Does anybody have info on shanks or watts family from Buena vista, va?

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Any info on shanks or watts family from Virginia?

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Last name: Shanks

This unusual and long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon, and is now confined chiefly to northern English and Scottish regions. Shanks or Shank is a nickname for someone with particularly long legs, or some peculiarity of gait. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "sceanca", meaning shin-bone, leg, which was preserved in Scotland and northern England while in the rest of the county the Olde Norse word "leggr", leg, was adopted, although the surname remained in England for a while, as in Stephen Schankes, recorded in the Norfolk Hundred Rolls of 1275. In Scotland, Murdoch Shank had a charter of lands at Kinghorn, Fife, from Robert the Bruce in 1319. John Shanks (died 1636) was a principal actor in the early years of the 17th Century, and is listed in the Shakespeare folio of 1623. A Coat of Arms was granted on August 15th 1562, to a family of the name who resided at Rollesby, Norfolk, and depicts a gold fess between three gold escallops on a purple shield. The escallop or scallop shell, was used as a badge by pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land, and symbolizes venture to foreign lands and Fidelity. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Lefwine Scanches which was dated 1095, in the "Records of the Abbey of Bury St. Edmunds", Suffolk, during the reign of King William 11, known as "Rufus", 1087 - 1100. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Oscar Shanks
Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940
birth:    1908    Buena Vista, Va.
marriage:    23 May 1929    Pittsylvania Co.    
father:    Al Shanks
mother:    Nannie Huffman
spouse:    Hallie Watts
other:    Thos. Watt, Maggie O'Neal        

Daisy May Shanks
Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940
birth:    1911    Buena Vista, Virginia
marriage:    20 July 1929    Buena Vista, Virginia    
father:    Al Shanks
mother:    Narmie Huffman
spouse:    Lydie Gilmer Moore
other:    S.A. Moore, Rebecca Reid        

Master Sergeant James Stanley Shanks
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014
birth:    7 December 1935    Buena Vista, ,
death:    14 October 2000    
obituary:    16 October 2000    Virginia, United States    
parents:    Oscar D Shanks, Hallie Watts Shanks
spouse:    Alice Ruleman Shanks
children:    Angela S Loan, Melissa, Christine E Canham, Tabatha M Humphrey, James S Shanks Jr, Joseph Ray Humphrey
other:    Reverend W A Mills        

Wm Andrew Shanks
Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1917
birth:    10 July 1853    Virginia
residence:    1853    Virginia, United States    
father:    Jas Shanks
mother:    Ann E Brown        

Willard O. Shanks
Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1917
birth:    27 April 1858    Virginia
residence:    1858    Virginia, United States    
father:    Thos Shanks
mother:    Virginia H. Brown        

Robert Shanks
[Roberta Shanks]
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
birth:    1952    
residence:    1 June 1986    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Fred L Shanks
[Freddie L Shanks]
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
birth:    4 March 1932    
residence:    from 1 December 1993 to 1 January 2009    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Alice A Shanks
[Alice R Shanks]
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
birth:    19 August 1933    
residence:    from 1 October 1993 to 1 November 1996    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Cecil H Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    1 October 1991    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Janice Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
birth:    15 March 1956    
residence:    13 July 2001    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Char H Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    from 1 January 1996 to 1 June 1996    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Roberta Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    1 October 1998    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Oscar D Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    1 June 1996    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Katherine Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    29 October 2007    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Connie Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    29 October 2007    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Ella Shanks
Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940
marriage:    6 February 1908    Buena Vista, Virginia    
father:    Jas. Shanks
mother:    Mary Shanks
spouse:    Alex Coleman
other:    L. Coleman, Amanda Coleman        

Cora Shanks
Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940
marriage:    19 December 1907    Buena Vista, Virginia    
father:    J. W. Shanks
mother:    M. E. Shanks
spouse:    H. W. Coleman
other:    Luellen Coleman, Amanda Coleman        

Margaret Shanks
Mother
Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853-1917
birth:        Va.    
spouse:    Pierce F. Bucher
child:    Pierce Anthony Bucher        

Freddie Shanks
United States Public Records, 1970-2009
residence:    1 January 2009    Buena Vista, Virginia, United States            

Ruby Ethel Shanks
Find A Grave Index
birth:    30 April 1896    
death:    13 March 1972    
burial:    1972    , Buena Vista City, Virginia, United States of America
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