Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry

The Shepherds

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John Shepherd was one of my great great grandfathers. He was born in 1847 the third known child of George Shepherd and Fanny Wright. In 1841 the family were in Barrow on Soar, but by the 1851 census they had moved to Calverton, Nottinghamshire. The table below gives a transcription from the 1851 census (HO107 Piece 2128 Folio 74 Page 45):

Parish or Township of Ecclesiastical District of City or Borough ofTown ofVillage of
No. of Schedule Name of Street, Place, or Road, and Name or No. of HouseName and Surname of each person who abode in the house, on the Night of 30th March, 1851Relation to Head of FamilyCondition AgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
181 Mansfield RoadGeorge ShepherdHeadMarried 33Ag LabourerSeagrave
   Fanny ShepherdWifeMarried 31 Clifton
   William ShepherdSon 10 Barrow on Soar
   John ShepherdSon 4 Clifton
   Henry ShepherdSon 1 Clifton
   Harriet ShawLodger 16SeamerCalverton

By 1861 they can be found at 6 Scotland Yard, Nottingham. John was already employed, aged 13, as a Paste Board Maker, so he obviously began his career in the paper box industry at a young age! The table below gives the details from the 1861 census. (RG9/2456 Folio 50)

The undermentioned Houses are situated within the Boundaries of the
Parish [or Township] of City or Municipal Borough of Municipal Ward of Parliamentary Borough ofTown ofHamlet or Tyhthing of Ecclesiastical District of
St Marys Nottingham St Mary NottinghamNottingham   
No. of Schedule Road, Street and Name of HouseName and Surname of each personRelation to Head of FamilyCondition AgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
89 6 Scotland YardGeorge ShepherdHeadMarried 42Ag LabLeics, Seagrave
   Fanny ShepherdWifeMarried 39 Notts, Clifton
   William W ShepherdSonUnmar20Harness MakerLeics, Barrow on Soar
   John ShepherdSon 13Paste Board MakerNotts, Clifton
   Henry ShepherdSon 11Box MakerNotts, Calverton
   Sarah A ShepherdDau  10 Notts, Calverton

John's father George Shepherd was a labourer and may have had to move about quite a bit to find work, as his children were baptised in several different parishes - Barrow on Soar, Calverton & Clifton. George Shepherd had married Fanny Wright in 1840 at Prestwold in Leicestershire although it says on the certificate that he was a resident of Hoton and she was resident at Loughborough at the time. George died in 1868 aged only 51 - he had been suffering from pneumonia for 7 days. In 1871 Fanny was living with her 2 youngest children in Nottingham. Fanny and her daughter Sarah Ann Shepherd were both working in the lace industry. In 1881 Fanny is living as a lodger in Nottingham with a Mary A. Boat and family. So far I've found no family connections to Mary Boat, so it may just be she took Fanny in as a paying lodger. However she was still at the same address when she died in 1886, which is quite a long time to lodge with someone, so perhaps there is a connection there after all?

George Shepherd was born in 1817 at Seagrave, Leicestershire, the youngest child of William Shepherd and Elizabeth Whittington. William & Elizabeth had married in 1796, at Sileby, which appears to be Elizabeth's home parish as she was baptised there in 1777. William Shepherd was also said to be of Sileby at the time of his marriage although he doesn't seem to have been baptised there. William Shepherd was a labourer and seemed to have moved parishes from Sileby to Walton on the Wold, to Seagrave. I think William & Elizabeth had 10 children, although there was at least one other couple called William & Elizabeth Shepherd in the area, so it is not easy to be sure. It looks like William Shepherd died in 1823 aged 59, leaving Elizabeth to bring up the family, the youngest of which George was still only about 6 years old. Elizabeth remarried in 1826 in Seagrave to John Stocks. In 1851 John & Elizabeth Stocks were living in Barrow on Soar with two of Elizabeth's grandchildren - Ann & Mary Topley. The Topley children had been orphaned when both their father and mother Elizabeth (nee Shepherd) had died young.

I've traced families for some of the children of William & Elizabeth Shepherd as can be seen on the trees below. There must be an awful lot of descendants of William & Elizabeth Shepherd out there - it would be lovely to hear from some of you.

The family tree below summarises what I know about the Shepherd family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me

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