Branch C.  Henry Shapcott & Frances Jago And Their Descendants

 

Henry Shapcott - Shipwright (b. 1794) (contd.)

 

 

It was not long before Henry Shapcott was to marry a lady called Elizabeth Devonport.

 

The marriage was registered in September quarter, 1859, in the district of Stoke Damerel, Devon.

 

Elizabeth was 24 years his junior.  She was also the niece of his late wife.

 

 

Children of Henry Shapcott and Elizabeth Devonport:

 

 

C.2. Nicholas Albert Shapcott

 

Born:  1861, East Looe, Cornwall, Birth registered in September Quarter, in the district of Liskeard, Cornwall

 

 

C.3. Mary Catherine Shapcott

 

Born:  1865, East Looe, Cornwall, Birth registered in September Quarter, in the district of Liskeard, Cornwall

 

 

Henry and Elizabeth can be found on the 1861 Census, still living at: :

 

Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall

 

Ref:  RG9; Piece: 1531; Folio: 106; Page: 6; GSU roll: 542827

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name

 

Henry Shapcott

Elizabeth Shapcott

 

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

 

 

Age

 

66

42

 

 

Occupation

 

Shipbuilder employing 4 men & 7 apprentices

Shipbuilder’s Wife

 

 

 

Born

 

East Looe, Cornwall

Devonport, Devon

 

10 years later in 1871 they can once again be found  living at: :

 

Fore Street, East Looe, Cornwall

 

Ref:  RG10   Piece  2243   Folio: 7   Page 6

 

 

Name

 

Henry Shapcott

Elizabeth Shapcott

Nicholas A. Shapcott

Mary C. Shapcott

Amelia Shapcott

 

Relationship

 

Head

Wife

Son

Daughter

Servant

 

 

Age

 

66

53

9

5

26

 

 

Occupation

 

Shipowner

 

Scholar

Scholar

General Servant

 

 

 

Born

 

East Looe, Cornwall

Devonport, Devon

East Looe, Cornwall

East Looe, Cornwall

East Looe, Cornwall

 

Henry Shapcott  died on the 7 October 1873 in East Looe, aged 77.

 

He was buried on the 13 October 1873 at St Martin-By-Looe.

 

After his death his marriage to Elizabeth was declared to be illegal – as he had married the niece of his first wife.  

No doubt this would have caused quite a stir in the small community of Looe.

 

However, Henry ensured that Elizabeth and all his children were well provided for when he left a Will.  

The Executor was his son Robert Henry Shapcott – Shipbuilder.

 

 

A newspaper article which paints a colourful and lively description of the launch of another of Henry Shapcott’s ships:

 

“The West Briton” Newspaper   

dated 11 February 1859 :

 

Barquentine “Florence”

 

“On Thursday the third instant, a fine ship, built by Messrs. Henry Shapcott & Son, of East Looe, was launched from the beach at Churchend.  About four o’clock large parties of visitors began to pour into the town and on arriving at the beach the beautiful mould of the ship excited great admiration.  It had been arranged that the ceremony of christening should be performed by Mrs. Pole Carew, whose maiden name the ship was to receive, but other engagements prevented both Mr. & Mrs. Pole Carew from being present.

 

Mr. & Mrs. Buller, the Rev. J.B. Kitson and Mrs. Kitson, Mr. & Mrs. Peel, the Rev. P. Bush and Mrs. Bush took their places on the platform under the bows of the vessel.

 

The launching ways extended 400 feet down the beach. At half-past five o’clock the shores were knocked away, and Mrs. Kitson dashed the bottle at the vessel, exclaiming “May success attend the “Fanny Buller”.

 

The ship glided beautifully into the sea amidst cheers of the spectators and presented a very swan-like appearance as she sat on the smooth water. The weather was all that could be desired, and the spectacle afforded satisfaction to all who were so fortunate as to witness it.

 

A set of Captain Marryatt’s signal flags were presented by Mr. Pole Carew, and a full length figure head by Mr. Buller of Morval.”

 

 

Note - A Barquentine is a vessel with at least three masts, all of them fore-and-aft rigged except for the foremost one, which is square rigged.

 

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