The Repose of Betty Beaumont Shaw
After posting my previous post, I thought for some cheap entertainment, I should see if I could locate a record of the grave of George and Betty Shaw, my 5th great grandparents. I was assuming they lived and died in Scapegoat Hill but perhaps they lived outside of it near another church and not in the town proper itself. I searched for George Shaw first but didn't turn up anything I could pin down. So I turned to wife Betty and was quickly rewarded with the following which is a copy from the Pole Moor Baptist Church Burial recods less than a mile to the west of Scape Goat Hill.
Note on the fourth line down it says "66, Betty Wife of George Shaw, Scape Goat Hill, buried Nov 29 1866, 75 years old." Also on her line both at the start and the middle are the numbers 64 and 65. There is something scribbled above Betty but the numbers appear to simply be order of death so I'm not sure what to make of the writing. More interesting to me is the opposing page.
Reading across on line four it say, "Golcar, 21, From the Walk 10 1/2 yds from the Hall in her son grave No. 120." Intrigued, I traced all her children and many of them end up with the exact same description so indeed it is a family plot though I am uncertain of a few. My 5th great grandfather George Shaw is one of them as he disappears after the 1871 Census and Betty is listed as a widow there forth. Since she never married, I assume he is buried in the same family plot though I can't find a record such as above that I could with Betty and many of her children. My ancestor Mary Shaw Bolton is an unknown. I haven't been able to trace her in records past 1861. Finally, Mary's older brother Eli is also not buried there and is most likely buried somewhere in the United States making him the second Shaw child to immigrate there. He took with him a wife and seven children plus added an eighth shortly upon arrival so there is a Shaw line running loose here on this side of the pond.
Another google search I ran turned up a site that had pictures of nearly 100 gravestones of Shaws and other spouses and children of them also in the same cemetery at Pole Moor Baptist Church but after going through each one individually, I didn't see one for Betty Shaw. Perhaps a sign that they are in an unmarked grave. If I ever get to that part of England, I definitely want to walk in the old part of the cemetery and figure out where 21 from the walk and 10 1/2 yards from the hall gets me.