Robert Brasenor (1733 -1791)

Robert, the son of John and Joyce Brasnor, was baptised at Pontesbury in 1733. He married Catherine Marston at Hyssington, Montgomeryshire, in 1761, where he made a living as a tenant farmer. Robert and Catherine baptised at least five sons and three daughters at Hyssington, and a fourth daughter is known only from her marriage. The Brazener name was to continue through their first child William and his descendants, down to the present day. William  was to make his home at Wistanstow, near Church Stretton, Shropshire.

St Ethelreda's Church Hyssington

St Ethelreda’s Church Hyssington

In 1767, Robert More of Linley, Lord of the Manor of Shelve, made an assignment  to  Thomas Wardman, of land at Mucklewick, in the parish of Hyssington, the then holder of the tenement being Robert Brasenor. A decade on, tragedy struck the family when their fourteen year old son Robert drowned in flooding at Shelve Mill, together with a neighbour Robert Everall. The land on which the mill stood is still being farmed by descendants of  Robert and Catherine’s youngest daughter Catherine, who married Mark Preece, in 1810. Her sister Elizabeth married John Redge and the Redge name is also still present in the area. Another sister, Emelia (Milly), born in 1777, married a Thomas Wardman in 1800, who was proably the son of the Thomas Wardman recorded in 1767. Robert and Catherine Brasenor, together with their sons Robert, John and Richard were buried at St Peter’s Church, More, as was their daughter Emelia Wardman. The name Wardman was still extant in the Shelve – Stiperstones area until at least the 196o’s. Mark and Catherine Preece, nee Brasenor are buried at Shelve, Shropshire.

St Peter's Church, More, Shropshire

St Peter’s Church, More, Shropshire