South Carolina, USA
South Carolina, USA
---3rd Great Grandfather of Rick Wright---
Copied exactly from the Book wriiten by Tyther Shaw Blake: The Shaw Brothers - Rev. Murdock Wesley Shaw, Sr., Roderick (Lodd) Shaw of Chesterfield County, South Carolina and Their Descendants About 1800-1975.
FAMILY NOTES AND MEMORIES
During the Civil War, 1861-1865, Rev. Murdock Wesley Shaw joined the Confederate Army as a Chaplain, leaving his wife and their ten children at home. His oldest son at home, Henry, was of military age, but remained home to help look after the family. When the family heard that part of Sherman's Army (Northern Soldiers) were approching their sector of the State, they carried most of their possessions down to the swamp and hid them. Henry was hidden there with their only horse and his mother had gone there to take him some dinner when some of Sherman's men came to the house and tried to persuade the younger children to tell where the horse and other possessions were hidden. These soldiers destroyed everything that had been left at the house, but did not harm the children there.
Murdock Wesley Shaw, Confederate Army Sergeant, was a Methodist Preacher and for many years preached at Hebron Methodist Church near McBee, Chesterfield Co., S.C. In later years when his eyesight began to fail, his daughter helped him prepare his sermons, and he was totally blind at his death. He was about 100 years old and died around 1904. As was customary at that time in all southern churches, the negro slaves of the community attended this church and sat on the back seat.
After the war was over (1865) all the slaves were free, and Murdock Wesley Shaw sent his slave off as a freeman, but this faithful friend stayed away only a few days, then returned, that he might remain with his master---This slave was a shoemaker by trade and also performed other necessary tasks and services.
In those days, all country people used various local plants, roots, and weeds to make medicinal remedies, for doctors and drug stores were few and far between, and poor roads often made even these few hard to reach at times. Shaw descendants remember that the early slaves here often used the Mullin plant (a pale green, big leaved, thick leaved, low weed) to make a tea. A little whiskey was added and this mullin tea was used as a medicine when any of the children were sick.
Nancy, the mother (wife of Rev. Murdock Wesley Shaw (1)), must have died rather young, as none of the older living grandchildren remember her (1965). Reports say that she drank a poisoned drink while attending a social tea, and that the quilty one was never found.
Other information received from family sources stated that Murdock gave 50 acres of land to a man for a gold watch. The family Bible was old and rolled up and tied with a string, was left in the old house, a machate or salva a spinning wheel and card for quilts was taken after Grafton Shaw's death was taken by some unknown person or persons. Marion Shaw, of Cheraw, has the family clock and sword belonging to the Rev. Murdock Shaw.
Rev. Murdock Wesley Shaw I, son of the immigrant ancestor from Scotland, died around 1904.
Just his father came over from Scotland to this country, his mother stayed in Scotland. The father did not learn to speak english, he spoke the native language.
Rev. Murdock Wesley Shaw I, a Methodist Preacher (son of the immigrant ancestor, birthplace, Scotland or America, which is now unknown; married Nancy Outlaw. They resided on or near the old family home place about 4 1/2 miles north of present McBee, S.C., and are buried there in unmarked graves in the old Shaw Family Cemetery, now a part of government property.
Rev. Murdock Shaw I, was pastor of Hebron Methodist church, on Black Creek about 5 miles north of McBee, and Union Methodist church near McBee, S.C.
He made his living by farming and tapping trees for turpentine. He owned a good deal of property in Chesterfield Co., S.C.
CHILDREN OF REV. MURDOCK SHAW:
-John Alexander Shaw b. 30 Sept 1849
-Holland Lenore Shaw b. 26 Mar 1852
-Daniel A. Shaw b. 12 July 1855
-Henry William Shaw b. 1857
-Murdock Wesley Shaw b. 2 Nov. 1863
-William Pressley Shaw b. 13 Apr. 1865
-Sara Jane Shaw b. 30 Oct. 18__
-Mary Ann Shaw
-Catherine Shaw "Kitty" d. 1913, McBee, S.C., never married.
-Caroline Shaw "Linnie" d. 1926, McBee, S.C.
Nancy Ann Outlaw Shaw (1824 - ____)
Sarah Jane Shaw Walters (1845 - 1917)*
John Alexander Shaw (1849 - 1928)*
Catherine Shaw (1854 - 1913)*
Daniel A. Shaw (1855 - 1924)*
William Henry Shaw (1857 - 1890)*
Margaret Caroline Shaw (1863 - 1926)*
Murdock Wesley Shaw (1863 - 1938)*
William Pressley Shaw (1865 - 1918)*
MURDOCK W SHAW
Shaw Family Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Rick and Kathy Wright
Record added: May 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37588074