South Shields

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

Joseph was a hairdresser in 1827 directory he is described as operating in Commerce St. His death in 1841 was reported in the Newcastle Courant and the Shields Daily News. His address was given as Wallis Street.

William followed his father into business as a hairdresser and then subsequently as a hosier. In 1839 William married Rebecca Loutill and they had two children –

Margaret (1840 – 1920) who married William Madgen and later William Frain

Wards Directory of South Shields lists him with premises at 23 Market Place (where he also resided) 68 Wapping St and at East Holborn

William was active in local politics, as is shown by the obituary from the Shields Daily News

”                                                       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”

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


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). He appears to have been an active participant in the work of the council, as his name appears quite often in reports of meetings.

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

James (1841 – 1890) 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 website has 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”. Thomas lived at Price Street until his death in 1839 at the age of 62. This would suggest that he was the son of Benjamin and Dorcas and thus the brother of Joseph.