The Sheward's (maternal side family)

My maternal grandmother was Mary Louisa Sheward (1880-1967) - she was married to Joseph Priday. Her father was Herbert Sheward (1843-1906). Herbert's father was Richard Sheward (1817-1870). Richard's father was Edward Sheward (1775 - 1853). Edward's father is unknown at this time.

Each of the generations had many off-spring meaning there were lots traceable blood-line relatives to me plus all those distant relatives linked by marriage into the Sheward's.

Here I am trying to sort it all out - if you are reading this and believe I have got part of this complex family (and connections) wrong, please let me know and I will chnage things (again).

Hewn from Rock

As far as I can see, the Sheward family story starts in Rock, Worcestershire, England.

Rock, a parish in Worcestershire, 5 miles SE of Cleobury Mortimer, and 4 1/2 SW of Bewdley. Historically it had a post and money order office under the control of the telegraph office in Bewdley.

It includes the chapelry of Heightington, the constablewicks (click for a definition of constablewicks) of Alton, Upper & Lower Lindon, Hollin-with-Stildon, Rock-with-Sneade, and Moor-with-Conningswick, and the ecclesiastical district of Far Forest.

Rock is mostly an agricultural area with many large farms & country houses but at one time it also included a number of coal mining pits.

As far as I can tell, tha family started with Richard Sheward and his children went on to establish all the other branches of the family.

Richard Sheward

Richard was born during 1720 & died about 1761 in Rock, Worcestershire, England. He was my fifth great grandfather of my maternal family lineage.

Richard (at age 22) married Margret Matthews in 1742 in Rock. Margaret was also born in Rock about 1720. Richard & Margret raised a family of 6 children:

  • Richard Sheward (1742 – 1782) - born in Rock & died in Inkberrow, Worcestershire
  • John Sheward (1745 - ?) - born in Rock & lived in Ribbesford. Worcestershire
  • Thomas Sheward (1747 - ?) - born in Rock
  • Hannah Sheward (born 1752 - ?) - born in Rock & lived in Ribbesford. Worcestershire
  • James Sheward (1756 - ?) - born in Rock
  • Margaret Sheward (1760 - ?) - born in Rock

John Sheward (son of Richard Sheward & Margret Matthews)

John Sheward was born on 3 November 1745 in Rock, Worcestershire. By 1773 (when he was 27) he was shown to be in Ribbesford. Worcestershire although he married Ann Cox (in 1773) at Rock. John was my fourth great grandfather of my maternal family lineage.

John & Ann raised a family of 3 children:

  • Ann Sheward (1773 – ?) - born in Ribbesford
  • Edward Sheward (1775 – 1853) - born in Ribbesford & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • John Sheward (1777 – ?) - born in Rock

Edward Sheward (son of John Sheward & Ann Cox)

Edward Sheward was born on 7 October 1775 in Ribbesford. Worcestershire, England & died on 18 April 1853 in Astley, Worcestershire. Edward was my third great grandfather of my maternal family lineage.

Edward married (at age 28) Sarah Rea on 17 October 1803 at Astley, Worcestershire. Sarah Rea was born on 11 November 1781 in Rock, Worcestershire & died on 5 August 1860 in Astley, Worcestershire.

Edward & Sarah raised a family of 10 children:

  • Mary Sheward (1804 – 1810) - born & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Joseph Sheward (1805 – 1872) - Hartlebury, Worcestershire & died in Lye, Worcestershire
  • John Sheward (1807 – 1883) - born & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Edward Frederick Sheward (1810 – 1883) - born & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • William Sheward (1810 – 1844) - born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Martley, Worcestershire
  • Thomas Sheward (1812 – 1883) - born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Upton-on-Severn, Worcestershire
  • Richard Sheward (1817 – 1870) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Hartlebury, Worcestershire
  • Susannah Sheward (1822 – 1895) - born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Aston, Warwickshire
  • James Sheward (1825 – 1912) - born in Hartlebury, Worcestershire & died in Wordsley, Staffordshire
  • Samuel Sheward (1827 – 1912) - born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Wordsley, Staffordshire

Eward seems to have been a farm worker (agricultural labourer) all his life.

Joseph Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

Joseph Sheward was born on 12 July 1805 in Emley Lovet, Worcestershire, England & baptised at Astley, Worcestershire on 11 August 1805. Joseph was my second great grand uncle.

When he was 33 he married Ann Perrins on 10 March 1838 at Kingswinford parish church, Staffordshire and set up home at Oldnall Hill, Oldswinford, Worcestershire. Joseph is recorded as being an Agricultural labourer.

Joseph & Ann had 6 children:

  • William Sheward (1847 – 1847) born & died in Oldswinford
  • Martha Sheward (1839 – ?) born in Oldswinford, death unknown
  • Phebe Sheward (1840 – 1842) born & died in Oldswinford
  • Elizabeth Sheward (1841 – 1892) born in Oldswinford & died in Lye
  • Thomas Sheward (1845 – 1846) born & died in Oldswinford
  • Joseph Sheward (1849 – 1923) born in Oldswinfoird & died in New Zealand

Joseph died 1 February 1872 & Ann died 8 December 1887 both in Lye, Worcestershire.

John Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

John Sheward was born on 4 October at Astley, Worcestershire, England and he was one of my second great grand uncle's.

John was the third child (second son) of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea.

At age 28, John married Elizabeth Wildsmith on 6 April 1836 at Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Elizabeth Wildsmith was born on 11 July 1816 at Shrawley, Worcestershire.

John & Elizabeth has 2 children:

  • Ann Sheward (1838 - 1839) born & died in Kidderminster
  • John Sheward (1842 - ?) born in Claines, Worcestershire

By 1851, John & Elizabeth were living at 62 Lion St, Kidderminster, Worcestershire and John is an Ale Brewer (so 62 Lion St wa sprobably an Ale House).

John Sheward died. aged 75, on 27 July 1883 at Astley, Worcestershire.

Edward Frederick Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

Edward Frederick Sheward was born on 6 February 1810 at Astley, Worcestershire, Englamd. Edward Frederick was one of my second great grand uncle's.

Edward Frederick Sheward was the fourth child (and third son) of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea.

At age 37, in October 1847 Edward Frederick married Susannah Willetts at Stourbridge, Worcestershire. As far as I currently know, Edward Frederick & Susannah had no children.

By 1851 Edward Frederick & Susannah had established a home at Kingswinford, Staffordshire & Edward was an Agricultural labourer.

By 1880, Edward Frederick was a shopkeeper at Hoo Road, Kidderminster, Wocestershire (aged 70).

Edward Frederick died, at the family home in Astley, Worcestershire on 27 July 1883.

William Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

William Sheward was born on 6 February 1810 & baptised on 9 March 1810 at Atley, Worcestershire and he was one of my second great grand uncles.

William Sheward was the fifth child (fourth son) of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea.

When he was 26 William married Sarah Pitt on 12 September 1836 at St James the Greater's, Pensax, Worcestershire. Sarah Pitt was born during 1814 in Pensax, Worcestershire.

William & Sarah set up home at Burf End. Astley Burf, Worcestershire where they set about raising a family of 13 children:

  • David Sheward (1836 – ?) born in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Joseph Sheward (1839 – 1917) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Worcester
  • Maria Sheward (1840 – 1917) born iin Astley, Worcestershire & died in Margate, Kent
  • Samuel Sheward (1842 – 1843) born & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Hannah Sheward (1843 – 1911) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Martley, Worcestershire
  • Mary Sheward (1845 – 1917) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Thanet, Kent
  • Ann Sheward (1847 – ?) born in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Maria Sheward (1847 – 1927) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire
  • Harriet Sheward (1850 – ?) born in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Sarah Sheward (1852 – 1927) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire
  • Ellen Sheward (1854 – 1854) born & died in Astley, Worcestershire
  • Susan Sheward (1856 – 1932) born in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Thanet, Kent
  • William Sheward (1859 – 1942) birn in Astley, Worcestershire & died in Kidderminster, Worcestershire

William was a Boatman, probably on the nearby River Severn & Birmingham - Worcester Canal.

By 1871 William had moved to Scotts Lane, Astley Burf, Worcestershire and he was still a Boatman.

And by 1881 he was living at Areley Hall Lodge, Areley Kings, Worcestershire and he was now a labourer in a lumber yard. It was at Areley Hall Lodge that Sarah Pitt died during 1881.

William died at Astley Worcestershire on 27 July 1883.

Thomas Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

to be compiled

Richard Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

to be compiled

James Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

to be compiled

Samuel Sheward (son of Edward Sheward & Sarah Rea)

to be compiled

 

Locations

A large part of the Sheward family originates from Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England. The parish of Hartlebury has today approximately 2,500 inhabitants, and is formed from a collection of scattered hamlets with an historic village centre, bordered on the west by the River Severn and Hartlebury Common, an area of heathland which is now a nature reserve. The surrounding area is comprised mainly of fertile arable farmland. The hamlets include Charlton, Chadwick, Whitlenge, Torton, Norchard, Crossway Green and Lincomb.

Other sections of the Sheward's originate from the Ombersley, Worcestershire area. The village of Ombersley is today in the Wychavon District Council area of Worcestershire. The first known reference to the village was the granting of a Charter to Abbot, later Saint Egwin, of Evesham Abbey in 706 AD. This was the Charter of King Æthelweard of the Hwicce, which granted twelve cassates in Ombersley to the Benedictine Abbey at Evesham.

Other branches (of the extended) have been found in Bristol, Gloucestershire. Bristol is a today city, unitary authority area and ceremonial county in South West England, with an estimated population of 433,100 for the unitary authority in 2009, and a surrounding Larger Urban Zone with an estimated 1,070,000 residents in 2007. It is England's sixth and the United Kingdom's eighth most populous city and the most populous city in South West England.

Historically in Gloucestershire, Bristol received a Royal charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373. From the 13th century, for half a millennium, it ranked amongst the top three English cities after London, alongside York and Norwich, on the basis of tax receipts, until the rapid rise of Liverpool, Birmingham and Manchester during the Industrial Revolution in the latter part of the 18th century. It borders the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire, and is also located near the historic cities of Bath to the south east and Gloucester to the north. The city is built around the River Avon, and it also has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel.

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region. Its prosperity has been linked with the sea since its earliest days. The commercial Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before being moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth; Royal Portbury Dock is on the western edge of the city boundary. In more recent years the economy has depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture. There are 34 other populated places named Bristol, most in the United States, but also in Peru, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados and Costa Rica, all presumably commemorating the original.

A sizeable segment of the Sheward family emigrated with most reselling in Canada, although some are in the USA & others in Australia.

Future Articles

i will write articles about specific branches of the family as I tie down their details, however there are already articles about some members of the family in the World War One section.