Connections to Other Sheard Pages
Sheards in Birstall Parish, Early Records, 1640 and Later
Connections to Related Families
Healy, Abigail wife of Michael Sheard (b 1688)
The Sheard branch of the Land family can be traced back to the marriage of Michael Sheard and Abigail Healy in Bristall Parish in 1712.
Marriage: Michael Sheard married Abigail Healy on November 13, 1712 in Birstall Parish.
Marriage: Jonas Sheard married Dinah Kirk on November 19, 1739 in Birstall Parish
Marriage: Michael Sheard married Sarah Barber on in May 1763 in Birstall Parish.
Marriage: Lydia Sheard married Benjamin Law on April 20, 1801 in Leeds.
Marriage: William Law married Mary Worth in Cheshire circa 1834
Marriage: Lydia Law married John Land on November 7, 1857 in Gomersal, Birstall Parish.
The Name Sheard
George Redmonds in YSS Part II says Sheard was
"A surname found in Sheffield and Pipon in the 1400's, but originating outside Yorkshire, possibly in Cheshire (see Reaney). In the 16th century there was a Sheard family in Overden (Halifax) which was responsible for the name's ramification: Thomas Sheard of Overton, who died in 1565, had four sons, who apparently moved down the Calder valley, settling in Batley, Mirfield and Kirkheaton. The name is still common in that area and various branches of the family became millers, coal-owners, and quarry developers in Lepton and Gawthorpe Green."Records listed by Redmonds:
In March 2012 Ruth Sheard wrote:
The Sheard family name can be traced back to the Lords of the Manor of Sherde and Disley in the 13th century. They were foresters (land agents) in the High Peaks under Edward 11 onwards ( ie the Earls of Chester) and managed all the lands around Macclesfield Forest and Chapel-en-le-Frith, where most of them were buried. The arms of the family registered at the College of Arms shows the traditional hunting horn.Pedigree of Sherde family (Sherd, Sheard, Sheart, Shert, Shirt, Shirte) submitted by Ruth Sheard March 2012
End of hereditary foresters
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