Elizabeth BELCHIER married Zacharias BROOKER in Shoreditch in August 1736.
Her son Zacharias was a butcher in Covent Garden, and owned farm land in Finchley, and perhaps she was living with him when she died in January 1795. She was as buried at nearby St Martin in the Fields.
- b.21 Feb 1711 c. 26 Feb 1711 at St Mary Abchurch, City of London by John and Catherine BELCHER
- 20 Jul 1715 at St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, London by Charles and Alice BELCHER
Potential BELCHIER relations
Robert BELCHIER of Romsey, son of Humphrey BELCHIER mentioned in a list of Henry VIII pardons in the House of Lords in 1510
A John BELCHIER and wife Patience COLLY were resident of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London. Patience was from All Hallows, London Wall. Both born 1655 and married 8 Dec 1680 with a Vicar General's Marriage Licence. At the time of the Boyd's survey they had a daughter Elizabeth who had been baptized on 20 Sep 1681. This family may well have been paternal grandparents to Elizabeth. (Source: Boyd's Survey of the City of London)
In 1706 there was said to be only one English papist, Mary BELCHIER, in West Ham, the other papists being the family and employees of a French calico-printer, Didier Richard. By 1767 an influx of Irish labourers had raised the total to 53, and in 1780 it was 160.
On 19 Jul 1714 an Elizabeth BELCHIER received a royal warrant to be paid £20 per annum "during pleasure" as from Lady Day 1714. (Queen's Warrant Book XXVI, p.155) Was she a lady-in-waiting to Queen Anne? Whatever the position it did not last long because Queen died suddenly on 1 Aug 1714.
A Samuel BELCHIER was a resident and rate payer in James Street, parish of St Paul, Covent Garden between 1712-1722. This was 200 yds from the BROOKER's butchers at Broad Court. In 1740 there is a Thomas BELCHIER on Hart Street, Covent Garden. (Source: Westminster Rate Books)
Also in Covent Garden at this time was John BELCHIER (d. 1753), a significant craftsman of furniture, mirrors and glass, who traded at the sign of the Sun, to the rear of St Paul's churchyard. See Citation for his portrait and resume. His work has sold in Christies and Sothebys and some of his japanned cabinets have sold for in excess of £160,000. He was known to have been a kinsman to William BELCHIER, the MP for Southwark below.
In 1736, in St Paul's Cathedral, a William BELCHIER, citizen and goldsmith livery, married Jane IRONSIDE c. 1 Mar 1712 daughter of Edward IRONSIDE of St Edmund, Lombard Street. He was a partner of Edward IRONSIDE, whose father was then the Lord Mayor of London, in a firm Ironside and Belchier at the sign of the Black Lion in Lombard Street. His wife Jane BELCHIER died in 1738 and is buried in Bromley churchyard alongside her grandfather Edward IRONSIDE who died in 1737. (Source: Environs of London) In 1740 William married Frances de Portalás daughter of Charles de Portalás of Hatton Garden. William, then living in Walbrook, was the successful candidate for Councilman of Southwark in 1747, and was MP for Southwark between 1747-1761. In 1753 he bought the manor of Knepp in Sussex, but sold it the following year, possibly because in that year he took the lease of Rivercourt House, the former summer residence of Catherine of Braganza, the consort of Charles II on the Thames at Hammersmith. In 1756 he bought the manor of Camberwell. In 1757 he and his partner IRONSIDE attested to the character of a lady, Hannah PHILIPS, accused of stealing some lace (which she had mistakenly picked with her own purchase). Notwithstanding his efforts, the jury found her guilty and she was branded. During the period 1767-70 he was living in 14 Downing Street, Westminster. Previous residents of the house included the Whig politician Henry Fox, Baron George Anson, first Admiral of the Fleet, the Marquess of Blandford, the Earl Kildare and the Earl of Scarbrough. The diarist James Boswell would have been a neighbour during his residence in Downing Street. William attempted to regain his Southwark seat in 1770 unsuccessfully. William BECLHIER died on 14 Dec 1772. (Source: Boyd's Survey of the City of London)
It is not inconceivable that Elizabeth was the sister of John and William.
A Thomas BELCHIER of Monmouth had a daughter Jane who married Richard Hudleston in 1735, putting Jane as a contemporary of Elizabeth. (Source: Boyd's Survey of the City of London) In 1733 Thomas bought an estate in Barton, 3 miles west of Cambridge, which was given to his son in lat in 1745.