Buried in the cemetery at Chester Baptist Church in Choctaw County is Henry E. Shaw, born 21 December 1831 and died 12 April 1897. The tombstone marking his grave states that the marker was erected by his sons J. W., J. T., and W. B. Shaw.
Henry was born in Alabama, the son of John Shaw and wife Catherine, both born about 1810 in South Carolina -- per census records.
On 14 February 1850 Henry E. Shaw and Sarah Ann Weeks were married in northern Winston County. Sarah Ann had been born on 1 July 1831, the daughter of William Thomas Weeks (c1800-1834) and Margaret Fulcher Weeks (c1807-c1845).
The 1850 census of Winston County shows the recently wed Henry and Sarah, both aged 19, in the household of John and Catherine Shaw. Henry and his father John both were listed as farmers.
The 1860 census records Henry and Sarah Shaw with two sons in Attala County, with a post office of Crims Box. His parents John and Catherine Shaw were in Neshoba County, with a post office of Edinburg.
The 1870 census lists Henry and Sarah Shaw in northern Choctaw County, with a post office of Cumberland. Henry's occupation was listed as engineer in mill. Living with Henry and Sarah were their two youngest sons, 12-year-old James T. and 5-year-old Wallace B. In the adjoining household was their oldest son John W. Shaw, aged 18, with his 25-year-old wife Rebecca J. Shaw. Also recorded in the same part of Choctaw County were John and Catherine Shaw.
The 1880 census shows Henry and Sarah Shaw living in the new county seat of Chester, with Henry's occupation listed as wagoner. Living with Henry and Sarah were their 22-year-old son J. T. Shaw, their 31-year-old daughter-in-law listed only as C. Shaw, and their 16-year-old son W. B. Shaw. The occupation of the older son was listed as wagoner.
The death date of Sarah Ann Weeks Shaw is not known, but she probably is buried in the unmarked grave beside her husband Henry E. Shaw in the cemetery at Chester Baptist Church.
Would like to correspond with any descendants of the three sons: John W. Shaw, born c1852; James T. Shaw, born c1858; and Wallace B. Shaw, born c1865.
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