SHAW, Prudence

Female - Aft 1803


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  • Name SHAW, Prudence  [1
    Gender Female 
    CENSUS 1790  Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • This census lists one "Free White Female" living with Thomas Fisher, presumably Prudence, Thomas' wife.
    Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA, Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149
    Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA, Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149
    Died Aft 1803  Between Lawrence and Westmoreland Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I203  Main
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2010 

    Father SHAW, Jacob 
    Mother GIBBINS?, Betsy 
    Family ID F395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family FISHER Thomas,   b. 29 Oct 1764, Cape May, Cape May Co., NJ Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1848, Lawrence Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married Bef 1799  [3, 4
    Notes 
    • Neshannock Township. One of the first settlers in Neshannock Township was Thomas Fisher, who came from Westmoreland County, according to the statements of Rev. Thomas Greer, in November, 1798, in company with David Riley, a young man then living with Fisher. Each man had a gun and an axe, and a couple of dogs accompanied them. They encamped the first night in the present Lawrence County, at a point about four miles above where New Castle now stands, on Camp Run, near the Shenango River. They constructed a cabin of poles, and built a fire outside, using the cabin to sleep in, for fear of the wolves, which were so plenty they were obliged to take their dogs inside to save them from destruction by the ravenous beasts. It would appear that after selecting lands in the neighborhood, Fisher and Riley returned to Westmoreland County, where they staid over winter, and in the spring of 1799 removed to the valley of the Shenango. They came by way of the Youhiogheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, and thence up the Beaver River in canoes, bringing a few effects with them. Mr. Fisher was married, but had no children. A young woman by the name of Rebecca Carroll lived with the family, and came with them. Mr. Fisher also had a sister, who either came at the same time or some time afterwards, and remained with them until her death. Mr. Fisher purchased several farms in the vicinity, and improved them more or less, raising several crops without fencing. He brought along quite a number of fruit trees, which he planted. The Indians were quite plenty in those days, but were peaceable and disturbed no one. About 1808 or 1810 Mr. Fisher sold his property on "Camp Run," where he first settled, to Rev. William Young, and purchased land about three miles above New Castle, on a small stream now known as "Fisher's Run," and erected a saw-mill, and afterwards a gristmill, about forty rods from the Shenango River, at the place where the "Harbor" road crosses the run. The exact date of the building of these mills is not known, but it was somewhere from 1806 to 1810.
      Some years after their settlement Mr. Fisher and his wife started on a journey to visit friends in Westmoreland county, and Mrs. Fisher died suddenly on the road. They were alone, and Mr. Fisher "waked" the corpse in a waste-house by the roadside all night. After his wife's death two nieces kept house for him. Their names were McDowell. He lived on this place until his death, which occurred February 28, 1848, at the age of eighty-four years. He was found dead in his bed and was buried in the little cemetery at King's Chapel. He was a very pleasant and affable man, and a general favorite in the community. Before his death he gave David Riley and Rebecca Carroll, the latter of whom afterwards married Samuel Farrer, each one hundred acres of land. [5]
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2012 08:28:33 
    Family ID F84  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      "ThomasÉmarried Prudence Shaw."

    2. [S227] Census: 1790 U.S. - Donegal Township, Westmoreland Co., PA , (Ancestry,com), Roll: M637_9; Page: 92; Image: 59; Family History Library Film: 0568149 (Reliability: 2), 1790.

    3. [SR1] Colonial and Revolutionary Families of PA, Wilfred Jordan, editor, ((New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1942), 568-576), 974.8 D2c 1978., 573 (Reliability: 2).
      Thomas married Prudence Shaw.

    4. [SR18] Fisher Family Sketch - 21 Nov 1888, (Ligonier Echo, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 21 Nov 1888), 21 Nov 1888.
      Thomas, the third son, married Prudence Shaw...

    5. [S387] 20th Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Aaron L. Hazen, (Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, IL, 1908), 31833012051915., 257 (Reliability: 2), 1908.