Hiscock One Name Study

I’ve managed to continue, in the past few days, with my one name study. I’m still at the collecting names stage, and filling up my spreadsheet. So far I have just over 5000 names collected from the free BMD website. I’ve got another 3000 to transfer over from there, before I move on to the other genealogy websites to fill in the gaps, ie Parish Records.
The next stage will then be to find the variations, and then move on to people with the Hiscock name in other countries. It is going to take a bit of time to collate all of this information together, but it’ll be worth it in the end. I’m really looking forward to starting to build the various trees and find out about all of these people that share my name. Watch this space for the next update.

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Ancester Number 12 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge

Alfred Flint Copperthwaite is the number 12 ancestor in the 52 Ancestors Challenge, and is my son’s four times great grandfather. When researching Alfred, I felt that his middle name was slightly unusual and figured that it must be a family name that has been carried on. I researched further and found that Flint comes from Flint Cole (1765-1836). Flint Cole was Alfred’s great, great grandfather on his mother’s side. He was born in the St Michael area of Southampton. This area no longer exists in Southampton, and I assume that it was one of the many parishes in Southampton at the time. There is still a St Michaels church in Southampton City Centre which is in one of the older parts of Southampton.

Alfred was the second born of three children to George Copperthwaite (1815-1843) and Louisa Payne (1817-1871). His two siblings were Emma Copperthwaite (1839-1840) and Harriet Copperthwaite (1842-1843). As you can see, unfortunately, both his siblings died in infancy, he was the only surviving child.

Alfred was born on 14 February 1841 and was baptised a month later on 14 March 1841 at St Michael, Southampton. We don’t have to wait long to see Alfred on the next record, which was the 1841 Census carried out on the 6th June that year. Here it is below:


On the 1841 census, Alfred is seen to be living at Castle Buildings, St Michael, Southampton, Hampshire, England with his mother, Louisa and a female servant called Martha Cole.

 Scan1The 1851 census was carried out on 30th March 1851. Alfred was visiting his grandparents at the time of this census. He was staying with James and Harriet Payne at 4 Cossack Street, Southampton St Mary, Hampshire, England.



By the time the 1861 census was carried out on 7th April, Alfred was lodging at Poole St James where his occupation was a Tallow Chandler. A Tallow Chandler makes and sells tallow candles or soaps and oils. Tallow is made from suet or fat taken from animals and separated from the membranous, as well as the fibrous matter by melting.

By the third quarter of 1861, Alfred married Clara Carter, and he is back in Southampton.

By the next census return, in 1871, Alfred and Clara are living in Southampton, and Alfred’s occupation has changed to a ship steward. Here is the census return below:

 Scan3As you can see, Alfred and Clara are living at Duke Street with two of their children, Alfred and Ada. Alfred is four years old and is at school, whereas Ada is only two years old.

Scan4By 1881, the family have moved to 3 Spa Court, Spa Road in the area of Southampton called Southampton All Saints. Alfred’s occupation is a dock labourer. Alfred and Clara’s son, Alfred is a Butcher’s Assistant and their daughter Ada is at school.

Scan5In 1891, the Copperthwaite family are still living in Spa Road. On this census return, you can see the rest of their family. Alfred is back to being a Steward for a living. Their eldest son, Alfred, doesn’t appear to be living with them and neither is Ada. We have, instead, Ernest, who doesn’t seem to be working, and Laura, Lilly, Frederick and Albert who are all at school. Albert, in 1912, signs up to work on the Titanic, and tragically loses his life.

Scan6By 1901, Alfred and Clara have moved to 29 John Street in the St Marys area of Southampton where Alfred is still a Ship Steward. They have Ernest still living with them at this stage.

Scan7This is the 1911 census carried out on the 2nd April. It’s just Alfred and Clara living at home now. Alfred is 70 years old and is still working as a Ship Steward. They are living at 5 Brick Court, Canal Walk in Southampton. The 1911 census is my favourite census return as this is the return that is completed in our ancestor’s own handwriting.

Alfred passed away in the fourth quarter of 1919 aged 78 years old. His wife, Clara, outlived him by 10 years.

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1871 Census Return

Whilst researching for a client today, I was trying to locate her maternal great grandmother on the 1871 census. I completed the relevant fields, and one match came out as follows:

1871 censusAs you can see in the second entry down, we have a family with the surname Massey, no first names, just their ages and their relation to each other. We know that they lived at 33 Upper William Street, Marylebone, London and that’s about it. In the column for rank or profession, someone has written “left his house on Monday morning – information from another lodger.”

Has anyone else come across something like this in their research before?


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Wordless Wednesday – Old Document Indenture dated 30 December 1824


This is a three page old document indenture, with seals,  dated 30 December 1824 which I will be transcribing shortly.

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Ancestor Number 11 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge

Today’s ancestor is Herbert Christopher Hiscock, and he is my son’s great, great grandfather. This is his birth certificate.

ScanAs you can see from the birth certificate, Herbert was born on the 7 March 1888 at 27 Edward Road, Freemantle in Hampshire, England. Herbert’s parents were Harry Hiscock  (1855-1929) who was a domestic coachman at the time of Herbert’s  birth. His mother was Mary Jane Hiscock, formerly Hussey (1857-1903). Mary Jane was the person who registered the birth. Herbert had eight siblings: Helen (1876), Lilian (1879), Clarence (1883), Mabel Marian (1885-1885), Harry (1886), Robert (1890), Bessie (1893), and William (1896).

Scan2This is the first census return that Herbert appears on. This is the 1891 census where it shows Herbert under the name of Christopher. This happens quite a lot on census returns where people are listed under their middle names. It can make research quite difficult, but with a bit of patience, you can eventually come up with the right people. This census return shows Herbert still living with his family at 27 Edward Road.

Scan3The 1901 census return shows him still living at the same address with his father Harry, mother, Jane (Mary), and siblings Robert, Bessie and William. Herbert is 13 years old on this census return and is currently showing as not yet working.

On 17 June 1904, Herbert’s occupation was a Van Lad based in Southampton. By 1907, he was transferred to the traffic department as a junior porter.

Scan4Here we have the census return from 2 April 1911. Herbert is living with his family at 3 Woodbine, New Buildings, Church Street, Shirley, Southampton. His family are boarders at this address and are living with the Pennell family. We can see that Herbert’s father is a widower by this time with his wife passing in 1903. Christopher (Herbert) is a railway porter for South Western.

Scan1This is the marriage certificate of Herbert Christopher Hiscock. You can seen on this certificate that his name is registered as Christopher Herbert Hiscock and that he was 25 years old when he got married. He was a shunter on the railway and was living at 17 Church Street in Shirley. Christopher married Florence Smith who was 20 years old and a butcher’s shop assistant. Florence was living at 32 Howards Grove in Shirley. Her father was Frank Smith, a domestic gardener.

Christopher passed away in 1952, outliving his wife by seven years. They are both buried in Holybrook Cemetary in Southampton. I have their plot numbers and have located where their graves should be. We’re are going to get a cross made and engraved so that we can mark where their graves are.








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Ancester Number 10 of the 52 Ancestors Challenge

Having looked at the previous ancestors that I have been writing about, I realised that I have only written about one person from my one name study. Today’s ancestor is Albert Edward Hiscock who was born on 10 May 1902 at the Infirmary, Romsey Road, Winchester, Hampshire, England. His birth certificate shows that his parents were William Hiscock (1865-1903) an Oil Mill Machine Minder, and Ada Copperthwaite (1868-1946) a housewife from Bitterne. Albert was the youngest of six children. His siblings were: Fanny (1890-1969), Albert Edward (1892-1893), Edith Flora (1893-1959), Emma Louisa (1895-1918) and William Charles (1900-1903). You can see by looking at his siblings, that there was a brother who had the same name as him, but passed away when he was an infant. In my experience of researching various trees, this happens a lot. Parents have a child that die at an early age, but go on to have another child and give it the same name.

Albert married Edith May Sparshott (1902-1982) when they were both 19 on 26 December 1921. They were married at The Parish Church in the Parish of S.Mary, Southampton. Albert’s father was William Hiscock, a machinist, who was deceased at the time the marriage took place. Albert’s occupation on the marriage certificate shows him being a Fireman. I think that he was a fireman/stoker on board a ship as he was in the Merchant Navy when his second child was born. Albert and Edith were both registered as living at 51 Melbourne Street in Southampton. Melbourne Street is now a trade area and the road runs alongside St Mary’s Football Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club.

Albert and Edith had five children together: Albert (1922-1942). Albert died at the age of 20 in World War II. Raymond William (1924-1998). Raymond was my son’s great grandfather. Olive May (1926-2002), Denis John (1928-2002) and Leonard (1930).

Albert passed away on 11 October 1954 at Salerno Road in Southampton. His cause of death was: (1). acute left heart failure due to myocardial infarction (heart attack) (2). lesionary thrombosis and atleroma. The informant was his son, Raymond. Albert left a will, and the details are as follows: Hiscock Albert Edward of 33 Salerno Road Lordswood Southampton died 11 October 1954 Administration Winchester 15 December to Edith May Hiscock widow. Effects £1135 2s. 6d. According to the National Archives currency converter, this would equate to £19,773.88 in today’s money. It would seem that I had quite a wealthy ancestor.


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Hiscock One Name Study

I joined the Guild of One Name Studies a couple of months ago, after doing genealogy for a few years. I’m still at the name gathering stage where I am inputting everyone with the Hiscock surname into a database on Excel. I’m gathering the information from the FreeBMD website, and then going to other websites to fill in the gaps. The next part will be to add in the name variations into the website which are Hiscox, Hitchcock and Hiscox. This stage will probably take me some time, but should produce a huge database – I had no idea how popular my surname really is. I’ll also need to find The Hiscock name in other countries to see how and where they migrated to. Once I’ve got all that information, I’ll need to look at marriages and deaths and then start to try and put them in their own trees. When I get to that stage, I’ll then have to decide which genealogy program to use. 

I’m just about to start my own personal profile on the Guild website, and I have also just started a group on Facebook called Hiscock Genealogy Group. On my Guild page, I’ll have the origins and history of the surname amongst other information. It’s going to be one of those things that is going to take a while to bring together, but I think, is going to look great. I’m hoping that I’ll get to meet other people with the name Hiscock and it’s variants and also share information and stories. Watch this space for further updates…..

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