Martin D. Baker
PARENTS: Capt. John Baker and Elizabeth Ann Sullivan
BIRTH: 10 Oct 1780 Catfish Camp, Washington Co., PA
DEATH: Abt. 27 Apr 1857, Center Twp., Monroe Co., OH
BURIAL: Apr 1857, Woodsfield, Monroe Co., OH, Steed Cemetery
BIRTH-CONFLICT: Mrs. Fedorchak has Martin Baker born in 1773. Calculated birth date is 10 Oct 1780.
BIRTH-DEATH: Clarice Stanley and Denver Yoho list, b. 1781 at Fish Camp, Washington, PA; d. 17 Apr 1857. m. to Sarah Winland and 2nd to Sarah Farnsworth.
RESIDENCES: Washington Twp., Belmont Co., OH about 1804; Center Twp., Monroe Co., OH.
MARRIAGE: Married twice, first to Sarah Winland and second to Sarah J. Farnsworth. There was issue of both marriages. Catherine Fedorchak claimed in her Steed Cemetery Survey that there is a record of the second marriage in Belmont Co., OH. She didn't list a date.
BIRTH-CHILDREN: Martin Baker married Sarah Farnsworth and that record can be found in Belmont Co., [OH] - they married Feb. 16, 1812. A descendant of the family told me that some of the older girls were children of a previous marriage, but he did not know the name of their mother, and to date, I have not uncovered that fact either. However, the tombstone for Margaret Baker Winland - shows that she was born circa Sept. 17, 1809, so Martin's first wife must have died after that date. He said that from the 2nd marriage, Martin had 7 boys and 1 girl; Isaac b. 1814; Vincent b. 1816; Martin b. 1818; Henry b. 1822; Mary (Barrackman) b. 1825; Jackson b. 1828; John Farnsworth b. 1832 and David b. 1835. Both John F. and David were in the Civil War. The John F. Baker family went to Michigan about 1872. [Fedorchak column, 19 Sep 1994]
(Source: "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio," by Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, Vol. X, p. 240)
LAND: 3 Sep 1813
In Monroe County Martin Baker purchased the North West quarter of Section Twenty-seven in Township four, Range Five on September 3, 1813. On September 16, 1815 Martin purchased an adjacent 109 acres in Section 33, Township 4, Range 5.
CHILDREN-COMMENT: It appears that Martin D. Baker had a child named, Mary Baker, with each of his two wives.
Census: 1850, in Monroe Co., OH, Wayne Twp., 68/68, 24 sep 1850
Martin Baker, 70, m. farmer, $4000, VA; Sarah, 59, f. VA
Sarah, 11, f. OH; John, 18, m. farmer, OH; David, 16, m. farmer, OH
CEMETERY: Steed Cemetery: Martin Baker, died April 27, 1857, aged 76 years, 6 months, 17 days. [Birth date calculated, Abt. 10 Oct 1780. REH]
(Source: Catherine Fedorchak, Steed Cemetery Survey, p. 99, unknown publication)
CEMETERY: Martin Baker is buried in Steed Cemtery, died April 27, 1857, aged 76 years, 6 months, 17 days. His wife Sara is beside him.
[Note: Calculated birth date, 10 Oct 1780. REH]
(Source: Catherine Fedorchak Steed Cemetery survey, unknown volume, page 99 - furnished by Ray Alfred Stewart)
LEGAL_MATTER: Suit over the Estate - Court of Common Pleas - Record Book 13, page 182 - 1858
Suit brought by James Martin and Catharina, his wife; James Winland and Margaret, his wife; Vincent Baker, plaintiffs vs: Benjamin Baker of the State of Iowa; Joseph Baker of Monroe Co; Elias Ward and Ann, his wife; residence unknown; Wm. Dearth and Mary, his wife of Monroe Co; Martin Baker, Jackson Baker, Isaac Baker, Henry Baker, and John Baker, all of Monroe Co.; Samuel Barrackman and Mary, his wife of the State of Wisconsin; David Baker of Monroe Co. and Sarah Baker, widow, of Monroe Co., all heirs at law of Martin Baker, deceased, who died the 27th of April, 1857.
The plaintiffs charge in this suit that the last will and testament of Martin Baker should be declared invalid, as the said Martin was of unsound mind due to old age and infirmity at the time he made it.
The last will of said Martin Baker was entered for probate in the court of Monroe Co. (Fedorcak note, It would no longer be available in those records, due to the courthouse fires.) and read as follows:
I, Martin Baker, of Center Township declare this to be my last will and testament, and that
1. my lawful debts be paid;
2. my wife, Sarah, and son, David Baker to have the home place where I now live during her lifetime, then David to have it after her death, which
comprises about 133 acres in the home place, including the land across the creek from the house.
3. Henry Baker to have 33, acres where he now lives
4. John Baker to have about 70 acres where he now lives on the east side of the home farm.
5. Isaac Baker to have the land where he now lives containing about 54 acres.
Said Isaac is to pay my five daughters, viz Catharine Martin, Mary Dearth, Margaret Winland, Anna Ward, and Mary Barrackman $25 each within one
year after my decease.
6. Jackson Baker is to have the place where he now lives containing about 70 acres at the north end of the 28th section.
7. I want Joseph Baker to have 30 acres.
8. I will and bequeath to Martin Baker, Jr. about 40 acres south of the tract donated to my son John, and he is to pay my son Benjamin Baker $100
within one year from my decease. He is to pay the doctor's bills.
9. I will to my wife all my personal property and money on hand after defraying funeral expenses.
Martin Baker, Jr. executor
James Smith and West. Sinclair - witnesses
Probated Aug. 15, 1857
[Note: Fedorchak comment. The plaintiffs charge in this suit that the last will and testament of Martin Baker should be declared invalid, as the said
Martin was of unsound mind due to old age and infirmity at the time he made it.]
(Source: Court of Common Pleas - Record Book 13, page 182, 1858 - first found in Fedorchak, unknown volume, page 96 - furnished by Ray Alfred Stewart)
(Source: "Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio," by Catharine Foreaker Fedorchak, Vol. X, p. 248-249)
[Note: It is interesting that son, Vincent, is not mentioned in the will. A son, Benjamin, is mentioned but researchers have not listed him as a son. QUESTION: Could Vincent and Benjamin have been the same person? Also a son, William is not mentioned in the will. REH]
EMIGRATION: Some of the Martin Baker children moved to Tyler Co., WV in 1871.
QUESTION: Who knows who they were?
RESEARCHER: Mr. Earl Carson, 718 Broadway, Flint, MI 48506, a descendant of this family, told Catherine Fedorchak that some of the older girls were children of a previous marriage, but he did not know the name of their mother, at at the time she was writing she had not uncovered that fact either. However the tombstone of Margaret Baker Winland shows that she was born circa Sept. 17, 1809, so Martin's first wife must have died after that date. Mr. Carson said that from the 2nd marriage, Martin had: 7 boys and 1 girl: Isaac - b. 1814; Vincent - b. 1816; Martin - b. 1818; Henry - b. 1822; Mary (Barrackman) - b. 1825; Jackson - b. 1828; John Farnsworth - b. 1832; and David - b. 1835. Both John F. and David were in the Civil War. The John F. Baker family went to Michigan about 1872.
(Source: Catherine Fedorchak, unknown volume, page 97 - furnished by Ray Alfred Stewart)