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Sarah Ann Hitchcock (b. 1810) née Pike

At present, Sarah Ann Pike is the most likely candidate for being Charles Hitchcock's second wife.

Sarah Pike married Charles in 1836. He had four known children from his first marriage and had a further three with Sarah. The couple settled in Stratford where Charles started a fishmongery business.

She possibly died in 1867, aged 57.

The known facts about Sarah Hitchcock are:

  • born Sarah Pike[1]
  • most likely born 1810[2]
  • born in London, but not West Ham[3]
  • had a relative named Richard Pike
  • died after the 1861 Census, which was taken on 6 April 1861



  • Edward Pike (b. 1806)[6]
  • Sarah Pike (b. 1808)[7]
  • Eliza Pike (b. 1814)[8]
  • Alfred Pike (b. 1816)[9]
  • Louisa Pike (b. 1818)[10]
  • John Pike (b. 1820)[11]
  • Elizabeth Pike (b. ~1823)[12]
  • Frances (Fanny?) Pike (b. 1825)


  • born 03/Apr/1810[13]
  • birthplace given as London (1851 & 1861 Census)
  • baptised at St. Georges In The East, Stepney, London[14]


Charles Hitchcock (b. ~1791)

  • born around 1791 in Dedham
  • married sometime around 1822 to Jemima Spooner (b. ~1796)[15]
  • married in 1836 to Sarah Pike — the marriage was registered in Bermondsey, Surrey, and Jane Hitchcock and Richard Pike were the witnesses
  • likely died 1858[16]


Charles William Hitchcock (b. 1838)

Mary Emily Hitchcock (b. 1840)

  • born 30/Jan/1840 in Stratford[21]
  • baptised 11/Mar/1840 at St. John's Parish Church, Stratford[22]

Enoch Hitchcock (b. 1844)


Family Tree


Census Data


  • address: Maryland Point, Stratford.
  • Charles Hitchcock (50), occupation: fishmonger
  • Sarah Hitchcock (31), wife
  • Sarah Hitchcock (17), daughter
  • Susannah Hitchcock (17), daughter
  • Joseph Hitchcock (10), son
  • Charles Hitchcock (2), son
  • Mary Hitchcock (1), daughter


Son Joseph has already entered the family trade.

  • address: Maryland Point, Stratford
  • Charles Hitchcock (60), occupation: fishmonger
  • Sarah Hitchcock (41), wife
  • Susannah Hitchcock (28), daughter
  • Joseph Hitchcock (21), son, occupation: fishmonger
  • Charles Hitchcock (12), son, occupation: scholar
  • Mary E. Hitchcock (10), daughter, occupation: scholar
  • Enoch Hitchcock (6), son, occupation: scholar
  • Sarah Hitchcock (28), daughter


Charles has died and Sarah is continuing to run the business with two of her sons.

  • address: 1 Leytonstone Road, Stratford
  • Sarah Hitchcock (52), widow, occupation: greengrocer
  • Charles W. Hitchcock (22), son, occupation: greengrocer
  • Enoch Hitchcock (16), son, occupation: greengrocer

Other Documents

Sarah Ann Pike

Birth certificate:

Dr Williams' Library Registry, Birth Certificates (1805-1812):

Marriage to Charles Hitchcock

Chelmsford Chronicle (29/Mar/1861)

Cornelius Curby was found guilty of stealing a bundle of rhubarb from Sarah Hitchcock's greengrocery and sentenced to 14 days imprisonment.[26]

London Stratford Times and South Essex Gazette (30/Mar/1861)

This appears to have been a separate incident to the one described in the Chelmsford Chronicle the day before. As a "Mr. Hitchcock" is named, this may related to Joseph Hitchcock (b. ~1829) rather than to his mother, Sarah.

Research Notes

  • Many thanks to Angie, who happens to be a second cousin (once removed) of Alfred Hitchcock, for providing details of the marriage!
  • It's very likely that the Pikes were living on Ratcliff Highway at the time of the first Ratcliff Highway murder in December 1811 of Timothy Marr and his family.
  • Not the Sarah Hitchcock who died in 1867 in Dunmow. Although the right age, her death certificate gives her details as being the wife of farm labourer James Hitchcock.
  • A 63-year-old widow named Sarah Hitchcock (b. ~1808) who was born in Middlesex is listed as an inmate of the West Ham Union Workhouse in the 1871 Census — it seems highly unlikely this would be Charles' widow as surely her children would have cared for her in her old age
  • The Sarah Hitchcock who died in 1897 in West Ham was very likely the wife of Henry Hitchcock (b. 1816), who worked as a blacksmith, and they lived on Hoy Street, West Ham. Henry was likely born in South Tidworth.

Notes & References

  1. As recorded in the marriage registry entries.
  2. Based on age reported in 1841-61 Census returns.
  3. The 1841 Census for West Ham records Sarah as not being born in the district. The 1851-61 Census returns simply state "London".
  4. See also ancestry.co.uk
  5. Daughter of Daniel and Mary Willder. Sometimes Dinah's middle name is given as "Gold". See also ancestry.co.uk. Was a widow by the time of the 1851 Census. Dinah died 05/Sep/1862.
  6. Born 29/Aug/1806 and baptised 09/Nov/1806 (Saint George in the East, Stepney). He married Susanna Willder on 07/May/1836 (St James Garlickhithe). By the 1861 Census, Edward was a linen draper (possibly widowed) living on Holborn (St George the Martyr) with his children Susannah Pike (b. ~1838), Eliza Pike (b. ~1845), Edward Pike (b. ~1848) [died 1868] and Elizabeth Pike (b. ~1853) [married 03/Dec/1873 to Charles Baker]. Possibly died 1872 (source ancestry.co.uk).
  7. Born 24/Jul/1808 and baptised 10/Oct/1810. Very liked died aged 9 months and buried 28/Apr/1909 at St. Michael, Crooked Lane, London.
  8. Listed living with her father up to 1861 (aged 16).
  9. Born 23/Jun/1816 on Ratcliffe Highway. Baptised 12/Aug/1816 (Wycliffe Independent Chapel, Philpot Street, Stepney). Very likely died 1851 aged 35 and buried 02/Nov/1851 at St. Marylebone, Westminster.
  10. Born 02/Oct/1818. Spinster living with mother in 1851 Census. Possibly died 1891 aged 73.
  11. Born 26/Sep/1820.
  12. Spinster living with mother in 1851 Census. Likely married William Cook Taylor in 1853 but was a widow by the 1861 Census.
  13. Birth registered 04/Jan/1811 in the St. George in the East district.
  14. No baptism date listed.
  15. No marriage registry entry found.
  16. Death registered Q4 1858 West Ham. See: England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 > volume 4A > page 1 > line 14
  17. Birth registered as Charles William Hitchcock in Q2 1838 West Ham. See: England & Wales births 1837-2006 > volume 12 > page 264 > line 152.
  18. Source: SEAX D/P 601/1/1, page 44
  19. Marriage registered Q2 1866 Shoreditch.
  20. Death registered Q2 1894 West Ham. See: England & Wales deaths 1837-2007 > volume 4A > page 111 > line 369
  21. Birth of Mary Emily Hitchcock registered Q1 1840 West Ham
  22. Source: SEAX D/P 601/1/1, page 59
  23. Birth registered as Enoch (or possibly Enock) Hitchcock [Q2 1844 West Ham]. See: England & Wales births 1837-2006 > volume 12 > page 294 > line 33
  24. Source: SEAX D/P 601/1/1, page 111
  25. Marriage registered Q2 1862 Shoreditch. See: England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 > Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records > volume 1C > page 475 > line 7
  26. It's uncertain exactly who Cornelius was, as the only person of that name was an Irish sailor who had no links to the area.