Shaw's of Sumter
County South Carolina:
Their Story is Typical of the
by Ervin B. Shaw, Jr., M. D.
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Matthew 6:33 implores us,
and has done so since written in about 80 AD., to seek first the Kingdom of God: look and
work first toward the things of ETERNAL security. [quickly check out God's great good news for
mankind] And, Hebrews 11:6, "And without faith it is impossible to
please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards
those who earnestly seek him."
The earthly component of the Gospel proclaimed by Jesus focuses on "right relationships" (righteousness). History is an ongoing testimony as to the playing out of the general status of the quality of relationships at different times. Mankind, biblically fallen, is innately self-centered. Trouble & distress are, therefore, woven into the fabric of life on Earth. The quality of life in different times and different places depends on the general quality of a population's relationships. Relationship quality depends on the general awareness of the people as to the tie between (1) actions or inactions and (2) resulting future consequences. That awareness depends on (1) the general knowledge of the people, (2) the general vision of the people, (3) the general ability of the people to delay gratification, and (4) the general ability of the people to see that each one's own best self interest is most enhanced when attending to the best interests of the greater community. Then, the greater the level of all of these, the greater the overall wisdom of the people at . Elevations of general societal well being (incuding such as social justice) NEVER happen by force or legal systems. Rather, elevation of betterment ONLY happens by a general societal will and then the elevated interpersonal skill at right relationships. Especially with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, people have the means to truly see, when mature, that their OWN best self interest is greater served when folks do what it takes to have the best outcome for the greater general community!
The story of humanity is one of recurring
desperations: the desperate (1) search for post-famine food, (2) dealing with the effects of natural & other disasters, and (3) the need to escape
from oppressions. Counter to the dastardly accusation of modern-day (early 2000s)
liberal-progressive academics and those easily influenced into their "progressive" ways of nonrealistic
thinking, the European "white man" did not hatch a satanic plot in a smoke-filled room to
conquer the western world! Rather, the Vikings, Spanish, and others pushed around or across
the great Atlantic Ocean in search of food and in fear of falling off the edge of the flat
earth as they fled hunger and/or religious & other oppressions with hungry stomachs.
Modern folks also make hugely dislocating geographical moves for similar reasons and then
compete for space and jobs where they land.
The story of the Shaw family
is "Scotch-Irish" (as we heard our elders say when I was
growing up...but, in Europe, Scots-Irish or "Ulster Scots people") and traces from the age-old
struggle to do the above: the struggle for religious freedom. This was preceded by the Scottish
development of just the notion of freedom34. The Spanish were the
first non-natives in the Southern USA. The Reformation began in 1517. Missionaries and religious
groups from English, Dutch, and French origins began to arrive38. Moravians were early, to
include John & Charles Wesley arriving in Savannah aboard the London Merchant with a group
of 27 in 173538. Germans & Swiss began arriving in S. C. in
173438 (Jacob Drafts about 1743).
Can you imagine the
disappointment and desperation of the times, and the faith required, to lead to a decision in
1772 (John Shaw) to cross an ocean in a small crowded boat? These people depended on God and
put their faith in God. Who or what would their descendants of the next ten generations
depend on? What do...who do...YOU depend on ? It would be after 1776 that the USA would form
the world's only example of the covenantal form of representative
democracy...the only modern government form likely to have long
enduring freedom & opportunity for its people (sadly, this form has eroded considerably
in the USA since 1960).
Migration to Ulster (northeastern Ireland)
Ireland...the 5 ship-loads 1772
Early S. C. townships
Early S. C., a 1732
Early S.C., a 1734
Our ancestor's bad-luck trans-Atlantic immigration trip
His Sumter, S. C.
area colonial land grant locations
Salem Black River
Food: a life of