family is one of my oldest in terms of the distance in time
that I think I can trace them back, as far as my 10x great-grandfather,
, who was born around
1630. The reason is that the family remained in Mottram
for eight and more generations and along the way they have
intertwined with my Goddard,
For that reason, I have attempted to illustrate the relaionships
However, as always there is a health warning. The earlier
generations is based on my interpretation of the information
on the International
Genealogy Index and the further back in time it goes,
the harder it is to be certain that it is correct. If
I have gone astray, I apologise and welcome any corrections.
Discovering that I was decended from the Shaw family was
not straight forward. I knew that my great-great-grandfather's
first wife was Emily
Ramsbottom and that her parents were William
but pursuing the maternal line proved difficult. To begin
with, there was no sign of a marriage and there still
isn't. Neither was there a baptism for an Emily Ramsbottom
and when her birth was registered, her mother gave her
maiden name as Ramsbottom..
I am now pretty sure that William
didn't actually marry and this lead to confusion. For
baptism did exist, but she was christened Emily, “daughter
of William and Eliza Shaw of Mottram, father's occupation
printer.” But the picture began to clear and though
the family dates back to the 17th century, this narrative
focusses on those I am sure of, beginning with Emily's
was born in Mottram
in 1764, the third child of William
and Sarah Allen
who had married at St Michael and All Angels in 1759.
There were two couples called William and Sarah Shaw in
Mottram at this time and it is likely that some of the
twelve children I have attributed to my William and Sarah
will actually belong to the other couple. However, Ann
baptisms all predate the second marriage.
William married Betty
Hall in 1788 and they had seven children between the
and 1800. William was a
weaver and was a widower by the time of the 1841 census
he was living at The Mudd with his son James
and his wife and son.
He was still living in the Hague area of Mottram in 1851,
but died shortly after the census was taken at the age
of 81 and was buried at St Michael and All Angels on on
James was William's
eldest son and married Betty
Hibbert in 1815, but not before they had two children,
Mary and Sarah,
who were baptised together in March 1814. That they were
James' daughters was apparently
confirmed with each of them being baptised with Shaw as
a middle, although it isn't clear if they were twins,
or were born separately.
James and Betty
had a further seven children, the eldest being Eliza.
She was born about 1819, but wasn't baptised until 1824.
She had already had a daughter, Elizabeth, in 1840, father
unknown and, as mentioned above, she “married”
who had moved to Mottram from Accrington, Lancashire.
There is more information on the Ramsbottom
was living with her older sister, Sarah,
in 1841. She had married her third cousin, Samuel
Shaw, although again I have yet to find a record of
brother, John, was another
of the family who avoided formal marriage. He had a son,
Albert, who was living with
his grandparents in 1861. At the time, John
was living with boarder, Mary Wadsworth,
by whom he had a daughter, Betty,
in 1862. The exact parent/child relationship isn't yet
clear and all three, including Matthew
Wadsworth, are attributed to John
for the time being.
Returning to James and Betty,
both lived to a good age. Betty
died in 1870 aged 76, while James
almost made it to the 1871 census, but was buried on 2
April, the day the census was taken.
James' younger brother, Charles,
married Jenny Shaw which
is where the Goddard connection comes in. Jenny
was the youngest daughter of Mary
Goddard, herself the daughter of my 5x great-grandfather,
and his first wife, Alice