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One of the witnesses at John Hatcher and Eliza’s marriage, was Mary Hatcher, who signed by mark. Mary Hatcher was a relative and it can be assumed was the mother. 

In the 1851 Census we have a John Hatcher age 56, born in Parham Suffolk  married to Mary, age 54, born in Walton, with the following children: Daniel age16, Emma age 10, Frederick age 12, George age 14 and Joseph age 20. Occupation - agricultural labourer.

In the 1841 Census we have John and Mary with children John Hatcher born about 1823, Daniel born about 1835, Frederick born about 1839, George, Jonathan, Maria, Mary and Sarah.

In the 1861 Census we have Frederick (occupation “mate”), born about 1839 with John Hatcher, occupation “ master”, born about 1825 of Walton on the Naze. Their ship was the William and Mary.

The linkages are

  • Mary the marriage witness
  • John Hatcher senior’s occupation of ag lab
  • John Hatcher’s occupation as mariner
  • Walton on the Naze
  • The children’s names – specifically the occurrence of Daniel.

We do have a double entry for John Hatcher in the 1861 census, however the probable reason for that is that he was recorded as being resident at home even though he was out on the boats.

For details of the Hatchers in Suffolk
the 1841, 1851, and 1861 Census,


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