Ancestors of Mandy Willard

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Nicholas BAXTER (1693-1768)

and Hannah AYLING (1703-1780)


Nicholas Baxter and Hannah Aylin married by banns on 14 November 1721 in Cocking, Sussex.  They were both then of Cocking.  (I don't think Nicholas and Hannah were my direct ancestors.  I believe I have an ancestor by the name of William Baxter who married in 1765.  Nicholas and Hannah had a son William born in 1724, but I think "my" William was born in 1736.  However, both Williams were baptised, married, raised their families and buried in Cocking at about the same time, so I can not be sure which William was which.)

Nicholas Baxter may have been baptised on 18 May 1693 in Dunsfold, Surrey and have been the son of Peter Baxter (1650-1707).  A Settlement Certificate was issued on 3 March 1721 to Nicholas Baxter a blacksmith from Dunsfold, Surrey to Cocking, Sussex, or vice versa.  Nicholas was buried on 24 January 1768 in Cocking.  He left a will in which he was described as Nicholas, senior of Cocking (I have yet to see this document, ref 41 341).  There was another Nicholas Baxter baptised on 23 August 1698 in Fernhurst, Sussex the son of John Baxter (1652-1711) and Jane

Hannah Ayling was baptised on 31 March 1703 in Stedham, Sussex.  She was the daughter of William Ayling and Margaret.  (A William Ayling of Stedham married Mary Ayling on 2 June 1702 in Woolbeding.  Might Margaret and Mary have been one and the same?)  Hannah was most probably buried on 15 June 1780 in Cocking.


Nicholas Baxter and Hannah Ayling had 8 known children:

  1. Nicholas Baxter was baptised on 7 September 1722 in Cocking.  He married Mary.  They had the following children:

    1. William Baxter was buried on 21 December 1751 in Cocking.  His father was then described as Nicholas Baxter, junior.

    2. Elizabeth Baxter was baptised on 26 February 1751/2 in Cocking.

  2. William Baxter was baptised on 5 April 1724 in Cocking.  He may have married Margaret Luff in 1760, or Mary Newell in 1765.  Both marriages took place in Cocking.  (Each couple have their own page.)  William married to Margaret signed his name, whilst William married to Mary made his mark.  I think this William (1724) married Margaret.  His father would seem to have been a blacksmith and William and Margaret had a grandson named William who was also a blacksmith. 

  3. Hannah Baxter was baptised on 11 April 1726 in Cocking and probably died young.

  4. Elizabeth Baxter was baptised on 7 April 1727 in Cocking.  She died aged 91 years on 1 January 1818 and was buried in Cocking on 8 January 1818.  The burial register indicates that she had a head stone placed on her grave.

    Elizabeth married Robert Underwood by licence on 7 June 1757 in Cocking.  She was a maiden and he a bachelor who were both of Cocking.  The witnesses to the marriage were Jane Robson and John Wallis.  Their marriage licence was issued by the Archdeaconry of Chichester on 6 June 1757.  It recorded that Elizabeth was a spinster of Cocking aged 28 years.  Robert was a 23 year old bachelor and butcher also of Cocking.

    Robert was born about 1744.  He died aged 84 years and was buried on 9 February 1818.  The Cocking burial register records the details from his head stone which says he died aged 85 years on 5 February 1828 (yes 1828 in the transcript of the Cocking parish registers, but I assume this is incorrect and should read 1818).

    They had the following children:

    1. John Underwood was baptised on 6 March 1758 in Cocking.

    2. Robert Underwood was baptised on 13 January 1760 in Cocking.

    3. Elizabeth Underwood was baptised on 23 May 1762 in Cocking.  She married John Hackman by licence on 4 September 1787 in Cocking.  She was then of Cocking and he of Hamilton in Hampshire.  The witnesses to the marriage were William Baxter and Anthony Langrish.  Their marriage licence was issued on 3 September 1787 by the Archdeaconry of Chichester.  It recorded that Elizabeth was a 25 year old spinster of Cocking, whilst John was a 25 year old bachelor and miller of Hambledon, Hampshire.

    4. Anne Underwood was baptised on 19 September 1764 in Cocking.

    5. Mary Underwood was baptised on 28 January 1767 in Cocking and buried there on 1 July 1767.

    6. Hannah Underwood was baptised on 12 March 1768 in Cocking.

    7. William Underwood was baptised on 4 December 1771 in Cocking.

  5. Moorey Baxter was baptised on 7 April 1729 in Cocking.

  6. Hannah Baxter was baptised on 29 April 1732 in Cocking.  She may have been buried on 22 December 1818 in Cocking.  The burial register recorded that Hannah was 83 years old and of St. Martin's parish in Chichester.

  7. John Baxter was baptised on 21 March 1736/7 in Cocking.  Might he have been a butcher and died in 1746?  A will was left (ref 8 148).

  8. Mary Baxter was baptised on 26 October 1744 in Cocking.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012