Can any of my fellow BALSTON researchers throw any light on the connections appearing in the posting below, made today to the HARDY forum:-
I am wondering if you can help me with a conundrum.
Among my copious research notes re. my BALSTON family history I have the following:-
1. Morgan BALSTON (1709-1767) married (2nd) Mary MASTERMAN, who died in 1768. (His first wife was Alicia Gold, who bore all his children between 1735 and 1749. Presumably he married Mary Masterman after the death of Alicia, some time between 1750 and 1768).
2. Morgan Balston's son, Captain Edward Balston of the East India Company's Naval Service (1749-1821) was a stepson of a sister of Thomas Masterman HARDY (1769-1839). (This per notes compiled by a Balston ancester in the early 1900s).
I am trying to establish who this sister was. We know from your posting that Thomas Masterman Hardy had seven sisters, Ann, Augusta, Elizabeth, Martha, Catherine and Mary. I had originally leapt to the conclusion that sister Mary must have married a Masterman before she married Morgan Balston. But the dates make no sense. Mary must have been born within a twenty year radius of her brother Thomas Masterman - ie some time between 1750 and 1770. So she cannot have married Morgan, who died in 1768. Either my Balston ancestor was completely in error in the Hardy reference, or she not his sister but a relative of his father, or I am completely missing the obvious!
There are many references to Captain Edward Balston in Thomas Masterman Hardy's letters and in "Nelson's Hardy", by Broadley and Bartelot, particularly in reference to his shipwreck when The Hindostan was lost off the English coast with a cargo in excess of £100,000 and many lives. Edward Balston married Catherine Thresher, and, interestingly, there are quite a few Thresher marriages on my Balston family tree, notably Elizabeth MASTERMAN Thresher who married Henry Sherren and Molly Thresher who married Edward Balston's brother James.
I hope you can help sort this out, since I am anxious to tie down any HARDY connection before completing the proofs of a comprehensive family history upon which I have embarked.
PS - BALSTON researchers: According to research done by one of my ancestors, BALSTON originates from BALDERSTON and OSBALDESTON, villages on the banks on the River Riddle in Lancashire. Scandinavian pillagers and Vikings are alleged to have established a settlement there, naming it after their favourite God "Balder". My ancestor insists that all subsequent Balderstons, Baldstones, Balstons, Balsons etc. etc. descend from these ancestors, who settled in the Midlands and later in Dorset. Does any of this ring any bells?
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