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Midlands Tree 2 William Cumpston

Police man b. 1841 Minsterley


This line belongs to my research colleagues Bert Cumpstone in Wales and to Jenny in New Zealand.  You can see more details of this family under Francis Cumpstone Shrewsbury pages 1 and 2 and John Cumpstone in New Zealand


Francis and Mary Cumpstone (also Compston). 5/1/1/1/

Francis was born Chirbury 1776  and died 19 November 1853.  Mary b 1777 died 1851.

Francis’s parents were Francis Cumpstone 5/1/ and Martha Williams (Shrewsbury).  They married 1 Feb 1768.






William Cumpston was appointed to the Staffordshire police in 1863 (Police Index Staff. Archives).


I had correspondence from John Aston in Coventry in 2002.  He knew of William Cumpston, born at Minsterley in 1841, a friend of his grandfather.  He told me:


“They joined the police together and were both for a time in the Staffordshire Constabulary.  Rumour has it that they were both keen on the same girl, but my grandfather won out and William promptly married her sister Alice Bradbury.  The marriage was at Aston Juxta, Birmingham in 1868, after which they went back to Shropshire.  


Children of Cumpston William and Alice Bradbury

Shrop 5 1/1/1/2/ policeman and water bailiff

Henry 5/1/1/1/2/1/ b. 1869 m. Amy children: Ethel R b 1898 Derbyshire and Alfred V b1900 Derbyshire.

Mary Ann 5/1/1/1/2/2/ b. Sept. Q 1870 m. Alfred Broadbent, tailor from Wellington. 1870 Wrockwardine C006622 Cumpstone Mary Ann christened IGI 29 May 1870

Francis Wm 5/1/1/1/2/3/ b Jun Q 1872.  Wrockwardine 26 Coy. 7Bn Imperial Yeomanry; went to Boston in 1904 USA with brother Bert.  M. Shropshire 1906

Ernest Edward 5/1/1/1/2/4/ b 1874 Shiffnal 6a 632 Jun Q 1874. d 1964 m. Elizabeth Ballard b 1874 d 1955

Percy 5/1/1/1/2/5/ Stottesden Atcham b 1879 m. Rachael

Edith 5/1/1/1/2/6/ Edith Mabel Cumpstone b. 1889 Little Wenlock

Nellie 5/1/1/1/2/7/m Beech

Rose 5/1/1/1/2/8/ m. Thomas Jefferies

Gert 5/1/1/1/2/9/ m. Howard Hayward

Herbert Egerton 5/1/1/1/2/10 m Lillian Poole.  Went to USA with brother Frank.










1841 Shrop 5 1/1/1/2/ Atcham  Cumpston William parents Francis Eleanor Jones [became policeman and water bailiff] birth


1851 Montgomery HO 107/2498 Aston Rogers Cumpston William 9 yrs  census


1868 Aston juxta Birmingham Returned to Shropshire after wedding Aston Juxta Birmingham Cumpston William 26 yrs Alice Bradbury b Great Barr Stafford marriage


1870 Wellington Salop Cumpston William 28 yrs birth of child Sep Q 1870


WORTHEN, Shropshire

"WORTHEN, a parish partly in the hundred of Cawrse, county Montgomery, but chiefly in the hundreds of Chirbury and Ford, county Salop, 12 miles S.W. of Shrewsbury, 11 from Welshpool, and 9 from Montgomery. The parish comprises the chapelries of Trelystan and Hope, the quarters of Bing-Weston, Bromblow, Upper Heath, and Worthin, and 15 other townships."

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


ATCHAM, Shropshire

"ATCHAM, (or Attingham), a parish in the Wellington division of the hundred of South Bradford, in the county of Salop, 3¾, miles to the S.E. of Shrewsbury. It is situated in a pleasant country on the banks of the Severn, at the confluence of the Tern with that river. The turnpike road from Shrewsbury to Wellington passes through this village, and, until the days of railroads, was the great thoroughfare between London and Holyhead. The parish comprises the townships of Berwick, Cronkill, Emstrey, and Uckington, and the hamlet of Chilton."

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)


WELLINGTON, Shropshire

"WELLINGTON, a parish and market town in the hundred of Wellington, county Salop, 10½ miles E. of Shrewsbury, and 7½ S.W. of Newport. It has stations on the Great Western, Birmingham and Shrewsbury, and Shropshire Union railways. Here Charles I on the breaking out of the civil war, first assembled his forces on the 19th September, 1642, and delivered in person the address recorded by Clarendon."

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)




THE TRACTION ENGINE FATALITY.—James Blockley, Wellington, was summoned for being drunk whilst in charge of a traction engine, on the 27th ult. Mr. Carrane (Wellington), defended.—Sergeant Davies (Dawley) said from what he had heard he went to the New Works, Little Wenlock, in company with Police-constable Adams, and when he got there about 4-30 in the afternoon he found in the middle of the highway a traction engine and thrashing box, and close by was lying the dead body of a man. He saw Blockley there in a drunken condition; he was not in a fit state to go on with the engine. Witness eventually gave his consent for the son of Mr. Brassington (owner of the engine) to proceed with the engine. The defendant was the driver of the engine. — Police-constable Adams corroborated, as also did Police-constable Cumpstone.— Thomas Jones, butcher, New Works, who was summoned for the prosecution, stated that he saw the defendant on the day in question; he had undoubtedly had a drop of beer, yet he considered him to be competent to go on with the work.— This was the case for the prosecution, and Mr. Carrane contended that in view of the evidence of the last witness the case should be dismissed, but the Bench decided to go on with the case. — The defendant then stated that he had been an engine driver for 14 years. He was not a teetotaller, and on the day in question he only called at one public-house, and had a sip out of a quart. He was not drunk.—Charles Brassington, proprietor of the engine, stated that he never saw the defendant the worse for beer, and he saw him on the day in question.— William Swain (a roadman employed by the County Council.), Ephraim Morris, John Poulter. (flagman), and Thomas Powell all gave evidence in favour of the defendant.— The Bench retired, and on returning the Mayor said they had carefully considered the case, and had decided to give defendant the benefit of the doubt.


3rd November 1894  IRONBRIDGE


DRUNKENNESS.—For this offence the following persons were summoned:—Frank Weale and William Harris, at Much Wenlock, by Police-sergeant Darbyshire, and Police-constable Hill—Weale fined 5s. and costs, and Harris 7s. 6d. and costs; Thomas Kent, at Horsehay, by Police-constable Cumpstone, fined 2s. 6d. and costs; William Farr, at Willey, by Superintendent Walters and Police-constable Munslow fined 5s. and costs; Henry Trevis, at Madeley Wood by Police-sergeant Roberts, fined £1, including costs; John Williams, at Much Wenlock, by Police-sergeant Derbyshire, fined 2s. 6d. and costs; Henry Harris, at Broseley, by Police-constable Harris, fined 5s. and costs.—Abraham and Henry Potts were charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Seven Stars Inn, on the 12th October. Samuel Danks (landlord) and Police-constable Harris proved the case. Henry Potts was fined £1 and costs, and Abraham £1, including costs.—John Lloyd was charged with a similar offence at Wenlock. Police-sergeant Darbyshire proved the case, and defendant was fined £1, including costs.—Lloyd was also charged with being drunk on another occasion. Police-constable Hill proved the offence.


4th June 1904 BROSELEY.


ILLEGAL FISHING.— Robert Smith, moulder, Coalbrookdale was charged with a breach of the Severn Fishery By-laws.—William Cumpstone, water bailiff for the Board of Conservators, deposed that he saw the defendant in a coracle on the Severn at the bottom of Coalbrookdale, laying night-lines, and the next morning witness concealed himself in some bushes, and saw defendant pull out five night-lines. Several eels were caught. Defendant gave witness a wrong name, and asked him not to do anything.—Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 14s., including costs.—The Mayor did not adjudicate in this case.