The Shapcote Family of Stepney

and

The “Second Convict Fleet”

 

This interesting branch of the family had strong ties with the sea, the Navy

and the district of Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon.

Edward Shapcote was a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy in 1782.

John Shapcote was the Naval Agent for the fated “Second Convict Fleet” that sailed to the new Penal Colony of New South Wales, Australia in 1790.

He died during this voyage, and the original papers regarding his Estate were the

first Probate Papers to be granted in the new Colony.

His son Peter John Shapcote was also a Seaman - Master of the ship named the “Swan”.

Another of his sons - Thomas Shapcote joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 and

was to have an active career of fifty years naval service.

His son Charles Augustus Shapcote was to become the Fleet Paymaster of the Royal Navy.

Henry Williamson, the well known author of the book “ Tarka The Otter ” was a descendant of this Shapcote family.

In one of his works “A Clear Water Stream” he talks of his family connections with the Shapcote family.

If you are a member of this branch of the Shapcote family or have connections with the Shapcotes of Stepney

please do contact us

Perhaps you will be able to help us with more details, and family stories.

We would welcome your contributions.

Perhaps you may have a web-site that we could link to.


Contents of The Shapcote Family of Stepney

 

John Shapcote (born approx 1705)

 

Edward Shapcote (born approx 1732)

 

John Shapcote (born approx 1739)

 

John Shapcote and The Second Convict Fleet

 

Probate Papers of John Shapcote

 

Children of John Shapcote and Sarah Crofts


Peter John Shapcote (born approx 1765)

 

Thomas Shapcote (born 1779)

 

Edward Gifford Shapcote (born 1827)

 

Charles Augustus Shapcote (born 1829)

 

Harriet Adeline Shapcote (born 1832)

 

Georgiana Elizabeth Shapcote (born 1835)

 

Francis John Peake Shapcote (born 1837)

 

Julia Elizabeth Blanche Shapcote (born 1839)

 

Sarah Elizabeth Shapcote (born 1787)

 

John Shapcote Leaver (born 1815)

 

Thomas William Leaver (born 1839)

 

Gertrude Eliza Leaver (born 1867)

 

Henry William Williamson (born 1895)


 

Our thanks to other researchers, particularly the following who have contributed information regarding the
Shapcote Family of Stepney :

The late DOROTHY SHAPCOTE of Plymouth
The late REV. LEONARD SHAPCOTT of New Zealand
DAVID ALLEN of Ontario, Canada
ANDREW BORE of Alberta, Canada
RICHARD and ANNE WILLIAMSON of Chichester
and also to
Michael Flynn of Australia (author)

 

 

 

 

Copyright © Louise & Paul Shapcott 2002

Last Updated :  September 2011

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