Memories of Hocquard family members

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These memories of her ancestors were sent to us by Mary Hocquard

My son Graham has traced my family back to Thomas Hocquard (1640- ).

The family was in Jersey until Francois, my 2x great-grandfather, decided to take his family to Utah.

I am able to provide snippets from my childhood memories.

Liverpool branch

Jean Hocquard (1823-1894), not wanting to go to Utah, went with wife Jane to Liverpool – so starting the Liverpudlian branch. They had four children: Alice (1866-1927), Philip (1867-1923) a miller, who married Elizabeth (1867-1934), Elizabeth (1870-1950s), Florence(1875) married John Eardley.

Philip and wife Elizabeth? ( my grandparents) had nine children, though only seven survived, they were:-

  • John (Jack) (1890-1963), married Charlotte. Jolly Jack was in the First World War. They had two children (my cousins) Elsie (1921- ) and Philip (1926). I remember them well and was at both of their weddings. I was child bridesmaid at Elsie’s wedding to Thomas Bathgate and was very proud in my borrowed blue taffeta dress. It was during World War Two and my mother was unable to buy a new one because of rationing. I remained close to Elsie and Tom until their deaths, although my studying and later marriage took me from Liverpool for years at a time.
  • Philip
  • Mary Jane (1896- ) married George Philip Hine. They had two children, George Philip and Denby (1924- ). We would visit regularly. My earliest recollection was of them living in Fazakerley Liverpool near to John and ‘Dot’. They later moved to Maghull. After George’s death, Mary moved to the Lake District to live with her son George, and wife Rene. From time to time I would stay with my aunt and uncle for a weekend.
  • Richard (1893-1903). At the age of 10 Richard went to hospital for a tonsillectomy but did not survive. My father (Fred) said that they cut his windpipe, but whether or not that is correct, I don’t know.
  • Stephen (1898-1898)
  • Charlotte (1900- ) Stayed at home and worked in family shop with mother after father’s death, married Thomas Wolfe who became chief engineer for Cadbury’s.
  • Frederick (1902-1985), married Lilian May McColl (1905-1965). Fred, as a young man, worked in a mill, as had his father. He later became an insurance agent, changing to the Royal Liver Insurance until he retired after Lil’s early death. His health had not been good and his doctor recommended that he retire, but he continued to work, thinking he would be the first to die and Lil would receive a bigger pension when she died. He came to live with us but left after about 18 months and moved to the Lake District near his sister Mary. He had been a very hard worker and did not cope well with the idea of deteriorating health. During World War Two he was in the RAF and, when stationed in Hereford, on two occasions, Lil and I holidayed there. It was so peaceful there you would not have known there was a war at all. Lil, too, was a hard worker, too hard. She was not one to complain and would always help anyone in need, so compromising her own health. At her funeral the big church was packed and, over weeks, people were telling us of the many ways in which she had helped them. We never knew she was doing this.
  • Elizabeth ‘Bessie’ (1905- ) We stayed with her for about six months during the war to get away from the bombing, though it did not turn out to be as safe as we had thought. Bessie had eight children and her husband, Percy, Raynor Sutton had left her.
  • David (1908- ) married Florence Saunders. We saw quite a lot of them and their daughter, Jeannette, as Fred was very fond of his young brother. Dave served in the army during World War Two. He was a lithographer. Sadly, all three of them developed cancer over the years and died as a result.
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