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Baxters of Kessingland

Kessingland

Kessingland is situated on the East coast three miles south of Lowestoft. The church is dedicated to St Edmund and the parish registers date back to the Tudor times.

Robert Baxter (1730 - 1798)

The first Baxter family to settle in Kessingland appears in the church registers in 1765 is the family of Robert Baxter and his wife Mary. I suspect that Robert was the base born son of Ann(e) Baxter (1701 - 1737), the reputed father being Robert Hills of Pulham St Mary, baptized 13 Mar 1729/30, Ashby St Mary (near Buckenham), Norfolk. Ann(e) in turn was the daughter of John Baxter and Susan Slade, born Tasburgh, Norfolk. Robert and Mary Baxter lived in Kirkley before settling in Kessingland, in later life they moved to Gisleham a neighbouring village.

Robert was possibly first cousins with Frances Baxter (1733 - 1794) who settles in Barnby.

Marriage

Robert married Mary Drane/Dreen/Drein (1738 - 1811) the daughter of John Drane and Martha Carver. From the parish registers of Haddiscoe, Norfolk:

"Robert Baxter and Mary Drane by banns 26 May 1760"

Children

Robert and Mary had the following:

Baptized Name Where
03 Mar 1761 John Parish church of Kirkley
24 Apr 1763 Mary Parish church of Kirkley
08 Jul 1764 Martha Parish church of Kirkley
10 Nov 1765 William Parish church of Kessingland
18 Jan 1767 Francis Parish church of Kessingland
10 Jun 1768 Honor Parish church of Kessingland
25 Mar 1770 James Parish church of Kessingland
30 Jun 1771 Mary Parish church of Kessingland
08 Aug 1773 Mary Parish church of Kessingland
13 May 1776 Isaac Parish church of Kessingland
13 May 1776 Rebecca Parish church of Kessingland
22 Feb 1778 Rebecca Parish church of Kessingland

Death

Kessingland Edmund

Buried Name Comment
18 Oct 1798 Robert Baxter Married man
27 Apr 1811 Mary Baxter Widow aged 78

What happened to the children of Robert and Mary Baxter of Kessingland?

John Baxter (1761 - 1772)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
Aug 1772 Baxter  

Mary Baxter (1763 - 1766)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
06 Jun 1766 Mary Baxter daughter of Robert and Mary Baxter

Martha Baxter (1764 - 1766)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
29 Jun 1766 Martha Baxter daughter of Robert and Mary Baxter

William Baxter (1765 - 1838)

Marriage

William married Sarah Balls (1761 - 1833) possibly the daughter of Robert and Sarah Balls.

From the parish records of Gisleham:

"William Baxter of this parish bachelor and Sarah Balls spinster of Carlton* married 12 October 1792 in the presence of William Downing and M Wright."

* Carlton = Carlton Colville.

Children

William and Sarah had the following:

Born Baptized Name Where
  {28} Jun 1793 William Parish church of Rushmere
  {29} Jun 1793 Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
06 Oct 1794 07 Oct 1794 Mary Parish church of Rushmere
  23 Jul 1796 Hannah Parish church of Rushmere
16 Jan 1799 24 Feb 1799 John Parish church of Rushmere
  07 Feb 1802 James Parish church of Rushmere
10 Apr 1804 15 Apr 1804 James Parish church of Rushmere
  12 Aug 1806 Robert Parish church of Rushmere

Death
When and where died - 3rd September 1838, North Cove
Name and surname Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant
William Baxter male 73 years Agricultural labourer Old age The mark of William X Baxter junr, in attendance, North Cove

Rushmere St Michael

Buried Name Comment
20 Feb 1833 Sarah Baxter Of Rushmere aged 74
09 Sep 1838 William Baxter Of North Cove aged 72

Francis Baxter (1767 - 1830)

Francis spent his entire life in Kessingland

Marriage

Francis married twice. His first wife Jane Huslet (d1798) died within a year of marriage. Francis second wife was Jane May (1768 - 1856)

From the parish records of Kessingland:

"Francis Baxter of this parish single man and Jane Huslet single woman were married 19 October 1797 in the presence of Robert Baxter and Robert Alabaster."

"Francis Baxter widower of this parish and Jane May single woman were married 10 December 1798 in the presence of Honor Wright and Robert Alabaster."

Children

Francis and Jane (May) had the following:

Born Baptized Name Where
15 Apr 1800 29 Apr 1800 Francis Parish church of Kessingland
Jan 1802 09 Jan 1802 Mary Ann Parish church of Kessingland
1804   Jane Parish church of Kessingland
14 Sep 1805 15 Sep 1805 Sarah Parish church of Kessingland
1807   Charlotte Parish church of Kessingland
09 Aug 1809 13 Aug 1809 Ann Parish church of Kessingland
17 Oct 1811 26 Oct 1811 Emily* Parish church of Kessingland

* Emily's details are crossed out in the parish register.

Census

1841

Dwelling - Kessingland
Name Age Occupation Born in County
Jane Baxter 70 Independent Y

1851

Dwelling - Kessingland
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
Jane Baxter Head w 82 Pauper Westhall
Mary Baxter Daughter u 49 Dressmaker Kessingland

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
11 Feb 1798 Jane Baxter Married Woman
12 Nov 1830 Francis Baxter Aged 63 husband of Jane
19 Jul 1857 Jane Baxter Aged 88

Honor Baxter (1768 - 1849)

Marriage

Honor married Mathew Wright (1763-1815) the son of John Wright and Elizabeth Baldry. From the parish records of Kessingland:

"Mathew Wright single man of this parish and Honor Baxter of this parish single woman married 28 December 1792 in the presence of Francis Baxter and Robert Alabaster."

James Baxter (1770 - 1771)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
04 Apr 1771 James Baxter Aged 1

Mary Baxter (1771 - 1772)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
Aug 1772 Baxter  

Mary Baxter (1773 - 1779)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
21 Oct 1779 Mary Baxter Aged 7

Isaac Baxter (1776 - 1779)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
07 Nov 1779 Isaac Baxter Aged 3

Rebecca Baxter (1776 - 1777)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
25 May 1777 Rebecca Baxter Infant

Rebecca Baxter (1778 - 1838)

Marriage

Rebecca married Samuel Ward (1755 - 1841). From the parish records of Kessingland:

"Samuel Ward of this parish bachelor and Rebecca Baxter of this parish spinster were married 12 October 1810 in the presence of Francis Baxter and Mary Baxter."

What happened to the children of Francis Baxter and Jane May of Kessingland?

Francis Baxter (1800 - 1802)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
15 Sep 1802 Francis Baxter an infant

Mary Ann Baxter (1802 - 1881)

Mary Ann never married and died in the workhouse in Oulton.

Census

1841

Dwelling - High Street, Lowestoft
Name Age Occupation Born in County
Mary Baxter 40   Y
William Pester 30 Gardener Y
Mary Pester 30   Y
William Yaxley 30 Shoe M Y
Ann Yaxley 25   Y
William Gorse 50 Cabinet M N

1851 - Back at home

1871

Dwelling - Old Market Kessingland
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
Mary Ann Baxter Head u 69 Dressmaker Kessingland

1881

Dwelling - Old Market Kessingland
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
Mary Ann Baxter Head unmar 79 Dressmaker Kessingland
Charlotte Lambert * Visitor w 73 Dressmaker Kessingland

* Charlotte was Mary Ann's sister.

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
08 Jul 1881 Mary Ann Baxter Of the Workhouse Oulton, aged 81

Jane Baxter (c.1804 - 1804)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
11 Sep 1804 Jane Baxter infant

Sarah Baxter (1805 - 1868)

Marriage

Sarah married George Goodchild (1794 -1880) the son of Thomas Goodchild and Sarah Pollard. From the parish registers of Mutford:

"George Goodchild and Sarah Baxter both single persons of this parish were married 7 October 1828 in the presence of Layers Mondham and Ann Baxter."

Charlotte Baxter (1807 - 1882)

Marriage

Charlotte married Edward Lambert (1806 -1867) the son of William Lambert and Mary Copping in 1839.

Ann Baxter (1809 - 1831)

Death

Kessingland St Edmund

Buried Name Comment
28 Mar 1831 Ann Baxter Aged 21 the daughter of Francis and Jane Baxter

Emily Baxter (1811 - 1879)

Census

1841

Dwelling - Cumberland Terrace, Regents Park, St Pancras, Middlesex
Name Age Occupation Born in County
Emily Baxter 30 FS N

1851

Dwelling - ???, St John, Hampstead, Middlesex
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
Emily Baxter servant u 39   Kessingland

1861

Dwelling - 8 Highgate Rise, St Pancras, London
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
William M Binking Head m 55 Wesleyan Methodist Minister of {Gochester} Place Kentish town and Mary the Chapel Manchester
Harriet B Binking Wife m 53   Rockwood, Yorkshire
Harriet w Binking Daughter u 30   Huddesfield, Yorkshire
Caroline B Binkning Daughter u 27   Halifax, Yorkshire
Emily Baxter serv u 49 Cook Kessingland
Sarah A Smith serv u 26 Housemaid Woolwich, Kent

1871

Dwelling - Mill Street, Mill Walk, St Johns, Hampstead
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where born
Henry L Berry Head m 64 Retired Independent Minister Warminster, Wiltshire
Joseph S Berry Son u 38 ? Mill Hide, ?
Emily Baxter Cook u 59 Domestic Kessingland

Death

Kensington District

Buried Name Comment
1879 Emily Baxter Aged 68
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