The Batten family
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Welcome to my Batten Family
My Direct Maternal Line
William Batten died 23rd August 1795
Edward Batten c1780-1849
John Batten c1816 - buried 25th September 1866
Elizabeth Batten 25th March 1849 - 2nd February 1929
This is the part of my family whose name was often mentioned by my Nan but as I have said on previous pages my
At this time I can not find where the Batten family originated from there is no mention of the family in the Baptism Register for Denbigh parishes from 1703-1739, neither have I found a mention in the parish registers of marriages between 1739-1753 nor the burial registers between 1739-1773. Source: Registers produced by Clwyd Family History Society Vol. 2(1) and Vol. 4.
Further confusion arises because the surname Batten has been transcribed as Ballen, Battin; Batting; Barton; Baton, Bolten and Beaton. To add to the confusion Wm Batten, Wesleyan Minister is recorded on an obituary and in the Denbigh records as being the son of "William Beaton" and I now have more questions than answers, can anyone help?
When did the Battens come in to
Where did they come from?
William Batten who died in 1795 was married to a Arabella Jones (known as Bella) at this time I do not know when and as far as I am aware they both came from Denbigh. It is looking as if Arabella was not his first wife. William's occupation was a Skinner. To the best of my knowledge William had four children some of which have been quite a surprise. Followers of my website will know that I tend to follow a direct line however, with the help of other family researchers I have found that William Batten c1779 the eldest son of William was my great-uncle x 4 and he and his son Thomas c1720 were Wesleyan Ministers. William was a Minister between 1804 - 1864 and Thomas 1845 - 1857. I still have further research to do here and as these two were interesting and reasonably well documented I deceided to follow them as well as my direct line through Edward Batten c1780. Source: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/specialcollections Thank you to Paul, Cath and Julia for your help and suggestions.
William Batten (Beaton) died 23rd August 1795 and Arabella died 27th March 1815 both died at Denbigh. Arabella was shown on the records as Bella. Source IGI
2. Edward Batten 1780 - 1864 my great-grandfather x 4 was the second son of William Batten. Scroll down for his history.
3. Mary Batten c1782 - 1816 at this time appears to be the only daughter of William and Arabella. No further details at this time and not likely to follow this line.
4. Thomas born 22nd November 1783 - 15th November 1810 the youngest son of William Beaton and Bella (nee Jones). Thomas was baptised 30th November 1783 this baptism was recorded in volume 5 of the Denbigh Parish Registers 1774 - 1790. On October 3rd 1803 Thomas married Elizabeth Pughe. The record reads: Thomas Barton (Skinner) "b otp" (banns of this parish) a bachelor Sig: Batten, s/o William Barton, dec, by Bella h/w formerly Jones and Elizabeth Pughe d/o Thos. Pughe, Weaver spinster otp by Mary h/w formerly Davies. Witnesses were John Bartley and Isaac James. Source for date of death IGI
We now move on to Edward Batten and my direct line.
2. Edward Batten the second son of William and Arabella and my Great Grandfather x 4 born 1780 - 1864, married Elizabeth Evans 23rd April 1803, by banns. They both at the time of marriage where living in Denbigh the records show Edward as Edward Barton however he signed his signature at Edward Batten. Witnesses were John Henshaw and Isaac James. Elizabeth and Edward had 7 children. As with all family history, research dates and places can differ from one record to another. Elizabeth Evans died in 1837 and Edward Batten remarried in
As a point of interest Isaac James shown as one of the witnesses at Edward's marriage and mentioned in Ancient and Modern Denbigh, page 300 as one of the clerks which would not receive any fees, but would receive "offerings", or graturities from parties attending, funerals, marriages and churchings. The dissenters however, had a conscientious objection to give offereings at funerals, because they believed this to be a remnant of a Popish custom of paying the priest for the release of a departed soul out of pergatory.
Anne Oliver, Edward's second wife was born 28th February 1811 at Newtown and was baptised 19th March 1811, her parents were Richard and Jane. Source: Montgomeryshire Baptisms provider http://home.freeuk.net/montgensoc
1841 Census for
Edward and Ann are on the 1841 census for Wales living at Gas Street, Newtown, he was aged 60 and his occupation Skinner and Anne is aged 30. Note their surname spelt Batton. Source: RG HO107, piece 40, folio 1/51, page 30
Children of Edward and Elizabeth (nee Evans)
Edward c1806 - 12th November 1808
Thomas c1810 - 1858
John baptised 12th May 1817 - buried 3rd March 1866 my Great Grandfather x 3
James was baptised 28th February 1822 at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in the Parish of Denbigh. His family where living at
I am not aware at this time that Edward and his second wife Anne had any children.
The above is a brief guide to how I arrived at my direct line.
John and Mary Batten (nee Evans)
John my great grandfather x 3 c1817 married Mary Evans 25th December 1843 at the Chapel of St. Hilary in the parish of Denbigh by Banns according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Church of England. Both were of full age, John a Bachelor and Mary a Spinster. Residence at the time of marriage for both of them was given as Denbigh. John's occupation then a Skinner his father Edward was also a Skinner. Mary's father John Evans was a Labourer. Their witnesses were William Jones and Anne Jones who both signed their names. However, John and Mary signed by their mark, what is interesting here is that on the marriage certificate Mary Evans's name appears but it is written as the mark of Mary Jones. Not sure how to explain that one, unless the registrar got mixed up with the witnesses names.
I do not have the whereabouts of either John or Mary for 1841 at this time.
The 1851 census shows the family living at
The 1861 census shows that the family had moved from Denbigh to Oswestry Shropshire and where living in
John Batten died aged 50, he was buried on the 3rd March 1866 at Oswestry Cemetery, his address at the time of his death was
The 1871 census England shows that Mary was the Head of the family and still living at
The 1881 census for England shows that tragedy had struck the family, William had married in 1871 after the last census was taken however, his wife had died. Mary was Head of the family aged 62 and William her eldest son was aged 36. He had moved in with his mother and had his three children Harriett aged 8, Mary aged 6, and Jane aged 3. William's occupation had not changed and he was still working as a Skinner. The address the family where living at then
The 1891 census for England shows the family address as 1 Cripplegate, William's mother Mary as Head of the family aged 75 and William aged 46, occupation Skinner. The only child living at home with her grandmother and father was Jane aged 13. At this stage I not know what has happened to William's other daughters Harriet and Mary.
I am assuming that Mary's age on the 1891 census was rounded up as burial notice shows her age as 74. At the time of her death Mary's address was 1 Parry's Buildings,
Elizabeth Batten my Great Grandmother is covered on the Groves page therefore, I have only covered her briefly here.
Elizabeth was born 25th March 1849, at Henllan Street Denbigh, her birth certificate shows John her father's occupation as Skinner and her mother Mary Batten (nee Evans), her father signed by his 'mark'. Between the date of her birth and the 1861 census the family had moved from
1871 Census for
The 1871 census shows that Elizabeth and Thomas where living as Lodgers in
On the 21st February 1880 at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Oswestry,
Elizabeth’s life in Brief see
1891 residence 8 Cripplegate
This page updated 8th May 2009