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John H. Baker (ca 1865 TN - ca 1899 OK) and Joseph Lee Baker (1891 TX - 1964 TX)
Posted by: Donna Meyer Bradley (ID *****6196) Date: September 22, 2010 at 11:02:22
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Looking for more information on John H. Baker, born about 1860-1868 in TN, married 18 Jul 1888 in Brown County, TX, died around 1898 in OK. John was married to Mary Elizabeth Pulis (1870-1924), born in Arkansas but lived in Comanche Co., TX. His parents' names are not known nor is his birthplace in Tennessee. He and Mary E. Pulis had 3 children -- Agnes (1890 TX), Joseph Lee (1891 in Brown Co., TX) and Susie (1896 I.T., probably now Murray Co., OK). Joseph's WWI Draft record indicates he was born in Brownwood (Brown Co.), TX in 1891.

There are many 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 census records for men born in TN named John H. Baker or John Baker, but none can be proven to be ours. Since his last child, Susie, was born in OK in 1896, it is logical that John H. & Mary E. Baker had moved from Texas to Indian Territory (OK) by then and he died between 1896 and 1901. His widow remarried to Charles Williams in Provence, OK in 1902, and they lived in Sulphur (Murray Co.) OK; in the 1910 census are found Charles Williams (b. 1862 MD), Emma (Mary E.) (b. 1870 AR), and three stepchildren of Charles Williams -- Joseph Baker (19 TX TN AR), Agnes (Baker) Stone (20, TX), Susie Baker (14, TX), and a little girl, Willie Stone (2 OK, daughter of Agnes Stone). No census has been found after 1910 including these children.

Oral history holds that John H. Baker was a doctor and was killed in a flash flood in OK while making a call. Another oral history tidbit is that the original surname may have been German and sounded like "Burl" or "Bull".

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