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