John William Shields, Sr

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John William Shields, Sr

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kent, Maryland
Death: Died in Virginia
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Son of James Shields and Hannah Shields
Husband of Leah Perry (Norris) and Jeanette, Parker Jeanette Shields
Father of John Shields; William Shields; Thomas Shields; Jane Shields; Elizabeth Hathaway and 4 others
Brother of Matthew Shields; Mary Cobbs; James Shields, Jr. and Elizabeth Vaughan
Half brother of James Shields and William Shields

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About John William Shields, Sr

William was born in 1668 at Kent County, Maryland. He died in 1741, at Augusta County, Virginia, killed by a falling log while helping one of his sons build a cabin. William married Jeannette Parker and fathered five children: James "The Cordwainer" Shields, Jane Shields (did not marry), Thomas Shields, Eliza Shields (Hathaway), and John Shields (born in 1709). The three sons migrated to Augusta County, Virginia and became major landowners, farmers, surveyors, and shoemaker/leatherworkers (cordwainer) in the Beverly Manor portion of the huge Borden Tract which included much of the central Shenandoah Valley.

William Hathaway, a grandson of this William Shields, wrote in his 1790 history of the family: "My grandfather was William Shields. He was born in Kent County in the year 1668. My grandmother on my mother's side was Jeanette Parker. Aunt Jane was born January 15,1696. She died in Lancaster County in the year 1750. I had four uncles. One died young. Uncle Tom was born in the year 1699. Uncles James was born in the year 1694. Uncle John was born in the year 1709. They lived first in Lancaster, Chester County, PA and then moved to Augusta County, VA. Mother was born June 3, 1704. She died in Chester County in the year 1742, being stricken with pneumonia. Grandfather was killed by a falling log while helping one of my uncles build a house in Virginia in 1741. Grandmother lived with Aunt Jane until her death. Uncle James died about the year 1750. His son John was about my own age. He visited us soon after. I have never seen him since then. He was living in North Carolina a few years ago. Uncle Tom died about the year 1765, leaving several children. Uncle John died just before the war. Several of my cousins were in the Continental Army. Uncle Tom's children moved away, and I do not know where they are. Some of them went south, I think. Uncle John's children have scattered. One lived in Pennsylvani a. One went to North Carolina. One went to Boone's settlement in Frankland a few years ago. Some of them still live in Virginia. My relatives on Mother's side were all large, strong, long-lived and industrious people."


William Shields died on board ship

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John William Shields, Sr's Timeline

1668
1668
Kent, Maryland
1696
January 15, 1696
Age 28
Lancaster, Chester, PA
1698
1698
Age 30
1699
1699
Age 31
Lancaster, Chester, PA
1704
June 3, 1704
Age 36
Lancaster, Chester, PA
1709
1709
Age 41
Lancaster, Chester Co, PA
1711
1711
Age 43
County Antrim, Ireland
1728
July 14, 1728
Age 60
County Armagh, Ireland