Baker Family Notes
Van Buren County Michigan


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Nicholas Hosner 1757- male b 1757 at Dutchess Co NY
Married Fanny ----- 1761- child Nicholas Hosner 1791- (#1344) (1: )

Fanny ----- 1761- female b 1761 at New York
married Nicholas Hosner 1757- (#1346) child Nicholas Hosner 1791- (#1344) (1: AFN)

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Nicholas Hosner 1791- (#1344) male b 1791 at Dutchess County New York
Father Nicholas Hosner 1757- m Fanny ----- 1761-
Married Hannah Conrad 1791- on c 1811 child Fannie Hosner Baker (1: AFN: 1W2S-419) (2: lived Monroe Co NY)

Hannah Conrad 1791- female b 1791 at New York marr Nicholas Hosner 1791- on c 1811 child Fannie Hosner Baker (1: AFN: 1W2S-42H)
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Richard Baker 1806-1890 (#62) male b 1806 at New York lived in Berrien and Van Buren Co Michigan.
d Oct 1890 at Porter Twp Van Buren Co MI marr Fannie Hosner (#63) female at NY at MI — Father: Nicholas Hosner 1791- m Hannah Conrad 1791-
Married Richard Baker 1806-1890 at NY at NY
child           Milo Baker 1836-1918 (#60)
          Ella Baker Fitzsimmons of Kalamazoo
                    (1: Son Milo born near Rochester 1836)
                    (2: Death Cert B-305 #901 Van Buren Co MI)

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Milo Baker 1836-1918 male b 03 Jul 1836 at near Rochester New York d 30 Aug 1918 at Van Buren Co MI
Father Richard Baker 1806-1890 Mother: Fannie Hosner
Married Harriet Myers 1838-1919 on 30 May 1859 at Antwerp Van Buren Co Michigan
Harriet Myers 1838-1919 (#61) female b 13 Apr 1838 at New York d 13 Sep 1918 at Van Buren Co MI
father Josiah A. Myers 1805-1884 (#64) m Mary -----1819- (#65) children 10
            1) Laura Baker b c 1860
            2) Mary Baker b c 1862
            3) Emma Baker b c 1865
            4) Fanny Baker b c 1866
            5) Amelia Baker b c 1868
            6) Rhoda Baker b 1861
            7) Alson R. Baker b c 1874 - 1942
            8) Minnie Baker b c 1877
            9) Eva Baker b 1879
          10) Dora Dellcena Baker Mort 1880-1960
(1: Obt S Haven Daily Tribune 4 Sep 1918) (2: Obit b July 3 1836) (3: Death Cert C-323 #8251)
(1880 Census Watervliet Berrien Co Michigan) (1: 1850 Census Waverly Twp Van Buren Co MI)
(2: aged 12 b NY lived next to Reuben Josiah and Merlin Myers)

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Alson R. Baker b c 1874 - 1942
Lula Bell Baker 1877-July 13, 1964
both buried in the Chambers Cemetery.


Dora Dellcena Baker Mort 1880-1960 female
Born 06 Nov 1880 at Geneva Township Berrien Co Michigan d 24 Oct 1960 at Columbia City Whitley Co IN
Father: Milo Baker 1836-1918 m Harriet Myers 1838-1919 (#61) marr on 12 Apr 1899 at Lacota MI
Thomas William Mort 1877-1961 (#12)b 25 Dec 1877 at Reed City MI d 02 Dec 1961 at Columbia City Whitley Co IN
father George Mort 1851-1925 mother Isadora Enola Ida 'Ida' Purkey
Form Details on the Mort Family Click Here. 8 Children:
          1) Ruth Mort
          2) Lawrence Mort
          3) Myrtle Dora Mort 1902-1989
          4) Lester Lavern Mort 1905-1989
          5) Earnest Mort
          6) Leo Mort
          7) Glenn Mort
          8) Garl Mort

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Richard Baker 1806-1890 Male b 1806 at NY died Oct 1890 at Porter Twp
Van Buren Co Michigan Marriages 1 m Fannie Hosner RN=63 at NY children 1 Milo
Baker 1836-1918 RN=60 1 Son Milo born near Rochester 1836 2 Death Cert
B-305 #901 Van Buren Co MI

Fannie Hosner Female b NY died AT Michigan Marriages 1 m Richard Baker
1806-1890 RN=62 at NY Widowed children 1 Milo
Baker 1836-1918 RN=60 1 died before Husband d 1890



From: Kathy Barrett—kathyb@iserv.net.

Josiah A. Myers 1805-1884 born 21 Sep 1805 Oneida Co NY
died 30 Apr 1884 County Home Fire Hartford, Van Buren Co. MI
Son of Josiah Myers Jr. 1788-1825 and Unknown Mother's Name c1778-1812
Marriage 1 to Mary ----- b. 1819 in New York State
Marriage 2 to Eunice A. Horton b 1837 New York married on 13 Apr 1859
Almena Twp Van Buren Co MI Children: 6
          1). Elizabeth Myers c 1835
          2) Hiram A. Myers 1836- (RN=1212)
          3) Mrs. S. Hosner (Mrs. Sylvester Hosner)
          4) Mrs Charles Thayer (Check as this may be the brother of Lydia (Thayer) Myers.
        +5) Harriet Myers Baker 1838-1919


            (1: Reports of county home fire 15 deaths)
            (2: Lists Josiah Myers as cause.)
            (3: 1846 to Michigan)
            (4: Phyllis Rennels)
            (5: Myers Family Assoc by Grace C. Keeler 1955 p1-10)
            (1: Husband was widower in 1884)
            (2: Van Buren Co Marr Liber A-226 marriage on 23 Apr 1859)
            (3: Witness to 1859 marriage were Nelson & Cynthia Horton of Almena, Michigan)
            Children: Elisabeth Myers b. abt 1835 NY; Hiram A Myers b. abt 1836, NY;
      Harriet Myers b. abt 1838, NY; Rhonda Myers b. abt 1841, NY; Sarah Myers
            b. abt 1846, NY; Mary J Myers b. abt 1849, MI

Harriet Myers 1838-1919 female
      born 13 Apr 1838 New York died 13 Sep 1918 Van Buren Co Michigan
      father Josiah A. Myers 1805-1884 mother Mary ----- 1819-
      Married Milo Baker 1836-1918 30 May 1859 at Antwerp Michigan.
      CHILDREN: at least 9 but only my grandmother listed here. (Stay tuned for updates).
      Dora Dellcena Baker 1880-1960
            (1: 1850 Census Waverly Twp Van Buren Co MI)
            2: aged 12 b NY lived next to)
            (3: Reuben Josiah and Merlin Myers)

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The Messenger
South Haven, Michigan
May 2, 1884

Hartford Items

And Tuesday night the County House and the building east of it burned
and fifteen of the inmates perished in the flames. Your correspondent was on the
gound Wednesday morning, but nothing definite could be learned as to the cause
of the fire. This will probably never be know or the amount of loss. Insured for
$10,000. Mr. Holmes was there looking after the saved and helpless paupers.
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The Messenger
South Haven, Michigan
May 9, 1884

      The following is a complete list of the victims burned in the poor house
last week. their age, and the towns to which they are accredited:
      James Baker, 50, Waverly
      James Johnson, 84, Bangor
      Benjamin Begardus, 53, Columbia
      Fred Elkenburger, 18, Decatur
      Caroline Shearer, 40, South Haven
      Peter Golden, 56, Harford
      Josiah Myers, 85, Bloomingdale
      Caroline Lang, 30, Covert
      Reuben Sargent, 74, Antwerp
      Elizabeth Curtis, 52, Columbia
      Debora Gravatt, 64, Bangor
      Thomas Sawyer, 70, Kal. Asylum
      Lovinia Bangor, age unknown, and her
            daughter Anna, aged 10
      The bodies were reduced to ashes nothing but crumbling bones being
taken from the ashes and in the case of one body, which the trunk alone remained.
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The Sentinal
South Haven, Michigan
May 3, 1884:

      One of the most heart-rending scenes ever presented to the people of this
county was enacted at the county farm at two o'clock Wednesday morning. At
that hour by one of the inmates the county house was discovered to be on fire and
in less than an hour it was a mass of smoldering ruins with the bodies of fourteen
of our pauper poor engulfed within. From the location of the flames at first it is
surmised that an inveterate smoker, Josiah Myers, had arisen from his bed to
enjoy an hour with his pipe and from his thoughtlessness the building took fire.
The total loss is estimated at $12,000, on which there was an insurance of $5,300.
Superintendent Cash and family barely escaped with their lives so rapid were the
flames. The building contained thirty five paupers and Superintendents W. W.
Hodge and Sam Holmes were thus left with twenty one entirely destitute people
with not so much as a shingle to cover them. Their especial fitness for their
positions is evidenced in the fact that arrangements were at once made for the care
of their charges in the cultural society building at Lawrence and they we already
more comfortable than many anticipated they could be. The dispatch announcing
the fire was delivered to Will Hodge about half past nine. He immediately
harnessed his Ned Allen trotter and before noon was on the farm attending to the
wants of the needy, Mr. Holmes having already arrived by train from Paw Paw. A
list of the dead are:

Henry Baker, liked by everybody and a county charge since before the present
      farm was purchased.
Benjamin Bogardus, aged 46, from Breedsville
Elizabeth Curtis, an insane woman.
Fred Eckenburger from Decatur, aged 19.
Peter Golden of Keeler.
Deborah (Debby) Gravatt, of Waverly, aged over 70, was seen trying to
get to the room of Caroline Shearer to assist her out, otherwise would
      have undoubtedly have escaped.
James Johnson, an Old sailor 88 years of age from Covert.
Caroline Long, aged 40 from Covert

      Josiah Myers of Geneva, 83 years of age and supposed to have been the
unwitting cause of the fire. Father of H. J. Myers and Mrs. S. Hosner of Geneva,
Mrs. Charles Thayer of Bloomingdale and Mrs. Milo Baker of Watervliet.
The
old gentleman was addicted to an excessive use of opium and tobacco and if not
watched would smoke his pipe while lying in bed. His children humored his
wishes and provided some comfort for him during his life there.
Benjamin Reynolds of Columbia, aged 46.
Caroline Shearer from Covert, aged 35, as sister of Henry Shearer of this
village, one of the kindest and best natured person ever on the farm as an inmate,
being very faithful in all instance.
Jonathon Sargent, of Waverly, over 70 years old.
Thomas Sawyer, an insane colored man recently from Kalamazoo asylum, being
cared for here to make room in the asylum for one of our insane.
Mrs. Lovina Williams and her eight year old daughter from Bangor, two of her
little boys escaping. The husband and father is now in the State house of
Corrections for ill treating the wife and children. Supt. Hodge had arranged to
send the little ones next week to the State School at Coldwater.
      Thirteen of the fourteen paupers were burned beyond recognition. Their
remains were gathered in one coffin and buried on the county grounds. The board
of supervisors have been notified to assemble and will undoubtedly at once take
step to provide further for the Necessities of those still living. Sheriff Van Auken
was prompt with his duties and is one of the best fitted men for an official that
there is in the county.

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The Tribune Messenger
South Haven, Michigan, Friday, September 18, 1908

Obituary

      Harriet Myers was born in New York, April 13, 1838. When she was
eight years of age her mother passed away and a few years later the family moved
to Michigan and settled in Bloomingdale Township, where some of them have
since lived. She was married May 20, 1859 to Milo Baker of Antwerp. To this
union ten children were born, nine girls and one boy, all of whom are living.
      In 1866, Mr. Baker and family, in company with Sylvester Hosner, moved
to Geneva and cut down the trees which made their first house. About 1878 the
family moved to Watervliet township in Berrien Co., where they lived until the
spring of 1887, when they moved back to their present home. Mrs. Baker's death
occurred Sunday evening, Sept. 13, being the first death in Mr. Baker's family
after an illness of one week.
      To know Mrs. Baker was to respect her, and in her death a large number of
neighbors have lost a friend. She leaves to remember her an aged husband, ten
children, one brother and one sister, twenty grandchildren and one great grand
child, besides a large friends.
      The funeral was held from the Chambers School house Tuesday Sept. 15 at
2 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in the Chambers Cemetery. Elder T. J.
Branch of Bangor officiated.

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South Haven Daily Tribune
South Haven, Michigan
Wednesday, September 8, 1918
Two Cents

      Lived in Michigan
            Since A Young boy

      Milo Baker was born near Rochester, New York July 3, 1836. He
departed this life Aug. 30, 1918. He came to Michigan with his parents when a
boy and settled in Texas Township Kalamazoo county. He was married May 20,
1859 to Harriet Myers who died Sept. 13, 1908. to this union, ten children were
born, all living to mourn his demise also twenty three grand children and one
sister Mrs. Ella Fitzsimmons of Kalamazoo. He has lived the remainder of his life
since leaving New York as a boy in Michigan where he has made scores of friends
and was beloved by all.
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I have the line of Hosner from Van Buren Cty, Michigan in my family as follows:

Nicholas Hosner, Jr. married Hannah Conrad/Conradt. Children:
          Henry died Otsego Cty, NY
          Abigail died Monroe Cty, NY (married Ostrander)
          Fanny unknown death (married Baker)
          Hiram died Van Buren Cty (married Barnes)
          Philander died Van Buren ( married Abigail ? and Griffin)
          Calvin died Van Buren (married Butler) this is my line
          Sylvester died Van Buren (married Meyers)

If interested in writing send to : Nancy Westenfield westenfield@maricopa.edu


1850 Census index of Van Buren Co Michigan:

Baker, Jno. R 324
Baker, Lucius 222
Baker, Orson M 296





BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912


Chester P. Baggerly.

Mr. Baggerly has been twice married. His first wife was a Miss Flora Van Auken, who died leaving one son, Hershel. The boy was educated at Clifton Springs, New York, where he graduated from the high school. He is now a farmer and resides on the old Baggerly estate with his wife, Lena Francis Baggerly. Both he and his father were born on this farm. The union of Mr. Chester Baggerly and Miss Ida B. Peters took place on February 7, 1901. Mrs. Baggerly was born in Yates county on February 4, 1855. She is the second in a family of four children, three of whom are now living. The brother Philip is a prosperous hardware merchant at Benton Harbor. He is married to Miss Ida Baker. Myrtle Peters became Mrs. F. F. Warren, of Hartford, Michigan, where her husband conducts one of the leading mercantile establishments.



BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

Andrew Baker.- A native of the state of New York, but a resident of Michigan from the age of eleven, Andrew Baker of Porter township, where he has for some years been identified with the farming industry, may be called a product of this state without impropriety. For it was here that he grew to manhood, obtained the greater part of his education and made all his preparations for the battle of life.
          Mr. Baker's life began in Wayne county in the great Empire state on August 14, 1846, and he came to Michigan in 1857 with his parents, Chauncey and Emmeline (Van Dosen) Baker, who were also natives of New York. For a time after his arrival in Michigan the family lived in Wayne county, but later moved to Van Buren county. Here the father bought land and began an enterprise in general farming and live-stock raising which he carried on until the time of his death, and which his son is still conducting on a part of the old homestead and some additional land.
          Of the seven children born in the family, Andrew and his twin brother Andrus, who died some years ago, came second. Of the other, Frank, the first born, is also deceased; and the seventh died in infancy. Those living now are Andrew; Hiram, an engineer on the Michigan Central Railroad; William, a resident of Lawton; and Sarah, the wife of Eaton Kronk of Antwerp township, this county.
          Andrew remained with his father until his death in 1903. The following year he went to Battle Creek, where he worked in a machine shop for six years, following which he returned to his former home, with the intention of devoting the remainder of his life to farming. Of his father's farm, twenty-six acres fell to him as his share, to which he added seventy-four acres by purchase, netting him one hundred acres in all. Since that time he has been occupied in the tilling of his farm and in a certain amount of stock raising, a fair measure of success attending his efforts in his agricultural endeavors.
          Mr. Baker is a Democrat in his political adherence, and has always been active in the interests of the party. His first interest, however, is the welfare of the community, regardless of party claims, and he has rendered excellent service to his town in the capacity of school director and treasurer. He is a communicant of the Methodist Episcopal church, and active in all departments of service with which that organization is connected.
          Mr. Baker has been twice married. First, on May 30, 1889, to Miss Julia Castener. Three children were born on their union, of which only the youngest, Myrtle, survives. She is the wife of Nelson Kynien of Battle Creek, Michigan. On June 12, 1895, the wife and mother passed away, and later the father remarried, his second wife being Esther Conklin, the widow of Samuel Conklin. Three children have been born of this marriage. The first died in infancy; the second, Nile, lives in Battle Creek and the third, Warren is a home with his parents

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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

Edwin A. Chase.- A citizen of very considerable prominence and public spirit in Van Buren county is Edwin A. Chase, a prosperous agriculturist and supervisor of Waverly township. He is a man of influence in public affairs and has brought about more than one good thing, while any public trust given into his hands is sure of such intelligent and conscientious attention as to redound to his credit and the honor and profit of the people.
          Edwin A. Chase is a native of the state of New York, his birth having occurred in Genesee county on September 2, 1848, his parents being Johnson and Almira (Baker) Chase. The birth of Johnson Chase was in Vermont and the mother was a New Yorker. They were married in New York and his the fall of 1864 came to Michigan and located on a farm nine miles from Paw Paw, where the father lived until his demise. The mother is still living (in 1911), a venerable lady approaching her ninetieth year. (She was born in 1824.) Mrs. Chase lives on the old homestead, just across the road from her son, E. A.Chase. She and her husband had six children, four of whom are living, namely: Edwin A.; Wallace F., of Waverly township; Albert L.; and Ella, the wife of Charles A. Fox. The father, by a previous marriage, had one daughter. . . ..
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

Arthur W. Haydon.- The subject of this text is one of the leading agriculturists of Van Buren county and is a native son and scion of one of the oldest and most highly respected of its families. He was born here April 22, 1844, and is the younger of two children born to Philotas and Mary A. (Broughton) Haydon. He is also the only survivor. His brother, Charles B., was a volunteer soldier at the time of the Civil war and gave up his live upon the battlefield in defense of the Union. The father was a native of Montgomery county, New York, where his birth occurred in the year 1810, and he removed to Vermont when but a boy. There he was reared to young manhood and engaged in agriculture. His advantages were meagre and he was for the most part self-educated. He married in the Green Mountain state, and came to Van Buren county in 1836 with his father-in-law. They purchased lands and the subject still possesses an ancient parchment deed. The first habitation was a rude log cabin and deer and wild turkeys were plentiful. For a long period everything was marketed at St.Joseph, where he hauled with ox teams, and then Kalamazoo became the market. At the time wheat sold at forty cents a bushel. The father was a very successful man and ere he died he accumulated more than a thousand acres of land in Hamilton township. He was an old-line Whig and cast his vote for the first Republican president. He and the subject took an active part in campaigns, the father being an able speaker. Mother Haydon was a native of Vermont and was reared to young womanhood in that state. Both she and her husband died in Hamilton township and here their remains are interred.
          Arthur W. Haydon is an active agriculturist and on of the well known stock breeders of the county. He has made a specialty of Merino sheep (Registered) and for the last twenty-five years has been a breeder of Percheron horses. He received his education in the common schools and in the Kalamazoo high school, completing the full course and graduating. He received a higher education being a member of the class of 1867 of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he pursued a scientific course. He came home at his father's death to assume charge of the estate, and thus did not quite finish his course. He is thoroughly progressive and keeps pace with the latest discoveries in the agricultural field.
          Mr. Haydon was united in marriage to Mary E. Baker, their union being solemnized on October 19, 1868, and is has resulted in the birth of two children, and infant being deceased. The daughter Ione is a home with her parents. She was educated in the high school of Decatur and is a member of the graduating class of 1891. Her father's alma mater became her own and she was graduated in 1896 from the University of Michigan. She is still a student of good books, in which, as Emerson says, she finds her best companionship.
          Mrs. Haydon is the representative of one of the well known families. She was born December 12, 1847, and is the daughter of Hiram and Hannah L. (Head) Baker. There were three children in her father's household, two being sons and one a daughter. Her brother Fred is one of the leading business men of Dowagiac, Michigan. Mrs. Haydon was a student in the Decatur high school. Her father, Hiram Baker, was a native of Andover, Allegany county, New York, and was an agriculturist. He was reared and educated in the Empire state and came to Michigan in 1853, Van Buren county being his objective point. Here he and his brother accumulated considerable property. He was a Jackson Democrat. His wife was a native of New York. The remains of both are interred in Keeler.
          When Mr. and Mrs. Haydon began life it was on the present estate and their home is known as "Shady Knoll." They have seven hundred and forty acres, all in this township, and the fine improvements thereupon have been achieved by the subject and his wife. The former is a Republican and his first presidential vote was cast for Grant. He is a "progressive" in his ideas. Both Mr. and Mrs. Haydon are believers in the Spiritualistic faith and meet with the society established in Hamilton township fully seventeen years ago. There are one or two meetings each year, when some of the leading lecturers of the faith appear before them.
          Mr. and Mrs. Haydon and their daughter are active members of the Hamilton Grange. There are seventy members. At one time there was a membership of over three hundred. The Grange Hall is located in the center of the township.
          Mr. and Mrs. Haydon are leading citizens and come from old and well-established families. They are held in highest esteem by all who know them and none are more worthy of recognition in the volume.
          The father of the subject was one of the most active Republicans in his locality and represented his people in the state legislature from 1844 to 1851, and in 1859 he held the office of state senator. He was supervisor of the township and this office was given into his keeping as long as he would hold it. He was a Christian gentleman in act and principle and did much for the furtherance of the general welfare. After the death of his first wife he married again, Miss Eliza Buck becoming his wife on October 24, 1880. A son and two daughters were born to them and the son and a daughter survive. F. Mortimer is a resident of Hamilton township, residing on the old estate and being engaged in agriculture. He married Frances Skinner. Addie M. is the wife of Dr. F.C. Williams, a resident of Syracuse, New York, and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is a very successful physician and surgeon. Dr. and Mrs. Williams have a son, Harold.

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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912 From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

Oscar Adams This sterling citizen of Van Buren county has passed the psalmist's span of three score years and ten, and more than half a century of his life has been passed in the county which is now his home and in which he is known and honored of men. He may well be designated as one of the pioneer citizens of the county and he has done his part in furthering its industrial and civic development and upbuilding, the while his earnest and well directed efforts as one the world's productive workers have not been denied a gracious fruition. He has long been known as one of the representative exponents of agriculture in Keeler township and his fine homestead well shows the thrift and good management that have brought to bear by him, the while he here finds himself surrounded by all that should compass old age. He is passing the gracious evening of his life in peace and prosperity and surrounded by friends that are tried and true and to whom his loyalty is inviolable. Such are the citizens whose careers merit special consideration in publications of this nature, and it will be a source of gratification to many residents of Van Buren county to find within these pages a brief review of the worthy life record of him whose name introduces this paragraph.
          Oscar Adams was born in Allegany county, New York, on the 22d of March, 1839, and is a scion of one of the staunch old families of the Empire commonwealth, which has given to Michigan so large and valuable a contribution, many of the early settlers of the southern part of the state, having come from New York, as the annals of Michigan well indicate, as so also names of towns, cities and villages which in their titles give honor to old homes in New York. Mr. Adams is the youngest in a family of three sons and two daughters born to Willard and Esther (Baker) Adams, and he is now the only surviving member of the immediate family. His father was born in Vermont and was a representative of one of the pioneer families of that state, as well as one established in New England in the colonial days, when that section was the matrix in which was cast so much of the early history of the nation. Willard Adams was reared to adult age in the old Green Mountain State, and after he had passed his legal majority he accompanied two of his brothers in migration to the state of New York. Owing to the exigencies of time and place he had received but limited educational advantages, but he had the intrinsic elements for the gaining of worthy success and made for himself a secure place in connection with economic industry. He acquired land in Allegany county, New York, where he reclaimed a productive farm and where he became a citizen of prominence and influence in his community. Upright in all the relations of life, industrious and God-fearing, his career was one marked by earnestness, sincerity and worthy accomplishment, as well as by temporal prosperity that was justly his due. In politics he was a Jeffersonian Democrat, he was affiliated with the Masonic fraternity. Esther (Baker) Adams was likewise a native of Vermont but was a child of seven years at the time the family removed to the state of New York, where she was reared to womanhood and where her marriage was solemnized. Her father, Thaddeus Baker, was graduated in a college in England and was a man of much ability, and he became one of the prominent pioneers of Allegany county, New York, He secured a tract of wild land in the southwestern part of that county and there developed a good farm. He found much requisition for his services as a skilled surveyor and was called upon to serve in various offices of public trust. He was for many years a justice of the peace and also served for a number of years as judge of the probate court of his county. Willard and Esther (Baker) Adams continued to reside in Allegany county until their death and both attained to venerable age.
          Oscar Adams was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm and his early educational advantages were limited to a somewhat irregular attendance in the common schools of his native county. When but fifteen years of age he manifested his youthful independence, self-reliance and ambition by severing the home ties and setting forth alone to seek his fortunes in Michigan. He made his voyage by lake steamer to Detroit and thence came on the Michigan Central Railroad to Decatur, Van Buren county, where he arrived in March, 1857, with his cash capital reduced to less than ten dollars. The venturesome lad was ready to turn his attention to any honest employment and he soon secured work on a neighboring farm, where he received fourteen dollars a month for his services, this being the first money he had ever earned in an independent way. For six years he continued to be thus employed as a farm hand,- in Hamilton and Keeler townships,- and for three years of this period he worked for Philotas Haydon, one of the well known pioneers of the county. He had carefully saved his earnings and at the expiration of six years he made his first purchase of land, securing one hundred and sixty acres, for which he paid one-fourth of the purchase price and assumed indebtedness for the remainder. The land was but slightly improved and he set himself vigorously to the task of metamorphosing the same into a productive farm. He has continued in possession of this during the long intervening years and the same constitutes his present homestead, which is recognized as one of the valuable farms of the county, with excellent improvements and with every evidence of thrift and prosperity.
          The first dwelling owned by Mr. Adams represented an expenditure on his part of the sum of twenty-four dollars. This was a wing of an old house and was transported to his farm by means of an ox team. At that time deer, wild turkeys and other native game were still plentiful, and he was enabled to add much to his larder from this source. His experience also compasses the use of the old-time cradle, which he has swung from sunny morn till dewy eve in the garnering of grain and he utilized the old-fashioned scythe in cutting hay, both kinds of products being raked up my hand. He has witnessed the marvelous development in agricultural machinery and implements and finds satisfaction in the use of modern improvements and facilities, though he ever reverts with pleasure to the "dear, dead days beyond recall," and appreciates the generous friendships and mutual helpfulness that marked the associations of the pioneer epoch. He still has in his possession one of the grain cradles of the old times and the same is worthy of preservation as a family heirloom. By the use of this primitive implement he made a record of cutting two and one half acres of grain in a day, and his memory constitutes a link between the pioneer past and the present era of opulent prosperity and manifold advantages. The first schoolhouse in the vicinity of his home was erected in 1858, and he drew the stone for the foundation of the same. He has used the goose-quill pen, prior to the manufacturing of steel pens, and has fashioned many of these quills for such use. As a boy he absorbed wisdom from Daboll's arithmetic, Kenyon's grammar and Town's spelling-book, and few of the present day remain to recall these early text-books.
          Within three years after the purchase of his farm Mr. Adams had labored industriously and had so carefully husbanded his resources that he could have met all indebtedness. He had borrowed money of his friend and former employer, Mr. Haydon, and he toiled and planned until he was able to pay back dollar for dollar, the while he was laying the secure foundation of future independence and prosperity. Hard work, integrity of purpose and fairness and honor in all things have characterized the career of this sterling pioneer, and he has not only won but also deserved success, as well as the high regard of his fellow men. In the stern school of experience and through self-discipline he has gained valuable lessons, and he is one of the well informed men of his county, taking a lively interest in its affairs and also in the questions and issues of the day. He has done his part in the furthering of enterprises and measures advanced for the general good of the community and is known as a broad-minded and public- spirited citizen. Mr. Adams cast his first presidential vote for Stephen A. Douglas, and his second was in support of the immortal Lincoln, but since that time he has been unwavering in his allegiance to the Democratic party. He served several years as justice of the peace of his township and for thirty-three years has been an official of his school district. He has shown deep interest in educational matters and has done much to forward the upbuilding of the public schools in the county that has so long been his home. He is a zealous and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church and has been earnest in its work. He assisted in the erection of the first church building in the vicinity of his home, and this was used by various religious faiths, without discrimination, tolerance and unity of spirit being in evidence and the cause of the Divine Master being held as the one essential. He has been an official member of the Methodist church at Keeler for many years, having served as one of its trustees and having been liberal in his contributions to the various departments of its work. He has thus shown a high sense of stewardship, as has he also in the daily walks of life, and this church is still open for the use of all denominations at funeral and other occasions. Mr. Adams' fine homestead is located nine mile distant from the city of Dowagiac Dan eight miles from Decatur. It comprises ninety acres and the attractive home is known for its generous hospitality, being a favorite rendezvous for a wide circle of friends whom he has "grappled to his soul with hoops of steel."
          Mr. Adams has been twice wedded. On the 16th of February, 1862, was solemnized his marriage to Miss Sarah Geer, who was born in born in Van Buren county, on the 2d of April, 1839, and who here passed her entire life, her death having occurred on the 20th of February, 1894. She was a member of one of the well known and honored pioneer families of Hamilton township and her life was one of loving consecration to home and family. Concerning the nine children of this union the following brief record is given: Isabelle B. is the wife of Fred H. Baker, who is one of the representative business men of Dowagiac, where he is one of the principal stockholders in the Colby Milling Company, and his wife is the owner of large land interests in Van Buren county as well as the owner of a landed estate of one thousand acres in Manitoba, Canada. Mrs. Baker was afforded excellent educational advantages, including a course in an excellent academic institution at Goshen, Indiana. Prior to her marriage she was a successful teacher in the schools of her home township and she is now a prominent factor in the leading social activities of the city of Dowagiac, being a woman whose culture has been enhanced by the extended travels which she and her husband have indulged through the various sections of the county. Oliver, the eldest of the sons, is one of the prosperous and progressive farmers of Keeler township, where he secured his early education in the public schools. He married Miss Nora Someral and they have five children- Wesley, Isabelle, Dorothy, Allen, and Oscar. Welsey L., the second son, is engaged in mining enterprises in Alaska and is located thirty-four miles distant from Fairbanks, that territory. He was afforded the advantages of the Northern Indiana Normal School, now known as Valparaiso University, and has been in Alaska since 1898. Deyo, the youngest of the children, is in active charge of his father's old homestead farm and in this connection he has shown an energy and judgment that have made him justify the name which he bears. He is a Republican in politics, and he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Miss Valorie Earl and they have one son, Maurice.
          On the 26th of March, 1869, Mr. Adams contracted his second marriage, having then been united to Mrs. Marcia (Buck) Beattie, who proves a most gracious chatelaine of their beautiful rural home. She was born and reared in Van Buren county, and is a daughter of the late Lucius E. and Celina (Wise) Buck, who came to this county from the vicinity of Geneseo, New York, and who here passed the residue of their lives, secure in the high regard of all who knew them. Mrs. Adams is a specially earnest and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church and is a woman of marked culture and social attractiveness. She has served as both president and vice president of the Thursday Literary Club, in the village of Keeler, and for twenty years prior to her marriage she was one of the valued and loved teachers in the public schools of her native county, where her circle of friends is coincident with that of her acquaintances. She is a pleasing public speaker and has been a popular factor in social and literary circles for many years. By her first marriage she became the mother of one child, Mrs. Nellie B. Sill, of Billings, Montana, and she has two daughters, Beatrice and Margarie. Since their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Adams have visited various sections of the Union, including the Pacific coast and the eastern states, and they have thus found both enjoyment and information, the while they have shown the proper recognition of the uses of such temporal prosperity as is theirs. Mr. Adams is a man of unassuming and thoroughly democratic bearing but his mind is a veritable storehouse of knowledge and mature judgment, with a specially large department from which may be drawn most interesting reminiscences touching the pioneer days in Van Buren county.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912


          Charles B. Molby An honorable farmer-citizen of Waverly township is Charles B. Molby, who has resided in this locality since boyhood and who, although leading a quiet life, has been a factor for good in the community, never failing to yield support and co-operation to any measure that has appealed to him as likely to be conducive to the public good. He has spent his life as a farmer and on his small, but well-improved farm of forty acres conducts successful operations in general farming.
          Mr. Molby is one of that large portion of the citizenship of Van Buren county, Michigan, which the section owes to the state of New York, his birth having occurred in Onondaga county, that state, February 2, 1857. He is the only child of Benjamin and Betsy (Stanley) Molby, both likewise natives of New York. They came to Van Buren county in 1866, when the subject was less than ten years old, and here resided until their demise, that of the father taking place on February 19, 1906, and that of the latter in June 1881. Benjamin Molby, whose death removed from the community a venerable and esteemed citizen, was a Democrat in politics and a Spiritualist in religious conviction. During his active career he pursued the occupation of a carpenter, joiner and farmer.
          Charles Molby received his education in the public schools and under the preceptorship of his father became well versed in the many secrets of seed time and harvest. When his school days were concluded he gave his time to the great basic industry and has ever since remained thus engaged. He secured his present farm December 17, 1903.
          Mr. Molby laid the foundations of a home of his own when on October 27, 1878, he was united in marriage to Amelia Palmer, daughter of Harvey and Aurilla (Baker) Palmer. She was born in Genesee county, New York, November 7, 1855, and came to this county with her parents when only about ten years old. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Molby has been blessed by the birth of two daughters. Mertie is the wife of Ivan Sergeant and her two children, Ima J. and Boyd C., entitle the subject to the distinction of grandfather. Kitty Christine is the wife of John Weiner.
          In politics Mr. Molby is independent, giving his support to what he esteems the best man and the best measure and deeming partisanship a secondary consideration. Fraternally he is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors and in each carries a thousand dollars insurance.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          Isaac W. Van Fossen The venerable and venerated patriarch to whom these paragraphs are dedicated and the story of whose long and highly useful life they briefly chronicle, entered upon the great field of newspaper work at the age of sixteen and continued in it until long after he passed the meridian of life. During the extended period of his connection with that spectacular and sparkling line of human endeavor our country expanded and grew in power and importance as nothing in human history has ever done. It planted new commonwealths of vast expanse and almost boundless resources where but a little while before the Red Man roamed, the panther leaped, the deer disported, in a security that was undisturbed save by the ravages of one upon another. While it was passing, too, opposing political theories and their advocates were making history on our soil with the elevation of Man, the betterment of the race, as the prize of the contests.
          The hereditary lord of the soil, although for the greater part of the time sullenly accepting his fate, occasionally rose against the advancing civilization, and our people had to reduce him to subjection, sometimes at a great sacrifice of life and treasure. The majestic march of mind, the advance of science and art, the progress of discovery and invention, the expansion of education for lofty and lowly, and all the other concomitants of a militant and strident civilization kept pace with the flight of time and the sequence of events. And throughout the whole of it Mr. Van Fossen was in touch with the leading thought and some of the leading actors in the great progressive performances. His life is like a mighty bridge, spanning a wide, swift current of running water. Its one abutment rests on the undeveloped condition of the country and its simplicity in life during our earlier days; and the other, when it shall have been completed- for he is still among us- will have its base in the full flower of fruitage of our twentieth century advancement and all that is involved therein.
          Mr. Van Fossen was born at Livonia, Livingston county, New York, on July 24, 1826, and is the son of Isaac and Mary (Codding) Van Fossen, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New York. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom only Isaac W. and his brother Thomas D., of Springfield, Missouri, are living. The father and his elder brother, John, owned large mills at Livonia, New York, and were the most prominent men in that locality. Through the failure of banks in 1829 they lost their business and property and then came to Michigan. After a prospecting tour of the wild western territory, which was to be his future home and that of his family, the father returned east and reported conditions and prospects. In 1831 he and his brother William, who lived in Ann Arbor, purchased a section of land where Concord, in Jackson county, Michigan, now stands. He was still in the east and from there shipped the machinery for a new mill to his brother William, who had moved to the new section on Kalamazoo river. In 1833 the family came to this state, where he had erected a new log house, journeying by way of the Erie canal to Buffalo, and thence over Lake Erie by steamboat to Detroit. On their arrival in the Detroit river they found it full of Indian canoes, the day of their arrival being one on which the Indians received their annual allowance of money and presents from the government. The family secured horses and wagons in Detroit and then made the journey overland to their new home in Jackson county, a distance of ninety-five or a hundred miles, as the crow flies, and the greater part of it through an almost unbroken wilderness in which there were no conveniences of travel.
          Isaac W. Van Fossen, who was then about seven years of age, stopped with an uncle at what is now Ann Arbor, and which received its name in honor of his uncle's wife, Ann Van Fossen. As soon as the family was settled in its new home the brothers bestirred themselves to get things in order for the beginning of their business as millers. William had already begun damming the Kalamazoo river at Concord to get power for the mill and as soon as the dam was completed and the mill erected operations were begun in a new industry which was soon appreciated as one of the greatest conveniences and benefactions of the region.
          Mr. Van Fossen's mother died on November 30, 1839, but his father lived to the age of eighty-seven. He remained at home, aiding in breaking up the farm with ox teams and with the other farm work, until the death of his mother. He then took up his residence with a relative, Mr. Morgan, who lived at Homer in the adjoining county of Calhoun. From Homer he went a few months later to Spring Arbor, riding a two-year old colt as his means of transportation. He worked at Spring Arbor about eighteen months, then move to Jackson, where he secured employment in a window and other woodwork factory for a short time. Here his newspaper career began. He got into the office of the Jackson Democrat, George W. Raney, editor and proprietor, as an apprentice, and remained in connection with the paper three years, having his home with his employers.
          They sold the paper to Messrs. Story and Cheney, proprietors of the Jackson Patriot, and Mr. Van Fossen worked for them two years. His father owned a mill in Waterville, Ohio, and he went there on a visit. For about a year and a half he worked on the Maumee City Times and after that his engagements on newspapers were numerous. He was on the Toledo Blade, and later on the Detroit Advertiser. During the campaign of 1848, when General Cass was the Democratic candidate for the presidency, he worked on the Jackson Patriot. While working on the last one named he wrote an Indian story dealing with events in the history of the Ottawa and Pottawattomie tribes, which had been at war between themselves. The story made a great hit, for the war between the Indians had excited universal interest at the time.
          During his wanderings Mr. Van Fossen attended school at odd time, when he had the chance, and kept on improving his education. On one occasion he rode from Jackson to Lansing on horseback, stopping over night at Mason. There he found a gentleman who had a Washington iron hand printing press, but did not know how to set it up. Mr. Van Fossen put it in working order for him and it was soon thereafter dispensing the news and keeping the people enlightened. At the request of Messrs. Story & Cheney, of Jackson, his old employers, he went to Leslie, Ingham county, and took charge of a publication to secure the "Tax List," of that county and was successful. The material and appliances he had to work with were very crude, but he did the best he could with them, as he had always done under all circumstances, no matter what the difficulties.
          While living in Jackson he was first corporal of the Jackson Light Guards for six years, and was then promoted quartermaster of the Eighteenth Brigade, Ninth Division, of the Michigan Militia, now known as the Michigan National Guard. During a session of the state legislature in 1852 (December 23) he began working on the State Journal, published in Lansing, Michigan, by Hedges & Peck, state printers. He remained with this paper and after the legislature adjourned the assisted in getting out the reports of the work of the legislature during that session as one of the three compositors who were chosen. A position was offered him in Detroit by Bagg, Patten & McDonald, printers, book-sellers and dealers in stationery. Here he had charge as foreman of the book and job office. While here, on November 5, 1853, he joined the Detroit Typographical Union and is today its oldest living member.
          He remained with the concern until June, 1854. At that time John R. Baker, the district attorney of Van Buren county, arrived in Detroit, having been sent there by the business men of Paw Paw to secure a man to take charge of the Paw Paw Free Press, which they had recently bought from S. T. Conway. Mr. Baker had been a student with Mr. Patten and he laid the situation before him, and he immediately recommended Mr. Van Fossen for the place and granted him leave of absence to come to Paw Paw and look into the situation. He did so, and as a result of what he saw he, in June, 1854, moved to the village and bought the paper and office.
          The Free Press was at that time the organ of the Democratic party and the only paper published in the county then in the control of the political situation in Van Buren county, but in 1855 the state passed into the hands of the Republicans and Mr. George W. Fitch, of Kalamazoo, was induced to send a printer-lawyer named Butler to Paw Paw to edit and print what was then and is still known as The True Northerner, and which was at once given the political and official patronage of the political party then coming into power.
          Mr. Van Fossen still continued and being a thoroughly practical man, his business increased and at the end of six months he was compelled to put in another press to take care of his increased business and job printing. In 1858 his office was destroyed by fire, but he succeeded in saving his newspaper files and books and immediately bought new material and continued the paper some months later. This continued until 1875, when he sold the paper to Landphear & Matthews, after which he went to Florida and assisted in establishing a new Democratic paper, The Pensacola Advance. He then returned to Paw Paw, where in the meantime had been formed a central Greenback club, which had begun the publication of a paper-The Michigan Independent- but it had not been a remarkable success and was discontinued. He was solicited to buy an office and start a new paper, which he did on June 1, 1880, called the Paw Paw Herald, and this he continued to publish until December 31, 1889. He then retired from the publication of this and later published for a while a campaign paper called the "People's Alliance" for Sullivan Cook, the editor, of Hartford, Michigan. He also operated a job office up to 1902, when he sold out and retired from active business. His newspaper career covers a period of fifty years, in which time he has seen many advances and reverses in the course of his connection with it, and has established himself firmly in the esteem of newspaper men wherever he and his work are known.
          Mr. Van Fossen purchased his present residence and was married on June 23, 1858, to Miss Irene P. Simmons, the first white girl born in Paw Paw, then called the town of Lafayette, and by this union he became the father of three children, namely: Zell, who died in infancy; Vern, who is a dentist and living at home; and Rena R., who is a school teacher in Rossville, Illinois. The father was an ardent Greenbacker in the day when the Greenback issue was a prominent one in our politics, and he still adheres to the doctrines of the party. For some years he had not been active in political matters, but he still retains all his old- time interest in public affairs. In 1858 he was appointed deputy United States marshal for the District of Michigan by U.S. Marshal John S. Bagg. In 1866 he was made Department Collector of Revenue for the Second District. In 1884 he was nominated by the Greenback and Democratic parties for the State Senate, in opposition to C. J. Monroe, Republican, and was defeated by a small majority.
          Fraternally he is a Freemason, having been initiated in the Jackson Lodge, No.17., on February 8, 1849, and soon thereafter took the R.A.M. degrees. When he became a resident of Paw Paw he took a demit from the Jackson lodge and joined at Paw Paw, July 15, 1855, and from the chapter in 1860. He holds the rank of past high priest in his chapter and is the only charter member now living. He also was a member of Peninsular Commandery, Knight Templars, of Kalamazoo. His religious connection is with the Episcopal church.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          Wesley N. Longcor Starting out in life, in the effort to work himself up in the world, as a soldier in the defense of the Union near the close of the Civil war, and thus laying on the alter of his country as a votive gift of patriotism all the energies of his late youth and dawning manhood, Welsey N. Longcor, of Porter township, Van Buren county, Michigan, began his career in a way that was highly creditable to him and gave assurance of the true mettle of his spirit; and since the close of the great conflict, of which he saw only the expiring agonies, devoting himself to earnest work in the still greater field of productiveness in peaceful pursuits, with profit to himself and benefit to the community around him, he has amply redeemed that promise and kept up the standard of his own usefulness and the sterling worth of the citizenship amid which he was reared.
          Mr. Longcor has passed the whole of his life to the present time (1911), except the term of his military service, among the scenes and associations which now surround him. He was born in Porter township, this county, on September 12, 1844, and here he grew to manhood and obtained his education. Here he also acquired a knowledge of the trade at which he worked for a time and of the duties in which he is now engaged. He is a son of Dean and Caroline (Finch) Longcor, natives of the state of New York, who came to Michigan in 1843 and took up their residence in Porter township.
          For some time after his arrival in this county the father worked as his trade as a carpenter, then yielding to the presiding genius of the region and turned farmer. He bought one hundred and twenty acres of land, all of which he cultivated for a few years, then sold forty, retaining eighty for his own use, and on this he passed the remainder of his days, dying in 1880. The mother lived twenty years longer, passing away in 1900. Five children were born of their union, Wesley, being the third in the order of birth, and three of them are now living, Wesley and his brothers James and Alonzo. Their two sisters, Sarah and Mary, have been dead several years. James resides in Portage township, Kalamazoo county, and Alonzo in Fremont, Newago county, this state.
          Wesley N. Longcor attended the district school near his home during boyhood and early youth, and assisted his father at the carpenter's trade and on the farm as soon as he was old enough. By this means he gained a knowledge of the trade, and after leaving school worked at it about one year. In February 1865, he enlisted in Company H, Twelfth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Joseph I. Follett. The war was drawing to a close, and he did not see much active service, although he remained in the army about thirteen months, being discharged at Camden, Arkansas, in March 1866, and mustered out at Jackson, Michigan.
          He at once returned to his Van Buren county home and gave his attention to farming. IN 1875 he bought eighty acres of land in Porter township, but soon afterward sold this tract and purchased the parental homestead, which was then a tract of eighty acres. On this farm he has dwelt ever since, and here he has experienced many of the blessings and some of the deepest sorrows of his life. From this farm he buried his father and mother, and on this farm he has won success and substance in a worldly way and consequence and esteem among the people as a citizen. He is engaged in general farming, and manages his operations with such judgment and skill that he has an excellent reputation as a farmer, and his place and its productiveness prove that he deserves his standing as such.
          On September 17, 1870, Mr. Longcor married Miss Elizabeth Castner, a daughter of George R. and Julia (Baker) Castner, natives of New York state, who came to Michigan in 1863, and here reared to maturity five of their eight children, four of whom are now living: James, who dwells in Porter township, this county; George R., Jr., who is a resident of Hood River, Oregon; Mrs. Longcor, the sixth in order of birth; and Wesley, also a resident of Porter township. The other children of the household were John, who gave his life in defense of the Union and died amid the horrors of the Confederate military prison at Andersonville; and Sophia, Amanda and Julia. Mr. and Mrs. Longcor have had four children: Cora, who is the wife of Fred B. King, of Albion, Michigan; Herman, who died in childhood; Fermer, who is the wife of W. J. Alley, of Clare county, Michigan; and Caroline, the wife of Gaines M. Finch, who is living at home with her parents. The father is warmly attached to the Republican party in political affairs and gives it his ardent support in all its campaigns. He has commended himself to its leaders and its rank and file by his zeal and loyalty and the value of his services, and to the people generally by his ability and progressiveness, and he has been called to administrative duties as township treasurer for a term of two years and as school director for many years. Fraternally he is allied with the Grand Army of the Republic. His interest in that organization is cordial, and his hand is ever open of its service.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          Lewis Palmer. The great Empire state has contributed in large measure to the settlement of Van Buren county, Michigan, a remarkably large number of its settlers having been born within the boundaries of that state, or in not they--their forefathers. One of this number is that well known citizen, Lewis Palmer, who is engaged in farming, fruit-growing and stock raising and whose one hundred forty advantageously disposed acres are situated in Waverly township. The scene of his birth was Monroe county, New York, and its date April 21, 1852. He is the son of Harvey and Orilla (Baker) Palmer, both likewise natives of the state of New York. The latter was born and reared in Genesee county. These worthy people followed the tide of migration to the northwest, their arrival in Michigan being in the year 1856. They were sufficiently impressed by the desirability of Waverly township to locate within its boundaries and there have resided for the reminder of their lives. The father passed to the Great Beyond in 1880, but his cherished and devoted wife survives and is of very advanced age, her birth having occurred on August 31, 1826. They were the parents of seven children, and of this number five are still living (in 1911), as follows: Harriet, wife of James Dillion; Lewis; Amelia, wife of C. B. Molby; Henry, of Waverly township, and Mary L., wife of Calvin Dolbee.
          Lewis was a child of four years of age when he came with his parents to Michigan. Here he was reared and educated in the common schools and here he has ever since resided. When he arrived at the time when a young man chooses a vocation he decided upon agriculture, and to this he has successfully devoted his energies. He has paid particular attention to horticulture and also to stock-raising, and his product in both lines is excellent.
          On January 26, 1888, Mr. Palmer established an independent household, the lady to become his wife being Flora Speicher. Mrs. Palmer was born upon the very farm upon which she and husband still live, on October 12, 1860, and is the daughter of Aaron and Louisa (Riehl) Speicher, both natives of Pennsylvania. When Aaron Spicier came to Michigan he purchased the farm upon which his son-in-law now lives and here he lived until his demise. Mrs. Palmer received her education in the district schools. To their union have been born three children, one of whom died in infancy and one at the age of thirteen years. Jesse Irene, born December 7, 1889, is a graduate of the eighth grade school and of the Bloomingdale high school and is now a student in the Western State Normal school, preparing for teaching.
          Mr. and Mrs. Palmer are both members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He belongs to Bloomingdale Lodge, No. 161, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and she to the Bloomingdale Chapter of the Eastern Star. In Mr. Palmer's political faith he is in harmony with the men and measures of the Republican party, but his interest is of the sort which merely desires good government and he is not lured by the honors and emoluments of office into office seeking.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          Lester E. Osborn.- Among the native-born sons of Van Buren county, Michigan, is Lester E. Osborn, whose citizenship is of that stanch and admirable type which has made this section so progressive and prosperous that it is widely noted for these qualities. The name of Osborn is well known hereabout and he whose name inaugurates this review is distinguished not only for his own record as a man and a citizen, but from the honored ancestry from which he is descended. He was born in Hamilton township on August 1, 1854, and is the eldest member and only son in a family of four born to Stephen and Maria (Tyron) Osborn. At the present time all the children survive. Lillie is the wife of H. A. Beardsley, and agriculturist and a resident of Decatur. Lucy is the wife of Charles Harris, a prosperous agriculturist of Hamilton township; and Lora is married to John Ingram, an engineer in the great Sheffield works of Three Rivers, Michigan.
          The father of the subject was a native of Allegheny county, New York, and was an agriculturist. He attended school in an old log school house in the Empire state and was of the self-made type. When he was a lad he came with his parents to Van Buren county, Michigan, making the journey by wagon in pioneer style. When the Osborns arrived in the Wolverine state wolves, deer and wild turkeys were plentiful and the traces of the redman had by no means been obliterated. The father entered land from the government and became prosperous. All his life he was loyal in his support of the principles of Jackson Democracy. He was well-known, a man of strong character and of influence in the community. In the early days he had sixteen yoke of oxen and with them broke the virgin soil. Both he and his wife were members of the Disciple church. He took great interest in improving public school conditions and he was at the forefront in other progressive work. His wife was a native of Michigan and a woman of great ambition and industry. Both are interred in the Hamilton cemetery, where beautiful stones are erected sacred to their memory.
          Mr. Osborn, immediate subject of this review, was reared in old Van Buren county and was educated in the common school and the Paw Paw high school. He has devoted all his activities to agriculture. At the age of twenty he earned his first wages, twenty dollars a month and until the demise of the beloved parents, to which he had ever devoted, he resided beneath the home roof. At the death of the father, Erastus Osborn, of whom a mention is made on other pages, was appointed administrator and the two worked the homestead on shares. At the age of twenty-four the subject wedded Miss Rena Gage, their union being on April 28, 1878. To them have been born two sons and two daughters. Adah M. is the wife of Charles Lindsley, a resident of Bangor township, who operates the Smiley farm. Their daughter, Lucille Belle, is in school. Mrs. Lindsley was educated in the common schools and previous to her marriage was a music teacher. V. Belle became the wife of Claude Sterns, son of Z. Sterns, one of the pioneers of Van Buren county. She was educated in the common schools. Her husband is one of Hamilton township's prosperous young farmers. Leroy S. is a resident of Keeler township and an agriculturist. He married Miss Bessie Rathburne. He was educated in the common schools. Hugh D. is a resident of Dowagiac and is engaged as an iron moulder. He took as his wife Miss Lucille Baker, a school teacher, and they have a little daughter, Irma.
          Mr. and Mrs. Osborn have given their children good practical eductions and fitted them for honorable lives and they have become honorable citizens and a credit to their parents. Mrs. Osborn was born in Cass county, Michigan, February 11, 1860, and she is the eldest of two children, both daughters, born to Van Oraman and Zilpha (Langley) Gage. Both are living and Mrs. Osborn is the elder. Her sister, Alpha M., is the widow ow William Scoby, a resident of Battle Creek and they have one daughter, Edith, who was the wife of Theodore Shaw, and is now an actress in Chicago. Mrs. Shaw was educated in the Hastings high school. The father Gage was a native of Cattaraugus county, his birth having occurred in 1832 and his death in 1869. He was only a boy when his parents came to Cass county, Michigan. He received a good education, a part of which was received in the Ypsilanti Normal School. His occupation was that of a practical farmer and horticulturist and he was distinguished for unusual mentality. In politics he was a Republican and cast his vote for the first nominee of the party. He died in Berrien county. His wife was a native of Wisconsin, born August 16, 1839, and still living at Battle Creek. She is a woman beautiful in face as well as in character and mind. She has long been a useful member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
          Mrs. Osborn was a little girl of but four years of age when she became a resident of Berrien county. She has spent the greater part of her life, however, in Hamilton township, and in its schools secured her education. She possesses a most pleasing personality and her home is her paradise. She has ably reared her family and is, indeed, in the words of Longfellow,
          "A noble type of good
          Heroic womanhood." Mr. and Mrs. Osborn moved onto this present place in 1897. It is known as "Oak Grove Homestead." The subject has ever been a Republican, nationally and locally, and he casts his vote for the men he believes best suited for the office. He is a public spirited man and his sixteen years' service as school director has been of value to the community.
          To conclude, Mr.and Mrs. Osborn stand high in the neighborhood, where they command universal respect. They have reared an honorable and upright family and happy indeed is the old home when children and grandchildren congregate at such seasons as Christmas and Thanksgiving. The record of their worthy lives is indeed good material for the perpetuation in the History of Van Buren County, Michigan.

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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          ohn P. Goss,- After a long and useful career in Bangor township, Van Buren county, during which he was busily engaged in developing the land from the raw timber, John P. Goss, an honorable veteran of the Civil war, is now living in comfortable retirement in his beautiful home in the village of Bangor. Mr. Goss is a notable example of the good, practical agriculturist who so arranges his affairs as to be able to spend the last years of his life in the enjoyment of the fruits of his early labors, and he is a welcome addition to the public-spirited citizens of the village, who recognize in him a man of superior abilities and honest principles. John P. Goss is a good product of the Buckeye state, having been born in Portage county, May 29, 1841, a son of Ormond and Roby (Haven) Goss, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Vermont.
          Mr. Goss' parents were married in the state of Ohio, and came to Michigan in 1854, settling in Bangor township and taking up wild land. Here the father was engaged in farming for many years, accumulating eight hundred and thirty acres of land before he died, and also operated a hotel at Paw Paw for three years. They were the parents of six children, namely: Henry, Ruth, Anson, Frederick, Polly and John P.
          John P. Goss who is the only survivor of this parents' children, was reared to the life of an agriculturist and received his education in the district schools of Ohio and Michigan. At the age of eighteen years he began farming on his own account, and so continued until his enlistment, September 17, 1861, in Company C, Third Michigan Cavalry, under Captain Hudson, serving with that organization until February 12, 1866, when he was discharged at San Antonio, Texas, and received his muster out a Kalamazoo, Michigan. During a long and strenuous service Mr. Goss participated in many hard-fought battles, including New Madrid, Iuka, Corinth and the first and second battle of Grenada, and during his entire service he displayed traits of bravery, faithfulness and cheerfulness that endeared him to his comrades and made him respected by his officers. After being mustered out of the service Mr. Goss returned to Bangor township, where he purchased eighty acres of farming land, and to this he added from year to year until he owned two hundred and thirty acres of fine property, all devoted to general farming and stock-raising. In 1899, feeling that he had earned a rest from his strenuous activities, Mr. Goss rented his land and located in the village of Bangor, where he has a fine home.
          On March 6, 1864, Mr. Goss was married to Miss Harriet Wood, daughter of Mason and Adeline (Mason) Wood, natives of New York, who came to Michigan in 1836 and settled in Jackson county. Two years later Mr. and Mrs. Wood came to Bangor township, where they purchased one hundred Dan sixty acres of land, and there they continued to live the rest of their lives, Mr. Wood passing away April 25, 1853, and his widow April 2, 1888. They had a family of five children, as follows: Daniel M., who is deceased; Harriet, who married Mr. Goss; Polk and Dallas, twins; and Maria, the wife of Hiram Baker, of Lebanon, Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Goss have had two children: Mason O., who resides on the old homestead in Bangor township; and Edna M., who married Jay Lafler, of Geneva township.
          Mr. Goss has always been a great friend of education, and for twenty-two years served as a member of the school board in Bangor township, where his fellow citizens also elected him to the office of highway commissioner. Politically he is a stanch Democrat, and he takes an active interest in the success of his party in Bangor and is considered an influential worker in the ranks of the organization. He is a popular comrade of the Grand Army of the Republic, an enthusiastic member of the local Grange, and a consistent attendant of the Christian church.
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BIOGRAPHIES OF VAN BUREN CO., MICHIGAN RESIDENTS in 1912
From A HISTORY OF VAN BUREN COUNTY MICHIGAN
By Captain O. W. Rowland Volume II Published by The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1912

          C. F. Hosmer.-In the life and career of C. F. Hosmer, one of the substantial business citizens of Mattawan, Michigan, there is to be found much to encourage the youth of this generation, and no better example could be placed before the ambitious young men of today of success finally gained after the most disheartening discouragement's. Starting in life as the proprietor of a small business establishment, he worked his way up to a point where success seemed just in reach, only to have his years of labor destroyed with a single hour, and when, nothing daunted, he had reached comfortable circumstances for a second time, his earnings were again lost through no fault of his own. With the courage and perseverance that have been the foundation for the fortunes of all successful business men, he made a new start, and now may be ranked among the substantial men of this community and a factor to be reckoned with in the business world.
          Mr. Hosmer was born July 18, 1856, in Edwards, St. Lawrence county, New York, and is a son of Charles and Lura (Church) Hosmer, natives of Vermont. Mr. Hosmer's father, who was a mechanic, came to Michigan in 1865, and there he resided at Coopersville until his death in 1889, his widow surviving him until 1898. They had two children: C. F. and Sherman E., the latter of Ottawa county, Michigan. C. F. Hosmer remained in Coopersville until 1879, in which year he was married, and then engaged in the mercantile business, which he continued to conduct until 1894. In that year he started the first grocery in Coopersville, but on July 22, 1898 a fire destroyed his entire stock, and he subsequently went to Hammond, Indiana, where he was in the same business for one year. Returning to Coopersville, in 1900 he embarked in the milling business which he continued for four years, and in 1904 came to Mattawan and bought the general merchandise stock of W. C. Mosier, and was successfully engaged in business until December, 1908, when he was again wiped out by fire. He then started a general merchandise store, which he later sold to Ryan Brothers, and in 1909 went to Rockford, Michigan, and formed a partnership with E. L. Prichard in the grocery business, but during August of that year sold out and went to Lowell, where he was interested in the same line. In February, 1910, Mr. Hosmer returned to Mattawan, and here he has since carried on a successful general merchandise establishment. Mr. Hosmer is a man who makes friends easily and keeps them a lifetime; he is enterprising and progressive in his ideas and is quick to recognize an opportunity and to grasp it; and his inherent business ability has never been questioned, but all of these would have counted for naught were it not for the fact that he has never allowed himself to be discouraged, no matter how dark the outlook, nor how great have been his misfortunes. He has gone steadily forward, rebuilding his fortune each time it has been swept away, showing an indomitable spirit that refuses to be broken, and earning the respect and esteem of his fellow men by the very earnestness of his endeavors.
          On March 29, 1879, Mr. Hosmer was married to Miss Effie Dickinson, who died December 22, 1903. On January 26, 1905, he was married to Jennie Meredith. There have been no children to either union. Mr. Hosmer is a popular member of the F. and A. M. and the I. O. O. F., and in his political views takes an independent stand.


Van Buren Co Marriages William Henry Baird Angeline R. Baker Van Buren 03 Apr 1866 ANDREW W BAKER MARGERIT ANN HODGES VAN BUREN 01 DEC 1865 ANGELINE R BAKER WILLIAM HENRY BAIRD VAN BUREN 03 APR 1866 BENCH N BAKER ANN ROBINS VAN BUREN 11 SEP 1881 CAROLINE O BAKER ALEXANDER DOBSON VAN BUREN 30 NOV 1873 CHARLES T BAKER ADELIA M NUTTING VAN BUREN 03 MAR 1858 CHARLES W BAKER ELIZA W CHAMBERLAIN VAN BUREN 04 JUL 1872 CHARLES W BAKER HARRIET C GORHAM VAN BUREN 01 DEC 1867 CHARLES W BAKER LILLIE SCOTT VAN BUREN 06 JUL 1884 CHARLES WESLEY BAKER ELLA RUSSELL VAN BUREN 18 MAR 1868 CLARA F BAKER JOHN R CONKLIN VAN BUREN 29 NOV 1879 DANIEL G BAKER MARY HULINGS VAN BUREN 02 APR 1866 DANIEL G BAKER EMELINE ORR VAN BUREN 29 MAR 1864 DELIA L BAKER ROBERT S VANKEUREN VAN BUREN 26 NOV 1866 DIANEY BAKER EDWIN H PHILPS VAN BUREN 04 AUG 1867 EDWARD H BAKER HARRIET WALLACE VAN BUREN 13 APR 1862 ELLA C BAKER CHRISTOPHER FITZSIMMONS VAN BUREN 16 JUL 1876 EMMA ESTELL BAKER GABRIEL FRANCIS DAYE VAN BUREN 04 MAR 1877 EMMA ESTELLA BAKER GABRIEL FRANCIS DAGE VAN BUREN 04 MAR 1876 EMMA J BAKER PERRY J PACKARD VAN BUREN 05 MAR 1882 EMMA L BAKER? GEORGE A BAKER VAN BUREN 27 NOV 1882 EUGENE E BAKER ELLA E HOPE VAN BUREN 01 DEC 1879 FRANCES BAKER WILLIAM H KNERL VAN BUREN 11 NOV 1877 FRANKLIN BAKER CARLISTA SALISBURY VAN BUREN 29 JUN 1864 GEORGE A BAKER EMMA L BAKER? VAN BUREN 27 NOV 1882 GEORGE L BAKER EMMA C ANDREWS VAN BUREN 03 JUL 1879 HANNAH BAKER JAMES OSTRANDER VAN BUREN 27 NOV 1864 HANNAH BAKER JEFFERSON G OSTRANDER VAN BUREN 13 MAY 1860 HANNAH M BAKER SAMUEL P JOHNSON VAN BUREN 09 APR 1868 HARRIET BAKER WILLIAM RAYNOLDS VAN BUREN 04 JUL 1866 HATTIE BAKER CHARLES BUCK VAN BUREN 13 SEP 1873 HELMES BAKER SARAH F OLDS VAN BUREN 05 FEB 1871 HIRAM BAKER NANCY M DOUGLASS VAN BUREN 19 MAR 1871 HIRAM BAKER SARAH M WOOD VAN BUREN 19 OCT 1871 HIRAM T BAKER ELDORA RUSSELL VAN BUREN 29 JUL 1883 HORACE BAKER PHEBE NASH VAN BUREN 16 OCT 1873 IDA BAKER PHILIP PETERS VAN BUREN 20 NOV 1879 JAMES A BAKER LOVINA FANSNAGH VAN BUREN 28 DEC 1873 JAMES A BAKER LYDIA LORENTZ VAN BUREN 14 AUG 1879 JANE M BAKER SHIRLEY WILLIAMS VAN BUREN 27 OCT 1871 JENNIE MAY BAKER ALBERT ROBINSON VAN BUREN 27 DEC 1876 JESSIE ELEANOR BAKER TERRY WALLACE KING VAN BUREN 28 JUL 1907 JOHN BAKER FLORA E SHEPARD VAN BUREN 04 NOV 1891 JOHN BAKER JENNIE M STONE VAN BUREN 29 DEC 1886 JOHN BURTON BAKER ANNA B HUTCHINS VAN BUREN 06 NOV 1879 JULIA E BAKER STEPHEN G DONALD VAN BUREN 11 NOV 1877 JULIET BAKER SILAS O WILLIAMS VAN BUREN 05 NOV 1871 KATY BAKER WARREN A POTTER VAN BUREN 20 JUN 1886 LAURA A BAKER EATON E BRANCH VAN BUREN 22 AUG 1881 LENA E BAKER ARTHUR E JACOBS VAN BUREN 28 JUN 1894 LEVI BAKER NELLIE VANPATTEN VAN BUREN 10 MAY 1879 LILLE BAKER JAMES L CULVER VAN BUREN 30 JUL 1888 LOUISA E BAKER ELMER WATERS VAN BUREN 19 JUN 1894 LUCILE BAKER HARVEY J PALMER VAN BUREN 01 JAN 1911 LUCY A BAKER JOHN A WELCH VAN BUREN 21 MAY 1892 LUCY C BAKER WILLIAM R HAIGHT VAN BUREN 11 JUN 1883 M ELIZABETH BAKER ARTHUR W HAYDON VAN BUREN 19 OCT 1868 MARCO BAKER FLORA P BRISTOL VAN BUREN 02 APR 1886 MARY BAKER FRANKLIN LAMMON VAN BUREN 23 SEP 1883 MARY A BAKER GEORGE BENSON VAN BUREN 14 OCT 1877 MARY Z BAKER JACOB F CLINARD VAN BUREN 10 AUG 1873 MINNIE B BAKER EMMET CASSIDAY VAN BUREN 31 DEC 1885 NELLIE BAKER PHILO REED VAN BUREN 16 MAY 1872 NELLIE J BAKER WILLIAM H TAPLIN VAN BUREN 26 AUG 1891 NILLIE BAKER OTIS A KESLER VAN BUREN 20 AUG 1894 RICHARD BAKER MARTHA EDMONDS VAN BUREN 09 APR 1865 ROSE BAKER OSCAR EARL VAN BUREN 04 MAR 1895 ROSE W BAKER FRANK E TYLER VAN BUREN 27 AUG 1884 SALINA BAKER SIMMION REYNOLDS VAN BUREN 25 AUG 1865 SAMUEL BAKER MARY THOMAS VAN BUREN 01 OCT 1866 SARAH J BAKER EBEN A CONKHITE VAN BUREN 05 JAN 1879 STEPHEN BAKER DELIA SMITH VAN BUREN 21 SEP 1895 WILLIAM M BAKER ANGELINE DANKS VAN BUREN 22 JAN 1856 WILLIS BAKER LENA TERENE VAN BUREN 29 JUN 1889 WILLIAM EAGLE ADELINE BAKER VAN BUREN 29 DEC 1867

Van Buren Co., Michigan 1870 Census Index Surnames B
Abraham BAKER see BEKER GNT 25 Baker Adelia M. DCV 17 Amelia GNT 16 Andrew PGT 16 Andrew PRT 21 Andrus ANT 1 Ann PPT 3 Ann PGT 16 Asinath KLT 27 Augusta HMT 16 Betsey PPV 13 C.C. LTV 13 Caroline GNT 25 Charles WVT 31 Chas. PRT 20 Chas. T. DCV 17 Chas. W. WVT 1 Chauncy ANT 1 Clarrissa GNT 25 Cora LTV 7 Cosson HMT 16 Cossetta BNT 20 Debbert ALT 13 Deborah * PRT 21 Dennis PGT 16 Diantha ALT 13 Elisabeth CLT 26 Elizabeth BNT 37 Elizabeth LTV 4 Elizabeth E. BNT 30 Ella BLT 30 Ellen WYT 31 Ellen ANT 4 Elliot A. ALT 13 Ema BNT 30 Ema GNT 16 Emetine ANT 1 Emma E. BNT 29 Ernest ALT 13 Eugene PRT 20 Eugene T. ANT 9 Evangelin CLT 26 Fannie GNT 16 Fanny ANT 4 Frances GNT 16 Frances LTV 13 Frances PRT 20 Frank BLT 30 Fred KLT 27 George CLT 11 George W. KLT 26 Gertrude BNT 20 Gordon H. BNT 29 Halo G. PPV 9 Hannah BNT 20 Hannah L. KLT 27 Harriet GNT 16 Harriet C. WVT 1 Harus U. PPV 9 HattIe PPV 13 Helmus DCV 21 Henrietta M. CLT 11 Henry HRT 6 Henry BNT 30 Henry C. BNT 30 Herbert CLT 11 Herman S. CLT 11 Hiram BNT 30 Hiram KLT 27 Hiram ANT 1 Horace CLT 32 Horace DCV 30 Ida M. KLT 26 J. May PPV 9 Jacob D. BNT 37 James A. BNT 30 Janet BNT 29 Janet V. BNT 29 Jennie 0. BNT 29 Jno R. PPV 9 Jno. L. PPV 12 John KLT 26 Julia PRT 21 Kittie PPV 12 Laura GNT 16 Layfayette M. BNT 30 Letta E. WVT 1 Levi Jr . BNT 20 Libbie ANT 16 Lottie G. PPV 9 Lucius LTV 4 Lucy J. HMT 16 Lydia S. CLT 11 Lyman L. ANT 16 Martha BNT 30 Mary PPV 12 Mary BNT 29 Mary ANT 16 Mary B. BNT 13 Matilda A. BNT 30 May A. CLT 26 Milo GNT 16 Myrtle L. BNT 29 Nancy CLT 26 Nellie ANT 9 Nelson ANT 16 Olive L. BNT 29 Orrie A. BNT 29 Orson M. BNT 29 Richard ANT 4 Robert CLT 11 S.G. ALT 13 Sam G. ANT 40 Samuel H. BNT 30 Sarah ANT 1 Sarah J. PRT 20 Stephen CLT 26 Susan T. PPV 12 Viola E. BNT 29 Wesley ANT 16 Willard G. ALT 13 William H. GNT 25 Willis WVT 1 Win. H. ANT 1 -------------------------- HOSMER Calvin ANT 4 Calvin J. ANT 4 Elizabeth ANT 4 Ellis ANT 4 Harriet ANT 4 Harriet ANT 4 Henry ANT 4 Isabelle ANT 4 James M. CLT 17 Julia ANT 4 Lydia ANT 4 Marg. ANT 4 Mary ANT 4 Oscar ANT 4 P.H. ANT 4 Rosetta * CLT 17 Sylvester CLT 17 HOSNER Henry GNT 16 John T. LTV 2 Lillie GNT 17 Rhoda GNT 16 Rhoderick GNT 17 Rosa GNT 17 Rosalie LTV 24 Sylvester GNT 16

Subject:  Baker of Berrien & Van Buren Co Michigan
  Date:  Sun, 7 Jun 1998 11:07:57 -0500
  From:  Joe Baker jcbaker@HiWAAY.net

        The Descendants of
1778 --  Richard Baker  -- l824

written by Joseph Baker
           2652 Bob Jones Road
           Scottsboro, Al. 35769
         
Richard Baker was born in England about 1778 and not much else is known about him such as where he was born, his parents names, when he arrived in this country, or where he raised his family. Family stories say that Richard came here with his father and settled near Connecticut and that they were Quakers. I have not been able to establish either point. He married Sarah Leive or (Lewis). This marriage is said to have been in New York ( not verified ). They had 5 sons, Hiram b. 1805, New York; Lewis b. Jan. 23, 1807 in New York; Stephen b. Feb. 29, 1812 in Dutchess County New York; ( Stephan's death certificate lists his mother as Sarah Leive, and his place of birth as Dutchess Co. N.Y. ) Charles b. May 10, 1823 in New York; Tom (date and place of birth unknown). Sarah is believed to have died in 1823. Richard is said to have married Ester Fyfe and both died in 1824. At the time of Richard's death at least 2 or 3 of the boys were young enough to become wards of the state but I have not found any such records. Another family story places the family in "9 Partners' in Dutchess County New York, but I have not found any record. In the 10 year period after Richard's death Hiram and Lewis got married, Stephen and Charles were farmed out to other families as wards of the state. Tom we know nothing about. Stephen acquired a middle name of Tredwell. I believe that this was the name of the family that took him in. Some time in the mid 1830's the boys were unhappy with their lot and decided to go 'west". Tom decided to stay and was not heard from again. Stories say that they left as a group but dates say otherwise,but they all ended up in the same place together.Bakertown, Berrian County, Michigan. Bakertown no longer exists as a town and about all that remains is the cemetary, which is just south east of present day Buchanon just north of US Highway 12 . Bakertown was less than 10 miles north of the Michigan, Indiana state line, while South Bend Indiana was about 25 miles to the south east . Second Generation Hiram Baker b. 1805 N.Y. d. 1901 Bakertown, Mi. Hiram married in about 1823, probably before Richard died. A LDS film #0451029 lists his wife as Mary Traux, along with 4 children. Niles Albert b. 1824 ; Whitman ( I believe it is William ) b. 1826 ; Thomas b.1830; Sarah b. 1832. All born in St. Lawrence Co. N.Y. (From Joe Baker): Hiram Baker's first wife was NOT Mary Traux. Mary Traux was married to a Hiram Baker but not my Hiram.) Mary died and Hiram remarried. The second wife's name was Lucenal. They had at least 1 child, George See Hiram Baker's Obituary Lewis N. Baker b. Jan. 23, 1807 in N.Y. d. Nov. 10, 1872 Bakertown, Mi. I do not know the name of his first wife, or when they were married. Their first child was Sarah Jane b. July 24, 1832 at Chautauqua City, N.Y. ; Mary E. b. 1834 in N.Y. ; Rosaline b. 1834 in Indiana ; Kenny R. b. 1839 in Indiana ; His first wife died about 1840 and he married Elizabeth Haseltine in 1842 and moved to Bakertown Mi. They had 5 children Louisa b. 1843 at Bakertown Mi. Florence b. 1847 at Bakertown Mi. John b. 1853 at Bakertown Mi. Lewis W. b. 1855 at Bakertown Mi. Clyde H. b. 1857 At Bakertown Mi. Note that Hiram and Lewis have a daughter named Sarah born in the same year in different parts of New York. Stephen Tredwell Baker b. Feb. 29 1812 in New York --Stephen's obituary in the Buchanan Mi. paper lists his birthplace as Dutchess Co. N.Y. while a family story puts his birth at Oneida Co. N.Y. d. May 31, 1904 at Bakertown Mi. Stephen married Margaret McLain, date and place not known. (See Update Below) They had 3 children while living in LaPorte Co. Indiana. Emily Margaret b. Aug.26, 1839 ; Francis A. b. June 18, 1842. ; Lucy ( b. unknown) died at age 16 years. His first wife died at Union Mills, LaPorte Co. In. ( date unknown He then married Eleanor Morgan on April 22, 1849. Eleanor was the daughter of Jessee Morgan at Chesterton, Porter Co. In. Stephen moved his family to South Bend, Indiana. While there they had 2 children, Vittelis b. Apr.6,1850, James b. 1853. They then moved to Bakertown Mi. and added 3 more children. Nora A. b. Oct. 23, 1857 ; Edward Charles b. Sept. 1, 1862; George b., 1865. He was the last of the four to settle in Bakertown. Stephen was mechanically inclined and liked working with machines. When he arrived at Bakertown he found what he called a large river, it was actually McCoys Creek. There he settled and built a carding mill and a saw mill. He also farmed. ------------------------------ Update from: Joe Baker jcbaker@HiWAAY.net Also, first wife of Stephen Baker, Margaret McLalain was born 1/10/1820, died 11/05/1846, in Union Mills, LaPorte Co. IN. She and Stephen were married on11/13/1838 in LaPorte Co. IN. Their daughter Lucy was born 4/7/1846 in Union Mills, IN. died 1/16/1864 in Union Mills IN. Both Margaret and Lucy are burried at the Union Mills IN. cemetary.
------------------------------------------------------------ Charles Baker b. May 10, 1823 in N.Y. d. Charles's wife was named Eliza, date and place of marriage is unknown.They had 2 children, Mary E. Baker b. Apr. 1860 ; Harry Baker b. Nov. 1865. They all lived and died in Bakertown. Tom Baker b. in N.Y. d Tom did not want to leave New York when the others did and nothing was heard from him after that. ------------------------ Whether they left N.Y. together or separately is not really known but they did arrive at Bakertown separately with Stephen being the last to settle there. Charles was the youngest and I do not know who he travelled with. Their migration route took them all on the same route. They stopped for some time in Holmes County,and Wayne County Ohio where they met several families that they would meet again in Indiana. They were the Morgans, Blatchleys,and Butlers.One of Hiram's children, William, was born in Wayne Co. Ohio. That is probably how they met the Blatchleys, because 2 of them were doctors. Stephen Baker was living in LaPorte Co. In. when his first wife died. His second wife, Eleanor Morgan, was living about 30 miles east in Porter Co. In. They were married in his brother Hiram's home in Bakertown Mi. Stephen and Eleanor lived the first years of their marriage in South Bend In. They moved to Bakertown in 1854. Lewis was a businessman, Stephen owned a saw mill, a carding mill and also farmed, while Hiram and Charles were strictly farmers. They wanted to name the area Enterprise but the other area people called it Bakertown and that name stuck. Third Generation Children of Hiram Baker; Niles Albert b. 1824 Whitman (William) b. 1826 George b. 1828 spouse Harriet Haseltine Thomas b. 1830 Sarah b. 1832 Children of Lewis Baker Sarah b. 1832 spouse Daniel Holmes Mary E. b. 1834 Rosaline b. 1837 Kenny R. b. 1839 Louisa b. 1843 spouse John Redden Florence b. 1847 John b. 1853 Lewis W. b. 1855 spouse Ida Beardsley Clyde H. b. 1857 spouse Estelle J Renolds Children of Stephen Tredwell Baker Emily Margaret b. 1839 spouse William Redden Frances A b. 1842 spouse Charles Wells Lucy b. 1846 Vittellis Morgan b. 1850 spouse Fannie Lenora Woodworth James b. 1854 Nora Anna b. 1857 spouse William Sparks Edward Charles b. 1862 spouse Della Mary Fay (Fahey) George B. b. 1865 spouse Ida D. Stidel Children of Charles Baker Mary E. b. 1860 Harry b. 1865 -------------------------------------- Edward Charles Baker, son of Stephen T. Baker and Eleanor Morgan Baker would take produce from his parents and uncles farms to Chicago to sell. He wo uld always complain about the Irish, saying " They always want to quibble about the price.' Then he met Della Mary Fay (Fahey) and they were married in abt. 1898. They applied for a marriage license in Chicago in 1897 but it was never completed and returned to the city clerk. They may have gone back to Michigan to be married but I can find no record. They resided in Chicago all their married life. They had 3 sons, Bentley Joseph b. apr. 9, 1899 Thomas Fay b. Feb. 2, 1901 George b. Jan. 18, 1903. Edward died May 1, 1937 in Chicago Ill. and is buried in Bakertown Mi. Sarah Jane Baker, daughter of Lewis Baker, ( mother unknown was born in Chautauqua County N.Y. July 24, 1832. She married Daniel Holmes on Oct. 14, 1852 in Berrien County Mi. They had 14 children. One of their children was George Holmes b. 1856. Fourth Generation Children of Edward Charles Baker Bentley Joseph b. 1899 spouse Margaret Anna Danek Thomas Fay b. 1901 spouse Lucille G. Petrecca George E. b. 1903 spouse Isabel Hoagland Children of Sarah Jane Baker (Holmes) Frank b. 1853 George b. 1856 Nathaniel b. 1857 John b. 1859 MaryLouisa b. 1860 PatrickHenry b. 1861 CatherineA. b. 1864 Jennie b. 1865 twins b. 1866 Louise b. 1867 spouse Ray Hickok Enos b. 1869 Catherine b. 1870 Harriet b. 1871 ------------------------------

Bentley Joseph Baker, son of Edward Charles Baker and Della Mary Fay, was born in Chicago just before the turn of the century. He was brought up in a boarding house run by his mother and father. He worked for Alberg Bearing Co. in Chicago all his life. Margaret Anna Danek was a secretary at the same company. They were married in 1924 and raised IO children, plus they took in 4 foster children. They both died at a young age, she in 1946 at age 41, and he in 1948 at age 49.

George Holmes, son of Daniel Holmes and Sarah Jane Baker was born in 1856. He married Mary Letitia Archdeacon, and raised 6 children. Their second child was Sarah Rosaline Holmes, and she married Jerome Sanford Carpenter. This union produced 6 children.


Chambers Cemetery, Geneva Township:

Baker, Alson R. – b. 1874, d. 1942, Lot 297. 
Baker, Harriett S. – b. 1838, d. 1908, Lot 201.
Baker, Lula Bell – 87 yrs, burial 7-13-1964, Funeral home; Calvin, Lot 297.
Baker, Milo – b. 1836, d. 1918, Lot 201. 
Hosner, Mary – d. 01-15-1946, burial 1-15-1946, Lot 204. 
Hosner, Minnie b. 1866, d. 1943, Lot 204.
Hosner, Rhoda – b. 7-23-1840, d. 10-08-1917, Lot 204. 
Hosner, Roderick S. – b. 1866, d. 1943, burial 6-09-1943, Lot 204. 
Hosner, Sylvester – b. 11-14-1832, d. 7-16-1902, Lot 204. 
Hosner, Sylvester – b. 1854, d. 1887, Lot 131. 
Mort, Ruth – b. 9-20-1899, d. 10-25-1899, Lot 249. 
Myers, Hiram J. – b. 1833, d. 1927, Lot 52. 
Myers, John No stone, Lot, 128.
Myers, Lyle R. No stone, Lot 128.
Myers, Mary – b. 1844, d. 1884, Lot 52. 
Myers, Mary A. (Smith)– b. 1857, d. 1937, Lot 22 
Myers, Sarah L. – b. 1-22-1859, d. 1-17-1902, Lot 128. 
Myers, William R. – b. 6-14-1855, d. 4-16-1914, Lot 128. 

Monks Cemetery, Geneva Twp. Van Buren Co MI

Baker, Abraham – d. 18--, Lot 161. 
Baker, Elizabeth burial 1-13-1936, Lot 161. 
Baker, Frank Christ. – 89 yrs., b. 1909, d. 12-17-1998, burial 12-27-1998, Funeral home; Calvins, Lot 11.
Baker, Harriet Elizabeth – burial 4-07-1950, Lot 10. 
Baker, Marium E. – 86 yrs, b. 1912, d. 1-30-1999, burial 2-02-1999, Funeral home; Calvins, Lot 11. 
Baker, William H. – burial 12-16-1933, Lot 161. 


Van Buren Co Marriages

ADELINE BAKER WILLIAM EAGLE 29 DEC 1867
ALFREDA BAKER EDWARD PRICE 30 OCT 1872
ANDREW BAKER JULIA AMELIA CASTNER 30 MAY1869
ANDREW BAKER R S CURTIS 12 APR 1874
ANDREW W BAKER MARGERIT ANN HODGES 01 DEC1865
ANGELINE R BAKER WILLIAM HENRY BAIRD 03 APR 1866
BENCH N BAKER ANN ROBINS 11 SEP 1881
CAROLINE O BAKER ALEXANDER DOBSON 30 NOV 1873
CHARLES T BAKER ADELIA M NUTTING 03 MAR 1858
CHARLES W BAKER ELIZA W CHAMBERLAIN 04 JUL 1872
CHARLES W BAKER HARRIET C GORHAM 01 DEC 1867
CHARLES W BAKER LILLIE SCOTT 06 JUL 1884
CHARLES WESLEY BAKER ELLA RUSSELL 18 MAR 1868
CLARA F BAKER JOHN R CONKLIN 29 NOV 1879
DANIEL G BAKER MARY HULINGS 02 APR 1866
DANIEL G BAKER EMELINE ORR 29 MAR 1864
DELIA L BAKER ROBERT S VANKEUREN 26 NOV 1866
DIANEY BAKER EDWIN H PHILPS 04 AUG 1867
EDWARD H BAKER HARRIET WALLACE 13 APR 1862
ELLA C BAKER CHRISTOPHER FITZSIMMONS     16 JUL 1876
EMMA ESTELL BAKER GABRIEL FRANCIS DAYE 04 MAR 1877
EMMA ESTELLA BAKER GABRIEL FRANCIS DAGE 04 MAR 1876
EMMA J BAKER PERRY J PACKARD 05 MAR 1882
EMMA L BAKER? GEORGE A BAKER 27 NOV 1882
EUGENE E BAKER ELLA E HOPE 01 DEC 1879
FRANCES BAKER WILLIAM H KNERL 11 NOV 1877
FRANKLIN BAKER CARLISTA SALISBURY 29 JUN 1864
GEORGE A BAKER EMMA L BAKER? 27 NOV 1882
GEORGE L BAKER EMMA C ANDREWS 03 JUL 1879
HANNAH BAKER JAMES OSTRANDER 27 NOV 1864
HANNAH BAKER JEFFERSON G OSTRANDER 13 MAY 1860
HANNAH M BAKER OSTRANDER     SAMUEL P JOHNSTON 09 APR 1868
HANNAH M BAKER SAMUEL P JOHNSON 09 APR 1868
HARRIET BAKER WILLIAM RAYNOLDS 04 JUL1866
HATTIE BAKER CHARLES BUCK 13 SEP 1873
HELMES BAKER SARAH F OLDS 05 FEB 1871
HIRAM BAKER NANCY M DOUGLASS 19 MAR 1871
HIRAM BAKER SARAH M WOOD 19 OCT 1871
HIRAM T BAKER ELDORA RUSSELL 29 JUL 1883
HORACE BAKER PHEBE NASH 16 OCT 1873
IDA BAKER PHILIP PETERS 20 NOV 1879
JAMES A BAKER LOVINA FANSNAGH 28 DEC1873
JAMES A BAKER LYDIA LORENTZ 14 AUG 1879
JANE M BAKER SHIRLEY WILLIAMS 27 OCT1871
JENNIE MAY BAKER ALBERT ROBINSON 27 DEC1876
JESSIE ELEANOR BAKER TERRY WALLACE KING 28 JUL 1907
JOHN BAKER FLORA E SHEPARD 04 NOV 1891
JOHN BAKER JENNIE M STONE 29 DEC 1886
JOHN BURTON BAKER ANNA B HUTCHINS 06 NOV 1879
JULIA E BAKER STEPHEN G DONALD 11 NOV 1877
JULIET BAKER SILAS O WILLIAMS 05 NOV 1871
KATY BAKER WARREN A POTTER 20 JUN 1886
LAURA A BAKER EATON E BRANCH 22 AUG 1881
LENA E BAKER ARTHUR E JACOBS 28 JUN 1894
LEVI BAKER NELLIE VANPATTEN 10 MAY1879
LILLE BAKER JAMES L CULVER 30 JUL 1888
LOUISA E BAKER ELMER WATERS 19 JUN 1894
LUCILE BAKER HARVEY J PALMER 01 JAN 1911
LUCY A BAKER JOHN A WELCH 21 MAY 1892
LUCY C BAKER WILLIAM R HAIGHT 11 JUN 1883
M ELIZABETH BAKER ARTHUR W HAYDON 19 OCT 1868
MARCO BAKER FLORA P BRISTOL 02 APR 1886
MARY BAKER FRANKLIN LAMMON 23 SEP 1883
MARY A BAKER GEORGE BENSON 14 OCT 1877
MARY Z BAKER JACOB F CLINARD 10 AUG 1873
MINNIE B BAKER EMMET CASSIDAY 31 DEC 1885
NELLIE BAKER PHILO REED 16 MAY 1872
NELLIE J BAKER WILLIAM H TAPLIN 26 AUG 1891
NILLIE BAKER OTIS A KESLER 20 AUG 1894
RICHARD BAKER MARTHA EDMONDS 09 APR 1865
ROSE BAKER OSCAR EARL 04 MAR 1895
ROSE W BAKER FRANK E TYLER 27 AUG 1884
SALINA BAKER SIMMION REYNOLDS 25 AUG1865
SAMUEL BAKER MARY THOMAS 01 OCT 1866
SARAH J BAKER EBEN A CONKHITE 05 JAN 1879
STEPHEN BAKER DELIA SMITH 21 SEP 1895
WILLIAM M BAKER ANGELINE DANKS 22 JAN 1856
WILLIS BAKER LENA TERENE 29 JUN 1889
HARRIET CONRAD GEORGE W PEABODY 02 OCT 1889
DELILA A HOSNER WILLIAM E CAMP 30 MAY 1869
ELLIS RILEY HOSNER STELLA BURGES 30 JUN 1885
FLORA HOSNER GUY CHAPEL 15 OCT 1895
HANNAH HOSNER SERENO G GABLE 05 NOV 1890
HARRIET HOSNER THOMAS R PAGR 24 JAN 1872
HENRY HOSNER IRENE STRAW 05 JUL 1886
ISABELLA HOSNER REUBEN PAGE 15 APR 1883
LIBBIE F HOSNER JAMES H DECKER 08 APR 1889
LILLIE HOSNER WELDON D MOTT 25 DEC 1891
OSCAR HOSNER BELLE HOOPER 19 NOV 1892
RODRICK HOSNER MINNIE COLE 25 DEC 1891
ROSALIA HOSNER GEORGE MCCONNELL 01 JUN 1879
ROSIE HOSNER OSCAR WALKER 28 JUL 1886
AARON MYERS MARY PARKER 15 MAY 1888
ALFRED M MYERS HANNAH MANCE 04 JUL 1870
AMANDA M MYERS PHILO M BROWN 1869  
ANDREW A MYERS LORETTA J BUSKIRK 26 SEP 1887
ARVIN W MYERS LUCY E HOAG 17 NOV 1875
BETSEY M MYERS CHARLES R PARKER 22 JAN 1871
CALVIN MYERS MARY M GREGORY 16 JUN 1874
CAROLINE MYERS OSCAR CALDWELL 27 NOV 1889
CHARLES MYERS HATTIE DURDEN 28 FEB 1894
CHARLES A MYERS CORNELIA L BROWN 01 AUG 1869
CLARA MYERS EDWIN A BEEBE 19 JUL 1873
CLARA L MYERS JAY J FISHER 27 JUN 1880
CLOE A MYERS JACKSON FAUSNAUGH 23 JAN 1880
EDWARD W MYERS FLORENCE M HOEGE 21 MAR 1885
ELLEN MYERS GEORGE MATTER 06 APR 1876
ELNORA MYERS ASHBEL HERRON 30 DEC 1867
EMMA J MYERS CHANCEY P WOODWORTH 04 DEC1872
FRANKLIN MYERS NETTIE TIMMONS 21 MAR 1889
GEORGE W MYERS NANCY M BREED 03 APR 1867
HENRY B MYERS HELLEN PALMERTON 25 DEC1866
IDA MYERS MARK OAKS 29 AUG 1888
JAMES F MYERS MAY SNOW 29 OCT 1888
JAMES H MYERS PHEBE JOHNSON 09 MAY 1889
JENNIE MYERS ALBERT C IMLER 08 JUN 1884
JOHN H MYERS LUCY M WARNER 24 SEP 1882
LAURA MYERS MARCUS B DRAKE 16 JUL 1890
LEW W MYERS HATTIE E HUFF 17 MAR 1891
LILLEY A MYERS FRANK V LAMBERSON 09 APR 1882
LOUISA A MYERS MILES WHITFORD 17 NOV 1861
LOUSIANA MYERS FRANCIS M DINE 03 SEP 1873
LUCRETIA E MYERS ALONZO O FISHER 28 DEC 1875
LYDIA E MYERS EZRA I ALLEN 31 DEC 1873
MALARY H MYERS LUCINDA M THAYER 22 APR 1841
MARY MYERS WILLIAM H JOHNSON 16 FEB 1861
MAUD MYERS DARWIN J HARD 27 MAR 1895
MAUDE MYERS WILLIAM GOULD 21 MAR 1890
MAY E MYERS WALLACE F CHASE 02 JUL 1886
NELLIE B MYERS WILSON S PIKE 26 JUN 1895
OTIS CHESTER MYERS NANCY LUSA SKINNER 11 AUG 1868
REBECCA MYERS JOSEPH FLANDERS 07 FEB1861
REUBEN J MYERS ABIGAIL THAYER 16 SEP 1841
ROLLA G MYERS VIVIA R BAXTER 14 JUN 1885
ROZELLA MYERS HENRY G LEADY 18 FEB 1886
RUTH ANN MYERS JAMES SCOTT 11 APR 1839
SARAH MYERS HOWE CAVERT 26 APR 1863
SARAH MYERS WILLIAM MURCH 16 SEP 1840
WARREN E MYERS EVA M HARRIETT 12 JUL 1874
WILLIAM H H MYER BETSEY M HERRON 16 SEP 1841
WILLIAM R MYERS SARAH L BROTT 07 DEC 1879
WILLIS MYERS LUCINDA FERNHAM 20 FEB 1889


Other Van Buren Co Bakers from DeWayne G. Baker

Green Baker born ca 1774 in RI. Removed to Amsterdam in Montgomery Co. NY by 1795. He married Polly Lyons about 1803 and he died about 1845 in Oxford, Oakland, MI. He had at least seven children of which the third oldest was my GGGrandfather Sylvester G. Baker. Sylvester born 15 Sep 1805, married 1 Ruby Underwood Chafee before 1832 they had the following children . Lucy Adeline Baker, Elliot Amasia Baker,My Ggrand father and Mary Jane Baker. Sylvester Married 2nd Cathrine Ann Smith and died 25 Sep. 1884 and is buried in the Covey Hill Cemetery in Almena, VanBuren, MI. He came to Pine Grove Twp., VanBuren Co. MI before 1855, from Erie Co. NY.

Orilla Baker married Lewis Palmer and lived in Waverly Twp. VanBuren co. Orilla's father was another Sylvester Baker from Erie Co. NY. He came to live with Orilla about 1860 and died shortly there after. He was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Waverly Twp. Waverly Twp. is adjacent to Almena Twp. where Sylvester G is buried. These two Sylvesters lived about thirty miles apart in Erie Co. NY in 1850 and are now buried about 10 miles apart. Coincidence??????           I have a considerable amount of documented data on my Bakers and am willing to share.

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I finally finished entering the data that I felt comfortable with putting out there in the great beyond.
I am willing to share additional information with anyone who has data to share with me. I have compiled a 292 page family history hard covered book with an every name index. The book contains 76 pictures and is written in narrative form with extensive documentation.
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You are welcome to use the information contained in the attachment as you wish.

DeWayne G. Baker
3633 North Five Lakes Rd.
Lapeer, MI 48446

BAKER

FIRST GENERATION

Green BAKER born about 1774 RI and died about 1845 in Oxford, Oakland Co. MI.
He married Polly LYONS before 1800. She was born 17 Oct. 1783 in NJ. Polly, died 17 Sep. 1870 in Oxford, Oakland Co., MI.

SECOND GENERATION

KNOWN CHILDREN OF GREEN BAKER AND POLLY LYONS.

1 Female BAKER, born about 1800 in Amsterdam , Montgomery , NY

2 Female BAKER, born about 1803 in Amsterdam , Montgomery, NY.

3 Sylvester BAKER, born 15 Sep 1807, died 25 Sep 1884 and buried in Covey Hill Cem. Almena, VanBuren , MI. He married (I) Ruby Underwood CHAFEE before 1832, the daughter of Stephen CHAFEE and Ruth UNDERWOOD. She was born 23 Apr 1808 in Cazenovia, Madison, NY, died 4 Sep 1870 in Almena, VanBuren, MI, buried Covey Hill Cem. Almena , VanBuren , MI.
He Married (II) Cathrine Ann SMITH 3 Feb 1874 in Hope, Barry, MI. She was born 1822 in Manchester, Ontario, Canada, died 9 May 1897 in Rutland, Barry, MI

4 Roxanna Moriah BAKER, born 1 Jun 1824 in Palatine, Montgomery , NY, died 9 Aug 1907 Rush, Shiawassee, MI and was buried in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI, Oak Grove Cem. She married William H. MILLARD 10 Jan 1849 in Rochester, Oakland, MI. He was the son of Daniel MILLARD and Betsy----.

5 Jehial W BAKER born 21 Feb 1826 in Palatine, Montgomery, NY, died 29 Jan 1889, Oxford, Oakland, MI buried Oxford Cem. Oxford, Oakland, MI. He married Flora/Ema B MORENUS she was born 24 May 1835, Canada, died and was buried in Oxford Cem. Oxford, Oakland, MI.

6 Fanny BAKER, born 20 Jan 1828 in Palatine, Montgomery, NY, died 9 Apr 1899 in Owosso, Shiawassee, MI and buried in Oak Grove Cem.,Owosso Shiawassee MI. She married Lemuel VAN WAGONER 1 Jan 1851 in Addison, Oakland, MI. He was born about 1816 in Malta NY, the son of Jacob VAN WAGONER and Polly MILLARD, died 26 June 18 76 and was buried in Oxford Cem. Oxford, Oakland, MI..

THIRD GENERATION

KNOWN CHILDREN OF SYLVESTER BAKER AND RUBY CHAFFEE

1 Lucy Adaline BAKER born about 1832, Erie, PA, died 2 March 1895, in Mattawan, Van Buren, MI and was buried in Covey Hill Cem., Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI She married (I), Jabes GORHAM 18 Apr 1855, in Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI. He was born 1824, died 22 Feb 1862 in Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI. Lucy married (II)William EAGLE 29 Dec 1867 in Pine Grove, VanBuren, MI. He was born 13 Apr 1820, Wayne, Ohio, 7 died 7 Sep 1889 in Pine Grove. Van Buren, MI, buried Pine Grove Cem. Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI. Lucy married (III) John A Welch 21 May1892 in Mattawan, Van Buren, MI. He was born 1822 and died 5 May 1905.

2 Elliot Amasia BAKER born 2 Aug 1836 in NY, died 21 May 1908 Rose Lake, Osceola, MI. He was buried in Rose Lake Cem., Rose Lake, Osceola MI. He married Diantha Eveline EDSON 2 Sep 1859 in Otsego, Allegan, MI. She was the daughter of Abiram EDSON and Arzilla TEMPLE. She was born 15 Feb 1841 in Lichfield, Medina, Ill. She died 22 Nov 1915 in Burdell, Osceola, MI and was buried in Rose Lake Cem., Rose Lake, Osceola, MI.

3 Mary Jane BAKER born 18 April 1838 in NY, died 31 Mar 1878 Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI, and buried Genesee Prairie Cem., Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. She married before 1859 to Henry R CLARK born 18 July 1828 in England, died 18 July 1893 Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI and was buried in Genesee Prairie Cem. Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF ROXANNA BAKER AND WILLIAM MILLARD

1 Daniel G MILLARD born May 1850 in MI, died 22 Nov 1919 in MI. He married Jane E MASON 22 Jul 1877.

2 Alvira MILLARD born 1853 in MI.

3 Edwin Andrew MILLARD born 1856, died 29 Jun 1909 . He married Ella Louise WIGGINS on 4 Jun 1885 in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.

4 Ireen MILLARD born 1858 in MI. She married Eugene MC GEDCKUE on 24 Nov 1886, in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.

5 Eliza MILLARD born 23 Mar 1861 in MI, died 1 Sep 1878 in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI

6 Jane MILLARD born 14 Nov 1862 in Oxford, Oakland, MI, died 14 Jan 1864 in Oxford, Oakland, MI.

7 Ella Ann MILLARD born 22 Aug 1866 in Henderson, Shiawassee, MI, died 27 Feb 1942 in Detroit, Wayne, MI. She married Charles Nathaniel COWAN on 13 Feb 1895 in Ovid Shiawassee, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OR JEHIAL BAKER AND EMMA MORENUS

1 Arthalinda BAKERborn about 1885 in Oakland, MI.

2 Emma D BAKER born about 1860 in Oxford,Oakland, MI. She married Clark B DIBBLE on 7 Dec 1881. in Oxford, Oakland, MI. He was born in 1860 in Fentonville

3 Isabella BAKER born about 1864 She married William H YOUNG on 30 Sep 1891 in Oxford, Oakland, MI. He was born in 1862 in NJ, the son of Isaac YOUNG and Sarrah BOGART.

4 Ellen BAKER born 1867

5 Eliza M BAKER born 30 Apr 1874 in Oxford, Oakland, MI. She married Frank W COLE on 19 Dec 1895 in Oxford, Oakland, MI. He was the son of Marshal L COLE Mary E SWAYZE, born Rochester.

KNOWN CHILDDREN OF FANNY BAKER AND LEMEUL VAN WAGONER

1 Josephine VAN WAGONER born 22 July 1852 in MI, died 31 0ct 1921, Owasso, Shiawassee, MI. She married Ezra P. BANGHART, 24 Nov 1852 in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.

2 Franklin J VAN WAGONER born 6 May 1854 in MI, died 18 Apr 1938 in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.. He married Harriet A. Mc Kenzie on 28 Oct 1880. in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.

3 Elva VAN WAGONER 1 Apr 1860 in Oakland, MI, died 27 Sep 1916 Oxford, Oakland, MI. She married Willam Hollister BANTA , 24 Oct 1878 in MI

4 Almeron VAN WAGONER born 1857 in MI, died 3 Dec 1895 in MI. He married Lida May HUNT, 11 Nov 1888 in Burton, Shiawassee, MI.

5 Jane VAN WAGONER born 1861 in MI.

6 Mate VAN WAGONER born 15 Aug 1862 in Oxford, Oakland, MI, died 9 Mar, in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI. He married May HUNT.

7 Adella VAN WAGONER born Mar 1863 in MI, died aft 1922. She married Charles SCHRDEDER.

8 Marion A VAN WAGONER born 26 Apr 1865 in MI, died 29 Sep 1937 Owasso, Shiawassee, MI. She married John R MONROE on 27 May 1886 in Owasso, Shiawassee, MI.

9 Lemuel VAN WAGONER born Dec 1866 in MI, died 12 Feb 1950 in MI. He married May M MARSH.

10 Roxie a VAN WAGONER born Aug 1870 in MI, died aft Mar 1933. She married Frank R RICHARDS

FOURTH GENERATION

KNOWN CHILDREN OF LUCY BAKER AND JABES GORHAM

1Adelbert GORHAM born 1858 Van Buren, MI.

2 Isadore GORHAM born 1863 Van Buren, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF LUCY BAKER AND WILLIAM EAGLE

1 William EAGLE born about 1870 in MI.

2 Minnie M EAGLE born 12 Oct 1873 in Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF ELLIOT BAKER AND DIANTHA EDSON

1 Willard S BAKER 23 Nov 1860 in Pine Grove, Van Buren, MI, died 12 Jul 1928 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI, buried 14 Jul 1928 in Maple Hill Cem. Cadillac, Wexford, MI. He married (I) Mattie BROWN/EATON 3 Jul 1881, in Otsego, Allegan, MI. She was the daughter of Nelson BROWN and Mary SEYMOUR, born 6 Sep 1861, died 9 Jul 1911 in Otsego, Allegan, MI and was buried 12 Jul. 1911 in Mountain Home Cem Otsego, Allegan MI.

He married (II) Emmegene May YOUNG, she was the daughter of Christian YOUNG and Julia SHOOK, born 26 Oct 1877 in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 19 May 1956 in Toledo, Lucas, OH.,buried 22 May 1956, in Maple Hill Cem Cadillac, Wexford, MI

2 Philo Ernest BAKER born 20 Oct 1869 in Almena, Van Buren, MI, died 15 Jun 1933, in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI and was buried in West Oshtemo Cem, Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married Lavina LEE 7 Apr 1900 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI, the daughter of Richard LEE and Lucy PENNOCK. She was born 18 Sep 1880 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., died 29 Aug 1956 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. and buried 1 Sep 1956 in West Oshtemo Cem. Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

3 Ethelbert W BAKER born 4 Oct 1876, Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 22 Jul 1883 in Otsego, Allegan, MI and buried Mt. Home Cem. Otsego, Otsego, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF MARY BAKER AND HENRY CLARK

1 Albert H CLARK born 1859 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI

2 Charlotte M CLARK, born 1861 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. She married Isaac Henry ANDREWS 29 Dec 1881 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

3 S Addie CLARK born 9 Mar 1861 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI

4 Charles W CLARK born 1863 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI

5 Edwin E CLARK born 1865 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

6 Ruby J CLARKborn 1867 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

7 Walter S CLARK born 1871 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

8 Herbert Ralph CLARK born 1876 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI

9 Delacy R CLARK born 18 Mar 1878 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

FIFTH GENERATION


KNOWN CHILDREN OF WILLARD BAKER AND MATTIE BROWN

1 Mertie E BAKER born 23 May 1883 in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 17 Oct 1890 in Otsego, Allegan, MI.

2 Bertha L BAKER born 19 Jan 1885 in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 21 Jan 1887 in Otsego, Kalamazoo, MI.

3 Howard W BAKER born 30 Oct 1887in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 13 Apr 1889 in Otsego, Kalamazoo, MI.

4 Laura E BAKER born 27 Jul 1890 in Otsego, Allegan, MI.

5 Gurtrude E BAKER born 12 Oct 1892 in Otsego, Allegan, MI She married Coultier.

6 Gereld BAKER 28 Jan 1899 in Otsego, Kalamazoo, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF WILLARD BAKER AND EMMEGENE YOUNG

1 Elton Robert BAKER born 17 Sep 1907 in Otsego, Allegan, MI., died 8
Apr 1998 in Contra Costa, CA. He married Florence J PETERSON who died Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA.

2 Altha Madge BAKER born 19 Dec 1910 in Otsego, Allegan, MI. died 24 Mar 1998 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA.

3 Dorothy Ann BAKER born 3 Jul 1913 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI. died 30 Mar 2001 in Kentwood, Kent, MI. Cremated. She married Floyd Millard ASHLEY11 Apr 1942 in Marion, Marion, SC. He was born 9 Aug 1918 in St Lewis, Gratiot, MI., died 7 Apr 1991 Grand Rapids, Kent, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF PHILO E BAKER AND LAVINA L LEE

1 Eleana Lavenia BAKER born 29 Jan 1901, Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 30 Jan 1980, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.and was buried in Maple Hill Cem. Cadillac, Wexford, MI She married Perley R MCLAIN 15 Mar 1920 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI. He was the son of David C MCLAIN and Elizabeth L MILLER born 23 Mar 1823 in Sparta, Kent, MI, died 8 Feb 1959 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI and buried in Maple Hill Cem. Cadillac, Wexford, MI.

2 Evalena E BAKER born 13 Jun 1902 in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 18 Aug 1949 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI and was buried 22 Aug 1949 in Riverside Cem Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She married Peter W HOLBROOK 17 Nov 1922 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI,. the son of Charles HOLBROOK and Merrille PENNOCK He was born 11 Mar 1893 in Hope, Barry, MI and died 23 may 1962 in Allen Park, Wayne, MI., buried 28 May 1862 in Riverside Cem. Kalamazoo,Kalamazoo, MI.

3 LaVern E BAKER born 27 Jul 1903 in Otsego, Allegan, MI, died 5 Sep 1971 in Almena, Van Buren, MI buried 8 Sep 1971 in West Oshtemo Cem. Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married Ettie M MCLAIN 18 April 1925 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI, the daughter of Perley R MCLAIN and Maudie A Harper. She was born 3 April 1909 in Ensley Center, Newago, MI.

4 Lyle Elliott BAKER born 8 Jul 1905 in Rose Lake, Osceola, MI, died 8 Apr 1975 in Oakwood, Kalamazoo, MI. and buried 11 Apr 1975in West Oshtemo Cem. Oahtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married Annie Rubey MCLAIN 1 Nov 1928 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Perley R MCLAIN and Maudie A HARPER. She was born 14 Jul 1911 Cadillac, Wexford, MI, died 22 Jan 1905 in Portage, Kalamazoo, MI and buried 26 Jan 1905 in West Oshtemo Cem, Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

5 Ruby Arzelia BAKER born 29 Jul 1907 in Rose Lake, Osceola, MI, died 27 Jan 1965, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI and buried West Oshtemo Cem, Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI She married Myron E Alexander 24 Sep 1922 in Mancelona, Antrim, MI. He was the son of Charles ALEXANDER and Sarah Ann SCHULL born 25 Nov 1892 in Benton, Scott, MO died 30 Sep 1942 Oshtemo, Kalamazoo,MI and buried West Oshtemo Cem. West Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

6 Berniece Electra BAKER born 23 Jun 1911, Burdell, Osceolla, MI, died 22 Jun 1918, Burdell, Osceolla MI. and buried Burdell Twp. Cem. Burdell, Osceolla, MI.

7 Wilfred Reno BAKER born 13 Aug 1913 in Burdell, Osceolla, MI., died 2 Jul 1973 in Allegan, Allegan, MI and buried. 5 Jul 1973 in Mt. Home Cem., Otsego, Allegan, MI. He married Florence Julia MACDONALD 20 Aug 1936, in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI the daughter of Daniel L MACDONALD and Mary E BRADLEYshe was born 27 Jun 1914 in Otsego, Allegan, MI died 29 Nov 1995 Vicksburg, Kalamazoo, MI and buried 2 Dec 1995 in Mt. Home Cem. Otsego, Allegan, MI.

8 Lois Louise BAKER born 23 Aug 1915 in Burdell, Osceola, MI.,died 21 Mar 1969 in Kalamazoo,Kalamazoo, MI. buried 25 Mar 1969 in West Oshtemo Cem., West Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. She married Lewis Harold KAAKE 21 Feb 1939 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. He was the son of Frank KAAKE and Mary ODELL born 6 Nov 1908 in East Jordan, Charlevoix, MI, died 11 Jan 1978 in Muskegon , Muskegon, MI and buried in West Oshtemo Cem., West Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

9 Noel Yvonnon BAKER born 12 Aug 1918 in Burdell, Osceolla, MI, died 15 Aug 1996 in Prarie Ronde, Kalamazoo, MI., Cremated. He married (I) Dorothy May ROBERTS 14 Apr 1941 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was born Sandusky, Erie, OH. (II) Lucille Genevieve HUDSON 27 Jun 1947 in South Bend, St Joseph, IN. She was the daughter of Edward HUDSON and Alice WELLING, born 18 Aug 1923 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.

10 Nonna Yvonne BAKER born 12 Aug 1918 in Burdell, Osceola, MI. She married Floyd Elroy HIESTAND 11 Sep 1937 in South Bend, St. Joseph, IN. He was the son of Guy L HIESTAND and Mary J RYAN, born 17 May 1912 in Redfield, KS. Died 20 Oct 1990 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. buried Maple Grove Cem. Mattawan, Van Buren, MI.

11 Paul Eno BAKER born 6 Mar 1921 in Hobart, Wexford, MI, died 9 Aug 1988 in West Anaheim, Orange, CA Cremated 16 Aug 1988 in Newport Beach, CA. He married Margaret Irene STELLINGS 7 Jul 1941 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Luther Luther STELLINGS and LucillE Marie HAYS. She was born 21 Sep 1924 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, died 7 Oct 1987 in Anaheim, Orange, CA. Cremated 12 Oct 1987 in Loma Vista Ca.

12 Richard Lee BAKER born 8 Sep 1923 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI, died 16 Sep 1923 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., buried West Oshtemo Cem., West Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

13 George Lee BAKER born 25 Jan 1927 Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.,died 12 Jan 1998 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., cremated and buried Fort Custer National Cemetery, Calhoun, MI. He married Henrietta BURGESS 11 Jun 1947 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of John BURGESS and Eliza Rebecca RENCH, born 4 Jan 1929 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI died 25 May 1929 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., cremaed and buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery, Calhoun, MI.

SIXTH GENERATION

KNOWN CHILDREN OF PERLEY R MCLAIN AND ELENA L BAKER

1 Hattie MCLAIN born 31 Jul 1921 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI, died 28 Oct 1922 in Mancelona, Antrim, MI. Buried 31 Oct 1922 in Mancelona, Antrim, MI.

2 Mildred Elena MCLAIN born 9 Aug 1923 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI, died 15 Oct 1944 in Nankin, Wayne, MI. buried 17 Oct 1944 in Maple Hill Cem., Cadillac, Wexford, MI. She married Charles Lewis HOUSEL 21 Oct 1941 in Findley, Hancock, OH. He was the son of William HOUSEL and Iris MAPES, born 8 Aug 1916 in Pontiac, Oakland, MI., died 3 Aug 1998 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI, buried Maple Hill Cem. Cadillac, Wexford, MI.


3 John Robert MCLAIN born 3 Aug 1926 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI., He married Bessie Marguerite RICHARDS 3 Oct 1948 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI. She was the daughter of Earl Wilford RICHARDS and Bessie Marguerite RAYMOND, born 26 Jan 1929 in Rochester, Oakland, MI.

4 Sadie Lavina MCLAIN BORN 21 Mar 1929 in Selma, Wexford, MI. died 24 May 1929 in Selma, Wexford, MI and buried 29 May 1929 in Maple Hill Cem Cadillac, Wexfdord, MI.

5 Rachel MCLAIN born 16 Sep 1930 in Selma, Wexford, MI. She married Forrest Lyle ELLSWORTH 18 Oct 1952 in Cadillac,Wexford, MI. He was the son of Norman William ELLSWORTH and Louise Keehn, born 1 Jan 1926 in Marion, Osceola, MI.

6 Raymond MCLAIN born 22 Mar 1933 in Selma, Wexford, MI. He married Jannis Ann CORRADINI 25 Aug 1956 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She is the daughter of John CORRADINI and Gladys WEINBERG born 27 Jun 1936 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI

7 Bertha Louise MCLAIN born 4 Mar 1935. She married Robert Lee WRIGHT, 16 Dec. 1952 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. He was the son of Harry L WRIGHT and Margaret GORWAN, born 18 Mar 1930 in Hastings, Barry, MI., died 3 Apr 1998 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. and buried 6 Apr 1998 in West Cooper Cem. Cooper, Kalamazoo, MI.

8 Helen Marie MCLAIN born 10 Apr 1938. She married William Riley GONDER 22 Dec 1956 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI. He was the son of Evart GONDER and Mamie M AMES, born 1924 in Niles, Berrien, MI.

9 Ernest David MCLAIN born 21 Oct 1939 in Selma, Wexford, MI, died 18 Oct 1990 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. Buried 22 Oct 1990 in Maple Hill Cem., Cadillac, Wexford, MI. He married Evelyn Marie KINGSLEY 10 Dec 1966 in Parchment, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Howard KINGSLEY and Florence WOOD born 24 Dec 1947 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.

10 Edna Loraine MCLAIN born 25 jun 1941 in Cadillac, Wexford, MI died 26 Sep 1941 in Mercy Hosp., Cadillac, Wesford, MI and was buried Oct 1944 in Maple Hill Cem., Cadillac, Wexford, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF EVALENA E BAKER AND PETER W HOLBROOK

1 Virginia Marjory HOLBROOK born 4 Jan 1925 in Kalamazoo, Kalamzoo, MI, died 4 Jan 1925 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, buried in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.

2 Leland W HOLBROOK born 30 Nov 1925, died 8 Aug 1997 in Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Cremated in Bemidji,MN. He married Mary Lucille ZOULEK 6 Nov 1960 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI. She was the daughter of Amos V ZOULEK and Lucille DONELY, born 9 Nov 1930 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, MI.

3 Arbulah Mable HOLBROOK born 11 Aug 1931 in Augusta, Kalamazoo, MI, died 12 May 1991 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. buried Comstock Kalamazoo, MI.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF LAVERN E BAKER AND ETTIE M MCLAIN

1 June Marie BAKER born 10 Jun 1926 in Bellaire, Antrim, MI.,died 23 Jul 1997 in Trout Creek, Ontonagon, MI. Cremated and ashes spread on farm. She married Carl Edward OGREN 16 Dec 1950 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. He was the son of Carl Edward OGREN and Ina HONKANEN, born 5 Aug 1927 in Larium, Keweenaw, MI, died 26 Jan 1994 in Trout Creek, Ontonagon, MI. Cremated and ashes spread on farm.

2 Ernest Robert BAKER born 12 Jun 1929, in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married (I) Iris LANGDON 9 Feb 1949 in Almena, Van Buren, MI. Divorced! (II) Bernice Lydia BLADES 13 Sep 1958 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Charles Oran BLADES and Francis Delilah WOODIN born 4 Apr 1924 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI, died 19 Oct. 2004 in Yucaipa, San Bernardino, CA and was buried 25 Oct 2004 in Mt. Everest Cem. Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI.

3 Dale Leonard BAKER born 10 Mar 1931 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., died 10 Mar 1931 Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI., buried West Oshtemo Cem., Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI.

3 Dewayne Gerald BAKER born 16 Dec 1932 in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married (I) Donna Lee AUGG 27 Jan 1951 in Oakwood, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of John D AUGG and Fleda L TRUAX born 1933 in Wayland, Allegan, MI. Divorced! (II) Leonarda Renae PIERCE, 9 Oct 1953 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Leonard PIERCE and Bernadette HOLIDY, born 18 Jun 1936 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, MI., died 30 Jul 2001 in Lapeer, Lapeer, MI., Cremated! Divorced! (III) Sondra Ann OSTRANDER, 8 Jun 1978, in Oxford,Oakland, MI. She was the daughter of Elden Earl OSTRANDER and Margaret Jane BLANEY born 22 Aug 1937 in Old Mission, Grand Traverse, MI.

4 Dorothy Rose BAKER born 29 Jun 1934 in Almena, Van Buren, MI. She married Archie Alfred LHAMON 21 Oct 1950 in Almena, Vanburen, MI. He was the son of Alfred Alvin LHAMON and Bessie Mae SLACK born 22 Nov 1924 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI, died 26 Feb 2004 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI, buried Almena Twp. Cem., Almena, Van Buren, MI.

5 Bernyece Gareldine BAKER born 8 Jul 1935 in Almena, Van Buren, MI. She married Victor Fredrick ANDRADE 8 Aug 1957 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL. He was the son of John Michael ANDRADE and Beatrice Marie GANMAN, born 8 Apr 1933 in Cornning, Stuben, NY, died 20 Mar 1997 in Jacksonville, Duval, FL. Cremated 25 May 1997, ashes spread in the Gulf of Mexico.

6 Lavern Eugene BAKER born 16 Dec 1936 in Almena, Van Buren, MI. He married Mary Edna RUTHOWSKI 24 May 1960 in Kilene, Bell, TX. Divorced! She was born 2 Feb 1943 in Benton Harbor, Berrien, MI

7 Kenneth Virgil BAKER born 14 Sep 1938 Almena, Van Buren, MI. He married (I) Margaret Elaine ALLARD 3 Feb 1958 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI. She is the daughter of Joseph ALLARD and Faustine Margaret VAN SLYKE, born 5 Nov 1937 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. Divorced! (II) Unknown!

8 Keith Paul BAKER born 2 Sep 1944 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. He married (I) Karen Darlene MOORE 26 Dec 1965 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. She was the daughter of Richard S MOORE and Beatrice Odelle HAMILTON born 22 Jul 1948 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI Divorced! (II) Georgia Lynn Abnet 23 Mar 1970 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI. She was the daughter of Robert Novall ABNET and Marilyn JOHNSON born 27 Mar 1940 in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI. Divorced! (III) Sheila Fay MINOR 10 Jul 1982 in Portage, Kalamazoo, MI. She is the daughter of Edward MINOR and Pauline Juanita JACKSON, born 31 Oct 1946 in Harrisburg, Saline, IL.



Obituary of Hiram Baker
From Wes Blank — wdb55@austin.rr.com:
(probably from the Greeley Iowa newspaper):

Hiram Baker

          Hiram Baker was born in Duchess County, New York on March 14, 1805, died May 2, 1901, aged 96 years and 2 months. He was married to Sally M Camp July 12, 1826, she died Dec. 31, 1846. To them were born five children of whom Jerome alone survives. He also leaves two brothers, Stephen, aged 88 years and Charles, aged 82 years. In September 1848 he was again married to Lucena L. Thomas who died Nov. 4, 1887. He moved from New York to Buchannon Mich. In an early day and lived there until the death of Lucena 1887, when he came to Greeley and has lived with his son Jerome until his death. He has been a faithful member of the Universalist church since his boyhood. The funeral services were held at the home of his son, in this city on Friday afternoon and was conducted by the Rev. Mrs. Crum of Manchester, after which the body was taken to the old home in Michigan, where it was laid to rest beside the loved ones who have gone before.


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