Abigail H. Shaw

11 May 1828–14 August 1870 (Age 42)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of Abigail H.

When Abigail H. Shaw was born on 11 May 1828, in New Jersey, United States, her father, Josiah Shaw, was 37 and her mother, Sylvia Ann Brandriff, was 29. She married Henry Bragg Cheesman on 14 October 1848, in Cumberland, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, United States in 1860. She died on 14 August 1870, in Camden, Camden, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Millville, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States.

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Henry Bragg Cheesman
Abigail H. Shaw
Marriage: 14 October 1848
Daniel G. Cheesman
Daniel D. Cheeseman
Virginia Cheesman
Sylvia S Cheesman
Laura M Cheesman

Spouse and Children

    Henry Bragg Cheesman



14 October 1848
Cumberland, New Jersey, United States


    Daniel G. Cheesman


    Daniel D. Cheeseman


    Virginia Cheesman


    Sylvia S Cheesman


    Laura M Cheesman


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 5

The Camden & Amboy railroad was completed in 1833. It made transportation between New York City and Philadelphia possible within a 7-hour time-frame. This advancement led to dozens of other companies opening railroad lines during the 1800's.

Age 16

The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the governor.

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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  • Abigal Cheeseman in household of Henry Cheeseman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Abigail Cheesman in household of Harry Cheesman, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Abagail H Shaw, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"

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