Southern Roots

Family history research in the Southern States.

Matthew and Nettie Blackburn Tombstone

Tombstone of Matthew and Nettie Blackburn, Santa Fe Cemetery

Tombstone of Matthew and Nettie Blackburn, Santa Fe Cemetery

Matthew Blackburn was born in 1888. He was married on the 3 Mar 1910 in Maury County, Tennessee to Lillie Mae Baker. Lillie, the second child of David S. and Lena E. (Hutcheson) Baker, was born 12 May 1891 in Maury County, Tennessee and died in 1916. She is buried in Goshen Church Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee. He later married Mattie or Nettie who was born in 1897 and died in 1993. Matthew died in 1967 and is buried along with his second wife in Santa Fe Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee.

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July 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mattie Thomas Baker Pigg Tombstone

Mattie Thomas Baker Pigg TombstoneMatty Thomas Baker was born 23 Sep 1884 in Tennessee. She was the fourth child of Richard D. and and Rienzy (Sanders) Baker of Maury County, Tennessee. Matty married Thurston J. Pigg on 29 Dec 1907 in Maury County, Tennessee. She died 24 Jun 1961 and is buried in Santa Fe Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee.

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Rianza and Dickson Baker Tombstone

Rianza and Dickson Baker Tombstone

Rianza and Dickson Baker Tombstone

Richard Dixon Baker was born 25 May 1844 in Maury County, Tennessee. He was the son of Robert and Mary (Humphrey) Baker. He married Rienzy Sanders (b. 1861), the daughter of Greenberry and Martha J. (Grimes) Sanders, on 30 Jan 1877 in Maury County, Tennessee. They were the parents of seven children: Nelly Green (1878 – 1959), Maude J. (b. 1880), Eva Baker (b. 1882), Matty Thomas (1884 – 1961), John William (1887 – 1976), Curtis C. (1889 – 1939), and Mary Emma (b. 1892). Rienza died in 1910 and Richard died 12 Aug 1931 in Maury County, Tennessee.

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Oliver W. Mullins Tombstone

Oliver W. Mullins tombstone in Santa Fe Cemetery

Oliver W. Mullins tombstone in Santa Fe Cemetery


Oliver W. Mullins was the son of Benjamin C. and Lecy (Dodson) Mullins of Maury County, Tennessee. We can see from his tombstone that he served in WWII.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ben C. and Lecy D. Mullins Tombstone

Ben and Lecy Mullins are buried in Santa Fe Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee. Benjamin is the son of Robert G. Mullins.

May 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky Historical Society

Take time to visit the webpage of the Kentucky Historical Society. Their “Research and Genealogy” link takes you to a page where you can access their library catalog, digital collection, Kentucky historical marker database, Kentucky cemetery records database, Kentucky virtual library and Kentuckana digital collection. The site is easy to use. Here’s the link.

http://history.ky.gov/

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

South Carolina Archives

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is located in Columbia, South Carolina. They have a great collection of state and county records available for research and they have online guides to their collection. The website includes a page with information on genealogy research at the archives. They also have a collection of online, digitized records that the interested researcher can view, accessed by an online index. This includes records like Confederate pension applications and Colonial plats. They do offer a limited research service with an online request form. If they find the record you are looking for they will notify you of the cost for copies and after receiving payment they will fill the request. I did not find any explanation of their fees or if there was an additional fee for out of state researchers.

Check out their website at: http://archives.sc.gov/

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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).

January 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

North Carolina Office of Archives and History

The North Carolina State Archives is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. They collect and preserve county records, state agency records, veterans records and non-governmental records. They have an online finding aid (MARS) that helps you see how the records are catagorized. As I was browsing through this catalog I came across some Revolutionary War records for a Whitmel Harrington. I’ll have to check this out because he may be one of my ancestors.

Records are available for onsite research. They will also respond to mail or email requests, as long as it is a specific request for a look-up in a specific record – no general research requests. There is a $20 fee for out-of-state researchers.

The URL for the North Carolina Office of Archves and History is: http://www.history.ncdcr.gov/default.htm

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

More Tennessee Bakers

More Baker burials in Maury County, Tennessee:

Johnson Chapel Cemetery

Baker, Perry Green, 1828 – 1900 (Co. K, 48th Tenn. Inf. C.S.A.)
Baker, John Hay, 26 Mar 1877 – 1 Feb 1950
Baker, Katie Mai, 1878 – 1908
Baker, Green, 18 Mar 1901 – 8 Jan 1924

(Hawkins, Fred Lee, Jr., comp. Maury County, Tennessee Cemeteries with Genealogical Notes. Columbia, Tennessee: 1989. v. 1, p. 203.)

July 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment