For Jim or anyone...
Iíve read with interest the exchanges youíve had with a number of Baigents relating to the Sussex, Hampshire and Home Counties branches of the clan. But can you tell me anything about the Baigents of the Isle of Wight, please?
My father George Gordon Baigent was born in Ryde May 20th 1894. We also have a muddle of parish records from the archivist at Newport IOW, and Iím trying to sort out whoís who. There are all sorts of spellings, even in the same family. Records go back as far as Agnes Bagen, who married Henry Smith of Newport on October 11th 1590. Other spellings from the Newport records and All Saints parish church (Ryde) include Beagent, Baijent, Beigen(t?), Begent and Bagent. A shame, in a way, that names were passed down phonetically, rather than in written form!
As a point of interest, George volunteered for the Army in the first World War and had a leg shot off at the battle of the Somme in 1916. He was carrying out his duties as a captainís runner (in the trenches opposite was Adolf Hitler, who was also a message runnerÖalbeit on a motorcycle).
George moved to Sheffield without much to his name, but eventually owned two steel businesses and became a director of Sheffield Wednesday. A handful of Baigents are still to be found in Sheffield and North Derbyshire.
Any clues as to how the Baigents ended up in the Isle of Wight? Can you offer any help with our muddled tree? Iíd be grateful for any information.
Jean Grindrod (neť Baigent)
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