The Ducker family in Stanhoe
photo: Herbert Applegate, Fakenham
sent us some notes about her ancestors the Ducker family.
In the 1700s the Duckers lived in Sculthorpe. They moved to Stanhoe and Shereford in the 1800s.
James Ducker (photo) was born at Sculthorpe in 1841. In 1870 he married Mary Alcock in Stanhoe (Mary was born in Dunton in 1846).
The 1871 census records James and Mary living in Burnham Road Cottages in Stanhoe. Priscilla’s great-grandfather Arthur Ducker was born here in 1870 or 1871, and his sister Emma was born in Stanhoe in 1872.
The 1881 and 1891 censuses find the family living in Shereford. James and Arthur are listed as agricultural labourers. Arthur married Rosalind Browne at Shereford in 1896 but evidently they soon moved to Kent, where their first child was born in 1897.
Arthur and Rosalind had a family of four which included Priscilla’s grandmother Evelyn Ducker. Arthur worked at Crossness Pumping Station, but tragically died in 1918 after a bicycle accident on the way to work. Evelyn married Alfred Gray and they had two children, one of whom is Priscilla’s mother.