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The Yaxley and Overton Families

This page lists those members of the Yaxley family whose origins we are researching. Entries in italics are inferred or uncertain, or have been supplied by other researchers and not personally verified by us. The list does not include children known to have died in infancy. Please contact Chris and Linda Warren if you feel that the family listed here is connected with your own research.

The Yaxley family lived at one time near Reepham in Norfolk, but we are uncertain about their early history. We have traced the people listed below who, we believe, are part of the same family but did not always use the same surname. The earliest record we have found is the baptism in Reepham of George Overton, the illegitimate son of Ursula Overton. Ursula Overton later married Thomas King and lived in Booton until her death in 1839. Her son George adopted the surname Yaxley in his adult life. We surmise that this was his father's name, but we have no evidence to confirm this.

Many members of this family who themselves used the surname Yaxley were called Overton in parish and civil registration records. In the listing below we have used the variant which each person seemed to prefer, but note that the same person's surname may appear in different records as Yaxley, as Overton, or as a combination of the two.

Some of the names below are linked to a more detailed record in the on-line family tree (people marked with an asterisk do not have a full record). When you click on a link, the linked record will be displayed in a separate window. There you can see the family relationships as we understand them, together with notes on what we have found in parish registers, census returns and other records.


Ursula Overton
Married 1793 (Jul 18) Booton, Norfolk

Died 1839 (May 28) Booton, Norfolk

Thomas King
Baptised 1764 (Mar 23) Reepham, Norfolk
Buried 1831 (Mar 25) Booton, Norfolk

She had an illegitimate child before her marriage...
George Yaxley / Overton
Baptised 1784 (Jan 9) Reepham, Norfolk
Married 1807 (Feb 12) Booton, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 1 below)
Buried 1862 (Dec 14) Hackford, Norfolk


Mary Coxford
Baptised 1783 (Dec 25) Reepham, Norfolk
Buried 1850 (Jul 20) Hackford, Norfolk

1. Children of George Yaxley and Mary Coxford

George Yaxley Overton
Born 1807 (Sep 19) Booton, Norfolk
Married 1827 (Dec 25) Norwich, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 2 below)
Died 1872 (4th Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk


Sarah Webb
Baptised 1810 (Apr 15) Chelmsford, Essex
Died 1872 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Thomas Yaxley
Baptised 1809 (March 26) West Acre, Norfolk
Married 1829 (Jul 5) Norwich, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 3 below)
Died 1895 (4th Qtr) Croydon, Surrey


Emmy (or Amy) Eke
Baptised 1811 (Mar 10) Lyng, Norfolk
Died 1893 (4th Qtr) Lambeth, London
James Overton
Born 1811 (Jan 13) Narford, Norfolk
Married 1829 (Apr 3) Sparham, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 4 below)
Died 1884 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


Susan Springall
Baptised 1811 (Aug 11) Sparham, Norfolk
Died 1876 (3rd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
Robert Yaxley
Baptised 1814 (Apr 4) Castle Acre, Norfolk
Married 1837 (Jan 30) Thurgarton, Norfolk

Died 1877 (2nd Qtr) Bermondsey, London


Sarah Harris
Born about 1819 High Wycombe, Bucks
Died 1891 (2nd Qtr) Bermondsey, London
William Yaxley
Baptised 1816 (Oct 13) Castle Acre, Norfolk
Married (date and place unknown)
Married 1861 (May 26) Kennington, London
  (children listed in table 7 below)
Died 1898 (Mar 26) Brisbane, Queensland


Margaret (maiden surname unknown)
Grace James
Born about 1837 Duns, Berwickshire
Died 1923 (Sep 12) Brisbane, Queensland
Edward Yaxley
Baptised 1819 (Jul 11) Hackford, Norfolk
Married 1841 (Oct 25) Hackford, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 5 below)

Married 1853 (Apr 26) Newington, London

Died 1878 (Apr 26) Lambeth, London


Mary Ann Larkman
Baptised 1816 (Jan 31) Maidstone, Kent
Buried 1851 (Apr 27) Bermondsey, London
Harriet Bullen
Baptised 1821 (Mar 25) Shere, Surrey
Died 1888 (4th Qtr) Bermondsey, London

2. Children of George Yaxley Overton and Sarah Webb (see table 1 above)

Martha Yaxley Overton*
Baptised 1828 (May 4) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1848 (Nov 5) Norwich, Norfolk

Died 1892 (2nd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk


William Bruff
Baptised 1822 (Jan 27) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1870 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Sarah Yaxley Overton*
Baptised 1831 (Mar 27) Norwich
Married 1859 (4th Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk

Died 1880 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk


Zebedee Henry Mickleburgh
Baptised 1833 (Dec 1) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1866 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Mary Ann Yaxley Overton*
Baptised 1835 (Jun 7) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1919 (3rd Qtr) Croydon, Surrey
George Yaxley*
Born 1844 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Married (date and place unknown)
  (children listed in table 10 below)
Died 1917 (2nd Qtr) Stepney, London


Elizabeth Morter
Baptised 1838 (Aug 26) Bawburgh, Norfolk
Died 1906 (3rd Qtr) Stepney, London
Robert Yaxley Overton*
Born 1848 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1868 (2nd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 9 below)
Died 1919 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk


Anna Maria Churchyard
Baptised 1849 (May 27) Palgrave, Suffolk
Died 1918 (4th Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
William Yaxley Overton*
Born 1850 (Nov 3) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1915 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk

3. Children of Thomas Yaxley and Emmy Eke (see table 1 above)

Emily Yaxley*
Baptised 1830 (Jan 10) Hackford, Norfolk
Married 1871 (2nd Qtr) Lambeth, London

Died 1909 (2nd Qtr) Lambeth, London


Clement Newham
Baptised 1826 (Oct 9) Reepham, Norfolk
Died 1898 (1st Qtr) Lambeth, London
Thomas Yaxley*
Born about 1832 Hackford, Norfolk
Married 1855 (Jun 13) Hull, Yorkshire
  (this marriage ended in divorce in 1864)
Married 1865 (Feb 12) Stockwell, London


Married 1876 (Sep 17) Mitcham, Surrey
  (this marriage was possibly bigamous)
Died 1878 (2nd Qtr) Mitcham, Surrey


Mary Jane Ticklepenny
Baptised 1834 (Dec 17) Keddington, Lincs
Mary Ann Walter
Born 1830 (Jan 7) Southwark, London
Living in Camberwell, London at 1881 census
Sarah Ann Austin
Born 1844 (3rd Qtr) Sundridge, Kent
Died 1879 (4th Qtr) Mitcham, Surrey
George Yaxley*
Born about 1834 Hackford, Norfolk
Married 1859 (1st Qtr) Shoreditch, London
  (children listed in table 8 below)
Buried 1912 (Dec 12) Merton, London


Jane Cox
Baptised 1835 (Dec 17) Hanbury, Staffs
Buried 1902 (Dec 18) Merton, London
Elizabeth Yaxley*
Born 1842 (4th Qtr) Hackford, Norfolk
Married 1871 (4th Qtr) Lambeth, London

Died 1919 (1st Qtr) Wandsworth, London


Vespin Pearcey
Born 1847 (3rd Qtr) Halberton, Devon
Died 1936 (Oct 24) Sheringham, Norfolk

4. Children of James Overton and Susan Springall (see table 1 above)

James Yaxley Overton*
Baptised 1831 (Jan 4) Elsing, Norfolk
Married 1852 (Dec 25) Hackford, Norfolk
  (children listed in table 6 below)
Died 1911 (4th Qtr) Chelmsford, Essex


Martha Haddon Blogg
Baptised 1827 (Dec 16) Hackford, Norfolk
Buried 1921 (Mar 24) Cowley, Oxfordshire
Esther Yaxley Overton*
Baptised 1837 (May 26) Hindolveston, Norfolk
Married 1857 (3rd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


Married 1885 (3rd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
  (this marriage was possibly bigamous)
Died 1894 (2nd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


Matthew Davies
Baptised 1832 (Jan 30) Mobberley, Cheshire
Died 1893 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
Thomas Jackson
Born about 1840 Knaresborough, Yorkshire
Susan(nah) Yaxley Overton*
Born 1840 (2nd Qtr) Hindolveston, Norfolk
Married 1864 (Sep 10) Hull, Yorkshire

Died 1918 (3rd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


William Smith
Born about 1843 Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1913 (4th Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
Hercules Yaxley Overton*
Born 1846 (2nd Qtr) Hindolveston, Norfolk
Married 1867 (May 19) Hull, Yorkshire

Married (date and place unknown)
  (children listed in table 12 below)
Died 1891 (4th Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


Mary Fent
Born 1849 (4th Qtr) Beverley, Yorkshire
Charlotte Messenger Emptage
Born 1852 (Nov 7) Grimsby, Lincolnshire
Died 1945 (4th Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire

5. Children of Edward Yaxley and Mary Ann Larkman (see table 1 above)

Sarah Selina Yaxley
Born 1844 (Jun 20) Bermondsey, London
Married 1870 (Dec 24) Bermondsey, London
  (children listed on Anderson page)
Died 1925 (Oct 1) Nunhead, London


James Anderson
Born 1843 (Mar 19) Canterbury, Kent
Died 1931 (Dec 25) Nunhead, London
Jane Elizabeth Yaxley
Born 1846 (Jul 13) Salle, Norfolk
Married (date and place unknown)

Died 1881 (Jul 5) Harriston, Ontario, Canada


William Walter Cordingley*
Born 1847 (Aug 9) Strood, Kent
Died 1934 (Jun 17) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Edward Yaxley
Born 1849 (Oct 29) Bermondsey, London
Married 1875 (Mar 8) Newington, London
  (children listed in table 11 below)
Died 1899 (Feb 19) Bermondsey, London


Emma Pease*
Born 1850 (Jul 17) Billericay, Essex
Died 1919 (Jan 10) Bermondsey, London

6. Children of James Yaxley Overton and Martha Haddon Blogg (see table 4 above)

James Haddon Overton
Born 1855 (1st Qtr) Gayton, Norfolk
Married 1876 (Dec 26) Huddersfield, Yorkshire
  (four children born in Oxfordshire)
Buried 1921 (Jul 19) Woodstock, Oxfordshre


Fanny Leonard
Born 1851 (Dec 15) Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Died 1918 (Dec 3) Tooting, London

7. Children of William Yaxley and Grace James (see table 1 above)

Mary Yaxley (James)
Born 1859 (3rd Qtr) Bermondsey, London
Married 1876 (Jul 2) Brisbane, Queensland
Married 1898 (Jun 30) Brisbane, Queensland

Died 1935 (Aug 13) Brisbane, Queensland


James Donnelly
William Rippon
Born 1844 (1st Qtr) Sydenham, London
Died 1915 (Sep 3) Brisbane, Queensland
Harriet Jane Yaxley
Born 1863 (4th Qtr) Bermondsey, London
Married 1916 (Apr 8) Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1943 (Jul 30) Toowoomba, Queensland


Patrick Joseph Ward
Elizabeth Ellen Yaxley
Born 1867 (May 17) Brisbane, Queensland
Married 1894 (Aug 7) Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1954 (Dec 14) Brisbane, Queensland


Samuel Cleghorn
Died 1950 (May 28) Brisbane, Queensland
Emily Yaxley
Born 1870 (Apr 7) Brisbane, Queensland
Married 1891 (Dec 25) Brisbane, Queensland

Died 1953 (Sep 21) Brisbane, Queensland


Alfred Arthur Bunhill
Born 1869 (Dec 26) Mackay, Queensland
Died 1951 (Dec 14) Brisbane, Queensland
Grace Charlotte Yaxley
Born 1872 (Mar 21) Brisbane, Queensland
Married 1894 (Feb 27) Brisbane, Queensland

Died 1897 (Apr 21) Brisbane, Queensland


James Winterbottom
Born 1869 (Feb 26) Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1934 (Aug 17) Brisbane, Queensland
William George Yaxley*
Born 1874 (Jul 14) Brisbane, Queensland
Married 1899 (Jun 7) Brisbane, Queensland
  (children born in Queensland, Australia)
Died 1954 (Sep 5) Brisbane, Queensland


Amy Alice Jane Kerswill
Born 1877 (Mar 4) Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1928 (Aug 18) Brisbane, Queensland
Margaret Yaxley
Born 1877 (Feb 11) Brisbane, Queensland
Died 1945 (Jul 2) Brisbane, Queensland

8. Children of George Yaxley and Jane Cox (see table 3 above)

George Cox Yaxley
Born 1862 (1st Qtr) City of London
Married 1905 (Jun 17) Budapest, Hungary
Died 1925 (Jun 3) Budapest, Hungary


Irene Maria Reitter
Baptised 1873 (Mar 6) Budapest, Hungary
Emily Jane Yaxley
Born 1863 (4th Qtr) Stockwell, London
Married 1895 (1st Qtr) Croydon, Surrey


Roger Henri Drivet
Annie Maria Yaxley
Born 1865 (Mar 15) Stockwell, London
Married 1897 (Aug 4) Mitcham, Surrey

Died 1945 (1st Qtr) Bournemouth, Hants


Arthur Philip Nicholson
Born 1867 (2nd Qtr) Fareham, Hants
Died 1937 (1st Qtr) Croydon, Surrey
Henry James Yaxley
Born about 1868 Stockwell, London
Lived in Mitcham, Surrey and in North America
Died 1953 (1st Qtr) Bournemouth, Hants
Thomas Geoffrey May Yaxley
Born 1869 (1st Qtr) Stockwell, London
Lived in Mitcham, Surrey and in North America
Died 1953 (Feb 19) Bournemouth, Hants
Agnes Mary Yaxley
Born 1872 (1st Qtr) Stockwell, London
Buried 1901 (Dec 21) Merton, London
Katherine Beatrice Yaxley
Born 1878 (1st Qtr) Mitcham, Surrey
Buried 1908 (Apr 8) Merton, London

9. Children of Robert Yaxley Overton and Anna M Churchyard (see table 2 above)

Edith Emma Yaxley Overton
Born 1869 (May 12) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1892 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk

Died 1947 (Jun 2) Great Yarmouth, Norfolk


James Edward Goreham
Born 1870 (Jun 10) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1946 (2nd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Robert Yaxley Overton
Born 1873 (Mar 22) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1899 (4th Qtr) Ipswich, Suffolk
  (children born in Ipswich, Suffolk)
Died 1956 (Mar 14) Onehouse, Suffolk


Elizabeth Ann Osborne
Born 1879 (Aug 15) Ipswich, Suffolk
Died 1955 (4th Qtr) Ipswich, Suffolk
George Yaxley Overton
Born 1875 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1899 (3rd Qtr) Gateley, Norfolk
  (one child born in Norwich, Norfolk)
Died 1935 (Nov 13) Norwich, Norfolk


Minnie Hudson
Born 1873 (Jul 17) Swanton Morley, Norfolk
Died 1957 (Oct 1) Norwich, Norfolk
Anna Yaxley Overton
Born 1876 (Nov 11) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1898 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk


Married 1935 (Jun 20) Lewisham, London
Died 1961 (4th Qtr) Cambridge, Cambs


Albert Edward Yallop
Born 1873 (4th Qtr) Costessey, Norfolk
Died 1908 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Frederick Whitham
Died 1951 (Sep 3) Cambridge, Cambs
Ethel Annie Yaxley Overton
Born 1883 (4th Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1916 (2nd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Florence Hypatia Yaxley Overton
Born 1885 (Jan 25) Norwich, Norfolk
Married 1909 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk

Died 1973 (4th Qtr) Ipswich, Suffolk


Herbert Edgar Charles Thompson
Born 1882 (3rd Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk
Died 1919 (1st Qtr) Norwich, Norfolk

10. Children of George Yaxley and Elizabeth Morter (see table 2 above)

Jenny Elizabeth Yaxley
Born 1870 (Nov 27) Newington, London
Married 1894 (Dec 23) Shadwell, London

Died 1938 (1st Qtr) Walthamstow area, Essex


Arthur Albert Franks
Born 1870 (Jan 27) Stepney, London
Buried 1951 (Feb 10) Greenwich, London
Sarah Rose Ellen Yaxley
Born 1873 (Apr 21) Peckham, London
Married 1905 (4th Qtr) Stepney, London

Died 1967 (4th Qtr) Buckinghamshire


William Vincent
Born about 1842 Stogumber, Somerset
Died 1915 (4th Qtr) Stepney, London
Harriet Eliza Yaxley
Born 1876 (Jan 17) Peckham, London
Married 1898 (Dec 21) Shadwell, London

Died 1949 (1st Qtr) Croydon, Surrey


Thomas Edward Holland
Born 1874 (1st Qtr) Chelsea, London
Died 1937 (1st Qtr) Lewisham, London
Georgina Yaxley
Born 1877 (Oct 27) Bermondsey, London
Married 1908 (Jan 12) Stepney, London

Died 1969 (1st Qtr) Islington, London


George Henry Holland
Born 1872 (2nd Qtr) Windsor, Berkshire
Died 1931 (2nd Qtr) Stepney, London

11. Children of Edward Yaxley and Emma Pease (see table 5 above)

Edward Yaxley*
Born 1875 (May 29) Bermondsey, London
Married 1895 (Sep 29) Walworth, London
  (children born in Southwark, London)
Buried 1951 (Jan 19) Nunhead, London


Lily Maria Winter
Baptised 1874 (Mar 22) Southwark, London
Buried 1941 (Jan 8) Nunhead, London
Jane Elizabeth Yaxley*
Born 1877 (Feb 27) Bermondsey, London
Buried 1910 (Apr 23) Ladywell, London
William Henry Yaxley*
Born 1879 (Aug 26) Bermondsey, London
Married 1904 (Oct 1) Rotherhithe, London
  (at least one child born in south London)
Died 1954 (Jul 5) Sidcup, Kent


Alice Turffrey
Born 1880 (4th Qtr) Southwark, London
Died 1944 (1st Qtr) Bromley, Kent
Charles Frederick Yaxley*
Born 1882 (Apr 28) Bermondsey, London
Married 1905 (Sep 10) Bermondsey, London
  (two children born in south London)
Died 1941 (May 20) Lewisham, London


Annie Charlotte Loveland
Born 1882 (2nd Qtr) Bermondsey, London
Buried 1939 (Jan 22) Nunhead, London
Alice Louisa Yaxley*
Born 1884 (Nov 23) Bermondsey, London
Married 1906 (3rd Qtr) Brighton, Sussex

Died 1967 (4th Qtr) Cuckfield, Sussex


William Shepherd
Born 1882 (Jul 17) Brighton, Sussex
Died 1948 (4th Qtr) Brighton, Sussex
George Frederick Yaxley*
Born 1887 (Feb 7) Bermondsey, London
Married 1913 (Aug 10) Bermondsey, London

Died 1977 (May 9) Hastings, Sussex


Minnie Hannah Gillan
Born 1898 (4th Qtr) Islington, London
Died 1965 (Jan 16) Sidcup, Kent
Florence Yaxley*
Born 1889 (Dec 25) Bermondsey, London
Married 1920 (Apr 17) Camberwell, London

Died 1979 (Jun 14) Reigate, Surrey


Frederick Arthur Watts
Born 1886 (Nov 26) Camberwell, London
Died 1964 (Jul 14) Redhill, Surrey

12. Children of Hercules Yaxley Overton and Charlotte Emptage (see table 4 above)

George Overton (Emptage)
Born 1875 (Nov 22) Hull, Yorkshire
Married 1909 (Jun 22) Esquesing, Ontario

Married 1940 (Oct 11) Eastry, Kent

Died 1943 (2nd Qtr) Westwell, Kent


Mary Ellen Peaks (née Bell)
Died 1923 (May 20) Toronto, Ontario
Sarah Jane Hammond (née Ovenden)
Born 1875 (Aug 31) Challock, Kent
Buried 1951 (Nov 22) Westwell, Kent
James (Henry) Overton
Born 1879 (Feb 27) Leeds, Yorkshire
Married 1905 (Jun 8) Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1946 (1st Qtr) Willerby, Yorkshire


Frances Carmichael
Born 1883 (2nd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
William Overton
Born 1883 (Jun 4) Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1949 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
Thomas Overton
Born 1886 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1917 (Oct 4) Ypres Salient, Belgium
The following were later children of Charlotte Emptage:
Elizabeth Overton (Fearnley)
Born 1893 (Apr 10) Hull, Yorkshire
Married 1914 (Jan 3) Hull, Yorkshire

Died 1965 (4th Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


George Herbert Brown
Born 1891 (Dec 20) Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1962 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
William Edward Fearnley Overton
Born 1895 (Apr 1) Hull, Yorkshire
Married 1919 (2nd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire
  (children born in Hull, Yorkshire)
Died 1973 (2nd Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire


Ida May Colley
Born 1892 (Apr 10) Hull, Yorkshire
Died 1985 (1st Qtr) Hull, Yorkshire

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