Census 1841 1851 and 1861
The Suffolk Hatchers recorded in the Census largely exist in the corridor between Woodbridge in the South and Blythborough in the North. The villages and towns include Wenhaston, Bramfield, Westleton, Laxfield, Parham, Framlingham, Marlesford, Kettleborough, Otley and Bradfield. The furthest West are in Debenham, but this is a family from Saxmundham.
Our John Hatcher was born in Parham in about 1796. His son is John Hatcher, the mariner, father to Elijah. (We have no direct proof of this linkage). There are no obvious linkages to the recorded Suffolk Hatchers through the male naming conventions. In part it seems that the grandfather link has not been followed and sons have been named after fathers. William is the he most commonly repeated name and it occurs in virtually all families where there are more than two sons. Linkages are tenuous, however, and while William does not appear in from the elder Hatcher generation it does reappear in the following generation. The strong geographical nature of the dispersion in the mid 1850s suggests a migration of the family along what would now be described as the A12 corridor. There will be links between these families.
William Hatcher born 1786 is married to Phoeba b. 1791. Their children were:
In following censuses there are inconsistencies within the family. In 1851 Census Samuel Hatcher, age 26 and son-in-law, is with wife Maria, age 26, together with Robert Warn, age 56 and Mary Warn, age 50, and they are resident in Framlingham. The 1861 census records Samuel and Maria, age 37, with children John (9), Mary (7) and Robert 5). The 1851 Census (still in Parham) also has Robert Hatcher, age 28 and brother in law, with Harriet Hatcher (25) and Edward and Mary Folkard (age 24 and 22 respectively). In the 1861 Census we have two Williams (both of Framlingham). William 1 , born in 1786 is with Samuel (36) and Robert (39). William 2, born in 1789, is with Phoeba (1791) of Parham and Emma, age 26.
It is likely that this family is related to our John Hatcher
1841 Census: St Mary at Elms
Benjamin 1806 married Elizabeth 1811. Their children were:
1841 Census: Westleton
John b. 1801 is married to Sarah b. 1796. Their children were
1841 Census: Blythboroug
In the 1861 Census, James Hatcher (48) has married Caroline, and they have a son James W, age 7 months; and David (36) has married Maria and they have a daughter Mary, age 11.
1841 Census Market Wickham
Samuel Hatcher b. 1796 is married to Sarah 1801. Their children were:
Clement is in the 1851 Census, as son of Sarah, with George 15, Samuel 12, Sarah 63, and William 26 in Debenham. In the 1861 Census at age 40, he has married Mary A and has daughters Emma and Mary.
1841 Census Saxmundham
Thomas Hatcher 1810 married Ann 1811. Their children were:
By the 1851 Census the family have grown and along with Thomas and Ann we have Sophia 13, Eliza 11, Elizabeth 10, Jane 8, George 3, Sarah 1 and William 11 months. By 1861 Thomas and Ann are accompanied by Sophia 23, Sarah 11 and William 10.
1841 Census Laxfield
Thomas b. 1806 the shoe maker is married to Mary b. 1811. Their children were: Mary Ann 1837
Thomas 48 and Mary 45 are in the 1851 Census with Mary Ann 15, William 12, Thomas 10, Sarah 7, and John 5.
1851 Census Blythborough
Benjamin b.1794 is married to Ann b. 1801. Their children were:
Anne 1830 age 21
William 1835 age 16
Walter 1838 age 13
Charles 1841 age 10
Arthur 1846 age 6
In the 1861 Census William Hatcher age 26 and born in Blythborough has married Louisa, age 27, daughter of Edward and Martha Jeffries aged 57.
1851 Census Woodbridge
James b. 1818 is married to Lucy b. 1817. Their children were:
Emma 1883 age 8
George 1846 age 5
Eliza 1848 age 3
In 1861 we have James and Lucy with Eliza 13, Emma 19, George 16, James 10 and William 6.
The 1861 Census records a number of other Hatchers but these have not been recorded here. They are however in the same area.