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Hugh Thomas SHOPLAND (1825-1907).  Hugh Thomas was baptised on 16 October 1825 at Nymet Tracey (Bow) Devon, being the third son of Hugh and Elizabeth (nee MADGE) SHOPLAND.  He had two elder brothers both baptised at Nymet Tracey: John on 18 October 1821 and William Henry on 14 September 1823.

At the time of the 1841 census, Hugh Thomas was living with his father Hugh and stepmother, Sarah (nee GIBBS), at Gulliver's Buildings, Symondsbury, Dorset, which is not that far from where Sarah grew up.  In 1851, Hugh Thomas whose trade was described as a 'carver & gilder' was visiting the house of George ALFORD, cabinet maker, and his wife Mary at Bartholomew Street, Allhallows on the Walls, Exeter, Devon.  George's daughter, Eleanor was aged 23, a dressmaker, was also living at this address with a younger brother and sister.

Hugh Thomas eventually married Eleanor on 7 December 1851 at Allhallows on the Walls, Exeter, and after being involved in the building of some houses at Clifton Street, Exeter, moved to Tormoham (Torquay today).  In 1861 Hugh and Eleanor were living at 38 Higher Union Street, Tormoham and in 1871 had moved to 40 Higher Union Street, Tormoham.
In 1881 Hugh Thomas was recorded as 'taxidermist (bird stuffer)' still living at number 40.  His wife's name on these census records is shown as Ellen Jane but her place of birth at Portsmouth, Hampshire identifies her as Eleanor.  Eleanor died in 1884 in Exeter.

Hugh Thomas and his wife had three children: Mary Ellen born 1852, William born 1858 (assistant bird stuffer) and Kate (furrier) born 1861.  Mary Ellen married Frederick John SHAPCOTT in 1878, William went on to marry Catherine Hill OLVER and they had a son named Wilfred Hugh Archibald born in 1888 and Edgar Stuart born in 1890 but died in 1892.  Wilfred was killed in the World World I whilst serving as a bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery.  Kate married Henry James GARDNER in 1899 after looking after her widower father for 15 years and Hugh Thomas married Frances Jane JONES in 1901 in Newton Abbot.  Hugh was 76 and Frances was 42!  Hugh died in 1907 in Newton Abbott and Frances remarried in 1909.
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