Thinking about all the women who came before us on international women's day.
It is very common for white genealogists not to know about, or not to know the full extent of, slave holding in their own families. Until a few years ago, I was one of them! One reason is that genealogy websites do not put this kind of information front and center. In fact, it is … Continue reading Hiding in Plain Sight: Slave Records on Ancestry.com
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
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
Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee. I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First … Continue reading Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823