NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
Shanklin, or Shankland, as some of the family spell it, is an old Scottish surname. The family is numerous in Aberdeenshire at the present (1910) time. A branch of the family went with the Scots to the north of Ireland. At the battle of the Boyne, in July, 1690, a Shanklin was in command of a regiment of dragoons and was rewarded for his gallant conduct by the grant of an estate called Butler's Hill, near Inniskillen, in the north of Ireland. Four brothers, doubtless closely related to this soldier, founded the family in America.
(I) Robert Shanklin, born in Ireland, about 1725, came, in 1747, to New York from Inniskillen, leaving Dublin University, where he had matriculated; settled in Orange county, near the Clintons and others who had been his father's neighbors in Ireland.
He married Sarah Beaty, a relative of General James Clinton, of revolutionary fame. The Beatys and Clintons took part in the defense of forts Constitution and Independence, and Alexander Beaty was one of those killed in battle.
Robert and his descendants spell their name Shankland. He settled in New Britain, Orange county, N.Y.; removed in 1750 to Cherry Valley, Otsego county, N.Y., where he died in 1796, aged seventy years.
Robert fought against the Indians in the colonial wars. During the revolution he was a Whig, but his wife was a loyalist. Their son Andrew was the only one sharing the loyalist sentiments of his mother, and he enlisted twice in the British army, located after the war in Virginia, and died there in 1828; from him many prominent southern Shanklins are descended.
William, son of Robert, was a soldier in the American army; his son, William Henry Shenckland, was a judge of the supreme court of New York.
Thomas, son of Robert, was also in the American army, as ws also his brother Alexander, who settled at Canaan, Wayne county, Ohio, and died there.
Their many descendants are numerously represented in the various patriotic societies of the United States.
Andrew, brother of Robert Shankland, came afterward to New York. He retained the spelling Shanklin.
Nancy, married Bernardus Bloomingdale.
Caty, married John McPherson, resided in Galway, Saratoga county, N.Y.
Jenny, resided in Galway, unmarried.
Son, died at sea, leaving a son, Robert Henry, of New York.
Thomas Shanklin, brother of Robert Shankland, came with his brother Andrew. His gravestone is in the Albany N.Y. burying-ground. He and his immediate family held to the spelling Shanklin.
William Shankland, brother of Robert Shankland, came to America in 1775 and landed at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but soon joined Robert in Cherry Valley. He also spelled the name Shankland.
Robert, settled in Newburgh, Orange county, N.Y.
Nancy, married _____ Van Wie, and settled near Albany, at Van Wie's Point; their daughter Mary married William McCullock (See McCullock).
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