Benjamin Baker, 18061868 (aged 62 years)

Name
Benjamin Baker
Given names
Benjamin
Surname
Baker
Birth January 20, 1806 26
Address: Table Bay, Cape of Good Hope colony
Note: Benjamin was born aboard the convict ship 'William Pitt', His mother Ann Gibbons had conceived him whilst in goal awaiting transportation to the colony.
Birth of a half-sisterMary Ann Whitaker
July 10, 1808 (aged 2 years)
Marriage of a parentAbraham WhitakerAnn GibbonsView this family
about 1808 (aged 1 year)
Text:

Ann lived with Abraham between 1808 and 1813.

Birth of a half-brotherWilliam Whitaker
December 10, 1810 (aged 4 years)
Death of a half-brotherWilliam Whitaker
November 9, 1812 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a half-sisterElizabeth Whitaker
1813 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a half-brotherJoseph Smith
about 1815 (aged 8 years)
Text:

Name: Joseph Smith Birth Date: 1815 Birth Place: New South Wales Registration Year: 1815 Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Father: Joseph Smith Mother: Ann Baker Volume Number: V18153723 1B

Birth of a half-sisterHannah Smith
December 14, 1817 (aged 11 years)
Marriage of a parentJoseph SmithAnn GibbonsView this family
May 31, 1819 (aged 13 years)
Citation details:

No 655

Text:

Joseph Smith, free of the parish of Liverpool and Ann Gibbons, free, of ditto were married in this church by banns this 31 day of May 1819 by me Samuel Marsden Joseph and Ann both made their X marks in the register in the presence of James Emmett who signed the register and Jane Ewert who made her X mark

Birth of a half-brotherThomas Smith
May 25, 1820 (aged 14 years)
Marriage of a parentJohn VernalAnn GibbonsView this family
1824 (aged 17 years)
Address: St Peters Church of England
Text:

Name: John Vernall Spouse Name: Ann Smith Marriage Date: 1824 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Campbelltown, New South Wales Registration Year: 1824 Volume Number: V B

MarriageElizabeth LeeView this family
April 26, 1827 (aged 21 years)
Address: St. Peters Church of England
Birth of a daughterCharlotte Baker
March 30, 1828 (aged 22 years)
Citation details:

Liverpool St Luke Composite 27 February 1826 - 23 September 1838

Text:

Born 30 Mar 1828 and baptised 10 Aug 1828 Charlotte daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Baker a labourer of Liverpool

Census November 1828 (aged 22 years)
Text:

Baker, Benjamin, 23, Protestant, servant to Richard Brooks, Illawarra Baker, Elizabeth, 26, Protestant, servant Baker, Sarah, 4 Baker, Charlotte, 1

Occupation
Farm labourer, constable, butcher, carter, gardener, labourer
between 1828 and 1855 (aged 48 years)

Text:

In 1828 he was working as a farm labourer at Five Islands, Illawarra, NSW. His employer was Capt Richard Brooks. He was a constable between 18 November 1829 and 6 June 1831 in Sydney, NSW. The family was living in Bathurst Street, Sydney in 1830. He was working in Sydney as a coachman in 1832. He was working in Campbelltown, NSW as a butcher in 1840 but in 1843 he described himself as a labourer. At that time he was living in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont. In 1855 he described himself in the same way. In 1861 he described himself variously as a carter, gardener and labourer. He was one of the first generation of children who grew up in NSW, virtually a 'currency lad'. Thomas Moore JP knew him from childhood. He had a link with Thomas Rose, the wealthy emancipist and was working for him in 1825. Rose was enterprising and ran a bakery and other businesses in Sydney including several coach routes. He exchanged his property in Sydney for land in Campbelltown. Benjamin seems to have grown up in the Liverpool, Campbelltown area, to have spent some time in Sydney, in the Illawarra, and again in Sydney. When the family lived in Campbelltown from 1832 to 1840 he may have worked with his brother-in-law, John Neale, who was a wholesale butcher. He finally settled in the Pyrmont Square area (115 renumbered as 6 Union Street, Pyrmont), and lived there from about 1840 to 1868.

Birth of a sonWilliam Baker
March 7, 1830 (aged 24 years)

Birth of a sonBenjamin John Baker
April 1, 1832 (aged 26 years)
Citation details:

Liverpool St Luke Composite 27 February 1826 - 23 September 1838

Text:

Born 1 Apr 1832 and baptised 24 Jun 1832 Benjamin John son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Baker a coachman of Lower Minto

Birth of a daughterElizabeth Maria Baker
April 23, 1834 (aged 28 years)
Baptism of a daughterElizabeth Maria Baker
May 18, 1834 (aged 28 years)
Text:

St Peters

Birth of a daughterMary Ann Baker
May 25, 1836 (aged 30 years)
Birth of a daughterEmma Baker
about 1838 (aged 31 years)
Birth of a daughterAnne Rebecca Baker
March 20, 1840 (aged 34 years)
Birth of a daughterEleanor Baker
December 31, 1842 (aged 36 years)
Death of a motherAnn Gibbons
July 7, 1844 (aged 38 years)
Burial of a motherAnn Gibbons
July 9, 1844 (aged 38 years)
Cemetery: St Peters Cemetery
Marriage of a childGeorge JarvisCharlotte BakerView this family
1848 (aged 41 years)
Text:

Name: George Jarvis Spouse Name: Charlotte Baker Marriage Date: 1848 Marriage Place: New South Wales Registration Place: Sydney, New South Wales Registration Year: 1848 Volume Number: V B

Marriage of a childCharles Henry ShawElizabeth Maria BakerView this family
June 15, 1853 (aged 47 years)
Death of a half-sisterElizabeth Whitaker
1855 (aged 48 years)
Burial of a half-sisterElizabeth Whitaker
January 26, 1855 (aged 49 years)
Cemetery: St Johns Roman Catholic Cemetery
Death of a half-brotherThomas Smith
February 14, 1857 (aged 51 years)

Marriage of a childRobert Napier McDonaldEmma BakerView this family
May 7, 1858 (aged 52 years)
Marriage of a childArchibald McFarlanEleanor BakerView this family
April 26, 1861 (aged 55 years)
Marriage of a childNeil McDonaldAnne Rebecca BakerView this family
December 26, 1861 (aged 55 years)
Death February 19, 1868 (aged 62 years)
Address: 6 Union Street
Burial February 21, 1868 (2 days after death)

Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery
Note: The headstone has fallen but been turned over and is lying on top of the grave. Photo taken 1995.
Family with parents
father
mother
17801844
Birth: about 1780Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 7, 1844Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: between 1804 and 1805
2 years
himself
18061868
Birth: January 20, 1806 26The high Seas
Death: February 19, 1868Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Abraham Whitaker
step-father
17551844
Birth: about 1755
Death: 1844Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17801844
Birth: about 1780Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 7, 1844Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: about 1808New South Wales, Australia
6 months
half-sister
18081874
Birth: July 10, 1808 53 28Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 19, 1874Wombat, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
half-brother
18101812
Birth: December 10, 1810 55 30Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 9, 1812Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
half-sister
18131855
Birth: 1813 58 33Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1855Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Joseph Smith
step-father
17641824
Birth: about 1764England, United Kingdom
Death: May 26, 1824Liverpool, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17801844
Birth: about 1780Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 7, 1844Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: May 31, 1819Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
-4 years
half-brother
1815
Birth: about 1815 51 35Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
3 years
half-sister
Smith, Hannah (1817-1907)
18171907
Birth: December 14, 1817 53 37Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 27, 1907Guildford, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
half-brother
18201857
Birth: May 25, 1820 56 40Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 14, 1857
Mother’s family with John Vernal
step-father
17851859
Birth: about 1785
Death: 1859Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
mother
17801844
Birth: about 1780Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 7, 1844Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1824Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Elizabeth Lee
himself
18061868
Birth: January 20, 1806 26The high Seas
Death: February 19, 1868Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
wife
18021878
Birth: June 17, 1802 39 32Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 16, 1878Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 26, 1827Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
daughter
18281893
Birth: March 30, 1828 22 25Liverpool, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1893Central Cumberland, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18301917
Birth: March 7, 1830 24 27
Death: 1917Redfern, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
son
18321896
Birth: April 1, 1832 26 29Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1896Parramatta, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18341894
Birth: April 23, 1834 28 31Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia?
Death: October 31, 1894Balmain South, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
18361836
Birth: May 25, 1836 30 33Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 9, 1836
3 years
daughter
Baker, Emma (1838-1898)
18381898
Birth: about 1838 31 35Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 5, 1898Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
daughter
Baker, Anne Rebecca (1840-1882)
18401882
Birth: March 20, 1840 34 37Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: June 21, 1882Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
daughter
18421881
Birth: December 31, 1842 36 40Campbelltown, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1881Balmain, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
James Donahue + Elizabeth Lee
partner’s partner
17991826
Birth: about 1799
Death: October 10, 1826
wife
18021878
Birth: June 17, 1802 39 32Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 16, 1878Pyrmont, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: October 1, 1821
11 months
step-son
18221823
Birth: September 10, 1822 23 20Appin, South Coast and Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia
Death: November 10, 1823
2 years
step-daughter
Donohue, Sarah (1824-1909)
18241909
Birth: 1824 25 21Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 31, 1909
3 years
step-daughter
18261827
Birth: June 29, 1826 27 24Lower Minto, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1827
CensusCensus of New South Wales November 1828, ed. by Malcolm R. Sainty and Keith A. Johnson. Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1985 ie. 1980
Text:

Baker, Benjamin, 23, Protestant, servant to Richard Brooks, Illawarra Baker, Elizabeth, 26, Protestant, servant Baker, Sarah, 4 Baker, Charlotte, 1

OccupationCram, Andrew. Malcolm Cram [On-Line]. Canberra, ACT: the author, 2002-2009
Text:

In 1828 he was working as a farm labourer at Five Islands, Illawarra, NSW. His employer was Capt Richard Brooks. He was a constable between 18 November 1829 and 6 June 1831 in Sydney, NSW. The family was living in Bathurst Street, Sydney in 1830. He was working in Sydney as a coachman in 1832. He was working in Campbelltown, NSW as a butcher in 1840 but in 1843 he described himself as a labourer. At that time he was living in the Sydney suburb of Pyrmont. In 1855 he described himself in the same way. In 1861 he described himself variously as a carter, gardener and labourer. He was one of the first generation of children who grew up in NSW, virtually a 'currency lad'. Thomas Moore JP knew him from childhood. He had a link with Thomas Rose, the wealthy emancipist and was working for him in 1825. Rose was enterprising and ran a bakery and other businesses in Sydney including several coach routes. He exchanged his property in Sydney for land in Campbelltown. Benjamin seems to have grown up in the Liverpool, Campbelltown area, to have spent some time in Sydney, in the Illawarra, and again in Sydney. When the family lived in Campbelltown from 1832 to 1840 he may have worked with his brother-in-law, John Neale, who was a wholesale butcher. He finally settled in the Pyrmont Square area (115 renumbered as 6 Union Street, Pyrmont), and lived there from about 1840 to 1868.

DeathCram, Andrew. Malcolm Cram [On-Line]. Canberra, ACT: the author, 2002-2009
Birth

Benjamin was born aboard the convict ship 'William Pitt', His mother Ann Gibbons had conceived him whilst in goal awaiting transportation to the colony.

Burial

The headstone has fallen but been turned over and is lying on top of the grave. Photo taken 1995.