Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baker, Isaac

Summary of Isaac BAKER - 16 May 2010

Name: Isaac BAKER
Sex: Male
Father: John BAKER Capt. (bet 1735 and 1740 - 1787)
Mother: Elizabeth Ann SULLIVAN (14 Feb 1744 - 22 May 1836)

Individual Facts
Birth 13 Jan 1782 Fort Henry, Ohio Co., VA
Death abt 1865 (age 83) Boynton Twp., Tazewell Co., IL

1. Ruth BROCK
Marriage 6 May 1802 (age 20) Belmont Co., OH
... George Washington BAKER (1801/2 - 1880)
... Jacob BAKER (1804 - )
... John A. BAKER (12 Apr 1806 - 18 Mar 1887)
... Isaac BAKER Jr. (1811 - )
... Sarah BAKER (20 Nov 1817 - Jul 1860)
... Lavina BAKER (1821 - 26 May 1861)
... John Nelson BAKER (8 Mar 1823 - 1 May 1907)
... Martin BAKER ( - )

Notes (Individual)
Isaac Baker

PARENTS: Capt. John Baker and Elizabeth Ann Sullivan

BIRTH: Birth place listed as, Wheeling Creek on a family group sheet of Denver Yoho and Clarice Stanley.

MARRIAGE: From "Ohio Marriages Recorded in County Courts Through 1820: an Index" pg 41, Baker, Isaac m. Perkins, Ruth May 06, 1802 BELM DBA 069 (Furnished by Valerie Kramer)

QUESTION-CHILDREN: Did Isaac Baker and Ruth Brock really have two children, who reached adulthood, who had the same first name: John A. Baker and John Nelson Baker? If so, this is very unusual. Who can prove that both of these men were the sons of this couple? REH

RESIDENCES: Isaac Baker moved to Tazewell, IL, with his son, Isaac, after the death of Ruth (Brock) Baker. (Furnished by Anne Rast)

DEATH-CONFLICT: Was the date of death, 1886 in Taswell Co., OH or 1865 at Tazewell Co., IL (per DAR records)? Dick Henthorn and Valerie Kramer agree that they can't find a Taswell Co., OH. Can anyone cite a primary source that proves the death, 1865 in Boynton Twp., Tazewell Co., IL?

REFERENCE: From "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio Vol I" pgs 398-399, "(6) Isaac Baker was born Feb. 1782 and died in 1865. N.S. DAR paper No. 319705 is for descent from Capt. John Baker through this son. That paper gives Isaac's birth as 1782 and death as 1865. It also states his wife was Ruth Brooke.

Hardesty's Historical Hand Atlas of Monroe Co., published in 1882, gives her name as Brock. I believe Brock is more likely, as Brocks also lived in Monroe Co. However, some of the Belmont Co. histories give her name as Ruth Perkins.

Page 9 of Hardesty's Historical Hand Atlas, Monroe Co. states, "John Nelson Baker, born this county (Monroe) March 8, 1823, son of Isaac Baker who died in 1865 and Ruth Brock, who died in 1844."

The lady who submitted the DAR paper was descended from Isaac and Ruth Baker through another son, George Washington Baker (1802-1880) and Nancy Floyd (1803-1859) who were married in 1821. This paper also refers to an earlier one for proof of service for Capt. John Baker, No. 317289, however I do not have a copy of that paper.

Paper #319705 also indicates that Elizabeth Sullivan and Capt. Baker were married at Philadelphia, Pa. in 1765.

Mr. Earl Carson of Boyne City, Michigan, also interested in this family, has stated that he believes Capt. John was married once prior to his marriage to Elizabeth Sullivan. Therefore if he and this DAR paper are correct and that marriage was in 1765, then Henry Baker (#1 in this column) born 1762/63 could not have been the son of Elizabeth Sullivan." (Furnished by Valerie Kramer)

RESEARCHER: Earl Carson of Boyne City, Michigan It is clear from the newspaper columns of Mrs. Catherine Fedorchak that Earl Carson was working on the genealogy of the Baker family.

Richard Henthorn asked Valerie Kramer if she knew where Mr. Carson fit into the Baker family tree and if he ever published the results of his research. Her reply follows.

"No, Earl Carson never published and it's a sad story.

I don't know exactly where he fits in myself. He lived in Michigan so is presumably a descendent of either John Carson and Sarah Conarissen Baker (dau. of John Farnsworth Baker, son of Martin D. Baker, son of Captain John Baker) or Samuel Carson and Laura Etta Baker (another daughter of John Farnsworth Baker). I don't know if John and Samuel Carson were related but it wouldn't surprise me. I guess this is an area I should pursue in more detail.

In any event, Earl Carson corresponded on a number of occasions with Mrs. Fedorchak as shown by his letters reproduced in the Fedorchak publications produced by the Monroe County Genealogy Society. Clearly he was working on Baker genealogy.

When I went to Michigan I visited with Myrtle Carson (nee Baker, dau of James Baker and Luella Kightlinger, son of Jacob N. Baker and Louisa May Butt, son of David Baker and Mary Jane Reynolds, son of Martin D. Baker, son of Captain John Baker), and with Benjamin Albert Thompson (son of Ulysses S. Grant Thompson, son of Margaret Ann Baker, dau of John Farnsworth Baker), and Laura Lynn Carson (Myrtle Baker-Carson's daughter-in-law through her son, Carl Carson.)

They told me, sitting around Myrtle's kitchen table, that Earl had spent 40 years amassing books, documents, notes, photos, and other Baker information. He had an entire room devoted to it. Upon his death his widow had it all boxed up and stored in a barn and wouldn't let anyone near it. She said she'd put up with it for 40 years and didn't want to hear about it any more. Reportedly she's rebuffed everyone who's tried to resurrect any of it. I did get a copy of a stack of notes that Myrtle had. Much of it is hard or impossible to read due to the poor quality of the original copy and much of it is just notes without context - lists of names or names and dates but no indication of what they are, etc. Perhaps with more study they would make more sense but I'm not sure it's worth the effort since they aren't primary evidence anyway. I got some information from them and am happy to have them but it may be the only legacy of Earl's 40 years of effort. If that isn't sad, I don't know what is!" (Furnished by Valerie Kramer)

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