Thomas Nightingale was the son of John Nightingale [-1708]and Frances.

Thomas Nightingale was servant to John Marshall, a farmer of Lindway Lane. He worked hard, earning money by lead mining. John Spateman of Wessington befriended Thomas, and it was from him he bought and inherited land and property in Lea [Derbyshire] including Lea Hall and the Lead Smelting Works. By the end of the century he owned nearly all the land from Lea to Cromford to Wakebridge.

He married Katherine Bowler [1672-1742].

Children of Thomas Nightingale and Katherine Bowler: Henry [1702-1780], Peter [1705-1763], Job[1713-1731], Rebecca, Catherine and Paul.

The son of Thomas Nightingale [165-1734]and Katherine Bowler [1672-1742].  Peter Nightingale originated from Wirksworth, Derbyshire.  At that time it was the prosperous area of the lead mining industry.  It was from lead that he made his considerable wealth.

He married three times, Elizabeth Alisbrook, she was previously married to Gervase Dodd, Elizabeth Lowe and Anne Cheetham,he only had children with his third wife Anne Cheetham who he married in 1732.  His marriage to Ann Cheetham was the only one to produce children

Children of Peter Nightingale and Anne Cheetham:  Anne [1733-1815], Peter [1737-1803], Thomas [1731-1755], Elner.

The daughter of Peter Nightingale and Anne Cheetham.  She married George Evans 1726-1808], from Upper Bonsall Derbyshire the son of Edmund Evans and Rebecca Gell.

Children of George Evans and Anne Nightingale: Mary [1761-1853], Elizabeth [-1852] and George [-1769]

The son of Peter Nightingale and Anne Cheetham.  Peter inherited Lea Hall, Derbyshire, on the death of his father. Also the lead and mineral rights all round Derbyshire, in addition to the smelting works.

In 1784 he built a factory at Lea Bridge for producing cotton, which was powered by a water wheel, it was later taken over by the Smedley family in 1807.  In 1770 Peter became the High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1770. He was to become an influential Landowner, and acquired the manors of Cromford and Wakebridge.

He never married and his estate was left in trust to his great-nephew, William Edward Shore. [When he came of age in 1815, he changed his name to Nightingale.]

Peter Nightingale was the great-uncle of Miss Florence Nightingale. He was buried at Ashover alongside his parents and other family members. He was unmarried, although he had at least one illegitimate child – Mary Browne who married James Sweetenham.

In 1775 he was the defendant in a case at the Court of Common Pleas, London regarding a carding patent; the plaintiff was Sir Richard Arkwright, who won the case.

The son of Peter Nightingale and Anne Cheetham.

The son of Peter Nightingale and Anne Cheetham.

The son of William Shore and Mary Evans.  He graduated at Cambridge University.

William Edward Shore assumed the surname of Nightingale by Royal Sign Manual dated 21 February 1815, having been made heir by his Great Uncle Peter Nightingale of Woodend and Lee, in Derbyshire Esq, High Sheriff.  He had inherited the estate through an ental, this meant that upon his death the estate could not be sold or be bequeathed, it had to be kept in the family. Therefore upon his death the estate would pass to a son if there was one, or to the son of his nearest descendant, so it would continue in the family.

By his early twenties he had an annual income of seven to eight thousand pounds, which made him a very wealthy man.  William liked to live as a country gentleman, indulging in hunting and shooting.

William married Frances Smith the daughter of William Smith MP in 1818.  He owed two estates, Lea Hurst in Derbyshire, and Embley Park in Hampshire.

William was High Sheriff for Hampshire in 1829.  With an interest in politics, he stood for Parliament as Whig candidate for Andover, in Hampshire, in the Summer of 1834. Supporting the Reform Bill, and openly opposing any form of bribery, for the `Encouragement’ of the electors, his views cost him the election. This left him disgusted, and he resolved never to be persuaded to attempt an entry into political life again.

Children of William Edward Nightingale and Frances Smith:  Frances Pathenope [1819-1890], and Florence [1820-1910].

The daughter of William Edward Nightingale and Frances Smith. She was born in 1818 in Italy and died in May 1890. She married Sir Harry Verney on 24 June 1858, at Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire.

The daughter of William Edward Nightingale and Frances Smith.



2 thoughts on “Nightingale

  1. Great site! I am a descendant of Thomas Shore/Nightingale’s wife, Mary Lomas. Your site has been a great help with researching the Nightingale connections on my family tree. Thank you!

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