Priscilla Partridge

#95, b. 17 May 1807, d. 21 December 1890
  • Father: Mark Partridge b. b 1783
  • Mother: Charlotte Rudd b. 1780, d. 18 Feb 1852

Individual's Timeline

Birth17 May 1807Priscilla Partridge1
Christening18 May 1807Priscilla Partridge1
Marriage15 October 1828Priscilla Partridge2
Marriage28 January 1844Priscilla Partridge3,4
Death19 April 1849Jonathan Patterson5
Marriage of Daughter6 January 1850Louisa Eleanor Baxfield6
Death of Mother18 February 1852Charlotte Rudd
Marriage of DaughterMarch 1857Priscilla Charlotte Baxfield7
Marriage of Son23 December 1864George James Patterson8,9
Marriage of Daughter1884Mary Ann Baxfield
Death21 December 1890Priscilla Partridge7

Primary events

  • Birth: Priscilla Partridge was born on 17 May 1807 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.1
  • Christening: She was christened on 18 May 1807 in St Mary's, Elsing, Norfolk, England.1
  • MARR_NOT: She and Mark Partridge were not married, but were a couple. A Mark PARTRIDGE is noted as the young Priscilla's father in the parish register, but I am putting this down to an error in the register. Mark PARTRIDGE was the father of Priscilla PARTRIDGE, the child's unmarried mother.
  • Marriage: Priscilla Partridge married Henry Baxfield, son of Thomas Baxfield and Eleanor Quinton, on Wednesday, 15 October 1828 in Gorleston, Norfolk, England, when they were 21 years, 4 months and 28 days ~&~ 17 years, 4 months and 1 day old. Refer to research notes - others are still researching, trying to confirm/deny the groom's identity.2
  • Marriage: Priscilla Partridge married Jonathan Patterson, son of John Patterson and Amy Lock, on Sunday, 28 January 1844 in St Nicholas' Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, when they were 47 years, 5 months and 21 days ~&~ 36 years, 8 months and 11 days old. The ceremony was witnessed by Emma Patterson and James Burman. certificate reads - Jonathan PATTERSON full aged widower and Priscilla BEXFIELD full aged widow were married by banns. Matthew was a labourer and Priscilla worked in a factory. Jonathan's father was not listed, but Priscilla's was Mark PARTRIDGE, a sawyer. The witnesses were James BURMAN (unknown to me at this time) and Emma PATTERSON who was Jonathan's daughter. From the birth date of their first child it appears that Priscilla was in the early months of pregnancy when they married.3,4
  • (Widow) Death: In 1849, at the age of 41 years, 11 months and 2 days, Priscilla was left a widow by the death of Jonathan Patterson; Certificate reads Jonathan PATTERSON a coal heaver aged 52 died of cancer and haemorrhage. The death was witnessed by Frances SIMMONDS.5
  • Marriage of Daughter: Her child Louisa Eleanor Baxfield was married on 6 January 1850 in St Nicholas Church, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.6
  • Death of Mother: Her mother Charlotte Rudd died on 18 February 1852.
  • Marriage of Daughter: Her child Priscilla Charlotte Baxfield was married in March 1857 in Great Yarmouth, England.7
  • Marriage of Son: Her child George James Patterson was married on 23 December 1864 in Great Yarmouth, England.8,9
  • Marriage of Daughter: Her child Mary Ann Baxfield was married in 1884.
  • Death: Priscilla died on 21 December 1890 in Union, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, date based on burial date. Place indicates she was in the workhouse (Aged 83 years, 7 months and 4 days, worked back from recorded birth date).7
  • Burial: She was buried on 24 December 1890 in St Nicholas' Churchyard, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.10

Secondary circumstances

  • disability: Priscilla Partridge was noted as nearly blind in the 1851 census.
  • Occupation: Priscilla was said to be working in the factory, which in Yarmouth was the Silk factory, and most women were weavers.
  • Name Variation: She was also known as Priscilla Charlotte Partridge.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Baxfield.11
  • Note - illiterate: 1844 Priscilla was illiterate. She marked when she married.
  • Residence: In 1844 Priscilla and Jonathan lived in South End, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.4
  • Married Name: Her married name was Patterson.11
  • wit_to: On 13 December 1846, in Great Yarmouth, Priscilla witnessed a marraige between Henry BATTLEDOR and Mary Ann SIMMONDS.12

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: in 1844 the elder Priscilla married Jonathan PATTERSON. Jonathan died in 1849.
    * In 1857 Priscilla's daughter either illegitimate or from a previous marriage, Priscilla BAXFIELD, married Jonathan's son Christmas..
  • Research note 02: I have been unable to find Henry's death anywhere. It may be possible that Henry abandoned Priscilla, and she 'ignored' the first marriage when she married Jonathan. She was listed as a spinster, even though she was in fact a widow. Her surname was different to her father's on the certificate, so you would think that the parson would have been aware. My understanding is that, after a 7-year absence, for the purpose of remarriage, the missing spouse could be considered dead Therefore the remarriage of a partner would she them as widowed, not single.
    * I found what surely must be this Henry - not dead - on a ship in 1861. He was buried in Yarmouth in 1863. He died on board the schooner Janette Walls of Yarmouth on the German Ocean
    * There was another Henry BEXFIELD born in Yarmouth who was a candidate to have married Priscilla in 1828, but his burial is recorded in Yarmouth in 1809 aged 3.
    * I have found a marriage in 1837 between Henry BAXFIELD, a bachelor and Mary Ann OFFORD in Yarmouth 1837. Henry's father was Thomas
    * My conclusion is that either the Henry/Priscilla marriage that took place in 1828 was annulled (thereby reinstating the 'unmarried' status for both parties) or there was another Henry BAXFIELD (not born in Yarmouth) who married Priscilla in Gorleston and then died somewhere other than England before Priscilla's second marriage..
  • Research note 03: I am not convinced this is all correct. There are too many loose ends..

Family of Priscilla Partridge and Mark Partridge

Children of Priscilla Partridge and Henry Baxfield

Children of Priscilla Partridge and Jonathan Patterson


  1. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Elsing
    Church     St Mary
    DateOfBirth     17 May 1807
    BaptismDate     18 May 1807
    Forename     Priscilla
    Sex     F
    FatherForename     Mark
    MotherForename     Charlotte
    FatherSurname     PARTRIDGE
    MotherSurname     RUDD
    FileNumber     3812.
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI),
    groom's name: Henry Baxfield
    groom's birth date:
    groom's birthplace:
    groom's age:
    bride's name: Priscilla Partridge
    bride's birth date:
    bride's birthplace:
    bride's age:
    marriage date: 15 Oct 1828
    marriage place: Gorleston With Southtown,Suffolk,England
    groom's father's name:
    groom's mother's name:
    bride's father's name:
    bride's mother's name:
    groom's race:
    groom's marital status:
    groom's previous wife's name:
    bride's race:
    bride's marital status:
    bride's previous husband's name:
    indexing project (batch) number: M10483-1
    system origin: England-ODM
    source film number: 0952318-327, 0952979, 0952981-0952985
    reference number:
    Collection: "England, Marriages, 1538–1973 ," Priscilla Partridge, 1828.
  3. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, Name:      Jonathan Patterson
    Gender:      Male
    Spouse's Name:      Priscilla Bexfield
    Spouse's Father's Name:      Mark Partrage
    Marriage Date:      28 Jan 1844
    Marriage Place:      Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
  4. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     243
    MarriageDate     28 Jan 1844
    GroomForename     Jonathan
    GroomSurname     PATTERSON
    GroomCondition     Widower
    GroomOccupation     Labourer
    GroomAbode     South End
    BrideForename     Priscilla
    BrideSurname     BOXFIELD
    BrideCondition     Widow
    BrideOccupation     Works in Factory
    BrideAbode     South End
    GroomFatherForename     -
    GroomFatherSurname     -
    GroomFatherOccupation     -
    BrideFatherForename     Mark
    BrideFatherSurname     PARTRAGE
    BrideFatherOccupation     Sawyer
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     BURMAN
    WitnessTwoForename     Emma
    WitnessTwoSurname     PATTERSON
    Notes     Bride & groom sign X
    FileNumber     25356.
  5. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Name:      Jonathan Patterson
    Year of Registration:      1849
    Quarter of Registration:      Apr-May-Jun
    District:      Yarmouth (1837-1924)
    County:      Norfolk
    Volume:      13
    Page:      286.
  6. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     141
    MarriageDate     06 Jan 1850
    GroomForename     Charles
    GroomSurname     HOWARD
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Caulker
    GroomAbode     South End
    BrideForename     Louisa
    BrideSurname     BEXFIELD
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     South End
    GroomFatherForename     John
    GroomFatherSurname     HOWARD
    GroomFatherOccupation     Mariner
    BrideFatherForename     Henry
    BrideFatherSurname     BEXFIELD
    BrideFatherOccupation     Mariner
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     BURMAN
    WitnessTwoForename     Mary Ann
    WitnessTwoSurname     BEXFIELD
    Notes     She signs X
    FileNumber     22687.
  7. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online
  8. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD, Name:      George James Patterson
    Gender:      Male
    Birth Date:      abt 1843
    Age:      21
    Father's Name:      Jonathan Patterson
    Spouse's Name:      Emma Errington
    Spouse's Age:      22
    Spouse's Father's Name:      William Errington
    Marriage Date:      23 Dec 1864
    Marriage Place:      Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
  9. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St. Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     28
    MarriageDate     23 Dec 1864
    GroomForename     George James
    GroomSurname     PATTERSON
    GroomAge     21
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Sailor
    GroomAbode     Lancaster Rd.
    BrideForename     Emma
    BrideSurname     ERRINGTON
    BrideAge     22
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     Row
    GroomFatherForename     Jonathan
    GroomFatherSurname     PATTERSON
    GroomFatherOccupation     Maltster
    BrideFatherForename     William
    BrideFatherSurname     ERRINGTON
    BrideFatherOccupation     Bootmaker
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     SMITH
    WitnessTwoForename     Eliza
    WitnessTwoSurname     ERRINGTON
    Notes     Witness 1 signed by mark.
    FileNumber     24368.
  10. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Downloaded.
  11. BDM, British Isles Vital Record CD.
  12. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas
    RegisterNumber     354
    MarriageDate     13 Dec 1846
    GroomForename     Henry
    GroomSurname     BATTLEDOR
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Fisherman
    GroomAbode     South End
    BrideForename     Mary Ann
    BrideSurname     SIMMONDS
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     Jetty Road
    GroomFatherForename     William
    GroomFatherSurname     BATTLEDOR
    GroomFatherOccupation     Shoemaker
    BrideFatherForename     John
    BrideFatherSurname     SIMMONDS
    BrideFatherOccupation     Mariner
    WitnessOneForename     James
    WitnessOneSurname     BURMAN
    WitnessTwoForename     Priscilla
    WitnessTwoSurname     BAXFIELD
    Notes     He signs X
    FileNumber     22893.
  13. Census data as per CD, Yarmouth Workhouse

    Priscilla PATTERSON     W     73      F     Yarmouth
         Rel:     Inmate     Handicap: Blind
         Occ:     Silk Weaver.
  14. International Genealogical Index (IGI),
    name: Eliza Hannah Bexfield
    gender: Female
    baptism/christening date: 25 Oct 1836
    baptism/christening place: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    birth date:
    death date:
    name note:
    father's name: Henry Bexfield
    father's birthplace:
    father's age:
    mother's name: Priscilla
    mother's birthplace:
    mother's age:
    indexing project (batch) number: I02310-4
    system origin: England-EASy
    source film number: 1470903
    reference number: item 4
    Collection: "England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," Eliza Hannah Bexfield, 1836.
  15. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     St Nicholas Tr
    RegisterNumber     1560
    DateOfBirth     15 May 1849
    BaptismDate     10 Jun 1849
    Forename     Ellen Caroline
    Sex     -
    FatherForename     Jonathan
    MotherForename     Priscilla
    FatherSurname     PATTERSON
    FatherOccupation     Labourer
    FileNumber     8688.