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Shore: A Family of Colonial Virgina

Updated May 7, 2011

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This Shore Family originated with John Shore, M.D. (about 1725-1804), who likely emigrated from the United Kingdom to Hanover County Virginia, St. Paul's Parish around the mid 1700s (first recorded reference is 1753). He married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith and Sarah Massie. Dr. and Elizabeth Shore lived near the old town of Newcastle, on an estate he called "Clifton." The couple had a total of nine children. Little is known about five of those children: Mary, Joseph, William, Townsend and Samuel. More is known about the remaining four children, Thomas, Sarah, John Shore, Jr. and Henry. Thomas became a noted merchant in Petersburg, Virginia and built and estate he called Violet Bank. Sarah married Foster Webb of New Kent County and had numerous children, including Conrad and Major John Shore Webb. Henry Smith Shore, Esq. (1768-1832) settled in Richmond and married Martha Bickerton Winston.

John Shore Jr., M.D. (1756-1811) moved to Petersburg, Va. and married 1)Ann Harrison who died in about 1783, 2)Anne Bolling, daughter of Robert Bolling III. This Dr. Shore was Mayor and Controller of the Port of Petersburg at various times. At the request of Pres.-elect Thomas Jefferson, he helped successfully test and promote in America use of the experimental process of smallpox vaccination developed by Dr. Jenner of England.

Dr. John Shore Jr.'s only child by Ann Harrison, John, died during the War of 1812 in the siege of Ft. Miegs Ohio, May 1813, as a member of the Petersburgh Volunteers. Several of Dr. Shore Jr.'s sons by Anne Bolling-- William Shore, Robert Shore, and Henry "Edwin" Shore -- became medical Doctors and relocated, as did their father later on, to Nottoway County, Va. His second son Thomas (1791-1848) married Mary Harriott Bolling (his second cousin), daughter of Alexander Bolling Jr. and Mary Pryor. Thomas was Postmaster of Petersburg (a presidential political appointment) for many years.

In 1842, Postmaster Thomas Shore relocated with most of his family, including oldest son, John Shore III, M.D. (1819-1905), to St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. John Shore III is said to have helped found the St. Louis Board of Health and was a city council member for a time, relocating eventually to St. Charles, Missouri. He first married Martha Peyton Branch and after her death married Theodosia Harrison Powell, originally of Lexington, Kentucky. (Family members say that Theodosia was actually a Harrison but was adopted by the Powells).

Dr. John Shore III's only surviving son, Robert Edwin "Lee" Shore I (by Theodosia) married Nannie North Reynolds, Daughter of John W. Reynolds and Amanda W. Barnes, in 1888. "Lee" Shore, a railroad supervisor, relocated his family to Idaho in about 1904, and to Seattle a couple of years later. R.E. Lee & Nannie Reynolds Shore had four children; John "Jack", Robert E. L. Jr., Elmer and Nancy "Nan". Most of the many descendants of Lee and Nannie Reynolds Shore still live in the Northwest.

Robert Jr. married Irma Gertrude Cory (originally of Lebanon, Indiana, daughter of Percy Grush Cory and Mary Harper) after World War I, and relocated to Portland, Oregon. Their oldest child, Robert III (1921-1985), was my father.

I am interested in hearing from those who may be of the other descendant lines from the immigrant Dr. John Shore, related maternal lines mentioned earlier, long-lost family members of my own line, or anyone with an interest in, or information about, this line of Shores. I have a good deal of information that may be helpful to descendants and interested researchers.


 
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  • Shore Family of Virginia (365 KB)
    Decendants of John Shore, M.D. (abt 1725 to 1804) with some information on associated families.
 
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