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Elizabeth (Best) Shaw (bef. 1592 - bef. 1638)

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Elizabeth "Bridget, Briggit" Shaw formerly Best aka Beste
Born before in Halifax, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Sister of
Wife of — married in Halifax, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Died before in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Bridget was born in 1592. Bridget Best was the daughter of Henry Best and Grace Boithes. She passed away before 1638 at Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.


Elizabeth "Bridget" Beste


Briggit Best, daughter of Henry Best, was chriistened on 19 April 1592 in Ovendon, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.


Bridget Best was married to Abraham Shaw on 24 June 1616 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.[1][2]

Emigration and Settlement in New England

Abraham and Bridget Shaw and children emigrated to America in 1636 on the Anne. At first they settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. Their house burned down in October 1636 and they moved to Dedham, Massachusetts.


Abraham Shaw's undated will does not mention a wife,[3] so she is assumed to have died in Dedham, Massachusetts, before 1638, when Abraham's estate was inventoried.

Ancestral File Number



  1. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2012),, Record for Abraham Shaw.
  2. Torrey, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. pg 664
  3. Abstract of the Will of Abraham Shawe. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA), Vol. 2, 1848. Vol. 2, p. 180

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On 8 Sep 2015 at 08:46 GMT Eugene Quigley wrote:

There is nor mention of Bridget in her husband's will. Might she have died before him?

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