Individuals marked with a red dot
in the following pages are direct ancestors of Adam Luke John and Jane Louisa
Baston and with a magenta dot
direct ancestors of Kealey Rose Baston &
Tyler Howard. Names with a "?" after them are either unknown or unreadable. For privacy reasons,
date of Birth, Marriage, etc for persons still believed
to be living are not shown.
There is a full table of
contents and for other family names connected with
our family tree or for other
Baston families not connected with my family tree but in London
during the 1800's see below. See
also the new one
name study part of the web site for other Baston, Basson, Bason and
other surname variations.
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How did all this start? Well after my brother moved in 2002 we were
looking through our Nan's pictures, papers & mementoes and came across a
couple of pictures of soldiers from the First World War. We knew from
what she has said when she was alive, that one of them was her husband and
he had been killed in the Great War.
aroused my interest and I set out to discover which of the two pictures was
our grandad. Both photographs showed their cap badges, one of which
was a Royal Fusilier, the other in the Rifle Brigade, this together
with the notification of his death enabled me find his details on the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website (www.cwgc.org), he was the one in the
8th Btn Royal Fusiliers. This in turn lead me to the 1901 census, then
the 1891 census, then the various BMD & parish records and eventually to
create this web site, not only as a memory to him, but all the other
Baston's families and their descendants. (right: Frederick
Baston born 1885 in Hackney, buried 1916 Ovillers, France)
Although this site is primarily for my family and the Baston surname, it
has also become a One Name Study for the Baston, Basson, Barson, Burson surname in
the UK. Initially it will cover the Oxfordshire, Berkshire,
Buckinghamshire & Gloucestershire areas but will eventually include all the
Baston, Basson, Barson & Burson information I can find or is contributed to
this web site. I have a database of over 5000 Baston/Basson etc
entries at the moment, so if you're stuck and need help with your Baston etc
family tree, then please contact me and I'll check the database for any
entries that may enable you to locate your missing ancestor. See the
Baston descendants pages
and Baston families in London for links to the
various families that have already been included on the web site. If any of these are
part of your family tree, I would love to know where they all went to.
The name Baston is first recorded in the Oxfordshire parish of Bampton in
the “Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire with a “Walter Baston” in 1279 . The next
Baston record is of a “Richard Baston” in 1306 , 1316 & 1327 and then a
“Henry Baston” in 1360 all with the same land holding and living at Claywell
Farm, Ducklington, near Bampton and Witney. These indicate the probable
Baston line between 1279 and 1360, to bridge the gap between the last record
in 1360 and the first occurrence in Bampton of a Baston in about 1475,
requires further investigation. There are very few records surviving from
those early days but using what is available it has been possible to piece
together most of the family line.
The first recorded Baston will in Bampton is for an Alys (Alice) Baston,
widow in 1543, regrettably this is almost unreadable but the fact she left a
will is indicative that she was part of the family and probably the widow of
Henry who was born about 1475.
The first Baptism I have been able to find in Bampton, Oxfordshire, is of
a William Baston, baptised on 31st January 1539 to John Baston, the first marriage
recorded is when John Baston
married Joan Eson or Este 28th January 1546.
This branch of the Baston family tree has so far been certainly traced back to when
John Baston, born
about 1526 married an Elizabeth
Thatcher 24th November
1552 in St Mary's Church, Bampton, they appear to have had four children, the
first, John, Christened 26th August 1553 being
ancestor. John was buried 1st December 1588 and also has a
Will & Probate record in which he is described as a "husbandman".
I have also recently managed to construct John's ancestors back another 2
generations to 1475 using what little information is available.
On the 25th November 1583, John
(1553) married Elizabeth
in St Mary's, Bampton. They had five children, their third child, another
John was Baptised, 11th
August 1593 in St Mary's, Bampton.
John (1593) married Joan Kempster (or Munkster) in 1616 but Joan died early
on after giving birth to 5 children, John then remarried in 1626 to
Elizabeth Hore, their third child,
April 1631 was one William Baston. He was one of five known children and
is also our direct ancestor.
I originally had William Baston (1631) as possibly married to a Susannah
as according to Brigadier Goady's transcript of the records of the Black Horse
public house in Standlake, Oxfordshire, a William & Susannah Baston
took over the lease of the property in 1673. My research didn't seem
to corroborate this as I could find no parish or other records supporting
In 2009 I was granted a reader's pass at Oxford University and this allowed
me access to the original transcription documents and more
importantly, in 2011, the actual lease in the archives at Lincoln College.
Whilst Brigadier Goady's notes show the Baston family as the lessees, the
original lease, as does Lincoln Colleges' own index, clearly show the family
as William Bosely and his wife Susannah. All the Bosely names family
names mentioned in the lease are found in the Parish Registers of Standlake,
this further corroborates that the Bosely family were indeed the lessees of
the Black Horse at Standlake and not the Baston's.
This opened up new possibilities as to the wife of William Baston (1631).
The names of children baptised to William included a Debora, this is a
completely new name in the Baston family and was used for the next 3
generations, so must have been an important name.
Although I can find no record of the marriage (some records are missing
and some destroyed by damp), I believe that William's
wife was probably a Debora (probably Debora Fletcher) as that is the only
new name introduced into the family at this time. William (1631) had both a
daughter and granddaughter christened Deborah. There is a burial for a
"Debora Baston of Aston" at Bampton in 1700, this is probably his wife as
there were no other Deborah Baston's around at that time except for his
daughter Deborah born 1675, she later married a John Cook and her fully
documented burial was in Southwark, so this 1700 burial is probably
William's wife Debora.
William (1631) is shown as the father on the Baptismal record of
his son William, Christened on 17 April 1664, who
then himself had a son William Baston
Baptised 18th March 1704 in St Mary's
Church, Bampton Oxfordshire. This William married Elizabeth Skinner at All
Saint's, Oxford in 1726, Elizabeth is shown in the register as a "Puella" a young
girl and that is probably why he had to marry at Oxford as she was so
It is thought they were mainly farmers in the 1700's as there are various
reference including various Wills and an old
title deed dated 1769 which mentions William leased a small-holding in the area and had given it up and it was being sold
on, this was just before he died in 1771. Some of the family also ran public
houses and stayed in the Licensed Victualler trade for many years.
Edward Baston who
died in 1803 is recorded as running the Bell Inn at Aston Clinton,
Buckinghamshire (now called the Duck Inn).
Jonathan Baston baptized 23rd May 1739,
the fifth child of William (1704) married
Ann Crips 6th Jun 1761 in St Mary's Church, Bampton and it was his son,
Baston baptised 27 Dec 1761, again in Bampton, who was the first to
move away from the area. Jonathan died in 1813 and was buried 16 October 1813
in St Mary's, Bampton. (Francis his son, died 7 weeks after Jonathan, perhaps
Francis had visited his ailing father and caught the same disease).
Francis Baston married Ann Smith 17th
November 1782 in St Mary the Virgin,
Ipsden, Oxfordshire by licence of the Parish of St Giles, Reading, in the County
of Berks. Their first son, John Baston was baptised 13th March 1783 in the Church
of St Peter & St Paul,
Checkendon. Ann died shortly after giving birth to John and her son died
shortly after, Ann was buried 29th April 1783 and John 1st May 1783,
both in Ipsden. Francis then married an
Ann Brown 13 October 1784 in St Nicholas
Church, Rotherfield Greys,
Oxfordshire by Licence, he is
shown as a widower and a Yeoman on the licence. Their first son, Francis, was
22nd January 1786 in St Nicholas, Rotherfield Greys, Francis was a
witness at his brother, John Joseph
Baston's wedding in 1827. Sometime after this birth, the family made
their way up to London.
Bampton, Ipsden, Checkendon, Reading & Rotherfield Greys are all fairly close to the River
Thames, so is it possible that Francis found his way to London via this
The Baston family of Shoreditch, Whitechapel & Hackney,
London starts with the Baptism of Francis's third son, George
Thomas Baston, on the 8th May 1796 in St Leonard's Church, Shoreditch,
this is the first written record after their arrival in London. The
only record we have of a fourth son, Joseph, is of his burial in 1800 age 11
months in Bunhill Fields Cemetery, making him born in 1799.
It was Francis's fifth son (Anne Browne's fourth), John
Joseph Baston, Christened 1802 in St
Leonard's Church, Shoreditch, who is Adam, Jane & Kealey's direct
ancestor. He is shown as a painter in the Baptismal records for his children,
Mary Ann Baston (1828) and Frederick
William Baston (1831) at Christ
Church, Spitalfields, Whitechapel.
The young Frederick William Baston's mother died 2 months after he was born and
Frederick is next found in the
1841 Census for 6 Little Suffolk Street, Southwark (now Sudrey Street) aged 10 with no sign of his
but is shown living with a Mary Cole (he was by now, probably an orphan). She must have been a close friend of
the family as she was a witness at Frederick's father, John
Joseph Baston's wedding in 1827.
then shown on the 1851 census as aged 20, unmarried
and as an apprentice
boot maker to a Mr Tandy of 10 Essex Street, Shoreditch (became Shenfield
Street) so for the rest of the
1800's the family became shoe
makers or Cordwainers. By the 1861
census he has 3 children, of which 2 have died before the 1871
census. By the time of his death in
1899, he had sired 8 children of
which 4 had died in childhood - a
hard life by any standard. You'll find all about him in generation 7 of the Ancestors of
Adam Luke John Baston or generation 6 of the Descendants of William Baston.
Frederick William Baston's (1831) fourth child, a son, Thomas
Baston (1861) married Sarah Noble
1881 in Bethnal Green, they had 7 children, 3 of whom also died in
childhood. Two of Thomas' sons, Frederick
Baston (1885, my grandfather) and William
Thomas Baston (1897) were both killed in action
in the First World
War (WW1), (Frederick, in the Battle of the
Somme), but mercifully Frederick had married Emma
Euesden in 1908 and sired 2 children, a son, Frederick
John Baston (1911, my father) and a daughter, Alice Emily Baston
born in 1913, who
died aged 9 months in 1914. This was just before Frederick Baston went off to fight in WW1,
the Great War.
As you can see, this branch of the Baston family has hung by a thread in
each generation and now rests with Adam Luke Baston (1999) who is the only
male Baston who can carry on the name.
Other Baston families in London
If you find any of these useful, please let me know as
I'd like to know what happened to them all. I have quite an extensive
collection of baptism, birth & marriage certificates etc for the
other Baston families, if you want copies etc again let me know.
For other Baston families in London in the 1800's not connected with mine
see the Quick Tree pages as below.
These provided a few false leads in my early research so have some reasonable
detail with them, they are;
Joseph & Emma Baston family of
Hackney, Joseph born 1810 Nottinghamshire - a Brewer by trade,
in London from about 1830, had 3 daughters and 1 son before he died at a young
age in 1855.
John & Mary Baston family of the St
Pancras area, John born 1795 Ottery, Devon - Tin plate Worker and Gas Meter
Makers in London from about 1840. John a son born 1820 Bristol married a
Mary Beeton 4th September 1842, in the Old Church, Saint Pancras,
London and had an extended family, based in the St Pancras area of London.
John & Charlotte Baston family
in the Old Street area, John born 1846 Truro, Cornwall, married Charlotte
Collis, 23rd March 1878 in St Marks, Old Street - also a family
of Boot Makers.
Appeared in London about 1874.
Thomas & Elizabeth Bastion
family (Bastion appears as Baston from about 1850) Camberwell, Surrey. Ostlers in the
There are also a number of web sites that have connections with our family
ancestors and information on these can be found on the links
Family names connected with our genealogy.
There is also extensive information on the May family of Chiddingstone, Kent;
Pegrum family of Nazeing, Essex; Bissett family of London and Scotland;
main names in each family are:-
Jonathan MAY born 1761
Chiddingstone, Kent married Sarah Jeffrey, 1784 in Chiddingstone.
Robert MAY born 1787
Chiddingstone, married Ann Seale 1810 in Chiddingstone.
George MAY born 1810
Chiddingstone, married Eliza Carter 1850 in Sundridge, Kent.
Percy MAY born 1829 also
Chiddingstone. Percy was the first of the May family to move from Kent to
London when he married Mary Ann Brodie in 1882 in Bethnal Green, London.
Percy Charles May born 1883 in
Islington, married Clara Jane Brown Fisher at Christ Church, Hoxton in
Clara Lilian May born 1909 Holborn,
married Frederick John Baston at Holy Trinity Church, Stroud Green, London N4 in
Thomas Pegrum born about
1660 probably Nasing or Nazeing in Essex.
William PEGRUM born 1683 Nazeing.
William PEGRUM born 1711 in Nazeing
married Elizabeth Sutterton.
Abraham PEGRUM born 1741 Nazeing
married Susannah Forster in about 1778.
Samuel PEGRUM born 1779 Nazeing
married Elizabeth Mumford in 1808.
Samuel PEGRUM born 1810 Nazeing married
Ann Bailes in 1831.
Joshua PEGRUM born 1854 Nazeing
married Laura Annie Lipson 1879 Walthamstow, Essex.
Ebenezer Lipson PEGRUM born 1884
Nazeing married Charlotte Emma Sale 1921 in Walthamstow, Essex.
Mark Pegrum born Essex married Barbara
Samuel BISSETT born
about 1794 Leith, Scotland married Harriet Bridges 1824 Poplar.
Henry Alexander BISSETT born 1831
Stepney, London married Eliza Burton 1855 Poplar.
James Charles BISSETT born 1861
Poplar, London married Ann Adney 1885 Hoxton, Hackney.
James Charles BISSETT 1886
Islington, London married Martha Elizabeth Housden 1909 Hornsey, London.
William Leslie BISSETT born
1914 West Tottenham, London married Lottie Louise Bowker 1936 in West Green,
There are also a number of web sites that have connections with our family
ancestors and information on these can be found on the links
These Baston's of Hackney web pages contain; 2594 Individuals,
472 Families, 667 Marriages, 420 Surnames, 3433 pages, 5726 images and 268588 hyperlinks at the last count.