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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George’s Churchyard, Hanworth.

William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant relation, my paternal 3rd cousin 3 times removed. His youngest son, Arthur, later died on the first day of the Somme.

Hanworth War Memorial

Private G/6750, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cambridge’s Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action on the first day of the Somme 1st July 1916. Aged 36. Born Hanworth, enlisted Hounslow. Son of William George and Catherine Lewcock, of Hanworth, Middx. Buried in OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 3.

The Shot tower, Crane Park

Gunpowder Explosion

William’s death is widely reported in all the newspapers nationally at the time. He was the sole victim of a gunpowder explosion,  but although through the years there were many explosions causing loss of life,  William has the dubious distinction of being the only fatality whose death is recorded on a headstone.

Extract from the Middlesex Independent 4th May 1887

FATAL GUNPOWDER EXPLOSION

Shortly before nine o’clock on Tuesday morning, a serious explosion occurred at the Hanworth works of Messrs. Curtis and Harvey, the well known gunpowder manufacturers, by which a man named William Lewcock, residing at High Street, Hanworth, lost his life, and considerable damage was done to property in the vicinity. The explosions occurred in one of the glazing sheds, situated on the banks of the river Colne, and owing to the terrific force of the concussion, and the heavy damp state of the atmosphere, the report was heard for many miles and caused great alarm. At Hounslow and Twickenham a large quantity of window and other glass has been shivered to fragments, windows both at Twickenham and Hounslow cemeteries, as well as those at South Western Junction signal box, being almost entirely destroyed, while numerous instances of doors having been blown open are reported in the neighborhood, many person residing outside the town of Hounslow being under the impression that an earthquake had taken place. The shock was felt as far west as Staines, and was also felt at Uxbridge and neighboring places; but it was in the direction of London that the sound of the explosion travelled. At Isleworth, Brentford, Ealing and Chiswick much alarm was manifested, and any news of the occurrence was eagerly received; ; rumour, as usual, largely increasing the magnitude of the affair. A dense volume of smoke passed over Hounslow immediately after the report was heard, and leaves showing marks of having been scorched were picked up near the High-Street. From all parts of the town the people hurried in the direction of the works, and within a few minutes quite a crowd had assembled ……. But the relatives of the men and women employed in the works, as well as members of the press, were vigorously excluded, and it was matter of exceptional difficulty to obtain information of an accurate nature. So far, however, as far as can be gathered from interviews with the persons who were admitted, as well as with several of the employés [sic], the facts are briefly these: –

As previously stated, the explosion occurred in one of the glazing sheds, and at the time of the explosion only one man, Lewcock, was in the building. Upwards of a ton of powder was in the shed, and for the most part contained in a large revolving cylinder. Lewcock is believed to have been in the act of starting the machinery, which had been stopped for the usual breakfast interval, when the explosion took place, and there can be no doubt that but for the fact that the employé had not commenced operations, the loss of life would have been greater. The effect of the explosion was to entirely destroy the shed in question, while two others in the immediate vicinity were also wrecked. A boy who happened to be approaching the glazing shed was struck by some of the falling debris, but escaped serious injury. The whole of the plant in the shed was destroyed, some portions being hurled a considerable distance. With the above exceptions, the damage inside the grounds was of an inconsiderable nature, one of the office windows being blown out together with the sash, while the whole of the glass in the remaining windows was broken. One of the instructions issued to the firm to their employés is that in the event of an accident of this nature occurring, they should at once precipitate themselves into the water, and this appears to have been done by those who had remained in the works during breakfast time. On a search team instituted for the remains of Lewcock, who was literally blown to atoms, only a portion of the deceased’s skull could be found.

Transcribed from a newspaper article on findmypast.


The Hounslow Gunpowder Mills were located on the River Crane between Twickenham and Whitton. It is thought probable that mills were established on Hounslow Heath during the reign of Henry VII or even earlier. It was an ideal situation as there was a ready supply of willow and alder along the banks of the river for the creation of charcoal as well as the water power for the mills and transport by barges.It was also away from settlements.There is one remaining building,the Shot Tower. The last mills closed in 1927 and Crane Park is now a nature reserve.


Photograph of The Shot Tower:

Constructed in 1826 for the manufacture of lead shot, this is the only complete structure left on a site which has a long history of gunpowder making. Remains of the powder mills can be found nearby, notably the millstreams, sluices and wheel bays which powered the grindstones.

Various histories recount the frequency with which the mills used to explode, and the sad loss of life.
There is a letter from author Horace Walpole complaining that his windows had been blown out. (He lived about 3 km away) He suggests orders be given that no more mills should explode and that Gunpowder should be kept underwater until it is needed. A Health and Safety visionary ahead of his time…..

© Copyright Des Blenkinsopp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Photograph: Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 25 March 2020), memorial page for William George Lewcock (1839–3 May 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 55231229, citing St George’s Churchyard, Hanworth, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Kelvin Adams (contributor 47019579) .

Week 48: Gratitude

Week 48: Gratitude

Thank you very much .... The world of amateur genealogy would not be where it is without the selfless help of fellow genealogists. I learned enormous amounts from just reading other peoples' queries and the solutions. They gave me ideas of where to look and, more...

read more
Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

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Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

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Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

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Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

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Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

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Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

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Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

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Week 16: Air

Flying, civilian pilots and air crew, RAF & Fleet Air Arm, ornithologists, fresh air .... When I saw this week's prompt I wasn't sure I had anything to really write about and was intending to write about fresh air as most of the world including me are under...

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Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

read more

Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

read more
Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

read more
Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

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Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

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Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

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Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

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Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

For some time, I had spotted references to Amy Johnson Crow's genealogical writing challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and often thought it would be a good idea but simply never got round to it. This year I saw another reference and as it was at the end of December, ...

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Schooldays

The de Fraine, Tompkins and Gillett families often sent both their sons and daughters away from home for a few years of education, and I have several times spotted familiar surnames on lists of pupils, which when I have tracked them through other census returns and through birth registrations have turned out to be related to the name I was originally looking for.

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Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones – both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal.

Maternal lucky find

Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucester, England

My great x2 grandfather, John Gillett, was baptised in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1835, before civil registration of course so no idea of his mother’s maiden name. He was the oldest child and even had his birth announced in the the newspapers, but with no clue there either. Richard Gillett his father had come from Brize Norton and as a tenant farmer, could have been married anywhere and there were several possibilities in various locations. It didn’t  help that the place of birth varied for her in the census returns and could even have been two different wives called Anne – she is also listed as being deaf in one census.

I bit the cost bullet and sent for the birth certificate for the next child, born in December 1837,  which said that her mother’s maiden name was Wood. Given my doubts about whether there might have been two different wives called Anne I still wasn’t sure. Even when the GRO eventually allowed searching by maiden names more recently and all the children came up with the same maiden name, I still wasn’t 100% convinced. Whenever likely counties records came on line I would look for this marriage but no joy.

Anne Gillett

As everyone does, every so often I randomly google the names or locations in my tree to see what pops up, and last summer, I came across some Oxfordshire records which I’d not seen before, the Index of Oxford Diocese Marriage Bonds and Affidavits, 1661-1850 and as usual went to the page for G and there it was – the missing marriage!! Thank you to Donnette Stringham Smith who had paid $200 for three rolls of microfilm to be filmed in June 1976.

Anne would have been about 18 years old then and Richard was 24. I can see from the index that John’s future wife’s grandparents (my 4x great grandparents)  also appear on the index so I have more work to do yet on this set of documents.!

G 265
Gillett, Richard, 21 a.u. of St. Aldates, Oxford
Wood, Ann, under 21 of Hawling, Glos.
At St. Aldates, Oxford 14 Oct 1831
d. 47
f. 312

In some ways that serendipitous discovery has taken me no further since tracking down her parents is proving a challenge but I have found out a lot about the Wood family from the Stow-in-the-Wold and Naunton area of Gloucestershire and it was very satisfying to have found out my great x3 grandmother’s maiden name, It is possible that I have a picture of her as we do have pictures of John and a man believed to be Richard and we have also one of Susan Gillett’s grandmother, Anne Gillett – trouble is, both her grandmothers were called Anne Gillett.


Paternal discovery

Thanks to work done by Neville Lewcock I had a rough outline of my recent paternal family history and through work done by John Manning and Phyllis de Fraine, I had a fair idea of the bare bones of my maternal side. Their work was done by visiting archives and family memories but I was lucky in that when I was able to start my own research in 2002 there was already some online and more and more arriving all the time.

Thanks to the IGI and an unusual surname, I was quickly able to confirm Neville’s research back to Samuel Lewcock. baker, and his marriage to Sarah Taphouse in Farnham, Surrey in 1793 and the baptisms of their children. Through Genes Connected, I was soon in touch with other Lewcock researchers. Early on we had realised that there were distinct pockets of Lewcocks and Lucocks across England.

The nearest to Farnham were a family group in Pyrford, Surrey who were sometimes recorded as Lewcock. but mostly as Lucock and another group in Odiham, Hampshire who were generally recorded as Lewcock. Give the numerous possibilities of variant spellings with the name I had learned every quickly not to get precious over the spelling!

Will of Samuel Lewcock, baker, of Farnham. National Archives.

I had learned early on of the value of wills and my first foray took me to Samuel’s own will and also those of his daughter-in-law’s ancestors.

There was a baptism of a Samuel Lewcock in Odiham but the dates weren’t quite right so a tentative place of birth was recorded for him along with his potential family group but it was a few years before we could get much further with any confidence – unfortunately he had died before 1841 which didn’t help and the putative father had died quite young.

In the meantime, George Lucock’s family in Pyrford were being followed up and I added them to the tree in the hopes that one day I would find the join if there was one. By then we had been tracking Samuel’s possible siblings and there was a possible ink to a family in Hampton, Surrey.

So, we had a John Lewcock born c. 1767 born out of Surrey in 1841 in Hampton and a John Lewcock baptised in Odiham in 1867, possible brother of our Samuel, and their father Richard. Richard was baptised in Odiham, the son of George and Barbary Lewcock. We also had George Lucock of Pyrford, son of another George who had married a Jane Chitty. His age at burial was about the same as a George who was the son of George and Barbary of Odiham.

The Hampshire Baptism CDs were gradually being published along with various Surrey CDs and the possible family groupings for all three branches were being firmed up along with checking with the wills available. And then when I was exploring origins.net just to see what they had for another family entirely, I came across their new collection of wills from Surrey. And there it was – the missing link! (some of the correspondence appears here.)

Surrey & South London Will Abstracts  1470-1856  – now available on findmypast.

Samuel Hare of Farnham, carpenter, indisposed 28 Mar 1758
to my brother Richard Hare all my two freehold tenements in Cove, Hampshire in the occupation of Thomas Gardiner and Thomas Wooldridge for life and then to my nephews Richard Lewcock and George Lewcock sons of my sister Barbara Lewcock; to my said nephews Richard and George Lewcock all my messuage in Castle Street, Farnham on east side in my occupation paying to my said sister Barbara £10, to my sister Mary Gregg, widow £5, to my nieces Mary Humphreys and Sarah Hare daughters of my brother Richard £10 each, to my nephews and nieces Samuel Lewcock, Thomas Lewcock, Mary Lewcock and Barbara Lewcock children of my sister Barbara £10 each, to my nephew and niece William Vice and Ann Vice children of my sister Ann Vice £10 each; to my nephews Richard and George Lewcock all my goods, execs.
Witnesses: John Crook; George Smith (X); John Lacy
Proved: 5 Apr 1758 to execs. 
 

By now I had also acquired the fiches for Odiham – they were really hard to read and it took some time, but I did eventually find George’s marriage to Barbara Hare. Lewcock was mis-transcribed as usual but I had found what I needed without even deliberately looking! I remember being really excited and telling anyone who cared to listen.

It also took me a few generations back as the Hares were very good at leaving wills. Finding George’s baptism to get that line back further was tricky though and needed a trip to Winchester to look at their copies of the fiches – but we found it – for George Leeucock, son of yet another Richard.

We’re still looking to see if we can “find the join” with another group of Surrey Lewcocks from the Dorking area, but hopefully one day I will stumble upon it.

Week 48: Gratitude

Week 48: Gratitude

Thank you very much .... The world of amateur genealogy would not be where it is without the selfless help of fellow genealogists. I learned enormous amounts from just reading other peoples' queries and the solutions. They gave me ideas of where to look and, more...

read more
Week 30: The Old Country

Week 30: The Old Country

Because we moved around a lot when I was small, it wasn't until I was about 7 years old that we settled in one place when my parents bought a new build bungalow in Rockdale Drive, Grayshott. Four years later they moved on to nearby Headley and then on to...

read more

Week 27: Solo – choice or circumstance?

Catherine Godfree, born in 1844, was the youngest child of George and Mary Ann Godfree of Great Rissington. She had three older brothers and seven older sisters. Five of the sisters married and had large families, two sisters married but had no children, while two of the brothers never married and the one that did had emigrated to Australia following the death of his father.

read more
Week 10: Strong Woman

Week 10: Strong Woman

I have been fascinated by the story of my great x2 grandmother, Catherine Whitehill, born in Glasgow on the 31st May 1847. She had a tough life judging by where she lived, yet she raised 9 children to adulthood in 3 cities, Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, at a time when infant mortality was high.

read more
Week 15: From Fire to Form

Week 15: From Fire to Form

A quick query of my family tree software shows me that of those who have an occupation entered, I have 32 smiths or related occupations of whom 8 are blacksmiths, 2 gunsmiths, 3 silversmiths, and 4 whitesmiths and also some charcoal burners.

read more
Week 24: Handed Down

Week 24: Handed Down

I have already got a post about my "hand-me-downs", so I have recycled that one this week. It traces the story of Suie Gillett, my maternal great grandmother and shows how easy it is to get things wrong when tracing your family history! The Gillett Spoons Since I...

read more

Week 6: Same Name

When I saw this prompt, I immediately thought of Jessie Ann Lewcock, who baptised and buried five babies, three of them called Seth, their father’s name. Only her two oldest children survived to adulthood, a daughter, Grace Agnes, and Lewis named for her brother. Her...

read more

Week 23: Wedding

Marrying the sister of a deceased wife was illegal in Victorian England. " ...under the Marriage Act of 1835, which had the support of the established Anglican church, it was prohibited for a widower to marry his wife’s sister on the grounds of a passage in Leviticus,...

read more

Week 16: Air

Flying, civilian pilots and air crew, RAF & Fleet Air Arm, ornithologists, fresh air .... When I saw this week's prompt I wasn't sure I had anything to really write about and was intending to write about fresh air as most of the world including me are under...

read more

Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

read more

Week 12: Very “historical” fiction

While I am doing my research I am mentally visualising the people I am looking at in the census or on a certificate and trying to imagine what their life was like; their house, the street, what they were wearing and how they spent their time. Because I read, and still...

read more
Week 5: So far away … from “home”

Week 5: So far away … from “home”

........ a light hearted look at genetic heritage. Both my grandmothers were Essex girls, but that is nothing to do with why I support West Ham! The theme tune for Sports Report (right click for the appropriate background music) brings back memories of being...

read more
Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

read more
Week 8: Prosperity

Week 8: Prosperity

George Godfree was my great x2 uncle, the sixth child and second son of George and Mary Ann, nee Smith, Godfree of Great Rissington. His father died in 1850, leaving the farm to Mary, "if she wants it", and then to George's older brother. Like many other younger sons...

read more
Week 7: Favourite Discovery

Week 7: Favourite Discovery

I can't write in great detail about my favourite discovery as it involves living people, but it was very early on in my genealogy research days when I was one of the first members of Genes Connected as it then was. My family had lost touch with a paternal first cousin...

read more
Week 4: Close to Home

Week 4: Close to Home

​When I decided to take early retirement and come back to England after 32 years living and working in Belgium, I toyed with several places to live. I wanted to be nearish the coast, my parents were living near Ely at the time so investigated Norfolk and Suffolk but...

read more
Week 3: Long Line

Week 3: Long Line

I was wondering which ancestors to choose this week, but ​I have decided to interpret Long Line as Long List. As soon as you start your family history research, you start collecting bookmarks, favo(u)rites – whatever your browser of choice calls them. The list gets...

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Week 2: Favourite Photograph

This is a hard one. Should it be the picture of Sarah Jane Tompkins née Godfree, a maternal great x2 grandmother, which I see every day as it is hanging over my mantlepiece? She also appears at the top of every page of this website. Perhaps it could be the group one...

read more

Week 1: Fresh Start

Where to begin? I could write about my personal disappointment about the UK's fresh start tomorrow, or I could write about my own fresh start when I first took advantage of FOM in 1976 and moved to Belgium to work or when I came back to England in 2008. However, I...

read more

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

For some time, I had spotted references to Amy Johnson Crow's genealogical writing challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and often thought it would be a good idea but simply never got round to it. This year I saw another reference and as it was at the end of December, ...

read more

Schooldays

The de Fraine, Tompkins and Gillett families often sent both their sons and daughters away from home for a few years of education, and I have several times spotted familiar surnames on lists of pupils, which when I have tracked them through other census returns and through birth registrations have turned out to be related to the name I was originally looking for.

read more

Surname Research ~ Lewcock

The intention has always been to see how and if the pockets of Lewcocks in Suffolk, Cornwall, Kent, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire are connected to each other and where those in Australia, India and the USA fit in. There are many variations of the surname in the records, mostly aural mis-spellings over time, but the listed variants. Lucock and Luckock,  are in use as surnames today. The surnames Laycock and Lowcock are only included incidentally where they appear in early records and tie in with other Lewcock /Lucock families.

Lewcock is not a very common surname and in the 19th Century, tended to be found in definite geographical areas: Suffolk, Cumbria, Durham, Surrey and Hampshire. There are also families to be found in Australia, the USA and India at this time.

The most common variant spelling is Lucock and in early records they were interchangeable which makes reading about the origins of the name interesting particularly as they give different definitions of the orgins, followed by using the same example of the earliest use … !

In most of these areas, the earliest references appear to be in the early to mid 1700s, but the name appears earlier in Cornwall, Somerset and Devon.

Those researchers who have attempted to join the Surrey/Hampshire trees together find that they may be looking at siblings who may have been born in the Odiham area of Hampshire, although it does look increasingly likely as more records have become available.

Some putative family groupings other than “our” main Lewcock line, can be seen by searching The Family Trees page on this site.

A great deal more research is being done!

A collection of Baptisms. Marriage, Burials and Wills

Week 9: Disaster

William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

read more
Week 11: Serendipity

Week 11: Serendipity

Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

read more

Surname Research ~ Lewcock

  The intention has always been to see how and if the pockets of Lewcocks in Suffolk, Cornwall, Kent, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire are connected to each other and where those in Australia, India and the USA fit in. There are many...

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Lewcock surname variants

LEEUCOCK LEUCOCK LEUCOK LEWCOCK LEWCOCKE LEWCOK LEWCOKE LEWKOC LOCKCOCK LOCKECOCK LOCOCK LOWCOCK LUCCOCKE UCKCOCK LUCKECUK LUCKKUCK LUCKOCK LUCKOCKE LUCKOKE LUCKUCK LUCKUCK LUCOCK LUCOCKE LUCOK LUCOKE LUCOOKE LUKKOCKE
and the occasional SEWCOCK

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Earliest references to Lewcock

These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.

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Lewcocks (and Lucocks) who served in WW1

  Lives of the First World War - WW1 Digital MemorialFrancis James Lewcock and his mother, Amy Elizabeth, are two of the Lewcocks who are remembered on this website.Amy Elizabeth LewcockLieutenant Francis James LewcockThere are other Lewcocks and Lucocks who...

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A (Very) Rough Guide to the Lewcocks (First Edition)

Henry James’s Vicar in the short story “The Third Person” speaks of his smuggling ancestors “…we owe them, in our shabby little shrunken present, the sense of a bustling background, a sort of undertone of romance.”[1]

So far no pots of gold (smuggled or otherwise) or vast unclaimed estates. However, a rich and varied cast of characters including one and a half murderers and a possible bigamist. And this is only a taster of some of their (our) stories.

This effort relies on a faulty memory, not entirely accurate digital and some paper records – and a fair amount of crude guesswork. Most of the “research” has been done the easy way – on the web stealing other people’s efforts. The account is very definitely distorted by what resources are as yet on line. There is thus a heavy bias to the 19th century, men and the military!

A key and growing reference point is the Lewcock.net [2] site hosted by Caroline O’Neill. Honorable mentions to Brian Marlow, Sandie Robson, Eric Lewcock , Rob Park, Neville Lewcock, Noreen and the late Len Barnes. Where no reference is given for information it is from relevant National or State Censuses or the births, marriages and deaths (BMD) records of the Family History Society and/or Ancestry.com. The many errors and false assumptions are this author’s!

The Guide looks first at some more or less likely origins of the name Lewcock. A sketch is given of where our ancestors might have been before the Lewcock form of the surname was settled. Possible Lewcock “trees” seeded in six different parts of England and South India are identified. They are in date order of first appearance in our records – no seniority is implied! Further regional groupings are then described where branches from the earlier saplings have extended and crossed. These include the USA, Canada, Australia and Southern Africa.

To prepare for what has become an unexpectedly long first ramble through the Lewcock landscape you may wish to keep Google maps or similar ready for use. You could perhaps get in the mood by tuning in and listening along to sample tracks from Christian Lewcock’s Emo For GrownUps! “54 UK States fans can’t be wrong”!

Thankfully “The [rest of the]Prologue is by misfortune lost”[3]. As the King of Hearts advised Alice, let us“…begin at the beginning and go on until the end: then stop”[4].

“…the son of love…”

Other people seem to find colourful and amusing “meanings” for the name Lewcock. Perhaps as a result the London Gazette shows at least two people formally changing their name from Lewcock by deed poll. However, Anna Lewcock is one who has stuck with it and comments in a 2009 blog about embarrassing names: “My surname is Lewcock, which sounds like it should be prime comedy material but I’ve had very little stick for it thus far (touch wood)”[5].

The “real” origin of the name is not obvious. Add in common variants such as Lucock – and numerous mis-transcriptions in official documents, e.g. Lussoor and Ioneh have been found! – the possibilities are …!

Sources seem agreed that, as with most other English surnames, it dates back to 11th or 12th Century England when a family name was needed for controlling people’s religion, recruiting them to warfare or dunning them for taxes – not mutually exclusive purposes then or now.

There are various websites purporting to advise on surname origins. The following seem to draw (very) heavily and selectively on Percy Reaney who makes some sensible comments about not relying too much on surname continuity over the centuries[6]. With that caution in mind…

The website “Family Crests”[7] suggests that:

“The surname of Lewcock was a baptismal name ‘the son of Love’, an early and popular first name…The name was derived from the Old English Lufu ‘love’, a widely distributed woman’s name.”

The “Internet Surname Database”[8] says Lewcock is

“…recorded in the spellings of Lewcock and Lowcock, this is a surname of Old Welsh and English origins. It is said to derive from the pre-7th century personal name Lowis, later generally spelt as Lewis, plus the patronymic “cocca”, meaning “son of”. It is said that Lowis or Lewis are short forms of the Germanic name “Lodowicus, from “hlod” meaning fame, and “wig” – war.” Loewe (lion) is another German origin suggested elsewhere. If there are any contemporary Welsh or German Lewcocks they are keeping a very low profile on the web! Lew is a Polish cognate of Lev and means lion in Russia and heart in Hebrew. There’s also a fairly common view that Lewcock is a version of Lecoq from Belgium or France – no evidence for a link so far.

Inconsistently, approaching from the other direction, the same website suggests of Lucock:

“This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and represents a rare survival of an Olde English pre-7th Century personal name into Middle English; it is rare because a great many native Anglo-Saxon personal names disappeared after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the subsequent introduction of Continental given names. The surname Lucock, also found as Lo(w)cock, Luck(c)ock, Luckcuck and Lewcock, derives from the Olde English male personal name “Lufa”, from “lufu”, love, with the later addition of the affectionate or diminutive suffix “-cock”, sometimes used in the same way as the suffix “-kin”, to distinguish the son from the father.” Hence, perhaps, “the Son of Love”.

Dig around a bit further for the possible origins of Lufa and you may come across the Norwegian Harald Harlufa – of the matted hair. When he became King, having killed or driven off most of his rivals he changed this to Harald Harfager – the fair haired. [9]

Another naming ”method” may have been to pick out a profession or local geographical feature e.g. Mr Smith, Miss Hedge, Mrs Church. From memory one surname dictionary suggests that Lewcock refers to water (lew) below a hill (cock). There are Rivers Lew in both Devon and Cornwall. Lew is a village in Oxfordshire (Lew or Lewa in the Domesday Book) – and little more than a field with a Church and barrow. Wikipedia advises that Hlaew means burial mound or barrow in Old English[10]. So Lewcock might mean Hillhill? – see also River Avon.

There are undoubtedly even earthier interpretations of both Lew and Cock – you may recall suffering from these at school? Nevertheless it must be doubtful that anybody sober would select a family name on the basis of its “memorable” associations!? Maybe, maybe not. Just as feudal lords imposed family names on their serfs in the English Middle Ages so the occupying French authorities imposed surnames on Jews in Poland between 1795-1807. The privilege of inventing family names was given to the composer E T A Hoffmann (later to be famous for his “Tales”). “Today being Friday we learned that Mrs Hoffmann … had served him pike in parsley sauce for dinner; so he has been handing out nothing but the names of fishes …”[11] Perhaps our medieval ancestors suffered from a similarly whimsical master? Or simple carelessness? At least two sets of proud late 19th century parents blessed their sons with W C Lewcock! And one of those passed it on to his son!

Much of the above information comes from (commercial) web-sites which are probably not focused on tracing the origins of Lewcock as such. Some sites may be suggesting family name origins to flatter their readers? Love’s Son or Lion’s Son or War Fame certainly sounds more impressive than Matted Hair’s Son.

And all or none of the above could be right? Even though Lewcock is an unusual surname, it could well have evolved independently in different parts of the World.

“40 shillings..wherewith to make a breakfast after my funeral..”

 

White Hart Public House, Godmanchester 2009

 

The earliest (honorary) Lewcock has to be the man found in an archaeological excavation dating from the 400 year long Roman occupation. So perhaps 300 or 400 AD?

“Burial, probably elderly male, C3 or C4, on the site of Lewcock’s Garage, Cambridge Road, Godmanchester[12] . Found with small jar of colour-coated ware, red slip on white paste, with pedestal foot, girth groove at the base of neck and everted rim, height 102mm and also two fragments of coarse ware and one of Samian ware.”[13]

A mere half a millenium later some references to Lufu(s) and Lufa(s) can be found in the Prosopography [Sorry!! “…an investigation of the common background characteristics of a historical group.” Wikipedia]of Anglo-Saxon England which attempts to catalogue people referred to in the remaining original documents of that era.[14] Lufu may have been a slave. Lufa is described in 982 as having been “King Eadred’s man” (ruled 946-955). A charter shows his lands on the Isle of Wight and in Hampshire (Portsea, Titchfield and the Meon Valley) being forfeit and sold by King Aethelred (Ethelred the Unready) to Aethelmaer who bequeathed them to the Monks of Winchester.

As noted above Lewa the place features in the Domesday Book in 1085[15]/86. There is also a person Lufa with land in several villages in North Devon[16]. One of these was Lovecote – now Lovacott. Another Lufa (perhaps the same as the chap above?) is described as “Reeve of King William” and had land in another cluster of villages in Surrey.[17] This cluster overlaps with the geographical focus of one of the modern Lewcock clans.

Fancifully (and grossly over-simplifying a very complex period) if Lufa had been stripped of his Hampshire lands by King Eadred’s grandson King Aethelred, he might perhaps have decided to thrown in his lot with Aethelred’s Norman nephew and eventual successor King William (“The Conqueror”). Lufa’s family might then have gained lands in Surrey at the Conquest – which could give an explanation for the survival of an Anglo-Saxon name? Lots of ifs there!

The Website “Family Crests” – lifting again from Percy Reaney – takes us to (slightly) firmer ground in mentioning Luuecok who was documented in the year 1176 in the County of Norfolk. Lovekoc de Wivedale also of the County of Norfolk was recorded in the year 1208.

The site Internet Surname Database states that: “The personal name is well recorded in the 13th Century: The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Peter Luuecok, which was dated 1221 [a] witness in the “Assize Court Rolls of Warwickshire” during the reign of King Henry III … 1216 – 1272. Leucok Schayfe is listed in the Lancashire Assize Rolls of 1246. Lovekoc de Wivedale in Yorkshire in 1275 [If this is the same Lovekoc as above he lived rather a long time and moved about a bit!] and Lokoc de Heppeworth, also in Yorkshire in 1286. The surname development includes: Geoffrey Luvecoc or Lucoc (1259, Yorkshire); Henry Lovecok (1274, Essex); and Robert Lukok (1338, Yorkshire), Simone Louecok in the Sussex subsidy of 1327 in the Rape of Hastings[18] and [note the 200-odd year gap and jump in geography!!] among the examples from Surrey Church Registers are the marriage of Rychard Lucocke and Elizabeth Steavens in Shere, on February 20th 1554 and the christening of Thomas, son of Edward Lucock, on May 22nd 1636, at Walton on the Hill.”

No systematic research has been found on the links between Lewcocks and Lucocks. Brian Marlow has drawn attention to references in a late 18th century will of one Lucock to a cousin Lewcock – in Farnham and Pyrford (email note to Caroline – The Missing Link). We come back to that again below. Caroline has prepared the ground for a wider exploration by trawling all the on-line 16th Century onwards Parish Registers for Lewcock variants (based on Soundex which searches on the basis of whether something sounds like Lewcock)[19]. This has already thrown up some useful pointers for further digging (see e.g. South India, below). One thing that stands out is that the variation in spelling narrowed dramatically over just a couple of hundred years. Caroline has come across 27 variant spellings in the Parish Registers compared with only six or so still in use today: Luckcock, Lucock Lewcock, Leacock, Laycock and Lowcock.

Another thing which shines out is that the spelling Lewcock as such is found quite late on – the first record found so far is 1577. This may be because it comes towards the end of what is called The Great Vowel Shift (!!) as English developed from the English of Chaucer’s day to that of Shakespeare[20]. One might speculate as follows (this author is not any kind of etymologist). One of the changes (in the south of England) from rather before 1400 AD to some time after 1500 AD was from the pronunciation of book (look, cook etc) as spelled (i.e. booook) to the modern southern England (BBC!) pronunciation of buk. In the north of England and some regional accents of course it still is booook.

At the start of the period there may have originally been two (at least) distinct pronunciations of Lucock i.e. Looooocock and Luckcock.

If in some areas Lucocks etc. wanted to try and retain the pronunciation Looocock in the spelling then they might have shifted to Lewcock? Despite the ambiguity in pronunciation others will have preferred to stick to Lucock. This linguistic dithering could have gone on for quite some time until 19th Century Government agencies, formalisation of registration, property rights etc would have forced them to stick to one or another.

However, elsewhere, because the pronunciation continued to be consistent in their region or because they thought of themselves anyway as Luckcocks they would have been happy to hang on to a Lucock variant spelling.

A very rapid reconnaissance of Lucock and Lewcock on the internet suggests that there are several geographically quite small areas where Lucocks and Lewcocks both originate. These include: Orford and Dunwich in Suffolk; Paignton in Devon; Sheppey and the Medway Towns in Kent; East Surrey. In the graveyard of St Bartholomew Church, Orford graves for John Lewcock and James Lucock stand side by side[21]. According to an early version of the Catlow Family Tree of felixtehmoggy[22] Joseph Lewcock from Curthwaite in Cumbria married Elizabeth Bates. Admirably evenhandedly three of their children were surnamed Lucock and two Lewcock. [Was it the tree owner’s spelling of the name as found in the records?]

However, another early outcome from Caroline’s research is that there are important clusters of variants with no Lewcocks outside these areas, e.g. in Somerset.

There’s obviously a vast field for further research – which will probably be necessary if the origin of Lewcocks is to be pushed back with any certainty before the 16th Century. However, from this point, for (relative) simplicity, this narrative will stick (with occasional exceptions) to Lewcock. Perhaps in a future edition of our Very Rough Guide this very big gap can be filled.

The earliest found Lewcock spelled as suchis William, one of the innkeepers (there were nine others) at Pentrig and Rypley in Derbyshire in 1577. He just beats Joan Lewcock who was buried on 3 August 1584 at Wonersh in Surrey[24].

Bures St Mary 2009

Just a few years later than William and Joan up comes Harry Lewcock, mentioned in the will of John Whale in 1608 “…to my fellow servants unto Sir William Waldgrave 40 shillings, wherewith to make breakfast after my funeral; to Rachel Wall, Barbara Mytch and Harry Lewcock, servants to my sister Joan Biscoe”.[25] Sir William was living at the time at Smallbridge House, just outside Bures (now Bures St Mary), on the borders of Suffolk and Essex. This is, as a consequence, the first known house where a Lewcock (possibly!) stayed!! [26]. It can still be seen on the banks of the Stour. Possibly Harry is the Henry Lewcok buried in Woodbridge in 1609[27]. 1608 seems to have been a good year since in August Frauncis Lewcocke (spelled thus) married Joan Barnden in Arundel, Sussex[28].

George Albert Lewcock – of whom more below – advised caution in 1891 in lumping together London “captures” (of beetles and bugs in his case rather than Lewcocks but the principle applies). In a rather ponderous joke he observed of the term the London District “… the said district includes rather a wide area, so wide indeed, that I would recommend the term to persons who desire to altogether suppress the name of any locality in the south of England, when recording their captures.”[29]

In recent times most Lewcock families do seem to be found in a few fairly well defined geographical Districts. However, beware! Don’t assume that Lewcocks found in the same place are necessarily related.

There are regions where family blood ties seem likely to be continuous as far back as our present records show. These are considered below as five “Trees”:

1. Suffolk and East Anglia

2. South India

3. North Hampshire, Berkshire, West Surrey Heathlands

4. Cumbria and Durham

5. Lancashire and Cheshire.

Others reflect coincidental groupings of Lewcocks from different branches of the family where direct blood links have not (yet?) been proved – for example, at least four different sets of Lewcocks have passed through South Hampshire. These are considered in ten regional “Groupings” including USA, Canada and Australia.


[1] James H 2001 “Ghost Stories of Henry James” Wordsworth Classics

[2] Caroline’s Family History Pages

[3] Quoted in Lewcock D 2008 Aphra Behn Stages the Social Scene in the Restoration Theatre Cambria Press, Amherst New York The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume I by Aphra Behn from The Dutch Lover, 1673.

[4] Francis James Lewcock, in an affectionate nod to his wife Alice Bradley headed the chapters of his banking texts with quotations from Alice’s Adventures.

[5] Richard Wiseman: The Name Game

[6] Reaney P H and Wilson R M 1976 A Dictionary of English Surnames (2nd Edition) Routledge and Kegan Paul, London and Boston

[7] Coat of Arms & Family Crests Store

[8] The Internet Surname Database

[9] In The Helmskringa of Snorri Sturluson

[10] Mills, A.D 2003 A Dictionary of British Place-NamesOxford UniversityPress

[11] Lukowski J and Zawadzki H A 2006 Concise History of Poland 2nd Edition CUP

[12] Now the car park of the White Hart Public House

[13] Garrood, J.R.. 1937. The Cambridge and Huntingdon Archaeological Society (TCHAS) 7. p. 392 – 393

[14] The Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England (PASE)

[15] National Archives: Domesday Book

[16] Aveton Gifford, Buck’s Cross, Crockenwell, East and West Kimber, East and West Peeke, Exeter, Great Rutleigh, Harkford, Hemerdon, Hollam, Huxhill,,Lovacott, Milford, Monkswell, North Lobb, Peters Marland, Poughill, Pulham, Praunsley, Sigford, South Hole, Speccott, Train, Twigbeare, Wear Giffard, West Dockworthy, West Putford, Winscott, Winswell, Yarnscombe.

[17] Ashstead, Banstead, Battersea, Bramley, Chaldon, Cuddington, Farncombe, Fetcham, Gatton, Hatcham, Mitcham, Pachesham, Peckham, Southwark, Streatham, Tadworth, Tatsfield, Whitford

[18] British History Online Sussex subsidy of 1327: The rape of Hastings

[19] Caroline’s Family History Pages

[20] Wikipedia: Great Vowel Shift

[21] Churchyard visit by C P Lewcock in 2009.

[22] Catlow Family Tree

[23] Public Houses and Victuallers in Belper.

[24] Caroline’s Family History Pages

[25] The New York genealogical and biographical record

[26] Smallbridge Hall

[27] Caroline’s Family History Pages

[28] Sussex Marriage Registers up to 1837 CD Rom.

[29] Transactions of the City of London Entomological and Natural History Society 1891 PP 1-7 British Library Shelfmark Ac 3652

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Lewcock surname variants

LEEUCOCK LEUCOCK LEUCOK LEWCOCK LEWCOCKE LEWCOK LEWCOKE LEWKOC LOCKCOCK LOCKECOCK LOCOCK LOWCOCK LUCCOCKE UCKCOCK LUCKECUK LUCKKUCK LUCKOCK LUCKOCKE LUCKOKE LUCKUCK LUCKUCK LUCOCK LUCOCKE LUCOK LUCOKE LUCOOKE LUKKOCKE
and the occasional SEWCOCK

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Earliest references to Lewcock

These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.

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Lewcocks (and Lucocks) who served in WW1

  Lives of the First World War - WW1 Digital MemorialFrancis James Lewcock and his mother, Amy Elizabeth, are two of the Lewcocks who are remembered on this website.Amy Elizabeth LewcockLieutenant Francis James LewcockThere are other Lewcocks and Lucocks who...

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Lewcock surname variants

Just some of the surname variations I have come across!

LEEUCOCK

LEUCOCK
LEUCOK
LEWCOCK – spelling in use today.
LEWCOCKE
LEWCOK
LEWCOKE
LEWKOC
LOCKCOCK
LOCKECOCK
LOCOCK
LOWCOCK (only included where the rest of “the family” uses another likely variant.)
LUCCOCKE
LUCKCOCK – spelling in use today.
LUCKECUK
LUCKKUCK
LUCKOCK
LUCKOCKE
LUCKOKE
LUCKUCK
LUCKUCK
LUCOCK – spelling in use today.
LUCOCKE
LUCOK
LUCOKE
LUCOOKE
LUKKOCKE

and the occasional SEWCOCK

Laycock, Leacock and Lowcock, are also possible variations on the original.

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William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

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Surname Research ~ Lewcock

  The intention has always been to see how and if the pockets of Lewcocks in Suffolk, Cornwall, Kent, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire are connected to each other and where those in Australia, India and the USA fit in. There are many...

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Lewcock surname variants

LEEUCOCK LEUCOCK LEUCOK LEWCOCK LEWCOCKE LEWCOK LEWCOKE LEWKOC LOCKCOCK LOCKECOCK LOCOCK LOWCOCK LUCCOCKE UCKCOCK LUCKECUK LUCKKUCK LUCKOCK LUCKOCKE LUCKOKE LUCKUCK LUCKUCK LUCOCK LUCOCKE LUCOK LUCOKE LUCOOKE LUKKOCKE
and the occasional SEWCOCK

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Earliest references to Lewcock

These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.

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Lewcocks (and Lucocks) who served in WW1

  Lives of the First World War - WW1 Digital MemorialFrancis James Lewcock and his mother, Amy Elizabeth, are two of the Lewcocks who are remembered on this website.Amy Elizabeth LewcockLieutenant Francis James LewcockThere are other Lewcocks and Lucocks who...

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Earliest references to Lewcock

These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.

Follow this link to see a list of Surname variants

 

 
1538 Somerset Pitcombe 07 NOV 1538 RICHARD LUCKOOKE None given
1540 Surrey Merrow 01 NOV 1540 JNO LUCKOCK THOS LUCKOCK
1542 Cornwall Kilkhampton 16 SEP 1542 DOROTHEA LUCCOCKE ROGERI LUCCOCKE
1552 Devon Barnstaple 07 JAN 1552 SYMOND LUCOKE THOMAS LUCOKE
1561 Worcestershire Halesowen 07 OCT 1561 JOYCE LUCKOCKES RICHARD LUCKOCKES
1568 Suffolk Thorndon 18 JUN 1568 FLORETINA. LUCOCKE JOHANNIS LUCOCKE
1581 Oxfordshire Banbury 15 MAY 1581 THOMAS LUCKOCK RICHARD LUCKOCK
1583 Hertfordshire Saint Albans (Abbey) 09 MAR 1583 ROBERT LUCCOCK JOHN LUCCOCK
1588 Yorkshire Sheffield 01 NOV 1588 JOHES LOUCOCKE STEPHANI LOUCOCKE
1631 Kent Whitstable  30 OCT 1631 Martha Lucock Robert Lucock
1635 Staffordshire Wolverhampton  12 JUL 1635 JOHN LUCKCOX JOHN LUCKCOX
1654 Gloucestershire Bristol  23 SEP 1654 CHRISTIAN ELLES LUCOCK
1670 Lancashire Dalton In Furness 1670 AGNES LUCOCKE THOMAS LUCOCKE
1691 London Saint Giles Cripplegate 02 AUG 1691 STEPH. LUCOCK STEPH. LUCOCK and Ann
1691 Cumberland Saint Bees 30 SEP 1691 MARY LUCOCKE TIMOTHY LUCOCKE
1695 Hampshire Rotherwick  27 OCT 1695 RICHARD LOCOCK BARBARATH LOCOCK
1696 Warwickshire Northfield, Warwick 27 SEP 1696 WILLIAM LUCCOCK WILLIAM LUCCOCK

 

OTHER BAPTISMS

Lewcock Baptisms: Cornwall to Oxfordshire

Lewcock Baptisms: Somerset to Surrey

Lewcock Baptisms: Warwickshire to Yorkshire

 

1542 Cornwall Kilkhampton 10 JAN 1542 ROGERUS LUCCOCKE JOHANNA
1547 Somerset Buckland Saint Mary 10 JUN 1547 THOMAS LUCKOCKE ISABELLA WALTAM
1554 Surrey Shere 20 FEB 1554 RYCHARD LUCOCKE ELIZABETH STEAVENS
1578 Hertfordshire Saint Albans 03 MAR 1578 JOHN LUCCOCK JOAN BUCKMA.
1580 Oxfordshire Banbury 17 JUL 1580 RICHARD LOCKECOCK OR LUCKECUK ALICE EVANE OR EVANS
1583 Yorkshire Norton By Malton 28 FEB 1583 MARGRET LUCKOCK WILLIAM WALKER
1592 Gloucestershire Bristol 29 JAN 1592 RICHARD LUCOCKE AILCE MASKOLE
1607 Devon Plymouth 10 MAY 1607 JUDITH LUCOCKE LUCAS VANLEVEN
1608 Sussex Arundel 24 AUG 1608 FRAUNCIS LEWCOCKE JOAN BARNDEN
1609 Kent Chislet 04 MAY 1630 ROBERT LUCOCK MARTHA SPINNINGE
1615 Suffolk Parham 04 MAY 1615 ALCE LEWCOCKE JOHN GOODALE
1618 Warwickshire Aston Juxta Birmingham 02 DEC 1618 WILLIAM LUCKCOCK JEASE LANE
1628 Norfolk Attleborough 26 FEB 1628 WILLAM LEWCOCKE MARIE WHITE
1670 Lancashire Dalton In Furness 04 APR 1670 THO. LUCOCKE ELIZ. DODGSHON
1688 Hampshire South Warnborough 28 Feb 1688 Richard Lucock Rachel Lane
1689 Worcestershire Halesowen 24 FEB 1689 MARIE LUCKCOKE RICHARD DEELIE

Follow this link to see Lewcock Marriages: All Counties

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William George Lewcock 1839-1887. St George's Churchyard, Hanworth. William George Lewcock died on the 3rd May 1887 leaving a wife and 8 children, three of whom were under twelve years old. If we have connected the twigs and branches correctly, he is a very distant...

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Researching our family history depends on careful research over time, but is often progressed by a large slice of luck! I have had two major ones - both when I was looking for something else, one for my paternal line and one on the maternal. Maternal lucky find My...

read more

Surname Research ~ Lewcock

  The intention has always been to see how and if the pockets of Lewcocks in Suffolk, Cornwall, Kent, Cumberland, Yorkshire, Surrey, Middlesex and Hampshire are connected to each other and where those in Australia, India and the USA fit in. There are many...

read more

Lewcock surname variants

LEEUCOCK LEUCOCK LEUCOK LEWCOCK LEWCOCKE LEWCOK LEWCOKE LEWKOC LOCKCOCK LOCKECOCK LOCOCK LOWCOCK LUCCOCKE UCKCOCK LUCKECUK LUCKKUCK LUCKOCK LUCKOCKE LUCKOKE LUCKUCK LUCKUCK LUCOCK LUCOCKE LUCOK LUCOKE LUCOOKE LUKKOCKE
and the occasional SEWCOCK

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Earliest references to Lewcock

These early references have been collected from extracted entries on the International Genealogical Index and other online sources. It is not definitive since not all registers have been transcribed.

read more

Lewcocks (and Lucocks) who served in WW1

  Lives of the First World War - WW1 Digital MemorialFrancis James Lewcock and his mother, Amy Elizabeth, are two of the Lewcocks who are remembered on this website.Amy Elizabeth LewcockLieutenant Francis James LewcockThere are other Lewcocks and Lucocks who...

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