William & Martha Newnes of Crudgington

William MAY have been a son of Thomas Newns and baptised in Wem on 2nd January 1722/3.

Martha MAY have been a daughter of Jno/Jon Fortune and baptised at St Chad’s, Shrewsbury, on 23rd April 1727.

William appears to have been the first Newnes to have lived in Crudgington. He married Martha Fortune in St Michael and All Angels Church, High Ercall, on 20th January 1755. At that time High Ercall was the parish church, there being no church in Crudgington until the end of the 19th century. Their marriage was witnessed by Jane Mathews.

They had 7 children, all christened in High Ercall although the register states they were 'of Crudgington Green':


16 Jan 1757


16 Apr 1659


20 Apr 1761


10 Apr 1763


26 May 1765


6 Nov 1766


12 Jan 1769

Martha, William's wife, died in 1798 and was buried in High Ercall on 24th August 1798. When William died, some 14 years later, he too was buried at High Ercall on 4th December 1812.

Of their children:

  • James died aged about 6 months and was buried in High Ercall on 7th November 1765.
  • Charles became a shoemaker and married Ann Worley in High Ercall in 1792.
  • George married Elizabeth Lewis in High Ercall on 14th November 1791. They were married by Henry Wood and the ceremony was witnessed by George's brother, Charles Newnes. They lived in Rowton and had one child:


    12 Dec 1793

    The following year George died and was buried in High Ercall on 17th October 1794. It is thought that Elizabeth subsequently remarried to John Walker in 1796.