Francis Burton of Ridlington, Rutland

Francis was one of Ari’s 6x great-grandfathers. We know that he died in Belton, Rutland, in 1794 and was buried there on 3 April.

On 27 September 1779 he had married Susannah Whiteley at the church of St Mary Magdalene & St Andrew in Ridlington, a small parish north of Uppingham.

Specially for Ari!


From this date we can estimate that he was born in about 1759, but I haven’t found a record of his baptism.

This is the marriage entry from the Bishop’s Transcripts from Ridlington, which was in Northamptonshire at that time:

This gives us the name Lye Field, which was near Ridlington.

Church Lane, Ridlington


Francis and Susannah had ten children, one of whom was Susanna. The baptism records of these children give us a little bit of extra information. In November 1792, two babies, Robert and Edward, were baptised, described as ‘sons of Francis and Susannah Burton of Lye-field’. (Edward’s burial a week later is on the same page.)

As we know, Francis died in 1794, and his burial record shows that he was a pauper.

I checked the newspapers and found a few mentions of Ridlington, including this one:

Northampton Mercury


But no mention of the Burton family!

Ari, this is how you are related to Francis:

#Whiteley #Ridlington #Lyefield #Burton #Belton #Northamptonshire #Rutland

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