Posts Tagged ‘Alice Bateson’

Batesons United by Death

May 20, 2015

I’m not sure how to write this post.

There are many twists and turns. Everything is important. This post could go on for days.

I think I’ll just start throwing words out into the internet, and perhaps the story will evolve.


A woman in Brussels sent a message to me last year that she was interested in Charles Edward Wagstaff Bateson, a relative of hers who just happens to be Sugar’s great-grandfather. She further said that there are Batesons buried in Savannah.

We found the cemetery plot where the family of Christopher Remington Bateson was buried, and Sugar ordered a marker for the plot.

We found more references to the Bateson family.

And then, one random Sunday after Christmas, Sugar and I were on our way to lunch. Since PetSmart and Michael’s Craft Store (yarn on sale perhaps!) was on the way, we stopped first at PetSmart, then Michael’s, where I DIDN’T buy yarn.

When we left the craft store, my smartphone jingled in my pocket.

Sugar has a love/hate relationship with my phone. He loves how we can look something up SO easily. He hates dislikes strongly how it jingles to let me know there’s a new email or a blog comment or whatever it jingles for. I learned how to suppress the email jingles, and I learned how to tell the phone to not ring. Sometimes I forget to suppress the not-ringy part.

I pulled it out of my back pocket to give it a look anyway, even though Sugar was exhaling with exasperation. He’s needy like that.

Oooh, it was a comment on the blog! I love those.

But this one was confusing. It was from someone named Walter Bateson.

Sugar has a cousin named Walter, who has also commented on the blog, but he’s not Walter Bateson. In my confusion, I wondered if SugarCousinWalter had changed his last name.

That’s how things work with me. My brain compartmentalizes things, and it something doesn’t fit neatly into a compartment, I automatically look for a reason why it’s not neat. It can’t be helped.

So I stopped on the sidewalk, and said, “Sugar, it’s a comment from Walter Bateson.”

Sugar:  Who’s Walter Bateson?

YoursTruly: I don’t know. Is that your Cousin Walter changing his last name?

Sugar: Why would he do that?

I read the comment to him.

The Rev. Christopher Bateson is my great, great, great, Grandfather. I have been working on the family history for a number of years. Have a letter from Thomas Bateson, of Savannah,Ga. written to his uncle Henry in England on April 23,1873 on the business stationary
In this letter he says he has taken over the business from his father, and that he has three children,Alice, Georgia Agnes,and Thomas Remington.
I am trying to find out more about this branch of the family.I  am visiting in Florida his winter and am planning a trip to Savannah.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated
Walter Bateson

So now we’re standing on the sidewalk outside Michael’s Craft store and PetSmart, staring at the iPhone, then to each other, then to the iPhone.

A letter? A LETTER?! From 1873 on business stationary? We can’t wait to meet Walter Bateson!

Because Thomas Bateson is buried in the Christopher R. Bateson plot in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Remember? Ah, yes, the plot that was unmarked until Sugar came along.


Another Clue in the Bateson Tree

January 7, 2015

A gentleman commented on the blog.

The Rev. Christopher Bateson is my great, great, great, Grandfather. I have be working on the family history for a number of years. have a letter from Thomas Bateson, of Savannah,Ga. written to his uncle Henry in England on April 23, 1873, on the business stationary.
In this letter he says he has taken over the business from his father, and that he has three children, Alice, Georgina Agnes, and Thomas Remington.
I am trying to find out more about this branch of the family. I am visiting in Florida this winter and am planning a trip to Savannah.
Any help you can give me would be appreciated.


Well, this is big news! Sugar and I didn’t know that Georgia’s middle name was Agnes, and that Thomas’s middle name was Remington.

So I went to the tree and edited Georgia Bateson’s name to “Georgia Agnes Bateson”. (“Agnes” as her middle name completely makes sense to me. Her mother’s mother was Agnes.)

And I search ONE MORE TIME.

And there she is.

There’s a family tree online with her name as Georgia Agnes Bateson Lengnick.

And a photo! She belongs to a nice lady in Texas.

Georgia Agnes Bateson Lengnick.

Georgia Agnes Bateson Lengnick.


The last record I had found on Georgia Bateson was in 1880 when she and her sister were in the Episcopal Orphan Home, and also in the Hartridge household that same year. We wondered why the girls didn’t go live with their grandmother Agnes Mann in Beaufort. On the 1880 census, Agnes Mann had grandchildren living with her. Why not these Bateson girls?

We knew, since Georgia and Alice were not buried in the family plot at Laurel Grove, that perhaps they lived. My worry was that they died and there was no one to pay for their interment, and they were lost to a pauper’s grave.

The last record I had found for Georgia’s sister Alice was in the Savannah City Directories in the 1890s, so I thought that Georgia might have died in the 1890’s. Where was she?

Savannah City Directory, 1893, before cropping.

Savannah City Directory, 1893, before cropping.

The 1893 Savannah City Directory. Alice Bateson, boards at 37 Anderson.

The 1893 Savannah City Directory.
Alice Bateson, boards at 37 Anderson.

Now that I know that Georgia was not deceased until 1956, and that she married a man named Albert C. Lengnick, where is she in 1893?

Albert C. Lengnick, bookkeeper for the Mutual Co-operative Association. Resides at 37 Anderson.

Albert C. Lengnick, bookkeeper for the Mutual Co-operative Association. Resides at 37 Anderson.

Why, she’s at 37 Anderson, of course…

Thomas Bateson of New York & Savannah, 1841-1877

June 9, 2014

(This is the sixth part of a series.  If you would like to start at the first part, click here.)

Let’s look at what we know, and even what we don’t know, about Thomas Bateson.

We know, from looking at his death and funeral notices in the Savannah newspaper, that he was born in New York, most probably New York City.

The following two images are from the Georgia Historical Society.

BatesonThomas Death SavannahMorningNews 001



Savannah Morning News Nov. 7, 1877:  3/2 – Mr. Thomas Bateson, the proprietor of Bateson’s Toy Shop, at the corner of Congress and Drayton streets, a place which has been known to the children of Savannah for a quarter of a century, died suddenly at his residence, adjoining his store, about half-past ten o’clock yesterday morning.

The deceased was native to the State of new York, but came to this city, when quite young, with his father, who established the business which had descended to him.  He was about thirty-five years of age, and leaves three little children, who had the misfortune to lose their Mother a year or two ago.



BatesonThomas Funeral SavannahMorningNews 001


Savannah Morning News, Nov. 8, 1877:  3/1 – Funeral Invitation –

Bateson – The friends and acquaintance of Thomas Bateson, and of Mrs. Agnes Mann, are invited to attend the funeral of the former, from his late residence, corner of Congress and Drayton streets, this morning at half past 10 o’clock.

We know in the 1860 federal census he was living in the city of Savannah, Georgia, with his brother Christopher H. Bateson and his mother Mary, and his step-father Jonathan Graham.

I’ve seen references that both Christopher H. and Thomas Bateson were in the Civil War.  I haven’t seen actual documents yet, so I won’t comment on that.  If/when I find actual documentation, I’ll edit this post so everything will flow better.

In 1866, Thomas is listed as a merchant in the Savannah City Directory.  The information in the directory was most likely gathered in 1865 after the close of the War.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1866

Here’s the 1866 Tax Assessor’s Report:

BatesonThomas1866 US Tax IRS


Here’s the 1867 Oath of Allegiance:



BatesonThomas1867 OathOfAllegiance


In 1867, there are more records in the City Directory.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1867 Confectioner


BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1867 Residence

Here he’s listed as the owner of a toy store.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1867 Toys

In 1869, Christopher H. and Thomas’s mother Mary Bateson Graham is deceased.  This is the same year that Thomas and his wife Martha Mann Bateson have their first child, Alice.


In 1870, Thomas and Christopher H. Bateson are listed as “Bateson Brothers Toy Dealers” in the Savannah City Directory.  This is also the year that Christopher H. Bateson dies.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1870

In 1871, the Variety Store is at the same location at Congress and Drayton.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1871


In 1874, he’s listed as a Confectioner.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1874 Confectioner

Still in 1874, he’s listed as a toy dealer, etc., and his residence is at 18 Drayton, corner of Congress.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1874 Residence

In 1874, he’s also listed as the proprietor of a variety store.

BatesonThomas Savannah Directory 1874 Variety Store

In 1874, he’s also listed in the Property Tax Digest.

BatesonThomas1874 PropertyTaxDigest


BatesonThomas1875 PropertyTax Digest

Next there is an 1876 court case between The Unexcelled Fireworks Company vs. Thomas Bateson.

BatesonThomas1876 CourtCase

Then we have an 1877 court case between the Coast Line RR Company and Thomas Bateson which was Discontinued May 11, 1877, and also a case between the same plaintiff vs. Thomas’s mother Mary Graham, which was also Discontinued on May 11, 1877.  Mary has been deceased since 1869.

BatesonThomas1877 CourtCase


BatesonThomas1877 GlynnCountyGA


Here’s a curious record.  It’s a record of taxables and their value, and it’s dated 1880.  Thomas Bateson has been dead for 3 years, his son Thomas H. Bateson died in 1879 at age 7, but the girls Alice and Georgia are living in the Episcopal Orphan Home.  The record states that the property is in the name of the Children of Thomas Bateson, with a guardian named William Spear.

Now who is William Spear?

BatesonThomas1880 ChildrenOf



BatesonThomas1880 PropertyTaxDigest


Thomas died suddenly.  Disease, depression, or PTSD?










Alice & Georgia Bateson, Two Orphans of Savannah

May 22, 2014

(This is the fourth part of a series.  If you would like to read the first part, click here.)

Using a wild card method by inserting an asterisk instead of a letter in a word, I found Alice and Georgia Bateson in 1880 in Savannah, Georgia.  They were both living in the Episcopal Orphan Home at the southwest corner of Liberty and Jefferson.

The orphanage is no longer on the lot.  It’s a parking garage now for the city of Savannah.

Look below on lines 33 and 34.  You can left-click on the image to enlarge and educate.

BatesonAlice&Georgia1880 Orphans


And there is such a thing as a Supplemental Schedule for Homeless Children – “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes”.  This particular one was taken in June 1880 for the Episcopal Orphan Home.


I've cropped the original image, and outlined the pertinent info in red.

I’ve cropped the original image, and outlined the pertinent info in red.


There’s a lot to learn from the answers given in the columns.  I’ve transcribed them below.  The answers are the same for both girls.

Column 3:  Name – Line 13 for Alice Bateson & Line 14 for Georgia Bateson

Column 4:  City or Town – Savannah

Column 5:  County (if in same state), or

state (if in some other state) – Chatham

Column 6:  Is this child’s father deceased?  Yes

Column 7:  Is this child’s mother deceased?  Yes

Column 8:  Has this child been abandoned by his

(or her) parents?  No

Column 9:  Has this child’s parents surrendered

the control over him (or her) to the

institution?  Yes

Column 10:  Was this child born in the institution?  No

Column 11:  If not so born, state year when admitted.  1876

Column 12:  Is the child illegitimate?  No

Column 13:  Is this child separated from his or her

(living) mother?  (No answer)

Column 14:  Has he (or she) ever been arrested? 

If yes, for what alleged offense?  No

Column 15:  Has he (or she) ever been con-

victed or sentenced?  No

Column 16:  Has the origin of this child been

respectable?  Yes

Column 17:  Has he (or she) been removed from

criminal surroundings?  No

Column 18:  Is this child blind?  (blank)

Column 19:  Is he (or she) a (can’t read)?  (blank)

Column 20:  Is he (or she) an idiot?  (blank)


Here’s what we know when we view the Episcopal Orphan Home Census.  Their mother Martha was deceased in 1874.  When mother Martha died, their father Thomas was the last surviving adult Bateson in Savannah, with 4-year-old Alice, 3-year-old Georgia, and 2-year-old Thomas H.  Father Thomas’s business was not doing well, and he had been taken to court several times and lost.  Things must have been dismal for him to relinquish his two daughters to the orphan home.

Martha’s record of burial in Laurel Grove Cemetery shows that she died and was buried on the same day, May 3, 1874.  This tells me that the family knew that she was ill and had made preparations for her death.  Perhaps she needed to be buried quickly due to the nature of her illness.

BatesonMarthaMann Death 1874

Now cropped and outlined for better viewing.

BatesonMarthaMann Death 1874

Martha Bateson was 25 when she died, leaving behind 3 children ages 4 and under.  She died from…

BatesonMarthaMann Death 1874 (p2)



Sugar’s great-grandfather was William Starr Basinger, a native of Savannah.  I’ve written about his a lot, all on this blog.  He was an attorney, he was in the Civil War as a member of the Savannah Volunteer Guards, he wrote copious letters while a prisoner of war, and he left a book of “Personal Reminiscences” for his children.

There are records of him in the city directory of Savannah.  I commented how odd that” Basinger” and “Bateson” are so close together in the directory.  We never noticed.  We never made a connection.


William Starr Basinger’s law office was on Drayton.  Thomas Bateson’s toy store was on the southeast corner of Drayton and Congress.  Surely they knew of each other.

William Starr Basinger and his wife and children lived with his mother Jane Susan Starr Basinger and his sister Elizabeth “Georgia” Basinger on Liberty Street.  We know that Sugar has Jane Susan Starr Basinger’s Family Bible, so we’ve seen her handwriting and we know that she was Christian.  We don’t know anything about Elizabeth “Georgia” Basinger, except that she didn’t marry.  She’s in a family photo, but we don’t know anything about her everyday life, her thoughts, her beliefs.


Lastly, in 1880 we find yet another census listing Georgia Bateson.  She’s living in a household as a 9-year-old servant.

BatesonGeorgia1880 Hartridge

Sugar knew of this family, and said that they were well-to-do, and it was fortunate that Georgia was placed in this home.  I worried that she and her sister Alice were separated.  Which is worse, being a 9-year-old servant in a well-to-do household, or staying with a family member in an orphanage?  Who can say?  We can’t know the dynamics of either.

So I tried to find out more about the Episcopal Orphan Home, which is no longer in existence.  Sugar thinks that we can learn more from Christ Church.  In the meantime, because is available all night, I went to the Savannah City Directory.

Here’s one from 1877, one from 1879, and one from 1882.






And whom do we see in the position of First Directress?  Miss E. Bassinger.  That would be Elizabeth “Georgia” Basinger, who lived two blocks away from the Episcopal Orphan Home on Liberty Street.  Sugar thinks that she helped place Georgia Bateson in the Hartridge home.

I can’t find another trace of Georgia Bateson.  There is no 1890 census, and I can’t locate her in 1900.

And where’s Alice?  Why didn’t she get placed in a home?  Was she deceased?

Yes, she was deceased, but not until 1951.  That’s right, Nineteen Fifty-One.

BatesonAlice married Herzog 1869-1951

Alice Bateson married a man named Herzog, and they named their daughter…(you already know the answer)…


Good-night, ladies.  You are in our thoughts.