Baxters of Kessingland

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

Death

Kessingland Edmund

Buried Name Comment
8 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 in this church by banns this twelfth day of October, 1792. In the presence of William Downing and M Wright.”

* Carlton = Carlton Colville.

Children

William and Sarah had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
{28} Jun 1793 William Son of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
{29} Jun 1793 Sarah Daughter of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
06 Oct 1794 07 Oct 1794 Mary Daughter of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
23 Jul 1796 Hannah Daughter of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
16 Jan 1799 24 Feb 1799 John Son of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
01 Feb 1802 07 Feb 1802 James Son of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
10 Apr 1804 15 Apr 1804 James Son of William and Sarah Parish church of Rushmere
12 Aug 1806 Robert Son of William and Sarah 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 (d.1798) died within a year of marriage. From the parish records of Kessingland:
“Francis Baxter of this parish single man and Jane Huslet single woman were married in this church by banns this nineteenth day of October, 1797. In the presence of Robert Baxter and Robert Alabaster.”

Francis second wife was Jane May (1766 – 1856) the daughter of Joseph and Ann May/s. From the parish records of Kessingland:
“Francis Baxter widower of this parish and Jane May single woman were married in this church by banns this tenth day of December, 1798. In the presence of Honor Wright and Robert Alabaster.”

Children

Francis and Jane (May) had the following:

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

* Emily’s details were crossed throw 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 Wid 82 Pauper Westhall
Mary Baxter Daughter Unmar 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 in this church by banns this twenty-eighth day of 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 in this church this twelfth day of 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

1861

Dwelling – Old Market Kessingland
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Ann Baxter Head Unmar 59 Dressmaker Kessingland

1871

Dwelling – Old Market Kessingland
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Ann Baxter Head Unmar 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 Wid 73 Dressmaker Kessingland

* Charlotte was Mary Ann’s sister.

Directories

Directory Name Year Place Private / Commercial Name and Service
Pigot’s Directory of Suffolk 1839 Lowestoft Commercial Milliners & Dressmakers
Baxter Sisters, High St

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 in this chuch by banns this seventh day of 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 Unmar 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 Unmar 30 Huddesfield, Yorkshire
Caroline B Binkning Daughter Unmar 27 Halifax, Yorkshire
Emily Baxter Serv Unmar 49 Cook Kessingland
Sarah A Smith Serv Unmar 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 Unmar 38 ? Mill Hide, ?
Emily Baxter Cook Unmar 59 Domestic Kessingland

Death

Kensington District

Died Name Comment
1879 Emily Baxter Aged 68