Stanley Baker was born in 1893 in the village of Westhay, Meare, near Glastonbury on the Somerset Levels. He worked as a wheelwright for his father, along with the local blacksmith they made wheels and wagons. Stanley’s other occupation was the village undertaker. He made coffins from elm and oak; the average cost of a coffin was fifty shillings.
In 1907 Evelyn Henry Villebois Burnaby published ‘Memories of Famous Trials’. One of the cases he recalls was held at the Spring Assizes at Taunton before Chief Justice Alexander Cockburn in which four poachers from Yeovil, Somerset were alledged to have kicked to death local policeman Nathaniel Cox.
Medusa Mees was baptized on November 28, 1813 at All Saints Church, Nunney, Somerset, England the daughter of Rebecca Mees. There is no mention of a fathers name, but on September 15, 1813 a Bastardy Bond had been issued by the local Justices of the Peace naming William Bailey of Trowbridge as the father of Rebecca’s daughter who was born on July 27, 1813 at Nunney.