Amelia Croucher [Croft (Crofts)] (1785-1855)


Birth: 1785 Froyle, Hampshire, UK
Father: George Croucher b1760-1794
Mother: Ann Mills 1749-1819

Christening: 27 March 1785 St. Mary, Upper Froyle, Hampshire, UK

Marriage: Unknown
Husband: William Croft (Crofts) c1781-1821?

Death: September 1855 St Mary, Culford, Suffolk, UK
Burial: 13 September 1855 St Mary, Culford, Suffolk, UK


John Croft 1809-a1851
Anne Crofts 1813
Elizabeth Crofts 1813
Louisa Croft 1819
Charles Crofts 1822


Christening of Amelia Croucher in the IGI on 27 March 1785 in Froyle, Hampshire, UK, parents Geo Croucher and Ann. There is also an entry in Froyle Baptisms for Amelia Croucher, daughter of George Croucher and Ann on 27 March 1785. Fern McLiesh has an entry in RootsWeb WorldConnect for the birth of Amelia Croucher on 27 March 1785, parents George Groucher and Ann Mills.

Entry in Ancestry All Suffolk, England, Extracted Parish Records results for Wm. Croft, of Culford, s. m., & Amelia Croucher, of Fornham St. Geneveve, s. w., at Culford. Surety: Saml Croft, of Fornham St. Martin, Book: 12.The Hearth Tax. Charles 2nd., Collection: Suffolk: Sudbury - Marriage Licences, 1782-1814.

In the 1841 census as Amelia Croft aged 50 (rounded down to a multiple of 5), not born in Suffolk, a laundress, and living with a John Gale (aged 9 and born in Suffolk) in Long Brackland, St James, Bury St Edmunds.

In the 1851 census as Amelia Croft aged 65, born in Froyle, Hampshire, a widow living with her son John Croft, his wife (Jane), their son (John Henry), and three daughters (Emily, Jane Mary, and Louisa Ann), a servant (Ann Dixson) and a visitor (John Grimely Lenny) at 19 Hatter St, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The first three children were born in West Stow, but Anne and Elizabeth are spelt Crofts rather than Croft. Louisa was born in Suffolk. I am not sure whether Charles was Amelia's son - he was born in Culford, but the mothers name is given as Emily and there was a William Crofts and Emilia (spelt various ways) Small married in Bedford in 1812 who had several several children - I think she died in St Neots, Bedfordshire in 1856.

There is an entry in FreeBMD for the death of Amelia Croft in July-September 1855 in Thingoe (4a 270) which covered the area north of Bury St Edmunds including Culford. There is an entry in FamilyHistoryOnline Suffolk Burials for Amelia Croft on 13 September 1855 aged 70 at Culford St Mary.

Tom Croucher in Australia has analysed the Will of Thomas Croucher (c. 1751-1822) made on 31st July 1822, and two Codicils dated 12th October 1822 and 1st November 1822. The second paragraph and first bequeaths reads:

No relationship is stated, but Tom guesses that these may be related and may be John Croucher, born in 1777, Thomas Croucher born 1778, and Amy Croft who may be Amelia Croucher born 1785, a sister of the John and Thomas Croucher of Froyle (and children of George and Ann). The flaw is that I believe that both John and Thomas were servants/footmen and John died in 1823.

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