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Thomas Baker (abt. 1823 - abt. 1878)

Thomas Baker
Born about in Westerham, Kent, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Husband of — married 19 Jan 1857 in Glenfield, Leicestershire, Englandmap
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Died about at about age 55 [location unknown]
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Thomas Baker was born in Kent, England.

Thomas BAKER.[1]

Thomas was born in about 1823 in Westerham Kent England, his fathers name James. The family were residing together at the time of the 1841 census.[2]

First name(s) Last name Sex Age Birth year Birth place
James Baker Male 45 1796 -
Sarah Baker Female 40 1801 Kent, England
James Baker Male 20 1821 -
Emma Baker Female 15 1826 -
Thomas Baker Male 15 1826 -
George Baker Male 14 1827 -
Henry Baker Male 11 1830 -
Frederic Baker Male 9 1832 -
Robert Baker Male 7 1834

He married Ann LAUNDON on 19 Jan 1857 at Glenfield Leicestershire after the calling of the bans.

Thomas was believed to be a corporal in the Rifle Brigade 2nd Battalion (1857) and a member of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, 4th battalion (1861).

At the time of the 1861 census Ann and Thomas are residing at the Barracks at Winchester in Hampshire. Thomas is now listed as a sergeant in the army and they have two children. Alma Mary aged 3 and Thomas listed as being 1 week old. It would appear that Thomas has two further children with Ann. Arthur Frederick BAKER was born on 1st April 1861 and Eldred Laundon BAKER was born on 28 Jul 1865. The birth of Arthur Frederick was registered at Winchester on 4th April 1861, by his father Thomas. The census that year was taken that year on the night of 6th June. That would make Arthur 9 weeks old on census night. He and Thomas could be the same person. Arthur Frederick does not appear in 1861 census, but Thomas snr does. Thomas is listed on Eldred's birth certificate as an agricultural labourer, so presumably he had left the army by that time.

In 1871, he is listed as a visitor in a household names BARNES in St Paul Northgate Canterbury. He is listed as an army pensioner. With him is his daughter Alma and some others by the name of GROOMBRIDGE. It would appear the couple are living separately by this time.

Ann finally marries Edward Roberts in 1878 and is listed as a widow on the marriage certificate. It is assumed Thomas has died by this time. No record can be found of his death. Could he have gone with his son Arthur/Thomas to Canada?


The Kings Rifle Corps unit's name was not changed until after the Napoleonic Wars; first to The Duke of York's Own Rifle Corps and then in 1830 to the King's Royal Rifle Corps. In 1858 the Rifle Depot at Winchester was made their headquarters. During the rest of the 1800s the unit was active in China, Canada (Wolseley Expedition), Afghanistan, India, Burma and South Africa - Wikipedia.


  1. Veronica Williams for creating WikiTree profile Baker-10234 through the import of Roberts_2013-08-13_2013-08-17.ged on Aug 16, 2013.
  2. 1841 England Census - Find my past,, BAKER James and Thomas. 1841 - Westerham FMP;
  • BDM - Certificates, BAKER Eldred Laundon - Birth - GRO 261/1865.
  • BDM - Certificates, BAKER Arthur - Birth - GRO 211/1861.
  • 1861 England Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2005),, BAKER Ann. Database online.
  • 1871 England Census (Provo, UT, USA, The Generations Network, Inc., 2004),, BAKER Alma. Database online.
  • BDM - Certificates, LAUNDON Ann to Baker- Marriage - GRO 83/1857.
  • IGI Index - England Births and Christenings 1538-1975,, BAKER Eldred Lanndon - Christening, Batch C 165193, Source 1469620.
  • 1851 England Census (Provo, UT, USA, Operations Inc, 2005),, BAKER Thomas. Database online.
  • BDM - Certificates, ROBERTS to Baker (formerly LAUNDON) marriage - GRO 2a 266/1878.

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