A Search For My Family History

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Location: "The Mother Lode" region, California

I retired in 2002, and I'm still loving it!

Friday, February 11, 2005

EUREKA ! (or so I thought...)

Fred Warren and other orphans, circa 1912 - 1913 Posted by Hello
It appears the scanning project has paid off, sort of...
I looked closely at this photo in which my grandfather Fred is the boy standing on the far left. He appears to be 6 or 7 years old, dating this photo to about 1912 or 1913. Realizing he must have been orphaned several years earlier than I previously thought, I revisited the 1910 Baltimore census. I found 3 year old Fred, and his 8 year old sister Dorothy living as boarders at the "Nursery, Child's Hospital." I finally had his sister's name and birth year! I found Dorothy in the 1920 census living with Roy and Pearl Thomas in Virginia, where she was shown as their niece. She disappears from sight afterward. Norfolk County Virginia, seems to have no online marriage records, effectively halting my search for either a spouse for Dorothy, or her aunt Pearl's maiden name. Hopefully more clues will arise during the scanning project.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Scanning Family Photos-

The Hall Family (cousins) Posted by Hello
My Mother always kept a trunk-sized box of photos in her bedroom. Although I kept after her to put these photographs in albums she declined, laughingly claiming she was leaving that job to me after she was gone. Well... she passed away in 1992, leaving me that darn box!
Luckily (for me) many of the pictures had names, and sometimes dates written on the backs.
I'm now beginning to scan and file this legacy.
Thanks Mom!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Fred Wilson Warren, My Grandfather-

Fred Wilson Warren Posted by Hello
Born August 1, 1906 in Maryland, and died October 1975. Fred's parents were (supposedly) Charles Warren of Virginia and Eva Diggs. As the family story goes... Fred's mother Eva died in the influenza epidemia around 1917/1918. His father had at least one other child, a daughter, and couldn't care for the both of them. He placed young Fred in an orphanage, from which Fred ran away. The 1920 census shows him, as a boarder, living with a non-related family in Baltimore. He was 13 years old.
To date I have been unsuccessfull in finding Fred's parents in the 1900 census, or any of the family in the 1910 census.
Why is it, by the time we're old enough to ask questions about 'things,' the people we need to ask have passed away?

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Searching For The Shipleys Of Maryland-

Martha Carroll Gertrude Shipley Posted by Hello

According to most of my research, my Shipley family can be traced back to Adam Shipley, who was born about 1650 in Yorkshire, England. He arrived in America in February 1668, along with nine other young men, transported by John Pawson, a merchant from Yorke, England. Adam performed his time of service, and by 1675 had received the fifty acres of land due to him under the incentive plan.
Many people claim his father was Hugh Shipley "a Gentleman grantee of the 2nd charter of The Virginia Company, 1609." I question this statement. Why would Adam need to indenture himself to John Pawson when his father was "a Gentleman grantee?"
My Great-Great Uncle Ulysses Shipley was one of the founders of The Shipleys of Maryland. He was quoted in a newspaper article (Frederick Post, Frederick, Maryland) dated September 15, 1926 as saying the family was descended from two brothers from Cardiff, Wales, who settled in Elkridge Landing, Maryland, in 1734. This obviously doesn't match the Adam Shipley story which is commonly held.
Searching the "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500's - 1900's" found online at, I found several early Shipley immigrations:
Adam 1668 to America
Richard 1661 to Virginia
Robert 1667 to Port Uncertain
Robert 1670 to Barbados
Robert 1671 to Barbados
On yet another site I found a Joseph Shipley from London who sailed "Xpmas" 1635, at the age of 21.
Perhaps we'll never know the true story of the Shipleys, but in the meantime I will be keeping an open mind on the subject.