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Week 43:
Family Finds Charter Oak

Unexpected Shock

Some unexpected family history was uncovered while I was researching one of my genealogy brick walls. And, at first, it came as a bit of a shock. Now, though, I am not certain I have all the information to form the correct conclusion. The shock, or at least surprise, indirectly involves the brick wall I was researching. The surname of my brick wall, McBride, led to finding this unexpected bit of family history. The person at the center of the revelation had the surname Shock, so, you see, it aligns well with this week’s prompt.

Elizabeth Mary McBride

My maternal 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth McBride was born in November 1803. [1] She is a brick wall, I do not know her parents’ names or her exact place of birth, although it is probably in Pennsylvania. I do not have the date or place of her marriage to my 3rd great grandfather, Daniel Rumple, but believe it occurred in Washington County, PA about 1825. Most of my research is done using online databases of vital records, one other source I have for my maternal research is my mother.

I asked my mother to recall ever hearing about, or meeting, any relatives named McBride. As it turned out she could tell me about a Mrs. McBride who lived near Willshire, OH whom she visited with her grandmother, Ella Rumple King, sometime in the early 1930’s. She does not recall Mrs. McBride being called “aunt” or “cousin” but did tell me she recalls her having at least two sons, Harold and Donald. She recalled Harold being a young man, and Donald being a couple years older than herself. This seemed like a good lead to find family connected to my brick wall.

McBride Descent Chart

James Edmund McBride

I quickly checked the 1930 census for a Harold and Donald McBride in Mercer County, OH and quickly found them with their mother named Mary, a widow. [2] This had to be the family my mother visited with her grandmother. But, it was the deceased husband I needed to find. I had to go back to the 1910 census, but there he was, James E. McBride, farmer, born in Ohio in 1873. [3] I thought James would turn out to be a second cousin to my great grandmother, Ella Rumple King, who was the granddaughter of Elizabeth McBride Rumple. I was hoping I could trace James E. McBride to his common ancestor with my 3rd great grandmother, who I expected to be her parents, and thus break down my brick wall.

James McBride Death Certificate

A basic search of records for James E. McBride born in Ohio in 1873 and died prior to 1930 quickly turned up a death record. [4] James died in June 1926 and his parents are given as Lewis McBride and Mary A. Shock. Now there was a name I recognized and it was unexpected. Mary Ann Shock was the name of my great-great grandfather William Rumple’s second wife.

William T. Rumple

My great-great grandfather William Rumple, 1839-1912, was the son of Daniel Rumple and Elizabeth McBride. [5] He lived most of his adult life in Van Wert County, OH in the area of the county line with Mercer County and not far from the Willshire area. I descend from William Rumple’s first wife, Hannah Gilbert, who died in 1874 leaving William with four children under the age of eight. William did not remarry right away, he was fortunate to have his mother and two sisters to help care for his children. From information in William’s obituary I have 11 April 1877 as the date of marriage to his second wife, Miss Mary Ann Shock. Also in William’s obituary is mention of a stepson with a wife and 4 sons. [6] (This detail fits James McBride in 1912, the time of William’s death.) I suppose because I am not descended from Mary Ann Shock I have not researched her lineage. Now it appeared she had a first marriage and a son from that marriage.

William and Mary Ann Rumple 1907

William T. Rumple and Mary Ann Shock, about 1907

Mary Ann Shock

William Rumple’s second wife was Mary Ann Shock 1845-1922. [7] In the 1880 census for the William Rumple family is a 7 year old boy named James Edmun and he is listed as “step son”. [8] The census implies the boy’s surname is Edmun, I now believe this is James Edmund McBride. Further searching for Mary Ann Shock and James McBride turned up a birth record for James in Amanda Twp, Allen Co, OH and that his father was Louis McBride. [9]

1880 Census Rumple Family
James McBride Birth Record

Lewis/Louis McBride

What became of Lewis/Louis McBride, the father of James McBride, and possibly a connection to my brick wall? I soon discovered that he was alive in 1880 and living in Amanda Twp of Allen County, OH with his wife and five children! [10] Three of the children are older than James and two are younger. Hmm… From the 1870 census I find Lewis with a wife and five children, all being older than James obviously, but the wife has a different name from 1880. [11] I also realize that Mary Ann Shock is on the previous page of the 1870 census with her parents, Peter and Mary. [12] I have a close-up of an 1880 map below that shows Lewis McBride (1834-1908) and Peter Shock being close neighbors.

OH, Allen Co, Amanda Twp 1880

Amanda Twp, Allen Co, OH
Peter Shock and Lewis McBride

Married or Not?

Lewis McBride has a wife named Mary in 1870 who died by the end of that year. [13] The 1880 census has a wife named Sarah and the oldest child born in December 1875. In March 1873 James McBride was born. Did Mary Ann Shock and Lewis/Louis McBride marry and divorce between January 1871 and March 1875? I have found no evidence of either, nor do I find evidence of Mary Ann ever using the surname McBride. I do note that James used the surname McBride and his wife knew James’ father’s name for James’ death certificate. [4] But, Lewis/Louis McBride’s obituary in 1908 makes no mention of James. [14] Further, the 1900 census states that Lewis and his wife, Sarah, have been married 29 years, that would make their marriage in 1871. [15] Although, I have not found a specific marriage record for Lewis/Louis and Sarah. Would Louis McBride be listed on the birth record of James if he was not married to Mary Ann? I just don’t have the answers, yet.


Although I have found no records online to support a marriage between Mary Ann Shock and Louis McBride, I think they must have been married, however briefly. I got over my initial shock of an unknown, to me, child of Mary Ann Shock and I realize that not every record has found their way into an online database. At some point I hope to search offline marriage records in Allen County, Ohio or one will find it’s way online in the future. James McBride and his wife, Mary Joann Williams, had five sons survive to adulthood, perhaps one of their descendants will contact me with more information about their ancestry. And, by the way, I could find no common ancestor for Lewis/Louis McBride and my brick wall 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth McBride. The search will continue.

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James’ wife, Mary Joann Williams, was most certainly the Mrs. McBride my mother remembers visiting during her childhood. My mother was a regular traveling companion to her grandmother, Ella Rumple King. Ella was a step-sister to James and 4 years older. James would have been just 3 years old and Ella 7 and a half when James’ mother, Mary Ann Shock, married William Rumple, Ella’s father. Levi Shock, one of Mary Ann’s brothers was a close neighbor of William Rumple and both the Rumple’s and Shock’s were members of the Fairview Church of the Brethren. This may be how the two became acquainted.

Black Creek Twp, Mercer Co, OH, 1888, Rumple, Shock and Williams farms

Black Creek Twp, Mercer Co, OH 1888


  1. Profile for Elizabeth Mary McBride, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12164299845/facts
  2. Entry for Donald McBride, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0001; FHL microfilm: 2341584
  3. Entry for James E. McBride, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio; Roll: T624_1214; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0107; FHL microfilm: 1375227
  4. Entry for James McBride, “Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X68X-WGC : 8 March 2021), James Edmund Mcbride, 28 Jun 1926; citing Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, reference fn 40204; FHL microfilm 1,984,358
  5. Profile for William T. Rumple, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/5109051012/facts
  6. Memorial for William T. Rumple, FindAGrave.com; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/70155919/william-t-rumple
  7. Profile for Mary Ann Shock, ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/13493206/person/12163448372/facts
  8. Entry for James Edmun, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Jennings, Van Wert, Ohio; Roll: 1074; Page: 500A; Enumeration District: 156
  9. Entry for James McBride, “Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962“, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XX9S-MRZ : 19 January 2020), James Mcbride, 12 Mar 1873; citing Amanda Twp., Allen Co., Ohio, reference V.1 p.385; FHL microfilm 901,423
  10. Entry for Louis McBride, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Amanda, Allen, Ohio; Roll: 990; Page: 457A; Enumeration District: 221
  11. Entry for Lewis McBride, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: Amanda, Allen, Ohio; Roll: M593_1168; Page: 278B
  12. Entry for Mary A. Shock, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1870; Census Place: Amanda, Allen, Ohio; Roll: M593_1168; Page: 278A
  13. Memorial for Mary J. McBride, FindAGrave.com; https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43562998/mary-j.-mcbride
  14. Obituary for Lewis McBride, Newspaper Article, The Lima Times-Democrat, 8 Aug 1908, Page 2, Lima, OH
  15. Entry for Lewis McBride, U.S. Federal Census, Year: 1900; Census Place: Lima Ward 4, Allen, Ohio; Page: 22; Enumeration District: 0016; FHL microfilm: 1241236


  1. Anna Kasper

    Quite an interesting read! You had me intrigued the whole way through!

    • Barb LaFara

      Thank you, Anna!


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