Is This the Best Name in my Family Tree?

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I spent some time looking at the wider Shakespeare side of my ancestry when I was trying to work out the Stockport and Baptist connections. My 4x Great-Grandparents William Freeman and Elizabeth (née Shakespeare) had been in Stockport, Cheshire with Elizabeth’s older brother Samuel at the time of their marriage so I had a quick look at Samuel’s family.

I discovered that he had married a Phoebe Croxall in Nottingham in 1805 and they went on to have eight children (that I could trace) including a son, John, born in 1812 in Stockport.

I next found John Shakespeare in the 1851 census, married to Jane and living in Netherseal, Leicestershire. They had two sons at this time, William, and the wonderfully named Samuel Squelch Shakespeare. With a name like that I really wanted to follow up and see what happened to him.

Samuel Squelch was born around 1841 in Netherseal and is at school in 1851, aged nine. I found his middle name is his mother’s maiden name, from a search on FreeBMD.


I couldn’t find Samuel on the 1861 census, although I did find his parents and his sibling, William. Sadly, a search for his name on Family Search turned up a death in 1857.

Shakespeare Samuel S

As much as I’m tempted to look at the Squelch family, purely because of the name, I must get back to looking at my direct lines instead.

© Caroline Cox and Caroline’s Chronicles. 2011 – current year

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