Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Shaw Sisters

I recently subscribed to a mailing list for West Carroll Parish through rootsweb. The URL is listed on my blog page if anyone is interested in subscribing. While looking through old posts to the mailing list, I noticed one about some Shaw sisters. As I read further, I found that one of them was my GGgranmother! I was pretty excited, but knew that the post being four years old might dampen my success in contacting the person. I emailed anyway and got a prompt reply. We have been exchanging information for a few weeks now, and I've found out quite a bit that I hadn't known before. A lot of the information I've received is also documented, which is even better. I will give a brief overview of these sisters here, and if anyone is interested in them, please blog about it and I'll provide more info.

Virginia Shaw
Born 1822 in Louisiana
Married James L. Cawthon 23 Oct 1859 in Carroll Parish
Died Btwn 1900 & 1910 in Richland Parish
Children - Thomas W., Albert H., and Benjamin F. (she also raised four children from James
L.'s previous marriage - James A., Mary A., George C., and William H.

Charlotte E. Shaw
Born 1824 in Louisiana
Married Amos R. Strong 17 Feb 1848 in Chicot County, Arkansas
Married David McCaskill in Chicot County, Arkansas
Died Abt 1878 in West Carroll, Louisiana
Children - Laura, Amanda, Rosana, Frank, and Amos

Margaret M. Shaw
Born 1825 in Louisiana
Married Richard M. Millikin 8 May 1845 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Died Abt 1883 in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Children - James Shaw, Robert C., Creed Tanner, Richard M., John D., and Margurite

Mary Shaw
Born 1826 in Louisiana
Married Henry Cooper 25 Dec 1845 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Married John Aaron 20 Aug 1859 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Children - Ellen, Mary V., George M., Margaret F., William (all Coopers) and Matilda A.

Georgia Ann
Born 1829 in Louisiana
Married Enoch Guthrie 12 Oct 1847 in Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Died Abt 1910 in Texas
Children - Minerva, Florence, Ada, and William

The parents of these girls are listed as Samuel Shaw and Mary Dempsey - so far this is not documented. If anyone has more information, we would sure like to hear it.


anniegms said...

Good Luck on your Blog, Terry! I posted a link on the front page of the West Carroll LaGenWeb Project for ya!

Sally Jo Gibson said...

Terry, and others interested in West Carroll parish genealogy. Florence McKoin wrote a book, "Between the Rivers: A West Carroll Chronicle" in 1971. It was published by Claitor's, Baton Rouge. She did not index it, but because of my interest in that area (Leggitt, Leggett, Land, Tharp, Crow, Munholland, Neill, etc) I made a surname index and have almost completed a place name index. Some of the people you are researching are named in this book. It might be worthwhile to get hold of a copy. Claitor's didn't have many left when I ordered my last copy. There are no pictures in the book. There was a picture of the old Floyd Courthouse in the Madison Journal (Tallulah weekly paper) this past year. I have a copy of it if you're interested in it. My ancestor, Samuel Neill, who lived at Old Floyd had enough influence to get the county seat moved from Lake Providence to Old Floyd prior to the Civil War. After the war it was moved back to Lake Providence. That court house has extremely carefully cared for records. I found Sam's handwritten will there.
Good luck on your research. I don't mind looking up information for you if I can. I grew up in Tallulah (Madison Parish) but have lived in Harrison, AR since 1959.
Sally Jo

chesty said...

I am looking for any information about James Shaw Millikin who reportedly rode with Quantrill. Thank you. toppete7@yahoo.comchesty

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DONNA said...

I don'the have any information on your family, but I am a native of West Carrol, my mother born and raised there.
She had a small book in her home that told the story of the area around Forest and Pioneer. I am trying to find it. Any information anyone has about such book please let me know.

Terry said...

I would love to have a copy of that little book about the area around Forest and Pioneer if you find it.

Thanks for posting on my blog!

Who are these people?

Sally Jo Gibson sent me this picture of the "Old Floyd" Courthouse, but didn't know who the people were. If anyone knows who they are, please let the rest of us know. Just post a reply.

Old Floyd Courthouse

Old Floyd Courthouse

Buildings in Old Floyd

Buildings in Old Floyd