Clara Croucher


Birth: July-September 1841 Churt, Surrey, UK
Father: Charles Croucher 1790-1843
Mother: Charlotte Shrub 1801-1895

Christening: Unknown

Marriage: 3 March 1866, St Mary the Virgin, Frensham, Surrey
Husband: Henry Matthews 1838

Death: After 1901


Matthew Henry Croucher 1861
Alice Matthews 1866
Rosa Matthews 1867
Albert Matthews 1869
William Matthews 1871
Alfred Matthews 1873
Allan Matthews 1875
Edith Mary Matthews 1878


According to my father's records, she was known as Clara, and had a large number of children from which the large family of Mathews (sic) are descended.

No entry for her birth in FreeBMD - however birth of Clara Croucher in Register of Births in July-September 1841 in Farnham (iv 130).

There is a christening for a son Matthew Henry Croucher with no father in the IGI. He was born some 5 years before the marriage, but the simularity between his name, and her future husband's indicate he was the father.

Clara Croucher and Harry Matthews were witnesses at the marriage of her brother John and Elizabeth Baker in Frensham in 1859.

Entry in the 1861 census for Clare (sic - on the original and in the index) Croucher, aged 19, born in Frensham, Surrey, and living with her widowed mother, and son (Mathew H Croucher) in Churt, Frensham. In the 1861 census the index entry is Clara with no surname.

Entry for the marriage of Clara Croucher and Henry Matthews in the IGI. However her husband is not the Henry Matthews born in Frensham, but the one born in Thursley from the 1881 census. The marriage is in FreeBMD January-March 1866 in the Farnham District (2a 81).

In the 1871 census as Clara Matthews aged 29, born in Churton (sic), and living with her husband, three sons (Albert, Henry and William) and two daughters (Alice and Rose) at an unnamed adress two houses from the Crossways P.H., and next door to Charlotte Croucher (her mother) so this must be Squirrels/Hale House.

In the 1881 census as Clara Matthews aged 39 born in Churt, and living with her husband and four sons (Albert, Alfred, Allan and William) and twodaughters (Edith and Rose) at Hale House Farm, Frensham (actually Churt).

In the 1891 census asw Clara Matthews aged 49, born in Churt, and living with her husband, two sons (Alfred and Allan) and a daughter (Edith Mary) at Squirrels Farm, Churt.

In the 1901 census aged 59, born in Churt, and living with her husband, and son (Allan) , daughter (Edith) and granddaughter (Rosalina) at Hale House, Churt. It is not clear who the parents of Rosalina Matthews were.

According to my father's records Henry Matthews was living at Twyford Villa, Jumps Road in about 1908.

Hale House dates to before 1572, and included a large amount of land dating back to the 13th century. It was owned by The Queens College, Oxford in the late 1600s. (P. Brooks Churt: A Medieval Landscape).


I am her great grandnephew and second cousin three times removed.

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