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Aragorn Storm Miller

SHAW, JOSIAH (1817–1877). Josiah Shaw, planter, judge, and state representative, was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, on December 24, 1817. He was the son of James Joseph and Abigail Reed (Kirkham) Shaw. Shaw immigrated to Texas about 1839 and settled near Columbus in Colorado County, where he established himself as a planter. On January 5, 1841, Shaw married Delinda Jane Fitzgerald in La Grange, Fayette County. During this time he was among the prosperous and prominent citizens of his community. In the late 1840s and early 1850s, he served as justice of the peace for Colorado County. In 1859 Shaw and his family established a large plantation five miles to the northwest of Columbus. This area, which they named Sunnyside, was the origin for the settlement of Shaws Bend. Apparently Shaw also served as schoolteacher in the one-room school in the area. The 1860 census listed him as a farmer with six children. In September 1862, during the Civil War, Shaw volunteered for service in the state militia and served as captain for Company K of the Second Regiment, Twenty-second Brigade, Texas State Troops. Following the Civil War, in 1866, Shaw won election as House representative for Colorado County to the Eleventh Texas Legislature. He served from August 6, 1866, to February 7, 1870, and sat on the State Affairs Committee; the Committee to Determine Mileage; and the Roads, Bridges and Ferries Committee. Shaw died in Shaws Bend, Colorado County, on October 31, 1877, and was buried in Fitzgerald Cemetery in Colorado County. He was a Baptist.


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