THE SHUTT FAMILY  - SHEFFIELD 1881

As noted, the 1881 Census gives the following information with regard to THOMAS SHUTT, my wife' great grandfather

Birthplace Tipton, Stafford, England 
Age 21 
Occupation Coal Miner 
Marital Status Unmarried 
Head of Household Josiah SHUTT
Relation Son 
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 41

As the surname is relatively rare in Sheffield, a search of the Freebmd website revealed that the marriage took place in the June quarter of 1884 in Sheffield between THOMAS SHUTT and MARY JANE PARTRIDGE (GRO Vol 9c Page 435). This correlates with the information in the 1901 Census.

Based on this information I asked a friend to check the full entries for the property in the 1881 Census and the following emerged

Dwelling: 29 Blast Lane Census Place: Attercliffe Cum Darnall, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342128 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4667 Folio 22 Page 41 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Josiah SHUTT M 55 M Hockerhill, Stafford, England Rel: Head Occupation: Coal Miner
Victoria SHUTT M 52 F Princend, Stafford, England Rel: Wife
Thomas SHUTT U 21 M Tipton, Stafford, England Rel: Son Occupation: Coal Miner
John SHUTT U 16 M Tipton, Stafford, England Rel: Son Occupation: Errand Boy At Foundry

At a nearby property was the following entry

Dwelling: 5 2Ct Blast LaneCensus Place: Attercliffe Cum Darnall, York, England
Source: FHL Film 1342128 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 4667 Folio 23 Page 44 Marr Age Sex Birthplace
James SHUTT M 23 M Kindlsend Tipton, Stafford, England Rel: Head Occupation: Composition Grinder & Mortar
Sarah Hannah SHUTT M 19 F Sheffield, York, England Rel: Wife
Albert Edward Victor SHUTT 4 m M Attercliffe, York, England Rel: Son

The obvious inference was that JAMES SHUTT was the eldest son of Josiah and Victoria and older brother to THOMAS. A check on the IGI Index revealed that this was the case as JAMES was born in January 1858 in Tipton, Dudley, Staffordshire and his parents were indeed JOSIAH and VICTORIA SHUTT. 

A further check on the Freebmd website shows that in the December quarter of 1878 JAMES SHUTT married a SARAH HANNAH HUKIN in Sheffield (GRO Volume 9c Page 562). There is a birth in the Index for the March quarter of 1862 for the birth of a SARAH ANN HUKIN (Ecclesall Bierlow GRO Volume 9c Page 196).

The final confirmation is on the 1871 Census for Tipton Staffordshire

The 1891 Census has the family living at 9/2 Stoke Street  - Census Place: Attercliffe Cum Darnall, York, England Source: PRO Ref RG12 Piece 3839 entry 99 

SURNAME

Age

Rel Occupationupationupation Place of Birth
James SHUTT 33 Head Gannister grinder Prince End Staffordshire
Sarah Hannah SHUTT 29 Wife   Sheffield Yorkshire
Albert Edward SHUTT 10 Son Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire
Josiah SHUTT 9 Son Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire
Gertrude SHUTT 6 Daughter Scholar Sheffield Yorkshire
Victoria SHUTT 3 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire
Anna M SHUTT 2 Daughter   Sheffield Yorkshire
James SHUTT   Son   Sheffield Yorkshire

ALBERT EDWARD VICTOR SHUTT also appears in the Indexes. In the December quarter of 1902 he married a LILY HAGUE (b1882) - Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 911). Two years later in the December quarter of 1904 a boy was born called Albert Edward Victor SHUTT (GRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 692). The 1901 Census by the way has his occupation as "General Labourer". 

His younger brother JOSIAH  is also a "General Labourer" in 1901. There is an strong indication that Josiah married in the September qtr of 1916, a FLORENCE CHARLES - Marriages Sep 1916 Charles Florence Shutt Sheffield Volume 9c Page 757.

Their younger sister's details are as follows

GERTRUDE SHUTT's birth was registered in the December quarter of 1884 (GRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 607).

VICTORIA SHUTT's birth was registered in the June quarter of 1887 (GRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 567). She married an ARTHUR JONES in 1909

JAMES SHUTT's birth was registered in the September quarter of 1890 (GRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C Page 593).

          (Annie Marie) in the December quarter of 1909 (GRO Ref Sheffield Volume 9C page 893) 

The 1891 and 1901 censuses gives James's occupation a "gannister grinder". According to the dictionary "gannister" is a "a hard, fine-grained quartzose sandstone or quartzite, used in the manufacture of silica brick. It is composed of sub-angular quartz particles, cemented with secondary silica, and possessing a characteristic splintery fracture. It's also a mixture of ground quartz and fireclay used as a furnace lining. Not a very pleasant job to say the least!  

It is also recorded separately on the IGI Index that JAMES SHUTT died on 15th February 1911 but this has to be confirmed

Sometime prior to 1881 and possibly before 1878 the whole SHUTT family moved from Staffordshire to Sheffield. The obvious reason would have been the availability of work given that coal and iron figured prominently in the economies of both areas. In fact, the name "Blast Lane" was derived from a nearby coke-fired blast furnace at the Effingham Works that was used to smelt iron. 

His father JOSIAH SHUTT's and 1871 Census details details can be found on the following page 

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