Truman B. Shew was the 2nd son of (12) children of Godfrey I. Shew 1789-1863 & Elizabeth Betsy Beecher 1798-1876.
Truman B. Shew b. 1817 in Watertown, NY d. 30 Aug 1848 is buried at the Abandoned Presbyterian Cemetary at Northampton, NY, with his birth listed as 1817, and death Aug 30, 1848, as written on the gravestone, died in 31st year according to gravestone; spelling is Truman according to gravestone.
Truman Shew was born near Watertown, N.Y. In 1841, he and his brothers William, Jacob and Myron began daguerreotyping in Watertown. They moved and built a skylight gallery in Ogdensburgh. They traveled to Rochester and then to Geneva, N.Y. Still not profiting from the process, they moved to New York City and established the firm of L.P. Hayden & Co. at 1 Park Place. It is interesting to note that in 1842, when Edward Anthony was listed as a daguerreian at 11 Park Row, this was the address one source documents as having been recently vacated by the four Shew brothers.
In 1841, John Plumbe, Jr. reportedly hired Trueman Shew to manage his Philadelphia, Pa. gallery, while placing the other Shew brothers at other galleries.
Truman Shew was reportedly at Plumbe's gallery from 1841 to 1848. The gallery address was 136 Chestnut Street. This may be the same as T.B. Shew, listed as a daguerreian there from 1846 to 1849 at 116 Chestnut Street. Information corrected to November, 1997; © 1996, 1997 John S. Craig
Truman, William, Jacob and Myron were well documented in California History (SFgenealogy.com 1852 SF City Directory) & (Calif Historical Quarterly).
William I. Shew b. 23 Mar 1820 & died 5 Feb 1903 in San Francisco, California, probably the most famous of the brothers. Buried 7 Feb 1903
William Shew was nearly eighty-three years old at his death on February 5, 1903. Certificate of Death, Department of Public Health, San Francisco, California
Company records for Plot 25, n. 204 bought by Calvert Meade in 1890. Also, Register of Deaths, October, 1889, Department of Public Health, San Francisco.
William Shew is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland.There are no gravestones on the plot, nor markings of any sort, with the exception of his daughter's married name, Meade, engraved in the border marking the family gravesite.
Myron Shew b. 1824 in Watertown, NY d. 27 Dec 1890 San Francisco, Cal.
Myron first appeared in city records in 1865, when he began work with William at his studio, he apparently moved in and out of the photographic world with a brief stint at the Customs House until his death in 1890.
Brother Jacob Shew b 1826 d 3 Feb 1879 in Salono Co. California of a Gun Shot to the Head.
It is interesting to note, however, that Jacob was buried by the Templar Lodge rather than by his family.
Note 64, pg 19 "Funeral Notice" Alta California, February 8, 1879, p. 2
A reversal in Jacob's business occurred after a fire burned down his Montgomery Street gallery in 1878.When he reopened his studio on Market Street, his business was poor and by his own report, very dull.then, on February 3, 1879, Jacob shot himself in the head with a revolver.
Every San Francisco paper covered Jacob's death, two of them with front-page articles.An impressive picture of his stature in the community emerges.The Alta, for instance wrote:
Jacob Shew had a wide range of personal acquaintance and friendship in San Francisco.He was an intelligent man, active in mind, agreeable in manners, fond of company, and a member of many associations. His reputation as a citizen, a gentleman, and a business man was, so far as we have heard, without a stain.Myron Shew testified that he never heard him make any threats against his life; he drank occasionally but never to excess; he complained of his business being dull, and the witness' impression was that the deceased Jacob Shew was financially embarrassed.