Biography of John Shaw
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Mr. Shaw was born in Westfield, Chautauqua Co., N Y., March 10, 1824. He learned at an early age the trade of cabinet making. In 1853, he went to Calif fornia where he remained two years. The steamer in which he took passage for his return trip was the ill-fated Yankee Blade. which was totally wrecked" near Lookout Point on the Mexican coast, a great many of the passengers losing their lives. He was one of the survivors. In 1856, he came to Cassopolis to visit, relatives, and while here became acquainted with Miss Eliza, daughter of Maj. Joseph Smith, to. whom he was married the same year. He took his wife to his old home, Westfield, N. Y., and remained there one year, when he returned to Cassopolis,' where he lived until his death, which occurred June 25, 1878. His wife and only son, Charles W., survive him.


From:
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.

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