John Shaw of Saddleworth

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John Shaw of Saddleworth dates unknown. Other information

Father unknown.

Married unknown wife.

They had (among others?) the following child:

F i Eliza christened 26 April 1801, "of Grasscroft"¹ d.15 December 1864.
Married Andrew Schofield.

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According to Saddleworth Historical Society, around 1800 John Shaw built houses on the High Field, between Stoneswood Road and Millgate, and in 1819 there were six cottages here and a Methodist Chapel.

¹ an email received from Shelby Shrigley on 8 February 2012 at 18.35 would appear to dispute the above connection with John Shaw however.
My database [...] appears to identify the only Eliza Shaw born in Saddleworth in that date range as being the daughter of William & Martha [Crabtree] Shaw of Grasscroft. They were married 16 Aug. 1789. All of this was done at St. Chad's in Uppermill. My database shows they christened these children at St. Chad's:
Mary Ann, chr. 26 April 1790 ["born the same day"], "of Furlane"
Hannah, chr. 19 Nov. 1792, "of Fer-lane"
Sarah, chr. 22 June 1795, "of Furlane"
Eliza, chr. 26 April 1801, "of Grasscroft"
Harriet, chr. 4 April 1804, "of Grasscroft"
I assume you know Grasscroft is a village in Saddleworth and Furlane is a hamlet, so it's easy to see when they moved. What appears to be another William and Martha Shaw chr. a son John at Delph Independent Church on 22 Dec. 1790 but they were identified as being "of Delph" and I do not think there is any reason to believe it was the same family. I have a copy of Radcliffe's Parish Records of St. Chad's Church, 1751-1800, and there is a footnote in it (p. 93) that says William Shaw of Grasscroft died 31 May 1838 in his 72nd yr. and Martha, his wife, died 25 Dec. 1845 in her 77th year. Not all the footnotes in this volume are correct, but I believe it's likely this one is. Going back to my databases, I pick up a William Shaw, son of Giles Shaw, yeoman, and Hannah, his wife, of "Furlain," chr. 13 July 1766 at St. Chad's. I am familiar with the Furlane hamlet and am aware that there was a big conglomeration of Shaw families who lived there for several generations. The name "Giles Shaw" was used in many branches of the family and is very prominent in Saddleworth history. I suspect William's father, Giles Shaw, was the son of Giles and Mary Shaw of Furlane, chr. in Dec. 1727. One Giles Shaw of Furlane, a yeoman, was buried 18 March 1800 at age 72 and another Giles Shaw, yeoman of Furlane, was buried at age 68 on 28 March 1748. My databases lead me to suspect this earliest Giles was the son of Thomas Shaw, chr. 13 Dec. 1681 (no mother or hamlet name given, but the dates are close enough). This last is the earliest Giles Shaw I have in my database of births though I have a Thomas Shaw, son of "Gyles" Shaw chr. 21 Dec. 1656 who might take you back another generation.
Phew! Many thanks for this, Shelby!

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

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28 February, 2021