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Shaw Farm

Shaw Farm, 3357 Cincinnati-Brookville Road, Ross Township, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. According to the web site of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society, the farm was part of a purchase made in April 1801, when public lands west of the Great Miami River were offered for sale at Cincinnati. The OHPO says "Jeremiah Butterfield from Massachusetts, who had assisted [Israel] Ludlow in running the boundary line between. U. S. and Indian Territory, as per the Greenville Treaty [1795], formed a company with Knowles Shaw, Albin Shaw and their father, John Shaw, and Asa Harvey and Noah Willey. They bought at the first sale two full sections and as many large fractional sections extending from near the mouth of Indian Creek in what is now Butler County about three miles down the Great Miami River. . . . The tract comprised about 2,000 acres, nearly all bottomland, level, fertile. In order to secure it the company bid 10 cents per acre above minimum, $2.10 an acre. The land was then divided under survey by Emanuel Vantrees and according to the amounts each had paid. Each had a front on the river and a piece going back to west side of the tract." John Shaw and his sons were born in Connecticut and lived in Massachusetts before coming to the Northwest Territory. John Shaw was 64 years old when he came to the Northwest Territory in 1801. Knowles was 44 and Albin was 36. OHPO says "Knowles Shaw, the son of Albin Shaw Jr. and Huldah Griffith Shaw was born Oct. 13, 1834, Ross Township, [and] he married Martha A. M. Finley Jan. 11, 1855. This Knowles Shaw was the noted evangelist and song writer who wrote 'Bringing in the Sheaves' and many other hymns. He was killed in a train wreck between Dallas and McKinney, Texas, June 7, 1878, and is buried in East Hill Cemetery., Rushville, Ind." (See Shaw's Ford or Shaw's Crossing.)


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