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 Mary <I>Willcocks</I> Baker

Mary Willcocks Baker

Birth
Witheridge, North Devon District, Devon, England
Death 24 Dec 1864 (aged 72–73)
Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Burial Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Plot Unmarked
Memorial ID 75924731 · View Source
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In April of 1817, a strangely dressed young woman was found wandering the streets of Almondsbury, Gloucestershire, England. She apparently could not speak or comprehend English, and no one could understand the language she spoke. Finally, a Portugese sailor stepped forward to translate for her. She said her name was Princess Caraboo, and she was from the island of Javasu in the Indian Ocean. She claimed to have been kidnapped by pirates, and had escaped by jumping overboard when the ship was in the Bristol Channel.

For more than two months, Caraboo enjoyed the hospitality of the local dignitaries. Then, after a portrait of her appeared in an area newspaper, an acquaintance came forward and revealed her true identity.

"Princess Caraboo" was actually Mary Baker, a cobbler's daughter and servant girl. Her "language" had been nothing more than a combination of gibberish and Gypsy words.

Shortly after her discovery, she moved to Philadelphia for a time, then returned to England in 1821, where she remarried, raised a family, and spent the rest of her life.


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  • Created by: Iowa Owl
  • Added: 3 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75924731
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Willcocks Baker (1791–24 Dec 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75924731, citing Hebron Road Burial Ground, Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England ; Maintained by Iowa Owl (contributor 46772324) .