Levi Shuck was born 21 September 1817 at Shelby County, Kentucky and died 4 October 1894 at Hurricane Township, Lincoln County, Missouri. He was son of Cornelius Shuck and grandson of Andrew Shuck (ca 1733-1803) of Kentucky (Shelby/Henry County, Kentucky). He migrated to Pike County, Missouri about 1839 as he is listed there in the 1840 census with his wife and two sons under age 5 (James and Cornelius)*. (One would expect that migration to such a distant frontier location would have taken place in spring or very early summer.)
Eliza Kitson was born 15 October 1819 in Kentucky (probably Shelby or Henry County) and died 28 January 1878 at Lincoln County, Missouri. She was daughter of James Kitson (est 1791-?) and Elizabeth "Eliza" Shuck (1793-1873). Levi and Eliza were married 20 March 1838 at Henry County, Kentucky.
In 1973, Ida Dawson Richards Shuck (Mrs. Arthur L.) prepared The Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson Family history. The family data has been incorporated into the Larry G. Shuck book and the Andrew Shuck Descendants files. The following section contains the text of the introduction as it was originally written with a brief addendum.
Levi Shuck's obituary has been found. The source is uncited but likely the Troy Free Press, issue published 12 October 1894.
Amazingly, a photo of Eliza Kitson Shuck (1819-1878) has been found:
Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson were buried at the Smith Cemetery in Lincoln County, Missouri. As of 2001, the cemetery was in poor and abandoned condition, but their tombstone was found and photographed along with that of their daughter-in-law Ellen Agnes Smith Shuck. These photos are online at the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site at: Smith Cemetery I More information on this website at: site at: Lincoln County Cemeteries: Smith Cemetery I
Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson had a family Bible and copies of the birth, marriage and death pages have been obtained; see: Family Bible of Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson
Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson had ten children, six of whom married and had children. One child died in infancy: John Marion (1860-1861); one died as a child: Nancy Margarett (1854-1859); and two died as teenagers: Andrew (1851-1870) and Martha Susan (1857-1873).
Five children raised families in Lincoln County, Missouri: Cornelius Shuck (1840-1928), William Shuck (1842-1931), Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shuck (1847-1928) (married William M. Brown, Richard Stewart and William Reneau), Mary Jane Shuck (1849-1922) (married Daniel R. Watts), and Sarah Isabelle "Belle" Shuck (1863-1934) (married George Washington Smith).
A photograph was taken ca. 1925 of the four surviving children:
Obituaries for the five children and spouses at Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson children obituaries
Obituaries of various Shuck's, spouses and descendants. Includes descendants of the Levi Shuck and Eliza Kitson Family.
The first child of Levi and Eliza, son James B. Shuck (1839-1903) apparently moved around quite a bit. Ida Shuck did not have information about him or descendants, other than the notation: "They went to Kokomo, Indiana". James B. Shuck was born 1839 in Shelby Co., Kentucky; in 1850 was living with parents Levi and Eliza at Lincoln Co. (age 12); married 1859 at Shelby Co. to Edna A. "Edny" Moore; in 1860 Shelby Co. KY US Census (pg. 081) James (age given as 22) living with Edna in HH of her parents Jonathan Moore and Elizabeth; lived in Missouri (Lincoln Co.?) from about 1865-1872; apparently migrated to Tipton Co. Indiana about 1875 (where other descendants of Andrew Shuck were living); and by 1878-1880 was back living in Shelby Co. Kentucky where he was listed in the 1880 census. Sometime after 1880, he went to Howard County, Indiana and lived at Russiaville, Kokomo and Alexandria. Kokomo is in Howard County, which adjoins Tipton County. There were other Shuck cousins in that area.
(Note that this James B. Shuck is DIFFERENT from James Benton Shuck (1823-1918) who was born at Shelby Co., KY and died at Tipton Co., Indiana.)
The obituaries of James and Edna have been found: James died at Alexandria 2 March 1903: Edna died at Kokomo March 30, 1897 at age 55. Their son Edwin L. died 21 Feb 1897 at Kokomo. See James B. Shuck (1839-1903) and family
Levi and Eliza's children Andrew, Nancy Margaret, Martha Susan and John Marion died as children or young adults, without descendants.
Photos of gravestones of some descendants and allied families who are buried in Lincoln County are online at the Lincoln County, Missouri USGenWeb site at: Oakridge Cemetery
Levi's brother Elijah married 24 MAY 1842 at Lincoln Co. MO to Lucinda Palmer. Elijah and his family were listed in the 1850 census at Henry Co. KY, but returned to Lincoln Co. MO as they were listed in the 1860 census at Lincoln Co. Four children; nothing further on daughters Nancy (1849-) or Jane (1851-)
Dr. Arthur L. Shuck (1900-1983) brief biography (William Lee-5, William-4, Levi-3, Cornelius-2, Andrew-1) (Husband of Ida Richards Shuck)
Includes transcriptions and links to tombstone photos of cemeteries where the above Shuck's and some of their descendants are buried.
Includes links to Clarence Cannon's 1955 history of the town, research information and websites.
Mariah Caroline (Shuck) Flint & Martha Ann (Shuck) Cage Daughters of Edward Young Shuck
Mariah Caroline (Shuck) Flint, Her Daughters & Others Daughter and granddaughter of Edward Young Shuck
Some Shuck's were present in various other Missouri counties from 1850 to 1900 and after, but I do not currently have information connecting them to any of the known lines.
1860 United States Federal Census Shuck, Levi State: Missouri Year: 1860 County: Lincoln County Record Type: Federal Population Schedule Township: Hurricane Township Page: 489 Ancestry.Com Image 63 1483 1363 Levi Shuck 42 M Farmer 4000 1050 KY Eliza 41 F KY Cornelius 20 M Farmer MO William 18 M Farmer KY Elizabeth 16 F Farmer MO Mary J. 12 F MO Martha S. 11 F MO Andrew 10 M MO John 1/12 M MOSo it looks like the family went to Missouri 1839/1840 (probably spring 1840), went back to Kentucky for a while about 1842, and then returned to Missouri.
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