Mr. James E. Shaw

The Free Press Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia

December 21, 1882, Page 3

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Death of Mr. James E. Shaw, an Old Resident of Bartow County.

On the evening of the 20th of Nov., last, Mr. James Elbert Shaw died at his home near Stilesboro, Ga., in the sixty-first year of his age.  For several weeks previous Mr. Shaw had been in feeble health, when he was seized with a severe attack of pneumonia which resulted, after an illness of a few days, in death.  He was well known throughout this county as a man remarkable for his integrity and Christian piety.  Such a life, during these times of wide-spread moral depravity, richly deserves our consideration, as furnishing an instructive lesson to all.

Mr. Shaw was born of pious parents in Greene county, Ga., Oct. 11th, 1822.  His father moved to this country about the year 1835, and purchasing land on Raccoon Creek, became the possessor of a valuable little farm which he transmitted to his children.  Here the subject of this sketch, quietly following the pursuits of a farmer, passed the residue of a long and useful life, beloved by all who knew him.  During his boyhood and early manhood, his educational advantages were very poor; indeed, the immediate community in which he lived was almost entirely destitute of anything like a school.  In consequence of this, his school training was limited.

Mr. Shaw was twice married.  Three sons and four daughters, all the fruit of his first union, are now living.  Hi second wife survives him.

No lasting religious impressions were made upon Mr. Shaw’s mind until he had reached middle age.  He was converted probably in his thirty-second year, and, shortly after, united himself to the Baptist church.  Henceforward, his life was one of consecration to God.  Every other purpose was to be subjected, his talents, means and energies were to be subsidiary to the one grand aim—to aid his Master’s cause.  Foremost in every good work, he continued a consistent and active member of the church, and for the last few years one of its deacons, until the summons came, and his noble spirit winged its flight to another world.  Truthfully can it be said that rarely ever have men so faithfully and conscientiously discharged all the duties and obligations incident to life.

A kind and affectionate father, a tender and loving husband, a faithful friend, a generous neighbor, no wonder, at his death, a whole family, happy until then, was overwhelmed with affliction; an irreparable loss; and even wicked men were forced to praise the consistency of the Christian’s life and death.---A Friend.


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