James BAKER

Male Abt 1753 - 1837  (~ 84 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 371 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name James BAKER 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1753  Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Place assumed from baptism, date based on the age given in the burial register and on his gravestone - which say 84, differing from the 80 quoted on the death certificate
    Baptised 24 Mar 1754  St. James’ Church, Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From FamilySearch website, accessed 5 Feb 2012
      indexing project (batch) number: C05200-1; system origin: England-ODM; source film number: 916936
      Parents shown as James and Grace
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Yeoman 
    • According to his and his widow's death certificates.
      Not only did James die at Woodford but he was living there when he wrote his will the year before. Although he calls himself a yeoman in his will, he may well have retired - he was in his 80s, and in his will only mentions house, garden and orchard, nothing related to farming. This means we can't be certain he farmed at Woodford.

      Apprentices:
      I am sure that the James Baker referred to must be this James or his son (there were no others in the parish), but I don't know which.

      There are indentures of 5 pauper apprentices appointed to James Baker, yeoman as master:
      on 3 Apr 1807 - Charlotte Almon, aged 8 years, apprenticed to James Baker of Blackawton  - appointed by the overseers of Halwell Parish
      on 25 May 1813 - William Ellis, aged 9 years, apprenticed to James Baker of Blackawton, yeoman   - appointed by the overseers of Halwell Parish:
      in 1820 - William Heyman
      in 1821 - Mary Slute
      in 1823 - George Proute

      Some of these, especially those in the 1820s, may have been apprentices to his son rather to this James. I have not yet seen the indentures (all are at the Devon Heritage Centre), but I guess the girls were to study housewifery, and so would really be apprenticed to (working for) the wife of which ever James was the master.
    Occupation 1779  Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Husbandman 
    • At the time of his marriage
    Died 15 Dec 1837  Woodford, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died of old age.
      The death was registered by Woodford farmer Reuben Dinnis, present duing the last illness, presumably his grandson with this name (son of his daughter Sarah). The age given (80) is different from that on gravestone and in the burial register (both show 84). Perhaps Reuben wasn't too sure and gave a round figure, whereas James' widow and daughters knew better.

      GRO ref: q4 1837 Kingsbridge RD 9 194
    Death certificate for James Baker
    Death certificate for James Baker
    Buried 19 Dec 1837  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • burial register shows aged 84
    The grave of James and Sarah Baker
    The grave of James and Sarah Baker
    My 5 x great grandparents, James Baker and his wife Sarah Baker nee Lavers
    Plot: A22
    Notes 
    • (Research):James Baker is obviously quite a common name so why I do think James' parents are the James and Grace shown here?
      1. James' appears not to have been baptised in Blackawton so probably came from elsewhere, most likely a neighbouring parish, which Slapton is.
      2. James and Sarah seemed to like to use family names - 1st son after James himself (or his father), first daughter after Sarah (or her mother), then, if his mother was Grace, 2nd dau after James' mother.
      3. The burial register gives his age as 84. This is consistent with a baptism in 1754, assuming he was a few months old when baptised.
    Person ID I48  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2018 

    Father James BAKER,   b. Abt 1729, Charleton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1789, Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Grace,   b. Est 1730,   d. Abt Mar 1782, Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Married Abt 1753 
    • Date a guess based on approx date of birth of oldest known child BUT not found in DFHS index so maybe a little earlier
    Children 6 children 
    Family ID F4622    |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah LAVERS,   b. 1757, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1839, Woodford, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 15 Dec 1779  St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • by banns, both of this parish, both signed, witnessed by Bart.
      Harvey and Wm. Cornish
    Children 5 children 
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F26    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1753 - Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 24 Mar 1754 - St. James’ Church, Slapton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Yeoman - - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Husbandman - 1779 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Dec 1779 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Sarah BAKER - 7 Feb 1784 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Grace BAKER - 1786 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Grace BAKER - 1788 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth BAKER - Abt 1794 - Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Dec 1837 - Woodford, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 19 Dec 1837 - St. Michael’s Church, Blackawton, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Wills (transcripts)
    The will of James Baker (c 1754 - 1837)
    The will of James Baker (c 1754 - 1837)
    James left everything to his wife during her lifetime, then most to his 2 surviving daughters, though his son, step-daughter and the children of his late daughter were not forgotten.

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    1. [S199] Blackawton - St Michaels Church - m/f images, St. Michael’s Church (Blackawton, Devon), Marriage of James BAKER and Sarah LAVERS 1779; DE/REG/57869/1-16 m/f 10 (Reliability: 3).
      "Banns of Marriage between James Baker and Sarah Lavers were published on the 17th the 24th & the 31st Days of October 1779 by me Thoms Adams Vicar
      No 173
      The said James Baker of this Parish Blacksmith and the said Sarah Lavers of this Parish Spinster were Married in this Church by Banns this Fifteenth Day of December in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine by me Thoms. Adams Vicar.
         This Marriage was solemnized between Us      { James Baker
      { Sarah Lavers
        In the Presence of   { Bartw Harvey
      { Wm Cornish"
      (Although Thomas Hyne, probably Parish Clerk, was not a witness he still was to most at this time)
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