|Jonas Sheard (1713-1789)|
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Jonas Sheard, Born Birstall Parish 1713, Son of Michael
Sheard and Abigail Healy|
Jonas Sheard, "the son of Michael Sheard of Gomersall", was baptized on May 27, 1713 (BiPBT).
Marriage, Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk
Jonas Sheard of Greater Gomersall married Dinah Kirk on November 19, 1739 in Birstall Parish (BiPBT).
Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk had:
Children: See George Sheard, now or at the bottom of the page.
Jonas Sheard in Birstall and Batley Parishes
As indicated by the records for the children of Jonas Sheard's sons, George and Michael, and the death record of Jonas Sheard, the family moved from Birstall Parish to Batley in Batley parish sometime after the death of Suzanna in 1764.
Death of Dinah Kirk Sheard
Dinah Sheard M.S. (married sister) of Birstall Gomersall congregation died September 4, 1763 buried September 7, 1763. (Gildersome Baptist Church LDS film #81666211)
Death of Jonas Sheard
Jonas Sheard was buried in Batley Parish on December 13, 1789 (BPR)
Legacy of Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk in Batley
George Sheard (born in Great Gomersal in Birstall parish in 1740) and his brother, Michael Sheard (born in Great Gomersal, Birstall Parish in 1742), the sons of Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk both moved to Batley in Batley parish 1762/63 or before. Both George and Michael were listed on various records as clothiers. They both had children baptized in Batley parish.
George Sheard has six sons: John born 1763, James born 1770 (died as a child), George born 1773, Michael born 1775, Benjamin born 1777, William born 1780 and four daughters: Dinah born 1765 married James Brigg, Sarah born 1767 married John Turner, Mary born 1771 married Isaac Newsome, Hannah born 1782 married Robert Wilson.
Michael Sheard had three sons: James in 1763, Jonas in 1770 and Michael in 1771. None of Michael's sons appear in later records in Batley Parish. Michael also had seven daughters: Hannah born 1765 married Abraham Newsome, Dinah born 1768 married William Walker, Mary born 1772 married Joseph Blakely, Martha born 1774 married Joseph Ackroyd, Sarah born 1777 married James Bowling and Thomas Auty, Elizabeth born 1779 married Benjamin Parr, Lydia born 1781 married Benjamin Law. Benjamin Parr and Benjamin Law were clothiers and partners. Benjamin Law's developed of shoddy around 1813 was a major factor in the economic growth and development of Batley. Many people, including some of the Sheards, made their fortunes in shoddy. Benjamin Parr's sons developed mungo, which also became an important economic factor for Batley.
George Sheard's son, Michael Sheard (1777-1837) had a son Michael (1798-1861). Michael, junior had five sons, John, Joseph, Benjamin, George and Richard. Michael and his sons formed the company, Michael Sheard and Sons. Michael Sheard and Sons bought out the other partners of the Hick Lane Mill. Originally a "company concern" this steam driven mill with the express purpose of making shoddy was built in 1822. The original group included Benjamin Parr, Benjamin Law's brother-in-law and former partner. However it did not include Benjamin Law. The Sheards took down the old mill and built a new one in it's place. They also purchased the Hick Well Mill, which they rebuilt and enlarged. Their business in 1880 was the largest in Batley and according to James Willans in The Rise and Progress of Batley (1880) the Sheards were among "the best employers in the district". However Malcolm Haigh in his History of Batley (1978) says:
"A report in the Leeds Mercury in June 1836 said that Messr Hall, Sheard and Co (Batley) had been fined 6 Pounds for working children in the night and others, under 10 years, for more than eight hours.......that Messrs Sheard, Spedding and Co of Hick Lane Mills had been fined 7 Pounds for working children under nine for more than eight hours......."Malcolm Haigh credits the Sheard with bringing electricity to Batley:
"Electricity made its incursion into town in 1882 when it was first given a trial at the Hick Lane works of Michael Sheard and Co."
The Sheards were also involved in coal mining. Malcolm Haigh says "Messr John, Joseph, Benjamin and George Sheard" were all Batley woolen manufacturers and directors of the Howley Park Company, a coal mining concern.
1822 Baine's Directory listed Michael Sheard and Michael Sheard, Jun as Flushing Manfrs. It also listed Benjamin Parr and Benjamin Law as flushing manufacturers.
The 1829 Pigot Directory listed George Sheard and Michael Sheard under flushing Manufacturers.
The 1834 Pigot's Directory listed:
Furthermore it listed:
In addition, James Sheard was listed at Wilton's Arms, James Sheard, under Batley Taverns and Public Houses.
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Vivien Tomlinson is "a member of the Society of Genealogists and several Yorkshire Family History Societies, on the committee of the London Group of the Yorkshire Family History Societies, and have an Advanced Certificate in Family History." She has done extensive work into several Batley familys including the Sheards. See Vivien Tomlinson's Family History
George Sheard, the son of Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk. For more information on the descendants of George Sheard click on the photo of the Batley Parish Church.
Michael Sheard, the son of Jonas Sheard and Dinah Kirk. For more information on the descendants of Michael Sheard click on the photo of the Batley Parish Church.
Michael Sheard, the father of Jonas Sheard|
For information of Michael, the father of Jonas Sheard, click on the photo of the Birstall parish church
Jonas Sheard married Diana Kirk in Birstall Parish in 1739. For more information on Diana Kirk, click on on the photo of the intersection of Bradford, Huddersfield and Halifax roads, near Liversedge.
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