Looking for any information that will help me in tracing my gg-grandfather William Shotwell. Census information indicates that he was born in Virginia between 1800-1807. Names of his parents and exact place of birth are unknowns. He had sons; John and Robert, born about 1831 1832 in Virginia, and a daughter (can't remember her name off-hand)who was born in Tennessee! His first wife's name is unknown! He appears in the 1850 Census of Tennessee in Weakley County, with Ann, apparently a second wife, who is aged 19 (same age as his eldest son). He next appears on the 1860 Census of Fulton, Kentucky (SW corner of state), after which he does not appear in the census'. Conclusion, he has died prior to the 1870 census. My great-grandfather was William P. (Presley?) Shotwell, born April 1851, Tennessee. William P. Shotwell, after several marriages in Tennessee, eventually wound up in Texas.
It has been said that William Shotwell, born 1800-1807, Virginia, was descended from a John Shotwell, who appears in Virginia sometime in the early 1700's. Further, it was thought by some that John Shotwell was a descendant of Abraham Shotwell, born 1600's. However, my information indicates that Abraham Shotwell and many of his descendants were Quakers. The Shotwell's of Virginia were Slave Owners, and, it is my understanding, that Quakers did not hold with slavery! If this is so, it would appear that John Shotwell of Virginia is not a descendant of Abraham!
I am the son of Joseph Mercer Shotwell and Edith Glencoe Fairchild; Joseph was the son of William Clarence Shotwell and Maude Mercer; William Clarence Shotwell was the son of William Presley Shotwell and Nancy P. Fuller; and William Presley Shotwell was the son of William Shotwell and Ann.
Any help would be appreciated!
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