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Alexander Shapleigh (abt. 1575 - bef. 1650)

Alexander "Saunder" Shapleigh aka Shaplye, Shapley
Born about in Kingswear, Devon, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1598 in Kingswear, Devon, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died before at about age 75 in Dartmouth, Devon, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Contents

Biography

Gustave Anjou False Claims

In 1919, now discredited genealogist, Gustave Anjou, prepared a commissioned genealogy of Shapleigh family. Anjou's manuscript was published in 1987, with a "forward and updated review by Alexander Wessel Sapleigh, Jr."[1] An array of Anjou's genealogical claims, therein paraphrased, together with critical assessment, was included in Berry's 1993 The Shapleigh, Shapley and Shappley Families: A Comprehensive Genealogy, 1635-1993.[2] The primary false claims that Anjou made with respect to his profile's Alexander Shapleigh are:

  • That Alexander was the son of Robert Shapleigh of Dartmouth/Totnes and Marie Blabon and was baptized in St. Omer, France on 17 March 1561;[3]
  • That Alexander married, first, a woman named Marguerite Bloedel and had by her children Catherine and Alexander baptized in Lille, France on 2 April 1599 and 2 May 1605;[4] and
  • That, after Marguerite Bloedel died, Alexander moved from France to Barnstaple, Devon, where, under the name Alexandre Chaple, he married Johan Ellet on 26 January 1608/9 and had children named Judith, Margaret, Grace and George baptized in 1610-1617.[3]

These false claims are debunked both in Berry[5] and on False Gustave Anjou Claims Regarding Alexander Shapleigh and are ignored in the bio below.

Date and Place of Birth

The "Duke of Buckingham's Survey of Mariners and Ships in South Devon, 1619" contains an entry for Alexander Shaply of Kingswear that lists his age as 44,[6][7] which means that Alexander was probably born about 1575.

Alexander's place of birth is uncertain. Since the earliest record of him (the 1603 baptism of his daughter Elizabeth) shows him living in Kingswear, Devonshire, it is most likely that Alexander was born in the Kingswear area.

Parentage

Alexander's parentage has not been determined. No record of his birth or baptism or any other reliable evidence establishing his parentage has been found. It is unlikely that a record of his baptism exists, as records did not start in most parish registers until after the time of Alexander's estimated date of birth. For example, the earliest records in the Dartmouth St. Saviour parish register are from 1586 and the earliest records in the Kingswear parish register are from 1601. Robert Shapleigh of Dartmouth has been ruled out as Alexander's father, since (1) Robert's pedigree in the Visitations of the County of Devon does not include Alexander[8] and (2) Robert's 1590 will makes detailed bequests to his children and grandchildren and does not mention Alexander.[9]

Marriage(s?)

According to Bartlett's 1941 NEHGR article on the Shapleighs, Alexander was married twice: first, to a woman whose name has not been determined and second, at St. Saviour's, Dartmouth, 12 December 1602, to a woman named Jane Egbere.[10] However, Bartlett appears to have been mistaken regarding Alexander's supposed second marriage. A review of the St. Saviour's, Dartmouth marriage record very clearly shows it was not for the marriage of Alexander Shapleigh and Jane Egbere but for the marriage of Alexander Staplehill and Jane Esbeare. (See image attached to this profile.) The Staplehills were well established in Dartmouth and clearly a different family from the Shapleighs. There appears, in fact, to be no reliable evidence for the proposition that Alexander was married to a woman named Jane Egbere or to a woman named Jane.

Several court records indicate instead that, at least in 1641, Alexander was probably married to a woman named Lucy. In 1641, Alexander Shapleigh was involved in two cases in the Court of Chancery. In one case, which involved property in Dartmouth and Kingswear, Nicholas Roupe and another were plaintiffs and Alexander Shapley and Lucy Shapley his wife and others were defendants.[11] In the other case, involving "money matters", John Bickford (presumably the John Bickford who had married Alexander's daughter Elizabeth in 1626) was the plaintiff and Roger Mallack, Alexander Shapleigh, Lucy Shapleigh his wife, Nicholas Shapleigh, John Angels, James Treworgey and another were defendants.[12] While it is possible that the Alexander Shapleigh who was married to Lucy was not this profile's Alexander but his son, it is more likely that he was this profile's Alexander, as the younger Alexander was known to have married a woman named Elizabeth.[13] No evidence has been found that establishes what Lucy's maiden name was, when and where she married Alexander Shapleigh, or whether she was the mother of any or all of his children.

Children

Alexander had the following children. :

  1. Catherine/Katherine, b. say 1599 probably in Kingswear, m. 1st 16 March 1616/7 James Treworgye at Kingswear, m. 2d 3 October 1651 Edward Hilton probably at Exeter, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, d. before 30 May 1676 at Exeter. (See discussion and sources in Catherine/Katherine's profile.)
  2. Alexander, b. about 1601 probably in Kingswear, m. 9 April 1622 Elizabeth Tellman at Kingswear, d. probably before 1654 in Devon. (See discussion and sources in Alexander's profile.)
  3. Elizabeth, bpt. 21 June 1603 at Kingswear, m. 4 July 1626 John Bickford at Kingswear. (See discussion and sources in Elizabeth's profile.)
  4. Avis, bpt. 5 February 1604/5 at Brixham, Devonshire, bur. 1 November 1615 at Kingswear. (See discussion and sources in Avis' profile.)
  5. James, bpt. 16 April 1608 at Kingswear. No further information. (See discussion and sources in James' profile.)
  6. John, bpt. 24 November 1612 at Kingswear. No further information. (See discussion and sources in John's profile.)
  7. Nicholas, bpt. 1 January 1617 at Kingswear, m. before 1651 Alice ________ probably at Kittery, d. 29 April 1682 at Kittery. (See discussion and sources in Nicholas' profile.)

Some online genealogies show that Elizabeth Trickey was the daughter of this profile's Alexander Shapleigh. That claim seems based on the fact that, in May 1688, Mrs. Elizabeth Trickley, aged about 64 years, testified that about 52 years past, she lived in old England with Mr. Alexander Shapleigh.[14] Based on that testimony, Elizabeth was born about 1624 and was living in Alexander's household in England about 1636, when she was about 12. Since Alexander had a daughter named Elizabeth who was baptized in 1603 and married in 1626, it is extremely unlikely that he would have named another daughter born in 1624 Elizabeth. There is, in fact, no evidence to suggest that Elizabeth Trickey was related to Alexander. It is much more likely that Elizabeth was living with Alexander as a household servant or perhaps was the orphaned daughter of a relative or friend who Alexander had taken into his household.

Date and Place of Death

Alexander's date and place of death are uncertain. A March 1647/8 accounting of debts owed by Mr. George Ludlow of Virginia, merchant, to Mr. Alexander Shapley of Dartmouth, merchant, suggest that Alexander was probably alive in March 1648, [15] while Maine Provincial Court records from July 1650 relating to his son Nicholas' attempts to gain possession of Alexander's properties from his sister Katherine,[16][17] establish that Alexander died sometime before that date. Alexander therefore probably died sometime between March 1647/8 and July 1650.

Bartlett, in his 1941 NEHGR article on the Shapleighs, stated that "by a deposition of Elizabeth Trickey, it is made to appear that [Alexander] died at Kittery."[10] The deposition that Bartlett was referring to was Trickey's deposition on 1 May 1688 in which she said that "at Shapleigh's arrival in New England about 44 years ago, there was one Treworgie in possession of the Shapleigh's whole estate in New England and that Treworgie surrendered the estate to him ye said Alexander Shapleigh, who did peaceably enjoy it without disturbance all his life."[14] Bartlett apparently interpreted the phrase "did peaceably enjoy it without disturbance all his life" to mean that, after arriving at Pischataqua, he lived there the rest of his life. The phrase, however, was probably intended to mean that Alexander had "quiet enjoyment" of the estate for the rest of his life -- i.e., he had undisturbed use of the property (e.g., no one else occupied it without his consent) -- not that he actually occupied the property continuously until he died. The fact that the last record found that refers to Alexander as a living person described him as Alexander Shapley of Dartmouth, merchant, suggests that Alexander may well have been back in Devon when he died.

Chronology of Records

  • 1603. Elizabeth, the daughter of Alexander Shapleigh, was baptized at Kingswear, Devonshire on 21 June 1603.[18]
  • 1605. Avis, the daughter of Alexander Shappley, was baptized at Brixham, Devonshire on 5 February 1604/5.[19]
  • 1608. James, the son of Alexander Shapleigh, was baptized in Kingswear, Devonshire on 16 April 1608.[20]
  • 1612. John, the son of Alexander Shapleigh, was baptized at Kingswear on 24 November 1612.[21]
  • 1617. Nicolas, the son of Alexander Shapleigh was baptized at Kingswear on 1 January 1617.[22]
  • 1619. The "Duke of Buckingham's Survey of Mariners and Ships in South Devon, 1619" includes a list of Kingswear sailors, which contains entries for Alexander Shaply age 44 and Alexander Shaplye Jr age 17.[6][7]
  • 1622. The will of Nicholas Treworgye made on 6 July 1622 and proved on 13 September 1622 appointed "wel beloved frriende Alexander Shapley, & my brother James Treworgye" as overseers.[23]
  • 1626. On 28 November 1626, a warrant for the issuance of letters of marque or commissions to take pirates was issued to Alexander Shapleigh, owner of the Golden Cat of Dartmouth, 240 tons, with Thomas Trewogy, captain or master.[24]
  • 1637. Tenements in Totnes and Buckfastleigh, a tenement called Kilbury and Kilbury Mills were leased for a term of 99 years by Reynell Austyne and Henry Austyne to Alexander Shapley, John Wise and Simon Tillard by indenture of 18 January 1637/8.[25]
  • 1640. In September 1640, Thomas Lechford prepared a complaint on behalf of William Hollway of Cohannet (now known as Taunton) against John Treworthy gent Agent or factor for his Grandfather Mr. Shapley of Dartmouth owner and Richard Day master of the ship called The Desire of Totneys alleging that Simon Edwards of Cullampton in Devon shipped in said ship 2 hogsheads of peas, 3 hogsheads of malt and 1 hogshead of girts oatmeal, with certain cheeses and other good, to be landed at Boston, that the goods arrived in poor condition, and that the plaintiff suffered damages of £9.18.[26]
  • 1641. Court of Chancery case in 1641, involving "money matters, Devon", with Thomas Leighe, as plaintiff, and Charles Vaugh, John Cole and Alexander Shapleigh, as defendants.[27]
  • 1641. Court of Chancery case in 1641, involving property in Dartmouth and Kingswear, with Nicholas Roupe and another as plaintiffs and Alexander Shapley and Lucy Shapley his wife and others, as defendants.[11]
  • 1641. Court of Chancery case in 1641, involving "money matters, Devon", with John Bickford (presumably the John Bickford who had married Alexander's daughter Elizabeth in 1626) as plaintiff, and Roger Mallack, Alexander Shapleigh, Lucy Shapleigh his wife, Nicholas Shapleigh, John Angels, James Treworgey and another, as defendants.[12]
  • 1641. The papers of the House of Lords included (1) a draft order dated 9 February 1641, referred the petition of Alexander Shapley and others to Sir William Russell to give them satisfaction of their debts within ten days[28] and (2) a petition of Alexander Shapley and others dated 16 June 1641 regarding that about 14 years since the Duke of Buckingham contracted with petitioners for the hire of four ships for his Majesty's service at the islands of Rhè and Rochelle.[29]
  • 1642. By deed dated 26 May 1642, "Alexsander Shapleigh of Pascattaquacke in the Province of Mayne Marchant" in consideration that "James Treworgy my sonne in law standeth bound to me to severall psons in England for the sume of seaven Hundred pounds and hath taken Upon him selfe to satisfie the same" assigned to James Treworgy all his estate real and person in New England. Witnessed by Roger Garde, Mighaell Taynter, Nicholas Treworgy.[30]
  • 1647. At at General Court held at Wells in the Province of Mayne on 30 June 1647, Mr. John Treworgy brought an action of trespass against John Heard for unlawfully possessing marshland on the Pascataway River by force, per the blows given to Mr. James Treworgy by Heards wife, and for failing to deliver possession of the marshland to Mr. Allexander Shaply and Mr. James Treworgy as he had promised. Jury found for the defendant.[31]
  • 1648. A 18 March 1647/8 accounting made by Thomas Bushrode showed debts owed by Mr. George Ludlow of Virginia, merchant, to Mr. Alexander Shapley of Dartmouth, merchant, of £230 for his 1/3 freight due on the Susan on the Newfoundland voyage.[15]
  • 1650. At a Maine Provincial Court held a Georgeana (now the town of York, Maine) on 2 July 1650, Mrs. Katheren Treworgy, being summoned by Mr. Nicholas Shapleigh, acknowledged that he was lawful owner of certain houses, lands, goods and chattels which are in her possession and promised to deliver him quite possession.[16]
  • 1650. At a Court held for the Province of Mayne in Accomenticus (now the town of York, Maine), on 6 July 1650 the Court determined that, since James Treworgy had transferred to Nicholas Shapleigh all the estate that Alexander Shapleigh had transferred to Treworgy by deed dated May 26, 1642, the estate of Alexander Shapleigh belonged to Nicholas Shapleigh and Mrs. Katheren Treworgy was to renounce any interest therein.[17]
  • 1650. At a General Court held at Gorgeana on 15 October 1650, the Court ordered that "[F]or as much as the house at the River's mouth, wher Mr. [Nicholas] Shapleighs Father first built and Mr. William Hilton now dwelleth: In reagard it was the first house ther bylt and Mr. Shapleigh Intendeth to build and inlarge it, and for furder considerations, it is thought fit it should from time to time be for a house of Entertainment or Ordinary, with this proviso, that the tenant be such a one as the Inhabitants shall approve of."[32]
  • 1651. John Trewerghey of Dartmouth, Co. Devon, merchant, aged 33, deposed 19 March 1650/1 that he well knew the Prosperous whereof Nicholas Trewerghey went master to New England in or about 1640. He (deponent) had lived in New England about 5 years before coming thither. He had seen a bill of sale of thee ship, made by Alexander Shapleigh, the deponent's grandfather, dated 10 July 1639.[33]
  • 1678. In a deposition taken on 13 August 1678, Mr. Edward Johnson, aged about 82 years, testified that about 40 years ago, deponent being then agent for John Treworgy, did in his behalf, purchase a certain tract of land now called the Point, lying on thte north east side of the Piscataqua River, for the sole use and behoof of Mr. Alexander Shapleigh, under whose employ the said Treworghy was at that time, which tract contained 500 acres.[14]
  • 1679. John White, aged 70 years, testified on 5 May 1679 that about "two and forty years agoe Mr. Alexander Shapleigh and Mr. James Treworgie did agree with the Neighbors dwellint at and about Sturgion Creek that there would be always a high way from Nicholas Frosts house down to Sturgeon Creek and so along to the Cedars and the said high way hath bin held ever since without Interuption."[34]
  • 1688. On 1 May 1688, Mrs. Elizabeth Trickley, aged about 64 years, testified that about 52 years past, she lived in old England with Mr. Alexander Shapleigh, at which time she very well remembered that said Shapleigh sent John Treworgie over to New England in one of his ships and that at Shapleighs arrival in New England about 44 years ago, there was one Treworgie in possession of the Shapleigh's whole estate in New England and that Treworgie surrendered the estate to him ye said Alexander Shapleigh, who did peaceably enjoy it without disturbance all his life.[14]
  • 1688. On 11 May 1688, Joan Atwell, aged 60, testified that 40 years past she was a Kittery Point, and being in the company of John Treworgy, heard him say that what dealings he had in New England was all on the account of his grandfather Alexander Shapleigh, and that sometime thereafter Mr. Alexander Shapleigh came over to New England and did peaceably enjoy the aforesaid Kittery Point (except the farthest point where one Billing lived) so long as he lived, and after his decease was possessed by his son Major Nicholas Shapleigh who built the warehouse at the Point and sold several lots of land.[14]


The following sections are from the old bio and are still under review for editing.

Ship Owner; Merchant

"On Sept. 20, 1610, Alexander Shapley of Kingswear, Master of the "Restitution" of Dartmouth, while returning from a fishing voyage to Newfoundland and enroute to Portugal was seized by Robert Stephens, a pirate."[37]

Alex's largest ship was the "Golden Cat" of 450 tons which was twice as large as most of the ships of the time such at the "Mayflower", and three times as large as Sir Francis Drake's "Golden Hind".[38]

Alex is mentioned in the records of Dartmouth, probably paying port fees/custom duties:

1620. In the ship Blessinge of Kingsweare, from Lisbone, for Alexander Shapley, merchant, £2.2.0
1620. In the Gift of God of Kingsweare, from Lichbone [Lisbon], for Alexander Shapley, merchant £0.1.9.
1621. In the Gift of God of Dartmouth, from Newfoundland, for Alexander Shapley, £0.2.1
1621. In the William & John of Dartmouth, from the Newfoundland, 20th Sept. for the said Mr. Alexander Shapleigh, merchant, £0.1.3. [39]

Alexander was an eminent merchant in Kingsweare, Devon and named the town of Kittery after his manor of Kittery Court in Kingswear which overlooked the River Dart.(11) His interests were in the trading posts of Maine and New Hampshire where he found a market for his goods sent over in his ships and he also acted as an agent for Sir Ferdinando Gorges. His large interests in New England were looked after by the Treworgys and his son Nicholas, whose transactions in his name, with the depositions of servants, would make it appear that he was here at times when actually he was in England. [40]

Landholdings in Maine

On 5 May 1636 as Alex's agent, his grandson John Treworgy purchased 500 acres on Kittery Point and on 10 Jan. 1636/7 he bought another 800 acres in Eliot for his grandfather.[41] In 1635 he purchased through his son-in-law, James Teworgye, a large tract of land which extended from the Piscataqua River halfway to the York River.[42] Alex probably lived most of the time at his home on the 800 acre lot in Eliot at Watts Fort or Point Joslyn and was known as Kittery House after his manor in Kingsweare. Here he built a warehouse and ordinary. Capt. William Everett was in charge of the ordinary. From an article in the "Boston Globe" it seems as though the first cup of tea made in this country was made at Kittery House.[43]

The Deposition of Mr Edward Johnson, aged about Eighty-two years… that about forty years agoe Deponent being then Agent for John Treworgy, did in his behalf, purchase a Certain Tract of Land now Called the Point, Lying on the North East Side of Piscatqua River for the Sole Use and behoof of Mr. Alexander Shapleigh under whose Imploy the sd Treworgy was at that time as agent for him, of Sr. Ferdinando Gorges, which Tract or parcel of Land, Containing the full quantity of five hundred acres bounded from the river Side… near unto a house Since built by Robart Mendon… unto a Fresh brook or Creek being between Capt. Champernoon’s old house that was, and that house that was formerly Geo: Palmer’s, where now Digery Jeffry liveth & so runs back into the Countrey until five hundred Acres be accomplished… this Thirteenth of Augt 1678. [44]

Joan Atwell, aged 69 year, or thereabouts, testifyeth… that about 40 years past, She was at Kittery Point, & being in Company with John Treworgy, she did then hear him say, that what dealings he had in New England was all on the account of his grand father Alexander Shapleigh & moreover, ye Deponent saith that some time after Mr. Aleander Shapleigh aforesd came over to New England, & did without disturbance peaceably Enjoy the aforesaid Kittery Point, Except the farthter point of all, where one Billing did formerly live, & this so long as the sd Shapleigh lived, and after his decease was possessed by his son Major Nicholas Shapleigh, who built the Ware house at the Point, and sold several lots of land… 11th May 1688."[45]

On 15 Oct. 1650 in the court records is the following: "Forasmuch as the house at the river's mouth, where Mr. Shapleigh's father first built and Mr. Wm Hilton now dwelleth, in regard it was the first house there built and Mr. Shapleigh intendeth to build and enlarge, it is thought fit it should from time to time be for a house of entertainment or ordinary, with this proviso, that the tenant be such an one as the inhabitants shall approve of".[46] In May 1674 his daughter Catherine pleading for her brother, told that about 38 years since in a time of great scarcity her father laid out a good estate for the supply of the country.[47] In 1679 John White White-454 deposed that about 42 years ago Mr. Alexander Shapleigh and Mr. James Treworgye agreed with the neighbors dwelling at and about Sturgeon Creek. Note: John White has been a servant of Mr Shapleigh. [48] The first house was later enlarged and made into a garrison for protection against Indian raids.

The Deposition of John Whitte aged 58: yeares or there about. This Deponent testifys yt wras hee hath seene & hath knowne ye bounds at Sturgion Cricke Meddow, that were sett downe by Mr. Taynter, betweene Mr. Alexandr Shapleigh, & Nicho: Frost, about Twenty two years since, sayth that to his best discerning the sd bounds that were then sett downe do still remaine in the same places where in they were then standing, & were then allowed of, to bee the bounds by Mr. Allexandr Shapleigh, I being then a servant to the sd Shapleigh, & mowing the Meddow yt is Joyneing to itt, for severall years together & I having vewed the bounds the Last September. Taken upon oath this 19th of Decembr: 1662:" [49]

I Richard Vines Steward General of the Province of Mayne have… granted unto Tho: Furnell the Sonn of Renald Furnell of Piscataqua River Chieugion… in the Behalfe of Sir Fardinando Gorges Knt… Two Islands… on the North East Side of Pischataqua River… known by the name of Puddingtons Islands… this Third day of May 1645… Recorded this 16 Octobr 1651… Memorand: That Mr Alexandr Shapleigh when the Marsh within mentioned was divided did find that Nico: Frost had two little Marshs for his Stock of Cattle & therefore did freely give him the Five Acres of Marsh allotted to Him the sd Alexandr Shapleigh… the last of May 1643… Recorded Octobr 16: 1651"[50]

It therefore appears that Alex had a house, a warehouse and was running a sawmill on Spruce Creek by the mid 1630's. Philip Swadden supposedly held an Indian deed to that part of Kittery Point and he was probably in Alex's employ and was living in a wigwam near the warehouse. [51]

Alex spent most of his time in England and his family here managed his estates. On 2 Apr. 1641 James Treworgy sold all of Alex's property in America to Mr. Nicholas Shapleigh, then of Kingsweare, son of Alex Shapleigh for £1,500. The ordinary, warehouse and a small parcel of land was left in possession of Capt. William Everett who died soon afterwards. In 1652 67 acres of land was confirmed by the town to Nathan Lord, son-in-law to Capt. Everett. Another 20 acres were confirmed to the heirs of Nicholas Frost. Another 47 acres were granted to others due to overlapping boundaries to other grant holders leaving Maj. Nicholas Shapleigh with about 760 acres of land.[52]

"Alexander Shapleigh of Pascattaquacke in the Province of Mayne marchant... in consideracon that James Treworgy my sonne in law standeth bound for me to severall psons in England for the sume of seaven Hundred pounds and hath taken upon him selfe to satisfie the same, as alsoe for divers other good causes & Valuable consideracons... doe... sell... all that my lands, houses, goods, Chattails, ffish, ffishing craft, botes & all other things to the ffishing trade belonging... together wth all my whole estate boeth reall and psonall wch I now have, shall have or ought to have in New England... the 26th Day of May... 1642, Alexsander Shapleigh... in the prsence of Roger Garde, Mighaell Taynter, Nicholas Treworgy. Memo that the within named Alex : Shapleigh did deliver to the wthin named roger Garde for the Use of the wthin named James Treworgy one silver cupp in pte of the posession of all the prmises within granted in the prsence of us: Michaell Taynter, Nico : Treworgy- This is a trew coppie of the originall taken the 3rd day of July 1650."[53]

In 1647 George Ludlow of York County, Virginia, merchant, had dealings with Mr. Alexander Shapleigh of Dartmouth and John Treworgye of Newfoundland.[54]

"Whereas Mrs Katheren Treworgy being sumoned to appeare at a Courte houlden for this Province of Mayne in Accomenticus the 5th of July 1650 to shew what Cause she had to challenge or Claim any Interest or Propriety in the Estate of Mr Alexsander Shapleigh deceasd then it was made appear by a Deed bearing Date the 26th of May 1642 from Mr Alexsander Shapleigh to Mr James Treworgy... all the Estate for sarten Sums of Money... that he the sd James Treworgy was engaged for as by the sd Deed more at large doth & may appeare & by another Deed from the sd James Treworgy all the Estate was made over to Mr Nicholas Shapleigh for & in Consideration of ye Sum of £1500... So it appeared to the Court that the Estate of Mr Alexsander Shapleigh was of no Consequence or to be approved of as capable of Bequest nor no Will proved soe it was determined that the Estate was Mr Nicholas Shapleigh's & Mrs Katheren Treworgy to renounce all Interest therein So the Court did find & determine that the sd Mrs Treworgy is any Way possessed of the Estate of the sd Mr Alexsander Shapleigh or liable to any Debtes of the sd Estate... 6th of July 1650. pr me Edw : Godfrey Governr, Basill Parker Re : Cor :".[55]

The ruins of the old mill on Shapleigh Creek on River Rd. in Eliot can still be seen having been preserved by the salt water. The current home on the site of Kittery House in Eliot was built in 1802 by Capt. Elisha Shapleigh. There is a bronze plaque on River Rd. in front of the house placed there by the Shapleigh Family Association in 1912.

"Site Of The Kittery House

Erected About 1638 By
Alexander Shapleigh
The Immigrant
This House Gave Name
To The Town Of Kittery
This Tablet Was Placed Here By
The Shapleigh Family Association
Dedicated

August 19, 1912"

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  46. Shapleigh Family Association web site at: http://shapleigh0.tripod.com/shapleighfamilyassociation/id1.html
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See also:

  • Sybil Noyes, James Libby, Walter Goodwin Davis, _Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire_, in five parts, paginated continuously (1928-1939), 623 for entry, “Shapleigh: 1 Alexander”; digital images, FamilySearch (accessed via Family History Library Catalog, 2014).
  • Brian J. L. Berry, _The Shapleigh, Shapley and Shappley Families: A Comprehensive Genealogy, 1635-1993_ (1993); digial images, _OpenLibrary_ (accessed 2014). Click here.
  • Irving F. Blabon, _The Blabon Family in America_ (1983); digital images, _FamilySearch_ (accessed via the Family History Library Catalog, 2014).
  • Ralph Sylvester Bartlett, "Alexander Shapleigh of Kittery, Maine, and some of his descendants," _New England Historical and Genealogical Register_ 95 (1941):180-184; 264-276; 96 (1942):27-36 (including "Addendum Additions and Corrections"); 196, for additional corrections; digital images, _AmericanAncestors.org_ (accessed 2014).
  • Ralph Sylvester Bartlett, "Notes and Historical Intelligence: Alexander Shapleigh of Kittery, Maine, and Some of his Descendants: Additions," _New England Historical and Genealogical Register_ 102 (1948):73-74; digital images, _AmericanAncestors.org_ (accessed 2014.


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I'm still work on parts of the bio, but have finished the key genealogy sections - ie, parentage, date and place of birth, marriages, children, date and place of death.

Based on the discussion/sources now in the bio I am disconnecting (1) his Robert Shapleigh and Marie Blabon as his parents, (2) Marguerite Bloedel and Jane Egbere as his wives and (3) Elizabeth Trickey as his daughter. I will also be adding a Lucy Unknown as his wife, changing Elizabeth (Shapleigh) Trickey to Elizabeth (Unknown) Trickey, and revising Jane Egbere's bio.

posted by Chase Ashley
edited by Chase Ashley
I found some interesting records:

(1) a 1641 English court case by Alexander Shapley and Lucy Shapley his wife regarding property in Dartmouth and Kingswear, Devon. This may indicate that Alexander had a 3d wife. Based on info about Alexander's son Alexander, it doesn't seem likely that it is him. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C5192972

(2) another 1641 English court case with Roger Mallack, Alexander Shapleigh, Lucy Shapleigh his wife, Nicholas Shapleigh, John Angels, and James Treworgey as defendants. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C5206894

posted by Chase Ashley
edited by Chase Ashley
Just a heads up that I am going to be working on this profile. I have recently completed working on daughter Catherine's profile, as well as lots of the Treworgye profiles.

I expect that his Anjou parents and wife will end up being disconnected, as will "daughter" Trickey.

posted by Chase Ashley
edited by Chase Ashley
Shapleigh-64 and Shapleigh-14 appear to represent the same person because: 1561 most probable birth year if father d 1570.

Please merge

posted by Beryl Meehan
Both parent died before the birth of this profile... Please check your sources and adjust accordingly.

Thank you!

Shapleigh-26 and Shapleigh-14 appear to represent the same person because: These have been sitting as an unmerged match for almost a year. Hopefully they can be looked at and merged if deemed to be the same person.
Shapleigh-26 and Shapleigh-59 appear to represent the same person because: this was sitting in 'unmerged' for almost 1-1/2 years. Just came across it. Hopefully the merge can proceed.
Setting Shapleigh-14 and Shapleigh-59 as unmerged matches while we collaborate to resolve the Gustave Anjou factor.
posted by GeneJ X

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