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- John Stock (b.abt 1750-1815)
- John Stock (b.abt 1790-1868)
- William Stock (b.abt 1825-unknown)
- Thomas Stock (1858-1920)
- Francis Littlejohn Stock (1889-1969)
- Vera Irene Stock (1929-1959)
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John Stock (b.abt. 1750-1815)
married Ann Raven at the Parish Church of
Roxwell, Essex, in 1782. Known children:
- William Stock - Baptized in Roxwell, 1784.
- Anne Stock - Baptized in Matching, Essex, 1787. Buried
1804 aged 17 years.
- Martha Stock - Baptized in Matching, 1788.
- John Stock
- Baptized in Matching, 1792.
John and Ann were married by licence. The
licence states that John was a shopkeeper living in Matching, Essex,
was a bachelor and was over 21 years of age. It also states that Ann
was from Roxwell, was a spinster, and was also over the age of 21
years. The marriage was witnessed by Elizabeth Raven and Joseph Raven
(relationship to Ann unknown but probably either her parents or
siblings). Both John and Ann, as well as the witnesses, could write.
The marriage licence did not state why John and Ann were in a rush to
get married, Ann may have been pregnant with William as I think they
got the children baptized a couple of years after they were born - I
certainly think this is the case for John (II) as I believe he was born
in 1790. The licence did not give more details regarding the type of
shop John (I) owned.
John (I) died in 1815 aged 61. John and his
daughter Anne were both buried in the parish churchyard in Matching.
married (1) unknown in an unknown year. No known children.
married (2) Elizabeth Wakelin (sp?) at All
Saints Church, High Laver, Essex, in 1820. Known children:
- Emma Stock - Buried 1841 aged 22 years.
- Elizabeth Stock
- John Stock - Buried 1830 aged 6 years.
- William Stock
- Joseph Stock - Buried 1903 aged 76 years.
- James Stock - Buried 1855 aged 27 years.
- Edward Stock
- Thomas Stock - Buried 1864 aged 33 years.
- Rebecca Stock
When John and Elizabeth married, John was noted
as being a widower and Elizabeth as being a spinster. I have so far
been unable to find another marriage entry for John or a burial entry
for his first wife. John and Elizabeth were married by banns with the
consent of friends. Elizabeth was unable to write as she made her mark
on the marriage entry. John could write. The witnesses to the marriage
do not appear to be related to either John or Elizabeth.
The parish church, All Saints, has no records
of the children being baptized in the church. It may be possible they
attended a non-conformist church as William married a non-conformist,
Esther Mead - her family attended the Congregational church (later
United Reform). The law at the time stated that all couples had to
marry in a Church of England church, and non-conformists tended to be
buried in Church of England churchyards. People could be baptized in
any church regardless of denomination.
The census records over the decades show the
family living in High Laver, Essex. John is recorded as being a farmer
and then later on as a carpenter.
John died in 1868 aged 78. Elizabeth died in
1869 aged 68 although I believe she was a few years older. All members
of the family with mentions of when buried were buried in All Saints
churchyard, High Laver.
in the Parish Church of Sheering, Essex, in 1849. Known children:
- Emma Stock
- Louisa Stock (? - unsure about)
- George Stock - Died 1852 aged 14 months.
- James Stock - Died 1858 aged 4 years.
- Joseph Stock
- Thomas Stock
- Born Sheering, 1858. Died Fulham, 1920
- Arthur Stock
- Elizabeth Stock
- Clara Stock
- John Stock
William and Esther were both of full age when they
married. William was recorded as being as carpenter, as was his father
John. Esther's father, William Mead, was recorded as being a
shopkeeper. The marriage was witnessed by William Holgate, Esther's
brother-in-law, and Commelia Mead, Esther's sister.
None of the children were christened in the Parish Church.
I'm currently investigating into whether the children were christened
in the local Congregational Church wich Esther's family belonged to.
In the 1851 census the family were living with Esther's
parents, William and Elizabeth, in Sheering. I have been unable to
locate the family in the 1861 census. Esther died in 1869, she and her
sons George and James were buried in Sheering Parish Churchyard. In the
1871 census I have been unable to locate William but have found the
children living in Sheering with Commelia Mead, their aunt. From the
1881 census I have found: Emma Stock working as a cook for a solicitor
in Kingston-On-Thames; Louisa Stock (born in Sheering and as were no
other families named Stock have presumed is a child of William and
Esther) working as a general servant for a doctor in Lee, Kent; Arthur
Stock was working as an agricultural labourer in Sheering and living
with his aunt Commelia; Clara Stock working as a domestic housemaid for
an old lady (who employed several servants so must have been fairly
weathly) in Long Ditton, Surrey; John Stock was working as a
agricultural labourer and was staying in a public house (inn) in
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire - this is only a few miles away from
Sheering. William was also staying in a different public house (inn) in
Sawbridgeworth when the 1881 census was taken although it was on the
same road. He was still working as a carpenter. I have been unable to
locate any of the other children including Thomas.
In the 1891 census, William was living at The Union
Workhouse in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire.
Thomas and Mary were 26 and 23 years old
respectively when they got married. Thomas was a horsekeeper, his
father - William - was a carpenter. Mary did not work at the time of
marriage, her father - George Littlejohn - was a labourer. At the time
of the births of Francis and Frederick, the family were living in
married Mary Littlejohns
(1861-unknown) at the Fulham Registry Office, Fulham,
London in 1884. Known children:
- Henry Thomas Stock - born Fulham, 1885.
- Edward George Stock - died 1892 aged 5 years.
- Francis Littlejohn Stock,
born Kensington, London in 1889 - died of bronchitis and emphysema in
Folkestone, Kent, 1969. Buried in North Sheen Cemetery, London. Younger
twin of Frederick by 20 minutes.
- Frederick Littlejohn Stock, born Kensington, 1889 -
died 1890. Cause of death noted as convulsions. Elder twin of Francis
by 20 minutes.
- Edgar John Stock - died 1891/1892 aged 1 year.
- Albert Bruce Stock - born Fulham, 1893.
- Arthur William Stock - born Fulham, 1895. Was in the
East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) during WWI, died 1915 aged 20. Is buried
- Elsie Clara Stock - born Fulham, 1898
According to the 1891 census the family were
living in Hammersmith, London. It was noted that Mary was born in
Letcombe, Devon, this was incorrect as she was actually born in
Sutcombe, Devon. Also living with the family was Thomas' younger
brother, Arthur. Both Thomas and Arthur were working as horsekeepers
In the 1901 census Thomas was still a
horsekeeper and the eldest son, Henry, was working as a greengrocer.
Thomas died in 1920 at the age of 62 years. His
cause of death was haemorrhage into Pons Varolii, there was no post
mortem. Thomas' occupation was noted as van lamp cleaner (caterers).
Mary registered his death.
married Florence Strong (1891-1955) at
Fulham Registry Office, London in 1912. Known children:
- Arthur W. Stock - born and died in Fulham, 1914.
- Alice M. Stock - born and died in Fulham, 1918
- Florence E. Stock - born Fulham 1920, died Folkstone,
2000. Married Herbert Frederick Smith (not related to any other Smith's
in my family) in 1944. Children:
- Keith Smith - Twin of Gloria.
- Gloria Smith - Twin of Keith.
- Ronald Smith - Died 1973.
- Valerie Smith
- Francis T. Stock - born Fulham 1924. Died 1977.
- Leonard G. Stock - born Fulham 1928. Married Ann Soley
in 1953. Children:
- Barrie Stock
- Julie Stock
- Vera Irene Stock
- born Fulham 1929, died of stomach cancer, Fulham 1959. Buried in
North Sheen Cemetery, London. Married John Thomas Smith in
- Reginald D. Stock - born Fulham 1930. Married Patricia
Arnold in 1950. Child:
- Ann Stock
- Ronald Stock - born Fulham 1932.
Francis and Florence were recorded as being 23
and 21 years old respectively when they got married in 1912. Florence
was in fact only 20 years old. Francis was working as a greengrocer,
while no occupation was recorded for Florence. Thomas Stock - the
father of Francis - was a groom at the time of the marriage, while
Arthur Strong - the father of Florence - was deceased but had been a
Another child, Edward (Ted) Strong (born
1910/1911), was brought up in the family. Ted was Florences child born
out of wedlock, it was always assumed that Francis was his father but
this is unsure. Ted married Joyce Smith, the sister of Herbert who
married Florence junior.
Francis served in the Dorsetshire Regiment
during World War I. In February 1919 Francis was awarded the Military
Medal - I have not yet been able to find out the reason why. He was
also awarded other medals but he didn't keep them or the paperwork
attached with them. He used to allow his children to play with the
medals and over the years they got lost or disappeared.
Francis died in 1969 of bronchitis and
emphysema. A post-mortem to establish the cause of death was carried
out without an inquest.