George Alcock of the White Hart

contributed by Dave Alcock

George Alcock was born in Westbury in 1846, son of John Alcock and Esther Millon (also appears as Miller, Million and Millen) He became a publican at the Hare and Hounds Woodford and also was a carrier to Northampton and Banbury. While at the Hare and Hounds he married Amelia Perry who was working as a servant at the Rectory, just a few yards from the pub. (Sept 24 1872.) They had the following children:-

George moved from the Hare and Hounds, (his sister had been helping at the Pub and she married John Bird and took it over when George moved to Brackley), to become a General Dealer in Brackley Northampton Road where he lived next door to his showroom. From there he moved to the White Hart and then to the Reindeer. At the time of his death he had presumably retired and was living at 62 High Street Brackley. The dates of the children's births and deaths help to confirm the time he spent in Tingewick.

Of course my link to Tingewick is that George was my ggfather and my gfather Frederick was born at the White Hart. The 1881 census shows the family with 5 children in Brackley. The 1891 Census shows George and Amelia with George Thomas, Arthur Henry, Edith Mary and Frederick William at the White Hart Tingewick. John James at 16 years was elsewhere. Anyone know where?

In 1901 George and Amelia were at the Reindeer in Westbury. By this time Edith had died but where were Frederick William aged 15, Arthur Henry aged 24, and George Thomas aged 22? Frederick was married from the Reindeer, George Thomas married a local girl and Arthur Henry died at the Reindeer. It seems odd they were all missing for the census. If anyone can throw any light on this, even a glimmer, it will be very welcome. I know there are many reasons why somone may not be recorded but for all the children to be missing seems unusual. I did obtain a copy of the original return just in case there was a transcription error but that also shows just George and Amelia at Westbury that night.

I believe there are no other children from George and Amelia the writing of returns could create errors. George Thomas is shown as George T but the "T" resembles an "S" more than a "T". I also believe George T worked as an apprentice in Banbury before running his own butcher's shop in Harbury. I think he also went to the Boer War but do not know in what capacity or for how long. Frederick trained as a coachmaker but was soon running a pub in Fenny Stratford.