Richard BAKER (c.1793–1863)
His wife Mrs Sarah BAKER, née Allder (c.1797–1866)
Their son Thomas BAKER (1833–1857)
St Paul section: Row 12, Grave A4 [St Paul ref. B9]
Chorister of St Paul's
Born April 1st 1833
Deceased Nov. 29th 1857
Deceased June xii 1863,
[Aged 69 years.]
[There does not appear to be
an inscription to Mrs Baker, but as
she was buried in section B9
in January 1866, it is very likely
that she too was buried here]
Richard Baker was born in c.1793. His place of birth is uncertain: one census says Holwell, Gloucestershire (which does not exist) and another Holywell, Oxford; but neither have any record of his baptism. Holwell in Oxfordshire is a possibility, in which case he could be the Richard Baker, son of William and Better Baker, who was baptised at Broadwell in 1793.
Sarah Allder was born in Ramsden, near Charlbury, Oxfordshire in c.1797, but no baptism can be found.
On 26 June 1821 at St Thomas's Church, Richard Baker (26) married Sarah Allder (24), and they had ten children:
- Frederick Baker (born at the Botley Road on 8 August 1822 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 8 August)
- John Baker (born at Stowes Folly, Botley Road on 14 April 1823 and baptised at St Thomas's Church the same day): died aged three days and buried in St Thomas's churchyard on 17 April
- Jane Baker (born at Stowes Folly, Botley Road on 1 June 1824 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 27 June)
- Elizabeth Baker (born at the Botley Road in 1826 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 14 May)
- Ann Baker (born in Oxford in 1829 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 5 July)
- James Baker (born in Oxford in 1831 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 21 August);
died aged three months and buried in St Thomas's churchyard on 9 October
- Thomas Baker (born in Oxford on 1 April 1833 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 28 April)
- Catherine Baker (born in Oxford in 1834/5 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 9 January 1835)
- Emma Baker (born in Jericho, Oxford in 1837 and baptised at St Thomas's Church on 25 June)
- Harriett Baker (born in Oxford in 1839 and baptised at St Paul's Church on 5 May).
Richard Baker was described as a servant at the baptism of his first son, and thereafter as a sawyer. From at least 1822 to 1826 the family lived on the Botley Road in St Thomas's parish. At some point between 1826 and June 1837 they moved to the Jericho area of Oxford (which was also in St Thomas's parish until it became part of the new St Paul's district chapelry when that church opened in Walton Street in mid-1837).
At the time of the 1841 census Richard, who was still a sawyer, and his wife Sarah were living at Cardigan Street in Jericho with six of their children, namely Frederick (20), who was also a sawyer, and Ann (15), Thomas (10), Catherine (8), Emma (4), and Harriett (2). A lady called Ann Stratton, aged about 55, was also living with them. Their eldest daughters Jane (16) and Elizabeth (14) are missing and may have been out to service.
Their daughter Elizabeth Baker died in the St Paul's district at the age of 21 and was buried in St Thomas's churchyard on 5 September 1847. (Until St Sepulchre's Cemetery opened in 1848, the dead of Jericho continued to be buried at St Thomas's.)
By the time of the 1851 census Richard (probably 56, but recorded as 60) had given up his work as a sawyer and was a gardener. He was living at 23 Great Clarendon Street with his wife Sarah (57) and their children Ann (23); Thomas (19), who was an artist's apprentice; and the three youngest children Catherine (17), Emma (15), and Harriett (12).
Their son Thomas, who was one of the adult choristers at St Paul's Church, died in 1857:
† Thomas Baker died at Great Clarendon Street at the age of 24 on 29 November 1857 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 6 December (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
The sexton's notebook confirms that Thomas was buried in this grave in the area that St Paul's described as B.9.
At the time of the 1861 census Richard Baker (66), who was still working as a gardener, was living at Great Clarendon Street with his wife Sarah (65).
They appear to have moved to Wellington Street soon after the census, as Richard died there in 1863:
† Richard Baker died at Wellington Street at the age of 69 on 12 June 1863 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 13 June (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).
The sexton recorded this burial as taking place in the same grave as his son Thomas.
Mrs Baker died there less than three years later in 1866:
† Mrs Sarah Baker née Allder died at Wellington Street at the age of 79 in January 1866 and was buried at St Sepulchre’s Cemetery on 28 January (burial recorded in the parish register of St Paul's Church).