Meredith Shockley

January 1832–
Grayson, Virginia, United States

The Life of Meredith

When Meredith Shockley was born in January 1832, in Grayson, Virginia, United States, his father, Richard Esau Shockley, was 29 and his mother, Anna Elizabeth Farmer, was 34. He married Elmira Bell on 19 December 1853, in Carroll, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Sulphur Spring, Tazewell, Virginia, United States in 1880 and Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Smyth, Virginia, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1862.

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Family Time Line

Meredith Shockley
1832–
Elmira Bell
1833–1886
Marriage: 19 December 1853
John W. Shockley
1855–
Garland Shockley
1857–
Nancy A Shockley
1859–
Octava Shockley
1860–
Luvenia Alice Shockley
1864–1945
Kenney F. Shockley
1866–1957
Sarah Ann Shockley
1868–1947
L Serena Shockley
1871–
Robert Bell Shockley
1876–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
19 December 1853
Carroll, Virginia, United States
children

(9)

    John W. Shockley

    Male1855–Male

    Garland Shockley

    Male1857–Male

    Nancy A Shockley

    Female1859–Female

    Octava Shockley

    Female1860–Female

    Female1864–1945Female

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Parents and Siblings

siblings

(14)

+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 12

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.
1863

Age 31

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English: of uncertain origin. Most probably a habitational name from Shocklach in Cheshire, named in Old English with sceocca ‘goblin’, ‘evil spirit’ + læcc ‘boggy stream’. In the 17th century, the name was most common in Buckinghamshire, England.2 Perhaps also an Americanized form of Swiss German Schoechli, a topographic name meaning ‘barn’, from a diminutive of Schoch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Meredith Shockley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Meredith Shockley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Meredith Shockley, "United States Census, 1860"

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