Hi Paul -
I see you're in Michigan, too : ) I'm sure I've been to Maxwell at some
point in my life, but was too young to remember it. Unfortunately, I
haven't been to Iowa much since getting married, having kids, etc.
Thanks for the scoop on the museum. We may be going to Iowa this summer.
I'm planning to set aside some time for family history research. I was a
museum curator in my past life (before becoming a stay-at-home mom). I
always enjoyed helping others learn about local history and their family
histories. Maybe that's why I'm so obsessed with genealogy!
Paul McKinley wrote:
Can't help much with your current request but note that you mention Maxwell,
IA. Have you been to Maxwell yet? My grandfather grew up in Maxwell (born
in 1888) and the cemetery is full of relatives, so a visit was in order. My
mother always mentioned a 'Maxwell Museum' so I called their city hall for
information and off I went. Spent two days researching and boy, did I hit
the jackpot! The museum is run by a bunch of octogenarians who have really
got their act together; wonderful people! They have a TREMENDOUS amount of
things on display (in two locations). They spent the entire time showing me
around and helping dig up information from some really old reference books.
I couldn't have asked for more! You might be surprised what you'd find.
Carson City, MI
----- Original Message -----
From: "MB" <mbshee(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 1:03 PM
Subject: [IASTORY] intro/Joseph SHAW
>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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