Grocock ~ First Generation
It is very likely (due to the place and the date) that William was born 29 May 1747, bap 7 Jun 1747 at Saint John Smith Square, Westminster, London, son of Wm. Grocock and Bridget (ref IGI). He was the only Grocock on that particular parish record in IGI and the only one found in London. The marriage of Wm Grocock and Bridget has not been found for certain, but there was a marriage of William Croocock to Bridget Skin on 5 Aug 1740 at Grainthorpe, Lincoln (ref FamilySearch). No other children of a William and Bridget with similar surname have been found anywhere in England using FamilySearch over the relevant timeframe.
Grocock does appear to be a Lincolnshire name, and in fact a Charles Grocock, born c1841 at Swineshead, Lincoln, married June qtr 1863 at Boston dist, Lincolnshire to Mary Ann Hall, dau of Thomas Hall & Mary, they emigrated to Victoria, Australia on board the vessel 'Gresham' in 1863 aged 22, 24 and with baby Elizabeth (d1873), together with Catherine Grocock aged 21 also of Lincolnshire (who married Henry James Neate in 1872) , and had children Charles William (b1865), Lily Grace (b1867), Alice Mary (b1869, d 1870), Henry James (b1871), at Prahran, which was where our William Henry & Emma nee Blunden were living in 1871. Mary Ann died in 1877 aged 37. Charles may have married again, possibly to Margaret Cherry in 1879. The connection would be a distant one if there is one.
William married 3 May 1773 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, London to Anne HOOPER (the names given as William Groscock and Ann Hooper in FamilySearch Pilot record and IGI). Anne was a daughter of William Hooper. The record is not in Ancestry London Marriages.
Their names are given in the England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 in Ancestry for the baptisms of James and Samuel.
There is a possible burial for William Grocock, on 23 Nov 1800 at St Marylebone, Westminster (ref Ancestry London Burials etc) - unless it was the son William, bap 1774.
There is a possible burial for Ann Grocock, on 23 Sep 1802 at St Marylebone, Westminster (ref Ancestry London Burials etc).
There are two possible other children: John Thomas Groocock born 4 Aug 1797, bap 25 Dec 1797 at St Leonards Shoreditch, son of William Groocock & Ann (FamilySearch), and Thomas Grewcock, born 3 Mar 1804, bap 9 Sep 1804 at St Botolph Without Aldgate, London, son of Willm. Grewcock & Ann, Maudlins ? Tents (both ref FamilySearch, & Ancestry baps).
FROM WHOM ELIZABETH SHADE NEE GRIERSON IS DESCENDED.
|1.||William GROCOCK bap 1774 at St Marylebone, Westminster|
|2.||Ann GROCOCK bap 1776 at St Anne Soho, Westminster|
|3.||James Hooper GROCOCK bap 1777 at St Giles in the Fields, Holborn|
|4.||Harriot GROCOCK bap 1779 at St Anne Soho, Westminster|
|5.||Samuel GROCOCK bap 1791 at St Anns, Westminster|
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