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Barcock bapt. 28.5.1727 (LDS IGI Record transcript)
IGI Individual Record RICHARD BARCOCK
Baptised 28th. MAY 1727 at Eaton Socon,
Father:: JOHN BARCOCK Mother: ANN Back
to Birth Certificates
bapt 29.10.1686 (Parish record transcript only on Web.) Octob 29 Johannes fil: Guliolmi & Elizabetha
Translation: October 29: John son: William & Elizabeth Barcock
joint or jointly Back to Birth Certificates
B: Marriage Certificates Back
to contents W.G.Barcock
m. Fanny Cross, 28.3.1896 at St. Peter's
Church, Northampton.(not on Web).
Barcock m. Mary Ann Wills, 22.12.1863 at the Parish
Church, Harrold, Bedford. His first marriage. (not on
of John Barcock, who died in 1766 Transcript of the Will of John Barcock of Eaton Socon
In the Name of God Amen, I, John Barcock of Eaton Socon
in the County of Bedford,
Wheelwright, being of sound mind, memory and understanding (praised
be God for the same)
but knowing the uncertainty of Death, and the uncertain time of its
coming, Do make and ordain
this my last Will and Tesatament in manner and form following (that
is to say) Imprimis I
Bequeath my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my Creator, trusting
alone in the merits of my
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for the Remission of all my sins, and
my body I commend to the
Earth to be decently buried in a Christian like manner at the
discretion of my Executor hereinafter named,
And my Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased Almighty God to Bless
me with in this life,
I dispose of them as follows, Item I Give and Bequeath
unto Ann Barcock my dear and loving Wife,
my One Cottage wherein I now dwell, with the Orchard, Barn and all
the appurtenances thereunto
belonging or apportaining, which I purchased of Robert Pattison,
during her natural Life and from
and after her decease I give and Devise the same unto my Son Richard
and his Heirs and Assigns for ever. Item, I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Mary Hall the sum
of five Pounds. Item, I give and bequeath unto my
daughter Jane Hicks, the sum of five pounds.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Barcock
the sSum of ten Pounds,.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my Son John Barcock the
sum of fifteen pounds, all of which said legacies
I Will shall be paid within twelve months next after my decease.
I Also give and bequeath unto my dear and Loving Wife Ann Barcock,
and my Son Richard Barcock,
all my Household Goods and Furniture, to be equally divided between
them by five unconcerned persons
to have each an equal share alike. As to the rest residue and
remainder of my Estate and Chattles of what
nature or kind soever, I give and Bequeath the same unto my Son
Richard Barcock, whom I hereby Nominate,
Constitute and Appoint my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and
Testament, he paying all my Just Debts
Legacies and Funeral Expenses and the probate of this my Will.
And Lastly I do hereby revoke disavow and make void all and every
other Will or Wills by me
at any time heretofore made, and do acknowledge and declare this and
no other to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament Set my
Hand and Seal this sixteenth Day of June
in the second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the
third by Grace of god
King over great Britain, France & Ireland ..and in the
year of our Lord One Thousand seven hundred and sixty two.
Signed, sealed published and Declared
The mark of X Barcock O
The aforesaid John Barcock the testator
And for to be his Last Will and
In the presence of us who at his request and in
1766 the above was duly sworn
Presence have inscribed our
according to law
before G Burt
Willm. Cuthbert BACK TO WILLS
& LAST TESTAMENTS Will of
Richard Barcock who died 1692 BACK
TO WILLS & LAST TESTAMENTS E:
General Interest documents etc. Photograph the Manomet LSS lifeboat Crew 1909;
Plaque and writing on the back of photograph the Manomet LSS
lifeboat Crew 1909;
Manomet Life Saving Station
Plaque, on Frame:
“August 22, 1909” Group Photo Plaque,
“Presented to the Crew of the Manomet Life Saving Station
By Miss Ida B. Harris Jan. 1, 1911” Handwritten note on
the back of the photo:
“Back row, left to right: Arthur Young, John Gustafson, James
Donovan, Charlie Dixon, Allie(?) Gillison(?), Mike Joyce, Billy
Front row: Steve Holmes Capt. Geo. Holmes Unknown Lady” Also, on the note:
“Billy Lane had just come back from liberty and hadn’t had
time to change clothes. Very likely haven’t spelled all names
right but you will know who I mean”.
Dear Mr. Barcock,
I wanted to reach out to you personally and thank you for
putting online your autobiography, particularly the wonderful
things you said about Harrison & Sons.
It was with profound pleasure and interest that I happened to
come across your autobiography online the other day while
searching for information about Harrison & Sons
to show my fiancee when I was telling her about the firm that
used to belong to my family.
I am Daniel Mark Harrison, 34 years old, and born on 1st July 1980, I am as such the oldest of the 9th
generation of Harrisons,
son of Mark Ernest Harrison,
who is son of the late Ernest Handyside Harrison, with whom
personally and/or his generation you will have worked.
Ernest was the youngest of his brothers, the oldest of whom was
I am not sure to what extent you have kept in touch with any of
the family, but I wanted to extend my personal gratitude to you
for the enjoyment I experienced in reading
about the perspective of someone who was not from the family but
who had rather trained and worked there.
In return I thought it would be nice if I sent you a history of
the family in the years after the firm lest you do not know what
happened - if only to quench what might be a mild curiosity.
The loss of Harrison & Sons to De La Rue in 1979 was something that in all honesty, my grandfather Ernest never quite overcame emotionally, being as he
was among the generation that was in charge of the company at the time that it changed hands to De La Rue. In retrospect of course the firm should have
leveraged its assets via taking on debt and reinvested in its core operations which would have yielded a tremendous financial windfall by 1990, and the fact
that instead they sold to their biggest rival and lost all the prestige that went with owning such a beacon of the British establishment commercially speaking wore hard. I think this feeling was more widely reflected among those of his brothers too though undoubtedly most acutely by him. He would in quieter moments speak of the days of working at Harrison & Sons, and the pride in his eyes was always noticeable, as was the regret of the course that events transpired. Those days that you worked there were my grandmother’s fondest of all, for sure.
Thus, despite pursuing a career in print art sales and various other things, in 1997 when he was only 72 years old he suffered a second stroke which he did not survive. His wife, my grandmother Christine, is however one of the most remarkably healthy and active 85 year-old you are likely to meet, and is still going very strong! Despite the financial difficulties the family suffered in the aftermath of losing the family firm, my father Mark went on to become a very successful investment banker, and thus my own upbringing has been one of rather more privilege than my father’s, who literally could not afford to rent his university gown on graduation in Leeds and thus did not attend the ceremony
before going to work at Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai, where I was born, and then Japan, where my brother Ben was born. The emotional impression of a family wealth in decline did however affect my father in the most enduring of ways, and this in turn definitely had an impact on my brother and I. Specifically, watching his parents move from a position of wealth to one of barely having enough to manage, and constantly having to move into smaller houses until his death in 1997 (his last move was 1995 I believe) and the toll it took on his pride was something that instilled a great fear of financial loss in my father. Thus, while my brother and I have attended private
schools and been accustomed to some privilege, Dad brought us up to always value what we receive and to work extremely hard for it, and was careful never to spoil us even if such was par for the course among our social peers. Like all of the Harrisons, my parents was a very happy and supportive marriage until my mother died this summer of breast cancer, which has obviously thus far been the greatest challenge for Dad. However, we are a close and very loving family and I have no doubt that we will see him through this very tough period. I myself went to Oxford University - the first Harrison yet I believe to do so- and then to business school in Norway to study an MBA, and subsequently to New York where I studied a Master’s in Business & Economic Reporting at NYU. I went into financial journalism, where I have worked as a writer for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes and others. In this sense perhaps I have in some sense kept that connection to the original business of the printers, as many of the challenges and in particular the commercial
opportunities related to this line of work have to do obviously with getting away from the printed press and moving towards the online spectre, something I embraced very early on. I have lived in South East Asia for the past few years and I am getting married next month to a Thai-Indian girl. I enclose a photograph of myself and my fiancee
for your general amusement. My bother is a music producer and lives in New York, where he writes songs for many top artists today in the pop music industry. You can see more about me on my website:
www.danielmarkharrison.com I felt that reading your account of Harrison & Sons that you had done a considerable kindness to the family in that you had left a piece of its living history in archive from the point of view of someone who counts - namely, an employee, and in this respect I feel in some way bound to thank you for your work for the firm during its better and not-so-bright days, as the period in
which you worked there counted towards many of my grandfather’s happiest memories. For that indeed, you ought to feel very good. Perhaps in the accompanying picture you will notice a little of our family
genetics shining through in the features, although I also take after my mother
a lot too.
Sincerely Yours, Daniel Harrison
F: Letters etc. Back
to contents Letter from W.G.
Barcock (Grandpa Barcock) to the children of Alice and Will Lane,
Muriel, Bea, Louise and Bernard. when Will and Alice came to England
on a visit in 1921.
of letters from Alec Morgan & Muriel Cheney to
Northampton Chronicle & Echo 1991
Transcript of a letter printed in the
Northampton Chronicle & Echo on Monday 18TH February 1991
My memories of the late Miss Wake….
With respect and pleasure I read that our Colonel-in-Chief (Royal
Corps of Signals) Princess Anne, will be visiting Wooton Hall to
declare open the County Records Office.
Mention of the late Miss Joan Wake took my memory back to 1940 when
I started my working career in the County Architect’s Department, as
an office junior under the splendid guidance of the late Bill
Barcock, the Chief Clerk.
Miss Wake had rooms at the top of the old jail block alongside the
Department and her authoritative call of “Mr. Barcock” (or for) used
to resound along the corridor when she required manual assistance
for parcels or documents.
I have so many happy memories of my short stay with the Department
before joining the Royal Corps of Signals. In my Army days I always
said that I lived near Northampton together with identifying the
Cobblers (and their war-time guest players) and the Saints, for,
apart from the late Eric Gammahe of Northampton, with whom I served,
few squaddies had ever heard of Olney!
I am sure Miss Wake could never have envisaged the efforts she, and
I believe just two colleagues, made would result in Royal
recognition in the new complex after her initial rooms in war-time
Alec Morgan, Spring lane, Olney, Bucks.
Transcript of my sister’s
reply printed in the Chronicle & Echo on Friday 22nd.
I experienced one of those odd co-incidences of life yesterday
My father died 10 years ago and would have been 90 on that day, so
he had been much in my thoughts.
While browsing through the Chronicle & Echo his name suddenly
caught my attention in the letter from Alec Morgan about Miss Wake’s
days at County Hall. My father was the Mr. Barcock who was summoned
for help by Miss Wake.
Thank you Mr. Morgan for your reminiscences. It’s nice to know my
father is still remembered by someone other than his family. You
made my day.
(Mrs. Muriel Cheney (nee Barcock) Moulton Way North, Moulton,
Back to Letters Transcript
of letter from Alec Morgan to my sister Muriel
re:W.G.Barcock, my father.
41 Spring Lane,
Tel: Bedford (0234) 711742
My dear Mrs. Cheney,
How very nice to read your letter in the good old “C.&E.” this
evening.* Thank you very much for your kind
appreciation. You have made my day too.
Remember Mr. Bill Barcock? Always “Mr. Barcock” to me, yes, for
I left school in June 1940; was invited to go for an interview with
Mr. Ned Mann, Chief Clerk of the Clerk to the N.C.C. There was a
vacancy for an office junior in the County Architect’s Dept., and I
retired on 31st. August last year, thus I got my 50 years working
life in, which was my ambition, having been in the Army for 5 years
of that time.
Your Dad, for whom I had the utmost respect and affection, was super
to work for. He was brilliant at his job, and had a wonderful sense
of humour and we never had a cross word in the two years I was
privileged to work for him, so I think I must have made the grade!
My whole office administration life has been based on his guidance
and expertise. The County Council certainly never had a better
Departmental Chief Clerk, that is for sure.
I was told before I began each day to make sure my office desk was
clear, neat and tidy. That I have followed religiously to this day,
as I write from my “Den” I am sure Mr. Barcock would approve my desk
I will always picture Mr. Barcock as the typical “City Editor”. He
would take off his jacket, thrust his pipe in the side of his mouth,
and would stand up to a bench and hammer away on his trusty, if a
little ancient, typewriter, nineteen to the dozen! He would pound up
and down the corridor of the Old Gaol Block with files, queries,
etc., and would suffer all sorts of interruptions from the staff,
Miss Wake, Councillors, builders, the caretaking staff, Miss
Whittingham from the Judges’ lodgings, the County Police, telephone
calls etc., all of which would be dealt with at speed, and woe
betide anyone would merely wanted to pass the time of day. They
would get short shrift!
From his staff Dad had just lost Mason and Spackman, followed very
shortly by the late Ted Wardale to the R.A.F. just as I started,
although I think Mason was a conscientious objector and the County
Council would not continue his employment. There followed after me,
Miss Sybil Norman (? from Billing Road) and Miss Summers, who I
think was an evacuee, the first female staff in the C.A. Dept.
Unfortunately, from my letter, the C. & E. omitted Miss Wake’s
thunderous “GOOD BYE”. Your Dad took that up (when she wasn’t
about!) and as he left to go home he would raise his arm and say
“GOOD BYE”. I can still hear him saying it as he went down in the
lift in the Old Gaol Block. Of course, it was the cue for me to say
an equal “GOOD BYE” and we would dissolve into laughter, such great
fun as I said in my letter, so many happy days, sadly all too brief
for me, in wartime C.H.
I remember you used to live in Broadmead Avenue, and I think Dad
liked a routine visit to the “Broadmead” with Mr. Frank
deChastelain, I believe. I would go up to the Corporation Bus Office
(on the edge of the market Place (Newland?) to get a bus ticket for
Miss Muriel and I think I am right in saying you have a brother
Your Grandad and Grandmother, a dear old couple, vivid in my mind,
used to come in from time to time to see their son “Will” but I am
afraid they were duly ushered out, courteously and firmly, for as I
have said, Dad was forever a human dynamo and worked at speed
The Architects were, Mr. Perkins (the C.A.), Mr. Johnny Walker, Mr.
Sid Percival (his dithering used to try Dad’s patience), Mr. Powell,
Mr. Glover, Mr. Neville, Mr. Claypole, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Carter (with
artificial legs), Mr. Kenyon, Mr. Don Jones and Mr. Buckingham
(apprenticed architect), so he had a lot to put up with.
Mrs. Jean Roddis (nee Rogers) was Junior Clerk in the Education
Department. She was attractive, would not chat, so there was no
junior’s romance! We still exchange cards at Christmas to Park
Avenue North and I send her reports of the Bach Choir, in which she
sings from the C. & E., but there again, happy memories of the
C.H. in wartime Northampton.
I do apologise for going on at length, Mrs. Cheney, however, though
I started at £1 per week and it cost me 6x10d. bus return fares from
Olney as we worked a 5 ½ day week, but I could still treat myself to
a new shirt and tie from Blacklees! My family and granddaughters
just can’t comprehend values of those days.
The memories just keep flooding back and those of Miss Joan Wake and
your dear Dad are as vivid as if they were only of yesterday.
Oh yes, Mrs. Cheney, I’ll remember with utter respect, Mr. W. G.
Barcock, (Mr. Barcock always to me). May he rest in peace.
Yours very sincerely,
* See the copy
of Mr. Alec Morgan’s letter to the Chronicle & Echo newspaper,
(C.& E. as he calls it) and my sister’s reply.