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Baton family page


Henry Baton and Emma Harriet Pitman were married in St Helier on 22 June 1862. Thanks to the Rector's appalling writing , the transcriber could almost be excused for calling him Mary.

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Origins of surname

This name is said to have its origins as a medieval given name, Battle, a diminuitive of Bartholomew. We have to say that we are not convinced. An alternative suggestion is that it is derived from bata, the old English for thickset or powerfully built. This seems more likely.

Early records

The name, which is still present in Jersey today, first appeared in Jersey in the St Helier baptism register in the 1860s, with the baptism of three children of Henry Baton and Emma Harriet Pitman.

The couple were married in St Helier in 1862, and no place of origin is given for either of them.


  • Baton
  • Battin
  • Batten

Family records


Church records


Family trees


Great War service

Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Henry John Baton (1866- ) (St H) son of Henry and Emma Harriet Pitman, husband of Louisa Brint, Private, Royal Defence Corps
  • John William Baton (1896- ) (St H) son of above, Corporal, RASC, ex-RMIJ, wounded
  • Stephen Baton (1897- ) (St H) husband of Grace Ida Pirouet, Officer's Steward RN, HMS Vivid I


Occupation records


Family wills

These wills created by members of the Baton family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Baton : John William , of 32, St Mark's Road, St Helier - 30/Sep/1948 , 19/Feb/1962 , D/Y/B1/67/83
  • Baton : Treassa , of Rose Cottage, Valley Road, St Helier - 02/Apr/1954 , 22/Jan/1958 , D/Y/B1/46/23
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