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Stacey Shaw (#47914361)
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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.

****Joliet Illinois Area****
I am also available for research should you be looking to obtain copies of obits or other news articles from the old newspapers that are on microfilm at the Joliet Public Library. They have most of the City's newspapers dating back to 1848. My hourly rate is very reasonable. Please email me if you're interested.


The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons and Dishman.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.

My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.

After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.

I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.

My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.

My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.

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Answers to your questions.
Thank you for your note about photos of gravestones of Farrars. What you think is the most readable will be the best photos to post. I know that those pale gray gravestones are the really tough ones to photograph. All you can do is your best. No one can ask for more than that.
On your question of Farrar relationships with Catherine Mirkes #136389945 and John "Jack" Rhodes #136390618 (right next to Olive Farrar), I am unable to answer that question at this time. A cousin and I will research the relatives through public records. We will then see if a Farrar was married to Catherine or Jack Rhodes. If you would be able to take a photo of each of their gravestones, if one or both are needed, that can do nothing but help. I have no photo requests left for the next week, or I would do the photo requests for those two memorials but have no more requests to use at present.
Thank you, again, for your help.

Added by Farrar and related famili... on Oct 25, 2014 1:01 AM
Nancy Smith
RE: George & Rachel Rogers - Elm Lawn Cemetery
Thanks so much. I think the rest of the family moved out of the area, a daughter Ruth married and was buried in VA, and a son Richard in Avon, WI. Your work is much appreciated.....Nancy
Added by Nancy Smith on Oct 22, 2014 7:13 PM
eva brookfield
Thank you for looking into her burial site. I have removed the request. Thanks kindly.
Added by unknown1 on Sep 29, 2014 7:32 PM
Dear Stacey,
I happened to come and check my dad's memorial and to my surprise, I found your picture of the headstone! Thank you so much!
Best Wishes,
Susan Cleff
Added by Sue on Sep 25, 2014 9:03 PM
gary muyskens
the children
perhaps I'll try that phone just died for no apparent reason(unlimited calling has made all this possible)..unless I can get it to work I may have to postpone that side of it, I never dared ask them before thinking I'd be lucky just to get the great uncle, although I did ask about the wife as well but wasn't sure if she had her own stone
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 21, 2014 1:26 PM
gary muyskens
thank you Stacie
I can't believe my luck, I didn't think I'd find anyone to shoot in Chicago, there are so many graves there! My uncle will be thrilled, he has been on this stuff for at least 20yrs
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 21, 2014 1:21 PM
gary muyskens
RE: Vandenberg's Burial info in St. Mary's
the nuns say section "i"
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 20, 2014 9:21 AM
gary muyskens
RE: Vandenberg's Burial info in St. Mary's
hmm, I got the info directly from the nuns from their database, I suspect she must have told me 1 instead of I as you suggested OR I couldn't read my own writing(quite possible, I usually have to do this stuff during biz hours when I am supposed to be working). Your timing would be great, I have scheduled a Vandenberg pow-wow for next fri to hand off everything my uncle and I have "dug up" and I would love to get one more headstone..not sure I'd get an answer if I called nuns have weekends off?
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 19, 2014 6:37 PM
gary muyskens
RE: thx Stacey
actually I had forgotten, the Shaws my mothers' Ogden side married into actually originated in Canada(then to Minnesota)from there to may want to try Minnesota. Usually when you have families coming into the US around 1820 or so it is because their parents fled there-they were perhaps Loyalists granted lands in compensation for lands lost in the 2 wars between GB and the US. Actually I have found Shaws in early colonial NY/CT and probably like some Ogden branches the Loyalists were basically driven to Canada. There are many Shaw/Ogden marriages in PA, and I suspect that the family came over with others who tend to intermarry, it would not surprise me at all if you have Hoyts/Ogdens/Purdys/Lyons/Woodruffs in your tree
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 15, 2014 8:03 PM
gary muyskens
thx Stacey
so, are you related to Shaws in Clearfield PA?
Added by gary muyskens on Sep 15, 2014 6:30 PM
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