Sylvester Shaw

27 May 1818–6 August 1901 (Age 83)
Victor, Victor, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life of Sylvester

When Sylvester Shaw was born on 27 May 1818, in Victor, Victor, Ontario, New York, United States, his father, John Shaw, was 27 and his mother, Polly Maria Fox, was 28. He married Ameila Harriet Noble on 4 July 1845, in DuPage, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Bradford Township, Lee, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Lee Center Township, Lee, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 6 August 1901, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center Township, Lee, Illinois, United States.

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Sylvester Shaw
Ameila Harriet Noble
Marriage: 4 July 1845
Oscar F Shaw
James Noble Shaw
Frederick Augustus Shaw
Harriet Amelia Shaw
Alida Edwina Shaw
Ella Eugenie Shaw
Carrie L. Inez Shaw

Spouse and Children

4 July 1845
DuPage, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · State Capital moves to Vandalia

Age 1

Vandalia was founded in 1819 as a new capital because Kaskaskia was under the threat of floods. The history of the name Vandalia is uncertain. Under the law which Vandalia was founded states that the title of capital would not be moved from there for twenty years. Even though it was the capital it was never the most populous area in Illinois.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 9

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 28

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • Silvester Shaw, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sylvester Shaw, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sylvester Shaw, "United States Census, 1860"

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