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Grace BAKER

Grace BAKER

Female 1788 - 1865  (77 years)    Has 35 ancestors and 103 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Grace BAKER 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born 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 
    Baptised 18 Dec 1788  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 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Mar 1865 
    • GRO ref: Pitts, Grace q1 1865 Kingsbridge RD 5b 169; GRO online index shows aged 76
      (there's another Grace Pitts in Kingsbridge RD death registrations between 1861 and 1865 - q3 1861 Kingsbridge 5b 123 - but Blackawton burial registers shows it was the 1865 death)
    Buried 12 Mar 1865  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 gives her age as 75
    Notes 
    • Living at Lower Wadstray in 1841 with husband and 5 younger Pitts and 3 apprentices.

      In the village in 1851, with a servant, Blackawton-born  Mary Tucker (unmarried) and her 11 year old son. None of their 14 children remained at home, and William was described as a "retired butcher" which is no doubt why they .

      They were still in the village, with a house servant, Mary Edmonds, in 1861.

      William and Grace were living in an area described on the census as "Blackawton Monthly Cattle Market Town!".  Examining the entries on the census, it seems clear that this was, or was part of, the main village, not a separate hamlet.(The entries are interspersed with 3 inns, the Wesleyan Chapel, the Post Office and Vicarage, a few entries simply shown as "Blackawton Town" and Castle Lane. They are preceeded by the entries for Cotterbury (a separate hamlet in the parish) and followed by the entries for Blackawton Cross, which seems to be on the edge of the main village, and was where Mary Edmonds parents-in-law were living. The main village was described as a village in the preceeding and following censuses, despite the ennumerator for the 1851 being Henry Hambling, the same person who recorded it as a town in 1861, and the ennumerator in 1871 being his son Henry Baker Hambling. 

      Grace died before 1871 when William was still with the same servant, Mary Edmonds, .
      Next door in 1871 was John Pitts and his wife Eliza. John was born c 1817, like William a butcher, but he doesn't appear to have been a son of William's - maybe he was a nephew?

      An interesting servant
      Mary Edmonds, live-in servant to William and Grace by the time of the 1861 census and probably until William's death in 1872 was shown as married in 1861 - so where was her husband? In Australia, having been transported in 1854. Although Mary was born Mary Maria Bourne / Berne in Buckfastleigh and was living with her husband, John Hannaford Edmonds, at Tideford in Cornworthy in 1851, John came from Blackawton. The son of Thomas and Agnes (nee Hanover) who had married at St. Michael's in 1811, he was baptised in the same parish church in 1818.

      The trial on 15th March 1855 at which John was sentenced to transportation was reported in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post in an article showing the Devon Lent Assizes, published on Thursday March 22nd 1855. John was aged 36 and a militiaman.  He was charged with burglariously breaking and entering the house of Miss M. W. N. Leach at Stoke Fleming with intent to steal her goods.  The burglary was committed on 24th August 1854 and was not John's first offence. Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of 10 March, 1853 reported that at the Devon Lent Assizes a John EDMONDS aged 35 was convicted for a burglarly at Cornworthy, while Trewman's Exeter Flying Post of September 21, 1854 noted that at the Devon Intermediate sessions, a John EDMONDS, had been sentenced to 2 months imprisonment for assaulting police-constable William PEARSE at Dawlish in the execution of his duty.
      This time the penalty was more severe - John was sentenced to 14 years and sailed for Western Australia on 11 June 1856 on board the "Runnymede" with 247 other male convicts. On 11 May 1865, aged 47, John, who had by now received a Conditional Pardon, died in York, Western Australia and is buried there.

      Living just with William Pitts as his servant in 1871, Mary presumably found herself without work when he died the following year. Whether or not she found another job, without a husband or family to support her, Mary was in the Union Workhouse at Churchstow at the time of the 1881 census, recorded as a 75 year old widow.

      Lest she seem to belong to a class quite separate from that of her former employers, the Pitts, it is also worth noting that William and Grace's daughter Grace was a widow, between her 2nd and 3rd marriages at the time of the 1871 census, and living with her brother-in-law by her 2nd marriage, Samuel Lands. In the 1881 census Samuel Lands was also in the workhouse in Churchstow - in fact he was the very next entry after Mary Edmonds. Immediately before Mary Edmonds was one Mary Tucker, whose age, birthplace and being listed as "formerly domestic servant" suggest she was the Mary Tucker who was the Pitts servant before Mary Edmonds.   

    Person ID I780  All
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2017 

    Father James BAKER,   b. 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,   d. 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  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F26    |  Family Chart

    Family William PITTS,   bap. 13 Apr 1790, 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,   d. 22 Jan 1872, (probably), 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 ~ 81 years) 
    Married 3 Oct 1809  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 
    • from IGI
    Children 17 children 
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F590    |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 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 MapsBaptised - 18 Dec 1788 - 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 MapsMarried - 3 Oct 1809 - 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 bapt - William PITTS - 1 Jan 1810 - 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 born - William PITTS - Abt 1811 - 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 bapt - James Baker PITTS - 16 Apr 1812 - 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 bapt - John PITTS - 13 Oct 1813 - 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 born - Grace Baker PITTS - Abt 1814 - (probably), 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 bapt - Sarah Baker PITTS - 20 Feb 1816 - 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 bapt - Charles Baker PITTS - 15 Feb 1817 - 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 bapt - Sarah Ann PITTS - 11 Aug 1818 - 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 bapt - Elizabeth Baker PITTS - 31 Jan 1820 - 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 born - Susan Jane PITTS - Abt 1821 - 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 bapt - Samson PITTS - 4 Feb 1823 - 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 born - Thomas PITTS - Abt 1824 - 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 bapt - Eliza PITTS - 7 Sep 1825 - 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 bapt - Nicholas PITTS - 28 Oct 1826 - 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 bapt - Louisa PITTS - 5 Mar 1828 - 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 bapt - Caroline Baker PITTS - 29 Apr 1829 - 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 MapsBuried - 12 Mar 1865 - 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 Grace's father, James Baker
    In James' will his house, garden, orchard and appurtenances belonging to them was to go to Elizabeth and Grace equally after their mother's death.
    Other effects were to be split 3 ways, between Elizabeth, Grace and the children of their late sister, with just £10 which was to go to their brother and £5 to their half sister.
    Given that James' effects were listed as "under £300" they were presumably at least £200; assuming that they did not diminish by much during the 2 years by which James…

  • Sources 
    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)