Shaw Family Papers, 1737-1890

(1 box; 0.5 linear ft.)


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Table of contents
Accounts, correspondence, indentures, and family papers which relate to the descendents of Samuel Shaw (1710-1781), Quaker farmer of Richland, Pennsylvania, and related families including Hill, Heacock, Foulke, and Rawlings. Some of his descendents moved to Ohio and Indiana. Letters from family members in Ohio give details of daily life and customs of Quaker families and sense of the hardships endured on the frontier.

Background note:
1729-1738 Samuel Shaw (1710-1781) was a Quaker farmer of Richland, Pa. He emigrated from Ireland to New Garden Monthly Meeting, Chester County, Pa., in 1729, and by 1741, he had settled in Richland. In 1737 he married Mary Nixon (1713-1794), who had been born in England. They became members of Richland Monthly Meeting at its inception and were active in the affairs of the meeting. They had seven children. Their first child, Hannah (born 1738) married William Hicks, and their granddaughter, Lavinia Penrose, married William Heacock. The first series in this collections contains primarily business papers of the Shaw and Rawlings family; Jesse Heacock, the father of William Heacock, was connected to the Rawlings family by marriage.
1756-1814 The second to youngest child, Samuel (born 1756) married Susanna Rea. They had two children, John and Letitia. Letitia married Israel Griffith at Westland Monthly Meeting, Pa. John moved to Cincinnati and married Elizabeth Wright in 1814. Their daughter, Rebecca, married Jesse Hutton of Richmond, Indiana. Their son, Edward Shaw, married Peninnah Hill, daughter of Robert Hill. The Hill family moved from North Carolina to Cincinnati, Ohio, about 1802, and then onto Richmond, Indiana, about five years later. Edward and Peninnah were the parents of Susan Shaw, the donor of the second series of Shaw Manuscripts. This series contains genealogical papers on the Shaw and Hill family, business papers, correspondence, and reminiscences of crossing the Allegheny Mountains in 1805 and the life of John Hill in Ohio.
1750, 1777-1870 The fifth child, William (born 1750) was married to Sarah Carr in 1777. Their son, Jonathan, married Mary Miller, and their grandson, Samuel, married Anna R. Penrose, the daughter of Enoch and Esther Penrose. Members of this branch of the family moved to Ohio, and the series contains primarily correspondence, 1737-1870, written from Pennsylvania and Ohio. The letters give an interesting account of the daily life and custom of Quaker families of that period and of the hardship endured by the pioneers.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT Accounts, correspondence, indentures, and family papers which relate to Samuel Shaw (1710-1781) of Richland, Pennsylvania, his descendents, and members of the Heacock, Penrose, and Rawlings families. Letters from family members in Ohio give details of daily life and customs of Quaker families and sense of the hardships endured on the frontier.

Arrangement This collection is divided into three series:

Added entries

  • Hill Family
  • Quaker--Indiana
  • Quakers--Ohio
  • Quakers--Pennsylvania
  • Shaw Family
  • Social life and customs--Indiana
  • Social life and customs--Ohio
  • Social life and customs--Pennsylvania
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 2001
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Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Shaw Manupscripts (H): Hannah (Shaw) and William Hicks, 1819-1862
Hannah and William's descendents married into the Heacock and Rawlings families.

Heacock Family, Business papers 1823-1862 Box 1

Heacock Family, Miscellaneous Papers
Includes letter from inmate of Bucks Co. Jail arrested for nonpayment of military fine (1819)
1819-1859 Box 1

Rawlings Family, Business papers
Joel Heacock of Rockhill served as power of attorney for Margaret Rawlings
1818-1827 Box 1

Ser. 2. Shaw Manuscripts (S): Samuel and Susanna Shaw, 1813-1942
Samuel and Susanna's children moved to Ohio and Indiana and married into the Hills family.

Shaw family record of births, death, marriages Box 1

Griffith family of York County, Pa. records Box 1

Account of a trip across the Allegheny Mountains in 1805 by Rebecca Hill, the aunt of Edward Shaw. 1858 Box 1

Hill family records ?-1942 Box 1

31 indentures, mostly to Robert Hill. 1813-1850 Box 1

Letters, Rebecca Shaw Hutton to her father, John Shaw 1856 Box 1

Correspondence of Edward and Penninah Shaw 1839-1840 Box 1

Letters, Edward Shaw to Charles and Elizabeth Shute
Typescript copies of letters. Letters contain references to the Green Plain Anti-slavery separation and underground railroad movement.
1843-1845 Box 1

Letter, Benjamin Hill to Robert Hill, his father 1843 Box 1

Account of life of John Hill by Edward Hill, his son
Includes description of Separation in Ohio Quakers
1876 Box 1

Ser. 3. Shaw Manuscripts (W): William and Sarah Shaw, 1737-1870
Primarily correspondence among Shaw, Foulke, Penrose families.

Correspondence, Anonymous 1737-1856, n.d. (6 ALsS) Box 1

Sarah Bolton to Samuel Foulke 1750/-1751 (ALS) Box 1

Jane Foulke to E. Foulke, Sarah Shaw and friends 1870 (ALS) Box 1

John Foulke to lawmaker
letter is "in the U.S., plea for justice and equality"
1832 (ALS) Box 1

Keziah Foulke to S.D. Roberts 1862 (ALS) Box 1

Samuel Foulke to Thomas Foulke and to Jesse George 1771, 1758 (ALS) Box 1

Samuel Foulke, received from Leenard Thompson 1870 (ALS) Box 1

? Foulke, re: their arrival in Ohio 1810 (ALS) Box 1

Mehetabel Jenkins to David Bacon 1802 (ALS) Box 1

Enoch Penrose, family letters received 1823-1829 (10 ALsS) Box 1

John T. Penrose to Martha Penrose (sister) n.d. (ALS) Box 1

John T. Penrose, letter received 1840-1857 (6 ALsS) Box 1

To Amos Richardson, from Jos. and Margaret Fisher 1831 (ALS) Box 1

Abigail Shaw, letters received 1808-1837, n.d. (9 ALsS) Box 1

Letitia Shaw to Anonymous 1805 (ALS) Box 1

Mary Shaw, letter from Levi Miller 1796-1809 (2 ALsS) Box 1

Samuel Shaw, received 1771-1773 (2 ALsS) Box 1

Sarah Shaw to Anonymous n.d. (ALS) Box 1

Sarah and/or William Shaw, family received letters 1797-1816 (34 ALsS) Box 1

Shaw family miscellaneous papers 1787-1790 Box 1