The Shawshaw family were from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Thomas Sharshaw (the elder) moved to Guernsey with his sons Thomas (the younger) and William.
They appear to arrived in Guernsey some time in the 1840s. Unfortunately, all three of them had died by the end of the decade. It seems that this line died out completely, as Thomas (the younger) and Harriet's only daughter died childless, and James & Mary Elizabeth Gardner had one child who died in infancy.
It is not clear what drew them to Guernsey in the first place, but Stratford-on-Avon is certainly the furtherest afield that any of the immigrant butchers I have come across.
- Thomas SHARSHAW married Harriet
- Jane Harriet SHARSHAW (1838-1862)
- William SHARSHAW married Mary Esther CUMBER
- Mary Elizabeth SHARSHAW married James Byron GARDNER
(people in bold were butchers)
Earliest Mention in Guernsey
- In 1847, when Thomas Shawshaw, the elder, made his will.
- No record found of any of the Sharshaws holding stalls in the Meat Market.
- When he died in 1850, William Sharshaw was living at Guernsey Cottage, Emscote, Warwickshire.
- The Sharshaw family continued to own land in Stratford-upon-Avon area, even after their move to Guernsey.