Thomas E. Shiels was born in 1862 and was the third child of George Shiels & Susannah Wortley. He was a seventh generation descendant of Micheal Shiels and his lineage is as follows:
- G1: Micheal Shiels 1671 & Bessie Brown
- G2: Daniel Shiels 1719 & Jessie Scott
- G3: James Shiels 1750 & Janet Younger
- G4: Robert Shiels 1769-1845 & Annie Dickson
- G5: Thomas Shiels 1795-1839 & Barbara Jean Cranston
- G6: George Shiels 1828-1906 & Susannah Wortley
- G7: Thomas Shiels 1862-1936 & Jessie Anderson & Frances Mary Combs
- G8: Ethel Shiels 1887-1982 & Robert Thompson
- G9: Ellen Mildred Thompson 1911- & Anthony Hosang
- G9: Robert Thomas Thompson 1916-1982 & Eleanor Gibbs & Lucille Carter
- G9: Kenneth John Thompson 1918-1977 & Margery Bernice Kent & Muriel Cole
- G10: Carol Jean Thompson 1940-2016
- G10: John Boyde Thompson 1943-2006 & Sharon Missey
- G9: Virginia Ethel Thompson 1922-1994 & Lawrence M Jeffries & Donald J. Robidoux
- G10: Lee Ellen Jeffries 1943 & George Wimpey
- G9: Jean Jessie Thompson 1927 & Freeman Henry Robinson
- G8: Ethel Shiels 1887-1982 & Robert Thompson
G7: Thomas Shiels 1862-1936 & Jessie Anderson & Frances Mary Combs
Thomas Shiels was born May 24, 1862. He was the third child of George and Susannah (Wortley) Shiels. Thomas was a man of many talents. He and his brothers apparently built the large frame house on his parents farm in the early 1880’s.
In 1880, there were four men named Thomas Shiels in the area. Thomas was apparently courting his cousin Jessie Anderson who lived in Turnberry Twp. Thomas’ mail including letters from Jessie, could easily fall into the hands of his cousins or his uncle with the same name. To avoid confusion, Thomas decided to use the middle initial “E” and was known as Thomas E Shiels thereafter, although the initial had no meaning.
In 1885, Thomas and his cousin Jessie moved to Detroit, Michigan and were married there on July 15, 1885. They had one daughter Ethel Dorothy Shiels, born October 10, 1887, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Thomas found work with an architect and built a home where he and Jessie lived out their lives. He established himself as an architect and built some large buildings including a large elementary school which is still in use. He also designed an office and oven for a brick manufacturer. Thomas and Jessie’s large home was a haven for members of the Shiels family whenever any went to Detroit.
Thomas managed a large building which contained a movie theatre, a furniture store and offices later in life. He always had a good car including a Chalmers-Detroit and a Rickenbacker.
Jessie passed away on October 27, 1927, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, at the age of 68. They had been married 42 years.
Following Jessie’s death, Thomas E married Frances Mary Combs on June 7, 1928. Frances’ first husband was Thomas’s brother George Shiels Jr. After George had died, Frances married Andrew Joynt and had two daughters, Bernice and Jeanette. When Andrew died, Frances was left to raise the two girls and she married Thomas.
Thomas died on September 23, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, when he was 74 years old. He is buried at Detroit beside his first wife, Jessie.
G8: Ethel Shiels 1887-1982 & Robert Thompson
Ethel Dorothy Shiels was born Oct 10, 1887. She was the only child of Thomas and Jessie Shiels.
Ethel was educated in Detroit and began working for her father in his architectural office after finishing school.
She married Robert Thompson on August 11, 1911, in her hometown. They lived in Detroit. Robert worked for Ford Motor Company his entire life. He retired at age 65.
Robert and Ethel had five children, Ellen, Robert, Kenneth, Virginia and Jean.
Robert died on June 2, 1959, at the age of 72. Ethel died on July 11, 1982, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, at the age of 94.
G9: Ellen Mildred Thompson 1911- & Anthony Hosang
Ellen Mildred Thompson was born Oct 22, 1911 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was the first child of Robert Thompson & Ethel Shiels.
She married Anthony Hosang on February 6, 1937. Anthony was a Detroit policeman. Ellen and Anthony had no children. When Anthony retired from police work he opened a dog kennel business in Port Austin, Mich.
Anthony died on May 7, 1984, in Port Austin, Michigan, USA, at the age of 74. Ellen died on January 16, 2007, in Waterford, Michigan, USA, at the age of 95.
G9: Robert Thomas Thompson 1916-1982 & Eleanor Gibbs & Lucille Carter
Robert Thomas Thompson was born June 10, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was the second child of Robert Thompson & Ethel Shiels.
He married Eleanor Gibbs in 1935 and they had two daughters Barbara in 1935 and Gail in 1936. This marriage ended in divorce.
Robert was married to Lucille Carter on Aug 9, 1940 in Detroit. They had three daughters Karen 1941, Beverley 1946 and Roberta 1954.
Robert was injured in an automobile accident and one leg never healed completely. Robert died on August 7, 1982, in Stockton, California, USA, at the age of 68.
G9: Kenneth John Thompson 1918-1977 & Margery Bernice Kent & Muriel Cole
Kenneth John Thompson was born Aug 9, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was the third child of Robert Thompson & Ethel Shiels.
Kenneth married Margery Bernice Kent in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on August 19, 1939, when he was 21 years old. They had two children, Carol Jean Thompson born on April 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, USA and John Boyde Thompson was born on January 31, 1943, in Highland Park, Michigan, USA.
Kenneth and Margery were divorced on November 28, 1944. It appears the marriage was over well before this time as Margery joined the US Army on Nov 1, 1944 as a private. Both children had already been adopted by Arthur Redner & his wife Greta Blanchard Redner. Margery fell in love with Lewis Lynn Kothe while in the Army and they were married on Sept 18, 1945 in Colorado Springs. Margery was discharged from the Army on Oct 26, 1945. Margery & Lewis had 4 children.
Kenneth married Muriel Cole on Sept 26, 1953. They never had any children.
Kenneth was a chef and a caterer. He worked in many good restaurants in the Detroit area.
Kenneth died on July 22, 1977, in his hometown at the age of 58.
G10: Carol Jean Thompson 1940-2016
Carol Jean Thompson was born on April 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to Margery Bernice Kent, age 20, and Kenneth John Thompson, age 21.
Her parents marriage broke up in 1944 and Carol, along with her brother John, were adopted by Arthur Redner & his wife Greta Blanchard Redner. When searching history, you will often find Carol listed as Carol Jean Thompson or Carol Redner.
Carol married William Fred Biggs in Napa, California, USA, on June 14, 1956, when she was 16 years old. That marriage ended in divorce.
Carol was married to James Ivan Wilson in Reno on Jan 15, 1957. They had a son Dean born Sept 16, 1957 in Placer, California. That marriage ended in divorce and their son went back to Iowa with his father.
Carol continued to live in California and had two more children, Marion Jean on Nov 6, 1964 and Dunstan Chris on Oct 12, 1965. Carol had trouble looking after two young children and gave them up for adoption. They were adopted by the Berriman family.
Carol married Nicholas E Antone in Alameda, California, USA, on March 17, 1966 however this marriage ended in divorce a year later.
Carol married Alex Ahlefeldt in Reno, Nevada, USA, on December 17, 1971, when she was 31 years old and they lived in Union City, California until she passed away.
Carol died on September 21, 2016, in Union City, California, USA, when she was 76 years old.
G11: Dean Wilson 1957 & Judith Radloff
Dean Wilson was born on September 16, 1957, in Placer, California, USA, to Carol Jean Thompson, age 17, and James Ivan Wilson, age 21. James was originally from Iowa and wanted to return there to farm. Carol wanted to stay in California and James left with their son Dean. James was married to Mary Therese on Feb 16, 1963 and they raised Dean.
Dean married Judith Radloff and they live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
G11: Marion Jean Berriman 1964
When Marion Jean (Jeannie) Berriman was born in November 1964, her mother, Carol Wilson was 24. Carol had trouble looking after two young children and gave them up for adoption to the Berriman family.
Jeannie was living in Acton, California, USA in 1994. Unfortunately we have no other info.
G11: Dunstan Chris Berriman 1965 & Tama Condie
Chris was born Christopher Thomas Thompson on October 12, 1965. He always went by Chris. He was given up for adoption to the Berriman family and his name was changed to Dunstan Chris Berriman. Chris met his birth mother late in her life and knew her as Jean Ahlefeldt.
Chris married Tama Condie and they live in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have four children: Benjamin Geoffrey Berriman (b. 1991, married Alyssa Nicole Christensen Berriman), Nicole Alyssa Berriman (b. 1994), Melanie Eva Berriman Nielsen (b. 1996, married Jens Nielsen), and Joy Taylor Berriman (b. 2002).
Chris has confirmed his ancestry through Ancestry DNA testing.
G10: John Boyde Thompson 1943-2006 & Sharon Missey
When John Boyde Thompson was born on January 31, 1943 in Highland Park, Michigan, USA, his father, Kenneth Thompson was 24 and his mother, Margery Bernice Kent was 23.
His parents marriage broke up in 1944 and John, along with his sister Carol, were adopted by Arthur Redner & his wife Greta Blanchard Redner. When searching history, you will often find John listed as John Boyde Thompson, John Boyde Redner or simply and most often as John Boyde.
He married Carole L Puzey in 1965 and they were divorced two years later.
He then married Sharon Missey and they had one son, Robert Calvin Boyde on April 14, 1973.
John Boyde died on July 11, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, at the age of 63.
G11: Robert Calvin Boyde 1973 & Mary James
Robert Calvin Boyde was born on April 14, 1973 to Sharon Missey and John Boyde.
Robert married Mary James and they have two sons, Mathew & Robert Jr. They live in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
G9: Virginia Ethel Thompson 1922-1994 & Lawrence M Jeffries & Donald J. Robidoux
Virginia Ethel Thompson was born Feb 28, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was the fourth child of Robert Thompson & Ethel Shiels.
She married Lawrence M Jeffries on Jan 28, 1941. They had a daughter Lee Ellen, born July 20, 1943. This marriage ended in divorce on Sep 27, 1952.
Ethel was married a second time on Nov 13, 1954 to Donald J. Robidoux.
Virginia Ethel Thompson died December 23, 1994 in Rochester Hills, Oakland, Michigan.
G10: Lee Ellen Jeffries 1943 & George Wimpey
Lee Ellen Jeffries was born on July 20, 1943, to Virginia Ethel Thompson, age 22, and Lawrence M Jeffries, age 23.
She married George Wimpey and had three children, Scott, Christopher and Julie.
G9: Jean Jessie Thompson 1927 & Freeman Henry Robinson
Jean Jessie Thompson was born August 7, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She was the fifth child of Robert Thompson & Ethel Shiels.
She married Freeman Henry Robinson and they had two children, Robert Freeman born Oct 5, 1947 and Linda Jean in 1955.