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published by Brian Airey on Sat, 16/05/2020 - 14:31

St Mary, Whitechapel records show baptism of Henry CHRICHARD, son of Thomas & Sarah (nee SHALLEY)  of Lambeth on 22 September 1765.An indenture dated 1783 shows Henry, son of Thomas CHRICHARD apprenticed to a hatter.

On 9th November 1788 Henry CHRICHARD married Hannah LOOKER in St Olave, Southwark. A Hannah Gordon LOOKER was born 1 March 1771 and baptised 24 March 1771 daughter of Stephen and Penelope (nee CAPORN) LOOKER. No other record mentions “Gordon” and I can’t find any relative with that as a surname. This would appear to be the same Hannah, as she is recorded as being buried aged 76yrs in 1846 in Australia, See later.

Land Tax records for St Olave show Henry at Maze East side and Maze Baptist records show burial of Henry CHRICHARD aged 68yrs on 3 January 1834. 

Henry and Hannah had 9 children, 3 of whom had “Freeman” as a second christian name. I can find no reason for this addition. Where would this have come from? 

Elizabeth CHRICHARD was baptised on 22 July 1792 in Aldergate. An Elizabeth Freeman CHRICHARD married William CREW on 21 April 1817 in St Mary’s church, Newington.  Witnesses included a Mary GLANNON and Henry CHRICHARD. 

Hannah Freeman CHRICHARD was baptised 1795 and a Hannah CHRICHARD aged 2years was buried in 1797.

 Jane Freeman CHRICHARD was baptised 7 October 1798 in St Saviour, Southwark. She is shown as a daughter of Henry, a hatter, and Hannah CHRICHARD. 

Mary Ann CHRICHARD, baptised 11 February 1805 in St Saviours, Southwark married Alexander FRASER on 17 March 1831. The witnesses were sister Jane and brother in law William CREW.  The FRASERS and “Miss CRITCHARD” arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on the barque “Rubicon” in June 1832. They went into partnership as milliners. 

On 1 September 1832 Ann Maria CHRICHARD married William Daniel CHARD, a master mariner, in Hobart. Alexander FRASER and William HEATH were witnesses. Can we assume the “Miss CRITCHARD” above was Ann Maria? 

It would appear that Hannah, nee LOOKER, and two children followed the above to Hobart about 1834, although there is no record of their departure or arrival yet found. 

A Jane Buckland CHRICHARD married Hugh MCLIVER (or MCLIVEN) in Hobart on 26 February 1839. Witnesses were Alexr & Mary FRASER.  If so, when did the “Freeman” change to “Buckland”? 

Jemima Isabella CHRICHARD married William HEATH on 11 August 1840 in Hobart. Witnesses were Alexr & Mary Ann FRASER. 

St Andrews Presbyterian records show Hannah CHRICHARD died 23 March 1846 and is buried in the same plot as her grandchild Hannah Janet FRASER who died 24 October 1842.

Alexander FRASER became a member of the Legislative Council in Melbourne.  A notice in The Mercury, Hobart on 5 February 1877 shows the death of “FRASER – on 28th inst at “Aldourie”, St Kilda, Mary Ann Glannon aged 66yrs, dearly beloved wife of Alexander FRASER M.L.C”  Is this the Mary GLANNON who witnessed the marriage of Elizabeth CHRICHARD & William CREW? Where did “Glannon” come from?  Alexander FRASER died at the same address in 1888.

 Brian & Pam


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Submitted by Pat Hase on Sun, 17/05/2020 - 16:22

One thing which strikes me about this complicated state of affairs that if you arrive in Tasmania with a name of "Freeman" where you would be surrounded with ex-convicts who might be described as Freemen then it would be a good idea to change that name!  But why Buckland?  Does that appear anywhere as a surname?  

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Sun, 17/05/2020 - 21:16

This looks like the arrival of the rest of the family.

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Mon, 18/05/2020 - 21:02

There is a Mary GLANNON mentioned in the Rate Books for Southwark in 1821 and again in 1831.  She appears to have died in 1835, aged 53 and was buried in St Olave's Church - Isn't that near where Henry & Hannah CRICHARD lived?

I found this which may explain it.

The Mary GLANNON who witnessed that marriage in 1817 was born Mary LOOKER in about 1782 - Hannah's sister? You would need to check that out.

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