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Welcome!! The purpose of this web site is to bring together researchers that are connected to, or have an interest in, the Shearer family. Included are the allied families: Wilder, Doman, Keyes, Ripley.

Through the years the men and women of these families have played their part on the stage of United States history. They were representative of the American family, these shopkeepers, farmers, laborers, craftsmen, educators, ministers, and homemakers - even a scallywag or two. Their lives reflect, in small measure, the major features of our country's history.

It is hoped that this website will serve as a special electronic meeting place for the family and as a depository for the historic documents plus the genealogical and historical research of those who cherish the ones who have preceeded us.

Family information contained herein is free to the viewer with the hope that it will aid you in your search for your Shearer ancestors. It is requested that you share any information that you have regarding the family.

We welcome your contribution to the Shearer Cousins databases. You can submit your information by forwarding copies of census, miscellaneous certificates, church records and documents, family stories, photo's, pedigree charts, ancestor charts, family group sheets....

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If you need to mail items please send a message to the e-mail address above and I will respond privately with a mailing address

Wishing you success in your search.

Winiford Sheila OHLESCHLAGER BAILEY


 

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This is my personal family, therefore a story of my life, and it may be a bit gossipy for some. If it wasn't for my great grandparents, grandparents and my parents where would I be today ?
    *WSB - 1997*

 

Today, SEP 3, 2005, I am 86. My father has one step-sister still living, Myrtle TURNER; my mother has two sisters and a brother living, Mary OHLEGSCHLAGER, Bertha SPLETZER and Harold SHEARER.

Most of the family photo's I am using come from my mothers album, and my aunt's. After Aunt Edna died, her son, Clifford HENDERSON (my 1st cousin), sent me a box of old photo's, for which I am very grateful. So many times these old treasures are unlabeled and therefore burned ... an unlabeled photo is as useless as an unindexed genealogy history.

A photo, tho very often interesting in itself, becomes much more so when put together with some history or good ole' gossip.

My paternal grandmother's name was Hatwig DOMAN MATHWIG, DOMAN being her surname. Her last name has been spelled in several different manners. DHOMAN for instance or DHOLMAN, I have even been told HADOMAN. In this latter rendition, I believe her first name, Hattie, got caught up . The sound of a person's name is so often used it can be confusing, so try them all, go by other clues, dates, location, family members, etc.

Related works I have compiled are a RINEHART book, a WITHERS book, an EDWARDS book, a DILDINE book, a MATLOCK book and a KEITH - BAILEY book. These are books relating to the BAILEY's on the RINEHART - OHLEGSCHLAGER family tree .... Walter's branch only, but there are a number of us.

 


                              Emil Theodore 
                              MATHWIG       
               Waldemar      |
               MATHWIG       |
               OHLEGSCHLAGER |
              |              |
              |              |Hatwig
              |              |DOMAN         
              |
              |
WINIFORD     |
OHLEGSCHLAGER |                              Daniel W.
              |                              SHEARER   
              |               Harry Taylor  |
              |               SHEARER       |
              |              |              |Mary Emma
              |              |              |THOMPSON  
              |Mable Pearl   |
              |SHEARER       |
                             |               Bernard
                             |               KEENAN    
                             |Grace Pearl   |
                             |KEENAN        |
                                            |Emma Lydia
                                            |WILDER    

 
WINNIE'S ANCESTORS
 
redball Ahnentafel Report for Winnie Bailey redball Winnie's Ancesters - Summary Report
  A detailed ahnentafel report beginning with Winnie Bailey and spanning 16 generations.     A summary ancestor report beginning with Winnie Bailey and spanning 16 generations

 
FAMILY REPORTS
 
redball Family Pedigree Charts   redball Individual's Reports
  Family Pedigree Charts for the Shearer and allied families     Individual Sheets for everyone in the Shearer and allied families

 
MATHWIG FAMILY
 
Emil and Grandma, as I understand it, worked for a farmer to pay off their passage money to come to America from Germany, and it was on this farm that they met. Half of Grandma Hattie's passage money was given her by her brother Paul. I do not know where the farm was located, Pa., Wis., or Ill. or none of those. Their 1st and 2nd children were born in Chicago, the 3rd child, Walter, was born in Tacoma, Wa. 1890.
 
For some reason, unknown to me, while grandma was out, grand dad Emil took his three babies to the church and told the reverends to keep them. The oldest, aged 6, Harry ran away and more or less was his own man from there on. The second, Elsie 3 1/2 was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. DENCH, of Astoria. Baby Walter was recovered by grandma with the help of her employers, neighbors, and friends. Grandma could neither read or write English and the churchmen told her to sign her X to get her babies back .... instead it was an adoption paper.
 
Emil married for a second time and had two more children and two step sons.
 
redball Descendant Report   redball Descendant Chart
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Emil Theodore MATHWIG 1858-1922     A summary descendant chart beginning with Emil Theodore MATHWIG 1858-1922
redball Mathwig Photo Album   redball Emil Mathwig Biography
  Photos from the Mathwig Albums     Biographical information of Emil Mathwig
redball My Mathwig Family BLOG   redball Reserved
  Visit My Emil Mathwig Family BLOG     Reserved for future use

 
OHLEGSCHLAGER FAMILY
 
Phillip Jacob OHLEGSCHLAGER and his wife, Elizabeth GOULD are buried in the Catholic cemetery at The Dalles, Oregon.
 
I know very little about them ..... when did they arrive, how did they come ? by wagon train ? did they come up the river from Portland by boat ? did they come up from San Francisco by ship ?....... I do know some of their family lived near San Francisco ...... Grandma Hatwig said they were visiting when the infamous S.F. earthquake hit and they spent some days in Golden Gate Park, I also know Grandma liked to dramatize herself ... so I don't really know about the Park bit for I thought grandpa Phillip's family was over in Oakland, Ca.
 
Clifford HENDERSON , my cousin, discovered the OHLEGSCHLAGER's came from NE Dutch county (the 1880 census says Baveria, Germany, Tombstone says Germany). When Grandma Hattie was a girl going to school her family lived so close to the border of Holland .... she never knew just what her school day would be Dutch or German ... as the border fluctuated back and forth.
 
As far as I know, there are no living male heirs to carry on the OHLEGSCHLAGER surname. I recall dad mentioning (several times) that when his step brothers, Edwin, Phillip, and Sam died, that that would be the end of it. Uncle Edwin, born in 1900, was the last of the brothers to go and he died in 1995 or 96. Aunt Myrtle OHLEGSCHLAGER TURNER is the remaining child of Grandma Hatties in 1997.
 
The OHLEGSCHLAGERs are not a blood line to me, however, Philip Adam OHLEGSCHLAGER was the only grandfather I knew from my father's family. To me the OHLEGSCHLAGERs were my aunts, uncles and cousins.
 
redball Descendant Report   redball Descendant Chart
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Phillip Jacob OHLEGSCHLAGER cir 1828-1908     A summary descendant chart beginning with Phillip Jacob OHLEGSCHLAGER cir 1828-1908
redball Ohlegschlager Photo Album   redball My Ohlegschlager Family BLOG
  Photos from the Ohlegschlager Albums     Visit my Ohlegschlager Family BLOG

 
SHEARER FAMILY
 
Henry was in North Carolina in the late 1700's. From North Carolina to Indiana to Illinois to Iowa.
 
Henry left North Carolina and went to Kentucky, then Ohio, then to Indiana where he lived for several years. Next he is in Vermillion Co. Illinois. They had nine children: possibly, Daniel W.; Mary; Sarah; Hattie; Henry Jr.; Jim; William and one may have died young.
 
By putting several items and several odd things and happenings together and I have come to the conclusion that Henry and Mary are my great great grandparents. 1. Henry, 2. Daniel W., 3. Harry, 4. Mabel SHEARER /OHLEGSCHLAGER ... than myself no.5 WSB
 
Henry built the first frame house in Des Moines or Jasper County. Elias PRUNTY was to paint this first frame house for nothing. Elias did paint it, on what terms ...we did not hear.
 
Mr. SHEARER and a man named PRUNTY fed the first cattle ever fed in this county and had to drive them 110 miles east to a man named DAY, for scales to weigh them and received $3.55 per hundred.
 
Henry lived about one half mile east of Vandalia where he ran a store.
 
The first school house was built on Henry's farm near Vandalia.
 
redball Descendant Report   redball My Shearer Family BLOG
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Harry Shearer, Cir 1792 - ??     Visit my Shearer Family BLOG

 
DOMAN/DOHMAN FAMILY
 
Grandma, as I understand it, worked for a farmer to pay off her passage money to come to America from Germany. Half of Grandma Hattie's passage money was given her by her brother Paul. I do not know where the farm was located, Pa., Wis., or Ill. or none of those.
 
It was on this farm that she met her first husband, Emil Theodore MATHWIG. Their 1st and 2nd children were born in Chicago, the 3rd child, Walter, was born in Tacoma, Wa. 1890. For some reason unknown to me, while grandma was out, granddad Emil took his three babies to the church and told the reverends to keep them,. The oldest, aged 6, Harry ran away and more or less was his own man from there on. The second, Elsie 3 1/2 was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. DENCH, of Astoria. Baby Walter was recovered by grandma with the help of her employers, neighbors and friends. Grandma could neither read or write English and the churchmen had her sign her X to get her babies back .... instead it was an adoption paper .
 
Grandma Hattie later married Phillip Adam OHLEGSCHLAGER, son of Phillip Jacob OHLEGSCHLAGER and Elizabeth GOULD. Phillip adopted Waldemar "Walter", my father, and raised him as his own. Phillip and Hattie had nine known children, Hazel Venita, Roy, Edna, Edwin Edward, Philip Adam, Myrtle Hildegard, Samuel, Willie, and Leslie.
 
redball Descendant Report   redball Reserved
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Hatwig DOMAN/DOHMAN 1869-1947     Reserved for Future Use

 
KEENAN FAMILY
 
Bernard KEENAN-Born in the County Cork (Kork) in Ireland in 1840. He came to the United States in 1851 and resided in Iowa until 1857, when he crossed the plains to the gold fields of California. In 1860 he followed the gold trail to Boise, Idaho where he drove stage between Walla Walla and Pendleton until about 1863-4.
 
He moved to Umatilla County in 1870 and resided there for 36 years after which he took residence in Biggs, Oregon (about 1906) where he lived for the rest of his life.
 
My aunt, Bertha Lida Shearer SPLETZER, told me that two O'Hanlon brothers also emigrated from Ireland to America, were related to Bernard Keenan ...... she did not know if they ever married or left descendants. WSB -1992
 
Included are nine letters written to Bernard from his mother Bridget in Ireland.
 
I have tried to make contact with Ireland ... so far no luck.
 
redball Descendant Report   redball My Keenan Family BLOG
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Bernard "Barney" KEENAN 1840-1924     Visit my Keenan Family BLOG

 
THOMPSON FAMILY
 
redball Descendant Report   redball Reserved
  A detailed descendant report beginning with John THOMPSON 1811-1897     Reserved for Future Use

 
WILDER FAMILY
 
redball Descendant Report   redball Descendant Chart
  A detailed descendant report beginning with Nicholas WILDER cir 1470-1524     A summary descendant chart beginning with Nicholas WILDER cir 1470-1524
redball Wilder Puzzle   redball Reserved
  How do these Wilders fit into my family?     Reserved for Future Use

 


 

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