REV. JAMES SHAW, agent of the Preacher's Aid Society, of Illinois, Conference Methodist Episcopal Church, is
located at Bloomington and performing his varied duties in a successful manner. He was born in Longford County,
Ireland [ed, County Longford], near Goldsmith's "Sweet Auburn." His parents, James and Bedelia (Mclntyre)
Shaw, were of Scotch descent. His brothers, Henry and Alexander Shaw, merchants, live in Montreal, Canada. William
Shaw resides in Bloomington, Ill., where also are his sisters, Mrs. William Tanner and Mrs. John Dean. His youngest
brother, the late Dr. S. M. Shaw, carried the colors of his regiment, 33d Illinois Volunteers, at the siege of
Vicksburg, and as Lieutenant led his company at the storming of Ft. Blakely in the late Civil War.
The subject of this sketch while a student at the Wesleyan Seminary, Dublin, was called to take charge of a similar institution in the southwest of Ireland, from which he entered the Irish Wesleyan Conference. He followed his parents and their family to America in 1854, and was received into the Illinois Conference in 1855; he has been stationed in the following places: Old Town, Bloomington, Petersburg, Decatur (circuit), Clinton, Rushville, Atlanta, Tuscola, Urbana, Pana, Charleston, Farmer City, Rossville, Griggsville, Quincy and Beardstown.
In the late war Mr. Shaw actively aided the Union cause, presenting flags and addressing Union soldiers, and during the Irish famine he was entrusted with $30,000, American funds for the relief of the suffering. He was also entrusted with a large amount of American funds for the building and endowment of the Wesleyan Methodist Colleges in Belfast and Dublin, Ireland. He has entered the field of literature, publishing works on America, Romanism, and Temperance, that hare had an extensive sale.
Mr. Shaw was married in 1857 to Miss Mary B. Coley, eldest daughter of the late Edward Coley, Esq., of Lucan, Ireland. Of the three children that came to brighten their home, two died in infancy, and one is yet living, James Henry Shaw, a graduate of the Illinois Wesleyan University, and now editor of the Bloomington Lancet.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 690. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.