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Roger Shaw

Birthplace: Cornhill, London, England
Death: Died in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire
Immediate Family:

Son of Ralph Shaw and Beatrice Shaw
Husband of Elizabeth Tilton and Susannah Shaw
Father of Joseph Shaw; Margaret Ward; Ann Fogg; Mary Shaw; Mary Shaw and 3 others

Occupation: Vintner, keeper of an ordinary
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About Roger Shaw

According to Harleian Records taken from Reg. of St. Peter. Cornhill, London, England 1594 Sept 1, Sunday, christening of Roger Shaw, sonne of Ralph Shaw, Ventmor at the Sunne, on Cornhill, borne Monday. ye 26th of August.

Roger was married 1st to Anne last name unk.

Roger was married 2nd to Elizabeth Tilton ,daughter of William Tilton, of Lynn, Ma.

Roger lived in Cambridge Mass.

His daughter born in Cambridge,Ma, Mary Shaw married 2nd Thomas Parker of Great Island ( now called Newcastle) N.H.

Roger Shaw died 29 May 1661.


Genealogical and family History of the State of Maine complied by Thomas Little

Memorial of Roger Shaw 1594 - 1661 by herrietta F, " Farwell"


A short version:

Of all the Shaws who settled in New England before 1650, our Roger Shaw is the earliest, if he was in New England as early as 1630, as claimed. The Register of St. Peter's Church, Cornhill, London, has the following entry: "1594, September 1st, Sunday. Christening of Roger Shaw, sonne of Ralph Shaw, Vintnor, at the sunne on Conhill, born 26th of August." Our Roger Shaw was a vintnor and keeper of an ordinary in America. The similarity of occupation and the date of the Christening tend to suggest that the above Ralph Shaw was the father of our immigrant ancestor, Roger Shaw, but of course it is not proven, and, in fact, is widely dismissed.

Baptism records from the Gawsworth Parish Registers in Cheshire suggest Roger Shaw was from that area of England. Those records list baptisms for Margaret, Mary, Ann, and Joseph, all children of Roger Shaw (no mother listed).

Roger first settled in Cambridge, was in attendance on the general court in 1636, was made a freeman on 14 March 1638/9 having bought 100 acres of land and built a house on Arrow Street. He served the jury in 1639, was town clerk in 1640, and was selectman in 1641-1645.

In 1639, Roger was one of the petitioners for the incorporation of Hampton, NH, and, in 1640, bought land there of John Crosse. Around 1647, he sold his property in Cambridge and, on 15 November 1647, bought a house and land in Hampton, NH. After moving there, he received some grants from the town, bought other tracts of land, and became a large landholder. He was a selectman in 1647, and both a selectman and a constable in 1654; a commissioner for small causes in 1651; and he represented the town in the General Court in 1651, 1652, and 1653. He was chairman of a committee to re-examine the book of town land grants, and to lay out highways in 1658.

Roger's will, dated 25 August 1660, codicil 20 March 1660/1, names two sons, Joseph and Benjamin, four daughters, Margaret Ward, Ann Fogg, Hester, and Mary, and Daniel Tilton, son of his second wife.

Roger and his wife Anne Shaw had at seven children

There is a free book on him at this link.......,M1


•Name: ROGER Shaw

•Sex: M

•Birth: ABT 1600 in England

•Event: Bay Colony Freeman 14 MAR 1639 Massachusetts, USA

•Event: Arrived BEF JUN 1638 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

•Death: 29 MAY 1661 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA

Marriage 1 Anne b: ABT 1610 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

•Married: ABT 1626


1. Margaret Shaw b: ABT 1626 in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England

2. Mary Shaw b: ABT 1629

3. ANN Shaw b: 22 APR 1632 in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England

4. JOSEPH Shaw b: 02 JAN 1635

5. Esther Shaw b: APR 1638 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

6. Benjamin Shaw b: JUL 1641 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

7. Mary Shaw b: 29 SEP 1645

Marriage 2 Susanna Morrill or Morreal b: 1604 in Wolston, Warwickshire, England

•Married: Possibly Lynn, MA ABT 1653

Source: rootsweb


Roger married first Anne.

Roger married second Susanna, widow of William Tilton.

Roger Shaw, the progenitor of the Shaw families of Hampton, NH, was of Cambridge, MA, in 1636; was Freeman, 1638 came to Hampton, NH about 1647, where he bought the right of John Cross to certain tracts of land, and also received some grants from the town. He settled where Simeon Shaw now lives, the present house being a few rods easterly of the site occupied by the earlier families. Mr. Shaw was a large landowner, and an influential man. He was a selectman in 1649 and 1654; a constable also in the latter year; a commissioner for small causes in 1651; and he represented the town in the General Court in 1651, 1652, and 1653. -------------------- Roger Shaw WAS BORN IN London ,England, August 26, 1594. He was married twice. 1st.TIME TO Anne, 2nd time ti Susannah. He died May 29, 1661, at Hampton,N.H. His children were as follows: 1. Margaret 2. Ann 3. Joseph 4. Mary died young 5. Esther 6.Benjamin 7. Mary Shaw , born July 29, 1645,who married ? Rogers 1st and Thomas Parker 2ND.

1636 his res. was in Cambridge ,Ma. 1638 he was made freeman 1647 his res. was in Hampton,N.H. 1649,1654 he was a Selectman 1651 he was Commisioner for small causes 1651, 1652, 1653 Rep. to town in the geberal Court 1654 Constable

You can find his will in New Hampshire Wills pages 47, 48, 49, 50

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Roger Shaw's Timeline

August 26, 1594
Cornhill, London, England
August 26, 1594
St. Peters,Cornhill,London,England
September 1, 1594
St. Peters, Cornhill, London, United Kingdom
Age 34
Gawsworth, Cheshire, England
Age 39
Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 2, 1635
Age 40
New Towne (Present Cambridge), (Present Middlesex County), Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 41
New Hampshire
June 1638
Age 43
Cambridge, MA, USA
November 26, 1639
Age 45
Middlesex, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- present
Age 45
Town Clerk, Cambridge, Massachusetts