MERCER

 

MERCER - The name probably derives from the term used for a merchant or seller of goods.



William MERCER (born about 1800) marries MARTHA (born abt. 1781) at Charing

children

1. James MERCER (born 1827 Charing, died bef. 1881) farmer and sexton




2nd Generation

1. James MERCER (born 1827 Charing Heath, died bef. 1881) marries  on 3rd June 1850 at the Countess of Huntingdon Chapel, Ashford Mary Ann MILHAM (born 1824 Ewhurst, Sussex) notes Witnesses at the marriage were George PILE and Frances PILE. Mary Ann was living at Little Chart, Kent when she was married. In 1881 Mary Ann is listed as a National School Mistress in Guston Village, Kent. She ran a Dame school until law forbade it. She probably died in the early 1900’s from cancer. She is mentioned as living with Albert James HODGES her son in law, in the 1901 census.

children

1.1. Ruth MERCER (born 11th November 1857 Charing, died 22nd March 1960) *

1.2. Mary Ann MERCER (born 1864 Charing Heath died 1950) *

1.3. Thomas MERCER

1.4. Rachel MERCER

1.5. Caroline MERCER (died in America)

1.6. Fanny MERCER

1.7. Charles MERCER (Canadian trapper. Murdered in forest)

1.8. James MERCER




3rd Generation

1. 1.  Ruth MERCER (born 11th November 1857 died 22nd March 1960, aged 102) married on 15th February 1879 at Lenham Parish Church, Albert James  HODGES.(born 12th January 1857, Hollingbourne, died. 7th January 1933, in Victoria Hospital, Deal, buried in Deal Cemetry) Witnesses at the marriage were Henry HENNEKER and Caroline Hughes HENNEKER (nee MILHAM). At 1881 census they were living at 6 Tufton Road, Ashford. Ruth taught him to read and write. In1891 they moved to Sellindge and Albert became a blacksmith in nearby Newingreen. Albert died after an emergency operation for a burst duodenal ulcer

children

MARY  HODGES (Born c Dec 1879. Died c May 1890 (5 months old)

1.1.1. Thomas  HODGES (born 22nd April 1881 Ashford, Kent. died 19th September 1965 in St. Mary's Hospital Etchinghill (aged 84)) (1901 census gives occupation Postman) In 1929 lived at Deal.

1.1.2. Albert  HODGES (Born Apr/June 1884. Died aged 78 on 14th March 1962) At 1929 lived at Bilsington.

1.1.3. Marion  HODGES (Born Apr/June 1887, Ballesmere. died 3rd October 1906, aged 19) *

1.1.4. Ruth  HODGES (Born Jan/Mar 1883. Died aged 34 in 1917 lived Sittingbourne)

1.1.5. Rachel  HODGES (Born 8th February 1890, Ballesmere. Died aged 86 in 1976.)

1.1.6. Kate (Kathlyn)  HODGES (Born 11th March 1892, Sellindge. Died 17th August 1989 (aged 97)

1.1.7. Elizabeth  HODGES (born 9th March 1894 in Rose Cottages, Sellindge, Hythe, Kent, died 30th October 1989 (aged 95)) *

William  HODGES (died infancy aged 5 weeks)

Mabel  HODGES (Born 1896. Died infancy aged 18 months)

1.1.8. James  HODGES (Born June 1899 Sellindge, Kent. Died aged 80 1979) Lived in 1929 in Sellindge.



1.2. Mary Ann MERCER (born 1864 Charing Heath, died 1950) married on 21 Oct 1888 at Throwley, Kent, William MANUEL (1865-1939) England. Witnesses to this marriage were Albert James HODGES (Mary Ann’s Uncle) and Rachel RECORD (her mother’s maiden name)

children

1.2.1. Caroline MANUEL (1897-1991) *

1.2.2. Rachel MANUEL (born 7th April.1895 Throwley, Kent)

1.2.3. Frank MANUEL (born abt 1909, died 19th December 1973 at Park Terrace, Throwley, Kent aged 64 years) *

1.2.4. William MANUEL



Next Generation

1.1.3. Marion  HODGES (Born Apr/June 1887, Ballesmere; died 3rd October 1906, aged 19) married in the June quarter of 1906 Arthur Patrick HENNIKER

Note : Marion died of tuberculosis and it is certain her husband was aware of her imminent death when he married her.




1.1.7. Elizabeth  HODGES (born 9th March 1894 in Rose Cottages, Sellindge, Hythe, Kent, died 30th October 1989 (aged 95) at Minster General Hospital, Isle of Sheppey)) Married 5th April 1926, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Ashford Road, Sellindge, Henry SISLEY BIRCH (born 29th April 1897 at Forge Hill, Aldington, died 4th January 1967 at Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey) Witnesses at the marriage were Albert James HODGES and Richard John BIRCH

children

1.1.7.1. Kathleen Ruth BIRCH (born 12th January 1927 at Grange Cottage, Sellindge, Kent)

1.1.7.2. Freda Rachel BIRCH (born 29th September 1929)

1.1.7.3. Lorna Maeve BIRCH (born 17th August 1944) (adopted)

step son

1.1.7.4. Albert James PUNCHARD



1.2.1. Caroline MANUEL (1897-1991) married Herbert SOMERSET (1898-1959)



1.2.3. Frank MANUEL (born abt 1909, died 19th December 1973 at Park Terrace, Throwley, Kent aged 64 years) married on 23rd June 1940 Beatrice Maud FAGG (born abt 1917, Father George Edward Fagg). Parish records state that she was 23 years old from Faversham, Kent, Eng. Witnesses at the wedding were M.J. FAGG and F.G. SMITH.