Posts Tagged ‘Baker family’

Mabel Baker and her brooch

June 27, 2015

Mabel was born in Market Lavington back in 1883. Her parents were John and Louisa. John was a whitesmith (working in tin plate) and ironmonger and occupied the former hardware shop which is opposite the co-op. John died in 1903 and Louisa in 1910. Four of the daughters, including Mabel, emigrated to Canada. Mabel went in 1912. We believe this photo of Mabel was taken in England.

Mabel Baker, born and raised in Market Lavington

Mabel Baker, born and raised in Market Lavington

Amongst treasured possessions which Mabel took, there was a brooch. This has made its way back to Market Lavington and is now in the museum.

A lucky survivor. Mabel was unable to get a berth on her emigration ship of choice which was Titanic.. This brooch has been to Canada and back.

A lucky survivor. Mabel was unable to get a berth on her emigration ship of choice which was Titanic. This brooch has been to Canada and back.

Susan Way, a member of this Baker family wrote the following about Mabel.

Mabel Alice BAKER (b.1883) was the third sister to emigrate to Canada.  She married Arthur Willoughby (b.1886) at St Matthew Church, Winnipeg on 29 Dec 1914. Arthur was in uniform and soon to leave for service in the First World War. Joan Woods (Mabel’s niece) was almost 3 years old when she attended the wedding and remembers the dress she wore.

They adopted James Norquay (b.1933).  Mabel was deeply religious woman and attended an Anglo Catholic Church, St Cuthbert’s by name – a church in Elmwood – a north-east suburb of Winnipeg.  Mabel died in 1943 in Winnipeg due to a blood clot following a successful operation.  Arthur died in 1960 in White Rock, British Colombia.

She was to have sailed to Canada on the ill-fated Titanic in 1912 but the ship was overbooked.

 

Louisa Baker

June 7, 2015

We have a very soft spot for the Baker family in Market Lavington. They have always been exceptionally kind to us. Today we look at the matriarch of the family – Louisa.

Louisa Baker at about the time of her wedding

Louisa Baker at about the time of her wedding

Louisa was born in 1857 (or thereabouts) in West Lavington but in 1877 she married John Baker. The photo dates from about the time of the marriage.

John, according to the 1881 census was a dozen or so years older than his wife and was a ‘whitesmith’. This meant he made and traded in tinplate and enamelware. His premises were in what remained a hardware shop until quite recent times – opposite the present Co-op and next to the entrance into Woodland Yard.

Bearing and caring for children must have occupied much of Louisa’s life. The 1891 census lists Annie (12), Margaret (11), Hilda (9), Mabel (7), John (5), Archibald (3), Ida (1) and Amy (3 months).

The final child, Mollie, was born in about 1905 and sadly she never knew much of her parents. In fact her father died in 1903 so either her birth date is wrong or she actually had a different father. Louisa died in 1910. Both John and Louisa are buried in Market Lavington churchyard.

A number of the children emigrated to Canada and took family treasures with them. Quite a few of these have re-crossed the Atlantic and now have a home at the museum.