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Shotwell Name Study

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House of Names has some interesting information, and indicates the name Shotwell originates from the English areas of Essex, Leicestershire, and Wiltshire; the meaning in Old English is "cold stream" or "cold spring." [1]

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the Shotwell Family Descent, starting from Abraham Shotwell, whose origins are a mystery. It is not known where he came from, but arrived in New Jersey from England in the late 1600s. This is a continuous work in progress.

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"Abraham Shotwell, founder of the family in America, was in Elizabeth Town, New Jersey, as early as 1665, and in NY as late as 1679. He was probably one of the many Englishmen who fled from the mother county after the restoration of Charles II. He was certainly an active defender of the cause of the settlers in opposition to the collection of burdensome quit-rents exacted by the Governor, Captain Philip Carteret, on behalf of the non-resident lords proprietors, in consequence of which he was forced into exile and his New Jersey real estate was confiscated, being sold at auction 25 April 1675, and a few days later was in possession of the Governor. On 29 September 1677, he received patent of a grant of 38 1/4 acres of land in the southeast side of Manhattan Island, including a water mill on Sawmill Creek, which property, on 6 November 1679 he conveyed "with consent of his son John" to John Robinson. He probably died soon afterward. the name of his wife and the names of his children other than John, and probably Daniel, have not been certainly ascertained. Daniel was the progenitor of the Richmond branch of the Shotwell family."

"The ancestor of the Shotwells is believed to be Abraham Shotwell, one of the early settlers in Elizabethtown, but who, in consequence of too freely expressing his opinion of the ruling powers, was banished and the land at Elizabeth confiscated. But in 1683, after his death, the property was restored to his son John, who married Elizabeth Burton in New York in 1679 and under the name of John Shotwell, Sr. We find his death recorded at 1718 but it should have been 1719." [2] [3]


For any Shotwell profiles, please place them into the correct geographical category; the list is here. For example: [[Category: New Jersey, Shotwell Name Study]] or [[Category: Canada, Shotwell Name Study]]. If you have any questions or need help with profile placement, please contact one of the project leaders.

Shotwell Family Lineage, from Abraham

Daniel Shotwell, son of Abraham

John Shotwell Sr., son of Abraham

2. John Shotwell Jr son of John Shotwell Sr
3. Jacob Shotwell, son of John Shotwell, Jr.
4. Hannah Shotwell Thorne, daughter of Jacob Shotwell
5. William Thorne, son of Hannah Shotwell Thorne
6. Thomas Thorne, son of William Thorne
7. Levi Thorne, son of Thomas Thorne
8. Josephine Thorne West, daughter of Levi Thorne
9. Josephine West Ray, daughter of Josephine Thorne West
10. Margery Ray Ormond, daughter of Josephine West Ray
11. Marty Ormond, son of Margery Ray Ormond.
3. John Shotwell III son of John Shotwell Jr.
4. Susannah (Shotwell) Townsend daughter of John Shotwell III
4. Jacob Shotwell son of John Shotwell III
5. Ralph Shotwell son of Jacob Shotwell
6. Jacob Shotwell son of Ralph Shotwell
7. Mary Ann (Shotwell) Kinman daughter of Jacob Shotwell
8. Daniel Shotwell Kinman son of Mary Ann (Shotwell) Kinman
9. Frederick Funston Kinman son of Daniel Shotwell Kinman
10. Freddie Eldon Kinman son of Frederick Funston Kinman
11. Kenneth Eldon Kinman son of Freddie Eldon Kinman
4. James Shotwell son of John Shotwell III
5. Clarkson Freeman Shotwell son of James Shotwell
6. George Washington Shotwell son of Clarkson Freeman Shotwell
7. Ivy (Shotwell) Atwood daughter of George Washington Shotwell
8. James Lincoln Atwood Sr son of Ivy Atwood
9. Esther (Atwood) Brown daughter of James L. Atwood Sr.
10. Toni (Sain) Barnes daughter of Esther Brown
11. Summer (Binkley) Orman daughter of Toni Barnes
4. Sarah Shotwell daughter of John Shotwell III
4. Elizabeth (Shotwell) Clayton daughter of John Shotwell III
4. Mary (Shotwell) Stevens daughter of John Shotwell III
4. Hugh Shotwell son of John Shotwell III
4. Martha (Shotwell) Osborn daughter of John Shotwell III
4. William Shotwell son of John Shotwell III
4. Isaiah Shotwell son of John Shotwell III

Member Submitted Lineage

This section is for other WikiTree members who have submitted their information to our study, but it needs more information to connect directly to the study:

James Schmelt

  • John Shotwell
  • Kate Shotwell, daughter of John Shotwell
  • Byron Twist Webb Sr (1940 - ), child of Kate Shotwell
  • Byron Twist Webb Jr (1965 - ), son of Byron Twist Webb Sr
  • James Martin Schmelt (Webb) - son of Byron Twist Webb Jr

Favorite Shotwell Research Resources

Family Line for Abraham Shotwell, all Descendants

  • This new Wikitree tool, can be found on your own profiles, pull down menu "Family List" from top. Just to illustrate, this link to tool, shows Family List for Abraham Shotwell b 1625, with more than 3200 Wikitree descendants. (Insert 15 generations, and select descendants, sorted by LNAB). Among Abraham's Grandchildren, Sarah Shotwell Smith has the largest number of descendants. You will see a number of Private and Unlisted Profiles among descendants.Try it for your own research.

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  1. Shotwell Family Crest
  2. Source Citation Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Register of Marriages, Births and Deaths, 1687-1871; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR Ph:547
  3. Annals of our Colonial Ancestors, Genealogical Register of the Shotwell Family in America Ambrose M Shotwell; 1895. Robert Smith & Co., Printers And Binders, Lansing, Mich. several sections, material p81-85

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Marty and Kenneth, You may notice me going through and making corrections to categories. I was contacted by the categorization leader and instructed how to properly do the categories. So, I'm going through and doing them myself. You guys don't have to do it, I will take care of all of it myself...since I created the mess, I'll clean it up!  :D
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
You can add her now Marty if you need to. You don't have to wait for the other to be fixed, just make notes in the bio. If you need to make any important notes in profiles you can always change the text color or using a text box. Look at the very bottom of this page under a new heading "tips and tricks" and i'll show you won't work in a comment.
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
My glance at the array of shotwell profiles makes me think that there isn't one for the #2 Elizabeth who is daughter of Abraham.

So when Shotwell-20 is repaired with new parents then new Elizabeth can be added to Abraham Shotwell.

posted by Marty Ormond
if you look at Shotwell-20 you will see that I have identified the individual who is listed below on this page as #1 Profiles to add.

I contacted the managers of profile and gave them encouragement to take off the incorrect parents and place her with correct parents. Feel free to add your own recommendation.


posted by Marty Ormond
Guys, don't forget, we should be adding the name study category to all Shotwell profiles!
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman

no profile yet for Smith Shotwell, correct birthdate,, a grandson of John III & Grace. His parents were William Shotwell-280, and Eliz Pound-423. see this image William Shotwell

william's family moved to Thorold. Pelham Co just 15 miles or so on the Canadian side of Niagara NY. They must have been established befor the War of 1812 broke out, when the british & canadians waged some significant battles thru that area particularly Lakes Erie, Ontario, and the borders of US and Canada. These were Quaker families but the King's troops again were very active with the Indians. Smith Shotwell stayed in this Canadian township based on shotwell book. Smith & wife Mary had 10 children, several of whom moved to Kansas.

posted by Marty Ormond
I just found this, it popped up in my ancestry hints. New person!!!!!
Name: Smith Shotwell
Birth Date: 29 May 1787
Birth Date on Image: 29 Fifth 1787
Birth Place: Union, New Jersey
Father: William Shotwell
Mother: Elizabeth Pound Shotwell
Event Type: Birth
Monthly Meeting:Rahway and Plainfield
Reference: Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Births 1705-1901 Deaths -1705-1908 Marriages, 1712-1885; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR Ph:660 Reference
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
Hey Kenneth, I just noticed that you and I both derive from the 7th generation of Shotwells, and both from Shotwell daughters. Ha!!
posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman
I added my line to the Shotwell family lineage. I was also going to add the other children of John Shotwell III (Generation 4), but first I am wondering if it would be best to list those children in chronological order. Or does it matter?
posted by Kenneth Kinman
Hi Marty,

Thanks cousin! Unfortunately I have so much else going on right now that I haven't had time to continue. I'll get to it one day!!!  :D

posted by Summer (Binkley) Orman

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