Last word on Baxendales … probably

I found a little snippet by Jann Collins on about my ancestor Joseph Baxendale, which gives a little insight as to why later generation keep popping up here and there on sites about Royal and Noble British families:

“I have to hand a little item referring to a Joseph Baxendale, born in 1785, the son of a Lancaster surgeon (Josiah?). In 1804 he left Lancaster, reaching London in 1806 where he found work with a linen draper. By 1809 he raised enough money to buy in to a calico printing business in Lancaster. By 1815 he was doing well enough to marry Mary Birley. He retired in 1816. In 1820 he bought in, as a sleeping partner, to the nearly bankrupt firm of Pickford Brothers Carriers and bought himself a home in London – Woodside House. The story goes on, and mentions the fact that Joseph was responsible for building a chapel on the corner of Baxendale’s estate. St John”s was built and consecrated on 9 May 1832. Having established Pickfords as the principal firm of carriers, he turned his attention to the new railways. In 1845 his three sons, Lloyd, Richard and Salisbury, forced his retirement and he spent most of his time in Whetstone until his death on 24/3/1872. He is buried, with his father, his wife and several of his family, in the vault below the West end of the Church he was responsible for building.”

Joseph Baxendale
Joseph Baxendale

I’m wondering whether the liner draper mentioned above issued bills of exchange like our Ramsay ancestors from Scotland. They were linen merchants that became wealthy bankers and subsequently married into the local nobility.

Anyway, as mentioned in my Tieing up Baxendale loose ends on The Peerage post, I had pretty much linked up all those on the Baxendale Index on The Peerage, with the exception of Guy Vernon Baxendale. I couldn’t prove it but I thought Guy was probably the son of Francis Hugh Baxendale because Francis had died in Framfield Place (Uckfield, Sussex) in 1918 and Guy was listed as living their subsequently.

Framefield Place, Uckfield
Framefield Place, Uckfield

Darryl at The Peerage found me the Baxendale entry in Burkes Landed Gentry 1965 and will be including the info on the site soon. The entry also included the Baxendale Coat of Arms:

Baxendale Coat of Arms
Baxendale Coat of Arms

Arms (of the three sons of Hugo Lloyd Baxendale)–Gu., a fesse between two trefoils, slipped argent
Crest: A box tree proper between two trefoils slipped vert.
Motto: Inébranlable.

There’s a lot of detail and it does shows as I thought that Guy Vernon was the son of Francis Hugh Baxendale, my great great great Uncle.

Guy’s son Major William Lloyd John Baxendale and his descendants are also listed on The Peerage site. His two other sons Joseph Alwyne Francis and Davis Stephenson both died in WWII and are included on the Framfield War Memorial below.

Framfield War Memorial
Framfield War Memorial

It looks like Guy also had two daughters. Jane was born 28 Sept 1927, but doesn’t seem to have married. Ann was born 10 May, 1913, and married 15 Nov 1950, John Robert McCready, Barrister-at-law (Irima Farm, Naro Moru, Kenya), elder son of Rev David McCready. Seems like they had children, but can’t trace this family on the web.


6 thoughts on “Last word on Baxendales … probably

  1. i knew John Robert McCready when i was 6 years old when my father was working for him as a cook between 1970 to 1977 at Irima Farm, Naro Moru, Kenya. im now working with public service in kenya , – njuguna email –

    1. Thanks Daniel. I’m always amazed how may people get in touch about people I mention on this blog. It makes the effort worthwhile.

    2. Hello Daniel. Just seen your email. I wonder whether you would remember me. What are you doing now? Yes my father was JR McCready and my grandfather was Guy Baxendale. How strange my brother and I this morning have just been discussing writing about my parents lives in Kenya…Best wishes to you. Sarah

      1. Hi Sarah: I’m doing research into the Baxendale/Mcready families as Baxendale’s uncle studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and was killed in action on Gallipoli almost 100 years ago to the day. If you care to contact me, I will send you a copy of what we know about the family etc. and explain the nature of our project more fully in the hope that you will be able to plug a few gaps. Yours, Professor Richard Sheppard (emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford,

      2. Hello Sarah and Professor Richard ,
        I am happy to hear from you. Living in Irima Farm owned by JR Macready in my childhood leaves lot of memory.I train i a public college and currently studying a Masters Degree online from University of Edinburgh (UK). if you need more information please contact me. My father who worked for him is still alive and could still have valuable information. However he is now 85 and is airing.
        best regards
        Daniel Njuguna

  2. its a pity JR Mac ready was killed by robbers as he retired in his farm after being a Magistrate .i know he had a son but he lived in England. its also a pity that him and other former white settlers lived long in Kenya without writing books on life on the slopes of mount Kenya. you can imagine how it would have left a legacy of their presence. the new generation don’t even know they spent more than 40 year there. the only evidence of their presence is the houses they build some now used as schools and offices. I wish somebody can do anthropological study and document the remaining information from old people.In Kenya when an old person dies a dictionary is burned!

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