Charles was born on the 11 Sept 1775, just four years after his grandmother had died. He was baptized in the Cathedral ( as was my own son) on 20 Nov 1775. His father was 25 and a lawyer living at Malmesbury House, his mother was 29.

Charles’ father and grandfather both died when he was nine but his grandfather had made provision for boys to be educated and he graduated BA LLB Oxon Clerk. His grandfather willed that Dunwood Manor would become his at the age of 21. Charles was ordained in 1801 and in 1802 in Salisbury, he married Miss Ann Dyneley of Bloomsbury Square, London. She was about 30 years old.

At his ordination he became the Curate of Linford (near Ringwood) and his testimonial was signed by the Rector of Linford and the Rector of Lydiard Millicent ( near Swindon) Then in 1806 he became the Rector of East Hendred, Berkshire. The Windsor and Eton Express Reports lists ‘Whapshare Rev C at East Hendred Berks’. (The ‘h’ is a common spelling error and my family are stuck with it.)

Charles and Ann had a daughter Mary Anne in 1804 and another Emma Barbara in 1806. Both of these were to die in their late twenties and before their parents.

The Enclosure Act was still in progress and on 16 Sept 1808 at Alfred’s Head Inn at Wantage, Charles was allocated 1.83 acres of land in the distribution for the Hamlet of East Hendred and the Parish of Ardington.

There were two more daughters, Jane was born in 1810 and lived to be almost 90 and Charlotte in 1812 who died at birth soon after her mother’s 40th birthday. Then at the church in East Hendred in 1823 his sister Emma Elizabeth was married to the Rev. Walter John Kerrick. In 1829 Mary Anne married Nathanial Dobson at East Hendred.

The family were looking after William Henry, the orphaned son of William Sandford and on 2 Feb 1831 Charles paid the £200 bond that was required for William to enter the military seminary of Addiscombe in Croydon before his move to India.

In the winter of 1832/33 tragedy struck and daughters Mary and Emma both died. Then on 10 Dec 1834 Jane married the Rev Edward Hussey and went on to have five sons and six daughters. But in 1839 Ann died leaving Charles alone in his church. Charles lived on to be almost 84 and died in Aug 1858.

His will was written in Aug 1848 and proved at Oxford in Sept 1858. His effects were under 35,000. H
e mentions his deceased wife and his daughter Jane, the wife of Rev. Edward Hussey. He refers to the children of my deceased daughter, Mary Ann, the wife of Nathanial Dobson and there are references to granddaughters but not grandsons.



In Crockford’s First Edition of 1858 an early list of clergy lists     ‘Whapshare’