THE SHAW PAPERS
Colin Shaw emigrated from Jura, Argyllshire to North Carolina before 1764 and was
a merchant in Cumberland County. The following is selected from his
personal letters, agreements and
memorandums found at NCArchives.
23 August 1770 -
from DONALD CAMPBELL in Ardmeanish, Jura, Scotland.
I received the favor of your letter by *Mr. Campbell of Baliole in which you are
so kind as to let me know of your welfare. I am glad you have done so and it gives
me pleasure to know that you are in a thriving state and sincerely wish you much joy
in your married state, which was a good reason for not seeing your friends here at
the time you proposed coming to see us and you may believe they are but few that
would see you in a flourish condition than I, and which how soon you may renew and
pursue you resolution in letting us see you here.
The bearer, ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL, son to RONALD CAMPBELL, Balsharer, who is
married to my oldest daughter, goes together with their small family of
bairns to America to try their fortune there. Their luck in this country
has been but very indifferent which obliges them to go to your corner of
the globe to try what chances they may have there. Tho their luck here
be bad, it cannot be said that it's owing to him or her. Both of them
are industrious in their way of life. He writes a good hand and I make
no doubt he shall be careful and honest in any trust that providence shall
think proper to put in his way. They go to a foreign country with a family
of small bairns without money or acquaintance, but I have great reliances of
your friendship and I earnestly entreat and beg of you as a favor that you may
give them your advice and assistance in having them put on some footing of
having bread. I make no doubt you shall do what you can for them. I recommend
them to all my friends and acquaintances there. As I am in a hurry, JEANETTE
writes them all but begs you offer them my sincere and good wishes.
You desired me to let you know what sort of goods from your country would suit
best for this country. As I am not very well aquainted with these things I
recommend you for intelligence to the bearer and to my nephew, ARCH SIMSON,
who also goes to America in the same ship with my son-in-law and brings goods
with him to sell there.
Your uncle-in-law, NEILL McCRAINE, is very tender and hard of hearing, but
has effects. His daughter was contracted on Saturday last to DON McDOUGALD,
Juras Servant. All your old friends in general are pretty well. My wife and
I join in compliments to you & Mrs. Shaw and believe me to be your
affectionate friend and humble servant. Donald Campbell
*ALEXANDER CAMPBELL of Ballole and Lossit, whose brother James had been one of the
1739 gentlemen-venturers to N.C., left a will in which his Uncle WILLIAM CAMPBELL
of Ormsary, was joint executor with FERQUHARD CAMPBELL in North Carolina. He had
lived in Jamaica, West Indes where he reared his five children. At the time of his
death in 1779 Alexander Campbell occupied 640 acres of land in Cumberland County
owned by his brother James, in Scotland. This property was claimed by Ferquhard
Campbell for Alexander's children . In his last will and testament Alexander also
wrote of a brother, COLIN CAMPBELL, of Cumberland County.
Source: 'SCATTERED SEED -
Genealogical Research Data of Southeastern North Carolina' by Bridges
8th April 1780 in Savannah,
Articles of Agreement betwixt Neill McArthur,
DUGALD McNIGHT, COLIN SHAW and ALEXANDER CAMPBELL. Said NEILL McARTHUE, Dugald
McNight and Colin Shaw has put into the hands of Alexander Campbell, late of North
Carolina, sixty *guineas, viz. twenty guineas each, said Alexander Campbell to carry
on trade with the said sixty guineas for three months. He, the said Alexander
Campbell, is to have the fourth part of the next profit that is to be made on
the above sum of sixty guineas. Said Alex. Campbell is to have a reasonable
allowance for his boarding and washing exclusive of the fourth part of the next
profit that is to be made on the said sum of sixty guineas and any of the partners
that pleases to take up his share of the stock and profit are at liberty to do it
at the end of three months or in case that the partners will agree to continue in
trade longer said Alexander Campbell is to continue to do business for the above
partners at the above terms and we bind and oblige ourselves to stand to the above
articles of agreement and on the penalty of fifty pounds sterling. Neill McArthur,
Dugald McNight, Colin Shaw & Alexander Campbell.
*Guinea - an English gold coin
issued from 1663 to 1813 and fixed in 1717 at 21 shillings. A unit of value equal
to 1 pound and 1 shilling. Webster.
12 August 1781 - State of
North Carolina Cumberland County.
Agreement entered into this twelfth day of August one thousand seven hundred
and eighty one between *MRS. SHAW and HUGH OCHILTREE of the one part and GILBERT
ECKLES on the other part to wit: said Eckels has this day rented a certain piece
of land from said Mrs. Shaw and Hugh Ochiltree for the space of five years from
this date at the rate of ten pounds per each year till the time is out. Said land
is known by the name of "the bigg meadow" situated and lying in the Beaver Dam Creek
called Carver's Creek. That is to say all the meadow land supposed to be fifty acres
more or less except three acres of said meadow to be reserved for the use of Mrs.
Shaw and Hugh Ochiltree to be laid off at the place where the hay used to be mowed
every year and the said Mr. Eckles obliges himself to put a good fence all round
said meadow at his own expense and the rent is to be paid yearly as mentioned per
notes given by Mr. Eckles to which we have hereunto set our hands the day above
March 29, 1826 issue Fayetteville Observer: Mrs. Shaw, widow of the
late Colin Shaw, Esquire, died this morning in the vicinity of Fayetteville.
12 August 1782
We your petitioners in behalf of the ... Mr. Colin Shaw ...
ledge and acquaintance .... of him preceding ... are urged to solicit your Excellency
claiming ... such the privilege as you in your wisdom ... with the good of the State
and Society that ... the man clearly be made a guardian ... and wants ... We your
petitioners know him to be a very conciencous man who chose rather to leave the
country than submit to taking the oath of allegiance which was tendered to him
agreeable to an Act of Assembly made only for Trading ( ? ) people. He was
thereupon ordered to depart the State to which he complied to do. Left his wife
and small children behind. Never ... he never carried arms during the whole time
of his ... which was until Lord Cornwallis marched through this place having taken
the oath of neutrality from your Excellency ever since has considered it in the most
sacred nature which principals shall remain as soon he made his appearance Col.
Armstrong from his character being represented friendly to persons ... granted
him a parole which he has ... ever since and behaved in such a manner that we
your petitioners petition your Excellency would be pleased to permit him to
remain on the terms that those who are subject to a three-fold tax otherwise
to grant him permission to continue a few months longer on pardon ...
Note: The above document is badly torn. Names of petitioners not legible.
Source: Private Collections 20.0 - NCA - Abstracted from original
by Myrtle Bridges
17 February 1785 By Virtue of agreement between Colin Shaw of the one
part and Peter SINKLER [SINCLAIR?] on the other part whereas the said
Sinkler hath agreed and hired himself to Colin Shaw to clear three acres
of land at or near the said town of Fayetteville when the said Shaw is to
lay it off. The said three acres is to be well grubbed and cleared fit for
the plow and he the said Peter Sinkler is to keep constantly at work and to
do his endeavor to have them done fit for plow soon and said Peter Sinkler
is to cut all the oak wood on these three acres in load form and load it up
and in consideration thereof, the said Shaw is to pay said Sinkler at the rate
of twenty shillings for every acre and to pay for his board in town. In witness
whereof we have hereunto set our hands this 17th day of February 1785 and said
Peter Sinkler is to begin to work on Monday next which will be on 21st day of
said month. Signed by Colin Shaw and Peter Shinkler [X his mark] Test:
ARCHIBALD McLEAN and JOHN COLEMAN
3 January 1786 Memorandum of an agreement made this 3rd day of January 1786
between Colin Shaw and JOHN TONEY, a free Negro fellow, to wit: Said Shaw hath
rented a piece of land containing two acres near Cross Creek for the space of
five years on the following conditions. The said John Toney is to pay for said
rent, one patch of corn first year, and to make improvements on said two acres,
and likewise obliges himself to get as many frame lumbers as Colin Shaw wants
and then to be divided equal share alike. The said Toney is to get the frames
at his own expenses and Shaw is to find trees near said Toney's two acres and
said Toney obliges himself to keep all people off from cutting any timber what
so ever during the time of said five years to which both parties have signed
their names to stand to the above agreement on penalty of five pounds lawful
money. Bonds to be drawn soon. COLIN SHAW & John Toney [X his mark] Wits.
31st January 1795 *NEIL SHAW, You will oblige me if you will fix my cart wheeler
to the axle tree tongue and long body you made, and make me another new axletree.
Put a new piece to the hind end of the old cart body and cut the old tongue a little
shorter. I will pay you cash for doing it as soon as it is done and you send me your
account. In doing which you will particularly oblige your humble servant, JOHN SIBLEY
According to the May 17, 1837 issue of The Fayetteville Observer, Dr. John Sibley died on
the 8th, in Natchitoxhex, Louisiana. He was in his 85th year. Had he previously lived in
Cumberland County, N.C.?
November 14, 1838 issue: Mr. Neill Shaw, a native of Cumberland
County, died on the 24th, October.
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