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WILLIAM SHRUBSOLE 1759 - 1829




William was the eldest son of William Shrubsole & Margaret Cook and was born at Sheerness on 21 November 1759.  He was one of the first secretaries of the London Missionary Society.   He also  contributed hymns to publications from 1775 to 1813.  His father William was a master mast maker at Sheerness dockyard and a minister of Bethal Green Chapel, Blue Town, Sheerness.


[Take care & do not confuse this William with the William Shrubsole, son of Thomas Shrubsole & Mary Godden b1760 d 1806, who wrote the tune Miles Lane & is buried at Bunhill Fields, London.  Wikipedia entry has the two people confused as one & you need to follow the evidence to unpick the tangle it has caused – it is very easy to get the two confused, being born about the same time & both being buried in the same graveyard and both involved in hymns, one with words, one with music.]


William’s first job was as a shipwright at Sheerness dockyard and later as a clerk to one of the superior officers.  In 1785 he was a clerk in the accounts division of the Bank of England, London and was residing in the home of the Rev. Mr. Woodgate, Minister of Jewin street chapel, and a friend of his fathers.  He was ultimately appointed as secretary to the Committee of the Treasury of the Bank of England.  


[Many of you will know about the Shrubsole connection with the Kingston Bank  & if you read the book published by the Kingston Bank you will know that it was a Shrubsole family tradition that the Kingston Bank was founded by this William Shrubsole.  However it was not;  it was a later William (1774-1848) who was first actively engaged in the Bank of Kingston.  They have noted however that it is intriguing to speculate on the relationship between the Kingston William and this William, only fifteen years his senior.  Was there a family connection??  It will be interesting to follow both trees to see where it leads and to see if they link together].


He married Sarah Morris in 1791 in Newington, Southwark and they had three children, Sarah b 1794, Ann b 1796 and William b 1799.  Sarah went on to marry Roger Cunliffe and it is she who wrote a interesting memoir about her father which was published in Dr. Morrison’s Fathers & Founders of the London Missionary Society.  I have extracted a .pdf document of that memoir, which you can read in the link below.            


William died 23rd August 1829 in Highbury, London and was buried 1st September 1829 in Bunhill Fields, London.


There is a link below to the diagram of the family tree of William that I have managed to research so far & I will add to it as research allows.  As yet I cannot find the birth or baptism of his brother, but one is mentioned in the memoirs, so if anyone else has this information please let me know.  


If there is anyone out there researching who has found this page & who is connected to this tree, or has some interest in it then I would love to hear from them.

The diagram of the tree can be found here

Extract from Dr Morrisons Fathers & Founders of the London Missionary Society re William Shrubsole

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