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Marine Sergeant William Baker (c.1761....1836)

 

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  • Born : circa 1761
  • Where Born : England
  • Occupation : Soldier / Orderly Sergeant to Governor Phillip in Sydney / Convict Superintendent. /farmer.
  • Date Arrived : 26. Jan. 1788
  • Ship Arrived on : " Charlotte "
  • Rank on Discharge : Sergeant
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  • Where Enlisted : Portsmouth
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  • Where Discharged : Sydney
  • Died : 14. Sept 1836 age 75
  • Where Died / Buried : Hobart ,Tasmania
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  • 1st Partner's Name : Susannah Huffnell
  • Born : 1765
  • Baptised : 13 January 1765 at St Peters Church Worcester, Worcestershire
  • Where Born : Worcester, Worcestershire
  • Occupation : Servant / suggestion that she was the Governor's first housekeeper.
  • Date Married : No record of marriage
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  • Date Arrived : 26 January 1788.
  • Ship Arrived on : Lady Penrhyn
  • Died : 1814, on 11 April in Sydney, under the name Susannah Wheeler
  • Where Died / Buried :April 12 1814  St Phillips Church Old Sydney Burial Ground C/D
  • 2nd Partners Name : Elizabeth Lavender
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  • Date Married : 26th Aug 1795
  • Where Married : Sydney
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  • Died : April 1824
  • Descendants

    Information supplied by Kirsty Harris kirstyj@rocketmail.com

    Area Settled :
    Hobart Tasmania
    Children :
    1. Elizabeth Baker (b.1/1/1789.......d.) to Susanah Huffnell married Michael Hayes and had 13 children,

    History & Achievements :

     
    Marine Sergeant William Baker enlisted in the 53rd Portsmouth Company of the Royal Marines. Whilst
    enroute to Sydney ,William shot himself in the foot with his own rifle, an accidental shooting. He made a full recovery from his injuries and rejoined the Marines duties. Following his arrival in Port Jackson he was attached to Watkin Tench Company. He was appointed orderly Sergeant to Governor Phillip. William returned to England on board the ship "Atlantic" . On 25th of October 1794 William returned to Australia on board the ship " Suprize "
    Following his discharge he establishes an 40 acre farm on the Hawkesbury River. He had a land grant at
    Toongabbee and a 30 acre grant at Mulgrave . Susannah Huffnell was his first partner , no record of marriage has been found, she bore a daughter to William . Susannah was sent to Norfolk Island and no further contact can be found between William and Susanah. William did how ever marry . On the 26th of August 1795 he married Elizabeth Lavender.
    William eventually settled in Hobart Tasmania. Held 30 acres at Argyle and 200 acres at Ulva Tasmania
    William did not re-join the Royal New South Wales Regiment as others had. Although there is a William Baker listed as a member of the New South Wales Regiment it is not this William.
     
    Reference R.S.T & R.M
    History And Archives/Old Sydney Burial  Ground.
     -Inventory of Burials 1792-1820  City of Sydney Historical Program
    Researched Cathy Dunn C/D
    References
    Military records  ,Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records, Mitchell Library ,Sydney Australia
    Relatives and Descendants
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