Richard Dicken: Not Quite Dead Yet

So, as it turns out, Richard Dicken, my 5th great-grandfather was not quite as dead as I thought he was by 1819. And there's a moral to that story! I had assumed for years that since Richard Dicken's estate was found in Edgecombe county probate files that he must in fact be dead. Furthermore Thomas … Continue reading Richard Dicken: Not Quite Dead Yet

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Chunky Bob Shaw and the Old Lady

I've recently taken a deep dive into the Revolutionary War pension file of Robert Shaw, my 5th great-grandfather. Born about 1755, his parentage is unknown. He may have been a Scottish, Irish or British immigrant. He is first found in Guilford County, North Carolina, relocating to Sumner County, Tennessee about 1786 along the Red River. … Continue reading Chunky Bob Shaw and the Old Lady

Slaves Held by the Shaw Family of Sumner County, Tennessee

Whenever I find a slave holder in the family, I try to post as much information as possible about them in order to help their descendants. This has been a major project on my paternal side, located almost entirely in the Deep South. However, on my maternal side, the subject of this blog, there were … Continue reading Slaves Held by the Shaw Family of Sumner County, Tennessee