Dear Evelyn (Shapton) Morrissey,
What a surprise to hear from you, another Evelyn Shapton!!! I've printed your note this evening upon discovering it, and will send it to my mother, Evelyn Janice (Shapton) Schrouder who lives in Traverse City, Michigan. If you would like her address and phone number, I'd be happy to share it with you. It would be such a joy for her to meet you too. What a coincidence two Evelyn Shaptons, just as you've said.
Last August my husband and I were given passes on Delta Airlines to visit England to begin researching the Shapton and Hulme family history. What a life changing experience that was for me. If you would like a copy of the letter I sent to my mother, her sisters and brother upon our return outlining my experience and observations in England during that trip, I'll be happy to mail it to you...or maybe there will be a way to forward it from its Word file over the Internet.
My mother (born in 1920) is the oldest daughter of Louis William Shapton and Dorothy Elizabeth (Beattie) Shapton (both now desceased) of Charlevoix, Michigan where she was born and grew up with her older brother Ralph Shapton, and two younger sisters Helen (Shapton)Bogart and Sarah Elizabeth (Shapton) Harris. I've just begun exploring the genealogy of the Shapton family, which includes the Hulmes and Beattie's also, and found the Internet incredibly helpful in this search. I'll be happy to share whatever I can with you and your sister Judy upon your request.
As an example, I've discovered the Hulme and Beattie families both have ancient genealogy records in England, however the Shapton's are not as numerous in number and without coat-of-arms and other such records as far as I've been able to discern thus far. The earliest Shapton discovered through the LDS (Latter Day Saints) website in Ashton-Under-Lyne, England goes back to`a John Shapton (estimated bith about 1348-1423 and estimated death between 1379-1501). As you can see it is very vague. Some of the Shaptons on this LDS site are no longer accessable because their files have been frozen and non-LDS cannot access them any longer. However, this same John is the father of an Ann or Anne Shapton born about 1480 at Adeston, Devonshire, England or Theub, Devonshire, England who married a Sir John Prideaux. Some records give Anne's birth about 1380 with her death about 1480. This is most confusing, I know. When visiting the Arundel Castle in England this summer we walked throughout the beautiful gardens and grounds, and in the castle gift shop discovered a large colorfully illustrated book of English castles and manor houses in which found a picture of one of the rooms of Sir John Prideaux and Anne Shapton's manor house. Just the other evening I spoke to my husband about trying to call that castle's gift shop to order a copy of the book, the title of which I cannot now remember.
On the Internet I've gone to Ancestry.com and pulled up under Global Search the Shapton surname records. Many of the 141 listed names refer to the same Ann or Anne Shapton, and there you will also find mention of my mother and her immediate family. You may want to add your own Shapton's to this record, if you haven't done this already, Evelyn. There is another Internet site I can recommend to you if you have not discovered it already, and that is under Ancestry.com go to Shapton Family.com and Global Search. There you will find more detailed information.
Evelyn, it was such a surprise and joy to hear from you. I hope to have that pleasure again soon.
Blessings to you and your entire family from your Oklahoma cousin, Sue Vasquez
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