June 20, 2012
Very glad to hear from you. I am the son of Raymond Joseph Shivelhood, b. 1915. As to which branch we descended from -good question. I have developed the feeling that all these surnames started out with identical spellings in Germany, and the difficult dialect and old German script they early used in the USA lead to mispellings and mispronunciations; the name was anglicized then at some point ("hood" is not German). This was the case with the Replogles, my paternal grandmother's family line.
Actually, I was trying to find you based on a query you made to me years ago. I retained a tree you sent and only started family research last winter. Your contact info was no longer valid.
I can provide you with much information from George Raymond Shivelhood, my paternal grandfather b. 1889, forward. Backward, I used your tree and 1880 census data to establish his father was Daniel Shivelhood, b. abt 1850, and his grandfather (Daniel b. abt 1801) was born in Hesse, Gemany. I stalled somewhat in trying to nail down details about the 1801 Daniel, his city of origin, spelling of his name, immigration date, children, etc. His name, and names of children Joseph and Theresa are the same as the family that came from Grossenluder near the same time and settled in W. Virginia, described on this board by Bee. But Shamokin in Northumberland County, PA is where our branch was located.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can collaborate and perhaps expand our trees.