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Mrs. Harriette F. Farwell

in 1891

Shaw Records


Roger Shaw



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Copyrighted, 1903


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Shaw Records



Page 124, Rebecca^ Shaw, b. May 21, iSor.

" 125, Mamie R., daughter of Albert J. Higgins, b. Nov. i.

" 131, Capt. Libby, died June 28, 1874.

" 162, Mrs. Susan Packard was married to Daniel Eaton in

" 208, In place of William' E. read John" E. and in place of
John' read William". — Reverse names but not rec-

" 234, Ralph Choate, son of Ralph H. Shaw, was born
April 29, 18S2.

" 421, Add Joseph H. Shaw, page 230, to index.




Ekrata, _ ~ - 3

iLLrSTKATIOX.s, _ " - 4

Pkeface, _ ' - 6

Key, ._"■■- 7

Shaw, _ ~ ~ - 11

ROGEK ShaW;, ■ - 13

Brentwood Bkaxch, . - - 1 7

STANDI8H Bkaxch, _ " ~ '"^

Kensington Braxch, . _ " " ' ^^*''

Portland Branch, - _ " " Ui2

M0ULTONHOR0U(iH, . " " - 235

Jonathan Shaw, _ " ' '^'^^

John Shaw, . ~ ~ - 267

Appendix, _ _ ~ " -^'^

- 21)7


AuTlloll, - - - - Frunll^pm-e


Hon. E. S. Kilbokx, - - - - o

First Shaw House IX Ham rrox, - - ^^

Mrs. Harkiette F. Fauwell, - - - 127

Milton Holt, - - - - - ^'^^

Albert AV. Grover, - - - - 14o

Capt. Robbins B. (trover, - - - 1'^"

Nathaniel F. Brown, - - - - ^^'^

Rev. Sargent Shaav, - - - - ^*^1

Peter M. Shaw, - - - - - Itio

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Shaw, - - 1^1

Joseph C. Shaw, - - - - - 174

Capt. Elijah M. Shaw, - - - 218
Joseph H. Shaw, - - - 230

John M. Shaw, - - - - - 25(>

Alonzo Shaw Weed, - - - - -o/

Capt. Albert A. Folsom, - - - ^58

Joseph C. Shaw, - - - - ' -*^-

Mrs. Mary Shaw Miller, - - - -*^^^

Hon. Oliver W. Shaw, - - - - ^65

Miss Marian E. Shaw, - - - -

Judge John Melvil Shaw, - - -

Maj. George K. Shaw, - - - - 2i)o

John Crosse Deed, - - - " ^■'^^



In placing " Shaw Rocords " before the public, we feel
that some explanation is due to those of the name who trace
their ancestry I)ack to different emiirrants from the old
countries, but whose records are not found in this compila-

This work when conmienced in 1S!I2, was at first intended
to cmlmicc all obtainable information of the Shaws of
America, whose Unvs of ancestry could In- identified as com-
ing from inuninrauts to our shores in the earliest Colonial
times. But when it was ascertained that instead of the two
or three which was generally Ixdieyed to be the entire num-
ber who braved the perils of the sea and sought refufi-e in
the new country at that early period, seven, i)erhaps eight,
would ])<« a more correct estimate of those of the name who
had well established themselves with their families in Ameri-
can homes near the beginning of the ITtli century, and
that, at the present time, the Shaws were more nmnerous
than the Smiths or Joneses, then the full magnitude of the
projected work became manifest, and redoubled efforts were
l)ut forth to obtain the re(|uisite information for a reliable

This el,,se application to the \v(U'k so(,n obliged the com-
:)iler to desist (on account of its disastrous effect on eve-
t;ght and general health) and confine herself to the one; par-

g Preface

tieular line to which she belonged, that of Roger Shaw who
settled in (^unbridge as early as 1()3(). And, though the
residts have not (luite eciualed expectations, it should be
taken into consideration that all genealogies must, to a cer-
tain extent, be a work of co-operation, and that the lack of
interest shown by many in works of this kind and the con-
sequent failure of many families to resjjond to solicitations
for information which can be obtained in no other way,
consi)ire to render the work of the compiler incomplete and
unsatisfactory. It is to be earnestly hoped that all such
non-helpers will be sparing of their criticisms in this instance,
until they shall have learned more of the difficult tasks and
vexatious delays (reiiuiring time and an intinite amount of
patience) which serve to retard the progress of the work, if
they do not defeat the honest ])urposes of the geneah)gist.
It should also be home in mind that town records to which
recourse was made in many plaec-s, often proved incomplete
and (juite as often incorrect ; while those of families showed
discre})ances recjuiring nuich unnecessary labor and no small
amount of ingenuity to rectify.

In striking contrast to the class of delin»iuents just noted,
we take i)leasure in pointing out brighter examples of loyalty
to family and the memory of ancestors, whose names as
benefactors of this work should be here recorded. Among
these, the name of Thomas Shaw of Sebago Lake, ^Nhiine,
who furnished records kept by his father, the late Daniel
Shaw, (of the same i)lace) through many generations to
which this son had bet'u constantly adding by his own per-
sonal etlorts as well as leading pecuniary aid in several in-
stances, stands lirst. Credit should also be given John W.
■ Shaw, broker, of Boston, who caused a search to be made
for records at the City Halls of Boston and C^imbridge, at
tlu! rooms of the New England Historical and Genealogical
Society in the former city, and of the Probate Records of
the counties of Suffolk and Middlesex in Massachusetts, a

Preface q

toiuaidod ,,. h,s nephew, Frank M.Shaw, „f Nevvnort

Joseph Do„-, ,„ the eon.pilation <,f the History of Ha, , '

eea.c. Thanks are also due Peter S. Bean of Wiseonsin

aescend,mt,s ot Hampton taniilies, and Hon. Oliver W

Shaw or photooraph of the old Shaw House of H.nton '

-1 :> IKJ favors. Hon. Elijah M. Shaw of Xashua x' H

urn,shed ,nanv records of Ke„.sin,-ton Shaws, a, d aftera

Ztr:: ;;:.;:"'';■;' ''"■ -"' " «"^"- «'-"• (">'■ '" i-

^Mit) .,„d that ot l„s son Benjamin whiel, is usc'd in this

' , , ; "■ ^ ■ '^'"^"- "* '^fount Vernon, Main,, rendered
™luahlea,d n, eolleetin. r,.«.rds of Minot Shaw. ■ , "
Mar, Shan .Mi||,.r of Cliftondale, Mas.s., hv e .He, i , . , ,
forward,,,, reeords of the Moultonborou;!, hrane , I,;,'
four generations, and other favor., • Virtor ( S , f
;.;forn,ation relative to the l.irth J H^L''"^Z:

;.. .0 throne,.. wh,.e ,e,,;S''.e,l,:1h-d:ii:::
t.on of tl,o.,e reeords ,n hook torn, possible, after furnish
J .u .stant,al aid, both in a peennia,- v sen.se Lnd oti .^ i "
.' th,ouo.h the pro,„.e,ss of the wo,.k while in its various
^tase., of p,.epa,,.tion (sinee the eon,„,c„ce,nent).

B.,t ,„ addition to the valuable assi.stanee iveeived f,.,n„
'^ l'-"ds ot th,s e„te,,„.ise, th,. a,„„u„t of labo,- reo, ,

;::;::;;:,' i ■■'•"" "■"^■"'™" '" * ^> -" -"'i''-

■"". of m,scella„eous „,aU.rial sent in, in tl„. ,nost b,.wil,|.

■j^Q Preface

erin- form, to say nothino- of the expense involved, would

astonish those not familiar with this kind of labor.

Nearly five hundred printed cireulars of four pages each
have been sent out through the mails ealling for records and
other informati<.n ; more than a thousand letters have been
.vritten for the same purp<.se ; town histories, ineludu.g the
History of Canibridoe, Mass., Sanbornton, N. H., Hampton
N H ^ Davis' Landmarks of Plymouth, and the Histories of
Gorham, Paris, Bethel and AVaterford in Maine, besides
numerous biographies and as many genealogies have been
examined for the information needed to make this .vork
complete. That it may hv enjoyed and appreciated by the
descendants c.f our great common ancestor to whose memory
this unpretentious volume is dedicated, is the devout wish

"*" '^''' ^""1''*'" H. F. Farwell.

Bethel, Aug. 5, 1^*03.


As the system of ivferoiice used in this work may differ
somewhat from tliat found in some of tlie older genealogies,
it may he advisahle to explain the method here adopted by
Avhieh any head of a family may be traced from the o-enera-
tion in which he was born to the next one followino' it.
The names of the children beino- numbered in their natural
order, (usino- Rouian letters) whenever one is carried for-
ward to the next generation a smaller figure (numeral) is
placed at the left, close to the munber of the child, to re-ap-
pear in the same position with the Roman letters omitted,
in the next generation. In order to trace a name backNvard,'
it is only necessary to refer to the names printed in italics
over each family in the larger print used— the small tiom-es
at the upper right hand corners always denoting the genera-
tion, and the names in their natural order, leading back to
the immigrant.
^ For the sake of avoiding numberless repetitions, abbrevi-

^ ations are often used in ^tlace of the full word ; for example,
'■ b, stands for born: m, for married: d, for died ; res, for
resides or resided, etc; unm, for unmarried; and ch,' for
children. Mimy other abbreviations such as are found in
^all other writings of a different class, are also used.



Various o}»inu)n,s have been iyiven by I'liiiiient authorities
as to the origin and siiiiiificatiou of the name Shaw. As to
the word itself, a})art from its a})plieation to a numerous and
much scattered family of tlie lunnan race, Webster and other
etymoh^gists define it thus: — "a tliiclvly wooded spot in a
low place or hollow — a thicket, a low country with a thick,
short irrowth of trees and shrubbery." Such a tract of land
has been desiirnated by the inhabitants of Scotland, as "The
Shaw." Hence, many interested in Scotch nomenclature
have concluded that the name as ai)})lied to the race known
as Shaws the world over, must have been derived from the
fact that they were originally natives of the low countries of
Scotland and England.

But in contradiction to this theory we find a tradition
which has existed among the Shaws of America, handed
down from their respective ancestors who were inmiigrants
to this country during the early Colonial })eriod of its ex-
istence, that Scotland Avas the mother country from which
this hardy race first si)rang, and from which many of her
sons fled during the troublous times of Charles 1 of England,
Scotland and Ireland when the arrogant, stiff-necked king
undertook to substitute and establish the church of England
(Episc()})alian) in Scotland where the Presbyterian order
[»ad been so firmly rooted (and was, indeed, established by

1 4 Shaav

law of the Scottish Parliament years before, and confirmed
.by James V) and wlio (Charles) exacted many other con-
cessions from both countries too unreasonable to be borne,
which resulted in his overthrow and the usurpation of the
government by Cronnvell.

The tradition has also been religioush^ kept in each of the
various ancestral lines of American Shaws, that these immi-
grants were from the "Highlands of Scotlands" originally,
although some were known to have been residents of Eng-
land loniT ])revious to their eomino; to America.

In a book entitled "Clans of the vScottish Highlands" by
liobert Roland Maclan, })ublished in IS')?, we find a very
interesting account of the way in which the name Shaw
originated in Scotland. This author says : —

"Antiquarians and genealogists assent to the tradition that the
'Shaws' are descended from MacDuff (the earl of Fife-, or 'thane',
of Shakespearian fame) who aided Malcolm III, the rightful heir
to the Scottish throne, in overthrowing Macbelh in 1056-7.
Malcolm, in return for these services, granted in solemn cove-
nant, the following unusual privileges to MacDuff and all his

ist. On all occasions when the royal standard was unfurled,
this family was privileged to lead the van in the Scottish Army.

2d. They had the right of placing the crown upon the heads
of the future kings at their coronation. Isabel, daughter of Dun-
can MacDuff, and last in the line of Fife (who married the earl
of Buchan) crowned Robert the Bruce in 1306.

3d. If they or their kindred to the ninth degree committed a
slaughter, they were promised a special claim of sanctuary and
obtained remission of all crime by paying an atonement to the
relatives who survived the slain.

Malcolm also granted the province of Moray to the Seach or
Shaw (eldest son of MacDuff) whose seat was established at
Rothiemancus on the Spey in Inverness where the chiefs of this
Clan resided for centuries. Their badge was the red whortle-
berry. — Their motto. Fide et Fortitudinc (By Faithfulness and

The shield of MacDuff's Coat of Arms bore a red lion on a
gold ground. The Armorial bearings of his son, 'The Shaw of
Rothiemancus,' are thus described : — ist and 4th qrs. of shield,

Shaw 15

or, a lion rampart, gules armed, languid, azure. 2d and 3d qrs.
Argent, a fir tree growing from a mound in base, proper and on
a canton in dexter chef of the field a dexter hand couped fesswise,
holding a dagger, all proper. Crest: A dcmi lion, gules, holding
in the dexter paw, a sword, proper.

In 1595 or soon afterwards, this clan bereft of their chief who
^ forfeited his lances, were in part dispersed, though many joined
the iMcPhersons and Mclntoshes thus forming a part of the great
Cl:m Chattan while retaining their distinctive name."

Still iUK.tluT writer who lias made the suhjoct a studv,
aftor many ri'scaivhes condciisrs the information he has
<»aiiic(l in tlic folloAvino- brief ('oiiiniiinicatioii :

,\/ "The Shaws of Scotland were a branch of the Clan Mcintosh,
their progenitor being 'Shiah' surnamed DeShawe, one of the
sons of MacUuff, third earl of Fife, Scotland. The surname
anglicized, means a thicket, or grove. The baronetcy of Gra-
noch came by ni.irriage with the family of Shawe, of Sanchie ;
and continued in the family until the reign of James V. During
the reign of Alexander III, John DeShawe was one of the wiT-
nesses to a donation which John, the son of Reginald, made of
lands to the monks of Paisley in 1284. In the year 1484, George
Shaw was Lieutenant Colonel of a Regiment of Horse, command-
ed by the earl of Dumferline at the battle of Worcester. For his
valor and loyalty, his sovereign conferred on him the honor of
knighthood. A little way south of the castle of Erskine, stands
the house of Bargaran, the seat of John Shaw, whose ancestors
have for more than three hundred years possessed these lands."

Now as surnames were not in common use until the latter
part of the tenth century, and the son of MacDuff received
his as early as lo;)<;-7, luay we iu)t reasonably conclude that
the name of Shaw oriojnated with him : and that the early
Shaws of Eiiiiland were, in rciility, his (lescciulants who liad
cmiuTatvd hitiier either before or after the partial (lis|.eisi(.n
of Clan Shaw of Scotland?

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( )n the green hillside I stand with pride,

A loved and peaceful king ;
They've made my throne a happy home,

Where loved ones work and sing.
In the days gone by, I was thought supreme,

By those who have long been dead ;
Their hearts would throb when they heard my name,

The name of the old homestead.

My walls were built in the olden time.

My rooms made long and wide ;
And whether in youth or manhood's prime.

My subjects were true and tried.
How proud was I of that grand old stock —

And they were as proud of me ;
Their hearts and my doors scarce needed a knock,

To open them wide and free.

The voices of children resounded here,

Their songs echoed far and wide ;
And whether they wandered far or near,

They loved me with honest pride.
I have known them come long miles by land,

Long miles from over the sea,
To grasp my inmates by the hand,

And look once more on me.

I've marked how the eyes of departing ones.

With rushing tears would fill ;
Though dwelling in grander, newer homes.

They loved the old home still.
And when death called my chiefs away.

Brave hearts were ever at hand,
In tilial reverence to obey

The Father's just command.
For love would inspire and keep alway,

Those hearts in an unbroken band.

Years come and go with their changing round.

Yet my frame remains the same ;
And though marks of age on my walls are found,

These old oak beams prove game.
Then gather around my hearthstone !

My rooms with namesakes fill !
Leave wide these old doors open.

That all who will may come in !
And may you long live, and I long stand.

The same loved homestead, still.

Kensington, N. W.

^A^^^T^4-Ajuci ^ \Ve.\ke N. Shaw.


Roger Shaw is first inciitioned in history as appearing at
General Court* from Camhridge, Mass., in ICtHd, where in
1()3<S, he A\ as made freemanf, liaving previously liought two
hundred aeres of land and ])uilt him a house on the south
side of Arrow street.

In reiiard to his hirth, we aather from the Ilarleian
Records tiiken from the Register of St. Peter's, Cornhill,
London, Eng., the following: "1594, September 1st, Sun-
da}', christening of Roger Shaw, sonne of Rali)h Shaw,
Vintnor at the Sunne, on Cornhill : borne ^Monday ye 2()th
of August." Although it is not })()sitively |)roven that the
christeninij alluded to was that of the inuniyrant Roirer
Shaw above mentioned, yet the probabilities are strongly in
favor of such a conclusion, as no subse(iuent record of him
has been found in the old country ; and the fact that he was
accounted competent by (ieneral Court to he installed
Vintnor and Keeper of the Ordinary at Hampton, N. II.,
where he finally settled, would seem to im})ly that he had

*A term applied to the legislative body of the Massachusetts Colony.

tOne who in the early days of the colonies, held the right of franchise. No one was allow-
ed that right witliout first becoming a member of the c:hurch. The laws were made by a(iuo-
rum of the " Assistants" or "Magistrates," sent out and commissioned by the "t-ompany" in
London, Kng., wliich held the charter. The law compelling church menibersliip was passed
by the " Assistants" in i'^>^i. In 1676, five-sixths of the people of Boston were non-voters be-
cause they were not churcli members, and were thus shut out from any i)articipation in the lo-
cal government. It was customary however, for immigrants of the better class to attend the
" (Ieneral Court" in person, for the purpose of obtaining '' grants" of land and iieriuissiun to
settle in the town they had selected lor their future residence.

18 Shaw Records


.':onie previous knowledge of tlic business. In 1 (;;>!), lie \v:is
drawn jurvniiui, and the following year was elected Town
Clerk of Cambridge, Mass. Tie was also selectman for the
same town for the years KUl, ](;42, 1(;4;5 and l(;4r).

The settlement of Hampton, \. II., (formerly known as
Winnaeunnet) was authorized by (icncral Court in lOHS,
and incori)()rated in KIHl), Hogcr Shaw's name api)caring as
one of the })etitioners. In 1(;4(), he l)ought* of "John
Crosse" land in the new town, and Xovembei- If), 1()47 he
o!)tained a grantf of lands from Chai'lcs II ((hen king of
Great Britian) which, included with his former j)urchase,
constituted a large estate. In 1(148, he moved to Hamj)ton,
selling his real estate in Cambridge, Mass., consisting of a
house and two hundred acres of land, and settled on his first
purchase, some part of which is still owned by his de-
scendants. The original house was enlarged and im})roved
by his son Jienjamin and grandson Edward, and was used
in colonial times as a garrison [see frontispiece]. It was
taken down, however, sometime in the early tifties to make
room for a "modern one."

He seems to have been a man of prominence^ among the
early settlers, for from ]\\')\ to 1 (;;');> he served as Kepre-
sentativx' to General Court, and was selectman in liUi* and
l(>r)4, and filled luany other inqjortant offices. It uiay be
here mentioned that the controversy arising from the occu-
painy of lands on the New Hampshire borders by authority
of Massachusetts, was, in l(»r»l, carried into (leneral Court,
and added nuich to the responsibilities of Representatives
for that year, re(|uiring unusual wisdom and abilit> . He

*This deed is in possession of Capt. E. M. Shaw, of Nashua, N. H.

t'l'he original deed is now in possession of Hon. ( )liver W. Shaw, of Austin, Minn.

■fAt the seating of the " new meeting house" in Hampton about 1650 or a little later, we
hnd seats appointed as follows : " Men's Settees at the table to be occupied by Rodger Shaw ;
Christopher Husse; .lohn Moulton ; Philemon dolton ; Robert Page; Willyam Easto ; Will-
yam ffuUer; Robert Tuck. Women's Settees: Rodger Shaw, for a wife; John Moulton's
wife ; goody Marston ; goody Tuck ; goody Dolton ; goody page ; goody tfuller. About 1657,
the town chose a committee consisting of Roger Shaw, Robert Page and Thomas Marston " to
attend to the business of accommodatiug the minister, iRev. Seaborn Cotton) both witli hous-
ing and land, hisdwelliug to be repaired at the town's e.vpense. [Dow's History of Hampton.]

Generation i Shaw Records ID

was also the same year appointed "Commissioner for trying-
small eases." On the 2(;tli of Sei)tember, l(!^)^^, the town
of Ham})ton appointed Koucr Shaw first, on a Committee of
three, together with the Tctwu (lerh, "to examine all
grants and appointments of Isinds, liighways and such like,
and to reeorde the same in ye new Towne Book." On the
nth of February, IGoH, the same conuuittee were appointed
"to lay out and record coiiveiiieiit highways to men's land
in the towne and to allow satisfaction to the })ro})rietors for
the same according to their discretion :" which satisfaction
was to be made from the town's land. lie was for a time
Vintnor and Kee})er of the Ordinary in Hampton, and in
16f)0 was empowered and ordered by General Court "to
sell wine or any st)rt of strong li(|uors to Christians and the
Indians, as in his judgment shall seem meet and necessary,
on just and urgent occasions, and not otherwise."

Roger Shaw m. 1st Ann- ; 2d, Susanna, widow of

William Tilton of L^^nn, Mass., who d. January 2.S, 1()55.
She was known to have had two sons by her first marriage,
namely, Abraham iiiid Daniel Tilton, renieml)ere(l in the
will of Mr. Shaw made August 25, l(i(U)§ : probated Au-
ijust 10, ICHl, after his death on :\lav 2i)th of the same
year. Ilis eldest son, Jose})h, was made sole executor of
this will in which he is instructed to })ay Abraham and
Daniel Tilton their })ortion according to "Covenant," when
they shall become of age. He also designates "Sanmel
Fogg and said ,I()se))li as trustees, to order iind direct my
son Benjamin (then but twenty years old) until he comes
to the age of twenty-one years, according to law in all
things." Children, all by first wife, were as follows :

2. I. Margaret- b. about 1634 ; m. Thomas Ward ; d. Apr. 15,


3. II. Joseph'-, b. about 1635 ; m. Elizabeth Partridge.

4. III. Ann"-, b. about 1636 ; m. Samuel Fogg ; d. i66f,

§ls iQ possession of Capt. E, M. Shaw, of Nashua, N. H.

20 Shaw Records Gexekation i

IV. Esther-, b. June 1638 ; no record of marriage or death.

V. Mary'-, b. Nov. 26, 1639; d. Jan. or Feb. 1640.

5. VI. Benjamin-, b. 1641 ; m. Esther Richardson ; d. 1717.

VII. Mary'-, b. July 29, 1645 ; m. Thomas Parker, Jr. of whom

but little information has been gleaned. In 1640,
land was granted to wid. Judith Parker of Hampton,

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