My connection to the Shepley
family of Mottram is some time distant through my four times
Shepley who married Miles
Goddard. (See the Goddard
page for more information) The page provides more information
on the Shepley family, more long standing inhabitants of
Mottram, and the descendants of Peggy's siblings.
St Michael and All Angels, Mottram
As far as I can tell from the records of St Michael and
All Angels in Mottram, the earliest ancestor I think I can
trace is John Shepley, born in the late 17th century. He
and his wife, Lydia, had a son, also John,
baptised in 1716. He and Betty Ratcliff in turn had a son John in
1746. He married Matty Harrison in 1778 and it was they who were the parents of Peggy.
What follows is what I have gathered about the lives of
Peggy's brothers and sisters and their children, some who
remained in Mottram, while others moved farther afield,
most on the right side of the law and some on the wrong.
Samuel was the eldest, born
in 1781 and he married Mary Booth in 1802 at Mottram St Michael. They had six children, only
one of them a son who I assume died in childhood.
Martha married John Bottomley and settled in Ashton, as did their children. Mary married Thomas Chorlton,
although I haven't yet traced the marriage itself.
The connection is made through the census information
which shows them living with Samuel in 1841 and 1851.
Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery
Mary and Thomas had two children, Samuel and Sarah. Samuel married Ann Crossley and lived in Hyde. They had five children of whom
I have traced Estelle's married to George
William Booth. Oddly, Samuel does not appear on the census returns after 1871,
although says she is married in 1881 and 1891. She
was widowed in 1901.
Sarah married Samuel
Wyatt Sidebottom in 1876 and the couple lived in
Broadbottom throughout their lives. They had five children
of whom Arthur perished in World War I at the age of 29. He served
with the Royal
Welsh Fusiliers and died of his wounds following
of Arras. He is buried at the Faubourg
D'Amiens Cemetery and there is a report from the North
Cheshire Herald on his death,
Harriet married Abraham
Shaw and the couple had four children before Harriet died in 1863 aged 37. Her daughter, Margaret,
is shown living in Ashton with her cousin, John
Bottomley in 1871 and 1881, in which time she
had married and been widowed to Joseph
Lancashire who died aged 24 about the time of
the birth of their only child, Harriet. Margaret subsequently
remarried to Charles
Gibson and has a further three children. She died in Ashton in 1928 aged 77.
Harriet's eldest daughter, Mary Alice, married Robert Rayner at Hurst St John in 1871. The couple had nine children and travelled in the first ten years of marriage. Three children were born in Stockport and two in Macclesfield before they returned to Ashton around 1880. They did leave the area, if briefly, and were living at Belgrave Road, Trentham in Stafforshire in 1881. Mary died at 24 Audenshaw Road in 1924 aged 75 and she is buried in Audenshaw cemetery with her husband and eldest daughter, Marion. Mary's youngest son, Robert served in World War One.
Harriet's other two children, Martha and James, both died in childhood.
Lucy was born in 1788 and married Joseph Shaw, one of my connected
families. The couple had at least nine children, the
eldest Mary who gave
birth to an illegitimate daughter, Sarah,
in 1838. The eldest son, John
Shaw, married Grace Robinson and the family moved to Lancashire before settling in Durham
in the 1870s. Lucy died in Mottram
in 1863 aged 75.
William married Margaret Dervin in 1846, or at least I believe he did as his father's name is left blank in the parish record, although this might have been because Joseph had died in 1837. He and Margaret had no children and have not yet been found beyond the 1861 census.
James was perhaps the most
prolific in terms of descendants. He various gives his place
of birth as Mottram, Hattersley and Godley in the census
returns. He was a cotton weaver and married Nanny
Stringer in 1820. She was originally from Kirkburton
in Yorkshire. He had six children and they had mixed histories.
Cut Madder Roots
In the 1851 census, William gave his occupation as a madder dyer, as he and others
in his family did in subsequent censuses. Madder is
a low creeping plant and its roots have been used to
make a bright red dye for over 5,000 years. (See Wild
William married Betsy Hadfield and they had ten children. The eldest, Jane,
married James Kinder Marsland,
but only after giving illegitimate birth to Fanny
Hadfield Shepley. Fanny lived with her grandparents, rather than her mother,
before marrying John Broadley in Glossop in 1885. The couple and their family eventually
settled in Pendleton, Salford. The Marsland family
remained in Mottram, although Jane appears to have died in Ashton in 1912.
Mary Shepley married John Holland in
1863 at Christ Church, Ashton, although they and their
family mostly lived in the Mottram area. The exceptions
were William and Charles both lived in Denton in 1901 where they worked as
house painters, possibly together.
Joseph was one of the tarnished Shepleys. He married Alice
Blore at Ashton St Michael in 1870. Her sister Hannah
Blore and her future husband, Henry Yellott Goddard
Joseph and Alice and their
family of three children lived in Hadfield. However,
at the time of the 1891 census, Joseph was a guest of HM as a prisoner in Strangeways,
his crime as yet unknown.
Spinners Arms, Hadfield
Another point worth mentioning
is that Joseph's eldest
child, Betsy Ann, apparently
never lived with her parents. 1871 saw her with her
grandfather, James Blore,
in Hadfield when she was just four months old. By
1881 she was the adopted daughter of Joseph and Keziah
Jolly at the Spinners
Arms on Marsden Street where she remained after
marrying Charles North.
while her natural mother was living nextdoor in 1891
and 1901. Very odd!
Shepley is something of a mystery. He married Alice Roberts late in
life in 1892 at the age of 41. However there is an
as yet unexplained gap in the census records from
1881 onwards, although both died in Mottram in 1922
and 1935 respectively and are buried there.
Of Hannah there is no sign beyond the 1871 census when she was
17, while Fanny had an
illegitimate son, William,
and they were living with her brother, John,
in 1901. Nancy married William Cornelius Barber in 1887 and again there is no sign of them beyond
Betsy Shepley married Edward Flint,
originally from Nottingham, and they were running
the Tollemache Inn in Mottram in 1891. By 1901, both
were working in the cotton industry. They were buried
in Mottram in 1932 and 1930, while their daughter, Lilly, married Stanley
Higginbottom in 1915.
Mark was born in 1823 and
he married Henrietta Sandeford in Ashton in 1842, although I am unsure at which church.
He too had a chequered history and in 1847 he was
sentenced to 14 days imprisonment for larceny at the County Sessions. He and Henrietta had nine children, three boys and six girls.
The eldest, William, married Irish girl, Annie Connor, while Joseph died in infancy and James died in 1871 at the age of 21. Harriet married James Bevan and the couple lived in Hadfield, although they are buried in Mottram Cemetery with her father. Eliza married Frederick Scott and settled in Hyde, while Margaret married John Guthrie and lived in Stalybridge. Lavinia died in 1861 aged two and Lucy married Henry Chorlton and remained in Mottram. Finally, Ruth stayed single and died in 1943 aged 82.
One unexplained story is that of James Edmund Chorlton, Lucy's eldest son who was a one week old baby at the time of the 1881 census. However, in 1891 he was living with his grandparents, although they described him as thir son, while in 1901 his grandmother referred to him as her nephew. James served in World War One with the Welsh Fusiliers and his war record show his father, Henry, as his next of kin. He didn't marry and died in 1968 aged 86.
If Mark was something of a rogue, his brother was ultimately
the opposite. Joseph is
not to be found on the 1851 census, but in 1861 he was
based at the Royal
Artillery Barracks in Woolwich where he was a gunner.
The assumption is that he may have previously been out
of the country on military service. He married Hannah
Rowe in Greenwich, although she was originally from
Roborough in Devon.
Their son, Henry,
was born in Shoeburyness,
Essex, but by the mid-1860s the family was in Princetown,
Devon, where Joseph's daughters were born. He had retired from the army
and had become a officer at Dartmoor
Prison. Joseph and
Hannah retired to Plymouth where they both died in
1896 and 1923 respectively. Their son, Henry,
had found his way to Cardiff to live with his maternal
aunt and where he had married his cousin, Louisa
Levinia married Hugh
Wood in 1874 and the couple lived on Cecil
Street in Stalybridge. They had two children, Peter and Margaret
Mary Stringer Shepley
Mary married William
Vickers, a railway engine driver originally from
Salford. His job took their family to Openshaw, Gorton,
Droylsden and Reddish, but Mary was a widow by 1881 when they had settled in Heaton
Norris, Stockport. Their eledest daughter, Bessie Vickers, married Arthur Fox at St Mary's Church, Reddish, in 1885. They had two daughters, Edith and Lilian, and Bessie died in Bredbury in 1947 aged 86.
John Vickers married Selina Brockelehurst at Heaton Norris All Saints in 1889. Selina was originally from Whatstandwell, sotuh of Matlock in Derbsyhire. She had her own business as a draper on Churchgate, Stockport, where they remained with their three children, William, Mary and Rose.
Charles Joseph Vickers was a miner and by 1901 he had moved to the coal fields on Nottinghamshire and was living in a colliery cottage at Newstead. He had married Selina Chatwin in 1900. She was 14 years his senior and was the widow of William Allsebrook, also a collier who died in 1896, although his two youngest children had taken Charles' surname for the census.
Of John and Matty's other children, John died in
1826 aged 30 and I am unsure if he married. I have not been
able to trace Mary and Jeney.