The Shank, Shoup, Patterson, and Brandon Families


The George Shank and Nancy Fursh Family

George Shank and Nancy Fursh Shank were both Pennsylvania natives. George was born in 1786 and Nancy in 1793. The 1850 census lists George was a laborer, while the 1860 census shows his occupation as a tailor. They had at least six children, including sons Martin (b. 1815), George (b. 1817), John (b. 1828), Samuel (b. 1830), and two daughters, one who married John A. Baer, and the other Miss Sarah A. Shank (b. 1834).

Martin became a carpenter and married a woman named Catherine. Together they had two children John N. and Ida M. Shank. Martin and his family lived close to his father George most of his life.

Son George married a woman named Amanda J. at an unknown time. He enlisted in Altoona, Pa. with Co. D of the 115th regiment Pennsylvania volunteers during the Civil war. He served between December 1861 and January 1863 as a 2nd Lieutenant. In 1882 while working in an ore mine he contracted a heavy head cold and went deaf for the rest of his life. He received a Civil War pension due to a catarrh in his head and general disability. In the 1890's he lived in Olivia, Blair County, Pa. George died in November, 1895. George and Amanda J. are buried at the Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark, Pa. George Sr. died in 1868. His wife Nancy was still living at that time. It is unknown where they are buried.


John Shank and Rebecca Shoup

John Shank (1828-1914) was born in Warrior's Mark, the son of George Shank and Nancy Fursh. When a young man John learned the wagon maker trade, an occupation he followed his entire working life. On September 9, 1851 John married Rebecca Shoup.

Rebecca Shoup Shank (1835 - 1916) was born in the Warrior's Mark valley. Her father, John Shoup, and her mother were also Pennsylvania natives. This establishes the Shoup family in the state around 1800. The 1850 census lists a John Shoup, 63 years old, farmer, with an 18 year old female Emeline Shoup and a 6 year old Isabella Chilcote. It is not known if this is Rebecca's father.

John and Rebecca had four children including Clara (b.1852), Lucy W. (b.1854), Mary (b.1856), and Ellen or Ella (1865-1950). Either Clara or Mary married Mr. Edward C. Rowe of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ella married Frank Naginey and lived in Bellfonte, Pennsylvania. Frank made a living as a furniture merchant.

Between 1860 and 1887 the family lived in Warriors Mark, Huntingdon County, where John was a wagon and carriage maker. In October 1887 John and Rebecca moved to Bellefonte, Centre County, where John continued his trade for a number of years. Both John and Rebecca were members of the Methodist church. After John's retirement they shared a house with their daughter Ella and her husband Frank Naginey. They were married for sixty-two years when John died in 1914 of exhaustion and advanced age. They are both buried in the Union Cemetery, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.


Lucy Winifred Shank

(1854 - 1932)

Lucy Shank was born in Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Rebecca Shank. Lucy Shank married J. (John) Irvin Patterson in Warriors Mark in December 1879. They lived with Lucy's parents for the first ten months of their marriage. The 1880 census lists Irvin as a butcher and Lucy as a home maker, both living with the Shanks.

In late 1880 Lucy and Irvin set up their own household in Warriors Mark. In late October, 1881, the two moved to Saxton, Pennsylvania, about forty miles to the south. In Saxton they set up house and kept some boarders. Among their boarders was a man named Robert Hare Powel, who ran a company (RHP Sons & Co.) and employed another one of their boarders.

Their first son, John Shank Patterson, was born in September, 1880 and died just over two years later. They had a second child, Robert Hare Powell Patterson, born in December, 1881. He was named after their boarder, Robert Hare Powel, who died while they lived in Saxton. Lucy discovered the chronic drinking habits of her husband Irvin after they set up housekeeping in Warriors Mark in 1880. In divorce papers filed in 1884 she states:

"He was addicted to liquor at that time - just shortly after we were married he commenced drinking. He drank to excess. I don't know of a day from the time we went to housekeeping - or for six months before that he had more or less liquor.

When under the influence of liquor he treated me cruelly and used harsh and profane language to me. Sometime shortly before Christmas in 1880 while we were still living in Warriors Mark, he came in one evening in an abrupt manner and spoke that he wanted me to quit contrarying him, and at the same time drew a revolver from his pocket. He held the revolver toward me. I asked him to give it to me. I saw he was drunk at the time. He turned away and I had gone out and he then begged me to come back. He said the revolver was broken and I knew no better till I still pled with him to give it to me. I was much frightened until I had the revolver in my own hands and was convinced that it was broken..."

Lucy described Irvin's behavior during the last three years of their marriage as "so cruel and barbarous as to endanger my life." In April 1882 Irvin struck her several times over a dispute about a bottle of wine. A boarder with the Pattersons in Saxton described Irvin as a habitual drunkard. More testimony can be found in the divorce case papers. Lucy and Irvin broke up in September 1883, with Lucy moving back to Warriors mark, and Irvin spending time in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Divorce proceedings were started in early 1884, and completed in June, 1884.

Lucy remarried George B. Brandon on March 10, 1892 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. After their marriage they moved to Carlisle, Cumberland County, Pa. around 1894 and lived there through 1900. They had one daughter Winifred Lucy Brandon in 1895. Sometime after 1900 they moved to Honesdale, Pa. The 1900 Census states that Lucy was the mother of three children, two of which were still living in 1900 (the first died when two years old).

Lucy's husband George Brandon died in January 1908. Lucy moved the short distance to Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1909 or 1910. She lived with her son Robert H.P. Patterson and her step son George N. Brandon. Her daughter Winifred stayed behind with her sister and husband Frank and Ella Naginey as legal guardians. Later in her life Lucy she lived with her daughter Winifred. Her granddaughter Jean Nisbet and also Mary Marsh remember her as a lovely woman, and they enjoyed spending time with her. She died after a brief illness in Scranton in 1932. Diabetes was a contributing factor.


The Patterson Family

Samuel and Rachel Patterson

Samuel Patterson was born in 1826 in Pennsylvania. Samuel married Rachel Fisher circa 1850. Rachel was born in Pennsylvania in 1831. The 1860 census shows their family living in Franklin Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. The census lists the occupation of Samuel as a foundryman. Samuel and Rachel had eleven children including John Irvin (b. 1851), George M. (b. 1853), Andrew J.(b. 1855), Anna G. (Annie) Patterson (b. 1859), S. Dorsey (b. 1866), R. Milton (b. 1870), as well as Mary, Jennie (2), and Allison, birth dates unknown. Four daughters married and became Mrs. Annie Mattern, Mrs. Mary Davis, Mrs. Jennie Whippo, and Mrs. Jennie Miller.

The 1850 census lists a Thomas and Catherine Patterson family with a son Samuel, 27 years old in Huntingdon County.. Because the birth dates do not match (Samuel should have been 24 in 1850), and the fact that Samuel already owned his own property in 1848, suggest that this is probably not his father's family. The Franklin Township tax records show him listed 1848-1852, 1854-1867, and 1869-1874. The records show that he owned at one time or another, one or two cows, one horse, and one buggy. Samuel died in June, 1896. The 1900 census lists Rachel Patterson living in a rented home with her two sons S. Dorsey and R. Milton Patterson, both day laborers. The census states that eight of her eleven children were still living, and that her father was born in Germany, and her mother in Pennsylvania. Rachel died in December, 1901. Samuel and Rachel are buried in the Burket Cemetery, Warrior's Mark, Pennsylvania.


John Irvin Patterson

(1851 - 1891)

John Irvin Patterson was born in 1851, the son of Samuel and Rachel Patterson. He signed his name J. Irvin Patterson, and was known as Irvin. J. Irvin married Lucy W. Shank on December 23, 1879 in Warriors Mark. The 1880 census lists Irvin's occupation as a butcher. In 1881 Irvin and Lucy moved to Saxton, Pa. Irvin and Lucy had two sons, John Shank Patterson, who died at age two, and Robert Hare Powell Patterson.

Irvin was a chronic alcoholic and was abusive to his wife Lucy. One time a boarder with the Patterson's in Saxton took Irvin to an inebriate asylum in Philadelphia where Irvin promised to stay for two months. After staying only ten days Irvin was back in Saxton and within a week back to his constant drinking. Irvin and Lucy were divorced in June, 1884. After their divorce Irvin sent letters to Lucy from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and probably never lived again in the Warriors Mark area.

Irvin died in Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania in January 1891. The Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, Pa. of Wednesday January 21, 1891 under Warriors Mark News states "The funeral of J. Irvin Patterson last Saturday afternoon was largely attended. He was a former resident of our town and had many friends who were sorry to hear of his sudden death. J. Irvin Patterson, as well as his youngest son, John Shank Patterson were buried in the Burket Cemetery, Warriors Mark.


George Bowman Brandon


George B. Brandon was born in Limerick, Ireland to unknown Irish parents. Around 1850, at only seven years of age, he emigrated to the United States and settled in New Jersey. George enlisted in Company C, 6th regiment of the New Jersey Volunteers to fight in the Civil War on August 9, 1861 at the young age of eighteen. He served as a drummer with the fifers and drummers. He was discharged when the unit was disbanded on September 7, 1864.

George married Amelia Burgen in Jersey City, N.J. in 1869. Amelia was born in New York state around 1843. They had two children including George Nevin Brandon (1873-1911) and Mary Emma Brandon (1876). Son George N. was a musician (organist) and toward the end of his life lived in Scranton, Pa. Daughter Mary Emma was still living in 1898. Amelia died in February 1881 in Jersey City, and was buried there. Civil War pension papers state his occupation as a seaman. The 1880 Census lists his profession as stewart (probably meant to be steward). George stood five feet three inches tall, had blue eyes, with a light complexion and light hair.

After Amelia's death George moved to Pennsylvania and met Lucy Shank Patterson (not necessarily in that order). George remarried to Lucy in March 1892 in Bellefonte. They moved to Carlisle where they had one daughter, Winifred Lucy Brandon, in February 1895. In 1895 a doctor examined George for an invalid pension statement and stated he could not perform manual labor due to a hernia and a crippled right hand. They later moved to Honesdale, Pennsylvania, northeast of Scranton sometime in the early 1900's. George was a hotel keeper later in life, and is so listed in the 1900 census. At that time he and Lucy had five borders, one employee, and one servant at that time. George died of apoplexy (sudden death or stroke) in January 1908 in Honesdale, and was buried in Bellefonte.


Winifred Lucy Brandon


Winifred was the only child of Lucy W. Shank and George B. Brandon. When George died in January 1908 her legal guardianship was assigned to Frank Naginey, husband to her mother's sister. She received a pension due to her father's service in the Civil War for approximately three years until she was sixteen years old. Winifred married Charles F. Ward. They had no children. Winifred worked for a furrier in Scranton. Later she moved to New York City and worked for several large department stores. She along with everyone else in this Shank / Brandon section is buried at the Union Cemetery in Bellfonte, Pennsylvania.