Happy Sylvester Shaw
From the November 28, 1875 Cincinnati Daily Enquirer:
HAPPY SYLVESTER SHAW, of Russellville, Brown County, Ohio! On Tuesday he celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday in company with his twenty-one children. After dinner he took them out to the mud road in front of the house, and the old man left them all in a scrub race of a hundred yards. The ole man then showed his wondering offspring what boys could do when he was young. He jumped a nine-rail fence without touching his hands, climbed a branch of the apple tree nineteen times, climbed to the top of the well-pole hand over hand, threw a bull calf over the house, and ripped the back seam of his pants in the effort, and told the old woman "if she didn't fix 'em afore mornin' he'd knock the socks off of her!" Hale old SYLVESTER SHAW! Long live the oldest inhabitant!
What a man! This incredible specimen of manhood was my fourth great-grandfather. Sylvester Shaw was born November 19, 1800 in Rensellaer County, New York. In the early 1800s, Sylvester's parents Russell and Johanna Reynolds Shaw moved their family to what would later become Brown County, Ohio. There, Russell Shaw established the town of Russellville.
Sylvester, however, still had some life in him, not to mention a house of teenagers. He married Mariah Sowers on October 6, 1881. I don't know much about Mariah, except that she was a "hired girl." Their marriage record refers to her as "Mrs. Mariah Sowers," so she must have been married before. As far as I know, Sylvester and Mariah had no children, but given Sylvester's history, I'm not making any assumptions.
Sylvester Shaw died February 27, 1884 and the bovines of Brown County all breathed a little easier.