Re: Update on Shook from Berrien MI, Huron OH in San Benito CA
I am looking for Fortunatus SHOOK/SHOOKS b ab 1821 OH who m Cornelia (Last name unknown). He possibly came to CA in the 1850s Gold Rush, but he bought homestead land in San Benito county on 10 Feb 1882. Township 013S, Range 004E, Section 22. They had children: Mary F(Nancy) b abt 1859 CA, Frank b abt 1860 in CA, and Harriet or Hattie b 1868 CA. In 1870 the family is found in Cosumnes, Sacramento Co, CA.
The name Fortunatus is unusual. I believe he was the son of Peter David SHOOK who d abt 1845 in MI or OH. Peter D was interested in raising fruit trees and probably brought many to early settlers in St Joseph and Berrien Counties in MI. Wife of Peter David was Sarah SMITH b abt 1797 NY or VT.I think this may be the Peter SHOOK on Kelley Island OH early. The family may have also spent some time earlier in Ontario.
Please contact me if you recognize this family. I have other details of their migration and more on the relationships with the HASKINS and SMITH families.