Grandma Priday

This lady has been a problem ever since I started to research my ancestry. My own mother told me (on numerous occasions) that her mother was illegitimate and that tracing her history has always been a problem and of course I believed my Mom and left Grandma Priday to now.

However, once I had sorted out her date of birth I ordered a copy of her birth certificate and was very pleasantly suprised. The certificate shows the name of both the father and the mother (and mothers maiden name) as well as place & date of birth.

Feeding that information into Ancestry.co.uk I thought I could sit back and see whether the system could find her. Didn't do much sitting back, the Hints started appearing within an hour.

Seems my maternal Grandmother was part of a dynasty and most of her siblings had emigrated to Canada early in the 20th century. Perhaps they went because of a family "incident" - perhaps the birth of a child out of wedlock or maybe Granny Priday is illegitimate and she was a lucky one who was taken on the husband & wife as one of their own. That part of the history is open to discussion, however none of the relatives close enough to know are still living, so perhaps it will remain a mystery forever.

The downside of Ancestry.co.uk is the false leads it generates - links to other people with similar or same surnames that just happen to come from the same (or close location). A lot of time has been taken up initially adding threse people then stripping them all out of the family tree records!!

However, not only have I solved one mystery I may have answered another question about another relative, but more of all that later. Here are the details of my Granny & her long lost family.

The Sheward (Shuard) Clan

Mary Louisa Sheward was born 9th April 1880 at Doverdale near Ombersley, Worcestershire, Enngland. Her father is recorded as being Herbert Sheward (a famer labourer), whilst her mother is recorded as being Susannah Sheward nee Speake.

Mary Louisa Sheward was married to:

Joseph Priday
b. 19 Apr 1888 in Weobley, Herefordshire, England - d. 25 Sep 1954 in Fernhill, Weobley, Herefordshire, England. They were married at the Registry Office, Hereford, Herefordshire, England pn 13th October 1909

Mary Louisa Sheward & Joseph Priday had 4 children:

Margaret Louisa Priday, my Aunt Peggy
b. 28 Mar 1911 in Weobly Hereford, England - d. 31 Dec 1978 in Hereford, England

Margaret Louisa Priday was married to:

James Frederick Hank Lewis, my Uncle Fred
b. 1909 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England - d. 13 Sep 1993 in Hereford, England

Margaret Louisa Priday & James Frederick Hank had one child:

Valerie Lewis, my living cousin Val

Joseph Thomas George Priday, my uncle Mick
b. 15 Apr 1912 in Weobley, Herefordshire, England - d. Mar 2001 in Sandwell, West Midlands, England

Joseph Thomas George Priday was married to:

Amy Champan, my aunt Amy
b. 1911 in Leek Wooton, Warwichshire, England - d. in Dudley, West Midlands

Joseph Thomas George Priday & Amy Champan had one child:

Margaret Priday, my living cousin Margaret

William Charles Priday, my uncle Bill
b. 6 Jun 1914 in Herefordshire, England - d. Feb 2001 in St Mary’s Hospice, Selly Park, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

William Charles Priday was married to:

Elizabeth Ethel Boffin, my aunt Ethel
b. 25 June 1915 - d. 17 June 2011 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England 

William Charles Priday & Elizabeth Ethel had one child:

Mary Priday, my living cousin Mary

Alice May Priday, my Mom
b. 28 May 1917 in Weobley, Herefordshire, England - d. 15 April 2009 in Selly Oak Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham, England

Alice May Priday was married to:

Gilbert Wilfred Hyde, my Dad
b. 28 June 1916 in King's Norton, Warwickshire, England - d. 20 Feb 2006 in Selly Oak Hospital, Selly Oak, Birmingham, England

Alice May Priday & Gilbert Wilfred had one child:

William Gilbert Hyde, me!

Grandmother Mary Louisa's siblings & other relatives are:

John Henry Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 12 Jan 1868 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 30 Oct 1916 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada

William Sheward, son to Herbert Sheward
b. 18 January 1870 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 19 Aug 1939 in Kensington, London, England

William Sheward was married to:

Matilda Stokes
b. abt 1874 in Bridgewater, Somerset, England - d. 22 Nov 1947 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The marriage took place at Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England in January 1898

William Sheward & Matilda had 4 children:

Geoffrey (Jeffrey) Gordon (Shuard) Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 7 Feb 1899 in S. Kensington, London - d. 27 Jan 1956 in Geraldton, Western Australia

Albert Victor (Shuard) Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. abt 1900 in Brampton, South Kensington, London, England - d. Jun 1941 in Lambeth, Greater London, England

Edith Winifred Mary (Shuard) Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. abt 1902 in London, England - d. unknown

Eleanor Lucy Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. abt 1904 in London, England - d. unknown

George William Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 9 July 1911 in London - d. unknown

William A (Shuard) Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 1929 - d. 1929

Samuel Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 8 Dec 1872 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 10 Sep 1873 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England

Albert Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 22 July 1874 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 21 Sept 1959 in Piapot, Saskatchewan, Canada

Albert Sheward was married to:

Ellen Elizabeth Syred
b. 14 Feb1867 in Torquay, Devon, England - d. 13 Oct 1923 in M.C. Hosp, Maple Creek, Sask. They were married at Skull Creek P.O., Piapot, Sask in 1900

Albert Sheward & Ellen Elizabeth had 5 children:

Albert Godfrey (Shuard) Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 29 Oct 1901 in Mapel Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 18 Jun 1971 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Katherine Ellen (Shuard) Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 16 Jul 1903 in D. of Assinibio - d. 03 May 1993 in Union Hospital, Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada

Susan Louisa Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 3 Feb 1905 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 4 Oct 1995 in Enderby, British Columbia, Canada

Ester Ruth Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 9 May 1907 in Skebherem, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 25 Mar 2005

Lennard [Leonard] (Shuard) Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 4 Aug 1911 in Piapot, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 1 April 1944

George Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 22 Aug1879 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 15 April 1958 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

George Sheward was married to:

Esther Ann Deeley
b. 26 Mar 1874 in Lye, Worcestershire, England - d. 16 Oct 1932 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. They were married at St. Marks, Stambermill, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England on 23 December 1900

George Sheward & Esther Ann had 6 children:

Agnes Muriel Sheward, grandaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 9 Jul 1901 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, United Kingdom - d. 18 Dec 1947 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

John Roland Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 13 Oct 1903 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, United Kingdom - d. 21 Feb 1989 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
     
Arthur Francis Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 21 Nov 1904 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England - d 23 Feb 1976 in Newport, Novia Scotia, Canada

Arthur Francis Sheward was married to:

Elizabeth Lydia Booth
b. 12 Sep 1910 in Bender, Saskatchewan - d. Aug 1993 in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia

Arthur Francis Sheward & Elizabeth Lydia had one child:

Donald Charles Sheward, great grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 1934 - d. 4 Sep 1965

Allan George Sheward, grandson of Herbert Sheward
b. 30 Jul 1906 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England - d. 7 September 1986 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Allan George Sheward was married to:

Constance Lillian (Sheward)
b. Jan 1910 in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom - d. 4 Aug 1966 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mabel Louise Sheward, granddaughter of Herbert Sheward
b. 27 May 1911 in Chettisham, Gloucestershire, England - d. 2004 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mabel Louise Sheward was married to:

John Wilfred Carter
b. 5 Nov 1901 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, United Kingdom - d. 3 Jan 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dorothy May Sheward, granddaughter of Herbert Sheward
b. 1 May 1916 in Mapel Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 25 Dec 1996 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

A pair of twins that were born & died almost immediately in 1883, at Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England 

Herbert Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. abt 1884 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. Jan 23, 1961 in Stourport, Worcestershire, England

James Alfred Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 7 May 1886 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 13 Feb 1963 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

James Alfred Sheward was married to:

Edith Hannah Andrews
b. October 1885 in Lower Mitton, Stourport on Seven, Worcestershire, England - d. 13 Oct 1959 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Marriage took place 4th June 1910 at Stourport on Seven, Worcestershire, England

James Alfred & Edith Hannah had 4 children:

Fredrick James Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 23 Aug 1912 in Birmingham, Staffordshire, England - d. 24 Jul 1979 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Cyril George Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 2 August 1914 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada - d. 28 July 1979 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Arthur Herbert Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 14 Aug 1920 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada - d. 31 Aug 1997 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Hilda Edith Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 21 Jun 1916 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada - d. 24 Sep 1972 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada Hilda

Edith Sheward was married to:

Joseph Eric Earlb. 22 Mar, 1907 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada - d. 1975 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Marriage took place at Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada on 9th Oct 1937

Frederick Sheward, son of Herbert Sheward
b. 10 July 1890 in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, England - d. 28 Nov 1956 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Frederick Sheward was married to:

Florence May Davis
b. 26 Apr 1892 in Bridgewater, Somerset, England - d. 13 Nov 1965 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The marriage took place 26 Dec 1912 at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Frederick & Florence May had 4 children:

Lloyd Gilbert Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 23 Mar 1920 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 19 Feb 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Raymond Albert Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 23 Mar 1918 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 26 October 1992 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Robert F Sheward, grandson to Herbert Sheward
b. 26 May 1916 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 12 Mar 2000 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan de Ocampo, Mexico

Gladys Gwendolyn Annie Sheward, granddaughter to Herbert Sheward
b. 10 Oct 1913 in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada - d. 15 Sep 1992 in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Gladys Gwendolyn Annie Sheward was married to

Ralph Douglas Jones
b.11 Mar 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - d. 12 Nov 1988 in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada