Baker, Andrew (1845-1916)
Transcription of Magazine ‘Sketch’
Mr. Andrew Baker, who for fifteen years was Steward of Andover Circuit, joined our people at Wherwell, at twenty years of age. Since then he has rendered valuable service as Sunday School Superintendent seventeen years, Local Preacher since 1886, which office he still holds, and as Circuit Chancellor he never missed one Quarterley Meeting during his term of office. In 1887 a new chapel was built at Wherwell of which he was Trustee and Secretary, and in three or four years it was free from debt.
In addition to his work on the Circuit Mr. baker fill the office of Parish Councillor; a thorough going abstainer he has several times been President of the village Band of Hope. Though the evening of his life is coming on our friend still takes deep interest in the affairs of the Circuit in which he is ably supported by his devoted wife.
Family and other information
George was born in 1845 at Wherwell, Hampshire, to parents George and Catherine. George worked the land. Andrew was baptised on 28 December 1845 at Wherwell.
Andrew began his working life as a labourer (1861). In 1871 he is described as a sawyer. Ten years later he is described as a carrier. He maintained that occupation until the time of the 1911 census. In 1911 he is described as a hire carter and was an employer.
Andrew married Mary Ann Pottle (1843-1901) in the summer of 1869 at Kings Somborne, nr Stockbridge, Hampshire. Census returns identify four children.
- William John (1870-1876)
- Annie Catherine (1872-1944) – married William Clement Rodaway, a carpenter
- Elizabeth Sarah (1879-1882)
- Samuel (1883-1969) – a grocer’s assistant (1911)
Andrew married Julia Louisa Tovey (1860-1929) in early 1902 at Wherwell, Hampshire. Julia married Henry C Green in 1922.
Andrew died on 2 December 1916 at Wherwell, Hampshire.
Primitive Methodist Magazine 1908/364
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