John R. Shaw, son of Anthony and Dinah Shaw, was born in Stephentown, Rensselaer county in 1813.  He came to Allegany county in 1829 in company with his brother, Phineas Shaw, and purchasing one hundred acres of land of James Alexander, erected a dwelling and has since resided upon the place.  In 1832 he married Miss Tacy Burdick for his first wife.  She died in 1850, and in 1851 he married Miss Mary Williams, of Alfred.  They belong to the Seventh-Day Baptist Church.