Thursday, July 1, 2010

George Blanchflower Hunt, the immigrant

I was very excited and busy after I found an online listing for the christening of George Blanchflower Hunt.  Not knowing where the Hunts originated from in England I didn't think the genealogy trail would go any farther than Philadelphia, Pa.

Thanks, once again to the The Church of Latter Day Saints ( and,) I am able to now trace the roots of George Blanchflower Hunt and his family back to England and into the 1600s. Please keep in mind that the following information is based on online research and that more information is needed to be certain that all of the families are connected properly.

On to the good stuff!
Let's start in Saham Toney, Norfolkshire, England, the birth place of George Blanchflower Hunt.

Saham Toney is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 14.5 miles (23.3 km) North of Thetford, 27.3 miles (43.9 km) west of Norwich and 101 miles (163 km) north-east of London. The village lies 13.1 miles (21.1 km) west of the town of Attleborough.The nearest railway station is at Attleborough for the Breckland Line which runs between Cambridge and Norwich. The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The civil parish has an area of 16.51 km2 (6.37 sq mi) and in 2001 had a population of 1565 in 680 households. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of Breckland.

St. George's Parish Church
in Saham Toney

From the parish register (and available online) of Saham Toney, I found the christening record for George Blanchflower Hunt, the immigrant.  The record lists Hunt, George Blanchflower son of Robert Hunt and Frances Blanchflower christened 14 August 1810.  After further research I was able to locate George's siblings. 

Children of Robert Hunt and Frances Blanchflower:
1. George Blanchflower Hunt (above)
2. Robert Graves Hunt christened at Saham Toney 16 May 1812
3. William Hunt christened at Saham Toney 4 June 1814
4. Susan Hunt christened at Saham Toney 1 Oct 1819 (burial record for Susan Hunt 4 years old 24 May
    1822 st Saham Toney)

George Blanchflower Hunt married Jane Muffett (born about 1811) on 13 Apr 1830 in Swaffham, Norfolk, England witnesses are listed as Jane Muffett and John Muffett.  The couple sailed for New York on the Ship Hannibal June 10th of that same year.  They then settled in Philadelphia, Pa.

A quick refresher on George and Jane Hunt's children:
1. Charles M. Hunt b. 1831
2. Susanna Francis Hunt b. 1840
3. William F. Hunt b. 1835
4. John P. Hunt b. about 1840
5. Mary Jane Hunt b. about 1842 (also called Jane)
6. Charlotte Hunt b. abt 1846
7. Caroline Hunt b. abt 1848
8. Georgiann Hunt b. abt 1854

Back to England............

I'm not able to track George's father Robert's family yet.  There are numerous Hunts in England.  I did locate the marriage record for Robert Hunt and Frances Blanchflower.  The couple was married 10 Oct 1809 at Saham Toney.

Parents of Frances Blanchflower are George Blanchflower and Frances Sparrow (married 7 Dec 1773 at Saham Toney.)

Children of George Blanchflower and Frances Sparrow are:
1. Mary Blanchflower christened 16 Apr 1775 at Saham Toney
2. Frances Blanchflower (wife of Robert Hunt) christened 16 Aug 1778 at Saham Toney
3. George Blanchflower christened 9 Feb 1777 
4. Elizabeth Blanchflower christened 31 March 1782
5. John Blanchflower christened 9 Dec 1787

Parents of Frances Sparrow (christened 8 Jul 1749 at Saham Toney) appear to be Samuel Sparrow and Frances Hoddy.

Parents of George Blanchflower (father of Frances Blanchflower) are Abraham Blanchflower and Esther Layt.  Abraham and Esther were married in Ovington, Norfolk, England 11 Mar 1743.  George Blanchflower was christened at Ovington 17 May 1747.

Parents of Abraham Blanchflower (born about 1704 in Shipdam, Eng.) are Thomas Blanchflower and Elizabeth Hill

Hopefully soon, I will have more Hunt genealogy that takes us beyond Robert Hunt! 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

William P. Saxton: A Philadelphia Hatter and His Kin

William P. Saxton (Grandfather to John A. Saxton)
was born about 1800 in Pennsylvania.  His wife was Elizabeth or Ann or Elizabeth Ann.  On the 1860 census she's listed as Ann and on the 1850 census it's Elizabeth.  The couple was most likely married about 1839 in Pa..

1840 census lists a William Sexton, Northern Liberties Phila., Pa. 1 male and 1 female between 20-30yrs. of age and 1 female under the age of 5.

1850 census 6th Ward of Kensington, Phila., Pa.
Wm. Saxton 42 yrs., occupation Hatter, born in Pa.
Elizabeth  33 yrs born in Pa.
(all children born in Pa.)
Ann E. 11 yrs
Alfred 9 yrs.
Oliver 7 yrs.
Harriet 5 yrs
Mary 1 yr.

1860 census 19th Ward Kensington Phila., Pa.
William P. Saxton 55 yurs occupation Hatter born Philadelphia
Ann 40 yrs. born Philadelphia
(all children listed as born in Phila.)
Alfred 19 yrs.
Oliver 16 yrs.
Harriet 14 yrs.
Mary 11 yrs.
William 3 yrs.

I have not been able to locate the family on the 1870 census as of yet.

1880 census 17th Ward, Philadelphia, Hancock Street
William Saxton, Father, 74 yrs. occupation Hatter born Pa., parents born in Pa. Widowed
Annie E. (Williams) daughter 41 yrs born Pa. Widowed
Annie M. (Williams) granddaughter 17yrs

William Saxton died 31 Aug 1887 Philadelphia at the age of 87 yrs.  He is buried at North Cedar Hill Cemetery in Phila.  I don't have the death or buiral information for his wife except that she died prior to William. 

North Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
Gravestone that marks the resting place of
William Saxton (abt. 1800-1887)
Annie E. Williams (1838-1908)
Daughter of William and Elizabeth Saxton
Benjamin Williams (1835-1880)
Husband of Annie E. Saxton
Howard L. Williams (abt. 1865-1933)
Annie May Harrigan (1863-1913)
Daughter of Benjamin and Annie Williams
Annie M. Harrigan (Still Born 1887)
John M. Harrigan (1859-1931)
Husband of Annie May Williams
Annie E. Harrigan (May-Sept 1889)

William Saxton's son Alfred was the father of John A. Saxton
Alfred Saxton Family

1870 census 2nd Ward Phila.
Alfred Saxton, 28 yrs, Hatter born Pa.
Annie 25 yrs, born Pa
John 4 yrs born NY
Mary 2 yrs born Pa.
Annie 7 months born Pa in November

1880 census 31st Ward Albert St.
Alfred Saxton 39 yrs, Hatter, born in Pa., parents born in Pa. Unemployed for 3 months of that year.
Annie 35 yrs. Keeping House has Debility, born in Pa., Parents born in Ireland
John R. ( this is actually John A.) 14 yrs born NY
Mary 12 yrs
Harriet 7 yrs
Annie E. 5 yrs

1890 Philadelphia City Directory (McElroy's)
Alfred Saxton Hatter home 3159 Mercer
John R. Saxton Driver 3159 Mercer

1900 Ward 25 Rush St. Phila., Pa.
Alfred Saxton born Nov 1840, 59 yrs, born Pa., Hatter, rents property
Anna wife born Oct 1844 55 yrs born Pa.
Alfred son born Sept 1882 18 yrs single occupation laborer
William son born Jun 1888 12 yrs single at school

1910 census Ward 25 Philadelphia
Alfred Saxton Sr. 69 yrs. married 45 yrs. born Pa, retired has his own income
Anna wife 65 yrs.  Had 7 children/5 living born Pa.
Alfred Jr. son 28 single born Pa,. occupation Driver of a wagon
William son 21 yrs single born Pa.occupation Boliermaker for the Railroad

Alfred and Anna died sometime between 1910 ans 1920.  I haven't found them on the 1920 census.

Back to William Saxton (grandfather of John A.) ...............
William's son Oliver was a soldier in the civil war Co. E 27th Pa. Infantry.  He filed for an invalid pension and the next time I can get to Washington DC. I'll look it up.  There is a civil war record for an Alfred Saxton who fought for NY, but was from Pa.  (40th NY Infantry.) This Alfred Saxton also filed for an invalid pension. Due to the fact that John A. Saxton was born in NY in 1866 and that this is the only connection to NY I can find for the family, I have a sneaking suspicion that this may be William's son/John A.'s father.  When I get a look at the pension file I'll know. 

More on Oliver............I found a record on for Oliver being treated at a US National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Dayton, Ohio.  The record lists Oliver Saxton born in Philadelphia, occupation Hatter, 31 yrs. old,  injury - gun shot wound of right thigh, injury received May 15, 1864, Reseca, Ga.  Oliver was in the home from June 22, 1874 through Aug 16, 1875.

There is an article posted online at
that tells of the death of Oliver Saxton.  The article is included in the book on Delaware County, Pa. History - Tinicum History.)

William's daughter Annie E. Saxton married Benjamin Williams.  Daughter Mary/May Saxton married a Mr. Haines.  Harriet died shortly after her father.  I don't have an exact date.

John A. Saton Family

1910 census Philadelphia
John Saxton 44 yrs born Brooklyn parents born Pa. Does odd jobs, rents home
Mary wife 37 yrs born Phila.
Mary daughter 3 yrs born Phila
Anna daughter 2 yrs. born Phila
John son 1 month born Phila.

1920 census Camden Garfield Ave.
John A. Saxton, owns home, 53 yrs, born NY, occupation laborer
Mary J. wife 47 yrs. arrived in this country 1889 was a naturalized citizen, born in Ireland
Mary A. daughter 13 yrs.
Annie daughter 11 yrs.
Francis son 7 yrs.

1930 census Camden
John Saxton  owns home, value of property $8,000.00, 64 yrs. old age 39yrs old at marriage, born NY parents b. Pa, occupation porter at a bank
Mary wife 57 yrs, 32yrs old at marriage born Ireland, parents born Ireland, Naturalized citizen
Mary daughter 23 yrs works for a department store
Anna daughter 21 yrs cashier at a restuarant
Frances  son 17 yrs Clerk at a garage
Patrick Kane boarder 20 yrs Helper at a garage

There will be more to follow on the Saxtons in my next posts.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Haldeman Boys: Franklin and Charles

If you're a Haldeman researcher you can understand the undertaking it is to research, record and store the numerous documents that contain the Haldeman, Halderman, Haldiman, Holdman, Holderman, etc............. surnames. There are many versions of the Haldeman name and many branches through out the US. My Haldeman research as of late has led me to a story about father and son Franklin and Charles Haldeman of Camden, NJ.

The Franklin Haldeman family was made up of Franklin, born 31 January 1855 in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, his wife Anna Maria (Heins) Haldeman born August 1854 in Pennsylvania, and children (all born in Pa.)

  • Leroy Stanley b. 1 March 1880
  • Bertha E. b. 1 Jan 1882
  • Charles C. b. Feb 1886
  • Harold F. b. 1889
Franklin Haldeman was a master carpenter. His artistry and skill were featured in an artcile written in The Camden Courier, a local newspaper. The article is complete with a photo of Franklin with the masterpiece of a table he built with 10,954 pieces of wood, brass, ivory, bone, and pearl. The amazing part of the construction process is that he did it with only a pocket knife and a small file! The table was to be displayed at the sesqui-centennial exposition.

Below is the photo from the Camden Courier Newspaper dated June 2, 1926.
(Click full screen above the photo in order to view the entire photo.)

Franklin Haldeman -

Franklin's son, Charles, was a semi-professional boxer and a semi-professional baseball player about the turn of the 20th century.  He played with and managed the State Field Club in North Camden.  He also played with the Highland SC. (Currently, I don't have anymore information on his sports records or these teams - More to follow.)

Sadly, both Franklin and Charles came down with pneumonia and died on the same day within 20 minutes of each other.  The date was 19 Dec 1929.  Both were buried together in the New Camden Cemetery, Camden, NJ.  I visited the cemetery, but could locate no headstones for the pair.  Franklin and his bride, Anna were set to celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on Christmas Eve the following week.  Charles was 43 years old and single.  I can only imagine the saddness felt that Christmas in the Haldeman home, but Anna Maria Haldeman must have had such pride for and fond memories of her son and husband.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

We Share Common Ancestors

Allied families are always interesting to check out and some times they allow you to back door information you can't find directly. I've been researching the Carson Family once again to see what new information I can come up with. I did find that Brigadier General John Miller Carson, Jr. was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal. More details can be found at

The Brigadier General's daughter was Margaret Sumner (Carson) Holt. Margaret's husband was Henry Chandler Holt, a Yale graduate and President of Central Hanover Bank and Trust Co., NY. The couple's daughter, Margaret Carson Holt, deeded her Great Grandparent's, (Bowen) summer home, "Rosedale" to the Society for the Preservation for New England Antiquities.

Margaret Carson Holt's Grandmother,

Mary Louisa Bowen (right - photo c. 1855) was the Granddaughter

of Lewis Tappan (below - photo c. 1853)

Lewis Tappan and his brother, Arthur, were abolitionist who set out to free African slaves who were brought to America on the ship Amistad. For more information visit

Lewis Tappan was the Great Grandson of Robert and Mary (Franklin) Homes/Holmes. Mary Franklin was the sister of Benjamin Franklin.

There are so many more details to share about these families, but that will be for another day. There are family genealogies written for the Bowen, Chandler, Tappan, Homes, and other Carson allied families. If you do a Google book search you can view them.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thomas and Oliver Carson

I haven't written in a long time mostly because I haven't had time to get deep into my genealogy research :-( But after I pulled a muscle in my back I thought I'd sit a while and begin digging. Well I think I hit pay dirt!

After not getting anywhere with the immigration of Thomas Carson (born about 1800 in Ireland) I took another look online at any new resources available. I found the site and a list of some Irish immigrations. On the site was a listing for a Thomas Carson coming to Philadelphia on the Ship Adeline in the year 1831. I searched for the ship on and found a ships list (; however, there was no Thomas Carson, but a Thomas Cassin. Well, if you know anything about genealogy research you know not to stick steadfast to the spelling of a name. To further my curiosity Thomas is listed with a Jane and Eliza Cassin (Thomas' wife and oldest child's name) , Jane aged 22 and Eliza age 1. (Thomas' age was listed as 29yrs.) These ages fit to my immigrating Carsons. Another curiosity was Eliza being born in Ire, that's if these are my Carsons. I have no listing for Eliza being born in Ireland; however, when the family joins the 3rd UP Church in Philadelphia about 1837 all of Jane and Thomas Carson's children are christened except for Eliza. I'm now thinking that she was christened in Ireland.

The other half of this duo - Oliver Carson - has not been proven to be related to Thomas. I believe Oliver and Thomas are brothers or at least cousins. The two , at times, live together in Philadelphia or very close to each other. There is an Oliver Carson listed as sailing on the Ship Conestoga from Ireland to Philadelphia in 1818. He is 22 years old and a farmer. He lists his town as Aughnacloy, Ireland which is 11 miles from Dungannon where Thomas Carson has been recorded to be from (see Dungannon it is! post.) I'm wondering if Thomas could have been from Aughnacloy as well, but listed as being from Dungannon because it was the closest large town. Oliver never seems to have married and dies in the Almshouse in Philadelphia at the age of 74. Oliver was born about 1799 and Thomas about 1802. There are other Carsons to research for a possible relationship. I'm off to research a Robert Carson who attended the same church in Kensington as Thomas and family.

To Be Continued.................