Thomas Shapcote .


Born  27 December 1779 in Mile End Old Town, Stepney, London

 

Baptised 5 February 1780, St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, Middlesex, England

His parents were John Shapcote and Sarah Crofts.

 

Thomas Shapcote married Mary Ann Leaver on the 28th January 1812 at the Parish Church of St Mary, Lambeth, London.

 

Mary Ann was born 2 February 1780 in Gosport, Hampshire, daughter of Robert Gifford and Mary (Brown) Leaver.

 

This was Mary’s second marriage.  First she had first been married to Robert Dugdale Meaden on 2 July 1805.  They had one child: Mary Ann Dugdale Meaden born 13 October 1811.

 

It appears that Thomas and Mary  had no children of their own.  .

 

Mary Ann Shapcote died on 30 December 1823, aged 41 years.

 

 

Two years later Thomas Shapcote married Harriet Leaver (Mary Ann Leaver’s younger sister), on the 9th February 1826, at Stoke Damerel, near Plymouth, Devon.  

 

Harriet was baptised in 28 July 1799 on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, the daughter of  Robert Gifford Leaver and  Elizabeth Brown.  

 

The Leaver family also had close connections with the Royal Navy.

 

Thomas and Harriet established their home in Stoke Damerel, near Plymouth, Devon.

 

 

Children of Thomas Shapcote and Harriet Leaver :

 

 

1.  Edward Gifford Shapcote

 

Born................................Approx1827, Devonport, Devon

 

 

2.  Charles Augustus Shapcote

 

Born................................Approx 1829, Stoke Damerel, Devon

 

 

3.  Harriet Adeline Shapcote

 

Born................................Approx1832, Devonport, Devon

 

 

4.  Georgiana Elizabeth Shapcote

 

Born................................Approx 1834, Stoke Damerel, Devon

Baptised..........................24th March 1835, St James The Great, Stoke Damerel, Devon

 

 

5.  Francis John Peake Shapcote

 

Born................................1837, Stoke Damerel, Devon

Baptised..........................13th March 1837, St James The Great, Stoke Damerel, Devon

 

6.  Julia Elizabeth Blanche Shapcote

 

Born................................1839, Stoke Damerel (registered December Quarter - Devonport)

 

 

 

A full record of Thomas Shapcote’s naval career is recorded in “A Naval Biographical Dictionary of 1848”, by O, Byrne.  

 

Thomas served in the Royal Navy for fifty years :

 

He joined the Royal Navy in 1795 at the age of 15,  as an Ordinary Seaman on board the HMS Nautilus, sloop, and the HMS Repulse.   For nine months he was employed in the West Indies and the North Sea.

 

In September 1798 he joined HMS La Tourterelle where from November 1798 to February 1805 he took part in active service as an A.B. in the English Channel and the Mediterranean, and also off the Port of Cadiz in the HMS Renown.  Under the command of Sir John Borlase Warren, he was in frequent pursuit of the French Fleet.

 

During the next two and a half years he was a Midshipman on the HMS Bellona and the HMS Arrow.

 

In January 1808, he became Sub Lieutenant of the HMS Bloodhound,  gun brig, which for a time he commanded.  He also served from 1809 to 1810 in the same capacity in the HMS Rapid.

 

On the 19th March 1811 he was made a full Lieutenant in the HMS Reynard and served on this vessel in the Baltic until 1814.

 

A large gap then appears in his record.

 

From the 26th October 1841 he received his  last appointment which was on the guard ship HMS San Joseph at Devonport, where he remained until the beginning of 1845.

 

The family are recorded on the 1841 Census at

 

George Street, Stoke Damerell, Devonport, Devon

 

Ref: HO107; Piece 272; Book: 4; Civil Parish: Stoke Damerell; County: Devon; Enumeration District: 4; Folio: 6; Page: 7; Line: 7; GSU roll: 241334.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Thomas Shapcotte

Harriett Shapcotte

Harriett Shapcotte

Georgiana Shapcotte

Julia E. Shapcotte

Edward Shapcotte

Charles Shapcotte

Frances Shapcotte

Elizabeth Lavers

Tabitha Hunt

Age

 

57

40

9

6

18 mths

14

12

5

55

 

Occupation

 

Navy H.P.

 

 

 

 

Born

 

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

Devon

 

 

 

 

 

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