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Robert W. Baker (1855 – 1935)

ROBERT W. BAKER

 

Robert W. Baker was born 23 Aug 1855 in Kinderhook, Maury, Tennessee.1 He was the oldest child and only son of Fielding H. and Marticia M. (Fly) Baker.2 He first appears in the records in the 1860 U.S. Census in Maury County, Tennessee. He is listed as five-year-old R.W. Baker in the household of F.H. and M.M. Baker, presumably his parents.3 With the outbreak of the Civil War, Robert’s father joined the Confederate forces and in December 1863 he was captured and sent to the prison camp at Rock Island, Illinois, where he died of smallpox in January 1864 leaving eight-year-old Robert fatherless.4

 

On 9 Feb 1879 R.W. Baker married Rhoda Love Gossett in Hickman County, Tennessee.5 She was the daughter of Meredith and Sarah (Harrington) Gossett. 6 The young couple and their oldest daughter, Evilena, are listed in Maury County, Tennessee in the 1880 U.S. Census.7 Robert and Rhoda were the parents of eight children all born in Tennessee:

 

  • Eva Lena Baker –  b. 26 Oct 18798
  • William Doy Baker –  b. 22 May 18829
  • Lula B. Baker – b. Feb 188310
  • Thomas Baker – b. 29 Oct 188511
  • Alonzo B. (Lon) Baker – b. 25 Aug 188712
  • Horace Cullen Baker – b. 16 Jan 189013
  • Bessie Augie Lee Baker – b. 22 Jul 189314
  • Verda Mae Baker – b. 12 Jan 189515

 

All except one of these children lived to adulthood. Sadly, their one-year-old son, Thomas, died on 7 May 1887 and was buried in the Gossett-McFarlin Cemetery in Hickman County, Tennessee.16

 

On 13 Apr 1892, R.W. Baker, acted as a witness for the will of his brother-in-law, A.J. Gossett in Hickman County, Tennessee17 and in the 1900 U.S. Census Robert, a farm laborer, is again listed in Maury County, Tennessee. His household consisted of himself, his wife, Rhoda, and six children.18 Their oldest daughter had married in 1897 and was listed with her husband.

 

In 1906 Robert and his family made a major move. They left Tennessee and settled in Parker County, Texas.19 With the exception of their daughter, Lula, who had married Meredith Cook in 1906, all of the children made the move to Texas. Robert continued farming and lived out his life in Parker County, Texas where he died of a stroke on the 24 Feb 1935 at the age of 79. He was buried in Brock Cemetery.20

 

Sources

1.      Texas Department of Health, State of Texas Death Certificate, Texas Department of Health, Austin, RW Baker death certificate no. 347-9711 (1935).

2.      Robbins, D.P, Century Review of Maury County TN 1807-1907, Columbia, Tennessee: Board of Mayor and Aldermen of Columbia, 1905, R.W. Baker entry, p. 271- Santa Fe Vicinity. 

3.      1860 U.S. Census, microfilm, F.H. Baker household, Maury County, Tennessee population schedule, District No. 1, Centerville Post Office, page 161, dwelling 1165, family 1117; NARA micropublication.

4.      Tennessee Widow’s Indigent Pension, Marticia M. Baker pension application no. 272.

5.      Hickman County, County Court Clerk, Marriage Records, 1868-1915; Index to Marriages, 1868-1974, Nashville: Filmed by the Tennessee State Archives and Library, [197?], Baker-Gossett marriage license, bond and return (1879), p. 392

6.       Robbins, D.P, Century Review of Maury County TN 1807-1907.

7.      1880 U.S. Census (Digital images. Ancestry.com), Robert Baker household, Maury County, Tennessee population schedule, 17th District, ED 173, SD 8, page 22B, dwelling 178, family 191; NARA mpub. T9, roll 1271.

8.      Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics (Austin, Texas), Texas Death Records, 1890-1976 (Salt Lake City [Utah] : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996-2000), Evalena Harrington death certificate #60685(1956); accessed 15 Jul 2008 online at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#.

9.      Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics (Austin, Texas), Texas Death Records, 1890-1976 (Salt Lake City [Utah] : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996-2000), William Doy Baker death certificate #52584 (1964)); accessed 15 Jul 2008 online at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#.

10.  1900 U.S. Census, Digital images. Ancestry.com, Robert W. Baker household, Maury County, Tennessee, population schedule, 18th Civil District, ED 87, SD 256, sheet 13A, dwelling 248, family 250; NARA mpub T623, roll 1589.

11.  Captain Thomas Stewart Easley Chapter-1814 United Daughters of the Confederacy, comp, Hickman County, Tennessee Cemetery Records (Centerville, Tennessee: Captain Thomas Stewart Easley Chapter-1814 United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1989.), Part II, pp. 183-184, “McFarlin-Gossett Cemetery.”

12.  Texas Department of Health, State of Texas Death Certificate, Texas Department of Health, Austin, Lon B. Baker death certificate no. 46554 (1963).

13.  Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics (Austin, Texas), Texas Death Records, 1890-1976 (Salt Lake City [Utah] : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996-2000), Horace Cullun Baker death certificate #68741 (1966); accessed 15 Jul 2008 online at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#.

14.  Texas. Bureau of Vital Statistics (Austin, Texas), Texas Death Records, 1890-1976 (Salt Lake City [Utah] : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996-2000), Bessie Baker Brabson death certificate #32410 (1953); accessed 15 Jul 2008 online at http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#.

15.  Social Security Administration, Application for Social Security Account Number (U.S. Treasury Department), Verda Baker Van Dusen Social Security Account Number 557-26-5924 (1940).

16.  Captain Thomas Stewart Easley Chapter-1814 United Daughters of the Confederacy, comp, Hickman County, Tennessee Cemetery Records.

17.  Tennessee County Court, Hickman County, Probate Records, 1846-1938 (Nashville: Filmed by the State Library and Archives, [197?]), A. J. Gossett will (1892), p. 222.

18.  1900 U.S. Census, Robert W. Baker household, Maury County, Tennessee, pop. sch., 18th Civil District, ED 87.

19.  Weekly Herald (Weatherford, Texas), R.W. Baker obituary, 28 Feb 1935, page [?], column 2.

20.  State of Texas Death Certificate, RW Baker death certificate no. 347-9711 (1935).

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January 16, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I may be a relative of the children of Rhoda Baker. Please contact me. debbiecrabtree@hotmail.com

    Comment by Debbie Crabtree | October 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Rhoda was my great-grandmother. Evelyn

    Comment by Evelyn Walters | December 19, 2009 | Reply


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