James Shaw-Hellier

James Shaw-Hellier was born in Dudley in 1759 the eldest son of Thomas Shaw, the perpetual curate of Claverley and vicar of St John’s Wolverhampton. In 1786 his father inherited the estates of Sir Samuel Hellier and changed their name to Shaw-Hellier. The family then moved to the Wodehouse in Wombourne.

James had a younger brother Thomas who seems to have followed his father and namesake into the church and indeed seems to have been attending the university when he died in Oxford aged 43 in 1803. James himself seems to have taken on the full advantages of his father’s inheritance and took to the life of the country squire based in the family estate in Wombourne. He is mentioned as managing the colliery on the estate at Netherton and also of being a steward for the races at Penn Common in 1822.

James had nine children with his wife Elizabeth Baddeley. The eldest two daughters may have been illegitimate as this is alluded to in later court cases. His father’s will of 1812 is a complex document that is difficult to interpret as it was largely designed to bypass a generation and leave all the estate to his ten grandchildren. James was left the sum of £400 per year a meagre amount given the size of the estate. His other surviving youngest and unmarried brother Theophilus inherited a mere £100 per year. Perhaps we can conclude that Rev Thomas Shaw-Hellier did not have much faith in James. Elizabeth is illiterate as indicated on her inability to sign her will.

However, as one of three trustees of his father’s estate James would have had considerable independence and some control of many matters after 1812. Two thirds of the estate was meant to accumulate for the benefit of the ten grandchildren and to be distributed when the youngest (Emma) attained the age of 21. The tenth grandchild was the only son of his deceased brother Thomas, also called Thomas, based in Oxford and who went into the church – making three successive generations of Thomas Shaw-Helliers all in the church.

James sent his eldest son, yet another Thomas Shaw Hellier, to Oxford, where his career was contemporaneous with his orphaned cousin of the same name.

James Shaw-Hellier died in 1827. James’s will, proved on 12 Dec 1827, simply passed all his estate to Elizabeth, his wife. However, Thomas Shaw Hellier, the eldest son and the residuary beneficiary of his grandfather’s will, seems to have taken over the estates at this time and his mother left the Wodehouse to live with her second son James Shaw-Hellier at Barnhurst.

The dispute between Thomas Shaw-Hellier and his siblings and mother, is also complex spanning eleven years of court cases. As early as 1826 Shaw v  Rhodes was Thomas first attempt to wrestle out some of the anomolies in his grandfather’s bequests.

Elizabeth Shaw Hellier’s will of 1835 makes no mention of her eldest son.

Family of James SHAW-HELLIER and Elizabeth BADDELEY

Husband:James SHAW-HELLIER (1759-1827)
Wife:Elizabeth BADDELEY (bap.1766, d.1835)
Children:Elizabeth SHAW-HELLIER (b.c. 1794, bur.1843)
Parthenia SHAW-HELLIER (b.c. 1796, bur.1823)
Ann SHAW-HELLIER (bur.1800)
Mary SHAW-HELLIER (1801-1878)
Thomas SHAW-HELLIER (1802-1870)
Ann Shaw SHAW-HELLIER (1803-aft1851)
Sarah Shaw SHAW-HELLIER (1805-1859)
James SHAW-HELLIER (b.1806, bur.1851)
Samuel SHAW-HELLIER (1808-1856)
Emma Elwell SHAW-HELLIER (1809-1854)
Marriagec. 1790

Husband: James SHAW-HELLIER

Father:Thomas SHAW-HELLIER (bap.1732, d.1812)
Mother:Mary SHAW (b.c. 1735, bur.1806)
Birth3 Oct 1759Dudley, Worcestershire
Baptism16 Nov 1759 (age 0)Dudley, Worcestershire
Occupationc. 1810 (age 50-51)Manager Netherton Colliery
Occupationbtw 1822 and 1823 (age 62-64)Steward Penn Common Race Meetings
Death2 Jul 1827 (age 67)Wodehouse, Wombourne
Burial10 Jul 1827St Benedict, Wombourne
Will12 Dec 1827 (age 68)

Wife: Elizabeth BADDELEY

Name:Elizabeth BADDELEY
Father:John BADDELEY (1741-1803)
Mother:Margaret BOLTON (bap.1742, d.1823)
Baptism25 Oct 1766St Michael and All Angels, Tettenhall
Will21 Nov 1835
Death28 Nov 1835Barnhurst (Residence of her son James Shaw-Hellier)
Src Gentlemans Magazine (aged 71)
Burial4 Dec 1835St Benedict, Wombourne

Child 1: Elizabeth SHAW-HELLIER

Name:Elizabeth SHAW-HELLIER
Spouse:William MEREDITH (c. 1789-bef1836)
Birthc. 1794Wombourne
We know she was 21 at the date of her grandfather’s death
Residence1841 (age 46-47)Queen Street Wolverhampton next door to Emma Dehane
Burial6 Dec 1843Wombourne

Child 2: Parthenia SHAW-HELLIER

Name:Parthenia SHAW-HELLIER
Spouse:Joseph REED (b.c. 1783, bur.1831)
Birthc. 1796
Burial8 Jul 1823St Peters Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton


Burial24 May 1800St Benedict, Wombourne

Child 4: Mary SHAW-HELLIER

Spouse:Richard EVANS (1797-1859)
Birth27 Feb 1801Dudley, Staffordshire
Baptism21 Apr 1801 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Death6 Dec 1878 (age 77)Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton

Child 5: Thomas SHAW-HELLIER

Spouse:Alice Titterton PERSHOUSE (1805-1840)
Birth25 Oct 1802Netherton, Worcestershire
Baptism28 Dec 1802 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Education1820 (age 17-18)Worcester College, Oxford matriculation
Education1822 (age 19-20)Downing College Cambridge (Assistant Fellowship)
OccupationGentleman and Huntsman
Residencefrm 1838 (age 35-36)Packwood House (nr Leamington)
Winter residence to be in charge of the North Warwickshire Hunt.
Death9 Nov 1870 (age 68)Rodbaston Hall, Penkridge
Burial12 Nov 1879St Benedict, Wombourne


Spouse:Capt. John William ROWORTH (1798-1890)
Birth30 Nov 1803Wombourne
Baptism30 Dec 1803 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Residence1829 (age 25-26)Madras, India for birth of first daughter
Immigration1830 (age 26-27)from Madras on board Protector
Occupation1851 (age 47-48)Schoolmistress; Marylebone
1851 Census
Deathaft 1851 (age 47-48)

Child 7: Sarah SHAW-HELLIER

Spouse:Francis SLATER (c. 1801-c. 1844)
Birth17 Jan 1805Wombourne
Baptism14 Mar 1805 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Death14 Jul 1859 (age 54)West Croydon
Gentlemans Magazine p202

Child 8: James SHAW-HELLIER

Spouse:Jane PACKWOOD (b.1807, bur.1883)
Birth19 Jul 1806Dudley, Worcestershire
Baptism29 Jan 1807 (age 0)St Thomas, Dudley
Baptism2 Feb 1807 (age 0)Wombourne
Education1821 (age 14-15)Rugby School
Education1825 (age 18-19)Christs College; Cambridge and sent down by order of the Bishop (Apr 1828)
Residence1841 (age 34-35)Barnhurst
Burial4 Jan 1851St Benedict, Wombourne

Child 9: Samuel SHAW-HELLIER

Spouse:Mary Anne WILLINGTON (1809-1879)
Birth23 Aug 1808Wombourne, Staffordshire
Baptism11 Dec 1808 (age 0)Wombourne
Death1856 (age 47-48)Dunstall, Wolverhampton
Burial17 Apr 1856St Benedict, Wombourne

Child 10: Emma Elwell SHAW-HELLIER

Name:Emma Elwell SHAW-HELLIER
Spouse:Edward Francis DEHANE (1806-1869)
Birth31 Aug 1809Wombourne
Baptism6 Feb 1810 (age 0)Wombourne
Household31 Aug 1830 (age 21)Coming of age of youngest gd of Rev TSH triggers court case on will
Death1854 (age 44-45)Wolverhampton