Grocock ~ Second Generation

    Issue of William Grocock and Anne Hooper  
1.   William Hooper GROCOCK
Born 28 Feb 1774, bap 13 Mar 1774 at St Mary - St Marylebone Road, St Marylebone, Westminster, William Grocock, son of Willm & Ann (ref Ancestry Baptisms & FamilySearch).

From 1801 onwards to 1807 see Westminster Rate Books for the address at St Anne, Soho, many in the name of William Hooper Grocock.

There are several deaths in the London area for William Grocock and variations, in 1843 (born 1765), 1845 (born 1768) and 1848 (born 1784) but none match the birth of this one; it does demonstrate that there were multiple Grococks who have not been traced. One of them married 25 Aug 1805 in Bermondsey to Elizabeth Jane Pitt; he was an Ironmonger, and had a son John Green Grocock in Bermondsey in 1806.

2.   Ann GROCOCK
Born 11 Feb 1776; bap 25 Feb 1776 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, London (ref IGI) - the same church as Samuel's daughters. Parents are William Grocock and Ann. I am assuming this is Anne Hooper.

There is a burial of Ann Grocock, a child, on 13 Mar 1777 at St Marylebone, Westminster (ref Ancestry Burials etc) which may be her.

IGI records
3.   James Hooper GROCOCK
Birth of James Hooper Grocock 16 Mar 1777 at Tower Street, St. Giles In The Fields, Middlesex, son of William Grocock and Anne his wife, who was daughter of William Hooper (ref fmp, registered at Dr. Williams's Library, Redcross-street, near Cripplegate, London 2 Jan 1792, in Non-conformist births and baptisms image).

James Hooper Growcock married 28 May 1798 in Essex, England to Grace GRINDLEY, who was single (ref FamilySearch).
No children found.

James was a witness in 1816 to the marriage of his brother Samuel to Susannah Hirst.

James was buried 17 Dec 1831 in the parish of St Anne, Westminster, London, abode Earls Court, age 54 (ref Ancestry, London Deaths and Burials).
4.   Harriot GROCOCK
Birth of Harriot Grocock 28 May 1779; bap 20 Jun 1779 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, Middlesex, dau of William & Ann (ref fmp Westinster Baptisms).

No further information found.

IGI records
5.   Samuel GROCOCK
Bap 22 Jul 1791 at St. Anns, Westminster, London (ref England & Wales Christening Records in Ancestry). The record has this as his birth date but it is probably a transcription error. Parents are William Grocock and Anne dau of William Hooper. This matches the estimate of his birth year in the 1851 census. This record comes from Dr. William's Library, Nonconformist Registers via the Mormon British Isles Vital Records Index. Two versions have the birthplace at Carl's Court, St Ann's West, Middlesex, and Cripplegate, London.

According to information from Percival Serle, Samuel married (unknown name) Hirst or Hurst who was born in England. This lady, who was reputed to be a beauty, came of manufacturing people in the North of England. The name is spelt Hurst in William Henry Grocock's Death Cert and Hirst in daughter Ellen's middle name.

Marriage 28 Dec 1816 at All Hallows, Barking By the Tower, City of London, of Samuel Grocock to Susannah HIRST; Samuel was a bachelor of the parish of St Ann Westminster in the County of Middlesex, and Susannah was a spinster of the parish of All Hallows; married by Licence; witnesses Susannah Hirst, Ann Sage, Joseph Hirst, Joseph Hirst (a different one), and James Hooper Grocock (ref Ancestry London CofE Marriages & Banns image). A record of the marriage has been found in findmypast, sourced by the Society of Genealogists. The Marriage License was dated 27 Dec 1816, of Samuel GROCOCK to Susannah HIRST, the record source being 'Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations' (ref fmp).

About Susannah Hirst
Birth of Susannah Hirst 3 Oct 1790, baptised 31 Oct 1790 at St Martin Vintry, City of London, dau of Joseph Hirst & Susannah (Steel) (ref Ancestry). The marriage bond for Joseph HIRST and Susanna STEEL was drawn up on 29 Aug 1787; Joseph was a bachelor, age 26, of the parish of St Mary Aldermanbury; Susanna was a spinster, age 22, of the parish of St Botolph Bishopsgate (ref Ancestry London & Surrey Marriage Bonds & Allegations, his age incorrectly indexed as 20). Their marriage was 6 Sep 1787 at St Botolph without Bishopsgate, City of London, by licence; each one signed; witnesses Lazs. Pyrke, Wm. Binfield, Martin Robert Pyrke (ref Ancestry London CofE Marriages & Banns image). On this calculation Joseph Hirst was born c1761 and Susanna Steel was born c1765. Joseph Hirst was an incredibly common name in Yorkshire in 1761 and if the family story is true, it is likely that he was one of the many baptised in Yorkshire at that time. No information is known about the baptism of Susanna Steel, there is a possible burial of Susannah Hirst 30 Jan 1833 at All Hallows Barking aged 68, her address being Beech Lane, Cripplegate. In addition to having daughter Susannah in 1790, they had sons Joseph Hurst [sic] (bap 18 May 1794 at St James Garlickhithe, London) and John Hirst (baptised 3 Sep 1797 at St Leonard Shoreditch), about whom no more details have been found. Susannah's mother, father and brother appear to have been witnesses at the wedding of Samuel and Susannah in 1816.

Many rate books are shown for the period 1814 to 1818 (at least) for Samuel Grocock at or near Compton Street, Westminster (ref findmypast).

He was also a Tallow Chandler in 1818 & 1819 living at Compton Street, Westminster at bap of daughters Mary Ann and Caroline.
Samuel was an Oilman of Acton Street in the baptism entry for 25 Dec 1822.

In 1825 Samuel became bankrupt.
"Samuel Grocock, formerly of Compton-st, Soho, wax and tallow chandler, but now of Gray's-Inn-lane-road, oil & color man, &c" (ref Stamford Mercury Fri 11 Feb 1825 in British Newspaper Archive)

In 1828 he was a Traveller of Old Brentford.
His occupation was also Auctioneer, and Lieutenant in the Walmer Castle and Europa in the East India Company's Service.

Following information on the East India Company's service supplied by D.Grierson:
The Walmer Castle in EIC service was 1200 tons, and did 9 trips between 1795 and 1814. Hardy's 1811 Register lists three British registered "Europa", all classified as sailing ships (the largest category), of 422 tons, 349 tons, and 184 tons, but all of which at that time were in the West Indian trade, the latter out of Bristol, the other two from London. There was also the Europe, an 820 tonner, which did 6 trips to the East Indies 1802-1816. See book "A Biographical Index of East India Company Maritime Service Officers 1600-1834", Anthony Farrington, London, 1999 (to be researched).

Samuel's signature is on the marriage register for daughter Mary Anne in 1837.

The following two entries give Samuel's business and home address in 1841.

Ref Post Office London Directory, 1841.
Grocock Samuel, Auctioneer and Valuer
24 St Swithin's Lane, London (off King William Street, City)
(Presumably his business premises)

Ref 1841 census: Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of New Brentford. Registration District of Brentford. Address: Brentford High Street, Brentford.
Samuel Grocock. Age 49. Auctioneer and Appraiser. Born Middlesex.
Susannah Grocock. Age 49. Born Middlesex.
Mary Grove. Age 10. Female Servant. Born Middlesex.

In 1843 and 1844 Samuel was advertising extensively in the Morning Post as an Auctioneer and Estate Agent at Brentford and at 24 St. Swithin's-lane, City.

Ref 1851 census. Middlesex, England. Parish of Kensington. Ecclesiastical Parish of St Barnabas. Address: 7 Addison Tce, Kensington.
Samuel Gracock. Head. M. Age 59. Auctioneer and Valuer. Born Westminster.
Susannah Gracock. Wife. M. Age 59. Born London.
Ellen H. Gracock. Daur. U. Age 22. Born Brentford.
[the writing is very obscure]

In 1853 Samuel advertised as auctioneer &c, 4 Corbet-court, Gracechurch-street, City, and 7 Westbourne-park-road, Paddington (ref The Era, Sun 17 Jul 1853, in British Newspaper Archive). The latter was the house where his granddaughter Kate Grocock was born in 1852.

Samuel died 4 Sep 1853 at Lowestoft, Suffolk. Samuel was buried 10 Sep 1853 in All Souls Cemetery, London, age 62, his abode being 4 Queens Place, Hammersmith (ref Ancestry London Burials). This is not found in FreeBMD.
"On the 4th inst., at Lowestoft, Mr. Samuel Grocock, auctioneer (late of Brentford), aged 62" (ref Morning Chronicle Mon 12 Sep 1853 in British Newspaper Archive)

Susannah died 25 Sep 1854 at Vassall Road, North Brixton, Lambeth District, Surrey. Her age given as 63, as widow of Samuel Grocock, auctioneer. The informant was William Taylor, present at the death at Vassall road, North Brixton. Census records for 1851 and 1861 for Vassall Road, Lambeth were searched but William Taylor was not found.


1841 census

1851 census

Death Certificate
  1. Mary Anne GROCOCK born 1817, bap 1818 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster  
  2. Caroline Susannah GROCOCK bap 1819 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster  
  3. William Henry GROCOCK bap 1822 at Old Church, St Pancras London  
  4. Ellen Hirst GROCOCK bap 1828 at St Mary, Ealing, Middlesex  

Last modified 8 Apr 2023