JOSIAH (1826 - 1898) AND VICTORIA SHUTT (1829 - 1886)

The 1881 Census revealed that my wife's great grandfather THOMAS SHUTT was living with his parents JOSIAH and VICTORIA SHUTT at the time 

Birthplace Hockerhill, Stafford, England 1826*
Age 55 
Occupation Coal Miner 
Marital Status Married 

Head of Household

Josiah SHUTT
Relation Head 
Dwelling 29 Blast Lane
Census Place Attercliffe Cum Darnall, York, England 
Family History Library Film 1342128
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 4667 / 22

Page Number


VICTORIA'S details are as follows

Birthplace Princend, Stafford, England 1829* 
Age 52 
Marital Status Married 
Head of Household Josiah SHUTT
Relation Wife 

Note: At the beginning on the nineteenth century Tipton in the West Midlands was still a collection of hamlets - Princes End, Ocker Hill, Toll End, Great Bridge, Burnt Tree and Tipton Green. The process of rapid industrialisation in the mid to late nineteenth century especially in coal and iron meant that these small hamlets merged together to form what is now Tipton

The IGI Index reports that there is an entry in the Parish Registers of St Thomas Church, Dudley, Worcester for the marriage on 14th June 1846 of JOSIAH SHUTT and VICTORIA JONES. The only additional information that can be added at the moment is that Josiah's father was called JOSEPH SHUTT and that Victoria was the daughter of WILLIAM JONES.

The actual entry in the register gives additional information

14th June 1846 Josiah Shutt Full age Bach Furnace man Dudley Joseph Shutt  Puddler deceased
Victoria Jones Full age Spins. Dudley William Jones Miner deceased
In the presence of Joseph Hill, Elizabeth Taylor

The 1871 Census shows that the family were still living in Tipton, Staffordshire   


Age   Birthplace Relationship
James SHUTT 13 Tipton, Staffordshire Son
John SHUTT 6 Tipton, Staffordshire Son
Josiah SHUTT 45 Hocker Courd, Staffordshire Head
Maria SHUTT 18 Tipton, Staffordshire Daughter
Mary Ann SHUTT 20 Tipton, Staffordshire Daughter
Thomas SHUTT 11 Tipton, Staffordshire Son
Victoria SHUTT 42 Tipton, Staffordshire Wife

In September 2009, I did receive additional information that has enabled me to verify the above details. JOSIAH had an elder brother called

JOEL SHUTT - IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0 British Isles - Christening: 22 JUNE 1823 Tipton, Stafford, England. His parents are recorded as JOSEPH and MARIA SHUTT

Marriages: Spouse: MARY CROCKETT Marriage: 17 SEPTEMBER 1843 Saint Thomas, Dudley, Worcester, England. The GRO confirms this - Marriages September 1843 CROCKETT Mary Dudley Volume 18 Page 259 SHUTT JOEL

17th Sept 1843 Joel Shutt Full age Bach. Bricklayer Hales Hill, Dudley Joseph Shutt Puddler deceased
Mary Crockett Full age Spins. Hales Hill John Crockett Nailer
In the presence of Joseph Hill, William Henry Snow

Household Record 1881 British Census  - Source Information:
Dwelling King William Street Census Place Amblecote, Stafford, England
Family History Library Film 1341693 Public Records Office Reference RG11 Piece / Folio 2890 / 32 Page Number 17

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
Joel SHUTT Head M Male 57 Tipton, Stafford, England Bricklayer
Mary SHUTT Wife M Female 62 Oldbury, Worcester, England
Thomas SHUTT Son U Male 29 Oldbury, Worcester, England Bricklayer
Joel SHUTT Son U Male 24 Oldbury, Worcester, England Bricklayer
Mary SHUTT Daur U Female 22 Oldbury, Worcester, England


JOEL died at the age of 73 (Deaths September 1896 Stourbridge Volume 6c Page 95)  

JOSIAH died at the age of 72 on 30th March 1898 in Sheffield (PRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page383). Seven years earlier, the 1891 Census for Attercliffe - Darnall (Sheffield) shows Josiah Shutt as a Widower. His wife VICTORIA had died in the March quarter of 1886 (Sheffield Volume 9C Page336) age 57. He was living as a boarder at 59 Worthing Road, Sheffield and still working as a labourer. 

In April 1912 I found that JOSIAH and VICTORIA were buried together in Sheffield's Darnall Cemetery

SHUTT Victoria 29 Jan 1886 57 wife of a silver smelter Attercliffe 1729uc
SHUTT? Josiah 3 Apr 1898 72 iron worker 15 Stoke St Attercliffe 1729nc

also buried with the couple was a little child aged 10 months who died on the same day as JOSIAH

SHUTT? Thomas 3 Apr 1898 10m infant 29 Stoke St Attercliffe 1729nc 

JOSEPH SHUTT and WILLIAM JONES are my wife's great great great grandfathers.

The same source who supplied me with information on JOEL SHUTT also supplied me with additional information on JOSIAH's parents - Joseph & Maria Shutt (nee Nock) were married on 14th October 1822 in Tipton Staffordshire, England. Sadly the marriage did not last eight years for their is an entry

"Staffordshire County Record Office - Wednesbury St. Bartholomew burial register

3rd October 1830 Joseph Shutt Tipton Age 32 yrs"

Maria remarried

"Worcester County Record Office - Dudley St Thomas marriage registers

25th Dec 1834 James Nutt (Bach) & Maria Shutt (Spins) both of Dudley Parish L Booker (Vicar) In the presence of John Allen, Sarah Allen"

The 1841 Census shows the family as follows

TNA Ref. HO107-0982       Image No. 358     Folio No. 8/22       Page No. 3            Entry No. 23   Staffordshire Registrars Dist. Dudley – Tipton       Enumeration Dist. 16    Parish Tipton      Place Gospel Oak    Household No. 2508




Age, Sex


Born in County



Gospel Oak


James Nut





Maria do





Josiah Shut





Elisabeth Nut






1. James Nutt was born in Whitchurch, Herefordshire.

2. Initially I had an entry for Maria been born in 1803 in Oldbury but a fellow researcher into the family notes the following

"While Maria (then Mrs Maria Nutt) is recorded as a rounded down age of 35 in the 1841 Tipton census in subsequent 1851/61/71 Tipton censuses she gives her age as 44/54/64. I did not find her in the 1881 census and on the freebmd site there is an entry for Dudley district in 1874 of the death of a Maria Nutt at the age of 69. Now Maria Nutt it seems was consistent about her age - in three out of four census records and this would give her year of birth as 1807 but the person who reported her death in 1874 thought she was 69 (ie born in 1805)".

3. The transcript of the register record of her marriage to Joseph Shutt at Tipton St Martin:-

14 10 1822     Joseph Shutt (Bach) to Maria Nock (Spins), both of Tipton Parish                 Joseph Shutt X mark,  Maria Nock Signature,   Curate
John Howells In the presence of Charles Jones X mark, James Brindley X mark.

The researcher makes two valid points

"The two points here in addition to what you already know are that Maria Nock could sign her name and the names of those present is sometimes helpful when
you are trying to identify groups of workers/friends possibly from the same area.

Old Swinford, as you probably know is the part of Stourbridge surrounding the parish church of St Mary's, which has bmd records dating back to 1693. There is a website  -    There are Shutt records in Old Swinford, but they've always seemed to be a bit posher than the kind of Shutt I'm looking for! But perhaps Maria's parents were better off and she had sufficient schooling to teach her to sign her own name.  Though if you have found that Maria's parents were both baptised in Tipton, why did they marry at Old Swinford? The original register for the marriage might give you more information. The registers are deposited at WRO, County Hall, Worcester but I believe microfilm copies can be found at Stourbridge Library and ? Dudley Archives.

One more thing, Kinver Edge, where a Joseph Shett was christened on 14th April 1799 (according to the IGI) is just west of Stourbridge. Could this be your Joseph Shutt???"

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