Shaw Jr. the elder brother of Edwin Shaw was born in Attica, Wyoming
County, NY, on 18 May 1823. He was the son of George Shaw, Sr.,
of Massachusetts and wife Jane (maiden name unknown) who was born
in Attica, NY.
George settled in East Pembroke,; Genesee County in 1841 when he
was 18 years old. His occupation at that time was farmer and carpenter.
At the age of 22, in 1845, George shipped on board a whaling vessel
and, after a voyage of 2 1/2 years, returned to the Batavia - Pembroke
area. On his return, he worked first in the mills (lumber mills?)
for Joseph Ellicott and later took up his trade as carpenter.
The 1850 census lists George as single, living with an innkeeper,
James M. Neasmith. He was employed as a joiner at that time. Late
in 1850 or early in 1851, George married Mary Jane McWain. Mary
Jane was; the eldest daughter of Asa McWain. She was also the sister
of Ellen McWain, wife of George's brother Edwin Shaw. Grandmother,
Clara Cheney, always referred to Mary Jane as Aunt Jane. Biological
children of George Shaw and Mary Jane are:
J. Born about 1852
H. Born about 1854
Born about 1856
H. Born about 1862
P. Born about 1865
In about 1860, George, Mary, and the three
children Helen, Charles, and George, went to Southern Missouri for
about a year. The reason for the move is not known. However, in
1860, George's brother Warren Shaw was living in Weston, Platte
County, MO. The census lists him as a furniture dealer. In any event,
George and family returnedmto Genesee County after about a year
and remained there for the rest of their lives.
After the family returned from Missouri, another daughter, Emma
H., was born in 1862, and a son, Henry P. in 1865. The year 1865
brought tragedy to the family. The following article appeared in
the Republican Advocate for Tuesday, 19 December 1865:
Two little boys aged 9 and 11, sons of George Shaw, residing near
East Pembroke, were drowned in the mill pond at that place on Friday
It is supposed they went to the pond to slide - on their way to
school - and getting on the thin ice fell through.The basket containing
the little boys' dinner was found on the lee near where they were
supposed to have fallen in.
The brothers are buried in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.
The marker reads:
and Charles were both amiable and lovely,
their lives and in death they were not parted.
In early 1866 so soon after the death of their two sons, both George's
brother Edwin and Edwin's wife Ellen McWain died leaving two sons
John A. and Walter L. Shaw aged 4 and 2. George and Mary Jane took
the boys in and reared them as their own.
The 1870 Federal Census reveals George Shaw and his family: Mary
J., Helen J., John A., Emma H., Walter L., and Henry P., living
between the families of John Searles and Ebenezer Dickinson. The
Pembroke Town Map, dated 1876 giving the lot numbers of property
owners, shows a Nathan Peck as property owner between Searles and
Dickinson. George Shaw may have been renting the Peck property in
1870; or else he owned it in 1866 and sold it to Nathan Peck before
1870. It could be that George and Mary Jane did not want to stay
on the property after the death there of their two sons in 1865.
The property is on what is now Cleveland Road between East Pembroke
and North Pembroke.
Mary Jane lived until 3 January 1888 when she died after an illness
of several weeks and in the 51st year of her age. George lived on
until 26 August 1902:
"George Shaw, long a resident of Genesee County, died at2 o'clock
this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Helen J. Lanning
of East Pembroke. He was stricken with paralysis about eight weeks
ago and for ten days had been in an unconscious condition. The funeral
will be held from the house tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock.....
Mr. Shaw is survived by three children: Mrs. Lanning, with whom
he lived; Mrs. Emma Galloway, near Oakfield, and H. P. Shaw of Buffalo.
He also leaves one brother, O. F. Shaw of Dansville, Michigan.
Information on the biological children of George and Mary Jane Shaw
is as follows:
1. Helen J. Shaw. Born about 1852 in East Pembroke, NY. Married
Mr. Lanning. Lived in East Pembroke all her life. Her father, George
Shaw, lived with her in his declining years and died at her residence
on 26 August 1902.
2. Charles H. Shaw. Born about 1854 in East Pembroke, NY. Died at
age 11 along with his brother George by drowning in a pond near
the family home on 15 December 1865.
3. George Shaw. Born about 1856 in East Pembroke, NY. Died at age
9 on 15 December 1865. Drowned with his brother Charles.
4. Emma H. Shaw. Born about 186 in East Pembroke, NY. Married Mr.
Galloway. Lived near Oakfield, NY.
5. Henry P. Shaw. Born about 1865 in Pembroke, NY. Apparently, he
was a troubled young man. According to the Batavia Daily News for
3 December 1887: "Henry P. Shaw, an East Pembroke young man, has
been acting strangely for several weeks, living in the woods in
this and Wyoming Counties and studiously avoiding all his friends.
No reason is known for his peculiar conduct except that he is not
in his right mind. His friends are worried about him and his father,
GEORGE SHAW of East Pembroke, will pay a reward for information
as to his where-abouts and for his return to East Pembroke. Mr.
Shaw hopes that Wyoming Co. newspapers will give publicity to this
Thursday, 8 December 1887: "Henry P. Shaw of East Pembroke, who
has been wandering about the counties of Genesee and Wyoming, eluding
his friends was found by F. J. Jewett of Attica about 10 o'clock
Wednesday night in that village. Mr. Jewett will take charge of
the young man until his father calls for him."
January 10, 1894: When Deputy Sheriff Dickinson arrived here on
the noon train yesterday with the man who was arrested in Akron
on suspicion of burglarizing H. P. Ellinwood's house last Sunday
the depot steps were crowded with men anxious to see the prisoner,
who proved to be Henry P. Shaw, a well known young man around here.
Shaw was taken to the hotel, where Justice John Cleveland was to
hold anexamination, but Shaw waived the examination and his case
will go to the grand jury in March.The prisoner has owned up to
the crime. The watch was found in his pocket and $3 in bills of
the $5 stolen was found under the sweatband of his hat. Miss Helen
Ellinwood identified her watch and D. L. Wilkinson, whose house
was entered two or three weeks ago, identified the re-volver Shaw
had and a pair of rubber boots he had on as property belonging to
him. Deputy Sheriff Dickinson took the prisoner to the County jail
in Batavia. Shaw as a boy lived in this place, but has been away
from home for several years. He is well connected, and the family
have the sympathy of all in their trouble."
3 Jan 1900: "Henry P. Shaw of Pembroke pleaded guilty in Buffalo
yesterday to stealing a cow from Philip Burkhardt of Lancaster and
was sent to the E.C.P. for three months (E.C.P. may be Erie County