In 2001 and 2002 I posted my Shackleton ancestor to GenForum and had some good replies. I appreciate any and all replies to my query. Recently I got my Shackleton books out and organized them yet again with the thought I would try again to find some proof of the parents of my known ancestor, William Shackleton, born about 1800 in Yorkshire.
As my earlier messages show, I had found logical and promising baptisms in the Clapham parish registers for at least two of the children of William and Elizabeth: Matthew Shackleton was baptized 15 Apr 1824 at Clapham, Yks. We know that his actual birthdate was 12 Feb 1824 and was born to William and Elizabeth. The baptism records gives the parents as William and Elizabeth Shackleton. This has almost convinced me that I have found our correct family in the Clapham, Yorkshire registers.
A second child was also baptized in Clapham: William Shackleton, bp 23 July 1826. Family stories say that William and Elizabeth had a child who died on the voyage to Canada and was buried at sea. I believe this was probably this William. No more children were found on the Clapham registers for this family that I have discovered.
These baptisms I feel quite justified in claiming for our family. However, the next search I made found a possible baptism for the father, William himself. This was entirely a leap of faith. Since I know that William was born about 1800, I found at Clapham the baptism of William Shackleton on 25 Dec 1797 son of Robert Shackleton and Agnes Chamley. This could be my William. I am hoping that someone here can help me prove or disprove this connection.
Any suggestions or help will be much appreciated.
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