William Sheppard of Worcestershire

Today we found the grave of William Sheppard, Ari’s 4x great-grandfather, and his wife Angelina. They are both buried at the church of St John the Baptist in Crowle, Worcestershire.

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William was born in 1843 at Sale Green in Worcestershire, and christened on 24 Feb. at Huddington church.

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Parish chest in Huddington church

William’s father Joseph died when he was just five years old. In the census for 1851 he is living with his mother Mary, a ‘pauper gloveress’, and older brother Joseph.

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By 1861 Mary has become a shopkeeper, and 18-year-old William is working as an agricultural labourer. He married Angelina Tyler in 1863 and by the 1871 census they have five children: Esther, William Henry, Joseph, Fanny, and one-month-old Elizabeth. William is still an agricultural labourer.

All the children were christened at the church in Crowle.

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By 1881 two more children have been born: James in 1872 and Mary in 1876. The family are living in Sale Green, next door to Angelina’s parents John and Sarah Tyler.

In 1885 William was fined 2s. 6d. for neglecting to send his children to school:

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Worcestershire Chronicle, from Findmypast

A slight change for William by 1891. He has become a groom and coachman, and all the children have now left home.

The last census for William is in 1901. He is living in Worcester Rd, Droitwich, and working as a domestic coachman.

He died on 9 Dec 1902 and was buried on the 13th.

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Ari, this shows how you are related to William:

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William Henry Sheppard

William Henry Sheppard was Ari’s 3x great-grandfather, born on 3 Nov 1865 in Crowle, Worcestershire. His mother was Angelina Tyler (see my post of 17 July 2017).

From the various national censuses we know that William started out as a farm servant (indoor). In 1881 he was on a farm at Dunhampstead, Himbleton. By 1891 at the age of 25 he had married and was the head of his own household, listed as one of several families living at Malt House, Crowle, with his wife and their four-month-old daughter, Agnes Emily. His occupation is agricultural labourer and place of birth Grafton Flyford.

In 1901 he is living at Sale Green, Huddington, and working as a railway labourer. Four children are living at home. By 1911 he is listed as a plate-layer (someone who lays and maintains railway lines), with six of the couple’s nine children living at home.

The 1939 Register on Findmypast shows him at the age of 74 as a widower with his son Lewis, living at Sale Green. He is described as a retired permanent way labourer:

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(According to this handy list, this means a plate-layer who is engaged in maintenance work instead of construction work.)

William Henry died the age of 86. His grave at the church of St James in Huddington says:

In loving memory of William Henry SHEPPARD
Died April 10th 1952, aged 86 years

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Ari, this shows how you are related to William Henry Sheppard:

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Angelina Tyler, glove-maker

Angelina Tyler was Ari’s 4x great-grandmother, born in Crowle, Worcestershire and christened at the church of St John the Baptist on 18 August 1843. According to The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), Crowle “formerly belonged to Worcester Abbey, and the moated building called Crowle House was once the abbot’s seat” (see http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/WOR/Crowle).

By the age of 17, Angelina’s occupation was making kid gloves with her mother. At 20, she married William Sheppard at the same church in Crowle. In the 1881 census she is still listed as a glove-maker, and the couple are living next door to Angelina’s parents in Sale Green. By this time Angelina had given birth to seven children.

According to the Victoria County History, “Worcester was one of the most important centres for gloves in England”.  “When apprentice glovers neared the end of their training, they were expected to make a pair of kid gloves so fine that they could be rolled up inside a walnut shell.” (https://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/explore/items/glove-making-ledbury)

There is a fascinating account by Amanda Wilkinson of life as a gloveress: http://victorianoccupations.co.uk/g/g-is-for-gloveress/

Angelina died on 29 March 1917 and was buried in the churchyard of St John the Baptist on 1 April. This is a postcard of the church in about 1910.

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Ari, this shows how you are related to Angelina:

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