1790-1853  & 1802-1881

William Hoare Shrubsole was born in 1790 in Faversham.  He & Elizabeth Baldock were married 13th May 1826, in Faversham.  
Elizabeth, was born 1802 Throwley.

William & Elizabeth were buried in St Mary of Charity Churchyard, Faversham, Kent

Their M.I. Follows:

To the memory of//
William Hoare SHRUBSOLE//
who departed this life 18th August 1853//
aged 63 years//
With Christ in God

the beloved wife of the above//
who departed this life 28th October 1881//
aged 79 years//
A true wife and mother//

William Hoare was a pawnbroker in Faversham and they had 11 children - 5 sons, one of which, Frederic Lewis, died at the age of 2 years in 1833, and 6 daughters Grace Elizabeth & Mary Ann who both died as infants, Janet Matilda, Mary Ann, who died young, & Charlotte Elizabeth & Mary Jane.

The four remaining sons Charles Baldock, George William, Octavius Albert & William Hobbs all seem to have done very well for themselves & I just had to find out a little about them all, so have added here what I know.  I have done it purely out of interest and if anyone else has more research on them I would love to hear from them.


1829 - 1917

Charles was born in Faversham and died in Sheppey.  He married Louise Julia MARTIN (1849-1913)  in 1867 at Gravesend, Kent and had 6 children, 3 sons Lewis Charles, Herbert M & Percy J, and 3 daughters Blanche Louise, Jessie Agnes & Adelaide May.

In the 1851 census Charles Baldock was a Grocer’s clerk but by 1861 census he was a Grocer & Wine Merchant employing 4 men and 3 boys.

He remained a grocer all his life & was originally in business with his brother William Hobbs Shrubsole but this partnership was dissolved in 1895.  It looks like Charles carried on with the Grocer’s business whilst William Hobbs moved on to pastures new, as by 1901 William was living in Lewisham & described himself as a lecturer in Scientific Studies.

In the London Gazette of January 4th, 1895 there is a notice of the partnership being dissolved.


1837 - 1927

William Hobbs was born in Faversham and died in Vetnor, Isle of Wight.  He married in Islington, London in 1866 Hannah Janet GILLIES who was b 1842 in Wellingboro’, Northamptonshire.

They had 6 children, 4 sons William L, Harry, Walter H & Stanley Smith, and 2 daughters Edith Mary & Kate.

His principal employment was as a grocer ( & we can see from his brother Charles’ details that their partnership was dissolved in 1895), but he was also an amateur geologist whose brothers (Octavius Albert & George William) were also geologists (though George William was a retail pharmacist as well).  He studied the London clay, principally it’s stratigraphy and micropalaentology.

He resided for many years at Sheerness and collected fossils from the London Clay of Sheppey.  Discovered skull of Argillornis longipennis;  skull of Chelone gigas;  Diatoms, and Prophaethon shrubsolei.

Some of his books:

The diatoms of the London clay  by  W. H Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1881 in English

The Opal Mines of Hungary  by  William Hobbs Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1905 in English

On a new diatom in the estuary of the Thames  by  William Hobbs Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1891 in English

Geology of Sheppey  by  William Hobbs Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1878 in English

Notes on the geology of Sheppey  by  William Hobbs Shrubsole ( Book )

 in English

Fossils from the London clay of the Isle of Sheppey  by  W. H Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English

[List of] Popular Science Lectures  by  William Hobbs Shrubsole ( Book )

1 edition published in 1898 in English



The death has taken place at Ventnor in his 90th year of Mr. William Hobbs Shrubsole, F.G.S., who for many years was the representative in this country for the Hungarian State Railways.  He had a very intimate knowledge of Hungary and its people, and his services as a lecturer upon that subject were frequently in request.  He was well known in Cheltenham as the father of the Rev Stanley S. Shrubsole, B.D., for some years minister of Highbury Congregational Church, and now of Sutton (Surrey).


1827 - 1893

George William was born in Faversham, Kent and died in Chester, Cheshire.  He married Fanny WRAGGE in 1864 in Great Boughton, Cheshire.  Fanny was born 1831 Preston, Lancashire and died 1913 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales whilst visiting her son George, who was working and living there.

George William and Fanny had two sons George and Alfred.

He started off in Faversham with his parents & siblings and by 1851 he was living in the High Street in Dorking, Surrey with Isaac Churchyard, a Chemist, & his family.  George was a shopman & probably learning his trade.  By 1861 he is in Chester, still single, but a Chemist & Druggist with a servant living in.  He marries in 1864 and is still in Chester in 1871 & by now has two children and a live in servant.  By 1881 his business is expanding as he is employing 1 assistant and 2 boys whilst still having a live in servant.  There have been no further additions to the family but he has a Chemist Assistant now lodging with them.  In 1891 his youngest son Alfred is still living with them & is a Pharmaceutical Chemist and presumably helping in the business, which must be good as he now also has two assistants, also lodging with them.  They have two nieces staying too - occupation - students;  perhaps these two girls are helping out in the shop too?  There is still a live in servant, no doubt desperately needed with all these extra people in the household!  Sadly he dies in 1893.  

“Resident in Chester from 1853 until his death, Shrubsole was a geologist and archaeologist with many interests, but made a special study of the Palaeozoic Polyzoa, and collected an important series of these

 fossils, notably from the Bala and Carboniferous Limestones of North Wales, the Wenlock Limestone of Dudley, and Magnesian Limestone of Northumberland. He published several papers on the subject, and his collection was presented to the  British Museum by his son, Mr. George Shrubsole, in 1896. Many  Ordovician fossils from the Glyn Ceiriog district were presented by him  to the museum of the Chester Society of Natural Science, of which he was a founder.”

Obituary in Cambridge journals

Born 1827. Died July 22, 1893.

Chester has lost a valued citizen, and Science an enthusiastic worker, in the person of Mr. G. W. Shrubsole, F.G.S., the geologist and antiquary. He belonged to the Kentish family of the same name, being a brother of the well-known geologists, Messrs. W. H. and O. A. Shrubsole, and settled in Chester some forty years ago. Commencing as a chemist's assistant, in the course of a few years he started a business of his own in Market Square, which is now in the hands of his two sons.

In addition to his retail trade, he had a considerable connection as an analytical chemist among mine owners in North Wales. He was Honorary Curator to the Grosvenor Museum, a member of the Chester Archaeological Society, and a painstaking student of the antiquities of his own city. Mr. Shrubsole was one of the founders, with Charles Kingsley, of the Chester Society of Natural Science, and held the office of Chairman of the Geological Section for some years.

He contributed' numerous papers on local matters to the Chester societies, and published a handbook to Chester antiquities on the occasion of the visit of the British Archaeological Association.

In 1879 and 1880 he contributed papers on the Carboniferous Polyzoa to the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, and in 1883 was awarded the Kingsley Medal of the Chester Society of Natural Science in recognition of the value of his researches.


1839 - 1926

Octavius Albert, son of William Hoare & Elizabeth Shrubsole, was born in 1939 &baptised 2nd Feb 1840 at the St Mary of Charity Church in Faversham, Kent.  He died 11th October 1926 in Reading, Berkshire.

Octavius Albert married Grace VAN WART (nee BRAMLEY), widow of Harry VAN WART, on 8th Nove 1881 at Upperthorpe Chapel, Sheffield, Yorkshire.  Grace was born 1846 in Sheffield & died 1927 in Reading, Berkshire.

Grace & Harry had a son Reginald b 1872 and Grace & Octavius had a daughter Edith Grace b 1888.

Octavius left a will & probate was granted 22 Dec 1926 to William Haynes, Ironmonger.

His effects amounted to £6073 2s 8d.

He too, like his brothers William Hobbs and George William, was a geologist, although I cannot find out very much about him apart from finding a list of books he had published:

Hymns of the Higher Life, with canticles and aspirations. Arranged by O. A. Shrubsole by Octavius Albert Shrubsole (1909) 2 editions published in 1909 in English

The Quatrains of Omar Khayyám. A new translation by O. A. Shrubsole by Octavius Albert Shrubsole (1920)

War in Nature. La Guerre dans la nature by Octavius Albert Shrubsole and Manuel DEVALDÈS (1922)
3 editions published in 1922 in 3 languages

Where to Live round London, Northern Side. Compiled by F. Bunting. With a chapter upon the geology and subsoils... by Freeman Bunting, B. Prescott Row and Octavius Albert Shrubsole (1906)
1 edition published in 1906

Where to Live round London, Southern Side. With a chapter upon the geology and subsoils by W. H. Shrubsole ...... by B. Prescott Row and Octavius Albert Shrubsole (1907)
2 editions published in 1907

An account of the geology and subsoils of the country on the northern side of London  by  Octavius Albert Shrubsole
1 edition published in 1906 in English

An Account of the Geology and Subsoils of the Country on the Southern side of London  by  Octavius Albert SHRUBSOLE ( Book )
1 edition published in 1909 in English

If there is anyone out there who knows more then please do get in touch.

A little about his son the Rev Stanley Smith Shrubsole & family can be found


A diagram of the Shrubsoles of Faversham can be seen here.

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