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Abraham Shaw

Male 1590 - Aft 1638  (> 48 years)


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  • Name Abraham Shaw  [1
    Born 2 Jan 1590  Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft Oct 1638  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alternate death Aft Nov 1638  Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Person ID I5690  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2016 

    Father Thomas Shaw,   b. Abt 1542, of Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 6 May 1600  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Longbothom,   d. Aft 15 Jul 1624 
    Married 16 Dec 1589  Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F4098  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bridget Best,   b. Bef 9 Apr 1592, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 25 Sep 1635  (Age > 43 years) 
    Married 24 Jun 1616  Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 6
    Children 
    +1. John Shaw,   b. Bef 23 May 1630, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1704, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 74 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F4038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Abraham Shaw, a clothier, came from Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng., in the Anne, 1636, to Watertown, Mass. In Oct. 1636, his house and all his goods were burned and he removed to Dedham, where he had twelve acres and was called a planter. In Feb. 1637, he was granted 60 acres and the right to build a corn mill, and was one of the men appointed to govern the town. Freeman, 1637; constable, 1638. He married in Halifax, Eng., June 24, 1616, Bridget Best, who was bapt. Ovenden, Halifax, Eng., Apr. 9, 1592, daughter of Henry Best. Names of their children are from the church records of Halifax, Eng. He probably died in 1638, as his will was proved late in that year. It mentions his oldest son Joseph, dau. Mary, and calls John and Martha infants. His wife had died earlier." [Bassett-Preston Ancestors, citation details below]

      H. Minot Pitman's article "Abraham Shaw of Dedham," in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 106:50, January 1952, set forth evidence that this Abraham Shaw was the Abraham Shaw born out of wedlock to Abraham Dobson and Jenet Shaw. But M. L. Bierbrier's "The Origin of Abraham Shaw of Dedham" in The American Genealogist 57:85, 1981, documents an entirely different and much more plausible Halifax origin for the husband of Bridget Best, a man who clearly owned land (and at least one coal mine!) in Halifax and elsewhere. It may be that the union discussed in Pitman's article produced the different Abraham Shaw who was alive in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1641.

      Bierbrier's model is further proved in Russell Franklin Shaw's article "The English Ancestry of Abraham Shaw of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1590-1638", which appeared in The Genealogist 10:86, Spring 1989 (actually published 1994). Russell Franklin Shaw brings to bear a mass of evidence viewed in situ in Halifax, Yorkshire, much of it from registers and legal documents that have yet to be transcribed and made public.

  • Sources 
    1. [S562] Bassett-Preston Ancestors: A History of the Ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Watson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, Children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett, by Howard Murray Bassett Preston. New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930.

    2. [S562] Bassett-Preston Ancestors: A History of the Ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Watson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, Children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett, by Howard Murray Bassett Preston. New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930., place only.

    3. [S740] Russell Franklin Shaw, "The English Ancestry of Abraham Shaw of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1590-1638." The Genealogist 10:86, Spring 1989.

    4. [S562] Bassett-Preston Ancestors: A History of the Ancestors in America of Marion Bassett Luitweiler, Howard Murray Bassett, Preston Rogers Bassett, Isabel Bassett Watson, and Helen Bassett Hauser, Children of Edward M. and Annie (Preston) Bassett, by Howard Murray Bassett Preston. New Haven, Connecticut: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1930., year only.

    5. [S584] History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, by George Walter Chamberlain. Weymouth, MA: Weymouth Historical Society, 1923.

    6. [S582] H. Minot Pitman, "Abraham Shaw of Dedham." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 106:50, January 1952.