Harold Shaw, My Mayflower Cousin – Many Times Over

Harold B. Shaw (1911-1975) was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – but he was my cousin many times over because of our mutual descent from multiple Mayflower passengers.

Since his family had moved to Canada several generations back on his line, I might not have found him.

But, thanks to his obituary published in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives – I found him very easily.

An obituary for Harold B. Shaw, Springfield Union newspaper article 25 February 1975
Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts), 25 February 1975, page 23

His obituary states that:

He was a direct descendant of 12 Mayflower Pilgrim families, and 12 signers of the Mayflower Compact of 1620: William Brewster, Isaac Allerton, Richard Warren, John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, John Tilly, Francis Cooke, Thomas Rogers, James Chilton, John Billington, Peter Brown, and Edward Doty.

That’s great. I am also descended from each of those Mayflower passengers.

Armed with this obituary I can then retrace and document Shaw’s lines, re-confirming them and ensuring that our family tree is accurate, permanently recorded online and easily findable by future generations.

Find and document your family lines in GenealogyBank’s deep newspaper archives.

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