Trying to lay a doctor to rest: Dr. E.D Shaw and wife Alice Thomas (brickwall)

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Dr. E.D Shaw (not Ed Shaw) was a person of color born approximately 1877 in an unknown location. He lived in Poplar Bluff in 1926. He married his wife Alice Thomas (b. 1886) June of that year. They were married until he was killed in the tornado of May 9, 1927.

He was a physician and most likely had a practice in his house.

Where was Dr. Shaw born?

Who were his family?

When and where did he obtain his doctorate?

What was his actual name?

I would also like to know where Alice was born and who her family was.
WikiTree profile: E Shaw
in Genealogy Help by Jourdi Cleghorn G2G6 Mach 3 (31.8k points)
Ok. I perused the 1930 Poplar Bluff census and found:

Ann(a) Shaw female white 61 widowed b. Illinois

George Shaw 31 b Illinois

his wife Minty Shaw 31 b. Illinois

Charles Shaw 41

His wife Leara 37

His daughter Jardena or Tardena 10

his other daughter Anna 3 1/2

Perhaps these are relatives?

E D Shaw

 in the Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 No Image
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Name: E D Shaw
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Birth Year: abt 1877
Residence: Waldo, Columbia, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: Loner Sims
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 26
Spouse's Residence: Spring Hill, Webster, Louisiana
Marriage Date: 20 Apr 1909
Marriage License Date: 19 Apr 1909
Marriage County: Lafayette
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1004496

Loner Sims died in Arkansas in 1910

Loner Sims

Death 7 Aug 1910 (aged 35)
Burial Taylor, Columbia County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 112753547 · View Source

Ranging far and wide now.


Willie T Shaw

Swift, Pemiscot County, Missouri, USA
Death 2 Apr 2015 (aged 86)
Broseley, Butler County, Missouri, USA
Burial Poplar Bluff, Butler County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 144963498 · View Source

Willie T. Shaw, 86, of Broseley, Mo., died April 2, 2015 at his residence. He was born November 2, 1928 in Swift, Mo. to the late Joe Willie Shaw and V.S. Giles Shaw. Willie was a long time resident of the Morocco Community. He graduated from Wheatley High School. He was of the Methodist faith under the guidance of his grandfather, Rev. Monroe David Giles.

He married Myrtle Woods in 1948. She survives.
Willie worked for several years for Sly and Clara Resnik's Tractor Co.,Poplar Bluff …

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Alice Shaw

 in the Web: Missouri, Death Certificates, 1910-1962

Name: Alice Shaw
Death Date: Aug 1951
Death Place: Poplar Bluff, Butler, Missouri, USA
Certificate Number: 26256

Thirteen dollars for a record there. I couldn't search for Alice on the ancestry record.
Thanks for all the help, Betty. I think you've opened up some really valuable avenues to find out more about Dr. Shaw. I'm going to do more research on Loner and on Willie and his family as well.
Two hospitals were listed in the article as well a Brandon Hospital and a Lucy Lee Hospital. Both were destroyed in the tornado. Dr. J. W. McPheeters was listed in the article as well. I think Dick might be our guy.

You suppose that is a nickname for Richard?
Maybe Dick is his middle name.

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