William Shaddock (1798-1865) High Bickington Shaddocks
This page tells of the story of William Shaddock, Jr. (1798-1865), the oldest son of William Shaddock (1766-1856), founder of the Shaddock family in Burrington, Devon, England.
Of all the Shaddock brothers born in Burrington, William's offspring scattered the most around the world. Some emigrated to Canada. One emigrated to Canada, then went on to the U.S. And many emigrated to Australia.
William Shaddock, Jr. was born in Burrington, but he moved to High Bickington where he worked and raised a family.
When he moved from Burrington to High Bickington, he only moved about 4 miles (or 6.5km). If you want to take a tour of High Bickington (it won't take long!) I'll drop you there right now:
William Shaddock married Grace Richards in High Bickington in 1830. We have a copy of the marriage record.
We see William Shaddock's signature. Unlike his wife, he was literate. He was born at a time when his father, William senior was relatively well off. His brother James would not be so lucky.
Grace Richards father George was present. Grace was born in High Bickington, so it is reasonable to guess William moved there some time before that date. He was an agricultural labourer. On his son's birth certificate in 1831, he is described as a husbandman. I think he was skilled in looking after farm animals. The 1841 census shows them with four children. The oldest, George, was 10. In the 1851 census he is described as a labourer. Attending his son's wedding in 1859, he is described as a husbandman. In the 1861 census he is described as a labourer. His wife is working as a house keeper and his daughter Mary is working as a glover, making gloves. These were better times for agricultural workers in Devon because a sizable portion of the workforce has left Devon to pursue a life of opportunity overseas. (See the James Shaddock page for an extensive discussion of the economy of 19th century Britain.)
William dies at age 63 in 1865 .
If you do read the James Shaddock page you will discover all the reasons why Shaddocks streamed out of Devon like a flock of migrating birds who would never return.
To explore this branch of the Shaddock family see this page.
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