BAYNHAM

The first Baynham on my tree is William Baynham, most likely born in the 1760s. I have no clue as to his origins but the first record I have is of his marriage to Elizabeth Hetherington in 1791 at St Martin-in-the Fields, London. These were people of education and one of their sons, Thomas Bingley Baynham, was a chemist who settled in Newington and who became an elocution teacher on his retirement to Scotland. One of their grandsons was a professor of music at a small private boys' school in Surrey and was also an organist and the other one was a professor of elocution. Later generations continued as teachers or musicians. Thomas Baynham, the music professor, was clearly of a nervous disposition and requested in his will that his heart be punctured after his death to avoid any risk of premature burial. He had suffered for many years from tuberculosis and predeceased his father Thomas Bingley Baynham.

Thomas' granddaughter Annie was my grandmother. She was adopted and never succeeded in tracing her biological parents. Annie's mother, Mary Ann Baynham,had emigrated to Napier, New Zealand, married to Henry Teush Hecker, and mother of three children. Henry died by his own hand aged 29. The marriage was irretrievably broken down when this happened. Mary Ann returned to England and gave birth to Annie Fraser in Cornwall shortly after her estranged husband's death. The Reverend Henry Hecker, Mary Ann's first father-in-law wrote a very unpleasant will where he prevented Mary Ann having any contact of any type with her children. Mary Ann then married Henry Innes Nares in Ireland, a fact which Henry supressed from his family. She did marry a third time to Michael John Sexton. He died several years before her and Mary Ann came to the end of the journey in 1913, leaving all her money to yet another mystery man!

My DNA tests have shown that I am definitely connected to the Baynham family.