John of Waters Upton…

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… and his descendants

While John Atcherley’s older brother Samuel inherited the family farm at Moortown in High Ercall parish, it seems that John was left as the poor relation of the family. His children and their descendants had mixed fortunes. Some died as paupers, while others fared rather better. And while some stayed in Shropshire, others left the county, mostly settling in or close to Manchester in Lancashire.

Unless otherwise stated, all places named below are in Shropshire, England and those places outside Shropshire are in England or Wales.

1st generation

John Atcherley, Born at Westminster, Middlesex, 18 May 1766 and baptised there 6 Jun 1766. Labourer. Lived at Waters Upton. Buried 16 Oct 1819 at Ercall Magna. ^Parents

Spouse: Elizabeth. Born about 1784 in Shropshire. No record of marriage found. Census: 1841 – Ercall Magna. Died 1849 in Shropshire. Children:

  • Sarah Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton and baptised there 17 Jan 1809. Census: 1841 – Childs Ercall; 1851 – Atcham; 1861 – Upton Magna; 1871 – Kinnersley. Died 1875 in Shropshire.
  • John Atcherley. Born 5 Apr 1810. Baptised 29 Apr 1810 at Priors Lee in the parish of Shifnal. Census: 1841 – Waters Upton. No death / burial record found.
  • Mary Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton and baptised there 14 Jun 1812. Married William Brown (baptised 18 Sep 1808 at Llandinam, Montgomeryshire) at Waters Upton on 2 Jun 1833. Mary was buried 16 May 1860 at Wrockwardine Wood. The couple had four children, born at Waters Upton, Shifnal, Lilleshall and Wrockwardine.
  • Robert Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton and baptised there 30 Apr 1814. Married Emma Lawrence (baptised 20 Sep 1812 at Waters Upton) 1838 in Shropshire. Census: 1841 – Waters Upton; 1851 – Little Hales, Sheriff Hales; 1861, 1871, 1881 – Heath Hill, Sheriff Hales; 1891 – Sheriff Hales. Emma died 1888 and Robert died 1895; the deaths were registered at Shifnal and so may have occurred in Shropshire or Staffordshire. The couple had no children.
  • Elizabeth Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton and baptised there 4 Oct 1818. Married Richard Ferrington (born at Ercall Magna and baptised 1 Feb 1818 at Waters Upton) 1840 in Shropshire.
  • Elizabeth was buried 16 Feb 1850 at Shawbury. The couple had five children at Acton Reynald in the parish of Shawbury. After Elizabeth’s death Richard married Elizabeth Clay. Richard died 1884 in Shropshire.
  • Thomas Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton about 1819. 2nd generation >>

[Top] 2nd generation

Thomas Atcherley. Born at Waters Upton about 1819. Labourer, also a shepherd. Census: 1841, 1851 – not known; 1861 – Wrockwardine. Died about 1867 in Shropshire. ^Parents

Spouse: Jane Hussey. Born 21 Apr 1825 at Shrewsbury and baptised there 8 May 1825. Married 4 May 1849 at Eyton. Census: 1851 – not known; 1861 – with husband; 1871, 1881 – Tiddicross, Wrockwardine. Died 1886 in Shropshire and buried 21 May 1886 at Wrockwardine. Children:

  • John Atcherley. Born at Wellington, and baptised there 21 Apr 1850. 3rd generation, family 1 >>
  • Robert Atcherley. Born at Wellington, and baptised there 12 Oct 1851. 3rd generation, family 2 >>
  • Sarah Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 26 Mar 1854. 3rd generation, family 3 >>
  • Annie Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 23 Nov 1856. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871 – with mother; 1881 – Wrockwardine. Died 1881 in Shropshire. Buried 14 Jul 1881 at Wrockwardine.
  • Martha Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 10 Oct 1858. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871, 1881 – with mother. Married Thomas Ellis (born about 1857 at Wellington) 6 Aug 1882 at Wrockwardine. Thomas died about 1887 in Shropshire. No death / burial record found for Martha. The couple had a son, Thomas, baptised 2 Sep 1883 at Wellington.
  • Mary Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 11 Mar 1860. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871 – with mother; 1881 – Wrockwardine; 1891 – Tiddicross, Wrockwardine; 1901 – Overley, Wrockwardine; 1911 – Oldham, Lancashire. Died about 1915 in Lancashire.
  • Thomas Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 20 Jul 1862. A hotel waiter. Census: 1871 – with mother; 1881 – Failsworth, Lancashire; 1891 – Sheffield, Yorkshire. Died 1893 in Lancashire.
  • Samuel Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 4 Dec 1864. 3rd generation, family 4 >>

[Top] 3rd generation, family 1

John Atcherley. Born at Wellington, and baptised there 21 Apr 1850. Railway stock/traffic inspector. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871 – not known; 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 – Failsworth, Lancashire. Died 1934 in Devon. ^Parents

Spouse: Elizabeth Price (a.k.a. Elizabeth Minshall). Born about May 1851 at Harmer Hill in the parish of Middle. Baptised there (as Elizabeth Price, daughter of Alice Price) 14 Sep 1851. Took the surname of her stepfather, Richard Minshall, who married Alice on 26 Oct 1854 at Shrewsbury. Elizabeth Minshall married John Atcherley 1876 in Shropshire. Census: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 – with husband. Died 1920 in Devon. Children:

  • Rose Atcherley. Born 1877 at Pendleton, Lancashire. Census: 1881, 1891 – with parents. Married Walter Mills (born about 1873 at Manchester, Lancashire) 1900 at Failsworth, Lancashire. The couple had two sons at Oldham, named Harold and Jack.
  • Annie Atcherley. Born and died 1879 at Salford, Lancashire.
  • Frank Atcherley. Born 1881 at Failsworth, Lancashire. 4th generation, family 1 >>
  • Florrie Atcherley. Born 23 Mar 1886 at Failsworth, Lancashire. Baptised 6 Jun 1886 at Manchester, Lancashire. Census: 1881, 1891 – with parents. Married Harold Austin Unsworth (born 1884 at Oldham, Lancashire) about 1909 at Failsworth, Lancashire. Harold died 1950 in Devon, and Florrie died there in 1967. The couple had a daughter, Marjorie Unsworth, born 20 Jun 1910 (according to her father’s World War 1 records) at Oldham.
  • Ada Atcherley. Born 1891 at Failsworth, Lancashire. Census: 1891, 1901 – with parents. Married Alfred Sylvester (born 24 May 1886 at Oldham, Lancashire) 14 Apr 1915 at Exmouth, Devon. Ada died 1968 in Devon and Alfred died there in 1977. The couple had no children.

[Top] 3rd generation, family 2

Robert Atcherley. Born at Wellington, and baptised there 12 Oct 1851. Groom / ostler / horse keeper; car cleaner for corporation tramways. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871 – Marchamley; 1881 – Wellington; 1891 – Shrewsbury; 1901, 1911 – Manchester, Lancashire. Died in Lancashire 1933. Buried 2 Feb 1933 at Manchester, Lancashire. ^Parents

Spouse: Mary Reynolds. Baptised 30 Aug 1857 at Donington. Married 1883 in Shropshire. Census: 1891, 1901, 1911 – with husband. Died 1943 in Lancashire. Buried 10 Jun 1943 at Manchester, Lancashire. Children:

  • Douglas Robert Atcherley. Born Aug 1884 at Albrighton in the parish of Pimhill. 4th generation, family 2 >>
  • Maud Atcherley. Born 12 Jun 1888 at Albrighton in the parish of Pimhill. Census: 1891, 1901, 1911 – with parents. Married Thomas Nulty 1917 in Lancashire. The couple had a son, named after his father. Thomas Nulty senior died 1936 in Lancashire, aged 46. Maud then married Francis Joseph Duggan (born 1899 in Yorkshire) 1940 at Manchester, Lancashire. Francis died 1974 in Lancashire, and Maud died there in 1969.
  • Joseph Atcherley. Born 1893 at Shrewsbury. Census: 1901 – with parents. Died about 1909 in Lancashire, aged 15.
  • Samuel Thomas Atcherley. Born 17 Apr 1896 at Shrewsbury. 4th generation, family 3 >>

[Top] 3rd generation, family 3

Sarah Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 26 Mar 1854. Census: 1861 – with parents; 1871 – Eaton upon Tern, Stoke Upon Tern; 1881 – Llanafan, Cardiganshire. No death / burial record found. ^Parents

Spouse 1: Unknown. Son:

  • Arthur Atcherley (a.k.a. Arthur Burgess). Born 30 Jan 1874 at Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire and baptised there 22 Feb 1874. Adopted by Thomas and Susan Burgess. Census: 1881 – Shrewsbury. As Arthur Burgess he married and had four daughters. Died about 1952 in Shropshire.

Spouse 2: Unknown. Son:

  • Arthur Atcherley. Born 29 Jul 1876 at Camberwell, Surrey, and died there, less than one year old, about 1877.

Spouse 3: David Parry. Born about 1853 at Llanfihangel, Cardiganshire. Groom, and coachman. Married about 1882 in Cardiganshire. Died there in 1904. David and Sarah had three children: David and Thomas Parry born at Crosswood, Llanafan, Cardiganshire and Henry Morgan Parry born at Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire.


[Top] 3rd generation, family 4

Samuel Atcherley. Born at Admaston in the parish of Wrockwardine. Baptised at Wrockwardine 4 Dec 1864. A designer of calico prints. Census: 1871, 1881 – with mother; 1891 – not known; 1901, 1911 – Altrincham, Cheshire. Died about 1940 in Cheshire. ^Parents

Spouse: Olive Gidman. Born at Knutsford, Cheshire about 1873 and baptised there 30 Mar 1873. Married 14 Jun 1900 at Altrincham, Cheshire. Census: 1901, 1911 – with husband. Died about 1945 at Manchester, Lancashire. Daughter:

  • Vera Mary Atcherley. Born 12 Mar 1903 at Altrincham, Cheshire and baptised there 15 Apr 1903. Census: 1911 – with parents. Married Geoffrey Dixon Walmsley (born 1904 at Manchester, Lancashire) 1933 at Manchester, Lancashire. Geoffrey died 1951 at Manchester, Lancashire. Vera died about 1991 in Cheshire. The couple had no children.

[Top] 4th generation, family 1

Frank Atcherley. Born 1881 at Failsworth, Lancashire. Bank clerk; monumental mason’s representative. Census: 1891, 1901 – with parents; 1911 – Failsworth, Lancashire. Died 1947; death registered at Ashton-under-Lyne so could have occurred in Lancashire or Cheshire. ^Parents

Spouse 1: Dora Hibbert. Born 1880 at Failsworth, Lancashire. Married there in 1907. Census: 1911 – with husband. Died 1 Nov 1926 at the Mental Hospital, Prestwich, Lancashire. Son:

  • Frank Atcherley. Born 1911 in Lancashire and died there about 1914, aged 2.

Spouse 2: Emily Stirrup. Born 7 Aug 1892 at Beswick, Manchester, Lancashire. Married first to Alfred Whittaker in 1922 at Ardwick, Manchester, Lancashire. Married Frank Atcherley 1927 at Prestwich, Lancashire. Died Oldham, Lancashire. No children.


[Top] 4th generation, family 2

Douglas Robert Atcherley. Born Aug 1884 at Albrighton in the parish of Pimhill. Labourer. Census: 1891, 1901 – with parents; 1911 – Failsworth, Lancashire. Died 1966 at Manchester, Lancashire. ^Parents

Spouse: Jemima Aurelia Roberts. Born 1884 at Manchester, Lancashire. Married 11 Jan 1919 at Newton Heath, Manchester, Lancashire. Died about 1963 at Manchester, Lancashire. Children:

  • Marjorie Atcherley. Born 12 May 1920 in Denbighshire, Wales. 5th generation, family 1 >>
  • Joseph Atcherley. Born 1924 at Manchester, Lancashire. Died 1972 in Lancashire. Married to a spouse who is presumed living. The couple had no children. Joseph’s widow remarried after his death.

[Top] 4th generation, family 3

Samuel Thomas Atcherley. Born 17 Apr 1896 at Shrewsbury. Census: 1901, 1911 – Manchester, Lancashire. Died 1979 in Essex. ^Parents

Spouse 1: Hannah E Taylor. Born about 1896. Married about 1918 in Lancashire. Died 1942 in Lancashire. Children:


[Top] 5th generation, family 1

Marjorie Atcherley. Born 12 May 1920 in Denbighshire, Wales. Died 1993 in Lancashire. ^Parents

Spouse: Unknown. Daughter:

  • Christine Atcherley. Born about 1947 in Wrexham, Denbighshire. Died 2009. Married; husband and children living.

[Top] 5th generation, family 2

Cyril Atcherley. Born 22 May 1918 in Lancashire. Died 1992 in Cheshire. ^Parents

Spouse: Ruby Irene Shaw. Born 1922 in Cheshire. Married about 1946 at Cheadle, Cheshire. Died about 1960 in Cheshire. Children:

  • Living.
  • Living.

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