William Shaw

Male 1690 - Bef 1767  (< 76 years)


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  • Name William Shaw  [1
    Born 7 Nov 1690  Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Book Reference 35  
    Died Bef 1767 
    Notes 
    • From the ancestral file, "John Shaw of Plymouth Plantation in Progress", by Kenneth Linwood Shaw, III :

      "William Shaw's will, recorded Little Compton Wills, book 2, page 81, made 7th February 1763 andproved 3rd February 1767: ". . . This 7th of February in the 3rd year of the reign of King George III of Great Britain . . . William Shaw of Little Compton, far advanced in years, yeoman . . . To eldest son William Shaw all my land in the township of Dartmouth. To grandaughter Content, daughter of son William, three dollars. To second son Israel all my land in Little Compton with buildings, all stock of every kind and my gun. To daughter Elizabeth chase one good milch cow. To sons William and Israel all wearing apparel. To grandaughter Content, daughter of Israel Shaw, one bed and furniture. To grandaughter Content Chase a pair of large tongs and looking glass. To my now wife Ann Shaw, all books, all household goods she brought with her when I married her . . ."
    • From the World Connect Database: "Ancestors of Vern Divine", by Kennett Art Offill:
      http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=kaoffill3&id=I908

      "Why William Shaw's wife Content may not be the daughter of John Irish of Little Compton.
      The Little Compton Vital records show three children being born to Content and William Shaw: Elisabeth, born Jan 9, 1712, William born Jan 1, 1714, and Israel born April 9, 1715. They also state that Content's maiden name was Irish. Vol. 1, of the Little Compton Births, Deaths, and Marriages is an official copy made in the 1840's so there is additional chance for errors to get in. The dates must be new style as the last two births would be less than 4 months apart if they were old style dates.
      Vol. 1 of Portsmouth, RI, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, FH L 946,795, p. 172 "Joseph Lawton (son of Daniel Lawton) was married according to law to Content Irish (the daughter of John Irish of Little Compton) the 4th day of the 11th mo, 1714/15". RI Monthly Meetings, Marriage Certificates, Vol. 1, [FHL #22,414] has a marriage certificate dated "Ye 4th day of 11th month 1714. "Whereas Joseph Lawton of Portsmouth Rhode Island and Content Irish of Newport Island, Daughter of John Irish of Little Compton, haven declared there Intensions of Taking Each Other in marriage before Several Monthly meetings of ye People Called Quakers" [Arnold's Vital Record of RI, Vol. 7, Friends and Ministers, records the year of this marriage as 1711.]
      So it would be pretty hard for Content to be the wife of both William Shaw and Joseph Lawton as some claim. So I suspect the Surname of Content in the Little Compton records for William Shaw's family is wrong unless there is another Content Irish of suitable age. No other such Content Irish was found in the research of these families.
      John Irish's will [1718] mentions four daughters including Content. None have the husband?s surnames. Probate files from loose paper probate files, Bristol Co., MA, FHL #57 3,210.
      A divorce could not be found in the Suffolk Co. Court Indexes in the FHL.
      AND the will of Thomas Wood of Little Compton [Sr., a son Thomas about the same time he did] left his daughter Content Shaw 5 shillings. The will is dated Aug 22, 1728 and is on FHL film #579,904 for the Probate Files from loose paper probate files, Bristol Co, MA. So Content's maiden name could well be Wood.
    Person ID I01683  Irish
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 

    Father Israel Shaw,   b. Between 1660 and 1663, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mercy Ruth Tallman,   b. 1666, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Content Irish,   b. 3 Sep 1691, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1751, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 28 Sep 1710  Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Shaw,   b. 9 Jan 1711/12, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. William Shaw,   b. 1 Jan 1713/14, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Israel Shaw,   b. 9 Apr 1715, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location
    Documents
    Vital Record of RI Vol IV - Little Compton marriages
    Vital Record of RI Vol IV - Little Compton marriages
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 
    Family ID F0886  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Nov 1690 - Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 28 Sep 1710 - Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S007136] Descendants of John Irish 1629-1963, Willis L. Irish.