Dr. Charlton D. Shaw was born in Chatham Twp (Chatham-Kent), Ontario on the 6th of September, 1865. Dr. Shaw was the eldest of 5 children born to Isaac Shaw and the former Elsie Louise Shaw (maiden name is Shaw). His paternal grandmothers maiden name was Charlton. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; William Franklin Hardy Shaw, Ernest James Shaw, Joseph Bailey Shaw and Beatrice Katharine Shaw. Dr. Shaw was educated locally and according to the 1891 census, he was a public school teacher in Chatham Township.
Dr. Shaw attended Trinity College in Toronto and graduated M.D. in 1898. Dr. Shaw gained valuable experience as a Surgeon at the Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He returned to Canada and set up his medical practice in Tupperville, Ontario. He also set up a medical practice in Dresden, Ontario which was located over Smith Bros. Wool Shop on the west side of St. George Street.
There is no evidence to suggest that Dr. Shaw was ever married. He resided with his sister Beatrice in Tupperville. He died in Tupperville on December 3rd, 1904 at the age of 39. According to an article that appeared in the Chatham Daily Planet on the 13th of December, 1904, Dr. Shaw had just returned to Tupperville from a trip to St. Louis, when he was “stricken” with a heart malady. Further, the article went on to say that he had “worked up a splendid practice” and that he was “beloved by all who knew him”. His parents did survive him but all three are now buried at Riverview Cemetery in Wallaceburg.
Tombstone Photo Credit: Anne F.