28. Daniel SHAWHAN (John4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Daniel was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, on December 5, 1801. Daniel died on August 2, 1860; he was 58. Daniel was buried in John Shawhan Family Cemetery.7
Refer to “Historical Sketches” for further information about Daniel “Casher Dan” SHAWHAN..
Daniel "Cashier Dan" Shawhan (b. December 5, 1801) was the fourth child of John Shawhan and Margaret McCune and the executor of his father's last well and testament. The will states that at the death of Margaret McCune, Daniel is to have first chance to purchase the family property in Bourbon County, estimated at 180 acres. John stated in the will "I don't wish it to go out of the family...." John also requested that Daniel finish a wall John had begun around the family graveyard.
Daniel married Minerva Redmon on November 17, 1825. Minerva (b. May 15, 1807) was daughter of Charles Redmon and sister of Elizabeth Redmon, the second wife of John Laughlin Shawhan.
Daniel died September 2, 1860 and is buried in the Shawhan Graveyard in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Minerva and the children migrated to Missouri. Minerva died August 21, 1890 at the age of 83 years and is buried at the Lone Jack Cemetery, Lone Jack, Missouri.
The first child, Mary Ann - born September 2, 1826 - died April 31, 1837 at age 11.
Charles Redmon - second child - was born March 29, 1829. Charles served with General Morgan for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Charles married Sarah Rogers on December 2, 1851. Sarah died on February 22. 1853. Charles married Ann Lail on January 24. 1854. They had six children: Mollie, Sallie, Alice, Maggie, Lutie and Lollie. Ann died June 29, 1865. After the Civil War, Charles and his brother, George, moved to Lee's Summit, Missouri and established the Shawhan Distillery there.
Charles then married Sarah Easley. They had one child, John, who was born May 29. 1867 and died June 5, 1957. Charles married Lucy Williams on February 9, 1868. They had one daughter, Julia, born April 26, 1870 and died July 12, 1904. Charles died August 8, 1908.
John - third child of Daniel and Minerva - was born on January 25, 1831. John died June 7, 1846 of a skull fracture after being kicked by a horse.
William Winston - fourth child of Daniel and Minerva - was born December 10, 1832. William married Julia Ravenscroft on December 27, 1855. They had five children: Daniel D. (1/14/18563/10/1929); Martha B. (7/6/1860-1934); William Elkin (7/31/1858-1938); John Morgan (1/21/1863?); and Julia Lee (31811866-81211866). Julia died June 27, 1866. William Winston married Eliza Lloyd in June of 1867. They had ten children. Eliza Lloyd was born August 31, 1844 and died December 14, 1904. William Winston died August 21, 1905.
Margaret Elizabeth - fifth child of Daniel and Minerva - was born October 3 1, 1834 and died October 3, 1837.
Daniel - sixth child of Daniel and Minerva - was born September 19, 1837. He died. unmarried, September 2, 1860.
Joseph Bell - seventh child of Daniel and Minerva - was born April 9, 1839 and died October 24. 1840.
Sarah Minerva - eighth child of Daniel and Minerva - was born July 13, 1842. She married Elkin Lightfoot August 26, 1858. They had two children: Frank and Minnie. Elkin was born February 5, 1836 and died November 29, 1893. Sarah died March 13, 1911.
George Henry was the ninth child of Daniel and Minerva. George was born December 2, 1843. He married Mary F. Tatman January 20, 1868. They had six children. George and his brother Charles fought for the south under General Morgan and founded the Shawhan Distillery at Lee's Summit, Missouri after the Civil War. Part of this story of "The Shawhan Whiskey" is chronicled in the Spring 87 issue of this newsletter.
John Thomas - tenth child of Daniel and Minerva - was born September 7, 1847 and married Julia Daniel February 24, 1870. They had seven children. John died February 26, 1891. Julia lived until July 16, 1936.
Margaret S. was the eleventh child of Daniel and Minerva. Margaret was born June 11, 1849, married James D. Husrt, and died October 9, 1869.
Daniel B. - twelfth child of Daniel and Minerva - died as an infant.
Inventory & Appraisement of the personal Estate of Daniel Shawhan dec.d made this the 3rd day of Oct. 186056
Cash on hand--$6.40
One note on C.R. Shawhan for $95.00 due on March 1st 1860 with credit $70 June 3, 1860--95.00
1 note on Jno Redmon for 256.46 due on 17 April 1860--256.45
1 do on Jacob David due Aug.t 10, 1854 (doubtful) for 61.05
1 do on B. Borren ___due 2 March 1860 for 246.00
1 do on D. Tate due 25th Decr. 1860 for 40.00
1 do on Nancy Trabue signed to D. Shawhan by G. Harvey due March 18, 1859 for 6.30
1 do on C. Trabue due 12 July 1860 for 324.00
1 do on F. Tate due Decr. 3, 1859 for 168.00 credit $75 March 1, 1860--168.00
1 do on Mich.l David for Wm. David--14.26
1 do on Susan Allison due 1 Jany 1846 for 13.50
1 do on C.R. Shawhan due 1 July 1853 for 66.00 Cr by $40 when due--66.00
1 pr Divans 15.00,,1 Centre Table 5.00,,1 footstool 50¢--20.50
1 stand table 25¢,,1 side board 5.00,,1 secretary 5.00--10.25
1/2 dozen chairs 2.50,,1 lounge(?) 5.00,,1 Bureau 2.00--9.50
2 Rocking Chairs 50¢,,1 carpet 10.00,,5 chairs 1.00--11.50
2 maps 1.00,,1 clock 3.00,,1 mirror 50¢--4.50
1 sewing machine 10.00,,1__tables 1.00--11.00
1 ward robe 1.00,,1 bedstead & bedding 20.00--21.00
1 double lounge & bedding--5.00
4 beds & 1 bedding 48.00,,2 chests & bureau 75¢--48.75
1 safe mash stand & table 75¢,,1/2 doz. silver cups 18.00--18.75
1 refrigerator 50¢,,8 counterpains 12.00--12.50
sheep shears tools 1.00,,1 Ose Cart & Yoke 10.00--11.00
6 old asces (axes?) 1.50,,1 basket tools 1.50--3.00
1 pr. large steelyards 1.50,,6 Bull tongues 1.50--3.00
Grubbing hoe & Mattock 1.00,,1 pick & Mattock 1.00--2.00
1 lot hoes & shovels 2.00,,6 syths & sueaths 3.00--5.00
1 pr double trees 1.00,,sythe & cradle 1.00--2.00
Wood saw & buck 10¢,,2 crow bars drills & sledges 5.00--5.10
1 lot of old Irons 1.00,,Hay rake 1.00--2.00
1 lot double Plows 5.00,,1 lot shovel do 10.00--15.00
2 Harrows 2.00,,2 scrapers 10.00,,1 horse cart 1.00--13.00
1 old wagon bed 50¢,,1 Ose (Ox?) wagon & frame 15.00--15.50
1 log chain 1.00,,1 lot old tracks 50¢,,1 ___horsecart 10.00--11.50
1 farm horse wagon 10.00,,1 sledge 2.00,,1 lot sledge hammers 1.00--13.00
1 old wood bed 1.00,,2 mauls & 4 wedges 1.50,,1 lot lumber 10.00--12.50
1 reaping machine 10.00,,1 log chains 2.00--12.00
1 Hod stretchers & old chain 1.50,,2 feed baskets 75¢--2.25
3 sheep skins 75¢,,1 pr old cart gear 50¢,,1 cut____50¢--1.75
1 pr breeching 25¢,,2 HH Do 50¢,,1 cutting bore 3.00--3.75
3 old fan mills 5.00,,1 wagon & bed 40.00--45.00
2 Scoop shovels & pitch fork 2.00,,100 Doz. oats at 20¢ per doz. 20.00--22.00
1 lot Hungarian grass 5.00,,4 pr Gear 10.00--15.00
1/3 of Thrashing machine 20.00,,1 lot of 50 sheep 100.00--120.00
1 sledge 2.00 399 1/2 Bn wheat at 80¢ pr Bn 319.60--321.60
1 Rockaway Buggy & Harness 30.00,,1 copper mash kettle 2.00--32.00
15 head of hogs at $7 per head--105.00
32 do hoats(?) & pigs at 1.00 per head--32.00
1 ___Horse wagon--30.00
1 half Bn measure & oil can 50¢,,foundered horse worth .00--50¢
1 Bay horse 100.00,,1 do do 125.00,,1 Roan mare 10.00--235.00
1 Bay horse colt 30.00,,1 Bay Horse 75.00,,1 Brown Horse 110.00--210.00
1 Bay mare 100.001 large brown horse 100.00--200.00
1 sorrel mare 100.00,,1 yearling stud colt 75.00--175.00
1 yearling stud colt 60.00,,1 light bay 2 year old filly 75.00--135.00
1 brown 2 yr old do 65.00,,1 bay mare 60.00--125.00
1 old bay mare 10.00,,1 bay horse colt 25.00--35.00
1 bay horse 100.00,,1 sorrel colt 50.00,,1 bay horse 100.00--250.00
1 bay stallion 65.00,,1 roan bull 25.00,,1 heifer & calf 15.00--105.00
1 spotted cow 30.00,,1 white do 30.00,,1 large spotted do 35.00--95.00
1 red cow 30.00,,1 speckled cow 25.00,,1 do 25.00--80.00
2 small calves 6.00,,2 do do 8.00--14.00
4 Bbl whiskey 153 Gal. at 1.75 per Gal.--191.25
2 do do 82 do at 75¢ per gal--61.50
111 do do 397 do at 60¢ per gal--238.20
41 cords wood 1.50 per cord--41.00
4 young heifers 15.00 per head--60.00
20 head large fat cattle at 42.00 per head--840.00
11 do cattle at 28.00 308.00,,5 two yr old do at 20.00 100.00--408.00
7 young heifers at 12.00 $84,,12 yearling steers at 15.00 180.00--264.00
3 young calves at 6.00 18.00,,16A.1R.13P. corn at 11.00 per acre 76.64--194.64
17A.2R.24P. corn at 11.00 194.15,,do at 7.00 111.82--204.97
2 hay stacks 12.00,,20.1, 24 of corn at $13 per A. 265.20--277.20
5A.0R.25P. do at $11.00 per acre--56.70
Lot weather boarding plank and shingles--3.50
1 oil can & funnels 1.80,,1 lot cautling 5.00--6.80
7 stand of Bees 10.00,,1 Palace do 3.00,,2 H.H.D.S. 50¢--13.50
1 negro man Ben $400,,1 do do Armstead $400--800.00
1 do do Isham 600.,,1 do do Price 350.--950.00
1 do do John 1000.,,1 negro boy James 900.--1900.00
1 do do Green 700.,,1 do do Henry 600.--1300.00
1 do do Frank 400.,,1 do do Columbus 250.--650.00
1 do do sound (James) but an Idiot worth nothing-- (two dash lines)
1 woman Isabel 350.,,1 do Kitty 700.--1050.00
1 do Ann 300,,1 do Julia 650.--950.00
1 do Harriet 900.,,1 do Betty 900.--1800.00
1 do Mary 900.,,1 girl Nancy 500--1400.00
We do hereby certify that the foregoing appraisement contains all og the personal Estate of Daniel Shawhan dec.d, as shown to us by his admrs. Given under our hands this 2nd day of Oct 1860.
Saml. Ewalt Sr.
Bourbon County Court March Term March 4, 1861. This inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Daniel Shawhan decd. being returned into Court is ordered to Record.
Witness R.J. Brown Clerk of said Court the date above. R.J. Brown clk
Marriage Bond (original located in the Harrison County Vault, Cynthiana, Kentucky):
Know all men by these present that one Daniel Shawhan & Chas Redman are held & firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Ky. in the sum of £50 current money and for payment well and truly to be made (illegible) to the said Commonwealth we bind ourselves our heirs (two words illegible) jointly severally & firmly by these presents sealed and dated this 15th day of November 1825. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Daniel Shawhan and Minerva Redmam now should there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void. Otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
H(?) C. Moore Daniel Shawhan (seal)
C Redman (seal)
Advertisement with original bond (original spelling maintained): Selebrate the Rites of Matrimony Between Daniel Shawhan and Minerva Redman of Harison County Novmbr 17 1825 ---John Morrow--
The Western Citizen--Fri 07 Aug 1860
On Sunday morning, Daniel Shawhan died suddenly at his home near Shawhan's Station from what was supposed to be apoplexy of the heart brought on by overexertion. He had accosted a negro man belonging to Mrs. Rush who was passing with a bag maintaining, as Mr. Shawhan had supposed, storing plunder. He demanded to see what was in the bag--the negro refused and when Mr. Shawhan attempted to arrest him, resisted. A sharp struggle ensued which was scarcely ended when Mr. Shawhan sat down and almost immediately fell down, dead. His wife and one of his sons was present.
Deed Bk. 47, pp. 196-198
John Shawhan to Daniel Shawhan
This indenture made this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty five, between John Shawhan Senr. and Margaret his wife of the County of Bourbon and State of Kentucky a party of the first part and Daniel Shawhan of the County aforesaid a party of the second part witnesseth:
That the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of fifteen hundred dollars in hand ______have granted bargained and sold, and by these_______grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part, all their right title and interest in and to a tract of ______ one and a half acres of land in said County on the waters of Townsend and boundaries follows:
Beginning at the hickory ash and (NOTE--writing is almost impossible to read. I will transcribe this information from the original the next time I visit the court house).
On November 17, 1825 Daniel married Minerva REDMON, daughter of Charles REDMON (December 10, 1779-1851) & Mary RYBOLT (March 6, 1785-January 6, 1856), in Harrison County, Kentucky. Minerva was born in Harrison County, Kentucky, on May 15, 1807. Minerva died in Lone Jack, Missouri, on August 21, 1890; she was 83. Minerva was buried in Lone Jack, Missouri, Cemetery.
Notes for MINERVA REDMON: 1850 Bourbon Co census, Harrison Co Marriages, 1794-1832.
Daniel is buried in the John Shawhan Graveyard, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Had 5 children, all migrated to Missouri with the widowed mother. [Paris Kentuckian-Citizen, March 28, 1944] Minerva and some of her children were members of the Church of Christ in Lone Jack, Missouri. Minerva is buried in Lone Jack Cemetery. [D.A.R., Vital Historical Records of Jackson Co, Mo, pp. 128, 384]
They had the following children:
i. Mary Ann. Mary Ann was born on September 2, 1826. Mary Ann died on May 30, 1837; she was 10. Mary Ann was buried in Graveyard On The Farm Of Phillip Linehan.7
Research: Words on gravestone: "In the memory of Mary Ann B. Shawhan Born 2nd Sept. 1826 Died 30th, May 1837"
115 ii. Charles Redmon (1829-1908)
iii. John. John was born on January 25, 1831. John died on June 7, 1846; he was 15. John was buried in Graveyard on the farm of Phillip Linehan.57
Research: Died of a skull fracture. Kicked by a horse.58
116 iv. William Winston (1832-1905)
v. Margaret Elizabeth. Margaret Elizabeth was born on October 31, 1834. Margaret Elizabeth died on October 30, 1837; she was 2.
vi. Daniel B. Daniel B. was born on September 19, 1837. Daniel B. died on September 2, 1863; he was 25. Daniel B. was buried in John Shawhan Family Cemetery.7
vii. Joseph Bell. Joseph Bell was born on April 9, 1839. Joseph Bell died on October 24, 1841; he was 2.59 Joseph Bell was buried in John Shawhan Family Cemetery.7
117 viii. Sarah Minerva (1842-1911)
118 ix. George Henry (1843-1912)
119 x. John Thomas (1847-1891)
120 xi. Margaret Susan (1849-1869)
xii. Daniel B. Daniel B. died in Died Indiana infancy.
29. Joseph SHAWHAN (John4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Darby1). Joseph was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in September 1802. Joseph died in Died during California goldrush, El Dorado County, California, in 1855; he was 52.
Marriage Bond (original located in the Harrison County Vault, Cynthiana, Kentucky):
Know all men by these present that one Joseph Shawhan & J. V. Bassett are held & firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Ky. in the sum of £50 current money and for payment, well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly, severally & firmly by these presents sealed and dated this 26th day of Sept 1835. The Condition of the above obligation is such that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound Joseph Shawhan and Mary M. Birch.
Now should there be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be void. Otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
S. Endecott, Clk
Joseph Shawhan (seal)
J. V. Bassett (seal)
On September 29, 1835 Joseph married Mary Magdalene BIRCH, daughter of Thomas Erskine BIRCH Rev. & Mary Magdalene MILLER, in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Mary Magdalene was born in Cynthiana, Kentucky, on February 14, 1818. Mary Magdalene died in Plattsburg, MO, on May 21, 1909; she was 91. They were divorced on March 2, 1843.
MARY MAGDALENE BIRCH
Mary Birch was born 14 Feb 1818 and died in Plattsburg, Missouri, May 1909. She married Joseph Shawhan (1797-1850) 29 Sept 1835. Joseph was the son of John Shawhan (1771-184O of Bourbon County, Kentucky. Mary Birch Shawhan married Abraham Ferguson Dudley (1808 1875) in 1870.
Joseph Shawhan (1797-1850)
m. 29 Sept. 1835
Mary Magdalene Birch (1818-1909)
John Erskine Shawhan (1839-1905)
m. 2 Oct 1858
Mary Ann Jourdain (1841-1924)
James McCune Shawhan (1863-1911)
m. 25 July 1885
Violet Romer Shawhan (1886-1937)
Thc following article is taken from The American Monthly Magazine, June 1907, pages 497-499, provided by Bernerd L. O'Neil, M.D., Beverly Hills, Florida
Mrs. Mary Birch Dudley, "Real Daughter" of the St. Louis Chapter of St. Louis, Missouri, was born in Washington, Mason County, Kentucky in 1818. She was the youngest of the ten children.
Her father, Thomas Erskine Birch, was born on the island of Jamaica. He was educated at Oxford college, where he was ordained to the ministry.
He settled in Richmond, Virginia, and when the Revolutionary War broke out he replaced his gown for the uniform of an ensign and entered the Virginia Navy under John Paul Jones. In one of the fiercest engagements of that period, he was wounded and being thus disabled, returned home and engaged in recruiting men for the army.
About the year 1800, he married Mary M., the daughter of Colonel John Miller, and in 1806, moved to Kentucky and established the Washington University in Mason County.
This loyalty and devotion to country was handed down from father to children and Mrs. Dudley has maintained the principles that her father so sacredly cherished. Her mother was a woman noted in every condition of life for her strength of character. Pious and practical, she instilled into her children high principles of Christian integrity. Mrs. Dudley was twice married. Her second husband, Abram F. Dudley, was a nephew of Thomas P. Dudley, the noted Baptist preacher, of Lexington, Kentucky. Mrs. Dudley has been a member of the church of this faith since 1839.
All her life, but especially in her widowhood, she has manifested great zeal for quilt making and in this work she possessed rare ability. Early in the fifties, shc conceived the idea of an autograph quilt. She worked with great ardor for months in securing the names of noted men, many of whom accompanied their autographs with beautiful sentiments, mottoes, etc. The quilt was of white linen, the autographs being in indelible ink and in the center was embroidered a huge horn of plenty from which emerged fruit and flowers of every description. This beautiful piece of workmanship was known far and wide through Kentucky and became an historical quilt. It was finally destroyed by fire while on exhibition at a fair in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1903, Mrs. Dudley became a member of the St. Louis Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she is an honored "Real Daughter." Through the efforts of this society she draws a pension.
Now in her eighty-ninth year, she is in possession of her faculties to a remarkable degree. She lives with a great-niece, Mrs. Harriet Frost Bean, in Kansas City, Missouri, where in the evening of her life, she is pleased to meet her many friends.
The following information is taken from a document sent to Mrs. Ruth Birch by Mr. Nelson Reed of St. Louis, Missouri.
Plattsburg, Missouri, May 12, 1902
I, James H. Birch, in support of the application of my Aunt, Mrs. Mary M. Birch Dudley, to be enrolled as one of the surviving daughter of a Revolutionary Sailor, do state that I am the grandson of Thomas Erskine Birch, the Sailor, and son of the late Judge James H. Birch, of Missouri, and am over seventy years of age.
Of course any statements are traditionary, having received them from my father and my Uncle Daniel Miller, who know the facts better than my father, for he had associated with the Rev. Thomas E. Birch, from the time he married his sister, my grandmother, in 1803, until he died in 1821, and he heard him detail his experiences while in the Navy, some of them of such a character as to impress them very vividly on my mind to-wit:
A Lieutenant on duty came on deck and calling to a sailor said: 'Extinguish that nocturnal luminary.' The sailor did not understand such language and did not move to obey, which greatly enraged the Lieutenant, when Ensign Birch, who crossed the ocean twice, over from St. Christopher Island to England, where he was educated and thence across to the Colonies, spoke up and said: 'Let me have it done' and followed up by saying, 'Jack, douse the glim." Many other facts I gathered from him about his wounds, etc., from which he died, cancer finally setting in.
It was a matter of family pride that our ancestor had helped to establish the government of the United States and my father impressed the fact on me, as a family matter, more particularly in the following interview.
During the winter of 1861 when the Southern States were passing ordinances of succession, my father came into the library and said: 'My son, I have a statement to make to you and get a pledge from you. In 1821 your grandfather, Thomas Erskine Birch, when Iying on his death bed, sent for me. I was then entering my nineteenth year. After requesting me to take a seat close to him, he said: 'My son, I am near my death and before I died I want to tell you something and then get your promise to do as I tell you, then I will give you my blessing and die contented.'
My son, I was educated in England and took my orders afterward in the old English Church, but instead of going back to my home, I came to the United States at the commencement of the war of the Revolution. Reaching Virginia, I pulled off my gown and put on the uniform of an Ensign and entered the Virginia Navy. While in the Service I was wounded in the groin. From that wound I am now dying, and my days or even hours, are short.
I desire to call your attention to the great cloud of discussion that is now spreading over the country. Raising himself as it were for a last great effort, with his eyes burning with excitement, he placed his hand on my head and said, 'I helped to establish this government and have christened it with my blood. I see in this movement the hand of Great Britain. I know the English people well for I spent six years there in school and I know the selfishness of the English politics and English statesmen. They have long since seen that on this continent is to grow the only nation that can ever rival Great Britain and they are ready to do anything necessary to destroy this Government and the best way is to divide it, and the Slavery question will be the great weapon in her hands, fermenting antipathy to it in the North and resistance in the South. This cloud will blow over, but it will return and continue to return until war will be the result and with war the result and England's help cannot be foreseen. Here is to be the final climax of political existence among men, but this danger must be avoided, if not avoided, must be met.
And now I want you to pledge me, for yourself and for your children, that you will never under any circumstances nor for any reason, consent to the dissolution of the Union.
I gave your grandfather my promise and received his blessing. The task was too great for him and he fell back, calling for his wife, expired in her arms. Now my son, war is to be the inequitable result of the prevalent political excitement. I have come to you to tell you of the pledge I made to your grandfather for myself and my children and ask you to join me in carrying out that pledge. I gave him the promise and with my only brother, went into the Army. The brother and father lie side by side in the cemetery, and I am left to tell this short story, to aid an Aunt to be enrolled among the few daughters left on earth.
Judge Birch was a strong Southern man and his children had been so educated. They were among the largest slave holding families in Northwest Missouri but obedience to our own consciences as well as the pledge made in our names, we faithfully assisted Judge Birch in his efforts in the Gamble Convention & in the (?) field to carry out the wishes of our Revolutionary ancestor.
Many men were astonished that Judge Birch and his sons were union men, not knowing that it was the result of the blood of an Ancestor shed during the Revolutionary war in upholding the flag of Washington.
James H. Birch
I went to Richmond to get Ensign Birch's record but found that the records had been burned in the great fire of 1811 and consequently I have never applied for admission to the Sons of the Revolution.
Mary Magdalene BIRCH. Born February 14, 1818 in Cynthiana, Kentucky and died May 21, 1909, in Plattsburg, Clinton County, Missouri. She married (1) Joseph Shawhan September 29, 1835 in Cynthiana, Kentucky. He was born in September 1802 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and died during the gold rush mining along the American River in E1 Dorado County, California in 1850. He was the son of John Shawhan, who was born October 23, 1771, in Hampshire County, Virginia and died in 1845 in Bourbon County, Kentucky and Margaret "Peggy" McCune, who was born October 24, 1793. She married (2) in 187O, Abraham Ferguson Dudley, who was born in 1808 in Kentucky and died inl875 in Missouri. She had issue with her first husband. She was the first family member of the Birch family to join the DAR. # 40455, Plattsburg. Missouri. 1902.60
A Daughter of the Revolution
Mrs. Mary Birch Shawhan Dudley, one of the three daughters of a Revolutionary soldier, died on last Friday, at the home of her niece, Mrs. Turney, in Kansas City, in tho 90th year of her earthly life.
Mrs. Dudley was the daughter of Thomas Erskine Birch, who was an Episcopal minister, located in Richmond, Virginia. When the Revolutionary War began, he laid aside his gown and put on the uniform of an Ensign and entered the Virginia navy under John Paul Jones.
During one of the fiercest engagements he was wounded in the groin and thus disabled from further service. After the war he moved to Kentucky and established Washington College in Mason County, where among other distinguished men he educated Col. Alexender W. Doniphan.
Mrs. Dudley was a most remarkable woman, both physically and mentally. Her mother being a member of the Regular Baptist church, she accepted her religion, and was baptized by Kentucky's most celebrated divine, Thomas Dudley, whose nephew she afterwards married.
She exemplified her faith in the grace of God as taught by her church during her whole life, and died with the conscious belief that she was one of the chosen children of his Mercy.
Mrs. Dudley was well known to all the older citizens of our county having passed many years in Plattsburg with her son, John E. Shawhan, who, before and after the war was a leading merchant in Plattsburg.
She was the 1st of her father's family. Her sisters, Mrs. Turney, Basset, McClintock and Dunham and her Brothers, James H., Weston F. and Thomas E. Birch had all preceded her.
For many years she was a cripple, and could only walk on crutches, but she bore her misfortune and suffering with a resignation which drew its strength from her faith in the mercy of her Creator, and with His name on her lips she passed from earth into his presence, where, her friends firmly believe, she was received and crowned as a reward for her Christian character and irreproachable life.
Her remains were brought here Sunday morning and ruing a short rest at the home of her nephew, Robert Frost, the Rev. Standiford delivered a short, but impressive address from the text, "If a man die shall he live again?". From thence she was taken to the old cemetery and buried beside her husband and only son, amid the presence of many loving friends who had bid her a last adieu. [Copied by Dr. Bernerd O’Neil from the Plattsburg Missouri Newspaper, dated May, 1909.]
They had the following children:
i. Ana Birch. Ana Birch was born about 1836. Ana Birch died in Died as a child.
Research: Died as child. (R.T. Shawhan)
Born in about 1836 and died in childhood.60
121 ii. John Erskine (1838-1905)