In discussing the legacy of Richard, St. Barbe Baker, founder of the two international movements, “Men of the Trees”, and “Children of the Green Earth”, a question often arises; “Is St. Barbe part of the surname?”
Photo of Richard St. Barbe Baker
Courtesy: University of Saskatchewan,
University Archives & Special Collections,
Richard St. Barbe Baker fonds, MG 71
On delving into the family tree of Richard Edward St. Barbe Baker [St. Barbe], it has been discovered that St. Barbe (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was born to John Richard St. Barbe Baker and Charlotte Purrott in West End, Hampshire, United Kingdom. According to a genealogical researcher St Barbe’s mother was born between July 1859 and September 1859, in Croydon RD, Surrey, England. John Richard St. Barbe Baker, St. Barbe’s father, had a birth date between 1829-1889 and died January 1, 1944. St. Barbe had three younger siblings, James Scott Baker (b. about 1892), Ethele M. (b. about 1894), Thomas Guillaume St. Barbe Baker (1895-1966),
The 1901 census at The Firs, West End lists the St. B. Baker family as;
John R. St. B. Baker Head, Married, 40,m Living on own means Evangelist and Tree Grower, West End.
Charlotte S. Do [Ditto] Wife, Married 40 Surrey Croydon.
Richard E Do. Son 11 Hants. West End.
James S Do. Son. 9 Do Do
Ethele M Do Dau. 7 Do.Do.
Thomas G. Do. Son 5 Do. Do
At the age of 57, Richard St. Barbe Baker married Doreen Whitworth Long of Strensham, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, on January 23, 1946. Doreen and St. Barbe had two children, Paul (b. 1949) and Angela (b. 1946). This marriage ended in divorce seven years later.
On October 7, 1959, now aged 70, Richard St. Barbe Baker, married Catriona Burnett, and took up residence in New Zealand. In 1969, St. Barbe sought to trace his wife’s Scottish ancestry during a Scotland lecture tour.
So this research uncovers the fact that Dr. Richard St. Barbe Baker L.L.D 1971, O.B.E.1977 – whom the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is named after – bore a surname of “St. Barbe Baker”, as his dad, John Richard St. Barbe Baker, also has been registered as having the St. Barbe Baker surname. To further delve into the query, a genealogist of the St. Barbe Baker family lineage has been contacted to see if there are any further clues as to how “St. Barbe” came to be part of the family surname, if known. The reply has come back, that this is unknown at this time.
Those who knew Richard St. Barbe Baker, said that he was known as “St. Barbe” to his friends. If anyone has any further information about this, please email StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com Thank you kindly.
“And when I die may my body be laid to rest at the roots of a tall tree so that my spirit may arise in the branches and give thanks”
Baker, Richard Edward St. Barbe
(1889–1982) Bahai Encylopedia Project. 2012 National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
Charlotte Sophie St. Barbe Baker (Purrott (Porret)) deceased – Genealogy Genie. Managed by Randy Schoenberg. Date Accessed May 30, 2016.
Forestry man tracing his family tree. The Glasgow Herald. September 3, 1969. Digitized online by Google Newspaper Archives. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
John Richard St. Barbe Baker (b-1944) – Genealolgy Genie.com. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
Miller, Ruth Wright. Saskatchewan Heroes and Rogues Digitized online by Google Books. Date accessed May 30, 2016.
Richard Baker My Heritage.
Richard St. Baker Twitter feed out of Sydney, Australia on twitter Date accessed May 30, 2016.
For more information:
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
July 9, 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area CLEAN UP Day PAMPHLET