DATES:  John was born ca. 1764 in VA. He died 7 Mar 1837 in Wayne Co. OH.

MARRIAGES: Mehetable about 1793.

HISTORY: It is unproven if John was born in America or what his origins were. He did live enter the Ohio territory about 1805 and by 1810 farmed  around Lake Fork in Wayne Co. OH until his death in 1837. (The area where John farmed and owned a sawmill became a part of Ashland Co. when it was formed from Wayne Co. in 1846.) John and his family ultimately settled along the Jerome Fork of the Jerome River in Mohican Township, Wayne County.

Mehetable died 2 Nov 1849. Mehetable is buried in the Attica Venice Township Joint Cemetery in Attica, Venice Township, Seneca County, Ohio. It is unknown why Mehetable was in this area, if family lived there, or if she was in transit with a son on his way to the Indiana region where other siblings were living at the time. Her son Joseph is thought to have sold his farm in Wayne Co. in 1849 and appeared in Porter Co., Indiana by 1850.

CHILDREN of John and Mehitable Shinabarger:

  1. Jacob Shinabarger born ca. 1794.
  2. John H. Shinabarger born 1 April 1799.
  3. James S. Shinabarger born 24 August 1801.
  4. Joseph C. Shinabarger born 2 April 1808.
  5. Susanna Shinabarger born ca. 1797.
  6. Mary Shinabarger born ca. 1805.
  7. Nancy Shinabarger born ca. 1809.
  8. Rebecca Shinabarger born 2 January 1811.


  • Pat says:

    Excellent information, thank you so much for contributing. The early family researchers leaned toward Mehetable being linked to the Murdock family, possible a daughter or sister. The 1820 – 21 March John “Shineberry” married Matilde Murdock in Wayne Co. OH. was attributed to John Shinabarger Jr. However, in spite of their research proving wrong, they would be jumping with joy to confirm that it was John Sr. who married Mehetable in 1820. Showing Mehetable and her first husband, Daniel Murdock, were the parents of Elizabeth who marries James S. Shinabarger and Sibbel Ann who marries James Huff. This explains why James Huff was called a son-in-law and was such a close friend of the Shinabargers and played a part in John Sr. Will.

    This also means the search continues for the woman that married John in VA before 1794, came to Ohio with him and their 7 children. It is likely she died after the birth of her last daughter, Rebecca, in 1811. Names to watch: Mariah, Mary, Hannah, Nancy?
    Kind regards,

  • Jean Mulhern says:

    Mehetable Crofoot/Crawford Murdock/Murdick Shinebarger was John’s second wife, married in Wayne County, Ohio in early 1820. Her first husband was Dan W. Murdock, who died about 1818, Richland Co., Ohio or Mohican Twp. I have DNA links through the Crofoot line and my great great grandmother was a daughter of Alva Murdick, son of Dan Murdock and Mehetable. Thus the search is on for the name and dates for John’s first wife from Virginnia, who likely died in Mohican Twp. between 1811 (birth of her last daughter and 1820 ( remarriage of her husband, documented in two different Wayne Co. Marriage Record books with garbled spellings).

  • Pat says:

    Also, FYI, DNA results are appearing to connect the John Shinabarger family with that of the Jacob Shinaberry (1760) family of West Virginia/Virginia. Several cousins of these families match via autosomal DNA and Y-DNA is showing that these two families may have shared a grandparent. There is also a male descended from the Michael Shinaberry 1773 family who has tested who appears to also share an ancestor with these men. The Michael Shanabarger 1745 family also is testing Y-DNA and appears to indicate a shared ancestor. It has been long conjectured that these similar spelling surnames were related and Y-DNA is indicating this is true. It remains a mystery who their common ancestor might have been.

  • Jack Pantry says:

    I don’t know how far down the line your husband is, nor did you give his name, but there is a lot of information on Find a Grave on Susanna and Abraham Blue, and their 6 children: John, Frederick, Mahala Frances, Peter S., Hannah Ann, and Eliza Jane. Peter S. was the only son that had any children (12). Mahala Frances had 11 Banning children. Mary Frances had 6 Vance children, but only 3 reached adulthood.

  • Annette says:

    My husband is a descendant of Susannah Shinneberry/Shinnsberry (various spellings of her maiden name appear in the records) and I was wondering if you had any information that would ‘prove’ or disprove our connection. We believe that she is the daughter of John & Mehitable. Susannah married Abraham Blue in Mohican Twp, Wayne County, Ohio.
    Cambria is lovely!

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