Canon John Shearme and Margaret Stewart

Canon John Shearme.

Canon John Shearme was born March 20th 1842 and married Mary Stewart in 1881 and had one son John Henry Edward . John and Margaret lived in Upwood , St Johns in and about 1925 where he died in his 83rd year .


The REV. JOHN SHEARME – was the third Vicar of Ryde, from 1892 to 1905. Away from the Church he was Chairman of the School Board and active in other town affairs. He was genial with a great capacity for making friends.
Isle of Wight Times 18 February 1892 – The Vicar of Ryde at Osborne – The new Vicar of Ryde (Rev. John Shearme, M.A.) had the honour of officiating at Osborne, on Sunday, at Divine Service, the Queen, and members of the Royal Family at Osborne being present. The Vicar inscribed his autograph in the Queen’s birthday book.
On another occasion he recalled how he had to preach the 6.30 evening service wearing black silk stockings and knee breeches under his cassock, got through
his sermon by 7.40, donned his evening coat and jumped into a fly, which took less than an hour to reach Osborne.

Pall Mall Gazette – Wednesday 4th April 1917

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Margaret Shearme nee Stewart..

ISLE OF WIGHT TIMES Thursday 23rd December 1940

Mrs. Mary Stewart SHEARME, the widow of Canon John SHEARME, a vicar of Ryde from 1892 until 1905, died on Tuesday at “The Elms,” Great Preston Road, Ryde, at the advanced age of 90. Exceedingly well-known and loved in Ryde, where she had resided for many years, Mrs. SHEARME was exceptionally active and was still able to a large extent to pursue her literary interests. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Henry Fowler BROADWOOD, of Surrey, and a descendent of John BROADWOOD, the originator of the BROADWOOD piano, and herself possessed considerable musical talent. During the period of her husband’s ministry in Ryde, Mrs. SHEARME did most useful and lasting work in the parish, having a particularly keen interest in the All Saint’s Mother’s Union and Girl’s Friendly Society. With Canon SHEARME, she formerly resided at Upwood, Ryde, and in recent years had been a worshipper at St. John’s Church, where she had been enrolling member of the Mother’s Union.


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