. 

951. (2) Peyton Woolston. Denver. Colo. 

950 (;5) Ernest N. Woolston. Ocean Grove, N. J. 

95:1 (A) Blanche Woolston. v.ho married Frederick Emil Smith, a druggist of 

New York City. N. Y. 
954. (5) Paul Livingston Woolston of New York City, N. Y. Letters to each 

of these five children have brought no reply. 

•.•.-.(>. F.i.\vAi;i) SiiiNN (.-.).— John (4). Jacob (;3), Joiix (2). Johx (1). 

Kdward vounirest child of John and Mary (Xorton) Shinn, born in Spriug- 
tleld Township. Burlington County, New Jersey: farmer; justice of the peace; 
protninont politician : married Mary Field at Mt. Holly, 12/21/1831; he lived to 

''"^ V\%ri'kVnil!\2t Johti'shiim. (3) William Shinn, (4) Edward Shinn, (5) Jonathan 
Biuid Shmn. Letters to the father and to three of the children have 
brought me no further knowledge. 

i:.N lli.sTOKV OF Tin: Siijxv Family ix Europe and America 

•n2. BuuDEi.L Siiixx (5).— Thomas (4), Thomas {o), Tjiomas (3), John (1). 

In a list of •• Field Ollicers, Captcains aii.l Staff Officers of the three regi- 
ments raised in New Jersey in Deceniber, i::"), and February, 1776, which served 
in the Xortlu-rn Arniv, extra.ted from a ^fanual of t]i(> Xew Jersey Cincinnati" 
and published in Voluine \'JI1, 1st .Series of Proceedings of Xew^ Jersey His- 
torical Society, page 65,' we find, under the title " 3nd Eegiment," Col. William 
-Maxwell, commanding, the name of Buddell Shinn, ranking as Quartermaster. 
The volume of tlie Xew Jersey Archives which gives the names of all soldiers be- 
longing to these regiments and to all other regiments raised in Xew Jersey during 
the Mar, also contains his name. He was one of the Cincinnati, as appears from 
the above Manual, and his descendants are entitled to the privileges of the order, 
and to belong t(i any other patriotic order growing out of the Eevolutionary War. 

llv married Sarah Uispliam-in 1781 and died in 1787. KSarah made acknowl- 
edgment to th(! Church .n \\\. Holly in 1782 for marrying against order by a 
hireling ]iriest and was forgiven. She died 5/18/178'6. His mother made a will, 
7/S/lSO."), which names tlie two children of her son, Buddell. (Burlington Wills, 
Liber A, page 91.) 

Children of Buddeil and Sarah (Bispham) Shinn. 

9GU. (1) Mary Shinn. b. 1781; m. Matthew McHenry. 
961. (2) Margaret Shinn, b. 1783. 

27-i. Ha.nnaii Siiixx (o).— Thomas (4), Thomas (3),TiT0^rAs (-2), Jonx (1). 

In the will of Mary (Buddell) Shinn mentioned alwvc reference is made to 
her daughter. Hannah, wlio married Frederick Toy. The marriage license record 
at Burliiigt<»n shows that Haimali Shinn was married to Frederick Toy in 1784. 
J have not fotunl her descendants. Frederick Toy was a descendant of the Swedes 
who settled in Chester Township before the English came to Xew Jersey. The 
land of the Toys was near the river and ]jart of it is still held by men of the 
name, some of whom may be the lineal descendants of Frederick and Hannah 
(Shiini) Toy. These; Swedes in the olden time worshiped at Tinakum and Wi- 
caco; a worsliip in form very much like that of the Protestant Episcopal Church. 
301. Thomas Shixx (o).— Ea]!l (4), Thomas (H), Thomas (?J), John (1). 

Thomas, second child of lOarl and Keljecca (Monroe) Shinn, was born 6/1/ 
1764; married Lucy ^^'orrell in 1788, and di(>d in 1701, when administration was 
granted to his wife, Lucy Shinn, and -Idlin l>i>l>liin>. 'I'herc is no record of any 
children. On the niidli >\'i S(|)iriiil»('r, JIM', lie reiiuived to Philadelphia, as is 
shown by the Ml. Hoilv Minutes. II is presiiiiied that he died at that place. 
302. John Shinn "(5).— Eaim. ( I). Thomas (3), Thomas (3). John (1). 

John Shinn. third eliild nf Fail ami Ifebecca (Monioo) Shinn, was born 
1/'i/Vi^\i\. On the iith (.!' July. \\s\, his fatlK'r, F.arl. asked Mt. ITolly :\reeting 
for a certilicale of removal for his son, .)ohn, to I'liiladelphia. A tDinmillee was 
ap|)ointed. which reported that John Shinn had been ajtpi-enticed in I'liiladelphia 
to n ])orson who was mil a l-'rii'iid. Tiie re<|iic>i I'm' Mail W^v I lie eertilicate was 
denied. l)nt John remaiiie<| in I'liiladelphia. lie nian'ied a woman named Tfidg- 
way, and d.inl.ti.-v Id"! .|..^.-,.|iiliinl< in I'liiladelpiiia, but i have not found them. 

'In SiryUtT's ' New .Jersey Soldiers in ilie llevohilion " tliere is this additional mat- 
Ict: Shinn IJuddh-. Quarterniasler. 2nd Hati.. 1st Kslablishnient, 11/27/177:'): declined; 
2nd KsfHl)liHhnienf, 2nd Li<'Utonanl in Capl. Hosecrantz's Co.: WA Batt.. 11/29/1776. 
Flollro<l 9 2r./178f>. 

-. Joseph, son of Henjamin and Sarah Mispbam. married Mart;arel lieyiiolds in 1755, 
nnd had. anionR other children. Sarah, b. lU/2/1755; d. 5/18/1780. 

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303. Gamamkl Shin-x ( o ; .— Kujl (4). Thomas (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Gamaliel Shinn, fourth child of Earl and Rebecca (Srouroe) Shinn, born 
1/18/1708, ran away from home in his twentv-first year and never communicated 
with his family after that date. He went to sea, kiit finally located in Gloucester 
Gounfy, N"ew Jersey, where, on 7/2/1707, he married Beulah Easelwood. There 
apjtcar to have been no descendants. 

301. Samckl Shin-n- (.-,). — Kakl (4), Thomas (3), Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

Samuel Shiuii, littii cliihl of Earl and Rebecca (]\[onroe) Shinn. born 9/30/ 
1770: married Ilannah Simpson according to Friends" rite at Byberry, Pa., 3/18/ 
1795. lie removed to Pliiladclphia 7/9/1789 and engaged as 'a bricklayer. He 
resided at in^ Loml^ard Street. 

Cliildrcn of Sjimuci and Hannah (Simpson) Shinn. 

'Ar,2. (I) Karl Shinn. 1». 1/21 179«; ni. Sarah Comfol-t, 4/10/1822. 
96.!. (2) Rebccra Shinn. who m. Caleh Ash, M. D., of Philadelphia. 
964. ('.',) Hannah Shinn; ol). ISfi:!. unmarried. 

310. M.\n\ UihcwAv (T,).— PosxiiEMA Shinx (4), Thomas (3), Thomas (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Mary Uidgway, daughter of John and Po.strema (Shinn) Ridgwav. was 

born al I'.nrliiig .\. ,1.. 11/24/1774, and married Daniel Knight of Philadel- 

|)liia. I liavf not asccrtaim-d the children, but an article by William John Potts, 
in N'olumc 11, I'miisijlnniia Mdf/azin,- of lliixj. and Hist., page 381, says that from 
this nnirriagr was descended lianiel Ridgway Knight, the Mell-known artist of 

317. ^rAUT^A RiDciWAv (o).— PosTRKMA (4), Thomas (3), Thomas (2), 

JOHX (I). 

Marlba Ridgway. daughter of John and Po.strema (Shinn) Ridgway, was 
born jit Rurlington. X. J.. 5/8/1777. I have not been successful in tracing the 
desi-endants of this marriage. 

31S. Thomas Siiiw IJidgwav (.'.).— Postui-ma (4). Thomas (3). Thomas (3), 

Jojrx (1). 

'l'homa> Shinn Kidgway, son of John and Postrema (Shinn) Ridgway, born 
11/4/1779; marri(Ml ^[ary Joy of Philadelphia. She was a daughter of Captain 
Joy of the Revolutionary Army from Pennsylvania (Volume 17 Perm. Mag. 
Bioi]. and Hist., page 381), and the descendants of the marriage are eligible to 
nunnbership in al) patriotic organizations. The home of this couple was in 
Gloucester County, New Jersey, where Thomas died, 4/1/1857. 

327. 1\[ai;v SiiixN (5). — Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thojnlas (2), Johx" (1). 

^Fary Shinn. daughter of Thomas and Ruth (Stratton) Shinn, was born in 
Rurlington County, Xew Jersey, 1/21/1744. She married Jonathan, son of 
David and Ann (Lee) Oliphant, 6/25/1764, at Upper Evesham, IST. J.; he was 
born N"ov. 10, 1739, on his father's farm in Amwell Tovrnship, Hunterdon County. 
He removed witli his ])arents. in 1756, to the Township of Evesham, Burlington 
County. West Jersey. Here tiie father purchased grist and saw mills; in 1762 was 
elected Justice of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace, held at 
Burlington. In 1763 he bought for £5,000 a tract of 3,750 acres of land in 
Evesham, on which he continued to live until his death in 1774: Jonathan, the 
son, served his country as Captain in the 2nd Regiment of Burlington County 
Militia durino- the earlv A'ears of the Revolution, but was forced to resign for dis- 

I'io History of the Shinx Family in Euhope and Amekk a 

ability April il, 177*. I'rivalc |iaiicr.- slmw that Ik- i^avc frcciy nl' liis substance to 
iiiaiiitaiii lii.s conijtaiiy ami that lie s|K'nt his fortune in the cause of American 
liulepondonec. In later lilV, al)out K!>-"i or ITOO. he removed lo IMiilmlelpliia. Pa., 
where lie died. Sej)!. 1(», 1804. 

Children of .Jonathan an<l Marv (Shinn) ()lii»luinl. 
96.5. (!) Shinn Oliphant. b. Friday. March 1. 176.5. at 7 a. m.. Oliphant's Mills, 
Evesham; ob. J/22/1. S:;9: m. Nov. 12. 1787. to Hope Eayre. daughter of 
Habakkuk Eayre and Mary Jones. (Hope, b. May 9. 1767; d. May 1-5. 
»!;•; (21 .\nn Oliphant, b. Wednesday a. m.. March 11. 1767, Oliphant's Mills; ob. 
1/22/1S47; m. Aaron, son of Jacob Prickett and Elizabeth Phillips. 
(Aaron, b. May 16. 1763; d. Feb. 20. 18:'.7.) 

967. {■'.) Job Oliphant. b. Tuesday. 8 p. ni.. Nov. 28. 1769, at Oliphant's Mills; oh. 

Sept. 8, nn. 

968. (4 1 Hannah Oliphant, b. Wednesday. :{ p. ni., Oct. 14, 1772, at Oliphant's 

.Mills; ob. I! 14/1848; m. David Voorhees. son of Roelof Van Voorhees 
and Rebecca Pease. (David b. .A.pril 17. 1771; d. October 19, 1840.? 

969. (.". ) .Martha Oliphant, b. Sunday, 7 p. m.. April 24, 1774, at 01ii)hant's Mills; 

ol). at Tuckerton. 6/;!(i/185.5; m.. 9/10/1795, Jacob Lii)])incott, son of 
Ama/.iah Liiii)inc()it and Hannah Prickett, a sister to Jacob, above, 
t.lacob Lippincolt d. November 26. 18.56.) 
y7u. (6i Joel Oliphant, b. Tuesday. 7 a. m.. Nov. 12. 1776. at Oliphant's Mills; ob. 
Jan. 27. 17S2. 

971. (7i William Oliphant, b. Sunday, Sept. 13, 1778. "Sign of the Bear." in Eves- 

ham; ob. 9/;;/ 1847. at Waynesville, O.; m.. Jan. 5, 1806, at Mt. Holly. 
N. J., to Hannah Prickett. daughter of John Prickett and Sabilla Ham- 
met t. 

972. (M Hope Olijjhant. b. Friday. 11 a. m.. March 30, 1781, Evesham; ob. 6 '27/ 

1S46; m.. Jan. 9, 1S<i3. Leather-\ille, N. Y., to William Albert Cowen- 
hoven, son of Albert Cowenhoven ana Patience Cowenhoven (cousins). 

!t73. (f.) David Oliphant, b. Wednesday, 8 p. m., Jan. 28, 1784. Evesham; ob. 4/22/ 
1828, at P.arnegat, N. J.; m.. Dec. 24, 1806, to Mary McDonald, daughter 
of .lames McDonald and Leah Cowenhoven (sister of Albert above). 

974. (Pi) Eli Oiii)hanl, b. Feb. 13. 1786. Evesham; ob. Sept. 15. 1787. Evesham. 

97.5. (11 » Ruth Oliphant, b. Tuesday, 3 p. m.. July 7. 1789, Evesham, N. J.; ob. 
Sei>' 26. 179S. at T'hiladeli)hia. Pa. 

A'iX. <\\\\V.\ SillW (.")). TlKt.M \> ( I ). S \ Ml i:i. ( ;") ). 'i'lloM AS (-JL-ldllN (1). 

Saiiiiii'l Shinn. son of 'l'liomii> ami iJnth (Sirallon) Shinn. Imhmi ('> I!* K 1 7 ". 
marri'-d ('hri,>^tiana Wait in {■<i'.'. Me comes into liislory. lirst, (Ui the marriage 
license; records of IJnrlin.uton (uunty. uhi'n !ic marrii'd. lie neM appear^n at 
ICveshani as a witness to a marriage in I7M. In ihe >.inie year lie ami his wife. 
('hristiana. witness twd other marriages a1 1 he same phiee. In lis;! iwo chihlreii 
'if Samiii'l ..Shinn. .Mar\ .•mm! Ihtpe. were taken iiilo meiiihei'>hip at l'",\eshain. In 
I7IM he was appointed on ;i coniiniiiec ;ii r|i|iei- l-",\eshaiii lo noniinate elders; 
;ds(» sent to (^iiarterlv .Meeling: al>u \u (i\cr>ee ilie e|Hiiing of a iiieeiing for wor- 
.•«hip al ( 'ropwcll. In ll').5 he \\;i- made overseer; >eiil lo (^)iiar!erl\ .Meeting; ap- 
pointed to lake >iih.'-cii|il ions lor I'cnn- " No (ros^. No ( rown""; appointed to 
have oversight "over niemiters attending (Quarterly Meciing."" In lIlHi he wa.- 
again put on a eomnutlee to nominate eldi-rs. .and wa.- >enl lo (,)iiarterly Nieeling. 
In .Sepleniher, ll'.l'i. ('hri-^tiana Shinn wa> iioininaled, and in October appointed. 
elder at rpper |-',vc.-h;im. In 11'.'^ Sjiniiiel I'.-iiled hi alieiid service.- on aceoiini of 
had health, lie was e.xciised three linio. ami in l.stll wa- iclea.-ed as ovi'r.M-er at 
his (»wn reipiesl. In l.siM hi.- danghtei' Mope was di-ov\ned I'oe "going out in 
marriage. ■■ This ends his aelive ehureh eiweei- and poini- lo lii- dissolnt imi. 
vvhieh occurred in |S(l|. The will of lii> l.illier. Tbuni.-i-. ii;iini- one gi-andxm. 
William, son of .-on Samnej. The will of Marv. a .-ingle woman, il.iied (Iciober 
t'v'. IMM, and probated November '.' ] . Im»1. name- grandlat her Thomas, father 
Samuel, brother .Samuel, and sisters. Ifebeeea. Mope and lOli/aiiei h. ( Hiirliniiton 
Wills. \o. ;U». p. 1.'.!).) 


FouuTii Gexeratiox. 


(JhiJclren of Samuel and Christiana (Wait) Sliiiin. born at Evesham, N. J. 

ii; i*^'^ ?.?""' '^^/^/l^^^: ''^- ^^^e P™li' 1801, cum. testamentum. 
f2) HopH Shinn, b. 12/5/1770; m. Lawrence Webster 2/23/1804 
Ci) Sarah Shinn, b. 10/28/1773; ob. 1774. ' / / 

(4) Thomas Shmn, b. 8/3/1775; ob. 1775. 

(5) Reljecca Shinn, b. 4/25/1777; ob., unmarried, 10/13/1813 

(6) A son. b. lO/G/1779; ob. unnamed. 
(71 William Shinn, b. 2/20/1781; ob. 1782. 

(8> Samuel Shinn, b. 7/1/1785; m. Rhoda Willsey, 10/11/1804 
(9) Elizabeth Shinn. b. 9/4/1788; m. Joseph Hinchman and died childless, 

( / 1 4/I0I..1. 

:i29. Klizahi-ti] Skin-v (.-,)._TnoMAS (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (3), John (1). 
Elizal.otli. toiwth fliihl of Thomas and Ruth (Stratton) Shinn, born 3/8/ 
1749; she appear.-^ lii-st in written history in 1763, when her father and mother 
her sister Mary and herself sign a marriage certificate at Upper Evesham Monthly 




j\lceting; man-iixl, 17()4. John Armstrong. She is better known in history as the 
girl wlio })lanted the famous buttonwood tree at her father's door when a young- 
girl. The trei' has been noted by thousands of people and stands to-day a monu- 
ment to her girlhood pride. She dug it up as a tender shoot with a small pen 
knife and transplanted it to her father's yard about 1760; the engraving shows 
the tree to-day: it is one hundred feet across the top and one hundred feet high: 
the trunk one foot from the ground has a circumference or twenty-five feet; in 
the engraving ]\Ir. William Budd Stackhouse may be seen staiiding on the left, on 
the sj>ot where Thomas Shinn's house stood; on the right is a house w^hich was 
the home of John Shinn, son of Levi, son of Thomas. Elizabeth Shinn has gone 
to her rest in the peaceful realm of the dead; her father and the house in which 
lie lived have passed away; but the tree stands blessing the citizens of Medford, 
and investing Elizabeth's name with a quiet immortality. Tree planting to-day 
has orown to bo a fad, not without good results, however. There are thousands 


u! biincii Irii:- liinm^'liuui Aiiiunc;! uumi whieli >\:\nd unshaded lioiiK's, and in 
which romp and \A:iy many amljitions ^irirls. These wirhoiit waiting for some tree 
planting craze to strike the town might well emi)loy their tender hands in trans- 
planting buttonwood shoots. They may not live to enjoy the shades which they 
will impart in after years. ])nt they will surely know that they have added blessings 
to numkind. The consciousness of ha\ing done something worthy of connnenda- 
lion is a source of hai)i)iness the world cannot destroy. 1 liave found but one 
(hild as the issue <tf John Armstrong and Elizaln'tli Sliinn, viz.: Lydia Arm- 
strong, who marricil (1) .\aron liatcs and had three children. Joliu. Alice and 
Aaron liate>: (t?) a man named liranin. from whom descended: 

97r.. (1) Norris Branin. b. 18(10, who married and had four children. Charles. Sam- 
\iol. Joseph and Norris Branin. 

981. (2) Charles Branin. b. 1S(I2. who died single. 

982. (3) Ira Branin. b. IS'i4, who married and had six children. Levi, Rebecca, 

Ciiarles and L.vdia (who furnished these facts as to the descendants), 
Edward and Lewis. 
989. (ti Lydia Mranin. b. 18(i7. who married ami had one daughter. 

.'i32. Levi (o). — Thomas (1). S.\.\iii:i. (;;i. Thomas (•?). John (1). 

TjCvI 8hinn, son of Thomas and Jluth (>Stratton) Shjun, was born 10/3/ 
^7ii!}: disowned at Evesham. 177(!. for mari-ying against the rules of the Society. 
A family Jjible in possession of .Mrs. llaunali Sutvan of lladdoiilieid shows that 
he married Ifannah, daughter of Samuel l?eeve. She was liorn 11 1-1/1754. This 
record gives the following as: 

Children of Levi and llann.ili ( Reeve) Sliinn. 

1000. (li Enoch Shinn, b. 8/29/1776; m. (1) Mary Xorcross, 11/1/1798; (2) Mary 

Sinmions. 5/3/1804. 

1001. (2) Riuh Shinn, b. 8/22/1779; ra. Caleb Stokes. 1803. 

1002. (3) Alice Shinn. b. 9/28/1782; married a man named Garwood and moved to 


1003. (4) Thr)mas Shinn. b. 1/18/1787; m. Amy Hammitt. 1808. 

1004. Cj) .lohn Shinn. b. 4/5/1789; m. Keturah fBiudsall) Edwards, 4/11/1813. 
lo't.'i. oi) Hannah Shinn. b. 4/5/1791: m. Samuel Newton. 1811. 

KH'i;. (7) Sarah H. Shinn. 1>. 4/12/1795; m. Edward Norcross, 1830. 
K'UT (Ki Elizabeth Shinn, b. 8/8/1797; m. .losiah Braddock. 

;{;{.■;. Tuo.m.v;? Smw {')). — Tjio.MAs (1). S\mi i:i. (;;). 'I'iiomas i 1 ). John ( ] ). 

'i'homas Shinn. son of Thomas and Jluth (Slratton) Shinn. boj-n ll/o/l<.">8; 
• iisowned in the seventh month. 17s:'>. at F.veshani. for ,uoing out in marriage, and 
neglectjjig attendanee iijioii nii'eting. The ci\il records sliow that he was mar- 
ried in 1782 to Jane .\ustin. who was biuii r.VG/17o8. Jane was received into 
nie!id)ership at L'])])er F,\esham in Ki'l. Tbonuts died (!/ 2i)/l«()(), leaving a will. 
(Liber ;!!•, jiage (iS. ) This docuinenl niiiiies four ehildreii ami agrees witli the 
fatiiily record. Jane moved to Ohio in ISdS and dii'd in Sbelbv Countv "? \]/ 
ism;, al M'Vfii o'ebick a. iii.. being eighty-se\<'ii yr;ir- d!' auc. 

Chiblrrii i>\' 'J'liiiiiia,- ami Jane (.\n-liii) Shinn. 

1008. (I) .Martha Shinn. i). 11/29/1782; ob. sine proli. 

1009. (L'l William Shinn. 1). 7/:!l/17S7: m., at .Medford. .lan(< ( b. 12/2t;/1786), 

(iaii^;hitr of Adonijah and Sarah Beacoci<. I ':'.1/1S11. 
KMO. (•.',) AiiKtin Shinn. b. 7/9/1794. al MedftM-d: m. .Maiilia Hop. well, at .Medlord. 

mil ell .Jacob Shiini.b. 1 :i/14/17X!t : oi>. (i/28/18(Mi. 

331. .\llri: \\\ .Siiiw ( .', K 'rii.i\i\.>. (1), S.V.MLKl. {'o), 'I'llo.MAS {'2). 

John (1)V 

Alice .\nn, ninth eliijd of Thomas ami IJnth (StraII<ui) Shinn. born l/K)/ 
17(51; some of the descendants say that her name was .\mi; (iiher> .\li.c .\nn ; 


Fourth Gexeijatiox. Kjo 

out- of tli.| rppor Evesham records she signs as a witness Alice Ann: 1 have 
usetl the (louUe name. She married John (Jonathan) Davidson in 1778 a^ an- 
pears ironi the Trenton Kecords. The Bihle" record of the children, all born at 
Aledforfl. is as follow.-: 

q«Qj*''/i'.''^[! ''^ '^^^'n (Jonathan) and Alice Ann (.Shinn) Davidson, 
ocof- ,' T.^?,'"^'' DavifLson, b. 9/:J0/1779; married and had children. 
aoo J^ William Uavidson. b. 2/2.5/178:3; married and had children. 
"JS9c. (?,) Jonathan Davidson, b. 1/4/178G. 
989d. (4) Sarah Davidson, b. 9/18/1788. 
989e. (.5) Samuel Davidson, b. 10/15/1791. 

989f. rfl) .John Shinn Davidson, b. 1/1;J/1794; m. Mary Lodge in Peunsvlvania; 
sf>me ot the family lived in Marvland. 

(7) Ann David.son, b. 8/12/1796. 

(8) Mary Davidson, b. 9/16/1798. 

989g. (9) Alice Davirl.son, b. 10/9/1801; m. Samuel Stackhouse. 
;53r,. Li riMvTiA Siiixx (.")).— I^uomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2). Johx (1). 
l-ncretia, youngest child of Thomas and Ruth (Stratton) Shinn, born Shinns- 
lon, \. .1.. 1/7/] Ui-! ; ob. at IMedford 3/8/1847. I do not find her name in either 
Evesham or Upper Evesham :Minntes; married with a license in 1784 (Trenton 
Records). .Vbraham Proud, son of John and Rachel Proud, born 4/5 17.56 • ob 
:i( Mcdlni-d n-^s/isris; children all born at Medford, X. J. 

Childivn of .M)raham and Lncretia (Shinn) Proud 
989h. (II Shinn Proud, b. 4/6/1785; ob. 7/28/1786. 
9891. (2) Thomas Proud, b. 2/11/1787; m. Kesiah Stratton. 
989.1. C!) Rachel Proud, b. :V16/1789; m. Samuel Stackhouse, 
989k. (4t Ruth Proud, b. 4/21/1791; m. Joseph Rockhill. 
9891. (5) Elizabeth Proud, b. 7/20/1793; m. Samuel Reeve. 
989ni. (6) Levi Proud, b. 5/27/1797: m. Ann Davis. 
989n. (7) John Proud, b. 9/11/1799; m. Ann :Moor. 
9891). ('^t .Mary Proud, b. 12/:31/180:3; m. Thomas Joyce. 

33S. Sii.w |',i:n.ia\ii.\ Siijnx (5).— Silas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Silas, ^(rond riiild of Silas and p]linor (Overcast) Shinn, was born on Cold- 
water, Cabarrus County. V. C.. 1770; married at Old Coldwater, 4/21/1800, Eliz- 
alielli. daughter of Daniel and Penie Little: farmer in Cabarrus and ^Montgomery 
Counries. Xorth Carolina. Also teacher and surveyor. 

Children of Silas and Elizabeth (Little) Sliinn.^ 

102o. (1) Benjamin Daniel Ranson Shinn. b. April, 1801; m. Pattie Tucker in 
North Carolina. 

1024. (2) Elizabeth Sarah Shinn. b. 11/26/180:3; m. David Harkey, 1/24/1822. 

1025. (;5) John R. Shinn. killed when about twenty years of age. 
1020. (4) Maria Shinn. m. Isaac Harkey. 

1027. (5) Thomas Jefferson Shinn, b. 12/26/1809; m. Polly Reed, 3/l/lS:3n. 
102S. (6) Nathaniel Duncan Shinn, b. 1811; m. Hester Brooks. 

'This is an appropriate place to introduce the great migration from North Caro- 
lina intt) .Arkansas. The latter State had just been admitted into the Union, and its rich 
lands were an attraction to residents of other states. The estates gathered by the elder 
Shinns in North Carolina (Samuel, the ancestor; Isaac, Benjamin, Silas and Joseph, 
sons) had passed to a extent into other hands; Silas, the grandfather of the chil- 
dren named above, had lost his in the maintenance of that fashion which his position 
in life demanded; and what he earned as a surveyor was expended in the same way; this 
large family of grandchildren turned their eyes to the West. And as a great cavalcade 
of emigrants had accompanied Samuel into North Carolina in 1750, so a great cavalcade, 
in 18:37. prepared for an exodus out of it. Covered wagons were the vehicles; the party 
was made up of Benjamin Daniel Ranson Shinn and family, James Madison Shinn and 
family, Littleton Crankfield Shinn and family, Nathaniel Duncan Shinn and family, 
Elizabeth (Little) Shinn and her yotmger sons, Silas Monroe Shinn and Oliver Shinn; 
Claiborne Freeman Reed and family, David Harkey and family, Isaac Harkey and fam- 

1<;<; History of tiii: .biiiNX Family in Eukoi'E and America 

10j» .7) James Madison Shinn. b. 4/1J/1S12. in Caliarrus County, North Carolina; 

ni. there in U:!2. Sophia Harkey. 
1030. (8) Littleton Crankfiekl Shinn. b. 3/19/1814; ni. (1) in North Carolina. 183o. 

Nellv Tiickor: (2>. 3/31/1865, in Arkansas, Lavina Love. 

1031 ''.n Eliza Cariock Sliinn. b. 9/14/1815, in Cabarrus County, North Carolina; 

married there, 12/1/1831, Claiborne Freeman Reed. 

1032. (Ill) Oliver Shinn; m. Cynthia Yarberry. 

1033. (11) Silas Monroe Shinn. b. 6/22/1821; m. Letiiia .Maddux. 

.X3!». 1>.\A< .^IIINN (.)). — Sll.\> (i). Samtkl (3). TIIOM.VS (2), Joiix (1). 

Isaac, third diild of Sila.-^ and Elinor (Overcast) .Shinn. l.uni 1772; married 
a woman named Kate, hut wlioso surname is unknown; thev had one sou,. Isaac, 
bora 12'10/171U. wlio marri.-<l F.lizahetli :\lartin, 1/30/1833; he died 4/19/1846; 
she, 2/20/1885. 

C'hihircn of Isaac iiiid Flizabotli (^Imtiii) Sliinn. 

1034. (li Rifhard M. Shinn (7). 1). !i/20/1823: a soldier in the Confederate Army; 

m.. 10/2/1845. Margaret H. Irwin; he died 5/27/1879; had one son, 
Isaac Law.son Shinn (S). who married Laura C. Smith and had chil- 
dren, whose names have not been ascertained. 

1036. (2t Elam Shinn (7). killed while fighting as a Confederate soldier. 

1037. (3) Sandy Shinn (7). killed while fighting as a Confederate soldier. 
lOTSi (4 1 .lohn Shinn: died in the Confederate Army. 

The whole family w^ent to war and only one reiurned. 

352. Bknjamiv Sittn-v fn).— Hkn.ja^iix {\). Samif.i. (3). Tiro^rAs (2), 

John (1). 

Henjamin Sliinn. fourth child of IV'iijamin and Abigail (Urie) Shinn, was 
born in Caharriis County, North Carolina, 1788; apprenticed to a shoemaker in 
lSOr>. .\fter k-arning liis trade, and selling Ins allot nieiit in his father's estate 
(pec .sketch of Josiah Cariock), he started for Georgia. He worked at his trade 
for awlnle. and then became a prospector and manager of mines in Ceorgia and 
Alabama. Jn 1830 enlisted for \ho campaign against the Creek Indians. In 
184fi enlisted in Co. 1 the \-\ (icorgia Hegiment (Fannin's Avengers), at Grif- 
fen, under f^i]itMin 71. J. Sargent, and set out for ^Mexico. He took part in the 
storming of A'cia Cruz and was killed at Camargo, 1/10/1847. He married 
twice: (1) at (Jrilfeii. (la., lo Tabitha Blackluirn: (2) at Griffen. Ga,. to . 

Children of liciijamin and Taijillia ( IILk l^biini ) Sliinn. 

11112. (1) Susan Shinn. b. 1828; m. Elijah Blackburn, 

loi:;. (2) Ransom Shinn. b. 1830: m. Laura Logan. 

1014. (3> .lames .Madison Shinn, 1). 1833; m. Mahala Muse. 

1015. (4) Pillzabelh Shinn, !). 1X:;5; ni. Williani .Johnson. 

1016. (5) .loKiah Shirtn. b. 8/4/18:17 ; m. . 

Chililren <>|' ihc Secund Marriage. 

1017. I (6) UrasluK Shinn; 2 (7( Di rhy Shinn; :'. (8) Rennie Shinn. 

ily. John Hark<'y, with .Mary, tlie mother of the three Harkeys; Robert Mc.Nuliy and 
family, Nellie and Catherine Harkey, Pink Fowler, John Linken and family, Jackson 
Shandy and family, CharU-s IMcss and William Brooks. For many weeks they traveled 
over moiiniains. and Ihrouuh dense forests, luilil at last they set down in I'ojje County, 
.\rkHnsHs. where they settled an<l n-mained. To write their history further would be 
to write tin- history of I'opc C«)unty. From the huns of one of the children named 
above have Kpning over eight hundred descendants, so that the blood of Shinn is widely 
(liHseininHted Into fHtidlb-s of that region that wear other names. Where thc^ flourishing 
town of Hussellvllle now stands there was but a single house, that of Dr. Russell. Near 
thiK the Shinns ami Harkeys located. And although the town bears the name Russell- 
ville. its life and history are Imiit upon the lives and deeds of men who wore the s\ir- 
nnmes Uuhh«'II, Harkey and Shinn. 

Fourth Gexeratiox. 


355. JosiAH Caulock Shinx (5). — Bexjamix (4), Samuel (3). Thomas (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Josiah Oarlock Sliinii was born in what is now Cabarrus Coimt\-. X. C, 9/21/ 
1794. His father <]ied in 1801, leaving him and his four brothers minors. He 
was appHMiticed by the Prol)ate Court of Cabarrus County to the firm of Garret- 
son A: Graha.'n, of Concord, X. C, 10/17/18Ut>, to learn the hatters business; 
served bis apprenticeship; his bond of indenture was cancelled in open court 7/19/ 
1H]0 at 10 a. ra. ; enlisted in 1814 and was present at the Battle of New Orleans; 
iiiiidc final settlement with his sruardian, Samuel Shinn, May, 1813; on 12/4/ 
islij Jaccjit Meisciibfimer, John Russell, John Long, Martin Phifer and John 
Rogers, Commissioners of the Rroiiate T'ourt of Cabarrus Coimty, divided the real 


estate left by Benjamin Shinn. an.l the following allotments were made to his 


" Josiah C. Shinn, 127 acre 

Moses Shinn, 127 acres: Benjamin 

Shinn 127 acres; Joseph Shinn, 127 acres, and Solomon Shmn, 127 acres 

Sellin.v his North Carolina ]3roperty, Josiah Carlock Shmn removed to Cin- 
cinnati. OlHo, where he enoaged in the hatters business. Here he attached himself 
to the Washin-tonians in 1826, and his card, now m possession ot the writer, 
shows that he was one of the original members; removed to Terre Haute Indm 
1827, where he married Elizabeth B. Humphreys, 4/11/182. ,. joined the 
Church and was made a preacher by that society; his wile died lO/lo/ 1839, 
moved to Lawrenceburg. Anderson County, Ky. where he opened a hat manufac- 
torv married theiv. 2 C/ 1844. Melissa Ann Baker, daughter of a prominent citi- 



zeii of Anderson County. She died 10/15/1845, childless. On 11/18/1847 he 
married the tliird time.'Elizaheth Frances, granddaughter of William and Eliza- 
heth (Kive.-j Gilpin, and daughter of Willis and Ann (:\[cBrayer) Gilpm. Wil- 
liam (;ilpin, her grandfather, was horn in Nelson County, Virginia. 111 1782. 
He migrated to Anderson County. Keniiu-ky. hefore he attained his majority and 
Jived in tlie counts- sixtv-six rears. lie was a member of Colonel Adair"s Regiment 
in the War of ^^^■L and was captured at Fort Stephenson. While in the prison 
pen he saved ilic life of Judge V n<K'i\vood of Bowling Green, Ky., by seizing the 
tomahawk in the hands of an Indian before it fell upon its victim and hurling 
its holder io the ground. He was at the battle of Tippecanoe, which ended his 
war experience: a'man of great physical pro]iortions and always ready for an old- 
fashioned fist iiglit ; universally known throughout Anderson County as a man 
who hrookcd no insult and who knew no fear. He was a friend to the poor, a kind 
father, and a Kentuckian of Kentuekians. William Gili)in was the son of John 
(;il])in. of Fairfax County. Virginia, who in luin was a son of Col. George Gilpin 
of Alexandria. A'a. Col.dieorge Gili'm wns a ncighboi- to George Washington be- 
fore the war of 177C, and with him Avas ai)poiiiti'd on the first committee of safety 
for Fairfax County. Tic was aid to Washington during the war. and rose to the 
])Osition of Colonel. In ihat cai)acity he was a great licl|> to his brother. Thomas, 
and other eminent Quakers, who were exiled in 17 M to \\'incliester, Ya. By a 
.•strange mutation tlie grandson of the exile. Thomas. Henry Dilworth Gilpin, be- 
came .Vttorney General of the Hnited States. The diary of Washington shows 
that Col. Gilpin was a noted Civil Engineer, and that these gentlemen traveled 
and worked togetlier in survi'ying the canal around Little Falls in the Potomac, 
and. wliat is better, ihat they were fast friends. He was ])ostmaster at Alexan- 
dria for many years; director of the Alexandria Bank; kludge of Fairfax County; 
Street Commissioner of Alexandria, and a man of respectability and power. He 
was a meml>er of the Ala^onic Lodge at Alexandria, and of Christ's Church at the 
same ])lacr. T\r wa- our of the eight pall-bearers at WashingtonV dcatli. as the 
following diagram lakcn from the proceedings of the day attests:' 









MASON l( 1",1{I:TIIU1- 





Col. (icoigc (iilpiii wa^ a grandMin of William (Jilpiii. ihr I'hihiilclpliia enii- 
grani. who was a linml dcscendani of jhc William (;il|iiii wiio was knighted by 
Xing Jolm. ( Vnr a conntli'tc pedigree of 1 he ( i il pin t'nmily. said In lie (me of the 
few complete pedigrees extant, see "■(lilpin Memoir."" puhli^hed hy the Westmore- 
land (England) Ant i(piarian Soeiel\. I'm- ('nl. (lemi;,' (;iliiin"s War SiM'vices 
see " I'lvile- in Virginia," a v<,'ry rare work, and ihe I'oree I'apeis. Aj'ehi\e> o[ the 

'Samuel Cilpin was a Major in the Pennsylvania Line, and (leor.i;(> (lilpin was 
Colonel ol' Ihe Militia in Fairfax, Va.: he was a neij;lil)or and i)ersonal friend of Wash- 
ington, frecpiently spoken of by him. and was honored by being one of his pall bearers 
at his funeral: his regiment was in active servire diirinu: the war. — Simpson's "Eminent 
Philadelphians." p. :'.99. 

FouKTit Gkneratiox. 161) 

(iovrTiuiinit for tlio yi-ar 1^5; see also Washington's Diary; Virginia State Pa- 
jjcrn; Maryland State Papers (Cecil and ^fontgomery r'ountics), and "Descendants 
of W'illiani (JiljMii in Anif-rica,"" by George Gilpin, Philadelphia, Pa.) Col. George 
(Jilpin died at Alexandria, \a., in the year 1813. The father of Elizabeth Frances 
(iilpin Willis (rilpin, nianied Ann ^IcBrayer, of Lawrencebiirg, Ky., a daughter 
of Andrew Mclirayer. a Uevolutionary Hanger from Virginia. ^Yillis died on the 
Afis,-^is>i|»pi Iiiver in l.s;};i of cholera. Josiah Carlock Shinn and Elizabeth Frances 
Gil[»in were married at Lawrenceburg, Ky., and at once set out for a home in the 
youTig state, Arkansas. He died at Kussellville in that state, 12/3/1853, and she 
died at the same place 2/9/180"?. In all his life not a drop of whiskey was ever 
used by liini, ami nnder no cirenmstances was it permitted to be used on his prem- 
ises, lie was a teacher of note during the latter days of his life, a Christian in 
every respect and a fond linsband and father. She inherited all the traits that 
made the Gilpin family notable in England; one of these was the performance of 
duly williont regard for the eonse(piences. One of the family in England was of- 
fere<| a bishop's mitre by (^iieen Elizabeth. This he refused, saying '"My duty is 
to preaeb In tlic poor of Dnrbaiii." \\'itli her needle she kept her children in 
school, and with a lirmness akin to stubbornness made them go imtil they gradu- 
mI(<I. She wa' universally respected. 

I'llizalMtii I rallies Shinn married tlie second time, 3/28/1859, Samuel Eeed 
.hnhl. al ( 'iniinnat i. < >. 

Children of .l<i>iab ( ailoek and Elizalutli ?>. (Ifumphreys) Shinn. 

lui'.ta. (1) Josi'ph Heniy Shinn, b. at Terre Haute, Ind.. 2/6/1832; m., 1/7/1867, 
Kvaline M. Chandler, at Baker City, Ore. 

loirtii. (21 .lani.'s H.-nry Shinn. b. at Terra Haute, Ind., 8/28/18.36; m. Lavina 
Toiiey. at WinKviile, Ore. 
Children of .losiah Carlock and Elizabeth Frances (Gilpin) Shinn. 

1020. 1 Ct) .Josiah Hazen Shinn. b. 3/29/1849, at Russellville, Ark.; m. Mildred 

Carlton Williams, at Bridgeport, Ky., 1/7/1875. 

1021. -J ( n I'^zra Hickman Shinn. b. 12/25/1850. at Russellville, Ark.; m. Fannie 

K. Alien at same place. 8/20/1878. 

1022. :; (r>» Benjamin Everett Shinn. b. 11/13/1852; ob. infans. 

n'iW. S.VMi Ki. SiiiNN (."■)).— Is.vvc (4). S.VMiKL (3). James (2). JOHX (1). 

Samuel, .•^eecnnl child of Isaac and Agnes Shinn, and named in his mother's 
will married Pollv LittU- and did in ISOT: his will was proved 10/20/1807; he 
wa< a mcnd)er of th(> C(.nntv Court in UOO; he left one sou, Samuel, who married 
:\r;irv Lon.^; thi< son was Constable at Concord, N. C, in 1807; member of the 
Couiity Cmri 1S21 : dii'tl isMti. intestate. His children at that time were mmors 
anil the mother was guardian. 

Children of Samuel and :\rary (Long) Shinn. 

10;!!» 111 Samuel O. Shinn (7). . 

1040. ,2» John Lons Shinn (7). b. 4/6/1820; ob. 7/27/1869; was a distinguished 
surveyor and Captain of the Senior Reserves, Co. F. Confedeiate 
Army; m. Mary Ann Meisenheimer, and had children: 

1041 (1) Rutus Cornelius Shinn (8). ob. infans. ^ , ^ ^ , 

lo"' I2) Jane Rebecca Shinn (8), b. 1/22/1845; m. R. J. Cook of Concord, 

N. C. 

1043 t3> Margaret Julia Shinn (8), ob. infans. 

1044 (4) Marv Sophia Shinn, ob. at ten years of age. 

1045 (5) Charlotte Leonora Shinn (8), b. 9/6/1849; ob. l/2o/1886. 

1046 (6) John Jeremiah Shinn (8), b. 5/2/18i)2; ob. 1872. 

1047 (7) Thomas Long Shinn (8), ob. infans. ^ ,, . , -^ o/.,n/ 
1048' (■^) loseph Carlock Shinn t7). b. 1/7/1822; m. Elizabeth Meisenheimer, 8/30/ 
1048. (,) Jo-^^l 1/4/1853; she died 8/6/1873; had children: 

1040 (1) Mary Jane Shinn (8), b. 9/8/1S44; ob. 9/19/1883; m. Caleb M. 

Earnhardt and reared a family. 

I'.ti HisTOUY OF iiii: .Siiixx Family jn Elkoi'e and A:merica 

1050. (2) Thomas Smiih Shiiin (8), b. l/26/184f5; m. Mary Eller; served in 

the Confederate Army, Co. A, 20 N. C. Regt.. C. S. A. 

1051. (3) Alfred Jeremiah Shinn (8). b. 9/9/1848: m.. 12/28/1873, Marthine 

Ann fJdgison. 

1052. (4) George Richard Shinn (8). b. 10/15/1850; m. Catherine Yost: he died 

in .March. 1891. 

1053. (5) .Margaret Carlock Shinn (S). b. 10/29/1852; m. Wilson McCommins. 

1054. (4» Margaret A. Shinn (7). m. James Cline. She is buried at Mt. Gilead. 

1055. (5) Rachel Shinn (7). m. Joseph Melin. 

1056. (0) Catherine Shinn d). m. (1) George Goodman. (2) Mr. Stanley. 

1057. (7> Esther Shinn (7). m. Samuel Murph at Mt. Olivet. 

360. J<v\( Iioss SiiiNN to). — Joseph (I), Swukl {'A). Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Isaac Ii().<s, eldest son oT Joseph and Jane (Koss) Shinn, Ixn-n 1/8/1T85, in 
what is now Caharnis Ccnmty. Xortli Carolina; married Ann i*lnnkott of the same 
county in 1M0G, and had eleven children; married (2) Elizaheth Wilkins, 10/22/ 
1832, aiul had six children. ScNciiteen children, .ill hoi-n in one house, made the 
prohlem of livin<r somewhat complicated for Isaac, but he and his children, with 
oilier thousands of men and women, lived strenuous lives beiore a Roosevelt made 
that living' popular. Isaac was a farmer. Charles Dudley Warner advised every- 
one to he horn '" in ;i little fed rai'iiihoiiM'."" 'riicse were liorn in a little log farm- 
house, and livi'd lives of hard work. There were no quacks to tell them about 
■" mi.xing brains with the soil," and how to succeed with less labor. These farm 
boys seemi'd lo know that hard work and drudgery were indispensable to success, 
then or now. ihcic or elsewhere; they. A\itli others reared in like lumses and in 
;( similar way, opened the W'esi. and gave it a I'ace of heroes as proprietors. The 
luiines of these children were: 

First ]\iai'i'iage. 

1058. Q) Joseph Shinn itJ). b. 4/22/1807. moved to Georgia in the fall of 1830. He 

has descendants somewhere in the State, but I have not found them. 
1059 (2( John Shinn (ti). b. 12/2/1808; moved to Alabama in 1832. 
10GO. CM Carson Shinn (C). 1). 4/11/1811; ob. 4/24/1855, at Mobile. Ala., where he 
was making a sale of cotton; carpenter; moved to Waverly, Miss., 
married there in 1844 Maria Atkinson, of Virginia; acquired planta- 
tions and wealth: owned Shinn Springs, the most fashionable resort of 
.Mississipi)i before the war. Children: 
10*11 (1) Sarah Ann Sliinn (7). b. 8/30/184(}; ob. 9/S/1848. 

1002. (2) Virginia Clemeniine Shinn (7), b. 9/2/1848; m. Abram Stephenson; 

had one child iliai died in infancy. 
lOf.3. CD Lama Shinn (7l. b. 9/15/1851: m., 12/23/187:;, .lames Hearon. and 

had lhr<'(' children. 
1<"»;7. (ti Samuel Carson Shinn (7). b. 9/19/1853; m. (1). 10/25/1875, Mattie 

Honer of .Aherdei-n, Miss.: she died 10/18/1877. leaving one child, 
.Mary Aim Sliinn (8): m. (2). 7/19/1887. Mollie Russell of Ala- 
bama, and had one boy, Sanm<d Duff Shinn (St. 
J<>7'i (5j Ajuui Shinn (7). b. 8/29/1855; in.. 12/24/1878. Daniel l)\ifl: Stephen- 

son, and dii'd, leaving two children. 

1073. Ill Isaac Rose Shiiiii (li), b. 3/2fi/ISlL'; at iiianhood went West and settled 

in .Mississippi. He, loo, amassed wealth, and al his death, having no 
children, left his estate to his brother. Green. 

1074. (5) Green R. Shinn (0), b. 2/S/181ti; went with his luoilier to .Mississippi 

and died there; his children moved i.> Texas. 

1075. (•',) Tluiinas Sliiim (I'l). I». 1/24/1S20; nn)ved to Coosa County. Alabama, and 

reared a fauiily of three sons and two daughters. One of these was a 

lireacher of I he M. K. C. S. of considerable power. 
10S1. i7i Heiijamin Shinn (t!), b. 3/21/1824: moved to Washington County, Te.xas, 

dying there; he left two sons. .lohn and Thomas; the first one studied 

medi<ine and married a wealthy Texas girl. 
|nS4. IS) Abiginl Shinn (M. b. l/2(t/lS14: m. in .\orlh Carolina, reared a family 

and <lie(l there, as did her sisters. 
lORR. (9> Roily Shinn («). b. 1/10 '1818; (Km Ann C Sliiiin fC), b. 3/30/1822. 
1087. (11 » Jane Shinn (d). b. 8/11/182(1. 

FoLUTJi Generation. 171 

By Second Maniagf. 

1088. 1 (12) James W. Shinn (6), b. 8/30/18?.:i; studied medicine under Dr. Ramsey 
of Rowan County, North Carolina; attended lectures at Philadel- 
phia, Pa.; began practice in 1859; volunteered in the first com- 
pany formed in Rowan County as a private in Co. B, 4th N. C. Inf., 
C. S. A.; wa.s promoted at the battle of Seven Pines to rank of 
First Lieutenant, all the other officers being killed; was granted a 
furlough after this battle and died in the meantime. 

10H!« 2 (\:i) Calvin L. Shinn (»;). b. :V3/183.5; married and settled in Iredell Coun- 
ty, North Carolina, where he reared a family of two sons and five 
daughters; the eldest son is a prominent farmer and merchant 
near Granite Hill; the other was sent to Catawba College, at New- 
ton, N. C, where he graduated witn honor. Three of his daughters 
are married and were all settled on a farm by Mr. Shinn. One of 
the youngest. Anna, was sent to White Hall, Concord, and the 
other to Shinnville Academy. Calvin L. Shinn has been a most 
successful man. 

1097. :: (14) George A. Shinn ((i). b. 6/18/1838; volunteered in February, 1862, in 

Co. 1, 7th N. C. Vol. Inf., C. S. A.; was in nine battles; wotmded in 
the thigh 6/28/1862 near Gaines Mill in the Seven Days Battles; 
honorably discharged in 1864; m.. 2/8/1858, Rachel P. Landers of 
Iredell County, and had children: 

1098. (1) John h . Shinn (7), ob. inlans. 

1099. (2) Leila M. Shinn (7). b. 6/2.5/18t;i ; m. P. P. Lorbacher oi Morgan- 

ton, N. C; he was a physician and pharmacist, born in Erfurt, 
Province of Saxony. Prussia. Children. 

1100. (1) Rosamond A. Lorbacher (8). 

IKil. (:'.) James L. Shinn (7), b. 5/18/1864; reared on a farm near Doolie, 

Iredell County, N. C; attended the public schools; then the 
preparatory department of Rutherford College; after which he 
entered the regular course; graduated in English from the 
private school of Rev. B. York, D. D., in 1880; began teaching 
in his sixteenth year and taught for three to ten months each 
year for sixteen years; principal of Glen Alpin Academy from 
1886 to 1890; ra.. 3/4/1884, Cyntha E. Keever of Lincoln County, 
North Carolina; ordained to the Baptist Ministry at Providence 
Church. 11/28/1886; served as pastor of Hopewell Church ten 
years, and preached at other churches in the Catawba River 
Association; in 1896 moved to Clifton, S. C, and served the 
church nearly two years; in January, 1898, moved to Moores- 
ville, N. C, and was pastor there, and at neighboring churches, 
for nearly four years; in January, 1902, to Salemburg, N. C, 
where he is now located; he is a fine lecturer and preacher; 
his labors have been crowned with success. Children: 

1102 (1) John .Marvin Shinn (8); (2) Oscar Ray Shinn (8). 

1104. (3) Roy Johnson Landers Shinn (8); (4) Ethel Maude Beatrice 

Shinn (8). 

1106. (5) Emmet Anderson Shinn (8); (6) Ernest Lawson Shinn (8). 

1108 (7) Bertha Rachel Elizabeth Shinn. 

1100 (4) Abigail D. Shinn (7), b. 11/23/1866; unmarried. 

1110 (5) Mary E. Shinn (7). b. 7/31/1869; m. Louis J. Weber of Balti- 

more, Md.; German-American; painter; resides at Morgantown, 
N. C. and had a child, Florence I. Weber (8). 

1H2. (6) Alice J. Shinn (7). b. 4/6/1872. 

Ill;; (7) Fletcher L. Shinn (7), b. 5/2/1874. 

1114 (8) Frederick E. Shinn (7), b. 9/19/1877. 

lll.S (9) George I. Shinn (7), b. 2/12/1880. 

111.:' 4 (15) Alexander (Sandy) Shinn (6), b. 12/11/1841; farmer: volunteered in 
186-^ in Co B 4th N. C. Vol. Inf., C. S. A.: died of typhoid fever 
Avhi'ie at home on a furlough; married, in 1860, Margaret Baker, 
and had one son, William Shinn (7) of Mooresville, N. C. 

Ills 5 (16) Elizabeth Shinn (6). b. 5/3/1836; m. Silas McNeely. No children. 

11 9' 6 17 Rebecca Shinn (6). b. 4/16/1840; m. A. F. Goodman of Rowan County^ 
^ No-th Carolina, in 1866; he was one of the most prominent men of 

his community, and reared a family of sons and daughters that 
were good and useful men and women. 

i;-.' History of the .Sinxx Family ix Europe and America 

359i. ABKiAU. Siiixx (o).— .7(.sEi'ii (4),, Samiel (3). Thomas (2), Johjt (1). > 

Abi^'ail, eldest child of Josi-nli and Jane (Ross) Shi mi. jiianied. 1/10/1796, 
John SHU. and had three ehildren. who remained in Nortli Carolina: 
1120. (1) John Still (6); (2) Joseph Still (6). 
1122. (:;i Sarah Still (f. i. who married Dr. Fink. 

3G1. .Tean Siiinn (o). — losEi'H (4). Samiki. (:'.). M^ftomas (2), John (1). 

Jean, third ehild of Jose])h and Jane (lloss) Sliinn. was born in what is now 
Oaharrn> County, in ITS'). Slic marriod, 9/1/1801. Ifiehard Anderson, of the 
f^ame eounty. (In some old tlceds her name is spelled .Jena, notably in one of 
July 12. 1799, wherein her father conveys land on both sides of Buffalo Creek 
for' $2,000.) lienjamiu, Joseph and Silas, ])rothers, owned land (500 acres) 
on Dnt'-h BulTalo ('reek, and also (."iOO acres) on Two Meadow Creek. Benjamin, 
on Augn.-t 10, 1795. bought two hundred and eighty-six acres on Three-Mile 
Branch. It touched other Shinn lines three times. In fact, the eai-ly deed records 
of Cabarrus County teem with deeds to and from these three brothers, showing 
them, in the venrs'l780 to l<s(io. 1(, have been among the thriftiest men of that 
region: and Jean and Elenor Sliiuu a[ipfar Ji\'(juently as witnesses to these trans- 
action-. Tradition says that both these girls were brilliant young ladies, and 
M'ell versed in law. Joseph Shinn. the father of Jean, died seized of about 2,000 
acres of land in ihc wilderness of Tennessee. Richard Anderson alone of Joseph's 
many sons-in-law took an interest in this land. He purchased the rights of all 
the other heirs, as is shown in Deed Book 8, of Cabarrus County Deeds, pages 179, 
187 and 520. The.<e deeds sujijily the missing links in the genealogical chain of 
the descendants of Joseph Slimn. Each deed recites tbat Joseph had eight chil- 
dren, names them, and then ediiNcys each heirs right to Richard Anderson. He 
and his wife Jean, with iheii' ehihli'en, i-einove(l to Tennessee and left a nnnierous 
ramilv of children and gramlehildicn. 

:]C)->. Eeexoi; SuixN (5). — .Ioskimi ( I ). S am i 1:1. (;'>). Thomas ('iL-IoiiN (1). 

Klenor, fourth child of .losepb and Jam; (Koss) Sliinii, b. 5/20/1782, was 
a remarkably intelligent and bi-illiant wcnnan. Aforeau Barringer. one of the 
leading men fif N'orth Cai'olina. said of her: "Elenor Shinn would make a 
better Cf>vernor <t\' the State than it has e\-er had." She had all the pride of 
blood llial comes to a woman whose aneestoi's had hdnie a leading ]"»art in North 
C/arolimi history; was herself familial' with its history and with the pedigrees of 
thfi citizens of Cabarrus; >lie (as did the children of lienjaniin and Silas) inher- 
ited slaves, and was noted for her hnnianity towai'd lh(ni. She marriiMl, C)/4/ 
ISOI. .Jacob Hudson, a pronnneni eili/.en of ( ah;iiTn> ('niiiii\, and had children: 
112:5. (1) .lane ICnos Hudson (<;), b. 1/3/180:'.: m. Mr Uiirkhead of Cabarrus County 
and had children: 
(1). 12), C!). (4). .All (lied ill iiilaiicy. 
1128. (5) Janu'S ('alvia liolcniiil) iinrkliead (7); 111. INI. Cohenhover. of Salis- 

bury, .N. ('.. and resides at Concord; he had several children, three 
of whom are living ; one son resides in Texas. 
li:'2. (ip) .Mary .lane Ross IJurlshcad (7), ni. .John Knox drahani: r(>sides in 

ilowan County: a very inlfdli.^enl woman and the possessor of a 
irunU and chair bronchi iiiio X.nlli Carolina by Sanuu-l Shinn: 
these were heirlooms handed dnwii from Abigail to l<]ienor; from 
Elenor to Jane Enos, and from .lane to Mrs. CJraham: she is the 
molher of six children, two of whom died in infancy. 
li:i!V (T» .Icsse Dc Will Iturkhead (7), m. ()ii\ia Anderson of Souili c'arolina: 

graduate of the Theological Coiu'se of the University of South Car- 
olina; took a postgraduate course al Clasgow. Scotland, his wife 
accompanying him; an author of seveial doctrinal works of great 
merit; pastor of lh«< First Presbyterian Church of .Monlgomery, 
.Ma. (1Si»| I : has two sons in that city, one of whom is married. 

Fourth Generation'. 


1M2. (8j A. A. Whitefield Burkhead (7); graduate of Davidson College, N. C; 

said to be the most brillianr one of the family; volunteered in the 

Southern Army and died of yellow fever. 
1143. (9) Sylvanus F. Burkhead (7); m. Laura Gillispie; resides at Moores- 

ville, N. C. (1801); had three children; one daughter deceased and 

two sons, 
nil. (2) A son who died in infancy. 
114.') (.'{) Sarah Hudson ((>). who married J. M. Warmoth and settled in South 

Carolina. Children: 
lilt;. (1) .James Richard Warmoth (7) 

lit? (2) .John Randolph Warmoth (7). 

;;(;i. l.i;.\ii Siiinn (.j).— .Tm-kimi (1). S.vmiki. (:)). Thomas (2), John (1). 

licali. sixth cliild of .7o.<c|ili jiiid Jane (Ross) 81iinn, b. 1787: m. a man 
naiiK-fl .Mlt'iii'pii;',. aixl lia<l llncc clnldrcn: 




An old Chair taken Into North Carolina, 1750, b> Samuel Shinn. 

(1) Frances Elizabeth Allemong (6), who married a man named Plunkett 

and had at least one child: r^^„^^„/i 

il) Sarah Adelaide Plunkett (7). who married W. J. Hill ot Concoid, 

N C Mr Hill is a prominent citizen of that place; magistrate; 

merchant • has the old chair which Samuel Shinn brought into 

North Carolina in 1760. and looks snug and quaint in the engraving; 

That chair has been in the family in North Carolina one Jiundred 

and forty-three years, and may have crossed the ocean one hundred 

vears earlier. Children: , ^ * tvt ^fi, 

(i) Edward Hill (8). who was the first one to 7ol"°,teer from North 

Carolina in the Cuban War; Senior Captain 1st N. C \olun- 

teers; this regiment was the first to enter Havana; for the 


next two years Captain in the 27th Regiment of the Provincial 
army; then served two years in the Philippine Islands; is now 
First Lieutenant of the Coast Artillery in the regular army. 

1151. ci) William Joel Hill (S): C'.l Lalla Hill (8). 

115:L (4» Francis .J. Hill. 

1154. (2) Ellen Alleniong (6), who married Mr. Taylor. 

1155. i?,) Martha Allomong (6), who married Joshua Benson and had children: 

1156. (1) Lewis Benson (7). who married and had children, Edgar, Nanna and 


1160. (2) Henry Benson (7j. 

1161. (3) John Benson (7). who liiwrried and had children, Ollie, Edward, 

Clyde and Nanna. 
1166. (4) Joseph Benson (7), who mairicd and had three children, Don, 

Frederick and Esther. 
1170. (5) Rohert Benson (7); (6) Alia G. Benson (.7). 

1172. (7) Kate Benson (7). who married and had a son, Charles. They all 

reside near Statesville. N. C. 

30.1. JOSKI'II SlIINX (.")). JoSKI'il (4). SaMLKI. (3), TjiO.MAS [2), JOHX (1). 

Joseph, seveiitli child of Jo.^eph and Jane (Iloss) Shinii. h. 1789; m. Mar- 
garet (Peggy) C'arotlicrs. :V26/1S0(); she died in ^Mississippi in her eighty-third 
year; he was a saddler in Concord from 1S20 to 182; ; also ran the Phifer Mill; 
died at Concord in 1827. His descendants live in nearly every Southern State, 
and descend from one or tiie otlier of tlie following I'hildu'n: 

1174. (1) Narcissus Melissa Shinn (6); ob. infans. 

1175. (2) Warren L. Shinu (6); moved to Tennessee in 1850; to Mississippi in 

1853; ob. there 1867; m. Sally Cope and had: 
li7t'.. (1) Mary Shinn (7), who married (1) Mr. Bolton; (2J Mr. Martindale 

of Si)ringport, Miss. 

1177. (2) John Shinn (7), who never married. 

1178. (M) Joseph W. Shinn (7), who married Miss Magee and moved to Texas 

in 1881; ob. there 1890, leaving a wife and ten children at Lock- 
hart, Tex. He was a brave soldier in Captain Green Bowles' Com- 
pany in the Confederate Army. 

11^9. (4) Sarah Shinn (7), married a Martindale and moved to Lockhart, 

Tex., where she died in 1870. leaving five children. 

11!^5. (5) Martha Shinn (7), married a Mr. Patton and moved to Caldwell, 

County, Texas, in 1890. At that time she had seven children. 

1203. (6) Melissa Shinn (7). m. W. H. Holcomb. of Marcilina, Tex., and had 

ten children. 

1214. (7) Eniarintha Shiiiii (7j, ol). infans. 

1215. (8) William A. Shinn (7), m. Miss Hudson and had no children. 

1216. (9) (kdia Shinn (7), married a Mr. Hudson at Eureka. Miss., where they 

still live. Seven children. 

1224. ('.',) Wilborn Sliiiin (6); removed to Hot Springs. Ark., where he died with- 

(jut issu<\ 

1225. (4» Harrisfjn Shinn (6); ob. at twenty-two years of age; unmarried. 

1226. (5) Alexander Shinn (6) (Sandy); 1). 1820, Iredell County. North Carolina; 

to Tf-nncssce 1S47; (o Mississipi)! 185;>; m. (1) a woman named Ea.gie; 
(2) Mrs. Mary Theresa Uouglas; enlisted in Company C 1st Mississippi 
Cavalry, C. S. A.; was under Cicni'ral Joseph Johnston at Atlanta; sec- 
ond wife in her youth bore the name Irvin, and was a sister of Samuel 
Irvin. father of Attonics Uohcri Irvin (t{ IJilIi," H()cl<, .Ark. The chil- 
dren were: 

1227. (1) Columbus M. Sliiun (7); soldier in Co. C. 1st Miss. Cav., C. S. A.; 

wounded at Atlanta; m. .Miss File at Pope's Station. Miss. 

1228. (2) .Mary Ellen Sliiim (7). in. Taylor Norris and bad three children. 

Hesides Courl buiil. .Miss. 

1232. (3) .John F. Siiinii t7). in. (1) Anna Sliidd: moved to Caldwell County. 

Texas, where she died in 1887, leaving five children; married (2) 
a woman named Solomon and liad two fliildren: reside at Max- 
well, Tex. 

1240. (6) Mary Ellen Shinn (li). m. .lobii Sniilli in Rowan County. North Carolina; 
ob. NoveTril)er. 1S45. and had children: 


1241 (Ij George Smith (7). who lives at Santa Ana. Tex., with a wife and 

six children. 

1248. (2) MarRaret Smith (7), who married a Mr. Icenhover, who was killed 

in the Southern Army. No children. 

1249. ('.',) Emarantha Smith (7), who married a Fink and remained in North 

12.'>'». (4) Joseph Smith (7). m. Miss Magie in Mississippi; moved to Lock- 

hart, Tex., and has seven children. 
125X (7) Martha J. Shinn ((>), m. R. A. Shield and moved to Texas. She was the 
mother ot six children. 

;;(;ii. IWovjamin' Shinn (•'*). — Josei'h (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), John (1). 

Kriijaiiiiii, eiifhtli cliiM of Jo>icph and Jane (Ross) Shinn, b. 12/18/1791; 
III.. 1/12 I. SOD. Nancy McAlicrn, at C'oneorfl, X. C, and had two children, who 
icinaiiK'd in that State. N'nney ilied in LSI 3, and Benjamin soon after. The 

eiiildren wen-: 

12*;r,. (1) .los.-ph Shinn (G). b. 12/11/1810. 
12r.«;, (2( .Mary Shinn (tl). b. 11/15/1812. 

:\\'i. .loll. SiiiNN (.'•). — ,sir,.\s (1), Samiki. (3). Tiio.\[as (2), Johx (1). 

.loci, son of Silas and Klenor (Overcast) Shinn, b. in North Carolina; 
iiM.\id aliout 1.S2I. to I'litnain County, Ind. ; married and reared a family. I 
liavf found but one cbibl -Oliver Shinn — who married an aunt of Evaliue, wife 
of ,lnM|tli llciilv Shinn. .Moved to California and held several important posi- 
tions of hniiur Miiil I rust. 

3T0. .I<m\ \tki\<(>n (."i). — Samuki. Atkixsox (i), Haxxah Shixx (3), 

.1 AMES (2), Johx (1). 

John .\tkinsoii was Ixtrn S 1 IToiJ; m., 3/15/1798, Elizabeth Borton, and 

ha<i Ibi' foMowini: . hildrcn : 

12tl7. (1) Esther AlUinson. b. 8/5/1799; m. Jonathan Heritage. 

12t;8. (2) Elizabeth Atkinson, b. 8/6/1800; ob. 10/3/1864; m. William H. French. 

12<;ft cn (Iporge Tat em Atkinson, b. 10/26/1810; m. Elizaljeth. daughter of Jesse 

Hon<i ot Siilem. N. J.. 2/5/1840. 
127U. (I» John Atkinson, b. 3/18/1814 in New Jersey: ob. in Colorado, 1/13/1889; 
m. .\nnio Alberison. 

382. Ele.vzek FEXTt)x (:>).— Eli z.vbkth Atkix^sox (4), Hannah Atkixsox 

(3V, James (2), Johx (1). 

Elea/.er Fenton inarrird a woman whose name cannot be ascertained, and 

had two I'hiitlrcn : 

1271. (1) Eleazer Fenton: m. Elizabeth Clarke. 

1272. (2> Elizabeth Fenton; m. Enoch Elkinton. 

383. Kliz.vhkth Shixx (5).— Restore (4), Francis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Elizabeth Shinn was born, 10/6/1758, in Burlington County, X. J.: m.. 
3/3/1777. .lacob. son of Joseph Lamb. She died 4/9/1790, leaving the following 

'"' r>'73' (I) Restore Shinn Lamb. b. 12/27/1788; m. Mary, daughter of Benjamin E. 
Ridgway, 4/18/1822. 
1274. (2) Rebecca Lamb; m. Abraham Merritt. 
1275^ (3) Jacob Lamb; m. Ann Ridgway. ........ t 

1276. (4) Clayton Lamb: m. Ridgway, daughter of Lott Ridgway, Jr. 

1277. (5) Joseph Lamb: ob. sine proli. 

384. Rebecca Shinn (5).— Restore (4), Fraxcis (3). James (2), Johx (1). 

Rebecca Shinn, second child of Restore and Mary (Biddle) Shinn b. 1/13/ 
i:c>0; died nnmarried. leaving a will, dated January 26. 1806, and probated 


HisToitY OF Till-: SiiiNX Fa.\iii.v i-V Europe and America 

August 1(1. ISOG. (Burlingion Wills. \a\>vy A. page 131.) This will names 
lior sisters. Lavina. Lvtlia and Bfuhili: iiitvf^. Ilannali and Mary Brook Biddle. 
PJlizahetli and Uelx-cca Hays and IJcltucca Mcri-itt. ,Slie leaves each of these, and 
lier relative lulizahctli Aildways. a large sinn of money, and the inference is that 
she was a woman of wraltli. 

:is.-,. I.Aviw SiiiNN (.')). — l.'i:sToi;i-: (4). Francis (3), James (2), John (1). 

I>avina Siiiini. third ehiitl <>f Restore and Mary ( [Middle) Shinn, b. 2/6/ 
1:G2; died unmarried, leaving a will, (hiled 8/3/1829. (Burlington Wills, Liber 
1). page int.) This will distribut<'s a large estate to a number of nieces, nephews, 
great-nieces and sisters-in-law. IJebecca gave her propei'ty to females, and Lavina, 
while recognizing her nephews, seemed to tliin.k the lords of creation might care 
for themselves. The estate of these women argues a very great wealth for the 
father. Restore, fmrn wJKun they iiilKi'iicd ilic gcratcr ]mv\ of wliat was willed 

Rebecca Lamb Merritt. 
Sarah Biddle Shinn. 
Mary Uousherty. 
.Mary Srrebent. 
Lvdia Brooke. 

Jacob Lamb. 
Restore Shinn Lamb. 
Clayton Lamb.'ph Biddk' Shinn. 
Lamar Hays. 
William Hays. 
.John Brooko. 
Restore Shinn Brooke 

Ann Shinn. 
Sarah Shinn. 

Rebecca ^lerritt Lamb. 
Beulah Shinn Bolton. 
Mary Lavina Bolton. 
Elizabeth Ives Bolton. 
Ellen Maria Bolton. 
Marv Daugherty, Jr. 
Elizabeth T^augherty. 

38G. .Stacy Shlvx (5). — (4j. Kj;ancis [o), James (2), Joiix (1). 

Stacy Shinn. fourtli child of l^■stor(' and :\lary (Biddle) Shinn, b. 2/27/ 
IvGi; m. Anne Earl, in ir!).""). and died in ISOO. John Earl was appointed ad- 
mini.s<rator. 4/14/18()() (Turlington Wills. Liber 3«), p. T2), ami Caleb Earl 
guardian of Jo^e])!! B. and Sarah B. Slmin. .5/29/1801 (Ibid., 305). These 
orphan children were very ])opular. Ix-ing named in Samuel Sliinn's will. 18].">-. 
Lavina's. 1S2!>; Elizabeih Salter".s ^'^•">"- 'in'l Hannali S;dtei-"s. ISCO. 

(Jhildren of Stacy and .Vmie (Earl) Sliinn. 

1278. (1) .Tosoph Biddle Shinn. b. 7/2:V1790 (Mt. Holly Birth Re.i;ister) ; m. In 
-Monmouth County. ?./\U/lS:n. Rel)ecca Stratton Cline, granddaughter 
ot .Joseph and Flulda (.Alotl) Salter. 

i:'7!i (L'l Sarah Biddle Shinn. b. 17!i.S: ob. sine iiroli. 

.■J.s;. Kkstore Sin.N.v (."■>). — IJkstoki: (I). l-"i;\\(is (:! ). .I.wi i:s (2).J()iix (1). 

Restore Shinn. fifth child of K'e.-l.nv uud .M;,ry (Biddle) Shinn. b. V^*^/ 
K'iO: m.. in HiM. a wonian nanuMi Sarah, lie was disowned for marrvinu' out 
(d' meeting by Mt. Molly, .\pril 10. i::»l. 1 IC iVwd in 1802, leaving a will, dated 
TlaiKtver, .\. .1.. .I.muary 22, 1802. and |)robaled Fe!»ruary 2(>. iso-J. (Burling- 
ion Wills, laber ."{9, p. ."iOI.) He names wife. Surah, and llu' follow in- .liildren: 
|)aiigbler>. Mary, l.avina. .Meriltu. Lydia. aiul sou ('l.ivlun. 

• ''lildreii nf l.'e-iure ,iiicl Sural) ( ) S'linn. 

I-S'i. Ill .Mary Sliinu. b. i7!tJ: m. — naugherty. 

12S1. (2) Lavina Sliiuu. I». IViM; m. Thomas Atkinson Fierce, .Vi:!/^819. 

12X2. Cn Clayton Sliinn. 1. 17!m;; m. Susan (Jaskill. 12/18/1824. 

12K:{. (4) Meriba Shinn. b. 17:t8: ob. sine i>r(di. 

1284. (61 Lydia Shinn, b. 175»S; ob. sine proli. 

."'.SS. .M.\i;\ Siii.NN (.".). li'i.siniji: (1). i-"i;\\cis ( .'*> i . .1 A M i;s (2)..l()lix (1). 

Mary Shinn, si.xth child of {{e.-toiv and .Marv ( Shinn. b. 2/23/17(i8; 
m. .\fi. Hays, in 1';90. She was di^jwned ut ^li. Ilollv. (Ui Ihe 9th of the 12th 






Fourth Gkneratiox. 17«> 

jiioiitli. ]7!MJ, for going out in inarriag(3 after being precautioned. She died iu 
I.SO— , Jeaviiig a will. (Burlington Wills, Liber A, p. 21.) She names daughter 
Mary, wife of Charles Kay, and three unmarried sisters — Rebecca, Lavina and 
liculaii. Ifebccca, in her will, names three children of ^Mary Hays, viz., Biddle, 
I'llizabetii and Jfebecca. The mother names but one child. The inference is that 
Hiddle, Elizabetb and llebecca Hays died iu the interim. If so, there was a very 
great mortality in Jiestore's family in the years 1804:-'o-"6. 

Children of and ^lary (Shinn) Hays. 

12.S.'>. (1) Elizal)eth Hays; ob. sine proli. 
128G. (2) Rebecca Hays: ob. sine proli. 

1287. {'.'.) Mary Hays; m. Charles Kay. 

1288. (4) Riddle Hays; ob. sine proli. 

3U0. LvDiA SiiiNx (5). — Kkstore (4), Fraxcis (3). James (2), Johx (1). 
J.ydia Sliinn, eighth child of Restore and Mary (Biddle) Shinn, b. 9/20/ 
1773 ;'m. Bowyer, son of Bowyer and Hannah Brooks, 7/17/1794. She was 
disowned at Mt. Holly for violating discipline in marriage. There is no record 
of her dealli. nor of the births of her children. Rebecca, in her will, named two 
nieces — Hannah and Mary Brooke. (The spelling changed in ten years from 
Brooks to Jirooke. ) J^avina, tw(!nty years later, names nephews John and Restore 
Shinn lirooks, niece Lydia Brooke, and great-niece Mary Strebent, Init omits 

Children of Bowyer and Lydia (Shinn) Brooke. 

1289. (1) Hannah Brooke; ob. sine proli. 

1290. (2) Mary Brooke, b. 1797; m. Strebent. 

1291. (3) John Brooke. 

1292. (4) Restore Shinn Brooke. 
129:'.. (5) Lydia Brooke. 

3!il. Be[i All SiiiNN {5). — Restore (4), Fraxcis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Beuhih Shinn. ninth child, and youngest, of Restore and Mary (Biddle) Shinn, 
I) 11/25/170(1 ; m., in Cloucester County, N. J., 4/11/1805, Joseph, son of Joseph 
and Ixhoda Bolton. This was one of the oldest families of the county, and its 
mend)ers respectable and noted persons. I have not traced her descendants 
further. The will of Lavina gives the following great-nieces, or grandchildren, 
of Joseph and Lvdia (Sln'nn) Bolton: 
1294. (1) Beutah Shinn Bolton. 

(2) Mary Lavina Bolton. 

(3) Elizabeth Ives Bolton. 

(4) Ellen Maria Bolton. 

I am inclined to believe there was but a single sou. who became the father of 
the above children. Beulah died in 1808, and .Joseph married Mary Burr in 1810. 

393. Makv SiriNX (5).— George (4). Francis (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Mary Shinn. second child of George and Rachel (Wright) Shinn, was l)orn 
in 1702. 'in Burlinaton Countv. N^. J. She married, in Stafford or Warren County, 
Ya., Februarv 17. 1784, John, the son of John and Margaret HoUoway. (Crooked 
Run Mouthlv Meeting ^rinutes.) There were two children recorded in the birth 

register of Crooked Run. viz.: 

1298. (1) George Holloway. b. 9/26/1784. 

(2) Jesse Holloway. b. 1/12/1786. 
I suppose there were other children, but as the family moved to Ohio, the record 
was broken. 

;{95. Axx Siiixx (5).— George (4), Fraxcis (3). James (2). Johx (1). 

Mm Shinn fourth child of George and Racliel (Wright) Sliinn. was born 
in Stafford Couutv, Ya., 1769. She nuirried George Duffy Baily, in the same 
countv. in 1787. "^ She was disowned for marrying out ot meeting by Crooked 


ISO IfisTonv OF jjiE ."Sjiin'x Family in' Ethope and A:\f erica 

Run Friends, 4/8/378T. I liavc no record of her desctmlanls. and they are to b,e 
traced in Warren and StnlFord Counties. Va. .Vnn was named in her Uncle 
SamnelV will in lSl."i. nt Ihirlinirton. X. J., and m;is alive at that tinu'. 

39(!. Rachel .Sjijnx (•")). — George (4). Fuancis (3). James (2). John (1). 

Iladiel Sliinii. Jil'tli child of George and Kachel (\\'riglnj Sliinn. was born 
17 71 in Virginia. She married John, son of Jonathan and Sarah L\i})ton, in 
Warren County, Va., 3/.") J 797, according to Fi'icml-" vile Shr was named in l^nele Samuel's will, at Xew Hanover, N. J., l>l(i. and the (rooked liun 
JJegister gives the following children: 

1300. (1) Jonathan Lupton. h. 3/13/1798. 

(2) Lydia Luplon. b. 5/4/1801. 

1302. (3) Francis Lnplon, b. 5/4/1802. 

(4) Abigail Lu)>ton. b. J/12/1805. 

397. Abigail SjiixN (."»). — (iEuiHiE (I). 1-"i;ancis (oj, (2j, Joiix (Ij. 

Abigail Shinn, sixth child of George and I'aclicl (Wright) Shinn, was born 
in \'irginia in 1773. She married, at Crooked Ifun, \'a., 3/3/17 93, Moses, son of 
Andrew and Jane (Kidgway) ^IcKay. Ijorn in l-'i'cderiek County, \a., 9/17/17 ()(J. 
They moved to Ohio ami settled near Waynesville. The following extract is 
taken from a short printeil Inographical sketch of Moses ^[cKay, prepared by 
Jonas T. McKay, and read at the ]\[clvay-Collett picnic, near Waynesville, Ohio, 
August 20, 1882. It is correct for the most part. The liidgways moved to Fred- 
erick County at the time Samuel Shinn migrated southward (1750-55). The 
marriage ol' Abigail did not occui' in I'l'ederick County, but at Crooked Run. in 
Warren or Stall'ord Count ics. The following is an extract from sketch ]nv|)ai-ed 
by Jonas T. McKay : 

"As far back as our family ti'ailiiinn goes is to Amli'ew Mcdxav (father of 
Moses McKay, the subject of this sketch), wlio was l)orn in l-'redei'ick County, 
Va., in the year 1728. lie had several brothers of the sami' family who were 
noted for being kind and l)enevolent Quakers and leaders or elder- in that society, 
by the rules of whicli all childi'cn (d' |iaicnts of good standing became me-mbers; 
consequently all the children (d' Andrew ACeKay were members of the (Quaker 
Society. He was married, about .1755. to .lane Kidgway, of Xew Ji-rsev. We are 
not informed whethei- ilie Jiidgway family removed to the State of Virginia 
before or after the mai'riage; it is certain, however, they were there about that 
time. One (d' the brothers of .\ndrew Mcdxay al>o married a sister of liis wife. 
tliis being two of the .M(d\ay fandl\- who mai'rieil si>tei> of the h'idgway fannlv. 
This brolhci' of Andrew M(d\av wlm married a l>idgwa\ had a son. Robert, who. 
in his second marriage, was iinile(| with a widow Shinn. who had a number id' 
children liy her (irsi mari-iage, to wii. (ieoigv, l-'ramis. .Nancy. .Mary, liachel ami 
-Vbigail. who afterwards liecame iln' wife of Closes ^l(d\ay. the subject of this 
sketch. They were married March :'.. lin:;. in I'redei-ick ('onnl\. \a.. and lived 
in that county until Mai-cli. isjs, ;ii wIikIi time ihcx rc'mo\ed lo W,-irren Counl\. 
Ohio. .Nfoscs AIid\ay maile his lirsl location in W'aiicn ( onnl\. about one mih> 
jdtovc I lai'vey>l)\irg, on Ca'sai''s Creek, ami renrnvcd in the same vear to a farm 
on the Little Aliaini l{i\er. four mile- aho\e W a\ ne-\ ille, wlunc lie -pent the 
babnuM' (d' Ins life, ami died .Innnaiv '.'S. IS2S. Hi- wife -nr\i\ed liini /usi six 
moidhs; he lieing sixty-two vears old ami she (ifty-lwn \ears of age at her death. 
When he (ir.»t settled in A\'arren ('ounty he owned about live thousand acres of 
the best lands in Clinton and Warren Cotnities. Subse(|uentlv he j)uri-hased 
about seven hundred and fifty acres in (ireinie anil Waricn Counties. .Vt his death 
he owned near >ix thousand acres, all vi'ry line land, pi-obablv wuiih at this time 
lietween three and fo\ir linndicd thousand dollars. This estate was devised, bv a 

Fourth Genebatiox. is] 

written will, to his twolvo children, and accepted as given, without a murmur from 
any. ' 

Children of Moses and Abigail (Shinn) McKay. 

1304. (1) Rachel McKay, b. 1/19/1794; m. Nathan Haines 

1305. (2) Robert McKay, b. 12/17/1795; m., (1) 1818-19, Virginia Grubbs; (2) Nancy 


1306. (3) Sarah McKay, b. 11/11/1797; m. Jonathan Collett. 

1307. (4) George McKay, b. 3/11/1800; m. Mary Ferguson, in Virginia, and re- 

mained there. 

1308. (5) Francis McKay, b. 1/2/1802; m. Mary Collett, 10/7/1830. 

1309. (fi) Margaret McKay, b. 1/16/1804; m. Dr. William H. Goode 

1310. (7) Virginia McKay, b. 8/22/1808; m. Daniel Collett. 

1351. (8) Maria McKay, b. 5/23/1811; m. Daniel H. Collett, 11/3/1830. 

1312. (9j Jonas Tilden McKay, b. 5/10/1813: m. (1) Matilda Ferguson, sister of 

George's wife, 11/13/1831; (2) Matilda Brown. 

1313. (10) Levi Duffy McKay, d. 2/29/1816; m. (1) Mary Ann Gaddis; (2) Rachel 

Jane Gaddis, his sister-in-law. 

1314. (]]) Jacob Franklin McKay, b. 6/.3/1S19, in Ohio; m. Lucy Virginia Spangler 

in 1854. 

1315. (12) Mary Elizabeth McKay, b. 7/27/1822; m Edward Bond Hacknev, 1843. 

1316. (13) ; ob. infans. 

399. Ueohv,]-: Siiin.v (5).— George (4:), Fr.a^xcis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Among the; other jn-ominent Friends of Crooked Eun was a man named 
Joshua Woodrow. He, like George Shinn, was in the forefront of every vital 
question porta iuiug to the welfare of the infant society. He, too, reared a large 
family of children, who were upon terms of intimacy with those of George Shinn. 
As the years rolled on the intimacy between two of the Woodrow girls and George 
and Francis Sliinn ripened into love, and they were married. Then came the 
Ohio fever. Fnun Thompson's " History of Highland County, Ohio," we learn 
"that in October, l.'^OM, the Woodrow family arrived at Hillsboro and took 
quarters in Laing's tailor shop, on Beach street. The family consisted of ten 
person^. all adults.'' From another histor}- of Highland Count}^ pnblished by 
the Williams Rrotliers. we are told that the family consisted of "Joshua Wood- 
I'ow and his wife, Elizabeth; two sons, Joshua, Jr., and Joseph; tliree daugh- 
ters, Elizal)eth and ^lary, who married two brothers, George and Francis Shinn, 
and Eachel, M'ho married Col. Allen Trimble, who was afterward a distinguished 
Congressnmn. a T'nited States Senator and Governor of Ohio." Thompson says, 
furtlu'i': •■ doshua \\'()(jdrow% soon after his settlement, erected a hatter's shop, 
and employed a large number of hands. He connected witli it a store, in part- 
nership witli his brother, a prominent and valuable citizen, a magistrate and 
auditor of tlie county. The Woodrow hats were much sought after, and were 
sold in all the neighi)oring towns. Afterward, about 1830, Francis Shinn did a 
largo business in this line." This historian further says. " The family of Wood- 
rows, including the sons-in-law, George and Francis Shinn, and Allen Trimble, 
in wealth and cultivation, as well as in numbers, was a valuable acquisition to 
the embryo ' model town,' Hillsboro. Industrious, persevering and enterprising, 
their advent gave impetus to the business of the new town, which was most 
favorable to its growth." 

Joshua Woodrow^, Jr., married Ann Trimble, of Maryland, and sister of 
David Trimble, who moved to Kentuckrv^ and distinguished himself in the war 

'Robert McKav, emigrant from Scotland, settled in Frederick County, Va., in 
1732. Was a member of the firm of Hite, McKay, Green & Duff, who obtained a grant 
of 100,000 acres of land in Northern Virginia. (Kercheval's " History of the Valley," 
2d ed., p. 139.*) His descendants have an old parchment granting Robert McKay 828 
acres on the western side of the Sherando (Shenandoah) and on both sides of Crooked 
Run, dated October 7, 1734. (Goode's "Cousins in Virginia," p. 91.) Andrew McKay 
was son of Robert, and Moses son of Andrew. 

1H2 History of the Shix.v Family in Europe and America 

of 181'^ and in Congress. A daughter of this marriagr. l-:ii/.al)rtli. married Joseph 
Sill,, a prominent lawyer of Chillicotlu-. Oliio. and had a son, Joshua, who was 
graduated at West Point, made a general in ihr war lictwcon the States, and 
Jell at Stone Kiver. 

George Shinn, .Jr.. wa- Treasurer of Highland County from 1808 to 1810. 
Joshua Woodrow, Jr.. was Auditor of tlu- county from 1829 to 1832, when he 
died. He was .sueeeeded hy his m)ii .losliiia. who served until 1833. As the old 
men, George and Joshua," had heen warjn liieiids, so. loo. were George and 
Joshua, Jr. They were energetic in everything that pertained to [»uhlic life, and 
in 1815 hought land and ereeted a hewn log schoolhouse. twenty-live by thirty-five 
feet. Thi- wa> the l)eginiiing of that educational ferment which afterward made 
Ilillshoro a •' uiodel town." In ISls. mainly through the efforts of the Trimbles, 
Shinns and Woodrows, the Hillshoio Lancastrian School was established by Cap- 
tain McMillen, of A'irginia. To this school Francis Shiiiu subscribed three and 
Governor Allen Trind)le subscribed four pu])ils. The M. L. Church was estab- 
lished in IS] 4. aiul (Jeorge Shinn was one of the first trustees. When the new 
brick church was built, in 1822, George Shiim was continued in that capacity. 
George enlisted in the war of 1812 and served witli distinction in Oliio and 

("nildreii of (i('oi'M(. ;i|id j-d izalii'i li ( W'oodi'ow ; Sliiuii. 

i:;i7 Ml .Moses Franklin rthiaii. 1). l/3/]8n!). at HillsLoro. Ohio: m. (1) Sarah 
H. Uolconih. l,s:;(i; (2) Carrie , at Omaha. Neb. 

lolJS. (L') Allen Trimble Shinn; m. Melinda Fenton. 

1319. (3) F'rancis Shinn, b. 1807; m. Lytle. 

^?,2t> (4t Robert McKay Shinn: m. Kesiah Dunn, and had two children; one 
died in inlancy. the other died in the Union army. Robert died at 
Xai)oleon. Ark.. n/2'.»/lS42. 

1321. (.5) .Joseph W. Shinn: ob. unmarried. 

1322. (6) Greenbiu-y (5. Shinn; m. in Hishland County. Ohio. 

400. Francis Siii.nx (5).— (Ikokok (4). Fi;.\\cis (3), Ja.mks (2). JoitN' (1). 
Francis Shinn, youngest child of Georgt' and TJachel (Wright) Shinn, was 
born, us i> slniw n li\- the Jiiith 1{ecord of the ('rooked h'un (\'a.) Meeting of 
Friends (on lile at ' Friends' Record llooni. l'.,ilt iinore. Md.), 12/24/1781, and, 
as is shown hy the -aiiio record. \\a> married in ISOS to Mary Woodrow, daughter 
of Josliua. As lias heen nari-alcd in I he hi>lory of (ieorge Shinn. the family 
inovcMJ to Ilillshoro. Ohio. I''i'ancis \va- ('nuaucil. with hi- father-in-law, in the 
hatter's business. In is-.'ti hi |iiirciia>ed ihc entire hu<ines> and continued it for 
niajiy years, lie was |)roniiiiciit in tlie early educational dexclopment of Hills- 
boro. a strong ad\()''ate of tcin|)rr;iiiic in |)uhlic alVairs. and a public-spirited man. 

('hihlri'ii (if l''ian''i- and .Mar\ (Womlrow ) Shinn. 

\.',2.',. (1) ..'os<'i)li .Milton Sliinu. 1). in ('ul|)ep<'r County, Va., ISiiH: ni. .Mary Ann 

Scroti, at Coluinl)Us, Ohio. 
i;{24. tJi .John Shinn. 1). in Culi)eper County. \^a., 1811; ob. sine proli. 
1325. lot William Harrison Shiini, b. at Jliilsboro. Ohio. 1813; o.j. sine proli. 
132r». (4) l']li/,abi'th Wal.son Sliiiwi. b. at Hillsboi-o. Oliio, 1815; ob. sine proli. 
i:!27. l.'.i Uachei Ami Slnuii. b. ai llillslioro. Ohio. 1.M7; ni. Hiram Yeo. at Hills- 

boro. Ohio. 

1328. i»!l .Joshua Woodrow .Shiim. b. at liillshoid. Ohio. isi:t: ni. .loainia I'atillin, 

Soutli Charlesl(Mi. Ohio. 

1329. (7i Helena .Jane Shiiui. b at Hillsboro. ISL'l; m. .lames Scharff. Hellefon- 

laine, Ohio. 

1330. [S) .lames .Madison Shinn, b. at Hillsboro. Ohio. IS21; ob. sini' i)roli, in 


1331. C" .Mary Chivers Shiuii. b. at Hillsboi-o. Ohio, 1,S27: m. (1) .Tames Monroe 

Roosa. at 1.,1'baiiou. Ohio; {2) ,lohn l.ocke Martin, of same i)lace. 

|oi. ill >iii\N (o). \i\(i;\r (I). l''i;\\('is ( :> ) . .i \ \ii;> (2).Jo7tn (1). 
Su'^annah, eldest child of Ninc'iil and l-'li/.ahcth ( Uudd ) Shinn. was born 

Fourth Generation. 183 

3/3/lTi;»; reared in the family of William Biidd, her guardian and relative; 
married Samuel Bennett in 1794 and became the mother of one child: 

1332. (1) Samuel Shiun Bennett. 

40'^. (sAiAii Siiixx (o). — Vincent (4), Francis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Isaiali. .son of Vincent and Elizabeth (Budd) Shinn, was born 5/11/1775; 
iipoii the death of his father placed under the guardianship of William Budd 
(1781') ; ]iiarried Margaret, daughter of Job and Margery Rogers, 9/27/1798. 
The certificate was witnessed by Alex. ^IcGowan and Vinecome Shinn, his cousin, 
and was for many years in the possession of his daughter, Mrs. Susan Snyder; 
lived and died in Burlington County, X. J., leaving the following children: 

1333. (1) Job Rogers Shinn. b. 7/3/1799; m. Anna Maria Miller. 

1334. (2) William C. Shinn, b. 1/19/1801; m. Katherine Phillips. 

1335. (3) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 4/23/1803; m., 1830, Charles C. Shallcross. at Cin- 

cinnati. Ohio; no children; ob. 12/20/1864. 

1336. (4) Samuel Granger Shinn. b. 6/11/1806; m. Mary Begar. 

1337. rr,) Susannah Shinn, b. 7/21/1810; m. John Snyder. 

1338. (6) Mary Shinn, b. 8/11/1813; ob. 5/2/1833. 

1339. (7) Margaret Shinn, b. 2/25/1816; ob. 2/22/1819. 

|(i:;. SiiiNx (5).— Vincext (i), Francis (3), J.vmes (2), John (1). 
William, third ciiild of Vincent and Elizabeth (Budd) Shinn, was born 
(5/1 /1 777; was placed with his brothers, Israel and Vincent, under the guardian- 
ship of William and George Budd (1791). On 8/16/1797 he married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Abraham amf Elizabetii (Bolton) Jones, in Burlington County, X. 
J, !!(! removed to Columbiana County, Ohio, in 181S, and died there. The chil- 
dren Avoro as follows: 

1340 (1) Washington Shinn, b. Burlington. N. J., 7/17/1798; ob. 11/23/1800. 

1341. (2) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 5/25/1800; ob. 10/19/18—. 

1342. <3) Margaret Shinn, b. 8/21/1801, in Burlington County, N. J.; m. Abram 

Webb, in Ohio. 

1343. (4) Abraham Jones Shinn. b. 7/6/1803, in Burlington County, X. J.; m 

Susan Phillips, in Ohio. 

1344. (5> Susan Shinn. b. 8/24/1805; ob. 10/15/1810. 

1345. (6) Isaac Shinn. b. in Burlington County, N. J., 5/20/1808; ob. 18o4; m. 

Cridv Phillips, in Ohio. «,.,oo^ 

1346. (8) Ann Shinn, b. in Burlington Coimty, N. J.. 5/14/1812; ob. :vi0/188b; 

m. George A. Rogers, in Ohio. 

1347. (71 Mary Shinn. b. in Burlington County, N. J., 5/19/1810; m. John Stuart, 

1348. (9) Hannah'^Shinn. h. in Burlington County. N. J.. 9/25/1814; m. George 

Entriken. in Ohio. .„,^n/iooo 

1349. (10) William Shinn, b. :V2/iS17. in Burlington Coimty. N. J.; m.. 12/19/1839, 

Sidney Entriken. in Ohio. 
1350 ai) Vincent" Shinn. b. in Columbiana Coimty, Ohio, 9/9/1819; ob. 1/4/1898; 

m Rachel Ann Williamson. 9/19/1850. 
1350m. (12) Beuiah Shinn. b. 2/2/1823; m., 5/17/1842, William Kerns. 

405. Israel Shinn (5).— Vincent (4), Francis (3), James (2), John (1). 

Israel, fourth child of Vincent and Elizabeth (Budd) Shinn 1) 1^80, was 
undeJ the guardianslup of William andGeorge Budd (1791 by rade yarp^- 
ter- married, (1) 1 10 1799, Hannah Hames, who died m 1803 (2) 2;lv/180^ 
Sa^ah W 'it. After the death of his first wife he went to Cmcmnati, Ohio 
as ) where he bought lands situated in Eoss County, Ohio He remapped 
the e but short time; returned to Xew Jersey and marned the sex-ond tunc 
n^n-\ rlvhio- in the *ame vear. His will is dated New Hanover, Burlingto 
Cou^i'tv' ^' J 6 -'o 180? '(Burlington Wills. Liber A, page 179.) This will 
nam • wi^e sin^h aiclbequeathed iier his Ross County lands, but mentions no 
chXMi k; had two children by his first marriage, who were reared by tbe 
mother of his first wife. These children were: 

is-i- History of the Shink Family in Europe and America 

l:J51. (I) Hannah Siiinn. b. 1800; ob. young. 

1352. (2) Aaron Shinn. b. 1803: m. (1) Susannah Hamlin; (2) Henrietta C. 

406. Vincent Sjiinn (5).— \'ix( i:nt (4). Francis (:3), James (2), John (1). 

Vincent, sktli cliiM (.1' A'liuviit ;m<l FJizabeth (Budd) .Sliimi, b. 3/23/1784; 
ob. 9/13/3857; in his lourtecoith vi-nr appivntiecd to a cabinetmaker; finished 
his ap]»rcnticeship in six vears : in 1804, with liis brotlier Israel, tempted by the 
ollW of chcMj* hinds in Ohio, went West. Upon starting Colonel Jones, a Revo- 
Intionarv .<oldier. presented each of tlu'iu a brace of pistols: they never had occa- 
sion to use them. Vincent's chihlren still have the pistoi>. Stopped at Milford, 
JIaniilton T'onntv. Ohno : Ixm^ht of the Andersons, in Anderson Township, same 
count V. two farilis. Israel n-rnrned to Xew Jersey in 180(i. and his widow sold 
Israel's farm to Vincent. Wmt to Columbia and woikcd nt his trade, leaving 
the forest farms uiitouclied. In isU began eleariii.u' upon his farms and built a 
hon.<e. While at Columbia (IS 10) he married Mrs. Kuth Brown, a pioneer of 
Hamilion County: by this marriage there were no children: she died in 1836 
upon the farm, which, by this time, had become vahuible. Re then married 
Mary IIvlc. whose ancestors were pioneers of Baltimore. ^Id. Although reared 
a (^)uaker, he joi)ied the "S\. E. Church at Milford, in 1803: in 1829 he joined the 
.M. P. Church, being largely influenced by his cousin. Rev. Asa Shinn; donated 
the site for Bethesda M. P. Church, besides contributing liberally for its erection. 
He was a consistent Christian all his life, and a pul)li(-spiritcd man; one of the 
tliree men in the township who voted for Birney for rresident of the United 
States. A road was laiil our that year between his farm and that of another 
Birney man, and was christened "Birney lane." By the last marriage there 
were seven children, two of whom died in infancy. The wiilow iiml five children 
lived unon the farm nnlil ISil-j. when she died Cliildi'en: 

135:V (1) John Alexander Shinn. b. 1/20/184]; farmer; enlisted in the 188th Regi- 
ment. O. Vol. Inf.. and served through the war. 

1354. (2) Catht'rine Eli/.abi'th Shinn. b. 11/12/184;'.; ob. 1845. 

1355 (3) Vincent Western Shinn. b. 2/26/184.5; ob. 12/12/1892. 

135K. (4) Mary Elizabeth Shinn, b. 2/24/1847; m. Alexander Gordon Bennett, 
8/16/1894. This woman is a very intelligent writer; she has guarded 
the records of her l'a,ther with a jealous eye, and is a worthy repre- 
sentative of the family. 

1357. (5) Julia Maria Shinn, b. 3/3/1849; m. Elmer .lohnson Jones. 10/10/1896. 

1358. (G) Susannah l^udd Shinn, 1). .5/15/1852. 

](>;. Fi:\X(ls SiiiNN (.')). — r. \i;zi I.I. \i ( 1) . I'l; \xcis (3) . ,1 .VM es (2), Joiix (1). 

Francis Shiini, son ol." iiiirzillai .ind Hannah Shinn. m., !) 13/1801. Mary, 
the eighth and youngest child of IJichiii'd and Marg.'iret Unines. (Riehnrd (5), 
Isaac"(-1). Jonathiin (3). .loinil Imn ( •.' ) . dolin ll.'iino (1).) The iiniiTiage 
occurred at Fve.-h;iin. ami a> il \\a,- inM pcrfdi'incil accdi'di iig to l-'riends I'ite. 
Marv was disowncii hy I'^Nc^ham l-'rinuls. The dale of l'"raiieis' death is not 
ri'.'(ir-d<'d. but Mar\ (Maine-) Shinn afln-w ai-ds niaiTicd .loseph. son of Samuel 
anil Marv (Morris) I'.uldiri-. i'^-om ihc (h'cds of set! Iciiicni hctween the heirs of 
X'incfMi and those of Tinrzillai Shinn. ami fi-<un .'~^amiicl SliinnV will. t!ie follow- 
ing cbildnii of l*'raneis and Marv (Haines) Shinn ai'e I'ccorded : 

13.59. (1) Esther Shinn. b. l'S(»2; m. John Wilson. (Asa .Mat'.ack's Mem. and 
Hlnchman's Memoirs.) 

1360. (2) Mary Shinn, b. S/4/1S04: m.. 2/24/182.'). l?(>n,iamiTi. son of Bon.iamin 

and i{rl)i'cca ( Lippineoll ) ShnH>ve. 
CD Rebecca Shiiui. 1>, isnii; ni. a man naimd Hc;;ai-y. 

408. M.MtTII \ SlIlNN (/)). — r. \i;/.li.i \i ( 1). I'i;\\iis ( .'I ) . .1 A \1 lOS (2)..)()ll\ (1). 

Thi.- ilaugliter of Bar/.iliai ami llainiali Shinn \\,i> hdin IIS."); m. William 
Steven.->on I'rosser. The following <hildii!i arc named in SumnelV will ( ISl.')) : 

1361, (1) Har/.lllai Prosser (2) William I'rosser. 

Fourth Gexeratiox. 185 

400. Ahchaii Siii.vx (o^.-.Baezillai (4), Fkaxcis (3), James (2), Joim (1). 
This daughter of Barzillai and Hannah Shinn was 1)orn 1787; m. (1) Rich- 
ard jr. ITorlxTt; (2) a man named BrowTi. Two children of the first marriage 
are named in the will of Samuel: 

1363. (1) John Herbert. (2) Mary H. Herbert. 

410. (Jeoiige Sitrxx (r,).— Barzillai (4), Francis (3). James (2), Johx (1). 

Very little is known concerning this youngest child of Barzillai and Hannah 
Shinn. He was horn in 1789, and is supposed to he the George who married 
Grace Tlirnnas in Burlington County, X. J., 3/13/180.^. 

412. I.VDIV Sill NX (r,).— AViLLTAM (4), JoSEPH (3). JaMES (3), JOHX (1). 

Lv<!i;i Shiim. (hmghter of William and Sarah (French) Shimi, horn in 1759; 
Jiieiitioned in her I'.ither's will as a minor (1767); m. Caleh Arnev Lippincott, 
son of Arnoy r.ii)pincott. in 17 — . Lydia was his third wife. 

II.'.. .loM:n! SiiiNx (.-,).— William (4), Joseph (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

.I">(.|,h Shinn, youngest son and fifth child of William and Sarah (French) 
Shinn, horn in 1705: named in his father's will, 1767. He married Mary Lip- 
pi iicott in 1783, at Pemherton (alias Xew Mills and Xew Hanover), X. J. Marv 
was the daugiiter of Arney Lippincott, son of Samuel and Mary (Arney) Lippin- 
cott, son of Samuel, son of Eestore. He lived at Pemberton and reared a family 
of seven children : 


(1) William Shinn. b. 1786; m. Ann Fox, 9/1/1808. 

1366. (2> Jianipl Shinn. b. 6/7/1790; m. 1811 at West Creek, Ocean County, N. J. 

1367. (3) Joseph Shinn. 1). 8/31/1792; m., at Tuckerton, N. J., Zilpha, daughter 

of Edmund and Deliverance (Willets) Bartlett. 
136S. (4) Rebecca Shinn. b. 1796: ob. unmarried. 

1369. (5) Caleb Arney Lippincott Shinn, b. 1799; m., in Gloucester County, N. J., 

6/28/1827, Rebecca Lodge. 

1370. (6) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 1802; m. John Wright, at Pemberton. 

1371. (7) Abigail Shinn. b. 1805; m., 1824, William Malsbury, at Pemberton. 

116. IsAA( Sinxx (5). — BEN,iA:\rTx (4). Joseph (3). James (2), John (1). 

Isaac Shinn. son of Benjamin and ( -) Shinn, born in Xew Jersey; 

removed to Virginia during the Eevolutionary war, and settled on Simpson's 
Creek, in Harrison Ccninty. On February 16th, 1785, he was married, on Simp- 
son's Creek, to Agnes Drake. George Drake, the father, was a lineal descendant 
of George I)rake from ^Middlesex, England, who died in New Jersey in 1707, 
leaving a will, naming a son George. (Will Book, Trenton, jST. J., Liber 1, page 
94.) This son was the great-grandsire of Agues. Isaac was a hardy specimen 
of backwoods manliood, made more vigorous by the stirring duties of scout in 
the Revolutionary war. and a daring fighter in the later Indian troubles. He 
lived a strenucms life, aiul reared a family of thirteen, who grew to manhood and 
womanhood and became the heads of fiourishing families. 

Children of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, All Born and ]\[arried in Harrison 

County, Ya. 

1372. (1) Lucretia Shinn, b. 1785; m., 3/31/1808, Clement, son of Clement and 

Ruth (Bates) Shinn. 

1373. (2) George Shinn. b. 8/20/1787; m.. 1/7/1808, Sarah, daughter of Samson 

and Elinor (Simms) Kirk. (See portrait facing page 241.) 

1374. (3) Benjamin Shinn. b. 1789; m. (1) Davidson; (2) Mary, daughter of 

Solomon and Ann (Wood) Shinn. 
1S75. (4) Rebecca Shinn. b. 1791; m. Stephen Carroll. 
187ft.; (5) :Marv Shinn. b. 1793; m. William Smith. 

Is6 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and A:merica 

1377. (M) Hannah Sliinn. b. ITlKi; m, Edward, son of Clement and Ruth (Bates) 


1378. (7) Debura Shinn. b. 1798; m. Samuel Davidson. 

1379. (8) Df)rcas Shinn. b. 1/5/1801; m.. 2/28,1819, Hiram, son of Moses and 

Sarah (Kyle) Shinn. 

1380. (9) Samuel Shinn. b. 1802: m. (1) Olive, daughter of Dempsey Carroll; 

(2) . in Illinois. 

1381. (Kt) Rachel Shinn. b. 18(>4: m. .loseph Wilkinson. 

1382. (11) Agnes Shinn. b. 180G; m. .Maxwell Bartlett. 

1383. (12) Susan Shinn. b. 1808; married Felix Bartlett. 
1381. (l.T) Isaac Shinn. b. ISKi; m. Love Bartlett. 

Ml. Sa.AH l-.l. SlilNN (.J). BkN.IA.MIX ( h. .losKlMI (•■!). J V.MKS C-^j-JoiIN (1). 

SaiiiiU'l Shinn was born in Xew Jersey, and in tarl\ n\anhood moved to 
Virginia. He liad tlie same ex])eriences as his hrothcr Isaac and lived a hardy 
frontier life. He settled on Ten-.Mile Creek, in Harrison I'onnty. and in 1785 
married Sai'ah haxidsoii. 'lh<' Davidsons were very pi'diiiiiicnl in the early 
history rd' Hai'ri^on ( mhhiv. In iiii;- anionic' it> Icadiii.i:' lawyci's and jioliticians. Jlis 
.hildrcn were: 

1385. (1) Sarah Shinn, b. 178H. 

ISSe. (2) Francis .Marion Shinn. 1). 9/29/1788; m.. t:/ll/181j, Eliza, daughter of 
.John Robinson. 

1387. C!) Hannah Shinn, b. 1790; m. John Wilkinson; ob. sine i>r()li. 

1388. (4) p:iizabeth Shinn. b. 1792: m. William R. Ogden. 

1389. (5) Restore Shinn. b. 1794; m. and moved West. 

1390. (H) Isaac Shinn. b. 1/30/1793: m. (1) Sarah Robinson; (2) Maria Shinn. 

421. dor. ,Miix\ (r,). — donx (i;. Joski-ii (Mi.dwiKs (-3). John (1). 

Jo)) .^'unn. xin of .lolm and Mai'y (.\llcn) Shinn. was horn in l^iirlington 
(Jountv. X. J., in 11 65; m. (1) Eaehel (Jrimes. in KS;}: (2) Xancv Cross, in 
179-1. " She died at JVndierton. \. J.. !l "31 is;i:;. and he died at the same i)laee. 
5/17/18."}'!. Of the marriages ol .loh Slnnn i am not certain, save as to the one 
to Nancy Cross. ''I'hat he had two sets of children is nn(inestioned; that he 
married twice is uiKincstioncd. Some of his descendants say that he married i 
woman named Aim ('hi|)ji. If so. theri' was a third marriage. Oiu' oL' his dangh- 
t('rs, in her ninclicth year, wj-ote me that he mai'ried IJaciicI (iritnes lirst ami 
Nancy Cross second. I have followe*! ihi> statement, hnt with no degree of 
asstirance. l^lie correspondeiu-e growing out of Jo])'s marriage is a mass of con- 
tradictory mattei'. which cannot he reconcihMl. ] have given a line which at 
best is but tenlalivc. That lii< father was .lohn Shinn. son of .Joseph, is not (jues- 
lioned. The cliiblren given ai'e taken I ii»m .loh's will, and aic not (|nestioned. 
The element of doubt is tlie <(iiestion of marriage to IJachci (i rimes, and also to 
.\nn ('lapp. Ilis wil!, dated 'i/^()/^X'^', . names the following c hi Idreii ( liurlington 
Wills. I.ihcr I-;, page 1 ](>). 

<'hildi-eii of .loll Shinn. All l'.oi-n and .\l;;nii>d in Hiirlington ('oiintN. .\ . ■!.. Ex- 

eepl as Noted. 

K!91. (1) itachel Shinn. who married Benjamin IJui leiwoiih. 

i:i92. (2) .John Shinn. 

1393. C!) Rr-becca Shinn. b. 2/17/1789: in. I?eni;iniiii. s(ui of Francis Shinn- ob. 
9/4/1 S.^..'-,. 

i:!'M. '4) Ceorge Shinn. i>. 1791: ni. Hannah Hoaglin, 10/5/1817: (2i .Mary . 

Cliiblri'n of .loh jind \ane\ (('ross) Shinn. 

ll.9.'> *1) ."». .Mary Shinn. i) i7!tr>: m. Samuel Itogc rs. 

I:;!m;. ;2) »;. Thomas Cross Shinn, i). 1797: ui. ill Adelaidi' ('.ran*. 0/12/1812: (2) 
.Mary Newman, in Indiana. 

1397. (3) 7. .Martha Shinn. b. 1800; m. .John l)c Cani]) 

1398. (4) 8. Catherine Shinn. b. ISO:'.; m. .Martin Lanih. 

1399. (5) 9. 'Pacie Shinn. li. 1So7: m. Nalhan Bishop Wilson. 

One of the descendanis of .loh Sliiim writes: "Francis and Martha were grand- 
father and granilmolher of Benjamin Shinn who married Rebecca; .Job and Ann Clapp 


Shinn were grandfather and grandmother of Rebecca Shinu." Now Frances and 
Martha were married in 1766 and Benjamin was born in 1773, therefore could not 
have been the grandfather of Benjamin Shinn. Tacie Wilson, daughter of Job and 
Mrs. Logan, together with Judge Jobes unite in saying that Benjamin was the son of 
Francis and not the grandson. The same remark applies to Job and Ann Clapp. John 
Shinn married Marj' Allen in 1763, and died in 1766; Job was his son and could not 
have been the grandfather of Rebecca, who was born in 1789. He was her father. 
Tacie Wilson during her life wrote that Francis Shinn was an own tmcle of Job Shinn. 
Francis Shinn had a sister who married George Clapp in 1763. I have no record of 
any descendants of this marriage. If the said Ann Clapp was a daughter of George 
and Rebecca Clapp, and if Job also married the said Ann, then he married his first 

425. BexNJAmin Shixx (5). — FiiAXcis (4), Joseph (3), James (3), Johx (1). 

Benjamin Shinii, son of Fraiu-is and Martha (8hinii) Shinn. was horn 9/ 
28/177S,' in Monmouth County, X. J.; m., (1) 1814, Kehecca, daughter of Job 
Sh'inii: she died 10/17/1829, and he remarried, 11/10/1831, Mary Loveman. 
(Monmouth County Marriage Record.) He inherited a goodly estate from his 
father, which lie manag( d well ; died at Xew Egypt. 1/24/1835, leaving a will. 
namiiiL: the following (■hildreii, all born, reared and married in Xew Jersey. 

Children of Benjamin and ^Martha (Shinn) Shinn. 

1400. (1) Francis Shinn, b. 12/15/1815; ob. 11/19/1846. 

1401. (2) Martha Shinn, b. 3/22/1817; m. William Lamb. 

1402. (3) Benjamin Shinn, b. 3/16/1819; m.. at New Egypt. 2/1.5/1841. Mary H. 


1403. (4) Job Shinn, b. 12/25/1820; m. Mary Page. 
14n4. f5) Ann Shinn, b. 8/22/1822; ob. 8/26/1824. 

1405. (6) Rebecca Shinn, b. 3/18/1824; ob. 2/25/1825. 

1406. (7) William Shinn, b. 2/26/1826; m. Mary Ann (Cheeseman) Fetters, 4/10/ 

1856, at Camden. N, J. 

1407. (8) George Washington McKane Shinn, b. 5/1/1828; m., 3/12/1856. Isabella 

C. Page, at Pemberton, N. J. 

Children of Benjamin and Mary (Loveman) Shinn. 

1408. (1) 9. Abigail Shinn, b. 1/11/1832; m. Emmor (4)— Micajah (3). Jacob (2), 

.Job (1) — Wills, at Bamegat, N. J. 

426. Kachel Shinn (5).— Thomas (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 
IJaehel Shinn. daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Vinacomb) Shinn, was born 

2/14 '17(i5. She was married according to Friends' rite 5/17/1787, at Upper 
Spriiuvfield and the certificate is recorded, describing the parties thus: Israel 
Kirbv° son of Robert and Amy, of Hanover Township, and Rachel Shmn, daugh- 
ter of ^riunnas and Sarah, of Tapper Freehold. The witnesses of the name Shmn 
wpre Thomas and Sarali, parents of the bride; Mary, Sarah, James, Caleb, Unity, 
Vinacomb. Elizabeth and Hannali. T have been imable to find any ot her de- 

427. A^INACOMB Shinn (5).— Thomas (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 
Vinacomb Shinn. second child of Thomas and Sarah (Vinacomb) Shinn, 

was born 8 ^21 /1 766. and did not marrv imtil late in life. On the 4th of May, 
1812, he made acknowledgment to Upper Springfield Meeting for going out m 
marriage, which was received. He married Sarah Middleion. who died af er 
aivincv birth to two children. Vinacomb Shmn died m 1841. He left a wil , 
which names two cliildren— Ann and Elisha L.— and a granddaughter, barah 

'■'^"' Children of Vinacomb and Sarah (Middleton) Shinn. 
liOQ m Ann Shinn b. 1813; m. Isaac Taylor. 

il?n (11 FHshaL Shinn b. 1815; m., 2/6/1840, Caroline W. Patterson, of Mid- 
1410. (2) EU^j^f^ L^ SJ^°„"^„„th Cotinty, N, J. (Liber C, p. 254, Monmouth Mar- 

188 History of the Shinn Family ix Europe and America 

458. L'xiTY Shinx (.'>).— Tjiom as {[). Solomox (H). Jamks (2), Johx (1),, 

Unity Shinn. third oliiM of Tiioma? and Sarah (Viiiacomb) Sliiim. was 
horn l/2i/17(38; married Apollo :\r('irs. and had the folhnviiiL'- cliildrcn: 

1411. (1) (6), who married Rebecca Conover. 

1412. (2) Martha Ann Meirs (6), m, Joseph Holmes, and had two children: (1) 

.Mary Holmes, m. John Longstreet; (2) Colin Holmes. 

1413. (3) John Meirs (fi), ra. Lticretia Gaskell. 

1414. (4) Martha .Meirs (fi). m. Abraham Felton. 

1415. (5J David .Meirs (G». ob. unmarried. 

r?.9. .Solomox Shixn (5). — Thomas (4). Solomox (:>). Jamhs (•?). Johx (1). 

Solomon Shinn, fourth child ot 'rii()iiia> and Sarah (\'inacomb) Shinn, was 
born T/lo/lTTl. He married in ITDS. and was disciplined by Upper S])rinofiold 
for niarrying contrary to good order. There were no children by this marriage. 
He was Jiiarried again in 1821 to Jane, daughter of Thomas and Alaitlia (Antrim) 
Seattcrgood. He died in 18;J.'): his wife, Jane,, 1/23/1839. 

Children of Solomon and Jane (Scattergood ) Shinn. 

1416. (1) Thomas Shinn, b. 7/25/1822; ob. sine proli in Mexico returning from 


1417. (2) Elizabeth Scattergood Shinn. b. 3/11/1824; m.. 1S59, William, son of 

Robert and Mary (Delaplaine) McKay. 

1418. (3) Riley Shinn, b. 'j/8/1825; m. (1) Sarah Taylor, daughter of Joseph and 

Elizabeth (Black) Carslake; (2) Mary Shreeve. 
141!). (4) Sarah Shinn. b. 4/1/1827; ob. infans. 

1420. (Tj) Martha Shinn, b. 7/31/1829; ob. 10/2/1831. 

1421. (G) Sarah Shinn, b. 2/16/1831; m., 4/24/1851, Lotiis, son of Joseph and 

Caroline Henrietta (Von Weisseman) Arny, at Philadelphia. Pa. 

1422. (7) Vinecomb Shinn, b. 2/20/1833; m. Caroline, daughter of Joseph and 

Caroline Henrietta (Von Weisseman) Arny, at Washington. D. C. 

•|:!2. Thomas \'ixa( om i; Siiiw (.')). — Thomas (4), Solomon (.■)), Ja:mes (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Thomas Vinacomb Shinn, seventli cliild of Tboma^ and Sarah (X'inaromb) 
Shinn, b. 9/23/1777; regnb.rly married. al Ml. Holly, 1/9/1806, to .Vbigail, 
daiigl'.ter of ' Caleb and Mary Haines. The record shows witnesses Asa. Mary, 
.\iin. Yinac-ondj and Sarah Shinn and forty-fonr other names. TT(> removed to 
Chesterfield in 1801'. and in 1820 to T)iirlington. taking lii< wife .-md three named 
children. ( I>iir]ington ^Minutes.) l>iirling1on disowned the faliier and molher 
in Novend)er, 1828, for joining llie ]liek>ites.' His two sons. Ji)>iali and Morgan, 
were disownetj in is;{8 for the same reason. 

Children of Thomas N'mai-omli and Aliigad (llaiiir-) Shinn. 

142::. (1) Alfred Shinn, 1). 1807; ob. sine proli. 

1424. (2) Josiah H. Sbiiui. b. 180i); m. Louise — — . 

142.'), C'.i .Morgan Sliinu. li. 4/10/181(5; ni. in Milwaiilvce, Wis. 

i:;;{. Sai;ah Smw f,*)). — Tiio.\L\s (I), Sdi.o.MoN (3). .Ia.\ii;s (2), John (1). 

Siirali Shinn. eighth club! id' 'l4ioma< ami .Sarah (A'imicomb) Sliinn. was 
born II •-'* MT*!'. She nnirried Joscpii Sexton, anil liad the following: 

'Tlie Friends suffered a drawback in the early part of the nin(>teenth ct>ntm-y on 
acctmnt of what is called the •" Hicksite Controversy." In 1827 there was a fortnal 
Hoitara'lon into (wo bodies, known as "Orthodox" and "Hicksite." The Orthodox 
Friends; thouplit it riM.hl tf) disown all who joined or attended the meetings of the 
other body. As many were not of age at tlu' time, they were dealt with as they 
l.ecanio of age. Tiiis will acc(.unt for the frequent disownments from 1828 to 1850. 
rho old animosities have long since disai)pi>ar(>d. and the two bodies fraternize with 
<^^'hristiaii grace. 

Fourth Gexebation. 1S9 

Children of Joseph ati<i Sarah (Shiuii; Sexton. 
1426. (1) Sarah Sexton. (2) Zilpha Sexton. (3) Francis Sexton. 

4U. Mauy Shinn (5).— (4), Solomox (3), James (3), John (1). 

]\[ary Sluiin, ninth child of Thomas and Sarah (Yinaeomb) Shinu, h. 9/30/ 
3781; m., 11/4/1803, Samuel, son of George and Hannah Croshaw, of Spring- 
field. Tlie maiTiage certifieate is signed by the following Shinns: Thomas, 
Sai'ah, James, \\'illiam, lliomas, Joshua, Samuel B., Ann, Asa, Solomon, Abi- 
gail, Hannah, Sarah, Zilpha and Lavina Shinn. Mary and Samuel lived in 
Springfield Township, Burlington County, and reared a large family: 

Childi-en of Samuel and Mary (Shinn) Croshaw. 

1429. (1) Thomas Croshaw, 

14.'.(). (2) Jfiseph Croshaw; m. Hannah , and had three children: (1) John 

Croshaw, (2) , (.3) Joseph Croshaw. 

1431. (3) Sarah Croshaw. 

1432. (4) George Croshaw; married. 

143.3. iH) Hannah Croshaw; m. Job Pickering. 

1434 (tj) Elwood Croshaw; m. Sarah, daughter of Samuel Gauntt. 

(7) Charles Croshaw. 

(8) Mary Croshaw^; ob. unmarried. 

1437. (9) John Croshaw; married. 

435. ZiLPAH Shinn (5). — Thomas (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Zilpah Shinn, tenth and youngest ehild of Thomas and Sarah (Vinacomb) 
Shinn, born at Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, N. J., 11/17/1783; disowned 
at I'pner Springfield for marrying otit of meeting, 1809; married Daniel Burtis 
and beeame tiie motlier of eleven children, who married and reared families in 
S])ringlicld Township. 

Children of Daniel and Zilpah Shinn Burtis. 

1438. (1) Charles Burtis; m. (1) Rebecca Robbins; (2) Halloway. 

1439. (2) Sarah Burtis; m. Thomas English. 

1440. (3) INlary Burtis; m. John Robbins. 

1441. (4) David M. Burtis; m. Longstreet. 

1442. (5) Mary Burtis: m. Reagan. 

1443. (G) Emeline Burtis; m. Daniel Ridgway. 

1444. (7) Ann Burtis; m. John Wainwright, and had two children: (1) Joel 

Wainwright; (2) . 

1445 (8) Talman Burtis. 

1446 (9) Agnes Burtis; m. Samuel Pew. 

1447. (10) Thomas Bloomfield Burtis. 

1448. (11) Daniel Burtis. 

436. Hannah Shinn (5).— Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Hannah Shinn. eldest child of Asa and Sarah (Clauntt) Shinn, b. 1/12/ 
1770; reaularlv married at Old Springfield, 5/5/1803, to Samuel, son of George 
•ind ifarv Craft. The certificate is signed by George, James, Jr., George, Jr., 
Abio-ail and ^lai-v Shinn and sixtv-one others. It was a notable wedding, but 
eoufd not have been favored bv Hannah's parents, for not one of her family 
signed the certificate. Were it not for the fact that the certificate recites that she 
was the danohter of Asa and Sarah Shinn, we should doubt her identity. She 
is not named'^in the will of her mother, and does not appear on the Burlington list 
of \sa and Sarah's children. The Springfield record and the family records 
•\ that she was their eldest child. There were no children. 


437. IsKAJ-L SiiivN- (5).— Asa (1). SoLo.Mox (3), Jamks (2), John (1). . 

Isrnel Shinn, second cliild of Asa and Sarah (Gauntt) Sliiiiii, b. 1/25/1772; 
marriod out of mooting and was forgiven by Bnrlinofon Friends, August 2. 1802; 
married Ann Curtis: ili-nwncd bv TVurlington 3/]4/lS(iS. and died 1813. 

Chiblron (tf Israel and Ann (Curtis) Sbinn. 

144fi. (1) Hannah Shinn. b. 1802: ob. young. 

14.o0. (2) Sarah H. Shinn. h. ]8(>4. i 

1451. (3) Asa Shinn. b. ISOfi. -Named in mother's will, 6/5/1824. 

1452. (4) Anna Shinn li 1S08. \ 

438. \Vi!.i.i\M SiiixN (.".). — .\sA ( 1 ), Sui.uMoN (3). Jamks (2)..I(»11N (1). 

William Slmiii, ihiid diiid of .Vsa and Sarah (liaunll) Siiinii. b. 2/G/1774; 
married regularlv and ccrtifiiatc recorded by Friends at 'Mt. Holly 2/16/1815; 
married Ann. daughter <d Josbna and J'liebe (Shrecve) Forsyth, and grand- 
daugl)ter of Caleb Shrecve. private in t be Unrlinglon Keginient of ]\Iilitia (Stry- 
kcrs •• Jerseymen in the Kevoinlion." [>. ^")2) ; b. 1/12/1:M; moved to Burling- 
ton, wliere lie died in August. 1S28: Ins wife died 6/3/1855. He was disowned 
by Burlington nnc ni<mt]i bid'or*' bis deatli for promoting a se|iaration of Friends. 

Cbildreii of Williaiii and Ann (Forsyth) Shinn. 

145:;. (1) Shreeve Shinn, b. 11/23/1815; m. Emily Norcross Woolman, 12/17/1840. 

1451. (2) Phebo Shinn, b. 2/1.5/1817; ob. 10/14/1893. 

1455. (3) Walter Shinn. b. 4/1/1818; ob. 6/23/1844. 

1456. (4) Anne Shinn, b. 4/5/1820; ob. 1/13/1887; m. William Conrow, son of 

.Joseph Hancock, 3/12/1840; ob. 10/9/1880; no children. 

1457. (5) Klw(K)(l Shinn. b. 5/27/1822; m. Hannah, dau.nhter of Joseph and 

A.schah Hartshorn. 3/14/1861. 

1458. (6) Willi! Shinn. b. 1/5/1825; living,', unmarried. 190:'.. 

439. ls:.\.u; Siiiw (5). — Asa (4). Solomon (3). .Ia.mks (2), John (1). 

Isaac Sbinn. fonilb eliild of .\sa ami Sarah (GauntI ) Sblnn. I>. 11/2/1775; 
married out of meeting Frances (nicknamed l^'anny) \'an: disowned l)y Burling- 
ton for (bis cause in Febriniry, 1S?7. 

('biblren of l>aac;inil l''i-anees ( \'aii ) Sbinn. 

14.59. (1) Sanniel Ellis Shinn. b. 11/11/1X27; m. Aschah Fo.\, 1849. 

1460. (2) John (]. Shinn, h. 1829; ob. mimarried. 

1461. (3) Albert Shinn, b. 1831; m. Emma Antrim, 1853. 

1462. (4) Caleb U. Shinn, b. 1833; m. Mary, daughter of William and .\bi.nail 

(Shinn) Malsbury. 
116:;. (5) Sarah 1'.. Shinn. Ii. 9/22/18:!7: m. Isaac King. 

! I<). S\.\ii I.I, SiiiNN (.'>). -.\sA (I). Solomon (:>). .Iwii.s (2). doiiN {\). 

Sa?nnel Sbinn. liftb cliild of .\,si and Saiab ((iaiintl) Sbinn. b. 10/6/1777; 
m. Frances (\'an) Sbinn. widow of bis brother Isaac, and bad one child. The 
inotlier outlived her si cond bll^ban(l ami left a will. 

Cbildreii of Samuel and l''i-anees (Nan) Sbinn. 
1164. (1) isaaf ShiiUL l> ISIl; m. lOlla A. Wright, lS7u. 

111. Solomon Siiinn (5).- .\v\ (|), Solomon ( :{ ) . -I \.\i i;s (2).. John (1). 

Solomon Sbmn, sixtli ebild of .\.><a and Sarab (Cauiitt) Sbinn, b. 0/8/1779; 
granted a certificate by Burlington to Fp|)er Springliebl on account of marriage 
7^()/1S05; married at^ Springfield. 7/15/180.'.. Mercy Land), of New Hanover, 

Fourth Generation. IdI 

(laughter (»f Josopli and Mary Lamb. The certificate has fifty-sLx signatures, 
fourteen of which, are the surnames Earl and eleven Shinn. Thev removed to 
BuHinglon in 1806. 

fJhildren of Solomon and Mercy (Lamb) Shinn. 

1465. (1) Joseph Lamb Shinn. b. 1806; m. Julia Ann Gaskell, 12/25/1825. 

1466. (2) Mary Shinn. who married Samuel Pope. 1831. 

1467. (.'5) Solomon Shinn, b. 1/22/1808; m. (1) Edith Johnson, 182»; (2) Sarah . 

44:^ .fo.siiLA Shinn (o). — Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Josliua Shinn. seventh child of Asa and Sarah (Gauntt) Shinn, b. 4/4/l':8l; 
granted a cerlilicate on account of marriage bv Burlington to Mt. Hollv. 11/9/ 
]803; married, at Mt. Holly 11/17/1803, Ann, daughter of Josiali and Beulah 
Gaskell; tlie certificate is recorded at Mt. Holly, and is signed by seventeen having 
Ihe surname Shinn: removed to Mt. Holly 7/7/1804. :\rt. Holly records show 
the birth of two chihlren. Stacy .and Clayton. Biirlington records give three other 

Chihlren of Joshua and Ann (Gaskell) Shinn. 

1468. H) Stacy Shinn. b. 8/9/1804; m. (1) Jane, daughter of Samuel and Eliza- 

l)eth Wextrlm; (2) Rebecca (Pennington) Proctor. 
1469 (2) Abigail Shinn. who married Samuel Wills. May. 1833. 

1470. (3) Rebecca Shinn, ' i loio ' William Loveland. 

1471. (4) Ann Eliza Shinn, \ ^- ^^ ' ™- \' Joseph Loveland, .3/28/1832. 

1472. (5) Clayton Shinn. b. 6/18/1806; ob. 7/10/1807. 

113. .\.sA <ivr.\TT SiiixN (5). — Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

.Vsa Gauntt Sldnn. eighth child of Asa and Sarah (Gauntt) Shinn. was 
born 4/2/1783; married. 4/1G/1827, Hannah, daughter of Uz and Sarah (Jones) 
Gauntt. liis first cousin, and was disowned therefor by Burlington, December G, 
1828. TTaniiMh di.'.l in 1832. and Asa married Elizabeth Blackwood, 2/26/1833. 

Children of Asa and Hannah Shinn. 

1473 (1) Sarah Gauntt Shinn. 
(2) Shinn. 

Chihlren of Asa and Elizabeth Sliinn. 

1475. (1) 3. John Blackwood Shinn, /. i-,/i-,iooo. „v, ^7/24/1834. 

1476. (2) 4. Uz Gauntt Shinn. \^ 11/-4/18..0, ob. ^7/5/1834. 

1477. (3) 5. Henry Clay Shinn, b. 12/21/1834; m. Sarah Heisler Haines, 11 29/ 


1478. (4) t'). Samuel B. Shinn, b. 2/24/1837; ob. unmarried, 1862. 

UC. .\nxk Siunn (."i). — Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Anne Shinn. voungest child of Asa and Sarah (Gauntt) Shinn, 1). 2/17/1789; 
nuirried. at T'pper Springfield. 7/14/1813, Stacy, son of Joseph and Mary Haines. 
The certifii-ate is signed Ijy eleven Shinns and forty-eight other persons. I have 
not found her descendants. 

447. MiRiv:\r Shtnn (•";). — James (4), Solomon (3). James (2). -Joiln (1). 

ALriam Shinn. the eldest daughter of James and Lavina (Haines) Shinn, 

born at I'piier Freehold in i:69; married William Burtis. and had two chddren : 

1479. (1) Charles Burtis. (2) Miriam Burtis. 

41.S. AlARGARET SlIlVN ( .■) ) .— JaMES (4), SoLOMON (3), JaMES (2), JOHN (1). 

Maro-arct second child of James and Lavina (Haines) Shinn. was born at 
Upper Fmdioid. She married (1) John Lawrence; (2) John Hankins. 

192 History of tiik Shixx Famh.y ix ErnoPE axd America 

Childivn of .lolm and ^rnrgaret (Sliiiiii) Lawrence. 

1481. (1) James S. T^awrence (6): m. (1) Mary Conover; (2) Phebe Ann Rue. 

1482. (2) Margaret Lawrence (6); ni. (1) William Tilton: (2) John Hankins. 

Children by (1): 
148.'5. (Ij Martha Ann Tilton (7); m. Edward Wycoff. 

1484. (2) Amanda Tilton (7): m. Joseph Sciidder. 

440. Sjiinx (o). — James (4), Soi.o:\rox (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Abigail, third i-liild uf James and La\ina ( ll.iiiiis) Sliimi. was Ijorn at Upper 
Freehold. 1773. She married, 0/5/1811, William llaiikii)s. foi- which she was 
di.«cip]incd liv I'ppcc Sjn-MiLilicld. 

Children of William and .Vhi.uail (Shinn) Hankins. 

148.5. (1) James S. Hankins: m. Hannah Forsyth. 
148G. (2) John Hankins: ni. Rebecca Barkalow. 

1487. CJ) Joseph Hankins: ni. Emily Nelson. 

4."")"i. Ja:\ii;s Smx^x (5). — J.s.mks (4). Soi.o.mox (':V). Jwmn (•?). Joiix (1). 

James Shinn, si.xth and vonngest child of .Iame> ami i.avina (Haines) Shinn, 
horn 11/17/1782, at Upper Freeliold; married. (1) l(»/4,1S0f). Elizabeth Allen ; 
(2), in Gloucester County, N. J., ^larv :\lillcr. of Salem County, 2/15/1817. 

Chihlrcn of James and i-'.li/.aUclli (.Vllcn) Sliinn. 

1488. (1) Charles Allen Shinn, b. .5/4/181(1: d. in the West Indies, 18:^4: lost his 

health as a merchant at Cincinnati, Ohio. 

(.'hiJdrmi (»!' Janu'.- and .Mai'v (.Miller) Shinn. 

1489. (1) 2. Harriet Shinn, b. 2/14/1817; m. William Durbin, of Indiana, 11/12/ 

1855; ob. sine proli. 

1490. (2) 3. Adelaide Shinn. b. Upper Freehold, 4/2:]/1818: m. at New Egypt, 

l/2:3/184(j, Thomas B. Jobes. 

lltn. C!) 4. Caroline Shinn. b. Upper Freehold. 1(i/2:'./KS2n: m. Dr. Uloyd Wilbur. 

1492. (4) 5. George W. Sliinn. b. fl '20/1824; m. Sarah .Matilda Rue. 

1493. (5) fi. James Miller Shinn. 1.. 1/20/1828; m. Susan Lower. 

■453. L\\[x\ Sinvx (5 ).--.! \ \i i;s (I). SoioMnx (;!). ,I\mi:s (2), doiix (1). 

Lavina Shimi. eldest cinlil of dames and llannali ( Ilai1) Shinn. lioni 9/ — / 
1787; married Thomas F>rans(rn. in '\r\\' driM\. ami had: 

1494. (!) Hepziba Branson. 

1495. (2) Aaron iiianson: m. Pnily I'ancoasi. iiis cousin, in New Jersey. 

455. V.7M.\ Siiiw (.")). — ,l\Mi:s (I). S((i.()\io\ (:'.). d am i:s (2).d(»ii\ (1). 

Ezra Shinn. lliird cliiid of .lanirs and llannali (Man) Sliinii. Iiorn 7/7/ 

1792; ninrried, (I) 1.-23, Mrs. .\nnir (Lane) I'.arkalow : (2) . The second 

marriage was a childless one i;nli>lrd in (aplain Merray's company. Colonel 
Clement C. llitldlc. l""irsl lu-gimenl. I'liin. \ul.. I s 1 ;. ; nu'rehaid in rhilad(d[)hia ; 
moved, willi his molhcr, to Ohio in 1 >".'i) and .-ellled m Mo!d.::dmery Coniily: he 
:if(er\\ard moved to Indiana, and tlied tin re. l/lfi/18();! : a nuanhcr t<\' no clnirch. 
hut a l*'riend in hclier; W'jng and h'epuMican. 

Children of M/.ia and Annie ( Lam- l'>a ikalow i Slmui. 

149G. (1) IW'iijainiii MarUalow Sliiiiii, 1>. in Montgomery County, Ohio, :)/10/1824; 
m. .Margaret llarUalow, 1/1/184.".. in Oliio. 

1497. (2) Jami's K/.ru Sliinn. b. 11/10/1825; m. Eliza A. Barkalow. 

1498. (3) Lavinia Shinn. b. 1 S/1828. in Ohio; m. William Kyle. 

1499. '»» Ezra Worlcy Shinn, b. f;/2?/18:!(l: ni. Elizaheih Slmieani. 

Fourth Generatiox. 


1500. (5) Thomas Jefferson Shinn. b. 8/17/1832; m. Addie Stoneam, 1865. 

1501. (6) Susan Ann Shinn; ob. sine proli. 

4r)(i. TIki'Zibah Shivx (5). — James (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Hepzibali Sliiiii), fourth child of James and Hannah (Hart) Shinn, born 
12/13/1794, at Uppor Freehold, X. J.; crossed the Alleghenies on horseback with 
her iii'ithci- in 1S?0: married Jolui Cox and reared a large family. 

Children of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox. 

1502. (1) Sarah Cox; m. Peter Le Fevre. 

1503. (2) Hannah Cox; m. (1) Daniel Ryser; (2) James Ward. 

1504. {?,) Danie! Cox. 

1505. (4) John Cox; m. Lydia Hall. 

1506. (5) Derrick Cox; m. Ann Allen. 

1507. (6) Lucy Cox; m. Thomas Tibbies. 
150S. (7) Thomas Cox; m. Lydia Death. 


4G2. l^.MiLY Shinn (5). -James (4), Solomon (3), James (2), John (1). 

Ennlv Shinn, tenth and vonngest child of James and Hminah (Hart) Shinn 
born" l^^^^r Fxiehold, N. J.. 8/18/1808; is stxll h>mg ^^^^^^'^^^ 
ninetv-three years of age (1902). She married, m Ohio, 3/2/1826, John White, 
and with her husband migrated to Indiana. 

101 HisToiJV OF jiii: SiiixN i■■A.\llI.^ i\ I-ji;oim: and America 

Children ot .loliii and Emily (Sliiim) White. 

1509. (1) David White, b. 2/1/1827: ni. Elizabeth, daughter of William Drybread, 


1510. (2) Sarah Ann Whiit'. 1). 10/19/1828; ni. P.enjamin Jarrett, son of Jacob 


1511. {.]) Hepzibah Ann White, b. l/19/lS;jl; m. Benjamin .Jarrett Deming, 1853. 

1512. (4> Mary Wiiite, b. 9/11/1835; m. William H. Barkalow. 

1513. f5) William White, b'. 11/14/1836; m. Eleena Wilson. 

1514. id) Ueorge White, b. 11,24/1X41; m. Susan M.. daughter of William Dur- 

ban: no issue. 

1515. f7) ITonry Clay White, b. 7/?0/1844; m. Clara X.. daughter of Frederick 

Hart man. 

471. TuoArvs ^invy (.'.). — r'Ai.i:i; (I). S(.i.(.\i(t\ Ci). .Iames (?). .Totix (1). 

Thomas Shinii. cidc"^! child of Cnlch ;iiid Mary (Lucas) Shian. Ijorn in 
Sprin^ffiold ^iV)\\ n.^hi)), ]>nrlin,i:t<)n County. N. .1.. KT."): married Aldiiail Gaskell 
out of tncclinfr f)/'.'T/l 7!)? : disciplincil ni ()\i\ S|irini:lichl in Sc'pteinl)cr, KSIS; to 
Westland Pa.. 180.3: to Salem, ( (iluniiiiaiia County, Ohio. IS04, with his father, 
C'aloh, and his I'nclc Kcdar: they liouiiht a section ol' land and huilt a lar<ie tlour 
and <>rist mill. Hi- wife died in 180(1. after liivinu- l)irtli to her second child. He 
married (2) licfhecea Daniel, at Salem, Ohio, in 1807; she was horn in Loudon 
County, Va. ; died at Salem 1810: married (;>) Sarah Schrell, of Virginia^ in 
181G. Shortly after this he removed to Stark County and opened a tailor shop. 
He died in l.s.'J."). a respected eitizen of Stark County, and one of the earliest pio- 
neers of Lastern Ohio. His deseendants are among the best citizens of Iowa, 
Texas and California. 

( 'lii I'! Ten i>\' 'rihMna> and Ahi_i;aii (Caskcll) Shinu. 

151C. ( 1 ) .Miiry Shinii. h. 1798. 

1517. (21 .Joshua Shinn, I). Oct., 1800: m. in Ohio; ob. 1S7S; published the first 

arithmetic used in Ohio; teacher; held many positions of honor and 

('Iiildrcu of 'r!i(iiiui> and llcln'cca (hanid) Sliimi. 

1518. (1) 3. .Tames Shinn. i) ;)/29/1807: m. (1) Mary Sebrell. 11/25/1828. at Lex- 

ington, Ohio, (2) Lucy l']llen ClarU, ll/2(!/lS4ti, I'latteville. Wis. 

1519. (2) I. Hannah Shinn. b. at Salem, Ohio. 18n'.); ob. siiu- proli. 1841. 

('hildi-cn of Tliniiia> and Sarah (Schrcll) Shinn. 

1520. H) 5. Calcl) Shinn, h. Salem. Ohio, in 1M7: ob. ls::7. 

1521. (2) 0. Susannah Shinn, 1). Salem. Ohio. ISIS; ob. l,s:;,s. 

1522. (3) 7. ,M;ny Ann Sliiini, horu Salem. Ohio, in IS20; ol). 1S:'.(;. 

152::. (4) 8. Joscidi Shinn, h. Lexington, Ohio, 4/19/1825; m.. 11/3/1854, 

Mary Stralton. 
1524. (5» 9. Hcn.iainin Shinu. b. near Allinnc.'. Ohio. 5 1 1828; ni.. :V30/1854, 

.\]ar\ Lduisc .JcnUins. 

\','!. Ki;m\i; Sihw (.")). — C\i.i:i: ( 1). Soionkin (•")). .l\Mi:s (3). .Toiix (11. 

Kcdar Shinn. second child cif ('jdcli and .Mai\ (Lucas) Shinn. horn K 74, 
al I'pper Springlield. r<urliii.i:t(in (nnnlv. \. .1.: has his name written on the 
many removal cerlilicalcs granted hi- fa! her h\ dill'ereid l''i'iends" societies of 
l>nrlinglon County, lie removed, in isoi. with In,- latlicr. lo Colinnhiana County, 
Ohio, hut afier a few years returned to New dersey; getlle.l I w ^ niilo ami mie- 
ludf ahove .Ml Ijolly; huilt a Ikui.m-. hlack^nnih ;ind wIu'cIw right ,-hop ; the 
pla(;e wa- ■ ;,|l,.,i Kc.|;ir\ ille. ||.' marrie.l Miriimi Willil,-' al .ML ilolly. 11/11/ 

MndifTerenlly written, in old documents. Wylles. Willis. Willits. They were 
<inHl<crs. nnci peoidc of respect abilily. 

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1798, and became the fatlier of twelve children, who, for the most part, lived 
and died in Xew Jersey. The)' were distributed throughout South Jersey, and 
I have liad much trouble in the ascertainment of their descendants. The follow- 
ing is an accurate record of the children of Kedar and Miriam (Willits) Shinn, 
but not a Bible 7'ccorrl. That seems to have l)een lost: 

1525. (1) Caleb Shinn; m. (1) Susan Powell, 5/13/1824, Mt. Holly, N. J.; (2) 

Rachel Swain, 1/18/1834, Camden, N. J. 

1526. (2) Joseph Shinn; m. Martha Harvey. 

1527. (3) Thomas Willits Shinn, b. 8/23/1801; m. Sarah Anderson, 12/23/1826, 

Mt. Holly, N. J. 

1528. (4) John H. Shinn; m. Hannah Frake, 8/13/1817, at Mt. Holly. 

1529. (5) Kedar Shinn; m. Mary Chambers, 12/25/1828, at Mt. Holly. 

1530. (6) Hannah Shinn; m. Griffith Elberson. 

1531. (7) Susan Shinn; m. Clayton Tomlin. 

1532. (8) Phebe Shinn; m. Miles Lucas. 

1533. (9) Amy Shinn; m. Landon Bluce. 

1534. (10) Annie Shinn; m. Scott. 

1535. (11) Lewis Shinn; m. Ellen Johnson. 

1536. (12) William Shinn; m. Sarah Kline. 

475. David Shinn (5). — Peter (4), Clement (3), James (3), John (1). 

David Shinn, second child of Peter and Grace (Gaskell) Shinn, was born 
10/1.3/1783; married, according to Friends' rite, at Upper Evesham, 3/ — /1808, 
]lannah. daughter of Thomas and Ellen Wilson; dismissed by Upper Evesham 
to Haddonficld, 1818; in 183r3 to. West Frankford, Pa., and in 1837 to Salem, 
Oliio; thence to ILuntingdon, Huntingdon County, Ind. Here he settled upon a 
farm and remained to the end of his life, in 1889. The following children are 
named in tlie cinirch records of Evesham, and agree with the family record. 
After tlie death of their faflier thev left Indiana and moved farther West: 

1537. (1) Elizabeth Shinn, b. 11/29/1808, at Upper Evesham; ob. 10/27/1809. 

1538. (2) Charles Shinn, b. 12/8/1811, at iL,vesham, N. J.; married Phebe Hea- 

cock, at Marlborough, Ohio. 

1539. (3) Rachel Shinn, b. at Evesham, N. J.; ob. in Ohio, sine proli. 

1540. (4) Hannah Shinn, b. at Evesham, N. J.; ob. in Ohio, sine proli. 

1541. (5) Joseph R. Shinn, b. at Evesham, N. J.; ob. in Ohio, sine proli. 

470. John Shinn (5).— Peter (4), Clement (3), James (3), John (1). 

John Shinn, sixth child of Peter and Grace (Gaskell) Shinn, was born 3/ 
19/1701 : married, in 1814, at Upper Eveshatn, N. J., according to Friends' rite, 
Svbolla Collins; removed to Frankford, Pa., 5/11/1832, and to Salem, Ohio, in 


Children of John and Sybella (Collins) Shmn. 

1542. (1) Joseph Shinn, b. at Evesham, N. J., 12/1/1815; ob., unmarried, at Pat- 

mos, Ohio. . 

1543. (2) Mary Shinn, b. at Evesham, N. J., 5/23/1817; m. Joel Betts, m Ohio, 

1S47; ob. sine proli. 

1544 (3) Grace Shinn, b. at Haddonfleld, N. J.. 1819: ob. infans. 

1545 (4) Elijah Shinn, b. at Haddonfleld, N. J., 9/22/1822; m. Sarah Woodruff, 

in Ohio, 5/6/1845. ,,. x i- ^r . 

1546 (5) John C. Shinn, b. at Frankford, Pa., 1826; m. (1) Lydia Votaw, in 

Ohio- (2) Hester Brook. 

1547 (6) Ann H Shinn, b. at Salem, Ohio, 9/24/1827; ob. unmarried, 9/7/1884. 
1548" (7) Aaron Shinn, b. Berlin Center, 11/1829; m. Sinah Ellyson, at Berlin 

Center, Ohio, 11/27/1850. 

480. Mahlon Shinn (5).— Peter (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 
Mahlon Shinn, seventh child of Peter and Grace (Gaskell) Shinn, was born 
11/12/1704; married Sarah Church, at Mt. Holly, in 1816 and m a few years 
removed to Philadelphia, where he passed the remainder of his life. 


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Children of Mahlon and Sarah (Church) Shinn. 

1549. (1) William Shinn, b. 12/22/1820; ob. unmarried. 

1550. (2) John Shinn, b. 5/17/1828; m. Sarah Ann Bardsley, 5/29/1852, at Phila- 

delphia, Pa. 

481. Abraham .Shinn (5).— Peter (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Abraliam Sliinn, eighth and vounircst child of Peter and Grace (Gaskell) 
Shinn. was born 3/19/1798; married Margaret Wilkin?, 12/38/1820, at Mt. 
Hollv. X. J.; shoemaker; removed to Haddonfield in 1825; then to Lumberport, 
N. J., and then to Salem, Ohio, 1829. Here, with his mother and brothers, he 
affiliated with the Tlicksites. and in 1831 was disowned by Burlington, N. J. He 
was never known to do a dishonest act. the proudest legacy a father can leave to 
his children; lived a consistent Friend all his life, and dioil in the faith, 6/1/ 
1865; his wife followed him in 1870. Children: 

1.-).51. (1) Emeline W. Shinn (0). b. 12/1/1822, at Lumberton, X. J.; m., 
at Birmingham, Ohio, 2/9/1843, Josiah, son of Elisha and 
Tacy (Bradshaw) Fogg; farmer; Hicksite Friend; Repub- 
lican, and resided at Alliance. Ohio. The children were: 

1552. (1) Samuel A. Fogg (7), b. 6/12/1845; m. 11/2/1870, and had one 

child, Ada B. Fogg (8), Canfield, Ohio. 

1553. (2) William K. Fogg (7), b. 6/25/1851; m. 7/4/1871, and had one 

child. Bertha E. Fogg (8), Alliance, Ohio. 

1554. (3) Aaron B. Fogg (7), b. 10/23/1856; m. 9/2/1886. 

l.-i.-»5. (2) Samuel A. Shinn (6), b. 5/7/1826; m. Lodema Key, 1/13/1855. 
He died 2/20/1865, leaving the following children: 

1556. (1) Walter G. Shinn (7), b. 5/9/1856; ob. sine proli. 

(2) Lorena Shinn (7). 

(3) Lewis Shinn (7). 

1557. (3) Jane E. Shinn (6). b. 9/13/1828; ob. 10/22/1896; m., 9/5/ 

1847. William BradsliaAv, and had children: 

1558. (1) Samuel E. Bradshaw (7), b. 6/30/1849. 

1559. (2) Lewis C. Bradshaw (7), b. 11/8/1853. 

(3) Margaret E. Bradshaw (7), b. 7/27/1858. 

(4) James A. Bradshaw (7), b. 1/15/1863. 

1560. (4) Grace A. Shinn (6), b. 2/28/1830; m. (1) David Wharton, 10/ 

21/1852, who died 9/12/1861, leaving one child, Sylvester C. 
Wharton. The widow married a Mr. Ellyson. and now lives 
at Berlin Center, Ohio. 
].'.61. (5) William W. Shinn (6), b. 6/3/1833; nh. 4/23/1874: m. Harriet 
S. Webster, 12/31/1857, and had childivn: 

1562. (1) Mabel M. Shinn (7), b. 1/28/1 8G0; ob. 1S61. 

1563. (2) Lizzie May Shinn (7), b. 1/^/1862. 

1564. (3) TTarry W. Shinn (7). b. 5/26/1863. 

1565. (4) William JiaynKmd Shinn (7), b. 10/7/1867. 

1566. (6) Abi-aliam Shinn (6), b. 12/15/1835; ob. 3 V18"'9. 

1567. (7) Charles V. Shinn (6), b. 5/23/1837; ob. 10 '30/1902: m. Mary 

Boner, 2/16/1860. 

482. Samuel Shinn (5).— David (I). Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Samuel Shinn, eldest child of David and ^Tary ( ) Shinn. was born in 

Frederick Coiintv, Va., 4/22/17S6; named in his father's tlisinissal from Mt. 
Holly. 8/5/l';!)o; and lodged at Hopewell 1/3/1791. S.dd certificate, however, 
stales tlial David "had long resided" at Ho]je\\cll. mid jiis (hildren were born 
there. Ai a nu'eting held I)/8/1814 at ilii|(r\\i||. \;i., iju' conunittee on the 
case of Samuel Shinn jtroduecfl a testimony against him as follows: "Samuel 
Sliinn having been in the practice of training in the militia, and has accomplished 
his marriage contrary to discipline, we hereby disown him. Hichard George and 

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John Ward, Committee." He was a A^irginia soldier in the war of 1812, and was 
afterward colonel of the militia in Hampshire County. I have not been able to 
ascertain the name of his wife. He was named in"^his father's will, in 1815. 
(Hampshire County Wills, 4/17/1815.) He moved to Guernsey County, Ohio, 
in 1816, and from there to Noble County, where he died, 6/8/1865. 

Children of Samuel and ( ) Shinn. 

1568. (1) David W. Shinn, b. 9/9/1815, in Hampshire County, Va. 

1569. (2) Amos Shinn, b. 1817, in Guernsey County, Ohio; m. Rebecca , 4/ 

29/1847, in Ohio. 

1570. (3) Lydia Shinn, b. 1817, in Guernsey County, Ohio; m., 7/22/1858, Clem- 

ens Clendenning. 

1571. (4) Mattie J. Shinn, b. 1/13/1839, in Guernsey County, Ohio; m. Landon 


483. David Shinn (5). — David (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

David Shinn, second child of David and Mary ( ) Shinn, was born in 

Frederick County. Va., 1788; disowned at Back Creek Preparative Meeting, 
Hampshire County, 10/5/1810, upon a testimony sent from Fairfax Monthly 
Meeting that he had married his first cousin, in the "back part of the State;" 
he married, in Harrison County, Va., Hannah, daughter of Jonathan Shinn, twin 
brother of David, father of David of this notice. He moved to Adams County, 
HI., in 1826; to Fulton County, 1836; to Clinton Cotmty, Iowa, 1845, where he 
died. He reared a family of nine children, but I have only secured two of them. 

Children of David and Hannah (Shinn) Shinn. 

1572. (1) Ellison Shinn. 

1573. (7) David Wesley Shinn, b. 4/28/1823, Harrison County, Va.; m., in 1852, 

Aseneth M., daughter of Capt. Joel and Mary (Shinn) Reece, b. 
1828 (his first cousin), in Morgan County, Ohio. 

485. Lydia Shinn (5). — David (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Lydia Shinn, fourth child of David and Mary Shinn, was born in Frederick 
County, Va., circa 1T93: married, in Hampshire County, Va., in 1815, her first 
cousinVAmasa. son of Jonathan Shinn; 12/7/1820 diso^^Tied at Hopewell, Va., for 
that reason (Hopewell ]\ronthly Meeting Minutes.) He removed to Pike County, 
111. ; Amasa was one of the first settlers of Kinderhook Township ; died at Stony 
Prairie, 111. ("History Pike Co., 111.") His brother Asa was a Methodist 
])reacher; Levi, a Christian preacher; Amasa was a farmer and a Universalist. 

Children of Amasa and Lydia (Shinn) Shinn. 

1574. (1) Parmelia Shinn (6), b. 1816; m. James Faith; no issue. 

1575. (2) Winchester Shinn (6), b. 1818. 

1576. (3) David Edwards Shinn (6). b. in Virginia, 1/25/1820; m. Charlotte Gar- 

field, 1858; moved to Syracuse, Neb.; ob. 3/30/1890, at Hoopeston, 
111. Children: 
1577 (1) Benjamin Amasa Shinn (7), b. 12/1/1858; m. Elizabeth Miller, 7/4/ 

1883; ob. 9/28/1900. Children: Ray, Charlotte, Charles and 

1582 (2) Asa Franklin Shinn (7), b. 9/21/1860; m. Elizabeth Martin, 2/8/ 

1888 and had Frances M., Forest S. and Fern Ruth. 
1586 (3) William David Shinn (7), b. 12/23/1863; m. Ida Fikes, 11/26/1902. 

1587' (4) Henry Alexander Shinn (7), b. 7/29/1865; m. Georgie Bousman, 

1/6/1888, and had Archie, Fleecy, Franklin, Horace, Fannie, Juna 

and Joseph. _ 

1595 (5) Charles Ellsworth Shinn (7), b. 9/18/1867; unmarried. 

1596! (6) Melissa Ellen Shinn (7), b. 1/25/1870; m. Charles Buggerly, 9/28/ 

1892, and had children: 

(1) Clifford Buggerly (8). 

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1598. (7) Lydia Ann Shinn (7), b. 3/10/1872; m. Lewis Richardson, 8/18/ 

1894, and had children: 

(1) Flossie Kichardson (8). 

(2) Baby Richardson (8). 

1601. (8) John Wesley Shinn (7), b. 8/1/1874; unmarried. 

1602. (9) Samuel Edward Shinn (7), b. 5/15/1876; unmarried. 

1603. (4) Penelope Shinn (6). b. 1822; m. Henry Garfield; ob. sine proli. 

1604. (5) Asa Shinn (6), b. 1826; ob. sine proli. 

1605. (6) Mary Shinn (6), b. 1827; m. Samuel T. Wilson, in 1853, and had the 

following children: 

1606. (1) Jefferson Wilson (7), b. 1857; m. Mary Lowe. 

1607. (2) Dora Wilson (7). b. 1860; m. George Wolfe, 1886. 

1608. (3) Rose Wilson (7). b. 1871; m. Marcus Wolfe, 1884. 

1609. (4) Frank L. Wilson (7), b. 1865; m. Hiram R. Shaw, 1882. 

1610. (5) Leonard Wilson (7), b. 1869. 

1611. (7) Solomon ahinn (6), b. 1831; ob. sine proli. 

48G. Mary Shixx (5). — David (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

ilary SliinTi, fifth ehilil oi' David and Mary Sliijin, wa;; born in Frederick 
County, Va., circa 1794; married Joel Keese, son of Captain Joel Eeese, of Lord 
Dunmore's War, 9/4/1814; disowned by Hopewell the same year for marrying 
contrary to dif^eiplinc ; movccl to Illinois 182(5; to Iowa 1845. I have found one 

child, but I am inclined to believe that there were more. Children : 

1612. (1) Aseneth M. Shinn (6), b. 1828; married her cousin in 1852, David 

Wesley Shinn. 

487. Esther Shinn (5). — (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Esther Shinn, sixth child of David and Mary Shinn, was born in Frederick- 
County, Va., May, 1793; mai-ried, 12/9/1813, Samuel Busby, in Hampshire 
County, Va. ; disowned by Hopewell for marrying contrary to discipline, 1813: 
moved to Harrison County, 1814, where Samuel Busby died, leaving one child. 
Esther married ]V[oses Shinn, eighth child of Levi and Elizabeth, 1817; she died 
10/1/1823 al Sliinnston, Va. 

Children of Samuel and Esther (Shinn) Busby. 

1613. (1) John Hamilton Busby, b. 1814; moved to New Orleans in 1841, where 

ho became a in'oniinent merchant. 

Childnni of .Moses and l<]sther (Sliinn-Busl)y) Shinn. 

1614. (1) 2. Silas Shinn, b. 1817; ob. sine; proli. 

1615. (2) 3. Elislia Shinn, b. 1821; m. Mary Payne Le Fevre. 

1616. (3) 4. Kniily Shinn, b. 1821; m., (1) 9/— /t840, Seth M. Sandy, son of 

William and Rhoda; (2) Benjamin Martin. 

488. JosEi'Ji Siiiw (.")). — ( 'i,i:\i i:\i' (Ij, ('i.i;\ii:\r (:! ), Ja.mi:s (•.'),doiix (1). 

Joseph Shinn, eldest child ol' Clement ami IJuili ( I'ates) Shinn, was born 
9/23/1770, in New ,]i-]yv\: marrieil. in IIa!ii><.n Coimly, \'a., 7/3/1800, :\lary 
Mathis. He was a farnuM- ami |)ioneei-. 

( 'liilili'eii (if ,In>c|ili ami ^lai'v ('M;iiliis) Sliinn. 

1617. (1) Reuben Shinn. b. ISOl ; in. (1) Sarah Hoskins, at Powhatan, Belmont 

County, Ohio, 1S21: (2) Maria Hanks, in Monroe Coimty, Ohio; (3) 

, in Washington County, Ohio. 

1C18. (2) Job M. Shinn, b. Iso:;; ni.. l)y Rev. W. Lucas, on Simpson Creek, 9/25/ 
1825, to Duncan. 

Fifth Generation. 


489. Moses Siiixn (D).-ChEMKXT (4), Clemext (3), James (2), John (i). 

9/m\''r^yo '"^^a"'" T""" '^'^"^ of Clement and Ruth (Bat^s) Shinn, was bom 
2/10/1.79 in xNew Jersey ; married, 4/15/1799, in Harrison Conntv, Va., Sarah, 
daughter of Anthony and Elizabeth (Cooper) Kyle,^ a farmer and pioneer He 


died 111 

I in 1871, being ninety-three years of age; his wife died in her eighty-fourth 

Cbildreu of ;^[oses and Sarah (Kyle) Shinn. 

1619. (]) Hiram Shinn. b. 9/19/1800; m., 2/28/1819, Dorcas, daughter of Isaac 

and Agnes (Drake) Shinn. at Clarksburg, Va. 

1620. (2) Maria Shinn, b. 3/19/1802; m. (1) Isaac, son of Samuel and Sarah (Da- 

vidson) Shinn; (2) Harvey Crosthwait. 

1621. (:5) Sampson Shinn, b. 1805; m. Edith, daughter of Solomon and • 

(Wood) Shinn. 

1622. (4) Matilda Shinn, b. 1807; m. William Harbert. 

1623. (5) Justus Shinn. b. 1809; m. Laura, daughter of General Davis. 

1624. (6) Merrick Shinn, b. 1811; m. (1) Ann Duncan; (2) Hannah Barnes. 

1625. (7) Rezin K. Shinn, b. 1/24/1813; m. 11/3/1836, at Shinnston, Va., Sarah 

Ann. daughter of Robert and Hannah Bartlett. 

1626. (8) Sevilla Shinn, b. 1815; ob. sine proli. 

1627. (9) Absalom Shinn. b. 1/19/1818, at Shinnston, Va.; m., y/7/1837, Clarissa 

B. Ebert. 

490. Daniel Shinn (5). — Clement (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Daniel Shinn. third child of Clement and Ruth (Bates) Shinn, was born 
1/1 0/1 781 on :Middle Creek, Harrison County, Va. ; married, 8/5/1801, Mary, 
daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Kyle-Cooper) Whiteman. (See note to 
Moses Shinn, 5.) In 1823 he moved to Tyler County. Ya. ; in 1829 upon a flat 
boat, which he constructed at the mouth of Middle Island Creek in Virginia, he 
was transferred to Cincinnati. Selling his boat there he took passage on a canal 
boat to Hamilton, 0., and from thence was transferred by team to Plenry County, 
Indiana. His Avife died in 1833 ; he then removed to Fayette, then to Blackford 
County, Indiana: thence to the home of his son Elias at Dubuque, la.; he died 
at Uniontown. 111.. 1851, at the house of his nephew, Hiram. 

^Elizabeth Cooper, b. 3/18/1756. She was married first to Anthony Kyle, by whom 
she had three children — Samuel, John and Sarah. 


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Children of Daniel and Mary (Whiteman) Shiun. 

Noah Shinn; m. Ann Fort. 

Elias Shinn; m. Harriet Ummensetter. 

Charily Shinn, b. 1806; m. Levi Gorrell. 

Unity Shinn, b. 1/31/1808; ob. infans. 

Henry Shinn; m. Harriet Walker. 

Israel Shinn; m. IMary Ann Hood. 

Darius Shinn: m. Rachel L. Turner. 

Hyman Shinn; m. Ann Van Buskirk Welch. 

Newman Shinn; m. Christina Marts. 

Harrison Shinn; m. Mary Jane Spencer. 

I\Iary Ann Shinn: m. William Burchard. 

Silas Shinn; b. 1826. 

Sabra Shinn; m. Nathan Ellsworth. 

491. Hepzibah Shinn (o). — Clement (4), Clement (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Tfcpzibah Shinn. fourth child of Clement and (Bates) Shinn, was 
born 4/25/1784 on :\riddle Crock. Harrison County, Virginia; married, 7/2/1800, 
Levi, eldest son of Jonathan and ]\Iary (Clarlv) Shiun. (For her descendants see 
Levi (5), son of Jonathan.) 
492. Clement Shinn (5). — Clement (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Clement Shiun. fifth child of Clement and Euth (Bates) Shinn, born 11/24/ 
1786 on Middle Creek, Harrison County, Va. ; married 3/31/1808 on Simpson's 
Creek, same County, Lucretia, daughter of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn; took 


Up a farm on liock Camp (from wliich he was called Ivock Camp Clement), where 
he lived to sec several of his chiitlrcii married; his wife dying, his thoughts began 
to drift westward with the thousands who were seeking wealth in that region. 

Taking his unmarried sons and daughters, he removed to Carn 

where he died, :]/9,^/\f^G9,, in his cighty-hrst year. His cliildnii unv ns 
as fnlon from tlie record made by himself: 

t 'luiiiiy, Indiana, 


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Children of Clement and Lneretia (Shinn) Shinn. 

1640. (1) Zilpha Shinn; m. Bennett Ritteuhouse. 

1641. (2) Isaac Shinn, b. 8/2S/1810; ob. infans. 

1642. (.3) Aschah Shinn; ra. Noah Harbert. 

1643. (4) Restore Shinn, b. 1/19/1815. 

1644. (.5) Agnes Shinn; ra. William Hannah. 

1645. (6) Clement Shinn, b. 1818; ob. in California. 

1646. (7) Francis Marion Shinn, b. 3/25/1820. 

1647. (8) Joseph Shinn; m. Henrietta Ash. 

1648. (9) Jesse Shinn; m. Jane Hannah. 

1649. (10) Riley Shinn; m. Henrietta Shinn. 

1650. (11) Lncretia Shinn; m. Mr. Harbert. 

1651. (12) Olive Shinn, b. 5/10/1830. 

1652. (13) Tabitha Shinn; m. Stephen Peters. 

493. Edw.\rd Shinn (5). — Clement (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Edward, sixth child of Clement and Euth (Bates) Shinn, born Harrison 
County, Virginia, 1788; married Hannah, daughter of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) 
Shinn; she was born 5/1/1789, and died 8/25/1841; at her death Edward re- 
moved with his family to Kentucky, where all further trace of his history was 
lost. His children, as given by Samuel 0. Shinn of Shinnston, W. Ya., are: 
(1) Alfred, (2) John, (3) Clement, (4) Samuel. 

498. Clement Shinn (5). — Levi (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Clement Shinn, eldest child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, was born 
in New Jersey, 1773; married Mary Thompson in Harrison County, Va., 1794. 
He was a farmer and a pioneer; is buried at Shinnston, Ya. 

Children of Clement and Mary Shinn. 

1653. (1) Rhoda, b. 1795; m. William Sandy, in Virginia, and had three chil- 

dren — Seth, Levi and George. There were other children. 

1654. (2) Orpha, b. 1797; m. Isaiah Harbert. 

1655. (3) Mahlon, b. 9/15/1798; m. Mary Edwards. 

1666. (4) Josiah. b. 1800; ob. sine proli, 1821. 

1667. (5) Seth, b. 1805; m. (1) Rebecca Smith; (2) Mary J. Reeser, of Cumber- 

land, Md. 

1668. (6) Sarah, b. 1809; ob. infans. 

1669. (7) Olive, b. 1815; m. Enoch Cunningham. 

1670. (8) Moses, b. 1817; m. Mary Shinn. 

499. Solomon Shinn (5).— Levi (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Solomon Shinn, second child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, born in 
New Jersey, 1/21/1775; to Virginia as a boy; married (1) a Walmsley; she died 
1806; (2) Mary Ann Kirksey, in 1808; moved to Illinois and died in Adams 
County. Eev. Eobert Franklin Shinn prior to his death gave me the following 
record' of the descendants of Solomon, his father. 

(1) Children of Solomon and (Walmsley) Shinn. 

1671. (1) Mary; m. Benjamin Shinn. 

1672. (2) Unity, b. 1797; m. William Lucas. 

1673. (3) Elizabeth, b. 1799; ob. unmarried. 

1674. (4) Rachel, b. 1801; m. William Wood. 

1675. (5) Edith, b. 1803; m. Sampson Shinn. 

1676. (6) Abel, b. 1805; ob. 1840, unmarried. 

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(2) Chiidren of Solomon and ^lary Aim (Kirksey) Shimi. 

1677. (1) 7. William, b. 1812; ob. 1881, unmarried. 

1G7S. (2) 8. Raymond, b. 1814; ob. 1851. unmarried. 

107Si. (3) 9. Susan, b. 1819; m. (1) J. Pickens, 184U: (2) J. Lyons. 

1680. (4) 10. Abner. b. October, 1820; m. (1) Mary Hough; (2) H. Wilsoa 

lo81. (5) 11. Robert Franklin, b. 1821; m. Fannie Jackson Taylor. 

1C82. (6) 12. Emeline. b. 1824; ob. 1853. 

1683. (7) 13. John. b. 1S26; ob. 1839. 

1684. (8) 14. Julia Ann; m. E. G. Lyons. 

oUl. Anx Shixx (5).— Li:vi (1). Clemext (3), JA:\rES (2), Johx (1). 

Ann, lliird child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smitli) >Slunn, born Harrison 
County, Virginia, 1777; married, 4/11/1799, Daniel Whiteman, and had a dangli- 
ler Ann. who married Levi, son of Levi and Sarah (McPolc) Shinn, her cousin. 
(See Levi (5).) 

504. Elizabeth Shixx (o). — Levi (4). Clemext (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Elizabeth, daughter of Levi aiul Eii/.ubelh (S:fmiihj Shinn, born Harrison 
County, Virginia: married, 1806, Joseph W. Wilson; she died in 1850. Children: 
1C85. (ij Michael Shinn Wilson, b. in Virginia, 1806; m. Celia Campbell, and 
moved lo Souihern Missouri, where he died, leaving a family. 

1686. (2) Thomas R. Wilson, b. 1808; m. Rebecca Reading, and moved to North- 

ern Missouri, where he died, leaving a family. 

1687. (3) Joseph H. Wilson, b. ISIO; ob. in Missouri. 

1688. (4) Solomon W. Wilson, b. 1813; m. Sarah McPherson, and moved to the 

State of Washington, where he died, leaving a family. 

1689. (5) Eliza Wilson, b. 1815; m. William Callison. 

1690. (6) Jonathan Wilson, b. 1818; m. Sarah Callison; ob. in Southern Missouri. 

1691. (7) James R. Wilson, b. 1821; m. Sarah Davis; to Missouri; ub. in Texas. 

1692. (8) Sophia W. Wilson, b. 1823; m. E. C. Brown, in 1850; moved to Ver- 

sailles, Mo., where she was living 1903, the only remaining child, 
except her sister, Harriet, of this large family. 

1693. (9) William H. Wilson, b. 1828; d. on and was l)uried in the ocean. 

1691. (10) Harriet W. Wilson, b. 1834; m. B. G. Bowlin; moved lo Versailles, Mo., 
where she now resides (1903). This entire family adhered to the 
Union cause, and inclined to the Methodist Church. 

500. Saii.vii Sjuxx (5). — Levi (4), Clemext (3), Jami;.s (:.'), Joiix (1). 

Sarah, daughter of Levi and Elizalieth (Smiih) Shinn. born Harrison County, 

\'irginia; marrii'd (1) W'almsb'y ; (•.'), 7 1!* isil, Jedediali. son of 

John (4), Edward (3), John (2), Cornc'lins (1) and Jemima (Abbott) Waldo 
(born 10/19/1772; ob. 1/20/1H58). Sarnli Sliiim was liis second wife, and he 
was her spi-ond husliaiul : he was a num of wfahh ami tbe owiiei' of many slaves. 
The children of the last marriage were Isaac and Sarah. Sarali died in infancy, 
and Isaac (Jopeland Shinn. lK)rn 4/18/1818, ob. 12/11/1840 at Roanoke, Va., 
married, in Novend)er, 1830, Elizabeth, dangliter of -ledcMliali and "Martha (Du- 
vall) Coll" of lioollrs Creek, who di(>d al I{oanoke in l!Mi(). 'rh(> cliildnMi wow: 

1<;95. (1) Jedediah G. Waldo, who enlisted in I lie rniou army, and died at 
Washington in 1863. 

1696. (2) Tha<ldeus I>. Waldo; o. s. p. 12/7/1867. 

1697. (3) Isaac Coiudand Waldo, b. 2/14/1845. at Bridgeport, Va.; hotel business 

at Weston, Va., for many years; ni.. 1/1(!/1867, at Weston. Elizabeth 
Ann. daughter of W. (!. T. and .Maria V. (Hereford) Camp, of Lewis 
County. W. Va.. and had one son, Isaac William Waldo. 1). 5/21/1874, 
who resides at Baltimore, Md., unmarried; he is chief clerk of car 
service of tlie B. & O. R. R. Co., and has been the genealogist of the 
Waldo family since the death of liis (Muinent kinsman, Lorenza 
I'inckney Wablo. 

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503. Levi Shinx (5).— Levi (-1), Clemext (3), Ja^ies (2), Johx (1). 

Levi, sixth child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, was born in 17S3; 
married Sarah McDole in Harrison County, Virginia. Removed to Ohio; thence 
to Illinois; he was a Methodist preacher of note; his children were as follows: 

1698. (1) Elizabeth Shinn. "(2) Mary Shinn. 

1699. (3) David Shinn, who married and had children, of whom Margaret, Alvira 

and Montgomery have been reported to me. 

1700. (4) Solomon Shinn, b. near Columbus, Ohio, 1821; soldier in the Black 

Hawk War, and one of the chosen posse who captured the famous 
chief; passed through the Mormon troubles of his region and became 
a successful farmer and preacher; sold his farm in 1866 and moved 
to Cooper County, Mo., where he died in February, 1884; m., in Vir- 
ginia, in 1843, Delila, daughter of Jacob and • (Shinn) Smith. 

His children were: (1) Sarah; (2) Mary Jane, who married Fulton; 
(3) Montraville; (4) Levi; (-5) Oliver H.; these three were gallant 
soldiers in the .50th Regiment. Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Levi 
moved to Leadville, Colo., where he died, leaving two children; Oliver 
H. lived and reared a family at Fall Creek, 111. (6) Robert Fulton 
married and removed to Missouri. 

1701. (5) Levi Shinn, who married Ann Whiteman, and had children, Rezin K. 

and William. 

1702. (6) Samuel Shinn, who married and reared a family of children, of whom 

I have the names of Thomas. Edward and Joseph. 

1703. (7) Asa Shinn, who married and reared a family. I have the names of 

two sons, Columbus and Levi. 

1704. (8) William Emory Shinn, who married Sarah Shinn, daughter of Isaiah 

and Nancy (Robey) Shinn; he was a farmer near Plainsville, 111., 
and had the following children: (1) Alva W., (2) Raymond A., (3) 
William E., (4) George W., (5) Martha. 

o02. A:VR0X Siiixx (5). — Levi (4), Clemext (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Aaron, son of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, born in A'irginia; married 
jNfary Piggott, 5/23/18n. He was a stone mason and bnilt the stone house in 
Shinnston, now occupied hy his nephew, Luther Clive Shinn; he carried the stone 
in a leather apron from the river; he moved into the western part of the state and 
left a lariro family, whose names I have not been able to ascertain. 

505. Moses Shixx (5). — Levi (4), Clemext (3), James (2), Johx (1). 
Moses Shinn, eighth child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, was born 

3/11/1791 in Harrison Cotmty, Virginia: married, in 1816, Mrs. Esther Busby, 
widow of Samuel Bnsby and daughter of David Shinn of Hampshire County, Vir- 
ginia, his first cousin. She died 10/1/1823 and he then married Elizabeth Hall. 
Emily Shinn, daughter of Moses by his first wife, says of Elizabeth Hall that she 
was a noble stepniother. Moses married (3) Mary Irvin. He was a farmer and 
miller and lived and died in Harrison County, Virginia. Died 3/21/1862. For 
descendants see Esther Shinn (5), daughter of David. 

506. Isaiah Shixx (5).— Levi (4), Clemext (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Isaiah Shinn, ninth and voungest child of Levi and Elizabeth (Smith) Shinn, 
born in Harrison Conntv. Virginia, 5/14/1794; married Xancy Eobey in same 
county. 4/17/1816. Gloved to Pike County, Illinois, where he died, 12/13/1871. 
His wife died 4/3/1877. 

Children of Isaiah and Xancy (Robey) Shinn. 

1705. (1) Elizabeth Shinn; m. G. Sandy. 

1706. (2) Mary Shinn; m. Moses Shinn. 

1707. (3) Tabitha Shinn; m. Peter Mason. 

1708. (4) Jeremiah Shinn: m. M. J. Sturm. 

1709. (5) Mahala Shinn, b. 6/19/1826; ob. 5/19/1833. 

1710. (6) Sarah Shinn; m. William E. Shinn. 

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1711. (7) Emma Shinn; m. Samuel Clark. 

1712. (8) Martha Shinn, b. 7/22/1834; ob. 6/15/1838. 

1713. (9) Solomon Shinn; m. M. J. Nay. 

o07. Levi Shixn (5). — Jonathan (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Levi Shinn, eldest child of Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Shinn, was born in 
Xew Jersey 5/11/1779; moved to Virginia as a boy; married Hepzibah, daughter 
of Clement and Ruth (Bates) Shinn, his first cousin, at Shinnston, W. Va., 
7/1/lSOO. Inherited from his father land upon -which a part of Shinnston stands; 
was a farmer and preacher; preached in Virginia and Ohio; lived in Muskingum 
and Ijicking Counties, Ohio, for many years.^ Died at Shinnston. 

Children of Levi and Hepzibah (Shinn) Shinn. 

1714. (1) Asa Jonathan Shinn: m. (1) Annie Flower; (2) Lydia Halbert Davis. 

1715. (2) Amy Shinn; m. Jacob H. Fortney. 

171C. (3) Lavina Shinn; m. (1) Abner Warmsley; (2) Genus Clarke. 

1717. (4) Naomi Shinn; m. Justus Jarrect. 

171S. (5) Samuel O. Shinn; m. Elizabeth Childers. 

1719. (6) Charlotte Shinn; m. Thomas Harbert. 

1720. (7) Alfred Shinn; ob. infans. 

1721. (8) Luke M. Shinn; m. Leah Childers. 

1722. (9) Lemuel D. Shinn; m. (1) Emily Wood; (2) Mrs. Amelia E. Briggs. 

1723. (10) Alpheus W. Shinn; m. Isabella Criss. 

508. Asa Shinn (5). — Jonathan (4), Clement (3), James (2), John (1). 

Asa Shinn, second child of Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Shinn, was born in 
New Jersey 5/3/1781 : to Virginia in 1788; his father was remarried in that year 
at Hopewell, Frederick County, Va., to j\Irs. Edwards, a most estimable woman. 
Upon a farm in Harrison County, Virginia, Asa spent his youth, with such edu- 
cational advantages as the backwoods schools, a thinking father and an educated 
mother could give; a writer has said of him: "He never saw an English gram- 
mar until after he began to preach." The inference is that he had no education 
in l']ng1ish grammar until after he began his itineracy. If so, it would 
not have lessened his real ability. But the remark shows an ig- 
norance of afl'airs that is lamentable. Lindley Murrey published the 
first English grammar, between 1780 and 1790, after Asa Shinn's 
birth. Are we to su])pose that there was no knowledge of English before 
this book was published? Asa Shinn never saw nu Englisli gi-amnuir until be be- 
gan preaching, because there was none to see. But that he was ignorant of the 
principles of English is not borne out by the facts. He had an ordinary English 
education wlien he began to preach, and this enabled him to meet tlie diflicuities 
of every positif)n in aflcr life. A fall from a tree when a mere youih injured his 
head, but this gave way to treatment, returning, liowcvcr, at critical times in his 
life to annoy him. He was a class leader at fifteen; a neighborhood preacher at 
Bixteen; recognized by the Baltimore Conference of tlio M. E. C. in his eighteenth 
year, and put upon the Monongahela Circuit with (|)uinn : be gave promise of 
greatness aiul altractcd ci-owds wherever he went ; his reasoning was of the grand- 
est kind and his eloquence equal to his reason. At one place in Virginia he saw 
for the first time in his life a household clock. It challenged his attention and 
he asked permission to take it apart. Studying each part before detaching it, he 
thou separated it from the rest and studied its function. The table was covered 
with j)arts and the bystanders murmnred that nobody but a clock maker would 
ever put it together again. Yet without a false move the young man replaced 
every part, saying, "It is a perfect mecbnui-m. If is a good gift from llie Al- 

'Pinnoor Pai)or. No. 31. Lickinp County. Ohio, by Rev. C. Springer, states that he 
was a pioneer preacher, and livod in lU)\vling Greon Township. Licking County, Ohio. 

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mighty." Observation was born in him and he loved to compare. This made him 
masterful in analysis and majestic in his reasoning power. 

In 1803 he laid off the Hockhockiug Circuit in Ohio, comprising what is now 
the counties of Fairfield, Licking, Muskingum, Coshocton, Knox, Delaware and 
Franklin. It was, save for an occasional cabin, a trackless wilderness. It took 
four weeks to " ride the circuit," and his was the work of organizing classes and 
churches, a pioneer shepherd in the Master's field; in 1804 his labors took in all 
Southern Oliio; in 180G and 1807 we find him organizing camp meetings and 
drawing crowds from far and near; in 1809 sent by Asbury as a stationed preacher 
to Baltimore, Md. ; 1812-13, Oeorgetown, D. C. Wliether in large cities of the 
East or in the slashings of the wild West, he attracted audiences that came again 
and again. In 1813 he lost two children, and this, in conjunction with the old 
wound in his head, brought on a suspension of his reasoning faculties. Eest re- 
lieved this, however, but a severer attack followed upon the death of his wife. 
/For several years after this he combated with this malady and overcame it appar- 


ently in lS-?0. In 182-3 lie was made Presiding Elder of the Pittsbnrg District; 
in 1825 the Pittsburg Conference was formed and Asa Shinn stationed at that 
citv. In 1829 he, with others, left the M. E. C. and founded the M. P. C. At the 
first session of the Ohio Conference, 1829, he was elected its president, anofhce 
correspondinti- to the rank of bishop in the old church, and stationed at Cmcm- 
uati, where he remained four years. Here he lost his second wife. Jn 1833 the 
Pittsburg Conference of the M. P. Church was formed and he was elected presi- 
dent From 1835 to 1837 he was associate editor of the Methocnst Frotestant 
of Baltimore. President of the General Conference of the M. P. C. at its meeting 
at Pitt«buro- in 1838; president of the succeeding General Conference at Balti- 
more in isl2: member of the Convention that formed the Constitution and Disci- 
pline of the M P C. in 1830; during his connection with the Baltimore Confer- 
ence ^r E C a period of twentv-eight years, he filled many important positions. 

206 History of the Shinn Fa:mily ix Europe and America 

and in the ^M. P. C. licld the highest rank. In 1813 he issued his first book, " An 
Essay on the Plan of Salvation,*' which was reprinted in 1831. From 1824 to 
1828^ he pnl)ii>hcd a voluminou.s series of articles in the Mutual Rights. In 
1840 he published at Philadelphia his most profoimd work, one that placed him 
among the profound thinkers of the world, " The Benevolence and Kectitude of 
the Supreme Being.'^ Dr. .Aliller of the M. E. C. S. told tlio writer in 1892 that 
he studied this Ijook at college in South Carolina, and considered it one of the 
greatest work.'i ever written. Dr. xVlger in his " Critical History of the Doctrine of 
a Future Tiife" says of the book: "It is written with charming simplicity and 
candor." Dr. Admn Clark, his contemporary, after reading it pronounced him 
the greatest reasoner in AniiTica. He was called the "Jonathan Edwards" of the 
M. P. C. In 1818 his mind gave way again and the last five years of his life 
were shrouded in mental darkness. He died at Brattleboro, Yt., 2/11/1853. Years 
after his death Isaac Smucker, who liad lionrd liiiu in his pioneer preaching in 
Ohio, anfl had witnessed his growth in later years, wrote these words: "The 
great promise of ^Ir. Shinn's early career as a pioneer preacher in the West was 
fully realized on reaching the full maturity of his intellect, for he became eminent 
as an author, no less than as a divine. It is my deliberate JTidgment that no man 
of a better intellect, nor of a higher order of pnl]nt talents, has ever exercised the 
functions of a minister of the gospel." Such is the life of a God-inspired, self- 
made and mother-polished man. He married twice, first in Wood County, Vir- 
ginia. Phebe Barnes; second at Pittsbtirg, Pa., Mrs. Mary Benningtoji (Wren- 
shall) Gib.son,^ daughter of John "Wrenshall. 

Children of Asa and Phebe (Barnes) Shinn. 

1724. (1) William M. Shinn, b. 6/16/1809; m. Henrietta M. Collionn. 

1725. (2) .Tames Shinn: ob. 181.3. 

1726. {?,) Eliza Shinn: m. Thomas Reader. 

1727. (4) Mary Shinn; ob. 181:3. 

Chilflren of .Asa and ^Fary Bennington Shinn. 

1728. (1) 5. Thornton Asa Shinn. 

•John Wronshall. a Methodist preacher, and the author of ''Farewell to Pittsburg 
and the Mountains." was a son of Thomas and Margaret Wrenshall. of Preston, 
EnKland. He was born Dcecmber liTtli. ITCI. and on the Cth of Oot()l)er. ITS:-., married 
Mary, dauKhlcr of Mailliew and Sarah Bennington, of Halifax, Yorkshire. They had 
eleven children; Esther, Ann and .John Matthew died in England. On July 20, 1794, 
Mr. and Mrs. Wrenshall, with the following children, embarked at T.,iverpool for Phil- 
adelphia, where they arrived October 1.^), 1704: 

1. .Margaret Sarah, who married William Hoggs, and died at Florence, Ala. 

2. Mary IJennington. who married (1) Woolman Gibson, and (2) Asa Shinn, and 

died at Cincinnati. Ohio. 

?,. Ellen Pray, who nuxrried Frederick Dent, and became the mother of Mrs. U. 
S. (Irani, and died at St. Louis, .Mo. 

4. Fanny Fieldliouse, who married William Smiili. and died at Washington, Pa. 

The following were born in Pittsburg, Pa.: 

fj. Emily, who married Samuel K. Page, and died in !.()iiisvill(\ Ky. 

0. Sarah, who married .Tohn K. Fielding, and died at SI. Charles, mO. 

7. ,Iohn Fletcher, who married Mary Ann Cowan. imkI died at Woodville. Pa. 

Mrs. .Mary Wrenshall died .Inly jst, 1S12. and .Mr. Wrenshall married Ann 
Holdshiii. who died November !Hli. isil. leaving a d;mghler. who did not long survive 
hor mother, (fleneral note below.) 

CJrnera! Note — For lhos(> who desire to know more of llev. Asa Shinn, I refer 
them to a " History of the Methodist I'rotestant Church," by Rev. D. J. Drinkhouse, 
which, I am assured 1)y Dr. F. T. Tagg, editor of the " Metliodist Protestant." is. after the 
hlography written by his son, the best work upon the life and works of Asa Shinn. 
(See also Vam Lam's "History of Perry County. Ohio," Smucker's "Historical 
Sketches of Licking County. Ohio," Minutes of the .Monon.gahela (Ohio), Baltimore and 
Pittsburg Conferences of the M. E. C. and of the M. P. C; Sprague's Annals, VH, 
Methodist. 1859; Abbott's Biblical Catalogue at end No. 428.3; files of the *' Methodist 
Protestant," 18.35-36: files of the "Mutual Richts," 1822-28.) 

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511. Elizabeth Shinn (5).— Joxathak (4), Clemext (3), James (2) 

JOHX (1). 

Elizabeth Shinn, fifth child of Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Shinn, was born 
in New Jersey in 1787; married Samuel Clark 1/18/1807 in Virginia. Her hus- 
band was a pioneer preacher of the ]\[. E. Church and traveled in Virginia and 
Ohio. *= 

Children of Samuel and Elizabeth (Shinn) Clark, Taken from History Pike 

County, Illinois. 

1. Amos Clark; ob. sine proli. 

2. Phelje Clark; m. and d. in Missouri. 

3. Obadiah Clark; ob. 1848. 

4. Levi Clark; ob. sine proli, 1831. 

5. Hester Ann Clark; ob. 1880. 

6. Asa Clark; moved to Marion County, Mo. 

7. Elizabeth Clark; ob. sine proli, 1833. 

8. Samuel Clark, b. 9/2.3/1820; m. Emma, daughter of Isaiah and Nancy (Robev) 

Shinn, 5/22/1851. 

512. Amasa Siiinx (5). — Joxathax {-i), Clement (3), James (2), Johx (1). 

Amasa Shinn, eldest child of Jonathan and Mary (Edwards) Shinn, was 
born in Harrison County, Virginia, cii'ca 1789; married Lydia, daughter of David 
and Mary Shinn, of Hampshire County, Virginia, 2/7/1820. Moved to Illinois 
and .'settled in Kindcrhook Township, Pike County, being one of the first settlers. 
(History I'ike County, Illinois.) For descendants see Lydia, daughter of David 
Shinn (5). 

G24. Daniel Shinn (6). — John (5), John (1), George (3), John (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

In the Gazetteer of Illinois and Missouri, published in 1822, Chicago is men- 
tioned as a village in Pike County containing twelve or fifteen houses and about 
si.xty or seventy inhabitants. Pike County at that time was co-extensive with 
Northern Illinois. The History of Pike County by Chapman has a sub-head 
which reads as follows: " Franldin and Shinn, the first settlers of Pike County, 
as now known." Under this caption the specific information is given, that Frank- 
lin arrived in jMarcli, 1820, and settled in what is now Atlas Township. Daniel 
Shinn arrived in April of same year and settled near where Franklin had pitched 
his tent. Daniel Shinn, son of John and Martha (Parker) Shinn, was born in 
Now .T(M-soy and was married there in 1806 to Mary Hackett, the estimable woman 
who shared with him the privations of pioneer life. Soon after their marriage the 
young couple started for Ohio in a wagon. They located near Batavia in Cler- 
mont County and remained there until six children were born. In the winter of 
1820 he and his family moved to Pike County, Illinois. He took the first wagon 
that evi'r entered that region. In May he had a log cabin ready for occupancy and 
Pike County was opened for civilization and development. Daniel Shinn was a 
Quaker of strong convictions, and meetings were held in his cabin for ten years 
after its erection. 

The wolves were a great pest and Mr. Shinn lost about two hundred pigs to 
their rapacity before he" outwitted them by building a close log stable, in which 
the pigs were kept from their earliest pighood until ready to kill. As a hunter he 
had few equals, and his business ability was equal to his other talents. He got 
out the lo^s for the first court house in 1820. Four of his children were enrolled 
at the first school ever taught in the county. In 1822 provisions became scarce 
and Franklin and Shinn started for Louisiana, Mo., to obtain a supply. When 
thev reached the Mississippi they could not attract the attention of the ferryman 
on the other side. Not to be outdone, they plunged into the stream without un- 
dressing- and headed for Missouri. About midway Shinn was attacked by cramp 

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and would have drowned but for the coolness of his companion, Franklin, who 
swam to him, beat him and rubbed him till he regained his powers, and then 
started ahead. Their clothing became a serious impediment. Seeing their danger, 
they stripped, gave their clotliing to the current, and swam for the shore. After 
a long struggle they landed about three-fourths of a mile below Louisiana, Mo., 
where clothing was furnished them by Missouri farmers. 

In 1824 Daniel Shinn was elected to build the county Jail. He was prosper- 
ous in his affairs and left his children a fine estate. His wife died in 18-±9 and he 
survived her for three vears. The name of Daniel Shinn will forever stand as a 
landmark in Pike County. His descendants, thirteen in number, down to the 
eleventh generation from the original emigrant, John (1), are as follows: 

1. Benjamin Shinn (7), b. 1S07, in New Jersey; to Ohio as a child; to Illinois at 

twenty; m. (1) Charlotte Cooper; (2) Rebecca Jackson; to Davis County, Iowa, 

in ISoM; ob. in Iowa, 1883. Children of Benjamin Shinn: 
1, James Shinn (S), m. Clark; 2, Nancy Shinn (8), m. Ailshie; 3, Sarah Shinn (8), 
m. Baldock; 4, Henrietta Shinn (8), m. L. A. Smyser; 5, Daniel Shinn (8); 
6, David Shinn (8); 7, James Shinn (8); 8, Rachel Shinn (8), m. Worley; 9, 
H. J. Shinn, County Judge of Custer County, Neb., who married and had four 
children, in 1890, viz., Charles Milton, lima Lucretia, Minnie Laurinda and 

2. John Hackett Shinn (7), b. 1809, in New Jersey; to Illinois in 1820; m. Theodora 

Hoskins. 1829, in Pike County, 111.; founded New Hartford in 1836, in conjunc- 
tion with Abner Clark and Isaac Hoskins; to Davis County, Iowa; served in the 
Mexican War as a soldier under Major Sterling Price; died in Iowa. Children 
of John Hackett Shinn, all born in Davis County, Iowa, were: 
1. Daniel Hoskins Shinn (8), b. 3/14/1830; m. Mirinda Richardson, 1851; enlisted, 
8/13/1862, Company C, 16th Iowa Infantry, U. S. A. His children were: 
1. James Aaron Shinn (9), b. 12/25/1852, in Davis County, Iowa; m., 5/1/1878, 
in Colorado, Minnie Albertson. The "Denver Democrat" of July 12, 1902, said: 
" One of the best-known men in Colorado today is Col. James Aaron Shinn. 
(See engraving facing page 208.) Though not among the early pioneers of the 
State, he has pc'rliai)s been more intimately associated with the industrial, 
social and political development of our great Commonwealth than has any 
other one person now living within its limits. He was the eldest child of an 
Iowa family, and made Colorado his home in the early seventies. He 
secured work in the mines of Boulder County, and labored industriously to 
master the mysteries that lurked beneath the hills; and the mastery came, 
for the Colonel has been generally recognized for many years as a past 
master of the intricacies that attach to the mining industry. He has been 
successful in the management of prominent mining properties in Lake, 
Pitkin and other counties. He is well known in the largo money centers 
of Washington, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee 
as one of the most reliable promoters of legitimate mining enterprises. 
The mining industry has never lost its fascination for him. His promi- 
nence in political affairs has been thrust u|)()u him rather than sought after 
l)y him. He is a consistent Democrat, and has always been known as a 
lighter in the van for the principles of his party and for the advancement 
of his political and personal friends. His advice and counsel have been 
souglit and considere<l since Terrilorial days by the leaders of his party. 
Ho has filled witli diHlinciion mort; tiian one itosilion of trust, and has 
refused others tliat would liave advertised his ability and worth. There 
Is no uncertainty about liiin; onv. always knows where to find him. His 
friends and enemies are a unit as (o his straightforward, upright methods. 
His most prominent characteristic is masterful executive ability. He is 
intensely American in all tilings. His paternal ancestor came to New 
Jersey in 1G78, and was a distinguished citizen of tliat colony; his grand- 
father earned a captaincy in the Mexican War, and the intimacy there 
formed with (Irant and Taylor did not cease witli tlic war. Colonel Shinn 
is a large man, one of tlie largest, physically, in the State, and his great 
size is bill an index lo his mentality. I'he Colont;! married a Denver girl- 
Minnie Albertson — and reared a large family of intelligent and loving chil- 

Colonel Shinn is a mining engineer, and resides at Leadville; manager 
of the Nayr Development Co., of that place; this syndicate is a most en- 


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terprising combination of capital and intelligence, and now centering its 
labors upon the Red Cross Mines, at Alma. Colonel Shinn is a graceful 
writer, and his descriptive articles are prized in Colorado and elsewhere 
where they are known. He was the father of eight children, born in Colo- 
rado. Children: 

1. Martha Francis Shinn (10), b. 3/28/1879; m., in October, 1902, Harry 

McRoy; 2, Theodora Elizabeth Shinn (10), b. 10/3/1880; m., 5/15/1901, 

Charles Brokate; 3, Jennie Mays Shinn (10); 4, Minnie Alma Shinn 

(10); 5, .James Wood Shinn (10); 6, Mary Carroll Shinn (10); 7, Paul 

Arthur Shinn (10); 8, Howard Hamilton Shinn (10). 

2. Mary Ann Shinn (9), b. Davis County, Iowa, 1854; m. John Oliver Stringer; 

moved to Versailles, Mo., and had children: 

1, James Edward Stringer, m. Frances Crocomb, 1896, and had two children, 

Florence and Thomas; 2, Ira; 3, Charles; 4, Grover; 5, Theodora; 6, 

Cora; 7, Minnie; 8, Opal. 

3. John Henry Shinn (9), b. in Davis County, Iowa, 1855; m., in Texas, Mrs. 

Cannon; o. s. p. at Leadville, Col., 1892. 

4. Sarah Jane Shinn (9), b. in Davis County, Iowa, 1857; m., in Lynn County, 

Kan., Benjamin Ellis, and had two children: 

1, Frank; 2, Walter, served two years in the Philippines. 

5. Samuel Wesley Shinn (9), b. in Davis Countv, Iowa, 1859; m. in Texas, 

1879, and had: 

1, Theodora; 2, Hattie; 3, Mamie; 4, Hazel. 
C. Tiieodora Elizabeth Shinn (9), b. in Davis County, Iowa, 1860; m., in Mo- 
berly. Mo., Lindsay Leone Norton, in 1879, and had: 

1, Glen; 2, Waverly, m. John Monroe, who was killed in Coeur d'Alene 
Mines, Idaho; 3, Ella; 4, Lindsay Leone; 5, Ethel. 

7. Daniel Boone Shinn (9), b. 1865; m., at Leadville, Colo., Lillie Holmes, and 

had Rhoda Miranda, b. 1896. 

8. Harriot Susannah Shinn (9), b. 1862; m. Albert Ganz, and had Sidney. 

2, Rachel; 3, Mary; 4, John; 5, Aaron; 6, William; 7, Isaac; 8, Benjamin; 9, 
Charles; 10. Emma; 11, Susan. 
3, Eliza; 4, Mary; 5, Hannah; 6, Phebe; 7, Nancy; 8, Lydia; 9, Henry Shinn. 

10. William Shinn (7), b. in Pike County. 111., 1/7/1827; m., 6/27/1846, Mary Jane, 

dau.s;hter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Wagner) Lytle; to California in 1850; not 
finding it as he expected, he returned to Illinois; one of the most prosperous 
farmers in Pike County; a buyer and shipper of cattle for St. Louis and Chi- 
cago markets; a successful man; lives at Pittsfleld, 111. Children: 
1, Elizabeth Shinn (8), m. William Gay; 2. Alvin Shinn (8), m. Lucy Woolfolk; 3, 
Mary Shinn (8). m. William Cunningham; 4, Daniel Shinn (8), o. s. p.; 5, 
William D. Shinn (8), m. a Walker. 

11. Daniel Shinn (7), b. Pike County, 111.; to California; d. on ocean returning; was 

buried in sea. 

12. Asa Shinn (7). 

020. JoAB Shinn (6). — John (5), John (4), George (3), John (2), John (1). 

Joab, son ot John and Mary Shinn, born in Gloucester County, ISTew Jersey, 
ITO-t; learned the tinner's trade in Philadelphia, Pa.; served as a soldier in 1812; 
to Ohio 181 U married there, 1815, Nancy English; to Indiana, thence to Kinder- 
hook Township, Pike C^ountv, Illinois, heing its first settler; Methodist; Democrat 
and farmer; ob. in Pike Count}', Illinois, 1866. 

Children of Joab and l^ancy (English) Shinn. 

1. Achey Shinn (7); m. Carroll Hawkins; d. at Withamsville, 111. 

2. Lvdia Shinn (7), b. 1818; m. a Brigham, Bloomington, 111.; living, 1902. 

3. Elizabeth Shinn (7); ob. sole; 4, John Shinn (7); ob. leaving a large family. 

5. Marv Shinn (7), b. 1827; m. A. Hooper, and had children: 

1, Hannah; 2, Peter F. ; 3, Almira; 4, J. C. Hooper, m. and had Gay and Bird; 
5, Dr. Asa;' 6, J. A.; 7, Charlotte; 8, Nancy; 9, William; 10, Minnie. 

6. Ann'shinn (7); m. A. M. Cole; 7, Susan Shinn (7), m. Mr. Salthouse. 

8. Asa Shinn (7). b. Indiana, 12/29/1829; m. Barbara Conley, 10/1/1850; farmer; 
Christian Scientist; Democrat. Children: 
1. Henry B. Shinn (8), b. 7/20/1851; farmer; Democrat; m. Emma Shrigley; lives 
in Kansas. 


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2. Kate Shinn (8), b. S/2C/1S65; Christian Scientist; m. I. Wooley, a farmer; rer 

sides at Dayton, Olcla. 

3. Frederick Shinn (8), b. 12/31/1870; clerk; Democrat; m. Lucinda Wooley. 
9. Rachel Shinn (7); m. Rockwood, and had: 

1. E. M. Rockwood, M. D. 

62S. John- Shinn (6). — John (5), John (4), George (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Jolin Shiiin, son of John and ^lary Shinn, was born in New Jersey about 
1789; married in Gloucester County about 1806, Eebecca Lippincott; drove a 
wagon in 1822 to Cincinnati, 0., where he cultivated ground now covered with 
solid business edifices; rode on horseback in 1830 to Pike County, Illinois, where 
he bought nine hundred acres of land; in 1831 moved to and settled upon this land 
near what is now Griggsville (Phillips Ferry), 111.; erected the first two-story 
house; was a ^lethodist preacher, and his house "was long the home of the church. 
Peter Cartwriglit held meetings in his house and John accompanied him on his 
itinerary. He bought trees from Ohio and grew an orchard, which was known far 

and wide; lie died in 1865 full of years and honor. Ilis children ^vere: 

1. .James Shinn, b. 7/10/1806, in Gloucester County (now Camden County, N. J.; 

m., in 1827, in Clermont County, Ohio, Mary Smith; to Pike County, 111., 1831; 
settled at Griggsville, and had: 

1. Horace B. Shinn (8), b.. 1828. in Clermont County, Ohio. 

2. .John B. Shinn (S), b. lO/28/18:!0, in Ohio; attended McKendree College, Leba- 

non. 111.; m. Charlotte E. Fielding, in Pike County, 111., 9/6/1853, and had chil- 

1. Charles B. Shinn (9). 

2. Grace L. Shinn; m. William Craw^ford (9). 

3. Edwin F. Shinn, of Griggsville (9). 

4. John F. Shinn; m. Lillie Lantzenheimer (9). 

5. Annie M. Shinn; m. Arthur Pally (9). 

6. l^Iary B. Shinn; m. Elmer Laird (9). 

3. Hannah A. Shinn (8) ; m. James Elder, State of Washington. 

4. Charles W. Shinn (8), architect, Springfield, 111.; m. Etta Hutchinson; no chil- 


5. Kate Shinn (8) ; m. Nathaniel Stephens, Santa Rosa, Cala. 
C. Victoria P. Shinn (8); m. Dr. Day, of Mayfield. Ky. 

2. Samuel Lippincott Shinn (7), b. 1811, Gloucester County, N. J.; to Ohio in 1822; 

to Pike County, 111., 1831; m., 1834, Sarah Evans; farmer and Methodist preacher; 
he had sixteen children; eight died in infancy; the others were: 

1. Clnmont Lippincott Shinn (8), 1). Pike County, 111.; m. Sarah Brown, at Hettick, 

111., and had one daughter, Olive. 

2. Joseph Shinn (8); enlisted, July 22d, 1861, in Company G, Sih Illinois Infantry, 

and served four years and ten month, until May, 1866. (Explanation: The 
regiment was the last of the volunteers to be disbanded, having been kept 
for garrison and patrol duty in Texas.) Married Hattie McMahan. of Griggs- 
ville, 111.. ;uiil liad one daughter, Gertrude, who married W. H. Cook, of 
Pforia. 111. 

3. James Shinn (S), b. at Griggsville. 111.. 8/31/1841; served three years in the 8th 

Illinois Infantry and Signal Corps. IT. S. A.; has been for many years elec- 
trical f-nginoor at the Illinois Institution for the Blind, at Jacksonville, 111.; 
m.. 1864. Kate, daughter of William Glenn, and had children: 
L Herbert Shinn (9>. b. 1867; m. Eva Hubbard, of Pittsfield. 111. 

2. Delia M. Shinn (9». b. 1869. 

3. August Shinn (!M li. ISTO; m. (). \V. Jones, of Newburg, Mo. 

4. .John Shinn (8). 

5. Martha .lanr- Shinn (S); ni. Hamilton Pastors, and had one son. Harry. 

6. Mary Shinn (8), m. W. S. McKinney, and had five children— Samuel. John. 

Thomas. SInnlv and Mattie, all of Griggsville, 111. 

7. EPon Shinn (8). Griggsville. 
9. Martha Shinn (8). 

3. John S. Shinn (7). b. in Gloucester County. N. J.. 1813; moved to Ohio. 1822; to 

Pike County. 111., 1831: m. Latirawa Paulin, and had children: 
1. Parvin Shinn (8), b. 10/10/1838, in Pike County, 111.; m., 10/10/1863, Louisa, 

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daughter of William and Hannah (Sweetney) Thackray; he died 1895, leaving 

1. Louisa R. Shinn (9). 2. Eugenia R. Shinn (9). 
3. Eva L. Shinn (9). 4. Ross Shinn (9). 
2. Eleanor Shinn (8j. 

4. Clement Lippincott Shinn (7), b. in Gloucester County, N. J., December, 1815; 

second lieutenant in 73d 111. Infantry; m., 1839, in Pike County, 111., Catherine 
Hollings, of Baltimore, Md.; moved to Moultrie County, 111., 1864. He had two 

1. Mary Ann Shinn (8) ; m. Robert M. Kenney, and had two daughters, in Los 

Angeles, Cal. 

2. William H. Shinn (8), b. in Pike County, 111., 2/11/1849; enlisted as drummer 

boy in the 68th Illinois Infantry; at McKendree College, 1867 and 1868; ad- 
mitted to the bar in Moultrie County, 1877; m., in February of that year, 
Cora R. Randolph: Prosecuting Attorney of Moultrie County; moved to Los 
Angeles, Cal., where he is now practicing as an attorney. There were two 
children. I have only ascertained the name of one — Clement Shinn (9). 

5. William M. Shinn (7), b., 12/1/1830, in Clermont County, Ohio; m., 2/5/1861, Mary 

Alice, daughter of Joseph Jenkins; member Bethel M. E. Church; ob. 1/11/1879; 
there were four children, all dying in infancy, except Eva Shinn (8), who mar- 
ried W. W. Williams; there were no children by this marriage. 

6. Ann Shinn (7) ; m. William Kinman and moved to Jacksonville, 111. Enlisted in 

the 115th Illinois Infantry, and was made lieutenant-colonel; killed at Chicka- 
mauga. Children: 
1, Milton; 2, William; 3, Newton; 4, Cyrus; 5, Edward; 6, Rose; 7, Susan; 8, 
Belle; 9, Jennie; 10, Clarissa. 

7. Isabel Shinn (7) ; d. in 1870. 

8. Emily Shinn (7) : m. E. S. Parker, of New London, Mo., and had: 

1. J. F. Parker (8) ; m. Mary Baxter, and had two children — Harry and Mary. 

2. Thomas Parker (8). 

3. Lewis Parker (8) ; m. Louise Lasbury, of Griggsville, 111. 

4. AnnabeJle Parker (8) ; m. Fred Ferrand, of Griggsville, 111., and had two chil- 

dren — Frederick and Emily. 

9. Rose Ann Shinn (7); m. Wade. 

632. Sarah Ashbridge (6). — Sarah Ware (5), Azariah Shinn (4), George 

(3), John (2), John (1). ■ 

Sarah Ware, daughter of David and Sarah (Shinu) Ware, was born in Darby, 
Pa.; married Aaron Ashbridge, and had three children: 

1. David Ashbridge (7) ; to California. 

2. Ann Ashbridge (7); m. John Firth, son of Judge Firth, of Salem, N. J.; no issue. 

3. Howell Ashbridge (7) ; m., near Moorestown, N. J., Jane Price Gillingham, and had 

two children: 

1. John Gillingham Ashbridge (8), b. 11/2/1845; m. Sarah Bamford, 6/— /1873, and 

had one child: 
1. William Howell Ashbridge (9); b. 1874. 

2. Samuel Howell Ashbridge (8); b. 12/5/1849; m. Anna Josephine Deisenbach, 

8/2/1874; elected Mayor of Philadelphia 1899. He had one child: 
1. Karlsen Ashbridge (8) ; b. 12/13/1876. 

585. Nancy Shinn (6).— John (5), George (4), George (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Xancv, second child of John and Jane (Herbert) Shinn, born 9/25/1781 
in Xew Hanover Township, Burlington County, Kew Jersey; married Anthony 

Logan, 9/18/1809, and had children: 

1 Mary S Logan (7); b. .5/2/1811; m., 12/31/1835, Daniel Clevenger, and had chil- 

dren: Charles Henry, Maberry, Daniel W., John Anthony, Thomas L., Adelia 

and Samuel J. ^ ., .. ^ t. ^ 

2 John S Logan (7); b. 8/11/1812; m., 1/10/1839, Margaret Cowperthwaite, and had 

children: Cynthia, who married Mr. Kelly; Ann, who married Mr. Budd; Mil- 
lard Ormond George, Carrie, who married Mr. Hankins, and Harry. 
3. Thomas S. Logan (7): b. 8/15/1815; m., 11/20/1844, Mary Fort, and had children: 
Eli.?;abeth and Scott. 


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Jane S. Logan (7); b. 8/15/1817: m.. 3/15/1865, Charles Ashton. 

Elizabeth Ann Logan (7); b. 4/29/1821: m., 12/17/1840, Job Gaskell, and had Cor- 
nelia H.. Antoinette Vv'., Dana Boardman. 

James Logan (7); b. 12/9/1825; m. Jernsha Clevenger, and had Edward Everett, 
James P. 

586. Joiix SiiiXN (G).— John (5), George (4), George (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

John, third child of Jolm and Jane (Herbert) Shinn, born in New Hanover 
TowiiiilHi). Burlin.irton County, New Jersey, 12/8/1785; married Elizabeth Asay 
in ^lonmonlh Coiinty, ll/l/iS09, and moved to ]\ran?field Township, Burlington 
County, Xcw Jersey.' The following is the rt'cnril ot cliildren as taken from the 

1. Jo 


lildrcii ; 




of his daiighler-in-law, Hannah (Lyons) Shinn. 
(Irorgclown. N. .1. Elizabetli died 7/2r)/18(i;!. C 

'lui hick Sliinn (7): b. S/ii/181(t; farmer; m. Hannah 
and Mary (Smith) Lyons. 1/15/1837. and had childit-n 
live in and around Hurlinpton. N. J.: 
Elizaiicth Sliinn ^S), wiio ni. .Joseph Shumard. 
CalbfTinc Sliinn (H). wlio m. Daniel Cross. 
John Shinn (8), wlio died ycMin.s;. 
Sarah Shinn (8), who married Charles Page. 
Elnora Shinn (8). who died young. 
Adam Charles Shinn (S), who m. Meribah l'ai;e. 
Col. .John !rirl< Shinn (S); b. S'3(t/184t;. near Ceorgetowii; 
n<'ar Ihiddiuwn: in 18(14 enlisted in Co. I, 37th N. J. Vol. 

died V?/20/1840, 

daughter of Daniel 
for the most part, 

worked on a farm 
Inf.; after the war 

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worked on a farm near Jacobstown; then at New Egypt; then tried the butcher 
business at Columbus; in 1878 moved to Burlington, where he has since re- 
sided; joined the National Guard of New Jersey in May, 1881; private in Co. 
A, 6th Regiment; lieutenant and captain, 1885; major, 1893; colonel 3d Regi- 
ment, 1900; member of Burlington City Council; Methodist; Republican; a 
typical American; married, 12/5/1867, Rachel A. Cranmer, b. 8/5/1843, and 
had children: 

1. Frank I. Shinn O) ; b. 3/20/1869; m., October, 1890, Bertha Sampson, and 

had three children — Reta May Shinn, Aida Shinn and John Wilfred Shinn. 
The two first died in infancy, and the mother died 7/1/1895; in 1898 Frank 
I. Shinn married the second time, Matilda Fowler, and had one child — 
Webster Shinn. The father died October 6th, 1900. 

2. Judson Shinn (9); b. 8/3/1872; m., in Feb., 1899, Emma Robins, and had one 

child— Aida Shinn. 

3. Ridgway F. Shinn (8); b. 1/24/1875. 

4. Daniel C. Shinn (9); b. 2/26/1878; enlisted in Co. K, 3d N. J. Vol. Inf., Span- 

ish-American War; d. 7/18/1898. 

5. Arthur Shinn (9); b. 2/15/1881; m. Anna Wilkinson, November, 1900. 

6. Wilmcr (9); 7, Louise (9); 8, Delora (9J. 

8. Samuel P. Shinn (8) ; ob. infans. 

9. Hannah B. Shinn (Sj; m. Samuel Hopkins. 

10. Jacob A. Shinn (8); m. (1) Rachel Hartshorn; (2) Rebecca Hartshorn. 

11. Edith K. Shinn (8); m. William Harbert. 

2. Mary Shinn (7); b. 6/26/1812; m. James Pittman. 

3. Charlotte Shinn (7); b. 10/20/1814; m. Samuel Whitehouse. 

4. Jane S. Shinn (7); b. 10/8/1816; m., 3/24/1846, Joseph Deviny, of Wrightstown, 

N. J.: Ob. 4/19/1892. Children: 

1. Charles H. Deviny (8); b. 8/23/1847; m. Mar>' G. Mount, in December, 1874, and 

had children: 

1. Jane S. Deviny (9); b. 10/28/1875. 

2. Lydia T. Deviny (9); b. 8/3/1881. 

2. Sarah Ann Deviny (8); b. 7/26/1851; m. J. Alpheus Vansant, of Camden, N. J., 

4/19/1877; member of the firm Sutton & Vansant, importers and jobbers of 
coffee, Philadelphia and New York. Children: 
1. Amy Rose (9). 2. Ada V. (9). 

3. Edith Ella Deviny (8); b. 9/23/1852; m., 2/24/1875, David L. Cliser, and had 

two children — Sadie V. and Stella Cliser. 

4. Joseph Deviny (8); b. 1/22/1858; m. Sarah Kirk, 3/18/1884, and had one child- 

Florence Deviny. 

5. Sarah Shinn (7); b. 9/1/1818; ob. unmarried. 

6. Hannah Shinn (7); b. 3/11/1821; m. Daniel Pittman. 

7. John Shinn (7): b. 4/21/1823; moved to California. 

8. Edith Shinn (7); b. 8/28/1825; m. Chalkley Keeler. 

9. Jacob Asay Shinn (7); b. 8/28/1829; d., unmarried, in the U. S. Army. 

581). Joseph Shinn (6). — John (5), George (4), George (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Joseph, sixth child of John and Jane (Herbert) Shinn, married Catherine 
Ruvtis. 7/5/1812. and moved to Haddonfield, K J. His children were: 

1. Samuel B. Shinn (7). who married and lived at or near Medford, N. J. 

2. Sarah Ann Shinn (7); b. 1/1/1813. in New Hanover Township, Burlington County, 

N. J.: m. Charles Croshaw', of Hightstown, N. J., and had children: 

1 Samuel B Croshaw (8); b. 5/14/1839; m. Sarah J. Schuyler, 3/9/1865, and had: 
1 Mary J Croshaw (9); b. 4a2/1866; m. J. Ely Robbins, 12/23/1891. 

"> Daniel S Croshaw (9); b. 8/9/1870; m. Arretta Gulick, 11/14/1894, and had 
one child— Helen— b. 10/18/1894. 

3. Ida B. Croshaw (9); b. 5/12/1875. 

2 William Croshaw (8); b. 10/17/1844; m. Elizabeth Rue, 3/20/1872, and had: 
1 George A. Croshaw (9); b. 12/13/1872; m., 1/11/1899, May Pickering. 

'> Sarah E Croshaw (9); b. 7/5/1876; m.. 11/9/1898, William Mount, and had 
two children— George, b. 8/21/1899, and Mary E., b. 4/28/1902. 

3 Samuel Elwood Croshaw (9); b. 11 '22/1878; m., 12/25/1901, Lillian Buckelew. 

4 Lvdia A Croshaw (9); b. 12/20/1881; m., 1/9/1901, Augustus Conover, and 

"had one child— Clarence Elwood Conover; b. 8/9/1902. 
5. Bertha M. (9). 6. Leslie H. (9). 7. Myron W. (9). 

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3. Henry P. Croshaw (8); b. 1/5/1848; m. Elizabeth Okersou, 9/15/1870, and had 

1. Charles E. Croshaw (9); b. 2/11/1S72; ra., 2/12/1902, Sadie Pickering. 

2. Lulu May Croshaw (9); b. 5/29/1874; m., 6/4/1895, Fred Berrien, and had 

one child — Paul Berrien; b. 7/4/1901. 

3. Eva Anna Croshaw (9j ; b. 9/15/1876; m., 11/3/1897, Hendrick Conover. 

4. Oliver (9>. 5. Raymond (9). 

3. Martha Shinn (7); m. Mr. Poinsett. 

4. John B. Shinn (1 ) ; sole. 

5. Elmira Shinn (7) ; m. a Mr. Lamb. 

6. Earl Shinn (7); b. 3/12/1815; m., 11/6/1841, Emma Eliza Arey, daughter of William 

P. and Abigail Arey. Children: 

1. Vashti Burtis Shinn (8); b. 3/21/1842; m., 3/12/1870, Mr. Sutton, Burlington, 

N. J. 

2. Joseph Arey Shinn (8); b. 5/12/1843: m., 1/24/1867, Hightstown, N. J. 

3. William Elwood Shinn (8); b. 7/19/1844. 

4. Charles Earl Shinn (8); b. 2/17/1846. 

5. Abigail Zaue Shinn (8); b. 8/14/1847; m. David Ewan, 12/24/1878, at Burling- 

ton, N. J., and had children: 

1. Blanche Cordelia Ewan (9); b. 1/11/1880; m., 2/20/1900, Atwell Wright. 

2. Herbert Shinn Ewan (9); b. 12/29/1880. 

6. Thomas Carty Shinn (8); b. 3/14/1849; m. 3/5/1879; ob. 1/14/1900. 

7. Nathan Frazier Shinn (8); b. 10/11/1850; m. 7/24/1879; has a son, Seth L. 

Shinn, in Chicago, 111. 

8. Samuel Henry Shinn (8); b. 11/9/1852; m. 4/16/1876. 

9. John Wesley Shinn (8); b. 7/21/1854; m., 3/30/1877, Philadelphia. 

10. Anna Elizabeth Shinn (8); b. 11/23/1857; m., 12/26/1881, a Mr. Robbins, Bur- 


11. Millard Fillmore Shinn (8); b. 12/7/1862; m., 2/11/1889, Ida May Hallock; a 

contractor for felt, gravel and slag roofing, Camden, N. J.; two children — 
Morris Hallock Shinn, b. 4/2/1892; Hermon Ruland Shinn, b. 11/22/1896. 

604. William Jenks Shinn (6). — Isaiah (5), Joseph (4), George (3), John 

(2), John (1). 

William Jenks Shinn, second son of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Jenks) Shinn; b. 
9/2/1790; m., February 13th, 181T, ]\Iargaret Carpenter Woodnntt, b. 8/16/1794 
d. 12/13/1869; lawyer; member New Jersey Assembly; State Senator, 1845 
Presidential elector, 1832; nominated for Sheriff, 1819; for Congress, 1836; Judge 
jiromiuent legally, socially and politically in Salem County for forty years; his 
wife, ]\Iargaret Woodnutt, is classed by Browning as an American of royal descent, 
being of the thirteenth generation from Alfred the Great. (See pedigree 
CLXXXV., Browning's " Americans of lioyal Descent.") 

CliildrcTi cif William Jonks and Margaret Carpenter (Woorlnutt) Shinn. wlio lived 

to manhood or wotiianhood. 

(Ij Eineliiie WuodmilL Sliiiui, b. November J 5, 1817; ob. August 5, 1888. 

(2) Samuel Shivers Shinn, 1). 10/ 1(;/LS24; ob. January 17, 1869, unm. 

(3) Mary Woodnutt Shinn, h. .Tune 15, 1825; d. AFarch 7, 1856; m. Thomas 

Syclcnham IJced, ^L I)., 1). .\|.iil 1. 1822; d. September 11, 1889; resided 
and practiced at IMiihulclpiiia. Jhul children: 

1. ATargaret S. Eeed ; ob. in infancy. 

2. Charles Henry Reed, b. 1/26/1852; m., 12/12/1883, Louisa Johanna 

SehcnnerMl at N'ifMina, .Austria; a gradnnto of Yale; resides and practices 
at Piiiln(i('l].liia. I'a. Children: 

1. Emlon Shinn Reed. b. Vienna, Austria, Sept. 8, 1884. 

2. Martha Clawson Rood. b. Philadolphia, Pa., Dec. 21, 1886. 

3. Marion Reed. b. Philadelphia, Pa., April 13, 1888. 

4. Anna Loe Reed, b. 4/27/1893. 

3. Emeline Shinn Reed, b. 9/10/1853; m. Bradbury Bedell, 5/22/1879. No 


4. Edward Preston Reed; ob. infans. 

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(4) Martha Woodnutt Shinn, b. 5/31/1831; m., 12/30/1850, her cousin, Dr. 
Isaiah Dunn Clawson, son of Isaac E. and Charlotte (Shinn) Clawson. 
(See Charlotte Shinn (6).) 

607. Charlotte Shinn (6).— Isaiah (5), Joseph (4), George (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Charlotte, fifth child of Isaiah and Elizabeth (Jenks) Shinn, b. 8/19/1796; 
ob. 4/5/182-1; m., 12/G/1815, Israel E. Clawson, M. D., b. 1776; ob. 4/7/1849. 
The mother of Israel R. Clawson was a Dunn, from South Carolina. Children : 

1. William Shinn Clawson (7) ; b. 1816; ob. 6/17/1861; attorney at law; at his 

death Judge of the Supreme Court of New Jersey; m. Abigail R. Keen; no 

2. Elizabeth S. Clawson (7) ; b. 1820; ob. May, 1898; m. Rev. A. J. Hires, and 

had children. The following are living: 

1. Elizabeth Hires (8); rn. ]. Harry Clawson, and had one child, I. Dunn 

Clawson (9). 

2. Harry Hires (8). 3. Ella Hires, deceased. 

4. I. Clawson Hires (8), who married and had seven children. 

3. Isaiah Dunn Clawson (7) ; b. 3/31/1822; ob. 10/8/1879; attended Delaware 

College, Newark, Del.; then Lafayette College; then Princeton, from w^hich 
institution he graduated in 1841; then the Medical College, U. of P., from 
which he also graduated; continued in the active practice of his profession 
until liis death; always interested in politics, he was sent to the State Senate 
in 1854; in 1856 he was elected Congressman from the First District of 
New Jersey; m., 12/30/1850, Martha Woodnutt Shinn, daughter of William 
Jenks Shinn, a brother of his mother. There were two children: 

1. Abigail Louise Clawson (8) ; ob. infans. 

2. William Shinn Clawson (8), b. 4/21/3866; graduated from Yale in 1889; 

in business several years at Denver, Col.; graduated afterwards from the 
law school of the TJ. of P.; began practice of law in Philadelphia in 1898 
and is still so engaged; resides at Woodstown, N. J.; m., 6/4/1890, 
^lary Carnahan McDonald, great-granddaughter of James Carnahan, 
who was president of Princeton University from 1840 to 1857. Chil- 
dren : 

1. Mildred Clawson (9), b. 6/22/1891. 

2. James McDonald Clawson (9), b. 2/14/1898. 

643. Allen Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Allen Shinn, eldest child of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, was born 
9/25/1805; married !Mary Ann, daughter of William and Hannah Jones, and 
had two children. Allen Shinn died 3/26/1847 at Moorestown, N. J., being thrown 

from a horse. 

1. Martha Shinn (7); m. Lamb, and moved to Wheeling, W. Va. 

2. Hannah Shinn (7.) ; m. Monroe Crowell, and lived near Philadelphia. 

644. ISA.VC Shinn (6).— Isaac (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Isaac Shinn, second child of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, was born 
2/18/1807 : married Amy King, at Moorestown, N. J., and had three children. 

Died at Moorestown, N. J. 

1. Georse Shinn (7); m. Elmyra Jackson. 

2. Emma Shinn (7); m. Samuel J., son of Benjamin and Ann (Ivins) Bispham, and 

had four children: 
1, Amy Gertrude (8); 2, William (8); 3, Isaac A. (8); 4, Allen (8). 

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3. Allen Busby Shinn (7k b. al Moorestown, N. J., 4/16/1847; m., at Philadelphia, Pa., 

Elizabeth Frances Felton, and had two children: 
1, Mabel Sheparde Shinn: 2, Grace Aschom Shinn. 

64:5. GiDEox II. Snixx (G). — (5), Uriah (-i), Joshua (3), John (3), 

JOHX (1). 

GideoD, thijil child of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, lived and died in 
.New Jersey, lie was an octogenarian when I corresponded with his daughter, 
Mrs. \\'iggins, of Palmyra, X. J., in 1889 and 1890. He gave me much valuable 
information concerning his ancestry, but failed to give me a record of his chil- 
dren. Correspondence since then has not brought the information. Besides 
.Mrs. Wiggins there is an unmarried daughter, Lizzie, in Camden. There may be 
other children. 

64G. Urias Shixx (0). — Isaac (o), Uriah (-1), Joshua (3), John (2), 

John- (1). 

Urias, fourth child nf Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, was born 7/8/1810 
at ^loorestown, X. J. ; married Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin and Nancy Bisp- 
ham, in Gloucester Coxmtv, N. J., 10/7/183"?. His descendants were: 

1. Sarah Shinn (7); b. 2/4/1833; m.. Thanksgiving Day, 1857, Joseph B. Stewart, 

of Philadelphia, I^a. She had one child: 
1. Elizabeth Bispham .Stewart (8); b. at Haddonfield, N. J., 11/2/1874; unmarried; 
in Philadelphia, Pa. 

2. Martha Shinn (7); b. 8/22/1834; ni. Lemuel Middleton, of Haddonfield, and had 

William L. 
;;. Rebecca B. Shinn (7); b. 8/30/1836; m. John H. Garrett, of Haddonfield; ob. 1898; 
she had one daughter: 
1. Bertha Garrett (8); b. at Haddonfield, N. J., 8/10/1875. 

4. Benjamin B. Shinn (7); b. 8/18/1838; enlisted, 1861, in Co. B, 3d Regiment, N. J. 

Vol. Inf.; transferred to Co. G; m. Rachel Garrett, and had Charles Ritner. 

5. Elizabeth Shinn (7) ; b. 4/14/1840. 

6. Isaac West Shinn (7); b. 10/7/1842; m. Anna Wilson, of Haddonfield, N. J.; served 

in the Union army; member G. A. R. Post, Camden, N. J.; had one child — Wilson. 

7. Louisa C. Shinn (7); b. 10/14/1844; m. Joseph Fortiner, and had Uriah S. 

8. Charles P. Shinn (7); b. 11/26/1846; ob., unmarried, 4/— /1S73. 

G48. William Hootex Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), 

JoiTX (2), Joiix (1). 

Willia7ii Honlon, sixth chiM of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn. born at 
Mo.irestown, X. .J., 1/30/181G : a laniici': married Sarah Wnlfc of riiiladelphia, 
I'a., 1838; ob. tliere 4/2G/18r)2 : llic widow married Samuel Slic}i[)ard, 183(); ob. 
in 18G2. There were three children Ikhh Ii\- ihe first marriage: 

(1) Sarah Sliinn (7). h. IMiiladelpl'iia, I'a.. 1811; niarri<Ml George Side- 

hotliam of lli.'i! place in 18()3 and died in 18)".'. ChildiX'U : 
(1) Julius Braselman (8); 2 George (8); 3 Sarah (8). 

(2) George Wolfe Shinn ( ■; ) . h. in Tldladelpliia 12/14/183!); educated at 

the piililic .schools t<\' tli;it eily. at ihe A'irgiiiia Theological Sciiool. 
and graduated from ilie riiiladelpliia Divinity School. 18G3; entered 
tlie Ministry of the Protestant Ki)iscopal Church, ludding rectorates 
in Phihidelj)]iia. Shaniokin and Lock Haven, Pa., aiul Troy, N. Y., 
and finally l)ecanie l{cctor of Grace Church, Newton. ^lass. ; was at 
St. I'aiirs Church. Lock Haven, from February, ]8(i7. until Novem- 
ber, 1870, when he went to Si. Luke's chiiK h. Trov. X. ^'. In I'urey's 
History of Clinton County (p. 142) there is ihis reference: "The 
Central Slate \i»rmal School was esl;dili.-hed in llie citv of I^ock Ha- 
ven through the effort of Hi'. Alhert Y. h'aiili ;ind Mcx. Geo. Wolfe 
Shinn. Mr. Sliinn wa< a l'i-e(|neiit \-isitoi- .-ind leefurer af tlie Inuli 
school at Lock Haven, presided over hy Dr. iiatiii. who su^i^'esled th.e 

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project of making Look Haven the place for the school of the Eighth 
Normal School District. Mr. Shinn received the suggestion with 
cntlnisiasra, and from that time these two educated and refined gentle- 
men worked together to accomplish this purpose." In another History 
of Clinton County, by John Blair Linn, there is this testimonial from 
the pen of Dr. Albert X. Eaub : " Of all who were a few years ago 
interested in the educational question, no one gave more time and la- 
bor towards its solution that Eev. Geo. Wolfe Shinn, Eector from 
ISGf) to 1870 of St. Taul's Episcopal Church at Lock Haven. He was 
a fre(|uent visitor of the public and private schools, encouraging and 
assisting teachers, lecturing to classes on various subjects, and in 
some instances voluntarily taking charge of certain branches. Being 
a gentleman of very fine scholarship his work in the school was valu- 


able to the pupils. His experience served to deepen the need of better 

schools.*' ^ , . T 1 1 , 1 

From November, 1870, to September, 1873, Mr. Shmn held the 
rcctorate of St. Luke's Episcopal Church at Troy, X. Y. Owing to 
the meao-er provision in the neighborhood of this parish for the edu- 
cation ol* children he established a Parish Day School, which soon 
numbered 12-1: pupils. Its success led to his being made the head mas- 
ter of St. Paul's School, an endowed institution connected with old 
St Paul's Parish in that citv, but which had become almost depleted 
of its scholars, speedilv revived and numbered 104 pupils when he 
left it He relinquished this Avork because of his desire to resume the 
charo-e of a parish, and became Eector of Grace Church, Xewtou. On 
Sundav, Jan. 3, 1875, he began the work at Grace Church. Xewton, 
Ma^'' ' where he has since remained. He was formally instituted into 

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the office of Kector by Bishop Paddock. The preacher of the sermon 
that day was Kev. Dr. Huntington, then the Rector of All Saints 
Church. By a strange anomaly in affairs the same Dr. Huntington 
was called to deliver the sermon on the 2r)th anniversary of Dr. Shinn's 
ijistitution as liector at that place. Well may Dr. Shinn say to his 
people, " I have heard of no other instance where the preacher of an 
institution sermon came a quarter of a century after to take part in 
the same way in the Anniversary Celebration." The writer of this 
genealogy celebrated his 25th anniversary of marriage by a silver 
wedding at Springdale, Ark., Jan. 7, 1900. The two anniversaries 
came in the same month and to the silver wedding Dr. Shinn sent 
his address, " Twenty-Five Years," a golden testimonial more lasting 
and far more dazzling than the silver gifts that adorned that occasion. 
A quarter of a century (now twenty-seven years, 1902) is a long life 
for a preacher at a single place, and argues adaptability, resourceful- 
ness, spirituality and a touch of genius. It argues also ability, tact, 
strength and patience, the handmaids of all successful work. To write 
his biography would be to write the history of Grace Church, and in 
another sense the history of iSfewton, Mass., for twenty-seven years. 
He found a church building encumbered with a heavy debt, upon 
whieli a high rate of interest was charged, and a congregation of mod- 
erate size. In course of time the debt was paid, the church was con- 
secrated, and its interior was richly decorated and improved. By de- 
grees additions were made to the main building, a splendid Parish 
House, and an excellent chapel erected, unincumbered and free from 
debt; in 1893 a building for the Vested Choir, a memorial to Dr. 
Brooks, who made his last public address to the Choir Guild of New- 
ton Parish; in 1895 the Rector's Study, another memorial to Mr. 
Charles A. Townsend; the building of three new parishes, the Mes- 
siah at Auburndale, St. Paul's at Newton Highlands, and the Church 
of the Redeemer at Chestnut Hill ; five times depleted to form eight 
self-supporting parishes, and yet by a marvelous recuperative power 
regaining its old strength; the Newton Hospital established in 1885 
a pioneer and model for small hospitals; the editorial work of a se- 
ries of publications that reached the hands of one hundred thousand 
young people every Sunday morning; published a number of books 
for adults ami a large number of pauiplilets, besides writing numerous 
articles for magazines and newspapers; for twelve years a moving 
spirit in the public education of Newton as member of the school 
board, constantly teaching "We are to regard the public schools as 
one agency for haslening the kingdom of God"; the formation of the 
Ministers' Union for the prdnidi ion of Christian Unity; one of the 
foundci's and its first and only secretary for twenty-five years, of the 
Tuesday Club, a literary organization of leading professional and 
business men of iSlewton ; vice-president and chaplain of the Actors' 
Church .Mliance, and in 1901 becoming president of the Boston Chap- 
ter of tliat society; president of the Society for the Entertainment of 
the Shut Ins, or those who by age, infirmity or other causes are shut 
in their own rooms or are inmates of hospitals or institutions; in addi- 
tion to these he has been identified witli lite general work of the 
Episcopal CMiurch in the Diocese and beyond. For several years he 
edited the Diocesan missionary paper and served as vice dean of the 
Eastern Convocations. He is now, 1902, secretary of the Missionary 
Committee and one of the delegates to the General ]\rissionarv Coun- 

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cil, and president of the Corporation, " The Boston School of Expres- 

sion " 

Through all this labyrinth of growth the figure of George Wolfe 
Shinn may be seen by all. His industry never flagged; his Christian 
spirit never faltered; his enthusiasm never chilled. Helpful to the 
young, helpful to the aged; seeking those who stumbled, cheering 
those who held their way; alert, tactful, able; kind, generous, loving; 
a choice spirit for any sphere of life; doubly choice in the work of 
regenerating mankind. May every one of the name catch the sparks 
of his Heavenly fire, and "take heart again."^ 

George Wolfe Shinn married at Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 3, 1863, 
Elizabeth Mills, daughter of John and Rachel (Dougherty) Mills; of 
her it may be said: Her husband holds her in highest esteem and 
feels for her even deeper affection now after nearly forty years than 
when it was his fortune to marry her. She has been comrade and 
friend, helper and consoler, everything a man could ask a wife to be. 
Interested in his work, giving of her time and strength to help him 
do it. Making his home happy by her genial presence. Keeping up 
his faith by her unflinching trust in her Lord. Giving out endless 
love to her family, utterly unselfish, binding husband and children to 
her so closely that they know that even death cannot sever the blessed 
bonds. Every husband should be thankful to the good Lord for the 
gift of a good wife, and live to be a nobler, truer man. Mr. Shinn's 
children were: 

(1) George Mills Shinn (8); b. July 6, 1864; educated at St. Paul's 

School, Concord, N. H., and at the Institute of Technology, Boston, 
Mass. He became an architect, and was employed in the office of 
W. P. Wentworth, Boston. While there he did considerable of the 
work of sketching and designing. He was spoken of as the artist 
of the establishment, capable of adorning whatever he touched. 
In addition to his work as an architect, he was a musician; sang 
in the choir of Newton parish and in the Singers' Club of Boston. 
Some of his musical compositions have been published. Ob. 8/7/1891. 

(2) Lizzie Shinn (8); b. Jan. 11, 1866; after going through the Newton 

Schools, became a student in the Boston University; she was a 

^The following are his publications, in part: 

For twenty years editing the " Teachers' Assistant " and the " Whit- 
taker Series of Instruction Papers;" editing a prayerbook and hymnal 
for Sunday school use. 

In book form: 

•' A Manual of Instruction Upon the Collects, Epistles and Gospels 
for the Christian Year" (1874), "Manual of the Prayerbook" (1875); 
"Manual of Church History" (1876), "Stories of Christmas" (1879), 
"Questions About Our Church" (1880), "Questions That Trouble Begin- 
ners in Religion" (1882), "An illustrated Guide for Chapel Builders," 
" Grace Church and Its Architecture," " Modern Substitutes for Chris- 
tianity — Christian Science, Theosophy, Socialism and Spiritualism." 

Magazine articles: 

" Friendly Talks About Marriage," " The Actors' Church Alliance " 
("Arena"); "What Has Become of Hell?" ("North American"). Pam- 
phlets: "The Theatre as a Place of Amusement," delivered in St. Paul's 
Pro-Cathedral, Cincinnati, Ohio, 10/21/1900, and repeated in St. Paul's 
Church. Louisville, Ky., 10/28/1900; "The Teaching Function of the 
Stage, from a Clergyman's Standpoint" ("The Coming Age"), "Dra- 
matic Ideals: The Stage as a Teacher." This last delivered in St. Ste- 
phen's Church, Boston, 5/6/1900, and repeated in St. Chrysostom's Chapel, 
New York, 6/17/1900. 

Among published sermons: 

" The Indebtedness of Massachusetts to Its Five Bishops," delivered 
before the annual convention of the diocese; "Teaching by Parables: 
A Plea for the Drama." 

222 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

linguist of fine order, and taught the classics for several years at 
Lasell Seminary. Her first position as teacher was in the Allen 
School, at West Newton, where her work was to prepare boys for 
college. She received her degree, A. B., from Boston University, 
and was preparing to receive the IM. A. degree, when called away 
by death. Ob. 10/1:1/1892. 

(3) Isabel Shinn (8); b. Dec. 23, 1867; educated in the Newton Schools; 

graduate of the Boston University; taught for two years in the 
Staunton (Va.) Episcopal Institute for Girls: then for two years 
in Lasell Seminary, Aul)urndale. Mass., her specialty being elocu- 
tion; she is also a good musician, both vocal and instrumental; m., 
9/21/1897, at Williamsport, Pa., Lewis Hough, and became the 
mother of: 

(1) .Marshall Lewis Hough (9); b. 6/21/1899. 

(2) Lawrence Wolfe Hough (9); b. 1/3/1901. 

(4) Josephine Shinn (8); b. March 3, 1870; graduated from the Newton 

High School; m., 12/11/1895, George Canning Stephens, of Summit, 
N. J. Children: 
(1) Barbara King (9); (2) Serena Stevens (9); (3) Lorna Le Baron 
Stevens (9). 

(5) Elsie Shinn (8); b. March 16, 1872; ob. Nov. 11. 1876. 

(6) Francis Adin Shinn (8); b. Feb. 12, 1877; the youngest of the family 

of six children: was educated partly at St. Paul's, Concord, N. H., 
and partly at Mr. Cutler's private school, in Newton. He received 
his A. B. from the Boston University; then took a post-graduate 
course there, and was made M. A.; after that he went to Harvard, 
and earned the same degree from that university; some of his 
vacations were spent in the study of pedagogics, in preparation 
for his work as a teacher. His first position was that of a master 
at St. Paul's. Concord, N. H. ; then master at the Morristown 
School, Morristown, N. J. His special work is history, economics 
and philosophy, in which branches he is an enthasiastic student 
and teacher. 

650. Miles J. Shinn (G). — Isaac (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

]\riles J., eiglith cliild of Isaac and iMartha (Jones) Sliimi. was born at 
^l()ort'.«lowii, X. J.. lO/3/18'^O; at eighteen removed to Richmond, Ind., with 
Keuhoii II. Iviiis; aj^prenticed there for four years, horning the trade of u shoe- 
jnakei-; in 1842 began business for himself; married, 9/18/1849, Ann C daughter 

of Thomas Newman of iJidi nd. hid.; settled nn the jSTewman fai'ni in 1850; in 

18.54, with two oilier men, started a paper mill; an active supporter of the cause 
of temperance, liaving been allied with several o.-ganizations, some of which were 
organized by liim ; member of tlie Indiana Stale 4\Mnperance Alliance, lie never 
spent a cent for intoxicating li(in(ii- In he drnnk as a beverage, nor ['i)\- tliat other 
scourge of the human race, tobacco ; joined the \\'hit(^water 1. (). (). F. in 1847, 
and ever afterwai'ds took a pi-ominent part in the organization and support of as- 
sociations of that order: originated iind assistctl in (uganizing in ISl".' a lit(>rary 
society, calbd the Washington Inslitnte ot IJichmond : in 18r)t) took an adive 
part in organizing a sinular society of the name in KatlilV School district, where 
he resided; the society still continues and has a i-especlahh' lihi-ai'v; aided in form- 
ing the (himl)erlan(l Pres])yterian Clnirch at li'ichnioinh linh; in IS^C, with his 
family, visited the scenes of his chihlhoud in Xi^w Jei'sev: in IS^s hoimiu h'inds 
near Wichita. Kan., and removed |o ihem in Islli; his wife died Ihei'c, 10 "J".'/ 
1881; rcnioveii to Snnuu'r Connlv. I\aii^;i>, lss.^; |)emoer;ii until the hi'cakim'- 
out of the Civil War; sujjported jjucohi tlie second lei'm. and was .-i I\(^puhlican 
until his death, 0/27/1896; liis chihii-eii. all horn and reare(| at IJichmond, Ind., 
were as follows : 
1. Newman Howard Shinn (7): b. 9/11/1850; joined tlic Friends at Richmond, Ind.; 

teacher and farmer; ni,. 11/6/1878, Alice A., daughter of .Jonathan Scearce, and 


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1. Anna Clara Shinn (S); b. 2/29/1880. 

2. Tharldeus Henry Shinn (8); b. 10/2/1882; educated Friends' University, Wichita, 


3. Miles Jonathan Shinn (8); b. 7/23/1885; educated at Friends' University, Wichita, 


4. Edith Francis Shinn (8); b. 9/17/1887 

2. Miles Webster Shinn (7); b. 10/22/1853; ob. 1/6/1870 

3. James Eddy Shinn (7); b. 7/27/1855; m., at Wichita, Kan., 3/22/1881, Annie Mary, 

daughter of Lieut. J. Henry Brown, of Pennsylvania, and had- 

1. Theodore Brown Shinn (8). 

2. Bessie Viola Shinn (8); b. 6/10/1883; entered Agricultural College of Kansas in 

'.',. James Ernest (8). 4. Susie May (8). 

4. Indiana C. Shinn: b. 6/19/1859; ob. 7/12/1880. 

651. JosEi'ii IIuoTKX SiiiNN (G).— IsAAc (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), 

John (2), John (1). 

Joseph Hooten, ninth child of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, was born 
6/30/1823 in Delaware; married Louisa Wilhelmina Krenger at Camden, N. J., 
4/2/1856; she was born in Germany 2/28/1838, and died at Camden 4/25/1895; 
lie was a cabinetmaker by trade; afterwards engaged in the heater and range 
business; died 9,2/1885, leaving children: 

1. Joseph Howard Shinn (7); b.'l860; carpenter; employe in Postoffice Department; 

d. 3/6/1901. 

2. Paul Theodore Shinn (7); b., Camden, N. J., 2/24/1875; attorney and counsellor 

at law. Camden, N. J.; m., 6/24/1896, M. Florence Fuhrman, at Trenton, N. J., 
and had: 
1. Nelson A. Shinn (8); b. 8/24/1897. 

654. James S. Shinn (6).— Isaac (5), Uriah (4), Joshua (3), John (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

James S., youngest child of Isaac and Martha (Jones) Shinn, was born 10/21/ 
1829 at i\[oorestown, ^^. J.: married, 10/21/1852, ^Eary S., daughter of Godfrey 
and Ann Hancock, both residing at Chairville, Camden County, X. J., at the 
time; removed to Atlantic City, jST. J., where his familv attained a distinguished 
position. James S. died 4/17/1888; his wife died 7/29/1900. The children were: 

1. Joseph Henry Shinn (7); b. 7/25/1854; m. Elvira, daughter of Daniel G. and Mary 

Bartlett; prominent in the affairs of Atlantic County, N. J., and represented the 
county in the Assembly of 1882; he died 2/25/1888, leaving the following chil- 
dren : 

1. Lena S. Shinn (8). 2. Stewart H. Shinn (S). 

3. Berenice B. Shinn (8). 4. J. Newman Shinn (8). 

2. Stewart H. Shinn (7); b. 1/15/1855; m., 10/5/1887, Emily G., daughter of Joseph 

and Hannah Scull; Joseph Scull, the bride's father, was the son of Joseph 
Scull, b. 17:H), who was a soldier of the War of 1812; he, in turn, was a son of 
Abel Scull, b. 1760, son of Joseph Scull, a Revolutionary soldier. Stewart Shinn, 
at 18, served an apprenticeship for three years at house carpentering; worked at 
the trade three years, when he entered the real estate and insurance office of 
Hon. John J. Gardner as clerk; taken into partnership under firm name of Gardner 
& Shinn, Atlantic City; in 1893 disposed of this and engaged in the amusement 
business; disposed of his interest in 1898 and retired from active business; spends 
his time in sailing, fishing and hunting, being an expert helmsman and marks- 
man; Republican: represented Atlantic City in the Board of Chosen Freeholders 
for nine years, serving one year as President of the board; Methodist; two chil- 
dren — Helen and Marion. 
S.James W. Shinn (7); b. 12/31/1857; m., 9/15/1880, Leulla, daughter of Joseph 
and Maria Ingersoll. and had children — Wilbur F., Nellie G.. Joseph H., Ralph 
I., Berenice B.. Harrie W., Roy E., Clifton E. and Lewis S. 

4. Clifton C. Shinn (7); b. 12/27/1866; attorney at law. Atlantic City, N. J.; dealer in 

real estate: at present manager of the Hotel "Raleigh" at that city. 

5. Mary E. Shinn: b. 3/26/1870. 

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876. John White Shinn (6).— John (5), John (4)/Jacob (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

John While, eldest cliild of John and Mary (White) Shinii, was born in 
New Jersey 180G ; ob. Canton, 111.. 3/4/18(58; married at Mt. Holly, N. J., 3/19/ 
1836, Elizabeth Reeves Cox (born Philadelphia, Pa., 7/26/1813; ob. at Canton, 
111., 32/10/1891); moved to Canton, 111., the same year; druggist; member of 
the school board; School Commissioner Fulton County, 1851-3. Prominent in 
political a7id commercial atTairs. Nominated by the Democrats in 1838 and in 
1811 for County Commissioner. He left several children, vvho reside at Canton. 
One of them is a preacher in the United Brethren Church. Children: 

1. John White. Jr. (7); b. 12/]0/1835; ob. 8/15/1836. 

2. Mary White (7); b. 2/6/1837; m., 3/4/1855, John Rice Beadles, at Canton, 111. 

3. Sarah Elizabeth (7). 4. Eliza Bean (7). 

5. George Washington Cox (7); b. 5/29/1841; ob. 4/4/1882; mortally wounded at Fort 

Donaldson, and died at St. Louis, on his way home. 

6. Catherine Lucy Haddock (7); b. 12/12/1842; ob. 2/4/1898; m., 4/13/1863, Henry 

Montgomery Kline, at Canton, 111. 

7. Rev. William Budd (7); b. 9/26/1844; m., 1/12/1871, Elizabeth Greenslit, at Canton, 


8. Menan Kennard Cox (7); b. 7/11/1846; ob. 4/26/1847. 

9. Caroline Jennette (7); b. 1/13/1848; m. (1) Joseph Moore; (2) A. Jackson Herron. 
10. James Stanley (7). 11. Martha Jane (7). 12. John White (7). 

13. Charles Carroll; b. 5/5/1855; m., 6/26/1879, Leah M. Sebree, at Canton, 111. 

14. Alice May (7;; b. 5/5/1857; ob., 6/24/1858. 

878. Elizabeth Stanley Shinn (6). — John (5), John (4), Jacob (3), 

John (2), John (1). 

Elizabeth Stanley, third child of John and Mary (White) Shinn, born 4/22/ 
1811 at Philadelphia, Pa.; ob. at Boston, Mass., 6/29/1882; married at Philadel- 
phia, Pa., 3/11/1830, John Haseltine (b. 2/28/1793 at Haverhill, Mass.; ob. at 
Philadelphia, Pa., 12/11/1871), a son of James and Abigail (Mooers) Haseltine, 
and a descendant of Robert Haseltine, who landed in Massachusetts in 1637 
(John (6), James (5), John (4), Lieut. Richard (3), Abraham (2), Robert 
(1).) John Haseltine was a merchant in Philadelijhia, of the firm of Haseltine, 
Haddock & Co. From one, who at the age of 14, entered the counting house of 
this firm as assistant bookkeeper, banker, collector, and everytliing else that a boy 
could do, I have these words: " In those days there were no commercial travelers. 
The mercliants from the West, the South and the Southwest came to Philadel- 
pliia for tlu'ir purchases. Daily association with these men for four years gave 
me a good practical business education." The same man, in the year 1903, look- 
ing backward to 1836-40, sums up the character of Mr. Haseltine in these words: 
"Jolin Haseltine was an eminently upright, successftil and benevolent man." 
Xo better praise could be given any man than this. He was an original member 
of the Union League of Philadelphia, and filled many ])laccs of trust and responsi- 
bility. Mrs. Haseltine inherited a large sluiie of the beauty of the family, as is 
shown in the engraving, the original of which was ])ninted by Sully. Mrs. Reeves 
has tliis to say of her kinswojnan, IMrs. Haseltine, of the portrait, and of the re- 
production: "The great beauty of the ]iortrait cannot be shown on a print. I 
always thought it one of the most bcantiriil |inrt rails T ever saw, and I have seen 
many of beautiful women, both in this country and in Europe. None, how- 
ever, that I thougbt lovelier than this one of my cousin. It is a very correct 
likeness of her in her young wonuinhood, all have said, and not at all flattered. 
She retained much of her beauty until the close of In r life." (See portrait facing 
page 272.) The cliildi-en of this iniirriaire. all born in I'hiladcliibia, Pa., wm'c : 

1. Caroline Augusta Haseltine; b. 12/17/1830; ob. 1899; m., 2/7/1855, at Philadelphia, 

Emilo Marqueze, a native of France, and had three children. 

2. Mary White Haseltine; b. 7/17/18^,2: ob. youn^. 

Sixth axd Latek G-exerations. 225 

3. James Henry Haseltine; b. 11/2/1833; by profession a sculptor, and has resided 

abroad for forty years or more; returned to the United States during the war 
between the States; enlisted in the Union army and attained the rank of 
major; m., at Paris. France, 7/5/1881, Marie N. F. Trombetti, and now resides 
at Florence, Italy, childless. 

4. William Stanley Haseltine; b. 6/11/1835; by profession an artist, and has lived 

abroad nearly forty years, dying at Rome in 1900; m. (1) Helen, daughter of 
Josiah Lane, by whom there was one son, who died before manhood; (2) Helen 
"Wykoff, daughter of Capt. C. H. Marshall, by whom there were several children, 
three now living. 

5. Elizabeth Stanley Haseltine; b. 4/22/1837; m., 5/30/1860, at Philadelphia, Pa., 

William Poultney Smith, a prominent merchant at Philadelphia. There were 
seven children. 

6. Capt. John White Haseltine; b. 9/6/1838; enlisted in the 2d Pa. Cavalry, and rose 

to the rank of captain; m., 6/9/1869, Rose Idler, at Philadelphia; had one child. 

7. Charles Field Haseltine; b. 7/29/1840; this gentleman has for many years been 

a dealer in artistic paintings; his establishment on Chestnut street, Philadel- 
phia, known as the " Haseltine Art Galleries, ' is a landmark of modern Philadel- 
phia; his leisure hours are devoted to the genealogy of the Haseltine family, 
of whom he has collected a voluminous mass of matter, numbering more than 
70,000 names. Ten years ago he addressed me at Little Rock, Ark.; since then 
I have had many letters from him, each of which was clear, analytic and 
exhaustive; the mantle of "Historian of the Family" could not have fallen on 
more worthy shoulders. He" married, 9/6/1863 at Pittsburg, Pa., Elizabeth 
Holmes Patterson (ob. 3/29/1891) and had children: 
1. Esther Holmes Haseltine; m. her cousin, Charles Stewart Carstairs. 

8. Lucy Haseltine; b. 9/28/1841; ob. 1841. 

9. Albert Chevalier Stanley Haseltine; b. 1/14/1843; lived at Paris, France, since 

1870, where he died in 1898, unmarried. 

10. A daughter, who died at birth. 

11. Marianne Lucy Haseltine; b. 6/9/1846; m. James S. Dumaresq, and d. 7/16/1881; 

she was the mother of two children, both deceased. 

879. Catherine Lucy Stevenson Shinn (6). — John (5), John (4), Jacob 

(3), John (2), John (1). 

Catlierine Lucy Stevenson, fourth child of John and Mary (AYliite) Shinn, 
was born, 1/3/1819, in Illinois, on what was called the " Marine Settlement," and 
took her middle name from the then Governor of the State, ^vith whom her father 
was an intimate acquaintance. This was before Chicago was platted, or Cook 
County organized, and twenty-nine years before a single railway existed in the 
commonwealth. She was taken to Philadelphia in 1821, where she passed the re- 
mainder of a long and useful life; her portrait, painted by Eembrandt Peale, is 
reproduced upon these pages, revealing glimpses of that beauty which distinguished 
her earlv life: she married, 2/27/1838, Daniel, son of Daniel and Abigail (Hasel- 
tine) Haddock, born Haverhill, Mass., 11/12/1816; at sixteen he removed to 
Philadelphia and entered the house of Moody & Co., wholesale dealers m boots, 
shoes and straw goods ; afterwards became a partner of his uncle, John Haseltine, 
under the firm name Haseltine, Haddock & Co., succeeding Moody & Co. From 
this firm Mr. Haseltine retired, and the firm was known for many years as Had- 
dock, Eeed &' Co., which was dissolved about 1871; he ^as an active business man 
during a whole lifetime, sagacious and wise, far reaching and conservative. Be- 
sides keeping his private affairs in splendid poise, he was a director for nearly 
fiftv years of the Commercial ^^ational Bank of Philadelphia, and its vice-presi- 
dent "for nearly eleven years. The directors of the l)ank spread upon its minutes 
thc«e words- '"No one, from the incorporation of the bank in 1810 up to the 
pre^^ent time (1/24/1890), served as long as Mr. Haddock, and no one more 
faithfully and effectively." For thirty-three successive years he was elected one 
of the board of manaoers of the Butler Hotel Company (afterwards called the 
Continental Hotel Company). After this long service he was elected pre^iclent of 
the company in 1880, and held that position until his decease m 1890. For 


History of the Shixn Family ix Europe and America 

twenty-four years a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Fire 
Insurance Company : f(tr twenty-one years a niemlier of the board of directors 
of the I'hiladelphia I'rust, Safe Deposit and Insurance Company. His power to 
grasp and master complex rehitions grew as he advanced in j^ears, and was at its 
best wlien death called him away. He amassed great wealth and was numbered 
among the city's millionaires. Earnestness was the keynote to his most successful 
career. Earnestness without bustle ; earnestness without demonstration ; earnest- 
ness without the driving intensity that marks a business career; he was a moral 


force, an honest, conscientious character; he stood for Inith and righteousness, 
and in that position "men knew llmt he would ])o steadfast as the Xew Enghmd 
hills amid which his chiblhood iind ( liiir.icirr were cindled."" lie was charitable, 
not simply (if hand. Inil n|" licnri ; he \n\ri\ children ami iiiii>ic. mid ii lias been 
written of him: " He was all that could be desinMl :is n son, brother, husband, 
father, friend and citizen." And of his wife. Cjitheriiie Lucy Stevenson (Shinn) 

Haddock it has been written 

She did mil wearv 

HI we 


She died 

Sixth axd Later Gexeratioxs. 227 

August 29th 1898,, and they wrote: "She was a Christiaa woman, remarkable 
lor her excellent character, her very superior executive abilitv, and her devotion 
to the cause of Christ and humanity." This book would have small place in the 
world if it gave naught but the skeleton facts of births, deaths and marriaoes- 
a8 a family record it ought to record something for the souls of those who°are 
hereafter to be born in the family. The life of this woman is an exemplar for 
other matrons. She was a praying Presbyterian; appreciating the privileoe of 
prayer and devoutly believing in its efficacy. But she was also a liberal Presby- 
terian, a giving Presbyterian, a Christian who contributed beyond her means to 
religious and benevolent objects. She attached herself to the Church soon after 
her marriage and never wavered in her support; she was active in all the work of 
the C}iurch, especially that of the Sunday School, of which she was assistant 
superintendent for many years; during the Civil War she was especially instru- 
mental in promoting a fair for the establishment of a Soldiers' Home in Phila- 
delphia, which netted the sum of $80,000. And after the establishment of the 
home she gave it her personal and never tiring attention. \Yhen the Young xMen's 
Christian Association was striving to erect a fine building, at the particular invi- 
tation of ]\rr. Jolm Wanamaker she helped to a successful issue a fair for its ben- 
efit. Tlie Orijhanage for the Church is the pride of Presbyterians to-day; this 
was a work to which she gave her executive ability, her time and her money. She 
was made president of its board of managers, president of the Woman's"^ Union 
Missionary Society of America for Heathen Lands, vice-president of the Presby- 
terian Homefor Widows and Single Women, vice-president of the Woman's Bible 
Readers' Society of Philadelphia, and a manager of the Female Domestic Mission- 
ary Society for the support of the Gospel in the Almshouse. During her life she 
was ever alert in Christian work, and when death called her she gave each of the 
institutions named a legacy in money. And not only this, but in her will she 
made a special gift of $125,000 and her elegant home in Philadelphia for the 
founding of an Infants' Home to be called, in memory of her husband and chil- 
dren, " The Haddock ^Femorial." She was endowed by a wise Providence witli 
talents of a superior order, and with a heroism worthy of the supremest com- 
mendation she used those talents for the good of mankind and the glory of God. 
(See engraving facing page 256.) The children of this marriage, all born in Phil- 
adelphia, were: 

1. Mary White Haddock; b. 2/5/1840; m., 3/22/1880, James Carstairs, Jr., b. in Phil- 
adelphia. 3/13/1834; ob. 5/29/1893; grandson of Thomas Carstairs, of Scotland, 
who settled at Philadelphia prior to the Revolutionary War. James Carstairs, 
Jr., was a merchant of Philadelphia, beloved and respected for his sterling hon- 
esty and vigorous character. By the terms of Mrs. Catherine Lucy Stevenson 
Haddock's will, her residence, at 806 Pine street, was made a home for Infants, 
orphans or half orphans under three years of age. Two of her daughters — 
Mrs. Mary White Carstairs and Mrs. Helen Louisa Farr — with ten other ladies, 
were designated as a board of managers; this board, at its first meeting, in 1900, 
elected Mrs. Carstairs president and Mrs. Farr first vice-president and treas- 
urer, which positions they have since held; these daughters put the home resi- 
dence in excellent condition, and turned it over to the managers named in 
the will; the house was formally dedicated to the uses outlined by Mrs. Had- 
dock on November 27th, 1901; the managers have made the house a veritable 
home for the infants who have been admitted; the mantle of the mother seems 
to adjust itself admirably to her daughters, who spare no effort in making the 
" Haddock IMemorial " worthy of place among the world's beneficences. The 
children of Mary W. and James A. Carstairs were: 

1. Lucy Haddock Carstairs; b. 1/16/1S61; she was named by her grandmother as 

oiie of the board of managers, and is and has been from the beginning the 
efficient corresponding secretary of the " Haddock Memorial." 

2. Daniel Haddock Carstairs; b. 2/7/1862; appointed one of the executors and 

trustees of Mrs. Haddock's will and estate; m., 11/27/1883, Louise Sowers 
Orne, and had children: 
1. Elizabeth Bolden Haddock. 2. Mary Haddock. 


228 History of the Shixx Family ix Europe and America 

3. John Haseltine Carstairs; b. 8/7/1863; m., 4/29^1884, Belle Wolfe Wilson; ex- 

ecutor and trustee by terms of his grandmother's will. There was one child: 
1. Ix)rraine Carstairs. 

4. Charles Stewart Carstairs: b. 8/2/18Go; m., 1/14/1885, Esther Holmes Hasel- 

tine, his cousin. Had children: 
1. Charles Haseltine. 2. C. Carrol. 
3. James Stewart. 4. Lillie Haseltine. 

5. H<-len Burton Carstairs: b. 8/29/18G7; m., (1) 6/1/1887, Charles S. Phillips; (2), 

11/9, 1898. Cornelius Vanburen Burrell. 

6. Emily Frances Carstairs; b. 12/11/1869: m., 4/22/1895, Walton Ferguson, Jr., 

and had one child — Emily Frances Ferguson. 

7. Mary White Carstairs; b. 8/19/1871; m., 2/18/1895, Stephen de Kosenko; this 

daughter was also named by her grandmother as one of the managers of the 
"Haddock Memorial." Children: Maria Carstairs, Emily Frances and Lu- 

8. Lena Farr Carstairs; b. 3/24/1878; m., 11/9/1898, Francis Allison Janney, and 

had children: Emily Hall, Mary White and Helen ^Morris. 

9. James Carstairs; b. 1/2/1880. 

2. John Haseltine Haddock; b. 5/9/1841; killed at the battle of Chancellorsville, 


3. and 4. Elizabeth and Alfred Hazen; ob. infans. 

5. Helen Louisa Haddock; b. 6/26/1846; m., 4/30/1867, Rev. William Wilberforce 

Farr. I). D., b. 4/4/1840; this family has always held high place in Philadel- 
phia; the husband was a distinguished churchman of the Episcopal Chtirch, and 
rector of the Church of the Saviour, Philadelphia, Pa.; his character was tm- 
blemished. The wife was constituted, by the will of her mother, manager of 
the Haddock Memorial; elected l)y the board of managers at its first meeting 
vice-president and treasurer, which positions she now holds. She and her 
elder sister, Mrs. Mary White Haddock Carstairs, have united their energies 
and love upon the institution created by their mother, and have carried it for- 
ward to success. The children of Dr. William Wilberforce and Helen Louisa 
Haddock Farr were: 

1. Catherine Lucie Farr; b. 4/26/1868; m. Mr. Uobinsou, and had children: Will- 

iam Farr, Helena Sarah, Catherine Lucie, Caroline Farr and Alexander Pat- 

2. tJrace Farr: b. 11/8/1869; m. Mr. Martin, and had children: William Paul and 

Helena Louise. 

6. Emily Frances Haddock; b. 5/29/1848; ob. 7/12/1877. 

7. Stanley Brickett Haddock; b. 9/6/1852; m., 10/24/1878, Amelia Watkin ; he was 

named as one of the executors and trustees of his mother's will and estate. 
Children: Stanley Brickett and Helen. 

88(;. .Iames Gallaiiki; Shinn (6). — John (5), John (4), Jacob (3), 

-loiix (2). .loiix (1). 

Jaiiics (J;ill;ilier. yoimn-csl child of .lohn ;iii(l MniT (While) Sliiini. l)()ni 
O.xford Towiisliij), I'hiladelpliiii Coiinly, l*eiuis_\ Ivaiiia, 1^ i:)/ l^'Jv!. liis i'alher 
died Ijcfore .Tames was ff)iir yoars of a^c and his (raiiiins: i)assed entirely into tlie 
hands of his ("hrisliaii nioiher: went llr>t lo I'^ricnds" Schinil : ihcii to a |ii-i\;ite 
school coiiducled hy Dr. Mann uflhc M. K. ( 'hiii'di ; then lo P'riends" ScIkkiI : ilieii 
three years lo I 're para lory .\cadcniy nf ihe I 'iii\ci-sily (t{ i'('iiii>yl\ai)ia : then lo llie 
Classieal Department of the same .\cad<'my; in his tniii'iceiith year he cniei-ed ihe 
counting- house of lla,-ell iiir- 1 l.-idddck \- t'o.. wlicre he remained four \rai-s: felt 
that he was called to In- a minister and renewed his studies ef l.alin and ( i reek ; 
in .lainniry. iMll, entered the Cniversily (d" I'einisylvania niie him advant'i'd; 
had for a classmate (i('or<re 11. MeClellan; lifadnaled \\. A. nn<l \ nledietorian, 
I'^ll: .\. M.. ISK: entered 'riie(do,u'ieal Seiniii;ii'\ ;il I'riiicelnii the >aiiie \-eiii' 
and ,i:radnated ihend'mm in 1 S I ; : licensed to preach in .\]iril. |S|;, h\ ihe I'wa- 
hytery of riiiladelphia (Old School): called to the paslor.-iie of the 
Burlington (Iowa) Treshyterinn Clnirdi is|s, where he reiiiaine<| tliree 
years; cnlled to Port K'ichmond. rhil;iilrl|ihi;i (Xinncrnih wai-d). whci'e 
ho remained eleven years: at the hreaking niii o|' the ('i\il W'-.w was 
elected Chaplain of the 2:!rd h'e-inient Pennsvh ania X'olnnteers ; this -jave him 

Sixth axu Later Gexeratioxs. 229 

the nominal rank of Captain of Cavalry and entitled him to the feed for a horse 
to be provided by himself; his first horse, after two vears of valiant service ffot 
loose m some way and was never seen again; :dr. Shinn thinks that he went'over 
to the enemy; had charge of the three largest regimental mails of the \rmv of 
the Potomac, and had to ride to Washington every week day, make up and carrv 
out the mail; his tent became the regimental postoflfice; besides this he'vi'^ited the 
sick m the regimental hospital ; the men in the Brigade hospital and the' men of 
his regiment m the general hospital at Washington; besides doing errand^ for the 
men at every trip to Washington ; after the first pav dav he sent home for his 
comrades in arms over $8,000, in sums from $10 to $40;*' on Sunday he held re- 
ligious service at 11 o'clock; the men soon evinced a high regard for the hard 


working chajilain ; he could not drink whisky with them, nor play cards, but he 
obliged them in every other way, and exercised an influence over them for good; 
at the end of one year a ten days' leave of absence was granted liim, and the sol- 
diers pressed $18,000 upon him to be taken to Philadelphia and disbursed to 
their families: they never thought that ]Mr. Shinn might defraud them, nor did 
he; at other times he was entrusted with sums amounting in all to $30,000, every 
penny of \\hich went to its proper place ; one evening while encamped on the Rap- 
pahannock he was invited to dress parade; he found the 23rd Regiment drawn up 
in the form of a holloAv square, into which he was asked to enter; there, in the 
presence of the regiment, the Colonel handed him a present of two hundred del- 

230 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

lars as a gift of the regiment for faithful services to them; mustered out at the 
end of three years and made U. S. Hospital Chaplain at Saterlee Hospital, Phila- 
delphia, where he remained one year; his service here among eminent Eoman Cath- 
olic divines, and numerous Sisters of Mercy, forms one of the sunniest sides of 
the Christian life; opened a preparatory school at 1908 Mt. Vernon street, Phila- 
delphia, which was eminently successful; re-entered the regular ministry as mis- 
sionary to three weak churches alons; the line of the Camden and Atlantic Rail- 
road, viz., Berlin, Atco and Waterford; here he worked harder than he had ever 
worked, got less pay, and fewer thanks, but remained four years; opened a Boys' 
Boarding School at Waterford, where he remained three years; thence to Kansas, 
preaching as a missionary without pay; thence to Atlantic City, N". J,, where he 
has been located for more than twenty-two years (1902) ; here on week days he 
has been a secular teacher and on Sunday a spiritual teacher; all Church doors 
are open to him and from all pulpits he preaches without fee or hope of reward; 
at his own expense he has given away hundreds of New Testament and Scripture 
portions; he gives these on the street, at private houses, in open stores, and, in his 
later 3^ears, in the saloons; preaching on Sunday morning at the city prison; 
teaching the Bible at two Sunday Schools; occupying some pulpit each Sunday 
night; and as the Christmas approaches (1902) Mr. Shinn in his 80th year has 
prepared and is ready to distribute as the freest of happy Christmas gifts four 
hundred portions of Holy Scriptures; Bibles and Testaments in the English, 
Italian and German. Old age, like a majestic river, sweeps this grand old man 
on into the vastness of eternity; but he bears himself right nobly, and doeth a 
man's work well. 

He was married twice: (1), 8/1/1848, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 
Philadelphia, Pa., by Rev, Henry A. Boardman, D. D., to Eliza Louisa Davis, 
daughter of Dr. John H. and Eliza Louisa Davis Hill. She died in 1867. Mar- 
ried' (2), on 9/19/1887, in Philadelphia, at St. Theresa's Church, by Rev. Hugh 
Lane, to Miss Mary Cecelia Shoemaker, youngest daughter of John Shoemaker, 
coal merchant, of Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Hubbs Shoemaker, his wife, of 
Camden County, New Jersey. No children by this marriage. Children by first 
marriage : 

1. Mary Elizabeth Shinn (7); b. in Burlington, Iowa, 7/7/1849; m., at Philadelphia, 

Pa., .Jacob Planking! on Donaldson, 3/30/1S71; to them one child, a daughter, 
was born. 

2. Eliza Kate Shinn (7); ob. infans. 

;;. Lucy Henry Shinn (7): b., in Philadelphia, 10/26/1852; m. Thomas Watson Price, 
at Philadelphia, Pa., 8/5/1873. 

1. Candino Shinn (7); ob. infans. 

5. Howard Hill Shinn (7); b. 4/4/1857; moved to California in .Tnnnary. 1875, doing 
biisines.s in San Francisco, and residing in Oakland; mining share broker; 
member of the San Francisco Stock Exchange and of the Stock and Oil Ex- 
change; m., 3/7/1882, Frances Ella, daughter of Joseph Warren and Eleanor 
lU-an, b. 2/28/1857, at Salt Spring Valley, Calaveras County, Cal. The father 
of the young woman was a direct descendant of General Warren, and was born 
near New Sharon, Me. Children: 
1. Lucy Ha.seltine (8). 2. Alice Eleanor (8). 3. Howard Francis (8). 

C. Alice Richardson Shinn (7); b. .5/8/18G0; a student of art for five years in Etirope. 
mostly in Paris; jjpior to thai, three years in the Penn. Acad, of Fine Arts; her 
studies of jxirtrail heads liave been on exhibition from time to time; for nearly 
four years has been supervisor in charge of the art department of the schools 
at Colorado Springs, Colo. 

7. .John TTaselliue Shinn (7); b. 2/19/18C4; m.. 3/30/1891, Laura, daughter of William 
Harrison and Caroline Matilda (Stiles) Carryl. b. 1/31/18G5; merchant and im- 
pnrlcr. IMiiladelphia, Pa. Children: 
1. .John Carryl (S). 2. Mary Francos (8). 

Sixth axd Latek Gexeeations, 231 

*J00. :Mauy Noktox Shinm (G).— Feeedom L. (5), John (4), Jacob (3), 

JoHiN' (2), John (1). 

Mary Norton, second child of Dr. Freedom Lippincott and Hannah (Ackley) 
Shinn, born at Camden, N. J., 7/1/1819; married, 2/23/1843, at Philadelphia, 
Jolm Walker Garrett, a wholesale merchant of Philadelphia. He was a Eepub- 
lican in politics, bnt never souglit official preferment; in private life he was a 
high-minded man, honorable in every respect, and a true gentleman; his wife 
was an estimable woman, interesting in association and of a most attractive per- 
sonality ; she had a wide circle of devoted friends, and reared a family of honor- 
able sons and daughters. The children were: 

1. Willis Austin Garrett (7); b. 1/.30/1844; m., 2/20/1867, Sarah Rowland, and had 

1. Rowland Austin (8). 2. Mary Norton (8). 
3. James Wilson (8). 4. Harold Frederick (8). 

2. James Wilson Garrett (7); b. 8/1/1845, at Philadelphia, Pa.; wholesale grocer; 

manufacturer and salesman; in the U. S. army as a member of Landis' Battery A, 
of Philadelphia, in 1863, and participated in several engagements; m., 1/14/1869, 
Sarah Mays, daughter of Edward Howard, of Boston, Mass., who had the dis- 
tinguished honor of being the first American to make a watch by machinery; 
the old gentleman celebrated his 89th birthday on 10/6/1902; by this marriage 
there were no children. 

3. Mary E. Garrett (7), b. 3/3/1847; m., 10/21/1868, Major Edward G. Whitesides; 

this gentleman served through the Civil War with distinction; was in fourteen 
engagements, and severely wounded in one; a pocket knife turned the course 
of the bullet and saved his life. The children were: 

1. Mae Page Whitesides (8), who married Arthur Renouf, and had: 
1. Edward Prince Renouf (9). 

2. .lohn Garrett Whitesides, who is lieutenant in one of the regiments of the 

National Guard of Philadelphia, Pa. 

4. Dr. Edmund Franklin Garrett; b. 3/3/1847; graduated at Jefferson Medical Col- 

lege; was prominent in his profession, highly esteemed and had a large practice 
in Germantown and Philadelphia, Pa.; beloved by all; d. 12/16/1891; m. Mary 
H. Riiter, and had one child: 
1. Margaret Hansell Garrett (8). 

5. Elizabeth Wilson (7). 6. Lewis Worthington (7). 
7. Emma Norton (7). 8. Blanche (7). 

901. Emma jSTewell Shink (6). — Freedom L. (5), Johx (4), Jacob (3), 

John (2), John (1). 

Emma Newell, oldest child of Dr. Freedom Lippincott Shinn by his second 
wife, Anna Imlay, born 3/4/1849; married, 2/7/1871, Thomas Slack Chamber- 
lain, of Cream Rid2:e, N. J., and had children: 

1. Anna I. Chamberlain (7); b. 10/9/1871; m., 1/1/1895, Ambrose Otterson. 

2. Thomas J. Chamberlain (7); b. 3/1/1873; m., 12/24/1895, Lillian Pagans. 

3. Sara G. (7). 4. Samuel S. (7). 5. Blanche G. (7). 

933. \YiLLiAM Norton Shinn Ivins (6).— Elizabeth (5), John (4), Jacob 

(3), John (2), John (1). 

William Norton Shinn Ivins, eldest child of Charles and Elizabeth (Shinn) 
Ivins, was born at Burlino-fon, N. J., 5/13/1824; moved with his father in 1841 to 
Nauvoo. 111. ; at eighteen vears of age he o^nied and operated the ferries between 
Nauvoo and Montrose Barracks on the Iowa side of the Mississippi Eiver; was 
active in planning and accomplishing the escape of various men who were doomed 
to death bv the Mormon " Council of Forty": his ferry boats were burned by the 
Danites and he followed his father to Keoloik, Iowa; mamed there, 4/23/1849, 
Yir-inia, dau-hter of :^Fajor John Remelee Wilcox, U. S A., who had charge of 
the ^Indian fo^rts from Armstrong, at Eock Island, to Edwards, at Warsaw, 111 
In' 1852 started overland to California with several hundred cattle and a tram of 

232 History of the Siiixx Family ix Europe axd America 

ox wagons; captured on Platte River l)y Blackfeet Indians; escaped in three days, 
1-e.joined his train more dead than alive": on the Sierra Xcvada :\rountains a daugh- 
ter was l)orn, wlio was cliristened " Sierra Xevada Shinn " ; arrived at Petahuna, 
Cal., after a journey of one hundred and ninety-three days and began the manu 
faeture of cheese; amassed a littk^ fortune and set out for the States, via Nica 
ragua; crossed the Jstlimus during the episode of "Walker's Filibustering"" 
arrived at Keokuk and invested his California earnings in l)usiness, only to have 
them swept away in tlie crash of 1857; in seven years paid off an indebtedness of 
{f'80,000. and l)y ISH had laid the foundations for another fortune. For more 
than thirty year> he was the first one to cross the river on the ice at Keokuk, and 
the last. He always broke the road; of small stature, gi't'at strength and endiir- 
ance, fleet on foot,' a great skater and a famous horseman ; jovial in disposition, 
abstemious in liabit ; indulgent at Ikiiiic ami beloved al)road; died at Keokuk, 
5/1 8/1 880. His descendants were: 

1. Frank Herbert Ivins (7). b. at Keokuk, 4/23/1850; ob. there 8/4/1852. 

2. Charles Ivins (7), b. at Keokuk :3 /1 9/1852; ob. there 2/4/1856. 

:?. Sierra Nevada Ivins (7), b. in Sierra Nevada Mounrains, Sierra County, California, 
9/10/1 85:i; m. at Keokuk, 1/7/1879. Dr. Robert Ralston, son of Rev. Samuel 
Beach Jones; removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where her husband is engaged In 
tlic U. S. Eiiirinfcr's OHiec, Custom Hovise. 
Children of Dr. Robert Ralston and Sierra Nevada (Ivins) Jones. 
1. Elizabeth Ivins (8); 2 Robert Ralston (8). 

4. Harry Ivins (7). b. at Keokuk, 12/9/1 SSO; ob. 2/15/1862. 

5. Elizabeth Galland Ivins (7), b. 10/9/1858. 

fi. Ivan Walton Jones (8), b. 1/19/1869; ob. 8/6/1869. 

7. William Norton Shinn Ivins (7), b. 3/25/1871; a prominent man of Chicago, 111. 

!):il. ^r.Mtv Siiixx Tvixs ((i). — Elizabeth (5), John (I), Jacob (3). Joiix (2), 

Joiix (1). 

Mary Shinn Tvins, second cliiM of Charles and Elizabeth (Shinn") Tvins, 
was born in liiirlington County, .New Jersey, 5/18/1828; married at Keokuk, 
Iowa, (1), Thomas F. Anderson; (2), George M. Seaton ; moved to the Isthmus 
of Nicaragua and ])urchasc(l a liotel about liall' way across; driven away by 
Walkr-r's Filibusters. She was tlie mother of one chibl : 

i. Goorgiana Anderson (7), b. at Keokuk, 11/ — /184'.t; m. at Keokuk, Thomas 
Edward Pope, who removed to Oakland, Cal., and had: 
1. Mary Georgiana Pope (8). b. at Oakland. Cal., 7/12/1874; m., 4/23/1896, Charles 
Rossicr. and had: 
1. Edward I 'ope Rossier (It). 

935. ('n\i;i,i> lli;\i!V I\'].\s ((>). — I'j.iZAiiirni (.^),.li>ii\ (1),.Iac()B (;>), 

John (2), John (1). 

Charh'S Henry, thiiil child of Charles ami l^lizahelli (Shinn) Ivins. was 
born in liurlington County, New Jersey, 4/1/1829; i-einnxcd with his father to 
Keokuk. Iowa, where he manaiil, 10/17/1850, "Mai-y I''leanor. daugliter of Jvlward 
and .Mary (Winlhrop) Cob-; lawyer, judge; mo\e(l to \Vhidby"s Islaiul. Wasliing- 
(oM Territory, in the early fifties; sud'ered great hardship through Indian attacks 
and depredations; succe.«sfid in his jiractice: he amassed a comfortable foriuiu' and 
resides al Santa "Monica. C;il. His descendants are: 

1. Cora Jessie Ivins (7). 1). Whidby's Island. Wash. Ter., 2/9/1855; ui. William E. 

Stewart, and had the following children: 
1. Raymond A. Stewart (8). 2. William Shinn Ivins (S). 

2. P^rnest Cole Ivins (7), b. at Whidby's Island. Wash. Tor., G/29/1856; m., 9/10/1879, 

Hester Hlunt. Children: 
1. Charles Henry Ivins (S). 2. Ern(>st I). Ivins (8). 

3. Arthur Henry Shinn Ivins (7). b. Petaluma. Cal.. 2/20/1862; ob. 10/13/1862. 

4. Kate Maud Ivins (7), b. MarUleville. Cal., 6/12/1804; m.. 10/2:5/1882, Louis Hoef- 

ller; ob. ll/:!/1883. without issue. 

Sixth and Later Generations. 233 

936. Makoaiikt Woodwaim) Jvins (6).— Elizabeth (5), John (4), Jacob (3), 

John (2), John (1). 

Margaret Woodward, fourth child of Charles and Elizabeth (Shinn) Ivins, 
was horn in Burlington County, New Jersey, 5/13/1831; married at Keokuk, 
Iowa, 5/18/1853, William Albert Patterson; moved to the Isthmus of Mcaragua; 
driven away by Walker's Filibusters; settled at Keokuk. Ob. 11/2/1900. His 
descc'iuhuits were: 

1. Mary Patterson (7), b. at Keokuk, 12/31/1856; m., 2/21/1884, Francis V/. Greene, 

and had the following children: 
1. .Margarot Ivins (8). 2. Stuart Greene (8). 

2. William Albert Patterson (7); unmarried. 

:;. Elizabeth Shinn Patterson, b. 1/16/1860; m., at Keokuk. 8/15/1888, William Thomp- 
son, son of Andrew J. and Willia (Thompson) Wilkinson; removed to Mo- 
bile, Ala., thence to Ottumwa, la., where Mr. Wilkinson is engaged in the 
wholesale and retail coffee trade; president of and stockholder in the largest 
furniture establishment of that place. He had the following children: 
1. Margaret Willia (8). 2. William Albert (8). 3. Elizabeth (8). 

93J). Sak.mi Ivins (G). — Elizabeth Shinn (5), John (1), Jacob (3), John (2), 

John (1). 

Sarah, .^^eventh chiM of Charles and Elizabeth (Shinn) Ivins, was born at 
Nauvoo, III., 1/26/1844; married at Keokuk, Iowa, 5/7/1868, Francis Hawx- 
hurst, and uiovcd to Oakland, Cal. Had the following children 

1. Georgiana Hawxhurst (7), b. at Keokuk, la., 2/28/1869; m. at Oakland, Cal., 1891, 

Melvin, and had: 
1. Edward Pope Melvin (8), b. 5/— /1892. 

2. Caroline Hawxhurst (7). 
',i. Harry Hawxhurst (7). 

*.)(;(). M \i;v SjiiNN (6). — BuDDELL (5), Thomas (4), Thomas (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Mary Shinn, eldest child of Buddell and Sarah (Bispham) Shinn, was born 
in Burlington County, New Jersey, 1T81; married Matthew McHenry, 1805; ob. 

1830. Her descendants were: 

1. Charles McHenry (7), b. 1806; ob. young. 

2. George McHenry (7), b. 1808; m. Rebecca Shreeve; ob. 1864. Children: 

1. Eliza (8). 2. Mary. 3. Charles. 

965. Shinn Oliphant (6).— Mary (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas 

(2), .TOTIN (1). 

Shinn Oliphant, eldest son of Jonathan and Mary (Shinn) Oliphant, born 
Olijihaufs ^liUs, Evesham, X. J., 3/1/1765; married, 11/12/1787, Hope, daugh- 
ter of IIal)akkuk and :Mary (Jones) Eayre, b. 5/9/1767; removed to Tuckerton, 
N". J., and bought the Hour and grist mill known as the Andrews-Shourds Mill; 
this he afterwa'rds sold to his sou, Eayre Oliphant, and Simeon Haines; Haines 
dvinc", his share was sold to Timothv Pharo, and the industry was known as the 
Oliphant and Pharo Mills. Shinn Oliphant, Sr., owned farms near Tuckerton, 
one of them beina" the old Bclangee farm: Eayre Oliphant likewise owned this 
farm after his father, and was a" prominent merchant as well as a prosperous 
miller- Eavre Oliphant sold his milling and business interests to Timothy Pharo 
and removed to Xew Lisbon, N. J.; Shinn Oliphant, Sr., died 2/22/1839; his wife 
died 5/15/1839. (See Leah Blackman's Memoir in Proceedmgs West Jersey Sur- 
vevor's Assn.) Plis descendauts were: 
i: Eavre Oliphant (7), b. 9/22/1788; m. Ann Mullen. 

2. Beniamin Oliphant (7), b. 2/4/1790; m. Rebecca Mullen. 

3. Joseph Oliphant (7), b. 3/18/1792; m. Grace Wilkms. 

:^34 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

4. Mary Eayre Oliphant (7), o. s. p. 

5. Hannah Oliphant (7), o. s. p. 
(J. Samuel Oliphant (7), o. s. p. 

7. Hope Eayre Oliphant (7), b. 4/16/1799; m. Thomas Ballinger. 

8. Shinn Oliphant, Jr. (7), o. s. p. 

9. Jonathan Oliphant (7), b. 9/8/1806; m. Louisa W. Burr. 

10. Amanda Malvina Fitzalan Oliphant (7), b. 9/17/1808; m. Charles Collins. 

11. Thomas Shinn Oliphant (7), b. 10/1/1812; ob. 1819. 

one. AxN Ojji'iiaxt (G).— Mary (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Ann, second child of Jonathan and ]\Iary (Shinn) Oli^jhant, b. 3/11/17G7; 
m. Aaron, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Phillips) Priekett, b. 5/16/1763; Ann d. 
]/'32/lS47; Aaron d. 2/20/1837. Children of Aaron and Ann (Oliphant) 

Priekett : 

1. Thomas Priekett (7), b. 7/25/1789; m. Hannah Wilkins. 

2. Hannah Priekett (7), b. 1792; ob. young. 

?.. Lydia Priekett (7), b. 1/22/179:?; m. James Dobbins. 

4. Henry Priekett (7), b. 4/23/1795; m. o. s. p. 

5. Ann Priekett (7), b. 5/14/1796; m. Samuel C. Davis. 

6. Aaron Priekett (7), b. 10/27/1798; m. Leah Hamitt. 

7. Mary Priekett (7), b. 10/11/1801; m. Samuel C. Davis. 

8. Mahlon Priekett (7), b. 2/17/1804: m. (1) Ann Priekett, (2) Mrs. Mary Elma Jones. 

9. Hepzibah Priekett (7), b. 4/22/1806; m. Josiah Kay. 

10. Jonathan Priekett (7), b. 5/14/1809; m. Elizabeth Dagherty. 

11. Hannah Priekett (7), b. 9/8/1812; ob. 1832. 

9G8. Hannah Oliphant (6). — Mary (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Hannali, fourtli child of Jonathan and IMary (Shinn) Oliphant, b. 10/14/ 
1772; m. David, son of Poelof and Rebecca (Pease) Yan Voorhees; she departed 
3/14/lS48;lie 10/19/1840. They resided near Beaver Dam, Schuyler County, 

X. Y. Cliildrci! of David and Hannah (Oliphant) Yoorhees: 

1. Elizabeth Voorhees (7), b. 8/14/1793; m. Dr. John Sto\vits. 

2. Ruliph Voorhees (7), b. 5/5/1795; o. s. p. 
.!. Sarah Voorhees (7), b. 5/10/1797; o. s. p. 

4. Thomas Marshall Voorhees (7), b. 5/10/1798; m. Hannah Carlisle. 

5. Mary Voorhees (7), b. 8/6/1800; m. John (J. Van Derveer. 

6. David Voorhees (7). b. 10/17/1802; o. s. p. 

7. Rebeeca Voorhees (7). b. 2/16/1804; m. Salmon Allen. 
S. Naney Voorhees (7), b. 7/3/1806; o. s. p. 

9. Jolin Whileloek Voorhees (7), b. 9/17/1808; o. s. p. 

10. Benjamin Hollinshcad Voorhees (7), b. 3/25/1811; m. Jane Fero. 

11. Jonathan 01ii)hant Voorhees (7). b. 2/28/1815; m. Eliza Schuyler. 

fiGK. ^fAKTllA Ol-IPHANT (G). — MaRY (5), 'J'jIOMAS (4), SaMUEL (3), 

TiroMAs (2), John (1). 

Martlia, fiftli child of Jonathmi and M;in (Shinn) 01ii>liant. b. 4/24/1774; 
m, Jacob, son of Amaziah and Hannah (Priekett) Lippincott; moved to Tucker- 
ton. X. J. Children of Jacol) and Marlha (01i])Iiani) Li]i|)inoott: 

1. Mary Ann Lippiiu'olt (7j, b. 3/21/1796; m. Nath. Cowperllnvait. 

2. Sabilla Lii)i)ineott (7), b. 7/20/1799; o. s. p. 

3. Huth Lippiiieott (7). b. 4/3/1805; m. Benjamin C. Bragg. 

4. Ezra Lipi)ineott (7). b. 4/10/1808; m. Eliza Craumer. 

971. William r)i.i|.:i ant (G).— Mauv (r,). Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (i). 

William, sevcnih chihl of Jonathan and ^[arv (Shinn) Oliplinnt. b. ;")/'! 3/ 
1778; m., 1/5/180G, Hannah, daughter of Jolm and Sabella (Hammctt) Priek- 
ett; ob. Waynesville, Ohio, 9/3/1847; spent llic major portion of liis life as a 

Sixth and Later Generations. 235 

miller in Xow Jersey, principally at Manahawkin and Eavrestown. The latter 
was a town of considerable importance and William was the principal business 
man in it, as he had the grist, saw, turning and fulling mills; here he remained 
twenty years; then he turned his eyes to the El Dorado of the West, then located 
in the growing state of Ohio; in 1840 he and his son Samuel went West and a few 
months later selected a home at Waynesville, Ohio; here he had grist, saw and 
fulling mills, blacksmith and copper shops, six dwelling houses and one hundred 
and twenty acres of tilled land and a large tract of timber; to this place he re- 
moved his family the following year, and died there, September 3, 1847. He was 
a Jackson Democrat, a IViend, but later generally attended the Methodist Church. 

1. John Oliphant (7j, D. 9/28/1806. 

2. Joel OliphanL (7), b. 5/23/1809. 
:;. Job Oliphant (7), b. 1/8/1812. 

4. Samuel Oliphant (7), b. 1/27/1814, Eayrestown, N. J.; m. (1), 1/18/1840, Martha 

Kirkbrido Mathls, daughter of Aaron Mathis and Margery Kirkbride (sister 
to Martha above), b. 12/15/1815; d. 12/29/1872; married (2), 11/9/1876, Mrs. 
Ellen Paul, daughter of Charles McAllister and Margaret Rose, b. 1/18/1838; 
Samuel went to Waj'nesvllle, O., in 1841, with his father and family; after 
his father's death (1847) he, with his brothers, Joel and Job, conducted the 
business until Job's death, in 1849, and then Samuel and Joel continued it 
until 1851, when they sold out and returned to New Jersey. Samuel was in 
succession a miller at Gibbsboro, Port Republic and Chestertown, until 1866, 
when he bought the valuable mill property at Sharpstown, N. J., where he 
lived until his death. 4/5/1901; he was a member of the M. E. Church and one 
of its stewards for many years. Children of Samuel and Martha (Kirkbride) 

1. William Oliphant (8), b. 11/26/1840, at Eayrestown, N. J.; m. (1), 3/3/1862, 

Mary Warner, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Ann (Warner) Clevenger; 
m. (2), 5/12/1886, Mary Rebecca, daughter of Samuel S. and Mary H. 
(Flanagan) Thompson; for twenty years he was the proprietor of the 
flour, feed and plaster mills, known as Oliphant's Mills, in Gloucester 
Coimty; later he has become the owner of the Harrisonville Mills. By the 
first marriage there was one child : 
1. Samuel Grant Oliphant (9), A. M., Ph. D., b. 3/13/1864, Camden, N. J. He 
taught school when a boy of sixteen and afterwards attended the 
Phillips-Exeter Academy, N. H., and Princeton College; graduated 
from the latter in June, 1891, with the first honors of a large class 
and the highest standing made at Princeton in over twenty years. He 
won many substantial honors and prizes during his course and was 
awarded the classical fellowship upon graduation. The next fall he 
went to Parson's College, Iowa, as Professor of the Greek Language 
and Literature; after four years of highly successful work here he 
was called to his old Alma Mater as instructor in Greek and Latin. 
Four years later he went to Washington, Pa., as Professor of the 
Latin Language and Literature in the Washington and Jefferson Col- 
lege. In 1902 he entered upon a graduate course leading to the Ph. D. 
degree at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. In 1894 Prince- 
ton gave him the A. M. degree. In 1893 and 1899 he was a Stinneeke 
Examiner for Princeton. For several years he has been engaged upon 
an extensive work on the history of the Oliphant family since 1066 
A. D. On 12/24/1891 married Carrie Gause, daughter of Professor 
A. C. and Lydia H. (Shortlidge) Norris, to whom one son was born, 
Samuel Norris Oliphant, 1/20/1900, who died not long after at Wash- 
ington, Pa. To. Prof. Samuel Grant Oliphant I am indebted for the 
very extensive matter in this book concerning the descendants of 
Jonathan and Mary (Shinn) Oliphant. 

2. Charles Pitman Oliphant (8), b. 1843; m. Mary Burnett. 

3. Aaron Mathis (8), b. 1847; m. Hannah Githens. 

4. Job Kirkbride Oliphant (8), ob. infans. 

5. Albert Conover (8), b. IS 55; m. Martha Peak. 
7. EHin Rogers (8), b. 1S58; m. Martha S. Hewitt. 

5. Sabella Oliphant (7). b. 4/9/1816; m. H. H. Kirkbride. 

6 David Oliphant (7), b. 8/31/1818; m. (1) Elizabeth Harris; (2) Susan B. Jobes. 

236 History of the Shixx Family in Europe and America 

7. Mahlon Oliphant (7), b. S/18/1S20; m. Eliza Kirkbride. 

8. i^Iary Oli pliant (7), b. 4/25/1823; m. Job Rogers. 

9. Ann Oliphant (7), b. 1/28/1826; m. Otho B. Ward. 

10. Hannah Oliphant (7). b. 10/10/1828; o. s. p. 

11. Elizabeth Hope Oliphant (7), b. 12/5/1830; m. (1) Joseph Rogers; (2) Dr. O. G. 


072. Hoj'K Oi.ii-iiANT ((i). — :\rAKY (5), TiioMAs (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Hope, eighth cliild of Jonathan and Mary (Shinn) Oliphant, b. 3/30/1781; 
m., 1/0/] 803. William Albert, son of Albert and Patience Coveuhoven; d. near 
Knral Grove, X. J., (3/27/1840. Children of William Albert and Hope (Oliphant) 

t'ovenhoven (1) were (Anfijlicized Conover) : 

1. David Conover (7), b. 12/4/1803. 

2. Mary Conover (7), b. 3/7/1S06. 

3. Isaac Conover (7), b. 3/15/1807. 

4. Albert Whitelock Conover (7), b. 8/7/1808. 

5. Jonathan Conover (7), b. 6/25/1811. 

6. William Oliphant Covenhoven (7), b. 2/26/1813. 

7. John Whiielock Conover (7), b. 1/12/1816. 

8. Shinn Conover (7), b. 12/18/1818. 

9. Sarah Ann Conover (7), b. 12/24/1821. 

10. Joel Conover (7), b. 10/21/1824. 

11. Nancy Conover (7), b. 11/1/1827. 

973. David Olii-haxt (6). —Mary (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas 

(2), John (1). 

David, ninth child of Jonathan and Mary (Shinn) Oliphant, b. 1/28/17S4; 
in., ]2/24/lS0(i, .Mai'v, daughter of James and Leah (Oovenhoven) McDonald; 
ob. at Jiarnegat, N. J., 4/22/1828. Childi'en of David and Marv (McDonald) 

1. Nancy Oliphant (7), b. 9/17/1807; o. s. p. 

2. William D. Oliphant (7), b. 4/15/1809. 

3. Hope Oliphant (7), b. 7/23/1810. 

4. Selah Hiibbs Oliphant (7), b. 9/25/1811. 

5. James Oliphant (7), b. 4/13/1813. 

6. Jane Ann Oliphant (7). b. 12/2/1S14. 

7. Hannah Oliphant (7), b. 7/14/1816. 

8. IMalcann 01ii)lianl (7), b. 4/30/1819. 

9. (Joorge Washiii.L'ion Oliphant (7), b. 9/30/1822. 

10. Caroline H. 01ii)hant (7). I). 9/24/1824. 

11. Ann Eliza Oliphaiil (7), b. 5/19/1826. 

12. David Oliphai.t (7), b. 1/14/1828. 

1000. I'Incjcil Shinn ((;;.- I j;\i {:,). Tik.mas (I). SA.\irt:i. (3). Thomas (2), 

-loiIN ( 1 ). 

iOnoeh, el<l(-l clnld .d' l.cvi and ilannali (iJeeve) Shinn, b. 8/20/1776 at 
Evesham, N. .1.: m. (1). 11/1/1708, Mary Xorcross; (2), 5/3/1804, :Marv, 
daiigliler nf Henry and Sai-ali (Dnini) Sinnnons of liucks County, Pennsylvania. 
'IMie children of Ihe firs^t mai-riagc were: 

(1) Levi Shinn (7),h. 10/20/ i I!)!) : ni.. -.'H is-j-j. Il.inn.ili Mcl'.ridc. 

(2) Simeon Shinn (7), I). 4/27/1801 : a classical scholar and T.ilile student; oh., 

unmarried, 10/8/1828. 

Cliilili-ci) (if llic S<'(nii(l JiJarriage. 

1 (3) llenrv Simmons Sliinn (7), b. 2 m 1 so.', -. ,,1,. ni Afai^nolia Station, i\[d., 
2/27/^1813; m., 2/7/1828, KlizalHili M.. ,|;ni,u|i!.T of James nnd Kachel 
Dillon, and liad two sons: 

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1. Mordecai Shinn (8), d. in Philadelphia, 1872, without issue. 

2. Henry S. Shinn (8), moved to Iowa; m. there and reared a family 

2 (4) Sarah Dunn Shinn (7), h. 7/29/1806; ob. at Woodbury, X. J., 1/15/1883; 

III., .j/l/18;n, Xelfton Thomson, and had five children: 

1. Mary S. Thomson (8), b. 2/8/1832; m., 3/20/1856, Amos T. Eastlack of Glou- 

cester County, New Jersey, and had children, Ella M., Sallie T. and Helen, 
all of whom died in infancy or girlhood. 

2. Hannah Parker Thomson (8), b. 10/23/1833; m., 12/23/1869, Henry Clay Foote 

of Meriden, Conn, and had three children: 
1. Charles T. (&). 2. Henry Clay (9). 
3. Martha Stokes Foote (9), b. 6/12/1874; m., 9/17/1902, Howard S. Hartshorn. 

3. Charles Parker Thomson (8), b. 3/26/1837; m., 2/23/1868, Emma Thomas. 

4. Richard S. Thomson (8). b. 10/8/1839; m., 10/3/1862, Camilla Fullerton, and 

had one child. Ella Thompson, b. 8/29/1863; m., 11/13/1890, Frank Haman, 
and had .James, Henry and Kathryn. 

3 (5) Hannali Koeve Shinn (7)_, b. 2/29/1808; ob. at Medford 11/28/1888; 

iiiiirried. in ]8;33, John Reeve, and had chihlren : 

1. Sallie R. Reeve (8), b. 11/30/1834; m., 2/22/1866, John C. Lewis. 

2. Helen M. Reeve (8), b. 2/26/1837; m., 2/10/1866, Benjamin E. Wills. 

3. Maria Reeve (8). 

Hannah Keeve Sbinn. m. (2), Abraham Proud Stackhouse, 2/12/1842, and had 
three cliihiien : 

1 (4) Mary R. Stackhouse (8), b. 5/5/1843; m. John R. Haines, 5/5/1864, and had 
one son. Abraham Stackhouse, b. 10/5/1866; m., 2/28/1895, Elvira, daugh- 
ter of Rev. Kilsey Walling. 

2. (5) Samuel Stackhouse (8), b. 12/6/1845; m., 8/29/1868, Emma J. Braddock, 

and had five children: 

1. Mary R. Stackhouse (9), b. 7/5/1869; m., 11/29/1887, C. C. Burdsall. 

2. Clarence B. Stackhouse (9), b. 1/2/1871; m., 10/17/1894, Lizzie M. Murphy; 

(2), 6/4/1902, Irene Hammell. 

3. Florence E. V. Stackhouse (9), b. 8/2/1872; m., August, 1895, Ernest Mac- 

Neal, and had three children, Mildred, Pauline and Helene Adele Mac- 

4. Herbert Felton Stackhouse (9), b. 1/21/1874; m., April, 1895, Ella E., 

daughter of Clayton H. and Rebecca R. Stackhouse, and had children, 
Russell Leroy. Marien Arline and Clayton Braddock. 

5. John H. Stackhouse (9), b. 7/10/1881. 

3 (r,) Abndiiiin Wiiifiebl Stackhouse (8), h. 6/3/1848; m., 5/1/1874, Lydia R. 

A\'oo!man, and had children, Howard R., Edith L., Hannie M., Sallie 
W., Helen ]\[. and Abraham P., twins, J. Frank and Clinton Stackhouse. 

4 (6) Elizabeth Shinn (8), b. 10/7/1809; ob. infans. 

5 (7) Mary Bispham Shinn (8), b. 8/3/1811: ob. at ]\redford, 4/20/1893; ra., 

2/"23/]840, William, son of Samuel and Rachel (Proud) Stackhouse, 
and had seven children: 
1. Anna Lucretia (9j. 2. Richard Henry (9). 

3. Mary Elizabeth Stackhouse (9), b. 12/22/1844; m., 12/22/1882, W. C. Allen, and 

had one child. Hettie May Allen. 

4. Hannah Maria (9). 5. Esther Jane (9). 

6. William Budd Stackhouse (9), b. 6/23/1853; born in Medford, removed to " Ma- 
plewood Farm" 3/25/1854, with his parents, and has since resided there; 
brought up in the faith of the Friends, but joined the First Presbyterian 
Church at Mt. Holly 1/10/1892; has been active in his church work in that 
denomination; delegate to the great Convention of Christian Endeavor at 
Boston in 1895, and to several State Conventions since; never had any po- 
litical aspirations, although holding township offices; Republican; to this 
gentleman I am indebted largely for the Stackhouse branch of the Shinn 
line; he is affable, courteous, honest and true. Mr. Stackhouse says that 
the familv has in its possession as an heirloom an old pocket book, made of 
canvass, worked with zephyr, cross stitched and having the initials " T. S., 
1416," in pink letters worked thereon. This is a most valuable heirloom and 
Avas undoubtedly brought over the ocean by Clement or .John. It has been 
in the Mediord branch of the family from time immemorial. It is singular 
that the ancient relics of the family are all to be found in the line of John 
(1), Thomas (2) and Samuel (3). 


History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

7. Joseph Edwin Stackhouse (9), b. 10/2/1856; m., 1/1/1902, Anna'L. Shingle. 
6 (8) Anna Middleton Sliinn (8), b. 11/17/1813; ob. at Wilmington, Del., 8/8/ 
1894; m. (1), in 1844, Joseph Buzby, of Crosswicks, N. J.; (2), Josiah 
Cole of C'olestown, X. J., about ISGO. Children of first marriage: 
1. Charles Shinn Middleton Buzby (9). b. 8/22/1845; m.. June, 1869, Ella Blizzard 
of Wilmington, Del., and had one son, Charles Middleton Buzby, b. 2/24/ 
: (0) Enoch Shinn (8), b. 2/2/181G; ob. at Harrisonville, X. J., 1/13/1896; 
m., 3/26/1840, Eliza 'SI. Ivaighn. and had children: 
1. Sarah K. Shinn (9). 2. Joseph B.'Shinn (9). 

;;. Emma M. Shinn (9), b. 6/6/1847; m., 6/5/1869, Malachi E. Homer, and had 
six children: 


1. Waltor S. Homer, b. l/r,/lH'iO; m. Sarnli Darlington. No children. 

2. Elwood Slokfs Homer, b. 10/16/1872: m, .Maria Viola Shivelor and had one 

son. C'larence Honior. 

3. John Wliilmer Iloiiicr. b. in/4/1876; ni. Kate Sarks of Thil;id.l!»liia and had 

liillian and iiarlx'rl iioinor. 
I. Harry Fooic. 5. Edgar Frank. C. Ccorge Clark. 

4. Whilmer Shinn (9). b. 8/26/1850; m. Martha and had two sous, Whilmer 

and Enoch Shinn. 

5. Ellns C. Shinn (9). 6. Ida May Shinn (9). 

7. Ilosp Eliza Sliinii (9). b. IKCO; oi). int'ans. 

8. Enoch .Mfrcd Sliinn (91. b. r,/L'7/lS64; m. Sarah Mishlcr and ha<l three sons, 

Horace. }^)llnnd and Rnlond Shinn. 

8 (10) Mercy Stackhouse Shinn (8), b. 8/19/1817; m., 3/19/1843. Thomas, 
son of Samuel and Elizabclb (I'roud) Tk-ovo. and had Tour cliildren: 

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1. Samuel Reeve (9), b. 2/15/1844; m., 8/24/1881, Sallie R. Newton. 

2. Mary Emma Reeve (9), b. 7/26/1846; m., 3/3/1869, Isaac C. Groff of Mullica 

Hill, N. J., and had three children: Joseph R., b. 10/24/1870, d. of lockjaw 
1887; Bertha A., b. 4/30/1875, m. 11/18/1896, S. Lippincott Moore, and had 
two children, Helen R. and Earl S. Moore; Florence J., b. 12/18/188 7, m., 
2/15/1899, Lenwood Borton, and had Mildred G. and joseph H. Borton. 

3. Josephine Reeve (9), b. 12/7/1848; ob. unmarried, 7/5/1902. 

4. Thomas Reeve (9), b. 5/16/1855; m., 2/9/1876, Kate Chew, and had one child, 

Elsie S. Chew, who married Ralph Ryley, 10/5/1898, and moved to Cali- 

1001. EuTH SiiiNN- (6). — Levi (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Ruth, second child of Levi and Hannah (Reeves) Shinn, b. 8/22/1779; m., 
1803, Caleb, son of John and Beulah (Haines) Stokes, and had children: 

1. Rachel S. Stokes (7), b. 2/3/1804; m., 3/24/1829, William A. Riker, and had: 

1. Maria S. Riker (8), b. 12/21/1829; m. 7/31/1854, John C. Fenton, and had: 

1. Frank G. (9). 2. William R. (9). 3. Elwood A. (9). 4. Albert O. (9). 

2. Mary Jane Riker (8), b. 11/7/1832; m., 8/31/1854, Samuel Smith, and had a son, 

William H. Smith, b. 12/12/1855; o. s. p. 

3. Beulah A. Riker (8), b. 11/11/1834; ob. sine proli. 

4. Ruth Anna Riker (8), b. 10/15/1838; m., 5/3/1870, James S. Barclay, Newark, 

N. J., and had: 
1. William D. (9). 2. James S. (9). 3. Rachel S. (9). 

5. Lucy A. Riker (8), b. 11/29/1841; m., 10/12/1870, William H. Van Slych, and 

1. William F. (9). 2. George W. (9). 

6. Oliver S. Riker (8), b. 4/3/1845; m., 10/22/1870, E. Louisa Baker, Mt. Tabor, 

N. J., and had: 
1. Kathleen R. (9). 2. Robert A. (9). 3. Harry A. (9). 

7. Alice R. Riker (8), b. 6/25/1847; m., 1/3/1871, W. Edgar Mulford. 

2. Levi B. Stokes (7), b. 2/8/1806; m., 5/15/1828, Debora Haines, and had chil- 

dren : 
1. Norman (S). 2. Wistar (8). 

3. Nathaniel B. Stokes (8), b. 6/27/1835; m. Emma Barton, 1859. 

4. George C. Stokes (8), b. 9/29/1837; m., 1865, Sarah Squires. 

5. Bartlott Stokes (8), b. 11/16/1841; ob. sine proli. 

3. John S. Stokes (7), b. 4/25/1808; m. (1) Rachel Fletcher, 1831; (2) Rebecca 

Jones, 2/18/1847. I corresponded with John S. Stokes in 1890. He said: 
" I have been publisher of the paper called the Friend for a little over twenty 
years. There is no printed account of my life, and I do not wish to be con- 
spicuous in anv way. I am in my 82nd year and aspire to nothing beyond a 
Christian's life". Am in the station of a minister in the Society of Friends." 

Children bv first marriage: 
1. Malvina F." (8). 2. Alice R. (8). 3. Rebecca (8). 

By Second Marriage: 

1 (4) John Stokes. ^, -, rr., -n- • 

4. Beulah A. Stokes (7). b. 7/18/1810; m., 5/13/1840, Elwood Thomas, Harris- 

ville, 0., and had children: 

I: ^^ItTV^ZTm.'l-Wlm^: m., 10/4/18J1. Sydney P. Walter. Malvern, 

Pa., and had one son, Arthur H., b. 11/3/18.2. , . „ • -nt 

3 Samuel C. Thomas (8), b. 12/12/1846; m., 11/11/1869, Josephme Resinger, New 

1 ^'^l7n%ri''Btrt^^ A. (9). 3. Beulah M. (9). 4. Carrie E. (9). 
4. Robert P. Thomas (8), b. 5/1/1851; m., 10/20/1875. Susan McGrew. Pleasant 

1. B?n7am?n ^(?). ^^2*^' Walter S. (9). 3. Gilbert E. (9). 4. Charles (9). 5. 

5. Enoch R. sTokes' (^■)!'b.' 11/25/1812; m., 6/9/1832, Helen Sweeney. 

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6. Elwood H. Stokes. ]). D., b. 10/10/181.-.: autlior of "Life of Bev. John Han- 
cock" and "Footprint? in My Own liife"; Agent and President of Ocean 
Grove, 187o; in 18(19 elected President Ocean Grove Camp ^Meeting Asso- 
ciation, and re-elected every year after to 1898; Dr. Ballard has said: 
"Whatever may come in the future — however imuh tlie I'oi-ins and customs 
may change as they have already changed — the names of Elwood H. Stokes 
and Ocean Grove Mill stand toiiether wliile time has a historv or eternity a 
record." Elwood married (1)' Hannah M. Xeff, 8/31/1838. and had one 
child, :\rary :\lalvina. b. 6/18/1839: ob. T/31/186v^; ni. (3) Sarah Ann 
Stout, daughter of ]\e\. Edward Stont. Elwood was reared a Friend: joined 
the M. E. C. 4/27/1834. 

:. IJuthanna Stokes (7). h. !)/29/1822; m.. 3/22/1854, Franklin L. ilewlings, 

and had children : 
1. Lydia S. Hewlings (8), b. 6/25/1855, Medford, N. J. 

1003. Thomas Siiixx [ii). — Lj':vi (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

Thomas, fourth child of Levi and llainndi (Reeves) Shinn, b. 1/18/1787; ob. 
1848; married Amy Hamniitl. 1808, and moved to Gloucester County, Xew Jer- 
sey, where he died, leaving a will, beai-ing date 7/25/1848 (Book A, page 211 
Camden \\'ills). He li\-ed in Fnion Towiiship. and named wife Amy, grandchil- 
dren Aim Elizabeth Baiinn and Ann llrowii. children Levi, John H., Emma C. and 
Priscilla. Now he bad four sons and live daughters, some of whom not mentioned 
in the will being alive at the time. One son, Charles Hammet Shinn. married a 
Wealthy woman, which may explain the omission of his name. His residence must 
have been at Gloucester City, for his obituary reads: "Buried from his late resi- 
dence in Gloucester City, Dec. 1. 1848." Priscilla, his daughter, was l)uried 
" from the residence of her mother at Gloucester, on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 25, 
1850," and John S. was buried "from the residence of his mother at Gloucester 
City July 15, 1850." 

Children of Tlinnias and Amy (ilaniniill) Shinn. 

1. Ann Shinn (7). wliu married l.uilier Toinkiiis and died witlioiu issue. 

L'. Hei)/.ii)ali Shinn (7), who married a minister named Barton, and had one child, 
.\nn E]i/al)elh Barton, who died without issue. 

:!. I'Dlizabt'tli Shinn (7), who married Charles Brown, her first cousin en ilie Hanimitt 
side: there was one child. Anna Brown. Eli/ahoth dyins. Charh's married Ilep- 
zihah Barton, his sister-in-law, and left no heii's. Anna Brown also died willioiU 

4. Emma C. (7). 5. Priscilla (7). C. .John S .(7). 7. Amy (7). 

8. Cliarb'S ilanunilt Shinn (] ). the second chihi. was In, in ai Medford. \. d.. 8/9/ 
1810: ni.. 12^1/1835, Abigail Marsh.all. danghler .d' William and Nancy Cof- 
fin of llanimonton. "N. d. The Marriage License iJegister of Woodbury 
shows thai the ceremony was iierfonneil 1)\' ]?ev. dacolt P. Londenslac'er at tlu^ 
liouse (d" tile bride's father in ilamnionlon. Ibjii. John ('lenient in an arlicle 
entilleil " Alhintie County"' (Surveyor's Assn.. p. 118). says: "Aliout the 
year isi | Wjllinni Collin piii-cha^cd iwo I imber tracts of land in thi^ northern 
part (d" the connty. and built a saw mill, which he managed advanlagvoiisl v : 
ill lsl!> .loiiallian Ilaines obtained a half inleresi of Collin, and llie\. as 
partners, oiaginatcd llie " I lammonton (ihass Works": CoHiii siil)se(|iieiii Iv 
became sob' proprietor, enlarging the l)nsiness, continuing il main vears. re- 
ceiving the sure reward of industry, ec(mom\ and perseverance. This was 
the money center of the region round abont. .•ind proved ihal the maniifaclnre 
of glass could be made rcmunerati\c." The dati' of the death of Charles 
Hammitt Shinn is not given, bnl he died before the death of his wife. Sep- 
tembc. lS!t5: she owned a tract of land in Waterford 'i'ownsliip. now n(da- 




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ware Township, which was a part of the " Wharton Tract,"" upon which stood 
the old mansion built before 1728, in which Charles H. Shinn, and after him 

his widow resided ; he filled many positions of honor and trust; Abbie C. Shinn 
left a will, dated 9/10/1895; it recited that she was of the city of Camden, 

and gave various bequests to her daughters, Eliza C. McGrath and Xancy C. 

Eingle; and to her sons, Edward Coffin Shinn and Charles Hendry Shinn. 

There were two children. Howard died in infancy. 

1. Eliza Coffin Shinn (8), b. 12/20/1836; m., 5/16/1860, John M. McGrath, and are 

both living; he was born in Philadelphia, 7/20/1834; graduate of U. of P.; 
also Penn. Med. College: served in the 23rd Penn. Vol. Inf. a few months, 
then as surgeon of the 78th Pa. Inf., then as Acting Briigade Surgeon of 
the VII. Brigade, Thomas Corps, Army of the Cumberland, from the fall of 
1861 to June, 1863; wounded at Schultzes Battery in discharge of duty at 
Nashville, Tenn. ; executive officer of the Mower, General U. S. Hospital at 
Chestnut Hill, near Philadelphia; then in charge of the Christian Street 
Hospital in Philadelphia until closed in 1867; Republican; member of the 
Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and of the G. H. Thomas Post, G. A. R., 
Philadelphia. There were two children, the second of whom. Charles Shinn 
McGrath, died in infancy. 
1. John IMcGrath (9), b. 6/9/1861 in Philadelphia; attended Protestant Episco- 
pal Academy; went into the carriage and saddlery business; for fif- 
teen years in charge of the Cincinnati office of the Eberhard Mfg. Co., 
and is now so engaged; Republican; member of the M. O. L. L.; Junior 
Warden Wyoming Lodge, No. 186, F. & A. M.; chairman of the street 
committee of the village council of Wyoming, a beautiful suburb of Cin- 
cinnati; married, 11/16/1892, Jennie Hargitt of Hamilton, O.. and has 
three children: 
1. John Champney. 2. Jervis. 3. Robert. 

2. William Coffin Shinn (8), b. 12/1/1838; ob. May, 1879; Captain in 24th N. J. 

Vol. Inf.; wounded at Fredericksburg, losing the sight of one eye; member 
of New Jersey Legislature from Camden County; married Louisa J. Garri- 
son of Salem, N. J., and had one child, Anna Garrison Shinn, who married 
Samuel Clement and had three daughters, all living at Haddonfield, N. J., 
Anna, Louisa and Edith Clement. 

3. Thomas Jefferson (8). 4. Charles Hendry (8). 

5. Nancy Colfiin Shinn (S), b. 11/7/1844; m. at Camden, N. J., 12/6/1865, Simeon 

Toboy Ringel, and had three children: 

1. Abbie Coffin Ringel (9), who married Sanford Northrop, manager of the 

American Refrigerator Car Co.; lives at St. Louis, Mo.; had one child, 
Nancy Northrup. 

2. William Earl Ringel (9), who married (1) Mary L. Bender, (2) Edythe E. 

Dunlap; he is Asst. Gen. Pass. Agent of the Seashore Division of the 
Penn. R. R. ; two children by first marriage, Simeon Toby and James 
Woodward Ringel. 

3. Charles Shinn Ringel, m. Margaret Steelman; one child, Adah Ringel. 

6. Edward Coffin Shinn (8j, b. 5/2/1846; married; he is in the U. S. Army in the 

9. Thomas Hammitt Shinn (7), who on 11/17/1839, married Elizabeth Kellie 
and had one child. Helen, who died without issue. 
10. Levi Shinn (7), married (1), Anna Evans, in 1856, who died leaving a daugh- 
ter, that died in infancy; (3), at St. PauFs Cathedral, Camden, X. J., 8/26/ 
1861, Eliza F. Shick; he became a wealthy man, and had children: 

1. Thomas Levi Shinn (8), who now lives in Germantown, Pa. 

2. William C. Shinn (.8), o. s. p. 

1004. John Shinn (6).— Levi (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (3), 

John (1). 

John, fifth child of Levi and Hannah (Beeves) Shinn, b. 4/5/1789: m., 4/11/ 
1813, Keturah Burdsall ; he died 4/12/1854; his descendants were: 

1. Frances M. Shinn (7), m. John Cowperthwaite at Medford, N. J. 

2. Hannah Shinn (7), who died unmarried. 


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3. Mary Wills Shinn (7), b. 12/13/1819; m., 9/13/1844, Henry Haines, and had seven 


1. John Shinn Haines (8j; ob. infans. 

2. Edwin Burdsall Haines (8), b. 9/20/1847; ob. 12/30/1892; m., 9/23/1868, Mary 

S. Brown, and had two children, Jennie Brown Haines and Clara Mayda 

3. Emma Wills Haines; ob. infans. 

4. Ella Shinn Haines (8), b. 3/7/1853; m., 2/24/1881, Samuel L. Dudley of Mt. 

Holly, N. J., and had four children: 
1. Howard Samuel Dudley (9). 2. Justus Haines Dudley (9). 
3. Mary Ethel Dudley (9). 4. Edwin Chester Dudley (9). 

5. Henrietta Shinn Haines, b. 4/25/1856; m., 1/9/1878, Charles P. Kirkbride, and 

had seven children: 
1. Henry Chester (9). 2. Lillie Louisa (9). 
3. Anna Wills (1»). 4. Walter Haines (9). 
5. Neva May (9J. 6. Mila Lippincott (9). 
7. Bertha Frances (9). 

6. Mary Lyda Haines (8), b. 5/29 /1S61; m., 11/23/1882, Joshua Huston, and had 

one child, Emma Wallen Huston. 

7. Henry Rogers Haines (S) ; ol). infans. 

4. Kesiah Shinn (7), who married Wilkins Jones. 

5. Sarah Shinn (7), who married Amos Wilkins. 

6. Adelaide Shinn (7), who warried George Lovett. 

7. Ellen Shinn (7), who died unmarried. 

1005. Hannah Shinn (6). — Levi (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

Hannah, sixth child of I^evi and Hannah (l?eeves) Shinn, b. 4/5/1791; mar- 
ried Samuel, son of Isaac and Mary Nowton, in 1811, and liad children: 

1. Mary Newton (7), b. 1/20/1812; m". Samuel Edwards, and had two children: 

1. Elizabeth (8). 2. Levi (8), an Episcopal clergyman. 

2. Joel (7). 3. Matilda (7). 4. John (7). 5. Levi (7). 

6. Anna Maria Newton (7), b. 2/28/1821; married an Aiterbury and removed to Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. 

lOOG. Sar.ah 1^ SiriNN (6).— Levi (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

Sarah Tl., seventh child of Levi and Hannah (Reeves) Shinn, b. 4/12/1795; 
m., Ls.'iO, Edward, son of Edward and .Marv Xorcross, and had two children: 

1. Hannah Shinn Norcross (7), b. 3/18-/1831"; m., 2/3/1853, William Sutvan, and had 

three children; she ob. 11/22/1893. 
1. Josephine (S). 2. Edward J. (8). 

3. William Aljihonso Sutvan, b. 6/6/1863; m., 6/4/1890, Lizzie M. Seabury, and had 

Gladys and W. Stanton Sutvan. 

2. Thomas Norcross (7), b. 7/27/1833; ob., unmarried, 1/22/1890. 

Kior. Ei.i/\i!i:iii Siiixx (('.).— Levi (.-.), Thomas (I), Sa.muel (3), Thomas 

(2), John (1 ). 

Elizalictli. youii,i:v>l cliihl of Levi and Ilaimali ( liecves) Shiiiii, h. n'R/1797; 
m. .losiah JJraddock, and had two sons: 

1. Neu Braddock (7), who married Charlotte Scott, and had lour (hiughters: 

1. Viola I?radd()ck (8), married Mr. Burton. 

2. Onclia Hraddock (8), married a .Mr. Hurlon, sea captain. 
:'.. .Mary Braddock (8). married .lohu Suiiili. 

4. Lizzie Braddock (8), niarrie<l. 

2. Levi Shinn Brathlock (7). b .10/31/182<;: ob. M H)/j865; m., 4/29/1849, Margaret 

M. Norcross. and liad three children: 

1. William N. Braddock (S), married and has clnldiin, .loscpli, Albert 1. aiul Reg- 

inald F".. who are married iiiul have children. 

2. Elizabeth Braddock (8); ob. infans. 

3. Isaiah N. Braddock (8). b. 7/19/]86(i: m. ll:\nn;ih K. I'ratt and had three chil- 

dren, Harry L. E.. .\d:i M:ie and Wiiliaiu I'ratt. 

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991. .Mary Shinn (6).— Samuel (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Mary, eldest child of Samuel and Christiana (Wait) Shinn, b. 9/6/1769; 
d. 1801, single; her will was dated 10th month, 12, 1801; probated 11/21/1801; 
recorded in Will Book Xo. 39, p. 459. She places residence at Evesham, and 
names brother Samuel, sister Elizabeth, grandfather Thomas, father Samuel, sis- 
ters Hope and Rebecca. 

992. HorE Shinn (6). — Samuel (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Hope, second child of Samuel and Christiana (Wait) Shinn, b. 12/5/1770; 
m., 2/23/1804, Lawrence Webster, b. 11/12/1767, ob. 6/5/1817; Hope Shinn signs 
a marriage certificate at Upper Evesham m 1789; in September, 1783, she and her 
sister, Mary, were received into membership at Upper Evesham Monthly Meeting; 
in the third month, 1804, she was diso\vned for marrying out of meeting. That 
ends her connection with Friends. She died 3/7/1844; her father at his death 
gave liis Tiiblo to Hope; she gave it to her daughter Elizabeth, who gave it to her 
daughter, Hanna A., who kindly sends these facts. The following chidren were 
born in or near Shinnston, N. J. 

Children of Lawrence and Hope (Shinn) Webster. 

1. Elizabeth Shinn Webster (7), b. 10/23/1804; ob. 12/2/1882; m. Eden Williamson, 

8/ol/1825, in Philadelphia, Pa.; he was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, 
11/2/1788; had ten children, all born in Philadelphia, Pa.: 
1. Mary Stokes (8). 2. Anna Vaughn (8). 
3. Jane Pringle (8). 4. Rebecca Shinn (8). 
5. Emily (8). 6. Hannah A. (8). 7. Margaret Stolies (8). 

8. John Lawrence Williamson, b. 11/26/1842; m. in Philadelphia, 12/8/1863, Cath- 
erine Avelda Jones, b. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 8/26/1842, and 

1. Harry Fibler Williamson (9), b. 6/5/1865; m., 11/24/1892, Ella Taylor, and 

had one child, Lillian Lewis W^illiamson. 

2. Clara Williamson (9), b. 9/4/1867; m., 11/24/1885, George Franklin dinger, 

and had a son, Harry Williamson Clinger, b. 3/6/1889. The father died 

3. Edward Jones Williamson (9), b. 12/1/1869; m., 1/1/1896, Josephine E. 

Greenleaf, and had a daughter, Ethel Williamson, b. 11/28/1896. 

2. Isaac Webster (7), b. 7/20/1806; ob. 12/11/1895; m. Sarah Cowperthwaite and had 

1. Alfred Balanger (9). 2. Theodore (9). 

3. Hannah Webster (7), b. 4/21/1808; ob. 3/28/1874. 

4 Ann Webster (7), b. 3/28/1810; m. Eli S. Jones, and had children: 
1. Emma Jones (8). 2. Hope Jones (8). 3. Eli Jones (8). 

998 SvMUFL Shinn (6).— Samuel (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), Thomas 

(2), John (1). 

Samuel eighth child of Samuel and Christiana (Wait) Shinn, b. 7/1/1785; 
m 10/11/1804^, Rhoda Willsey, for which he was disowned by Upper Evesham 
]\ronthiv ^leetinc-. His marriage was bv civil license, as appears from l\It. Holly 
Marriao-e License "Record. I have found bttt one child, Christiana Shinn who 
married T. L. Bear of Camden, 5^'. J. She made her residence there, and had 

989a Thomas Davidson (6).— Ann Shinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 
Thomas, eldest son of Jonathan and Alice Ann (Shinn) Davidson b 9/30/ 
1779, was married, but his wife's surname has not been ascertained. The follow- 
ing line of descendants is given : 


1. William .Siimu David.son (7), b. 4/14/1812; in., 1/1/1839, Rebecca Tyler 

Smith: he d. 8/1-^1893; she d. 3/11/1S79. There were nine children: 

1. Mark Smith Davidson (8j, b. 2/VJ/1H40; m. at Salem, N. J., 2/18/18G7, Harriet 

Lanilx^rt, and iiad two children: 

1. William Lanibvrt Davidson O), h. 12/20/1868; m., 1892, Lillie Kizer of 

Salom County, Sew Jersey, and had two children, Ruth K. and Harriet 
L. Davidson. 

2. John Lambert Davidson CJ), h. August, 1872; m., March, 1898, Emma Wil- 

kinson, and had two children, Smith W. and John L. Davidson. 

2. Elizabeth Mill«>r Davidson (8j, b. 12/9/1841; m.. 2/19/1 8t;5, Joseph T. Howard, 

M. D., of Washinpton, D. C, and had four children: 

1. A. I^loyd Howard (9), b. lbG4; ob. infans. 

2. Joseph F. R. Howard (9), b. 11/20/1866; he, too, became a physician; m., 

February, 1894, Florence S. Wander of Salem, N. J., and ni(jved to 

Cumberland County, where he had six children: 
1. Josephine Theo. Howard. 2. Earl Howard. 
3. Forest Keshena Howard. 4. A. Lee Howard. 
5. Francis Carrol Howard. 6. Robert Wander Howard. 

3. William Davidson Howard (9), b. il/20/18GG; ob. yotmg. 

4. Arl'inis Lee Howard (9j, b. 2/22/1870; ra., 6/20/1901, Anna D, Morrison 

of Salom, N. J. 
li. Anna Smith (8). 4. Samuel Tyler (8j. 5. Mary Tyler (8). 

6. John Miller Davidson (8), b. 5/14/1852; m., August, 1879, Laura F. Shoemaker, 

and moved to Bridgoton, N. J. Children: 
1. Rebecca Tyler David:son (9j. 2. J. Irwin Davidson (9). 
.'{. Anna Smith Davidson (9j. Ralph Davidson (9). 

7. Sallie A. S. Davidson (8), b. 4/27/1855; m., 2/1 5/1 88!], J. H. Kelty of Salem 

County, New Jersey, who died in November, 1889, leaving a son, Frederick 
Hraiins Kelty. 

8. I^uella Davidson (8J, b. 7/10/1857; m., 6/15/188.'}, James Harrison Mayhew of 

Pittsgrove, N. J., and had two children: 
1. Clifford Davidson Mayhew (9). 2. Marguerite Wheeler Mayhew (9j. 

9. Eva L. Davidson (8), b. ;{/''''0/1860. 

2. John Davidson (7), b. l/lG/1814; ob. 3/5/18l)G ; m., 1/28/1830. Ann Justice, 

b. 3/.30/1811, ob. o/lG/1878; moved to Clark.sboro, then to Swedesboro, 
Gloucester County, X. J., where they passed their lives. Children: 
1. Isaac Justice (8). 2. Mary (8). :;. John Tyler (8). 4. Susanna (8). 

5. Mulff»rd Davl.lson (H). b. 3/18/1848; m., 1/22/1872, Mary L. Mayhew, and had 


1. El wood Stokes Davidson (9), b. 1 2/14/1 87:i; m., 2/23/1898, Linda Pimm, and 

had two children, Emma G. and William P. Davidson. 

2. Warren Davidson (9). b. 3/7/1846; m., 12/20/1899, Hannah Ridgway, and 

had one child, Ralph L. Davidson. 

3. Anna (9). 4. Mayhew (9). 5. Thomas W. CJ). 

G. Blanche Davidson (9), b. 9/15/1882; m., 3/19/1902, Henry A. Salisbury, 

and had one child, Maria A. Salisbury. 
7. Mary (9). 8. Lillian (9). 

6. Thomas W. Davidson (H), b. 1/15/1837; m.. 3/1/1860. Elizabeth A. Shuto and 

liad three children, Susie S., Atley S. and Helen S. Davidson, who died in 

7. James J. DavidHf)n (8), b. 9/4/1846; m., 12/21/1870, Margaret T. Rulon, and had 

two children at Swedesboro: 
1. Ellen I>enora (9). 2. James J. (9). 

8. Sarah Davidson (8), b. 8/22/1842; m., 12/20/1866, at Swedesboro, William Henry 

Beckett, who died 3/7/1860, leaving children. 

1. Wilbur T. Beckett, b. 2/17/1868; m., V-"/l«95, Laura Hunt, and had: 

1. U;slie M. Beckett. 2. Helen H. Jieckett. 

2. Eva D. Beckett (9), b. 2/7/1872; ob. 1887. 

3. Mary A. Beckett (9). b. ^/^/iHlfi■, m., 12/27/1899, Harry A. Black and moved 

to the farm near Sharpstown, Salem County, N. J.; had one child, Mar- 
guerite D. Black. 

980^^ Alick David.son (G).— Ann Siiinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

.Mice, youngest child of Jonathan and Alice Ann (Shinn) Davidson, b. at 

Sixth axd Later Gexeratioxs. 24? 

Medford, 10/9/1801 ; m. Samuel Stackhouse, being his second wife. There was 
one child by this marirage, viz. : 

1. Rachel D. Stackhouse, who has given me the information herein presented as to 
the descendants of John and Ann (Shinn) Davidson. 

989i. TiioiiAs Proud (6). — Lucretia Shixx (5), Tho^ias (4), Sa^iuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Thomas, second child of Abraham and Lncretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 2/11/ 
1787; m., in 1820, Kesiah Stratton, and had children: 

1. Hope Proud (7), b. 1821; ob. unmarried. 

2. Levi Shinn Proud (7), b. 1/20/1829; m., 3/9/1854, Cynthia Ann Allen, and had chil- 


1. Charles R. Proud (8), b. 8/12/1855. 

2. Sarah J. Proud (8), b. 10/19/1856; m., 12/22/1881, Thomas Evans, and died 

:',. Eliza A. Proud (8), b. 10/22/1857; m., 4/20/1897, William C. Frear. 

4. Kesiah Proud (8), b. 11/27/1861; m., 11/2/1885, John M. Ross. 

5. Lizzie R. (8). 6. Mary R. Proud (8). This branch resides at Camden, Del. 

3. Charles Stratton Proud (1), m., 11/8/1859, Saran Briggs Kay, and had children: 

1. Alfred Kay (8), who married Beulah V. Parker, 11/26/1890, and had two chil- 

dren, Beulah V. and Alfred Gordon Kay. 

2. Ann Eliza (8). 3. Marian (8). 4. Charles Aubrey (8). 

5. Edgar Kay (8), married Lizzie Rogers Phillips, and had a child, Alice E. Phil- 


989j. Pachel Proud (G). — Lucretia Shixx (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

Eachel, third child of Abraham and Lucretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 3/16/1789; 
m., 11/21/1811, Samuel Stackhouse, and had children: 

1. William Stackhousc( 7), b. 10/30/1812; m., 2/23/1840, Mary Bispham, daugh- 

ter of Knoch and ^Nlarv (Simmons) Shinn, and had children: 

1. Anna Lucretia Stackhouse (S), b. 11/26/1840. 

2 Richard H^nrv Stackhouse (8), b. 8/21/1842; ob. unmarried, 10/6/1887. 

3. Mary Elizabeth Stackhouse (8), b. 12/22/1844; m., 12/22/— W. C. Allen, and 

had one child, Hettie May Allen. 

4. Hannah Maria (8). 5. Esther Jane (8). 

6. William Budd Stackhouse -(8), b. 6/23/1853. (For sketch see descendants of 

Enoch and :Mary (Simmons) Shinn.) 
.7. Joseph Edwin Stackhouse (8), b. 10/2/1856; m., 1/1/1902, Anna Lee Shingle. 

2. Esther Stackliouse (7), b. 11/2/1814; ob. unmarried. 

3. Abraham Proud Stackhouse (7), b. 12/28/1816; m., 2/12/1842, Hannah R. 

Reeve, widow of John Reeve, daughter of Enoch and Mary (Simmons) Shinn, 

/Marv'^Ra^chel ^StVckhouse (8), b. 5/5/1843; m., 5/5/1864, John R. Haine^ and 
had one son, Abraham S. Haines (9), b. 10/5/1866, who married Elvina, 
daughter of Rev. Kelsey Walling. -r r^ , , i , 

2. Samuef J. Stackhouse (8), b. 12/6/1845; m., 8/29/1869, Emma J. Braddock, and 

1 MarJ^R^^l^ackhouse (9), b. 7/5/1870; m., 11/29/1887. Charles C. Burdsall. 
I' Clarence B Stackhouse (9), b. 1/2/1871; m. (1), 10/17/1894, Elizabeth M. 
Alurnhv (2), 1/4/1902, Irene Hummell. 

3 Floi-ence E.' V. Stackhouse (9), b. 8/2/1872; m., August, 1893, Ernest Mc- 

Neal and had two children, Mildred Pauline and Helen Adele MacNeal. 

4 Herbert Felton Stackhouse (9), b. 1/21/1874; m., April 1896 Eila E., daugh- 

ter of Clayton and Rebecca R. Stacknouse, and had children. Russell 
Leroy ClaVton Braddock and Marian Arline Stackhouse. 

3. A^^a^ 4?eTrstaSh!.u'se%?f b.'v3,a848. m., 5/1/1874, L.d.a R. Woo.Ma., 

I.Howard (9)"'TEdith (9). 3. Hannah (9). 4. Sallie (9). 5. Helen (9). 

•248 History or the Siiinx Family ix Europe and America 

fi. Abraham P. (9). 7. J. Frank (9). S. Clinton (9). 
4. .SaniiR'I StiR-khousc (7), h. ;3/-21/1821 ; oh. 3, SO/ISI!); in.. 1/21/1847, Sarah 
Ann Lewis, daii^fliter of Phineas and ^farv , and had chihlreu: 

1. Alice A. Stack-house (S), b. November, 1847; m., 4/12/1870, Edwin A. Thorpe, 

and had four children: 

1. Caroline A. Thorpe (9). 2. Sarah Ann Thorpe (9). 

n. Lewis Charles Thorpe (9). 4. Kate Tatlow Thorpe (9). 

2. Lfwis S. Stackhouse (81. b. 12/9/1854; m., 12/20/1880, Kate H. Tatlow, and 

had two children. .Juliet and Jessie L. Stackhouse. 

3. Jessie Lewis Stackhouse (8), b. June, 1860. 

.'». George Stackhouse (7). 6. Elizaheth Lucretia (7). 

7. CL-iyton Jlaines Stackhouse (7), h. 9/25/1828; m. Rehecca E. Coles, and had 
fhildren : 

1. Marion Coles Stackhouse (8). b. 1/16/1859; m., 3/16/1892, Richard H. Haines. 

2. Walter Lippincott (8). 3. Emma Jane (8). 

4. Albert Stackhouse (8), b. 9/26/1865: m. Kale Cowperthwaite. 

5. Hannah R. Stackhouse (8), b. 5/7/1870; ob. 7/30/1 8SS. 

6. Ella E. Stackhouse (S), b. 5/8/1875; m., April. 189G. Herbert Felton Stackhouse, 

and had children, Russell, Leroy, Marien, Arline and Clayton Braddock 

9S9k. Ruth pRorD (0). — Lucretia Siiinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1), 

Kmli, fourth cliUd of Abraliaui and Lucrrlia (Sliinn) I'roud. b. 4/21/1791; 
III. Joseph, son of Thomas and L3^dia Rockhill of Xorthampton Township, Bur- 
lington County, Xcw Jersey, 3/30/1817; he and his family moved to South Bend, 
Ind., in 18.58; children all born at Modford, N". J. 
L Elizabeth Rockhill (7), b. 7/19/1818; ob. 8/20/18.52: m. Thomas, son of Isaac 

and Rachel Lee, at Fo.stertown, N. J., in 1S42: liad childvcn: 

1. Emma Lee (8) ; ob. inlans. 

2. Anna Lee (8); m. Mr. Kyrkendall of Springdale, 111., and had four children. 

whose habitat is unknown. 

3. George Washington Lee (8), b. 3/19/1846; ob. 1/16/1874 at Denver, Colo. 

4. Abigail Lee (8), b. 9/17/1848; m. (1), 9/6/1866, at Morgantown. Ind., Jesse 

Clarkson. son of George W. and Mary A. (Benson) Davis, who died in 
1882 in Tennessee; had children, Lizzie, Annie, Maria, Delora, George 
Thomas. Sallie May, Walter Henry and Viola Jane Davis. The first three 
deceased. Married (2), 2^3/1885, at Crawfordsvillo. lud.. Henry Sea, son of 
Jesse and Julia (Robertson) Petro, and had other children, born near New 
Richmond, Ind.; twins, Everett and Earnest Sea; Susan Lenora Petro Sea, 
Earnest Sea, deceased. Of the first cliildr(Mi, George S. Davis married, 6/16/ 
1897. Alice Mary Baldwin, and liad luur children. Lewis Harley, Charles 
Elstan. Harvey Clifford and Francis Lee Havis. Viola .lane Davis married 
at Lafayette, ind.. <;/l/lSS9, Wolford Churcli. and had two children. Oka 
Louise and Delora Lee Church. Sallie May Davis married, 5/10/1900. at 
Waveland. Ind.. Rev. John S. Crowder. a Methodist minister from Virginia. 
and to them a pair of twins was born at DarliTiglon, Ind.. John Robert and 
Mary Agnes Crowder. Walter Ilein-y Davis married, 5/28/1902, at Lafay- 
ette, Ind., Grace Chilils. 

5. Sarah Gaskell Lee (8). b. 5/1/1850; m. (I). isTi;, at Georgetown. Ind.. Francis 

Anthony Rund of Germany, and had children, (1) Ora .Mien Rund, ob. 
inl'ans; (2) Flora May Rund, b. (;/2l/lS7S, m.. 3/8/1899, CharU>s Kesler Mc- 
Donald, and had two children, Cecil Herljen and Ivae McDonald; (3) Burt 
Rnsco Rund, b. 12/1 1/1 SS((, m. 12/2/1902, Emma F. Long. Francis A. Rund 
died in IK'tf, and Sarah G. married (2), 11/M/l!iO(), John Skephart. 
f'l Thomas Lee (K), 1). 8/23/lS.''i1 ; m. at Ladoga. Ind.. 8/28/1879. Nannie E. Ei)per- 
son, and had children. William Carl. Fva Francis, Walter Earl. Harley 
Dickinson. Iluw.nd Epperson, Orval Thomas Lee, of whom the first two 

2. Rachel l{ock]ii!l C). ;•.. .Vbigail K'nrkhill i^). 

1. Lydia Rockhill (7). h. 1 /1/182.V. ni.. 1802, Henry Powell of South Bemh Tmi. 

Sixth axd Later Gexeratioxs. 249 

5. William Eockhill (7), b. 10/14/1828; m. Jane B. Richardson, and had chil- 
dren : 

1. Rebecca Richardson Rockhill (8), b. 2/28/1856; m., 12/4/1890, Frederick, son 

of Jacob and Julia Ann Curtia, in St. Joseph County, Indiana. No children. 

2. Ruth Anna Rockhill (8), b. 8/29/1857; m., 5/3i/1881, at Attica, Ind. Oliver 

Burgess, son of Daniel and Catherine Keene, a traveling salesman; had 
children, Oliver and Earl Keene. 

3. Mary Elizabeth Rockhni (8), b. 8/15/1859, at South Bend, Ind.; m., 6/26/1879, 

George Hodgkinson, son of Judge George H. Alward of South Bend, Ind.; 
he is now clerk of St. Joseph Circuit Court; had children, Robert Rockhill 
Alward, Chester Arthur Alward, William Henry Alward. 

9801. Elizabeth Proud (6). — Lucretia Shinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Elizabetli, fifth child of Abraham and Lucretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 7/20/1793; 
rn., G/26/1815, Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Eeeve, and had children: 

1. Mary C. Reeve (7), b. 3/16/1817; ob., unmarried, 2/18/1872. 

2. Thomas Reeve (7), b. 6/6/1819; ob. 3/14/1896; m., 3/19/1843, Mercy Stackhouse, 

daughter of Enoch and Mary (Simmons) Shinn, and had: 

1. Samuel Reeve (8), b. 2/15/1844; m., 8/24/1881, Sallie R. Newton. 

2. Mary Emma Reeve (8), b. 7/26/1846; m., 3/3/1869, Isaac C. Groff, and had 

Joseph R. Groff, who died young; Bertha M. Groff, b. 4/30/1875, m., 11/18/ 
1896, S. Lippincott Moore, and had Helen R. Moore and Earl S. Moore; 
Florence j. Groff, b. 12/18/1877, m., 2/15/1899, Linwood Borton and had 
M. G. and Joseph H. Borton. 

3. Josephine Reeve (8), b. 12/7/1848; ob., unmarried, 7/5/1902. 

4. Thomas Reeve (8), b. 5/16/1855; m., 2/9/1876, Kate Chew, and had one child, 

Elsie S. Reeve, b. 12/13/1876, m. 10/5/1898, Ralph Ryley. 

3. Elizabeth Ann Reeve (i), b. 7/9/1821; m. Aaron Chew and had chldiren, Ira Wins- 

low, Charles B. ; Sarah, who married Swenton Smith; Samuel Reeve; Mary, 
who married Charles Snyder, had several children, Laura Hannah and Flor- 
ence Chew. 

4. Samuel Reeve (7), b. 2/5/1823; m., 1/1/1848, Jane K. Tingle, and had two sons, 

William H. Reeve, b. 9/7/1849, who married Ella Wilson; Samuel N. Reeve, b. 

5. Elwood (7). b. 5/18/1826; ob. 10/21/1865. 

6. Levi P. Shinn (7), b. 7/17/1828; married in November, 1872, Eliza Powell, and had 

four children: 

1. Lizzie Powell Reeve (8), b. 1/27/1874; m., 11/20/1895, Frederick Winston 

Branin, and had one child, Frederick L. Branin. 

2. Alice Reeve (8). b. 1/19/1876; m. Irving Stewart, 1897. 

3. Helen Reeve (8), b. 4/23/1882; m. Frank Springer, 12/23/1901. 

4. Levi P. Reeve (8), b. 12/5/1889. 

7. William S. Reeve (7), b. 10/17/1830; m. Anna Powell, 10/21/1868, and had children: 

1. William S. Reeve (8), b. 8/13/1869; m., 10/21/1890, Mary Johnson, and had 

two children, Elsie D., b. 2/27/1894; Ruth R., b. 11/13/1900. 

2. Clara Elizabeth Reeve (8), b. 9/17/1871; m., 4/16/1898, Robert Goldy. No 


3. Sara Anna Reeve (8), b. 4/16/1873; m. Pierce C. Heisler, 12/1/1892, and had 

one child. Orlande A., b. 10/12/1893. 
4 John W. Reeve (8), b. 6/26/1877; m., 6/29/1898, Annie Howell, and had 
one child, John W., b. 4/26/1900. 

5. Isaac P. (8). 6. Bessie May (8). 

8. Rachel S. Reeve (7), b. 1/27/1833. 

9. John W. Reeve (7), b. 10/26/1835; m., 7/5/1854, Sarah Kemble, and had three 

1. Harry M. Reeve (8), who married Ida V. Roberts, and had two children, Ida 

and John Reeve. 

2 Frank W. Reeve (8), who married Mamie Oldfield, and had one child, Clara 


3 Anna V. Reeve (8), who married Wesley Keamer Harris and had three chil- 

dren Reeve B., Sara and Romaine Harris. 

10. Ruthanna Reeve (7), b. 11/26/1837; ob. unmarried. 

2o0 History of the Shinx Family ix Europe and America 

989m. Levi Proud (6).— Lucretia Siiixn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Levi, sixth child of Abraham and Lncretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 5/27/1797; 
ob. 9/6/1827 : m. Ann Coles Davis, and had children: 

1. Samuel D. Proud (7), b. 1/21/1821; m., 11/29/1849, Catherine Byerly, and had chil- 


1. Levi S. Proud (8), b. 9/10/1850: m., 11/22/1877, Lenora Antrim, and had 

children, Leon B., Louis A., Emily M., Samuel D., Roy and Daisy D. Proud. 

2. Anna E. Proud (8), b. 7/23/1852; m., 12/23/1874, William H. Harff. and had 


1. .Alary Emma Harff (9), b. 2/11/1876; m., 5/17/1899, Alfred Darnell. 

2. Charles E. Harff (9), b. 9/26/1877; m., 5/4/1899, Ella Stackhouse, and had 

two cliildren, Verna K. and Roy W. Harff. 

3. Mary C. Proud (8j, b. 9/6/1S55; m., 7/17/1895, Thomas MarLfe gf 

4. John A. Proud (8). 5. Emma A. Proud (8). 

G. Samuel David Proud (S). b. 7/31/1861; m., 1/14/1885, Ida Langelon, and had 
three children, .John A., Lena and Margueretta E. Proud. 

2. Caroline C. Proud (7), b. 1/14/1823. 

3. Abraham C. Proud (7), b. 9/G/1825; m., 6/10/1852, Amanda Smith, and had children, 

Emma, Amanda and George S. Proud, who married Mary E. Fowler in 1890. 

989n. John Proud (G). — Lucretia Shinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

John, seventh child of Abraham and Lucretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 9/11/1799; 
<.b. 9/18/1859 at Rollin, Mich.: m .11/27/1831, at Philadelphia, Pa., Ann, daugh- 
ter of Stephen and Hannah .Moor, b. 12/11/1798, at Merion, Pa., ob. 11/3/1883, 
at Agricultural College, ^lich., and had children: 

1. George Proud (7), b. 1834; ob. 1834. 

2. William Moor Proud (7), b. 3/31/1834; m.. 10/4/1860, Ann Mercy Bell, 

daughter of Eliliu and Lucretia (Paddock) Talbcrt; his yotitli spent on the 
farm near Rollin, Mich.; 1856 to 1869 farmer and mechanic at Hesper, la,; 
1869 to 1887 same business at Lawrence, Xan. ; since 1887 mechanic at Whit- 
tier, Cal. Children: 
1. Carroll John Proud (8), b. 12/18/1865, at Hesper, la. 

2 .Ernest Elihu Proud (8), b. 3/19/1868; m., 4/9/1890, Cathora Vandruff, and 
had Cliildren. Cuillord. Alta Mora, Lucien Everett, Leila May, Lester Paul 
and Cecile Roy Proud. 

3. Francis Eldred Proud (8), b. 3/10/1870, at McLouth, Kan.; m. (1), Ella B. 

Cope; (2). Minnie Brown: childron: 
By (1) Ella B. Proud. By (2) El wood I'roud. 

4. Augusta May Proud (8), b. 5/4/1 ,S7:'.; ob. 12/4/1874. 

5. Ellie Ray Proud (8), b. 5/9/187.">: m., 11/25/1897. at Whittier, Cal., Emma, 

daugbler of Stephen and Amy (Aldrich) Harkness, and had one child, 
Bula Proud. 

6. Lufretia Ann Proud (8), b. 8/28/1877; m., 10/5/1902, at Whiiiier, Cal.. John 

Thcroii Keck, a contractor and builder at Los Angeles, Cal. 

3. Hachcl .Moor I'lond (7), b. 7/16/1835. 

I. Hannah ;\iin I'roud (7), b. 4/28/1837 at Medlord, X. ,).; m., 9/2/1863 at 
Ivoliin, Micb.. \Villiam James, son of William ami Rachel S. (Comstock) 
Beal; graduate Michigan University, A. B., 185!» : IMi. D., 1880; B. S., Har- 
vard, 1865; employed at Friend's Acailciny and I lowland Scliool, TTnion 
S])rings, N. Y., 1863-68; since 1870 Professor of Botany, .Michigan Agrictil- 
turnl College; he was born 3/11/1833 at Adrian, Mich,; ]\[rs. Hannah A. 
Beal is another most helpful woman ; Iht intelligence is of the kind that 
grasps what is wanted and supplies the want splendidly and accurately. The 
children of this nuirriage were: 
1. Jessie Irene Real (8). b. in Chicago, Rl.. 3/17/1870; in.. 1/2/1896. at Agricul- 
tural College, Michigan, Ray Staiuiard. son of Joseph and Alice (Potter) 

Sixth and Latee Generations. 251 

Baker, b. 4/17/1870, at Lansing, Mich.; graduate Mich. Agrl. Coll. 1889; 
with Chicago Record 1892-98; then associate editor and special writer Mc- 
Clure's Magazine, New York City; she graduated Agr. Coll. 1890; children- 
1. Alice Beal (9). 2. James Stannard (9). 

5. Thr.mas Shinu Proud (7), b. 11/21/1839; m., 12/22/1867, at Hesper, Iowa, 

Ella Elizabeth Graham, b. 10/9/1847, at Conwav, Mass.; has resided in 
Lenawee County, Michigan; Winneshiek County, " Iowa; Jefferson County, 
Kansas, and Jefferson County, Nebraska; fanner, carpenter, bridge con- 
structor and builder; now lives near Kalispell, Mont. Children: 

1. William John Proud (8;, b. 10/17/1868; m., 1/4/1893, at Fairbury, Neb., Mary 

Murray, and had two children, Lyle and Edith Sephina Proud. 

2. Gratia Narcissa Proud (8), b. 2/6/1872 at Springdale, Kan.; m., 5/15/1901, at 

Kalispell, Mont., Joseph A. Roe, from Melverton, Ontario; he is a dairy- 
man at Kalispell; there was one child, Zella Romona Roe. 

3. Oscar Emery Proud (8), b. 2/14/1874. 

4. Inez Gertrude Proud (8), b. 12/19/1877 at Daykin, Neb.; m., 11/10/1897, at 

Fairbury, Neb., Elmer Curtis Friend, and had one child, Duane Lloyd Friend. 

6. Joseph Lewis Proud (7), b. 8/14/1841; ob. 4/8/1887 at Grand Kapids, Mich.; 

farmer till 1867, then agent for sewing machines at Angora, Ind., Jackson 
and Grand Rapids, Mich.; m. (1), 12/11/1867, at Mount Clemons, Mich., 
Snrali Chase, (2) at Jackson, Mich., 4/27/1874, Orpha (George) Hall. 

989p. Mary Proud ( 6 ) .— Lucketia Shinn (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Mary, youngest daughter of Abraham' and Lucretia (Shinn) Proud, b. 12/31/ 
1803; ob. at Luniberport, N. J., 10/27/1856; m., Thomas Joyce and had two chil- 
dren, who died young. Thomas Joyce was a soldier in the Civil War and was 
buried at the Soldiers' Home, Milwaukee, Wis. 

1009. William Shinn (6). — Thomas (o), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

William, second child of Thomas and Jane (Austin) Shinn, b. at Medford, 
N. J., 7/31/1787 ; m. at Medford, Jane, daughter of Adouijah and Sarah 
Peacock, 1/31/1811; moved with his father in 1808 to Columbiana Count}', Ohio; 
thence to Warren County, and finally to Shelby County, Ohio, where he died, 12/2/ 
1862. His wife died in Warren Coimtv 10/31/1834. His descendants are: 
1. Thomas P. (7). 2. Sarah V. (7). 3. Mary (7). 4. Elma (7). 

5. William Shinn (7), b. Warren County, Ohio, 3/10/1818; m. in Shelby County, Ohio, 
1/ — ^/1840, Denitia Stokes; farmer; Justice of the Peace for many years; prom- 
inent in the Orange Chapel M. E. C; ob. 9/15/1895 and buried in Orange Chapel 
Cemetery. His descendants are: 

1. Sarah Jane Shinn (8), b. in Shelby County, Ohio.; m., 7/13/1884, Thomas J. 

Baker. By this marriage there was one child, that died in infancy. Mrs. 
Baker still lives at Anna, O., a very intelligent woman. She has many 
curious relics of her great-grandmother, Jane, one being the Quaker cap she 
wore to church; also Jane's picture, and that of her Uncle Austin. 

2. Brendella (8). 3. Milton Russell (8). 

4. Wilford Edwin Shinn (8), b. in Shelby County, Ohio, 4/2/1851; m., 3/2/1876, 

Mary E. Mesker, and had the following children: 
1. Roy G. (9). 2. Charles Ross (9). 3. Shinn (9); ob. infans. 

5. William Roswell Shinn (8), b. in Shelby County, Ohio, 6/15/1855; m. Laura L. 

Field, 12/26/1876; moved to Benton Harbor, Mich.; thence to Chicago, 111.; 
lawyer and author; Dean of University Law School in Chicago and a most 
excellent and profound instructor. In the various law books he has pub- 
lished he stamped himself indelibly upon the legal affairs of the State of 
Illinois, and erected for himself a monument more durable than granite. 
From a country school boy in Shelby County, Ohio, to an eminent law writer 
for a great state in the short period of twenty-five years is the reward 
America gives her sons of promise. His works are: "Pleading and Prac- 
tice for the State of Michigan," "Pleading and Practice for the State of 

252 History of the Shinn Family in Europe axd America 

Illinois." a work upon " Garnishment," another upon " Attachment." He fell 
dead upon tne street in Chicago in February, 1903, and was buried in Benton 
Harbf)r. Mich. His children were: 

1. Hanild Rrough Shinn (lU. b. 9/24/1877; graduated Northwestern Univer- 

sity. Evanston. III. 

2. Howard (9). :J. John Leslie (9). 4. Walter Q. (9). 
6. Jane A. (7). 7. John (7). 

8. Martha Ann Shinn (7), b. 6/22^1827: m. Alexander Howard; she died 4/11/1851. 

9. Adonijah Shinn (7), b. 3/6/1829; m. Sylvester N. Howard of Chicago, 111. 

1(»1(). AisTix Siiixx (6).— Thomas (5), Thomas (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (-2), John (1). 

Austin, tliird cliild of Thomas and Jane (Austin) Shinn. was horn at ]\[ed- 
ford, N. J., :/9/1794; m.. at .Mt. Holly, in 1820, :\[artha Hopewell. His descend- 
ants were: 

1. Samuel Austin Shinn (7), b. at Mt. Holly, N. J., 9/14/1821; m., 1850, Marie Davis; 

ol). at Xorrlstown. Pa.. 4/1/1899. Children: 

1. Charles T. Shinn (8), b. 3/17/1851; prominent physician at Norristown, Pa. 


2. Elizabeth D. Shinn (8), b. 6/7/1853; ob. unmarried, 1877. 

2. William Shinn (7), b. at Mt. Holly, N. J., 1823. 

1013. Eaxsom Shinn (6). — Bexjamix (5), Benjamin (4), Sa:^iuel (3), 

Thomas (2), Joiix (1). 

Kansoni, second child of Benjamin and Tal)itha (Blackhurn) Shinn, was 
horn in Giilfin County, Georgia, 1830; m. Laura Logan at Griffin, Ga. Enlisted 
in the First Georgia Kegiment in 1847 and served through the ^Mexican War. His 
children were: f 

1. W O (7). 2. Hannah (7). 3. Rebecca (7). 

1014. James Madisox Shinn (G). — Benjamin (5), Benjamin (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

James Madison, third child of Benjniiiiii and 'i'aliitha (Blackburn) Shinn, 
was born at Gritlin. (ia., 1833; jn. at (Jrillin, Ga., Mahah-i Muse, l-'nlistcd in a 
Georgia Kegiment, C. S. A., and was killed at the battle of Seven Pines. 

lOK). JosiAii Shinn (G). — Benjamin (5), Benja:\[in (4), Samuel (3), 

Thom.\s (2), John (1). 

Josiah, fifth chiJil of Benjamin and 'Pabilha ( lilackburn) Shinn, was born 

at Grillin, Ga., .S/4/1S37; eidistcd in tiie lu'ginicnt Georgia Volunteers, 

C. S. A., in 18G1, and served throiigii the war; married, isc. I. at (irillin. (la. Of- 
fered his services in 1897 for the Spanish-. \iiirri( an wai-. luii was rejected on ac- 
count of age. He said that the day tliat he was mustered out of the Confederate 
service — the cause he thiuight was right — h(> was ri'ady to light fm- T'ncle Sam. 

Lives at Victory. Ga. His desceiHhinis are: 

1. Charles Jackson (7). b. 9/8/1865; m. Burta Cobb. 

2. E. R. (7), b. 1/12/1869; m. Mollie Taney. 

3. Robert Lee (7). b. 11/1 /I S67; m. Othello Echols. 

4. Josiah E. (7), b. 2/19/1870; m. Eugenia Wliilo. 

5. Hessie Hagem (7), b. 1/12/1871; in. Tlionius Higgins. 
7. Lucy (7). b. 1/10/1880; ni. Jos.'ph Thompson. 

loi*. L'h.vstus Shinn (G). — Hkn.ja.min (5), Hknmamin (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

I'rastus Shinn, eldest ehdd of l>enjamin Shinn i)y his second marriage, was 
})orn at Grilfin. Ga, In 18G1 he enlisted in a Georgia Kegiment of Confederate 
Volunteers; elected Captain of Company; killed at Murfrecsboro. 

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1019-A. Joseph Hexly Shixx (6).— Josiah (o), Bexjamix (i), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (3), Johx (1). 

Joseph Henly, child of Josiah Carlock and Elizabeth (Humphreys) 
Shinn, b. 2/6/1833 at Terre Haute, Ind.; educated at Georgetown College, Ken- 
tucky; to California overland in 1849; gold digger at Shasta until 1864; to Baker 
City, Ore. ; elected County Clerk 1866-1870 ; Eegister of State Land Office from 
1876 to 1880; m., 1/1/1867, Evaline M. Chandler. After twenty years of business 
life in Baker City he came back to the states and was in business in Kentucky and 
Arkansas; thence to Buenos Ayres, South America; thence to Berkeley, "" Cal., 
where he died September, 1901; member Durant Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Berkeley; 
Past Master at Baker City, Ore. His children were: 

1. George Hazen Shinn (7),' b. 2/1/1868, at Auburn, Ore.; educated in Public Schools 

and University of Oregon; admitted to the bar 1892; Dept. Dist. Atty. 6th Jud. 
Dist. of Oregon 1892-1896; Chief Deputy Internal Revenue Collector, Portland, 
Ore., 1898 to present time; m., 1/11/1895, Dell M. Caples of Columbia City, Ore., 
and has one child, George Caples Shinn. The grandfather of his wife was Dr. 
James McBride; physician and minister of the Christian Church; he was an 
own cousin of President Andrew Jackson, and a relative of Jefferson Davis; 
minister to Hawaii under President Lincoln; her uncle is John R. McBride, the 
first Congressman from Oregon, and appointed by President Lincoln U. S. Dis- 
trict Judge in Idaho; another uncle was Hon. Geo. W. McBride, eight years 
Secretary of State for Oregon and U. S. Senator from 1895 to 1901, and now 
one of the U. S. Commissioners at the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo. 

2. Eva M. Shinn (7), b. Baker City, Ore., 10/27/1869; graduated University of Cali- 

fornia; lived several years in Chili; teacher of Latin in High School, Berkeley, 
Cal.; m., 1889, at San Francisco, Cal., Martin B. Stone, and had one child, Lurita 

1019-B. James Henry Shixx (6). — Josiah (o), Bexjamix (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), Johx (1). 

James Henry, youngest child of Joseph Carlock and Elizabeth (Humphreys) 
Shinn, b. 8/28/1836 at Terre Haute, Ind.; educated public schools, and George- 
town College (Ky.) ; to Shasta, Cal., in 1851; at French Gulch, he was an active 
factor in the events of a time that can never be reproduced; to Baker City, Ore., 
in 1862 ; it has been said of him there: " K'o man had more to do with laying the 
beams of civilization in Baker Count}' than he^'; in 1866 he was elected SherifE 
and held the office four years ; elected County Judge in 1882 and served four years ; 
meml)cr of the Council' of Baker City ; in debate he was said to be " re&dy, ag- 
gressive, redoubtable and eloquent."' His funeral was a grand testimonial of pub- 
lie esteem ; every available vehicle in the city was put to use, and teams and carriages 
in extensive numbers came from the valley; he was always prominent in public 
affairs; his nature would not permit him to be obscure; " Xature made him a giant 
intellectually and he displaved his powers in disposing the events and affairs of 
Baker Countv." Ob. 12/30/1889; m. at Wingville, Ore., 1866, Lavina Toney, b. 
Mt. Vernon," HI., 8/11/1850. His widow married in 1893, James Wisdom, a 
bankrr of Baker Citv. Descendants of James Henrv and Lavina (Toney) Shinn: 

1. Asa Calhoun Shinn' (7), b. 9/18/1868, at Wing\'ille, Ore.; m., 12/1/1889, Ephigenia Mc- 

Cord, b. at Baker City, 11/11/1871; ob. 4/15/1897. Merchant and stock raiser; his 
children are Hazel, Leland, Lavina, Angelina and Syrenus. 

2. Albert Edward Shinn (7), b. at Baker City, Ore., February, 1871. Clerk in the U. S. 

Mail Service between New York City and Hamburg, German Empire; m. a^ 

New Haven. Conn,. Mae Sheldon, daughter of a prominent citizen of New Haven. 

and had children, Eleanor Mae, w-ho died, and Esther Sheldon. 
3 Robert Franklin Shinn (7), b. at Baker City, Ore., October, 1872. 
4^ James Henrv Shinn (7), b. at Baker City, Ore., 8/19/1880; m., 11/2/1901, at The 

Dalles, Ore, Rose Bucklir. b. 8/9/1881. 

1020 Josi\H Hazex Shixx (6).— Josiah (5), Bex.jamix (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), Johx (1). 
Josiah Hazen Shinn, eldest child of Josiah Carlock and Elizabeth Frances 


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(Gilpin) Shinn, was born at Eussellville, Ark., 3/39/1849; learned to read at his 
father's knee in his third year; to Louisville.. Ivy., in 1854; entered school there in 
his sixth year, being placed in the third grade; to Cincinnati in 1859; passed 
through the intermediate and high school grades of the schools of that city; grad- 
uated at the Oliio Xonnal School in 18G9; admitted to the bar at Cincinnati 1S72, 
but never practiced; he was examined for admission by Stanley Matthews, after- 
wards Associate Justice of the U. S. at Washington; Judge Hoadlej'-, T. D. Lin- 
coln and Henry Snow; taught school for ciglitecn years in Ohio, Kentucky and Ar- 
kansas; married, l/'^/l^'^^? ^t Bridgepoi't, Franklin County, Ky., Mildred Carl- 
ton, daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Mueller) Williams. 

The father of the bride Avas a soldier in the 5th Kentucky Orphan Brigade, 
C. S. A., and grandson of Jesse Williams of Nelson County, Va., a Eevolutionary 

Wreath placed by Josiah H. Shinn on the sarcophagus of Emperor 

Alexander III. in the cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, 

St. Petersburg, January, 1894. The only 

American wreath. 

Soldier. Mr. Sliinu moved to Arkansas in 188,3; institute instructor for five years 
under W. E. TbomiJ.son; Stale Superintendent; President State Teachers' Associa- 
tion 18S7; Chief Clerk in olTice of Secretary of State under Elias B. Moore and 
Ben. B. Chism 1885-1890; State Superintendent of Public Instruction 1890-1894; 
rcccivcfl the liighest vote cast for any man on the state ticket; estal)lished the first 
State Xormal Schools in .Arkansas wliilc in this otlice; organized the Southern Edu- 
cational Association at "Moorebead City, N. C. in 1891, and was elected its first 
President; re-elected at Chattanooga, Tcnn. in 1893; Vice-President National Ed- 

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ucatioiial Association 1892: placed specially by the Legislature of Arkansas in 

presented to Emperor Nicholas I, at the AnitchkofE Palace. 

Writer for the Little Rock Gazette and Democrat; editor and publisher for 
ten years of the Arkanma Teacher and Southern School Journal"; established the 
first Chautauquas in Arkansas at Spring-dale, Mammoth Spring and Fort Smith 
in 3898, 1899, 1900, 1901; lecturer 1896 and 1897 in Mississippi, Alabama, Geor- 
gia, Tennessee and Missouri; President of Springdale College 1898-1901; was ap- 
pointed to the Accounts Division, Indian Otfice, Department of Interior, Wash- 
ington, D. C, 1901 ; to tlie Indian Warehouse, Chicago, 111., 1902. 

Mr. Shinn has publisbed the following books and pamphlets: "The Public 
Scbool and the College, 1891; "The South in Public Education,"' 1891; Vassar 
College, Pampblet, 1891; "Illustrated Arkansas," 1892; "History of the Ameri- 
can People," 1893 ; " History of Education in Arkansas," published by the U. S. 
Government, 1899; "Russia at the World's Fair," in English and Russian, 1894, 
'IMiis was republished by Russian governmental officials. "History of Arkansas," 
for schools. 1S9.-); "Primary History of the United States," 1899; "History of 
the Russian i'hnpire," for Libraries, in preparation. Registrar of the S. A. R. for 
Arkansas, 1892-3-4. Member of the American Institute, 1894; Honorary Member 
of the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Historical Societies, 1894; Member of the 
Im])erial Russian Geographical and Historical Societies, 1894; Member of the 
Cliristian (Jhurch, a good speaker and a Democrat. His wife, Mildred Carlton 
Shinn, also a member of the Christian Church, was prominent in Church and 
social circles in Little Rock, and other parts of Arkansas; is a woman of strong 
convictions, and her influence has always been given to the suppression of liquor 
selling and other forms of vice; progressive in religious matters, she always favored 
advanced methods for the propagation of the Gospel at home and abroad ; a member 
of the C. W. B. ^^. of her own church, and of the W. C. T. U. wherever she has re- 
sided ; of the Society for the Rescue of Fallen Women at Little Rock; of the Co- 
operative Club for the betterment of all classes, in which she took an active inter- 
est in Social Science and Economics. At the death of her mother, in 1876, she 
undertook to rear four of her brothers and sisters ; Margaret Williams, now the 
wife of James W. Wells, Bentonville, Ark; Mattie Williams, for eight years clerk 
in the oftice of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Little Rock, Ark., 
and still so employed; Jo Desha Williams, now a successful merchant at Russell- 
ville, Ark., and Julian Otis Williams, now and for ten years past a compositor on 
the Little Rock Gazette and Democrat, Little Rock, Ark. In 1892 she received 
Zeller Hazen Shinn, son of her husband's brother, into her family, and kept him 
until 1897, when he joined the 1st Arkansas Volunteers in the Spanish-American 
War; then came the care of her own father and of the stepfather of her husband. 
Through all this lalior she found time for every good work of the neighborhood 
and e.xerted a good influence over the moral and intellectual status of every place 
in which she lived. Her own house was always in order, and she always found time 
to aid everv good work with her presence, her means and her whole soul. Two 
busier people have rarely ever been united as happily as these, and their silver wed- 
ding, 1/7/1900, was a milestone in their lives which showed them the appreciation 
others had for them. Four hundred silver presents from all parts of the United 
States made the event one never to be forgotten. (See Frontispiece. Also en- 
graving facing page 160.) 

Children of Josiah Hazen and Mildred C. (Williams) Shinn. 
1 Grace Electra Shinn (7). b. at Bridgeport, Franklin County, Ky., 10/9/1875; d. of ty- 
phoid-malarial fever at Russellville, Ark., 10/23/1885. No more brilliant and no 
better child was ever born. 

256 History of the Shinn Family ix Europe and America 

2. Joseph Roy Longworlh Shinn (7). b. at Bridgeport, Ky., 3/18/1880. Educated in the 
public schools and Tharp's Academy at Little Rock, Ark. Amanuensis for his 
father in the preparation of many books; offered for enlistment in the Spanish- 
American War. but was rejected on account of age; manager of the Springdale, 
Mammoth Spring and Ft. Smith Chautauquas; clerk in the population division 
12th census, Washington, D. C. ; stenogi-aphic course Greggs Business College, 
Washington, D. C, and under Prof. Cross of the Chicago University; business 
manager of the Genealogical and Historical Publishing Company, Chicago, III. 
Unmarried. (See engraving, page 145.) 

1021. Ezra Hickman Shinn (6). — Josiah (5), Benjamin (4), Samuel (3), 

Thomas (2), John (1). 

Ezra Hifkman Shinn. second child of Josiah Carlock and Elizabeth Frances 
(C4ilpin) Shinn, was boi-n at RnssellviUc, Ark., 12/25/1850; educated at Louis- 
ville, Kv.. and Cincinnati, 0. ; married at Eussellville, x\rk., Fannie Allen; teacher, 
salesmaji ; " liis mother's boy."' Died at Eussellville, Ark. His wife died soon 

Children of Ezra H. and Fannie (Allen) Shinn. 

1. Zeller Hazen Shinn (7), b. at Russellville, Ark.. 1879; reared by his uncle, Josiah 

H. Shinn; educated at Little Rock public schools and at Tharp's Academy; en- 
listed in the 1st Arkansas Volunteers in the Spanish-American War; when mus- 
tered out he joined the 18th U. S. Infantry and was sent to the Philippines; in 
the Quartermaster's Department at lioilo, P. 1. Served three years there and 
was honorably discharged; appointed at once to a clerkship in the Provincial 
Treasurer's office; resigned 1902 to accept a position in the Marine Hospital 
Service. Unmarried. 

2. Eugene Shinn (7). b. at Russellville; at the death of his father entered the family 

of his aunt, Mrs. W. J. White. Clerk and bookkeeper for a large dry goods 
store at that place. Unmarried. 

3. Vernon Shinn f7), b. at Russellville, Ark.; reared by his aunt, Mrs. W. J. White. 

1269. GrEORGE Tatum Atkinson (G). — John Atkinson (5), Samuel Atkin- 
son (4), Hannah Shinn (3), James (2), John (1). • 

George Tatum Atkinson, tliii-d child of John and Elizabeth (Borton) Atkin- 
son, was born 10/26/1810; m. at Salem, iST. J., Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse Bond, 
2/5/1840; reside on tlic homestead near ^[ullica Hill, N". J.; celebrated their 
golden wedding 2/5/1 89U. 

Children and Descendants. 

1. John B. Atkinson (7), b. 11/11/1840; m., 5/23/1867, Sarah A., daughter of William 

and Ann Black of Mt. Holly; removed to Earlington, Ky., where, in connection 
wilh Hon. John Clements, he piil)lished a very comprehensive brochure, entitled 
"The Atkinsons in New Jersey." Vice-president and treasurer of the St. Ber- 
nard Coal Co. His children were: 
1. John B. (8). 2. Mary Newbold (8). 

2. Lydia Atkinson (7), b. 2/5/1843; m. Rol)ert Comly. 

3. Townsend Atkinson (7), b. 9/15/1 S4r>; ob. unmarried. 
•1. Caroline F. (7), b. 12/1G/1847; m. B. N. Farren. 

5. George C. Atkinson (7), b. 5/15/1852; m. Fannie M. Miller; moved to Earlington, 

Kentucky, where he is employed as Secretary of the St. Bernard Coal Co. 
G. Warren Atkinson (7), 1). 2/28/1856. 

1273. "Restore SiiiNN (('>). — I'Ili/ \i;i:tii Simw (5). Ukstore (1), Fran- 
cis (3), .Iami:s (2). 'loll X ( 1 ). 

Kestore Shinn l.iinil), cldr.-i cliiM dl' Jarnl. aiiil l^li/ahelii (Shiiui) Laiiili. was 
born in r.nriington County, New Jersey, 13/27/1788; m., 4/18/1822, Mary, daugli- 
Icr of I'ciijaiuin I*]. Kiduwaw Their descendants were: 

1. Rebecca Mcrritt Lamb (7); b. 3/22/1824; m., iii Burlington County, N. J., 12/22/ 
1842, Barclay White, of Mt. Holly, a prominent surveyor and lawyer; his articles 


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in the minutes of the Surveyors' Association show laborious investigation, careful 
analysis anrl accurate conclusions. His children were as follows: 

1. Howard White (8); m. (1) Ann Patience Ellis, 10/2/1869; (2) Helen Trump 

Comly, 6/29/18SG. By the first marriage there were four children. 

2. Joseph Josiah White (8); m. 11/1/1869, Mary Anne Fenwick, and had four chil- 


3. George Foster White (8) ; m., 10/9/1876, Mary Jeans Walter, and had three chil- 


4. Uarclay White (8); m., 5/1/1877, Anna Mary Bradley, and had one child. 
Benjamin Ridpcway Lamb (7) ; m. Sarah Reeves Haines, 9/12/1850. 

Lydia Ann Lamb (7); ob. sine proli. 

Restore Hiddle Lamb (7); m. (1) Adelaide, daughter of Jacob and Margaret Lamb; 
(2) Exine Hosmer, nee Evans. 

ZELLER HAZEN SHINN. (See page 256.) 

1274. Eebecci Lamp. (6). -Elizabeth Shinn (5), Eestore (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Eebocon, second child of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shinn) Lamb, married Abra- 
ham ^lei-ntt aiKl luad the follo^mig cM^ ^^^^^^^^ 3/^322. (g) 

'■ '%^ni7a^?7mf4"NeUold, Vi%^ ^^^^^' ^/^V1S49; (4) William H. 

Ellis. 2/12/1857. 

2. Abraham Merritt (7): m. Margaret Budd. 

3. Jacob Merritt (7) ; m. Rachel Woolston. 

4. Rebecca Merritt (7); m. John Champion. 


260 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

1275. Jacob La^^ib (fi).— Elizabeth Shinn (5), Eestobe (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Jacob, third child of Jacoli and Elizabeth (Shinn) Lamb, married Ann Ridg- 

way, and had the following cliildren: 

1. John Lamb (7); m. iviainwaring. 

2. Joseph L. Lamb (7); m. (1) Louisa Rossell Shinn; (2) Sarah Stewart 

3. Sarah Lamb (7); m. Samuel Rogers. 

4. Mary Lamb (7) ; m. George Rogers. 

5. Elizabetli Lamb (7); twin of Mary; ob. sine proli. 

6. Beulah Lamb (7); m. Joseph Southwick. 

7. Anna Lamb (7) ; ob. sine proli. 

8. Jacob C. Lamb; m. (1) Caroline Roberts; (2) . 

1276. Clayton Lamb (6). — Elizabeth Shinn (5), Restore (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Clayton, fourth child of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shin]]) Lamb, married , 

(laughter of Lott Ridgway, Jr.. and had the following children: 

1. Jacob Lamb (7); m. Margaret Watkinson. 

2. Elizabeth Lamb (7); m. Budcl Bodine. 

3. Clayton Lamb (7) ; m. Lawrence. 

1278. Joseph Biddle Shinn (6). — Stacy (5), Restore (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Joseph Biddle, eldest child of Stacy and Anne (Earl) Shinn, was born 7/23/ 
1796; married at Shrewsbury, N. J., according to the rites of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church by Ilenry Finch, rector of Christ's church at that place, 3/10/1831, 
Rebecca Stratten Cline (Mon. Co. Mar. L. Book C, page 28). From a will of 
Elizabeth Salter, probated October 29, 1850, and recorded at Freehold, N. J., we 
ascertain that Rebecca Stratten Cline was a niece of Elizabeth Salter, and grand- 
daughter of Joseph and ITuldah (Mott) Salter. The will of Hannah Salter, sis- 
ter of Elizabeth, probated 18G0 at Freehold, also me]itio]is her niece, Rebecca 
Stratten Shinii. Joseph Salter, her grandfather, was a Lieutenant Colonel of the 
2nd Moiiniouth IVfilitia in the Revolutionary War and a member of the New Jersey 
Pi-ovincial Congress. Her descendants are entitled to the privileges of all patri- 
otic orders. The Salters have always occupied a respectable place in JSTew Jersey 
history and some of its members have held the most distinguished places. (See 
Stillwell's Salter I^'aiiiilv, and IListorv of Ocean and jMonmouth Counties by Edwin 

Josepli Biddle Shinn was a nien]ber of the New Jersey Independent Blues in 
3822, a crack military organization at Burli]]gton. He was disowned by Burlington 
2/6/1832 for accomplishing his marriage by a hireling priest. Removed to Hills- 
boro, Ohio, about 1850. Childi-en: 

1. John B. Shinn; 1). in New Jersey; appointed a cadet to West Point from Hillsboro, 

Highland County, Ohio, 1852; brevet second lieutenant, Third Artillery, 7/1/1856; 
second lieutenant, 9/1/1856; first lieutenant, 5/30/1860; captain, 1/20/1864; dis- 
charged, 12/27/1870; brevet major, 5/1 3/1 865 for arduous and meritorious service 
in successfully bringing his battery across the Yuma and Gila deserts, and for 
faithful service in New Mexico; for twenty years afterwards clerk in the U. S. 
Land Office, Washington, D. C; m. and has a family in Washington. 

2. Mary Shinn, who married a Perlee, and removed to Now York. 

3. Caddie Shinn. 

1317. ^FosKs Franklin Shinn (6). — Gkokge (T)), Ceoimiio (4), Filvncis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

]\[oses Franklin, ehle.'^t child of (Jeoi'gc and Elizal)etli (W'oodrow) Sliinn, was 
born at Hillsboro, 0., 1/3/1809; said to have been the first white child bom in 

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tho place; married (1) Saraii II. llolcoml), 1830; joined the ^kEethodist Church at 
lillsboro; licensed to pruac li and moved to Iowa; Locust Grove; (1852) Council 
il.ifr.s; (185:J) |)reHding elder; (18.>4) in the Nebraska and Kansas Missionary 
District; to Omaha in April, iHoo; purchased tract of land in the suburbs which 
became an addition to Omaha, and gave him a competence; Chaplain Iowa Legis- 
lature IHM, in which lie delivered this classic prayer: "Great God, bless the 
young and growing s^tate of Iowa; bless our Senators, Representatives and chief 
olliccrs; give us a sound currency, pure water and nndeiiled religion, for Christ's 
Hike; Amen." Had one child by his first wife. Married at Omaha (2) Carrie 

, and died at that place. His descendants are: 

1. Ht.|»hfn I). Hhinn (7); m. . and had children: 

I !'r;itiU (Ki. 2. Addic (8). 3. George (8). 

1"'I> .\u.j:x 'J'lfi.MiiLK SiiiNx ((3).— George (o), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), Joiix (1). 

A 1 1. '11 'riiuibie, secniid child of George and Elizabeth (Woodrow) Shinn, was 
burn at llillsburn. 0.; married there Melinda Feuton; moved to Iowa and died 
there. Mis descendants, living in Iowa and Nebraska, are: 

1. Kraiik Shinu (7); b. Hillsboro. Ohio; moved to Pottawattomie County, Iowa; lawyer 

and pn»rnin<'nt poliiirian; nominated for Congress by the Democratic party, but 
waH dricatcd. His children are: 
1. Srnnia A. Shinn (8). 2. Kate D. Shinn (8). 3. Myrtle I. Shinn (8). 

2. (}eorK»> Sliinn (7); m.. and had children, Andrew J. and Alford Shinn. 
;{. Fernion .M. Shinn (7 1. 

4. Andrew A. Sbimi (7): b. 1/11/1848; m., 1/10/1875, Sarah A. Barr, b. 8/10/1840, and 

luid one child. Mont Shinn (8), b. 5/28/1878. 
r> FInley Shinn (7). 

13 lit. Fi;a\("]s Siiixx (G). — George (5), George (4), Fraxcis (3), James (2), 

Joiix (1). 

{•'rancis, third child of George and Elizabeth (Woodrow) Shinn, born at Hills- 
boii). Ohio, isi:!: married a daughter of Elizabeth Lytle. From Evan's and Sti- 
ver's llistoiy of Adams County. Ohio, we make the following extract: 

".lust before St. John's Day in 1851 Francis Shinn, the auditor of the 
County (Koss) and one of the most prominent and popular men in the County, 
went to Cincinnati to procure supplies for a ^^Fasonic celebration, which was held 
June 24. lSr)l, in the court house yard. ]\[r. Shinn had exhausted himself in his 
trip to Cincinnati and in his work on the day of the celebration. He went home 
on the evening of the 24th and was attacked by cholera, the first case in the village. 
He died on the 26th and was given a public Masonic burial. On July 1st George 
Shinn. the father of Francis, was attacked and died on the 2nd. On July 6th Mrs. 
Elizabeth Lytle, mother of Mrs. Francis Shinn, sickened and died. On the 7th 
Francis A. G. Shinn. son of Francis, passed away. Thus four persons died within 
eleven davs in the same house and from the same disease." Francis had the fol- 
low in s; children : 

1. Joseph W. Shinn (7): b. 1/27/1844; attended Miami University; taught school; 

lawyer; clerk Circuit Court, 1869-75; auditor, 1881-87; Representative, 1889-90; ob. 
1891: Democrat; very prominent and successful politician in Adams County, 
which is very close politically; he was never defeated. Children: 
1. John F. (S). " 2. Joseph Stanley (8). 3. Nellie Carson (8). 

2. John W. Shinn (7); m. and moved to Russellville, Brown County, Ohio; enlisted 

in the Union Army in 1861. and was killed at Nashville, Tenn. He left one son: 
1. John William Shinn (8). who moved to Joplin, Mo., and married there. 
3 Louisa Shinn (7); m. Frank Wells, of Winchester, Ohio, and had children: 

1. Lydia Wells (8) : m. a Mr. Wallace at Winchester, Ohio. 

2. Edward Wells (S). 

4. Francis A. G. Shinn (7); ob. sine proli. 

2G2 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

5. Sarah Shinn (7), b. West Union, O., 3/2/1S48; m. James D. Short, 8/7/1872; he was 
a Democrat; enlisted Company G, 91st Regiment, O. V. Inf., and served three 
j'ears; Presbyterian; lives at Winchester; Sarah d. 7/17/1891, leaving children: 
1. Inda Ora (8). 2. Bert C. (8). 3. Nora Etta (8). 4. Lulu Ethel (8). 5. Joseph 
Earl (8). 

1322. Greenbury G. Sijinn (6). — George (5), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Greenbury G., youngest child of George and Elizabeth (Woodrow) Shinn. was 
born at Hillsboro, 0.; farmer; ob. at Youngsville, 0., 1894; m. in Highland 

County, Ohio, and had children: 

1. Mary Elizabeth Shinn (7); b. 11/13/1846; m., 11/8/1869, A. D. Edington and had 

three children: 
1. Lyra Ethelyn (8). 2. Leona Alice (8). 3. Arthur Lee (8). 

2. Sarah Catherine Shinn (7); b. 5/9/1848; m., at Bentonville, Ohio, in January, 1877, J. 

W. Burbage, and had six children; one died in infancy; the other five are living, 
one of whom is married and has a child. 

3. James M. T. Shinn (7); b. 9/29/1851; unmarried. 

4. Rachel Lee Shinn (7); b. 4/22/1853; m., 11/8/1876, Dr. Arthur Noble, of Winches- 

ter, Ohio. She died in California in 1890, and was buried at Winchester, Ohio. 
No children. 

5. Annie I. Shinn (7); b. 10/27/1856; stenographer in Chicago, 111. 

1323. Joseph ]\[ilton Shinn (6). — Francis (5), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Joseph ]^rilton, eldest child of Francis and ]\Iary (Woodrow) Shinn, was born 
in Culpeper County, Virginia, 1809 ; married Mary Annie Colt at Columbus, 0. 

His descendants were: 

1. Elizabeth Shinn (7); m Thomas Wilson, and had one child: 

1. Frank Wilson (8); b. Harveysburg, Ohio; m. Lucy Linders, of Lebanon, Ohio; ob. 
1890, leaving one child: 
1. Grace Thomas Wilson (9). 

2. William Henry Harrison Shinn, b. at Hillsboro, Ohio, 4/7/1839; m., at Lebanon, Ohio, 

Mary June Graver, of Lebanon, 5/15/1860; had children: 

1. Frank R Shinn (8); b. at Columbus, Ohio, 7/20/1861; cashier of the Citizens' 

Saving Banl^: imraarried. 

2. Mary Ella Shinn (8); b. 11/28/1862; ob. 9/11/1866. 

3. Catherine (7). 4. John (7). 

1327. Rachel Ann Shinn (6). — Francis (5), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Racliel Ann, iillh child ol Francis and Mary (Woodrow) Sliijin. b. Hillsboro, 
0., 9/30/1817; ob. 1/3/1897; m., G/30/1837. Hiram Yeo, b. 3/4/1816; ob. 
5/13/1809. M'be cliiklren were: 

1. William Francis Yeo (7), b. 9/28/1838; 2nd Lieut, in U. S. Navy; o. s. p. 5/12/1876. 

2. Joshua M. Yeo (7); b. 3/10/1840; 1st Sergeant Co. F, 23rd O. V. I. (McKinley's 

roginu>n1 ) and Liiifoln's Body Guard; also 1st Lioiit. and Adjt. 196th O. V. I. 
Unmarried at Chillicothe, O. 

3. Mary Alice Yeo (7); b. 12/3/1841; m. Samuel E. Mackey, 12/27/1866. No children. 

Resides at Kansas City, Mo. 

4. Albert G. Yeo (7); b. 10/19/1850. Unm. Chillicothe, O. 

5. Lanra Emma Yeo (7); b. 6/10/1846; m., 5/27/1875. Josopli J. Woods. She died 

5/1/1882, leaving two children: 

1. Charles Hiram Woods (8); b. 6/24/1876; at present Assistant Attorney Gen- 

eral of Oklahoma Territory. 

2. Alice Lorena Woods (S); b. 4/1/1882; student at Oberlin College, O. 

1328. Joshua Woodrow Shintn ((5). — Francis (5), George (4), Francis (3). 

James (2), John (1). 

Joshua Woodrow. sixtli child of Francis and "M^ary (Woodrow) Sliinn, was 
born at Hillsboro. 0., 1819; married Joanna PauUin at South Charleston, 0., 
where he now resides in his 83rd year. His children are: 

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1. Charles A. Shinn (7); m. Anna Beech. He resides at Chattanooga, Tenn.; a pros- 

perous manufacturer. Children: 
1. John Beech Shinn (8). 

2. Joshua Paullin Shinn (7); b. at Hillsboro, Ohio; m. Clara Hastings, of Chicago, 

111.; no issue; he was admitted to the bar and practiced in Chicago, 111.; he is 
now a member of the firm Harpole, Shinn & Fry, live stock commission mer- 
chants, Union Stock Yards, Chicago, 111. 

3. Mary C. Shinn (7); b. at Hillsboro, Ohio; m. Charles N. Perry, of Chicago, 111., and 

had Gertrude and Helen. 

4. George Shinn (7) ; ob. unmarried. 

5. Anna Shinn (7); m. Thomas C. Woolford, of Xenia, Ohio; had no children. 

6. Josephine E. Shinn (7); m. Edgar T. Hitchcock, Chicago, 111. 

1320. Helen Jane Shinn (G). — Francis (5), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Helen Jane Shinn, born at Hillsboro, 0., 1821; married James Scharff of 

Bellefontaine, 0., and had children: 
1. Frank (7). 2. Edward (7); m. a Riddle. 
3. Mary ("). 4. Robert (7). 5. Richard (7). 

1331. Mahy Ciiivers Shinn (6).— Francis (5), George (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

^fary Chi vers, youngest child of Francis and Mary (Woodrow) Shinn, was 
born at Hillsboro, 6., 1827; married (1) James Monroe Eoosa, March, 1851, at 
Lebanon, 0., and had one child, Frank Eoosa, that died at three years of age; mar- 
ried (-J), 1875, John Locke Martin. No children. She is still living at Lebanon, 
0. (1902). 

1342. :M.\rgaret Shinn (6).— William (5), Vincent (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

^lurgaret, third child of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Shinn, born 8/21/ 
1801; ob. 3/12/1849; m., 4/13/1820, Abraham Webb, b. 9/25/1798; ob. 2/15/ 

1856. Children: _. ^ ^.,^ 

1. Elizabeth Webb (7); b. 4/14/1821; m. David Woodruff, at Salem, Ohio; ob. child- 

less, 10/13/1853. ^ ^ , ^^. , , - 

2. Rebecca Webb (7); b. 10/25/1822; m. William Teegarden, at Salem, Ohio, and had 

1. Thomas E. (8). 2. Josephine (8). 3. Frank W (8 
3 Isaac Webb (7); m. Maria Arter, at Salem, Ohio, 5/5/1846, and had children. 

1. Pamphilia Arter Webb (8); b. 9/12/1847; ob. 1865. ^, . x^ , n 10/91/ 

2. Emmor T. Webb (8); b. 5/24/1850; ob. 1/9/1884; m. Sarah A. Hartwell, 12/24/ 

1874, and had children: 
1 William H Webb (9). 2. Frederick Garfield Webb (9). 

3. Mar> ElSabeth Webb (8); b. 7/7/1854; m. Frank M. Ladd, 9/28/1876, and had 

children ■ 
1. Sanford Webb. 2. David Hartwell. 3. Frank Edward. 

4. 5„S'Xib^°7Tr'm''tL*n'';"af west Liberty, Iowa, 9/11/1862, and had cWl- 
dren : 
i. wniLm^K Webb (S); b. 8/25/1864; m. Emma C. Webb, 7/18/1895, at Milford, 

3. Edward L. Webb (8); t>;lVl/1866 jingle West Liberty, Iowa. 

4. Anna Margaret Webb (8); b. 11/6/1872, ob. 1874. 

6- Emmo7weU'H)''b'1/tS:t. Emerilla Crockett, at Bellefountaine, Ohio, where 
she died. 4/9/1871; ^ad one child: 

7. Mais Webr('7);'bS/13yi'834fm.. at Salem, Ohio, Albert Teegarden, and died 

8. Wil^i'mM.'webb (7); b. 10/13/1834; unmarried; at San Antonio. Texas. 

264 History or the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

9. Emeline Webb (7): b. 9/1/1836; m. Henry Phillips, and had: 
1. Harry W. Phillips (8); b. 8/4/1858; ob. 1886. 
10. Ann Eliza (7). 11. Mary H. (7). 12. Julia (7). 13. isyphena W. (7). 

3343. Abraham Jones Siiinn (6). — William (o), Vincent (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Abraliam Jones, fourth child of William and Elizabeth (Jones) Shinn, born in 
Xew Jersey, 7/6/1803; ob. 10/20/1885; m. at Salem, 0.. 9/15/1825, Susannah 
Phillips; b. 10/2;)/lS07: ob. 4/3/1877; passed their lives at Salem, 0. Children: 

1. Robert P. Shinn (7); b. 9/16/1826; ob. 5/5/1833. 

2. James Lewis Shinn (7); b. 7/23/1829; m., 2/21/1857, Lizzie Hamit; ob. 5/19/1858, 

leaving one child: 
1. James Lewis Shinn (8); b. 1/13/1858; m. and had three children — Clara, Chester 
and Mary Shinn; these reside in Missouri. 

3. Eliza Shinn (7); b. 8/26/1832; ob. 5/29/1852. 

4. Albert R. Shinn (7); b. 5/3/1841; m., 9/13/1866. Eliza Schilling, and had children: 

1. Donna A. Shinn (8); b. 8/4/1867; m. Gornas Thomas, and had two children, 

Helen and Elsie Thomas. 

2. Mary E. Shinn (8); b. 12/18/186S; m. John Lease, and had two children— Whinry 

and Albert Lease. 

3. Lucy H. Shinn (8); b. ;V4/1877; m. Frank Zengling. 

4. Arta Shinn (8); b. 8/11/1878. 

5. Henry A. Shinn (8); b. 5/12/1880; m. Nettie Clark, 1902. 

5. Sarah A. Shinn (7); b. 9/10/1845; m., 1/19/1886. William V. T3unn. 

6. Mary E. Shinn (7); b. 11/10/1845; m. 4/20/1864. 

1345. Isaac Sj II NX ((i). — \\'iLLL\.Ar (5), Vincent (4), Francis (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Isaac, sixth child of William and Elizabeth (J(mes) Shinn, b. 5/20/1808; ob. 
8/16/1S55: m. C'liristina riiillips, b. 2/9/1811; ob. 1/12/1863. Children: 

1. Mary E. Shinn (8); ob. 1/14/1864; m. Edmund C. Pinnock, and had one child: 
1. Mary Pinnock (9), b. January, 1864; m. a Mr. Esquiers, of Michigan. 

2. William B. Shinn (7); m. (1) Louisa Erwin; (2) Susan Kinbet ; (3) Lorena Knesel; 

a soldier in the Union army. 

1350. Vincent Sitinn (6). --William (5), Vincent C4), Francis (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Vincent, eleventh child of A\'illiam and Elizabeth (Jones) Shinn, Ijoi'n in Co- 
lumbiana County, Ohio, 9/19/1819; m., !)/19/1850. Rachel .Vnn Williamson; 

moved to Cedar Countv, Iowa, where he died, 1/4/1 S9S. llis children were: 
1. Ceorge Entriken (7)'. 2. Hannah (7). 3. Elnora (7). 

4. Mary Shinn (7); b. 5/31/1858; m., 4/12/1881, Charles Geller. 

5. William B. Shinn (7); b. 3/18/1860; m., 3/4/1882, Nellie Campbell. 

6. Ida Belle Shinn (7); b. 5/10/1862; m.. 1/29/1883. John Ellsworth Bateman, and had 


1350m. I'.iri.Aii Siilvn (0). — Wii.i.iwi (5). A^ixcknt (1). 1''i;\ncis (3). 

Jamks (2). .loiix ( 1 ). 

lieulab. Iwi'irtli an(i \(Hin,L;-est cliild of William and I-'l izaliel h (Jones) Shinn, 
born Fraidslin S(|nare, ()., 2/2/lS-i:): oh. ;; 11) \wr. m.. 5/17/18 12. William 
Kerns: b. 7/4/lS'^(), at East Marlborough. Ta.: with his parents to Salem, ().. 
1S31, where he engajred in farminfj; moved in IS5;! lo Moline, ill. : clerk of village 
from 1858 to 1861; appointed in ihe latter year by President Lincoln lo (he ])osi- 
tion of ])os! master of Moline, which posilion he held, save for a shm1 lime durinp," 
dohnson's adminisl ration to |8(;9; in ]8(i5 bei^jin li'aveling for Conder. Swan & Co., 
al'tei'wards the Moline i'low ('ompany. and in Ihat position had charge of the 
defense in some of tlir nio-i imporlant suits exci' in>lilu1i'd in the federal oi' state 

Sixth axd Later Gexeratioxs. 265 

courts; cases involving liundreds of thousands of dollars, and it was a source of 
pride to him that the company never had a decree against it during his service with 
it; he retired from tiie company in 1881 and was appointed by Governor Cullom 
a rnemher of the State Board of Equalization; executor and trustee of the estate 
of ]{. K. Swann, from 1878 to 1890; a free soiler from the time slavery became 
an issue; he hecame a Republican upon the formation of that party, and was al- 
ways (me of its strongest adherents, with the exception of the campaign of 1872, 
when lie voted for Greeley; a strong temperance advocate; outspoken and straight- 
forward upon every question involving moral right; of splendid judgment, a man 
of strong convictions; generous, affable and intelligent, he made a strong impress 
upfui his time and numbered his friends among the greatest and best of the state. 
]](' died 3/12/1899 in full possession of his mental power; his married life of 
nearly (ifty-seven years was a happy one; his wife was kind, loving and thoughtful; 
in early life she was a member of the Christian Church, but upon moving to Mo- 
linc Ix-r l(.'tt<'r was placed with the Congregational Cliurch, of which body she re- 
mained ;i consistent member until her death, 3/20/1902; an octogenarian known 
and loved bv hnndreds of friends. The children were as follows: 

1. George Kerns (7); b. 3/2/1843; enlisted in Co. — , Regt., 111. Vol. Inf.; killed 

at Stone River. 12/31/1862. 

2. Simon A. Kerns (7); b. 1/25/1847; m., 5/14/1868, at Muscatine. Iowa, Clara M. Mar- 

tin, am! iiad children: 
1. Ceorge M. Kerns (8); b. 10/12/1871; m. October, 1897, at Ottumwa, Iowa, and 
had one child— Gertrude— b. 2/28/1899. 

3. Anson Kerns (7); b. 4/6/1850; ob. at Massillon, Ohio, 10/4//1854. 

4. Charles S. Kerns (7); b. at Moline. 111.. 10/22/1858; m., at Wilmington, Del., 6/6/ 

1S.S!», Riizalteth M. Vernon, and had children: 
1. William Vernon (8). 2. Arthur Blaine (8). 3. Beulah Margaret (8). 4. Charles 
Maris (8). 5. Anna Mabel (8). 

13.")2. .Vai;on Sjiixx ( ti ) .—Israel (5), A'ixcext (4), Fraxcis (3), James (2), 

Jonx ( 1 ) . 

Aaron, son of Israel and Hannah (Haines) Shinn. born 1803; his mother died 
tlu' same vear and he was reared by the maternal grandmother; learned the black- 
smith traih^: in 1825 migrated to 'Logan County, Ohio; married there, Susannah 
Hamlin; removed to Kosciusko County, Indiana, where his wife died; in 18-57 re- 
turiu'd to Williams Countv, Ohio, " where, on 3/4/1860, married Henrietta 
C. Speaker; ob. there 1/3G/1867. Children bv first marriage were: 

1. David Shinn (7); b. in Ohio; moved to Kosciuslvo County, Ind.; m. there and had 

descendants; one of these. A. B. Shinn, resides at Warsaw, Ind. 

2. Elizabeth Shinn i'7). 3. Isaiah Shinn (7). 4. Maria Shinn (7;; these married in 

Kosciuslvo County, Ind.. and have descendants there now. 

Children of the Second ]\[arriage Were : 
1 5. Mary Mahala Shinn (7); b. 1861; m. Albert Smith, of Paulding County, Ohio; 

died May, 1887. leaving three children. ,....„ ^ r. 

2. 6. Hannah Jane Shinn (7); b. 1863; m. Orlando Kuapp; moved to Midland County, 

Mich., and reared a family. 

3 7 \aron Franl<lin Shinn (7); b. 6/6/1865; m., 10/12/1891, Estia Stern, and had one 

" ' son Emerson Lerov Shinn; resides in Hillsdale County, Mich. 

4 8 William Henrv Shinn (7); b. 3/19/1867; m., 12/25/1891, Zoe Thomas, and had 

one son, William Thomas Shinn; residence, La Grange, Ind. 

1333 Job Rogers Smxx (6).— Isaiah (5), Yixcext (4), Fraxcis (3), 

James (2), Johx (1). 

Job Koo-er^ son of Isaiah and Margaret (Rogers) Shinn, born Burlington 
Count \ew Jersey. 7/3/1799, at Mt. Holly, ^^. J.; m., 4/24/1825, Anna Maria, 
aaughte/of Henr}- ^[iller, b. 6/15/1808 in Xew York. The ceremony was per- 

2(}Q History of the Shin^n Family in Europe and America 

formed by Kev. Geo. Maley at Mt. Washington; Job moved to Ohio in 1830; to 
Mt. Washington in October, 182S, and lived there about thirty-five years; in 1838 
returned to Xew Jersey and brought nearly all of his brothers and sisters to Ohio; 
tanner, stock raiser, and meat dealer; county commissioner for two years; Whig, 

Eepublican, Quaker. His children were: 

1. Mary Elizabeth (7) ; ob. young. 

2. Margaret Shiun (7); b. 6/19/1829; m. James Mullen, and had four children — Mary, 

Annie, Marguerite and Media Mullen. Resides in Montgomery County, Ohio. 

3. William Eudd Shinn (7), b. on Duck Creelc, Plamilton County, Ohio, 9/35/ 

1833 ; ob. 3/15/1903 ; his youth was spent with his father at butchering 
a]id farming ; educated at the common district school during the winter sea- 
son ; learned the bricklayers' trade under his uncle ; in early years worked 
in Chicago, but returned to Ohio; worked in Cincinnati, and Anderson Tp., 
Hamilton County. He was an expert chimney builder; a noted bricklayer; 
lifelong Metliodist and voted the Republican ticket. He was a Corporal in 
the 138th Eegiment 0. Vol. Inf. ; died at his residence, Salem, Hamilton 
County, 0. ; married Henrietta Hine December, 1858. Three chihlren 
were born : 
1. Thomas H. (8). 2. Gillettie (8). 3. Ellis De Camp (8). 

4. Anna Maria Shinn (7); b. 11/4/1834; m. (1) W. H. Warton, and had children, who 

are all dead; (2) George MaGee, and had children — Frank, Sherwood, Burt and 
Georgianna MaGee. 

5. Mary Emma Shinn (7); b. 6/20/1837; m. Stephen Conrey, and had children — Perlie, 

Wilbur and Carrie Conrey. 

6. Hettie Jane Shinn (7); b. 12/25/1840; m. Frederick Carney, and had children — 

George, Lewis, ^ddie, Willie, Hany, Sarah and Susie Carney. 

7. General Thomas Eullaford Shinn (7), born at Mt. Washington, 0., 10/31/ 

1846; attended the public schools at that place; graduated 1866 Ohio Wes- 
leyan University; enlisted in Co. H 138th Ohio Vol. Inf. and served 
throughout the war ; was promoted at Oak Harbor to rank of First Sergeant ; 
was in the following battles: City Point, Bermuda Hundred, Spring Hill 
and Petersburg. Reported for gallantry at the battle in front of Peters- 
burg. After the Avar settled at Delaware, 0., and was married to Mary L. 
Beeber, daughter of Peter vS. and Caroline (McClure) Beeber, at Marion, 
0., 1/1/1806 ; member of Andrus Post 133, C A. R. ; was made its com- 
mander at Ashland, 0., in 1886 ; Department Commander of Ohio at Youngs- 
town in 1899; Republican in politics and has been Secretary of the Repub- 
lican County and State Committees; was the Secretary of the State Central 
Committee for two years ; Mayor of Agorta, 0. ; president and also treasurer 
of the Ashland School Board; vice-president Ashland Board of Trade; is 
now a morchnnt at Ashland, 0. Mary L. Beeber died 3/13/1878. He then 
married Emma S. Stockwcll at Agorta, Miami Count}^, 0., 3/34/1879; she 
was the daughter of C. M. and Margaret (Carroll) Stockwell. Children 
bv first wife were. 

1. Atta Shinn (S): b. 10/24/1866. 

2. Myrtle Shinn (8); b. 10/28/1868; m., at Ashland, Ohio, 10/1/1896, John Stockwell. 

and had one son — Harold Stockwell. 

Children by the Second Marriage. 
1. Eva S. 2. Anna Rhea. 3. Thomas E. 4. Carrel M. 5. Guy B. 

1334. Wii.Li-v.M C. SiiixN (6).— IsAiAu (5), Vincent (4), Francis (3), 

Ja]\[es (3), John (1). 

AVilliam C, second child of Isaiah and "Margarol (Rogers) Shinn, horn 1/19/ 
1801, in Burlington County, New Jersey: married there, Kathcrinc Phillips; he 
lived at Pemberton, N. J., and at Mt. Holly, N. J.; he had one son, William, and 
three daughters, Margaret, Mary and Susannah. 

Sixth and Later Generations. 207 

1336. Samukl Guanoee Shinx (6).— Isaiah (5), Vincent (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Samuel Granger, fourth child of Isaiah and Margaret (Eogers) Shinn, b. 
G/11/lHOG; ob. 8/24/1868; m. Mary B. Begar; moved to Hamilton Comity, Ohio, 
and had (1) Anna, m. Benjamin Robb; (2) Eliza C, ob. sole, 11/7/1867; (3) 
llanihn S., b. 6,a/]842, member 70th Kegiment Ohio Vol. Inf., killed at Ft. 
Pickering; (4) Ellen; (5) John Begar. 

1337. Susannah Shinn (6).— Isaiah (5), Vincent (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Susannah, fifth child of Isaiah and Jklargaret (Rogers) Shinn, born Burling- 
ton Cour)ty, New Jersey, 7/21/1810; ob. 12/19/1901, being more than ninety-one 
years of age; joined the M. E. Church at seventeen; afterwards transferred her 
niemberiihip to the Old 6th Street M. P. Church of Cincinnati, 0.; she was a 
churcli member seventy-four years; married John Snyder, and had the following 

1. GeoPKc Snyder (7); m. Lydia Phillips; no children. 

2. Mary Snyder (7); m. Daniel Michael, and had three children— Jennie, John and 


3. Cliarlrs Snyder (7): ni and lives at Dayton, Ohio; has one child — Walter. 

1360. .Mai;v IImnes Shinn (6). — Francis (5), Barzillai (4), Francis (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Mary Jlaines, second child of Francis and Mary (Haines) Shinn, born 8/4/ 
1804; m., 2/24 ''1825, Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Eebecca (Lippincott) 
Shn!ve. Descendants: 
1. Robo^ra I.avina (7). 2. Mary Malvina (7). 

3. Phebe Aim Shreeve (7); b. 2/11/1830; ra., 7/6/1858, William H., son of John Gill. 

1. Mary Rebecca Gill (S); b. 10/20/1860; m., 12/30/1885, Johns, son of Gerald T. 
and Elizabeth (Coates) Hopkins. He was a second consin of Johns Hopkins, 
the founder of the imiversity of that name, and the great philanthropist; also 
twenty-fifth in descent from William the Conqueror, by his wife, Lady Maud, 
or Matilda of Flanders. (See pedigree 133, "Americans of Royal Descent," 
p. 493.) Had two children — Johns and William Gill. 

4. Benjamin Franklin Shreve (7), b. Medford, N. J., 1/5/1832; m., 2/17/1857, 

Sarah Clarion, daughter of George and Abigail (Bowne) Haywood of 
Pliilndelphia, Pa. ; graduate of Princeton College, 1851 ; director Mt. Holly 
Xatioi^al Bank ; an incorporator and first president of Union JSTational Bank 
and of the iMt. Holly, Lumberton and Medford Eailway; for thirty-five 
years a director of the Mt. Holly Water Co. and for many years its presi- 
dent : vestryman at St. Andrews in 1855 ; warden from 1858 to 1875 ; a de- 
scendant of Thomas Sheriff of Plymouth, Mass., whose son Caleb bought 
" Mt. Pleasant." N. J. (near Columbus), in 1699; the old house bears date 
"1742," and has come do^vn to Benjamin P. Haywood Shreve, son of the 
subject of this sketch, who, residing at Philadelphia, proposes to restore it 
and make it a summer home. Children : 

1. Benjamin Franklin Haywood: b. 11/15/1857; graduated Trinity College, Hartford, 

Conn.. 187S; admitted to New Jersey bar, 1881, and has practiced since at 
Camden, N. J.: president, since 1895, of the Johns Hopkins Oil Co., of Phila- 
delphia. Pa.; succeeded his father as president of the Mt. Holly Water 

2. Marv Augusta Haywood; b. 2/9/1860: ob. 3/5/1866. 

3. Marion Havwood: b. 5/3/1862, m., 6/5/1895, Francis Newton Thorpe, Ph. D.; pro- 

fessor Univ. of Penn., and had one child, Marian Eggleston. 

5. Francis Shreeve: ob. unmarried. 


History of the Shixx Family in Europe axd America 

136o. Wji.i.iam SiiiN.v (*'.). — Josei'H (o). Wii.i.ia.m (i), Joseph (3), 

James (2), Joiix (1). 

William, eldest eliil'l of Josej)!! and .AFarv ( i.ippincGtt) Shiiin. lioiii at Pciii- 
berton, .\". .1.. ITSH: m. Ann Fox, !)/l/18()S. llis descendants were: 
1. Aniev J.i|) Sliinn (7). I). 12/3()/l.S()S ; m. (1), Jane Powell, b. 12/33/ 
1813, in 'Burlin-ftoii County. Xew Jersey, 4/'4/l.S33. She died 7/19/1854, 
and be married (2) Elizabetli I'lunkett, 12/30/1855, at Burlington, K J. 
He died at Columbia City. Ind., 8/17/1859. His descendants by tbe first 
niari'iagc were : 
I.William Powell Sbinn (S) was l.orn in Burlington, X. J., 5/4/1834; edu- 
cated in tbe public scbools at tliat i)lace; in 1849. being fifteen j'ears of 


a^e, began lii> ar<i\(' lij'r a> a ('i\i! l-'nginccr m iiiv]i;i I'iiig data l''ii' inap> <>!' 
tbe cities of rrovidciu-e, 1.'. I., and i";ill llivrr. Mass.; In I'll Isliuig. I'a.. in 
Ibc employ of Ibc Oliio i\ \'r\\\\. \l. \l. Cn. : bis advani rinciil \\a> iMpid : 
(•onlinnrd un IIm- (). \- 1. ;ind lli.' I-'. W. \ C b'. K. nntil their coniiilcl inn ; 
wben tbe I'.. I-'. W. \- ( '. If. |{. \\:is iTcalc(l l.v I he cniisol idalidii of lliese 
lines, be was made supcrintcndrnl of the l^a^l^|•|l I)i\i-i(ui; llicn (icnrral 
Pass. .\gl.: tbcn (It-ncral l''rt. .\gl.-. wlim the i*i'nnsyl\ aula Conipany was 
organized be examined (be eondilinn nf tbe lines roniing under its control; 
l>ossibIy one of tbe most im])or(ant and \ahialile iiiNcsl igations and repnrts 
on n railroad property ever made in tbis enmiirx- was that which lie executed 
for tbe Peiin. If. R Companv on tbe pi'o|ieri\ of tlie united I'aili'oads of 

Sixth axd Later GEXERATioisrs. 269 

New Jersey; it was both accurate and exhaustive; and its couclusions as to 
the earning power and the value of the property as a feeder to the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad led to the lease of these vast'^lines, and to the adoption 
of important changes and improvements; in 1871 he was made treasurer 
of the A. Y. & P. Pi. P. Company; in 1873 was made its president, which 
position he held for two years; in 1874 he was elected assistant president 
and controller of the A. V. R. R. R. Company; in 1875 was made its vice- 
president; in January, 1873, he entered upon a career by which he became 
known in the transactions of the American Institute of Alining Engineers ; in 
that year he became the managing partner of the firm of Carnegie, McCand- 
less & Co. and took charge of the construction and operation of the Edgar 
Thompson Steel Works at Braddock, Pa. ; he remained in this position six 
years, originating their system of bookkeeping and laying the foundation 
to a large degree for the remarkable success of these works; admitted as a 
member in 1SG8 of the A. S. C. E. ; in 1875 of the A. I. M. E.; in 1877 
of tlie Iron and Steel Institute of Great Britain; in 1879 and 1880 he reor- 
ganized, rebuilt and started the work of the Vulcan Steel Company of St. 
Louis, Mo. ; in 1880 made president of the American Institute of Mining 
Engineers; in 1881 to 1887 vice president of the Xew York Steam Company 
for supplying steam heat and power to dwellings and industrial establish- 
ments ; from 1888 to 1890 he was vice-president and general manager of the 
New York and New England R. R. Company; in 1888 and 1889 he was 
president of the Norwich and New York (Steamboat) Company; in 1890 
elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers; he contributed 
to this society many valuable papers, one of which has been pronounced by 
prominent railroad men "the best ever written on railroad management," 
and was awarded the Norman gold medal of the society; during the last 
year of his life he organized the Laiited States Class Company, a consoli- 
dation of sixteen flint glass manufactories, having a imited capital of 
$4,000,000, and was made a director of the company; he was for years con- 
nected with the ^lansfieldCoal and Coke Company, and interested in the 
development of the Clover Hill Iron Ore Property, near Croton, N. Y. ; it 
was dnring a visit to the works that he was stricken with his final illness, 
which left him only strength enough to reach home before dying; but the 
most signallv important service rendered to the Institute of Mining Engi- 
neers was his work as chairman of the committee on transportation in con- 
nection with the reception of the British Iron and Steel Institute and the 
Verein Deutscher Heisenhuettenleute in their visit to America in 1890. 
Mr. Shinn mnrried in Allegheny City, Pa., 7/3/1856, Sarah Templeton, 
daughter of Thomas and Ann M. Farley. He died at Homewood, Pa., 5/5/ 
1891 ; his wife departed this life a few mnoths before. He was the father 
of one child, Sarah Templeton Shinn, who died 9/16/1890. 

2. Marv Powell Shinn (8), b. 3/31/1836; ob. 5/20/1837. 

3. John Kerlin Shinn (8), born in Burlington, N. J., April 3, 1838; received 

his education in the public schools of that place ; in his fifteenth year com- 
menced his active life as a civil engineer in the construction of the Fort 
Wavnc and Chicago R. R. Co. on the Kankakee marshes of Indiana ; he was 
in the employ of Ihe consolidated companies, of which this was one, in the 
several departments for nineteen years; was engaged in mining limestone, 
iron ore, coal, sandstone in Western Pennsylvania from 1870 for fourteen 
vears; in 1876 he completed and operated the first Portland cement works 
"in the United States; in 1889 he became auditor of the ]Maryland and Penn- 
sylvania R. R. Companv at Baltimore, ]\Id., which position he now holds; 
married (1) Julia Anm daiighter of Alfred and Eliza (Anderson) Bungey 
of Alleffhenv Citv, Pa., and had children : (See engraving facing page 138.) 

370 History of the Shinn Fa:\iily ix Europe and x^merioa 

1. Julia Eva Shiun (9); b. 2/21/1861; m., 4/10/1879, John Wesley Rutter, son 

of Jesse Brooks and Anna (Sharp) Rutter, of New Castle, Pa., and had 

children : 

1. Orpha Ann (10). 2. Grace June (10). 

3. John Shinn (10). 4. Charles Bashford (10). 

5. Wilma May (10). G. Mona Jean (10). 

2. William Henry Shinn (9); b. 8/12/1863; m., 4/13/1887, Inez Louella Osburn, 

daughter of Charles Carter and Sarah Jane (Sweezy) Osburn, of New Castle, 

Pa. Children: 

1. Marie (10). 2. William (10). 3. Charles (10). 

3. Joseph Bashford Shinn (9); b. 6/6/1867. 

S.John Kerlin Sliinn (8), m. (2), 12/22/1869, Caroline Clarke Nagel, daugh- 
ter of Ixiulolph Cliristiau and Mary Nagel of New Castle, Pa., and had: 

4. 1. Rudolph Nagel Shinn (9); b. 9/23/1870; ob. sine proli. 

5. 2. Mary Nagel Shinn (9); b. 1/1/1872; m., 1/31/1895, Samuel Neal Doran, son 

of William Thomas and Rachel (Galbreath) Doran, of Pittsburg, Pa. 
1. William Thomas (10). 2. Caroline Nagel (10). 

6. 3. John Kerlin Shinn (9); b. 11/15/1873; m., 15/11/1896, Minnie Elizabeth Ver- 

million, daughter of William Thomas and Rachel Lavinia (Duncan) Ver- 
million, of Norkomis, III., and had: 
1. John Nagel (10). 2. Genevieve Elizabeth (10). 

7. 4. Jane Powell Shinn; b. 7/6/1875; m., 10/5/1899, Paul Clunet, son of Victor 

and Mary (Shannon) Clunet, of Baltimore, Md. 

S.John Kerlin Shinn (8), ni. (3), 12/23/1896, Mary Anna Correll, daughter 
of John William and Lucinda (Latham) Correll of Baltimore, Md. Be- 
sides at Baltimore, ]\Id. 

4. Ann Elizabeth (8). 5. Cornelia Eugene (8). 

6. Joseph Ashbrook Shinn (8), b. 2/24/1845 : m. at Salem, 0., 9/18/1870, Mary 
E. Woodruff; his education at the public school of Burlington, N. J., ter- 
minated at the age of 11 years by the removal of his father to Coesse, Whit- 
ley County, Ind., 6/15/1856. At the death of his father, in August, 1858, 
entered the service of the P., Ft. W. & Chicago Eailway Co. as messenger; 
afterwards promoted to various clerical positions; in August, 1864, enlisted 
in Co. B. 193rd Pennsylvania Vol. Inf.; in September re-enlisted at Wil- 
mington, ])el., in Co. 1). 14th Pa. Cavalry; taken prisoner Dec. 17th, 1864, 
at Snicker's Ford, Va. ; confined in Libby Prison until February, 1865; 
again entered the service of the P., Ft. Wayne & Chicago R. R. as clerk in 
tlie ticket office at Allegheny, Pa. ; cashier of the same company at Youngs- 
town, 0.; a])pointed traveling agent for the traffic department 7/1/1870; 
Jan. 1st, 1872, accepted the position of traveling auditor of the C. I. & L. 
R. R. ; in 1873 was made accountant for the same road; resigned this Jan- 
uary 1st, 1876, and became sni'erintcndont of and partner in the first suc- 
cessftil works erected in this country for the manufacture of Portland ce- 
ment; April 1st, 1887, was appointed auditor of the K. Y. & N. E. R. R., 
and in 1888 of tlie Norwich and New York Transportation Co. also; Jan. 
1st, 1889. was made general freight agent of the two companies named; 
in August, 1902. he obtained a patent for the conversion of shig. a waste 
product of blast furnaces, into a superior aiiicle of sand for building pur- 
poses, and is now engaged in that business. 

His children wore: 1. Cerlrude Woodruff (9). 2. Edmund Woodruff (9), b. 
7/9/1S7G at Now Castle. Pa.; m. Mille Adell Hedges, 4/3/19(11, and had 
Mille Adell Shinn. b. 7/4/1902. 

1. Arnoy Lippincott Shinn (7). by his second marriago. with Elizabeth Plunkett, 

had one child: 
1. 7. Mary Ella Shinn (8); b. 4/12/1857, at Columbia City, Ind.; unmarried at 
Pi(ts))urg, Pa. 

2. Sarah Shinn (7); m. Israel l^ippincott. 

3 Ann Lavina Shinn (7); m. Janios (I. Dnriss. and had the following descendants, 
who rcsido in New Jersey and Pennsylvania: 
1. John n. Dnriss (8): b. 2/8/1842; m., 4/30/1867, Adelaide Hartley, and moved to 
Germantown, Pa. His descendants were: 

Sixth and Later Generations. 271 

1. Robert Hartley Doriss (9); b. 5/16/1868; m., 4/26/1893, Laura Scatchard. 

One child: / / - 

1. Robert H. Doriss (10). 

2. Harry Stokes (9). 3. Emma Lavina (9). 4. John William (9). 
5. Adelaide Hartley (9). 6. Anna Shinn (9). 

7. Florence Ethel Doriss (9); b. 8/2/1878; m., 6/21/1900, Lorenza Lewis Bland. 

8. Howard Doriss (9) ; b. 2/28/1881. 

2. Emma C. Doriss (8); b. 9/20/1843; ob. unmarried. 

3. Cordelia Doriss (8); b. 12/19/1845; m., 5/18/1871, Joseph E. Reeves, and had 

children, who reside in Philadelphia, Pa.: 
]. Anna Reeves (9). 2. John Doriss (9). 3. Cora Ethel (9). 

4. Samuel Shinn (7) ; drowned in boyhood. 

5. P^letcher Shinn (7); killed by rolling machine. 

6. Jonathan Shinn (7); b. 1816; m., 1836, Phebe Naylor, and removed to the Shore: 

His descendants were: 
1. Samuel Edward Shinn (8); m. Kate Peckworth, 1/29/1889, and had: 

1. William Shinn (9) ; b. 11/16/1872. 

2. Nellie Shinn (9); b. 10/29/1873; m. Joseph Lippincott, and had one child- 


3. Ida Shinn (9); b. 8/29/1S77; m. John Spencer, and had one child — Estella. 

4. Frank. 5. Edward L. 6. Kate. 7. Raymond Shinn. 

13GG. Daniel Shinn (6). — Joseph (5), William (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Daniel Shinn, second child of Joseph and Mary (Lippincott) Shinn, was born 

r)/7/1790; m., 1811, ; member of Quorum Court, Monmouth County, 

New Jersey, 1816. He died at West Creek, Ocean County, N. J., 6/18/1870. His 

descendants were: 

1. Mary Shinn; b. 10/12/1812, at West Creek, N. J.; m. Mr. Shields, and had John 


2. Joseph Shinn (7); b. 2/26/1813, at West Creek, N. J.; m. Hannah, daughter of John 

and Elizabeth (Sooy) Bartlett, and had Alfred, Eliza, Abigail, Mary L. and Louisa. 
Eliza m. a Kelley; Abigail, a Seaman; Mary L. m. and moved to Brooklyn. 

3. Rebecca Shinn (7); b. 12/25/1815; m. John Pharo. 

4. Elizabeth Shinn (7); b. 11/12/1816; m. Mr. Bowyer, and had Ann and Mary C. 

5. Abigail Shinn (7); b. 3/3/1819; m. Mr. Blackman, and had Joseph, Jackson, Smith, 

Annie E. and Daniel S. 

6. Daniel Arney Lippincott Shinn (7); b. 3/21/1825; m. and had Elizabeth, James S., 

Daniel, Joseph A., Sadie A., Charles S., Hannah A. and Silas S. Elizabeth m. 
a Homan; Sadie A., a Lloyd; and Hannah A., a Parker. 

7. Lydia Arney Lippincott Shinn (7); b. 9/14/1829; o. s. p. 

1367. Joseph Shinn (6).— Joseph (5), W^illiam (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Joseph Shinn, third child of Joseph and Mary (Lippincott) Shinn, born 8/3/ 
1793; married Zilpha, daughter of Edmund and Deliverance (Willets) Bartlett 
at West Creek, N. J., and had Edmund, Oliver, Nathan, Josephine, who married 
Walter S. Cox and had Walter Barclay Cox; and Zepheniah Shinn. (A Deed in 
Monmouth County Eecords, Liber Q, names him as an heir.) 

1369. Caleb Arney Lippincott Shinn (6).— Joseph (5), William (4), Jo- 
seph (3), James (2), John (1). 

Caleb Arney Lippincott Shinn, fifth child of Joseph and Mary (Lippincott) 
Shinn. born 1799; married Eebecca Lodge, 6/28/1827, in Gloucester County, N. J. 
I^Iember Quorum Court, Monmouth County, N. J., 1846; died at Vincento^vn, 
N. J., 4/5/1880, leaving a will. (Bur. Wills, Liber P, p. 256.) His descendants 
were Mary S. ; Anna Lodge, m. Elijah W. Haines; Amanda L., m. Mahlon Joyce; 
Joseph and Ann. Joseph was twin of Amanda and was drowned in liis youth; 
Ann o. s. p. 

272 History of the 8hinn" Family in Europe and America 

1371. Abigail Shinx (6). — Joseph (5), William (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Abigail Shiiin, seventh child of Joseph and Mary (Lippincott) Shinn, born 
at Pemberton, IST. J., 1805 ; married, 3/13/1824, William Malsbury, and had the 

followinii- children, who reside at Pemberton, IST. J. 

1. Rusling Malsbury (7); b. 1826; m. (1) Anna Larison; (2) 1/23/1865, Rachel A. 

Jamison, and had Frank, who married Anna Yeager, and Mattie Malsbury. 

2. Elizabeth Malsbury (7); b. 1828; ob. unmarried. 

3. Caleb A. Malsbury (7); b. 3/20/1830; m., 11/25/1856, Adelaide Maria Davis, and 

had Anna Davis, Jennie Pearl, Mary, Henrietta and Charles Malsbury, b. 3/17/ 
1869; m.. 1804, Georgiana Steelman, and had two children— Altheis and La Ross, 
and Belle Malsbury, b. 12/28/1873. 

4. Mary S. Malsbury (7); b. 1832; m. Caleb B. Shinn. 

5. William Malsbury (7); b. 1834; killed in civil war. 

6. Rebecca Malsbury (7); b. 1836; m., 1862, Charles B. Lamb, and had Laura. 

7. Joseph S. Malsbury (7); o. s. p. 

8. James Malsbury; b. 11/31/1840; m. Emma A. Reeves, and had: 

1. Louisa Myers Malsbury (8); b. 11/14/1872; m., 2/8/1900, John Caldwell Tevis, 

and had children: 
1. Louisa Malsbury Tevis (9); b. 9/20/1901. 

2. Hilman Gaskill Malsbury (8) ; b. 9/20/1874. 

9. Benjamin Malsbury (7); b. 10/3/1S42; m., 4/2/1865, Anna S. Goslin, and had chil- 

1. George H. Malsbury (8); b. 4/4/1867. 
10. Anna Malsbury (7); b. 4/5/1847; unmarried. 

1373. George Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John ( 1 ) . 

George Shinn, second child of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, was born 
8/20/1787; married, 1/7/1808, Sarah, daughter of Samson and Eleanor (Sims) 
Kirk, in Harrison Connt}', West Virginia; b. 1784; an admirable woman; paralyzed 
on one side for many years; a great reader, having read tlic Bible through many 
times; lier iiushaiid in his devotion to her was excelled by no man, not even by that 
model iiusband. President McKinloy. (See engraving of group, George and Elea- 
nor Sliiini, John Kirk Shinn and others, facing page 240.) The children and their 
descendants were: 
1. Elizabeth Ann Sliinn (7), b. 11/27/1808 ; m. John Manier Fortney, 1/1/1837; 
at Shinnston, W. \'a. John Manier Fortney was the son of Daniel Fortney 
of Preston C'ountv. \'irginia; he was reared on the farm and had only the 
meager educational and social advantages of the day; carpenter; after 
building a saw and grist mill for Mr. Scth Shinn in 18 16 he took up milling 
and followed it for fifteen years; many times elected Justice of the Peace 
for Harrison County; I'residi ng Justice of the Bench of Justices. 

He \\;is ;il\\;!ys licld in liigli cslccni for bis correct understanding and 
cleai- exposition of law, as well as for his line analysis of evidence and his 
uiuleviating regard for honor; an uncom]5r()niising Union man; enlisted in 
1SG2 in the 12th W. Va. Inf. and served until his health failed; removed to 
Kansas ISGS; died tbri'c 1S!)'2. Fie was one of the founders of the Metho- 
dist Protestant Cluirch, of wbich be A\ns a faithful, consistent member, hon- 
ored and res])ected l)y ;ill wlio knew him. Jie and Elizabeth lived together 
fil'ty-five years witbonl jni- li;ip[ty. affectionate and only solicitous for each 
other and tlieir cluldren's good. Descendants: 

1. Jasper Fortney (8); b. at Shinnston, Va.. 10/16/1837; m., 4/11/1861, Bashaba 

Janes; civil engineer, Fort Scott, Kan. Children: 
1. William Fnmklin (9). 2. Ella Mary (9). 

2. Newton Fortney (8); b. 3/3/1839, at Shinnston. Va.; ob. sine proli, 2/21/186—.' 

3. Benjamin Frank Fortney (8); b. 5/24/1840; m. Sarah Shorten, Shinnston, Va.; 

farmer. Sherman, Kan. Children: 



Sixth and Later Generations. 275 

1. rcTcy (9). 2. Mabel (9). 3. Harold (9). 4. Alvin Maurice (9). 5. Lester 
Kenneth (9). 
4. Sarah Ellen Fortney (8); b. Shlnnston, Va., 2/22/1848; m. Ray Piper, 10/22/1874, 
at Marmaton, Kan.; children were all born near Labette City, Kan., where the 
father died. 9/18/1882; the mother then moved to Glendale, Ariz. Children: 
1. Angellne Fortney. 2. John Newton. 3. Ray Kathleen. 

2. Wilson Kirk Shinn (7), b. 2/6/1810; m. (1) ; m. (3) Mary Ann 

Miller; attorney at law, Clarksburg, Va. ; politician; member of the Vir- 
ginia Senate . Children by first marriage: 

1. Sabra Shinn (8); b. Clarksburg, Va., 12/25/1831; m. George Best, b. Dublin, Ire- 

land, 8/7/1828, and had children: 

1. James Shinn Best; b. Quincy, 111., August, 1851; ob. 2/22/1855. 

2. Ellen Sabra Best (9); b. Quincy, 111., 5/17/1856; m. Charles Wells, and had 

rhildren, all born in Towanda, Pa. 

1. Ellen Hollenbech Wells (10); m. Stanley Judson Little, in Towanda, Pa., 

6/22/1898. and had: 
1. Stanley Judson Little (11); b. 2/2/1901, Athens, Pa.; ob. infans. 

2. ICmma Florence Wells (10); m. Robert Page at Towanda, Pa., 4/29/1902. 

3. Alice Best. 4. Amelia Page. 5. Mary Sabra. 

3. Anna Florence Best (9), b. Quincy, 111., 9/4/1862; m. Frank Benjamin Kert- 
ner In Towanda, Pa., 11/4/1885. and had: 
1. Nellie Best. 2. Charles Wells. 

By Second Marriage: 

2. Van Buren Shinn (8), b. Harrison County, Virginia; moved to Quincy, 111. Mem- 

ber of the City Guards. 1853-54. 

3. Belinda Shinn (8). b. Harrison County, Virginia; to Illinois; m. William Tapp. 


1. Llda Tapp (9), m. James F. Crawford. Children: 

1. Earl (10). 2. Ray (10). 3. James (10). 4. Lucy (10). 

2. Willie Tapp (9), m. Emma Trip. 

3. Louis Tapp (9), m. Gertrude Fuller. 

4. Lucy Tapp (9), m. Mr. Pringle. 

4. Cornelia Shinn (8), m. St. Cyr. 

3. William Shinn (7), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 5/16/1811; m., 12/25/ 

1812, Susan Cunningham; to Washington Territory. Children: 
1. George Shinn (8). 2. Josephine Shinn (8), m. Charles Raggett. 
3. Sheridan Shinn (8). 4. Cassius Shinn (8). 5. Wilson Shinn (8). 
6. Ellsworth Shinn (8). 
•1. John Kirk Sliinn (7). b. Harrison County, Virginia, 3/4/1813; m. there, 6/ 
24/1836, Tabitha Ogden; to Illinois (Adams County) 1848; ob. 10/20/ 
1889. (See portrait'oi group, George Shinn, John Kirk Shinn and Albert 
Clay Shinn, facing page 240.) This couple was of a high type of American 
citizenship, dealing justly and fairly by alh They died imiversally re- 
spected. The children were: 

1. Ataline Shinn (8), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 5/3/1837; m. Thomas Stokes m 

Illinois. 1/24/1858. Children: 

1. Helen Stokes (9), m. William Egbert. 

2 Addie Stokes (9), m. Robert Ayres and had one daughter, Hattie Ayres. 

i! Eva Stokes (9) ; ob. 1892. 

2. Edgar Jav Shinn (8), b. in Harrison County, Virginia, 2/22/1839; moved 

to Hancock County, Illinois, with his father; went overland with a four 
yoke team of oxen to Pikes Peak in 1860 in search of gold; returned 
safely with his cattle; considerable experience but not much bullion; 
voted for Lincoln, but has always been independent in politics; an ex- 
tensive buver and seller of hogs and cattle, in addition to his occupation 
as farmer and stock raiser; after the death of his first wife he removed 
to Quenemo, Kan., where he embarked in the grain business; built the 
first elevator in that toA^oi; has farming interests in Osage and Franklin 
Counties: the first mayor of Quenemo, and for many years a member of 
the Council; in 1902 removed to Ottawa, Kan., to educate his daughter. 


276 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

(See group cngTaviiig Edgar Jay Sliimi, his three brothers, and the 
eldest son of each.) Married (1) in Illinois, Eebecca Ayres, 12/2/1863; 
(2) Hattie Wickard. Children by first marriage (there were five chil- 
dren born; four died in infancy; the wife died 1/20/1882, leaving one 

living child) : (Engraving facing page 288.) 
1. Edwin Frank Shinn (9), b. 5/21/1875, in Hancock County, Illinois; graduated 
from the Quenemo High School, 1893; graduated from the Kansas State 
University in 1899; in his senior year was business manager of the class 
annual, "The Oread"; Located at Guthrie, Okla.. in 1901 and engaged in 
the loan and brokerage business; also general agent for Oklahoma and 
Indian Territory for the American Bonding Co. of Baltimore, Md. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

1. Tabitha Shinn (9), b. 5/13/1885. 
3. Martha Ellen Shinn (8), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 11/9/1840; m. 
William Jackson, 10/9/1862, and had children: 

1. Wilburn Shinn Jackson (9), m. Eva Cutler and had: 

1. Frank Jackson. 2. . 

2. Anna Jackson (9), m. Herman Harper and had one child. 

3. Ella Jackson (9). 

4. Albert Clay Shinn (8), b. in Harrison County, Virginia, 10/12/1842; his 
father, a farmer, moved to Illinois in 1848, a pioneer; politics, first Whig 
and then Republican; when Albert was twenty years old he enlisted in Co. 
G 12th 111. Cavalry and was assigned to the Army of the Potomac; after it 
was veteranized, department of the Mississippi; member of the Gr. A. R. ; 
in politics he does not adhere to any party, but believes in the Declaration 
of Independence, the principles of abolition and the free coinage of silver. 
To the last he has given much thought, time and attention; shortly after 
the close of the Civil War moved to Kansas and took up one hundred and 
sixty acres of land. From time to time he added unto it until he 
now owns five hundred acres, all in one body. Short-horn cattle, Poland- 
China hogs and standard bred horses may be seen upon his farm, with 
descendants that have records between 2:16 and 2:14. 

Mr. Shinn is an original thinker; member of the American Bimetallic 
Union and one of its National Committee; one of the Weaver electors for 
Kansas; nominated on the Alliance State ticket for Lieutenant Governor 
1890; energetic in the promotion of all local enterprises and openly con- 
cerned for the prosperity of his state and country. On 10/7/1865 he mar- 
ried Frances Evalinc, daughter of Samuel and Esther (Dyer) Bride, b. 
10/19/1843 in Hancock County, Illinois; her parents were pioneers of that 
county, living there through tlio T^ronnoii troubles; Samuel Bride was at 
Carthage when the great Mormon a]iostle Joseph Smith was killed; the 
Brides were of reguhir old fashioned Yankee stock from N"ew England, and 
Mrs. Dyer, mother of Esther Bride, was a great graddaughter of the farmer 
general of the Revolutionary War, William Heath. Evaline Bride Shinn 
has been an honored wife and mother in her Kansas honie. 

There is one point that stands out with great clearness in the history of 
this branch of th(^ Shinn family; that is, their connubial longevity. John 
Kirk Shinn celebrated his golden wedding in 1886. George Shinn and wife, 
their parents, lived several years after their golden wedding, while Isaac 
and Agnes Shinn, their grandparents, also passed the half century mark to- 
gether, and lived a long time thereafter. (See portrait of group, George 
Shinn, John Kirk Sliiiin nnd Albert Clay Sliinn, facing page 240.) De- 
scendants : 
1. Tal)ilha Evaline Shinn (9), b. 11/15/1867 in Hayes Township. Franklin County, 
Kansas; educated in both county and city schools, Warsaw, 111.; and at Ottawa 
University; teacher for a short time; m., 12/25/1893, Oscar Edward Haley; 
farmer; abstracter in Linn County, Kansas; reside at Mound City, in the lat- 

Sixth and Later Genekatioxs. 277 

ter«junty( Mr Haley was the son of William Potter Haley, b. 4/27/1822 
anfl Nancy Cornell. ... 3/16/1832.) Children: /^</i5Z4, 

1. A"" ^'^"■'^•'•in;;^ Haley b. 3/6/1901. (See group portrait of Oscar Edward 
o T. u "^'*'>- Tabitha Evaline (Shinn) Haley and child, facing p 320) 
2. EHfher Ann Shinn (9). b. 12/.5/1869: educated in county schools and at Warsaw, 
m m. .John Martin Conard. 1/21/1891; owner of a thousand-acre tract in 
Jr.hnson '.ounty. Kansas., where he has lately erected a neat cottage. (See 
portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Conard, their daughter and home.) John Conard the 
ancestor of .John M. Conard. came from Germany in early colonial days' and 
settled in LoiKloiin County, Virginia; here a son, Anthony, was born in 1760- 
this Hon .-nlistf.,1 in the Revolutionary War as a boy; after the war he located 
in Fairfax County, near the plantation of Gen. Washington, and was his neigh- 
bor and fncnd: the eldest son of Anthony was given the same name- he moved 


to Licking County, Ohio, in 1828, and to La Salle County, Illinois, in 1847; he 
married in Virginia in 1821 Nancy Gregg, and became the father of fourteen 
children, of whom William H. Conard was the youngest; he enlisted, 8/4/ 
18t>2, in the 104th Illinois Vol. Inf.; was twice promoted; tendered a commis- 
sion in the regular army, which he refused; m. Sarah Belinda Dominy, 2/20/ 
18G'j, and had five children, of whom John Martin Conard, b. 1/24/1867, was the 
eldest. To John Martin Conard and Esther Ann (Shinn) Conard, one child was 

1. Alberta Belinda Conard, b. 3/2/1899. 
Phebe Clara Shinn (9), b. 9/16/1871; educated in the district schools and Ottawa 
University; is a lover of music and sings in the choir of the Ottawa Baptist 
Church, of which she is a member; m., 11/23/1892. W^illiam Anderson Rodgers, 
son of William Rufus and Lucy Didama (W^eeks) Rodgers. Children: 
1. Harold Shinn Rodgers, b. 9/1/1895. 

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2. Roy Elwin Rodgers, b. 6/1/1899. (See group engraving of W. A. Rodgers, 
wife and cliildren, facing p. 320.) 

4. Jacob Elwin Shinn (9), b. 1/17/1874; educated in district scliools and Ottawa 

University; graduated B. S. from the latter institution, 1898; manager college 
baseball team and president State Baseball Association one year; secretary 
and treasurer of the alumni association of Ottawa University; abstracter at 
Mound City, Linn County, Kansas, three years; abstracter at present in Ottawa 
in partnership with a college chum, under firm name of "Shinn & Atkinson"; 
member Forest Park Driving Association and member of the board of directors 
of the Franklin County Fair Association and superintendent of the speed ring; 
owner of standard bred mares locally noted for speed; has always been a 
Democrat, having done service on both city and county committees; being 
secretary of the latter and attends all conventions of his party; a Congrega- 
tionalist; member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Elks orders; a typical 
young American, doing a good business and claiming a successful race in life. 
(See engraving facing p. 240.) 

5. Clay Bride Shinn (9), b. 8/16/1887; self reliant; made a tour of Colorado alone 

in 1902, visiting Pike's Peak and all the great resox'ts. (See engraving of 
group — A. C. Shinn.) 
5. Silas Webster (8). 6. Calder Lee Shinn (8). 

7. Taylor Ogden Shinn (8), b. 12/24/1848; m. Emma Bride, 10/1/1870, and had 

three children: 
1. Edna Shinn (9). 2. Jay Shinn (9). 3. Ruth Shinn (9). (See engraving of 
Taylor Ogden Shinn and his three brothers and their eldest sons, facing 
p. 288.) 

8. Lucy Ann Shinn (8), b. 5/14/1851; m. Thomas McMahon, and had three children: 

1. Argyle McMahon (9). 2. May McMahon (9). 3. Merle McMahon (9). 

9. Arthur Burthnot Shinn (8), b. 4/24/1853; ob. young. 

10. Charles William Shinn (8), b. 5/30/1854, near Warsaw, 111.; attended the 
district scliools in winter and worked upon the home farm the remainder 
of the year; in 1873 removed to California, but returned in 1875; admitted 
to the bar 6/6/1877 by the District Court of Coffey County, Kansas; re- 
turned to Illinois and continued his le2:al studies in the office of W. E.- 
Mason and W. C. Hooker of Carthage, 111. ; on 5/8/1880 licensed by the 
Supreme Court of Illinois to practice law; located at Ottawa, Kan., in 1881 ; 
in 1883 removed to Eureka, Kan., where he now resides; on 5/14/1888 ad- 
mitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of Kansas; elected Judge of the 
26th Judicial District; in January, 1896, thai district was abolished; in 
November of that year he Avas elected judge of the 13th Judicial District, 
which position he held until 1901; he is now engaged in the practice of 
law at Eureka; married, 1/5/1882, at Ottawa, Kan., Olive T. Barnett, 

and liad three children (see portrait facing page 288) : 
1. Kirk Shinn (9). 2. Winifred Shinn (9). 3. Edward Shinn (9). 

11. Flora Evelyn Shinn (8), b. 3/24/1857; m. Martin Luther Ellinger. 

12. Homer Ellsworth Sninn (8), b. 7/8/1861; m. Fannie Burgess, 1882, and had four 

children (see engraving, group, facing p. 288): 
1. Homer Winifred. 2. Arthur. 3. Jessie. 4. Lyda Frances. 
0. George Drake Shinn (7), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 1/5/1815; m. there, 

Almoda McTntvrc; ob. 5/9/1842. Children: 

1. Granville Shinn (8), m. (1) Miss Waters; m. (2) Miss Stephenson. 

2. Vanvert Shinn (8), m. Mary Payne; three children: 

1. Alice. 2. Florence. 3. Nettie. 

6. Cynthia Sarah Shinn (7), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 1/5/1815, twin of 

George Drake Shinn ; m, Gustavus Payne. One child : 
1. Addie Payne (8); ob. ini'ans. 

7. Deborah Shinn (7), b. 8/3/1816; m. Willinm Vandcbur, 1882; d. 3/14/1903, 

and was buried at I^abettc. Kan. 

8. Jane Shinn (7), b. 1872; ob. sine proli. 

9. Isaac Shinn (7), b. 10/9/1819; to Adams County, Illinois; m. there, 8/31/ 

1862, Elizabeth Iven Chaltcn ; attorney at bnv, ()uiney. 111.; ob. there, 10/28/ 
1882. Descendants: 

Sixth and Later Generations. 


1. Alice Chatten Shinn (8>, b. 6/12/1863; m. James Brown, 5/11/1883, at Lynn, 

MasB. Children: 

1. Bessie Orend ({*). 2. Birdie (9). 

2. Edwin Chatten Shinn (8), b. 11/19/1865; m. Clara Terry, 5/14/1890, at Quincy, 

111. One child: 
1. Olive Shinn (9), b. 6/12/1891. 

3. Lucy Chatten Shinn (8), b. 9/17/1867; m. Ebenezer F. Turner, 9/16/1886, at 

Quincy, III. Three children: 

1. Ebert P'letcher (9). 2. Harlan Louis (9). 3. Era Kate (9). 

4. Frank Shinn (8). 

10. Samson Sliinii (7), bom at Shinnston, Harrison County, Virginia, Dec. 26, 
1881; came to Pavson, Adams County, Illinois, with his father in 1838; 
fireparf'd for the ministry at a classical institute in Quincy, 111. In 1843 he 
joined the Illinois conference; m., 8/26/1846, at Quincy, Lucy Anna, the 
youngest daughter of Michael and Anna (Brown) Dodd; Michael, the son of 
"Williarn and Patty (Allen) Dodd, of Xorth Carolina, his wife, Anna, datigh- 
ler of P)cnjaniin and Susanna (WTiite) BroAiTi of South Carolina; the Dodds 
and Bniwiis came from the Carolinas and settled in Madison County, Illi- 
nois, near Edwardsville, in the earliest pioneer days; Michael and Anna were 
married Oct. 11. 1810, in Madison County, Illinois. Michael volunteered at 



Camp Kussell, 111., and served in the war of 1812 in Captain Boling White- 
sides" company of Mounted Hangers, in the regiments commanded by Colonels 
Russell, Howard and Edwards; was at the treaty of " Fort Ash m Mis- 
souri- was honorablv discharged at Camp Paissell 1816; settled at Quincy and 
died there. Dec. 3, 1841. His widow, Anna Dodd, received a grant of land, as 
shown bv the records in the Pension office at Washington, D C 

\fter the marriage of Samson and Lucy Anna Dodd, he began his lite 
of itineracv; was successively (for a year or more) at Hillsborough, Salem, 
Waterloo Warsaw, Carlvle, Columbus, Farmer City, Georgetown, Danville 
Mahomet ; presiding elder of Danville district (living at Urbana) ; Jack- 
sonville Circuit; Columbus Circuit; Chandlerville, Gnggsville, Stan- 
ford, Old Town, Hopedale, Fisher; he then took superannuated 

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relations, but iilled the following places under the elder: Downs 
and New Hartford. In 1890 lie was appointed superintendent 
of the Lake Michigan Mission for the Seamen's Bethel work; 
in this he worked until the autumn of 1892, when his healtli failed, and in 
January, 1893, he died, aged 71 years. He was a man of advanced thought, 
nearly fifty years ahead of his time. He took a pronounced stand against 
slaveiy. About the year 1850 at the regular session of the Illinois Conference, 
a resolution was presented in favor of slavery ; a viva voce vote was called upon 
its passage and he was the only man of the entire body who voted against 
it. After the conference had declared itself, he arose and said: "Mr. Chair- 
man, I call for an aye and no vote ; I want this vote to be recorded. I have a 
little son at home, and when he is grown I want him to know that his father's 
vote was recorded against slaverv." The vote was so taken, and when his name 
was called his voice rang out like a clarion " NO !"' In 1864 he was a dele- 
gate to the General Conference which was held in Philadelphia, and voted 
against slave holders and slave merchants being members of the M. E. C. ; 
he was an uncompromising opponent of tobacco in all forms, and with voice 
and pen opposed the admission of candidates to the Conference who used it 
in any form, holding that it was hurtful to the body, a detriment to mental 
activity and a hindrance to spiritual growth. He did not miss attending an 
animal conference for forty-seven years, and at each one he urged upon the 
conference the adoption of rules against tobacco. In politics he was a staunch 
and loyal upholder of the Constitution, an anti-slavery advocate, and when 
tlie Republican jjarty was formed voted with it and remained a firm believer 
in its principles all liis life. He was an ardent advocate of temperance and 
a logical speaker. His life was one of hard work and self sacrifice. Earnest, 
faithful and forceful, he was beloved by all who knew him. He was buried 
at Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, 111. His wife died 2/21/1903 at the house 
of her son in New York City; she was brought to Chicago and buried at the 
side of her husband. She was a member of the M. E. C, having joined that 
societv in her tenth vear. The children were: 
1. Luther Edgar Shinii (8), b. 2/13/1848; m., 2/16/1871, Emma, daughter of Col. 
Earl and Hulda Osgood, at Urbana, 111.; admitted to the bar of the Supreme 
Court of Illinois .5/20/1870; abandoned the law for a business life; now vice- 
president of the National Mfg. & Supply Co., Pittsburg, Pa. 
2. Mary Ellen Shinn (8), b. 12/2/1851. 

3. Wilbur True Shinn (8), b. 7/11/1853; m. Lillian Wright at Chicago, 111.; telegra- 

pher; now in the coal business at Pjttsburg, Pa. Children: 
1. Anna Shinn, b. 7/25/1902. 

4. Harriet Anna Shinn (8), b. Georgetown, 111., 2/29/1856; expert court stenogra- 

pher, Monadnock l)uilding, Chicago, 111. I am indebted to her for much valu- 
able matter concerning her family. She is a most intelligent woman, a good 
writer and very clever thinker. 

5. Charles Albert Shinn (8), b. in Lincoln, 111., 2/7/1859; accountant and traveling 

auditor for American Steel & Wire Co., Chicago, 111.; accountant for U. S. 
Steel C()ri)()i-ati()n, New York, N. Y., at present time. 

6. Robert Olin Shinn (S), b. 5/20/1862; m. 4/11/1S96, Marie W. Wenzel; ob. 8/14/ 

1902, at Geneva, Ohio. One child: 
1. Clara Marie Shinn (9), b. 4/15/1899. 

7. Clara Shinn (S), b. at Urbana, III., 8/8/1866; m. at Chicago, 111., 2/12/1893, Fred- 

erick W. Buescher; resides Buffalo. N. Y. Four children: 
1. Lucy Shinn (9). 2. Warren Shinn (9). 3. Winifred (9). 4. Frederick 
Theodore (9). 
11. .Tames Sliinn (T), 1). in Harrison County, Virginia, 7/30/1833; m. there, 9/13/ 
IS 19, Eli'/alKitli I^ecder; to Illinois: to Wns'hington T(MTitory: ob. 1891. Six 

1. Maxwell (8). 2. Lcroy. 3. Horace. 

4. Wilbur Shinn (8); m. Christina Naples. 

5. Homer Shinn (8) ; m. Phebe Barman. 

6. Pettie Shinn (8), m. Albert Summers. 

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12. Eleanor Shinn (7), b. 5/26/1825; ob. 2/22/1844. 

13. Tlioinas JvJ<,'ar. 14. Edwin Taylor; both deceased. 

1374. Benjamin- Siiinn (6).— Isaac (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Benjamin, third eliild of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Sliinn, born in Harrison 
('Miinty, Virginia, 178!); married (1) a Davidson; (2), Mary, daughter of Solo- 
mon Shinn; liad children, Franklin; Austin, m. a Bartlett; Abel, m. a Gothrop; 
Olive, m. William Lucas; Harriet, m. a Golden, and Ann. 

137n. Mai!v Sfrrw (6) —Isaac (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

.Mary, fifth cliild of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, born in Harrison County, 
Virginia, 1793; married William Smith and had, Elbert, m. Basha Moore; William, 
m. an Ogdcn; and two daughters: one married a Barnes and the other Story Moore. 

1380. Samuel Shinn (G). — (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Samuel, ninth child of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, born in Harrison 
County, Virginia, 10/14/1802; married (1) Olive, daughter of Dempsey Carroll 
in Ohio, near \\'ilmington, 3/5/1829; (2), a woman whose name has not been as- 
certained ; moved to Flora, 111., and died there in 1847. 

Children of the First Marriage. 

1. Thomas Dompsey Porter Shinn (7), b. in Ohio, 11/22/1829; moved to Clay 

County, Illinois; married Phebe Ann Bowler, 5/19/1851, near Clarksburg,. 
Ind. ; upon the death of his father he took upon himself the rearing of his 
younger brothers and sisters; in 1856 removed to Flora, Clay County, Illi- 
nois, where he died in 1856, leaving two children: 

1. Albert E. Shinn (8) ; has a large farm near Flora; hardware store and tin shop 

in Flora; an excellent business man, and is very prosperous; married after re- 
turning from De Pauw University, May Carmen, and has three children — Albert 
Robins Shinn, May Carmen Shinn and William Townsley Shinn; is promi- 
nently identified with every enterprise of Flora, 111. 

2. Lizzie Olive Shinn (8); unmarried; at Flora, 111.; a student of art. 

2. William Amos Shinn (7), b. 11/22/1831 and died in infancy. 

3. John James Shinn (7)j b. in Ohio, 12/8/3 832; m. Louisa Zipporah Perkins, 

7/15 1857; to Decatur, 111.; ob. 1882 at Cerro Gordo, 111. Descendants: 
1. Addison Perkins (8). 2. Charles Eliphas (8). 

3. Lizzie Alice Shinn (8), b. 8/6/1861; m., 11/3/1887, James B. Baker, and had four 


1. Roscoe. 2. Claudius Shinn. 
3. Mary ]Magdalen. 4. Evangeline Norris. 

4. Margaret Julia Shinn (8), ob. Infans. 

5. John Harliu Shinn (S), b. 7/21/1865; m., 1/7/1891, Sarah Porter Downs; had four 


1. Bernie Mildred. 2. John William. 

3 Cleo Ethel. 4. Walter Edmund. 

6. Lillian Winifred Shinn (8), b. 1/3/1868; m., 6/15/1890, Stewart M. Drum; ob. 

5/23/1895. One child: 

1. John Winifred Drum (9), b. 4/28/1895. 

7. Lucy Rebecca Shinn (8), b. 1/25/1870; m. Francis Marion Grove, 2/25/1891, at 

Monticello, 111. Had four children: 
1 Edith Winifred. 2. Charles Hamilton, 
s' Harlan Calvin. 4. Henry Orville. 

8. Julia Olive Shinn (8), b. 3/12/1872; m., 6/15/1890, Peter Joseph Barry, and had 

four children: 

1. Earl Baker. 2. Martha Helen. 
Esther. 4. Ruby Lillian. 


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9. Maude Shinn (8), b. 3/21/1875; m. Charles Edwin Hart, 3/10/1897. 
10. Cleo Shinn (8), b. 4/4/1877; m., 6/3/1894, Thomas Alfred Snyder. 
11. Ella Blanche Shinn (8), b. 10/20/1879. Took premium for being the prettiest 
young lady in Decatur, 111. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December, 1901.) 

4. Edmund Stephen Shinn (7), b. 1835; enlisted in the Union Army; ob. 1865, 


5. Joseph Hamilton Shinn (7), b. 5/6/1837; m. America E. Snodgrass, who d. 

in 1885 at Flora, Clay County, 111. Children: 
1. Charles W. Shinn (8). 2. Leulia May Shinn (8). 

6. Luther Shinn (7), b. 9/21/1839 at Port William, 0.; claims to be the first 

soldier to enlist from Illinois at the breaking out of the Civil War; enlisted 
first under three months' call of President Lincoln; enlisted in Co. I 8th 111. 
Vol. and served three months; re-enlisted in August, 1862, in Co. A 98tli 111. 
Inf. and served with distinction throughout the war; member of the Wilder 
Brigade; farmer; treasurer of the Effingham (111.) Shippers' Association; 
is a man of unusual strength and vivacity; m. Ellen Dye and had: 
1. Marion Shinn (8). 2. Willie Shinn (8). 

3. Bertha Shinn (8); m. Walter Clutter, and has two children at Springfield, 111. 

4. Ella Shinn (8), a teacher in the Effingham public schools. She has held this 

position for several years, and is not only a competent teacher but a very com- 
petent and useful woman. 

Children of the Second Marriage. 
1. (6) Mary O. (7). 2 (7) Sarah (7). 

1381. Eachel Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Eachel, tenth child of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, born in Harrison 
County, Virginia, 1804; married there, Joseph Wilkinson, and had children: 

1. William Wilkinson (7). 2. Isaac Wilkinson (7). 

1384. Isaac Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Isaac, son of Isaac and Agnes (Drake) Shinn, b. 7/6/1805 in Harrison 
County, Virginia; m., in 1829, Love Bartlett; she d. 10/27/1858, when Isaac m. 
(2) Olive — — ; he afterwards took a third wife, whose maiden name I have not 
ascertained. Isaac was a farmer on Simpson's Creek, Va. ; moved to Clinton 
County, Ohio, where he remained until 1857, when he removed to Carroll County, 
Missouri, where he died 9/29/1879; Whig; Eepublican; Dunkard. He 
reared a very large family, fourteen in all, thirteen living to be married. This is 
an extraordinarv record of health. His children by the first marriage were: 
1 William M. Shinn (7), b. 12/25/1829; ob. 5/30/1888; m. Martha A. Harrison. No chil- 

2. Debora A. Shinn (7), b. 11/1(;/1831; m. Moses Hunt. No children. 

3. Sarah Shinn (7), b. 4/12/1832; unmarried. 

4. Matilda Shinn (7), b. 5/24/1833; ob. 8/19/189G; m. James Q. Walker, and had five 


5. Austin Shinn (7), b. 12/14/1834; m. Amanda Mitchell, and had three children. 

6. Susan Shinn (7), b. 2/18/1827; m. Isaac Dugan, and had three children. 

7. Mary Shinn (7), b. 7/30/1839; m. Daniel Culver, and had four children. 

8. Leonidas Shinn (7), b. 7/4/1840; ob. 12/27/1900; farmer in Carroll County, Missouri, 

and at i'ittsl)urg, Kan.; a soldier in the 121h Ind. Vol.; m. Maria Dickison, and had 
three children, one of whom, R. Orville Shinn, is in business in Chicago, 111. 

9. John B. Shinn (7). b. 7/15/1843; m. (1). Ruth Lanck, and had two children; she died 

1879; m. (2) Eli/.abeth Lefier, and had two children; m. (3) Mrs. Martha Wooster, 
and had three children. Lived for many years at Bosworth, Mo.; now resides at 
Ocmulgee, I. T. 

10. Paulina Shinn (7), b. 7/15/1843; m. Jabez Calvert, and had seven children. 

11. Charles E. Shinn (7), b. 4/8/1846; m. Evelyn Riley. No children. 

Sixth and Later Generations. 283 

12. Martha J. Stiirin (7). b. 8/11/1847; m. Ezra Lanck. 

13. Hanjilton Shinn (7), h. 9/15/1855. 

Children by Second Marriage, 
h (14) Olive Shinn. h. 7/14/1860. 

Thfse fhlldren wore reared in Clinton County, Ohio, and in Carroll County, Missouri: 
farmerH and Jiopublicans. 

138G. Francis Marion Shinn (6).— Samuel (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

FraneiH Maiion, second child of Samuel and Sarah (Davidson) Shinn, was 
born on Big liock Camp, Harrison County, Virginia, 8/29/1788 ; m. there, Eliza- 
beth Ftcjbinson, daughter of John Eobinson of Baltimore, Md., 6/13/1811; was 
Colonel (if the Clarksburg Militia; served in the war of 1813; moved to Illinois; 
then to .Marion. la. : ob. at Kent, Wash., 1880, being 92 years of age. His descend- 
ants were: 

1. ItolxTl CiinniiiKlKini Shinn (7), b. 8/29/1812, in Harrison County, Va.; m. there, 9/8/ 

1k::,s, Manila Narci.ssa Willis; to Marion, la.; ob. at Puget Sound, Wash. Children: 
1. James Willis. 2. Elizabeth. 3. John. 

4. .Mary Adaline Shinn (8), b. 9/26/1845; ob. 10/16/1884; m., 1869, Albert Wright. 


1. Elhel Wright (9). b. 9/10/1874; m. James Hawthorne Brown, 9/18/1892, and 

had Stewart McHugh and Barton Wright Brown. 

2. Helen Wright (9), b. 10/21/1878; teacher in the public schools of Spokane, 


5. William Joab Shinn (8). b. 10/3/1851, at Marion, la.; lawyer and real estate, Kent, 

Wash.; m.. 5/15/1877, Mary Rose, and had: 

1. Uoberla May Shinn (9), b. 5/29/1878; m., 6/7/1899, Owen Taylor. 

2. David Rose. 3. Adeline. 4. William J. 

5. Harriet Eliza. 6. Robert C. 7. Kate Harrison. 
8. Martha Hose. 9. Lucy. 10. Marion. 
G. Harriet Eliza Shinn (8), b. 2/11/1855; m., 10/21/1875, John M. Blanchard, and 
had two children, Lucie, who died In infancj', and Bessie, who is a teacher in 
the city schools at Seattle, Wash. 
7. Lucy Davis Shinn (8), b. 10/26/1857; m., December, 1879, Beriah Brown, and had 
1. Martha Elizabeth. 2. James De Koven. 3. Robinson Ashmun. 
4. Jeanie Margaret. 5. Beriah. 6. Nathaniel Usher. 

7. Ashmun Murray. The father is a descendant of a well-known American fam- 
ily and is associate editor of the Post Intelligencer, the largest dally of 

2. Mary Jane Shinn (7), b. Harrison County, Virginia, 1/29/1822; m. at Canton, 111., 

10/10/1847, William Wise, and had six children: 

1. Catherine Narisse Wise (8), b. at Canton, 111., 7/14/1848; m. Charles Risdon. 

2. INIary Belle Wise <8), b. 12/14/1849 at Canton, 111.; m. Eugene Faxon. 

3. Susan. 4. Alice. 5. Clara. 6. Carry. 

3. Catherine Shinn (7), b. at Harrison County, Virginia; m., 1/12/1852, Ferdinand Rie- 

nian. Three children: 

1. Marv Theressa Rieman (8), b. 2/12/1853; m., 1/28/1875, A. H. Brainerd. 

2. Martha Ann Rieman (8), b. 2/15/1855; m. (1) T. A. Lull, 1/9/1878; (2) W. W. 

Hancock. 10/10/1901. 

3. Frank Shinn Rieman (8), b. 3/22/1857; ob., unmarried, 7/27/1884. 

4. Joab Robinson Shinn (7). b. Harrison County, Virginia, 12/16/1819; m. at Canton, 111., 

10/1/1S50. Francis Antoinette Slack, b. Derbyshire, Eng., 7/21/1831, ob. at Union, 
Ore., 6/14/1900. Descendants: 

1. Lucinda Shinn (8). b. 1851; ob. 1868. 

2. Anna Elizabeth Shinn (8), b. 10/24/1852; m. (1) Henry Hollenbeck, 5/12/1880, at 

Marion, la., and had children: 
1. Winona (9). 2. Rollo (9). 3. Ruth (9). 
Married (2) Frank Goebel at Lexington, Ore., 3/11/1894, and had one child: 
1. (5) Sadie Belle Goeble (9). 

3. Cyrus Shinn (8), b. 3/6/1854, at Marion, la. 

284 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

4. Robert Alexander Shinn (8), b. 7/14/1855, at Marion, la.; m. a daughter of John B. 

Whiteman and resides at Joseph, Ore. 

5. Margaret Elizabeth Shinn (8), b. 4/6/1857; m. G. Carothers Fernow; ob. 8/8/1888. 

One child: 
1. James Robinson Fernow (9). b. 10/15/1865. 

6. Sarah Ellen Shinn (8), b. 6/15/1859; m., 7/3/1882, William Fleming, and had three 

1. Harold William. 2. Zereta Anna. 3. Genevieve M. 

7. Francis Grant Shinn, ob. infans. 

8. Stella May Shinn (8), b. at Bertram, la., 4/15/1867; m. at Des Moines, la., 6/15/ 

1887, Harry W. Smith; commercial traveler; resides at Denver, Col. Had 
two children: 

1. Stella Marie Smith (9), b. 6/29/1890. 

2. Dorothy Faye Smith (9), b. 6/27/1895. 

1390. Isaac Shinn (6). — Samuel (5), Benjamin (4), Joseph (3), James (3), 

John (1). 

Isaac, third cliild of Samuel and Sarah (Davidson) Shinn, b. Harrison 
County, Virginia, 1/3/1793; farmer; in October, 1829, set out in wagons for Illi- 
nois; encountered many amusing incidents during the "Black Hawk Scare"; ar- 
rived at Canton, 111., 5/17/1830; built the fourth house erected in the town; mar- 
ried twice in Virginia: (1) Sarali, daughter of John Eobinson, who d. 10/10/ 
1819; (2) Alaria, daughter of Moses and Sarah (Kvle) Shinn, 8/10/1820; ob. at 
Canton, 111., 3/1 7/1840. 

Children by First Marriage. 

1. Absalom Robinson Shinn (7), b. 12/25/1815 in Virginia; to Illinois with his father; 

preacher of the M. E. C.; m. Caroline, daughter of Asa Jonathan and Annie (Flow- 
ers) Shinn; ob. at Canton, 111., 8/2/1847, leaving one child: 

1. Charles Elliott Shinn (8), b. Fulton County, Illinois; to Toulon, 1857; merchant, 

clerk, keeper county buildings; Congregationalist; Republican; enlisted in 
Co. B 33rd 111. Inf. 1861-5 and served with the Western Army at Vicksburg, 
Esperanza, Mobile; Sergeant; Commander of Post 237 G. A. R. at Toulon, 
1895; m. Rebecca Pollock. 

Children of Charles Elliott and Rebecca (Pollock) Shinn: 

1. Charles Frank Shinn (9), b. 1/21/1871, at Toulon, 111.; educated there; com- 

mercial traveler; m. Elizabeth, daughter of Dennis and Mary Elizabeth 
(Slater) Halpin at Kansas City, Mo., 6/30/1897. Resides at Chicago, 111. 

2. Arthur William Shinn (9), b. at Toulon, 111., 12/4/1881; clerk Marshall Field 

& Company, Chicago, 111. 

2. Sarah Shinn, who m. Isaac Whittaker of Kansas City, Mo. 

3. Mary Shinn, who m. Johnson of Toulon, 111. 

2. Job Shinn (7), b. in Virginia, 10/1/1817; to Illinois 1829; merchant; m. Diana Wright 

in Fulton County; ob. at Toulon, 8/3/1863. 

Children by Second jMarriage. 

1. (3) Harriet Shinii (7), b. in Virginia, 9/28/1821; ob. there, 9/24/1829. 

2. (4) Anna Maria Shinn (7), b. in Virginia, 2/22/1823; m. at Canton, 111., 9/1/1842, Ed- 

win Page Dewey, son of Oliver and Jemima (Wright) Dewey, who was born at 
Hanover, N. H., 2/4/1817; a successful merchant at Canton. Their descendants 

1. Harriet Hon fid I u Dewey (8), 1). 7/11/1843, Canton, 111.: ob. 2/10/1855. 

2. Roswell William Dewey (8), b. 1/1/1845 at Canton, III.; m., 3^17/1875 at Mt. 

Pleasant, la., Clara L. Porter, and had children: 
1. Ralph Porter. 2. Edwin Paul. 3. Charles Carroll. 4. Percy Allen. 

3. Sarah Phe])e (8). 4. Stephen Edwin (8). 

5. Charles Arthur Dewey (8), b. 6/27/1851; m., 5/29/1878, at Canton, 111., Mary An- 
netta Bedell, b. Norfolk, N. Y. Had children: 
1. Charles Jay Dewey (9), b. 1/29/1883. 
0. Eliza Maria Dewey (8), b. 12/12/1853. 

3. (5) Edwin Duncan Shinn (7), b. in Virginia, 2/25/1825; ob. in Kentucky, unmarried 


Sixth and Later Gexeratioxs, 285 

4. (G) Sarah Elizabeth Shinn (7), b. en route to Illinois in Rush County, Indiana, 1/8/ 

1830; m. at Canton, 111., 5/9/1849, Roswell William, son of Oliver and Jemima 
(Wright) Dewey, b. at Hanover, N. H., 1/5/1845; is a successful merchant at Can- 
ton, III. Their descendants were: 

1. Alfred William Dewey (8), b. 2/3/1850, at Canton, 111.; m., 10/2/1879, Sophia Maria 

Bell, at Canton, who d. 1/18/1898. Children: 
1. Sophia Clarice. 2. Robert Questen. 

2. Maria Jemima Dewey (8), b. 3/20/1852. 

3. FranciH Herbert Dewey (8), b. 1/30/1854; m., 8/13/1884. Children: 

1. Alfred Herbert (9). 2. Donald Walker (9). 3. Roswell Cedric (9). 4. Sarah 
Elizabeth Lucile Dewey (9). 

4. Mary Addie (8). 5. Harriet Virginia (8). 

5. (7) Mary Savilla (7). C. (8) Eliza Dillon (7). 
7. (9) Phebe p]linor (7). 

8 (10) Martha Shinn (7), b. at Canton, 111., 4/21/1838; m. at Abingdon, 111., 12/24/1863, 
Sylvester James Blair. He died, and his widow resides at Peoria, 111. They had 
one child: 
1. Harriet Laverne Blair (8), b. 3/21/1867. 

i;}8fi. Hkstoue SiiixN (G).— Samuel (5), Bexjamix (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Hc'stort' Shinn, son of Samuel and Sarah (Davidson) Shinn, was born in 
Virginia and married there. After the birth of four children he set out overland 
for California and died en route near IMarshalltown, Iowa. He had one son, Dal- 
las, who lived in ITumboldt County, California; one daughter, m. Joseph Means, 
and another, a man named Betts. 

J3!)(i. Thomas Cross Siiixx (6).— Job (5), Johx (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Thomas Cross, second child of Job and Xancy (Cross) Shinn, born at Tur- 
kevfown, two miles East of Temberton, N. J., in the edge of the New Jersey pines; 
m." (1), in Burlington County, New Jersey, :Mary Adeline Grant, 6/12/1812; she 
ob. 7/25/1825; m. (2), in same county, Mary Newman; moved to Ohio in 1830. 

Ilis descendants were: 

By First ^larriage. 

1. Rebecca Woodward Shinn (7), b. 1813; m. Samuel Holland and removed to the West, 

where thirteen children were born. 

2. John Grant Shinn (7), b. 4/6/1816; m. Susan Asay Sharp, 1840; d. 4/6/1876; she d. 

11/30/1889. Their children were: 
1. Ann Eliza Shinn (8), b. 6/20/1845; m., 10/7/1868, Thomas Cross Shmn, Jr., her 
first cousin, at Vincentown, N. J. Children: 
1. Marv Matilda Shinn (9), b. 8/13/1869; unmarried. 

2 Ella Cyllane Shinn (9), b. 7/16/1871; m. Walter Vymal Inman, l/2o/1891. 

3 Walter Thomas Shinn (9), b. 6/11/1870; clerk in Philadelphia; unmarried. 

4 Joseph Butterworth Shinn (9), b. 1/23/1877; m. Alpatra Penntard Slizer. 

5. Carlton Rufus Shinn (9), b. 6/5/1881; m. Jessie Estelle Croney, 4/23/1900; 
resides Stanwick, N. J.; one child: 
1. Jessie Carlton Shinn (10). ^ , . ^x- . ^t t 

" Mary Adeline Shinn (8), m. Lloyd Wellington Cook at Vincentown, N. J. 
3". Ruth Ann Shinn (8), m. Nelson Prickett at Mt. Holly, N. J. 
4 Michael Henrv Tavlor Shinn (8), m. Mary Bennett at Vincentown, N. J. 
3 Job Shinn (7). twin of John Grant Shinn, b. 4/6/1816; m. Jane Patterson. 
d Rpniamin Francis Shinn (7), m. Ellen Murdock. 

5' SanSpippen Shinn (7 , b. in New Jersey 2/2/1823; moved to Ohio at seven; to 
Samuel Pippeit ^J ^^^^^^.^Itj^ree, when he married (1), in Burlington County, Mary 
ri-Tme) Shinn widow of Jonathan Shinn, 7/2/1846; remained there seven years; 
retVirned^o Ohio and then to Curtisville, Ind., where he has remained for more 
th^r. thirtv vears- his wife died in Ohio and he remarried; he is now eighty years 
of age and locates Turkeytown, as I have given it in the life of his father. His 

1. ThomTs Cross Shinn (8). b. 4/16/1847; m. Ann Eliza Shinn. 10/7/1868. (See Ann 
Eliza Shinn (8).) 

286 History of the SSinn Family in Europe and America 

2. Rebecca Lame Shinn (8); ni. Edgar Ecknian. 

3. Ella Chambers Shinn (8). 

4. Sallie Fox Shinn (8), b. 1/25/1855; m. Frank H. Osmand. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

1. (6) Richard Shinn (7); m. Peacock. 

2. (7) James Lives Shinn (7). 

3. (8) George Shinn (7»; enlisted, 18G1, in 57th Indiana Vol. and killed in battle. 
i. (9) Elizabeth Ann Shinn (7); m. Dr. Doan oi' Curtisville, ind. 

1399. Catherine Shinn (6). — Job (5), John (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Catherine Shinn, daughter of Job and Nancy (Cross) Shinn, b. 11/10/1800; 
ob. 8/31/1888; m., about 1824, Martin Lamb, b. 8/15/1798, ob. 9/5/1869. She 
is mentioned in her fatliers will. There were four children, as follows : 
1 George F. Lamb (7); b. 12/20/1825; ob, 7/25/1850. 

2. Rebecca S. Lamb (7); b. 2/23/1832; living at Medford, N. J. 

3. John A. Lamb (7); b. 2/21/1836; ob. 5/15/1900; m. 1862 Lydia Ann Sharp and had: 

1. Samuel N. Lamb (8); b. 12/4/1863; m., 2/10/1886, Hannah E. Thackra. 

2. John A. Lamb (8); b. 8/13/1866; m., 12/7/1892, Linda T. Brown, and had one 

child, Le Roy Lamb (9); b. G/17/1895. The mother died 12/15/1901. 

3. Anna S. Lamb (S) ; b. 11/25/1869; ob. 12/25/1889. 

4. Charles B. Lamb (7); b. 1/5/1838; m., 1861, Rebecca Malsbury and had Laura C. 

Lamb, b. 5/12/1863. 

1400. Tacie C. Shinn (6).— Job (5), John (4)^ Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Tacie C, youngest child of Job ajid Nancy (Cross) Shinn, b. 1/25/1807. She 
died after reaching her ninetieth year in a happy old age ; m. at Mt. Holly, 3/25/ 
1836, Nathan B. Wilson; Nathan was not in the war of 1812, but as a boy drove 
his father's team in carrying supplies for the soldiers; he attended Friends' Meet- 
ings; was a Democrat and lived at Bordentown; I corresponded -with Tacie in her 
85th year and obtained much valuable matter; some of it, however, was very con- 
tradictory, especially that part concerning her father's marriages. She was a 
daughter of Naney Cross and was mentioned in lier father's will. The children 
were : 

1. Abraham Wilson (7); b. 1/19/1837; ob. sine proli. 

2. Charles F. Wilson (7); b. 9/24/1839; served nine months as a soldier in the Union 

Army; then enlisted in the navy and served until the end of the war; married 
at Bordentown. 

3. Anna S. Wilson (7); b. 5/15/1841; resides at Bordentown, N. J. ITnm. 

4. Nathan U. Wilson (7); b. 12/27/1842. Deceased. 

5. George M. Wilson (7); b. 12/3/1844; m. 12/17/1866 at Bordentown and had: 

1. Alice R. Wilson (8); b. 8/17/1868. 

2. Stella K. Wilson (8); b. 5/14/1871; m. 11/7/1894 and had a son Leslie. 

3. Tacie C. Wilson (S); h. 12/7/1876; m., 4/22/—. Carl Stevenson of Trenton. 

G. Japhet Bishop Wilson (7); b. 12/8/1848; graduated at State Normal School, Trenton, 
N. J.; teac-hcr ;ii Mallimorc, Md., Oneida, N. Y., and for one year at the Normal 
School at IMonilllon, Ark. Ob. unmarried. 

1397. Mary Shinn (6). — Job (5). John (4), Joseph (3), James (2), John (1). 

Mary, daughter of .lob ami Nancy (Cross) Shinn. h. K!)(>; this woman died 
at Higlil.Mowii, N. J.. 8/25/1896, being 99 years, 11 months and 25 days old: m. 
Sauinel Rogers and had cliildren. one of whom was Job Shinn Rogers, m. and had 
a family. He and his son were ])artners in the furniture l)usiness at TTightstown, 
N. J., in lsn5. 'I'his family was noted for its longevity, three of tlie daughters of 
Jol) having reaclieil four score and ten. ;md one of lhes(> lacked but five days of 
being one Inindred years of age. 

Sixth and Later G-eneeations. 287 

1401. Martha Shinx (6). — Benjamin (5), Francis (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Martha Shinn (7). — Kebecca (6), Job (5), John (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

All the children of Benjamin and Rebecca Shinn are entitled to this double 
heading; Martha, second child of Benjamin and Eebecca (Shinn) Shinn, b. 3/22/ 
1817, was seventh in descent on the maternal, and sixth on the paternal side from 
the original American ancestor. The same remark applies to Benjamin, Job, Wil- 
liam and George, whose notices follow this. Martha married William Lamb; ob. 

4/29/1853. Their children were: 

1. .Jf)hn Lamb (7), who married, and is now deceased. 

2 Caroline Lamb (7), m. Samuel Stacl<house. 

3. William Lamb (7). married; resided near Juliustown; ob. 1903; he had at least one 

son, William H. Lamb, who is a teacher in New Jersey. 
4 Mary Lamb (7) ; m. Samuel Sapp, and had the following children: 

1. Lorenza L. Sapp (8). 2. Martha L. Sapp (8). 
5. Rebecca Lamb (7) ; m. Simons. 

1402. BENJA.\nN Sm.VN (6).— Benjamin (5), Francis (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Benjamin, third child of Benjamin and Ptebecca Shinn, was born 3/16/1819; 
married at New Egypt, X. J., 2/15/1841, Mary H. Singleton; ob. 1/19/1900. 

His children were: 

1. Martin A. Shinn (7), b. 12/13/1841. 

2. Rebecca E. Shinn (7), b. 3/9/1844; m. at New Egypt, 12/24/1879, Garrett South, and 

had children: „^, 

1. George A. (8), b. 3/23/1883. 2. Mary Ethel (8), b. 5/11/1884. 

1-103. Job Shinn (6).— Benjamin (5), Francis (4), Joseph (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Job, fonrth child of Benjamin and Eebecca Shinn, was born 12/25/1820; 
married ':\rarv Page ; ob. 11 /16/1901. His children were : 
1. Howard. 2. Joseph. 3. Catherine. 

1406. William Shinn (6).— Benjamin (5), Francis (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

William, seventh child of Benjamin and Rebecca Shinn, was born 2/26/ 
1826; m., 4/23/1856, Mrs. Mary Ann (Cheeseman) Fetters at Camden, N. J.; ob. 
5/11/1901 at Philadelphia. Had one child: 

1.' Horace A. Shinn (7). b. 2/5/1857, at Camden, N. J.; m., 2/28/1882, Clara A. Rigney of 
Havre de Grace, Md. Had two children: 

1. Ada May Shinn (8). 2. Edna Rigney Shinn (8). 

1407 George Washington McKane Shinn (6).— Benjamin (5), Francis 

(4), Joseph (3), James (2), John (1). 

Georcre Washington :ArcKane Shinn, youngest child of Benjamin and Rebecca 
Shinn was born 5/1/1828: m., 3/12/1856, at Pemberton, X. J., Isabella C. Page. 
He is <!till livinff (1902) at Philadelphia. One child : 

1 riffford Watson Shinn (7), b. 9/21/186.0; telegrapher in Broad street office of the 
■ Pennsylvania Soad Compaq m., 10/4/1899, at Philadelphia, Ella Cordelia 

1408 \BiGAiL Shinn (6).— Benjamin (5), Francis (4), Joseph (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Ahio-nil Shinn onlv child of Benjamin Shinn by his second wife, Mary Love- 
man, b.T/ll/S^ Egypt. N- J-; n^- Emmor Wills (Emmor (4), Mica- 


History of tite Shinn Family in Europe and America 

jah (3). Jacob (2), Job Wills (1),) of Barnegat, K, J., and had one child: 
1. Addie B. Wills (7), b. 2/20/1876. 

962. Earl Siiixx (G). — Samuel (5), Earl (4), Thomas (3), Thomas (2), 

John (1). 

Earl Shinn, eldest child of Samuel and Hannah (Simpson) Shinn, b. 1/21/ 
1796; secretary of the Bricklayers' Society; measurer of buildings in Philadelphia; 
m. Sarah, daughter of Dayid"and Beulah (Walton) Comfort, 4/10/1822. Sarah 
was fifth in descent from James Thornton of Stony Stratford, England, and 
fourtli in descent from Daniel and Mary (Lamb) Waltoii; resided for years on 
Pine street in Philadelphia, Pa. Their descendants were: 



1. Elizalx'ih Shinn (7), h. 12/12/182:!; ob. 188:5; m. Henry Haines, 10/1/1845, and had: 
1. Henry Haines (S); oi). infans. 

Anna Sliinii (1 ), I,. 1()/T)/182(; : oh. 4/24/1888; m. Samuel Eichard Shipley, 
son of Tliomas and l.vdia Shipley. Mr. Shiph'v is a man of all'airs; president 
of the Provident I.ilV- an-l Trust Co. of rhila<h'l|)liia, and has llllod many 
places of re.<p(insihili(y and trust; his wife was a nmst ex(>m]dary character; 
a devoted wife and mother and a faithful servanl (if (io(L Slie was tlie au- 
thor of many very pretty verses whicli had a wide cii'culalion among her 
friends befdre lier death, and which after lier death were printed at tlie re- 
(|Uesl of friends for ])rivalc^ circuhition. '^.i'he yolunie l)ears tlie modest name 
"Poems and Hymns,'' by Anna Shipley. Their children were: 







Sixth and Later Gexerations. 291 

1. Susan Shipley (8), b. 11/18/1852. 

2. Anna Shipley (8). b^ 9/24/1854; ob. 6/27/1884; m. Samuel Henry Troth and had- 

1. John Theodore Troth (9), b. 5/30/1884. 

3. Anna Bella Shipley (8); ob. infans. 

3. Lydia Comfort Shinn (7), b. 4/17/1828; m. Eichard Cadbury, 12/4/1850 

-Mr (.arlbury was for many years in the wholesale dry A'cods business; one of 
the founders of the Provident Life and Trust Co. of Philadelphia ; an active 
incmbor of the " Alagdalen Society"; secretary for many years of the 
I- neiids' Society, lalwring for the amelioration of the Freedmen's condition • 
an excellent accountant; his wife was a devoted mother and a Christian! 
Their descendants were: 

1. Caroline Cadbury (8), b. 9/23/1851; m. Thomas Kite Brown, 4/12/1876 and had- 

1. Rifhard. 2. Mary Anna. 3. Bertha. 
4. Shipley. 5. Clement. 6. Thomas Kite. 

2. Richard Tapper Cadbury; m. Helen Nathans, 1884; holds responsible nosition iti 

The Providence Life & Trust Assn. 

3. Sarah C'adl)ury; ob. sine proli. 

4. Samuel Karl Shinn (7). b. 1/1/1830; drowned. 

5. Charles Shinn (7); ob. infans. 


James Thornton Shinn (7), b. 1/9/1834; m. (1) Ellen, daughter of Henry 
and Caroline (Old) Morris, 3/23/1863. The grandmother of Ellen was 
great granddaughter of Baron Stiegal. IN'o children. Married (2) Emma, 
a descendant in the eighth generation of Anthony Morris, the emigrant, 
daughter of Levi and Xaomi, 4/20/1870; 29th in descent from Alfred, the 
Great. (See Pedigree LXIII, Americans of Royal Descent. — Browning.) 
James Thornton Shinn was apprenticed to the firm of Charles Ellis & Co. 
from 1849 to 1854. Graduated at the College of Pharmacy in 1854; elected 
a member of the board of trustees soon after and is now treasurer of the Col- 
lege ; carried on the drug business at Broad and Spruce streets from 1855 to 


292 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

1896, when he retired; joined the American Pharmaceutical As- 
sociation in 1860, when he was appointed secretary, and was elected president 
at the meeting in Saratoga. He was interested in various charities and cor- 
porations ; secretary of '' The Industrial Home for Girls," the first of its 
kind in Pennsylvania, from its inception to its merger with " The Foulke 
and Long Institute for Orphan Girls," about forty years (1862) ; president 
of the board of managers of " The Society for the Employment and Instruc- 
tion of the Poor " ; secretary of the Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Ben- 
jamin Franklin and others in 1751; president of the Philadelphia Vacant 
Lots Cultivation Association, where the poor raise their own potatoes and 
other vegetables on land loaned to the association; vice-president of the 
" Fuel Saving Society of Philadelphia," which encourages the poor to save 
money in summer, for which they receive coal in winter at less than whole- 
sale rates ; member for several years of the " Society for Organizing Charity " 
in Philadelphia; secretary and treasurer of the Virginia Mining and Im- 
provement Company; manager of the Mine Plill Eailroad; member of the 
"Provident Society" for giving employment to poor women; chairman of 
the committee of management of the University Extension Lecture Course. 
Industrious, fair minded, affable, intelligent and courteous; in love with the 
basic principles of every movement to do good; helpful with time, attention 
and means; quick to discern and prompt to act; a man among men and uni- 
versally beloved ; for fifty years he has gone in and out before the citizens 
of Philadelphia without reproach, and with increased respect; among the 
thousands of men I have known no one of them measures up to James 
Thornton Shinn in qualities of heart, and the acts that ennoble life. His 

children were: 
1. Morris Earl. 2. Anna Morris. 

7. Rebecca Shinn (7), b. 10/18/1836; unmarried. 

8. Earl Shinn, Jr. (Edward Strahan), b. 11/8/1838; ob. 11/1/1886, unmarried. 

1 append a sketch of Earl Shinn by William Walton of Philadelphia and 
printed by George Barrie of Philadelphia: 

" It is a true saying that some men are missed much more than others and 
that those who can the least be spared are those most apt to be taken, and it 
is possibly because of the tritcDess of this speech that we are so ready to yield 
a general assent to its truthfulness in the abstract and to doubt its applica- 
tion when it is claimed for some particular loss which is not our own. But 
if the mourners can show that he who has been taken did good work in this 
world — work which was needed, and which but few or none can do so well as 
he — then they may be justified in claiming that death seems more than ever 
like a mistake. And in the case of the good worker and dear friend whose 
name appears at the head of this brief tribute to his memory we think it 
can be shown tliat his work was necessary and well done, and that his suc- 
cessors may be long in coming. In the great centres of Old World civiliza- 
tion, where the poorest may be the heir of all the ages, these skillful and con- 
scientious writers may be counted only by threes and fours. In our new cap- 
itals they are very mnch fewer; and chief among them was he who covered his 
fathers revered name with the cloak of ' Edward Strahan.^ 

"Born in Philadelphia less than fifty years ago, of that Quaker ancestry 
which accounted all music as hurtful, and green as the only one of the pri- 
mary colors that was not sinful for household use, he lived to add to their 
righteous doctrine of unbending integrity that wider knowledge which ac- 
cepts all the bonntifnl things of Nature. So conscious was he of his own 
strength that when still but a young man, untraveled and uninformed except 
by hearsay of the great treasures of art, he went to New York and offered 
bis services as a critic on contemporary art to \\\o New York Nation — 

Sixth and Later Generations. 


at that time and for long afterward the head of the critical journals of the 
country. As it chanced, at that time the post was satisfactorily filled; but 
in IbOG, when he was studying as a painter in Paris under Geronie, his first 
contrihutioris appeared in the columns of the paper as letters descriptive and 
analytical of the system of the great government art schools; and, later, on 
hiri return home, he long filled with great ability, and with a certain pride to 
himself, this honorable post of art critic to the most dignified of American 
journals. I'.nt this was but one of his many occupations; and many publish- 
ers, native and foreign, were glad to avail themselves of his discreet knowl- 
edge. Jn addition lo his extensive acquaintance with the schools of contem- 
poraneous art— and especially with that of France, which, with all its faults, 
he rightly reg;irded as the head and sum of them all — his curious spirit ex- 
plored many other branches of modern knowledge. As an archaeologist he 
might have achieved a reputation if he had not chosen, except on very rare 
occasions, to keep his gathered learning to himself. As a dramatic critic he 
refused the ofTors that A\ere made to him by the daily press, and as a dra- 
matic author he wrote at least two complete acts of one society play and care- 
fully sketched out one or two more comedies — only to lock everything up in 
his desk. .\s a translator, in addition to the quantities of lively Parisian 
that he transferred into English for various publications at different times, he 
meditated mucli serious and scholarly work, including a 'worthy translation 
of tlie works of lialzac '; and as an artist he saw visions and dreamed dreams, 
for many of whieh ho made careful preliminary studies — a Spirit of Frost 
painting her delicate traceries on the outside of the cottage window, a most 
curious and ingenious archaeological study of the Masque of Bottom and his 
fellows in * ^lidsumnier Xight's Dream,' etc., etc. These are but a few of 
the things he did and planned to do — by the plans which he lays out for his 
future work may be often judged the best the quality of a man's ambition 
and of his intellect. 

*' One of the tasks in which he took great pride and interest was the prep- 
aration of a systematic and critical record of the most important art works, 
foreign and native, contained in the public and private galleries of the 
United States; and ' The Art Treasures of America,' in three quarto volumes, 
begun in 18T0 and not finished till 1883, is the unique book of reference of 
this period for the future art historian. In addition to this monumental work 
he preparect. several otliers only somewhat less in size and importance: 'The 
l\[astcr]neccs of the Centennial International Exhibition,' on which he spent 
nearly two vears of labor; the ' Chefs d'Oeuvre d'Art, of the International and 
Other Exhibitions,' ' Etudes in Modern French Art,' ' The International Gal- 
lery, a Collection of One Hundred Select Works by Ancient and Modern 
]\rasters,' written in the last year of his life, and several others, all issued 
from that Publishing house in Philadelphia which now prints this brief note 
of his life and labors. For a New York publisher he prepared, in 1882, the 
text for a collection of plates illustrating the most important paintings of 
his master, Gerome, and, somewhat later, that for an exhaustive review of 
the brilliant work of the Parisian water-color painters. 

"In June, 1883, he sailed for Paris for the last time to superintend the 
arduous work of preparing the drawings, etchings, photogravures and chro- 
mo-lithoo-raphs for that siimptuous book on the house and collection of the 
late Mr." Yanderbilt, which he had commenced when the mansion was first 
occupied by its owner, and which he considered the crowning work of his life 
so far. In addition to writing all the text of this appropriate record of one 
of the most notable palaces of the age, he had to oversee the photographer, the 
artist who made the first sketches and those who afterwards transferred the 
drawin2:s to metal and stone, the printer and the paper-maker; and it was not 

204 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

until the early pait of 1885 that lie was enabled to finish this heavy task. 
In the latter part of that year he returned home, but the pressure of constant 
ill health was upon him, and the last months of his life were unmarked by 
the completion of any other important enterprise excepting a brilliant trans- 
lation and jjai'aphrase of the text of a Parisian art critic, illustrathig a col- 
lection of a hundred etchings prepared for the house of Goupil et Cie. 

"The personal traits of this gentleman of the world were as worthy of 
record as his intellectual accomplishments. Full of that courtesy and kind- 
ness which are everywhere the badge of a simple nobility he supplemented 
these usual traits with strongest unwillingness to cause even the slightest 
outlay of time or trouble to any of his acquaintances — an unwillingness to 
be on any occasion or at any time the recipient and not the donor which might 
soni(;tim('S have caused an impatient friend to accuse him of unfriendly pride. 
For his own purse and his own time, tliey were always at the disposal of an ac- 
quaintance, and to this unreasonable unselfishness he was indebted at times 
for some wasting of davlight and nightlight by those who found comfort and 
company in his ready sympathy." Turning from these eloquent words of 
Walton let us listen for a moment to the young man himself. In his article 
upon the " Last Muster," a painting by Herkomer, he says : 

''■ The drama is a fimple and dreadful one. One of these pensioners, a tall, 
dry old disciplinarian, with correct and almost noble bearings hangs his 
head on a sudden over upon his breast. Ilis next neighbor turns about, takes 
him by the wrist, and feels his pulse with anxiety imprinted on his features. 
Has the old comrade really given in? This silent, unpretending death scene, 
at muster, and strictly iinrlcr discipline, is wonderfully 'respectable.' The 
pious ceremony must JioL h<; interrupted; the curate need not be disturbed 
in his balanced phrases; there is no call to alarm these brave old neighbors, 
each leaning likewise over the grave. The comrade who has taken the alarm 
is silent; he is satisfied merely to hold the wrist of his neighbor. Death is 
in the ranks; he has come to dress noiselessly with the well drilled veterans, 
and there he will stay unsuspected while the review is kept \\]> Ijy the preacher 
who oil this day exercises the veterans." (See engraving facing page 48.) 

ni« Prinied Works. 

" Sonio lli^hwayH and Uyways of American Travel," by Earl Sliiun (Edward Stra- 
Iian), Sydney Lanier and Edward A. Pollard. Philadelphia, 1878. 

" Et.udeH in ModeiTi FrerK^h Arl," illustrated with ten plates, India proofs and nn- 
nioroiiH fae-siniil<!H of original drawinj^s. New York, 1881. 

"The ChefH irOeuvre D'Art of llie Iiitcniaiioiiiil Exliihilion, 1878." Philadelphia, 

"The MaHterpi(;ces of the Centennial Exhiliit ion." . . 

"The Art Tre;iKiir<'s of America." 1879-8:5. 

"The International (Jallery." 

" fJerome and His School." 

"The I'ariKian Water Color Painters." 

"The Vandf;rl)ilt Floiise." A stupendrms amount of matter, beinp; four volumes about 
three feet srpiare and filled with a wondrous mass of brifijht matter on the house and 
collections of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Published by Gebbie & IJanie of Philadelphia and 
sold at $400 a set. 

He wrote, also, the twr) first chapters of "The Book of the Tile Club," of which or- 
Kani/alion lie was a meruher, but beinp; too sick to finish it, that work was periormed 
after his death t)y V. ilnpkinson Smith. Published at Boston, 1886. 

Or).*^. Hv.mTCA SmNN (f)).— Samuel (5), Faim, (1), Tiiom.vs (:3), Tiio.m.vs (2), 

John (1 ). 

llehecea Shiiiii, second child oi Siiiiiiiel ;iiid llaiiiiuii (Sini|)soii) Shiiiii, born 
in l'hiladel[)hia. Pa.; m. there, Caleb .\sh, M. D. ; he was a practicing physician in 

Sixth and Later Generations. ^05 

Darin-, Delaware County, Pa., uutil his death in 1862; active member of the Del- 
aware County Medical Society; a reformer by nature, he had no fear of agitation 
and was especially interested in the causes of temperance and abolition. His de- 
scendants were: 

1. Samuel Shinn Ash (7), b. 2/11/1829; spent an active life in business at Philadelphia, 

I'a.; has now retired and lives at Swarthmore; was recorded minister in the So- 
ciety of FYionds in 1877, but has not retired from that service; m., 11/9/1859, 
Sarah Janr- Scofield, and had children: 
1. Olivor Howard. 2. Henry Caleb. 3. S. Earl. 4. Mary Scofield. The first and 
third dficeased. Henry C, m. Helen Bonsall, Seattle, Wash. 

2. Matthew Franklin Ash (7), b. 10/29/1830; a physician, as was his father; moved to 

Jackson, Miss., and became prominent in every respect; espoused the Southern 
cause; m. S. Catherine Munnell, who survives him. He left several children, five 
of whom reside in Mississippi. 

3. Hannah Ann Ash (7), b. 3/1/1833; unmarried. 

4. Earl Sliiiui Ash (7), b. August. 1839; m. Hannah A. Patton. 

rt. Humphrey Marshall Ash (7), b. August, 1842; m. Mary H. Ash. 

MOD. .\.VN Shinn (6). — ViXACOMB (5), THOiiAs (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Ann Shinn, oldest child of Yinacomb and Sarah (iFiddleton) Shinn, married 
Isaac Taylor, and had two children, the eldest of whom, Sarah Ann, was named 
in the fiinior's will, 10/3/1841. 

11I<». Ij.isiiA T.. Shinn (6). — Vinacomb (5), Thomas (4), Solomon (3). 

James (2), John (1). 

Rlisha ].. Sliinn, second and youngest child of Vinacoinb and Sarah (Middle- 
ton) Shinn, was Ixirii near Xew Egypt, N". J.; married, 2/6/1840 (Mon. M. L., 
Book- (', 2') I), Caroline W., daughter of Dr. Charles S. and Catherine Patterson, 
and granddaughter of Judge John Patterson of Middleton, N. J. This couple 
lived'^on the farm bought !)y the grandfather, Thomas, and afterwards occupied 
by tlu^ father, Vinacomb. 

Children of Elisha and Caroline (Patterson) Shinn. 

1. Charles P. Shinn (7); 3rd Regiment Pa. Vol.; ob. at York, 6/8/1861. 

2. Sarah C. Shinn (7). m., 4/28/1869. Charles S., son of Thomas B. and Adelaide (Shinn) 

.lobes; elder in the Presbyterian Church at New Egypt; Republican. Descendants: 
1. Anna R. and Blanch S. Jobes (8). 
3 Blanch P. Shinn (7), m.. 2/3/1881, Col. James P. Mead, of Philadelphia, Pa. 
V Honry P. Shinn (7). m.. 1 '1/1869. Sarah, daughter of Nathan Hendrickson. 
r.! Rush" P. Shinn (7), b. 7/10/1855; ob. infans. 

1417. Elizabeth Shinn (6).— Solomon (o), Thomas (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Elizabeth Scatter<:ood Shinn, second child of Solomon and Jane (Scatter- 
good)' Shinn b. 3/11/1824, near New Egypt, X. J.; m. \Yilliam, son of Kobert 
and "Nlarv (Dolaplaine) McKay, 2/4/1859. Children: , ^, , 

1. William McKay (7). b. 11/2/1859: m. Evaline T.. daughter of Theodore and Emma 

(Apple) Megargie. No descendants. 
2 Henrv McKav (7), b. 10/28/1862: ob. 1863. 

"' Sarali \rny McKav (7). b. 12/11/1862; m. Robert Simpson, son of Joseph L. and Eliz- 
abeth (Collins) Jones. 11/21/1895, and had: 
1. Collins McKay Jones (8), b. Oct. 11, 1899- 

1418 Riley Shinn (6).— Solomon (5), Thomas (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Rilev third child of Solomon and Jane (Scattergood) Shinn, b. 9/28/1825, 
at New Egypt, N. J.: farmer; m. (1) Sarah Taylor, daughter of Joseph and Eliz- 

296 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

abeth (Black) Carslake; (2) Mrs. Mary Slireve; resides at Columbus and had 
the following children bv the first marrias;e: 

1. Elizabeth Carslake Shinn (7), b. 10/20/1851 at Philadelphia, Pa.; m., 7/5/1870, Parker 

Hall, son of Parker Hall and Anna C. (Orme) Sweet, b. at Falls Church, Va., 5/11/ 
1848; removed to Washington. D. C; she died there, 4/20/1901. Children: 

1. Riley Allen, b. Georgetown, D. C, 5/7/1872. 

2. Annie Elizabeth, b. Georgetown, D. C, 9/19/1874; m. William Jasper Wylam, 


3. Martha Virginia, b. Georgetown, D. C, 12/27/1875; ob. at Seabrook, Md., 9/16/ 


4. Parker Hall, b. Georgetown, D. C, 8/8/1880. 

5. Kate Drummond, b. Seabrook, Md., 12/25/1886. 

6. Mary Shreve, b. Glen Dale, Md., 9/4/1891. 

2. Jane Scattergood Shinn (7), b. 4/19/1853; m., 10/27/1874, Charles Henry, son of Rob- 

ert and Martha (Armitage) Earl. One son: 
1. William Rawlings Earl; ob. 12/23/1901. 

3. Joseph Carslake Shinn (7). b. July, 1855; m. in April, 1876, Alice Febrey, and had two 

children, William H. Shinn (8) and Claude Shinn (8), who died in infancy. 

4. Thomas Shinn, o. s. p. 5. William Shinn, o. s. p. 

6. Riley Allen Shinn (7), b. 4/12/1862; m., 5/19/1898, Mary Hester Faudree, b. 3/2/1871. 

7. Sarah Taylor Shinn (7), b. 9/15/1865; m., 3/31/1886, Howard Wilbur, son of Anthony 

and Ann Eliza Parker, and had one son: 
1. Wilbur Parker (8), b. 10/2/1888. 

1419. Sarah Shinn (G). — Solomon (5), Thomas (4), Solomon (3), James 

(3), John (1) 

Sarah, sixth child of Soiomon and Jane (Scattergood) Shinn, born at New 
Egypt, N". J., 2/16/1831; m. at Philadelphia, Pa, 4/24/1851, Louis, son of Joseph 
and Caroline Henrietta (Von Weissensee) Arny. 

The Von Weissensee and Arny families are among the oldest of Switzerland. 
Centuries have marked their career in the fastnesses of the Alps, and distinguished 
honors have been won by members of the family in military and civic life. Joseph 
and Caroline Arny came to America in the early part of the 19th century and set- 
tled at Georgetown, I). C. There, on July 18th, 1823, Louis Arny was born. He 
was educated at Georgetown College, and then embarked in business in Pliiladel- 
phia. His business called for successive residences in Philadelphia, Georgetown 
and Alexandria, Va. In 1860 he was sent to New Orleans by the late William 
Massey as his confidential agent. The year 1861 with its martial notes caused a 
change in the quiet current of his business life and aroused the warlike spirit — 
the slumbering bequest of his illustrious ancestry. In Jrtly of that year Arny joined 
the Confederate Guards of New Orleans under Captain Pilsbury and served in 
that distinguished detachment imtil the fall of New Orleans in 1863. Then he 
went to Mobile, Ala., and enlisted in Company E, 2nd Battalion Alabama Light 
Artillery. When the Federals passed Fort Morgan Arny was ill in the hospital, 
and upon his recovery was detailed to General Maury's headquarters, where he 
remained until the evacuation of Mobile. His detail was brought up in this way. 
Being an expert accountant and a splendid writer, he was required by the routine 
of duty to send papers of many kinds to the various commands around him. One 
note of his was sent to the olllcials at headquarters and the beautiful penmanship 
attracted general attention. His conduct was so exemplary as to attract the atten- 
tion of General IMaury, who ordered his secretary to direct Arny to report at head- 
quarters for duty. There he remained in the confidence of General Maury and his 
stafl^ until the fall of Mobile. Then with the archives of the office he was sent to 
Meridian, Miss., where he remained imtil the close of the war. He was paroled 
on May 11, 186^. After the war he was always an active member of the Army 
of Tennessee, U. C. V. 

From 1866 to 1870 he attempfcd to repair his broken fortunes in Philadelphia. 
In the latter year he became the bookkeeper of T. A. Waterman of New Orleans, 

Sixth and Later Generations. 297 

which position he retained until 1874. Then he started a business of his own, 
whicli he managed successfully until 1896, when failing eyesight forced him to 
retiro from active life and pass his business affairs into the hands of his son. In 
April, 1891, he and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their golden wedding at his resi- 
dence, 3013 Chestnut Street, New Orleans, La., surrounded by his family and 
relatives from Washington and Philadelphia, and his lifelong friends of New Or- 
leans. A leading })aper of New Orleans in July, 1902, had this to say: 

" Louis C. Arny, an aged resident of this city, distinguished in war and successful 
In buHincss, passed away at his residence. No. 3613 Chestnut street, yesterday morning 
at (;:40, surrounded by all his children. He had been ill for over a month, old age be- 
ing the direct cause. Funeral services will be held in St. Paul's church this afternoon 
at 4 o'clock and the interment will take place at Metairie Cemetery." 


1. William Thomas Arny (7). b. 1/.5/1855; m., 10/11/1882, Edwina, daughter of Andrew 

C. and Elmira Keene Weaver, and had children: 
1. Charles Arny. 2. Charles Weaver. 3. Edwin Weaver. 
4. William Thomas. 5. Elmira Arny. 
G. Louis C. Arny. b. 1902; the mother died 1902. 

2. Charles Freeman Arny (7), b. Philadelphia, Pa., 9/21/1856; ob. 3/14/1872. 

3. Elizabeth Arny (7), b. 4/14/18 — ; m. Fabius Chapman, son of Gabriel Picron and 

Celah (Pickett) Godbolt, at New Orleans, 1881; educated at Centenary College; 
graduated Ph. .M. University Louisiana; Confederate soldier; for ten years Secre- 
tary of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy; pharmaceutist. New Orleans. Children: 
1. Louis Arny. 2. Caroline. 
I. Harry Yin Arny (7), b. 2/28/1858; educated at New Orleans and Philadel- 
phia ; graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy ; Ph. D. University 
of (Jottingcn ; Professor of Pharmacy at Cleveland School of Pharmacy, 
Cleveland, 0, My meeting with this member of the Shinn family was an im- 
pressive one. It was at St. Petersburg, Russia, in the winter of 1894. I 
was a guest at the Hotel D'Angleterre, and had been there about a month, 
and liad become somewhat familiarized with the climate and conditions. One 
evening after a long visit to M. DeWitte, Minister of Finance, I was seated 
at my dining table overlooking the approach to the famous St. Isaac Ca- 
thedral. It was gloomy and cold outside and I was ruminating over the 
hard lot of the poor, when the proprietor of the hotel, one of the most genial 
hosts I ever met, informed me that an American guest of the hotel desired 
to see me. One is always glad to meet a fellow countryman in any part of 
Europe, and doubly so in the frozen regions of the Great White Tsar. Sup- 
pressing my eagerness, however, I awaited the presentation. I was intro- 
duced in a 'few 'moments to Mr. Harry Vin Arny from New Orleans. This 
was another surprise and an agreeable one, for while I was delighted to meet 
an American, no matter where he came from, I was even more delighted to 
meet a man from my own sunny Southland. But judge my surprise when 
the voung man modestly informed me that his mother was a Shinn, and his 
father a Confederate soldier. He was a true American. Having finished a 
technical course in his owai country, he was adding to his knowledge the vast 
educational supplies of the German Empire. It being Christmas week, he 
was enioying his holidays in a study of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Single 
handed and alone he met every difficulty and left Eussia a cubit higher m 

:>. Carrie L.' Arny, unmarried ; teacher of organ, Texas Institute for the Blind. 

1422 ViNECOME Shinn (6).— Solomon (5), Thomas (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Yinecome seventh child of Solomon and Jane (Scattergood) Shinn born at 
New Egypt, N. J., 2/20/1833; farmer until of age; graduate of the Philadelphia 

298 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

College of Dentistry. Settled in Washington, D. C. ; married Caroline, daughter 
of Joseph and Caroline Henrietta (Von Weissensee) Arny. (See previous sketch.) 
No happier couple ever lived than these two; the wife brilliant, thoughtful and 
alert; the husband honest, courteous and hospitable; members of many elevating 
clubs at the Capital and prominent in good Avork. No children. 

1453. Shreye Shinn (6).— William (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (3), 

John (1). 

Shreve Shinn. eldest son of William and Ann (Forsyth) Shinn, born in Bur- 
lington Countv, Xew Jersey, n/23/1815; married 12/17/1840 Emily Norcross, 
daughter of Samuel Woolman, born 11/17/1818; farmer; killed by a runaway 
horse 9/23/1888: had in his possession the original marriage certificate of Solo- 
mon Shinn and ^lary Antrim, daughter of Thomas Antrim, of Springfield Town- 
ship, Burlington County, New Jersey, on the back of which was endorsed the births 
of his children, as tliey appear clseAvhere in this book; Emily Norcross Shinn died 

11/6/1893. Their descendents were: 

1. William Henry Shinn (7), b. 10/25/1842; ob. 1843. 

2. Walter H. Shinn (7), b. 7/4/1844; m., 12/30/1869, Sarah Caroline, daughter of Jo- 

seph W. Coles, and had children: 

1. Joseph Wills Shinn (8), b. 2/16/1871; m. Emily Bishop Haines, 9/28/1892. 

2. Albert Woolman Shinn (8), b. 2/22/1873; m. Mary J. Wills, 9/3/1899. 

3. Anna Virginia Deacon Shinn (8), b. 10/24/1875. 

3. Albert Woolman Shinn (7), b. 6/19/1846; m., 12/12/1877, Emma J., daughter of John 

W. and Ann Barber, and had one child: 
1. Laura Barl)er Shinn (8), b. 2/19/1880. 

4. Lydia Ann Shinn (7), b. 8/23/1848; m., 12/16/1874, Edwin Randolph, son of Gilbert 

and Meribah Swain, and had children: 
1. Florence (8). 2. Forrest W. (8). 3. Emily Alberta (8). 4. Emma (8). 

5. Howard Gauntt Shinn (7), b. 3/23/1853; m., 10/26/1881, Henrietta Book, daughter of 

Joseph and Henrietta Hill, and had children: 

1. Louisa Shinn (8), b. 12/9/1882. 

2. Henry H. Shinn (8), b. 6/14/1886. 

6. Emily Amanda Shinn (7), b. 2/21/1855; m., 6/28/1876, Joseph, son of Joseph L. 

Lamb; ob. 3/7/18S6; (2) William L. Woodruff, 7/29/1893. Child by first marriage: 
1. Winfleld Scott Lamb (8); ob. infans. 

7. Shreve Shinn (7), b. 1/12/1861; m. (1), 1/12/1885. Luna Peters, b. 1/12/1861, ob. 

6/14/1894; (2), 7/7/1897, Clara Adams. Child by first marriage: 
1. Howard Shinn. 

1457. Elavood Shinn (6). — William (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Ehvood Shinn. fifth child of William and Ann (Forsyth) Shinn, born in 
Burlington County. Noav Jersey, 5/27/1822; married 3/14/1861, Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Jos('])h and y\scha Hartshorn, born S/ll/lS-^O; children: 

1. Elmer Hartshorn Shinn (7), b. 9/9/1863; m., 2/5/1885, Linda A. Townsend, b. 6/4/ 

1864, and had children: 
1. Caroline M. 2. Hannah. 3. William E. 4. Arnold. 5. Edwin Willit. 

2. William Emly Shinn (7), b. 2/17/1869; m., 10/13/1895, Mary Ella Townsend, and had 

1. HoAvard Tcnvnsend (8). 2. Elwood Aaronson (8). 

3. Ralph Henry Shinn (7), b. 2/4/1870; m., 4/27/1898, Elmira Borden Kimball. 

1458. Wii.T.TT Stttnn (6).— William (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3). James (2), 

JOITN (1). 

Willit Sliinn. youngest child of William and Ann (Forsyth) Shinn, born 
1/15/1825, on a farm near Jobstown, Burlington County, Ncav Jersey; his father 
died when he Avas but seven years of age; in his seA^enteenth year removed to 
Philadelphia; learned the bricklayer's trade; carried on that business in Phila- 

Sixth and Later Gexeratioxs. 


delphia fifteen years; on the death of his mother he removed to Burlington County, 
New Jersey, and with his brother, Elwood, purchased the homestead; sold his 
share to his brother in LSTl and moved to Mt. Holly, where he now resides. He 
has never married. His residence at Mt. Holly is a line type of village home, and 
is furnished with every modern appliance for making life comfortable; he is in- 
terested in genealogy, and being a man of means is able to gratify his desires in 
this particular; he has the confidence and esteem of his townsmen and has lived a 
lift,' without reproach. I am under the heaviest obligation to this gentleman for 
the tireless efforts he has made during a period of fourteen years to aid me in this 
genealogy. I have never asked anything but that he accomplished my purpose, and 
that clearly, succinctly and with authenticit}\ Had every member"^of the family 
been one-tenth as zealous as Willit Shinn I should have had the most thorough 


genealogy extant. He is now sevent}--eight years of age, and my wish is that he 
may pass the hundredth milestone. 

1459. Samuel Ellis Shixn (G).— Isaac (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 
Samuel Ellis, eldest child of Isaac and Fanny (Van) Shinn, born 
11/11/1812: married, 1849, Aschah Fox, and had children: 

1. Elmira Shinn (7), b. 10/19/1849. ^ , um, -cm, 

2 Isaac L Shinn (7), b. 4/6/1853; m., 1878, Rebecca Stone, and had children, Emily 

Irene. Sallie EUiel, Willie Dayton, Reuben Clifford, Elmira and Emma Anderson. 

3. Fannv Shinn (7); m. Budd Whitcraft. 

4. Meribah S. Shinn (7) ; m. Grafton Willie. 

5. Sarah. 6. Alice; m. Hartley Stevenson. 
7. Joseph C. 

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1461. Albert Shinn (C). — Isaac (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Albeit, second child of Isaac and Fanny (Van) Shinn, born 1831; m., 1853, 
Emma Antrim, b., 1833, at Pemberton, IST. J. Children: Fanny, Laura, Joseph- 
ine, Benejah, b., 1861, m., 18S5, Carrie McNair; Eliza, b., 1863; Henrietta, b. 
1865, m. J. E. Spangler; and Bertha. 

1463. Sarah B. Shinn (6). — Isaac (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Sarah B., fifth child of Isaac and Fanny (Van) Shinn, born 9/22/1837; m. 
Isaac King, and had, Charles A., b. 3/18/1860, m. Linda Park; Anna A., b 
9/18/1 862, 'and Isaac S., b. 9/27/1865. 

1464. IsA^vc Shinn (6). — Samuel (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), J^mes (2), 

John (1). 

Isaac Shinn, only child of Samuel and Fanny (Shinn-Van) Shinn, born 1841: 
m., 1870, Ella A. Wright, and had Eugene K., Clarence, Orville, William and 
Loud G. 

1465. Joseph Lamb Shinn (6). — Solomon (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Joseph liamb Shinn, first child of Solomon and Mercy (Lamb) Shinn, born 
in Burlington County, New Jersey, 1806; married, 10/23/1825, Julia W. Gaskell 
and had children: 

1. Charles Lamb Shinn (7), b. 3/9/1831 in Burlington County, New Jersey; resided at 

Lumberton; man of affairs; sheriff of Burlington County. Married, 2/4/1861, 
Mary E. O'Brien; ob. 10/24/1889, with will dated 10/12/1889 (Burlington Wills 
Book W, p. 173), naming these children: 

1. Barzillai Gaskell (8). 2. Ellwood Hendley (8). 

3. Mary Emly Gaskell (8). 

2. Solomon Shinn (7), b. 1/22/1808; m. (1), 1829, Edith Johnson, and was disowned 

by Burlington 2/ — /1829; m. (2) Sarah . He was married by a magistrate 

and attended meetings of the Hicksites. Children by first marriage: 
1. Sarah. 2. Edith. By 2d marriage, 3. Mary. 

3. Mary Shinn (7), b. 1810; m. Samuel Pope, 1831, and was disowned by Burlington 

10/— /1831. 

1468. Stacy Shinn (6).— Joshua (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

Stacy, eldest child of Joshua and Ann (Gaskell) Shinn, born 8/9/1804; re- 
moved to Philadelphia; m., 3/4/1826, Jane Wextrim, daua'hter of Samuel and 
Elizabeth, b. 3/17/1819, ob. 8/15/1847; m. (2), Rebecca (Proctor-Penniugton) 
Shinn, 9/9/1851 : Mr. Shinn was quartermaster at the IT. S. Navy Yards at Phila- 
delphia until too old to ntfond to its duties, when he was nmdo watchman; ob. 

Children of First Marriage. 

1. Ann Eliza Shinn (7). b. 4/7/1827; m. Samuel Richard, and had children: 

1. Emma Matilda (8), b. 3/20/184(;; m., 6/2/lS(i7, Richard Berriman, and had chil- 

dren. Harry Gross, b. 9/3/1868, m. 10/15/1890, Mary Ware; and Daniel 
Barnes, b. 10/17/1871, ob. 11/5/1893. 

2. Ann Jane (8), b. 12/10/1849; m. (1). 18G9, John Richardson; (2), 1880, William 

Brimt; she d. G/4/1896. Children by first marriage: 

1. Annie E., b. 3/12/1870; m. December. 1890. 

2. Edmund Bruen, b. 8/22/1872; m. Carrie Keeplin, 1893. 

Children bv Second Marriage. 
1. (3) William. 2. (4) Catherine. 

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3. Edmiinrl Bnien (8). b. 8/5/1851; m., 1880, Martha Jane Ralph; ob. 12/31/1896; 

two children. Edmund B. and Thomas Ralph. 

4. Samuel Dlllmore (8) ; ob. infans. 

2. Samuel W. ?,. Mary Jane, b. 4/12/1837; m. Henry Palmer. 4. Joshua. 5. Matilda. 
6. Amanda Matilda Shinn (7;, b. 3/1G/1845; m. Joseph Redding, and had three children. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

1. (7) William Pennington Shinn (7), b. 6/13/1852; m., 12/5/1875, Clara Virginia 

Shrank; resides at Camden, N. J. Children: 
1. Mary Jane. 2. Samuel James. 3. Carrie Davis. 4. Ida. 

5. James Proctor. 6. Elizabeth. 7. Harry Raymond. 

2. (8) Jamfs Proctor, ob. at birth. 3. (9) Francis Baker. 

4. (lOj James Proctor (7), b. 9/y/1856; m. Elizabeth Hess. 

5. (11) Anna Pennington (7), b. 10/19/1858; m., 1/29/1879, Archibald Gtorman Babnew, 

and had Joseph. Wil.son, Anne and Kate. 

6. (12; Rebecca Loveland (7), b. 12/13/1860; m., 2/4/1878, George Washington Davis; 

children. Jennie B., b. 8/1/1880. 

7. (13) David Brown (7), b. 3/5/1863; m., 8/22/1888, Wilhelmina Dankleman; in busi- 

ness at Camden, N. J.; children, Edwin, Florence and Viola. 

1 177. Henry Clay Shinn (6).— Asa (5), Asa (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 

lleiivv Clay Shinn, fifth child of Asa, and third child of Asa and Elizabeth 
( Blackwood) Shinn, b., 12/21/1834; ra., 11/29/1881, Sallie Heisler Haines; re- 
sided at Mt. Holly, "N". J.; ob. 12/26/1901, leaving one child, Henry Clay, b.. 
1 1/27/1882 ; unmarried. 

1485. James S. Hankins (G). — Abigail Shinn (o), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

James S. Hankins, eldest son of William and Abigail (Shinn) Hankins, b. 
near New Egypt. N. J. ; married Hannah, eldest daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth 
(Oroshaw) Forsyth, 1/23/1836; she was a great grand-daughter of Caleb Shreve, 
a Revolutionary "soldier (see Caleb Shreve, in Stryker's Jerseymen in the Revolu- 
tion). Descendants: 

1. Ann Hankins (7), b. 12/28/1837; ob. 5/9/1871; m. Calvin Carroll, a prominent citizen 

of New Jersey; member of the General Assembly. 

2. Thomas. 3. Elizabeth. 4. James. 

5 Phcbe S. b. 7/12/1845; m., 2/9/1869, Horace B. Lippincott, and had children: 

1. Edwin Hankins Lippincott (8), b. 2/1/1871; m., 2/10/1897, Sarah Ridgway New- 

bold, and had Calvin Newbold. 

2. Elizabeth Croshaw Lippincott (8), b. 8/30/1873; m., 10/21/1896, Joseph Wilkins 

Gardner, and had Joseph Gardner. 

1486. John Hankins (6).— Abigail Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

John Hankins, second child of William and Abigail (Shinn) Hankins, born 
near New Eiivpt. N. J. ; married Rebecca Barkalow, and had children : 
1 Abigail; m'T* Charles WycolT. 2. Mary Ann; m. a Mr. Dawes. 

3. Elizabeth; m. Peter Wj'coff. 4. George; m. a Shuyley. 
5. Hulda; m. a Mr. Hunt. 

These men are all prosperous farmers; Republicans; live near Allentowm, N. J. 

1487. Joseph Hankins (6).— Abigail Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Joseph Hankins, third son of William and Abigail (Shinn) Hankins, born in 
Monmouth County, New Jersey; married there Emily Nelson. He died, leaving 
sons and daughters, respectable and thrifty farmers; Republicans; reside at Allen- 
town, N. J. 

302 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

1490. Adelaide Haines Shinn (6). — James (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Adelaide Haines, second child of James and Marv (Miller) Shinn, born at 
Upper Freehold, X. J., l]/12/18r)5; married at New Egypt, 1/23/1840, Thomas 
B. Jobes; they moved to the old Shinn homestead, land that had been owned by 
the great-grandfather Solomon, the grandfather James, the father James, and 
occupied for many years by Thomas B. Jobes and Adelaide, his wife, and still re- 
mains in tlie family; the house built by the grandfather, James Shinn, in 1776, 
with date printed on the gables by James and Lavinia (Haines) Shinn, was a 
large two-story house, is still standing, and is in good repair; in this house the 
children of James and Hannah were born; here his son, James, died, and here 
George, Elam and Emily were born. " Pleasant Hill " was another residence of 
the grandfather, and at which ])lace other children were born; in the old house at 
New Egypt, Adelaide, and her brother, George W. Shinn, were born, and here 
were born the children of Judge Jobes. Thomas B. Jobes was a diligent student 
of mathematics, chemistry and botany ; then bookkeeper in the counting house of 
a wholesale house in Philadelphia; successful druggist at Pemberton; farmer in 
Monmouth and Ocean Counties; prominent in county and state affairs; Judge 
of Ocean County; a Democrat and a Methodist; a man of discernment, industry 
and intelligence; in sympathy with every Christian movement, and giving liber- 
ally to the church ; of excellent memory and sound judgment. To him I owe a 
debt of gratitude for the aid he gave me in unraveling many of the intricate prob- 
lems of this book. The children of Thomas B. and Adelaide (Shinn) Jobes were: 

1. Charles S. Jobes (7), b. 7/10/1842; m. Sarah C, daughter of Elisha and Caroline 

(Patterson) Shinn, 1/23/1840. For descendants see Elisha Shinn (6). He was a 
Union soldier and served throughout the war as Corporal in Co. D 14th New Jer- 
sey Vol. Inf., being wounded twice severely. 

2. James Jobes (7), b. 0/9/1843; m. Emily Brown, March, 1869; elder of the Presbyterian 

Church at New Egypt; farmer and a Democrat. 

3. Anna B. 4. Hannah. Both killed by lightning at Pleasant Hill, 8/31/1868. Lovely 

in life and in death not divided. 
5. Mary S. 6. Matilda Rue. 

1491. Caroline Shinn (6). — James (5), James (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Caroline, third child of James and Mai'v (Miller) Shinn, born at New Egypt, 
10/23/1820; married there Dr. Lloyd Wilbur, of Hightstown, N. J., and had two 
sons, botli physicians. 

1. Dr. George Franklin Wilbur (7), ra. Fannie Apple of New York; graduate of Prince- 

ton and the Medical Department of University of Pennsylvania; had two daugh- 
ters. Resides at Asbury Park. 

2. Dr. William L. Wilbur, lliglilslown, N. J.; graduate of Princeton and Medical Depart- 

ment of University of Pennsylvania. Unmarried. 

1492. Ciiouc.E W. SiiiNx ((;). — James (3), James (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

George W., fourth cbild of James and ]\[ary (Miller) Shinn, born at the 
"Shinn Homostoad/' New Egypt, N. J.. 0/20/1824; attend. mI district schools 
and graded school at Bordentown ; im]irovod the homestead until its fertility was 
second to none in that region; in 1850 went to Philadelphia and for a while en- 
gaged in tlie commission l)usiness; then devoted a year to the grocei'y business at 
Camden; in 18,52 became agent for tlic Riverton Improvement Company for lay- 
ing out a town on tlie D('lawar(>, eiglil miles above Camden; at the same time 
opened a general store and also a lunihev and coal yard ; married, 3/25/1852, 
Sarah Matilda Rue, of Crenni Pidge, N. J.: remained at Riverton four years; 
moved to Freehold in IS.")*'). wIkmt lie i-emnined until 188.") as a merchant; Common 

Sixth and Later Generations. 31)3 

rieas Judge two terms of five years each; President from 1885 to 1903 of tlie 
New Jersey State lieform School for Boys at Jamesburg, ten miles west of Free- 
hold; this institution has the tutelage of 360 boys; during this period he lost his 
wife ajul on 9/33/1891 was married the second time to Margaret Park, of James- 
burg, ^'. J.; was Master of Ceremonies at the Centennial Celebration of the Battle 
of Moiiinouth, held at Freehold, Monmouth County, X. J., 1877; owner of the 
" Shinn Hall," in which the celebration was held, and built by him for such occa- 
sions. On that occasion they seated twenty-seven hundred distinguished guests, 
troops and citizens, nine hundred at a time, and serving until their patriotic ardor 
was assauged. The descendants of Solomon are related to the Battle of Monmouth 
by proximity at least. Jersey was the maelstrom of that war, and Burlington, Mer- 
crr and Monmouth the maelstrom of New Jersey. In two of these counties the 
Sbinns were quartered during all that time. George W. Shinn resigned his posi- 
tion at the Reform School in 1902 and moved to the village of Jamesburg, where 
he oi)encil a real estate and insurance office; he was a Republican in politics, and 
illled many other positions of honor and trust; a man of high moral character, 
interested in the welfare of others, and a helper of the needy at all times. Children 
of George W. and Sarah M. (Rue) Shinn: 

1. James L. Shinn (7), b. 9/15/1850; merchant at Freehold, N. J.; m. Hannah Davis, 

and had: 
1. WaltfT Shinn (8), b. 1880. 

2. Mary Anna Shinn (7). 

M93. James Miller Shinn (6).— James (5), James {^), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

James ^Miller, sixth child of James and Mary (Miller) Shinn, born at New 
Egypt, N. J., 1/30/1828; married Susan Lower, of Philadelphia, Pa.; started m 
business at Philadelphia; owing to poor health came back to the old home town 
(Now Egypt, N. J.) ; purchased the business of Thomas W. Ivins, 1848, and cou- 
ihicted a^'iarge business for thirty-five years, at which time he retired and returned 
to Philadelphia, Pa. ; the business was given to his son, George L., who still con- 
ducts the same, making fifty-five years of successful business life of father and 
son; James ^^liller was a member of the County Board of Freeholders, 1868 to 
1873 ; trustee of the New Egvpt Presbyterian Church a number of years, and identi- 
fied with all public matters of his town. James Miller died at Philadelphia, Pa., 

8/9 /1S88; had children: ^ ^ ,. ^ ^- ^ r^ + 

1. William Lower Shinn (7), b. 9/26/1859; m., 4/1/1880, Kate Rewalt; she died Octo- 

bor 1888. leaving one son, William Rewalt Shinn (8). ^ „ , ^ ^ 

2 Georee L Shinn (7), b. 11/5/1861; m. Wilhelmina Boyd; County Collector of Ocean 
County six vears 1894 to 1900; elected State Senator 1902 for three years; large 
owner of cranberrv bogs; director First National Bank, Hightstown, N^ J ; shoe 
business at Atlantic City, N. J.; interested in business enterprises at Baltimore, 
SdaS Buffalo N. Y.; one-half owner of the New Egypt (N. J.) Water Works; 
merchant at New Egypt. N. J.; deacon of the Presbyterian Church. Conserva- 
tive cautious, successful, are the words that mark his career. 
•:! Pharlps' Shinn (7), b. 7/29/1863; ob. infans. ^^ r^ ^„ 

4". Jl^Ses M SWnn (7), b. 8/31/1865; resides at Atlantic City, N. J.; m. there, Octo- 
ber, 1890. 
I: IdSe1i5^"n^a),\.'w%A8^ m. Oscar Burdick at Philadelphia, and had chil- 

1. Sgaret (8). 2. Elizabeth (8). 3. Isabel (8). 
4 Harriet (8). 5. Susan (8). . ^ i, 

7. Isabel Shinn (7), b. 6/16/1872; m. Morris Jacobs. 

1496 Benjamin Shinn (6).-Ezra (5) James (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 
' ■ John (1). 

T. • • -Po-nV.;,1nw «lhiTin eldest child of Ezra and Anna (Barkalow) Shinn, 

304 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

low; farmer; Unitarian; moved to Mattoon, 111., where he has resided for many 
years ; children : 


J. James J{. Sliiun (7), b. in Montgomery County, Ohio, 10/4/1845; ob. 1/28/1868, un- 

2. George B. Shinn (7), b. in Indiana, 10/20/1851; m. Cornelia M. Ricketts, 2/18/1872, 
at Mattoon, 111.; farmer, Republican, Knight of Honor; ob. 2/7/1888 in Coles 
County, Illinois, and had children, Kate, Nellie, Oliver, James R., William and 

1497. James Ezra Shinn (G). — Ezija (5), James (4), Soloimon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

James Ezra Sliinii, second cliild of Ezra and Anna (Bnrkalow) Shinn, born 
in Montgomery County, Ohio, 11/10/1825; m. 12/— /1S47, Eli/abcih Ann, daugh- 
ter of William Barkalow ; moved to Illinois; farmer; Republican; belonged to 
no church; ob. 11/7/1^''^'*^; 'hihlren: 

1. Ann Catherine Shinn (7). b. 10/— /1848; m., 12/1/1867, George East; farmer, Re- 

liuldican; soldier in the Union Army; wounded at Antietam and Gettysburg; 
Methodist ; moved to Fredonia, Wilson County, Kan. There were eight children 
in thf< eighth generation. 

2. Aarrm Sliinii (7). b. 1850; m. Sarah E. Suit, 9/4/1872; farmer, Republican, Baptist. 

1. Omah. 2. Lavinia. 3. Charles. 4. Eliza. 5. Elmer. G. Harry. 

3. Gef)rgo Shinn (7), b. March, 1861; m. Matilda Suit, in February.* 1881: farmer, Re- 

piil)liran: resides at Loxa, 111. Children: 
1. Mabel. 2. Grace. 3. Nettie. 4. Harry. 5. Jessie. 6. Hazel. 7. Garnet. 




Sixth and Later Gexeeatioxs. 30? 

1498. Lavina Shinx (6).— Ezra (5), James (4), SoLOiioN (3), James (2), 

JOHX (1). 

Lavina Shinn, third child of Ezra and Anna (Barkalow) Shinn, b., 
1/8/1828; m., April, 18ol, W. K Kyle, in Indiana; farmer; Republican; chil- 
dren : 
1. George. 2. Natnan. :i. Anna E. 4. William. 

1409. EzuA Worley Shinn (6). — Ezra (5), James (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

Ezra Worley Shinn, fourth child of Ezra and Anna (Barkalow) Shinn, b., 
6/27/1832; moved to Lathrop, ^Mo.; m. there, 3/3/1858, Elizabeth Stoneam; 
farmer; captain in L^nion army; president of the Farmers' Bank, Lathrop, Mo.; 
Kci»uhlican, and attached to every progressive enterprise of his neighborhood; 
hospitable, wealthy and courteous; children: 

1. Clara .Ann Shinn (7), b. 7/17/18.59; m. J. E. McKee, and has three children at La- 

throi). Mo. 

2. George Washington Shinn (7), b. 3/21/1861; m. Carrie E. Duncan; resides at La- 

throp, Mo.; cashier Farmers' Bank; and had children, Duncan, Aletha and Mar- 
shall Shinn. 

3. Prudence Lane (7). 4. Lavina Shinn (7). 

ir)00. Thomas Jefferson Shinn (6). — Ezra (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Thomas Jelferson, fifth child of Ezra and Anna (Barkalow) Shinn, b., 

8/17/1832; lieutenant in the Union army, 13th Mo. Cav. and 6th Regt. Mo. Vol.; 

farmer, near Lathrop, Mo.; m., 10/16/1866, Adelaide Stoneam; Eepublican; ob. 

1898; had one daughter: 

1. Liilu Shinn (7), b. 11/5/1870; m. Samuel Stuckey, and had one child, Mae Stuckey. 

1502. S.A.RAH Cox (6). — Hepzibah Shinx (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Sarah Cox, eldest child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 3/26/1823; 
ob., 3/11/1893; m. Peter Le Fevre August, 1848, and moved to Edinburg, John- 
son County, Indiana: a wealthy farmer; children: 

1. John Cox (7), b. September, ISol; ob. infans. 

2. Joseph (7). b. 9/13/1853; ob. 1/26/1888; m. (1) Jane Bevins; (2) Anna Perry, 3/19/ 

1885. Children by the first wife were: 
1. Homer (8). 2. Minnie (8). Children by the second wife: 
1. (3) Donlv O. 2. (4) Effie B. 
3. (5) Sarah Edell (8). 4. (6) George Otto (8). 
5. (7) Charles Floyd (8). 

3. George Le Fevre (7), b. 6/7/1S57; m. Maria J. Copenbaver, 12/4/1878, and had 

Clarence C. Le Fevre (8) and Nellie Le Fevre (8). 

1503. Hannah Cox (6). — Hepzibah Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Hannah Cox. second child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 
12/24/1824; m. (1) Daniel Kiser, 3/17/1857; merchant of Dayton, 0.; Demo- 
crat: Old School Baptist; (2) James Ward, of same place; ob. 11/20/1884; chil- 
dren by the first marriage were: 

1 Edmund Moonev (7), b. 5/29/1858; m. Ida Klugel, 8/25/1885. 
'>' Daniel B (7), b. 4/6/1865; m. Anna Minto, 9/12/1889, and had one child, Joseph 

Harshman'(8), b. 6/25/1890. 
3 Lucy (7) b 8/26/1860; m. James M. Craven, 9/29/1880, and had three children: 
1. Jay Allen. 2. Glenend Louisa. 3. William Arthur. 


308 History of the Shinn Family in Europe and America 

1506. Derrick Cox (6). — PlErziBAH Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Derrick Barkalow Cox, third child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 

9/25/1826; m. Cornelia Ann Allen in Ohio; farmer; Baptist; Democrat; chil- 

1. Samuel M. (7), b. 9/29 -'1848; m. Carrie Fink, 10/18/1870, and had children, Virginia, 

A., Harrison Flavel and Jennie. 

2. Laura Amanda (7), b. 2/7/1851; m. John H. Wooley, 1/9/1868, and had Annie B., 

Bertha M., Jessie A., Otis D., Earl E. and Hazel. 

3. Ella (7), b. 9/20/1856; m. James H. Kennedy, 9/2/1874, and had Claudia B. and 

Roscoe Leland. 

4. John (7), b. 5/12/1806; m. Minnie Hoover, 3/2/1887, and had Mabel and Oran. 

5. Emma (7), b. 12/2/1859; m. Isaac W. Brown, 8/29/1888, and had one son, Arthur. 

1507. Lucy Cox (6). — Hepzibah Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Lucy Mollison Cox, fonrth child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 
12/23/1828; ob. 5/14/1883; m. Thomas Woodward Tibbals in Ohio; Baptist; 

Democrat ; children : 

1. Lyle Elmore (7), b. 7/9/1861; m. (1) Cora Hinkle, 1/27/1897; she died childless, 

1898; (2) Alice Riddle, 1/8/1901, and had one child, Leslie Evans. 

2. Taylor (7), b. 6/20/1866; m. Ida Tracy Lasverne, 4/10/1895, and had one child, William 


3. Richard Evans (7), o. 1/5/1868; m. Kittle M. Marrice, 10/21/1897, and had two chil- 

dren: 1. Katherine Marie. 2. Morris Daniel. 

4. Daniel (7), b. 11/26/1870; m., 1898, Mamie Swartz. 

1505. John Cox (6). — Hepzibah Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), James 

(2), John (1). 

John Cox, fifth child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 3/5/1831; m. 
Lydia Hall, 9/28/1853, and had children: 

1. Emmazetta Cox' (7), b. 12/3/1854; m. James Dorsey Buchannan, 1/28/1875, and had: 

1. Bessie Pearl (8), b. 9/2/1875; m. P. K. Leffel, 6/19/1901. 

2. John Robinson (8). 3. Herbert Ward (8). 4. Mary Helen (8). 

2. Anna Isabel (7). 3. Enoch M (7). 4. Ida May (7). 

5. Flora S. Cox (7), b. 3/17/1868; m. George Laugh, 3/30/1892, and had a son, Howard 

Laugh (8). 

6. Kiser Lydia Cox (7), b. 3/24/1876; m. John Alexander, December, 1896, and had 

Ralph Main (8). 

1508. Thomas Siiinn Cox (6).— Hepzibah Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon 

(3), James (2), John (1). 

Thomas Sliiiin Cox, sixth child of John and Hepzibah (Shinn) Cox, b., 
1/28/18.36; m. Lydia Ann Death, 5/20/1858; Baptist; Democrat; resides at 

Piqua, 0. ; and had children : 

1. John Morton Cox (7), b. 7/31/1859; m. Emma Weffler, 9/26/1889. 

2. Arthur Cox (7), b. 9/25/1861; ob. 1864. 

3. Emma Hartley Cox (7), b. 12/2/1865; m. Charles C. Caldwell, 12/27/1888, and had 

2. Viola. 3. Carl Eldridge. 4. Thuru Obed. 5. Ina. 6. James Harver. The 
eldest child died unnamed. 

1509. David White (6).— Emily Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

David, eldest son of John and Emily (Shinn) White, b., 2/1/1827, in Ohio; 
m., 4/27/1818, Elizabeth, daughter of William Drybread, farmer, at Edinbnrg, 
Ind., and had : 

Sixth and Later Generations. 309 

1. JarniLt D. White (7), b. 1/25/1849; m. Sarah H. Keaton and had: 

1. Charlos C. 2. Benjamin Keaton. 

2. Fda M. White (7) b. 7/7/1855; m. Charles L. Clancy; livery and sale stables; had 

one rhild. Charles Sumner Clancy, b. 7/2/1874 

3. Edward E. White (7). b. 7/11/1858; livery and sale stables; m. Anna B. Dobbins and 

had one child. Everett L., b. 7/28/1886. 

4. JoBoph D. White (7l. b. 11/21/1852; farmer; m. Clara Jane Nible, and had: 

1. Uaisy. 2. Ray. .-;. Estella. 4. Kate. 

5. Cllbort L. White (7), b. 9/12/1862; unmarried. 
C. William White (7), m. Zee Treese. 

l-MI. IIki-zhuh Ann White (6).— Emily Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon 

(3), James (2), John (1). 

Hopzil.ah Ann, third child of John and Emily (Shinn) White, b., 1/19/1831; 
m. (1) John Henry, who died 6/8/1850, childless; (2) Benjamin Jarrett, son of 
.Tafol) Dcmming, farmer, near Edinbnrg, Ind. ; children: 

1. Dillard Lawrence Dommin?; (7), b. 8/27/1854; merchant, Edinburg, Ind.; m. Mary, 

dauKhtor of Peter J. Bonta. Children: 
1. nyn)n J. 2. Edward Lawrence. 

2. Clara Hoile Dimming (7), b. 1/30/1859; m. John Alexander, son of Alfred C. 

Thompson of Edinburg, Ind.; banker with his father in Edinburg since 1870; 
nicnilxT Edinburg School Board for ten years; a 35th degree Mason; Republican 
and a monihcr of the Christian Church. Children: 

1. Rc'bio Dcmming (8), b. 8/24/1880; m., 9/29/1900, Clarence Cutsinger. 

2. Frank Dale (8), b. 1/1/1884. 

:',. Molllo Doniming (7), b. 7/14/1866; m. Arthur, son of Jackson Pruitt, clerk. Chil- 
1. Maurice Dale. 2. Herold Demming. 

1512. . M.AKv AxN White (6). — Emily Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Afavv Ann, fourth child of John and Emily (Shinn) White, b., 9/1-4/1835; 
rii. (1) William II. Barkalow; (2) Dr. F. M. Abbott, of Indianapolis, Ind. 

Children by First Marriage. 

1. .lohn W. Barkalow (7), b. 8/20/1861; m. Hettie Hereth; bookkeeper at Indianapolis. 

1. Louisa Barkalow (8). 

2. Anna Belle Barkalow (7), b. 6/24/1863; m. Joseph E. Cruzen, farmer. 

1513. William White (6). — Emily Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

William, fifth child of John and Emily (Shinn) White, b., 11/14/1836; m. 
Elena Wilson; farmer, Attica, Harper County, Kansas; children: 

1. John P. (7). 2. Frank E. (7). 

1515. Henry Clay White (6). — Emily Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Henry Clay, seventh and youngest child of John and Emily (Shinn) White, 
b.. 7/20/1844 :m. Clara N"., daughter of Frederick Hartman; farmer near Edin- 
burg, Ind. ; children : 
1 A'lla Maud White (7), b. 6/25/1877; m. Frank Pruitt, and had one son, Merrill Pruitt. 

2. Olive Seycore White (7), b. 9/2/1885. 

1495. Aaron Branson (6).— Lavina Shinn (5), James (4), Solomon (3), 

James (2), John (1). 

Aaron Branson, eldest child of Thomas and Lavina (Shinn) Branson, was 
born in IsTe-w Jersev; his parents did not migrate to the West with Hannah in 
1820: married Unity, daughter of Joseph and Unity (Shinn) Pancoast; the 


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mother, Unity Paucoast, was a daughter of Thomas Shinn; the young people were 

therefore cousins; children: 

1. Elizabeth Branson (7). 

2. Branson (7), m. Mr. Morton, and had one son, Howard Morton. 

1517. JospiirA Shinn (6). — Thomas (5), Caleb (4), Solomon (3), James 

(3), John (1). 

Joshua, first son of Thomas and Abigail (Gaskell) Shinn, born in New Jer- 
sey; married Abigail Wliinery, of Kew Garden, 0.; teacher, wool dealer, author 
and editor; author of one of the earliest arithmetics published, and one of the 
first ones published in Ohio; in ISGO gave $5,000 to the Friends' School at Salem, 
Ohio, making it free, and boarding many of its students; for several years edited 
and published " The Students' Magazine," besides other publications, some of which 
are still in circulation. 

1518. James Shinn (G). — Thomas (5), Caleb (4), Solomon (3), James (2), 

John (1). 


James, third child of Thomas and first of Thomas and Eebecca (Daniel) 
Shinn, born at Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, 9/29/1807; educated in the 

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primitive schools; familiar with nature from boyhood; strong, healthful, clean; 
n.'ared under tlie shadow of Quaker intliiences and refined and elevated thereby; 
to hiu dying day in liis eigiity-ninth year never free from the impressions of his 
early (^uai<or environment; in early manhood a clerk of the Friends' Meeting at 
Salem; marrierj, 11/25/1828, at Lexington, Ohio, Mary Sebrell, whose parents 
wi-n- from Virginia, as was his grandmother; moved to Platteville, Wis., in the 
early forties to prospect for zinc and lead; there his wife died in 18J:o, and there, 
on 11/2G/184G, he married (2) Lucy Ellen Clark, whose parents were from Con- 
necticut; to Keokuk, Iowa, prospecting as before; to Texas in 1850; to Niles, 
Cui., in is.').'), where he remained until his death, cultivating the various fruits that 
have matle California famous. Here on the 29th of October, 1896, he died a vic- 
tim of lu grippe. Had he lived thirteen days longer his children would have sur- 
prined him with a golden wedding service. The readers of this book will doubtless 
liave observed ihc great number of descendants of John, the emigrant, who trace 
back to liiw .son James, who married Abigail Lippincott. If they will look a little 
more narrowly they will note another surprising peculiarity of the posterity of 
James, viz., the great number who reached four score years or more. I began a 
foircspMiidcnct' with Jame?: Shinn in 1889 and continued it until his death. Al- 
though almost blind, and therefore forced to use widely spaced paper specially pre- 
pared for him, he wrote letters that were full to the brim of interest, information 
and reasoning. He thought when I first addressed him that he was a descendant 
of (!aleb. son of Jacob. But when I gave him the birth date of Caleb, he wrote 
bac;k at once that his father, Thomas, was born when Caleb, son of Jacob, was but a 
mere child. I then found a Caleb, son of Solomon, who married Mary Lucas, and 
Kent this to him. He sent back the good word: " My grandmother was Mary Lucas, 
and you have given mo a good line." This man believed in the elevating influences 
of a sound education, and gave his children in California every opportunity the 
state alTorded. Two of them had achieved a national reputation in letters long 
Itefore the father died. 

Descendants of James and ^lary (Sebrell) Shinn. 

1. 1-:H Sliinn LV Rebecca Daniel Shinn. 

3. Hannah Urant Ingham Shinn (7). b. Salem. O., 4/19/1833; m. L. M. Mays, in Texas. 

She resides at Rovmd Rociv, Tex. Children: 

1. Rebecca Mays (8), m. Professor Switzer; she was a most proficient instructor 

of music, and he was an honored minister of the M. E. C. S.; president of 
the Female College of that society at Weatherford, Tex. Had several chil- 

2. Arthur. :>. Kate. 4. Alice. 5. Patsie. 6. Livy. 7. Ruth. 
8 Edwin. 9. Zoe. 10. Lulu. 11. Maud. 12. Grace. 

4. Marv Ann Shinn (7). b. Salem, O., 3/16/1835; ob. 1868. 

5. William Henry Shinn (7), b. 9/27/1837; moved to Arkansas before the war and was 

a teacher. His last letter to his sister, Mrs. Mays, was written from Camden, 
Ark. It narrated that he had married in one of the best families of the state and 
was the father of two — or three — children; that he was in the Confederate Army 
at that time, and was an officer. Since that letter no word has ever been re- 
ceived by the family. His father thinks that he was slain in the battle of Pea 
Ri^o-e, Ark. I have traveled far and wide in that state and have an acquaintance 
there that runs far into the thousands. No inquiry of mine, however, has been 
sufficient- to find the wife and children of William H. Shinn. They, too, must 
have perished during the war or immediately thereafterwards, or moved to an- 
other locality. 

Children of James and Lucy Ellen (Clark) Shinn. 

1 (6) Ellen Marv Shinn (7). b. Platteville. Wis.. 9/14/1847; ob. 8//18/1848. 

2 (7) Edwin Shinn (7), b. Dubuque, la., 9/20/1848; ob. there 9/30/1848. 

3 (8) Charles Howard Shinn (7), b., 4/29/1852, at Austin, Tex.; to California 
^in 1856: attended public schools there and worked on a farm near Mies; 

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at sktecn to school at Oakland; then one year at the University of Cali- 
fornia; taught school in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Alameda, Trinity and 
Shasta Counties; received a State Educational Diploma in 1876; upon the 
editorial stall of San Francisco Daily Bulletin in 1878, and also edited the 
California Horticulturist, 1S;9-S0; continued an active newspaper life until 
188?, when he entered Johns Hopkins University, graduating therefrom in 
1884 witli degree A. B. ; took up literary work in New York for the Post, 
Times, Harper's Wcekli/ and other publications, and published a book on 
^Milling Camps; returned to San Francisco in 188rj to become business man- 
ager of the Overland Monthly, 1885-90; resigned to become inspector of 
the Agricultural Experiment Stations of the University of California, 1890- 
92; Collaborator for California of U. S. Uiv. of Forestry (since Bureau), 
1899-1900; Associate on Bailey's Cyclopedia of Anierican Horticulture, 1898- 
1903; resigned in June, 1902, from staff of Agricultural Department of Uni- 
versity of California and took an appointment as agent and expert for the 
Bureau of Forestry; resigned in October, 1902, to take the position of Head 
Forest Ranger in the Sierra Eeserve under the Department of the Interior. 
Those who are in touch with the magazines and scientifie journals of the 
country know the charm of ^Ir. Shinn's writing. Of no other member of the 
family have I had so many inquiries. His articles are read everywhere that I 
iiave been; for nowhere has there been a place in which some one has not said 
to me, " Wlio is Charles Howard Shinn?" He lays no claim to fame; nay, 
even deprecates any allusion to it. He even doubts his prominence as a 
writer. This is right; but if prominence is to be measured by the number of 
articles written for reputable magazines and periodicals, accepted by them and 
paid for; if clippings from these inserted in newspapers, to be reclipped and 
republished, make a basis for prominence, then Charles Howard Shinn is a 
very prominent writer; and if these articles so accepted and paid for, and so 
clipped, reclipped and republished, rest upon any foundation whatever it is 
upon the style of the writer, or upon the matter of the articles, or both. The 
matter of his horticultural articles is strictly scientifie; his treatment is ar- 
tistic; he blends the algebraic formula of scientific accuracy and precision 
with the painter's easel aiul brush; he is clear, yet polished; technical, yet 
graceful ; learned, without pedantry. His varied writings show a busy intel- 
lectual life, and a wide acquaintance with the world's multiple tomes upon 
history, economics, science, general literature, and particularly, agriculture 
and forestry. Newspapers and periodicals demand his time more and more; 
but the ofTicial duties of his life place a limit upon this kind of work; these 
scattered writings fill many large scrap books, and include paid contributions 
in prose and verse to nearly every American monthly or weoklv of standing, 
to many dailies, and to some important English, Scotch, Indian and Austra- 
lian publications. The respectability of his position as a writer will never be 
questioned; he has no fretful literary ambition, and subordinates his desire 
for expression to the duties which stand closer to hint. He has lived a simple 
life; nature has been his constant companion and teacher; his books are 
numerous and have been collected with care, including many rare first edition 
books and pamphlets; these have been studied, discussed, and assimilated. 
Though he has lived by his literary work, it has ever been the lesser part of 
liis life. The great Sierra Forest Reserve of over four million acres is far 
more interesting to him than his dormant caiiaeity In \vv'\\;o tlit^ great Ameri- 
can novel. The six e\i»criinent sub-stations of the Universitv under his super- 
vision, with tlieir droughts and floods, frosts and heats, their whole agricul- 
tural, social and industrial existence, are more tempting to his thoughts and 
energies than the ofTerings of literary fame. The latter chain him ito a bar- 
ren height; the former leave bini free to walk, talk and act as he chooses. 

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In religion a Congregationalist, but can work cordially in any public 
sei-vico with Catholics, Protestants, Jews or Parsees; brought up a Lincoln 
Republican; became a Cleveland Democrat; went back to the Republican 
party on the gold question, and is a progressive, independent Western Repub- 
lican. His life has been one of old-fashioned neighborliness, illuminated by 
love and friendship, and crowned with sunshine and happiness; his married 
life has been especially happy, his wife being a bright, well educated and right 
thinking woman. He married in 1888 Julia C. Tyler, of Oakland, Cal., and 
has one daughter, Ruth Wetmore Shinn. Positions held, clubs, etc.: Or- 
ganized State Horticultural Society 1880; was iirst secretary, and State Hor- 
ticultural Commissioner at large, resigning to go to Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity ; charter member of California Historical Society ; correspondent of 
Royal Horticultural Society, London, Eng. ; active member of American Hor- 
ticultural Association, American Association of Applied Science, American 
Forestry Association, California Water and Forest Association, Sierra Club. 

Publications are as follows: (See engraving facing page 6-1.) 

" Pacific Rural Handbook," 1879. Dewey & Co., S. F. Two editions, both out 
of print. 

" Land Laws of Mining District," 1884. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore. 

" Mining Camps," 1885. Scribner's Sons, N. Y. (Out of print.) 

" Co-operation on the Pacific Coast," 1888. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore. 

" Australian Saltbnshes," 1895. Univ. of Cal., Berkeley. 

" Story of a Mine," 1897. D. Appleton Co., N. Y. 

" Intensive Horticulture in California," 1901. 

" Picturesque San Luis Obispo," 1901. Sunset Magazine Co., San Francisco. 

" Recent Outdoor Literature," 1901. F. M. Marriott, San Francisco. (Out of 


" Reports on Sub-Stations of the California Experiment Stations, Forestry, 
Agriculture, Horticulture,