Darby was born in Ireland in 1673. Darby died in Kent County, Maryland, on April 3, 1736; he was 63. Occupation: Farmer




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Fourth Generation

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Family of Daniel SHAWHAN Jr. (3) & Margaret Fry BELL


4. Robert SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1).6 Robert was born in Hampshire County, VA/WVA, on March 5, 1764. Robert died in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1833; he was 68.


Robert served during the Rev. War as a , Pa. Militia, in Capt. Zadock Wright's Co., under Lt. John Cannon and Ensign George Brice. When the rest of the family migrated to the Kentucky District of VA, Robert elected to remain in Pennsylvania, taking over his father Daniel's farm. Like many others in western PA, he farmed staples such as rye and corn, primarily for the eastern markets. Transportation over the mountains, however, was quite difficult and expensive - - a horse could carry only four bushels of grain. So Robert joined hundreds of others in the area in the distillation of whiskey -- the equivalent of 24 bushels of grain could be converted into two large wooden kegs and loaded across a horse's back. A gallon of rye whiskey became a standard bartering medium, as there were few hard pieces of shilling available. The 1790 Census lists Robert as being in Allegheny Co., PA. In March 1791, the young American Federal government was desperate for funds and the Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, pushed thru an excise tax upon distilled spirits, to be paid in hard money. The resultant uproar among the farmers of western Pa. erupted into what history calls "The Whiskey Rebellion". The unrest was finally calmed in 1794, when President Washington dispatched 13,000 troops under "Light Horse Harry" Lee to western Pa. to quell the rebels. In the interim, however, federal revenue agents were tarred and feathered or worse, and regular skirmishes occurred in confrontations between the "Whiskey Boys" and those who were trying to enforce or pay the hated tax; friends became enemies as some farmers elected to pay the tax while the majority refused to do so. "Pennsylvania Historical Collections", by Sherman Day, pub. 1843, in its summary of the "Whiskey Insurrection", records, "In January 1794, further violence commenced. Robert Strawhan (Shawhan), a complying distiller, had his barn burnt". Robert's will left his farm to his eldest son, Daniel, and describes the property as being near Chartiers Creek, adjacent to the lands of John Bell -- John Bell was a member of the same Bell family from which came Margaret Bell, the spouse of Daniel Shawhan, 1738-1791. The Bells and the Shawhans both migrated to the Chartiers area, from Hampshire Co, VA/WV, probably in the late 1770s. Many of the critical dates re Robert's family were taken directly from his Bible which, in 1938, was in the hands of Margaret Barclay, one of his descendents.

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TRANSCRIPT OF THE WILL OF ROBERT SHAWHAN, FILED FEBRUARY 28, 1833 IN THE BOROUGH OF BIRMINGHAM, ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA


"In the name of God Amen. I Robert Shawhan of the borough of Birmingham, County of Allegeny, State of Penn, being weak in body but of sound and disposed mind and taking into consideration the uncertainty of Life and the certainty of Death do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in manner and form following. 1st. after the payment of any debt I give and bequeath to my eldest daughter Margaret Beci Larimer the sum of one hundred dollars. 2nd. I give and bequeath unto my second daughter Jane Pearsons the sum of one hundred dollars. 3rd. I give and bequeath my third daughter Sidney Brook the sum of one hundred dollars. 4th. I give and bequeath unto my fourth daughter Mary Shawhan the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars with one bed and beding and one set of table silver spoons. 5th. I give and bequeath to my third son Joseph Shawhan the sum of one hundred dollars. 6th. I give and bequeath unto my fourth son Robert Perry Shawhan one hundred dollars. 7th. I give and bequeath unto my fifth and last son Shepley Holmes Shawhan the sum of two hundred dollars. 8th. I give and bequeath unto Daniel Shawhan my first and eldest son my wagon, gears, and six horses, being the team the said Daniel now drives, and I bequeath and desire unto the said Daniel my farm situated on or near Chartiers Creek, Allegeny County, Penn, adjoining lands of John Bell and others to him 'and his heirs forever together with all and singular the appurtenances and heradelaments thereunto opportuning. 9th. I give and desire unto my second son John Shawhan the house and lot which he now occupies situated in the borough of Birmingham subject to or on his paying to my executors the sum of one hundred dollars. 10th. All my personal property undisposed of by me herein to be sold by my executors on a credit of six months. 11th. and all my other real estate wheresoever situated and not herein above disposed of to be sold by my Executors on a credit of one year. 12th. All the money or monies that may remain after the payments of debts and lagacies above mentioned to be distributed equally among Mary Shawhan, Daniel Shawhan, Joseph Shawhan, Shepley Holmes Shawhan, the four last mentioned and none others. 13th. I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my son Daniel Shawhan and my friend William Symmes executors to this my last will and testament.


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three.


Witnessed By:


R.A. Bussman

James Barr

Hugh Jackson


(Transcribed by Ronald Shawhan, 14 Evergreen Ave., New Providence, NJ, 07974, 11/12/91)


About 1788 Robert married Mary WILLIAMS, daughter of WILLIAMS, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Mary died in April in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Mary was born on July 12, 1766.


They had the following children:

i. Margaret Bell. Margaret Bell was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on November 1, 1789.

About 1810 Margaret Bell married Joseph LARIMER, in Pennsylvania. Joseph was born about 1787.

11 ii. Jane (1791-1877)

iii. Sidney. Sidney was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1793.

Sidney married George BROCK, in Pennsylvania. George was born about 1791.

12 iv. Mary (1795-1849)

13 v. Daniel (1797-1881)

14 vi. John (1799-1859)

15 vii. Joseph (1801-1880)

16 viii. Robert Perry (1807-~1880)

ix. Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on April 2, 1804. Elizabeth died in Alleghany, Pennsylvania, about 1805; she was <1.

x. Shepley Holmes. Shepley Holmes was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, on May 10, 1810. Shepley Holmes died in Pennsylvania on November 24, 1846; he was 36.


5. Daniel SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Daniel was born in Hampshire County, VA/WV, on October 8, 1765. Daniel died in Rush County, Indiana, on January 2, 1840; he was 74.


NOTE: Exclude this family line from project.


Daniel III was about 22 years old when his father moved the family from western Pennsylvania to the Kentucky District of Virginia and settled in the Ruddles Mills section of Bourbon County. In 1788, both he and his father signed a petition by Bourbon County residents to seat of government in Virginia, asking to establish the town of Bourbon Courthouse. Virginia did establish a new county, Mason Co., 1789, which was taken off of Bourbon Co.; the Shawhan property straddled the new county line -- the stillhouse and barns lay in Bourbon Co. and the homestead lay in Mason Co. In 1790 Daniel took a flatboat load of the family's whiskey to New Orleans, returning on a horse he had purchased, carrying saddle bags laden with Spanish doubloons. This would be the first of many such trips that would be made to sell Shawhan whiskey. When his father died in 1791, Daniel became the family head. Together with his brother John, they continued to manage the family farm and distillery, with both making trips to New Orleans on flatboats loaded with "Old Bourbon Whiskey" and brandy. Kentucky was admitted as a state in 1792, shortly after Daniel III and Mary McDowell were married. They continued to live in the family home which was in Mason County; Fleming Co. was created off of Mason Co. 1798 -- their residence and a part of the farm became a section of Fleming County, while the stillhouse, barns, and other parts of the farm remained in Bourbon County. Daniel farmed, raised well-bred horses and cattle, bought grain from his neighbors for his distillery and sold a goodly amount of whiskey. He also accumulated a sizeable number of slaves who farmed and helped with the distillery. Family tradition holds that he became quite wealthy, but he was never as to the validity of his Kentucky land that had been originally settled by his father. IN 1825 John Quincy Adams was inaugurated President and John C. Calhoun,Vice President. That same year, after freeing his slaves and selling his share of the distillery to his brother Joseph, Daniel moved his family to Rush Co., Indiana where he farmed and was no longer connected to the distillery business; when he closed out his affairs in Kentucky he divided most of his wealth equally among his children. The August 1851 final settlement of his estate included the following provisions of his will, dated Dec. 31, 1839: "My will is first all my just debts shall be paid out of my personal estate if sufficient, and if not then I will that so much of my land as shall be sufficient shall be sold to pay my debts. Then I wish my wife to have my household furniture, one horse beast known by the name of Flim, also one cow known by the name of Lill, also eight head of sheep, two sets of horse gear, and one cutting box in the barn, and all the remainder of my land that is left after my debts paid, to have and to hold the same during her life time for a home her, also a home for Mary Lightfoot and her children so long as they wish to remain here, as I do not want them to be turned out of doors, but my wife is to have entire control over the premises and at her death I wish all my property both real and personal to be equally divided among my children and that John M. Shawhan is to be my Executor . Witnessed by David H. Drummond, William M. Shawhan,and Edward L. McGee."

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Delaware County, Indiana

KITH AND KIN CONNECTION

On Salem Township - Excerpts from Our County, Its History and Early Settlement by Townships, John S. Ellis, 1898

Section 15, in Salem township, is in the south central part of the township, and that our readers may the more readily understand its location, we will state that Cross Roads, Post Office and Village, is situated in the southwest corner of the section. As this section borders on the Richwoods neighborhood, the land has been held at a high value, but whether or not the facts sustain the values, is a matter to be determined by those more directly interested, as it is the duty of the historian to state facts, and then let others search for the reasous. More than two years before any other purchases of public land in this section (July 30, 1829) Daniel Shawhan entered the east half of the southwest quarter of this section, an 80-acre tract, now owned by G. Young, after which entries were made by John Tomlinson in 1831, Christian Wall and Isaac Pitser in 1833, John Tomlinson in 1834 and William Parent and Christian Wall in 1835. (Page 146)


In 1792 Daniel married Mary McDOWELL, daughter of Daniel McDOWELL, in Mason County, Kentucky. Mary was born in Greenbrier County, Virginia, on August 28, 1770. Mary died in Rush County, Indiana, on November 17, 1848; she was 78.


Mary was the daughter of Daniel MCDowell, a Revolutionary War soldier who came to Bourbon Co. at an early date; while living in Kentucky he received a $40.00 annual pension for this service.


They had the following children:

17 i. Elizabeth Ann (1793-1884)

18 ii. Joseph (1796-1881)

19 iii. Mary (Polly) (1797-1880)

20 iv. Sarah (1803-1855)

21 v. John McDowell (1806-1866)

22 vi. Robert Fleming (1808-1893)

23 vii. George M. (1811-1852)

viii. Daniel. Daniel was born in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1813. Daniel died in Rush County, Indiana, in 1831; he was 18.

24 ix. Benjamin Plummer (1814-1852)


6. Agnes (Nancy) SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Agnes (Nancy) was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1767.


First reference of the name "Nancy" as a nickname. Later used as a family name for girls. For further records on her marriage and family, refer to File Box 733, Bourbon County Ct. {Madsen, p. 12}


Agnes, like her brother Robert, decided to raise her family in Pennsylvania, rather than make the move to Kentucky. {R.T. Shawhan, p. 7}


In 1785 Agnes (Nancy) married Isaac WILLIAMS, son of WILLIAMS, in Youghioghania County, West Augusta district of Virginia. Isaac died in 1853 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


Isaac was the brother of Mary Williams who married Robert (4) Shawhan.


Research: Isaac's will, probated Oct. 16, 1853, in Allegheny Co., Pa. mentions children: John (5) Williams; Sarah (5) Bausman; Amelia (5), wife of John Hulse; Elizabeth (5), wife of John Wm. Mason; Isaac (5); Agnes (5), wife of Nathaniel Patterson; Dorale (5), wife of Reinhardt Bausman; Margaret (5); Mary (5); Robert Shawhan (5).


They had the following children:

25 i. Agnes (1795-1879)

ii. Isaac. Isaac was born about 1816.

About 1840 Isaac married Mary Ann ROBERTSON, daughter of Eli ROBERTSON (January 5, 1776-February 10, 1844) & Elizabeth SHAWHAN (9) (June 13, 1779-May 20, 1853), in Clark County, Indiana. Mary Ann was born in Clark County, Indiana, on February 28, 1820.

iii. John.

iv. Sarah.

Sarah married --?-- BAUSMAN.

v. Amelia.

Amelia married John HULSE.

vi. Elizabeth.

Elizabeth married John M. MASON.

vii. Dorale.

Dorale married Reinhardt BAUSMAN.

viii. Margaret.

ix. Mary.

x. Robert Shawhan.


7. John SHAWHAN (Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). John was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, on October 23, 1771. John died in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on April 5, 1845; he was 73. John was buried in John Shawhan Family Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky.7 Occupation: Farmer. Religion: Presbyterian.


John Shawhan served in the War of 1812 in Captain James Johnson's Company, 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Militia. He enlisted on September 1, 1812 and served to October 15, 1812. John was in Bourbon County, Ky. with his father Daniel as early as July 1788.8


John lived on the 130 acres of land of his father Daniel , taking care of his widowed mother Margaret (Bell) Shawhan, his sisters and young brothers.9 He cleared the land about the house and made improvements and raised crops toward their support. Shortly after 1809, his mother and youngest brother Joseph went to live together near an improvement set up by John's brother Daniel, after John married and had several children of his own.10


The Bourbon County Marriage Bonds give John Shawhan to Margaret McCune Oct. 24, 1793, on the consent of William McCune, father of Margaret.10


John Shawhan/Margret McCune Marriage Bond


[Upper left-hand corner torn from original bond - unreadable]
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