John Baskerville Mortimer (1819 – 1847)


   1. His childhood

John Baskerville Mortimer was born on 6 April 1819 at Trowbridge as the tenth child of Edward Horlock Mortimer II (1786 – 1857) and Frances Lardner (1787 – 1828). He was a fifth generation Mortimer to be born at Trowbridge. He followed a military career like his three brothers Edward, Thomas and John Lewis and half-brother William Picton.1,2

   2. His wife

At the age of 24 years on 21 October 1843, Baskerville married Susan Rodon Payne (6 January 1820 – 1909), daughter (eleventh child) of Albinia Selwyn (25 August 1780 – 1 March 1860) and Charles Payne (1 January 1781 – 4 December 1845) of Clifton, Glouchestershire. Baskerville and his brother, Thomas Mortimer married on the same date and place. Thomas married Catherine Helen Payne (1815 – 1872), daughter of Charles Payne and Albinia Selwyn.3 This double wedding occurred between two sets of Mortimer and Payne siblings! By then, Baskerville’s sister, Elizabeth Caroline, too had already married into the Payne family. On 2 June 1842, she tied the knot with Major William Augustus Townsend Payne (3 October 1806 – 1884), the son (fourth child) of Charles Payne and Albinia Selwyn.1 One happy family with three sets of Mortimer-Payne married couples!

   3. His career

He became Lieutenant while serving in the 34th Madras Light Infantry in India, a military wing in the army of the British East India Company, who held administrative and commercial control over India.3,4

   4. His death

Sadly, Baskerville died at sea at the age of 28 years on 11 July 1847, while en route with his wife and two daughters, Rose and Elizabeth Carolina from India to England. The ship docked at Point de Galle in British Ceylon (now Galle in Sri Lanka), where he was buried. Sarah and her two young daughters continued their trip to England, but while still at sea, Elizabeth became ill as well and died on 23 July 1847, twelve days after her father passed away. Only Susan and Rose arrived safely in England. Later, in 1855, Susan married John Bates, a wealthy banker and magistrate.1,4-9

In 1857, ten years after Baskerville’s death, his father Edward Horlock Mortimer II died, and Baskerville’s surviving daughter, Rose inherited from her grandfather’s estate 6 000 pounds – measured in today’s worth, about 32 million British pounds or half a billion South African Rand.10,11

   5. His children

5.1 Rosina Kate “Rose”

Rose was born on 19 August 1844, Mercara, British India. She and her husband had 11 children and became my husband’s great-great-grandparents.3 Rose was the last Mortimer of her father’s line, but the legacy of the Mortimer name continued via her many cousins and her one grandson who changed his surname from Jamison to Mortimer. READ MORE on Rose Mortimer and her husband Lawrence Heyworth II.

5.2 Elizabeth Carolina

She was born on 20 February 1846, Madras, British India and died on 23 July 1847, at the age of 17 months – twelve days after the death of her father.1,4,5


  1. John Baskerville Mortimer by Ben M. Angel. 30 May 2014. https://
  2. Information received electronically in February 2018 from Kenneth Joseph Mortimer of Lebanon, the great-great-great-great-grandson of Edward Horlock Mortimer
  3. Thomas Richard Bythesea Mortimer and J Baskerville Mortimer. 1843. England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900, database, FamilySearch.
  4. Fox-Davies, A.C. Armorial families: A directory of gentlemen of coat-armour online. T.C. & E.C. Jack: Edinburgh.
  5. Milkins, N. & Llewellyn, D. 1999 The lady who had a pit named after her! The story of Rose Heyworth.
  6. Rob Jamison: Family portraits 2016.
  7. Rosina Kate Mortimer.
  8. Family notes by Evelyn Mary Jamison. In possession of Tony Jamison, Randfontein, South Africa.
  9. History of British Ceylon.
  10. Textile history and economic history. Essays in honour of Miss Julie de Lacy Mann. 1973. 1st Harte, N.B. & Ponting, K.G., Eds. Manchester University Press: Manchester, p 145-148. htpps://
  11. Purchasing Power of British Pounds from 1270 to Present.