My WILCOXON-SHEM Family,1685-2003 BURDEN,CATHON,COFFIN,CULBERTSON,GAILEY,GARRETT,HAINES,HOLLOWAY, JERRY,KIRKPATRICK,LOVETT,McCULLOUGH,MACY,SCHAEFER,SHEM,SHIELDS, SLOAN,STARBUCK,STANTON.
Georgia Wilcoxon Lane has been researching the WILCOXON/SHEM and related families for sixty-three(63)years. The most recent of our lines to enter the U.S.A. was Charles Frederick SHEM from Baden, Germany, between 1839 to 1846 into the Philadelphia area where he met and wed Anna Catharine Schaefer. Their first child was born in 1847. C. F. Shem was a cabinet-maker, having apprenticed in Switzerland. It is said he fashioned many of the church altars in Philadelphia.
Near the end of the Civil War, Charles had a son permanently wounded, and their property had been destroyed from battles fought there. Just as our Culbertson ancestors left Morebattle(near Kelso), Scotland, about 1660 because of the destruction of many border battles, the Shems left the Gettysburg area in 1866 and settled in a railroad center -- Alliance, in the northeastern part of Stark County, Ohio in the northeastern part of Ohio, midway between Akron and Youngstown.
Our ancestors came from Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands, and Germany to make new lives for themselves in America.
For many years the Wilcoxon-Shem relatives held reunions on the Fourth of July, Grandma Faye Garrett Shem's birthday, and on Thanksgiving weekends. When our family members became scattered throughout the country, we met only at Thanksgiving. Georgia usually gave a short genealogy/family history update (progress report)often distributing various charts and forms:Family Group Sheets, pedigree, ancestry, descendancy and Ahnentafels (personalized), and pointing out in which branch each family belongs plus a few facts about their lives.
Research continues in 2002 primarily via the computer which has become a major source for new clues, new cousins and proof (or disproof) of family legends. Family trees, message forums, county and federal publications provide new sites to search daily.
If you have any interest in any of these familes, please contact Georgia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!