Betty Pool from Oddingley

Elizabeth (Betty) Pool was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandmothers. She was born in about 1774 in Oddingley, Worcestershire, which is “pleasantly situated about 3½ miles to the south-east of Droitwich on the slopes of a valley through which run the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and the Bristol and Birmingham branch of the Midland railway” (https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/worcs/vol3/pp456-460).

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Worcester and Birmingham Canal approaching Oddingley, Worcestershire

Betty married a farmer called John Perkins. Searching for the marriage on TheGenealogist website, I have just found two children I didn’t know about. Mary Perkins was born in 1807 in Oddingley, and John in 1809. The website also offered this possible marriage:

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TheGenealogist Potential Marriage SmartSearch

So now we have her surname, Pool, and I can try to find her parents.

There were three more children: Jane in 1814, Sarah in 1816, and Anne in 1821.

Oddingley is known for the “Oddingley Murders” in 1806 (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Oddingley_Murders). There is a John Perkins who gave evidence, but this may be a different person:

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Worcester Journal, 18 March 1830, Findmypast.co.uk

(Confirmation will need to wait until I write about John!) I have just ordered the book Damn His Blood: Being a True and Detailed History of the Most Barbarous and Inhumane Murder at Oddingley and the Quick and Awful Retribution (by Peter Moore) so will find out more!

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After Betty’s husband John died in 1837 I think she went to live in Sale Green with her daughter Sarah, who had married John Tyler. This is where she was in the 1841 census:

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1841 census, Ancestry.co.uk

Betty died at Crowle two years later, on 13 January 1843, from breast cancer.

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The death was announced in the Worcester Journal.

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Worcester Journal, 2 February 1843, Findmypast.co.uk

She was buried in the churchyard at Oddingley on January 19th.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Betty:

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John Tyler, carpenter

Ari’s 5x great-grandfather, John Tyler, was born in Huddington, Worcestershire, in 1811. I haven’t found his baptism or parents yet.

On 25 Nov 1833, he married Sarah Perkins at St John the Baptist in Crowle.

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The church when we visited in October 2017.

The first record we can actually see is the 1841 census. This shows the family in Sale Green, with a daughter Mary (born in 1839), Sarah’s mother Elizabeth (Betty), and a ten-year-old, Mary Hughes.

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Bluebells in Trench Wood, Sale Green.
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1841 census found on Findmypast (Ancestry had the name transcribed as Tigler).

John is working as an agricultural labourer. (It’s possible that they had a son, William, in 1836, baptised in Upton Snodsbury which is close by, and is also where Mary was baptised. If so, I am not sure what happened to William, but a later son was given William as a middle name.)

By the time of the next census, in 1851, two more children have been born, Ann (Angelina) and James. John is working as a carpenter, and they are still in Sale Green. By 1861 two more sons have been born, Frederick William and Caleb. (In 1871 we see that Frederick, now 19, is also a carpenter.) In 1881, the family is living next door to daughter Angelina, and two of her children (Fanny and Elizabeth Sheppard, age 12 and 10) are at John’s house. Two of John and Sarah’s sons, James and Caleb, are still at home and working as agricultural labourers.

The 1891 census shows John all alone, at the age of 79, and described as a retired carpenter. His death certificate shows that he died aged 84, on 26 May 1894. His son James was present at the death.

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He was buried at the church in Crowle on 31 May, and an announcement was placed in the Worcestershire Chronicle on 2 June.

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Ari, this is how you are related to John:

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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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Mary Bishop, provision dealer

Mary Bishop was Ari’s 5x great-grandmother, born in 1809 in Grafton Flyford in Worcestershire.

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Mary was the seventh of eight children of John Bishop and Ann Willis, who had married in 1792. She was christened on 30 Dec 1809 at the church of St John the Baptist, and married at the same church at the age of 16. Her husband was a farmer, Joseph Sheppard (spelled Shepherd).

We can see Mary in the 1841 census living at Sale Green with her husband Joseph, an agricultural labourer, and a ten-month-old baby, also called Joseph. Living with them was 15-year-old Mary Allbut.

Mary and Joseph had two more children, William and Ann. Tragically, Joseph drowned in the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at the age of 42. In 1851, Mary (40) is living with her two sons Joseph (10) and William (8), and her occupation is given as pauper, gloveress (see my earlier post). I think Ann had died as a baby.

By 1861, Mary’s parents have both died and she has become a shopkeeper (we later see more evidence of this in a local directory for 1879). The small family are in Huddington, with both sons working and living at home. In 1871 she is listed as a provision dealer (61), the two sons have left home, and 19-year-old James Wells is sharing her home as a boarder (crossed out) / lodger. He is presumably the same person as the nephew James Wills (actually Willis) living with her in 1881.

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1879 Littlebury’s Directory & Gazetteer of Worcester & District, Ancestry.co.uk

By 1891, Mary is 80. She is still living in Sale Green, but now with two teenage granddaughters (Mary and Sarah, children of her son William) sharing her home. Mary died in January of 1892, and was buried on 12 Jan at the church of St James in Huddington.

Ari, this shows how you are related to Mary:

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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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