Friday, April 27, 2007

Query: SHOOK of Ripley County

SHOOK—Looking for information on the family of Henry H. SHOOK (his middle initial has also been reported to be N). He was born in March 1830 in Indiana and died after 1900, and is buried in Brownsdale, Mower County, Minnesota along with his wife. Henry was listed with his parents, David Porter Shook (born about 1793 in Maryland) and Julia (or July) Ann NOR (born about 1805 in Kentucky) in the 1850 census in Versailles, Ripley County, Indiana. He left Indiana and settled in Red Rock, Mower County, Minnesota in time for the 1860 census. Henry married Emily (born about 1839 in Connecticut; died 1870-1880) and they had children:

--Adda (born about 1858 in Minnesota; died after 1860)
--Edwin/Edgar D. (born about May 1860 in Minnesota; died after 1880)
--Eudora Lenore “Dora” (born about 1862 in Minnesota)—my great-grandmother. She married Thomas McKENNETT and they lived in Webster, South Dakota.
--Charles H. (born about 1866 in Minnesota; died after 1880)

Family legend says Henry’s wife Emily may have died after giving birth to twins. As a young girl, their daughter Dora was sent to live with a relative, perhaps in Iowa. Henry supposedly moved to Brownsdale to sell fly paper.

Henry Shook had several siblings, according to the 1850 census for Ripley County:
--David William (born about 1835 in Indiana)
--James H. (born about 1837 in Indiana)
--George Washington (born about 1840 in Indiana)
--Luther Sylvanus (born about 1846 in Indiana)
--Calvin L. (born about 1849 in Indiana)

Contact: Lois Schneider, 1117 3rd Ave S., Fargo ND 58103; lois1117@aol.com

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