In 1861 the farm had reduced by 5 acres and Richard now employed two people, although he no longer had servants living in his household. On 7th April, census day his household comprised:¹

Richard Shufflebotham, 46 a farmer of 87 acres employing 2

Elizabeth Shufflebotham, 32, his wife

John Shufflebotham, 21 his son, a carter (possibly for his father)

Roger Shufflebotham, 20, his son, an agricultural labourer (possibly on his father's farm)

Elizabeth Shufflebotham, 18, his daughter, a house servant

Ann Shufflebotham 15, his daughter also a house servant.

In 1861 a Thomas Shufflebotham, 60, born Rushton, now lived at Crowborough,  with his wife Dinah and he is listed as a "labourer" of 5 acres 2 rods². Is it possible that this Thomas is the brother of Richard and he has been allocated 5 of the original 92 acres to farm. The 1841 census records a Thomas Shufflebotham (rounded age 25) living  at Horton Common, with Ambrose Shufflebotham (rounded age 55) a potter, next door to a William Shufflebotham (rounded age 25), also a potter. No occupation is given for Thomas and there is no mention of Richard, although it is possible that by 1841 many of the siblings would have moved out. There are also many other Shufflebothams in area covered by the same sction of the census


1861 Census ¹RG 9/1947/147 and ²RG 9/1947/142 p9

Parish of Horton in Staffordshire

Enumeration District 20: Blackwood and Crowborough

1841 census HO 107/1004/4 p6

Parish of Horton in Staffordshire

Enumeration district: Horton Hay