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Male 1804 - 1886  (81 years)

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  • Name Robert Shaw 
    Born 29 Nov 1804  Trenton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Feb 1886  Jackson Rd, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Clifton Cemetery, Clark, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID P-108076913  SheldonTurner
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2011 

    Father Robert Shaw,   b. 27 Nov 1761, Near Trenton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1841, Miami Township Greene County Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Anne (Nancy) Swanger,   b. 25 Jan 1771, Near Trenton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1815, Greene County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 22 Feb 1789  Near Trenton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F112  Group Sheet

    Family Polly Wilson,   b. 3 Oct 1812, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1882, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1834  Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Sarah J. Shaw,   b. 1835,   d. 1912  (Age 77 years)
     2. Charles Shaw,   b. 1836,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Snowden Shaw,   b. 1839,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Margaret A Shaw,   b. 1841,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Cyrus Shaw,   b. 1843,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Lydia Elizabeth Shaw,   b. 1845,   d. Pittsburg, PA.? Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Mary Shaw,   b. 1847,   d. 1909  (Age 62 years)
     8. Ann Shaw,   b. 1847,   d. Hammond, La ? Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Achilleus "Chillus" Shaw,   b. 1848,   d. 1912  (Age 64 years)
    +10. Horace (Harry) Shaw,   b. 17 Apr 1851, Tanyard Rd, Greene County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1937, Yellow Springs, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     11. John A. Shaw,   b. 1853,   d. 27 Apr 1937, , Greene County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     12. Findley W. Shaw,   b. 1856,   bur. Yellow Springs, Greene, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Robert Shaw JR. was the sixth child of nine childre of Robert Sr. and Anne Swanger. The fourth chld born 13 May 1799, had been named Robert, but died very young, so the next son was alson maned Robert. He used the name Robert Shaw Jr. on documents while his father was living.
      Nothing has been found in family records or county histories of a stay in Warren County, on the way to Greene County. However, Robert Shaw bought 80 acres of land 31 dec 1807 in Deerfield Twp Warren County, from a land dealer of near Trenton, New Jersey. Thus it is presumable that he arrived in Warren County in 1807 or early 1808. His oldest son, George Shaw came in 1807 to Miami Township, Greene County, Ohio. Robert's oldest daughter, Sarah was married in 1812 in Warren County and raised a family in the same area where her father's farm was listed.
      Later, in 1813, Robert Sr sold his land in Warrne County, and moved to the area near the present site of Clifton, Ohio. Locating residents north of Clofton before 1818 is confusing because this land became Green Township, Clark County lare in 1818.
      The Census of 1820 and 1830 indicate tha Robert Shaw, Jr. lived with his father in Miami Township. There were several large landowners in the area. Since Robert Shaw, Sr. possessed no land, the family probably farmed for others or did tenant farming.
      The John McClellan family owned a large amount of land in Miami Twp, along the Tanyard Road. This land was obtained as a result of Revoluntionary War sevice. In February of 1833, Robert Jr. and Isaac Shaw bought land from John and Margaret McClellan. Later in 1833, Robert Jr. and Isaac bought land from Samuel, James and Hannah McClellan. In 1834, Robert Jr. bought land from Isaac and in 1835 from David Knott. Robert Jr. traded land with John McClellan Jr. and his wife Malialah, in 1837.
      According the Charlie Shaw (Robert Jr.'s grandson), Robert Jr. bought land in Clark County as it became available and as he had the money. He bought a 100 acre farm just across the line in Clark County and the reted it out. Cyrus Shaw, Robert's son, eventually bought this farm and his children were born there. Findley Shaw bought the 60 acres just east of Cyrus's Farm.
      Robert Shaw Jr. was married 11 February 1834 to Polly Wilson , daughter of Junius/Junia Wilson and Sally (Chapin) Wilson. The 1820 census indicated that the Shaw and Wilson families lived in the same area of Miami Twp. at that time. Initially, it was a mystery why Robert and Polly were married in Clark County. It was found that after the death of her husband in 1824, Sally (Chapin) Wilson, Polly's mother moved to Allentown, Ohio. She used her given name Sarah in reporting as head of household for the 1830 census of Greene Township, Clark County. Two of Polly's brothers, Joesph and Launsaon, were heads of households in Allentown in 1830.
      Junius/Junia Wilson was the son of a Revolutionary War soldier, Henry Wilson of Massachusetts. Sarah(Sallie) Chapin was the daughter of Gideon Chapin of Massachusetts, also a Revolutionary War veteran.
      One County history record, has Robert Jr. and Polly first settling on a farm in Greene County, where their first child was born. They later moved to an area "two miles west" where the remainder of their eleven children were born. The map dated 1875 of Miami Township shows the location of the home of robert and Polly. The could have moved two miles "northwest" to this location and still have lived in Greene County before the move.
      In 1998, this land was farmed by Steven Waddle, great grandson of both Cyrus and John Shaw, and thus the great great grandson of Robert Shaw.
      Nothing has been found about Robert's church affiliation, but Polly joined the Clifton Presbyterian Church on 24 May 1873 and her son Cyrus joined on 8 Jan 1873.
      According to the 1860 census of Miami township, Snowden and Charles lived together in Yellow Springs, Ohio. By 1870, Charles had married Sarah Rasmer of Dayton, Ohio, Sarah Shaw was a boarder in their home in Yellow Springs and Snowden had moved back on the farm.
      On October 7 1882, Robert's sister Nancy Phillips was placed in a home for the aged in Springfield Ohio. She was dischrged March 4, 1883, "to be taken chrge of by her brother, Bob Shaw of Green Township." This is the only indiction that Robert had the usual nickname for Robert.
      Robert's home in 1880 was probably located on the property he owned just east of the Allentown school which was located at the junction of Peacock and Jackson Roads. Both the farm buildings and the Allentown school were razed and the south end of Peacock Road was abandoned when the Springfield Airport was built.
      According to Clark County death records, Polly died of pneumonia on January 6, 1182 and Robert died of paralysis on February 9 1886.
      The Friday Febuary 19, 1886 issue of the "Yellow Springs Review" had an article about the death of Robert Shaw.
      "Mr. Rob't Shaw died at this home two miles N of town some weeks hence at
      the age of 81 yrs, was one of the oldest residents of this township and
      father of well known former citizens of this town."
      Both Robert and Polly were buried in the Clifton Cemetery, Clifton Ohio. The only identification other than "SHAW" was "MOTHER" and "FATHER" of their footstones.
      Ohio Landowner Index of 1874

      Page 1 of 1
      Last Name First Name Township RTS VMD
      Shaw Isaac Miami R8 T4 S3
      Shaw J. Miami R8 T4 S26
      Shaw R. Miami R8 T4 S9
      Shaw R. Miami R8 T4 S3
      (Research):A Standard history of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio page 56, Dr Benjamin F Prince, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1922. Clark County Library, Springfield Oh. In this account of the Cyrus Shaw family , "Robert Shaw Jr. listed as the fourth child in order of birth. Also page 170 account of the Findley Shaw Family.

      Land Records, filed by the county recorder in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio

      Robinson's History of Greene County, page 374, George F. Robinson, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1902

      A Biographical Record of Clark County, Ohio, page 401 S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., New York and Chicago. 1902. Robert Shaw Senior is erroneously listed as Roger Shaw.

      Warren County , Ohio marriage reords were found in the Genealogical Society Library, Lebanon, Ohio

      Greene County Property records were found in the Greene County Room of the Greens County Library, Xenia Ohio

      Land records of Greene County are on microfilm at the Green County Room of the Greene County Library, Xenia Ohio.

      Marriage records of Clark County, Ohio found at the Historical Society Library and at the Probate Court in Springfield Ohio.

      Allentown was a small town about a 1/2 mile east of the Springfield-Xenia Pike, along the Jackson Road. Tanyard Road was long known as the Clifton-Allentown Road. The town was the center of a large sawmill.

      Church records of the Presbyterian Church in the Clifton area were copied by Wright State University. Copies can be found in the Greene County Library. Included were the reords of the "Yellow Spring Presbyterian Church", which stood in the Clifton Cemetery, and of its successor, "The Clifton Presbyterian Church", buildt in 1855 in Clifton Ohio.

      Records of the area were copied and stored at the Wright State University Library, Fairborn, Ohio

      Clark County death records can be found at the Probate Court building, Springfield, Ohio
      Microfilm Copies of Green County newspapers can be found a the Green County roon of the Greene County Library, Xenia Ohio.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1017492620] Ancestors of Kenneth Bull, Bull Kenneth H.,.
      In 1875, owned several small farms in vincinity of Tanyard Rd. and Jackson Rd.

    2. [S1017492680] The Family History of Robert Shaw Jr. and Polly Wilson Shaw, Elwood Shaw, (Elwood Shaw is the great grandson of Robert Shaw Jr.).