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Lee County Biography

HENRY CHAMPION SHAW


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Henry C. Shaw, deceased, was born in Victor, New York, July 7, 1820. His parents were John and Polly (Fox) Shaw. In 1841 Mr. Shaw left his native state and came to Illinois, and established his home at La Harpe, Hancock county, where he started a trade in groceries. In 1844 he married Miss Jane Waldron, daughter of Joseph and Martha (Perry) Waldron, born in Albany, New York, October 31, 1822, and came to this state with her parents in 1841. In 1845 he moved to Princeton, Bureau county, and being in poor health boarded himself and wife there one year. In 1846 he came to Binghamton and embarked in the manufacture of plows in company with his brother, Zebediah Shaw, and William and John C. Church. The firm changed once or twice, but Mr. Shaw continued a partner as long as it carried on the business. In 1852 he bought a farm in Amboy township, and from this date was occupied with the cares of farming until his death, which occurred October 7, 1874. He was the father of ten children, as follows: Olive A., born September 14, 1845, widow of Charles Evitts; William M., September 24, 1847; Willfred, July 14, 1849, married Miss Martha Hammitt, and lives in Peoria; De Forist, December 17, 1851, married Miss Marietta Wasson; Arthur H., February 12, 1854; Chauncey R., June 21, 1856; Everesto L., May 9, 1858; Charles D., September 9, 1861; Don Carlos, January 25, 1864; and Madeline M., February 3, 1868. These heirs own 160 acres of choice farming land just north of the city.limits of Amboy, which has a running stream of living water through the body, giving it one of the greatest essentials of a stock farm.

Contributed by Jared Olar from History of Lee County, Illinois (1881), pp.412-13.
See biography of Manley Sherman Shaw

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