Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry

The Rock Family of Herefordshire

Harriet Rock (nee Corbett) was the sister of my great great grandfather James Corbett. In 1877 she married George Rock in Westhide, Herefordshire - their home parish. The photograph below shows Westhide church.

By 1881 George & Harriet had moved to nearby Withington, where as far as I know they remained for the rest of their lives. The table below gives a transcription of the 1881 census entry for George & Harriet (RG11/2590 Page 16 schedule 72):

Page 16]The undermentioned Houses are situated within the Boundaries of the
Civil Parish [or Township] of City or Municipal Borough of Municipal Ward of Parliamentary Borough ofTown or Village ofRural Sanitary District of Ecclesiastical District of
Withington       Hereford Union Withington
No. of Schedule Road, Street and Name of HouseName and Surname of each personRelation to Head of FamilyCondition AgeRank, Profession or OccupationWhere Born
72 Lock CottageGeorge RockHeadMarried 34General LabourerH'fdshire, Westhide
   Harriet RockWifeMarried 27Labourer's wifeWesthide
   Henry J RockSon  3infantWesthide
   William RockSon 6 monthsinfantWithington

By 1901 the family had moved to Upper Marsh in Withington and George was now described as a General Labourer and gardener - working on his own account - which I think means he was self employed. The table below shows a transcript from the 1901 census for Withington (RG13/2478 page 19 schedule 130) showing George & Harriet & their five youngest children:

Administrative County - HerefordThe undermentioned Houses are situated within the Boundaries of thePage 19
Civil Parish Ecclesiastical Parish County Borough etc. Ward of Municipal BoroughRural District Parliamentary Borough or DivisionTown or Village or Hamlet
Withington Entire Withington St Peter Nil NilHereford (Part of)SouthernWithington
No. of Schedule Road, Street and Name of HouseName and Surname of each personRelation to Head of FamilyCondition AgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
130 Upper MarshGeorge RockHeadMarried 54General Labourer & Gardener on own accountWesthide
   Harriet RockWifeMarried 47 Westhide
   George RockSonSingle12SchoolWithington
   Elsie May RockDauSingle9SchoolWithington
   Frank James RockSonSingle7SchoolWithington
   Annie RockDauSingle5SchoolWithington
   Albert F RockSonSingle2 Withington

So far the only photograph I have of any George & Harriet's children, is this handsome one of George Rock (born 1889).

George (senior) and Harriet continued to live in Withington until their deaths. They are buried in Withington churchyard

George Rock senior was the youngest son of Henry Rock & Emma Dorney, who had married in 1837 in Westhide.

Henry and Emma Rock had 5 children. I haven't tracked down a photo of their son George yet, but I was given this lovely photo of his brother Philip Rock and his wife Mary Ann by one of their descendants - Rose.

Philip & Mary Ann had 6 children, moving round Herefordshire presumably for Philip to find work as a labourer, before settling in Marden. Their great-granddaughter Rose also gave me this lovely photo of the wedding of Philip & Mary Ann's daughter Alice Rose Rock to Arthur Powell in 1912. If you hover the cursor over the faces, it should display their names.

Philip and Mary Ann's first child was George Albert Rock, born 1870 in Westhide. George Albert moved to Wales where he met and married Jane Ford and they had 7 children. Thanks to George's great granddaughter Jan for this photo of him.

George enlisted at the start of WW1 but was sadly invalided out and died in hospital back home in Wales. As with all the Peasants to Puddles men who lost their lives in WW1, I've tried to find out a bit more about him, so you can read his commemorative page here

One final photo, also kindly supplied by Jan, is this lovely one of George Albert's son William Henry Rock.

I would love to hear from anyone who has photos of other members of the Rock family - perhaps even ones of George & Harriet themselves.

The family tree below summarises what I know about the above generations of the Rock family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me

Please click on one of the red links on the tree to move to a different page.

If any of the above is of further interest, please feel free to contact me at: n.rowberry@btinternet.com

Nicky Rowberry 2023

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