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Shaw, Samuel


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 6/13/2021 at 17:41:28

born Mar 18, 1842, Ohio

History of Warren County, Iowa; Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns & Etc., by Union Historical Company, 1879, p.640
SHAW, SAMUEL, farmer, Belmont Township, Sec. 20; P. O. Milo; he was born March 18, 1842, in Columbiana county, Ohio; his parents moved to Logan county, Ohio, in the fall of 1849; here he grew up, and lived till 1867, when he came to this county, and located where now lives; he enlisted in April, 1864, in Co. I, 132d Ohio Volunteers, and served till September, 1864, when he was honorably discharged; he was married January 24, 1864, to Emily, daughter of James Gilbert, a native of England; they have three children: Wm. Allison, Cora E. and Ella, all living; he owns a fine farm of 270 acres.

Samuel Shaw, the well known and popular Mayor of the growing city of Milo, has been a resident of Warren county for over a quarter of a century. He was born in the town of Salem, located about sixty miles west of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in Columbiana county, Ohio, March 18, 1842, a son of Benjamin and Barbara (Umstead) Shaw He was the third of their eleven children, five of whom survive, as follows: Samuel, the subject of this sketch; Presley, who resides on the old home farm in Logan county, Ohio; Etta, a milliner and dressmaker in that county; Lutitia, wife of D. L. West, a traveling salesman, with his residence in Ottawa, Kansas; and Eura, wife of L. W. Sullivan, a farmer of Garden Grove, Decatur county, Iowa. The good Christian father was born in the year 1800 in Pennsylvania, where he spent many years of his life. When still a young man he accompanied his parents to Columbiana county, Ohio, and in 1849 removed to Logan county, where he spent the declining years of his life. His death occurred in 1858, and he was laid to rest in the Baptist cemetery in Marmon Valley. Mrs. Shaw was born in Pennsylvania in 1820, and she departed this life in 1883. Samuel Shaw received the benefits of a common-school education, and later in life, by his own individual efforts, he obtained such requirements as are necessary in the ordinary conduct of business. When not yet seventeen years of age he lost his father by death, and part of the duties of the family support fell to his lot, he being the means of keeping the family united. He faithfully fulfilled his part until his mother's second marriage, to Lewis Sullivan, a native of Virginia. At Zanesfield, Logan county, Ohio, May 10, 1864, Mr. Shaw obeyed the dictates of his heart when our nation was in sore distress, and enlisted in its defense in Company I, One Hundred and Thirty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Captain R. B. Porter and Colonel Joel Haines. He sailed down the James river to City Point, Virginia, doing principally picket duty. He was near Petersburg when that city was destroyed. Mr. Shaw was honorably discharged in Columbus, Ohio in September, 1864. In 1893 he came to Milo, where he is now extensively engaged in stock-raising and buying.
January 21, 1864, our subject was united in marriage with Miss Emily Gilbert, a native of Staffordshire, England, and a daughter of James Gilbert, who crossed the ocean to this country in 1848, locating in Hardin county, Ohio. To this union have been born four children, viz.: W.A., born October 5, 1864, is interested in the store of H. F. Schrader & Company, dealers in hardware, agricultural implements, furniture, and undertaking in Milo; Cora Edna, born in Warren county November 8, 1869, became the wife of Dr. Fellows of Des Moines and died December 18, 1891, and lies buried in the Baptist cemetery near Milo; Nellie, born June 29, 1870, is the wife of Lon Dunn, the junior partner of Pritchett & Dunn, general merchants of Milo; and Reginald Arthur, was born November 25, 1881. Mr, Shaw is a stanch Republican in his political views, and his first presidential vote was cast for Abraham Lincoln. He was elected Mayor of Milo March 1, 1895, and has also served as Township Clerk and as a member of the School Board. In addition to his other interests, Mr. Shaw is a stockholder in the Indianola Banking Association and in the Citizens Bank of Milo. In his social relations he is the present Commander of the G. A. R., Post No. 275. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Shaw has always taken an honorable part in all enterprises tending to redound to public good in his city, county or State. Source: A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1896, vol.1, p.309

History of Warren County, Iowa from Its Earliest Settlement to 1908, by Rev. W. C. Martin, Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1908, p.516
Samuel Shaw is one of the most prominent and influential citizens of Milo, where he is now practically living retired, superintending his affairs but leaving the active management to others. He was born at Salem, Columbiana County, Ohio, March 18, 1842, and during his childhood removed to Logan County, that state, with his parents, Benjamin and Barbara Shaw. They were natives of Pennsylvania, the former born in 1811 and the latter in 1820, and in early life removed to Ohio, where their marriage was celebrated. There the father engaged in farming until his death, which occurred when he was forty-eight years of age, and the mother died at the age of sixty-four years.
Samuel Shaw grew to manhood in Logan County, Ohio, and received a good common-school education at Zanesfield. His father died leaving a large family dependent upon him for support and thus early in life he was called upon to take up the burdens which usually come to one later in their career. He at once turned his attention to farming and stock-raising and continued to follow those occupations throughout his active business life. On leaving Logan County, Ohio, he came to Warren County, Iowa, in December 1867, and located on a farm in Belmont Township, where he made his home until coming to Milo in the spring of 1893. He has dealt quite extensively in real estate and has been actively engaged in the banking business, and is at present the owner of fifteen hundred acres of land. Starting-out in life in limited circum­stances, his success is due entirely to his own industry, sound judgment and good management in business affairs, and he well deserves the prosperity that has crowned his efforts. The most envious could hardly grudge him his success, so honorably has it been won.
On the 21st of January, 1864, in Warren County, Mr. Shaw married Miss Emily Gilbert, who was born in Staffordshire, England, on the 26th of January, 1842, and is the oldest of a family of thirteen children, eleven sons and two daughters. She was only six years of age when brought to America. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are the parents of four children: William A., who married Virginia A. Dunn; Cora Edna., who married Dr. J. T. Fellows, of Des Moines, and died leaving a daughter, E. Josephine, who is a graduate of the Milo high school and makes her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Shaw; Nellie, the deceased wife of Lon Dunn ; and R. A., who is a graduate of Simpson College and is now bookkeeper in the Citizens Bank of Milo, making his home with his parents. The older son lives in Arkansas, where he has fourteen hun­dred and forty acres of land, and is engaged in raising rice.
During the dark days of the Rebellion, Mr. Shaw entered the United States service from Ohio, enlisting about the 1st of May, 1864, as a private in Company I, One Hundred and Thirty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served four and one-half months. He is now an honored member of the Grand Army of the Republic and has served as commander of Milo Post, No. 275, Department of Iowa, for several years. Religiously he holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church and gives liberally of his means for the advancement of all church work, never withholding his aid from any enterprise which he believes will promote the moral, intellectual or material welfare of the community. The Republican Party has always found in him a staunch supporter of its principles and he has filled various municipal and school offices, including that of mayor of Milo. He has always been found true to any trust reposed in him, whether public or private, and he is justly ranked among the leading and representative citizens of his adopted county.


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