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David Shipley (#47026920)
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OCT 2014 Update: Due to our family size and dynamic with four little ones and our fifth on the way, the permanent situation is that I have sparse time for Find A Grave compared to when I first created my profile. Nevertheless, I will continue to exploit pockets of time as they become available to do profile updates, corrections, research, etc. Thank you meanwhile for your patience!

If you are interested in attending the Shipley Family Reunion which is held every two years at the end of July near Chehalis, WA, please leave a message on my profile and I will contact you with info. Our next reunion is Summer 2016.


David G. Shipley, Jr.,
son of
David G. Shipley Sr.(m. Barbara ----),
son of
Dwight M. Shipley (m. Helen Zook),
son of
Warren L. Shipley (m. Deffie Dawson),
son of
John G. Shipley (m. Anna Marie Haight),
son of
Thomas B. Shipley (m. Mary Gregg),
son of
Amos Shipley (m. Mary "Polly" Boyd),
son of
Abel Shipley (m. Lucy Farley),
son of
John Shipley Jr. (m. Elizabeth Boyden),
son of
Capt John Sheple (m. Lydia Lakin (Sheple) (Boyden)),
son of
John Sheple (m. Susannah Wheeler),
son of
John Sheple (m. Ann ?), immigrant from Failsworth, England aboard The Primrose, 1635.

Besides being descended...

Married to Kiara L. Shipley of Maryland.
Father of:
Aythan Zane Shipley
Ravenna Kiara Shipley
Lilya June Shipley
Weston Thurin Shipley

Graduate of Dallas Baptist University (English, 1996) and Oregon State University (Environmental Science, 2006).

Fond of antique toasters, black liquorice, coffee 'black as midnight on a moonless night', the Graveyard Poets, gothic literature, old books, Africa (visited Kenya, May 2008), The Bible, archaeology, economics, cemeteries (Emily Brontė eat your heart out), waterfalls, the Ocean, black basalt, obsidian, corvids, pronghorn, highland desert, and the NFL Patriots.

A 21-leaf collection of incunabula (the first typeset manuscript pages from pre-1500) can be found under my name at the Portland State University library.

I did my first grave rubbing when I was only seven years old of Joseph and Virginia Meek at the Old Scotch Church Graveyard in Hillsboro, Oregon.

About My FIND A GRAVE Contributions:

Analysis, research and scrutiny are my strongest skills and I will use them to perpetually maintain any profile which I manage. I am readily open to suggestions for corrections, but I might take time to verify facts and may ask for sources. Occasionally personal discernment or firsthand knowledge about the information contained in records (note: they are not foolproof, as my Grandmother's birth certificate exemplifies) may prevent some requests for changes; please respect if I decide not to make the change and I'll do my best to explain why. Also, I am a full-time father so my children receive my attention first. But if you haven't heard back in about 14 days, try contacting me again. Sometimes email just gets forgotten in the barrage of life.

Finally, I view creations on Find A Grave as a collaborative effort and am happy to transfer any profile unrelated to me or to a person more closely related than I am, even if outside of FAQ transfer request boundaries. I am not possessed by a lust for numbers (ie, "hoarding"), nor am I interested in marking territory or other ownership politics which is a horrid dishonor to these dead. But I am interested in lovingly and respectfully helping to create rich memorials that **everyone** can share and benefit from. So in honor of this collaborative and community spirit, I intend to keep my ownership numbers low and hope to transfer as many profiles over to better hands as possible for which I lack time or sufficient information to maintain, and hope others here will follow this example. I'd rather see someone worthily manage ONE memorial than create 10,000 records with barely any information and then refuse to transfer them to someone who will. Memorial managers are just as legitimate as photographers and transcribers, and not everyone has all resources or capabilities to do everything. In some cases here, there is hefty credit being claimed for "how much work" it takes to create profiles, when really scant data is just being easily copied from original lists that really took hard work to create by USGenWeb, etc.,. While this is still vitally helpful for others in locating graves, others may be better deserving of the credit; and please be willing to do "teamwork transfers" for folks trying to do "extensive updates". While it can take mere seconds to create a profile, it can take hours to do the footwork for a photo, and months or years to research and robustly memorialize a person in their profile.

On that note, any photo I upload I consider public domain and anyone may use or alter (unless it is ALREADY attributed to someone else whom I gained permission from...please contact them too first). I'm not looking for credit! My reward is personal and elsewhere, and I'm not so insecure as to need it here, no matter how many hours of records research, footwork, or gallons of gas it took to make the contribution--that's what makes me a 'volunteer'.

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Thomas Murray
RE: Harriet Jane Davenport
Hello again:

I have added the photos to complete the grave sites you requested.

Just in passing, the 2 years I have been doing genealogy have benefited my knowledge of history in general, and I now know more about Londonderry History just in those last 2 years than the other 34 I have been living here. (Willey's has helped significantly-there is an original copy in the archives in Londonderry)
You have quite an historical influence here in town, and to mention just one, the newest over 55 home development is simply named "The Nevins". There are many other names too numerous to mention, but please let me know if I can help. I can appreciate the cost of Ancestry. Fortunately my son gives me a subscription each year for my birthday, but the expense does not go unnoticed.

Just one final mystery for me--do you know why the Shipley graveyard was renamed Valley Cemetery?

All for now,
Added by Thomas Murray on Nov 21, 2014 4:16 PM
Memories of You
RE: Robert Gregg, Valley Cemetery, Londonderry NH
No problem! I figured Willey could have easily been wrong as you, but you would know. Glad to help. :)
Added by Memories of You on Nov 21, 2014 3:57 PM
Thomas Murray
RE: Harriet Jane Davenport
Let me know when you are ready and if you need to correspond by a private email?

Added by Thomas Murray on Nov 18, 2014 4:57 PM
Thomas Murray
Harriet Jane Davenport

I was able to locate her resting place along with her husband Eddie H (1869-1943) and presumably their child Nevins Davenport(1909-1975).
Let me know the applicable Find-A-Grave memorials you would like these photos added to. At your leisure.

Tom Murray
Added by Thomas Murray on Nov 15, 2014 11:38 AM
Thanks so much!
I just discovered your great history accompanying Lydia Browne Lakin and wanted to extend my gratitude to you.

all the best!
Added by beegolden on Aug 25, 2014 6:46 AM
RE: Photo of Shipleys, Springfield Cemetery
The third stone reads, "MARGARET SHIPLEY/ DIED MARCH 18, 1903".

This burial was not picked up by John P. O'Connor because it is not recorded in the Cemetery's Lot Diagrams (his source). The Burial Records, however, indicate that "Margaret S. Irwin" was buried in that lot (Monument Ave., Lot # 2397, Head north) on March 21, 1903 (Burial # 9349, Bk04_9841). This is Margaret Shipley Irwin, age 32-01-19, b. Southbridge, MA, daughter of Stephen P. Irwin, Jr. & Elizabeth N. Weeks. Margaret Shiplet Irwin was the niece of Margaret H. (Weeks) Shipley.

Go ahead and create a memorial for Margaret; I'll post a picture of the gravestone.
Added by OnlyMe on Aug 20, 2014 2:27 PM
RE: Photo of Shipleys, Springfield Cemetery
Yes, I see. I will get to the Cemetery today, if it stops raining. There is no third grave indicated in the Cemetery's lot diagram...nor is there a third Shipley for that lot in the Index Cards. The first grave occupied was Joseph Shipley. Margaret was buried next (after she died, of course).

I, too, am curious about the third stone!

The original photo requests were made by Pat [Patricia Gilliland] Devoti, of St. Louis, MO (, Find A Grave # 46850834). Only the graves of Margaret and Joseph were requested. The third stone was not linked or known at that time.

A copy of Index Cards, Lot Diagram and Deed can be emailed to you, if you'd like.

Added by OnlyMe on Aug 17, 2014 2:37 AM
And I'm not religious, but in that context, I wholeheartedly agree with your priorities as stated in your bio, which I stumbled upon via an upload of common interest.

Philip in NYC
Added by pkarchs on Jul 09, 2014 4:05 AM
Michelle Z. Mosgrove
Leslie Maynard Zook INQUIRY
Hello, In interested in finding out any information about Leslie Maynard Zook Sr and his son Leslie M Zook Brown. I am trying to do ancestry charts for my grandchildren whose great grandfather was Leslie M Zook Brown. The best records I have found are from your site, listing Evelyn as Zook Sr.'s first wife and the three boys. My son-in-law has only a very sketchy background about his grandfather, Leslie Maynard Zook Jr. Brown. He actually was told that he was 1/2 Native American Indian. We were able to establish Cherokee heritage on his maternal grandmother's side. The information and Census records from do not record any Native American Heritage from the paternal Zook side. However, that is not uncommon considering American History. The relatives that knew his grandfather Zook jr. Brown and Zook Sr. said they were hard men to know and didn't share much about them. Any information would be appreciated. Sincerely, Michelle
Added by Michelle Z. Mosgrove on May 23, 2014 8:45 PM
Randy Pierce
RE: Mary Pierce Lund, Walton Cemetery

A belated thank you for the connection made. I have managed to find the Pierce lines with a pretty good accuracy rate until I get into the late 1600's. If I can help link anything else for you, please let me know. My tree is running just about 22,000 names in it presently.

Added by Randy Pierce on Apr 29, 2014 10:17 PM
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