Charles Slape was born in Norfolk about 1788. Sarah was born about 1790 in Bosham, Sussex.
Charles and Sarah were married on 13 December 1811 at St, Thomas Church in Old Portsmouth. The marriage entry is signed by Charles and Sarah made her mark.
Sarah and Charles had at least 11 children all of whom were baptised at St. Thomas Church. All of the children were born in what is
Children of Charles Slape and Sarah Martin
|Name||Date of Birth in Portsmouth||Date of Baptism at St.Thomas Church||Married to||Date of Death||Place of Death|
|Amelia||June 30, 1837|
|Eliza||December 25, 1819||1822||Portsmouth|
|Louise||January 28, 1818|
|Mary Anne||Mar 1, 1816||1816||Portsmouth|
|Sarah||December 14, 1828|
|Mary Anne||January 14, 1820|
|Charles Thomas||1814||August 16, 1814||Elizabeth||after 1881|
|George Thomas||January 1822||January 30, 1822||Sarah Good||1870||Portsmouth|
|William Robert||1824||May 16, 1824|
|Eliza||October 13, 1825|
|The Slape family show up in the 1841
census in lower part of the the right hand side of the following page:
The entry shows Charles and Sarah with five of their children. This census did not record the place of birth but did record whether or not the person was born in the county (Hampshire). This census shows all of the family as being born in Hampshire and we note that this is at variance with the 1851 census. [note: to find this entry in the ancestry.com listings of the 1841 census you will need to search for Charles Sleepe]
The entry has a couple of interesting aspects. Firstly the address for the family is the Sally Port in Portsmouth. While much of Portsmouth was destroyed during WWII bombing the buildings covered on these pages of the census still exist. The next interesting thing is to note that of the children George, aged 18 is living with the family. The next entry is for the the Good family, listing Eliz. Good and two daughters, Emma and Sarah. Now this Sarah Good is the one that married George Slape in 1856. The following photo shows Tower Lane in 2002.
The 1851 census finds Charles and Sarah living at
Court. They have two unmarried, older sons, George and William,
living at home with
them. All of the men are listed as being mariners. Here we see that
both Charles and Sarah are identified as having been born out of the
county, Charles in Norfolk with the county of Hants apparently crossed
out, and Sarah coming from Bosham in Suffolk county. Although we have
not been able to find a link to Charles in Norfolk it would seem that
we are more likely to pursue his roots there than in Hampshire.
Charles died on 27 August 1852 at the age of 63. He was buried at St. Thomas Church.
There is a death of a Sarah Slape in Portsmouth in the last quarter of 1872. That Sarah Slape is said to be 91 at the time of death, which would make the birth year about 1881, approximately 10 years before
the birth of our Sarah. This is likely the actual death of our Sarah and reflects an error in the death registration. It will be necessary to check the registration record to look for the location of death and any
other information which would confirm or refute this hypothesis.
 census of England, 1841, 1851
 Parish Records, St. Thomas Church
 obtain further details on the children of Charles and Sarah and on their own lives
 Derek Slape for this information on Charles and
Sarah which is taken
from his notes.
 Denise Slapp in Australia for providing the link to the 1841 census listing.
This document is 'in progress'. Any errors are mine. Contributions to this account of Charles Slape and his family would be much appreciated.
last modified 22 Janyary 2010