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The following is a preliminary sketch of the Baxter family of Mansield, Nottinghamshire, which we believe to be ancestral to Mary Baxter, wife of John Jarratt, of Sheffield, Yorkshire, who is known to have been born at Mansfield about 1817. We begin with Thomas and Ann (____) Baxter, who had a daughter of exactly the right age, then briefly treat some unplaced, but possibly related, Baxters of Mansfield. By looking at all the men who were married, or baptized any children, at Mansfield from 1790 to 1830, we believe we have eliminated these other candidates as her father with a fair degree of probability. There was in fact only one other man who was married early enough, and was still baptizing children so late as 1817, namely another Thomas Baxter with wife Frances Pollard; and although there is a gap in their family which would accomodate another child born in 1817, there is no child credited to them for that time period in the IGI. But as we have not had access to a sufficiently complete or definitive copy of the original baptismal register of Mansfield, and have been forced to rely on frequently-illegible Bishops’ transcripts, we can only offer our proposed identification of the parents of Mary (Baxter) Jarratt as the most probable one which fits the data available to us.
1. Thomas Baxter, of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was born 1784-85 (aged 56 in 1841, 66 in 1851) in Nottinghamshire, and was still alive at the taking of the 1851 census. He married by 1807, Anne ____, born 1790-91 (aged 50 in 1841, 60 in 1851) in Nottinghamshire, also still alive at the taking of the 1851 census. They were perhaps the Thomas Baxter and Ann Cottrell married 8 February 1807 at Sutton-in-Ashfield, a mere 3½ miles southwest of Mansfield, but the marriage record is devoid of any other information, and proof of this connection has not been found. They are enumerated with their sons John, William, and Samuel in the 1841 census of Mansfield, in which Thomas is called a wood sawyer. They are enumerated with their son Samuel (and the latter’s wife and child) in the 1851 census, in which he is called a labourer, and it is mentioned that he was deaf, and blind in one eye. We have not found either of them in the 1861 or 1871 censuses. Thomas Baxter and his wife had the following children, baptized in the parish church of Mansfield (per IGI unless otherwise stated; the record of the eldest children is probably not complete):
Other Baxters of Mansfield, from the eighteenth century onward
Thomas Baxter married 27 December 1756 in Mansfield parish church, Elizabeth Mycroft
Thomas Baxter married 30 June 1778 in Mansfield parish church, Rebecca Downing.
William Baxter, called of Mansfield in his marriage record, living 1796; married (by licence) 28 August 1783, Martha Ward, called of Mansfield in her marriage record, living 1796. Only known child:
Thomas Baxter, living 1820; married 30 November 1803 in Mansfield parish church, Frances Pollard (called “Fanny” in some records), living 1820. Known issue (all baptisms at Mansfield):
Henry Baxter, born 1785-86 (aged 24 at his marriage); married 9 June 1810 in Mansfield parish church, Mary Hutchinson, born 1788-89 (aged 21 at her marriage). In their marriage record, he is described as a bachelor and she a spinster, both of Mansfield; the witnesses were Tho. Langstaff and Elizabeth Hutchinson (who signed with a mark). We have not discovered issue of this couple.
James Baxter, living 1823. He married 8 November 1818 in Mansfield parish church (IGI), Martha Lupton, living 1823. Known issue (all baptisms at Mansfield):
George Baxter, living 1833; married by 1831, Mary ____, living 1833. Known issue (both baptisms at Mansfield):
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From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson