James Sharples of Oldham

Generation 1

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James Sharples of Oldham d.24 March 1854 aged 40.

Father unknown

Married Ann, former wife of Joseph Hibbert

They had the following children:

F i Elizabeth b.1809 d.1851.
Married Joshua Radcliffe of Rochdale b.1811 d.1891
M ii John b. d.
F iii Anne b. d.
Married Eli Lees of Oldham.
M iv James b. d.

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Other Information

Testimony of Dame Sarah Lees (Oldham Local Studies Library)

In In Mrs Johnson's Will she mentions 3 nephews: John Sharples, James Sharples and Elijah Hibbert. who predeceased her, dying in 1846. Also a niece Ann Sharples who married Eli Lees and with whom Mrs Thomas Johnson lived at Werneth Park after her husband's death until her death in 1854.
This niece had been practically adopted by the Johnsons on her mother's death. Her mother first married Mr Joseph Hibbert and Elijah was presumably her son.
On Mr Joseph Hibbert's deaththis Mrs Hibbert married Mr James Sharples and in addition to the niece and nephews there was another daughter Elizabeth who married Mr Joshua Radcliffe and died in 1851.
Elizabeth was brought up after her mother's death by her aunt, Mrs Tomlinson of Soho, Oldham whose husband took Elijah Hibbert into partnership.
After the death of Mrs Hibbert - Sharples, Mr Shaprles married again and had children who went out to America.
The niece Ann, Mrs Eli Lees née Sharples belonging to the second or middle family was half sister both to the Hibbert and the third family of whom the American descendants are called Eadie and live in Staten Island New York.
Dame Sarah Lees in her testomony says she has a large bible which belonged to Thomas and Ann Johnson dated 1808 and a mourning ringgiving the date of Thomas Johnson's death as 3 December 1847.

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Notes on sources

Anderson family tree

Information is largely taken from the book 'The Andersons of Peterhead'. This was based on the records made by John Anderson 1825/1903 [VIII 32], known as 'China John'. This was brought up to date in 1936 by Cecil Ford Anderson [X 17] and Agnes Donald Ferguson [CS 45 X b]. Many photographs were taken and compiled in an album by Olive Edis (daughter of Mary Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray (2) of Aberdeen). Corrections to both Janet Innes Anderson's and Alexander Murray's death dates from Robert Murray Watt and Iain Forrest.

Forrest family tree

Iain Forrest kindly supplied material to update the Forrest family (progeny of William Forrest) details.

Hibbert family tree

The information is largely taken from a tree compiled by F.B. (she knows who she is!) with extra material found by the author.

Murray family tree

The 'Genealogical Table showing various branches of the Murray family', from which this information was taken, was prepared by Alexander Murray of Blackhouse, extended by Andrew Murray - advocate - Aberdeen circa 1880 and further extended by Arthur Murray Watt 1972. The generational notation is the author's.

Pike family tree

Information from family sources as well as 'Burke's Landed Gentry' 1875

Stevenson family tree and many Stevenson and Anderson photos

Deepest thanks for some fantastic pictures and for writing the wonderful book 'Jobs for the Boys' to Hew Stevenson, which you can see on www.dovebooks.co.uk.

And the rest

Thanks also to all who have written in with information, advice, help and, most importantly, corrections.

© John Hibbert 2001-2013

28 February, 2021