I have posted this in related surname forums, and saw this one today realizing that his name could have originally been Shill.
I am trying to determine the origins of Thomas N or M Schell, Schill, Shill or Shell, born in Virginia about 1811 and longtime resident of Henrico County and Richmond City, Virginia. His daughter Ella S[c]h[i|e]ll 1848 married James Godsey, which is how I am related. Many of her brothers had daughters named Ella leading me to believe it was a popular family name.
Thomas was a cooper and a superintendent of a barrel factory in Richmond, and many of his sons became carpenters, coopers or tinners in aid of that enterprise.
The family is listed as Schell, Schill and Shell on the documents I have found, but his descendants seem to stick with Shell.
Thomas Shell Birth: abt 1811 Virginia
spouse: Geraldine Farmer Birth: abt 1816 Virginia
Marriage — 28 June 1837 in Chesterfield, Virginia
Thomas A Shell M 1836 in Virginia - Alex[ander] N Shell M 1838 in Virginia - Leonidas R. Shell M Aug 1840 in , Henrico, Virginia, Charles A Shell M 1844 in Virginia - Ella Shell F abt 1848 in Virginia -
Anyone know who Thomas' parents might be? Let's share.