A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF JOHN AND POLLY MARIA FOX SHAW
John Shaw, son of Job Shaw and Lucy Sherman, was born at Bridgewater, Windsor, Vermont, 30 June 1790.
On the l st of January 1812 at Victor, Ontario, New York, he married Polly Maria Fox, a daughter of Jeremiah and Olive Fitch Fox.
She was born 11 January 1790 in Sheffield, Berkshire, Mass.
Little is known of their early lives.
John and Polly lived in Victor, Ontario, New York where six sons were born to them:
Ambrose then married Minerva Pease Stone.
Myrtillo, born 1 August 1814, married Aurelia Austin, 16 Sept 1838
John Langdon, born May 1815, married Tryphenia Merril in 1842
Sylvester, born 1818, married Harriet Amelia Noble
Henry C., born 1 July 1820, married Jane Waldron, 1845
Zebediah, born 5 August 1822, married Betsie Stark in 1847 at Bedford, IL
Ambrose, born 12 Sept 1824, married Permelia Dunn, 22 June 1847, near Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, while on their journey west. She died 21 March 1871 at Ogden, Weber, Utah.
John and Polly moved to Bennington, New York, in 1825 where their son William Montgomery was born 8 Sept 1826. He married Diana Chase in 1848.
Polly Maria, born 8 Feb 1830 at Bennington, New York, married Lorin Dunn in 1846. He died and after his death she continued her journey west with their young daughter,
Laura Maria, and their six-weeks-old son, Lorin.
She buried her tiny son at Devils Gate, Wyoming, arriving in Utah Sept 1851. She married Lafayette Washington Williams in 1855,
in Ogden, Utah.
Olive Lucy, born Feb 1833, married Benjamin Cazier, 7 May 1848.
In 1842, John and Polly became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was baptized by Elder Sweet.
In 1843 or 44 they moved with their family to LaHarpe, Hancock County, IL
In 1845 John and Polly Fox Shaw received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Illinois.
In 1846 they moved with the Saints to Council Bluffs, Iowa, locating at Kanesville until June 1848 when they again started west in Lorenzo Snow’s company, arriving in
Utah 20 September 1848.
Their sons Myrtillo, William, and daughter Olive Lucy Cazier came the same year.
Their son Ambrose, with his wife Permelia Dunn, daughter
of James and Sally Barker Dunn, left 14 June 1847 from the Elk Horn River, being among the first ten of the 2nd company to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley, 18 Sept 1847.
John and Polly lived in Salt Lake City until 1850 when they moved to Ogden, Weber, Utah, locating in Farr’s Fort.
Their house was the third from the southeast corner
of Farr's Fort in the south row of houses.
John’s farm was on the east side of Washington Avenue, Canyon Road the south line, center of Millcreek the north boundry line and east 80 rods. Their sons
Myrtillo and William located here also with Ambrose on the west side of Washington Avenue.
John and Polly moved to North Ogden locating their house near a spring of water in the southwest part of what became the Fort, near their daughter Olive Lucy Cazier.
Their home was made of adobes. It was built on the west side of Pioneer Street now known as 2557 North 550 East, North Ogden.
They farmed and John raised many fine pigs, chickens, etc.
Polly often made biscuits for their meals; those left over were put into a jar to be handed out later to the neighborhood children as they came to her door saying,
"Mrs. Shaw, I want a biscuit."
A great sadness came into their lives when their youngest child, Olive Lucy, died at the birth of her seventh child, Pleasant Polly (named for the two grandmothers).
This was in 1861.
Four of their sons, John L., Sylvester, Henry, and Zebediah, remained in the east.
The first three settled in Lee County, Illinois, and lived near
Dolores Frances (Shaw) Olar's family -- indeed, Sylvester lived on the same street in Lee Center as his uncle Manly Sherman Shaw,
with just one house separating them. Henry Champion Shaw farmed just north of Amboy (just a few miles from Lee Center),
and his descendants are the Amboy Shaws. Zebediah lived in Lee County for a while, but later moved, even leaving the U.S. -- he died in Canada.
Patriarchal blessings were given to them by Patriarch John Smith, 16 September 1849 at Salt Lake City.
Polly was a member of the first Relief Society of North Ogden Ward,
(which also included what is now Pleasant View), organized January 1867 with 43 members.
John and Polly made their home in North Ogden until her death 27 January 1873 at the age of 83 years. She was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.
Their other daughter, Polly Maria Williams, died 24 Feb 1875 at the age of 45 years.
John Shaw went to live with his sons in Ogden after the death of his wife. He died 5 July 1880 at age 90 years, five days, and was buried in the Shaw lot in Ogden City Cemetery.
Bessie L. Jones Montgomery
24 August 1963