Shute Family of Black Hawk
The earliest documented roots of the Shute family begin in 1778 Mecklenburg
County, SC with Henry Shute, Sr. Henry was born 1766 and died
prior to 1819 in Lancaster Co, SC. He was first married to a 'Mary' and had two
children but their names are unknown. Henry secondly married Elizabeth
Rape on Aug 18, 1787 in Rowan Co, NC. Elizabeth was born 1770 in Rowan
Co, NC and died after 1850 in Lancaster Co, SC and was the daughter of Johann
Peter and Anna Maria Reeb formerly of Pisdorf in the Grafschaft of
Nassau-Saarwerden in Germany and later immigrated to America in 1752. An
excellent source of the Rape/Reeb family is detailed in his book, REEB ROOTS
IN EUROPE AND AMERICA by John V. Reeb, published in 1994. After Henry,
Sr.'s death, his widow, Elizabeth, married Josiah Hancock.
Henry and Elizabeth had one known son, Henry Jr., born Oct
22, 1791 in Union Co, SC. In 1818, he married Frances 'Franky' Blakeney
(Mar 2, 1800-Jan 17/1874). Franky was the daughter of John R. Blakeney, Jr. and
Nancy May of NC, and granddaughter of Captain John R. Blakeney Sr. and Margaret
Evans. Captain Blakeney was born in County Limerick, Ireland and died in 1832 in
Pageland, Chesterfield Co, SC. In 1775, he was commissioned by the Provincial
Congress to raise a company of troops at the time of Revolutionary War. The
family histories of Pageland should refer to the book, THE VOICES OF
PAGELAND, STORIES OF A SOUTH CAROLINA TOWN, by Beth Laney Smith & Ass.,
published in 1997.
Henry Jr. & Franky had 12 children; Elizabeth, Henry, Jane, John, Howell,
Sylvester Wesley, Caroline, Elihu, Francis Marion, & Doctor James. Henry Jr.
died Aug. 22, 1854 in Lancaster Co, SC.
According to the biography, THE SHUTE FAMILY OF PIEDMONT CAROLINA
1778-1978, by J. Ray Shute, published 1978, it is documented that brothers,
John & Sylvester left South Carolina in 1855. John ended his journey in Monroe,
NC but Sylvester continued southwest to Pickens Co, AL. After two years in
Pickens Co, the family forwarded on to Mississippi which ended in Black Hawk.
Sylvester Wesley 'Wes' (Sept 18, 1828 in Lancaster Co, SC -
Jun 11, 1916 Black Hawk) married Nancy Ann Funderburk on Aug
21, 1854 in Lancaster Co, SC. Nancy was one of 17 children of Henry Funderburk
and Barbara Ann Poer of SC. Sylvester & Nancy had 9 children with the first two
being born in Pickens County, AL. They were: Henry Sylvester, John Sylvester,
Isabella, Arabella, Alice, Ida, James Marion 'Buster', Mattie, and Hattie
On May 4, 1862, Sylvester enlisted as a Private with Company A, 30th Miss.
Regiment, C.S.A. in Corinth, MS under Col. G. F. Neill. He served as a Teamster
or Waggoner. Last muster rolls indicate he was given a clothes receipt on April
Meanwhile, back in Lancaster Co, SC, was Sylvester's younger brother,
Elihu 'Eli' (Jan 12,1836 in Lancaster Co, SC-Feb 14, 1878 in Black
Hawk). Elihu married Mary Ann Clementine Massey on Dec 9, 1858
in Lancaster Co. Mary's father is unknown but her mother was Minerva McManus
Massey, daughter of John H. McManus and Rebecca Terrell of SC. Elihu & Mary had
six children: Frances M. 'Fannie'; John Amon; Marietta; Henry Augustus; Charles
Edwin and Elihugh Sample Sylvester 'Hugh'.
Elihu enlisted on July 21, 1862 with Company D, South Carolina 1st Infantry
Regiment, C.S.A. as a Private (Hagood's Regt). He was in Battles at Antietam,
Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor and at Appomattox Court
House on April 9, 1865 for the Civil War surrender.
About 1872, Elihu and Mary, along with their oldest four children, followed
his brother, Sylvester, to Black Hawk. In Black Hawk, their last two children
were born. At age 42, Elihu died in 1878 in part due to abdomen wounds received
during the Civil War. He is buried at Black Hawk Cemetery. Mary Ann Clementine,
who died in 1891, is also buried at Black Hawk Cemetery.
In 1916, when Sylvester, or Uncle Wes, died at age 86, he was the largest
land owner in Carroll County and farmed several thousand acres of land,
according to his obituary. Shutes School was also donated by Sylvester in which
is donated land and materials. The school existed until 1924. Shute Cemetery in
Black Hawk was originated by the Shute family and Sylvester is buried along with
his wife, Nancy Ann, and many children and other descendants. A quote from a
family member said about Sylvester, "He used to ride horseback alone to South
Carolina to visit his relatives and friends - it would take him a month to go
and a month to come.he used to attend the Confederate reunions and have a bang
up good time."
NINE CHILDREN OF SYLVESTER W. SHUTE & NANCY ANN FUNDERBURK:
1. Henry Sylvester (July 28, 1855-Jun 16, 1938) married
Martha Harriet Warner. They had six children: Walter K., Henry Sylvester,
Jr., Norman, Oakley, and Floy.
2. John Sylvester (Feb 8, 1857-May 19, 1939) married Anna
Carter, daughter of Charles & Elizabeth Matthews Carter. They had an adopted
son named Ford Shute.
3. Isabella (Oct 25,1859-Feb 22, 1918) married Joe A.
Glenn. Their children were: Joe, Clark A., William, and adopted Bernard
4. Arabella (Dec 26, 1861-Jun13, 1945) first married William
Phillips and had four sons: Lawrence, Carroll David, Paul M. and Luke. Secondly,
Arabella married Johnson Barton Galey about 1900. He was son of James M. Galey
and Frances M. Shute (daughter of Elihu). Arabella & Johnson had no children.
5. Alice (Dec 12, 1863-Sept 24, 1901) married Evander
6. Ida (born 1865 and died in Lelfore County, married Walter
Carpenter, son of William Carpenter and Sarah Cooley. Their children were
Sadie, Marie, Willie May and James P.
7. James Marion 'Buster' (Sept 16, 1867-Jul 27, 1924) married
Christine R. 'Teenie' Cooley, daughter of Hiram Washington and Ida Cooley. They
had no children.
8. Mattie (Jan 29, 1871-Dec 24, 1934) married Sam James Eugene
9. Hattie Augusta (Feb 5, 1873-Jul 7, 1951) married John Edward
Beard. Their children were: Almeda Ozella, Johnnie Mae, Hattie, Robert Louis
Shute 'Boy', and Clara Booth.
SIX CHILDREN OF ELLIHU SHUTE & MARY ANN CLEMENTINE MASSEY:
1. Frances M. 'Fannie' (Oct 12, 1860-Feb 18, 1937) married
James Madison 'Mat' Galey, son of Johnson Barton Galey & Nancy Cooley. Their
children were: Lillie Catherine, Johnson Barton, Mattie Clementine 'Mattie',
Evie, Hattie Augusta, Lonnie Edwin & Lewis Hugh.
2. John Amon (May 1, 1862-Apr 1943) married Mary Rebecca Smith
(1869-1943). They had no children and are buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery in
3. Marietta (Jul 1, 1869-Apr 1956) first married James Cash
Plyler. They had one known daughter, Johnnie Maud (1900-1901). After James'
death in 1903, Marrietta married his brother, Lewis S. Plyler. They had two
children: Lewis Cash and Mary Clementine.
4. Henry Augustus (Jun 30, 1871-Dec 19, 1946) married Leola L.
Cooley, daughter of Hiram Washington and Ida Cooley. Their children
were: Ernest, Lucille, Eleanor, Willie, Enoch Marvin, John Allen, Ida
Clementine, Benjamin Gus and Charlie.
5. Charles Edwin (Dec 8, 1873-Dec 1944) married Julia Catherine
Phallon. Their children were: Elihu Sylvester, Beatrice 'Bettie', Johnnie
Wilna, Edwin Phallon 'Buck', Howell 'Howie', Howard Augustus, Tommie Cecil,
Remus Judson, Caleb Wilson, Nelson Raymond and Mamie Catherine.
6. Elihugh Sample Sylvester 'Hugh' (Feb 8, 1877-Feb 11, 1948)
first married Nancy Comila Grant. Their children were: Frankie May, Elihu,
Henry, John H. Nancy died in 1907 and Elihugh then married Minnie Belvia McBride
in 1908. Their children were: Milton Dias, Mildred, Mary Beatrice, Marshall
Sanders, and Ormond Harris.