Here is what I found on the BORTON line from Aynho, England. Ted Humphris grew up in Aynho and was the gardener there.
Wonder if there is more information on the BORTON family in Adderbury? How does Fred BORTON connect to John BORTON? Does anyone have this line traced back to John?
From â€œApricot Village: Further reminiscences of the Aynho gardenerâ€ by Ted Humphris and Doris Palmer; first published in Great Britain by Pelham Books, London, 1987.
It was in 1977 that I received a particularly interesting letter which came from Mrs. Helen Borton Ott. This American lady told me that she had been Miss Borton and that her family had originated in Aynho. I traced that she was of the same family as old Fred Borton, the village carrier of my childhood. John Borton son of William and Elizabeth Borton had been baptised in St. Michaels Church, Aynho, on 25 January 1634. John married a girl from the neighbouring village of Croton (now Croughton) and had become a Quaker. John and his wife were the only known Borton Quakers and attended the Quaker Meeting House in the nearby village of Adderbury. You will remember, St. Michaels was, and still is, the only place of worship in Aynho.
John Borton was sent to prison for his Quaker beliefs, the Quakers being sadly persecuted by the Church of England. His imprisonment began in 1660, I do not know how this lasted but in 1679 he was forced to leave this country to start a new life in New Jersey, U.S.A. where he died in 1687, his wife, Anne, died a year later.
Mrs. Borton Ott sent me many copies of papers dealing with the family, one, of very great interest, quoted the fact that the Borton family has a great claim to fame being
listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having the largest family tree. This tree is painted on a canvas measuring fifteen feet by eighteen feet and weighs ten pounds. It
lists the family since 1562 and contains no less than 6,820 names. At least, that was the score when that particular article was written, but that was in the Quaker Weekly Journal of 14 January 1977. No doubt there are more names now. Of course, this does not mean that this is the largest family in the world, or even that it can trace back further that anyone else, merely that it was the largest listing at that time.
A book sent to me by Mrs. Ott contains a chapter on 150 years of Bortons in Canada. This tells of William Borton and his wife Sarah Baldwin, both of Aynho whose sons Henry and Edmund emigrated from Aynho to settle in Canada under a scheme which was supported by the Cartwrights and which ran from 1829 to 1847.
Of course, many of the Cartwright family had also emigrated to Canada and there is a story of an encounter which I think is interesting. E. R. Cartwright C. B. E. in his book A Late Summer states that he arrived at the Eighth Corps Headquarters at Chateau la Lovie (during the First World War) and was taken to meet the General saying â€˜General
Cartwright, I have brought our new officer, Captain Cartwright, to meet youâ€™. The young officer apparently made his very best salute but the General rose with outstretched had and with a smile said â€œMy noble namesakeâ€™. This was the name by which the General called Mr. Cartwright during the whole time they worked together. General Cartwright was one of the Canadian branch of the family.
There were other letters, some just complimentary, some asking for advice, some telling of ties with Aynho or other local villages. All these letters gave me enormous
pleasure and those from Mrs. Ott with their wide-ranging subjects were of particular interest, especially as I know members of her family.