Rebecca Shaw

7 April 1817–30 August 1900 (Age 83)
Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Rebecca

When Rebecca Shaw was born on 7 April 1817, in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Joseph Shaw, was 40 and her mother, Mary Sykes, was 38. She married George Wood on 25 February 1838, in Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Cache, Utah, United States in 1860 and South Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1880. In 1851, at the age of 34, her occupation is listed as handloom weaver, age 33, supporting family while a widow with weaving fine broadcloth.. She died on 30 August 1900, in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Murray Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Wood
Rebecca Shaw
Marriage: 25 February 1838
Alice Wood
George Shaw Wood
John Wood
Mary Wood

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 February 1838Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1821 · New Ouse Bridge Completed
    Age 4
    The original Ouse Bridge collapsed in 1154 under the weight of a crowd that was on it. In 1367, after the bridge had been replaced with stone and became the site of the first public toilets. In 1564-1565 the bridge was finally done being repaired. In 1810 and 1818 the bridge was dismantled to make way for a new Ouse Bridge design and completed in 1821.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 10
    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 26
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    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 Story of George Hirst Wood and his wife Sarah Wyatt Wood

    This story was written by Gladys Wood Randall, daughter of George Hirst Wood. George Wood, father of George Hirst Wood, was born at Newgate, Yorkshire, England on February 2, 1841. On April 12, 1855 …

    Sources (36)

    • Rebecca Wood in household of Mary Shaw, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • Rebecca in entry for George Wood, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Rebecca Wood, "United States Census, 1880"

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