Birth: 1735 - Donington Christening: 20 Feb 1735 - Donington Death: 9 Aug 1806 - Donington Burial: 14 Aug 1806 - Donington
Father: William Bishton Mother: Lucy Whiston
Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth (Betty) Jellicorse Marriage: 24 Jan 1765 - Donington Children: 1. John Bishton 2. Ann Bishton 3. Lucy (Lucia) Bishton 4. William Roger Bishton 5. Elizabeth Bishton 6. Whiston Bishton 7. George Octavius Bishton 8. Henry Bishton 9. Sarah Bishton 10. Holbrooke Bishton 11. Thomas Bishton
Rev. Joseph Dale: "John Bishton married Betty, daughter of Thomas Jellicorse, 24th of January, 1765; she was born in February, 1746, and died in June, 1805; her husband died in August, 1806, having had by her eleven children:
1. John, born in November, 1766, who married 10th of February, 1791, Sophia Baylis, and by her, who died in July, 1812, aged 45, left issue, 1. Elizabeth Sophia, born December, 1798, and died in August, 1810;
2. Anne, born in September, 1768, who married George Baylis, 8th of January, 1789, and died leaving issue in September, 1814;
3. Lucy, born in October, 1770, who married William Botfield of Dawley, 14th of January, 1794, and died 9th of December, 1851;
4. William Roger, born in February, 1773, who died 25th of October, 1805, and by his wife, Elizabeth Wright, had issue two sons and a daughter [...];
5. Elizabeth, baptised llth of July , 1767 , and buried on the same day;
6. Whiston, baptised 27th of November, 1777, and buried 17th of April, 1785;
7. George Octavius, born in March, 1779, and died 12th
of November, 1845;
8. Henry, born January, 1781, and died in April, 1805;
9. Sarah, born in October, 1782, who married Henry Crump of Albrighton, 24th of April, 1806, and was buried Oct. 31, 1839, having had issue by him six children;
10. Holbrooke, baptised 1st of May, 1784, and buried on the 21st of the same month; and,
11. Thomas, born 17th of July, 1785, who married 25th of March, 1811, Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Dale of Cheadle, who was born 4th of November, 1788, and by her had issue [...] the said Thomas Bishton died 27th of November, 1839.
The memory of the parents of this numerous family has been preserved in a Gothic tablet erected in 185? on the south wall of Donington Church, bearing the following inscription:
Sacred to the Memory of
JOHN BISHTON, of Kilsall, in this Parish, Esquire, who died August ix, MDCCCVI, Aged LXXI Years.
And of BETTY, his Wife, who died June i , MDCCCV, Aged LIX Years.
This Tablet is erected by their affectionate Daughter, LUCY BOTFIELD. "
Will at Shropshire Archives 1681/212/1-2 "John Bishton by his will of 29 June 1806 devised the said hereditaments to the use of his son George Bishton for life; John Bishton died and his will was proved. "
Conveyance 1781/2/271 9 June 1847
These documents are held at Shropshire ArchivesMarriage Notes (Elizabeth (Betty) Jellicorse)
1. Thomas Bishton of Congresbury, Somerset, Esq. (son of Thomas, gs of John)
2. George Jones of Shackerley, Donington, Esq.
3. John Jones of Shackerley, Esq.
Reciting that John Bishton of Kilsall when he made his will was seised in fee simple of the houses and lands below, and by his will of 29 June 1806 devised his house at Kilsall and gardens &c belonging and the pieces of land at Kilsall called the near Allice, Far Allice, Little Field, Sidnal Laney Piece, Black Furlong including part of the Church Furlong, and Gorsty Britch, Near Mill Leasow and Farm Mill Leasow, Sling Meadow with the New Pool, Castle Hill Meadow and the Pool adjoining, part of the Pool being in the parish of Tong, the Yard and New Piece (together 106a 3r 28p) (John Bishton and George Bayliss and John Wells, tenants of John Bishton) and 6 houses and gardens (1.1.1) at Shackerley (Thomas Bishton, George Trevor, John Russell, William Bissell, Jacob Pickin and William Stocking jnr.); 2 closes near and adjoining the premises at Shackerley (John Yates) called Cote Leasow with the road adjoining on the north side and the Gorsty Britch (29a 2r 8p)together); all which property in the will said to be bounded on the north by the parish of Tong and lands in the holding of Elizabeth Hazledine, on the east by the road from Shackerley Mill to Shackerley, on the South east by the road from Shackerley to Albrighton, on the south by the road called Sidnal Lane Road, and on the west by a road from Tong to Albrighton; and the house with the water corn mill, garden, mill pool and streams belonging, and the sole right of fishing therein, at Shackersley (Elizabeth Hazledine); and several pieces of land occupied therewith called the Mill Croft and Lower Leasow, Mill Meadow, Upper Meadow and Pool Meadow (13a 1r 12p) to Joseph Jellicorse and his heirs to uses and trusts:- to the use of the testator's son George Bishton for life, remainder to children of George, in default to the testator's son Thomas Bishton and his children; he also devised several houses and lands at Shackerley chargeable with the payment of principal sums and interest then secured by mortgage of the premises above which he directed should be wholly discharged thereout, wishing no other part of his real or personal property to be contributory to the payment of it although Shackerley Mill and lands were in mortgage, which he directed should be discharged by his son Thomas Bishton (which discharge took place), to the use of Thomas Bishton during his life; and the testator empowered George and Thomas Bishton and the other tenants for life to settle the premises for wives. John Bishton died 9 August 1806; will proved in the P.C.C. 2 March 1807. George married Elizabeth Cheable 14 December 1840. By deed poll of George 17 Dec. 1840 he appointed that after his death the houses, mill, farm and lands devised by John should remain to the use of Elizabeth for her life; George and Elizabeth had no issue, and George died in November 1845 leaving Elizabeth. Thomas Bishton married Elizabeth Dale at Albrighton on 25 March 1811 and had 4 children, Henry, Thomas (party), George and Christopher Roger; by a deed poll 16 July 1832 Thomas Bishton made an appointment for his children then living - Henry, Thomas, George and Christopher Roger of the premises; the capital messuage at Kilsall &c. and lands therewith devised by the will of John Bishton to George Bishton for life, should from the death of George Bishton and in default of his issue, and after the death of Thomas Bishton enure to the use of Henry, Thomas, George and Christopher as tenants in common.
Thomas Bishton died on 22 November 1829 (sic - this should read: '1839'). Christopher Roger died under 21; Thomas Bishton, party, is entitled under the deed poll to an undivided third part of the premises and has contracted to sell the same expectant on the death of Elizabeth Bishton for £3250.
So for £3250 he sells to George Jones his third after the death of Elizabeth Bishton of the house, mill, farm and lands &c called the Kilsall Red House Estate in Donington (Thomas Pearce, Thomas Hinton and George Jones), and all tithes arising therefrom. To the use of George Jones for life, then to his heirs, John Jones preserving the contingent uses.
Maps of the estate - 1806 copied from plan 1782; and 1846 showing alterations to fences. References to both plans.
Baptismal and burial certificates of the Jellicorses at Donington - 948/223-226 16 September, 1 & 10 October 1835
Burial of John Jellicoe at Shifanl 23 February 1719
Burial of John Jellicorse 10 April 1679
John son of John and Elizabeth Jellicorse baptised 20 May 1686.
John Jellicorse buried 18 December 1711 - all in Donington.
948/225 16 September 1835
Copies from Donington [...] registers -
28 June 1655 William son of John and Mary Jellicorse baptised
25 June 1727 William Jellicorse buried
22 April 1731 Ann Jellicorse, widow, buried
13 September 1694 Joseph son of William and Anne Jellycorse bapt.
14 June 1743 Joseph Jellicorse buried
27 November 1779 Mary Jellicorse, widow, buried
1 December 1731 William son of Joseph and Mary Jellicorse bapt.
2 June 1792 William Jellicorse buried
27 March 1823 Mary Jellicorse, widow, buried.
11 February 1761 Joseph son of William and Mary Jellicorse bapt.
5 April 1808 Joseph Jellicorse buried
26 October 1799 Mary Vaughton daughter of Joseph & Mary Jellicorse bapt.
2 July 1819 Mary Vaughton Jellicorse buried.
5 May 1806 William John son of Joseph and Mary Jellicorse bapt.
948/226 15 November 1835 Copies of entries in Donington registers
John Bishton and Betty Jellicorse married 24 January 1765
John son of John and Betty Bishton baptised 20 November 1766
Betty wife of John Bishton buried 6 June 1805
John Bishton buried 14 August 1806
John Bishton and Sophia Baylis married 10 February 1791
Elizabeth Sophia daughter of John and Sophia baptised 4 December 1798.
John Bishton buried 31 August 1810.
British History Site
On his succession in 1754 the 2nd Earl Gower (cr. marquess of Stafford 1786, d. 1803) expanded his family's existing holdings by long leases from the earl of Shrewsbury and St. John Charlton, and became the main mine owner in the district. (fn. 33) That interest became the Lilleshall Co. in 1802. (fn. 34) One of the initial Lilleshall partners was John Bishton the elder (d. 1803) (sic - should this be 1806, if not I have mixed up two different Johns), who in 1793 with Benjamin Rowley leased mines in Priorslee from the Beaufoy family. Bishton formed a partnership with other lessees soon after, and in 1793-4 they apparently acquired the Snedshill mines from John Wilkinson (d. 1808), who had held them since at least 1778. Those interests did not come into the Lilleshall Co. when Bishton became a partner in 1802, and were only brought into the company in 1807 when Bishton's sons and executors negotiated a new partnership with Lord Granville Leveson-Gower. (fn. 35) In the 1780s Richard Reynolds's Ketley Co. began to mine under Wombridge, gaining access from a shaft in Wrockwardine Wood. The enterprise had been made possible through the draining of the area by an underground level at Wrockwardine Wood.
John Wilkinson sold the Snedshill ironworks to John Bishton the elder, John Onions, and others in 1793-4 and the Hollinswood furnace closed. It was the first purposebuilt coke blast furnace to go out of use in the county; it had apparently not been commercially successful. (fn. 53)
Bishton subsequently consolidated his family's holding in the partnership. In 1796 the two Snedshill furnaces reputedly made 3,400 tons of iron, and in the quarter to midsummer 1799 there were 758 tons of iron sold from Snedshill: 158 of melting-pig, 533 of forge iron, and 40 of 'hard' iron. The principal customers were Crawshay & Co. and Boulton & Watt for melting-iron, and John Knight (Stour Valley), John Addenbrooke (Wollaston and Lightmoor), Wright & Jesson (Wren's Nest near Linley), and Pemberton & Stokes (Eardington forge) for forge iron. (fn. 54) Trade at Snedshill was apparently similar to that at Horsehay, where Snedshill blooms and slabs were occasionally rolled. (fn. 55) The Snedshill ironworks, of which at least one furnace was managed by John Horton, was brought into the Lilleshall Co. under a new partnership agreement negotiated in 1807.
By 1800, the mining industry of the area was at its fullest extent but the Partnership was almost finished. Both the Gilberts were dead and Earl Gower was 79. The younger son, Lord Granville Leveson-Gower, acquired all the shares in the Partnership and formed the Lilleshall Company in 1802 with John Bishton, James Birch, John Onions and William Phillips.
The last four were already lessees of the Donnington Wood ironworks and ironstone mines, and thus brought the parish's iron-making resources into direct combination with the former company's coal and limestone enterprises.
ARTICLES OF PARTNERSHIP 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 114 16 Dec 1793
1. John Bishton of Killsall.
2. Benjamin Rowley of Priorslee.
3. John Onions of Benthall.
4. John Asprey Smith of Coppice Green, Salop.
Agreement for getting coal, other metals in the pa. of Shifnal, for laying rails, making canals etc. A capital stock of not more than $20,000 to be employed.
DEED REPEALING A COVENANT (in a deed of copartnership) 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 125 14 Feb 1795
John Bishton the elder, of Kilsall, Benjamin Rowley of Priorslee, John Onions of Benthall and John Bishton the younger, of Kilsall.
All agree that they will not sell or dispose of their shares without the consent of the others.
ASSIGNMENT OF SHARE 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 126 16 Mar 1795
1. John Bishton.
2. William Bishton.
One sixteenth share in Snedshill Coal and Ironworks at Snedshill, Hollinswood and Priorslee.
ARTICLES OF CO-PARTNERSHIP 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 178 24 June 1802
Lord Gower, John Bishton, James Birch, John Onions and William Phillips.
Recites leases and agreements from 1761 onwards concerning the opertaion and management of coal, iron and lime works in Lilleshall and surrounding area and lays down future running of partnership.
LEASE 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 200 14 June 1806
1. Ann and Allen Pickering.
2. John Bishton
Two pieces of land in Wrockwardine Wood for 99 years. Includes Plan of land showing the holding of Ann Pickering, glassworks pit and canal.
MUTUAL RELEASE 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 201 10 July 1806
1. John Bishton.
2. Thomas, William and Beriah Botfield of Malinslee.
3. William Rathbone, John Dearman and William Anstice.
1 & 2 release 3 from return obligations concerning limeworks at Tickwood and Spout Lane, in the pa. of Much Wenlock.
LEASE 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 202 1 Oct 1806
1. Sir William Jerningham and George Jerningham.
2. John, George and Thomas Bishton.
A farm situated at Priorslee, with Plan.
ASSIGNMENT 1998.320 (DLIL/3) 203 1 Oct 1806
1. John Onions (in his own right) and John Onions Jnr. his son, as Trustees of the late William Onions.
2. Trustees of the late John Bishton.
Shares in the farms, coalworks, ironworks, etc. at Snedshill, Lilleshall, Donnington Wood and Wrockwardine Wood.
15 Mar. 1797: Ld. Berwick to Mr. John Bishton, of coal wharf, etc., with power to make a road or railway; for 38½ [?] yrs. from date of lease; wharfage ½d. a ton, road £1 a year. Endorsed 1803 [by T. F. Dukes?]: 'This lease is now cancelled and the part of the lease in Lord Berwick's possession should be given up to Mr. Bishton'.
Could this be for the tramway to Sutton Wharf?
Lease and release - marriage settlement 1781/2/141-2 9 & 10 December 1764
1. John Bishton of Kilsal, gent.
2. Thomas Jellicorse of Donington, gent. Betty Jellicorse his daughter
3. William Bishton jnr. of Kilsall, gent.
Walter Stubbs of Becbury, gent
A marriage is intended between John Bishton and Betty Jellicorse. John Bishton settles 3 pieces of land called the Hickriddings in Shackerley, Donington (15a) (John Elliotts at £8 p.a.); to hold to William Bishton and Walter Stubbs for uses:- to the use of John Bishton until marriage, then to John Bishton for life, and then to the use of Betty his wife for her life, then to their corporeal heirs as they appoint, and for want of such appointment by John and Betty, to the use of the corporeal heirs of them according to the laws of this realm in matters of descent of lands of inheritance and for want of such issue to the right heirs of John Bishton forever. Thomas Jellicorse settles the tenement in Shackerley and Donington (John Dudley at £46 p.a.) and a parcel of woodland called Bridgens Rough and a coppice with underwood called Hodge lunns (or hums) in Donington (Thomas Jellicorse) and a piece of land called Clock field Leasow (4a) and several butts in the common fields of Donington:-
1 butt in Clockfield, 1 butt in Parrowfield and 1 flatt in Hempstone Hill (2½a) (John Smith); 1 flat or parcel of ground in Hempstone Hill, 1 flat in the common field called Grass Croft, 1 butt in Parrow field, in Donington (1½a) (Thomas Jellicorse); a messuage and garden in the High Street, Shifnal (Richard Brick at £3 p.a.); To hold to John Bishton and Betty and their corporeal heirs for the life of Thomas Jellicorse, paying to Thomas Jellicorse for his life the yearly rent of £20.
Thomas Jellicorse and John Bishton are not to cut down or destroy timber now growing on the estate, but preserve it for 3 years next ensuing or until a division is made of all the estate of Thomas Jellicorse, between his two daughters.
Docketed: No. 21
Birth: 1840 - Claverley, Salop Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: George Bishton Mother: MaryJohn Bishton
Birth: 1802 - Donington Christening: 26 Mar 1802 - Donington Death: 1826 Burial:
Father: William Roger Bishton Mother: Elizabeth Wright
bap:John Bishton Male 26 Mar 1802 Donington f:Wm. Roger Bishton m:Elizabeth IGI
Birth: 1774 - Worfield, Salop Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: Thomas Bishton Mother: Elizabeth Hodgkins
Spouses and Children
1. *Susannah Philpott Marriage: 1797 - Worfield, Salop Children: 1. Richard Bishton 2. John Bishton 3. George Bishton
bap:John Bishton Male 22 May 1774 Worfield f:Thomas Bishton m:Elizabeth IGI
Birth: 1806 - Sherriff Hales, Salop Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: Job Bishton Mother: AnnJohn Bishton
Birth: 1767 - Worfield, Salop Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: John Bishton Mother: Elizabeth Thomason
Spouses and Children
1. *Mary Robinson Marriage: 1 May 1784 - Worfield, Salop Children: 1. Valentine Bishton 2. Kitty Bishton 3. Thomas Bishton 4. Bessie Waitly Bishton
Warning: There is no evidence that John & Mary are the parents of Thomas b1789ish but there's a possibilty. The other son Valentine seems to be living near to Thomas in a couple of censuses but that's hardly proof. See Thomas's note for more details and alternatives.
bap:John Bishton Male 22 Sep 1767 Worfield f:John Bishton m:ElizabethIGI
Birth: 1778 - Donington Christening: 26 Dec 1778 - Donington Death: Burial:
Father: Robert Bishton Mother: Jane Humpage
bap:John Bishton 26 Dec 1778 Donington f:Robert Bishton m:Jane IGI
Birth: 1811 - Worfield, Salop Christening: 8 Dec 1811 - Worfield, Salop Death: 1881 - Bridgnorth (reg.dist) Burial:
Father: Valentine Bishton Mother: Phoebe Powell
Spouses and Children
1. *Sarah Callant Marriage: 6 May 1841 - Worfield, Salop Children: 1. George (Edward) Bishton 2. John Bishton 3. Emma Bishton 4. William Bishton 5. Jane Bishton 6. Thomas Bishton 7. Sarah Bishton
Marriage Notes (Sarah Callant)
bap:John Bishton Male b:15 Aug 1811 bap:08 Dec 1811 Worfield f:Valentine Bishton m:Phoebe IGI
1841: Worfield. John Bishton 25 Gardener; w Sarah Bishton 25
1851: Bradney, Worfield. John Bishton 39 b:Worfield, Gardener; w Sarah 38 b:Beckbury; George 9; John 7; Emma 5; William 2; Jane 8m
1861: Bradney, Worfield. John Bishton 48 Gardener, Sarah 47 b:Beckbury, William 12, Jane 10, Thos 9, Sarah 5
1871: Bradney, Worfield. John Bishton 60 b:Worfield, wid Gardener; dau Emma 25 unm; Sarah 15
1881: Bradney, Worfield. John Bishton 69; Emma 34; William 39 Railway porter out of employ; Jane 29
d:John Bishton 70 Oct-Nov-Dec 1881 Bridgenorth 6a 376
John Bishton & Sarah Callart 06 May 1841 Worfield fg:Valentine Bishton fb:William Callart IGI
Birth: 7 Oct 1843 - Worfield, Salop Christening: 29 Oct 1843 - Worfield, Salop Death: 1919 - Bridgnorth (reg.dist) Burial:
Father: John Bishton Mother: Sarah Callant
Not to confused with John, son of James, b:Shifnal
b:John Bishton Oct-Nov-Dec 1843 Bridgenorth 18 32
bap:John Bishton Male b:07 Oct 1843 bap:29 Oct 1843 Worfield f:John Bishton m:Sarah IGI
1851: Bradney, Worfield. John Bishton 39 b:Worfield, Gardener; w Sarah 38 b:Beckbury; George 9; John 7; Emma 5; William 2; Jane 8m
1861: Hallon, Worfield. Alfred Blundell 42 Farmer 28 scres 5 men; w Sarah 41; Thomas E 12; servs: Sarah Humphreys 23; Ann Rutter 18; John Bishton 17 b:Salop, unm, Groom (sis Jane works here in '71)
1871: Bradney, Worfield. Elizabeth B Brasier 64 Landowner; sis Anne Burton 73; servs: William Parton 47 Butler; Ann Winwood 40; Elizabeth Prier 46; Eliza Ringer 26; Mary J Taylor 33; Eliza Key 19; John Bishton 27 b:Worfield, unm, Coach Man Dom
1881: Chetton Rectory, Chetton, Salop. John S. Purton 56 Rector of Chetton; w Caroline H. 47; Mabel E. 19; Helen C. 16; Rosamond A. 14; Gerald A. 12; Ralph J. 10; Gertrude M. 9; Lionel P. 1; Governess Edith F Bull 27; servs: John Bishton 36 b:Worfield, unm Coachman (Dom Serv); Mary A. Davies 63; Fanny Blockridge 40; Sarah Glaze 21; Annie M. Lloyd 17
1891: Chetton Rectory, Chetton, Salop. John S Purton 66 Clerk in Holy Orders; w Caroline H 57; Mabel E 29; Walter J 28; Rosamund A 24; Gerald A 22; Ralph C 20; Gertrude M 19; Leonel P 11; servs: John Bishton 42 b:Worfield, unm Coachman & Gardener; Frances Blecksidge 50; Lucy Hale 21; Eliza M Buttery 23; Annie Hopkins 17:
1901: Chesterton, Salop. Jane Thomas 49 wid, Living on Own Means; dau Victoria M 13; Mildred S 11; br John Bishton 56 unm Gardener; br William Bishton 51 unm, unable to work (all b:Worfield)
1911: Chesterton, Salop. Jane Thomas 60 wid (3,3,0); Mildred S 21; br John Bishton 67 unm Gardener domestic; br William Bishton 62 unm Past work (all b:Worfield)
d:John Bishton 76 Oct-Nov-Dec 1919 Bridgnorth 6a 672
Birth: 1805 - Worfield, Salop Christening: Death: Burial:
Father: John Bishton Mother: Susannah Philpott
bap:John Bishton b:25 Jan 1805 bap:10 Feb 1805 Worfield f: Jno. Bishton m:Susannah IGI
1851: Ackleton. John Bishton 42 b:Worfield Shoemaker; w Harriot 57; Harriot 14; f-i-l William Hill 74 b:Clive next door: Edward Bishton 51 Shoe maker, Elizabeth 60, James 23, Henery 23, Samuel Lenal 27