|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1867|
|Death: ||Jul. 15, 1947|
William was born 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 who survived to adulthood:
* William W. Shewan (1895 - 1973)
* Emily P. Shewan Shepherd (1898 - 1965)
* Walter C. Shewan (1904 - 1987)
* Beatrice A. Shewan Young (1907 - 1976)
According to the 1911 England census, William and Elizabeth had two additional children who died as infants or in early childhood. William was also 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 and 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.
Alexander Sangster Shewan (1826 - 1875)
Catherine Mark Shewan (1832 - 1903)
Elizabeth Collins Shewan (1869 - 1952)
Helen Nellie Lagota Shewan (1897 - 1976)*
William Walter Shewan (1895 - 1973)*
Emily Pamela Trinity Shewan Shepherd (1898 - 1965)*
Walter Charles Shewan (1904 - 1987)*
Beatrice Annie Shewan Young (1907 - 1976)*
Jane Fiddes Shewan McAra (1853 - 1935)*
Thomas Shewan (1856 - 1932)**
Charles Shewan (1860 - 1943)*
David Maxwell Shewan (1865 - 1932)*
William Joseph Shewan (1867 - 1947)
Robert Shewan (1870 - 1939)*
WILLIAM J. SHEWAN
26 NOV 1867 15 JUL 1947
Plot: Sec 5, Lot 344B Grave 5
GPS (lat/lon): 42.14692, -80.04987
Created by: G Shewan
Record added: Sep 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77080941