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History of early family members 1
Joseph and Eleanor Shaw family tree 11
Joseph and Sarah family tree 18
Meaning of the abbreviations next to dates 24
Index of Shaw family 25
To the memory of the people who came before us and formed the land and the roots of this family. For the ones who are living now, who are carrying this family on. For the ones too small, for whom this future is for.
Miss. Mary Cole and Mr. Wilfred Shaw who both had started working gathering names dates and family history. Many other family members have contributed to the list. Erwin Engert has put this information together.
Date September 15, 2002
The purpose of this book is to connect as many of the Shaw descendants to each other. The tree starts with Joseph and Eleanor and lists each of their children, and in turn each of their marriages and children and so on. Joseph second wife Sarah, they form a new start on page 15.
The tree structure is based on an outline format: I. A. 1. a. i., each level is a new generation and each child is in order of birth. After each descendant comes - date of birth - date of death the following line is for the date of marriage the next line is the spouse's name - date of birth - date of death.
The following example should help.
I. Nineveh Shaw - Jan. 18, 1796 - Nov. 5, 1844 WPC-A
m. Mar. 16, 1820
Mary Latshaw - Mar. 26, 1801 C5 - Jan. 31, 1870 WPC-A
A. Albert Shaw - Dec. 10, 1820 - , 1901
m. Feb. 26, 1850
Virgina Drake - Sep. 18, 1829 - Jan. 6, 1892 MC
1. Alice Shaw - Mar. , 1851 - Jul. 8, 1851 WPC-A
2. Nineveh Shaw - Jul. 10, 1852 - Oct. 27, 1852 WPC-A
Nineveh was the first child of Joseph and Eleanor Shaw. He married Mary Latshaw on March 16, 1820, their first child was Albert. Albert married Virgina and they had two children Alice and Nineveh.
A HISTORY OF THE SHAW FAMILY
John Shaw came from Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania (By another account it was one of his ancestors that immigrated to this country). He had two sons that we know of, Joseph Shaw and William Shaw. In one of the Indian raids on the early settlers, John Shaw was killed at a spring on Chenoweth's run (Chinoweth's or Chenowith's) where he and his sons, Joseph and William, were at work getting bark for tanning purposes and/or getting water. This is all that we know of this man and his family.
William Shaw, was one of John Shaw's sons, for which we have not found a birth date. When William was 12 years old he, his brother Joseph and their father found themselves in an Indian raid. William was taken prisoner and raised by Indians. John was killed. Joseph escaped on horse back. It is believed that it was the Wyandott tribe. William fought with the Indians on the Miami River, when they attacked St. Clair's Army on November 4, 1791, he was a grown man at this time. His brother Joseph was in command of a Kentucky troop in this attack. William, who became disgusted with savage life returned to his own people. General Harrison made his successful campaign against the Indians and fought the battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811. William and his brother Joseph, were soldiers in the Tippecanoe battle. On the morning of the battle after it became light enough to see, the opposing forces they found themselves so close together, that an Indian recognized William and called him by his Indian name. He answered in the Indian tongue, and then immediately exchanged shots. William was wounded through one of his lungs. He died in July or August of 1812 as a result of hemorrhaging brought on by his return to Vincennes on horseback.
Joseph Shaw, son of John Shaw, was born on December 25, 1773 and came west with his father's family, to Jefferson County Kentucky near Louisville. In 1791 Joseph was in command of Kentucky troops in General St. Clair's campaign against the Indians in Western Ohio. On November 3, 1791 St. Clair's Army was encamped a few miles from the Indian villages on the Miami River. About sunrise the next morning, they were unexpectedly attacked by the Indians. History informs us the army was badly defeated and scattered. Joseph had his left arm broken between the elbow and shoulder. He fled from the battle field being pursued by an Indian. Crossing a deep ravine Joseph stumbled and fell into the top of a fallen tree at the bottom of the ravine, he laid there awaiting his fate. The pursuing savage came to the top of the bank and not seeing him turned back in pursuit of other fugitives. He lay there covered with fallen leaves until night. Then he left his hiding place, in hopes of returning to Fort Jefferson, which was somewhere near the present town of Greenville, Ohio. At night he was pursued and attacked by a pack of hungry wolves drawn by the scent of his blood. He had to keep them at bay by the vigorous use of a heavy club. It took him three days to reach the Fort by traveled at night for fear of being capture. During this time he was compelled to live on nuts and roots. The Surgeon of the Fort after a close examination of his wound, which had been undressed for at least three days and had become badly swollen, decided amputate the arm. Joseph firmly objected and by careful and skillful treatment it was saved. As a result of saving his arm he could never straightened it out ever again.
Joseph was married to Eleanor Gobin in Jefferson County Kentucky early on June 16, 1794. They were bonded by William McElroy on June 13, Eleanor was given by her stepfather William McElroy, witnessed by W. Pope and Nelly Goman, and married by Henry Batdorff. They had two sons, Nineveh was born on January 18, 1796 and William born two years later, which would be 1798. Eleanor died in the late 1790's, leaving Joseph with the two boys. He moved to Clark County Indiana, which is just North of Louisville, Kentucky, sometime during the beginning of the 1800's. He married his second wife Sarah Walker on April 23, 1801 who was born on January 1, 1783. They were married by Henry Batdorff, witnessed by John T. Gray and Bonded by James Walker on April 22, 1801. Both marriage records come from the Louisville Public Library. From this union they had nine children who were, Margaret born April 14, 1802, Renah born January 7, 1804, James born January 13, 1805, John born January 11, 1808, Nancy born January 18, 1811, Sarah born September 18, 1812, Mary born September 18, 1814, Gilead born June 26, 1817, Minerva born March 24, 1819.
Around 1808 or 1809 he moved to what was then Knox County Indiana, now the South end of Sullivan County not far from the cemetery on the West side of Shaker Prairie. Joseph was in Vincennes, Indiana at the time General Harrison was the Governor of the Indiana Territory, and had his celebrated conference with the powerful Indian Chief Tecumseh and his followers. It was in this council that the great chief told the General he lied. Joseph was a great admirer of General Jackson's military genius and daring, and supported him every time he was a candidate for the Presidency. Afterwards for the same reasons he ardently supported General Harrison for that office.
Joseph moved in the Spring of 1816 to the south end of Walnut Prairie near the narrows of the Wabash River. On November 22, 1816 Joseph Shaw obtained ownership of his farm in York Township of Clark County. The farm was made of four 80 acres plots in Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 11 West of the second principal meridian Clark County, Illinois. He purchased city lots in Marshall in block 21, which was the northwest corner of Washington and Cumberland streets, lot 3 for $8 and lot 6 for $30.
The land which is now called Clark county has had many names from its start in the 1790's. First it was Knox County Indiana, then St. Clair, Madison, Edwards, Crawford, finally on March 22, 1819 Clark County was formed as the North 2/3 of the East 1/2 of Illinois, and was not reduced to its present size until December 25, 1830. On April 26, 1819 Joseph was elected one of the three county commissioners, whose job it was to lay out public and private land. In 1819 he and two other men were appointed to lay out the election districts for the newly formed county of Clark. On July 16, 1821 he and another commissioner layout the main street and public square.
Joseph was made one of the first six Justices of the Peace. His solomon wisdom dispensed justice in cases ranging from settling debit claims up to $100 and to setting fines for small noise disturbances. The first court case tried in Clark County was on April 20, 1820 for which Joseph served as its foreman.
On June 4, 1840 Joseph attended a meeting at Springfield, Illinois of the old soldiers of the Battle of Tippecanoe under General Harrison. In May 1844 he and the writer of the book "History of Crawford and Clark Counties Illinois 1883" visited the Tippecanoe battle ground to attend a mass meeting of Whigs from all parts of the State and then heard "the old man cloguent of Indiana" Richard W. Thompson who was then in his prime and was one of the principal orators of the meeting, and in a most eloquent and thrilling terms advocated the election of Kentucky's great orator and Statesman Henry Clay to the Presidency. He was much disappointed in the result of the election and thought that the American people lacked in gratitude for his distinguished services to his country, in not rewarding him with the office.
Joseph Shaw was a man of marked traits of character firm and unyielding in his convictions of what he thought to be right. He was a faithful and unfaltering friend, strong in his likes and dislikes, a man of unbounded hospitality keeping open house to all who came to his door. Joseph Shaw lived on his farm till October 1847 on his farm in Walnut Prairie and then moved to Marshall and died not long after on February 17, 1848.
Nineveh Shaw the first child and son of Joseph was born January 18, 1796 and was married to Mary Latshaw on March 16, 1820. Mary was the oldest daughter of Joseph Latshaw who then lived on the North end of Shaker Prairie, she was born March 26, 1801 in the town of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Not long after his marriage, Nineveh moved to his farm on Walnut Prairie, near his father's home.
In the Spring of 1832 when Governor Reynolds called for volunteers for the Black Hawk War he enlisted as a private in Captain John F. Richardson's Company of Mounted Militia, went to Fort Wilbourn near Hennepin the place of rendezvous, June 18, 1832 and was mustered into the service of the United States as Adjutant of the Spy Battalion commanded by Major McHenry after whom McHenry County was named. He was with his command during the war and underwent all the dangers and hardships of the short but decisive campaign which closed with the defeat and dispersion of Indians at the battle of Ban' Axe on the upper Mississippi River. On July 24, 1832 his horse "got lame," as a result of which he went back to Fort Hamilton instead of going on to the Bad Axe River. In December of 1832 he went to Louisiana to amend the estate of his brother William who died Dec. 10, 1832.
The first school of higher education was formed in 1939, when a bill was passed forming the Marshall Academy. Nineveh served as one of the first trustees for the school. The first building was a long single story frame structure. The Rev. Dean Andrews was placed in charge and was the teacher for the school.
Nineveh Shaw obtained the 57.25 acres farm on February 11, 1836 which was in Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 11 West of the second principal meridian Clark County, Illinois, consisting of prairie and timber land bounded on the East by the Wabash River. The civil or political division of the County was first Dubois Precinct and now York Township, of Clark County, Illinois. He filled the position of County Commissioner in Clark County in the early days of its history two or three terms and was a Major of Illinois Militia, and had frequent drill musters at Darwin when it was the County seat. Nineveh made a trip to New Orleans in May 1844 with two flatboat loads of Corn and returned with impaired health and died at his farm after a short illness of pneumonia on November 5, 1844. He left a wife and eight children , three sons and five daughters, Albert, Louisa, Sarah, Eleanor, William, Mary, Minerva, and John. His youngest child of Joseph died when he was only one year old.
Albert Shaw the oldest son of Nineveh Shaw and oldest grandchild of Joseph Shaw was born on December 10, 1820. He was living in Marshall and moving his mother and family there on April 6, 1846 and was married to Miss Virginia Drake on February 26, 1850 in Nashville, Tennessee. Reverend Robert A. Lapsley, a Presbyterian Minister united the two in marriage. The House in which the wedding took place, was still standing this century, on North Market Street. Virginia Drake's sister Maria Drake married Burns Archer a half cousin of Albert Shaw and Mary Drake married Gilead Shaw a half uncle of Albert Shaw. Albert farmed on his farm at Walnut Prairie until April 10, 1862 when he went to New Madrid, Missouri and there enlisted on the April 12, 1862 in United States Army as a 5th Sergeant in Company "H" 10th Regiment Illinois Infantry for three years or during the war; and at the end of a year was promoted to a second Lieutenancy in Company "I" 79th Regiment Illinois Infantry. He become disabled from active service on General Sherman's campaign against Atlanta, resigned and went home on the last of July 1864 and resumed his farm work. During the first week of October 1867 moved to Marshall. He did the 1870 Illinois State census for Livingston, Melrose, Darwin, York, Anderson and Melabrose Townships. He died in Marshall in 1901.
Louisa Shaw the first daughter and second child of Joseph Shaw was born on March 3, 1822 and was married to Reverend Dean Andrews from Fryeburg, Maine who was a graduate of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. He came West in October 1838 and taught at the Select School in Marshall for a number of years. It was while attending his school that Louisa became acquainted with Mr. Andrews as her teacher that finally resulted in their marriage on July 31, 1840. They were married at the old home on Walnut Prairie where she was born. They lived in Marshall where he continued to teach for some years at the school. He finally returned to the Ministry and organized in the early 1840's and became the minster of the Congregational Church of Marshall. He continued to preach in the church in Marshall and other places in this County and in Vigo County, Indiana, which is just east of Clark County, Illinois, till his death September 14, 1872. Louisa died November 22, 1858 leaving four children, two sons Albert and Simon and two daughters Sarah and Mary. At the time of the original writing there were only two living, Simon in South Dakota and Mary married to lawyer, Frank Howans of Rockville, Indiana. Albert enlisted as a private in the 14th Indiana Volunteers, in the Civil War and served to the end of the war with distinction. He rose by promotion until he became Colonel of the Regiment and was in command of the brigade, the Brigade was in the Army of the Potomac. Albert was wounded eight times, but the only severe one was thought one of his elbows. Married not long after the end of the war, and died on October 21, 1870. Sarah the oldest daughter married Clark King of Marshall at the end of the war. He was a first Lieutenant in Company F. 79th Illinois Volunteers and served his term of three years with much credit to himself and his command. He and his young wife moved to Kansas City, Missouri and in two or three years he died on April 2, 1868 and was brought to Marshall for burial. She left a son who was a Methodist Preacher in charge of a church in the city of his birth.
Sarah Shaw the second daughter and third child of Nineveh Shaw was born December 18, 1824, and was married on June 11, 1844 to Dr. F. R. Payne by the Reverend M. A. Jewett of Terre Haute. They lived for a time in Darwin, where he practicing medicine. Early in April 1846 he moved to Marshall and engaged in merchandizing with Gilead Shaw and in two or three years sold out, and resumed the practice of medicine. Sarah died on July 2, 1852 leaving two little girls; Clara and Flora. Clara was married to William Archer Harlan and Flora was married to H. A. Schwanecke a German Civil Engineer, both lived in Marshall.
Eleanor Shaw the third daughter and forth child of Nineveh Shaw was born November 19, 1827 received a good education in the Marshall Select School, and in the Edgar Academy. She was married to Charles Summers a Civil Engineer from New York on July 5, 1853 at the home of her mother, West of Marshall by the Reverend Jacob Chapman, Minster of the Congregational Church. They moved to Paris, Illinois and lived there till Eleanor died short after the birth of a son, on February 21, 1856. The son named Edgar was raised by his grandmother and Aunt Minerva Stephenson and was living in Martinsville, Illinois. He and a wife are in good circumstances have a good income and no children to share their prosperity.
William Shaw the Second son and fifth child of Nineveh Shaw was born in York Township at the old Shaw 240 acres homestead farm in Section 13, Township 9 North, Range 11 West, Clark County, Illinois, on July 26, 1830. He was raised in Clark County, Illinois and receiving the benefit of such educational institutions as were to be found in the county at the time, consisting in subscription schools and the Select School of Marshall taught at the time, by the Reverend Dean Andrews. He was married in Marshall February 17, 1859 to Miss Lucy (Barbee) Young of Crawford County where she was born February 12, 1834. Miss Lucy Young's parents were born in Kentucky where they grew to man and womanhood and were married and settled where Palestine now stands in 1818. They had a family of 12 children of which Lucy was the 11th. He had five children of whom three were dead at the time of the original writing, all were born in Marshall. Wilfred was born February 26, 1860, Gertrude was born August 17, 1861, John Y. was born August 16, 1863, another died in infancy, Edith F. the youngest was born on June 27, 1867. Edith was married to Truman Booth on July 19, 1890 and they had two children, the oldest one a girl dying in infancy the other one named Lyman was living and was about four years old at the time of this writing. Edith died in April 1895 of consumption. William on August 20 1870 served as first ward alderman.
Mary Jane Shaw the forth daughter and sixth child of Nineveh Shaw, the only one of the family bearing a double name was born August 12, 1832 in time of the Black Hawk War. She was educated at a common school first, and later at the Marshall High School conducted by the Reverend Dean Andrews. She was married to James G. Bryan, a young man who was at the time selling dry goods in Marshall, in October 1853 at the Shaw home West of Marshall by the Reverend Jacob Chapman. Mr. Bryan was engaged in various kinds of business during his career in this place and was elected by the Democratic Party to serve a term in the legislature late in the 1880's, and died on December 30, 1886. Their oldest son Clarence died December 30, 1888 over 30 years of age. William the next son married Cora Briscoe and died in El Paso, Texas on his way home from Southern California after a years stay there for the improvement of his health on March 25, 1895. Albert and Margaret were still living at the time of this original writing. Albert was a clerk in a bank in Marshall and was not married. Margaret was married to William Hogue who was the Postmaster of Marshall. They live in the Bryan home on the West side of town and also own the old Shaw homestead on the National Road, West of town. Mary Jane Bryan died June 4, 1893.
Minerva Shaw the fifth daughter and seventh child was the youngest daughter of Nineveh Shaw was born July 26, 1835 and was educated primarily in the schools of Marshall and later in the Edgar Academy in Paris, Illinois, and in St. Mary's Catholic Female Academy, four miles West of Terre Haute. She was married to Oliver G. Stephenson a Civil Engineer from New Hampshire on January 4, 1859 and they have lived in Marshall since. He filled the office of County Surveyor, 18 or 20 years. They have two daughters Nellie and Lola, the former has been a teacher in one of our graded schools for a number of years. Lola was married to Walter Cole engaged in the abstract business here. This couple have been married several years and have one little girl, four or five years of age.
John Shaw the third son eight child of Nineveh Shaw was born on October 2, 1837, in York Township, and received a good academical education Reverend Dean Andrews select school in Marshall. Then spent two years in the Ohio Wesley a University at Delaware, Ohio and later on, studied law under Judge John Schofield and the winter of 1860 and 1861 attended a course of lectures in a law school in Cincinnati, Ohio. When the war of the Civil War broke out, he came home and enlisted in Company H. 21 Illinois Infantry which was organized in Mattoon May 1861 and after General Ulysses S. Grant became Colonel of the Regiment it was ordered to Springfield, Illinois and for want of transportation had to march from Mattoon there on its way to Palmyon, Missouri. On this march John gave out in one of his legs, which had been broken when a boy by the kick of a house and was discharged at Springfield. He then came home and later in the summer of 1861 enlisted again in Company F. 30th Illinois Infantry. In January 1863 was commissioned by the Secretary of War as Captain of a Colored Company of Heavy Artillery and resigned in April 1864. Came home and in May 1864 was married to Miss Henrietta Barbour and in April 1865 sold his farm on Walnut Prairie and moved to Kansas City, Missouri and most of the time of his residence there was engaged in the steam and gas-fitting business. Some time in the winter of 1890 and 1891 he had a very severe attack of the Grippe and failed to regain his usual health and lingered along in declining health and strength till May 28, 1893. He left a window and three children, two sons (twins) and a daughter who was married to Truman Booth as his second wife and was living in Marshall. One of the boys was married and lived in Independence, Missouri 12 miles East of Kansas City.
Joseph Shaw fourth son and ninth child of Nineveh Shaw was born on January 8, 1841 and died July 27, 1842."
William Shaw the second son and child of Joseph Shaw, he was born two years later than his brother Nineveh, which would make it 1798. In December of 1832, Nineveh went to Louisiana to attend to the estate of his brother William, Who had just died, having gone to the famous Milliken's bend of Mississippi River in May 1832. Having never married he left his estate to his elder brother's children, with the exception of $500 to his step mother and $500 to his father. The estate when closed and settled up amounted to near $9,000. William Shaw's remains were brought North in a copper coffin and buried in the Walnut Prairie cemetery and he was 34 years old at the time of his death.
Joseph Shaw son of John Shaw married to Sarah Wilker as his second wife who was born on January 1, 1783. They were married near the first of the year in 1801. She helped to raise Joseph two sons and they had six more children.
Margaret Shaw first daughter and third child of Joseph Shaw was born April 14, 1802 and was married to John Riggs a cabinet maker of York, Illinois on December 21, 1826 by Justin Harlan a Justice of the Peace at Darwin, Illinois, then the county seat of Clark County. They had six children, James, Eleanor, Bolivar, Louisa, Sarah, Joseph, and John the youngest died when he was near 20 years of age. Bolivar was drowned in the river when 10 or 12 years old. The rest lived to be grown and married and left children except Sarah, who died childless within a year of her marriage. Her Husband was Dr. Simon Jumper of Darwin. The children of James, and Joseph, Eleanor Baker, and Louisa Condsman (children of John and Margaret Riggs) all lived in and near York, Illinois. Margaret Riggs died July 28, 1865 and was buried in the Walnut Prairie Cemetery. Her Husband was buried in the same place and died in York.