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A Shaw Family of Central South Carolina

As part of, or simply being a passenger on, one of the 5 ships carrying the Presbyterian congregation of Reverend William Martin, John Shaw sailed on the Hopewell at age 22 from Belfast, Northern Ireland on 19 October1772. John was Scotch-Irish. He received a 100 acre land grant on Hope Swamp but later put together his farm several miles east on the smaller Jackson's Branch, both of which drain into Black River.

In 1779, his eldest son, David Shaw, was born; the name of John's first wife is not known for sure. Lillis Mitchell became his second wife and had 5 more children. They eventually farmed about 1000 acres on Jackson's Branch where present-day highways I-95 and #527 intersect at the western edge of present-day Clarendon county, South Carolina, at its junction with Sumter county.

The Shaws were a leading family in Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, John being a ruling Elder by 1781 (age 30). I do not know of any record of Revolutionary War service. Lillis is buried in the churchyard cemetery; John is buried about 5 miles east near the old farm, now unmarked, in a fairly large family cemetery which I call the Capt. George Cooper Cemetery. His stone was moved to be beside his wife's at Brick Church in 1968/69.

Descendants populate present-day adjoining Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee counties of South Carolina.

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In the 1840's, John G. Shaw migrated west, settling [see story] on the coast of Mississippi near Pass Christian. He is buried in that area. This branch of the Shaw family holds an annual reunion the 3rd Saturday in October west of Gulfport at Crane Creek Baptist Church near Perkinston, Mississippi.

David Calvin Shaw migrated to Florida between 1850-1869 and is buried in Apopka, Orange Co., Fla.

Dr. T. Munson Shaw migrated to the Rome, Georgia area in 1871 and died 1899 and buried there.

T. M. Shaw migrated from Florida to Texas in 1895.

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(May 1998 [latest update 31 July 2012)