Hi Eddie! Yep! Got that census record as well....I have a lot of documentation on the Shaw family....but JT was always a mystery until I found his Civil War Record on file with Fold3.com a few days ago. He is the son of William and Sarah Shaw. His son, John R. (Jack) went to live with his uncle Elias in the 1870 census for Walker County, Texas. So, I put two and two together that his father, James T. Shaw, must have died in the civil war...which I found to be true. I think Rebecca must have died before 1870 as well, as she doesn't appear there, either.
Thanks for the help! Super nice of you to provide all of this!
On another note...I did start researching James W. Shaw with the 44th GA regiment...he shows up in the 1860 Henry County GA census with a wife (or sister, as she is 17 and he is 27) Nancy and a young child, Sarah. I can't find any trace of them in the 1870 census. I did find a Nancy Shaw that married a Harvey Toley Dec 14, 1870 - thought maybe she remarried, but her age doesn't seem to match up.
At any rate...I do believe that James W. Shaw was wounded in either the Spotsylvania CH battle, or the one right after, Cold Harbor...and died from his wounds, as he was still alive in August of 1864 - according to his civil war record....I am just wondering how the person who did the headstone application proved that he died May 10, 1864 and it not be recorded on his record?