William Henry Sheppard was Ari’s 3x great-grandfather, born on 3 Nov 1865 in Crowle, Worcestershire. His mother was Angelina Tyler (see my post of 17 July 2017).
From the various national censuses we know that William started out as a farm servant (indoor). In 1881 he was on a farm at Dunhampstead, Himbleton. By 1891 at the age of 25 he had married and was the head of his own household, listed as one of several families living at Malt House, Crowle, with his wife and their four-month-old daughter, Agnes Emily. His occupation is agricultural labourer and place of birth Grafton Flyford.
In 1901 he is living at Sale Green, Huddington, and working as a railway labourer. Four children are living at home. By 1911 he is listed as a plate-layer (someone who lays and maintains railway lines), with six of the couple’s nine children living at home.
The 1939 Register on Findmypast shows him at the age of 74 as a widower with his son Lewis, living at Sale Green. He is described as a retired permanent way labourer:
(According to this handy list, this means a plate-layer who is engaged in maintenance work instead of construction work.)
William Henry died the age of 86. His grave at the church of St James in Huddington says:
In loving memory of William Henry SHEPPARD Died April 10th 1952, aged 86 years
Ari, this shows how you are related to William Henry Sheppard: