Research for the BAKER line has been ongoing for some thirty years. Although my other lines have at times taken precedence.
As more information develops, more questions remain unanswered.
For instance I have collected thru the US Census the christian names of BAKER children who were heretofore only known by nicknames.

I know where most of these children wandered and whom they married. The greatest area of unknown is prior to 1848-50 in CANADA, where James Thorne BAKER is listed in that census of Perth Co, Fullerton Twp along with the notation that he was born in Pt Hope, Ont. His birthdate is October 5, 1836. His parents are Christopher BAKER and Margaret LOCKLAIN.

I have nothing prior to this period of time. James married Frances Jane WARD in 1856. Frances was the daughter of James WARD and Eliza SULTZER. I know that Frances was born in TADCASTER, E. Yorkshire, ENGLAND in 1837 and that she and her parents immigrated to CANADA in 1840. I believe Frances had a brother. I also believe James had siblings.

I understand from my father, a grandson of James, that we do have family members still living in CANADA. There are surely cousins in MICHIGAN ,NEW YORK, MARYLAND and DELAWARE also.

Some of the collateral surnames are: WALTERS, HALL, JACOBS, BROWN, ALLEN, LARR, SMITH, MANCHESTER, MARSH, BATESON, ADAMS, PARKS, YODER, HEDGES, TOMPKINS, FIELD, ENGLE, SCOUTEN, STINE, HAVILAND, FAULKNER, MORELL, DEPEEL, WHEELER, BRADFORD, WHITE, RANKIN, HUSON, WEIXLER, DZUR, PROCTOR, PICKETT, WEAST, MARSH, MORRISON, DRABENSTOTT, HANKS, GIROUX.

I have recently begun correspondence with two TOMPKINS cousins who have provided a living link to the Grandmother I never knew and her paternal Grandfather George L. TOMPKINS, also several of my GGrandfathers siblings of whom I had no previous knowledge. I am looking forward to the next chapter in this line.
If you have any questions or knowledge for sharing please feel free to contact me using the appropriate surname. I always attempt to acknowledge and reciprocate wherever possible. We all put in many hours and deserve credit for our efforts.

Currently a good share of my family information is on my Ancestry.com website as Baker-Zahn Family. If you think you may be connected, contact me through my email and I will help you from my homebound database. Help me help you and we all fare well.


Baker in Ontario,Canada and pre and post-1870 Michigan
Updated December 22, 2010

Barbara Baker Zahn
buzybarb@hotmail.com

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  • Ken and Willis Baker in 1916 (95 KB)
    Ken was born in 1911 to Sheldon Baker and Blanche Tompkins in Big Rapids, MI. Willis was born two years later. Blanche was the daughter of Alexander and Martha Engle Tompkins of Altona, MI
  • Martha Arminta Baker Manchester (245 KB)
    Minty m. Norman Manchester in 1904 they relocated to New York. Martha Arminta Manchester d. in Springville, Cattaraugus Co., NY in 1965.
  • Sheldon Yetman Baker (33 KB)
    Sheldon was b. October 1873 in Canada. The son of James Thorne Baker and Francis Jane Ward. Sheldon m. Nettie Wexler 1907, Blanche Tompkins 1910 and Martha Dzur 1914.
  • Otis Thorne Baker (213 KB)
    Otis Thorne was b. February 16, 1879. Otis m. Arvilla MARSH in Hart, Oceana Co. MI in 1906. Otis d. in Scottville or Custer, MI in 1948.
 
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