The First Shockney

The beginning of the Shockney surname

As the story has been told, in 1767 a fifteen year-old, redheaded orphan named Patrick O’Shaughnessy emigrated from County Cork, Ireland to the British colonies. Within a few years Patrick Shockney enlisted in Captain Adam’s Company of Infantry in Little York, Pennsylvania to join in the fight for the independence of the United States of America. Most of the Shockneys in the world can trace their ancestry to this single individual, Patrick Shockney.

The intent of this website is to help preserve the history, stories and images associated with Patrick and Mary Shockney and their descendants.

Many of the stories found on the site were taken from the books authored by Elizabeth Swank Frazier. They have been transferred to this site with her permission.