Re: CATON family of ESSEX, England
I thought I'd let you know what I have now discovered about your Caton family. I have found baptism details of several children who pre-date Frederick's birth:
Mary Ann - 6th March 1853
Thomas William - 2nd April 1854 (shown as Robert William Caton in Bishop's Transcripts)
Helen (possible Ellen) - 25th August 1856
William - 5th September 1858
John - 15th September 1860
These were all recorded at St.John the Baptist's Thaxted. The occupation of their father, John Caton, is variously given as Corn Dealer or Farm Foreman.
As I now know that this John Caton married Catherine Ward, it becomes 99.9% certain that his parents were William Caton and Elizabeth (Unwin?), who are a branch of my own Caton ancestry. The only other John Caton from Thaxted who was born around that time was a son of Henry Caton and married Lizzie Coote. John Caton and Catherine Ward were married in the March quarter of 1850 in the district of Islington.
The family is shown in the 1861 Census as:
CATON JOHN 371119 4 THX ESS THAXTED
CATON CATHERINE 361119 4 THX OXF HENLEY-ON-THAMES
CATON MARY A 101119 4 THX ESS THAXTED
CATON WILLIAM 31119 4 THX ESS THAXTED
I can only presume from the absence of Thomas/Robert William Caton, his brother John and sister Helen/Ellen that they had both died prior to this census. I have found a death record for both a Thomas and an Ellen Caton (same page entry for both) at Dunmow in the September quarter of 1856, so this could have been them.
I have just discovered that Frederick Caton married Mary Ann Venables in the Edmonton district in the September quarter of 1883. I have also found the following birth records in the Edmonton district:
Nelly Caton - March 1884
Frederick Richard Caton - June 1890
Arthur Henry Caton - June 1896
Lilian May Caton - June 1898
Grace Jessie Caton - December 1900
Edith Eveline Caton - June 1903
There are several likely William Catons with dates of March 1883, September 1891 and June 1899. I haven't yet found any likely entry for an Alice Caton in that area.
Do let me know if you'd like a copy of the Caton tree showing the various other branches connected with that of John Caton.