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One of the most confusing and frustrating things about doing family history is dealing with the traditional naming patterns of the Germans, English, and Irish. Other countries and cultures have them as well, but these can be particularly confusing. Every generation will have children with the same names.
So this post is dedicated to those who have shared this delimna and is about naming children and not using any suffixes.
My grandmother, Margie Jane Fadeley Polk (1904-1990), raised me. She always said she hated when people named their children Jr, Sr, etc. because it was so confusing. She never elaborated on that opinion.
When I started delving into her mother's side, the Shipp, I understood.
Her mother (Maggie Jane Shipp) was one of 10 children born to Godfrey Shipp (1832-1913) and Sarah Jane Wetzel (1835-1913). Maggie's father, Godfrey (1832), was the only son borne to, you guessed it, Godfrey Shipp (1805-1845) and Mothani Magdalena Miller (1810-1833). Godfrey (1832) was an Infant when his mother died. His father, Godfrey (1805), remarried within a year to Elizabeth Litten (1810-?). They had 1 child, a daughter, Mary Catherine, born in 1835.
Godfrey (1805) died in 1850 when Godfrey (1832) was only 8 and his step mother remarried to a Samuel Hill.
Godfrey (1805) was one of 8 children born to (you guessed it) Godfrey Shipp (1772-1829) and Elizabeth Catherine Bowman (1787-1829)
I discovered this when building out my tree. I had initially only had a list of names of children for my great great grandparents, Godfrey and Sarah Jane Wetzel Shipp with no dates except for my great grandmother Maggie. I came across a tree that had 16 children credited to the couple, again with no dates for the children.
I started researching each child and adding dates. When I found children of Godfrey Shipp who were born after his death, I realized there was more than one Godfrey.
It took quite a bit of digging to get the children attached to the correct Godfrey. In my tree, I have added the suffixes, I, II, and III for clarity. When writing about them, I follow the name with the birthdate since they were not actually named "Sr., Jr., or III."
It is important to remember that back in the day, it was a common occurrence for children to be raised by relatives or a trusted friend or if a bio parent became sick, died, or went off to war, or if help was needed care for a family member or on the family farm... hence the term "farmed out." Grandparents also would raise an illegitimate grandchild as their own to limit embarrassment and shame on the family.
Formal adoptions or guardianships were seldom done and often even close friends and neighbors were unaware the child was not the biological child of the family.


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Genealogy question... well maybe a few.. please take a moment to read and let me know if you have any information that might be able to scale my brick wall.
I'm Researching a collateral branch of my Polk/Lutz ancestors.
John M. Polk is the individual I am stuck on.
Here is what I know.
John M Polk
B 20 April 1847
Possibly in Jefferson Co. (W)VA
D 22 May 1908
Jerome, VA
(Dates are from "Find a Grave" as no birth or death certificates are found online)
John married Barbara Ellen Weatherholtz (1859-1900) on 26 Dec 1867
In Shenandoah County.
Their son, Samuel Henry Polk, is the linear ancestor for this branch.
On their marriage record, John has no father listed. His mother is listed as Rebecca V.
I believe he possibly was born out of wedlock.
The first marriage I can find for Rebecca V Polk is to John Hansberger on 7 Apr 1851 (which was John Hansberger's second marriage).
The affidavit for that marriage was signed by John M Polk's Father in law, Jacob Weatherholtz, Jr.
I cannot find John M Polk or Rebecca V. in the 1850 census.
In the 1860 Census for Orkney Springs, John M Polk is listed as age 12, living in the home of John M Krag (Craig), 67 & Elizabeth S. Jackson Krag (Craig), 72.
Also in the home are Anna Fadely, 17, and Sarah Fadely, 5.
I did not find Rebecca in the 1860 Census.


1. Is anyone familiar with the Krags/Craigs? Did they take in Orphans and foster children?

2. I am looking for Rebecca's Parents' names. (She was probably born in the mid to late 1820s)

3. I am looking for John's bio father...
Perhaps a court document listing someone responsible for Rebecca's pregnancy.
I have seen entries in court house records where men were ordered to pay maintenance for the care of a "baseborn child" or for "impregnating" a woman. I couldn't find this on line but not being certain of the birthplace makes it difficult.
John M is the same age group as my 2nd GGF, Ananias Polk, who is the son of Simon Polk and grandson of John P Polk. I have checked the my known descendants of John P and have not found Rebecca nor John M., but I could certainly not have everyone listed.
That being said,
I have a strong gut feeling that John M is a nephew or grandson of Simon Polk (1822-1862) and Dorothea Dellinger Polk (1821-1882). My 3rd great-grandparents.
An additional tidbit of information is this:
In the 1850 census, Jacob Weatherholtz, (Barbara's father) lived beside Simon Polk. So the families knew one another.
Can anyone shed any light on this branch?
Thank you. 10/27/2020

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This cute little girl is my aunt, Annabel Lee Polk (26 April 1926- 13 September 1979.
Yesterday I found a very neatly folded piece of paper in my Grandparents Family Bible. Although I had kept the Bible up to date with births, deaths, and marriages, andhad found other papers and newspaper clippings tucked in its pages, this treasure was somehow missed. It was a common custom to save a clipping of a baby's hair in that time.
Today I open the NVD and find her picture in the "keep this going" corner.
I so love Family History!

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The Dellingers were among the first Settlers to the County. For this particular branch of the Dellingers, Johannes Georg Dollinger (1697-1769) was the immigrant patriarch, landing in the Port of Philadelphia, traveling west to Lancaster County then migrating south through the Valley around 1727 and settling in Shenandoah County. He was the 3rd GGF of Ananias Polk (bottom left) and Sevilla Dellinger Vetter (bottom right).
The Polks, Dellingers, and Vetters had large families and many marriages among the offspring were celebrated.

Top left
Aquilla B Dellinger, Christena Baker Dellinger, and Noah T Dellinger

Top right
John W. Dellinger (on left) and Noah Aaron Dellinger (on right) their mother Noda Catherine Vetter Dellinger. Noda was the sister of Annie Elizabeth Vetter Polk, my Great Grandmother. Noah Aaron who is 105 is my Granddad Lester Polk's first Cousin.

Bottom Right
William Frederick Vetter and Sevilla Dellinger Vetter, (my 2nd GG parents) parents of Noda Catherine And Annie Elizabeth.

Bottom center. Charles William Polk and Annie Elizabeth Vetter Polk (my great grandparents)

Bottom left Gideon Hepner Family. (Labeled for names)
Ananias Polk and Polly Anna Hepner Polk (my 3rd GGP) are the parents of Charles William Polk


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The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

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For all my Civil War soldier descendants ...
I found this article in my grandparent's keepsakes.
The Fadelys listed are all my grandmother's uncles/cousins. Lorenzo Dowe Fadely, listed in the first column, is pictured with his wife, Barbara Ann Will (22 May 1840 - 8 Jun 1881.


I found this on another Geanology site. It really touched my heart.

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A few more from the archives. Markwood, Dorothy, and Margie. Click each photo for full information.

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Grand children of Charlie and Annie Vetter Polk and first great grandchild Gary Douglas Cornwell photo is circa 1950. My mother is the first young lady on the back row. She is standing beside her cousin W.L. "Sonny" Myers who was home to visit from the military.

Photos from Shenandoah Legacy Genealogy Services's post 09/08/2020

This photo was taken about 1932, judging by the youngest child. The Charles William and Annie Elizabeth Vetter Polk family. They werr my great grandparents. My Grandfather, Lester Earl Polk is the second seated man between Uncle Milt and Uncle Delmar.


Josephine Amanda "Mandy" Evy Lutz 1855-1936


Martin Luther Lutz 1854-1927


This colorized print is of The Lutz Family Homestead, near Cabin Hill, now Conicville, in Shenandoah County. It was gifted to us by our eldest Lutz relative, Harry Lutz. Sadly, according to Harry, the family historian, it no longer stands.
It was the childhood home of my husband's Great Grandfather, Martin Luther Lutz (1854-1927).
It is he who is seen standing in the distance by the garden fence. (One must really zoom in to see him).
I believe the home was originally built by Martin's grandfather, Johannes Heinrich Lutz (1791-1872). Johannes (John), was born in Pennsylvania and traveled to the Shenandoah Valley in the early 1800s. He is the Shenandoah County Patriarch of our Lutz line. In 1812 he married Lydia Barb (1793-1852). They were blessed with 11 children, including 5 sons who served in the Confederacy, including Martin's father, William C.
More Genealogy info will be added in the comments.





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