William Lucas was born in Sydenham, Oxfordshire in 1789. He married Sarah Holder in 1811 and spent the rest of his life in and around Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire. He seems to have been involved working as a coach driver, employed by Inns in the town. Colnbrook was on the Bath Road (A4) and his addresses in the censuses after 1841 are next door to a number of Inns.

A significant date is 1835 when the Great Western Railway opened in Slough. Even though he lived until the age of 86, there is much evidence that his life got increasingly tough after 1850. In the 1861 census he is described as a pauper. In the same census three of his grand children are inmates of the nearby Staines Union Workhouse. His other sons seem to have sought employment in London and two of them have a profession of 'horsekeeper'. In the 1871 census WIlliam Lucas is described as 'Late Postillion at Hotel'.

William and Sarah's daughters seem to have fared a little better, although none of them married locally. Charlotte married Thomas Mann a Carpenter, Margaret married Daniel Chiswick a Cooper in Bethnal Green. Caroline married a yeoman farmer twenty years her senior. Whilst William was illiterate each of these daughters signs marriage registers and show some sign of upward mobility.

 

Family of William LUCAS and Sarah HOLDER

See also
Sarah HOLDER's parents: William HOLDER ( - ) and Elizabeth ( - )
Sarah HOLDER's siblings: Mary Ann HOLDER (1797- ) and Elizabeth HOLDER (1802- )
Husband: William LUCAS (1789-1875)
Wife: Sarah HOLDER (1791-1869)
Children: William LUCAS (1812-1895?)
 Sarah LUCAS (1815- )
 John LUCAS (1817- )
 Ann LUCAS (1819- )
 Charlotte LUCAS (1821?-1877?)
 James LUCAS (1823- )
 Caroline LUCAS (1824?-1896)
 Margaret Holder LUCAS (1826?-1870)
 Louisa LUCAS (1832-1911)
 Thomas LUCAS (1834-1909)
 Charles Alfred LUCAS (1835-aft1881)
Marriage 30 Dec 1811 Wooburn, Buckinghamshire

Husband: William LUCAS

Name: William LUCAS
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1789 Sydenham, Oxfordshire
Occupation (1) 1845 (age 55-56) Post Chaise Driver; marriage certificate of daughter Caroline
Occupation (2) 1851 (age 61-62) Labourer
Occupation (3) 1861 (age 71-72) Pauper
Occupation (4) 1871 (age 81-82) Late Postillion at Hotel
Death 1875 (age 85-86) Staines

Wife: Sarah HOLDER

Name: Sarah HOLDER
Sex: Female
Father: William HOLDER ( - )
Mother: Elizabeth ( - )
Birth 1791 Farnham, Buckinghamshire
Baptism 29 Dec 1791 (age 0) Farnham Royal
Death 1869 (age 77-78) Staines

Child 1: William LUCAS

Name: William LUCAS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary Ann BROWN (1819-1854?)
Birth 1812 Colnbrook
Baptism 26 Jul 1812 (age 0) Colnbrook
Occupation (1) 1871 (age 58-59) Coachman; Islington
Occupation (2) 1891 (age 78-79) Pauper; Islington Work House
Death 1895 (app) (age 82-83) Islington

Child 2: Sarah LUCAS

Name: Sarah LUCAS
Sex: Female
Birth 1815  
Baptism 9 Feb 1815 (age 0) Colnbrook

Child 3: John LUCAS

Name: John LUCAS
Sex: Male
Birth 1817  
Baptism 14 Dec 1817 (age 0) Colnbrook

Child 4: Ann LUCAS

Name: Ann LUCAS
Sex: Female
Birth 1819  
Baptism 27 Jun 1819 (age 0) Colnbrook

Child 5: Charlotte LUCAS

Name: Charlotte LUCAS
Sex: Female
Spouse: Thomas MANN (1822?- )
Birth 1821 (app) Colnbrook
Baptism 16 Sep 1821 (age 0) Colnbrook
Death 1877 (app) (age 55-56)  

Child 6: James LUCAS

Name: James LUCAS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Ann (1815- )
Birth 1823 Colnbrook
Baptism 13 Apr 1823 (age 0) Colnbrook
Occupation 1861 (age 37-38) Horsekeeper; Kensington

Child 7: Caroline LUCAS

Name: Caroline LUCAS
Sex: Female
Spouse: John THICK (1799-1877)
Birth 1824 (app)  
Baptism 23 Jan 1825 (age 0-1) Colnbrook
Death 1896 (age 71-72) Fareham, Hampshire

Child 8: Margaret Holder LUCAS

Name: Margaret Holder LUCAS
Sex: Female
Spouse: Daniel CHISWICK (1827?-1904)
Birth 1826 (app) Colnbrook, Staines, Middlesex
Baptism 5 Feb 1827 (age 0-1) Colnbrook
Death Q4 1870 (age 43-44) Stepney

Child 9: Louisa LUCAS

Name: Louisa LUCAS
Sex: Female
Birth 23 Aug 1832 Colnbrook, Middlesex
Baptism 23 Sep 1832 (age 0) Poyle Indepenedent Stanwell
Death 1911 (age 78-79) Staines

Child 10: Thomas LUCAS

Name: Thomas LUCAS
Sex: Male
Birth 3 Mar 1834 Stanwell
Baptism 6 Apr 1834 (age 0) Poyle Indepenedent Stanwell
Death 1909 (age 74-75) Staines

Child 11: Charles Alfred LUCAS

Name: Charles Alfred LUCAS
Sex: Male
Spouse: Harriet (Hannah) WEBB (1827-1878)
Birth 1835 Colnbrook
Baptism 26 Jan 1836 (age 0-1) Poyle Indepenedent Stanwell
Occupation 1871 (age 35-36) Horsekeeper
Death aft 1881 (age 45-46)