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Weíve had Uncle Jack - now stand by for Cousin Jack. The title of this article was inspired by an email from Adrian Stockton who originally contacted me to exchange family tree information about the Stockton line. Adrian wrote: ĎMy first cousin 3 times removed was Jack the Ripper - now thatís something to talk about.í
Adrian was referring to James Hardiman, a Whitechapel horseflesh purveyor and catís meat man. Ripperologistís readers are well aware that I believe he was Jack the Ripper. His mother was Harriet Hardiman, who lived in the ground floor front room at 29 Hanbury Street and ran a catís meat shop out of it. On 8 September 1888, Annie Chapmanís mutilated body was found in the back yard of this house.
I have chronicled Jamesís life and exposed my theories in previous articles where I discussed the information I have so far gathered on the Hardiman family. Now, thanks to Adrianís new information on the Stocktons, I can expand on our research. Harriet Hardiman, Jamesís mother, was a Stockton - Adrianís Second Great Aunt, in fact - and constitutes the link between the Stockton and Hardiman families.