Lavinia Caroline Croucher [Carruthers] (1871-1943)


Birth: 1 December 1871 Chatham Hill, Chatham, Kent, UK
Father: Alban (Albert) Thomas Croucher 1833-1902
Mother: Mary Ann Kemsley 1829-1905

Christening: Unknown

Marriage: 26 December 1896 Christ Church, Luton, Kent, UK
Husband: William Benjamin Carruthers 1872-1960

Death: 8 April 1943 28 Thorold Road, Chatham, Kent, UK


William Herman Carruthers 1897-1942
Charles Robert Carruthers 1900-1986


Birth of Lavinia Caroline Croucher in FreeBMD in January-March 1872 in Medway (2a 480).

In the 1881 census as Levena Croucher (sic - in the index, original illegible) aged 9, born in Chatham, Kent and living with her parents (Albion Thomas and Mary Ann), three brothers (Charles, Frederick and Thomas), and two sisters (Ada Mary and Ellen Sarah) at 258 New Road, Chatham, Kent.

In the 1891 census as Lavinia Croucher aged 19, born in Chatham, Kent, single, a dressmaker and living with her parents (Alban T and Mary), two sisters (Ada and Ellen) and two nephews ( two sons George and Leonard) in four rooms at 258 New Road, Chatham, Kent.

Marriage of Lavinia Caroline Croucher and William Benjamin Carruthers in FreeBMD in October-December 1896 in Medway (2a 1094). Her sister Ellen Sarah married John Robert Carter on the same page.

Entry in the IGI and in Ancestry England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 for Lavinia Caroline Croucher aged 25, father Alban Thomas Croucher, and William Benjamin Carruthers on 26 December 1896 in Luton, Kent.

A copy of her registration of marriage states: "1896 Marriage solemnized at Christ Church in the Parish of Luton in the County of Kent. No 108 Dec 26 1896 William Benjamin Carruthers, Bachelor and Smith of 43 Hartland Street, father John George Carruthers, a Smith and Lavinia Caroline Croucher, Spinster of 258 New Rd, father Alban Thomas Croucher, a Carpenter. Married in the Parish Church of Luton according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England after Banns in the Presence of us Alban Thomas Croucher and Ada Mary Croucher."

Her sons were born in Chatham in 1898 and 1900.

In the 1901 census as Lavinia Carratham (sic in the index, original illegible) aged 30, born in Chatham, Kent, and living with her husband (William B) and two sons (Charles R and William D) at 79 Thorold Road, Chatham, Kent.

In the 1911 census as Lavinia Carruthers aged 39, born in Chatham, Kent, married for 14 years with two children, both living, and living with her husband (William B), and two sons (Charles R and William H) in five rooms at 79 Thorold Road, Chatham, Kent.

In the 1939 England and Wales Register as Lavinia C Carruthers norn 1 December 1871, married, and living at 28 Thorold Road, Chatham, Kent, other occupant William B Carruthers (husband?).

Death of Lavinia C Carruthers in FreeBMD in April-June 1943 aged 71 in Chatham (2a 1283).

Entry in Ancestry England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 for Lavinia Caroline Carruthers died on 8 April 1943 in Chatham, probate 22 June 1943 Llandudno. "Carruthers Lavinia Caroline of 28 Thorold-road Chatham (wife of William Benjamin Carruthers) died 8 April 1943 Administration Llandudno 22 June to the said William Benjamin Carruthers pensioner and Charles Robert Carruthers civil servant. Effects £1915 14s."

There are three entries in Ancestry Public Member Trees for Lavinia Caroline Croucher born in 1 December 1871 in Chatham, Kent, her marriage to William Bejamin Carruthers in Medway, Kent on 26 December 1896 and her two sons. Four entries add her death in Chatham, Kent on 8 April 1943. Six entries give her father as Alban Thomas Croucher, one her mother as Mary Ann Hammond, three as Mary Ann Horigan, and one as Mary Ann Kemsley.


Lavinia Caroline Croucher was the first cousin twice removed of David Reginald Croucher, husband of Patricia Ann Ashford, my half third cousin once removed.

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