Richard [Kent] Sergeant and Lucy Hilton

Richard was born 16th April 1813 at Hindley and died 30th Aug 1872 in Everton. In 1838 he was a grocer and by 1851 a corn merchant. In 1861 his address was 125 St Domingo, Everton.


He married, 14th August 1838 Manchester Cathedral, Lucy Hilton. They had eleven children:

  1. Lucy Jane: b 1839 Hindley, marr William Lynde Brunton 1868 West Derby. They had four children.
  2. Mary Ann: b 1841 d 1842
  3. Hannah: b 1843 d 1885 living with mother in 1881
  4. Richard Joseph: b 1845 Hindley, d 1923 Liverpool. Marr Alice Copland 1878 Grenada. 6 children.
  5. Ellen: b 1846 d 1911. In 1901 living with brother Charles.
  6. James Hilton: b 1848 Wigan, d 1914 Charminster. In 1901 a general merchant marr Elizabeth Roberts Churchland 1887. 2 children.
  7. John Marsh: b 1850 d 1860
  8. William Francis: b 1852 Gt Cosby, d 1916 Melbourne, Australia. In 1875 qualified as First Mate; in 1880 as Master. Married widow Elizabeth Seddon 1884. Married Margaret 'Madge' Smith Williams in Australia - four children.
  9. Eliza: b 1855 d 1934 Thornton. Married Robert Battersby 1878 Grenada. One daughter, Gladys.
  10. Charles Newton: b 1859 Liverpool d 19th September 1938 Aled, Denbighshire. In 1871 he was a commercial clerk. He then became vicar of Chadderton where he lived with his mother and sisters. He attended the wedding in 1929 of Frederick C H Sergeant. He seems to have adopted two girls, Ann Thistleton b1905 Fylde and Emma Thistleton b 1906 Fylde, who in turn adopted another, Edith Lola Lily Vickers b 1927 Fylde.
  11. Frederick Marsh: b 14 Feb 1861 d 21 Aug 1937. Had been captain of a Cunard liner. In 1901 he was examiner Board of Trade. In 1904 the Journal of Commerce reported:  'Captain F M Sergeant, who is a lieutenant  in the RNR has succeeded his promoted chief to the position of chief  examiner of masters and mates and secretary of the Local marine Board  ..... prior to that he had excellent sea service, including command  in sailing ships and as an officer in important steamship lines, the  last of which was the White Star line.'  He married Ellen Beatrice Heffernan in 1896.

Frederick Marsh Sergeant and Ellen Beatrice had four children:

  1. Frederick Cavendish Hilton Sergeant b 1898 Portsea d 1978 Merstham. In the 1920s he changed his name to 'Hilton-Sergeant.' he was educated at Calday School and Liverpool University where he studied medicine. He joined the RAMS and served in India in the late 1920s, China in the mid 1930s and then in Egypt during WWII and during the Suez crisis. He was mad a CBE in 1955 and CB in 1956 and was commandant and director of the Royal Army Medical College from 1953-7. From 1957-1970 he was medical advisor to the Red Cross. he married Kathleen Margaret Howard 'Ke' Walker in 1929 at St Michael and All Saints, Dalton.
  2. Cecil Francis Heffernan 'Bam' b 5 Oct 1899 Toxteth d 6 Jun 1971 Ormskirk. He was a medical officer to the Canadian Pacific Shipping Company and a volunteer reserve medical officer in WWII with the rank of Squadron Leader. He married Joan Dickinson Fair in 1938.
  3. Charles Roy Edmunds b 1900 d 1969. He married Ruth Callon in 1936. They had one son Frederick 'Barry' Hilton Sergeant (1939 Southport - 2010 Jersey).
  4. Beatrice Lucy Hilton b 1906 Toxteth Park, d 1996 Greenwich. She trained as a doctor and married Michael E Kirwan, a major in the RAMC, in 1933. She was gazetted into the R.A.M.C. as a lieutenant in August 1941. Women doctors thus appointment were not technically serving officers, but were 'employed with' the R.A.M.C. After Michael Kirwan's death, she later, 1946, married her cousin, John Harold Otto Frowen.

31st December 1904 (pencilled on back) letter to Dear Santa Claus, Snow Castle, Ice Land, Fairy Grotto

Thank you very much for filling our socks and making our nursery so pretty; we had a beautiful train on lines from Uncle Jack, a darling tricycle from Granny, which we like very much, and such a lot of toys.

With love and kisses from us all, your loving little friends Hilton, Francis and Roy

1st February 1907 2 Hartingdon Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool [to Lady Heffernan]

Dear Grandma

I am writing this little letter to wish you manny [sic] happy returns of your birthday. I hope you will spend a very happy day and that Grandpa will buy you a nice birthday cake with pink sugar on the top. With love and kisses from your loving little Grandson Roy