New York Obituaries - 1864 - James W. Shaw

One of our oldest, worth and highly-esteemed citizens died at his residence, No. 141 West Forty-seventh street, in the city of New York, on the 22d day of December, 1864, at the advanced age of ninety-seven years ten months and eight days. he was born on the 14th day of February, in the year 1767, in the city of New York, at the father's residence, situated on the old Bowery road, then quite out of town, now about the corner of Chatham and Orange streets. After leaving college, he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Brickle. Preferring mercantile pursuits to that of a profession, in the year 1784 he went with Messrs. Pearsal & Glover, dry goods merchants. In 1789, he went to London, and a few years afterword established one of the then largest dry goods and shipping houses in the city of New York, under the firm of Shaw & Woods, and for many years remained in London. He has always sustained the reputation of one of the most honorable, upright and esteemed citizens. He died a pure and sincere Christian, in the full possession of all his faculties. He leaves a wife eighty-three years of age, and two sons, Robert L. Shaw and James E. Shaw.

Source: NY Times, Sunday, Dec 25, 1864