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Elizabeth Battcock (1800s), the pink pills that cure all ills

In the early 19th century, Elizabeth Battcock made the Dixon’s Antibilious Pills in the Pill House at Storrington for George Dixon.  Dr George Dixon began making antibilious pills for his wife. These were so “efficacious” that he started giving them to his friends, such as the Duke of Norfolk, the Dowager Lady Saye and Sele and Viscountess Bulkeley. Rave reviews followed, and by the 1790s George was manufacturing and selling masses of his little pink “pills to cure all ills”.  By 1798 Ching’s, the pharmacist, at 4 Cheapside, was running ads claiming to be the “only warehouse for Dixon’s Pills, celebrated for removing bilious disorders”.
When George’s brother, the Rev. Joe Dixon, moved to Storrington, Sussex, in 1795, George and Elizabeth went with him. In 1800 George began to have cards printed, offering his (expensive) services as a surgeon to local Sussex gentry. But the pills were starting to dominate his life. By 1801 they were all over the United Kingdom, and selling in boxes at 5s 9d, and half boxes at 2s 9d, and five-boxes-in-one at a guinea each. These pill-boxes were not genuine unless stamped with the name “G. Dixon, Storrington” and sealed with the arms of the proprietor.  By the time George died in 1821, his pills were famous all over the world. Every city in the USA carried them.  The Battcock family, who had for years actually done the making of the pills, continued to manufacture them in the Pill House at Storrington for the Dixons.  Elizabeth Battcock lived to well over 90.


January 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John Battcock 1731 Mason in Storrington

John Battcock (1731), Mason of Storrington

The first Battcock in Storrington that there is any sort of story about is John Battcock, a stonemason who was born in 1713.  He married Ann Smallpiece in 1731 and rebuilt the church tower of St Mary’s in Storrington in 1754 which is still standing.

The tower had been struck by lightning in 1731.  Despite repairs, what was left of the tower collapsed in 1746, destroying much of the nave.  The reconstruction of the tower cost £1,625. John Battcock built the tower with round-headed openings, flat rustications, a plain parapet and a pyramid. 

The mason profession was handed down for generations with the village mason being a John Battcock more than a hundred years later.

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gregory Battcock

Gregory Battcock was born in 1941 , possibly 1937 in New York, NY. He died in 1980 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was an art critic, art historian, and painter. He was the son of Elizabeth T and Gregory J. Battcock. He attended Michigan State University, receiving his A.B. before graduating from Hunter College (today Hunter College, City University of New York) with an M.A. He also attained a certificate at the Academia de Belli Arti, Rome. He painted as an abstract expressionist and did theater costume designs. Gregory Battcock was close friends with Andy Warhol and starred in several of the artist’s films, including “Batman Dracula,” 1964, “Horse,” 1965, “Galaxie,” 1966 and “Iliac Passion,” 1967. He became a special correspondent for Arts Magazine also in 1967. His interest in cinema led him to write articles about other Warhol films such as, “Notes on the Chelsea Girls: A Film by Andy Warhol,” 1967, and “Warhol Film,” 1968. He contributed to the re-definition of what the art world categorizes as art in that many of his anthologies address “new” fields of the aesthetic exploration of media such as film and video. He advocated that video is able to serve purposes other than the commercial, as it can stimulate intellectual and artistic inquiry. He was appointed associate professor of art history at Fairleigh Dickenson University, Teaneck NJ Campus, advancing to professor of art history, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ in 1970. He accepted the additional responsibilities of editor of Arts Magazine in 1973. During these years, he wrote and edited books about minimal art, conceptual art, realism, photo-realism, video art, new music and art education, and he had. In these activities Battcock sought to define a “new art.” For example, the anthologies he edited investigated new types of relationships developing between artists, critics, art objects and the art world. Correspondingly, he believed that close and direct contact with artists and their work was necessary in facilitating the creation of new art. Upon completing his dissertation, Constructivism and Minimal Art: Some Critical, Theoretical and Aesthetic Correlations, he received his Ph.D. from New York University in 1979. By then, he was a significant member of the contemporary American art world. On December 24, 1980, Gregory Battcock was stabbed to death at his condo in Puerto Rico; his murder remains unsolved. An openly gay man, he lived a lifestyle which the art historian Robert Rosenblum (q.v.) described at “performance theater.” His papers consisting of biographical information, correspondence, works of art, financial records, photographs, artist files, printed material, datebooks, and manuscripts of published and unpublished writings are in housed in the Archives of American Art, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Alice Neel’s painting, “David Bourden and Gregory Battcock,” 1971, is in the collection of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas Austin.

His books

• Constructivism and Minimal Art: Some Critical, Theoretical and Aesthetic Correlations. New York University, 1979; edited.

• The New Art: A Critical Anthology. New York: Dutton, 1965; edited.

• The New American Cinema: A Critical Anthology. New York: Dutton, 1967; ed.

• Minimal Art: A Critical Anthology. New York: Dutton, 1968;

• Idea Art: A Critical Anthology. New York: Dutton, 1973;

• New Ideas in Art Education: A Critical Anthology. New York: Dutton, 1973; “Aesthetic for Rebellion.”

• Art and Artists 7, no. 10 (January 1973): 12-14; “Aesthetics and/or Transportation.”

• Arts Magazine 48, no. 1 (September-October 1973): 33-5; “Abstract Expressionism: The End of an Age.”

April 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

El Battcocks en Argentina

Very poor Spanish version.  Also in english on this website.
Henry Battcock nació en Londres. El se casó Jeannette Gertrudis Spence. El comenzó el trabajo como un tendero en 14 Calle de Marylebone, el Regente Calle, Londres. Ellos tuvieron a cinco niños en Inglaterra:
Fanny Gertrude Battcock nació en 1848 en Londres.
Thomas Battcock nació en 1850
Jeannette Elizabeth Battcock nació en 1852 en Londres
Henry Wellesley Battcock nació en 1855.
Frederick Walter Battcock nació en 1860 en Southampton.
Frank Harper Battcock nacido en 1863 en Argentina
En 1863 ellos movieron a Southampton y entonces a Rosario,  
Segunda generación en Argentina
Henry Wellesley Battcock se casó Louisa y ellos tuvieron a cinco niños
Alberto Francisco Battcock nacido en 1898
Victoria Gertrude Battcock nacido en 1898
Thomas William Battcock nacido en 1900
Henry Juan Battcock nacido en 1902 
Clara Battcock nacido en..
Frederick Walter Battcock se casó … y tuvo a tres niños
Janet Gertrude Battock nacido en 1891
Miguel Battcock Federico Battcock nacido en 1899
Frank Harper Battcock se casó Amalia Castelli y tuvo a un niño
Amalia Beatrice en 1900

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Battcocks in Hemingford Abbots


Frank Battcock was born in 1823 in Chelsea, London.  He married Ann Sharp (1823-1913).  He bought a farm in Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire.  Frank and Annie had six children:


·        Edward Frank Battcock was born in 1856 and died aged 9 on meningitis.

·        Arthur Henry Battcock born in 1858.  He married Edith Ellen Gemmell.  He died in 1896.

·        Florence Anne Battcock was born in 1860.  She married Thomas Ernest Ivatt.  They had four children: Alwyn who ended up in Nigeria; Frank and Eda who both emigrated to Canada and Harold who died in the First World War.

·        Herbert James Battcock was born in 1862.  He married Maude Helena Chalk.  They had three children Humphrey Frank (my grandfather), Gwendoline Agnes and Phillip Thomas.

·        Frank William Battcock was born in 1864 and died age 7.

·        Percy John Battcock was born in 1868 and died at 10 months.




Herbert Battcock He married Maude Helena Chalk.   had three children:


·        Humphrey Frank Battcock born 1893


·        Gwendoline Agnes Battcock born in 1897.


·        Phillip Thomas Battcock born in 1902

March 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Battcocks in Newfoundland


John Battcock left the UK for Newfoundland towards the end of the 18th century

There  weare probably three different John Battcocks over three generations.    


William Battcock


All Battcocks traced in Newfoundland today descend from him. William was the son of John and Mary. He probably married about 1820 to a woman named Eleanor. Her maiden name has not yet been recovered. Over the next twenty or so years came


·        John (c.1822),

·        Thomas (c.1824),

·        Eleanor (c.1828),

·        Peter (c.1831),

·        Mary (date unknown) and

·        Michael (c.1840).


All seem to have been born at Brigus South. Thomas married about 1850 to a woman named Esther.  Thomas became a member of the House of Assembly.

Eleanor never married and passed away on February 28, 1855. She was twenty-seven years old.

Peter appears to have never married as well. Mary was wedded to John Higgins and Michael to Sarah Pendergast. 




John was married about 1852 to a girl from nearby Cape Broyle named Mary Cashin, the daughter of John Cashin and Mary Walsh. She was also the aunt of Sir Michael Cashin who would be a Prime Minister of Newfoundland early in the 19th century.  John and Mary had six children:


·        John J Battcock became a sailmaker;

·        Martin Battcock became a fisherman;

·        Peter Battcock

·        Ellen Mary Battcock

·        William Joseph Battcock, blacksmith

·        Mary Joseph Battcock

·        Mary Battcock



Martin Battcock married Margaret Fitzgerald.  They had 7 children:


·        Thomas J Battcock born in 1885

·        Mary Ellen Battcock

·        Catherine Battcock

·        Estella Battcock

·        Ester Maude mary Battcock

·        Helena Regina Battcock

·        Chrisabell Battcock


William Battcock was born in 1865.  He married Catherine (1868-).  They had 7 children:


·        Peter Louis Battcock

·        Thomas clement Battcock

·        Mary J Battcock

·        Anne J Battcock

·        John Battcock born in 1899.

·        Johanna J Battcock

·        James J Battcock


Thomas J Battcock (see above) was born in 1885.  He married Mary (1888-).  They had:


·        Norman Battcock born in 1913

·        Martin

·        Gladis

·        Alice

·        Mary

·        Christabell

·        Aubrey Battcock born in 1916


John Battcock was born in 1897. He married Margaret (1898-).  They had:


·        Carmel Battcock

·        John Battcock

·        Adrian Battcock

·        Sheila Battcock


Stephen Battcock was born in 1889.  He married Jenny (1888-).  They had


·        Eleanor Battcock born in 1918

·        Mary Battcock born in 1919

·        George Battcock born in 1921


Gregory J Battcock was born in 1890.  He married Margaret M (1897-).  They had:


·        William Battcock born 1922

·        John Battcock born in 1923

·        Mary Battcock born in 1925



John J. Battcock, the son of John Battcock and Mary Cashin, was sent out to the

Bay of Islands in western Newfoundland as one of the first constables of this newly established district. He would have served under Inspector Isaac Bartlett.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Canada | Leave a comment

Battcocks in Argentina

The Argentinian Battcocks


Henry Battcock (see Battcocks in London) was born in London.  He married Jeannette Gertrude Spence.  He started work as a grocer at 14 Marylebone Street, Regent Street, London.  In 1848 he became a “landed proprietor” of Cold Harbour in Croydon. 


They had five children in England:

Fanny Gertrude Battcock was born in 1848 in London.

Thomas James Battcock was born in 1850

Jeannette Elizabeth Battcock was born in 1852 in London

Henry Wellesley Battcock was born in 1855.

Frederick Walter Battcock was born in 1860 in Southampton.

Frank Harper Battcock born in 1863 in Argentina

In 1863 they moved to Southampton and then to Rosario, Argentina.  In 1863, the government of Argentina granted the company, led by engineer William Wheelwright, a concession to build and exploit a railway line between the cities of Rosario (a major port in southern Santa Fe, on the Parana River) and Cordoba (a large city near the geographical center of Argentina, and the capital of the province of the same name).


The construction works started in April 1863 with the establishment of the station in Rosario. The line, a 5 foot 6 inch broad gauge railway, reached Córdoba in 1870, covering a total of 396 km. It was the longest in Argentina at the time, and the first to join two provinces.


Second generation in Argentina

Henry Wellesley Battcock married Louisa and they had five children

  • Alberto Francisco Battcock born in 1898
  • Victoria Gertrude Battcock born in 1898
  • Thomas William Battcock born in 1900
  • Henry Juan Battcock born in 1902
  • Rose Clara Battcock born in..

Frederick Walter Battcock married … and had three children

  • Janet gertrude Battock born in 1891
  • Miguel Battcock
  • Federico Battcock born in 1899

Frank Harper Battcock married Amalia Castelli and had one child Amalia Beatrice in 1900

March 9, 2009 Posted by | Battcocks in Argentina | 3 Comments

The Battcock Name

Battcock is an English surname and is regularly confused with the much more popular Badcock.  Bat[e]’ is a short form of Bartholomew, a man’s name. ‘Cock’ is a diminutive meaning ‘young’.[i] In this case, Battcock would mean “young Bartholomew”. It would have been applied as a nick name to an individual for the purposes of identifying him or distinguishing him from another Bartholomew in the area or family.




March 9, 2009 Posted by | General | 1 Comment

Battcocks in the UK: Storrington


The earliest record of any Battcocks in the UK is from Storington in Sussex. 


Richard Battcock born 1645


Stephen Battcock born in 1648


Daniel Battcock born in 1651


John Battcock born in 1652


Mary Battcock born in 1654


Alice Battcock born in 1662


Jane Battcock born in 1665


Francis Battcock born in 1670


Susan Battcock born in 1675


Joan Battcock born in 1680


Thomas Battcock born in 1684


Henry Battcock was born 1680?.  He married… and had children:


  • Richard Battcock was born in 1702


Richard Battcock was born 1680? and married Elizabeth.  They had:


  • Richard Battcock born in 1707
  • Margaret Battcock born in 1710


John Battcock was born 1713.  He married Ann Smallpiece in 1731 and built church tower of St Mary’s Storington in 1754


Charles Battcock was born 1720-1745.  He had:


  • Richard Battcock was born in 1765


Thomas Battcock was born 1720-1745.  He had:


  • Sarah Battcock born in 1765.  She married John Fry


William Battcock was born 1730-1750.  He married Elizabeth.  They had


  • William Battcock born in 1771 (see below)


William Battcock was born 1771. He built the post office in Storington in 1812.  William married Emma.  They had one child


  • John Battcock born in 1796(1?)


John Battcock born in 1791 (6?) in Storington and died nearby in Thakeham in 1867.  He married Susannah (1787-1869).  They had four children:


  • Jane born in 1822 and married Albert Harris
  • Sarah (1824-1893)
  • Mary Ann born in 1826 and married James Cook in 1812
  • Ellen born in 1830


James Battcock was born 1776.  He married Mary(Martha?). They had:


  •  (Elizabeth Martha Battcock born in 1806?)
  • Sarah Battcock born in 1812 ?
  • William Stephen Battcock born in 1821
  • Thomas Battcock born in 1826
  • Henry
  • Maria
  • Charles born in 1836
  • Betse


By the middle of the 20th century there were no Battcocks left around Storington.  They probably moved to London as there were a number of Battcocks in London from the 18th century onwards.  



February 13, 2009 Posted by | UK | Leave a comment

Battcocks in London

First generation in London (1750-1799)
Thomas Battcock moved to London sometime towards the end of the 18th Century.  He was born in 1750 and died in 1799 in Kensington, London.  He married Margaret.  They had three children. 
Second generation in London (1780-1850)

Thomas William Battcock born in 1781 in Kensington and died in 1847 in Ashford, Middlesex.  He was a corn merchant.  Thomas Battcock was my great great grandfather. His wife was Elizabeth Rubergall (1781-1838).  Elizabeth’s brother was optician to the queen and his optical equipment is still sold in auction.
William Robert Battcock was born in 1783 in Kensington and died in 1868 in Chelsea.  He was a cricketer.
George Battcock born in 1788.
Third generation (1810-1900)
Thomas and Elizabeth had five children.
Thomas Smith Battcock born in 1813 in Chelsea, london and died in 1847 in Chelsea, london.  He was a coal and corn merchant.  He married Catherine (Kate) Walker Taylor (1819-1903). 
George Battcock was born in 1815 in Chelsea, London and died in 1891 in Maidenhead.  He was a wine and spirit merchant.  He married Jane King (1815-).
Frederick Battcock born in 1817 in Chelsea and died in 1865.  He was a coal merchant.  He married Fanny Drouet (1822-1903) .
Henry Battcock was born in 1820 in Chelsea London.  He married to Jeanette Gertrude Spence.  He moved to Argentina

Frank Battcock was born in 1823 in Chelsea and died in Hemingford Abbots in 1896.  He was a farmer.  He married Ann Sharp (1823-1913).
Fourth generation
George Battcock and Jane King had three children

George Arthur Battcock  who was born in 1840 and died in 1907 leaving £43,000 on his death.  He had a son (Genville Arthur) who became a successful lawyer.  Grenville Arthur had three children and two grandchildren. 

Charles Frederick Battcock who was born in 1841 and died in 1925 also leaving a lot of money on his death.  He had one son (Cyril Charles) who married Muriel Dingwall Williams.  Cyril amd Muriel had 7 children. 
 William Frederick Battcock was born November 28 in 1850 at 35 Wellington Street in London. 

February 9, 2009 Posted by | UK | Leave a comment