William SHAW (c. 1830 – c. 1886) was Alex’s 3rd Grandfather; one of 16 in this generation.
William was born in 1830 in Edinburgh Scotland according to the 1880 census. On the other hand, he is recorded to be 44 years old in the 1870 census, putting his birth at 1826 and there was a single farmer William Shaw from Scotland in Vienna Township, Dane County, Wisconsin age 36 in the 1860 census which would put his birth at 1824. William left behind 2 sisters in Edinburgh and came to New York City when he was 15 . Later, when he was 21, he sailed around Cape Horn to California gold fields and clerked in a store.
Our William made enough money to go to Dane County, Wisconsin (cherry belt) where there was a Scottish community and purchased a farm in Vienna Township. William married Ruth Agnes FOSTER 3 Aug or 27 Jul 1861 when he was 34 and she was 18. Ruth was living in Arlington Township, Columbia County which is just north of Vienna Township. William died in Dane County Wisconsin about 1886.
Ruth Agnes Foster was born on 11 Jul 1843 in Ekland, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Josiah Harvey FOSTER and Mary Ann TURK. Other sources say that Mary Ann’s maiden name may have been LaTouche or Meritt, but I have concluded that Turk is correct. Ruth came from Pennsylvania when she was eleven. She was an ardent member of the United Presbyterian Church when she married William Shaw. After William’s death they sold the farm in Wisconsin. Robert moved to Montana (near Lewiston) where he bought a farm and settled. Ruth moved to Bozeman with her children Howard, Will and Sadie. Ruth died in Bozeman about 1896 when Howard, Will and Sadie were still attending Montana State College. They had adored her and the bottom fell out of their world. She had lived in Bozeman for five years and had been a widow for ten years.
Family legend says that Ruth was also a descendant of the Marquis De Longe who was guillotined in the French Revolution. His wife and daughter escaped the country and his daughter married an American. In reality, this legend probably isn’t true. Adrianus Franciscusz De Langet (1653 – 1699) and Alex’s 9th Grandfatheris our real first DeLong ancestor in America. He had many aliases and the Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy says Aryan Fransen (Aaron the Frenchman) DELONG,Huguenot; fled to Holland; settled at Kingston, R.I.; m Rachel Jansen Pyer [Pier]. Virkus as Ref:
There is absolutely no primary evidence to support the claim of Huguenot descent. This was a 19th Century gloss based on Americans’ desire to take everything possibly construed as French (e.g. the De) and claim it was so. As to our subject, he seems to have been good old Dutch Arie Fran.
Ruth was married to William Shaw and keeping house in 1880 at a farm near Vienna, Dane County, Wisconsin.
Family legend also says Ruth’s grandmother may have beeen related toGen Nathanial GREENE of the Revolution. My grandmother’s second cousin Lydia Townsend remembered seeing a family silver tray that had belonged to him. She didn’t know what had become of it. I worked Nathanial Greene’s family tree back to grandparents and down to grandchildren and found Lydia Townsend in our family tree, but wasn’t able to made a connection.
Children of William and Ruth:
|1.||Robert F Shaw||Jul 1862
|Jeanette (Nettie) L. Patten
Moore, Fergus County, Montana
|2.||Martha Ella Shaw||Sep 1865
|Charles L Clapp
26 Sep 1883
Dane County, Wisconsin
|3.||William (Will) T. Shaw||1868
|Betty “Bessie” DeCoursey
Divorced before 1905
|After 1930 in Seattle, WA|
|4.||John (Jack) Shaw||1873
Point Set, Dane County, Wisconsin
|Emily B. [__?__]||2 Nov 1928
Accidently shot and killed while hunting near Arlington, South Dakota
|5.||Howard Irwin SHAW||1 Mar 1874
Dane Co. Wisconsin (1876 according to 1880 US Census)
4 Mar 1899 Lewiston, Montana
|7 Jun 1960
San Diego, California
|6.||Sadie (Sarah) Shaw||1878
Vienna, Dane, Wisconsin
|Patient 1920 census- 1940 census Rochester State Hospital, Minnesota|
Description from John W. Hunt’s 1853 Wisconsin Gazetteer: ”
DANE, County, is bounded on the northwest by the Wisconsin river, by which it is separated from Sauk; on the north by Columbia, on the east by Dodge and Jefferson, south by Rock and Green, and west by Iowa. It was established ¿ for judicial purposes December 7, 1836, and fully organized March 11, 1839. The seat of justice is at Madison, near the geographical centre of the county, and the Court House is the best in the State. Dane county contains about 1,250 square miles, mostly of good tillable land, and a fertile soil, well apportioned between woodland, openings and prairie, and is well adapted to grazing, and the raising of grain, roots and fruit. There is, in the county, considerable non-resident land which can be bought on reasonable terms. One of the most attractive features of the county is its beautiful lakes of clear, pure cold water, originating in deep springs. The Catfish river forms the outlet of these lakes, and passes from the northwest to the southeast completely through the chain known as the Four Lakes. ¿ The county is watered by the Catfish and Sugar rivers, and Black Earth, Badfish, Token, Waterloo and Koskonong creeks. The population in 1836 was Ebenezer Brigham; 1838, 172; 1840, 314; 1842, 8,289; 1847, 10,935; 1850, 16,654. Farms, 1,511; manufactories, 87; dwellings, 3,510.”
I was curious about this fragment so I typed “University of Wisconsin Astronomy History” into Google and found the following. The 1881 observatory looks a lot like the one near Alex’s freshman dorm. I wonder if William assisted in the search for Planet Vulcan.
William was a dreamer and a fine amateur astronomer. He was later offered the chair of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin (so his son Jack said). His son Robert at an early age took over management of the farm.
The history of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin began almost immediately after the university’s founding in 1849. Its first faculty member was John Sterling, who held the title Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, and Astronomy. By 1854, all UW undergraduates were required to complete at least one term of astronomy as part of a fixed curriculum that mixed the sciences with classical languages, philosophy, and literature. Although this “classical curriculum” is often portrayed as stodgy and outdated, UW graduates in the nineteenth century had a greater literacy in astronomy than an average student of today. However, for the first three decades of the university, astronomy remained a classroom exercise: UW possessed no astronomical instruments, nor did it have an observatory.
Funding for Wisconsin’s first major observatory did not materialize until 1877. During the previous year, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a resolution providing a salary for a new professor of astronomy at the university provided that some wealthy patrons donate an observatory. This patron, who had in fact helped to craft the legislation behind the scenes, was Cadwallader C. Washburn. Washburn was a former U.S. Representative, Civil War general, and governor of Wisconsin from 1872 to 1874
Construction of the new Washburn Observatory began in 1878 on a small hill, now appropriately known as Observatory Hill, west of campus and about a mile from the State Capitol. When it was completed, the Washburn 15.6-inch was the fourth-largest refractor in the world. However, it held this position only for a brief time as many larger instruments were made shortly thereafter.
The first director at the new facility, James Watson, announced he discovered the planet Vulcan during the total solar eclipse of July 29, 1878, but Mercury’s orbit was eventually understood when Albert Einstein showed in 1916 that his theory of General Relativity predicted distortions of space near the sun that produce the observed effects.
In the 1870 census, the family was living on a farm in Vienna Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. They were served by the Columbus Post Office in Columbia County, so they may have lived in the Northeast section of the township. His real estate was valued at $6,000 and personal property at $1,200 making him a relatively prosperous farmer for the time. Living with the family were Christian Oleson, age 27 from Norway, Farm Laborer and Martha Erickson, age 42 from Norway, Domestic Servant.
In the 1880 census, William Meek, age 16, was recorded as a farm laborer on William’s farm.
1. Robert Shaw
Robert married about 1886 Jeanette (Nettie) L. Patten (Oct 1865 Wisconsin – 1942 Moore, Fergus, Montana) when he was 23 and she was 19. Nettie’s parents were from Maine.
In the 1900 census son Robert was a tenant farmer in Spanish Creek, Gallatin, Montana. The family employed a servant Roy Kimbal (age 24.) Spanish Creek is south of Bozeman on US 191 on the road to the west entrance of Yellowstone. The Greek Creek to Spanish Creek section of Gallatin River in Gallatin County is 13 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater.
In the 1910 census Robert and his family was living in Lower Rock School District, Fergus, Montana and working as a grain farmer. Hired man George Rohrback (age 24) was living with the family.
In the 1920 and the 1930 census, Robert and Nettie were living in Moore, Fergus, Montana about 10 miles southwest of Lewistown had a population of 186 in the 2000 census. They had Onie D Walker (age 21) as a hired hand in 1920 and James V Ferrin (age 20) as a lodger in 1930.
Robert and Nettie died in 1942.
Children of Robert and Nettie:
i. Ernest Butler Shaw (born in Wisconsin Sep 1885 – ); m. 1906 Bessie L. [__?__] (1882 Missouri – ) Bessie’s father was from New York and her mother was from Ohio.
In the 1930 census, Ernest was a farmer in Denton, Fergus, Montana.
ii. Raymond “Ray” Robert Shaw (24 Mar 1888 Madison County, Wisconsin – ); m. 6 Nov 1916 Great Falls, Montana to Ethel M. Leach (Sep 1898 in Montana – 3 Apr 1960 in Lewis & Clark, Montana.)
Raymond was a farmer in Coffee Creek, Fergus, Montana in his 1917 draft registration. Coffee Creek was named for the creek with water a dark, coffee-brown color. In early days this was a favorite stopping place for cowboys riding the open ranges around it. The town itself began as a station of the Milwaukee Road. Two grain elevators and an International Harvester farm machinery store indicate this is now grain, rather than range country. In the 1930 census, Raymond was a farm laborer in Moore, Fergus, Montana with four children.
iii. Ethel J. Shaw (born in Montana Aug 1890 – After 1910 census)
iv. Thomas Herbert Shaw (born 5 Jun 1893 Bozeman, Montana – ) m. 1926 Alice E. [__?__] (1907 Montana – ) Alice’s parents were born in Illinois.
In the 1920 census, Thomas was a stock farmer in School District 69, Fergus, Montana and was married to Amy B. [__?__] (1898 Montana – ) Amy’s parents were born in Kansas.
In the 1930 census, Thomas and Alice were lodgers in Downey, California. Thomas was working as a car salesman and Alice and a lunch room helper. On his 1942 draft registriation, Thomas was living in Sumner, Washington and working for U.S. Engineers in Puyallup, Washington.
2. Martha Ella Shaw
Martha married Charles Clapp in Dane County Wisconsin on 26 Sep 1883. Charles was born Dec 1855 in Wisconsin. His parents were both born in Maine. Charles died 13 Oct 1939 in Portland, Oregon.
Oregon Statesman 8 August 1912 5:4 – In Salem August 7, 1912, Martha E. Clapp, aged 48 years. The funeral will be held at 10 o’clock this morning from the Cottage undertaking parlors. Rev. H. T. Babcock will conduct the services and interment will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery. Mrs. Clapp, who was the wife of William Clapp, recently came to Salem from Haines, near Baker.
In the 1920 census, Charles was a widowed harness maker in Haines, Baker, Oregon.
Children of Martha and Charles
i. Milton Charles Clapp (27 Mar 1888 Arlington, Wisconsin – 17 Jun 1936 Baker, Oregon); m. 21 Dec 1920 to Elva Leona White (1903 in Baker, Oregon – 1992). Her father was from England and her mother was from Missouri.
In the 1910 census, Milton was working as a quartz miner in Elk City, Idaho, Idaho. In his World War I Draft Registration, Milton was a farm laborer living in Haines, Baker, Oregon. In the 1920 census, Milton was working as a farm laborer and living with his father in Haines, Baker, Oregon. In the 1930 census, Milton was a railroad laborer with three young children in Haines, Baker, Oregon
Milton’s son Eldon (1922-2010) was a Master Sergeant Crew Chief the 9th Bombardment Group, 5th Squadron in World War II. He died in May 2010, according to the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
Eldon C. Clapp, Crew Chief, 5th Squadron What Wright R3350 engine didn’t leak oil, especially those mounted to the firewall of a B-29? The turbo superchargers, two per engine, were a terrific force on the blower case seals, and sealed areas, at 30,000′ plus. Oil leaks were judged by a percentage, lost or used, from the total oil tank capacity. Max effort missions could be counted “in” so long as enough oil remained? Oil tank capacity was approximately 80 gallons. Three to four missions were completed before time was allotted to locate and repair the oil leak. We stripped the engine of all cowling and baffles; and washed the engine with our favorite cleaning fluid. With the engine ready to run, Sgt. Paul Poor was stationed on top of the nacelle just aft of the number l cylinder. The engine was started under way at 5 – 6 hundred RPM. A frantic call to “cut” was heard and the engine stopped. Number one cylinder was moving up and down on the blower case. Hold down studs were all tight and safety wire intact. Push rod housings and hoses were tight. The cylinder was removed with these observations:The piston was hammering the cylinder head stretching the skirt. The flange was peened away allowing up and down motion. The oil from the drilled passages through the piston was blown out at the gap between blower case and cylinder flange. Numbers stamped on the cylinder assembly indicated to Parts Supply that the cylinder was applicable to a R1830 9 cylinder engine, not a R3350 Wright 18 cylinder engine! The cylinders were almost the same measurement, with this exception – the cylinder barrel was some thousands short for the R3350 engine master rod. It is believed that this wrong size cylinder had held together from its installation in a new B-29 in the states! After working all night, the aircraft was ready for the mission scheduled in the AM. The mechanics involved were B.C. Christopherson, Paul Poor, and Keith Lewis
Baker City Oregon Herald Obit.
Milton’s daughter Shirley May never married. Obit from Baker City Herald
Shirley May Clapp, 83, of Baker City, died July 23, 2009, at Ashley Manor Assisted Living.
Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Pastor Lennie Spooner of the Baker City Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Visitations will be from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St.
Shirley was born on Aug. 30, 1925, at Haines. She was the third and youngest child of Milton Charles and Elva Leona White Clapp. Shirley attended Haines grade school and high school.
After her father’s death, she and her mother moved to Pendleton where she graduated from high school in 1943. Shirley lived with her mom until her death in 1992.
While living in Pendleton, she became a certified nursing assistant and worked at that for several years. She never married, but gathered lots of good friends through the years.
Shirley loved music and played the piano, organ and the guitar. She was always happy and content with whatever came her way, be it good times or bad, family members said.
She loved to tat small crosses and give them to people she’d meet on the street. Everyone who received a tatted cross felt blessed by her. She was one of the few people left who knew that art form, according to her family.
“She was a bright light to everyone who knew her and will be dearly missed,” they said. “She had an uplifting Bible verse memorized for every occasion and was happy to talk to anyone about her Lord.”
Survivors include her oldest brother and his wife, Eldon and Norma Clapp; two nieces and their husbands, Linda and Elliott Rosenberg and Terri and Bob Sternfield, and a nephew and his wife, Steve and Tracy Clapp, all living in Chicago; and five great-nephews and three great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and an older brother, Howard “Bud” Clapp.
Eldon Charles Clapp, 88, of Baker City, died May 3, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.
His memorial service was today at Coles Tribute Center. His cremated remains will be scattered later in the Elkhorn Mountains. Pastor Monte Holt of Church of God of Prophecy in Nampa, Idaho, officiated. The U.S. Army National Guard provided military honors. Friends joined the family for a reception luncheon at the Geiser Grand.
Eldon Charles Clapp was born on Oct. 2, 1921, at Haines to Milton C. and Elva L. White Clapp. He was joined by a younger brother, Howard, two years later and a sister, Shirley, four years later.
He was raised and educated at Haines, graduating from high school in 1940.
Eldon joined F Company, 186th 141st Division Infantry, at Baker when he was 18. Progressing through 5ﬁ years of military service during World War II, he was overseas with the 9th Bomb Group, 5th Squadron B29s on Tinion Island as crew chief on the aircraft called Purple Heartless. (See history book 9th Bomb Group at the Baker Library for details).
Eldon married Frances Shyrack on April 2, 1946, and he continued his Air Force career until 1961. He and Frances lived at Rapid City Air Force Base in South Dakota, Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., March Air Force Base in Riverside, Calif., Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento, Calif., and Paine Air Force Base at Everett, Wash., before retiring at age 39 after 21 years of active service.
Eldon spent one year with Alaska Airlines while in Everett, Wash., and one year with Snap-On-Tools before becoming the maintenance supervisor mechanic for the City of Lynnwood, Wash., for the next 20 years. He retired in 1984.
They couple returned to Baker City in 1992 to be with family. Frances died in 2002.
Eldon married Norma Baker on Nov. 26, 2003, at Nampa, Idaho, and they made their home at Baker City.
Survivors include his wife, Norma of Baker City; brother-in-law, Jack Shryack, and his wife, Betty, of Spokane, Wash.; nieces and nephews, Linda Rosenberg and her husband, Elliott, and Terri Sternfield and her husband, Bob, Stephen Clapp and his wife, Tracy, all of Chicago, Barbara Melville and her husband, Michael, Jan Shryack and his wife, Tina, all of Spokane, Wash.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; a brother; and his first wife.
ii. Sidney John Clapp (7 Jun 1892 Bozeman Montana – Dec 1970 Portland, Oregon) m. Ruth Morris (1898 Missouri – 27 Feb 1990 [Portland] Multnomah County, Oregon) Ruth’s father was born in Missouri and her mother in Ohio.
In his World War I Draft Registration, Sidney was unemployed living in Haines, Baker, Oregon. In 1920, he was a farm laborer in Rock Creek, Baker, Oregon and already married to Ruth. In his World War II Draft Registration, Sidney was working for the Oregon Transfer Company and living at 1580 SE Sherritt Avenue, Portland Oregon.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2008, in Bateman Carroll Funeral Home for [Sidney’s son] Sidney J. “Sid” Clapp Jr., who died July 11 at age 84. Sidney J. Clapp Jr. was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Portland, where he lived all his life. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. During World War II, he served in the Navy. After the war, he returned to Portland, where he was an electrician for several companies, including E.V. Prentice. Later he was a sound engineer for Meier & Frank. He owned Sid’s Automation and retired as a building engineer for Clay Towers. In 1943, he married Evelyn Bernard; they divorced. In 1986, he married Sherry Page; she died in 1993. Survivors include his sons, Sidney “John” III, David and Mark; sister, Lois Williams; former wife, Evelyn; and 11 grandchildren. Remembrances to Eagles Lodge Aerie 215
iii. Child died before 1900
iv. Child died before 1900
3. Will Shaw
In 1896 Will married Bessie R. DeCoursey (Apr 1878 Otter Tail, Minnesota – Seattle, WA) Her parents were Peter Henry DeCoursey (1851 Wisconsin – c. 1928 in Seattle, WA) and Isabel Johnson (May 1855 Minnesota – Seattle.)
Like his siblings, Will also went to Montana State College and became one of Montana’s most brilliant young chemists. In the 1900 census, Will was living with his father-in-law in Seattle Ward 8, King, Washington and was working as a chemist. Later, he became an alcoholic and disappeared, leaving a greatly loved wife, Betty. When my grandmother was a girl [c. 1910], he returned, completely reformed, and found his wife remarried. However, looking at Will’s occupations in 1920 and 1930, I’m not sure how reformed he really was.
In 1905 Bessie married Lawrence L. Christiansen (c. 1859 – Wisconsin – ). Lawrence was 20 years older than Bessie and in fact just a year younger than her mother. Lawrence’s parents were from Denmark and from the 1892 Washington State census, he appears to have been married before and working as a teamster. In the 1910 census, Lawrence was living with Bessie’s parents in Seattle, Washington and working as a railway motorman. His father-in-law was working as a building contractor. Lawrence was also working as a motorman in 1920.
In the 1920 census, William was a lodger and working as a theatre watchman in Seattle. In the 1930 census, Will was 62 years old and working as an office building watchman in Seattle. His rent was $67 a month. Sadly, he shows his marital status as married.
4. Jack Shaw
Jack’s wife Emily Blanche Peacock was born about 1879 in Iowa. Her parents were William Frederick Peacock (b. Mar 1851 in Canada) and Lillian J. Little (b. 29 March 1857 in Illinois – d. 6 June 1914).
Jack K Shaw Obit Minneapolis Journal – Sunday, 28 Nov 1926 –
John K. Shaw was accidently shot and killed while hunting near Arlington, South Dakota on Friday 2 Nov 1928. Mr. Shaw was 55 years old. He mad been an officer of the Cleotex Company and associated concerns for many years. His home was at 4861 East Lake Harriet Blvd. Mr. Shaw left Minneapolis Tuesday with four companies: Dr. J . F. Beck, Mobile, Ala; V. B. Seck, Tulsa, OK; P. J. Sonner, Winfield, KS; and Tradwell Munroe of Chicago. The five made camp at Bryant, South Dakota to hunt at Badger Lake.
Mr. Munroe and Mr. Shaw were shooting together in a boat Firday. Mr. Shaw stood up to shoot. He slipped, accidentally discharging another shotgun. The charge of shot killed him. The body will be returned to Minneapolis for funeral services.
Mr. Shaw was formerly connected with the Insulite Company a subsidiary of the Backus-brooks Company. Previously he had been in the furniture business. In 1920 he became associated with the Celotex Company. In 1928 he became Vice President of Dahlberg & Co.
Born at Point Set, Bain [Dane] County, Wisconsin., Mr. Shaw came to Minneapolis about 1903.
Mr. Shaw’s home on Lake Harriet Blvd was judged the best decorated home in the city in a contest conducted by the Elecrical League of Minneapolis last Christmas.
Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife, a son, Irving Shaw, a sister, Sadie Shaw of Minneapolis and three brothers R. W. Shaw, Moore Montana; William Shaw, Seattle and Howard Shaw, San Diego, California.
Among the many beautify and original residences now being built in Minneapolis is that of J. K. Shaw at 4861 Lake Harriet Boulevard. This home represents the work of Professor Frederick M Mann , head of the college of architecture at the University of Minnesota. The property on which the home is being built has a frontage of 200 feet on Morgan Avenue and 50 feet on Lake Harriet Blvd. English type of architecute has been used by Prof. Mann in designing the home.
The right wing of the house contains a living room with a high vaulted ceiling. The left wing was the garage and the central portion is the main part of the house. Lower walls of the house are of local stone and for the upper walls split field stones and brick have been used. The roof is of English tile. Stone walks will lead to the entrance. The windows are all metal and of leaded glass. Oak trim will be used in the interior of the house. All plastering will be finished in the rought. A wrought iron stairway leads to the second floor of the house where there are five bedrooms and thre baths. In the basement is a recreation room. An elaborate landscaping scheme has been designed by Morell & Nichols. Construction work on the house is well advanced and will be completed after the first of the year.
Children of Jack and Emily:
i. A. (Arthur) Irving Shaw (1907 Minnesota – ) In the 1930 census, Irving was a college student living with his mother in Minneapolis. They had a live-in servant Ruth Schilt (age 26) Irving took two trips to Europe in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s.
5. Howard Irwin SHAW (See his page)
6. Sadie Shaw
In the 1910 census, Sadie D Shaw age 32 (1878) was living in Oakland Ward 2, California as a single lodger in the household of John T Wilt. She was working as a stenographer in a wooden ware store.
Patient 1920 census Rochester State Hospital, Olmsted County, Minnesota. The institution opened as the Second Minnesota Hospital for the Insane in 1879. Early photographs of the Kirkbride show a short central tower, while more recent images show a rather tall one. This is strange considering the usual convention was to strip Kirkbrides of ornamental features over their lifespan. The Kirkbride building was demolished in 1964 to make room for new construction. The state hospital continued life at the same location until 1982, when it closed.
FamilySearch.org – 1880 Census
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