Charles Norvell Shaw

Charles Norvell Shaw is, to me, an interesting twig on the family tree. He was the son of Joseph Marsden Shaw and Alice Engler. Norrie was the nephew of my second great grandfather Charlie Shaw, but they were born the same year: 1866. They apparently were … accomplices … in the previously described Shaw Shenanigans!

Most of what I have learned about Norrie comes from two obituaries that are in Beatrice’s scrapbook. It seems he was a member of the Dresden Citizens’ Band, which was made up of some of Dresden’s well-to-do industrialists and merchants. Perhaps our Norrie did not exactly fit that description — his death notice states that at the time of his death in July of 1896, he was a bartender! But clearly, he was enormously popular, and well loved.


Norrie obit

From one of the posters on the Facebook page Dresden Virtual History Group, I have learned that Reverend T. D. McCullough was the pastor of the Dresden Presbyterian Church from 1895 to 1899. He was known for his ministry to the youth of his community, although only in his 20s himself.

norrie obit

Norrie’s death notice states that his death was caused by neurosis of the spine, which I believe is the old fashioned name for stenosis of the spine. He was only 31 years old.

norrie death

Charles Norvell Shaw was buried in Dresden Cemetery with the inscription, “In my father’s house there are many mansions.”

Norrie Base Drum

This photo is from a composite photo of the Dresden Citizens’ Band provided to me by Marie Carter with the Dresden Virtual History Group. It is dated 1895. I can’t be at all certain that this is a photo of my ancestor, Charles Norvell Shaw — there were quite a few C. Shaws around in those days. It is dated 1895, so if it is Norrie, it was taken a year or so before his death.

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