James Rennell Atcherley and an Electoral Conspiracy

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Most of the records relating to James Rennell Atcherley of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, show that he was a veterinary surgeon. Some, though, provide evidence of a secondary occupation which would have supplemented James’ income, that of an innkeeper or publican. These records include newspaper reports of cases at the Petty Sessions at Bridgnorth, in which James had suffered trespass or was the victim of theft. In one newspaper report however James was the guilty party, his crime being “Conspiracy arising out of the Election for Town Councillors” at Bridgnorth. It seems James Rennell Atcherley was not a supporter of “the Conservative interest”!

Among the records which described James as an innkeeper were entries in the baptism register of Bridgnorth St Leonard (church pictured right) for two of James’ nine children. The entries in question were those for Lucy Atcherley in 1845 and John Atcherley in 1846. Directories, which initially listed James Rennell Atcherley only as a veterinary surgeon (from as early as 1828) are another source.

Pigot’s Directory of Shropshire for 1844 is the earliest such publication I have found which also includes James (albeit with his name written as James Rundell Atcherley) in the Taverns & Public Houses section. James was then running the New Inn at St Mary Street – while his widowed mother-in-law Frances Broadfield (nee Wharton) was landlady of the Red Lion at Underhill Street (where she was enumerated on the 1841 census).

Along with another publican listed in Pigot’s 1844 directory, Mrs Whitefoot of the Raven Inn, “Mr. Atcherley, of the New Inn” had served a “sumptuous dinner” to over 170 members of “Lodges in connection with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (M.U.) Bridgnorth” on 6 June 1843. This event was mentioned in Berrow’s Worcester Journal. The same newspaper, on 24 August 1848, reported on the Bridgnorth Petty Sessions as follows:

On Monday, the 21st instant, two lads named William Walford and Joshua Suaine, were charged by police-officer Evans, with trespassing on lands in the occupation of Mr. J. Atcherley, of the Swan Inn. It appeared that from ten to twenty persons have for a long time made a practice of going into Atcherley’s field to play at cricket on Sundays , and it had been determined to put a stop to it. The lads admitted the offence, and were sent to prison for fourteen days.

We learn two things from this report. First, by 1848 James Rennell Atcherley had left the New Inn, St Mary Street, and had taken on the Swan Inn (pictured left; also known as the Swan Hotel) in Bridgnorth’s High Street. (He was still there in 1851, as shown by the History, Gazetteer & Directory of Shropshire published that year and by the census.) Second, back in the 1800s a very dim view was taken of lads playing cricket on Sundays! This latter point is reinforced by another case heard at the Borough’s Petty Sessions in 1849. The Hereford Times’ account of the case follows verbatim, but is broken into paragraphs for ease of reading:

William Wareford, a lad of 14 or 15 years of age, was next charged with playing at ball, on Sunday, the 18th March last.—The same witness was examined to prove this offence, which was committed in a field, in the occupation of Mr. Atcherley, and which adjoins the vicinity of Friars’ Lane. The Magistrates, finding the offence was not committed in a street or lane in the town, consulted together for some time, when they came to the decision that, although the field was within the borough, and a foot path went through it, it was not a “public place” within the meaning of the Bye-laws, and the case must consequently be discharged.

The Mayor, addressing the defendant, said that it was a pity, and very much to be regretted, that the occupiers of land upon which so many persons trespassed, on Sundays in particular, for the purposes of playing at ball, pitch and toss, and many other games, did nor more vigilantly prosecute the parties for trespass. It was the intention of the Bench to severely punish all persons brought before them for in any way breaking the Sabbath. It was a very great pity the defendant, and many more of his age and circumstances, did not know how to spend their Sundays in a proper way.

The defendant was not to consider the present case as done with, for it was quite open for Mr. Atcherley to take out a summons for trespass if he thought it proper. There could be no doubt if the lads were brought before them for trespass, and the Bench would afford occupiers of land every facility for taking up the matter with earnestness, the practice of playing all sorts of games on Sundays, now so extensively prevalent, would be effectually put down.

The Hereford Times’ coverage of the Bridgnorth Petty Sessions went on to describe another case involving  James Rennell Atcherley (one which Berrow’s Worcester Journal also reported on).  A man named John Jones, who was “apparently 70 years of age,” was accused of stealing a legging, valued at 4 shillings, property of James R Atcherley of the Swan Inn.

This was not John Jones’ first brush with the law. He had been imprisoned at Worcester in 1829, had since been transported, and during the period of 18 months since his return to England he had spent six days in prison at Kidderminster! The Bench at Bridgnorth now heard the following depositions:

Mary Foxall deposed: I am servant to Mr. Atcherley, who lives at the Swan Inn; on Saturday morning the prisoner came into the kitchen, about 8 o’clock, and had a pint of ale; I saw the leggings hanging up, one on each side of the kitchen fire place, at half-past 8 o’clock on Saturday morning; I went into the breakfast-room, where I remained for a short time, and when I came out again I missed the old man; the prisoner is the man who was in the kitchen in the morning.

Emma Atcherley deposed: I am the wife of J. R. Atcherley; I hung both the leggings up to dry on Friday evening, and I missed the one on Saturday morning; the legging now produced is my husband’s property.

Edward Jones deposed: From information I received late on Saturday night, I went to Clap Wicket, about 6 miles beyond Cleobury North, where the prisoner lived; I took Mr. Atcherley’s son with me; at the prisoner’s house I pulled out a drawer, and found the legging now produced; I then took the prisoner into custody.

John Jones was committed for trial at the next quarter sessions on 29 June. His trial did not however take place. Having spent about 10 weeks in Bridgnorth Borough Prison, Jones died there on Monday 18 June 1849 – his age now given as 74. At his inquest the following day, “Mr. Martin, surgeon, said that the deceased was attacked with a disease in the throat and neck, and notwithstanding every assistance was rendered by himself, Mr. Phillips, and Mr. Smith, surgeons, the deceased was not able to resist its virulence, but died on congestion of the lungs.”

Bridgnorth (From an Old Water-colour) – not the sleepy place it might appear to be.

I first became aware that James Rennell Atcherley had himself been ‘up before the beak’ when Ancestry added the UK National Archives’ Criminal Registers to their wide range of online records. James’ misdeed was recorded in the Register of all Persons charged with Indictable Offences at the Assizes and Sessions held within the County [of Salop] during the Year 1839. He was found guilty of “Conspiracy arising out of the Election for Town Councillors” along with William Philimore Stiff, James Colley, John Price, Thomas Milner, William Crowder, Richard Taylor, John Furber, Thomas Roberts and Samuel Insell. It was however Findmypast that eventually provided the full story of what this crime involved, when it made digitised copies of the Hereford Journal available .

James and his partners in crime were among 52 men and one woman whose trials took place at the Assizes held at Shrewsbury on 24 July. The other prisoners included several who were sentenced to transportation, for periods ranging from seven to 15 years, for stealing livestock or property. Many others who were convicted that day received custodial sentences, of between 14 days and two years. But what of James Rennell Atcherley and his co-conspirators? The Hereford Journal reveals all:

J.R. Atcherley, publican, W. P. Stiff, medical student, and five other individuals pleaded guilty to an indictment for a conspiracy, and imprisoning James Giles, a voter in the Conservative interest at the Municipal Election at Bridgnorth, on the 1st of November 1838. It appeared that the defendants mixed some stupifying drug in the prosecutor’s ale, which sent him to sleep, and they then locked him up in a room, when being awoke by a band of music in the street, he appeared at the window and demanded to be liberated, upon which the defendants and others came up and dragged him away from the window, and beat him, and forcibly detained him until the election was over.

The Judge said it was fortunate for the defendants they had adopted the wise course of admitting their guilt, for in the event of their being convicted, of which there was no doubt, he should have felt it his duty to give them a severe and exemplary punishment, in order to teach them and others that they were not to trespass upon the freedom of election with impunity; they were discharged on their own recognizances of 100l each, and undertaking not to be guilty of similar conduct again, nor to commit any other breach of the peace.

Local elections back in those days clearly generated considerable excitement (at the same Assizes, 12 men were found guilty of “Riot, arising out of the Election of Town Councillors”). The ‘punishment’ meted out in respect of James Rennell Atcherley’s conviction may seem a light one, in comparison to imprisonment or transportation, although it should be noted that £100 in 1839 would be worth more than £4,500 today. James’ involvement in an electoral conspiracy also appears – at least so far – to have been the only stain on his otherwise good character.


Picture credits. St Leonard’s Church, Bridgnorth: Photo © Copyright Mat Fascione; taken from Geograph, adapted, used and made available for re-use under a Creative Commons licence. The Swan, Bridgnorth: Picture by William Albert Green (1907 – 1984); taken from Historic Buildings in Art, which allows the downloads for non-commercial use with an acknowledgement. Bridgnorth (From an Old Water-colour): from page 217 of Memorials of Old Shropshire, published 1906 and out of copyright.


References.

[1] Bridgnorth St Leonard, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1845. Entry for Lucy Atcherley dated 7 Oct 1845. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch I02499-0, Film 1472788, Ref. ID n519 p65.
[2] Bridgnorth St Leonard, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1846. Entry for John Atcherley dated 6 Aug 1846. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch I02499-0, Film 1472788, Ref ID n586 p74.
[3] Pigot and Co.’s National commercial directory for 1828-9. Page 672 (Bridgnorth &c.). Copy viewed at University of Leicester Special Collections Online (page 54 of online version).
[4] Pigot’s Directory of Shropshire, 1844, page 6. Copy viewed at Ancestry – U.K., City and County Directories, 1600s-1900s.
[5] 1841 census of England and Wales. Piece 923, book 4, folio 13, page 18. Underhill Street. Frances Broadfield, 65, Inn Keeper, born in county. Mary Hassall, 65, Ind, born in county. Frances Crockett, 11, born in county. Archissadella Rowe, 18, F S [= female servant], born in county.
[6] Berrow’s Worcester Journal, issue 7333, 15 Jun 1843. “Worcestershire and the Adjoining Counties.”
[7] Berrow’s Worcester Journal, issue 7604, 24 Aug 1848.
[8] Samuel Bagshaw (1851), History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Shropshire. Page 631. Copy viewed at University of Leicester Special Collections Online. (Page 634 of online version.)
[9] 1851 census of England and Wales. Piece 1986, folio 250, page 21.
[10] Hereford Times, 21 Apr 1849, pages 7 and 8.
[11] Berrow’s Worcester Journal, issue 7638, 19 Apr 1849, page 2.
[12] Hereford Times, 30 Jun 1849, page 8.
[13] Criminal Registers, England and Wales (The National Archives, Kew, Class HO 27, Piece 59, pages 12 and 13). Copy viewed at Ancestry – England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892.
[14] Hereford Journal, 7 Aug 1839, page 2.
[15] Currency converter. At: The National Archives website (accessed 3 May 2015).


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Water, fire and fever: The trials of Thomas Atcherley

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INSCRIBED ON A PRESENT OF PLATE.

To Mr. George Hilditch:
PRESENTED, WITH OTHER ARTICLES OF PLATE,
BY HIS FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCE,
IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR ADMIRATION OF HIS
INTREPID CONDUCT, IN SAVING
MR. THOMAS ATCHERLY FROM DROWNING,
WHILE BATHING IN THE RIVER PERRY, JULY 5TH, 1839.

The above words were reproduced in John William Bythell’s anthology Salopia, The news-room, and other poems, published in 1841. They were followed by this verse:

Can ought that Admiration would bestow,
Superior grace ’round virtuous courage throw?
The rarest gem Golconda might afford,
Were a poor off’ring for a life restor’d!
Oh! light is all we tender or express,
Weigh’d with HIS thanks, who LIVES thy name to bless;
Yet may this Tribute of a lauding throng,
The mem’ry, Hilditch, of thy deed prolong.

Naturally, on discovering this tribute to the heroic George Hilditch, I was more than interested in finding out which Thomas Atcherley he had spared from a watery grave. There were two contenders, first cousins who shared the same name. One was baptised at Ruyton XI Towns on 14 June 1819, son of farmer Edward Atcherley and his wife Mary (nee Morris). The baptisms of the three youngest children of Edward and Mary show that the family had moved to Stanwardine in the Fields – not far from the River Perry – by the mid-1820s, and they were still there at the time of the 1841 census.

Also living at Stanwardine in 1841 was the other Thomas Atcherley, son of Richard and his wife Mary (nee Jones). Baptised at Baschurch All Saints on 26 September 1811, this Thomas Atcherley was born at Weston Lullingfields. Again though, the parish baptism register shows a move by his family to Stanwardine, by 1816.

Ordnance Survey map showing area around Platt Mills, 1833

The North Wales Chronicle of 16 July 1839, in a report headlined Preservation from Drowning, provides more information about the incident in which Thomas Atcherley nearly lost his life. The text below follows that of the newspaper article, save for the correction of one spelling error and the breaking down of one, long paragraph into three:

On Friday last, Mr. C. R. Wace and Mr. Thomas Atcherley, two of a party of friends spending the evening at Mr. Hiles’s, of the Platt Mills, went to enjoy the pleasure of bathing in the River Perry, whilst some of their companions were amusing themselves with a game at quoits. Shortly after they entered the river, Mr. Wace, who is unfortunately rather deaf, took a swim down it to some distance, and whilst he was doing so an outcry was heard by others of the party, who on running to the spot found Mr. Atcherley had got out of his depth and sunk.

Mr. George Hilditch, of Eaton Mascott, so well known to our agricultural friends, with great intrepidity and presence of mind, divested himself of his coat, boots, and watch, and immediately plunged into the stream, but not knowing the exact spot in which Mr. Atcherley had gone down, several minutes elapsed, though he was constantly diving, before he could discover the body, which was almost in a kneeling posture; but as soon as he did, he grasped it and brought it apparently lifeless to the shore, himself almost exhausted by his noble and humane exertions.

Blankets, and everything requisite to restore animation, were immediately resorted to, Mr. Higgins, assistant to Mr. Croft, surgeon, being fortunately one of the party, and very quickly afterwards Mr. Broughton, surgeon, Ruyton, arrived, and the united exertions of the assembled friends, aided and directed by these gentlemen, ultimately restored Mr. Atcherley to life, though his recollection was not, we believe, perfectly recovered until two or three o’clock the next morning.

From this report we learn more precisely where Thomas Atcherley’s brush with death took place: near the Platt Mills (or, as the contemporary Ordnance Survey map show above names it, Plat Mill). And while there are no additional details regarding the identity of Thomas Atcherley, the identities of his friends do provide some clues.

George Hilditch of Eaton Mascott, a farmer, had married Hannah Bickerton, a farmer’s daughter from Ruyton Park, on 28 May 1838. The 1851 census shows that he was born around 1801 at Middle. Mr Hiles of Platt Mills was Richard Hiles, who was living in the township of Boreatton, Baschurch, in 1841. That year’s census, along with the next one in 1851 (by which time “Richard Hiles, late of the Platt Mills” was residing at Stanwardine), confirm that he was born around 1811 in Shropshire.

Thomas Atcherley’s “rather deaf” swimming companion was Charles Richard Wace, born 18 May 1807 in Shrewsbury and baptised there (at the church of St Chad) on 12 June 1807. Mr (John) Higgins, the surgeon’s assistant, appeared with his master John Croft on the 1841 census at Baschurch, his age (rounded down to 25) indicating that he was born between 1811 and 1816 or thereabouts.

Based on the ages of his companions, I think it is most likely that the Thomas Atcherley who was saved from drowning in the River Perry near Platt Mills in 1839 was the son of Richard and Mary. He was their first-born son and therefore stood to take over the family farm at Stanwardine. Richard Atcherley, who was “respected by all who knew him”, died at the age of 61 on 4 November 1834 and was buried at Baschurch four days later. Thus the 1841 census found Thomas Atcherley farming at Stanwardine with his widowed mother Mary.

Cardington St James, Shropshire.

On 13 December 1847, Thomas Atcherley married Jane, daughter of farmer Samuel Eaton, at Cardington St James in south Shropshire. Although the Eaton family home was at Plaish House in Cardington, some distance from Stanwardine, Jane was in fact a Baschurch girl. She had been baptised at All Saints church in that parish on 31 May 1819. She was also an heiress under the terms of her father’s will of 1840, one of the witnesses to which was John Croft, the surgeon of Baschurch whose assistant John Higgins had helped to save Thomas Atcherley’s life.

Thomas and Jane’s marriage in 1847 was followed by the birth of the couple’s first child, Mary Jane Atcherley, who was baptised at Baschurch on 13 October 1848. Then, in 1849, Thomas once more faced a potentially disastrous situation. This time however, water from the River Perry was to be his saviour. The following report, originally printed in the Shropshire Conservative, is taken from the front page of the London Standard of 7 August 1849:

FIRE AT STANWARDINE.—Yesterday morning, about half-past 11 o’clock, a messenger arrived at the Old Salop Fire-office, with information that a fire had broken out on the premises of Mr. Atcherley, a farmer, residing at Stanwardine, in this county, about 10 miles from Shrewsbury. An engine stationed at Platt Mills, the property of this office, was soon in attendance, and the engine from Shrewsbury reached the scene of devastation about a quarter-past 12. The Shropshire and North Wales engine was also in attendance shortly after.

A long range of cowhouse, with other outbuildings, were totally destroyed; and a bull, which was tied up, was so much burnt as to make it advisable to destroy him. Three calves were rescued from the flames. A servant girl states that she was hanging out some clothes about ten o’clock, when she saw a man, who appeared to be a tramp, in one of the cow-bins. She went and told her mistress, and subsequently went into the hayloft, where she discovered the same man. She returned to the house, and in about ten minutes afterwards they discovered the building on fire, smoke issuing from the hayloft and through the slating. There was a description of the man given, but no policemen could be found near the spot. The man, whoever he was, escaped. The damage must exceed 70l.

Although there had been great damage to property, the Atcherley family, their farmhouse and their 100 acres of farmland had survived intact. Thomas and Jane went on to have four more children at Stanwardine: Sarah (baptised 16 January 1850 and shown with her sister and parents on the 1851 census), Roger (born 21 June 1851 and baptised 30 July), Lucy (baptised 30 September 1853) and Alice (baptised 12 July 1855). Alice’s birth, unfortunately, was followed very quickly by Jane Atcherley’s death. “The Affectionate and Beloved wife of Thomas Atcherley of Stanwardine in the Fields,” aged 26, passed away on 16 September 1855 and was buried at Baschurch on the 21st  of that month.

The Atcherley family was dealt another blow within four years of Jane’s demise. Having survived trials of water (in 1839) and fire (in 1849), Thomas was killed on 13 June 1859 by a low fever of “Typhoid character” which he had suffered for three days. He was 47 and, by that time, the only Atcherley left farming at Stanwardine. His death not only left the future of the Atcherley farm hanging in the balance, it also left his five children, whose ages ranged from 10 to about four, as orphans.

Extract from GRO death certificate for Thomas Atcherley (click to view at Flickr)


Picture credits. Ordnance Survey map showing area around Platt Mills, 1833: This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. It is used under a Creative Commons licence. St James, Cardington, Shropshire: Public domain image (by Welkinridge), taken from Wikimedia Commons and adapted for use on this website. Extract from GRO death certificate for Thomas Atcherley: Image posted in compliance with General Register Office copyright guidance.


References

[1] John William Bythell (1841), Salopia, The news-room, and other poems. Page 77. Copies viewed at Google Books and at the Hathi Trust website.
[2] Ruyton XI Towns, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1819. Entry for Thomas Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C00659-2, Film 503518 (with surname incorrectly given as Atcherby and mother’s name incorrectly given as Sarah).
[3] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1824. Entry dated 25 July: Richard son of | Edward and Mary | Atcherley | Stanwardine in the fields | Farmer. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[4] 1841 census of England and Wales. Piece 918, book 1, folio 12, page 17.
[5] Baschurch, Shropshire, parish register covering 1811. Entry for baptism of Thomas Atcherley. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Transcript viewed at Shropshire Archives. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-1, Film 510651.
[6] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1816. Entry dated 5 May: Ann daughter of | Richard and Mary | Acherley | Stanwardine in the fields | Yeoman. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[7] North Wales Chronicle, 16 Jul 1839, page 4. Preservation from Drowning. Copy viewed at The British Newspaper Archive.
[8] West Felton, Shropshire, marriage register covering 1838. Entry for George Hilditch and Hannah Bickerton. Copy viewed at Findmypast – Shropshire marriages.
[9] 1851 census of England and Wales. Piece 1993, folio 387, page 1. Treflach Hall, Treflach, Shropshire. Head: George Hilditch, 50, farmer and auctioneer, born Middle. Wife: Hannh Hilditch, 36, farmer’s wife, born West Felton. Thomas Hilditch, 35, unmarried, farmer’s brother, born Condover. Plus 4 house servants.
[10] 1841 census of England and Wales. Piece 918, book 1, folio 11, page 14. Boreatton Township, Baschurch, Shropshire. Richard Hiles, 30, farmer, born in county. Mary Hiles, 25, born in county. Plus 4 servants.
[11] Shropshire Archives item XP234/V/1/5 dated 29 Sep 1851 (Transfer of Mortgage). Indexed at Heritage Heroes website.
[12] 1851 census of England and Wales. Piece 1994, folio 495, page 12. Stanwardine, Baschurch, Shropshire. Head: Richd Hiles, married, 40, farmer of 200 acres, born Salop. Plus wife, children and servants.
[13] FamilySearch shows baptism of Chas. Richard Wace, born 18 May 1807, parents Richd. Wace and Mary, at St Chad, Shrewsbury, on 12 Jun 1807. Batch P01575-3, Film 908236.
[14] 1841 census of England and Wales. Piece 918, book 1, folio 9, page 10. Baschurch, Shropshire. John Croft, 45, surgeon, not born in county. John Higgins, 25, surgeon asst, born in county. Plus a farming bailiff, 3 ag labs, 2 male servants, 2 female servants.
[15] Hereford Journal, 12 Nov 1834, page 3. (Death notice, Mr. Rd. Atcherley.)
[16] MIs at Baschurch All Saints (4).
[17] Baschurch, Shropshire, burial register covering 1834. Entry for Richard Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Burials.
[18] Cardington, Shropshire, marriage register covering 1847. Entry for Thomas Atcherley and Jane Eaton. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Marriages. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch M05856-2, Film 918055.
[19] Marriage of Thomas Atcherley and Jane Eaton registered at Church Stretton, December quarter 1847; volume 18, page 49.
[20] 1841 Census of England and Wales. Piece 912, book 8, folio 21, page 3. Plaish House, Cardington, Shropshire. Sarah Eaton, 45, farmer, born in county. Jane Eaton, 21, born in county. Saml. Eaton, 20, born in county. Isaac Eaton, 18, born in county. Elizth. Eaton, 17, born in county. Mary Eaton, 15, born in county. Plus 6 agricultural labourers and a female servant.
[21] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1819. Entry for Jane Eaton. Copy viewed at Shropshire Archives. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[22] The National Archives, Kew, item ref PROB 11/1951/144: Will of Samuel Eaton, Farmer of Cardington, Shropshire. Proved 22 Sep 1841. Copy viewed at Ancestry – England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858. Indexed at TNA Discovery catalogue.
[23] Birth of Mary Jane Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, December quarter 1848; volume 18, page 53.
[24] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1848. Entry for Mary Jane Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[25] The Standard (London), issue 7795, 7 Aug 1849, page 1.
[26] Birth of Sarah Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, March quarter 1850; volume 18, page 57.
[27] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1850. Entry for Sarah Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[28] 1851 census of England and Wales. Piece 1994, folio 495, page 13.
[29] Birth of Roger Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, September quarter 1851; volume 18, page 65.
[30] Date of birth for Roger Atcherley provided by Barbara Lang. Original source presumed to be copy of entry in register of births.
[31] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1851. Entry for Roger Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[32] Birth of Lucy Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, September quarter 1853; volume 6a, page 594.
[33] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1853. Entry for Lucy Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[34] Birth of Alice Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, September quarter 1855; volume 6a, page 589.
[35] Baschurch, Shropshire, baptism register covering 1855. Entry for Alice Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Baptisms. Indexed at FamilySearch, Batch C03390-2, Film 502911.
[36] Death of Jane Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, September quarter 1855; volume 6a, page 403.
[37] Baschurch, Shropshire, burial register covering 1855. Entry for Jane Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Burials.
[38] Death of Thomas Atcherley registered at Ellesmere, June quarter 1859; volume 6a, page 481. Copy of entry in death register obtained from GRO.
[39] Principal Probate Registry: Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration (Administrations, 1859). Copy viewed at Ancestry – England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966.
[40] Baschurch, Shropshire, burial register covering 1859. Entry for Thomas Atcherley. Copies viewed at Shropshire Archives and at Findmypast – Shropshire Burials.


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