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The Two John Baigents of Oxford County, Ontario

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The Two John Baigents of Oxford County, Ontario

Posted: 13 Jan 2005 9:38AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Baigent, Everett, Tinsey, Gilbert
I am trying to sort out the exact relationships between the two John Baigents who were both born in 1819 in England and who lived close to each other in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada circa 1881.

"My" John Baigent arrived in the area by 1853, as he married Mary Elizabeth Everett that year in Brock District, Canada West. He was from England, but that is all my records thus far indicate, but I suspect he was from around Farnham Surrey.

In 1861, he and his family (including my gg grandmother) are found in North Oxford, their same location as 1871.

The 1871 census has some interesting information - the Baigents have two visitors, Reuben Tinsey 17 and William Baigent 19, the latter is not John's son as he had an 11-year-old by that name.

Reuben would end up marrying Lucy Tinsey in 1878 and they would end up in Bad Axe, Michigan.

But in 1881, ANOTHER John Baigent appears with his family in close proximity to "my" John Baigent (his family can be found in 1881 at LDS under "Bogent."). I have seen references to them here, as this John married Sarah Speight (sp?) and another woman before etc.

Further, the William Baigent who was visiting in 1871 now is living with the "other" John Baigent in 1881, and is listed as being married, though his wife is not seemingly there.

Farnham. I believe "my" John Baigent has some sort of Farnham link because of the Tinseys. Rebeun Tinsey was from Farnham, and his parents and younger brother who appear together in 1871 at Farnham are in Oxford County in 1881. Further, their immediate next-door neighbours in Farnham in 1871 were Joseph and Eliza Baigent. Other sources seem to say that Joseph was a brother of the "other" John Baigent.

"My" John Baigent died January 11 1882 in North Oxford, I have his Surrogate Court records as proof. The "other" JOhn Baigent died August 1887. They are both buried at St. John's Anglican Church, Thamesford, Ontario.

I've been in touch with Jim Baigent here and it seems that he is unaware of the Tinsey and Everett connections (John's wife was an Everett) but clearly my John Baigent and the other John Baigent are related, perhaps being first cousins.

I would greatly appreciate any more information that would shed any light on all this.

Jeremy Gilbert

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