Dear Linda.......Thank you for your generous offer. I really could use a good 'sluth'. JOHN STERLING TEAGUE BAKER was born in Shelby CO. AL in 1856. We know he married MARY EMMA RIGGS.......but not where or when. According to an obit. sent to me by the AZ State Library, Archives, she and his two infant sons preceeded him in death. No dates or place listed...so she could have died while he was living in Texas. The funeral home listed on his death certificate is Reilly-Rottman of Willcox. He died October 19, 1948. I have to assume he is buried in Willcox.
What I do know is that he ranched for over 30 years in the Willcox area. According to his registered cattle and horse brands (also sent by the state archives) the rach was located about 30 miles northeast of Willcox on Ash Creek. Do you know that area? It should be in southern Graham CO.
What makes this man so intriguing is no one in my husband's immediate family knew of him. My husband's family were well known and established in Phoenix by thw 1900's. Just through genealogical happenstance did I even discover him. What we would like to discover is if he actually did 'own' a ranch where he raised cattle and if the land was registered. Also.....when he died if he left a will and any heirs........it doesn't seem likely he did as his wife and children were already gone. According to the obit. he 'retired to Willcox' which makes me wonder if he didn't sell the ranch. One of the things we will most likely never know is if he was estranged from his Phoenix brother and that is why the family didn't know of his existence.
Anything ..census....land records...whatever you feel like digging out would really be appreciated. I'm in No. CA. and obviously don't have the access I'd love to have. Thanks so very much for your offer. Please e-mail me @ sbaker2842@aol or firstname.lastname@example.org Sharyn Baker
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