William Baker (1840-1910) and Sarah Elizabeth Davis (1844-1921)

William Baker & Sarah Elizabeth Davis are my 3X Great Grandparents, the parents of my 2x great grandmother Mary Baker.

William Baker was born on May 9, 1840 in Tennessee. He was the son of Bowling Baker and Mary Jane “Polly” Smith.

Sarah Elizabeth Davis was born in February of 1844 in Taney County, Missouri. She was the daughter of Clemiel Davis and Martha Priestly.

On the 1850 US Census, William was 11 and his family lived in Linn, Taney County, Missouri. Sarah was 8 and her family lived in Swan, Taney County, Missouri.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 19 and his family lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. Sarah was 16 and her family lived in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. Both families were enumerated about two weeks before William and Sarah married.

William and Sarah were married on June 21, 1860 in Stone County, Missouri. He was 20 and she was 16.

On the 1870 US Census, William was 31 and Sarah was 22. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were two children in the home: Mary, age 6; and Sarah, age 6 months. Also in the home was Thomas Butler, age 22, who would marry Sarah’s sister Martha in 1874.

On the 1880 US Census, William was 38 and Sarah was 36. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were 5 children at home: Mary, age 16; Sarah, age 10; Ida, age 6; Eva, age 3; and Alexander, age 2 months.

On the 1900 US Census, William was 60 and Sarah was 57. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. There were 4 children in the home: Joseph, age 19; Ada May, age 17; Mandy, age 15; and Benjamin, age 12. Sarah reported that she’d had 12 children, and 7 were still living.

On the 1910 US Census, William was 70 and Sarah was 67. They were farming in Washington, Stone County, Missouri. Daughters Sarah Jane Baker Hardin and Eva Florence Baker Loomis and Ida Baker Daley Stallion, and sons Benjamin and Joseph lived nearby.

William died on September 4, 1910 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. He was 70. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1920 US Census, Sarah was widowed and 76. She lived in Washington, Stone County, Missouri with daughter Eva Florence Baker Loomis, her husband and children.

Sarah died April 22, 1921 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 71. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of William Baker and Sarah Elizabeth Davis:

Mary Baker – My 2X Great Grandmother Mary was born October 9, 1864. She married Sigel Francis Hedrick on November 6, 1881 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 9 children. Mary died on August 30, 1948 in Ruth, Stone County, Missouri. She was 83. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read about her here.

Sarah Jane Baker – Sarah was born December 17, 1869. She married David A. Hardin on September 27, 1896 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 6 children, but only 2 were living in 1910. In 1920 they were caring for orphaned sisters Ella and Carol Gore. She died April 30, 1938. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ida B. Baker – Ida was born in December 1874 in Missouri. She married John Daley on August 15, 1892 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 2 children. She married Joseph Stallions on March 21, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. He had been widowed and had a daughter. They had 3 children, and Ida died in 1908. She was 33 or 34.

Eva Florence Baker – Eva was born July 28, 1877 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Hiram Loomis on January 19, 1896 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 7 children, and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 23, 1954 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 76. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Harvey Baker – Joseph was born on February 29, 1880 in Stone County, Missouri. (He was listed as “Alex B.” age 2 months on the 1880 US Census. He indicated he was born on February 29, 1879 on his World War I Draft Registration Card, but Leap Year was 1880.) He married Jennie Verdra Scobee on November 8, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 10 children. According to his World War I Draft Registration Card, he was tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair. He died January 4, 1969 in Sacramento County, California. He was 88. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ada Mae Baker – Ada was born on December 7, 1881 in Galena, Missouri. She married William Crabtree on July 1, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. They had at least 5 children and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. They left Missouri for California sometime after the 1930 US Census. Ada died August 22, 1950 in Colusa County, California.  She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda J. “Mandy” Baker – Mandy was born July 19, 1885 in Stone County, Missouri. She married Benjamin Franklin Scobee on March 24, 1900 in Stone County, Missouri. Both of their fathers gave permission for the marriage and the wedding took place at the bride’s home. Amanda was 14 and Benjamin was 19.  The 191o US Census indicates that it was a 2nd marriage for both, and I found another marriage record indicating the couple was married again, at the same location, by the same Justice of the Peace, on December 24, 1904. They had at least 10 children, and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. She died May 9, 1962 in Greene County, Missouri. She was 76. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin H. Baker – Benjamin was born March 11, 1889. His World War I Draft Registration Card indicates that he was tall and slender with grey eyes and black hair. He married Gertrude Hill on February 3, 1910 in Stone County, Missouri. They had 1 child and farmed in Stone County, Missouri. He died August 27, 1971 in Galena, Stone County, Missouri. He was 82. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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