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Re: Looking for Gouchers from the Croydon England area
Posted by: Dorian Bersos (ID *****3500) Date: February 22, 2011 at 22:56:16
In Reply to: Re: Looking for Gouchers from the Croydon England area by sally goucher of 262

Hi Sally,

I hope you enjoy your trip to England. This is what I know about my family. My grandfather, Robert Goucher (1871-1915) was born we think in Croydon (although there was some family story about his being born enroute from Australia to Croydon). His family had a brick masonory in Croydon. I know that he had siblings Isabelle, Archibald, Lucy, Harriet all born between 1869 and 1879. Here is the interesting part, his parents were Charles Goucher ( born 1838 in Croydon) and Agnes Boyter Goucher (born in Dublin Ireland 1837 died in Croydon in 1918). We know they were married in 1856, but have not found a record of any children until 1870. Robert immigrated to Manitoba, Canada in the late 1890's, his brother Archibald followed later. Robert and Archibald married Icelandic first cousins. Robert married Emma Johnson (nee Ingeborg Bjornesdottir in 1900) and Archie married Christine Johnson a few years later. Emma and Robert had 2 sons, Charles (1901) and Robert (1905) while they lived in Manitoba and a daughter, Agnes (1907) in Vancouver BC. The family then moved to Kitsap County Washington State where they had 3 more sons, John (1909), Clarence (1911) and William, my father, in 1913. Robert was killed in an accident in 1915 and left a 33 year old widow with 6 children.
my family was in contact with the children of Archie and Christine through the mid 1990's, that branch of the family remained in Canada.
2 of my uncles went to Croydon in the late 1960's and visited with some cousins, but that was the last contact we had with any Goucher's from Croydon, despite a few attempts in the 1980's and 1990's to make contact.
i would love to know how are branches connect with yours. I hope you have a wonderful trip to England!

Keep in touch,

Dorian


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