|John Sheard (16??-1690)|
Briestwell, Thornhill Parish
|Michael Sheard (c 1688-??)|
|Jonas Sheard (1713-1789)|
|Connection To All Sheard Pages|
|Vivien Tomlinson's Family History|
Michael Sheard c 1688 of Birstall Parish|
There is some question concerning the birth record of Michael Sheard who married Abigail Healy and had children in the early 1700s in Birstall Parish. The following information is is support of the theory that Michael was the son of John Sheard born in Briestwell in Thornhill Parish in 1867.
Vivien Tomlinson's Research of the Sheard in Briestwell
All of the information on this page, except where noted, was graciously provided by Sheard descendant, Vivien Tomlinson, January 2005.
Vivien notes that:
The will of George Sheard of Briestwell, mentions a nephew, George, son of Michael. Although, George was not the elder son, he could have been less well provided for or even George's godson. George's will also mentions Benjamin, son of his brother, Benjamin. In Birstall we have two Benjamins who fit on age. Unfortunately I have not found a baptism for the younger Benjamin. A definite baptismal record for him could help solidify the Briestwell/Birstall Sheard connection. It is thought that he married his cousin, Elizabeth Sheard. She had a sister, Lydia, and they had a daughter of that name. Other names fit into a plausible pattern. Parts of the information do duplicate on account of Benjamin's marriage.
Marriage: Elizabeth Armitage, 12 August 1669 in Thornhill
Death of George Sheard: Buried 14 Sept 1751 Thornhill.
Residence: Littletown at baptisms of children
Marriage of Benajmin Sheard and Elizabeth Brooke 1709: Benjamin Sheard of Littletown married Elizabeth Brooke July 28, 1709, Birstall Parish (MLB, Jan 2005)
Children of Benjamin Sheard and Elizabeth Brooke :
Death: She must have died as another Ellen was baptized in 1690.
Marriage: Abigail Healey, 13 Nov 1712 in Birstall Parish
Marriage: Joseph Fisher 24 Jun 1713 in Thornhill.
Death of Elizabeth Armitage Sheard: Unknown
Excerpts From the Will of George Sheard of Briestwell, Thornhill, Dated 29 Jan 1750
(Some early wills were copied into ledgers, but this appears to be a photocopy of an original document. It is competently written but a bit untidy with the odd smudge and crossing out and perhaps a badly trimmed pen!)
There is a standard preamble -"very lame and infirm of body but of right mind and memory", and George, described as Cloathier, asks to be buried amongst his ancestors in Thornhill churchyard.
He asks that his nephew Benjamin Sheard son of his brother Benjamin be given the tenant right of the farm - this subject to permission of the landlord Sir John Armatage and his guardians. (presumably a minor, and one of the Armytages of Kirklees who did own land hereabouts.
£5 is due to him which he lent to his brother Benjamin. If Sir John allows the transfer of tenancy then George asks that he shall pay £5 to George the son of the testator's brother Michael, and £5 to Michael's widow. If Benjamin is not allowed the tenancy the the £10 is not a charge on the executors.
The remainder of his goods and chattels go to his wife Sarah and son-in-law John Fisher who are joint executors.
The will is signed with his mark and sealed with his seal Witnesses John Baildon signs John Fisher x-es Joseph Fisher x-es
There is a short inventory
He has a cow, corn in 2 fields, hay in barn and manure in fold. Three rooms are mentioned the upper parlour, the house (Yorkshire usage for main living room) with fire and range, and a middle parlour. There are two beds with bedding valued at 10s each, six chairs, various chests and boxes. The cow was valued at £2.5s. A pewter case together with a buffet is valued at 6d. The total value is £11.1s.0d Appraised by Amos Senior and Joseph Armitage who sign, and John and Joseph Fisher who make their marks.
There is no mention of a loom or anything associated with his trade, but George and his wife were elderly; he was born in 1673. I have found only one child, a son George who died young. I think the pewter case is interesting as pewter was something of a status possession, but it is empty. It is possible he was in reduced circumstances or had previously helped his relatives.
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
Other Sheards from Thornhill
On August 10, 2005 Angela wrote:
Charles Sheard, clothmaker of Lees Moor, Thornhill had a son, Charles, baptised at Thornhill Parish Church on 25 Dec 1788. Charles Sheard (1788) married Elizabeth Howarth at Mirfield Parish Church on 9 Oct 1823, but he unfortunately died young, (in 1841 and was buried at Batley Parish Church). The son of Charles and Elizabeth, another Charles, went on to become a master dyer and founded, eventually Charles Sheard and Sons Ltd at Carr Mills, Birstall.
|Jonas Sheard, son of Michael Sheard|
|George Sheard, son of Jonas Sheard|
Jonas Sheard, married Hannah Blakeley in Batley Parish in 1762. For more information on George Sheard go to George Sheard.
|Michael Sheard, son of Jonas Sheard|
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