Baxters of Rushmere

Village sign Rushmere

Rushmere

Rushmere is a small hamlet between North Cove and Kessingland. The church is dedicated to St Michael.

What happened to the children of William Baxter and Sarah Balls of Rushmere?

William Baxter (1793 – 1856)

Census

1841

Dwelling – North Cove
Name Age Occupation Born in County
William Baxter 46 Ag Lab Y

1851

Dwelling – Carlton Colville
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
William Baxter Lodger Unmar {?}0 Ag Lab Rushmere

Death

Lowestoft St Margaret

Buried Name Comment
24 Jul 1856 Wm Baxter Aged 65 son of Wm and Sarah Baxter

Sarah Baxter (1793 – 1874)

Marriage

Sarah married William Gray (1796 – 1878) the son of James Gray and Juda Smith. From the parish records of Pakefield:
"William Gray of Kirkley bachelor married Sarah Baxter spinster married in this church by banns this nineteenth day of January, 1819. In the presence of Peter Beecroft and Arthur Robert Mucet."

Mary Baxter (1794 – 1794)

Death

Rushmere St Michael

Buried Name Comment
09 Oct 1794 Mary Baxter Daughter of William Baxter and Sarah his wife (late Balls)

Hannah Baxter (1796 – 1859)

Marriage

Hannah married Robert Blake (1790 – 1869) son of Robert Blake and Anne Goodwins. From the parish records of Mutford:
"Robert Blake single man and Hannah Baxter single woman both of this parish married in this church by banns this eighteenth day of March, 1817. In the presence of John Shipley and Sarah Baxter."

John Baxter (1799 – 1887)

John lived in Mutford for a short period before marrying and settling in Pakefield. It would appear that in around 1838 the family could have been in the workhouse. In later life he lived with his daughter and family in Diss Norfolk, where he died.

Marriage

John married Mary Ann Huke (1803 – 1874) daughter of John Huke and Lydia Smith. From the parish registers of North Cove:
"John Baxter bachelor of this parish and Mary Ann Huke spinster of this parish were married in this church by banns this eighteenth day of February, 1828. In the presence of Robert Rouse and Elizabeth Huke."

Children

John and Mary Ann had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
1828 31 Aug 1828
21 Sep 1828
Elizabeth North Cove Labourer Parish Church of North Cove
1830 26 Dec 1830 James Barnby Labourer Parish Church of Barnby
1832 30 Dec 1832 Lydia* Pakefield labourer Parish church of Pakefield
1833   Maria   Pakefield
18 Oct 1834 07 Dec 1834 Hannah Pakefield labourer Parish church of Pakefield
19 Dec 1836 05 Feb 1837 Margaret Pakefield labourer Parish church of Pakefield
5 Nov 1838 16 Nov 1838 Catherine (Katherine) Pakefield labourer Parish church of Pakefield
  27 Oct 1841 Robert Pakefield labourer Parish church of Pakefield

* Surname Baxter spelt Bagster in the church records

Census

1841

Dwelling – Pakefield
Name Age Occupation Born in County
John Baxter 35 Ag Lab Y
Mary Ann Baxter 30   Y
Elizabeth Baxter 12   Y
Lidia Baxter 7   Y
Hannah Baxter 6   Y
Catherine Baxter 2   Y

1851

Dwelling – Church Street, Pakefield
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
John Baxter Head M 50 Ag Lab Rushmere
Mary Ann Baxter Wife M 46   Gorlston
Hannah Baxter Daughter   16   Pakefield
*Maria Baxter Daughter   12   Pakefield
Robert Baxter Brother Unmar 43 Pensioner Rushmere
Thomas Cattlemole Lodger Wid 60 Ag lab Oulton

* I believe Maria should be Catherine.

1861

Dwelling – Church Street Pakefield
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
John Baxter Head M 68 Ag Lab Rushmere
Mary Ann Baxter Wife M 56 Wash woman Harby Norfolk
Robert Baxter Lodger Unmar 58 Ag Lab Pakefield
Hannah Baxter Daughter Unmar 26 Midwife Pakefield
Elizabeth *Baxter Daughter   2   Oulton

* Suspect Elizabeth was a Granddaughter, possibly Elizabeth Mary Ann Howlett (1859 – 1861), daughter of Catherine and Edward.

1871

Dwelling – Church Street, Pakefield
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
John Baxter Head M 75 Ag Lab Rushmere
Mary Ann Baxter Wife M 69   Cove
Robert Baxter Brother Unmar 66 Ag Lab Rushmere

1881

Dwelling – Victoria Road, Sandy Lane, Diss Norfolk
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
George W Howes Head M 42 Engine smith at works (E & M) Worlingham
Hannah Howes Wife M 46   Pakefield
Emma H Howes Daughter   19 Dressmaker Lowestoft
Elizabeth Howes Mother Wid 70 Seamstress Lowestoft
John Baxter Father-in-law Wid 84 Labourer General Rushmere
Benjamin A Howlett Nephew   9 scholar Pakefield

Crime

Name Age Session Trial Date Charge Out come
John Baxter 40 Beccles 31 Dec 1838 Larceny Acquitted
John Baxter 35 Beccles 06 Mar 1843 Larceny by servant Imprisonment 6 months

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
Norwich Mercury 05 Jan 1839 John Baxter, for stealing a barrow, the property of Thomas Cunningham, of Kessingland. – No true bill.
The Ipswich Journal 11 Mar 1843 Beccles, Monday March 7. John Baxter, 35, pleaded guilty to having stolen 2 bushels of barley &c, the property of his master, John Matchett of Kirkley: 6 months imprisonment.
The Suffolk Chronicle 20 Aug 1864 John Baxter, of Carlton Colville, labourer, now harvesting for Mr. Crabbe, of Oulton, was charged with assaulting Mr. J. Q. Stebbing, of licensed victuallar, on the 4th Inst.
Complainant stated that defendant went into his house and asked for half an ounce of tobacco, with which he was served by the bar maid, but refused paying for it; he then took up pint mug and threw it at the servant, by which it was broken. Complainant remonstrated with defendant, when he threw a piece of the broken mug at complainant which did not hit him, but indented the wall. Complainant ordered him out, but to no effect, and was obliged to put him out. Complainant stated that about three months since defendant conducted himself in the same way.
Fined 12s., which was paid.
Bury and Norwich Post 14 Jul 1874 Died
On the 4th inst, aged 71, Mary Ann, wife of J. Baxter, of Pakefield.

Death

Pakefield All Saints and St Margaret

Buried Name Comment
08 Jul 1874 Mary Ann Baxter Aged 71

Diss St Mary

Buried Name Comment
26 Dec 1887 John Baxter Aged 96

James Baxter (1802 – 1802)

James Baxter (1804 – 1872)

James moved away from Rushmere to settle in Carlton Colville where he married and had a family. It would appear from census data that he spent some of his later life in the workhouse.

Marriage

James married Jane Pitcher (1813 – 1862) daughter of Joseph Pitcher and Mary Watling. From the parish records of Carlton Colville:
"James Baxter single man of this parish and Jane Pitcher single woman of this parish were married in this church by banns this seventeenth day of March, 1835. In the presence of Martha Gooch and John Durrant."

Children

James and Jane had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
22 Apr 1835 22 Apr 1835 James Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
  15 Jan 1837 Joseph Oulton Labourer Parish Church of Oulton
1838   Mary   Carlton Colville
  22 Dec 1839 Joseph Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
1842 13 Jun 1843 Jane Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
  13 Aug 1845 Sarah Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
  13 Jun 1847 George Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
  13 Jun 1847 Sarah Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
1749 07 Nov 1852 William Pitcher Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville
  07 Feb 1850 Benjamin Carlton Colville Labourer Parish Church of Carlton Colville

Census

1841

Dwelling – Carlton Colville
Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Baxter 40 Ag Lab Y
Jane Baxter 30   Y
James Baxter 7   Y
Mary Baxter 4   Y
Joseph Baxter 1   Y

1851

Dwelling – Carlton Colville
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
James Baxter Head M 48 Ag Lab Rushmere
Jane Baxter Wife M 39   Carlton Colville
James Baxter Son   16   Carlton Colville
Mary Baxter Daughter   13   Carlton Colville
Joseph Baxter Son   11   Carlton Colville
Jane Baxter Daughter   8   Carlton Colville
George Baxter Son   6   Carlton Colville
Sarah Baxter Daughter   4   Carlton Colville
Benjamin Baxter Son   1   Carlton Colville
William Baxter Son   2 mths   Carlton Colville

1861

Dwelling – Beccles Road Carlton Colville
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
James Baxter Head M 57 Ag Lab Rushmere
Jane Baxter Wife M 47   Carlton Colville
Martha Pitcher Mother-in-law Wid 80   Mutford
Joseph Baxter Son Unmar 21 Ag Lab Carlton Colville
Jane Baxter Daughter Unmar 19   Carlton Colville
George Baxter Son   16 Ag Lab Carlton Colville
Sarah Baxter Daughter   13   Carlton Colville
William Baxter Son   11 Ag Lab Carlton Colville
Benjamin Baxter Son   10 Ag Lab Carlton Colville

1871

Dwelling – Workhouse Oulton
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
James Baxter other Widr 72 Ag Lab Rushmere

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
The Ipswich Journal 14 Feb 1857 Lowestoft Petty Sessions – At the Petty Session of Wednesday John Gooch and James Baxter, of Carlton Colville, were fined each 14s and costs for trespassing upon land in the same parish, belonging to William Woodthorpe Esq. on the 3rd inst ferreting rabbits. Mr Woodthorpe discovered them, and had taken up the case because he heard they had done so before, although he had not seen them on the land with a gun. Mr Leathers observed the reason he asked the question was that he wished to give the men a caution, as he had heard the Assessor of Taxes say at a meeting the other day that he intended to proceed against cases of such men carrying guns without licences, for the full penalty. They had each incurred in this case a penalty of £2, but if they came into the hands of government they would find it not so trifling an affair, as in that case the penalty would be £20.

Death

When and where died – 30th June, 1872, The Workhouse Oulton
Name and surname Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant
James Baxter male 73 years Agricultural labourer Dropsy and natural causes Mary Ann was present at the death, workhouse Oulton

Carlton Colville St Peter

Buried Name Comment
12 Jan 1862 Jane Baxter Aged 48
4th Jul 1872 James Baxter Oulton Union Workhouse, late of Carlton Colville, aged 75

Oulton Union House

Buried Name Comment
04 Jul 1872 James Baxter Of Barnby, aged 73

Robert Baxter (1806 – 1888)

Robert was in the army in his early years. After he retired he became an agricultural labourer living
with his brother. He spent his later life in Oulton workhouse where he died. He never married.

Military Details

Name Where Born Regiment Discharged
Robert Barters alias Robert Baxter Rushmere, Suffolk 70th Foot Regiment Aged 40

 

70th Foot Regiment
Robert Baxter
Rushmere
County of Suffolk
Age: 22 yrs 11mths  
Capacity: Labourer
Height: 5 feet 11 Hair: Brown
Complexion: Sallow Eyes: Hazel
Marks:
Attestation: 31st December 1831

 

Private Robert Baxter by trade a labourer was born in the parish of Rushmere in or near the town of Lowestoft in the county of Suffolk and was ATTESTED for the 70th Regiment of infantry at Chelmsford in the county of Essex on the 31 December 1831 at the age of 22 years and 11 months that after making every Deduction required by Her Majesty’s Regulation the service up to this day which he is entitled to reckoned to be seventeen years 148 days as showen by the details stated on the 2nd page during which period he served abroad 5 years and 140 days viz.-
– at West Indies 3 years 116 days
– at Canada 2 years 24 days
His conduct and character has been good

Census

1881

Dwelling – Workhouse Oulton
Name Relationship Marital status Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Baxter Pauper Unmar 76 Pensioner solider Rushmere

Newspapers

Newspaper Date Comment
The Ipswich Journal 05 Apr 1845 Committed to the Beccles House of Correction – Robert Baxter, by the Rev W. C. Edgell as a rogue and vagabond: 19 days hard labour.

Death

When and where died – 12th May, 1888, The Workhouse Oulton
Name and surname Sex Age Occupation Cause of death Signature, description and residence of informant
Robert Baxter male 83 years General Labourer Army pensioner of Kessingland Senility Geo Drewells, governor, the workhouse Oulton

Oulton Union House

Buried Name Comment
16 May 1888 Robert Baxter Of Pakefield, aged 83