Category Archives: Family History

Following the Deeds

Recently, my sister and I had a chance to spend a couple of days in Portland, Oregon looking for information on our paternal grandparents, Robert and Susan (Samels) Shane.  They had a farm near Portland, in the community now known … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Birthdays

One of the more difficult aspects of family history research is reconciling conflicting information.  Sometimes, with a little extra poking around, clarity is achieved.  Other times not so much.  Take the Shane family as an example:  My grandfather was  the … Continue reading

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The Short Life of Little Mary Shehan

Bridget Hogan and Robert Sheen* were married September 3, 1858 and their first child, Mary was born about 1860.  This date is a deduction from the 1860 U.S. Census for South Fork Township, Delaware County Iowa indicating that Robert Shehan … Continue reading

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Robert Shane Land Patent

Good Evening, My paternal great grandfather, Robert Shane purchased land in Iowa in 1855, a Cash Entry transaction under the authority of the April 24, 1820 statute.  The Dubuque land office was his point of purchase for the 95.92 acres … Continue reading

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The Marriage of Robert Nolan Shane and Susan Clara Samels

My paternal grandparents, Susan Clara Samels and Robert Nolan Shane were married February 17, 1892 in Sand Springs, Iowa. Robert was 29 and Susie 24 when they married. I was able to get some basic information from the Delaware County … Continue reading

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Births and Deaths of Susanna and Willie Shane

Susan and Robert Shane were parents to three children, my dad and his siblings Susanna and Willie.  Sadly, neither Susanna nor Willie lived beyond childhood and are buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Monticello, Iowa.  Susan (Samels) Shane made a … Continue reading

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The Birth of Frank Shane

My dad, Frank Shane was born in Monticello Iowa on September 17, 1897 the son of Robert Nolan Shane and Susan Clara Samels.  Dad’s full name was Francis Leo Shane but he always went by “Frank” or sometimes F.L. Shane.  … Continue reading

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