Person:Abraham Shaw (1)

m. 16 Dec 1589
  1. Abraham Shaw1590/91 - Abt 1638
  2. Sarah Shawe1592 - Bef 1616
  3. Susan Shaw1594 - Aft 1616
  4. Joseph Shaw1596 - 1596
  5. Jonas Shawe1597 - 1638
  6. Martha Shaw1599 - Aft 1616
  • HAbraham Shaw1590/91 - Abt 1638
  • WBridget Best1592 - 1636
m. 24 Jun 1616
  1. Susanna unknownBef 1616/17 - Aft 1698
  2. Joseph Shaw1618 - 1653
  3. Grace Shaw1621 - Bef 1638
  4. Martha Shaw1623 - 1625
  5. Mary Shaw1626 - 1658
  6. John Shaw1628 - 1629
  7. Deacon John Shaw1630 - 1704
  8. Martha Shaw1632 - 1704
Facts and Events
Name Abraham Shaw
Gender Male
Birth[4] 2 Jan 1590/91 Northowram, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Marriage 24 Jun 1616 Halifax, Yorkshire, Englandto Bridget Best
Immigration[2][3] 1636 Massachusetts, United States
Death? Abt Nov 1638 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

From Source:History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, by George Walter Chamberlain, (Boston, 1923).

"ABRAHAM SHAW came from the village of Northowram, in the parish of Halifax, Eng., to Watertown as early as 1636. His house was burned in Oct. 1636, and he removed to Dedham. He was made a freeman, 9 Mar. 1636-37. Thomas Lechford wrote in his Note-Book, page 329, that Abraham Shawe, sometime of Halifax, in the County of Yorke, clothier, and late of Dedham in New England, planter, made his will about Nov. 1638, mentioning his eldest son Joseph Shaw, his son-in-law Nicholas Byram, his attorney, Mr. Best of Halifax, his daughters Martha Shaw and Mary, his son John and all his children.

He married in Halifax, 24 June, 1616, Bridget Best...."

Source:The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, p. 2:180, "Abstracts of the Earliest Wills Upon Record in the County of Suffolk"

Abraham Shawe: "There is no date at all about this will as it stands on the book. It follows next in order to that we have given date, p. 105 [1641]. The inventory of his estate is recorded in book II dated 1638, as returned by 'Edward Allen, Jo : Kingsberye, Jo: Howard and some others'." Mentions "my sonne John, & Martha Shawe, beinge infants", "Martha & Marye", Joseph, "all my children". [No wife indicated.] Witnesses: Nicolas Biram and Joseph Shawe.

Founders of Dedham, Massachusetts
Winthrop's Journal states that a town was formed on the banks of the Charles on September 1, 1635--a town that must have been Dedham. Twelve men attended the first town meeting held on that day. In November 1636, those 12 and 7 others petitioned the General Court for an enlargement of their grant for a township. In July 1637, twelve more men arrived, bringing the total to 31, at which time the town admitted freeman and established a church. [1] [2]
1636 Petitioners: Edward Allyne - Abraham Shaw - Samuel Morse - Phileman Dalton - Ezekiel Holliman - John Kingsbury - John Dwite - John Cooledge - Richard Ewed - John Howard - Lambert Genere - Nicholas Philips - Ralph Shepard - John Gay - Thomas Bartleet - Francis Austin - John Rogers - Joseph Shaw - William Bearstowe

Current Location: Norfolk County, Massachusetts   Parent Towns: Newton, Cambridge   Daughter Towns: Norwood, Westwood, Dover, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, Walpole, Medfield, Medway, Millis
  1.   Some American Families and their Origins by Richard W. Smith, Url:
  2. Compiler: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Record
    Name: John Shaw Year: 1646 Place: Boston Source Publication Code: 1936 Primary Immigrant: Shaw, John Annotation: Excellent directory of the first settlers of New England. Drake's additions and corrections (no. 1666) are found in the G.P.C. reprint and in no. 9151, Tepper, Passengers to America, pp. 468-470. Source Bibliography: FARMER, JOHN. A Genealogical Register of the First Settlers of New-England; Containing an Alphabetical List of the Governours, Deputy-Governours, Assistants or Counsellors, and Ministers of the Gospel in the Several Colonies, from 1620 to 1692; Graduates of Harvard College to 1662; Members of the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company to 1662; Freemen Admitted to the Massachusetts Colony from 1630 to 1662; With Many Other of the Early Inhabitants of New-England and Long-I Page: 261.
  3. Compiler: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Record
    Name: Abraham Shaw Year: 1636 Place: Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 9448 Primary Immigrant: Shaw, Abraham Annotation: In the years from 1925 to 1942, Frederick A. Virkus edited seven volumes with the title, The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, published in Chicago by the Institute of American Genealogy. Each volume has a section in the main body of the work, co Source Bibliography: VIRKUS, FREDERICK A., editor. Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1964. 75p. Repr. 1986. Page: 60.
  4. Shaw, Russell Franklin. The English Ancestry of Abraham Shaw of Dedham, Massachusetts (1590-1638), in American Society of Genealogists. The Genealogist. (New York: Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy)

    "Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Longbotham) Shawe, born or baptized at Halifax:
    i. Abraham, b. 2 January 1590/1."

    later on the same page:
    "ABRAHAM SHAWE, born Northowram 2 January 1589/90", citing "PRO: DL1/155/S20, Rejoinder of Thomas Shawe, lines 38-39."

    [Note: the source notes no baptism is found for Abraham, so the citation of Halifax Parish Registers that is given for the family listing presumably refers to siblings and Abraham's birth is based solely on the rejoinder cited in the second instance. The double dating in the article, as opposed to the original record which would mose likely not use it, was undoubtedly applied by the author. So reference to the original statement is needed to look for clues which is correct. The statement of birth date by the father is on p. 90: "The yssue which your Orator (Thomas Shawe) nowe hathe [on ij nd daie January] by a seaconde wife", so resolution depends on the date the statement was made. The presentation in this source is a little unclear as it says "The case of John Shawe against Thomas Shawe was heard in May 1590", but refers to "Wakefield court rolls for 19 February 1590/1". Probably the quoted statement came from the later since the document is labeled a "rejoinder" (i.e., not the original action), but it is not clear. The marriage of parents in Nov 1589, suggests 1590/91 is the correct date.]

  5.   Bierbrier, M. L. The Origin of Abraham Shaw of Dedham, in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,

    The author found 2 wills - those of Thomas Shaw of Northowram, Halifax (proved 15 May 1600) and his daughter Sarah Shaw of Northowram, Halifax (proved 17 April 1616), that both mention Abraham Shawe - as son of the first and brother of the second.

    These wills establish that:
    - There was an Abraham Shaw of the right age to marry Bridget Best, besides the illegitimate son of Jenet Shaw.
    - He was alive 2 months before the marriage of Abraham Shaw and Bridget Best.
    - He was from Northowram, where the children of Abraham Shaw and Bridget Best were baptized.
    - He was the eldest son and heir of his father, and thus would inherit whatever property his father owned (his father's will mentions "my messuage or tenem[en]t whereon I now dwell". (A New England source mentioned that Abraham Shaw owned property in Halifax, Yorkshire.)

    Furthermore, Thomas Shaw's will names Henry Beste of Haldesworth (father of Bridget Best) as one of the supervisors of his will, thus establishing a relationship between Henry Best and Abraham Shaw from when Abraham was a child.

  6.   Shaw, Russell Franklin. The English Ancestry of Abraham Shaw of Dedham, Massachusetts (1590-1638), in American Society of Genealogists. The Genealogist. (New York: Association for the Promotion of Scholarship in Genealogy)

    Christopher Shaw, father of the Thomas Shaw whose will mentions Abraham Shaw, was a clothier and gave his copyhold of Scolecote Brow land to his eldest son Thomas as a marriage settlement.

    "On or just before 25 September 1635": "Abraham Shawe of Sculcote in Northowram, yeoman, and Bridget his now wife ... gave into the hands of the lord through John Lommme ... all that messuage or tenement commonly called Sculcote Brow ..."

  7.   Pitman, H. Minot, "Abraham Shaw of Dedham", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society)
    106:52, Jan 1952.

    Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England, v. 37, p. 304: "b. Abraham fil. Abraham Dobson et Jenet Shaw xiiij November 1585". Per the article, the b. indicates illegitimate and such children typically took their mother's maiden name.
    [Note: per above article this identification is disproven, see especially S6.]