Baxters of Westhall

Village sign Westhall

Westhall

Westhall is a small village which lays eight and a half miles from Halesworth and two and half miles from Brampton. The church was built in Norman times and is dedicated to St Andrew. The Parish registers date back to Tudor times. Westhall was the home to the Bohun family from the time of Henry VIII. Dorothy Baxter daughter of Stephen Baxter, gentleman of Mendham Suffolk married Edmund Bohun of Westhall 10th January, 1614.

David Baxter (1847 – 1929)

David Baxter was born in 1847 Harleston, Norfolk the son of Susanna Baxter and James Notley. Susanna is in turn the daughter of David Baxter (Yaxham, 1786 – 1862) and Mary Oldhouse/Aldhouse (Hardwick, 1784-1864/6). David Baxter married Mary Oldhouse on the 24th October 1809, Hardwick, Norwich. Susanna Baxter went on to marry Robert Cullingford in 1854. David settled in Westhall in the 1860s. His younger brother Arthur Robert Baxter (1852 – 1920) settled in Ipswich.

Marriage

David married twice his first wife was Phoebe Barker (1843 – 1885) the daughter of John Barker and Charlotte Pedgrave.

Parish Church of Westhall – 21st November, 1867
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Fathers name and surname Rank or profession of father
David Baxter 20 Bachelor Labourer Westhall —–Baxter Ostler
Phoebe Barker 24 Spinster Servant Westhall John Barker Labourer
In the presence of us: George Lowe, Eliza Lowe and Susanna Freeston

His second marriage was to Anna Liffen (1841 – 1920) the daughter of Robert Pearson(s) and Harriet Barnes.

Parish Church of Westhall – 5th October, 1891
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Fathers name and surname Rank or profession of father
David Baxter 49 Widower Labourer Westhall James Notley Labourer
Anne Liffen 50 Widow   St Margaret Ilketshall Robert Pearson Labourer
In the presence of us: William Redgrave and Elizabeth Baxter

Children

David and Phoebe had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
1868 14 Jun 1868 Susannah Westhall Labourer Parish Church of Westhall
1870   Harry Mother’s maiden name Barker Westhall
1871   Eliza Mother’s maiden name Barker Westhall
1873   George Mother’s maiden name Barker Spexhall
1875   Elizabeth Mother’s maiden name Barker Spexhall
1877   Rosa Mother’s maiden name Barker Spexhall
1879   Arthur Mother’s maiden name Barker Westhall
1883   Ellen Mother’s maiden name Barker Westhall

David and Anne had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
01 Jul 1886 22 Mar1900 David Baxter Liffen Son of David and Anna Baxter, Henham Farm Bailiff Parish Church of Wangford

Census

1851

Dwelling – Common, Harleston, Norfolk
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head M 63 Ag Lab Yaxham
Mary Baxter Wife M 66   Hardwick
David Baxter Grandson   3   Harleston
Susan Baxter Daughter Unmar 26   Harleston
Henry Baxter Son Unmar 34 Ag Lab Hardwick
James Baxter Son Unmar 30 Ag Lab Harleston
George Baxter Son Unmar 27 Ag Lab Harleston
Edward Baxter Son Unmar 22 Ag Lab Harleston
Samuel Baxter Son Unmar 19 Ag Lab Harleston

1861

Dwelling – Mendham, Norfolk
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter serv Unmar 14 Groom D Harleston, Norfolk

1871

Dwelling – Westhall
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head M 24 Farm Labourer Starston, Norfolk
Phoebe Baxter Wife M 28   Halesworth
Susanna Baxter Daughter   3   Westhall

1881

Dwelling – Westhall
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head M 32 Ag Labourer Starston, Norfolk
Phoebe Baxter Wife M 38   Westhall
Eliza Baxter Daughter   9   Westhall
George Baxter Son   8   Spexhall
Elizabeth Baxter Daughter   6   Westhall
Arthur Baxter Son   1   Westhall

1891

Dwelling – Low Green, Westhall
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head Wid 45 Farm Stockman Starston, Norfolk
Eliza Baxter Daughter Unmar 19 Housekeeper Westhall
George Baxter Son Unmar 18 Ag Lab Westhall
Arthur Baxter Son   11   Westhall
David Baxter LIffen Son   4 Scholar Westhall
William Baxter Grandson   1   Westhall

1901

Dwelling – Manor Farm, Henham
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head M 54 Farm Bailiff Starston, Norfolk
Anna Baxter Wife M 59   Redisham
Arthur Baxter Son S 21 Horseman on Farm Westhall
Ida M Liffen Step Daughter S 21   Redisham
William H Liffen Step Son S 17 Horseman on Farm Redisham
David Baxter Son   14 Stock Boy on Farm Redisham
Elizabeth Liffen Granddaughter   5   Pullham, Norfolk

1911

Dwelling – Ink Factory Cottages, Barsham
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
David Baxter Head M 65 Horseman on Farm Pulham, Norfolk
Anna Baxter Wife M 69   Redisham
Arthur Baxter Son S 31 Horseman on Farm Westhall
David Baxter Son S 24 Horseman on Farm Redisham
Elizabeth Liffen Granddaughter   15   Pullham, Norfolk

Directories

Directory Name Year Place Private / Commercial Name and Service
Kelly’s Directory of Suffolk 1900 Henham Commercial Baxter John* – Farm Bailiff to the Countess Manor Farm

*Believe John should be David.

Death

Westhall St Andrew

Buried Name Comment
30 Jan 1885 Phoebe Baxter Of Westhall aged 42

Blything District

Buried Name Comment
1920 Anna Baxter Aged 78
1929 David Baxter Aged 84

What happened to the children of David Baxter and Phoebe Barker of Westhall?

Susannah Baxter (1868 – 1909)

Census

1871

Dwelling -Smiths Cottages, Westhall
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Lowe Head M 48 Labourer (ag) Sotherton
Eliza Lowe Wife M 40   Halesworth
Susanna Baxter Niece   13   Westhall

Marriage

Susannah married Benjamin Ellis (1866 – 1908) the son of William Ellis and Ann(e) Jemima Coleby.

Parish Church of Westhall – 7th November, 1886
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Fathers name and surname Rank or profession of father
Benjamin Ellis 21 Bachelor Shoemaker Westhall William Ellis Labourer
Susanna Baxter 19 Spinster   Westhall David Baxter Horse Carer
In the presence of us: William Ellis and Mary Ann Wright

Harry Baxter (1870 – 1870)

Death

Westhall St Andrew

Buried Name Comment
24 Aug 1870 Harry Baxter Of Westhall aged 5 months

Eliza Baxter (1871 – 1919)

Children

Eliza had the following:

Born Name Comment Where
1890 William Mother’s maiden name left blank Westhall

Marriage

Eliza married George Clarke (1870 – 1927) the son of Albert Clarke and Sarah Smith.

Parish Church of Westhall – 25th December, 1891
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Fathers name and surname Rank or profession of father
George Clarke 21 Bachelor Labourer Westhall Albert Clarke Carpenter
Eliza Baxter 19 Spinster   Westhall David Baxter Labourer
In the presence of us: George Baxter, Rosa Clarke and E Baxter

George Baxter (1873 – ?)

Marriage

George married Harriet Liffen (1874 – ?) the daughter of Henry Liffen and Anne Pearson.

Parish Church of Wangford – 30th October, 1895
Name and Surname Age Condition Rank or profession Residence at the time of Marriage Fathers name and surname Rank or profession of father
George Baxter 22 Bachelor Labourer Henham David Baxter Farm Bailiff
Harriet Liffen 21 Spinster   Henham Henry Liffen (Deceased) Labourer
In the presence of us: James Reach and Ida Liffen

Children

George and Harriet had the following:

Born Baptized Name Comment Where
27 Mar 1896   George Henry Son of George and Harriet, Sotherton Labourer Parish Church of Sotherton
01 Nov 1897 02 Jan 1898 Lily Edith Daughter of George and Harriet, Sotherton Labourer Parish Church of Sotherton
11 Jan 1900 25 Jan 1900 Ida Maud Daughter of George and Harriet, Henham Labourer Parish Church of Wangford
03 Jan 1902   John William Mother’s maiden name Liffen Henham
26 Sep 1905   William Arthur Mother’s maiden name Liffen Henham
22 May 1908   Caroline May Mother’s maiden name Liffen Henham
13 Apr 1910   Sidney Charles Mother’s maiden name Liffen Henham

Census

1901

Dwelling – Green Farm, Henham
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Baxter Head M 28 Horseman on Farm Spexhall
Harriet Baxter Wife M 26   Redisham
George Baxter Son   5   Sotherton
Lily Baxter Daughter   3   Sotherton
Ida Baxter Daughter   1   Henham

1911

Dwelling – Green Farm Cottage, Henham
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Baxter Head M 38 Horseman on Farm Spexhall
Harriet Baxter Wife M 36   Redisham
George Baxter Son   15   Sotherton
Lilly Baxter Daughter   13 School Sotherton
Ida Baxter Daughter   11 School Henham
John Baxter Son   9 School Henham
William Baxter Son   5   Henham
Carrie Baxter Daughter   3   Henham
Sydney Baxter Son   11 months   Henham

Elizabeth Baxter (1875 – 1942)

Children

Elizabeth had the following:

Born Name Comment Where
1893 Walter Bernard Mother’s maiden name left blank Bulcamp

Census

1891

Dwelling – Raglan Street, Lowestoft
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
Elizabeth Baxter Serv S 16 General Servant Spexhall

Marriage

Elizabeth married George Robert Howlett (1863 – 1942) the son of Edward Howlett and Catherine Baxter, in 1895

Rosa Baxter (1877 – 1878)

Death

Spexhall St Peter

Buried Name Comment
29 Jun 1878 Rosa Baxter Of Spexhall aged 1

Arthur Baxter (1879 – 1955)

Death

Blyth District

Died Name Comment
1955 Arthur Baxter Aged 76

Ellen Baxter (1883 – 1885)

Death

Westhall St Andrew

Buried Name Comment
31 Oct 1885 Ellen Baxter Of Westhall aged 2

What happened to the child of Eliza Baxter of Westhall?

William Baxter (1890 – ?)

Marriage

William married Ethel May Mutimer (1894 – 1961) the daughter of Charles Mutimer and Bertha Mutimer, in 1914.

Children

William and Ethel had the following:

Born Name Comment Where
1914 William Christopher George Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
05 Jul 1916 Dorothy Hilda Ruth Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Stoven
After 1916 Olive Bertha Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
After 1916 Arthur Charles Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
After 1916 Winifred Matilda E Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
After 1916 Jack Ernest Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
After 1916 Frederick J Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District
After 1916 Peggy E Mother’s maiden name Mutimer Blything District

Census

1901

Dwelling -Bulls Road, Spexhall
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Clarke Head M 31 Labourer ag lab ordinary Halesworth
Eliza Clarke Wife M 29   Westhall
William Baxter Step Son   11   Westhall
George Clarke Son   6   Westhall
Cecil Clarke Son   2   St Lawrence

1911

Dwelling – Wood House, Upper Holton, Halesworth
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Clarke Head M 40 Labourer on Farm Halesworth
Eliza Clarke Wife M 39   Westhall
William Clarke Son S 21 Fisherman Westhall
George Clarke Son S 17 Cowman on Farm Westhall
Cecl* Clarke Son   12 School Spexhall

Death

Samford District

Died Name Comment
1961 Ethel M Baxter Aged 67

What happened to the child of Elizabeth Baxter of Westhall?

Walter Bernard Baxter (1893 – ?)

Census

1901

Dwelling – Blackenheath Road, South Lowestoft
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Howlett Head M 38 Bricklayer’s Labourer Pakefield
Elizabeth Howlett Wife M 38   Halesworth
Walter Howlett Son   7   Bulcamp
Edward Howlett son   3   Kirkley
George Howlett Son   2   Kirkley

1911

Dwelling – 6 Blackheath Road, South Lowestoft
Name Relationship Marital Status Age Occupation Where Born
George Howlett Head M 48 Out of work Brickyard Labourer Pakefield
Elizabeth Howlett Wife M 38   Halesworth
Walter Baxter Son   17 Errand Boy General Bulcamp
George Howlett son   12 School Kirkley
William Howlett Son   9 Juvenile Kirkley
Ernest Howlett Son   4 Juvenile Kirkley
Frederick Howlett Son   5 Juvenile Kirkley
Catherine Howlett Daughter   4 Juvenile Kirkley
Lucy Howlett Daughter   2 Juvenile Kirkley