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Lee County Biography

John L. Shaw

Lee Center Twp.


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John L. Shaw, a retired farmer and resident of Lee Center Township, this county, is highly esteemed as one of the old pioneers of this State, and a man who has witnessed and aided in the growth and prosperity of the county which he made his home at an early day. He was born in Ontario County, N. Y. May 19, 1816, where he grew to manhood and resided until the fall of 1844, when he came with his wife to Hancock County, Ill., remaining there until the spring of 1846, when he removed to Lee County and settled in Bradford Township. Here be took up a claim on which he lived for over twenty years, later removing to another farm in the same township. After residing in this township for upwards of thirty years, he removed to Belvidere, this State, where he lived a retired life for some eight years, after which he returned to Lee Center, where he now resides. He has followed farming throughout his life, and now owns eighty acres in this township.

Mr. Shaw was married in Orleans County, N. Y, September 27, 1844, to Miss Tryphena Merrill, who was born in Paris, Oneida County, N. Y. July 30, 1821. Her parents, Chauncy and Hannah (Austin) Merrill, were natives of Rutland, Vt., and Bristol, R. I., respectively. They were married in Otsego County and died Darion, Genesee County, N.Y.

Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have had two children, Ellen A., who is the wife of Giles A. Hodges, and John M., who died when four and one-half years old. Mr. Shaw has held some of the local township offices and has been School Director. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are inclined to be liberal in their religious views, and are people who make the best of everything and enjoy life, thereby making it happier for everyone who comes in contact with them. Mrs. Shaw is a most estimable woman and has many warm friends, who enjoy visiting this couple at their comfortable home.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Pg 733

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