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Questions of Origin
Where did the
Shupes of Chester County, Pennsylvania originally come from? What
brought them to Pennsylvania? What are the connections with
other Shupes in the area and beyond? We have been able to search
the Shupe family line of George Clair Shupe only as far back
as his grandfather Joseph Shupe, whose birth and death dates
are unknown. Nor do we know if he had any siblings or where else
he may have resided, among other things. Joseph Shupe's widow,
Mary (Shaner?) Shupe, was born in 1834. It is commonly
believed that the Shupe name has a German origin. Were the first
immigrant Shupes among the Palatine emigration in the 1700s?
The information presented here is based upon pieces of information
obtained from conversation, notes, historic documents, photos, other
researchers, and personal knowledge of family members. Together,
they provide only a fraction of the story of each individual and their
experiences. Much information of interest to present and future
generations remains to be captured to help tell the family's story
and reveal the fabric of its history. If not recorded now, the
family history could be lost forever to future generations as memories
fade, records are lost, and family members themselves pass into history.
Photos add a special
dimension to a project like this. Among other things, they help
remind us that this is about more than facts and statistics; these
were real people. They experienced the adventures of youth,
the trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of
work and making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows
of loss. Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives.
In some instances, we may even see a reflection of one another. Photos
also help us visualize the world in which our ancestors passed their
days and help us put their experiences in context.
516 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA
-- click on image for larger view, 35 KB --
Photo taken by Diane Shupe, 2001
There is great
risk in reading too much into isolated pieces of information. Imagine
trying to figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe,
an ear, or just the snout as clues. The further we go back in
to time, limited available records--if we're lucky to find any at
all--provide only a momentary glimpse into a situation, and often
subject to the interpretation or limitations of the person recording
I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information
so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability. Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded
accurately, whether by the scribe or the original provider. But such records are helpful in providing us with clues that could
help verify our assumptions or point us in directions.
corrections, clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will
help weave the fabric and reveal the texture of the Shupe family's
history will be greatly appreciated. All photos or other original
documents will be handled with great care, copied, and promptly returned
to their owner, unless instructed otherwise. While I am eager
for ANY information, including stories and oral histories, that will
help tell our story, I also want to be respectful of people's privacy
and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.
This document is only as complete and accurate as the information
available up to this moment. No doubt it will continue to evolve
over time, as it should.
Information to share? Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Descendant Report for Joseph SHUPE
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Register Report for Jesse R. CLAIR
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Posted December 2002
Updated February 24, 2007