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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Aftermath of name change for Daddy’s family from Shaw to Boykin, though Daddy remained Shaw

Posted Dec 13, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

Daddy and Granddaddy knew the feeling of family love.

Daddy later told me that, when Granddaddy learned he would not change his name, he said, “Son, there’s no difference between you and the rest of the family, in that I was married to your mother when you and all my children were born.” Yet, my family line progressed as Shaw and all my other relatives’ names progressed through generations, as Boykin. With father and son love, they both agreed they would never lose their love over a name.

Daddy was pleased with Granddaddy for accepting his decision to keep the name Shaw and, surely parents and children should never lose their love over anything, for there is no love like parents,’ including father and son love.

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