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1830 - - 1971 

Biography of William Thatcher Baker 


Genealogical Records 

Compiled 1971 


Kathryne Baker Witty and Alma Baker Rea 





Albert C. Baker 
Decor ah, Iowa 

1920 ^:::^'^^'f)?> 



This modest endeavor to write the biography of William 
Thatcher Baker would not have been possible without the remi- 
niscences of his only surviving child, his youngest, Angelina 
Alice Baker (Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson); the historical 
research of his grand daughters, Mildred Boone (Mrs. Joel 
Watkins Haden) and Mable Minier Baker (Mrs. Rex Benton De- 
Spain); the first typing of the manuscript by his great 
grand daughter-in-law, Jana Pettett (Mrs. Charles Nicholson 
Witty); the collection and listing of the names of his and 
Emily's descendants, and the organization and final typing 
of the manuscript by Alma Baker (Mrs. Otto Newton Rea). To 
all these wonderful, enthusiastic, dedicated people I am 
deeply grateful. 

A Grand Daughter, Kathrjme Baker 

(Mrs. Milton Brents Witty) 

March 1, 1971 




Biography ---------------------- 6 

Genealogical Records ---------------- 29 

Mayflower Ancestor Data ------------- 31 

Genealogy of the Baker Family ---------- 49 

Rice-King-Baker Connection ---_______ 54 

Will of Charles Baker, Esquire --------- 56 

Children of Artemas and Mehettable Baker - - - - 59 

Children of William Thatcher Baker and 

Emily Elvira Beeman Baker ------ 61 

Conant Genealogy ----------------- 62 

Beeman Family Bible Record ------------ 67 


#1 Artemas Baker and Artemas Baker, Jr. ----- -- 72 

#2 James Beeman ------------------- 72 

#3 "Little Grandma" - Elizabeth Baker Beeman - - - - 74 

#4 Letter from Judge John J. Good ---------- 75 

#5 Sanger Brothers ----------------- 77 

#6 Anthony Bannon Norton, Newspaper Publisher - - -- 77 

#7 Old Letters Tell about Baker and Elam Families -- 78 
#8 Descendants of William Thatcher Baker and 

Emily Elvira Beeman Baker ----- 82 


TWIN OAKS - two markers ------------- 140 

BAKER REUNION 1970- Historical Marker ------ 141 

dedicated to William Thatcher Baker 

BAKER REUNION 1971- Historical Marker ------ 144 

dedicated to James Jackson Beeman 

BAKER STORE MARKER, Lockney, Texas -------- 148 

#10 REMINISCENCES by Genella Baker Deavenport - - -- 155 

#11 Life and activities of Kathryne Baker Witty - -- 179 

#12 1971 Available Addresses ------------ 180 





EMILY ELVIRA BEEMAN -------------- 5 

HOME ON PLUM CREEK ---------------- ^^ 


HOME IN HAMILTON, TEXAS -------------- 25 

THE FAMILY - Emily and Children ---------- 26 

FIRST FAMILY REUNION with Grandchildren ------ 27 

EMILY ELVIRA BEEMAN BAKER and Daughters ------ 28 

TWIN OAKS MARKER ----------------- 109 



BAKER STORE MARKER ---------------- 116 

Bom October 10, 1830 in Licking County, Ohio, 
near Zanesville. Died August 8, 1884, Hamilton 

County, Texas. 

William Thatcher Baker and his bride, Emily 

Elvira Beeman, taken on the second day of 

their marriage. They married September 18, 

1856 in Parker County, Texas. Emily was born 

Jan. 8, 1841 at Dalby Springs, Bowie County, Texas, 


William Thatcher Baker was a pioneer settler of Hamil- 
ton County, Texas, who bought land on Plum Creek and named the 
Ohio community after his native state when he became its first 
postmaster 4 May 1882. Besides being postmaster he farmed, 
raised stock, and operated a gin and a store. He was born 
near Zanesville, Ohio, in Licking County 10 October, 1830. 
His parents were Artemas Baker, lawyer, born 4 February, 1780, 
Templeton, Massachusetts, and Mehettable Conant, bom 24 July, 
1793, at Becket, Massachusetts. They were married at Windham, 
Portage County, Ohio, 17 August, 1813. 

William's brother Artemas, Jr., was responsible for the 

family's leaving Ohio and settling in Texas where he had been 

living a year. The following account is a story of the trip 

to Texas and a bit about their early days there copied from 

The Lone Star State Biographical History of Dallas County , Texas , 

published by the Lewis Publishing Company 1892, page 574. 

"Artemas Baker Jr. a prominent pioneer of Dallas County, 
Texas, dates his birth April 14, 1821. His parents were 
Artemas Baker and Mehettable Conant Baker, natives of 
Massachusetts. The father when young moved with his 
parents to New Hampshire. The mother was reared near 
Cape Cod, the place of her birth. When 16 years old 
she in company with her father's family went west and 
located in Portage County, Ohio, in Windham Township. 
About the same time, in 1806 or 1807^ Mr. Baker landed 
in the same neighborhood, having made the trip from New 
Hampshire on foot. 

1. See Appendix No. 1 

2. Note: These dates are incorrect. History of Portage Coun - 

ty , Ohio , Chicago, Beers & Co"! 1880, state that col- 
onists did not come to Portage County until summer 
of 1811 so Artemas came after that time. 

He settled in Ravenna, the County seat of Portage County and 
took up the practice of law, he having previously prepared 
himself for this profession. It was there he met and married 
Miss Mehettable (Manly) Conant, native of Massachusetts. 
Soon after his marriage, Mr. Baker moved to Wheeling Creek. 
From there he moved to Bridgeport 3, Belmont County, Ohio, 
where he continued to practice his profession for a number 
of years. 

"About 1825 he took a contract on what was known as the National 
Military Pike. On this he was engaged five years. He also 
interested himself in agricultural pursuits, having bought a 
farm west of Zanesville, Ohio. From that place he moved to the 
Narrows of Licking Creek where he extensively engaged in quar- 
rying rock, boating on the Ohio Canal and rafting logs for a 
number of years. He was also engaged in building canal boats. 

"In the fall of (October) 1849, he, with several others, boarded 
a canal boat and floated to New Orleans, La., from there by 
steamer to Shreveport, La., and thence by ox team to the loca- 
tion where Hutchins now stands, and reaching his destination 
on April 4, 1850. 

"Mr. Baker was the father of 17 children, several dying in in- 
fancy. Nine came to Texas and four are still living in this 
state. He bought land on Bear Creek, near where Lancaster is 
now located and lived there until his death October 11, 1853. 
(He is buried in Rawlins Cemetery-K.B. Witty, 1966.) Mrs. Baker 
survived her husband. She died May 22, 1873. 

"Artemas Baker, Jr., preceded his father to this state April 
5, 1848. He took a Headright -of half a section of land on the 
Trinity River about 14 miles southwest of where Dallas now 
stands. Dallas then consisted of only a few log cabins. The 
first year Mr. Baker spent in Texas was a memorable one to him. 
He had the varioloid and afterward the yellow jaundice. His 
companion, William Welsh, took smallpox from him and Mr. Baker 
nursed him through his sickness. Previous to his coming to 
Texas he had been working on a large steamer, plying between 
New Orleans and Cincinnati and it was on this trip from Shreve- 
port to Dallas that he was attacked with varioloid. 

"In the fall of 1848, he returned to Ohio and remained one 
year. November 8, 1849, he married Miss Lavina Bordner, a 
native of Lancaster County, Penn. , and a daughter of Peter 
Christiana (Lash) Bordner of the same place. She is one of a 


family of 13 children, 12 of whom lived to marry and have 
large families. Mrs. Baker's mother is still living in 
Fulton« County, Illinois, with her son, Washington Bordner, at 
the advanced age of 102, having been born October 26, 1789. 
She and Mr. Bordner were married in 1810 and lived together 71 
years. At his death he lacked less than ten months of being 
100 years old. Mother Bordner 's descendants two years ago, 
living and dead were as follows: Children 13, grandchildren 
99, great grandchildren 217, great, great grandchildren 24, 
total 353, and this number has since been increased. During 
the past eight years she has made three trips to Texas to visit 
her children. 

"Soon after his marriage Mr. Baker returned to Texas, locat- 
ing near where he had taken a headright on his previous trip. 
The following fall he moved to Corsicana and worked at the 
trade of shoemaker there for two years. Then he formed a 
partnership with Cornelius Vernoy and turned his attention to 
farming on the headwaters of Chambers Creek, near Alvorado. In 
the winter of 1854-55 he left this place and went to Jack County, 
settling on the West Fork of Keatchie Creek. While there the 
Indians became hostile and settlers had to build forts for pro- 
tection. At the time Mrs. Baker was siommoned to attend a neigh- 
bor, Mrs. Cameron, during confinement. On account of the strange 
actions of the Indians she was afraid to venture from home and 
persuaded Mr. Cameron to bring his wife to her house. He re- 
turned for that purpose, but never came back, he and his wife 
and three children having been murdered by the red men. 

"In 1861 Mr. Baker moved to Dallas County to his present loca- 
tion. His farm at that time was in its wild state, now it is 
one of the best improved places in the county. Mr. and Mrs. 
Baker are parents of seven children: Helen Brundage, wife of 
Andrew Brundage, who is Mayor of Midlothian, Ellis County, 
Texas; Kate, wife of William Fitzpatrick, lives on the farm 
with Mr. Baker; Sallie, wife of James Brundage; Baylor, who 
married Miss Mattie Hinkle and lives in Wichita County, Texas; 
May, who wedded J. T. Cates, died in 1890 leaving three child- 
ren; Bell, wife of Samuel Waldren, resides in North Bend, 

"During the war, Mr. Baker was in the Confederate service 
two years. He was commissioned to make shoes and harness, 
working in Dallas. He is now comfortably situated, sur- 
rounded with all the comforts of life. He is an active temp- 
erance worker and is regarded as one of the representative 
citizens of the county. 

3. See Appendix 1 

Various members of the Baker family bought land in Dallas 
County. Mehettable (spelled Mahitable in Vol. E, Page 293 in 
Deed Records), William's mother, paid the W. C. Shelton heirs 
$100 for 320 acres of land on 18 Jan., 1856 and she did "grant 
bargain and sell and release unto William T. Baker assignee of 

Mahitable Baker all the tract of land situated as follows" 

in Dallas County on Bear Creek about 15 miles S 5 E from Dallas. 
William bought 160 acres on January, 1857, (Vol. E, Page 662) 
and another 160 acres 4 February, 1857, (Vol. E, Page 663). 
The Deed Records show that Levina. (Lavina) and Artemas were 
buyers of good-sized tracts of land also. 

In the special session of September Term of Dallas County 
Court 1865, William was granted a license to keep a ferry about 
one and a half miles below Dowdy's ferry on the Trinity River 
for one year from September, 1865. On March 9, 1866, he bought 
20 acres on the S.W. bank of the Trinity River which included 
the landing place of his ferry which he had established a few 
months earlier (Vol. J, Page 185). 

The Franchise 

The State of Texas In the County Court of said 

County of Dallas County Special September Term 1865 

Whereas, William T. Baker has been granted leave by the 
County Court of said County to keep a ferry in said County 
about one and a half miles below Dowdy's ferry on the Trinity 
River, and whereas the said Wm. T. Baker has paid the required 
Tax, as appears from the receipt of the County Treasurer by 
him produced, and has given bond as required by Law. There- 
fore, the said Wm. T. Baker is hereby authorized to keep a 
ferry at the crossing aforesaid, for the Term of one year 
from the 25th day of September, 1865, and to charge for cross- 
ing thereat, according to the following rates of ferriage, 

For each Footman .05 

For Man & Horse • 10 

For Horse and Buggy .25 
For Wagon or Carriage with 1 Span of 

Horses or Oxen .25 
For Wagon with 2 Span of Horses or 

Oxen . 40 
For Wagon with 3 Span of Horses or 

Oxen .50 
For Wagon with 4 Span of Horses or 

Oxen . 60 
For Wagon with 5 or more Span of Horses 

or Oxen . 75 
For each head of loose Horses or 

Cattle .05 

For each head of Sheep or Hogs .02% 

For which this shall be his sufficient License. 

In Testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal of the County Court, Dallas County, Texas, this the 23rd 
day of October, 1865. 

Wm. J. Dunn Clk. Co. Ct. D. Co. Tex. 
By J. (?) P. Thomas, Dpty. 


On 18 September, 1856, William married Emily Elvira Bee- 
man, daughter of James Jackson Beeman and wife Sarah Crawford 
Beeman. The Beemans had preceded the Bakers to Texas ten years 
before, and like them the Beemans moved farther west with each 
new generation as the Indians were driven back. Emily was born 
8 January, 1841, in a covered wagon about four weeks after the 
family had crossed the boundary line into Texas 6th of December 
1840, to camp in Bowie County at Dalby Springs. James, his 
brother John and family, and nephew John S. Beeman rented land 
in this County while waiting for titles to their land which they 
were to get as members of Peters Colony. 

In that first spring they joined a company of 400 men 
headed by General E. H. Tarrant to drive back the Indians from 
the settlements west of there along the Trinity River. After 
a few months they moved to Bird's Fort 22 miles west of Dallas. 
In January of 1842 Col. John Neely Bryan rode into Fort Bird and 
asked the families living at the Fort to move to his location 
where the West Fork and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River meet. 
About the first of April the Beemans loaded their wagon which 
was the only one in the group, and drove to the proposed town- 
site cutting their way through the river bottoms arriving at the 
embryo Dallas on the third day. 

4. See Appendix No. 2 

5. Note: On 16 July 18 72, when the old Houston and Texas Cent- 

ral Railroad depot was opened in Dallas with five or 
six thousand people in attendance the "city dignitar- 
ies who spoke that day were John Neely Bryan, who built 
the first cabin in Dallas, and James J. Beeman, who 
brought the first covered wagon here". The quotation 
and information is from article by Karen Martin in 
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS , Friday Sept., 1963, entitled 
"^ate Fair Rescues~TTnest Dallas Depot". 


Sarah, James' wife, died 8 March 1848. A year later, 
when gold was discovered in California, James decided to seek 
his fortune there. He left his children, Mary Jane, age 10, 
Emily Elvira, age 8, Francis M. , age 5, and Anice, age 3, and 
a negro woman to care for them. They lived in a log cabin with 
their cousin Margaret, who had married John Neely Bryan in Feb- 
ruary 1843. The 1850 census names these children and the Negro 
as members of the Bryan household. 

James returned in 1850 but without the fortune. The fol- 
lowing year on 29th of November 1851 he married Elizabeth (Bet- 
ty) Baker , William's sister, who had taught the Beeman children 
for several years. This made Elizabeth William's step-mother- 
in-law after he married Emily Elvira Beeman in 1856. 

In 1854 James "exchanged his headright for merchandise 
and moved to Parker County. He established a trading post and 
stage stop at his farm on the Fort Worth Belknap Road about 5 
miles northeast of the present town of Weatherford. While living 


there the first County Court of Parker County was held in the 
post oak grove on the Beeman Farm. Later he moved into town 
and operated his business there and was appointed postmaster, 
the fourth one of Weatherford, serving from February 17, 1858 


to September 20, 1858. It was while living here that William 
and Emily married 18 September 1856 and went to live in Dallas 
County . 

6. Note: Scott Beeman told this to F. M. Cockrell in 1927 

interview printed in the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. 

7. See Appendix No. 3. 

8. See Appendix No. 4. 

9. See Appendix No. 5. 


Having been reared in Ohio by New England parents where 
all their ancestors many generations before had been nurtured 
in a land where slavery was unprofitable and frowned upon, 
William was an abolitionist. In 1850 when the Bakers came to 
Dallas County there were 2,536 white people, 207 Negroes, and 
only 44 bales of cotton raised. This indicates that most of 
the settlers had no economical use for slaves, or were aboli- 
tionists. The Baker family fell into this last group. They 
had possessed no slaves in Ohio and they owned none in their 
new home. Whether wittingly or unwittingly William's barn was 
used at times as a station of the "underground railway" in which 
runaway slaves spent the day then traveled by night to the next 
stop, in order to escape detection. Some time before the Civil 
War between the states he had a narrow escape from death. Some 
of the incensed slave owners met and marched to his home to 
hang him for participating, as they thought, in the escape of 
slave property. Just as the going became rough James A. Keller, 
an influential man in Lancaster, came forward and said that he 
would vouch for Baker's innocence. With that statement William 
was saved from an untimely end. When Texas seceded from the Un- 
ion he served his adopted state faithfully and well by making 
shoes for the Confederate soldiers. Texas was his home, he 
loved it, and he was a loyal citizen. 

Conscription was resorted to by both North and South and 
was opposed in both sections. The following explains why Wil- 
liam was not in the Army of the Confederacy: 

"William T. Baker, a conscript and a resident of Dallas 
County, Texas, age 31 years 5 feet 9 inches high hazel eyes 
and brown hair, born in the State of Ohio and by occupation a 
farmer, having taken the oath prescribed and having presented 
to me a certificate of disability, signed by the Conscript 


Surgeon appointed for Dallas County, Texas is hereby discharged 
from military duty, as a Conscript on account of physical dis- 
ability, Dallas, Texas, August 8th, 1862. 

Jno . C . McCoy 
Enrolling officer 
Dallas Co., Texas 

The following letter was written by William's father, 
Artemas, to his oldest child, Mehettable, born June 12, 1816, 
at Bridgeport, Ohio , who married Oswin Teagarden at Hanover, 
Licking County, Ohio, October 14, 1841. She and her husband 
moved to Rusk, Cherokee County, Texas, and were living there 
when Artemas wrote to her in 1852 describing conditions: 

"Pleasant Run Dallas Co. Texas 
March 11th 1852 

Dear Son and Daughter, 

The children here have done most of the writing be- 
tween us for some time. I have not heard from you for 
some time. 

My own health is now pretty good though through the 
winter I have been feeble and spiritless. The rest of 
us are in good health. I suppose you have heard of the 
marriages of Betsy and Mary. 

Betsy has married a man of the name of James Beeman, 
a widower with six (?) children. His children are agree- 
able, well raised. Betsy had taught them for near two 
years. They were fond of her. Betsy was well acquainted 
with Mr. Beeman. He is a man of handsome property and 
appears to be a kind husband. I think her prospects 
fair. Mr. Vemoy, Mary's husband, was an old batchelor, 

10. Note: Mehettable Teagarden died near Ronda, in 

Wilbarger County, Texas, May 6, 1898, and is 
buried in Palestine, Texas, in the new ceme- 
tery on the N.E. Comer of Lot No. 22 in 
Block No. 2. Oswin Teagarden, bom in Wheel- 
ing, West Virginia, May 13, 1812, died in 
Palestine, Texas, on March 28, 1887. He is 
buried in the same lot with his wife. 


an old settler in Texas, a man of business, apparently. 
A man of considerable property. He has been over to 
visit us. I like his appearance. I hope they are both 
well married. Artemas has gone into partnership with 
Vernoy (after working? work for him a year or more) in 
farming, & perhaps in shoe making too. They are locating 
in Chambers Creek about 40 miles south of us. 

Samuel Phelps has traded his horses, wagon, and rifle 
for half section of land, at one mile from our location. 
We have only three days ago decided on our location and 
had the survey made so we and Samuel are now settled at 
a nice distance on a stream we call Bear Creek - - on 
the south line of Dallas County 5 miles from the Post 
Office where this letter is mailed. 

I should like to know how you are coming and what are 
your prospects and expectations. 

This is a country, rich fertile, healthy. From the 
best information as good a country as in the state. It 
is fast improving and settling; the last Gen'l Assembly 
has done much to settle and grant land titles which is 
a great advantage. We have a village just started within 
two miles of us, with fair prospects. The best mill in 
the county, two stores came in within a few months. Pros- 
pects of ? ? Lots are as yet given to settlers. Whether 
you trade or whatever business you follow, you might do 
well somewhere here. I should like to see you settle in 
this or one of the adjoining counties. In the village 
near me you might do well with a store or with a fashion- 
able boot or shoe shop. We have plenty of coarse work- 
men that can make a sort of brown shoe, many make their 
own, but I know of no one but Artemas in this part of 
the state that can make good fashionable boots or a fine 
shoe. Dairying, wool growing, are first rate businesses 
here. Com or wheat or oats growing, well attended to 
will make any man rich. One neighbor of ours sold the 
oats he raised on 5 acres of land by carrying about 50 
miles to a fort for $300. 

There are very few slaves in this part of the state 
nor much prospects of more. Our limestone land is not 
as good as the sandy parts of the state for cotton. 
Sugar it is thought may be raised here to profit for 
family, supplies, but not for market. Wheat, corn and 
oats are the most valuable crops we can raise. The most 
certain money making business in our country. 


I want exceedingly to see you all. I much wish to 
see the children. Do write. Let me know all that con- 
cerns you. 

Your father, A. Baker Rusk County, Texas" 

Mr. Oswin & Mrs. Mehettable Teagarden 
(Letter postmarked March 24, 1852). 

One Christmas sometime in the late 1860 's after the Bak- 
ers had acquired the store, ferry, and three tracts of land, 
they were hard pressed for funds. There was no money to buy 
presents for the children. Emily rose to the occasion in her 
capable way by making a large batch of molasses cookies which 
pleased everyone mightily and brightened their Christmas Day. 

At the time William was operating his ferry and buying 
the 20 acres at one of the ferry sites in 1866, he also had a 
store and four children under nine years of age. They were 
Mehettable, James Artemas, Francis Houston, and William Thatch- 
er, Jr. He had to make a trip to Galveston with an oxteam to 
haul the merchandise he bought for the store in Lancaster. On 
the return journey he stopped to buy a gift for Emily at Milli- 
can, then a thriving railroad terminal and the crossroads for 
many stage lines traveling in all directions. He went to Sanger 
Bros. Store and chose a large rectangular 30-hour weight clock 
with a fruitwood frame which keeps perfect time today, when one 
thinks to wind it. When he arrived home with it Emily presented 
him with a baby girl, Jane Emily, born 12th of October. After 
Emily's death, the clock was given to Jane, who was as old as 
the clock was. When Jane stopped keeping house she gave it to 
her niece, Kathryne Baker Witty and husband Brents who had lived 
with her the first two years of their marriage. 

The following poem by Emily and William's youngest child, 
Angelina Alice (called Angle, now Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson) 
was written by her in her eighty-sixth year about the clock: 

11. See Appendix 5 



The first thing I can remember 

Is the fireplace and the mantel above, 

It held the old family clock 

Which had kept time with trials and love. 

When we left the old farm home, 

We brought with us the old clock. 

Having no fireplace it stood on a shelf 

Keeping time for thirty hours, then it would stop. 

This was caused by old weights slipping off, 

And having to be placed back in line. 

For years my mother could do this. 

But she grew old and weak with the time. 

It was a pleasure for Forrest to help. 
And I can almost hear her say, 
"You will have to fix the old clock. 
So we can tell the time of day". 

A granddaughter Kathryne wanted this clock. 
Has it in her kitchen on display. 
Long since, quit marking time. 
Or passing the minutes away. 

I remember an hour glass stood by the clock, 
Don't know why it was laid aside, 
I'm so grateful for the memories of long ago. 
They linger on and in my mind still abide. 

Angle Baker Nicholson, 
86 years old, 1969. 

Being the true pioneer that he was, and his forefathers 
before him, it wasn't long before William looked longingly to 
the west and bought 320 acres on the head of Plum Creek (which 
was patented to James H. Sparks, Ass'ee of Martin H. Gunter) 
for $640 from A. E. Ford of Coryell County, on August 10, 
1877. He sent his two oldest boys, James Artemas and Francis 
Houston, to the new farm to oversee the building of the new 
house -- a story and a half with the addition of what was then 
called a shed room on two sides. 


The family moved to their new home in March, 1879. When 

Emily saw the new house which wasn't as large as the one in 

Pleasant Run she shed tears of disappointment. The house 

was set in a beautiful location not many rods from Plum Creek 

which ran crystal clear over a rocky bottom into a very deep 

hole of water nearby. The cowboys used the cattle trail, a 

feeder to the Chisholm Trail, which ran close to the house. 

They bedded their herds near the spring-fed hole. Emily would 

often bake pans of hot cornbread and take to the cattle drivers 

camped there for the night. 

William brought walnuts from his home in Dallas and plant- 
ed them. He dragged large smooth rocks from the creek bed for 
steps to pave the areas around the doorways. He built a gin 
on the banks of the creek. On May 4, 1882, with the help of 
his friend A. B. Norton, Dallas County lawyer and newspaper 
publisher of Norton's Intelligencer , he obtained a postoffice 
for his neighborhood and was appointed the first postmaster, a 
place held at the time of his death. He named the office Ohio. 

Six years before the family left Pleasant Run a son was 
bom (9 September, 1873) who was named Norton Amos. Norton 

for A. B. Norton and Amos for a distant kinsman, Amos Baker, a 

school teacher. No. 1 Deme Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 

12. Later Called Lancaster. 

13. NOTE: Albert Clark Baker of Decorah, Iowa, who wrote 

Geneology and History of the Baker , Andrus , Clark , 
and Adams Families (l97D')tound the geneoiogicai 
records that Amos Baker had collected at the New 
England Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St. 
Boston, Mass. They had been given to the society 
by his grandson, Leslie Talbot Baker, 37 Newbury St, 
Boston. These family records were of great help 
to Mr. Baker when he was writing his book. 



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William Thatcher Baker and wife Emily Elvira Beeman had this 
house built facing east on their Plum Creek farm, 10 miles 
south of Hamilton, Texas and moved to it with their family 
March 1879. William planted the row of walnut trees by the 
rock fence. On April 12, he established a postoffice at his 
home which he named Ohio. He operated a store and a gin 
close by. 


with whom William corresponded and who planned to write a book 
on the Baker family, but did not complete the task. A letter 
from him dated May, 1882, told of his project. When Norton 
Amos was a very small boy the senior Amos sent his namesake 
a dollar. When William was writing to Amos sometime later he 
asked Norton what he wished to say to his kinsman. Norton 
said, "Tell him to send me another dollar." 

Emily and William found their neighbors in their new 
home to be good people of culture and refinement, some of whom 
were Keller, Stiles, Massie, Elam , Moore, Smith and Ballard 
-- to name a few. One of the first things they did was to es- 
tablish the Live Oak School. A granite shaft has been erected 
on the site of it at the entrance of the cemetery on which is 
inscribed the names of the founding trustees and Will jam's 
name is one of these. 

After the family moved to Hamilton County, Mary Oconasta 
was born, 7 July 1880. She was named for William's sister, 
born 11 June 1818, who married Cornelius Vernoy, and died at 
Corsicana 1 August 1852. Oconasta (name) was given to the 
first Mary in gratitude to an Indian woman by that name who 
befriended some of the Bakers in Ohio. The last child was 
Angelina Alice, born 26 February, 1883. She was named for 
Artemas * youngest sister Angelina Gray Baker, born 25 October, 
1839, who married James B. Gi Hi land in Weatherford at James 
and Elizabeth Beeman's home. 

In the summer of 1884 William became ill and after a few 
days illness he died 12 August of an ailment which would now 
be diagnosed as appendicitis. He was buried in the Live Oak 
Cemetery. Later his body was moved to the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in 

14. See Appendix No. 6 



The following obituary appeared in Norton's Union Intel - 
ligencer after William's death and is in the possession of 
his youngest daughter, Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Hamilton, 
Texas : 

"The departed year had its sad memories in the death roll 
it presented to our view. Among the niomber of old pa- 
trons of the Intelligencer was the following friend: 

"W. T. Baker was bom in Licking County, Ohio, on Octo- 
ber 10th, 1830, and emigrated to Texas in the spring 
of 1850, settling in the Pleasant Run Country four 
miles southwest of Lancaster. 

"He married Miss Emily E. Beeman near Weatherford, in 
Parker County and remained on his farm in Dallas County 
until the spring of 1879, when he moved to Plum Creek, 
Hamilton County, where he continued to reside until death 
overtook him on the morning of 18th of August, 1884. 

"His principal occupation during life was farming, he was 
honest, industrious, charitable, and generous. He was 
very zealous in behalf of temperance and good morals. 
Possessed of an investigative mind he was a diligent 
inquirer for the truth and when satisfied he was in the 
right, was a firm and unmovable Rock of Gibraltar. He 
was on the Intelligencer list from the start and never 
faltered or wavered in the support of the Constitution 
and the Union. He endured much obloquy and persecution 
for his devotion to the Stars and Stripes but firmly and 
bravely he pursued the even tenor of his way until all 
men who knew him came to respect and love him for his 
own integrity and worth. 

"In his new home he made good improvements and had pro- 
cured after long effort the establishment of a post office 
called Ohio of which he was postmaster at the time of his 

"There his family resides, and his boys, emulating the 
example of their father will always have friends and 


After William's death Emily continued to live at the Plxim 
Creek farm and with the help of some of the younger boys she ran 

15. See Appendix No. 7. 


the farm. In 1889 she moved into town where the educational 
advantages were better. On 12 September 1893, she married the 
Rev. 'David Thomas Holmes who was the minister of the Methodist 
Church in Hamilton for the year 1891. She returned to the farm 
with David where he proved to be an excellent farmer. 

David died 26 June, 1905, age 73, of debility at the 
home of his daughter Nannie and her husband Dr. Charles H. 
McCollum at Hico, Texas. Emily died after a short illness 22 
February 1920, and was buried at William's side in the I.O.O.F. 
Cemetery in Hamilton. 

William Thatcher Baker and Emily Elvira Beeman Baker 
were the parents of twelve children, named in order of date 
of birth: 

I Sarah Mehettable 

II James Artemas 

III Francis Houston 

IV William Thatcher 

V Jane Emi ly 

VI Elizabeth Scythia 

VII Charles Curtis 

VIII Norton Amos 

IX John Beeman 

X Margaret May 

XI Mary Oconasta 

XII Angelina Alice 


NOTE: Succeeding generations begin on Page 62, Appendix 8, 


The following poem was chosen by Wm. T. Baker as a 
tribute to his wife, Emily Elvira Beeman, 1881. 


Though fond of jollity-- 

I have a quiet life, 

And love a cozy evening passed 

At home with my dear wife; 

She brought me neither house nor land 

Her worth could soon be told. 

But she's a fortune in herself. 

And that's as good as gold. 

She does not wear the finest robes 

Nor dress in silk attire; 

But then if she looks fair to me 

What more could I desire? 

Our home is not the grandest, but, 

As it keeps out the cold, 

It pleases me, and pleases her, 

And that's as good as gold. 

When matters go a little wrong, 
And fortune seems to frown. 
If one's wife is true as gold. 
One can't be long cast down; 
For when I reach my home at night. 
She does not fret and scold, 
But always greets me with a smile. 
And that's as good as gold. 

Contented folks are happier. 
Than they who have great wealth; 
For gold does not buy happ ine s s , 
Nor can it purchase health; 
My wife and I will be content. 
When we have grown old, 
To be as happy then as now; 
And that's as good as gold. 

Author unknown. 


Above picture was taken in Dallas, Texas in August of 1906, 

Top row: Norton Amos Baker, John Beeman Baker, William 
Thatcher Baker. 

Bottom row: Charles Curtis Baker, Mother Emily Elvira 

Beeman Baker Holmes, James Artemas Baker, and 
Francis Houston Baker. 

Each one wears a State Republican Convention 
badge with picture of William Howard Taft, 
candidate for the Presidency. The six sons 
were attending the Convention. 


Home of Emily Elvira Beeman Baker Holmes, built in 1911, in 
Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas. It was here that the first 
Family Reunion was held May 29, 1912. All twelve children 
were present. 



The first family reunion, held May 29, 1912, in Hamilton, Texas 
From left to right, top row: John Beeman Baker, Norton Amos 
Baker, Charles Curtis Baker, William Thatcher Baker, Francis 
Houston Baker, James Artemas Baker; bottom row: Angelina 
Alice Baker Nicholson, Marv Oconasta Baker Boone, Margaret 
May Baker Lynn, Mother Emily Elvira Beeman Baker Holmes, 
Sarah Mehettable Baker Shannon, Jane Emily Baker Edgar, and 
Elizabeth Scytha Baker Holland. 


The First Baker Reunion in Hamilton, Texas May 29, 1912. 

Back row: Dr. William Thatcher Baker and wife Nannie Key 
Baker; Leo Martin Baker, Betty Martin Baker, Hazle Baker, 
Francis Houston Baker, Lenn Baker, Dr. Charles Curtis Baker, 
Charles Curtis Baker, Jr., Alma Nicholson Baker, Alma Baker, 
Kathryne Baker . 

Next row: Jane Baker Edgar, Ralph Piper Edgar, Meda Baker 
Honea, baby, James Artemas Baker, Mehettable Baker Shannon, 
Elizabeth Baker Holland, David Bunch Holland, Jr., David 
Bunch Holland, Sr. , Gay Miller Baker, Norton Amos Baker. 

Bottom row: Jacob Forrest Nicholson with daughter Angeline 
Nicholson, Angelina Alice Baker Nicholson with Jacob Forrest 
Nicholson, Jr., John Beeman Baker, Mother Emily Elvira Beeman 
Baker Holmes, Mary Oconasta Baker Boone, with William Bascomb 
Boone, The Rev. John Lynn, Margaret May Baker Lynn, Erma Baker, 

Sitting in front: Moe 
and Berin U. Holland. 

Silverberg Holland, Ned Baker Holland, 


The six daughters of Emily Elvira Beeman Baker Holmes taken 
in 1914. 

Top row: Mrs. John Lynn (Margaret May Baker), Mrs. Malcolm 
Alvah Boone (Mary Oconasta Baker), Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nichol- 
son (Angelina Alice Baker); 

Bottom row: Mrs. David Bunch Holland (Elizabeth Scythia Baker), 
Mrs. Ralph Piper Edgar (Jane Emily Baker), Mother Emily Elvira 
Beeman Baker Holmes, and Mrs. James Alexander Shannon (Sarah 
Mehettable Baker) 




Through both of his parents, Thatcher Conant and 
Elizabeth Manley, William Thatcher Baker is descended 
from several of the Mayflower passengers of 1620: 

Elder William Brewster, Patience Brewster, his 
daughter, Governor William Bradford, James Chil- 
ton and wife, Mary Chilton, John Howland and wife 
Elizabeth Tilley, and Desire Howland. These gen- 
ealogical lines have been given to the family in 
previous meetings of the Baker family. 

Emily Elvira Beeman and parents, James Jackson 
Beeman and Sarah Crawford, are listed in the book 
ges of the Members of the Daughters of the Republic of 
Texas, First Edition, Copyright by The Daughters of The 
Republic of Texas, 1963. 

NOTE: - It is interesting to know that Henry Wadsworth 
Longfellow traces his ancestry to Elder William 
Brewster and three other Pilgrims. 

EVANGELINE - A Tale of Acadia, by Henry Wadsworth Long- 
fellow with a biographical Sketch, Introduc- 
tion and Notes by H. E. Scudder. 


Statement of Line of Eligibility for Membership in the 

1. Gov. William Bradford of the Mayflower. Bom at Aus- 
terfield , Yorkshire , England, on March 19, 1589; 

died May 9, Lbb / , at . Married (2) Mrs. 

Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, born C. 1590, died 
1670. (She came on Ship "Anne", July 1623. They 
were married at Plymouth, August 24, 1623. 

Their son was 

2. William Bradford, born June 17, 1624 at Plymouth, 
died Feb. 20, 1703/4 at Plymouth. -'Married 2 

Wiswall, born , died 

Their son was 

3. Joseph Bradford, born c. 1674, died Jan. 16, 1747, 
at New London , Conn. Married (1) Ann Fitch on Oct. 
169F'^^ at Lebanon^ Conn. She was born April 1675 
at Norwich, Conn. Died Oct. 7, 1715, at Lebanon, 

Their daughter was 

4. Ann Bradford, born 1699, died married 1723 , 

Timothy Dimmock, born 1698, died 

Their son was 

5. Timothy Dimmock, bom 1726, died 1795, married 

Desire born 1733, died 1802. 

Their daughter was 

6. Eunice (Dimmock) Curley , born 1753, died 1801. She 
married (?) Asa Manley, born 1735, died 1799, at 
Coventry, Conn. (Asa Manley served as a Minute Man 
and served as a Private in the Lexington Alarm. 

See Nat. Society Daughters of American Colonists, 
Vol. II, 1930.) 

Their daughter was 

7. Elizabeth Manley born Feb. 2, 1769, died Oct. 1, 
1843, Married (1) on March 5, 1789, Thatcher Conant, 
bom March 2, 1767, died July 17, 1840. 

Their daughter was 

8. Mehettable Conant , born at Beckett , Mass. , July 24, 
died May 22, 1873, at Lancaster, Texas. Married at 
Windom, Portage Co., Ohio, on Aug. 17, 1813, to 
Artemas Baker , born at Gerry, Mass. , on Feb. 4, 
1/8U, died at Lancaster, Texas on Oct. 11, 1853. 


Their son was 

9. William Thatcher Baker born at Licking County, 
Ohio , on Oct. lU , 1830 , ~aied~t Hamilton County , 
Texas , on Aug. 12, 1884, married at Parker County, 
on Sept. 18, 1856, to Emily Elvira Beeman, born at 
Dalby Springs (Bowie County, Texas) on Jan. 8, 1841, 
died at Hamilton, Texas, on Feb. 22, 1920. 

* Artemas Baker (according to the Boston Library inform- 
ation) was born at Templeton, Mass., as Gerry was not 
formed until 1786. 


Statement of Eligibility for Membership in the 

1. James Chilton and wife, ________^ and 

daughter Mary. All three were Mayflower pas- 

sengers . 

Their daughter was 

2. Mary Chilton , first to step on Plymouth Rock, bom 
cTi605, died before 23rd of October 1678 and May 
1679, at Boston. Married Oct. 12, 1624, to John 
Wins low, bom April 16, 1597, at Droitwich, Eng- 
land, died before May 21, 1674, at Boston. (He 
came in the "Fortune** 1621. 

Their daughter was 

3. Mary Winslow, born before 1635, died after Oct. 28, 
1663, and before Nov. 1665. Married Jan. 16, 1650, 
at Plymouth to Edward Gray , bom c. 1629, died "ye 
last of June", ib«l, at Plymouth. 

Their son was 

4. John Gray bom 1750, died 1814. Married 1770, to 
^usannalRider) bom in 1753, died 1838. 

Their daughter was: 

5. Anna Gray, died after 1733 (?) married 1831/32 
Thatcher Freeman , boim in 1710. 

Their daughter was 

6. Lydia Freeman bom in 1733, died Jan. 16, 1808 
(.probably at Beckett, Mass.,) married 1761 (his 
4th wife) George Conant , bom Jan. 12, 1723, Ply- 
mouth, died March 3, 1792, Beckett, Mass. 

Their son was 

7. Thatcher Conant , bom March 2, 1767, Barnstable, 
Mass. , died July 17, 1840, Windom, Ohio. Married 
March 3, 1789, at Beckett, Mass. to Elizabeth Man ley 
bom Feb. 9, 1769, Coventry, Conn, died Oct. 1st, 
1843, at Windom, Ohio. (The family moved to Ohio 

in 1811.) 

Their daughter was 

8. Mehettable Conant, bom at Beckett, Mass., on July 
ZU, i/yj, died at Lancaster, Texas, on May 22, 1873, 


married at Windom, Portage County, Ohio or Lancas- 
ter, N. H. on Aug. 17, 1813, to Artemas Baker , born 
at Templeton, Mass. (Gerry in 1786) on Feb. 4, 
1780, died at Lancaster, Texas, on Oct. 11, 1853. 

Their son was 

9. William Thatcher Baker , bom at Licking County, Ohio, 
on Oct. 10, IBJO, died at Hamilton County, Texas, 
on Aug. 12, 1884, married at Parker County, Texas 
5 mi. north of Weather ford, Texas, on Sept. 13, 
1856, to Emily Elvira Beeman , born at Dalby Springs, 
Bowie County , Texas on Jan. 8, 1841, died at Ham- 
ilton, Texas on Feb. 22, 1920. 


Statement of Eligibility for Membership in the 

1. John Rowland born 1592/3 died Feb. 23, 1672, and 
wITe, ^nTzaUeth (Tilley) bom 1697, married 1623 
after August 14, died Dec. 21, 1687, age 80. Both 
were passengers on the Mayflower. Elizabeth's 
parents John Tilley and wife Elizabeth (Comyngs) 
were also passengers on the Mayflower. 

Their daughter was 

2. Desire How land , bom in Barnstable, Mass., died 1683; 
married John Gorham in 1643. He was born 1621, died 

Their daughter was 

3. Lydia Gorham , born died married to 

John Thatcher , born died 

Their daughter was 

4. Lydia Thatcher born died Married 

Joseph Freeman born 1682, died 1756. 

Their son was 

5. Thatcher Freeman, born 1710, died married 

1/31/32 to ~?[nna~Gray . 

Their daughter was 

6. Lydia Freeman , married George Conant . Lydia bom 

1/33, died at on Jan. E, 1808, married 

at 1761. George Conant born at Plymouth, 

Mass., on Jan. 13"^ 1723, died at Beckett, Mass., 

on March 3, 1792. 

Their son was 

7. Thatcher Conant , born at Barnstable, Mass., on March 
Tj 1/6/, died in Ohio on June 19, 1840, married at 
Coventry, Conn., on March 5, 1789 to Elizabeth Man - 
ley , bom at Coventry County, Conn, on died 
on Oct. 1, 1845. 

Their daughter was 

8. Mehettable Conant , born at Beckett, Mass., on July 
24, 1/93, died at Lancaster, Texas, on May 22, 1873, 
married at Windom, Portage County, Ohio, or Lancas- 
ter, N. H. , on Aug. 17, 1813, to Artemas Baker , 
bom at Templeton, Mass. (Gerry in 1786) on Feb. 

4, 1780, died at Lancaster, Texas, on Oct. 11, 1853. 


Their son was 

9. William Thatcher Baker , born at Licking County, 
Ohio, on Oct. W, 1830, died at Hamilton County, 
Texas, on Aug. 12, 1884, married at Parker County, 
Texas, 5 miles north of Weatherford, Texas, on 
Sept. 18, 1856, to Emily Elvira Beeman , born at 
Dalby Springs , Bowie County, Texas , [near Booth 
Creek, near Texarkana) as family was coming to 
Texas with Peter's Colony, on Jan. 8, 1841, died 
at Hamilton, Texas, on February 22, 1920. 


Statement of Line of Eligibility for Membership in 


1. William Brewster of the Mayflower 

His daughter was 

2. Patience Brewster who married Governor Thomas France 
Her daughter was 

3. Mercy Prence born at Plymouth, Mass. in 1631, died 
at Eastham, Mass. , on 28 Sept. 1711, married at 
Eastham, Mass., on Feb. 13, 1650 to Ma j or John 
Freeman born at England on c Ib/l, died 

at Eastham, Mass. on 28 Oct. 1719. 

Their son was 

4. Thomas Freeman bom on Sept. , 1654 at died 

at 9 Feb. 1715/6 (Virkus~Elc. Vol. 3) married 

on Dec. 3, 1673 to Rebecca Sparrow, bom at 

~~~ 30 Oct. 1655 (Virkus Bk. Vol. 3) at 

on Feb. 1740 (Virkus Bk. Vol. 3). 

Their son was 

5. Joseph Freeman born at 11 Feb 1682/3, died 

Mar. 1756; married 13 Oct. 1709 to Lydia Thatcher 
bom died Oct. 13, 1724. 

Their son was 

6. Thatcher Freeman born 1710, died married on 

II Jan. 1/31/32 to Anna Gray. 

Their daughter was 

7. Lydia Freeman bom 1733, died at Beckett, Mass., 6 
Jan. 1808, married 1761 to George Conant , bom at 
Plymouth, Mass. on 13 Jan. 1/237 died at Beckett, 
Mass., on March 3, 1792. 

Their son was 

8. Thatcher Conant , bom at Barnstable, Mass. on 2 
March 176/, died at Ohio on 19 June 1840, married 

at Coventry, Conn. 5 March 1789 to Elizabeth Manley , 
bom at Coventry, Tolland Co., Conn, on Feb. 9, 
1769, died at Windham, Ohio on Oct. 1, 1845. 

Their daughter was 

9. Mehettable Conant bom at Beckett, Mass. on 24 
July 1/93, died at Lancaster, Tex. on May 22, 1873, 


married to Artemas Baker, bom at Gerry, Mass. or 
Lancaster, N. H. on 4 Feb. 1780, died at Lancaster. 
Texas on 11 Oct. 1853. 

Their son was 

10. William Thatcher Baker , bom at Licking Co., Ohio, 
on 10 Oct. i«30, died at Hamilton Co., Texas on 
12 Aug. 1884, married at Parker Co., Texas, 5 mi. 
north of Weatherford, Texas on Sept. 18, 1856, to 
Emily Elvira Beeman, bom at Dalby Springs, Bowie 

^^'iJ^^^f^* °" ^ ^^^' 1S^^» <iied at Hamilton, Texas 
on 22 February 1920. 



to the following organizations: 


2. Society of descendants of KING WILLIAM I, THE CON- 


The following Mary (Wentworth) Brewster line 
was taken in its entirety from the book, 
Harry Joseph Morris . 

Each specific item was carefully researched and 
authenticated by the author and references are 
given in her book for each fact. Two copies of 
this book are in the Dallas Public Library, and 
one copy is in the Lubbock Public Library, genea- 
logical division. 

William Brewster and wife Mary Wentworth Brewster were 
Mayflower passengers in 1620. 

The descent is shown below: 

1. Mary (Wentworth) Brewster, wife of William Brewster 

2. Patience (Brewster) Prence, wife of Thomas Prence 

3. Mercy (Prence) Freeman, wife of John Freeman 

4. Thomas Freeman, wife Rebecca (Sparrow) 

5. Joseph Freeman, wife Lydia (Thatcher) 

6. Thatcher Freeman, wife Anna (Gray) 

7. Lydia (Freeman) Conant, wife of George Conant 

8. Thatcher Conant, wife Elizabeth (Manley) 

9. Mehi table (Conant) Baker, wife of Artemas Baker 

10. William Thatcher Baker, wife Emily Elvira (Beeman) 





For names, dates, and places see following pages 
on eligibility statements. 


"ELDER DAME BREWSTER" - Mayflower, 1620 

Mary Wentworth, "Elder Dame Brewster," was descended 
as follows: 

WILLIAM de MOWBRAY, Surety for Magna Charta , was 
governor of York Castle, and one of the most prominent 
Magna Charta Barons. He was 16th in descent from Sveide 
the Viking, m. Advice d' Albini. 
They had: 

Roger de Mowbray m. Maud Beauchamp. 

Roger de Mowbray m. Agnes Clare, descended as follows: 
RICHARD de CLARE, Surety for Magna Charta, 4th Earl of 
Hertford, dying A.D. 1217. Descended from Sveide the 
Viking, m. Amicia of Gloucester. 

GILBERT de CLARE, Surety of Magna Charta, b. abt. A.D. 
1180, d. 25 October, A. D. 1230, m. Isabella, sister of 
WILLIAM MARSHALL, Surety for Magna Charta. 
Agnes Clare, as above, m. Roger de Mowbray. 
John de Mowbray m. Aliva Braos . 

John de Mowbray m. 1st Joan of Lancaster, descended as 

ROGER BIGOD, Surety for Magna Charta, Earl of Norfolk 
and Suffolk, and 15th in descent from Sveide the Viking, 
b. abt. A.D. 1150, d. A. D. 1221, m. Isabella, dau. of 
Hameline Plantagenet. 

HUGH BIGOD, Surety for Magna Charta, Earl of Norfolk 
and Suffolk, m. abt. A.D. 1212, Maud, one of the sisters 
of WILLIAM MARSHALL, Surety for Magna Charta , 16th in 
descent from Sveide the Viking. 
They had: 
Isabel Bigod, whose 2nd husband was John FitzGeoffrey, 


Sheriff of Yorkshire, and justice of Ireland, d. A.D. 

Maud FitzJohn FitzGeoffrey who m. 2nd William de Beau- 
champ, Baron of Elmley, and Earl of Warwick, d. A.D. 

Isabel Beauchamp, m. Patrick Chaworth, who d. A.D. 1382. 
Maud Chaworth m. Henry Plantagenet, Earl of Lancaster, 
a great grandson of JOHN, King of England. 
John of Lancaster, as above, m. John de Mowbray. 
John de Mowbray b. A.D. 1340, slain by the Saracens 
in A.D. 1368, m. Elizabeth Seagrave/Segrave, who was 
descended as follows: 

ROBERT de VERE, Surety for Magna Charta , was hereditary 
lord great Chamberlain of England, and 8th in descent 
from HUGH CAPET, Kind of France, d. 25 October, A. D. 
1221, having m. Isabel Bolebec. 

Hugh de Vere, Earl of Oxford, d. A.D. 1263, m. in A.D. 
1223, Hawise Quincey, dau. of SAIRE deQUINCEY, Surety 
for Magna Charta . 

Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford, and 6th great Cham- 
berlain, d. 2 September, A. D. 1296, m. Alice Saunford. 
Joan de Vere m. William de Warren, killed in a tourna- 
ment at Croyden, A. D. 1285, son of John, Earl of Warren, 
Alice Warren m. Edmund FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel, who 
without trial, was beheaded at Hereford in A. D. 1326. 
Alice FitzAlan m. Stephen/ John de Segrave, Constable of 
the Tower of London in A.D. 1323, who d. in Gascony in 
his father's lifetime. 

John de Segrave d. A. D. 1353, age 38 years, m. Margaret 
Plantegenet, dau. of Thomas Brotherton, son of KING ED- 
WARD I. Their only dau.: 

Elizabeth Segrave, as above, m. John de Mowbray. 
Alinore/Margaret Mowbray m. John de Welles, who was des- 
cended as follows: 


ROBERT de ROOS, Surety for Magna Charta , b. A. D. 1177, 
d. A. D. 1221 . He was the 4th baron of Hamlake Manor. 
His wife Isabel, dau. of William the Lion, King of Scot- 
land, and they had: 

William de Roos m. Lucia FitzPiers. 

Robert de Roos m. Isabel d' Albini, descended as fol- 

WILLIAM d' ALBINI, Surety for Magna Charta , lord of 
Belvoir Castle, 9th in descent from Louis IV, King of 
France, m. Margaret Umfraville, and d. 1 May, A. D. 

William d' Albini m. 1st Albreda. 
Isabel d' Albini, as above, m. Robert de Roos. 
William de Roos m. Maud Vaux. 

William de Roos m. Margery Badlesmere, descended as 
follows : 

JOHN de LACIE, Surety for Magna Charta , 15th in descent 
from ALFRED THE GREAT and 28th in descent from Cerdic, 
m. 2nd Margaret Quincey, descended as follows: 
SAIRE de QUINCEY, Surety for Magna Charta, Earl of Win- 
chester, b. abt. A. D. 1154, Crusader, d. 3 November, 
A. D. 1219, on way to Jerusalem. His wife Margaret Beau- 
mont, descended from CHARLEMAGNE and HUGH CAPET, King of 
France . 

Robert de Quincey m. Hawise, descended from Wm. The 

Margaret Quincey, as above, m. John de Lacie. 
Maud Lacie m. Richard de Clare, b. A. D. 1222, d. A.D. 

Thomas de Clare d. A. D. 1287, m. Julian FitzMaurice. 
Margaret Clare m. Bartholomew Badlesmere, b. A.D. 


Margery Badlesmere, as above, m. William de Roos. 
Maud Roos m. John de Welles. 

John de Welles, as above, m. Alianore Mowbray. 
Eudo de Welles, grandson of John de Mowbray, m. 
Maud Greystock/Greystoke, who descended as follows: 
HENRY de BOHUN, Surety for Magna Charta , was Earl of 
Hereford, 5th in descent from MALCOLM III, King of Scot- 
land. A Crusader, he d. on a pilgrimage to Holy Land, 
A. D. 1220. He m. Maud FitzGeof frey. 

Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex m. Maud, 
dau. of Raoul de Lusignan, Count of Eu. 

Alice Bohun m. Ralph de Toni of Castle Maud, Radnor, and 
Flamstead, Herts. 

Alice Toni, m. 3rd Guy de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. 
Distinguished himself at the battle of Falkirk, and 
caused Piers Gaveston to be beheaded, whose partisans 
afterward poisoned him and he d. at Warwick Castle, 12 
August, 1315. 

Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, b. A. D. 1315, 
d. A. D. 1369, an original K.G. , renouned for his out- 
standing Christian character and bravery at Crecy and 
elsewhere, m. Catherine Mortimer, also of baronial 
descent . 

Maud Beauchamp, d. A. D. 1403, m. Rogert de Clifford, 
Earl of Westmoreland. He was b. 10 July, A. D. 1333, 
and d. 13 July, A. D. 1389, having distinguished himself 
in the wars with Scotland and France. He became sheriff 
of Cumberland, and governor of Carlisle Castle. He was 
2nd son of Robert de Clifford, also of baronial descent, 
and his wife Isabel Berkeley. 

Catherine Clifford m. Ralph de Greystock, governor of 
Longhamban Castle in Scotland and one of the commis- 


sioners for guarding the West Marshes. While in com- 
mand of the military expedition against the Scots, he 
was taken prisoner by George, Earl of Dunbar, at Horse- 
ridge in Glendall. His ransom cost 3000 marks. His 
brother William, went as hostage for him to Dunbar, 
where he d. of the pestilence. Ralph d. A. D. 1417. 
Maud Greys tock, as above, m. Eudo de Welles. 
Lionel/Leo de Welles, K.G. , Lord de Welles, was slain 
at Towton, A. D. 1461, m. Joan/Cecelia Waterton, dau. 
and heir of Sir Robert Waterton. 

Margaret Welles, dau. of Lionel, Lord de Welles m. 
Thomas Dymoke, Knight of Scrivelsby, co. Lincoln, b. 
A. D. 1428, beheaded by Edward IV, in A. D. 1471, son 
of Philip Dymoke. 

Margaret Dymoke, dau. of Sir Thomas Dymoke, Knight of 
Scrivelsby, d. 20 June, A. D. 1463 and is buried in 
Lincoln Cathedral. She m. Thomas Fitzwilliam of Mab- 
lethorpe, co. Lincoln, d. 9 April, A. D. 1479, buried 
in Lincoln Cathedral. 

Beatrice Fitzwilliam m. 1st to Swinford, 2ndly to 

Richard Woodruff e of Woolley as his 2nd wife. 
Beatrice Woodruff e, dau. of Sir Richard Woodruffe, 
Knight of Woolley, widow of John Dent, Esquire, m. Sir 
Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse , who was des- 
cended as follows: 

(Note: Pedigree of Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, 
Earls of Strafford (Watson-Wentworth, Marquiss of Rock- 
ingham), Vernon-Wentworth of Wentworth Castle, and 
Wentworth of Woolley) Refer to notes at end of this 

Hugh or Robert de Wentworth, d. A. D. 1200, m. Masil. 
William de Wentworth m. 


Robert/William de Wentworth (or Winteworth, as the 
old Charters, have it) of Woodhouse, furs exoria temp, 
Henry III, m. Emma, dau. and heiress of William Wode- 
house/Woodhouse . 

William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse , only son 
and heir, d. between A. D. 1308/1309, m. Beatrix, dau. 
of Gilbert Thakel of Yorkshire. 

William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, m. 1st 
Dionista/Dyonisia, dau. of Sir Peter Rotherf ield/Roth- 
ersfield and granddau. of Sir Nicholas Rotherfield by 
his wife Euphemia, the dau. and co-heiress of William 
de L'isle, m. A, D. 1288 William de Wentworth, m. 2ndly 
Lucy, dau. of Sir Adam Newmarch, Knight. By his 1st 
wife Dionista, William de Wentworth, had: 
William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, succeeded 
his father in A. D. 1295, m. Isabel/Isabella, dau. and 
co-heiress (with Margery, wife of John Horbary, and Ali- 
cia, wife of Thomas Metham) of William Polling/Polling- 
ton, CO. York, and had: 

Sir William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, (in the 
7th year of Edward II, in A. D. 1314), m. Isabella, dau. 
and co-heiress (with her sister Johanna, wife of John 
Eyre of Chesterfield) of Robert Hoton of Hoton Roberts 
(by his wife Lucia, dau. and heiress of Sir Edward 
Shelton) (Partition of lands: Edward III, A. D. 1327). 
Sir William Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse m. Lucy, 
dau. and co-heiress of Walter, son and heir of Henry 
de Tynneslow alias Tins ley/Tyns ley , of Tjmneslow/Tyn- 
sley, CO. York, by Lucy, dau. of Walter le Brett. 
Sir William de Wentworth, of Wentworth-Woodhouse, m. 
Joan/Johanna, dau. of Sir William Fleming, Knight of 

William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse m. Lucy 
dau. of Isabel/Isabella, wife of William Sheffield of 


Bolderstoun/Bolsterstone . 

William de Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse m. 1st 
Isabella, dau. of Thomas Durant/Durrant of Chesterfield; 
m. 2ndly Isabel, dau. of Sir Thomas Reresby, of Thryberg, 
CO. York, and was father of: 

Sir Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, Knight, 
8th year of Henry VI to 27th year of Henry VI, fought 
valiantly on the side of King Henry VI, at the battle 
of Hesham/Hexham, 3 April, A. D. 1463, when he was made 
prisoner with the Duke of Somerset and others. He m. 
Joan, dau. of Sir Richard Redman, Knight, of Harwood 
Tower, and they had: 

William Wentworth, Esquire, of Wentworth-Woodhouse, who 
m. in the 39th year of Henry VI, Isabel dau. of Sir 
William FitzWilliam of Aldwark, York, and Mr. Wentworth 
d. in A. D. 1477. He and Isabel had: 
Sir Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse received 
the honor of knighthood in the 20th year of Henry VIII 
for his bravery in the battle of Spurs. Being a person 
of great opulence, he was styled "Golden Thomas." He 
paid a fine to be excused from being created a Knight 
of the Bath; and in A. D. 1528, he obtained a license 
from Henry VIII, to wear his bonnet and be covered in 
the royal presence as he was infirm. He m. as stated 
above, Beatrice/Beatrix, widow of John Dent/Drax, Es- 
quire, of Woodhall, and the dau. of Sir Richard Wood- 
ruffe, Knight of Woolley, and his 2nd wife, Beatrice, 
dau. of Thomas FitzWilliam of Mablethorp, co. Lincoln. 
Sir Thomas d. 5th December, A. D. 1548, aged 70 years. 
Will dated 21 August, A. D. 1546, and proved 8th March 
A. D. 1548/1549. He is buried at Wentworth, where there 
is a brass to his memory. (The Monumental inscriptions 


of the Wentworths in their Chapel, commence at this per- 
iod.) Sir Thomas Wentworth of Wentworth-Woodhouse, and 
his wife Beatrice/Beatrix had the following children: 

1. William Wentworth, Esquire, of Wentworth-Wood- 
house, m. Catherine dau. of Ralph Beeston, Esquire, 
of Beeston, in the 9th year of Henry VIII, and d. 4th 
December/ July, A. D. 1549, aged 42 years. 

2. Gervase Wentworth 

3. Michael Wentworth of Mendham Priory, co. Suf- 
folk and of Ottest, co. Essex, cofferer to King Henry 
VIII and to Queen Mary, and comptroller to Queen Eliza- 
beth I, d. 13th October, A. D. 1558, was buried at St. 
Margaret's, Westminister, 23rd October A. D. 1558. Will 
dated 12th October, and proved 30th November, A. D. 1558. 
He m. Isabel, dau. and heir of Percival Whitely, Esquire, 
of Whitely, co. York, who was aged 8 years at her father's 
death in A. D. 1532. 

4. Thomas Wentworth of Scorby/Scroby/Scrooby, co. 
Nottinghamshire/Notts, m. Grace, dau. of John Gascoigne, 
Esquire, of Lasingcroft, co. York, and had issue. 

5. Bryan Wentworth. 

6. Elizabeth Wentworth m. Ralph Denham/Denman, Es- 
quire, of Newhall Grange. 

7. Isabel Wentworth m. Nicholas Wombell, Esquire, 
of Thundercliffe/Thunnercliffe, co. York. He d. A.D. 

8. Beatrice Wentworth m. Thomas Worrall, Esquire, 
of Loversall, co. York 

Thomas Wentworth of Scrooby, co. Nottinghamshire/Notts, 
m. Grace, dau. of John Gascoigne, Esquire, of Lasing- 
croft, CO. York, and had the following children: 

1. Thomas Wentworth, their only son. 

2. Mary Wentworth m. William Brewster. 

3. Grace Wentworth. 

4. Elizabeth Wentworth. 


Mary Wentworth, prob. b. in Scrooby, co. Nottinghamshire, 
England, ca. A. D. 1569, d. 17 April, A. D. 1627 at Ply- 
mouth, Massachusetts, and was called "Elder Dame Brews- 
ter," after she had m. , as is stated above. (Refer to 
2. above, Mary dau. of Thomas Wentworth), prob. in 
Scrooby, co. Nottinghamshire, England, A. D. 1591, Wil- 
liam Brewster, who was b. prob. in Scrooby, Nottingham- 
shire, England, A. D. 1566/7, son of William and Pru- 
dence Brewster. He matriculated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, 
A. D. 1580, but did not graduate. Served under William 
Davidson, ambassador and Secretary of State to Queen 
Elizabeth I, A.D. 1584-1587. Postmaster at Scrooby, 
A. D. 1587-1602. He and his wife Mary, went with the 
Pilgrims to Holland, and were there A. D. 1608-1620. 
They were passengers on the "MAYFLOWER" in 1620 to Ply- 
mouth, Massachusetts, and he was the fourth Signer of 
"THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT," on the 11th day of November, 
A. D. 1620 (old style). He and his family settled in 
Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he was the "Ruling Elder," 
A.D. 1620-1629, and was the first Minister of the first 
church to be planted in New England, 11 December A. D. 
1620, which is today the oldest Protestant church with 
a continuous history in the Western Hemisphere. It was 
the First Congregational Parish, Plymouth, Massachusetts. 
Both Church and Parish became Unitarian. He and his 
family settled in Duxbury, Massachusetts, A. D. 1632- 
1637, where he was the first minister. He was Deputy 
to the General Court, A. D. 1636, and was Chaplain of 
the Plymouth Military Company. William Brewster d. 
in Pl5miouth, Mass., 16th April, A. D. 1644. 


Extracts taken from a book on the 


With Descriptive Travels of the Author 


Albert Clark Baker 

Decorah, Iowa, 1920 

William Baker married Johanna in England in 1590. Their 
son William and wife Mary, with one child, William, four 
years old came to America and settled in Concord, Mass. 
in 1660. The author calls this William, who first came 
to America, the first generation. 

1. William Baker, 1, died April 8, 1679. His 
widow, Mary, married Henry Jefts, a prominent citizen 
of Ballerica, Mass. 

Henry Jefts was bom in England in 1606 and died 
in Bellerica in 1700. No information of death of Mary. 

2. WILLIAM BAKER , 2, was bom in old England in 
1656, married Elizabeth Dutton of Wabum, Mass., daughter 
of Thomas and Susan Dutton of Wabury, Mass. May 5, 1681. 
Elizabeth was born on Dec. 29, 1659, and died April 7, 
1698. William married Abigal but we have no further 
history of her. His death occurred at Concord, Mass., 
June 8, 1702. Issue of marriage with Elizabeth, the 
third generation: 

MARY, bom May 1, 1682; ELIZABETH bom Sept. 15, 
1684; SUSANNA, born August 25, 1686; THOMAS, 
Dec. 9, 1690; JOHN, born May 6, 1692, died 
Aug. 3, 1694; SARAH, born Aug. 13, 1693, died 
Feb. 16, 1743. 

*JOSEPH, bom Jan. 8, 1696 in Concord, died 
Sept. 3, 1761, at Littleton, Mass. All these 
children were bom at Concord, Mass. 


3. JOSEPH BAKER, married Alice Jefts of Bellerica, 
Mass., daughter of John and Lydia Jefts of Bellerica, 
married at Concord, Mass. Dec. 11, 1716 by the Rev. John 
Whiting. Children of Joseph and Alice Baker: 

ALICE, bom in Concord, Nov. 14, 1717, died 

Aug. 26, 1767; WILLIAM, born in Concord, Dec. 

12, 1719, died Mar. 13, 1793; JOSEPH, born in 

Littleton, June 22, 1721, died 1776; LYDIA, 

born in Littleton, Mar. 19, 1723, died Jan. 9, 

1809; JOHN, born in Littleton, April 21, 1726, 

died June 1760; 

'VCHARLES, bom in Littleton, May 30, 1728; died 

April 3, 1813; TIMOTHY, bom in Littleton, Nov. 30, 

1730, died April 14, 1810; THOMAS, born in Littleton, 

Oct. 11, 1732, died 1778. 

4. CHARLES BAKER, son of Joseph, 3, of William, 2, 

of William, 1, born May 30, 1728; married Mary King (also) 
Rice, of Brimfield, Mass., May 30, 1751. She was the 
daughter of Ezra King of Worcester, Mass. Issue of this 
marriage was: 

CHARLES BAKER, JR., bom April 4, 1752. 

* JONAS BAKER, bom Jan. 17, 1754. 

LEVI BAKER, bom April 10, 1755. 

MARY BAKER, bom Sept. 4, 1757. 

ARTEMAS BAKER, born Jan. 10, 1759. 

LYDIA BAKER, bom June 21, 1761. 

JOSEPH BAKER, bom May 12, 1768. 

LUCINDA BAKER, born Nov. 20, 1768. 

JOHN BAKER, bom May 12, 1768. 

5. JONAS BAKER, son of Charles, of Joseph, of Wil- 
liam, 2, of William, 1, was bom Jan. 17, 1754; married 
Betty, daughter of Jonas and Betty Wilder of Templeton, 




Mass., Feb. 16, 1779 and died in Lancaster N. H. Feb. 24, 
1828. Issue of this marriage was: 

*ARTEMAS BAKER, bom Feb. 4, 1780 at Gerry, Mass. 

BETSY WILDER BAKER, born April 24, 1782. 

JONAS BAKER, bom Sept. 23, 1785. 

Jonas Baker, bom Oct. 28, 1786. 

MARY KING BAKER, bom March 27, 1793. 

CHARLES BAKER, bom March 27, 1789. 

SALLY BAKER, born May 18, 1799. 

CHARLES BAKER, bom March 27, 1793. 

LACONDA BAKER, bom June 21, 1795. 

EUNICE BAKER, bom Oct. 9, 1797. 
Mrs. Jonas Wilder Baker died in Lancaster, N. H. July 31, 
1801. Jonas Baker married again to Sally, daughter of 
Oliver Whitcomb of Littleton, Mass., May 22, 1802. Only 
living issue was Oliver Whitcomb Baker, bom March 2, 1806. 

6. ARTEMAS BAKER, son of Jonas, 5, Charles, 4, Jos- 
eph, 3, William, 2, William, 1, was born at Gerry Mass., 
Feb. 4, 1780 (became a lawyer), married Mehettabel, daug?i- 
terof Thatcher and Elizabeth Conant of Becket, Mass., at 
Windham, Portage County, Ohio, on August 17, 1813. Issue 
was as follows: 

ELIZABETH (Betty) BAKER, bom Oct. 10, 1814, 
died Dec. 15, 1898 at Waco, Texas. 
MEHETTABLE BAKER, bom June 19, 1816, at Bridge- 
port, Ohio, died May 6, 1898. 

MARY 0. BAKER, bom June 11, 1818, married Cornel- 
ius Vemoy, died Corsicana, Texas, Aug. 1, 1852. 
JONAS BAKER, bom Nov. 15, 1820, Bridgeport, Ohio, 
died May 28, 1822. 

ARTEMAS BAKER, bom April 14, 1821, in Bridge- 
port, Ohio. 


SYBIL BAKER, born Nov. 15, 1822, married Sam- 
uel C. Phelps of Licking Co., Ohio, Mar. 4, 

LYDIA BAKER, born Mar. 15, 1824. 
CHARLES BAKER, born Feb. 9, 1826. 
SUSANNA BAKER, born 1828, Aug. 26, died Jan. 2, 

WILLIAM THATCHER BAKER, born Oct. 10, 1830, died 
Aug. 12, 1884. 

EUNICE BAKER, born Nov. 7, 1882. 

REBECCA BAKER, bom April 30, 1834, died July 1, 
1852 at James Beeman's, East side of Trinity, 
Dallas Co., Texas. 
Artemas died Oct. 4, 1852 at Lancaster, Tex., and Mehet- 
table died at Lancaster, Tex., May 22, 1873. (Mehettable 
was bom at Becket, Mass., July 24, 1793.) 

CHLOE BAKER, born May 23, 1836 in Hanover, Ohio, 
died in Hanover, 0., Aug. 1836. 
ANGELINA GRAY BAKER, bom Oct. 25, 1839. Mar- 
ried James B. Gilliland, March 26, 1851, at James 
Jackson Beeman's in Parker County, Texas. 

Of this sixth generation Elizabeth (Betty), married 
James Jackson Beeman, November 21, 1851, in Dallas County, 
Texas . 

Mehettable married Oswin Teagarden in Ohio, October 
1, 1841, died at Ronda, buried at Palestine, Texas. 

Artemas Baker married Lavina Broadner of Hanover, 
Ohio, in 1849. 

Sybil married Samuel C. Phelps of Licking County, 
Ohio, in March 4, 1849. 

Mary 0. Baker, no further record. 


Note 1: William Thatcher Baker married Emily Elvira 

Beeman of Parker County, Texas, Sept. 8, 1856. 
Eunice Baker married Nathaniel B. Everts of 
Lancaster, Texas. 

Angelina Gray Baker married James B. Gilliland 
of Parker County, Texas, March 19, 1857, at the 
home of James Jackson Beeman. 

Note 2: Charles Artemas Baker went to Havana, Cuba, 

returned to Ohio. Afterwards was seen on board 
a vessel at New Orleans by an old friend of the 
family by the name of Bob Reed. Charles was 
never seen again. 



Descriptive Travels of the Author, by Albert 

Clark Baker, Decorah, Iowa, 1920 

Page 8 - - History of Embellishments: 

"The coat of arms (By the Name of Baker) I 
have no doubt is an original and not one of 
those that were sold to the public for prestige. 
My father said that his father prized much, and 
that he said it had been in the William branch 
of the family since brought from England. It 
is on a very ancient piece of sheepskin and 
shows all the marks of its ancient origin. It 
was put in a frame covered with Indian arrow- 
heads and for years hung in the sitting-room at 
our old home in Castalia. When we removed from 
there, it was taken from the frame; it was never 
reframed, but at father's death given to my broth- 
er William at Sioux City, yis son William having 
passed on, it was given to Frank Dike Baker of 
Sioux City, the oldest living son." 



Lineage showing the Baker Family eligibility for membership 
in the "Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Inc." The Historian 
and Editor is Frederick R. Rice, 16 Eastern Ave., Arlington, 
Mass. 02174. 

(I) EDMUND RICE, immigrant ancestor, bom in Barkham- 
stead, England in 1594. He probably came to America early 
in 1638. He settled in Sudbury, Mass., and was proprietor 
and selectiuaa tht^ce in 1639, he became the largest indivi- 
dual land-holder. He was one of the petitioners for the new 
town of Marlborough, Mass., and moved there in 1S60. 

He married first, in England, TAMAZIN ^ , she 

died 13 June 1654. Their son was: 

(II) SAMUEL RICE, born about 1634 in England, came to 
America with his family. He married in Sudbury, 8 Nov. 1655, 
ELIZABETH KING, daughter of THOMAS KING (l) who was also one 
of the proprietors of Marlborough, Mass. and originally from 
Shaftesbury, England. ELIZABETH was born in England about 
1635 and brought to America with her brother Peter. She died 
in Oct. 1667 when her sixth child, SAMUEL, was an infant. Be- 
fore her death she gave her baby boy to her brother Peter King. 
For many years this boy was known as SAMUEL KING, alias RICE, 
and his children were similarly designated. 

(III) SAMUEL KING, alias RICE, was born in 1667 in Sud- 
bury, Mass. He married ABIGAIL CLAPP, bom 29 Jan. 1659/60; 
died 17 Feb. 1729/30 at Sudbury. She was the daughter of 

(IV) EZRA KING, alias RICE, was bom 22 May 1697; died 
14 Jan. 1746 at Cape Brent on, Canada. He married SILENCE BOND. 

(V) MARY KING, alias RICE, was bom 9 July 1726; died 
in Gerry (now Phillipston) Mass., 8 May 1803. She married in 


Littleton, Mass., 30 May 1751, CHARLES BAKER (4) who was born 
in Littleton, 30 May 1728; died in Gerry (now Phillipston) , 3 
April 1813. He was the son of Capt. JOSEPH (3) and ALICE 
(JEFTS) BAKER of Littleton, Mass. 

CHARLES BAKER was one of the early settlers of Templeton, 
Mass. settled in 1762. He was a prominent figure in the early 
history of the town. He was a licensed Inn Holder and survey- 
or of many plots of land and roads. In 1786 the west part of 
Templeton and part of Athol, Mass. was set off for the town- 
ship of Gerry, Mass. and at the first town meeting he was cho- 
sen town clerk and selectman. 

(VI) JONAS BAKER (5), born in Littleton, Mass., 17 Jan. 
1754; died in Lancaster, New Hampshire, 14 Feb. 1828. He 
moved to the new town of Lancaster, N. H. in 1786, and the 
following year he surveyed the town into 100 acre lots. In 
civil life he served as selectman, town clerk, moderator and 
clerk of the court of common pleas, at different times. He 
married in Templeton, Mass., 16 Feb. 1779, BETTY WILDER, daugh- 
ter of JONAS and ELIZABETH WILDER. Their son was: 

(VII) ARTEMAS BAKER (6), born 4 Feb. 1780 in Templeton, 
Mass.; died 11 Oct. 1853 in Lancaster, Texas. He studied law 
at Hartford, Conn, and in the early 1800 's went to Ohio and 
settled first at Revenna, County seat of Portage County. It 
was in Revenna that he started law practice. And it was in 
Ohio that he met and married Miss MEHETTABLE CONANT, also a 
native of Mass. She was the daughter of THATCHER and ELIZA- 
BETH CONANT and was born in Becket, Mass. They came to Texas 
in 1850, and settled near Lancaster, Texas. 


Will filed April 15, 1813 
Series A, Case 2619 

In the name of God Amen: I, Charles Baker of Gerry in the 
County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Esquire. 
Being in a good measure of health and through the goodness of 
God, in sound mind and memory but calling to mind the mortal- 
ity of my body, and knowing that it is appointed to men once 
to die, do therefore make and ordain and publish this as my 
last will and testament in manner and form following, that it 
say first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand 
of God that gave it; and my body to the earth to be buried in 
a decent Christian manner by my Executor hereinafter named - - 

And with regard to such worldly estate as it pleased God to 
bless me with, I give, demise and dispose of the same in the 
way and manner following, viz-- 

First I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary, as a 
full right of dower, the whole of my part of the Farm that we 
dwell in in said Gerry, with my part of the buildings thereof; 
or she may take her maintenance out of my Estate according to 
a bond given me by my son Levi Baker, with all the privi ledges 
and advantages of said bond. I also give to my said wife the 
use of my pew in said Gerry Meeting House. I also give to my 
said wife all my household furniture to use as she may during 
her life. 

I give to my son Charles One Dollar to be paid him in one year 
after my decease; which with what he has already had will be 
his share. I give to my son Jonas one third part of a note 
of hand I hold against him and what more I hold against him 
and due on said note at my demise I order him to pay to my 


Executor for the benefit of my Heirs. I give to my son 
Artemas, all notes and obligations that I hold against him. 

I give unto my Grandchildren, namely, Lydia Stevens, Charles 
Stevens, Thomas Stevens and Joseph Stevens, children of my 
daughter Mary Stevens, deceased. One Dollar to each of said 
children to be paid them when they respectively arrive to the 
age of twenty one years . 

I give to my son Joseph Baker, a piece of meadow land in said 
Gerry, containing about seven acres, more or less, lying on 
New Brook (so called) bounding South by a turn pike road east- 
erly by Templeton, line northerly by land of Edmond Brigham, 
westerly by land of Isaac Allard. Also I give to said Joseph 
my pew in Gerry Meeting House at the reversion of the Dower, 
saving and reserving to my daughter Elizabeth, a right and 
privilege to sit in said pew during her continuance in single 
life. I also give to my said daughter Elizabeth two rooms in 
my dwelling house, at her option, with the privilege of using 
the same as long as she continues in single life. 

I give to my three daughters Lydia Kilburn, Lucinda Gould, 
and Elizabeth Baker, and my son John Baker, all my lands that 
I hold in Templeton, to be divided in the following manner, 
Lydia and Lucinda to have one third part equally between them 
and Elizabeth to have one third part and John to have the 
other third part, to them and their heirs, assigns, forever. 

I give to my son Levi Baker when he has fulfilled my will, 
viz, has paid all my just debts and all funeral charges for 
myself and wife - at reversion of the Dower; the whole of mes- 
suage or tenement of land where I now dwell in said Gerry, to 
him, his heirs and assigns forever, only reserving to my 
daughter Elizabeth the free use and benefit of two good rooms 
in the dwelling house at her option during her continuance 
in single life. 


I constitute and appoint Levi Baker of Gerry in the County of 
Worcester, my sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament 
in witness whereof I have hereunto let my hand and seal the 
Seventeenth day of July in the year of our Lord 1802. 

Charles Baker 

NOTE: Charles Baker was the son of Joseph and Alice Jefts 
Baker born May 30, 1728 and died April 3, 1813. 


On the 11th day of September, 1810, sixteen men met at 
the house of Thatcher Conant, in Becket, Berkshire Co., Mass., 
for the purpose of forming a company to purchase a township 
in New Connecticut and remove there. They bought 14,845 
acres at $1.75 an acre. The deed was made to "Dillingham, 
Clark, Esquire, Alpheus Streater, Yoeman, and Thatcher Conant, 
Gentleman". The land was surveyed into equal lots, each pur- 
chaser had the proportion, according to his investment. Four 
young men made the advance journey on foot with a sled and 
horse to carry their baggage. They arrived on 16th of March, 
1811. They immediately commenced a settlement. Several more 
families came. On 2nd day of May, 1811, the First Congrega- 
tional Church in Windham, Ohio was organized in Becket, Mass., 
and transported like an Ark of the Covenant as its covenanting 
members journeyed in their oxcarts to their new township "on 
reserve". On 13th of July Thatcher Conant and Jeremiah Lyman 
arrived and settled on Lot 86. On March 2, 1813, Thatcher Con- 
ant was one of the trustees elected of the township. He was 
also elected one of two Overseers of the Poor. 

NOTE: Above information from History of Portage County , 
Beers & Co., Chicago 1885 and research of Minier 
Baker DeSpain Sept. 12, 1968. 


1. Elizabeth (Betty), bom October 10, 1814, moved to Pleas- 
ant Run, Dallas County with her parents, April 4, 1850, 
married James Jackson Beeman November 29, 1859, died 
December 15, 1898 at Waco, Texas, in the home of her son, 
Charles Artemas Beeman, 823 N. 12th Street; buried in un- 
marked grave on a doctor's lot in Waco. 

2. Mehettable, bom June 12, 1816 at Bridgeport, Ohio, mar- 
ried Oswin Teagarden at Hanover, Licking County, Ohio, 
October 14, 1841. She died near Ronda, in Wilbarger 
County, Texas, May 6, 1898, and is buried in Palestine, 
Texas in the new cemetery. Oswin Teagarden, born in 


Wheeling, West Virginia, May 13, 1812, died in Palestine, 
Texas, on March 28, 1887. He is buried in same lot with 
his wife. 

3. Mary Oconasta, bom June 11, 1818. Married Cornelius Ver- 
noy and died at Corsicana, Texas, August 1, 1852. 

4. Jonas Baker, bom at Bridgeport, Ohio, November 15, 1820. 
Died in Bridgeport, Ohio, May 28, 1822. 

5. Artemas Baker, born April 14, 1821, in Bridgeport, Ohio. 

6. Sybil, born November 15, 1822, in Bridgeport, Ohio. Mar- 
ried Mr. (Samuel Chauncey) Phelps, Sr., a native of Lick- 
ing County, Ohio, March 4, 1849 and came to Texas in 1851. 
They settled in Dallas County, buying a portion of the 
Holeman headright near the Trinity River. Sybil Baker was 
a teacher in her earlier years. She died in March, 1859, 
leaving three small children, viz: Artemas who died April 
8, 1894, unmarried; Elizabeth who married Winfield S. 
Lewis, Aug. 23, 1869, resided in Tarrant Co., and reared 

a large family; and Samuel Chauncey, Jr. , farmed in Jack- 
son Co., Oklahoma, married Nettie Renn in Hardeman County, 
April 12, 1891, reared eight children. 

7. Lydia, bom March 15, 1824. 

8. Charles, bom February 9, 1826. 

9. Susannah, born Aug. 26, 1828, died January 2, 1846. 

10. William Thatcher, born October 10, 1830, married Emily 
Elvira Beeman September 18, 1856, in Parker County, 5 
miles north of Weatherford, Texas. Emily was bom at 
Dalby Springs, Bowie County, Texas, January 8, 1841, 
as her family (James Jackson Beeman and wife, Sarah 
Crawford Beeman) were coming to Texas with Peter's 
Colony. William died August 12, 1884, at Ohio, Texas, 


in the community which he named and was the first post- 
master. Emily died February 22, 1920, in Hamilton, Texas. 
Both are buried in the I.O.O.F, Cemetery, Hamilton, Texas. 

11. Eunice, born November 7, 1832. 

12. Rebeckah, born April 30, 1834, died at her brother-in- 
law's home, James Jackson Beeman, who lived on the east 
side of the Trinity River, Dallas County, Texas, July 1, 
1852, of consumption. 

13. Chloe, bom March 23, 1836, in Hanover, Ohio, and died at 
Hanover, Ohio, August, 1836. 

14. Angelina Gray, born October 25, 1839, married James B. 
Gilliland at home of James Jackson Beeman, March 26, 
1857, Parker County, Texas. 



James Artemas 
Francis Houston 

William Thatcher 
Jane Emily 
Elizabeth Scythia 
Charles Curtis 
Norton Amos -, 
John (Erskine) 

Margaret May 


Nov. 10, 1857 

Sep. 22, 1859 

Dec. 13, 1861 

Jan. 9, 1864 
Oct. 12, 1866 
Feb. 8, 1869 
Jan. 30, 1871 
Sep. 9, 1873 
Oct. 2, 1876 



Mary Oconasta 
Angelina Alice 

Jul. 2, 1878 
Jul. 7, 1880 
Feb. 26, 1883 

James A. Shannon Oct. 7, 1942 
Alice Ratliff Oct. 16, 1917 
Eulalie Crews 1st 
Elizabeth Martin, 
2nd Nov. 3, 1930 

Nannie Key Feb. 19, 1935 
Ralph Piper Edgar Mar. 7, 1949 
David B. Holland Nov. 28, 1932 
Alma Nicholson Mar. 21, 1942. 
Gay Miller May 17, 1943 
Amma Pinkerton Mar. 18, 1955 

Jul. 18, 1955 

John Lynn 1st 
Cash Mathis 2nd 
Malcolm Alvah Boone 

Jul. 6, 1963 
Jacob Forrest Nicholson 

Oct. 6, 1960 

3. NOTE: John changed the Erskine to Beeman because the child- 

ren in the family called it Ear Skin. 

4. NOTE: See Appendix 8 for Family Groups; page 82 


Portland, Maine 

George Conant , who came to Plymouth, Mass., from Exe- 
ter, England, abcut 1718, was perhaps son of George Conant of 
Dunsford, a small parish of Devon, seven or eight miles west 
of Exeter. He is said to have been a haberdasher of Exeter, 
and of considerable property, but the vessel in which he came 
was wrecked, all was lost, and he finally settled in Plymouth. 
He married about 1718 one Mary, daughter of Joseph and Eliza- 
beth (Southworth) Howland, born about 1690. Joseph Howland 
was son of John Howland who came in the "MAYFLOWER" and Eliza- 
beth, daughter of John Til ley, who with his wife and family 
were also passengers on the MAYFLOWER. 

George Conant was accidentally drowned in Plymouth Har- 
bor in 1731. After a few years his family moved to Barnstable 
on Cape Cod, and the widow married William Green of Barnstable 
in 1745. She died October 23, 1756. 

Children of this marriage -- George and Mary Howland Conant: 

Charles, George, and Elizabeth Conant. 

George Conant, 2, was born Jan. 13, 1723 in Plymouth, 
fought in Revolutionary War, and in 1779 moved to Beckett. 
He died March 3, 1792, and was buried in the First Congrega- 
tional Church Yard. He married Elizabeth Crocker, fourth time 
in 1761, Lydia daughter of Thatcher and Anna Gray Freeman, 
bom 1733, and died January 6, 1808. 

4: NOTE: From the D A R PATRIOT INDEX 1968 

George Conant, Sr . b 1-18-1723 d 3-3-1792 
page 571 m Cl) Sarah Goodspeed 
Pvt Mass (2) Susanna Crocker 

Elizabeth Crocker 
Lydia Freeman 

Children of George and Lydia Freeman Conant: 

George Thatcher and Thatcher Conant. 

Thatcher Conant, 3, was bom March 2, 1767, in Barns- 
table, moved to Beckett in 1779. He was one of the organi- 
zers of a colony of about ninety people who, in 1811, moved 
to Windham, Portage County, Ohio. He died June 19, 1840. 
His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Asa and Eunice (Dimmock) 
Manley, whom he married March 5, 1789. Elizabeth died in 1801, 
The wedding took place in Coventry, Connecticut. 

The following is a copy of data from the family Bible 
owned by Mrs. Angelina Gray (Baker) Gilliland, daughter of 
Artemas and Mehettable (Conant) Baker. 


Thatcher Conant was bom of George and Lydia Conant, 
March 2, 1767 in Barnstable, and removed with his parents to 
Becket, Berkshire County, Mass., in June 1779. He married 
Elizabeth Manley, March 5, 1789. Elizabeth Manley was bom 
of Asa and Chloe Manley (The Registrar General of D A R cor- 
rected this to read Eunice (Dimmock) Curley on Daisey Tea- 
garden Behrends D A R papers), February 9, 1769, in Coven- 
try, Tolland County, Conn. , and removed with her Aunt King 
to Becket, Berkshire County, Mass., in February, 1788. She 
and Thatcher Conant were married in Beckett and lived there 
until June, 1811, then moved with their ten children to Wind- 
ham, Portage County, Ohio. 

Thatcher Conant died June 17, 1840, in Windham, Ohio, 
with inflamation of the brain. 

Susannah Conant, first child of Elizabeth and Thatcher 
Conant, was bom Monday, Nov. 23, 1789. She married James 
Robb of Poland, Trumble County, Ohio, October 22, 1810. 


Thatcher Freeman Conant, second child of Thatcher and 
Elizabeth Conant was born Saturday, August 20, 1791, and 
married Irene Maxfield, September 12, 1818. 

Mehettable Conant, third child of Thatcher and Eliza- 
beth Conant, was born Wednesday, July 25, 1793, and married 
Artemas Baker, August 17, 1813. Artemas Baker was bom Feb- 
ruary 11, 1780. Artemas Baker died in Dallas County, Texas, 
October 11, 1853, at 3 o'clock in the morning. 

Elizabeth Edna Conant, fourth child of Thatcher and 
Elizabeth Conant, was bom Thursday, Oct. 8, 1795, and married 
Levi Alford, April 6, 1814. She died at the residence of her 
son-in-law, Levi Alford in Windham, Ohio, October 1, 1845. 

Rebeckah Conant, fifth child of Thatcher and Eliza- 
beth Conant, was born February 14, 1798, and married Leander 
Sackett, January 23, 1821. She died at her father's in Wind- 
ham, Ohio, March 12, 1828. 

Asa Manley Conant, sixth child of Thatcher and Elizabeth 
Conant, was born Sunday, March 15, 1800, and married Eunice 
Bierce Sept. 1, 1824. 

Chloe Bridgman Conant, seventh child of Thatcher and 

Elizabeth Conant, was born Saturday, October 30, 1802, and 

married H. N. Bierce, March 5, 1823. She died at her resi- 
dence Dec. 29, 1846, of consumption. 

George Erskine Conant, eighth child of Thatcher and 
Elizabeth Conant was born Tuesday, May 8, 1805, and married 
Emily Foot, Oct. 1, 1829. She died July 7, 1843, at her re- 
sidence, with con;sumption and George Erskine Conant married 
again to Abigail Pain, April 10, 1845. 

Lydia Mary Conant, ninth child of Thatcher and Elizabeth 
Conant, was bom Tuesday, February 23, 1808, and married Rob- 


ert M. Higley, November 17, 1830. 

Angelina Gray Conant, tenth child of Thatcher and Eliza- 
beth Conant was bom Saturday, October 20, 1810, and married 
Alexander Bierce, October 27, 1839. 

Elizabeth (Betty) Baker, first child 62 Artemas and 
Mehettable Baker was bom October 10, 1814. 

Mehettable Baker, second child of Artemas and Mehettable 
Baker was bom June 12, 1816, at Bridgeport, Ohio, and married 
Oswin Teagarden at Hanover, Licking County, Ohio, October 14, 
1841. She died near Ronda, in Wilbarger Co., Texas, May 6, 
1898, and is buried at Palestine, Texas, in the new cemetery 
on the N.E. comer of Lot 22, in Block No. 2. 

Oswin Teagarden was bom in Wheeling, West Virginia, 
May 13, 1812 and died in Palestine, Texas, on March 28, 1887. 
He is buried in the same lot with his wife. 

Mary Oconasta Baker, third child of Artemas and Mehet- 
table Baker, was bom June 11, 1818. Married Cornelius Ver- 
noy, and died at Corsicana, Texas, August 1, 1852. 

Jonas Baker, fourth child of Artemas and Mehettable was 
bom at Bridgeport, Ohio, Nov. 15, 1820. Died Bridgeport, 
Ohio, May 28, 1822. 

Artemas Baker, fifth child was bom April 14, 1821, in 
Bridgeport, Ohio. 

Sybil Baker, sixth child of Artemas was born Nov. 15, 

Lydia Baker, seventh child of Artemas was bom March 15, 

Charles Baker, eighth child of Artemas and Mehettable 
B. was bom February 9, 1826. 


Susannah Baker, ninth child of Artemas and M. Baker 
was born Aug. 26, 1828, and died Jan. 2, 1846. 

William Thatcher Baker, tenth child of Artemas and M. 
Baker was bom Oct. 10, 1830, married Emily Beeman (daughter 
of James Jackson Beeman) 8 January 1841. 

Eunice Baker was bom November 7, 1832. 

Rebeckah Baker was born April 30, 1834, and died at her 
brother-in-law's James Jackson Beeman, East Side of Trinity, 
Dallas Co., Texas, July 1, 1852, of consumption. 

Chloe Baker was bom March 23, 1836, in Hanover, Ohio, 
and died at Hanover, Ohio, August, 1836. 

Angelina Baker was born October 25, 1839. Married James 
B. Gilliland. Married March 26, at J. J. Beeman's house. (1857) 



of the Families of James J. Beeman and Charles A. Beeman 


James J. Beeman, Dec. 21, 1816, in 111. 

Sarah Beeman, 1st wife of James J. , was daughter of James 

Crawford. She was born Dec. 13, 1819, presiomably in 111. 

Elizabeth Beeman, 2nd wife of James J. was the daughter of 

Artemas Baker, born Oct. 10, 1814 in Ohio. 

Children of James J. Beeman and Sarah Beeman: 

William C. Beeman, Sept. 27, 1837 in Green County, 111. 

Mary Jane Beeman, March 3, 1839, in Calhoun County, 111. 

Emily E. Beeman, Jan. 8, 1841 in Bowie County, Texas. 

Gennett Beeman, Oct. 17, 1843 in Dallas County, Texas. 

Francis M. Beeman, Nov. 28, 1844 in Dallas County, Texas. 

Melissa Anice Beeman, Nov. 19, 1846 in Dallas County, Texas. 

Children of James J. Beeman and Elizabeth Beeman: 
Lydia A. Beeman, Nov. 13, 1852(dead) in Dallas County, Texas. 
Charles A. Beeman, Jan. 24, 1854 in Dallas County, Texas. 
Sarah E. Beeman, March 9, 1857 in Parker County, Texas 

Martha E. Beeman, wife of C. A. Beeman was the daughter of 
W. W. McCotmick. She was born Dec. 4, 1855 in Kentucky. 

Children of C. A. Beeman and Martha E. Beeman 

A girl (dead) Jan. 4, 1878 in Hamilton County, Texas. 

Elbert Beeman (Friday), Feb. 6, 1880 in Hamilton County, Texas, 

Carl Beeman (Monday), Nov. 12, 1883 in Lampasas County, Texas. 

Norvil Beeman (Sunday), June 1, 1890 in Temple, Texas. 

Otis Beeman (Tuesday), Oct. 9, 1894 in Temple, Texas. 


J. J. Beeman and Sarah Crawford, (1st wife), Sept. 16, 18 36 
St. Charles Co. Mo. 


J. J. Beeman and Elizabeth Baker, (3rd wife) Nov. 29, 1851 in 
Dallas Co. Tex. 

Mary Jane Beeman and Henry C. Price (1st husband) July 29, 
1855, Parker County, Texas. 

Mary Jane Beeman and Wyatt Barnett (2nd husband) - - -Dallas 
Co. , Texas . 

Emily E. Beeman and Wm. T. Baker (1st husband), Sept. 18, 1856. 
Parker Co., Texas. 

Emily E. Beeman and David Thomas Holmes (2nd husband) parti- 
culars unknown. 

Francis M. Beeman and Amanda J. McCormick in Rockwall County, 
Texas, Feb. 6, 1868. (She was a sister of Martha E. Bee- 
man, wife of Charles A. Beeman). 

Sarah E. Beeman and L. Albert Sweet, June 22, 1873 in Dallas 
County, Texas. 

Charles A. Beeman and Martha E. McCormick, Aug. 24, 1876, 
Kaufman Co., Tex. 

Elbert Beeman and Louise Beckley, April 17, 1901 in Waco, Tex. 

Norvil Beeman and Cleo M. Knights, Aug. 21, 1917 in Chicago, 

Carl Beeman and Thelma Keithley, May 14, 1919, in Dallas, Tex. 

Otis Beeman and Ethel Kenworthy, June 27, 1925, in Chicago, 


Wm. C. Beeman, Aug. 5, 1840 in Green County, 111. 
Gennett Beeman, Oct. 21, 1845 in Dallas County, Texas. 
Sarah Beeman, wife of James J. Beeman, March 8, 1848, Dallas 

County, Texas. 
Melisa Anice Beeman, Feb. 27, 1861, Parker County, Texas. 
Lydia Beeman, Jan. 29, 1853 in Dallas County, Texas. 
James J. Beeman (Friday) Dec. 7, 1888, 2:30 P.M. at Lampasas, 

Texas . 
Elizabeth Beeman (3rd) wife of J. J. Beeman, (Thursday), Dec. 
15, 1898, 7 A.M., Waco, Texas. 


Martha E. Beeman, wife of Charles A. Beeman, Feb. 4, 1908, 

Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff) 
Charles A. Beeman, Oct. 9, 1940, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. , buried 

in Oak Cliff Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. 
Elbert Beeman, Sept. 19, 1943; buried in Oak Cliff Cemetery, 

Dallas, Tex. 


James Beaman (Elder) and wife Nancy 

died Oct. 17, 1811 

Their children were: 

Samuel Beaman bom April 6, 1795, Murfreesboro, N.C., died 

May 13, 1877. 

Mary born April 16, 1797. 

John born Oct. 20, 1799, N.C. died Mar. 12, 1856. 

Lyda born Mar. 16, 1802. 

Nancy bom Jan. 11, 1805 died Sept. 1808. 

Isaac born April 27, 1808 died Aug. 5, 1831 

William bom Feb. 3, 1811 

James' wife, Seytha died Oct. 30, 1836. 

James Beaman (Elder) died Feb. 20, 1833. 

James J. Beaman bom Dec. 21, 1816, 111. died Dec. 7, 1888, 

Lampasas, Tex. 

Nancy born July 8, 1819 

Margaret bom July 17, 2 twins 

Note: Three Beeman brothers came to Texas from 111. 

John and James J. came in 1840 
Sam came in 1846 

Bible published in Philadelphia 1817. 

The above records were sent by Ruth Cooper (a Beeman descendant) 

4826 Worth Street 
Dallas, Texas 75246 



James Jackson Beeman's parents were John Beeman who married 
Margaret Hunter 19 May 1767. His will is found in Rowan Coun- 
ty, North Carolina, WILLS 1805-1826, Vol. I P 11, and his 
children are given as James Beeman, Mary Beeman Moore, Thomas 
Beeman, Joseph Beeman, Elizabeth Beeman, Nancy Beeman, Char- 
les Beeman, William Beeman and Samuel Beeman. 

The Family Record is from the Beeman Bible which belonged to 
John's grandson, John. 

It is concluded that James Beeman married 1st Nancy (no sur- 
name given) . 

Children: Samuel b April 6, 1895, Murfreesboro, 

John B. Oct. 20, 1799; died March 12, 


James' 2nd wife was Seytha (Rattan?) died Oct. 30, 1836. 

James Jackson Beeman was the son of James and Seytha 
(probably named for his father) 

b 21 December 1816 Calhoun County, Illinois 

d 7 December 1888, Lampasas, Lampasas County, Texas. 




No. 1. ARTEMAS BAKER was a fluent speaker of no mean ability 
as is proven by a speech he delivered at Bridgeport, Ohio, in 

1825, a copy of which is in the possession of the descendants 
of James (Jim) Artemas Baker in Lockney, Texas. Family tradi- 
tion says that at sometime in his legal career he was a Rep- 
resentative or Congressman but so far there is no proof of 

it. We have a copy of the speech which shows him to be a 
man of broad education and keen understanding of the times 
backed up with a good knowledge of history with all his 
thoughts skillfully phrased for clarity. He gives evidence 
of his thorough New England schooling and study at Harvard 
where family tradition says he went to college. 

From Peters Colony of Texas , by Seymour V. Connor, p. 186: 

ARTEMAS BAKER, JR., migrated to the Colony as a single 
man prior to July 1, 1848. He was issued a land certificate 
by Thomas William Ward in 1850 and patented 320 acres in Dal- 
las County (Nacogdoches Third Class No. 2177). He is listed 
on the Census of 1850 (Dallas County Family No. 294) as a 
29-year-old Shoemaker, born in Ohio. 

No. 2. JAMES BEEMAN migrated as a family man prior to July 
1, 1844. He was issued a land certificate and patented 640 
acres in Dallas County (Nacogdoches Third Class No. 521). Ac- 
cording to the Colony's Agent's report for 1844, he was living 
on White Rock Creek in Old Nacogdoches County. (From Peters 
Colony) . 

f\ 1\ ^\ 7« /\ 7? 'V /\ t\ /\ t\ t\ 7\ /\ 

James Jackson Beeman's father was James also and was 
son of John Beeman and wife Margaret Hunter, married May 19, 
1705. John's will is found in Rowan Co., N.C. ( Wills , 1805- 

1826, Vol. I, page 11. James is listed in the will. James 
emigrated to Illinois about 1800. 


1st married Nancy died October 17, 1811. 

2nd married Seythe (Rattan?) died Oct. 1836. 

James Beeman (James Jackson Beeman's father) was a 
devout Baptist. Mention is made of him in Religion in the 
American Frontier -_ The Baptists 1783 - 1830 , a collection 
of source material by William Warren Sweet on the pages 262- 
270 in Chapter X entitled Extracts from the Records of Front - 
ier Baptist Churches . Records are from Wood River Church or- 
ganized 1806. The Church now extinct was located one mile 
east of the present town of Upper Alton, Illinois. 

James Jackson Beeman, born December 12, 1816, in "Madi- 
son County" (Calhoun Co. not formed until 1825), Illinois 
Territory. " - - - - at the head of American Bottom in Mad- 
ison County about 3 miles below the City of Alton, and about 
one mile below St. Louis Crossing on Ward River - - - was 
partly raised in Green County, and partly in Calhoun County 
on Illinois River opposite mouth of Apple Creek." (From a 
letter of C.A. Beeman dated 8 June 1938, in Mrs. Angle Baker 
Nicholson's possession.) 

No. 3 William and Emily's children called Elizabeth "Little 
Grandma". She was a delightful person who knew how to please 
and entertain them and was much loved by them and everyone. 

Here is a letter Elizabeth wrote to Norton Amos Baker when he 
was living in Lockney with his brother Jim (James Artemas) and 
she was living in Temple where her son Charles Artemas Beeman 
had a business school. Charles lived there at the time. 

Copy of an old letter in possession of Hortenz Baker Bradshaw; 
Dallas, Texas. 

Temple, Texas Feb. 2, 1891 

Norton Baker 

Dear Grandson I was glad to hear from you, I had heard 
you had gone to Floyd Co. Your Aunt Ange told me that she 
had an acquaintance in Floyd Co. but I have forgotten their 
name, I think they are in the southern part, they went from 
Milam Co. Charles is book keeper for Bently and Bass dry 
goods merchants here. Charles has bought and built him a 
house here and is living in it. They have another boy a fine 
healthy looking baby eight months old, Norvill A. is his name. 

My health is good but I am growing old and feeble. I 
want to go up to your Mother's next summer after Sarah goes 
to Gregg (it looks like Grear Co. but must be Gregg) Co. next 
spring. I am in hopes they will come by to see me I fear I 
will never see Sarah after she goes to Gregg. If I knew I 
would not live much longer I would not care much, I have but 
four years to live to be as old as Mother was when she died. 
I do hope I wont live that long. I am now 76 years old, born 
Oct. 10, 1814. 

I am glad to hear you are going to have a Sunday School 
and preaching once a month. I do hope you will succeed. If 
you will work God will bless you I do hope you will build up 
a church there while the country is new. I would not sell all 
of my land it will be worth a great deal some day if your Grand 
Pa had held on to some of the town property he once owned in 
Dallas and Weatherford he would of died rich. But he was just 
as happy. 

I am glad you are going to school, an education will 
take you where money can't take you, tell Alice I will look 
for a long letter from her, you did not tell me all about 


that country. Give my love to Jim and Alice little ones. 
I can think of nothing more that would interest you 
I am not in a very good mood for writing you can see by the 
blunders I have made. 

Your loving Grand Ma 
Elizabeth Beeman 

No. 4 Letter from Judge John J. Good to his wife. 

Private collection of grand-daughter, Miss Frances 

Beeman 's Store (Weatherford, Parker County, Texas) 
June 4, 1856 

My dear wife: 

For fear I won't have time to write you in the morn- 
ing, I have after retiring, arisen to pen this epistle. 

In company with Wat Caruth, I had a very pleasant but 
warm trip to this place. At Ft Worth I enjoyed myself fine- 
ly in company with my old friends at that place. We left 
early next morning and passed over and amidst the finest and 
wildest scenery that I have ever seen in any part of Texas. 
It was worth the trip from Dallas to see it. 

At a late hour in the evening we reached this place 
and stopped with a Dallas County acquaintance, James J. Bee- 
man, and have been far better entertained than I had any rea- 
son to anticipate. Biscuits, and combread, fat beef, pork, 
bacon, piompkins , sal lad (polk greens), coffee and milk have 
been our diet. The bed is neat clean one put up in the smoke 

house I'm the only guest that occupies the bed stead. (Here 

he is referring to bed-bugs). 

We have had a sharp quantity of business in court and 
I have fees on good men to amount of $300.00 certain and 
about $200.00 conditional. Court adjourned about 4 o'clock 

tonight and closed with decidedly a rich farce. The examin- 
ation of a (Pettifogger for license). I was placed by his 
Hounour on the committee and we kept the poor scoundrel on 
the stand for an hour by sun until adjournment of the court 
then rejected the application and reported that he was not 

In the morning we shall all start for Johnson County by 
way of Robinson's Mill. We may remain at the latter place to 
frolic and bathe and fish. 

I'm getting very anxious to see you and my boy and 
shall take the very earliest opportunity to do so. Kiss the 
boy and learn him to talk before my return, if you can. Be 
sure and take good care of yourselves. I am in fine health 
and as bouyant spirits as a fond husband and parent can be 
when absent from those he loves. 

I shall expect a letter from you at Waxahachie, Ellis 
County. Dom't omit writing. If you do I shall feel serious- 
ly disappointed. I shall write you from Wordville and Ellis. 

Kiss the boy and tell him to kiss you for me. Give 
my love to your Pa, Ma, Nat, Tommie and accept the love of 
your devoted husband. 

Signed: John J. Good. 
PS I have been boasting large on our boy and those to 

whom I have talked look upon him as a prodigy of the 
genus puer. Have not danced a step since leaving 
home. Party at Ft Worth but did not attend. JJG 

Note: This letter was copied by Ruth Cooper, 4820 Worth 

St., Dallas, Texas, a Beeman descendant, and given to 
Margaret Boone Ackerman, 6466 Glendora, Dallas, Texas. 
The latter gave a copy to Kathryne Baker Witty, 
July 4, 1970. 


No. 5 Sanger Brothers - From The Dallas Morning News , Sun- 
day, September 1956. Forward with Texas since 1857. 

Isaac Sanger opened the first store in McKinney, Texas 
in 1857; later stores were opened at Decatur and Weatherford, 
then at Millican. From 1861 to 1867 the small town of Milli- 
can was a railroad terminal, and was a thriving metropolis. 
It had stagecoach lines connecting it with many points in 
Texas. Here Lehman and Philip Sanger opened a store, L & P 
Sanger, which people called Sanger Brothers. 

Later stores were opened at Bryan, Heame, Calvert, 
Kosse, Bremond, Groesbeck, and in 1871 at Corsicana. 

By 1869 Alexander and Samuel Sanger had joined the firm 
making a total of five brothers. In 1872 Philip and Alexander 
came to Dallas. It was here the brothers concentrated their 

No. 6 When the Bakers moved to their Plum Creek farm they 
brought not only their worldly belongings but also a large 
stock of newspapers, covering many years. There were the 
publications of William's good friend, the abolitionist, 
A. B. Norton, whose paper was Norton's Union Intelligencer 
established in 1856 in Dallas. Some of the papers are still 
in the possession of Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson (Nee' Ange- 
line Alice Baker), and date back as early as 1872 and as late 
as 1886. 

"Anthony Bannon Norton was bom in Ohio and educated 
at Kenyon College. After being admitted to the bar 
at Portsmouth, Ohio, he practiced his profession in 
Central Ohio and Southwest Texas before the Civil War. 

"Arriving in Texas sometime before 1855, Norton began 
the publication of the Intelligencer at Austin. He 


was elected Vo the Texas House of Representatives 
of the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Legislatures, 1855-1861, 
During a recess of the Eighth Legislature, he was ap- 
pointed adjutant general by Sam Houston. 

"With the outbreak of the Civil War, Norton, who was 
always a Union man, moved to Ohio. He took no part 
in the military conflict but worked to alleviate the 
conditions of Texans who were held in northern prisons. 
After the Civil War, he returned to Texas and accepted 
the post of a Judge of the district embracing Dallas. 
Norton became a Republican, published the Union Intelli - 
gencer at Dallas, and received a number of political 
appointments including States Marshal for North Texas. 
He married Maria Neyland in 1857; they had six children. 
Norton died on December 31, 1893." 

Webb- Handbook of Texas , page 288. 


Thursday, July 13, 1961, Hamilton, Texas. 

Tells of First Post Office - Ohio postoffice began 
May 4, 1882, Wm. Thatcher Baker was appointed on that 


By Mrs. Bess Brown, nee Elam 

Across the northern part of the Liberty community runs 
Pliam Creek, one of the most beautiful small streams in the 
county. Its fertile valleys, tall elms, and natural arbors 
of Mustang grape vines all lend an attraction to the small 


About 1879 and 1880 two families settled on this creek. 
William Thatcher Baker from the state of Ohio settled on the 


place now owned by Henry Eisen. William Nile Elam from Mis- 
souri purchased a league of land now the Bird Ranch. Wallace 
Parrish now lives at the site of the original home. 

The two families lived only a few miles apart and had 
much in common. Both were Unionists, and they both believed 
in the abolition of slavery. This caused the other settlers 
to label them "Black Republicans" at a time and place when 
and where it was dangerous to be a Republican. 

In 1883 both families were expecting new arrivals. Two 
baby girls were born. The Bakers called their daughter Angle 
and the Elams named theirs Bess. 

These two girls were again together last Saturday when 
Mrs. Forrest Nicholson from Hamilton called on Mrs. Bess Brown 
at the old Elam Ranch headquarters. With her was her niece, 
Mrs. Brents Witty and her daughter, Mrs. R. L. Fulcher from 
Blanco. They had been visiting the old home place. E. 0. and 
Grace Elam were also present. 

Mrs. Nicholson had with her the original documents and 
letters of her father's which told something of his activities 
in this county. 

Judging from the letters, Mr. Baker had a very influen- 
tial friend in Dallas, General A. B. Norton, editor and prop- 
rietor of a Dallas paper, "Norton's Union Intelligence." The 
General was also the United States Marshal of the Northern 
division of Texas. The many letters from him showed him to 
be somewhat of a legal advisor for Baker. 

One document authorized Baker to be an agent for the 
paper and to take subscriptions, advertising, and to transact 
business for it. In another letter Baker was asked to write, 
"a plain, strong, forcible letter to the President of the 
United States: setting forth my record as a Unionist and a 
Republican, brief, and to the point." 


Since it was quite a distance on horseback from Liberty 

to Hamilton and the post office, Mr. Baker -- he had already 

established a store, a stonegrinding grist mill , and a cot- 
ton gin powered by a donkey walking on a tread-wheel-- decid- 
ed that the settlement needed a post office. He wrote to Nor- 
ton for advice on obtaining one, and in the next letter these 
requirements were given: 

"1. Get a petition signed by all nearby settlers. 

2. Get a plat made showing the nearest post- 

3. Give it a name. 

4. Keep very quiet about it, to keep others 
from making a similar request." 

The requirements were met, and the post office named 
"Ohio" for Mr. Baker's native state. 

Mrs. Nicholson has the original document authorizing 
the establishment of this post office issued by Postmaster 
General Timothy O'Howe. 

The mail was brought in saddle-bags once a week. No 
record is given as to the salary of the carrier, but Postmast- 
er Baker was paid $1.00 per quarter, or $4.00 per year, for 
his services. 

The post office was located in the Baker home. The 
visitors Saturday found the letter mailing slot still in the 
wall of the former residence. 

Elam, a rural teacher, helped Baker persuade several 
neighbors to subscribe to "The Dallas News" which was pub- 
lished weekly. A year later the mail came twice a week, and 
"The Dallas Semi-Weekly Farm News" became available. It was 
very popular with the settlers. 

9. Note: This is an error, Mr. Baker did not have a 
grist mill. 


It even had a "Sister's page" to which women could 
write letters, and a "Cousin's page" that gave every youngs- 
ter a "Pen Pal". 

In August of 1884, Baker became very ill, and he 
passed away on August 12, 1884. With his passing the 
county suffered the loss of its greatest benefactor. 


Compiled by- 
Alma Baker Rea, 1971 



I Sarah Mehettable Baker m James Alexander Shannon 
b 10 Nov 1857 Dallas Co. Tex b 9 Jan, 1850, South Bend, 
d 7 Oct 1942 Fort Worth, Pennsylvania 

Tarrant Co. Tex. d 17 Oct, 1892, Hamilton, 

Hamilton Co. Tex. 
Date of marriage, 25 Jan. 1877, Lancaster, Dallas Co. Tex. 

6 children 

1. Mary Addie Shannon 

b 15 May 1878, Lancaster, Dallas Co. Tex. 
d 15 Oct 1879, Lancaster, Dallas Co. Tex. 

2. Effie Elvira Shannon m Elbert Franklin Porter 

b 27 July 1880, Lancaster, b 16 Nov. 1877 near Meridian, 

Dallas Co. Tex. Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, 

d 30 Mar. 1953, Kerrville, d 16 Nov. 1948 Hico, Hamilton 

Kerr Co., Tex. Co. Tex. Buried in Hico. 
Buried in Hico, Tex. 

date of marriage 9 Jan. 1911, Hamilton, Hamilton Co. Tex. 

Elbert Franklin Porter, a diruggist, owned a drug store 
in Hico, Texas, for many years. 

one daughter 

Martha Porter m Lowie Clinton Ritchey, Jr. 

b 23 Feb. 1917, Hico, b 10 Jan 1920 Alpine, 

Hamilton Co. Tex. Brewster Co. Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 2 Sept. 1939, Hico, Hamilton Co. Tex. 

2 daughters and 1 son 

Margas Shannon Ritchey m David Gibson Sherrard 

b 6 Dec. 1942 Houston b 

Harris Co. Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 3 August, 1968, Fort Benning, Georgia. 

#1 Sarah Mehettable Baker Shannon Family (Cont'd) 84 

Elizabeth Elliott Ritchey m Donald Alan Olson 

b 28 Sept 1946 Alpine, b 

Brewster Co., Texas 

d d 

date of marriage 14 June 1969 Metairie, Jefferson 
Parish, Louisiana. 

Lowie Clinton Ritchey III b 28 Sept. 1946 

d 1 Oct. 1946 

3. Sanford France Shannon m Barbara Kraemer 
b 16 April 1883, Hamilton, , 

Hamilton Co. Tex. 

d 23 Jan. 1929, Fort Worth 

Tarrant Co. Tex. d 

date of marriage 
2 children 

James Alexander Shannon m 
b 20 Oct 1920, Chicago, 


Mary Jane Shannon m 
b 16 June 1925, Oklahoma 

City, Okla. 

date of marriage 

4. Mable Shannon m Thomas Stratton Gillis 

b 25 Feb 1886, Hamilton b 

Hamilton Co. Tex 

d d 

Fort Worth, Tarrant Co. Tex, 

date of marriage 29 June 1913 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

2 children 

Shannon Gillis m Frank Justin Kelly 
b 19 June 1919 Fort Worth 

Tarrant Co . , Tex b 

d d 

date of marriage 6 Oct. 1940 Fort Worth, Tarrant Co. Tex. 
2 children 

Frank Stratton Kelly m Lynda Harper 

b 16 July 1941 Houston, b 

Harris Co. Tex 

d d 

date of marriage 

#1 Sarah Mehettable Baker Shannon Family (Cont'd) 85 

Frank Stratton Kelly has a degree in Architecture and his wife 

Lynda is preparing her dissertation for her doctorate in French, 

attending both Rice University in Houston, Texas, and the Sor- 
bonne in Paris, France. Jan. 1971. 

Carolyn Kelly m Robert Ernest Corry 

b 26 July 1943 Houston, b 

Harris Co. Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 


Thomas Stratton Gillis, Jr. 

b 2 Feb 1921, Fort Worth m Frances Roensch 

Tarrant Co. Tex b 

d d 

date of marriage 5 October 1947 

Susan Gillis 
b 8 Dec 1950 
d 20 Dec 1950 

Amy Catherine Gillis 

b 25 Feb. 1952 


Edward Stratton Gillis 
b 15 Jan 1955, Houston 
Harris Co. Tex. 

5. Carson Baker Shannon, D. D. S. 

b 23 Dec 1888 Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas 
d 16 July 1927 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in an automobile 
accident. Buried in Hamilton, Texas. 

6. Lona Shannon 

b 23 Oct 1891, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas 
d 7 Jun 1963 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas 
married twice and divorced each time -- no children. 




James Artemas Baker 
b 22 Sept 1859 Dallas 

Co., Tex 
d 16 Oct 1917 Lockney, 

Floyd Co. , Tex. 

Buried in Lockney 

date of marriage 1 Jan. 

m Sarah Alice Ratliff 

b 26 Aug 1867 Van Zandt Co., 

d 2 Jun 1967 Lockney, Floyd 

Co., Tex. 

Buried in Lockney, Tex. 

1885, Hamilton Co., Tex. 
James Artemas Baker was a farmer and a merchant, and 
member of the Church of Christ. 

12 children 

Meda Mozelle Baker m 
b 21 March 1886 Hamilton 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 

Lester Monroe Honea, farmer 
b 23 Sept 1881, Cleburne, 

Johnson Co., Texas 
d 1 June 1969, Lockney, Floyd 

Co., Tex. and buried there 

date of marriage 22 March 1903, Lockney, Floyd Co., Tex, 
3 children 

Olga Honea 

b 23 Nov 1903 Lockney 

Floyd Co. , Tex 

m Clyde Frances Applewhite 
b 23 Aug 1898 Lavernia, 

Wilson Co. , Tex. 

Farmer and rancher 
date of marriage 24 March 1932 Lockney, Texas 

Alice Honea 

b 1 July 1907 Lockney, 

Floyd Co. , Tex. 

date of marriage 
1 daughter 

m Herman Dean 

b 7 Jan 1905 Springfield, 

Sangamon Co., 111. 

Dian Louise Dean 
b 4 April 1942 


Larry John Foster 



date of marriage 1 March 1960, Pampa, Gray Co., Tex. 

3 children 

Joe Brent Foster 

b 1 Nov 1960, Pampa, 

Gray Co. , Tex. 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 87 

Jerry Dean Foster 

b 28 Feb 1962 Odessa, Tex 

d 8 Jan 1966, buried in San Antonio, Bexar Co., Tex. 

Shawn Hamilton Foster 

b 2 Nov 1964 Odessa, Ector Co., Texas. 


T. J. (Thomas Jefferson) Honea m Edna Smith 

b 24 April 1910 Lockney, Texas b 

d d 

date of marriage 24 March 1932, Lockney, Texas 

no children i^^LJA^i^^yvCi^ ^i^ 

2. Gene 11a Baker m John Alexander Deavenport, farmer 

b 28 Oct 1888 Hamilton b 1 Aug 1883 Brown County, 
Co. Tex. Tex. 

d d 8 Sept 1968 Boulder, Boulder 

Co. Colorado. 

date of marriage 29 Aug 1909 Floydada, Floyd Co., Texas 

6 children 

Joseph Addison Deavenport m Eileen Genrich/>^^^^'*'*^ ^^^'' 

b 27 Oct. 1941 Lockney, b <L'\.^'i-u<i J U^ii.-i9S'0 


^ ^ ^ .rrnu^ifS^ 

Served in U. S. Navy 22 y&axs(yM^.^\'r)'>'^'^l^■'^^^tlfyy^aM^daslAJ^^ ^^^^ 
date of marriage 30 Nov 1941 " " " ^^'^'^^^ '' ^ 

1 son John Addison Deavenport 

b 5 Oct. 1943 m Bonnie Hubble 
d b 

one son, John Allan Deavenport 
b 26 Sept 1963 

Trent ie Deavenport m Lowell Wendell Weiss 

b 31 May 1913, Lockney, Tex b 

d d 

Dist. Manager for 
Dale Carnegie Courses 
date of marriage 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 


2 children 

Gail Trentie Weiss m 
b 31 May 1913 Lockney, Tex 

date of marriage 
2 children 

Athena Ann Kuettel 
b 22 July 1967 

David Joseph Kuettel 
b 29 July 1969 

Lowell Warner Weiss 

b 29 Nov 1942 


date of marriage 
4 children 


Joseph Marie Kuettel (Swiss) 


Martha Louise Locke 



Thomas Scott Weiss 
b 31 Jan. 1962 

Sally Lynn Weiss 
b 15 Nov 1964 

Kenneth Owen Weiss 
b 7 March 1966 

Andrew Lowell Weiss 

b 1 March 1967 


Loyd Steele Deavenport m 
b 7 Feb. 1916 Boulder, 

Boulder Co., Colorado 

date of marriage 4 May 1938 

3 children 

Elizabeth Baird 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 


Loyd Steele Deavenport Jr m 

b 4 May 1939 


2 children 

Sherri Kay Deavenport 

b 20 March 1965 


Tracey Ann Deavenport 

b 31 Aug 1970 


Yvonne Karr 



Newton Baird Deavenport 
b 11 July 1940 


Elizabeth Rosita Vargo 



date of marriage 25 July 1970 

daughter Yolanda Jean Deavenport 
b 4-8-1971 

Dennis Leon Deavenport m 

b 19 Jan 1945 


date of marriage 7 June 1969 

1971 - working on Ph D at TCU 

Martha Ileane Brown 



Hope Deavenport 

b 30 May 1918, Boulder 

Boulder Co., Colorado 


2 children 

m Frederic Andrew Blake, builder 

b h'o^ .21 . i9/? 

d _ 

Brick contractor 

Robin Frederic Blake p, , 

b 16 Sept, 1950, Boulder, Colo. -i-3'^vi- 6c^vlj^Y»^.v^ t5U<'^ 

April Jean Blake 

b May 1954, Boulder, Colo, 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 90 

Meda Faith Deavenport m Robert D. Coleman, served in 

b 1 Mar 1921 Boulder, Colo. b U.S. Navy 

d d 


date of marriage 2 October 1952 

Olga Diane Deavenport m 1st Ben Adam (divorced) 
b 6 August 1924, Boulder, 

Boulder Co. , Colo 


date of marriage 19 July 1946 

1 daughter Krishna Adam 
b 26 Jan 1953 

Married 2nd, Lloyd Lewis Fells Sept 5, 1955 (divorced) 

1 daughter Kathleen Dee Fells 
b 7 Aug 1956 

. France Baker m Leo Maud Watson 

b 9 June 1890, Hamilton b 3 July 1893, Howe, 
Hamilton Co., Tex. Grayson Co., Tex. 

d d 22 Nov 1969, Lubbock, 

Lubbock Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 8 March 1911 

France Baker -- banker and farmer 

2 sons 

Lennis Watson Baker m Verdie Mae Warren 

b 12 Mar 1912, Lockney b 1 Aug 1917 Pontotoc, 

Floyd Co., Tex. Pontotoc Co., Miss. 

d d 

Office Supply Co. & Art 

date of marriage 15 Sept. 1940, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., Tex, 

3 daughters 

Carol Janis Baker m Austin Cramer Adams 

b 5 Aug 1942, Lubbock, b 

d d 

Lubbock, Texas 
date of marriage 7 August 1965, Lubbock, Texas 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

1 daughter Loaua Michelle Adams 

b 29 October 1970, Fort Worth, 
Tarrant Co . , Texas 

Beverly Ann Baker m Marvin Ray Crossnoe 

b 17 Aug 1945, Lubbock, Tex b 

d d 

date of marriage 29 April 1966, Lubbock, Texas 

1 son Chetlen Ray Crossnoe 

b 27 March 1970, Lubbock, Texas 

Janet Lyn Baker 

b 20 July 1955 Lubbock, Texas 


James Guest Baker m Betty Lee Lindsey 
b 3 June 1917 b Carthage, Jasper Co. Missouri 

Lockney , Texas 
d d 

Office Supply & Art 
date of marriage 18 Aug, 1940, Lubbock, Lubbock Co., Tex. 

1 daughter Candace Lee Baker 
b 29 April 1951, 

Lubbock, Lubbock Co., Tex 

Norton Baker, Furniture Business 

m Myrtle Maude Dial 
b 21 April 1892 b 17 Sept 1892, Celeste, 

Floyd Co., Tex. Hunt Co., Texas, 
d d 


1 daughter 

Coleta Joy Baker m James Gray Marshall, Real Estate 
b 24 Oct 1913, Lockney, Tex b 29 March 1912 

d d 


Note: Lennis Watson Baker and James Guest Baker are owners 
of the well known Baker Company and Art Gallery in 
Lubbock, Texas. 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

1 daughter 

Mary Ann Marshall m Henry James Melton 

b 26 April 1952, Amarillo b 

Potter Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 4 June 1971, in Central Church of Christ, 

Amarillo, Texas. 

Attending University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1971 

Robin Baker, merchant m Rena Mae Smith 

b 22 Feb 1894, Lockney, b 10 Sept 1894, Lockney, 

Texas Floyd Co., Texas 

d 10 Dec 1965, Plainview, d 2 June 1970, Plainview, 

Hale Co., Texas Hale Co., Texas 

date of marriage 2 January 1915 

3 children 

Guemes Robin Baker m Lillian Frances Smith 

b 10 Nov 1917, Lockney, Tex. b 12 Feb. 1922, Petersburg, 

Hale Co. , Texas 
d d 


1 son 

Charles Wajme Baker m La Tresa Van Horn 

b 8 Jan 1947, Plainview b 6 Sept. 1946, Sayre, 

Hale Co., Tex. Beckham Co., Okla. 

d d 

served 2 years in U. S. Army 
stationed in Germany 

date of marriage 1 Nov. 1967, Shamrock, Wheeler Co., Tex. 

1 son Douglas Wayne Baker 

b 10 Jan. 1968, Wursburg, Germany 

Charles Artemas Baker, M.D. m Catherine Marie Burknett, R.N. 
b 22 May 1922, Lockney, Tex b 24 Mar. 1926, Leavenworth, 

Leavenworth Co . , Kansas 
d d 

Served in U.S. Navy Methodist 



#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

date of marriage August 19A6 
5 children 

James Andrew Baker died in infancy 1949 
b Englewood, Bergen Co., New Jersey 

Charles Artemas Baker, Jr. 

b 24 Sept 1950, Washington, D.C. 


William Smith Baker 

b 4 Feb. 1953, Washington, D. C. 


Marilyn Marie Baker 

b 19 Mar. 1956, Washington, D. C. 


Nancy Sue Baker 

b 2 Jan. 1958, Washington, D. C. 


Elizabeth Ann Baker m Clarence Albert Willis, 
b Sept. 1923, Lockney, Accountant 

Texas b 22 Sept. 1921, Sanger, 

Denton Co., Texas 

d ^^_^^_^__ d ^ 

Secretary and bookkeeper 1st Lieutenant WW II 

in Phillipines 

date of marriage 1 Sept. 1946, Plainview, Hale Co., Tex. 
members of Church of Christ 

4 children 

James Michael Willis 

b 21 June 1948, Plainview, 

Hale Co. , Tex. 

Mathematician, working on Ph. D. at University of 

Colorado, Boulder, Colo. 

Thomas Malcolm Willis 

b 2 Dec. 1949, Plainview, 

Hale Co. , Tex. 
d ^ 

Fre-Med student at University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo, 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Mark Albert Willis 

b 19 June 1956, Grand Junction, 

Mesa County, Colorado 

Susan Mae Willis 
b 16 Dec. 1958, Grand Junction, 
Mesa County, Colorado. 


6. James Artemas (Artie) Baker (Jr.) 

b 22 Sept. 1896, Lockney, m 1st Stella Stalcup (divorced) 

Floyd Co., Texas b 

d d ~ 

Artie is a farmer, banker, and owner of an irrigation 
machine shop, Pecos, Texas. Married 3rd: Trussa 

2 children 

Mary Alice Baker m Francisco Frank Gonzalez 

b Plainview, Hale Co., b Nogales, State of Sonora, 

Texas Mexico, 

d d 

2 adopted Mexican children, now grown. No dates given. 

Kevin Baker m Jean Hoggard 

b 10 Jan. 1935, Lockney b 24 Oct. 1941, Memphis, 

Floyd County, Texas Hall County, Texas 

d d 

date of marriage 7 June 1957, Plainview, Hale County, Texas 

Kevin Baker owns skating rinks (roller), in Lubbock, Texas 

3 sons 

James Drew (Andrew?) Baker 
b 29 April 1958, Pecos, 
Reeves County, Texas 

NOTE: Artie married 2nd Joe Adams, divorced 

3rd Trussa ___^___^.^ bom in Holland. 
Was living in Houston, Texas, at the time 
of her marriage. Roman Catholic 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Chris Dwayne Baker 
b 20 Oct. 1959 Pecos, 

Reeves County, Texas 

James Artemas Baker (III) 
b 11 Oct. 1960, Pecos, 

Reeves County, Texas, 

Dimple Baker, Drygoods Business 

b 16 Nov, 1898, Lockney, m Austin H. McGavock, Pharmacist 

Floyd Co. Tex. b 3 Feb. 1896 

d d 3 Feb. 1963 Odessa, Ector 

Co. Tex. 

Served in U.S. Army in WWI 

date of marriage 12 August, 1920, Lockney, Floyd Co., Tex. 

one son - adopted 

Monty Malcolm McGavock m Velva Rose Vaninger, 
b 25 May 1927 Dallas b 7 Oct. 1927, Trenton, 

Dallas Co. Tex. Clinton Co. 111. 

d d 

served in U. S. Navy 

date of marriage 12 Nov. 1949, Trenton, Clinton Co., 111. 

4 children 

Kathryn Lois McGavock 
b 15 Sept. 1950 Highland, 
Madison Co. , 111. 

Karen Ann McGavock 

b 3 March 1952, Highland 

Madison Co. , 111. 

Monty Malcolm McGavock 
b 9 Oct 1955, Highland, 

Madison Co. , 111. 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Marc Martin McGavock 

b 13 Aug. 1957, Highland 

Madison Co. , 111. 

8. Eula Lee Baker m Christopher Col\jmbus Seaman 

b 26 Dec. 1900, Lockney, b 15 Oct 1892, Silverton, 
Floyd Co., Tex. Briscoe County, Texas. 

d d 25 Jan. 1963, Sulphur, 

Murray Co., Oklahoma. 
Car dealer; served in WWI 

date of marriage 30 Jan. 1921, Lockney, Floyd Co., Tex. 

3 children 

Christine Seaman m Jean Arthur Shelton 

b 18 Dec. 1921, Lockney, Tex. b 12 April, 1918, Sapulpa, 

Creek County, Okla. 

d ___^^_^ d 

School Clerk Retired from U. S. Navy; 

served during WW II and 
Church of Christ Korean War 

date of marriage 1 June, 1942, Altus, Jackson Co., Okla. 

4 children 

Dina Lee Shelton m Allen Byron Robinson 

b 19 Sept. 1944, New London, b 

d d 

date of marriage 10 Aug. 1968, San Diego, Sandiego Co., Cal. 

Jean Christopher Shelton (boy) 
b 9 Mar. 1946, Lubbock, 

Lubbock Co. Tex. 

Eric Mark Shelton 

b 11 Jan. 1950 San Diego, 

San Diego Co. Cal. 

Claire Marlene Shelton 
b 11 Jan. 1950, San Diego 

San Diego Co., Cal. 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

1970 -- Dina Shelton Robinson in Strasbourg, France, where 
she worked at research at the Institute of Human 
Rights. Received her law degree from the University 
of California, Berkley, June 1970, and a $5,000 
scholarship to continue study in France. 

Jean Christopher Shelton is teaching physics at the 
University of California, Los Angeles, where he is 
working on his doctorate. Received B. S. Degree in 
physics from the California Institute of Technology, 
Pasadena, Calif., June 1966. 

Eric Mark Shelton is a junior student in History at 
the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. 

Marlene is in France with Dinah and is undecided 
what she wants to do. Is traveling now. Dec. 1970. 

Betty Lou Seaman m Timothy Quinlan Phalen 

b 8 June 1926 Altus, (address unknown 1970) 
Jackson Co. Okla. 


Registered Nurse; served in 

U. S. Air Force; Roman Catholic 

date of marriage 18 Feb. 1950; annuled 2 Feb. 1968. 

1 daughter Teresa Ann Phalen 

b 26 May 1958, Miami, 
Dade County, Florida 


2nd marriage to Francis Michael Grossman Served in 

b 8 March 1904, U. S. Navy 

Westphalia, Anderson Co., Kansas 

date of marriage 10 June 1968 Plainview, Texas. 

Lonnie Lee Seaman m Betty Ruth Perry, teacher 

b 24 March 1928, Altus b 5 March 

Jackson Co. Okla. 
d d 

date of marriage 21 Jan 1951, Canyon, Randall Co., Tex. 

2 children 


#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Claude Alan Seaman 
b 31 May 1958 Dallas 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Kenneth Wade Seaman 
b 3 Feb 1960, Dallas 
Dallas Co., Texas, 

9. William Dorsey Baker, farmer m Wanda B. Stinebaugh 

b 7 Sept. 1904, Lockney, b 24 Aug. 1909, Farming ton, 
Floyd Co., Tex. Grayson Co., Tex. 

d d 


date of marriage 10 June 1933 Fort Sumner, DeBaca County, 

New Mexico 

2 sons 

William Norton Baker m Joan Muriel Jacobs, 
b 6 Feb. 1935, Plainview, Presbyterian 

Hale Co., Tex. b 4 Dec. 1936, Corsicana, 

Navarro Co. , Tex. 
d d 

Attorney, C.P.A.; served in United States Army; Presbyterian 

2 children 

Richard Norton Baker 

b 6 Nov. 1960, Corsicana, 

Navarro County, Texas 

Elizabeth Jacobs Baker 
b 11 Oct. 1963, Lubbock 

Lubbock Co., Tex. 

Dorsey Lynn Baker m Charlyne Marie Brown 

b 26 May 1936, Plainview b 9 Oct. 1939, Plainview, 

Hale County, Texas Hale County, Texas 

d d 

Attorney; Methodist; served 3k Baptist; teacher 

years in Army; Graduate of 
West Point 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

2 children (girls) 

Stacey Lynn Baker 

b 19 June 1968 Hinsdale, 

Dupage Co. , 111. 
d ^ 

Kari Ann Baker 

b 20 July 1969, Hinsdale, 

Dupage Co. , 111. 


Husband: William Norton Baker 

Bom February 6, 1935, Plainview, Hale County, Texas. 

Elder son of William Dorsey Baker and Wanda Stinebaugh Baker 
(Brother is Dorsey Ljmn Baker) 

Schools: Lockney Public Schools, Lockney, Texas 1941-1953 
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas Summer 1955 
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 1955- 


Degrees: Southern Methodist University B.B.A. degree in 
Accounting, 1956 

S.M.U. School of Law--L.L.B. degree 1959 
Received Certified Public Accountant Certificate 1961 

June 1959-December 1959 served on active duty with Army in 
Ft. Leonard Wood and Ft. Ord, California. 

October 1961 - August 1962 served on active duty with Army 
as 1st Lt. in Ft. Polk, Louisiana. 

Lived in Dallas, Texas from Jan. 1960 to August 1962; worked 
as C.P.A. with Peat, Marwick and Mitchell in the Tax Research 
Department. Moved to Lubbock, Texas in August 1962 as a part- 
ner with Edward R. Smith to form Smith and Baker, Tax Attorneys. 
Began teaching graduate tax courses in Texas Tech School of 
Business Administration in fall of 1967. President Texas Tech 
Tax Institute 1967. Deacon, elder, and trustee of the First 
Presbyterian Church; he joined this church in October 1962. 
Treasurer of the Lubbock County Bar Association 1970-71. Dir- 
ector of the Security National Bank, Lubbock, Texas 1965 to 
date. West Texas Museum Association Trustee 1969. 

Built home at 4610 20th Street, Lubbock and began occupancy 

on September 8, 1964. 

Interest: Family, religion, financial, books, sports, travel. 

Married: December 29, 1959 to Joan Muriel Jacobs 

Westminister Presbyterian Church, Corsicana, Texas 
Minister officiating: Rev. Eugene Wood, pastor of 

the Church 

Wife: Joan Muriel Jacobs 

Born Dec. 4, 1936 Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas 
Only child of Herbert Jacobs and George Aileen Cas- 
te Haw Jacobs (Herbert Jacobs was born in Covington, 
Kentucky; his wife in Corsicana, Texas) 

Schools: Corsicana Public Schools, Corsicana, Texas 1943-1955. 

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 1955-1959. 
Degree: S M U B A degree in Social Science 1959 


February 1959 to November 1959 worked at the Southland Life 
Insurance Co. in Dallas, Texas in the Mortgage Loan 
Department . 

Children: Richard Norton Baker 

Bom November 6, 1960 Corsicana, 

Navarro County, Texas. 
Memorial Hospital 
Baptized: Westminister Presbyterian Church, 

Corsicana, Texas, May 21, 1961. 
Began attending Lubbock Public Schools in Septem- 
ber 1966. 

Elizabeth Jacobs Baker 

Born October 11, 1963, Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas 

Methodist Hospital 
Baptized: First Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, Texas, 

January 12, 1964 
Began attending Lubbock Public Schools in August 1970, 

Written by Joan Baker 

December 28, 1970 
4610 20th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 


Husband: Dorsey Lynn Baker 

Boim: May 26, 1936 Plainview, Hale County, Texas 

Schools: Lockney Public Schools, Lockney, Texas '42- '51. 

New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, N. M. '51-'54. 
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas '54- '55. 
United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 

1959-62 He served in the Army and attained the rank 
of 1st Lt. 

1962-1964 He farmed at Lockney, Texas 

January 1964 he enrolled at the University of Houston 
Law School, Houston. September 1964 he transferred 
to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas where 
he receive a LLB degree in August, 1966. 
Since that time he has attended George Washington 
Law School, Washington, D. C. (1966-67) and John Mar- 
shall Law School, Chicago, Illinois (1967-70) where 
he has completed most of the requirements towards a 
Masters of Patent Law degree. September 1970 he was 
accepted at the University of Chicago, Illinois, to 
work toward a Masters of Business degree. 

Married: June 5, 1965 to Charlyne Marie Brown 
First Baptist Church, Lockney, Texas 

September, 1966, he moved to Alexandria, Virginia and lived 
there 15 months while working as a patent examiner at the U.S. 
Patent Office, Washington, D. C. 

December 1967 moved to Downers Grove, Illinois after accept- 
ing a position as patent attorney with International Harvester, 
Chicago, 111. June 13, 1967 moved into his first house located 
at 28 W 340 Indian Knoll Trail, West Chicago, Illinois 60135 

Interests: Sports, mainly as a spectator in recent years but 
enjoys a game of tennis when the schedule permits. Books 
and learning in general occupy a great deal of his time but 
when he has a free evening he enjoys spending it at home with 
his family. 

Wife: Charlyne Marie Brown 

Born: October 9, 1939, Plainview, Hale County, Texas 

Schools: Lockney Public Schools 1946 - 1958 

Texas Technological College, Lubbock, Texas 1958-62 
Here she received a B.S. degree in Home Economics and 
an all level teaching certificate in art. 


September 1962 - June 1965 taught school art at the Denver 
Avenue Elementary School in Dallas, Texas 

Interests: Art, cooking, reading, traveling. Currently she 
is enjoying being a housewife and mother. 

Children: Stacey Lynn Baker (girl) born June 19, 1968 in 
Huns dale, DuPage County, Illinois 
Kari Ann Baker (girl) bom July 20, 1969 in Huns- 
dale, DuPage County, Illinois 

This information written October 29, 1970 by 

Charlyne Baker 

28 W 340 Indian Knoll Trail 

West Chicago, Illinois 60185 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 

10. Joseph Lowrimore Baker m Ludie Agnes Kennemer 
b b 


d d 


date of marriage 18 January 1930 Carter, Beckham Co. , Ok la. 

2 sons 

Lary Dean Baker 

b 30 Oct. 1930 Carter, Beckham County, Oklahoma 
d 24 June 1958, buried in Forrest Lawn Cemetery, 
Glendale, California 

James Deuon Baker, M.D. m Donna Frances Eubank 
b 2 June 1936 Lubbock, b 21 July 1937 Lorenzo, 
Lubbock County, Texas Crosby County, Texas 

d d 

Church of Christ 
date of marriage 12 June 1959, Idalou, Lubbock County, Tex. 

2 children 

Gaeron Glenn Baker 

b 23 Sept 1961, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Texas 

Mary Brendell Baker 

b 8 August 1963, Dallas 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

11. Mary Baker m James Melvin Phillips 
b 22 May 1908, Lockney, b 29 May 1905 Holiday, 

Floyd Co., Texas Benton County, Tennessee 
d d 

Newspaper reporter Cashier Church of Christ 

date of marriage 28 September 1930 
1 child (adopted) 

#11 James Artemas Baker Family (Cont'd) 


Sarah Helen Phillips m Charles David Schandua 

b 30 March 1947, Des Moines b 

Polk County, Iowa 
d d 

date of marriage 10 August, 1968, Port Lavaca, Calhoun 

County, Texas 

one daughter Judy Ann Schandua 

b 31 December 1969, New Braunfels, 
Comal County, Texas 

12. Helen Gerald Baker 

b 5 Feb. 1914 Lockney, 
Floyd County, Texas 

date of marriage 

m Lewellen Edward Gross 

b 19 Dec. 1914 Sherman County, 


Methodist; Served in 

United States Navy 

one daughter 

Elizabeth Alice Gross m 
b 5 May 1938 Plainview, 

Hale County, Texas 
d September 1971 

date of marriage 

one adopted child, a son 

David Edward Stokes 
b 6 March 1964 

Fred Marvin Stokes 

III Francis Houston Baker m 1st Eulalie Crews 

b 13 Dec 1861 Dallas b 28 Jan 1866 Cotton Hill, 

County, Texas Georgia 

d 3 Nov 1930 Hamilton, Texas d 16 Oct 1892, Hamilton, 

Hamilton County, Texas 
Served as postmaster at Ohio, and owned a grocery store 
in Hamilton, Tex. 

date of marriage 1 July 1885 Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 
3 children 

#111 Francis Houston Baker Family (Cont'd) 

1. Infant Son Baker 

b 28 Jan 1866, Ohio, Hamilton Co., Tex. 
d 21 Feb 1866, Ohio, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

2. Berta Baker m George Elam Walker 

b 18 Dec. 1886, Ohio, b 27 June 1879 Williamson 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Co., Tex. 

d d 7 Sept 1956 Dallas, 

Presbyterian Dallas Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 14 Sept 1908, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

one daughter 

Mildred Walker m Bryan Calvin Henderson, 
b 1 Sept 1912 Sonora Insurance 

Sutton Co., Tex. b 6 Nov 1903, Hamilton Co., 

d d 

date of marriage 27 Dec. 1932, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 


one daughter 

Martha Kay Henderson m Jerry Edward Galloway 

b 31 May 1953, Midland, b 

Tex. d 


date of marriage 31 Oct 1971, Midland, Texas 

Memorial Christian Church 

3. Helen (Lennie) Baker m Robert Bernard Miller 

b 6 Jan 1889 Ohio, b 12 July 1890 Hamilton, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d 5 Nov. 1971 d 2 Feb. 1967, Hamilton, Tex. 

buried in Hamilton, Tex. Banker and Wholesale Oil 
Methodist Agency 

date of marriage 23 June 191A, Hamilton, Tex. 

children Frances Helen Miller 

b 13 April 1915 Hamilton, Tex. 
d 24 April 1927 Hamilton, Tex. 

Margaret Elizabeth Miller m Harold Truman Gunn, 
b 16 Sept 1915, Hamilton, Firestone Bus. 

Tex b 1 Oct 1908, Round Rock, Tex. 

d d 


date of marriage 18 Sept. 1934 

#111 Francis Houston Baker Family (Cont'd) 107 

Children Robert Harold Gunn m Elizabeth Ann McBrine 
b 16 July 1936 b 7 Nov. 1942 
d d 

Pharmicist and Bacteriologist 

one daughter Christy Elizabeth Gunn 
b 8 March 1965 

Jerry Miller Gunn m Charlotte Ann Campbell 

b b 4 Sept. 1942 

d d 

Athletic Coach 

date of marriage 

one son Curtis Scott Gunn 
b 6 March 1965 

Robert Bernard Miller, Jr. m Mavis Josephine McKinley 

b 8 Feb. 1917 Hamilton, Tex b 9 Aug. 1921, Hamilton, Tec. 

Owner of HAMILTON HERALD RECORD, Hamilton, Texas, Episcopalians 

date of marriage 14 June 1941, Hamilton, Texas 
in St. Mary's Church. 

Children: Mary Lenn Miller 

b 18 Sept 1947 Hamilton, Texas 

graduated from University of Texas with highest honors, 
now attending University of Wisconsin, has earned a Master's 
Degree, and now working toward her Doctorate. She is a Phi 
Beta Kappa. 1971-attending the Sorbonne, Paris, France. 

Roger Paul Miller 

b 19 July 1950 Hamilton, Texas 


1971: attending Texas A & M College on a $5,000 scholarship. 

Mavis Ann Miller 

b 6 Oct 1954 Hamilton, Texas 


#111 Francis Houston Baker Family (Cont'd) 108 

Robert Kenneth Miller 

b 30 Nov. 1955 Hamilton, Texas 


Charlotte Eulalie Miller 

b 17 July 1920 Hamilton, Texas 

d 18 Sept. 1931 Hamilton, Texas 

Martha Jean Miller 
still bom 18 Nov 1923 

Virginia Moss Miller m Douglas Thomas McLemore 
b 12 Sept. 1928 Hamilton, Tex b 16 Feb. 1926 

d d 


date of marriage 16 July 1957, Hamilton, Texas 

2 children Thomas Miller McLemore 
b 14 Nov. 1958 

Elizabeth McLemore 
b 20 June 1960 

Mary Otis Miller 

b Jan 1933 Hamilton Texas 

d 31 July 1942 Hamilton, Texas 

Otis Crews Baker 
b 3 December 1890 Hamilton, Texas 
d 21 November 1907, Hamilton, Texas 
Died of accidental gunshot wound. 


III Francis Houston Baker m 2nd Elizabeth Martin 

b 13 Dec 1861 Dallas Co. Tex b 

d 3 Nov 1930 Hamilton, Tex d 

date of marriage 

2 children 

1. Leo Martin Baker m Lucile Ellsworth 

b 1 Oct 1894, b 30 April 1893, Ottawa, 

Hamilton, Tex LaSalle County, Illinois. 
d 3 Oct 1963, Dallas, d 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

buried 5 Oct 1963, 

Irving, Dallas Co., Tex. 

Salesmanager: Methodist 
date of marriage 25 Oct 1915 Waco, McLennan Co., Tex. 

4 children 

Helen Lucile Baker m Harold W. Holloway, salesman 

b 5 June 1917 Cleburne, b 25 May 1915 St Louis, 

Johnson Co., Tex. St Louis County, Missouri 

d d 

Christian Church 

Served in United States 
Navy WW II 
date of marriage 20 April 1940, St Louis, St Louis County, 


one daughter Peggy Lu Holloway 

b 17 February 1955, Houston, Harris Co., Tex. 

Overton Ellsworth Baker 

b 2 August 1919 Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d 19 Jan. 1922 Macon, Georgia, buried in Hamilton, Tex. 

Leo Martin Baker Jr. 

b 24 Hay 1927 Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Tex. 

d 2 July 1950 Evanston, Cook County, 111., while attend- 
ing Northwestern University. Buried 7 Oct 1953, Irving 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

#111 Francis Houston Baker Family (Cont'd) 110 

Betty Ann Baker m James Francis Kelleher 
b 21 March 1935, St. Louis, b 5 Feb 1929, Waxahachie, 
St. Louis Co., Missouri Ellis County, Texas 

d d 4 Oct 1967, Irving, Dallas 

Co., Texas. Buried 6 Oct 
1967, Irving, Dallas Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 12 August 1954, Irving, Dallas Co., Tex. 

James Francis Kelleher was an Aero Engineer, Presbyterian. 

3 children 

Kraig David Kelleher 

b 2 Oct 1955 Denton, Denton Co., Tex 


Karen Denise Kelleher 

b 10 Aug 1960 Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 


Amy Beth Kelleher 

b 31 Aug 1965 Irving, Dallas Co., Tex. 


2. Hazle Baker, social worker 

b 27 June 1904 m 1st James (?) Crowley - 

Hamilton, Tex. divorced 

d (now deceased) 

2nd Joe Todd Russell, Salesman 
"h 18 Nov 1903, Vicksburg, 
Warren Co., Mississippi 

date of 2nd marriage 16 Dec 1935 

Note: James Crowley was the father of Hazle 's two sons, 
who were adopted by Joe Todd Russell. 

2 sons and 1 daughter 

James Baker Russell m Marie Bell 
b 27 Nov 1926, Lubbock, ^ 

Lubbock Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 2 April 1951, Montebello, California. 
2 sons 


#111 Francis Houston Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Stephen Maynard Russell 

b 10 April 1953 


Brant Baker Russell 

b 17 July 1955 


Leo Baker Russell m Ethel Gatzky 

b 9 Feb 1929, Lubbock b 

Lubbock Co . , Tex 
d d 

Served in the Korean War 

date of marriage 20 July 1951 

San Diego, San Diego County, California. 

2 sons 

Kim Russell 
b 4 June 1958 

Mark Russell 
b 15 May 1960 

Joleen Russell m Clifford Pitman 

b 25 Feb 1939 Hamilton, b 

Hamilton Co., Tex 
d d 

date of marriage 3 July 1959, Downey, California. 

2 children 

James Todd Pitman 
b 27 Dec 1967 

Kelly Corrine Pitman 

b 30 Jan 1968 



IV William Thatcher Baker, 

M.D. m Nannie Key 
b 9 Jan 1864 Lancaster, b 29 Sept. 1864, Palestine, 

iex. Tex 

d 19 Feb 1935 Dallas, Tex. d 16 Jan 1957 Arlington, Tex. 
Members of Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) 

date of marriage 13 June 1886, Jonesboro, 
Hamilton Co. , Tex. 

3 children 

1. Otwell Scott Baker m Corine Holford 
b 2 May 1887, Brownwood b 
Brown Co. , Tex. 

"^ n!if ^V^^^^?"' ^ deceased 

Dallas Co., Tex. " 

Both are buried in Laurel Land Cemetery, Dallas, Tex. 
No children 

£°Jq''m ^^^oL ^ 1st Turner S. Rollins, Jr. 
b 29 Nov 1888 Hamilton, b 

Hamilton Co., Tex. — - 

^ . d April 21, 1910 

date of 1st marriage 31 July 1909 

date of 2nd marriage 28 June 1921 to Harry J. Williams, 


b "_ 

d J March 1967, 

Dallas, Texas. 

one daughter 

rner Rolli 
28 Aug 191 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Turner Rollins m Joseph Warren Dubois, Jr., 
b 28 Aug 1910, Dallas b Louisiana 


one son (adopted) H, Carter Dubois 

b 18 Jan 1949 

Netta Baker 

b 15 June 1892, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 
d 18 Jan 1919, Dallas, Texas, buried in Oak Cliff 
Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. 


Jane Emily Baker m Ralph Piper Edgar, teacher 
b 10 Dec. 1866, Hamilton b 29 April 1856, Ball Town, 

Co., Tex. Mo. 

d 7 Mar 1947, Hamilton, d 3 Aug 1939 Hamilton, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex 

Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) 

date of marriage 22 August 1883, Hamilton Co., Tex. 


1. John Oliver Edgar m De lores Delgado 

b 24 Aug 1885 Hamilton b 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 
d 2 Feb. 1951, San Antonio, 

Bexar Co., Tex. d deceased 

date of marriage 20 Feb. 1919 in San Antonio, Tex. 
no children. 

2. William Thatcher Edgar m Selma Olena Peterson 

b 25 June 1888 Hamilton b 27 Nov 1892 Clifton, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Bosque Co., Tex. 
d 9 Nov 1968 Dallas, Tex. d 


date of marriage 15 July 1915 
one daughter 

Jane Louise Edgar m Jacob Chandler Mathis 

b 11 Nov 1919 Sugarland b 24 Sept 1911 Gilmer, 

Fort Bend Co., Tex. Upshur Co., Tex. 

d d 

Secretary Dry Cleaning Business 

date of marriage 11 May 1943, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

2 children 

James Chandler Mathis, graduate of Georgia Institute 
b 13 June 1944 Salem, of Technology, Atlanta; worked 
Oregon for 8*06 ing Aircraft 3 years; 

now attending University of 
Indiana, working toward a 
Master's Degree. 

#V Jane Emily Baker Edgar Family (Cont'd) 

Selma Jane Mathis Graduate of University of 

b 14 Jan 1947, Dallas, Texas, PE Major, presently 
Dallas Co., Tex. teaching in the Houston 

Public Schools 

S.Ralph Piper Edgar, Jr., 

b 24 Nov 1891, Hamilton, Tex. 
d 27 Nov 1908, Hamilton, Tex. 

VI. Elizabeth Scythia Baker m David Bunch Holland 

b 8 Feb 1869 Bear Creek b 20 March 1856, Steens Creek 
near Lancaster, (Florence) Rankin Co., Miss, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

d 28 Nov 1932 Midlothian, d 16 March 1948, Waxahachie, 
Ellis Co., Tex. Ellis County, Texas. 

Both buried in Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas. 

Dry Goods Store 

date of marriage 24 Dec. 1885, Ohio, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

11 children 

1. William Mordica Holland 

m Cleo Pope Cook 
b 21 Nov 1886 , Ohio, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. b 

d 9 Sept 1958 Dallas, 

Dallas Co., Tex. d 

Salesman, and Insurance 


date of marriage 5 Oct. 1935, Dallas, Tex. 
no children 

2. James Harvey Holland m Euna Vaye Morgan 

b 19 Dec 1888, Ohio b 18 Sept 1891, Midlothian, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Ellis Co., Tex. 

d d 

Show business, teacher, and salesman 
date of marriage 9 March 1910 

3 children 


#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

Aris Maxine Holland m Eugene Carroll Kenyon 

b 7 March 1911, Midlothian, b 22 March 1908, Carthage, 

Ellis Co., Tex. Jasper Co., Mo., 

d d 5 August 1969, Dallas, Tex, 

date of marriage 2 June 1930 

4 children 

Charles Kenneth Kenyon m Jane lie Hull 

b 22 Mar 1931 Carthage, b 7 June 1934, Cleburne, 

Jasper Co., Mo. Johnson Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 24 Feb 1957. 

3 children 

Charles Kenneth Kenyon, Jr. 
b 11 Dec. 1960 Fort Worth, 

Tarrant Co. , Tex. 

Robert Holland Kenyon 

b 13 April 1964, Fort Worth, 

Tarrant Co. , Tex. 

Christine Jannelle Kenyon 
b 27 July 1967 Fort Worth, 

Tarrant Co. , Tex. 
d ^ 

Carol Jeanine Kenyon m Hal C. Douglass, Jr., M.D. 

b 24 July 1933 Carthage, b 19 Sept 1932 Mercedes, 

Jasper Co., Mo. Hidalgo Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 12 July 1958 

3 children ___ 

Carol Jeanine Douglass 
b 25 July 1960, Houston 

Harris Co. , Tex. 

#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

Kay Anne Douglass 

b 17 July 1964 Houston 

Harris Co. , Tex. 

Janna Kathleen Douglass 

b Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Robert David Kenyon m Peggy Ruth Herrin 

b 30 Nov 1934 Midlothian, b 28 Aug 1934, Brandon, 

Ellis Co., Tex. Hill Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 19 Nov 1966 

Kathryn Sue Kenyon m Gilbert Lawrence Jentz, Jr. 
b 2 Feb 1938 El Paso, b 27 Dec 1933 

El Paso Co. , Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 28 April 1956 

2 children 

Gilbert Lawrence Jentz III 
b 18 July 1967 Port Arthur, 

Jefferson Co., Tex. 

Kathryn Sue Jentz 

b 3 Oct 1969 Port Arthur, 

Jefferson Co., Tex. 

James Harvey Holland, Jr. 

b 22 March 1919 m Betty Jo Howard 

Midlothian, Ellis Co., b 6 Oct 1930, Beaumont, 
Tex. Jefferson Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 24 Dec 1953. 
3 children 

#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

Roger David Holland 
b 29 Oct 1954 
Dallas, Tex. 

Richard Bruce Holland 
b 26 Sept 1960 
Dallas, Tex. 

Betty Ann Holland 
b 16 Aug 1960 
Dallas, Tex. 

Dina Sue Holland 
b 17 April Irving, 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Betty Jane Holland m James Alfred Taylor (Pete) 
b 10 Oct 1929 Taylor, b 23 July 1929 

Williamson Co., Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 

2 children Steven Jay Taylor 

b 12 June 1953, Wichita, 
Sedgewick Co . , Kans . 

Kathryn Vaye Taylor 

b 29 May 1958, Fort Worth, 

Tarrant Co. , Tex. 

3. Davie B. died at birth 

4. Charles Baker Holland 

m Hazel Mae Crawford 

b 27 Oct 1892, Ohio, b Arkansas 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d q Nqv 1QS1 d Oct 1962, Clarksville, Tex. 

World War I Veteran buried in Clarksville, Tex. 

date of marriage 1916 


#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

2 children 

Martene Holland m Gavin Watson (a County Judge) 

b 23 March 1923 Bristow, b 

Creek Co. , Okla. 

d d 

date of marriage 4 June 1952 Clarksville, Red River 

Co., Tex. 

Charles Baker Holland, Jr. 

m Maude Lowe 

b 22 Dec 1925 Bristow, b 

Creek Co. , Okla. 
d d 

date of marriage Norman, Oklahoma 

Note: Gavin Watson was County Judge in Red River County, 
Texas, at one time and was born there. No other 
information on this family. 

5. Herbert Monroe Holland 

m Stella Mae Ellis 
b 2 May 1894 Hamilton 

Co., Tex 
d 14 Nov. 1953 

date of marriage 27 Sept 1935 no children 

6. Loneta Holland m Charles B. Hackney 
b 25 July 1897 Midlothian 

Ellis Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 9 January 1938 
no children. 

7. Ned Baker Holland m Pauline Phillips 

b 27 May 1900 Midlothian, b 22 Oct Pecan Gap, 

Ellis Co., Tex. Delta Co., Tex. 

d d 


date of marriage 9 June 1923 
2 daughters 


#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

Nedline Holland m Morris Carper. 

Pilot in U.S. Air Force, 

b 16 May 1924 Colonel 

Midlothian, b 
Ellis Co. , Tex. 

d d 

3 daughters 

Gwen Frances Carper m David Wesley Smith 
b 22 Jan 1945 Dallas, b 

Dallas Co., Tex d 

date of marriage 

2 daughters 

Lori Lyn Smith 
b 31 Dec 1964 Mt Holly 
Burlington Co., N. J. 

Kelli Smith 

b 27 Jan 1967, Mt . Holly, 

Burlington Co., N. J. 

Glenda Lynn Carper m Charle'^ Steven Kincade 
b 5 July 1950 b 

Biloxi, Harrison Co., 

Miss . 
d d 

date of marriage 26 May 1971 

Martha Leanna Carpe r 
b 22 Sept 1960 Mt Holly 

Burlington, N. J. 

Gwendlyn Holland m Tddo Lamoton Davis 
b 27 Feb. 1926 b 


Ellis Co. , Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 25 January 1946 Episcopalians 

#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

3 children 

Pamela Ann Davis m James Harry Cummins 
b 11 Jan 1948, Jackson, b 


Hinds Co. , Miss. 
d d 

date of marriage 19 Dec. 1969 

Iddo Lampton Davis, Jr. 
b 19 Oct 1951, Jackson, 

Hinds Co. , Miss, 

Barbara Nell Davis 

b 26 March, Brookhaven, 

Lincoln Co., Miss. 

8. Moe Silverberg Holland 

m Vivian Boyd 
b 30 Oct 1901, Midlothian, 

Ellis Co., Tex. b 13 May 1906 
d d 

Ladies Ready- to-Wear Salesman 
date of marriage 14 Feb. 1938 

1 son 

Moe Silverberg Holland, Jr.m Terri Herrin 

b 11 July 1942, Dallas, Tex. b 

d d 

date of marriage 19 Aug 1967 

a daughter Amy Reni Holland 

b Feb 1969 Waxahachie, Ellis 

Co., Tex. 

Berin U. Holland m Erma Robinson Barker 

b 12 April 1904, b 12 Oct 1907 Moody, 

Midlothian, McLennan Co., Tex. 

Ellis Co. , Tex. 
d 4 April 1967 Dallas, d 


date of marriage 19 April 1931 


#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

2 children -- twins 

Conrad Foy Holland 

b 20 Feb 1933 Dallas, Tex 

d 22 Feb 1933 Dallas, Tex .«. 

Constance Joy Holland m Willie Eugene Coleman 
b 20 Feb 1933, b 23 Oct 1932 Pensacola, 

Dallas, Tex. Baldwin Co., Fla. 

d d 

Dancing teacher 

date of marriage 14 June 1952 

2 children 

William Eugene Coleman, Jr. 
b 6 Jan 1954 Pensacola, 
Baldwin Co. , Fla. 

Connie Joy Coleman (Candy) 
b 17 April 1964 

Dallas, Tex. 

10. David Bunch Holland, Jr. m Margaret Pardue 

b 18 April 1909 Midlothian, b 

Ellis Co. , Texas 

d 28 July 1966 Dallas, Tex. d 


date of marriage 24 December 1936 

2 children 

Betty Jo Holland m James Albert Dorsey 
b 3 June 1940 b 6 April 1939 

Dallas, Tex. Dallas, Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 

3 daughters 

Pamela Ann Dorsey 

b 31 July 1965, Dallas, Tex. 


#VI Elizabeth Scythia Baker Holland Family (Cont'd) 

Paula Kay Dorsey 

b 14 May 1968, Dallas, Tex. 


Julie Beth Dorsey 

b 28 Aug 1970, Dallas, Tex. 


David Bunch Holland III m Stefani Maria Lobello 
b 13 Aug 1943 Dallas, Tex b 

d d ^;^^[;];;^;;;^^^[;]^[[[[;[;^;;^ 

date of marriage 

2 children 

Samuel David Holland 

b 15 Oct 1965, Dallas, Tex. 


Tracy Ann Holland 

b 21 July 1970 Dallas, Tex. 


11. The 11th child Max L. Holland never married 

b 23 Oct 1913 Midlothian, 

Ellis Co. , Tex. 
d 19 Sept 1968 Midlothian, Tex. 

VII Charles Curtis Baker, D.D.S. 

m Bertha Alma Nicholson 
b 30 Jan 1871, Dallas b 9 Feb 1876, Hamilton, Tex 

Co., Tex. 
d 21 Mar 1942 Hamilton, d 27 March 1958, Hamilton, 

Tex Tex. 

Both are buried in New I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hamilton, Tex. 


A History of Dentistry in Texas 

Walter C. Stout, D.D.S. , F.A.C.D. 1969 
Chairman Historical Committee 
Texas Dental Association 

On page 24: listed among Pioneer Texas Dentists 

C. C. Baker joined Texas Dental 
Association 1899. 

#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 123 

On Page 160: Application for membership was made at 
19th Annual Session of the Texas Dental 
Association, May 16, 17, 18, Waco, Texas, 
1899. The several applicants were voted 
in unanimously. 

On Page 236-E is a picture of one of the first diplomas 
issued by Texas Dental College, to Dr. 
Charles Curtis Baker, 1906, Courtesy of 
Dr. Thomas R. Williams, Baylor Dental. 

3 children 

1. Kathryne Baker, m Milton Brents Witty, Merchant 

b 6 Dec 1897i b 14 April 1896, Hico, 

Hamilton, Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 5 June 1924 WWI - 2nd Lt. 16th Co. 
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Central Machine Gun 
Hamilton, Tex. Officers Training School, 

Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga. 

4 children 

Milton Brents Witty, Jr. , m Avis Clyde Gardner, Teacher 


b 11 Dec 1926 Hamilton, Tex. b 20 Sept 1927, Hamilton, Tex. 

d d 

Insurance Episcopalians 

Served in Military during WW II 

date of marriage 11 Aug 1951 in First Methodist Church, 

Hamilton, Tex. 
3 children 

Kathleen Witty 

b 27 June 1952, Monroe, 

Ouachita Parish, La. 

Milton Brents Witty, III 
b 8 May 1956, Monroe, 

Ouachita Parish, La. 

#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 


William Watkins Nelson, 

b 1 Dec 1926, Clinton, 

Custer Co., Okla. 

Served in United States Navy- 

Michael Scott Witty 
b 12 Oct 1965 Monroe, 
Ouachita Parish, La. 

Kathryne Witty, teacher m 

b 31 August 1928, 
Hamilton, Tex 


date of marriage 30 Aug 1950, St. Mary's Church, 

Hamilton, Texas 

4 children 

Jane Nelson 

b 26 Dec 195 2 Bethesda, 

Montgomery Co. , Md. 

Alexander Duncan Nelson III 
b 26 Dec 1954 Corpus Christi 

Nueces Co. , Tex 

Sarah Nelson 

b 9 Sept 1956 Corpus Christi, 

Nueces Co. , Tex. 

Martha Nelson 

b 31 May 1958 Corpus Christi 

Nueces Co. , Tex. 

Anne Witty 
b 6 Feb 1934 

Hamilton, Tex 



William Drewry Olmsted 

b 24 March 1932, Minneapolis, 


Engineer & Salesman 

William D. Olmsted, Staff Sergeant U S Air Force, 

607th Air Craft and Warning Control #16354229 Korean War 

date of marriage 27 August 1956 Hamilton, Texas, in 

St. Mary's Episcopal Church 

4 children 


#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 

William Drewry Olmsted, Jr. 
b 11 Apr 1958 Milwaukee 

Milwaukee Co., Wis. 

Mary Kathryne Olmsted 
b 4 Nov 1959, Milwaukee 

Milwaukee Co., Wis. 

Thomas Witty Olmsted 
b 4 July 1962, 

Milwaukee, Wis. 

Brents Witty Olmsted 
b 6 Nov 1964 

Mi Iwauke e , Wis. 

Charles Nicholson Witty m Jana Lee Pettett, secretary 
b 12 Aug 1937 Hamilton, Tex. b 30 Oct 1939 Matoy, Okla. 
d d 

Business College - teacher 
Served in US Army 

date of marriage 5 June 1961 Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 


Charles Nicholson Witty (son of Kathryne Baker and Milton 
Brents Witty) enlisted in the Artillery in Abilene, Texas, 
November 15, 1956; was sent to Fort Bliss, Texas. Served 
three years. After basic training he was designated as 
an enlisted student. 

Separation of Charles Nicholson Witty reads as follows: 
Headquarters U.S. Army Aif Defense Center, Fort Bliss, Texas 
November 9, 1959. S P - 4 (E4) Charles N. Witty RA 18503947 
225.18 VIII US Army Corps. (Res) Austin 14, Texas (PFC E-3 
Arty R A) 114 Baker St., Hamilton, Texas. P.E. Abilene, 
Texas E.M. has completed 3 years Military Service. 

For the Commander James M. Frisch 

2nd Lt. A G C 

#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 

2 sons (Charles Nicholson Witty) 

Samuel Baker Witty 

b 15 Jan 1962 Dallas, Tex 


Joseph Stephen Witty 
b 29 May 1967 Monroe, 

Ouachita Parish, La. 

2. Alma Baker, teacher (ret) 

m Otto Newton Rea, rancher 
b 16 Nov 1898, b 2 Feb 1895 Hamilton Co., 

Hamilton, Tex Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 28 June 1926 in St. Mary's Episcopal 

Church, Hamilton, Texas 

Otto Newton Rea served in World War I, Sergeant, Comp- 
any D, 348 Machine Gun Battalion, 91st Division in 3 
major drives: Defensive Sector- St. Mihiel; Meuse- 
Argonne; Ypres-Lys. American Expeditionary Forces 1918 

2 children 

Nancy Rea, teacher m Jack Robinson, Jr. , 
b 30 April 1927, Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force, 

Hamilton, Tex Retired 31 July 1969 

b 26 Nov 1920 White Flat, 
Motley County, Texas 
d d 

Episcopalians 1970 - teaching ROTC 

date of marriage 8 July 1947 St. Paul's on the Plains 

Episcopal Church, Lubbock, Lubbock 
County, Tex. 

3 children 

Paul Shannon Robinson 
b 7 Jan 1950 Lafayette, 
Lafayette Parish, La. 


#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Karen Robinson 

b 15 April 1953 Lubbock, 

Lubbock Co , , Tex 

Susan Robinson 
b 13 Mar 1956 Altus, 
Jackson Co., Okla. 

Peter Baker Rea m Jacquel3nni De lores Prause, 

b 26 Feb 1929 Secretary 

Hamilton, Tex b 10 May 1926 

Colorado Co. , Tex. 
d d 

skilled machinist and welder 

Military service of Peter Baker Rea: enlisted 17 Nov. 1950; 

discharged 18 Aug 1953, Rank Corporal US 54 028 581; 

Engineers: Army of the United States 

date of marriage 21 July 1956 Trinity Lutheran Church, 

Houston, Harris Co., Tex. 

2 children -- 1 daughter and 1 son 

Mindy Ann Rea 

b 6 Dec 1958 Houston, 

Harris Co. , Tex. 

Kerry Baker Rea 
b 6 March 1961 Houston, 
Harris Co. , Tex. 

, Charles Curtis Baker, Jr., D.D.S. 

m Marjorie Katherine Duffie 
b 5 March 1902 Hamilton, b 1 April 1904 Los Angeles, 

Hamilton Co., Tex Los Angeles Co., Calif, 
d d 

Episcopalians Antique dealer 

date of marriage 30 Oct 1926 Russellville, Pope Co., Ark. 

3 children 

Charles Curtis Baker III m Norma Lou Roberts 
b 16 Feb 1930 Hamilton, b 28 July 1930, San Antonio 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Bexar Co., Tex. 
d d 

Insurance Served in USAF Math Teacher 

#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 


date of marriage 7 June 1952 San Antonio, Texas 
members of St. Albans Episcopal Church, Arlington, Tex. 

2 children 

Charles Curtis Baker IV 

b 8 July 1954 Mitchell Air Force Base 

Hempstead, Long Island, N. Y. 


Kathryn Baker 

b 14 March 1962 Arlington, 

Tarrant Co. , Tex. 

Stella Gretchen Baker 

b 16 Aug 1933 Hamilton, 

d 24 May 1963 in airplane 

crash in Arkansas 


William Jackson Dean 

b 21 Dec 1929 Louisiana 

d 24 May 1963 in airplane 
crash in Arkansas 

date of marriage 26 Dec 1955 in St. Mary's Episcopal 

Church, Hamilton, Tex. 
Both are buried in the Baker Plot in New I.O.O.F. Cemetery, 

Hamilton, Texas 
2 children 

William Jackson Dean 
b 22 Jan 1960 

Cassandra Dean 
b 17 April 1962 


(both children are members 
of St. Albans Episcopal 
Church, Arlington, Tex.) 

These children are being reared by their legal guardians 
Charles Curtis Baker III and wife Lou Roberts Baker 
1213 Colonial Courts, Arlington, Texas. 

John Duffie Baker 

b 17 Jan 1937 Hamilton 

Hamilton Co. , Tex. 


Ella Kay Vaughan, Art Teacher 
b 17 June 1941 Port Arthur, 

Jefferson Co., Tex. 

Sales - Mobile Homes 

#VII Charles Curtis Baker Family (Cont'd) 

2 children 

Marjorie Kay Baker 

b 16 March 1964 Dallas, Texas 


John Duffie Baker, Jr. 

b 18 Oct 1966 Dallas, Texas 


Notes: The Charles Curtis Baker Family has been and still 
is active in city and county projects, and the social life in 
Hami 1 t on , Texas . 

Dr. Baker, Sr. served on the school board and on the City 
Council, and took an active part in politics. A member of 
the Republican Party, he served as County Chairman; was a 
State Executive Committeeman for twenty-six years; and attend- 
ed several National Republican Conventions, the first one in 
1908 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Son Charles also served as State Committeeman for the 12th 
Senatorial District of Texas, 1948 - 1966. Scouting has been 
one of his interests. 

Mrs. Baker, Senior, helped organize the public library in 
Hamilton and served as its first president. She was active 
in all phases of the work in St. Mary's Episcopal Church. 

The elder daughter, Kathryne Baker Witty is most public-spir- 
ited and has been responsible for the placing of Historical 
Markers on all places of historical significance in Hamilton 
County. At this writing she is Chairman of the Hamilton 
County Historical Survey Committee and the annual Cleanup and 
Beaut if icat ion Project in the City. She is a devoted member 
of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. (March 1971) 

The younger daughter. Alma Baker Rea, and family moved to 
Lubbock, Texas in 1943 where she taught Social Studies for 
twenty-one years, during which time she earned a Master's 
Degree from Texas Tech University. Since retirement her 
interests have been in things historical. Served five years 
as president of the General James Smith Chapter, Daughters 


of the Republic of Texas; and now is active in the Nancy 
Anderson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion. Last but not least duties in St. Paul's on the Plains 
Episcopal Church hold a major place in her activities. 

VIII Norton Amos Baker, 

merchant m Gay Miller 
b 9 Sept. 1873 Dallas b 28 Sept 1874 
Co., Tex. 

d 17 May 1943, Dallas, Tex d 


date of marriage 11 Sept 1895 Hamilton, Texas. 

1 daughter 

1. Erma Baker m E. Carl Pat ton, merchant 

b 23 Dec 1896, Hamilton b 21 June 1891, Ethel, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Grayson Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 23 Oct 1917 Spur, Texas 

Children of Erma Baker Patton -- 2 sons 

Carl Baker Patton m Betty Bogue, Investments 

(with Lockheed) 
b 29 Oct 1919 Sherman, b 22 Feb. 1921, Los Angeles 

Denison Co., Tex. Los Angeles Co., Calif, 

d d 

1st Lt. Air Corps, WW II 

date of marriage 29 March 1946, Ocean Side, Calif, 

2 children 

Bradley Patton 

b 7 Oct 1949 Torrance, 


Penny Patton 

b 17 July 1951, Santa Monica, 


#VIII Norton Amos Baker Family (Cont'd) 

Ned Baker Patton, 

Educator m Patricia Bark 
b 12 Dec 1933 Cisco, b 13 June 1928, Manhattan 

Eastland Co., Tex. Beach, Calif, 

d d 

1st Lt. Inftry WW II 

date of marriage 10 Sept 1950, Hermosa Beach, Calif, 

2 daughters of Ned Baker Patton 

Roxanne Patton 
b 26 Aug 1950 

San Pedro, Calif. 


Shelly Patton 
b 9 Oct 1951 

San Pedro, Calif 

Stacy Mari Patton 
b 6 Nov 1956 

San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., 


Note: Patricia Bark Patton is employed by Republican 
Party Organization. June 1971. 

IX John (Erskine) Beeman Baker 

druggist m Amma Pinkerton 

b 20 Oct 1876, Lancaster b 9 Apr 1878, Carlton, 

Dallas Co., Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d 18 March 1955, Dallas, d 24 July 1965, Dallas, 
Dallas Co., Tex. Dallas Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 22 Aug 1899 Hico, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

2 daughters 

1. Mable Minier Baker, 

secretary m Rex Benton DeSpain 
b 31 July 1902 Haskell b 23 Feb 1901 
Haskell Co. , Tex. 

d d 21 June 1932, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 
date of marriage 23 Dec 1922, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

#IX John (Erskine) Beeman Baker Family (Cont'd) 


one daughter 

Barbara Jean De Spain m 
b 2 Feb 1929, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

4 children 

Rex Charles Cade 

b 28 June 1949, Austin, 

Travis Co. , Tex. 

Sharon Ruth Cade m 

b 15 Sept 1951, Dallas, 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

date of marriage June 1970 

Randall Lee Cade 

b 5 Sept 1953, Dallas, Tex. 

Colin Ray Cade 

b 3 Nov 1956, Dallas, Tex. 

2 . Amma Hortenz Baker 

b 27 Aug 1911, Haskell, 

Haskell Co. , Tex. 


Charlie Brut on Cade, M.D. 
b 15 May 1927, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Joe Swans ey 



Blumer W. Bradshaw, Jr. 
b 27 June 1911 Seymour, 

Baylor Co. , Tex. 

date of marriage 6 April 1942, Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

2 sons 

Robert Dorman Bradshaw, Senior at Vanderbilt University, 
b 8 March 1949, Dallas, 1970. 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 


Roger Brian Bradshaw, Sophomore at Southern Methodist 
b 24 Sept 1951, Dallas University, 1970 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 


Margaret May Baker m 1st John Lynn, Methodist 
b 2 July 1878, Hamilton, Minister 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 
d 18 July 1955 Eastern Star Home, 

Arlington, Tarrant Co. , Texas 

m 2nd Cash Mathis, retired 

no children 

Methodist Minister 

XI Mary Oconasta Baker m Malcolm Alvah Boone, M.D. 
b 7 July 1880, Hamilton b 1 June 1875, Lafayette 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Springs, Miss. 

d 5 July 1963, d 23 Nov 1956, 

Dallas, Tex. Dallas, Tex. 

date of marriage 2 Feb 1903, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 
6 children 

1. Emily Elizabeth Boone m George Travis Lackey, 1st 
b 12 Nov 1903 Jonesboro, b 3 Nov. 1908, Wellington, 
Coryell Co., Tex. Collingsworth Co., Tex. 

d d 27 April 1958, Boulder, 

Boulder Co., Colo. 

date of marriage 9 March 1929, Grace Methodist Church, 

Dallas, Texas 

one daughter 

iry Margaret 
4 March 19: 
Dallas, Tex. 

Mary Margaret Lackey m Jackson Grover Akin, Jr. 1st 
b 4 March 1931, b 23 April 1918 


Attorney; divorced 
date of marriage 22 Nov 1953, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Co., N.M. 

2 children of Mary Margaret Lackey Akin 

Emily Ann Akin 

b 23 April 1954, Albuquerque, 

Bernalillo Co. , N. M. 

#XI Mary Oconasta Baker Boone Family (Cont'd) 

Stephen Jackson Akin 

b 15 Nov 1955 Albuquerque, 

Bernalillo Co., N, M. 

Mary Margaret Lackey Akin m 2nd John Marshall Rhodes, 

b March 1926, Oakland, Calif, 


Professor in College 

date of 2nd marriage 11 March 1967, Albuquerque, 

Bernalillo Co., N. M. 

Emily Elizabeth Boone Lackey m a 2nd time to 

William Silas Henson 
date of marriage 8 Sept 1945 in b 3 Sept 1892, Danville, 
Church of Incarnation Boyle Co., Ky. 

Episcopal, Dallas, Tex. d 9 Dec 1954, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

2. Malcolm Brown Boone m Margaret Owen Forrester 

b 29 April 1905 Jonesboro, b 18 June 1905, Dallas, 

Coryell Co., Tex. Dallas Co., Tex. 

d d 


date of marriage 29 Nov. 1929, Dallas, Tex. 

one son 

Malcolm Owen Boone m Shirley Marie Stritesky 

b 2 Dec 1931, Dallas, b 30 Jan 1932, Chicago, 111. 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 29 Dec 1956 Cicero, 111. 

Children of Malcolm Owen Boone 

Catherine Louise Boone 

b 21 Nov 1957, Dallas, Tex. 


Susan Marie Boone 

b 23 March 1959, Dallas, Tex. 


XI Mary Oconasta Baker Boone Family (Cont'd) 


Janice Ann Boone 
b 29 June 1960 

Oklahoma City, Ok la. 

Margaret Frances Boone 
b 24 Nov 1961 

Dallas, Texas, 

Margaret Boone, 

Home Economics m 

b 12 Dec. 1906, Jonesboro 

Coryell Co. , Tex. 

Gilbert Evan Ackerman, 
Col. in U. S. Army, Ret. 
b 26 Feb 1894, Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 

date of marriage 20 July 1946 in the Family Home, 

4301 Windsor Parkway, Dallas, 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

4. Mildred Boone 

b 11 Oct 1908, Jonesboro, 
Coryell Co. , Tex. 


Teacher and Librarian 

m Joel Watkins Haden, 

Salesman and Farmer 
b 8 Sept 1904, Atlanta, 

Cass Co. , Tex. 
d 18 Oct 1958, Dallas, 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Judy Carol Harp 

b 28 May 1946, Amarillo, 

Potter-Randall Co., Tex. 

one son 

Joel Watkins Haden, Jr. m 
b 31 Dec 1940, Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 
d ___^ 


date of marriage 17 June 1967, First Christian Church, 

Amarillo, Texas. 

one son 

Joel Watkins Haden III 
b 21 February 1971, Dallas, 
Dallas Co. , Tex. 

5. William Bascomb Boone m Mary Eleanor Wilie 

Elementary School Principal b 3 Sept 1918, Austin, 
b 8 Nov. 1910, Jonesboro, Travis Co., Tex. 

Coryell Co. , Tex. d 

#XI Mary Oconasta Baker Boone Family (Cont'd) 

date of marriage 30 Oct 1941, Grace Methodist Church, 

Dallas, Tex. 

2 daughters 

Anita Carol Boone m Joe E. Jones III 

b 15 Sept 1948, Dallas, b 6 Oct 1946, 

Dallas Co., Tex. Little Rock, Ark. 

d d 

date of marriage 6 Feb 1970, Highland Park Methodist Church, 

Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

Janice Lynn Boone 

b 11 March 1952 Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

d 10 Oct 1958 Dallas, Dallas Co., Tex. 

6. Sybil Boone m James Franklin Crews, 

b 12 Sept 1913, Hamilton b 12 Aug. 1913, Waxahachie, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Ellis Co., Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 3 April 1938, First Christian Church, 

Houston, Harris Co., Tex. 

Children -- twin girls 

Marcia Ann Crews m Charles Lewis Tait 

b 26 April 1943, Dallas, b 13 July 1942, New Orleans 

Dallas Co., Tex. St. Charles Parish, La., 

d d 

date of marriage Aug 21, 1965, Houston, Tex. 

one daughter Shannon Tait 

b 2 February 1970, Houston, 

Harris Co. , Tex. 

Marian Ruth Crews m Joel Arthur Newsome III 

b 26 April 1943 Dallas, b 10 Aug 1943, Houston, 

Tex. Harris Co., Tex. 

d d 

date of marriage 24 November 1965 


XII Angeline Alice Baker m Jacob Forrest Nicholson 
b 26 Feb. 1883, Hamilton, b 7 Nov. 1878, Hamilton, 
Hamilton Co., Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d d 6 Oct 1960, Hamilton, Tex. 

Lumber Salesman 
Post Office Civil Service Clerk 
Member of Disciples of Christ 
(First Christian Church) 

date of marriage 23 June 1908, Hamilton, Tex. 
5 children 

1. Angeline Nicholson m Robert Lee Fulcher 

b 17 May 1909 Hamilton, b 2 July 1903, San Saba, 
Hamilton Co., Tex. San Saba Co., Tex. 

d d 

Pharmacist & Property Owner 

date of marriage 11 August 1936, Blanco, Blanco Co., Tex. 

one daughter Sarah Angeline Fulcher, singer 

b 15 Oct. 1940, Blanco, Blanco Co., Tex. 

2. Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Jr. 

m Lucille Lawler 

b 9 Oct 1910 Hamilton, b 

Hamilton Co., Tex. d 



Railroad Mail Clerk 

date of marriage 

one son 

Jacob Forrest Nicholson, III 

IBM Salesman; B. S. m Catherine Morris 

and M.A. degrees from b 8 Nov. 1943, Roswell, 

Texas A & M Chaves Co., N. M. 

b 22 Oct 1941, Amarillo, 

d d 

date of marriage 25 January 1965, Amarillo, Texas 


#XII Angelina Alice Baker Nicholson Family (Cont'd) 

Barry Wayne Nicholson 
b 15 May 1962 Dallas, 

Dallas Co. , Tex. 

Melinda Carol Nicholson 
b 2 January 1964 
Amarillo, Tex. 

Angeline Nicholson 
b 28 Dec 1967 Bryan, 

Brazos Co. , Tex. 

Catherine's 1st husband Jerald A. Morris, now deceased; 
her maiden name was Catherine Diane Patterson. 
Jacob legally adopted Barry and Melinda in 1968. 

3. James Baker Nicholson m Wayne Boler 

b 27 Feb 1914, Hamilton, b 9 Jan 1913, Indian Gap, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. Hamilton Co., Tex. 

d d 

Served in U. S. Air Force 
date of marriage 20 May 1938 

one son 

Kenneth Boler Nicholson m Renate Eckeesberger 

Air Traffic Instructor b 29 Aug 1946 

b 24 Jan 1940, Hamilton, Ezelsdorf, Germany 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 
d d 

date of marriage 14 May 1964, Nueremburg, Gennany; 

1 -i \ri no- i n rjprmflnv 1 Q7 1 . 

living in Germany 1971. 

two daughters 

Michaela Ingrid Nicholson 

b 23 Oct 1965, Nueremburg, Germany 


#XII Angelina Alice Baker Nicholson Family (Cont'd) 


Aretha Wayne Nicholson 

b 12 Oct 1970 Nueremburg, Germany 


Eunice Nicholson 

b 17 Feb 1917 Hamilton, 

Hamilton Co., Tex. 

date of marriage 
two daughters 

Teresa Caserta 

b 25 July 1952, Piqua, 

Miami Co. , Ohio 

Anita Caserta 
b 18 Sept 1953, Piqua, 
Miami Co. , Ohio. 

m Anthony Caserta 

b 28 Nov 1916 Piqua, 
Miami County, Ohio 

Piqua, Miami Co., Ohio, 

William Lynn Nicholson 
b 10 June 1922 Hamilton, 


m Frances Joan Stocks 

b 2 Jan 1930, Hamilton, 


Served in U S Air Force 

WW II. Rural Route Mail Carrier 

date of marriage 17 Dec. 1948, Hamilton, Hamilton Co., Tex. 

two daughters 

Alice Ann Nicholson 
b 31 Jan 1953, Temple, 

Bell Co. , Tex. 

Frances Blanche Nicholson 
b 27 June 1955, Temple, 

Bell Co. , Tex. 



TWIN OAKS historical marker dedicated March 14, 1968. 

From left, Alma Baker Rea (Mrs. Otto Newton Rea) , Charles Curtis 
Baker, Jr., and Kathryne Baker Witty (Mrs. Milton 
Brents Witty) 

Note: Two markers are on this wrought iron fence enclosing 
the residence, which read as follows: 

tis Baker (1871-1942) City's first resident dentist, descendant 
of the Beemans, one of Dallas' founding families; graduate of 
Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Republican State Execu- 
tive Committeeman for 26 years. Dr. Baker built "Twin Oaks" 
with ball and billiard rooms unique in Hamilton. At death of 
widow. Alma Nicholson Baker, 1958, the home was sold to Andrew 
Campbell. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1968. 

TWIN OAKS. Between these trees William Willis took refuge on 
Dec. 24, 1866, but was shot fatally by Indians. 
He was riding a mule to a dance when attacked. 
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967. 

Address of this residence, "Twin Oaks", today is Campbell 
Lane at East Baker Street, Hamilton, Texas. 


From THE HAMILTON HERALD-NEWS, Thursday, June 11, 1970 

Hamilton, Texas 


More than 50 descendants of Texas pioneer William 
Thatcher Baker joined a group of Hamilton County citizens 
for dedication of a Texas State Historical Marker at his 
grave in the New I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Hamilton Sunday after- 
noon at 2 o'clock. The Baker family met in Hamilton for 
their annual reunion at the Hamilton Youth Center. 

Lynn Nicholson, a grandson of the pioneer, read a his- 
tory of his pioneering activities in Hamilton and Dallas 
counties. Baker was originally buried near Ohio in Hamil- 
ton County, a community which he served as postmaster and 
to which he gave its name. 

Mrs. Forrest (Angeline Baker) Nicholson of Hamilton 
attended the Baker reunion and dedication service. She is 
the only surviving child of William Thatcher Baker and the 
former Emily Beeman. There were six sons and six daughters 
in the family. 

The history was compiled by Mrs. M. Brents Witty of 
Hamilton, another grandchild of the pioneer. 

Members of the Baker family attending the reunion were: 

Mr. and Mrs. Chandler Mathis, Mrs. William Thatcher Ed- 
gar, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Baker Holland, Ma^s. Charles B. Hackney, 
Col. and Mrs. Gilbert Ackerman, and Mrs. Hal Douglass, Carol, 
Kay and Janna, all of Dallas: 

Mr. and Mrs. Harve Holland, Mrs. Maxine Holland Kenyon, 
and Robert Kenyon, all of Irving; 


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis Baker III, Kathryne, Cas- 
sandra, and Wilson Dean, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Jack Robinson, Kar- 
en and Paul, all of Arlington; 

Mr. and Mrs. Otto N. Rea, Lubbock; Mrs. Robert Fulcher, 
Blanco; Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Jr., Amarillo; Mrs. Clyde 
Smith and Mrs. Irene Herring Gilliland of Austin; Mr. and 
Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson III, Barry, Melinda and Angel- 
ine, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baker Rea, Mindy and Kerry, all 
of Houston; 

Mr. and Mrs. M. Brents Witty Jr., Kathleen, Milton and 
Scott, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Witty, Samuel and Stephen, 
all of Monroe, Louisiana; Mr. and Mrs. William W. Nelson, 
Jane, Alex, Sarah and Martha of Comfort; 

And Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Sr. , Mrs. R. B. Mil- 
ler, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. M. Brents Witty, Dr. and Mrs. Charles 
Curtis Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Nicholson, Ann and Blanche, 
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Miller, Roger, Ann and Kenneth, all of Hamil- 

Special guests, friends of the family, were Mrs. John 
Stocks, Hamilton; Mrs. Marion Roberts, San Antonio; and Mrs. 
Ella May Faulkner, Dallas. 

Note: The first William Thatcher Baker Family Reunion was 

held on May 29, 1912, in the home of the mother, Emily 
Elvira Beeman Baker, in Hamilton, Texas. All twelve 
children were present. Glen Rose, Texas, was the meet- 
ing place for several years and was changed to Hamil- 
ton, where the most of the family lived, and now, 1971, 
the only surviving member, Angelina Alice Baker Nichol- 
son, lives. 


HISTORICAL MARKER -- William Thatcher Baker, Oct. 10, 1830- 

August 12, 1884; Farmer, Rancher, Merchant, and Ginner, 
born in Ohio. In 1850 he moved to Pleasant Run, Dallas 
County, Texas. Married Miss Emily Elvira Beeman, the 
daughter of James Jackson Beeman, Dallas Pioneer. Al- 
though a Unionist, as a loyal Texan he made shoes for 
Confederacy in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Later he ran 
ferry 1% miles below Dowdy's Ferry on Trinity River. 
Moved (1879) to Plum Creek Farm, Hamilton County. Es- 
tablished post office named "Ohio" there on May 4, 1882. 
Recorded 1970. 

.-* 'Tt^'lci 'X'. 

Angelina Alice Baker Nicholson (Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson) 
Baker Reunion June 7, 1970, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas, 
I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Large Baker monument erected by Charles 
Curtis Baker, D.D.S. seventh child of William Thatcher Baker 
and Emily Elvira Beeman Baker. 


From THE HAMILTON HERALD-NEWS, Thursday, June 10, 1971 

Descendants of the six sons and six daughters of William 
Thatcher Baker and wife, Emily Elvira Beeman Baker, met at the 
Lions Club Youth Center in Hamilton Sunday, June 6. 

This was the 51st meeting since the 1912 family reunion 
at Emily's home which she had built two years before at 522 
East Leslie in Hamilton. 

After the noonday meal, most of those present drove to 
Lampasas to dedicate the historical grave marker of James 
Jackson Beeman, father of Emily. 

Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson, nee Angelina Alice Baker, 
is his only living grandchild in Hamilton. 

After dedication of the marker which was co-sponsored 
by the Lampasas and Hamilton County historical survey commit- 
tees, Mrs. Alfred Bullion, secretary of the Lampasas County 
Committee, entertained the group at her home in Lampasas with 

The grave of James Jackson Beeman is located in the Lam- 
pasas Cemetery on Porter Street in the western portion of the 
city. The inscription on the historical marker is: 

"JAMES JACKSON BEEMAN (December 21, 1816 - December 7, 
1888). One of the first settlers in Dallas and Weatherford. 
Born in Madison County, 111.; came to Texas 1840. He helped 
cut first road in Trinity Bottoms, named Turtle Creek (1841) 
and Plat City of Dallas, 1842. He guided Texas President Sam 
Houston to Indian parley, 1843; joined California Gold Rush, 
1849; pioneered Parker County, 1854; aided in rescue of Com- 
anche captive Cynthia Ann Parker, 1860; returned to Dallas 

to live, 1864. Died in Lampasas." 

Lucius M. Stephens of Lometa, chairman of the Lampasas 
County Historical Survey Committee, was master of ceremonies. 
The invocation was delivered by the Rev. William Anthony of 
St. Mary's (Lampasas) Episcopal Church. Fred Cotton of Wea- 
therford gave the address. Charles Curtis Baker, III, of Ar- 
lington gave the dedication. Samuel Baker Witty of Monroe, 
Louisiana, unveiled the marker. 

Attending the Baker reunion and dedication were: 

From Hamilton, Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Mr. and 
Mrs. Lynn Nicholson, Ann and Blanche, Dr. and Mrs. Charles 
Curtis Baker; Mr. and Mrs. M. Brents Witty; Mrs. Clyde Gard- 
ner; Mrs. John Stocks. 

From Blanco, Mrs. Robert Fulcher. 

From Lubbock Mr. and Mrs. Otto Newton Rea. 

From Arlington, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis Baker III, 
Charles IV and Kathryn; Cassandra and Wilson Dean, and Mike 
Burch; Lisa Prine and Kevin Meier; Lt. Col. and Mrs. Jack 
Robinson and Paul. 

From Hurst, Mr. and Mrs. John Duffie Baker, Marjorie Kay 
and John Duffie Baker, Jr. 

From Dallas, Col. and Mrs. Gilbert Ackerman, Mr. and 
Mrs. Moe S. Holland, and Mrs. Thatcher Edgar. 

From Pecos, Mr. and Mrs. Artie Baker. 

From Monroe, La., Mr. and Mrs. M. Brents Witty, Jr., 
Kathleen, Milton and Scott; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nicholson 
Witty, Samuel and Stephen. 

And the following from various points: Mr. and Mrs. 
James M. Phillips, Port Lavaca; Mrs. Clyde Smith and Mrs. J. A. 
Gilliland, Austin, Mrs. Marion Roberts, San Antonio; and Mr. 
and Mrs. Fred Cotton, Weather ford. 




William Lynn Nicholson, Speaker for Dedication of Historical 
Marker placed on grave of William Thatcher Baker, June 7, 1970, 
in the New I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas. 
In background of picture are relatives and descendants. From 
left to right standing are Mrs. Clyde Smith of Austin, Texas, 
Avis Gardner Witty, Kathryne Baker Witty, Jacquelyn Prause Rea, 
Peter Baker Rea, Mindy Ann Rea, Kerry Baker Rea, Nancy Rea 
Robinson, Kathryn Baker, and Jane Louise Edgar Mathis. 
Baker Reunion held June 7, 1970. 


James Jackson Beeman, father of Emily Elvira Beeman, copy of 
a tin type picture, made in the 1850' s. The suit was probably 
made by his third wife, Elizabeth Baker. Note the Masonic 
apron and white gloves. 

Note: See new book Famous Trees of Texas , page 169, which 

describes THE DISTRICT COUin OAK near where James Jackson 
Beeman 's cabin was built. Beeman *s Fort as it was known 
locally, was a welcome stop to weary travelers along the 
Old Fort Worth-Belknap Stageline Road in 1842, five 
miles north of the present town of Weatherford. 

In 1936 the State of Texas erected a red granite marker 
near the above named tree, designating the site of the 
first county court in Parker County. 


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The marker reads: 
















By Bob Davis, Staff Writer 

Lockney - Residents of this South Plains community paused 
for an hour Friday afternoon to reflect on the town's history 
and to commemorate one of the Panhandle-Plains ' earliest mer- 
cantile establishments with a Texas Historical Society plaque. 

The 77-year old J. A. Baker Store once served as a bank, 
a general store, and post office for pioneer residents of Floyd 
County and was the first business in Lockney. 

In his dedication address. Dr. Kline Nail, an English 
professor at Texas Tech University, said, "The years of this 
store's existence have been the times of the greatest changes 
of all history in speed, in morals, in manners, in economics; 
but through those years this store has remained constant". 

Dr. Nail, a former Lockney resident, told an estimated 
300 persons gathered in front of the store, that the family 
honored by the placing of the marker typifies the pioneer 
plains family in its hardiness and willingness to work. 

It was a nostalgic occasion. Oldtimers nearing the cen- 
tury mark clasped hands and recalled the early days. A few 
were around when James Baker set up his all-purpose store, 
laid out the town's streets and planted the first trees on 
what was then nothing more than a sea of grass. 

By the time former Floyd County District Attorney John 
B. Stapleton, who served as master of ceremonies, introduced 


Dr. Nail, the crowd had grown to the extent that Lockney pol- 
ice cordoned off one block of Main Street until the ceremonies 
were finished. 

Baker's Store is currently operated by Mrs. Dimple Baker 
McGavock, one of the six daughters of James and Alice Baker 
and the store's original proprietors. Baker died in 1917 and 
his wife died 50 years later at the age of 100, (lacking three 
months ) . 

In addition to Mrs. McGavock, several of the other Baker 
children were on hand to observe the occasion. 

The second of the Baker's 13 children, Mrs. Nell Deaven- 
port, 88, of Boulder, Colo., was six when her father parked 
their covered wagon on a 160 acre tract of prairie land des- 
tined to become Lockney. 

"We lived in that covered wagon for six weeks," recalled 
Mrs. Deavenport, "while Father went to Amarillo to get some 
Ixomber to build the house and store." 

Mrs. Deavenport has no problem remembering those early 
days when "one dollar would buy a 50-pound sack of flour or 
eight pounds of "coffee" and when her mother declared she would 
never sell a dozen eggs for more than a nickle. 

"The medium of exchange back then", she recalled, "was 
fence posts or mules more often than dollars." 

In 1914 the original building was destroyed by fire and 
Baker rebuilt the present structure. Following her husband's 
death in 1917, Mrs. Baker continued to add on to the brick 
store until by the 1930 's the whole block of Main Street was 
a series of Baker businesses; a dry goods store, a hardware 


store, an implement store, a grocery store, a furniture 
store and a bank. 

Only the dry goods store is in business now, the others 
have long since been disposed of. 

A third daughter present for the ceremonies, Mrs. J. M. 
Phillips of Port Lavaca, said her mother was in Kansas City 
once at market when another person questioned a suggestion as 
non-bus ines s 1 ike . 

"Mother told him, 'You don't do business with business. 
You do business with people-- if you are smart.' That was 
Mother's code," said Mrs. Phillips. 

When asked the importance of Friday's ceremonies Mrs. 
Phillips expressed eloquently what most of the old timers felt, 
"We are here to share memories with my mother and daddy of the 
good years, the bad years, the years of peace and plenty, the 
drought and the war years -- their lives as they lived it, 



Front page 

By Tanner Laine 

Reposing in the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech Uni- 
versity are an estimated 83,000 pieces of history, all dealing 
with one general store. 

This is a collection of the papers of the J. A. Baker 
Store at Lockney. It fills 91 boxes and separately-bound 
books . 

An historical marker recently was affixed to this store, 
which is one of the oldest (1894) business concerns on the 
Plains still operating under one family ownership. 

Dr. Kline A. Nail of Texas Tech, who made the dedicatory 
address at ceremonies for the marker, sponsored by the Floyd 
County Historical Survey Committee, said about his research 
for the address; "I have not had time to become really well 
acquainted with these papers." 

He offered this letter as an example of the undergirding 
principle of this store and aciomen of the family behind it; 

Lockney, Texas, Oct. 22, 1915 

Mr. J. A. Baker 

Dear Sir: Please send me a bottle of Garrett Snuff on the 

mail tomorrow. 

Respt. Yours, 
J. R. Mahaffey 

Dr. Nail said: "Mahaffey never douted that he would get his 
snuff and the Bakers never doubted that he would pay for it 
sometime when he came into town." 

"Maybe one of the reasons why the Bakers kept their 
records and correspondence was that letters meant a great 
deal in those early years. There were no telephone, no radio, 
or television and newspapers and magazines were scarce and 
usually much out of date." 

The dedication speaker continued: " I wonder if Mrs. 
Baker, who actually ran the store, did not have posterity in 
mind from an early time, as she carried these documents down 
to the basement year after year." 

Some scholar, some day will find a ready-made chronicle 
of merchandising and business as conducted on the South Plains 
of Texas before the turn of the 20th Century. 

And he will find, as well, the story of the courage of 
pioneer store's operators-- a family dedicated to serving the 
community in which it was located. 

Because in 1894, this store provided a post office, 
groceries, hardware, drygoods, and even fence posts. It be- 
came a focal point for all the community. Moreover, it be- 
came a clearing house for the sale of crops, cattle and poul- 
try. It was a temporary bank of honesty and integrity. 

At one time, the store, before 1914, had a millinery 
shop noted for hats for brides. 

The Baker Store had off shoots. A very important one 
was the Lockney Coal & Grain Co. 

Very early, the store acquired a safe and since no bank 
was in the town, the people frequently asked the Bakers to 
keep money for them. 

The Baker menfolk, as pioneers often did, dreamed big, 
and sometimes they plunged. Always in the background, Mrs. 


Baker and the daughters held the store together. 

That feminine strength still counts. For it was Mrs. 
Dimple Baker McGavock who opened the Baker Store doors this 
very morning. 

The Baker Store is a tremendous story of one business 
institution that stood the test of time for 77 years and still 
is operating. More, it also is a story of a family of hus- 
band, wife and 13 children, (A Baker's dozen, mind you). Only 
one of the children died before reaching maturity and rearing 
his own family. One family member, France Baker, lives in 
Lubbock today. 

The early "Shingle" read: "J. A. Baker, a Small Con- 
cern, Doing a Big Business." 

The fierce pride and loyalty of Family members, so terse- 
ly expressed in 1894, continues today and the historical mark- 
er on the up-to-now version seems truly appropriate. 


Mr. and Mrs. James Artemas Baker 


Early days in Lockney, 
Floyd County, Texas 


Genella (Nell) Baker Deavenport 
Boulder, Colorado 



Date of Birth: 
September 22, 1859 
in Dallas County, Texas 

Date of Death: 
October 16, 1917 
at Lockney, Texas 


Date of Birth: 
August 26, 1867 
in Van Zandt County, 

Date of Death: 
June 2, 1967 
at Lockney, Texas 


My mother, Sarah Alice Ratliff, was born August 26, 
1867, in Van Zandt County, Texas. She was the daughter of 
Nancy and Stephen Ratliff. Her father died when she was a 
baby. Later her mother married a Mr. Basham. His father, 
a former slave owner, gave them a large home in Arkansas. 
The house was above a river. The family there was sick with 
chills, so her mother and Mr. Basham moved back to Eastland 
County, Texas. Alice remembered living there with the good 
fruit they had to eat, and also the trips there and back that 
they had in a covered wagon. At the age of eight years, she 
was taken by her grandfather. Dr. Smith, to the home of her 
mother's sister, Ella, and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. William 
Sparkman in Hamilton, Texas, where she attended school. They 
had two little girls younger than Alice. Her Aunt Ella was 
sick much of the time, so Alice helped with the housework and 
attended school until she was eighteen. She spent the summers 
with her mother and her family in Eastland County, Texas. 
Papa's mother's parents were on their way from Illinois to 
Texas and she was bom in a covered wagon. 

His father, William Thatcher Baker, and his mother, Emily 
Elvira Beeman, were married in Parker County, Texas then went 
to Dallas County, Texas to make their home where James Artemas 
Baker was born September 22, 1859. 

On January 1, 1885, Alice married James Artemas Baker, 
who was postmaster in the small town of Ohio in Hamilton Coun- 
ty, completing the term of his deceased father. They lived 
with his widowed mother on the Baker farm in the Ohio commun- 
ity. Their first child, Meda, was born March 21, 1886. The 
following year my mother taught school at Live Oak, a small 
community in Hamilton County. She rode a horse with a side 


saddle about a mile each day and held Meda in her lap. Her 

young sisters-in-law, Margaret, Mary, and Angle, rode behind 

the saddle and attended school. Aunt Angle, who is still liv- 
ing at Hamilton, gave me these facts. 

As soon as my father could, he bought some land and 
built a little cabin near the Baker farm where they made their 
home. Here I was bom October 28, 1888. My brother, France, 
was born in 1890. 

In the sxommer of 1889 Papa drove his team of mules 
with a wagon to Wichita Falls, Texas. While there he earned 
$5.00 a day for himself and team working in the wheat harvest. 
When harvest ended he followed the Fort Worth and Denver Rail- 
way to Amarillo, Texas, where he bought a small tract of land, 
just where I do not know. Someone told him to go see the land 
south of Amarillo. Going there, he came to a small settlement 
called Lockney, named after a Mr. Lockney. He filed on six 
hundred and forty acres of land south of Lockney, and then 
returned to Hamilton County, Texas. 

In the spring of 1890 he was Tax Assessor for Hamilton 
County. Preparations were made to move his family to the Plains 
of Texas . 

It was the first part of July when we began the trip trav- 
elling in two covered wagons. One wagon was fixed with a bed 
in one end for the family and carried our essentials for the 
trip. The other wagon was loaded with furniture, plows, tools, 
and feed for the horses and two mules that we took. Papa's 
brother, Norton, age seventeen, drove a team of horses with 
one of the wagons. We went by Mama's mother's home in East- 
land County to visit with her and her family. 

On this trip we met another family, Mr. and Mrs. Hall 


and son, Claude, who were also travelling to Floydada. Later 
Claude published the first newspaper in Floydada known as the 
Hesperian. One day, shortly before completing the trip, we 
ran out of food, and it rained slowly all day. Mama had a 
big, black ;ambrella which one never sees at this day and 
time, which she braced with rocks over a fire on the ground 
so as to bake sour dough biscuits in her dutch oven. We car- 
ried firewood and water in the wagon. Another day we saw a 
stray chicken, and Uncle Norton and Mama thought that we might 
catch it and have chicken for supper. They were chasing it 
around when a man stuck his head seemingly out of a hole in 
the ground and said, "Leave my chicken alone." They had not 
noticed a dugout there where the man was living. 

Our journey to Floyd County took seventeen days. After 
spending a night in Floydada, we went on the remaining twelve 
miles to Old Lockney where we received mail from home. Mr. 
Davis, the Postmaster in Old Lockney, lived with his family 
in a three-room house. He kept a few groceries and had the 
Post Office in one room, and they lived in the other two rooms. 
He told Papa that he could set his covered wagon bed inside 
the yard near the windmill, and lent him a cow so that there 
would be milk for his family. Mama and we three children 
lived in the covered wagon bed in Mr. Davis* yard while Papa 
and Uncle Norton hauled the liomber from Amarillo one hundred 
miles away to build our first home on the section of land that 
Papa had filed on four miles south of Lockney. 

Floyd County, Texas, was organized in May, 1890, and we 
arrived in late July of that same year. The report that the 
Baker family camped on the lawn of the Floydada Courthouse is 
incorrect. Mama told me several times that we lived near the 
Davis home in a wagon bed and cooked with a dutch oven. On 


the Plains there were no trees, creeks, hills, rocks, or fences 
between settlers' homes -- just grass and sky as far as one 
could see. Roads were staked on the grass to travel by until 
a path was worn down. One dark night Papa got lost while 
returning from Floydada, so he plowed a furrow with a walking 
plow for about eight miles to our new home, turning the grass 
sod one way so that if he or anyone else got lost after dark 
he could follow the furrow home from Floydada, placing a lan- 
tern on the wagon tongue -- keeping it straddled the furrow. 

In the spring of 1891 the crops were planted by Papa and 
harvested in the fall. Then he started freighting to Amarillo 
and Childress to make a living. On these trips Papa would be 
away from home a week or longer. At times Mama would see no 
one until he returned. 

There wasn't much that we could do isolated as we were 
from the few people there on the Plains. There would be times 
when we could see someone passing in the distance either in 
a wagon or on horseback. I remember standing with Mama and 
Meda and watching the traveler as long as he could be seen. 

Mama sewed our clothing by hand. Later Papa traded one 
of his plows for an Eldridge sewing machine. He built us a 
small hen house and we started raising chickens and getting 
eggs which was a big help in making a living. Papa also set 
out some fruit trees, broke sod land for a garden which we 
planted and raised vegetables in, and planted some flowers 
near our house and dugout. Mama read the Bible a lot of the 
time as she had time on her hands. But when we moved to the 
Davis place in Old Lockney where she took up the Post Office 
job and store work she had plenty of work to do. 

Once we wanted to visit the J. Q. Johnsons, our closest 


neighbors, some three miles to the west, so Mama put Meda on 
Ole Mollie, a trusted and gentle mare. France and I rode in 
a little wagon with a long rope tied around Ole Mollie 's neck. 
Mama walked and led Ole Mollie, and we went to visit the John- 
son family. 

Because of the high wind which was always with us, and 
sometimes blew very hard. Mama was afraid that our little new 
two room house might blow over. So, on account of such high 
winds and Papa being gone so much of the time, Mama persuaded 
Papa to build us a dugout. He dug a two room dugout, and it 
happened that he had enough lumber to floor one of the rooms 
and put lumber on the walls of the same room, so that one of 
the rooms would be completely covered with lumber. Now the 
other room was left natural, and/or "of nature", just Mother 
Earth floors and walls. It also happened that there was a hole 
or crack of Mother Earth in the room that was left natural 
which we used as a store room. That hole was used by Mama to 
empty her wash water all along, but it never would fill up. 
That was a great convenience to her. Papa fixed some windows 
in the other room up next to the ceiling of the dugout which 
gave us plenty of light. 

One day Mama brought home a little china doll about 
eight inches long. Holding it up she said, "Look, Nell." I 
reached for it but she said, "No, you can't have it until you 
quit sucking your thumb." That night, after we had gone to 
bed, Mama came to cover us up and saw both of my arms locked 
above my head. She said, "Nell, put your arms under the cov- 
ers or you will be cold," I said, "I am afraid I will suck 
my thxjmb." I quickly broke the habit and was given the doll. 

One day a Mrs. White came to see us. She noticed a 
new grey calico dress hanging on the wall, and asked Mama to 
give the dress to her, saying that she needed one. As it was 


Mama's nature to help everyone, she gave her the dress. 

Papa's brother, Norton, who drove one team and wagon 
to the Plains, stayed with us for two years helping us to get 
started, then he wanted to return home. We took him to Chil- 
dress, Texas, by wagon so that he could take the train to Ham- 
ilton. I remember this trip. We camped near Childress. It 
was about dark when we were eating supper by the side of our 
wagon that we heard a loud whistle and noise that the train 
was coming. That was the first and last train I saw until I 
was grown. 

In April of 1892, my brother Norton was born, who was 
named after my Uncle Norton, on the section of land four miles 
south of Lockney. 

The grasshoppers and drouth came in 1892-93. There were 
no crops, so everyone who could left the country. Even the 
postmaster at Old Lockney wanted to leave. He told Papa that 
if he would come and take over the Post Office, we could live 
in his house at Old Lockney for a year without paying rent. 
We later moved there. Mama kept the Post Office while Papa 
freighted from Amarillo and Childress, each about 100 miles 
from Lockney. 

There was a public school building about a mile west 
of the Lockney post office. Meda went to school there. Mama 
let me go with her one day as a visitor. When the bell rang 
we all went inside taking seats. Soon the teacher came and 
asked me what my name was. I was so timid and frightened 
that I burst into tears. He left me but later came and tried 
to talk to me again, and I cried again. When I got home I told 
Mama that I was never going to school again. That fall, 1894, 
we had moved into the back of the store that Papa had built 
for the post office and store. School was to begin and I didn't 


want to go. Mama said, "Nell, you don't have to go to school, 
but if you will go until your birthday, I'll bake a cake for 
you and cook a good dinner and you can invite your teacher 
and some little girls for dinner." I went to school and 
when my birthday came the last of October, ^y teacher and 
little friends came home with me. We enjoyed the good din- 
ner and I wanted to keep going to school. 

Papa inherited some money from his father's estate and 
bought one hundred and sixty acres of land a mile west of the 
Old Lockney Post Office. He gave ten acres for the townsite 
of Lockney. He hauled lumber from Amarillo and erected a new 
building for the Post Office and store. In 1894 he was appoint- 
ed Postmaster for Lockney and held this appointment for seven 
years. Various merchandise was purchased in Amarillo; then he 
opened the store for business in April, 1894. Hence the slogan, 
"Baker's store since '94." 

After we moved from the house with the dugout to go to 
the Davis home, Mr. Donaldson and family moved into the house. 
He had a flock of sheep and farmed the land. A prairie fire 
came and frightened the sheep. They ran to a basin where the 
grass and weeds were tall, and all burned to death. The Don- 
aldsons then moved to Lockney. He freighted with Papa, and 
Mrs. Donaldson taught music lessons as a few people had pump 
organs. She also taught sewing lessons and owned a chart to 
teach women how to cut dress patterns. The Donaldsons had 
come from Canada. Papa soon sold the section of land to Mr. 
William Kelley. 

The Post Office was placed in one comer near the front 
of the building, and on the same side groceries were near the 
back. On the other side of the building were the drygoods 
with the show cases near the front of the building. The kitchen 
was in a room at the back. Two large rooms upstairs were the 
bedrooms. A large round stove was placed in the center of the 


building for heating. We burned wood from the breaks and cow 
chips, and also boxes that goods were shipped in which the 
boys chopped into kindling. In later years coal was available, 
and it was a great help. 

Groceries were much cheaper then than now. Flour sold 
for $1.00 for a fifty pound bag, sugar sixteen pounds for $1.00, 
calico 5 cents yard, gingham 7 cents to 15 cents a yard, lad- 
ies* shoes $1.25 to $3.50 pair, and men's shoes $1.75 to $4.00 
pair, coffee (Arbuckle) eight pounds for $1.00, butter was 15 
cents a pound, and eggs 5 cents a dozen. All the children 
helped in the store as we grew up, learning as we could. 

A farmer came in barefooted one day and asked if he could 
buy some shoes for his children to wear to school in Lockney. 
He said that he could go without himself but didn't want his 
children to if he could get some shoes on time. Mama told 
him to bring them in and she would fit them all. When the 
children had their new shoes. Mama gave the man a pair of sox 
and said, "Now get yourself a pair of shoes, too." He found 
a pair that fit and was very grateful saying that if and when 
the crops were gathered and sold he would pay for all, which 
he did. He was a good customer for years and years. 

Another time a young man came to Mama saying that he 
had no money and couldn't find a job anywhere. The soles of 
his shoes were completely worn through. Mama fitted him with 
a pair of shoes. Later he returned and paid for them. He 
stayed in Lockney and was married to one of the local girls. 
They were both good customers for years. Later they moved 
away. Many years later, as an old man, he returned to attend 
a funeral and said that he wanted to come to Mrs. Baker's 
store again. I was there on a visit when he told me the above 
story which I shall never forget. He was so thankful for 


Mama's kindness. People were good to pay their bills although 
a few failed, but neither Mama nor Papa ever cried about those 
small losses which they had. 

Papa freighted for other towns too, hauling grain, dried 
beans, hides, bones, other produce and cedar posts for people 
who were putting up fences. He told how people were afraid 
to use barb wire at first thinking that the cattle and horses 
would cut themselves badly, but they used it anyway and there 
was no problem. 

For years and years when animals died they were left on 
the prairie, and in time their bones were bleached white. 
There were cattle and buffalo bones scattered all over the 
plains. People picked them up to sell, and Papa hauled many 
wagon loads of bones to Amarillo. I never heard what they 
were used for. 

In time Papa owned several wagons and teams. From the 
time France was five years old, Papa began to take him on 
trips to Amarillo during the stammer , France would drive a gen- 
tle team with a loaded wagon and follow Papa. Later Norton 
would go with Papa and France stayed home. Papa took one of 
the boys with him for years. 

It amuses me even now to remember those little boys har- 
nessing their teams. They would lead the horse or mule up to 
the wagon, climb in, pick up a bridle, jxomp on the horse's 
back and hold on to his mane, reach up to put the bridle over 
his head and ears, reach down and put the bit into the horse's 
mouth, climb back and jump into the wagon to get the heavy 
collar, place it around his neck, then jump to the ground, 
fasten the buckle of the collar, fasten the tugs to the sing- 
letree, throw the lines in the wagon, climb in, take the lines 
in his hands and drive off. I think our little boys now would 
like this. 

As t^ > rolled on more people came to Floyd County. As 
. ir store ^ w we not onl ran the , ost office, but had groc- 
= ries, some rygoods and 1 ardware w>'ich almost everj'one, 
farmers and ranchers alike, bought on an annual, twelve-month 

After the crops were harvested and sold, the people paid 
their bills. The cowboys and ranchers used the store as a 
bank. One day a man asked Mama if she would cash a check for 
him. She asked how much. He said, "a 25", so she counted out 
twenty-five dollars and gave it to him. She sent the check to 
a bank in Amarillo. It came back as twenty-five cents. After 
this Mama made sure that she checked the amount on the checks. 
When Papa was expected home, she went to meet him, telling how 
she gave away twenty-five dollars. He said, "Well, no use wor- 
rying about the past now." 

When my younger brother Robin was a little fellow he 
climbed the stairs and fell out the window. Someone brought 
him to Mama. She laid him on the bed and put a wet cloth on 
his head and rubbed him with camphor. He lay as though dead. 
Someone came for his mail. Mama waited on him and others who 
came into the store. Finally she went to see her baby Robin. 
He had awakened and gone out to play as if nothing had hap- 

Uncle Jesse Bryant, an old man, came in one day and said, 
"Mrs. Baker, one of your little boys is on top of the store." 
Mama went out, looked up and said, "Norton, I told you boys 
not to get up there." Norton replied, "You said not to get 
on the banisters." 

Uncle Jesse said, "Providence is taking care of Mrs. 
Baker's children as no one else is." 

Later, another instance of Providence's care: Larry, 


another younger brother, was a little boy when we moved into 
the new home. He found some matches and made a fire in the 
woodbox near the heating stove upstairs. It was blazing. 
Just at that time Robin happened to go back home from the 
store and he saw what Larry had done. He picked up the box 
and carefully carried it downstairs and outdoors to put out 
the fire. 

Some twenty miles east of Lockney were some canyons 
called the Breaks. Firewood was brought from there by wagons. 
The people would go to the Breaks to get wild plums and grapes. 
These gave a variety to our food supply. Almost everyone 
planted fruit trees, grapes, goose berries and vegetables as 
soon as possible. 

Before a hotel was built Mama gave free lodging with 
food for the people and their teams when they had no place to 
stay over-night. One cold winter night two drummers were in 
town, so Mama gave them a bed and put gunny sacks on the floor 
for us children to sleep on. 

The George Brewster family came to town in 1895 or '96. 
Mrs. Brewster began to let travelers stay at her place; then 
she built a rooming and boarding house which she operated for 
years . 

Smallpox struck our town in 1898. Almost every family 
had it except two -- the Morris and Baker families. 

Papa bought a small house and moised it across the street 
on the site where the present store building is now. He added 
more rooms and we lived there until the town was assured the 
railroad would come. In 1899 Papa's mother, who had been a 
widow for ten years, was married to a Methodist preacher. 
They and her two daughters, Mary and Angle, came in a covered 


wagon from Hamilton. They were the first relatives to visit 

In 1901 Mama took Baby Lee and went to Hamilton for a 
visit. She went by mail hack or stage to Estellene to take 
the train there. She returned by Dallas to buy merchandise 
for the store. In later years she made other trips to Dallas, 
Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo. to buy merchandise. 

In the Slammer of 1902 Papa and Meda went to Hamilton on 
a visit. A day or so after they had left, Norton took sick 
with typhoid fever. Since this was Papa's first visit to see 
his mother and old home, Mama did not write to him about Nor- 
ton. She and I nursed Norton alone. I stayed at his bedside 
much of the time putting cold, wet rags on his forehead and 
arms to keep down the fever. Mama worked in the store but 
came often to see him. We thought that he would die as the 
fever continued for days and days while we continued giving 
him medicine and water. The fever finally left. Norton was 
very thin and weak. 

A Mr. Robbs had moved to Floyd County some years before 
and bought a relinquishment and later an outright Quitclaim 
Deed on a section of land north of Lockney. He and his son, 
Stokes, were going to Wichita Falls in a wagon and taking 
some horses to sell there. They asked Mama if Norton could 
go along, and since he was feeling so much better, Mama let 
him go. They camped out at night, of course, and cooked their 
meals over a camp fire. It seems that they were gone for a 
long time. When Norton returned, he was much improved in 

Brothers S. W. and C. W. Smith and others wanted to 
start a Bible School in Lockney. They began to inquire about 


where lumber could be bought on credit as there was li cle 
money. No lumber yard would sell on credit. Papa fou d a 
lumber company in Gainesville, Texas that would sell to him 
alone, but they did not want to deal with a committee. The 
lumber was sent to Estellene by train, and Papa, with some 
other men, hauled the lumber from Estellene in their wagons 
over the hills, creekbeds and rocks up the Cap Rock to Lock- 
ney. Now there is a nice paved road over this area. Soon 
the carpenters began to build a two-story building. It was 
here that the Lockney Christian College began in 1895 and con- 
tinued for sixteen years. It drew students from many parts of 
Texas, New Mexico, Tennessee and Florida. Many outstanding 
teachers, preachers, doctors, lawyers and scientists attended 
this school. 

Once they were going to have to close the school for lack 
of money to pay the teachers. The younger children were sent 
home. France told Mama, and she left the post office and hur- 
ried to the school, arriving before the teachers were dismissed. 
She said that it was a disgrace to close the school, that it 
was not good for the children and bad for the town, and that 
if they would continue she would pay the teachers their sal- 

Thirty or forty years later, a stranger came up to France 
and asked him if he was Mr. Baker from Lockney, Texas. France 
answered, "Yes, sir." The man said that he was going to school 
there when they were going to close for lack of money, but Mrs. 
Baker came and told them to continue an^ she would pay the sal- 
aries for the teachers. He said, "Had the school closed, I 
likely would never have gone on to school." This boy, son of 
a man from Denmark, came with others and settled in Crosby 
County, Texas. The children were sent to school in Lockney. 
Later a larger building was built of cement blocks. 


Mama often said, "God must have saved this land for us." 
It surely was a land of opportunity with its wide, open spaces, 
fresh air, good water and rich soil that lay waiting to be 
tilled and lived on. 

As Lockney grew and more settlers arrived, Papa built 
a larger store building north of the other one. He purchased 
more merchandise and grocieries, and hired a clerk or two to 
handle the trade. All of the children helped in the store 
through the years . 

Once, when something went wrong while I was in my early 
teens, I said, "Gee whiz." Papa heard me and kindly said, 
"Nell, we don't need any words like that around here." I 
didn't say it again. 

Papa bought another section of land seven miles south 
of town. It was already fenced and had a windmill. Year- 
lings, colts, and cows that were acquired in exchange for 
merchandise or in collecting bills were put on this land. 
France and Norton, ten and twelve years of age, were sent 
with plows and teams to cultivate and plant feed crops to 
feed the animals in winter. They slept in a wagon bed. Most 
of the food was cooked by us at home in Lockney and put in a 
grub box. At times they cooked sow belly bacon, eggs, and 
potatoes, canned beans, or com on the open fire when they 
stayed on this farm. 

One Sunday afternoon Papa hired a hack from the Livery 
Stable in Lockney and took the entire family to the farm. We 
brought home several kinds of vegetables the boys had planted 
and raised. As time came for the yearlings, calves and 
horses to be branded, dehorned and castrated, Papa, Norton, 
France, and Zeff Mickey (our neighbor) prepared to do the work. 


When Papa asked each time if "all is ready," Zeff said "Yes," 
so the dehorning knife was let down and Zeff cried, "Oh, you 
cut off my thumb." Papa wrapped his thumb and hand in a hand- 
kerchief, helped him onto a horse to go seven miles to a doc- 
tor, and then home. The thumb healed all okay. 

In 1909 the Santa Fe railroad came through Lockney on 
its way from Plainview to Floydada. When the train was a 
few miles from town many people went to meet it, riding in 
buggies or wagons, on horseback or just walking. An old man, 
wearing a long black coat, was over- seeing the work. It was 
interesting to see the engine rolling over the roadbed letting 
the ties and rails fall. Then workmen drove the spikes down. 
The train arrived at the depot at midnight on 4:he date set, 
just as agreed upon. 

In the fall of 1910 a fire destroyed the east side of 
the main block of town. A gasoline iron exploded in a tailor 
shop on the west side of town setting fire to other stores. 
We began to move everything from our store to the back alley 
and into an empty house. Thanks to our friends and neighbors 
all merchandise was saved, but we lost two buildings and a 
warehouse. No insurance. Papa moved the merchandise into a 
large building that he bought and business continued as usual. 
Later he built two brick buildings for the business that was 
expanding. The section of land, seven miles south of Lockney, 
was sold and my parents built a nice large home with an orchard, 
garden, etc. My sister. Dimple, owns the home and lives there 
now. She also owns and operates the Baker Store. 

After the railroad came to Lockney there were no more 
long, wagon-freighting trips for Papa -- facing the hot dusty 
winds, sleeping on the ground, with the cold northers blowing 
over him, or waking up covered with snow, maybe walking all 
day to keep warm while driving his teams. Yet no one ever 


heard him complain in the twenty years of freighting. I do 
not remember that Papa was ever sick. The wagon wheel ran 
over his foot once, and he was kind of crippled for a few 
days. He never used liquor or tobacco in any form, nor did 
he even drink coffee. Occasionally he drank a cup of tea. 
Papa kept the mules and wagons to haul freight from the depot 
to the store and to plow his orchard and garden. 

A neighbor man in the country asked to have Jack, one 
of the mules, to take his children to school. When school 
ended the man sold Jack to someone (horse trader) who mis- 
treated the mule, so Papa bought him, paying $30.00 cash. 
Then the mule had the best of care until he died at the age 
of thirty-three years. 

In 1907 Mama went to Dallas to buy goods for the store. 
Grandma and Aunt Angle met her and came to Lockney for a visit. 

We had a covered wagon excursion to Blanco Canyon south 
of Floydada to fish. Mr. and Mrs. C. R. McCulliom went in their 
wagon; Meda and Lester Honea and children went in their buggy. 
Enough fish were caught and cooked for one meal, and we went 
to the rock house of Hank Smith in the canyon. It rained the 
second night, so all those sleeping on the ground had to go 
inside the wagons. Next day we returned home to Lockney. 

Papa and I took Grandma and Aunt Angle in a covered wagon 
to Haskell, Texas, to visit Uncle John Baker and his family 
there. The trip took five days each way. Now one can make 
it in a few hours by car. 

The town and county were growing with more and better 
homes, more schools and church buildings, more stores, a bank, 
deep wells for irrigation, electricity, and telephone. I 
think that Baker's store had the first delivery service. 
Housewives would telephone for their needs. Six-year-old 


Dorsey, my brother, drove the mule, Jack hitched to a light 
wagon loaded with groceries. When he would arrive at a per- 
son's house to make his delivery, he would call, "Come and 
get your groceries." 

Everyone in our little town seemed happy as all were 
busy. We looked forward to the 4th of July celebration each 
year. An arbor was built, meat was cooked over an open pit 
all night, so there was plenty of barbecued meat, bread, pick- 
les, lots of home-cooked foods and a big wash boiler of coffee. 
Someone made a patriotic speech. There was a hall for square 
dancing, and a merry-go-round for the children that was run 
by a gentle old horse walking around in a circle. 

The Mollie Bailey Circus came each summer with a parade 
through the streets. On Sundays we went to church in the 
morning and usually again in the evening; then to Prayer 
Meeting on Wednesday evenings. If there were no Sunday eve- 
ning services, the young people would take their song books 
and gather at someone's home and sing for a couple of hours. 
In the early days of radio a popular program came over the 
air from some eastern city where people met and sang hymns. 
Their voices and words were beautiful. I think it was the 
"Seth Parker" program. 

The churches held their revivals and meetings every 
summer and sometimes there would be a friendly debate about 
some religious subject. These meetings and debates were 
always well attended. 

In the spring of 1910 Mama's Aunt Ella and Uncle William 
Sparkman came to visit us. Uncle William, a nurseryman, went 
home and sent us trees and shrubs to landscape the yard, which 
was a big improvement to our home. 


In the svunmer of 1917 Papa's five brothers came to visit, 
and they were surprised at the development and rich lands of 
the Plains. Papa predicted that Amarillo and Lubbock would 
become the big cities of the Plains. 

That fall, while chopping wood, Papa was struck on the 
throat by a small piece of kindling. Blood poison set in and 
three days later he passed away -- October 16, 1917, at the 
age of 58 years. 

At home after the funeral someone remarked, "Baker 
freighted with all kinds of men, but no one ever heard him 
utter a swear word or tell an off-color story." He was a 
real pioneer and builder, helping everyone through the years. 
Mama was left to carry on with the problems of an expanding 
business, educating the six younger children from her family 
of twelve, going through the depression, two World Wars, and 
the dry and black, dusty years of the thirties. 

In the spring of 1919 Mama and little Helen came to 
visit us in Boulder, Colorado -- where we had been living 
since moving there from Lockney in 19 lA. 

Her other daughters, Lee and Meda, and other clerks 
helped in the store through the years. 

The anniversary of the opening of the store was cele- 
brated on April 23, 1958, at a reception in the American Leg- 
ion Home. More than 400 people from twenty communities were 
present, ; ome being old-timers. 

On her 90th birthday, her children, grandchildren, 
and great-grandchildren came to see her. She was active 
daily until about 1961. The last few years she spent in a 
rest home in Lockney. She died June 2, 1967, at the age of 
99 years, 9 months, and 7 days. She was buried in Lockney 
beside her husband, J. A. Baker, in Lockney Cemetery. 


SUPPLEMENT TO REMINISCENCES by Genella Baker Deavenport 

After my family read the story of our early days some 
were asking questions about those days, and one said she cried 
just thinking of the hard times we had. I said that no one 
ever thought of them being hard times for all were busy build- 
ing their homes and doing what had to be done. 

Now times and things are so different. I think that my 
grand children and especially my great grand children will 
find it interesting to read more about how people lived in 
the pioneer days of the late eighteen hundreds and early nine- 
teen hundreds that I remember so clearly on the plains of Tex- 

With all the modem conveniences, electric appliances 
at our finger tips, and the new perma press materials, regular 
housework is nothing compared to what we had to do in those 
days. Now the homes have beautiful bathrooms with large porce- 
lain bathtubs and showers. There is plenty of hot and cold 
water on tap. Each child has his own room and bed. 

In those days all watet had to be carried in, used, 
then carried out. Water was heated on the kitchen stove. We 
used a big zinc washtub to bathe in. It was a regular Satur- 
day night custom to have a bath with clean under clothes. 
Sponge baths were taken at times, and in warm weather when 
we children went barefooted it was a must that we wash our 
feet before going to bed at night. 

Water for washing our clothes was heated in a big boiler 
on the stove. We used home made soap. Each garment was 
rubbed on a rub board and all white clothes boiled in the 
boiler, rinsed in two waters and hung on the line to dry. 


The women and girls from sixteen years old wore their 
dresses with two petticoats almost to the floor. The petti- 
coats, with ruffles, were starched and ironed. Ironing was 
done with a sad iron like the above picture, and that was an 
appropriate name for it. 


At Christmas we hung our stockings on chairs and bed 
posts for Santa Claus to put something in them. We received 
a gift or toy such as a doll, knife or ball and apple, orange, 
candy and nuts. It seems that we were as happy as children 
now with so many gifts. 

Later, Cedar trees were brought from the brakes and 
we had a public Christmas tree for all. Candles were put in 
little tin holders that snapped on the branches, and kerosene 
lamps were in brackets high up on the walls for lights. 

Papa planted several kinds of fruit trees, early and 
late peaches, wild and tame plum and apple trees, two rows of 
concord grapes and a vegetable garden. 

Mama made preserves, jelly, chow chow and kraut, using 
two-gallon stone jars to keep it. She used quart and two- 
quart glass jars too. She prepared and cooked these at night 
and early in the mornings before going to the store. 

A popular brand of shoes had a living trademark- Buster 
Brown, a four- foot two- inch midget who traveled on the road 
for twenty-seven years appearing before children all over the 
country. Our store brought him to Lockney. There was a plat- 
form with a ladder built on the side of the store. Here Bus- 
ter Brown with his dog, Tige, climbed up and talked to people. 
He answered questions and put his dog through some tricks. 
After this every child had to have a pair of those shoes. I 
read in the paper that he is still living - 82 years old. 

My parents helped others when they could. When Papa laid 
out the town site for Lockney he said he would give every other 
lot to any one that would put up a store for business. It 


wasn't long till other stores were added - a drug store, a 
store that sold more items of hardware, a dry goods store, 
a bank and a small building where our weekly newspaper was 
printed, then called THE LOCKNEY LEDGER, and a blacksmith 
shop. And so the town grew, the business that began on the 
prairie is still operated by one in the family. 

Note: In a conversation between Sarah Alice Ratliff Baker and 
daughter Mary, Alice said: 

"My mother was Nancy Virginia Schmidt, daughter of Dr. 
John Peter Schmidt and Matilda Schmidt. They are bur- 
ied in a cemetery in Coryell County. My grandfather 
Schmidt graduated from the University of the South in 
Sewanee, Tennessee. He was a general practitioner, 
practicing before the Civil War. He had an office in 
Evant, in Coryell County, Texas. Their children were 
Ella, Sally, Nancy (my mother) and a son Boley. They 
lived in Edom, Van Zandt County, Texas." 18 March 1960, 



Graduate of Hamilton High School, attended Randolph- 
Macon Women's College, Lynchburg, Virginia two years, then 
University of Texas, University of Colorado, and graduated 
from University of Missouri with B.A. Degree; member of Pi 
Beta Phi. Taught six years, married Milton Brents Witty, 
merchant and cotton buyer, in 1924. They had two sons and 
two daughters . Returned to teaching in 1948 and taught 
until retirement in 1968. Member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She 
was charter member and one of the organizers of the Hamilton 
Garden Club; one of the organizers of the Heart of Texas Coun- 
cil of Garden Clubs (later called District V of Texas Garden 
Clubs, Inc.), and its president 1945-1947; Republican County 
Chairman 1942-1949, vice-Chairman since 1949. Charter member 
and one of the organizers of the 20th Century Study Club; 
active member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and served three 
terms on the Executive Board of the Women's Work of the Dio- 
cese of Dallas. First president of Hamilton Council of Camp 
Fire Girls, 1955-1959; Chairman of Hamilton County Historical 
Survey Committee since its beginning January 1, 1963; Member 
of Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American 
Revolution, and Daughters of the Republic of Texas. 





Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Evan Ackerman (Margaret Boone) 
6466 Glendora 
Dallas, Texas 75230 

Mrs. Ada Babin (Sanford Shannon's daughter) 
1023 Indian Road 
Glenview, Illinois 60025 

Artie Baker (James Artemas) 

Box 1128 

Pecos, Texas 79772 

Charles Curtis Baker, D.D.S. 
Hamilton, Texas P Box 472 76531 

Charles Curtis Baker III 
1213 Colonial Court 
Arlington, Texas 76010 

France Baker and sons 
Lennis Baker 
James Baker 
1301 13th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 

Dr. James Deuon Baker 
5511 30th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 

John Duffie Baker 
531 Cedar Street 
Hurst, Texas 76053 

Dorsey Baker 

Lockney, Texas 79241 

P Box 265 

Kevin Baker 
5408 39th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 


Mrs. Leo Martin Baker (Lucile) 

1624 Alden 

Irving, Texas 75060 

Norton Baker 

Amarillo, Texas Box 1516 

William Norton Baker & Family 
4610 20th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 79407 

Dorsey Lynn Baker & Family 
28 W 340 Indian Knoll Trail 
West Chicago, Illinois 60185 

Mrs. B. M. Bradshaw, Jr., (Amma Hortenz Baker) 
6414 Meadow Road 
Dallas, Texas 75230 

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Caserta (Eunice Nicholson) 
1022 Curzon Circle 
Troy, Ohio 45373 

Mrs. Gene 11a Baker Deavenport 
1880 Bluebell Ave. 
Boulder, Colo. 80320 

Mrs. Hal Douglass (Harvey Holland's grand daughter) 
4500 Bellclair 
Dallas, Texas 71301 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Dubois, Jr. 
Santa Fe, New Mexico Box 1041 

Mrs. Rex B. DeSpain (Minier Baker) daughter - Barbara Cade) 

4562 Arcady 

Dallas, Texas 71301 

Mary Alice Baker Gonzales (Artie Baker's daughter) 
3313 38th Street 
Lubbock, Texas 

Mrs. William Thatcher Edgar 
701 Parkview Zone 23 
Dallas, Texas 75223 

Mrs. Robert Fulcher (Angeline Nicholson) 
Blanco, Texas 78606 


Mrs. Thomas Stratton Gil lis (Mabel Shannon) 
4141 South Graeswood, Bayou Manor 
Houston, Texas 77025 

Thomas Stratton Gillis, Jr. 
540 Strey Lane 
Houston, Texas 77024 

Helen Baker Gross 

P Box 618 

Port LaVaca, Texas 

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Truman Gunn (have 2 married sons) 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mildred Boone Haden 
9033 Villa Park Circle 
Dallas, Texas 75225 

Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Henderson (Mildred Walker) 
3200 Illinois 
Midland, Texas 79701 

Charles Baker Holland, Jr. 
Norman, Oklahoma P Box 541 

James Harvey Holland 
2319 Harrison 
Fort Worth, Texas 

Mr. & Mrs. Ned Baker Holland 

4518 Weldon 

Dallas, Texas 75204 

Meda Baker Honea 

Lockney, Texas P Box 896 


Mrs. James Kelleher (Betty Baker) 
1207 Woodleigh 
Irving, Texas 75060 

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas McLemore 
1505 Douglas Drive 
Odessa, Texas 79760 

Dimple Baker McGavock 

P Box 115 

Lockney, Texas 79241 


Mrs. Robert Bernard Miller (died 5 Nov 1971) 
Hi Here St Nursing Home 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bernard Miller, Jr. 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mrs. Jacob Forrest Nicholson 
510 East Whitney 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Jacob Forrest Nicholson, Jr. 
Y M C A Amarillo, Texas 

Jacob Forrest Nicholson III 
7303 Belle Park Drive 
Houston, Texas 77072 

James Baker Nicholson and wife Wayne 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mrs. J. F. Nicholson 

510 East Whitney 

Mr. & Mrs. William Lynn Nicholson 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mr. & Mrs. William Watkins Nelson (Kathryne Witty) 

Box 506 

Comfort, Texas 78013 

Coleta Baker Marshall 

2223 Van Bur en 

Amarillo, Texas 79109 (daughter of Norton Baker of 

Amarillo, Texas) 
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Chandler Mathis (Jane Louise Edgar, grand- 
6540 Woodcrest Lane daughter of Jane Emily Baker Edgar) 
Dallas, Texas 75200 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Drewry Olmsted (Anne Witty) 
925 N 70th Street 
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53216 

Erma Baker Patton 
501 Esplanade Apt 124 
Redondo Beach, Calif. 90277 

Carl Baker Patton 

2722 Strand 

Manhattan Beach, Calif. C-90266 


Ned Baker Patton 

2904 Strand 

Manhattan Beach, Calif C-90266 

Mary Baker Phillips 

P Box 142 

Port LaVaca, Texas 77979 

Mr. & Mrs. Otto Newton Rea (Alma Baker) 
3515 22nd Street 
Lubbock, Texas 79410 

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Baker Rea 
5407 Laurel Creek Way 
Houston, Texas 77017 

Martha Porter Ritchey (daughter of Effie Shannon) 
3013 18th Street Apt B 
Metairie, Louisiana 70002 

Lt. Col. Jack Robinson, and wife Nancy Rea 
3104 Cambridge Drive 
Arlington, Texas 76010 

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Todd Russell (Hazle Baker) 
9798 Beach Street 
Fontana, Calif. 92335 

Eula Lee Baker Seaman 
Lockney, Texas 79241 

Mrs. Jean A. Shelton 

6246 Winone 

San Diego, California 92120 

Mrs. George Elam Walker 
2602 A Mariana 
Midland, Texas 79701 

Mrs. Garvin Watson, Jr. (daughter of Charles Baker Holland) 

P Box 612 

Clarksville, Texas 75426 

Mrs. Harry Williams (Coleta Baker) 
1329 Canterbury Court 
Dallas, Texas 75208 


Mr. & Mrs. Milton Brents Witty (Kathryne Baker) 
P Box 867 114 East Baker St. 
Hamilton, Texas 76531 

Mr. & Mrs. Milton Brents Witty, Jr. 
2616 Indian Mound Boulevard 
Monroe, Louisiana 71201 

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Nicholson Witty 
1511 Sunset Drive 
Monroe, Louisiana 71201 

Charles Steven Kincade and Glendalynn Carper (August 1971) 
P Box 2853 
Jackson, Miss 39207 

James Jackson Beeman Family History 


Just 20 years after Stephen F. Austin's first settlers came 
to Texas and 4 years after the famous battle of the Alamo and 5 
years after Texas became the Republic of Texas (1835-1845), 
James Jackson Eeemxan (20 years old), with his wife and baby 
and his older one-half brother, John, with his large family, 
came to Texas from Missouri in a covered wagon. (Dec. 5, 
1840). They probably came as a result of the widespread adver- 
tising the Republic of Texas did to get colonists to settle in this 
part of Texas which was known as "The Three Forks of the Trin- 
ity. " It was a complete wilderness and the plains were alive with 
deer, antelope, wild horses, wolves, buffalo, bears, wild turkeys, 
and savage Indians roaming over them. The Peters Colony (head- 
quarters, Louisville, Kentucky) had just been granted land for a 
colony in this section. Thousands of families had poured into 
Texas in the past 20 years "because the Republic of Texas was 
giving away land". G. T. T. (Gone to Texas) was the familiar 
sign on boarded up buildings and homes throughout the U. S. 

The Beemans played an important and prominent part in the 
early history of Dallas County and City of Dallas. John Neely Bryen 
(who later married John Beeman's daughter Margaret) started the 
city of Dallas by building a log hut near the present court house in 
November, 1841. About that same time, fall of 1841, John and 
James J. Beeman, Hamp Rattan and Mabel Gilbert moved their 
families to a small log stockade and a blockhouse fort called Bird's 
Fort, 22 miles west of the present city of Dallas on the West Fork 
of the Trinity, 7 miles above present Arlington, Texas. On April 
8, 1842, John and James J. Beeman left the fort and mioved to 
Dallas County. Mabel Gilbert came too, floating his belongings, in 
2 canoes, 30 miles down the Trinity, while John Beeman and James 
J. Beeman and families came by wagon. Of the first four families 
to settle in Dallas, two of them were Beemans, Records at the 
Dallas County Courthouse show 180 real estate transactions in 
Dallas County for the Beemans prior to 1880. Of these 21 were 
transacted by James J. After the third brother Samuel came to 
Dallas in 1846, the three brothers had 24 children who either 
came or were born in Texas. 

The following is a brief chronological sketch of the life of 
our grandfather, James Jackson Beeman, Every statement and 
date has been verified by an actual court record, letter, dairy, 
or printed book as shown in the Bibliography at the end of this 

Dec. 21, 1816 -- Born Madison County (Calhoun Co. not formed 
until 1825), Illinois Territory, " . . .at the 
head of American Bottom in Madison County 
about 3 miles below the city of Alton, about 
one mile below St. Louis and Alton Crossing on 
Ward River . . . was partly raised in Greene 
Co., and partly in Calhoun Co. on Illinois River 
opposite mouth of Apple Creek". 
(From letter of C. A. Beeman, dated 8 June 
1938, in Mrs. Angle Baker Nicholson's posses- 
sion. ) 

Sept. 16, 1836- Married Sarah Crawford in St. Charles, Missouri. 

July 1837 -- John Beeman (and probably James J. but cannot 

verify) bought Toby Script #358 for 2 different 
parcels of land of 320 acres each at 15 cts. per 
acre from a sub- agent of Thomas Toby, who was 
the purchasing agent of Republic of Texas to sell 
land throughout the U. S. to help finance the Texas 
Army and Navy. (Wee article "Toby and Brother 
Company" Handbook of Texas. ) John B. bought 
this before coming to Texas. 

Sept. 27, 1837- Son William C. born to J. J. and Sarah in Green 
County, 111. 

Mar. 3, 1839 - Daughter Mary Jane born in Illinois. (Calhoun Co. ) 

Aug. 5, 1840 - Son Wm. Crawford died. Green Co., 111. 

Dec. 6, 1840 - Arrived in Texas in a covered wagon. Reached 
Bowie County where all of the Beemans stayed 
approximately one year. They stayed at "Old 
Crossroads Camping Ground, near Old Boston 
and Dalby Springs. " 

Jan. 4, 1841 - J. J. received a third class certificate for 640 
acres of land from the Board of Land Commis- 
sioners of Lamar County, which certificate was 
located in Dallas County, January 2, 1847, and 
which was patented Dec. 3, 1850. (All land in 
Peters Colony grants were in dispute and the 
state of Texas finally resolved the difficulties 
and granted clear titles to many land holders 
on this date. 

Jan. 8, 1841 - Daughter Emily Elvira (Our Grandmother) was 
born at Dalby Springs, Bowie Co. , Texas. 

Fall of 1841 - John and Jajnes J. Beeman families, Hamp 
Rattan and Mabel Gilbert familes moved to 
Bird's Fort as "Three Months Rangers" to 
"create a settlement and fight Indians. " They 
started to the fort, with their wives and child- 
ren, in a caravan of several horses, an ox team 
and one wagon which belonged to the Beemans. 
This wagon was the first to ever roll over the 
prairie in the country of the "Three Forks" of 
the Trinity and the party was forced to make 
its own road as it went along. 

April 7, 1842 - John and James J. and Mabel Gilbert abandoned 

Bird's Fort and came to Dallas County where John 
settled in Sec. 22 east of White Rock. He built 
a block house here as a defense against the Indians. 
William, son of John planted the first corn crop 
ever grown in Dallas Co. James J. probably lived 
with John for a while before settling on his section 
of land adjacent to John's. This blockhouse was 
located on what is now the S. E. Corner of South 
Haskell and Dolphin Road, Dallas. 

1842 -- The families of Thomas Keenan, Preston Witt, 

Alexander W. Webb, and John Cox arrived in 
Dallas County later in 1842. 

Aug. 1843 -- Sam Houston and his party came through on their 
way to Bird's Fort for a meeting with the Indians 
Chiefs of the Northern Tribes to make a treaty 
with them to stop molesting settlers in this section 
of Texas. He stopped at the Beemans and "was 
regaled with an acceptable and plentiful supply of 
buttermilk. " In this party was an Englishman 
named E. Parkinson who kept a dairy. Parkin- 
son's horse was lame, so he spent the night with 
the Beemans. This dairy is still in existence at 

Nov. 28, 1844 - Son Francis M. born, DaUas County, Tex. 

Nov. 1846 -- Brother Samuel Beeman and family came from 
Calhoun Co., 111. to Dallas County. 

Nov. 19, 1846- Daughter Melissa Anice born, Dallas Co. 

July 13, 1846 - In first election of Dallas County, James J. Beeman 
was elected justice 1st precinct, his sureties being 
J. P. Redden and Em. Pruitt. 

March 8, 1848- Wife Sarah (Crawford) died. Buried in Pleasant 
Mound Cemetery (Dallas Co. ) near White Rock. 
It is thought that a highway runs over her grave 
now at about the intersection of the present Scyene 
Road and Buckner Blvd. (Dallas) 

March 20, 1848-Acts of the Second Legislature (State of Texas) 
appointed among others, James J. Beeman as 
commissioner to lay out ground and sell lots, etc, 
for the county seat of Dallas. 

Jan. 11, 1849. - Married Catherine Napper. This marriage lasted 
only a short while. Catherine was a member of a 
family who was apparently coming through Dallas 
on its way to California. When her family left, 
she left with them. It is said that James J. fol- 
lowed the family three days trying to get her to 
return with him. 

1849 -- Case #111 in District Court, Dallas County. Vol. A, 

Page 258 shows a divorce granted James J. Beeman 
versus Catherine Beeman. O. M. Roberts, Judge. 

1849 & early 1850 -- James J. went to California. . Gold Rush. Very 

little is known about this unsuccessful venture. He 
apparently returned to Dallas in 1851 or late 1850. 

1850 -- Dallas County Census shows his children, Mary 

Jane, age 10, Emily Elvira, age 8; Francis M. age 
5, and Anice, age 3, all living in the home of John 
Neely Bryan. They were left in the care of Margaret 
Beeman Bryan and thus lived in the little log cabin 
which now stands on the Dallas County Court house 
lawn. It was said that a Negro woman was engaged 
to help look after the children. 

Dec. 3, 1850 -- Headrights (640) acres of John, James J. and John 
Smelser Beeman (son of Samuel) were patented by 
State of Texas. 

July 15, 1851 - Sold Lot 6, Block 1, City of Dallas to Jessie Kelly 
et al for $200. 00. 

Nov. 29, 1851 - Married Elizabeth Baker (sister of his future son- 
in-law, William Thatcher Baker. Married by Rev. 
Wm. Rawlins, Elder Christian Church. 

April 6, 1852 - Sold Lot #3 and #4, Block 34 to Nathan Atteberry 
for $100. 00. There are many other real estate 
deals listed in the Index at Dallas County Courthouse. 

Jan. 29, 1853 - Baby daughter Lydia died. (Dallas Co. ) 

Jan. 24, 1854- Son Charles A. born to J. J. and Elizabeth. 

June 2, 1856 - First County Court of Parker County was held in 
the post oak grove of J. J. Beeman about 5 miles 
N. E. of Weatherford. This place is located on 
Fort Worth-Belknap Road. In 1936 the Texas Cen- 
tennial Commission erected a stone to commemorate 
this event. 

1855 - - In an interview F. M. Cockrell had with Scott 

Beeman (1927) Scott states "Uncle Jimmie Bee- 
man exchanged his headrights here in Dallas for 
merchandise and moved to Weatherford. " 

Sept. 8, 1850 - Wm. Thatcher Baker married daughter Emily- 
Elvira in Weatherford probably at the above home, 

Feb. 17, 1858 - He moved his store into town of Weatherford and 
became its Postmaster. 

Mar. 9, 1857 - Daughter Sarah born to James J. and Elizabeth 
(Parker Co. ) 

Aug. 19, 1859 --160 acres in Parker County (Settlers Claim) Pat- 
ented to J. J. Beeman. 

Feb. 27, 1861 - Daughter Melissa Anice died (Parker Co. Tex. ) 

1864 - - Moved back to Dallas County. 

1861-65 -- Civil War. Very little known about him during 

this period. 

June 4, 1868 -- James J. Beeman's name (one of 157) on a petition 
asking the Constitutional Convention in session at 
Austin for permission for the Chief of Police to 
collect taxes from citizens of Dallas to the amount 
of $5, 000. 00 "to remove the obstruction in Trinity 
River from Dallas to E. Fork" so the Trinity could 
be navigated. 

1880 or 1882 - Apparently James J. and wife Elizabeth went to 

live with son Charles and daughter Sarah who both 
lived at Lampasas, Texas. 

Aug. 12, 1884 - Wm. Thatcher Baker died on homeplace, 10 miles 
S. of Hamilton, in Hamilton County, Texas. 

Dec. 7, 1888 -- James Jackson Beeman died at Lampasas, Texas, 

at home of son Charles and was buried at Lampasas. 
The epitaph on his tombstone reads "A resident of 
Texas since 1840. " "The sweet remembrance of 
the just shall flourish when they sleep in dust. " 

Dec. 15, 1898 - Elizabeth Baker Beeman died, Waco, Texas. 


Brown, John H. History of Da.llas Count y, Texas, Fro m 183 8- 1887 . 

Dallas, 1887. 
Dallas County Court and Marriage Records. Courthouse, Dallas, Tex. 
Jackson, George C., Sixty Years in Texas. (Privately Printed) 
Kimball, J. F., Our City DaUas. Dallas, 1927. 
Rogers, JohnW. , The Lusty Tex ans of Dallas, New York, 1951. 
Trent, Lucy Critz, John Neely Bryan, Founder of Dallas^ Dallas, 1936. 
Texas W.P.A. Writers Project. Dallas Guide and History (Xerox copy, 

Dallas Public Library. ) 
U. S. Census for Dallas County for 1850 and 1860 (Copy in Dallas 

Public Library) 
Texas State Historical Association, Handbook of Texa s, 1952. 

James Jackson Beeman's parents were 

John Beeman who married Margaret Hunter 19 May 1767. His will 
is dated 8 September 1819, and is found in Rowan County, North 
Carolina, Will s, 1805-1826, Vol. I, P. 11, and his children are 
given as 

James Beeman (our great grandfather), Mary Beeman Moore 

Thomas Beeman, Joseph Beeman, Elizabeth Beeman. 

Nancy Beeman, Charles Beeman, William Beeman, and 

Samuel Beeman. 

Haden, his great grand- daughter, and this was copied by 
Alma Baker Rea (another great grand- daughter) 
November 3, 1966 


(Written December 24, 1886) 

I was born in the state of Illinois, on the 21st day of December 
1816, at the head of the American Bottom in Madison County, about 
three miles below the city of Alton, about one mile below St. Louis 
and Alton crossing on Wood River. My father, James Beeman, was 
raised in North Carolina, Rowan County. He went to Illinois about 
the year 1800. He moved to Greene County when I was quite small. 
I was partly raised in Greene County and partly in Calhoun County 
on the Illinois River, opposite the mouth of Apple Creek. I was 
married to Sarah Crawford, daughter of James Crawford, in the 
year 1836, September 15th. We lived in Calhoun County, and had 
two children, a son and a daughter. The boy died in Calhoun County, 
he being the oldest. I left Illinois for Texas September 1840, cross- 
ing the boundry line between the U. S. and Texas the 6th of December 
1840. A brother and a nephew, John S. Beeman, came with me. 
We stopped and rented land in Bowie County on what was known as 
the Stearling Smith farm about three miles east of the town of Dalby 

In the spring of 1841, the Indians had been depredating on the 
settlements in the upper counties. A company was raised and went 
in pursuit of them. General E. H. Tarrant, hearing of the expedi- 
tion, mounted his horse and went and headed it. They went to an 
Indian village on Village Creek in what is now Tarrant County, and 
attacked the Indians. In this fight Col. John B. Denton was killed, 
and Captain Henry Stout was wounded. After the fight the company 
returned to the settlements taking the dead body of Col. Denton to 
Denton Creek where he was buried. About six years afterwards 
Captain Stout went and found the grave, dug up his remains and took 
them away. I do not know where. The 2nd of March 1841, General 
Tarrant was the Brigadier General of the District composed of the 
counties of Bowie, Red River, Lamar and Fannin, with their terri- 
tories. After the return of this company from the fight. General 
Tarrant issued an order for the raising of some 400 volunteers to 
go out on the waters of the Trinity River against the Indians, and 
that said volunteers rendezvous at Fort Inglish in Fannin County 
on the 15th of July 1841. Each man to furnish himself with a horse, 
gun, ammunition and rations. Each of the above mentioned counties 
had to furnish a certain number of men and organize in due time 
to be at the rendezvous. The Bowie County men met at the town 

of DeKalb on the 5th of July 1841 and organized by electing David 
P. Key, Captain, (who, at this writing lives in Menard County, 
Texas. ) Alexander Booth was elected Orderly Sergeant. I do 
not remember the names of the other officers of the company. 
We then disbanded to meet at Fort Inglish on the 15th where we 
elected Battalion officers, whom I do not consider it of sufficient 
importance to mention except General Tarrant was Commander- 
in-Chief, and Jonathan Bird was Sergeant- Major. We immediately 
were on the march for the Indian Village Creek. When we got 
there the Indians had left. We found a good deal of signs, as they 
would come back for such of their crops as were still growing. 
There was corn, pumpkins and beans. Perhaps here I should 
relate an incident that began before we left Fort Inglish - which 
is as follows: 

An old man living near Fort Inglish by the name of Cox, had 
a little boy and a grandson near the same size, who were in the 
habit of both mounting a pony and driving the cows up of evenings. 
It was late for the cows as usual, and while out, the Indians came 
on them and captured them and their pony, and carried them off. 
They were ransomed in the fall of the same year (1841) and they 
told us that the Indians kept far enough ahead of us to be out of 
danger, and watched our movements. They told the boys that in 
case of an attack by us, they would kill them. Poor little fellows, 
they suffered a great deal as the Indians whipped them severely. 
I dare say if they are still living, they have the marks on their 
bodies to this day (December the first 1886. ) 

On our arrival in the Village we encamped on their fields 
and helped ourselves to their corn, beans, etc. One of our men 
made a grater out of an old coffee pot, on which we grated corn 
and baked it into bread. The first bread I had tasted in a good 
while. We called it "Bready", as bread was not good enough a 
name. Up to this time, our rations consisted of flour, bacon and 
coffee. We waited three or four days for General Tom I. Smith, 
who was to meet us at the Village. As he had not come up to this 
time, we continued our march. The first day, while we were 
nooning, some of our horses stampeeded and ran back to the 
Village, and those who went after them, found General Smith 
and command occupying the same ground we had left in the morn- 
ing. This stampeed was on Sycamore Creek, about two miles 
east of Ft. Worth. On the return of the men with the horses. 


they reported the arrival of General Smith and that he wished General 
Tarrant to go back and see him, which he did. He got some beef cat- 
tle from Smith. We then continued up the West Fork. On the next 
day we stopped in a grove to noon and found a pile of wood ready for 
a fire. This the little boys said they had prepared when the Indian 
spies came in and reported our coming. Whereupon they left in 
haste. The brothers of the boys put fire to the pile and cooked 
dinner. We continued our march up to a large spring in the upper 
Cross Timbers. Here Cook had some time before camped on his 
way to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Not finding the Indians as we expected, 
we lay by and sent out spies. When they came back, they reported no 
Indians. By this time our supplies of provisions were nearly exhaust- 
ed, and the beeves took murrain and died so fast we were afraid to 
eat the beef. This spring is where Carterville is located in Parker 
County. So the only alternative was for us to go back to the settle- 
ments. We had enlisted for three months service. The time not 
being out when we got back. Major Johnathan Bird got permission 
from General Tarrant to raise a company out of the furlowed soldiers 
and go back to the West Fork and build a fort near the Village. He 
raised the company, and as I had seen the country, my brother, John, 
also wished to see the country, so he took my place. They went and 
built the fort on the North side of West Fork of the Trinity River, 
about seven or eight miles from the Village, and about the same dis- 
tance from Birdville. The Fort was named, "Bird's Fort" for the 
Major. After this fort was b'oilt my brother returned to Bowie County, 
where we were living. It was not long before we had our crops gath- 
ered and sold, ready to move to the fort. We got to the Fort some 
time in November 1841, with our families. We had with us the follow- 
ing named families: A. W. Webb, who was our Captain; Solomon 
Silkwood; Henry Hahn; John Beeman; John S. Beeman; myself and 
family (J. J. Beeman); also some single men. After our arrival 
at the fort, we built more houses so as to make comfortable quarters 
for our families. My cousin, W. H. Rattan, took his family there on 
the first expedition, also one other family went at the same time, by 
the name of Bogard. On Christmas Day 1841 Captain Webb, Solomon 
Silkwood and W. H. Rattan left the Fort and went over on Elm Fork 
to cut another road below the mouth of Denton Creek, so as to avoid 
the crossing of both streams, which the present road did. They got 
on Elm Fork the same day they left the Fort and camped on the 
opposite side. That night it snowed and continued snowing the next 


day and was very cloudy. This was the 26th of December, 1841. 
While they were going up the river looking for a suitable place to 
make a ford, they came on a bear track and found it had gone up 
a big Cottonwood tree and had not come down. They concluded 
they would cut the tree down and have a bear fight between it 
and the dogs they had with them. They began chopping the tree, 
and thinking it dinner time, they ate their dinner. After dinner 
Hamp Rattan, we called him "Hamp", went to chopping, but did 
not hit many licks until the Indians who were watching them, 
shot three times at them, the first killing Hamp. After consult- 
ing together they deemed it best to leave, as Hamp was now dead. 
But before starting, Silkwood shot at what he took to be an Indian 
head. This ended the fight, and they made their way to the Fort 
without any further trouble with the Indians. On their arrival about 
10 o'clock at night, they imposed the task of informing his wife of 
his death on me. It was hard but I went in the house where she 
and my wife were both talking and laughing. I said, "Polly, give 
me your boy", and said I had bad news to tell her. She asked, 
"What is it?" I said that Webb and Silkwood had come back and 
the Indians had killed Hamp. It was so shocking it seemed that she 
would go crazy. Shocking indeed! The next day a detail of men 
was sent to meet wagons that had gone into the settlements after 
provisions, and to bring the body of Hamp Rattan to the Fort for 
burial. It was the purpose of them to find and cut a road, dig the 
river banks down and notify those with the wagons where to come 
to cross the river on their return. But this tragedy put an end to 
making the new road. The detail had to go so far before they met 
the wagons, so as to put them on their guard against an Indian 
attack, that from the time Hamp was killed it was nine days before 
he was buried. When the men found the body, it was guarded by 
his dog, who had stayed by him and kept the buzzards or anything 
else from bothering it. 

They said the dog was frantic with joy to see them. All the 
other dogs had left and gone back to the Fort. But poor old Watch 
died the next summer in Lamar County, near Paris, and Polly 
with the help of Dow Brown, Hamp's little nephew, dug a grave 
and buried him, as a last rite for the faithfulness of the good old 
dog This detail consisted of John S. Beeman, Henry Hahn and 
Heath. Hamp was buried on the hiU about 400 yards from the 
Fort to the North. The Fort was on the banks of a lake shaped 


like a horse- shoe. A convenient shape for protection from the 
Indians. About one mile from the West Fork. There was a 
man died at the Fort after Hamp was buried, by the name of 
Long. I don't know his given name. He was also buried at the 
same place. I suppose their bones are still there. Long had a 
brother, but after his death the brother went back to one of the 
counties on Red River. 

Some time during the month of January (1842) Col. John 
Neely Bryan came to the Fort and told us he had found a place 
a short distance below where the West Fork and Elm Fork came 
together. There was a high bluff on the river which he had 
located and called it "Dallas", and would lay off a town for 
the head of navigation. He was very anxious for us to move 
down, as it was a better country than where we were. Captain 
Mabel Gilbert and my brother John, went down with Colonel 
Bryan to look at the country, and were so well pleased they 
determined to move down. By this time it was February. Cap- 
tain Gilbert thought he would go by water, (as he was an old 
steamboat captain), so he hired me and another man. We went 
into the West Fork bottom and cut down two big cottonwood trees, 
out of which we dug two large canoes. When done they were 
launched and lashed together and made quite a boat on which he 
put his household effects and his old lady, (for such she was) and 
Jackoo - the parrot. He hired a hand to go with him to help nav- 
igate the West Fork. They weighed anchor and off they went for 
Dallas and landed safely. I have not the date, but think it was 
not far from the first of March 1842. By this time, we at the fort 
had been notified that a colony grant had been given by the Congress 
of the Republic of Texas to W. S. Peters and Company, beginning 
on Red River and extending south which embraced the Fort, and 
that we had better get out. The same Congress granted us at the 
Fort, six miles square, embracing the Fort, but General Sam 
Houston, who was President of Texas vetoed the act. It was 
about the first of April, we loaded our wagons and started for 
Dallas. We were about three days making the trip, and landed 
at the edge of White Rock Bottom, on the fourth day. Coming 
down we nooned at what we called "Turtle Creek". We gave it 


the name for having seen and caughr, a large soft- shelled ".urtle; 
which name it still bears until this day. We moved from there 
down the old Indian '■.rail to a post oak grove in the Prairie, 
which was about one-ha\f mile northwest from where Captain 
Jefferson Peak built his brick house on the middle branch. 
This grove has long since been cut down. In this grove we 
camped "or the night. While there some of the boys put Sam 
Beeman on a yearling, and it pitched with him and threw him, 
breaking his collar bone. The next morning we moved to the 
edge of°White Rock bottom, the fourth day of April, 1842. Here 
we^began work. Some of the boys soon cut a tree and began to 
make boards to cover a house. Perhaps, here I should tell of 
whom our company consisted; which is as follows: John Beeman 
and his wife, Em.ily and their children, Elizabeth, Margaret, 
William- H., Samuel H. , Isaac H. , James H. , Clarissa, Nancy, 
John Scott Win'ield, Sarah Ann and Caroline; John S. Beeman 
and wife. Isabella, their children, Alexander W. and Samuel; 
myself (J. J. ) and wife, Sarah, and children, Mary Jane and 
Emily E. ; Landen Walker and wife, (have not her name) and 
children, Henderson, Henson, Minerva and another son whose 
name I have forgotten. Single men, James F. Roddin, Thomas 
P. Rattan, John H. Cox, Geo. W. Cox. Those are all I now 
remember. There may have been others that I don't remember. 

By this time the Colony line had been run and it ran through 
the town of Da\las and included where the courthouse now stands, 
and a short distance east. This was the eastern boundary of the 
Colony. So we thought we were out of its limits, but on the 22nd 
day of July following, it was extended twelve miles further east. 
The next day after our arrival on White Rock, the 5th of April. 
John Beeman went up on Elm Fork to see the Colony agent. 
Major Browning, and get some letters he had brought from the 
post office at Fort Inglish. The post office was 80 miles from 
us, the letters were from Illinois. As he was coming back in 
the evening, and just as he was crossing the half-way branch, 
he looked down the branch and saw about fifteen Indians ride 
out of the thicket in a run to head him off, but his horse was 
too fast for them, and he outran the Indians. We in camp heard 
his horse running. Soon he was in sight, bareheaded. When he 
got within speaking distance, he called out, "Get your guns. 


boys, the Indians are coming. " Such a bustle as we had I never 
wish to see again. We looked but could not see them. Some 
went up on the hill and said they saw them going south towards 
the timber, through the Elm Grove, about one-half mile west 
of the camp. I had been sick several days and was not able to 
be up but a little at a time, but those who were able stood guard 
that night. They had put the wagons in position for protection 
in case of attack, by setting up the boards and bolts which were 
on the ground, making quite a breastwork. All night, at inter- 
vals, the cattle would come running up to camp as if scared. 
We were satisfied the Indians were prowling around to find out 
our position and strength. I think the fuss the boys kept up had 
the effect of making them believe we were better prepared for 
them than we really were. As night was cool the boys kept up 
a big fire all night. The next morning came bright and clear, 
and no Indians to be seen. As we had but one horse they did 
not think it worth while to risk their lives for him, and left us 
unmolested. One of the boys mounted the horse and went back 
on hunt for John's hat and the letters. He soon found them and 
brought them in. These letters were read with much interest, 
as they were from kinfolks in Illinois. In those days it was very 
difficult to get letters from the States. I think the postage was 
one dollar a letter. I remember that a letter carried as far as 
it was from Illinois to Texas, to the state line, the postage in 
the U. S. is 25 cents at the time of which I write. Besides our 
company, there was only Colonel Bryan and Captail Gilbert and 
wife at Dallas, in all that country; for when we left Bird's Fort, 
all had left and those not with us went back to the settlements, 
and deserted the Fort. Captain Gilbert had a yoke of oxen and 
a log chain which Colonel Bryan drove at the time Gilbert de- 
scended the West Ford in his boat. As soon as they all got to 
the proposed city of Dallas, and the head of navigation, they 
began chopping down trees for house logs, and dragging them 
with their oxen. They put up a house about 14 feet square, of 
post oak logs in which they lived. 

Now back to White Rock, the next day, after our watching 
for the Indians all night, was renewed. Some sawing board tim- 
ber, some tiving boards and some cutting logs, while others 
drove the teams and went to hauling. So very soon we had a 
block house up, about 15 feet square, the lower part. The upper 
part projected some two feet all around. This was to keep the 


Indians from scaling the walls, also to give us a fair chance to 
shoot in case of an attack. After the house was completed, we 
moved in. We also broke some land and planted corn, pump- 
kins, peas, etc. 

Shortly after this, I think about the first of May, my cousin, 
Polly Rattan, came out from the settlements. King S. Custer 
came with her. King came to Texas from CarroUton, Illinois, 
with Hamp Rattan and made his home with them, as he was a 
single man, until after Hamp's death. Their business was to 
care for Hamp's grave and as the cedar timber was fine and 
plenty of it at Dallas, so King and myself took a wagon and yoke 
of oxen and went to where Dallas was to be, after cedar timber 
to make paling for the grave. Up to this time there had never 
been a wagon there, not even a road cut through the timber. So 
I cut the road and King drove the oxen after me. This is why 
I have said and still say that I took the first wagon into Dallas. 
Colonel Bryan told us to go to the branch north of the cabin 
about one- half mile and we would find plenty of cedars. An- 
other road had been cut, so we went to the branch about where 
the first road ran to the Cedar Springs, which was road No. 2. 
We got the timber and hauled it to the block house and made 
pailings. King took it up to the Fort where Hamp was buried, 
but did not put it up, so I learned afterwards, for they thought 
it would give the Indians the location and they might dig up the 
remains to get his scalp. 

By this time, which was the first of May, our provisions 
began to get short. Brother John went to the settlement with 
cousin Polly and her crowd. I don't remember who all of them 
were, but it was deemed unsafe to travel without quite a number 
in the company, as the Indians were continually committing dep- 
redations on the exposed settlers, who had by this time begun 
to settle on the East Fork of the Trinity River. In fact, the 
Indians were worse there than on we who were further out on 
the frontier. One reason was that they had horses and we did 
not. The Indians would prowl around and steal the horses and 
kill all that came in their way before leaving a settlement, 
knowing the whites could not follow them. All of a sudden 
Brother John came back without bringing any provisions. He 


had heard such big stories of what the Indians were doing and 
going to do to us, and we must flee for our lives. He was so 
excited that he feared that we could not more than make our 
escape. What could we do but go, as our supplies were so 
nearly exhausted that we had a scanty supply on which to live 
until we reached the settlements. So the only thing we could 
do was to pull up, which we did and did not stop until we 
reached Pin Hook, where Paris now is in Lamar County. 

After getting back to the settlements, the first thing 
was to find somebody who would let us have work to pay for 
provisions, as for money we did not have any. A man by the 
name of Ty Paul, who had married a cousin of mine, Minerva 
Rattan, the youngest child of my uncle, Richard, was going to 
clear off a yard and make brick for the first courthouse to be 
built in Paris. He hired me and my nephew, John S. Beeman, 
to help him at $20. 00 a mon'-.h, each, which he paid in pro- 
visions. I worked for him about a month. Brother John, 
about this time wanted to go back to the Trinity country to 
meet some surveyors who were expected, and get them to sur- 
vey our land. So I got into an ox wagon with John H. Cox and 
T. P. Rattan, my cousin, and made the trip. When we got to 
the block house, there were no surveyors nor no word from 
them, but we found the country full of buffalo. It was grand to 
see them, for as far as we could see, from White Rock across 
the timber east of Dallas, as well as far north as we co'uld see 
was a solid mass of moving buffalo going north. We stayed 
there only a short time as our trip proved to be futile, so we 
went back to our families. After marking and collecting a sup- 
ply of provisions, and an old steel mill to grind our corn with 
to get meal for bread, I paid $6, 00 for it, which was a very 
big price, in fact, he knew how to charge, and after making 
other arrangements, I put my wife and children in a two horse 
wagon with our supplies and started for the block house, and 
landed there the last day of August 1842. I had two yoke of oxen 
to the wagon. The day before I got there, to the block house, 
one of my oxen took the murrain and died very suddenly. But 
I continued on to my journey's end in the night. The buffalo 
were still there. I turned the other three oxen loose, but they 
soon ran away, not liking to be in the same range with the buf- 
falo. I got three men to accompany us on this trip; William 


Larner, who settled on Elm Fork in the Farmers Branch neigh- 
borhood and the other two were from Arkansas, whose names I 
have forgotten, both nice men and a good friend to me. 

When we got back to the Block House, there was not a half 
dozen men in the country. Colonel Bryan and a Captain Gilbert 
were in Dallas, all others, what few there were, were transients 
looking at the country and going back. I had notified John that 
my oxen were gone, and he came to help me hunt for them, but 
no!; finding them, he came on out to where I was. And as it so 
happened there was a yoke of oxen to be taken into the settle- 
ments. We got them and hitched them to the wagon and went 
back for John's family. This was about the last of September. 
We got started back and got about six miles from home and 
stopped to camp on the road of what we afterwards called the 
McDermett Branch. We chained the oxen to a wagon wheel. 
In the night they must have gotten scared at buffalo, they broke 
the wheel. We then had to go back and mend it, which we did 
and then made another start. This trip cost me a great deal of 
uneasiness as I had to leave my wife and two children with only 
one man to stay with them in day time and Colonel Bryan at 
night. This man's name was John Pulliam. It took three weeks 
to make the trip. When I got back home my wife told me that as 
soon as Pulliam got his breakfast of a morning he would take his 
gun and go hunting and leave her and the two children alone until 
night a good deal of the time. But when I got back and found all 
well, and that they had not been molested by the Indians, I was 
truly thankful, as I knew they had been protected by God's Provi- 
dence. My wife told me that Bryan never failed to be with them 
at night, but would leave every morning, as he had told me he 
would do. I thought Pulliam treated me badly as he had promised 
he would stay with them all of the time, but after finding no dam- 
age had been done, I said nothing about it. We left brother John 
in Lamar County. He stayed until the next summer, then came 
back. Henry Harter brought his herd of cattle out on this trip. 
Quite a number of them died with murrain on the way, but he 
got out with about 100 head. John and I were to take care of them 
for him. Those were the first cattle brought except work oxen. 
The range in the river and creek bottoms was all one's heart 
could wish for. The wild rye was thick and plenty, and green 

as the finest wheat fields could be all winter. John's family and 
mine lived in the block house until we built another house close by. 
I had selected me a place about a mile southwest of the block 
house and built a house in the timber where there was a fine pool 
of water with plenty of fish in it. By this time we had become 
somewhat careless and would venture further than we had before, 
so in order to be convenient to my work I built a camp and moved 
on the place before I built the house. 

We had a great deal of rain that winter, 1842-43. One day it 
rained all day, so I could neither work nor hunt, for if we had any 
meat I had to kill it in the woods. At this time we had none. We 
had been living on corn bread, corn coffee and hominy with nothing 
to season it with, but salt, for several days. On this occasion we 
had been laying up all day, it rained so hard that we had no dinner 
on account of the rain. About sunset it slackened up and my wife 
stepped out behind the camp to get a vessel to get dinner with, 
when she said, "Run Jimmy, - which she always called me, - 
there is a deer right out yonder", I got my gun and shot it. Hen- 
ry Long, who was living with us helped me set the dogs on its trail. 
They ran it about 300 yards and caught it. We brought it to the 
camp and in less time than it takes me to tell this we had its hide 
off and the wife had the pot ready and soon we were feasting on fine 
venison, hominy, corn dodger and coffee made of the same mater- 
ial. The deer had two fauns with her. The next morning Long 
went out and killed one of them, so we had meat at our house. Of 
course, we divided with Brother John's family. We made our corn 
meal by grinding it on the steel mill I just told you about buying, 
or we beat it in a wooden mortar with a spring pole. We did not 
have any seasoning except salt. My wife sifted the first out for 
bread and the rest was grits which she boiled for hominy. The 
bran was browned for coffee, on which we lived many days at a 
time. The only meat we had was what I killed in the woods, and 
often I failed to get any. The deer were very wild and very little 
other game, except some time a turkey or a stray buffalo, too 
poor to be good to eat, with an occasional oppossum. I went ahead 
and laid the foundation for my house, and put in a floor made of 
puncheons out of the post oak that I split and hewed. After I got 
the floor laid I built the house, or rather, raised it and hewed the 
logs, - walls - down inside and out. I then lined the cracks with 


clapboards by fastening them on the cracks with wooden pegs and 
wedges. I would drive a chisel into the logs and then drive the 
wedge after the chisel. Such a thing as nails was not be had in 
those days. When we covered a house, we used what we called 
"ribs" and "weight poles". By now, as well as I can remember, 
it was January 1843. After building the house I cleared a piece 
of ground on which to raise a crop. And, I grew a fine crop of 
corn and some garden truck. 

Another incident I may relate here is, while my wife and 
children were sleeping one morning, I got up very early and took 
my gun and slipped out and went hunting, as we were out of meat. 
I got about a mile from home and saw a deer busy feeding, I drew 
on it and at the fire of the gun, it fell dead. There was a faun fol- 
lowing it and before I went to the dead deer, I shot three times at 
the faun before I killed it. As soon as I killed it I gathered it up 
and started home, but did not get far until 1 met my wife carrying 
one of the children and leading the other, coming to meet me to 
see if the Indians had killed me. Hearing the shots so often made 
her think I was in a fight with them. We went back to the house 
and got breakfast. Then she went back with me to help me bring 
the deer home, as it was more than 1 could carry. I have said 
that Henry Harter brought his cattle out when brother John moved. 
He got John and myself to attend to them. The cattle ranged in 
White Rock bottom. We would drive them home every few days, 
and as the time went on, they would graze a little farther from 
home, possibly three or four miles up the creek. I often amused 
myself after getting the bell cow started, by hiding behind a tree 
and waiting for some of the young ones to come along, so I could 
jump out and scare them as they passed, or throw my hat at them. 
This was fun for me and I would laugh heartily while not knowing 
that at the same time an Indian might dart an arrow through me. 
I think the first Sunday after we came to White Rock, brother John 
and nephew, John S. Beeman, and we went over the creek to look 
at the country, for a crossing. We took the Indian trail through 
the bottom, and while going along we discovered a moccasin track 
in the trail as it had rained the night before, and while we were 
parleying about it, we heard what we took to be an old musket snap 
at us. We then moved on, watching, but we did not see any more 


tracks. We went out to the prairie and continued our walk for some 
two miles, when we came to a post oak grove and found a gang of 
deer. I killed one, and after looking a little more, we took our 
deer and went back home. This grove is now known as the home 
of G. W. Glover. By the time we killed the deer, we had about 
forgotten about any Indian signs, the ones we saw in the morning. 
We got back all right, and had a good appetite for venison. 

In the summer of 1843, some emigrants came in and settled 
about in different parts of the county. Among them was John Hewit 
and Jeff Tilley at Cedar Springs. William Cochran on Farmers 
Branch, also Thomas Keenan, and others in the same neighbor- 
hood. William Coombes and a Mr. Leonard with their families 
on the west side of the river in the neighborhood of Captain 
Gilbert, who had previously settled there. In the spring of 1843, 
General Sam Houston, who was at this time President of the Repub- 
lic of Texas, came out to meet the Indians at Bird's Fort to make 
a treaty of peace with them, as they were still hostile. He wanted 
me to go as a guide to the Fort, which I did. He had about thirty 
men with him as a guard, among them was John H. Reagan. 
Reagan was taken sick at White Rock so was left at my brother 
John Beeman's. As soon as he was able to travel he went back 
to his home in East Texas. 

The Indians refused to meet at the Fort, fearing there was a 
trap set for them, so they moved down on Elm Fork where the 
Indians met the commission that Houston appointed to treaty with 
them. Houston having official business at the seat of Government. 
A treaty was effected, after which we began to feel much safer, 
but not entirely so for awhile at least. 

All this time we saw very hard times in the way of living. 
I still had to depend upon my gun for the most of our meat, also 
for wearing apparel. I dressed in deer skin pants, hunting shirts 
and moccasins. My wife carding, spinning and weaving cotton for 
shirts. I would sit up of nights and finger and pick the seed out 
of the cotton for her to spin the next day, and she would sit and 
card rolls for spinning the next day. While the buffalo continued 
to come into the country I could kill one once in a while and had 


tolerable fair living but this was rather uncertain. I would use the 
upper part of their hides to sole my moccasins. We called it "bro- 
gan". It was done by cutting a sole out of the raw hide and sewing 
it on the bottom of the moccasin. This was quite an advantage, 
as the soles would last quite a while in dry weather. In wet weath- 
er they would stretch out of shape. 

In July 1842 the colony grant was extended by an extension of 
twelve miles further east, including us, but we Beemans remained 
where we were on our claims, got our lands surveyed by the county 
surveyor, A. C. Walker, and by a special act of the Legislature of 
1850 got our patents. I could give names of first settlers who came 
to the county after 1845, but I think this will be done by some one 
else who will be more competent to do it than I am. As to the his- 
tory of the organization of the county, there are others who will 
do that also. 

In the year 1843, John S. Beeman came back from Lamar County, 
and that fall he and myself moved across White Rock and began our 
settlements. I had found that my first improvements were on an old 
survey. For awhile both of us lived together in the house we built 
for him, and worked together, after which we built a house for me. 
We settled on sections 22 and 21, which was patented to us. I was 
on 22 and continued to live on it until in 1854 when I went to Parker 
County, and was there when the county was organized. Lived there 
nine years. On my Dallas County place I planted the first peach 
orchard that was planted in that part of the county, and had an abun- 
dance of peaches so my neighbors could get all they wanted, and we 
had plenty for our own use. On this place my wife died the 8th day 
of March 1848, and was buried on the northeast corner of my land. 
She had borne to me six children, four girls and two boys. In the 
spring of 1848 I went to California, and returned in 1850. I had then 
only four living children. Had lost the first, a son, in Illinois. The 
second, a girl, died a few days after she was born. On my return 
from California I went on my place with the children and kept house 
with them until the 29th day of November 1851, when I and Elizabeth 
Baker, who was teaching school in the neighborhood, were married. 
After our marriage she had three children, two girls and one boy. 
I will now give the names of the first six children: William Crawford 


Beeman, who died in Illinois. He was born the 28th day of September 
1837. Mary Jane, born in Illinois, was the baby when we came to 
Texas, born on the 3rd day of March 1839. Emily Elvira was born 
in Bowie County, Texas, the 8th day of January 1841. The infant 
that died so young was born October 1843 in Dallas County, Texas. 
We named it Genett. Francis Marion was born November 1844 in 
Dallas County, Texas. Melissa Anice was born November 15th, 
1846 and died February 26, 1861, in Parker County, Texas. By 
my second wife, the first child was a girl named Lydia Angeline, 
born in Dallas County, Texas, November 13, 1852, and died Jan- 
uary 29, 1853. Charles Artemas was born in Dallas County, also, 
January 24th 1854. Sarah Elizabeth born in Parker County, Texas, 
March 9th, 1857. These are the names and number of all of my 
children. Up to the present date, the number of grandchildren is 
34, and great-grandchildren are 14. On this the 24th of December, 
1886, only four of my own children now are living - to wit, Emily 
E. Baker, Francis Marion, Charles Artemas, and Sarah E. Sweet. 
The number of grandchildren now living is 26 and great-grandchildren 

Signed - James J. Beeman 

Lampasas, Texas 
December 24, 1886