Mary Hancock (now Croft)

Mary Hancock (now Croft) Born: ~1787, England
Baptism: 27 November 1787, St Giles (Anglican), Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Parents: James Hancock (Senior) and Margaret Hancock (nee Foden)
Siblings: James Hancock, 1 May 1776
                Probably others
Married: Charles Thomas Croft, 14 January 1821, Salem, Cape Colony, (now South Africa)
(Charles Croft was born 27 November 1792, Westminster, London, England; died 3 June 1862, aged 69, 'Cannon House', Beaufort Street, Grahamstown)
Children: Mary Croft, October 1821 (d. 2 Mar 1873, aged 51, Grahamstown)
                  Charles Thomas Croft, 1824, Salem (d. 24 Oct 1856, aged 32, Albany District)
                  Elizabeth Croft, 1 February 1826 (d. 22 Jan 1914, aged 87, Rocky House, Milner Street, Grahamstown)
                  Eliza Croft, 31 May 1828
Died: 25 May 1863, aged 75
Buried: Old Grahamstown Cemetery, South Africa

Mary, an 1820 Settler, accompanied the family of her brother James Hancock to the Cape Colony where she married a widower, Charles Thomas Croft, firstly on board ship, then again in Salem. They were originally married onboard the Aurora by the ship's Captain, and re-did the ceremony when on land.

Baptism of Mary Hancock

Mary Hancock and Charles Croft

Aurora 1820 Settler, part of Hezekiah Sephton's party in the ship Aurora (344 passengers).
Departed from London on 15 February 1820. (Left from Deptford on 6 February 1820, and, after some further delay, from Gravesend on 15 February 1820.) Arrived at Simon's Bay 1 May 1820.
Arrived at final destination of Algoa Bay, Cape Colony on 15 May 1820.
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