The Lincolnshire branch of the family tree started with the migration of Robert Shout (1791 – 1857) (the son of Robert & Christiana),   from Sunderland to Boston, where he founded a dynasty which spread far and wide. Robert a boatbuilder, moved to Boston which was an important port at the time. He married Amy Pooles in Boston 1813, and they had six children.

George Pooles (1814-1814);

Christiana (1815 – 1885) married Christopher T Mordey her cousin of Sunderland;

William Pooles (1817 – 1897) married Clarissa Cooley in 1839 with whom he had seven children. She died in 1855 and he went on to marry Jemima Ann Duke in 1856 in Cocking Sussex, and they had three children. William was Managing Clerk for a solicitor in Boston as well as being the Registrar for Births Marriages and Deaths in the town.

Clarissa (1841 – 1920) Took over the role of registrar on the death of her father (not without some resistance for being a woman in this important civic role!).screenhunter_41-sep-13-19-59 She performed this for 17 years. She did not marry. Her obituary is shown to the right (unfortunately not a very clear copy). It is from the Lincolnshire Standard & Boston Guardian 18th Sept 1920. You can get it on Find my Past or British Newspaper Archive.

Eliza (1842 – 1928) Married William Hall Burnham (1830 – 1891)

Ann Amy (1844 – 1932) Married George William Thistlewood (1847 – 1931)

William Robert (1846 – 1846)

William Cooley (1847 – 1918) Bank Manager and Mineral & Mine Broker; married Louisa Maria Anna Gerdes (1853 – 1934);

George (1849 – 1878) Ironmonger. Married Eliza Ireland Dennis

Sophia (1851 – 1937) did not marry

Louisa (1821 – 1908) married Samuel Newton (1821 – 1894)

Mary (1823 – 1823);

Eliza (1823 – ).

The children of William Cooley and his wife Louisa Gerdes were

William Gerdes Shout (1878 – 1925); a Captain in the Indian Army, married in Calcutta to Daisy Grace E Jones died in Marseilles in November 1925

Francis Frederick Shout (1879 – 1966); Studied  at Cambridge and  medicine at St Bartholomews Hospital,London, before joining the Indian Ministry Of Post & Telegraphs of which he rose to be the Deputy Director. He died at a hospital in Vienna. Below is an extract from the Cambridge Alumni list on Ancestry

Name: Francis Frederick. Shout
College: CAIUS
Entered: Michs. 1898
BORN: 18 Oct 1879
More Information: Adm. at CAIUS, Oct. 1, 1898. S. of William Cooley, of Brierley, Penarth, S. Wales (and Louise Gerdes). B. Oct. 18, 1879, at Northampton. School, Marlborough College. Matric.Michs. 1898; B.A. 1905; M.A. 1913. Sometime a medical student at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. In the Indian Posts and Telegraphs service, 1904; Assistant Director-General of the P.O. of India, 1918-27; retired, 1929. (Marlborough Coll. Reg.; Venn, II. 559; I.C.S. Lists.)

He was married to Dorothy Muriel Adie, as can be seen from the attached cutting from the Bucks Herald dated 15th March 1913 (from Find My Past British Newspapers)



Eric Shout (1886 -1910)  also worked in India as a Forest Officer.

All three sons were educated at Marlborough School and their brief biographical details can be found  here on pages 383 (W G); 387 (F F); 465 (E)