SHAW, William S.

WILLIAM S. SHAW is a native of Bedford County, Tenn., and a son of William M. and Mahala (Wilson) Shaw, natives of North Carolina.

Our subject was born May 26, 1834, and was reared on a farm, and received limited educational advantages.  At the age of twenty-two he began farming for himself, continuing until 1862, when he entered the Confederate Army, Company G, Forty-fourth Tennessee Infantry, but served only a short time.  He resumed farming, and December 16, 1858, was married to Nancy Clark, who  was born September 1, 1839, and who died March 27, 1864, leaving one child — Martha H.  September 12, 1867, our subject took for his second wife Julia Haskins.  Mrs. Shaw died October 7, 1871, and for his third wife Mr. Shaw took Susan O’Steen, December 1, 1872.  She was born March 26, 1852, and became the mother of three children: John Rufus, William Marvin and Edward DriskillMr. Shaw is a Democrat, and prides himself on never having been sued or in a lawsuit.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.

SHAW, William M. (Rev.)

REV. WILLIAM M. SHAW, one of Bedford County’s old and prominent citizens, was born July 5, 1806, in Orange County, N. C., and immigrated to Bedford County, Tenn., in the year 1816.  He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Scott) Shaw, natives, respectively, of South Carolina and Maryland.  The father was born November 8, 1771, and died November 4, 1845.  The mother was born in the year 1778 and died February 26, 1842.

Our subject was reared on a farm and engaged in the farming interest till the year 1853, at which time he joined the Methodist Conference South, but was licensed to preach as a local preacher previous to this in the year 1845.  In 1827 he wedded Mahala Wilson, of this county.  She was born January 9, 1809.  This marriage resulted in the birth of nine children only six of whom are living: John W., William S., Alexander M., Ambrose D., Ann E. and Mary L.  In 1849 Rev. Shaw was ordained deacon at Shelbyville by Bishop Capers and retained this position until October, 1853, at which time he was ordained elder at Franklin, Tenn., by the same bishop.  October, 1854, he joined the conference and has been a traveling minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church South up to the present date.  Mrs. Shaw died July 31, 1885; she was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Up to the time of the late war Rev. Shaw was an old-line Whig, but since that time he has been a Democrat.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.