Grocock ~ Third Generation

    Issue of Samuel Grocock and Susannah Hurst  
1.   Mary Anne GROCOCK
Born 17 Dec 1817, bap 14 Jan 1818 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, London, England (ref IGI). Also in Pallot's Baptism Index.
Details as above, dau of Samuel & Susanna Groocock (sic), Compton St, Tallow Chandler (ref Ancestry London Baptisms).

Marriage 16 Feb 1837 at Ealing St Mary of Mary Anne Grocock to William TAYLOR; William Taylor the Younger of the parish of St Mary Newington in the county of Surrey, bachelor; Mary Anne Grocock of this parish, spinster; License, with consent of parents; witnesses W Taylor, Samuel Grocock, James Henry Taylor, Caroline Susannah Grocock (ref Ancestry London CofE Marriages & Banns image). William was born c1813 at St Clement Dane, London (ref census).

Ref 1841 census. Surrey, England. Civil Parish of Lambeth. Registration District of Lambeth. Address: Wyndham.
Together with son Edward (2):
William Taylor. Age 28. Gent. Not born in Surrey.
Mary Ann Taylor. Age 24. Not born in Surrey.

Ref 1851 census. Surrey, England. Parish of Lambeth. Registration District of Lambeth. Address: Bradford Cott, St Anns Road.
Together with children Mary J (6), Eleanor S (4) and unknown George H Taylor (6):
William Taylor. Head. Mar. Age 37. Chief Clerk Westminster Police Court. Born St Clements Dane.
Mary A Taylor. Wife. Mar. Age 33. Born St Anns Soho.

Ref 1861 census. Middlesex, England. Civil Parish of Twickenham. Registration district of Brentford. Address: Hampton Rd.
Together with daus Caroline L (19), Mary J (16), Eleanor S (14):
William Taylor. Head. Mar. Age 47. Westminster Police Court Chief Clerk. Born St Clements Dane London.
Mary A Taylor. Wife. Mar. Age 43. Born St Annes Soho.

Ref 1871 census. Surrey, England. Civil Parish of Battersea. Registration district of Wandsworth. Address: No 17 Spencer Rd.
Together with daus Mary J (26), Eleanor S (24):
William Taylor Head. Mar. Age 57. Civil Service Chief Clerk Westminster Police Court. Born Middlesex London.
Mary Ann Taylor. Wife. Mar. Age 53. Born Middlesex London.

Possible death for Mary Ann Taylor in Jun qtr 1878 at Chelsea dist age 63 (ref GRO Index). No probate found.

Ref 1881 census. Surrey, England. Civil Parish of Chertsey. Registration district of Chertsey. Address: Station Road.
Together with dau Elenor S (33) and William's siter Jane M Williams (68):
William Taylor. Head. Wid. Age 67. Superannuated Civil Servant. Born Middlesex St Clement Dane.

No further information found.

IGI records

1841 census

1851 census

1861 census

1871 census

1881 census
  1. Edward William TAYLOR born 1839 at Lambeth, Surrey  
  2. Frederic TAYLOR born 1840 at Lambeth, Surrey  
  3. Caroline Louisa TAYLOR born 1842 at Camberwell, Surrey  
  4. Mary Julia TAYLOR born 1844 at Camberwell, Surrey  
  5. Eleanor Sarah TAYLOR born 1846 at Lambeth, Surrey
2.   Caroline Susannah GROCOCK
Born 20 Sep 1819, bap 19 Oct 1819 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster, London, England (ref IGI).
Details as above, dau of Samuel & Susannah Grocock, Compton St, Tallow Chandler (ref Ancestry London Baptisms).
Also in Pallot's Baptism Index.

Death reg Jun qtr 1839 at Brentford dist of Caroline Grocock age 19 (ref GRO Index).
Burial of Caroline Susannah Grocock 16 May 1839 at Kensal Green All Souls, Kensington and Chelsea aged 19 years 6 months, address New Brentford, Middlesex (ref Ancestry London Burials).

IGI records
3.   William Henry GROCOCK
Born 17 Jan 1822, bap 11 Feb 1822 at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England (ref IGI).
Ancestry indexes this entry as Inman Henry but it is extremely hard to read and is probably 'William' in accordance with the subsequent baptism entry on 25 Dec which also gives the birth date of 17 Jan. That entry for 25 Dec 1822 at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, England is indexed in IGI also.
Samuel was an Oilman of Acton Street in the entry for 25 Dec 1822.

According to Percival Serle, he was a handsome man with black hair and blue eyes, much vivacity, and fine manners. There was some suggestion that there was a French strain in his family. He was sent to a good school which Percival's mother thought was Eton, but his name does not appear on the school list. He studied medicine, then was left some legacies and went into business as an auctioneer and valuer of antiques.

Not found in 1841 census.

Marr (1) 25 Jan 1851 at the parish church of St George Bloomsbury, Middlesex, to Emily WATSON.
The marriage was registered Mar qtr 1851 at St Giles District (ref original indexes). William was a bachelor of full age, profession Traveller, his residence being 5 Amelia Place, New Cross.

Emily was a spinster of full age, her residence being 30 Great Russell St. Her father was John Watson, Gentleman. The witnesses were H S Watson (possibly her cousin Henry Sparkes Watson, or else a misprint for Sarah Susan) and E H Wood ie Edward Henry Wood, Emily's brother in law (All details from marriage certificate.) Emily was born 7 Jan 1820 at Buntingford, Hertfordshire, dau of John Watson & Ann Bray. See WATSON TREE for further information.

Ref 1851 census. Kent, England. Parish of Deptford St Paul. Ecclesiastical Parish of St James. Registration District of Greenwich. Address is scribbled out.
William H Growcock. Husband. Age 29. Commercial Traveller. Born Middlesex.
Emily Growcock. Wife. Age 25. Born Herts, Buntingford.

Lived at 7 Westbourne Park Rd, Paddington, London in 1852.

William, Emily and Kate arrived in Victoria, Australia by unassisted passage on the vessel "Sussex" in Nov 1855.

His occupation was Auctioneer, Accountant, Valuer (ref Kate's birth certificate)
Hotelkeeper (ref his DC) [but not found in the Cole/Tetlow index of hotel licensees in Victoria].

Emily died 24 Dec 1857 at Windsor, Vic (Vic reg 6222), bur 25 Dec 1857 at St Kilda Cemetery, C of E B No 26.
She died by accident, the cause being 'accidentally burnt' - Coroner, Melbourne.

William gave permission in 1868 for the marriage of his daughter Kate aged 16 to Walter Henry Serle, and was a witness (ref her marriage cert).

Marr (2) 1870 in Victoria (Vic reg 1031) to Emma BLUNDEN, born c1842. There are options in 1842 at Steyning and Basingstoke, both in Sussex, but no evidence to say which.

William died 11 Aug 1873 at Bendigo St, Prahran (Vic reg 7950), bur 13 Aug 1873 at St Kilda Cemetery, C of E B No 26.
Emma died 1882 at Prahran, Victoria age 40; her parents and place of birth are unknown on the record.(Vic reg 6596).

In Percival Serle's autobiography, he describes how he and his family spent from late 1884 to the end of 1885 in England and Europe. They made their headquarters with 'an aunt of my mother's, Mrs. Wood, their house was just outside the Harrow-Weald station on the London and North-Western railway about 11 miles from was then lovely pastoral country'. The name 'Harrow' was used later for the Serle houses in Melbourne. Sarah Susan Watson (Mrs Wood) was Emily's sister.

IGI records

Marriage Cert


1851 census


Kate's marriage cert

William's death cert
    Child of Emily Watson:  
  1. Kate GROCOCK born 1852 at Paddington, London  
    Child of Emma Blunden:  
  2. Alice GROCOCK born 1871 at Prahran, Victoria
4.   Ellen Hirst GROCOCK
Bap 11 Jun 1828 at St Mary, Ealing, Middlesex, dau of Samuel and Susannah (as Ellen Hirst Groucock) (ref findmypast parish records and Ancestry London Baptisms). The birth date looks like May 9, and Samuel was of Old Brentford and a Traveller.

Ref 1841 census. Kent, England. Civil Parish of Greenwich St Alphage. Registration District of Brentford. Together with 40 other staff and pupils:
Ellen Grocock. Age 10. Pupil. Not born in Kent.

Ref 1851 census. Middlesex, England. Parish of Kensington. Ecclesiastical Parish of St Barnabas. Address: 7 Addison Tce, Kensington.
Together with her parents:
Ellen H. Gracock. Daur. U. Age 22. Born Brentford.
[the writing is very obscure]

Ellen married 14 Dec 1854 to Jeremiah EDWARDS; the marriage was at Kennington, Surrey, the groom's father Jeremiah Edwards, the bride's father Samuel Grocock, both were single (ref FamilySearch M00945-5). Marr reg Dec qtr 1854 at Lambeth dist (ref FreeBMD has Ellen Hurst Grocock, and a different page for Jeremia Edwards). Not in Ancestry London Marriages.

"On the 14th inst., at St. Mark's, Kennington, Mr. J. Edwards, of Graham's Town, South Africa, eldest son of Mr. J. Edwards, Everett-street, to Ellen Hirst, daughter of the late Samuel Grocock, Esq." (ref Morning Chronicle Tue 19 Dec 1854 in British Newspaper Archive).

Jeremiah died 1901 at South Africa (ref FamilySearch).
Ellen died 1901 at South Africa (ref FamilySearch).

1841 census

1851 census
  1. Florence Ellen Mary EDWARDS born 1855 at Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa  
  2. Sidney Alfred EDWARDS born 1857 in South Africa  
  3. Maud Alice EDWARDS born 1859 in South Africa  
  4. Neville St John EDWARDS born 1861 in South Africa  
  5. Kathleen Emilie EDWARDS born 1862 in South Africa  
  6. Beatrice Lilian EDWARDS born 1872 in South Africa  

Last modified 5 Apr 2023