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Abraham Shaw

Male Abt 1590 - Aft 1638  (~ 48 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Abraham Shaw was born about 1590 in Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England (son of Thomas Shaw and Elizabeth Longbothom); died after Oct 1638 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 10 Oct 1638 and 25 Mar 1639, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
    • Alternate death: Aft Nov 1638, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts

    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.

    Abraham married Bridget Best on 24 Jun 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Bridget (daughter of Henry Best and Grace Boithes) was born before 9 Apr 1592; died after 25 Sep 1635. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Susanna Shaw was born before 24 Mar 1617; died between 7 Sep 1698 and 18 Dec 1699.
    2. Mary Shaw was born on 18 Jun 1626; died on 25 Mar 1658 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
    3. John Shaw was born before 23 May 1630; died on 16 Sep 1704 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Thomas Shaw was born about 1542 in of Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England (son of Christopher Shaw); died before 6 May 1600.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Bef 15 May 1600

    Thomas married Elizabeth Longbothom on 16 Dec 1589 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Elizabeth died after 15 Jul 1624. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Elizabeth Longbothom died after 15 Jul 1624.
    Children:
    1. 1. Abraham Shaw was born about 1590 in Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died after Oct 1638 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Christopher Shaw was born about 1518 in of Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died before 1 Jul 1583 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; was buried on 1 Jul 1583 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.

    Notes:

    Clothier.

    Children:
    1. 2. Thomas Shaw was born about 1542 in of Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died before 6 May 1600.