Thanks for your email.Since I posted the original query I’ve done a bit more research, which started with a visit to the Public Records Office in London to look at the 1841 Census for Cholsey.This listed the following:
Place:The Common, Cholsey, Berks, England
Those present: Elijah Baldwin (alternative spelling for Elisha), age 55 Elizabeth Baldwin, age 55 Mary Ann Baldwin, age 20 George Baldwin, age 6 Charles Baldwin, age 6 months
You have to be careful with the 1841 census, children’s ages are correct but ages for adults were rounded down to the nearest five (don’t ask me why!).
This fits very nicely with the information you gave me.The dates you have are for their christenings, which took place at St Mary’s Church in Cholsey.Charles Baldwin is the “baseborn” son of Mary Ann Baldwin, he was born on 8 December 1840 (I have a copy of his birth certificate) and he was my great great grandfather.How did you find out the dates of death (I can now try to get death certificates!).
With this it was relatively easy to get a bit further back.Elisha Baldwin was born circa March 1783 and was christened at St Mary’s Church, Cholsey on 6 April 1783.I believe that that Elizabeth Baldwin was originally Elizabeth King and that she may have married Elisha Baldwin at Whitchurch, Oxford in 1808.This also fits well if Lydia Baldwin was their firstborn child.
Elisha had a brother, James, christened 3 Feb 1782 at St Marys, Cholsey.
Elisha’s parents are listed as William and Mary Baldwin.
I suspect that William Baldwin was born in October 1749 in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and that he married Mary Howard on 21 Jul 1770 at Great Kimble, Bucks.They had a son Jacob, born June 1771 in Aylesbury.Jacob later went on to marry Elizabeth Lay on 7 Nov 1796 at St Marys in Cholsey – they had a child (Mary) born 1805, also in Cholsey.If Jacob is a brother to Elisha and James then we can probably conclude that William and Mary Baldwin moved with their family from Aylesbury to Cholsey around 1777 – but I have no absolute proof!!However it would mean that all the Cholsey area Baldwins were related – something you suggested in an earlier email.Also I can find no record of any Baldwins in Cholsey before about 1780 – then suddenly there are lots.
If it is correct then again it is relatively easy to trace backwards – Williams father is Jacob Baldwin (born Aylesbury,1719, died Aylesbury 5 Feb 1769).Jacob Baldwin married Mary Ironmonger on 1Oct 1736 at Oving, Bucks.It is then possible to trace backwards through her mother’s side all the way to two couples who were married in 1577 and 1588 – still in Aylesbury – but this all depends on William (of Aylesbury)being Elisha’s father.
I assume we are related – through whom?Do you have any further information?