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Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887

JOHN C. SHAW was born in England in 1845, and is the son of James and Jane (Dunlap) Shaw, both natives of England. Both parents died in New York City when John was only nine years of age. He was taken by an uncle, John Shaw, with whom he lived until he was twelve years old, at which time he came West as far as Ashtabula County, Ohio, where he remained until 1861, engaged on a farm. He enlisted in the first call for volunteers in Co. C., 29th Ohio Vol. Inf., and participated in many battles. At Atlanta he was taken prisoner, and was taken to Andersonville, where he remained for several months and then was taken to Charleston, where he was kept one month, remaining a prisoner until the close of the war. He returned to Ohio in the fall of 1865, and in 1866 came to Benton County, settling in Big Grove Township, where he bought eighty acres of land, which he improved, and on which he lived until 1877, when he sold that tract and bought eighty acres on section 35, Jackson Township, where he now lives. It was only slightly improved, but under his skillful management it is now a comfortable home.

Mr. Shaw was married, Sept. 8, 1868, to Annis Birch, daughter of John and Jane (Conner) Birch, both natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are the parents of six children, all living: Ermina, Hallie, Curtis, Kenneth, Ruth and Horace G.  Mr. Shaw belongs to Vinton Post, G. A. R.; he is Republican in politics.

Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies"  [database online]  Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 308.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009.  Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.

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