William Fredrick Shaw



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William Fredrick Shaw  
William F Shaw
photo from the Detroit College School of Medicine Souvenir Annual of 1900
Born: 28 Nov 1875 Teeswater, Ontario, Canada
Birth register showing birth as Frederick MELLIS Shaw on 38 Nov 1875
WWI registration showing date of birth as 28 Nov 1874
Died: 28 Apr 1938


Border Crossing: From Mexico to US 16 Jun 1937 showing he was born in Teeswater, Ontario, Canada
Buried: British Cemetery, Mexico City, Mexico    


David Shaw


Sarah Jane Lindsay 


Maria Burns b. 07 May 1885 Chihuahua, Mexico

                    d. 23 March 1958

                    Buried: British Cemetery, Mexico City, Mexico


1. William Frederick Shaw b. 15 Aug 1908 Chihuahua, Mexico
d. 9 Jan 1960
Sophomore at the University of California at Berkeley
1929    Sigma Chi Fraternity photo

Senior at Culver Military Academy in 1927
Culver, Indiana


The two different dates of birth and the change in his middle name from Mellis to Frederick made it difficult for any researchers to trace.  However, in tracing William FREDERICK Shaw we found that he was living with Elizabeth and William Kirland in 1892 in Walla Walla, Washington..  Elizabeth was his father's sister, Elizabeth Shaw. In 1893 Wm F. Shaw went to Detroit to study medicine. His mother, Jennie Wray Shaw, went too and ran a boarding house while he studied.   In the R. L. Polk and Co., Detroit City Directory for 1894-1895 Wm F. Shaw boards at 41 Butternut. Mrs. David Shaw also boards at 41 Butternut. And Dr. John N. Bell, son of Agnes Shaw and Erasmus Bell also lives at the same address. This Dr. John N. Bell was 10 years older than William, a nephew of David Shaw. It seems William F. Shaw had gone to Detroit to study because his cousin, John N Bell, was already a doctor there and William was boarding with John. The next year, 1895-96, the Detroit city directory has all three, Mrs. Jennie Shaw, Wm F Shaw, student, and John N Bell, physician, all living at 307 Bagg.  He stayed in Detroit until 1902 when he is listed in the city directory as Wm F. Shaw, phys.  271 Woodward Av. 

Since he is living with an Aunt in 1892 and then with a cousin in 1893-96, it seems pretty certain he is the same person as the William MELLIS Shaw born in 1875 on the exact same day and month.

One of the founding doctors at the American British Cowdray Hospital in Mexico City, Mexico