Researching these surnames; Baker;
Shaw/Oldham; Denby/McMaster; Pollack/Skeen; Jones/Miller; Skidmore/Mossberger; McDaniel/Otts; Dawson/Morrison.

Friday, February 7, 2014

John D Baker, more questions than answers

John D Baker my Great Grandfather

Born Feb 1861 in Illinois
Source; 1900 US Census

1 May 1883 Possible marriage to Louise J Boyd; born about 1865, death ?
Source; Missouri marriage license, Springfield, Greene, Missouri
  • Were there two John D Bakers in Springfield area?

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002

1888 - Marriage to Virginia “Jennie” Shaw 
Source; 1900 US Census which states they have been married 12 years.

4 Jul 1888 birth of Roy H Baker In Greene County, Missouri < my grandfather

26 Jan 1891 - Marriage to Jennie Shaw; born Oct 1869 in Missouri, death ?
Source; Missouri marriage license, Springfield, Greene, Missouri
  • Compare this to the census marriage date?

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002

Apr 1892 birth of Harry E Baker in Missouri
Dec 1894 birth of Edith Baker in Missouri
Sep 1898 birth of Ella B Baker in Missouri
Source; 1900 US Census

1902 birth of Mary Baker in Missouri
Source; 1910 US Census

Information from the 1900 Census, census taker was very sloppy...
Enumerated on 4 Jun 1900
Address 1961 Benton Ave, North Campbell Township, Springfield, Mo
(They live very close to the Beckleys, Hazel Opal Beckley appears to be Roy's 1st? wife)
Head of household
Age 39
John's parents were both born in Iowa
His occupation is Shoemaker
Months not employed 0
He can read, write and speak English
They rent

By the 1910 Census Jennie is living in Topeka, Kansas married to Charles Smith, birthplace Michigan, parents birthplace, father; New York and mother; Germany, and has three more children; Mary Baker age 8 born in Missouri, Jennie Smith age 3 and Charles Smith age 1, both born in Kansas. John and Jennie's daughter Ella who would have been 12 is not on the census with her mother and step father. Edith and Mary are with Jennie. Roy would have been 22, his whereabouts is unknown. Harry E. would have been 18 and his whereabouts is unknown.
  • What happened to Ella?

1910 United States Federal Census, Topeka, Ward 2, District 0150, Shawnee, Kansas, USA

Possible that Roy was either Jennie's or John's (Louise) by another relationship?
I am looking at a DNA connection to Jennie's family that looks very probable.

What happened to John D Baker? Did he die or did he and Jennie divorce?

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