Sylvester Shaw

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

The Life Summary 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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Family Time Line

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

  • Marriage
    4 July 1845DuPage, 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

    English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): from Middle English s(c)hawe, s(c)haghe ‘small wood, grove, thicket’ (Old English sceaga). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a small wood, or habitational, for someone from any of the many places so named. Shaw and Shawe are most frequent in Lancashire and Yorkshire, where Shaw in Oldham (Lancashire) may be a principal source of the surname. The English and Lowland Scottish surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century.Scottish: shortened form of various surnames from the Gaelic personal name Sitheach, derived from sithech ‘wolf’.Irish (Down and Antrim): adopted for Ó Síthigh ‘descendant of Sítheach’, a personal name based on sítheach ‘peaceful’. Compare Sheehy .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Life of Polly Maria Fox Shaw

    Polly Maria Fox Shaw (1790-1873) Taken from Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vol. IV, by International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1998 W …

    Sources (12)

    • Silvester Shaw, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Sylvester Shaw in entry for Oscar F Shaw, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
    • Sylvester Shaw, "United States Census, 1870"

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