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John Sheldon

1843 - 1891

Father Joseph Sheldon
Mother Mary Howard
Wife Nancy Bramwell
Children George, Edward, William, Elizabeth


John was born in Ashford on 16th August 1843 (1), the third child of Joseph and Mary, and was baptised in Holy Trinity, Ashford on Christmas Eve the same year (2). His eldest sister Jane was about 6 years older than him (3), and his brother Robert about 3 years (4).

His sister Sarah Ann was born in 1846 (5), followed by his brothers James in 1848 (6), and George in 1850 (7)(8). Hence by the time of the census at the end of March 1851 he was living in Gunners Lane, Ashford with his parents, his sister Sarah, and his brothers Robert, James and George (7). (His sister Jane was living nearby with an elderly relative called Mary Heathcote, but I haven't established the exact relationship yet).

His next brother, Joseph, was born in 1853 (9). His sister Sarah Ann died the following May (10). More brothers followed in the shape of Thomas in 1857 (13), Henry in 1858 (11) and Francis William in 1861 (12), hence by the census of April 1861, John was living with his parents, seven brothers and one sister in Narrow Lane, Ashford, when he was working as a marble polisher (13).

His youngest brother Edward was born at about the same time (14) as John left home upon marriage. He married Nancy Bramwell from Cressbrook on 22nd August 1864, at the Independent Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Bakewell (15). Neither his nor Nancy's family had any prior connection to the Methodists, so this was probably something of a rebelious act for the two 20 year olds, and could possibly be the reason that neither of the witnesses at their wedding were relatives.

They presumably set up home in Cressbrook straight after their marriage, as they were certainly living there by the time their first child George was born a year or so later, towards the end of 1865 (16). Their next two sons, Edward (early 1868 (17)) and William (1870 (18)) were also born in Cressbrook, and John was described as a general labourer (18). However by the time of the census of April 1871, John was working as a gamekeeper (19). Sometime fairly soon after this John must have taken his family to live in Ashford, as he was living there by the time his last child, and only daughter, Elizabeth was born in 1874 (21).

They didn't stay in Ashford for too long though, as by the census of April 1881 John and his family were back in Cressbrook and he was back to working as a general labourer (22). His eldest son George was living next door with his grandmother at the time (and may never have moved back in with his parents, as sometime between then and the 1991 census he moved to Cleator in Cumberland). John's next oldest son, Edward, died aged 18 in 1886 (23). His parents followed soon afterwards, with his father Joseph dying in September 1888 (27), and his mother Mary in August 1889 (28). Hence by the next census in April 1891, John and Nancy are living at Middle Cottage in Cressbrook with just their two youngest children, William and Elizabeth (24).

John died of perforated bowels, just a few months later on 13th Novemeber 1891, aged 48. (24). His wife Nancy survived hm by almost 17 years (25).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    sixteenth of August 1843 at Ashford John  Boy Joseph Sheldon Mary Sheldon, formerly Howard Framework Knitter Mary Sheldon, Mother, Ashford fifth of September 1843
  2. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's Christian Name   Parent's Christian Name   Parent's Surname   Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    [1843] Dec 24 John Son of
    born aust 16
    Joseph & Mary Sheldon Ashford   Framework Knitter
  3. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    Oct 1st
    Born
    June 19
    1837
    Jane
    Sheldon
    daughter
    of
    Mary Howard Ashford Singlewoman
  4. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    Oct
    25
    [1840]
    Robert
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
  5. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    May
    24
    [1846]
    Sarah
    Ann
    Daughter
    of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  6. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    November
    26
    [1848]
    James
    son
    of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
  7. Census of 30th March 1851 reads:
    Place: Gunners Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 34 Framework Knitter [Derbys], [Ashford]
    Mary Sheldon Wife Mar 32 . Hants, Stoke
    Robert do Son U 10 At Home Derbys, Ashford
    John do do U 7 do do, do
    Sarah do daur U 4 do do, do
    James do Son U 2 do do, do
    George do do U 1 do do, do
  8. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    private When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    April
    17
    [1851]
    George Joseph
    and
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame
    work
    knitter
    Received into church [......]
  9. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    July
    17
    [1853]
    Joseph
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Frame -
    work knitter
  10. Burial entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    Name Abode When buried Age
    Sarah Ann Sheldon Ashford June
    1st
    [1854]
    8
  11. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    Dec
    26
    [1858]
    Henry
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  12. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    April
    7
    [1861]
    Francis
    William
    son of
    Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  13. Census of 7th April 1861 reads:
    Place: [Narrow] Lane, Ashford
    Joseph Sheldon Head Mar 44 Labourer Ag [Derbys], Ashford
    Mary do Wife Mar 41 . Hampshire, Stoke
    Jane do daur un 23 . Derbys, Ashford
    Robert do Son un 20 Labourer M. Masons do, do
    John do Son un 17 Marble Polisher do, do
    James do Son un 12 Marble Polisher do, do
    George do Son un 10 Scholar do, do
    Joseph do Son un 7 . do, do
    Thomas do Son un 4 . do, do
    Henry do Son un 2 . do, do
    Francis William do Son un 1 mo . do, do
  14. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    Sept
    25
    [1864]
    Edward Joseph
    &
    Mary
    Sheldon Ashford Labourer
  15. Marriage Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    1864 Marriage solemnized in the Independent Chapel, Bakewell in the District of Bakewell
    When married Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or Profession Residence at the time of marriage Father's name and Surname Rank or Profession of father
    Twenty Second August 1864 John Sheldon 20 years Bachelor Labourer Ashford Joseph Sheldon Gardener
    Nancy Bramwell 20 years Spinster   Cressbrook Litton George Bramwell (deceased) Joiner
    Married in the Independent Chapel Bakewell according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Wesleyan Methodists
    in the presence of William Harrison, Ann Jackson
  16. George was baptised on 7th December 1865 at Tideswell Congregational Chapel, and the birth of a George Sheldon was registered in Bakewell in the 4th quarter of 1865.
  17. Edward was baptised on 15th February 1868 at Tideswell Congregational Chapel, the birth of an Edward Sheldon was registered in Bakewell in the 1st quarter of 1868.
  18. Birth Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where born Name Sex  Name and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Fifth July 1870, Cressbrook, Litton William  Boy John Sheldon Nancy Sheldon, formerly Bramwell General Labourer Nancy Sheldon, Mother, Cressbrook, Litton Twentieth July 1870
  19. Census of 2nd April 1871 reads:
    Place: Bottom Row, Cressbrook
    John Sheldon Head Mar 27 Game Keeper [Derbyshire], Ashford
    Nancy do Wife Mar 27 Cotton Power Loom Weaver do, Cressbrook
    George do Son . 5 Scholar do, do
    Edward do Son . 3 . do, do
    William do Son . 9 mo . do, do
  20. N/A
  21. Baptism entry in parish register of Holy Trinity, Ashford reads:
    When baptized   Child's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Christian Name  
    Parent's
    Surname  
    Abode   Quality, Trade or Profession  
    August
    12
    [1874]
    Elizabeth John
    &
    Nancy
    Sheldon Ashford Game keeper
  22. Census of 3rd April 1881 reads:
    Place: Cressbrook
    John Sheldon Head Mar 37 General Labourer Ashford, Derbyshire
    Nancy do Wife do 37 Cotton Weaver Cressbrook, do
    Edward do Son - 13 Errand Boy do, do
    William do Son - 10 Scholar do, do
    Elizabeth do Daughter - 6 do Ashford, do
  23. Edward doesn't appear in any later censuses, so he is probably the Edward Sheldon whose death at age 18 was registered in Bakewell in the 2nd quarter of 1886.
  24. Census of 5th April 1891 reads:
    Place: Middle Cottages, Cressbrook, Litton
    John Sheldon Head M 47 General Labourer Derbyshire, Ashford Employed
    Nancy Do Wife M 47 Powerloom Calico Worker Do, Litton Employed
    William Do Son S 20 Masons Labourer Do, Do Employed
    Elizabeth Do Daur S 16 Powerloom Calico Worker Do, Ashford Do Employed
  25. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirteenth November 1891, Cressbrook, Litton John Sheldon Male 48 years Gardener, Domestic Abcess leading to Perforation of bowels Certified by Fentern Nancy Sheldon, Widow of deceased, present at the death, Cressbrook, Litton Fourteenth November 1891
  26. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Thirteenth July 1908, Cressbrook, Litton Nancy Sheldon Female 65 years Widow of John Sheldon a Gamekeeper Valvular disease of Heart. General Anasanca. Certified by J H Parke MRCS William Sheldon, Son, in attendance, Cressbrook, Litton Thirteenth July 1908
  27. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Eighth September 1888, Ashford Joseph Sheldon Male 72 years Garden Labourer Old age. Certified by Philip S Fentern Joseph Sheldon, Son, Present at the death, Ashford Twelfth September 1888
  28. Death Certificate from Registration District of Bakewell states:
    When and where died Name Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant When registered
    Twenty ninth August 1889, Ashford Mary Sheldon Female 69 years Widow of Joseph Sheldon a General labourer Old age. Certified by Philip S Fentern MD Jane Grant; Daughter; Present at the death; Stoke, 'near Tideswell Twenty ninth August 1889



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