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Martha A M Findley Shaw
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1828
Rush County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1911
Rush County
Indiana, USA

"The Knightstown (IN) Banner, Friday, January 13, 1911

Mrs. Martha Shaw, aged 82 years, died at her home in Arlington, Sunday afternoon of paralysis. She was the widow of Rev. Knowles Shaw, the traveling evangelist, who was the author of 'Bringing in the Sheaves,''Tarry With Me Oh My Saviour' and 'The Handwriting on the Wall.' He was an evangelist of much note and enjoyed a national reputation. Rev. Shaw was killed in a railroad wreck in Texas in 1878. He was the composer of many beautiful sacred hymns, some of which were sung at the funeral of Mrs. Shaw, held in the Christian church in Arlington on Tuesday last."

Relative to Martha and Knowles life together in Rush County, Indiana:
"Knowles Shaw was born in Butler Co, OH, on the 13th of October 1834. His father, Albin Shaw, and mother, whose maiden name was Huldah Griffin, were of Scotch descent. A few weeks after the birth of Knowles, their first child, they removed to Rush Co, IN. That portion of the State was, at that time, a new settlement; indeed the whole State was then regarded as being "out West."

Previous to this time the movement called the Reformation, but more generally known as "Campbellism," had made considerable progress in Rush County, being advocated with great zeal and ability by several preachers whose names have long been household words, not only in that locality but all over the State and throughout the West—such as B. Franklin, H. K. Pritchard, R. K. Smith, & George Campbell. Several churches had been organized and, among others, one known as the Flat Rock Church congregation in the neighborhood where young Shaw was living.

He now began to attend the services at the Flat Rock Church with a feeling and purpose far different from that which had taken him there before; the clear scriptural views presented were like light from heaven to one who had long walked in darkness; and after a sermon from Gabriel McDuffie and an exhortation by Elder George Campbell, he publicly confessed his faith in Jesus Christ, and was immersed by George Thomas, the elder of the church, on the 13th of September, 1852.

Many predicted that he would soon be as careless and jolly as ever; and when they observed the attention paid him by Uncle Gabriel McDuffie, under whose ministry he had been converted, and who strove to help and encourage him all in his power, they said, with a sneering smile: "The old man is wasting his time on Shaw; he'll soon be back in the ball-room, fiddling as lively as ever." This came to Shaw's ears, and he said that he hoped to prove himself worthy of the old brother's attention and care; he conducted himself toward him as a son in the gospel, and it cheered the old man's heart to find that the seed he had sown was not in vain.

His thirst for knowledge increased with every acquisition; and while he had not the least idea at that time of entering public life, he was unconsciously preparing himself for such a work as that to which he afterward was providentially called. He was a faithful and consistent member of the church all this time, growing stronger every day and highly esteemed by his fellow-members.

Over two years of such a life as we have described passed away, and we find him working as a farm hand for one of the neighbors, Mr George R Finley, for whose daughter Martha he in process of time conceived a high regard. This feeling was mutual, and ripened into something more than esteem; and it was soon the old story, that has been repeated over and over again. They became more than all besides to each other, and they were married on the 11th of January, 1855. He was at this time only a few months over twenty years of age, poor in this world's goods, but hopeful and buoyant in spirit. With a stout heart and strong hands, he saw no reason why life should not be a success.

Nearly four years of his married life passed, one of which was spent in Missouri, with little to mark it beyond what is common to an industrious, hardworking man. Each day brought its toil, and at the same time the simple home-born joys, which are the dearest heritage of the poor. During these years the young couple were blessed with two children, Georgie Anna, born on 3 Jun 1856, and Mary Elizabeth, born on the 31 Oct 1858.

He was now twenty-four years of age, with less confidence in his natural abilities for public life and usefulness, than most of those who were advising him to that course, and with a far deeper consciousness of his defective, nay, almost utter lack of education. This was one of the great turning points in his life, and what was duty, was pondered over with an intensity not inferior to that which marked the period described in the preceding portion of the chapter, when, during the watches of many a sleepless night, he struggled against Satan and gained a victory.

That one in such a lowly condition in life, and so little enlightened in point of learning, should feel so deeply may appear strange; but it must not be forgotten that he was both poet and musician, and though his powers as such had not been developed to any great extent at this time, he had even then the musician's sensitive nature and the poet's heart. There was slumbering in his breast at that time a power to move men which no man among the hundreds of thousands among his brethren ever possessed to the same degree—a power possessed by few in this generation—and it was this that made a mental struggle greater with him than with other men. Prayer, and deep earnest reflection, marked these days. The advice of trusted friends, especially that of Uncle Gabriel, was carefully weighed; and the result was a decision to devote his days to the great work of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ!"


Gabriel C McDuffie, Mem #25590910
Family links: 
  George R Findley (1805 - 1878)
  Martha A Gant Findley (1803 - ____)
  Knowles Shaw (1834 - 1878)
  Georgie Anna Shaw (1856 - 1869)*
  Mary Elizabeth Shaw (1858 - 1885)*
  John Albin Shaw (1863 - 1906)*
  Carey W Shaw (1864 - 1865)*
  Knowles Shaw (1869 - 1869)*
  Martha A M Findley Shaw (1828 - 1911)
  Elizabeth R Findley Beckner (1842 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
East Hill Cemetery
Rush County
Indiana, USA
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