123. John Gaw
(Married 1st: Catharine (Catherine) Bow (#124) on 30
July 1788 at First Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Cumberland 1785-1812 p. 573. Pennsylvania Compiled Marriage Records, 1700-1821). Married 2nd: Mary Miller 29 October 1805, according to Joan Evans in e-mail to Susan
Snyder in August 2006. The Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1740 - 1850 lists John Gaw as marrying Polly Miller on 29 October 1805 in Shenandoah, Virginia.
Born: circa 1763
according to My Heritage Family Trees in Ennisikillen, Ireland of Unknown Father (#245) and Sarah Miles (#246). In a letter written in 1886 by John Moses Payne (William Wroe Payne's son), he states that his mother, Amelia Gaw's father was of Irish descent and a merchant. (The source of the green information on this page is The Wroe and Chancellor Families Compiled by William Clarke Wroe, 1992.p. 273.)
Died: 1822 (according to will),
11 September 1822 in Howard, Missouri according
to ancestry.com. This date is confirmed by one source at My Heritage Family Trees, another says 11 July 1822.
[His siblings may include: Robert
Gaw, and possibly others...
The following information was sent by
Joan Evans in an e-mail to Susan Snyder on 17 August, 2006: Joan hypothesizes
that John is the brother referred to in Robert's will.
Shenandoah VA Will Book E,
Dated: 29 Aug. 1829
Robert Gaw, town of Woodstock, Shenandoah County.
Wife: Barbara Gaw.
Mentions: son, Jacob R. Gaw and Isaac Trout, all the goods, wares and
now in my store and the power to carry on the Mercantile business at
my present storehouse.
Son: Robert Gaw, Jun., to be educated at the deaf and dumb asylum in
Sons: Joseph Gaw and John Gaw.
Daus: Mary Hoffman; Elizabeth Crawford, wife of David Crawford.
Son: Jacob Gaw, the house and lot on which I now live in town of Woodstock
and 10 acres out [of?] lot adjoining Dr. Irwin and Abraham Fravel.
Dau: Rebecca Gaw, house and two lots which I purchased of my
brother, John Gaw, in Woodstock, also, five acres adjoining
Christian Miller, Sen. and Capt. Jacob Rinker.
Mentions: Catharine Smith (a girl whom I raised,) the house and lot
which formerly belonged to Isaac Gibbons and now in the possession of
Son-in-law: David Crawford, to be Guardian of my son, Robert Gaw.
Exors: Son, Jacob Gaw and son-in-law, David Crawford.
Wit: Joseph Samuels, Alfred Irwin and George Schmucker
Proved: 7 Sept. 1829
There is a John Gaw listed in the 1790 United States Federal Census for Hopewell, Newton, Tyborn, and Westpensboro Township in Cumberland, Pennsylvania (Series M637, Roll 8, Sheet 38, Image 555 posted on My Heritage.com). At the time in the household, there were 2 free white males of 16 years & upwards, including heads of families and 2 free white females including heads of families.
In 1791, John and his wife are named in the will of her father, Michael Bow.
in blue below is courtesy of Joan Evans in e-mail to Susan Snyder on
17 August, 2006)
VA, Deed Book L, p. 501
Between John Gaw and Catharine his wife of County of Shenandoah [to]
Joseph Cochenour of sam County……consideration of Six hundred
dollars……seventy five acres and being the same which was
conveyed to said John Gaw by William Tilghman of City of Philadelphia
(by Joseph R. Tatum his and George Meads Attorney in fact) by deed…..
Signed: Jno. Gaw, Catharine Gaw
Wit: James Allen, John Snapp, Wm. Gilham
1801—April 13—Shenandoah VA, Deed Book M,
Between John Gaw of the town of Woodstock of County of Shenandoah, Merchant
and Catharine his wife [to] Jacob Smucker of same County…..consideration
of nine hundred and thirty dollars………..tract of land
/ being part of a tract of land formerly held to contain two hundred
and fifty acres but which upon a resurvey then was found to contain
two hundred and fifty five acres commonly called the black oak ridge
/ marked number 2 and being near Woodstock……..containing
seventy five acres….
Signed: John Gaw, Catharine Gaw
Wit: Jacob Rinker, John Roads, C. G.
Recorded: 13 April 1801
The 1810 Census for Shenandoah, Virgina lists John as
45+. He is married to Mary Miller. It lists her in the 16-25 age bracket.
The children include: William in the 00-09 bracket, Joseph in the 00-09
bracket, James in the 00-09 bracket, Elizabeth in the 00-09 bracket,
Rebecca in the 00-09 bracket, Amelia in the 10-15 bracket, Catherine
in the 10-15 bracket, and Polly in the 16-25 bracket.
John's oldest child, Sarah Ann, who
was about 21, was no longer living in her father's home.
At some point, John Gaw moved from Virginia
Based on the 1810
Census information and his will, dated 1822, John
must have been in his late 50's or early 60's when he died. In his lifetime,
he had fathered more than 15 children. See Amelia
Gaw (#62) for a listing of some of his children.
John's will can be found in the
Howard MO Will Book ??, p. 57?
The Last Will of John Gaw….All my debts shall be paid out………To
beloved wife (no name) one third part of all property real and personal
which shall be left after the payments of debts. The personal
estate absolutely and the real estate during her natural life.
The remainder shall be divided among children including both those of
my first wife and my second marriage without regard to advances made
to the children of my first marriage. Appoints Patrick McMannus
and William W. Payne (#61), son-in-laws, both of Shenendoah County Virginia
as trustees to hold for the use of Catherine Kingan and the heirs of
her body hers and their Portion of my estate for the said use of Catherine
and her heirs, uncontrolled by her present husband or by future husband
she may take….with full power to them…..William and Patrick
or the survivors of them to manage and dispose of said portion of my
estate for the use and benefit of Catherine or her heirs. I further
will that my children have and hold their several portions of my estate
to themselves their heirs and assign in simple fee and that should any
of them have died before date of the instrument or hereafter die, the
heirs of the body of the deceased shall hold such portion as the deceased
parent or Parentor would have held. After the decease of my wife
the part which may fall to her lot may be equally divided among all
my children as above provided.
2 December 1822….appeared witnesses. [???]
Sec: John Miller and Thomas Smith……..$20,000.00
Appr: William McKinsey, John Byrd, Giles M. Samuel for the lands in
Appr: Jesse G. Lindell, John Kerr, John Bell for the lands in St. Louis
For a complete copy of John's Will, click here.
The following information was provided
to Susan Snyder by Joan Evans in e-mail dated August 2006: The father-in-law
of William was John Gaw. In John's 1822 will (Howard MO Will Book
??, p. 57?), the will "Appoints Patrick McMannus and William
W. Payne, son-in-laws, both of Shenandoah County Virginia as trustees
to hold for the use of Catherine Kingan and the heirs of her body hers
and their Portion of my estate for the said use of Catherine and her
heirs, uncontrolled by her present husband or by future husband she
may take….with full power to them…..William and Patrick
or the survivors of them to manage and dispose of said portion of my
estate for the use and benefit of Catherine or her heirs."[Note:
Patric McMannus was the husband of Amelia's sister, Polly. Catherine Kingan was one of Amelia's sisters.]
Shenandoah VA Will Book O, p. 20
Dated: 11 Sept. 1822
John Gaw, Howard County, State of Missouri.
Wife: not named
My children (including those by my first and second marriages): not
Dau: Catharine Kingan
Exors: Son-in-law, William Payne and Patrick McMannus.
Wit: Henry Bingham, George Tomkins and George Bellas.
Proved: 8 Jan. 1827, Shenandoah County.
MISSOURI PIONEERS, 1972-1973
Howard County, Missouri, County Court Book “B”
1822—September 23—p. 26-27—Special Term
John Bird & George Bellas were appointed admrs. of the estate of
John Gaw, decd. Sec: James Hickman & Henry V. Bingham.
1822—December 4—p. 50-53—Special Term
Will of John Gaw, decd, proved by oath of Henry V. Bingham, Geo. Tomplins
& Geo Bellas. L/T granted Patrick McManus & Wm. W. Payne.
Sec: Thomas A. Smith & John Miller.
Wm. McKinzie, Giles M. Samuel, John Byrd & Geo. Knox are appointed
to appraise the property in Howard & Pike Counties; & Jesse
G. Lindell, John Kerr & John Bell to appraise in St. Louis Co.
Mary Gaw, widow presented her petition of dower.
Geo. Tompkins was appointed guardian of William Gaw, Elizabeth Gaw,
Barbara Ann Gaw, Phillip Miller Gaw, Jane Mary Gaw, Eleanor Gaw &
Amanda Gaw, minors of John Gaw, decd.
Sec: Wm. B. Johnson, John Bird, Philip W. Thompson.
1823—January 18—p. 53-63—Special
George Tompkins was appointed guardian of Rebecca Gaw, minor heir of
John Gaw, decd.
Sec: Geo. Bellas, John Bird & Mary Gaw.
Court directed Thos. A. Smith, Geo. Knox, Sr. & John Bird to lay
off the dower of Mary Gaw, widow. (description of property—persons
interested in this family would want a complete copy of pages 56-58
Patrick McManus & William W. Payne, exrs. of will of John Gaw, decd,
produced their accounts. (pages 58-63)
1823—February 4—p. 69-77
James Gaw presented claim against the estate of John Gaw, decd……ruled
that issue to any judge or justice in the state of Va. & Co. of
Shanandoah (sic)……..cont. next term.
Lifetime Events Summary for John Gaw:
1775 - 1783
~12 - 20
Marriage to Catherine
Marriage to Mary
Birth of His Children
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