Francis John Peake Shapcote .


Born 1837 in Stoke Damerel, Devon

Baptised: 13 March 1837, Stoke Damerel, Devon

His parents were Thomas Shapcote and Harriet Leaver.

 

Francis enlisted in the Royal Navy in 1845 at the age of 16.

 

He first served on the HMS St Jeanne d’Arc, a ship of 101 guns, under Captain Hon Henry Keppel.  This ship was commissioned for service in the Crimean war, with the fleet under Sir Charles Napier.  In August 1854, the ship was involved in the attack of the forts of Bomardund. and then sailed up the Gulf of Bothnia with the object of destroying the Russian’s supplies of timber.

 

In December 1854, it sailed to Cork and embarked a regiment to take out to the Crimea.

 

Francis John Peake Shapcott was present in the taking of Sebastapol, and was awarded  the Crimean medal, with the Sebastapol Bar.

 

He also participated in the capture of forts at Kinburn near Odessa just before the end of the war.

 

Later he was appointed to HMS Leopard, and served in her until the summer of 1856.  

 

Later he was sent out to the Pacific in HMS Nareus, and was for 3 years on that commission in the Bay of Valparaisoe.

 

He returned to England in 1860 and was appointed to the Admiral’s Office in Devonport for 10 years.

 

 

Francis John Peake Shapcote married Sarah Ann Gifford on 6 June 1865, Stoke Damerel.

 

She was born in 1839 in Scotland, daughter of Charles Frederick Gifford.

 

 

They are recorded on the 1871 Census living at:

 

8 Brunswick Terrace, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon

 

Ref: RG10; Piece: 2135; Folio: 57; Page: 2; GSU roll: 832032.

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Francis J.P.  Shapcott

Sarah A. Shapcott

Francis P. Shapcott

Anne Selina Solomon

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

Son

Servant

Age

 

34

31

2 mths

23

Occupation

 

Paymaster R.N.

 

 

General Servant

Born

 

Devonport, Devon

Scotland

Devonport, Devon

Plymouth, Devon

The family is shown living in Scotland on the Scottish 1881 Census:

 

17 Bentinck Street, Greenock West, Renfrewshire, Scotland

 

Ref:  Parish: Greenock West; ED: 36; Page:  16; Line: 11; Roll: cssct1881_167; Year: 1881.

Name

 

Francis J.P.  Shapcote

Sarah Anne Shapcote

Alice Shapcote

Dorothy Shapcote

Mary Jane Rogers Roby

Martha Atcheson Hunter

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

Daughter

Daughter

Servant

Servant

Age

 

44

41

15

1

28

23

Occupation

 

Paymaster R.N.

 

 

 

Cook Domestic

Nurse Domestic Servant

Born

 

Devonport, Devon

Edinburgh, Midlothian

Englsnd

Plymouth, Devon

England

Ireland

In 1883 Francis Shapcote was commissioned to China for 4 years

 

Kelly’s Devon Directory 1883

 

Francis Jn Peake Shapcote  R.N.  J.P.  ... 21 Stoke Terrace, Stoke, Devonport, Devon

 

 

The  1891 Census shows the family living back in England:

 

9 Havelock Terrace, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon

 

Ref:  RG12; Piece: 1744; Folio 19; Page 31; GSU roll: 6096854.

 

 

Name

 

Francis J.P.  Shapcote

Sarah Anne Shapcote

Alice Shapcote

Dorothy Shapcote

Mary Roby

Elizabeth May

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

Daughter

Daughter

Servant

Servant

Age

 

54

51

25

11

40

38

Occupation

 

Paymaster R.N.

 

 

 

Cook

Housemaid

Born

 

Devonport, Devon

Scotland

Devonport, Devon

Launceston, Cornwall

Launceston, Cornwall

Sheepwash, Devon

A severe fever in 1892, contracted in the Mediterranean, forced him to retire with the rank of Paymaster-in-Chief, Royal Navy.

 

He subsequently became an Auditor of the Union Savings Bank for 23 years.

 

The  1901 Census shows the family living at:

 

9 Havelock Terrace, Stoke Damerel, Devonport, Devon

 

Ref:  RG13; Piece: 2109; Folio: 49; Page: 38.

Name

 

Francis J.P.  Shapcott

Sarah Anne Shapcott

Alice Shapcott

Dorothy Shapcott

Mary J.R.Robby

Elizabeth May

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

Daughter

Daughter

Servant

Servant

Age

 

64

61

25

21

50

48

Occupation

 

Paymaster In Chief R.N.

 

 

 

Cook Domestic

Housemaid Domestic

Born

 

Devonport, Devon

Ireland

Devonport, Devon

Launceston, Cornwall

Launceston, Cornwall

Sheepwash, Devon

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