James Croucher (1847-a1891)


Birth: April-June 1847 Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Father: Charles Croucher c1806-1874
Mother: Mary Vardy c1809-1892

Christening: Unknown

Marriage: Unknown
Wife: Eliza (see notes)

Death: After 1891


Eliza Lydia Croucher 1870-a1891
Alice Maud Louisa Croucher [Winter] 1874-1919
Charlotte Mary Croucher 1872-a1891
Sarah A Croucher c1881-a1891
Louise Ellen Croucher 1882
James Charles Croucher 1883-a1891
Olive Mable Croucher 1885-a1891


Birth of James Croucher in FreeBMD in April-June 1847 in Southampton (7 207)

In the 1851 census as James Croucher aged 3, born in Southampton and living with his parents (Charles and Mary), six brothers (Charles, George, Henry, John, Joseph and William) and sister (Mary) at 100 Grove Street, St. Mary, Southampton.

I cannot find an entry in the 1861 census. He was not living with his parents. He might have been at sea.

In the 1871 census as James Croucher aged 26, born in Christchurch, employed as a sailor, and living with his wife Eliza and daughter Eliza at Spring Place, South Stoneham, Hampshire with his brother George and his family.

In the 1881 census as James Croucher, aged 33, born in Southampton, married, employed as a seaman (merchant marine) and a visitor at David and Jane Gibbs (both aged 54, born in Christchurch and he was employed as a stableman) and their granddaughter Jane Gibbs (aged 5 and born in Lambeth) and a boarder Samuel Vardy at 6 Bond Street, St Barnabas, Lambeth, London. Samual Vardy was aged 64, born in Christchurch and a widower, and employed as a railway labourer. Samual Vardy was aged 64, born in Christchurch and a widower, and employed as a railway labourer. Samual Vardy was the uncle of James, and Jane was his aunt (Samuel and Jane being brother and sister).

The family appear to have moved from Southampton to Poplar, Essex between 1881 and 1883 from the birth of the children in the 1891 census. However the two children James and Olive appear to have been born in the Wandsworth District, not Poplar, in the Register of Births.

In the 1891 census as James Croucher aged 46, born in Southampton, employed as a general labourer, and living with his wife, son (James) and three daughters (Charlotte, Olive and Sarah) at 51 Ordnance Road, West Ham, Essex. Ordnance Road is a few yards NE of Canning Town DLR station. (His daughter Alice was living about a mile away in 1901).

I cannot find an entry in the 1901 census for any of the family except for Alice.

I cannot identify who his wife was. She is recorded as being born in Southampton, Christchurch and Shepton Mallett, Somerset in the censuses, but born in about 1845 in all of them. In the 1881 census she was the head of the family, married and living with her four daughters (Alice, Charlotte, Eliza L, and Sarah A), but no husband at 49 Melbourne St, St Mary, Southampton.

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