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Re: shaptons from Devon 1796
Posted by: Sue Ann (Schrouder) Vasquez Date: August 02, 2001 at 14:45:54
In Reply to: shaptons from Devon 1796 by Judy Poulton of 16

Dear Judy Poulton, I've just discovered the "Shapton Family Genealogy Forum" and have read your note in which you say, "Hi, out there... I'm trying to connect with the Shaptons that came to Exeter, Ontario and then spread into the States, but so far hitting a brick wall..." Please know that yesterday I emailed some of our Shapton family's history in this geneology forum as a follow up message to your posting to LaNelle Gallant dated October 22, 2000. I hope you can call this message up on your own computer screen. My comments explain more about the Shaptons move from England to Ontario, Canada and then their walk to Northern Michigan and settling in Charlevoix County, Michigan. My mother is Evelyn Janice (Shapton) Schrouder and grew up on a farm in Charlevoix near Barnard Methodist Church, which was founded by devout Christian men including the Shaptons from England and Canada. Judy, if you have any problems retrieving this information, please contact me at or call (405)366-2812 and leave a message if I am not home when you call and I'll return your call. I'd love to hear all I can about the Shapton family inorder to share it with my family in Michigan. Thank you. Sincerely, Sue Vasquez P.S. I've just found an old "Correction Sheet" my mother gave me about the Shapton family, to be placed in a book about entitled SHAPTON FAMILY. Evidently this is to replace the original "Foreword". It reads: "This brief charting of the genealogy of the Shapton Family is largely predicated upon the records found in the family Bible of Sarah (Sargent) Shapton and upon the first hand knowledge of those of her children and grandchildren who are still living, especially Ethel Sands. John Shapton was born in Pyworthy Parish, Devonshire, England and married Sarah Sargent in North Tamerton Parish, Cornwall, England in 1848. No attempt has been made to go back further than that though this may be done at a later date. John and Sarah came to Canada soon after their marriage to the vicinity of Avonton, Ontario, subsequently moveing to Michigan after the migration of their sons. They are buried at Charlevoix, Michigan. Of their children, Harriet and Sophia remained in Canada, near Avonton where their descendants still live. Richard, William, Sarah, John, Thomas and Edmund moved to Michigan in the vicinity of Charlevoix and took up farming though John later moved on to Washington State and ws in the logging business. The only ones remaining of that generation are Henrietta, widow of William, who is in her 93 year and is living in Charlevoix, and Margaret, widow of Thomas, who is past 94 and lives in Flint, Michigan. Thomas and Edmund married sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth Bennett, and a similar genealogy of the Bennett Family is in preparation. Also, Janet Smith who married Richard Shapton and John Smith who married Mary Jane Bennett, another sister of Margaret and Elizabeth Bennett, were brother and sister, thus creating inter-relationships between the families. The ? Sargent who married Sarah Martyn, and was therefore the father-in-law of John Shapton, married a second time, and by that wife had a son names Isaac who in turn had a daughter named Elizabeth. She married Goerge Flood, who for many years lived in London, Ontario and whose descendants are reported to be living there still. The above Isaac is, of course, a half-brother of Sarah Sargent. Submitted by Paul B. Purdy of Flint,Michigan, September, 1959." According to the few pages I was given of this booklet, Judy, Sarah (Sargent) Shapton was born on February 8, 1796 and married John Shapton (born in Pyworthy Parish, Devonshire, England) in North Tamerton Parish, Cornwall in 1848. Is this date of Sarah Sargent's birth the very same 1796 date which you call "hitting a brick wall"? Over my email for Ashton Upon Lyne, England, I've found an LDS Geneological Archives at their website which lists 136 matches found in the LDS Family Search archives for the name Shapton. The earliest Shapton listed seems to be an Anne Shapton who married Sir John Prideaux about 1423 of Adeston, Devonshire, England (see LDS film or fiche number 471813). Today when visiting that site, I noticed for the firs time that many of the Shaptons files have been secured and are no longer readily available for viewing on this website. Evidently some restrictions have been installed to provide privacy to LDS members or something like that. Maybe you will have a greater understanding of this restriction than I currently have. I'd truly enjoy hearing all you have about our Shapton family when you have the time inorder to share this with my mother and her brother and sisters still living in Michigan. Blessings, Judy. Sincerely, Sue Ann Vasquez


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