Baker, James (1805-1839)

James was born on 12 March 1905 at Hodson, nr Chiseldon, Wiltshire, to parents James and Mary. He was baptised on 8 April 1805 at Newbury Wesleyan Methodist chapel.

He was converted in 1827, but in 1828 became a backslider for about three months. he subsequently joined the Primitive Methodist Society at Chisledon and became a class leader and local preacher.

His lengthy obituary – see the attached transcription – by Samuel West provides details of his ministry, documenting several extracts for his journal that detail successes and persecution. There is a particularly interesting conversation between James and a local magistrate in the presence of the local constable.

James died on 24 July 1839 at Hodson, nr Chiseldon, Wiltshire. His funeral took place on 29 July 1839 at Chiseldon.

His obituary reveals that James left a widow; possibly Sarah Weston from a marriage on 6 November 1826 at Chiseldon.


  • 1833 Brinkworth
  • 1834 Stroud
  • 1837 Witney


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1842/284

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers


Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

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