(At left: Lincolnshire County, England in
red. Grimsby is on the
This page focuses on Charles R. Shaw and his son, Jabez Shaw.
Both born in England and moved to Canada.
Charles Robinson Shaw, 1834-1916
Charles Robinson Shaw was born Aug 20, 1834 in Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Co, England, the son of George Shaw (1804-1888) and Jane Robinson
(1808-1898, Jane's father was Jabez Robinson).
Since George was a freeman of the town of Grimsby, Charles and his siblings
received a good education at the local school (called "college"). Charles'
son, George Shaw, wrote a book, Old Grimsby
(1892) with some references to the family on pg 199-200.
George (son of Charles, b abt 1771, Lincolnshire) had also been born in
Grimsby, baptized Oct 5, 1804. He became a master tailor. He married Jane
Robinson July 6, 1828 at St. James Church
(Anglican) in Grimsby. At some point the Shaw family became Methodists. John
Wesley had himself preached several times in Grimsby in the mid-1700's and
after a struggle with the established church the Methodists built a congregation
there. Primitive Methodism (of which Charles was a part) was introduced to
Grimsby in 1819 by Rev. Thomas King [Old Grimsby,
Perhaps this Shaw family was connected to the Wesleyan Chapel in Great
Grimsby. The schools in Great Grimsby were all by fee. In 1851 the
Wesleyan Day school
had 200 students; by 1858, they had 800 students! The Methodists were very
active in this area and had several churches.
George and Jane Shaw lived in Grimsby and had 9 children:
1. Robinson (died young)
3. Charles Robinson 1834-1916
4. Jabez, 1838-
5. Mary Jane, 1839-
6. William Henry, 1841-
7. Fanny Maria, 1845-
8. Thomas Wharton, 1847-1863
9. Keziah Thomasin, 1855-
1841 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Bradley Haverstoe
(a seaport town, 168 miles north of London on the east coast of England)
Shaw, George - 36 (b 1805)
. . . . Jane - 33
. . . . George - 10
. . . . Charles - 5 (Charles R. b abt 1836, father of Jabez))
. . . . Jabez - 3 (b abt 1838)
. . . . Mary - 2 (Mary Jane)
. . . . William - 3 (prob should be 3 months; b 1841
[Also in 1841 in Great Grimsby was George's father Charles and George's
1851 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Shaw, George - 46, b Great Grimsby; occ: master tailor
. . . . Jane - 42, b Great Grimsby, tailor's wife
. . . . George - 20
. . . . Charles - 16
. . . . Jabez - 14
. . . . Mary J. - 11 - in school
. . . . Wm. H. - 9
. . . . Fanny Maria - 5
. . . . Thomas W. - 3
The Grimsby Dock Tower completed
Charles Robinson Shaw married Jane Elizabeth Barnett, Nov. 7, 1858 in Hackney,
Middlesex Co, England. Since his wife was not from Lincolnshire, he must have
moved to London to work or go to school, met his wife. His first child, Jane,
was born back in Grimsby, but they were again near London in 1861.
1861 England, Westminster, St. Margaret, Middlesex Co,
Shaw, Charles - 27, b Grimsby, Lincolnshire; occ: house painter
. . . . Jane - 34, b Burlington, Yorkshire
. . . . Jane Elizabeth - 1, b Grimsby, Lincolnshire [must have died young]
1861 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Shaw, George - 56, b Great Grimsby; occ: tailor
. . . . Jane - 51
. . . . William Henry - 20 "
. . . . Fanny Maria - 16 "
. . . . Thomas Charles - 13 ", in school [this must be the
Thomas W. in 1851]
. . . . Kezia Johanna - 6 ", in school
[probably married are: George Jr. (30), Charles R. (25), Jabez (23),
Mary Jane (22)]
In 1867 Charles' son, Jabez was born in Chelsea, Middlesex Co (near London).
Charles R. went to Canada in 1869 with his wife and 2 children, not sure
which. He had 3 children: Jane Elizabeth, Anna Keziah & Jabez. Jabez
isn't on the 1871 census, but it doesn't seem likely they would have left
him in England. A later bio of Charles says that he brought his wife and
2 children to Canada. Jane E. probably died young, and he brought Annie
& Jabez to Canada.
1871 Canada census, Toronto West, Ontario
Shaw, Charles - 35, b England about 1836, Primitive Methodist
. . . . Jane - 33
. . . . Ann - 7
(where is Jabez?)
1871 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire:
Shaw, George - 66; occ: tailor
. . . . Jane - 63; occ: tailor
. . . . Henry - 30; occ: tailor
. . . . Kezia - 16; occ: tailor
[Fanny Maria (26) prob married]
Charles' wife, Jane, died soon after the 1871 census.
Charles remarried in Toronto in 1880.
Marriage record: "Charles R. SHAW, 46, widower, glazier (painter), Lincolnshire
England, Toronto, s/o George SHAW & Jane, married Mary D. REID, 32, widow,
Cornwall Ont, Toronto, d/o Alva S. EASTMAN & Sarah, witn: H. Edwin TRENT
& M. A. CHARLTON, both of Toronto, 22 Dec 1880"
1881 Canada Census, Toronto City, St. Andrews Ward
Shaw, Charles R. - 46, b England 1835, Methodist Church of Canada, occ: glass
. . . . Mary D. - 33
. . . . Anne C. - 17
His son, Jabez was living with Charles’ parents back in England in 1881.
1881 England, Lincolnshire County, Great Grimsby, South West,
St. James, #4 Yarborough St. (This was probably on the west side of town,
away from the docks)
Shaw, George - 76 (head), b Lincolnshire, occ: tailor
. . . . Jane - 72 (wife), b Lincolnshire
. . . . William H. - 40 (son), b Lincolnshire
. . . . Keziah I. - 26 (daug, unmarried), b Lincolnshire
Thayers, James - 52 (son-in-law), b Middlesex
. . . . Mary Jane - 42 (daug), b Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Shaw, Jabez - 15 (gr-son), b Chelsea, Middlesex, occ: printer's
Jabez then came back to Canada in 1882 with his aunt, Mary Jane Thayers
and her husband. They sailed on the ship, Parisian.
Jabez came to Canada in 1882, arriving at the port of
Quebec July 4th. (A website with
the voyages of the Parisian says that it left Liverpool on June
29 and arrived in Quebec July 7.) He was 15 years old and came with
his aunt and uncle, "Mary J. (42) and James (53) Thayers" (all 3 were
on the same ticket). All 3 embarked June 29th at Liverpool, England on
the ship Parisian, making a stop the next day in Londonderry, Ireland,
with their final destination listed as Toronto.
Charles moved west to British Columbia in 1889 where he became the
first mayor of Burnaby, British Columbia (near Vancouver) in 1892. Below
is a picture of the town leaders, with Charles in the center (from the city of Burnaby
Bio - http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/whoswho_S.htm
"Charles R. Shaw First Burnaby reeve [mayor] b. Aug. 20, 1834, Great Grimsby,
Eng.; d. 1916, Ann Arbor, Mich. After a college education, he immigrated
to Toronto in 1869 with wife and two children. A Wesleyan Methodist preacher,
he declined ordinance. In 1889, moved to New Westminster, building a home
at 4th St. and 3rd Ave. Worked as a decorator, paperhanger and painter. On
Oct. 8, 1892, local property owners unanimously voted him first reeve (mayor)
of Burnaby (pop. under 200). With his ailing wife, he moved to Kamloops in
1894. After her death, moved to Ann Arbor."
At left is a picture of his house in Burnaby. This house
is listed on Historic Places in Canada.
It was in Toronto where Jabez Shaw met and married Letetia
Mary Baxter. Letetia was born in Tyrone, Ireland about 1870, the
daughter of John Baxter & Margaret Barnes. The Baxter family had
emigrated to Canada in 1888 and must have got to know Jabez Shaw soon afterward
because in 1889 Jabez Shaw was a witness at the marriage of Letitia's
"Joseph Barnes BAXTER, of Toronto, s/o not given, married Salome
JONES, of Toronto, d/o not given, witn: Jabez SHAW & Ruth
A. HILTON, 26 March 1889" [Records from St. John the
Evangelist, Anglican, 1858 - 1897, p 30]
Though Joseph Baxter's parents names are not listed on his marriage record,
they are on his death record.
The next year, April 23, 1890, Jabez Shaw married Letitla Mary Baxter
in York, Toronto, Canada. Jabez
Shaw said on his marriage record that he was born in London, England
about 1866, the son of Charles R. and Jane Shaw.
1891 Canada, Toronto City, St. Stephens Ward
Shaw, Jabez - 25, occ: printer
. . . . Letitia - 21
. . . . Florence L. - 2 mos
1891 Canada, New Westminster, British Columbia
Shaw, C.R. - 54, b Eng, Methodist
. . . . M.D. - 43, b Ont
. . . . Sarah H. - 8, b Ont
. . . . Myrtle - 6, b Ont
. . . . Chas. E. - 4, b Ont
1891 Canada, New Westminster, British Columbia
Copley, Stephen - 27, b Eng, Church of England
. . . . Annie K. - 27, b Eng, Church of England [Jabez's sister]
. . . . Alma - 4
. . . . Murriel - 1 1/2 (female)
In 1894 Charles's wife, Mary, became ill and they moved to Kamloops, BC.
She died in 1897 and was buried
Charles moved back to Toronto for a while. Jabez's daughter, Clara
was born in Toronto in 1894. In 1900 Charles moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan
where he died in 1916.
of Canada, Toronto West
Jabez (head) - 32, b Nov. 3, 1868 (link has page with this family)
. . . . Letitia (wife) - 26, b July 19, 1875
. . . . Flora (daug) - 11, b Feb 17, 1890
. . . . Albert (son) - 7, b Apr 24, 1893
. . . . Clara (daug) - 6, b Oct 27, 1894
. . . . George (son) - 4, b May 27, 1896
1910 Michigan, Benton, Berrien County
Shaw, Charles R. - 75, b England, widowed, emigrated 1900.
He was living in a commune called "Israelite House of David", which was started
in 1903. From wikipedia:
"The House of David colony soon had several hundred members. In 1906,
the House owned about 1,000 acres, on which the colony harvested fruit from
a dozen orchards and cultivated grain. The commune had its own cannery, carpenter
shop, coach factory, tailor shop, and steam laundry. They also owned and
operated their own electricity plant, providing lighting to the community.
It had three brass bands and two orchestras, and a zoological garden."
1911 census of Canada, Toronto West, Ward 6
Shaw, Jabez (head) - 43, b Jan 1867, England, immigrated 1900 (link
has page with this family)
. . . . Letitia Mary (wife) - 40, b July 1870, Ireland, immigrated
. . . . Florence (daug) - 19, b Feb. 1891
. . . . Albert (son) - 18, b Apr 1892
. . . . Clara (daug) - 16, b Oct 1894
. . . . George (son) - 14, b March 1896
Platt, James (boarder) - 25
. . . . .Robert (boarder) - 30
Jabez was a Methodist. He was also a member of the Orangemen,
a Protestant group in Canada. His name is on a 1926 list of officers,
as District Master for Toronto West. "In the 1920s and 1930s when
the Orange Association was at its peak, Toronto was known as 'the Belfast
of Canada' and parades in the city were known to take some four hours to
pass a given point. . . . No club, organization or group has produced more
leaders in Canada at the federal, provincial and municipal level of government
than has the Orange Association." (from OrangeNet). The Orangemen
were named for William of Orange who restored protestantism to England in
1688. (See also pictures
of OrangeMen). Here is a Orangemen letter from
1926 that Jabez would undoubtedly have read.
Jabez and Letitia died some time around 1937 in Toronto. In
a listing of Ontario cemetery
records, there is a Mary L. Shaw buried at Toronto Necropolis, 200 Winchester
St., but there are no dates on the web listing so I don't know if this
They had 4 children:
1. Florence L. Shaw, b Feb. 1891, Toronto
2. Albert Shaw, b Apr 1892, Toronto
3. Clara Louise Shaw, b Oct 1894, Toronto; d 1961; m John Wylie
4. George Shaw, b Mar 1896, Toronto; d abt 1975 in Vancouver;
m Lila ?