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Nancy McCormick My Dad, Rauda Shell claimed both his grandparents, (which I'm assuming meant paternal since I have maternal Bennett/Kimbrall history into England going back to the 1700's) were half Seminole. That would be Newton Jasper Shell and Mary Jane Truitt. If the ancestor was a run away indentured servant and an immigrant and murdered a Seminole brave over a woman, he might just have lied about his place of birth on the census. There was little documentation except for family bibles back then. I have William Parks Shell as married to Jane A Wilkins on 1/22/52 and another wife as Nancy Melissa Cupp, haven't found date. My dad was on the run from the law when his sister Fannie lied about his age to get him into the navy, and he started going by "Schell" instead of Shell.

He exaggerated the truth, but I've found much fact in his stories. He told me he told me his name "Rauda" was Seminole for "Swift Water". He told me that he was put in reform school when he was 7 for ("accidentally" or "intentionally", depending on his mood when he told the story)shooting and killing an 11 year old boy because the older boy tried to take a quarter from him. His name is unusual and census records were hand written, so he is called "Randy" Shell in the 1910 census of Calhoun Co. Alabama, and listed as "Renda" Shell "inmate" on the Jefferson County Census of 1920. I am trying to find Charles Newton Shell's death certificate because he was 11 and my dad was 7 when Charles died, and my Dad mentioned all his brother and sisters except for Charlie.
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  • William 3.0%
  • James 2.8%
  • John 2.6%
  • Mary 1.8%
  • Robert 1.8%
  • Charles 1.7%
  • George 1.3%
  • Thomas 0.9%
  • Henry 0.8%
  • Samuel 0.7%
  • David 0.7%
  • Albert 0.7%
  • Joseph 0.6%
  • Walter 0.6%
  • Dorothy 0.5%
  • Ruth 0.5%
  • Harold 0.5%
  • Frank 0.5%
  • Richard 0.5%
  • Arthur 0.5%
  • Alfred 0.5%
  • Helen 0.5%
  • Paul 0.5%
  • Willie 0.5%
  • Margaret 0.5%
  • Carl 0.4%
  • Martha 0.4%
  • Elizabeth 0.4%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Clarence 0.4%
  • Roy 0.4%
  • J 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.4%
  • Edward 0.4%
  • Jack 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Kenneth 0.4%
  • Grace 0.3%
  • Donald 0.3%
  • Jacob 0.3%
  • Ernest 0.3%
  • Harris 0.3%
  • Daniel 0.3%
  • Shell 0.3%
  • Michael 0.3%
  • Mildred 0.3%
  • Thelma 0.3%
  • Ralph 0.3%
  • Earl 0.3%
  • Howard 0.3%

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