William Shaw was christened 31 May 1654 in Spondon, Derbyshire, the son of William and Bridget Shaw. He married Maria Hodges 6 October 1689 in Horsley, Derbyshire, England. Maria was christened in February 1663, the daughter of John and Maria Hodges. William's occupation was framework knitter.

William left a will and inventory, written 12 November 1717 and proven 16 September 1718. The inventory was taken 22 August 1718.

William Shaw

Will of William Shaw, 1717

In the name of God Amen, I William Shaw of Horsley in the County of Derby, Framework Knitter, being weak in body but of good and sound mind and perfect memory doe constitute and ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth from whence it came steadfastly believing that by the mighty power of God it shall be joined again to my soul to live together in everlasting glory.

And as for that worldly estate which it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with, I doe hereby give, devise and desire that all my just debts which I shall owe at my deicease be first paid and discharg’d by my executrix and trustees to this my will hereafter named , out of my psonall estate. Item, I give and bequeath to Mary Shaw my loving wife for the term of her natural life, the house I live in and the backside belonging to it. Item, my mind and will is that Mary my said wife shall have and enjoy all the lands I am tenant to and hold under the Earl of Chesterfield for and during the term of her natural life, provided she keep in my name, but if she marry again, then my mind and will is, that she have only the house I live in and twenty pounds and at her deicase that the same be distributed by my trustees hereafter named among my younger children. Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife and to my said trustees hereafter named, all my household goods, cattels and chattels stockin frames, bills bonds notes mortgages or other securities to be disposed of by them according to their discretion amongst my younger children as they shall please their mother in their bringing up. But in case my wife shall marry again that then I leave all my personall estate abovesaid to my two trustees John Hodges and John Straw both of the parish of Horsly my brothers in law to distribute and dispose of the same amongst my said younger children as aforesaid. Item, I make my loving wife Mary Shaw sole executrix of this my will desiring she will endeavour to bring up my children in the fear of God, and perform the contents of this my will and do hereby revoke all former wills by me made, and do publish and declare this to be my last. In witness whereof I the said William Shaw the testator have hereunto put my hand and seal this twelfth day of November in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God King of Great Britain Anno Dom 1717.

William Shaw his mark

William Shaw mark

Signed sealed and published in the presence of the testator and of us witnesses and in the presence of us.

Charles Sibley

Thomas Rogers, his mark

John Rodgers


An invitary of the goods of William Shaw deceased and apprased by John Hodges and John Straw

Purse and apparels  01 00 00 00

Fire irons  00 05 00 00

Brass and puter  01 00 00 00

Table cheers and forms in the house  00 08 00 00

In the parlour; one bed & bedding  01 01 00 00

Twoo chests and cheers  00 05 00 00

Chamber over the house; one bed and cheers  01 00 00 00

In the chamber over parlour, 2 little beds  00 10 00 00

Cheers  01 01 00 00

Five old frames  35 00 00 00

In the stable; two mares  08 00 00 00

Cart and geers  01 10 00 00

Six cows and a sterk heifer  13 00 00 00

Twoo swine  02 00 00 00

Fourteen sheep  03 10 00 00

Hay and corn  10 00 00 00

Lumber  00 05 06 00

The whole sum is 79  15  06 00

Apprased by John Straw, John Hodges

Mary died, leaving a will dated 27 October 1732 and proven 2 November 1736:

Mary Shaw

Will of Mary Shaw, 1732

In the name of God Amen, the seven and twentieth day of October in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and thirty two, I Mary Shaw of Horsley in the County of Derby, widow, being advanced in yeares but of sound and perfect mind and memory (God be praised) doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say), First I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my mercifull Creator, hopeing and steadfastly believing to obtaine everlasting life though the ptions and meritors and death and sufferings of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and my body I comitt to the earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of mine executors herein after named. Item, I give and bequeath all my household goods and furniture whatsoever of what nature or kindsoever standing and being in my dwelling house unto my loving sonne Thomas Shaw for ever. Item, I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel whatsoever both linens and woolens unto my loving daughter Anne Abbott. Item, all the rest, residue and remainder of my goods, chattells, debts oweing unto me and personall estate whatsoever after my debts are paid, my funeral appointed, discharged and the legacyes hereby given are satisfied I give and bequeath unto my loving sonnes William Shaw, John Shaw and the said Thomas Shaw and to my loving daughters Mary Radford, Hannah Hodgkinson, Jane Radford and the said Anne Abbott equally to be divided amongst them share and share alike except only and my will and mind is and I doe hereby order and appoint that the said Anne Abbotts part or share thereof shall be and remaine in the hands of the said John Shaw until the arrears of twenty pounds and the interest thereof be paid off and discharged and then the interest of that part or share to be paid to her the said Anne Abbott during her life and afterwards the same part of share to be paid and divided to and amongst such children of the said Anne Abbott as shall be living at the time of her decease equally share and share alike. Item, I doe hereby make, ordaine, institute and appoint my said two sons William Shaw and John Shaw to be executors of this my last will and testament and doe revoke all other wills by me made. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament setting my hand and seale they day and yeare first above written.

Mary Shaw, her mark

Mary Shaw mark
                     Mark of Mary Shaw on her will

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator Mary Shaw for and as her last will and testamen in the psence of us who all subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto in the psence of the said testative. Wm. Hodgkinson, Wm. Cantrill

William and Maria had the following children:

1. Mary, christened 27 September 1690 in Horsley; married Thomas Radford 21 April 1715 in Morley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

2. William, christened 4 April 1692 in Horsley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

3. Hanna, christened 21 September 1694 in Horsley; married George Hodgkinson 13 April 1721 in Horsley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

*4. Anne, christened 9 January 1696 in Horsley; married John Abbott 3 January 1720 in Horsley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

5. John, mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

6. Thomas, christened 14 February 1702 in Horsley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732; died as a batchelor, leaving his estate“to be dealt equally amongst my brothers and sisters share and share alike hereafter named William Shaw, John Shaw, Mary Radford, Hannah Hodgkinson, Ann Abbot, Jane Radford”  and he appointed “my brothers William Shaw, John Shaw, William Radford my executors”. The will was proven 20 April 1736.

7. Jane, married William Radford 24 February 1725 in Horsley; mentioned in mother's will of 1732.

8. Eliza, christened 9 August 1707 in Horsley.


SOURCE: IGI; will of William Shaw, 1717; will of Mary Shaw, 1732, on; will of Thomas Shaw, 1736, on

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