More More records
The material relating to the More family of Linley deposited at Shropshire Archives is extensive – taking up over a hundred boxes. As well as the newer family material ref 9071 (discussed in previous blog posts) there are other collections that have been housed at Shropshire Archives for some time. These include:
- 445 Records from Linley Hall, mostly deeds, enclosures and relating to public undertakings
- 1037 Manorial and estate records
- 1509 Maps and plans – mostly mining
- 2972 Papers relating to the rebuilding of Linley Hall by Henry Joynes, Architect, 1741
- 4016 Surveys of Mucklewick and Hissington 1839 More, 1838; Shelve 1836
- 4572 Papers of Robert More, 1635-1719, Dorcas More (2nd wife of his brother Richard) and her son, Thomas More
- 4947 Papers of Robert More, 1703-1880
They have been brought together under the collection XMO ‘Records of the More family‘ and you can now browse this online. These older lists needed a fair bit of work to be structured for the online catalogue and one of our long term volunteers, Bob Kiernan, was invaluable helping with this.
The papers are quite fascinating. They reveal the origins of the Mayflower children, the 4 young children of Katharine More who were shipped out to America on the Mayflower ship because they didn’t resemble her husband, Samuel More, but rather a lover Jacob Blakeway (the subject of the Shropshire’s Mayflower Children history day hopefully taking place early Summer).
Other papers reveal the machinations of Robert More and his attempts to disinherit his brother’s second wife, Dorcas and her son in the early 18th century including a series of increasingly insulting letters.
There’s also a horoscope with astrologer’s diagram for one (as yet unidentified) family member along with various pedigrees and jottings.
If you are chasing an ancestor in the area, there are manorial records from the 16th century onwards, leases for a similar date and later rentals. There is a great series of mining plans for the area around the Roman Gravels Mine and mines in the parish of Shelve as well as papers that illustrate the rebuilding of Linley Hall by the architect Henry Joynes in 1741.
Having lists online to search means that the slightly unexpected is easier to find. For example, the collection also includes papers of Thomas Penson of Oswestry, a prolific architect responsible for many bridges in Montgomeryshire as well as the Llanfyllin workhouse. There are also some very (1282) early deeds for Haughmond Abbey complete with seals.
The early registers of Shipton church were also kept by the More family ref 1037/18, although these have been digitised and you can search them on FindMyPast alongside other Shropshire parish registers.
There are also a personal series of letters from the Mytton family (who married into the Mores) including a letter from Tho. Mytton of Shipton, to his daughter, Ann, at Shrewsbury, which includes this pencil drawing of a hare by Benjamin, Ann’s brother in 1781.
It’s well worth having a delve into the family’s archive to see what else there is to discover.