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Samuel Shaw

Also Known As: "Samuel Sr"
Birthplace: Antrim, Lisburn, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Death: February 21, 1781 (65)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Abraham Shaw and Deborah Shaw
Husband of Mary Shaw and Ann Shaw
Father of Hannah Hicks; Mary Miller; Joseph B Shaw; Samuel Shaw, Jr.; Moses Shaw and 4 others
Brother of Rebecca Shaw

Occupation: farmer
Managed by: Private User
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About Samuel Shaw

Date and place of birth have also been (erroneously?) reported to be 1709 at Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland (now Northern Ireland).

Place of death might be Richland Township.

Samuel SHAW, took a certificate (or membership cert.) from the Quaker Church's Lisburn Monthly Meeting in County Antrim to the New Garden Monthly Meeting in Chester County, PA on 8th month 25th day of 1729. In 1734 he moved to Maiden Creek, now Berks County , Pa. where he resided until 1741. He then purchased a farm of 250 acres in Richland, Pa. living there until his death. He had sold 134 acres to of the plantation to Hugh Heller in 1746. Then he purchased a smaller tract from Samuel Nixson. His will was probated on March 13, 1781 and is registered at Doylestown in will book number four pg103.

Emigration from Antrim and Down Unlike other parts of Ireland this area has a tradition of emigration, in the main to North America which stretches back to the 17th century. This steady stream of Ulstermen and women were largely Presbyterians. Emigration on a large scale became commonplace in the first half of the 18th century. The decade of the Great Famine added impetus to this haemorrhage and again Belfast was the focal point and North America was the destination. However, Britain and Australia also received emigrants in greater numbers.

Possibly of Scottish origin The Shaws are an ancient Scottish clan, which played a considerable role in Highland history, and which traces its ancestry to the old Earls of Fife and thus the royal line of the Scottish kings. Initially, prior to the general adoption of surnames and, specifically, the use of the name Shaw for that purpose, the Shaws were the first Chiefs of Clan Mackintosh. The Clan name derives from Shaw "Mor" "Coriaclich", great-grandson of Angus (6th Chief of Mackintosh) and Eva (heiress of Clan Chattan (a large confederation of Highland clans)). By tradition, he led the Clan Chattan contingent to victory at the famed Clan Battle of the North Inch at Perth in 1396 and was, as a reward, given the lands of Rothiemurchus, which became the first "seat" of the Clan. He is numbered as our third Chief. The lands of Rothiemurchus (site of the well-known castle Loch-an-Eilean), were sold and lost to the Clan in 1539. The clansman's badge is described as "a dexter arm, the hand holding a dagger in pale proper". The motto, Fide Et Fortitudine", means "By Fidelity and Fortitude".

BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL Samuel Shaw (1710-1781) was a Quaker farmer of Richland, Pa. He emigrated from Ireland to New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pa., in 1729, and by 1741, he had settled in Richland. In 1737 he married Mary Nixon (1713-1794), who had been born in England. They became members of Richland Monthly Meeting at its inception and were active in the affairs of the meeting. They had seven children. Their first child, Hannah (born 1738) married William Hicks, and their granddaughter, Lavinia Penrose, married William Heacock. The first series in this collections contains primarily business papers of the Shaw and Rawlings family; Jesse Heacock, the father of William Heacock, was connected to the Rawlings family by marriage.

The second to youngest child, Samuel (born 1756) married Susanna Rea. They had two children, John and Letitia. Letitia married Israel Griffith at Westland Monthly Meeting, Pa. John moved to Cincinnati and married Elizabeth Wright in 1814. Their daughter, Rebecca, married Jesse Hutton of Richmond, Indiana. Their son, Edward Shaw, married Peninnah Hill, daughter of Robert Hill. The Hill family moved from North Carolina to Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1802, and then onto Richmond, Indiana, about five years later. Edward and Peninnah were the parents of Susan Shaw, the donor of the second series of Shaw Manuscripts. This series contains genealogical papers on the Shaw and Hill family, business papers, correspondence, and reminiscences of crossing the Allegheny Mountains in 1805 and the life of John Hill in Ohio.

The fifth child, William (born 1750) was married to Sarah Carr in 1777. Their son, Jonathan, married Mary Miller, and their grandson, Samuel, married Anna R. Penrose, the daughter of Enoch and Esther Penrose. Members of this branch of the family moved to Ohio, and the series contains primarily correspondence, 1737-1870, written from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The letters give an interesting account of the daily life and custom of Quaker families of that period and of the hardship endured by the pioneers.

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Samuel Shaw's Timeline

November 30, 1715
Antrim, Lisburn, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
July 29, 1738
Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
May 30, 1740
Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
October 10, 1742
Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 25, 1747
Richland, Bucks, PA
February 23, 1750
Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 25, 1756
Richland Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 29, 1758
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
February 21, 1781
Age 65
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States