Our Shawgo line can be traced back to Nicholas (pending more proof)(1) and Peggy, who lived in Montgomery County, New York. One researcher states that Nicholas came to America from Holland or Germany after the American Revolution, but I have no documentation on this.(2) There is no documentation for Nicholas in 1810, but Peggy is listed as head of household with 5 children: George Ellsworth, Peter, Catherine, John, and Conrad, from whom we descend.(3) Nicholas then shows up in the 1820 Montgomery County, New York census and it is unclear why he is not associated earlier with Peggy.(4)
Conrad was a farmer and a shoemaker, and married a first wife, name unknown, and then married Margaret Smith.(5) They had 5 children: Salina, James, George W., Julia, and John Conrad, from whom our family descends. Census information indicates He lived in Cattaraugus Co, New York in 1830 and Mercer Co., at Volant Nee Shawnee Creek, between Newcastle and Mercer, Pa in 1840; then in 1870 Pa census Conrad is 61 years old and living in Sandy Creek Township, Venango County, Pa.(5).
John Conrad Shawgo was born in March of 1851 in Pennsylvania. He appears in the 1870 census with father Conrad at Sandy Creek, Franklin Post Office, Venango Co., Pa. (6) He married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Haggerty in 1874. They had 8 children: George Elias, Mary Loduskey (known by my father as “Aunt Duss”, Ellener Matilda, Sarah Esther, William Marsdon, Ida, and Hannah Elizabeth, my great-grandmother. John died August 29, 1923 and is buried in the Franklin Cemetery with his wife Elizabeth who died January 3, 1944 (have photo).
Hannah Elizabeth Shawgo was born in 1875 in Franklin, Pa. She married Henry Wilt McCoy in 1895, and they had 9 children: Merle Leroy (Bill), Cecil Glenn (Bowse), John, Lyle Wilkinson, Anna, Laura, Raymond (Pete), Robert Jackson, and Hazel Lucille, my grandmother. Around 1910 they moved to Dravosburg, Pa. Henry died on December 17, 1939. She re-married in 1943 to Ernest Rogers, and it is believed they lived in Franklin, Pa. Ernest died in 1944. In 1947 she married George W. Wagner, who died in 1957. Hannah also died in 1957 after a long illness (see obituary). She was buried in the Franklin, Pa cemetery alongside Henry McCoy.
- Census for New York, 1820, county: Montgomery, Roll: M33_63, Township: Johnstown Page 374, Image 247
- Nicholas Shawgo came to America from Holland or Germany after the American Revolution War and married Peggy. According to census records, in 1810 Peggy Shawgo, four sons and a daughter were living in Montgomery County, New York. The childrens’ names were George Ellsworth, Conrad, Peter, John and Catherine. Between 1840 and 1850 they left for Ohio, settling around Zanesville. (from Ancestry.com submission by Ted Cox (tdcox@earthlinkdotnet)
- Peggy Shawgo is listed as the Head of Household in the 1810 New York Census Index. The listing is as follows: Shawgo, Peggy, Montgomery Co. 003(page) 22000-10
- Nicholas Shawgo in NY 1820 census: Shawgo, Nicholas, NY Montgomery Co. Johnstown Page 374
- family tree files from Ellen Shawgo
- 1870 census for Venango Co, Pa (I have copy)