I've just joined the list and hope someone can help with my BAKER
problem. I haven't done any online searching yet, but maybe a
cousin will read this and cut out the painful sifting process for
According to the IGI (all extracts of records) James BAKER was
christened in Heavitree parish in 1814. His parents were Mary
GREENSLADE and Abraham BAKER, married 1813 in Heavitree; he had
a sister, Mary Ann, christened 1817. Abraham appears to have been
the son of Ann PEDERICK and Abraham BAKER. The other parishes
relevant to this family are Clyst Honiton and Broad Clyst
(sometimes spelled Clist).
The 1851 census surname index for Devon has no James of the right
age to be this man. My question is, was he dead or had he been
transported? James Baker was sentenced at Exeter General Quarter
Sessions, 4.1.1842, to 10 years in Van Diemen's Land, but I need
to know whether he could possibly have been Abraham's son.
Abraham and apparently his second wife, Ann HITT, were living in
the village of Broad Clist in 1851; there was no one else in the
house that night.
I don't think I'm clutching at straws, partly because my Devon-
born 2xgt-grandfather James Baker (possibly this convict) named
his son Abraham. However, if someone knows that Mary and
Abraham's son James died before 1851, that would kybosh my
Hoping this will interest someone, and happy to share all that
I have on James' descendants in Australia.