Albert Edward [Alcock]

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Personal and Family Information

Albert was born on 2 OCT 1832 in Preston Bissett, Buckinghamshire, the son of Arlent Alcock and Sarah Flowers.[Notes 2, 3]

He died on 15 SEP 1886. The place is not known.

His wife was Jane Lott, whom he married in ABT MAY 1855 in Bridgwater registration district, Somerset. Their ten known children were Annie (?-?), Henry (?-?), Albert Lott (c1856-?), Emily Lott (c1860-?), Samuel Arlent (c1862-1938), Frank F. (c1865-?), Jane Gertrude (c1869-?), Charles H. (c1871-?), Florence (c1873-?) and John Ernest (c1875-1875).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


 

Albert Edward [Alcock]
(1832-1886)

 

Arlent Alcock
(1794-1855)

 

John Alcock
(<1749-1830)

 

William Alcock
(<1720-1812)

+
   

Susannah Jeffs
(c1722-1815)

 
   

Sarah Watts
(<1748-1832)

 

Charles Watts
(<1715-<1781)

+
   

Catherine Williams
(c1714-1773)

 
   

Sarah Flowers
(1797-1877)

 

Charles Flowers
(<1747-1831)

 

Richard Flowers
(<1713-1780)

+
   

Alice Hannah Adkins
(<1717-1786)

+
   

Ann Strong
(<1756-<1833)

 

William Strong
(c1715-1785)

 
   

[H]Esther Grant
(1715-<1767)

+

Events

EventDateDetailsSourceMultimediaNotes
Birth02 OCT 1832
Place: Preston Bissett, Buckinghamshire
Flowers / Strong Family Bible
Source: Flowers / Strong Family Bible

See Note 2
See Note 3
Death15 SEP 1886
1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
Source: 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
Authors: William Arlent Webb
Publisher: large scrapbooks

1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
Source: 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
Authors: William Arlent Webb
Publisher: large scrapbooks

Census03 APR 1881
Place: 8 High Street, Yeovil, Somerset
Type: 1881 Census
1881 census of England
Source: 1881 census of England
Authors: tr. SKF
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/7572/SOMRG11_2389_2392-0796/18597716

See Note 4
See Note 5
Census02 APR 1871
Place: Kingston Street, Yeovil, Somerset
Type: 1871 Census
1871 census of England
Source: 1871 census of England
Authors: tr. SKF
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/7619/SOMRG10_2414_2418-0378/14843724

See Note 6
See Note 7
Census30 MAR 1851
Place: 419 ?Ilney Street, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire
Type: 1851 Census
1851 census of England
Source: 1851 census of England
Authors: extr. skf
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8860/NTHHO107_1737_1737-0493/4266902

See Note 8
See Note 9
Census06 JUN 1841
Place: Thornborough, Buckinghamshire
Type: 1841 Census
1841 census of England
Source: 1841 census of England
Authors: extr. SKF
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8978/BKMHO107_43_45-0417

See Note 10
See Note 11
Census07 APR 1861
Place: Upper Street, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire
Type: 1861 Census
1861 census of England
Source: 1861 census of England
Authors: tr. SKF
Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8767/BKMRG9_875_879-0461/11315638

See Note 12
See Note 13
Burial
Place: Yeovil, Somerset
Type: Burial
1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
Source: 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
Authors: William Arlent Webb
Publisher: large scrapbooks

1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
Source: 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
Authors: William Arlent Webb
Publisher: large scrapbooks

Multimedia

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Albert & Jan...

Notes

Note 1

see file ‘Edwards Albert married to Jane Lott.docx’ downloaded from https://www.ancestry.co.uk/mediaui-viewer/tree/112935336/person/280106796979/media/7ca435f3-5152-4210-93b4-f2d645260444

Albert Edwards

Draper of High Street

Albert Edwards was actually born Albert Edward Alcock in Preston Bissett, a small hamlet in Buckinghamshire, in 1832 and baptised there on 9 October 1832. He was the son of farmer Arlent Allcock (b 1796) and his wife Sarah (b 1801). In the 1841 census Arlent and Sarah were listed living at Thornborough, Buckinghamshire with their children Arlent Jnr (b 1823), James (b 1826), Austin (b 1829), Sarah Ann (b 1830), 8-year old Albert, Charles (b 1835), Anne (b 1838) and 3-month old Hannah. By 1851 Albert had left home and was lodging in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, but his trade is illegible in the census.

In the summer of 1855 Albert married Jane Lott (b 1834) probably at Stockland Bristol (a hamlet near Bridgwater), but certainly in the Bridgwater registration district. She was the daughter of fisherman Samuel Lott (b 1807) of Stockland Bristol and his wife Sarah (b 1811). At the time of his marriage Albert used his full name of Albert Edwards Alcock.

Albert and Jane moved to Yeovil where, in May 1856, Albert took over the draper's stock and business of Joseph Penny at Alma House, immediately next door to the Mermaid Hotel in High Street.

On the night of the 1861 census 28-year old Albert was visiting his widowed mother and siblings back at Thornborough, Buckinghamshire. Visiting with him was his father-in-law Samuel Lott and his 18-year old brother-in-law Isaak Lott. Both Albert and Isaak gave their occupations as drapers. For the first time (in the records at least) Albert gave his name as Albert Edwards rather than Albert Allcock - what caused the name change is unknown. Interestingly, Albert's mother was described as a "Farmer of 222 acres employing 6 men and 4 boys" obviously assisted by her sons Arlent and Charles. In the meantime Jane and baby daughter Emily were listed at Alma House, together with Jane's sister-in-law Ann who was an assistant in the shop. Also resident were two draper's apprentices, a further shop assistant and two domestic servants.

Albert was only listed twice in Yeovil trade directories, firstly as a Linen Draper of High Street in the 1866 Post Office Directory and secondly as a "Tailor & Linen & Woollen Draper of high Street" in the Post Office Directory of 1875.

By the time of the 1871 census Albert and Jane, aged 38 and 37 respectively, were living in Kingston, close to Fiveways, with their children Albert Lott (b 1856), Emily Lott (b 1860), Samuel W (b 1863), Frank F (b 1865), Jane G (b 1869) and one month-old Charles H. Also living with them were Albert's sister Annie, a monthly nurse and two domestic servants. Albert listed his occupation as "Draper employing 10 hands" one of whom would have been his 32-year old unmarried sister Annie who gave her occupation as a Draper's Assistant.

In October 1873 Albert moved his retail outlet by acquiring 8 High Street (today the premises of Clement White). These premises had been the drapery of Benjamin Ryall at least since 1831, and then run by his son John until the latter's retirement in 1873. It is most likely that at this time Alma House was taken over by draper Benjamin Penny.

In the summer of 1879 Jane died, aged 45, and in the 1881 census 48-year old Albert was living above the shop at 8 High Street with six of his children, a milliner, five draper's assistants, a cook, a nurse and a housemaid. Albert gave his occupation as 'Draper & Valuer' and his eldest son Albert was also listed as a draper.

Albert was a 'Licensed Valuer of Drapery Stocks' and consequently travelled a lot throughout the district valuing the stock of other drapers who might be going out of business, especially those who had experienced fires and their stock was consequently water-damaged. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, Albert frequently purchased such stock from the insurers or the drapers themselves and he would then sell the stock at greatly reduced prices - many of his advertisements placed in local newspapers over a period of some twenty years were for the retail of such stock from his premises.

In Whitby's Yeovil Almanack Advertiser of 1882 Albert Edwards & Co were also listed as Funeral Directors of High Street.

Albert Edwards died in Yeovil in the autumn of 1886 aged 53. It seems that his children did not continue the business and in 1888 Benjamin Penny was advertising his 'New Combination Funeral Carriage' for hire from Alma House.

Note 2

place from census

Note 3

Albert Edward Allcock Oct 2 ^1832^

Note 4

age 48, widower, draper & valuer, with 3 sons, 3 dau, 6 shop assistants, cook, nurse, housemaid

Note 5

1881 England Census > Somerset Yeovil District 1

[frame 46 of 49]

Schedule 239 8 High Street

Albert Edwards Head, Wid, 48 Draper & Valuer born Preston Bissett

Albert do Son, Unm, 25 Draper Somerset Bridgwater

Emilie Edwards Daur, Unm, 21 [Housekeeper] crossed out Somerset Yeovil

Frank do Son, 16 “ “

Gertrude do Daur, 12 Scholar “ “

Charles do Son, 10 Scholar “ “

Florence do Daur, 8 Scholar “ “

Harriett Allen Boarder, Unm, 33 Miliner born Somerset Bristol

Louie Hoddiworth do do, 22 Draper’s Assistant do Brewham

Mary Cornelius do do 28 do Cornwall Gwenamp

Fryel Pike do do 20 do Somerset Bruton

William Elliott do do 24 do Middlesex London

John Pitman do do 19 do Somerset Templcombe

Ann Penny Serv. do 46 Cook Domestic Dorset Over Compton

Sarah do do do 72 Nurse do do do

Marion Stone do 18 Housemaid do Somerset Hazelbury

Note 6

age 38, draper, with wife, 4 sons, 2 dau, sister, 3 servants

Note 7

1871 England Census > Somerset Yeovil District 2

[frame 19 of 57]

Schedule 86 Kingston St

Albert Edwards Head, Mar, 38 Draper employing 10 hands born Bucks Preston Bissett

Jane do Wife do 37 born Somerset Steart

Albert Lott do Son, Unm, 15 Scholar do Bridgewater

Emily do do Daughter 11 do do Yeovil

Samuel W do Son 8 do do do

Frank F do Son 6 do do do

Jane G do Daughter 6 do do do

Charles H do Son 1 Mo do do do

Annie do Sister Unm 32 Drapers Assistant Bucks Thorborough

Sarah Penny Nurse, Widow, 62 Monthly Nurse Dorset Compton

Ann do Servant, unm, 36 Domestic servant do do

Jane Rawlings Servant, Unm, 18 do do Somerset Fiddington

Note 8

age 18, draper, with William Eyles etc.

Note 9

1851 England Census > Buckinghamshire Wolverton 9b

[frame 63 of 95]

Schedule 185 419 Iuny Street

William Eyles Unm, 34 Draper born Bucks, Akeley

Albert Alcock Unm, 18 Draper do Preston

Mary Pinfold Unm, 50 House Servant Northamptonshire, Deanshanger

Note 10

age 8, with parents, 4 bro, 3 sis

Note 11

1841 England Census > Buckinghamshire Thornborough District 5

[frame 5 of 11]

Arlent Allcock 45 Farmer Not born in Buckinghamshire

Sarah do 40 N

Arlent jun’r do 18 N

James do 15 N

Austin do 12 N

Sarah jun’r do 11 N

Albert do 8 Y (i.e. born in Buckinghamshire)

Charles do 6 Y

Anne do 3 Y

Hannah do 3m Y

William Harris 30 M.S. Y [i.e. Male Servant]

Eliza Gregory 20 F.S. N

Note 12

age 28, Draper, visiting mother, brothers etc. with father- & bro-in-law

Note 13

1861 England Census > Buckinghamshire Thornborough District 8

[frame 14 of 36]

Schedule 51 Upper Street

Sarah Allcock Head, W, 64 Farmer of 222 acres employing 6 men 4 boys born Northants Syresham

Arlent do Son, Un, 35 born Do Do

Charles do Son, unm, 25 Bucks Preston Bissett

Hannah do Daur Unm, 20 Do Thornborough

Sarah Pittam Serv, unm, 17 Do Potters Pury

Samuel Lott Visitor, Mar, 59 Fisherman Somerset, Stockland Bris

Isaak Lott Visitor, unm, 18 Draper Do Do

Albert Edwards Visitor, mar, 28 Draper Bucks Preston Bissett

Sources

  1. Flowers / Strong Family Bible
    Source: Flowers / Strong Family Bible
  2. 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
    Source: 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
    Authors: William Arlent Webb
    Publisher: large scrapbooks
  3. 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
    Source: 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
    Authors: William Arlent Webb
    Publisher: large scrapbooks
  4. 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
    Source: 1930's ancestral research of W.A. Webb
    Authors: William Arlent Webb
    Publisher: large scrapbooks
  5. 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
    Source: 1930s scrapbooks King-Pulley-Butler-Clarke etc
    Authors: William Arlent Webb
    Publisher: large scrapbooks
  6. 1881 census of England
    Source: 1881 census of England
    Authors: tr. SKF
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/7572/SOMRG11_2389_2392-0796/18597716
  7. 1871 census of England
    Source: 1871 census of England
    Authors: tr. SKF
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/7619/SOMRG10_2414_2418-0378/14843724
  8. 1851 census of England
    Source: 1851 census of England
    Authors: extr. skf
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8860/NTHHO107_1737_1737-0493/4266902
  9. 1841 census of England
    Source: 1841 census of England
    Authors: extr. SKF
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8978/BKMHO107_43_45-0417
  10. 1861 census of England
    Source: 1861 census of England
    Authors: tr. SKF
    Publisher: original records digitised on www.ancestry.co.uk
    Page: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interactive/8767/BKMRG9_875_879-0461/11315638