m. 24 Jun 1616
Facts and Events
That Nicholas Byram had a wife named Susannah is known from his will. That she was a daughter of Abraham Shaw is inferred because Abraham Shaw called Nicholas a son-in-law.
But Susanna does not fit well in this family. The baptism of Susanna is not recorded in the parish registers of Halifax, Yorkshire, England where the other children are (see NEHGR, p. 48:346). This page appears to show a birth date (24 Mar 1616/17) exactly 9 months after the documented parent's documented wedding date (24 Jun 1616) with no source to justify it, suggesting it was basically, well, made up to squeeze Susanna into this family.
Instead an article "Abraham Shaw of Dedham" by H. Minot Pitman in NEHGR, p. 106:50 (Jan. 1952), examines other ways that Nicholas Byram could qualify to become Abraham Shaw's son-in-law. It concludes that it is unlikely that Abraham's wife was married before, unlikely that Susannah was Abraham's daughter, and unlikely that Susannah was a child of an earlier marriage of Abraham's. This is mostly because it appears that the Halifax parish registers are fairly complete, and they do not hint at any of this. The most likely answer would be that Nicholas Byram married first Abraham's daughter Grace bp. 1621, who was listed in parish registers of Halifax, qualifying him to be son-in-law, that Grace died soon after their marriage since she was not mentioned in Abraham's will of Nov.(?) 1638, and that therefore Susannah, surname unknown, was Nicholas's second wife, and not a daughter of Abraham Shaw's. --Jrich 23:24, 22 June 2009 (EDT)