Shamblins of England Migrated to Polk County
By. C.L. McAlister
Polk County News, January 1969
The accompanying picture of James and Nancy Davis Shamblin’s family was made in 1925 at a family reunion at the John Davis home in Dry Valley south of Charleston. The Shamblins were pioneer settlers of the Calhoun area.
Front row from left, are: the Rev. will Shamblin, John Shamblin and Henry Shamblin. Middle row, Eliza Shamblin McCamish, Julia Shamblin Simpson, Susie Shamblin Calhoun, and Ella Shamblin Liner. Back row, Charlie Shamblin, Jim Shamblin and Wiley Shamblin.
Another daughter, Laura Shamblin Liner is not pictured here. She died in 1922.
According to “Dictionary of British Surnames,” the name Shamblin has had the following different spellings, Shambler, Scamblin and Scambler.
The East Tennessee Shamblins descended from the Shamblins of Hickling County, Norfolk, England. Some lines of this family migrated to Scotland and Ireland, some migrated to America.
The Shamblins were the early settlers of Polk County and two or three of the Polk County Shamblins moved to McMinn County some 150 years ago. The family is closely associated with the early history of the Calhoun area and today there is a long line of Shamblin descendants in McMinn and Bradley Counties.
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