The Baptism of Charles Edward Saxton

Charles Edward Saxton, son of George Saxton and Ada May Gibson, was baptized in the Methodist Church on the same day as his mother Ada May Saxton and his brother Thomas Clark Saxton.

Baptismal Record for Charles Edward Saxton

The Baptismal Record for Charles Edward Saxton

SOURCE: The Methodist Church Serving Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada. Baptismal Records. 1881. Charles Edward Saxton. FHL US/CAN Film 2027346 Item 3, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Baptismal Record for Charles Edward Saxton.  The record states:

Baptism:- C. E. Saxton

Charles Edward, son of George Saxton of the Parish of St. Armand West in the county of Missisquoi and province of Quebec and of Ada May Gibson his wife, was born on the fifth day of March Eighteen hundred and eighty-one and was baptized on the twenty-first day of March Eighteen hundred and eighty-one in the presence of the subscribing witnesses
by me
[Signed] J.E Richardson
M.M.

Witnesses:- [Signed] Adie May Saxton [Signed] Thomas Hightman

Since Thomas Clark Saxton was baptized only 16 days after birth, the date of birth provided in this record is probably fairly accurate.

In the 1851 and 1861 Canadian Census Records, Ada May’s grandparents were listed as Methodist.  In the 1861 Canadian Census Records, Ada May, her parents, her brother Willard, and her sisters Hannah and Emily are listed as having no religion.

The family of George and Ada May Saxton later joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  What was the religion of George Saxton before he emigrated from England?  When did the family join the LDS Church?

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4 Responses to The Baptism of Charles Edward Saxton

  1. Cindy Henry says:

    Though it does not refer to George’s religion prior to joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I did locate a possible sister named Margaret on a tree that was posted on Ancestry.com. Perhaps research into this relationship could provide a clue that would provide you with his prior religion. She married a Mr. George Fell of Lincolnshire. Their marriage record may be of assistance.

    http://trees.ancestry.com/owt/person.aspx?pid=52182933&st=1

  2. Hi Cindy,

    Thanks for the idea. I haven’t looked into English records much. I’ll have to study up on this area. I have three elective courses left in my program at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Perhaps I should take some courses on English records. I did find the marriage of Margaret Saxton and George Fell on http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ , but FreeBMD only provides an image of the index, not the actual record.

    Today, I managed to find George Saxton on the 1861 Census of England, enumerated with his parents Thomas and Ann Saxton, and with his brothers Thomas and Simeon, so that’s a start.

    You started me looking into the Census Records for this family and now you’ve convinced me to look into the English Marriage Records!

  3. Cindy Henry says:

    I can relate….one clue leads to another! I have had much success finding families religion by looking at the female children. Since the wedding is typically held at the church of the bride’s parents it could lead you to the correct denomination. Happy hunting!

  4. Jeanine Gee says:

    It’s been a while since you’ve asked this question, but according to my records, George Saxton was baptized in October 1879. I don’t know what religion he was in England, but he must have joined the LDS church after he immigrated to Canada because he was married in Quebec in 1975. His wife, Ada May, wasn’t baptized until 1892. Their son Charles Saxton wasn’t baptized during his lifetime, though he must have come out to Utah with his family, and died at a young age around 40. His wife wasn’t a member of the LDS church either, but their daughter, who was my husband’s great grandmother, was baptized at the age of 10 and her husband was baptized 3 years after their marriage.

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