Knowles Shaw

Short Name: Knowles Shaw
Full Name: Shaw, Knowles, 1834-1878
Birth Year: 1834
Death Year: 1878

Elder Knowles Shaw--a name familiar in many western households--was born near New London, in Morgan Township, on the 13th of October, 1834. His mother's maiden name was Huldah Griffin, and by both of his parents he was of Scottish extraction. His early life was spent in Rush County, Indiana, where he first began to play the violin, furnishing the music for many a dance. While the ball was going on he was converted, ceasing to play in the middle of the piece he was performing. Very soon thereafter he entered the ministry of the Christian Church. On the 11th of January, 1855, he married Miss Martha Finley. Most of his time after entering the ministry was spent in the West and South, and on account of his wonderful vocal powers he was called the "singing evangelist."

As a singer he was considered, in some respects, equal to Sankey and Bliss. reporters of the press al spoke of his singing as something wonderful. Soon after beginning to preach, he began to compose and to write music. His first song was "The Shining Ones," still popular. He published at different times five singing-books: "Shining Pearls," "Golden Gate," "Sparkling Jewels," "The Gospel Trumpet," and the "Morning Star." "Bringing in the Sheaves" was one of the last songs from his hand.

His last meeting was held in Dallas, Texas, in May 1878. He was killed by a railroad accident, going from Dallas to McKinney, on the 7th of June, 1878. During his ministry he baptized over eleven thousand persons.

--A History and Biographical Cyclopedia of Butler County, Ohio. Cincinnati, 1882. DNAH Archives



Texts by Knowles Shaw (47)sort iconAsInstances
A home with Jesus, my SaviorKnowles Shaw (Author)2
At the feast of Belshazzar and a thousand of his lordsKnowles Shaw (Author)54
Behold the love of ChristK. Shaw (Author)4
Behold the love of Christ for meKnowles Shaw (Author)2
By and by, our foes we'll conquerKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Drifting apart, drifting apartKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Far away in the land of the pure and brightK. Shaw (Author)12
Far back in my childhoodKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Far beyond life's fitful feverK. Shaw (Author)2
Go thy way, for this timeKnowles Shaw (Author)3
Go work in my vineyard, bright beameth the dayKnowles Shaw (Author)2
I am sinful, and to theeKnowles Shaw (Author)7
I am sinful, Lord, to theeKnowles Shaw (Author)9
I am the vine, and ye are the branchesKnowles Shaw (Author)28
I dreamed of the [a] land of the pure and brightKnowles Shaw (Author)15
I long for a home with JesusK. S. (Author)2
I love Jesus, he died for meKnowles Shaw (Author)3
I love the blessed Jesus, He isK. Shaw (Author)3
I soon shall leave a world where sinKnowles Shaw (Author)3
Is it far to the land of restKnowles Shaw (Author)8
Like David with Saul Who had sought for his lifeKnowles Shaw (Author)3
Lulu i na hua ma ke kakahiakaKnowles Shaw, 1834-1878 (Author)2
Man was lost, but wonderful storyKnowles Shaw (Author)3
Many children dear to me [us] while hereKnowles Shaw (Author)3
My dear, loving Savior, who died on the treeKnowles Shaw (Author)3
Near the cross our station takingK. S. (Author (last vs.))1
Not far from the kingdom, why will you delayKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Nu 'r saanings tidenKnowles Shaw (Author)2
O sing of the bright morning starKnowles Shaw (Author)2
O give me a home on that beautiful shoreK. Shaw (Author)2
Pray when the morning light is dawningKnowles Shaw (Author)10
Sa din s'd hvar morgenKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Savior, Thou my way shall beShaw (Author)2
S'e fuer den Meister wohin er dich sendetKnowles Shaw (Author)2
S'en guten Samen schon am fruehen MorgenKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindnessKnowles Shaw, 1834-1878 (Author)534
Sparkling jewels of songK. Shaw (Author)2
The day is far spent, the night is at handKnowles Shaw (Author)2
The heart of the Savior's disciplesKnowles Shaw (Author)2
The Savior was mocked and his crownKnowles Shaw (Author)3
'Tis the children's anthem in JerusalemKnowles Shaw (Author)2
To the tomb where they laid himKnowles Shaw (Author)2
We come with hearts of gladnessK. S. (Adapter)1
When the trump of God shall sound and the nations gather roundKnowles Shaw (Author)5
When to all earth's pain and sorrowKnowles Shaw (Author)2
When we cross death's stormy riverKnowles Shaw (Author)2
Would you lay your burden downKnowles Shaw (Author)4