The Baker Family.
GEORGE BAKER was born in Middlesex circa 1809. George, a shoemaker, and ELIZA WILLS had a daughter ELIZABETH BAKER 10th. May 1863 at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Eliza Wills had a daughter Mary Jane Nash to GEORGE NASH at Launceston, Tasmania in 1869, no marriage has been found. George Baker died 7th. July 1879 in Hobart.
Elizabeth had a son
Elizabeth married DAVID ROBERTSON 4th. February 1885 at Prahran, Melbourne, Australia. Her mother, Eliza was present as Eliza Nash.
Children of this marriage were -
Elizabeth, a hassock maker, lived with GEORGE HAYTON at 358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne between 1917 and 1923. and was known as Mrs. Hayton but, I think, had not married as she later called herself Elizabeth Robertson again. I have no information after 1923.
Family legend has it that George Lewis Baker was not welcomed into the marriage of Elizabeth & David Robertson but lived with an old couple (which could have been his grandmother, Eliza Nash, and husband) until their death & then was made a state ward. He ran away & joined a circus & travelled to the Hunter where he married MINNIE ISABEL HALL 7th. February 1910 at Broke, N.S.W. Australia. Children of this marriage were -
She died 5th. May 2000 in Singleton N.S.W.
George apparently worked at many jobs but worked as a tram driver in Sydney before taking his family by sea to Melbourne to see his Mother and her family in 1918. He brought them home overland by horse & cart, a journey much remembered by the older children. He is remembered as an expert juggler, reasonable tight rope walker and very good with his hands, making small toys etc.
George Lewis Baker died in the bubonic flu epidemic at the Coast Hospital, Little Bay, Sydney, on 27th. June 1919 and was buried at Botany on 28th. June 1919. His widow later remarried JOHN PITTMAN.
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