James Barron Shaw, who studied medicine in England and Scotland, moved to California in 1850. He practiced medicine in Santa Barbara. According to Stephen Bowers, Dr. Shaw met the Lone Woman on the beach in Santa Barbara when she arrived with George Nidever in 1853. Dr. Shaw was also involved in sheep ranching and management of the ranch operation on Santa Cruz Island.
DATE OF BIRTH: About 1814
PLACE OF BIRTH: London, England
DATE OF DEATH: 1902
PLACE OF BURIAL: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Bowers, Stephen, “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.” Ventura Weekly Observer, December 20, 1892.
1860 US Census, Santa Barbara County, California, population schedule, Santa Barbara, p. 202, 56 (penned), dwelling 318, family 327, James B Shaw, Surgeon, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed January 19, 2016), citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 65.
Chiles, Frederick Caire. Justinian Caire and Santa Cruz Island: The Rise and Fall of a California Dynasty. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011: 32–33.
Dr. James Barron Shaw
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