Timeline

500 Years – 3 Countries – One Family

 

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Here below, within his timeline, are the numerous descendants of a man named Richard Shillakars who was born around c.1616, most likely in the village of Loddington in east Leicestershire.

Possibly, but as yet unproven, these same people could also claim direct lineage, covering around 500 years, from John Shellacres of Lezaite, a man who undoubtedly lived at the same time of King Henry VIII.

I first created such a timeline over 30 years ago in an attempt to add historical context to the lives of our ancestors, to place them besides King and Queens and amidst great battles and Wars.

It is interesting, for example, to realize that our Loddington ancestors lived at a time of the English Civil War when Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentarians battled with the Royalist army of King Charles the First whom, once defeated, was tried, convicted, and executed for high treason. Also worth noting our Loddington ancestors lived during a time before the Dodo became extinct.

However in reality these events were more likely insignificant to our forebears. Their lives were concerned primarily with trying to survive.

 

1485 – 1600 Lezaite in Norfolk

YEAR DATE EVENT
1485 22nd Aug   King Richard III is defeated at the Battle of Bosworth in Leicestershire by Henry Tudor – the Tudor dynasty begins
1508 Speculated The year of John Shellacres‘ birth if he was 60 years old at the time of his death
1509 21st April   Henry VIII becomes King of England following the death of his father Henry VII
1528 Speculated The year of John Shellacres‘ birth if he was 40 years old at the time of his death
1536 17th May   Anne Boleyn the 2nd wife of Henry VIII is beheaded at the Tower of London
1547 28th Jan   Henry VIII dies. His nine year old son Edward becomes King Edward VI
1553 6th July   King Edward VI dies at the age of 15 years
1553 10th July   Lady Jane Grey becomes Queen for 9 days until she is arrested and imprisoned
1553 July   Henry VIII’s daughter Mary becomes Queen
1554 12th Feb   Lady Jane Grey is beheaded on Tower Green at the Tower of London
1554 Speculated The earliest year John Shellacres’ son Thomas Shellacres could have been born.
1558 17th Nov   Queen Mary I dies
1558 17th Nov   Elizabeth the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn becomes Queen – the Elizabethan era begins
1564 26th April   William Shakespeare is baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon
1567 23rd March John Shellacres of Leziate in Norfolk signs his Last Will and Testament
1568 2nd April Probate granted on John Shellacres’ Will following his death
1570 13th April   Guy Fawkes is born – later a member of a group who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot
1588 July   The Spanish Armada is defeated by the English fleet commanded by Sir Francis Drake
1599 25th April   Oliver Cromwell born in Huntingdon
1603 24th March   Elizabeth I dies – her 44 year reign on the throne ends. She is the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty
1616 est. The Shellaker family are living in Loddington in East Leicestershire 

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1536 – Anne Boleyn is beheaded. 1558 – Henry VIII’s daughter Elizabeth becomes Queen – the Elizabethan era begins. 1588 -The Spanish Armada is defeated.

 

1600 – 1683  Loddington in East Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1600   Population of England & Wales around 4.5 million. High infant mortality leads to only 10% of all births reaching the age of 40 years
1616 Speculated RICHARD SHILLAKER born
1616 23rd April   The playwright William Shakespeare dies
1642   Great Civil War breaks out in England between forces loyal to the King and those loyal to Parliament
1644 5th May Richard's son Thomas Shillakars is baptized in Loddington Church
1646 6th July Richard's daughter Elleanor Shillakars is baptized in Loddington Church
1649 30th Jan   King Charles the First is executed for Treason – Council of State appointed with Oliver Cromwell as Chairman. End of English Civil War.
1650 Unknown Richard's son also named RICHARD is baptized in Loddington Church (no record found)
1664   The great Plague of London kills 70000 in 1664 & 1665
1666   The Great Fire of London
1671 26th May Thomas Shillakars marries Elizabeth Dawson in Loddington Church
1673 3rd April His daughter Elleanor Shillakars  marries Charles Newby in Loddington Church
1674 26th July The newborn daugher of Thomas Shillakars and Elizabeth Dawson is baptized. She is also named Elizabeth.
1675 14th March Thomas Shillakars the son of Richard Shillakars husband of Elizabeth Dawson and father of Elizabeth dies
1677 May – Dec RICHARD SHILLAKER (senior) is officiating as a Churchwarden at services at Loddington
1680   Around this time the Dodo a large flightless bird became extinct
1683 26th Nov RICHARD SHILLAKER dies and is buried in Loddington churchyard
1683   A Great Frost ; Rivers froze under 3" thick in one night. Ox roasting on the River Thames. Severe winter from Dec 1683 to Feb 1684.

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1642-1651 – English Civil War. 1666 – The Great Fire of London. 1680 – Around this time the Dodo, a large flightless bird became extinct.

 

1682 – 1726  Lyndon in Rutland

Year Date Event
1682 8th June Mary Shelacres the daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1683 June Thomas Shelacres the son of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1683   A Great Frost ; Rivers froze under 3" thick in one night. Ox roasting on the River Thames. Severe winter from Dec 1683 to Feb 1684.
1684 Unknown Elizabeth Shelacres the daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1685 Oct Thomas Shelacres the son of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres dies on the 21st and is buried the following day
1685   James II succeeds Charles II as King. King James declares the laws against Catholics suspended.
1686 27th Feb RICHARD SHELACRES the son of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1686 27th Feb Helen Shelacres the daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1688   Leading men of England invite William (Prince of Orange) to replace James II as King
1689 16th Jan Francis Shelacres the son of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres is baptised
1688   William III (William of Orange) and Mary II becomes King & Queen after Bill of Rights passed by Parliament. Non-conformism permitted.
1692   The Salem witch trials take place in Massachusetts – America
1693 9th Jan RICHARD SHELACRES the Husband of Elizabeth dies aged 42 years and is buried in Lyndon on the 11th
1700   1700's – Agricultural Revolution begins in Britain. Population of England about 5.25 million
1702   Queen Anne succeeds William III to the throne of England
1703   Peter the Great – Tsar of Russia- founds St. Petersburg. In Britain severe gales – "The Great Storm of 1703" – 8000 people die.
1706 13th May Mary Shelacres the daughter of Richard & Elizabeth Shelacres marries William Walter in Lyndon Church
1707   Act of Union unites kingdoms of England & Scotland and moves seat of Scottish parliament to London
1715 11th Dec Richard Shelacre the son of Richard & Elizabeth marries Elizabeth Walton at Melton Mowbray
1715   First Jacobite rising in Britain attempts to restore Stuart king to the throne. A ten-week frost. Ox roasting on the River Thames.
1716 18th Nov Eleanor Shelacre the daughter of Richard Shelacre & Elizabeth Walton is baptised
1718 17th Dec Mary Shelacre the daughter of Richard Shelacre & Elizabeth Walton is baptised
1721 16th April Elizabeth Shelacre the daughter of Richard Shelacre & Elizabeth Walton is baptised
1721   Sir Robert Walpole becomes first & longest serving British Prime Minister
1725 5th Sept Elizabeth Shelacre (née Walton) the wife of Richard Shelacre has died and is buried in Lyndon Churchyard
1726 29th Dec The widower RICHARD SHELACRE marries ANNE HILL in the village of Loddington

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1683 – Severe winter from Dec 1683 to Feb 1684. 1688 – William and Mary II becomes King & Queen of England.  1721 – Sir Robert Walpole becomes first  Prime Minister.

 

1727 – 1760  Lyndon in Rutland

Year Date Event
1727 11th Feb Hannah Shelacre Daughter of Richard Shelacre & Anne Hill is baptised
1727 11th June   George II becomes King. Turnips first used a cattle feed.
1729 12th Apr Elizabeth Shelacre (née Unknown)the widow Of Richard Shelacres (1650/51 To 1693) dies aged 74 years and is buried on the 14th April
1730 18th Nov Richard Shelacre the son of Richard & Anne Shelacre (née Hill) is baptised
1733 16th Dec FRANCIS SHELLAKER the son of Richard & Anne Shelacre (née Hill) is baptised
1733   A hot dry summer – followed by a mild winter
1735   In Rutland crop yield report that the "Wheat and rye good ; barley pretty well ; pease and beans
1737 22nd Aug Thomas Shellaker the son of Richard & Anne Shelacre (née Hill) is baptised
1738 SARAH SCOTT the future wife of Francis Shellaker is born in Lyndon
1738   A meteor is seen over Lyndon
1739   In November "a hard frost in Rutland is recorded with "ice over 3" thick".
1740   "Frost most days from January 1st to 16th February" is noted with "ice stayed until 2nd March".
1740   Panic as Bonnie Prince Charlie's army moves southward as far as Derby. Murrain (foot & mouth disease) spreads to the Midlands.
1745 RICHARD SHELACRES dies and is buried in Lyndon churchyard
1746   "Distemper in cattle in the Midlands.
1747 30th Nov   In Rutland – two feet of snow recorded.
1748 11th June   In Rutland : – "great heat followed by thunder for 36 hours".
1749 1st May   In Rutland : "many insects ; caterpillars & red fly ; swarms of locust. In September a tornado moves across Rutland".
1750   Population of England and Wales about 6.4 million.
1752   Gregorian calendar introduced in England. New Years day moves from 'Lady Day' – March 25th to the 1st of January.
1755   From 1748 to 1755 ; several earth-tremors felt in Rutland. As recorded by Thomas Barker of Lyndon Hall in Rutland.
1756   Britain goes to was with France as 'Seven-year War' starts. The Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born.
1757 25th Jan Hannah Shelacre marries Joseph Baker in Lyndon
1759   General James Wolfe leads British army to victory over France in Canada.
1759 21st Oct ANNE SHELACRE (née HILL) the mother of Francis Shellaker and 2nd Wife of Richard (1686 -1745) is buried in Lyndon churchyard
1760 26th May FRANCIS SHELLAKER and SARAH SCOTT are married in the parish church at Lyndon

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1727 – George II becomes King. 1740 – Panic as Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army moves southward.  1756 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born.

 

1761 – 1787  Lyndon in Rutland

Year Date Event
1761 11th June RICHARD SHELLACRES the son of Francis & Sarah Shellacre (née Scott) is baptised
1761 25th Oct   George III becomes King.
1762 6th June MARY GIBBONS the future wife of Richard Shelacres is born in Hallaton Leicestershire
1762 9th July   Catherine the Great becomes Empress of Russia.
1762 24th Oct Anne Shelacre the daughter of Francis & Sarah Shellacre (née Scott) is baptised
1762 14th Nov Thomas Shellaker and Mary Green are married in the parish church at Ridlington in Rutland
1762 24th Oct Anne Shelacres the daughter of Francis & Sarah Shellacre (née Scott) is baptised
1763 24th Oct Ann Shelacres the daughter of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1764 15th Oct Mary Shelacres the daughter of Francis & Sarah Shellacre (née Scott) is baptised
1766 30th July   William Pitt the Elder becomes British Prime Minister.
1764 7th Oct Mary Shelacres (née Green) the wife of Thomas Shellacre is baptised in "Riper Years" at Ridlington
1766 1st Dec Mary Shelacres the daughter of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1768 27th Mar John Shelacres the son of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1769 15th Dec Hannah Shelacres the daughter of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1769   Richard Arkwright's spinning frame patented. By 1774 30000 people in Manchester were employed in the manufacture of cotton .
1770 22nd Aug Captain Cook sails into the Pacific Ocean lands at Botany Bay and 'discovers' Australia
1771 9th Mar Richard Shelacres the son of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1772 11th May Richard Shelacres the son of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) dies at only a few months old and is buried at Ridlington
1772 28th Oct William Shelacres the son of Francis & Sarah Shellacre (née Scott) is baptised in Lyndon parish church
1773 28th May Elizabeth Shelacres the daughter of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) is baptised at Ridlington
1773   A very wet year with flooding in the Lincolnshire Fens
1773 16th Nov Elizabeth Shelacres the daughter of Thomas & Mary Shellacre (née Green) dies at the age of 5 months and is buried at Ridlington
1776 4th July   The Congress of American colonies passed the Declaration of Independence
1776 11th Sept Francis Shellaker the son of Richard & Elizabeth Shellaker and brother of Richard dies at the age of 86 years and is buried at Lyndon
1779 14th Feb    Captain James Cook is murdered by natives of Hawaii during his third visit to the Pacific island
1779 11th April Ann Shellaker the son of Francis & Sarah Shellaker (née Scott) is baptised in Lyndon parish church
1780   Sunday schools in England were first set up in the 1780s to provide education to working children
1783   William Pitt the Younger becomes British Prime Minister
1783   Volcanic eruption in Iceland leads to a very cold year. Thomas Barker of Lyndon records; "uncommon haziness..hills look blue..sun shone red
1784    Flooding across Rutland Leicestershire & Lincolnshire; worst since 1736
1785    Enclosure of common land continues
1787 19th Nov RICHARD SHELLAKER & MARY GIBBONS are married in the parish church at Lyndon

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1770 – Captain Cook ‘discovers’ Australia. 1776 – The Declaration of Independence.  1783 – British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger.

 

1788 – 1843  Lyndon in Rutland

Year Date Event
1788 26th Jan   736 convicts banished from England land in Australia – the first of 50000 criminals transported from Britain over the next 60 years
1788 12th Sept WILLIAM SHELLAKER the son of Richard and Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons) receives a ‘private baptism’ in Lyndon
1789 4th Feb    George Washington becomes the First President of the United States
1789 14th July  In Paris an angry mob storms the Bastille prison and sparks off the French Revolution
1790 30th Sept SARAH SHELLAKER (née SCOTT) the wife of Francis Shellaker dies aged 51 years and is buried on 3rd October
1790 10th Oct Katherine Shellaker the daughter of Richard and Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons) is baptised in Lyndon
1792    The wettest year since 1782
1793 21st Jan    In France King Louis XVI is executed on the guillotine
1793 15th Feb Sarah Shellaker the daughter of Richard and Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons) is baptised in Lyndon
1793 16th Oct    Marie Antoinette – the wife of King Louis XVI is guillotined
1794 7th June SARAH HESTER is baptised in Spittlegates Grantham – The future wife of William Shellaker who was born 1788
1794    18" of rain fell in Rutland from July to November
1795    Food preserved in airtight jars for the first time. The first canal opened in Leicester
1796    Vaccinations discovered – starting with the Smallpox vaccine
1798 12th Apr William Shellaker the son of Francis & Sarah Shelacres (nee Scott) marries Mary Wood in Lyndon.
1801 10th Mar    The First Census takes place in England and Wales. The Population is recorded at around 8.9 million
1803 1st May Mary Shelacres (née Green) the wife of Thomas Shellacre dies and is buried at Ridlington. She was between 60 and 70 years at her death.
1804 22nd June RICHARD SHELLAKER the husband of Mary (née Gibbons) is a witness at a Wedding at Lyndon church
1807 25th Mar    The Abolition of the Slave Trade Act entered the statute books in the UK but it continued in the Caribbean until 1811
1810 15th Dec Ann Shelacres (née Green) the daughter of Thomas and Mary Shelacres (née Green) dies aged 35 years and is buried at Ridlington
1811    A volcanic eruption in the Azores leads to two cold years in England : 1811 & 1812
1812    Charles Dickens born in Portsmouth. Britain at War with the United States until 1814
1813 1st Mar Sarah Shellaker the daughter of Richard and Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons) marries John Lee at Ridlington
1813    BILLESDON BAPTIST CHAPEL OPENS
1814 1st Mar Catherine Shellaker the daughter of Richard and Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons) marries John Partridge in the village of Wing
1815 29th Aug FRANCIS SHELLAKER son of Richard & Ann (née Hill) and husband of Sarah (née Scott) dies aged 81 years and is buried on 31st August
1815 13th Nov WILLIAM SHELLAKER the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons marries SARAH HESTHER at Exton
1815    First successful photograph taken in France. Ludwig van Beethoven dies
1820 29th Jan    King George III dies and is succeeded by King George IV
1825   Stephenson's Stockton and Darlington Railway the first publicly subscribed railway using steam locomotives
1827   First successful photograph taken in France. Ludwig van Beethoven dies
1834    Poor Law : Unions formed which were large "workhouses". Reaping machine invented in United States.
1834 29th Dec RICHARD SHELLAKER dies. He is the son of Francis & Sarah Shellaker (née Scott) and husband of Mary Shellaker (née Gibbons)
1835 1st Jan RICHARD SHELLAKER is buried in Lyndon churchyard.
1837 20th June   Victoria becomes Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland – the Victorian Era begins
1840   First postage stamp introduced. The use of anaesthetics leads the way for pain-free surgery
1841 7th June   First National Census in England & Wales which includes names of individuals. The Population is recorded at around 15 million
1843 12th May MARY SHELLAKER (née Gibbons) dies. She is the wife of Richard
1843 16th May MARY SHELLAKER (née Gibbons) is buried and with her the name Shellaker disappears from Lyndon after more than 150 years


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1789 – The French Revolution. 1812 – Charles Dickens is born.  1840 – First postage stamp introduced displaying the head of Queen Victoria.

 

1826 – 1860  Tugby in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1826 13th May Mary Shellaker the daughter of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) is born and was baptised on the 27th May
1827 28th Apr Mary Shellaker the daughter of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) dies at the age of 11 months and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1827   First successful photograph taken in France. Ludwig van Beethoven dies
1828 1st April Mary Ann Shellaker the daughter of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) is born and was baptised on the 29th April
1830 25th April RICHARD SHELLAKER the son of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) is born and was baptised on the 8th June
1830 WILLIAM SHELLAKER recorded in the Poll Book – occupation ‘Cordwainer’
1831   Great Reform Act: many more in the country were enfranchised and could therefore vote in elections
1832   First train service left Leicester as it became one of the first cities (though then a town) to be served by a railway
1833 25th Dec William Shellaker the son of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) is born and was baptised on the 11th Feb 1834
1835 WILLIAM SHELLAKER held the position of Leader of the Methodist Chapel in Tugby around the period 1830-1835
1835 1st Oct William Shellaker the son of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) dies aged 18 months and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1836   Very heavy snow fall in England over Christmas
1837 20th June   The Victorian Era begins.Charles Dickens writes "Oliver Twist". Formal registration of births marriages and deaths starts
1838 MARY ANN GROCOCK the future wife of Richard Shellaker is born in Hallaton (or 1837)
1828 Mary Ann Shellaker the daughter of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) dies at the age of 14 years and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1840 WILLIAM SHELLAKER recorded in the Poll Book as residing at ‘Rotton Rowe’ in Tugby
1840 20th June   The use of anaesthetics leads the way for pain-free surgery
1841 7th June   First National Census in England & Wales which includes names of individuals. The Population is recorded at around 15 million
1841 7th June WILLIAM & SARAH SHELLAKER recorded in the Census with their children Mary and Richard
1842 6th Oct Mary Shellaker the daughter of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) is dies at the age of 14 years and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1846 RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘White’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’ with the occupation of 'Butcher' in Tugby
1849 20th June   Safety pin patented in the United States
1851 30th Mar   A National Census in England & Wales takes place. The Population is recorded at around 17.9 million
1851 30th Mar WILLIAM & SARAH SHELLAKER recorded in the Census
1851 30th Mar RICHARD SHELLAKER recorded in the Census as being a ‘Butcher’s Apprentice in Granby Street Leicester
1851 20th June   The Singer company was granted an American patent in 1851 for what is considered to the first successful sewing machine invented
1853   Crimean War begins. (Ends in 1856). This was the first war to be photographed
1854 2nd June WILLIAM SHELLAKER is assaulted by Henry Ogden of Tugby
1854 WILLIAM SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘Melville’s Trade Directory’ as a Ale & porter agent in Tugby
1855 6th Feb   Viscount Palmerston becomes British Prime Minister
1855 2nd July WILLIAM & SARAH SHELLAKER face trial for a criminal offence at the Midsummer General Quarter Sessions in Leicester
1855 7th July The Leicester Mercury reports the verdict from the trial of WILLIAM & SARAH SHELLAKER
1855 25th Nov WILLIAM SHELLAKER dies at the age of 67 years and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1856 25th July   Thousand watch England's last public hanging outside Leicester's Welford Road Goal as William Brown is executed for murder
1859 SARAH SHELLAKER recorded as being member of the ‘Wesleyan-Methodist Society’
1859   Antiseptics used in surgery for the first time; pioneered by Joseph Lister
1860 21st July Frank Cable (later known as Frank Brown) the future husband of Polly Shellaker is born in Camberwell

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1837 – Charles Dickens writes Oliver Twist.  1853-1856 – Photograph from the Crimean War. 1859 -Antiseptics used in surgery for the first time.

 

1861 – 1877  Tugby in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1861 12th Mar RICHARD SHELLAKER the son of William & Sarah Shellaker (née Hester) marries MARY ANN GROCOCK in Tugby parish church
1861 7th Apr RICHARD & SARAH SHELLAKER are recorded in the Census at the Butchers Shop in Tugby
1861 7th Apr The widow SARAH SHELLAKER is recorded in the Census with a profession of 'Beer House. New Act'
1861 12th Aug Sarah Ann Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1861 12th April   US Civil War begins
1863 The widowSARAH SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘White’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’ as running a Beerhouse
1863 Mar William Shellaker the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1864 26th Aug Mary Jane (Polly) Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1865 SARAH SHELLAKER recorded as being member of the ‘Wesleyan-Methodist Society’
1865 15th Aug Emma Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1867   Dynamite discovered by Alfred Nobel in Sweden. In England the Second Reform Act is passed – more people become enfranchised
1867 16th Dec Elizabeth Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1868 27th Feb   Benjamin Disraeli becomes British Prime Minister but is replaced by Gladstone later in the year
1869 20th Dec Louisa Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1870 1st June Louisa Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is dies at the age of 8 months and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1870 RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded in the 'Harrod’s Trade Directory’ as being a 'Butcher & Beer Retailer'
1871 2nd Apr SARAH SHELLAKER is recorded in the Census with a profession of 'Accountant'
1871 2nd Apr RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded as a 'Butcher' in the Census with his wife Mary with their children Sarah William Polly Emma and Elizabeth
1872 18th Feb Fanny Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1872 22nd Apr Fanny Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) dies and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1872 16th Mar    In the first ever final of the FA Cup Wanderers F.C. defeat Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1–0 at The Oval in Kennington London
1872 14th Oct Mary Jane (Polly) and Emma Shellaker start at Tugby Village School aged 8 years 2 months and 6 years 2 months respectively
1872 21st Oct Sarah and Elizabeth Shellaker start at Tugby Village School aged 11 years 2 months and 4 years 10 months respectively
1873 Twin girls Louisa & Fanny Shellaker the daughters of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) are born
1873 The twin girls Louisa & Fanny Shellaker the daughters of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) die after only a few months.
1874 9th June SARAH SHELLAKER the widow of WILLIAM SHELLAKER dies two days after her 80th birthday and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1874 27th Feb   First marketable typewriter made in Denmark
1874 2nd Oct Sarah Shellaker leaves Tugby Village School at the age of 13 years 2 months
1876 19th Oct Richard Shellaker the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1876 7th Mar   Telephone patented by Alexander Graham Bell
1877 8th June Mary Jane (Polly)Shellaker leaves Tugby Village School at the age of 12 years 10 months
1877 27th Feb   The first of six wet summers in a row: from 1877 to 1882
1877 12th Aug Sam Abell Geary the future husband of Emma Shellaker is born.

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1868 – Benjamin Disraeli becomes British Prime Minister.  1872 – Royal Engineers A.F.C. lose the first FA Cup final. 1876 – Telephone patented by Alexander Graham Bell

 

1877 – 1886  Tugby in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1877 RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘White’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’ with the occupation of Butcher in the village of Tugby
1878 6th Feb John Richard Shellaker the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) dies at the age of one and is buried in Tugby Churchyard
1878 26th June   Auction at the Bell Hotel in Leicester of a "Valuable Freehold Farm" in Billesdon knowa as 'The Lodge' – Buyer unknown
1879 22nd Jan   The Battle of Rorke's Drift – a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. (The battle featured in the film 'Zulu')
1879 19th Apr Helena (Nellie) Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1879 22nd Apr Helena (Nellie) Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is baptised privately
1880 18th June Emma Shellaker leaves Tugby Village School at the age of 13 years 10 months having achieved 'Grade VI'
1880 17th Aug Frank Cable (aka Frank Brown) the future husband of Polly Shellaker marries Catherine Feltham at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Peckham
1880   Baked beans first canned in the United States. Ball-point pen developed in the United States
1880 August Emma Shellaker continues her schooling at Wyggeston Hospital Girls School in Leicester at the age of 14 years
1881 3rd Apr RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded as a 'Butcher & Grazier' in the Census with wife Mary and children Sarah William Polly Elizabeth and Helena
1881 3rd Apr Emma Shellaker is recorded as being a 'scholar' living at 94 Brunswick Street Leicester in the home of Robert Johnson
1881 18th June Elizabeth Shellaker leaves Tugby Village School at the age of 13 years 6 months
1881 21st Dec JOHN SHELLAKER the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is born
1881 RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘Kelly’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’ with the occupation of Butcher in the village of Tugby
1882 1st Feb JOHN SHELLAKER the son of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) is baptised
1883 1st Jan   Local railway station at Ingarsby opens on the 1st of January. Ingarsby Station was around 6 miles from Tugby
1883 25th June Helena (Nellie) Shellaker starts at Tugby Village School aged 4 years 2 months
1883 26th Aug    One of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history on island of Krakatoa in Java – effects felt around the world
1883/4 RICHARD SHELLAKER is recorded in the ‘Wright’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’ with the occupation of Butcher in the village of Tugby
1884 Mary Adah Wright the future second wife of John Shellaker is born
1884 April Emma Shellaker finishes her schooling at Wyggeston Hospital Girls School at the age of 17 years
1884 27th Oct Helena (Nellie) Shellaker leaves Tugby School age 5 years 5 months and is taught at home by sister Emma
1884 6th Dec    3rd Reform Act: even more ancestors are enfranchised
1885 15th July John William Brown the future husband of Nellie Shellaker is born
1885 16th Sept Agnes Emma Miles the future wife of John Shellaker is born
1885    General Gordon dies at Khartoum. X-rays used for the first time. A drought hits England
1886 Spring RICHARD SHELLAKER moves with his wife Mary and their seven children leave Tugby for their new home near the village of Billesdon

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1879 – The Battle of Rorke’s Drift.  1883 – Local railway station at Ingarsby opens. 1885  – General Gordon dies at Khartoum

 

1886 – 1899  Billesdon in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1886 Spring RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER and family leave Tugby for their new home near the village of Billesdon
1887    Another drought across England. Pneumatic tyre invented by John Dunlop
1888 5th Feb Elizabeth Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker dies at the age of 20 years and is buried in Tugby churchyard
1888 11th June Helena (Nellie) Shellaker and JOHN SHELLAKER are admitted to Billesdon School on the same day at the ages of 9 and 6 respectively
1888 Emma Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker is baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon at the age of 21 or 22 years
1888 11th June RICHARD SHELLAKER recorded as residing in Billesdon in ‘Kelly’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’
1888    'Jack the Ripper' murders five women in the Whitechapel district of London
1889 Helena Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker achieves the '4th Standard' at Billesdon School aged 10 years
1889 JOHN SHELLAKER achieves the '1st Standard' at Billesdon School aged 7 years
1890 4th June Helena Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker achieves the '5th Standard' at Billesdon School aged 11 years and 2 months
1891 5th Apr RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER recorded in the Census at Billesdon Lodge Farm with their children Sarah William Emma Helena and JOHN
1891 5th Apr Mary Jane (Polly) Shellaker recorded as 'housekeeper' in the Census at 8 Chapel Street in Grantham at the house of Mr. Wardle
1891 Oct    Very heavy snow in London & the south of England with blizzards in the south-west
1892 19th June Emma Shellaker attends Sunday School Anniversary at Baptist Chapel in Billesdon
1892 10th Oct Mary Jane (Polly) Shellaker marries strong>Frank Brown (aks Cable) bigamously at Firkin Street Chapel in Grantham
1892 10th Oct Emma Shellaker and her father RICHARD SHELLAKER are witnesses at the wedding of Polly and Frank
1893    Zip fasteners invented by Judson in the United States. Severe droughts in 1892 & 1893 results in a shortage of hay
1893/4    A severe winter -1893 / 1894. Snow on the ground for weeks
1894 5th Apr John Richard Brown son of Frank Brown and Polly (née Shellaker) is born in Grantham
1895 Annie Maria Townsend future Second wife of William Shellaker (or 1894)
1896 17th Feb Elizabeth (Bertha) Brown daughter of Frank Brown and Polly (née Shellaker) is born in Grantham
1897 10th Jan George Harry Leedham future husband of Beryl Shellaker (and my own father) is born in Leicester
1897 13th May   Marconi invents wireless method of sending messages
1899 16th Apr Doris Mary Geary Shellaker (later Mary Curtis) daughter of the unmarried Emma Shellaker and Sam Abel Geary is born in Christchurch
1899 11th Oct   Start of Boer War in Southern Africa

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1888 – Jack the Ripper strikes terror in Whitechapel.  1897 – Marconi invents wireless method of sending messages. 1899  – The Boer War commences

 

1900 – 1928  Billesdon in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1900 17th Mar RICHARD SHELLAKER makes his "Last Will & Testament"
1900 14th Nov A pregnant Emma Shellaker the daughter of Richard & Mary Shellaker (née Grocock) marries Sam Abel Geary Shellaker in the Chapel at Billesdon
1900 14th Nov Witnesses at Emma and Sam's wedding were Nellie Shellaker RICHARD SHELLAKER and Sam's brother William Geary
1900 RICHARD SHELLAKER recorded as residing in Billesdon in ‘Wright’s Trade Directory for Leicestershire’
1901 22th Jan    Victorian era ends with death of Queen Victoria. Edward VII becomes King. Population of England & Wales about 32.5 million
1901 July Sam Arthur Geary the son of Sam and Emma Geary (née Shellaker) is born
1902 1st Feb Sam Arthur Geary the son of Sam and Emma Geary (née Shellaker) dies at the age of 7 months
1902 11th July    Arthur James Balfour becomes British Prime Minister
1902 12th Dec William Albert Geary the son of Sam and Emma Geary (née Shellaker) is born
1903    Wright Brothers make first sustained Aeroplane flight in US. Henry Ford founds his car company in Detroit America
1904 20th July RICHARD SHELLAKER the father of Sarah William Polly Emma Nellie & John Shellaker dies at the age of 74 years
1910 6th May    Edward VII dies. George V becomes King
1911 27th Apr JOHN SHELLAKER the son of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER marries AGNES MILES at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon
1911 26th Sept Nellie Shellaker the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER marries John Brown at the Wesleyan Chapel in Front Street Billesdon
1912 14th Apr Joan Shellaker the daughter of JOHN & AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) is born
1912 14th Apr    Just before midnight the Titanic hits an iceberg and begins to sink. 1500 people went down in the ship or froze to death in the icy North Atlantic
1913 1st Jan Nellie Shellaker and John Brown moved= to "The Nursery" in Back Street Billesdon
1913 20th July MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) widow of RICHARD and father of Sarah William Polly Emma Nellie & John Shellaker dies at the age of 75 years
1914 28th July    The start of the Great War – later known as World War I
1914 Ethel (Molly) Shellaker the daughter of JOHN & AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) is born
1916 6th Dec    David Lloyd-George replaces Herbert Asquith as British Prime Minister
1917   Russia – in the October Revolution (November in the Gregorian calendar) Lenin's Bolshevik party overthrew the Provisional Government
1918 11th Nov   The end of the Great War (later known as World War I). Women vote in British General Election for first time
1919 24th Feb Olive Brown the daughter of John & Nellie (née Shellaker) is born
1919 21st Mar Ken Swift the future husband of Olive Brown is born
1921 14th July BERYL SHELLAKER (née Miles) the daughter of JOHN & AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) and my mother is born
1922 28th June Mary Curtis (the first born daughter of Emma & Sam Geary) marries Clifford Garfoot at Houghton on the Hill Methodist chapel
1924 11th Nov   First Labour government under the leadership of Ramsay MacDonald
1924 4th June Kenneth Ernest Garfoot the son of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) is born. A grandson for Emma Shellaker
1926 26th Nov   John Logie Baird – one of the inventors of the mechanical television demonstrated the first working television system
1926 25th Feb Mary Louisa Shellaker the wife of William Shellaker dies
1926 4th May   General strike started in the United Kingdom and lasted 9 days
1926 10th July Edward Roy Garfoot the son of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) is born. Another grandson for Emma Shellaker
1926 19th July John Hunt the future husband of Mary Shellaker
1927   First talking movie; 'The Jazz Singer' is produced in the United States
1928 3rd Sept   Penicillin discovered by Alexander Fleming in England
1928 17th Sept Clifford Gordon Garfoot the son of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) is born. A third grandson for Emma Shellaker

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1903 – Wright Brothers make first Aeroplane flight.  1912 – Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks. 1914-18  – The Great War (WWI).

 

1930 – present  Billesdon in Leicestershire

Year Date Event
1930 22th Oct Annie Geary the daughter of Sam & Emma Geary (née Shellaker) marries Len Bates at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon
1930 Nellie Brown and Annie Geary are baptised at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon
1932 15th June David Howkins the future husband of Ann Shellaker
1932 10th Dec Sam Abel Geary the husband of Emma Geary (née Shellaker) dies at Skeffington at the age of 55 years
1933 30th Jan   Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany by President of Germany Paul von Hindenburg
1933 27th Dec Bert Geary the son of Sam & Emma Geary (née Shellaker) marries Gladys Betts at the Belton chapel
1934 27th Feb Polly Shellaker and Frank Brown marry for a second and now legal occasion
1934 21st Aug Rosemary Garfoot the daughter of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) is born. A granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1934 24th Sept Doris Geary the daughter of Bert and Gladys Geary is born. Another granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1934 22nd Dec Ann Shellaker the daughter of William & Anne Shellaker (née Townsend) is born
1934 24th Sept Doris Geary the daughter of Bert and Gladys Geary is born. Another granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1935 7th June   Stanley Baldwin replaces Ramsay MacDonald as British Prime Minister
1935 14th June Michael Edwin Bates the son of Len and Annie Bates (née Geary) is born in Quenby. A grandson for Emma Shellaker
1935 22nd Oct Nancy Geary the daughter of Bert and Gladys Geary is born. A granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1936 20th Jan   George V dies and is replaced by Edward VIII. He then abdicates on 11th Dec of this and George the VI becomes King.
1936 12 Sept Sam Geary the son of Bert and Gladys Geary is born. Another grandson for Emma Shellaker
1938 30th Aug Janet Christine Bates the daughter of Len and Annie Bates (née Geary) is born in Quenby. Another granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1939 1st Sept   Adolf Hitler's army invades Poland. Britain and France declare war on Germany the Second World War begins
1940 14th Apr Doris Garfoot the daughter of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) is born. A granddaughter for Emma Shellaker
1941 30th Jan Doris Garfoot the daughter of Clifford & Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) dies and is buried
1942 9th July Billesdon Lodge Farm is sold at Auction by JOHN SHELLAKER
1942 9th July AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) wife of JOHN SHELLAKER dies at the age of 57 years
1942 9th July JOHN SHELLAKER marries Adah Wright
1946 22nd Oct William Shellaker the son of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) dies at the age of 83 years
1945 6th Aug   Atomic bombs dropped by the USA on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and on Nagasaki on 9th August
1949 25th May Emma Geary (née Shellaker) is presented with a award for 60 years of service to the Billesdon Baptist chapel
1950 29th July BERYL SHELLAKER marries GEORGE HARRY LEEDHAM
1951 25th Feb Emma Geary (née Shellaker) the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) dies at the age of 84 years
1952 2nd Feb   George VI dies and is succeeded by his daughter who becomes Queen Elizabeth II
1952 22nd Oct Mary Shellaker the daughter of William and Anne Shellaker (née Townsend) marries John Hunt at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon
1953 Sarah Shellaker) the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) dies at the age of 90 years
1953 7th Dec   Ingarsby railway station near Billesdon closes closed to regular passenger trains and goods
1954 22nd Dec Ann Shellaker the daughter of William and Anne Shellaker (née Townsend) marries David Howkins at the Baptist Chapel in Back Street Billesdon
1955 2nd July Nancy Geary the daughter of Bert and Gladys Geary marries Tony Symmonds
1957 Nov John & Nellie Brown (née Shellaker) move with their family move from the Nurseries at Billesdon to Woodbine Cottage in Rolleston
1958   The first clinical implantation into a human of a fully implantable pacemaker in Sweden
1960 Oct Mary Garfoot (née Curtis) (the first born daughter of Emma & Sam Geary) dies at the age of 61 years
1961 12th Apr   Russian Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space
1961 13th Aug   After sealing off free passage between East and West Berlin with barbed wire East German authorities begin building a wall–the Berlin Wall
1961 26th Sept Nellie (née Shellaker) the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER and John Brown celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary
1961   The silicon chip invented in America paving the way for the development of the modern computer
1962 8th Nov Nellie (née Shellaker) the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER and John Brown dies at Rolleston at the age of 83 years
1963 14th June Mary Adah Wright the second wife of John Shellaker dies at the age of 79 years
1963   The Beatles top the British music charts. American President John F. Kennedy is assassinated
1964 2nd Dec William Albert 'Bert' Geary the son of Emma Shellaker dies at the age of 61 years
1966 3rd May John Brown the husband of Nellie (née Shellaker) the daughter of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) dies at the age of 80 years
1967 14th Mar JOHN SHELLAKER son of RICHARD & MARY SHELLAKER (née Grocock) dies at the age of 85 years
1967 3rd Dec   First successful heart transplant was undertaken by Surgeon Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town South Africa
1968 21st Apr Anne Maria Shellaker the second wife of William Shellaker dies at the age of 73 years
1969 20th July   American Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon
1979 4th May   Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain's first woman Prime Minister
1980 Ethel (Molly) Shellaker the daughter of JOHN & AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) dies at the age of 66 years
1982 2nd April   Falkland War between Argentina & Britain begins when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands 
1985 18th Jan GEORGE HARRY LEEDHAM husband of BERYL SHELLAKER dies at the age of 88 years
1985 13th July   Bob Geldolf organises 'Live Aid' concerts and raises millions of pounds for the staving peoples of Ethiopia
1987 18th Sept Annie Bates (née Geary) the daughter of Emma Shellaker dies at the age of 81 years
1989 9th Nov   Berlin Wall dismantled leading to the re-unification of Germany
1990 11th Feb   Nelson Mandela freed from prison in South Africa after 27 years captivity
1996 Ken Swift the husband of Olive Swift (née Brown) dies at the age of 77 years
1997 22nd Feb   Scientists working in Scotland produce the world's first animal cloned – a sheep named Dolly
1997 17th Apr Elizabeth (Bertha) Brown daughter of Frank Brown and Polly (née Shellaker) dies
1997 31st July   Diana Princess of Wales is killed in a car accident in Paris
2001 Joan Shellaker the daughter of JOHN & AGNES SHELLAKER (née Miles) dies

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1945 – Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.  1969 – Neil Armstrong walks on the moon. 1989 – The Berlin Wall comes down. 1990 – Mandela is Free!

 

TO BE CONTINUED…..

I have included in this timeline the birthdates and marriages of the grandchildren of the Richard Shellaker who purchased Billesdon Lodge Farm in the spring of 1886.

I have many other details of births and marriages of further generations but would not wish to put that information into the public domain unless I have your permission to do so.

If you are a descendant of William, Polly, Emma, Nellie or John Shellaker and would like to add the names and births & marriages of your family to this timeline then please send me the details using the Contact Me page.

2016

Year Date Event
2016 8th July David Leedham grandson of JOHN SHELLAKER and maybe the 9 x great grandson of John Shellacare of Leziate (alive in the time of Henry VIII) launches the website of the HISTORY OF THE SHELLAKER FAMILY. Around 449 years after John Shellacare of Leziate signed his Last Will and Testament.