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submitted by Paul H. Shaw, August 8 2006


This house was located one mile east of Carrollton, Mississippi, on a tract of 160 acres of land. It was built about 1845 and purchased by Major Philip Walker Hemphill (25 Sep 1804-1862) maternal grandfather of Oliver Abbott Shaw, sr. in about 1855. When he died in 1862, Hemphill left the home to his daughter, Cynthia Adline Hemphill (1843-1917), Hobart Doane Shaw, sr.(1836-1909) and Adline Hemphill were married in 1866 and made it their permanent home.

After the death of Adline and Hobart Shaw, sr., Philip Walker Shaw (1868-1937, brother of O. A. Shaw, sr.) lived in the house until his death in 1937. It was sold and is believed to have burned several years later in a feud between the new owner and a neighbor.

Oliver A. Shaw, sr.(1870-1945) was Superintendent of Schools in Winona for 25 years, until 1921 when he left for Oxford, Mississippi to become the first Dean of Education at the University of Mississippi. He was born and raised in this house, along with Hobart Doane Shaw II (1879-1960), Philip W. Shaw, Anna Shaw Billingsley (1862-1934), Charles H. Shaw (1872-1890), and Joanna M. Shaw (1875-1878).

Hobart Doane Shaw, sr, was in the 11th Miss. Regiment, Co. C, and the 31st Miss., Company I. He moved to Carrollton from Mobile in about 1850, married Matilda Celeste Drane in 1860 and had Anna Shaw. After Celeste's death, he married Cynthia Adline Hemphill.

Maj. Philip Walker Hemphill, the owner of the house before Hobart D. Shaw, sr. was one of the founders of Rome, Georgia, and moved to Mississippi in 1844. The similarity of design between this house and the home he built in Georgia can be seen by looking up Darlington Academy, the House on the Hill.


Carroll County


I am John Hansen, volunteer County Coordinator for Carroll County, Mississippi.  I have family lines from here and hence my interest in establishing as much information as possible on early Carroll County History.

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