The Family of Bennett Flack (1853 – 1907)

I am grateful to Denise Carr and Jim Flack, ( for some of the information on this page.

He was baptised 25 September 1853, at Linton, a son of James Flack or Gibson and Susan formerly Sheffield.

In 1861 and 1871 he was at home aged 7 and 17.


It can be deduced that he married Elizabeth Rayner in 1874.  A search of the Cambridge Indexing Project gave a possible marriage in 1874 to a spouse surnamed Rayner and in the census he was married to Elizabeth.

The marriage took place at Foxton, 26 July 1874 after banns.  Bennett was a bachelor and of full age, a labourer and son of James.  Elizabeth Rayner was a spinster and of full age, the daughter of William.


He was found in the 1881 census as Bennett Hack.  He was living at 1 Church Grove, Southwark St John Horsleydown, Surrey, close to his brother William.  He was aged 27, a horse keeper and born at Linton, Cambridgeshire.  His wife, Elizabeth, was aged 26, born at Foxton, Cambs, and their children were Henry A (sic). (5, born Foxton), Ernest W. (3, born Little Shelford, Cambs) and Herbert J. (11 months, born Horsleydown).  With them was a lodger, Henry M. Rayner, aged 24, a brewer’s labourer, born at Foxton, Cambs.  This looks like Elizabeth’s brother, in view of the 1874 marriage possibility.


In 1891, at 88 Coxon Place, Horsleydown, Southwark, in 3 rooms, close to his brother at 84, Bennett was aged 37, an employed stableman groom, born at Linton.  His wife, Elizabeth, was aged 36 and born at Foxton.  Their children were Henry B. aged 15, a telegraph messenger, born at Foxton, Herbert J. aged 11, Rose E. aged 8 and Walter R. aged 3, all born at Horsleydown.


In 1901 Bennett was living in 4 rooms at 6 Elizabeth Place, St Saviour’s, Southwark, London.  He was aged 47, a horsekeeper and born at Linton, Cambs.  His wife, Elizabeth was aged 46 and born at Foxton, Cambs.  Their children were Herbert J. (20, Horsleydown), Rose E., (18, Horsleydown) a hook and eye packer and Albert (5, Horsleydown).


Bennett Flack’s death was registered in the Southwark district in the March quarter 1907.  He was aged 53.


In 1911, in 2 rooms at 46 Hanover Buildings, Bermondsey, Elizabeth Flack was a widow, a chairwoman (sic, perhaps charwoman was intended?) born at Foxton, Cambs.  Crossed through was that she was married for 36 years and had had eight children of whom 4 had died.  With her were her single sons Herbert James aged 30 a brewers labourer and Albert aged 15 a general hand at a wine and spirit merchant’s.  Both were born at Horsleydown.


Bennett and Elizabeth’s children were:

Henry Bennett Flack, born 1875 and baptised 24 November 1875 at Foxton, Cambs (labourer).  He married Rebecca Ellen Ellis, 30 October 1897 at St Pauls, St Mary Newington.  He was a bachelor, aged 21, a postman of 101 Manor Place, son of Bennett, a horsekeeper.  Rebecca was a spinster, aged 21 of the same address, daughter of (blank).  The witnesses were Albert Alexander and Edward Carter. 

In 1901, in 2 rooms at 85 Acorn Street, Camberwell St Giles, Henry B Flack was aged 25, a horseman (probably) and born at Foxton, Cambs.  His wife was Rebecca aged 24 and born at Camberwell and their daughter, Rose, was aged 2 and born at Bermondsey.

Their children were

Rose Flack, born about 1898/9 in Bermondsey. 

In 1901, she was at home with her parents, aged 2 and born in Bermondsey.

Henry Charles Victor Flack, born about 1905/6.  He was a driver in the Royal Corps of Signals (service number 6573192) and died 31 October 1944, aged 38.  He was the son of Henry Bennett and Rebecca Flack and the husband of Louisa Flack of Kennington.  Grave 3.A.19 Imphal War Cemetery, India (Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

Ernest William, born 1877/8 at Little Shelford, Cambs.

Herbert James, born April or May 1880 at Horsleydown, Southwark.

Rose Elizabeth, born 1882/3 at Horsleydown, Southwark.

Walter Rayner, born about 1887 at Horsleydown, Southwark.

Albert, born 1 January 1896 at Horsleydown, Southwark.

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Posted November 2016