Out of Lancaster County
The Shullaw Family
My paternal grandfather Roy Shullaw of Wyoming, Stark County, Illinois was a family historian. He collected family photographs, newspaper clippings, and county genealogical history books with references to various Shullaw people and their families.
Roy was a printer, and I say that with the same level of respect as one would refer to Benjamin Franklin as a “printer”. In fact, Roy’s father was named Benjamin Franklin Shullaw, “Frank” to his friends.
Roy told his own three sons that “Shullaw” had not always been spelled S H U L L A W. Different members of the same family pronounced the name differently: Roy, my father Wayne, and I pronouncing the surname more like S H O E - L O W. Others said, S H U L A.
It therefore came as no surprise to me when my husband Chuck and I first traveled to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and found record of all sorts people named Shullow, Scholla, Shollas, and others who were obviously branches off my father’s family tree.
Some years later, I returned East and rummaging through a dusty library in Frederick, Maryland, I found the following notice:
18 NOV 1772 Georg Huter, until now widower, residing on the Juniata River in Bedford Co., PA, and Catharina Scholain, the late Fridrich Schola's surviving widow residing here in Frederick City, proclaimed Nov 8 in the Church in the Hills, in Frederick City, Nov 15.
Frederick, Maryland, Lutheran Marriages and Burials, 1743-1811, National Genealogical Society, DC, 1972, by Frederick Sheely Weiser.
Maryland borders Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I wrote genealogist Ken McCrea
about my finding and he wrote back with information on one Frederick
Schola/Schollas who had purchased a 50-acre tract of land in
McCrea later found a notation in a deed book at the
Lancaster Court House referencing a Frederick Shollow who paid five
shillings to discharge a debt.
The document was dated
Frederick Shouler is listed as paying nine shillings in
tax in the 1757 Provincial Tax record for
The early settlers of the northern part of the township
were originally from Hesse-Darmstadt, in
Other settlers from the "
The oldest industry in
Researcher McCrea also located a tract of land that
George Heuter/Heater warranted on
(Possible First Generation)
We believe that the Shullaw Story in America begins
with Frederick and Catharina Scholla. It appears as though
I. Christophel2; and
CHRISTOPHEL SHOLLAW (Frederick1 ) was born
DIED: On the morning of the 25th in Rapho township, Mrs. Elizabeth,
wife of Christopher Shollaw, in the 85th year of her age. On the morning
of the 28th, Mr. Christopher Shollaw, in the 85th year of his age. The
above aged couple lived together in the state of matrimony 61 years. May
they rest in peace.
Stophel is German for Christopher is more frequently referred to in the records as Stophel or Christophel, or Christoph. But by 1848, his name had apparently been Anglicized as Christopher.
Stophel Shola was born approximately 1763 to a family
which we believe originate in
We remember that Frederick Shola, above, had settled in
Martic township in
Stophel matures and joins the
Stophel also appears in the 1807, 1810, 1818, 1825, and 1832 tax records for Rapho Township, Lancaster Co. His family name is spelled Shallo, Shouly, Showla, Shollaw, Sholah, Shola, and Shollah in these records.
In 1800, we find Christopher Showlaws of
In 1810, the Christopher Shollas family consists of a wife and seven children at home.
In1840, Stophel was an elderly man and is listed as head of household in the Rapho township census. He is working as a laborer even at his advanced age of somewhere between 70 and 80. His family consists of a boy under five; a boy between five and ten; two women between thirty and forty (Susanna and Nalienna); a woman between 70 and 80 (his wife Elisabet); and himself. (The two young boys are thought to be sons of daughter Susanna.)
Stophel's wife was Elisabet. Her maiden name may have been Hiess.
Records at the
I believe that these Christoph and Elisabet Scholtz are actually Christoph and Elisabet Scholla. The item from the Manheim Weekly Planet and Rapho Banner indicates that Christopher and Elizabeth Shollaw had been married 61 years, making the 1787 marriage above a match.
The couple to the best of our figuring had the following children:
B. John, born 1788;
D. Peter, born 1792;
E. Nalienna, born 1801; and
F. Susanna, born 1801.
John Shollow (Frederick1) is listed in the
In the1790 census, John was married with one son under
16 years of age and two daughters. John came to Dauphin county by was of
Jonestown of Bethel (
My thought is that Christophel and his brother John may
have gone to the
More About the Children
of Stophel and Elisabet
Frederick1) Barbara was baptized
Frederick1) Stophel and Elisabet’s son John married Susanna
Marcibeck. John was a tailor.
He bought property in Rapho Twp.,
In the 1850 census, John is 62 years old, is still a tailor, owns
$600 in real estate, and his wife Susanna is still living. He dies between
In his 4 NOV 1858 last will and testament, John bequeaths to his daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Henry Server, the sum of $75; to his two grandsons, the issue of his son Aaron, the sum of $15; and the remainder to his son-in-law Jacob Starck.
Children of John and Susan:
1. Elizabeth4, born 3 DEC 1814; baptized at Zion Lutheran Church, Manheim, Lancaster Co., PA; married Henry Server.
Aaron4 married Miss Barbara Ann Kline of
In the same census there is a John Shollow, 35, and wife Sarah, 30, living in East Hempfield, Lancaster Co., PA. Could Barbara Ann have died and John re-married? Or could there have been a divorce. No children listed in household of John and Sarah. However, also in East Hempfield, Lancaster Co., PA, there is an Elizabeth Kline, 64 (b. 1795 in PA); and two children in her household, Clarence Kline, age 9, and Ephemia Shollow, age 3 (b. 1856). I wonder if Elizabeth Kline is the mother of Barbara Ann Kline Shullow and if Barbara Ann and Aaron are the parents of Ephemia.
married Jacob Stark 30 JUL 1846 of Harrison Twp., at the
Jacob4. Jacob is buried in the
In Memory of Jacob,
son of John and Susan Shollar,
Aged 20 yrs., 6 mos., 25 days.
In the 1850 census, Frederick and Sarah, both listed as 63, have
returned to Manheim where
In the 1870 census, Sarah is gone.
The 1870 census is particularly interesting in that it lists both
sister and brother as having been born in
One explanation is that the 1870 census was the first one in which
the question was asked if
"mother and father were foreign born". It also asks for
"birthplace". We know that the family spoke German and it could be that in
questioning the 80 year old man or the 68 year old woman who could not read or write,
some confusion arose. It
does, however, give us the invaluable information of where the
family originated in
Notation in "Lancaster Cemeteries -- Cheques Cemetary":
Sarah Murray Sholla (wife of
buried by J. Gebhart -
At Manheim, Aged 71 years, 9 months, 15 days
Marriage record found at
D. Peter3 (Christophel2, Frederick1) Peter, born about 1792, married Susanna Lehnich, born 1799. Susanna was the daughter of Christina Lehnich.
In the 1830 census for Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., Peter Shollow is living next door to his brother John. Peter has one male under five years old (Jacob being about two years old and John not yet born), and three females in his household. (wife and daughters?) John is between 30 and 40 years old, has a wife, three boys and four girls.
In the 1840 census, Peter, 48, and Susanna, 41, and one son are listed. (Jacob may have already been an apprentice, leaving John, about 10, the only child still at home.)
In the 1850 census, Peter and his wife Susanna, have no children living at home. (Jacob is married and John is an apprentice blacksmith like his cousin.) Christina Lehnig, age 56, is living with Peter and Susanna. This is the same Christina who was sponsor at Jacob's baptism and is probably his grandmother, mother of Susanna. Or, now that I look at the ages again, possibly a sister of Susanna, aunt of Jacob?
1. Jacob4 (Peter3, Christophel2, Frederick1) born 5 APR 1828,
2. John4 (Peter3, Christophel2, Frederick1) born about 1830.
E. Nalienna3 (Christophel2, Frederick1) Nalienna and Susanna were twins. In 1850, Nalienna, 49, was living with her sister Susanna, also 49, now a widow. It is noted in this census that Nalienna cannot read nor write. She never married and lived in her parent's home until she was past 30, then lived with her sister.
Nelly Shollow (age 57, born 1802) is listed in the 1860 federal
census for Rapho township,
F. Susanna3 (Christophel2, Frederick1) Susan married a man named Snyder and had one son named Henry Snyder. In 1850, Susanna Snyder is listed as a widow, age 49. In 2002, I found the following on the Hershey Family Tree (www. myancestralfile.com/hershey/): John Schneider, born about 1802 in Pennsylvania, married Anna Shollaw, born about 1805 in Pennsylvania. Children:
Snyder4, born about 1831 in
Snyder4, born about 1833 in
Snyder4, born about 1839 in
Snyder4, born about 1842 in
Snyder4, born about 1848 in
John Schneider, the father, seems to be of a Mennonite family. The various family links were definitely in Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., PA and surroundings, as well as Ontario, Canada. Anna Shollaw has to be ours, but the dates aren't a good match. For instance, Henry Snyder, who we thought was the son of Susanna (Anna?) Shullaw Snyder, was supposed to be 14 in 1850. Here he would be only two.
Naming two of her children Christian and Elizabeth would make sense, in that our Susanna Shollaw's parents were Christopher and Elizabeth Shollow.
It could also be that the Hershey researcher read the census dates wrong. Her notes indicate that she obtained the above information from a 1850 census.
To further confuse things, in 1870, we find a Susan Shullo, 71, born about 1799, listed as living an innkeeper's Jefferson Galbraith, Bainbridge post office, Conoy Township, Lancaster Co., PA. Perhaps this Susan is an offspring of John Shollow, the head of household listed in the 1790 census. We do not know.
1. Henry Snyder4 (Susanna 3, Christophel2, Frederick1) We do find Henry, age 14, living with Cousin Jacob Shullaw, in the 1850 census. He appears in the 1870 census as a "lime burner", age 35, with a wife, Maria, and children5:
e. a fifth child5, name not given.
We also learn that three of the children attend school, that Henry is eligible to vote, and that his wife Maria cannot read or write.