Excerpts from The History of the Shriver Family *
EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS F THOMAS SHRIVER.
David Shriver, son of Andrew Shriver and Maria his wife, and father of Andrew Shriver, was born in York County Pa., at a place called Conewago, south of Hanover, about six miles. His parents had been but a few years from Germany, and recently married, when they settled at Conewago--in the woods surrounded by Indians, (on account of his Father's settlement.) David SHRIVER the first born; grew up with scarcely any education, the opportunity and means being both wanting. The time of his minority was, of course, occupied, in rendering his father assistance in the business in which he was engaged. On arriving of age, he attracted the attention of Andrew STEIGER residing in Baltimore, who was an enterprising man, engaged in extensive business. STEIGER employed him as store-keeper in a country store which he located not far from the residence of David's father. The want of an education being immediately experienced, he so applied himself to attain what his business required, that, in a short time, he acquired a vary good knowledge of figures, as well as wrote a fair hand, and otherwise improved himself in knowledge and address. At this time, Lancaster had become a considerable town, and it was a custom then, which has been continued to the present period, to hold semi-annual fairs, which drew together vast numbers of people. At one of these fairs, David SHRIVER first met Rebecca FERREE who had been placed at Lancaster to acquire a knowledge of ornamental needle-work; he undertook to accompany her home, and was received with becoming respect by her father, but with much displeasure and indignity by her mother, she having imbibed high notions in consequence of opulence and distinction enjoyed by her family in New York. Standing well, however, with the daughter and father, he persevered and succeeded in his object. Previous to this, he had settled on a tract of land provided for him by his father, at Little Pipe Creek, Frederick County, Md., where he had erected some buildings, and cleared lands. To this place he brought his wife--and thereupon built a mill, which though of little value in after time, was, nevertheless of considerable importance to himself and neighbors at that period, the settlement being in its infancy. Having experienced the want of an education, he sought, at an early period, to have his children taught; and for this purpose, sent his eldest son abroad foe some time--there being no school within reach of him. his efforts were unceasing to promote education in his neighborhood, and he so far succeeded as to obtain for his children a good English education: indeed, the neighborhood was much indebted to him for exertions in this respect; and many persons are in the enjoyment of useful knowledge, which but for him, they would not have acquired. Possessing an inquisitive and discriminating mind, he added rapidly to his stock of information. As a self taught mathematician, he made considerable advance, and was instructor to his sons in the art of Surveying--the compass and other instruments used, being of his won manufacture. His mechanical talents were no less remarkable. He was Carpenter, Farmer, Joiner, Cooper, Blacksmith, Silversmith, Comb-maker, Wheelwright, in short everything that was wanting, as well as maker of the tools the occasion called for. He was, moreover, the umpire of the neighborhood, in the settlement, of controversies. Having a great aversion to law suits and litigation., he did much to preserve peace and harmony. His house was the resort of much company, and the place where travelers regularly sought shelter and repose; they were always received with kindness and liberality and treated without reward.
The dispute between the Colonies and Mother Country early attracted his attention, and he became as early an active and devoted Whig. So warm was he in the support of the rights of his country, that his friends were alarmed for his safety, and his Clergymen emphatically warned him to beware--that, the powers placed over him were of God; that, he would be hung for treason; and his family made beggars. He treated the admonition with marked contempt, and persevered, taking an active part in committees of vigilance and public safety and urging his countrymen to vindicate their rights. He was, in consequence, elected member of the Convention of 1776 to frame a Constitution for Maryland, and was afterwards continued (with the exception of a year or two) a member of the other Branches of the Legislature for thirty years, and until the infirmities of age admonished him of the propriety of retirement. He ever abhorred debt as a restraint upon his independence and freedom of action. Of course, his advancement to wealth was slow; but certain; and at his death, without one cent of debt he was worth $70,000. At the time of his marriage, his wife's parents gave him a negro girl (yet living) from whom sprung a progeny of more than forty in number, thirty of whom remained in his possession at the time of his death; these he liberated by will and in the same instrument divided his estate equally among his children and provided for the enclosure of a burial ground, where his remains, and those of his wife, and some of his children repose.
David SHRIVER had two brothers and four sisters who all married and are now dead. The names of the brothers were Andrew and Jacob. The former continued to reside on the home plantation and raised a large family. the latter moved to Littlestown, and had one son who died young, and his father shortly after. The names of the sisters are not distinctly known; one married Henry KOONTZ, another George KOONTZ, and the third John KILZMILLER, and the fourth Jacob WILL. They all lived to an old age, and within a few miles of their father. They all raised large families except the wife of George KOONTZ, who had but three or four children and died early in life. Although their father began the world in low circumstances, he succeeded so well in the acquisition of property, as to be able to render his children considerable assistance. David SHRIVER died 29th January, 1826, in the 91st year of his age. He was the oldest of his brothers and sisters, and survived the whole of them.
The character of Rebecca SHRIVER, mother of Andrew SHRIVER was almost entirely domestic. At an early period, her mind became imbued with piety; and the duties of religion were, at no time neglected or disregarded by her. On the contrary, she delighted in devotion; she habitually spoke of the hour of her dissolution with complacency, and while yet afar off, prepared to meet it as a matter rather to be desired than avoided. Death, indeed, had no terror for her. In her religion, there was nothing however of gloom or austerity. She freely took part in the rational enjoyments of life, and was highly sociable and benevolent; ever happy to receive all who called upon her, whether relative, friend or stranger. The best refreshments of her table were always presented to them by her own hands, and their wants liberally supplied.
But it was in the character of mother, she was truly affectionate, ever sympathizing in the afflictions and ministering to the welfare of her children, with a tenderness that could not be surpassed. Her husband, having occasion to be much from home, the management of the family, which was large, devolved mainly upon her, which she met without a murmur, and discharged with the utmost propriety. She was the oldest of the family and had two brothers, Isaac and Cornelius; and three sisters, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Mary. It may here be observed, it being omitted elsewhere, that Abraham FERREE, the father of Rebecca SHRIVER, was of a kind and benevolent disposition and confessedly upright and exemplary in all his dealings and concerns.
Rebecca SHRIVER died 24tNovember, 1812, aged 70 years, 10 months and 3 days. She was interred in the family burial ground, where repose also the remains of her husband.
EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS F THOMAS SHRIVER.
I was born in Maryland, at my Grandfather's Homestead, near Westminister, Frederick County, on the 2nd of September, 1789. My Father was the eldest of the family; his name was Andrew; my Grandfather was David SHRIVER.
The second son was named David; the third Abraham; the fourth Isaac; the fifth Jacob. Rachael, the oldest daughter was married to Adam FORNEY,of Hanover, Pa. Mary, the second was married to John SCHLEY,(Frederick City, Md.) He was a coppersmith, and followed his trade until my uncle Abraham, then Judge of the County, appointed him Clerk of Frederick County. This office he filled so faithfully and acceptably, that he was retained in it all his life.
Susan the youngest, was married to Samuel FREY, a merchant of Baltimore, Md. My grandmother, Rebecca FERREE, was from Pequea, Pa., north of Lancaster.
My own mother was the daughter of John SHULTZE, a leather dealer of Baltimore City, a man of great worth, and highly esteemed.
Our family were J.SCHULTZE, Thomas, Andrew, William, James, Joseph, Rebecca, Matilda, Elizabeth, and Catharine.
In the latter part of the year 1822, while residing at "Sandy Mount,"; 28 miles from Baltimore City, I was strongly impressed with the idea of the great want of suitable springs for vehicles of every description. And here I date the beginning of my study of the subject (p9-12)
EXCERPT ABOUT ANDREW and LUDWIG SHRIVER
"One hundred acres of the land, where he lived were the first he bought; but whether before he set down upon it or shortly after is not know--it however costs him one hundred pairs of negro shoes, being the price agreed upon with Mr. DIGGS, the owner, of whom he shortly after bought more land which was paid for in money. At the time of his settlement in Conewago, the nearest neighbor Andrew SHRIVER had was a family of the name of FORNEY, living where the town of Hanover now is. for a long time, the public road from the South came by Andrews SHRIVER'S house, and at the time of his settlement Indians lived near him, in every direction. About this time, and for several years after, the Delaware and Catawba Indians were at war, and each spring many warriors passed by, after stopping at Andrew's SHRIVER'S spring which was a large flush limestone one. At this time, they would display in triumph the scalps (painted and suspended from a pole), which they had been able to obtain from the enemy; and required the accommodation of free quarters. The consequence was they were very social and smoked around the pipe of friendship freely, without any attempt at wanton injury.
His brother, Ludwig SHRIVER, David YOUNG, MIDDLEKAUF, and WILLS and others followed in a few years, and made settlements. Ludwig SHRIVER'S settlement must have been early, as he burnt coal out of hickory wood, and made the knife with which Andrew curried his leather which was tanned in large troughs cut out of wooden logs. Andrew SHRIVER'S wife occasionally helped her husband in the tan yard, dressing deer skins by night. David, their son wore Deer skins dressed as clothing (shirts excepted) until fifteen years of age. Having but little cleared ground at this time, the stock were left to run at large in the woods; such a as were wanted, David, being the oldest child had to collect every morning, much to his discomfort; the pea vines and grass being nearly as high as himself and covered with dew, soon made his Deer skin dress so wet as to render it like unto his skin, adhere to his body. Deer and other game were so abundant and so destructive to grain fields, as to render hunting necessary for their protection.(p4)
MEMOIR OF A BRANCH OF THE ELTINGE FAMILY
Elizabeth ELTINGE intermarried with Abraham FERREE and both are long since deceased. she was the mother of Rebecca SHRIVER and grandmother of Andrew SHRIVER. It appears by a certain deed of partition (on record in Frederick County) made by sundry persons, as devisors of Isaac ELTINGE, dated 18th day of April, 1771, that he was a resident of Frederick County, (now Montgomery County, ) in the State of Maryland, anterior to the 13th of march, 1856, the date of his last Will and Testament; and that he died without issue, in which case he disposed of his estate in fee simple to his sister e. FERREE and the children of his sister Yacimintye THOMAS, to be divided into three separate parts, one of which was to descend to his first married sister, and the other two-thirds to the children of the married sisters, viz: Wm. THOMPSON, Cornelius THOMPSON, John THOMPSON and Anna McDONALD. These appear to be the exclusive object of the Testator's bounty, thought it is known he had one other sister who married Isaac HITE, of Virginia.
As relates to the descendants of Elizabeth FERREE, she had two sons and four daughters--Israel, Cornelius, Rebecca, Rachel, Elizabeth and Mary. Israel married and had one son, both have died without descendants. Cornelius is living with a second wife, (the first having died,) and a numerous family, who with himself have emigrated to the western country. Rachel was married to David MUSKIMMINS, and resided near Bath, Va. Elizabeth married Wm. MILLER who is dead. Mary married Mr. GRAFF, who died, and then Griffith WILLET who is believed to be dead--and Rebecca married David SHRIVER; they continued to reside on their estate in Frederick County, until their decease. They had eight children, Andrew, Rachel, David, Abraham, Mary, Isaac, Jacob and Susanna. They all married--Susanna married Samuel FREY of Baltimore; Mary, John SCHELY in the City of Frederick. The brothers live in Frederick County, except David, who lives in Wheeling, Va. In regards to Isaac ELTINGE, it is not known whether he was father, brother, or son, of the ELTINGE family at the time of its settlement in Frederick County, nor who were the persons of the family, further than is perceived by the deed referred to. But, it is evident, that the settlement was made at an early period, and it is known to have been adjoining the Potomac river, at a time when much land along its banks was vacant, of which they secured considerable bodies by grants from the proprietary government.
From the manner in which the surveys were made, it would seem to have been anticipated that the navigation of the river would become highly important, and that it would be controlled by running the limit of the tract across the river, many of the tracts being thus located.
This hasty sketch, comprising all that is known of the ELTINGE family is respectfully and affectionately submitted as a memorandum for Doctor Wilhelm ELTINGE by Abraham SHRIVER, September 25, 1826.
P.S.--It is well known by family tradition that the ELTINGE family migrated from New York; and that a number of the males fell victim to the bilous disease that prevailed with great malignity upon the banks of the Potomac. Of the branches of the ELTINGE family of New York.--There were two branches of the ELTINGE family in the State of New York--the one located with the new Palty patentees, in Ulster County, sixteen miles from Kingston; the other in Kingston County and State aforesaid; of the Kinston, (Esopus) family, one branch moved to the City of New York--another to Red Hook in Duchess County, and one continued in Kinston.
Of the Palty branch, the following is the history: Two brothers Josiah the elder, and Noah, were patentees in the new Palty patent, and had one sister, Yacomintye who married in the BIVIER family. Noah had no son but one daughter who married derrick WYNKOOP and had two daughters. The eldest Gartyon GITTY was married in the COLDEN family and has heirs; Cornelius was married to Isaac ELTINGE of the Kingston family and has heirs. Yacomintye was blessed with several sons and daughters. Josiah was married to Magdalena DuBOIS, and was blessed with four sons, Abraham, Ralph, Solomon and Cornelius, and one daughter Cartrientye, (Catherine,) who married Jacobus HARDENBAUGH, at Hurley, two miles from Kingston. They had one son Jacobus, and three daughters, Magdalena, Cartrientye and Anne, all married and having heirs. Abraham was married in the DuBOIS family, and had five sons, Josiah, Noah, Philip, Henry and Jacobus; and two daughters, Jane and Magdalene. All of these married and have heirs; Ralph married into the LOWE family; had five sons, Josiah, Solomon, Ezekiel, John, and Ralph; and four daughters, Magdalena, Sarah, Catharine, and Mary. The descendants of Ralph and Abraham are all living about the new palty. Solomon was married into the VONDERSON family at Hurley--he was blessed with three sons, William, Solomon, and Cornelius; and five daughters, Magdalena, Jane, Maria, Blandina, and Catharine, all of them except Blandina are married, and have numerous heirs. The descendants of Cartrientye are settled at Hurley. The descendants of Cornelius are settled at Hurley and Marble town near Kingston, except Cornelius and William who are both ministers of the Gospel. Cornelius is settled in Sussex county, New Jersey, and Wilhelm in [ ] County New Jersey, about four miles south of Patterson, at a place called Patterson's landing, (or by the Indian name Anchquachenwick) He has been blessed with three children, a son named Cornelius Housman, and two daughters named Maria BLONDINA, and Jane VAN WINKLE. The eldest is married to Cornelius VAN WINKLE, and is blessed with a son named Willelm ELTINGE. The new Palty branch was probably more nearly related to the branch which settled on the Potomac, which we infer from this circumstance: Abraham, the eldest son of Josiah has land, in an unsustained claim, upon the Potomac, as legal heir--the probable inference is that Josiah, Noah, and Yacomintye, were brothers and sister to Isaac ELTINGE, resident of Frederick County, (now Montgomery county) in the State of Maryland, and his sisters Elizabeth FERREE, Yacomintye THOMPSON, and Mrs. Isaac HITE of Virginia; or thus, Noah, &c., were brothers and sister to Abraham ELTINGE, the father of Isaac and his sister. This is a sketch comprising all that is known by the writer, of the several branches of the ELTINGE family and their residence--and is respectfully submitted as a memorandum for Judge Abraham SHRIVER.
WILHELM ELTINGE. Sussex Co., New Jersey, Sept. 26th, 1826.(p 7-9)
JOST SCHREIBER AND ANNA
ANDREW SHRIVER (2) AND MARIA KEISER.
DAVID SHRIVER AND REBECCA FERREE, (page 5.)
ANDREW SHRIVER AND ELIZABETH SHULTZ
THEOBALD HESS AND MARGARETHA HESS
1698, JOHN YOUNG AND ANNA MARGARETHA HESS
ULERIC KEISER AND FORNICA KEISER
JOHN FERREE AND MARY VARRENBURSE.
PHILIP FERREE AND ELAH DUBOIS
ABRAHAM FERREE AND ELIZABETH ELTINGE
Rebecca FERREE, Rachel, Isaac, Cornelius, Elizabeth, Mary
THOMAS SHRIVER AND ANN SHARP
Edwin Thomas and Harriet Ann PIGMAN.
HISTORY OF THE SHRIVER FAMILY, WYTHEVILLE; D.
A. ST. CLAIR, PRINTER, 1869
* I ran across this in a Shriver History web search, and decided
to add it to this page.
What I have copied below appears to be the Shriver History essay from the original Shriver book published in 1869. Much of the history is repeated in the Samuel S. Shriver update (1888), and Robert Campbell Shriver update (1976). - J. D. Klein, March, 2001
This introduction was included by Judy at Heartland, at the above link:
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