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PIDGEONs of Stanton & Shawbury, Shropshire

Humphrey Pidgeon was born at Upton Magna in 1580 (see the PIDGEONs of Upton Magna family tree), and died at Besford in 1658. Besford is close to the village of Stanton upon Hine Heath, and this was probably where he was married and his children were baptized. Unfortunately, the surviving parish records of Stanton only start in 1636, so the only clues to who his early descendants may have been come from the family wills. Later, the family spread to the village of Shawbury about 2 miles south of Stanton (where surviving parish records start in 1561).

We know that Humphrey had at least two sons Thomas and William.

Henrietta Pidgeon was a great-granddaughter of William, and was born at Stanton. In 1736 she married William Pidgeon from nearby Shawbury. This William was also probably the great-grandson of William, so the married couple were second cousins. They settled at Shawbury (See the PIDGEONs of Shawbury family tree).

The initial research for these families was contributed by Carol Oakley.

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
   Stanton = Stanton upon Hine Heath, Shropshire
   Dates shown as [about 1605] are guessed and very approximate, much more so than
   those given as ab.1836, which are usually based on other information, such as an age
   given at death or in a census.
Humphrey PIDGEON (bp.30/7/1580, Upton Magna – d.1658,of Besford) Yeoman?
   m.() ? ?                                [His Will mentions sons Thomas & William, godson William,
    |                                           and Thomas the younger son of William the elder]
    |
    |– Thomas PIDGEON (b.[about 1605] – bu.12/7/1678, Shawbury) Yeoman of Besford
    |
   └  William PIDGEON (b.[about 1620] – bu.7/5/1669, Shawbury) Gentleman of Besford
           m.() Margaret ? (b. – bu.7/11/1703, Shawbury)
            |                          [Margaret’s will Admin. mentions son Thomas of Booley, gent & William of Besford, gent.]
            |
            |– Thomas PIDGEON (b. Besford, bp.12/3/1649/50, Lee Brockhurst – d.1708, of Booley) Gentleman
            |      m.(ab.1675?) Alice ? (b. – bu.20/2/1720/1, Stanton)
            |       |                          [Thomas’ Inventory, dated 15/8/1709 – £655  2s 1d.
            |       |                          [Appraisers – William PIDGEON of Besford (Yeoman) etc.
            |       |                          [Administrators – Alicia (wid), Allen (gent), Andrew DOWNES of Preston Brockhurst.]
            |       |
            |       |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.22/5/1677, Stanton – d.)
            |       |
            |       |– Margaret PIDGEON (bp.7/7/1678, Stanton – d. bu.11/4/1712, Shawbury)
            |       |
            |       |– Thomas PIDGEON (bp.21/6/1679, Stanton – d.) Gentleman of Booley [Godson of Thomas P of
            |       |                                                                                                                                          Edgmond]
            |       |– Allen PIDGEON (bp.9/6/1682, Stanton – bu.23/3/1735/6, Hodnet) of Hawkstone
            |       |      m. (9/11/1714, Shawbury) Anne WINGFIELD (b. – d.)
            |       |       |                       [Alan’s will, dated 16/3/1735/6, mentions eldest son Thomas, youngest son Allen,
            |       |       |                        6 daughters, & witness brother-in-law Mr Richard SLATOR of Moreton.]
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Henrietta PIDGEON (bp.13/10/1715, Stanton – bu.24/7/1757, Shawbury)
            |       |       |      m.(4/5/1736) William PIDGEON (bp.13/9/1711, Shawbury – bu.1794, 82y, Shawbury)
            |       |       |       |
            |       |       |      └  →  see the Pidgeons of Shawbury family tree
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Elizabeth PIDGEON (bp.15/10/1716, Stanton – d?)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Thomas PIDGEON (bp.30/10/1717, Stanton – d.)
            |       |       |      m.(28/8/17452, Stoke upon Tern) Anne BETTENSON (b. – d.)
            |       |       |       |
            |       |       |      └  Anne PIDGEON (bp.4/11/1743, Grinshill – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– female PIDGEON (bp. – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Allan PIDGEON (bp?7/8/1721, Chester – d.)
            |       |       |      m?(7/10/1748, London) Mary LOATON (b?31/1/1723/4, London – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– female PIDGEON (bp. – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Alicia PIDGEON (bp.7/4/1725, Chester – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Robert PIDGEON (bp.26/5/1726, Chester – d.8/8/1726, Chester)
            |       |       |
            |       |      └  Elizabeth PIDGEON (b.17/2/1726/7, Chester – d.)
            |       |              m?(7/12/1760, Shawbury) Josiah PALIN (b. – d.)
            |       |
            |       |– Mary PIDGEON (bp.6/4/1686, Stanton – d.)
            |       |      m.(9/5/1711, Shrewsbury) Richard SLATOR (b. – d.)
            |       |       |
            |       |       |– Beatrice SLATOR (bp.4/10/1712, Moreton Corbet – d.26/3/1715, Moreton Corbet)
            |       |       |– Richard SLATOR (bp.2/7/1714, Moreton Corbet – d.)
            |       |       |– Samuel SLATOR (bp.2/11/1718, Moreton Corbet – d.9/9/1720, Moreton Corbet)
            |       |       |– John SLATOR (bp.27/12/1719, Moreton Corbet – d.)
            |       |       |– Ralph SLATOR (bp.30/4/1721, Moreton Corbet – d.)
            |       |       |– Mary SLATER (bp.3/1/1722/3, Moreton Corbet – d.8/1/1733/4, Moreton Corbet)
            |       |      └  Vincent SLATOR (bp.24/8/1726, Moreton Corbet – d.26/1/1726/7, Moreton Corbet)
            |       |
            |       |– Lawrence PIDGEON (bp.27/12/1687, Stanton – d.)
            |       |
            |      └  Samuel PIDGEON (bp.18/4/1689, Stanton – d.)
            |
            |– William PIDGEON (b.[about 1655] – d.) Gent  [Administrator of (mother?) Margaret’s will, 1704]
            |      m.() Ester ? (bp. – bu.15/1/1705/6, Shawbury)
            |       |
            |      └  William PIDGEON (b.[about 1685] – d.1725, Besford) Yeoman  [His will, 23/2/1724/5, mentions
            |              m.() Margaret ? (b. – bu.11/4/1712, Shawbury)                          son William & daughter Margaret]
            |               |
            |               |– Margaret PIDGEON (bp.17/8/1709, Shawbury – d.)
            |               |
            |              └  William PIDGEON (bp.13/9/1711, Shawbury – d.12/4/1794, Shawbury) Gentleman
            |                     m. (4/5/1736, Norton Hales)Henrietta PIDGEON (bp.13/10/1715, Stanton – bu.24/7/1757,
            |                      |                                                                                                                         Shawbury)
            |                     └  →  see the Pidgeons of Shawbury family tree
            |
            |-? Margrett PIDGIN (bp. – bu.21/4/1728.Moreton Corbet)
            |      m.(8/12/1683, Shawbury) Vincent DOWNES (bp.30/8/1659.Moreton Corbet – bu.6/4/1743.Moreton
            |       |                                                                                                                                               Corbet)
            |      └  Vincent DOWNES (bp.10/5/1693, Moreton Corbet – d.)
            |
            |-? Mary PIGGION (bp.24/8/1660, Hodnet – d.)
            |
            |-? Jane PIDGEON (bp. – bu.15/5/1701, Edgmond – “a papist, Mary Pidgeon payeth the King’s duty.”)
            |
           └? Samuel PIDGIN (bp.3/12/1667, Shawbury – bu.6/3/1689/90, Shawbury)
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