There seems to be wide acceptance (including by the DAR, going back a century or more) that my maternal-side forebear Lt. James Shaw, ~1733- ~1783 (lost at sea) [Shaw-9950] was a son of John Shaw, Jr., & Mayflower (Brewster) descendant Martha Knowles of Eastham, MA, and later of greater Hartford, CT. But two of us in the family have now been at work on this, off and on, over some years, and we have not found documentation. (It may lie in private records.) Several WT folk have already privately offered leads but the solid proof is still lacking; we'd appreciate any substantive assistance from WTers familiar with the Shaws of Eastham, Plympton, Middleborough, Martha's Vineyard, and the Hartford area... or closely-associated clans such as the Butlers of that region.
The timeline -- given a marriage in about 1752 (Banks), the age of his spouse, Rebecca Butler (b. 1730), and the birth of their first child (1755) almost demands a birth before 1735, and the DAR marker in the old Westside Cemetery of Edgartown has 1733; yet many online genealogies have 1738, 1740, or 1741. We'd love to clear this up once and for all. (James does not appear among the recorded children of the John & Martha marriage either in Eastham, or Hartford, in any records we've been able to find to date. Still looking.)