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Hayton 'strays' in Canandaigua NY
Keith Hayton, Durham, UK
seems that many people researching their family pedigree come up against a
common difficulty, where an earlier generation has emigrated from the United
Kingdom to places such as the United States, Canada, Australia etc, in
identifying the precise link between the families in the different countries,
and finding exactly which member of the overall family emigrated.
DNA testing, I have discovered a relative living in the United States, Donald
David HAYTON; and have been able
to contact his daughter Sally CARRIER
(late HAYTON), living near Rochester NY.
My ancestors are known back for at least eight generations, with all
but the two most recent in the county of Cumbria UK, but a difficulty arises
because, although we can be certain from the DNA tests that we have a common
male line ancestor within five to ten generations, none of us know which
member of the HAYTON family it is that went to America, and searches so far
have drawn a blank.
However, these searches have identified instead a link between HAYTONs
in England and America that may be of interest to people in Ontario County NY.
already know that there are relatively larger numbers of HAYTONs in both
Cumbria UK and East Yorkshire UK, when compared to the proportion elsewhere in
England, and that this distribution was even more marked in the 19th
century, and probably before that.
Each of these two counties also has a village (two villages in Cumbria)
named HAYTON, and it is possible that the surname derives from the place name
in each case.
However, we know of no connection between the HAYTONs in Cumbria and
the HAYTONs in East Yorkshire.
CARRIER has information that in the 19th century there were at
least two HAYTON families in Canandaigua.
There was John HAYTON (senior) born Storewood, England; his wife Mary,
born Castlehyde, Ireland; and their children William Blossom;
Mary Jane; John; and
Johana; all born in Canandaigua, NY.
John senior died in 1858 age 40, so must have been born about 1818.
There was also Joseph HAYTON (senior) born England; his first wife
Eliza, born New York state; and their children Joseph; Mary; and Eliza; all
born in New York state.
with the information obtained by Sally CARRIER, there is a photograph (shown
here) which has a note on the back indicating that it is of John HAYTON of
Canandaigua, formerly of Cumberland county, England.
However, the photograph is of a young man, possibly aged in his late
twenties, which, if of the John HAYTON senior mentioned above, would need to
have been taken in about 1846.
But this would be five years before the photographic process of fixing
images like this to paper was invented in 1851, and around twenty years before
it became commonplace and readily affordable for the average man!
the photograph must be of a later John HAYTON.
It cannot be of John senior's son, because that John HAYTON is recorded
at the Canandaigua cemetery as having died at the battle of Fair Oaks,
Virginia, on 31 May 1862, at the age of 19 years.
We think that the man bears visual similarities to Sally's father and
earlier generations of his family, but cannot be sure that he is a direct
So who is the photograph of?
now to the origins of John HAYTON and Joseph HAYTON, living in Canandaigua in
the 1840s and 1850s.
In his Will, William Blossom HAYTON, the eldest son of John HAYTON
senior, left money to his cousins Joseph HAYTON, Mary TODD, and Elizabeth
ASHTON, who appear to be the children of Joseph HAYTON senior.
Consequently, William's father must have been the brother of Joseph's
father. Joseph's father (Joseph senior) is recorded as being age 35 on
the 1850 US census; age 44 on the 1860 US census, and age 44 at his death on
19 Aug 1861. These imply Joseph senior was born around 1815, although
the ages stated cannot all be exact.
try and identify the brothers John and Joseph, a search of the International
Genealogical Index (IGI) on the Mormon Family Search website for a list of all
Joseph HAYTONs in England (there are none in Scotland or Wales) born between
1810 and 1820 came up with nine. After trying to identify what happened
to each of them, six of these could be accounted for in England, leaving just
three who could have gone to America.
these, Joseph HAYTON baptised at Wigton, Cumberland on 11 Nov 1812 had a
brother John, but this John is known to have remained in England; and the
Joseph HAYTON baptised at Heversham, Westmorland on 29 Oct 1820 seems too
young to be really likely.
The other possible Joseph HAYTON, baptised at Thornton by Pocklington,
Yorkshire on 2 Nov 1815 is also the only one that was baptised within a year
of the implied year of birth for Joseph, from the ages stated for Joseph's
death and age at US censuses in 1850 and 1860.
have searched for a brother John for Joseph, and find that there is one,
baptised 23 Jan 1818 at Thornton by Pocklington, Yorkshire - he is also not
accounted for in England after 1818, so could have gone to America. The
John HAYTON that died in Canandaigua in 1858 was aged 40, so would have been
born about 1818, and so it seems quite likely that we have the Canandaigua
brothers John and Joseph - they were baptised in Thornton by Pocklington,
Yorkshire in 1818 and 1815 respectively. Their parents were John HAYTON
and Mary ELSWORTH, married at Thornton by Pocklington on 4 Jun 1811.
They also had (at least) four other children; Jane baptised 13 Jan 1813;
Mary baptised 5 Jul 1821 and Thomas baptised 24 Aug 1824, all at Thornton by
Pocklington; and another Mary (the first presumably must have died) baptised
25 Jan 1829 at Allerthorpe by Pocklington (Allerthorpe is the next village to
have not been able to find from IGI a marriage for any of the three other
surviving children in Yorkshire. The possibility that Thomas went to
America with his brothers cannot be ruled out, although assuming that elder
brothers John and Joseph had gone to America before 1838 (known because each
of their eldest sons were born in America about 1839), Thomas would have been
only age 13 or 14 at the most.
is a small village located about 10 miles south east of the city of York, and
about three miles south west of the small town of Pocklington. Nowadays,
both Thornton and Allerthorpe have dropped the "by Pocklington" bit
of their place names used in 19th century records. Thornton
is also only four miles from the village of Hayton in East Yorkshire.
to the stated place of birth for John of Storewood, England, I have searched
lists of all the place names in England, which goes right down to individual
farms in some cases, and there is no town or village called Storewood anywhere
in England. There is a Stonewood in Kent, but that seems very unlikely,
because there were no Joseph HAYTONs in Kent in the 18th and 19th centuries.
There is a Storewood Farm in Shropshire, but again that seems unlikely to be
recorded as a place of birth. Of more promise is a place in the parish
of Thornton by Pocklington recorded in the 1841 UK census as "Stourwood
or Storthwaite", and since this is where John HAYTON and Mary (late
ELSWORTH) are living with their two younger children, Mary (age 14) and
William (age 15), it seems virtually certain that we have the right family.
I have not been able to find a baptism on IGI for son William. Nor have
I been able to locate Stourwood or Storthwaite on a modern map, although it
could have disappeared with the enlargement of farms that has taken place
since the 19th century.
have also found John HAYTON and Mary (late ELSWORTH), both age 63, living in
the village of Storthwaite in the 1851 UK census. John is described as a
carrier by occupation, born at Wheldrake, Yorkshire; and Mary is listed as
born at Storwood, Yorkshire.
it would seem almost certain that the two brothers John and Joseph HAYTON,
living in Canandaigua NY in the 1840s and 1850s, came from the parish of
Thornton by Pocklington, Yorkshire UK.
But the identity of the man in the photograph remains a mystery so far.
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