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ALBERT LARKIN BAKER was born 3 Jun 1868 in Somerville, MA, son of William A. Baker & Cornelia Cannon. [i] He married ANNIE MABEL COLE on 5 Jul 1892 in Manhattan, NY, daughter of Arthur E. Cole & Margaret Annie McElveen.[ii] He died on 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion at the age of 73yrs 4mo & 6 days.[iii] He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[iv] Mabel was born on 9 Feb 1874 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of Arthur & Annie Cole.[v] She died on 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel at the age of 87yrs 7mo & 3 days.[vi] She was buried on 14 Sep 1961 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[vii]
Resolving Conflict in the Direct Evidence of Albert Larkin Baker’s Mother
There is some conflicting direct evidence in the case of Albert’s mother that needs to be discussed. While the evidence of his father is consistent throughout, that is not the case in regard to his mother.[viii] It appears that there is a significant coincidence in the records that proves to be just that, a coincidence.
It should be said first that a couple living family members, had knowledge of Albert’s middle name and birthday as 4 Jun 1868. They also thought he was born in Cambridge, MA. These family members did not personally know Albert when they were adults, as he died when they were quite young, and/or had not married into the family yet. However, they did know his wife, Mabel, personally. She did not pass away until 1961.[ix] Even more living family members knew each other, and had additional information about their children & grandchildren. Therefore, there is no doubt, that this line from a family knowledge stand point, is correct.
That said, in the researcher’s need to confirm the birth & parents of Albert, no record was found in Cambridge, MA. The record was instead found in Somerville, MA, and it states: b. 3 Jun 1868, Albert Baker, Male, son of “William A. and Ellen” of Somerville, Father was a machinist, b. NH, mother b. Cambridge.[x] You may or may not already know of the controversy of William, Larkin’s father, having an affair, [xi] which is discussed fully in William's sketch. The short version is that is was with Ellen S. Horne and eventually they married. [xii] It should be noted that the affair started 12 years after this record, and they married 14 years later. In 1868 when Albert’s birth was recorded, that Ellen would only have 11 years old herself, [xiii] and thus, this Ellen is not the same Ellen, and is a mere coincidence.
The other possibilities are that it could be a different Ellen, or an error on the record. Short of a DNA tests proving otherwise, the further compiled direct evidence indicates it was extremely likely it was just an error on the record. There is however still the slight possibility that William had another affair with a woman named Ellen, and she became pregnant & gave birth, only to have Cornelia raise him as her own. No direct evidence to that possible theory has been found, but there is one piece of evidence that has come to light which should be acknowledged. That is that Albert's father William gained legal guardianship of Albert when Albert was 12. He is the only child whose guardianship is legally gained by William. I suspect it was solely because of an inheritance Albert was to receive from his step-grandmother, but I do not know as the recorded probate volumes do not indicate the question of why. Also, to date, no DNA evidence has been confirmed or denied as to my Cannon line DNA.[xiv] That said, let’s look further at the direct evidence indicating the mother of Albert.
The marriage record for Albert & Mabel was recorded in Manhattan, 5 Jul 1892.[xv] The indexed record names Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole and his parents are named as William A. Baker & C.A. Cannon. Her parents were noted as Arthur Cole & Annie McElwain.[xvi] A certified copy of the death record from Malden, MA for Albert L. Baker, d. 10 Oct 1941, names his parents as “William A. Baker” b. NH & “Conelia Devine” b: Somerville, MA. The informant was his wife Mabel Baker.[xvii] This record conflicts as it was “Cornelia”, but Devine was actually Cornelia’s mother’s maiden name, not her maiden name, but none the less, this does not shed any light on the conflict of “Ellen” on his birth record.
The 1870 & 1880 Census Records in show Albert with William Baker & Cornelia (Cannon) Baker, which while they are all listed together, & it definitely notes Albert as the son of the head of the house, William, this does not confirm or deny the relationship between Albert & Cornelia.[xviii] William & Cornelia had been married nearly 6 years prior to the birth of Albert in 1868.[xix]
Simply stated, the father of Albert Baker was definitely William A. Baker who was the son of Hon. Larkin Baker[xx]. The indirect evidence of William’s character, shown in records discussed earlier,[xxi] does not deem it impossible that another woman could have been Albert’s mother, in my opinion. Also, one must know, this was a time in history when secrets of paternity definitely existed and were actively hidden ‘at all cost’, as the phrase goes. However, it would be extremely rare that the mother would be in question in a situation like this. Generally, the father was questioned for obvious reasons, or both parents might be in question. Although, we cannot say with inexplicable certainty that Cornelia (Cannon) was his mother, we can say the evidence definitely indicates certainty that she was his mother in every other way, and until DNA proves it otherwise, it will be accepted as the truth that Cornelia Cannon was his birth mother, and there was just an error on the record.
Piecing Together Albert’s Life
The earliest record of Albert aside from the 1870 US Census,[xxii] is that he can be found in the will of his step-grandmother, Sarah Baker.[xxiii] In which she writes “Albert L. Baker, my grandson, the sum of twenty five dollars”. While he was not, by blood, her grandson as she was the 2nd wife of Larkin and not the mother of William, she apparently felt as though he was. Albert L. Baker, my great grandfather, was 12 at the time of her death, but when she wrote her will in 1873 he was only 5 years old.[xxiv] Also in the probate file is a receipt showing the 25.00 for Albert L. Baker was paid to William A. Baker.[xxv]
We can piece together that as a child Albert lived Somerville & Cambridge MA, then in Middleton, NH from the age of about 8.[xxvi] Cornelia was apparently beaten by his father on various occasions beginning in January 1880, and in the following fall began an affair with Ellen S. Horne a teacher who resided in Great Falls, NH which ultimately led to a tumultuous divorce in 1882.[xxvii] Albert was 14 at that time. It would seem the children stayed with their mother as she received the homestead, other property & many belongings in NH in the divorce decree.[xxviii] Cornelia, the mother became ill & passed away in 1884 when Albert was 16.[xxix]
It seems at this time, Albert’s uncle, Albert S. Baker, moved to the homestead in Middleton NH, possibly to look after the younger children.[xxx] It is unclear if young Albert was in the home shortly before or after the death of his mother, but we know from the 1890 Cambridge Directory, Albert L Baker was a candy maker residing at 30 Park St. with his father William A, stock broker and banker working at 32 Water St. at the age of 21. Incidentally, I can vaguely remember my grandfather, Arthur L. Baker Sr., telling me his father used to make taffy, so this seems to give support to that.
The 1892 Somerville Directory has an Albert L Baker as a Shipping Clerk living at 314 Broadway at Cambridge. Also listed at that address is George Baker, the brother of Albert, listed as a mail clerk. It seems this would also be about the time, Albert would have likely met Mabel in the Cambridge/Somerville area prior to March 1892.[xxxi]
Albert and Mable were surprised with a pregnancy which prompted them to spend July 4th in NYC, and get married in Manhattan on 5 July 1892.[xxxii] They lived in Bridgeport CT shortly thereafter having their daughter Georgie Baker there in Nov of 1892[xxxiii] & Albert William in 1895.[xxxiv] 1895 Directory of Bridgeport, CT pg 26 states: Albert L. Baker, emp. Naugatuck Valley Ice Co., h. 70 Oak St. Notice from the birth record, this is the street Albert W. Baker was born on. The 1899 Bridgeport Directory does not show him.
From the births of their children we can determine they moved around a little bit, living in Cambridge, MA where he was a Teamster on the 1900 census. The 1910 Census shows them in South Boston, MA. They finally settled on 19 St. Mary's Street in Medford, MA sometime after that, and lived there until about 1949[xxxv] when Mabel moved to 14 George St. in Malden remaining there for the last 12 years of her life.[xxxvi]
Tradition says my Great Grampa Albert also worked at Boston Edison (then Edison Electric) as a mechanic, just like my grandfather. Evidence to support this is found on his death certificate where it states his employer was “Edison Electric Co.”.[xxxvii] On the 1910 US census in South Boston, he is listed as an "Electrician" and the industry is "Electric Works", but we know he was not technically an "Electrician" by today’s education & licensing standards. He can be found twice on the 1920 Census, once with his family in Medford, MA as an Express Messenger, and also in Greenfield, MA as a Farm Laborer.
We know there was a strong connection to Greenfield, MA. Their son Clifford lived there when he registered for the WWI Draft in 1916-17,[xxxviii] & he died there a few years later. On 30 Jul 1920, he was employed as a train brakeman & was thrown from the footboard of the engine.[xxxix] A family photo in the possession of the writer shows all of them there for their “25th” anniversary party in 1916. (Photo appears above) The photo was clearly marked as such before Mabel’s death. It should probably be mentioned that from the direct evidence we can tell this was actually their 24th Anniversary, but because she was apparently expecting Georgia at the time of marriage, their marriage date was most likely fudged a bit.[xl]
They probably still resided in Medford during 1930, but they are not found on that census. I searched high and low for them on there, browsing every page of Medford. Further, they do not seem to be in Greenfield, MA. The 1940 Census has them listed at 19 St. Mary’s St in Medford, MA & also states they were in the “same house” in 1935.[xli] The address in 1941 is still 19 Saint Mary St., this leaves us with no indication they moved.[xlii]
Albert & Mabel had a 19 acre summer house in Sandown NH off 121A that they purchased on 15 Apr 1931. [xliii] Mabel sold it 9 Nov 1943.[xliv] Both deeds indicate it was bought and sold for “one dollar and other consideration”. It should be mentioned that the sale deed states “Mabel A. Baker of Sandown, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.”[xlv] There is no indication in the family or otherwise that Mabel resided in Sandown, NH other than for the summers between 1931–1943. The photo of the “summer house”, as it was called is posted above.
In about 1980, my father drove by and showed me the house, but at the time, I was young & not really paying attention. Since then, he has passed away. I knew it was on the right, & I knew it was in walking distance to Alden Pond, because I remember him saying he walked there as a kid to swim. Comparing the photo & after completing a title search through deeds, I was able to determine it is currently the home at 93 Main St. Sandown, NH. It’s between the streets of True's Parkway & Higgins Rd, but on the opposite side of the road. It comes up on Google Street View Maps as 97 Main St but it's really 93. Built c1850. A few years ago, they were having a yard sale & I stopped to meet the current owners and confirm it was the correct house.
Children of Albert Larkin Baker & Annie “Mabel” Cole:
i. GEORGIA MABELL BAKER b: 27 Nov 1892 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[xlvi] m: ROBERT WALTER AMAZEEN (1880-1963) on 29 May 1914 in Revere, MA.[xlvii] Divorced after 1940.[xlviii] They had one baby that died in infancy.[xlix] She never remarried & died 25 Oct 1978 in Revere, MA.[l]
ii. ALBERT WILLIAM BAKER b: 2 Jan 1895 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[li] m1: LOUISE JANET HOLDEN[lii] m2: SYLVIA NELSON.[liii] Albert d: Nov 1981 in Melrose, MA.[liv] Albert & Janet had 1 son & 2 daughters.[lv]
iii. CLIFFORD JULIEN BAKER b: 2 Jan 1897 in Salem, MA.[lvi] m: EVANGELINE “VAN” FRIEND (1897-
1991).[lvii] He died in the railroad accident 30 Jul 1920 in Greenfield, MA.[lviii] They had one son.[lix]
iv. HELEN LOUISE BAKER b: 12 Sep 1898 in Cambridge, MA.[lx] m: THOMAS WOOD (1898-1949).[lxi] She died 16 Sep 1976 in Saugus, MA.[lxii] They had one son & one daughter.[lxiii]
v. JOSIE VILLA BAKER b: 24 Mar 1900 in Cambridge, MA.[lxiv] m: EMIL APPEL.[lxv] She died 15 Jan
1992 in Amesbury, MA and was buried in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, MA.[lxvi] They had one
son & one daughter.[lxvii]
vi. ARTHUR LEON BAKER SR b: 16 Mar 1903 in Cambridge, MA.[lxviii] m: SYBIL NEWMAN HASELTINE in Plaistow, NH in 1925.[lxix] He died 29 Jun 1983 in St Petersburg, FL.[lxx] They had one son & one daughter.[lxxi]
vii. HAZEL MAY BAKER b: 2 Nov 1907 in Roxbury, MA.[lxxii] d: 13 Dec 2000 in Melrose, MA at the age of 93.[lxxiii] She never married.[lxxiv]
viii. WARREN KENNETH BAKER b: 6 Apr 1910 in South Boston, MA.[lxxv] m: MARION FIELD.[lxxvi]
He died Dec 1994.[lxxvii] They had two sons.[lxxviii]
Copyright Amylynne Murphy, NewEnglandGenealogist.com 2017
[i] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker b. 3 Jun 1868, Albert Baker, Male, son of “William A. and Ellen” of Somerville, Father was a machinist, b. NH, mother b. Cambridge via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[ii] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole 5 Jul 1892, Manhattan NY - NYC Archives Certificate Number 8296
[iii] Death Record Albert Baker Obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999. Albert L. Baker d. 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion, 73yrs 4mo & 6 days, Mechanic, Edison Electric, b. Somerville, fa: William A. Baker b. New Hampshire, Conelia Devine b. Somerville, wife Mabel Baker, 19 St Mary St. Medford, MA, buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA
[iv] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker Oak Grove Cemetery Records, Medford, MA, in the Mystic Lawn section #L-1, 2, 3, 4
[v] Birth Record Annie Mabel Cole Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 dau of Arthur & Annie, fa Baker b. ME mo b. Mass via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[vi] Death Record for Mabel A Baker Obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999 d. 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel, 87yrs 7mo & 3 days [more on record]
[vii] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker
[viii] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[ix] Death Record for Mabel A Baker
[x] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xi] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker Sep 1882, Strafford County Probate Court, NH
[xii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Ellen S Horne 16 Dec 1882, He is a45 of Cambridge, She is a25 of Great Falls, NH, He is a broker and she is a teacher, daughter of Loverett & Sylvi (actually Leavett C. Horne & Sylvia Nowell), his 2nd & her 1st, son of Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1910, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xiii] 1900 US Census Somersworth NH b. Jun 1857 [indexed under “Nellie Home” and says grand-daughter but she is with her father.]
[xiv] DNA Test - Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
[xv] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xvi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xvii] Death Record Albert Baker
[xviii] 1870 US Census Cambridge MA & 1880 US Census Middleton NH
[xix] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon 9 Aug 1862 in Cambridge, MA. His res: Somerville, a25, attendant, b. Westmoreland, NH, Her res. Cambridge, a20, b. Cambridge, no parents listed for either original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 , New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xx] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker; Birth Record William Alson Baker b. 10 Mar 1837 Westmoreland, male, white, living, ch no 6, Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxi] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xxii] 1870 US Census Cambridge MA
[xxiii] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxiv] Will of Sarah Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xxv] Will of Sarah Baker
[xxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537 dated Apr 28 1876
[xxvii] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xxviii] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker;
[xxix] Death Record Cordelia A Baker d. 7 Sep 1884 in Wakefield, NH, a41, record states she was still married, inflammation of bowels, NHVRA, Fruit St, Concord NH; Burial Record Cornelia Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, Cannon Family Plot Record shows a41, unmarked; Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker;
[xxx] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304
[xxxi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole; Birth Record of Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker born on Nov 27 1892 on John St., Bridgeport, CT per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxii] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xxxiii] Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker.
[xxxiv] Birth Record Albert William Baker born Jan 2 1895 on Oak St Bridgeport CT per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxv] 1949 Medford Directory Mabel Baker, St Mary's St
[xxxvi] Death Record for Mabel A Baker; Also per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxvii] Death Record Albert Baker
[xxxviii] Military WWI Draft Registration Clifford Baker
[xxxix] The Springfield Daily Republican Saturday July 31 1920, pg 18 “Accident is Fatal”
[xl] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole; Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker
[xli] 1940 US Census Medford MA [Albert is indexed as incorrectly on Ancestry.com – search for Mabel or Hazel]
[xlii] 1940 US Census Medford MA
[xliii] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46.
[xliv] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46
[xlv] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46
[xlvi] Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker
[xlvii] Marriage Record Robert Walter Amazeen & Georgia Mabelle Baker 29 May 1914 in Revere, MA, He was 34, 2nd, of Revere, Painter, b. Chelsea, son of Frank L. & Kate Plummer. She was 21, 1st, of Medford, Stenographer, b. Bridgeport CT, dau Albert Larkin & Mabel Anna Cole via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xlviii] 1940 US Census Medford, MA where they are listed together as Robert W. Amazeen & Georgia M. Amazeen on Fellsway West
[xlix] Death Record Baby Amazeen - Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[l] Death Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker [d. 28 Oct] 25 Oct 1978 Connecticut Revere MA Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Not found on SS Death Index; Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members - I knew her quite well. We’d visit her in a nursing home, and she’d come over for holiday dinners. I was 11 when she passed away
[li] Birth Record Albert William Baker
[lii] Marriage Record of Albert William Baker & Louise Janet Holden Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[liii] Marriage Record of Albert William Baker & Sylvia Nelson Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[liv] Death Record Albert W Baker b. 2 Jan 1895 CT d. 24 Nov 1981 Melrose Massachusetts Death Index; Nov 1981 Social Security Death Index; Puritan Lawn Memorial Park , Peabody MA interred 28 Nov 1981
[lv] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members.
[lvi] Birth Record Clifford Julien Baker b. 2 Jan 1897 Salem, MA - No first name on record - Parents Albert Baker & Mabel Cole, Laborer, b. Cambridge, b. Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915; Military WWI Draft Registration Clifford Baker;
[lvii] Marriage Record Clifford J Baker & Evangeline Friend No record found; Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lviii] The Springfield Daily Republican
[lix] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lx] Birth Record Helen Louise Baker b: 12 Sep 1898 in Cambridge, MA -No first name on record: Parents Albert Baker & Mabel Cole Res 99 Elm St. Cambridge, Tinsmith, both born Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 via familySearch.org
[lxi] Marriage Record Helen Louise Baker & Donald Wood Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxii] Death Record Helen Wood b. 12 Sep 1898 d. 16 Sep 1976 Saugus MA Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; US Social Security Index; Oak Grove Cemetery, Mystic Lawn
[lxiii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxiv] Birth Record Josie Villa Baker b: 24 Mar 1900 in Cambridge, MA - no record found in Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxv] Marriage Record Josie Villa Bakker & Emil Appel Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxvi] Death Record Josie Villa Appel - b. 24 Mar 1900 d. 15 Jan 1992 Amesbury MA US Social Security Index; Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Forest Dale Cemetery Malden MA; An original funeral card in the writer’s archive collection
[lxvii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxviii] Birth Record Arthur Leon Baker b: 16 Mar 1903 Cambridge, MA, parents Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole, 99 Elm St., Teamster, b. Somerville, b. Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxix] Marriage Record Arthur L Baker & Sybil Newman Haseltine 13 Aug 1925 Plaistow NH He lived in Medford, MA , b. Medford baker, son of Albert L. Baker & Mabel Cole, She lived in Plaistow, NH, b. Haverhill MA, shoe worker, both 22y, 1st for both, dau of Ernest C. Haseltine & Hattie V. Sanderson, int 8 Aug 1925 by Ernest A. McKenzie of Plaistow NH via NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxx] Death Record Arthur L Baker Sr Boston Globe, Sunday, Jul 3 1983, pg 59 Obituary of “Arthur L. Baker, 80”
[lxxi] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxii] Birth Record Hazel May Baker b: 2 Nov 1907 in Roxbury, MA, parents Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole, 2 Records, 1 in Boston & 1 in Cambridge, Massachusetts Births 1841-1915; Also a copy of the obituary in the writer’s archive collection which was posted on WeirFuneralhome.com on Dec 14 2000
[lxxiii] Death Record Hazel Baker b. 2 Nov 1907 Boston d. 13 Dec 2000 Melrose US Social Security Index; Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Oak Grove Cemetery, Mystic Lawn; Copy of the obituary in the writer’s archive collection which was posted on WeirFuneralhome.com on Dec 14 2000.
[lxxiv] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxv] Birth Record Warren Kenneth Baker b: 6 Apr 1910 at 373 Silver St., Boston, MA, Parents: "Albert Larkin Baker" of Medford, b. Somerville, Machinist, & "Mabel Annie Cole" b. Cambridge, Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxxvi] Marriage Record Warren K Baker & Marion Field Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxvii] Death Record Warren K Baker b. 6 Apr 1910 d. 18 Dec 1994 Conway NH US Social Security Death Index
[lxxviii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
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Amylynne (Baker) Murphy