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Shaw family migration from Yorkshire to Canterbury

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This page documents the migration of James Edward Shaw and Mary Wood and family from Yorkshire to New Zealand. They settled in Kaiapoi, Canterbury.

Their marriage record shows up under "Greenfield, Oldham" in the Lancashire BMD, however I believe this is the same place as "Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorkshire". Today it is part of Greater Manchester; at the time Saddleworth was divided between Lancashire and Yorkshire. (Or something).

Birth records (Yorkshire BMD)

SurnameForenamesMother's Maiden NameYearSub-DistrictRegisters AtReference
SHAWArthurWOOD1880Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/26/372
SHAWHarryWOOD1882Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/28/263
SHAWCharlieWOOD1884Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/30/50
SHAWIda MaryWOOD1886Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/31/284
SHAWFredWOOD1892Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/35/27
SHAWMinnieWOOD1893Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/35/445
SHAWEsther JaneWOOD1896Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/37/205
SHAWAlbertWOOD1901Uppermill, SaddleworthOldhamUPP/39/312

That is all the entries for MMN=Wood, Sub-District=Uppermill. There are also other Saddleworth entries that at this stage look to be other families.


Note - these have been taken from the Familysearch transcriptions in most cases, have not verified via the image that they have been correctly transcribed.


James Ed ShawHeadMale56Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshireSELF ACTOR MINDER & COTTON SPG MILL
Mary ShawWifeFemale52Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshireMARRIED
Charlie ShawSonMale26Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshireIRON TURNER @ LOOM MAKERS
Ida Mary ShawDaughterFemale24Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshireWOOLLEN WEAVER @ FLANNEL MANFR
Fred ShawSonMale18Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshirePLANEING MACHINE TENTER IRON WORKS @ LOOM MAKERS
Esther Jane ShawDaughterFemale15Greenfield Saddleworth, YorkshireFLANNEL WEAVER @ FLANNEL MANFR

Event Place: Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.[1]


James E ShawHeadMale46Saddleworth, YorkshireCOTTON MULE MINDER
Mary ShawWifeFemale42Saddleworth, Yorkshire
John ShawSonMale22Saddleworth, YorkshireCOTTON PIECE FINISHER
Harry ShawSonMale18Saddleworth, YorkshireFARM LABOURER
Charles ShawSonMale16Saddleworth, YorkshireCOTTON PIECE FINISHER
Ida M ShawDaughterFemale14Saddleworth, Yorkshire
Fred ShawSonMale8Saddleworth, Yorkshire
Esther J ShawDaughterFemale5Saddleworth, Yorkshire

Event Place: Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.[2]


James Edward ShawHeadMale36Yorkshire, EnglandCotton Self Acting Minder
Mary ShawWifeFemale33Yorkshire, England
John ShawSonMale12Yorkshire, EnglandCotton Piecer
Arthur ShawSonMale11Yorkshire, EnglandWoollen Piecer
Harry ShawSonMale8Yorkshire, EnglandScholar
Charlie ShawSonMale6Yorkshire, EnglandScholar
Ida Mary ShawDaughterFemale4Yorkshire, EnglandScholar

Event Place: Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom[3] Address: Waterside Cottages.[4]


James E ShawHeadMale26Saddleworth, Yorkshire, EnglandCotton Operative
Mary ShawWifeFemale22Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
John ShawSonMale2Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England
Arthur ShawSonMale1Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England

Event Place: Saddleworth, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England[5] Address: Boarshurst.[6]

Shipping records

On the Ionic sailed 7 Sep 1911 from New Zealand to London:[7]

  • Ticket #440 Ida Shaw, domestic, unaccompanied female
  • Ticket #655:
    • Jas. Shaw, Farmer, married
    • Mm(?) Shaw, wife
    • Fred Shaw, son
    • Esther Shaw, daughter

Fred and Esther were originally on Ticket 440 but moved, it seems. All passengers bound for Wellington, New Zealand.

John emigrated around 1906 ; Arthur in 1913, and Harry in 1914, all on separate ships, details are on their specific profiles.

The Tainui (Harry's ship) also has a Charles Shaw , that could well be Charlie. The inbound log says "Mr C", a turner, but the outbound says Charles. [8]


  1. "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XWNT-YP6 : 15 May 2019), James Ed Shaw, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  2. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X9RB-TBW : 21 May 2019), James E Shaw, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing Upper Mill subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7DHP-3T2 : 6 May 2019), Ida Mary Shaw in household of James Edward Shaw, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
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  5. "England and Wales Census, 1881," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q27R-NLDS : 11 December 2017), Arthur Shaw in household of James E Shaw, Saddleworth, Yorkshire,Yorkshire West Riding, England; from "1881 England, Scotland and Wales Census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. 44, Piece/Folio 4364/25, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 101,775,223.
  6. Image 1881 census image
  7. Ancestry Record 2997 #37899838, Record Collection 2997. Ancestry.com. UK and Ireland, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Outwards Passenger Lists. BT27. Records of the Commercial, Companies, Labour, Railways and Statistics Departments. Records of the Board of Trade and of successor and related bodies. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, England.
  8. Ancestry Record 2997 #35052182

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