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Surnames: Shuck, Kitson, Smith, Farrell, Patton, Park(e/s), Ingram, Hudson, Menefee, Lewis, Lynn and Crow; Underwood, Mattison/Mattson, Stiles, Shaw, Bennett, Farr, Goodale/Goodell, Hopkins, Card, Cummings, Beauchamp, Kilham, King/King alias Rice, Rice and Cushing.

Introduction and Organization

Thanks for visiting my genealogy home page. This page summarizes and provides further information about the family lines from which I am descended and have researched or am actively researching. The most extensive information available here is for the Shuck/Shook surname, much of which has not been researched or published anywhere else. So far, the Shuck/Shook section has a recap of over 30 known immigrant ancestors, transcriptions of selected data, bibliography, all known information about immigrant Andrew Shuck (ca.1733-1803) of Kentucky (my ancestor) including background information with a searchable database of descendants and a searchable database of descendants of immigrant John (Martin) Shuck (1723was1730-1804) also of Kentucky. Information about my other lines varies in detail and in content. I have emphasized providing links where more extensive information is available on the web.

This site also includes previously unpublished information about families and descendants of the Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. Descendants who immigrated to the USA went by the surname Mattison/Mattson after arrival in August of 1867. Two brothers and their families departed Christiana (now Oslo) Norway on June 6, 1867 on the Bark Erna and arrived at Quebec on July 25: Mattis Mattison (1836-1884) and Gunder Mattisen (1840-1870/1873), both sons of Mattis Olsen (Olsson) (1795-1867). Mattis died in 1884 at Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin and Gunder apparently died 1870/1874 at Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Descendants went to LaMoure and Dickey Counties in North Dakota, some then to Washington State.

These pages are a work in progress and far from complete. For now, it is more in the nature of an open workbook. Consequently, the presentation may be unpolished and cryptic, and they are continually being added to, updated, revised and reorganized. Also, like any any other discipline, genealogy uses its share of unique terminology, TLA's (that's Three-Letter-Acronyms) and shorthand phrases that will be unfamiliar and potentially confusing to beginners. I am abundantly guilty of making ample use of them on this website. I have prepared a short list of the most common ones that I use frequently and are generally widely used in the family history community. Also, some that I use for frequently-cited sources. See Genealogy Definitions and Acronyms

I first began preparing these pages in 1997 with the intention of putting information about my family groups on the internet that was previously available only in printed or otherwise thinly-distributed forms. Since then, the landscape has changed tremendously. All the U.S. Censuses are online and searchable, most free or alternately available. Digital publishing has taken over and the ancient history and genealogy publications are freely available and downloadable from multiple sites such as and Google Books. Searchable databases are constantly expanding and are online free such as and We used to have to go to the library to view the publications or purchase copies at significant cost. I had transcribed selected data over the years such as censuses and marriages and uploaded it to the internet. Many were partial, others were taken from printed sources that may not have been complete or accurate. Because most data is now available online elsewhere or will be in the future I do not intend to update them generally but will keep them online asis. Researchers are advised to check the various online databases as well.

These pages have always been hosted as personal webpages on my internet access account. Effective October 15, 2015, the Wicked Warlocks of Comcast are eliminating and deleting all personal webpages. I will find a home for them elsewhere on the web. However, they have been archived and various historical versions will always be available forever at aka "The Wayback Machine."

The following distinction of my ancestral surnames as "south" and "north" coincides with the maternal/paternal side of the family as well as my approach towards research. Generally, the "northern" lines are first found in New England in the 1700's or earlier, have been the subject of research for many years, have extensive published genealogies that are widely available and have been traced back many generations. Most originally settled in Massachusetts and were in New England in the early years of our country's history. Most of the work I have done in these families has been in locating research already done by others and in determining links. Databases from some of these lines are now available on the web (links provided where known) or are in the process of being prepared. In some areas, I have performed original work to tie and prove an individual into a documented family line or determine ancestral lines. This is still still in progress, so I have not completed final narratives with documentation. These lines include Shaw of Palmer, Massachusetts; Farr of Boylston/Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, New Hampshire; and Mattison/Mattson of Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. There are still a number of New England ancestors about whom I have been unable to find any further information.

Many of the "southern" lines (which actually includes border states) have only relatively recently been the subject of much research and documentation. Consequently, much of the information has been very thinly published, not published or was not known by living descendants. Generally, these early ancestors were first found in Virginia in the early 1700's, migrated to Kentucky after the end of the Revolutionary War ca 1780 and their descendants moved onto Indiana and Missouri 1810-1830.

Surnames are listed in approximate order of distance of relationship to me with a brief description of my connection and the earliest known ancestor. Those in blue highlight have more information available. For others, I have included or plan to include major sources of information on the family. I do not have a database of the Northern lines online, but plan to do so.

Note: I have begun to obfuscate individual email addresses that appear in this website. I have replaced the "at" sign @ with the character string ' [at] '. This is the result of the insidious situation with SPAM that has become a major problem in the internet today. Spammers use automated robots, similar to those used by reputable search engines, to scan websites and harvest email addresses. If you wish to contact an individual with an altered address, simply replace the ' [at] ' character string with the usual @ symbol with no spaces.

Surnames - South

My primary surnames from the "South" - Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia - are Shuck, Kitson, Smith, Farrell, Park(e/s), Ingram, Hudson, Menefee, Lewis, Lynn and Crow.

Surnames - North

My primary surnames from the Northern states - Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota - are Underwood, Mattison/Mattson, Stiles, Shaw, Bennett, Farr, Goodale/Goodell, Hopkins, Card, Cummings, Beauchamp, Kilham, King/King alias Rice and Cushing. My primary surname from New Jersey and Pennsylvania is Stiles. New York, Pennsylvania and/or New Jersey may have been a stopping point for the Shuck's who went south.

Why Genealogy?

[Genealogy] is history in microcosm. Each of us has our own way of describing what genealogy means to us. Mine would be this:

Genealogy is about understanding ourselves and the influences that have made us who we are. It's about understanding the men and women whose genes we carry and whose customs we cherish or purposefully reject. It's about understanding the world we live in, and how the actions of past men and women shaped the issues we deal with today. It's about understanding how the problems of those past societies shaped our forebears and how the individual choices they made affected their families and ultimately us.

- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; 25 June 2010; posting to genealogy mailing list


In order to make as much information available as quickly as possible, I have listed information and all references I could find for these families, both hardcopy and on the internet, and have incorporated that information in online databases, both current and future. The information in the surname sections will vary greatly in detail: from brief summaries to extensive description and details of research from myself and others. In the best case, the work of others is extensive and well-cited, and all that is required is a a brief summary and bibliography. Unfortunately in many cases, the discussion will center around problems with the state of the research and determining lineage.

The information comes from a wide variety of sources, including family history books of varying eras, extent, content and depth; the LDS FamilySearch website including Ancestral File (AF), International Genealogical Index (IGI) and Pedigree Resource File (PRF); including Ancestry World Trees (AWT); Rootsweb; assorted stuff from the internet; various genealogical-related publications; original, primary records; and miscellaneous incomplete, uncited scraps and bits of information. Most of the information, particularly for the "northern" lines, has not been further researched or verified by me. (Certain information about the descendants of Andrew Shuck of Kentucky and Mattison/Mattson are exceptions.) Unfortunately, most of the postings on the internet, particularly family trees, do not contain ANY source citations. However, on its surface, the information I post at least appears to be accurate, seems to make sense and fits. Where there was doubt, I choose to err on the side of inclusion, expecting that the additive process may clarify uncertainties. In the future, I will attempt to clarify those areas where I have done original research or verification as well as to highlight areas where these sources differ, are known to be wrong or are uncertain. One should not assume absolute accuracy of information from any of these sources. This applies both for those from the internet, where I have found significantly conflicting information and very obvious errors, as well as to printed sources, including some "classic" family history books. But collecting all the information in one place does aid in analysis and evaluation. Where obvious errors or conflicts were present, I have attempted to correct them or otherwise noted the discrepancies. Some of the internet sources, such as those that merely copy family data from other sources, propogate incorrect information, while a few (unfortunately very few) provide current, comprehensive and insightful analysis of known research surrounding claims of lineage. Generally, those sites sponsored by organized family associations provide the highest level of reliability, where their information is subject to rigorous peer scrutiny. Consequently, I am certain there are errors in these pages, some of which have been undoubtedly introduced by this author. I sincerely appreciate having them pointed out.

In genealogical writing, some specific words are used to indicate levels of confidence: certainly, apparently/apparent, presumed, likely, probably/probable, possibly/possible, etc. I have not seen a numerical score attached to those, although that might exist somewhere. I frequently use the word "reported" or "reportedly" to indicate some claim of fact that is unsupported hearsay. It may or may not be correct, but at least it appears reasonable on the surface and is worth considering as at least a viable clue pending further research. is a website that began as a hobby of an individual who was interested in recording and visiting graves of famous people. It has since developed into a site where individual volunteers enter grave information for their relatives or for cemeteries that they have surveyed. As of April 2018, there are about 165 milion graves recorded, up from 115 million in April 2014 when I last posted here. In 2013, the website was purchased from its founder by Given Ancestry's past business practices, I did not see this as a positive development back then. Now, after five years, they have redesigned their website in such a way that the user community hates it because it has become so cumbersome and awkward to use. It is also even more bloated with advertising. Even before the sale, I had doubts about the motivations of its founder, since it always was his personal for-profit venture, not based on a not-for-profit model with independent oversight. There were also management issues, including being unresponsive to emails such as mine. Websites also document various criticisms and complaints against them such as: "Find a grave Complaints and Reviews" The old, original version of Findagrave is still online but for how long is anybody's guess. Another similar site,, is also privately owned and I see similar caveats even though there seems to be some loose connection with the LDS Church genealogy department.

I registered on that site in 2012 and have entered about 350 graves for family. At that point, I did not anticipate doing much more on that site but later started another project to find and record the graves of blues musicians buried in the Chicago area. So far, about 400 plus others. See Chicago Blues Musicians at Rest

Surname Frequency

To get an idea of how common my primary surnames are, I obtained population counts for some of them from the 1930 census as indexed at This represents all persons (not just heads of households) and shows counts for exact spelling only. There are likely other persons with slight variations in spelling or transcription errors.

Surnames - Common Sources


Most of the surnames listed have a message board at GenForum so I will not list this source for each surname. Click on the link and enter the name in the "Forum Finder" box or search the alphabetic list. Many similar surnames have separate forums, so check each spelling. For example, there are separate Genforum boards for Shuck, Schuck and Shook and Park, Parke and Parks.

Many surnames and most counties also have RootsWeb discussion lists which now have searchable archives. Many surnames are also represented by researcher listings on the Roots Surname List (RSL). See Best Overall Internet Genealogy Sites section for more information and links. Boards ( / has begun family surname message boards similar (in competition with?) Genforum. To find names: Ancestry Message Boards Click on and follow the "Surnames" alpha links.

Rootsweb Surname Discussion Lists

As of about August 2006, Rootsweb is making some technical changes to the syntax of the list names. The following is the "old" way; haven't had time to figure out the "new." Rootsweb sponsors surname discussion lists delivered via e-mail where individuals post queries and information about their lines. There are lists for just about every surname (including most of the above) and they are delivered in one of two "mode" options. I prefer the "Digest" mode where messages are collected and periodically sent as a group. To subscribe, send an email message to the list with the word "subscribe" as the only word in the body of the message text. The "To" in the address field follows the form:

I am currently subscribed to SHUCK, SHOOK, INGRAM, FARRELL and FARR. These surname lists occasionally include typical minor variations. (Farrell and Farr are not connected.)

There are also lists for just about every genealogical purpose one could imagine, including counties. I am also subscribed to Lincoln Co. MO, ("MOLINCOL"), Pike Co. MO ("MOPIKE"), Henry Co. KY ("KYHENRY") and Shelby Co. KY ("KYSHELBY"). Use the list name (MOLINCOL) the same as the surname above to subscribe.

For more and up-to-date information including a display of currently active lists see: Rootsweb Surname Discussion Mailing List Info.

The Rootweb mailing lists are archived and may be searched. See: Rootsweb Mailing List Searches

Enter the name of the list and just follow the directions.

The Road Ahead

Just a quick pause to consider the research task ahead. The number of ancestors you theoretically have can be calculated using simple formulae where Self is generation 1, parents 2, grandparents 3, etc.:

Number of ancestors at each generation: 2**(n-1)
Cumulative number of ancestors at each generation: (2**n)-2

For example:

Average generation is about 30 years. Note that the Number of Ancestors / At Each Gen also represents the number of unique surnames and ancestral lines to research (not considering intermarriages among or between families which were not uncommon in early times). As a practical matter, records prior to 1500 are slim at best, so the 15-generation level is probably the best, with a few exceptions, that most researchers will reach, partially. Further, research may uncover the name of a male ancestor and his wife's given name, but her surname and parents may not be discoverable, thereby substantially reducing the total numbers of ancestors.

Note about website links

Links to various websites were valid as of the day I added them, but the web is a notoriously dynamic place and sites are moved and removed for various reasons. I am aware that some links are no longer working, but am not able to keep track of all of them. If you know of a REPLACEMENT link, please let me know.

Also, most links to other websites will launch a new instance of the browser. If you click on an offsite link for the second, third, etc. time, that site will display on the browser launched from your first offsite click.

Special Mention

Most of the genealogy websites and databases on the internet constitute little more than uncited, unsubstantiated collections of stuff lifted from places that are unknown or are, themselves, uncited, unsubstantiated or subsequently disproven. The internet can provide a superb opportunity for communication, but vague, unproven or outright erroneous stuff propogates with the speed of light. There are, fortunately, a few websites that provide superb analysis and documentation of genealogies. I include links to them in the respective family sections, but thought they are worthy of highlight at the beginning, as models for what genealogy on the web should be. This list is not complete, there will be a few others I forget to list now but will add later:

Family Name Index - South

Allen Blair Brown Calhoun/Colquhoun Crow Farrell Gordon Helper Hudson
Ingram Johnston Kitson Lewis Lynn McInteer Menefee Park Patton
Perry Shepherd Shuck Sinclair Smith Stewart Stringfellow Wilson

Family Name Index - North

Allen Belgrave Bennett Bray Briggs Buck Cady Card
Clapp Crane Cummings Cushing Daniels Erwin Farr Frost
Fuller Goodale Hawke Hayden Higgs Hopkins Keene Kibby
Kilham King King (desc. Rice) King Alias Rice Linton Little Marr Mattison/Mattson
Merriam Merritt Moulton Needham Parker Peabody Pitcher Pond
Potter Quinton Rice Richardson Ross Scott Shaw Stiles
Stone Strutt Swinerton Tidd Trask Tuttle Underwood Wheeler
Whitney Wilder Wyborn Wyman


In addition to these family names, from which I am descended, I have done extensive community research about Lincoln County, Missouri where my "South" lines migrated that includes numerous additional families as well as information about history, populations and, specifically, cemeteries. Also notes about The Low Dutch Colony of Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky

Some Supplemental Information

Family Pages - Southern Lines

Family Pages - Northern Lines

Family Pages - Southern Lines - Allied

More pending.

Family Pages - Northern Lines - Allied

Revolutionary War Patriots

A list of my ancestors who were Revolutionary War Patriots. Includes notes for researching Revolutionary War Patriots.

Family Association Page Links

The following is a recap of links to formal, organized surname associations.



Places Where Ancestors and Their Descendants Lived

Following are pages with detail information about specific places where ancestors, their descendants and closely allied families lived.

Historical Discussions - Places

Internet Research Sources and Data - Overview

Moved to Internet Research Sources and Data

Chicago Blues

Chicago is known for a lot of things: bad weather, political corruption, murders and government in crisis. It is, not surprisingly, also known for having the blues. As an adjunct project, I have begun a listing of the burial locations in the Chicago area of local blues musicians. Click on the above link for a description and link to the lists.

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