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Sgt Maj James B. Baker
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Birth: Jan. 30, 1847
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1918


James B. Baker, soldier and civic leader, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 30, 1847, the son of Amanda (Saunders) and John Holland Baker.
He moved to Crawford, Texas, in 1858, when his family established a stock ranch on Tonk Creek in McLennan County.
Baker left school in 1860 to become manager of his father's ranch, and when the elder Baker was wounded in Confederate military service, James, at age fifteen, took his place in the ranks of Company H of Col. Nathaniel M. Burford's Nineteenth Texas Cavalry. He served in the Trans-Mississippi Department, saw action in the Red River campaign, and by the end of the war had been promoted to regimental sergeant major.

After returning to his father's ranch in 1865, he worked as a stockman until 1877, when he moved to Waco to become a contractor and brickmaker. His account book from 1908 through 1914 is in his papers at the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Baker was elected alderman and then, in 1904, mayor of Waco, a post he held until 1910. He was also President of Waco Savings Bank. On August 6, 1876, he married Sallie C. Fordtran; the couple had three children. Baker died in Savannah, Missouri, on September 12, 1918, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Waco.

Charles Fordtran Baker, 108743789
Alma Baker Gaylord, 51985032
Annie Baker Geer, 51985044

Source: Source: The New Texas Handbook 
Family links: 
  John H. Baker (1822 - 1891)
  Amanda Baker (1829 - 1861)
  Sallie C. Fordtran Baker (1856 - 1941)
  James B. Baker (1847 - 1918)
  John William Baker (1850 - 1931)*
  Uriah Edwards Baker (1873 - 1955)**
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
McLennan County
Texas, USA
Plot: Block 7 Lot 32
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Oct 26, 2004
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 Added: Sep. 10, 2016
American Civil War April 12, 1861 through May 9, 1865. A civil war fought to determine the survival of the Union or Independence for the Confederacy.
- Sherry Goolsby, Genealogical Research
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Your sacrifice has not been forgotten!
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