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Folk Biography Information

Folk Biography Information

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NameShears, Charles
Date of Birth1826
Location/CommunitySalisbury
NotesWilliams / others notes
George B Gardiner, Charles Shears, 85, Salisbury Union, workhouse, August, 1909.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sung by Mr Seers or Shears of Winterslow, Wiltshire, now in Salisbury Union, Sept 1st, 1904.

Jean Morrison, Charles Shears, 1825 - 1914. was born at Winterslow, Wiltshire, of a family of woodsmen and labourers. The most celebrated of the family was Lydia Shears, a reputed witch who could turn herself into a hare. She was eventually shot and killed with a silver bullet.

There is some difficulty surrounding which Charles Shears was collected by Gardiner and Vaughan-Williams. According to the 1911 Census the person resident in Salisbury Union was born in Grateley, Hampshire, in 1826. The person referred to by Jean Morrison may have been died between 1881 and 1891 as his wife Elizabeth is listed as a widow in 1891 [CDW]
Census InformationCensus 1911
A Charles Shears, date of birth c. 1826, living at Harnham, Salisbury Workhouse, is listed.

Census 1901
Traced using Shears and Harnham. Place of birth, Grateley, Hampshire; c. 1826; Age, 75; address, Salisbury Union Workhouse, East Harnham, Wiltshire; occupation, pauper, formerly ordinary agricultural labourer.

Census 1891
Place of birth, Grateley, Hampshire; c. 1825; Age, 66; address, Alderbury Union Workhouse, Britford, Wiltshire; inmate, single; occupation, agricultural labourer.

Census 1881
Listed as Charles Sheers. Place of birth, Grateley, Hampshire; c. 1825; Age, 55; address, Alderbury Union Workhouse, Britford, Wiltshire; pauper, single; occupation, agricultural labourer.

Census 1871
No trace.

Census 1861
No trace.


Census 1851
Place of birth, Grateley, Hampshire; c. 1826; Age, 25; address, Common, Wintersow, Wiltshire; occupation, wood labourer; living with grand father, John Shears, age, 66; place of birth, Idmiston, Wiltshire; James Shears, age, 59; place of birth, Winterslow; occupation, agricultural labourer; lodger; Mary Shears, age, 59; place of birth, Clatford, Hampshire; lodgers wife.

Census 1841
Place of birth, Hampshire; c. 1826; Age, 15; address, Bedford Road?, Lockerley, Hampshire; living with father, James, age, 40; occupation, agricultural labourer; mother, Catharine, age, 45; sister, Martha, age, 13; brother, Alfred, age, 11; sister, Mary,age, 10; brother, James, age, 7.
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