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Lee County Biography

Sylvester Shaw

Bradford Twp.


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Sylvester Shaw who resides in Lee Center, is an old pioneer of this county, and is well known as one of the prominent and wealthy farmers of this section as well as a successful business man in other directions. He was born in Ontario County, May 21, 1818. He there grew to manhood and when twenty-one years of age came to Illinois, settling in Lee County in 1839, where he took up claim in wbat is now Bradford Township.

For two years before settling on his claim Mr. Shaw lived in what is now Lee Center Township afterward making his home in Bradford Township until 1881, when he returned to the village of LeeI Center in the spring of that year. In June 1884, he engaged in the mercantile business in that place and is still carrying it on, at the same time operating his farm. He is the owner of some three hundred and sixty acres of fine land in Bradford and Amboy Townships, and as the greater part of his life has been spent in agricultural pursuits, he bas a wide experience in all that relates to the business, and has been very successful in whatever he has undertaken to do.

Mr. Shaw was married in DuPage County, ILL, July 4, 1845, to Miss Amelia H. Noble, who was born in Geneseo, Livingston County, N. Y., June 17, 1819. They have been the parents of seven children: Oscar F. is a farmer in Iowa; James K. carries on the same occupation in Bradford Township; Fred departed this life in this township, March 11, 1890, when thirty-seven years old; Harrriet married Theodore Gale, who is now deceased; Alida E. is the wife of John R. Daniels; Ella E. married Frank Derr, and Carrie I. died when seventeen months. old. Mr. Shaw has never been an office­seeker, but takes an interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the township, and has served it as Highway Commissioner. He and his family are highly esteemed in the community.

The father of our subject, John Shaw, was a native of Vermont, and his mother, whose maiden name was Polly Fox, was born in Massachusetts. They removed from what is now Wyoming County, N. Y., to Hancock County, Ill., where they settled and remained for two or three years, afterward removing to Utah, where they were among the early pioneers of thnt Territory, and where they spent the remainder of their lives. The father of Mrs. Shaw, Elisha Noble, was born in Sheffield, Mass., and her mother, who was Miss Candace Beaell, was born in Hartland, Conn. They departed this life in Genesee County, N. Y.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Pg 602

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