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Biography of Elijah Shaw II by Jeanette Shaw Greenwellf

Biography of Elijah Shaw II by Jeanette Shaw Greenwellf

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Mr. Robert K. Shaw5370 Nugget Rd.Fair Oaks, CA 95628.3924.
BIOGRAPHY OF ELIJAH SHAWII(# I on pedigree chart # 2)
He found a way and made this place a better place for you
and me to live in. He was a stalwart man of sterling character.
Agood husband, father, neighbor and friend. He was a very
generous and kind man.
Just a word of explanation: There are three generations
named Elijah, Elijah I was born in NewJersey about
1782, Elijah IIthe subject of this sketch, was born in Ohio in 1822 and Elijah III
was born in North Ogden
1859, so we are calling themI,
sketch was written by a great granddaughter--Jeanette ShawGreen-well.
Still another claim, The Shaw's of Scotland and England were a
 branch of the Clan McIntosh, before 1284.
Elijah II mother, Lydia, was born about 1778. Her parents were Dan
Bowen III and Lydia Yapp, who were married in Cumberland County 4 September 
Dan III was born about 1743 and Lydia about 1750.
Lydia Yapp's parents were Thomas Yapp and Lydia Mills.
, Utah
, andIII.
Elijah ShawII was born 15 February 1822, in Clermont,County,
Lydia Mill's parents were Richard Mills and his wife Lydia. All of 
themwere fromCumberland County, NewJersey.
He was the son of Elijah ShawI and Lydia Bowen, who werefromDeerfield, Cumb erland County, NewJersey and were married
there 6 February 1805.
Elijah I was born
about 1782, the son of Edmund and SarahCornwell Shaw, who were also married in Cumberland County in the
Deerfield Presbyterian Church 23 September 1774.Sarah was the daughter of John Cornwell and his wife Mary.
The Shaws were believed to have been of English origin.
The Shawname was derived from: as the Webster dictionaryThe ancestral Bowen family was of Welsh origin--living in Glamorgan-shire and Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The Bowen name was first used
in 1487,
when Owen Ap Owen of Pentre
Evan, Pembrokeshire, Wales was the first to use the contracted formof 
the name and instead of Owen Ap Owen he was known as Evan Bowen.
Elijah II's Bowen ancestry is very interesting. Let us go back anddo a little reminiscing.
The Bowen's owned much land in Gowen, East Orchard and Methyr Maw
in Glamorgan, Wales, by rights of inheritance.
To establish this "Right of inheritance", we will go back toElijah II's eighth great gaandparents; Elizabeth
e) Stradling and
 puts it;
 _-'_ thickly wooded spot in a lowplace or hollow--a thicket,
a lowcountry with a thick short growth of trees and shrubbery.Such a tract has been designated by the inhabitants of Scotland
as "t'he Shaw".
The Griffith family of Wales is of very ancient origin. They tracetheir lineage in direct line to Ednyfed Fychan,who in turn traces his
Hence marnr have concluded that the name as applied to therace known as the "Shawa" the world over must have been derived
fact that they were originally natives of the lowcountry
of Scotland and England.
Another claimwas that the name came down fromone
of the
sons of M}acDuff in 1056-7.
ancestry back to Beli Mawr, King of all Great Britian about the time of 
Ednyfed F
ychen was a distinguished general and an able minister to
Llewellyn ap Jorwerth.He was also a descent fromMarchudd ap Cynan, the head of one of the
noble tribes of Wales.
Elijah ShawII
Fychan was also an ancestor of King Henry VII founder of 
the "Tudor Royal House"
The Griffith (Gruffydd) family had held lands in Wales fromthe beginning of the Welch Colonization until the time of William
the Conguerer and the Norman Invasion.
Williamthe Conqueror was born
October 1024 at the Castle
of Falaise, Calvados, France.
He was the natural son of Robert, the Magnificent, Duke of 
(some more of our ancestors).
After the Duke's death in 1035, the Nobles accepted William
as a Duk 
In 1055, he visited his cousin, Edward "The Confessor" King
of England and received fromhima promise that he should succeedhimas King of England.
When Edward died in 1066, however, Harold became King.
William"the Conqueror" aid his claimbefore the Pope and
western Christendomand the decision was made for himto invade
England and take the throne.
Alarge army of Normans was assembled and he set out to con-
quer England and claimhis right to the throne.
In the summer of 1066, he landed at Penensey, in Sussex,
England and on l4 October 
1066, at the Battle of Hastings, he
defeated King Harold.
Harold was slain and William, having received the submissionof the English Nobles, was then crowned King in Westminister Abbey
on Christmas Day,
25 December 1066.
One of Williams Generals was Robert Fitz Hamon, who went
with himinto England.in battle.
He with his army, was sent for by Jestyn Ap Gurgant, Princeof Glamorgan, Wales, to assist himin the conquering of the Noble
and gallant Rhys Ap Tewdw
(Tudor) Prince of South Wales.("Fitz" means "son of" in French, as does "ap" mean "son of" in Welch.
"Verch" o
r "V11
means "daughter of" in Welsh also. This was their meansof identifying thembefore
surnames came into use.)
n 1091, upon the Black Mountains of Brecknock, Tewdwr was attackedand his army vanquished.At thattime Rhys ap Tewdwr was slain.
He left a wife Gwladys, two sons and a daughter, Nest Verch Rhys.
One of the sons was in England in prison and the other one was Gruffydd
ap Rhys.
Gruffydd then kept the name as a surname. Later it was changed-to
Griffith. These were the ancestors of our WilliamGriffith
At the time of Rhys ap Tewdwr's death, he was the head of the Second
Royal Tribe of Wales and had been reigning for fourteen years. They lived
at Dinefor Castle and he was in his
90th year.Having accomplished this object, Fitz Hamon took possession of the
territory of Glamorgan, which was called Jestyn, and divided the spoils
 between his twelve Knights.
One of these Knights was Williamde Esterling. St Donats Castle andManors were his share of the "Spoils".The name "De Esterling" gradually dissolved itself into the name of 
The eighth in descent fromSir WilliamDe Esterling was Sir Edmund
By marrying Gwenlian Berkrolls, daughter of Sir Roger Berkrolls, he became by marriage, possessor of the lands in Gower,. East Orchard and
Methyr Mawr.
Edward and Gwenlain were the fourth great grandparents
of Elizabeth
(Jane) Stradling who married WilliamGriffith.The rule of most of Fitz Hamon's Knights, who had taken forceable
 possession of Glamorgan, were of short duration. They just weren't sup-
 posedtokeepthis landthat was not rightfullytheirs, sotheylost it.

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