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.
William was born in 1843 at Sale Green in Worcestershire, and christened on 24 Feb. at 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.
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.
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:
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.
Ari, this shows how you are related to William: