Shropshire Blacksmiths

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BALL Henry Blacksmith 1866 Henry Ball, blacksmith. Born in 1866 in Wenlock, Shropshire. The 1881 UK census lists Henry as 15yrs, living with his family in Old Row, Horsehay, Shropshire. Parents: Enoch Ball (born 1830) and Maria Ball (born 1833). Siblings: Richard Ball; Thomas Ball; Joseph Ball; Priscilla Ball; Ann Elizabeth Ball. Contributor does not wish to be contacted.    
BARKER Thomas Blacksmith 1802 Thomas Barker, born 18th July 1802 in Culmington, Shropshire, England. Wife: Celia nee Barklem, married 28th July 1839. During his lifetime he worked as a Blacksmith. Thomas died in Ludlow in 1887. Celia died in 1900. I have Thomas Barker's family tree going back to 1570 (before Cromwell). It is believed that he comes from a long line of blacksmiths.  
BLOCKLEY Edwin Blacksmith 1834 Edwain Blockley, born about 1834 in Sheriffhales, Shropshire. One of six children of Cornelius Blockley and Fanny (nee Parry) . Apprentice Blacksmith in 1851. Blacksmith on every other census. Lived in Sheriffhales all his life. Married Rhoda Parry (mother's niece) in 1863. Son Arthur born and died in 1864. Divorced in 1863. Died in 1913.  
BUCKLEY Richard Blacksmith 1829 Richard Buckley, blacksmith. Born about 1829, Bicton, Shropshire, England. The 1891UK census lists Richard as 62yrs, living in Bicton with wife Sarah 57yrs (born Alberbury, Shropshire). Children: Richard 25yrs, single (blacksmith); Mary Ann 22yrs, single and William 16yrs (blacksmith). In 1911 Richard is 85yrs, widower, living with William and his family in Bicton.  
BUCKLEY William Blacksmith 1875 William Buckley, blacksmith. Born about 1875, Bicton, Shropshire, England. The 1911 UK census lists William as 36yrs, living at Bicton, with wife Millicent (nee Cash). Children: Richard 8yrs; William 6yrs; Millicent 2yrs. Also listed is William’s father Richard Buckley ,85yrs, widower and Millicent’s brother Sidney Cash 17yrs (blacksmith).  
CASH Sidney Blacksmith 1895 Sidney Cash, blacksmith, farrier. Born 16 Feb 1895, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England. The 1911 UK census lists Sidney as 17yrs, unmarried , blacksmiths assistant, living at the home of his sister Millicent (nee Cash) & brother-in-law William Buckley 33yrs (a blacksmith) and children. Also listed is blacksmith Richard Buckley, 85yrs, widower. Sidney cash served as a shoeing smith in WW1 (see the Indexes for Farriers; Blacksmiths of Shropshire; Warwickshire + Military.  
CHESHIRE John Blacksmith 1940 John Cheshire, blacksmith. I understand my grandfather´s brother John Cheshire was a blacksmith in Bagley, Ellesmere, Schropshire, England. I have acopy of his orbituary but no date. I guess it must have been in the late 1940´s or early 50´s. Can you shed any light on this. Any help appreciated.  
CLAY Abraham Blacksmith-Journeyman 1868 Abraham Clay, blacksmith Journeyman. Born in 1868 and lived in Ashley, Morton Say, Market Drayton, Shropshire. I do not know where he did his Apprenticeship, sadly. He was married in 1888 to Martha Pitchford in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire. He worked on the Trentham Gardens Estate in Trentham, Staffordshire as Blacksmith to the estate, and is listed in 1912 in the Newcastle Potteries and District Directory, (lists as an A. Clay, a Blacksmith in Ash Green, an area in Trentham which includes Longton Road,Staffordshire). Abraham died in 1939 in Longton, Staffordshire. Abraham is listed in Blacksmiths of Staffordshire and Shropshire.  
DAVIES John Blacksmith 1806 John Davies, born about 1806 in Fitz, shropshire, 1841 - 1871 he was living in Shropshire with his wife and family. There is a possible marriage for him to a Jane Nicholas in 21th September 1829 Pontesbury, Shropshire.  
DAVIES Samuel Blacksmith 1832 Samuel Davies, born about 1832 In Fitz Shropshire, by 1871 he was living in Boughton, Denbighshire (Wales) with his wife and two children, he died before 1901.  
DAYUS Joseph Blacksmith,farrier 1794 Joseph Dayus, farrier, blacksmith. Born 1794, Chatwall Lawn, Cardington, Shropshire, England. Died: 1857. The son of Samuel and Margaret Dayus. He inherited the coppices of trees that his father had acquired called High Alders. He lived at Cardington. Married Eleanor Farmer in 1820 at Cardington. He worked as a blacksmith (1851 Census), although in 1854 on his second marriage to Eliza Baldwin he described himself as a Veterinary Surgeon. Death Certificate of 1857 states he was a farrier. . See Blacksmiths of Shropshire & Farriers Index for other family members.  
DAYUS Richard Blacksmith 1731 Richard Dayus, master blacksmith. Born 1731,Cardington, Shropshire, England. Died 1799. The eldest son of Samuel and Martha Dayus. Richard moved to Coalbrookdale where he established a blacksmiths business. Register of Duties paid for Apprentice's Indentures in 1775 show that he was a Master Blacksmith. (IR 1/59). 1777 Land Records show that Richard purchased further land at Coalbrookdale to build a new house and blacksmiths shop close to Dale Coppice. Will 1799 - Richard Dayus of Coalbrookdale, Blacksmith. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire & Farriers Index for other family members.  
DOWNES Thomas Blacksmith 1841 Thomas DOWNES and his sons John and Benjamin were blacksmiths at Knowle near Burford in 1841. In 1851 John and Benjamin were still there. In 1861 Benjamin had moved to Nash and John to Bennett's End. In 1871, Benjamin and his son Thomas were back at Knowle and a younger son, also Benjamin was assistant blacksmith to Frederick William Ellt at Kyre Magna. In 1881, Benjamin Junior had taken over the family blacksmiths at Knowle. By 1891, Benjamin junior had left the trade to become an innkeeper. One of his brothers, Paul Briscoe, became a soldier and was my great grandfather. Confusingly, there was another Benjamin DOWNES, also a blacksmith at Nash, but I have not followed his tree. Acton Scott, now a working Victorian farm in Shropshire, was also the home of Downes families in the 19th century.  
EDGE William Blacksmith 1808 William Edge, blacksmith. Born about 1808, Leighton, Shropshire , England. In 1881 William 73yrs, was living in Horsehay, Dawley, Madeley, Shropshire; with wife Mary (born Ireland) 74yrs. Contributor does not wish to be contacted.    
EVANS Edward Blacksmith 1800 Edward Evans, blacksmith. Born about 1800-1801 in Montgomery, Montgomeryshire, Wales.   The 1841 UK census lists Edward as 41yrs, at the Brompton Smithy, Shropshire. Wife Ann is 31yrs (born about 1810 Montgomeryshire). Children: Ann 8yrs; John 6yrs; Edward 4yrs; Richard 2yrs; Mary 3mths infant. In 1851 Edward is 50yrs living in Brompton Church Stoke, Shropshire, England with wife Ann 40yrs. Children: John 16yrs; Edward 14yrs.; Elizabeth 8yrs; Lucy 6 months infant. 1861: Edward 60yrs;Ann 50yrs;John 26yrs, unmarried; Edward 24yrs,unmarried; Elizabeth 17yrs; Lucy 10yrs; Emma 7yrs; George 4yrs. In 1871: Edward is 70yrs, still at Brompton with Ann 60yrs. Children: John 36yrs, unmarried (blacksmith); Edward 34yrs, unmarried (blacksmith); Elizabeth 27yrs,unmarried; Lucy 20yrs, unmarried Emma 17yrs, unmarried and George 14yrs, scholar. Listed in Blacksmiths of Wales and Shropshire.  
EVANS Edward Blacksmith 1836 Edward Evans, blacksmith. Born about 1836 in Church Stoke, Shropshire, England; christened on 16 October 1836 in Church Stoke, Montgomeryshire. The 1851 UK census lists Edward as 14yrs living in Brompton Church Stoke, Shropshire,with his family. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for parents Edward and Ann plus siblings. 1861: Edward is 24yrs, unmarried and in 1871 is 34yrs, unmarried and still living with his parents & siblings at Brompton.  
EVANS John Blacksmith 1835 John Evans, blacksmith. Born about 1835, Church Stoke, Shropshire, England. The 1851 UK census lists John as 16yrs, living at Brompton, Church Stoke, Shropshire with his family. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for parents Edward and Ann plus other family members. 1861: John is 26yrs, unmarried and in 1871 is 36yrs, unmarried and still living with his parents & siblings at Brompton.  
FORD Thomas Arthur Blacksmith 1808 Thomas Arthur Ford. Born: Fauls, Prees, Shropshire. Parents: John and Mar. Apprenticed to John Rogers, blacksmith, Fauls Green. Went to South Africa, married twice, three children by first wife, one, posthumously, by second. He went down on the Mendi, a Colour Sergeant,on 21 February, 1917 and is remembered with honour on the Hollybrook Memorial,Southampton. His medals are in the family of his second wife, claimed only recently from Pretoria. We have never been able to contact his English family, and would so like to do so.  
FURMSTON David (Jnr) Blacksmith 1850 David Furmston, blacksmith. Born 10.12.1850 Wilcott Gr. Ness. Shropshire, England. Died 28.12.1896. Buried in St. Andrews Church yard at Gt. Ness. Married Elizabeth Lewis of Mongomery 1875 in the Parish Church Gt. Ness. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for his parents David Furmston (blacksmith) & Sarah nee Sockett.  
FURMSTON David (Snr) Blacksmith 1820 David Furmaston, blacksmith. Baptised 18.4.1820, Cockshutt, Shropshire, England. Orphaned at approx 10yrs of age. Died March 1891. Father: Samuel Furmston (Baker). Mother: Mary Griffiths (daughter of David Griffiths Blacksmith of Ruyton of the Eleven Towns). Married Sarah Sockett Loppington Parish Church on 3.5.1844. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire Index for his grandfather David Griffiths.  
GRIFFITHS David Blacksmith 1841 David Griffiths aged 70yrs, blacksmith, was born Ruyton of the Eleven Towns, Shropshire, England. Daughter Mary married Samuel Furmston a Baker on the 11.1.1819 at Ruyton. Both Samuel Furmston and Mary nee Griffiths died very young leaving a small family. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire Index for their eldest son David Furmston, baptised April 1820, who worked as a servant in his grandfather David Griffiths household.  
JACKSON William Blacksmith 1809 William Jackson, blacksmith. Born about 1809, Woore, Shropshire, England. William was son of a blacksmith. The 1961 UK census lists William as 62yrs, living at 6 ?Olinda Street, Lower Bebington, Cheshire with wife Mary 39yrs (born Cheshire). Children: John 18yrs (candlemaker); George 16yrs; Henry 14yrs; Ann 12yrs; Margaret 10yrs; Martha 5yrs; William 7yrs; Thomas 3mths infant.  
JAMES David Haywood Bright Blacksmith 1904 David Haywood Bright James, Engineering Blacksmith. Born 1904 Ellesmere. Served his time with the Sentinal Wagon Works Shrewsbury. Married Ada Beatrice Lambon. Died 1965 BirmingHam buried in Brandwood End Cem. B'Ham. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire Index for father Henry James b.1871 (Master Blacksmith), mother Sarah Elizabeth Furmston born 1886(daugher of David Furmston Blacksmith born 1850 died 1896).  
JAMES Henry Blacksmith 1927 Henry James, Blacksmith. Born 1871. Died 1927 Shrewsbury. Father Joseph James - farm labourer (cowman) of Whittington. Mother Elizabeth Griffiths. Married Sarah Elizabeth Furmston Atcham Register Office 1903.  
MIDDLETON Benjamin Blacksmith 1808 Benjamin Middleton, blacksmith. Born 1808 in Hodnet , Shropshire, England. In 1833 Ben stole 3 ducks, tea caddy and other goods from a deceased persons property, sentenced to 7 years transportation, to NSW Australia, 1836. Arrived after being in a hulk the Justitia for 2 years, worked for the Government as a blacksmith, received his Ticket of Leave and Certificate of Freedom, 1846 returned to Yorkshire, set up a Blacksmith Business, 1856 Immigrated back to NSW Australia, worked as a blacksmith in Pyrmont NSW until he died.1872. Listed in Blacksmiths of Australia, Shropshire,Yorkshire and Fingersmiths Indexes. Benjamin adopted one child James.  
RAY James Blacksmith 1832 James, Ray, blacksmith. Born about 1832, Oakengates, Shropshire, England. Son of William Ray & Elizabeth Gregory. James married Mary Ann Golding (Goulding). Children: George 1862-1866, John 1864-1927, Alfred 1866-1933, Mary Ann 1868-1872, Henry 1869-1872, James 1873-1877 & Albert E. 1879. James was listed as a blacksmith on the following census for Shropshire 1851, in Staffordshire 1861,1871, 1881, 1891 (as Striker Smith), 1901, 1911 (Retired). He died Dec qtr 1913 in Wolverhampton, Staff.  
RIDGLEY Richard Blacksmith 1791 Richard Ridgley, blacksmith. Born about 1781, England. Christened on 6 October 1782 in Bitterley, Shropshire, England. Richards Castle is on the border of Herfordshire and Shropshire. Son of Richard Ridgley and Martha Gwilt, Richard married Ann Hards on 18 April 1812 in Richards Castle.  Richard died 1825, was buried on 17 September 1825 in Richards Castle, Herefordshire. Will Proved on 11 November 1825 in Hereford.  See other family members in the Blacksmiths of Shropshire and Wheelwrights Index.  
SHOTTON Benjamin Blacksmith 1795 Benjamin Shotton, born about 1795 in Sheriffhales. Recorded as Blacksmith in 1851 and 1861in Sheriffhales. Died in 1871. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire Index for son Samuel.  
SHOTTON Samuel Blacksmith 1826 Samuel Shotton, born about 1826. Parents: Benjamin SHOTTON and Mary. Recorded in 1851 as Blacksmith in Sheriffhales. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire Index for his father Bejamin.  
SMITH John Blacksmith 1811 John Smith , blacksmith. Born 1811 in Asterley, Shropshire, England. Son of blacksmithWilliam Smith who plied his trade in the same area. John married Martha Griffiths in 1835 and they had five sons, Richard, Edward William , Samuel , Joseph and John. All the sons also worked as blacksmith's in the Asterley area. Records show that Edward William , Richard and John later moved from Shropshire and worked as a Blacksmith in Staffordshire. Contributor does not wish to be contacted.    
SUTTON George Blacksmith 1901 George Sutton, blacksmith. Born: 22nd April 1902, at The Smithy, Burlton, Shropshire, England. Died: 1970s, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. No issue. George was the last smithy at Burlton. The Smithy at Burlton in George Sutton's time was used as the model for the Shropshire Women’s Institute’s commemorative plates celebrating rural activities. The Smithy is now a private house. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for his father William Sutton born 1867.  
SUTTON William Blacksmith 1867 William Sutton,blacksmith. Born:10th August 1867, Sandford, Prees, Shropshire, England. Died: 9th October 1952, Weston Lullingfields, Shropshire. Buried: Loppington, Shropshire. 1891 UK Census lists him as 23yrs, and a servant to William Rogers (Blacksmith) at Corre Rd, Whitchurch, Shropshire. 1901 UK Census lists him as Blacksmith at Burlton. Also listed: Harry Thomas ('blacksmith apprentice) born Prees. See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for his son George born 1902.  
WELLINGS Humphrey (Jnr) Blacksmith 1834 Humphrey Wellings (Jnr), blacksmith. Born about 1834, Stottesdon, Shropshire, England. The 1841 UK census lists him as 7yrs, living at Wrickton, Shropshire. In 1851 Humphrey (Jnr) is 17yrs, still in Wrickton. 1861: Humphrey (Jnr) is 27yrs, living at “Cottages’ in Stottesdon with wife Mary 25yrs and daughter Jane 3yrs. Also listed is Thomas Felton 18yrs(apprentice blacksmith) and John Taylor 27yrs(boarder/farm labourer). See Blacksmiths of Shropshire for parents blacksmith Humphrey Wellings (Snr) and Lettisha; plus other family members.  
WELLINGS Humphrey (Snr) Blacksmith 1791 Humphrey Wellings (Snr), blacksmith Born 23 January 1791, Stottesdon, Shropshire, England. The 1841 UK census lists him as 50yrs, living at Wrickton, Shropshire; with wife Lettisha 40yrs. Others listed: Joseph Wellings 20yrs; Isabella Wellings 12yrs; Humphrey Wellings 7yrs; Jane Wellings 50yrs; Benjamin Wellings 2mths infant; Elen Wellings 30yrs. In 1851 Humphrey is in Wrickton, aged 60yrs; Lettisha 53yrs. Humphrey Wellings (Jnr 17yrs (blacksmith); Jane Wellings 15yrs; Benjamin Wellings 10yrs. Visitor: Isabella Hall 23yrs and her daughter Jane Hall 5mths infant  
WHITTINGHAM John Blacksmith 1791 John Whittingham, born about 1791 and baptised in Sheriffhales. Recorded as Blacksmith in Sheriffhales between 1816 and 1820. Son of John Whittingham and Mary (nee Bray). Married Elizabeth Brown in 1814. Had five children. Died in 1836 aged 45.  
WHITTINGHAM Thomas Blacksmith 1822 Thomas Whittingham, born about 1822 in Shifnal, Shropshire, England. Died in 1908 aged 86. Parents: George Whittingham & Ellen/Eleanor Smith. Recorded as Apprentice Blacksmith in 1841 and as Blacksmith from 1851 to 1901 (except 1881 when he was recorded as Innkeeper). Married three times. In 1846 he married Sarah Dean who died (date not known), in 1856 he married Mary Ann Whittingham (relationship unclear)who died in 1877, and in 1878 he married Mary (Hill or Rudge).  
WILLIAMS William Blacksmith 1796 William Williams, blacksmith, farmer, publican. Born about 1796, Loppington, Shropshire, England. The 1841 UK census lists William as 45yrs, living in Loppington with wife Martha 40yrs. Children: Ann 17yrs; Betsy 15yrs; Martha 11yrs and sons Francis 6yrs and William 4yrs. In 1851 William si56yrs, still at Loppington. Martha 53yrs. Children: Ann 26yrs, unmarried; William 15yrs(scholar) and Emma 9yrs. The 1861 census lists William as 66yrd, Martha 63yrs and son William 23yrs (butcher). 1871 William is 76yrs, retired blacksmith, but still an innkeeper. Martha is 72yrs plus daugther Emma 29yrs, unmarried (school mistress) and grandson Thomas Elkes 5yrs. William not seen on census after this date.  
WILSON John Blacksmith 1871 John Wilson, master blacksmith. Born about 1841 in Salop, Weston, Shropshire, England. The 1871 UK census lists John as 30yrs, at Stanton-Shropshire; with wife Martha 30yrs (born Shropshire). The 1881 census lists John as 40yrs, at Whitchurch Black Park Lodge Farm, Shropshire; Martha 40yrs. Children: John.W. 12yrs; Edwin 10yrs; Walter.H. 3yrs.    
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