The story of a drowning

The canal at Tibberton


Joseph Sheppard was Ari’s 5x great-grandfather, youngest son of Joseph Sheppard and Ann Day, and husband of Mary Bishop.

He was born in about 1806 in Huddington, Worcestershire, and married Mary Bishop on 15 August 1832 in Grafton Flyford. Their first son, Joseph, was born in 1840. In the 1841 census they are living in Sale Green, and Joseph is listed as an agricultural labourer.

Another son, William, was born two years later, and then a daughter, Ann.

Joseph’s death certificate shows that he drowned on 29 September 1848 at Tibberton, Worcestershire. He was 43 years old, and his occupation was given as labourer. The informant was W. S. P. Hughes, the coroner for Worcestershire, and the death wasn’t registered until 29 March 1849.

The inquest was reported in the Worcestershire Chronicle on 11 October 1848.

(The Plough Inn is still there, now called Speed the Plough.)

Another report gives a slightly different story:

Worcester Journal, 12 Oct 1848


Mary did not remarry. When she died in 1892, her death certificate described her as:

Joseph was buried on 8 October at the church of St James in Huddington (recorded in the National Burial Index for England & Wales).

We visited the church for the second time in October 2017, but there are very few graves to be seen.

Joseph’s son William (Ari’s 4x great-grandfather) was only five when his father died. A very sad story.

Ari, this is how you are related to Joseph:

#Huddington #Sheppard #Drowning #Tibberton #Worcestershire

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