Gentleshaw Staffordshire Family History Guide

Gentleshaw is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Staffordshire, created in 1840 from Longdon Ancient Parish and Cannock Ancient Parish.
Alternative names: Gentleshawe
Other places in the parish include: Gentleshaw, Cannock, Cannock Wood, Hednesford and Leacroft.
Parish church:
Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1837
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1837

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Independent/Congregational.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Burntwood
  • Farewell
  • Cannock
  • Longdon

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

GENTLESHAWE, a chapelry in Longdon and Cannock parishes, Stafford; in Cannock Chase, 4 miles E of Cannock r. station, and 5 S of Rugeley. It was constituted in 1840; and it has a post office under Rugeley. Rated property, £1,400. Pop., 625. Houses, 138. Pop. of the Longdon portion, 311. Houses, 73. The property is divided among a few. The surface is aggregately very high; and includes the eminence of Castlehill, which commands a view of parts of nine counties. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £100. Patron, alternately the Bishop of Lichfield and the Dean and Chapter. The church was reported in 1859 to need repair.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

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Birth Marriage and Death Records

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England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991
England Marriages, 1538–1973
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008
England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007
England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005
England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988
Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988
Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977
United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Grave Indexes

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Migration and Naturalisation Records

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Newspaper Archives

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Census Records

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England and Wales Census, 1861
England and Wales Census, 1871
England and Wales Census, 1881
England and Wales Census, 1891
England and Wales Census, 1901
England and Wales National Register, 1939

Probate and Court Records

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

Military Records

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935
United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913
United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941
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County: Staffordshire
Civil Registration District: Lichfield; Penkridge
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Lichfield
Poor Law Union: Lichfield
Hundred: East Cuttlestone; South Offlow
Province: Canterbury