Walker Ellison’s Grave in Baildon, Yorkshire UPDATE

Walker Ellison was buried in the churchyard at St. John’s Parish Church in Baildon, Yorkshire on April 2, 1841.


His gravestone is a table top tomb and it is located near the church:  “From the church porch, a path ( made out of headstones) leads to a gap in a hedge. If you go through this gap you enter a small section of the  graveyard . To the left  of the entrance is a              row of table tombs- ie horizontal headstones  supported by stone on the two short sides. The gravestone is about the third such stone from the entrance.” Michael Lawson.

Mike Lawson is a volunteer at St. John’s and he and his colleagues have cleared away this area of the churchyard where Walker is buried. He generously met us at the church and showed us around. Thank you, Mike.

Mike also provided me with the inscription on Walker’s gravestone. It was nearly impossible to take a photo to make the inscription legible.

‘Sacred to the memory of Walker Ellison of Baildon died March 31st 1841 in the 23rd year of  his age. Also of Jeremiah Thomas , brother of the above November 24th 1844 aged 19 years. Both the sons of the late Mr Benjamin Ellison of Burnsall, formerly of Birkenshaw. Also of Peter, infant son of William and Elizabeth Ellison who died September 9th,1850.’

Note that Walker’s brother Jeremiah Thomas Ellison is buried with him. And also his nephew, son of William Ellison.


Walker Ellison Grave

St John Churchyard 4St John Churchyard 5

St John Churchyard 3

St John Churchyard 6
The legs of Walker’s table tombstone.
St John Churchyard 7
This is the view of the church from Walker’s grave.
St John Churchyard 8
The churchyard closest to the church. Note that tombstones were lain flat to create a walking path, in the 1970s.

Much of the churchyard is overgrown and largely inaccessible. Mike had access to a pamphlet of all the inscriptions in the graveyard as it is impossible to find someone in certain sections. I did have him check for Margaret Ellison’s parents, Francis and Sarah Cooper, who are also buried here but they do not have a stone marker. Mike explained that whomever buried Walker spent a great deal of money doing so, including the cost of bringing his body to Baildon from Easingwold, where he died. About 35 miles away. Many people, like Francis and Sarah Cooper, simply did not have the money to purchase a stone marker.

St John Churchyard 1St John Churchyard 2St John Churchyard 9St John Churchyard 10

I am fairly certain I am the first descendant of Walker’s to visit his grave since his widow and two children left for America in 1848. My great-grandmother tried to find it in the 70s when she visited England and thought he’d been buried in Easingwold.  Walker was only 23 when he died.


Walker Ellison ~ Benjamin Walker Ellison~ William Arthur Ellison ~ Harold Delmont Ellison ~ James Arthur Ellison ~ my mother ~ myself






Christopher Townsend Family of Hanover, Jackson Co, MI

I am trying to prove my theory that Christopher Townsend of Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan was the third child, second son of Darius Townsend and Abigail Paddock of Conquest, Cayuga County, New York.

Christopher was born circa 1809 in New York. In October 1833, Darius sold part of his land in Conquest, Cayuga County to Christopher. He also sold most of the rest of his land to his known first born son William Townsend. In 1834, Darius died.

In 1836 Christopher married Maranda Cane (spelled many different ways).

In 1840, he is in Conquest, Cayuga County.

In 1850, he is in Camillus, Onondaga County, New York with his wife and children: Allen, Phebe A., Susan, Adeline and Mary.

In 1860, he is in Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan with his wife and children: Susan, Adeline, Mary, Henry, and Elizabeth. Henry is 8 and was born in Michigan, placing Christopher in Michigan circa 1852.

Christopher died in 1862 and is buried in Hanover Cemetery, Hanover, Jackson County, Michigan.

Maranda then married Michael Donovan but is also buried in Hanover Cemetery.

I have found the following death records for his children:

Phebe Ann Townsend married Walter S. Fowler


Susan Townsend married Mr. Hall


Allen C. Townsend was born 1836 in Conquest, Cayuga County, NY and he died 15 AUG 1876 in Bethel, Branch County, Michigan.

Mary L. Townsend was born in 1849 in New York, probably Onondaga County and died 31 JAN 1924 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. She married a Mr. Packard.

Can you help me determine for sure the parents of Christopher Townsend?

Rose Eleanor Sugden and Tristram Tasker of Leeds, Yorkshire

Rose Eleanor Sugden was the daughter of William and Mary E. Sugden. She was born in Hull, Yorkshire in 1857.  She married Tristram Tasker on 24 DEC 1876 at Holbeck Church in Leeds. Tristram was listed as a leather dresser and Rose as a spinster. Note that Tristram’s father Thomas Tasker was a plumber and Rose’s father William Sugden was a soldier.


In 1861 Rose Eleanor was living with her widowed mother Mary E. Sugden at 23 B? Banack St in Leeds. She had two sisters, Susannah aged 10 and Elizabeth aged 2.  Susannah was born in Ireland as was her mother Mary E.


In 1871, Rose was still living with her mother on a different street in Leeds. There is a grandchild in the house, named Mary H. Wood, aged 3 months. I am guessing this girl was Rose’s daughter, but she may have been her sister’s Susannah. Susannah is a servant at the Leeds General Infirmary in 1871 and is not married. Elizabeth died in 1862.


In 1881, Tristram and Rose are living at 9 Rhodes Square in Leeds. He is a leather dresser and the following children are living there: Violetta, aged 6, Tristram’s Step-daughter; Frances E., aged 3, his daughter; Eliza J., aged 1, his daughter; Mary E., aged 53, his mother-in-law who is a laundress and who was born in Ireland.



In 1891, Tristram and Rose are living at 4 Proctor Terrace in Leeds. He is a leather dresser and the children are: Violetta 16, Frances 13, Eliza Jane 11, Edith 9, John Tristram 3, and Eleanor Gertrude 4 months.


In 1901, Tristram and Rose had moved to 7 Stonegate where they would live the rest of their lives. The children are: Eliza J 21, Edith 18, John T. 12, Eleanor G 10, Frederick L. 7, and Rose E. 3 months. Tristram is a tanner.


In 1908, Tristram Tasker was listed as a foreman and living at 7 Stonegate off Buslingthorpe Lane in Leeds.


Tristram Tasker was buried on 7 JAN 1911 at the age of 54 and his residence was listed as 7 Stonegate, Woodhouse, Leeds.


He was the son of Thomas and Frances Tasker and born around 1857. He was baptized in 1859 as was his sister Elizabeth.


In 1911, Rose was a widow and living at the Stonegate residence. One can only assume that they owned this dwelling of 5 rooms. Living with her are her children: Frederick Lewis 17, Eleanor Gertrude 20, Rose Eleanor 10, Frances E Ingham 33 and her two children. Frances was a visitor to England at the time and one of her children had been born in Winnipeg, Canada. This is the year John Tristram immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. Rose reported that she had 9 children and 8 were living in 1911.


I think her nine children were; Mary H. Wood, Violetta, Frances E., Eliza Jane, Edith, John T., Eleanor Gertrude, Frederick Lewis, Rose Eleanor. I believe Mary must’ve died as a child.

Rose Eleanor Sugden Tasker was buried on 22 March 1933 and was listed as living at 7 Stonegate in Woodhouse.


Baines Family of Lancashire, England

Below is the 1901 England Census with the Henry Baines family. Henry et al are living in Preston, Preston, Lancashire. Daughter-in-law, Eleanor, aged 23, is also living with Henry, his wife Margaret, son Thomas and daughter Mary. Henry is a joiner.


Below is the 1911 England Census. Henry is a widower and is living near his son John and his family. They are living at Old Hall, bow hill, Grimsargh, North Preston Lanes. Henry was a small poultry farmer and living also on the old age pension and John is a general laborer at the water works. His wife Ann (Moon) and six children: Martha Ann, Henry, George, Mary Ellen, John Gerrard and Agnes Jane are also living there.


Below is the 1930 U.S. Census for the John Baines family, now living in Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire. John arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1912 and headed to Lisbon by 1920. His children: Henry, George, John and Agnes are living with him and his wife, Ann. John is a farmer.


On 16 May 1942, John Baines passed away in Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire:


Samuel Delmont Ellison & Family

Samuel Delmont Ellison was the oldest son of Benjamin Walker Ellison and Mary Alice (Cutler), born on 1 JUN 1866 in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan. According to United States IRS Tax Assessment records, the Benjamin Ellison family lived in Eureka and Greenville from Dec. 1865. In 1870, the family was living in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1874, they moved to Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. Samuel’s father was a maltster and a farmer and was debilitated by the after effects of having contracted malaria during his service to the Union.

On 22 JUL 1891, Samuel married Caroline Seegmiller, the daughter of Henry and Mary A. Seegmiller. Caroline was born 11 OCT 1870 in Ontario, Canada and with her family, immigrated to Grand Traverse County, Michigan about 1884.

Caroline and Samuel had two children. Russell Henry Ellison born 17 NOV 1895 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Glyndon Walker Ellison born 28 NOV 1897 also in Grand Rapids. By 1900, Caroline was living in the Traverse City State Hospital (also known as Northern Michigan Asylum), Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Traverse City State Hospital

In 1900, Samuel and his sons were without a wife and mother. Samuel lived in Eau Claire city, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His oldest son, Russell was living with his maternal grandparents Henry and Mary Seegmiller in Paradise, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Glyndon was living with his paternal grandparents Benjamin and Mary A Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

But in 1903 the boys had joined their father in Eau Claire and attended school there.

In 1910, Samuel lived with his parents, Benjamin and Mary Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. His sons, Russell and Glyndon were not living with the family. Samuel helped care for his now almost entirely disabled father.

On 10 JUN 1913 in Charlevoix County, Michigan, Samuel applied for a marriage license to Tena Watkins, a 42 year old divorcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The application was denied and the marriage did not take place. On the 1910 and 1920 Census, Caroline Ellison continued to be listed as a married woman and a resident of the Insane Asylum.

In 1920, Samuel was living in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas.

Insane Asylum Austin Texas

On 23 JAN 1921, Samuel died in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas. No one claimed his body and he was buried in the Austin Texas Asylum Cemetery.

In 1922, Russell’s first wife, Harriet, died in El Paso, Texas.


On 21 SEP 1927, Caroline died in the Northern Michigan Asylum in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Caroline Seegmiller Birth Record
Samuel Ellison 1910 US Census
Tena Watkins 1910 US Census


Samuel D Ellison 1900 US Census
SD Ellison Application for Marriage to Tena Watkins
SD Ellison & Caroline Seegmiller Marr. Rec.
SD Ellison Death Record


Caroline Ellison on 1910 US Census

John Ralston Jr. Grave and Will

John Ralston Jr was married to Nancy Agnes McClane and went to Iowa in 1853. His son Millen married Eliza Sinkey and they are the parents of William Alfred Ralston, my great-grandfather.

John Ralston Jr was born 23 APR 1807 in Brady Twp, Butler County, PA. He died 27 JAN 1873 in Jackson County, Iowa and is buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Jackson Co, Iowa.