Michael Sheard (1777-1837)

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Michael Sheard (circa 1777-1837) and Sarah Lister

Birth of Michael Sheard

Michael, baptism unknown. He was the son of George Sheard and Hannah Blakeley. According to his death records he was born circa 1777.

Notes:

  • The baptismal records of his children indicate that he was the son of George Sheard
  • There is a five year break between the baptism of the children of George Sheard and Hannah Blakely, George in 1773 and Benjamin in 1777.
Notes from Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004
  • Their names include a Hannah and a George
  • He married Sarah Lister, cousin of the Grace Lister his brother William married
  • His eldest son, William, was baptized 25.12.1796, the same day as Hannah, daughter of another brother, George. (older, next in age)
  • He was a witness at the marriage of the above George Sheard and Ann Greenwood, on June 30th, 1794. (signature appears similar to that on own marriage register)
  • His marriage was witnessed by Isaac Newsome, husband of sister Mary, and Thomas Lister. (Sarah's brother)
Marriage of Michael Sheard and Sarah Lister

Michael Sheard and Sarah Lister June 24, 1795. He signed, she x'ed

Sarah Listor: On the baptisms of all of her children the name of her parent is illegible. Several times a father is not even written. (Maggie Land Blanck). Sarah was the daughter of Hannah Lister, baptized April 26, 1778, Batley ( VT, November 2004).

Occupation

  • Two listings in the Baine's directory of 1822 for the town of Batley:
    1. Michael Sheard, flushing manufacturer
    2. Michael Sheard, jun., flushing manufacturers.
  • In the 1834 Piget's directory there were also two listings for Michael Sheard under Flushing, Drugget etc Manufacturers:
    1. Michael Sheard and Sons
    2. Michael Sheard, jun.
Additional Information From Vivien Tomlinson

  • He was a member of company which founded Hick Lane Mill, specifically for the making of cloth from shoddy, in 1822
  • 1829 Pigot's directory of Dewsbury lists George and Michael, Batley, as flushing and drugget manufacturers, Batley
  • 1834 Pigot's directory lists Sheard, Spedding and Co., Hick Lane Mills as scribblers and fulling millers
Children

  1. William son of Michael Sheard clothier, son of George by Sarah his wife daughter of ______ Lister, November 19, bapt December 26, 1796.
    Death: William, son of Michael Sheard an infant, Batley was buried January 17, 1797

  2. Michael Sheard (1798-1861) and Sarah Newsome
    Baptism: Michael son of Michael Sheard clothier son of George Sheard by Sarah his wife daughter of ______ (?) Lister born April 8, baptized April 29, 1798
    Marriage: Michael Sheard and Sarah Newsom April 3, 1820 both signed. Witness, David Sheard

    Sarah Newsome: Baptized 27 December 1801 daughter of Abraham Newsome and Hannah Sheard (VT, November 2004)

    Sarah Newsome (1801) and Michael Sheard (1798) shared common ancestors in Jonas Sheard (1713) and Dinah Kirk. Sarah's mother and Michaels's father were first cousins. Jonas and Dinah Sheard had George (1740) and Michael (1742). George Sheard (1840) had Michael (c. 1777) who in turn had Michael (1798) who married Sarah Newsome. Michael Sheard (1742) had Hannah (1765) who was the mother of Sarah (1801) who married Michael Sheard (1798).

    Occupation:

    • In the 1834 Piget's directory Michael Sheard, jun.
    • Michael Sheard was listed in the 1845 Highway Tax Lists in Batley with a house and a "warch--" which he owned and a tenter ground which he rented from "Wilton"
    • When his children were baptized between 1820 and 1842, Michael Sheard was listed as a "clothier".
    • When Michael's children were born between 1847 and 1850, he was listed as a "manufacturer".
    • When Michael's son, John's children were baptized in 1846 and 1848 John was listed as a "manufacturer".
    • When Michael's son, Joseph's children were baptized between 1841 and 1845 Joseph was listed as a "clothier".
    • In the 1851 census Michael Sheard and two of his sons, John and Joseph, were listed as "manufacturers" in a firm of 3 partners with 350 employees.

    Additional Information from Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004

    • He was a member of company which founded Hick Lane Mill, specifically for the making of cloth from shoddy, in 1822
    • 1829 Pigot's directory of Dewsbury lists George and Michael, Batley, as flushing and drugget manufacturers, Batley
    • 1834 Pigot's directory lists Sheard, Spedding and Co., Hick Lane Mills as scribblers and fulling millers
    • 1857-8 White's Directory, lists Michael Sheard & Sons as scribbling & fulling millers at Old and Valley Mills. also entry for woollen mfrs says M.S. & Sons (Joseph and John) Residence given as Dryfield House

    Residence: Dryfield House, Healy (VT, Nov. 2004)

    Will: 2 January 1861, proved 25 9 1861, reg Wakefield Book YB Page 374 No 651 (VT, Nov. 2004)

    Children:

    1. John Sheard (1820-1875) and Sarah Ward (1824-?)
      Baptism: John of Michael and Sarah Sheard, Batley clothier, July 2, 1820.
      Occupation: 1851 Manufacturer , mayor 1869 (VT, Nov 2004)
      Civic: Mayor of Batley in 1869
      Residence: Dryfield House (VT, Nov 2004)
      1859 Poll Book : Wellington Street (VT, Nov 2004)
      Marriage: April 4, 1844, John Sheard, age 21, bachelor, manufacturer, Batley, son of Michael Sheard, manufacturer, and Sarah Ward, age 20, Batley, daughter of Charles Ward, butcher, both signed. Witnesses: Samuel Ward and William Walker. Note: John was 24 not 21.
      Sarah Ward: Daughter of Charles Ward and Ann Birkby, baptized 28 May 1824, Batley PC (VT, Nov 2004)
      Children:
      1. Ann Sheard and Charles James Critchley
        Birth: Ann Sheard born 4 Jul 1844, died 23 May 1880. (VT, Nov 2004) Marriage: Ann Sheard married Charles James Critchley about 1865, son of James Critchley and Sarah Illingsworth (VT, Nov 2004)
        Charles James Critchley:
        • Occupation, woolen manufacturer (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Residence, Grosvenor Rd (Wilton Park) (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Buried Batley cemetery
        (VT, Nov 2004)
        Child: James Sheard Critchley, baptized 24 Jan, 1866, Batley buried 26 January 1866, age 3 days. (VT, Nov 2004)
        Death: Died 23 May 1880. (VT, Nov 2004)
      2. Eliza Rebecca Sheard and John William Blackburn
        Birth: Eliza Rebecca of John and Sarah Sheard, Batley manufacturer, born April 23, baptized June 14, 1846.
        Marriage: She married John William Blackburn, 23 Nov 1871, Batley, son of John Blackburn and Sarah Preston. (VT, Nov 2004)
        Addition Information: Eliza Rebecca married John William Blackburn, and they were my paternal great grandparents. John William's father, John, had Shoddy businesses in Germany and at the Batley Old Mill. My father was manager of a shoddy business founded by his uncle Fred Blackburn. I attach an article I published in the Morley and District FHS journal a couple of years ago which may be of interest as you will note it also mentions the Mary Sheard who married Joseph Blakeley. Making Shoddy in Berlin by Vivian Tomlinson (VT, a descendent of Elizabeth Rebecca Sheard, email March 13, 2003)
        Notes for John William Blackburn:
        • Said to have entered business aged 16 and taken charge of the flock department 2 years later (VT, Nov 2004)
        • 1889 elected to council representing North Ward (VT, Nov 2004)
        • 1890 JP (VT, Nov 2004)
        • 1896 Borough Alderman (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Nov 1897 elected Mayor (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Nov 1916 elected Mayor (VT, Nov 2004)
        • 1919 elected honorary Freeman of the borough (VT, Nov 2004)
        • early 1920s: moved to Scarborough (VT, Nov 2004)
        More About John William Blackburn:
        • Baptism: 27 Dec 1846, Batley PC (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Education etc.: Mr Osborne's school, Turton Hall Gildersome, Mr Vincent's School, Stafford. (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Residences: Field House, Batley; Rose Bank and Belvedere Rd, Scarborough (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Burial: 1837, Batley cemetery (VT, Nov 2004)
        Children of Eliza Sheard and John Blackburn:
        1. John Sheard Blackburn, born 14 Sep 1872 in Healey, Batley, Baptism: 15 Nov 1872, Batley PC. He married Emma Wilson 1894. Residences: 1901 Ivy Dene, Died 1 Dec 1949 in Harrogate. (VT, Nov 2004)
        2. Sarah Alice Blackburn, born 8 Dec 1874; died Unknown. She married Vyner Graham 1898 in Batley. (VT, Nov 2004)
        3. Harry Blackburn, born 7 Nov 1876; died Unknown in Australia. He married Emmie Binns Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
          Notes for Harry Blackburn:
          • 201/1920 Batley News "emigrating to Australia with some workers to set up a new branch in Sydney. His brother T A Blackburn will take charge of business in Batley (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Occupation: partner, Gledhill & Blackburn, Bradford Rd (VT, Nov 2004)
        4. Gertrude Blackburn, born 28 May 1879; died Unknown. She married W.E. Mathers Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        5. Beatrice Blackburn, born 13 May 1881; died Unknown. She married Victor B. Parker Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        6. Frederick Blackburn, born 28 Jul 1883; died Unknown. He married May Garbutt Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        7. Ann Eliza Blackburn, born 14 Jul 1885. She married (1) Norman William Eley Dec 1906 in Batley West Yorks. She married (2) Rennie Orenza Vasey 12 Feb 1920 in Scarborough, Wesleyan, South Cliff. (VT, Nov 2004)
          More About Norman William Eley:
          • Education etc.: Mason Science College, Birmingham; admitted 1889 (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Occupation: Dr, surgeon on Brian's birth certificate. (VT, Nov 2004)
        8. Albert Victor Blackburn, born 4 Jun 1887; died 1893. (VT, Nov 2004)
        9. Thomas Arthur Blackburn, born 15 Oct 1889; died 9 Mar 1938 in Filey. He married Doris Gwendoline Jubb Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
          More About Thomas Arthur Blackburn:
          • Education etc.: briefly Batley Gs, then Pannal Ash College, Harrogate (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Occupation: Rug & carpet mfr, Blackburn & Gledhill (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Residences: Ivy Dene, Batley Field Hill (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Obituary: Batley News 12 3 1938 p1, and 19 3 38 p5 (VT, Nov 2004)
        10. Ethel Mary Blackburn, born 14 Apr 1892 Baptism: 8 Jun 1892, Batley PC; died 1992. She married Cyril Theodore Stubley 2 May 1916 in Zion Chapel, Batley. (VT, Nov 2004)
        Death of Eliza Sheard Blackburn : 1930 in Scarsborough, York, buried Batley Cemetery (VT, Nov 2004)
        Photo of Elizabeth Sheard Blackburn: See bottom of this page.
      3. Charles Michael of John and Sarah Sheard, Batley manufacturer, February 22, baptized April 30, 1848.
        Death: Charles Michael Sheard, Havercroft, June 8, 1849, 15 months.
      1851 census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1861 census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1871 Census: Healey Dryfield House, John Sheard, head, 59, Aldermann J. P. and retired woolen manufacturer, Sarah, wife, Eliza R daughter, Charles J Critchley, son in law, woolen manufacturer Ann Critchley, daughter, and two servants.
      Death of John Sheard: 13 Sept 1875 (VT, November 2004)
      Death of Sarah Ward Sheard:
      Photograph of John Sheard: See bottom of page.
      More on John Sheard, his wife and daughters from a 1909 Batley News Article: John Sheard had two daughters, there were no sons in his family that I remember. You might have seen those 2 girls at work with the blankets. "Where" you ask. The blankets were taken from the mill to the house - did this work make dirt and cover the house with dust? Yes it did but when the work was done and cleared away then a brush and a duster soon brought things to rights again. The principle of home work was very general in those days and had much to do with the rise and progress of Batley.
      It seemed a new era in the history of the family when the father removed to what was then considered to be the Mansion at Healey. Their aspirations through life had been so unpretentious that the removal to this higher sphere of life was somewhat unaccountable. But though removed from the centre of the trading movements the mother Mrs. Sheard did not lose her interest in the workers and learning, probably from conversations with the father, that the "lads" were going to stop smoking amongst the operatives during work hours she resented it so far as the old men were concerned. In a subsequent visit to the Valley Mills she came across some of the old hands. She advised them not to take any notice and if "they; said anything just to say that she had told them to do on smoking. There was in those days a familiarity between employers and employees that does not obtain today: it would be better if it did. Men and women were not ?ushed as they are today. There was no brutalised "penny hoil" man to turn back young girls who having tramped all the way from Lee Fair fighting against wind or rain or snow, just landed at the gate when this brutish fellow was shutting up and were refused admission, although he could see that they were wet through from head to foot.
      See Pioneers of the Textile Trade in Batley, Reminiscences from 1909, Transcriped from the Batley News by Wendy Rose now or at the bottom of the page.
    2. Joseph Sheard (1821-1877) and Sarah Colbeck
      Baptism: Joseph of Michael Sheard junior, clothier, Batley and Sarah Sheard, December 25, 1821
      Second son of Michael Sheard (Young Michael), Head of Michael Sheard and Sons, Hick Lane and Hick Well Mills, Teacher UP-lane Sunday School"
      Profile Batley Reporter, 5th Sept., 1925, page 10, Obituary Batley Reporter 10th June 1876, page 8."

      (Information from Dominic Lennon, February 2002)
      Marriage: Sarah Colbeck (Dominic Lennon, February 2002) 11 January 1840, Wakefield, daughter of Samuel Colbeck and Hannah Durrans, baptized 4 Feb 1821 Batley PC (VT, Nov 2004)
      Residence: Sunnybank House (1861), Spring Grove, Sarah Colbeck Sheard, Spring Grove House 1881 (VT, Nov 2004)
      Clubs: JP, Chairman of Dews, Bat 7 Birstall Tramway Co. (VT, Nov 2004)
      Children:
      1. Edwin Sheard and Susannah
        Birth: Edwin of Joseph and Sarah Sheard "Batley clothier" born January 27 baptized February 28, 1841
        Marriage: Susannah ________, Unknown (VT, Nov 2004)
        Notes for Edwin Sheard: 1881 Oil Merchant, Clarence St, New Scarborough (VT, Nov 2004)
        Child of Edwin Sheard and Susannah:
        1. Joseph Sheard, born Abt. 1859 (VT, Nov 2004)
          Note: The census records indicate that Edwin was 18 when Joseph was born. He was not listed with them in the 1861 cenus. Where was he?
        1861 Census: Wellingotn Street Batley: Edwin Sheard, head, age 20 rag dealer, and Susannah wife, age 22
        1871 Census: Chudswell, Soothill: Edwin Sheard, head, age 30 oil dealer employing 4 men, and Susannah wife, 32, Joseph son age 12
        1881 Census: Clarence Street New Scarborogh: Edwin Sheard, head, age 40 oil merchant, Susannah wife, 42, Joseph son age 22, no occupation, lame in both legs.
        1891 Census: Bradford Road, Gomersall: Edwin Sheard, head, age 50, retired oil merchant, Susannah wife, 52, Joseph son age 32, no occupation, crippled in childhood, Carrie Sheard, daughter in law, age 26
        Death of Susanna Sheard: Unknown
        Remarriage of Edwin Sheard: Emma Taylor (Free MBD Mar 1896, Dewsbury 9b 836)
        1901 Census: Birdaere (?): Edwin Sheard, head, married, age 60, retired oil merchant, Emma, wife age 57
        1901 Census: Mill Lane, Birstall: Joseph Sheard, head, widow, age 42, herbilist, sub med, own account, John Kellett, uncle, age 54, rage grinder, and Laura Ann Kellett, age 48, aunt
      2. Emma Sheard (1842-1914) and Alfred Parker
        Baptism: Emma of Joseph and Sarah Sheard "Batley clothier" May 8 baptized June 5, 1843.
        Birth: Emma Sheard born 3 May, 1842 ( Dominic Lennon)
        Marriage: Alfred Parker, born 20 Feb 1841, Batley (son of Joseph Parker and Jane Blakeley) ( Dominic Lennon)
        Alfred Parker: Baptized 4 April 1841, Zion, Occupation, 1881 Woolen manufacturer (VT, Nov 2004)
        Children:
        1. Sarah Jane Parker born May 1865, Batley ( Dominic Lennon)
          Death: Died Nov 1884, Ontario, Canada, buried 18 Nov 1884, Ontario, Canada. ( D L)
        2. Alfred Sheard Parker born 1868, Batley (D L)
          Death: Died 1930. (D L)
        3. Annie Parker born 1870, Batley (D L)
          Death: Died Nov 1921, Toronto, Canada, buried 16 Nov 1921.
        4. Walter Herbert Parker born 1872, Batley. (D L)
        5. George Parker born 12 Mar 1873, Batley (D L)
          Marriage: Mable Barnhart. (D L)
          George Parker, my great grandfather and fifth of eight children of Alfred & Emma came to Canada at the age of 12 (1885). He was a representative of John Fisher Son & Co. Woolens, Huddersfield, London and Montreal. He was also a Freemason, 14th degree, Scottish Rite. Information from Bruce Cheesman).
          Death: 1921 (D L)
        6. Charles James Parker born 1875, Batley(D L)
          Marriage: Bella( D L)
          Death: Died 16 Apr 1956, Victoria, Canada, buried 19 Apr 1956, Victoria, Canada. (D L)
        7. Joseph Henry Parker born 28 Sep 1876, Batley(D L)
          Marriage: 9 Aug 1900, Helena Mary Mogridge, born 20 Jan 1875, Brampton, Canada.(D L)
        8. Oscar Gilbert Parker born 1879, Batley. (D L)
        Emigration: Family emigrated to Canada in 1882 (VT, Nov 2004)
        Death of Alfred Parker: Died 29 Jul 1898, Toronto, Canada, buried 1 Aug, Islington, Canada. (D L)
        Death of Emma Sheard Parker: Emma Sheard Parker, died 22 Feb 1914, Toronto, Canada, buried 24 Feb 1914, Islinton, Canada. (D L)
        The Parker Family: David Walker has graciously shared his research on the Parker family go to Parker, now or at the bottom of the page.
      3. Samuel W of Joseph of Sarah Sheard "Batley clothier" September 12 October 15, 1843
        Death: 26 Nov 1890 Doncaster (VT, Nov 2004)
      4. Hannah of Joseph and Sarah Sheard "Batley clothier" April 12 baptized May 11, 1845
      5. Richard Herbert of Joseph and Sarah Sheard "Batley manufacturer" July 10 baptized September 19, 1847
        Death: 30 August 1848, Batley (VT, Nov 2004)
      6. Matilda Sheard and John Joseph Jubb
        Baptism: "Martha" of Joseph and Sarah Ann Sheard, "Batley manufacturer" January 28 baptized March 31, 1850. Listed in the 1851 and 1861 censuses as "Matilda".
        Marriage: John Joseph Jubb. (Per Dominic Lennon February 2003.) August 31 1871 Batley St Thomas, son of John Jubb and Mary Akeroyd (VT, Nov 2004)
        More About John Joseph Jubb:
        • Mayor of Batley 1884/5/6 (VT, Nov 2004)
        • Obituary: 8 Jun 1922, ? (VT, Nov 2004)
        Children of Matilda Sheard and John Jubb:
        1. May Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        2. John William Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        3. Alice Maud Jubb, baptism: 8 Mar 1874, St Thomas's, Batley. She married Arthur Walter Hanstock 14 Jul 1898. (VT, Nov 2004)
          More About Arthur Walter Hanstock:
          • Baptism: 30 May 1878, St. Thomas's, Batley (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Residences: The Gables, Upper Batley (VT, Nov 2004)
        4. Ida Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        5. Albert E. Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        6. Claude Sheard Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        7. Beatrice Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        8. Anon female Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        9. Bernard Jubb, born 10 Nov 1884. (VT, Nov 2004)
        10. Joseph Sheard Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
          Notes for Joseph Sheard Jubb: In Leeds Pals, killed in action 1914-18 (VT, Nov 2004)
        11. Hilda Jubb, born Unknown, dead by 1922 (VT, Nov 2004)
        12. Doris Gwendoline Jubb, born 1891; died Unknown. She married Thomas Arthur Blackburn Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
          More About Thomas Arthur Blackburn:
          • Education etc.: briefly Batley Gs, then Pannal Ash College, Harrogate (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Occupation: Rug & carpet mfr, Blackburn & Gledhill (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Residences: Ivy Dene, Batley Field Hill (VT, Nov 2004)
          • Obituary: Batley News 12 3 1938 p1, and 19 3 38 p5 (VT, Nov 2004)
        13. Samuel Talbot Jubb, born Unknown. (VT, Nov 2004)
        Death: 6 Aug 1912 Batley (VT, Nov 2004)
      7. Mary Hannah Cobeck of Joseph and Sarah Ann Sheard, Batley manufacturer, August 7, baptized September 21, 1851
      8. George Herbert of Joseph and Sarah Ann Sheard Batley manufacturer July 9, baptized July 31, 1853
        Death: 9 May 1872, buried Batley Cemetery (VT, Nov 2004)
      9. Henrietta Sheard and Haydon Johnson
        Birth: Born December 11, 1856 Havercroft, Batley, baptized January 15, 1857 (D L)
        Marriage: Haydon Johnson, 1877 Batley (D L)
        Children:
        1. George 1877 (D L)
        2. Willie Harcourt 1878 (D L)
        3. Harry 1881 (D L)
        4. Florence 1893 (D L)
        5. Sarah 1894 (D L)
        For more information on Henrietta Sheard and Haydon Johnson and their family, go to Henrietta Sheard now or at the bottom of the page.
      10. Sarah, born circa 1859 per 1861 census
      11. Ada Sheard and George Bernett Jubb
        Birth: Ada, circa 1861
        Marriage: George Bernett Jubb, 16 Aug 1882 in St Thomas, Batley
        (VT, Nov 2004)
        More on George Bernett Jubb from Vivien Tomlinson:
        • Attacked and severely injured in Fischamend, Austria in 188? in an incident where Jo Marriott was killed.
        • Manager and bookkeeper, partner Jubb and Unna
        1891 Census: Ebury Street Batley, Geo B Jubb, head, age 31 woolen manufacturer, Ada, wife, age 30, Geo Bert, son, age 5, Joseph, son, age 4 Alice M daughter, age 2 Fred A son, age 1, Mary Lee, servant, age 21.
        1901 Census: Carlinghow Lane, Batley, George B Jubb, head, age 41, living on own means, Ada, wife, age 40, George B, son, age 15, Joseph, son, age 14 Alice M daughter, age 12 Frederic son, age 10, Charles E, son age 9, Katherine, daughter, age 7, William, son, age 5
      1841 Census in Havercroft, Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1851 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1861 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Death of Joseph Sheard: 5 June 1877, Batley, buried Batley Cemetery (VT, November 2004)
      1881 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    3. Isabell Sheard and John Fox
      Birth: Isabell of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier July 13, 1823.
      Marriage of Isabell Sheard: 1841, John Fox, son of David Fox and Rebecca Hall, baptized 23 November 1817, Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
      Legacy: 50 Pounds in will of uncle, George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
      Children:
      1. Sarah about 1843 (VT, November 2004)
      2. Henry Sheard Fox and Emma Ellis
        Birth: Henry about 1848 (VT, November 2004)
        Marriage: Emma Ellis, unknown (VT, November 2004)
        More About Henry Fox: Occupation: rag merchant (VT, November 2004)
        Children of Henry Fox and Emma Ellis:
        1. Fred Ellis Fox, born 5 Sep 1871 in Batley; died 16 Jun 1938 in Batley. He married Hannah Spedding 1893 in Batley W YKS11. (VT, November 2004)
          Notes for Fred Ellis Fox: 1891 census living in Fox's yard off Wellington St, and listed as "snap maker" (VT, November 2004)
        2. John William Fox, born Abt. 1872 in Batley; died 16 Jan 1947 in Batley. He married Susan. (VT, November 2004)
          Notes for John William Fox:
          • Grandfather of Sir Marcus Fox (VT, November 2004)
          • Occupation: oyster dealer, fishmonger (VT, November 2004)
        3. Percival Fox. (VT, November 2004)
        4. Isabella Fox. (VT, November 2004)
        5. Michael Sheard Fox. (VT, November 2004)
        6. Ada Fox. (VT, November 2004)
        7. Amy Fox. (VT, November 2004)
      3. Matilda about 1850 (VT, November 2004)
      4. George Arthur about 1855 (VT, November 2004)
      Death of Isabell Sheard Fox: 17 Jan 1910, Batley (VT, November 2004)
    4. Susan Sheard (1825-?) and Thomas Walker Shackleton
      Baptism: Susan of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier February 20, 1825.
      Marriage: October 14, 1849, Thomas Walker Shackleton, age 21 "years and upwards", grocer, Batley, son of Richard Shackelton, grocer, and Susan Sheard, age 21, Batley, daughter of Michael Sheard, manufacturer and merchant, both signed. Witnesses: Charles Wigglesworth and Robert Shackleton.
      Child:
      1. John about 1858 (VT, November 2004)
    5. Matilda of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier January 21, 1827.
      Death: Matilde Sheard, age 1, buried April 14, 1828
    6. Matilda of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier December 15, 1828.
      Death Matilde Sheard, age 19, Batley buried September 10, 1848
      Note: Buried with mother Sarah, grave No. 184 On 1953 plan and listing (VT, November 2004)
    7. Benjamin Sheard and Mary
      Baptism: Benjamin of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier February 6, 1831.
      Occupation: woolen cloth manufacturer, mill owner and pit-owner
      Residence: Elmwood House, Upper Batley, 1861 (VT, Nov. 2004)
      Other Records:
      • In 1866 he and others established the Batley Rifle Volunteers, the detachment being in connection with the Wakefield Battalion. (VT, Nov. 2004)
      • Director of W.R. Union Bank (VT, Nov. 2004)
      Marriage: Unknown, Mary born Batley
      Children:
      1. Frederic A. Sheard, Helen Sheard, and Clara Longbottom
        Birth: Frederic A, circa 1861(VT, Nov. 2004)
        School: Listed with his brother Michael in the 1871 census at a boarding school in Askern, Yorkshire.
        Marriage: Helen Sheard (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Marriage: Clara Longbottom of Tingley Hall 1886 (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Children:
        1. Michael (VT, Nov. 2004)
      2. Michael Sheard, born 21 Jan 1863.
        Baptism: 6 Mar 1863, Batley
        Occupation: 1881, solicitors clerk (VT, Nov. 2004)
      3. Joseph Senior Sheard and Mary Sunderland Talbot
        Birth: Joseph Senior Sheard, born 3 Dec 1864 in Batley . Baptism: 13 Jan 1865, Batley PC (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Married: Mary Sunderland Talbot 1888, daughter of Joseph Talbot and Ann. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Notes for Joseph Senior Sheard:
        • Town councillor, elected for North Ward with a record poll (VT, Nov. 2004)
        • J.P. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        • After Sheard Firm was sold he was associated for many years with Messrs Robert Brearley & Sons, Queen St. mills. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        More About Joseph Senior Sheard:
        • Education etc.: Wakefield G S and Cheltenham School (VT, Nov. 2004)
        • Residences: Elmdene, Upper Batley (VT, Nov. 2004)
        More About Mary Sunderland Talbot: Baptism: 13 Jan 1867, Batley PC (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Children of Joseph Sheard and Mary Talbot:
        1. George Talbot Sheard. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        2. Clarice Sheard.(VT, Nov. 2004)
        1901 Census: Elmdene, Batley, Joseph Sheard, head, age 36, woolen manufacturer, Mary S wife, age 34, Clarion S, daughter age 11 George T age 7, plus three servants
        Death of Joseph Senior Sheard (VT, Nov. 2004): Cause of Death: Heart Attack Died 25 Dec 1923 in Batley. (VT, Nov. 2004)
      4. Thomas Clifton Sheard, born 1866. Baptism: 7 Feb 1867, Batley (VT, Nov. 2004)
      5. Charles Henry Sheard, born 21 Apr 1868. Baptism: 4 Jun 1868, Batley (VT, Nov. 2004)
      6. Mary Sheard, born Abt. 1870. (VT, Nov. 2004)
      1851 Census: Listed with his parents
      1861 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    8. Death of Mary ___ Sheard:
      Remarriage of Benjamin Sheard: Unknown, Annie Talbot daughter of Joseph Talbot and Ann (VT, Nov. 2004), born Batley circa 1860. No listing on Free BMD as of Dec. 2005
      Children:
      1. Sarah Elizabeth circa 1880
      2. Amy 1882
      3. Benjamin c. 1883
      4. Clifford c. 1885
      1881 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Death of Benjamin Sheard: 30 April 1891, Batley (VT, November 2004)
      1901 Census: Elmwood, St Thomas, next to Joseph Sheard and his family, Annie Sheard, head, widow, age 41 Sarah daughter age 21, Amy daughter age 19, Benajmin son age 18, woolen manufacturer worker, Cliffored son age 16, Eleanor C Foggart, visitor age 38, and two servants.
    9. Michael Sheard
      Baptism: Michael of Michael and Sarah Sheard, March 17, 1833
      Marriage: Anne Scholefield, 26 June 1858, daughter of Joshua Scholefield, of Batley Hall at time of marriage (VT, November 2004)
    10. Residence: Brookroyd House (VT, November 2004)
      Occupation: Architect
      • Designed Zion Methodist Church in Batley (Later known as Central Methodist.)
      • Batley Cemetery- Mid Victorian cemetery, opened 1866. Main focal point is Gothic towered twin chapel, designed and built 1865 by Michael Sheard and perhaps his assistant Walter Hanstock. Sheard had interests other then architecture such as land agent to the Earl of Wilton and as a local historian. Walter Hanstock joined Sheard's firm as an assistant in about 1864, and was made a partner after a few years. Born: 1833 Died: 1911 Main role in garden history: Architect United Kingdon Database of Historical Parks and Gardens
      Children:
      1. Gertrude about 1860 (VT, November 2004)
        Death: Died Bowness, Windermere 19 Sept 1867 (VT, November 2004)
      2. Maud Helen circa 1867
        Marriage: Charles Scholefield 1907 (VT, November 2004)
      Other Records: An entry in "West Yorkshire, Architects and Architecture" by Derek Linstrum, 1978:-
      • "Walter Hanstock (1842-1900) was in partnership with Michael Sheard in Batley from the 1860s. Arthur Walter Hanstock (b1874) who was articled to the firm, was made a partner in 1898 and took over the practice in 1900. The firm made a speciality of public baths, and in 1899 they were awarded second prize in the competition for Leeds City Markets. Works by the firm included:-
        Batley :
        • Mortuary chapels 1865
        • St Thomas 1867-8
        • St Saviour, Brownhill 1870-71
        • All Saints, restoration 1872-3
        • St. Thomas Sch 1873
        • Station Rd: warehouse for Abraham Brooke c1873
        • Public baths 1893
        • Town Hall 1899
        • Public Library 1907
        • and other churches, schools, baths etc. in Leeds, Dewsbury, Morley and the neighborhood.
      The extent of Michael's involvement in these cannot always be determined, but some designs may have been his Batley Parish Church Schools, which formerly stood in Stocks Lane were: "erected from the designs and under the superintendence of Mr. Michael Sheard" and opened in 1861.
      (VT, November 2004)
      1861 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1871 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1881 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Death of Michael Sheard: 1911 in Sutton, Isle of Ely (VT, November 2004)
    11. George Sheard (1835-1902) and Ann Whitworth
      Baptism: George of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier born February 26 baptized March 22, 1835
      Marriage: Anne Whitworth, 5 Mar 1857, Sy Peter's Earlsheaton, daughter of Charles Whitworth and Maria Nightingale, baptized 13 Dec 1835, Dewsbury (VT, November 2004)
      Children:
      1. Fanny Sheard and Charles George James Port
        Birth: Fanny born Dec 11, 1857 in Staincliffe Batley, baptized 14 Jan 1858 Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
        Marriage: Charles George James Port, 13 Jul 1881 in St Saviors's Brownhill (VT, November 2004) Dewsbury
        Later Records: In 1891 and 1901 census with husband in Primrose Hill, Hampstead. Later moved to Worthing (VT, November 2004)
        Death : 6 April 1930 Worthing (VT, November 2004) West Mansion Herne Terrace Worthing Sussex England
        Charles Port: Charles George James PORT [Parents] was born on 3 Sep 1855 in 3 Queen's Terrace Barnbury Road Islington Middlesex England. He died on 1 Aug 1929 in Chiltern Gate Watlington Oxfordshire England. He married Fanny SHEARD on 13 Jul 1881 in St.Savior's Church Brownhill Dewsbury Yorkshire England. From airgale.com.au/individuals/pafg549.htm
      2. Charles Michael Sheard born 15 Aug 1859 baptized October 13, 1859 Batley (VT, November 2004)
        Death: Died 1869 Birstall buried in Birstall churchyard (VT, November 2004)
      3. Percy Sheard
        Birth: Percy Sheard born 31 May 1861 Batley. Baptism: 11 Jul 1861, Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
        Notes for Percy Sheard: With daughter, governess, cook and housemaid in 1901 (VT, November 2004)
        Occupation: Woollen mfr (Vt, November 2004)
        Residences: White Lee House 1901 (VT, November 2004)
          Child of Percy Sheard:
        1. Phyllis Sheard, born Abt. 1891. (VT, November 2004)
      4. Florence Sheard born about 1864. she married John Russell in 1892. Supposedly in contemporary biography of Lincolnshire, 1907 (VT, November 2004)
      Residence: Staincliffe 1858, 1859, and 1861, Resided at one time at Oakwell House, Birstall (Batley Worthies) (VT, November 2004)
      Woodlands, now Bagslaw Museum: George Sheard became a prominent local mill owner with interests in coal mining. He built Woodlands (now the Bagslaw museum in Batley) in 1875/76. He died in 1902. (Information from the Bagslaw Museum Pamphlet) The Woolands cost some 25,000 Pounds to build. Land on 999 year lease from Earl of Wilton, annual ground rent payable 66 Pounds (VT, November 2004)
      Other Information:
      • Magistrate (VT, November 2004)
      • Borough magistrate (Vt, November 2004)
      • Director of West Riding Union Banking Co, succeeding brother Benjamin (VT, November 2004)
      • Similar role in Economic Fire insurance Co and Yorkshire Boiler Insurance Co (VT, November 2004)
      • Chairman of Dewsbury and Batley Tramways Co. (VT, November 2004)
      • Governor of Batley Grammar School (VT, November 2004)
      1861 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1871 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1881 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1891 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1901 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Death of George Sheard: 1902 (Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004)
      Tombstone Inscription:
      1869
      SHEARD IN MEMORY OF CHARLES MICHAEL THE BELOVED SON OF GEORGE
      AND ANNIE SHEARD OF OAKWELL HOUSE BIRSTALL
      BORN AUGUST 15, 1859
      DIED JANUARY 26, 1869
      IN MEMORY OF GEORGE SHEARD OF THE WOODLANDS
      FATHER OF THE ABOVE WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 6, 1902 AGED ??
      ALSO OF ANNIE HIS DEARLY LOVED WIFE WHO FOLLOWED HIM
      CHRISTMAS DAY 1902 AGED 64 YEARS
      THEY WERE LOVELY AND PLEASANT IN THIER LIVES
      AND IN THEIR DEATH WERE NOT DIVIDED

      Woodlands, The Mansion of George Sheard from 1875-1902, now the Bagshaw Museum, Batley
    12. Edwin of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier December 7, 1836.
      Death: Edwin Sheard age 10 months, Batley, buried September 27, 1837
    13. David of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier born October 3 baptized November 4, 1838.
      Death: David Sheard, age 1, Batley buried May 24, 1840.
    14. Richard A Sheard (1842-) and Ellen Whitworth
      Richard Arthur of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier, born August 23 baptized October 2, 1842.
      Listed in the 1851 and 1861 censuses.
      Marriage: He married Ellen Whitworth 1864, daughter of Charles Whitworth and Maria Nightingale, Baptism: 10 Dec 1843, Dewsbury. (VT, November 2004)
      Other Records:
      • 1878 Smith's directory of Dewsbury & District has as cotton spinner and colliery owner, Balm Mills, Liversedge (VT, November 2004)
      • 1881 census Cotton spinner and coal owner, Balme and Clough Mills (VT, November 2004)
      • 1911 (obit of brother Michael) said to be living in Bradford (VT, November 2004)
      Occupation: Cotton spinner employs 135 hands (Vt, November 2004)
      Residences: Healey in 1867, Balmgate Ho, Liversedge 1881 (VT, November 2004) Children of Richard Sheard and Ellen Whitworth:
      1. Charles Arthur Sheard, born 19 Mar 1865 in Batley (VT, November 2004)
        Death: Died 22 Nov 1940 in Little Falls, NY (VT, November 2004)
      2. Michael Sheard, born 29 Dec 1866. Baptism: 9 Feb 1867, Batley (VT, November 2004)
      3. Herbert Sheard, born Abt. 1869 in Batley. (VT, November 2004)
      4. Sarah M Sheard, born 1870 in Liversedge. She married E Clifford Fry. (VT, November 2004)
      5. Annie Sheard, born Abt. 1872. (VT, November 2004)
      6. Gertrude Sheard, born 17 Mar 1874 in Roberttown, Liversedge (VT, November 2004)
      7. Ellen Sheard, born Abt. 1875. (VT, November 2004)
      8. Mary B Sheard, born Abt. 1878. (VT, November 2004)
      9. George Sheard, born Abt. 1880. (VT, November 2004)
      10. Edith Sheard, born 1883. Baptism: 4 Feb 1883, Liversedge (VT, November 2004)
      11. Alec Sheard, born 1 May 1888. (VT, November 2004), Liversedge
      Alec Michael Sheard of New York was my grandfather. He had three sons here in the U.S. Kevin Cox Sheard, Richard Arthur Whitworth Sheard (my father), and Alec Michael Sheard (who is still living and also has a namesake in New York State). My father married Martha Burr Hopkins who was a decendent of Arron Burr and John Hopkins (Mayflower). I have three sons, a Richard Arthur Whitworth Sheard III, a Kevin Arthur Whitworth Sheard, and a Jonathan Burr Whitworth Sheard. Our son Kevin has two sons, a Burke Burr Whitworth Sheard and an Evan Arthur Whitworth Sheard.

      Richard A. W. Sheard, Jr. February 2006

      1891 English Census: 5 Ashgrove, Horton, Bradford, Lister Hills, Richard Arthur Sheard, head age 48, cotton spinner, born Burley, Ellen, wife age 47, born Earlsheaton, Sarah Maria, age 20, Annie age 18, Mary Beatrice age 13, George age 11, Harold Michael age 9 Alec age 2, children all born Liversedge.
      1901English Census: 13 Shearbridge Road, Bradford, Richard Arthur Sheard, head age 58, mortgage & insurance broker, born Burley, Ellen, wife age 57, born Eearlsheaton, Sarah Maria, age 30, Mary Beatrice age 23, board school teacher, George age 21, journeyman stuff ----, Harold Michael age 19, drappers apprentice, Alec age 12, children all born Liversedge.
      Immigration: The Ellis Island website indicates that Alec (Alex, Alexander) Sheard entered the port of New York on at least 6 times, in 1905 on his way to his brother M or W in Little Falls, New York, in 1907 on his way to Titus Sheard in Little Falls, New York, in 1913 and 1914 on his way back from Kingston Jamaica, in 1921 and 1922 on his way back from England. See
      1920 US Census: West 184th street, Manhattan Alec, head, age 31 born England, naturalized, mfgr, Francis, wife, age 29 married born New York, Richard, son, age 5 Kevin, son, age 3 Alec, son, age 2, children all born New York
      1930 US Census: 1620 University Ave., Bronx, Alec, head Rent $95, age 41 married at 26, born England, immigrated 1910, naturalized, salesman bond house, Francis, wife, age 39 married at 23 born New York, Richard, son, age 15 Kevin, son, age 14 Alec, son, age 12, children all born New York
    Michael and Sarah Sheard in the 1841 Census in Havercroft, Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    Michael and Sarah Sheard in the 1851 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    Death of Michael Sheard: Michael Sheard, Healey June 26, 1861, age 63
    Death of Sarah Newsome Sheard: 17 September 1863, Batley (VT, November 2004)

  3. David Sheard (1801-1838) and Martha Talbot
    Baptism: David son of Michael Sheard clothier son of George by Sarah his wife d of _____ Lister, October 5, bapt October 19, 1801.
    Occupation: David Sheard was listed as a Flushing, Drugget etc Manufacturer in the 1834 Pigot's directory.
    Marriage: David Sheard and Martha Talbot July 5, 1821 both signed. Witnesses, Abraham Newsome and James Talbot.
    Notes:
    • Mary's handwriting looks so much like David's that it is possible that he signed for her or taught her to write her name.
    • On the same day as the marriage of David Sheard and Martha Talbot, Elizabeth Talbot married Benjamin Senior. They both x'ed. David Sheard was a witness. Note: Elizabeth Talbot was a cousin to Martha Talbot (VT, November 2004)
    Martha Talbot: Daughter of John Talbot and Hannah Carr, baptized 18 Sept 1803 (VT, November 2004)
    Children:
    1. Abraham Sheard (1821-1891+)
      Baptism: Abraham of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier October 21, 1821
      Marriage: Unknown between 1841 and 1851, Jane (VT, Nov 2004)
      Death of Mrs. Abraham Sheard Unknown
      Children
      1. David circa 1844
        Occupation: 1871, Book Seller and Stationer (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        Marriage: LAVINIA GRAHAM 1867 in Dewsbury registration district, daughter of BENJAMIN GRAHAM and RACHEL. She was born Abt. 1845 in Gomersal, Yorkshire, and died 1876 in Batley, Yorkshire. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        Children:
        1. Marie, circa 1869
        2. Abraham circa 1773
        3. FLORENCE SHEARD, b. 1870, Batley, Yorkshire; d. 1881, Dewsbury registration district. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        4. MARIA SHEARD, b. Abt. 1868, Batley, Yorkshire. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        5. GRAHAM SHEARD, b. 1872, Batley, Yorkshire. 6. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        6. LAVINIA BLAKELEY SHEARD, b. 1876, Batley, Yorkshire. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
          More on Livinia Sheard: LAVINIA BLAKELEY was born 1876 in Batley, Yorkshire. She married GEORGE COWLING 1901 in Wharfedale registration district. According to the census, Philip and Emma Blakeley adopted Lavinia. Emma was the sister of Lavinia's mother, Lavinia Graham. Child of LAVINIA SHEARD and GEORGE COWLING is: MARTHA BLAKELEY7 COWLING, b. 1902, Wharfedale registration district; m. DONALD MARRIOTT PERKINS, 1931, Wharfe District Registered Building. (Ken Sheard, October 2007)
        Death of Lavinia Sheard : 1878, Batley
        Second Marriage: Elizabeth
        ELIZABETH BLAKELEY 1877 in Dewsbury registration district. She was born Abt. 1844 in Batley, Yorkshire. (Ken Sheard October 2007)
        Children:
        1. Jane Anncirca 1879
        2. Norman, circa 1881
        3. Caroline circa 1883
      2. Jane Ann circa 1848. Listed in the 1851 census. Not listed in the 1861 census.
        Death: Another Jane was born circa 1862
      2nd Marriage Sarah, born Ackworth, unknown
      Children:
      1. Fanny, born circa 1855. Listed in the 1861 and 1881 censuses
      2. John F., circa 1859. Listed in the 1862 and 1881 censuses
      3. Jane, born circa circa 1862. Listed in the 1881 census
      4. Sarah A., circa 1867. Listed in the 1881 and 1891 censuses
      Note: All info from censuses
      Legacy from Uncle George Sheard 1855 50 Pounds (VT, Nov 2004)
      1841 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1851 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1861 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1881 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1891 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    2. Isaac Sheard (1823-1881+)
      Baptism: Isaac of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier April 6, 1823
      Marriage: Harriett Stubley (VT, Nov 2004), unknown.
      Occupation: cloth weaver
      Children:
      1. Abigail circa 1839. Listed in the 1851 census.
      2. Hannah of Isaac and Harriett Sheard Batley clothier born September 23, baptized November 13, 1842
      3. Martha Sheard and Josiah Clafton
        Birth: Martha of Isaac and Harriett Sheard, Batley clothier, born February 23 baptized April 7, 1844
        Marriage: Josiah Clafton, Unknown (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Child:
        1. George (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Death: 1929 Little Falls, NY, Wilcox Cemetery (VT, Nov. 2004)
        See Titus Sheard and Others in Upstate New York
      4. Jacob Sheard and Ann Naylor
        Birth: Jacob of Isaac and Harriet Sheard Batley clothier born August 28, baptized September 27, 1845
        Marriage: He married Ann Naylor Unknown. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Notes for Jacob Sheard:
        • 1883 arrived in Little Falls, NY with three children, Isaac, Florence and Alice. Three other children stayed in England. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        • Occupation: woollen cloth fuller (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Children
        1. Isaac Sheard, born 29 Jan 1868 in Ravensthorpe (VT, Nov. 2004)
          1930 Census: In Little Falls, New York
          Death: Died 1935 in Little Falls, NY. (VT, Nov. 2004)
        Death of Jacob Sheard : 12 Aug 1901 Utica, New York (VT, Nov. 2004)
        See Titus Sheard and Others in Upstate New York
      5. Marmaduke of Isaac and Harriet Sheard Batley clothier born May 14, baptized September 19, 1847.
        Death: Marmaduke Sheard, infant, Batley, buried January 26, 1848.
      6. Sarah of Isaac and Hariett Sheard Batley clothier born May 16 baptized June 24, 1849
      7. Mary of Isaac and Hariett Sheard Batley clothier born March __ baptized April 20, 1851
      8. David of Isaac and Hariett Sheard Batley clothier born July 6 baptized August 14, 1853
      Legacy from Uncle George Sheard 1855 50 Pounds (VT, Nov 2004)
      1841 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1851 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Death: Harriett
      Second Marriage: Sarah, unknown
      1881 Census in Dewsbury: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      Deaths:
      1. Isaac
      2. Sarah
    3. Jacob of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier November 6, 1825
      Death: Jacob Sheard, age 17, Batley, October 22, 1842
    4. Henry Sheard (1827-1902) and Ellen Hepworth
      Baptism: Henry of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier March 4, 1827
      Marriage: February 27, 1851, Henry Sheard, age 23, bookkeeper, Batley, son of David Sheard, manufacturer, married Ellen Hepworth, age 21, Batley, daughter of Joseph Hepworth, mason, both signed. Witnesses: Joseph Hepworth and Jane Sheard.
      Ellen Hepworth: Daughter of Joseph Hepworth and Ellen Bamires baptized 12 July 1834, Batley (VT, Nov. 2004)
      Children:
      1. Margaret Sheard born circa 1854
      2. Frederick Sheard born circa 1859
      3. Catherine Sheard born circa 1862
      4. Martha E, born circa 1864
      5. Sarah baptized 24 Jan 1869 Batley (VT, Nov. 2004)
      6. Maud, daughter, born circa 1871
      Note: Info from 1881 and 1891 census.
      Notes for Henry Sheard:
      • 1851 Staincliffe, with mother-in-law Ellen Hepworth (VT, Nov. 2004)
      • 1855 50 legacy from uncle George Sheard, adjusted if Henry has outstanding debt to him (VT, Nov. 2004)
      • 1859 poll book Bottom of Batley Field Hill (VT, Nov. 2004)
      • 1861 woollen manufacturer, Field Hill (VT, Nov. 2004)
      1861 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1881 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1891 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    5. Samuel Sheard (1828-1891+) and Sophia
      Baptism: Samuel of David and Martha Sheard, Batley clothier, June 1, 1828
      Marriage: Sophia, unknown
      Children:
      1. Frank, circa 1865
      2. Ada, circa 1868
      3. Marian/Bel, circa 1874
      4. May, circa 1877
      1881 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
      1891 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    6. Mary Sheard (1830-?) and Francis Senior
      Baptism: Mary of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier February 28, 1830
      Marriage: September 17, 1848, Francis Senior, age 21, batchelor, clothier, Batley son of Squire Senior, clothier, married Mary Sheard, age 18, spinster, daughter of David Sheard, clothier, both signed. Witnesses: Sam Johnson and David Healey.
      Notes for Mary Sheard and Francis (Frank) Senior :
      • Mary received a 50 Pound legacy in will of uncle George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
      • Francis Senior listed in 1851 census (VT, November 2004)
    7. Hannah Sheard and Joe Webster
      Baptism: Hannah of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier April 22, 1832
      Marriage: Before 1855
      Notes for Hannah Sheard Webster :
      • Hannah received a 50 Pound legacy in will of uncle George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
    8. Jane Sheard (1833-?) and Benjamin Stubley
      Baptism: Jane of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier September 8, 1833.
      Further Records:
      • Listed with her brother, Abraham, in the 1851 census.
      • Witness to the marriage of her brother, Henry, in 1851.
      Notes for Jane Sheard and Benjamin Stubley :
      • Jane received a 50 Pound legacy in will of uncle George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
      • Jane Sheard Stubley buried Batley cemetery (VT, November 2004)
      • Benjamin Stubley listed with grandmother in 1841 and with Noah in 1851 (VT, November 2004)
      • Benjamin Stubley baptized 2 September 1832, Batley, buried Batley cemetery (VT, November 2004)
    9. Sarah of David and Martha Sheard Batley clothier August 2, 1835.
      Death: Sarah Sheard, Batley, buried June 17, 1849 age 14
    Death of David Sheard: David Sheard, of Batley, age 37, buried, January 5, 1838, Batley Note: Grave stone in churchyard. (VT, November 2004)
    Note: After the death of David Sheard, Martha Talbot Sheard married George Sheard
    Remarriage of Martha Talbot Sheard: Martha Sheard (or Talbot) married George Sheard October 12, 1840 in Wakefield (LDS extraction of Wakefield Parish records)
    Note: George was he son of
    Death of Martha Talbot Sheard: Martha Sheard, age 39, buried October 24, 1842. See George Sheard below.

  4. Hannah Sheard (1806-1865) and Henry Brearley
    Baptism: Hannah of Michael Sheard clothier son of George by Sarah his wife (no daughter of) February 4 Batley baptized February 20, 1803.
    Marriage: Henry Brearley, son of Robert Brearley and Dorothy Hall, 31 May 1827 in Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
    Henry Brearley: Henry Brearley, son of Robert Brearley and Dorothy Hall, baptized 22 June 1806, Batley (Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004)
    Children
    1. Robert about 1833 (VT, November 2004)
    2. Abraham about 1836 (VT, November 2004)
    3. David S. about 1830 (VT, November 2004)
    4. Hannah E about 1843 (Vt, November 2004)
    Further Records: 1855 legacy of 200 Pounds in will of brother George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
    Death: 9 Sept 1865 (Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004)

  5. Sarah Sheard (1805-?) and William Brook
    Baptism: Sarah of Michael Sheard clothier son of George by Sarah his wife (no father) January 20 Batley baptized February 10, 1805
    Marriage: Sarah Sheard married William Brook Sept 28, 1828, Both signed. Witnesses: David Fox and Joseph Chadwick
    Further Records for William Brook:
    • Cordwainer in 1836 (VT, November 2004)
    • 1855 legacy of 100 Pounds in will of brother in law, George Sheard (VT, November 2004)
    Children:
    1. Susan Sheard Brooke, baptized 10 Jan 1830, died 1858 in Batley. She married Rev. D Round (VT, November 2004)
    2. Martha Brooke, baptized 18 September 1831 (VT, November 2004)

  6. George Sheard (1807-1855) and Mary Wilson
    Baptism: George of Michael Sheard clothier by Sarah his wife daughter of ____ February 4 Batley baptized March 1, 1807
    Marriage: Mary Wilson 25 July 1831 Batley. He signed. She x'ed. Witnesses: Joseph Chadwick and Joseph Clarkson, Jr. Note: Both Vivien Tomlinson and Susan Hazell concur that this is the correct marriage for this George Sheard
    Mary Wilson: Mary Wilson was the daughter of Daniel Wilson and Letitia Fox, baptized 2 Apr 1809, Batley. (VT, November 2004)
    Children:
    1. Hannah born about 1831. She married Henry Woodhouse, of Barnet Herfordshire, unknown, in will of father in law. (VT, November 2004)
    Additional Information from Vivien Tomlinson :
    1. 1835 Will of John Burnley leaves to his son Jacob several cottages, the tenants including John and George Sheard. (Will also mentions rag machine). (VT, November 2004)
    1841 Census in New Batley, Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    1851 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    Deaths of George Sheard: George Sheard, Havercroft, age 48, buried April, 7, 1855
    1861 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    Deaths of Mary Wilson Sheard: Unknown

  7. Benjamin Sheard (1809-?) Margaret Gledhill
    Baptism: Benjamin of Michael Sheard clothier son of George by Sarah his wife (no father) September 22 Batley baptized October 15, 1809
    Occupations: Benjamin Sheard was listed at the birth of his children as a clothier. He was listed in the 1841 Census as a Inn Keeper. Bull and Butcher in the 1842 Leeds Directory (VT, November 2004)
    Marriage: Benjamin Sheard married Margaret Gledhill August 17, 1829, Batley. He signed. She x'ed. Witnesses: George Newsome and John Chadwick
    Margaret Gledhill: Margaret Gledhill was the daughter of Joseph Gledhill and Sarah Briggs, baptized 24 December 1809, Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
    Legacy of Benjamin Sheard: 1855 legacy from brother, George, of 100 Pounds if in England at the time of death or within 12 calendar months otherwise to his children (VT, November 2004)
    Children:
    1. Sarah of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier, November 15, 1829
      Death: She must have died as another Sarah was born circa 1854
    2. Peter Lister Sheard (1831-?) and Ann
      Baptism: Peter "Lister" of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier June 12, 1831
      Marriage: Ann
      Children:
      1. Rachael circa 1854
      2. Hannah circa 1856
      1861 Census in Batley: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    3. Rachael of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier born September 11 baptized September 22, 1833.
      Death: Rachael Sheard, Batley, age 4, buried March 19, 1838.
    4. Thomas of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier October 26, 1835
    5. Grace of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier January 14, 1838
      Marriage: She married William Beaumont Unknown. (VT, November 2004)
      More About William Beaumont: Occupation: fish dealer (VT, November 2004)
      Children of Grace Sheard and William Beaumont:
      1. George Beaumont, born Abt. 1862. (VT, November 2004)
      2. Thomas Beaumont, born Abt. 1864. (VT, November 2004)
      3. Sarah Beaumont, born Abt. 1866. (VT, November 2004)
      4. Sheard Beaumont, born Abt. 1868. (VT, November 2004)
      5. Ernest Beaumont, born Abt. 1877. (VT, November 2004)
      6. Janet Beaumont, born Abt. 1877. (VT, November 2004)
    6. David of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard Batley clothier born __ baptized June 14, 1840
    7. Michael James of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard, Batley clothier, April 17 baptized June 7, 1846
      Death: July 1846 (VT, November 2004)
    8. James Gledhill Sheard and Lydia Cookman
      Birth: James Gledhill of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard Batley "manufacturer" May 10, 1847
      Marriage: Married Lydia Cookman in 1868 (Valerie Mitchell, February 3, 2008) and (VT, November 2004)
      Notes for James Gledhill Sheard: 1881 milliner in woollen mill (VT, November 2004)
      Children of James Sheard and Lydia:
      1. Margaret Sheard, born Abt. 1875. (VT, November 2004)
      2. Amy Sheard, born Abt. 1878. (VT, November 2004)
      3. Thomas Sheard, born Abt. 1880. (VT, November 2004)
      Death: 1925 (Valarie Mitchell, Feb 2008)
    9. Matilda of Benjamin and Margaret Sheard Batley "manufacturer" September 29 baptized November 5, 1848
      Death: Matilda Sheard, Batley, January 1849, 15 weeks
    10. Sarah circa 1852 (VT, November 2004)
    11. Hannah M circa 1854 (VT, November 2004)
    1841 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    Death of Benjamin Sheard: Unknown
    1861 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    1861 Census: See Sheards in the English Censuses
    1881 Census: 1881 widow, 70 living with daughter Grace, wife of William Beaumont, in Mill Lane (VT, November 2004)
    Death of Margaret Gledhill Sheard: Unknown

  8. Margaret Sheard (1812-?) and David Fox
    Baptism: Margaret of Michael Sheard clothier son of George by Sarah his wife (no father) February 22 Batley baptized March 29, 1812
    Marriage: Margaret Sheard married David Fox on August 27, 1832. Both signed. Witnesses: Michael Sheard and Joseph Chadwick.
    David Fox: Son of David Fox and Rebecca Hall, baptized 24 Jun 1810, Batley PC. Occupation: manufacturer in 1836
    Children of Margaret Sheard and David Fox:
    1. Susannah Fox, born 21 Feb 1834 in Batley. Baptism: 30 Mar 1834, bapt Batley PC (VT, November 2004)
    2. Hortensi Fox, born Abt. 1836. (VT, November 2004)
    3. Sarah Fox, born 1840. (VT, November 2004)
    4. George Sheard Fox, born 21 Nov 1843. Baptism: 10 Mar 1843, Batley (VT, November 2004)

  9. Grace of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier November 13, 1814.
    Death:
  10. Grace, the daughter of Michael and Sarah Sheard of Batley, who died October 18th, 1815, aged 11 months. (Tombstone, courtesy of Vivien Tomlinson)

  11. Grace Sheard (1816-?) and Joseph Megson
    Baptism: Grace of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley, clothier, November 17, 1816
    Marriage: March 8, 1838, Joseph Megson, full age, bachelor, cloth manufacturer, Ossett, son of Samuel Megson, cloth manufacturer, and Grace Sheard, spinster, Batley, daughter of Michael Sheard, cloth manufacturer, both signed. Witnesses: George Sheard and Joseph Chadwick
    Children:
    1. George Sheard Megson, baptized Ossett 27 May 1839. (VT, November 2004)
      Note: 1855 legacy of 100 Pounds in will of uncle, George Sheard. (VT, November 2004)

  12. John of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier December 27, 1818
    Death: John Sheard, Batley, age 1, February 8, 1819

  13. Susannah of Michael and Sarah Sheard Batley clothier May 21, 1820.
    Death: Susannah Sheard, age 2, Batley, December 17, 1822
    Note: Listed on the Sheard tombstone. (Courtesy of VT)

  14. Peter, date of birth unknown

    Note: Listed on the Sheard tombstone. (Courtesy of Vivien Tomlinson)

  15. Thomas, date of birth unknown

    Note: Listed on the Sheard tombstone. (Courtesy of Vivien Tomlinson)

  16. Thomas, date of birth unknown

    Note: Listed on the Sheard tombstone. (Courtesy of Vivien Tompson)

Death of Michael Sheard

Michael Sheard of Batley, age 61, February 9, 1837

Death of Sarah Lister Sheard

Sarah Sheard of Batley, age 63, buried June 1, 1840


The Sheards as Mill Owners

1822 Baines Directory listed under Miscellany of trades:

  • Sheard J. and M. mill owners

1834 Pigot's under Flushing, Drugget, &c. Manufacturers listed

  • Sheard Benjamin, Batley
  • Sheard David, Batley
  • Sheard George & Co. Batley
  • Sheard James, Batley
  • Sheard Michael & Son, Batley
  • Sheard Michael, jun. Batley

1834 under Scribbling & Fulling Mills,

  • Sheard Michael & Joseph, Chickenley
  • Sheard, Spedding & Co. Hick lane mill, Batley


The Sheards at Hick Lane Mill

The plaque now on the front of Hick Lane Mill says in part:

Opened in 1822, Hick Lane Mill was the first mill in Batley specifically designed for the total manufacture of shoddy cloth. The mill provided space for the Jubbs, Speddings, Burnleys, Foxes and Benjamin Parr- names that were to become synonymous with Batley's industrial growth. The mill was acquired by George and James Stubley in 1907. On September 25th, 1969 a fire, one of the fiercest in Batley's history, destroyed the entire mill.
Michael Sheard and sons are not mentioned on this plaque. However Sheard, Spedding and Co. were listed in 1834 as scibbling and fulling millers at Hick Lane Mill and by 1882 Hick Lane Mills was owned by Michael Sheard and Co. who according to Malcolm Haigh used electricity there for the first time in the town of Batley.

While the Sheards made enough money from the mill to live in the "lap of luxury" and build large houses in upper Batley, they unfortunately took advantage of the less fortunate segment of the population.

Hick Lane Mill exploited child labor. Children as young as eight worked a pieceners from 6 in the morning to 8 at night with two hours of overtime if the mill was busy. They were fined and beaten for being late or slow. The Sheards were fined several times for employing children under nine years of age at night and/or for more than eight hours a day.

From the Sadler Report: Report from the Committee on the bill to Regulate the Labour of Children in the Mills and Factories of the United Kingdom (London House of commons 1832).

Question: Have you recently seen any cruelties in mills?

Answer: Yes; not long since I was in a mill and I saw a girl severely beaten; at a mill called Hick-Lane Mill, in Batley; I happened to be in the other end o the room, talking; and I heard the blows, and I looked that way, am saw the spinner beating one of the girls severely with a large stick. Hearing the sound, led me to look round, and to ask what was the matter, and they said it was nothing but paying [beating] this linger -on.

Question: What age was the girl?

Answer: About 12 years.

Question: Was she violent beaten?

Answer: She was

Question: Was this when she was over-fatigued

Answer: It was in the afternoon.


Tombstone of Michael Sheard and Sarah Lister

Courtesy of Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004


Courtesy of Vivien Tomlinson, November 2004

Sacred
To the Memory of
Grace, the daughter of Michael and
Sarah Sheard of Batley, who died
October 18th, 1815, aged 11 months.
Also, John, son of the above said
Who died February 6th, 1820
Aged 14 months
Also, Susan Lister daughter of
The above said who died December
4th 1822 aged 2 years and 7 months
Also Peter, William, Thomas
And Thomas, Children of the above
Said who died in their infancy
Sacred to the memory of the above said
Michael Sheard, who departed this life
On the 4th day of February 1837
Aged 60 years
The pale consumption gave the lingering blow
The stroke was fatal but the effect was slow
With wasting pain death found me sore opprest
Pitied my sighs and kindly gave me rest
How loved, how valued once, avails thee not
To whom related, or by who begot,
A heap of dust alone remains of thee
Tis all THOU are! And all the Proud shall be.
Also of the aforesaid Sarah his wife
Who died May 28th 1840 aged 62 years.
Thanks

Many thanks to Vivien Tomlinson (VT), Dominic Lennon (DL) and Bruce Cheesman for information on this branch of the Sheard family.

And to Ben Firman for a photo of John Sheard.


John Sheard

John Sheard (1820-1875) oldest son of Michael Sheard the younger and great great grandfather of Vivien Tomlinson who provided the photo.


Eliza Rebecca Sheard Blackburn

Eliza Rebecca Sheard, born 1846, the daughter of John Sheard and Sarah Ward, married John William Blackburn. She is ancestor of Vivien Tomlinson who provided information on this branch of the Sheard family and this lovely photo of Eliza Rebecca Sheard Blackburn.


Dryfield House, Healey Lane, Batley home of Michael Sheard the Younger (1798-1861) and his wife Sarah Newsome, later the home of their son John 1820-1875, Mayor of Batley 1869. John Sheard was listed there in the 1871 Census .

Photo courtesy Vivien Tomlinson, 2006

"Although set well back from the road with a carriage drive, the land drops away at the back. At the side is what must have been a coach house. The windows have been replaced, which changes the proportions, but it has a simple facade, though one wonders if Michael (1833-1911) who was to be an architect, had some say."

Vivein Tomlinson, 2006

In 1905 Dryfield House, Batley was given as the address of George Fox, esq and his son Louis Joseph Fox.

In January 2014 when Dryfield House, Healey Lane was advertised as a 5 bedroom house to share it was described:

"This former mill owners house was most recently used by the council as office space. Now its available as Batley's grandest house share! The building is currently being considered for listing status and has all the original Victorian features including marble fireplaces, ornate ceiling designs and huge rooms."

In the summer of 2014 Dryfield House in Healey Lane, Batley was for sale.

"It is described as a character period property and heritage asset and has planning permission for change of use from offices to flats and outline consent for seven houses in the grounds.

Dryfield House was the home of Michael Sheard, a textile manufacturer based at Hick Lane Mill, and later John Sheard, who was his son and a Mayor of Batley."

(Batley and Birstall News)

Thanks to Benjamin Dunn for alerting me to the sale.
Records of the parish of Batley in the county of York: historical ... By Michael Sheard, 1894 listed:
  1. Sheard, George, Woodlands, Batley

  2. Joseph Hick Lane mills, Batley

as subscribers. Michael Sheard did not give his on address.

The poll for the southern division of the west riding of the county of York ... By York county, west riding, 1866 listed the following addresses for Sheard in Batley:
  1. Sheard George, Oakwell House, Birstal
  2. Sheard Henry, Bottom of Fieldhill
  3. Sheard John, Branch House
  4. Sheard John, Behind New Connexion Chapel
  5. Sheard John, Dry Field House
  6. Sheard Joseph, Sunny Bank House
  7. Sheard Richard Arthur, Staincliffe

1876 The History and Antiquities of Morley, in the West Riding of the County of York By William Smith (F.S.A.S.)
  1. Sheard, Michael, Architect, Brookroyd House, Batley
  2. Sheard, Joseph, Gentelman, sunny Bank, Batley


Malcolm Haigh's books about Batley

Malcolm Haigh, a local Batley historian, has written several books about Batley.

  • The History of Batley contains many charming stories about Batley
  • Historical Snapshots of Batley and Birstall is a lovely book of old postcards and photos with comments by Malcolm.
  • His most recent book, Batley Pride, contains more stories of Batley folks and included a chapter on the Sheards.

To obtain a copy of any of Malcolm's books please write to Malcolm Haigh at:

64 Solway Road
Batley
West Yorkshire, England, WF17 6HH.

  • The History of Batley is available at 12.95p (about $23.00)
  • Historical Snapshots of Batley and Birstall is 10 (about $17.50)
  • Malcolm's latest book, Batley Pride is 13.95p (about $24.00)
Postage in each case is an extra 4.20 inside the UK but 5.20 overseas (about $9.10) - that's second class, surface mail. Air mail is 11.

Orders, with sterling cheques can be made out either to Malcolm Haigh or The History of Batley Fund.


Vivien Tomlinson

A person who knows a lot about Batley and its families is Vivien E. Tomlinson who has been contributing photos, information, comments, opinions and corrections to the web site since 2004 and has been invaluable in helping me to understand aspects of the English picture that have sometimes been unclear from my American point of view.

We share common ancestors in the Sheard family. Vivien is a descendant through George Sheard (1740-1824) and his wife Hannah Blakely while I am a descendent through George's brother, Michael Sheard (1742-1811). George and Michael were the sons of Jonas Sheard (1723-1789) and his wife, Dinah Kirk (1715-??).

George Sheard and Hannah Blakely had numerous children among them Michael born circa 1777 who married Sarah Lister. Michael and Sarah also had numerous children including Michael (1798) who married Sarah Newsome. Michael and Sarah in turn had John (1820) who married Sarah Ward. John and Sarah had Eliza Rebecca (1846) who married John William Blackburn. Their daughter Ann Eliza (1885) was Vivien's paternal grandmother.

I asked Vivien to share some information about herself and her genealogical interests. Vivien writes:

I was born in the former workhouse, by then Staincliffe Hospital, in Dewsbury, and brought up in Mirfield, but baptised at Batley Parish Church where my parents had been married. Both considered themselves Batleyites. In fact the Batley roots go deeper on my grandmothers' sides, but both grandfathers played a part in Batley life.

My paternal grandfather Norman William Eley came from Derbyshire, but was in practice as a Doctor in Batley from about 1800 until his early death in 1917. It was there that he met and married Anne Eliza, daughter of John William Blackburn and Eliza Rebecca Sheard.

My maternal grandfather, Arthur Senior, was very much a Yorkshireman. Though born in Skelmanthorpe, where his father had at one time prospered as a hand loom weaver of fancy waistcoat cloth, employing several others, the family were in modest circumstances when they moved to Batley when Arthur was a baby. He was educated at Batley Parish Church School, where he was to serve as pupil teacher, certificated assistant and eventually senior assistant. After spells as Headmaster of Schools in Cawthorne and Clayton, he returned to his old school as Head from 1925 until his retirement in 1937. Both he and his wife Sarah continued to be active in Batley life. During WW11 he was deputy chief Air Raid Warden whilst she was in charge of the Red Cross Depot.

Sarah was born Sarah Grace Gertrude Binns, daughter of Isaac Binns, Batley's Borough Accountant, dialect writer, and author of "From Village to Town", and his wife, nee Sarah Thurman Robinson.

Through these connections I have roots in other old Batley families besides the Sheards, and hope in time to have a web site of my own, but interesting links do show up in Maggie's pages. In the fascinating account of pioneers of the textile trade from the "Batley News"of 1909 we catch a glimpse of a young John Blackburn, later mill owner in Batley and Berlin, and father of the John William who was to marry Eliza Rebecca Sheard. The Brearley family are mentioned, and when Robert Brearley set up in business at the Old Craft Mill in Dark Lane around 1840 John Blackburn worked as his jenny spinner.

When my parents died some years ago it seemed a pity to consign the photos and family information I had to the loft, so went along to Batley Library to see if I could find out more. Initially this was exciting as I amassed a lot of information very quickly, and when looking for the trail of one family I would notice references to another. Though we are living near London, so I don't get up to Batley as often as I would wish, the internet has opened up more lines of enquiry and it has become an addictive pursuit.

Vivien E Tomlinson


More Sheard Genealogy

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

Sadly Vivien passed away on the 6ht of November 2012. Her web site is still maintained by her family.


Sarah Sheard - 1830 Mug

"Sadly the mug is in a poor state and has been rather clumsily restored (though this could be rectified); at the moment I know nothing of its provenance - the object is unaccessioned and we therefore do not yet have a 'hook' for any possible background information."

Chris Yeates, Museum Collections Officer, Kirklees Community History Service


Batley information including excepts from "From Village to Town" by Isaac Binns and comments by Vivien

Isaac Binns Obituary

Wendy Rose's transcription of 1909 article in the Batley News

George Sheard (1740-1824)

Other Sheard Record in Batley Parish

Jonas Sheard (1713-1789), father of George Sheard (1740-1824) and Michael Sheard (1742-1811)

Michael Sheard (1742-1811), the son of Jonas Sheard (1713-1789) and the brother of George Sheard (1740-1824)

Pioneers of the Textile Trade in Batley, Reminiscences from 1909, Transcribed from the Batley News by Wendy Rose Wendy Rose 2

Matilda Sheard Jubb and the Jubbs

Matilda Sheard, the daughter of Joseph Sheard and Sarah Ann Colbeck was born in 1850. She married John Joseph Jubb. For more information on Matilda Sheard Jubb, the Jubbs and for photos of Matilda Sheard Jubb, her husband John Joseph Jubb and their children, click on the photo of Matilda Sheard Jubb


Henrietta Sheard

Henrietta Sheard, born 1856, the daughter of Joseph Sheard, married Haydn Johnson in 1877. She is the Great Great Grandmother of Dominic Lennon who provided information on her branch. For more information on Henrietta Sheard, click on the photo of the Batley Market Square


Titus Sheard, Charles Sheard, and Isaac Sheard in Upstate New York

Several Sheards from Batley immigrated to Western New York State in the mid to late 1800s. For more information on the Sheards in New York State, click on the photo of the Batley Parish church.


The Sheards in the English Censuses


The John Parker Family

Emma Sheard, born 1842, the daughter of Joseph Sheard (1821-1876) and Sarah Colbeck and granddaughter of Michael Sheard (1798-1861) and Sarah Newsome and great granddaughter of Michael Sheard (1776-1837) and Sarah Lister and great-great granddaughter of George Sheard and Hannah Blakeley married Alfred Parker. David Walker has graciously shared his research on the Parker family.

Go to Parker


Pictures of Batley

To view pictures of Batley, click on the photo of the Batley Parish Church


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