|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1829|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1895|
Elmus was a son of William "Tutty" and Elizabeth Baker. Tutty Baker was one of the founding fathers of Freeport, Illinois.
Elmus married Jane Stephenson (b. 1822, d. 1850). They had a daughter Elizabeth (b. 1850, d. before 1860). Jane died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.
Elmus then married Mariam Theresa Hadlock (b. 1836).(Pictured below right.) They had 4 children:
William P. (b.1858)
Almeda (b. 1855)
Ida (b. 1860, d. before 1910)
Unknown male child.
Elmus enlisted in the Union Army on 2/3/1862. He was in the 92nd Illinois Infantry, Co.F, until he was transferred to the 65th Illinois Infantry, Co. G on 8/21/1865. When Elmus returned home to Mariam in 1866, he found that she was married to Michael Cosgrove, after he apparently had been reported dead in battle. The story goes that Elmus went to her home, peeked in the window and saw her and her new husband very happy, so he left without disturbing them.
Elmus married Izense Parsons (b. 1844). They are pictured together (above right). She was previously married to George Washington McKnight (b. 1830, d. 1864) and had two children with him, Thomas (d. 1862) and George (b. 1862).
Elmus and Inze (as she was called), married on June 13, 1866, and settled in Freeport, Stephenson Co., Illinois. They had 5 children:
Marietta (b. 1868, d. 1944)
Frank E. (b. 1871, d. 1931)
Charles (b. 1875, d. 1945)
Sherman W. (b. 1880, d. 1952)
Eva May (b. 1984, d. 1949).
Elmus died December 16, 1895 of dropsy. (Dropsy in modern terms would reflect a swelling and fluid retention as in congestive heart failure.) Inze moved to Waterloo IA where she lived until her death in 1931.
His obituary from Freeport Daily Democrat Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, December 16, 1895:
Elmus Baker, Who Settled Here In the Early Days, Passed to the Beyond This Morning.
He Was a Son of "Tut" Baker. Who Came to This Section of the State Before the Black Hawk War.
Elmus Baker, the oldest inhabitant of Freeport, died at bis home, 179 Chestnut street, this forenoon from dropsy, after an illness that attacked him last March.
The deceased would have been 66 years of age had he lived until Christmas day. He was born in Peoria, this state, and came here when six years of age, with his father, William Baker, who pre-empted the land from the government on which the city was built, his mother suggesting the name for the village. The family home in later years was built in the quarter of the city now known as "Baker Town", the name remaining as a reminiscence of the first settlers. Elmus was the third of a family of six children, who were, beside himself, John and Fred, now dead; Thomas, of Rock Island; Crawford, and Caroline, now Mrs. Enos Dahn, both of whom live In Kansas. His father and brother John, served in the Black Hawk war, and the deceased himself served through the war of the rebellion in Company F of the 92d regiment, Illinois volunteer mounted infantry, enlisting in August, 1862, and being mustered out in 1865. He was three times married, the first time in Freeport, and that wife bore him one child, now dead. The second marriage occurred in Iowa, and several children were born, all of whom are now dead except William Baker, of Rock Island, and Mrs. Almeda Sneath, of Wisconsin. His last marriage was to Miss I Parsons, at Wayne, Wi, in June, 1866. She with five children survive him as follows: Mrs. John Hartman, Frank, Charles, Sherman and Eva, all of Freeport.
The death of Mr. Baker removes a historic personage from the city built on what was once his father's property, Many interesting reminiscences are recalled to those who knew him and his family in the early days, and the title of the oldes inhabitant falls to someone else. Had he lived three days longer be would have completed sixty years of life here, as the family settlement was made December 19, 1835. The funeral will take place tomorrow at the U B church at 2 o'clock. John A Davis post will have charge. All old soldiers are requested to meet at John A Davis post headquarters at 1 o'clock to attend the funeral.
William Baker (1793 - 1855)
Elizabeth Baker (1793 - 1847)
Almeda Susan Baker Sneath (1855 - 1925)*
William Peter Baker (1858 - 1933)*
Mariette Baker Hartman (1868 - 1944)*
Elmus W Baker (1829 - 1895)
Caroline Matilda Baker Doane (1838 - 1912)*
Freeport City Cemetery
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Merry Christmas in Heaven, Elmus, and all of your dearly departed wives! Keep showering your love on your descendants on this day and throughout the year! We'll join you when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ takes us all up there to celebrate His birthday...(Read more)|
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