John Shaw

about 1812–31 December 1874 (Age 63)

The Life of John

When John Shaw was born about 1812, in Ireland, his father, James Shaw, was 13 and his mother, Jane, was 13. He married Deidamia Phinney on 27 February 1838, in Wilmot, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1838 and Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1874. He died on 31 December 1874, in Canning, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 62, and was buried in Cornwallis Reformed Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Grafton, Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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John Shaw
Deidamia Phinney
Marriage: 27 February 1838
Ann Jane Shaw
William Aylward Shaw
Isaac M. Shaw
Elijah James Shaw
Sarah Emma Shaw
David Brainard Shaw
Charles Shaw
John McNiel Shaw

Spouse and Children

27 February 1838
Wilmot, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada


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World Events (4)


Age 27

The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.

Age 33

The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.

Age 57


Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket, Middle English s(c)hage, s(c)hawe (Old English sceaga), or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word. The English surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.2 Scottish and Irish: adopted as an English form of any of various Gaelic surnames derived from the personal name Sitheach ‘wolf’.3 Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Shaw in entry for David B. Shaw, "Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"
  • John in entry for John M Shaw, "Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"
  • John in entry for Eligah James Shaw, "Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"

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