Ancestors lost in the crowd?
New to family history research?
Perhaps these articles on our website may help:
Census 1841 - 1911
Birth, Death and Marriage Registration
The London Gazette
Articles on the History of Essex, Researching your Ancestors,
and British History
Essex Police Records 1840 - 1881
An early policeman, sometimes called a Peeler or Bobby (Punch cartoon 1845 PD)
Essex Police Records 1840 - 1881 - officers surnames starting with the letter O.
The first General Force Register listing all the officers is in the Essex Record Office 'ERO' under reference J/P 2/1. It covers the period 1840-1881.
Images of the records are available online, but until now the records have not been indexed by name as the records are arranged by rank and collar number. Now History House has indexed them by name with their place of birth and linked them to the image of their individual record at the ERO. There are over 2000 names on the Register. Some names are repeated as they were promoted through the ranks.
Each record gives name, age, date of joining, height, where born, previous trade, marital status and date and reason for leaving the force.
Some records give health details, grading of their conduct, and disciplinary reasons for discharge. Examples include: having got drunk first night on patrol and again next morning (after one days service!); want of bodily strength; leaving his guard in company with a prostitute; drinking on duty; refusing to transfer; and one was discharged because he was conncted with a religious group called the Memonites.
The turnover of staff was quite high in the early years as the force seemed to struggle to find suitable recruits. Many of them were former soldiers born in Scotland and Ireland. This large turnover means that many fall between between census dates and you may be unaware that your ancestor was even in the police force. So it is worth checking the list.
For further information on the early years of the force, other resources to research your Essex police ancestors and for records covering 1881 - 1910 see our article Essex Police Records
Alphabetical list of officers' surnames and places of birth 1840-1881.A B - Bo Br - By C - Cl Co - Cu D E F G H I J K
L M N O P Q & R S - Sk Sm - Sy T U & V W Y
- Patrick O'Conner, SEAX record
- James Oake, p.o.b. Rye Sussex SEAX record
- George Oakley, SEAX record
- Herbert Oakley, p.o.b. Springfield SEAX record
- William Oakley, SEAX record
- William Oakley, SEAX record
- Patrick O'Connor, p.o.b. Ireland SEAX record
- William Odam, p.o.b. Hamsbury Wiltshire SEAX record
- Alfred George Offeys, SEAX record
- James Oldrey, p.o.b. Totness SEAX record
- John Oliver, p.o.b. Little Baddow SEAX record
- John Oliver, p.o.b. Chelmsford SEAX record
- James Olways, SEAX record
- Henry Oram, p.o.b. Fyfield SEAX record
- Thomas Orridge, p.o.b. Langford SEAX record
- James Osborn, p.o.b. Starstead SEAX record
- John Osman, p.o.b. Ulcombe Kent SEAX record
- John Osmar, p.o.b. Alcomb Kent SEAX record
- Henry Ostinelle, p.o.b. Caple Suffolk SEAX record
- Edward Owers, p.o.b. Witham SEAX record
- James Owers, p.o.b. Stanway SEAX record