It is unconfirmed as to the origins of the first generation of Shinabargers on American soil. It is evident our ancestors immigrated from Germany well before the 1760s. DNA Y and autosomal testing has confirmed a strong connection to the John Shinaberry ca 1735-1807 and Mary Lyndon (unverified surname) family who relocated to Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio about the same time as Michael Shinaberry and John Shinabarger. DNA testing has matched many Shinaberry descendants with roots in Augusta, Rockingham, Pocahontas, Pendleton and Highland counties in Virginia/West Virginia. With the changing county boundaries and the carving of portions of western Virginia to form the new state of West Virginia in 1863, these counties are in the same general area.
It is almost certain that among the early families who settled this region lies the answer to our major questions: who was the father of John Shinabarger 1764 and who was the mother of John’s eight children? Surnames which DNA testing has disclosed include Barnes, Life, Trimble, and Peck. There is a very strong indication that John Shinabarger’s roots lie in this same area and among these settlers. If so, then the possible patriarchs of the “Dozen S” families may be Johann Jacob Schoenberger and Anna Margareta Roller.
June 2023 – I researched family history in Frederick County Virginia, Berkeley Co. West Virginia, Frederick Co. Maryland and York and Lancaster Pennsylvania. I concentrated on the surname Shinaberry and those allied families who married into our earliest generations. As previously learned, the Shinaberry, Shinabarger and Shanabarger families share a common ancestor. Searches pointed toward northern VA as a place to continue my search. This resulted in a “bingo” moment when John Shinabarger was found!
This research is a work in progress. New discoveries continue to be made that may confirm or change this family history. As of today, this is where our story stands. Read Latest on Patriarch for detailed research and information.
The summaries below are brief. They follow my Shinabarger line and do not discuss the research and DNA findings.
Shinabarger Family History:
EARLIEST GENERATION – JOHN SHINABARGER SR.
FIRST GENERATION – JOHN SHINABARGER
SECOND GENERATION – JACOB SHINABARGER
THIRD GENERATION – SIMON PETER SHINABARGER
FOURTH GENERATION – FRANKLIN ERNEST SHINABARGER
FIFTH GENERATION – RILEY ERNEST SHINABARGER
SIXTH GENERATION – VERA MAY SHINABARGER
SIXTH GENERATION – KENNETH ERNEST SHINABARGER
THE SHINABARGER FAMILY HISTORY
The Shinabarger Family History is no longer being published. You may access and download copies of the final 2018 edition here SHINABARGER FAMILY HISTORY BOOK – 2018