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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]
Copyright Amylynne Murphy, NewEnglandGenealogist.com 2017
[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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