Inherited Craziness
A place to share all the nuts found on my family tree

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

William Hockley and Mary Ann Day

The George, E14
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Corner of the former East Ferry Road and Glengall Road, both now renamed Glengall Grove.

William Hockley, born William Crow, son of Eliza Crow, Single Woman, married Mary Ann Day (bap. 21 Jul 1844 at All Saints, Writtle, Chelmsford), daughter of Thomas Day and Rose Knight, in 1865 in Bethnal Green, London.

The marriage is the first time William has used the surname Hockley. At 19 in 1861, he was still listed as William Crow, but it was finding Mary Ann looking after his brother Daniel's son, that led me to find him. If there was any doubt that this is the same man, just look at the naming pattern of the kids.

William and Mary Ann had twelve children:
  1. Tamar Rose Eliza Hockley b. 1866 S Quarter in MILE END OLD TOWN Volume 01C Page 524. Died, aged 15, in 1881 S Quarter in POPLAR
  2. Frederick William Hockley b. 1868 M Quarter in MILE END OLD TOWN Volume 01C Page 624. Died, aged 5, in 1873  J Quarter in POPLAR
  3. Alice Jane Hockley b. 1869 D Quarter in POPLAR Vol 01C Page 714
  4. Laura Lucy Hockley b. 1871 D Quarter in POPLAR Vol 01C Page 675
  5. Charles John Hockley b. 31 Mar 1873 J Quarter in POPLAR 01C 668
  6. Hannah Elizabeth Hockley b. 1875 M Quarter in POPLAR 01C 746
  7. Edith Caroline Hockley b. 1877 M Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 756, bap. 25 Feb 1877 at Christ Church Isle Of Dogs, Manchester Road
  8. Ben Albert Hockley b. 1878 D Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 715. Died 1878 D Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 504
  9. Maud Day Hockley b. 1879 D Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 757. Died, aged 1, in 1881 M Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 526
  10. Daniel Hockley b. 1882 M Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 742
  11. Arthur Hockley b. 27 Oct 1883 D Quarter in POPLAR Volume 01C Page 704, bap. 9 Dec 1883 at Christ Church Isle Of Dogs
  12. William Hockley b. 13 Apr 1886 J Quarter in POPLAR Vol 01C 688
In 1881, William Hockley (37) Labourer and M A Hockley (36) were living at 55, Glengall Road, Poplar with Tama (sic) Hockley (14), Alice Hockley (11), Laura Hockley (10), Charles Hockley (8), Hannah Hockley (6) and Edith Hockley (4).

In 1891, at 75, Glengall Road, Poplar, London, we find Mary Ann Hockley (49) with Laura Hockley (19) Domestic servant; Charles John Hockley (18) Dock labourer; Daniel Hockley (10), Arthur Hockley (8), William Hockley (5), Christopher Hockley (2) Nephew - son of William's younger brother, Daniel - and John Parker (21) Dock labourer, Boarder. William is not listed in the household and, so far, I have no explanation for his absence.

In 1901, at 77, Glengall Road, Poplar, were William Hockley (59) General labourer, Mary A Hockley (58), Hannah E Hockley (26) Housemaid, Daniel Hockley (19) General labourer and William Hockley (14).

In 1911, still at 77 Glengall Road, Cubitt Town, Poplar, were William Hockley (68) Boro council pensioner - now we know who he had been labouring for - and Mary Ann Hockley (66). All of the kids had flown the nest.

William and Mary Ann Hockley were still in Poplar in 1921

William Hockley died, aged 82, in 1925 M Quarter in Poplar.

Mary Ann Hockley died in 1926 S Quarter in Poplar, also aged 82.

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Thomas Mason and Charlotte Dixon

St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, London
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 Believed to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England, and is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras, although the building itself is largely Victorian.

Thomas Mason, youngest son of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Charlotte Dixon (bap. 29 Dec 1833 in Broxted), daughter of John and Elizabeth Dixon, on 21 Feb 1857 at the parish church of St Mary, Broxted, creating the family's very own Mason–Dixon line (sorry, couldn't resist).

Thomas and Charlotte Mason had at least nine children:
  1. Ellen Mason b. 1857 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 346, bap. 14 Jun 1857 at St Mary, Broxted
  2. Thomas Mason b. 1859 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 329, bap. 11 Dec 1859 at St Mary, Broxted
  3. Isabella Mason b. 1862 J Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 551, bap. 6 May 1862 at St James, Clerkenwell
  4. Evelyn Mason b. 2 May 1864, bap. 22 Jun 1864 at Old St Pancras, died in 1865  M Quarter in PANCRAS  Volume 01B  Page 106
  5. Evelyn Mason b. 18 Dec 1865, reg. 1866 M Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 127, bap. 19 Jan 1866 at Saint Pancras, London
  6. Samuel Mason b. 30 Apr 1868 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 58, bap. 8 Jun 1868 at St Pancras Old Church, Saint Pancras, London
  7. Frederick William Mason b. 9 May 1871 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 77, bap. 14 Jun 1871 at Saint Peter, Saint Pancras, London
  8. Charlotte Elizabeth Mason b. 21 Dec 1873, reg. 1874 J Quarter in PANCRAS Volume 01B Page 61, bap. 21 Jan 1874 at Saint Peter, Saint Pancras, London. Died, aged 7, in 1881 J Quarter in HOLBORN.
  9. Edith Millicent Mason b. 1876 S Quarter in HOLBORN Vol 01B Page 659
In 1861, Thomas Mason (27) Dock labourer was living at 6, Thornhill Street, St Marys Islington, Islington, London with Charlotte Mason (26) and their two children to date: Ellen Mason (3) and Thomas Mason (1).

In 1871, living at Speedy Place, St Pancras, London, were Thomas Mason (37) Deputy turncock (as had been his sister's husband, Abraham Shelford), Charlotte Mason (36), Ellen Mason (13) Cartridge Maker; Thomas Mason (11), Isabella Mason (9), Evelyn Mason (5), Samuel Mason (2).

Thomas Mason must have died roughly between 1875 and 1881, but it hasn't been possible to narrow it down within that time frame.

In 1881, Charlotte Mason (47) Widow, Charwoman (unemployed) was living at 27, Green Street, St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars and St George the Martyr, Holborn with son Thomas Mason (21) Labourer; Isabella Mason (19) Florist artificial; Evelyn Mason (15) Domestic servant; Samuel Mason (12), Frederick William Mason (9) and Charlotte Elizabeth Mason (7).

In 1891, Charlotte Mason (57) Charwoman was living in Hastings Street, St Pancras, London, with her three sons: Thomas Mason (31) General labourer; Samuel Mason (22) Ostler and Frederick Mason (19) General labourer.

In 1901, Charlotte Mason, (60ish) was listed as Widow, Charwoman, Mother-in-law, living with William J Uttridge - married to Ellen Mason - at 5, Brantholme Place, St Pancras, along with Samuel Mason (32).

There are no more records that can confidently be attributed to Charlotte and it hasn't been possible to identify the relevant record of her death.

In 1911, Samuel Mason (42) was no longer living with the family and was a Porter and Salesman at Gray's InnGray's Inn Road, St Pancras, London. 

Monday, 8 August 2022

John Mason and Mary Ann Turner

St Mary, Broxted - East end
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John Mason, forth son and fifth child of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Mary Ann Turner (b. 1839), daughter of Henry Turner and Elizabeth Batty, on 27 Sep 1856 at the parish church of St Mary, Broxted.

John and Mary Ann Mason had thirteen children over 29 years:
  1. Emily Mason b. 1856 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 310, bap. 14 Dec 1856 at St Mary, Broxted
  2. George Mason b. 1859 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 382, bap. 19 Jun 1859 at St Mary, Broxted
  3. Unnamed female Mason b. 1861 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 347
  4. Alice Mason b. 1863 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 383, bap. 9 Aug 1863 at St Mary, Broxted
  5. Harriet Mason b. 1866 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 395, bap. 11 Mar 1866 at St Mary, Broxted
  6. Eliza Mason b. 1868 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 383, bap. 12 Jul 1868 at St Mary, Broxted
  7. Ellen Mason b. 1871 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 381, bap. 10 Sep 1871 at St Mary, Broxted
  8. Mary Susan Mason b. 1874 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 417, bap. 12 Apr 1874 at St Mary, Broxted
  9. Ada Mason b. 1876 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 465, bap. 9 Jul 1876 at St Mary, Broxted
  10. Edith May Mason b. 1879 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 488, bap. 13 Jul 1879 at St Mary, Broxted. Died, aged 1, in 1881 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A  Page 269
  11. Charles Alfred Mason b. 1880 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 487, died in 1880 S Quarter in DUNMOW Vol 04A Page 295
  12. Francis Mason b. 1882 M Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 546, bap. 12 Mar 1882 at St Mary, Broxted
  13. Alice Sophia Mason b. 1885 S Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 568, bap. Sophy Mason on 13 Sep 1885 at St Mary, Broxted
The mother's maiden name on all of the birth registrations is TURNER.

In 1871, at 3 Browns End, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex were John Mason (40) Ag Lab with Mary Mason (32), George Mason (12), Alice Mason (7), Harriet Mason (5) and Eliza Mason (3). Emily Mason (14) from Broxted, was working as a Servant to George Leech at the Village Back Street Shop, Little Easton.

In 1881 at (Cottage), Browns End Road, Broxted, Dunmow, Essex were John Mason (51) Ag Lab, Mary A Mason (41), George Mason (22), Eliza Mason (12), Ellen Mason (9), Mary S Mason (7), Ada Mason (4) and Edith M Mason (1).

In 1891, still at Browns End, Broxted, were John Mason (62) Agricultural Labourer, Mary Ann Mason (51), Ada Mason (15) Domestic servant out of place, Frank Mason (9) and Sophia Mason (5).

Mary Ann Mason died, aged 62, in 1901 M Quarter in Dunmow.

In 1901, John Mason (72) Widowed Ordinary Agricultural Labourer was still living in a Cottage Browns End, Broxted, Dunmow with son Frank Mason (19) Ag Lab and daughter Sophia Mason (16) 'At home with father'.

John Mason died, aged 80, in  1908 D Quarter in Dunmow.

Abraham Shelford and Sophia Mason

St James, Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1
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Abraham Shelford (b. 28 May 1823, in Great Easton, Essex), son of William Shelford and Ann Stanes, married Sophia Mason, daughter of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, in the 4th quarter of 1859, in Kensington, London.

Abraham Shelford had previously married Caroline Kitty Collin in the Essex village of Tilty, on 31 Oct 1846, with whom he had a daughter, Mary Ann Shelford, b. 1846 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 12 Page 88, bap. 17 Jan 1847 at St Mary the Virgin, Tilty. However, Caroline Shelford had died, aged just 27, in 1854 J Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 219 and was buried, on 11 May 1854, at St John & St Giles, Great Easton. Their daughter, Mary Ann Shelford died, at 15, in 1862 M Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 424 and was buried, on 5 May 1862, in Hackney, Middlesex.

Abraham and Sophia added three children:
  1. William Shelford b. 1862 J Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 550, bap. 6 May 1862 at St James, Clerkenwell
  2. Alice Shelford b. 1863 D Quarter in CLERKENWELL Volume 01B Page 579, bap. 11 Dec 1863 at St James, Clerkenwell (Nothing after 1881)
  3. Emily Shelford b. 1869 J Quarter in SHOREDITCH Volume 01C Page 155, died in 1870 M Quarter in SHOREDITCH Volume 01C Page 149
In 1861, Abraham Shelford (35) Deputy turncock n r co and Sophia Shelford (34) Deputy turncock's wife - such was the importance of the office - were living at 27, Rodney Street, Clerkenwell, London. Abraham's daughter Mary, listed as 16, was a Domestic servant in the household of William Paton, Upholsterer at 88, Pentonville Road, St James, Clerkenwell.

Turncocks were an official employed to turn on the water for the mains supply. This was done on a schedule: in those times, the water supply was not running all of the time. Abraham Shelford's employer, 'n r co' was undoubtedly the New River Company. The History of the London Water Industry, 1580–1820 (PDF)

In 1871, Abraham Shelford (44) was living at 43 Gifford Street, St Leonard, Shoreditch. On this census, his occupation is listed as Labourer, but I'm not sure I trust its veracity. His place of birth has been written as Great Eastern instead of Great Easton, which they've obviously confused with the SS Great Eastern, because, then someone has added 'At Sea' on the end of it, which is all that got transcribed. :) With him were wife Sarah Shelford (44) from Broxted, Essex and William Shelford (9) and Alice Shelford (7), both born in Pentonville, Middlesex.


In 1881, living at 23, Mary Street, Shoreditch, London, were Abraham Shelford (56) this time his occupation is listed as Waterman, but I'm certain, given his history, that this is as in someone who works for the water company, not the ancient waterways taxi driver. With him were Sarah Shelford (54), William Shelford (19) Carpenter and Alice Shelford (17) Laundress.

Then Sophia Shelford died, aged 56, in 1882 M Quarter in Shoreditch.

In 1891, Abraham Shelford (69) Water turncock, Widower, was living at 69 Tottenham Road, Hackney, London with son, William Shelford (29) Water inspector; Alice Shelford (27) Daughter-in-law and grandchildren: Edith (7), William J (5) and Ernest Shelford (3). (William Shelford married his 1st cousin, Alice Mason, daughter of John Mason and Mary Ann Turner in 1883.)

In 1892, Abraham Shelford married Sarah Maria Wilcox in Hackney. 


Sarah Maria Shelford remarried, in Bethnal Green, in 1898. 

Sunday, 7 August 2022

George Mason and Enough Hollingsworth (née Barker)

Signpost at The Maltings
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The Maltings Broxted is actually the name of the road.

George Mason, son of Samuel Mason and Amelia Baker, married Enough Hollingsworth, around 12-14 years his senior, at St Mary's Church, Broxted on 10 Jul 1847. At first I thought this given name must be a transcription error, but sure enough (pun intended), other records for her are the same. She was born Enough Barker, bap. 9 Dec 1804, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Barker, who we can only guess had a lot of children and didn't want more. 

Enough Barker had previously married Thomas Hollingsworth, in Broxted, on 30 Sep 1822, with whom she was living at Broxted Malting in 1841, along with seven children between the ages of 0 and 15. Thomas Hollingsworth died, aged 43, and was buried on 9 Mar 1845 also at St Mary the Virgin, Broxted. 

George Mason died in 1855 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Volume 04A Page 214. The GRO registration gives his age at death as 37 and he was buried, at St Mary the Virgin, Broxted, on 9 Dec 1855, when his age was given as 35. 

Enough Mason died the following year, 1856 D Quarter in DUNMOW UNION Vol 04A Page 207, aged 51, and was buried on 18 Nov 1856 in Broxted.