Roger Shaw

Roger SHAW (1594 – 1661) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.

Roger Shaw – Coat of Arms

Roger Shaw was baptized 26 Aug 1594 in St. Peter’s upon Cornhill, London, England.  The church was badly damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The parish tried to patch it up, but between 1677 and 1684 it was rebuilt to a design by Christopher Wren.  His father was Ralph SHAW.  He married Ann [__?__].  After Ann died, he married Susanna, (widow of William Tilton of Lynn Mass. who died 28 Jan 1655).  Roger died 29 May 1661 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH.

Roger Shaw’s Stone, Founders Park, Hampton, New Hampshire

Hampton, NH Founders Park

Susanna [__?__] was born about 1604 in England. She first married 18 Dec 1638 in Wolston, Warwickshire, England to William Tilton (b. 28 Feb 1586 in Wolston, Warwickshire, England – d. 1653 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.) She was known to have had two sons by her first marriage, namely, Abraham and Daniel Tilton, remembered in the will of Mr. Shaw made Aug 25, 1660 ; probated Aug 10, 1661, after his death on May 29th of the same year. His eldest son, Joseph, was made sole executor of this will in which he is instructed to pay Abraham and Daniel Tilton their portion according to “Covenant,” when they shall become of age. He also designates “Samuel Fogg and said Joseph as trustees, to order and direct my son Benjamin (then  twenty years old) until he comes to the age of twenty-one years, according to law in all things. Susannah died 28 Jan 1655 in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Children of Roger and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Margaret Shaw c. 1634 Cambridge, Mass Thomas Ward(e) 15 Apr 1704
2. Joseph Shaw c. 1635 Cambridge, Mass. Elizabeth Partridge
26 Jan 1660/61
8 Nov 1720 Hampton Falls, Rockingham, NH
3. Ann SHAW 6 Jun 1636 Cambridge, Mass Samuel FOGG
12 Dec 1652  Hampton, NH
9 Dec 1663 Hampton, NH
4. Esther Shaw Jun 1638 Cambridge, Mass.
5. Mary Shaw 26 Nov 1639 Cambridge, Mass Jan 1640 Cambridge, Mass.
6. Benjamin Shaw 1641 Cambridge, Mass Esther Richardson
25 May 1663
17 Jan 1717/18 Hampton, Rockingham, NH
7. Mary Shaw 29 Jul 1645 Thomas Parker
Abt. 1668
8. Deliverance Shaw 1647  Cambridge, Essex, Mass Abraham Tilton
1669 Ipswich, Essex, Mass
May 1732
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire

Roger Shaw is first mentioned in history as appearing at General Court from Cambridge, Mass. in 1636.  He was made Freeman in Cambridge in 1638,  having previously bought two hundred aeres of land and built a house on the southside of Arrow street.

From Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn)

Harleian Records taken from the Register of St. Peter’s, Cornhill, London, Eng.,

“1594, September 1st, Sunday,christening of Roger Shaw, sonne of Ralph Shaw,Vintnor at the Sunne, on Cornhill ; borne Monday ye 26th of August.”

Although it is not positively proven that the christening alluded to was that of the immigrant Roger Shaw above mentioned, yet the probabilities are strongly in favor of such a conclusion, as no subsequent record of him has been found in the old country ; and the fact that he was accounted competent by General Court to be installed Vintnor and Keeper of the Ordinary at Hampton, N. H.,where he finally settled, would seem to imply that he had some previous knowledge of the business.

In 1639, he was drawn juryman, and the following year was elected Town Clerk of Cambridge, Mass. He was also selectman for the same town for the years 1641, 1642, 1648 and 1645.

The settlement of Hampton, NH , (formerly  known as Winnacunnet)  was led by our ancestor Reverend Stephen BACHILER, who had formerly preached at the settlement’s  namesake:  Hampton,  England. It was authorized by General Court in 1638, and incorporated in 1639, Roger Shaw’s name appearing as one of the petitioners. In 1640 he bought of “John Crosse” land in the new town, and 15 Nov 1647 he obtained a grant of lands from Charles I [see discussion in comments] which, included with his former purchase, constituted a large estate. In 1648, he moved to Hampton, selling his real estate in Cambridge, Mass., consisting of a house and two hundred acres of land, and settled on his first purchase, some part of which were still owned by his descendants in the 1880’s.  The original house was enlarged and improved by his son Benjamin and grandson Edward, and was used in colonial times as a garrison . It was taken down, however, sometime in the 1850’s to make room for a “modern one.”

Roger seems to have been a man of prominence among the early settlers, for from 1651 to 1653 he served as Representative to General Court, and was selectman in 1649 and 1654, and filled many other important offices. Controversy arising from the occupancy of lands on the New Hampshire borders by authority of Massachusetts, was, in 1651, carried into General Court adding to the responsibilities of Representatives for that year.  He was also the same year appointed “Commissioner for trying small cases.” On the 20th  of September, 1658, the town of Hampton appointed Roger Shaw first, on a Committee of
three, together with the Town Clerk, “to examine all grants and appointments of lands, highways and such like,and to recorde the same in ye new Towne Book.”

On  9 Feb 1659, the same committee were appointed “to lay out and record convenient highways to men’s land in the towne and to allow satisfaction to the proprietors for the same according to their discretion :” which satisfactionwas to be made from the town’s land.

He was for a time Vintnor and Keeper of the Ordinary in Hampton, and in 1650 Avas empowered and ordered by General Court “to sell wine or any sort of strong liquors to Christians and the Indians, as in his judgment shall seem meet and necessary, on just and urgent occasions, and not otherwise.”

Roger Shaw m. 1st Ann ; 2d, Susanna, widow of William Tilton of Lynn, Mass., who d. January 28, 1655. She was known to have had two sons by her first marriage, namely, Abraham and Daniel Tilton, remembered in the will of Mr. Shaw made August 25, 1660 ; probated August 10, 1661, after his death on May 29th of the same year. His eldest son, Joseph, Avas made sole executor of this will in which he is instructed to pay Abraham and Daniel Tilton their portion according to “Covenant,” when they shall become of age. He also designates “Samuel Fogg and said Joseph as trustees, to order and direct my son Benjamin (then  twenty years old) until he comes to the age of twenty-one years, according to law in all things.”


His “son-in-law” [step-son] Abraham Tilton was apprenticed 5 Dec. 1653 to John Hood, weaver, of Lynn; whose wife Elizabeth, acting under a power of attorney from her husband then is England, released the apprentice 10 Nov. 1656, although she had previously sent him to Peter Tilton, living in Connecticut. [Nor. Rec. I] Samuel Tilton, another of the children of “my late wife Susanna”, received a tract of land from Mr. Shaw April 6, 1660, and receipted in full for his portion 12 June 1661, and for that of his brother Daniel Tilton 13, July 1663.

1. Margaret Shaw

Margaret’s husband Thomas Ward(e) was born 1620 in Filby, Norfolk, England. His parents were Francis Warde and Susanna Browne. Thomas died in 1680 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Thomas was a selectman of Hampton for 8 years.

Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn),

2. Joseph Shaw

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Partridge was born 14 Feb 1643 in Salisbury, Mass. Her parents were William Partridge and Ann Gerrish. Elizabeth died in 1702

3. Ann SHAW (See Samuel FOGG‘s page)

6. Benjamin Shaw

Benjamin’s wife Esther Richardson was born 1645 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Ezekiel Richardson and Susanna Bradford. Her grandparents were Thomas RICHARDSON and Katherine DUXFORD. Benjamin died 16 May 1736 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

7. Mary Shaw

Mary’s husband Thomas Parker was born 1634 in Biddeford, Maine. His parents were John PARKER and Mary CROCOMBE. Thomas died 13 Nov 1684 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine.

Thomas Parker  of whom but little information has been gleaned. In 1640, land was granted to wid. Judith Parker of Hampton, who, it is presumed, was his mother. At a Town meeting in the spring of 1663, “liberty was granted to Thomas Parker to come into the town and follow his trade,” (that of shoemaker) although for some reason not recorded, there was a dissenting vote of nine prominent men*. They removed finally to Reading, Mass. Children’s names (no dates obtained) were Samuel, Sarah, Deborah, Abigail, Ruth, Elizabeth.

Thomas lived and died in Georgetown, ME. Had about 1/3 of the island now known as Georgetown facing the sea.

8. Deliverance Shaw

Deliverance’s husband Abraham Tilton was born 1638 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were William Tilton and Susannah [__?__]. Abraham died 28 Mar 1728 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

When Deliverance and Abraham married in 1669. Susannah was Deliverance’s step-mother.

Deliverance  whose birth is not mentioned in any of the public records,  according to “Savage” married Abraham Tilton, at Kittery Me., 1669. Her will, dated Nov. 9, 1730, and probated July 2, 1733, names sons, Abraham, Samuel and Isaac ; daughters, Sarah Martin ; Mary, widow of Tristram Brown ; and Rebecca, widow of Thomas Durges. First kinsmen, John Lamb, and Abigail, widow of John Bell.


Roger Shaw Bio – Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn),

Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn), Mrs., 1834- [from old catalog]

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  6. Sorry to keep picking on you, but can you explain how Roger Shaw received a grant of land from King Charles II in 1645 when he did not become King until after the death of Oliver Cromwell in 1660?

    • markeminer says:

      Hi Jeanie,

      Happy to hear from you. You are correct, Charles II couldn’t have made a land grant in 15 Nov 1647 .

      Wikipedia says Charles I escaped in April 1646 from the Siege of Oxford. He put himself into the hands of the Scottish Presbyterian army at Newark, and was taken to nearby Southwell while his “hosts” decided what to do with him. The Presbyterians finally arrived at an agreement with Parliament and delivered Charles to them in 1647. He was imprisoned at Holdenby House in Northamptonshire, until cornet George Joyce took him by force to Newmarket in the name of the New Model Army. At this time mutual suspicion had developed between the New Model Army and Parliament, and Charles was eager to exploit it.

      He was then transferred first to Oatlands and then Hampton Court, where more involved but fruitless negotiations took place. He was persuaded that it would be in his best interests to escape—perhaps abroad, to France, or to the custody of Colonel Robert Hammond, Parliamentary Governor of the Isle of Wight. He decided on the last course, believing Hammond to be sympathetic, and fled on 11 November. Hammond, however, was opposed to Charles, whom he confined in Carisbrooke Castle.

      From Carisbrooke, Charles continued to try to bargain with the various parties. In direct contrast to his previous conflict with the Scottish Kirk, Charles on 26 December 1647 signed a secret treaty with the Scots. Under the agreemen called the “Engagement”, the Scots undertook to invade England on Charles’s behalf and restore him to the throne on condition of the establishment of Presbyterianism for three years. The Royalists rose in July 1648, igniting the Second Civil War, and as agreed with Charles, the Scots invaded England.

      Sounds like Charles I was too busy in 1647 running for his life to be issuing land grants, but maybe it was the machinery of state.

      I found the source for the Charles II quote: Shaw records; a memorial oft, Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn), Mrs., 1834-

      You can read on-line at

      It has a picture of the Roger Shaw house which stood for over 200 years, but has been gone for over 100.

  7. Michael Tuck says:

    Dow’s History of Hampton NH GVol. II gives the marriage of Joseph Shaw, son of Roger Shaw, to Elizabeth Partridge, as 26 JUN 1660/1661 (pg. 965). Your site leaves the marriage date blank. Another site, gives 26 JAN 1660/1661.
    Is there a reason that you know of, that would make one date or the other invalid, or otherwise incorrect? And, is there an important reason for leaving yours blank?

  8. Michael Tuck says:

    You list the husband of Margaret Shaw (dau. of Roger Shaw) as Robert Ward. However, Dow’s History of Hampton, Vol. II, as well as the citations you have as images, all call her husband Thomas Ward(e) and not Robert.

  9. Stanley Fox says:

    Turns out Roger Shaw is in my line too. The shaws from Roger through Joseph down to elizabeth 1664-1708 & Aaron sleeper 1661-1732. Their daughter Elizabeth married Joseph Young. My third great grandmother was Susanna young 1764-1808. I am a Fox from NB /maine roots.

  10. K Warner says:

    Do you happen to have proof that Esther Richardson is a descendant of Ezekial Richardson? There is conflicting information! Thanks:)

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