by P. Davidson-Peters © 1999
|A Note from Patti: The following is
focused on the descendants of Hiram Shaw, but
included here are some bits of information on a
Nathaniel Shaw, speculated from the following
source to be the brother of Hiram, the hatter of
My connection to the Shaws of
Lexington is through Margaret Pilcher, wife of
Hiram, and sister of Shadrach Pilcher (my direct
ancestor). Except for the census and biographical
records I've added, much of the following is
compiled from various sources. My search,
however, began with the Ralph Shaw transcript
which includes "The Shaw Family in
Lexington" and a letter written to C.R.
Staples of Lexington.
many now have access to many more on-line
records, the extractions to my census records
include corrections to the enumerator's errors
and also the maiden name of the women when known.
Since I began blogging, there is also more
information available at my PDP's Roots &
Branches and Early St. Louis blogs.
I've included sources at the
bottom of the sketch and links to the census
extractions or images. Any information you can
contribute, or any errors you might correct, I
gladly accept your emails. Questions and comments
are welcome as well. Thanks, and enjoy browsing.
|According to the
letter dated from Chicago on 22 Dec 1926 written
from Ralph M. Shaw to C.R. Staples in Lexington,
"Six Shaw brothers originally came from
North Adams, Massachusetts to Lexington. Two of
them - Nathaniel and Hiram - remained in
Lexington; one went to Missouri, one went to
Georgia and two returned to Massachusetts ...
just as I am dictating this letter the
respresentatives of the Cyclopedia of American
Biography calls upon me and gives as the names of
four of the brothers the following: Amyntas, born
in 1790; Cassini; Hiram and Nathaniel."
Quoting from the
typewritten The Shaw Family in Lexington Kentucky
papers: "As to what became of Nathaniel
there is no record unless it is the following:
There was a Nathaniel Shaw, who died in 1803 and
left a daughter named Sarah, then under age, as
she appeared before the Fayette Court and
selected Isaac Wells as her Guardian in 1806. His
will was destroyed in the court house fire of
1803 but the appraisement of his estate showed
value of 312£, 8s, 6d, which was filed by Peter
Gatewood, Joseph Rutherford and Abraham Bowman
during the July court 1807. Isaac Wells and
George S. Smith were executors of the estate and
by reason of the fire, they came into court and
were reappointed. The daughter married Nelson
Turner Jan 7th, 1808*. The executors were still
working on the settlement in 1806, see Deed Book
B-312. One entire page of the transcation of this
Nathaniel Shaw are enclosed. the farm land shown
was part of 44,000 acres given General Andrew
Lewis as a Military Grant. Part of the
personality was two copper stills, worms,
buckets, tubs, four horses and four negros."
Taking from this
information, a search for Sarah Shaw who married
to Nelson Turner was located from the information
of Pam Sulzer, whose 2nd great grandfather was
James Turner - twin of Nelson. The boys were born
on 12 Sep 1782 in Virginia and were the sons of
Lewis Ellzey Turner and Theodosia (Payne).
Sarah had died by time the 1830 census was taken,
and at that time Nelson Turner was listed living
next to Isaac Wells. He was last enumerated in
the 1850 census residing in
Lexington with his son Nelson and daughter Sarah
E., who was divorced from James P. Higley that
year. Nelson died on 21 Jan 1859 in Lexington,
Fayette Co., Kentucky.
Note: The Kentucky
Gazette dated 11 Dec 1806 reads: "On 4th
Nelson Turner weds Sarah E. Shaw, both of
SARAH ELLIS (SHAW) & NELSON TURNER
Ann Turner - born 03 Jun 1810 in
Fayette Co., KY; married Alpheus
Lewis on 02 Jun 1824 in Fayette Co.,
Ellis Turner - born before 1815 in
Lexington; married James P. Higley on
10 Nov 1831 in Lexington, Fayette
- Edward P.
Turner - born about 1816 in Kentucky;
married Sarh Bryant and died about
1876 in Lexington, KY.
L. Turner - born before 1820; married
Ann Elizabeth Bradford on 27 Apr 1835
in Lexington; died 19 Jun 1840.
Henry Turner - born 30 Sep 1822 in
Lexington, KY; married Rachel
Elisabeth Gist on 03 Mar 1846 in
Montgomery Co., KY and were the
parents of Rachel Dawson Turner who
was born on 30 Nov 1846. James died
on 23 Oct 1862 returning home from
the Battle of Shiloh.
Lewis Turner - born about 1824 in
L. Turner - born about 1825 in
Fayette Co., KY. On 10 Aug 1843 she
married Robert Chappell Holland, who
was one of the most prominent
physicians in Lexington, and about
twice her age. In 1811 he had
purchased the home on North Mill
Street in Lexington which was built
in 1807 and would be referred to as
"The Dunn House." He sold
the home to Joseph and Matilda Miller
in 1837, but his office was still
located on Main Street, "next
door to G.W. Norton's Drug
Store." They were enumerated in
the 1850 census
residing in Jefferson Co., Kentucky.
Robert died in Louisville in April of
|HIRAM SHAW, born about 1776, was one
of six brothers who came to Lexington some time
between 1785 and 1800 from North Adams,
Massachusetts. There he established himself as a
hat maker and on 25 Dec 1800, he married Margaret
"Peggy" Pilcher, the daughter of Joshua
who had removed there from Culpeper Co.,
had gone into business with John Lowry under the
name of Lowry & Shaw which was situated on
the corner of Main and Broadway, then called Main
& Cross Street. The firm did not do well, and
when Hiram died in 1822, his wife Margaret and
children were said to have been left in near
His widow Margaret
was residing in the household of their son Hiram
in 1850 and 1860, he having become a very
successful hat manufacturer. Margaret died on 24
Mar 1861 in Lexington and was laid to rest in the
Lexington Cemetery in Section C, Lot 25, Part
Biographical Sketch of
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the Descendants of Hiram Shaw
HIRAM SHAW & MARGARET (PILCHER)
- Sarah E.
Shaw - born 29 Mar 1802 in Lexington,
- Nathaniel Shaw - born 31 Jan
1804 in Lexington, KY; married Emma
Marsh and died 15 Feb 1849.
- Ann T.
Shaw - born 18 Apr 1806 in Lexington,
KY; appears to have died young.
"Ammi" Shaw - born 18 Dec
1807 born in Lexington, Ky; appears
to have died young.
- Hiram Shaw - born 13 Aug
1809 in Lexington, KY; married Nancy
Marsh; died in May 1873.
- Nancy Shaw - born
31 Jan 1812 in Lexington, KY; married
Lewis Pilcher; died 14 Oct 1848.
Pilcher Shaw - born 29 Oct 1841 born
in Lexington, Kentucky; appears to
have died young.
SHAW - the eldest son of Hiram and
Margaret (Pilcher), was born in 1804 and not yet
nineteen at that time his father died. Employed
at that time in the county clerk's office as a
writer and preparing to study law, he left that
employment and became an apprentice under Thomas
B. Megowan in the cabinet making trade and worked
for Megowan for several years. He then secured
work as clerk on the Mississippi river steamboats
operated by the Hull and Marsh families of
Madison, Indiana and became Captain of the Brandywine
September 19, 1832 he and Miss Emma Marsh,
daughter of Richard and Catherine (Milward) were
married by Rev. N.H. Hall. About one year later
Nathaniel left the river and engaged in hat
making in Lexington with partner James C. White
of Woodford County, Kentucky. Several years after
the firm of White & Shaw started, Nathaniel's
younger brother Hiram purchased White's interest
and the firm then became known as N & H Shaw.
On the 15th of
February 1849, at age 45 and 15 days, Nathaniel
died leaving his widow with six children. She was
listed as head of household in the 1850 census, and nine years
later on March 22, 1859, she purchased a house
which had been built on South Broadway in 1846.
John McMurtry and James C. Butler had bought the
south half-block of the land from Robert
Wickliffe. The land was bounded by Broadway,
Maxwell and Spring and had been the old drill
ground of early days, back of Lexington's
"hill fort." James. C. Butler, who was
a prominent merchant on Main Street, decided to
take 100 feet of the purchase on Broadway and
built his residence upon it. The 1859 Directory
it lists him and his family as living there while
Emma's residence was listed on south side of
Short between Spring & Jefferson. This house
remained in the possession of the Shaws for more
than 35 years. Emma's heirs and executors sold it
in 1894 to Hallie P. Wilson, whose mother, Mrs.
Jane R. Graves, paid for the home.
In 1860 Emma is listed as head of
household which includes son Hiram who was a
clerk, daughters Emma, Julia, Annie &
Margaret, and her mother Catherine (Milward) who
was at that time widowed and aged 73. Her
husband's nephew Hiram Shaw (son of Hiram &
Margaret), who was also her brother-in-law by
marriage to her sister Nancy, was living next
door at the time. Hiram was still working as a
hat maker and his son Joshua Pilcher Shaw was
working as a clerk.
Not far from the
family was the residence of Louisa Todd who was
estranged from her husband Levi (brother of Mary,
wife of Abraham Lincoln) and who, along with her
five children, was living with her mother Ellen
Searles. This is so noted as the Todds were also
associated with the Pilchers, Ballards, Kalbs,
and others in Springfield, Illinois where Mary
(Todd) Lincoln and her sisters were living. In
fact, Thomas B. Megowan's ancestry also includes
the Todd and Parker families - his maternal
grandparents being James Parker and Mary (Todd).
In 1870 Emma's children, except
Catherine and Annie, were residing in her
household. Her son Hiram was listed with his wife
Harriet and their one year-old son Ralph M. Shaw.
The census was taken the 12th of July and
Lexington Cemetery records indicate Emma was
buried on the 24th of July and was age
fifty-seven at the time of her death.
NATHANIEL SHAW & EMMA (MARSH)
- Hiram Shaw - born 22 Mar
1835 and married Harriet E. Martin.
- Catherine M.
Shaw - born 26 Apr 1837;
married Benjamin Pope Freeman; died
18 Aug 1877.
- Emma R. Shaw - born 01 Aug
1839; never married; died Jan 1924.
- Julia H.
Shaw - born 03 Feb 1842; never
married and in 1930 was living
alone on West 2nd Street with a nurse
tending her. She died in Lexington on
11 Mar 1932.
- Ann Eliza Shaw - born 04 Oct
1844; married (1) General Henry
Pleasants; (2) John Thomas Carpenter.
Pilcher Shaw - born 06 Jan 1847;
never married; died Oct 1924.
|HIRAM SHAW - the younger brother and
son of Hiram and Margaret, was born in Lexington
on August 13th, 1809. At the age of fourteen he
was apprenticed to Joseph Putman who manufactured
wool carding machines. He remained with Putman
until he was about 24 years old and then
purchased White's interest and became his brother
Nathaniel's partner in the hat making business.
Their firm moved from Main & Broadway to a
building used by John T. Miller, and then across the
street to where McMichael's Dry Goods store was located. It was
afterwards moved opposite the court house where
they kept up the making of hats with Theodore C.
Marsh as their foreman.
Hiram was married to Nancy Marsh on
March 7th, 1838 by the Methodist Reverend W.
Holman. She was the daughter of Richard and
Catherine (Milward), and in 1850 the census shows Hiram
working as a hatter, and his household including
his widowed mother, their five children, and
niece Margaret Pilcher. The enumeration of 1860 is nearly identical except
that Margaret Pilcher, the niece, is no longer
listed. It is believed that she died in 1853,
just a little over sixteen and a half years of
The 1870 census would be the last
federal census that Hiram would be enumerated in
as he died in May of 1873. Listed this year as a
rather successful hat and cap manufacturer with
servants included in his household, his married
son Joshua was also iving in the household with
his wife Jane and working as a furniture dealer
while son Joseph was working as a U.S. store
Nancy is listed as head of household in the 1880 census with her two
youngest children, Kate and Theodore, both
unmarried. Her married son Joshua (who was
employed as a bank teller) and his wife Jane were
also listed in the household. Nancy's date of
death is not known.
HIRAM SHAW & NANCY (MARSH)
- Joshua Pilcher
Shaw - born Dec 1838 in
Lexington; married Miss Jane Scott in
about 1867, but had no children. He
died in Lexington and was buried in
the Lexington Cemetery on 18 May
- Agnes Usher
Shaw - born in Aug of 1841
in Lexington; married George Hamilton
in about 1868 and died on 5 Nov 1924.
Milward Shaw - born about 1843 in
Lexington; was single at the time of
his death in January of 1875. He was
laid to rest at Lexington Cemetery.
"Kate" Marsh Shaw - born
about 1845 in Lexington; never
married. She was laid to rest in
Lexington Cemetery on 02 Feb 1917.
Marsh Shaw - about 1847 in Lexington;
never married. He died on 22 Aug 1925
and was laid to rest at Lexington
Cemetery the following day.
SHAW, daughter of Hiram and Margaret
(Pilcher), was born 31 Jan 1812 in Lexington. A
few weeks shy of her 18th birthday, Nancy married
her cousin Fielding "Lewis" Pilcher on
Saturday, January 2nd, 1830 in Fayette Co.,
Kentucky. Fielding was born on 20 Nov 1800 and
was the son of Fielding and Sarah (Collins).
appears to have died on 13 Oct 1839 just a month
after their third child Nathaniel was born. Eight
months later the infant died, and on 14 Oct 1848,
Nancy died at the age of 36 years, 8 months, and
thirteen days. She was laid to rest in the
Lexington Cemetery on the 27th of October.
NANCY (SHAW) & FIELDING "LEWIS"
- Fielding L.
Pilcher - born 18 Mar 1833;
married Ann Thomas Spiers and died 21
Mar 1865 in Nicholasville, KY.
Pilcher - born 04 Aug 1836; died 22
Mar 1853 in Lexington, Fayette Co.,
Pilcher - born Sep 1839; died June
SHAW, son of Nathaniel and Emma (Marsh),
was born 22 Mar 1835 in Lexington. He married
Harriet E. Martin in Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky
on 14 Nov 1867, she the daughter of Hezekiah and
Juliet E. (Jameson), the latter of Cane Ridge,
Bourbon, Kentucky and may have had her children
at the Martin home in Bourbon county.
In 1870 Hiram, Harriet and their
infant son Ralph, were living in the household of
his widowed mother, Emma Shaw, who apparently
died that July. Eight years later the Christian
Advocate in Nashville, Tennesse announced the
death of Harriet's mother, Juliet, as having died
at their Lexington residence on 23 Dec 1878.
In 1880 Hiram is still listed as a
hatter. His household includes his wife Harriet,
and children Ralph, Hiram, Clara, and Henry. Also
included in their household is "E.A."
Martin, age 62 of Kentucky, who appears to be the
older half-sister of Harriet, both daughters of
Hezekiah D. Martin. Eighteen year-old Mary
Norris, is a nurse that is boarding in their
home, perhaps emplyed by Dr. Bell who lives next
On 22 Dec 1897,
the Adair Co., Kentucky News stated that
"Hiram Shaw who was one of the most
prominent men of Lexington is dead."
After his death,
his widow Harriet resided with her widowed sister
Clara Poynter (widowed in 1896) who was living in
Shelbyville, KY in 1900. Only Harriet and Hiram's
youngest child, Wiley (named for Clara's husband)
was living with her at the time.
HIRAM SHAW & HARRIET E. (MARTIN)
- Ralph Martin
Shaw - born 18 Feb 1869 in
Paris, Bourbon Co., Kentucky; married
Mary Stephens and had by her one son,
Ralph Jr. She died in 1913 and the
following year he married Louise
(Shephard), widow of Theodore R.
- Hiram Nathaniel
Shaw - born 14 Sep 1872 in
- Clara Hathorne
Shaw - born 21 Oct 1874 in
- Henry Pleasants
Shaw - born 03 Dec 1878 in
Kentucky; married Fannie V. Hawes,
daughter of Judge Kirk Hawes and his
wife H. Elizabeth (Dunham). They were
the parents of at least two sons,
Henry and George.
- Wiley Poynter
Shaw - born 15 Aug 1881 in
M. SHAW, daughter of Nathaniel and Emma
(Marsh), was born 26 Apr 1837. She was enumerated
with her parents in the 1840 and 1850 census
records residing in Lexington, and on the 12th of
October, 1859 she married Benjamin Pope Freeman.
Referred to in the Shaw
records as "Pope Freeman," he is said
to be the son of Azel Roe Freeman and Delia
(Shaw), whose marriage appears in Ralph M. Shaw's
transcripts in his last entry for the
"Extracts from Marriage Records of Fayette
County" as follows: Delia Shaw to A.R.
Freeman, Book 1, page 58, by R.M. Cunningham,
Oct. 25th 1815.
Born in Macon,
Georgia on 07 Mar 1831, Benjamin apparently
returned with his bride to his home town. They
were enumerated in the 1860 census residing in the
Macon home of Benjamin's sister, Mary A.E.
Thomson, wife of Dr. Methven S. Thomson of Perth,
Scotland. At the time of the census, Benjamin was
listed as a merchant.
Still residing in
Macon in 1870, Benjamin was now working
as a master mechanic for the railroad shop, and
living in his own household with his wife and
children Theodore, Emma, and William. In 1880, however, the family is
back living in the same dwelling as Dr. and Mrs.
Thomson. Benjamin was now working as a locomotive
engineer and his son Theodore as a clerk at the
It is not yet
known when Catherine died, but appears to be
sometime after 1880 and before 1900. Her husband
Benjamin P. Freeman died in Macon on 08 Nov 1883.
CATHERINE MARSH (SHAW) & BENJAMIN POPE
Marsh Freeman - born 17 Mar 1861 in
Lexington, Fayette Co., KY; married
Emma E. White; died 22 Feb 1915 in
Savannah, Chatham Co., GA.
- Emma S.
Freeman - born about 1862 in Georgia.
A. Freeman - born about 1867 in
|EMMA R. SHAW - daughter of Nathaniel
and Emma (Marsh), she was born 01 Aug 1839 and
never married. She was listed as age thirty in
her widowed mother's household in 1870. Her mother died in July
of that year, and in 1880 Emma was listed as head of
the household which included her sisters Julia
and Margaret, her 18 year-old niece Emma Freeman,
and 13 year-old nephew William Freeman. The
Freemans were children of Catherine M. (Shaw),
wife of Benjamin Pope Freeman, who were residing
in Macon, Georgia at the time.
In 1900 and 1910 Emma was residing on
Second Street in the Lexington household of her
cousin, Joshua P. Shaw as were her two unmarried
sisters, Julia and Margaret. Joshua, who was
widowed, was a cashier at a bank. His brother,
also listed in the household, was a book keeper.
Joshua died in May
of 1918, and in 1920 Emma was once again listed
head of the household, which included her two
younger sisters and cousin Theodore. She died in
January of 1924 at the age of eighty-four and was
laid to rest at the Lexington Cemetery.
ELIZA SHAW - daughter of Nathaniel and Emma
(Marsh), was born 04 Oct 1844. Until recently,
nothing further had been added to Ralph M. Shaw's
papers which stated she married (1) Pleasants;
(2) Carpenter. It now appears, though not yet
confirmed, that Ann married the well-known mining
engineer, Henry Pleasants, who served withe the
48th PA Infantry and was the master mind behind
the mining explosion which became known as the
Battle of the Crater. For his "skillful and
distinguished services during the wars, and
particularly in the contstruction and explosion
of the mine before Petersburg" he received
the appointment of Brevet Brigadier-General of
Volunteers on 13 Mar 1865.
At this point it can only
be speculated how Ann might have met Henry
Pleasants, but that his ancestry traced to old
Virginia Quakers lends the possibility that the
families may have been acquainted through mutual
friends or family. Although Henry was born in
Buenes Aires, Argentina in 1833, his father was a
physican from Philadelphia, who while working in
South America fell in and love married. Henry
spent his first thirteen years there and then
returned to Philadelphia. He was well-educated
and after receiving a masters, he began to work
as a civil engineer and then became senior
assistant engineer on the Pittsburg &
Connellsville Railroad in 1853. This position
might also have put he and Ann into the company
of each, but that both familes were highly
respected and connected to politics and the
government, can not be disputed.
Margaret (Pilcher) Shaw, was sister to the famed
fur trader and Indian agent who had succeeded
William Clark as Superintendant of Indian Affairs
and was associated with Govenor Benton of
Missouri and the old families of St. Louis.
Joshua had, in fact, apprenticed under Ann's
grandfather Hiram Shaw, the hatter. It is also
well-documented that Joshua seemed be quite
knowledgable in the field of medicine and both
families had family or friends who attended the
Translyvania University - including the neighbor
and physican David Bell.
Residing with her
widowed mother in 1850 and 1860, an Ann E.
Pleasants,it would appear by the birth of her
first daughter that she and Henry first resided
in Kentucky, but in the 1870 census the Pleasants
family living in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Henry
Pleasants is listed as head of household, born in
South America. Ann E. is correctly listed as age
twenty-five born in Kentucky, and their daughter
Emma is aged three. Their married life was
short-lived as stated in the New York Times
newspaper, "Gen Henry Pleasants, Chief
Engineer of the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and
Iron Company, and late Colonel of the
Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, died
suddenly, at his residence, in Pottsville, Penn.,
His death, which
might have been attributed to a brain tumor,
occurred on 26 Mar 1880. Ann ElizaShaw was listed
in the census record taken in June as head of
household with children Emma R., John, James, and
Hiram. From the ages of the children and these
two census records, it is likely that she and
Henry were married sometime in about 1866 or
1867. No record of their marriage has yet been
found, and in the biographical sketches of Henry
Pleasants, only the first name of his wife is
Ralph M. Shaw's
papers noted that Ann E. married a second time to
a Mr. Carpenter. This appears to be John Thomas Carpenter who was born in 1833 and
who died in 1899. The genealogical information
provided by "Samuel Carpenter and his
Descendants" states that John T. Carpenter
was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania on 27 Jun
1833 and died 22 Jan 1899. He was the son of
physician James Stratton Carpenter and Camilla J.
(Sanderson), she being the daughter of John who
authored "The Lives of the Signers of the
Delcaration of Independence."
According to the
genealogy, John first married on 04 Dec 1855,
Eliza Adelaide Hill who was born on 22 Dec 1830
and died in April of 1886. They appear together
in the 1870 and 1880 census records residing in
Pottsville. After her death he married (2) Anne,
widow of Gen. Henry Pleasants - once again
supporting the fact that Ann's first husband was
Pleasants, and her second was Carpenter.
Ann's date of
death is not known, however, no thorough search
of the records have been made. Any further
information one might provide regarding Ann would
be most welcome. Please feel free to email me, Patricia
ANN ELIZA (SHAW) & HENRY PLEASANTS
- Emma R.
Pleasants - born about 1867 in
Pleasants - born about 1872 in
Pleasants - born about 1875 in
Pleasants - born about 1877 in
PILCHER SHAW - son of Hiram Shaw and Nancy
(Marsh), was born in December of 1838 in
Lexington. The 1859-1860 Lexington Directory
listed him as a clerk at H. Shaw & Company
(Hats, Caps, Furs, Trunks) which was located at
corner of south side of Main between Mill &
Upper. The 1860 lists him as still residing
in the home of his parents, his father listed as
a very successful hat merchant.
In about 1867, he married
Miss Jane Scott who was born in Kentucky in Apr
of 1845. The couple had no children, but remained
married until her death on 27 Apr 1901. The were
first enumerated together in the 1870 census, but living in his
parents. He was listed as a furniture dealer who
was doing very well for himself, and in 1880 (still in his widowed
mother's household) he is listed as a book
keeper, his wife is also included in the
household. Working as a bank teller in 1900, Joshua is listed as head
of household which includes his brother, sister,
and three cousins. Apparently his mother has
passed by this time, though her date of death is
Listed as widowed
in 1910, Joshua's household
remains pretty much the same as it was ten years
earlier - including his brother, sister and three
cousins. He died in Lexington in May of 1918 and
was laid to rest at the Lexington Cemetery on the
18th of May.
USHER SHAW - daughter of Hiram Shaw and Nancy
(Marsh) was born about 1841 in Lexington; married
George W. Hamilton in about 1868, and by 1870 was residing in Covington,
Kenton Co., Kentucky.
It is believed from 1850 and 1860 census records prior to
his marriage to Agnes, that George was the son of
Jane P. and James Hamilton who was a hemp bagging
manufactuer in Lexington, though in 1850 James is
listed simply as a manufacturer. The 1859-1860
Lexington Directory gives a more detailed
description of his business which was located at
the north west corner of Locust and Versailles
In 1880 Agnes and George are
residing in Covington at 502 Greenup Street with
their three children. The house (still standing
in 2007 and beautifully restored) is now home to
the law offices of Stephen D. Wolnitzek and
Leonard G. Rowekamp, Attorneys at Law.
remained in Covington and were enumerated in the 1900 census residing in the
same home on Greenup street, but in 1902 they
removed to Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1910 their household in
Cincinnati included George, Agnes, their daughter
Katherine and two servants. George died in June
of 1917 and and in 1920 Agnes is listed as
widowed, head of her household which includes a
cook, chambermaid, a chauffeur and his wife. Her
daughter Katherine is not living with her at this
time. Agnes died in Cincinnati on 05 Nov 1924,
but she and George are both laid to rest at the
Lexington Cemetery in Kentucky.
AGNES U. (SHAW) & GEORGE W. HAMILTON
Hamilton - born about about 1869 in
Hamilton - born about 1872 in
Hamilton - born Aug 1878 in Kentucky.
L. PILCHER - son of Fieldling L. Pilcher &
Nancy (Shaw), was born 18 Mar 1833 in Kentucky.
He married Ann Thomas Spiers, daughter of
Greenberry P. Spiers in Jessamine Co., Kentucky
on 31 Aug 1854. Prior to her marriage, she was
listed in her widowed father's household in 1850. Fielding died on 21 Mar
1865 in Nicholasville, KY and in 1870 she was then listed as
head of household with her children.
The 1880 census was
crumbled, torn, and missing Ann and Lewis on the
first page of District 108 of Nicholasville, but
considering the remaining children were listed as
son and daughter at the top of the second page,
it can be determined Ann (and most probably
Lewis) were listed on the first page where it is
now torn and missing.
In 1900 she and her son Lewis are
living in Nicholasville on East street. She is
listed as head of household, and though previous
census records indicate she was born in 1835, she
is listed on this record as born in May of 1838,
aged 62, mother of six children, four living.
Only five children are known, but it was her
youngest daughter Nellie who had died prior to
the census. She passed away in Chicago, Illinois
on 17 Apr 1897.
Lewis, who is
listed as born June 1856 in this record is listed
as a writer for a New York paper. Quite
remarkable to think her son was writing for a
paper when she herself - as indicated by previous
records, could not read or write. It should be
interesting to note that in 1870 the W.P.
Meredith family lived next door to the Pilchers,
and it is likely Meredith, who was a grocer, was
the employer of Ann's sons Elmer and Thomas who
were listed as clerks in a grocery store.
Although not known if there was a connection
between the grocer and Samuel C. Meredith who
became a printer for the Ohio Watchman. His
grandson, Meredith Nicholson, later became a
well-known Indiana writer.
Three reasons the
connection the the Merediths may be possible:
Samuel C. Meredith was the husband of Margaret
(Ballard) whose sister Louisa was maried to
Ezekiel Pilcher - the cousin of Fielding here
noted and in 1880 his son William M. Meredith was
residing in Chicago. Secondly, Fielding's wife
Ann, appears to have had a sister Mary Green
(Spiers) who was married to a James L. Ballard.
Lastly, Lewis' brother-in-law, William H. Pierce
(husband of sister Elizabeth), worked as a
printer in Chicago in 1900 and lived in the area
known as "West Town" as did the
FIELDING PILCHER & ANN T. (SPIERS)
Pilcher - born 11 Jul 1855 in
Jessamine Co., KY; died 11 Aug 1921
Pilcher - born 12 Nov 1857 in
Kentucky; married William Henry
Pierce, son of Sarah. The family
resided in Minnesota, Kentucky and
later lived in Chicago where William
was working as a printer. They had
four children: Ruth, John, Edward and
Ellsworth Pilcher - born 23 Jan 1860
Fielding Pilcher - born 17 Oct 1862
in Kentucky; married Hattie D.
Scheffer; died in Kankakee, IL on 18
Pilcher - born 01 Oct 1865 in
Kentucky; died 17 Apr 1897 in
Chicago, Cook Co., IL.
MARTIN SHAW - son of Hiram and Harriet (Martin)
was born 18 Feb 1869 in Paris, Bourbon Co.,
Kentucky - most probably at the home of his
maternal grandparents. In 1870 he and his parents were
living in the home of his widowed grandmother,
Emma (Marsh) Shaw and his father was then a
dealer in hats and furs. In 1880 the family, now including
three younger siblings, is living in their own
household, his father Hiram listed as a hatter
living next door to Dr. David Bell.
It is believed that Ralph
was married on 29 Aug 1896. His wife Mary E.
Stephens, was the daughter of Redmond and Louis
G. (Brier), a native of Linn Co., Iowa. Her
father was a lawyer and banker who organized and
became president of the Merchant's National Bank
and many other prestigious positions as well as
being a prominent member of the Masons and
Knights of Templar. He died in a tragic accident
in March of 1883 while running to catch a train
and died from his injuries. His widow moved to
Chicago in 1891 and is likely where Mary met and
Ralph, who had
graduated from Transylvania Normal School in
Lexington and went on to Yale University. After
he graduated from Yale, he attended the Law
School of the University of Michigan. He came to
Chicago in 1891 and was a lawyer in the firm of
Winston & Meagher in 1897. Three years later
when the 1900 census was taken, Ralph,
Mary and their only child were living in Chicago
at 2632 Praire Avenue and Ralph was practicing
law. He was a partner in the law firm of Winston,
Payne, Strawn and Shaw.
Ralph has not been
located in the 1910 census, however, it is
possible that he was traveling or at
"camp" on Lake Placid. His wife's
obituary stated that their city residence was at
2632 Prairie Avenue indicating they had not
moved. The obituary also stated she and their son
Ralph Jr. had "spent the winter traveling in
Africa ..." so it is possible they were
simply not home at the time the census was taken.
According to her obituary, Mary died on 08 Jul 1913
after returning from Africa ill.
On 29 Sep 1914,
Ralph married Louise (Shepard) Tyler, the widow
of Theodore Robb Tyler who had died on 16 Apr the
previous year. In 1920 they were living at the
very prestigious address of 999 Lake Shore Drive.
His household included his son Ralph Jr., by his
first wife, and step-children Louise and Thomas
Tyler, as well as two maids and a cook. In 1930, they were living at 1427 State Parkway, whose real estate was
then valued at $85,000 and is currently (July
2007) on the market with Koenig & Strey, GMAC
Real Estate of Chicago.
According to his obituary, Ralph M. Shaw died at age
eighty in Chicago on 03 May 1949 after suffering
a heart attack at his home. He was survived by
his widow, the former Louise Sheppard Taylor, and
a son, Ralph M. Jr., by his earlier marriage to
the late Mary Stephens.
NATHANIEL SHAW - son of Hiram and Harriet (Martin)
was born 14 Sep 1872 in Kentucky and was listed
in the 1880 census with his parents
living in Lexington. In 1910 he was living at a
boarding house in Chicago with his younger
brother Henry, and was listed as a railroad
to his World War 1 Draft registration dated 12
Sep 1918, he was of medium build with blue eyes
and brown hair, born on date indicated. He was
listed (as does the 1920 census) as working as a
purchasing agent for the stock yards and boarding at 2911 Prairie
Avenue, and listed his brother Ralph M. Shaw, as
his closest relative. In 1930 he was lodging with Pheobe
Lawrence and her mother Amanda Forman at 4714
Kenwood Avenue in Chicago, but not listed with
any occupation. All census records indicate he
A 1900 census
records shows a Hiram Shaw as born in October of
1864 in Kentucky to parents also born in
Kentucky. Listed as a roomer living in Hyde Park
Township of Chicago on Washington Avenue. One
might speculate this to be the same person, as
census records are often less than accurate,
especially in those case in which the individual
is not part of the family, but a boarder or
servant, however no further information yet
Genealogy by Thomas A. Hay states that Hirman was
a graduate of Kentucky State University and was
later a resident of Springfield, Missouri.
HATHORNE SHAW - daughter of Hiram and Harriet
(Martin) was born 21 Oct 1874 in Kentucky and in 1880 was listed with her
parents residing in Lexington. Her father passed
away in 1897 and while her widowed mother was
living in Shelbyville with her Aunt Clara, also
widowed, Clara was listed in the 1900 census as attending school
at the University of Chicago living in Green Hall. The
Martin Genealogy by Thomas A. Hay states that she
was a graduate of Wellesley College.
Not located in the 1910
census, Clara was listed in the 1920 census as a lodger and
working for the YWCA. Although her occupation is
noted only as "worker" it seems likely
her work was that of a counselor or something
equal to it as it is believed she is the same
Clara H. Shaw who was a passenger on the S.S.
Bermudian which sailed from Hamilton, Bermuda on
01 Jan 1914 and arrived at the New York port on
the fourth. That Clara was listed as born in
Lexington in 1874, and her U.S. address listed as
George School in Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. A
search of the ship's manifest did not list any
other passengers having been from George School
or Lexington, nor were any other names familiar
or known to be relative to the Shaw family. There
were, however, a number of passengers from
Princeton, Philadelphia and New York City which
might have included other students who did not
live at the boarding school but rather attended
as day students.
Whether Clara was
a teacher at the school is not known, but her
connection to George School is intriguing in that
other branches of the Moore & Pilcher family
had been Quakers. It would be interesting to know
her connection to the school and to the Society
of Friends. If you have further information,
please contact Patricia Davidson-Peters.
PLEASANTS SHAW - son of Hiram and Harriet
(Martin), was born 03 Dec 1878 in Kentucky. He
was listed with his parents in 1880 as "H.P.", age
one and residing in Lexington. According to the
1900 census, Henry attended Yale University and according to Hay's
Martin Genealogy, he graduated from that
institution. By 1910 was living in Chicago with
his brother Hiram and was a iron salesman. He
married Fannie V. Hawes who was born (1900 census) in June of 1886, the
daughter of lawyer and Superior Court Judge, the
late Kirk Hawes and his wife Helen Elizabeth
(Dunham). Fannie's grandfather Preston Hawes, was
the son of Joel a private in the Revolutionary
War and his wife Philadelphia (Thayer).
In 1920 Henry and Fannie were
enumerated in Chicago with their son, Henry who
appears to have been listed as two years and nine
months old. In 1930 the family also included
another son George who was born about 1926. Both
census records lists Henry's occupation as either
a broker for bonds or a sales manager for bonds.
of Judge Kirk Hawes and John H. Dunham
POYNTER SHAW - son of Hiram and Harriet
(Martin), was born 15 Aug 1881 in Kentucky. His
father died in 1897 and in 1900 he was located in the
census residing in Shelbyville, Kentucky with his
mother in the household of her sister, Clara
Notes: Ralph M. Shaw noted that in March of 1924
there were no Shaws left in Fayette County,
Kentucky except for Julia and Margaret Shaw,
although a large number of Shaws were in
adjoining Madison, Woodford, Franklin and
Jessamine counties. These Shaws, however, appear
to be descendants of John Robert Shaw who married
a ward of Colonel Robert Patterson and died in
1814, leaving widow Susannah and five children,
Cepithia, Sarah, John, Mary and Henry. This John
R. Shaw does not appear to be connected with the
family of Nathaniel or Hiram Shaw who descend
from the Shaws of North Adams, Massachusetts, and
is referred to in the Lexington records as the
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