Shaw Family Tree     


                                                                                                                                                  John Webster

                                                                                                       Robert William Webster     b abt 1835           

                                                                                                         b 1859 Irelandb 1859 Ireland

                                                         John Wiley “Jack” Webster    d 1934 Hamilton, Ont, Ca

                                                          b 1894 Ireland                     

                                                                      d 1960 Toronto, Ca                                                                    William Emmett

Children (born in Toronto)                                                             Margaret Wiley Emmett                      

1. Robert William Webster,                                                                        1867?-1904 Ireland

     1921-2004?, m Norma Reynolds                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Charles Shaw

2. John Henry “Jack” Webster                                                                                                                                                                                          b 1771, Lincolnshire, Eng.

     b abt 1922, m Ethel Shuster                                                                                                                                                                                George Shaw                    

  1. 3.Ruth Mary Webster                                                                                                                                                          b1804 Grimsby, Lincoln, Eng       Martha ?        

     1923-1999, m Kenneth Bloye                                                                                                                                                                              d 1888, Lincolnshire, Eng

4. Florence Maude “Flo” Webster                                                                                            Charles Robinson Shaw                                                                              John Robinson

     1924-1947, m Kenneth Marks                                                                                                                            b 1834 England                                                                            Jabez Robinson       1737-1813 Lincoln, Eng

5. Violet Louise Webster                                                                                                            d 1916 Michigan                    Jane Robinson                       1782-1854 Lincoln    Ann Northern, daug of John

     1928-2014, m Robert Freeman                                                                                                                                                                            b1808 Grimsby, Lincoln, Eng.     

6. Arthur Webster                                                                                                                                                               d 1898 Lincolnshire, Eng.            Thomasin Graul

     b abt 1929, m Jean ?                                                                                                                                                                                  

7. Albert Raymond “Al” Webster                                                                                           

     b 1932, m Joan Richie                                                                                   Jabez Shaw                                                                                                                                 William Barnett

8. Charles Webster                                                                         b 1867 England                                                                               William Allison Barnett 

     b abt 1933, m Jeanette ?                                                                                  d 1937? Toronto, Ca                Jane Elizabeth Barnett          b 1809-11, Buckton, Yorkshire

                                                                     Clara Louise Shaw                                                          b abt 1837, England                                                                                                                    Michael Hardy

                                                                      1894-1961, Toronto, Canada                                                            d 1872 Toronto, Canada                                                                                                            son of Michael Hardy & Jane Yates

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thomas Yates Hardy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ann Elizabeth Hardy           1791-1831 Bridlington, Yorkshire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                b    b abt 1819, Buckton, York, Eng

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Elizabeth Waters

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eliz., daug of  John Waters & Anne Davies

                                                                                                                                                                                John Baxter                                                                       Anne was daug of William Davies & Ann Bather

                                                                                                                            Letetia Mary Baxter           b abt 1845, prob Ireland

                                                                                                        b 1870, Tyrone Co, Ireland     

                                                                                                                             d. 1937? Toronto, Canada        Margaret Barnes

Shaw Family  - Great Grimsby, England to Canada

Earliest known ancestor:

  1. 1.Charles Shaw, 1771-after 1841

Charles Shaw was born in 1771 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England. (Lincolnshire is in red on the map.)

Grimsby is supposed to be the place where the Danes landed on their first invasion of Britain near the close of the 700’s.


Charles married Martha ?. She died before 1841.


The Grimsby Cemetery started in 1855. There are no longer any headstones at St. James Cem, They were cleared off. But there was a transcription of headstones in 1900.


1841 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire:

Charles Shaw - 70, b Lincolnshire about 1771, occ: grocer

Joseph Molineux - 29, occ: cooper

Jane? - 25

(Jane was b in Lincolnshire abt 1816 and maybe she is Charles' daughter.)


Charles and Martha had 3 children:

  1. 1.George, 1804-1888

  2. 2.Charles, 1811-?, m Mary ?, children: Elizabeth, William, Thomas. He may have died in 1859 in Caistor, Lincolnshire.

  3. 3.Jane, 1816-?, m Joseph Molineux


Charles died after 1841.




  1. 2.George Shaw, 1804-1888

George Shaw was born 1804 in Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England. He was baptized in Grimsby Oct 5, 1804 at St. James Church.

He became a master tailor.

On July 6, 1828, George married Jane Robinson (daug of Jabez Robinson and Thomasin Graul) in St. James Church, Grimsby.

George and Jane lived in Grimsby and had 9 children.

See St. James Church at:   http://www.saintjames.freeserve.co.uk/st_james.htm


He became a freeman (with rights to vote) in all 3 of the ways available: he was the son of a freeman, he served 7 years apprentice to a freeman (his uncle Alderman Kennington) and he married the daughter of a freeman, Mr. Jabez Robinson.

See p. 199 of  the book “Old Grimsby”, written in 1897 by his son, George.

https://archive.org/details/oldgrimsby00shawgoog


The Shaw family were Methodists. John Wesley himself traveled to Grimsby several times between 1743 and 1788 along with several other Methodist preachers in a hard-fought struggle with the established church to build a Methodist congregation there. The first Methodist church was built there in 1757. A larger building built in 1808, which was enlarged in 1837. Then another building built in 1847. After that time several churches were built for Methodists in Grimsby.


1841 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire, Bradley Haverstoe (about 120 miles north of London on the east coast of England)

Shaw, George - 36 (b 1805)

. . . . Jane - 33

. . . . George - 10

. . . . Charles - 5

. . . . Jabez - 3

. . . . William - 3

. . . . Mary - 2


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


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


1871 England census, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire:

Shaw, George - 66; occ: tailor

. . . . Jane - 63; occ: tailor

. . . . Henry - 30; occ: tailor

. . . . Kezia - 16; occ: tailor


1881 England, Lincolnshire County, Great Grimsby, South West, St. James, 4 Yarborough St.

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 office


There was a book “Old Grimsby” published in 1897 written by Rev. George Shaw, son of this George Shaw. It has some interesting stories. Some stories on local elections was very interesting, starting on page 193.

http://www.archive.org/details/oldgrimsby00shawrich

In this book George (Jr) mentions his “uncle Alderman Kennington” (p199) and aunt Molly Wharton (p200). George (Sr.) named one of his sons Thomas Wharton, so perhaps he was named after this man, his brother-in-law. Don’t know if Molly was a sister of George (Sr) or Jane.


George Shaw died Mar 16, 1888 in Lincolnshire, England and was buried at the Scartho Road Methodist Cemetery in Grimsby. See his Find-a-grave page.



3. 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, p238].


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)

2. George

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 brother Charles.]


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 in 1851


Charles Robinson Shaw married Jane Elizabeth Barnett, Nov. 7, 1858 in Hackney, Middlesex Co, England.

The Barnett family was from Bridlington (formerly called Burlington) in Yorkshire, England.

Since his wife was not from Lincolnshire, he must have moved to London to work or go to school, met and married his wife there.

Their first child, Jane, was born back in Grimsby in 1860, 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 April 12, 1872 of tuberculosis. Buried Apr 14, Toronto Necropolis Cemetery.

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 cutter

. . . . 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 office


Jabez then came (back?) to Canada in 1882 with his aunt, Mary Jane Thayers and her husband. They sailed on the ship, Parisian. (Pictured below)


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 website).


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 right is a picture of his house in Burnaby. This house is listed on Historic Places in Canada.








3. Jabez Shaw, 1867-abt 1937

Jabez Shaw was born Jan, 1867 in London, Chelsea, Middlesex County, England.

He moved to Canada with his parents in 1867. I don’t see him on the 1871 census with his father in Toronto or his grandfather in Grimsby, England.

His mother died of TB in 1872 in Toronto, Canada.

His father remarried in 1880.

He was living with his grandfather in England in 1881.

Jabez then came (back?) to Canada in 1882 with his aunt, Mary Jane Thayers and her husband on the ship, Parisian. (See ship at right)


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. 


It was in Toronto where Jabez Shaw met and married (in 1890) 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 brother:

"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.


Also in 1889 Jabez’s father, Charles, moved with his new wife and their 3 small children (Jabez’s half-siblings) to British Columbia.


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 there.

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. 


1901 census of Canada, Toronto West

Shaw, 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 1888

. . . . 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 is her.


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 "Jack" Webster.

4. George Shaw, b Mar 1896, Toronto; d abt 1975 in Vancouver; m Lila ?


















 

The Grimsby Dock Tower completed in 1851