John E. Shaw
John E. Shaw, a native of Hendricks Township,
was born April 2, 1838, the son of William and Margaret (Scott) Shaw. William Shaw, whose father was one of the earliest settlers of Shelby County, was born March 29, 1813.
Margaret Scott, was born February 10, 1810; they were married here and continued residents of the county until
their death, the latter dying March 19, 1868, and the former, January 8, 1876.
Our immediate subject remained
at home and assisted his parents until he attained the age of twenty-seven years, receiving a limited education,
being only permitted to attend school when the weather was so bad that he could not work. January 19, 1864, his
marriage with Mary A. Ropp, was solemnized, and five children were born, of whom two
are now living: Saloma now Mrs. Baker,
and Harriet. December 17, 1873, Mr. Shaw suffered the bereavement of
losing his wife. April 2, 1874, his and Harriet
D. Ropp's nuptials were celebrated,
and their union has been blessed with this one living child, William C. Mr.
Shaw has always made farming his occupation, in connection with which he raises stock quite extensively, and he
has been very successful. He now owns 400 acres of well improved land. He belongs to the Odd Fellows fraternity,
having united with that order about ten years ago. In politics he has always been a Democrat, and he generally
manifests a good live interest in the political affairs of the county and community in which he lives.
History of Shelby County, 1887, "Hendricks [Twp] Sketches" page
662, Brant & Fuller; 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming.