John Cheshire was born on 2 Mar 1776, the eldest son of Edward Cheshire and his wife Eleanor. Details of his siblings all survive in the Cheshire Family Bible. He was baptised on 12 May 1776 at St Leonard's Bilston and seems to have spent most of his life in the Smethwick-Oldbury area.

He married Priscilla Onions on 1 May 1797 and they had eight surviving children. The Cheshires were evidently a fairly wealthy farming family and John Cheshire is usually described as a Maltster. The family intermarried with a number of other farming families that form part of the research on this web site. Up until the 1830's it was still possible to make considerable money off the land by providing to the burgeoning brewing and meat trade.

John Cheshire's eldest son, John Onions Cheshire, married Charlotte Willets. His eldest daughter, Anna Maria, married Thomas Collins. Both the Collins and the Willets families were butchers by trade - but this appears to mean that they owned considerable quantities of livestock and pastoral land in their own right.  John Cheshire's granddaughter Anna Maria Collins married George Downing, the younger brother of William Downing. A letter of hers to Emma Downing her sister-in-law still survives.

John Cheshire's fourth daughter, Sarah, married Joseph Hartill of Dudley and his granddaughter through this marriage was Sarah Cheshire Hartill, the wife of Walter Showell the important Oldbury brewer.

Of his other children Eliza married Thomas Richard Cooper, a surgeon and his son William married Ann Collins, the niece of his son-in-law Thomas Collins.

John Cheshire's address in the 1841 census is the Spout House, Smethwick.

John Cheshire died on 1 Sep 1844 and left a long will detailing considerable property in the three counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. His wife Priscilla survived him by four years and she died on 28 Apr 1848.

Family of John CHESHIRE and Priscilla Croft ONIONS

See also
John CHESHIRE's parents: Edward CHESHIRE (1752?-aft1796) and Eleanor LINTON (1751- )
John CHESHIRE's siblings: Mariah CHESHIRE (1775- ), Samuel CHESHIRE (1778- ), Edward CHESHIRE (1778-bef1788), Eleanor CHESHIRE (1782- ), William CHESHIRE (1783- ), Hannah CHESHIRE (1786- ), Edward CHESHIRE (1788- ), Thomas CHESHIRE (1789- ), Sarah CHESHIRE (1792- ) and Elizabeth CHESHIRE (1796- )
Priscilla ONIONS's parents: John ONIONS ( -1814) and Ann Maria BACON (1764-1817)

 

Husband: John CHESHIRE (1776-1844)
Wife: Priscilla Croft ONIONS (1782-1848)
Children: John Onions CHESHIRE (1798-1885)
  Anna Maria CHESHIRE (1800-1838)
  Hannah CHESHIRE (1803- )
  Mary CHESHIRE (1805-1846)
  Sarah CHESHIRE (1807-1883?)
  Thomas CHESHIRE (1810-1813)
  Priscilla CHESHIRE (1811-1813)
  Eliza CHESHIRE (1813- )
  William CHESHIRE (1815-aft1861)
  Hellen CHESHIRE (1818-1819)
  Priscilla CHESHIRE (1820-1822)
  Edward CHESHIRE (1822-bef1891)
Marriage 1 May 1797 Kingswinford, Staffordshire

Additional Information

Marriage Married as Priscilla Bacon her Mother's name

Husband: John CHESHIRE

Name: John CHESHIRE
Sex: Male
Father: Edward CHESHIRE (1752?-aft1796)
Mother: Eleanor LINTON (1751- )
Birth 2 Mar 1776 Smethwick
Baptism 12 May 1776 (age 0) Bilston
Residence 1841 (age 64-65) Spout House, Smethwick
Occupation 1841 (age 64-65) Maltster
Death 1 Sep 1844 (age 68) Harborne, Staffordshire

Wife: Priscilla Croft ONIONS

Name: Priscilla Croft ONIONS
Sex: Female
Father: John ONIONS ( -1814)
Mother: Ann Maria BACON (1764-1817)
Birth 12 May 1782  
Death 28 Apr 1848 (age 65) Harborne, Staffordshire

Child 1: John Onions CHESHIRE

Name: John Onions CHESHIRE
Sex: Male
Spouse: Charlotte WILLETS (bap.1798)
Birth 23 Jul 1798 Oldbury, Worcestershire 1
Death 1 May 1885 (age 86) Kingswood 2
Burial 5 May 1885 (age 86) St Nicholas Church, Kings Norton

Child 2: Anna Maria CHESHIRE

Name: Anna Maria CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Spouse: Thomas COLLINS (1796-aft1858)
Birth 28 Nov 1800 Oldbury, Worcestershire
Baptism 25 Dec 1800 (age 0) Oldbury by Halesowen, Presbyterian
Death 11 Sep 1838 (age 37)  
Death Src Cheshire Family Bible

Child 3: Hannah CHESHIRE

Name: Hannah CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Spouse: James POTTER ( - )
Birth 26 Jan 1803 Oldbury, Worcestershire
Baptism 13 Feb 1803 (age 0) Oldbury by Halesowen, Presbyterian

Child 4: Mary CHESHIRE

Name: Mary CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Spouse: William BROOKES ( - )
Birth 27 Feb 1805  
Death 10 Oct 1846 (age 41)  

Child 5: Sarah CHESHIRE

Name: Sarah CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Spouse: Joseph HARTILL (1805-aft1854)
Birth 19 May 1807 Oldbury, Worcestershire
Baptism 7 Jun 1807 (age 0) Oldbury, Worcestershire
Death 1883 (app) (age 75-76)  

Child 6: Thomas CHESHIRE

Name: Thomas CHESHIRE
Sex: Male
Birth 10 Apr 1810  
Death 13 Feb 1813 (age 2)  

Child 7: Priscilla CHESHIRE

Name: Priscilla CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Birth 5 Jan 1811  
Death 5 Feb 1813 (age 2)  

Child 8: Eliza CHESHIRE

Name: Eliza CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Spouse: Thomas Richard COOPER ( - )
Birth 4 Jul 1813  

Child 9: William CHESHIRE

Name: William CHESHIRE
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ann COLLINS (1821- )
Birth 6 May 1815  
Death aft 1861 (age 45-46)  
Occupation 1841 (age 25-26) Grocer and Retailer; Maltsters Labourer - living next door to parents

Child 10: Hellen CHESHIRE

Name: Hellen CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Birth 20 Apr 1818  
Death 16 Feb 1819 (age 0)  

Child 11: Priscilla CHESHIRE

Name: Priscilla CHESHIRE
Sex: Female
Birth 12 Mar 1820  
Death 15 Dec 1822 (age 2)  

Child 12: Edward CHESHIRE

Name: Edward CHESHIRE
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Elizabeth (1825?- )
Spouse 2: Fanny WEST ( - )
Birth 16 Mar 1822 Oldbury
Residence (1) 1871 (age 48-49) St Pancras
Residence (2) 1881 (age 58-59) Smethwick (cohabiting with Fanny West)
Death bef 1891 (age 68-69)  
Occupation (1) 1841 (age 18-19) Medical Student (Aged 15)
Occupation (2) 1861 (age 38-39) Surgeon(MRCS.Eng) and Dublin (Probably in Dublin 1851)
Occupation (3) 1871 (age 48-49) MRCS General Practitioner

Sources

1 "Cheshire family bible".