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James Marion and Lucinda (Rowe) Shaw, son Theron,  son Ira Shaw, son Ross and Rena Ann (Gordy) Shaw, brother John W. Shaw, Witherbee

In 1860 Fulton County, Illinois Robert Shaw is 48, born in Ohio, married to Catharine 44.  They have Peter 20, Emaline 18, Mary A. 16, Isaac 14, Henry 12, Jasper 10, Rebecca 8, John 6, James 1, and Amanda

James married Lucinda Rowe December 25, 1879 in Scotland County, Missouri.  She was born May 24, 1859 to Nathan and Margaret (Hilton) Rowe.

In 1870 Scotland County Nathan "Row" is 50, Mrgt 35, Fred K. 16, daughter M.I 14. George 12, Lucinda 11, Mtilda 10, Julian 8, Catharine 6, and daughter M.A. 4.

In 1880 Scotland County Nathan is 63, Peggy 59, Matilda 18, Julia Ann 16, Sarah C. 13, and Alice 11.

James proved up eighty acres in sec 11, 5N 43W in 1916

Ira proved up 240 acres in 17 and 18, 5N 43W in 1916, added another 160 acres Stock in 1921.

Rena proved up 320 acres in 12 and 13, 5N 43W in 1916.

In 1900 Schuyler County Missouri, James April 1859 Illinois has been married 20 years to Lucinda May 1859 Missouri.  They have Robert Oct 1880, Ira June 1882, Ross June 1884, Theron Nov 1885, Mabel March 1893, all born in Missouri..   Nephew Lee Fincher Apr 1874 Kansas is working for them on the farm.

1909 Wray "James Shaw and son, Ira, was in attendance of the district court Thursday, being witnesses in the contest case.  They live on the Weatherbee ranch, 28 miles northwest of town."

In 1910 Yuma County James M. Shaw, 52, Lucinda 51, have Ross E. 25 and Mable 17(or 19)

Ross Shaw married Rena Gordy March 18, 1914 in Holyoke

December 31, 1914 "Mrs. James Shaw, who has been sick for some time, died at her home near the cement school house on Sunday, December 20, and was buried Tuesday.  She leaves a husband and several children and one sister to mourn her departure."  (the Cement school district #117 was in the far northeast corner of Yuma County)

Lucinda and Theron are buried in Lamar, Nebraska.  Lucinda's cousin Sarah Ann ROWE Hall 1839-1933 is also buried in that cemetery.

In 1920 Yuma County James M. is widowed, living with Ross L. 35, his wife Rena A. 28, and Lester L. 3.

The John W. Shaw, divorced, hired man for the Walter Bradford family next to Ira Shaw, almost certainly is James' brother.  He's 67, born in Illinois.

John died March 23, 1942 in Peoria County Illinois

He's buried in Fulton County, Illinois.

" I remember John Shaw as a medium size man, quick with his movements. A strong Democrat - liked to talk politic, liked horses and knew them quite well. He also  knew the Bible very well and  kinda liked to argue.  He said about what he thought; said he never hit a man that didn't go down, cause I don't know how he did after the man got up; he never said.   He loved to read the newspaper and read it all.  He stayed with us at times, he was very honest man, but also could tell you some tales.  His brothers helped clear the timber off Duck Island, some used horse teams and some used ox teams."

" I remember  Grandma Shaw as a fairly large woman, a good woman, who  really liked me- so I naturally liked her.  She liked to whistle or sing or hum a lot. She was very out spoken, if she wanted to say something about you - she would tell you whether you liked it or not, good or bad.  She was a good worker  and stout.

Her and husband, John had always been farmers I'm told.  They were both at our home at different times in their older years."

* Maria and John divorced in their later years, buried in different cemeteries


In 1920 Ira W is in Yuma County, 37, Missouri, with Mary E. 32, Missouri.  Verda E. is 10, and brother Theron H. 34, Missouri, is with them.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, May 11, 1944

Cousins Home Together

Cpl. Roy I. Rowe of Orlando, Florida, arrived last Friday on a 21-day furlough which he is spending with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Rowe. Pfc. Lester L. Shaw arrived Thursday from Camp Crowder, Missouri, to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Shaw of Wray. He will b here until Saturday. Lloyd H. Groseclose, MOMM 2/c arrived last Friday for a weeks visit with his mother, Mrs. Arthur Groseclose of Wray. Lloyd has just finished a 5-week course at a diesel motor school at Cleveland, Ohio. He goes from here to Norfolk, Virginia.

Mesdames Rowe, Shaw, and Groseclose, mothers of the boys, are sisters and the boys are cousins. It was an unexpected pleasure to have the boys all arrive at home on leave at the same time.

Theron is single in 1930 Yuma County, farming.

1937 Shaw, Ira (w) Mary E. - 3-1/2W 8-1/2N Wauneta, Star Rt. Wray, O.
    Farmer, (Willa, E.).
Shaw, Ross (w) Rena - 7N 7W Wauneta, Star Rt. Wray, O. Farmer,

In 1940 Yuma County James is still living with Ross, Rena, and Lester, but now Mabel, 47, is with them.

Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, November 17, 1938

Farmer Dies In Imperial, Nebraska Hospital After Short Illness

Funeral services were conducted in Holyoke Sunday afternoon for Ira N. Shaw, farmer and cattle rancher of northeastern Colorado the past 32 years, who died at 11:30 o'clock on Thursday morning in the Imperial, Nebraska hospital following a short illness.

The late Mr. Shaw had been in failing health the past two years, but his condition had so improved that his ailment was not considered serious. He was taken ill with the intestinal flu October 16 while in Downing, Missouri, where he and Mrs. Shaw had gone to attend the funeral of her father, John Lewis. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw returned to their home October 22. His condition became more critical and he entered the hospital ten days prior to his death. At the time of his death he was 56 years, four months and 13 days.

Ira Nathan Shaw, second eldest son of James and Lucinda Shaw, was born June 28, 1882 at Downing in Schuyler County, Missouri. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Etta Lewis on February 18, 1908, the ceremony having been solemnized at Memphis, Missouri. Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Shaw moved to northeaster Colorado and located on the farm which Mr. Shaw had homesteaded the two years previously. They resided on the place since that time, and throughout the past 32 years, Mr. Shaw had been engaged in farming and cattle raising and ranching.

In 1922 he united with the Re-Organized Church of Latter Day Saints.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Etta Shaw; two daughters, Willa Elaine, a student at East Denver High School, and Mrs. Verda Wood of Denver; his aged father, James M. Shaw of Wray; one brother, Ross L. Shaw, and one sister, Mrs. Mable Goddard, both of Wray. Also surviving are five grandchildren and one nephew, Lester Shaw. He was preceded in death by his mother, two brothers, one sister, and a son, Russell Leon, who died in infancy.

The final rites were conducted at the First Baptist Church at 2 o'clock with Rev. J.C. Curtis of Colorado Springs, pastor of the Latter Day Saints church, in charge. Musical numbers were furnished by a quartet composed of C.A. Mowry, Walter H. Rouze, Dr. P.S. Struble and Guy L. Bereman. Burial was made in the Holyoke cemetery. Pallbearers were Elmer and Paul Rowe, Avery Kelso, William Hayes and Lloyd and Edgar Groseclose.

Among the out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Wood and children and Miss Elaine Shaw of Denver, Miss Lorraine Wheatley and Mrs. Grace Brown of Colorado Springs, and Mrs. Bertie Curtis of Joplin, Missouri.


Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, April 3, 1975


Funeral services for Ross Lee Shaw were held Monday, March 29, at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Elder Steve Bullard officiating. Interment was in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Ross Shaw, 91, was born to James Marion and Lucenda Rowe Shaw on June 30, 1884 in Schuyler County, Missouri.

He was married to Rena Ann Gordy at Holyoke on March 18, 1814. After their marriage they moved to their homestead 26 miles southeast of Holyoke. They lived on their homestead for 50 years, moving to Wray in January 1964.

To this union was born one son, Lester of Wray.

Ross became a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on September 6, 1916.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by his wife, Rena; his son Lester; one granddaughter, Linda of Denver; two grandsons, Rex and Mark; four great granddaughters and one great grandson; a sister, Mable Shaw of Wray; a sister-in-law, Eta Shaw of Denver; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.


Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, 27 Jan 1994

Lester L. Shaw of rural Holyoke/Wray was born to Ross and Rena Shaw on October 21, 1916 at the Shaw homestead. He passed away at Haxtun Hospital on January 15, 1994 at the age of 77.

Lester was raised on his parents' farm northeast of Wray and farmed and ranched for many years in the area. He also worked in construction throughout Colorado. In his later years, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. Lester was a veteran of World War II.

On June 27, 1946 he was united in marriage to his childhood and lifelong friend Bertha Williams in St. Francis, Kansas.

Preceding him in death were his parents Ross and Rena Shaw.

Survivors include his wife Bertha; daughter Linda Wegher and husband Gene of Englewood; sons Rex and wife Kris of Walden and Mark and wife Annette of Holyoke; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were held Wednesday, January 19, 1994 at Spellman Schmidt-Baucke Mortuary Chapel in Wray with Rev. Lloyd Lehrke officiating. Interment was in Holyoke Memorial Park.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 8, 1980, at Thompson Mortuary Chapel in Holyoke for Dora M. Rowe, 96, who passed away Saturday, January 5, at Sheridan Manor Nursing Home. Rev. Eldon Shoemaker officiated at the services. Interment was in Holyoke Memorial Park. Thompson Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Dora M. Gordy was born in Scotland County, Missouri on August 26, 1883. She died at Holyoke, Colorado, January 5, 1980 at the age of 96 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was married to Edward A. Rowe on January 26, 1904 at Memphis, Missouri. They moved to Yuma County, Colorado in 1918, then moved to Holyoke in 1943. Seven children were born to this union. Preceding her in death were her husband and three sons. One of the sons died at birth. Paul A. Rowe and Irvin Rowe both died in 1955. She is survived by one son, Elmer A. Rowe of Holyoke, three daughters, Edna Hayes of Wray, Dorene Dodson of Commerce City, and Irene Hunt of Henderson, Texas, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Rena Shaw of Wray.


2006 Deed made by Rex A. Shaw, Linda A. Wegher, and Mark A. Shaw as the Co-Personal Representative of the estate of Bertha W. Shaw, deceased, grantors, to WITHERBEE RANCH, LLC.

The Eighth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at the Larimer County Justice Center (201 LaPorte Ave., Ft. Collins, 80521) to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Jackson County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Rex A. Shaw. The vacancy will occur on Feb. 9, 2011


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