Amanda Hanshaw

                  ┌── George W. Hanshawc1784-?    
Amanda Hanshaw ───┤
B: c1837          │
D: ?              │
                  └── Nancy Agnes Hughes
M: Anthony Rock

Amanda Hanshaw     [ID 02436] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Amanda Hanshaw1,2 [Rachel Amanda Hanshaw1].

Born about 18371,2,3, Virginia1,2,3 [Ohio4].  

According to family folklore, Rachel was full or part Shawnee Indiana5 (although she was not noted as non-white in census records).2  She was from just outside of Portsmouth, Ohio, from the part of the Ohio River settlement once known as "Shawneetown."5  Her appearance was apparently quite "full blooded."5  

She married Anthony Rock, 1858, Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio.1,6  Anthony was born about 18303 [about 1825'4], New York3 [Ohio4, Germany5].  

"Anthony Rock" was a made up name.  According to family lore, Anthony left Germany in a hurry, since he thought he had killed another man.  He fled on a boat to New Orleans.  He always was on the run and looking over his shoulder.  He worked his way up the Mississippi, then up the Ohio.  He met and married Rachel in Middleport, Ohio.5  

After they were married, Rachel and Anthony followed the rivers from the Kanawha, to the Elk, finally settling at Sandy Creek outside of Charleston, West Virginia.6  Amanda and Anthony lived at times in Ohio, Mississippi, and finally Kanawha, West Virginia.1  


Ellen Rock, born c1859, Missouri.
Emma Rock, born c1862, Virginia.
George Rock, born c1866, West Virginia. 6
Wesley Rock, born c1869, West Virginia.
Annie Rock, born c1873, West Virginia.

Amanda and family were shown in the 1870 census (Jul 26 1870), Hartford, Mason County, West Virginia:3

Rock, Anthony, age 40, born in New York; carpenter.
Rock, Amanda, age 33, born in Virginia; keeping house.
Rock, Ellen, age 11, born in Missouri; attended school.
Rock, Emma, age 8, born in Virginia; attended school.
Rock, George, age 4, born in West Virginia.
Rock, Wesley, age 4 months, born in West Virginia.
Weaver, George, age 40, born in Ohio; engineer.
Weaver, Albert, age 16, born in Ohio; laborer.

Amanda and family were again shown in the 1880 census (Jun 12 1880), Elk District, Kanawha County, West Virginia:4

Rocke, Anthony, age 55, born in Ohio; parents born in Ohio; farming.
Rocke, Mandy, wife, age 42, born in Ohio; parents born in Ohio; keeping house.
Rocke, George, son, age 13, born in Virginia; parents born in Ohio; laborer; attended school; can read, cannot write.
Rocke, Wesley, son, age 11, born in West Virginia; parents born in Ohio; laborer; attended school; can read, cannot write.
Rocke, Annie, daughter, age 7, born in West Virginia; parents born in Ohio.
Rocke, Emma, daughter, age 18, born in Virginia; parents born in Ohio; servant.

Anthony taught his sons carpentry and then they started a house construction business.6  

Anthony Rock remained mysterious, as was Rachel.  He was thought to be Jewish and never accepted Christianity.  On his deathbed, his son George said to him "Father, you must repent, tell the true circumstances of your background, give us your real name and you must accept Christ as your savior".  Anthony said, "Son, tend to your own business".  Then he rolled over and died.5  


  1. Contribution from Teresa ().
  2. 1850 census, 27th District, Jackson County, Virginia; roll M432-953, page 205, line #36, dwelling #243, family #247.
  3. 1870 census, Hartford, Mason County, West Virginia; page 141B, line #13, dwelling #23, family #23.
  4. 1880 census, Elk District, Kanawha County, West Virginia; roll T9-1405, ED 51, page 260C, line #36, dwelling #157, family #158.
  5. Contribution from Lyn Gumowski () citing:
    family lore, as told by Hattie Rock, a granddaughter of Rachel Hanshaw & Anthony Rock.
  6. Contribution from Lyn Gumowski ().

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