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William Joseph Shewan
Birth: Nov. 26, 1867
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: Jul. 15, 1947
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA

William was born in Nov 26, 1867 in Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the son of Alexander Sangster Shewan (1826? - 1875) and Catherine Mark (1832 - 1903).

As a young man, William made his way south to London, England and married Elizabeth Collins Dance (1869 - 1952), a young widow. They had four children:

* William W. Shewan (1895 - 1973)
* Emily P. Shewan Shepherd (1898 - 1965)
* Walter C. Shewan (1904 - 1987)
* Beatrice A. Shewan Young (1907 - 1976)

In addition, William was stepfather to Frank Dance (1891 - 1980), Elizabeth's son by her previous marriage.

William and his son, William W., emigrated to the United States, departing Liverpool, England on Jun 24, 1911 on board the S.S. Celtic, and arrived at Ellis Island on Jul 2, 1911. Father and son settled in Erie, Pennsylvania.

William returned to London in 1921 to bring his wife Elizabeth, daughter Emily and son-in-law Arnold Shepherd (1893 - 1977) to the United States and to Erie. Beatrice and Walter also emigrated to the United States, but by an alternate route.

William had an elder brother, David M. Shewan (1865 - 1932), who also emigrated from the United Kingdom. David settled in Guelph, Ontario. William and Davild also had seven siblings who remained in Scotland, including Jane Shewan McAra (1853 - 1935).

William and Elizabeth divorced in 1938. By 1940 William had married Helen Lagota (1897 - 1976). It is almost certain that William had no children by Helen.

William worked as a laborer in Erie until his death on Jul 15, 1947. He was buried at Lakeside Cemetery in Erie two days after his death, but a stone marker was not placed on his grave until June 2012. 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Sangster Shewan (1826 - 1875)
  Catherine Mark Shewan (1832 - 1903)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Collins Shewan (1869 - 1952)
  Helen Nellie Lagota Shewan (1897 - 1976)*
 
 Children:
  William Walter Shewan (1895 - 1973)*
  Emily Pamela Trinity Shewan Shepherd (1898 - 1965)*
  Walter Charles Shewan (1904 - 1987)*
  Beatrice Annie Shewan Young (1907 - 1976)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jane Shewan McAra (1853 - 1935)*
  Thomas Mitchell Shewan (1856 - 1932)**
  David Maxwell Shewan (1865 - 1932)*
  William Joseph Shewan (1867 - 1947)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Inscription:
WILLIAM J. SHEWAN
26 NOV 1867 15 JUL 1947
 
Burial:
Lakeside Cemetery
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Sec 5, Lot 344B Grave 5
 
Created by: G Shewan
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77080941
William Joseph Shewan
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William Joseph Shewan
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