Alfred George Croucher (1838-1911)

Dates

Birth: 1838 Froyle, Hampshire, UK
Father: George Croucher 1807-1877
Mother: Sarah Westbrook 1804-1877

Christening: 18 November 1838 St Mary, Upper Froyle, Hampshire, UK

Marriage: October-December 1862 Portsea, Hampshire, UK
Wife: Esther Ralphs c1840-1922

Death: July-September 1911 Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Children

Sarah Ann Croucher [Parkes] 1863-a1911
Fanny Louisa Croucher [Kingston] 1867-a1911
Mary Elizabeth Croucher 1870-a1911
Amy Croucher 1874-a1911

Notes

Entry in FreeBMD for the birth of Alfred George Croucher in October-December 1838 in Alton (7 20).

Christening of Alfred George Croucher in Froyle Parish Records on 18 November 1838, son of George (schoolmaster) and Sarah.

In the Froyle 1841 census as Alfred Croucher, aged 3, and living with his parents (George and Sarah), brother (Samuel) and two sisters (Mary and Sarah) in Lower Froyle.

In the Froyle 1851 census as Alfred Croucher aged 12, and living with his parents (George and Sarah), brother (Samuel) and three sisters (Elizabeth, Louisa and Mary) in Lower Street, Froyle.

In the 1861 census as Alfred George Croucher aged 22, born in Froyle, Hampshire, unmarried, employed as a smith and lodging with William Wheatley (aged 69, born in Nattaly, Hampshire and employed as a smith), his wife Edith (aged 63 and born in Frensham, Surrey) and their son Joseph (aged 23, born in Basingstoke and employed as a coach maker) at New Road, Bashingstoke, Hampshire.

Entry in FreeBMD for the marriage of Alfred George Croucher and Esther Ralphs in October-December 1862 in Portsea (2b 772).

In the 1871 census as Alfred G Croucher aged 32, born in Froyle, Hampshire, employed as a millwright? in HM Dockyard, and living with his wife (Esther), and their three daughters (Fanny, Mary Ann and Sarah A) at 64 StauntonStreeet, Kingston, Portsea, Hampshire.

In the 1881 census as Alfred G Croucher, aged 42, born in Froyle, Hampshire, employed as a ship fitter in HM dockyard and living with his wife (Esther), and four daughters (Amy, Fanny L, Mary E and Sarah A) at 141 Somers Road, Portsea, Hampshire.

In the 1891 census as Alfred G Croucher aged 52, born in Froyle, Hampshire, employed as an engine fitter in HM dockyard, and living with his wife (Esther), and three daughters (Amy, Fanny L and Mary E) at 149 Somer's Road, Landport, Portsea, Hampshire.

In the 1901 census as Alfred G Croucher aged 62, born in Froyle, Hampshire, a retired fitter, and living with his wife (Esther),and two daughters (Amy and Mary E) at 149 Somers Road, Portsmouth.

In the 1911 census as Alfred George Croucher aged 72 and living with Esther (wife?) and Amy and Mary Elizabeth (daughters?) in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Death of Alfred G Croucher in FreeBMD in July-September 1911 aged 72 in Portsmouth (2b 714).

Although not listed in RootsWeb, the following attributed to Alfred Croucher born 1877 in Port Carling, obvious applies to this Alfred. "Apprenticed to a blacksmith after travelling in parts of England. In charge of the heavy amour plate shop in Portsmouth dockyard. He was aboard the HMS Thunderer when her boilers exploded, but escaped injury as he was on the deck. The explosion happened on 14th July 1876".

The following appears in Ancestry Messages from Marilyn Gonneau to Tom Croucher (4 July 2002): Hi Tom: I read yours and Elaina's e-mails looking for info on Alfred Croucher. I have been doing research on the Gonneau family for many years, and the Gonneau and Croucher families joined twice through your great-grandfather Samuel's line. If I can give you any help with that line, let me know. The only reference I have to Samuel's brother Alfred, comes from a copy of George William Croucher's autobiography, "my only Uncle Alfred (father's only brother) was apprenticed to a blacksmith, he after travelling in parts of England getting into Portsmouth Dockyard. The last I heard of him as being the Chief of the Heavy Armour Plate Shop there. He was on board the H.M.S.Thunderer at the time of the explosion of her boilers, but happened to be just coming on deck, he escaped injury. His wife, Aunt Esther, was a nice person as I remember her. They had three daughters, who I think were all teachers at Portsmouth and other parts of England."

There are two entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Alfred George Croucher born about 1839 in Froyle, mother Sarah Westbrook. Another two entries add his father George Croucher. Another adds his death in Portsmouth in 1901 (sic). Another entry gives his birth in 1838 and death im 1901. Another adds his marriage to Esther Ralphs in 1862 and the four children but still gives his death in 1901. Another adds an extra daughter Mary Ann (based on the incorrect 1871 census entry) and an early version of this page.

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