|The Mottram Line.
John Shepley senior, of Werneth, born about 1670, was buried on 28 March 1733 in Mottram. In his Admon 25 October 1734 he is described as a Yeoman late of Hyde. He married Ellen Boyer, born about 1670, died February 1734. They had seven identified children:
Esther Shepley (recorded as Mary in her father's admon records). She married Thomas Somister.
Sarah Shepley. She married Samuel Arundale on 23 September 1736 at St. Mary's, Stockport. They had a daughter, Betty Arundale, who was baptised on 18 January 1740/1 at Mottram. She married her first cousin once removed, John Shepley (see below).
John Shepley of Werneth married Sarah Dale (daughter of William Dale of Marple) on 3 February 1697/8 at Marple. They were living at Werneth when William was baptised and at Marple when their other children were baptised. They had five children:
Hannah Shepley, baptised 30 September 1701 in Marple. She married Robert Taber on 7 November 1734 at Marple Chapel.
John Shepley, baptised 8 May 1704 in Marple, died 8 May and buried 9 May 1704 in Marple.
Sarah Shepley, born 17 June and baptised 24 June 1708 in Marple.
William Shepley, baptised 12 July 1715 in Marple.
Esther Shepley, baptised 27 June 1718 in Marple. She had a son James who was baptised 13 May 1739 at Marple Chapel. His reputed father was Jno Savage of Northenden.
|The Coldharbour Line.
The parish registers contain records of earlier Shepleys at Coldharbour. This family is probably descended from the same line but there is insufficient evidence to show the link.
William Shepley of Coldharbour and his wife Mary had three known children:
Ann Shepley, buried 23 October 1696 in Glossop.
Eliza Shepley, buried 24 March 1701/2 in Glossop.
William Shepley of Coldharbour served the Office of Constable in 1723.
William Shepley was buried on 22 December 1737 in Glossop. In his will he mentioned his wife Mary and his granddaughters Elizabeth Stoppord and Sarah Shepley (wife of William Shepley of Marple) and his property at Coldharbour, Woodcock Road and The Intack.
Elizabeth Shepley married Aaron Stockport who was recorded as of Cockroad and Padfield in PR entries. His name was recorded as Stoppord or Stopport in some records. They had five children:
Maria Stockport, baptised 24 October 1707 in Glossop, buried 1 December 1721 in Glossop.
Martha Stoppord, baptised 19 October 1710 in Glossop, buried 31 May 1715 in Glossop.
William Stopport, baptised 1 January 1713/14 in Glossop, buried 30 March 1714 in Glossop.
Sarah Stoppord, baptised 3 April 1715 in Glossop.
Elizabeth Stockport, baptised 24 May 1718 in Glossop.
Elizabeth (nee Shepley) was buried on 25 May 1718 in Glossop.
Aaron Stockport was buried on 11 May 1723 in Glossop. The executor of his will was his father in law, William Shepley of Coldharbour.
Harriet was born about 1817 in Thurlstone, Yorks.
At the time of the 1841 census at Woolley Bridge with parents Samuel (a labourer) and Sarah, both aged 60, Harriet a 20 year old Cotton Reeler.
1851 census a “visitor in cotton”, with Charles, at the home of the family of George Siddal family at Brookfield, aged 35.
1861 census at Brookfield aged 45, drawer in cotton (Charles away at school)
1871 census at Brookfield aged 50, drawer in cotton mill, Charles a yarn sizer.
When William Shepley and Mally/Mary Dewsnap married at Glossop Parish Church on 17 September 1793 they were both described as being of the parish of Glossop. They initially lived at Cowbrook, being recorded there in the parish register at the times of the baptisms of their daughter Betty and their son John. They subsequently moved to Crosscliffe (baptism records include Mary's maiden surname).
On the occasion of Betty's baptism, William was described as a machine maker but the only other indication we have of his occupation is on the baptism of their son Robert when he was described as a filer (this could be a misspelling of filler – someone who filled cotton bobbins).
There is no record of Mary's birth/baptism to be found but using her burial record (buried 9 June 1828 aged 53) she appears to have been born about 1775. A similar calculation for William (buried 17 October 1839, age 69 of Crosscliffe) gives a birth date of about 1770. The missing baptism record for Mary is probably due to the lost records from that period. That could, of course, also apply to William but could it be that William was the son of John Shepley and Betty Arundale (baptised 1767)? The proximity of Cowbrook to Woodcock Road suggests that possibility and there is no gap into which the birth of another William to a Crosscliffe Shepley family would fit. The children's names suggest that William was of the Old Glossop line.
William Shepley and Mary Dewsnap had nine children:
Betty Shepley born 15 December 1793, baptised 12 January 1794 at Glossop parish church.
John Shepley born 6 November and baptised 6 December 1795 at Glossop parish church, buried 29 November 1826 at Glossop parish church, age 32.
James Shepley born 13 February and baptised 17 March 1799 at Glossop parish church, buried 13 July 1809 at Glossop parish church aged 10.
Sally Shepley born 30 November 1800, baptised 18 January 1801 at Glossop parish church, buried 20 November 1824 at Glossop parish church. She had a son:
Levi Shepley baptised 30 October 1822 at Glossop parish church, buried 23 March 1824 aged 1 at Glossop parish church.
Aaron Shepley born 30 September 1803, baptised 2 April 1804 at Glossop parish church.
William Shepley born 1 January 1808, baptised 18 May 1808 at Top Chapel. In baptism and burial records for his children he is described as of Crosscliffe, cotton rover & cotton twister. He married Betty Massey, born 27 August 1808, baptised 18 December 1808 at Glossop parish church (daughter of David Massey and Nancy Wooley of Whitfield) on 20 September 1830. Betty died aged 30 and was buried on 27 March 1839 at Glossop parish church. They had two daughters:
Mary Shepley baptised 6 November 1831 at Glossop parish church.
Sarah Shepley baptised 10 July 1836 at Glossop parish church, buried 4 March 1838 at Glossop parish church, aged 1¾ years.
James Shepley born 5 November 1809, baptised 1 March 1810 at Top Chapel.
Samuel Shepley born 28 November 1814, baptised 22 February 1815 at Littlemoor Chapel.
Robert Shepley baptised 3 September 1817 at Glossop parish church.