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This Biography of Henry J. Shaw and Laura Alice Holland's family is from Founding Fathers of Grapeland, Texas published by the Texas Historical Society.  The article was originally submitted to that publication by Gertie Spence, and later updated by Neva Shaw Kincaid.  It was submitted to the Holland Family History and Tree website by Cynthia Shaw Bunch. 

Laura Alice Holland and Henry J. Shaw

    Our paternal great grandparents came directly from Ireland to this country.  Our father, Henry Shaw, son of Charley and Martha Shaw, came from Macon, Georgia, to Able, Alabama, where he met our mother Laura Alice Holland, daughter of Woodard and Alice Nixon Holland.  They were married December 17, 1899.  Our father was a farmer and day laborer. 

    After two years, their first born, Joseph came along and lived only eight months.  About two years later another little boy, Charley was born and lived three years. 

    Then came a little sister, Alice, who was literally carried on a pillow for two years.  She did live and 1897 cam to Texas with her parents.  They had one child, C. B. Spence.  C. B. married Jimmie Gallant and they have tow children.

    The Shaws came by train to McGregor, Texas, where they lived for about 5 years.  Soon after moving to Texas, another baby girl, Lara, was born.  This child lived only 3 months.  About 1.5 years later, a boy, Harvey, was born.  He got into all the things others missed.  Harvey Shaw (died 1984) married Adele Willis.  They had three children, H. L., Dell Dene and Charles.  H. L. Shaw married Era Smith.  They had two children, Neva and Bobby.  Neva Shaw married Charles Kincaid and they have one child, Amelia.  Bobby Shaw married Jill Mosley and they have two children, Nathan and Holly.  Dell Dene Shaw, daughter of Harvey Shaw, married Perry McClain and they had two children, Shirley and Charles Everett.  Shirley McClain married Charles Parmley and they have two children, Karen and Bryan.  Charles Everett McClain married Sheila Ruby and they have three children, Johnny, Jason and Jamie.  Charles Shaw, son of Harvey Shaw, married Virginia Carney and had two children, Sherry and Chuck.  He then married Gail Watkins.  Sherry Shaw married Stanley Greene and they have two children, Robin and Josh.  Chuck Shaw married Sherry Meador and they have three children, Shelly, Casey and Brandon Lee.

    Two years after the birth of Harvey Shaw, Henry J. and Laura Alice Shaw welcomed their third girl, Gertie.  She didn't miss much.  She grew up and married Andrew Spence.  They had one child, A. J. Spence (died 1984).  A. J. married Bert Carter and they had two children, Andrea Jeanine (Scooter) and Leah Sue.  "Scooter" married David Kempf and has a son, Dylan.  Leah married Mike Richmond and they have a daughter, Ashley. 

    The child bit got to be pretty routine for Henry J. and Laura Alice Shaw, and after two more years another girl, Dana, came along.  Dana married Earl Elliott and had tow children, James Earl and Jerry (died 1967).  James Earl Elliott married Valorie Skidmore and they have four children: Leah, Lynn, Lori, and Jay.

    Laura Alice had another boy, Albert, in 1907.  In 1928, he married Ida Barnes and they had three children, Don, of Anchorage Alaska; Albert Neal of Sante Fe, New Mexico and Bettye who is Mrs. Kenneth Graham.  Albert died in 1956 and his widow continued to live in New Mexico where they had raised their family until her death.  

    Henry J. Shaw sometimes found work in town.  This brought in added funds that were sorely needed for this little army.  In 1909 (the year of Halley's Comet), Elzy was born.  Larry (died 1975) married Nita Schanfis.  They had three children, Larry, James and Dina.  Dina married Curtis Cheatham.  Ronnie Shaw married Linda Ledford and they have three children, Gina, Shawn, and Todd.  Madra married Sammy Payne and they have three children, Sandi, Sherry and Shannon.  Sandi married Scott Huff and they have a son. 

    It was in 1909, that our father bought our first home, known as the "old Guice place" near Guiceland.  About two years later he sold this and bought a larger farm, known as the John Morehead place.  It was here in 1912, Edd was born. 

    Edd Shaw married Kelena Sharp and they had three children, Henry Lee, Edd Jr., and Judy.  Henry Lee married Joan Chapman and they had tow sons, Gary and Randy.  In a second marriage to Marilyn Lea Marshall, Henry Lee had two more sons, Mark and Kelly.  Edd Jr. married Valletta Wills of Tyler.  They are the parents of three children, Kristi, John and Jason.  Judy married Harold Goar, Jr. and they have two children, David and Susan.  David is married to the former Stacie Rooney.

    In all these years, we had pretty well learned what it meant for the dinner bell to ring for my father and not for lunch.  We always found a new boy at home when we went in from work. 

    About three years later the old bell sounded again.  This time we found that the new one was Rosie (and what a rose).  Rose (died 1985) married Penny Herod (died 1975) and they had two children, Sandra and Nancy.  Sandra married Weldon Kerby and they have two children, D'Linda Kay and Jeffrey Scott.  D'Linda married Wayne Mahaffey.  Nancy married Dan Craven and they have two children, Dan Lee and Penny Lynn. 

    The old bell was not ringing so often any more and for the last time, it sounded for Clara Baby (the last of the Mohicans).  Clara married Jack Spence and they had one child Jackie.  Jackie married Sandy and they have two children.

    Our father's main livelihood was from the farm, although he did other things to supplement the bank account.  Some of these were running the press at the Mose Spence Gin, running a service car (taxi), and for several years was Deputy sheriff for this area under the administration of Deb Hale and Euel Baker. 

    He died in September, 1953, and our lovely mother followed him in September 1960.

They lived; they loved, they toiled, they taught.
The life we had could not be bought.


        Elisha - Jesse - Woodard H. Holland - Laura Alice Holland

Articled contributed by Cynthia Shaw Bunch in June 2007.  Pictures of this family, also contributed by Cynthia Shaw Bunch, are in the Family Photo Sections of the Album
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