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John 'Weaver' Shaw, of Weymouth

Birthplace: Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Shaw, of Yorkshire & Dedham and Elizabeth "Bridget" Shaw (Best)
Husband of Elizabeth Shaw and Alice Shaw
Father of Dea. John Shaw; Elizabeth Poole; Abraham Shaw, II; Mary King; Nicholas Shaw, Sr. and 7 others
Brother of Susannah Martha Byram; Joseph Shaw; Grace Richards (Shaw); Martha Tucker; Mary or Maria Bicknell and 1 other

Occupation: Lieut./Weaver, planter, Farmer
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About John 'Weaver' Shaw, of Weymouth

When he was five years old he came with his parents to Watertown, MA. He was a weaver. He lived in the times when the Indians were raiding. This culminated in King Philip's War, during which John served as a Lieutenant & no doubt had his share in the ruthless punishment meted out to the Indians at the close of the 'Swamp Fight'.

John Shaw was baptized on 23 May 1630 at Halifax, England.2 He was the son of Abraham Shaw and Bridget Best.1 John Shaw married Alice Phillips, daughter of Deacon Nicholas Phillips, circa 1650. John Shaw died on 16 September 1704 at Weymouth, Massachusetts, at age 74.2 He [CR:]

JOHN SHAW, younger of the two sons of Abraham and Bridget (Best) Shaw, baptized in Halifax parish, Yorkshire, England, May 23, 1630, was in his ninth year when his father died. He grew up in Weymouth and married about 1650 Alice Phillips (daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth Phillips of Dedham and Weymouth). He is credited with service under Lt. Upham as a soldier during King Philip's war, and was seventy-four years old when he died in Weymouth September 16, 1704. Administration of his estate was granted October 17, 1704 to his widow Alice, and to his eldest son John, Named in the distribution (March 11, 1705/6) were sons John, Nicholas, Joseph, Benjamin and Ebenezer, daughter Mary King (a widow) and her four sons, Joseph Poole and wife Elizabeth, Gideon Tirrel and wife Hannah, Richard Davenport and wife Abigail, John Androse and wife Alice. Elizabeth Poole was perhaps the Elizabeth Shaw who signed as witness to the will of her grandfather, Nicholas Phillips, in 1671, if a girl of fifteen, as she was then, were allowed as witness.

"John, son of Abraham and Bridget Best Shaw, is born in Halifax on 21st May 1630. When he is five years old he arrived with his parents in Watertown, MA, (Rumor has it that there is a passenger list of a ship arriving in Boston, New England and has a record of these Shaw's, I will get info on this later)--lived also in Dedham but settled in Weymouth where he married, in 1655, Alice, daughter of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Jepson) Philips. Alice mentioned in the will of Nicholas Philips, dated 2nd June 1671 and proved 3rd October 1672. John is a Weaver, probably having had experience in the trade before he arrived to New England, small as he was. Yorkshire is sheep and cloth-producing country, and children at the age of four were used in the trade, their little fingers being better suited to tying knots and cutting threads close than those of larger hands. Yorkshire is said to have produced cloth for Charlemagne. And having eleven children, he seems to have had quite a constant supply of little fingers... John lived in the times when the Indians are carrying on raids and burning and scalping. These culminated in King Philip's War, during which John served as Lieutenant and no doubt had his share in the ruthless punishment meted out to the Indians at the close of the Swamp Fight...Probably most of the men who took part in this war had been born in England. They are the grandsons of the Reformation, during which times burning became pretty common in England [CI:130:?1:CI]."

He married, near 1650, Alice Phillips, the mother of all his children, who survived her husband. She is daughter of Nicholas Phillips of Weymouth. John Shawe & Alice Phillips settled in Weymouth, Massachusetts, New England "His estate is divided in 1705 [CI:194:?1:CI]." Administration of Probate 15, 350.

Children, born at Weymouth:

John, b. near 1653, alive 11th March 1705/06. m Hannah Whitmarsh

Elizabeth, b. 26th February 1655/56; m. Joseph Poole of Weymouth.

Abraham, b. 10th October 1657; d. before 11 Mar. 1705/06.

Mary, b. 24th March 1659/60; m. probably Hezekiah King.

Nicholas, b. 23rd March 1662.

Joseph, b. 15th April 1664.

Alice, b. 6th July 1666; m. John Androse.

Hannah, b. 7th April 1668; m. Gideon Tirrell.

Benjamin, b. 16th June 1670.

Abigail, b. 15th July 1672; m. Richard Davenport.

Ebenezer, b. 24th April 1674.

From "History of Weymouth, Massachusetts", George Walter Chamberlain, (Boston, 1923), page 612.

John was baptised 23d 5m 1630 at Northowram, Halifax Par, Yorkshire, England the son of Abraham SHAW(b.1585 Eng.- d.1638 Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA) & Elizabeth (BEST) SHAW (b.1592 Eng.-d.1638 Dedham, Norfolk Co, MA), grandson of Thomas SHAW(1563-1600) & Elizabeth (LONGBOTTOM) SHAW (1560-1638), and great-grandson of Thomas SHAW (1538-1575) & Sybil (MASON) SHAW (1540-1589).

John SHAW emigrated to Massachusetts with his parents eventually settling in Weymouth where John married Elizabeth PHILLIPS about 1655. The exact date is not known as the original record has been lost and as such is not found in the published town records.

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John 'Weaver' Shaw, of Weymouth's Timeline

February 16, 1628
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
May 23, 1630
Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
May 23, 1630
Halifax, York, England
May 23, 1630
Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
May 23, 1630
Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
May 23, 1630
Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Age 23
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts
February 26, 1655
Age 24
Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 10, 1657
Age 27
Weymouth, Norfolk County, MA, USA