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Sheffield Independent 10 Jan 1874

Death of the Father of Florence Nightingale

Mr W E Nightingale, father of Miss Florence Nightingale has died almost suddenly at his residence Embly Manor near Romsey Hampshire.

Mr Nightingales paternal name was Shore. He was the son of William Shore Esq banker of Sheffield who resided at Tapton in Derbyshire and who was the thirds sone of Samuel Shore Esq of Sheffield & Meersbrook. WIlliam Edward Shore was born in February 1794. On attaining his majority he assumed by Royal Licence the name and arms of Nightingale only after his maternal uncle Peter Nightingale of Lea whose estates he inherited. By his marriage with a daughter of the late Mr William Smith MP for Norwich he had two daughters Parthenope the wife of Henry Verney MP and Florence so called from the place of her birth in Italy.

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Thomas, the eldest son of Peter and Anne Nightingale, died November 6, 1755, aged 24. Peter Nightingale, Esquire, son of the above Peter and Anne Nightingale, died June 25, 1803, aged 66. According to Burke, this Peter died unmarried, and had an only sister named Anne, who married George Evans, of Cromford. William Shore, a banker of Sheffield, and residing at Tapton, married Mary, their daughter, and they left issue one son and one daughter, viz. :- William Edward Shore (who assumed the name Nightingale, and married Frances, daughter of William Smith, Esq., of Parndon, in Essex) and Mary, who married Samuel Smith, Esq., son of the above-named William Smith, of Parndon.

The children of William Edward Nightingale were Frances Parthenope (who married, in 1858, Sir H. Verney, Bart.) and Florence, whose disinterested exertions in the cause of the sanitary condition of the British army earned for her a world-wide fame.


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