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Jim and Kathy Decker's Family Pages

Updated August 16, 2009

These Various Reports include most of the immediate and collateral lines for the ancestors of both Jim and Kathy. The primary focus of our research has been a complete accounting of the descendants of Kathy's ancestors, Thomas and Sarah Maher Shaw, but also includes most other lines of both Kathy and Jim.

Shaws: From Counties Kildare and Carlow to Upstate New York

After the Potato Famine, Thomas Shaw and Sarah Maher, from the townland of Knocknagee, in County Kildare Ireland, saw four of their six sons join the masses who left for America. These sons, Lawrence, Michael, Thomas, and David all wound up in the upstate city of Auburn, New York. All four of the brothers who came to Auburn raised large families, and soon several daughters of a fifth brother, John, came to join their Uncles also. John, refusing to cross the Atlantic, stayed behind, but his wife eventually made it to Auburn too. The sixth brother, Patrick was the only one to stay at home and raise his family in Ireland. His family lived primarily in the northern part of County Carlow where many still reside today.
My database includes descendants from all of these brothers. It is constantly under construction and revision. I know that some dates and names will be found to be wrong, but, of course, this report should not be taken as a primary source anyway. I have included all information that I have found in hopes that someone will have some information to validate or disprove the relationships.
Kathleen Shaw Decker

7592 State Route 90 N

Cayuga, NY 13034

United States


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  • Family of William Henry Harrison Johnson (219 KB)
    Descendants of Wm H. H. Johnson and Mary Ann Hogle from Cayuga Co. NY. Ancestor line is NOT validated. Death Certif. for Wm H.H. says he was b. Henniker, MA. and parents are Saranct Page and Solomon Johnson. Censuses say b. N.H. Ancestor line is taken from various published sources on Henniker, NH and linking Wm H. H. to a Sally Page and Solomon Johnson who lived there at the right time to be parents.

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