Descendants of William AYTON and Mary WACEY
NB. although my AYTON ancestors married a RUDD, there seems no relation to Australia's Prime Minister Kevin RUDD who also descended from a few convicts - see PM Kevin Rudd's ancestry.
also I am not related to descendents of convict Richard George AYTON who can be found here.
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Syderstone and Itteringham - the main towns in Norfolk, England where the Tasmanian Ayton's came from.
William AYTON was born in Norfolk, England and married Mary WACEY on 16th May 1775 at South Creake, Docking, Norfolk.
my mother had recorded William's DOB as 1st May 1763 in Norfolk but I cannot find a source for this information and it does not seem to fit with his marrital record - thank you Ian Hall for the correction. My mother thought perhaps William Oughton b. 1/5/1763 of West Acre, NFK, son of William and Mary, was this William Ayton - seems unlikely.
Mary WACEY was born 2nd June 1754 in South Creake and died in Syderstone, Norfolk on 24th Nov. 1797. Her parents were Thos WACEY and Elizabeth CHAMBERS.
There is record of a William Ayton marrying a Jane FREEZER in Syderstone Parish Church on 17th April 1798 and who died shortly after in Nov. 1798, so it could well be that he re-married. (thanks to Lesley Day for the info)
John AYTON (my great, great, great grandfather) was born 10th July 1785 in Syderstone, Norfolk and married Anne BARNES on 16th June 1806
I have no further information on my great, great, great grandmother Anne BARNES.
William AYTON (1807-87) (my great, great grandfather) was born, and died in Syderstone, Norfolk, England
Mary WELLS (my great, great, grandmother) was born in Tattersett, Norfolk, England in 1808, married William AYTON there on 15th Feb 1835 and died in Syderstone, Norfolk - presumably 1 month after her husband as there is a burial record of a Mary AYTON April 24th 1887 aged 78yrs immediately following the record of William AYTON on 28th March1887 in Syderstone.
Convict deportation to Australia in 1837:
my great grandfather's uncle, Edward AYTON was convicted and transported to Australia on the Blenheim. This transportation resulted in the subsequent assisted immigration of his nephews, nieces and two daughters.
Assisted emigration to Australia in 1857:
Robert AYTON, son of Thomas and Mary AYTON, and cousin of my great grandfather, came to Australia as part of the assisted immigration scheme in 1857 arriving on the Southern Eagle.
Assisted emigration to Australia in 1862:
Robert AYTON (my great, grandfather) at 22 came to Victoria on the "Solway" and to Tasmania on the "Black Swan" in 1862 with his cousin Edward Ayton aged 23 and cousin Mary Ann AYTON who had married John MITCHELL. Robert married Maryanne Blackwood LANE in 1868 who bore to him 10 children. His sudden death in 1886 required an inquest, as he was found dead in Mr Butterfield's paddock, Cressy Rd. - finding of the inquest -the visitation of God. His obituary stated he was a steady industrious man. His last child Eda was born and died 1886, the year her father died.
Maryanne Blackwood LANE (my great, grandmother) was born in Wreningham, Norwich, England on 28th Aug. 1843 to parents Robert LANE (1826-1904) and Susan BLACKWOOD (1825-1908). She emigrated to Tasmania with her parents and siblings.
Robert LANE, his wife Susannah and 6 children came to Australia on the "Shomberg" 1855 "Aus in 60 days, with or without God's help". In a calm at Petersborough, Victoria along the infamous "shipwreck coast", it disintegrated on rocks, all had to be rescued. They were taken to Melbourne and to Tasmania on the "Ladybird" early 1856. Robert settled in Longford, where he and Susannah reared 11 children.
Susan BLACKWOOD was born 1825 in Lower Westwick, Norwich, England and died in Longford, Tasmania. Her parents were James BLACKWOOD (1800-54) of Hethel, Norwich who married Jane RINGWOOD (b. 1796).
Ernest Robert AYTON (my grandfather) was born in Longford, Tasmania where he was apprenticed as a blacksmith to Sir Walter Lee who later visited him at his work in Sunshine, Victoria as a blacksmith for H.V. McKay - the company that invented the Sunshine Harvester and founded the suburb of Sunshine. 35 years as a blacksmith at H.V.McKay resulted in blindness due to cataracts which impacted much of his later life.
see also my pictorial ancestry tree
Brief descendants of William AYTON and Mary WACEY of Syderstone, Norfolk, England:
*** there is some debate that the Robert AYTON who married Harriett RUDD may not be the son of Thomas AYTON who married Mary Hammond, but the available facts show:
If anyone has old photos of any of these people, I would love to see them, just email me.
Relations & highly likely possible relationships:
Bob Ayton - a cousin
the Ayton's of Norfolk, England:
Other Ayton's to emigrate to Australia but not necessarily directly related:
leaving the NSW colony in 1822 on the Emerald - see here
Captain AYTON - whaler in 1828
Robert Simpson AYTON
Denman James AYTON (1850-1929) m. 1876 Louise GOSPER, died Boggabri, NSW
Thomas Herbert AYTON (information supplied by Carol Drayson, ACT) - now was he an emigrant or a descendant of one?
m. Margaret Mary FERGUSON
Herbert William AYTON (1864-1924)
m. Sarah SLATTERY
Herbert William AYTON (1886-1952)
m. Florence Amy May GRANT
Alfreda "Freda" Ella Florence AYTON (1907-1998)
m. Ernest QUINLAN
Bruce Ernest QUINLAN (1929-1992)
Barbara May QUINLAN (1932-1994)
Shirley Fay QUINLAN (1934-)
Herbert Fraser "Grant" AYTON (1909-1980)
m. Elaine DRAYSON
Ronald Zions Ferguson AYTON (1916-1994)
m. Annie "Nancy" WICKENDEN
Norman Percival AYTON (1888-1946)
m. Maude JOHNSON
Patrick AYTON (1925-)
Frederick Leslie AYTON (1893-1949)
Florence May AYTON (1901-1999)
Frederick William AYTON (1907-1942)
m. Annie Pauline FINNIE
Beryl Pauline AYTON (1932-)
William Robert AYTON (1936-)
Aytons who came to Tasmania in the early 1800’s were:
Richard "George" AYTON (1823-1886), a convict from London who settled in Longford becoming a brewer and farmer.
William Pooley AYTON (1831-1885) b.
London, lived at Hobart and died at his residence
a James Ayton married a Rachel Pooley in England c1836 so may be a connection - see here
m. Susan Anne CONNOR (c1840-) in 1860 in Hobart
Florence Rose AYTON b. 1860/1861 in Franklin, Tas. - but seems erroneously documented as Massachusetts see here
m. Thomas Chute ELLIS in 1893 in Tas. see here
Amy Estelle AYTON (1863-) b. Hobart. see here
Alfred James AYTON (1861-)
Lillian Jessie AYTON (1869-)
m. Richard Charles FIELD in 1892 in Hobart. see here
Emily Frances Rebecca AYTON (1870-1886) see here
Beatrice Isabel AYTON (1872-) see here
Myra Beverley AYTON (1874-) b. Hobart; see here
Minna Gertrude AYTON (1876-) b. Launceston
Raymond John AYTON (1881-) b. Launceston, lived in Westbury.
William AYTON, single, was transported to NSW in 1836 on the Bengal Merchant – 7yr sentence for picking pockets. – a further sentence at Maitland – life. see here for account of his convictions.
William AYTON conducted a business, with
varying success in the Huon area – west of
Robert Melrose / Melsom AYTON came to
Robert AYTON (c1794-)
convicted of stealing wheat from William Hardy's farm in Wymondham, Norfolk and sentenced to 14yrs transportation in 1834 - see Norfolk Mercury, March 8th, 1834, P3 C3.
conviction record shows:
wife Elizabeth of native place Benwell, one child 6months old, 3 other children?
transported on the Bandaster ship to Tasmania in 1835
Peter AYTON (1782-1849)
from Wayn index cards, Archives Office of Tasmania:
was Chief District constable of New Town 1824/1826 & ? Keeper of government garden.
newspaper article relating his capture of bushrangers on Monday 17th April 1826
Pound Keeper of New Town 1927
1828 he sent to the Governor a memorial
for a grant of land for capturing bushrangers.
1839 was resident near O'Brien's Bridge?
presumably he had a daughter Hannah who took over his publican licence for the Waggon and Horses, New Town in 1849 on his death - see here
Rebecca AYTON (1789-1871) b. England, d. Hobart see here
John AYTON who was born c1826 in
m. Eliza Ann REDFORD, m. 9.7.1859
marriage notice in Launceston Examiner 14/7/1859:
AYTON, John, Mr, e/sn of Mr John Ayton of Saxmundham, Suffolk, Eng, & e/nephew of the lt Garnham BLAXALL Esq, formerly merchant of Sydney, NSW to Eliza Ann, e/dt of William REDFORD, Esq, of Mayfield House, New Town, Hobart, Tas, on 9th July by S/L at Chalmers Free Church, by Rev W NICHOLSON
presumably he is the John Ayton living in Liverpool St, Hobart in 1867 - see here
could he be related to Peter as he died in O'Brien's Bridge where Peter and Ann lived?
Richard AYTON (1801-) m. Julia MAHAR in 1861 in Hobart. see here
could he be the Richard referred to in this "Rendezvous" theatre piece in 1835? - here
Mary (c1827-1854) wife of Edward Ayton, living in Canning St, Launceston - Launceston Examiner 7/9/1854 death notice
at Carpenter's Arms, Charles St, found dead in her house. PM brain & lungs much congested - produced by habitual intemperance.
Howard Douglas AYTON, Ensign in 15th Infantry Regt, suicided 10/6/1856 by cutting his throat at quarters of regt.
Thomas McDonald AYTON b. c1889 Paisley, Scotland enlisted in Aust. service in Melbourne in 1915 see here. Father James AYTON in Paisley Scotland.
James Ferguson AYTON b. c.1893 Paisley, Scotland enlisted in Aust. service in Melbourne in 1915 see here. Father James AYTON in 16 Barcly St, Paisley Scotland.
AYTON George Albert born 13 June 1938; Joan Maureen (nee Royal) born 7 April 1939; Susan Joan born 25 April 1957; Wendy Ann born 18 October 1958; Alan George born 29 January 1961; Barry born 24 August 1965; traveled per aircraft departing UK on 13 March 1967 under the Assisted Passage Migration Scheme see here
Miscellaneous web references to Aytons in Australia: