52 Ancestors #3 ALFRED JOHN SHUTE 1858-1913

Continuing on with the challenge by Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small

My next ancestor:


 My great grandfather Alfred John SHUTE was born 23 February 1858 at Ugborough, Devon, the son of John William SHUTE and Emma HORSWILL.  He was baptized on the 21 March 1858 at St. Peter’s Church in Ugborough, Devon and his father was a carpenter.

 The census taken on 7 April 1861 at Parsonage Hamlet, Ugborough, Devon; shows Alfred SHUTE age 3 b Ugborough, with father John 30, a Journeyman Carpenter, mother Emma 22, sister Ann 5 and brother John 11 months.

 By the time of the 1871 census which was taken on 2 April, the family had grown.  They are still living at Ugborough, Alfred SHUTE age 13 b Ugborough, a Scholar, with father John W 40, mother Emma 34, brother Alfred 13, brother John 10, sister Emma 8, sister Bessie 5 and sister Blanch 2.

 On the 3 April 1881 at Modbury Street, Ugborough, Devon; Alfred SHUTE age 23 b Ugborough, a carpenter, is living with his father John 50, also a carpenter, mother Emma 42, sister Blanch 12, sister Jessie 8, sister Ellen 3 and niece Annie 3.

 At St. Peter’s Church in Ugborough on the 28 of July 1881 Alfred SHUTE age 23, bachelor, carpenter, married Charlotte Coker age 21, spinster, domestic servant (father Thomas COKER).  He signed, while she made her mark in the presence of John Wm SHUTE & Ellen ANDREW.

 Interesting that their first child was born Caroline COKER on 27 May 1881 but baptized on the 22 April 1883 as Carrie SHUTE d/o Alfred & Charlotte.

 John Thomas Shute was born 23 February 1883 and baptized the same day as his sister Carrie.

 Next came Sidney Shute on 6 December 1884

 Son Francis Alfred Shute was born 6 July 1886

 Followed by William James Shute on 5 January 1888

 Then daughter Emma Shute arrived on 22 January 1890

 Quickly followed on 21 March 1891 by William Shute

 The 1891 census which was taken on 5 April 1891 shows the family living at 72 Modbury Street in Ugborough, Devon.  Alfred SHUTE 32 a carpenter, with his wife Charlote 29, daughter Caroline 9, son John Thomas 8, son Sydney 6, son Frances Alfred 4 and son William 2 weeks.

Daughter Florence May Shute joins the family on 24 December 1892

Another daughter arrives on 16 April 1894 named Eveline Shute.  This is the person who become my grandmother.

 Another son is born the 14 January 1896 and is named Alfred Shute

On the 14 November 1897 son Frederick Shute is born.

 Lily Shute another daughter is born 15 June 1899

 The 20 September 1900 sees the birth of Maurice Reginald Shute who appears as both Reginald Maurice SHUTE and Maurice Reginald SHUTE in various documents.

Ten years later when the 1901 census is taken on 31 March 1901 the family is still at the same place in Ugborough.  There are only four rooms to house Alfred SHUTE 43 carpenter with wife Charlotte 40, son John 18, son Sidney 16, son William 10, daughter May 8, daughter Eveline 6, son Alfred 5, son Fred 3, daughter Lilly 1 and son Reginald 6 months.

A daughter Ethel Olive Shute is born 24 June 1902

And the final child Flo Shute is born the 21 September 1904 but dies and is buried four months later.

The 1911 census which was enumerated on 2 April 1911 shows the family still in Ugborough.  Alfred SHUTE is now age 53, a carpenter journeyman, with wife Charlotte 50, son Sydney 26, son William 20, son Fred 13, daughter Lilly 11, son Reggie 9 and daughter Ethel 7.

The census shows that Alfred and Charlotte have been married 30 years, had 15 children but only 12 still living.

 A terrible tragedy struck this family on 5 November 1913 when Alfred Shute died.  While cutting a tree on October 14th, he knocked his leg with the back of the axe. Blood poisoning set in.  He was attended by Dr. Miles, of Modbury.  Apparently he was doing well, but early on Tuesday morning he suddenly died. Dr. Miles said the cause of death was phlebitis, due to blood poisoning, through the wound in the leg. Also there were clots of blood from the veins to the heart.

His Tombstone in Ugborough reads:


Loving Memory



The dearly beloved husband of

Charlotte SHUTE

who died Nov 5th 1913

Aged 55

Gone but not forgotten

Also Charlotte

wife of the above who

died March 15th 1941, aged 80

At Rest.

 Both Alfred and Charlotte were born and died in Ugborough.

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