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From A History of the Martin and Parkes Family
Paul and Mary Samshell
The following information was related by John A. Martin. Paul and Mary lived in Canada, probably Montreal, and were married there. Paul was employed there as a “glass worker”. They had at least four children, all born in Canada (Mary, twins Elizabeth and Joseph, Virginia). The entire family was French-Canadian. They immigrated to America and settled in New Castle, PA. Paul came to America to help start and work at a “new” glassworks in New Castle (he stated that this works was located at “Croton” in or near New Castle). Paul and Mary may be buried in Greenwood Cemetery, New Castle, PA.
The 1860 Census for Pollack Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania lists a family by the last name of “Shell” or “Shull” that is undoubtedly the Samshells. The location of Pollack Township has not been established; it was not listed by that name in the 1850 census and was renamed sometime after the 1860 census. The 1860 census suggests the township bordered New Castle Borough; the Lawrence County Jail was located in it and it appeared to be an area of heavy industry as many iron and glass workers were listed as living there. Living in a section of the township predominately occupied by glass workers is the Paul and Mary Shell family. Paul is listed as a 44 year old teamster born in Canada with personal property valued at $50.00. Mary is listed as 40 years old and born in Canada. They have five children, Mary J (age 17, born in Massachusetts), Virginia (age 15, born in Vermont) twins Elizabeth and Joseph (age 12, born in Pennsylvania) and Philo (age 8, born in Pennsylvania). Despite the disparity in last names, the exact correlation of the first names and the presence of twins named Elizabeth and Joseph proves beyond reasonable doubt that this is Elizabeth Samshell Martin’s family. The last name disparity could be attributable to a census taker’s error or a change made by the family in their name.
1850 United States Federal Census > Pennsylvania > Allegheny > Peebles
Semshell, Paul 42 M CAN
Mary S. 28 F CAN
May (Mary?) J. 6 F MA
Virginia 4 F NY
Joseph (twin) 2 M PA
Elizabeth (twin) 2 F PA
1860 Census - Lawrence County- Pollock Township
Shuel Paul 44 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Mary 40 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Mary J. 17 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Verginia 15 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Eliza 12 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Josephin 12 Pollock 293 65 62
Shuel Philo 8 Pollock 293 65 62
1870 Census - Lawrence County - New Castle - First Ward
Mary ?. Mary J.
Shell, Jona & Maria J. Pulaski Township p. 216B
From New Castle News, October 26, 1940
Mrs. Elizabeth Samschell Martin
Widow of a Civil War veteran, Mrs. Elizabeth Sanschell Martin, aged 92, passed away at the home of her son, Albert, 613 East Main Street, this morning at 6:50 o’clock. Complications arising from a broken hip suffered three weeks ago caused her death.
Her husband, James J. Martin, preceded her in death 37 years ago.
Mrs. Martin had resided in New Castle for 86 years, coming here at the age of six in a canal boat from Pittsburgh. She was born in Braddock, PA, on February 28, 1848, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Samschell. Her father worked in the old Croton glass house.
Mrs. Martin heard Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, deliver an address in Pittsburgh and shook hands with him. She was noted for her fine character and was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Christian and Missionary Alliance, 210 Pearson Street.
Surviving are four sons, Howard, Joseph, John and Albert, at whose home she died; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Grannis; 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Mrs. Margaret Schook, preceded her in death also, 30 years ago.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Gospel Tabernacle, Christian and Missionary Alliance, with the pastor Rev. J. Henry Boon, in charge. Internment will be in Graceland Cemetery.
The body has been removed to the Cunningham funeral home, East Washington at Chestnut Street, where the family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 9 o’clock and Sunday afternoon and evening from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 o’clock.