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Date: Fri Mar 24 12:47:37 2006
Submitted by: Juliann Clarke
Email address: jeclarke@csuchico.edu

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Husband: SHAWHAN, Daniel
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Birth Date: 08 Oct 1765
Birth Place: Hampshire Co., Virginia/West  Virginia
Death Date: 1840
Death Place: Rush County, Indiana
Burial: Fairview Church Cemetery, Rush County, Indiana
Father: SHAWHAN, Daniel
Mother: BELL, Mary Fry

Date of Marriage: 1792
Place of Marriage: Mason Co., Ky.

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Wife: McDOWELL, Mary
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Birth Date: 28 Aug 1770
Birth Place: Greenbrier Co., Virginia
Death Date: 1848
Death Place: Rush County, Indiana
Burial: Fairview Church Cemetery, Rush County, Indiana
Father: McDOWELL, Daniel
Mother: Unknown
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Children
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1. Child: SHAWHAN, Elizabeth Ann "Betsy"
Sex: F
Birth Date: 27 Nov 1793
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2. Child: SHAWHAN, Joseph
Sex: M
Birth Date: 23 Sep 1796
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3. Child: SHAWHAN, Mary "Polly"
Sex: F
Birth Date: 02 Oct 1797
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4. Child: SHAWHAN, Sarah
Sex: F
Birth Date: 23 Nov 1803
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5. Child: SHAWHAN, John McDowell
Sex: M
Birth Date: 06 May 1806
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6. Child: SHAWHAN, Robert Fleming
Sex: M
Birth Date: 24 Sep 1808
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7. Child: SHAWHAN, George M.
Sex: M
Birth Date: 14 July 1811
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8. Child: SHAWHAN, Daniel
Sex: M
Birth Date: 1813
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9. Child: SHAWHAN, Benjamin Plummer
Sex: M
Birth Date: 05 Jun 1814
Birth Place: Mason Co., Ky.
Death Date: 08 May 1852
Place of Death: Sigourney, Keokuk Co., Iowa
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Spouse: LOWE, Maria Ann
Date of Marriage: 07 May 1837
Place of Marriage: Rush Co., Indiana

Sources: Daniel Shawhan
Notes
Daniel was 74 years old at death. Daniel III was about 22 years old when
his father moved the family from western Pennsylvania to the Kentucky
District of Virginia and settled in the Ruddles Mills section of Bourbon
County. In 1788, both he and his father signed a petition by Bourbon
County residents to the seat of government in Virginia, asking to
establish a town of Bourbon Courthouse. Virginia did establish a new
county, Mason Co. in 1789, which was taken off of Bourbon Co. The Shawhan
property straddled the new county line - the stillhouse and barns lay in
Bourbon Co., and the homestead lay in Mason Co. In 1790 Daniel took a
flatboat load of the family's whiskey to New Orleans, returning on a
horse he had purchased, carrying saddlebags laden with Spanish coins.
This would be the first of many such trips that would be made to sell
Shawhan whiskey. When his father died in 1791, Daniel became the family
head. Together with his brother John, they continued to manage the family
farm and distillery, with both making trips to New Orleans on flatboats
loaded with "Old Bourbon Whiskey" and brandy. Kentucky was admitted as a
state in 1792, shortly after Daniel III and Mary McDowell were married.
They continued to live in the family homestead, which was in Mason
County. Fleming County was created off of Mason Co. In 1798, their
residence and a part of the farm became a section of Fleming County,
while the still house, barns, and other parts of the farm remained in
Bourbon County. Daniel farmed, raised will-bred horses and cattle, bought
grain from his neighbors for his distillery, and sold a goodly amount of
whiskey. He also accumulated a sizeable number of slaves who farmed and
helped with the distillery. Family tradition holds that he became quite
wealthy, but he was never certain as to the validity of his Kentucky land
that had been originally settled by his father. In 1825 John Quincy Adams
was inaugurated President and John C. Calhoun, Vice President. That same
year, after freeing his slaves and selling his share of the distillery to
his brother Joseph, Daniel moved his family to Rush Co., Indiana where he
farmed and was no longer connected to the distillery business. When he
closed out his affairs in Kentucky he divided most of his wealth equally
among his children. The August 1851 final settlement of his estate
included the following provisions of his will dated Dec. 31, 1839: "My
will is first all my just debts shall be sold to pay my debts. Then I
wish my wife to have my household furniture, one horse beast known by the
name of Flim, also one cow known by the name of Lill, also eight head of
sheep, two sets of horse gear, and one cutting box in the barn, and all
the remainder of my land that is left after my debts are paid, to have
and to hold the same during her life time for a home for her. Also a home
for Mary Lightfoot and her children so long as they wish to remain here,
as I do not want them to be turned out of doors, but my wife is to have
entire control over the premises and at her death I wish all my property
both real and personal to be equally divided among my children and that
John M Shawhan is my executor. Witnessed by David H. Drwmmond, William M.
Shawhand and Edward L. McGee."
Mary McDowell
Notes:
Mary participated in the Burial event in Fairview Church, Rush Co.
Indiana. She was the daughter of Daniel McDowell, a Revolution soldier
who came to Bourbon Co. at an early date: while living in Kentucky. He
received a $40.00 annual pension for his service.

 

 

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