What might have
become of the illegitimate child, William Vaus Rapley, baptised on 20
The Shipley burial
register records that a 51 year old William Rapley was buried on 31
August 1841, but there was also a William Rapley baptised on 21
February 1790, the son of Thomas Rapley and Ann King.
Turning to the
Shipley marriage register we find:
and Hannah Lindfield married on 15 April 1811, the witnesses being
Allen Browne and Charlotte Rapley.
and Mary Stepney married on 25 April 1811, and the witnesses to
their marriage were J. Newman and Sarah Rapley.
A Hannah Rapley
died aged 90 and was buried on 16 August 1846 in Shipley, therefore, born
about 1756. Mary Rapley from Thakeham died age 64 and was
buried on 29 October 1854 in Shipley.
The 1841 census
records the following:
Shipley (HO107/1096, folio 16, page 24)
34, Ag Lab, born Sussex
Mary Merritt, 33,
Mary Merritt, 10,
7, born Sussex
Henry Merritt, 4,
Eliza Merritt, 2,
60, Ag Lab, born Sussex
Abah Rapley, 20,
A Lab, born Sussex
Ag Lab, born Sussex
Shipley (HO107/1096, folio 24, page 3)
50, Ag Lab, born Sussex
Mary Rapley, 50,
Ann Rapley, 20,
15, born Sussex
12, born Sussex
9, born Sussex
Henry Rapley, 5,
In 1851, 70 year
old widower, William Rapley was living in the Horsham workhouse.
This William may have been baptised on 25 September 1783 in Shipley, the son
of William Rapley and Hannah Comber, and she was most probably
the one who died aged 90 in 1846.
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