Descendants of John Shelley (1771-1848)
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John Shelley is a direct ancestor of Bill Burgar, the author of this history.
He was born in 1771 and according to the 1841 Census he was not born in Berkshire.9
John Shelley and Catherine Brown were married 1/10/1809
Prior to the marriage they had 2 children together, the first in 1795. Why was it that they only married 13 years after the first child?.
It is possible that one of them was already married and therefore they were unable to marry. It is possible that Catherine Brown was married previously. See below.
John and Catherine Shelley appear together in the 1841 Census in Sunninghill Berkshire. 9
The IGI 20 has the entry:
Catherine Matthews married William Brown on 26/4/1789 in Sunninghill, Berkshire
William Brown and Catherine Matthews had two daughters:
Sophia Brown, baptised 1st June 1789 at Sunninghill, Berkshire 20.
Dianna Brown, baptised 25th December 1791 at Sunninghill, Berkshire 20.
That John Shelley and Catherine (Matthews) Brown got together soon after this last christening suggests that William Brown might have deserted his wife, Catherine. However, further work needs to be carried out to prove this possibility.
John Shelley and Catherine (Mathews) Brown had the following children:
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