Joseph Baker and Betsey Pitman of South Petherton,Somerset , England
BETSEY PITMAN AND JOSEPH BAKER
Betsey was the daughter of William Pitman and Mary Raison of South Petherton, Somerset, England. Betsey Pitman baptised to William & Mary 27th November 1808 at South Petherton. Age 1 ½.
On October 7th 1827 Joseph Baker & Betsey Pitman were witnesses at the marriage of Susannah Baker of South Petherton & James Warr of South Petherton.
The following year Betsey Pitman married Joseph Baker May 15th 1828 at South Petherton, Somerset. Witnesses were Thomas Baker & David Jeanes
Joseph & Betsey had the following children:
John Baker born South Petherton abt 1828
Mary Baker born South Petherton 1832
William Pitman Baker born South Petherton & christened 16 July 1837
Robert Baker born South Petherton & christened 13 November 1836
Henry Baker born South Petherton 1838
Elizabeth Baker born South Petherton 1841
Susan Baker born about 1843 at South Petherton
In 1840 Joseph Baker was sworn in as a Tythingman for the village parish, as a substitute for William Pitman, a carpenter.
1841 census has Joseph and Betsey living in Roundwell Street, close to William Pitman, with daughters Mary, age 10, and Elizabeth, age 5 months, and their son Henry age 3 years, and also with Leah Pitman age 17 years and Ebenezer Pitman age 15 years. Leah was Betsey's niece. Unknown who Ebenezer was.
Elizabeth Baker, being 5 months, would have been born about January. The 1841 census was taken in June.
According to the census Joseph Baker was an agricultural labourer, age 30 years, born in Somerset. Betsey was born about the same time.
In the 1851 census we find the families again. Joseph Baker has passed away.
(Joseph buried 24th February 1848 at SS Peter & Paul, South Petherton, age 42 years).
Betsey is now a widow. The family has moved to South Street, Aller, or Langport, Somerset. This move could have been made at any time following Joseph’s death. The family needed to earn a living. They lived at South Street, which appears to be leading towards Oath Hill. Oath Hill is known for its mystical association with the region of the summer stars. The constellation of Canis Major is called “The Girt Dog of Langport”. Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, touches down on Oath Hill.
Sirius is also known as King Arthur's dog, Cabal - "The Mysteries". King Arthur used Oath Hill as the sacred place where his Knights swore oaths and allegiance and commitments.
Aller is close to Othery, where Betsey’s daughter, Mary, would have met her future husband, Job Keirle who was of Othery parish.
Mary was living with her mother in the 1851 census but married Job in Middlesex the following year. They then returned to Somerset where most of their children were born.
In Aller, Betsey’s family consists of :
Betsey, age 43,born about 1808. She is a baker by trade.
John, now the head of the family, age 22 – a baker
Mary age 20 – a baker
Henry age 13
Elizabeth Baker age 10, born 1841
Susan age 7, born about 1843
All were entered as being born at South Petherton.
Betsey appears to have moved to Southwark, Surrey, sometime between 1851 and 1861, perhaps the move was to help Elizabeth find a suitable future.
1861 census finds Betsey living at St Saviour, Southwark, Surrey with Elizabeth, her daughter. Betsey has not remarried and Elizabeth is still unmarried. They are living at 1 Pond Yard. Betsey is a monthly nurse and Elizabeth is a sewing machine hand.
Definition of monthly nurse: a nurse who serves for a month or some short time, esp. one which attends women after childbirth. Used to be known as a confinement nurse who attended women during the first month after child birth. May also have the initials S.M.S. (Subsidiary Medical Services. i.e. not a doctor, but trained in some way ).
Betsey cannot be found after the 1861 census. A death is registered in Axbridge in 1867, age 64 could be our Betsey.