Wednesday, 19 May 2021

George Hockley and Eliza Crow

St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow, Essex - Chancel
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George Hockley, son of Daniel Hockley and Sophia Mason, married Eliza Crow, daughter of William Crow and Judith Doe on 6 Nov 1843 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow. The record of the marriage shows that George, as well as both fathers' were labourers and witnesses were John and Jane Burton.

George and Eliza's children included: 

  1. William Crow bap. 17 Nov 1842 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow [1]
  2. Tamer (sic) Hockley born 1844 (Tamar as a female given name) [2]
  3. Daniel Hockley born 1845, bap. 12 May 1850 [3]
  4. Elizabeth Hockley born 1847, bap. 9 Aug 1857 
  5. James Hockley born 24 Apr 1849, bap. 10 Jun 1849
  6. Emma Hockley born 1851, bap 13 Apr 1851
  7. Lucy Hockley born 1852, bap. 8 Aug 1852
  8. Charles Hockley born 1854, bap. 9 Jul 1854
  9. Alice Hockley born 1855, bap. 11 Nov 1855
  10. Sarah Ann Hockley born 1857, bap. 9 Aug 1857
[1] William son of Eliza Crow, Single Woman was baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow on 17 Nov 1842. Her address at the time was given as "Dunmow Union House", i.e. the workhouse. William was reputedly born in 1840, but his age on the 1861 census suggests he was born in 1842 also. He appears not to have been George Hockley's son in that he doesn't take his surname. (There was a record of a death of a William Crow (29) in Romford, in 1871 - which would put his birth in 1842 too - and buried on 20 Dec 1871 at St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley. It's possible that this was him.)

[2] Tamer's birth is listed at the GRO with the mother's maiden name as Crow, but there are no further mentions of her, nor baptism, nor record of a death. 

[3] The only Daniel Hockley registered in Dunmow in 1845 has the mother's maiden name listed at the GRO as "Cross". This could be an error.

George Hockley died, aged just 42, from the all-too-common cause at that time, Phthisis (Tuberculosis (TB)) and was buried on 17 Jul 1857.

In 1861, we find widow, Eliza Hockley (40), still living at Halfway House, Great Dunmow with sons, William Crow (19) and Daniel Hockley (14), both Agricultural Labourers, seemingly supporting their mother and their younger siblings: Elizabeth Hockley (12), James Hockley (10), Emma Hockley (8), Lucy Hockley (7), Charles Hockley (6), Alice Hockley (5) and Sarah (3). 

In 1871, at High Street, Park Corner, Great Dunmow, there are Eliza Hockley (39) - erm, nope, she was 50 - Charwoman, with Charles Hockley (16) Farm Lab and Sarah Hockley (12) Domestic Servant.

On 20 Apr 1872, Eliza Hockley, daughter of William Crow, Labourer, married William Bloomfield, widower, son of Robert Bloomfield, in Felsted

In 1881, William Bloomfield (62) Blacksmith, born in Dunwich, Suffolk, and Eliza Bloomfield (55), are living at Cottage Farm, Banister Green, Felstead.

In 1891, William (73) and Eliza Bloomfield (64) are at Cock Green, Felstead. 

William Bloomfield died, aged 76, in 1893. 

In 1901, Eliza Bloomfield (75) widow living on children, is in the Village, Felsted.

Eliza Bloomfield died in 1906. She will have been 86.

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