Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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John BAXTER (1790-1818)

and Anne PEARCEY (1784-1852)


St. Mary's, Bepton, photo from: Baxter and Anne Pearcey were my 4x Great Grandparents.  (Click here to see their place in my pedigree chart.)  They married by banns on Tuesday 24 November 1812 at the parish church of St. Mary's in Bepton, Sussex.  He was then a bachelor of Woolbeding, Sussex and she a spinster of Bepton.  The witnesses to their marriage were William Baigent and John Pearcey.

John Baxter was probably baptised on 27 June 1790 in Cocking, Sussex as John Siferse Baxter, the son of Mary Baxter (1768-?).  He died aged 25 years (according to the burial register) and was buried on 1 January 1818 in Bepton.  A warrant was issued by the Cocking parish overseers on 22 April 1790 naming William Sawyer as the father of Mary Baxter's unborn child.

Anne Pearcey was baptised as Ann Pearson on 27 June 1784 in Bepton, Sussex.  She was the eldest daughter of John Pearson (1759-1839) and Lydia Randal (1763-1805).  Her death may have been registered in the first quarter of 1852 in the Shoreham, Kent registration district.

When the 1841 census was recorded on 6 June, 55 year old Ann was the only Baxter living in Street, Bepton.  Also part of her household was 25 year old Elizabeth West and possibly Elizabeth's 4 children aged between 4 months and 5 years.  In 1851 Ann was most probably visiting her son John and his family in Shoreham, Kent.


Ann Pearcy had an illegitimate son:

  1. George Pearcy was born on 27 October 1807 and baptised on 22 November 1807 in Midhurst.  He married Jane Carter in 1835.  They have their own page.)


John Baxter and Anne Pearcey had 3 known children:

  1. John Baxter was baptised on 18 July 1813 in Woolbeding, Sussex.

    John married Susan Steele on 5 June 1832 at Stoke next to Guildford in Surrey.

    Susannah was baptised on 6 May 1798 in Trotton, Sussex and was the daughter of James Steel and Sarah Piper.  The 1851 census records her age as 47 years.

    At the time of the 1841 census the couple and their 3 children were living in Shoreham Street, Shoreham, Kent.  John was then a servant.  When the 1851 census was recorded the family were living at Timber Garden Farm in Mill Lane, Shoreham and John was then a farmer of 171 acres employing 13 labourers.  Also visiting them on census night was Ann Baxter who was then said to be a widow aged 73 years and had been born in Bepton.  Two servants were also living with the family in 1851, 27 year old Thomas Adams and 18 year old Richard Mills.  In 1861 the couple together with their son, granddaughter Annie S. Lane and 14 year old servant Rosanna Wackling were living at Oxbourne Farm in Shoreham, Kent and John was a farmer of 200 acres employing 7 boys.

    John and Susanna had 3 known children:

    1. Susanna Baxter was baptised on 7 July 1833 at St. Mary's in Guildford, Surrey.  In 1841 she was 7 years old.  She was a 17 year old farmer's daughter in 1851.

      Susanna married Edwin Lane in the first quarter of 1856 in the Sevenoaks registration district.

      They had the following daughter:

      1. Annie S. Lane was born about 1857 in Eltham, Kent.  She was 4 years old in 1861 and living with her maternal grandparents.

    2. John Baxter was baptised on 30 August 1835 at St. Mary's in Guildford.  In 1841 he was 4 years old.  He was a 15 year old farmer's son in 1851.  In 1861 he was an unmarried 25 year old farmer's son.

    3. Ann Baxter was born about 1837 in Kent.  She was 4 years old when the 1841 census was recorded.

  2. Sarah Baxter, my 3x Great Grandmother, was baptised on 13 August 1815 in Bepton, at which time her father was a labourer of Bepton.  She first married John Restall in 1833 and then settled down with George Goble by 1845.  (They have their own page.)

  3. Edmund Baxter was baptised on 17 May 1818 in Bepton, at which time his father was a labourer of Bepton.  He may have been named after his father's possible Uncle Edmund Baxter (1769-?).



John West and Elizabeth Golf married on 10 February 1834 in Treyfold cum Didling, Sussex.  Elizabeth and children were living with Ann Baxter in 1841.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012