Biography of Elijah Shaw
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Shaw, Elijah, was born in the town of Smithfield, Northampton county, Pa., November 23, 1787 and with his father settled in Cayuga county in 1806. He was married to Miss Lucy Freeman November 14, 1811, and the same year came to what is now Orleans county with his brother-in-law, Gideon Freeman, where they together took up about 1,000 acres of land in the towns of Albion and Gaines. This land afterward proved, a burden to them, and not being able to pay for it, they were compelled to give it up. Elijah did not settle here at this time, but returned to Cayuga, where he enlisted as a soldier in the War of 1812, serving in the regiment of Colonel Bloom, and for his service during the war he drew two land warrants. He removed with his family to Orleans county in the year 1815. They had nine children, as follows: Eunice, who married Walter Holmes, of Orleans county, and afterward, Mr. Bliss, of Marshall, Michigan, where they spent the remainder of their lives: Emma C., who married Peter Pintler, and settled in Virginia, near Fairfax Court House, where they owned a good farm when the rebellion broke out, they were strong for the Union, but that did not save them from the ravages of the Union Army; they were forced to abandon their home, and all their personal effects, and return to the North, never to return to their home, only to view the ruins, their buildings were all burned to the ground, a beautiful wood lot and orchard felled to the earth, all by the Union soldiers; Caroline, who married Hugh Maxwell, and settled in Michigan where she died. Phoebe Ann, who died young; and two daughters who died in infancy; Richard, who lives in Albion; and Giles, now living in Kent county, Mich. Of these children only Richard and Giles are now living, the mother died August 28, 1840. Mr. Shaw married for his second wife, May 8, 1845, Miss Ann Angus, of Geneva, N. Y., who died October 30, 1868. Elijah Shaw died on his old farm in the western part of Albion, April 19, 1873. After the War of 1812 Mr. Snaw bougbt 200 acres of laud in the town of Albion. He recovered from his reverses and had a fair property at the time of his death. Richard Shaw was born in Albion June 28, 1825, and with the exception of one year in Knowlesville and two in Albion Village, has always lived on the same farm. He helped his father pay a part of the purchase price for the old farm, and is now its owner. November 23, 1862, Richard Shaw married Helen Jennette Gage, of the town of Barre, Orleans cou.nty, and to them two children have been born; Jessie Leone, wife of Ellsworth McGillivray of Ithaca, N. Y.; and Melvin Elijah, of Albion. Richard Shaw came with his family to Albion to reside in 1893.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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