Mary McCleary was born in Annsborough, County Down in July 1860 to John McCleary and Mother Unknown.
She married William Shaw, of Clarkhill, County Cork on 4 July 1883 Parish Church, Parish of Kilmegan, County Down, Northern Ireland by Rev. Abraham Dawson. Within 30 days they sailed for the U.S. where they settled, lived and died in Belleville, New Jersey. She, of Consumption 7 May 1903, he in 1934.