(Frank) Alban (Allan) Thomas Croucher (1855-1891)


Birth: 12 January 1855 St Martins in the Fields, Westminster, Middlesex, UK
Father: Frank William Croucher c1820-1885
Mother: Selina Bethney c1824-1860

Christening: Unknown

Marriage: 8 October 1882 St Leonards, Shoreditch, Middlesex, UK
Wife: Emily Jane Cawdery (Cordery) [Hales] 1863-1945

Death: 7 March 1891 Ballyglass, Belmullet, Mayo, Ireland


Caroline Emily Selina Croucher 1883
Alban Thomas Joseph Croucher 1885-1917
Leonard Charles Croucher 1887-1927
Frank William Croucher 1890-1974
Sydney Herbert Croucher 1891


I cannot find any information on his birth or christening and even his name is uncertain - Alban or Allan. There is however an entry in FreeBMD for the birth of Frank Alban Croucher in January-March 1856 in St Martin (1a 310) and I believe this was him although he never used the name Frank.

His mother died in 1860 at St Martin in the Fields.

In the 1861 census as Alban (sic - on the original) S (sic - in the index, could be a T on the orginal) Croucher aged 6, born in Westminster St Martin in The Fields, and living with his widowed father (Frederic), a housekeeper (Eliza Croucher not married - I assume this was Eliza Challenor who his father married in 1865), three brothers (Ferdinand F, Horace and Malcolm J), and three sisters (Emma Jane, Julia A and Trevinia M) at 1 Kings Head Yard, Long Acre, Westminster St Martin in the Fields, Middlesex. Another family lived at the same address

In the 1871 census as Allan (sic - on the orginal) Croucher aged 15, born in St Giles, Middlesex, and living with his father (Frank Wm), four brothers (Alfred, Arthur, Ferdin and and Horace), and sister (Anne) and three (half)sisters (Emma, Julia and Louisa) at 23 Little Newport Street, St Anne Soho, Westminster. Another five families lived at the same address.

Marriage of Allan (sic - on the typed original) Thomas Croucher and Eliza Jane Cawdery in FreeBMD in October-December 1882 in Strand (1b 1047).

His children were born in Sheerness in 1883, 65 Maysoule Road, Wandsworth in 1885 when his occupation was a carpenter, Chatham in 1887, and Mayo in 1880. His last son was born after his death.

Entry in Ancestry All Ireland, Civil Registration Deaths Index, 1864-1958 for Alban Croucher aged 36 in January-March 1891 in Belmullet (4 50).

There are several entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Alban Thomas Croucher born on 12 January 1855 in St Martins in the Fields, London, parents Frank William Croucher and Sophy Selina Bethley, his marriage to Emily Jane Cawdery on 8 October 1882 at St Leonards, Shoreditch, his five children, and his death on 7 March 1891 in Ballyglass, Ireland. However Heather Galerpt gives his parents as Frederick Croucher and Eliza Sheelan (Eliza Sheehan was a member of another family living at the same address in the 1861 census).

The following is from the National Archives sent by Tony Croucher:

The following email came from Heather:

Blacksod Bay is to the north of Achill Island. Belmullet at its northern end is some 55 miles NW of Ballyglass. There is a description of Blacksod Bay in the Windsor Magazine Vol X 1899 p347 extracted from a letter from a coastguard.


Alban Thomas Croucher was the grandfather of David Reginald Croucher, husband of Patricia Ann Ashford, my half third cousin once removed.

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