See also

Mary HURLOCK (c. 1835- )

1. Mary HURLOCK, daughter of Thomas HURLOCK (1807- ) and Nancy ORTON ( - ), was born circa 1835. She was baptised on 17 May 1835 in Shoreditch St.Leonard.

Second Generation

2. 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.


3. Nancy ORTON has few details recorded about her. She and Thomas HURLOCK had the following children:


Ann HURLOCK (c. 1832- ). Ann was born circa 1832. She was baptised on 5 February 1832 in Shoreditch St.Leonard.


Mary HURLOCK (c. 1835- )

John HURLOCK (c. 1837-c. 1917). John was born circa 1837. He was a Cab proprietor. He died circa 1917.

Jane Catherine HURLOCK (1840- ). Jane was born in 1840.

William HURLOCK (1842- ). William was born in 1842.

Sophia HURLOCK (1844- ). Sophia was born in 1844.

Edmund HURLOCK (1846- ). Edmund was born in 1846.

Sarah HURLOCK (1848- ). Sarah was born in 1848.

Third Generation

4. Cutaway Mike, Michael HURLOCK, son of Michael HURLOCK 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.).


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


Sarah HURLOCK (bef1791- ). Sarah was born before 1791.

Michael HURLOCK (1788- ). Michael was born in 1788 in St. Leonard's, Shoreditch, London.

John HURLOCK (1791- ). John was born in 1791.

Mary A HURLOCK ( - )

Rachel HURLOCK (1800- ). Rachel was born in 1800.

George William HURLOCK (1802-1886). George 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..

Elizabeth HURLOCK (1805- ). Elizabeth was born in 1805.


Thomas HURLOCK (1807- )