My Paternal grandfather Frederick George Richer was born to Thomas Richer and Matilda Emma Scutcher in 1883 at Walthamstow Essex.
This post will concentrate on the Scutcher family. The surname of Scutcher has many spellings, consisting of:
Matilda Emma Scutcher was born in 1842 Tendring, Great Bentley, Essex. Her parents were: Francis Scutcher and Mary Pretty.
Francis and Mary were married at Great Bentley Essex on the 21 July 1818. Francis’s surname on the English Marriages 1538-1973 located on Family Search shows it as being Scutche.
Francis and Mary had 11 children:I note here that all of the christening information on Family Search are shown as Scutche and Scutchey
- MaryAnn Born 1818
- Sarah Born 1821
- John Francis Born 1824
- Eliza Born 1826
- Elizabeth Born 1829 – Died 1836
- William Born 1832 – Died 1854
- Susanna Born 1834
- Hannah Born 1839
- Matilda Emma Born 1842 – Died 1925
- Francis Born 1844
Trying to find the family on the UK census has been difficult as the as the surnames have been transcribed incorrectly. For instance the 1841 census shows the family as:
- Francis Scuther 48
- Mary Souther 40
- William Souther 9
- Susanna Souther 5
- James Souther 4
- Hannah Souther 2
From looking at the image, it clearly shows the name as Scutcher. On the 1851 Census they are indexed as Scotcher and again the image clearly (me anyway) showing Scutcher.
- Francis Scotcher 60
- Mary Scotcher 50
- James Scotcher 14
- Hannah Scotcher 12
- Matilda Scotcher 9
- Francis Scotcher 7
- James Scutcher 96
Moving on, Francis’s parents were James and Susan Scutcher. I have not as yet been able to find their marriage or what Susan’s maiden name was, but she was born about 1759 and died in 1820 and is buried at the St Mary the Virgin Church at Great Bentley Essex (source: National Burial Index Third Edition
James born about 1755 and a number of trees on ancestry have his father’s name as being Ambrose but as yet I haven’t found any evidence of this though in saying this, James & Susan did have a son named Ambrose born in 1789.
James and Susan had 7 children:
- Susan Born 1783
- James Born 1785
- Ambrose Born 1789
- Francis Born 1790 – 1869
- Elizabeth Born 1793
- Anne Born 1795
- Mary Born 1797
James Scutcher died in 1851 and is buried at the St Mary the Virgin Church at Great Bentley Essex (source: National Burial Index Third Edition).