Tuesday, October 26, 2010

c. 1900 Photograph of New Brunswick Canada native Spafford Way at Mountain, Wisconsin

Circa 1900 photograph of a man identified on reverse as Spafford Way of Mountain, Wisconsin.

From online genealogy research, hopefully correct:

Spafford Wayman Way was born 5 February 1865 in Charlie Lake, New Brunswick, Canada, the son of
Samuel Cronkhite Way and his wife Bethania "Fanny" Feero, both born in New Brunswick.  His paternal grandparents were Amos and Maria (Cronkhite) Way.  His maternal grandparents were Peter and Sarah (Ketch) Feero.

At some point, Spafford Wayman Way moved to Wisconsin where he spent the remainder of his life.  On 6 November 1887 in Larrabee, Wisconsin, he married Dora Mary Shaw, who was born in 1873 in Clintonville, Wiconsin, the daughter of William and Achsah (Ayers) Shaw.  I believe Spafford and Dora had four children before she died in 1895.  Her last child, Cecil Calvin Way, died in infancy; perhaps they died together during or as a result of his birth.

Several years later Spafford married Dora's sister Mary, who was born 25 November 1879 in Clintonville, Wisconsin, the daughter of William and Achsah (Ayers) Shaw.  Spafford and Mary had, I believe, eight children.

Spafford Wayman Way died in 1945; his widow Mary died in 1964.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information presented above, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks for posting this! I am a decendant of Grace Shaw, who was a sister of Mary and Dora Shaw. I would be Grace's Great-Great Granddaughter. Grace's daughter, Esther, was my great-grandma. Her son, Gordon, was my grandpa. Thanks again for having this site!


  2. Is is possible to purchase this photo? Spafford Way was my 2x Great Grandfather.

  3. I am the daughter of Howard H. Shaw Sr., son of Lester Shaw, son of Clarence Shaw, son of William Shaw. I cannot seem to find true facts of William's parents and grandparents. The internet shows a Joseph and Maryann Adlington in Rowley,England (parents) and Benjamin and True Anna Perry in Kingswinford, England (grandparents), but their offspring does not match up, as William is not mentioned. I don't like to sign up for any ancestry links, so I'm kind of stuck. Can anyone help?