Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Burgess (England)

In deciding which surnames to use, I have started with my direct ancestors, working through the surnames alphabetically.  I have two separate ancestors with the surname Burgess, so I will be setting up two separate posts.  Last week I looked at my first ancestor, Mary Ann Burgess.

This week I am looking at my second ancestor, Ann Burgess.

My ancestral line is

1 Lois Whimpey

2 Ivon Walter Whimpey 1923-2009
3 Edith Jean Marr 1922-1990

6 Wilfred Palmer Marr 1892-1955
7 Edith Meriden Docwra 1904-1948

14 Harry Docwra 1866-1934
15 Emily Alice Oliver 1877-1925

30 George Oliver 1846-1930
31 Elizabeth Ann Ball 1856-1909

62 William Edward Ball 1825-1893
63 Ann Slawson 1836-1878

126 George Slawson
127 Elizabeth Skempton

352 John Slawson
353 Ann Burgess Ann was born about 1775, probably in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.  A baptism record has not yet been found, so it is not yet known who her parents were.  Spelling variations of the surname include Burges, Burgis and Burgiss.

Ann married John Slawson on 6 July 1796 at Stanion, Northamptonshire, England.  I have found baptisms for seven children:

  1. Joseph Slawson christened 27 November 1800 at Brigstock, Northamtonshire, England
  2. John Slawson christened 27 August 1802 at Brigstock, died 24 December 1802.
  3. John Slawson christened 18 Jun 1804 at Brigstock.
  4. Thomas Gray Slawson christened 31 August 1806 at Brigstock.
  5. Charles Burgess Slawson christened 14 November 1807 at Brigstock.
  6. George Slawson christened 11 Mar 1810 at Brigstock.
  7. David Slawson christened 4 September 1811 at Brigstock.

It is possible that John and Ann also had a daughter.  There is a marriage of a Mary Ann Slawson in 1821 in Hackney, Middlesex to Joseph Godfree.  This Mary Ann was born about 1799, which would fall between the marriage date in 1796, and the birth of Joseph in 1800.  A Public Member tree at ancestry indicates that this Mary Ann was the daughter of John and Ann.  This seems probable, since John and Ann’s son George named one of his daughters Emma Godfree Slawson, and another son John named one of his sons Charles Godfree Slawson.  It would appear that George and John used their sister’s married name as a middle name for their children..

The 1841 England Census shows Ann Slawson (her surname was listed on the index as Hawton) age 65 living at Old Mansion Coney in Brigstock.  Ann was a baker.  Also in the household was David Slawson, age 25, baker.

Ann Slawson 1841 census
1841 census of England, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, folio 10, page 12, Ann Slawson (indexed as Hawton); digital images,, ( : accessed 25 Jul 2015); citing PRO HO 107/797/3.

On the 1851 England Census she was with her son Charles at 4 Globe Road, Bethnal Green in Middlesex.   The household continues over 2 pages.

Charles Slawson 1851 census
1851 census of England, Bethnal Green, Middlesex, folio 510, page 4, Charles Slawson age 45; digital images, Operations Inc, ( : accessed 25 Jul 2015); citing PRO HO 107/1540.
Ann Slawson 1851 census
1851 census of England, Bethnal Green, Middlesex, folio 510, page 5, Ann Slawson age 66; digital images, Operations Inc, ( : accessed 25 Jul 2015); citing PRO HO 107/1540.

Ann was buried 16 September Brigstock, Northampontshire.

Ann Slawson burial, “Northamptonshire, England, Burials, 1813-1912,” database and images, ( : accessed 25 Jul 2015); Ann Slawson burial 16 Sep 1852 at Brigstock, age 77; Original data: Northamptonshire Anglican Parish Registers and Bishop’s Transcripts. Textual records. Northamptonshire Record Office, Northampton, England.