Abigail Shaw

about 1815–

The Life of Abigail

Abigail Shaw was born about 1815, in Canada. She married John Lewis Barber on 19 December 1848, in Norfolk, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Townsend, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada in 1871 and Waterford, Townsend, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada in 1881.

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John Lewis Barber
Abigail Shaw
Marriage: 19 December 1848
Emma Barber
Alonzo Milton Barber
Olive Susannah Barber
Henry Lewis Barber
Mary Barber

Spouse and Children

19 December 1848
Norfolk, Ontario, Canada


    Emma Barber



    Olive Susannah Barber


    Henry Lewis Barber


    Mary Barber


World Events (6)

1867 · Ontario Founded

Age 52

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

Age 54

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 68

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

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)

  • Abigail Barber in household of John L Barber, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Abigail Shaw in entry for James Wheeler and Mary Barber, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Abigail Barber in entry for Alonzo M Barber and Clarissa Fowler, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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