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Banyard Family from East Dereham

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David Report 25 Nov 2012 15:37

Good Morning,

I am trying to help a friend trace his Banyard ancestors back to England.

What we know:
George Banyard's gravestone from Bethel Cemetery, Claremont, Ontario, Canada reads:
NOV.24, 1867

From the 1861 census in Pickering County, Ontario, Canada
George Banyard, age 40, born England, occupation tailor

From the gravestone, we estimate George's birth about Dec. 1817. The best fit that we have found is George Banyard, son of Matthias Banyard and Mary Wigg born 13 Dec 1817 in East Dereham, Norfolk. There is another George Banyard, son of Charles Banyard and Frances Bradfield born 10 Dec 1817 also in East Dereham but our research shows that this George Banyard died 21 Apr 1840 in East Dereham.

We have searched all available Banyard wills from this area hoping to find a mention of a George Banyard in Canada without success.

We are struggling to prove (or disprove) the link between the George Banyard who died in Canada to the George Banyard born in East Dereham.

Are there any living male Banyards from this area? We could propose a Y-chromosone DNA test to see if we are heading down the correct path.

Any other suggestions?



Gins Report 25 Nov 2012 16:00

I see from the 1861 census he listed as a tailor. This one (if its the one you mean?)
is a school master

1851 England Census
Name: George Banyard
Age: 33
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
Relation: Lodger
Gender: M (Male)
Where born: Denham Market, Norfolk, England

Civil parish: Wrentham
Ecclesiastical parish: Norwich
County/Island: Suffolk
Country: England

Registration district: Blything
Sub-registration district: Westleton
ED, institution, or vessel: 16b
Neighbors: View others on page
Household schedule number: 79
Piece: 1803
Folio: 897
Page Number: 19
Household Members: Name Age
James Gowing 71
Mary Gowing 78
George Banyard 33
William Templeman 28


brummiejan Report 25 Nov 2012 16:05

This is him 1841 - tailor:

1841 England Census

Name: George Banyard
Age: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1821
Gender: Male
Where born: Norfolk, England

Civil parish: East Dereham
Hundred: Launditch and Mitford
County/Island: Norfolk

Registration district: Mitford
Sub-registration district: East Dereham

Matthias Banyard 35
George Banyard 20


brummiejan Report 25 Nov 2012 16:07

There seem to be a few of them! Here is another, but as he is a groom unlikely to be yours:

1851 England Census

Name: George Banyas
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1823
Relation: Servant
Gender: M (Male)
Where born: East Dereham, Norfolk, England

Civil parish: Beeston
County/Island: Norfolk

Registration district: Mitford
Sub-registration district: Dereham

John Nelson 66
Emily Nelson 65
Charlotte J Wollaston 50
Mary Taberah 63
Elizabeth Tennant 59
Rachel Egleton 30
Mary Clarke 45
Emily Wenn 30
James Sane 24
George Banyas 28


brummiejan Report 25 Nov 2012 16:41

The 1841 supports your idea that his father is Matthias - I would guess this one is a brother maybe?
This seems to be his marriage (he is married to a Sarah in 1861):

Marriages Mar 1846 (>99%)
Abram Sarah Mitford &c 13 381
Banyard Mathias Mitford 13 381



David Report 25 Nov 2012 17:40

Thank you for all your input!

I am not sure if the George Banyard, school master in the 1851 census is the George Banyard, son of Matthias Banyard and Mary Wigg. It is possible that he has already immigrated to Canada by this time (if we have identified the correct George Banyard).

The Matthias Banyard in the 1841 census and George Banyard are both sons of Matthias Banyard and Mary Wigg.


brummiejan Report 25 Nov 2012 17:49

In that case he is definitely the right one, given his occupation of tailor.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 25 Nov 2012 17:55

County Norfolk
Place East Dereham
Church St Nicholas
RegisterNumber 420
DateOfBirth 13 Dec 1817
BaptismDate 07 Jan 1818
Forename George
Sex -
FatherForename Matthias
MotherForename Mary
FatherSurname BANYARD
MotherSurname WIGG
Abode Dereham
FatherOccupation Baker
FileNumber 2321

(not sure of above, from below link)

Chris :)