Thank you for responding, Marcia. We did get Joseph Shaw's
naturalization papers. They have very little info. No parents' names,
nor city/county of birth - just "England" Arrrggh!
Marcia Loudon wrote:
Have you checked to see if he was Naturalized and became a citizen.
Some records might be in the state archives. Check to see If someone
you talk to in Des Moines might know where to check in IA. The county
VR office might have the information of where to go for these records
also. The naturalization records should have where he was born and
might even have his parents names.
A Family tree can wither
if nobody tends its roots.
On Feb 1, 2006, at 1:03 PM, MB wrote:
> My name is Mary Beth (Shaw) Sheehan. I am in Ann Arbor, Michigan. My
> father, William Joseph Shaw, and I are researching my great-great
> grandfather, Joseph Shaw. He was born in England in 1829. He
> emigrated to the United States and married Johanna Gleason at St.
> Gall's Catholic Church in Milwaukee, in 1863. Joseph and Johanna SHAW
> moved to Des Moines, then to the Farrar area, where he was a farmer
> and veterinary surgeon. Joseph helped build Holy Cross Catholic
> Church. They had 5 children, including Timothy Joseph SHAW, and our
> line continues from there. Many of my SHAW relatives still live in
> the greater Des Moines area. I know Farrar is in Polk County, but
> Joseph SHAW seemed to have had more of a connection to the Maxwell area.
> My father and I are stuck in a few areas. We hope to find out more
> about Joseph SHAW before he moved to the U.S. Thus, we hope his obit,
> the Patron's Atlas or the funeral home info will provide the name of
> his hometown or county in England. Any help would be most
> appreciated. Is there any kind soul out there who can help us with
> the following?
> 1. Funeral home info - Joseph SHAW died at home, near Farrar, on Nov.
> 6, 1905. We believe he was taken to Caldwell Funeral home in Maxwell.
> Does anyone know how to get access to their records?
> 2. Obituary - We were thrilled to find a short obituary in the
> Maxwell Tribune. I am having a hard time figuring out how to locate
> Joseph SHAW's obituary in any other papers. Does anyone have access
> to the Des Moines papers of that time? or the Ames or Nevada papers?
> 3. Business directory for Maxwell between 1875-1905. Looks like in
> addition to being a farmer, Joseph SHAW practiced veterinary
> medicine. Perhaps he'd be in a directory?
> 4. The people who posted the Maxwell Tribune obit were Gail and
> Dennis Bell. I wonder if we are researching the same people! Does
> anyone know how I might contact them?
> Again, thank you in advance for any help or guidance you can provide.
> We truly appreciate it!
> Mary Beth Sheehan
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