Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shipman Family History

Welcome to the Shipman family history blog. Most of the information below comes from The Shipman Family in America by Mrs. Wayne E. Carl (1962).

This is my family history down to my grandparents.

1. Edward SHIPMAN (?-1697)
m. 1. Elizabeth COMSTOCK (1633-1659) in January 1651, Saybrook, Conn.,
• Elizabeth (1652-1683) m. John HOBSON on December 3, 1672 in Guilford, Conn.
• Edward (1654-1711)
• William (1656-1725)
m. 2. Mary ANDREWS (?-1704) on July 1, 1663, Saybrook, Conn.
• John (1664-1718)
• Hannah (1666-1752) m. 1. John LARGE., m. 2. Lt. John WHITTLESEY (1665-1754), Saybrook, Conn. - 7 children
• Samuel (1668-1713) m. Hannah ? - at least 1 child
• Abigail (1670-1750) m. Thomas BUTLER II on August 6, 1692 - at least 1 child
Edward was the first Shipman to emigrate to America. One account says that he left Hull, England as an orphan in the care of George Fenwick and arrived in Saybrook, Connecticut in 1639. Another says that he came to Saybrook with Theodore Fenwick, Hugh Peters and John Davenport. He seems to have prospered. In 1667 he was a Freeman, and a Townsman by 1672. When the aboriginal Chief Joshua Uncas died in 1675 he left him 3,000 acres of land "within sight of Hartford". He may have been a tailor by profession.

2. William SHIPMAN (1656-1697) m. Alice HAND (1670-?) on November 26, 1690 in Saybrook, Conn.
• Edward (1692-?)
• William (1692-?)
• Benjamin
• unknown daughter - first white child born in Hebron, Conn.
• Daniel (1698-?)
• Stephen (1702-1764)
• Dr. Samuel (1702-1764)
• Alice (1704-?)
• Mary (1707-?) m. Joseph CURTICE on July 16, 1746 - at least 2 children
• Sarah (1709-?)
• John
• Temperance m. William SWEETLAND - 6 children
William was born in Saybrook, Conn. but moved to Hebron, Conn. as one of the first settlers.

3. Stephen SHIPMAN (1699-1747) m.
Mary PELLET (1691-1747) in July 1720. All children born in East Hartford, Conn.
• Stephen (1721-1749) m. Mary DYKES on September 29, 1743 - lived Glastonbury, Conn. - 6 children. Stephen was a sea captain, ship-builder and merchant. He served in the American Revolution and was taken prisoner and kept in a British Man of War. He escaped and swam for shore. According to the Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartfort Co., Conn. published by J. H. Beers & Co. in 1901 he was "a leading Settler in South Glastonbury, Conn.; owned a large amount of real estate there, including the Masonic Hall property, and donated to the town the land later occupied by the Sixth District School, under the condition that it should revert to his heirs if used for other than educational purposes." His house (the Welles Shipman Ward House) is now a museum and is located at 972 Main Street in South Glastonbury, Conn. Cited by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior as possessing “exceptional architectural interest", the museum includes antique horse-drawn vehicles, an 18th-century herb garden, and a barn with antique household and farm equipment.
• Jonathan (1723-1806)

• David (1723-1723)
• David (1725-?)
• Mary (1727-?)
• Hannah (1729-1747)
• Abigail (1731-?)
• Daniel (1733-1809) m. Kezia HORTON - emigrated to Canada circa 1778.

4. Daniel SHIPMAN (1732/3- 1809)
m. 1. Kezia HORTON, 1759, in Colchester, Connecticut, New England (USA)
emigrated to Canada circa 1778.

• Levinia (1760-?)
• Ezekial (1762-1845) m. ? - 1 child
• Samuel (1764-1831)
• Keziah (1767-?)
• Daniel (1769-?) m. Margaret BOLD - 4 children - David, Sarah, Lydia and Rovina. Daniel was originally on the United Empire Loyalists (UEL) List – and he had applied and was granted 100 acres due to this listing - but on November 5, 1804, by order of the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Daniel was suspended because there was no evidence that he joined the Royal Standard before 1783. Daniel settled on Part Lots 1 and 2, Concession 3, Elizabethtown Township, Leeds County.
• Desire m. William LAMPSON
• David (1772-?)

5. Samuel SHIPMAN (1764 - 1831)
m. Catherine ELLIOTT, (c.1786-1811?)
• John (1787-1867) m. Frances (Fanny) WHITMORE
• Joel (1789-1848) m. Polly HOLMES circa 1811
• Daniel (1791-1853) m. 1. Prudence BOYCE and 2. Charlotte ROSE, July 1843, in Wolford, Grenville Co, Ontario
• Samuel (1793-1845) m. Sarah BATES, February 3 1818, in Leeds Co, Ontario.
• Cynthia (1795-?)
• Ezekiel (1798-?) m. Mary DICKSON, April 1, 1823, in Leeds Co, Ontario
• Neviah(?) (1800-1844)
• Sarah (1802-?)
• Sophia (1804-1804)
• Stephen (1806-1850) m. Sarah Caroline [Polly] TRUESDELL, February 6, 1828, in Leeds County, Ontario
• Catherine Elliott (1809-1845)
• Samantha (1811-1849)
m. 2. Margaret HENDERSON (1777-?) in 1812.
• Anna H, m. Abel COLEMAN on April 23, 1834 in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario.

6. Stephen SHIPMAN (1806 -1850)
m. Sarah Caroline [Polly] TRUESDELL, February 6, 1828, in Leeds County, Ontario.
• Ann m. James LANG
• Samuel (1835-?)
• Ezekiel (1837-1919) m. Mary Jane MCKELVEY 24 on January 24, 1861
• Jane (1837-?)
• Mary (1843-?) m. Peter HAW
• William (1844 -?) m. Adelade ?
• Sarah (1848-?)
• Stephen (Nov 20, 1848 - Sept 17, 1922) m. Sarah CURRAN, circa 1870

Stephen worked with his brother Daniel in the first years of Shipman's Mills (Almonte) where Stephen was a licensed innkeeper in 1824 and licensed distiller between 1825 and 1827.

7. Stephen SHIPMAN (Nov 20, 1848 - Sept 17, 1922)
m. Sarah CURRAN, (Nov 6, 1846 - Feb 2 1916) circa 1870
• Sarah A. (1872-?)
• Eliza (1874-?)
• Joseph William (1877-1969) m. 1. Annie Hillard 2. Selina? - joined the Queens' Rangers militia on October 8, 1909 at the age of 32 - enlisted in the 3rd Battalion (Toronto) in 1914, served in England and France. Discharged in 1916.
• George Stephen (1879-1955)

They originally lived on Lot 3, Concession 2, Yonge Township, Leeds County but by 1881 were in Brockville.  In the 1881 census there is an Albert U Shipman (b. 1859) and Mary J Shipman (b. 1861) living with them.  They must be relatives of Stephen as they are too old to be his children.  By 1891 Stephen and his family had moved to Toronto. In the 1901 Census Stephen lists his occupation as carpenter with an annual salary of $200. Sarah indicates that she emigrated to Canada in 1870 from Ireland. Their son George lists his occupation as a collar manufacturer with an annual salary of $400 - double his father's! In the 1911 Census they are living on 803 King Street in Toronto. Stephen is listed as a carpenter with an annual wage of $600. Mysteriously Sarah lists her year of emigration from Ireland to Canada as 1844!  It looks like they moved out to 108 Eaton Avenue sometime after 1911.  The area had just been annexed to the City of Toronto in 1909 and subdivided about 1910.  The wooden frame house, which was on the south east corner of Eaton Avenue and Selkirk Street, was built shortly thereafter and appears on the Fire Insurance Plan of 1910 as revised in 1913.  According to her death registration Sarah Curran died at her home, 108 Eaton Avenue, on February 2, 1916 of pneumonia.  She was buried at St. John's Norway Cemetery.  Her obituary in the Toronto Star noted that she was a member of the Loyal True Blue Lodge No 9, an Orange Lodge.  According to his death registration Stephen Shipman died on September 17, 1922 at the House of Industry from stomach cancer. He was buried in St. John's Norway Cemetery.  They are buried in Section 6, Range 4, Grave 67.

8. George Stephen SHIPMAN (1879-1955)
m. 1. Catherine Mary LENEHAN (1880-1938) on May 21, 1901 in Toronto, Ontario
• Rita (1902-1902).  She was born on April 20, 1902 but died a few months later.  According to her death registration she died on September 12, 1902 of colitis.   At the time they were living at 125 Palmerston Avenue.
• Kathleen Marie (1906-1982) m. Lloyd George SAUVE on April 1, 1929 in Toronto, Ontario.  Both buried in Assumption Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mississauga.
• George James (1914-1987) m. Catherine GERMAN (1913-2002) on April 19, 1941.  Both buried Mount Hope Roman Catholic Cemetery with their mother in the Lenehan family plot.
• Eileen Cecilia (1916-2001) m. Arthur Reid JOHNSON on August 21, 1952 - lived in the United States
m. 2 Charlotte Mary (Ferguson) CALDER (1889-1955) in 1940 in Toronto, Ontario
• Grace CALDER (1916-?) m. Nelson CARRIQUE on June 30, 1937
• Florence CALDER (1919-?) m. James MCSPORRAN
• Donald CALDER (1922-?) m. Dorothy PLATT

In the 1911 census they are living at 139 Bathurst Street across the street from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and close to his parents at 803 King Street West. George is listed as Anglican but Catherine is listed as Catholic. George's occupation is listed as Superintendant in an Insurance company with an annual salary of $900. He also had a $1000 worth of life insurance at an annual premium of $12.06. Interestingly their daughter Kathleen (my grandmother) is also listed as being Anglican. They also had 5 borders living in the house.  In the 1921 Toronto city directory George is listed as a manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Company at 740 Queen Street East.   According to her obituary in 1938, Catherine Mary Lenehan died at her home at 793 Dufferin Street, Toronto (on the corner of Dufferin Street and Sylvan Avenue across the street from Dufferin Grove Park) and is buried in the Lenehan family plot at Mount Hope Roman Catholic Cemetery.

9. Kathleen Marie SHIPMAN (1906-1982)
m. Lloyd George SAUVE (1900-1982) on May 5, 1929 at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church, Toronto, Ontario
• 11 children

I would be interested in hearing from anyone researching my family. Please contact me at kikoamoki at yahoo.ca

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  1. Hello,

    I, too, am descended from Edward Shipman and Elizabeth Comstock, My branch came to live in West Virginia, which my grandmother and I have documented fairly thoroughly. Its very interesting to see where the rest landed! Should you ever want to know a little about my branch feel free to contact me.

    1. I would love to k ow more about the WV branch. My father was born in Buchannin WV, James R Shipman.

  2. Hello! I am also a descendant of Edward Shipman and Elizabeth Comstock, through their son William. My twig of this Shipman branch ended up in Trumbull County, Ohio (originally from Hartford, Connecticut).

    1. HI cousin and so am I. The same ancestry. Hi Cousin. my Branch went to OHIO and Pa. I am born In Western Pa.

  3. HI I am Barb. My great great grandfather was Frederick Shipman and Lucinda Drake. The Drake line leads to royal families in the UK. I was born in Western Pa. My great grandfather was Halsey Shipman. My grandmother was Cora Shipman and I did meet her.

  4. Hi, I'm Pam. My great grandmother was Rebecca Shipman ,born 1865, an orphan, fathers name Shipman, mother born in Ireland, father in Ohio.She ran away from Cincinnati orphanage and was taken in at the Alfred Johnson farm in Hillsboro. She married the son - Maletus Johnson. We want to find out her parents names.