Baxters of Barnby

Village sign Barnby

Barnby

Barnby is a village along the main road between Beccles and Lowestoft and situated one mile East of North Cove. It is a small agricultural community, one mile from the navigable river Waverney. The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist, an ancient structure with a thatched roof. The church register’s date back to the Tudor times. The only pub in the village is the Swan.

Below are some figures on the number of houses and inhabitants of Barnby:

Year
Inhabited houses
Inhabitants
1674
15
22 households
1801
30
188
1851
59
294
1871
65
285
1901
70
311

Early Baxters

Although Baxter families are mentioned in the church registers of Barnby in the 1600, this is in reference to Baxters living in Mutford. This is because the church livings of Barnby and Mutford were once linked. The first reference to the Baxters in Barnby comes in 1746,”Buried January 24 1746 Richard Baxter a married man.” Who Richard Baxter was I’m not sure, he could; possible be brother of Nicholas Baxter of North Cove. The Baxter surname is not mentioned again in the parish records until the nineteenth century.

Frances Baxter (1733 – 1794)

Frances and her husband Samuel Niker (c.1729 – 1810) settled in Barnby in the late 1750s. Their marriage took place in Uggeshall on the 10th October, 1754, in the presence of Eliza London and James Ellis. Frances was not related to the Uggeshall Baxters and her presence there was a coincidence. Frances, was the only child of John Baxter (1708 – 1737) and Sarah Dawkins (d. 1739) baptized 8th July, 1733, Ashby St Mary (near Buckenham), Norfolk. John in turn was the son of John Baxter and Susan Slade, baptized 28th December, 1708, Tasburgh, Norfolk. Frances was an orphan by the age of 6.

Legal action taken in 1740 in the Court of Chancery: Six Clerks Office states the following:
“Baxter V Brown
Plaintiffs: Frances Baxter (only daughter and heir at law of John Baxter carpenter deceased, who was the only son and heir at law of John Baxter, carpenter deceased, both late of Ashby, Norfolk) an infant aged 7 years (by Francis Dawkins, gent of Brampton, Suffolk, her grandfather)
Defendants: Thomas Brown and Magdalene Brown his wife.”

Brampton, Suffolk is just a few miles from Uggeshall. Magdalene Brown was Frances’s paternal aunt, she was baptized the 7th February, 1713/4, the daughter of John Baxter and Susan Slade, Tasburgh, Norfolk. Magdalene married Thomas Brown widower on the 10th September, 1739, Acle, Norfolk.

Frances was possibly first cousins with Robert Baxter (1729 – 1798) who settled in Kessingland.

Marriage

From the parish registers of Uggeshall:
“Samuel Niker of this parish single man and Frances Baxter of the same spinster married in this church by banns this tenth day of October 1754. In the presence of Eliza London and James Ellis.”

Nineteenth Century Baxters

The Baxters that arrive in Barnby come from other Baxter families well established in the area.

What happened to the children of William Baxter and Jemima Lewis of Barnby?

William Lewis Baxter (1826 – 1884)

William Baxter is recorded as a pensioner soldier, which would explain his long absence for the area. He married late in life and settled in North Cove and had no children.

Marriage

William married Sarah Ann Cook (1824 – 1901) the daughter of John Money and Charity Reynolds. This was Sarah’s second marriage.

Parish Church of North Cove – 17th July, 1866
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
William Baxter 39 Bachelor Fisherman North Cove William Baxter (dead)
Sarah Ann Cook 40 Widow North Cove John Money (dead)
In the presence of us: Walter Cook and Sarah Heaves

Merchant Seamen

306,857
Wm Baxter
Born at Barnaby in the
County of Suffolk 11th day of Sept 1826
Age When Ticketed: 20 Can Write: No
Capacity: Fisherman
Height: 5 feet 6 Hair: Brown
Complexion: Fresh Eyes: Dark Hazel
Marks: W B and Anchor on right hand
First Went To Sea As: First Voyage In the Year:
When Unemployed, Resides at: Barnby
Issued At: Southwold 20th day of Dec 1845

Military Details

81st Foot Regiment 2984
William Baxter
Born at Barnby nr Beccles
County of Suffolk
Age: 22 yrs
Capacity: Labourer
Height: 5 feet 8 Hair: Brown
Complexion: Light Eyes: Grey
Marks:
Attestation: 20th June 1849

Census

1871

Dwelling – Lowestoft Road, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
William Baxter Head M 45 Fisherman Barnby
Sarah Ann Baxter Wife M 45 Shipmeadow
John Cook Stepson Unmar 28 Fisherman Beccles
Charlotte Cook Stepdaughter Unmar 19 Char woman North Cove
Emma Cook Stepdaughter Unmar 18 North Cove

1881

Dwelling – No 1 Elliott’s cottage North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
William Baxter Head M 56 Ag Lab & pensioner soldier Barnby
Sarah Ann Baxter Wife M 56 Labourer’s wife Shipmeadow

1891

Dwelling – 6 Mill Road Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Sarah Ann Baxter Head Wid 68 Shipmeadow

Death

When and where died – 7th June, 1884
Name and surname Sex Age Occupation Cause of Death Signature, description and residence of informant
William Baxter Male 56 Farm labourer. An army pensioner Heart disease 6 months X the mark of Sarah Ann Baxter widow of deceased, present at death. North Cove

North Cove St Botolph

Buried Name Comment
11 Jun 1884 William Baxter 58 years

Mutford District

Buried Name Comment
1901 Sarah Ann Baxter Aged 77

Jemima Lewis Baxter (1827 – 1879)

Census

1871

Dwelling – Lowestoft Road, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewis Baxter Head M 37 Labourer Barnby
Susannah Baxter Wife M 32 Hinderstone, Norfolk
Jemima Baxter Sister Unmar 42 Char woman North Cove

Death

Barnby St John Baptist

Buried Name Comment
5 Mar 1879 Jemima Baxter Of Oulton aged 52

Lewis Baxter (1833 – 1919)

Lewis like his brother, William, married late and moved to North Cove.

Marriage

Lewis married Susannah Mary Brooke/s(c. 1839 – 1907) in 1868. Possibly Susanna Brooke born 1839 Hindolveston the daughter of Margaret Brooke or Susan Mary Brooke born 1837 Hindolveston the daughter of William Brooke and Ann Jary, both Susans were the granddaughters of William Brooke and Elizabeth Newell.

Children

Lewis and Susannah had the following:

Baptized Name Comment Where
21 Oct 1872 William North Cove Fisherman Parish church of North Cove
14 Jun 1874 Emma North Cove Labourer Parish church of North Cove
1877 Male Mother’s maiden name Brooks North Cove
31 Oct 1880 Harriette North Cove Labourer Parish church of North Cove

Census

1851

Dwelling – Mill Road, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewis Baxter Unmar 17 Barnby

1871

Dwelling – Lowestoft Road, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewis Baxter Head M 37 Labourer Barnby
Susannah Baxter Wife M 32 Hindolveston, Norfolk
Jemima Baxter Sister Unmar 42 Char woman North Cove

1881

Dwelling – No 6 Breeze Cottages, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewis Baxter Head M 44 Fisherman & Gardener Barnby
Susannah Baxter Wife M 40 Norfolk
Emma Baxter Daughter 6 Scholar North Cove

1891

Dwelling – 2 Mill Road, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewes Baxter Head M 57 Ag Lab Barnby
Susannah Baxter Wife M 54 Hellesdon, Norfolk
Emma Baxter* Daughter 15 North Cove

* Emma described as an imbecile

1901

Dwelling – Gents Farm, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewes Baxter Head M 66 Ordinary ag Lab Barnby
Susannah Baxter Wife M 62 Harleston Norfolk
Emma Baxter* Daughter S 26 North Cove

* Emma described as an imbecile

1911

Dwelling – Sandy Lane, Hulver.
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Lewis Baxter Head Wid 77 Retired Farm Labourer, Old Age Pensioner Barnby

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
Ipswich Journal 11 Oct 1862 Committed to the county gaol an House of Correction, Wm Crow, John Spore, Lewis Baxter, and James Cutting, for absenting themselves from a fishing boat in Lowestoft: each 21 days
Ipswich Journal 01 Nov 1862 Lowestoft Petty Sessions, October 29th
John Spore, W. Crowe, James cutting and Lewis Baxter, belonging to the fishing lugger “Young Richard” and now had returned from 3 weeks imprisonment under the law Act relating to fishing boats, applied to the bench for advice.
It appeared that on the term of their imprisonment expiring they had gone to the owner of the lugger and requested to be allowed to finish the voyage, but were told that he (the owner) would have nothing to do with them.
The clerk said he has met the men on the previous day on their return, and he advised them to go and tender their services to the owner. He presumed that the owner had shipped other men in their place. After some further conversation.
The Chairman informed the men that the Bench could not interfere in the matter, as it was one of £. S. d. and belonging to the County Court. They had better go to some solicitor who would advise them how to proceed. The bench had no jurisdiction. (The men had shipped to the 24th December next)

Death

Blything District

Died Name Comment
1907 Susannah Baxter Aged 68
1919 Lewis Baxter Aged 87

What happened to the children of Lewis and Susannah Baxter of Barnby?

William Baxter (1872 – 1872)

Death

North Cove St Botolph

Buried Name Comment
05 Nov 1872 William Baxter 2 weeks

Emma Baxter (1874 – 1907)

Emma had some developmental problems.

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
Evening Star 19 Feb 1907 AN INVALID FOR TWENTY-SIX YEARS
On Monday, Mr. L. H. Vulliamy, Deputy-County Coroner, held an inquest at the Gate Inn, Hulver Street, near Beccles, concerning the death of Emma Baxter, aged 28, single (daughter of Lewis Baxter, of Sandy Lane Cottage, Hulver Street), who died last Friday. – The father, a labourer, said he found the deceased dead on Friday morning. She was taken ill when about two years old, and lost her speech, and had not since been able to do anything for herself being quite an invalid. She took to her bed about three months ago. On Thursday night deceased got out of bed all right, but could not get back again. – Mary Hadingham, a widow, said she took deceased some food on Thursday, but she refused it. Witness did not consider that she was ill. – Dr. Hy. Woodhill, of Beccles, said the deceased was not mentally developed, but did not appear to be suffering from anything beyond constipation when he saw her last, some 18 months ago. He could not say definitely the cause of death, but it was probably due to spinal or cerebral haemorrhage. He did not think he could have done her any good had he been called in earlier. – The jury agreed to a verdict in accordance with the medical opinion.

Death

Blything District

Died Name Comment
15 Feb 1907 Emma Baxter Aged 28

Harriette Baxter (1880 – 1881)

Death

North Cove St Botolph

Buried Name Comment
06 Apr 1881 Harriet Baxter 6 months

What happened to the children of Walter Baxter and Martha Ann Rendlesham of Barnby?

Martha Ann Baxter (1871 – 1944)

Marriage

Martha married Albert Durrant (1869 -1948) the son of Daniel Durrant and Elizabeth Thompson.

Parish Church of Barnby – 16th January, 1898
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
Albert Durrant 29 Bachelor Fisherman Barnby Daniel Durrant Fisherman
Martha Baxter 26 Spinster Barnby Walter Baxter Coal Merchant
In the presence of us: Walter Baxter and Flora Thacker

George Walter Baxter (1873 – 1949)

Marriage

George married Ada Hunt (1882-1955) the daughter of Abner Hunt and Harriet Ann Savage in 1905.

Children

George and Ada had the following:

Born Baptised Name Comment Where
13 Jun 1907 19 Mar 1911 Abner George Walter Barnby Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
25 Oct 1908 19 Mar 1911 Mabel Harriet Barnby Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
1911 22 Sep 1911 Russell Wilburn Rendlesham Barnby Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
1913 27 Apr 1913 Frances Irene Barnby Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
1915 07 Nov 1915 Claudia Barnby. HMS Naval Reserve Parish Church of Barnby
1917 Fernlay Clarence Mother’s maiden name Hunt Barnby
After 1918 Brian Mother’s maiden name Hunt Barnby
After 1918 Lorna Geraldine Mother’s maiden name Hunt Barnby

Census

1911

Dwelling – Back Lane, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Ada Baxter Head M 28 Bulcamp
Abner Baxter Son 3 Barnby
Mabel Baxter Daughter 2 Barnby

1911

Dwelling – Vessel: Guide Me – LT 360, Penzance Dock
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
George Walter Baxter Crew M 37 Mate Wrentham

Will Information

1950
Effects £836 17s 2d
Baxter George Walter of 7 The Green Barnby Suffolk died 3 November 1949 Administration London 16 February to Ada Baxter widow.

1955
£826 0s 2d
Baxter Ada of 7 The Green Barnby Suffolk widow died 20 April 1955 Probate London 31 May to Fearnley Clarence Baxter coach builder.

Death

Lothingland District

Died Name Comment
1949 George W Baxter Aged 76
1955 Ada Baxter Aged 72

Walter James Baxter (1876 – 1953)

Marriage

Walter married Amelia Marcella Peckess (1873-1950) the daughter of Clara Peckess and step daughter of Simon Kinsey, in 1898.

Children

Walter and Amelia had the following:

Born Baptised Name Comment Where
1899 Stanley Walter Mother’s maiden name Peckess Barnby
03 Oct 1902 Millicent Florence Ellen (Millie) Mother’s maiden name Peckess Barnby
12 Jul 1904 07 Aug 1904 Christine Norah Barnby Coal Merchant Parish Church of Barnby
10 Jun 1910 18 Sep 1910 Arthur Frederick Barnby Coal Merchant Parish Church of Barnby
? Rene*
1915 23 Jan 1916 Doreen Stella Barnby Coal Merchant Parish Church of Barnby

*Information comes from a family tree created by L. A. Durrant in 1970.

Census

1901

Dwelling – Barnby
Green, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Walter Baxter Head M 24 Coal Carter Wrentham
Amelia Baxter Wife M 27 Capel St Mary
Stanley Baxter Son 1 Barnby

1911

Dwelling – The Green, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Walter James Baxter Head M 34 General Labourer Wrentham
Amelia Marcella Baxter Wife M 37 Capel St Mary
Stanley Walter Baxter Son 11 School Barnby
Millicent F E Baxter Daughter 8 Juvenile Barnby
Arthur Frederick Baxter Son 9 months Juvenile Barnby

Directories

Directory Name Year Place Private / Commercial Name and Service
Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk 1937 Barnby Commercial Wltr Baxter Jnr Market Gardener

Epitaph:

Barnby St John Baptist

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IN MEMORY OF

In

The loving memory of

AMELIA MARCELLA

The dearly beloved wife

WALTER JAMES BAXTER

Who passed away

March 17th 1950

Aged 77 years

Also of WALTER JAMES

Beloved husband of the above

Who died June 3rd 1955

Aged 77 years

And with the morn
Those Angle faces smiles
Which we have loved long since
And lost awhile

Caroline May Clemintina Baxter (1878 – 1936)

Census

1901

Dwelling – Shop, Station Road, Prittlewell, Essex
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Carry Baxter Serv S 22 Servant Domestic Wrentham

1911

Dwelling – 71 Brixton Hill, Norwood, Lambeth
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Carrie May Baxter Servant S 30 Domestic Servant Wrentham

Marriage

Caroline (Carrie) married James Briggs (1881-1928) in 1919.

William Ernest Baxter (1880 – 1962)

Marriage

William married Ethel Alice Goffin (1883 -1934) the daughter of Charles Goffin and Ellen Gladwell.

Parish Church of Barnby – 1st June, 1903
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
William Ernest Baxter 23 Bachelor Fisherman Barnby Walter Baxter Coal Merchant
Ethel Alice Goffin 20 Spinster Barnby Charles Goffin Wheelwright
In the presence of us: Henry Isaac Jude and Jessie Ellen Fountain

Children

William and Ethel had the following:

Born Baptised Name Comment Where
02 Jun 1903 Ruby Ivy Carlton Colville
1905 29 Mar 1908 Clifford Ernest North Cove Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
25 May 1908 16 May 1909 Alma Ethel North Cove Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
1912 20 Apr 1913 Vera Gladys North Cove Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby
? Maidie*
1914 01 Jan 1922 Muriel
Marjorie
North Cove Fisherman Parish Church of Barnby

*Maidie maybe a nickname for one of the daughters. Information comes from a family tree created by L. A. Durrant in 1970.

Census

1911

Dwelling – The Street, North Cove
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Ernest Baxter Head M 31 Fisherman (Steam Drifter) Wrentham
Ethel Baxter Wife M 28 Pimlico
Ruby Baxter Daughter 7 Carlton Colville
Clifford Baxter Son 5 Barnby
Alma Baxter Daughter 1 North Cove

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
Yarmouth Independent 10 Nov 1934 Deaths
BAXTER.- On November 3rd at Dyke House, Oulton Broad, Ethel Alice, wife of William Ernest Baxter. In her 51st year.

Will Information

1957
Effects £2271 1s 11d
Baxter Vera Gladys of Dyke House 115 Bridge-road Oulton Broad Lowestoft spinster died 8 October 1956 Probate Ipswich 4 April to William Ernest Baxter no occupation.

1963
Effects £3006 15s
Baxter William Ernest of 79 Victoria Road Oulton Broad Lowestoft died 19 November 1962 at Lowestoft and North Suffolk Hospital Lowestoft Probate Norwich 23 January to Owen Colin Cushion farmer.

Epitaph:

Barnby St John Baptist

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In

The loving memory of

ETHEL ALICE

The dearly beloved wife of

WILLIAM ERNEST BAXTER

Who died 2nd Nov 1934

Aged 51 years

Also of

WILLIAM ERNEST BAXTER

Who died 19th Nov 1962

Aged 82 years

At rest

Sidney/Sydney Rendlesham Baxter (1882 – 1960)

Marriage

Sidney married Gertrude Ellen Catchpole (1886-1966) the daughter of William Catchpole and Ellen Foster
in 1912.

Children

Sidney and Gertrude had the following:

Born Baptised Name Comment Where
1913 27 Apr 1913 Derick Sydney North Cove Labourer Parish Church of Barnby

Directories

Directory Name Year Place Private / Commercial Name and Service
Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk 1929 Barnby Commercial Baxter Sydney Market Gardener
Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk 1933 Barnby Commercial Baxter Sydney Market Gardener
Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk 1937 Barnby Commercial Baxter Sydney Market Gardener

Death

Lothingland District

Died Name Comment
1960 Sidney R Baxter Aged 78

Yarmouth District

Died Name Comment
1966 Gertrude E Baxter Aged 76

Eliza Evangeline Baxter (1885 – 1964)

Children

Eliza married Henry (Harry) Lee (1875- 1949) the son of George Lee and Georgianna Elliott.

Parish Church of Barnby – 6th October, 1928
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
Henry Lee 50 Bachelor Market Gardener Cove Street George Lee (deceased) Farmer
Eliza Evangeline Baxter 43 Spinster Nunn’s Nest Barnby Walter Baxter (deceased) Market Gardener
In the presence of us: Albert Durrant and Kathleen Durrant

Lawrence Oscar Baxter (1887– 1970)

Marriage

Lawrence married Edith Breeze (1884 – 1970) daughter of Charles George Breeze and Dinah Catchpole, in 1909.

Children

Lawrence and Edith had the following:

Born Name Comment Where
18 Aug 1910 Charles Breeze Mother’s maiden name Breeze Barnby
1912 Leslie Laurance Mother’s maiden name Breeze Barnby

Census

1911

Dwelling – Back Lane, Barnby
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Laurence Baxter Head M 23 Wheelwright Wrentham
Edith Baxter Wife M 26 Stockton
Charles Breeze Baxter Son 7 months Juvenile Barnby

Death

Dartford District

Died Name Comment
1970 Lawrence Oscar Baxter Born 30 Jun 1887
1970 Edith Baxter Born 26 Oct 1884

Christine Ivy Baxter (1888 – 1890)

Death

When and where died – 29th May, 1890, Barnby
Name and surname Sex Age Occupation Cause of Death Signature, description and residence of informant
Christine Ivy Baxter Female 18 months Daughter of Walter Baxter a fisherman Whooping cough 3 weeks, Bronchi pneumonia 10 days W Baxter present at death Barnby

North Cove St Botolph

Buried Name Comment
02 Jun 1890 Christine Ivy Age 1+

Epitaph:

North Cove St Botolph

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In

Loving Remembrance of

CHRISTINE IVY

The dearly beloved daughter of

WALTER & MARTHA BAXTER

Born 12th Nov 1888

Died 29th May 1890

Those little ice cold fingers
How they point our memories back
To the hasty words and actions
Strewn along our backward track
How those little hands remind us
As in snowy grace they lie
Not to scatter thorns, but roses
For our reaping by-and-by

Evelyn Rendlesham Baxter (1890 – 1962)

Children

Evelyn had the following child:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
1912 18 Dec 1921 Christopher Maurice Son of Evelyn Baxter of Barnby Parish Church of Barnby

Marriage

Evelyn married Walter Hunt (1880 – 1923) the son of Abner and Harriet Ann Hunt.

Parish Church of Barnby – 4th July, 1920
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
Walter Hunt 40 Bachelor Fisherman Worlingham Abner Hunt (deceased) Publican
Evelyn Baxter 29 Spinster Barnby Walter Baxter Market Gardener
In the presence of us: Walter James Baxter & Eliza E Baxter

Gordon Wilberforce Baxter (1893 – 1919)

Military Details

Rank Regiment Unit Service Number
Engineer Royal Navy Reserve H.M.S. Halcyon II 4759/TS

Death

Barnby St John the Baptist

Buried Name Comment
21 Feb 1919 Gordon Wilberforce Baxter Of Barnby, aged 25

Epitaph:

Barnby St John Baptist

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In affectionate Remembrance of

GORDON WILBERFORCE

The dearly beloved son of

WALTER & MARTHA A BAXTER

Who died at Gunton Hospital

18th Feb 1919

Aged 25 years

Just as I am without pleas
But that thy blood was shed for me
And that thou biddist me come to thee
O lamb of God I come

Kathleen Helen Baxter (1895 – 1975)

Marriage

Kathleen married William Peck (1898 – 1975) the son of James Peck and Jane Elizabeth Thacker.

Parish Church of Barnby – 14th April, 1925
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of marriage Father’s name and surname Rank or profession of father
William Peck 27 Bachelor Labourer Gillingham James Peck Sawyer
Kathleen Helen Baxter 28 Spinster Nunn’s Nest Barnby Walter Baxter (deceased) Market Gardener
In the presence of us: Robert Peck and Eliza Evangeline Baxter