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Biographies and Photos of Carroll County Ancestor


August 9, 2006
by Paul Shaw,

  See also article on Shaw home, click here

  Hobart D. Shaw II, who was born in the house in the photo, wrote a family tree, years ago, and included the following, H. D. Shaw, sr. was his father


H. D. Shaw, Sr., joined the 11th Miss. Infantry, the Carroll County Rifles, Co. K, in 1861 and transferred to the 31st Miss Infantry, also out of Carroll County, when it formed in 1862.

""The following is an extract from the "Confederate Veteran," the official organ of the United Confederate Veterans and published at Nashville, Tenn. The issue from which this extract was copied was dated December 1910.

H. D. Shaw

            "H. D. Shaw, whose death occurred at his home, in Carrollton, Miss., in May 1909, was born in Philadelphia, Pa. seventy-five years ago, his father being from Massachusetts and his mother a Virginian. He came South when a mere boy.

Thoroughly imbued with the principles of pure patriotism and wedded to the State of his adoption, he enlisted as a private in one of the first regiments to be mustered in from Mississippi. As a non-commissioned officer he was in active service in different branches of the army, both in Virginia and the Western Army, to the close and to the end of his life remained true to the principles for which he had suffered. The last work of his active life, at the age of seventy, was to devote his entire time to the raising of the fund with which to erect a monument to the twenty-seven hundred Confederate soldiers who enlisted from Carroll County, Miss. This he accomplished, and had the satisfaction of taking part in the unveiling of that monument now standing in Court Square, and one of the handsomest of its kind in the State.""


I have located this photograph of my great grandfather, Hobart Doane Shaw, sr., of Carrollton (1835-1909). He is the man who is in the Confederate monument dedication photo (behind the woman in the large white hat), and who had the house just outside of Carrollton, which is in my earlier submission. He enlisted in Co.K, 11th Regiment Mississippi Infantry in 1861and is the subject of the "Confederate Veteran" article you are currently running in the text below the photo of his house.
The 1860 census lists his occupation as "lawyer." In 1880, he is listed as "clerk in store." I'm wondering if the outcome of the war prevented Confederate veterans from practicing law.
The lady in the photo is his second wife, and my great grandmother, Cynthia Adline Hemphill Shaw (1843-1917). She was the daughter of Maj. Philip Walker Hemphill (1804-1862). They married in 1866.
Hobart's first wife, Matilda Celeste Drane, died in 1864. She was the daughter of Mississippi State Senator James Drane. Hobart and Celeste had one daughter, Anna (1862-1934). Celeste's brother, Lt. Col. James W. Drane, served in the 31st Mississippi Infantry, which might have prompted Hobart's transfer to that unit when it formed in 1862. Hobart served in Co. I, 31st Mississippi Infantry throughout the remainder of the war, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major.

Hobart D. Shaw,sr.,  Adline Hemphill Shaw, Philip W. Hemphill, Anna Shaw Billingsley, and some of Hobart and Adline's children are buried in the Shaw-Hemphill plot in Evergreen Cemetery, in Carrollton. Adline's birth date is, according to US and Mississippi census records, incorrectly marked on the stone.

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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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