In 2019, in the blog, Eliza Morris, wife of Pinkney Shaw, I made note that this couple lived close to a man named Thomas Shaw, who I thought may very likely be the father of Pinkney Shaw. At that time, I had not found any documented proof of Pinkney’s parents. Since then, I have found the estate file of Thomas Shaw, and it was very helpful in stringing together some of the families of Montgomery and Randolph counties, in particular some members of my Morris family.
Eliza, wife of Pinkney Shaw, is the daughter of John Jacky and Amelia Morris. She is my 2nd great aunt, her brother, Thomas Morris, being my 2nd great grandfather. I have not yet uncovered how Pinkney and Eliza might have met or how the Shaw and Morris families knew one another.
Martin Shaw, born 1785, may have moved to Laurens, South Carolina. I am still searching for information on Martin to determine if he is the same man found in South Carolina.
Haley Shaw, born 1788, married Mary “Polly” Smithson in 1807. Haley looks to have migrated to Dekalb County, Georgia by 1830. In 1840, Haley Shaw is found in Cass County, Georgia. The 1850 Census shows Haley’s wife was named as Elizabeth, age 50, born about 1800. Based on age, and name, this cannot be Mary “Polly” Smithson, but is probably a second wife. 1860 finds Haley and family still located in Cass County, Georgia. A neighbor is listed as Benjamin Shaw, born about 1817 and may be the son of Haley and first wife, Polly. 1870 finds Haley in Bartow, Georgia. Cass County was renamed to Bartow in 1861. Haley Shaw died between the 1870 and 1880 Census years. His wife, Elizabeth, is found in 1880, living with son, James. Curiously, her parents are listed as being born in Germany, lending proof the family trees showing Elizabeth as the daughter of Michael Luther Jr., who may have been born in Germany, most definitely, his father, Michael Luther Sr. was born in Germany.
Thomas Shaw is found on the 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 Census for Montgomery County, North Carolina. Amazingly, three lines of this family intermarried with my Morris family. One-line, Green Berry Shaw, intermarried with a Dennis family but I am not able to document how Sarah Dennis, wife of Green Berry Shaw, is related to the Dennis family in Montgomery County.
The children of Thomas and Elizabeth Luther Shaw are:
Catherine b. 1818, never married as far as I can tell
Pinkney b. 1820, married Eliza Morris, daughter of John Jacky and Amelia Morris
Green Berry b. 1824, married Sarah Dennis
Jesse b. 1826
Thomas b. 1828, married Letitia Jane “Lila” Rich
Martin b. 1829, married Ruth Ledwell
Lewis b. 1830
John b. 1833 m. Mahulda, she is alluded to in the estate file of Thomas Shaw Sr. as his daughter-in-law. A son of John and Mahulda, Harris Shaw, married Sarah Morris, daughter of Thomas and Mary ‘Polly’ Williams Morris, and niece of Eliza Morris Shaw
Elizabeth b. 1835, married Thomas Hall
Winney b. 1839, had an illegitimate daughter, Mary “Sug” Shaw, who married Elias Morris, son of Thomas and Mary ‘Polly’ Williams Morris, and nephew of Eliza Morris Shaw
George b. 1840
Tillman and Susannah had the following children:
Mary, born 1815, married Dawson Steed
John, born 1813
Unknown daughter, born 1815, married Abraham Luther
Martha, born 1817, married Elwood Ledwell
William, born 1819
J. G., born 1821
Caswell, born 1823
Nancy, born 1825, married William Lax
Calvin, born 1827
Nixon, born 1829, married Risa Cuma
Caroline, born 1831, married Hudson Nance
Mary and Jesse had the following children:
Endocia b. 1825
Calvin b. 1830
Henry b. 1835
Winney b. 1837
Gardner b. 1841
Nathan b. 1843
John Shaw, born 1795, conflicting information found on John prevents me from posting anything about him until I can determine the correct family for him.
Elizabeth Shaw, born 1797, married Richard Carter of whom I know nothing about.
Nancy Shaw, born 1799, married William Harris, conflicting information found on William prevents me from posting anything about him until I can determine the correct family for him.
Fielding Shaw, born 1827, married Lucinda Sanders
Sarah Shaw, born 1829, no further information
Deborah Luther Shaw has a well-documented family. She is the daughter of Michael Luther Sr. born in Germany in 1751, and Mary Kendall, born 1760 in Maryland. The Luther family was established in the county of Randolph, probably prior to 1790, where they can be found on Census and deed records.