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||Abraham Shaw migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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There is no baptism record in Halifax, Yorkshire, for Abraham Shaw. In the absence of records, multiple hypotheses for his origins were advanced. Pitman found a record in Halifax for the baptism of Abraham, the out-of-wedlock child of Abraham Dobson and Jenet Shaw, on 14 November 1585 in Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshiire, and concluded that this child was the Abraham Shaw who later emigrated to New England (Shaw was his mother's maiden name, not his father's name). However, Abraham Shaw acquired property in Halifax, which would not have been possible if he was born out of wedlock. Bierbrier found that the will of Thomas Shaw Jr, proved in 1600, describes Abraham Shawe as his eldest son, while the nuncupative will of Thomas Shaw's daughter Sarah, created in 1616, includes a legacy for her brother Abraham Shawe. These wills demonstrate that Thomas Shaw did have a son named Abraham and that this son was alive in 1616, when Abraham Shaw was married. Bierbrier treated Abraham as a son of Thomas Shaw and his second wife Elizabeth Longbotham, while other sources have identified Abraham's mother as Agnes Smith. 
Abraham Shaw was baptized on 14 November 1585 in Northowram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England.
He died at Dedham (Norfolk County), Massachusetts, some time after 10 October 1638, when he sold some land at Dedham, and before 25 March 1639, when town records described him as deceased. In 1639, his administrators sold his estate. He is thought to be buried in Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The grave is not marked; the oldest gravestone in the cemetery has a date of 1678.
The following abstract of the last will & testament of Abraham Shawe was published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1848:
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On 26 Feb 2017 at 19:35 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
Also, the only source for the mother now on this profile (Agnes Smith) seems to be an unsourced entry on the Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins website. Is there other support for this mother? Or should she be replaced with Elizabeth Longbotham?
Added: The webpage http://nielsenhayden.com/genealogy-tng/getperson.php?personID=I5690&tree=nh1 states that the article in The Genealogist cites additional records and supports the earlier work by Bierbrier that I cited. This webpage gives Abraham a birthdate of 2 Jan 1590 and identifies his mother as Elizabeth Longbotham.
On 17 Feb 2017 at 15:05 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:
Born 25 Aug 1585
Died 25 Mar 1639
On 7 Feb 2017 at 06:42 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:
On 5 Jun 2016 at 20:11 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
On 3 Oct 2015 at 05:25 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:
On 28 Aug 2015 at 18:50 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
1. Responding to your email from a non-Wiki person in re: Abraham Shaw. I have his father as THOMAS, MOTHER Elizabeth L. Longbotham, m. to Elizabeth Best, dau. of Henry and Grace Boithes. Lots more on Best and Boithes antecedents, nothing on Shaw or Longbotham.
2, There seems to be some mixup about what children this couple had. The link your correspondent gave shows that Thos. had two marriages and that Abraham is not the son of E. Longbotham. She is shown in one place with a son, John and on Wiki w/both Abraham and a Mary. I have a Susannah b. 1617. Guess it is back to researching more...
On 28 Aug 2015 at 13:25 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:
"There seems to be something that needs confirming with the parents of Abraham Shaw who married Bridget Best. The below link site says his parents were Thomas Shaw and Agnes Smith, instead of Thomas Shaw and Elizabeth Longbottom. There appears a generation is missing from Thomas and son Thomas and Abraham Shaw here. Any comment ? Also, Elizabeth's last name is spelled different. This site I've been told is a pretty good sourced site is Royal Ancestry. http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2389.htm#i71790 "
I don't have any information on this, so I post it here for the attention of profile managers and others. I believe the cited website is a good source only when it names a solid source. No source is cited on the record for Abraham Shaw.
On 24 Dec 2013 at 12:30 GMT Eugene Quigley wrote:
This portion set apart in 1636. Enlarged in 1638. It was the only burial place for nearly a century. Here were buried Allin Adams Belcher Dexter and Haven ministers of the church and Alleyne Lusher Dwight and Fisher with other founders of the town.
I have attempted to contact the Find a Grave contributor and asked if the info is from a gravestone transcription or other source. I will follow up if and when he responds.
On 24 Dec 2013 at 03:31 GMT Merilyn (Marsh) Pedrick wrote:
Abraham is 14 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 20 degrees from Robynne Lozier, 12 degrees from Pocahontas Rolfe and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.