I am David F. METHENY, a 58 year old Computer Specialist, who works at Scott Air Force Base in Southern Illinois. Along with my wife of 39 years (Rita K. (COX) Metheny), we have developed a keen interest in tracing our Family roots. I have been tracing the METHENY line for almost ten years, and my maternal line SHEDELBOWER, for about the same amount of time. My wife Rita watching me search the Web, decided to find her roots in the COX, HAYDEN, SMITH line, Now it becomes a battle to see who gets the Computer first. The Metheny (Matheny) line go back in the USA to the mid 1600's (Daniel Mathena(y) - b. 1638 in England, d. Stafford County, VA, 14 Oct 1685). The Shedelbower line has been difficult to find prior to 1840, as they were emmigrants from Bavaria. Also the spelling has different variations as in those days few could write, and when they did, it was generally phonetically. Thus I have SHEDELBOWER, SHEDDLEBOUR, SCHEDELBAUR and a few more. I do know that my Great Grandfather Joseph was born in Jasper County Illinois in 1844, served in the Civil War (See my pages), and is buried in Jasper County, Ste Marie Cemetery. His father (Spelled Martin Schedelbaur) was listed in the 1850 census as a emmigrant from Bavaria. (Germany). So far that has been the stumbling block.
NOTE: .As I collect Family Information it will be added to the Linked Family History Pages. Each Name that has a Linked page is Highlited. Simply Click on the Name for Detailed Family Information. LINKED pages that have Pictures are marked ** I have also located the Federal Land records for the Surname METHENY/MATHENY in Jasper and Crawford County Illinois You can view the LAND RECORDS Here.
My lineage: DAVID F. METHENY ** - 11 Nov 1940, Son of Floyd L Metheny and (Anna Helena Shedelbower Metheny)
My Father: FLOYD LEE METHENY ** - 30 Nov 1907 (d. 20 Jan 1980), Son of Sylvester E. Metheny and (Maggie Francis Metheny).
My GrandFather: SYLVESTER URILEY METHENY ** - (1866 - 1954), Son of James P. Metheny and (Phoebe Wheeler Metheny).
My G-GrandFather: JAMES P. METHENY ** (1817 - 1899), Son of Benjamin F. Metheny and Sarah (??) Metheny.
My G-G-GrandFather: BENJAMIN F. METHENY ( 1791 - 1879) - 11th Child of Ensign James Metheny and Mary Lamayne Metheny).
NOTE: It appears that most of the decendents (sons, and grandsons of Ensign James who migrated to Illinois started using the 'E' Form of the name. METHENY, as all land records have them listed as Metheny.
My G-G-G-Grandfather: JAMES MATHENY (Ens) (1753 - 1832) - 2nd Child of William B. Matheny and Elizabeth Parker Matheny.
My G-G-G-G-Grandfather: WILLIAM B. MATHENY (1725 - 1800 ??) - Only son of James Matheny and wife Mary ??
My G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather: JAMES MATHENY (1701 - 1738) - The Third son of William Wentworth Matheny and his wife Frances Norgraves Matheny.
My G-G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather: WILLIAM WENTWORTH MATHENY (1666 - 1705) The son of Daniel Mathena(y) and his wife Sarah Wentworth Matheny.
My G-G-G-G-G-G-G-Grandfather: DANIEL MATHENA(Y) (1638 - 1685) The son of William and Elizabeth Mathena(y) of Canterbury, County of Kent, England
DAVID F. METHENY Married Rita K. (COX) Metheny 11 June 1960, Daughter of Clifford Cox and Laverne (Hayden) Cox.
DAVID F. METHENY, Son of Floyd L. Metheny and Anna Helena SHEDELBOWER from Robinson, Crawford County Illinois.
ANNA H. SHEDELBOWER **, b. 27 Nov. 1910, d. 18 Jan 1992, Daughter of Frank Joseph Shedelbower and Constance Allison Shedelbower.
FRANK JOSEPH SHEDELBOWER ** , (1882 - 1969) Son of Joseph Shedelbower and Mary Elizabeth Althaus Shedelbower.
JOSEPH SHEDELBOWER, (1844 - 1893), Son of Martin Schedelbaur who emmigrated from Bavaria around 1840.
My wife Rita Kay Cox (Metheny) is tracing her family genealogy, and the COX, HAYDEN and SMITH data is posted on her site. It can be found by Clicking HERE. Her site also has a photograph album that is full of pictures that follow her lines to the early 1800's. Visit there too!
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