Baxendale Summary

Richard Baxendale married Mary Braidwood, one of the daughters of John Braidwood who came down from Scotland to Liverpool and established himself as a butcher at St Martin’s Market. The Baxendale family, like so many others, did not have the benefit of a comfortable lifestyle, but they were typical of poorer families who, somehow or other, educated themselves and their children and managed to rise above the desperate poverty of the houses and streets that surrounded them. Like the Braidwoods, the Baxendales must have had a head start. Sometimes it seems that literacy was more common in the earlier generations, only the crippling hours of work and poverty of the next generations making education unattainable. The Baxendale grandparents who brought up their grandchildren were either able to read and write or were able to afford some education for the children in their charge, perhaps a Sunday School education or a day school or encouragement, financial or otherwise, for the children to take up evening classes. Evening classes were a common means of training to be a bookkeeper or commercial clerk.

The Braidwoods and the Baxendales were a good match, the two families were able to work consistently, to educate their own children and to live modestly but comfortably. When Mary Braidwood  married Richard Baxendale in 1868 Richard was a butcher, working close to John Braidwood in Currie Street, their connection continued until John Braidwood died in 1869; after that date Richard was listed as a warehouseman.

Mary Baxendale, née Braidwood and her sister Janet Braidwood, who married William Salthouse, always kept in touch. Mum recognised the Baxendale name immediately because her father and aunt Janet often referred to the Baxendales. There are photographs showing these two sisters together at a family event and a postcard to Mary Baxendale to say that Janet Salthouse, who had been visiting Mary, had returned home safely.

Just as Mary and Richard dmBaxendale were able to leave Currie Street and move to Walton Lane, Liverpool, their sons may well have moved up a step from their father’s employment as a warehousemen. Their parents’ investment in their education paid off and the sons became bookkeepers, accounts clerk and marine insurance broker’s clerk, good positions for young men in the opening years of the 20th century, when Liverpool’s docks were at their busiest.

Lineage of connected family

  • (4 x) Grandfather of Richard Baxendale – Richard Baxendale
  • (3 x)  Father of Richard Baxendale – not sure
  • 2 x Great aunt – Mary Braidwood married Richard Baxendale
  • Grandfather – James Thomas Salthouse
  • Mother – Barbara Salthouse
  • Self – Hilary Belton

The Baxendale family is connected to the Braidwood family by marriage. Janet Braidwood’s sister, Mary, married Richard Baxendale. Mary Baxendale stayed close to her sister Janet Braidwood and her family but there is very little information about the family at the moment.

Baxendale Family Tree

A bare bones tree, a lot to be researched.

  • Richard Baxendale of Leyland married Anne of Stalmine (possibly the grandfather)
    • Mary Baxendale of Rawcliffe 1826 married John Bullen in 1854 at Liverpool, St Peter
      • William Bullen of Liverpool 1859
      • Thomas Bullen of Liverpool 1860
      • Matthew Bullen of Liverpool 1862
      • Jane Bullen of Liverpool 1864
      • Mary A Bullen of Liverpool 1865 married James Elias
      • John Bullen of Liverpool 1867
      • Thomas Bullen of Liverpool 1870
    • Richard Baxendale of Fleetwood 1826-1848 married Mary Braidwood of Liverpool 1849-1919 in 1868
      • Johnn Braidwood Baxendale 1869 married Elizabeth Jane Watson
      • Henry Baxendale 1871 married Mary Charlotte Nettle
      • Mary Baxendale 1873 married John Herbert Wright
      • Annie Baxendale 1875 married David Owen Coutts
      • William Baxendale 1878
      • Thomas Braidwood (or Bullen) Baxendale 1880

Please remember that the information on this website is only accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief. If any of the information is relevant to your own research, please double-check the sources.