November 2018

Having had a bit of a lull from my one name tree searching, filling out the twigs on the tree of a cousin I am now back in the Shout seeking mode.

I had heard that there was a prodigal son who took himself off to the West Indies having fallen out with his father. Evidence is hard to come by, but initial analysis of Family Search records for the island of Jamaica show several occurrences of the family. As a result I am now producing a page for Jamaica which will be topped up from time to time as information is found.


I have also added another Robert Shout to my list of people I can’t place

August 2018

Well this has been an eventful month, with surgery to remove a troublesome gall bladder. This was preceded by two weeks of relative purgatory having a milk diet. This entailed drinking four pints of milk daily as well as a couple of pints of other fluids – nothing with sugar and no solids! The highlight of each day was a drink made from a stock cube. But it was worth it as the surgery went without a hitch and I was in and out of hospital the same day.

I have spent some time piecing together as much as I can from the usual on line resources about the family name in Devon. Still not much detail but something to work on when I get an opportunity. Clearly the limitations of on line resources coming into play here.

Nothing much else to report and already late posting!!

July 2018

It has certainly been a hot month but no Hot discoveries unfortunately!

I have recently started trying to pin down some of the DEVON connections.

There are several instances of SHOUT baptisms, marriages or burials in the website. There are also a number of occurrences in the 1841 and 1851 censuses on the big three UK genealogical sites. I am in the throes of trying to identify which families can be reconstructed so it may take some time for this to materialise.

If you go to the Devon page you will find what has been worked out thus far (although research at the relevant archives is desirable…!) This is still a work in progress and basically an hypothesis rather than confirmed fact.

Other than that I am still trying to fill in gaps (dates etc) in my tree.

Good hunting!


June 2018

Well, having returned from an idyllic couple of weeks holiday  in Madeira I’m getting down to updating all my pages which had copies of items from Ancestry, Find My Past etc and were thus in danger of contravening copyright as mentioned in my May post. Wherever possible I will try to include a link to the original source.

In addition, to do something more interesting I have embarked on looking into some of the overseas instances of the name – starting with New Zealand. This then turned up some anomalies in my Family Historian Records so I am having to check / correct some of those entries too.

I have also found a line of Shouts in Jamaica who ended up in New York – but they are a job for another day!!



Having just received an email from the GOONS web site team regarding copyright issues for stuff copied from Ancestry: Find My Past etc I fear I will be spending some time transcribing any offending items.

April 2018

This month I have been inputting / editing data held on the “Lost Cousins” web site. Within a very short time I had a response from a Lincolnshire branch cousin with several items of serendipity. A couple of other potential matches have not yet made contact , but I live in hopes!

Contacts with other “names” cousins have also been made, but other than that not a lot of progress to report (and next month -May – will be limited too as off to Madeira for some chill out time!)

March 2018

This month has been taken up mainly with researching, collating and writing up the families of Benjamin and Robert Shout the statuaries of Holborn.  They seem to have established themselves as fairly wealthy with their names appearing in many land tax and poor law returns in various parts of London. There are many examples of their work on the internet and I hope to get to view some of them.

Many of the children of Charles Lutwyche are listed in censuses as being of independent means. Charles’ will is long and particularly convoluted (to a non lawyer at least) leaving much of his estate in trusts – but not clear who benefits from them.

I have just “found” another Major Shout – he is on the list of “unknowns” as the only information I have so far is his burial in 1737.

Come back again next month to see what else has turned up!

February 2018

I have added a couple more people to the page of Those I can’t place, the list gets longer but I am so busy trying to tidy up the pages for those I do know about that I never get round to these puzzles. Maybe one day there will be a flash of light – or someone out there will be able to point me in the right direction – ever the optimist! As part of this process I have reversed the order in which items appear. Now the newest is at the top to save scrolling down an ever increasing list.

I have been modifying the page dedicated to Benjamin Shout, the oilman of London. It includes a couple of earlier Benjamins whose origins are unknown, and also describes as much as possible Benjamin’s life and his family connections.

I have also commenced a stand alone page for Robert Shout the statuary and his line. They are an interesting group. – more to come on both of these branches…

January 2018

I take this opportunity to wish “all my readers” a very Happy New Year

I have been trying to overcome my latest brick wall which is that I have  too many William Shouts connected to the same father – or one William with too many marriages! Either way some detailed detective work has been required to get the right people in the right place ( and especially connected to the right spouse). Hopefully I have got to grips with the problem and just have to lay out my hypothesis to prove it works.

I have updated the page on William Shout but there is still more to do following my visit to the Minster late last year where I was shown round by John David who is following in Williams footsteps as the mason in charge of works.

And on top of that  I’ve just found two more Benjamins – see the “Ones I can’t place” page. They were distillers in London – but of vinegar or gin I don’t yet know!

November 2017

While on holiday in the North East of England I have been fortunate to be able to visit York Minster to walk in the footsteps of William Shout, master mason for the restoration of the Minster  between 1780’s – 1820’s.

The present master mason, John David, very kindly showed me the work of the present team of masons carrying out the continuous maintenance of the fabric of the Minster. He also showed me  wooden templates produced by William for the masons to carve many of the delicate features of the structure. There were also scale drawings of various facades of the minster. These are incredibly detailed and must have been very difficult to draw with the metal nibbed dipping pens of the day

I was able to visit the archives and look through Williams Day Book between the years 1805 ~ 1825, this was fascinating because of the details of the wages paid to the masons as well as the purchase of materials and many personal notes. A return visit is definitely necessary to absorb more details of his day to day life.

We also visited the Masons’ Loft where drawings were made and templates generated. Fascinating to see but the climb up some 65 narrow steps in a tight spiral staircase was a bit of a struggle. Then another 30 or so steps took us to the roof of the Chapter House where there was a very small door to access the ancient structure.

There is a downside unfortunately! As part of my reviewing of the draft page on William I realised that in fact I seem to have a surfeit of Williams, all connected to Helmsley. So now I have to trawl through my research notes again to find if indeed there are one, two or three!