On 4th April 2011 I received a message from  Catherine at

 ‘You’ve  got a will from this lady in 1833. I wonder if you know anything about her roots, please ?  I suspect she’s a distant (Rogers) relative of mine, and I was wondering whether you knew anything else about her.’

I replied as follows: you will see under the Shropshire pages that I have quite a lot of data on this family but I can’t tie her in yet.  It would be really helpful if you could tell me a little more about your own ancestry to see if we can work together to solve the connection.  It is clear that her brother was Richard Rogers.   I suggest that Wm Cumpstone on this page was related to Mary.  Check out this family:

 CUMPSTON search Batch Number: C048861   International Genealogical Index


THOMAS COMPSON Christening: 29 NOV 1818 Shifnal, Shropshire, JAMES COMPSON  Christening: 06 APR 1821 Shifnal, Shropshire, EDWARD COMPSON Christening: 27 JUL 1823 Shifnal, Shropshire, see child below in 1851

 I wonder if this Mary is the one – she had 3 children between 1818 and 1823 and then no more.  A will about 1833 could have been hers.  When searching look at all the options of spelling – take a look at my variants pages


Does anyone recognise this family?


About mallerstang

Member of the Guild of One Name Studies researching the name CUMPSTON and its variants. You can see my website at I have a new study of the name LAXEN with its own blog at and a further research blog which is not registered as a one name study of KNAGGS of Flamborough
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