SHORT FAMILY HISTORY
Rev RICHARD MASHITER, B.A., Headmaster of Solihull Grammar School 1742-69, bapt 13 Dec 1713 at Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire, son of ROGER MASHITER of Bolton-le-Sands, and his wife DOROTHY, dau of THOMAS BENISON of Heysham, Lancashire, educ Pembroke College, Oxford, m. 11 May 1742 at Solihull, Warwickshire, MARY, youngest dau of ANTHONY HOLBECHE of Bentley Hall and his wife JANE, dau of Sir JOHN PARSONS, Lord Mayor of London in 1703-4, M.P. for Reigate 1685-1717 and Commissioner for Victualling for the Royal Navy (P.C.C. will dated 14 Feb 1715/16 and proved 7 Feb 1717/18) and his wife ELIZABETH, dau of HUMPHREY BEANE. The Holbeche family can be traced back to Oliver Holbech of Holbech in Holland, Lincolnshire, who was living in 1223 according to a pedigree of the Holbeche family in the possession of R.H.B. Edwards (see below). See HOLBECHE of HILLYBROOM – Burke’s Landed Gentry 1952 Edition. There is a memorial giving details of the Holbeche, Mashiter and Short families in the Chapel of St. Catherine in Solihull Parish Church. Mary was buried at Solihull on 18 Jan 1747/48 and Richard was buried at Solihull on 25 Jun 1769 having had issue:
1. Rev Edward Holbeche, M.A., Headmaster of Solihull Grammar School 1769-82, Vicar of Upper Eatington, Vicar of St. Giles, Packwood 1768-82, b. circa 1743, educ Magdalen Hall, Oxford, d. unmarried and was buried at Solihull on 9 Jan 1782.
2. Richard, attorney-at-law, of Wolverhampton, bapt 10 Oct 1744 at Solihull, d. unmarried and was buried at Solihull on 3 May 1778.
1. JANE, b. circa 1745, m. JOHN SHORT (see below).
JOHN SHORT of Birmingham, m. 20 Jun 1736 at St. Phillip’s, Birmingham, SARAH JONES and may have had issue:
JOHN SHORT, Surgeon Feoffee of Solihull Grammar School for 57 years, Lord of the Manor of Widney, Warwickshire, bapt 27 Feb 1740 at St. Martin’s, Birmingham, m. 19 Aug 1767 at Solihull, JANE, only dau of Rev RICHARD MASHITER, B.A., and his wife MARY, youngest dau of ANTHONY HOLBECHE of Bentley Hall (see above). He d. 2 Apr 1831, aged 92, (P.C.C. will dated 10 Jan 1820 and proved 6 Apr 1832) and she d. 15 Dec 1831, aged 86, having had issue:
1. Rev John, B.A., Rector of Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire 1795-99, Master and Chaplain of Temple Balsall, Warwickshire 1799-1855, b. 14 Jun 1768, educ Trinity College, Oxford, m. 23 Jan 1810 at Ketton cum Tixover, Rutland, Elizabeth, dau of Joseph Boultbee of Baxterley, Warwickshire. She d. 3 Nov 1837, aged 62, at Temple Balsall and he d. 12 Mar 1855 and was buried at Temple Balsall having had issue:
a. Rev John Holbeche, M.A., Master and Chaplain of Temple Balsall 1855-66, Vicar of Temple Balsall 1866-92, b. and bapt 22 Feb 1811 at Temple Balsall, educ Rugby, Merton College, Oxford, m. 1853, his first cousin, Jane Mashiter, widow of Hugh Francis Burman and dau of Henry Couchman and his wife Elizabeth (née Short). See Couchman Family History. He d. 11 Feb 1892 (Will dated 8 Aug 1888 and proved 9 Mar 1892) and she d. 17 Feb 1892 having had issue:
1. John Henry, b. 27 Jul 1856, d. 21 Apr 1871 and was buried at Temple Balsall.
2. Anthony Holbeche, C.B., C.M.G., Brigadier-General, Royal Artillery, of Altuena, St. Jean de Luz, France, b. 19 Oct 1862, served in the Sudan 1885 and in France, Belgium and Egypt during the First World War, m. 22 Nov 1899 at St. John's, Meerut, India, Annie Isabella (Dolly), only dau of Major General Alexander Wardrop, 29th Bombay Native Infantry, Indian Army, Colonel, 119th Infantry, and his wife Ann (née Godden) and sister of General Sir Alexander Wardrop, G.C.B., C.M.G., and d.s.p. 18 Sep 1940 (Will dated 15 Apr 1940 and proved 17 May 1941) at Asheby House, Billere par Pau, Basses, Pyrenees. See Who’s Who.
1. Jane Frances, b. 21 Nov 1854, m. 1908 as his third wife Joseph Taunton, J.P., manufacturer, of Widney Manor, Knowle, Warwickshire. He d. 3 Oct 1921 and she d.s.p. 18 May 1929 and was buried at Temple Balsall.
2. Marian, of 13 Milverton Crescent, Leamington, b. 27 Jul 1859, d. unmarried 20 Apr 1915 and was buried at Temple Balsall.
b. William Henry, bapt 21 Feb 1814 at Temple Balsall, d. 28 Sep 1832, aged 18.
c. George Albert Alfred, bapt 22 Apr 1819 at Temple Balsall, d. an infant.
a. Frances Elizabeth, bapt 21 Aug 1812 at Temple Balsall, d. young.
b. Emily Marian Sophia, b. 25 Oct 1815, bapt 26 Oct 1815 at Temple Balsall, m. 25 Oct 1854 at Iver, Buckinghamshire, Rev George Thomas Cameron, M.A., Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Heckington, Lincolnshire 1861-94, third son of Rev Charles Cameron of Shifnal, Shropshire. She d. 13 Feb 1856 and was buried at Temple Balsall and he d. 23 Jun 1902 at High Halden, Kent.
2. Charles, Surgeon to Bedford Infirmary 1802-32, Mayor of Bedford on six occasions, b. 4 Dec 1769, bapt 7 Mar 1770 at Solihull and d. unmarried 11 May 1844 (P.C.C. will dated 24 Apr 1844 and proved 12 Jul 1844).
3. Edward, attorney-at-law, b. 8 Mar 1771, bapt 11 Mar 1771 at Solihull, m. 1 May 1810 at Solihull, Jane, dau of Rev John James of Birmingham. He d. 19 Dec 1848 (Lichfield will dated 15 Dec 1848 and proved 12 Apr 1849) and she d. 1861 having had issue:
a. Richard, of Solihull, High Bailiff of the County Court, b. 1816, d. unmarried 29 Jan 1860.
b. Charles Edward, of Birmingham and Solihull, bapt 15 Oct 1829 at Solihull, d. unmarried 6 Jan 1868 at Malvern.
c. Richard Mashiter, bapt 3 Mar 1832 at Solihull, d. young.
d. Richard Mashiter, of Solihull, lived with his sisters Mary and Harriet, bapt 16 May 1834 at Solihull, d. unmarried 18 Aug 1906 (Will dated 22 Apr 1898 and proved 22 Sep 1906).
a. Jane, bapt 3 Oct 1812 at Solihull, unmarried in 1871.
b. Elizabeth Frances, bapt 20 Nov 1818 at Solihull, m. 1stly 10 Sep 1859 at Solihull, John MacVey of Magheralin, Co. Down, Ireland and had issue:
1. Mary Frances Kathleen, m. 1887, William Aston of Codsall, Staffordshire.
She m. 2ndly 1875 in Birmingham, James Carter Abbotts.
c. Mary, of Herbert Road, Solihull, bapt 14 Aug 1821 at Solihull, d. unmarried 16 Apr 1907.
d. Ann, bapt 10 Oct 1824 at Solihull, d. before 1871.
e. Harriet Cope, of Herbert Road, Solihull, bapt 8 Jun 1827 at Solihull, d. unmarried 27 Aug 1912 (Will dated 27 Apr 1898 and proved 19 Dec 1912).
4. Richard, b. and bapt 10 Feb 1774 at Solihull and d. 1775.
5. Richard, surgeon, of Solihull, b. and bapt 4 May 1777 at Solihull, d. unmarried 2 Feb 1837 (P.C.C. will dated 18 Jan 1837 and proved 24 Feb 1837).
6. Robert, b. and bapt 10 Jun 1779 at Solihull, buried at Solihull on 17 Apr 1782.
7. Robert, J.P., Lieutenant Colonel, 21st Madras Native Infantry, purchased the Lordship of the Manor of Solihull in 1850 to become 54th Lord of the Manor, b. 30 Dec 1783, bapt 31 Dec 1783 at Solihull, retired as Honorary Colonel on 9 Sep 1830, served as a local magistrate 1837-59 and d.s.p. 25 Jun 1859 at Solihull (Will dated 7 May 1854 and proved 29 Aug 1859).
8. Rev Thomas, M.A., B.D., Bursar, Trinity College, Oxford, Vice President, Trinity College, Oxford 1824-63 and 1866-79, b. and bapt 24 Jun 1789 at Solihull, educ Rugby, Trinity College, Oxford, Assistant Master at Rugby 1812-16. See Modern English Biography by Frederic Boase. He contested the Headmastership of Rugby in Dec 1827, when he was defeated by one vote by Rev Thomas Arnold, and d.s.p. 31 May 1879 at Solihull (Will dated 14 Sep 1871 and proved 17 Jul 1879).
1. Jane, b. 23 May 1772, bapt 25 May 1772 at Solihull, m. 17 Apr 1797 at Solihull, Commander John Edwards, R.N., of Bath, b. 30 Mar 1765, eldest son of William Edwards, solicitor, of Bath. He joined the Royal Navy as a Captain’s servant on H.M.S. Savage on 22 Mar 1776, appointed Midshipman on H.M.S. Magnificent on 1 May 1782 and d. 15 Jan 1823 and she d. 3 May 1858 having had issue:
a. Joseph Holbeche, R.N., of Solihull, bapt 21 Jan 1798 at Solihull, 4th Mate of the Larkins in 1818, m. Esther, dau of Robert Stafford of Huntingdon. She d. 11 Nov 1861 at Kidlington, Oxfordshire and he d. 8 Sep 1873 (Will dated 17 Jan 1841 and proved 20 Nov 1873) having had issue:
1. Rev Robert Stafford, B.A., of The Corner, Cassio Road, Watford, b. 19 Sep 1828 at Chatham, educ Christ’s Hospital, St. John’s College, Cambridge (cricket blue), Curate of Packington, Warwickshire 1858-60, Curate of Dudley, Worcestershire 1860-2, Curate of Kingswinford, Staffordshire 1862-5, Curate of Kinver, Staffordshire 1865-9, Curate of Enville, Staffordshire 1869-73, m. Benjamina Henrietta, dau of Edward Lowe Cresswell of Dudley and d. 29 Mar 1899 at Monmouth House, Watford, Hertfordshire having had issue:
a. Oliver Stafford, tea planter, of Galata Estate, Gampola, Ceylon, bapt 21 May 1866 at St. Mary’s, Kingswinford, d. unmarried 22 Jan 1922.
b. Charles Mashiter, Gold Commissioner, Indian Agent and rancher, of Fort Steele, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada in the 1890s and later of Canal Flats, B.C., b. 20 Jun 1867, bapt 14 Jul 1867 at the Chapelry of Prestwood, Kinver, m. 7 Apr 1897 at Davisburg, Northwest Territories, Florence, fourth daughter of Albert Edward Banister, M.R.C.V.S., and his wife Helen (née Weston) of Davisburg, formerly of Bridport, Dorset. He d. 29 Oct 1949 at Cranbrook, B.C., and she d. 5 Sep 1957 at Kelowna, B.C., having had issue:
1. Dorothy Esther, of Commerce, Canada, b. 14 Nov 1898 at Fort Steele, B.C., m. Captain George Frederick Herbert Hilliard, born 13 Mar, 1888 at Minnedosa, Manitoba, eldest son of George Boyce Hilliard, Lord of the Manor of Cowley, Middlesex and laterally of Lakefield, Ontario and Victoria, B.C., and his wife, Amy Herbert Barlee, of Lakefield, Ontario, grand-dau of Major Samuel Strickland, founder of Lakefield, Ontario. He d. 27 Mar 1951 at Kelowna and she d. 30 Jun 1993 at Mission, B.C., having had issue:
a. George Geoffrey Anthony, b. 9 Sep 1925, m. 9 Sep 1950, Susan Berry of Harrop, B.C., and had issue.
b. Geoffrey Strickland, b. 27 Dec 1926, m. 24 Jun 1950, Heather Elizabeth Douglas Prentice of Victoria, B.C., and d. 2 May 1977 in Malta having had issue.
c. Roger Frederick James, b. 3 March 1934, m. 22 Aug 1959, Evelyn Cole of Duncan, B.C., and has issue.
a. Mary Patricia, of Santa Tecla, El Salvador, b. 4 Oct 1923, m. 3 Aug 1946, James Arthur, son of Thomas James Francis Flynn, Consul to El Salvador, and his wife Marieliese Soundy de Deininger, who d. 25 Jun 1992 having had issue.
He also had natural issue by Gladys Campbell, dau of Major-General William Byam, C.B.:
1. Peter Charles, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Air Force, b. c. 1919 at Cranbrook, B.C., killed in action over Amiens on 15 Mar 1944.
c. Robert Harry Cresswell, tea planter, of Ceylon, b. 10 Mar 1874, bapt 14 May 1874 at St. Mary’s, Reading, m. 16 Oct 1923 at Ideford, Devon, Mary Caroline Bourchier, eldest dau of Rev Henry Bourchier Wrey, M.A., Rector of Ideford, and his wife Helen Esme, dau of Frederick Charles Ernest Griffin of Gorsty Hayes Manor House, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. See WREY, Baronet – Burke’s Peerage. He d. 24 Sep 1925 (and she m. 2ndly Rev Cyril Lucien O’Ferrall, Rector of Shillingford St. George, Exeter) having had issue: 1 son.
d. Arthur Edward Eyre, of 8 Queen Street, Gravesend, Kent, bapt 1877 at St. Mary’s, Reading, m. 26 Oct 1915 at All Saint’s, Woodham, Ethel Gwyn, dau of Reginald Sparkes of Guildford, Surrey and d.s.p. 18 Aug 1960 (Will dated 12 Apr 1960 and proved 14 Oct 1960).
a. Caroline Esther Holbeche, of 43 Clarendon Road, Watford, bapt 21 May 1866 at St. Mary’s, Kingswinford, d. unmarried 26 Nov 1953 (Will dated 26 Apr 1944 and proved 27 Feb 1954).
b. Ursula Jessie, b. 2 Dec 1868, bapt 21 Feb 1869 at Kinver Parish Church, d. unmarried.
c. Henrietta Letitia, of The Corner, Cassio Road, Watford, b. 30 Mar 1871, bapt 16 Apr 1871 at Enville Parish Church, d. unmarried 16 Oct 1948 (Will dated 18 Jun 1937 and proved 13 Aug 1949).
2. Henry, M.R.C.S., surgeon, of Wade Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, bapt 11 Jan 1834 at Solihull, m. 22 Oct 1856 at Solihull, Mary, dau of Godfrey Hirst of Solihull and d. 15 May 1893.
3. Charles, bapt 1 Nov 1837 at Solihull.
4. John Samuel Emes, bapt 8 Apr 1840 at Solihull, d.s.p. in Australia.
1. Jane Martha, bapt 22 Aug 1826 at Solihull.
2. Rebecca Ann, of High Street, Solihull, bapt 7 Mar 1830 at Solihull, d. unmarried 15 Apr 1904 (Will dated 10 Jul 1903 and proved 26 May 1904).
3. Lucy Dorothy, bapt 11 Jun 1832 at Solihull, m. George Newton Swinson, surgeon, of Turvey, Bedfordshire and had issue.
4. Sarah, bapt 28 Aug 1835 at Solihull, m. 30 May 1865 at Solihull, James William Jenkins Eyre of Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and d.s.p.
a. Charlotte, bapt 25 Apr 1799 at Solihull, m. 18 Apr 1822 at Solihull, Captain Thomas Davis, Bedfordshire Militia, of Bedford and had issue: 1 son and 1 dau.
b. Jane, of High Street, Solihull, bapt 2 Mar 1801 at Solihull, d. unmarried 13 Jun 1882 (Will dated 15 Aug 1878 and proved 24 Jul 1882).
2. Mary, b. and bapt 7 Jul 1775 at Solihull, m. 28 Jul 1806 at St. Paul, Bedford, Rev Boughey William Dolling, M.A., Rector of Magheralin, Co. Down, Ireland, Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford, son of Rev Robert Radclyffe Dolling, B.C.L., M.A., J.P., Vicar of Aldenham, Hertfordshire and his wife Mary, dau of Paul Saunders (she m. 2ndly Sir R. Dundas, a Swedish nobleman). See DOLLING of MAGHERALIN – Burke’s Landed Gentry of Ireland 1912 Edition. He was bapt 21 Jul 1782 at Aldenham and d. 13 Jan 1853 having had issue:
a. Robert Holbeche, D.L., J.P., barrister-at-law, High Sheriff of Co. Down in 1865, b. 13 Feb 1809, m. 22 Jan 1842, Eliza, third dau of Josias Du Pré Alexander, M.P., nephew of James, 1st Earl of Caledon. See EARL of CALEDON – Burke’s Peerage. She d. 1870 and he d. 22 Sep 1878 having had issue: 2 sons and 7 daus.
a. Mary Radclyffe, bapt 10 Nov 1812 at Solihull, m. 14 Oct 1835 at Magheralin, James Thomas Bolton of The Elms, Solihull, Warwickshire and 4 Elm Court, Temple, London. He d. 16 Mar 1868 at The Elms and she d. 3 May 1891 at 40 Edith Road, West Kensington having had issue.
b. Emily Jane Saunders, bapt 24 Dec 1815 at Solihull, m. 1 Mar 1838 at Magheralin, Rev Thomas Hassard Montgomery of Springfield, Co. Down, eldest son of Alexander Montgomery of Kilmer, Co. Meath. See MONTGOMERY of MARCHE MANOR – Burke’s Landed Gentry 1952 Edition. He d. 1865 and she d. 23 Apr 1887 having had issue.
3. Anne, bapt 1 Oct 1785 at Solihull, buried at Solihull on 3 Jun 1787.
4. ELIZABETH, b. and bapt 31 Jan 1787 at Solihull, m. 16 Jan 1809 at Solihull, HENRY COUCHMAN, farmer, of Temple House, Temple Balsall, only son of HENRY COUCHMAN, builder and architect, and his wife SUSANNAH, dau of THOMAS BARNES. See COUCHMAN of SOLIHULL – Burke’s Landed Gentry 1952 Edition. He d. 29 Dec 1838 (P.C.C. will dated 20 Oct 1838 and proved 2 Feb 1839) and was buried at Temple Balsall on 5 Jan 1839 and she d. 5 May 1860 and was buried at Temple Balsall on 11 May 1860 having had issue.