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William1 Baker & his wife Mary are a much more complicated couple to sort out than previous Baker families in this line. There are fewer records due to the earlier time-period and many secondary sources have confused and entangled them making claims that are not backed up by records, and/or documentation. My hope is that if we can clearly source what we can prove through evidence, & discuss what we can’t prove, we may break through this wall eventually, especially when combined with DNA results. Therefore, this writing is aimed at clarifying the sourced evidence, & letting go of statements that are not supported.
Before I delve into a summary of what we can prove or surmise about our William from the records, I want to be clear that sadly, nothing about our William1, prior to his arrival in Concord, MA has thus far been supported with documentation. Nothing. Not one single record. This why we all need to work together so that we can solve this mystery. There has to be something out there & if nothing else maybe the y-DNA of our male Baker brother, fathers, nephews, sons – can help us figure it out that way.
We know William1 arrived in Concord after 6 Mar 1654 because he is not listed on the list of residents at that time.[i] He is said somewhere to have rec’d 7 acres from 2nd Division of Concord in the East Quarter before 1656 BUT I don’t know where this record is. If you do, please share.
By 1666 he is clearly listed as having 43 acres, within 5 lots of the east quarter of Concord MA.[ii] His homestead was on what is now Lexington Rd & was the property between what is now identified as the Samuel Staples house on the west and the Benjamin Barron house on the east. This property was passed to William2, & then Joseph1. More evidence supporting the homestead & its location will be in a different post at some point, but it can be researched through the deeds in Middlesex County, albeit, not especially straight forward.
There are no direct indications of his age on a record that I am aware of. We can try to make a ballpark guess about his age at birth & death from a little logical reasoning through the following indirect evidence
We can be certain William was married to a Mary, as she is mentioned as his widow in his probate papers. His Middlesex County Probate Docket 773, 1679 has only 1 remaining document. It is a list of the inventory of his estate, signed by Timothy Wheeler, Tho Wheeler & John Stofford (?) 17.4.79 “granted to Mary his relic widd. & com hor son[s?] & both took oath to ye inventory.” This document indicates his housing & land was worth 70 pounds at that time. It also notes:
Sonn John Baker.
Rec. Vol 6 Page 188”
Mary married second Henry Jefts of Billerica as his 4th wife. The marriage took place on the same day (by the same minister) as her son William Baker2 married Elizabeth Dutton on 5 May 1681. Henry Jefts died on 24 May 1700 in Billerica, MA. His long detailed will written 4 Mar 1691-2 mentions William2 of Concord in his will as his "son in law" which was used for both step sons & what we now know as son-in-law today. It states on page 2 at the bottom: “Jno give eight pounds in my son in laws hand namely William Baker of Concord to be improved for her personall. (?)”
Therefore, seems like Mary may have died after his will was written on 4 Mar 1691, but a record for her death has not been found.
William and Mary of Concord MA had the following children (order uncertain):
1. John Baker –Mentioned on inventory paper in his father’s probate – nothing before or after – yet – I just noticed this in the summer of 2016
2. William Baker William died on 8 Jun 1702 in Concord, MA - click here.
The above concludes the certainties we know. It is a sad & frustrating sight, but the reality is unless we back up to this point, we cannot effectively move forward in the research. I firmly believe we are all stuck because we are banking on & barking up falsehoods & unproven statements provided by secondary sources. We must eliminate these once & for all. That said, if you have evidence to support something I am dismissing, please share. I totally welcome the correction & I really hope all Baker researchers from this line can work as a team to put this together with a solid foundation.
Let’s at least start with the most entertaining of these. When I first started researching, around 1998, I came across a story of a Husking Party at the home of our ancestors in Concord, MA. I had typed something the search engine I was using at the time, and up came a digital copy of an old book. I start reading pg 190…
“For weeks, Goodman Baker knowing that his place had been selected for the husking had been alive to all the requirements of the coming occasion, and his home had been a busy hive of willing and enthusiastic workers for many evenings since the early frost began crisping and curling the corn leaves. The woods had been scoured for
game, and the clink clonk of the mortar had been a familiar sound for many evenings, while good wife Baker and the boys pounded cloves and coriander seed, caraway, savory and sage, that all might be in readiness when the merry "mixing time" came, and the rich sauces and gravies were to be prepared.”
I was so excited to have found a story from the 1600’s! I was glued to it until the end. I was very green at the time and had not yet learned the magnitude of context in this type of work. I hung on every word as it sucked me in, line by line. It wouldn’t be until I finished the story & went back to the beginning that I realized …this was not a true story. It was a fictional story within a non-fiction book. Alfred Sereno Hudson takes creative license in his book History of Concord Massachusetts, Volume 1 Colonial Concord (1904) and he tells a wonderful hypothetical story. Although, I will admit for a longtime I was kinda mad at him for crushing me like that, lol. I highly suggest you read it, but start it from the beginning on pg 188.
Less amusing is the bulk of information that comes from numerous books who have both highly accurate information, as well as unsupported/inaccurate information. This makes it especially difficult because we want to believe that sources are either good or bad, black or white, & not waste time wading through the mucky greys, but wade we must. The following is most of the information that cannot be back up with additional records, to my knowledge at least.
Let’s start with Town Records of Littleton. For the most part this is a highly accurate source when it comes to the records. The Baker compilation on page 519-20, however, is significantly lacking in the sections below.
BAKER (pg 519)
1 Wm Baker of Charlestown 1634 d. 1658. His widow Joan d. 1669. He was one of the Selectmen 1646.
Tradition says one William Baker came to America about 1660 with a son William aged 3 years and he (probably the son) d. June 8 1702. One record says Wm Baker, s. Wm and Mary, b. Oct 19 1655.
Our William1 is not the son of William & Joan of Charlestown & Billerica as indicated. The 1658 Administration papers & Middlesex County Deeds for William Baker & his wife Joan of Charlestown & Billerica – do not name William as an heir of William & Joan’s.
We do know our William1 was in Concord before 1666 and he did have a son William who died 8 Jun 1702, but that is it. There is no support for anything else in this “tradition”. We have no record indicating how, when or where our William came from. Whether he came from somewhere else in New England, Virginia or from England. we do not know. There is more on this tradition under the discussion of Albert Clark Baker’s book.
Our William2 was NOT the William born Oct 19 1655. That William had siblings John, Nathaniel & Mary & was the William who married Mary Eddington & Pilgrim Eddy, who then married _______ Stedman. This was a different man.
BAKER (pg 520)
2 Wm Baker d. 8-2-1679 in Concord. His wife Mary (French) and son William settled his estate. (Mary m. 2nd May 5th 1681 Henry Jefts as his 4th wife). Children:
Probably William b. 1657 or Oct 19 1655, m. 1st Eliz Dutton (p. 424) at Concord, b. Jan 28 1659, probably dau Thomas. She d. Apr. 7 1698.* William m. 2nd Abigail Waite who m. 2nd Samuel Wheat.
Jos settled Marlborough
A John Eddy was in Watertown 1634, had a daughter Pilgrim who m. 1st Apr 22 1656 Wm Baker, m 2nd before 1678 Steadman. See N.E.H.G. Register p. 244-1848
The above William Baker would be the one we refer to in this report as William1, and he did die 8-2-1679 in Concord & his wife was Mary. That is all agreeable & supported by the records.
However, I have found no evidence that supports (French) as Mary’s maiden name, and we can prove that she most definitely was not the daughter of William French through his probate record. While a Joseph French lived in Concord also, nothing has been found yet to indicate a relationship with any of the French family at all.
Further, William1’s probate record does not mention William2 at all. Instead it states “John Baker” and & “sons” appears to be plural, “both” signing off on the inventory.
Despite this, it is certain they did have William2 who may have been born about 1660, but again he was definitely not born Oct 19 1655. Their son William, known here as William2, did marry Elizabeth Dutton at Concord. She was the daughter of Thomas and she did die 7 Apr 1698.
William2 did marry again, & she did after marry Samuel Wheat, but her maiden name was not Waite. It was Ballard as evidenced by her & her father’s probate papers. This is explained in the sketch of William2.
Further, there was actually another marriage for William2 between Elizabeth & Abigail. That wife was Sarah Crackbone. She died 11 months after they married. Therefore, technically, William married Abigail 3rd, not 2nd.
No evidence has been found indicating William & Mary had a son named Joseph. None. It seems this may have been an incorrect assumption made by the History of Marlborough, MA. There is evidence our William1 had another son, John. He is named on the one probate paper that remains for William Baker d. 1679.
Baker, Andrus, Clark & Adams Families with Descriptive Travels of the Author
Again, this is another source that has some undocumented information. It is a treasure to the family & has tons of fabulous information too, but some very critical information is not specifically sourced and leaves us in a very wobbly tree. These “traditions” have been repeated time & time again in other books and trees, but they are not specifically sourced and therefore are not supported by evidence. They just aren’t. I wish they were too, but until someone comes forward with evidence, it is merely tradition. “Tradition” is not the equivalent of truth. Let’s go through the areas of most concern one by one.
Pg 4: “Father in old age often was in a reminiscent mood, and I became much interested in the family history as it had come to him: but there was nothing in the shape of a genealogy except a family record in the old family Bible of my grandfather, this in the handwriting of my grandfather, on the front leaf inscribed: "William Baker's Bible, 1810." This genealogic record reached back to Concord, Mass., as the original home of the family.”
See… it is implied there is proof in the Bible of William Baker 1810, but we don’t know what it is or where the bible is now. We have no way of knowing which facts are, and are not, in the bible. It states the bible reached back to Concord, but what about Concord is truly in it? We need to document this information. If the bible is still out there in the family or universe somewhere, we should all pray photos of it make their way to the rest of us.
Pg 4: “He also left to my father the coat of arms brought from England and carried in the William branch of the family.”
Pg 8: “The coat of arms (by the name of Baker ) I have no doubt is an original and not one of those that were sold to the public for prestige. My father said his father prized it much and that he said it had been in the William branch of the family since brought from England. It is on a very ancient piece of sheepskin and shows all the marks of its ancient origin. It was put in a frame covered with Indian arrow-heads and for years hung in the sitting-room at our old home in Castalia. When we removed from there, it was taken from the frame; it was never reframed, but at father's death given to my brother William at Sioux City. His son William having passed on, it was given to Frank Dike Baker of Sioux City, the oldest living son.”
The author mentions this last part under The History of Embellishments, so it would make sense that there was a photo of it somewhere, but it is not in any digital copies of the book I have seen. It does say in Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography, Volume 1, by Marion J. Kaminkow, Library of Congress, that the coat of arms is on the cover of the book, but upon writing to the Smithsonian to gain a photo of it, they responded:
“Unfortunately the Library of Congress frequently rebinds the materials it receives, and that was the case with this 1920 publication. So the Library's copy does not have the original cover. If the descriptive information was provided by the Library of Congress rather than the author, it must have been compiled before the book was rebound. That's an unfortunate loss of information.”
Since it is not on the actual hardcover of the other digital copies of the book, it would seem there could have been a book jacket with it originally & perhaps it was on that? If one still exists, it has not been located. Until it is, we are in the dark on our particular Baker Coat of Arms.
A few hints on the trail of where it might be, can be found by tracing Frank Dike Baker. Woodbury County History 1982, BAKER, By Gertrude Baker Scroggs writes: http://iagenweb.org/boards/woodbury/biographies/index.cgi?read=272714
“My parents Frank Dike Baker and Myrtle Reed Baker, now deceased, met at Carlton College, married January 4, 1899, and had four daughters all living as of December, 1983. They are Marion Reed Baker Rowse Strachan of Gulfport, Florida; Ruth Pamelia Baker Jepson of San Diego, California; Gertrude Baker Scroggs of Hawarden, Iowa; Helen (Billie) Adams Baker Robbins of Omaha, Nebraska. These four produced seven grandsons (one deceased) and one granddaughter.”
From this, one might guess the original Baker Coat of Arms ended up outside of the Baker surname. Perhaps someday it will appear again among the belongings of this family line or on our Facebook page J
Beginning on Pg 4, Albert Clark Baker talks about Amos Baker writing to his father for the first time in 1872. He is clear that when Amos first wrote, Amos had no reliable information other than finding Albert Clark Baker’s father. The entire line Amos first thought was ours was incorrect until Amos found William Henry Baker, ACB’s father. Albert goes on to talk about how Amos describes that he traveled to Rutland VT & by following the trail ended up at the house of Almira Richards in Westport NY, who was ACB’s 1st cousin, the daughter of his oldest paternal aunt.
Amos tells how he was born in Concord, MA, the son of Daniel Baker, an uncle of ACB’s father. Amos was 74 in 1872 & had been an instructor in Boston for 42 years. He was now retired & was researching the family history. In a later letter, it is discussed how Amos’s father left the family when he was 10 to establish a home in the west for the family. The family never heard from him again. Amos’s mother had died about 2 years later. ACB’s father apparently had previously told Amos his father had died in Utica NY when Amos was about 19. Amos then went to Utica finding his father had apparently abandoned them, becoming a very wealthy man there.
Albert states there are “a large number of his letters to father”. It is implied that Amos was the one to discover the following between 1872 and his death on 12 Apr 1886.[iv] We don’t know the date of this letter, but he mentions the following traditions a few times.
Pg 5 :“First he found one William Baker with his wife Mary and son, four years old, settled there direct from England, and that this William Baker was an offspring of William and Johanna Baker, married 1590 in England.”
Pg 11 :“ “William and wife, Mary, with one child, William, four years old, came to America and settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1660.”
Pg 86 :“ “We know that William the first was the son of William and Johanna Baker. They married in Old England in 1590.”,,,,,, “We do not know what portion of England they came from, hearsay history William Baker was from Yorkshire, and Johanna, Welch. We have no means of corroborating this.”
Given Littleton Town Records was published in 1900, and it is implied Amos found the above information before 1886, it might seem logical that Amos is the earliest origin of any information regarding the “traditions” we first discussed relating to William & Mary coming to America, as well as the William & Johanna story of England. However, we do not know for sure where Amos got this information. Maybe it was in the records somewhere, maybe it was a random Baker who told him. We have no idea. Sadly, that keeps this mere “tradition” alive in online land. We cannot hold on to these and accept them as truth without support, otherwise we may never find the truth.
Finally, the last thing I would like to mention about the difficulties in ACB’s book is:
Pg 6: “we find the will of Henry Jefts, in which he appoints his stepson William Baker as administrator of his estate. This seemed to fully establish the record so far. Next, we find the birth of his family and his son Joseph moving to Littleton and marrying Alice Jefts. a niece of Henry Jefts of Bellerica.”
William was definitely not named administrator in Henry Jefts Sr’s will, nor was he called “stepson” in it, as was discussed earlier. Further, Alice was a daughter of Henry Jefts Jr. & granddaughter of Henry Jefts Sr. These types of errors really have to make me question the reliability of this work.
Today the letters are unlocatable, or are at least out of the scope of my knowledge & photos of them were not published. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I have to say, we cannot gleam anything from them as truth all by themselves. According to ACB, Amos Baker clearly indicates he knew nothing of his family until he was well aged. Without a clear explanation of how he determined some of the statements he made on early Bakers who lived 200 years before him, we cannot assume he was correct, because he states he did not grow up knowing anything. To make matters worse ACB also indicates that Amos Baker was totally on the wrong track until he found ACB’s father. Unfortunately, the credibility & reliability of Amos Baker has to be doubted and I cannot risk perpetuating a falsehood along with the others.
I mean no disrespect to these men. I know how painstaking the work is first hand, and how meaningful & treasured their work is to Baker family members, myself included & I’m sure my work is not perfect either, but, I just cannot accept those truths & stay in line with genealogical proof standards, or in good conscience in the search for the truth. Times were just different. Documentation was not required by the same standard that it is today. It is a good thing that we have higher standards today, and we must adhere to them despite all the frustrations they bring with them.
In summary, thus far…we cannot prove the following information, as well as many other things.
• William1’s birthdate, birthplace, or parents, either here or abroad.
• William1’s occupation
• When or where William Baker1 & Mary married
• What Mary’s maiden name was
• Where they came from prior to Concord MA, to date no evidence suggests anywhere, here or abroad.
• If from abroad - when they arrived or a ship they arrived on?
• The age, birthdate & place of their son John, if here or abroad
• The age, birthdate & place of their son William2, if here or abroad
• The names or dates of other children born to William1 & Mary Baker of Concord
Also...I wonder..Is it merely a coincidence that after William1 died in April of 1679, John Baker & Susanna Martin give birth to a boy in August of 1679 & named him William? Perhaps y-DNA will solve the mystery...?
Copyright Amylynne Murphy, NewEnglandGenealogist.com 2017
[i] The History of Concord, Massachusetts. V. 1-: Colonial Concord (Free Google eBook) by Alfred Sereno Hudson (1904), p. 99 & 165;
[ii] See next
[iii] History of Concord p.37/38 Tax List 1666
Proprietor No. of Lots Acres Residence of:
William Baker 5 43
Nathaniel Billings, Sr. 4 51 S. Amos Baker's
Nathaniel Billings, Jr 7 196 S. Amos Baker's
John Billings 6 185 S. Amos Baker's
[iv] "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12119-101756-0?cc=1463156 : 20 May 2014), 0960233 (004223257) > image 132 of 581; State Archives, Boston.
Copyright Amylynne Murphy, NewEnglandGenealogist.com 2017
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William Baker was born c1660, the son of William & Mary Baker of Concord MA.[i] We have no record that acts as an age identifier for William. Our best guess is to take the ages of his wives and first born child to make an estimate. Given these dates, discussed in more detail below, we arrive at c1660.
William, at about age 24, married Elizabeth Dutton, daughter of Thomas Dutton Sr[ii] and Susannah Palmer of Reading & Woburn on 5 May 1681 in Concord, MA.[iii] Elizabeth was born on 28 Jan 1658-9 in Woburn, MA.[iv] William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton married on the same day William’s widowed mother Mary Baker, married Henry Jefts.[v] Elizabeth died on 7 Apr 1698 in Concord, MA,[vi] leaving 5 children under 17 years old.
Concord Birth Marriages & Deaths p. 58 says "Sarah wife of William Baker dyed September ye 1st day of 1699". This makes me highly suspect William, in an effort to get married swiftly given his motherless children, was married 2nd,, from 17 Oct 1698-1 Sep 1699, to Sarah Crackbone of Cambridge who was his former wife’s 1st cousin. There is a marriage recorded in Cambridge records to 1850 pg 22 for a William Baker and Sarah Crackbone Oct 17, 1698.[vii] Sarah was born Aug 24, 1659, daughter of Benjamin Crackbone[viii], and Elizabeth Dutton (1620-1659),[ix] making Sarah Crackbone & William’s first wife, both granddaughters of John & Mary Dutton.[x] Sarah Crackbone would have been 39 when she married William who was about the same age. She died 1 Sep 1699 after being married less than a year. William’s oldest child, Mary, at this point was 17 and a half.
William married 3rd Abigail Ballard (b. c1659-60), daughter of William & Grace Ballard of Andover MA, although no birth or marriage record can be found. Records of Littleton states William was 2nd married to Abigail Waite,[xi] but my guess is they got the notes confused, and meant Wheat, not Waite because William’s widow, Abigail, married Samuel Wheat. William Baker, “the Husband of Elizabeth his wife” died on 8 Jun 1702 in Concord, MA, no age on record.[xii] Although his probate, discussed later, will prove his widow was actually Abigail.
More information on William2 will be found on the blog titled Baker Homestead – when it is published.
William’s Probate & Beyond
William2’s Probate, Middlesex County MA Probate Court #774, 6 Jul 1702 names Abigail Baker widow of William Baker late of Concord dec’d and John Merriam Jr of Concord & John Ballard of Andover. The file indicates that by 13 Mar 1703-4 she was married to Wheat, and in the records of Concord we find they married 11 months earlier on 7 Apr 1703.[xiii] Lands as a whole deemed undividable without loss. Therefore 2/3 of estate was given to Joseph Baker, & 1/3 to Abigail in her life. However, Joseph or his grdn must pay Mary Baker, Elizabeth Baker, Susanna Baker & Sarah Baker, the value of 5 pounds 15 shillings 9 pence each. Samuel Wheat takes on responsibility for the girls getting paid. Together Abigail & Samuel Wheat raised William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton’s two youngest children, Sarah a10 & Joseph Baker a8. It does not appear Abigail ever had children of her own.
Samuel Wheat’s will, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24205, was dated in 1705, & probated May 1714. He left Abigail everything. Abigail also got everything from Samuel’s brother John, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24197. His will was written 22 Jan 1714, names my sister Abigail Wheat, & was witnessed by Sarah Meriam, Joseph Baker, & John Meriam Jr, probated 7 Jun 1715.
Abigail married 3rd Boaz Brown b. c1644 on 10 Sep 1716 in Concord, MA. Boaz died 7 Apr 1724 in his 83rd year. Abigail died 20 Jul 1726 at Concord MA. This is all proven in NEGHR vol. 140 pg 317-320, “The Wives of Boaz Brown”. He was buried & is marked in South Burying Place, Concord MA.
Abigail outlived Boaz Brown by a couple years. Her will was dated 12 Jan 1724-5 & probated 20 Jul 1726.[xiv] She states she is formerly the wife of Samuel Wheat, late of Concord, dec’d, now relict widow to Boaz Brown. She names her sisters as: Sarah Holt, Lydia Butterfield, Mary Butterfield, Hannah Spaulding, Elizabeth Blunt and brother as John Ballard. Further connection to William Ballard is in the settlement agreement of the estate of William Ballard of Andover signed 23 Oct 1689 which includes William Blunt, Henry Holt, Samuel & Joseph Butterfield, and John Spaulden, Also signing were Abigail, William, & John Ballard. The original papers are referenced in Charles Henry Pope’s, Ballard Genealogy, page 65-68.
Given Abigail seems so closely tied to John Meriam Jr. & Sarah Meriam having them witness nearly every court document she ever had, and selling her land to the Merriam family, I decided to check if there might be some kind of connection other than close friendship. John Merriam Jr was b. 3 Sept 1666. son of John & Mary[xv] & m. Sarah Wheeler on 22 July 1691 Concord MA.[xvi] Sarah (Wheeler) Meriam died 2 Aug 1692, a few short days after the birth of their only child, John. He married 2nd on 16 Feb 1692-3[xvii] Sarah Spaulding. I cannot seem to connect the relationship between Sarah (Spaulding) Meriam, but I’m certain if nothing else, they were good friends. Other Spaulding connections were made though.
Abigail’s sister was Hannah/Anna Ballard b. 14 Aug 1655 who m: 20 Jul 1681 John Spaulding. John Spaulding died 3 Oct 1721.[xviii] Abigail’s nephew was Samuel Spaulding who married William Baker’s dau Susanna. He is mentioned in Abigail’s will although she called him “cousin Samuel Spaulding, son of my sister Hannah Spaulding”
William & Elizabeth had the following children:[xix]
1. Mary Baker was born on 28 Mar 1682 in Concord, MA.[xx] Mary married Thomas Whitney (III, Whittny of Stow b. 17 Sep 1681 in Stow) on 26 Jul 1704.[xxi] Lived in Stow MA? Descendants of John Whitney, by Frederick C. Pierce; Vital Records of Stow Whitney births start p. 101-106
i. Samuel Whitney b. 22 Jul 1714 p. 105 VRS
ii. David Whitney b. 4 Oct 1722 p. 105 VRS
iii. Joseph Whitney b. 1716
2. *Elisabeth Baker was born on 15 Sep 1684 in Concord, MA.[xxii] 3 Sep 1684.[xxiii] Elizabeth married John Wooley [xxiv]on 29 Nov 1711.[xxv] John died 4 Aug 1718 [xxvi] His will leaves everything to wife & daughter Elisabeth b. 1712. Elisabeth married 2nd Joseph Stow 16 Jul 1719.[xxvii] Mrs Elizabeth Stow died d. 23 Jan 1757 a73* p. 433, buried Concord Hill Burial Ground (*photo on find a grave) – see deeds for right of way for her –Joseph & Eliz Stow Probates not found?
Elisabeth Baker & John Woolley had:
i. Elisabeth Woolly b. 11 Oct 1712 p. 81 – Only child named in her father’s will, everything goes to her; m. Ephraim Stow 29 May 1759 in Concord (possibly his 3rd marriage Deb 1; grace2?) She is referred to as “Widow Stow” in several deeds. She died d. 8 Apr 1790* Old Hill Burial Ground. His grave is not found in Old Hill. Ephraim Stow Probate 21757 1776 yeoman of Concord, m. Elizabeth Stow via will-he leaves everything to Elizabeth 29 Apr 1776, Elizabeth (Wooley) Stow Probate 21756, 1790 – She leaves everything to a Mr Ebenezer Stow, cordwainer of Concord, no indications of relationship-guessing stepson. Ephraim Stow & Elizabeth Wooley had no children? Several Deeds
Elisabeth Baker & Joseph Stow:
ii. Joseph Stow b. 14 Apr 1720 p. 100 d. 4 May 1724 p. 110 His grave is not found in Old Hill.
iii. Hannah Stow b. 10 Jul 1722 p. 105 d. 20 Oct 1727* p. 121
iv. Joseph Stow b. 12 Sep 1724 p. 112 d. 21 Oct 1727* p. 121
v. John Stow b. 14 Mar 1726-7 p. 117 d. 2 Sep 1730* p. 127
3. Susannah Baker was born on 25 Aug 1686 in Concord, MA. [xxviii] Susannah married Sam Spaulding (b. 5 Aug 1686 in Chelmsford son John Spaulding & Hannah/Anna Ballard[xxix] (nephew of Abigail (Bullard) Baker Wheat Brown, on 22-33 Oct 1705.[xxx] They removed to Plainfield CT. She d. 15 Jun 1748 in Plainfield CT. He d. 9 Jun 1749 in Plainfield CT – Connecticut Church Abstracts, Ancestry.com Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut
Children via Plainfield Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com
i. John Spaulding b. 2 Apr 1707
ii. Jedediah Spaulding b. 1 Apr 1709 p. 246
iii. Abigail Spaulding b 7 May 1711 p. 241
iv. Susannah Spaulding b. 19 Oct 1723 p. 252
v. Elisabeth Spaulding b. 16 Jul 1714 p. 252
4. Thomas Baker was born on 25 Jun 1689 in Concord, MA[xxxi], also says died young. He died Dec 9 1690.[xxxii]
5. John Baker was born on 6 May 1692 in Concord, MA[xxxiii], also says died young. He died on 3 Aug 1692.[xxxiv]
6. *Sarah Baker was born on 15 Aug 1693 in Concord, MA.[xxxv] 13 Aug 1698. [xxxvi] Sarah married Nathaniel Ball Jr. (son of Nath’l Bakl & Mary [? Brookes p. 27] b. 1 Apr 1692 Concord MA p. 36) on 3 May 1711[xxxvii]; 31 May 1711.[xxxviii] She d. 16 Feb 1743 in Concord MA. p. 159 He married 2nd another Sarah & had another Elezer & child not born yet in 1748. He died 3 Jun 1749/50 in Concord –p 415 Downloaded his will dated 13 Oct 1748, Nathaniel Ball of Concord, my now wife Sarah Ball, sev pcs of land for her support. Their Son Elizer & the child not born yet. orders son Nathaniel Ball to see that his now wife get 2 cows, & my horse. dau Abigail Stearns m/Elias Stears; Dau Sarah Stratton m.Thomas; son Ebenezer [remaining] 2/3 North at Connecticut River together with what already given him; Dau Elizabeth Ball [unmarried]; Dau Mary; Dau Elenor; Dau Hannah Goss, also children Rebekah, Lois, Luke[Lucy?], Elezer, & also my child yet unborn. ;
& ch gdn-incorprate – Nathaniell Whittemore grdn to Lois & Lucy both under 14, ; Rebecca a16 yrs old, gdn also Nathaniel Whittmore
Several Deeds. Sarah Baker died first & he m 2nd Sarah Merriam of Lexington 10 Sep 1746 pg 165 CBMD.
i. Abigail Ball b. 26 Jul 1712 in Concord MA p. 79 Elias Stears
ii. Sarah Ball b. 29 Apr 1714 p. 85 Thos Stratton
iii. Nathaniel Ball b. 3 Jun 1717 p. 92
iv. William Ball 12 Aug 1719 p. 97 d. 23 Jul 1732 p. 127
v. Ebenezer Ball b. 30 Dec 1721 p. 104 – land near Connecticut River
vi. Elisabeth Ball b. 9 Dec 1724 p. 112[unmarried]
vii. Elener b. 2 Jul 1727 p. 117[unmarried]
viii. Mary Ball b. 30 Apr 1729 p. 121[unmarried]
ix. Hannah Ball b. 12 Jun 1731 p. 126 m: Phillip Goss; int. 16 April 1748 at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA;[xxxix] Relocated to Winchester NH, Hannah (Ball) Goss died on 18 August 1811 at Winchester, Cheshire Co., NH, at age 80[xl]
x. Rebekah Ball b. 29 Nov 1733 p. 136[unmarried age 16]
xi. Lois Ball b. 10 Mar 1735-6 p. 140[unmarried under 14]
xii. Lucy Ball 31 Aug 1739 p. 149[unmarried under 14]
Children with his 2nd wife Sarah Merriam are:
Elezer Ball b. 31 May 1747 p. 170
Submit Ball – b. 26 Mar 1749 p. 175 unborn at father’s death
7. [Capt] Joseph Baker was born on 8 Jan 1695/1696 in Concord, MA. [xli] See his family sketch here
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[i] Administration William Baker 1679; Administration William Baker 1702; Will of Henry Jefts
[ii] Elizab. Dutton, 28 Nov 1658; citing Birth, Woburne, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[iii] (recorded as 5.3.81 in CBMD, p. 24 - 3 being the month when the year start in Mar, & 5 being the day; same in LTR p. 424 5- 1681 - also the same day his mother married Henry Jefts) (Billerica V1 pg 219 ;Torrey’s Vol 2)
[iv] (Woburn V1 p. 82) (LTR 520)
[v] VR Billerica p. 219 & 276
[vi] (CBMD 57) (LTR 424)
[vii] Cambridge Marriages V2 p. 95
[viii] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCMY-T8K : 13 July 2016), Sarah Crackbone, 24 Aug 1659; citing Birth, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[ix] Benjamin Crackbone and Elizabeth Dutton, 06 Nov 1657; citing Marriage, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249
[x] Cambridge - V2, p. 95, (see Crackbon), Benjamin and Elizabeth Dutton, Nov. 6, 1657.*
[xi] LTR p. 520?
[xii] (CBMD 58) (LTR 424)
[xiii] CBMD p. 60
[xiv] Middlesex County MA Probate File #2931
[xv] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 11
[xvi] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 12
[xvii] Chelmsford MA Vital Records p.319
[xviii] Births 1673-1775 Deaths, marriages, intentions 1707-1775 [Chelmsford, Massachusetts]
“Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22587-14199-37?cc=2061550 : 13 July 2016), Middlesex > Chelmsford > Births, marriages, deaths 1673-1770 vol E > image 70 of 146; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
[xix] (Also see LTR 424)
[xx] LTR 520; CBMD 25-recorded as 28.1.82
[xxi] CBMD 62; LTR 520)
[xxii] (CBMD 31)
[xxiii] LTR 424
[xxiv] (LTR 520)
[xxv] (CBMD 79
[xxvi] (CBMD 94)LTR 520
[xxvii] (CBMD 98)
[xxviii] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424)
[xxix] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29L-YB3N : 13 July 2016), Samuel Spaulding, 05 Aug 1686; citing Birth, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 868,435.
[xxx] (CBMD 64) LTR 520
[xxxi] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424
[xxxii] (CBMD 56)
[xxxiii] (CBMD 38) (LTR 424
[xxxiv] (CBMD 56) (LTR 520)
[xxxv] (CBMD 38)
[xxxvi] (LTR 424, 520)
[xxxvii] (LTR 520)
[xxxviii] (CBMD 78)
[xxxix] Henry S. Nourse, compiler, The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: Town of Lancaster, 1890), Book 1, p. 31.
[xl] New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, made available by FamilySearch.org; Evergreen Cemetery Winchester NH
[xli] (CBMD 41)
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Capt Joseph1 Baker was born on 8 Jan 1695/1696 in Concord, MA.[i] The only son of William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton was just 7 yrs old when he was left an orphan.[ii] Raised by his step mother Abigail (Ballard) & her new husband Samuel Wheat after the age of 7-8.[iii] It is pssible he knew his grandmother Mary Baker Jefts, & step grandfather Henry Jefts as a young boy. He then grew up to marry Alice Jefts, granddaughter of Henry Jefts.[iv]
They married on 11 Dec 1716 in Concord MA.[v] She was born on 7 Sep 1691 in Billerica, MA, daughter of John Jefts and Lydia Fish. [vi] Joseph went to Littleton from Concord about 1718 based on Middlesex County Deeds & the births of their children. [vii]
There are numerous Middlesex County Deeds for Joseph1 Baker
Littleton Town Records states that "1728/29 Joseph Baker, Town Clerk, started a new book for recording births and deaths, arranged by families, and appears to have copied in most of those in the first book." and the History of Westmoreland states “Capt Joseph b 1695 m Alice Jefts. Town Clerk Littleton, in 1728/29”
Joseph died 13 Sep 1761.[viii] (3 Sep 1761 in Littleton Ma age 66 [ix]) He is buried in the Old Burial Ground in Littleton, MA.
Baker, Andrus, Clark & Adams Families p. 8:
These graves at Littleton Common, about two
miles from the railroad station, are in a good state of preservation.
The stones are of slate. The larger stone in the foreground
is that of Joseph Baker. On it is the epitaph: "Capt.
Joseph Baker. Died Sept. 3, 1761, aged 66 years." The one
to the right is the grave of William, his son. The epitaph:
•"William I'.aker. Died March 13. 1793, aged 74 years." Back
of this is the stone of Amos Baker, the one to whom I am so
much indebted. On stone: "Amos Baker. Son of Daniel
Fletcher and Elizabeth Baker. Born in Concord, Nov. 20, 1798;
died in Iloston. April 12, 1880. lie was 40 years deacon of the
West. Church, Boston, and 42 years a successful and beloved
instructor of the young of Boston." llis mother and wife also
have stones at graves. Other graves of the family there.
Alice, at the age of 73, is said to have married 2nd 12 Dec 1764 Sam’l Lewis of Reading by Rev Daniel Rogers of Littleton. [x] Their intention filed 17 Nov 1764.[xi] It is unclear to me when or where she died or is buried.
Joseph and Alice had the following children:[xii]
1. Alice (Aliss) Baker was born on 14 Nov 1717 in Concord MA.[xiii] Alice married Rev Aaron Whitney of Nichawaug, son of Moses of Littleton MA on 9 Jan 1739/40.[xiv] She died on 26 Aug 1767, age 50.[xv]
i. Abel Whitney d: Camb 1756 (LTR).
ii. Charles Whitney settled Phillipston d: VT (LTR).
iii. Rev Peter Whitney ordained & died in Northboro (LTR).
iv. Aaron Whitney m 1772 Hannah Stearns (LTR).
v. Alice Whitney m: Ens Mann d: 1806 (LTR).
vi. Lucy Whitney m: Dr Samuel Kimball (LTR).
vii. Paul Whitney m: at Westfield 1807 (LTR).
viii. Abel Whitney b: Mar 15, 1756 (LTR). d: at Westfield 1807 (LTR).
2. William Baker was born on 12 Dec 1719 in Littleton MA. [xvi] William married Rebecca Conant both then of Concord on 14 Apr 1743. [xvii] She died 12 Aug 1767 age 44. [xviii] He intended to marry Jemina Blanchard as of 28 Oct 1769. [xix] He died on 13 Mar 1793 age 74, buried 15 Mar 1793.[xx] Three of the six main Baker Researchers I know of descend from this line. They are Amos Baker, Albert Clark Baker (both deceased) & Silas K. Baker Jr.
3. Joseph2 Baker Jr was born on 22 Jan 1721/22 in Littleton, MA. [xxi] m. Sarah Wheeler b. 4 Feb 1724.[xxii] The other three main Baker Researchers, namely myself, Cherie & Bob Schwartz descend from this line. See Joseph Jr Family here
4. Lydia Baker was born on 18 Mar 1723/1724 in Littleton MA.[xxiii] She died on 26
Aug 1809. Lydia married Simeon Howe of Marlborough on 11 Mar 1745.[xxiv]
Also states March 15.[xxv]
5. John Baker was born on 21 Apr 1726 in Littleton MA.[xxvi] He died in Jun 1760. John
married Elizabeth [xxvii] Gleason of Framingham [xxviii] on 28 Mar 1751 (LTR) Moved to Petersham. [xxix]
i. Alice Baker b: 5 Feb 1752.[xxx]
ii. John Baker b: 24 Mar 1754.[xxxi] UPDATE 2.23.17: I believe this John is the John who lived in Westmoreland NH with his wife Mary/Mercy, although we need more proof. Documentation for this couple can be found on FS under Westmoreland NH Town Records Film 005511051, image online it is image 213 of 313. Also see Cheshire County NH Grantee Deeds: 9-229, 9-345, 10-560, 12-454, 21-247, 21-251, 24-235 but several do, Grantor Deeds: 6-253, 9-346, 10-137, 15-12, 18-222, 18-234, 231-273, 23-443, 24-234, 24-236, 25-81, 25-84, 25-486, 25-487, 26-308, 27-556, 28-241, 33-207 (These may not all apply to the same John - the bold ones definitely are- the others I have not viewed yet.) He sold land to his 1st cousin Peter in Westmoreland & lived very near if not next door. He also seems to have either relocated or disappeared about the same time as my Peter did. He is shown on the 1790 Census & Westmoreland but then in 1800 the name says "Alese Baker"
Children of John & Mercy recorded in Westmoreland NH:
a. Issac Baker b. *ber 8 1779 m: Matilda Stebbins - He also seems to have left his family
b. John Baker Jr b. * 15 1781
c. Artemus Baker b. *mber 16 1783
d. Elizabeth Baker b. & 28 1785
e. Billy Baker b. * 18 1787
f. Joseph Baker b. * 22 1789
g. Alice Baker b. * 1791
6. Charles Baker was born on 30 May 1728 in Littleton MA.[xxxii] Charles married Mary King, [xxxiii]“ daughter of Ezra King of Brimfield, grd dau of Samuel King (alias Rice)” on 30 May 1751.[xxxiv] Lived in Templeton & Phillipston MA. [xxxv] She died on 8 May 1803, age 76.[xxxvi] He died on 3 Apr 1813. [xxxvii]
i. Charles Baker b: 4 Apr 1752.[xxxviii] m: Anna Jackson (LTR).
ii. Levi Baker (LTR).
iii. Joseph Baker (LTR).
iv. John Baker (LTR).
v. Jonas Baker (LTR). “of Lancaster NH” int 14 Mar m: 22 May 1802 Sally Whitcomb of Littleton & resided in Lancaster NH (LTR 243). church record says VT (LTR 243)
vi. Lucinda Baker (LTR). m: Elijah Gould Esq (LTR). Children: Addison Gould (LTR); Artemas Gould (LTR); Pliny P. Gould (LTR); James Gould (LTR); Sophia Gould who m: a Waite (LTR); John Gould (LTR).
vii. Elizabeth Baker (LTR). b: 1760 m: Jun 8 1814 Jonathan Whitcomb (LTR).
7. Timothy Baker was born on 4 Nov 1730 in Littleton, MA.[xxxix] He died on 14 Apr
1810. Timothy married Mary Dakin of Sudbury on 20 Dec 1760.[xl] 15 Jan
1761 in Sudbury.
i. Mary Baker b: 23 May 1762.[xli] d: 1828 (LTR).
ii. Hannah Baker b: 21 Jan 1764.[xlii] d; 1825 (LTR).
iii. Nancy Baker b: 29 Sep 1766.[xliii] d: 1827 (LTR).
iv. Bulah Baker b: 15 Nov 1768.[xliv] d: 1827 (LTR).
v. Alice Baker b: Oct 1 1770.[xlv]
vi. Lydia Baker b: 28 Jun 1773.[xlvi] d: 1844 (LTR).
vii. Samuel Dakin Baker b: 20 Sep 1775.[xlvii] d: 1844 (LTR).
viii. Abel Baker b: 16 Jun 1778.[xlviii] Also states June 10, 1778 (LTR). d: in Boston May 26, 1867 (LTR). m: Dec 3 1807 Sarah Reed (LTR). b in Cambridge Dec 22, 1790 dau of Joseph of Woburn (LTR). They had 8 children (LTR).
ix. Stephen Baker b: 15 Oct 1781.[xlix]
x. Timothy Minott Baker b: 7 Mar 1786.[l]
8. Thomas Baker of Groton/Littleton was born on 11 Oct 1732 in Littleton MA.[li] int. 15 Jan 1755 [lii] married Beulah Dakin [liii] of Sudbury on 6 Mar 1755.[liv] He died on 31 May 1786. [lv] Possibly removed to Groton.[lvi] She married 2nd 20 Feb 1794 ____ Adams of Lincoln.[lvii] She died 1 Apr 1807 a72.[lviii] Children:
i. Abel Baker b: 23 Nov 1756.[lix]
ii. Mary Baker b. Aug 22 1769 (LTR).
iii. Thomas Baker b: 22 Jan 1???.[lx] and died 5 Feb 1756.[lxi]
iv. Thomas Baker b: Sept 28, 1771 (LTR).
v. Belulah Baker b: Aug 29, 1774 (LTR). m Feb 20 1794 John Adams of Lincoln (2nd wife) (LTR).*
*Also there is a Beulah daughter of Timothy Baker and Mary Dakin
...not sure which married John Adams? The record in Concord
(CBMD) states on pg 385 "Jno Adams of Lincoln & Miss Buelah
Baker of Concord Feb 2, 1794."
Another Capt Joseph Baker lived around the same time period, but was a little younger. He was b.25 Jan 1713 in Roxbury, MA son of Thomas Baker & Sarah Pike, married to Hannah Lovewell b.1721, daughter of Capt. John Lovewell, on 31 May 1739. They removed to Pembroke NH and had 11 children. They are said to be the ancestors of Mary Baker Eddy. There is no known connection in our family to Mary Baker Eddy’s ancestral line.
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[i] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 41; Littleton Town Records p. 424
[ii] Death of Eliz 1698; Death of William 1702; Guardianship of Joseph1 Baker Middlesex County Probate Court File #775, 1704, Joseph about 8 yrs old & Sarah about 10 yrs old, Children of William Baker of Concord MA granted to Samuel & Abigail Wheat.
[iii] Guardianship of Joseph1 Baker
[iv] Administration of John Jefts 1712; Will of Henry Jefts; Littleton Town Records p. 520
[v] Littleton Town Records p. 424, CBMD 92, also see Billerica Vital Records)
[vi] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[vii] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[viii] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[ix] Littleton Town Records p. p. 118
[x] Littleton Town Records p. 90, 424
[xi] Littleton Town Records p. p. 89
[xii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 424, 520
[xiii] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 91) Littleton Town Records p. p. 18, 520
[xiv] Littleton Town Records p. 424, 520
[xv] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[xvi] Littleton Town Records p. p.7 & 18
[xvii] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 153; Littleton Town Records p. 424
[xviii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 118
[xix] Littleton Town Records p. 270 & 424
[xx] Littleton Town Records p. 342 & 118
[xxi] Littleton Town Records p.9 & 18
[xxii] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[xxiii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 14 & 18
[xxiv] Littleton Town Records p. p. 98
[xxv] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[xxvi] Littleton Town Records p. p. 15 & 19
[xxvii] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[xxviii] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[xxix] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[xxx] Littleton Town Records p. p. 65
[xxxi] Littleton Town Records p. p. 65
[xxxii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 12 & 19, b. 1727 p, 520
[xxxiii] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[xxxiv] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[xxxv] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[xxxvi] Littleton Town Records p. 424, 520
[xxxvii] Littleton Town Records p. 424, 520
[xxxviii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 67
[xxxix] Littleton Town Records p. p. 19
[xl] Littleton Town Records p. 268
[xli] Littleton Town Records p. p. 77, 129
[xlii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 77, 129
[xliii] Littleton Town Records p. p. 77, 129
[xliv] Littleton Town Records p. p. 77, 129
[xlv] Littleton Town Records p. 129
[xlvi] Littleton Town Records p. 129
[xlvii] Littleton Town Records p. 129
[xlviii] Littleton Town Records p. 129
[xlix] Littleton Town Records p. 129
[l] Littleton Town Records p. 130
[li] Littleton Town Records p. p. 19
[lii] Littleton Town Records p. 424, 520
[liii] Littleton Town Records b. 22 Mar 1735 p. 424
[liv] Littleton Town Records p. 520; Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 191
[lv] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[lvi] Littleton Town Records p. 424
[lvii] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[lviii] Littleton Town Records p. 520
[lix] Littleton Town Records p. p. 72
[lx] Littleton Town Records p. p. 72
[lxi] Littleton Town Records p. p. 72
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Lt. Joseph2 Baker [Jr] was born on 22 Jan 1721, son of Joseph Baker & Alice Jefts.[i] He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill with his son Joseph at his side.
He died in 1776 “d. Jul 8 1776 a. 55 (Feb 20 1776 a. 55)”.[ii] 20 Feb 1776 – Siege of Boston was going on from 19 Apr 1775 thru 17 Mar 1776 when the Boston Troops started marching to NY. It is unclear if Joseph died locally on 20 Feb 1776, or on 8 Jul 1776 in New York. If I was to venture a guess, I would say it would be odd for his grave not to be marked if he died locally given the social status of Joseph. There isn’t a grave marked in Littleton for him.
Joseph married Sarah Hook Wheeler daughter of Edward Wheeler and Elizabeth Herrick in 1742 in Littleton, MA.[iii] Sarah was “born ye 4 Feb 1724.[iv] She died on 22 Sep 1803 age 79 in Acton, MA.[v]
Merrimack County Deeds:
47-214 5 May 1748 Joseph2 Baker Jr of Littleton to Edward Wheeler
68-468 22 May 1752 Edward Wheeler to Joseph2 Baker Jr
69-12 3 Sept 1760 Joseph2? Baker to Leonard Whiting
72-97 7 May 1771 Leonard Whiting to Joseph Baker2
72-98 22 July 1771 Joseph2 Baker to Ebenezer Pemberton of Boston, 45 acres
72-519 2 July 1772 Joseph2 to Samuel Gilbert of Littleton
74-418 5 Mar 1770 Stephen Dudley of Littleton Cooper? to Joseph Baker
78-298 2 July 1772 Samuel Gilbert to Joseph Baker
They had the following children:[vi]
1. Sarah Baker was born on 22 Feb 1743 in Littleton, MA.[vii] Sarah dau of Joseph Baker died 14 Apr 1747 age 3y 7w.[viii]
2. Mary Baker was born on 20 Sep 1746 in Littleton, MA.[ix] d. 25 Sep 1794 unm.[x] “Mara” died 25 Jun 25 1794 age 47. [xi]
3. Capt Joseph3 Baker was born on 11 Sep 1748 in Littleton, MA.[xii] Joseph married Anna Dix on 7 Nov 1779, dau of Jonathan Dix & Sarah Shattuck. [xiii] Joseph III MC Deeds 90-48-50 1 June 1784 Laomi Baldwin of Woburn Esq & Sheriff, recovered judgment against Jos Baker Gnt; Daniel Osgood Tanner, both of Littleton, Nehemiah Ramsdell of Groton yeoman,
Joseph is listed as a Capt on the births of his daughters [xiv] and on his probate record.[xv] Littleton Town Record book states he prob. died about 1794,[xvi] but his probate is clear that he died before 25 May 1792.[xvii] The last record I have seen for him outside of his probate is 15 Aug 1793 when he received a military payment which seems odd given his probate was in 1792.[xviii] Anna Baker appointed Richard Goldsmith of Harvard as the Administrator. Also mentions John Dix, Benj Dix, John Hartwell and others. It gives no indication of his being deranged, infact he is referred to as Gentleman consistently. My 5x greatgrandfather, his brother Peter, is mentioned in the list of disbursements 7.4.6 for funeral charges & other things.[xix]
Anna died 30 Jul 1803, age 56, & was buried in the Central Burying Ground, Boston. Her obituary appeared in The Columbian Centinel, 3 August 1803: Mrs. Anna Baker, Governess of Boston Female Asylum, died Saturday last.
It is unclear what happened to Joseph. He apparently had a hard time after the war and is listed as “deranged” 1 Apr 1779 in his military service.[xx]
Aside from his father who served early & died in 1776, this Joseph was the only Joseph Baker from Littleton in the Revolution. The following sources will be helpful for any of his descendants.
WarDepartmentPapers.org NARA Manuscript File RG93, 15 Aug 1793, pd 13.95
The Pension Lists of 1792-1795, Ancestry.com A statement of all the claims which have been adjusted and allowed at the Treasury Department, Aug 28, 1793 4517 a Baker, Joseph Lieutenant, Colo: Bailey's Regiment Oct 1, 1779 13.95
U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, Joseph Baker
Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War 1775-1785, Pages 1-6, p. 3 is the page that mentions derangement. Joseph Baker, NARA M881
Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Vol 1, p. 488, Boston, Massachusetts: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1896-1908.
i. Anna Baker b: 27 Sep 1780 “Daughter of Capt Joseph Baker & Anna”.[xxi]
ii. Sarah Baker b: 10 Sep 1782 “Daughter of Capt Joseph Baker & Anna”.[xxii]
Littleton Town Records, p. 521:
“They had dau. who m. Allen and had dau. Sarah Allen m. John S. Walton of Pepperell.”
Littleton Town Records, p. 425:
“Joseph m. Nov 7 1779 Anna Dix, had 2 daughters, one m. Allen, one m. Goodwin, whose dau. m. John Adams and died. John Adams m. 2d Dec 25 1835 M. A. Kimball.”
4. Dr. Edward Baker was born on 14 Nov 1750 in Littleton, MA. [xxiii] Edward married 1st Patty Proctor on 28 Jul 1776,[xxiv] int 20 May 1776. [xxv] Patty died 17 Jun 1787. [xxvi] Edward married 2nd Betsy Reed, dau of Jona Reed of Harvard. [xxvii] Edward died 24 Mar 1822.[xxviii] 72-511 8 July 1772 Joseph2 of Littleton to Edward Baker of Littleton, Laborer; 78-299-300 20 Jul 1773 Joseph Baker to Edward Baker, witness Peter Baker
i. Pattee/Polly Baker b: 9 Jul 1777.[xxix] m: 1797 Moses Whitney of Harvard int. 16 Mar m: 18 Apr 1797, int record says Patty of Littleton; church record says "Apr 28".[xxx] They d abt 1817 (LTR). Children: Lucy b.1800 m: Aug W. Walker; Eliza b. 1806 m. 14 Apr 1824 Eri Parker; Harriet b. 1811 m. Marshall Shed, 1845; Elbridge b. c1804 d. 26 Sep 1837.
ii. Susanna Baker b: 1 Aug 1778.[xxxi]
iii. Edward Baker Jr. b: 1 Jan 1780.[xxxii] Edward Jr married Anna Haskell, both of Lil't, int 9 Dec 1804 m. 15 Jan 1805. [xxxiii]
iv. Andrew Baker b: 4 Nov 1806.[xxxiv]
v. John Baker b: 7 Aug 1781.[xxxv] bpt Mar 6, 1785 (LTR) d: Jan 3, 1786 (LTR).
vi. Lydia Baker b: 31 Aug 1783.[xxxvi] m: 16 Mar 1809, int 8 Feb Joshua Blodgett both of Lit'l.[xxxvii] Joshua b: 1785 (LTR). He died May 6, 1842 (LTR). Children: Lydia b: 24 Jun 1809; Jonas b: 28 Oct 1810
vii. Jonathan Baker b c1794 see also pg 320 bpt: 1 Jun 1794
viii. Betsy Baker b. Feb 1792 (LTR). bpt. 13 Mar 1791 (LTR pg 319) unm (LTR).
ix. Sally Baker b 1799 (LTR). bpt: June 2, 1799 (LTR) m James Tower (LTR). resided in Lowell (LTR).
x. Lucy Baker b: 1802 (LTR). bpt: Mar 14, 1802 (LTR) unm (LTR).
xi. Susanna Baker m: Turner resided in Norwich, VT (LTR).
5. Jonathan Baker was born on 18 Jun 1753 in Littleton, MA.[xxxviii] He died 26 Feb 1757.[xxxix]
6. Peter Baker was born on 5 Sep 1755 in Littleton, MA.[xl] int. Lydia Dudley 14 Nov 1783.[xli] – See his post here
7. Sarah Baker was born on 14 Feb 1758 in Littleton, MA.[xlii] She married Jon Whitcomb on 8 Jul 1779 [xliii]“Jr” int 5 Jun 1779.[xliv]
8. Elizabeth "Betty" Baker was born on 13 Aug 1761 in Littleton, MA. [xlv] Elizabeth married Samuel Tuttle III, b. 1758, [xlvi] on 30 Mar 1780,[xlvii] int. 23 Oct 1779.[xlviii] He died on 25 Feb 1829.[xlix] They had children born in Littleton & Acton & removed to Antrim, NH.[l]
i. Tuttle Twin b: 1780 (LTR).
ii. Tuttle Twin b: 1780 (LTR).
iii. Samuel Tuttle b: Oct 9, 1781 (LTR). d: 1834 (LTR).
iv. Betsey Tuttle b: Nov 5, 1783 (LTR). d: Dec 23, 1843 (LTR).
v. Sally Tuttle b; Feb 24 (LTR). d: Nov 8, 1825 (LTR).
vi. Horace Tuttle b: Sept 1, 1791 (LTR). d: Jan 12 1800 (LTR).
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[i] Littleton Town Records p.9 & 18
[ii] Littleton Town Records p. 520 & 534
[iii] Littleton Town Records p. 495
[iv] Littleton Town Records p.14
[v] Littleton Town Records p.495, 520; Acton Births Marriages & Deaths via Ancestry.com
[vi] Littleton Town Records p.53; 54; 93, 424, 425, 521
[vii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 53
[viii] Littleton Town Records p. 93
[ix] Littleton Town Records p. 54
[x] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xi] Littleton Town Records p.152; burial 27 Jun 1794, p. 343
[xii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xiii] Littleton Town Records p.424; * Memorials of the descendants of William Shattuck, by Lemuel Shattuck, pg 112 states: “Anna, b. March 25 1748; m. Nov. 7 1779, Joseph Baker. In 1795 she went to Boston, and d. there in July, 1803. She was the first female employed as an instructor at the Orphan Asylum”.
[xiv] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xv] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792 Middlesex County MA Probate File # 758, Widow Anna appoints administrator Richard Goldsmith of Harvard on 25 May 1792 Witnesses Timothy & Anna Goldsmith
[xvi] Littleton Town Records p.521
[xvii] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792
[xviii] NARA RG93, Settlement of pay for Joseph Baker 13.95, 15 Aug 1793, No 5A, from Oct 1779
[xix] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792
[xx] Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, NARA
[xxi] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xxii] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xxiii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xxiv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxv] Littleton Town Records p.272
[xxvi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxvii] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xxviii] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxix] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxx] Littleton Town Records p.240
[xxxi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxii] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxiii] Littleton Town Records p.244
[xxxiv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxvi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxvii] Littleton Town Records p.246
[xxxviii] Littleton Town Records p.54
[xxxix] Littleton Town Records p.54
[xl] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xli] Littleton Town Records p.278
[xlii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xliii] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xliv] Littleton Town Records p.278
[xlv] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xlvi] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xlvii] Littleton Town Records p.229, 521
[xlviii] Littleton Town Records p.229
[xlix] Littleton Town Records p.521
[l] Littleton Town Records p.521
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Peter Baker was born on 5 Sep 1755 in Littleton, MA, son of Joseph Baker Jr & Sarah Wheeler, and lived in Littleton MA growing up.[i] He became a Revolutionary Solder and served 1775-1779.[ii] Several years after the war Peter married Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, NH, daughter of Stephen Dudley and Lydia Harwood on 14 Nov 1783 in Littleton, MA.[iii]. She was originally from Littleton MA too & was born there on 11 Aug 1762.[iv] When they first got married they lived in New Ipswich, NH,[v] and then removed to Westmoreland, NH sometime before the 1790 US Census.[vi]
“Was said that he ran away c1799 and left his family, some of them
quite small at the time.” ~History of Westmoreland NH
Peter. Peter. Peter. What the heck?
Piecing it all Together
The image above is page 331 of The History of Westmoreland NH. As you can see this one family summary brings us all the way back to my 6x great grandfather Capt Joseph Baker, from my great grandfather Albert, but there are some mysteries & struggles along the way, to start with, Peter. Although this book published in 1976 and it is an excellent find, it is an undocumented secondary source which is not “proof” in & of itself.
On the bright-side though, if you look closely inside the cover jacket, it offers us at least a credible source for the information. It states “Ella Patten Abbott, born in Westmoreland in 1847, provided the basis for this detailed genealogical data.” That places Ella a little younger than my 2x great grandfather, William A. Baker, but clearly living during the same time period as our family members.
It looks like Ella moved to Westmoreland sometime between the ages of 2 & 12, and continued to live there until 1875 when she married & was in Holiston NH for a while. Sometime between 1900 – 1910 she moves from Somerville, MA back to Westmoreland NH. 1920 & 1930 she is in Keene where she dies in 1935. [vii]
So, it seems a reasonable time frame for the period of her work would be about 1905 - 1915, give or take. The reason why we are going through figuring all this out is to add creditably to her work as time period work and try to figure out who her Baker source was. Her work seems very accurate in much of the book and in our entire Baker page, there are only a few inconsequential errors. For example, Lydia Dudley was born 1762, not 1763. There is no evidence Judge was Asa or Alden’s middle names. James was not a lawyer, and Charles has yet to be found in any record.
I think if she was researching between 1905-1915, she may have found the only living child of Larkin at that time who was Sarah Josephine, aka Josie. But she also may have asked any one of William A.’s children. c1910 Albert was in Medford, MA; George was in Boston; William A. Jr was in Portsmouth NH then out west to California; Kate Mabel died in 1911, & Josie died 1908 in RI. Therefore, quite honestly, she could have talked to any of them.
The Ella Patten Abbott Collection was found at The Historical Society of Cheshire County (CCHS).[viii] According to a correspondence with the Director of the Cheshire County Historical Society, the “Ella Patten Abbott Collection” indicates the following:
Now is as good a time as any to discuss briefly what was not found:
UPDATE 2.22.17: When I first posted this I noted that the Hillsborough County Deeds for Peter Baker still need to be checked. I have now done that. There were two deeds with Peter Baker's name, one was a Grantee & the other Grantor. Neither really gleaned that much insight on relationships.
25 Apr 1787 - 21-149 Stephen Dudley Estate by Admrx Lydia Dudley of Littleton MA to Peter Baker of New Ipswich NH, Yeoman, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-338
2 Sept 1788 21-147 Peter Baker of New Ipswich NH, yeoman, to Isaac Wood of Rindge NH, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-337.
2 Sept 1788 21-147 Lydia Baker Et al to Isaac Wood, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-337.
UPDATE: 2.23.17: Stephen Dudley's Probate in Hillsborough County NH does mention Peter, but does not identify the relationship or mention his wife Lydia.
We can be sure from Cheshire County Deeds that Peter Baker of Westmoreland was married to Lydia & was a farmer, having been considered either a Husbandman or Yeoman on the deeds. We also can see both the Peter Baker Farm and the Pierce Farm were located in what was called Pitch No. 6, and were both purchased from a John & Mary Baker, who had previously purchased the land from Samuel Works. [ix] [Most of this land seems to be now owned by the Cheshire County Farm]
This immediately this raises the question – Who are John & Mary Baker? Are they related? John Baker lived in Westmoreland in 1790 according to the census. He had 5 males over 16, 2 under 16 & 2 females. It seems like he could still be living there at the end of 1799 in deed 33-39. Truth is… I don’t know exactly who he is or where he removes to after this. Given our line is very solid between Peter & his parents, I didn’t spend too much time on that mystery. It is entirely possible they were related somehow uncle, nephew or cousins, but it is just as likely they were not. Perhaps John Baker’s other deeds & probate records may show more information some still need to be checked.
UPDATE 2.23.17: I believe this John was Peter's first cousin, son of his Uncle John Baker & wife Elizabeth Gleason.- See the sketch for Capt Joseph & Alice Jefts for an update there. It's also interesting to note that he pretty much disappears about the same time as Peter and the 1800 Census for him in Westmoreland NH names "Alese Baker" who if was his daughter - was only 9 yrs old which is rather bizarre.
Ok, back to Peter & what his deeds show.
The CC Grantee Deeds show Peter Baker bought 95 acres through the following transactions:
24-234: 7 Apr 1792 Husbandman, 35 aces Westerly part of Pitch No 6, plus another piece of an unknown amount on the north side of the road from John & Mary Baker
24-236: 2 Dec 1794 Husbandman, 10 acres of Governor’s Farm from John & Mary Baker
29-103: 6 May 1796 Yeoman, 50 aces from the Works Estate - near Canoe meadow –thru William Hutchins, Executor
26-308 & 309: 19 Dec 1795 Lease of 7 acres for three years from John Baker, occupations of either party are not named.
18 Aug 1795, we can see Peter in the newspaper……The Rising Sun, Peter is a commissioner to examine the estate of Samuel Works Esq. which I would guess would mean at this time he was fairly respected.
Through the CC Grantor Deeds we can see the following transactions:
32-86 & 87: 2 Jun 1796 Husbandman, 35 acres to Stephen Streeter [29-103 – Works Estate]
40-271: 24 Sep 1796 Yeoman, 10 acres to Oneb Scott [29-103 – Works Estate]
29-184 & 185: 23 Feb 1798 Husbandman, Mortgage 220.00 + lawful interest in 2 yrs with John Tuttle of Littleton, Yeoman on:
35 acres westerly part of No 6 [24-234]
Piece on the north side of the road [24-234]
10 acres Gov. Farm [from John & Mary Baker [24-236]
50 acres Excepting *35 acres sold to Stephen Streeter [32- 86 * 87] & Oreb Scott [40-271]
*This was actually 45 acres of the 50 purchased on 29-103
33-39 & 40: 11 Nov 1799 No Occ., “All of said land which I have not formerly deeded to others”
(names Street & Scott)
Sold to Asa Britton of Chesterfield for 400 dollars, containing 4 pieces:
10 acres Gov. Farm [24-236]
35 acres near his dwelling house & west. part of No 6 [24-234]
Another piece north side of road [24-234]
22.50* acres from Works Estate
….but there were only 5 acres left from Works estate…?
11 Nov 1799 is the last known notation of Peter Baker before his disappearance in 1800. Could his vanishing act have something to do with selling 17.5 acres of land he didn’t have, or the fact that his mortgage was up with John Tuttle in 3 months; did Tuttle get paid? Is this in part why Peter says he is in debt 800.00 in his pension file? And did this leave Lydia & the family homeless? Maybe the key is to look for deeds & other documentation for these men, John Tuttle of Littleton MA, Asa Britton of Westmoreland; Stephen Streeter & Oneb Scott. This is also on the to-do list.
Quick explanation of the social classes of the time. Generally, deeds & other records identify a man by where he lives & what he does for a living. This comes in very handy in genealogical work because it can sort out different men by the same name, or give us an idea of the decline or increase in social status, as well as other things. It can be tricky though as some terms were used loosely and may have had more to do with the respect between the parties, or the opinion of the person writing the document.
It is said during this time period, a “Husbandman” usually meant that he was a farmer that owned his own land vs a Yeoman who was generally a farmer of a lower class, because he leased or mortgaged the land he farmed. If we were to apply this loose rule of thumb to Peter it would indicate he owned his own land in Westmoreland prior to deed 24-234. He leased more land in 1795, but in 1796 is mentioned as both within a month of each other. The 1799 deed Peter is not identified as Husbandman or Yeoman, instead it states nothing about his occupation. So, in this particular case the rule of thumb for these two terms doesn’t tell us that much in this case, and seems to be loosely regarded. Especially since John Tuttle is regarded as a Yeoman & yet he gives Peter, a Husbandman, a mortgage of 220.00. That said, it is possible that Peter, Husbandman, 1792, did farm his own land in Westmoreland or somewhere else prior to deed 24-234. It is likely that by 1799 when no occupation is listed on his final deed, that he had decreased in social status & may have failed at farming altogether.
From the US Census’ we can see the following. I’ve added notes & names from Bob Schwartz' work. They are valuable possibilities. Bob has also done his best guesstimate for what was going on by 1810 & how many of Lydia’s children & her step children can be found with her & John Darling.
1790 Census for Peter Baker
2 males < 16 Asa (4), Unknown Male
1 males >= 16 Peter (35)
3 females Lydia (28), Sarah (5), Lydia (2)
1800 Census for Peter Baker
1 males < 10 Alden (2)
2 females < 10 Lydia? (12), Polly (3)
1 female 26-44 Lydia (38)
Missing: Peter (45), Sarah (15), Asa (14), James (8), Larkin (5), Charles (0)
The Missing Years
At some point, it seems Peter must have been accepted as dead, because Lydia’s 2nd marriage to John Darling is referenced in Chesterfield History where it states “Wid. Lydia Baker, of Wmd.” They married Nov 27, 1804.[x] John had several children from his previous marriage to Sarah Blood of Groton, MA. They were: John 1778; Nahum 1781; Montgomery 1785; Darius 1787; Boynton 1790; Sarah 1791; Mary Ann 1794; & Louis 1796. [xi]
Where Peter was from 1800-1812 has not been determined despite exhaustive searches by multiple researchers. However, there are a few possible leads, though weak.
List of persons claiming to be citizens of NY who were impressed and detained in the British service for want of documents to prove their citizenship. … Peter Baker –alias Peter Scott. ….Information respecting the above named persons must be transmitted to the Secretary of State, at Washington, or to the Collector at the Port of New York.
The American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. From the 1st session of the 1st to the 3rd session of the 13th congress, inclusive: commencing March 3, 1789, and ending March 3, 1815, Volume 2:
Seaman’s Names Peter Baker, alias Scott, Date of Impressment 1801, Ships of War into which stated to be impressed or carried, Resolve. Statement: Impressed into the Boston, the commander of which (Douglas) took from him his protection, in whose possession it still remains. Having no documentation to prove his citizenship, refused to be discharged.”
This basically means this guy was impressed (taken captive) into the British Army by Douglas in 1801 on the ship named “Boston”, and was currently on the ship “Resolve”. This implies there was a Seaman’s protection but it was taken from him & Douglas still had possession of it in 1806.
Observations on the Impressment of American seaman by the officers of ships of war……..
Pg 45: Of applications made to the British Government, in cases of Impressments, from the last September, 1804, to 11th May 1805, by George W. Erwing, esquire.
Pg 49: Peter Baker, alias Peter Scott
Personally, I kinda wish he was taken prisoner by the British Army. It would explain a few things, but alas, these notations do not prove this was our Peter. It seems to me he would say he was taken prisoner by the British Navy in his pension papers if he was…although he does end his statement with ”…and further say not”, that phrase was common at that time. The lead should be followed just in case, that way maybe we can rule it out at the very least.
We do know he likely showed up in Mt Holly, VT in 1812 where his then married daughter, Sally/Sarah Cole,[xii] wife of Martin Cole lived.[xiii] The first time he is seen in the records there that I could find was a resource that states a Peter Baker was warned out of Mt Holly VT on Feb 24 1812.[xiv] A “Warning Out” is basically a petition to kick someone out of town for being undesirable or poor.
It seems it is true when Ella writes that Peter abandoned his family c1799-1800, as it is supported by census records,[xv] the deeds mentioned previously, the obituary of Larkin Baker and lack of evidence from him thereafter.[xvi] Given that, wouldn’t be a big surprise if when he first showed up in his daughter’s town of Mt Holly after all those years, they tried to have him removed. She must have at least partially forgiven him eventually though because it is implied that about Christmas 1817 he was in Mt Holly VT.[xvii]
It should also be noted there is another Peter Baker who lived in Mount Holly around the same time, but this is a different man. That Peter Baker was born about 1774, removed from Rhode Island and was a fairly prominent man.[xviii] There really is no confusing them.
Peter Baker’s Military Pension papers filed in 1818 were also reviewed, as well as the 1820 follow-up report filed from Rutland County. In April of 1818 he says he has been dependent on his children for 5 months [Dec 1817]. It states in 1820 that he had been crippled 3yrs , and was dependent on the support of his children, but he does not name his children, nor do any documents indicate any children submitted a sworn statement on his behalf.[xix]
Peter is listed in the "Abstracts of Rev. War Pension File". The entry reads: "Peter Baker, S39178, Cont and MA Line, appl. 6 Apr 1818 Rutland City VT aged 62". The full pension file can be found on Heritage Quest, as well as Fold 3. It has quite a bit of information.
April 1818 – Application for Pension
I, Peter Baker, of Mount Holly in the county of Rutland State of Vermont of the age of 62 years being duly sworn do declare depose & say with in December 1775 at Littleton in Massachusetts, I enlisted into Capt Samuel Gilbert’s Company in Col Prescott Rgm’t. of Massachusetts here to serve for one year. Went immediately joined my company at [Cambridge?] where we remained until the British army evacuated Boston, when we followed them to New York. [on March 17, 1776] First we went into winter quarters in the High Land in New York I believe about 3 miles north of West Point. I further say that whilst in said winter quarters, about a month before my time of service expired. I again enlisted into Capt Samuel Darby’s company in Col John Bailey’s Rgm’t. being the 2nd Rgm’t. Massachusetts [?] to serve for three years. Here I served in said company & regiment the full term of reenlistment except nine days which was allowed me to return home when I was discharged at West Point. I have lost my discharge, not considering it of any value. I was at the battle of Massachusetts [known as the Siege of Boston] and at the taking of Burgoine [Battle of Saratoga] I further say that I am a resident citizen of the United States – that I have resided in Mt Holly aforesaid about 5 months – that I am poor and from my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of assistance from my country for support –and further say not.
On another page, dated June 1820, he states:
a pair of crutches upon which I am & have been crippled to walk for more than 3 years past & I am now more than Eight Hundred dollars in debt & have been obliged to depend upon the charity of my children for support until I receive my pension certificate.
The term of the first enlistments was 2 years which fits perfectly with Dec 1775-Dec 77 in Gilbert’s Co. He reenlisted for 3 years in Dec 1777 and then was in Bailey’s. He may have been a volunteer at the march to Concord and at Bunker Hill, but not sure and it doesn’t seem likely since I can’t find him listed anywhere.
He is not listed with Gilbert’s on Aug 1 1775, only his father (Lt) and brother (Prvt) were on that list. That regiment was at Bunker Hill (June 17 1775). His father died possibly in service for the same Company, or from an illness/injury contracted in service in 1776 age 55, but the date or battle (if one) is unclear at the moment. He died either July 8 or Feb 20, Littleton says both dates.[xx]
In the book “An Historical Sketch of Littleton by Harwood, Joseph Jr, and sons Joseph and Peter are all mentioned on page 16 in relation to the War and Col Prescott’s, Capt Gilbert’s Company in the Continental Army which was probably organized after the North Bridge Battle as none of them are specifically mentioned as marching to Concord and Lexington. The Company that did march was Aquila Jewett’s Company.
According to valleyforgemusterroll.org
The 2nd Massachusetts was organized in 1775 at Roxbury from Plymouth County. Entered Valley Forge with 459 men assigned, 297 fit for duty. Left Valley Forge with 392 assigned, 226 fit for duty. Previous engagements: Siege of Boston, Defense of Canada, Lake Champlain, Trenton-Princeton, Saratoga, Defense Of Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Monmouth.
Peter is noted as being in Valley Forge, but he doesn’t specifically mention being there in his application for pension. He is on the Muster Roll at Valley Forge from Dec 1777 to June 1778. It also shows he enlisted Jan 1 1777 & was born Sept 9 1778. [xxi] The birth year obviously incorrect.
He is also found in the Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1896-1908.
Baker, Peter, Littleton. Return of men enlisted into the Continental Army from Capt Aaron Jewett's (3rd) co., Col. Jonathan Reed's (6th Middlesex Co.) regt., dated Feb 19, 1778; joined Capt. Samuel Darby's (2nd) co., Col. John Bailey's regt.; enlistment, 3 years or during war; also Private, Col. Bailey's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also Capt. Samuel Darby's co., Col. Bailey's regt.; return of men in service at Valley Forge Jan. 25, 1778.
"Soldiers of the Revolutionary War who are buried in Vermont", only mentions the pension that Peter received; no burial information was indicated. However, the Vermont Pensioners, 1835 shows:
Peter Baker, Rutland County, Private, Annual Allowance: 96 00, Sums Received: 950 87, Massachusetts Continental Line, Pension roll: September 23, 1818, Commencement of pension: April 6, 1818, Age: 72, Died February 28, 1828.
For a more in depth exploration on Peter’s experiences during the Revolution, read fellow Baker researcher Bob Schwartz’s exceptional work.
An Overview of Peter & the Family’s Life
This part is not endnoted here, but instead is sourced elsewhere in this blog or the Baker blog post which contains that family.
Peter grew up in Littleton MA – His father died in 1776. His paternal grandfather, Capt Joseph Baker, who was briefly Town Clerk of Littleton, died when he was 6 yrs old. His grandmother died after that having married 2nd Samuel Lewis of Reading, MA. His maternal grandfather _________ Wheeler & Sarah _________...........
He had many cousins……& likely knew Lydia from growing up….
Asa: 14 yrs old
Lydia: 12 yrs old
James: 8 yrs old
Larkin 5 yrs old [Goes to live with Ezra & Rebecca Peirce]
Polly: 3 yrs old
Alden: 2 yrs old
Charles b. 1800 [There has been no evidence of Charles to date.]
His name is inscribed in the Revolutionary Monument in Littleton MA along with his brother Joseph b. 11 Sep 1748 & his father Joseph.
Lydia died on 9 Sep 1815 in Chesterfield, NH.[xxiv] John Darling then married Widow Mary (Wood) Taylor as his 3rd wife. They had two more children, Heliann & Joseph who died in Orleans Indiana 7 Jan 1840 20y 5m. He died Mar 28 1824 age 73,[xxv]. Lydia and John had one child, who would therefore by a half sibling of Peter & Lydia’s children. She is listed at the end as she was the youngest child of Lydia.
Peter and Lydia had the following children:
1. Sally (Sarah) Baker was born Jan 26, 1785 in New Ipswich, NH.[xxvi] Sally married Martin Cole son of Jonathan Cole and Anna Whitman on 12 May 1803.[xxvii] Martin was born Nov 23 1781 in Westmoreland NH, and died Apr 6 1866 at age 85.[xxviii] Sarah died 2 Nov 1863. [xxix] The death record states Asa, her brother, as her father. They had one known son & lived in Mt. Holly VT where Martin was establishing a farm as early as 1810. [xxx] 1810 US Census: 1m -10; 1m 26-44; 1f 16-25;
On 12 Feb 1812, Peter Baker, Sarah’s father appears to have been warned out of Mt Holly VT. This is the first known appearance of him since late 1799. Sarah must have forgiven him as in Dec 1817 he returns & is apparently dependent on her. His follow-up application in June of 1820 Peter states he still lives in Mt Holly but he does not appear on the census with them. 1820 US Census: 1m under 10 [unknown]; 1m 16-18 [Larkin]; 1m 26-44; 1f 10-15[unknown]; 1f 26-44; [Peter is not w/ them]
Over the years from 1820-1850 Sarah & Martin took in several children, some of whom we may never know the names of. We do know one of them was William Porter Walker b 4 Feb 1825, son of Sarah’s sister Lydia. Their entire family were left orphans when their father died & shortly thereafter their grieving mother also passed away in 1828. It appears they most likely took in William’s siblings as well, with the exception of the oldest two children. They all fit in the home of Martin & Sarah Cole in 1830.
Martin Cole & Sally Baker’s only birth child was:
i. Larkin Baker Cole b: 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland. [xxxi] According, to The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230, it states that he adopted the s to his name very early, and was not home much after 14 yrs of age due to his own schooling & teaching. He was educated at Middlebury & Castleton VT, becoming a physician upon graduation from Castleton. On 14 Feb 1827 in Middlebury VT, he married Sarah Marshall Dyar of Boston. He was of Rockingham VT at the time.[xxxii] She was b. 2 Feb 1800.[xxxiii] and the Principal of a ladies’ seminary. [xxxiv]He practiced in Fitzwilliam, NH 1827-28, Groton & Lowell MA.[xxxv]
Annual Circular of the Massachusetts Medical College: With a History of the Medical Department of Harvard University, a Catalogue of Graduates, David Clapp, 1846 - Medical colleges - 32 pages, pg 27 Dr Larkin Baker Cole, Boston
Catalogue - Harvard University The University., 1846, pg 16 under Medical students, Dr Larkin Baker Cole, Boston
A Catalogue of Its Officers Fellows and Licentiates: 1781-1893 The Society, 1894 - Medicine - 204 pages, pg 90 d. 1856
He decided to study ministry c1837 & attended the Newton Theological Seminary. Preaching in Windsor CT, Hopkinton, MJ & So Reading MA. His health was growing poor and he moved to Boston to focus on lecturing & writing. Earnestly involved in the anti-slavery movement.[xxxvi]
Larkin B. Coles was well known for publishing two books in 1851 which are often still referenced today. They are Philosophy of Health, 1851 & The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco Using, 1851. Both of which I should probably read & follow my cousin’s advice. J
It is said they had 3 children that died in childhood & 3 that survived. The censuses do show a number of people in the household, but as we have seen from his parents, we cannot assume these are children of the couple.
1830 US Census Lowell MA 1m 20-29; 2f -5; 1f 5-9; 1f 15-19; 1f 20-29; 1f 30-39
1840 US Census South Reading MA 1m -5; 3m 30-39; 1f 5-9; 2f 10-14; 1f 15-19; 2f 20-29; 1f 30-39; 1f 40-49
1850 US Census Lowell, MA: Sarah Coles a50, Susan Dyer a50, Mary Ann Dyer a25; Sarah F. Cole a22; Mary M. Cole a23; Jane French a14 b. Ireland; the rest b. MA
It is unknown where he is in 1850, but it can probably be guessed that he was traveling with his book which he was promoting as early as March 1849.[xxxvii]
1855 MA State Census, Cambridge MA Larkin B Coly a51 physician b. NH; Sarah M D Coly a55 b. MA; Frances S. Coly a27 b. NH; Edwin Prentice a12 b. Michigan; Mary Shay a35 b. Ireland
One of the last notations found for him is in the 23 June 1855 Cambridge Chronicle, Dr. Coles will preach tomorrow, Methodist Church, Harvard St. He died in Louisville KY Jan 18/20 1856 of pneumonia and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville KY. [xxxviii] His death notice appears in the Cambridge Chronicle 9 Feb 1856; Springfield Republican 2 Feb 1856; & Salem Register 31 Jan 1856 pg 2:
DEATH OF A BOSTON CLERGYMAN. Rev. Dr. Coles, of the Baptist Church, from Boston, died at the Galt House, in Louisville KY, on the 1875 inst., of pneumonia, from which he had been suffering two or three weeks. The deceased went to Kentucky with the intention of delivering a course of lectures on health and its relation to morals, &c. His wife reached him only half an hour before his death. Dr Coles was the author of a popular work on health, published in Boston not long ago.
His probate in Middlesex County, Cambridge MA was in 1856, Docket #29568. She was Executrix. 3 May 1856, an Administratrix Notice for SMD Coles appears in the Cambridge Chronicle. She died in Syracuse NY 22 Apr 1858, a58.[xxxix]
Their children that survived were[xl]:
a. Charlotte Augusta Coles b. 18 Feb 1831 in Lowell MA m. Silas F. Smith of Syracuse NY b. 22 Dec 1812 Lanesborough MA d 4 Dec 1898 Syracuse NY. Silas was the owner & Editor of the Syracuse Daily Journal, a salt manufacturer, Internal Revenue Collector, & in the fire insurance business. She died d. 5 Jan 1913 in Grinnell Iowa. They had two children: Stanley George Smith & Isabel Augusta Smith m. Rev Dr George A. Gates, Claremont CA.
b. Georgiana Coles b. ____m. Rev Wm A Simmons of Georgia. No children.
c. Frances Sarah b. _____ lived in Syracuse, NY, unmarried.
2. Asa Baker was born on 31 Dec 1786 in New Ipswich, NH.[xli] He was a Lieut. 31st Regt Infantry, Westmoreland, 18 Jun 1814. [xlii] War of 1812 Widows’ Pension 22.445 confirms his wife as Hannah Robinson & their marriage as 7 Feb 1819. They lived in Baldwinsvillle, Lysander, NY in 1850. He died in Baldwinsville NY 19 Apr 1851. She noted in Houston TX in 1878. He enlisted 30 Apr 1813 & was discharged in 1815. Research on Asa’s wife and children was mostly gathered by Bob Schwartz and his research likely shows the source documentation for the following children:
i. William Robinson Baker b May 21, 1820 Baldwinsville, Onondaga, NY d Apr 30, Houston, TX. Mayor of Houston, TX and Senator. The Texas Senate: Civil War to the eve of reform, 1861-1889 by Patsy McDonald Spaw pg 185 on Google States: Asa & Hannah (Robinson) Baker parents of William Robinson Baker lived in Cheshire Cty NH until after the war of 1812 when they moved to NY (but this is incorrect & they were married in NY) Hannah was a daughter of a prominent Philadelphia merchant.
3. Lydia Baker was born on 26 Jun 1788.[xliii] Lydia married Azra Walker son of Samuel in 1808. [xliv] He was born Jun 6, 1784 and died May 17, 1828 in Chesterfield, NH. She died on her 40th birthday 26 Jun 1828, a little over a month after Azra died. A notice in the paper states “much lamented”. [xlv] Their children were left parentless. Death records were not found in NHVRA, and the cause remains unknown. They were buried in Center Cemetery, Chesterfield NH.[xlvi] All children are listed in History of Chesterfield NH.
Children of Azra Walker & Lydia Baker
i. Sabrina Shaw Walker b 18 Jan 1809, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d Aft 1883
ii. Horton Dudley Walker b 9 Jun 1811, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 9 May 1872, Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH
iii. Polly Walker b 16 Nov 1813, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 16 Aug 1815, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH
iv. Lawson Walker b 16 Jul 1816, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d Aft 1880, Beverly, Essex, MA
v. Parker Davis Walker b 26 Aug 1820, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 7 May 1875, Salem, Essex, MA
vi. Caroline Baker Walker b 3 May 1822, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH
vii. William Porter Baker b 4 Feb 1825, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 23 Aug 1900, Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH. He has quite a long biography in the Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, 1896 pg 562. It states he lived with his uncle Martin Cole in Mt. Holly VT, and later with his brother Horton.
4. James Baker was born in Westmoreland, NH 1792. He died on 18 Nov 1868 in Cambria, NY. Hillside Cemetery, Cambria, NY A family source shows James and his family moved to Cambria, NY abt 1838 where James bought a farm. About 1816 James married Mary Palmer b 17 Dec 1799, Palmer's Ridge, Saratoga, NY daughter of Nicholas Palmer Descendant of Walter Palmer, founder Stonington CT and Jane Ross in 1816 in Prob. Northumberland, NY. Mary died on 11 Apr 1864 in Cambria, NY.
Bob Schwartz’s work should be referenced for this line. As well, I was told by Bob “there was another James Baker family researcher who was a direct descendant of Palmer Nicholas Baker, eldest son, who moved left NY for Michigan around 1868. Her information appears completely independent from other research, and it states that James Baker was born 11 Mar 1792 in Westmoreland, NH.”
i. Palmer N. Baker b 6 Apr 1816, Saratoga Co, NY d 2 Feb 1876, Shelby, Macomb, MI
ii. Lydia Jane Baker b 1821, New York
iii. Alden Dudley Baker b 28 Jul 1823, Saratoga County, NY d 15 Mar 1891, Cambria, Niagara, NY
iv. Oscar Baker b 1829
v. Ira Baker b 1831, Ontario Co., New York
vi. Mary Baker b 1834
vii. Sarah Baker b 1838, Cambria, Niagara, NY
viii. Omar Baker b 26 Feb 1839, Cambria, Niagara, NY d 28 Dec 1884, Cambria, Niagara, NY
ix. George Baker b. Bef 1845 d 10 May 1845, Cambria, Niagara, NY
5. Larkin Baker b. 17 Sep 1795– This was my GGG grandfather – see this post.
6. Polly Baker .b. [29 Dec] 1797 Polly married Capt John B Day Jr. in Chesterfield on Jan 26 1814. She died in Grafton, VT on Jan 1 1849 age 52. He was born Feb 2, 1791 in Chesterfield, NH and died in Chesterfield Apr. 29 1864
Her gravestone in Grafton VT states: “POLLY BAKER / Wife of / JOHN DAY / died / Jan. 1. 1849 / AE. 52”.
There is also a biography of John Day that states the following: “JOHN, son of John, m. 1st, 1814, Polly Baker, d. Grafton, Vt., Jan. 1. 1849, a. 52; 2d, 1850, Sophia, dau, of Rufus Harvey (2). He d. Chfd., Apr. 29, 1864.”
Evidence of her parentage is slim to none. One child is named Larkin, possibly after his uncle – that all we have other than secondary sources that I am aware of. Some of the following is from the History of Chesterfield & some Bob Schwartz.
Children of Capt John B. Day Jr. & Polly Baker
i. John Boyden Day b. Apr 24 1815, Chesterfield, NH
ii. William H Day b Mar 7 1818 Chesterfield, NH
iii. Albert H. Day b Apr 8 1819, Chesterfield, NH d 1876 Joliet, IL
iv. Charles Baker Day b Nov 9 1821 Chesterfield, NH d Nov 12 1895 Peoria, IL
v. Polly E Day b Mar 24, 1824 Chesterfield, NH d Aug 20, 1825 Chesterfield, NH
vi. Lucius L Day b Aug 8, 1827 Chesterfield, NH Jun 1907 Peoria, IL
vii. Larkin Baker Day b Dec 2 1831 Chesterfield, NH d Nov 1883 Milwaukee, WI
viii. Helen Maria Day b Aug 11 1839 Rockingham, VT d Jul 4 1910 Chicago, IL
7. Alden Sprague Baker was born in 1798 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH. He died in March 13, 1878 in Middleport, Niagara NY. Alden married Elizabeth Wonton Wickham daughter of William Wickham and Catherine Christian in 1823 in Sodus Point, NY. Elizabeth was born on 22 Dec 1804 in Philadelphia, Pa. She died on 5 Feb 1892 in Middleport, Niagara, NY.
According to Bob Schwartz:
“There is an Alden Sprague Baker who was a judge and he resided in Middleport, Niagara, NY. Two relevant accounts about him survive. First is his newspaper obituary that states: ‘Alden Sprague Baker was born in Chesterfield, N.H., Nov. 10th, 1798, and was at the time of his death 79 years of age. In 1816 he removed to Baldwinsville, Onondaga enmity, N. Y., and shortly thereafter went to Oswego.’
The other is biography written about his son Andrew Jackson Baker where it is stated: “Hon. Alden Sprague Baker was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire., November 10, 1799, and emigrated to the State of New York in 1816. He married Elizabeth Wanton Wickham, at Sodus Point, Wayne county, New York, in 1823, and settled in Middleport in 1824.”
The two accounts give different birthplaces (Westmoreland vs Chesterfield) and birth dates (1798 vs 1799), but it does not represent much of an inconsistency. Lydia lived in Chesterfield after she remarried. His gravestone supports a 1798 birth. The mention of Baldwinsville is significant because Asa Baker lived there. It suggests that Alden S lived with Asa in Baldwinsville for awhile, which would explain the mentions of Alden S Baker in the William R Baker biography. Based on a mention of Westmoreland as his birth place and a connection to Asa Baker in Baldwinsville, the case for Alden S Baker as a child of Peter and Lydia is quite solid.”
Children of Alden S. Baker & Elizabeth Wickham
i. William Wickham Baker b 1824, Middleport, Niagara, NY, d 1824, Middleport, Niagara, NY
ii. John Frederick Baker b. 1825, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 1825, Middleport, Niagara, NY
iii. James Northam Baker b 10 Nov 1824, Sodus Point, Wayne, NY d 10 Mar 1883, Oswego, NY
iv. Catherine Christian Baker b 1827, Middleport, Niagara, NY d Bef 1867
v. Andrew Jackson Baker b 6 Jan 1828, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 23 Jan 1904, Middleport, Niagara, NY
vi. Alden Sprague Baker b1832, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 1907, Whitehall, Muskegon, Michigan
vii. William Wickham Baker b 1836, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 12 Mar 1902, Chicago, Cook, IL
viii. Elizabeth Wanton Baker b 11 May 1837, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 1921, Denver, , Colorado
ix. Thomas Shipley Baker b. 1840, Middleport, Niagara, NY
x. Angelina Baker b 22 Apr 1841, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 28 Mar 1933, Middleport, Niagara, NY
xi. Mary Winthrop Baker b Dec 1847, Middleport, Niagara, NY d Aft 1910
Sourcing on this line is mostly from
a descendant Cherie, who I unfortunately
lost the contact information for.
Bob Schwartz has also worked hard on this line.
8. Charles Baker was born in 1799 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH. It
is said he was the youngest and removed to NYC. I have been unable to locate him but I am sure he is not the lawyer in Onondaga, NY who was married to Maria…nor is he the Charles in Albany NY or the Charles Baker buried in NYC Marble Cemetery. I do not know of any of us that have found him for certain. I would love to know though.
At the moment, the best lead I have, but still yet to follow & rule in or out, is a Mr Charles Baker of Lincoln, MA who filed an intention to marry Miss Joanna Jones of Concord, MA 7 Feb 1828. The intention was filed & published as law directs (& bands were forbidden by Gregory Stone & Daniel Hayes of Lincoln & after trial before Ebenezer Hobs [?], Charles Wheeler & Elisha Wheeler, Esqrs, the certificate was given by Stephen Patch, Town Clerk [Lincoln]. Concord MA Vital Records: Charles, of Lincoln, and Joanna Jones, Mar. 25, 1828.
John Darling & Lydia (Dudley) Baker had:
9. Miranda Darling, b. 1805 m: 10 Oct 1822/23 in Chester VT (NHVRA & Vermont Vital Records, FS) Ebenezer Scott (son of Ebenezer Scott) via History of Chesterfield p.267? She died 13 Jun 1850 in Chester VT, a45 (Vermont Vital Records, FS). Ebenezer died 3 Jul 1862 in Chester VT, 73y 9m, 29d., Carpenter, b. Chesterfield NH (VVR)
Ebenezer Scott & Miranda had:
i. Laura “Elizabeth” Scott b. 5 Jun 1824 in Chester VT Elizabeth S. Scott b. c1824 in Chester VT m Hathaway d. 26 Nov 1859 Boston MA
ii. Marshall Ebenezer Scott b. 1 Sep 1826 in Chester VT – Registered to vote in Oakland City CA 1871, a39, b. 1832 in VT; 1875 San Fran (California Great Registers 1866-1910, FS
iii. Charlotte M. Scott b. 8 Jun 1829 in Chester VT d. 10/15/1899 in Fitzwilliam, a71, married to Byam
iv. John L. Scott b. 23 Oct 1831 - John Lowell Scott b. c1843 d. 29 Mar 1847 in Chester VT a4
v. Cerocia Scott b. 18 Sep 1834 Chester VT m: Nathan F. Hall (Her father is with them in 1860)
vi. Live “Warren” Scott b. 8 Sep 1837 Chester VT d. 8 Jan 1903 in Boston MA a64, married, b. Chester VT, burial Forest Hills Cemetery
vii. Miranda C Scott b. 21 Nov 1839 d. 9 Jun 1842 a2
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[i] Birth Record Peter Baker Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 54; History of Westmoreland NH
[ii] Revolutionary Pension File Peter Baker, Application State: Vermont, Archive Publication Number: M804; See section on his service
[iii] Marriage Record Peter & Lydia Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 274, “mr. Peter Baker of Littleton, MA & Mrs Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, November 14: 1783.”; History of Westmoreland
[iv] Birth Record Lydia Dudley Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900), p. 76
[v] Birth Record Sarah Baker b. 26 Jan 1785 in New Ipswich, NH, female, white, 1st, dau of Peter Baker & Lydia, William L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich, NH 4 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH Birth Record Asa Baker b. 31 Dec 1786 New Ipswich NH Male, white, 2nd child, Fa: Peter Baker, Mo: Lydia, Wilber L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich Sep 4 1905 NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[vi] 1790 US Census Westmoreland NH; Cheshire County NH Deed 24-234, dated 3 Sep 1792, John & Mary Baker to Peter Baker
[vii] 1860 US Census Westmoreland NH; 1900 US Census Somerville MA; 1910 US Census Westmoreland NH; 1920 & 1930 US Census Keene NH; NHVRA
[viii] Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[ix] Cheshire County NH Deed 24-234 & 25-84;
[x] Marriage Record Mrs. Lydia Baker & John Darling John Darling & Mrs Lydia Baker of Westmoreland, 27 Nov 1804 in Chesterfield, NH, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[xi] Marriage Record John Darling & Sarah Blood; NHVRA; History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County NH
[xii] Birth Record Sarah Baker; Marriage Record Sally Baker & Martin Cole; Death Record Sarah D Cole d: Nov 2 1863 b. NH a79 Father: Asa Baker, Old Age & rheumatism, Mt Holly; 1810 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1820 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1830 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1840 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1850 US Census Mt Holly VT -Martin Cole Mt. Holly, VT - It should be noted that despite her birth record, Sarah’s death record states her father was Asa Baker (her brother) Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 via FamilySearch.org; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xiii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xiv] Vermont Warnings Out, Vol 2, Alba Rollins, pg 87 &/or consult Mt. Holly Town and Vital Records, Vol 1 (1792-1829)
[xv] 1790 US Census Westmorland NH -Peter Baker; 1800 US Census Westmoreland NH -Peter Baker; 1810 US Census Westmoreland NH– not found.
[xvi] Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xvii] Revolutionary Pension File
[xviii] History of Rutland County, Vermont with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, Volume 2, Henry Perry Smith, William S. Rann, Heritage books, 1886 (Google eBook)
[xix] Revolutionary Pension File Name: Peter Baker, Application State: Vermont, Archive Publication Number: M804
[xx] Littleton Town Records p. 520 & 534;
[xxii] Revolutionary Pension File
[xxiii] Muff, Janet - FindaGrave.com Volunteer - took & posted a photo at my request.
[xxiv] Burial Stone Lydia Darling Chesterfield NH Wife of John Darling 9 Sep 1815; Death Record Lydia Darling History of Westmoreland; History of Chesterfield, NH
[xxv] Burial Stone John Darling Chesterfield NH
[xxvi] Birth Record Sarah Baker
[xxvii] Marriage Record of Sally Baker & Martin Cole both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev. Allen Pratt of Wmrld, Clergyman, 12 May 1803, no parents listed on reverse side, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxviii] Martin was born Nov 23 1781 in Wmrlnd. and died Apr 6 1866 at age 85
[xxix] Death Record Sarah D Cole d: Nov 2 1863 b. NH a79 Father: Asa Baker, Old Age & rheumatism, Mt Holly VT - It should be noted that despite her birth record, Sarah’s death record states her father was Asa Baker (her brother) Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 via FamilySearch.org; Another copy states "Cole, Sarah B." 79y Husband Dea Martin Cole, d. 3 Nov 1863, Mechanicville Cemetery, Dec 15 1919 ES Burton, Town Clerk Mt Holly;Burial Stone of Sarah B. Cole wife of Dea Cole died Nov 2 1863 79 yrs.
[xxx] 1810 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1820 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1830 US Census Mt Holly; VT 1840; US Census Mt Holly VT; 1850 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1860 US Census Mt Holly VT
[xxxi] Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxii] US Newspaper Extractions, Ancestry.com; Vermont Vital Records, FS – but that says her residence was Middlebury VT; Massachusetts marriage Index, Ancestry.com
[xxxiii] Find a Grave, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY, Plot: Sect 48 plot 117, Removed from Rose Hill
[xxxiv] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxv] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxvi] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxvii] Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA 17 Mar 1849, p. 2
[xxxviii] Find a Grave Louisville KY
[xxxix] Find a Grave, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY, Plot: Sect 48 plot 117, Removed from Rose Hill
[xl] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xli] Birth Record Asa Baker b. 31 Dec 1786 New Ipswich NH Male, white, 2nd child, Fa: Peter Baker, Mo: Lydia, Wilber L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich Sep 4 1905 NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xlii] Military Asa Baker "Asa Baker Lieut. 31st Regt Infantry Westmoreland, NH Sentinel, Keene, published 18 Jun 1814
[xliii] History of Westmoreland
[xliv] History of Westmoreland
[xlv] Death Record of Lydia Walker - NH Sentinel 18 Jul 1828
[xlvi] Burial Stone Lydia Walker
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HONORABLE LARKIN BAKER was born on 17 Sep 1795 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[i] He married first on 23 Jan 1823 in Westmoreland, NH to CELINA COBB[ii] daughter of prominent General Simeon Cobb Jr and Eunice Goodnow.[iii] Celina was born on 27 May 1802 in Westmoreland, NH.[iv] She died on 4 Oct 1852 at the age of 50 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, lot #175-A on 6 Oct 1852.[v] Larkin married second SARAH WHITE, the widow of John H. Weirs,[vi] on 1 Mar 1855 in Westmoreland, NH.[vii] Larkin died on 3 Feb 1872 at the age of 76 in Westmoreland, NH of senility[viii] and was buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, lot# 176-A.[ix] Sarah was born 4 Feb 1797[x] and died on 12 Sep 1880 at the age of 83 years, 7 months, 8 days.[xi] She is buried in North Cemetery as well, lot #173-A.[xii]
Assembling & Correlating Indirect Evidence in the Father of Larkin Baker
Direct primary evidence of Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley being Larkin’s parents has not been found. However, several pieces of indirect evidence do exist which will be revealed here.
Let’s first note what information was not found:
· A record for Larkin’s birth was not found at New Hampshire Vital Records, nor in the Town Records of Westmoreland, NH where he was most likely born.
· Records were found for both Larkin’s marriages & his death, but none indicate his parents.[xiii]
· Will for Larkin Baker was found, but it does not give any indication of siblings or parentage.[xiv]
· Will for Larkin’s second wife was also found, but again, it does not give any indication of his siblings or parents.[xv]
· No formal declaration of death for Peter was found
· No other Baker man in Westmoreland NH is a plausible father of Larkin.
· No formal guardianship or adoption papers for any of Peter’s children were found.
· Probate files for Ezra Peirce & John Darling did not mention Larkin.
· No probate files for Peter Baker, Lydia Baker Darling or Rebecca Peirce.
· No declaration of divorce was found for Peter & Lydia
· Not able to secure a source for “Dudley” being Larkin’s middle name or even D. as middle initial?
Summary of Secondary Sources & Indirect Evidence:
· Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley are said to be his parents in The History of Westmoreland and the Ella Patten Abbott Collection. [xvi]
· Larkin named his daughter “Eunice Dudley Baker” [xvii]
· Larkin’s Grandson was named Albert “Bertie” Larkin Dudley Farr, although I am unable to find proof of the middle names on a record. [xviii]
· Sally/Sarah Baker, oldest child of Peter & Lydia,[xix] named her only known child “Larkin Baker Cole. ”[xx]
· Polly Baker, said daughter of Peter & Lydia’s, named her son Larkin B. [Baker] Day,[xxi] although I am unable to secure further evidence that the middle initial of B. was for Baker, nor direct evidence that Polly was the child of Peter & Lydia. [xxii]
· Obituary of Larkin Baker states that Larkin grew up without a father & lived in Westmoreland his whole life. [xxiii]
· Peter Baker disappears from 1800-1818, when Larkin would have been growing up without his father. [xxiv]
· Peter’s wife, then named a widow, marries John Darling in 1804. Peter is clearly nowhere to be found. [xxv]
As you can see, the evidence is scantly & scattered. However, the accuracy, credibility & reliability factors are quite high in regard to The History and Genealogy of Westmoreland & the Ella Patten Abbott Collection. Ella Patten Abbott did the research for these both sources. She was born in Westmoreland in 1847, and worked during the early 1900’s.[xxvi] Rarely have errors been found. Although both are unsourced compilations, and are really not ideal sources as they stand alone, combined with these other pieces of indirect evidence, it makes a fairly solid case for Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley being the parents of Larkin Baker.
Peter Baker sold most of his property, & allegedly abandoned his family from about 1800-1818. His farm was on the southwestern end of Westmoreland known as Canoe Meadow which runs along the shore of the Connecticut River. It is assumed that when Lydia was left alone she had no choice but to receive help in raising her children by the community. Larkin would have been the 5th child of 8 children born to Peter & Lydia. Sarah, Asa, Lydia & James being older, & Polly, Alden & Charles being younger. Larkin’s older sister Sarah/Sally named her only child Larkin Baker Cole in 1804, when he was just 9 years old. [xxvii]
According to the History of Westmoreland & the Ella Patten Abbott collection it states Larkin was raised by the Hon. Ezra Pierce of Westmoreland & his wife Rebecca (Lawrence) from about the age of 4 or 5.[xxviii] I have not found any direct evidence of Ezra raising Larkin, but the Pierce’s Farm was very near to the original Baker Farm.[xxix] Ezra was a prominent man in town holding a position as Judge, and also Town Representative, Selectman, & State Senator.[xxx] Ezra died when Larkin was about 13 on 16 Sep 1808 a57 in Westmoreland and is buried in Canoe Cemetery, Westmoreland[xxxi]. His wife Rebecca died 4 Apr 1821 when Larkin was 25.[xxxii]
It seems likely that after Ezra died, Larkin may have returned to the home of his mother which she then shared with John Darling. Most of the younger children between this couple can be aligned with the 1810 census of John Darling. Bob Schwartz, a fellow Baker researcher, [xxxiii] has outlined the early censuses in his works & I believe I discuss it in Peter's post.
Larkin’s Lifetime of Achievements
Ezra Pierce likely had a great impact on Larkin creating a drive & ambition that earned him many positions within the community. On the town level Larkin held many political offices in Westmoreland, among them were: Town clerk 1828-1840, Town Selectman 1832-1841, and Town Representative 1827-1828.[xxxiv] He was also a lawyer, school teacher, Supt. of Schools, Justice of the Peace, farmer, and merchant.[xxxv] He was side judge for Cheshire County 1833-1841, and finally Cheshire County Judge of Probate for 22 yrs 1841-1864,[xxxvi]
In addition to all that, he was President and Director for the Cheshire County Mutual Fire Insurance Co.,[xxxvii] and one of the first trustees for the Cheshire Provident Institution For Savings, as well as Keene Academy.[xxxviii] He was the Master of the local Masonic Lodge entitled Jerusalem Lodge, No. 4. in 1822.[xxxix] He held titles of Captain & Major.[xl] The writer was unable to find specific evidence for the Captain title, but it can be assumed since Major is one rank higher, & there is proof of that. [xli] Around the state Larkin was involved in committees to lay out highways as far away as Bristol, NH,[xlii] and likely others.
In regard to being a lawyer it states in the History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, p. 508:
For many years his counsel was sought from far and near upon all legal matters. Possessed a tenacious memory, an aptness for scholarship, he soon took a prominent place in both town and country. He held the commission of justice of the peace during the whole of his business career, and transacted nearly all the business of the town in this line. He was assistant judge of the court of common pleas seven years, judge of probate for Cheshire County 22 years, resigning in 1864 by reason of poor health, and held at different times, all the offices within the gift of his native town.[xliii]
Despite the high regard given to Larkin in every source found, Larkin’s political career was not without a least one slight controversy. Two articles raise curiosity as they infer he was accused of fence jumping & twaddling, and then it was corrected. The following were found:
Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics Jan 23 1830 via GenealogyBank.com
In making up our list of prominent Twaddlers, the name of Larkin Baker, Esq. of Westmoreland, should have been omitted. The mistake arose in consequence of finding his name attached to a call of a federal Convention for Cheshire County, in Dec 1827. But we are happy to learn that Mr B abandoned that party the moment he discovered its character, and has constantly been since, what he invariably was before, a steady and consistent republican. We are happy in making this correction.
The publication goes on to state the above is from the last NH Patriot & continues with more of the general story regarding 100 names which were published by the NH Patriot previously. This article should definitely be consulted when researching this issue further.
New Hampshire Sentinel Jan 29 1830 via GenealogyBank.com
Maj. Larkin Baker, of Westmoreland, will not, we believe, thank Mr Barton, for his apology for placing him in good company. He has never, to our knowledge, jumped the fence, as insinuated, to entitle him to the character of “a steady and consistent republican”.
From the US Censuses of Westmoreland, NH between 1830-1870 we can determine he was in fact in town all his life.[xliv] Larkin and Celina raised their kids in the more affluent section of Westmoreland that is known as Park Hill.[xlv] The Cobb’s, Celina’s parents, lived in the same picturesque neighborhood.[xlvi]
The 1858 Map of Westmoreland shows the home of the “Hon. Larkin Baker” at the base of Park Hill. According to the Westmoreland Historical Society, the home burned in a large neighborhood fire on 2 April 1894; the fire is said to have started in the store/post office & spread to several other homes & buildings nearby.[xlvii]
Larkin’s detailed obituary which is genealogical treasure was published in The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV Iss. 7, pg 3. It reads:
In Westmoreland, Feb. 3, after a brief illness, Hon. Lakin Baker, aged 76 years 4 mos. & 16 days.
Judge Baker was born in Westmoreland Sept. 17 1795, where he has always resided. In early life he was left without the care and counsel of a father. He acquired his education in the primary schools and in the academy at Chesterfield. He afterwards taught school several terms and was town superintendent for several years. He held for a few years a Captain’s and Major’s commission. In 1822 he was married to Celina Cobb, daughter of Gen. Simeon Cobb of Westmoreland. There were born to them nine children, four sons and five daughters.
He devoted several years to agricyltural and a few years to merchantile pursuits, assisting Gen. Cobb in the transaction of his business in its various branches. His wife, with whom he had lived thirty years, died Oct. 4 1852, aged 50 years. He married his second wife, widow Sarah Weir, March 2, 1855. He faithfully served the town for many years in the capacity of Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk and Selectman; he also represented the town two years in the General Court. He held the commission of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas nine years for Cheshire County and Judge of Probate over twenty-two years, which latter office he resigned by reason of ill health at the age of 69 years, after which he was admitted to the Bar under the Statute. He was ever ready to impart information to all who sought his counsel. In him the widow and the fatherless ever found a true and faithful friend, a wise and fatherly counsellor whose memory will be gratefully cherished by the people of the town and county who interest he so long and so faithfully served. He was – to use a language of a near neighbor-“perfectly honest” – than which, there can be no higher social virtue; and of him it may justly said, “Good and faithful servant”.
All that love and affection could do was done for him by his dear wife and dutiful children and his kind and attentive neighbors. A wife, two sons and one daughter survive to mourn their irrsparable loss. For nearly fifty years he was, until recently, an active and influential member of the Congregational church whose interests he was ever zealous to promote.
Many people from this and other towns were present at the funeral services to testify their respect for him whose memory they gratefully cherish and to sympathize with bereaved friends. An appreciative audience listened with respectful attention to a discourse by the writer from Gen. 5:24. ~ Jehiel Claflin. East Westmoreland, N.H. Feb 10 1872
Larkin’s Will[xlviii] reads as follows:
Be it remembered that I Larkin Baker of Westmoreland in the County of Cheshire and State of NH, being of sound and disposing mind, do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
First - I give and bequeath unto Albert S. Baker, William A. Baker and Josie S. Farr my only children and unto George Elwyn Fuller son of my late daughter Charlotte A. Fuller and unto Alice Baker daughter of my late son Simeon L. Baker each the sum of one dollar if demanded.
Secondly - I give bequeath and devise unto my beloved wife, Sarah Baker, all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate – Real, Personal and mixed, to have and to hold the same, to her, the said Sarah Baker, her heirs and assigns forever –
Lastly - I nominate my trusty and well esteemed friend Joseph W. Leonard* of Westmoreland aforesaid to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Larkin Baker as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who, at his request, in his presence, and in oresence of each other, subscribe our names as witnessses thereto.
Salome A. Wooley
Emma J. Woolley
Cornelia M. Woolley
*Joseph W. Leonard was a merchant on Park Hill via History of Westmoreland
Sarah Baker’s will[xlix] reads as follows:
Be it remembered that I Sarah Baker of Westmoreland, County of Cheshire and State of New Hampshire, being of sound and disposing mind do make publish and declare this my last will and testament that is to say..
1st- I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay all the just expenses of my funeral, and to erect over my grave suitable gravestones.
2nd - I give and bequeath to my sisters Elcy White now living in Chicopee Massachusetts and Sybil Biglow wife of Amos F. Biglow now living in Homer, Courtland County New York – each the sum of fifty dollars.
3rd – I give and bequeath to my nephew Henry Wright now living in Northfield Massachusetts the sum of One Hundred Dollars
4th- I give and bequeath to Sarah M. Wright – daughter of the aforesaid Henry Wright the sum of twenty five dollars.
5th – I give and bequeath to Larkin B. Cobb of Westmoreland the sum of twenty five Dollars
6th – I give and bequeath to Bertie L. D. Farr of Westmoreland the sum of twenty five dollars
7th I give and bequeath to Albert L. Baker, my grandson, the sum of Twenty five dollars
8th I give and bequeath to Josephine S. Farr wife of Elijah Farr of Westmoreland and her heirs all the rest and residue of my estate both personal, real and mixed.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint Willard Bill Jr of Westmoreland sole executor of this my last will and testament –
Dated 5 Apr 1873. Witnesses Alson Cobb, A. Clarence Cobb, Willard Bill Jr.
Four years later, she then writes an amendment -
I hereby revoke so much of the within will gave my sisters Elcy White and Sybil Biglow and their heirs the sum of fifty dollars to each and declare it to be my intention that either take nothing under my will
Signed 6 Feb 1877 Witnesses James S Lord, William C. Aiken, Jos[?] W. Leonard
Several receipts are contained in the file and are signed for the portions that were received, including one for the twenty five dollars to Albert L. Baker. William A. Baker signed for it stating he was a minor under his guardianship on 4 Jun 1881. That would have been my great grandfather, Albert Larkin Baker’s thirteenth birthday or thereabouts. I’d like to think Albert received it, but I suspect given William’s apparent character, he did not.
Larkin and Celina had the following children:
1. CHARLOTTE ADELINE BAKER was born on 23 Apr 1824 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, NH[l] and died on 13 Jun 1851, suddenly,[li] by apoplexy, age 27[lii] and is buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, plot #172-A.[liii] Charlotte had married REV. GEORGE E. FULLER on 16 July 1846.[liv] He married second Sarah A. Green, daughter of Samuel Jefferson Green & Patty Williams on 3 Aug 1852 in Bernardston, MA, and from that record we also gain George was born in Amherst, NH, son of Noah & Sarah Fuller.[lv] Sarah d. 11 Mar 1855 in Ware, Ma.[lvi]
Rev. George E. Fuller’s short career began when he was ordained in Kinderhook, NY on 3 Mar 1846.[lvii] In 1847-1848 he was a pastor in South Adams, MA, then Bernardston, MA 1848-1853, and finally to Ware, MA 1853-1855.[lviii] He died in Brattleboro, VT on 6 June 1856.[lix] Several announcements are made of his death in historical newspapers including the Daily Atlas, Boston, 18 Jun 1856 which states “At Brattleboro, 6th inst, Rev. George E. Fuller, 34, late Pastor of the Baptist Church in Ware, Mass.”
Also, in the Pittsfield Sun [MA] on 26 Jun 1856: “At Brattleboro, VT June 6 Rev George E. Fuller, aged 34, late pastor of Baptist Church in Ware, Mass and formerly settled over churches in Kinderhook, NY ; South Adams and Bernardston, Mass”.
Rev. George & Charlotte had one child who was left an orphan at the age of 7.
i. GEORGE ELWIN FULLER born 5 Sep 1848 Bernardston, MA.[lx] He likely died after 1867.[lxi]
George E.’s father is on the 1855 Massachusetts State Census in Ware, MA without George Jr., so it seems possible he may have been placed with another family even before his father's death, but after the death of his mother. I'm not sure if he was with his father & his 2nd wife until she died or not.
George, the son, is named in his grandfather Larkin Baker’s will in 1867, unfortunately it gave no hint as to where he lived at the time[lxii], but he was eventually located. It turns out he is the George E Fuller who is taken in by Abijah C. & Jane P (Howe) Bullard of Greenfield MA & shown on the 1860 Census with them at age 10. He is still with them in Amherst, MA on the 1865 Massachusetts State Census & the 1870 US Census. At that same time, he can be found in the school year books at Massachusetts Agricultural College. Specifically, he can be found in Massachusetts Agricultural College, The Index ,1870, Vol II, No. 1, pg 15, listed as “George Elwyn Fuller”, Class of 1871.
Abijah & Jane can be found on the 1850 US Census in Gill MA, & the 1855 State Census in Erving MA without George. Abijah was b. c1804, son of Silas Bullard & Experience Orcutt & died 28 Mar 1876 in Greenfield MA of Typhoid Pneumonia. Jane P was Jane Parmela Howe of Wendell, daughter of Elmer Howe and Eliza Osgood. She died a widow on 6 Aug 1906 in Greenfield MA. She was born 10 Dec 1812 in Wendell, MA
The Massachusetts Agricultural College is now known as UMass. In their Special Collections in Amherst, MA there is a photo,[lxiii] and it is available online with a short bio here http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/murg130-i0002054
Formal portrait of George Elwyn Fuller, Class of 1871. He went on to become a civil engineer and at one point was engaged in work on the Hoosac Tunnel in Western Massachusetts. It is thought he died around 1885. "Geo E Fuller '71" signed on back. "M.A.C. Collection, Library of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass." stamped on back. Logo of "J.L. Lovell" printed on back.
He is also found in the General Catalogue...: Including the Officers of Government and Instruction, Sketches of the Alumni, Occupations and Addresses of the Non-graduates, and Other Matters of Interest Relating to the College 1862-1886, pg 23 where it states:
George Elwyn Fuller was born 6th September, 1849, at Bernardston; prepared for college at Amherst High School. Civil Engineer, Toledo, O., 1873-74; Civil Engineer and real estate agent, Greenfield, 1876-? When last heard from engaged in work at the Hoosac Tunnel. Address unknown.
And…he disappears again. The Hoosac Tunnel did have a large amount of deaths. It is possible he died/disappeared in the tunnel. The Catalog of Graduates and Former Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, College and Associate Alumni, 1916 - 94 pages, pg 7, it lists him in the Class of 1871:
* Fuller, George E. Supposed to have died about 1885”
[* meaning dead]
A death record has not been located, nor does it seem he is found elsewhere.
2. EUNICE DUDLEY BAKER was born on 8 Oct 1825 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxiv]
She died on 12 Jun 1852 at age 26 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery #176-A.[lxv]
3. SIMEON LARKIN BAKER was born on 22 Dec 1827 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxvi] He died on 19 Sep 1854 at age 26 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery on 21 Sep 1854 #177-A.[lxvii] Simeon married MARY H. BINGHAM on 1 Feb 1853 in Westminster, VT.[lxviii] Elihue? Bingham was the Administrator on Simeon’s estate. The probate record names his wife Mary H. Baker who declines to be Administrator, & daughter, Mary Alice Baker, an infant”. His father served as the Judge on the case.[lxix]
They had 1 child.
i. MARY ALICE BAKER b: 7 Sept 1853 (calc) d: 7 Dec 1892 Boston, Ma, 39 years & 3 months; unmarried.[lxx]
4. MARY ELIZABETH BAKER was born on 5 May 1830 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxi] She died on 9 April 1839 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH and is buried in North Cemetery lot 171-A.[lxxii]
5. INFANT SON BAKER b. 1832 d. 1 May 1832 in Westmoreland, NH lot 170-A.[lxxiii]
6. ALBERT SPRAGUE BAKER was born on 29 Sep 1833 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co,
NH.[lxxiv] He died on 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, a 61y 11m 15d.[lxxv] Albert married CAROLINE “CARRIE” F. LOCKE of Rye, NH on 27 Nov 1860 in Somerville, MA.[lxxvi] Carrie was the daughter of Joseph & Olive (Berry) Locke born April 2, 1833.[lxxvii] She died 8 Apr 1882, age 47, in Cambridge, MA.[lxxviii] She
was actually 49 years old according to calculation from birthdate.[lxxix] The death record states "Hyper Catharsis" as cause of death which probably means excessive purging/defecation/diarrhea from medicine, anorexia or something else. They are both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA with her family in Lot #340. [lxxx] They had no children.
Albert can be found on the 1850 US Census in Westmoreland, NH with his father. He was a shoemaker at the time. Albert & Carrie were both attendants at McLean Asylum for decades,[lxxxi] but by the 1880 US Census, Albert is a Machinist suffering from Rheumatism & Carrie is a housekeeper.[lxxxii] They also have a boarder living with them who has a nervous disease named John Parker & Carrie’s sister, Hannah Piggot.[lxxxiii]
An interesting note about what he may have been machining in 1880 comes from a patent he filed on 13 Apr 1875. Apparently Albert developed the first ear gauges which he then called an “Improvement in Ear-rings”.[lxxxiv]
After the death of Carrie, Albert & William’s lives appear to become more intertwined. Therefore, there is more on Albert in William’s sketch.
7. WILLIAM ALSON BAKER was born on 10 Mar 1837 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxxv]
8. MARY ELMINA BAKER was born on 10 Oct 1839 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxxvi] She died in 1851 at about 12 yrs old, and was buried 1 Apr 1852; the grave is either not marked or otherwise unlocatable.[lxxxvii]
9. SARAH JOSEPHINE “JOSIE” BAKER was born in Dec 1841-2 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co,
NH.[lxxxviii] Sarah married ELIJAH J. FARR on 2 May 1864 in Westmoreland, NH, son of Daniel Farr & Maria Taplin.[lxxxix] She was noted on 9 July 1867 in her father’s will,[xc] & also later in the will of her step mother Sarah Baker.[xci]
The 1870 US Census lists her in Rockingham, VT, but by 1880 she is in Westmoreland with her step mother, husband & son. In 1900, she is with her son & his family in Arlington, MA. It says she has 1 child & 1 child living and is a widow, but on 7 Feb 1894 in Gilsum, NH, her ex-husband marries again to Nellie J. (Nash) Hardy,[xcii] & in 1900, he still resides in Westmoreland, NH. 1910, she is in Hancock, ME with her son. Elijah Farr is in Keene, NH, but dies there 25 Jun 1912.[xciii] 1920 she is in Corinna, ME with her son, & in 1930 her son is in the same place, but she is not. She died in Corinna, ME on 17 Dec 1923, and is buried in Center Cemetery Lot# 88.[xciv]
Josie and Elijah had one child:
i. ALBERT “BERTIE” LARKIN DUDLEY FARR born 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont.[xcv] He married HELEN E. EATON on 6 Jan 1892 in Fitchburg, MA.[xcvi] She was born Dec 1859.[xcvii] Albert was an Electrician.[xcviii] They moved to Maine between 1900 & 1910.[xcix] Albert L. Farr died in 1945 & is buried in Corinna Center Cemetery, Corinna, ME.[c]
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[i] Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV Iss. 7, pg 3, Image via GenealogyBank.com
[ii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH, m: 23 Jan 1823 in Westmoreland, both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev Allen Pratt of Westmoreland, Clergyman. [Reversed side] Edwin J. Goodnow, Clerk of Westmoreland, 1 Mar 1906, New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[iii] Birth Record Celina Cobb b. 27 May 1802, in Westmoreland, female, white, living, 1st child, father Simeon Cobb of Westmoreland, NH, b: [blank], white, farmer, mother: Eunice Goodnow b. Westmoreland, white, Housekeeper, Edwin J. Goodnow, Clerk of Westmoreland, 18 Dec 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[iv] Birth Record Celina Cobb
[v] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26 [Please note: the index in this book is incorrect, when it states page “28” it is actually p.26; also the index is extremely incomplete and does not include any index listings for pages 216-378];
[vi] Marriage Record John H Weirs & Sarah White He was of Westmoreland NH, she was of Winchester NH, by Francis Danforth in Winchester NH, Clergyman, 7 Apr 1835, Winchester, NH [Reverse side] ? W. Bingham, Clerk of Winchester, NH, 18 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH; 1850 US Census Westmoreland NH – Sarah Weir
[vii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Sara Weir Both of Westmoreland, Groom a60, Bride a56, both white, int. 27 Feb 1855, Rev. Stephen Rodgers of Westmoreland, Clergyman,1 Mar 1855 in Westmoreland [Reverse Side] Edwin J. Goodwin, Clerk of Westmoreland, 8 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH.
[viii] Death Record Larkin Baker 3 Feb 3 1872 in Westmoreland, age 77, b. Westmoreland, male, white, married, attorney, senility, name & birthplaces of parents all “unknown”, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk, Westmoreland NH, NHVRA, Fruit St, Concord, NH; Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire, Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331; Gravestone Photo: North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH via FindaGrave.com; Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[ix] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26
[x] Calculated from age at death via Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[xi] Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[xiii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Sara Weir; Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb; Death Record Larkin Baker
[xiv] Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xv] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xvi] Marriage Record Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 274, “mr. Peter Baker of Littleton, MA & Mrs Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, November 14: 1783.”; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331; Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[xvii] Birth Record Eunice Dudley Baker b. Oct 8, 1825, Westmoreland, female, white, living, child no. 2, fa. Larkin/Martin Baker, white of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xviii] Birth Record “Bertie L D Farr” b. 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont, mo: Josephine S. Baker b. Westmoreland, NH Fa: Elijah Farr b. Bradford, Farmer, Res: Westminster, VT via Familysearch.org
[xix] Birth Record Sarah Baker b. 26 Jan 1785 in New Ipswich, NH, female, white, 1st, dau of Peter Baker & Lydia, William L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich, NH 4 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xx] Marriage Record Sally Baker & Martin Cole both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev. Allen Pratt of Wmrld, Clergyman, 12 May 1803, no parents listed on reverse side, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record for Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxi] History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County “Larkin B., b. Dec. 2, 1831 ; m., Aug. 3, 1853, at Bellows Falls, Vt., Carrie Wentworth. Res. in Peoria.” pg 279 & 280; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Record not found at NHVRA Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxii] Marriage Record Polly Baker & John Day both of Chesterfield, 26 January 1814, no parents on back, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Death Record Polly Day Polly Baker Day a52 wife of John Day died 1 Jan 1849, Village Cemetery, Grafton, VT, Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954 via Familysearch.org; History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County, N.H., from the incorporation of "township number one," by Massachusetts, in 1736, to the year 1881, together with family histories and genealogies by Randall, Oran Edmond, (1882) pg 279; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire;
[xxiii] Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV Iss. 7, pg 3, IMAGE via GenealogyBank.com;
[xxiv] See Sketch for Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley
[xxv] Marriage Lydia Baker & John Darling: History of Chesterfield “Wid. Lydia Baker, of Wmd.”.; John Darling & Mrs Lydia Baker of Westmoreland, 27 Nov 1804 in Chesterfield, NH, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxvi] Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[xxvii] Birth of Larkin Baker Cole
[xxviii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Ella Patten Abbott Collection
[xxix] Cheshire County Deed 25-84
[xxx] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xxxi] Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxiii] Schwartz, Robert Fellow Baker Researcher, California
[xxxiv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties NH Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1886, 1073 pages, p. 504-505, archive.org; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xxxv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; The New Hampshire Register 1827 - McFarland and Jenks, 1826 - pg 52; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xxxvi] Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire; Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885, Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, 1885, 882 pgs, p.45-49; IRS Tax Assessments - 1865-66 - Larkin Baker available on Ancestry.com, show him as an Insurance Agent & Lawyer. The Total Tax listed for him each year was 20.00.
[xxxvii] Journal of the Senate of New Hampshire, p. 636
[xxxviii] History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker)
[xxxix] The New Hampshire Register and Farmer's Almanac 1822 Hill & Moore, pg 106 “Grand Lodge of NH, "No. 4 Jerusalem Lodge, Westmoreland. Larkin Baker, master. Philip Hall, Orlo Richardson wardens, L.G. Mead, secretary. Tuesday or preceding F.M.”
[xl] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xli] New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Oct 3 1823 issue, Regimental Reviews.
[xlii] History of the town of Bristol Grafton County NH Bristol, N.H.: Printed by R.W. Musgrove, 1904, 1263 pgs. See p. 126-128
[xliii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties
[xliv] 1830 US Census Westmoreland, NH, Larkin Baker, head of household, where he has 1 male under 5years; 1 male 20-30 years, presumably him; 2 females under 5; 1 female 5-10 years; 1 female 15-20 years & 1 female 20-30 years, presumably Celina, living in his home; 1840 US Census Westmoreland, NH Larkin Baker - it indirectly implies he may have had 3 sons under 15 years, and 3 daughters under 20 by that time. 1850 US Census Westmoreland NH offers us their names and it states: Larkin; Mrs L.; Eunice; Elvina; Simeon; Albert; William & Josephine.
[xlv] 1858 Map of Westmoreland NH - “Early Maps of Westmoreland, NH 1750-1906”, CDROM Collection, purchased via Westmoreland Historical Society Look for early Map
[xlvi] 1858 Map of Westmoreland NH
[xlvii] Personal correspondence with Westmoreland Historical Society
[xlviii] Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xlix] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[l] Birth Record Charlotte A Baker b. 23 April 1824, Westmoreland, female, white, living, 1st child, f. Larkin Baker, white, of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk of Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[li] Obituary Charlotte Fuller - Boston Atlas Newspaper, published June 19 1851
[lii] Death Record Charlotte A Fuller d. 13 Jun 1851 in Bernardston, MA, 27y1m20d, female, married, b. Westmoreland, NH, no parents listed, Apoplexy, “Massachusetts Vital Records 1841*1910” image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Obituary Charlotte Fuller
[liii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[liv] Marriage Record George Fuller & Charlotte Baker NH Sentinel, Keene, published July 29 1846 via America’s Historical Newspapers
[lv] Marriage Record George E Fuller & Sarah A Green Aug 3 1852, in Bernardston, MA ages 30 & 21, Clergyman, He was born Amherst, NH, she b. Bernardston, son of Noah & Sarah Fuller, dau of Samuel & Patty Green, image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lvi] History of the town of Bernardston, Franklin County, Massachusetts ..., Volume 1 By Lucy Cutler Kellogg.
[lvii] The Christian Review, Volume 11 By Samuel Francis Smith, Sewall Sylvester Cutting, Robert Turnbull, G. B. Taylor pg 153.
[lviii] Historical Sketch of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society by William Harrison Eaton, pg 164; History of the Town of Bernardston
[lix] Death Record Rev George E Fuller, 6 Jun 1856 in Brattleboro, no parents, his usual residence listed as Brattleboro, no cause, a34, “Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954” via familysearch.org
[lx] Birth Record George Elwin Fuller b: 5 Sep 1848, Bernardston, MA son of George E. & Charlotte A. Fuller, Clergyman, no birthplace for parents are listed, Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910” image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lxi] Will of Larkin Baker
[lxii] Will of Larkin Baker
[lxiii] Lovell, J. L. (John Lyman), 1825-1903. George E. Fuller, ca. 1871. University Photograph Collection (RG 130). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
[lxiv] Birth Record Eunice Dudley Baker b. Oct 8, 1825, Westmoreland, female, white, living, child no. 2, fa. Larkin/Martin Baker, white of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goonow, Town Cerk Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxv] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxvi] Birth Record Simeon Larkin Baker b. 22 Dec 1827, Westmoreland, male, white, living. Ch no. 3, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxvii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxviii] Marriage Record Simon L Baker & Mary H Bingham m: 1 Feb 1852 residence of groom Westmoreland, NH by J.C. Richardson, Justice of the Peace, Westminster, P. Safford, Town Clerk, “Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954” via familysearch.org; Death Record Mary A Baker d. 7 Dec 1892 Boston, MA, female, Single, a39y 3m, Bright’s Disease & Valv Disease of Heart 1yr, 25 Sunnyside Terrace, At Home, b. Westmoreland, NH, f. Simeon, mo. Mary H. Bingham, both born in Westmoreland, NH original image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; No record found for birth at NH Vitals.
[lxix] Administration Simeon L Baker Cheshire County Probate #846 NHVRA, Fruit St Concord NH IMAGES
[lxx] Death Record Mary A Baker
[lxxi] Birth Record Mary Elizabeth Baker b. May 5, 1830 in Westmoreland, female, white, living ch. No. 4, f. Larkin/Martin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxxiii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxxiv] Birth Record Albert Sprague Baker- b. 29 Sep 1833 in Westmoreland, male, white, ch no. 5, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxv] Death Record Albert S Baker, d. 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, 60y 11m 15d, b. Westmoreland, male, white, widowed, Farmer, Spinal Meningitis, burial Medford, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, both born Westmoreland, occupation of father – judge, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[lxxvi] Marriage Record Albert C Baker & Carrie F Locke 27 Nov 1860 in Somerville, MA, both reside Somerville, both a26, He is listed as a machinist, He was b. Westmoreland parents Larkin & Celina, She was b. Rye, NH, parents Joseph & Martha original image via Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lxxvii] Birth Record Carrie F Locke - History of the Town of Rye, NH, by Langdon B. Parsons, (1905) pg 436; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[lxxviii] Death Record Carrie F Baker 8 Apr 1882 Cambridge, MA, female, married, 47y, Hyper Catharsis, b. Rye, NH, parents Joseph Locke & Olive, b. Rye, NH original image via Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915 New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org [indexed as “Carrie P. Baker”]
[lxxix] Birth Record Carrie F Locke
[lxxx] Burial Record Locke Family Grave Marker Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA Lot #340
[lxxxi] 1860 US Census Somerville MA; 1870 US Census Somerville MA; 1873 Somerville Directory; 1876 Somerville Directory
[lxxxii] 1880 US Census Cambridge MA
[lxxxiii] Burial Record Locke Family Grave Marker; Death Record Hannah S Pigott d. 21 Jun 1898, Boston, MA, m.n. Locke,, Husb. Richard Piggott, 48y 3m 7d, Mitral Regurgitation, 299 Havre St., d. at home, b. Rye, NH dau Joseph Locke & Olive Berry both b. Rye NH via AmericanAncestors.org; 1855 Massachusetts Census Charlestown MA
[lxxxiv] US Patent # 161853- Albert S. Baker
[lxxxv] 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; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxxvi] Birth Record Mary Elmina Baker b. Oct 10 1839 Westmoreland, female, white, ch no. 7. F. Larkin Baker mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxxvii] Her grave is not marked with the other family members in the family plot or in Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, p. 26, but see page 352 under burial records, “*Baker, Dau of Judge Larkin, Apr 1, 1852”
[lxxxviii] Birth Sarah Josephine Baker - Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow); 1900 US Census Arlington, MA; Corrina, ME Cemetery Record via town clerk Pamela Parlee – Corrina Center Cemetery, Lot 88, Josephine S. Farr, f: Larkin Baker, mo: Sarah Fobb, a82, 17 Dec 1923;
[lxxxix] Marriage Record Josie S Baker & Elijah Farr 2 May 1864 in Westmoreland, NH He was 26 b. Bradford, VT, son of Daniel Farr & Mary Tapin, His 2nd, Her 1st, dau of Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xc] Will of Larkin Baker
[xci] Will of Sarah Baker
[xcii] Marriage Record Elijah Farr & Nellie J Hardy 7 Feb 1894 in Gilsum, NH, He lived in Westmoreland, a55, 3rd, Farmer, b. Bradford, VT, “widower [unclear what is says after], son of Daniel Farr & Maria Farr, She is 32, 3rd, divorced, dau of Joseph & Elizabeth Nash, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xciii] Death Record Elijah Farr 25 Jun 1912 in Keene, NH [more on record] NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xciv] Corrina, ME Cemetery Record
[xcv] Birth Record Bertie L D Farr b. 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont, mo: Josephine S. Baker b. Westmoreland, NH Fa: Elijah Farr b. Bradford, Farmer, Res: Westminster, VT via Familysearch.org
[xcvi] Marriage Record Albert L Farr & Helen E Eaton 6 Jan 1892 in Fitchburg, MA, he had parent’s consent, a20, She was 21, Farmer, Dressmaker, b. Westminster, VT b. Fitchburg, son of Elijah Far & Josephine S. (Baker), dau of Abel & Abbie (Case), 1st for both, CS Brook Clergyman of Firchburg via New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xcvii] 1900 US Census Arlington MA
[xcviii] 1900 US Census Arlington MA
[xcix] 1920 US Census Corinna ME; 1930 US Census Corinna ME; 1940 US Census Dexter ME.
[c] Corrina, ME Cemetery Record Albert L. Farr (1871-1945)
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WILLIAM ALSON BAKER was born on 10 Mar 1837 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH, son of Judge Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb.[i] He married CORNELIA DEVINE CANNON, born about Dec 1840-2,[ii] daughter of a Cambridge, MA, glass cutter and daguerreotypist, John Cannon and his wife, Cornelia Devine on 9 Aug 1862 in Cambridge, MA.[iii] William and Cornelia divorced in Sept 1882. His physical abuse and affair with Ellen S. Horne was deemed just cause.[iv] William married Ellen S. Horne on 16 Dec 1882 in Cambridge, MA.[v] Cornelia died 7 Sep 1884 in Wakefield, NH.[vi] William & Ellen separated by Sept 1888, [vii] and apparently divorced by 1893 as he married 3rd, his former book-keeper Olive A. Barnes.[viii] He died 23 Mar 1897 in Cambridge, MA.[ix]
William grew up in the more affluent neighborhood of Park Hill in Westmoreland, NH. His life, no doubt, took a traumatic turn between the ages of 14-17 years old when in that short period of time he lost his mother, 3 sisters and a brother.[x] This left only his father, his brother Albert Sprague Baker, and his sister Sarah Josephine (Baker) Farr. As late as 1860, he is noted in Westmoreland, NH with his father,[xi] and then next appears in Aug 1862 as an “attendant” living in Somerville, MA when he marries Cornelia in Cambridge, MA.[xii] Three days later, William enters the Civil War.[xiii]
Civil War Service
Several sources piece together his entire military service. [xiv] 12 Aug 1862, William A. Baker was mustered into service as a Corporal in the Union Army for an intended service of 3 years. The “Somerville Guard” was under the Command of Frederick R. Kinsley in Company E. 39th Infantry Regiment. They originally went to camp in Lynnfield, MA, and after Boxford, MA leaving there on 6 Sep 1862 for Washington, DC. They arrived in DC on 8 Sep and on the 9th were ordered to Long Bridge at Camp Chase where they remained guarding the line of the Potomac, the City of Washington & other points in the area through the beginning of July 1863.
Just prior to leaving DC in Jun 1863, it seems William Baker may have been injured and consequently reduced to a Private, or perhaps that was for another reason unknown, but on 9 Jul 1863, William’s Regiment leaves for Harper’s Ferry without him. While the book written by John H. Dusseault raises the question if this is true, stating they only left behind JJ Giles in Washington, DC, William Baker’s military file states otherwise. Company muster roll sheets state he was present in both May & June, but on July & Aug he is absent, reported sick since 9 Jul 1863 and in Washington, DC. Rolls for Sep & Oct say sick 2 Jul 1863.
The military record states he was transferred to the 2nd Co, 2nd Battalion VRC (Veteran Reserve Corps, originally the Invalid Corps) 9 Oct 1863, and on 26 Oct 1863 William is mustered out from Washington, DC for disability. The rolls continue and in Nov & Dec they are back to saying he was been sick since 9 July. The file states: "Permanent lameness of left leg owing to partial confraction of flexor muscles of thigh, the result of injury". A “confraction” is an old obsolete word meaning ‘a breaking into pieces.
Alfred S. Roe states on page 390 in 39th Massachusetts, "The Thirty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865," that William was a “Hospital Attendant”. His compiled military record states nothing about being a hospital attendant, nor has a record been found that states that; however, it is possible this is in reference to his civilian life prior to entering service. His marriage record does list his occupation as an “attendant” and his only brother was in fact a hospital attendant/assistant at “McLean Asylum” as early as 1860.[xv] Of course, it is also possible he did light duty in the field hospital after he was injured, or both.
Life after the War
In the ten years after his discharge, William begins to settle into life and business in Cambridge, MA. In November of 1863, he is a witness on his mother-in-law’s executrix papers for John Cannon’s estate who had passed away of consumption on 6 Oct 1863.[xvi] William begins work as a machinist as early as 1864,[xvii] and lives in various places in Cambridge & Somerville for several years.[xviii] On the 1870 Census, he is listed in Somerville, as a Machinist. Cornelia, Kate, Josie, Albert & William are with them as well as Annie Barrett, a domestic servant, and his first cousin, Charles B. Wooley a23, also a machinist. In the 1870 Cambridge Directory, he is listed on Gore St and had listed his own machine shop named W.A. Baker & Co,[xix] but the very next year 1871, he listed as a real estate broker in Union Square,[xx] and a “trader” in Sep 1871.[xxi] Apparently, it wasn’t going well as on 5 Mar 1872, he filed bankruptcy.[xxii]
The bankruptcy file, case# 2549 in the District of Massachusetts indicates he had very few assets.[xxiii] There was no property, & possessions only included: Day Book and Ledger, two chamber setts, one sofa, four stuffed chairs, fourteen caned sealed chairs, one dining room table, one centre table, one kitchen table, three stoves, one woolen carpet, one straw carpet, crockery, stove, wooden, tin and iron ware.
Schedule A showing the names of creditors includes several local business owners, merchants, lawyers, real estate brokers, and his brother Albert S. Baker. Among the papers is a letter from Edward P. Osgood which states that he opposes the bankruptcy because in 1870 he purchased “sundry iron cartriges” for 400.00 still owing 191.25. He goes on to say the bankrupt willfully defrauded or caused to be purchased a house in Chester Square “which house he subsequently exchanged or traded for another house in Boston, and this said house was again exchanged for a farm – the title to which now stands in the name of the Bankrupt’s wife. That a portion of the purchase money employed in various purchases of real estate was derived from the sale of the cartridge aforesaid – all of which your Petitioner is prepared to prove.” Despite this, William was granted Bankruptcy in June of 1872,[xxiv] and was listed as a real estate agent in 1873.[xxv]
The 1875 Directory in Somerville, MA, states he is in “liquors”, [xxvi] and he’s filing bankruptcy again in May of that year.[xxvii] The District of Massachusetts, file 4465, states on Schedule A under real estate: Caroline L. Wight: Medfield note secured by mortgage a farm in Medfield, note signed by William & Cornelia, the fee to the property at the time. The mortgage was given & belonged to Cornelia D. Baker. Value of securities 5000.00; Amount of debt 3900.00. In addition, this list of creditors includes West Boston savings Bank for 4000.00, and again several merchants, lawyers, tradesmen, real estate agents, as well as a saloon keeper, and his brother Albert S. Baker. Some purchases involved groceries, hay, grain, manure, horses, & horse shoeing. Some services include moving a building, carpentry, mason work, use of a pasture, real estate and lawyer fees. Schedule B lists five notes for money due to him. Also in this file was a document dated 15 Jan 1881 stating that in reference to the case filed, “No claims proved” at that time.[xxviii]
The Real Estate Business
Much research still needs to be done & confirmed with regard to the real estate business & land transactions of William Baker & Cornelia Baker. The Registry of Deeds in the counties of Middlesex, MA & Norfolk , MA need to be fully searched & deeds found need to be completely evaluated & analyzed. This is a huge “work in progress” as combined grantor & grantee deeds for William A. Baker & or Cornelia Baker in Middlesex County alone contain approximately 80 deeds.[xxix]
Moving to New Hampshire
In the spring of 1876, the family moved to Middleton, NH when they purchased a 100 acre farm from Plummer Burley for 2700.00 plus the taxes for 1876.[xxx] In Feb of 1878, they got a mortgage with the same man for 704.00 against the same property for 3 payments of 234.67 each payable in 6 [Sept 1878], 12 [Feb 1879] & 18 [Sept 1879] months.[xxxi] In Jun of 1878, they added another mortgage for 200.00 with Daniel S. Burley on the same property under the terms of “200 and interest payable semi-annually in 1 yr. [Dec 1878 & Jun 1879].[xxxii] Apparently, things weren’t going very well in New Hampshire either as William files bankruptcy AGAIN, this time in NH in 31 Aug 1878.[xxxiii]
The New Hampshire District Bankruptcy File #1219 contains only couple papers.[xxxiv] It was filed on 31 Aug 1878 at 8:45PM, which seems like an awfully strange time, but that is what it says. The file contains a petition stating debts from Albert F. Wood=554.20 in merchandise; Daniel J. Burley = 365.08 Money loaned & Charles A. Nooney = 309.70 for merchandise. All these men live in Wakefield, NH. Another paper goes on to say that William A. Baker filed bankruptcy “for the purpose and with the intent of delaying, defrauding and hindering our collections, has concealed, transferred, sold, assigned & conveyed his property so as to avoid its being attached”. The researcher has not seen any property transferals in or about Aug 1878.
The first of January 1879, William & Cornelia bought an additional 50 acres on the “westerly side of the Hollow” from Albert F. Wood.[xxxv] Twelve days later they mortgaged 150.00 against that property with Daniel S. Burley of Wakefield, NH,[xxxvi] and the next month bought another property known as the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” in Union, NH from Albert F. Wood for 800.00,[xxxvii] of which it seems he mortgaged 150.00 the following July with Plummer Burley.[xxxviii]
It seems that during this time period although William and his family are still in Middleton, William is commuting on the train to Boston to work as a stock broker.[xxxix] William suddenly pops up again in the 1879 Cambridge MA Directory after not being listed since 1876 & it states “Baker, William A. banker and stock broker, 42 Water, B.h. 30 Park”. He is not on the 1880 Cambridge Directory, but he can be found on the 1880 US Census in Middleton NH which lists him as a “farmer”.
For some strange reason William A. Baker is granted Guardianship over Albert Larkin Baker in Feb 1881 in Strafford County. Could it be because Sarah Baker, William’s step-mother, died 12 Sep 1880, & Albert L. Baker is named in her will? I suspect so. Especially since William took possession of the twenty-five dollars in the capacity of Guardian 4 Jun 1881.[xl]
One of the most telling records found was the divorce of William A. Baker & Cornelia Baker that includes a statement made on Cornelia’s behalf by her lawyer; it was then signed by her in Strafford County, NH during Apr 1882.[xli]
The completely transcribed the document states:
State of New Hampshire
To the Supreme Court
Cornelia D. Baker a resident and citizen of Middleton in said county of Strafford complains against William A. Baker, late of said Middleton and says that she was lawfully married to him on the ninth day of August 1862, -: that your libellant since their intermarriage has always behaved herself as a faithful, chaste, and affectionate wife, but that the said William A. Baker wholly regardless of his marriage covenant and duty on the first day of Sept 1880 at said Middleton and at said Dover in said county and on divers other days and times between that day and the filing of this libel at said Middleton and at a place called Somersworth, and at said Dover committed the crime of adultery with one Ellen S. Horne. That the said William A. Baker is and for a long time has been guilty of extreme cruelty to the said libellant and docs so treat. and for a long time Viz” from the first day of January 1880 has so treated her as serisly to injure her health and indanger her reason.
That the said William A. Baker has personal estate of the value of three hundred dollars. And real estate of the value of eight hundred dollars.
That said libellant resided and cohabitated with the said William A. Baker at said Middleton up to the time of the commission of said acts of adultery, and since that time she has resided at said Middleton, but separate and apart from the said libelee. Wherefore said Cornelia D. Baker prays that a divorce from the bonds of matrimony between herself and the said William A. Baker may be decreed. That a suitable provision may be made to her out of his estate and that he be suspended from interfering in any way with the possession of the above described property during the pending of this suit and that a omit of attachment may issue. authorizing the attachment of said property in the suit and for such other relief as may be just. [Signed] Cornelia D. Baker”
Also included in the file is the final decree in which Cornelia received as alimony all of William’s interest in the following real estate, & also all the personal property of William A. Baker situate in Middleton consisting of all furniture, farm equipment, one horse, yoke of oxen, two cows, two heiffers, hay, grain, provisions, etc.
The Homestead farm of the said William A. Baker, situate in Middleton, in the county of Strafford and State of New Hampshire containing about one hundred acres with the building thereon, and being it the same premises conveyed to said William A. Baker by Plummer Burley by deed date April 28th 1876, and recorded in Strafford County Registrar of Deeds Book 263 Page 537.
Also another tract of land situate in said Middleton and containing about fifty acres and being the land conveyed to said William A. Baker by Albert F. Wood by deed dated January 1st 1879 and recorded in Strafford County Registry of Deeds, Book 262, Page 19.
Less than 3 months later William married Ellen S. Horne on 16 Dec 1882 in Cambridge, MA where it shows he now resides once more,[xlii] but he doesn’t show up in the Cambridge Directory until 1884.
The 1882 Boston Directory does shows “Barnes, McBurney, & Co. (W.H. Barnes, J.W. McBurney, H.W. Holbrook and L.B. Barnes) Stock brokers, 42 Water” which is the same place where William’s stock brokerage was listed in 1879,[xliii] and was again after this.[xliv]
At the time of William & Cornelia’s divorce all children are still minors, yet none are mentioned in the divorce file.[xlv] The calculated ages of the children are: Kate 17, Josie 15, Albert 13, William 12 & George 11. Cornelia is presumably a single Mom of 5, and trying to run a 150 acre farm.[xlvi]
While Cornelia received possession of the 150 acres, this did not absolve her of the debt of the farm, and the next February Plummer & Daniel S. Burley start foreclosure proceedings. That May they took possession of all 150 acres with the assistance of Sheriff John Greenfield & warrants for both William & Cornelia are issued.[xlvii]
I can’t say for certain where Cornelia & the children ended up between this event in May of 1883 & August of 1884, when as will be discussed shortly, William’s brother, Albert, purchases the homestead. I guess it is possible Cornelia & the children were allowed to stay on the farm in the interim, but I suppose they could have also gone to Union, NH & stayed at the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” which William still owned.[xlviii] It seems odd that this property wasn’t mentioned in the divorce, nor was it foreclosed upon in 1883, but the deed states that on 7 Apr 1890 the 150.00 mortgage was paid & discharged,[xlix]
Sadly, just two short years after the divorce on 7 Sep 1884 Cornelia D. Baker (recorded under Cordelia A. Baker) died in Wakefield, NH at age 41.[l] The record says she was still married; died of inflammation of bowels, buried Cambridge Cemetery with her father, John Cannon, and others.[li]
It isn’t exactly clear what happened to the kids at this point, but William’s brother Albert S. Baker comes into the picture by purchasing both the homestead property & the additional 50 acres that was once William & Cornelia’s from Daniel S. Burley & Plummer Burley for 1600.00 two weeks before Cornelia passed away.[lii] It has lost 20 acres in the interim somewhere that is yet to be determined.[liii] His mortgage was with Plummer Burley for 1300.00.[liv] February 1885, Albert S. Baker sells William A. Baker one undivided half of the property back to him.[lv]
Meanwhile, William was still married to Ellen S. (Horne) & shows up in the 1884 Cambridge Directory under Baker, William A. stock broker (403 Devonshire, B.) house 236 Putnam, & The 1885 Cambridge Directory “Baker, Wm A. stock broker (403 Devonshire, B.), h. 13 Tufts”.
In Dec 1885 William & Ellen Baker purchase the house on 30 Park St in Cambridge, MA from Harriet J. Whitney. [lvi] Both William & Ellen became involved in & held Officer positions 1884-1886 with the Pilgrim Father’s Harvard Colony No. 60 which was, in short, a group insurance association. The 1886 Cambridge Directory lists “Baker, Wm A. stock broker (42 Water St B.) [B = Boston] h. 30 Park St” [Cambridge] & 1887 Cambridge Directory lists under Baker “Wm. A. stock broker (42 Water St, B.) h. 30 Park”.
In checking for the sons of William & Cornelia, it seems Albert & George show up Massachusetts as they turn 21.[lvii] The 1890 Cambridge Directory Albert L Baker is a candy maker residing at 30 Park St. with his father William A, stock broker and banker working at 32 Water St., and 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.
Hazen Bill Bribery Case
It shouldn’t be a huge surprise at this point, that in October of 1887 William finds himself in a bit more trouble. He was one of several accused of offering bribes to individuals in the New Hampshire Legislator in regard to the Hazen & Atherton railroad bills. The Hazen Bill was sponsored by B & M Railroad; The Atherton Bill was sponsored by the Concord Railroad. The Hazen Bill initially passed but was vetoed. The bills are rather complicated, but in short, both bills had some common factors; both held protection & compensation for stockholders, both forbid an increase fairs or fees, and both forbid foreign companies from conducting any railroad business in the state. From there is gets more complicated.[lviii]
In William’s particular case, he was accused of bribing his cousin, William J Reed, a NH Representative to vote toward Hazen Bill.[lix] The following book outlines the entire investigation and testimony in detail, State of New Hampshire June Session Proceedings and Testimony report of the Judiciary Committee of the House; Investigations of Charges of Bribery of Members of the Legislature, which can be found on google books. William’s case begins on page 25, and is sporadically mentioned throughout the book. The following summary of information is written from it. Reed’s testimony contains the bulk of the testimony, but is also followed by Sinclair, Jones & Woolley.
William J. Reed, a member of the House first testifies he is not there without a summons, and his testimony is not voluntary. He says he went to Boston sometime after the middle of July on business. It was just before supper when he arrived; he had supper and stayed overnight with a business colleague. The next day the man he had stayed over with asked him to go to downtown with him, and he went. They “passed the street of a certain broker”. Reed asked to be excused from stating his name. The inquirers then ask for the street, and Reed is not happy with complying stating “He is a friend of mine, and never before was put in a place where I ever went back on a friend. Now that is just where it is, but if you insist I can do it. I suppose I shall have to.” Reed states that William's business sign on Water St. reads "W.A. Baker".
Reed goes on to testify that he and his business colleague discussed Baker had a place there. They decided to stop in for a short visit planning to stay only about 15 or 20 minutes. Reed having not seen Baker for 5 yrs; Woolley not seeing him for 2 yrs. While there, Reed says it was discussed he was in the Legislator & Baker brought up the railroad fight wanting to know which way Reed thought. Reed had replied he hadn’t made up his mind yet when Baker, according to Reed said “Well, there is a pretty good chance for you to make some money”.
Apparently Baker went on to imply he could pay Reed for his vote toward a particular direction, first offering 1,000, then 2,000, then 3,000. Reed states he replied “You hold on, I do not know about this. That is a pretty large sum of money.”
Reed says it was tempting but he had thought up until that point regarding the Hazen Bill that it would cause a monopoly and be bad for the state. Reed goes on to say, Baker went higher and higher in price, finally offering 5,000. Reed left it with Baker that he would think about it, and if he was interested would let him know. Then he and his associate left.
Reed says that he and his associate conducted their business as planned, and he took the train home. His last words to his associate being “I shall think this matter over very carefully, and you can rest assured that I shall do nothing but what I think is right”. He states by the time he got home he had decided to have nothing to do with it. Reed thought about telling his wife but opted out of that. Reed states he wrote a letter to his business colleague soon after stating “On the matter of which we talked I have decided that I shall take no further action. I have a wife and a boy and myself, and to-day I stand clean, and I intend to do so.”
He says about that same time, he was beginning to see other men “being got around” by sharp men and if Baker “could put such a plausible story on me, they might on others.” He goes on to say he ran in to Mr. Moore and told him that he had “become acquainted with a little transaction that looks to me very crooked, and it has been practised on an honest man, and I don’t like the looks of it”. In that circumstance Reed was talking about something he had overheard about another gentleman. Reed then shared his own story about what happened with Baker. He concludes he has “taken steps ever since not to be brought out, but I am here, and I have testified; that is all I have to say.”
The inquirers are not done with him yet though, they clarify the broker’s name was William A. Baker, and that the business associate was Charles B. Woolley. Further, they ask if Reed had seen Baker since, and discussed this. Reed replied “Yes, sir”.
He states he went to Boston again on different business, and stopped in to see Mr. Baker. Reed is a little wishy-washy here first stating he had his mind made up what he should do, but then stating he didn’t know if he might change his mind somewhat, as he “was not certain, but partly”.
Reed says “I went this time to satisfy myself, if I could, whether he was in that business or not of buying men, and I must say that I don’t think that he has made offers to anybody else. It may be in one town, but I have no knowledge of it.”
Beginning on page 33, Reed begins to discuss that he knew Baker all his life growing up in Westmoreland and went to school with him from about age 10-14, but Baker was older, and must be near 50. They discuss if there was anything in their history that would make Baker think he could bribe Reed & if Reed had ever known him to do that type of thing before. Reed denied, but said Baker told him he had “used money and knew how to do it” and offers to discuss whose money he said he used, going on to name “Mr. Frank Jones and Mr. Charles Sinclair”.
They question why Reed sent that note to Woolley & if Woolley was involved. They question if Baker knew which side Reed was on. Then they ask more about the second time Reed went to Baker’s office.
Reed says he went in there and they discussed the business of how the stock market worked, and then Baker asked “Is there any sugar up round there?” and if any fellows were taking any.
Reed replied “It looks to me as though some of them had sucked a little.” Then Reed asked Baker if he meant what he said before and Baker answered that he did. Reed questioned Baker as to how this kind of thing is done so that no one finds out. Baker says Reed could pick a stock on the board.
Reed then questions Baker on his authority and Baker states “If you will stay here fifteen minutes, I will have Charlie Sinclair in here.”
Reed says “no, I haint got to that point; I guess I will go” and left.
The testimony then discusses that Reed is a shipper of produce and Woolley's business is a dealer in provisions such as produce, vegetables & poultry in Boston. They question if Baker is a ‘curbstone’ broker or on a large scale. Reed states Baker had a stock board there and was conversing with NY. They questioned if Baker was “a man of property or not?” Reed said he thought he “has fair property, and in a fair way of making a good deal more”. They finally dissect Baker & Reed are cousins (p. 38).
Reed testified he heard William was a responsible man there as a broker for 5 or 6 years, and prior to that sometimes William was at the “top of the heap and sometimes...”, pretty near to the bottom. Reed said, Baker went to war as a boy from Somerville and has lived in East Cambridge, Somerville and Cambridge. As a boy he was a machinist and ran a business for himself then became a speculator. Reed recalls:
“He began to invest some money in land in Somerville, and any of you gentlemen who are acquainted with Somerville know that about that time there was quite a craze for investing in real estate in Somerville, and gentlemen that have held that real estate are worth something to day. He invested, on margins, what little he got, and there came a hard time, as you all know, later on, and when he supposed he had several thousand dollars in property I think he had it on mortgages mostly. He controlled a good deal of property, any way, and when these hard times came on it shut him off. There was where he was, and he had to get on his feet again. He has got there now, gentlemen. I don't know what he is worth — nothing about it.” (p. 40)
Reed was questioned if they were on good terms, and replied he did not want to be here to testify and that yes they had been, but "Well, he has not been quite my style of man, I might say that."
When asked “What is the trouble with the man?”
Reed said "Well, that ain't my style". When pressed he said Baker was "considered a kind of sharp fellow. I don’t know as you could call that anything against him."
It was asked if he was "shady", and Reed didn't know what that meant but upon clarification if he was “a little disreputable?” Reed said "No, not that way. I regarded him as a pretty sharp man and I think that if I should have dealings with him that I should-".
The inquirer then asked if Baker was “A little dangerous?”
Reed replied “No; I should look out for him as one business man would look out for another. I should not take any friendship in it. I should have it fixed; that is all. He is that kind of man. I should have it fixed.”
“Wouldn’t take his word of honor?”
Reed: “I should rather have it fixed up or down.”
They go on to question how Baker said he had used Frank Jones’ money before. Reed says Baker “is a Republican. I didn’t suppose Republicans could ever be bought; but he said at the time Frank Jones was up for Governor[,] Baker had 300 of his money, and the result was that about twenty republicans of his town went the other way; that is all. I told him I didn’t think he was a very good Republican.” They questioned what town this was and Reed said Baker lived in Union or Union Village, in the town of Wakefield (p. 43-44).
Charles Sinclair’s testimony actually starts on p. 95, but on p. 145 calls Baker a "curbstone" broker who buys and sells mortgages. He states he did not know Baker intimately and doesn’t remember seeing him for 3 yrs. He also reports he has only spoken to Baker not more than 2 or 3 times in his life. Sinclair insists there was not one dollar of business through others between them in the last 3 yrs.
Sinclair states William cannot leave Boston, but has written an affidavit (p. 163-4), which is not included in the book. Sinclair’s partner in one of his businesses, Mr Cooke of Salem, had notified Sinclair he should come see Baker but Sinclair had declined seeing him and said “that I wanted nothing to do with him whatever”. Apparently, William had gone into their place of business after Reed’s testimony was published in the local paper, and stated it was false from beginning to end, and he was willing to give an affidavit to that effect.
On p. 182, they revisit why Baker can’t come to New Hampshire. Sinclair says it has come to light why & that they are “very good reasons” but that he does not “think it is necessary or proper” to share them with the court. He goes on to say that Mr. Baker referenced Reed had been in an insane asylum, and should be there now.
On p. 202, Sinclair decides to tell the reason why “There is an indictment hanging over Mr. Baker: he has been arrested for debt” Sinclair implies he does not consider him a decent man. He goes on to say he learned years ago Baker sold a mortgage to a friend that was fraudulent, about 4-6 years ago. Sinclair states “I do not think Mr. Jones ever had any business connections with Mr. Baker” Upon questioning as to how Sinclair would know that Sinclair states “I live with him, in business with him, a partner with him, and I think I might know something of his business.” Questioned further it is noted Sinclair may not know all there is to know about Jones political business.
Frank Jones testimony resumes on p. 241 & later in it on p. 256 Baker is bought up again, and the question is asked “Do you know anything about a broker by the name of Baker?”
Jones states “I should not know that name if he came in here. I never spoke to him in my life. He lived up in Strafford county for a number of years, and I used to see him on the train, back and forth.”
“Did you have any business with him?”
“Never. I never spoke with him in my life.” Jones insisted.
Jones goes on to state he never authorized anyone to employ or negotiate with Baker, and to his knowledge Baker never handled his money. Then he says “I don’t know how he came to handle my money without speaking to him. I understood that he was a questionable character, and therefore I never wished to speak to the gentleman.”
“Do you know anything about his living in Wakefield?”
Jones shares, “I knew he came down on the Great Falls & Conway road. Where he lived I cannot say. It was up in that section of the country somewhere.”
Wooley’s testimony [Woolley], Wednesday, Oct 19, 1887, begins on page 450:
Woolley resides in Boston & been in business there 7 years at 25-31 Washington Market on Washington St. He states he was a NH man, native of Westmoreland. He has been acquainted with William J. Reed since school-boy days, and they have business connections. Reed supplies Woolley with produce.
They ask if he knows “A.S. Baker in Boston”
He says “No.” [This is amusing as “A.S. Baker” was William’s brother, although he didn’t live in Boston, but of course he knew him]
They ask do you know any broker in Boston named Baker?
Woolley answers “Yes”.
They ask his full name & he says “W. A. Baker” on Water Street. He says he has known him since he was a boy.
They ask “Is his [brokerage] what some men would phrase “a bucket shop?”
He answers, “I hardly think so. I could not give that on authority.”
They discuss the day Reed & Whoolley went to see Baker. Whoolley identifies it as the day Mr Hill, vice-president of the NY Stock Exchange, dropped dead.
Whoolley backs up Reed’s testimony to a certain extent but does not recall discussing Jones buying votes up north, and remembers it more like Baker was just telling him what Reed could do or get not that Baker would give it or had any authority to give it from anyone else. Whooley confirms all three are cousins, and that Baker’s office was near the back of the post office. The call to visit Baker was simply because they were relatives. Whoolley states: “Well, knowing Mr. Baker as I did, I thought perhaps he had no authority for making any offers.”
Whoolley is then asked “Is this Baker a sort of adventurer?”
The answer was “I should call him so”.
“Is he what you might call an irresponsible man in matters of integrity?”
Whoolley answered “Well, I could hardly say that.”
“Well what do you mean by adventurer?”
Whoolley answers: “I cannot say he is an adventurer now; but there was a time when he was in all kinds of business- different kinds of business, running from one to another, and not very successful in any. That is what I meant by being an adventurer.”
He states he understood Baker was doing quite a business as a broker and that his personal appearance had quite improved. Whoolley and Reed both testified there was a NY stock board on the wall in Baker’s office, and it looked as though he was prospering and running a legitimate stock broker’s office.[lx]
As previously mentioned, the affidavit is not included in the book. Naturally, the researcher wondered if it was in the original file. At this point in time, the location of the original file has not been confirmed as being in the New Hampshire State Archives.
Just for clarification, the all three were first cousins on their mother’s sides.[lxi] William J. Reed's parents were John Reed and Eunice Cobb.[lxii] Charles B. Woolley was the son of Aaron B. (Burr) Woolley & Semira Cobb,[lxiii] both sisters of Celina Cobb, William's mother.[lxiv]
There is also an article in the New York Times, 3 Nov 1887 titled "Hazen Bill Bribers" which states at the end "In the cases of brokers Baker and Mosely, of Boston, the minority believe that while they did attempt to corruptly influence members, they were acting without authority and were actuated by personal motives." The Journals of the Honorable Senate is not quite so polite when it states in Vol 2, 1887, pg 903-904 states:
"It was shown that Baker is a person of very questionable reputation. His conversation with Mr. Reed, we think, was the irresponsible vaporing of a disreputable adventurer, who was absolutely unconnected with any one interest in the railroad bills."
Life after the Bribery Case
According to the 1887-1890 Cambridge Directories, Miss Olive A. Barnes is a bookkeeper at 42 Water St. in Cambridge, MA. She is not listed in the 1891-1893 Cambridge Directories, but her mother is listed at 9 Park St, a short distance from 30 Park St where William lived.
I do not feel it is a coincidence that Olive Barnes has been working for William when in September 1888, Ellen Baker files for Separate’s Support.[lxv] The record doesn’t say much, but a document in the file sent to William says “that for justifiable cause she is living apart from you and praying that you may be prohibited from imposing any restraint on her personal liberty, and ordered to furnish suitable support for her.”
Another document states “that her husband fails, without just cause, to furnish suitable support for her, --and has deserted her, --and that your petitioner, for justifiable cause, is actually living apart from her husband.” On 15 Oct 1888, it was ordered that William A. Baker pay Ellen twenty five dollars in October of 1888. Nothing else was in the file, and a divorce decree was not found in Middlesex County MA or Strafford County NH.
William can be found in a few records from 1890-1895. The 1890 Veteran schedule lists him as a Corporal Co E Reg 39 Aug 12 1862-Oct 26 1863 1y 2m 14d; it doesn’t state where or how he was disabled.[lxvi] The 1890 Cambridge Directory lists him as a Banker & Stockbroker at 42 Water St., and his residence as 30 Park St. As well, The Blue Book of Cambridge in 1890, 1891 & 1895 list William A. Baker at 30 Park St., Cambridgeport. He is not listed in 1896.
On 6 Sep 1893, William A. Baker married in Cambridge for the third time, his previous employee, Olive A (Barnes).[lxvii] The record states he is a broker & his parents are listed as Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb. It states he is 49 years old, but he is actually 56. She is 28, and the daughter of Martin Barnes and Mary Witham. It was his third and her first marriage.[lxviii]
2 Dec 1893, William runs for Mayor of Cambridge, but it seems it was tongue and cheek to perhaps everyone except him. Boston Journal [newspaper], Page 1:
SPRUNG HIS NAME
New Candidate for the Moy-
oralty in Cambridge
William A. Baker Comes Out on
“Republican Union” Papers.
A Claim That It Is to Throw Cold
Water on Mayor Bancroft
The quite long article goes on to state in part ….
“…the papers placing Baker in nomination were signed by about 200 citizens, and 140 were certified as being legal voters. The list was headed by Horace K. Osborn, who was a candidate on the Republican ticket for the Legislature in the last State election and was defeated”………..“A letter was attached to the nomination papers, signed by Mr. Baker, stating that he would accept the nomination for Mayor on nominations papers.”…….”Mayor Bancroft’s friends claim that it is a ‘put up job’ to throw cold water on his election and was instigated by a few disgruntled anti-workers in the Republican party who have no appreciation of the work of Bancroft’s administration.
A reporter called at the house of Mr. Baker on Park Street last evening, and in answer to questions Mr. Baker said that he did not seek the nomination. The first idea, he said, of any such thing coming about was on last Wednesday, when a committee of citizens waited upon him and desired to use his name…..The city had been canvased, he was told, and something like 2000 votes had been pledged for him.
Mr. Baker said that he was no catspaw and was a candidate solely on his merits. Mr. Baker is a veteran of the war, having gone to the front with Company E, Thirty-ninth Regiment, a Somerville company, and has resided in Cambridge since the war. He is a member of Post 186, G.A.R., and his business is that of a stock broker.”
Bancroft creamed him, 5638 to 167, winning the election on 12 Dec 1893.[lxix]
In 1894 several grantor deeds appear for 30 Park St,[lxx] and on 7 Apr 1890 the 150.00 mortgage for the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” in Union, NH was discharged.[lxxi] No sale for that property was found under William A. Baker.
15 Sep 1895, William’s brother, Albert S. Baker died of Spinal Meningitis at the age of 60 in Middleton, NH.[lxxii] He was on the Middleton School Committee in 1890,[lxxiii] and in 1892 was running a boardinghouse called “Hillside Farm”.[lxxiv] Although, the 1892 Atlas Map of Middleton, NH shows the house still owned by William A. Baker.[lxxv]
Feb 1896 William A. Baker & his wife Olive sell the one undivided half of the Middleton, NH Farm that had lately been called Albert S. Baker Place to Henry Doane for “one dollar & other considerations”.[lxxvi] We can see from a deed on 29 Apr 1897, that his Administrator, Samuel Parker of Farmington, NH, sells Daniel S. Burley back the 130 acre property then known as the “Albert S. Baker Place” for 12.00 worth of equity.[lxxvii]
23 Mar 1897 William died at his home in Arlington, Ma while apparently playing solitaire.[lxxviii] He is buried in Cambridge Cemetery on Willow St with the Barnes Family.[lxxix]
The Administration of His Estate.
William did not leave a will and the administration of his estate took four years, not finalizing until May of 1901.[lxxx] The original file indicates William A. Baker Jr was appointed administrator just a few days within his father's death, after the decline of Olive. However, in 1899 he was removed after not completing the inventory.
The next of kin listed as of 5 Apr 1897 are:
The papers are extensive and include various creditors, stocks, assets, etc. Real Estate is consistently listed as none. In the end, the debts pretty much equal the assets, leaving nothing for the family. Various papers state rent/lease was due for Water St=100.00; also mentions he had a US pension check; lists hundreds of thousands of shares with “no value” or “little or no value”, a couple with “value uncertain.
A few interesting assets include:
A few debts include: [There are many more, some for quite large amounts.]
Some of his personal items included:
It seems shortly after William’s death, Ellen moved to Dover, NH where she can be found on the Directories for 1900-1904. The 1900 census lists her in Somersworth, NH. Ellen never remarried & died 13 Jan 1904 per the 1905 Dover NH Directory. She has a Strafford County NH Probate file as well as a Massachusetts Probate file.[lxxxi] From the Strafford County file we can see her father was named administrator and that she had significant inventory including 370.00 in stocks & bonds, 2871.02 in Savings & 53.00 in debt owed to her. Her personal estate was solvent 3294.12. No real estate property is listed.[lxxxii]
Olive remained in Cambridge for over a decade, then Arlington, then Malden, the latter places with her sister Esther Witham.[lxxxiii] She filed for Veteran’s Pension support in 1918.[lxxxiv] As late as the 1929 Malden Directory, Olive is with her sister at 69 Maude St. Olive’s sister, Esther, dies in Mar 20, 1930,[lxxxv] & within weeks on 9 Apr 1930, Olive is noted in Danvers State Hospital, Middleton, MA on the 1930 Census.[lxxxvi] She likely remained there through to the 1940 census in Danvers which lists her with an incorrect age, but then she is crossed off along with several others.[lxxxvii] It does indicate she was there in 1935, but because she was crossed of, we don’t know. Olive never remarried, but on both the 1930 & 1940 censuses it states she is still married. She died 4 Dec 1941 78y according to the Cambridge Cemetery Records.[lxxxviii]
William A. Baker and Cornelia Ann (Cannon) had the following children:
1. KATE MABEL BAKER b: 12 Sep 1864 Cambridge, MA.[lxxxix] She married HERMAN L. MOULTON likely very young as she was only 17 when she gave birth.[xc] In 1897, she is recorded in her father’s estate papers & was listed in the Salem Directory.[xci] She is still listed in Lynn, MA on the 1900 US Census, but marries 2nd ALEXANDER REID 12 Mar 1901 in Derry, NH.[xcii] It seems they were at least separated by the 1910 US Census of Salem, MA. Kate “Mabel” died 31 Jan 1911 in Salem, MA.[xciii]
i. ELLA EMM MOULTON b: 5 Mar 1883.[xciv] m1: ALBERT J. ROBERTSON.[xcv] m2: FRANK
2. JOSIE MAY BAKER b: 25 Sep 1866.[xcvii] m: PHILIP M. WALDRON, son of Alexander & Margaret Waldron on 4 Feb 1892 in Cambridge, MA.[xcviii] She died 19 Jun 1908 in Providence, RI.[xcix] On the 1900 US Census they were all in Lynn, but by 1910 US Census Phillip is a widower with the children in Providence, RI. He also has a “companion” Sarah M. Leeman, age 44, a widow, born in ME. Philip died in 1918.[c]
i. PHILIP MALCOM WALDRON JR. b: 18 Oct 1892 in Connecticut & died 19 Apr 1961.[ci]
ii. MARGARET B. WALDRON b: Sep 1893 in Connecticut.[cii]
iii. MARIAN RUTH ANNIE WALDRON b: 19 Sep 1903 in Lynn, MA.[ciii] d: 29 Mar 1904 in
3. ALBERT LARKIN BAKER b: 3 Jun 1868 in Somerville, MA.[cv] m: ANNIE MABEL COLE 5 Jul 1892 in Manhattan, NY.[cvi] He died on 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion at the age of 73yrs 4mo & 6 days.[cvii] He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[cviii] Mabel was born on 9 Feb 1874 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of Arthur & Annie Cole.[cix] She died on 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel at the age of 87yrs 7mo & 3 days.[cx] She was buried on 14 Sep 1961 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[cxi] Click here
4. WILLIAM ALSON BAKER JR. b: 25 Dec 1870 in Somerville, MA.[cxii] m: EVALENA LALIA BURGESS on 18 Jun 1902 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of William Burgess & Mary Simmonds. [cxiii]
He was 14 when his mother passed away in 1884 & was the Administrator on his father’s estate in 1897.[cxiv] On the 1900 US Census, he was a clerk in real estate agency & lived on 94 Magazine St. as a lodger with Moore Baker & his daughter.[cxv] By the 1910 US Census, they removed to Carlton City, NV where he was a manager in a dry goods store. During the 1920 & 1930 US Censuses they were in Los Angeles, CA where he was a service manager. He died 25 Apr 1956 in Los Angeles, CA & they are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA.[cxvi]
i. PHYLLIS BAKER b: 29 Oct 1904 in Portsmouth, NH.[cxvii] m: Mr. EVALENKO
d: 5 Mar 1990.[cxviii]
ii. ADELAIDE BAKER b: 1907 probably in Portsmouth, NH.[cxix]
5. GEORGE CLINTON BAKER b: 12 Sep 1871 in Somerville, MA[cxx] m: ANNIE ELIZABETH (ORMISTON) MORRISON, widow of Allen Morrison, on 11 Dec 1895 in Cambridge, MA.[cxxi]. On the 1900 US Census they were on Austin Place in Cambridge, MA, but were separated by 1910.[cxxii] The 1920 US Census shows him in the home of his daughter Cornelia Russell in Somerville, MA and in 1940 he is with his other daughter in New Jersey. He died 27 Jan 1953 and is buried with his sister Josie in Rhode Island.[cxxiii]
i. CORNELIA DEVINE BAKER b: 3 Sep 3 1896 in Salem, MA.[cxxiv] m: JASON LESTER RUSSELL
1 Jul 1916 in Somerville, MA.[cxxv] They had one son.[cxxvi]
ii. MABREY “INEZ” BAKER b: 24 Mar 1899 in Cambridge, MA.[cxxvii] m: RALPH W.
PROCTOR.[cxxviii] They were divorced before 1940 and she was living in New Jersey
with her father, although he is noted as her grandfather. [cxxix] Inez and Ralph had two
sons & a daughter.[cxxx]
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[i] 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; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire, Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331;
[ii] 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; 1850 US Census Cambridge MA; 1860 US Census Cambridge MA; 1870 US Census Cambridge MA; 1880 US Census Middleton NH; 1855 Massachusetts Census Cambridge MA; 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; Burial Record Cornelia Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, Cannon Family Plot Record shows a41, unmarked; Obituary Cornelia Baker Boston Journal Sep 8 1884 “41y 9mo”
[iii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon; Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker Sep 1882, Strafford County Probate Court, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[iv] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[v] 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.
[vi] Death Record Cordelia A Baker; Burial Record Cornelia Baker
[vii] Separate’s Support Ellen S Baker from William A. Baker, Sept 1888, Middlesex County, MA, Supreme Judicial Court Archives, 3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 File# 24670
[viii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes 8 Sept 1893 in Cambridge, MA, a49, a28, banker, b. NH, b. Boston, p. Larkin Baker & Selena Cobb, Martin Barnes & Mary Witham, 3rd for him, 1st for her. original image via Massachusetts Marriage Records 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[ix] Death Record William A Baker d. 23 Mar 1897, a55, married, broker, b. Westmoreland, NH, natural causes, p. Larkin Baker & Selina Cobb, both b. NH. original image via Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Burial Record William A. Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave; Obituary William A Baker Boston Daily Advertiser Mar 24, 1897 Issue 71 pg 2; Boston Journal [newspaper] via GenealogyBank.com; Cambridge Chronicle Obituary & Funeral Notice, Mar 1897 via Cambridge Library, http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com
[x] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26 [Please note: the index in this book is incorrect, when it states page “28” it is actually p.26; also the index is extremely incomplete and does not include any index listings for pages 216-378];
[xi] 1860 US Census Westmoreland NH Larkin Baker
[xii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon
[xiii] Military Record US Civil War William A. Baker Co.E, 39th, Massachusetts, National Archives & Record Administration
[xiv] Military Record US Civil War William A. Baker Co.E, 39th, Massachusetts, National Archives & Record Administration; Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War, GAR Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947 by Sargent; The Thirty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865 by Alfred S. Roe. page 390; Letters to Eliza from a Union Soldier, 1862-1865 by George Fowle of the 39th Massachusetts Volunteers. Edited by Margery Greenleaf. Originally published in 1969 by the Follett Publishing Company; Historic Leaves, Volume 7 April, 1908 - January, 1909, Company E, 39th Massachusetts Infantry, in the Civil War; Somerville, Past and Present an illustrated historical souvenir by Edward Augustus Samuels, Henry Hastings Kimball see page 113-114; Company E, Thirty-Ninth Infantry in the Civil War by John H. Dusseault
[xv] 1860 US Census Somerville MA “Albert S. Baker” a27;
[xvi] Death Record John Cannon 6 Oct 1863 in Cambridge, MA, 53y 10m 10d, married, consumption, glass cutter, b. NY, f. Michael, mo. Ann, doesn’t say parents birth places original image via Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Will of John Cannon-Middlesex Probate Court Record# 28763-vol 309-427;392-222;393-232 microfilm MA Archives Boston.
[xvii] Birth Record Kate M Baker 12 Sep 1864 dau of William and Cornelia, Machinist, b. Westmoreland, NH mo. B. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xviii] 1865 Cambridge Directory “Baker, Wm A. machinist, h. fourth, cor. Spring”; 1866 Cambridge Directory William A. Baker, machinist, house 111 Cambridge St; 1868 Cambridge Directory, William A. Baker, machinist, bds Flander’s Exchange; 1869 Somerville Directory Baker, William (no A.) as a machinist, bds. Medford, cor. Greenville;
[xix] 1870 Cambridge Directory “Baker, William A. (W.A. Baker & Co.), machinist, 10 Gore”, also, “Baker, W. A. & Co., machinist, 10 Gore”;
[xx] 1871 Somerville Directory “Baker, William A. real estate broker, Union Square, house foot of Hamblet
[xxi] Birth Record George C Baker b. Sept 12 1871 in Somerville son of William A. & Cornelia, lived on Hamblet St., trader, f. b. Maine mo. b. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xxii] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker 1872-3, District of Massachusetts original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxiii] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker
[xxiv] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker
[xxv] 1873 Somerville Directory: “Baker, William A. real estate broker, (B.) h. foot of Hamlet”
[xxvi] 1875 Somerville Directory “Baker, William A. liquors (42 Portland, B.), h. Hamlet”
[xxvii] Bankruptcy Case# 4465 - William A. Baker 1875, District of Massachusetts original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxviii] Bankruptcy Case# 4465 - William A. Baker
[xxix] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds Indexes for Grantors & Grantees 1870-1880
[xxx] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537 dated Apr 28 1876
[xxxi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 518-263 dated Feb 11 1878
[xxxii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-3 dated Jun 24 1878
[xxxiii] Bankruptcy Notice William Baker New-Hampshire Patriot (Concord, NH) Wednesday, September 4, 1878, Volume: LXX, Issue: 36, Page: 3
[xxxiv] Bankruptcy Case# 1216 - William A. Baker 1878, District of New Hampshire original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxxv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-19 dated 1 Jan 1879
[xxxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-127 dated 13 Jan 1879
[xxxvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-130 dated 10 Feb 1879
[xxxviii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145 dated 28 Jul 1879
[xxxix] State of New Hampshire June Session Proceedings and Testimony report of the Judiciary Committee of the House; Investigations of Charges of Bribery of Members of the Legislature, New Hampshire General Court, House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, 462 pages, which can be found on google books. William’s case begins on page 25, and is sporadically mentioned throughout the book. The following summary of information is written from it. Reed’s testimony contains the bulk of the testimony, but is also followed by Sinclair, Jones & Woolley.
[xl] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH; Guardianship of Albert L. Baker Strafford County NH
[xli] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xlii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Ellen S Horne
[xliii] 1879 Boston Directory
[xliv] 1886 Cambridge Directory; 1887 Cambridge Directory
[xlv] 1880 US Census Middleton NH
[xlvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[xlvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-25; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-263; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[xlviii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-130 dated 10 Feb 1879
[xlix] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145
[l] Death Record Cordelia A Baker
[li] Burial Record Cornelia Baker
[lii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304
[liii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-257; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-263; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[liv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-320
[lv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 284-260
[lvi] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-494 purchase; Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-495 & Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-498 are mortgages, plus there is one with Mary A. Horne Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1785-158
[lvii] 1890 Cambridge Directory; 1892 Somerville Directory
[lviii] Journals of the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives Vol 2, 1887, available on google books for complete description of both bills, as well as many other books on the same subject and of railroads.
[lix] State of New Hampshire June Session
[lx] State of New Hampshire June Session
[lxi] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire– see Cobb Family
[lxii] Death Record William J Reed d: 14 Jun 1913 in Westmoreland, NH Parents – John Reed & Eunice Cobb New Hampshire Vital Record & Archives, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxiii] Marriage Record Charles Woolley & Emma L Schrepel 12 Jan 1893 Boston, MA, son of Aaron B. Wooley Semira, dau of Frank H. & Catherine via AmericanAncestors.org
[lxiv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire– see Cobb Family
[lxv] Separate’s Support Ellen S Baker
[lxvi] 1890 Veteran Schedule Cambridge MA William Baker
[lxvii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes
[lxviii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes
[lxix] Boston Daily Advertiser - Bancroft Election [newspaper], Dec 13 1893, page 1 via GenealogyBank.com
[lxx] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #2230-209; Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #2252-310 which discharges the mortgage from 1730-498 with Mary A. Horne.
[lxxi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145
[lxxii] Death Record Albert S Baker d. 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, 60y 11m 15d, b. Westmoreland, male, white, widowed, Farmer, Spinal Meningitis, burial Medford, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, both born Westmoreland, occupation of father – judge, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxxiii] Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Being the ... Annual Report Upon the Public Schools of New Hampshire (Google eBook), By New Hampshire. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1890, pgs 251 & 257
[lxxiv] Lakes and Summer Resorts in New Hampshire (Google eBook) Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1892, pg 74; Report, Volume 20 (Google eBook) New Hampshire. Dept. of Agriculture, 1892, pg 223;
[lxxv] 1892 Atlas Map Middleton NH HistoricMapWorks.com
[lxxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 309-233
[lxxvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 313-137
[lxxviii] Obituary William A Baker Boston Daily Advertiser Mar 24, 1897 Issue 71 pg 2; Boston Journal [newspaper] via GenealogyBank.com; Cambridge Chronicle Obituary & Funeral Notice, Mar 1897 via Cambridge Library, http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com
[lxxix] Burial Record William A. Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxx] Administration William A. Baker 1897 File# 44558, 1897, Supreme Judicial Court Archives, 3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
[lxxxi] Sale Personal Estate Ellen Baker Middlesex County Court, MA, 1904, Res: Somersworth, NH; 1904; Probate# 65859; Sale Personal Estate Foreign Administrator
[lxxxii] Administration Ellen S Baker Strafford County NH 1904 Baker, Ellen S, Somersworth #10817, 108-307, 120-250
[lxxxiii] 1898 Cambridge Directory; 1900 US Census Cambridge MA; 1920 US Census Malden MA; 1929 Malden MA Directory
[lxxxiv] Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index Massachusetts Infantry, Regt 39, Company E, William A. Baker, 19 Jan 1864 Invalid Application No. 39.155, Certificate No. 35.510 Apr 3 1918, Widow Application No. 1.118.149 Certificate No. 868916 via Fold3.com
[lxxxv] Burial Record Esther Witham Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Esther Witham Mar 20 1930 72y Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxxvi] 1930 US Census Danvers MA
[lxxxvii] 1940 US Census Danvers MA
[lxxxviii] Burial Record Olive Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxxix] Birth Record Kate M Baker 12 Sep 1864 dau of William and Cornelia, Machinist, b. Westmoreland, NH mo. B. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xc] Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Ella Emm Moulton b: 5 Mar 1883 in Wakefield, NH 1st child of Herman L. Moulton & Mabel K Baker of Wakefield, NH, mo b. Cambridge, a18 fa b. Wakefield, a23
[xci] Administration William A. Baker 1897
[xcii] Marriage Record Mabel Moulton & A W Reid both of West Derry, NH He was 29, Carpenter, b. Nova Scotia, 1st, She was 32 b. Cambridge, 2nd-divorced, intention Mar 12 1901, married same day, son of James Reid of Nova Scotia a81 Farmer b. Nova Scotia & Jerusha Hingly of Nova Scotia a70 b. Nova Scotia, dau of William A. Black of Westmoreland, NH a65 Contractor, b. West Newbury, NH & Cornelia of Cambridge, a60, b. Cambridge, [both of her parents were dead].
[xciii] Death Record Mabel Read Mabel (Baker) Read died 31 Jan 1911 in Salem, MA, a47y 4m 20d, dressmaker,Res. 4 Cabot St. b. 11 Sep 1863 married, b. Somerville, Parents: William A. Baker b. Keene, NH & Cornelia D. Cannon b. Somerville, MA, wife of Alick W. Read, informant George C. Baker of Medford, buried in Greenlawn [cemetery], chronic intestinal nephritis & cardiac dilation, via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xciv] Birth Record Ella Emm Moulton
[xcv] Marriage Record Ella E Moulton & Albert J Robertson 17 Oct 1906 in Union NH, recorded in Lynn, MA, He was 24, Grocer, b. Lynn, son of John M. Robertson & Cassie McPherson & lived at 551 Summer, She was 22, b. Union, NH, dau of Herman Moulton & Mabel Baker & lived at 5 Rockmere Ter, 1st both via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcvi] Marriage Record Ella E Moulton & Frank L Kemp 16 Oct 1910, Salem, MA, He is 25, 1st, b. Providence, RI Clerk res. Somerville son of Abbott L. Kemp & Margaret Fraser, She is 27, 2nd Div., housekeeper of Salem, b. Union NH, dau of Herman L. Moulton & Mabel Baker via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcvii] Birth Record of Josie May Baker Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone Sept 25 1866- Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo; 1900 US Census Lynn MA
[xcviii] Marriage Record Josie M Baker & Philip M Waldron int. Jan 28 1892 (FS), son of Alexander & Margaret, dau of William A. & Cornelia Feb 4 1892 in Cambridge, Ma via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcix] Death Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron: Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone Sept 25 1866- Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo; Burial Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone b. Sept 25 1866- d. Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo Rhode Island Deaths & Burials “Josie May Baker Waldron” d. Jun 19 1908 a41 married husb Philip M. Waldron, parents W.A. Baker & Cornelia Cannon Baker via FamilySearch.org [no image].
[c] Burial Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron
[ci] Military Record Philip Malcom Waldron Headstone Applications, via Ancestry.com; 1900 US Census Lynn MA;
[cii] Birth Record Margaret B Waldron b: Sep 1893 in Connecticut via 1900 US Census in Lynn MA
[ciii] Birth Record Marian Ruth Annie Waldron b: 19 Sep 1903 in Lynn, Ma, dau of Philip M. & Josie M. Baker, 73 Lexington, Iron Founder, b. NY, b. Cambridge via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[civ] Death Record Marion A Waldron d: Mar 29 1904 in Lynn, MA, 73 Lexington St., 6m 10d, dau of Philip M. b. Saratoga, NY & Josephine Baker b. Cambridge, buried Pine Grove Cemetery Lynn, MA, acute Intestinal Indigestion via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[cv] 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
[cvi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole 5 Jul 1892, Manhattan NY - NYC Archives Certificate Number 8296
[cvii] 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
[cviii] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker Oak Grove Cemetery Records, Medford, MA, in the Mystic Lawn section #L-1, 2, 3, 4
[cix] 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
[cx] Death Record 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]
[cxi] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker
[cxii] Birth Record William A Baker Jr b: 25 Dec 1870 in Somerville, MA, Highland Av, son of Wm A., Agent, b. NH & Caroline D. b. East Cambridge via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxiii] Marriage Record William Alson Baker Jr & Lalia Evelena Burgess 18 Jun 1902 in Cambridge, MA, He was 33, b. Somerville, clerk, and lived at 94 Magazine in Cambridge, MA, son of William A. Baker & Cornelia D. Cannon, dau of William [Burgess] & Mary J. Simonds, b. Nova Scotia, a35 via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxiv] Age calculated from Birth Record William A Baker Jr & Death Record Cordelia A Baker; Administration William A. Baker 1897
[cxv] Moore Baker was of no known relation, but he had a son named William A. Baker who died & it seems he probably took a liking to this William A. Baker, likely because of that. See Death of William A. Baker 14 Jan 1876 a35 son of Moore Baker & Cynthia via FamilySearch.org [no image]
[cxvi] Death Record William A Baker [Jr] California Death Index, 1940-1997, parents listed as Baker & Cannon; Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County California, USA, Plot: Florentine Col. - Dahlia Terrace, GM, Lot 0, Space 8409 - via FindaGrave.com with Image
[cxvii] Birth Record Phyllis Baker b. Oct 29 1904 in Portsmouth, NH Father William A. Baker b. Somerville MA & Lalia Burgess b. Nova Scotia via New Hampshire, Births and Christenings on FamilySearch.org, no image
[cxviii] Death Record Phyllis Baker Evalenko b. Oct 29 1904 in NH d. Mar 5 1990 in Riverside via California Death Index 1940-1997 on Ancestry.com, no image; Phyllis Evalenko b. Oct 29 1904 d. Mar 5 1900 Enlistment date Feb 19 1945 Release Oct 25 1945 via US Dept of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 on Ancestry.com
[cxix] 1910 US Census Carson City NV; 1920 US Census Los Angeles CA; 1930 US Census Los Angeles CA; 1940 US Census Los Angeles CA
[cxx] Birth Record George C Baker b. Sept 12 1871 in Somerville son of William A. & Cornelia, lived on Hamblet St., trader, f. b. Maine mo. b. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxxi] Marriage Record George Clinton Baker & Annie Elizabeth Morrison m: Dec 11 1895 in Cambridge, MA, parents: William A. & Cornelia D., a23, She was 26 [more on record] via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxxii] 1910 US Census in Boston Ward 10 indexed as “George C Zaker” on Ancestry.com but it clearly says Baker. He is married but a lodger with DeVoto
[cxxiii] Burial Record George C Baker Pocassett Cemetery, Cranston, RI, photo of gravestone with sister Josie Waldron via FindaGrave.com
[cxxiv] Birth Record Cornelia D Baker b. Sep 3 1896 in Salem, MA, dau of George C. & Annie Morrison, stockbroker b: NH Mo b. NS via FamilySearch.org
[cxxv] Marriage Record Cornelia Devine Baker & Jason Lester Russell Jul 1 1916 Somerville, Ma, Recorded in Wakefield, MA where she resided, dau of George C. Baker & Annie E. Ormerston [more on record] via Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1920 via FamilySearch.org
[cxxvi] 1920 Census Somerville MA; 1930 US Census Saugus MA
[cxxvii] Birth Record Mabrey Inez Baker b: Mar 24 1899 in Cambridge, MA, parents George & Annie Ormiston, 195 Harvard, broker, b: Somerville, b. NS via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 via FamilySearch.org
[cxxviii] Name based on son’s name via the 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ; No marriage found yet
[cxxix] 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ
[cxxx] 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ
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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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I thought since it's Memorial Day and nearly the 10 year anniversary of my Dad's death I'd explore a little bit about where he was stationed as an MP during the Korean War & share some slides of his friends in case somewhere out there as relative would love to find a photo they didn't know about.
The post located in the island of Oahu opened in 1907 it was named in memory of William Rufus Shafter (1835-1906) who led the expedition to Cuba in 1898. It has undergone several expansions since the original fort was built.
As most are aware on Dec 7 1941 the island of Oahu, aka Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan and WWII began. For the first newspaper specifics you can click here to see some reproductions of the headlines for the day from Hawaiian newspapers as well as others. By the time my dad was stationed in Fort Shafter during 1951-2, it was a much calmer place to be.
Pearl Harbor was located west of Honolulu and Fort Shafter, for simplicity's sake, was in between the two. Fort Shafter was the Senior Army Headquarters for the Asia-Pacific region until 1974. Although, the headquarters was eliminated at that time, today it still remains a major focal point for the Army in relation to Asia-Pacific Region.
Okay....so this kind of explains why my blog is on hiatus :)
I have never been happier! But I'm also pretty busy...I'll be back, but it will be as Amylynne (Baker) Murphy!
Amylynne Baker-Santagate, daughter of Mrs. Marion (Stevenson) Baker and the late Mr. Arthur L. Baker Jr., is to be married to Romeyn Todd Murphy, son of Mrs. Susan (Santoro) DeRoche, wife of John DeRoche of Florida, and the late Mr. Romeyn D. Murphy. The couple met as teenagers in Windham, and nearly 30 years later found an extraordinary bond. Amylynne is the Administrative Assistant for the Windham Independent News, as well as a professional genealogist. Romeyn, who is employed by Bob’s Discount Furniture, recently relocated from the Distribution Center in Taftsville, CT to the Manchester, NH store. Their combined family includes Brandy C. Mulhare, 25, Alexander D. Murphy, 21, both of Connecticut, Shealyn E. Santagate, 19, of Weirs Beach, NH & Jaquelyn M. Santagate, 16, of Hampstead, NH. A small family wedding is planned for May 10 2015. They reside in Hampstead, NH.
The Rockingham County Botanical Garden was once a 10 acre garden located across the street from the Rockingham County Nursing Home, historically known as the Rockingham County Farm or Hospital. The University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension Master Gardener's program started the garden in 1996. The bad news is this garden was dismantled in December of 2011 due to funding and lack of participation by its volunteer members. The land has since been returned to the county.
The memorial bench pictured here was placed in honor of my father Arthur L. Baker Jr. of Windham, NH (1928-2005) who was an active member and one of the first men certified as a Master Gardener in the state. The bench is now in possession of the Baker family.
Last week Brad Dinsmore's column in the Windham Independent mentioning corn husking parties reminded me of something I came across early in my genealogy research days. I thought perhaps sharing the story might be helpful to others exploring corn husking but more importantly, to those on the trail of ancestors in history books. I, like many others once thought that information found in town histories was unequivocally true. It probably should be, but what I didn't know was that sometimes, it can also be completely fabricated to the point of fiction in a non-fiction book.
My Baker ancestors go back to Concord, Massachusetts in the mid 17th Century. So you can imagine my surprise and the thrill of finding a story about "Goodman Baker's Husking Party" which I came across "in part" through an online source. The book was The History of Concord Massachusetts by Alfred Sereno Hudson (1904). I read the story with such amazement at first, clearly overcome by the treasure & loss of all common sense. I was thrilled! What a gem! How lucky am I? But when my senses finally returned, I thought...how could this record exist? Well, turns out, it doesn't exist.
I was missing an extremely important component to the story, the beginning & the context. I had not seen the very first page of the chapter that stated "As these huskings were great occasions let us suppose that we attended one of them, and that the following description fairly represents one of these Fall festivals." And there you have it, the major importance of context. Translated into plain English, Hudson is in essence saying, 'This is a fictional account of what might have been.' That said, the description is really interesting and likely somewhat accurate in content as it relates to corn husking. So, I've decided to share it here along with the full disclosure of my own complete stupidity many years ago.
The full pdf version of the book can be found on Google Books.
When I first got a job at 14 my father gave me two pieces of advice that I have referred back to time & time again over the last 30+ years. The first was "Never bring up a problem at work without a well thought out suggestion for a solution, then if they don't like the solution it's on them to find a better one. Otherwise, it's just complaining and not a productive discussion." The second piece of advice was "No matter what the job you have is, whether you like it or you hate, no matter what the pay is, or the level of it is, work hard, be dependable & do it to the best of your ability"
Well, I've finally done it. I've begun the process for applying to Daughters of the American Revolution, http://www.dar.org So, on this military Monday I thought I'd share a little about my Revolutionary ancestor, Peter Baker of Littleton, Ma; New Ipswich, NH, Westmoreland, NH & Mt. Holly, VT.
I have a lot on this line & will work on getting it in an official registry format, but for now here are some basics for him & his military service which I had to write up to begin to prove his service, as he is not already registered with DAR. Unfortunately, aside from Peter's Revolutionary Service he doesn't appear to be a very stand up guy so to speak, which is what has delayed me in applying to DAR before, but I've decided maybe there is something that happened that I just don't understand yet - and I shouldn't be judging him. So, here I am.
Peter Wheeler Baker was born on 5 Sep 1755 in Littleton, MA as recorded in the Littleton town records. He died on 28 Feb 1828 in Vermont according to his Revolutionary pension file. His grave marker states "Mr. Peter Baker d. Nov. 25, 1827 age 72 y, "A Revolutionary Soldier". It is in Old Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mount Holly, Rutland, VT, USA. As you will note the death dates do conflict but further evidence points to this the being the same man. "Soldiers of the Revolutionary War who are buried in Vermont", only mentions the pension that Peter received. No burial information was indicated. Full Context of Vermont Pensioners, 1835 shows: County: Rutland Co., Name: Peter Baker, Rank: Private, Annual Allowance: 96 00, Sums Received: 950 87, Description of service: Massachusetts continental line, When placed on the pension roll: September 23, 1818, Commencement of pension: April 6, 1818, Age: 72, Laws under which inscribed, increased or reduced OR Remarks.: Died February 28, 1828.
Peter married Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, daughter of Stephen Dudley and Lydia Harwood on 14 Nov 1783 in Littleton, Ma (LTR). Lydia was born on 11 Aug 1762 in Littleton, MA. They lived in New Ipswich, NH from about 1785-86 and sometime after that removed to Westmoreland, NH. They had several children and then Peter left the family, presumed runaway or dead as of 1799/1800. When that happened it is said the young children were split up and raised by different families. This is noted in The History of Westmoreland, NH. Their children were: Sally/Sarah, Asa, Polly, Larkin, Alden, & James. The Hon. Larkin Dudley Baker of Westmoreland, NH was my GGG Grandfather. Earlier in my blog archives I posted a picture of Larkin that I was able to receive from the Cheshire County Historical Society. I have information on almost all of the children of Peter & Lydia if anyone is interested in this line.
At one point, it seems Peter could have been declared dead, because her 2nd marriage to John Darling (his 2nd of 3) referenced in Chesterfield History states “Wid. Lydia Baker, of Wmd.” They married Nov 27, 1804. John died Mar 28 1824 age 73. Lydia and John had one child, Miranda Darling, m: 1822 Ebenezer Scott (son of Ebenezer Scott) via History of Chesterfield p.267 Lydia died on 9 Sep 1815 in Chesterfield, NH.
I haven't found any divorce, declarations of death, or guardianship papers for the children in Westmoreland or Cheshire County yet - but I have not given up yet either. I'm hoping there is something somewhere that fell between the cracks.
Peter turns up, rather out of no where 5 months prior to his 1818 application, apparently at his oldest daughter Sally Cole's house in Mt Holly, Vt. She had married Martin Cole. I have been unable to determine where he had been for the 18 years prior....
Peter is listed in the "Abstracts of Rev. War Pension File". The entry reads: "Peter Baker, S39178, Cont and MA Line, appl. 6 Apr 1818 Rutland City VT aged 62". The full pension file can be found on Heritage Quest, as well as Fold 3 - look up Rev War Pensioners for Massachusetts - try this link: http://www.fold3.com/image/12789099/?terms=peter baker#12789107/
The original Rev War Pension File for Peter has quite a bit of information. There is an 1818 application and then an 1820 follow-up. Here is some information that the papers show in case you can't get it.
April 1818 – application for pension
I, Peter Baker, of Mount Holly in the county of Rutland State of Vermont of the age of 62 years being duly sworn do declare depose & say with in December 1775 at Littleton in Massachusetts, I enlisted into Capt Samuel Gilbert’s Company in Col Prescott Rgm’t. of Massachusetts here to serve for one year. Went immediately joined my company at [Cambridge?] where we remained until the British army evacuated Boston, when we followed them to New York. [on March 17, 1776] First we went into winter quarters in the High Land in New York I believe about 3 miles north of West Point. I further say that whilst in said winter quarters, about a month before my time of service expired. I again enlisted into Capt Samuel Darby’s company in Col John Bailey’s Rgm’t. being the 2nd Rgm’t. Massachusetts [?] to serve for three years. Here I served in said company & regiment the full term of reenlistment except nine days which was allowed me to return home when I was discharged at West Point. I have lost my discharge, not considering it of any value. I was at the battle of Massachusetts [known as the Siege of Boston] and at the taking of Burgoine [Battle of Saratoga] I further say that I am a resident citizen of the U States – that I have resided in Mt Holly aforesaid about 5 months – that I am poor and from my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of assistance from my country for support –and further say not.
On another page, dated June 1820, he states he has “a pair of crutches upon which I am & have been crippled to walk for more than 3 years past & I am now more than Eight Hundred dollars in debt & have been obliged to depend upon the charity of my children for support until I receive my pension certificate. Signed, Peter Baker - Assets listed as a 1/2 dollar.
The term of the first enlistments was 2 years which fits perfectly with Dec 1775-Dec 77 in Gilbert’s Co. He reenlisted for 3 years in Dec 1777 and then was in Bailey’s. He may have been a volunteer at the march to Concord and at Bunker Hill but not sure and it doesn’t seem likely since I can’t find him listed anywhere.
He is not listed with Gilbert’s on Aug 1 1775, only his father (Lt) and brother (Prvt) were on that list. That regiment was at Bunker Hill (June 17 1775), His father and brother might have been at Bunker Hill, but no real evidence yet. His father died likely in service, for the same Company, in 1776 age 55, but the date or battle (if one) is unclear at the moment. It was either July 8 or February 20, Littleton says both dates.
In the book “An Historical Sketch of Littleton by Harwood, Joseph Jr, and sons Joseph and Peter are all mentioned on page 16 in relation to the War and Col Prescott’s, Capt Gilbert’s Company in the Continental Army which was probably organized after the North Bridge Battle as none of them are specifically mentioned as marching to Concord and Lexington. The Company that did march was Aquila Jewett’s Company.
Peter is noted as being in the “return of men at valley forge Jan 25, 1778.”, but he doesn’t personally mention being there in his application for pension. He does appear to be indicated on this Valley Forge site though. http://valleyforgemusterroll.org/Reg_2MA.htm
2nd Massachusetts Regiment at Valley Forge, Division: fourth, Brigade: 4th MA, History: Organized in 1775 at Roxbury from Plyouth County, Entered Valley Forge with 459 men, 297 fit for duty, left Valley Forge with 392 assigned & 226 fit for duty, Previous engagements, Siege of Boston, Defense of Canada, Lake Champlain, Trenton-Princeton, Saratoga, Defense of Philadelphia, Philadelphia - Monmouth. Staff Officers: Colonel John Bailey, Lt Colonel John Bailey, Major Andrew Peters, Company Commanders:
Judah Alden, 1st Lt Jacob Allen, Capt Ephrain Burr, Cap Samuel Darby, Cap George Dunham, Cap Hugh Maxwell, Capt Isaac Warren, Capt Seth Drew
Muster Roll at Valley Forge:
Personal Id MA 15473, Baker, Peter, Private, Rank Type: NCO, Brigade: 4th MA, State: MA, Regiment: 2nd MA, Division: 4th, Monthly Muster Rolls at Valley Forge: From Dec 1777 to June 1778
Enlisted Jan 1 1777; Borne Sept 9 1778.(This part is obviously entered incorrectly...)
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009. Original data: Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1896-1908.
"Baker, Peter, Littleton. Return of men enlisted into the Continental Army from Capt Aaron Jewett's (3rd) co., Col. Jonathan Reed's (6th Middlesex Co.) regt., dated Feb 19, 1778; joined Capt. Samuel Darby's (2nd) co., Col. John Bailey's regt.; enlistment, 3 years or during war; also Private, Col. Bailey's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also Capt. Samuel Darby's co., Col. Bailey's regt.; return of men in service at Valley Forge Jan. 25, 1778."
My great grandfather, Albert Larkin Baker's cuff-links, circa 1890-1900. These have now been past down 6 generations from Albert to my grandfather, to my father, to me...I'm not sure why that happened when my oldest brother should have had them. All of them had AB initials. I think maybe I ended up with them simply because I tend to be the keeper of "old stuff", and not because I also had AB initials. I assumed my brother had been asked if he wanted them before. So, last year I past them down in the family to his son, the oldest Baker grandson because I wanted them to stay in the Baker line and that made the most sense. They are in excellent hands, and I really thought I was doing the best thing, but after I could see my oldest brother was disappointed he got skipped, and didn't even know about them at all. Luckily, he's not the type to be mad. Here's the lesson - applicable in many of life's situations - "Ask, don't assume." :)
Today begins the first of many
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your ancestors met?
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These are my parents. What better place to start?
Arthur Leon Baker Jr. & Marion Iris Stevenson were married August 21, 1953 in Malden, MA.
They met at a Valentine's Day Dance at the Bradford Hotel in Boston on Saturday, February 14, 1953. Although they went to the same high school and had heard of each other, they didn't actually know each other. My Dad drove her home from the dance and said, "I'm going to marry you!"
My mom was thinking he was a little nuts, but was amused.
She walked into the house and my grandmother said to her with a wink and a smile...
"So..did you meet anyone you like more than yourself?"
"I think maybe I did. His grandmother lives right there." as she
pointed out the back window of their home in Maplewood.
The very next day he came to take her out & meet her family.
Her niece about 10 at the time was visiting & told him..
"I don't think I'm going to be calling you just plain Arthur for very long..."
That day their official first date included going to Sailor Tom's
in Reading, Ma and then he took her
to meet his parents. They were married 6 months later, four children and nearly 53 years together!
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Today begins the first of many
Freaky Friday Blog Posts
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My great grandfather Albert Larkin Baker
b. Jun 3 1868 in Somerville, MA
d. Oct 10, 1941 in Malden, MA.
The thing is...he looks IDENTICAL - minus the time period-
to my brother who was born within hours of
EXACTLY 90 years later.... wicked weird!
I'd post a picture of my bro, but I'm not sure he'd really appreciate that :) And who needs one? He looks like this guy!
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It's Sentimental Sunday on Geneabloggers and Father's Day so how could I blog about something other than my Dad?
It's been 9 years since I was was able to say Happy Father's Day in person & honestly they just don't seem to get any easier. I thought about writing a post about how great a Dad he was, what a fabulous Master Gardener he was, and how he was my biggest fan when it came to my paintings. Without his emotional support I never would have had the courage to exhibit anything. But instead, I thought I'd share a story of how my paranormal addiction really started.
I was always interested in things off the beaten path so to speak, and have had many unusual experiences over my entire life, but the one that really convinced me I wasn't just nuts involves my Dad.
The story begins back in the spring 2005. My father was not in a good place, fighting a losing battle with stomach cancer. Naturally I'd visit him often, sitting by his bedside and chatting about everything & anything. I can't remember exactly how the conversation came up but I asked in a jovial way...
"So Dad, when you get to the other side...you're going to send me a message or a sign right?"
He chuckled and said "Who do I think I am your mother?"
We both laughed and he said "You know I'm not into that sort of thing."
Smiling I answered "I know.... but it will make me feel better."
He rolled his eyes and that was the end of that conversation. I didn't think anything about it after that. I think I just accepted it wasn't something he would do.
He passed away at the end of May, and sometime around June we were all getting ready to have a yard sale. One of my jobs was to go through the antique bookcase of old books, most of which were old literature that had been passed down from his parents. The majority I had never looked at before, even though I am the family historian and like old literature. Anyway, I'm standing in my parents dining room & gently looking through them as they are really old & fragile deciding to "keep" or "sell".
I pick up Tennyson, The Complete Works of Alfred Tennyson, and suddenly it is pushed through my hands and on to the floor. I was a little stunned & thinking 'What the hell? How did that just happen?' I bend over to pick up the book & all I see is the title across the page & then again at the beginning of the poem. It says "The Gardener's Daughter". My breath is stolen away, chills set deep in my core, and a wave of emotion floods me instantly tearing me up. I pick up the book and stare at the page...I can't even begin to read it, I see "painting" & "Go and see the Gardener's daughter". I shut the book, tears streaming down my cheeks, and whisper.... "Thank you Dad, I love you."
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy