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Cutaway HURLOCK (1765-1846)

1. Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK, son of Michael HURLOCK (c. 1740-1796) and Mary PETEGREE ( - ), was born in [Julian] 1765 in Christ Ch.Spitalfields. He was baptised on 29 May 1765 in Christ Ch.Spitalfields. He was a Thames River Officer. He married Sarah SCOTT on 4 December 1783 in Shoreditch St.Leonard. He died on 7 November 1846 in Hackney Road, London.


Cutaway Mike: the name comes from his job, which was to police the Thames; if boats had not paid their mooring fees, Mike's job was to cut the ropes which held the boats to their mooring. There is also a song, in a version by Mike Spicer (Sussex folk singer) about Cutaway Mike.

Cut Away Mike from 'Up in the North, Down in the South' (Sung by George Spicer at his home in Selsfield, Sussex. 1973)

Little Mike he was born about six in the morn,
Sure he and his mother were there at the time.
Now, well I'm a-singing, pray don't you be scorning,
For all his adventures I'll tell in my rhyme.
With a rub-a-dub, rowdy-dow, fife-away, all-the-day,
Fill-a-loo, that'll-do, cut away Mike.

He once took a walk to his grandfather Tower,
Who lived about six hundred miles out of town.
Got there in an hour, then lifted a tower,
And returned home again with a church in his lap.

He once made a contract with baker and butcher,
For all they could bake and for all they could kill.
A whole batch of bread he consumed for his dinner
Then stuck a cow's tail in the hole of his tooth.

Spoken: (Laughs) Don't know no more.

Victorian broadside printers called this The Adventures of Little Mike. Some printers put it alongside The Bonny Bunch of Roses, but unlike the latter, it has not survived well in tradition. There are various longer versions of the Ballad of Cutaway Mike.


Mike was a weaver (1802) & Asst. Collector of Dues, Billingsgate Market 1826. Later he was an Asst.Clerk & Collector. He died 7 Nov 1846 ('of old age' at 37 Gloucester Street, Hackney Rd., B.G. in the
household of James/Ann Saunders.).


Sarah SCOTT was born circa 1760. She died on 25 February 1838. She and Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK had the following children:



Michael HURLOCK (1788- )


Sarah HURLOCK (bef1791- )


John HURLOCK (1791- )


Mary A HURLOCK ( - )


Rachel HURLOCK (1800- )


George William HURLOCK (1802-1886)


Elizabeth HURLOCK (1805- )


Thomas HURLOCK (1807- )


[unnamed person] ( - )

Second Generation

2. Michael HURLOCK, son of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born in 1788 in St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London. He married Mary BRANCH.


3. Sarah HURLOCK, daughter of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born before 1791. She married James BANNISTER.


4. John HURLOCK, son of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born in 1791.


5. Mary A HURLOCK was the daughter of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT.


6. Rachel HURLOCK, daughter of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born in 1800.


7. George William HURLOCK, son of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born on 27 November 1802 in Christ Ch.Spitalfields (Shoreditch). He was baptised on 26 December 1802 in Christ Ch.Spitalfields. He appeared in the census. He was a Railway Policeman. He married Charlotte HODSELL on 16 August 1825 in St. Pancras, Middlesex. He died on 21 October 1886 in Hertford, Herts..


Notes by Sandra Hurlock:

"The fourth surviving son of "Cutaway Mike" and Sarah was born in 1802. Having a well-known father and son (William) has made it difficult to get information on George's life.

"According to family information, at the age of 23 he made a runaway marriage with Charlotte, the daughter of a wealthy city man. Charlotte Hodsell was the duaghter of Thomas Hodsell (Hodsoll?) whose family seems to have been connected with one of the old City banks. She had been baptised at St. Botolph Bishopsgate in 1802 and although she was therefore "of full age" when she married in 1825, it was said that she defied her parents in so doing. Nonetheless, two of her relatives attended the marriage at St. Pancras Church as witnesses - William, probably a younger brother, and Isabella Hodsoll.

"It is not known where George and Charlotte began married life. In 1828 two daughters were christened Charlotte and Sophia at St. Leonard's, and on this occasion George gave his occupation as "Shoemaker" (it seems probable that both girls died before 1841 since they do not appear on that census and on-one in the later family seemed to have heard of them). George Edmund was born in April 1830 and was also christened at St. Leonard's, when George Senior declared himself "Fishmonger", maybe working with one of his brothers. George Edmund usually gave his place of birth as Hackney, although he once gave it as Hoxton.

"Sometime during the next four years the family crossed the Thames and went to live in Deptford, then still virtually a riverside township, separated from London by marshes. This was very puzzling to the author for a long time. The first civil document she found connected with George - the marriage certificate of George Edmund (1856) showed George Senior as "Police Constable". This prompted a series of enquiries to the River, City and Metropolitan Police forces, but despite their thorough investigations George's assertion remained unsupported by other evidence until the family was discovered on the 1851 census at 7 Nelson Street, Deptford. It was a very dark copy and after the word "Policeman" in George's occupation slot could just be discovered, in brackets "Rail". He wasn't listed with the family on the 1841 census, perhaps because he was working nights?? This return showed George Junior aged 11, three of the children born in Deptford - Thomas, Emily and William, plus a child of three years named Maria, with n.k. where her surname should have been. She may have been a "Nurse Child" but both film and copy are too faint to be deciphered with any confidence. She was no longer with them by 1851.

"The authorities seem to agree that it is extremely difficult to find reconds of early railway staff of any kind and that to do so it is essential to know the name of the Railway Company that employed them. Since no-one this century even seemed to have heard about this police occupation of George's it seemed that an educated guess would have to be the only starting point. There must have been a very good reason for George to remove himself and young family from the Hurlock network in the Shoreditch area and cross the River to live in a dockyard township: finding a better kind of employment seemed the most likely one.

"Bibliographies of railway history and a study of maps of South London helped to reduce the possibilities somewhat. It was found that in 1833 permission had been given for a railway to be built between Greenwich and London to carry both freight and passengers. The work of actually building it began in 1834 and the first section to be laid ran about two miles, from Bermondsey to Deptford. When it was officially opened in December 1836, the London and Greenwich was the first passenger railway to run into London, eventually terminating at London Bridge. At the start the Company employed thirty policemen (whose duties included the rudimentary signalling used in the very early days) but over the years this number reduced to a very few. Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly, only two or three names of policemen appear in the Minutes of the Company during a period of thirty years and none of these was George. Therefore the author has sadly to declare total ignorance of George's police work with the railway.

"George and some of the family were still at 7 Nelson Street in 1852 but had gone from there by 1861. In March 1864, on the marriage of the youngest son William, George have his occupation as "Clothier", which must have meant that by then he was working with William at the Walworth Road shops. In 1871, he and Charlotte were certainly living in Walworth Road in a household which included on census night at least, William, the then unmarried daughter Charlotte, Emily's daughter Emily C. Williams and Emily's future husband, James Carpenter."

If Charlotte's background was as superior as legend has it, she must have had to suffer materially in the cause of romance and no doubt at times felt that she had sacrificed too much. She died in 1882 at St. Albans, aged 73. It seems as though George then moved to live with his youngest daughter, Charlotte Catherine, and her husband Henry White, in Stockwell, since although George also died at St. Albans, upon probate of his will being granted in 1886, he was said to be "formerly of St. Albans... but late of... Stockwell".


Some census details:

the 1851 census shows that the family is still living at 165 Nelson Street, St. Paul, Deptford. George is a "Policeman (Rail)". He and Charlotte are with their children Emily (aged 14 and a dressmaker's assistant/apprentice?), William (aged 11) and Charlotte (aged 6).

The 1861 census gives George still as Railway Constable. In the house at the time of the census were his wife and two daughters Emily (aged 23) and Charlotte (aged 16).


Charlotte HODSELL, daughter of Thomas HODSELL ( - ), was born in 1802 in St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. She died on 19 October 1882 in St. Albans. She and George William HURLOCK had the following children:



Sophia HURLOCK (c. 1828- )


Charlotte HURLOCK (c. 1829-c. 1830)


George Edmund HURLOCK (1830-1894)


Thomas William HURLOCK (1834-1852)


Emily HURLOCK (c. 1836-bef1929)


William HURLOCK (c. 1840-1925)


Charlotte Catherine HURLOCK (1845-1936)


8. Elizabeth HURLOCK, daughter of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born in 1805.


9. Thomas HURLOCK, son of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT, was born in 1807. He was a Fishmonger. He married Nancy ORTON.


Address was 4, Hertofrd Place, Shoreditch, Tower Hamlets, in 1851 census.


Nancy ORTON and Thomas HURLOCK had the following children:



Ann HURLOCK (c. 1832- )


Mary HURLOCK (c. 1835- )


John HURLOCK (c. 1837-c. 1917)


Jane Catherine HURLOCK (1840- )


William HURLOCK (1842- )


Sophia HURLOCK (1844- )


Edmund HURLOCK (1846- )


Sarah HURLOCK (1848- )


10. [unnamed person] was the child of Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK and Sarah SCOTT.

Third Generation

11. Sophia HURLOCK, daughter of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born circa 1828. She was baptised in July 1828 in Shoreditch, St. Leonard.


12. Charlotte HURLOCK, daughter of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born circa 1829. She died circa 1830.


died in infancy.


13. George Edmund HURLOCK, son of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was baptised on 10 April 1830 in Shoreditch. He was born on 19 April 1830 in Shoreditch. He was a Sanitary Inspector. He married Ann CLAPSON on 1 October 1856 in Shoreditch St.Leonard. He died in 1894. He was buried on 20 July 1894 in Bow Cemetery.


Sanitary Inspector "The Good Officer" (Article by Sandra Hurlock)

"The eldest son of George and Charlotte. As an adult, he gave his birthplace as Hoxton on one census return and as Hackney on three others but it was most likely the Hackney Road area. By the time he was four the family had moved to Deptford, then Kent/Surrey, where he grew up.

"What occupation he followed before 1856 is unknown but in that year he was appointed by the Limehouse District Board of Works to be a Street Inspector/Inspector of Nuisances, at the salary of £1.10s 0d a week. He was to remain doing this work and living in Limehouse for the rest of his life.

"On 1st October 1856 however, he was in Shoreditch at St. Leonard's again, to marry Ann Clapson, the daughter of William Clapson and Mary Diplock. Ann was born c 1829 at Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Kent but in 1856 had a Shoreditch address and the occupation of "druggist". her father's occupation was given as "Police Sergeant", and unlike George Hurlock Senior, he was traced to the Metropolitan Police. However, he seems to have left the Force under a cloud some years prior to the marriage. The witnesses at the wedding were Emily Hurlock, George Edmund's sister, and Walter Burgin, who was to be a colleague and friend of his for many years.

"Ann and George began their married life at Dudley Terrace, Limehouse. They were eventually to have eight children, beginning with Miriam, born in November 1857, and they moved house within Limehouse many times, living for various periods in Rhodeswell Road, Henry Street, Clemence Street, Aston Street and finally at 35 Locksley Street. It was said by their Scottish daughter-in-law Mary that if one visited them the only place to go for a walk was round the churchyard. Presumably the canalside and waterfront in that area were considered too rough, especially by those who had become used to the genteel purlieus of Chiswick. George was continuing a tradition of "policing"-type work begun by his grandfather at Billingsgate and exemplified by his father on the railway. For in 1856 Inspectors of Nuisances were a new and most personal layer of authority set over the lives of the "poor and huddled masses", although with their best interests at heart [!].

"As the population of London had grown and grown throughout the nineteenth century so the overcrowding and unhealthy living conditons had become ever worse. The 1848 Report by Hector Green on the Bethnal Green area, quoted in the chapter on Michael Hurlock, was just one of many. Medical men, Poor Law Commisioners, journalists and social reformers had presented reports and published papers in England in 1832. Water supplies, drains and sewereage were their main concerns but they included the overcrowding of dwellings and domestic cleanliness among their targets.".


Ann CLAPSON and George Edmund HURLOCK had the following children:



Miriam HURLOCK (1857- ). Miriam was born in 1857.


George William HURLOCK (1859- ). George was born in 1859.


Charlotte A. HURLOCK (1860- ). Charlotte was born in 1860.


Thomas HURLOCK (1862-1931). Thomas was born on 15 September 1862 in Limehouse. He was an Accountant. He married Mary L.C. MCLARTY on 1 February 1884 in Greenock, Renfrews, Scotland. He died in March 1931 in Potters Bar, Middlesex.


Sophia HURLOCK (1864- ). Sophia was born in 1864.


Annie HURLOCK (1866- ). Annie was born in 1866.


William HURLOCK (1868- ). William was born in 1868.


Albert HURLOCK (1871- ). Albert was born in 1871.


14. Thomas William HURLOCK, son of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born in 1834. He died in 1852.


Pawnbroker's assistant. Died of "fever".


15. Emily HURLOCK, daughter of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born circa 1836. She was baptised in 1836 in Deptford, St. Paul. She appeared in the census. She married Chas WILLIAMS. She died between 1920 and 1929. She married James CARPENTER.


On 1861 census, is shown as living with parents, George and Charlotte, + sister Charlotte in Deptford. Her age is given as 23 and she is unmarried. Charlotte's age is given as 16. It is in this census that her father's occupation is given as "Railway Constable".

On 1871 census, is living in Deptford St. Paul

Emily Williams c. 1843 (head)
Charles F Williams c. 1865 (son)

In this same 1871 census Emily's parents George and Charlotte are living with their son and daughter William (future mayor of St. Albans) and daughter Charlotte, + Emily's own daughter Emily C Williams. James Carpenter (presumably Emily's future husband) is also a household member, listed as an "assistant".

On 1881 census, is living with second husband James Carpenter at 3 Broadway, Deptford St. Paul.
Emily Carpenter c.1846 at Deptford St. Paul (wife)
James Carpenter c. 1849 Deptford St. Paul (head)

James EG c. 1876 Camberwell (son)
William E c. 1879 Camberwell (son)
Charles (!) c. 1865 Walworth, Surrey (this is surely Cyril) (stepson)

1891 census at 29 Church Street, Camberwell
James Carpenter (head) aged 42. (T Clothier)
Emily Carpenter (wife) aged 43 (c. 1848)

Charles Williams (stepson) aged 25 (Commercial Traveller) (London,
James Edward Carpenter (Son) aged 15 (Clothier's Assistant)
William Hy. Carpenter (Son) aged 12
Ivanhoe Hodsoll Carpenter aged 11

At the time they had one visitor, a lady from France, and one domestic servant.

On 1901 census is living at 59 Ashford Road, Willesden:
James Carpenter (head) aged 52 Clothes Draper (Lon Marylebone)
Emily Carpenter (wife) aged 60 (Deptford) (c.1841)
James E Carpenter (son) aged 25 Commercial Traveller
William H Carpenter (son) aged 22 Boot/shoe salesman
Alfred I Carpenter (son) aged 20 Budget (?) clerk

The birthplace of the three sons is given as Camberwell.


Quite possibly known as "Onez".


Emily (possibly known as Onez) was an interesting character who married twice, to Chas. Williams and then to James Carpenter. She had two children with Chas. and three with James. At the age of 15 she was apprenticed to a dressmaker, but it is doubtful whether she ever practised professionally. Apparently, she recalled walking to work in her brother's [William's] shops in Walwroth Road from the family home in Deptford.

Emily's early life seems to have been rather a chequered one. Both sons she had with James Carpenter died in France - Ivanhoe in 1916 and his elder brother, James Jr., in 1917. But the latter had married Hilda Shries and there were two sons of this marriage to sonsole Hilda and family. One of these was the late Edgar Carpenter.

It is not known what happened to Emily's first husband, but Emily definitely lied about her age at the time of her second marriage; the missing five or so years was discretely made up over the next 30 years or so - who knows whether the lie was really necessary to get Emily her second husband?!?


Chas WILLIAMS appeared in the census. He was a Plumber's Turner (1863) Licensed victualler (1865) Silk Merchant (later). He died before 1871. He and Emily HURLOCK had the following children:



Emily Charlotte WILLIAMS (1863-1949). Emily was born on 3 September 1863 in Southampton. She married George Edward WALLER in September 1885. She died on 8 February 1949.


Charles Frederick WILLIAMS (c. 1865- ). Charles was born circa 1865 in London, Newington (Walworth, Surrey - 1881 census). He was a Commercial Traveller. He married Marie Hortense COUVRAT in 1892.


James CARPENTER was born circa 1848 in Middlesex. He was a Clothier/Draper. He and Emily HURLOCK had the following children:



William H CARPENTER (1875?- ). William was born in 1875 (calculated). He was a Boot Shop (Bookshop?) salesman.


James Edward Jr. CARPENTER (1876?- ). James was born in 1876 (calculated). He was a Commercial Traveller. He married Hilda Maude SHIRES in 1917.


Alfred Ivanhoe CARPENTER (1880?- ). Alfred was born in 1880 (calculated). He was a Builder's Clerk. Bombadier. He was a Bombadier. He died in The Somme - blown up.


16. William HURLOCK, son of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born circa 1840. He was baptised on 11 January 1840 in Deptford. He married Susan MAPLES on 25 March 1864 in St. Alphege, Greenwich. He died in 1925.


".....[had a] thriving business at Walworth Road, Elephant and Castle, comprising many shops on both sides of the road being drapers, gents' outfitters, furniture, boots and shoes, etc. and well known as Hurlocks, Elephant and Castle." - Edgar White.


He became Mayor of St. Albans. During the Boer War, being a staunch liberal, he spoke against the War and the local mobs broke all the windows in Ver House, his house in St. Albans.


By repute, employed most of his family in the business "Hurlocks" which he built up on Walworth Road. Made enough money to "move out" and had a house built in St. Albans, where he became mayor. Apparently, he outlived most of his children, some of whom had various problems, including drink-related ones.


Susan MAPLES was born before 1843. She died circa 1908 in St. Albans. She and William HURLOCK had the following children:



William Edward HURLOCK (1862-1864). William was born in 1862. He died in 1864.


William Frederick HURLOCK (1865-1905). William was born in 1865. He died in 1905.


George Herbert HURLOCK (1867-1902). George was born in 1867. He died in 1902.


Charlotte Catherine "Tottie" HURLOCK (1868- ). Charlotte was born in 1868.


Walter Hodsell HURLOCK (1871-1902) (known as 'Lily'). Lily was born in 1871. He died on 6 February 1902.


Frederick Alban Rayner HURLOCK (1876-1913). Frederick was born in 1876. He married Emily UNK in 1900 in St. Albans. He died in 1913.


17. Charlotte Catherine HURLOCK, daughter of George William HURLOCK and Charlotte HODSELL, was born on 23 January 1845 in Greater London, Kent. She married Thomas Henry Philpot WHITE between 1871 and 1877. She died on 4 December 1936 in Worthing, Sussex.


Charlotte was allegedly scrupulously observant of the Sabbath - to the extent of refusing to read newpapers on a Monday because they had been printed on a Sunday. Her widowed father George was living with Charlotte and her husband just before the former's death in 1886.


Thomas Henry Philpot WHITE was born on 3 September 1850. He died on 29 January 1937. He and Charlotte Catherine HURLOCK had the following children:



Ernest WHITE ( - )


Katherine Charlotte WHITE (1874- ). Katherine was born in 1874. She married Charles Edgar PARNELL on 19 June 1901 in New Park Road Baptist Church, Brixton Hill.


Edgar William Hurlock WHITE (1879-1972). Edgar was born in 1879. He died in 1972.


18. Ann HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born circa 1832. She was baptised on 5 February 1832 in Shoreditch St.Leonard.


19. Mary HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born circa 1835. She was baptised on 17 May 1835 in Shoreditch St.Leonard.


20. John HURLOCK, son of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born circa 1837. He was a Cab proprietor. He died circa 1917. He married Ann UNK. He married Esther COXHILL.


Ann UNK and John HURLOCK had the following children:



John W HURLOCK (1864- ). John was born in 1864.


Esther COXHILL and John HURLOCK had the following children:





Thomas Frederick HURLOCK (1883- ). Thomas was born in 1883 in Kentish Town (St. Pancras).




21. Jane Catherine HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born in 1840.


22. William HURLOCK, son of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born in 1842.


23. Sophia HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born in 1844.


24. Edmund HURLOCK, son of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born in 1846.


25. Sarah HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK and Nancy ORTON, was born in 1848.