South Shields

The South Shields branch of the family starts with Joseph (1776 – 1841) born in Stokesley the son of Benjamin, who was a hairdresser. He married Mary Young (1770 – 1843). They had two sons William (1808 – 1869) and James (1811 – 1838)

William was in business in the town first as a hairdresser and subsequently as a hosier. He was active in local politics, as is shown by the obituary from the Shields Daily News of the time. He served on a number of committees and was clearly a man of some standing. In 1863, 1864 and 1867 he was elected as one of the Guardians of the South Shields Union according to reports in the News. In 1859 he came fourth in the election for South shields ward in the borough election (the first three candidates were elected). In 1839 William married Rebecca Loutill and they had two children – Margaret (1840 – 1920) who married William Madgen and James (1841 – 1890) 

in 1857 he is reported as becoming the owner of the barque “Colonist”

The Shields Daily Gazette of 18th November 1859 reported his election as a councillor



His death was reported thus

”                                                       Death of ex Councillor of South Shields
South Shields has lost another of its old public servants by the death of Mr William Shout, until last year for South Shields Ward. Mr Shout had for some time been suffering from a painful illness, and about three weeks ago proceeded to London and placed himself under Sir James Ferguson to undergo an operation; but owing to infirm health, Mr Shout was unable to sustain the strain upon the system, fell into a sinking state and yesterday morning expired surrounded by his family, at No11 Bulstrode St, Manchester Square, London. The deceased gentleman was 61 years of age and for many years had actively identified himself with the public life of South Shields”


James died in 1890 after a lingering illness although at this stage no further details have been found – death certificate required. In the 1881 census he is recorded as a haberdasher.

His will was proved by his sister Margaret Frain but then further proved in 1920 by Margaret’s sons William and Frederic Madgen





The Durham records online also have the baptism of Sarah Shout at St Hilda’s Church (24 Nov 1811), daughter of Thomas Shout, cordwainer of Stokesley and his wife Ann Donkin “of this place”. Other than this records are sparse (or at least I haven’t found any yet!)